Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 23

Salvatore Sirigu: he has been one of the few Torino players to save face even in their recent disastrous stretch and the coaching change should lift the whole organization. They will host Sampdoria in this round, which are one of the least prolific teams on the road and might be without their catalyst Fabio Quagliarella.

Francesco Acerbi: Lazio have the second-best statistical defence in the League, despite making it a habit of giving up cheap consolation goals. Acerbi is their centre-pieces, but, depending on the projected lineup, also Patric and Luiz Felipe are worth a look versus Parma, which will not have two or three of their top forwards.  

Kalidou Koulibaly: the much-awaited return of the Senegalese giant should fix few things in the Napoli back-line, which has left a lot to be desired in recent weeks. Lecce have failed to score in the last three away matches.

Theo Hernandez: he has not been great in the last two tilts, but Inter are a little shoddy on the right flank and he might have the chance to do his thing barrelling down the wing.

Jeremie Boga: he runs hot-and-cold, but he has scored twice and picked up an assist in the last three outings and Sassuolo have a palatable date with SPAL coming up. Among strikers, Domenico Berardi always play a key role for the Neroverdi.

Rodrigo De Paul: his scoring streak has run its course but he has stayed supremely involved and has had few chances to hit the net. Udinese will visit the short-circuiting Brescia on Sunday.

Robin Gosens: he has brought home 22 points in the last six fixtures and he could keep it going in what should be an entertaining bout between Fiorentina and Atalanta. The stealth Mario Pasalic also deserves a look since he is guaranteed to play.

Rodrigo Bentancur: he has picked up points in four of his last five appearances, providing three assists and asserting himself as the most fantasy-friendly Juventus midfielder, for now.

Edin Dzeko: he has hit the net in three straight games and Roma, even if in a confusing state, generally manages to break through offensively. He will have to shoulder the attack without Lorenzo Pellegrini and Bologna have almost always conceded so far.

Giovanni Simeone: he is coming off a splendid goal plus assist effort against Parma and he will get to square off his former side this week, Genoa, which have surrendered at least one goal in almost all of their home matches.

Arkadiusz Milik: he found the target versus Sampdoria and he can be extremely streaky. Napoli have begun to play better and that increases the feeds to their centre-forwards. Among midfielders, his fellow compatriot Piotr Zielinski has been faring well recently.

Two more additions to the fantasy elite suite: Romelu Lukaku and Joao Pedro, who join Ciro Immobile, Cristiano Ronaldo and Josip Ilicic in the club of players that are recommendable in every round.

Honourable mentions: Luis Alberto shined in the midweek game. Musa Barrow should get more run with Nicola Sansone injured and Roma have been pretty poor defensively lately, which could also benefit Riccardo Orsolini. If Brescia are going to get a new coach’s bump, then it would benefit their main guys, Romulo, who is intriguing since he is listed as defender, and Mario Balotelli. Same thing for Andrea Belotti at Torino.

Andrea Petagna is back from suspension and Sassuolo are not very stingy, also Lucas Castro did okay offensively in his debut. The return of Gaetano Castrovilli will give Fiorentina a boost, while Antonio Sanabria has scored in two straight matches for Genoa and Domenico Criscito is back on the flank. Lecce’s Riccardo Saponara and Antonin Barak were great in their day view. Several absences give to Parma’s Juraj Kucka great prominence.

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