Togga veteran @SlyKingTails guides us through the waivers
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It’s slim pickings in midfield this week. I’d advise that you look at your lineups and decide what TYPE of midfielder you need.
Do you have lots of players who score 8-12 points every week but do little else… (like Kouyate or Gueye, for instance?)… or do you have mostly players who either score 15+ points or get you around 4 or 5 (like Tadic, Ritchie, Knockaert or Fraser, perhaps)?
If you’re in the former camp, you probably need to gamble a bit on a player with more upside (i.e. the ability to get you a much bigger score). If you’re in the latter camp, it’s probably about time you consider some of the more boring though consistent midfielders currently available in the game. I’ll provide some good examples of each type of player for GW29 here:
MIDs with upside:
Mark Albrighton v BOU H – Sure, his goal at the weekend was lucky. And he’s probably already taken in your league. But just in case he isn’t, please check to see if Albrighton is available for GW29. Week after week, Bournemouth’s defence is a shambles. You only need to look at the goals Newcastle scored at the weekend (or, for that matter, the 4 that Huddersfield put past them the week before) to realise this is an extremely generous defensive unit that can and should be targeted. Albrighton takes the majority of the corners and set pieces at Leicester, his delivery from wide is excellent and he’s capable of popping up with the occasional goal himself.
Nathan Redmond v STO H – I’m assuming at this point somebody in your league will already own James Ward-Prowse. If that’s not the case, I think he’d still be my first pick in the Southampton midfield. Redmond, however, has shown fantasy promise whenever he’s been in the team… as he was at the weekend against Burnley. Having barely featured since Boxing Day, Redmond tallied an impressive 17 points and 5 successful take-ons in his first game back in the starting lineup. With games against Stoke and Newcastle up next, it’s well worth a punt on Redmond if you’re looking for a player who’s capable of getting you 15+ on a good week.
Michail Antonio v SWA A – This one is complicated by the fact that Antonio didn’t even start the game at the weekend… but having come off the bench and scored (to add to his assist the previous week), there’s a chance that Antonio works his way back into the lineup for the upcoming game against Swansea. If he does, his dribbling and goalscoring abilities are always worth gambling on. He’s currently averaging 14.25PPG over his last two appearances despite only seeing 32 minutes of action against Liverpool. He’s still pretty highly owned in Togga leagues which is perhaps surprising given the length of his absence along with the rotation fears. If he’s still out there, now is probably the time to scoop him up.
Alex Pritchard v TOT A – I don’t love him against Spurs this week, but Pritchard has quietly shown a lot of promise over the last 2 weeks with 2 assists and a goal. He’s a talented young player who’s looked lively in the no.10 role and Huddersfield do have an appealing run of fixtures after GW29. Pritchard has the ability to be a success in the Premier League and, at Huddersfield, should face fewer threats to his minutes on the pitch than fellow Championship arrival Will Hughes does at Watford, for example.
Rajiv van La Parra v TOT A – Again, he’s not a great option in GW29 but you may want to add him now if you like the potential over the next 5 GWs. Van La Parra is showing a surprisingly high floor due to his successful dribbling, amassing an impressive 6 completed take-ons against West Brom to go with his, frankly, freakish 28 completed take-ons over his last 7 league starts. That’s an average of 4 per game… which, when you consider you’re awarded 2 points for each one, makes him very appealing as a low-risk punt on weeks where you think he has a shot at a goal. He now has 2 goals in his last 2 games so perhaps now is the time to be hopping on board. Do I think his goalscoring form continues? No. But considering the lad’s dribbling stats, there are much riskier players people will gamble on over the coming weeks. Both Pritchard and van La Parra have a fixture in GW31, if that sways you at all.
MIDs with a rock solid floor:
Mo Diame v LIV A – that’s now 9 weeks in a row that Diame’s scored over 7.5 points. He’s averaging 11PPG over that span which is up there with the some of the elite midfielders in the game. There’s a large enough sample size now to believe that this can continue. At a time when there’s so much volatility in the league week-to-week and it can be so hard to predict where the next clean sheet might be coming from, Diame’s consistency in midfield offers you a some very welcome relief.
Badou Ndiaye v SOU A – Ndiaye is a combative box-to-box midfielder who just compiled 13 points for a range of actions (tackles, interceptions, aerials dribbles, shots) without having to do anything particularly spectacular or unlikely… like finding the net. I see no reason why he wouldn’t be able to perform a similar job for your team against Southampton.
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