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Sky Sports Focus

Our attention now turns to the Sky Sports game, as we check in with last weekend’s action before preparing you for a bumper upcoming round of matches that could play a significant part in the overall standings.

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

Gameweek 35 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.

FixtureMoTM
Everton vs LiverpoolGeorginio Wijnaldum
Watford vs BurnleyWill Hughes
Brighton vs HuddersfieldAlex Pritchard
Chelsea vs West HamJoe Hart
Bournemouth vs Crystal PalaceLuka Milivojevic
West Brom vs SwanseaChris Brunt
Leicester vs NewcastleJamaal Lascelles
Man City vs Man UnitedPaul Pogba
Arsenal vs SouthamptonDanny Welbeck
Stoke vs SpursChristian Eriksen

 

Christian Eriksen was at it again, earning his second MoTM award in as many weeks. The Dane has amassed 34 points over that period and is now the fourth highest-scoring midfielder overall.

Paul Pogba’s brace also caught our eye ahead of the Double Gameweek. The Frenchman has shown us glimpses of his Fantasy potential with several double-figure hauls this season and now looks a valid and cheaper alternative to team-mates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

Gameweek 35 Bonus Points

Let’s take a look at any player to earn 50 points or more in bonus for the season.

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The Transfer Trends

Top Transfers Out

NameTeamValue% of Managers
SalahLiverpool9.420.3%
FirminoLiverpool11.69.9%
AgueroMan City12.85.2%
JesusMan City12.15%
SonSpurs10.84.5%

Top Transfers In

NameTeamValue% of Managers
KaneSpurs12.917%
AubameyangArsenal12.26.5%
RamseyArsenal9.14.1%
EriksenSpurs10.83.7%
WillianChelsea9.33.7%

Average Transfers Remaining

Top 10 – 4.70
Top 100 – 5.59
Top 1,000 – 5.47
Top 5,000 – 5.03

Top Five Captains Picked

NameTeamValue% of Managers
KaneTottenham12.925.1%
LukakuMan United12.415.4%
AgueroMan City12.86.5%
SalahLiverpool9.46.5%
HazardChelsea11.83.4%

Watchlist

Here I aim to highlight a few differential players with low ownership who I think could be good options from now until the season ends.

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.

BudgetMid-PricePremium
DefenderJames Tarkowski
6.1m
5.2%
Andrew Robertson
7.8mm
3.7%
Chris Smalling
8.3m
1.9%
MidfielderJohann Berg Gudmundsson
6.7m
2.1%
Wilfried Zaha
9.3m
3.6%
Mesut Ozil
11.1m
2.3%
ForwardAshley Barnes
8.8m
0.6%
Cenk Tosun
11.1m
0.2%
Alexis Sanchez
12.7m
4.1%

My Team

Karius
Ward van der Hoorn Christensen
Zaha De Bruyne Gross Salah
Kane Jesus Aubameyang

ITB: 0.6
Transfers remaining: 3/40
Last week’s points: 42
Overall points: 2744
Rank: 229th

Notes

I moved up one whole place, so I guess I have to count that as a victory. Overall, It was a low-scoring week across the board, but I had hoped for more given my use of three transfers.

Speaking of which, I’m pretty happy with them, as of the trio I sold, Ben Davies and Roberto Firmino didn’t start, while Theo Walcott blanked.

The incoming Pascal Gross got me two points and was only denied an assist when Jonas Lossl was deemed to have scored an own goal, while Harry Kane’s ghost goal meant he also went close to a decent return. Thankfully, Wilfried Zaha carried the rest with a ten-point return.

My big decision this week is who to bring in at the expense of Gabriel Jesus.

I need a player from the red side of Manchester for captaincy reasons moving forward, and there is a case to be made for all three of my potential suitors: Lukaku, Sanchez and Pogba.

I currently see the Belgian striker as the safest pick, but given my desire to break into the top 100, I’m strongly considering the other two as altenatives.

Sanchez has been very good in his last two matches and is owned by the fewest people. He’s also the most expensive and therefore unobtainable for most in one transfer. All of these reasons are currently pushing me in his direction.

Captain Plan

Sat 14th April – Mohamed Salah
Sun 15th April – Romelu Lukaku/Alexis Sanchez/Paul Pogba
Mon 16th April – None
Tues 17th April – Harry Kane
Weds 18th April – Romelu Lukaku/Alexis Sanchez/Paul Pogba
Thurs 19th April – Andreas Christensen

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. Weasel51
      3 months, 10 days ago

      need to save 0.9

      A) Son > Lingard
      B) GroB > Cook

      Thanks

      1. moz_1983
          3 months, 10 days ago

          If you have Kane, A.

      2. moz_1983
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Bottomed!

          Right, I'm completely stuck and would really appreciate your wisdom!

          1FT which will be Auba > Kane. I need funds though and have decided to sacrifice Mahrez (have Vardy). The problem is I was considering switching to Lingard but I already have DDG, Bailly, and Lukaku. So,

          A) Auba + Mahrez >>> Kane + 7.4m MID (-4)
          B) Auba + Mahrez + Bailly > Kane, Liangard, Vert? (-8)

          Thank you again for any help you can offer me!

          1. pressdpm
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Whatever you do, don't take the -8.

            • Reuser
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 10 days ago

              A) Kane and Arnie

              1. pressdpm
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Yeah this one. Only one fixture but it's a decent one.

                  1. moz_1983
                      3 months, 10 days ago

                      Cheers both, appreciate it.

              2. pressdpm
                  3 months, 10 days ago

                  Anyone considering Morata as a differential?

                  1. moz_1983
                      3 months, 10 days ago

                      Currently leading most of my mini leagues, so I'll be sticking with Lukaku and Kane.

                      1. pressdpm
                          3 months, 10 days ago

                          Yeah, for sure it's a chasers choice

                          1. moz_1983
                              3 months, 10 days ago

                              Not a bad shout though, all in all his stats are decent. The only concern is Chelsea's lack of momentum or belief at the moment.

                      2. pressdpm
                          3 months, 10 days ago

                          1FT, 0.4 in the bank.
                          Anything worth doing here? Considering Christensen > Smalling.

                          De Gea / Ryan
                          Christensen / Vertonghen / Chilwell / Lowton / Morgan
                          Salah / Willian / Son / Mahrez / Ibe
                          Lukaku / Aubemayang / Barne

                          1. moz_1983
                              3 months, 10 days ago

                              I'd be worried that Smalling will eventually lose games to Jones at some point.

                              1. pressdpm
                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                  Damn you're probably right. Just scared about Christensen's minutes.

                                  1. ajones1608
                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                      Think Cahill is expected to start this weekend

                              2. Expected Toulouse
                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                  Best Mee Replacement?
                                  A. Long
                                  B. Lowton
                                  C. Chillwell

                                  1. pressdpm
                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                      Chillwell if you have no Leicester already. Otherwise Long.

                                      1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                          Rather double up on leicester than burnley imo

                                          1. pressdpm
                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                              Didn't know whether he already had a Burnley player or not though. I was thinking one of each would be fine.

                                              1. Expected Toulouse
                                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                                  Have Barnes and Mahrez. But no defenders from either yet.

                                                • FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                    3 months, 10 days ago

                                                    Could be yes.. but then again - I rather double on up leicester rather than having one of each (I think) if I had the FH chip

                                          2. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                              BB34 - NO FH chip

                                              Anything worth a hit?

                                              Lloris Hennesey
                                              VVD Mustafi Jones Simpson Lowton
                                              Salah (vc) Sterling Willian Arnie Cork
                                              Kane (C) Auba Vardy

                                              1. pressdpm
                                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                                  Looks pretty solid.

                                                  1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                                      Worried about Jones though :/

                                                      1. pressdpm
                                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                                          At this stage it's the same case with a lot of players. I have Christensen for example. To an extent we just have to gamble.

                                                    • Expected Toulouse
                                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                                        Maybe Jones to Vertonghen or Valencia if you can afford.

                                                    • jaywills
                                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                                        Thinking of playing my WC, would be great to hear your thoughts before i do:

                                                        Dea Gea
                                                        Chillwell, Davies, Tarkowski, Alonso
                                                        Salah, Son, Young (Ashley), Cork,
                                                        Lukaku, Kane, Vardy

                                                        Old Team
                                                        Fabianski
                                                        Robertson, Davies, Alonso,
                                                        De Bruyne, Mooy, Son, Salah
                                                        Auba, Vardy, Firmino

                                                        Thanks!

                                                        1. FC Hakkebøf (FC Chop…
                                                            3 months, 10 days ago

                                                            Midfield is super weak

                                                            1. jaywills
                                                                3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                I think so too, what would you change to boost?

                                                            2. pressdpm
                                                                3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                It's a great team as long as you have FH?

                                                                1. jaywills
                                                                    3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                    No FH left unfortunately!

                                                                2. ajones1608
                                                                    3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                    Looks awesome to me! Young & Cork a little week, but got potential!

                                                                    1. jaywills
                                                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                        Thanks AJones, I have no money left hence young and cork. Any ideas to boost?

                                                                  • SkipperTG
                                                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                      Lukaku or Kane for GW34?

                                                                      1. ajones1608
                                                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                          Kane!

                                                                        • moz_1983
                                                                            3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                            Coin toss that one, Lukaku has the fixtures but Kane is chasing Golden Boot (and willing to sacrifice his daughter for it) and City defence is shaky at the moment.

                                                                          • ILOVEBAPS
                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                              Lukaku though I don't think either will get massive hauls

                                                                          • Gizmo13
                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                              Best mid sub-7.2m? Have Son, Mahrez, Willian and King.

                                                                              1. moz_1983
                                                                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                  Arno?

                                                                                  1. Gizmo13
                                                                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                      Good option but prioritising DGW players.

                                                                                  2. Expected Toulouse
                                                                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                      Arnautovic and Lingard.

                                                                                      1. Gizmo13
                                                                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                          Have DDG, Bailly and Lukaku...

                                                                                      2. pressdpm
                                                                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                          Arnie. Even though he only has one fixture.

                                                                                      3. barcaa7
                                                                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                          I have 2FT
                                                                                          a-Vert to Cedric , Auba to Kane
                                                                                          b-Son to lingard , Auba to Kane
                                                                                          c-Son to Pogba , Gudm to Romeu ,Auba to Kane(-4)
                                                                                          which one is better??

                                                                                          1. moz_1983
                                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                              I'd say B

                                                                                              1. barcaa7
                                                                                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                  Thanks

                                                                                              2. ILOVEBAPS
                                                                                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                  B

                                                                                              3. Disturbed
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                Worth it to get gudmunsson or go safe with Cork?

                                                                                              4. jaywills
                                                                                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                  Thinking of playing my WC, would be great to hear your thoughts before i do:

                                                                                                  Dea Gea
                                                                                                  Chillwell, Robertson, Tarkowski, Alonso
                                                                                                  Salah, Son, Lingard, (Cork)
                                                                                                  Lukaku, Kane, Vardy

                                                                                                  Old Team
                                                                                                  Fabianski
                                                                                                  Robertson, Davies, Alonso,
                                                                                                  De Bruyne, Mooy, Son, Salah
                                                                                                  Auba, Vardy, Firmino

                                                                                                  Thanks!

                                                                                                • as33
                                                                                                    3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                    Son>Pogba? BB this gw:
                                                                                                    Smeichel/Hennesy
                                                                                                    Schelotto, Alexander,Vertonghen, Lowton, Chilwell
                                                                                                    Son, Mahrez, Hazard, Lingard, Gross
                                                                                                    Auba, Kane, Barnes ???

                                                                                                    1. ILOVEBAPS
                                                                                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                        If for free yes

                                                                                                    2. moz_1983
                                                                                                        3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                        A) TC34 Kane (MCI/bri), BB37
                                                                                                        B) TC34 Lukaku (WBA/bou), BB37
                                                                                                        C) BB34, TC37 Aguero (HUD/BRI)

                                                                                                        If Aguero is fit and ready that TC in 37 is looking awesome.

                                                                                                        1. ILOVEBAPS
                                                                                                            3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                            C or with Kane TC

                                                                                                          • Bobby_Baggio
                                                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                              I'm actually doing A so I say A

                                                                                                          • ILOVEBAPS
                                                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                              Need 0.1 so what's best here for a -4?

                                                                                                              a. Christensen > Cedric (£.5 left over for upgrades)
                                                                                                              b. Davies > Smalling
                                                                                                              c. Kenedy > Cork
                                                                                                              d. Chilwell/Lowton > Long

                                                                                                              1. pressdpm
                                                                                                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                  Either A or D.

                                                                                                                  Don't like Christensen's starting chances, and I own him too. Smalling might get rotated with Jones. Long seems pretty nailed though.

                                                                                                                  1. ILOVEBAPS
                                                                                                                      3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                      I have Morgan too so if D I need to choose to have either double Bur or Lei going fwd.
                                                                                                                      Thoughts?

                                                                                                                      1. pressdpm
                                                                                                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                          Leicester have another DGW to come, Burnley don't. Something to consider.

                                                                                                                          1. ILOVEBAPS
                                                                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                              Thanks. Pity both defences are pants.

                                                                                                                      2. Bobby_Baggio
                                                                                                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                          D

                                                                                                                      3. Bobby_Baggio
                                                                                                                          3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                          Which combo please guys...... Dodgy going without no utd attack?

                                                                                                                          Fabianski
                                                                                                                          Dunk - Alonso - Robertson
                                                                                                                          Silva - Mahrez - Walcott - Eriksen - Willian
                                                                                                                          Auba - Kane(TC)

                                                                                                                          (Speroni) Quaner - Tomkins - Dawson

                                                                                                                          A) Speroni + Walcott > DDG + 5.6m (-4) only utd cover
                                                                                                                          B) Speroni + Walcott > Pope + Lingard (-4)
                                                                                                                          C) Speroni + Walcott + Quaner > DDG + Young + Barnes (-8)
                                                                                                                          D) Speroni + Walcott + Quaner > Pope + 5.7m + Barnes (-8)

                                                                                                                          1. ILOVEBAPS
                                                                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                              A. With JWP imo

                                                                                                                          2. Silecro
                                                                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                              Help a poor brother on what to do: no free hit, 9 dgw players fielding tomorrow, WC intact, should I go for it on gw35? and on which teams do I put focus on
                                                                                                                              would field 5 players if i dont do wc 35

                                                                                                                            • ZoumasBloomers
                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                              • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                              Sorry for asking this a few times, I'm still on the fence.

                                                                                                                              Have morgan and Lowton,

                                                                                                                              Chilwell, Tarkowski, Simpson or Long ?

                                                                                                                            • Brandvold37
                                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                              3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                              Salah -> Eriksen for -4?

                                                                                                                              Can`t believe this is something I am considering. Is it madness?

                                                                                                                            • Sun Jihai
                                                                                                                                3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                                A) Jones > Dunk (-4)
                                                                                                                                B) Jones > other sub 5.5m (-4) no Burnley/Leicester
                                                                                                                                C) Keep Jones and hope

                                                                                                                              • Cooking_on_Fabregas
                                                                                                                                  3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                                  Kane or Kaku essential? If only one? I'm dreading not having Kane more than Romelu.
                                                                                                                                  Alonso > Long
                                                                                                                                  Aubu > Kane
                                                                                                                                  Allen > Gudmundsson -8

                                                                                                                                  (No FH) leaves 8DGW and 9GW35 (no keeper). Hate to lose Alonso as no doubt he will finally return over the double but feel i have to work Kane in. Any other advice greatly appreciated. Plan to bring in 3x City for 35 then WC36, BB37.

                                                                                                                                  De Gea
                                                                                                                                  Maguire - Alonso - Lowton
                                                                                                                                  Mahrez - Son - Mane - Salah
                                                                                                                                  Auba - Firmino

                                                                                                                                  Henry - Mariappa - Allen - DCL

                                                                                                                                • Gasthmatic
                                                                                                                                    3 months, 10 days ago

                                                                                                                                    Sanchez is less owned but Pogba is cheaper..tricky one.

                                                                                                                                    However, Pogba is one of five players I have predicted to score this double gameweek on my blog here: https://checkthestatistics.wordpress.com/2018/04/12/game-week-36-five-gems-to-beat-the-doubles/

                                                                                                                                    Hopefully there is a differential in that post to work wonders for sky managers.

                                                                                                                                    Best of luck!