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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. HD7
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Butland
      Baines Robertson Mustafi
      Sane* Sterling Salah Zaha
      Laca Jesus(C) Firmino

      Bench: Mili, Kiko, Long

      I can do Sane to KDB but will have to downgrade Mili and have only 2 subs, worth it?

    • Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I don't understand the Butland pick. I think Pickford Dubravka Hennessey are better.

      1. Desperately Seeking Dusan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Mark seemed keen on Butland on the Scoutcast... like you, I don't really get why.

      2. drughi
          1 month, 7 days ago

          Burnley only 2 days rest and stoke everything to play for. I see a stoke cleanie

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

            Stoke will try to win it, which will leave gaps at the back.
            I don't see them keeping it clean.

        • QuintonFortune25
            1 month, 7 days ago

            Same I like Pickford but don't wana double up on Everton as i have Baines

            1. Scheister
                1 month, 7 days ago

                Baines is nailed for me this week. Can't decide if I want Pickford too...

          • bulbuf
              1 month, 7 days ago

              Thoughts on my free hit team??

              Butland (3.9)

              Robertson, Long, Mustafi (Tomkins, Lascelles)

              Salah, Mane, Sterling, Sane, Zaha

              Jesus, Aubameyang (c) (Perez)

              1. Scheister
                  1 month, 7 days ago

                  Love it!
                  Would be wary of Auba though

                • QuintonFortune25
                    1 month, 7 days ago

                    Auba captain? Bit risky

                    1. bulbuf
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        It's all about taking risks isn't it 😀

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 7 days ago

                          JUST HAVE A GOOD VICE.

                  • drughi
                      1 month, 7 days ago

                      The king of clay destroying the prince of clay

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 7 days ago

                        CHANNEL?

                      2. Andy Ftw
                          1 month, 7 days ago

                          May as well save everyone some time and skip the clay season

                      3. Scheister
                          1 month, 7 days ago

                          FH Lineup, hoping they all start:

                          Pickford
                          Baines Kiko PVA
                          Salah Mane Sterling Sane Zaha
                          Firmino Jesus

                          3.9, Wood Long 3.9

                        • YoungPretender
                            1 month, 7 days ago

                            GTG?

                            Pickford
                            VVD Baines PVA
                            Salah Sane Sterling Zaha
                            Jesus Laca Firmino

                            Nordfeldt Hughes Mariappa Long

                            1. YoungPretender
                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                Undecided on Salah or Jesus for captain

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

                                  salah

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

                                Similar team, similar dilemma on (c)

                                Also unsure of Pickford/Baines double-up...

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

                              Who needs to go first:
                              A)Mahrez
                              B)Willian

                              1. -SB-
                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                  Mahrez

                                • Slippin' Jimmy
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                  Willy

                                • Dexy10
                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                    Sold Mahrez >> Sterling last night. Too much money for a out of form player playing for an out of form team.

                                • mad_beer ✅
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                  FH what do you think?

                                  Ederson
                                  Otemendi, Baines, Shawcross
                                  Mane, Salah, Arnie, Ramsey
                                  Aub, Jesus, Firmino

                                  3.9, Long, crap and crap.

                                  1. All Out of Mounie
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Id go Zaha over Arnie. I can see Arsenal closing up shop in preparation for Europa. Might be wrong though...

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

                                        Thanks. Good call.

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

                                    Think I've cracked it, RIP Wenger edition :

                                    Butland
                                    Robertson Baines Chambers
                                    Salah Sterling Sane Ozil
                                    Firmino Lacazette Jesus

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

                                      Lacazette a better option than Aubameyang?

                                    2. toblerone52
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                      Sick team

                                    3. built_this_city
                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                        Butland -> cech

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

                                          Don't fancy double ARS def, I think Callum 'Goal Attempt' Chambers should be enough - hopefully bags a brace

                                          1. Hazard is an FPL legend
                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                              chambers wont play i reckon.ARsene will play stafi and kos as nhe said it will be a strong team

                                        2. Totti
                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                            why the love of lacazette over auba?

                                        3. Team Cruel
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          Claude ripping apart Wenger on SSN 😆

                                          1. Rupert The Horse
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                            Pure ugly.

                                        4. Ason Willa
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                          Why is everyone going Robertson instead of TAA?

                                          1. Scheister
                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                              I prefer TAA, but already have Mane, Salah, and Firmino

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

                                              TAA could be rested for CL

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

                                                Gomez is fit

                                            • Transferred Out
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                              Gomez is back fit so could start at RB, if TAA is in Anfield Express team will switch though 😀

                                            • Rupert The Horse
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                              Gomez.

                                          2. toblerone52
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                            Would you do auba to Jesus for a hit this week or do it next week for Free?

                                            1. dmechiche
                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                hold hold

                                              • ItsaKnockaert
                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                  Yeah. Auba won’t start up front or maybe won’t start at all

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

                                                Anyone else thinking about just avoiding the stress of picking between aubamayang and lacazette by going with Firmino

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

                                                  Firmino might not start?

                                                2. Holmes
                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                    Going cheap instead of Firmino

                                                  • walkman666
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                    Yes. Further news pending...

                                                3. dmechiche
                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                    You guys think Klopp is going to line up his best team when Tuesday he is playing Rome?

                                                    I somehow highly doubt it..

                                                    1. V for viduka
                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                        k

                                                      • Transferred Out
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                        Klopp will not rest players ahead of the @ChampionsLeague on Tuesday: "We have to [name] a really strong line up against West Brom. We need points to be in the top four." Goes onto add - Mo Salah has no physical problems. "Hopefully it stays that way."

                                                      • Rupert The Horse
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                        Some people do, I think it will be a near full squad due to all the things Klopp has said.

                                                      • walkman666
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                        He could sub his most important players early, too. It's not a contract.

                                                        1. Rupert The Horse
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                          Neither is a kiss.

                                                      • nevins84
                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                          He will play pretty much the strongest side

                                                        • Amsterhammer
                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                            I have a feeling he'll bench Firminio and start Salah. I just think he's really key to the frontline and Klopp has Solanke.

                                                          • dmechiche
                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                              thanks for your input guys. I think Klopp knows the top 4 race is pretty much sealed though

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

                                                            What sort of time did the Anfield Express usually come in??

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

                                                              Does*

                                                            2. Rupert The Horse
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                              In the evening. But its still a relatively new thing.

                                                            3. Team Cruel
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                              Hearing the railway crew are all on strike this week so not sure if it will arrive at all.

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

                                                            Will Alonso drop in price tonight?

                                                            1. ItsaKnockaert
                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                Don’t think so

                                                              • Rupert The Horse
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                Yes it looks like it.

                                                            2. ItsaKnockaert
                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                What order would you rank these in in order of points potential (mainly chance of cs):
                                                                1. Lowton/long/pope
                                                                2. Pva
                                                                3. Butland/Bauer
                                                                4. Mustafi/Bellerin
                                                                5. Baines/pickford

                                                              • Hernandez Lynam
                                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                  Subject to any lineup leaks is this FH team looking good?

                                                                  Butland
                                                                  VVD Bellerin Baines
                                                                  Salah Sterling KDB Zaha
                                                                  Firmino Laca Jesus

                                                                  Bench: Hughes, Long, Tomkins, Hennesey

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

                                                                    Yep looks good mate

                                                                  2. Ginola14
                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                      replied on previous article, exactly the same as mine bar pva for bell, subject to change in case we receive any pool lineups

                                                                      1. Ginola14
                                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                          also the only change im considering is ozil over laca?

                                                                        • Hernandez Lynam
                                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                            Yeah I saw thanks mate 🙂

                                                                      2. mei you shagua
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                        Probably the wrong site, but would anybody be interested in playing just for kicks next season in a 'Hit the GW League' where managers must take a minimum of one hit each week?

                                                                        1. Holmes
                                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                            38 hits over the season and I'm in, hits every week is too much! 😛

                                                                            1. mei you shagua
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                              You've got me thinking! It actually needs to be 'Hit the GW twice League' to separate us from all the rest!

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

                                                                          Thank me later, but:

                                                                          Pickford
                                                                          Robertson Baines Mustafi
                                                                          Zaha Sterling de Bruyne Salah Arnautovic
                                                                          Jesus Firmino

                                                                          (Foster Perez Lejeune Long)

                                                                          1. Rupert The Horse
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                            Thats a very arousing team.

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

                                                                              Christ, you're the last one round here we need getting aroused thank you very much :p

                                                                              How was your DGW Ru?

                                                                              1. Rupert The Horse
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                It went very well at the start, was on 67 points on Saturday. Then 87 on Wednesday evening with 6 left to play; ended on 95 (-4) so ok I suppose, but the worst thing was Aubameyang to Lukaku -4. Head said no, but I wanted to have some fun.
                                                                                You?

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

                                                                                  Almost identical! Didn't break the magic tonne but 94 all out after a very slow start (partly due to the SGWers performing in their games). Went from 31k to 23k so moving the right way.. running out of GWs for 10k though!

                                                                                  Much of the game is about having fun. That's why I usually play 3 at the back these days. Hate having to wait 90 minutes for a clean sheet...

                                                                            2. walkman666
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                              Seriously? Now I have to seek therapy to burn the image of an erect horse from my mind. Thanks, bro.

                                                                              1. Rupert The Horse
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                I see you're a member.

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

                                                                            Not worried Arsenal are gonna run riot for Wenger 😀

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

                                                                              Nope. Wenger has to try to bow out with a trophy and the league won't win him one of those. I would put money on West Ham scoring if I were a betting man.

                                                                          3. Holmes
                                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                              Only 4 players are same, back to drawing board 😮

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

                                                                            The Anfield Express is a Liverpool fan page right? Surely they're doing the team a disservice and giving advantage to the opponent each week by leaking the team sheet?

                                                                            1. walkman666
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                              True, yet irrelevant for a fantasy site.

                                                                            2. Rupert The Horse
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                              Its only us losers that pay any attention to it.

                                                                            3. Dexy10
                                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                I’m fairly confident the opposition managers won’t base there tactics on it mate.

                                                                            4. Champions united
                                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                Botom page

                                                                                Pickfors Vvd kompany tomkins

                                                                                Is this the best def lineup for 35

                                                                                Need suggestions

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

                                                                                  gamble with one stoke (Bauer)

                                                                                  this game is meant to be fun

                                                                                  1. Champions united
                                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                      Apart from pick
                                                                                      Rest all are fine
                                                                                      Or should I triple city attack and replace kompany with musafi

                                                                                2. Christina.
                                                                                    1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                    cech back later.

                                                                                    1. Rupert The Horse
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                      You petr

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

                                                                                        XD

                                                                                  • NestorC
                                                                                      1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                      So after these news, we should go for 3 City and 3 Pool players in attack?

                                                                                    • Scotty B
                                                                                        1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                        Which option looks better?

                                                                                        A Eriksen & Hazard > KDB & Sterling
                                                                                        B Alonso & Hazard > Walker/Otamendi & Sterling/KDB

                                                                                      • anish69
                                                                                          1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                          Hows this FH:

                                                                                          Butland
                                                                                          Baines Robertson PVA
                                                                                          Sane Sterling Salah Zaha
                                                                                          Laca Firmino Jesus

                                                                                          3.9---Gudmunsson--Kiko--Long

                                                                                        • Mike132
                                                                                            1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                            GW35:
                                                                                            Jesus Sterling Kompany in for Lukaku Gross Alonso (no FH).

                                                                                            GW36: Eriksen in for Mahrez

                                                                                            Will leave me with 10 DGW'ers + Salah + 1 FT in case I want to bench Salah or if I need to fix one of my DGW'ers for example if Morgan has been dropped rather than rested or if Kompany isn't playing much. TC Kane.

                                                                                            Good plan?

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

                                                                                            Auba-Kane-Jesus...Which one?
                                                                                            Two of them entail a -4..

                                                                                            1. Andy Ftw
                                                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                                Kane & Jesus for long term. Only Jesus next week obviously.

                                                                                            2. alsk02
                                                                                                1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                                I have the BB, WC and TC chips left.

                                                                                                I know I'm going to WC for 36 and BB for 37.

                                                                                                Which out of 35, 36 and 38 is the most ideal week to TC?

                                                                                                And who all do you think might get a big haul in these Gameweeks?

                                                                                              • paulfantham
                                                                                                  1 month, 7 days ago

                                                                                                  Any advice would be greatly appreciated:

                                                                                                  Karius
                                                                                                  Long, Coleman, Kompany
                                                                                                  Salah, Sterling, Milli, Ozil
                                                                                                  Jesus, Welbeck, Frimino

                                                                                                  Subs: Arnie, Van Aahnolt, Lowton, Hennessy