This column serves the purpose of providing you with weekly waiver-wire adds for Togga season long draft leagues. Each week Sean Sullivan recommends players—based on availability, current form or matchups—that should be added or started. These weekly picks are meant to grab your attention, limit the often-fatal last minute lineup tinker, and help you maintain a superior squad throughout the FPL campaign.
My picks for GW30 did not pan out as strong across the board as those from GW29. Artur Boruc and Victor Valdes both recorded clean sheets and ranked as top-five goalkeepers, while Robert Huth and Adam Smith scored 16 and 13.25 points respectively. Ashley Young and Ryan Fraser both had decent outings but failed to score in double-digits, while Sebastian Larsson was an unused substitute in Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat by Watford. Despite my belief that Everton’s Enner Valencia would see more play time after scoring and assisting during GW29, the on-loan striker saw just 24 minutes of action off the bench.
However, Rudy Gestede had an encouraging performance despite missing a golden opportunity. The striker replaced the injury Gaston Ramirez just before half-time and provided a nice return of 7.5 points. While it's unclear whether or not Ramirez suffered a signifcaint injury, interim manager Steve Agnew would likely draft Gestede into the starting XI if the Uruguayan is forced to miss a few matches.
With a quick turnaround, here are some players to consider that are owned in less than 50 percent of all Togga draft leagues.
Wayne Hennessey, Crystal Palace (12 percent): Hennessey has been brilliant as of late. The Eagles’ shot-stopper has averaged 15.87 points over the last four matches and validated his current points per match production with an inspired performance against Chelsea. The Welsh international was under fire all match at Stamford Bridge but rose to the challenge after conceding an early goal, recording a season-high 10 saves that included a flurry of reactionary denials at his near post. Hennessey enters GW31 a head above all other goalkeepers owned in less than 50 percent of leagues, considering he's made 17 saves and conceded just one goal since GW26. He should be added by anyone in need of a new number one for the rest of the season.
Danny Simpson, Leicester City (28 percent): Simpson assisted on both goals of Leicester City’s goal in their victory over Stoke and will be the most added defender ahead of GW31. The right-back played a well-weighted ball to set up Wilfred Ndidi’s strike from distance and provided a pin-point cross on Jamie Vardy’s second-half volley, as his 32.75 points were the most scored by a defender during GW30. After such an impressive display getting forward, I wouldn't be a surprise to see Craig Shakespeare experiment using Simpson in a more advanced role against Sunderland. All things considered, he's a good streaming option for 10-team-or-deeper-leagues.
Joel Ward, Crystal Palace (17 percent): If I had to start one of Crystal Palace’s defenders this week not named Mamadou Sakho, Ward would be my choice. Palace is on a four-match win streak and will likely be without Scott Dann and James Tomkins for Wednesday’s trip to Southampton. Despite scoring just 1.25 points against Chelsea during GW30, the 27-year-old has averaged 10.75 points per match over his last five games. Southampton will also be without their best attacking option Manolo Gabbiadini due to a out groin problem. This makes Ward a solid streaming option for 12-team-or-deeper-leagues.
Andrew Robertson, Hull City (10 percent): Robertson had his best performance of the season during Hull City’s 2-1 victory over West Ham United. The left-back played well throughout the match, scoring his first goal of the season and exceeding his per match totals in three defensive metrics—tackles won, interceptions, clearances. While he’s not a scoring threat on a match-to-match basis, his goal was neatly taken as he ran onto a ball and tucked a left-footed finish past Darren Randolph. Robertson has scored at least eight points in six of his last eight matches and is an above-average streaming option for 10-team-or-deeper-leagues.
Matthew Pennington, Everton (Less than 1 percent): With Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori out for the season, Pennington will be in contention for more playing time after his contributions in the Merseyside derby. On his first start of the term, the versatile defender slotted home his first Everton goal and won four tackles. The 22-year-old played 67 minutes at the heart of the Toffees defense, lining up in a central role alongside Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka. If Ronald Koeman continues to use a formation that features three center-halves, chances are high Pennington will be one. He’s a speculative add that could potentially have streaming value in deeper leagues.
Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester City (44 percent): Ndidi has emerged as the most reliable Leicester City player in Togga’s fantasy format since cracking the starting XI. The defensive midfielder has scored 80 total points over the course of his last six matches and had a brilliant performance at the weekend. Ndidi posted 16.5 points against Stoke City thanks to a well-taken strike, as he curled from 25-yards out past Lee Grant to score his first goal for the Foxes in style. The Nigerian international has cemented his place in the starting XI during Leicester's four-match winning streak and made some serious noise in fantasy with six double-digit peformances in a row. He has value as a fourth midfielders in 10-team-or-deeper-leagues.
Kamil Grosicki, Hull City (33 percent): There is a lot to like about Grosicki, and that's why the Polish international has become a frequent flyer on this column. The winger showcased his ability to be a gamechanger during Hull City's 2-1 victory over West Ham United last Saturday with two assists after in a second-half substitue cameo. His first was a gorgeous pass that allowed Andrew Robertson to run into space and finish past Darren Randolph, while he later showed his set piece abilities by supplying the corner kick on Andrea Ranocchia's match-winning header. If Grosicki is rewarded with start against Middlesbrough, which seems likely, he should be considered an above-average streaming option in fantasy. The 28-year-old has now recorded four assists (in Togga’s scoring format) and nine chances created over the last five matches.
Eric Dier, Tottenham (25 percent): Mauricio Pochettino will push Dier into a midfield role for Tottenham’s midweek trip to Swansea City if Victor Wanyama is unavailable, considering Harry Winks has been ruled out for the rest of the season. In the event this circumstance comes true, Dier’s value would greatly increase. The England international is already a defensive stat-stuffer on a match-to-match basis, meaning a few points from offensive metrics would result in a score much higher than his season points per match average (3.89). Furthermore, Dier is coming off his best fantasy performance this season. The 23-year-old scored a goal, recorded nine clearances and won six aerials against Burnley. He’s someone to add in all leagues.
Lucas Leiva, Liverpool (6 percent): With Adama Lallana out for a month, Lucas should hold a place in the starting XI until Jordan Henderson returns from a foot injury. The Brazilian shined in a holding midfield role alongside Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in the Merseyside derby, recording nine aerial wins and seven tackles. While he did grab an assist on Coutinho’s goal, do not expect helpers on a weekly-basis. Despite limited attacking potential, he has value in deeper leagues thanks to reliable production in all defensive metrics.
Divock Origi, Liverpool (35 percent): Sadio Mané is expected to miss GW31 due to a leg injury he suffered against Everton at the weekend. As a result, Origi will take his place in starting XI for Wednesday’s match against Bournemouth. And that’s great news for owners that have held Origi on their bench. The Belgian came on for the injury Mane in the Merseyside derby and made his presence felt by scoring his fifth goal of the season—a first-time, thunderclap of strike past Joel Robles. While the absence of Mané is blow to Liverpool’s attack, Origi has scored three goals and tallied three assists in seven starts this term. He’s an add for anyone that needs forward depth.
Shinji Okazaki, Leicester City (5 percent): I have a feeling that Okazai will score against Sunderland on Tuesday. Why? The Black Cats have conceded nine goals in their last five matches and allow an average of 18.2 shots per game this seasob. Meanwhile, Okazaki has taken five shots and created three scoring chances in his last four. The combination of a favorable matchup and his production in recent weeks leads me to believe the Japanesse international will snap a run of 13 appearances without a goal. He's an above-average option in deeper leagues as a third forward for GW31.
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