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. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    That Jan Sienkowicz article earlier today - how many people did he convince to bring in City attackers, and even captain Mahrez??

    Couldn’t believe what I was reading... the amount of guessing confidently stated as near certainty - when it comes to just about the most unpredictable manager in the history of the game too

    Will be very disappointed if he doesn’t have at least one or two city attackers after promoting them so heavily - shouldn’t be allowed to play the “do as I say not as I do” card

    1. Lindelol
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Sienkowicz who??

        1. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          Only loved the following line
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        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 6 days ago

          “ The Blues came away victorious at the Etihad, delaying the Citizens’ title celebrations. However, it is now expected that Guardiola will opt for a full-strength XI against Newcastle United in Gameweek 36 in the bid to maintain match fitness of his main players, which bodes well for those willing to get in Manchester City assets”

          Errr... the first rule of FPL is the words “expected” and “Pep” should never go in the same sentence

          1. Lindelol
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 6 days ago

            hahaha - Indeed it was total guessing which went wrong. I moved out all City assets two GWs ago. Only kept Cancelo and he will be moved out this GW or the next. Honestly you should have ignored this.

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

      They were good options but I agree, they article did massively understate did the fact they are ultimately and obviously still big risks.

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      “The severe lack of Premier League minutes for both players (Foden & Mahrez) in recent Gameweeks should not discourage potential buyers and owners, as it just seemed to be a case of Guardiola setting his priorities towards cup success. With neither Foden nor Mahrez registering significant game-time in the league, their European form is the best indicator of points potential in Gameweek 36.”

      Jesus Christ

    4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      “ With the relegation no longer threatening Newcastle and Man City playing their first game since officially achieving the 2020/21 Premier League title, we should expect an open and high-scoring contest. Therefore, both Mahrez and Foden are top captaincy options, with the Algerian having a slight edge as he could be on penalty duties, considering De Bruyne’s absence and recent missed spot-kicks…”

      Seriously how did FFS let him print this? This could have wrecked gameweeks for new/inexperienced managers who haven’t yet learned not to trust advice just because it’s written down...

      I want to see at least a Mahrez Foden double up in Jan’s team, and ideally one of them captain otherwise it’s a very strange situation where he’s giving strange guidance

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        oops seriously this was non-sense. Agreed

  2. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    I really don’t understand Pep. When his top players flop in the CL final due to a lack of match fitness and rythym he only has himself to blame.

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Here here. He always overthinks the CL.

  3. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    How the fxxk could he bench both Dias and and Stones now!!

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Hopefully A manc def decides to go home during the warm up

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

      Cancelo starts and others resting - loving it

  4. Pep's Money Laundry
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    This is why you don't play Pep Roulette this late on in the season

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      We need more clever brains like yours on here!

  5. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Is Man City playing this weekend?

  6. Brakos2k
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Fool me for going with Mahrez punt... scout sold it well!

  7. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    I guess you can do whatever you want when you have been crowned champion? 🙁

  8. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    What
    Is
    The
    Point
    ?

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      This. This x infinity... end this debacle of a season already LOL

  9. Eh, just one more thing ...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Come on Newcastle ... punish this disrespect!!!!!!

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

    Is KDB injured or wrapped up in cotton wool somewhere?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Announced out earlier in week

  11. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    I might end up with less then 11 players on a free hit.

  12. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Mahrez Foden in for a -8 lol.

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      F!

    2. 272MK
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Ouch. Sorry bro

    3. Brakos2k
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Just Mahrez for me but still annoyed with myself. Kept well clear of Man City but went with the hype on here.

    4. Rassi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      That's proper pain.

    5. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      Shuck

  13. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Can't wait to see how many of my ML rivals fell for the Pep trap again.

  14. TomSaints
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    **** off Pep. Where is Aguero?!?

    Punt failed...

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      “Not fit”

  15. Tomerick
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Pep out.

  16. Mr Arsenal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Maybe Mahrez and Foden won’t start the Champion’s league final and therefore don’t need to get match fit.

    That must be the answer

  17. Mario Balofail
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Where is Kun? A very sad and disrespecful end of his City days. Very sad..
    Also I bought him for -8

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      It’s disgraceful behaviour to a club legend

      1. Mario Balofail
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Indeed. Horrible...

  18. potatoace
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Oh look , no mahrez

  19. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Any good free\reliable site providing TV' reviews ?
    O
    Need to buy new one but my head is spinning from plethora of options but don't really fancy subscribing to Which.

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      LG & chill

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Any ?

  20. Krafty Werks
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    I give up!! Trying to catch my cash mini-league rivals who are between 40-50pts ahead of me so i bring in Ederson & Mahrez as differentials...yeah right!! Now down to 9 players for a -8!!

  21. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Pep off!!!!

  22. 272MK
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Prediction?

    Im guessing 3-0 at least based on recent history

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      1-3

      Jesus will probably do well here

  23. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    FH all but wasted. Had 7, brought in Stones, Foden, Mahrez and TAA to fill the gaps.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 6 days ago

      on FH you should have a playing bench always

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 days ago

        Phillips will probably be the only one who comes into play expecting Foden and Mahrez come on.

  24. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Dodged a big fat bullet not going mahrez but means he will definitely play vs brighton.

    Sorry mahrez and foden buyers. Feel for u 🙁

  25. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Mahrez 12 point cameo

  26. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Updated

  27. Steve McCroskey
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Triple (C) Scotty Carson let's gooooo

  28. tbos83
    4 months, 6 days ago

    At least Mahrez/Foden owners have hope of a sub app. Only Man C player I have is Stones, who is guaranteed not to come on.

  29. shaunyjames
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    Zero City for the past 4 weeks - working wonders

  30. Rassi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 6 days ago

    FPL updated