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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
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 3 days ago

    Ozil nailed?

    1. Karan14 - (CWT Balegium)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Should start.

      1. Ginola14
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        would you rather have ozil or laca?

    2. GreenShark1
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      90%

  2. @FPremscout (liverpoolfanta…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 3 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 Year
      5 months, 3 days ago

      Sane
      Zaha
      VD
      ?????

    2. My Name Is Prince
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 3 days ago

      KDB
      Zaha
      Robertson
      Lacazette

    3. GreenShark1
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 3 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?

  3. Silecro
      5 months, 3 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 Year
      5 months, 3 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
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

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

      2. Silecro
          5 months, 3 days ago

          g2g, help a brother out on comment before

      3. the snazzy viking
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 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
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Very nice. I think Gomez may play RB.

          1. the snazzy viking
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

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

            thanks

      4. Louis Van Gaalstones
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 3 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

      5. RoysCallerAnne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 3 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.

      6. probuster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 3 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 Year
          5 months, 3 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks for the response.

            Trying to resist the urge 🙂

      7. SkipperTG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 3 days ago

        TAA to start - how likely, do you think?

        1. @FPremscout (liverpoolfanta…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Less likely than Robo IMO

          1. SkipperTG
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks

            1. Jumping Jurgen
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 3 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.

        2. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

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

      8. Minerva-03
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 3 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
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Mahrez -> sane/sterling/d.silva ?

      9. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

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

        1. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          He wants to finish the season strong and is targeting records

      10. 007-BALEGIUM 17/18
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Hi, prefer Bellerin or PVA?

        1. Minerva-03
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 3 days ago

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

        2. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Bellerin

        3. GreenShark1
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          PVA

      11. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 3 days ago

        Which combo?

        A) Sterling/Sane
        B) Mane/Sterling

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          The one with Sterling

        2. Minerva-03
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 3 days ago

          B

        3. GreenShark1
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          B

      12. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 3 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 Year
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Wouldn't bother bringing in defenders for -4

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

          1. JabbaWookiee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 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
            5 months, 3 days ago

            A

          • @FPremscout (liverpoolfanta…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

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

        3. CloudSky
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 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.

        4. FDMS All Starz
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 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
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 3 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 Year
            5 months, 3 days ago

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

        5. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

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

          1. Yogi_mike
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 3 days ago

            TAA

          2. SkipperTG
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Robertson

          3. Four Season Wonder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            flip a coin bro

          4. the snazzy viking
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Robertson

          5. My Name Is Prince
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

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

          6. RoysCallerAnne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 3 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
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

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

          7. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Robertson

        6. Four Season Wonder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 3 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
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            gambling on auba starting?

            1. Four Season Wonder
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              Is he an injury doubt?

              1. My Name Is Prince
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 3 days ago

                Wenger said he might not start

          2. GuillermoDickero
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

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

        7. My Name Is Prince
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 3 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!

        8. GuillermoDickero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 3 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

        9. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          NEW ARTICLE

        10. Champions united
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 3 days ago

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

        11. dimitros
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Choose 1 from each group for GW 35:

          A) Mane
          B) Firmino

          1) Shaqiri
          2) Mili(already have Zaha)

          1. Four Season Wonder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            A2

        12. Crossfire Harry Kane
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 3 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.

        13. yemzinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 3 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. Four Season Wonder
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Eggs & Baskets

        14. Four Season Wonder
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

          Why are people going off Auba then?

          1. Misteak
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 3 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.

        15. Misteak
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

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

        16. The Big Fella
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

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

          1. yemzinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Sterling because he gets so many chances

            1. Count of Monte Hristo
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              And misses them all.

        17. 007-BALEGIUM 17/18
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 3 days ago

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

          1. GreenShark1
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 3 days ago

            Jesus, Sterling, Kompany for now!!

            1. Count of Monte Hristo
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 3 days ago

              Walker, Sterling, Jesus.

        18. Gasthmatic
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 3 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!