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Five players who could help you win your FPL mini-league in Gameweek 38

Seven-time top 10k finisher Zophar looks at the Premier League’s in-form attacks and leakiest defences before picking out Fantasy assets to consider for Gameweek 38. He also reveals his own FPL team for the final day of 2020/21.


With the season drawing to a close, there are still mini-leagues to be won and ranks to be improved upon. In this piece, I will be looking at five players who I feel can give you the push you need.

Spoiler alert: I have resisted the temptation to add Timo Werner (£9.2m) to this list…

Who are the form attacks?

That’s it from me for the 2020/21 season. It has been a challenging one for all of us in many ways but I hope that playing FPL has provided some sort of escape from it all. I hope you have enjoyed the content this year, both on the podcast and in these articles. I look forward to seeing you again next year. 

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

    Ok, think I've come around to the Bruno to Mane move. But which for second FT in place of DCL?

    A. Wood
    B. Nacho

    (have Antonio and can't do Bamf as maxed on Leeds)

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Nacho

    2. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      B

    3. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Wood

      • Inter Me Gran
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B

      • Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Wood

      • Sid07
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A

    4. Inter Me Gran
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A) Son and Robertson

      B) Bale and TAA

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

        Tough, probably fancy B assuming no risk of Bale not starting

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

      Martinez
      TAA, Robbo, Dallas
      Salah (c), Son, Lingard, Raph
      Bamford, Kane, Antonio

      Johnstone, willock, holding, veltman

      GTG? Anything you would change? Bench correct?

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

        Looks good. Only change I'd want is maybe a different GK but think you'll do well

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

          Yeah. I agree. But my transfers was jota and dias out for robbo and pereira. So -4 for a new keeper is a no go i think

          1. Inter Me Gran
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Not for minus points, stick with M

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

            Willock. Not pereira

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

            Yeah, wouldn't take a hit for it

      2. Inter Me Gran
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Wish I had that line up! Martinez may be the only transfer out

    6. REDMOND IN SANDALS
        2 months, 4 days ago

        thinking about Bruno + Watkins >> Havertz + Bamford for -4. thoughts?

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

          Havertz likely to start? I'd be tempted to just do the Watkins part of it considering it's a hit

          1. REDMOND IN SANDALS
              2 months, 4 days ago

              can't do Watkins to Bam without a hit

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

                What about Nacho, Wood or Antonio? All good shouts in same bracket.

                Just don't fancy Havertz to pay off a hit

                1. REDMOND IN SANDALS
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Nacho is not a bad shout at all. Cheers

          2. Bart82
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Lead 25 in my ML... Opponent have Kane and Greenwood.

              A) DCL - Bruno -> Kanne - Raphina
              B) Watkins - Bruno -> Bamford - Pepe
              C) DCL - Bruno - Watkins -> Kane - Raphina - Bamford for -4

              Allison
              Dallas - TAA - Digne (Shaw, Veltman)
              Salah - Son - Bruno - Lingard (JWP)
              Antonio - DCL - Watkns

              2ft, 0.1

            • FALSE PROFIT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              More by luck than judgement, I have 10 from 11 players at home on Sunday. With crowds returning, I believe this could be a difference maker. How many do you guys have?

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

                8

                Kane, Son, Willock are the away players.

                Home advantage didnt work in GW37 😉 Lets see what happens in 38...

                1. FALSE PROFIT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  GW38 is renowned for goals and strange results. Gw 37 was my first red flag in 12 GW's. Laboriously climbing the table to having the ladder kicked from under me.

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

                Only 4. Looking to get 3 in below though

                1. FALSE PROFIT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Just goes to show how different sides still can be. Good luck Mate.

              3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                10 as well

                1. FALSE PROFIT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Good lad!

            • RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Priced out of Bamford now so;

              Kane+ASM+Jota >> Nacho+Mane(C)+Raphina (-4)?

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

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

                Chasing 12pt lead who has a TC (Salah no doubt)

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

                What about DCL to a 6m mid (Bamf, Wood or Nacho) and then upgrade Jota or ASM and save the hit?

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

                  6m forward, obviously....

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

                    Yeah was also looking at that

              3. FALSE PROFIT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                DCL twice?

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

                  Should be on the bench only. Thanks for the input

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

                Depends what the rest of his team is and if already very similar. Salah so likely to outscore Mané that would be reluctant to chase it down that way

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

                Son, Jota, Dominic to Raphinha, Harrison, Bamford. GO all out.

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

                  since cash isnt an issue, dropping Greenwood over Son is also an option

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

                    Thank you

            • Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Better option?

              A. Play Watkins
              B. Watkins > bamford -4
              C. Watkins > Antonio -4

              1. CSF150473
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                I’ve got the same dilemma, I’m choosing option A as I’m getting in raphina for Leeds cover

              2. REDMOND IN SANDALS
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Strongly considering B myself

                • Biggsy
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Tough, B or C should pay off, but Watkins could snatch one and Bamf/Ant could blank even if Leeds or WHU win

                • #Swish41
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Either B or C all day if for free. If chasing, bit of a coin toss, but still probably worth it. I like Bamford personally

              3. CSF150473
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Hey chaps ,pick one
                A: TAA and raphina
                Or
                B: Mane and rudiger

                1. #Swish41
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  A for me, B if chasing

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

                  A

              4. Crazy RedDevil
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                What is the chance of mahrez playing this week?

                1. #Swish41
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Not sure anyone can answer this!

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

                  Fairly good.

              5. Stannio234
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Hiya, 16 point lead, 1 FT

                  Allis
                  Coad - TAA - Hold
                  Marhz - Ling - Mane - ESR - Bruno
                  Ant - Kane

                  Patric - DCL – Godf - Lorent*

                  Who goes and for who?

                  1. #Swish41
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    I’d want Salah for Bruno but looks like you have 3 Liv, so maybe ditch Coady

                • Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Son to Mane
                  Foden to ESR
                  (-4)

                  Mendy
                  TAA Dallas Rudiger
                  Son Salah Lingard Greenwood
                  Antonio Kane Bamford

                  Forster Foden Holding Strujik

                  1.1 ITB

                  ESR likely to play? Could cover a no show from Greenwood

                  1. FALSE PROFIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Greenwood a hard one. Limitation in minutes will affect him less than others though IMO

                • SFC Fan 123
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Forster/McCarthy
                  Trent Robbo Dallas
                  Bruno Son Raphinha Salah
                  Nacho Kane Wood

                  Currently benching both Ayling and Willock but not entirely sure on it! Think I might start Willock over Son but that just feels silly as I'm trying to just protect rank.

                  Any thoughts?!

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Bruno to Mane if you can?

                  2. Mork calling Orson
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    I’d bench Bruno & play willock - Bruno won’t play.
                    I’d bench Ayling, Leeds will concede so just play the attacking defender.

                • Il Capitano
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    1FT 1.4m ITB

                    Martinez
                    TAA Digne Shaw
                    Son Lingard Salah Raphinha
                    DCL Bamford Kane

                    Fabri - ESR Targett Mitchell

                    A) Targett/Shaw > Dallas (play Digne)
                    B) Digne > Robertson (Targett autosub for Shaw)
                    C) Shaw + Digne > Robertson + Dallas (-4)

                    1. FALSE PROFIT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      For those with money B a common choice. Defensive "all in" if chasing.

                      1. Il Capitano
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Thanks, only thing putting me off just going with B is the double-up of Villa I'll likely end with. Might be wiser to go with Dallas and spread the risk. At 42k with most of my MLs wrapped up, so not much to play for this week

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

                        Hmm I like C

                      3. THFC4LIFE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        C looks nice

                      4. Sid07
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        C

                      5. Il Capitano
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Thanks all, last season's me would be very disappointed by the fact that I'm considering a hit for a defender in the last GW! TAA Robbo Dallas does look like a great backline to finish the season on though

                      6. #Swish41
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        1. Bruno > Mane (bench Watkins)

                        2. Watkins > Antonio (bench Bruno)

                        Are we all just guessing Bruno will get a rest? He’s hardly had a rest all year…

                        1. AC/DC AFC
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          2 but Watkins is on a good run and the Villa boyz are hoping for England call ups.

                          Mings and Grealish too. Could beat Chelsea and Leicester qualify 4th.

                          Chelsea could win the Champions League too and 5 English teams qualify and an extra Europa spot for Arsenal and Spurs to fight over!

                          1. Van der Faart
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            That's not how it works for Europa if there's 5 PL in CL

                            1. AC/DC AFC
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              The same number but 1 lower place, the Europa conference spot in 7th becomes Europa proper in that scenario I think.

                              1. Van der Faart
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 4 days ago

                                It remains the same as is now as far as I've read. We won't have 8 teams from PL in Europe.

                          2. #Swish41
                            • 11 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            All good points. 2 chasers have Antonio so that will probably sway me…

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

                        This is how I'm set up at the moment. At 111k, would love to get into top 100k, or at least end on a green arrow !
                        Mendy
                        TAA shaw dallas coufal
                        Salah son greenwood lingard
                        Kane DCL
                        (forster vydra holding jota)

                        Which moves?
                        A) Jota and DCL - Raph and Antonio
                        B) Jota and DCL - Willock and Firmino
                        C) Son, Jota, DCL - Mane, Raph and Antonio (-4)
                        D) Jota, DCL, Vydra - Raph, Bamford and Antonio (-4)

                        1. THFC4LIFE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          I like C

                        2. Holmes
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          D looks good

                        3. FALSE PROFIT
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          For me both picks for B are not as good as A
                          All depends on a captain pick I think.

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

                          Curved ball, what about DCL & Vydra to Antonio and Bamford?

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

                            Otherwise A

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

                            0.8 off that unfortunately! Thanks

                        5. Il Capitano
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Like D

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

                            Cheers guys! All decent options I think. Leaning towards C or D. Would really like firmino but it would mean losing Kane

                          • Ajax Hamsterdam
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            A

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

                          I like B or D.

                        7. THFC4LIFE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          What to do with this lot lads?

                          Mendy
                          Dallas Phillips Dias
                          Salah Son Lingard Greenwood
                          Kane Antonio Iheanacho

                          Forster JWP Shaw Semedo

                          2.3itb 1ft

                          Cheers

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

                            Dias to Trent? Or Robertson if funds won't strecth

                            1. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Yeah can get Trent or Robbo, just worried about double Liverpool defence. Thanks for the reply mate

                        8. FootballFanatic365
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          with 2 FTs and no budget limits
                          Which player is the best option for Triple captain ?
                          Thx

                          1. Van der Faart
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Dependent on your situation and whether you're playing got rank or ML

                            1. FootballFanatic365
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              450K overall

                              20 odd pts in ML to catch up

                              1. Van der Faart
                                • 9 Years
                                2 months, 4 days ago

                                Salah or Mane then whoever rival doesn't have

                          2. Holmes
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Salah is safe choice

                            Bamford or Pulisic or Aubameyang as out of the box picks

                            1. Dammit_182
                                2 months, 4 days ago

                                I was going to do bamford captain but after the ‘team news’ pod I’m not 100% sure he gets 90?

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

                                  Should get, who can instead of him?

                            2. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Salah Mane probably

                          3. afsr
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Mini league already won, rank around 5k, just want to get as high an OR as possible. G2G or take a hit?

                            Martinez
                            Rudiger - Targett - TAA
                            Mane (C) - Salah - Greenwood - Lingard
                            Antonio - DCL - Bamford (VC)

                            Lloris - Mahrez - Digne - Shaw
                            0FT, 0.0 ITB

                            Did Bruno->Mane already, anything else? Could get Dallas or Iheanacho...

                            1. Van der Faart
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Nah leave it at that. Good team. Good luck.

                            2. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Digne to Dallas?

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

                            Only concerned about starting Godfrey or Thomas rest happy with.

                            GTG Took -4?

                            Martinez
                            Trent, Dallas, Godfrey
                            Son, Salah, Lingz, Mane
                            Antonio, Kane, Bamford

                            Button, Rapha, Thomas, Shaw

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

                            Bruno & DCL --> Mane & Antonio/Iheanacho for free?

                            1. Sid07
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Mane and Antonio

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

                              See top of page. Good moves. Would go Ant over Nacho

                          6. Sid07
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Have 2 fts
                            1) shaw + Watkins to Dallas + antonio (433)
                            2) jota + Watkins to raphina + antonio (343)
                            3) shaw + jota to Dallas + raphina (352, bench Watkins)

                            1. THFC4LIFE
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              1

                          7. Slitherene
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Finally set on the team, irrespective of leaked lineups.

                            Dubravka | Casilla
                            Alonso Tierney Dallas
                            Salah Son Auba Torres
                            Firmino Wood Antonio
                            | Harrison Cresswell Phillips

                            0.3 ITB

                            Thoughts?

                            1. #Swish41
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Very different that’s for sure

                          8. Taegugk Warrior
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            For -4
                            A. Bruno & Zaha to Mane and Lingard (352)

                            B. Bruno and Watkins to Mane and Wood
                            (343)

                            Already have Antonio

                            1. Sid07
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              B

                              1. Taegugk Warrior
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 4 days ago

                                So… wood is more essential than lingard…?

                            2. #Swish41
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              I prefer A by some margin

                          9. FootballFanatic365
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Shaw > ..........? for a (-4)

                            Robbo
                            Cress
                            Dallas
                            KT

                            ?

                            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Robbo

                            2. Sid07
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Dallas or robo

                            3. thegaffer82
                              • 10 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Depends on your bench and your position.

                              If you're chasing then it may be worth a punt.

                              But if you're happy with your current rank and have someone who can come off your bench to cover Shaw, then I'd probably just leave it

                          10. VAR United
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Pick one

                            Lingard
                            Willock
                            Mane (-4)

                          11. thegaffer82
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Looking on here and everybody's bringing in exciting players and having decent punts on players who *could* bring home some big hauls.

                            I'm sat with 0.0 in the bank and 2 injured cheap DFers (Veltman & Coleman) plus Coady (crap) and Shaw (rotation?). My DF is an absolute mess basically apart from one shining light in TAA.

                            May do something mightily boring as my FT...

                            How does
                            Coleman > Alioski sound? (and bench Coady)

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

                              Shaw to RItchie and Coleman to Alioski? 😉

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

                            On a free hit and and in a play off to win ML. Who are the must haves for GK, Def, Mid & Fwd?

                            1. Van der Faart
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              GK: Mendy/Leno
                              DF: Robbo/TAA/Dallas
                              MF: Salah/Mane
                              FWD: Antonio/Kane/Nacho

                              In my opinion

                          13. Van der Faart
                            • 9 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            A) Rudiger and Foden to Robbo and ESR

                            B) Son to Mane, Foden to ESR

                            For a hit. Both instances benching ESR

                            1. AC/DC AFC
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              I'd play Forden if I had him.

                              Of course he could be benched but I'd expect Pep to play close to his Champions League final team for the first hour or 65 mins.