Fantasy Premier League is at the crux point of the season where not only has the impact of the FA Cup meant the movement of EPL fixtures, resulting in Gameweek 35 with only 6 matches whilst the FA Cup semi-finals were played, but some EPL clubs have little to play for whilst others are fighting tooth and nail to stay in the EPL. We’ve also had a double gameweek in GW34 and will have another one in gameweek 37.
Gameweek 34 had the likes of Spurs, Man Utd, Leicester and Chelsea playing twice. Importantly for many Harry Kane, who’s been out of sorts since returning from a long injury lay-off, and Lukaku, after MU’s surprise 1-0 loss at home to now relegated WBA, scored in their teams 2nd match of the week. No team managed 2 clean sheets in the week.
Many FPL managers who’d saved their Free hit chip (new for this 2017/18 season) would have used it to reset their team for GW35 with only 12 teams playing due to the FA Cup semis which involved 4 EPL teams. Those captaining Salah, Lacazette, Sterling, De Bruyne or Jesus would have done well, especially so if they had defenders from Watford, Palace, Man City or Everton.
With Gameweek 36 starting this Saturday and a normal 10 matches some managers are considering playing their wildcard chip now so that they can then use their saved Triple Captain or Bench Boost chip for Gameweek 37. Only 1 chip can be played in each gameweek. Most managers however won’t have saved such chips and will be lucky to just be able to use their wildcard for GW37 which starts on Friday 4th May and then has 6 extra matches (making 16 in all) on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and finally Thursday 10th. Player selections will likely be from Man Utd, Spurs, Man City, Arsenal (bearing in mind Europa Cup) and Chelsea. Finding that player who really gets in amongst the goals (like Harry Kane at this time last year) will give a real boost to a manager’s season ending FPL total score and placing.