Serie A Fantasy Picks – Round 24

Wojciech Szczesny: with the top two defences (Inter and Lazio) facing off against each other, it makes sense to look at the next in line and the Bianconeri, who have been way better at home, have a plum match with Brescia coming up.

Alessio Romagnoli: trusting the Milan back-line has been an hit-and-miss affair, although they have given up only an acceptable 13 goals at home and they will host the reeling Torino, which have scored just twice in the past four matches and looked just a tiny bit better in the first game under the new coach.

Takehiro Tomiyasu: clean sheets are hard to come back by at Bologna, but at least they have not conceded more than once in the last four home matches. They will face the grit-and-grind Genoa on Sunday. The Japanese fullback is very peppy on offence and so there is some chance for bonuses.

Marash Kumbulla: a slight offside denied him a much-deserved goal versus Juventus and he paired that with an imposing performance. He will try to replicate it against Udinese, which are tied with SPAL for least prolific offense at home.

Filippo Falco: the injury issues of Diego Farias and Khouma Babacar have given him a lot of minutes and he cashed in with a dazzling goal and an assist in the last two matches. He and Gianluca Lapadula (three scores in the last two fixtures) will be right in the thick of it again versus SPAL. Riccardo Saponara and Antonin Barak have also had strong showings since joining.

Piotr Zielinski: Cagliari have given up at least a goal in nth rounds in a row and the Polish midfielder has showed up big time on offense in recent weeks. Considering the opponents’ struggles, also the Napoli forwards are worth a strong look.

Gabriel Strefezza: Lecce are surging but they have not tightened up in the back and still have the leakiest back-line in the League. He is set to play in a more offensive role under Luigi Di Biagio and, differently from Andrea Petagna and Federico Di Francesco, he is listed as a midfielder, making him more palatable.

Hakan Calhanoglu: he snapped out of a lengthy scoring slump two weeks ago and came close to scoring in the Derby. All the Rossoneri forwards are squarely on the radar considering that Torino have surrendered 16 goal in the last four tilts.

Fabio Quagliarella: the experienced centre-forward has taken a step back compared to last season, but he has put together back-to-back outings with a goal and assist and has found the target four times in the last four appearances. Fiorentina have been a little sloppy defensively lately.

Duvan Zapata: slowly but surely, the Colombian beast is coming back to his stellar numbers, as he has tallied two goals and three assists in the last four matches. Roma’s defence has been shoddy to say the least in the last month.

Francesco Caputo: he returned to the forefront as soon as Sassuolo recovered all their offensive pieces, hitting the net three times in the past two matches and he is fairly streaky. He will look to keep it going despite the reasonably complicated Derby with Parma.

No additions to the fantasy elite suite, which comprises Cristiano Ronaldo (whose goals are starting to look inevitable), Ciro Immobile, Romelu Lukaku, Joao Pedro and Josip Ilicic, even though Riccardo Orsolini is knocking on the door.

Honourable mentions: Musa Barrow has been terrific for Bologna, however he is iffy due to an ankle injury. Federico Chiesa hit the net two weeks ago and Sampdoria are not exactly airtight in the back. Goran Pandev continues to be Genoa’s most reliable attacker. Rodrigo De Paul is in helluva form. Napoli have struggled defensively, perhaps Giovanni Simeone will pounce.

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