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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 Year
    6 months, 6 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?

  2. Duffy Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

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

    1. Desperately Seeking Dusan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

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

    2. drughi
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 6 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
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

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

    3. QuintonFortune25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

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

      1. Scheister
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

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

  3. bulbuf
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 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
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Love it!
      Would be wary of Auba though

    2. QuintonFortune25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Auba captain? Bit risky

      1. bulbuf
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

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

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 6 days ago

          JUST HAVE A GOOD VICE.

  4. drughi
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    The king of clay destroying the prince of clay

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      CHANNEL?

    2. Andy Ftw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

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

  5. Scheister
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 6 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

  6. YoungPretender
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    GTG?

    Pickford
    VVD Baines PVA
    Salah Sane Sterling Zaha
    Jesus Laca Firmino

    Nordfeldt Hughes Mariappa Long

    1. YoungPretender
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Undecided on Salah or Jesus for captain

      1. klavan
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        salah

    2. ELMEO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Similar team, similar dilemma on (c)

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

  7. klavan
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

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

    1. -SB-
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Mahrez

    2. Better Call Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Willy

    3. Dexy10
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

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

  8. mad_beer ✅
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 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 Year
      6 months, 6 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 ✅
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks. Good call.

  9. Transferred Out
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 6 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
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Lacazette a better option than Aubameyang?

    2. toblerone52
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Sick team

    3. built_this_city
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Butland -> cech

      1. Transferred Out
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 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 Year
          6 months, 6 days ago

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

    4. Totti
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      why the love of lacazette over auba?

  10. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Claude ripping apart Wenger on SSN 😆

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Pure ugly.

  11. Ason Willa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

    Why is everyone going Robertson instead of TAA?

    1. Scheister
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

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

    2. klavan
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      TAA could be rested for CL

      1. klavan
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Gomez is fit

    3. Transferred Out
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 6 days ago

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

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 6 days ago

      Gomez.

  12. toblerone52
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 6 days ago

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

    1. Eriksen Maestro
        6 months, 6 days ago

        hold hold

      • It’s a Knockaert
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 6 days ago

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

    2. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 6 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
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Firmino might not start?

      2. Holmes
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Going cheap instead of Firmino

      3. walkman666
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 6 days ago

        Yes. Further news pending...

    3. Eriksen Maestro
        6 months, 6 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
            6 months, 6 days ago

            k

          • Transferred Out
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 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
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 6 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
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

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

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Neither is a kiss.

          • nevins84
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            He will play pretty much the strongest side

          • Amsterhammer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 6 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.

          • Eriksen Maestro
              6 months, 6 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
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

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

            1. BananaMan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Does*

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

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

            3. Team Cruel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 6 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
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Will Alonso drop in price tonight?

            1. It’s a Knockaert
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Don’t think so

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Yes it looks like it.

          • It’s a Knockaert
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 6 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 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Yep looks good mate

            2. Ginola14
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 6 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
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                also the only change im considering is ozil over laca?

              2. Hernandez Lynam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

                Yeah I saw thanks mate 🙂

          • jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 6 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
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

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

              1. jia you jia you
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 6 days ago

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

          • RedArrows
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 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
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Thats a very arousing team.

              1. RedArrows
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 6 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
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 6 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 Year
                    6 months, 6 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
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 6 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
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 6 days ago

                  I see you're a member.

            2. Transferred Out
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Not worried Arsenal are gonna run riot for Wenger 😀

              1. RedArrows
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 6 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
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Only 4 players are same, back to drawing board 😮

          • pakornk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 6 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
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              True, yet irrelevant for a fantasy site.

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              Its only us losers that pay any attention to it.

            3. Dexy10
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

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

          • Champions united
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 6 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 Year
              6 months, 6 days ago

              gamble with one stoke (Bauer)

              this game is meant to be fun

              1. Champions united
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 6 days ago

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

          • Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            cech back later.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

              You petr

              1. RedArrows
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 6 days ago

                XD

          • NestorC
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

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

          • Scotty B
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Which option looks better?

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

          • anish69
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

            Hows this FH:

            Butland
            Baines Robertson PVA
            Sane Sterling Salah Zaha
            Laca Firmino Jesus

            3.9---Gudmunsson--Kiko--Long

          • Mike132
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 6 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
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 6 days ago

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

            1. Andy Ftw
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 6 days ago

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

          • Slitherene
              6 months, 6 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
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 6 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