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Sky Sports Focus

We now switch focus to the Sky Sports game as we take a look back at a packed Gameweek of action before preparing you for the reduced set of fixtures that form this weekend’s programme.

As usual, 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 36 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
Southampton vs ChelseaOlivier Giroud
Burnley vs LeicesterNick Pope
Swansea vs EvertonJordan Ayew
Crystal Palace vs BrightonWilfried Zaha
Huddersfield vs WatfordTom Ince
Liverpool vs BournemouthTrent Alexander-Arnold
Tottenham vs Man CityRaheem Sterling
Newcastle vs ArsenalMohamed Diame
Man United vs West BromJay Rodriguez
West Ham vs StokeBruno Martins Indi
Brighton vs TottenhamPascal Gross
Bournemouth vs Man UnitedPaul Pogba
Burnley vs ChelseaVictor Moses
Leicester vs SouthamptonWilfred Ndidi


Nine out of the 14 awards on offer went to midfielders this week. However, the top-owned player to benefit was Burnley’s goalkeeper Nick Pope, who currently sits at just over 11% ownership.

Shed by many Fantasy managers in the Overhaul due to Tom Heaton’s pending return, Pope continues to churn out regular points and is the third highest scoring keeper overall, behind only David De Gea and Ederson.

Found in 9% of squads, Paul Pogba was the other player to make a significant impact. Given that he played in a matchday with a single fixture, the United midfielder was also a popular captain choice among those owners. He now has two double-figure hauls in three Gameweeks and is currently overshadowing his more expensive team-mates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

Gameweek 36 Bonus Points

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

members

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

The Transfer Trends

Top Transfers Out

NameTeamValue% of Managers
FirminoLiverpool11.69.1%
AgueroMan City12.88.2%
De BruyneMan City11.55.2%
Son Heung-minSpurs10.84.4%
RamseyArsenal9.13.3%

Top Transfers In

NameTeamValue% of Managers
KaneSpurs12.912.3%
LukakuMan United12.48.9%
SalahLiverpool9.47%
ArnautovicWest Ham8.86.2%
VardyLeicester11.24.3%

Average Transfers Remaining

Top 10 – 2.70
Top 100 – 3.93
Top 1,000 – 3.97
Top 5,000 – 3.76

Top Five Captains Picked

NameTeamValue% of Managers
KaneSpurs12.924.8%
LukakuMan United12.415.5%
AgueroMan City12.86.2%
SalahLiverpool9.45.6%
HazardChelsea11.83.5%

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%
Leroy Sane
10.3m
7.3%
ForwardAshley Barnes
8.8m
0.6%
Cenk Tosun
11.1m
0.2%
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
12.2m
4.2%

My Team

Karius
Ward van der Hoorn Christensen
Zaha de Bruyne Gross Salah
Kane Sanchez Aubameyang

ITB: 0
Transfers remaining: 2/40
Last week’s points: 106
Overall points: 2850
Rank: 199th

Notes

A promising start to the week soon ended with disappointment, mainly due to my failed captain decisions. Mohamed Salah returned points as my skipper on Saturday as per usual, while my differential pick Wilfried Zaha bagged a brace and a MoTM award.

While that was a strong start, Sunday was something of a collapse with Alexis Sanchez failing to return points as my captain, though Aubameyang gained an assist to keep things ticking over.

On Monday I had no players active, but with West Ham and Stoke playing out a drab 1-1 draw, that fixture went as well as I could hope.

Tuesday’s fixture was as a stand out as Harry Kane scored as captain and a further differential Pascal Gross netted and picked up the MoTM award.

But my collapse then started with Alexis Sanchez failing to feature against Bournemouth on Wednesday, before Andreas Christensen followed suit on Thursday at Burnley, leaving me no option but to captain Stephen Ward for a single point.

Despite the poor finish, I moved up overall to 199th but now have just a few weeks remaining to hit the top 100, which was my target at the start of the season. In all likelihood, I’d be in that position already had I elected to op for Lukaku or Pogba over Sanchez for the Double Gameweek.

Perhaps that’s why I’ll be returning to a “safety first” approach this week via some popular captain picks as detailed below.

Captain Plan

Sat 21st April – Mohamed Salah
Sun 22nd April – Kevin de Bruyne
Mon 23rd April – None

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. chelseabrad
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Ozil nailed?

      1. Karan14 - (Balegium)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Should start.

        1. Ginola14
            1 month, 7 days ago

            would you rather have ozil or laca?

        2. GreenShark1
            1 month, 7 days ago

            90%

        3. @FPremscout (liverpoolfanta…
            1 month, 7 days ago

            which one from each section

            1) Sane, KDB, Gundogan

            2) Milivojevic, Zaha

            3) Robertson, TAA, Van Dijk

            4) Lacazette, Aubameyang

            1. SkipperTG
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Sane
              Zaha
              VD
              ?????

            2. My Name Is Prince
                1 month, 7 days ago

                KDB
                Zaha
                Robertson
                Lacazette

              • GreenShark1
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  KDB
                  Zaha
                  Could all be benched, i've taken Klavan on bench for now, if we get Pool leaked team sheet then may bring in Robbo.
                  Laca for me gets around 65 mins and Auba around 25 at a guess?

              • silecro
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  How is this for a WC team? please help lads, need to make balance between this gameweek and 37

                  Fabianski
                  Robertson,Lowton,Long,Kompany
                  Ramsey, Mili, Salah, Sterling
                  Jesus, Perez

                  Bench:Lloris, Kane, Willian, Smalling

                  1.2 itb.

                • Gazzpfc
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    What would you change

                    Pickford
                    Baines VVD Mustafi
                    Mane Salah KDB Sterling Zaha
                    Laca Jesus

                    Subs Lowton/ Barnes

                    1. RoysCallerAnne
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 7 days ago

                      Not much. Looks great.
                      Perhaps Butland over Pickford to spread the risk of double Everton.

                    2. silecro
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        g2g, help a brother out on comment before

                    3. the snazzy viking
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        This free hit team G2G (until leaked lineups?)

                        Butland
                        Baines PVA TAA
                        Salah KDB Sterling Zaha
                        Jesus Laca Firmino

                        3.9 Kenedy Dummett Long

                        cheers

                        1. RoysCallerAnne
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 7 days ago

                          Very nice. I think Gomez may play RB.

                          1. the snazzy viking
                              1 month, 7 days ago

                              perhaps, if so I could probably upgrade to either Gomez himself or Chambers

                              thanks

                        2. Louis Van Gaalstones
                            1 month, 7 days ago

                            Bottomed:
                            Who to captain out of this lot:

                            Cech
                            Lowton, Robertson, Tomkins
                            Salah, Arnie, Dilva, Mili, Kenedy
                            Barnes

                            Thinking Salah for safety, Arnie as a punt, but if Arsenal will be playing full strength squad maybe not

                          • RoysCallerAnne
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 7 days ago

                            I haven't watched any Arsenal Europa games. Does Ospina usually start?
                            Why did Cech miss the hime CS Vs Stoke?

                            Thanks and happy FH tinkering.

                          • probuster
                              1 month, 7 days ago

                              No FH. already on a -4. Should i still do mahrez->zaha/mane?

                              Rest of the team:

                              Ederson
                              Lascelles
                              Salah-arnautovic-sterling
                              Jesus-ayew-barnes

                              1. Minerva-03
                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                  I wouldn't take out a 37 DGW player out in your situation, especially when you already have 8 for this week Anyway.

                                  1. probuster
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Thanks for the response.

                                      Trying to resist the urge 🙂

                                • SkipperTG
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                  TAA to start - how likely, do you think?

                                  1. @FPremscout (liverpoolfanta…
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Less likely than Robo IMO

                                      1. SkipperTG
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Thanks

                                        1. Jumping Jurgen
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          More likely in my opinion. TAA, Robbo and Moreno only fit fullbacks. Moreno will most likely come in for Robbo so he's ready for Tuesday.

                                    • RoysCallerAnne
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      If he does rest some, surely it will be the FBs with Gomez and Moreno ready to step in.

                                  2. Minerva-03
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      With No Free hit is this team still GTG?

                                      Kiko VDH Long Otamendi
                                      Gudmundson Salah Kenedy
                                      Barnes Jesus

                                      Blank Players: Ryan DDG Morgan Son Mahrez Kane

                                      1. probuster
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          Mahrez -> sane/sterling/d.silva ?

                                      2. lilmessipran
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Missed pep's presser, did he mention anything about rotation/strong team/rest etc?

                                        1. Viper
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          He wants to finish the season strong and is targeting records

                                      3. 007 - BALEGIUM 17/18
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          Hi, prefer Bellerin or PVA?

                                          1. Minerva-03
                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                              PVA... Greater goal scoring potential, don't think either Arsenal or Palace will keep a clean sheet really

                                            • Viper
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                              Bellerin

                                            • GreenShark1
                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                PVA

                                            • RamaJama
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                              Which combo?

                                              A) Sterling/Sane
                                              B) Mane/Sterling

                                              1. COK3Y5MURF
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                The one with Sterling

                                              2. Minerva-03
                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                  B

                                                • GreenShark1
                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                    B

                                                • Jabberwookie
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                  Got a useless response last time so going to try again...

                                                  In desperate need of help! Not having Free Hit could finish me. My ML opponent is 52 ahead, doesn't have his either and is on -8 with this team:

                                                  (No GK)
                                                  Robertson / Lowton
                                                  Salah / Zaha / Sterling / Milivojevic
                                                  Jesus / Aubameyang

                                                  This is me (no transfers yet):

                                                  (No GK)
                                                  Long / Mustafi
                                                  Gudmundsson / Arnautovic / Salah
                                                  Barnes

                                                  Which of the following do I do?

                                                  A) Bring in Firmino and Sané (-4)
                                                  B) Bring in Firmino, Mané and Kompany (-8)
                                                  C) Do nothing and take the 8 points he's lost
                                                  D) Something else

                                                  1. SkipperTG
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                    Wouldn't bother bringing in defenders for -4

                                                    Focus on the attack. You have no City cover, so start there imo.

                                                    1. Jabberwookie
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                      Well I wanted Jesus and Sterling but he got them! KdB or Sane probably the only other options. Need them to be as nailed for the rest of the season as possible or I might even look at Gundogan.

                                                  2. silecro
                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                      A

                                                    • @FPremscout (liverpoolfanta…
                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                        Firmino Sane I like or a City defender like Kyle walker?

                                                    • CloudSky
                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                        Ben Mee "probably" won't make Sunday after missing the last three matches with a shin problem. However, Dyche was a little more optimistic over Tarkowski who did improve overnight after picking up a knock vs Chelsea. A calf injury will keep Scott Arfield sidelined.

                                                      • FDMS All Starz
                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                          I bought in kane when he was 12.7, now he is 12.9...if I sell him this week on a free hit and make a full team without any money in the bank, will kane return to my team for 12.7 or 12.9? Or will he be priced out?

                                                          1. Viper
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                            He'll be in your team for 12.8. You should be able to sell for 12.8 on free hit

                                                          2. SkipperTG
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                            He can't be priced out! Team returns to how it was, regardless of price changes.

                                                        • Viper
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                          If TAA & Robertson are both confirmed starters, who would you go for? Funds not an issue

                                                          1. Yogi_mike
                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                              TAA

                                                            • SkipperTG
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                              Robertson

                                                            • kris_jerøme
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                              flip a coin bro

                                                            • the snazzy viking
                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                Robertson

                                                              • My Name Is Prince
                                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                  FH? It’s only one game, anything can happen... Toss a coin mate!

                                                                • RoysCallerAnne
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                  TAA. Eye test this season, he looks the better crosser even though Robertson has 3 assists in 6.
                                                                  Plus always a chance he can score from a direct FK.

                                                                  1. Fitzy.
                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                    Agree RCA, he's looking great. Not that Robbo isn't.

                                                                • COK3Y5MURF
                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                  Robertson

                                                              • kris_jerøme
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                How's this looking?

                                                                Butland
                                                                Baines - PVA - TAA
                                                                Salah(c) - Mane - Sterling - KDB - Zaha
                                                                Jesus(vc) - Auba

                                                                Subs: GK fodder; Barnes, Long, fodder.

                                                                1. Ginola14
                                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                    gambling on auba starting?

                                                                    1. kris_jerøme
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                      Is he an injury doubt?

                                                                      1. My Name Is Prince
                                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                          Wenger said he might not start

                                                                    2. GuillermoDickero
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                      Very similar to mine except I have Lacazette, Tomkins, Robertson and Cech

                                                                  • My Name Is Prince
                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                      Klopp saying we need a strong team against West Brom sounds goodish... Waiting for the A-field Xpress to work on their magic now!

                                                                    • GuillermoDickero
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                      Thoughts on this FH team? Tempted to get Firm in depending on the Anfield express

                                                                      Cech, Hennessy
                                                                      Baines, Robbo, Tomkins, Mariappa, Long
                                                                      KDB, Salah, Mane, Sterling, Zaha
                                                                      Jesus, Lacazette, Barnes

                                                                    • Winston.
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                      NEW ARTICLE

                                                                    • Champions united
                                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                        Again asking .
                                                                        Mane or firm
                                                                        Not able to come to any conclusion 🙁

                                                                      • dimitros
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                        Choose 1 from each group for GW 35:

                                                                        A) Mane
                                                                        B) Firmino

                                                                        1) Shaqiri
                                                                        2) Mili(already have Zaha)

                                                                        1. kris_jerøme
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                          A2

                                                                      • Pain in Niasse
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                        FH chip activated. Obviously waiting on Liverpool team news but currently:

                                                                        Dubravka

                                                                        Baines TAA Tomkins

                                                                        Salah (c) Sterling (vc) Ozil KDB

                                                                        Jesus Lacazette Firminho

                                                                        Bench: Milivojevic Long Masuaku Nordfeldt

                                                                        0.2m ITB

                                                                        Any inprovements or suggestions gratefully received as I am leading my only ML that matters by 2pts and this is my last chip. Rival still has TC.

                                                                      • yemzinho
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                        Am I nuts to consider trip arsenal defence?

                                                                        Pope
                                                                        Bellerin Monreal Mustafi
                                                                        Salah (c) Mane Sterling Sane Mili
                                                                        Jesus Firmino

                                                                        Hennessey, Perez, Tomkins, Long

                                                                        1. kris_jerøme
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                          Eggs & Baskets

                                                                      • kris_jerøme
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                        Why are people going off Auba then?

                                                                        1. Misteak
                                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                            Because Wenger said he might rest him. I'm going to risk it because Lacazette won't get you any more than one goal.

                                                                        2. Misteak
                                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                            KdB has 1 assist in 6 gameweeks. I'm going David Silva instead.

                                                                          • The Big Fella
                                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                              11.9m for a midfielder. Any midfielder (not Salah, already have him). Who and why?

                                                                              1. yemzinho
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                Sterling because he gets so many chances

                                                                                1. Count of Monte Hristo
                                                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                    And misses them all.

                                                                              2. 007 - BALEGIUM 17/18
                                                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                  Hi, prefer KDB or City defender?
                                                                                  Really fancy City will get cs.

                                                                                  1. GreenShark1
                                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                      Jesus, Sterling, Kompany for now!!

                                                                                      1. Count of Monte Hristo
                                                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                          Walker, Sterling, Jesus.

                                                                                    • Gasthmatic
                                                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                        Best to be safe then sorry Luke!

                                                                                        I can only relate with the last double gameweek, a rotation mess for my team, some easy captain decisions this week help to get back on track though.

                                                                                        aaand for those after a differential with another short round of fixtures this game week...

                                                                                        I have a list of players £7.5m or below with a 100 points or more on my blog here: https://checkthestatistics.wordpress.com/hidden-gem-100/

                                                                                        Best of luck!