Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round Nine

Samir Handanovic: Inter had a rough go in Sassuolo, but at home they have conceded only against Juventus and Parma have quickly rolled over in a pair of away matches. The opponents might also be without their two centre-forwards.

Timothy Castagne: Udinese have had very little success on the road, collecting just one point and failing to score in three matches. So it makes sense to target one of the Atalanta defenders, even though they are pretty banged up. Should he start, Castagne would have the most upside for his role in the offense, but also Hans Hateboer, Andrea Masiello and especially Pierluigi Gollini could be fine choices.

Leonardo Bonucci: Lecce has managed to find the target just once in three home games. The Old Lady defence has not been particularly suffocating this season, but they have given up more than one goal just once so it is unlikely to hurt the fantasy owners.

Ibrahima Mbaye: Bologna will try to get on the right track against Sampdoria after a winless stretch. Sampdoria was brutal on the road before the coaching change, scoring just once in four matches and losing all of them. Mbaye held his own against Juventus and is set to start for as long as Takehiro Tomiyasu is out.

Hakan Calhanoglu: he was brilliant in Stefano Pioli’s first match and he is slated to have a major role in the offense. He might have a chance to keep it going because Roma have always conceded so far at home.

Lasse Schone: Thiago Motta gave him a lot of responsibilities in his introductory presser and he will have to be among the ones leading them out of the crisis. Brescia are solid but certainly not unbeatable.

Gaetano Castrovilli: Lazio’s defence struggled to keep up with Atalanta’s quick attackers last week and has always been perforated in away matches. Fiorentina’s dynamic youngster, but also Federico Chiesa and Franck Ribery, might be able to exploit that.

Miralem Pjanic: he is putting an astounding season and has already hit the net three times. Like for Veloso, there is an opportunity for points on both sides of the ball. He is one of the hardest Bianconeri to rotate, but in case he does, Rodrigo Bentancur and Adrien Rabiot have been pretty good lately.

Arkadiusz Milik: he is usually streaky and Napoli could certainly use the output of a goal poacher and SPAL have not been as robust at home as in the past. He rested in the Champions League tilt, so he should get the start over the weekend.

Luis Muriel: he has scored one goal every 59 minutes so far, a dazzling average, and Atalanta will again rely heavily on him versus Udinese, one of his former teams.

Andrea Belotti: most of his production has come at home so far, where he has put his name in the scoresheet in three out of four contests, so he can be trusted even in a pretty challenging match-up against Cagliari.

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