Two double gameweeks in a row, what a way to work towards the end of this 2021/22 campaign. After a spectacular DGW36, where the average score was a whopping 79 points and the week’s highest scorer recorded an incredible 225 points. Of course, triple captaining quadruple goalscorer Kevin de Bruyne helps as the Belgian raked in a season-record 30 FPL points against Wolves. Overall, KDB wasn’t the only player to cross the 20-point mark. His teammate Raheem Sterling recorded 28 points (3 goals and 1 assist in two starts), while Spurs star Son Heung-Min managed a total of 20 FPL points (2 goals and 1 assist). It was clearly a good week for premium midfielders.
Gameweek 37 is another double one, kicking off on Sunday when between 12h00 and 17h30, no less than seven Premier League games will be playing. Despite no top-six sides playing twice this round, the doubles do offer some interesting matchups. The doubles of Aston Villa against Palace and Burnley, and a resurgent Everton twice at home against Brentford and Palace, in particular, stand out. As a result, many of our fantasy picks for double gameweek 37 will come from teams with two games, though it would be imprudent to discard the single gameweekers. The likes of Mo Salah (away at Southampton), Kevin de Bruyne (away at West Ham), and Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son (at home to Burnley) could deliver big as well and could also be popular with managers looking to use their Free Hit in DGW37.
Finally, don’t forget that there is also one team blanking in DGW37, namely Manchester United!
|Aston Villa||Crystal Palace (home) + Burnley (home)|
|Burnley||Spurs (away) + Aston Villa (away)|
|Crystal Palace||Aston Villa (away) + Everton (away)|
|Everton||Brentford (home) + Crystal Palace (home)|
|Leicester||Watford (away) + Chelsea (away)|
Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 37 is set at 10h30 (UK time) on Sunday, May 15th, 2022.
Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 13th, 2022)
|TRANSFERS OUT||TRANSFERS IN||POSSIBLE REASONS|
|GK||De Gea (MUN), Ramsdale (ARS), Guaita (CRY)||Pickford (EVE), Schmeichel (LEI), Martinez (AST)||DGW37|
|DEF||Dias (MCI), Laporte (MCI), White (ARS)||Cash (AST), Jansson (BRE), Cucurella (BRI)||DGW37, Dias injury, Laporte injury doubt|
|MID||Salah (LIV), Mount (CHE), Havertz (CHE)||Zaha (CRY), Son (TOT), De Bruyne (MCI)||DGW37, Son and KDB goal-scoring form|
|FOR||Dennis (WAT), Ronaldo (MUN), Jesus (MCI)||Nketiah (ARS), Richarlison (EVE), Ings (AST)||DGW37, Nketiah budget striker|
When it comes to the premium fantasy picks for DGW37, we’re presented with an abundance of good choices, something we’ve not been accustomed to this season. Harry Kane coming off a brace against Arsenal and preparing for a home encounter with Burnley. His teammate Son recording a goal and an assist in that same game. Kevin de Bruyne outshining everyone by scoring four against Wolves with West Ham in London up next. Plenty of choice, as you can see, but there’s one very usual suspect we have not mentioned yet and that’s Mo Salah (£13.3m). Why is that? Because he didn’t perform. No returns against Spurs at home followed by an 18-minute cameo at Villa Park combined for an extremely disappointing DGW36 for the Egyptian. The one good thing? Bar any injury scares during the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, he’s certain to start against Southampton next Tuesday, well rested, raring to go and hopefully (for his owners) flying high after winning the FA Cup. As we wrote earlier, there are plenty of good options in the premium bracket this round, but our gut feeling is telling us to go with Mo as he faces a Soton side halfway to the beach that has conceded more big chances than any other side in the league since New Year.
After a single-gameweek premium fantasy pick, the rest of our fantasy picks for double gameweek 37 will come from teams with two fixtures, starting with Everton talisman Richarlison (£7.6m). For a successful relegation fight, one of the key factors is one or more players standing up and being able to summon that little bit of extra “something” needed in times of despair. In the case of Everton’s impressive recent turn-around, Richarlison is one of those players. From Gameweek 31 onwards, the Brazilian recorded 4 goals in seven starts, giving himself the highest Expected Goal Involvement (xGI) in the entire league. Even without the two penalties he scored over that stretch, Richarlison is still third best for xGI among all players in the official game. With two home games up next and the Toffees still just two points above the drop zone, he is a stand-out non-premium fantasy pick for us. Brentford have not kept a clean sheet away from home since GW5, while Palace could be without goalkeeper Guaita and nailed-on central defender Guèhi, which could only benefit Everton and their main man up front Richarlison in particular.
The budget enabler
One of the ultimate budget enablers in the second half of this season has been Anthony Gordon (£4.7m). The young winger started accumulating Premier League minutes from gameweek 5 onwards, got his first start of the season in GW7, became a regular from GW11 onwards and has been fixed feature in the starting line-up since around GW17. With 4 goals and 3 assists, his breakthrough season is going pretty well, but it should also be noted, especially from an FPL perspective, that he has not managed an attacking return since his winning goal against Man United in gameweek 32. He did start and play 90 minutes in every game since then, including both games in Everton double gameweek 36, which bodes well for their upcoming double gameweek 37. In the fight for survival, manager Frank Lampard has reserved the left-wing spot for Gordon, which, at his price, makes him an excellent option as the fifth midfielder in your squad or as a cheap DGW addition if you feel your squad is a bit light this week.
Considering his current 13 goals and 1 assist from 28 starts in the Premier League, it’s a bit surprising to see Wilfried Zaha’s (£6.9m) ownership at just 7.9% at the time of writing. He is the most transferred-in midfielder in the build-up to double gameweek 37 in which he will be facing Aston Villa and Everton, both away. Not the easiest of fixtures, especially not knowing that Crystal Palace have little to really play for anymore, but any FPL manager who’s been paying a bit of attention the past few seasons knows that Zaha could deliver big here. He is the Eagles’ talisman, a secured starter and on penalty duties as well, which only furthers his appeal. The Ivory Coast international was on target in both gameweek 35 (against Southampton away) and gameweek 36 (at home vs Watford), bringing his total number of goal involvements to 14, a direct involvement of just over 30% in all of his side’s goals. That bodes well for his upcoming double gameweek.
The captaincy debate is interesting this week, as many highly owned and in-form single-gameweek players have enticing fixtures, while there are appealing double gameweek prospects as well. If you’re set on always captaining a double gameweek player, Wilfried Zaha looks like a great punt. Alternatives for the Ivorian are James Maddison and even Jamie Vardy for their double against Watford and Chelsea, Richarlison who will face Brentford and Palace, or even the likes of Coutinho and Watkins (if declared fit on time) for their encounters with Palace and Burnley.
As far as the single gameweekers go, much of the debate will be between the premium FPL assets with favourable fixtures. The game’s top scorer Mo Salah will follow Saturday’s FA Cup final battle with an away game against Southampton, while Kevin de Bruyne will want to continue his great form against West Ham as the Cityzens have scored 22 goals in their last five league games. After a resounding 3-0 victory in the North London derby, Kane and Son should also be on your radar as Spurs have one of the most favourable fixtures of DGW37, at home to Burnley.