Serie A Round 16 Fantacalcio Player Trends: Stock Up

Ciao ragazzi! We are back to deliver more of the fantacalcio content you love and need ahead of round 16 Serie A action on the peninsula, but let’s briefly recap what happened last weekend.

Friday pitted Inter and Roma against one another, kicking things off in Milano at the San Siro where the two outfits played to a scoreless stalemate. Saturday’s bout between Lazio and Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome followed up and was every bit as advertised; thrilling, chippy, and filled with impressive individual displays leading to goals. The Biancocelesti would stun the visitors with a 3-1 defeat thanks to standout performances from Luis Alberto and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Elsewhere, AC Milan managed to see out a 3-2 win away to Bologna in what can be considered one of the Rossoneri’s best showings on the season under Stefano Pioli.

Now, our list reveals the five players you should consider adding to your rosters this weekend.

Luis Alberto (MID, Lazio, Value 24.00) – In Saturday’s commanding 3-1 win over Juventus, Luis Alberto continued to stake his claim as one of Europe’s most underrated, yet influential, playmakers when he supplied two wonderfully precise assists to Luiz Felipe and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. With this haul, the Spanish international now has 11 to his credit, having made him the first player to reach the double digit mark in the top five leagues. Alberto remains a must play every weekend when you consider the supporting attacking players who feed off his chances, as well as those who benefit from his ability to swing in dangerous cross like the one into Felipe. He will look to repeat his silky performance on Monday when Lazio visit Cagliari. 24.00 is well worth the investment for one of the league’s top creators.

João Pedro (MID, Cagliari, Value 24.00) – A regular feature in our weekly fantacalcio content pieces, João Pedro continues to elevate both his game and Cagliari with impactful performances, regardless of the opponent which this round happens to be Lazio as mentioned above. The Brazilian has found the back of the net 10 times in 15 matches, a massive haul for a player who few thought could hit these numbers. However, the 27-year old does more than just score as he tends to do a lot in the attacking end to help Maran’s side compete each weekend, leading by example and shouldering quite a bit of responsibility. His veteran presence is always felt and at 24.00 so could his offensive upside in what has been a breakout campaign for him and his club.

Giacomo Bonaventura (MID, AC Milan, Value 7.76) – Throughout this entire nightmare era for Milan, one of the few shining lights and constants in the squad has been midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura. A consummate professional, whose consistency as a playmaker needs no introduction, the Italian looks the healthiest we have seen over the last few years, and it has come at the right time for Pioli who has really thrusted him back into a key role once again. The 30-year old scored a curler last Sunday in the win vs Bologna, his second goal in three matches, which means he is heating up and surely repaying the trust Pioli has in him. Milan host Sassuolo on Sunday, and Bonaventura is likely to start once again either as a winger or mezzala. Cash in on the 7.76 and bring Jack into the squad without hesitation.

Ruslan Malinovskiy (MID, Atalanta, Value 5.67) – The Ukraine international has been sparingly used by Gian Piero Gasperini this season, with his 12 appearances coming mostly off the bench. Despite this, the 26-year old has been showing growth over the past few weeks that leads us to believe he can force Gasperini’s hand into a minutes hike. After providing an assist in Atalanta’s 3-0 UEFA Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk midweek, there is a chance Gasperini opts to rest a few regulars and lean towards the Ukrainian away vs Bologna on Sunday.

Amadou Diawara (MID, AS Roma, Value 5.07) – The Guinean midfielder has quickly become somewhat of a regular option for Paulo Fonseca, having played the full 90 in each of the Giallorossi’s previous four matches across both Serie A and Europa League competitions. In these exhibitions, Diawara has come good, showing tremendous harmony alongside Jordan Veretout in a double pivot. Last Friday’s effort vs Inter was a prime example of what Diawara is capable of in a big game and that goes a very long way in cementing a starting gig. A buy-low option at 5.07.

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