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. Snapes on a Plane
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Ings or Bamford to replace Ihenacho?

  2. only2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Who to start? Bowen or Raphina? Afraid raph starts on the bench

  3. Mesh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Which Leeds defender is most nailed?
    A. Alioski
    B. Struijk
    C. Llorente

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

      Ayling then llorente then alioski then strujik

    2. teknicolourfox
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      All prob get a start this week... Alioski for my money

  4. Balls of Steel
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Any idea if Kabak is fit or still out injured?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I brought him in for a -4 last week, selling Dallas.

      Absolutely horrendous move.

  5. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Mahrez and Foden starting?

    1. SIGGYMETIMBER
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Apparently not

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Says who?

        1. SIGGYMETIMBER
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Someone on twitter. Said them, Aguero, Dias benched.
          Carson in goal
          Not sure how reliable but the rumour has taken off

          1. No Kane No Gain
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            100% fake

            1. SIGGYMETIMBER
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Hope so, have Mahrez

            2. dabber7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 11 days ago

              It's Sam Lee.

              He didn't 100% say that Mahrez wasn't starting but he was pretty sure that Aguero, Foden and Stones weren't. Suggesting that Sterling, Gundo and Torres do start.

              Andy's on LTFPL is reading his messages out as we speak.

              1. No Kane No Gain
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Yeah I was responding to something else. Apologies, it wasn’t Sam lee I was referring too. Sam lee reports saved my life as I Just changed captain from Mahrez to son after reading them!

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Worth believing?

            1. SIGGYMETIMBER
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Not sure to be honest. If you haven't made your transfer yet then wouldn't touch. Unfortunately i moved in Mahrez an hour ago

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Source?

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          sam lee

  6. Abra Dubravka
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    A) Son?
    B) Bale?

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A if leading B if chasing

  7. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Which one on FH?
    A) Aurier
    B) Reguillon
    C) Avoid Spurs defenders

    1. ILOVEBAPS
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A better value imo

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      C

    3. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I have Reguilon but I wouldn't buy him on a FH. Very frustrating player

  8. ILOVEBAPS
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Foden, Siggy/JRod or Jota on FH?

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Siggy

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I think Foden followed by Jota, I worry about the everton guys minutes

    3. JBG
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Foden.

  9. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    chance of Cancelo starting?

    1. ILOVEBAPS
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Very good

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Low. But who knows with Pep anymore. Apparently Mahrez and Stones won't start either from what I'm reading on Twitter. Impossible to guess.

  10. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Bale got a hattrick last week. Any reason why he's not as popular as Son this GW?

    I can get Coufal over Aylng if I go with him instead, so am wondering. Cheers!

    1. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Not a bad shout but Son is more consistent

    2. Biggsy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Scored something like 75% of his points in a handful of game weeks - inconsistent, but explosive when he does return

  11. Ian Davis
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Who do you think will score more?:

    Bamford: bur/sou/WBA

    Antonio: bri/wba/SOU

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I’ve gone ant

    2. Biggsy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Antonio just

  12. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 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. DCL. Antonio
    (Mendy. Greenwood. Holding. Rudiger)

  13. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Bruno -> Torres then?

  14. FFSbet.com
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Sterling will haul,one of those GWs

  15. Lindelol
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Captain
    1.Kane
    2. Salah
    3.Kane
    4. Salah

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      2. Help below.

    2. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      4

  16. DMP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Leno and foster for the run in.

    Is it worth an hit to swap one of them to start 11?

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

      Just start Forster tbh.

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Think so. Ty.

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

      I'd go with Leno and hope

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Funny.

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

        Sorry, go with Forster and hope

    3. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      hit isn't worth for the keeper now

    4. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Yes for me. Go Mesler or Pickford for Forster

  17. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    will mane start?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I’d imagine so

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        He cried like A baby, so yes, he’ll get his will

  18. Bad Kompany
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Any early team news?

  19. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Lads Who to bench Raphinha, Lingard or Watkins?

    1. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Watkins. Help above, pls.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        now.

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Lingard

  20. Morthau
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Mahrez C as differential
    Nuts og logic. Yes or No?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Why not. Might as well go for it

  21. TikaDan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    A. Iheanacho > Wood -4
    B. Iheanacho > Bamford -4
    C. Play Mitchell

  22. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Repost sorry was on a wrong thread but Is Son to Bale worth a 4 pt hit?

    1. iCon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Definitely!

    2. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bale is the striker, Son is not

    3. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Whats wrong with Son btw?

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        he plays in the back when Bale starts

        1. DMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Too much tinkering for me. Just stick with Son.

          I got Son and Kane this GW. No Bale.

    4. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      No man

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        cheers lads

  23. iCon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Rootin' round me pants looking for some balls to captain Mahrez, but can't seem to find 'em...

    Anyone else thinking same?

    1. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I’ve done it

      1. iCon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Found them just in time! 30 mins to see if like most men we should think with our heads...

        1. No Kane No Gain
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          But I then just bottled it and captained son at 18:29. Reports of Sam lee sniffing around saying Mahrez bench. So I cracked hard!

  24. ManUtdFan977
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    a) ihenacho to antonio/bamford
    b) davis to antonio/bamford
    c) both

  25. paza12
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Holding to Dallas for -4?

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      yes for me

    2. ManUtdFan977
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      yes

    3. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Sounds good

  26. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Help lads.

    Option A: Bruno and Veltman out Dallas and Bale in (4 pt hit)
    Option B: Bruno to Raphinha, Nacho to Kane, Shaw to Dallas (8 pt hit)
    Option C: Nacho and Shaw out Dallas and Antonio in

    Options A and C don't have Kane, Option C means keep Bruno for C against Fulham in GW 37. Option A will make me struggle for captain in `GW 37 will be probably on ~Bale. ~I am tempted by `bale though.

    thank you so much on this one, this is most important for me

  27. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Which combo?.

    A) Mane & Lingard
    B) Son & Mahrez

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B

  28. tibollom
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    hello, am currently chasing 30-40pts, so who to captain guys?

    ings
    kane
    salah
    foden

  29. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Sam Lee says Torres, Gundo, Sterling all start

    Foden and Stones benched. Looks like Mahrez will feature but may have limited minutes

    1. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Starting limited or off the bench limited

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        He didn’t say exactly

    2. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      And how reliable is Sam lee

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        The best of the best mate.

        1. No Kane No Gain
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Cheers, I bought Mahrez but changed last mine captain to son. Literally the last minute lol!

    3. Abaddon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      And Dias?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        If stones is benched then increases Dias chances I guess

    4. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      He didn't. It was all opinion-based, first 3 the ones he'd recommend for FH, the Foden + Stones he thought unlikely to play, Mahrez might but leant they wouldn't start.

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Surely he has insider info though. Why else would he recommend things?

        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Unrelated. I've also heard separately that Foden is benched but whether it's right or not is beside the point, shouldn't misconstrue what he says. It was all opinion-based, you suggested he stated it as fact - he also said in other comments that he thought they'd be full strength vs Chelsea but was wrong

          Good for people to hear, but just be careful on phrasing

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I said “sam Lee says”. He’s the most reliable guy going around for City news but I Understand how it could be mistaken for fact but that screenshot going around sure looked like he was confident about those 2 not playing, we shall see soon

    5. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      How does he know who will have limited minutes?

  30. FPLGeezer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Either worth a hit a hit 10 playing with Veltman? If so which one?

    A) Veltman to Dallas
    B) Saka to Raphinia