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Dugout Discussion – Gameweek 38

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers have one last chance for mini-league glory as the 2017/18 season comes to its conclusion this Sunday afternoon.

Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane, the top two players in our Captain Poll for Gameweek 38 and rivals for the Golden Boot, both start.

Three goals ahead of the Spurs striker, Salah seeks a tenth double-figure home haul as Liverpool welcome Brighton to Anfield.

Sadio Mane is passed fit to start for the Merseysiders, while Roberto Firmino and Dominic Solanke are also in the XI against a Seagulls’ side that they have already beaten 5-1 earlier in the season.

Meanwhile, Kane collides with a Leicester defence that he’s scored five goals against in their previous two league meetings. However, owners of Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Ben Davies are left disappointed as all three are named on the bench at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho is true to his word and makes numerous changes to the Man United teamsheet.

The likes of David De Gea and Chris Smalling are – as their manager suggested – both rested, though there’s no Anthony Martial in the squad to face Watford at Old Trafford, as the Frenchman misses out through injury.

In the blue half of Manchester, Gabriel Jesus is the man to miss out up front, with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva all starting against a Southampton side with two clean sheets in 17 home matches. Ederson and Kyle Walker are named among the subs, while David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi miss out altogether at St Mary’s.

Arsene Wenger rolls out the big-hitters for his final match in charge of Arsenal, with Alexandre Lacazette flanked by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the trip to Huddersfield.

Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud are named on the Chelsea teamsheet at Newcastle but there’s no place for Marcos Alonso, who drops to the bench. Eight goals in nine against the Magpies makes Giroud a potentially big differential today.

The most transferred in player for Gameweek 38, Wilfried Zaha is again named up front by Roy Hodgson for Crystal Palace’s clash with West Brom. The Ivory Coast international has delivered 14 points in each of his last two at Selhurst Park.

Finally, Marko Arnautovic is another out-of-position starter who could have a big impact in the final standings.

The Austrian has ten goals and six assists since being moved up front in Gameweek 16 and could prove the difference as David Moyes looks to get one over former club Everton at the London Stadium.

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  1. Hart Ake
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    14,221 was hoping for top 10k but 3 points total from defenders and GK combined this GW cost me.

    Still my best finish and topped my mini-league.

    Thanks to the FFS team and and all the people in the comments who give advice. Cheers.

  2. Elvy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Top 11k! Does this mean I can go in the "Top 11k anytime" league?

    1. diesel001
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'm looking forward to joining that 'Top 10k any season' league next season!

  3. Patch
      3 months, 10 days ago

      #Patch

      Just found out my glorious OR status and I really don't want you guys to treat me any differently now that I am a bit of a big deal round here

      OR 350k...onwards and upwards!

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Who are you?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          We don't need another FPL Virgin/Elmo 😉

          1. Patch
              3 months, 10 days ago

              No idea who Elmo is...but neither are a Patch on me 🙂

      2. tisza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        avoided a disaster (despite only having 10 players) and highest finish in 10 seasons - managed to hang on in top 100 thanks to Jesus goal - 96th.
        well pleased after all this time

        1. Shinned it
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          well done, great rank

        2. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Brilliant, well played!

        3. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Awesome, well done

        4. Iceball
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Well done!

        5. tisza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          many thanks all.
          thought i'd be drawing my pension before cracking top 500.
          Missus can't understand why it's taken 10 years to get here - thinks i'm a bit slow 🙂

        6. TRASH BOAT
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          well played welcome to the 100 club

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

        Finished 6,643 OR,and I was 1.900.000 in gmwk 11

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Great stuff well done!

        2. CRO KLOPP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Cheers mate

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

          nice

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Congrats mate, great result

      4. Royal5
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Mahrez>willian>pogba blank galore to end last GW's

      5. RoysCallerAnne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Happenstance didn't make the top 10k.

        That's pretty much made my day.

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          ....and mine.....

          1. RoysCallerAnne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Salah's form must have been happenstance too. He only owned him for about 5 GWs.

      6. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Spike, you know how to message ? 😉

        1. Gnu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I've sent you one.

      7. Iceball
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        My 4th season...
        1st: 122k
        2nd: 9k
        3rd: 1k
        4th: 28k
        Am I getting worse or competition tougher?

        1. RoysCallerAnne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Those are great ranks. Competition has got tougher but that's a very good first 4 seasons.

        2. Quite Big Dunc
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Well, it looks like you’re getting better. It’s not realistic to expect top 10k finishes EVERY season. That’s a great track record you’ve got.

        3. Ghost Gooner
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Decent finish. This season was all about Salah. If you didn't cap him often and early then you got shredded

      8. ZICO SENNA
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Still baffled as to how i can have my worst rank ever but i follow good players on here and their advice, and make sensible moves. What gives?

        1. Rik Waller
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Bad luck or you just got it wrong a few times

          1. ZICO SENNA
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Definitely bad luck. Captain picks etc. Just a truly disgusting season i’m glad to see the back of

        2. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          You didn't make sensible moves for your team if this is the case. That can be the problem with a lot of A/B type questions, what applies to one team doesn't necessarily apply to another.

          1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Or maybe you were consistently unlucky, it's going to happen with this volume of players.

            1. ZICO SENNA
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              That’s true, it’s just annoying when you’re playing it in a respectable and decent fashion and not getting reaults, finishing in too 10k just seems literally impossible.
              Consistent bad luck i’d have to say.

              1. ZICO SENNA
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 10 days ago

                Results*
                Top*

            2. ZICO SENNA
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Hits as well, i like too many hits

      9. nobwak
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Highest points total ever, but not my best ever rank. I guess that's down to the chips.
        44k, I'm happy with that 🙂
        Won my mini league by 2 points, chased all season and didn't manage to catch up until today - I almost feel guilty.

      10. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Want to watch Match of the Day but don't want to vomit on my laptop when Mahrez, Vardy, Kane, Salah, Arnie, etc score.

        1. Toffeeman (A retired FPL ma…
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I'm so annoyed with Mahrez. And what happened to Deulofeu? He trolled me this season & 3 seasons ago too. At least Richardson was a bona fide star for Watford & his FPL owners for the first 12-13 GWs.

      11. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Are there any native Dutch speakers here who'll be in Utrecht some time in the next couple of weeks?

        I'm running an experiment and I'm in dire need of some more participants.

        1. Toffeeman (A retired FPL ma…
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I can recommended at least 2 native Dutch speakers who are not too busy this month: Ronald Koeman & Davy Klassen. Please do let me know if they are going to stay in the Netherlands next season too! xD

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            😆

      12. Jigger & Pony
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        OR 10,019. Damn just outside Top 10k.

      13. che
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Best ever rank, just outside top 2K. I’m putting it down to my policy this season of not jinxing my players by talking them up on here. As a result I haven’t been as active in the chats, but I have still read and digested all the articles and advice. Being a member has definitely boosted my rank and I would advise anyone who isn’t, to become one. We all devote quite a bit of our times to FPL, so what’s a few quid to enhance your happiness? The bread knife and jam eaters will only spend it if you don’t!

      14. Gooner Kebab
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        OR just under 13k, after a -12pt hit.

        It's the most fun final day i've had in years!

        1. @FPremscout (liverpoolfanta…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I took a -4 to get rid of smalling and morgan to robertson and PVA. Moment of the season for me!

          1. Toffeeman (A retired FPL ma…
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            GJ. 18 pts each from Robertson & PVA today. I wish I took a hit to execute Smalling -> Robertson move myself. Instead, I've done Son -> Zaha & Dummett -> PVA.