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The Complete Guide to our FPL Gameweek 36 tips and advice

There’s an early deadline for Gameweek 36 – 19:00 UK Time – ahead of an enticing encounter for Liverpool at home to already-relegated Huddersfield Town. Fantasy managers are licking their lips. The main debate this week has centred around which Liverpool players to fit in and who is the best captain, or even Triple Captain, pick.

To help you find answers to those questions and more, the Fantasy Football Scout Gameweek Guide includes contributions from several FPL luminaries and experts. Sadly though we aren’t able to bring you the opinion of our much loved FPL dullard Joe, who has suffered a bleed on his brain. The entire FPL community is united in wishing Joe a speedy recovery.

In Gameweek 35 his beloved Brighton produced two dogged and determined performances, only a late Christian Eriksen goal prevented them from collecting two clean sheets. A significant improvement on their two matches in Gameweek 34, when they conceded seven goals. There’s no rhyme or reason to FPL at the best of times but not many would have predicted that outcome.

Managers will now be considering starting any assets they still hold at home to Newcastle, who achieved Premier League survival last weekend with a win over Southampton. Brighton hold a 3 point advantage over Cardiff and have a superior goal difference. With fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City to come, this is a crucial match for the Seagulls in their battle to avoid relegation.

However it’s the battle at the opposite end of the table that is of most interest to fantasy managers. Liverpool dominate the Scout Picks and there are arguments to be made in favour of a number of their players both in terms of transfers and captaincy.

Mané has been very productive in front of his own fans this season with 14 of his 18 goals coming at Anfield.

Observed the FPL General in his regular opinion piece. Many veteran FPL managers have transferred him in already, as FPL Transfer Spy reveals, although a price rise last night may have forced their hand early. However deciding on the best Liverpool option is far from being a cut and dried decision, as former FPL winner Ben Crabtree pointed out:

[Mané] has one return in four games so Salah may have the greater influence on this game out of the two of them after four returns over the same period.

In his members article, David highlighted how a change in Henderson’s role in the Liverpool midfield has not only improved his output but also benefited Salah. However the Egyptian made us all a little nervous with a trip to New York earlier in the week, thankfully Klopp was swift to allay any fears about rotating their line-up this evening:

I will not push that wrong mindset with a fresh line-up or whatever, no chance for that. We had enough time to recover from the last game, we have enough time to recover for the next game. Barcelona has nothing to do with the game on Friday.

If there’s one element that will give managers a slight cause for concern it’s that Salah’s quality of chances – his expected goals – are lower than Mané’s, as David pointed out in the captaincy video.  Although over their last four matches even Firmino, despite missing a glorious chance against Cardiff, ranks higher than Mané for shots on target. Firmino has also created the most chances out of the trio.

Whoever you decide to pick or captain, our experts are in agreement that Huddersfield could not be a more favourable opponent. Lee from FPL Family notes that:

Huddersfield have conceded 18 goals in their last six matches, against teams with far less potency up front than the Reds.

While G-Whizz revealed that:

The Doosra Stat spreadsheet shows Liverpool at a whopping 946DS, a season-high for any team.

Liverpool’s defenders should be not be completely overlooked either.

Andrew Robertson or Trent Alexander-Arnold may even be worth a shout given that they are almost certainly starting on six points and will likely spend a lot of time in the final third.

Ben Crabtree, FPL Question Time

Huddersfield have only scored five goals in their last six matches.

Liverpool players occupy the top five places in our captain poll, David’s Captain Sensible article examines their credentials and takes a look at some alternatives for those managers, like the FPL General, fearing a miraculous 1-0 Huddersfield win.

The FPL gods haven’t been kind to the FPL General, whose season is turning into something of tragi-comedy. Not only did his decision to captain Kevin De Bruyne backfire but he was cruelly reminded of his decision at every turn.

But he wasn’t alone in his suffering this week: jia you jia you managed only 46 points which meant he dropped from 1,061 to 5,899 overall. This also cost him the lead in RedLightning’s January to May League.

Hopefully both managers will fare better in Gameweek 36.

One group of managers did much better in Double Gameweek 35: eight out of ten in The Great and The Good hit the century this week with only Niemi and David missing out. There were green arrows all round. Greyhead himself continues his stellar season, he’s now 76 in the overall standings.

A quick check on the latest team news is brought to us by Neale and, finally, if you fancy a differentialRyan Babel is the Chief’s headline pick.

To view all our discussions please visit our Hot Topics page, and if you’ve got some analysis, scout reports or features brewing, be sure to visit our community section to submit your article.

If you’re a member and are yet to get to grips with the custom statistics tables, you can view this movie for an explanation of how they work. Also, remember to tag them so that people can find the tables with ease.

COMMUNITY TOURNAMENTS

In the quarter-finals of the Fantasy Football Scout Cup the lowest-ranked manager was the highest-scoring manager: Ibra-gum’s tally of 123 took him up to 101,067 overall and sealed his spot in the semi-finals. When the FFS Cup began in Gameweek 28 he was ranked a lowly 505,470 overall.

Neale brought us all the drama from the quarter-finals in his cup round-up. In the semi-finals Ibra-gum will take on LOKOMOTIV, while FFS moderator Rotation’s Alter Ego faces Skogen89. Good luck to all four remaining teams. The final is scheduled for Gameweek 37.

In TorresMagic’s Last Man Standing competition the safety score in Gameweek 35 was 104, this saw 22 managers eliminated. 22 teams are through to Gameweek 36, only the top four teams (or equal) will make the Gameweek 37 final.

Adam Levy is still top of both our main FFS League and our FFS Members League, and for the seventh Gameweek in a row is number one in the world. He holds a 48 point lead over second place.

Adam used his Wildcard in Gameweek 34 yet still took an 8 point hit ahead of Bench Boosting in Gameweek 35. Deeney’s ban prompted a reshuffle. However, he still doesn’t own any City attacking players and only Salah from Liverpool. Instead he’s invested in the defences of the two title challengers: Laporte, Robertson, and Alexander-Arnold his preferred options.

Adam needs 230 points to beat the record points total set by FFS member Jon Reeson (aka Westfield Irons) in the 2009/10 season. That’s an average of 77 points per Gameweek. A few goals from Salah tonight will help!

Mark was another to take an 8 point hit going into Double Gameweek 35 but that wasn’t enough for Rotation’s Alter Ego to catch him in the FFS Mods & Cons. In fact Mark increased his lead by one point, he’s now 14 points ahead. Both managers still have their Triple Captain chips available, Mark could possibly use his on Salah this week.

Andy Sullivan remains at the summit of RedLightning’s Top 10k Any Season mini-league after playing his Bench Boost, although he’s dropped a couple of places to 39th overall. Former leader, Luke Aiello, moves back up into second place. He last topped the mini-league in Gameweek 25.

JOZ V has regained the lead in RedLightning’s January to May League. He has risen from 110k in Gameweek 23 to his current position of 3,276. As mentioned, Phil O’Connor (aka ‘jia you jia you’) had an extremely rough Gameweek – having played his last chip in Double Gameweek 32, he took an 8 point hit in Double Gameweek 35 and plummeted from first in the league to 22nd.

Ted Maw (Rotation’s Alter Ego) is the new leader of RedLightning’s The Last Ten Gameweeks mini-league, with previous leader Karen Goh down to second. In Gameweek 35 both used their Bench Boost chip, but Ted was arguably better set up as he played his Wildcard in Gameweek 34 whereas Karen played hers in Gameweek 29. Seven green arrows in the past eight Gameweeks have taken Ted from 46k in Gameweek 27 to 1,716 now.

All the new mini-league leaders played their Free Hit in Double Gameweek 32, Wildcard in Gameweek 34 and Bench Boost in Double Gameweek 35, while those who didn’t lost their leads. Apart from Mark and Ted – who have yet to use their Triple Captain chip – Adam, Andy and JOZ played theirs in Double Gameweek 25.

If you are running a community tournament and would like the latest scores included in future Community Round-Ups, please email us a summary of the current leaders and a link to your league, spreadsheet or head-to-head competition at geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk

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  1. JohnRoss
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Sturridge £4,000,000+ pay check this season for sitting on a bench. A few goals might be warranted.

    1. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      He has spent his career sitting on benches

      Money grabbing toe rag

    2. LǝgleSs e|even
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Alexis Sanchez £400,000-a-week a week plus a staggering £75,000 appearance fee each time he steps on the pitch

  2. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    SEASON OFFICIALLY OVER... NO BOBBY OR MATIP... bye all

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bye Chucky

      1. Syd.
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Hopefully for good

    2. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Bring back Jafooli

    3. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Strong bench?

    4. gonzalocampos
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Sayonara Chucky. See you next season.

  3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Where the F’ing F is Firmino

    1. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Groin strain apparently I think he is back next week

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Chilling with his missus, Moreno and all their kids.

    3. FPL Flop
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Late to the scene? 🙁

    4. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Out injured

      Was reported about 1 hour before the deadline

    5. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Home with Larissa

    6. XabiAlonso
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Seen with strapon in his groin according to tweet

  4. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Everyone telling the people who changed captain from Mané because of Auboomerang Bin Laden’s post that they are stupid can go do one. It seemed 100% legit as it might have been very possible for them to know as it was seconds before deadline

    1. Valar(Keith)
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      This

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

      It was the fact that it wasn't just one poster

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Lol

      Really

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Youre stupid

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        100% legit lmao

        1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Forgot to change accounts?

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            What's my other one? You have 3 guesses

            1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              I know you're there, Jafooli

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                That's high praise, I'll take it.

    5. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      How many more of these “oh woe is me!” posts are there going to be?

      1. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        the answer my friend is blowing in the wind

      2. CatMac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I've a bigger "woe is me", I forgot GW started tonight. I was going to transfer out Schlupp and play my Bench Boost chip. Now I can't even remember who I've put as captain until the site updates !!

    6. Fagaazi
      2 months, 1 day ago

      really?1? tell me you dont actually believe that, take that message as whats app voice note and listen to how ridiculous it sounds.

    7. Adam West - Team Serbia for…
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      There is a track record of this on here . You are more likely to get trolled than get genuine itk information .

    8. xuwei
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      But if Mane' blanks, do we make them heroes?

  5. Hakim Ziyech
    2 months, 1 day ago

    David Lynch what a bloke

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I know right? "There's nothing in it!"

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Lol

    2. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Good director.

    3. Eat my goal!
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Hunt sorry K...

  6. bialk
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Removed TC from Mane to Kun (c).BAN for that idiot who wrote Mane is benched! Or wait, could be right decision TC Kun next week.

  7. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    One solution is to avoid this site with 10-15 mins to the deadline.

    1. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I'd have got Firmino in if I didn't come here at 18:45. The best solution is to just leave the team alone with less than 2 seconds left.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Interesting, when did that news come out. I think in 99% of circumstances any rumours in the last 10 mins or so will be rubbish

        1. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          FFS tweeted it at 18:37, but people were debating whether it was true in the 15 minutes before the deadline.

      2. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        less than 2 minutes left*

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Maybe 5 minutes is the safety bar then 🙂

    2. TOPCAT1960
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Agreed, while I feel for people who did take the bait it is each to his own in the choice that you make using that sort of information.

      I have myself been duped by these type of rumours in the past (just once) but when you have been here a while you get to know what happens.

      I do not have a paid membership for this site and antics like this do not encourage me to invest my hard earned. Not sure what the solution is, but at the end of the day you live and die by your own decisions.

      1. xuwei
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I love comments from people who don't support the site, saying they might continue not supporting it as some kind of leverage. 🙂

        1. TOPCAT1960
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Free to comment on a genuine issue with the site.... not having go...... sad you see it that way

          1. xuwei
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I'm going to guess the moderators here aren't being paid heavily - if at all, so it can be discouraging to read comments blaming them for some internet troll and then justifying you using the site for free. You don't have to support the site, but I personally think a wee bit of gratitude for it existing might be a decent fall back option.

            1. TOPCAT1960
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              May sound a bit cheesy now but this is the only site that I choose to follow. As I stated I was not having a go.. but there are people not so clued up that have altered their team no?

              1. xuwei
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Sure - just don't know how the moderators can easily control that. That's an issue of bad users, not bad moderators.

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Agreed we have to be wise to idiots, as nothing will stop them enmasse unfortunately. It's only a small part of what is otherwise a great site.

  8. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Lol. My mrs took a another -8 to take out Firmino on top of a -12 to get sterling and him in this week. I am in the dog house for saying “I told you it was a bad idea”.

    1. Eat my goal!
      2 months, 1 day ago

      She’ll take everything you have in divorce

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        As long as I claw back the 40 point lead she has on me, she can have the dog, the kids and the bloody house. 😉

        1. Eat my goal!
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I value your priorities

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            It is pure commitment to the cause.

  9. Irbox ⚽
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    That Huddersfield team looks so bad on paper, nearly as bad as they do on the pitch!

    1. Eat my goal!
      2 months, 1 day ago

      But not quite- roll on the 0-0

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Karlan Grant is a dangerous player IMO

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        2 months, 1 day ago

        He's pacey.

  10. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Kun to start against burning? Switched cappo to him from bobby...

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      No CL, so only an injury is likely to prevent him from starting.

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Thabksss

  11. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I do find it funny how people in a last minute panic believe BS without any links or sources to back it up.

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      They have faith in society to say something for a reason

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        This

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I understand where you are coming from but now the years of being a member are shown Inonly take notice of ones of the 3-4 or more years.

        1. Teahupo'o
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          The trolls today had 8 years on here.

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Wow. Didnt know that. Dicks.

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I'm hoping when they do it they get a permanent ban. Should discourage it at least.

        3. Make Arsenal Great Again
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          FFS!!Don't we count??:lol:

    2. bialk
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      It's not funny when you play TC chip.

  12. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Just came on now, what have you numpties fallen for now?

    1. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Origi starting

      1. Witty Pun: Tʜᴇ Cᴀsᴜ…
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Oof, I own Firmino. What a casual I am

      2. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        More stupid if they bought him even if he was starting.

    2. Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Dont lol, it's a touchy subject for some

  13. SPorting
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    All these people complaining about bad advice.

    My wife says I never glisten. Whatever that means.

    1. Irbox ⚽
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Twilight?

    2. Eat my goal!
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Hahaha

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      It means to clean the marks off the toilet after you had a dump

    4. Fagaazi
      2 months, 1 day ago

      you glisten with your glitter & little sparkler friend.

    5. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      My wife never says I never listen, or something like that

    6. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      One of Santa reindeer 🙂

    7. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Sorry didn't hear you love.

  14. JohnRoss
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    God. Dodged a bullet with Firmino. Was bringing him in as a straight swap for lacazette but did a -4 instead to get Salah to cover rivals. Fluke

    1. FOMFF
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Did Vardy > Firminio. Watch him score a brace now.

  15. Runaway
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I was almost missing the deadline while waiting for a team leakage 🙂

  16. bialk
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I use this site for team news. After Mane saga it's better to avoid it.

  17. Adriano
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    I was too busy at work to get caught up in the Mane rumours. TC Mane master race unite!

  18. Hakim Ziyech
    2 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone who captained Trent. I really think that was the best call over Salah & Mané. Liverpool CS + attacking return likely

    1. Bouncebackability
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I thought it was ballsy as hell. If there was going to be one rested I thought it would be him.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Yes. Same thoughts as well

    2. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 1 day ago

      I've tced him

      1. Garlana
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        I'm bored and it's all nearly over so thought I'd have some fun

  19. Bouncebackability
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    The last min Origi punt fail means that Wilson is going to troll me for the third week in a row!

  20. Business Cat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 1 day ago

    It was hardly Shane Long speed 😉