Fantasy Premier League Preview: Week 36
Written by Patrick Echatah
After a few consecutive high scoring games, Gameweek 35 was a painful one for many people as they were brought back to earth. The fact that Erling Haaland failed to score despite coming near numerous times had a significant effect on the total number of points.
Other highly-owned players like Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, and Kieran Trippier all failed to perform, therefore those with large differentials benefited. The focus immediately changes to Gameweek 36 and how to recover as we approach the campaign’s conclusion.
Gameweek 35 Top Scorers
McNeil – 21 points
Willian – 15 points
Toti – 14 points
Cairney – 14 points
Doucoure – 13 points
Gundogan – 13 points
Awoniyi – 12 points
Barnes – 11 points
Ramsdale – 10 points
Top Picks For The Week…
For fantasy football players, the fact that Eddie Howe has been starting Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak together is advantageous because the latter has been finding the back of the goal lately. In his 18 league games, ten goals and 7.96 xG have been scored. When we consider that he has only started in 13 of those, that is astounding. Isak now has a very high goals/95 rate of 0.74.
For Brighton, Pascal Groß has not contributed significantly to the fantasy football discourse, but he has been productive all season. Despite being in 9.1% of teams and having eight goals and six assists to his credit, few players on this Seagulls team seem to favor him over others. Groß, who alternates between playing right-back and center midfield, averages 2.2 critical passes per game (the most in this Brighton team) and 1.1 shots.
When Brentford hosts West Ham on Sunday, Toney will be looking for his fourth straight home Premier League goal. The four most recent Bees goals against the Hammers all involved the England international in some way.
The only defenders in this season’s FPL to surpass Alexander-Arnold’s 138 points total are Kieran Trippier (178) and Ben White (147). The England international has accumulated consecutive clean sheets after five games and six assists, so whether it’s through his offensive or defensive prowess, he’s certain to rack up points.
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Given that he has only scored once since DGW 22, Bruno Fernandes doesn’t scream “fantasy investment.” However, if investing in Newcastle or Brighton for DGW36 isn’t your cup of tea, signing Bruno seems like a wise differential choice. Over the course of his last four league games, Bruno has attempted 11 shots and completed 14 critical passes. He has been incredibly unlucky not to have received more points.
Pep Guardiola is certainly guaranteed to rotate, thus Mahrez will likely play despite missing the match against Real Madrid in the middle of the week. Nine assists have been made by the Algerian international this year, including four in his last three games.
Despite having a selection rate that is lower than those of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, both of whom he has outscored, the Arsenal captain has hardly ever experienced a dry spell this season. When his team needs him most, Odegaard is in top form, averaging over nine points per game over the previous five gameweeks.
FPL: Gameweek 34 Captain Picks
You could use the Norwegian striker as a safety bet, but keep in mind that Manchester City has a Champions League matchup coming up. Pep Guardiola might be forced to make some adjustments as a result, and even if Haaland starts, he might be removed early if they are in control at the half.
When a club in good offensive form is playing a team with a recent defensive record that isn’t stellar, it can be difficult to dismiss a DGW. Alexander Isak, in my opinion, is Newcastle United’s preferred striker above Callum Wilson. He has, however, demonstrated his deadly potential as a substitute, scoring an astonishing 5 goals in his last 4 games, including two of them while on the bench.
Salah is the top scoring midfielder in the game right now with 19 goals and 8 assists. He is sure to score at least 20 goals even in his worst season, which is incredible. He leads all midfielders in xG (18.62) and xA (9.37). This week, Liverpool does not have a double-header, but Leicester City is a valuable opponent. The Foxes are in thirteenth place with 64 goals allowed and an xGC of 54.4. They are now ranked 18th in the rankings and appear to be in serious jeopardy.
FPL GW36 Differential Picks to Consider Ahead of Deadline – Alexander Isak, Alexis Mac Allister, Bruno Fernandez, Riyad Mahrez
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