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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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924 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zogzeg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Targeting Leeds and Liverpool, which is best:

    A - Robbo, Raph
    B - Alioski, Raph
    C - Alioski,Mane

    1. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A

      • Robin Cook
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A

      • Zogzeg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Thank you, that's they way I was leaning too.

      • Pompel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        C

      • Igz08
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A seems a bit safer

      • Jafalad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A

      • Boom XhakaLacaSaka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 6 days ago

        A

    3. fplfansss
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      G2G?

      Martinez
      TAA, Phillips, Digne
      Salah, Greenwood, Son, Lingard, Willock
      Wood, Kane

      Subs: Fabri, DCL, Shaw, Veltman

      1. Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Gtg

      2. Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 6 days ago

          How’s she cuttin?

          Mendy
          Taa, Dallas, Coufal
          Salah, Torres, Raphina, Lingard
          Kane, Antonio, Wood

          Martinez, Bruno, Struijk, Mitchell 0ft .4itb

        • Crazy RedDevil
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          My current team for final gw is as below:
          Martínez
          Trent
          Phillips
          Dallas
          Greenwood
          Mahrez
          Salah
          Son
          Iheanacho
          Kane
          Bamford
          McCarthy
          Shaw
          Traoré
          Ward

          I've taken 1 hit to bring Trent & Bamford for digne & dcl. My current global ranking is 688 and in my mini league, I'm leading by 13 points only. Further, my rival has got lingard, Mendy & rudiger as differentials... Should i take more hits to win the mini league as well as to finish among top 500? What do u think,guys? Pl suggest.

          1. Milkman Bruno
              2 months, 6 days ago

              More hits may block your rival and help you win your mini league but it will likely push you down the overall ranks. Which is more important to you?

            • Igz08
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Wow that’s some ML you have! I don’t think you need to take hits given it’s only 13 points between you

            • RichRover
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              No more hits

          2. Igz08
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Any more advice on this guys?

            Martínez
            TAA Dallas Ayling
            Bale Raph JLingz Salah Bruno
            Kane Nacho
            Forster DCL Shaw Coady

            I’m 16 points clear in my ML, opponent is without Salah, but has Son and might bring in Mane. Am worried Bale won’t play again and can’t afford Bruno -> Mane

            A) DCL -> Antonio, bench Bruno
            B) Bruno, DCL -> Mane, Antonio (-4), bench Bale

            1. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 6 days ago

                A

                1. Igz08
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Bale injury concerns don’t warrant a hit ?

                  1. Milkman Bruno
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      He wasn’t ruled out though was he? Yeah could be. I’m looking at Manè for a -4 also but it just leaves me with a benching headache so likely just going to bench Beuno

                      1. Igz08
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Mason just said something about him playing through the pain etc and that players decision was not to start vs villa. Don’t see why he’d bother playing vs Leicester then you know?

                        1. Milkman Bruno
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Likely Bales last game for them though I’d say he features if fit enough

                            1. Igz08
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              He might well come on though, but I guess with a hit I’m taking a gamble on him not playing. Hmm

                  2. Cognitive Dissonance
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    It’s Bale’s last appearance in a Spurs shirt so I’d expect him to start, but Leicester is a tough game. Bruno probably won’t play at all so on balance B seems the better choice

                2. Little Frank
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Either of these worth a -4:
                  a. Son -> Mane
                  b. Watkins -> Antonio

                  1. balint84
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    I would do both, if not chasing

                    1. Milkman Bruno
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Do Manè and Antonio outscore Son and Watkins by 8? Tough

                      • Little Frank
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Can't afford both sadly.

                  2. balint84
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 6 days ago

                    A) Firmino+Willock (no pool def)
                    B) Phillips+Antonio
                    C) Taa+Carvalho
                    D) Taa+Greenwood (no bruno)

                    1. Milkman Bruno
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        You don’t need Bruno or Greenwood this week I reckon. I like A and B

                      • BeWater
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        I like B

                    2. BeWater
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Heard the FPL Wire boys talking about this. Good way to see where your points have come from.

                      https://fploptimized.com/highlights.html

                      1. Ha.
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Thanks, Kane

                      2. Deulofail
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Martial in my XI

                        That's an achievement!

                      3. Holmes
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        nice

                      4. BeWater
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Martinez was a hero for me in defence. Captained Salah 16 times. Can't believe I owned Doherty and Mitrovic.

                      5. Mr. O'Connell
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Only 48% captain success ratio absolutely stinks.

                        This is making relive the perma captain Salah nightmare just as the witch doctor curse started.

                        Also loading up on Wolves and City on gameweek 3 wildcard along with Werner. What a mess. Roll on 6pm tomorrow.

                      6. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        This is amazing thank you !

                        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          Watkins got me 166 points with not a single cap, need to give him my player of the season trophy 🙂

                      7. El Presidente
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        Nice one, thanks!

                        65% cap success! Not bad

                    3. bobwils
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Did I hear something about team sheets being out early this week?

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

                        there will be rumours as usual. Not many which you can trust

                    4. Lucky Z
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 6 days ago

                      Any reason to OGS not to field attacking four players as below? And give cameo to Bruno/Rashford/Greenwood for example.

                      Elanga/James | Mata/VDB | Diallo
                      Shoretire

                      1. Milkman Bruno
                          2 months, 6 days ago

                          James will feature but not sure from the start. Greenwood probably starts and is in the bench for Europa. I have a feeling Rashford may start and come off early too.

                      2. Ha.
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 6 days ago

                        A. Digne > Robbo
                        B. Bruno > Mane

                        1. Milkman Bruno
                            2 months, 6 days ago

                            Like both moves

                            1. Ha.
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              But if you had to choose?

                              1. Milkman Bruno
                                  2 months, 6 days ago

                                  Digne to Robertson then. I can see the allure of Manè but Robertson has been in better form.

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

                              B has more upside

                              1. Ha.
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 6 days ago

                                I don’t think that it does though - it’s pretty equal

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

                                  Fair enough. You asked, I have my opinion 🙂

                          • BigKeith
                              2 months, 6 days ago

                              Gtg?
                              Sanchez
                              Shaw, TAA, Dallas
                              Salah, Mane, Willock, Greenwood, Lingaard
                              Bamford, Antonio

                              Martinez, Watkins, Digne, Struijk

                              1. Milkman Bruno
                                  2 months, 6 days ago

                                  Yeah. I’d expect Digne will come in for Shaw

                              2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                • 11 Years
                                2 months, 6 days ago

                                Liverpool have been absolutely terrible at home this season. I'm going with city, mahrez c or kdb possibly if we know he's starting. Can see that game being wide open on the final day.

                                1. Ha.
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 6 days ago

                                  But fans?

                                  1. Super Saints
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 6 days ago

                                    They made a huge difference to Tottenham.....

                                    1. Ha.
                                      • 5 Years
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      Completely different team...

                                2. Milkman Bruno
                                    2 months, 6 days ago

                                    You don’t think the Anfield supporters and fighting for top 4 are going to have an effect though? I do.

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

                                    Not a bad shout. Liverpool clearly have more to play for and did tonk Palace earlier in the season though

                                  • BigKeith
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      That was without fans though

                                    • Super Saints
                                      • 4 Years
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      Liverpool have been pretty terrible in general this season, would 100% go City players over them.

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

                                    Hi all, sat at 13k with 20 pt ML lead:

                                    1. Watkins > Antonio (bench Bruno)

                                    2. Bruno > Mane (bench Watkins).

                                    3. Ward > Coufal (bench Shaw)

                                    TAA is the only one my rivals have that scares me, but can’t afford without a hit - not worth a hit right?

                                    Pickford
                                    Phillips Dallas Shaw
                                    Salah Son Bruno Lingz Raph
                                    Bamford Kane

                                    Forster Watkins Godfrey Ward

                                    Cheers all, lots on the line!

                                    1. BeWater
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      I think do 2. You've got Phillips so at least the clean sheet is covered. Shaw is unlikely to play but you'll get Godfrey. I wouldn't take a hit.

                                  • Super Saints
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 6 days ago

                                    What happened to Pereira? Not ideal, he's one of my best differentials and I can't really afford to transfer him out!

                                    Henderson
                                    TAA Dallas Coufal
                                    Salah(C) Son Greenwood Lingard
                                    Kane(VC) Bamford Iheanacho
                                    Lloris Pereira* Shaw Ward

                                    1. Milkman Bruno
                                        2 months, 6 days ago

                                        Who had you intended on benching for him, Greenwood?

                                        1. Super Saints
                                          • 4 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          He's in better form than all my midfielders!

                                      • Booked4Dissent
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 6 days ago

                                        I heard speculation that they’re selling him so not risking injury

                                    2. 03farmboy
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      Ings and DCL out
                                      For
                                      Bamford and Antonio

                                      Worth a -4?

                                      1. Super Saints
                                        • 4 Years
                                        2 months, 6 days ago

                                        Probably not

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

                                        I’d just get one for free

                                    3. ShaunGoater123
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      Who do we think gets more minutes? Greenwood or Fernandes?

                                      1. Booked4Dissent
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 6 days ago

                                        Greenwood

                                      2. BeWater
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 6 days ago

                                        Greenwood. But it might be 0 for Bruno and 20 for Greenwood. Greenwood is my biggest headache this week.

                                    4. Booked4Dissent
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      I might have to do the MOTD challenge for the first time. Defending 20 point ML lead. Can’t watch the games. Don’t know if I can resist checking scores or if my heart can’t take the highlights.

                                    5. Guru Mediation
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      Defending top 10k (around 8k right now), and 10pt mini league lead. Rival has the following differences in their team:
                                      Him: Holding, Trent, Son, Bamford Vs
                                      Me: Shaw, Phillips, Greenwood, Nacho

                                      Thinking of Trent in for sure, but should I block Bamford (by taking out DCL) for a minus 4?
                                      Essentially leaves me +6, Phillips, Greenwood Vs his Holding, Son (without transfers)

                                      1. Booked4Dissent
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 6 days ago

                                        Don’t bother with the -4

                                    6. G Banger
                                      • 3 Years
                                      2 months, 6 days ago

                                      Dump Man U assets for sure starters?

                                      Bruno + Greenwood => Raph + Mané (-4)

                                      1. Booked4Dissent
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 6 days ago

                                        I would, yes. Minutes matter
                                        Most

                                    7. Milkman Bruno
                                        2 months, 6 days ago

                                        This is my current front 7 with Bruno benched:

                                        Salah, Torres, Raphina, Lingard
                                        Kane, Antonio, Wood

                                        Bruno to Manè for -4 would push me back to 14 points behind in ML and leaves me with a benching headache? Not worth it is it?

                                        1. Booked4Dissent
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 1 Year
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          Mmm no. The stars might align for you, don’t force it

                                          1. Milkman Bruno
                                              2 months, 6 days ago

                                              Thank you

                                        2. mr messi
                                          • 11 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          Digne or Coady first sub?

                                          1. Booked4Dissent
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            Digne! Easy

                                        3. PaulParker
                                          • 6 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          Who to bench?

                                          A) Lingard
                                          B) Greenwood
                                          C) Raph

                                          1. Going Home
                                            • 9 Years
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            Probably *just* Greenwood. And that’s only because of risky minutes. All great picks this week

                                          2. Booked4Dissent
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            Greenwood. But greenwood can score multiple as sub

                                        4. Going Home
                                          • 9 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          1FT and £0.1m itb. Would ideally start all of the below. Bench is DCL, Rudiger, Coady. Who are the priorities to replace:

                                          a) Jota
                                          b) Bruno
                                          c) Shaw

                                          Currently on Jota to Harrison/Raphina (leaning to Harrison as would be differential in mini leagues).

                                          Not sure shipping Bruno (owned by all competitors) is worth a hit to remove as I can see City conceding.

                                          Anyway, any thoughts/suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance

                                        5. lifes a pitch
                                          • 7 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          Got 2 tranfers looking to make 20 points on my rival, he has Son.
                                          Which option should i go with...
                                          A) Son + Reguilon to Auba + Philips
                                          B) Greenwood + Reguilon to Mahrez + Tierney

                                          Any other suggestions ?

                                        6. Muscout
                                          • 1 Year
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          Sell one:
                                          A) DCL
                                          B) Watkins

                                          Buy one:
                                          1) Bamford
                                          2) Antonio
                                          3) Nacho
                                          4) anyone else up to 10.2

                                          1. The Fantasy Doctor
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 2 Years
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            Watkins. Get Antonio.

                                          2. mr messi
                                            • 11 Years
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            DCL out for Bamford

                                        7. Hits from the Bong
                                          • 2 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          A. DCL+Digne to Bamford+Robertson
                                          B. DCL+Bale to Bamford+Raphina

                                          Areola
                                          TAA Digne Dallas
                                          Salah Son Torres Lingard
                                          Kane DCL Antonio

                                          Forster Bale Mitchell Johnson

                                        8. Disturbed
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          Start Shaw or castagne?

                                          1. The Fantasy Doctor
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 2 Years
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            I would start Shaw.

                                          2. BeWater
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            I think Shaw is a 0 pointer. I'd play Castagne because he can get an attacking return.

                                            1. The Fantasy Doctor
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 2 Years
                                              2 months, 6 days ago

                                              I don’t think Shaw will start. But if he does, I’d rather have him. He won’t be subbed on so you’d get Castagne anyway.

                                        9. The Fantasy Doctor
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          Shaw to Dallas (-4)

                                          I’m slightly reluctant due to small chance of start for Shaw (momentum) and have Coady coming in against changed United side and have home fans.

                                          1. BeWater
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            Really close call. I probably wouldn't.

                                        10. AzzaroMax99
                                          • 4 Years
                                          2 months, 6 days ago

                                          G2G? I have just 1 point more then my rival. On -8, but I think that he will take a hit or two also.
                                          Play safe with Salah(C)?

                                          My squad:

                                          Martinez
                                          Taa Holding Dallas
                                          Salah(C) Mane Son Harrison
                                          Kane Bamford Antonio

                                          Steer Pereira* Aina Saiss

                                          1. The Fantasy Doctor
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 2 Years
                                            2 months, 6 days ago

                                            I wouldn’t do anymore than -8. Go for Salah unless you have a strong opinion that someone will score more.