Gameweek Guide

The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Blank Gameweek 36

Blank Gameweek 36 thrusts the likes of Leeds United and Manchester City into contention for our Fantasy Premier League teams, while Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) is rivaling Harry Kane (£11.8m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) for the captain’s armband.

And Fantasy managers are wondering what to do with their Manchester United assets. Following their three matches in Gameweek 35, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men are one of four sides without a fixture in Gameweek 36 along with Arsenal and FA Cup finalists Chelsea and Leicester City.

There are only three rounds to go and after a Friday deadline of 18:30 BST, a heads up that Gameweek 37 kicks off on Tuesday afternoon.

Sensible Salah

Top of the captain poll and with attacking returns in each of his last five starts, Mohamed Salah would appear the sensible option for the captaincy. A motivated Liverpool side, chasing a top-four spot for a place in next season’s Champions League, face an already-relegated West Brom. 

In addition, Salah has personal motivation as he tussles with Harry Kane for the Golden Boot, the pair currently tied on 21 goals apiece. 

Salah and Kane, unsurprisingly, claim the top two spots in Jan’s Captain Sensible article and with our four Scout Picks selectors. Of that quintet, only Neale has opted for Kane ahead of Salah.

There is, however, some difference of opinion over who might be the best alternative captain for those looking to take a risk and claw back lost ground in the rankings.

Both Jan and Neale favour a Man City player, with Riyad Mahrez (£8.0m) and Phil Foden (£6.0m) their preferred options in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, while David, Tom and Andy all back Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Although David questioned the explosive potential of Calvert-Lewin on this week’s Captaincy Video with Joe, pointing out that only three times this season has the Everton striker produced more than one attacking return – a key consideration for our armband holders.

While Andy, despite picking Calvert-Lewin in third, promoted the credentials of Foden and Mahrez:

Both [Foden and Mahrez] look like great explosive options but Mahrez would be ahead for me, given that he averages 5.4 points per match this season and has great underlying numbers.

Mahrez has more than double the expected goal involvement of Foden over their last six matches (2.72 vs 1.34) and could be on penalty duties. 

When backing the Algerian as his top differential captain, Jan pointed to a weakness in the Newcastle defence that could bode well for his attacking prospects:

Another reason why a Mahrez captaincy could turn out to be successful is Newcastle’s inability to defend the left side of the pitch. Three of their last five goals conceded came from the area Mahrez usually excels in.

– Jan

Time to let Iheanach-go?

A blank followed by a trip to Chelsea and the final day visit of Tottenham Hotspur is leading many to consider selling the in-form Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.3m). The Foxes forward has scored or assisted in eight of the past nine Gameweeks, albeit against generally easier opposition.

Looking to cement her position in the top 50k, Sam has made her mind up:

Selling… Kelechi Iheanacho is a more painful decision. The Nigerian international has been the height of consistency so far, returning in his last five Premier League matches. However, Blank Gameweek 36, followed by the league’s best defence in Chelsea in Gameweek 37 means he has to make way.

The Spurs fan plans to bring in Calvert-Lewin as her replacement, but for fellow Pro Pundit Andy, Everton’s matches after their enticing home encounter with Sheffield United mean he is looking elsewhere. The Toffees face Wolves and Man City to close the season.

Similarly priced to Iheanacho, Patrick Bamford (£6.4m) and Michail Antonio (£6.5m) were the two candidates he considered. But with both Leeds and West Ham playing Southampton and West Brom in Gameweeks 37 and 38, Andy feels that Bamford has the better fixture in this round. West Ham’s opponents Brighton have been defensively sound and are unlikely to be pushovers despite the loss of Lewis Dunk to suspension.

But fixtures aren’t the only reason behind Andy’s decision:

Antonio’s injury record, which may mean another transfer before the season’s end, and Bamford being on penalties.

Thank you for the good times

It may seem a little harsh to discard Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) after the most-popular player in FPL rewarded his owners with 19 points across his three appearances in Gameweek 35, but there’s no room for sentiment at this stage of the campaign. 

I think it is perfectly fine to ditch your Manchester United players now.

– Lateriser

Man United fans Lateriser and Andy agreed that there could be an advantage to be gained by selling.

Bruno Fernandes to Son Heung-min gives you pretty much three starts over the next three Gameweeks; Fernandes may only get one.

– Andy

As Lateriser pointed out, Manchester United play their Gameweek 38 fixture three days prior to the Europa League final, which could mean rests or at least limited minutes for their main protagonists.

A switch to Son Heung-min (£9.6m) could prove profitable. The South Korean has a goal in each of his last three matches and is included in the Scout Picks:

We fancy him to continue that run against Wolves given the weaknesses they have shown on their right-hand side of late. During the last six matches, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have conceded 11 chances on their left, 14 through the middle and 21 down the right.

– Scout Picks

Flying Fullbacks

Blank Gameweek 36 Scout Picks features double-ups from four clubs

A trio of full-backs have been highlighted by our experts ahead of the deadline. 

Seamus Coleman (£4.9m) headlines Tom’s differential picks, with the Pro Pundit revealing how a recent formation change to 3-5-2 has given the Irishman license to get forward.

Over the last six Gameweeks Coleman’s 11 chances created is level with that of his colleague on the opposite flank, Lucas Digne (£6.2m), who impressed David against Aston Villa:

[Digne] laid on three key passes at Villa Park, more than any other player. 

And Duncan Young (aka Statto99) believes there’s only one option to consider among Leeds United’s backline

Even at his current price, [Stuart Dallas] represents great value with a points-per-match average (4.5) better than any defender not playing for a Champions League finalist.

Enjoy the run-in

Seb looked for the positives from a disappointing campaign as he shared his thoughts on how to play the final Gameweeks for those in a similar position:

Experiment with transfers, selections or captains you may not usually go for. See what works, what does not and what could be added to your repertoire for next time.

While for Sam, a rare points hit is on the cards:  

One thing is certain, fielding 11 players for me will be the right thing, even if that means taking only my second -4 of the season.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

RedLightning has brought us his regular community competitions update and revealed the FFS cup winners:

The FFS Open Cup winner is Genovoze, who scored 133 without the aid of a chip and defeated Mince n Tatties by a single point after the latter scored a Bench Boosted 136(-4).

The third-place play-off was won by Jambo17 (aka Callum Croal), who won 112-106 against FPL Bielsa.

The FFS Members Cup winner is Mohd Rodzi, who beat EUG 132-121.

The third-place play-off was won by Rossaldinho, whose 122 points proved sufficient to defeat SUNFLOWER. The latter’s wildcard only returned a disappointing 100 points – normally an excellent Gameweek score, but not this time!

– RedLightning

The Head-to-Head fixtures for Gameweek 36 can be found below. 

The scores and tables update every night on the Head-to-Head Leagues main page so you can keep track of the action as the Gameweek unfolds. 

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1,106 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Son to Greenwood for -4 even if I want to bring him back next game week?

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Do you have 11 players for this GW?

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Only if I being in Son for Greenwood

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Other way around?

    3. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Greenwood blanks this week lol.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I mean Greenwood to Son 😀

  2. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Please rate this FH team.

    Pickford
    TAA, Digne, Stones
    Salah(c), son, Mahrez, foden, Jota
    Kane, DCL

    Vestergard, Mitchell on bench

    Would you do anything different?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Both Mahrez and Foden away at Newcastle is a gamble.

      Torres and Jesus would be more likely.

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        What makes you think they're more likely to play?

  3. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Castagne, Fernandes and Vardy -> Dallas, Son and Kane for - 4?

    Thanks!

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Yes

    2. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I would

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

      I'd wanna keep Bruno but I think that probably pays off yes

  4. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Captain ? Dcl or salah

    1. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      DCL if you are chasing. Salah if you aren't.

    2. Guba
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Not seen enough from Everton to want to captain DCL myself.

  5. paza12
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Holding to Dallas for -4? Thanks

  6. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Lads, pick one:

    A) Bale + Coufal
    B) Son + Ayling

    Cheers and good luck!

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

      If you're chasing A; if consolidating B

      1. Ibralicious
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks! Going with B in that case 😀

  7. Daghe Munegu
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone

    A: Kane Raphina
    B: Bale Bamford

    1. Guba
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A if you think Raphinha starts. I'd want Kane for sure.

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

      A if you’re protecting, B if you’re throwing the dice

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

      Would be confined about Raph minutes

      1. teknicolourfox
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        *concerned

  8. Blue Moon Rising
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Son, Ederson and Digne (-8)?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Yep.

      Or Pickford?

  9. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Who would you bench here guys?

    A) Jota
    B) Lingard

    Cheers!

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

      P*ss off with your First World Problems would ya 😉

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        lmao!

    2. buttsy9
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Lingard

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        What i was thinking also

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

    A) Coady

    B) Dallas (-4)

  11. Juande
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Who to bench?

    A) Lingard
    B) Dallas

    Been going in circles over this.

    Good luck people.

    1. buttsy9
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Flip a coin. Dallas in great form though.

    2. Clintymints
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I'd play Dallas over Lingard

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

      Lingard

  12. buttsy9
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    A) Pope/Nacho > Pickford/DCL -4
    B) Nacho > Antonio
    C) Do nothing

    Meslier, Dallas, Targett, Coufal, Cancelo, Salah, Jota, Lingard, Son, Kane, Bamford.

    1.3m ITB 1FT

  13. tinear
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Nacho to DCL for -8 yay or nay?

    1. buttsy9
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      -4 maybe but not -8

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

        Would you play Zaha instead?

  14. Genji3lade
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Who gets more points this GW?

    A.) Dallas
    B.) Bamford

    1. buttsy9
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Dallas in good form, so maybe him.

  15. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Is Greenwood worth keeping over Son just for the Fulham game?

    1. buttsy9
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      No.

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

      Probs not

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Nah.

      They'll be playing into the squad too.

  16. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Not taken a -8 all season. Good luck all!

    Martinez
    Coady Phillips Digne
    Son Jota Salah Lingard
    Watkins Bamford Kane

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Discipline is the secret of success.

      I had to mini wildcard out of a dead end with a 20 point hit!

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        You mean a -20 this GW or before?

  17. LLoris
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    I have Mendy and Foster
    A) Sub in Meslier for Mendy
    B) Sub in Fabianski for Mendy
    C) Keep Mendy play Foster this week and hope he plays

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

      C

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

        Isnt mccarthy gonna play though

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

          Probably but -4 (I assume) for a GK in GW 36 unlikely to pay off

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

      c

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

      I did A. Think C is unlikely.

  18. cescpistols111
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Best replacement for Vardy if chasing?

    A. Bamford
    B. Antonio
    C. Aguero

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

      A or B

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

      b

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

      What about a punt on Bobby?

      1. Clintymints
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Defo not, Antonio or Bam

        Antonio ultimate punt

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      B or punt on C...

  19. Ohh1454
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Is Salah minutes going to be managed this week ? Is Kane a better option ?

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Hope not

    2. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Salah going for golden booty!!

    3. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Possible, but reckon midweek vs Burnley is probably more likely. I'll be capping him still.

      Kane a strong alternative, DCL too.

  20. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone reckon Jota starts?

    1. teknicolourfox
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Played well against Man Utd but who knows...

  21. Clintymints
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    200k and 35 points up on the rival. My rival has Salah and no Spurs, I have Salah, Kane and Son.

    Sensible move is cap Salah and let the Spurs boys do the damage?

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

      Yep, but sensible sucks at this stage of the season

      1. Clintymints
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Well I've just done a ballsy -8 so that the risky bit!

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Absolutely

  22. Defochibe
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    pick one please;

    A. Antonio
    B. Bamford
    C. Ings

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Antonio

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A

  23. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Pls help and pick one

    A- Bruno and Maguire to Mané and Dallas
    B- Zaha,Bruno,Maguire to Mahrez Ayling Mané -8
    C-Zaha,Bruno,Maguire to Mané Digne Foden -8.

  24. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Will Bale start?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Should do. Hattrick last home game

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Don't see why he wouldn't imo

    3. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Probably. Team News page always the best starting point though

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

    Very quickly...

    Who to captain...

    A. DCL
    B. Firmino
    C. Mahrez
    D. Bale
    E. Jota
    F. TAA

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

      C

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I'm going C.

      1. H.E. Pennypacker
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I'm going D!

        Good luck, Mr JenkoJunko!

  26. Qubit
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Bruno to Bale to ensure a playing 11 for a -4? Can't quite decide! Thanks!

  27. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone remember that fantasy football where you choose 5 players only and if you beat the high score you get 10k£ or something like that

    1. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Fantasy 5 I think it's called. Never tried it

  28. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Went Mahrez and Ings over Bamford and Gunda could be gold could be season over!

  29. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    -8 team. Tough week. Give me a good to go please? GL ALL!

    Forster
    TAA. Ward. Digne
    Salah(C). Jota. ASM. Son
    Kane(v). DCL. Antonio
    (Mendy. Greenwood. Holding. Rudiger)

    1. Spin The Wheel
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Gtg and gl Rafa!

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Top man! And you

  30. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Can't decide Salah or Kane. If Salah is benched imma off myself

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      he won't be