Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 17

A reduced pool this week with Juventus-Sampdoria taking place on Wednesday and Lazio and Verona not playing due to Sunday’s Supercoppa Italiana.

Salvatore Sirigu: SPAL broke out of their road drought and have found the target in the past three matches, but they remain one of the most anaemic offenses in Europe, with only Watford having scored less than them in the top five leagues. The veteran goalie has been as reliable as they come despite being behind an imperfect back-line.

Stefan De Vrij: Inter have re-started keeping clean sheets, two in the past four games, and the Dutch defender offers the most upside on the other end. Genoa have failed to hit the net in three of their past five matches.

Gianluca Mancini: Roma are not uber-stingy, but they might face a Fiorentina team that could be again undermanned offensively. La Viola has not bagged more than two scores in a month. The ex-Atalanta defender is also very capable on set pieces.

Rafael Toloi: speaking of sterile offenses, Milan are improving but have scored more than one goal just once in the last eight matches and Toloi too has occasionally showed up in opposing boxes.

Joao Pedro: Cagliari’s leading scorer paces all midfielders with his 50 fantasy points. His scoring streak got interrupted by Lazio last week, but he still picked a bonus thanks to an assist. Cagliari will spar with the wilting Udinese this weekend.

Dejan Kulusevski: he is coming off one of his finest performances in the Napoli game and, since Andreas Cornelius got hurt again, he will spearhead the front-line against a gassed Brescia team.

Filippo Falco: even though a recent knee injury is capping his minutes, he has been Lecce’s best attacker in the past three games and he could take advantage of the fact that Bologna basically always concedes and have toiled on the road.

Jeremie Boga: Napoli are having a lot of troubles stopping pacey forwards and there is no one faster than Boga in Serie A. The Partenopei will also be without Kalidou Koulibaly Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku: Lautaro Martinez is suspended, so the big Belgian will have to carry the team offensively, but Genoa’s porous back-line is a choice match-up for the Nerazzurri front-line. However, how it will be arrayed is currently up in the air.

Andrea Belotti: Il Gallo returned for a limited and fruitless stint against Verona and should be at full capacity with one more week of practice in him. Simone Zaza has filled in admirably but Belotti is just more consistent. SPAL have allowed at least a goal in eight of their last nine matches.

Arkadiusz Milik: Napoli still came up short but upped their game a bit in the last outing and the Polish forward has been the only one producing for them in the last few Serie A matches. Sassuolo certainly are not airtight.

Just missing the cut: Fiorentina will have to count on Dusan Vlahovic again in a difficult game. Cagliari are letting up defensively, so Kevin Lasagna might do his thing and perhaps Rodrigo De Paul will finally wake up. Alex Berenguer and Simone Verdi are showing well together, while Rodrigo Palacio and the other Bologna attackers could exploit Lecce’s League-worst defence. Mario Balotelli is in a good run of form despite not scoring in the past two.

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