Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round Three

Salvatore Sirigu: Lecce have yet to score in this campaign and therefore Torino are in prime position to keep the clean sheet that has eluded them thus far, primarily due to the good level of the opponent they have faced thus far.

Francesco Acerbi: Lazio have conceded just one goal so far and SPAL are certainly not the most explosive side, so their defensive leader might be able to pick up some points during the weekend.

Matteo Darmian: a decent spot for his Serie A return as Parma will host Cagliari, which have had trouble adjusting to the loss of Leonardo Pavoletti and to the abundant summer turnover, finding the target just once and looking a bit disjointed.

Mitchell Dijks: his start has not been as impressive as the way he finished last season and Takehiro Tomiyasu has outplayed him on the other flank, but Bologna are solid in general and will tangle with Brescia in this round, which do not play with a lot of width and have hit the net just once on a penalty.

Dries Mertens: he is once again poised to have a major role as Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne are questionable to play. Sampdoria have been abominable defensively to open the season, giving up three goals to Lazio and four to Sassuolo. Hirving Lozano has some appeal too but he is listed as a striker, where the field is more crowded.

Nicolò Zaniolo: he is due for a goal after the hitting the post twice from distance in the Derby and the absence of Cengiz Under makes him even more of a nexus in Roma’s offense. Henrik Mkhitaryan is good pick too after what he showed against Inter and Sassuolo never bunker up.

Lasse Schone: Genoa are off to a strong start and he quietly shepherded them with his savviness in the midfield. Atalanta conceded twice on set pieces against Torino and he is a wizard on that fundamental, so there is the potential for him to be a factor in the fantasy game.

Stefano Sensi: he has not only fit in flawlessly in Inter’s scheme, but quickly became one of their primary weapons with his technique. The match-up versus Udinese is reasonably cozy and he might snatch points at both ends.

Gonzalo Higuain: he has already scored four times at the Artemio Franchi stadium and he had the luxury of staying in Turin during the break, making him a strong candidate to start again. He showed off his scoring prowess with a gem versus Napoli and Fiorentina have had troubles in the back in the first two fixtures.

Krzysztof Piatek: the Polish Gunslinger has sputtered so far, but, similarly to Zaniolo, he is primed to break through after three unlucky misses versus Brescia and Verona are not the stingiest squad.

Andrea Belotti: Torino as a whole could take advantage of the plum date with Lecce at home and, as always, he will be their main scoring threat, especially with Simone Zaza iffy to play. They should get back Iago Falque and have brought Simone Verdi on board, which will help the Gallo out.

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