It’s Friday afternoon and with only the last two Gameweeks remaining, we roll out our weekly look at the Sky Sports Fantasy game. We cast an eye over the pertinent stats, which include the Man of the Match (MoTM) awards, bonus point beneficiaries and current market trends and, as always, look ahead to the forthcoming fixtures, offering our preferred captain setup for Gameweek 38.
Gameweek 37 Man of the Match Awards
Here’s a match-by-match breakdown of the players that won the plaudits from the Sky Sports reporters last time out, earning five additional points for the Man-of-the-Match award.
|Fulham vs Hull||Ashkan Dejagah|
|Man United vs Norwich||Wayne Rooney|
|Southampton vs Everton||Steven Davis|
|Stoke vs Tottenham||Emmanuel Adebayor|
|Swansea vs Aston Villa||Wilfried Bony|
|West Brom vs West Ham||Ben Foster|
|Crystal Palace vs Man City||Yaya Toure|
|Liverpool vs Chelsea||Demba Ba|
|Sunderland vs Cardiff||Connor Wickham|
|Arsenal vs Newcastle||Mesut Ozil|
A number of differential forwards popped up this week to offer the mavericks amongst us some enticing options, with Connor Wickham, in particular, surprising many with his recent displays. There was also a return to form for Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil, who, after a great start, has flattered to deceive somewhat until now – Sky’s preference towards playmaking midfielders may help him earn more MoTM awards and pick up some serious points over the two remaining Gameweeks.
Gameweek 37 Bonus Points
Four goalkeepers managed five saves or more – Chelsea’s stand in keeper Mark Schwarzer was the top performer with eight saves and a clean sheet. Vito Mannone is still the bonus darling overall with 30 additional points.
In defence, nine players gathered bonus, six for tackles and three for passes completed – Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren was the player closet to achieving both missing out by just 15 completed passes. Swansea’s Angel Rangel leads the way for the defenders with 28 extra bonus points.
In midfield, 13 players earned bonus points – nine for tackling and seven for passes. Play-makers Aaron Ramsey, Philippe Coutinho and Mikel Arteta were the three players to manage both. Mikel Arteta is now the games top bonus earner overall with 46 extra points.
A reminder that Fantasy Football Scout members can access all the data regarding bonus points using player stats and clicking the Sky Sports tab.
The Transfer Trends
Top Transfers Out
|Name||Team||Value||% of Managers|
David Silva and Petr Cech look the least likely to feature this week and look like reasonable transfers at this stage, though Eden Hazard, John Terry and Leighton Baines are all fit for the coming Gameweek.
Top Transfers In
|Name||Team||Value||% of Managers|
Aaron Ramsey and Yaya Toure were drafted in by around 10% of managers after their return from injury and look great options for the remainder of the season. Raheem Sterling is still the budget midfielder of choice as he continues to deliver decent returns, whilst forwards Olivier Giroud and Sergio Aguero find themselves drafted in by around 3.5%
Gameweek 38 Proposed Captain Strategy
Looking ahead to the captaincy choices for Gameweek 38 there is a multitude of options available due to fixtures on five separate days, with enough transfers then you could opt for a five captain approach!
Juan Mata (Home to Sunderland) → Juan Mata (Home to Hull) → Sergio Aguero (Home to Aston Villa)
We tipped Wayne Rooney for a haul last week and also backed him for MoTM which thankfully he delivered on both accounts. With a new found feeling of positivity around Old Trafford at the moment, we turn to United again but with Rooney now a doubt along with Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata is perhaps the safest option ahead of two favourable home fixtures.
A quick transfer or captain switch to Yaya Toure or Sergio Aguero for the final day of fixtures in this Gameweek looks a good option as Man City host a struggling Aston Villa side at the Etihad.
Of course if you still have transfers remaining and are tempted to go for the monthly prize you could transfer out your captain each new fixture day and therefore have five captains for the week, therefore increasing your odds of hitting a winner massively.
The Fantasy Football Scout League
Our own Fantasy Football Scout League is on top of the Private League rankings. With a £1,000 prize to the winner, you’d be mad not to get involved. To join, visit Sky Sports Fantasy Football and key in League Name: FFScout, League Code: 8000112.
The Fantasy Football Club
This Friday The Fantasy Football Club show, where you can catch Fenners and Merse at 18:30 Skysports One HD where they will be discussing the previous week’s Fantasy Football events, quizzing former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby and asking comedian Milton Jones for his Arsenal #One2Eleven.