With a quick turnaround from GW16, this week's column contains a shortlist of players best suited to solve any and all selection delimmas. GW17 features three matches on Tuesday and seven on Wednesday, meaning the best course of action is add potential replacements to avoid being shorthanded in the event of unexpected injuries or squad rotation. Should you need more advice, feel free to contact me on Twitter (@Sean_Sullivan_1).
Burnley vs. Stoke City
Crystal Palace vs. Watford
Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea
Southampton vs. Leicester City
Newcastle vs. Everton
Swansea City vs. Manchester City
Tottenham vs. Brighton
Liverpool vs. West Brom
West Ham vs. Arsenal
Manchester United vs. Bournemouth
Before we get down to business, here’s what you need to know to maximize my advice. This column is reserved for weekly free agent adds for Togga draft leagues and features only players owned in less than 50 percent of all leagues. Players that make each column will be classified as; streaming options, (one-week adds), short-term/long-term adds (worth holding for a specific duration of matches) or a must-adds (should be owned in all leagues).
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Jose Holebas, Watford (46 percent): With Marvin Zeegelaar serving a three-match red card ban, his absence is expected to earn Holebas a recall at left-back against Crystal Palace. If you play in a deeper league, Holebas is a name to consider. The volume is clearly there, as Holebas has the second-most crosses (68) and third-most assists (3) amongst all defenders this season. The former Greece international should be able to get forward freely against a Palace side that is allowing more than 18 crosses per match and will be without first-choice right-back Joel Ward. Holebas is a boom-or-bust fourth defender this week and a short-term add for the duration of Zeegelaar’s suspension.
Jonjoe Kenny, Everton (15 percent): Over the last three weeks, Kenny has scored more fantasy points than any other fullback (41.25). The youngster made his eighth-straight start in Sunday’s Merseyside derby and produced a display validating his stake as Everton’s first-choice right-back. Though Kenny’s outing didn't yield a big return in fantasy, he has been an extremely reliable contributor since breaking into the starting XI. Compared to all right-backs that have made nine or more appearances this season, only Kieran Trippier (12.58) is averaging more points per match than Kenny (9.79). This week, Everton face Newcastle, who have allowed an average of 11.94 points to opposing right-backs over the last four matches. Kenny is an add-and-start this week with similar value in upcoming matches against Swansea City (GW18), West Brom (GW20) and Bournemouth (GW21).
Kevin Long, Burnley (less than 1 percent): If Ben Mee is ruled out against Swansea City, Long is a worthy fill-in option for those needing to make a late change. The 27-year-old impressed in the win over Watford, making 12 clearances and winning five aerial duels on his first start of the season. Given Burnley’s defensive record at Turf Moor, Long is a potential top-20 defender playing alongside James Tarkowski in central defense. He’s an above-average defender to stream in leagues with 10 or more teams.
Erik Lamela, Tottenham (41 percent): Tottenham host Brighton on Wednesday, and there is a very good chance that Lamela will return to the starting XI for the first time in over a year. The Argentine had missed 13 months through injury but returned last month with an assist against Leicester City and has made substitute appearances in each match since. Across those appearances, he’s shown little signs of rust in 47 minutes of action. Lamela’s 23-minute cameo in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Stoke City was his best yet, as he slide a deft effort off the post and feathered a well-weighed ball over the top to send Harry Kane in one-on-one against Jack Butland. The 25-year-old will have a key role to play for Spurs in the second half of the campaign and should see enough minutes to make a splash in fantasy. Lamela is a potential top-20 midfielder whenever he starts, so add him this week.
Bernardo Silva, Manchester City (42 percent): If Pep Guardiola rotates his squad, Silva is another must-start. Manchester City have scored a league-high 48 goals in 17 matches this season and face a Swansea City side that sit 19th in the table. Silva’s low points per match average (3.77) should be ignored as the Portuguese international has made just three Premier League starts this season. Since a start against the Swans would give him a good chance of getting on the scoresheet, he’s a midfielder with streaming value in all leagues.
Charlie Austin, Southampton (40 percent): I’m back on Austin this week, as he has had back-to-back matches with a goal and two shots on target. Austin has at least 15.50 fantasy points in each of his last three starts, including a brace four matches against Everton, as he’s hitting from at the right time. Southampton face a formidable Leicester City side who are unbeaten in their last four matches, though they did concede twice at the weekend against Newcastle. If Austin gets another start on Wednesday, he’s a second forward with top-10 upside.
Steve Mounie, Huddersfield Town (44 percent): Mounie was back with a bang over the weekend, scoring a brace to end an eight-match goal drought dating back to August. The Benin international has been limited to just 11 appearances due to injury, but with his return to full fitness, managers should give him a look. Across six starts this season, Mounie is averaging 13.75 fantasy points thanks to four goals on nine shots on target and 42 aerial duels won. If Huddersfield Town pulls a fast one on Chelsea, chances are he will be the man to produce the goal(s). Mounie is a third forward consideration for GW17 and a good long-term add for those lacking depth up front. Following this week’s clash against Chelsea, Huddersfield won’t face a top-six club until Liverpool in GW25.
$1K Tuesday Equalizer (Single Entry)
GK: Nick Pope vs. STK ($5,500)
DEF: Cesar Azpilicueta @ HUD ($6,500)
DEF: Jose Holebas @ CPL ($5,500)
MID: Eden Hazard @ HUD ($11,500)
MID: Willian @ HUD ($8,000)
MID: Johann Berg Gudmundsson vs. STK ($7,000)
FWD: Chris Wood vs. STK ($8,500)
FWD: Steve Mounie vs. CHE ($7,000)
$1K Wednesday Equalizer (Single Entry)
GK: Adrián vs. ARS ($4,000)
DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold vs. WBA ($6,000)
DEF: Jonjoe Kenny @ NEW ($5,500)
MID: Heung-Min Son vs. BHA ($9,000)
MID: Sadio Mane vs. WBA ($8,500)
MID: Erik Lamela vs. BHA ($6,000)
FWD: Sergio Aguero @ SWA ($11,000)
FWD: Charlie Austin vs. LEI ($8,000)