Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 17

Bartlomiej Dragowski (7 points): three clean sheets in this round and the best performer was clearly, once again, the Fiorentina goalkeeper, who denied Joao Pedro from the penalty spot and pulled off few more decisive saves to help his team seal their first home win in ages.

Danilo (6 points): Juventus did not manage to shut down the opponents, but the Brazilian fullback still cracks the top XI as he hammered one home right in the bottom corner from distance to break the deadlock in impressive fashion and also provided a late assist with a long through ball for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Francesco Acerbi (5 points): Lazio had an easy time taming an undermanned Parma side and their linchpin logged a tidy display quarterbacking the whole back-line, plus Pepe Reina busted out a monster save to frustrate the adversaries.

Andrea Masiello (5 points): Genoa have clearly turned the corner with Davide Ballardini at the helm and their defense managed to hold in check a fairly prolific squad like Bologna. The savvy veteran bounced back from a poor performance where he was bamboozled by Jeremie Boga, which happens to the best of them, by containing well whoever passed through his area.

Simon Kjaer (5 points): stopping Torino is not necessarily the hardest of achievements, but the seasoned center-back makes everything look extremely easy when he is out there guiding the back-line and their defensive stats are night and and day depending on whether he is present or not.

Josip Ilicic (6 points): the Slovenian ace has become Atalanta’s primary source since Alejandro Gomez has been frozen out and has reaped great benefit in the fantasy game. He found the target once versus Benevento with a lovely lefty strike from mid-range and set up Duvan Zapata with a soft cross.

Luis Alberto (6 points): the Spanish genius has rediscovered his scoring touch in the last few rounds and bagged his fourth goal of the campaign against Parma, slotting it home with class on a trail. He came close to a second on a similar action but just missed the mark.

Frank Kessie (6 points): Milan were without few cornerstones Saturday night against Torino, but they prevailed anyway thanks to another successful penalty kick by the Ivorian midfielder, who held things together in the midfield. He has logged six goals and three assists in the year, similar hauls to several much more touted contributors.

Miha Zajc (6 points): he has been an integral part of Genoa’s resurgence with his technical prowess in the midfield and, after few tough months because of COVID and lack of playing time, he opened his tally with a comfortable tap-in against Bologna. It would be a major boost for the Grifone if he fully returned to his Empoli levels.

Duvan Zapata (4 points): he hit the net just once versus Benevento, on an easy header thanks to a gorgeous feed by Ilicic, but he surely imposed his will physically in that match, often manhandling defenders in the box and paving the way for the win. He had a pretty subpar first few months but he is starting to fix his numbers with his recent surge.

Nikola Kalinic (4 points): the Scaligeri forward had begun to look better and better in recent tilts following his return from a thigh strain and cashed in big time on his run of form in the Crotone match, breaking the deadlock in the early going with a clinical finish from inside the box. He might be one of the protagonists of the second stretch of the season.

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