Gianluigi Donnarumma: Milan will host Verona this week, which are certainly a plucky side, however the Rossoneri have been able to keep a clean sheet in three of the last four rounds, with their starlet providing the usual key contribution.
Rafael Toloi: Atalanta will look to follow up the masterpiece against Torino and bounce back at home after the SPAL debacle. They will have a good opportunity to do so versus the cellar-dwelling Genoa, which have bagged just four goals in the last six rounds.
Francesco Acerbi: he netted a very opportunistic goal against Roma and while a repeat seems unlikely, Lazio, which possesses one of the best home defences in Serie A, will get to face SPAL devoid of their top attacking options, Andrea Petagna and Mattia Valoti.
Lorenzo De Silvestri: Torino partially redeemed themselves in Coppa Italia, but now need to right the ship in Serie A and the date with the reeling Lecce could help them. Cristian Ansaldi would be a better pick for his offensive prowess, but he might again not be available, so the nod goes to the other wing-back.
Radja Nainggolan: he returned to the stat-sheet with a clutch goal versus Inter and he can be streaky, so he is worth a look even though Parma are quite stingy. Nahitan Nandez is also trending in the right direction as far as Cagliari midfielders are concerned, while there is no need to further talk up Joao Pedro.
Riccardo Orsolini: Bologna have a plum match-up on hand as they will host a Mario Balotelli-less Brescia and Orsolini will try to resume doing damage after three quiet performances. The Rondinelle have always conceded in the past five fixtures. Roberto Soriano is coming off an assist, while Musa Barrow, who instead listed as striker, scored right after subbing in.
Cengiz Under: so far so good for the Turkish winger, who has scored once and generally fared well since taking control of the starting job and he always has a chance or two to score with his venomous left foot. Roma will face Sassuolo away, which are down most of their centre-backs and, even when they were there, have never been particularly robust.
Christian Eriksen: Inter are pretty banged up in the midfield, so the talented newcomer, who would have been paraded around anyway, might have a prominent role right away. Stefano Sensi had a promising display last week, but he is dealing with a small injury.
Lorenzo Insigne: the pivotal goal against Juventus could finally put him back on track after months of apathy and Napoli might find some momentum in a feasible game versus Sampdoria. Arkadiusz Milik has been silent for three weeks in a row, he usually does not go for a long time without hitting the net.
Duvan Zapata: a penalty in the Torino rout allowed him to break the seal following the injury and him going on a run would be the least surprising thing ever considering his strong numbers at the beginning of the year.
Paulo Dybala: Fiorentina will have a make-shift defence on Sunday and that will perhaps allow to other Juventus striker not named Cristiano Ronaldo to find the target. Dybala has been active assist-wise recently.
Honorable mentions: Josip Ilicic has joined Ronaldo and Ciro Immobile in the fantasy elite that no longer needs to be recommended. Ante Rebic has delivered for two weeks in a row and while the uncertain playing time puts a dent in his fantasy value, he is worth a flier on him to see if he keeps it up. Jasmin Kurtic has been playing in a very offensive role at Parma and they will have to substantially rely on him and Gervinho with Dejan Kulusevski likely to miss the game.
Torino are coming off a collapse, so Lecce’s top options should be monitored, Marco Mancosu and Filippo Falco in particular since they are listed as midfielders. Ernesto Torregrossa has been playing lights out for Brescia lately and Bologna is soft and short-handed defensively Juventus’ back-line has left a lot to be desired lately, perhaps Patrick Cutrone or Federico Chiesa will be able to take advantage of it, while Kevin Lasagna’s blazing speed is always a big weapon when going against top teams. The Napoli tilt always carries a lot of meaning for Fabio Quagliarella and their defence has been far from airtight.
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