Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 17

Samir Handanovic (7 points): few good performances out of goalies in this round, but only two teams, Atalanta and Inter, managed to keep a clean sheet. Nothing out of the ordinary, but the Beneamata captain was slightly busier than the colleague in the game versus Genoa, which managed to take a couple of shots, differently from Milan on Sunday.

José Palomino (5 points): the Goddess defenders dominate the role and it is the Argentinian centre-back who gets the nod representing all of them, as he did a masterful job in holding in check both Rafael Leao and Krzysztof Piatek, despite their very diverse skill-set. He had a sloppy start of the season, but he has righted the ship recently.

Milan Skriniar (5 points): Alessandro Bastoni was the Inter player that stood out the most Saturday night, and his reliability allows them to rest Diego Godin whenever they feel the need to, but he lost a point because of a yellow card, so the token spot reserved to Inter players goes to his Slovenian teammate, who is always remarkably consistent.

Aleksandar Kolarov (3 points): he was the only one to score in this position in this round and, as per usual, he did it in brilliant fashion, bagging a sterling free kick for his fifth goal of the season.

Josip Ilicic (12 points): he led the way in the romp of Milan with two beautiful strikes, one right-footed one from inside the box, the other a trademark lefty one from distance. He added an assist for good measure. He is putting together a career year as he has already notched seven goals.

Riccardo Orsolini (8 points): it is not a case that Bologna’s recent form has coincided with him upping his performances and his scoring. He put together a brace in Lecce, punching one in the empty net and then leaving a defender in his tracks with a double step-over before blasting it under the bar.

Alejandro Gomez (8 points): speaking of great goals, El Papu opened the score right away nutmegging his former teammate Andrea Conti before rifling it home, and obviously he set up a teammate as well later on. Five goals and six assists in the season for the Atalanta skipper.

Mario Pasalic (8 points): he promptly punished his former with the slightest of deflections on a wicked cross by Robin Gosens and slipped to Josip Ilicic prior to the third goal of the game. He is not technically a starter if everybody is healthy, but he stepped up in different roles while they were navigating through injuries and he has already tallied six goals in all competitions.

Seko Fofana (6 points): he was instrumental in the Udinese win, as he fed Rodrigo De Paul’s before the Argentinian’s superb goal and then re-gave his team the lead right after Cagliari’s equalizer with a potent tap-in after Stefano Okaka had barged into the box. He has the potential to be a solid fantasy contributor and perhaps they will start to use him more often.

Romelu Lukaku (10 points): an all-around gem for the big Belgian, who netted a well-directed header and a powerful strike, moving to 12 goals in domestic play, perfectly assisted the trailing Roberto Gagliardini and let the youngster Sebastiano Esposito to kick a penalty for his first goal in the pros.

Edin Dzeko (8 points): an easy goal from point-blank range and two helpers for the Bosnian striker in the drubbing Roma handed to Fiorentina, where he perfectly interplayed with Lorenzo Pellegrini on a two-man counter, against the whole defence, and sprung Nicolò Zaniolo loose for the night cap.

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