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Sky Sports Focus

We move on to our weekly Sky Sports Focus article, taking a look back at the weekend action before preparing you for the incoming Gameweek.

We’ll examine the recent run of Man of the Match (MoTM) awards, the bonus point beneficiaries, transfer trends and Watchlist, before moving on to the Scout team and our future plans.

Gameweek 34 Man of the Match Awards

These were the players who caught the eye of the Sky Sports reporters and earned an extra five points as a result.

Fixture MoTM
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool James Milner
West Brom vs Burnley Ashley Barnes
Newcastle vs Huddersfield Jonjo Shelvey
West Ham vs Southampton Marko Arnautovic
Watford vs Bournemouth Will Hughes
Man United vs Swansea Alexis Sanchez
Brighton vs Leicester Kasper Schmeichel
Everton vs Man City David Silva
Arsenal vs Stoke Aaron Ramsey
Chelsea vs Tottenham Christian Eriksen

 

It was all about midfield domination last week, with seven of the ten accolades going to the creative men in the middle.

In terms of popularity, Christian Eriksen was the man to make the most impact on rank due to his lofty 18.9% ownership, David Silva coming in second with just 7.4%.

Both Silva and Marko Arnautovic have now hit six MoTM awards for the season.

The Austrian, in particular, looks a great acquisition right now, off the back of a stunning 21 points this week.

He has an individual matchday on April 16 at home to Stoke City, making him a top captain pick, and he’s also a differential, with just 3.2% backing.

Gameweek 34 Bonus Points

Let’s take a look at any player to earn 47 points or more in bonus for the season.

members

Fantasy Football Scout members can access all information regarding bonus points using player stats and clicking the Sky Sports tab.

The Transfer Trends

Top Transfers Out

Name Team Value % of Managers
Aguero Man City 12.8 12.3%
Gomez Liverpool 6.5 9.7%
Kane Tottenham 12.9 9.5%
Firmino Liverpool 11.6 6.5%
Jesus Man City 12.1 3%

Top Transfers In

Name Team Value % of Managers
Aubameyang Arsenal 12.2 8.4%
Heung-min Tottenham 10.8 7.9%
Lukaku Man United 12.4 7.8%
Kane Tottenham 12.9 6.3%
Tarkowski Burnley 6.1 4.8%

Average Transfers Remaining

Top 10 – 6.7
Top 100 – 7.1
Top 1,000 – 6.6
Top 5,000 – 6

Top Five Captains Picked

Name Team Value % of Managers
Kane Tottenham 12.9 25.3%
Lukaku Man United 12.4 15.5%
Salah Liverpool 9.4 7.3%
Aguero Man City 12.8 6.6%
De Bruyne Man City 11.5 3.5%

Watchlist

Here I aim to highlight a few differential players with low ownership who I think could be good options for the coming six weeks.

Three specific price brackets will be used to cater for our available budgets.

The players will evolve with fixtures and form, and offer Fantasy managers a nudge in the right direction.

Budget Mid-Price Premium
Defender James Tarkowski
6.1m
5.2%
Andrew Robertson
7.8mm
3.7%
Nacho Monreal
8.5m
3.8%
Midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson
6.7m
2.1%
Wilfried Zaha
9.3m
3.6%
Mesut Ozil
11.1m
2.3%
Forward Ashley Barnes
8.8m
0.6%
Cenk Tosun
11.1m
0.2%
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
12.2m
3.6%

My Team

Karius
Davies Ward van der Hoorn Christensen
Walcott De Bruyne Salah
Jesus Firmino Aubameyang

ITB: 1.1
Transfers remaining: 6/40
Last week’s points: 76
Overall points: 2702
Rank: 230th

Notes

It’s a tough crowd out there at the moment.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 28 points as captain on Monday night had me thinking I would rise in the ranks, not drop by 28 places.

It could have been even better of course – it was painful to watch as he handed the ball to team-mate Alexandre Lacazette to take the final penalty, denying the Gabonese striker his hat-trick and us the MoTM award that surely would have followed.

Moving forward and now armed with a full TV fixture list, I’m considering some drastic surgery to my team for a final push, although with just six swaps remaining that’s a scary prospect.

I’m thinking of removing Gabriel Jesus, Ben Davies and Theo Walcott this week for Harry Kane, Pascal Gross and Wilfried Zaha. This would leave me with enough in the bank for Roberto Firmino to Romelu Lukaku the following week.

The fact that I’d have just two transfers left to tackle rotation and injuries means it could all backfire, but it allows me to cover all captain matchdays aside from two (West Ham vs Stoke and Everton vs Newcastle) until the season ends.

And it gives me a power frontline of Kane, Lukaku and Aubameyang for the run-in.

Mohamed Salah’s groin tweak may put a spanner in the works here, and Liverpool’s likely progression in the Champions League also raises rotation fears.

But I feel Salah is simply too good to remove, and even if he features in a reduced amount of matches, he could still hurt those who don’t own him.

Captain Plan

Sat April 7 – Harry Kane
Sun April 8 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Weekly Articles and Podcast

As well as the weekly Focus article, I’ll be talking through the week’s action and upcoming plans with FFS posters Buffrey and Lewis on our regular podcast – the latest episode can be found here.

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  1. semiconductor
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Repost. 1st page and didn't get a single response

    FH gw34 WC36 BB37. So i need the players for gw33+gw35.

    I'm selling stans+ (mkhi or walcott) to get 2 playing both gw 33+35

    1. Milo+ozil or milo+silva/sane?
    2. Sell walcott or mkhi(maybe fit for gw35)
    3. Are these good transfers?

  2. GM16
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on Kane for KDB straight swap?

    Have 14 transfers left

    1. Robben Mee Blind
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 15 days ago

      Yep go for it. I ditched KDB last week for Auba

  3. Gasthmatic
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 15 days ago

    Nice plans Luke. I will probably have the same captain's.

    Remove Salah at your peril. I've had him since the start, he ain't leaving now, even if doubtful, goal machine.

    Some big matches this week and have to say feels good to say Kane cap again!

    Crazy how there's two overhauls but still struggle with transfers, you and me both.

    I shall be posting on my blog to guide managers to the end of the season, in this crucial stage, with imminent doubles.

    For anyone looking for differential's on the sky game my blog has a new page just for you: https://checkthestatistics.wordpress.com/hidden-gem-100/