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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 37+

To borrow Andy’s fancy word and a pun from Greyhead – it’s the penultimate Gameweek of the season and everyone’s getting Wood. 

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 37+

Due to FA Cup action this weekend the Premier League matches are a little more spaced out than we’ve been used to recently – today’s deadline is at the unusual time of 16:30 BST

Although, frustratingly for Fantasy managers, both semi-finals kick-off after the FPL cut-off. And with their cup ties taking place before their Gameweek 37+ fixtures, players from both Manchester sides, Chelsea, and Arsenal come with a slight health warning.

But, as we all know from painful experience, this is not a reminder we need when it comes to City players. As so often happens, there were more losers than winners on the Pep Roulette in Gameweek 36+.

This is despite Joe’s astute pick on last week’s Scoutcast.

Our generous host singled out David Silva ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to the Etihad – but failed to heed his own advice! Thankfully others benefited from his foresight. 

Burnley Appeal

As hinted at in the opening, a certain Burnley striker is getting people all worked up. Yes, a Burnley striker. 

In truth, the reason for the attraction has almost as much to do with the opposition as it does with Burnley’s goalscoring.  

Norwich’s defence allowed yet another team’s centre-forward upwards of eight chances in a match.

– David

Owners of Oliver Giroud were a little unfortunate that the Frenchman didn’t follow in the footsteps of Michail Antonio when Chelsea played Norwich on Tuesday evening. A single goal from eight shots could easily have been more.

Chris Wood, like Giroud, is also strong in the air – a perceived weakness in the Canaries defence. Daniel Farke’s men have conceded 104 headed attempts at goal, only Newcastle United have a worse record.

TheFantasyFreÆK made an strong case for the Clarets’ number 11 in his regular review:

Chris Wood, who is Burnley’s chief goal and aerial threat, looks poised to take advantage. He has already recorded a brace against the Canaries earlier in the season and that goal vs Wolves should give him confidence. Burnley’s strikers are often underappreciated hence this might have gone under the radar but only Vardy, Jesus and Abraham have recorded more big chances in the league than Wood this season.

– TheFantasyFreÆK

Pro Pundit Tom Freeman agrees with the recommendation.

Ahead of the Wolves match in midweek – in which Wood scored – the five-time top 1,000 manager noted:

He’s Burnley’s top goalscorer this season with 11, and has accumulated 27 big chances so far this season.

– Tom Freeman

Tom has previously highlighted Wood’s strike partner, Jay Rodriguez, in his differentials article. But the former-Southampton forward was withdrawn early in the second half of Wednesday’s game with a calf strain. 

Although, as Neale reports in his team news round-up, he has been passed fit to face Norwich. Nonetheless, Tom favours the New Zealander this Gameweek. In fact, Wood even gets the nod over Danny Ings and Raul Jiménez, both good options in their own right.

And if fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester United put you off Pulisic, Willian or Antonio, consider Dwight McNeil as an alternative in midfield. His creativity was emphasised in Tom’s Pro Pundit article.

Tom was also on site for an hour-long Q&A yesterday lunchtime. Among the common questions and answers the Burnley defence was repeatedly mentioned.

James Tarkowski’s points potential at both ends of the pitch makes him the stand out option, especially with cut-price full-back Charlie Taylor ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Martial No. 1

And Tom has a lot of confidence in Anthony Martial. Even going as far to say:

Yeah, Martial would be my top pick in the entire game right now.

– Tom Freeman

High praise.

In his Scout Notes from Selhurst Park, Neale included a handy table detailing the performance of Man United’s main attackers since the restart..

Points per matchDouble-digit haulsBlanksGoalsAssists
Martial9.63264
Fernandes9.63155
Rashford5.71333
Greenwood5.62441
Above: The FPL record of United’s front four from Gameweek 30+ onwards

As mentioned, FA Cup participation puts a slight question mark next to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side, and there’s also the reduced recovery period between matches to consider, which Pro Pundit Zophar detailed last week.

Bournemouth Improvement

Don’t ignore Bournemouth was one of the messages on the Scoutcast. While Joe’s suggestion of Dominic Solanke wasn’t met with much enthusiasm, Andy was more convinced of the potential of Junior Stanislas.

Indeed, the Cherries midfielder is the headline pick in Tom’s latest differentials offering.

Since Gameweek 30+, Stanislas leads the way at Bournemouth for shots, shots in the box, created chances and crosses, whilst his three goal involvements (two goals, one assist) is more than any other teammate.

– Tom Freeman  

Striking Options Can Profit

Danny Ings drew more praise from his manager following his goal against Brighton:

Now he’s fit and when Ingsy is fit, he can work hard and also play 90 minutes. Now, in this moment, I don’t need to sub him in the end, like in the beginning [of the season], when after 60, 70 minutes he was finished.

– Ralph Hasenhuttl 

After rotating against the Seagulls – including a rest for the impressive Stuart Armstrong – it is hoped the Saints will be back to near full strength for the trip to the Vitality Stadium.

Eddie Howe’s side remain without the influential Nathan Ake, who is sidelined with a groin injury.

Also hoping to capitalise on an injured-hit back-line is Raul Jiménez. On the scoresheet for the second successive match, the Mexican comes up against a Crystal Palace rearguard bereft of Gary Cahill and Patrick van Aanholt.

While Jimenez lacks explosive returns – only once this season has he scored more than a single goal in a match – his consistency sees him edging towards 200 FPL points.

How to Play Your Hand

Pro Pundits Simon March and Andy have both taken a look at the tactics you might want to employ over the final two Gameweeks.

Former FPL winner Simon focused on protecting a mini-league advantage. Outlining three potential strategies: ‘Follow the Follower’, ‘Playing it Safe’, and ‘Playing Your Own Game’. Worthwhile reading for those looking to hold off their rivals.

While Andy looked at ownership figures in the top 10,000 to determine who might be some of the best differentials going into the final two rounds of matches.

Looking ahead to Gameweek 38+, Liverpool’s premium pair could be worth considering. Finding themselves in a comparatively low number of squads, Salah and Mané face statistically the worst defensive team since the restart in Newcastle United. The Magpies have an expected goals conceded (xGC) of 14.02.

Since Gameweek 30+ only three players have a higher expected goal involvement (xGI) than Salah.

Expected goals is often a divisive statistic, with as many detractors as it has fans. But when revealing what’s brought him success in FPL, our Hall of Fame number three, Fábio Borges, credits the marmite metric:

Then, four seasons ago, I found out about xG. And since then it’s the only stat I use (along with xA) when making FPL decisions. Of course, it is not perfect but if the model is reliable – and you know how to interpret it – I believe it is, by far, the most useful stat for FPL.

– Fábio Borges

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Final checks

Don’t forget to check out the latest Team News and Predicted Line-ups which is updated throughout the day and, as usual, G-Whizz has been kind enough to supply the best odds of a clean sheet. Only three teams managed shutouts in Gameweek 36+ although they were all in the top five when it came to odds.

Finally, a heads up that the final FPL deadline of the season is on Sunday 26 July at 15:00 BST.

Community Competitions

A full round-up of Community Competitions will follow this article.

The Head-to-Head leagues have been updated for Gameweek 36+, results and tables are currently showing on the main Head-to-Head page.

The fixtures for Gameweek 37+ are below:

May your arrows be green!

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1,915 Comments Post a Comment
  1. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Anything worth a -4?

    Pope
    TAA Saiss Tarkowski
    KDB Sterling Bruno(c) Martial Pulisic
    Ings Vardy

    Subs: Martin Greenwood Holgate Lascelles

    1. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Looks good gl

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      no

  2. The Wizard of Ozil
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Those getting Wood waiting and hoping for early team news?

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

      Probably looking for some early relief

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

      I was getting Wood long before the Burnley striker was born.

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

    Got J.Rod, worth changing for Wood??

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

      Nah.

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Wait for some lineup news.

    3. Fiqz Fariss
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      nope

  4. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Anyone on Ings (C)

    1. The Wizard of Ozil
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Went Ings last week, either him or Tony this week

  5. Jonny HOW SON?
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Anyone a wild 1 week punt on Wilson or King?

  6. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Pulisic > ???

    a. Antonio
    b. DSilva

    have KDB & Foden.

    Cheers

    1. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. AC Yew
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Im planning B

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Now or GW38+?

        1. AC Yew
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Now.

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

    What's the best transfer here? I'm thinking Zouma to Pieters which would leave 2.3 ITB for 38. Had plans of Vardy to Auba or Pulisic to Mahrez for this week but defender injuries forcing my hand.

    Pope
    TAA - Doherty - Zouma
    Salah - Kdb - Fernandes - Pulisic - Martial
    Greenwood - Vardy

    Martin - Holgate - Taylor - Connolly , £1.8ITB, 1FT

  8. SantaCruz87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Wood worth for a -4 hit?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Never

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Depends who for

  9. Mr Arsenal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Puli to Silva as more upside

  10. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Would you play 4-3-3 and bench Antonio & Pulisic?

    DDG
    TAA Long Egan Saiss
    Salah(C) Sterling Bruno
    Jesus Wood Greenwood

    Nyland Pulisic Antonio Lascelles

    Pulisic to Dilva for free next week!

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Looks Ok. Greenwood is the one who’d make way for antonio.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers! I think Greenwood more likely to score than Antonio!

        1. Bruno BaNani
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Agree. Bot antonio’s form though.

  11. Lucas8406
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who scores more?
    A) Tarkowski
    B) Egan
    C) Someone else

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      C

    2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    3. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Someone else always does well.

    4. Lucas8406
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      If c who?

    5. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      There will always be someone else who does better. But of those, I’d prefer Tark.

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

    Which one to bench? Chasing in ml
    A) TAA
    B) AWB
    C) doherty
    D) egan
    E) foden

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Foden, Eagan, TAA in that order.

  13. Netters2018
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Would you start KDB or Foden?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      KDB

    2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      KDB

      I'm starting both btw

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

      KDB

  14. JurgenRocks
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Salah or Mane for my FH team?

    1. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Mane.

  15. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Tricky dilemma! Bench Foden or Greenwood?

    1. JurgenRocks
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Foden

  16. juicewagz
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Which one would you bench w/ Martial, KDB and Sterling in the side:

    A) Greenwood

    B) Foden

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

      B

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

    Should I transfer Vardy to Ings?

    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Nope

  18. NABIL - 1 season 1der
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Vardy to wood worth a hit?

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

      no

    2. Jonny HOW SON?
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      no

    3. The Wizard of Ozil
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Debating it for free but wouldn’t for a hit

    4. GreennRed
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No. Or for no hit.

    5. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Thanks all

  19. Vjm6891
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is it worth doing 2 Burnley defenders or 1 and wood?

    1. Vjm6891
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I would have to take Hardy out as I want to keep Jimenez and Rashford

      1. Vjm6891
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Vardy!!!!!! Haha

  20. Gaztafari
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    I'm chasing a 20 & 60 point deficit in mini leagues. Free hit next week. Fairly different teams but we all have Bruno. Worth taking a punt on captain Kane?

  21. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Martinez
    Sais taa long (taylor lascels)
    Kdb mane bruno raz (puli)
    Gren rash jimi

    Which? (Gw38+ puli to dsilva) (chasing ML 30 pts) itb 0.2.

    A) grenwod mane -4 to ings/wood - martial/dsilva
    B) grenwod taa -4 to ings/wood - pieters/bardsley/oconell
    C) taylor to bardsley/pieters
    D) roll ft.

  22. Kno
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    foden or dilva for a one week city roulette punt before fh38?

    1. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Considering Pulisic > Silva myself for the same reasons. Also have Trent so kinda makes sense I just haven't done it yet!

      1. Kno
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Its a tough one, if we go one each at least one of us might be happy when the game is over 🙂

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

    Start two and bench two out of:

    A: Robertson
    B: Pieters
    C: Greenwood
    D: Foden

    Who to start?

    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      AD but should be B as well

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Start BC or AB.

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

        Thanks! Went for BC..

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

    what do u think guys?

    A) keep vardy
    B) vardy-> jesus
    C) vardy -> wood

  25. Boleyn Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who should I bring in for a 1 week punt? Thanks in advance:

    A) Dunk
    B) Egan
    C) Saiss (already have Doherty)
    D) Boly

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      D.
      I’m in the same position, but going Tarkowski.

  26. HammersXI
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team?

    Martinez (Norris)
    Tarkowski Maguire Garcia (Saiss Morgan)
    Martial KDB Bruno Salah (Guendonzi)
    Ings Wood Auba

    2.5m left ITB

    1. Vjm6891
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I think a lot of people suggest using it in gw38.

      I would have another Burnley player if I was FH this week.

      Everyone's situation is different so it's hard to know

      1. HammersXI
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I still have TC and will use it next week.

        Martinez -> Pope?

  27. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Best move here lads? FHing 38

    A) Pulisic -> Dilva
    B) Giroud -> Wood

    DDG
    Doherty, Trent, Mendy, Saiss
    Sterling, Martial, Bruno, Pulisic
    Jimmy, Giroud

    Martin, Nketiah, Alonso, Guendouzi
    Bank 0.5m, 1FT

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

    2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

  28. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    For Watford only pick 2 please

    a Mahrez
    b KDB
    c Dilva

    1. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B C

      1. Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers thanks!

  29. Bububuzz
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    I have 1 FT and £1.3m ITB.
    Should I sell Mane for Salah?
    KDB is my only City player, forwards are Greenwood (Martial & Bruno also) and Vardy and Jimenez.
    Also should I buy Ings? Who do I sell?
    Thanks.

  30. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is it worth -4 for Vardy to 1 Ings or 2 Auba

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Nope

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

      No. Vardy is the top goalscorer, in form.