Pro Pundits - Zophar

The Fantasy Premier League players and teams to target for Gameweek 38+

Six-time top 5k finisher Zøphar talks us through every match of Gameweek 38+ and discusses his Free Hit draft.


The final Gameweek of the season is here and if last season’s concluding matchday is any indication, there are serious point gains to be made.

A total of 36 goals were scored in Gameweek 38 of 2019/20, with six different teams scoring on three or more occasions.

For this article, I will be looking at the various fixtures and identifying players which can help you make that final push, whether you’re on a Free Hit or making transfers.

The Champions League chasers

Chelsea v Wolves


Hope you have enjoyed the articles this season, I have certainly enjoyed writing them for you. Good luck!

*stats correct after Saturday’s match between Norwich City and Burnley


An FPL veteran of 10 seasons, Utkarsh Dalmia has been a member of the site right since 2009 and has finished in the top 5k in six of those campaigns, with a best finish of 17th in 2010. A Chelsea fan based in India, he relies heavily on statistics for his FPL decision-making process.

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  1. Don Van Vliet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Why does Sterling have a tiny finger coming out of his mouth?

    1. Brooksy86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      It's all that remains of Shane Duffy

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

        Lol good one

  2. Bring back Rafa
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Is anyone like me and have played their FH but just slowly working players in and out of my squad to try to squeeze an extra $0.1m here and there?

      1. Greek Freak
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Lots of people do that. It can sometimes backfire when you sell a player you eventually want.

      2. The Dance
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        that's the norm of many 🙂

      3. tokara
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Dont have such issue because money is not a problem

    • Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Early free hit thoughts for GW38:
      Button Martinez
      Trent Cresswell Pieters Aurier Lamptey
      Salah Moura David Silva Fernandes Antonio
      Kane Jesus Nketiah

      Would appreciate your feedback!

      1. Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Anyone?

      2. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 4 days ago

        when posting a FH its best to just post your starting 11 with subs at the bottom..will get you more responses

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Definitely endorse this (or putting the subs in parentheses). Even if it's not a FH. People need to be able to tell what formation you plan to play.

          Team looks good to me.

          1. Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Okay. Sorry about that! Am new to this. Will do that next time definitely!

      3. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        looks good, play Aurier over Cresswell if you arent already

    • Bring back Rafa
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Chances of Nketiah getting a start in GW38?
        He has served his 3-match suspension now and you'd think Arteta would wanna get him sharp if he needs to use him in the FA Cup final, right?

        1. The Dance
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          GW 38? He's eligible to even play this week.

        2. FPLord
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Think that Nketiah will start 37 and Laca 38

          1. GuenDoozy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah this.

      • TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Early thoughts on this bunch?

        Pope (McCarthy)
        Alexander-Arnold, Doherty, Alonso, (Taylor) (Egan)
        Sterling, David Silva, Fernandes, Martial (Foden)
        Ings, Rashford, Jiménez

        1 FT, 0.5 in bank.

        Would like 3 starting MC attackers but that requires a hit at least.
        Triple United attacker is a bit of a basket job with little cover for other teams.

        Cheers for any ideas.

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Bank transfer for next season

          1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks mate.

            1. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              There is not much you can do here tbf. You have 3 City already and 2 will start at least and thats not bad.

        2. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I'd say your weakest points would be Doherty and triple Man U being over-kill, same as me.
          You could downgrade Doherty to Pieters and do Rash>Auba or Kane. But Martial is away, so if one Man U had to go, you'd probably want it to be him, but that said I wouldnt be surprised to see him get points despite the fact.
          Sensible thing is probably just considering a Doherty move, at least you have Dilva already.

          1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Cheers, maybe an injury will change things.

        3. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I'd probably do Foden + one of your forwards -> Mahrez + bench forward (play 3-5-2).

          1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah, that or get a City defender and change Foden.

        4. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          It doesn't look bad at all.. I would probably downgrade TAA and take one of united midfielders to salah or downgrade Doherty and upgrade jimi to Auba/Kane
          Depends on who you want more salah or Auba/Kane.

        5. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Good team mate! Who you gonna captain?

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        If Watford stay safe before last GW then i think it would be better to get Auba than Kane on FH

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Mahrez, Pulisic and Vardy
        To
        Silva, Antonio and Kane?

        I don't care it's for 8pts it's last weekend and I'm ahead by 75 before tomorrow.

        He's gonna spend to get those in I know it. Maybe Auba for Kane.

      • kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        with MC out of the FA cup would you still expect Foden to start on Tuesday?

        1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Less likely but he should.

        2. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Ive should

          1. cravencottage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            He

      • Garam MOSALAH
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Is Aurier dropping tonight ?

        1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Unlikely but possible.

      • Will J 256
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Free hit thoughts?
        Martinez
        Trent Pieters Aurier
        Salah Fernandes D Silva Moura Antonio
        Kane Jesus
        Subs:
        Button, Cresswell, Nketiah, Lamptey

      • cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Pulisic, Doherty > Dilva, Alonso ? Yes or no

        1. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Probably ok, the Alonso move is nice. The Puli>Dilva, idk I guess so. Feel people are over-hyping Dilva a bit tbh, if Puli gets a return then did you gain anything?
          I assume this entials a -4?

          1. cravencottage
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Yes it does. Thanks for your thoughts

          2. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Over hyping David Silva?

            Spits tea out.

            Chelsea Wolves got nil nil on it for me.

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 4 days ago

              lol, I think most people are expecting 90 points from Dilva

              1. Stupendous
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Double digits is a very real possibility. Dare say probability.

                1. Trophé Mourinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  yea who am I kidding, I'd do it

          3. The Dance
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            he really isn't being overhyped, it's being descriptive of what is....

          4. Greek Freak
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            I agree with David Silva being overhyped for GW38 tbh. Can he score well? Yes. But all this clamour about him being on all set pieces, even on penalties etc. has got a bit out of hand. (I hope he's not on penalties for the record. He's hardly ever taken one in his professional career and he'd be up against Krul.)

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Alrighty then

      • kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        so who thinks Man City will win the champions league?

        1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Given what Arsenal did...

        2. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          No chance and I am a Blue

        3. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Unfortunately madrid has found their form at the right time.

      • kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        which one?

        A. Dilva and Pieters for free
        B. Sterling and Pieters -4 points

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          A

        2. timmmuh
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          A

        3. Stand By Mee
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Sterling has a higher ceiling I guess but a higher risk. Like last time he got 45 minutes and 1 point.

          Dilva should get something in his farewell game, shouldn’t he?

        4. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Def B

      • Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Play:

        A) Jimenez - che
        B) Wood - BHA

        ?

        1. timmmuh
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          A

        2. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          B

      • kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Play Jimenez or Greenwood? (already playing Rash and Fernandes)

        1. Netley Lucas
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Raul, better player, fair chance of scoring.

        2. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Jimmy for sure

        3. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Greenwood

        4. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          jimmy

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A or B?
        A. Doherty>Pieters (to go with Pope & Tark) - I feel a very good chance of a CS
        B. Doherty>Tierney - Im not so confident of a CS but its more exciting and maybe Tierney gets an attacking return

        Aurier isnt an option

        1. Netley Lucas
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          A, Gooners 1 eye on the cup, you don't want a sub-60' cleanie.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            thanks

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Kane or Auba to replace Vardy in this squad?

        Pope, 3.9
        Trent, Doherty, Saiss, Aurier, Holgate
        Salah, KDB, Bruno, Pulisic, Douglas Luiz
        Vardy, Greenwood, Jimenez

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Normally would say Auba but Watford fighting for their lives and perhaps mins managed for fa cup final.
          Palace are useless so Kane this week

          1. jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah. After today, my thoughts on Kane have changed.

            1. Stupendous
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I know he score twice but did he really look good and hungry?

              They were written off 3 gameweeks ago

              1. Greek Freak
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                I think Kane is the same kind of player as in previous seasons - i.e. a bit of a troll, can do well against most teams but can also blank against the worst. The only difference is that he's getting fewer good chances.

                Having said all that, I'm probably getting him for GW38 just because Palace are not good right now.

                1. Stupendous
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Have to check his record v them

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

                Dun get kane

              3. jdp219
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Did he? Didn't see much of the game.

                Still, Kane has 4 goals and Son has three straight weeks of returns. Not sure they get memo, it would seem.

              4. FantasyHero
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Ya they were 2 great goals.

        2. FantasyHero
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Auba

      • Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        What you reckon to this for NON FH team?

        Patricio
        Aurier Taa Tarkowski
        Salah Sterling KDB Antonio Silva
        Ings Wood

        Martin Nketiah Doherty Holgate

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Only lacks united attack but it looks good tho

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Yea my city leagues dont allow it so I dont play for OR the years they play well hahaha. Just play to win leagues I am in.

            Been a good few years til now!

      • IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        What’s going on with the mobile version of the website? Zoom parameters are all out of whack. Developers please address

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Fine for me.

          Have you hit the button bottom left and put it in desktop mode? Hit it again and it should go back, should be showing a Computer screen logo when on mobile mode.

          1. Rotation's Alter Ego
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Failing that, grab a screenshot of what you're seeing and email it over to me and I'll take a look tomorrow when I'm more awake 🙂

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Went to Iphone Settings > Safari and Zoom was set to 125%. Have rectified. Thanks all - was doing my head in!

        2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Posting on an iPhone with no issues.

          1. IRBOX ⚽
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Posting ok but the page isn’t fitting in my screen. Maybe I’ve changed the magnification on iPhone inadvertently but never had this issue before

            1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Try the bottom left corner as Rotation says.

              1. IRBOX ⚽
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Nope was webpage settings in Safari. Thanks

        3. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Fine for me too

        4. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Whenever I try to post from my phone all my comments are marked for review. Maybe I was bad :/
          IDK, but its the same account and if I post from my computer they arent marked for review

          Any ideas?

      • HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Already own Kdb Dilva Jesus
        Any reason to switch this city combo for a hit?

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Nope. Not even for free

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Cheers. Tempted to captain kdb as a lot won’t. We’ll see

            1. Hy liverpool
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              If he doesn't get his assists vs watford to break henry's record, Norwich will be a great chance for KDB haul.
              He can pass the peno to silva too.. What a scenario

        2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Just an injury.

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

            Had to take the chance due to price changes
            Went Rashford / Bruno to Antonio / Kane
            Yolo!

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Which Burnley defender under 5m to go with Pope?

        1) Bardsley
        2) Pieters
        3) Long

        Leaning toward #2, but open to arguments.

        1. Netley Lucas
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Brighton have been tight away since the 3-3 @whm. Might be worth going Long, could be some easy passing about for baps.

        2. Hy liverpool
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I prefer pieters out of those

      • Mortal.Swinbat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Azpilicueta & Foden > Pieters & DSilva for a -4? Or is that madness

        1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Sounds decent if you think Wolves score. 2 starters vs 1 most likely.

      • IRBOX ⚽
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Spurs with 29% possession and Kane extremely accurate for a change. Anyone tempted by him in GW38?

        1. Greek Freak
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Probably, but I don't really trust him or Spurs. He's not really getting good chances either for the most part.

      • yer old da
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        How’s this for a first draft of a FH team? Only downside I can see is no 3rd Man C player but pretty strong regardless.

        Playing 3-5-2:

        Martinez
        Aurier, Bardsley, Pieters
        Salah, KDB, Fernandes, David Silva, Antonio
        Aubameyang, Kane

        Subs: Martin, Greenwood, Lamptey, Thomas

        1. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Wow amazing tbh

          1. yer old da
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            In fact I’ll change Lamptey and Thomas for Erik Garcia and Williams and still have 0.1 spare.

      • TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Price Changes - 20th July 2020

        Rises : Antonio 7.1

        Falls : B.Williams 3.8

        1. Greek Freak
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Williams definitely in my FH team then.

          1. tricky80
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Williams back to 3.9 by the end of the week.

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Based on?

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

                Based on being a 3.8 enabler who will likely start

                1. mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Would not be surprised at all if he doesn't start

          2. mynameisq
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Why(

        2. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Damn it now I can't get Antonio with the moves I had planned!

          Waiting can have it's downsides.

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

            That sucks.
            I had to take a chance before rest of the games are played to not be outpriced

        3. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Cheers TM.

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

          Cheers TM

      • seewhyaxe
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        hello dz, any early thoughts on my bunch?

        Pope, Martinez,
        TAA, Doh, Aurier, Stephens, Taylor*
        Raz, KDB, Mahrez, Bruno, Pulisic
        Rashford, Ings, Greenwood

        2 FTs, 0.1m itb. Burnt all chips

        1. seewhyaxe
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Thinking of:

          Rashford -> Auba
          Mahrez -> Dilva
          Doh -> Cheapie to fund the above 2 for -4

          1. seewhyaxe
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Cheapie can be AWB or Maguire!

      • Najoman86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Rather envious of FH chip holders heading in to the final GW.
        With 2FTs available & £0.9m, any thoughts on the below? Vardy the likely out for Jesus or Auba

        Pope
        Alonso Maguire TAA
        KDB Sterling Martial Pulisic
        Vardy Jimenez Greenwood
        (Martin Saka Saiss Lascelles)

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

        A) Sterling and Antonio
        B) KDB and Fernandes

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          B

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

          Ha I’m on kdb and Antonio

      • kamdaraji
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        it would be classic FPL if everyones pre FH team outscored the FH team

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

          Happed to me last week, FH cost me 10 points lol. Love it

        2. Greek Freak
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I think there will be plenty of cases where this will happen. The FH is only an advantage if you can pick the right players, and in a normal GW there are no guarantees. The only occasions where the FH will (almost) definitely work out in your favour are doubles and blanks.

          1. kamdaraji
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            yes I agree. Hard to nail every player on a free hit that you think might do well