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FanDuel Focus – Gameweek 38

It’s time for our final FanDuel article of the season as we visit our partner game to consider the various contests on offer and also propose an XI for the last day of the campaign.

There’s only one window to enter teams, with all ten fixtures running simultaneously on Sunday. The deadline is at the 3pm kick-offs.

To add a little last-day spice, we’ve also set up a ‘Beat the Scout’ contest for the window, giving you the chance to take on a combined Mark and Jonty XI for a shot at £50 in cash.

The contest is for FanDuel newcomers and veterans alike. For FanDuel first-timers, simply register and deposit funds and you can have a crack at besting Mark and Jonty’s combined team. Vets, meanwhile, just need to follow the link and sort out their Scout-busting team.

Everyone who surpasses Mark and Jonty’s score will be entered into a draw to win £50 in cash – that’s cash, not credit.

For newcomers to FanDuel, check out our pre-season strategy guide, which provides some hints on which types of players to target.

My Strongest XI

Joel Pereira (£4m)

John Terry (£7.4m)

Adrian Mariappa (£7.8m)

Callum Chambers (£8.5m)

Scott McTominay (£5m)

Luka Milivojevic (£7.8m)

Cesc Fabregas (£11.5m)

Mesut Ozil (£12.6m)

Daniel Sturridge (£10.2m)

Gabriel Jesus (£11.8m)

Harry Kane (£13.4m)

The Key Picks

We couldn’t overlook Manchester United’s third-choice keeper Joel Pereira following Jose Mourinho’s strong hint that the youngster is set to for his debut against Crystal Palace. The young Portuguese’s bargain price-tag alone makes him a tempting pick, but he should also pick up a few saves as he attempts to deny Christian Benteke. Furthermore, a clean sheet can’t be ruled out – United have conceded 12 goals in 18 matches at Old Trafford. Only Spurs have a better defensive record at home (9 goals from 19).

John Terry notched the opener at Watford for Chelsea – reminding us of his goal threat and helping him score an impressive 29.25 FanDuel points with 5 CBIs also registered. We’re expecting the centre-back to turn in a similar performance as the champions host Sunderland in a match set to be his last for the club. He’ll likely be pinpointed at set-pieces to deliver a parting goal and, promisingly, the Black Cats have conceded the most headed attempts (60 in 18) on road trips this term.

The Watford back-line has been hit by a host of injuries as they welcome an in-form Manchester City attack to Vicarage Road. Adrian Mariappa is all but guaranteed to face the onslaught and should be busy picking up defensive FanDuel points on Sunday. The centre-back’s 67 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBIs) and 18 tackles have produced a healthy 20-point average over his last six outings.

We’ve spent big on our third and final defender. Middlesbrough are in store for a tough afternoon at Liverpool with the home side knowing a win will confirm Champions League football next season. Calum Chambers is our pick from the Boro defence – he’s averaged over 10 CBIs and just under three tackles per match this campaign to accrue a 20.8 FanDuel point average.

Similar to our keeper, our first midfielder mainly makes the line-up as a Jose Mourinho budget buy. We don’t have much to go on for Man United’s Scott McTominay, although he did pick up an encouraging 8.25 FanDuel points in under ten minutes when he made a late cameo against Arsenal in Gameweek 36. At a cut-price 5m, the central midfielder acts as an ideal enabler to fit in big-hitters elsewhere.

Our next selection’s end-to-end role suits the FanDuel scoring matrix. Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic netted a penalty to score 28.75 points in the 4-0 victory over Hull City last time out. The Serb has recorded 28 CBIs and 15 tackles over the last six matches to highlight his combativeness. He’s also drawn nine fouls over that period and spot-kick duties underline his threat going forward. An 18-point average over those six fixtures, and a reasonable price, should make him a worthwhile pick at Old Trafford.

Cesc Fabregas arrived from the bench against Watford to score the goal that ensured another win for Antonio Conte’s outfit. Considering he was rested for most of the encounter, it means the Spaniard looks an assured starter for their closing match with Sunderland and his recent influence promises more returns. The Blues midfielder has now tallied five assists and a pair of goals in his last seven starts, while a 41-point average in his previous six home appearances indicates he’s a sound pick in FanDuel against the basement dwellers.

Although we would have liked to fit in Alexis Sanchez as our Arsenal weapon of choice against Everton, Mesut Ozil’s performance last time out in the win over the Black Cats has convinced us to go for the midfielder. The German created 12 chances in the 2-0 win over David Moyes’ side to provide an assist and a 49.75-point FanDuel haul – enough to exceeded Sanchez’s 41.75 points despite the latter’s brace. Three goals and four assists in ten matches for Ozil demonstrates his improved output over the run-in and his creativity could be key to penetrating a stubborn Toffees rearguard in a must-win match for the Gunners.

It’s sensible to pick a differential or two in a FanDuel line-up and we’ve gone for Daniel Sturridge here. The Liverpool forward flourished and scored as part of a front two positioned ahead of a diamond formation against Southampton. He should have plenty of opportunities to net again – the Reds will throw waves of attacks at visitors Boro and the relegated side have conceded 11 goals in their last three away trips.

Gabriel Jesus continues to indicate he has a bright future under Pep Guardiola. A goal and assist in the 3-1 West Brom victory reflected his combined goal threat and playmaking skills. The Brazilian has notched six goals and served up three assists in seven Man City starts, averaging 35 FanDuel points per match. That makes him difficult to ignore for the trip to Watford – the Hornets have leaked eight goals in three outings.

Romelu Lukaku was leading the race for the Golden Boot, but after Harry Kane’s four-goal display at Leicester City the Spurs frontman has made his move. He’ll be keen to further the gap as Spurs roll up to Hull. The Tigers have only two clean sheets (conceding 28 goals in 18 matches) at the KCOM Stadium this term while the England forward now has 12 goals and four assists in eight starts. Over the last four weeks, Kane’s 24 goal attempts and 14 shots on target suggest his irrepressible form will continue to the season’s final whistle.

This Week’s Contests

The largest pot this weekend is again the Fan Favourite, which has £2500 in prize money and is £5 per entry. The top 120 placed line-ups will collect winnings, with £500 for first spot.

There’s the third round of the Combo Free Play this week, which allows you to try out FanDuel without risking any money. A total of £50 of prizes are available for those who have made their first deposit.

Finally, remember that you can go head-to-head against a line-up picked by Mark and Jonty. There’s another £50 on offer here and the chance to prove your selection skills against the Scouts comes free of charge.

You can register for a free account at FanDuel and enter the tournament via this link.

You must be over 18 years of age, resident in the UK, and of legal capacity to register with FanDuel and open an Account. If you sign up, please always play responsibly.

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  1. Sess!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    To Haz or not to Haz?

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I un-Hazzed

    2. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I un-Hazzed and am now Cout-ed up

      1. Perthite
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Why does a chicken coup have only 2 doors? Because if it has 4 doors it'd be a chicken sedan.

        I am here all week - try the buffet.

  2. Gregor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Current captain thinking?

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Was on Coutinho but Kane's performance and his comments that he going for more of the same on Sunday make him a cert for me

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Hmm, quick turnaround of games for Spurs not a concern though away against a fresh Hull?

        1. UnitedFan
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Overthinking imo 🙂

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Probably!

        2. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 7 days ago

          No, but I wouldn't capt him if I was you. You need a diff like Coutinho. GL

          1. Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Cheers.

    2. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Kane. Might change though. Lot of good options.

      1. Gregor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Yeah, should be another big scoring week.

  3. HurriKane
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Jesus(C) Thoughts ?

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      (C)opycat

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Could be a nice differential.

    3. kalmoffit
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Bold

    4. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      5 months, 7 days ago

      One of several v good options. Surely he will return v Watford?

    5. DJ1000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Jesus scored or assisted in every game since coming back. Watford have huge defensive worries. Can see a Man City rout

  4. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Worth switching Koscielny to Monreal/Liv def, or just switch Holgate to Holding as cover?

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Get Matip.

  5. Conveyancing Reptilian Over…
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Who'll score the most points?

    A. Giroud
    B. Llorente
    C. Vokes
    D. Azpi

    Also... is it worth using AOA to field Albrighton? Or just play Monreal?

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      GW38 is probably the most unpredictable week of the season.

      A is explosive
      B is safe, low ceiling, in form
      C is cheap, best stats, in form
      D is a defender so probable low ceiling.

      I'd play Monreal over Albrighton personally but it's really personal pref.

    2. kalmoffit
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Giroud + Albrighton

  6. RealSocialDads
    5 months, 7 days ago

    A. Ozil -> Sanchez (-4)
    B. Gabbi -> Giroud (-4)
    C. DDG + Gabbi -> Mignolet and Sturridge (-8)
    D. None

    My bench is Chambers (liv), JWP (STO), Holgate (ars) so if I didn't get rid of Gabbi he'd be starting

    1. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      B

    2. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      5 months, 7 days ago

      B

  7. Sporting
    5 months, 7 days ago

    After 37 weeks baring my soul (and arse), I have no shame in reposting this:

    Like most here, I have Kane, Sanchez and Jesus.
    So, how about Costa(C)?

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Just as good an option if he's starting.

    2. Going Home
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I'm going with (C)osta. I can't see him jogging out for 15 mins at the end for a two pointer

  8. Karan14 - (Balegium)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Llorente or Vokes?

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Tis the big question isn't it.

    2. Tommyg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I'm going vokes. Llorente is scoring with 50% of his shots. That can't continue.

      1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
        5 months, 7 days ago

        He does tend to take shots from quite close, a lot of headers too, woulnd't surprise me to see a high conversion rate but low shot totals.

    3. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I've gone Llorente FWIW

  9. Zlatinio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    REPOST*
    Would you do any of these trades? team atm:

    Caballero, Pickford
    Alonso,Fuchs,Davies,Stephens,Holgate
    Sanchez,Hazard,Eriksen,King(Conquelin)
    Kane,Gabbiadini,Lukaku

    1FT 0,1 ITB

    A)
    Eriksen --> Coutinho
    Lukaku --> Jesus

    B)
    Hazard --> KDB/Coutinho
    Lukaku --> Jesus

    C)
    Hazard --> Fabregas
    Lukaku --> Aguero(ML rival has Jesus, I'm in the lead with 45 Points)

    D) Other.

    I'm worried about Haz/Eriksen minutes, also thinking of benching Gabbi for Stephens, What do you say?

    Cheers.

    1. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      B with Coutinho

  10. Snevitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Can't decide on my transfers this week.
    Getting rid of Hazard and Rashford, which do you prefer....

    A) Coutinho & Benteke
    B) Lallana & Vardy
    C) Lallana & Sturridge
    D) Stanislas & Kane

    Thanks 🙂

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Cout + Vokes/Llorente imo

      1. Snevitz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Going Home
      5 months, 7 days ago

      C or D. C if you like Sturridge to start

    3. kalmoffit
      5 months, 7 days ago

      D

  11. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    The Gobbler > Llorente for free?

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Aye

    2. Sims
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Yeah for free it's a no brainer

    3. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Yep

    4. RedMarks 赤的
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Definitely. Done it last week

  12. Judas
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Anichebe ---> Origi or Llorente?

    Will probably own Coutinho

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Then Llorente imo

    2. Tommyg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      No vokes love??

  13. Sicaholic
    5 months, 7 days ago

    7.1m for a mid and a striker

    A: Cout + 8.5m striker (llorente?)
    B: Siggy + sturridge
    C: others?

    1. Sicaholic
      5 months, 7 days ago

      forgot to mention that im dropping haz + gabbiadini and i am chasing a cash league with a dude 14 points ahead, and have a cushion of 21 from the guy behind

    2. liiusions
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      B

    3. Going Home
      5 months, 7 days ago

      If you're looking for a punt, Giroud and Lallana (or Costa if you can afford)

  14. xth0rx
    5 months, 7 days ago

    My ML comes down to this week, i take a 3 point lead into the final gw with this team:

    Cech
    Monreal Cahill Yoshi
    Alexis Pedro Alli King KDB
    Kane Jesus
    Cabellero Stephens Holgate Anichebe

    My ML rival has his BB intact & this is his team:

    Caballero
    Alonso Holding Yoshi
    KDB Sanchez Zaha King
    Kane Jesus

    he will play BB with Pickford Kelly Negredo Benalouane

    What should i do to get some differential in??

    Siggy? Cesc? Does Alli need to go? do we think cahill will start?

  15. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Gone from 170 pts behind in mini league in gw25 to 8 in front now! I have kos and rival has double Chelsea defence (court & luis) would you do kos to Luis or get matip/monreal?

  16. liiusions
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Which move looks better?

    a)Caballero->Mignolet/Heaton
    b)Yoshida->Matip

    1. kalmoffit
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I'm going to bring in Mignolet.If I could afford and didn't already have Bur defender, Heaton.

  17. Egyptian Giza
    5 months, 7 days ago

    repost sorry. got caught on the last page.

    bench 1

    king stanislas alli sanchez zaha benteke kane jesus

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Stan

    2. UnitedFan
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Zaha

      1. Egyptian Giza
        5 months, 7 days ago

        he's gonna play a Manchester teenager side. I am a bit towards Alli, he looks a bit uninterested and he has become a prone to yellow cards recently, what do you think?

        1. UnitedFan
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Wouldn't bench Alli. Maybe Stanislas if not Zaha

    3. Going Home
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I've benched Zaha with not an un-similar lineup. Might be tempted to go Benteke though (I don't have him)

    4. kalmoffit
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Stanislas

  18. hogree
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Best defender under 6.2?

    1. liiusions
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Matip

    2. Tommyg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Matip

    3. Going Home
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Why would you want a defender under 6.2? Would be beaten in the air regularly

  19. UnitedFan
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Would you get rid of Koscielny for a hit or do you think he'll play?
    If getting rid, for who?

    A) Matip (MID)
    B) Terry (SUN) - Already have Alonso but it looks a guaranteed cleanie
    C) Or just start Baines (ars)

  20. Rash
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Should i not be reading too much into conte talking about if players dont want to be here then they can leave (costa)

    1. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Probably not reading too much into

    2. Going Home
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Have you got a decent replacement? IF so, I wouldn't worry. It will either be no minutes or a start for Diego (if that even refers to Diego)

  21. Sess!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Stuff coutinho. I'm priorising another chelsea attacker.

    1. xth0rx
      5 months, 7 days ago

      but who?

      1. xth0rx
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Would you go cesc & pedro?

        1. Sess!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 7 days ago

          Cesc I think. Will run rings around us like Ozil did.

          1. xth0rx
            5 months, 7 days ago

            Already have pedro, is a double up viable?

            1. Sess!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 7 days ago

              Why not

    2. liiusions
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      I was all but set to get rid of Hazard before Conte's presser, not anymore

      1. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 7 days ago

        What made you change your mind?

    3. kalmoffit
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Are you Ellis Short?

      1. Sess!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 7 days ago

        No, I know about football.

  22. Ferris Bueller
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts please;
    A) Haz & Gabbi > Cout & Giroud for -4?
    B) Gabbi > Llorente

    Team is;
    Cab
    Alonso Yoshida Bailly
    Sanch(vc) Haz Erik Sane
    Kane(c) Jesus Gabbi
    Subs: Pick, Holgate Cedric TCarroll
    £0 bank, 1 FT

  23. Kloppite
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Was going to take Gabbiadini out for Origi but if Firmino is fit does Origi drop out?

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Yep, likely, that's why I'd go Llorente or Vokes over Origi, even though Origi could do well if he plays.

  24. Pierce34
    5 months, 7 days ago

    I normally ask the dead zone about transfers - what would you do with this team?

    Caballero
    Alonso - Monreal - Yoshida
    Sanchez - Hazard - Eriksen - Sane - King
    Kane - Jesus

    Pickford - Gabbiadini - Brunt - Stephens

    1 FT, 0.5 ITB

    Any suggestions, other than Hazard to Coutinho, which I'm considering?

    How about Brunt to Matip and bench Yoshida?

  25. gomez123
    5 months, 7 days ago

    A)Lukaku & Ndidi to Origi & Coutinho
    B) Lukaku & Alonso to Kane & Lovren

    Help guys!!

    1. Kingtekkerz
      5 months, 7 days ago

      A for sure

  26. The Blackadder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Percentage chances of these starting.....
    A. Hazard
    B. Luiz
    C. Gibbs

    1. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      75%
      75%
      75%

    2. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      99%
      50%
      50%

    3. Forza Juventus
      5 months, 7 days ago

      75
      50
      50

  27. JoshHuntCUFC
    5 months, 7 days ago

    40 point gap behind top of my ML.

    Gone bold with Sanchez > Pedro, Gabbi > Costa.

    Thinking Costa (C) as the league leader doesn't have him. Thoughts?

    Could stick with Jesus, Kane, Haz, Alli?

    1. Forza Juventus
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Gotta do something out of the ordinary. Personally I think Haz may be a better Cap option. If he gets that cleaner point and a goal or two with bonus could be a 30+ haul

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      (C)osta could be a delicious differential.

  28. Sims
    5 months, 7 days ago

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/a/entry/1860261/history

    687 to 22k in 2 weeks

    Love how he got into the top 1k with 13 transfers all season. Was probably the best half-dead team until this week

    1. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Wow

  29. dhamphiir
    5 months, 7 days ago

    Sunderland have slapped a £30m price-tag on Jordan Pickford as Everton prepare a bid for the England u21 keeper. (Source: Daily Mail)

    1. Irish Madridistæ ⭐
      5 months, 7 days ago

      As they probably should to be fair.

    2. Sims
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Lol what a joke. Can get a top keeper for half that price from outside England

    3. Pep says
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Arsenal should sign him. Put him under Cech's wing for a bit, Cech doesn't have long left in his career and Arsenal will need a shot stopper

      1. dhamphiir
        5 months, 7 days ago

        Cech should have retire after 2014-15 season

    4. Sess!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 7 days ago

      Anything less than £30m would be scandalous. On his way to being world class.

  30. vectorman
    5 months, 7 days ago

    When you have a really really close ML are hits a risk at this time?. I'm 17 points behind a leader who was hundreds of points ahead 900 in the world at one point and ahead of another guy I was neck and neck with until this week, now 44 points ahead.. He has TC very scarily with Vardy and Azpil spooking me out as his differentials.

    Was just gonna do the obvious move with Haz to Cout. Have 0.3 ITB - is that good enough?

    Caballero Pickford
    Monreal Holding Stones Stephens Yoshi
    Erik Alli King Haz Sanchez
    Kane Jesus Gabbi