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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.

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  1. britzdubb
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Been off the site : any urgent team news that I need to be aware of ?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Just Firmino

    2. Art Vandelay
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Firmi NO

  2. bring_on _the_fantasy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Who to bench???

    Zaha
    Redmond
    Deulofeu

  3. Lalrota
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Salah(TC) tonight better than Kun(TC) @ bha?

    1. FPL Flop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Who knows? Better on paper but if City have the league wrapped up by then I fancy a cricket score title party.

  4. LSP FC
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 21 days ago

    Firm->Origi for -4, who's doing it

    And would you take Valery/Martial coming off the bench instead?

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Im tempted

    2. Son is Rising
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      The lolocaust if you make that transfer and Firm starts though...

  5. Ycfc
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Bench 1:

      A) Jimmy
      B) Jota
      C) Gray

      Thanks!

    • Danstoke82
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Last minute decision please help!

      Play one;

      A) Bednarek v BOU H
      B) Kiko Femenía v WOL H

      I own both Wilson and Jimenez

    • LIARS POKER
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Start Jota or Wilson? Keep changing my mind (Already starting Jimenez)

      Thanks

      1. Vlad Tepes
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Same problem, I benched Jota

    • Balls of Steel
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 21 days ago

      Alex Oxlaide Chamberlain back in tonight's Liverpool squad... Is he likely to start in midfield?

      1. Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        He won't start

      2. Brosstan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Saved for the CL final

      3. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 21 days ago

        No chance, too soon

    • GianniBanani
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Pick two:

        A Doherty
        B Valery
        C Duffy
        D Jimenez
        E Doucoure

        1. United10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          da

      • Paul Psychic Octopus
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        TC...

        A. Mane this week?
        B. Sterling next?

        1. DV8R
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          A

      • DV8R
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Panic stations

      • WE GO FOR IT
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Pick one:
        A. Mane + Zaha + Jota
        B. Salah + Ings + Jota
        C. Eriksen + Mane + Ings

        1. JustPark
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          A. Most because of Ings.

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Cheers! 🙂

      • RamaJama
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 21 days ago

        Mane most likely to benefit on Firmino out? Or Salah?

        1. S.Kuqi
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Mane better option imo but due to my ml I'll cap Salah

      • Tsparkes10
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Feel Origi is probs a waste of a pool spot but stuff it. Long tempting... Bench:

          A) Jiminez
          B) Jota

          1. HIT ME!
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Wondering this aswell

        • Scratch
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Need to make up 30 point deficit. Rival is going Mane (c)

          Should I do
          A. Eriksen, Sterling, Boly -> Salah (tc) Lucas, Robertson -8
          B. Eriksen, Sterling, Rashford -> Salah (tc) Mane, Mitrovic -8
          C. Eriksen & Aguero -> Salah (tc) & Zaha

          1. Andolini
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Do it. Same situation. KDB-Eriksen- Salah TC

          2. 1zverGGadeM
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Do it

            1. 1zverGGadeM
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              A or B
              I prefer B

        • diesel001
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Time to transfer out Firmino.

          1. Rainer
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            2 minutes late

          2. Wild Rover
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Give it 20 minutes

        • Goonerly
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Do I transfer out Siggy and Wilson for Bilva and Mitrovic??

          Someone talk me out of it! Or into it!!

          1. Leo10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Siggy is playing so well atm. Keep.

        • JustPark
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 21 days ago

          Triple Pool,
          Triple City,
          Triple Southampton,
          Triple Palace,
          What could go wrong?

          1. 1zverGGadeM
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Almost everything except Pool

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          1. Gravless are for Kinnear
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Source?

            1. Rainer
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Fixture list

          2. La Roja
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Ban this lad

          3. Brosstan
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Congrats on your ban

          4. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Ban

        • boroie
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Last minute decision... Need help... which two would you bench?

            A - Mendy (bur)
            B - Dunk (NEW)
            C - Gray (WOL)
            D - Jimenez (wat)
            E - Kolasinac (lei)
            F - Digne (cry)
            G - King (sou)

            Currently on E and F. Gtg? Or change?

          • Gravless are for Kinnear
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            10 mins left

          • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Welcome to the starting lineup, Andre gray. Echo and anfield express seems conclusive. A great differential ruined.

          • Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Play Doherty or Duffy?

          • DV8R
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 21 days ago

            Play 1 from each

            A) Duffy
            B) Valery

            1) Jota
            2) Gray

            1. caldracula
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              A1

          • Beer is good 4 U
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Will Matip start?

              Thank you!

            • SALVA
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              ML rival 30pts clear. He will smash c to Mane and doesnt have Salah or Sterling. This week Mane, KDB to Salah and bench fodder and next week Eriksen/Son to Sterling?

              Yay or Nay?

              1. S.Kuqi
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Yay

                1. SALVA
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 21 days ago

                  Im with u Kuqi as I just noticed you have same issue!

            • Tom
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              Haz ---> BSilva or Redmond?

              One week only punt to try and claw back from points

            • OldBenKenobi
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              GTG?

              Ryan
              Duffy Trippier Trent Doherty
              Sterling Son(v) Jota Mane(c)
              Aguero Jimenez

              Foster JWP Valery Gray

              Bench order etc ok?

            • Wijnaldum FC
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 21 days ago

              any changes? 1ft 0.0itb
              lloris
              laporte trent doherty
              mane(tc) sterling son jota
              aguero jiminesz wilson

              foster dunk hojberg valery

              1. OldBenKenobi
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                Gtg

            • unitednations
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 21 days ago

              1) Start JWP or Gray?

              2) TC36 Mane or TC37 Kun?Z

              1. caldracula
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 21 days ago

                JWP and I’m saving for 38 probably