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My Gameweek 37 Free Hit draft: Triple Everton and Villa + three premium midfielders

We’re at the home stretch now and there are just two weeks to go of what feels like the longest Fantasy Premier League (FPL) season in memory. I was questioning my will to play this game when we were in December/January and fixtures were getting postponed left, right and centre but like you, I have persisted and now with the finish line in sight, I find myself limping rather than sprinting.

It’s been difficult to make up ground in the last few weeks. Chelsea have fallen off a cliff, affected by off-field issues. The Double Gameweeks which promised so much have been impacted on by the deep runs of teams in Europe (Leicester City and Liverpool) and the scheduling of the FA Cup during the season hasn’t helped matters, either.

Double Gameweek 37 looks like the last opportunity to make those surges up the mini-leagues and in this piece, I will be looking at the picks I am considering for my own Free Hit side.

Goalkeeper

Jordan Pickford (£4.8m)

Everton have shipped just one goal in their last four home matches and are ranked top for fewest big chances conceded (two) over that data sample. They are ranked 13th for shots on target conceded (18) which indicates that while Pickford is facing a lot of efforts, these are not high-quality chances – which bodes well for his save potential. 

This is probably one of the easiest picks of the week.

Defenders

Lucas Digne (£5.0m) vs Matty Cash (£5.3m)

A Villa defender is a must-have on a Free Hit and a case can be made for both the full-backs, given how much license Steven Gerrard gives them to get forward.

A look at the ‘expected’ data for the Villans’ last three matches indicates the differing roles that the full-backs play: Digne is very much the creator while Cash is the one making the runs into the box to score. To put it crudely, Digne is the Villa version of Reece James (£6.4m) and Cash is the Marcos Alonso (£5.7m) figure.

Above: Expected figures over the last three Villa matches, with Lucas Digne on the left and Matty Cash on the right

Digne has created eight chances since his return to the side while Cash has managed only three. The latter has managed two shots in the box and as many efforts on target while the Frenchman has had just one effort in the opposition area, which landed off target. The high rate of chance creation also means that Digne is favoured for bonus points. 

There are very few Fantasy managers, myself included, who haven’t been burned by Digne in the past, either at Everton or at Villa. So there is a natural aversion towards the Frenchman but I think he is the better option over Cash. 

Vitalii Mykolenko (£4.9m)

The Ukrainian full-back registered his first goal for Everton against Leicester with a well-taken attempt from outside the box. It was his only shot on target over the last six matches but as the below table from the Premium Members Area shows, he is top for chances created (five) amongst Everton defenders over the same period:

Granted, the average of less than one a game is not something to be enthused about but only Richarlison (six), Alex Iwobi (eight) and Anthony Gordon (10) have created more chances amongst Everton players over the aforementioned period. He also ranks sixth amongst their players for expected goal involvement (xGI, 0.84). 

Andrew Robertson (£7.3m)

The Scotland international was rested completely against Villa in Gameweek 36 and there should be no doubts about his game-time for the remainder of the season. That’s not a feeling I share about Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m): with Liverpool playing in the FA Cup final on Saturday and then at Southampton on Tuesday, I fear he could be the one to get his breather next. 

Midfielders


It’s been a pleasure writing for you this season, I hope you have enjoyed reading these pieces and I am looking forward to the next campaign already.

See you then. 


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285 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 20 days ago

    Havertz another one pointer off the bench then ffs

    1. NorCal Villan
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Havertz a cigar

    2. Razor Ramon
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      MGM FTW!
      (Meslier, Greenwood & Mount)

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      If Watkins a doubt best option ( not on FH) between

      A Ings
      B Richarlison

      1. Shearer & Sutton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        B

      2. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        B

    4. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Need Chelsea to go 2-0 down in the first half so they're forced to bring on Havertz at HT.

      1. TimoTime
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Yeh then a hatty of assists from alonso all to havertz for the win…. One can dream

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Gotta dream in this mad game 😉

    5. Snake Juice
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      It's one of those Reece James nights.

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 20 days ago

        0 pointer after conceding 2 plus a YC?

        1. mynameisq
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Injury in the first half

          1. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Why not both?

      2. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Long overdue.

        Just happy he starts

    6. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      RIP LUNA and UST

      1. NorCal Villan
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Good band, prefer their early stuff

      2. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        Picked Krul up. Got 0 points. Had the foresight to put in as my backup, but unfortunately the dropping comes in the middle of the DGW. When your luck's out.

        1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          *Gunn as backup.

          Krul was a crap pick, yes.

        2. ToffeePot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          same

        3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          But any news on him? Why is he not playing?

      3. sergioaguero67
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        What team are Watford playing lol?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Everton.

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Tbf, besides Foster and Pedro they've gone deep.

          Maybe the manager wants to change the narrative?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Or taken the bung.

            1. NorCal Villan
                1 month, 20 days ago

                That sounds naughty

        3. NateDog
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Maddison, Vardy and Barnes all start

        4. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          FH37 managers: what formation are you going for?

          1. ZEZIMA
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            541

            1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Richarlison up top?

          2. Echoes
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Probably the good old 343

          3. RedRo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 20 days ago

            4-3-3

          4. NorCal Villan
              1 month, 20 days ago

              2112

          5. ZEZIMA
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Richarlison hattrick tonight

            1. dshv
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Please

            2. NorCal Villan
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Nah, he’ll be ejected after the second flare

            3. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Wow my big guns play tonight ,amartey & chabolah- time for points!

              1. AC/DC AFC
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Chalobah could do well.

                1. Finding Timo
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Should have captained him over salah !

            4. Deer-in-headlights
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Didn't expect Havertz to be benched both DGW games.

              1. Echoes
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Yeah, thought he'd have started the last one tbh. Being benched today as well expected after Lukaku's showing last game but still sickening.

              2. AMBELLINA PRISE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Tuchel is a child so not that surprising

              3. NateDog
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Certainly a surprise, I wonder if Lukaku impresses again tonight if it might give Tuchel food fir thought on going with him over Havertz for the final. Presumably it's a combination of wanting to rest Havertz and needing to give Lukaku matches to try to integrate him, but Havertz not starting a game for nearly 2 weeks before the final might not be great preparation for Havertz if he's to start.

                1. Echoes
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Yeah, if Havertz is to start in the final, feel he definitely gets about 30 minutes tonight.

            5. Bushwhacker
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Watford seem to have accepted that cheque from Moshiri with open arms then . . .

            6. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Pulisic has been way overlooked!

              1. Echoes
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Yeah, quite capable of a touchdown any game, tbh.

                1. NorCal Villan
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Snapped hammy far more likely

              2. circusmonkey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Is Holgate nailed for the double?

                1. Echoes
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Started 17 out of Everton's last 20 games. I'd say he's quite nailed.

                2. ToffeePot
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  probably because mina not expected back until gw38 and godfrey unlikely too

              3. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Next season BB will be played earlier in the season
                GW36 is a trap

                1. dshv
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  My bench have more points than my starting XI

                  Foster cash richarlison nketiah (bb)

                  1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    But that wouldn’t have been your bench
                    I have Robbo, Justin, Mount, TSilva all 1 game only

                2. circusmonkey
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Played mine in gw 1, didn't get the full benefit as needed a bench in the winter, but will play it early again.

                  1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Good idea

              4. dshv
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                FH37 Draft for 10k rank???

                Pickford
                Cancelo cash Taa
                Son salah kdb gordon zaha
                Richarlison Ings

                Si or no

                1. OptimusBlack
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  So template

                2. Baps hunter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  No

                3. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Like it!

                4. shaunyjames
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Like it aside from Gordon but nothing else in that price range

                5. Kun Tozser
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Kane smashing it 37!

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Ve’s might due

                  2. dshv
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    So kdb or kane ?

              5. shaunyjames
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Unless they all get red cards my -12 BB has actually paid off - Toney Richardson Werner & Schar to Nketiah Richarlison Holgate & Watkins. Amazed

                1. Echoes
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Yeah. Sa, Doherty, Targett, Bruno, Broja -> Kasper, Laporte, Matip, Foden, Richarlison (-12) here

              6. DavidBW
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Why haven’t Watford sacked Woy?

                He was having a right old laugh when they got relegated last week and now he picks that dogsh*t team. Burnley and Leeds going to be fuming.

                1. shaunyjames
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  He is leaving at the end of the season, must be to save some pennies he hasn't gone yet

                2. Wild Rover
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  They’ve probably already sold most of the team.

                3. circusmonkey
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  They have, they are lining up a lower league manager.

                  1. circusmonkey
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    What I mean is he won't carry on but there is no point paying someone to do these last few games.

                4. NorCal Villan
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Last night we watched Conviction: The Case of Stephen Lawrence. In addition to several references to both Fulham and Arsenal, their was this gem— a secret operation called Sirwoy (Sir Woy), named after you-know-who

                5. Echoes
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Not to jinx it, but first time in about 5 seasons my BB has got anything more than 10 points(32 so far with 3 still to play). Happy days.

                6. OptimusBlack
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  KDB tonight
                  A- Start
                  B- Bench
                  C- not even on bench

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    A

                  2. Echoes
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    B

                  3. putana
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    B

                7. fedolefan
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Rip Amartey starting again. Feck

                8. putana
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  if i knew watford would play their B team i would have started gordon

                9. FFSbet.com
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Damn Havertz + Werner fail again...hope Mahrez finally starts

                  1. FFSbet.com
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Oops

                10. Razor Ramon
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Amartey > Fofana (-4) still going well

                11. Firminoooo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  If you bench Mahrez again…I will hunt you down Pep!

                  1. Echoes
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Ask him what he uses to shave his head.

                    1. NorCal Villan
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        A shiv

                  2. Qaiss
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Mahrez and Jesus benched

                    Ffscout_Luke

                    1. Echoes
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Foden?

                      1. Il Capitano
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Starts

                      2. Qaiss
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Starts

                        1. Echoes
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          Cheers lads

                    2. putana
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      i dont understand what happened with mahrez, scores against madrid and hasnt played a minute since.

                      maybe has an injury

                      1. Firminoooo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        I am speechless.

                      2. mynameisq
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        Pep has shown time and time again that he takes each match as it comes and bases his tactics and personnel individually based on the opponent

                      3. NorCal Villan
                          1 month, 20 days ago

                          He mouthed off to Tuchel

                    3. putana
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      only have two players playing tonight. anyone here have less that that

                    4. Wild Rover
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Ederson; Cancelo, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Sterling, Bernardo, Foden.

                      1. Firminoooo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 20 days ago

                        My Sterling to Mahrez not looking like my best move.