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The Complete Guide to FPL Gameweek 38: Tips, captains, team news and best players

So, it all comes down to this.

Gameweek 38 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) is where overall ranks are etched onto your season history page and where mini-leagues are settled.

Hits will be taken, captaincy punts will be gambled on and the occasional chip will be deployed. Or perhaps you’re doing none of these things, sitting tight while all around you opt for the all-or-nothing approach.

Whatever your strategy or moves this week, we’ve got all of our content for the upcoming Gameweek on this page to help with your transfer dilemmas and chip-related conundrums.

Don’t forget that the later-than-usual FPL deadline is at Sunday 22nd May at 14:30 BST, although it might not be a bad idea to have your moves confirmed a little before this cut-off point given the likely spike in traffic that the site will experience.

WHO ARE THE BEST FPL PLAYERS TO OWN FOR GAMEWEEK 38?




GAMEWEEK 38 TEAM AND INJURY NEWS


For more information, check out our Predicted Line-ups page and Injuries and Bans feed.

WHO IS THE BEST CAPTAIN FOR GAMEWEEK 38?


RATE MY TEAM AND POINTS PREDICTIONS


Members can check out our points projections here.

EXPERT OPINION





STATS ANALYSIS


GAMEWEEK 38 TEAM REVEALS



BEST FPL MANAGERS’ TEAMS ANALYSED



NOTES FROM GAMEWEEK 37

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2,957 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Wow, that was stressful. Glanced at something that said Darlow starts and didn’t even have time to think about no goalie with all the other rumours

  2. Moose™
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Forgot to swap Steele out for Dubravka..

    1. TN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      unless Steele plays it doesn't matter

      Wait did you mean you didn't transfer out or didn't start?

      1. Moose™
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Didnt start.. sorry haha

  3. TN
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    THEY THINK ITS ALL OVER....IT IS NOW!!

    another season of FPL done, teams locked in for 38.

    Big shout out to all the creators on here, great articles every week have helped me to improve my rank from last year.

    Good luck everyone...

    1. Galza-The Wanton Trader
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Good luck mate and we’ll said…

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I wholeheartedly agree, great articles and information.

      Good luck everyone.

      1. TN
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        thanks guys might even treat myself to a membership next season...

        is the extra content worthwhile ?

        1. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I’m a stats geek so spend a lot of time on it. It doesn’t replace eye test but it provides a strong basis for player selection

  4. Oggle22
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Took a -4 to bring sess in please start haha

    1. FC Hakkebøf
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      -4 for a defender in 38 is madness imo. GL

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

    Petition to move the deadline to the night before. Or just remove deadlines and we all play with ghost teams all season.

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Petition to give everyone a break from FPL altogether. At least a few months

    2. Hulk Smash
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I play in a ghost team league with no subs, transfers or captains.

      As long as none of your players leave the Prem or get a career-ending injury in the first gameweek, it's a lot less stressful. It's also easier to predict who gets the most points over a whole season than it is to try to time players' points.

    3. Baron Saturday
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      You could move to Australia. Often the deadline is wee hours here so it's usually a case of set and forget. Sometimes a positive, sometimes a negative

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

        I'm an addict. I'd have 3am alarms set.

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I remember living in Oz when Alonso nabbed that 21-pointer.

        Oh what a lovely thing that was to wake up to!

        1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Leicester away?

  6. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Hated this season. Thank Fook it's done.

    1. xuwei
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Ditto

      1. Galza-The Wanton Trader
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Snap!

  7. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Captain Son or Kane??

    1. TN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      tad late

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Or early for GW1

        1. CoKane & Zohores
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Never captain Kane in August.

    2. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Lol. GW1...??

      1. TN
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        lol yeah someone's planning well in advance even before the fixtures are released ....

  8. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Took a -8 and brought in Mahrez, James and Maddison.

    1. TN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Good moves unless mahrez and James are on the bench (quite likely I think)

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        News says both playing

  9. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Hindsight:

    A) Matip to James (funds from Nketiah to fodder, only bench player Amartey
    B) keep Matip

    Schmeichel
    Taa Cancelo Matip*
    Son Bowen Kulu Maddison LDiaz
    Kane Toney

    Nketiah*, Henry (BRE), fodder.

  10. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Chilwell stert?

    1. Sailboats
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      trolling ?

  11. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Took -4 to have Toney over Alonso, will backfire??

    1. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Done the Same here believing the rumours

      I could lose my ML if it doesn't work out

  12. Mambino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Good luck all. It's been emotional

    1. TN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      good luck mate, it's been an interesting season

    2. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Can’t stop crying

  13. Valar(Keith)
    • 12 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Swapped out James and Mount for Robertson and Foden by downgrading Allison to Schmeichel. Even if the rumors were wrong I'm pretty happy with that.

    1. TN
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      could pay off...good luck

    2. Sailboats
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Why would you sell Mount

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        On free hit i mean. Avoids all the tension of these last 30 mins lol

        1. Sailboats
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Right. Good luck!

  14. Moose™
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which one is better?

    A. Mane + Kulu

    B. Son + Saka

    I know its late. I just want to hear some opinions….

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Scroll up!!

    2. JBG
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

  15. FlockofSeagulls
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    With 30 seconds to spare I did Rudiger back to James lol.

    I'd be too angry with myself if the rumours were false and James started and I transferred him out.

    Thank God that's over. Good luck all, let's enjoy the finish. It's been a fun ride.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      The rumours are James starts but not Alonso.

      1. TN
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        please be true!!

        I bought James on a FT last night

      2. Not again Shirley
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I changed James to first sub and brought Rich off bench. Sounds like Rich won’t play anyway so.

    2. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      James has trolled me all season, I haven't had any of his hauls, owned him for several weeks now and got no returns, transferred him out to Laporte with 10 minutes to go for a -4 because I couldn't risk the site crashing.

      I know what happens next ...

      1. FlockofSeagulls
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Lol. I'm the opposite. James has actually been pretty good to me. I seemed to bring him in at the right times mostly.

        I ended up doing Alonso to Laporte last minute so let's hope for a Laporte haul then. 😉

  16. Reinhold
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Lol, I got in Joe Gelhardt instead of Nketiah. How inspired is that move!

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Great stats (and tekkers) to be fair.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      You're seasons been building to climax on that!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        *your

    3. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Hopefully very! Subbed him in for James last min

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I thought James starts?

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Really? Could be a disaster then! This is why I usually avoid last min rumours....

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      could work out

    5. snow pea in repose
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      He did assist last week, no?

  17. Tic Tacs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    I’ve brought Joelinton in… that’s what you call a final day punt 🙂 lol

    1. Reinhold
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Haha actually considered it myself. But the dude is playing as an 8!

    2. The Pesci challenge
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Epic

    3. Tic Tacs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      My expectations are very low! But final day you never know…

    4. Tic Tacs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Did not mean to rhyme haha

      1. noissimbus
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Sure Mr. Riddler..

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

      Need Young-Coombes to save my gameweek (season) already

      1. TN
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        mmm I would say good luck but idk what to say

        your in a bad place

      2. Reinhold
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Always someone with a name like that who does well GW38

    6. Weeb Kakashi
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      FH team

      Kepa
      TAA Cancelo Zinchenko Azpi Sess
      Son Foden Diaz
      Kane Lukaku

      Dubravka .. Brownhill Douglas Luiz

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Don't think Zinchenko makes it with team leak

    7. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I can't believe people trust some random guy on twitter for leaked team news and take hits as a result.

      Luckily I don't own either Alonso or James otherwise I might have done the same, lol

    8. Muscout
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Anyone else need a Maddison (C) haul

    9. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Good luck all

    10. ZimZalabim
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Which option do you think scores more today ?

      A. Mane and Pukki
      or
      B. Kane and Barnes (-4)

      I went for B but im not sure it was the right move

    11. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Richarlison not involved today (apparently)

      https://twitter.com/FinchFarmNews/status/1528358551516749825

      Not too surprising, and he definitely needs a holiday after carrying that team for the last few months.

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        DCL to show his next club what they will be seeing next season?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Master has freed Dobbin!

      2. artvandelay316
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Very happy I just transferred him out last minute!

    12. Pulp Minion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      FPL teams locked in

      Now to go and setup around 4 screens to watch the last games.
      TV, 2 laptops and phone 🙂

      1. Galza-The Wanton Trader
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I’m currently in Rhodes and there’s a sports bar that will be showing all games.
        I’ll be like whack-a-mole popping up all over the gaff… 😆

        1. noissimbus
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wow.. must be a huge bar. Is there a spot where you can watch all (or most) games simultaneously?

            1. Galza-The Wanton Trader
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              It’s pretty big, but most of the screens aren’t very far apart…
              If I hang back a bit by the bar, I can probably see most of them.

              To be fair, that’s where I’ll probably be anyway. 🙂

      2. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Random musing:

        Should CS points be added after final whistle? It's just a psychological thing...

        Say you're cruising along on 70 pts while the games are on then it goes down to 58 after 90 mins...

        It kinda sucks

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Keeps you checking back during the game whilst it's in-play. Would cause lots of annoyance with BPS if added late as the totals in-play would kinda be pointless.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I think the BPS could be live, but only add the physical 4 CS points after the final whistle

        2. KAPTAIN KANE’S SON
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I think that is a very good idea

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I agree

        4. TN
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          perhaps - I've had this sinkng feeling before

        5. Mozumbus
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Agreed, unless a player subbed out with confirmed CS

          • WhatWouldYourZlatanSay
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Agreed. That said, it adds drama in ML when rivals lose CS pts in the dying minutes.

        6. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Everyone else on Rak-Sakyi I hope

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            He's been on everyone's lips all week.

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I actually genuinely nearly brought him in as part of a -8 for a laugh.

        7. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          chelsea team news at 2:45

          1. Atimis
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Better see that Alonso benched now

        8. PKnox11
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Richarlison not in the squad today.

            1. Big_Andy_GAWA
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Did him to Jésus for -4

            2. TN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              whattt

              Mateta to come off my bench then big win Vs United hopefully

          • The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Missing the joy of the site uploading and seeing next week’s team

            1. Big_Andy_GAWA
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Indeed. 🙁 🙁

            2. TN
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              love that feeling!