Digest

The Digest – Gameweek 35

Our final look back at Gameweek 35 shines the spotlight on Arsenal’s top performer from the first half of the season as he makes a late return onto Fantasy radars. The Black Cats’ resurgence is also acknowledged, whilst the current lack of form from many of the upcoming double Gameweek sides may potentially alter our Fantasy plans:

THE PLAYER

Aaron Ramsey is back. For the first half of the season, the Welshman defied his doubters by consistently scoring and assisting in both the domestic and European stages. Fantasy managers who acquired him early saw big gains in their team value and overall ranking as Ramsey propelled Arsenal to top spot at Christmas and looked a sure candidate for a Player of the Year nomination.

Injury on Boxing Day and a subsequent setback during his recovery kept him sidelined for over three months but, on his first league start since Gameweek 18 at the weekend, Ramsey’s class and importance to the Gunners midfield was telling. A 16-point return – his highest haul of the season – came courtesy of a goal, clean sheet, a pair of assists and two bonus points kept the Gunners in the driving seat to seal a seventeenth consecutive Champions League qualification and brings the Welshman back onto our radars as Arsenal look forward to three favourable fixtures to close out the campaign.

Ramsey has the potential to explode at the Emirates, in two consecutive home games against out-of-form Newcastle and West Brom before making a final away trip to Norwich. With concerns still hanging over premium-priced options such as Eden Hazard, David Silva and Yaya Toure, Ramsey, at just 7.2 in the Fantasy Premier League game, offers outstanding value as Fantasy managers consider their options and perhaps look to free up funds for a heavy hitting striker for the upcoming double Gameweek.

THE TEAM

Seven days ago, the prospects of Sunderland being chosen as ‘The Team’ by the Digest seemed laughable. Firmly bottom of the Premier League’s form table at the time, with seven defeats in eight games, Gus Poyet’s charges looked set for certain relegation and were adrift from their rivals at the foot of the table.

What a difference a week makes. Four unlikely points taken from title-chasing duo Manchester City and Chelsea is surely the stuff of miracles and the Wearsiders now have a fighting chance of staying up in the top flight following outstanding displays at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge, the latter ending Jose Mourinho’s 77-match unbeaten Premier League home record.

Sunderland have come through a horrific sequence of fixtures that saw them play five of the current top six in just six weeks and thankfully the opposition eases a little as they continue their battle for survival. Three of their remaining four games come at the Stadium of Light, and crucially these are all against relegation rivals. A massive ‘six pointer’ against Cardiff is next up for the Black Cats which is followed by a double Gameweek 37, where a trip to United precedes the visit of fellow-strugglers West Bromwich Albion. The final and possibly crucial fixture is also at home, against a Swansea side who may have secured their own safety by this time and could have their minds on the beach already.

Vito Mannone continues to offer outstanding value in goal at just 4.5, returning a remarkable 14 saves against Chelsea last weekend and a haul of six points despite the lack of a clean sheet. Phil Bardsley returns from a two-match ban this weekend to offer potential returns at either end of the pitch at just 4.3 in the FPL game. Further up the pitch, Adam Johnson will surely start the remaining matches and remains a tempting option at just 6.4, but it is Connor Wickham’s confidence that will be sky-high after scoring three times against City and Chelsea and, providing he shakes off a knock, at just 4.6 he offers a great differential and third striker option for Fantasy managers looking to move funds around and acquire premium priced players for the final run in.

THE TALKING POINT

With six teams set for a pair of fixtures in the penultimate Gameweek of the season, Fantasy managers are, as always, keen to restructure their squads to take advantage. Whilst double Gameweek 31 proved a major success, the recent disappointment brought about by double Gameweek 34 served a reminder that teams stocked full of players with a pair of fixtures apiece don’t come with success guaranteed.

As we assess the lay of the land, however, it’s fair to say that the majority of sides that are set to play twice are in poor form as we approach the double. Manchester United have been far from convincing in recent matches, though their decision to dismiss David Moyes earlier today may now persuade many to re-assess their options ahead of a trio of successive home games against Norwich, Sunderland and Hull. Sunday’s display at Goodison was dire but surely, you’d reckon, the Red Devils will be back on the attack for the last few matches – with Ryan Giggs handed the reins on a short-term basis, the likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata could be set to flourish as the champions look to finish the season on a positive note.

While many already have a full quota of Man City options and Sunderland look full of fight and offer cut price options and home games aplenty, Hull, Villa and West Brom have done little to suggest that, even with an extra game apiece, they’ll bring home the Fantasy returns.

Arsenal’s recent resurgence and push for a fourth place finish highlights just how key form is at this time of year. As nerves become increasingly frayed and the finishing line edges within sight, those sides with momentum and plenty still to play for are equally, if not more, crucial to our planning. Ramsey and Lukas Podolski, for example, may have one match less than the likes of Hull but are more than capable of outscoring Steve Bruce’s charges – indeed, the German’s four goals in the last two matches mirrors the Tigers’ tally over their last six games altogether. Little wonder over 23,000 managers have already acquired Podolski ahead of Monday’s encounter with Newcastle.

Elsewhere in north London, Tottenham’s hopes of clinching a European slot may be slim but the recent displays of Christian Eriksen (55 points in the last five Gameweeks) and Harry Kane, who has now scored in each of his three starts for Tim Sherwood’s side, will also be on Fantasy managers’ minds as we map out our plans for the run-in. Liverpool and Everton also may have just three games left but, given how vital their remaining matches are to both sides’ ambitions, owners of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard, Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku may choose to hold rather than gamble on a double Gameweek option with far less impressive form.

Typically, double Gameweeks fill Fantasy managers with hope and expectations of triple-figure hauls, the chance to take a punt or two and back the courage of our convictions. Whilst this one hands us a final throw of the dice before the campaign draws to a close, the real lack of genuine in-form contenders may persuade many to adopt a slightly more risk-free strategy over these last few rounds of matches instead.

Ricardo355 Far to many hours spent in FPL world..”

1,092 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Disco Stu
      2 years, 8 days ago

      For UCL,

      A. Schurrle and Bale

      B. Mandzukic and Willian

      Open Controls
      1. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 8 days ago

        A as Schurrle the greater goal threat over Willian

        Open Controls
        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 years, 8 days ago

          And Bale more threat than any of them, though he's a doubt tomorrow.

          Open Controls
      2. pundit of punts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 8 days ago

        A

        Open Controls
    • Tmel
        2 years, 8 days ago

        Roo or Pod in for Lukaku?

        Open Controls
        1. Disco Stu
            2 years, 8 days ago

            Rooney

            Open Controls
          • Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 years, 8 days ago

            Rooney

            Just cos of DGW

            Open Controls
        2. pundit of punts
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 years, 8 days ago

          UCL RMT. 😀

          Courtois,3m
          Juanfran,Miranda,Azpilicueta,Carvajal,3.5m
          Bale,Rooben,Oscar,Raul Garcia,4m
          Ronaldo,Costa,Muller

          Open Controls
          1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 years, 8 days ago

            😀

            Open Controls
            1. pundit of punts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 years, 8 days ago

              I take that as a 10/10. 😀

              Open Controls
          2. Disco Stu
              2 years, 8 days ago

              You like Muller over Mandzukic?

              Open Controls
              1. pundit of punts
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 years, 8 days ago

                Yes. Muller on pens.

                Open Controls
          3. GGMU
              2 years, 8 days ago

              Mannone
              Coleman, Cahill, Ward
              Silva, Mirallas, Eriksen, Mata
              Suarez, Lukaku, Aguero
              (Adrian, Mccartney, Chambers, Parker)

              1 FT & 6m ITB

              A) Mirallas, Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey, Nasri & Rooney for -8
              B) Mirallas & Silva -> Ramsey & Nasri (-4)
              C) Mirallas/Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey & Rooney

              Open Controls
            • sinik #davesaves
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 years, 8 days ago

              atm it's looking like this will be my team for GW36:

              ....................Speroni
              ........Kosc - Chester - Baines
              Nasri - Ramsey (c) - Eriksen - Mata
              ......Rooney - Podolski - Aguero

              Davis; Ivanovic, Cahill, Noone

              feeling punty yet confident

              Open Controls
              1. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 years, 8 days ago

                Solid team, any hits?

                Open Controls
                1. sinik #davesaves
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 years, 8 days ago

                  😐 -12 😐

                  but I'm very confident that my replacements will outscore those out the door

                  alternatively could save Ward > Koscielny for a week and play Ivan who will be rested with no CL

                  Open Controls
              2. wherearemykeys
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 years, 7 days ago

                Sinik, I am very similar
                ...........Mannone
                .....Coleman, Chester, Ivanovic
                ... Nasri, Ramsey (C), Gerard, Eriksen
                ... Suarez, Rooney, Ageuero

                Mcgregor; Jedinak, Ward, Burner

                Open Controls
            • bigdip
                2 years, 8 days ago

                Did Silva-> Ramsey and -4 hit Lukaku -> Rooney. My defence looks horrid. Who could I bring in? I'm 60 points away from leader in 2nd place. I need to take some big risks to pay off! Shall I make it a -8 hit for Mirallas to Eriksen, Ozil or Nasri?

                Mannone (Adrian)
                Coleman - Dummet - Zabaleta (Chester, Baker)
                Gerrard - Mata - Ramsey -MIRALLAS (Ki)
                Suarez - Rooney - Adebayor

                Open Controls
                1. Specialist
                    2 years, 8 days ago

                    Wouldn't play Dummet this week.. And yeah might as well get Mirallas out. Prefer Nasri out of those 3

                    Open Controls
                    1. bigdip
                        2 years, 8 days ago

                        Then who shall I play? Baker or Chester?

                        Open Controls
                        1. Specialist
                            2 years, 8 days ago

                            Tough. Probably Chester

                            Open Controls
                          • Jax
                              2 years, 7 days ago

                              Baker

                              Open Controls
                      • GGMU
                          2 years, 8 days ago

                          A) Mirallas, Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey, Nasri & Rooney for -8
                          B) Mirallas & Silva -> Ramsey & Nasri (-4)
                          C) Mirallas/Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey & Rooney (-4)

                          Open Controls
                          1. Specialist
                              2 years, 8 days ago

                              A for me

                              Open Controls
                          2. bigdip
                              2 years, 8 days ago

                              I've done Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey & Rooney and looking to do Mirallas to Nasri, Eriksen or Ozil. Tough call but Nasri seems like a good shout

                              Open Controls
                            • GreenWindmill
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              2 years, 8 days ago

                              Feck. Only just remembered I have a UFPL team - had a quick look and it's lying in ruins after a period of neglect.

                              In its defence it was already lounging at an outrageous angle in a condemned building at the point I last actively managed it but it's still a sad sight :(

                              Open Controls
                              1. Doosra - A☭Noble☭Grape
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 years, 8 days ago

                                I have always been a connoisseur of ruins ... 😀

                                Open Controls
                              2. FCK YOU / SELL OUTS MURDERE…
                                  2 years, 8 days ago

                                  :)

                                  Open Controls
                                  1. The Enlightener
                                      2 years, 8 days ago

                                      Hey Pinkfish. Heard this song the other day on my Golden Oldies TV channel. Thought you might dig.
                                      As one reviewer on Youtube put it: this is a "super fun song."
                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6k3BEU1aQM&list=RDp6k3BEU1aQM

                                      Open Controls
                                      1. FCK YOU / SELL OUTS MURDERE…
                                          2 years, 8 days ago

                                          I will dance to that later when inebriated as I will probably enjoy it a lot more then.

                                          :): Tx for that, Kinda reminds me of the Teddy boy era kickin off.

                                          Open Controls
                                          1. The Enlightener
                                              2 years, 8 days ago

                                              Yeah. A few adult beverages, and it should be even more fun.

                                              Open Controls
                                    • UnderstandablyDistraught
                                        2 years, 8 days ago

                                        On -4 for this

                                        Mannone Adrian

                                        Coleman, Cahill, Zab, Chester, Ward

                                        Ramsey, Silva, Mata, Eriksen, Puncheon

                                        Suarez, Rooney, Aguero

                                        Take another hit to replace Silva or wing it for this week?

                                        Open Controls
                                        1. Weasel Boy
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 8 days ago

                                          I would stick this week.

                                          Punch could get something against City who's defence hasn't looked so solid lately.

                                          Open Controls
                                          1. UnderstandablyDistraught
                                              2 years, 8 days ago

                                              thanks

                                              Open Controls
                                        2. fuml_akimbo
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 8 days ago

                                          3 weeks left to climb 6K and burst into the top 10K. Which is the best move this week?

                                          A) Lallana > Ramsey

                                          B) Lallana > Nasri

                                          Cheers :)

                                          Open Controls
                                          1. GreennRed
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 8 days ago

                                            A

                                            Open Controls
                                          2. Weasel Boy
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 8 days ago

                                            Defo A

                                            Open Controls
                                        3. Gimli son of Gloin
                                            2 years, 8 days ago

                                            Anybody else see the new GoT?
                                            Episode by episode, it really manages to amaze me even more.
                                            The production, the acting and the writing is astounding and as a reader of the books it hasn't drifted too far from the story.
                                            Do non-readers also think it's the greatest TV series ever made?
                                            It's not even half way through and I already thinks it's head and shoulders above the rest - and I've seen more or less everything but Prison Break (the little of which I saw, I hated.)

                                            Open Controls
                                            1. GreennRed
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 years, 8 days ago

                                              Never seen it not weird I promise.

                                              Do you rate Breaking Bad, Sopranos?

                                              Open Controls
                                            2. Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                                                2 years, 8 days ago

                                                have you seen the wire or the sopranos?

                                                Open Controls
                                              • Camp Go Go - Slouch87'…
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 years, 8 days ago

                                                Never seen, never read, never will.

                                                Open Controls
                                                1. Camp Go Go - Slouch87'…
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 years, 8 days ago

                                                  Any of the stuff mentioned above, for that matter.

                                                  Open Controls
                                              • Calvin Clyne
                                                  2 years, 8 days ago

                                                  Sorry, definitely not in the top 5 even.

                                                  Open Controls
                                              • GreennRed
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                2 years, 8 days ago

                                                12 possibles

                                                Courtois
                                                Alana, Caravajal, Miranda, Azpilicueta
                                                Bale, Schweinsteiger, Garcia, Oscar
                                                Ronaldo, Costa(c)

                                                Starke, Kroos, Eto'o, Kalas

                                                Open Controls
                                              • Open Controls
                                                1. UnderstandablyDistraught
                                                    2 years, 8 days ago

                                                    Petty and completely lacking in class imo. Rabble rabble

                                                    Open Controls
                                                  • Camp Go Go - Slouch87'…
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 8 days ago

                                                    Only funny part, and even that only moderately, here was Manchester United removing letters of David Moyes from its name.

                                                    Open Controls
                                                    1. Rasping Drive
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 years, 8 days ago

                                                      You obviously have far more sophisticated and advanced sense of humors than me

                                                      Open Controls
                                                      1. Camp Go Go - Slouch87'…
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 8 days ago

                                                        Or then I'm just less sensitive to fun.

                                                        Open Controls
                                                      2. Camp Go Go - Slouch87'…
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 8 days ago

                                                        To me this was pretty cheap and incoherent ramble without a structure or clever punchlines. Seems to me that very little thought had been put to it.

                                                        Open Controls
                                                        1. Rasping Drive
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          2 years, 8 days ago

                                                          Next you'll be telling me Norman Wisdom isn't funny.

                                                          Open Controls
                                                          1. Camp Go Go - Slouch87'…
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            2 years, 8 days ago

                                                            who the f is Norman Wisdom?

                                                            Btw, that sounds like a fake name referring to the cleverness of the high class of England (after the conquest).

                                                            Open Controls
                                                            1. Rasping Drive
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              2 years, 7 days ago

                                                              Perhaps not as sophisticated as I first thought.

                                                              Open Controls
                                                              1. Camp Go Go - Slouch87'…
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                Yeah, my knowledge of all that comedy stuff is actually rudimentary.

                                                                As said, I really do not know Norman Wisdom. And now feel very inclined not to google him/it.

                                                                Open Controls
                                                2. CarsonYeung
                                                    2 years, 8 days ago

                                                    Mirallas to Ramsey for a -8? Already taken a hit for Rooney this GW but with Ramsey's fixtures he could easily pay back the hit in the first week...

                                                    Open Controls
                                                  • Tmel
                                                      2 years, 8 days ago

                                                      Mannone
                                                      Baines Azpi Ivan
                                                      Ramsey(c) Nasri Eriksen Lallana
                                                      Rooney Suarez(vc) Kun
                                                      (Davis Punch Olsson Bruce)

                                                      Had to take a -4 to get this, worth taking another hit to sort out the defence (maybe Kos or Alonso) or should I stick?

                                                      Open Controls
                                                    • Calvin Clyne
                                                        2 years, 8 days ago

                                                        What do you all make of this team? It has 4 changes for a -8. They’d need to be done today as I’d literally be left with 0.0 itb.

                                                        Szczesny (Adrian)
                                                        Zabaleta, Coleman, Azpil (Chester, Ward)
                                                        Mata, Eriksen, Nasri, Ramsey (3.9)
                                                        Aguero, Rooney, Suarez

                                                        Changes are Silva –> Nasri, Mirallas –> 3.9, Dzeko –> Aguero, Lukaku –> Rooney.

                                                        Also considering Eriksen –> AJ (would also allow Amalfitano for his DGW instead of the 3.9).

                                                        Open Controls
                                                        1. UnderstandablyDistraught
                                                            2 years, 8 days ago

                                                            Who is this 3.9 bottom feeder?

                                                            Open Controls
                                                            1. Calvin Clyne
                                                                2 years, 8 days ago

                                                                Any of them, he won't be seeing the light of day.

                                                                Open Controls
                                                          • Spineless Weasel - FIFFSA 5…
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            2 years, 8 days ago

                                                            why am I tempted by Torres over Diego Costa?

                                                            Open Controls
                                                            1. Kostja
                                                                2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                done any heroin lately?

                                                                Open Controls
                                                            2. Gaffers
                                                                2 years, 8 days ago

                                                                Trying to catch up in my ML - Should I do Coleman, Mirallas, Lukaku -> Smalling, Mata, Rooney for -8, and throw all my eggs in the DGW basket?

                                                                Open Controls
                                                              • Cocky Spaniel Alves
                                                                  2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                  Any reason to wait a bit longer or should I just go for this right now?

                                                                  Silva/Lukaku => Ramsey/Agüero
                                                                  (-4)

                                                                  Open Controls
                                                                • justgiving.com/JonnyChard
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                  Begovic, Davis
                                                                  Zaba, Azpi, Cahill, Stones, Chambers
                                                                  Hazard, Lallana, Eriksen, Sterling, Silva,
                                                                  Suarez, Lukaku, Sturridge

                                                                  Hazard -> Ramsey or Mata? = 0pt hit
                                                                  Hazard+Silva -> Ramsey+Mata = -4pt hit
                                                                  Hazard+Silva+Sturridge -> Ramsey+Mata+Aguero = -8pt hit

                                                                  Which seems the best? Thanks!

                                                                  Open Controls
                                                                  1. justgiving.com/JonnyChard
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                    or even Rooney involved somewhere?
                                                                    Thoughts?

                                                                    Open Controls
                                                                • Woy of the Wovers
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                  What's the word on the street. Lukaku or Rodney?

                                                                  Open Controls
                                                                • justgiving.com/JonnyChard
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                  Begovic, Davis
                                                                  Zaba, Azpi, Cahill, Stones, Chambers
                                                                  Hazard, Lallana, Eriksen, Sterling, Silva,
                                                                  Suarez, Lukaku, Sturridge

                                                                  Hazard -> Ramsey or Mata? = 0pt hit
                                                                  Hazard+Silva -> Ramsey+Mata = -4pt hit
                                                                  Hazard+Silva+Sturridge -> Ramsey+Mata+Aguero/Rooney = -8pt hit

                                                                  Which seems the best? Thanks!

                                                                  Open Controls
                                                                • justgiving.com/JonnyChard
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                  Current:

                                                                  Begovic
                                                                  Zaba, Azpi, Cahill, Stones, Chambers
                                                                  Hazard, Lallana, Ramsey, Eriksen, Sterling
                                                                  Suarez, Lukaku, Sturridge

                                                                  Hazard + Sturridge --> Mata/Nasri + Rooney/Aguero? for a -8pt hit

                                                                  which option would be best? thoughts? any other ideas?

                                                                  Thanks :)

                                                                  Open Controls
                                                                • Neville's Advocate
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                  Schwarzer bandwagon? 😉

                                                                  Open Controls
                                                                  1. nashy333
                                                                      2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                      how does this look?

                                                                      Hart
                                                                      Sagna Zabaleta Koscielny
                                                                      Erik, Mata, Rambo, Sterl
                                                                      Kun, Roon, Suarez

                                                                      sub: colback, chester, ward

                                                                      Open Controls
                                                                      1. EasyRaider
                                                                          2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                          Looks nice who would be your C

                                                                          Open Controls
                                                                          1. nashy333
                                                                              2 years, 7 days ago

                                                                              was thinking maybe Ramsey... think newc will be destroyed. thoughts?

                                                                              Open Controls