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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. SWANCK
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Thoughts on Alli this week? Do we keep, do we ship?
    And who for?

  2. Baked baines
    6 months, 28 days ago

    It's a shame FPL couldn't change the deadline time from 2 to 2.30 for the last GW of the season. Given there are a lot of changes to teams on the last day of the season. We would of known who was playing meaning are transfers would be sound and a full 11.
    Everyone with a full 11 would add to the excitement!!!

    1. Fred51 - Ibeland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Nah because then its disadvantage too those in other time zones..They have it hard enough as it is.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 28 days ago

        This!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Also if we could pick our teams just after the final whistle would be nice.

    3. BobBradleysOpportunity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      while you're probably right, it would be an odd rule for them to bother adding into the game...

    4. Tokyo Rising Sun
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Nah, prefer the uncertainty

  3. MaansGoaldiggers
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Hazard + Anichebe -> LLorente + Couthino for free?

    already 100pts ahead in cash ML so i feel pretty safe.

    1. Winniesta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      thinking of the same moves, albeit I'm perfectly level with rival at top of ML...

      Or... Cedric to Holding, Ozil to Coutinho and Costa to Kane....

    2. acidicleo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      which mid wud u bench then?

      1. MaansGoaldiggers
        6 months, 28 days ago

        All out attack probably!

        1. acidicleo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 28 days ago

          go ahead...

    3. It Is I, Leclerc
      6 months, 28 days ago

      with that lead, yes. I am thinking the same but am only 7 ahead. I also have AOA.

  4. acidicleo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Sorry repost from last page... Any suggestions please???

    Guys need suggestions to block my ML rival and preserve the lead.
    I have 2 FT vs 1 of his.

    Our current front 8..

    Mine;
    Sanchez King Hazard Alli Sane
    Kane Jesus (Barnes)

    His;
    Sanchez King Hazard Eriksen Cesc
    Kane Rashford Llorente

    I assume he will get in Couti and may play Llor benching Rash..

    I am almost certain about doing Haz to Couti before tonights price changes..
    Unsure about the second FT. I am thinkin about the following moves to block him..

    A) Alli to Eriksen
    B) Alli to Cesc
    C) Barnes to Llorente (this would mean benching Sane)

    Any thoughts on above moves / any other suggestion?

  5. jam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Apparently Swansea have been in Ibiza this week, which has put me off Llorente.

    1. Fred51 - Ibeland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Yeah probably has a groin issue.

      1. Malcolm Tucker for Bolivia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 28 days ago

        yes, crabs

  6. fedolefan
    6 months, 28 days ago

    So, Gabbi likely to start then?

  7. davies
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Sane > Coutinho sound good?

    Would leave me with:

    (-4)
    Caballero
    Alonso / Davies / Gibbs
    Sanchez / Hazard / Eriksen / Coutinho / King
    Kane (C) / Jesus

    Pickford / Vokes / Stephens / Holgate

    Cheers.

    1. Rash
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Think its only worth it if you put the armband on him

      1. davies
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah good shout

  8. Unbelievable Jeff!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Playing AOA - which 2 defenders to play?

    A) BDavis (hul)
    B) Monreal (EVE)
    C) Yoshida (STO)
    D) Alonso (SUN)
    E) Stephens (STO)

    Have Cech in goal
    ML rival only has Alonso and I'm chasing a big lead

    I'm currently playing BDavies and Yoshida (A) + (C)

    1. BobBradleysOpportunity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      alonso over yoshida anyway

      1. Unbelievable Jeff!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 28 days ago

        thanks - and Cech or Caballero?

        1. BobBradleysOpportunity
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 28 days ago

          if rival has alonso tho, and a big lead, maybe someone different actually, monreal perhaps

    2. acidicleo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      still has gotto be alonso and bavies...

  9. X-Men
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Eat Sleep FANTASY Repeat
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072J33M2R

    Funny for fantasy player 🙂

    1. Fred51 - Ibeland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      It's not very FPLly at all.

  10. We Will Klopp you
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Best move for gw38? chasing a 24 point deficit

    A) Alli/Sane + Negredo to someone under 7m to bench and Giroud -4
    B) Alli to someone under 6m to bench and sturridge -4
    C) keep Alli and Sane

    1. Rash
      6 months, 28 days ago

      A) alli for cesc

      1. We Will Klopp you
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Would give me a bench headache if I got Fabregas + Giroud, rest of the front 7 is: Sanchez, Coutinho, Eriksen, Sane, Kane and Jesus

        1. Rash
          6 months, 28 days ago

          does your rival have any of the above? could just bench negredo then

          1. We Will Klopp you
            6 months, 28 days ago

            He's wildcarding, so not too sure of his team, although he did mention Kane, Costa, Jesus strike-force

            1. Rash
              6 months, 28 days ago

              Youd expect him to go major template as hes leading so best bet is to go ultimate differential

        2. SWANCK
          6 months, 28 days ago

          In that case leave Negredo as bench fodder and just do the Alli transfer
          Who would be your main targets?

          1. We Will Klopp you
            6 months, 28 days ago

            Options I've thought of are King, Zaha, Fabregas and Son

  11. Live Lad
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Puel said Gabbiadini is still their first choice penalty taker. He has to be on the pitch to be one. That means he is nailed for the last game??

    1. timmmuh
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Link?

    2. Batigol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      The way he's been playing recently I still think it's best to get rid.

  12. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Have to catch 40 points leader with some trick. Who is the captain?

    1. KISSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Sturridge

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Not sure he starts because Firmino is back

        1. Batigol
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 28 days ago

          He'll start. Origi will drop out.

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Tough ,but you will have to risk captaining a player they don't have.

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Agree , Sturridge yr best bet assuming leader has all the big hitters

    3. The legend of Pato
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Same boat here I need 42 points to win...

      I know he will captain Sanchez so I need that he blanks and I need to choose a different captain.

      It is between Kane, Coutinho or Jesus

  13. KISSES
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Alli and hazard out for Fab and Cout?

    1. acidicleo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      i am thinking about these...
      i think i will do haz to cout part tonight before cout price rise and think over the other...

  14. DarkSideOfTheLoon
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Reposting:

    Just doing Gabbi to Origi.

    Final day team looks like this:

    Caballero (Pickford)
    Alonso Holding Yoshi (Stephens Fernandez)
    Sanchez Hazard Alli Sane (Carroll)
    Kane Jesus Origi

    1) Good to go or would you suggest any other substitution?
    2) Is the bench right?

    Thanks!

    1. FC Lackless [BALEGIUM]
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Slight question mark on Origi place if Firmino passed fit

  15. boc610
    6 months, 28 days ago

    we are very close to being nearly three months free of inane RMT's and 'alli or eriksen ?'posts....

    its gonna be sweet

    1. ezaku
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Probably 2 months, then we'll be asking the same question when constructing our teams.

    2. Heavy Data
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Ye it sure will be quiet then. Maybe someone will have time to rate my team for GW1 of next season? Or possibly suggest if i should pick Pedro over Fabregas or Eriksen or Alli?

    3. BobBradleysOpportunity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      i think i'm going to miss completely ignoring them, yet at the same time expecting people to read mine

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      this place will be dead, you will be sitting there waiting hours for someone to make a post

  16. Heavy Soul
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Here we go lads...your thoughts are appreciated! 1 ft - 0 itb

    Caballero
    Alonso / Vert / Monreal (or Yoshi)
    King / Alli / Sanchez / Haz
    Jesus / Kane (C) / Gabbiadini

    Jaku / Yoshida / Carroll / Stephens

    A) Alli > Coutinho
    B) Haz > Coutinho
    C) Gabbi > Llorente

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      C - looks like the only move that is an improvement

      1. Heavy Soul
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Cheers Miguel

  17. rnrd
    6 months, 28 days ago

    No Spurs presser today?

    1. Mark-O
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      The old WHL is being torn down in process

      Unlikely they will have a presser at their training ground

      1. La Roja
        6 months, 28 days ago

        What has that to do with White Hart Lane?

        1. Mark-O
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 28 days ago

          They give media statements instead

  18. BobBradleysOpportunity
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    10 points inside top 1000, want to cling to it with the safest most boring transfer ever, any ideas?

    Cech
    Alonso, Davies, Stephens
    SanchezC, Sane, Alli, King, Ozil
    Kane, Jesus

    pick, bailly, cedric, gabby (1FT, 0.1 mil ITB)

    A) Ozil/Alli --> Coutinho?
    B) Bailly --> Matip?
    C) other thoughts?

    1. 1966 was a great year for E…
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Ozil to Coutinho will make you more template.

    2. Heavy Soul
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Oz > Cout

    3. BobBradleysOpportunity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      yeah, probably makes the most sense, i wish i knew for certain that alli would start

  19. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Will Costa start or is he drinking?

    1. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Both I think

  20. GreenShark1
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Defending a small 12pt lead, rival i'm guessing will play this defence :

    Cech
    Azpi, Monreal, Stephens (Bailly, Benalouane)

    Do i have mine right or do i also play Stephens and bench Vert?

    Cech
    Alonso, Monreal, Vertonghen (Yoshida, Stephens)

    Ta.

    1. barracuda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Forster, Mignolet or Heaton?

    2. barracuda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Sorry reply fail

  21. *sigh*
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Alli or Eriksen?

    1. barracuda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Erik

  22. barracuda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Would you take a hit to get Matip in?

    1. BobBradleysOpportunity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      no

      1. BobBradleysOpportunity
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 28 days ago

        unless you have no 3rd defender, then yes

        1. barracuda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 28 days ago

          Got Stephens, got Keane

          1. BobBradleysOpportunity
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 months, 28 days ago

            just play stephens i don't think he is 4 points worse of an option than matip

    2. La Roja
      6 months, 28 days ago

      No way

  23. carlosice
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Play Baines (ars) or Daniels (lei)?

    is baines still on pens?

    Thanks

    1. BobBradleysOpportunity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      i would say it's very unlikely baines will take pens with lukaku going for golden boot

    2. VFORVANDETA
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Daniels

  24. barracuda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Forster, Mignolet or Heaton?

    1. BobBradleysOpportunity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      mig

    2. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Mig

  25. La Roja
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Just logged in

    Any news from Poch?

    1. Fred51 - Ibeland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Says he's having take out tonight, Chinese.

      1. La Roja
        6 months, 28 days ago

        Racist

  26. Gingio Ze Roberto
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Squad

    Caballero Cech
    Stephens Alonso Yoshida Holding Davies
    Hazard Ozil Sterling Sane Albrighton
    Costa Gabbiadini Kane

    £0.1 ITB
    All out attack to play.

    Cash mini league tight above and below,
    26 pts behind and 24 ahead.

    2 questions - how much do I gamble with hots and AOA?
    Person ahead has bench boost left and his diffs are Jesus and Alli compared to my squad. I have Ozil and Sterling as mine.

    1) Play it safe - hits could decide it - Gab ---> Origi. +/- AOA
    2) Blow the lid off - its only money (and a lot of pride)
    Sane -> Coutinio,
    Haz -> Wijnaldum
    Gab---> Origi
    Costa---> Jesus
    for -12pts +/- AOA.

    Thanks

  27. Rash
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Cech (willy)
    alonso holding stephens (yosh holgate)
    eriksen* sanchez KDB* fabregas (king)
    costa vardy jesus*

    *rival players trailing by 29 points

    a) KDB jesus to firmino/son sturridge -4
    b) KDB to firmino/son
    c) jesus to sturridge (bench KDB for king)
    d) something else?

    Thanks

    1. Rash
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Any suggestions please?

  28. Speculativefrom30
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Does Origi start?

    1. La Roja
      6 months, 28 days ago

      Should start

  29. We Will Klopp you
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Who to bring in for Alli? Gw38, chasing a 24 point deficit.
    A) Zaha
    B) Fabregas
    C) King
    D) Son
    E) Firmino
    F) Keep Alli

    Rest of my front-line is Eriksen, Sane, Coutinho, Sanchez, Kane and Jesus

  30. LVG's Army
    6 months, 28 days ago

    Angel Gomez (Man Utd) not in FPL, will this be updated if he's named in the squad which he should be? Feeling a punt lol