Week 35 Fantrax Schedule
Manchester City v. Stoke City
Liverpool v. Newcastle
Sunderland v. Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v. West Bromwich Albion
As you can see, there are double weeks for Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City, Newcastle and West Brom, so players from those teams should make up the majority of your squad for this week. However, rotation has come into play for Liverpool and Man City, whose involvement in European competition make it a challenge to predict who will start.
Coupled with the early deadline, there may be some benefit in going with the more attractive single game players you know will start as opposed to trying to figure out who will start twice among the double game teams. Also be aware that Norwich City does not have a game this week, so be sure to drop anyone you may have had from the Canaries before saving your team.
With that, let's get to the recommendations:
Simon Mignolet - After Jurgen Klopp frustrated many, many managers by rotating nearly his full squad for the match against Bournemouth, we should see a return to action for the majority of Liverpool's regulars. Mignolet is a cheap option and has two home matches, so the Belgian earns top billing in my book.
Joe Hart - The Man City keeper also plays twice without being too expensive or being a potential rotation risk (looking at you Petr Cech), so the England #1 is also a strong option to pick up win points and potential clean sheet bonuses against Newcastle and Stoke.
Fraser Forster - With the aforementioned Cech being very expensive and possibly sharing time with David Ospina, there's not another keeper that plays twice that is worthwhile this week if you want to afford other options. If you're not a fan of Liverpool's or Man City's fixtures, you could always take the standard "Who's Playing Villa?" approach with the Saints keeper.
Laurent Koscielny - The Frenchman is expensive, but has backed up his price with solid-to-spectacular returns throughout the season. With rotation more likely to affect Gabriel, you should be safe to invest a fair chunk of your budget here.
Vincent Kompany - A return to fitness should see the City captain reinstated in the heart of the defense, which tends to drastically improve the Citizens' defensive returns. It may be a bit of a stretch to expect him to start two matches in quick succession, but with plenty left to play for Pellegrini should use his captain if he's fit. If you're risk-averse, you could go with Nicolas Otamendi, though the Argentine is considerably pricier than his center back partner.
Jonny Evans - While the Baggies have the least favorable set of matches among the teams playing twice, Evans has proven time and again that he'll put up the phantom point numbers to make him a worthwhile selection regardless of opponent.
Nathaniel Clyne - The Liverpool right back has been one of the first names on the team sheet for the majority of this season. Now that he's gotten a rest, he should be in line for a return to the starting eleven. A slight rotation risk with Jon Flanagan fit again, though Alberto Moreno seems more likely to be given another night off.
Jamaal Lascelles - While you shouldn't expect him to score again, Lascelles is a very cheap option to help you afford some of the more expensive options you'll want in your team this week.
Mesut Ozil - This is one of the weeks where the German is worth his high price. If you can manage a team with him, Sanchez and Aguero you're in good shape. If one has to go, though, Ozil may be the one you should chop.
Philippe Coutinho - Much like Clyne, Coutinho is one of the first names on the team sheet when fit. His form of late makes him a strong single game option even if he does get rested for the second match.
Andros Townsend - Guaranteed starter, shoots on sight, on a team fighting for survival, cheap as chips...sign me up!
James Milner - With Jordan Henderson out injured, Milner has assumed set piece duty, and surprisingly leads Liverpool in assists this season.
Alex Iwobi - Budget options are a necessity this week if you want the heavy hitters. While Iwobi could share time with Theo Walcott or Aaron Ramsey, the youngster has shown great form for the Gunners and will almost certainly get at least one start. At his price, he's worth taking a chance on. If he starts twice, consider it a bonus.
Alexis Sanchez - One of the must-haves this week on current form and fixtures. Don't skimp here.
Sergio Aguero - The other must-have. Following his hat-trick against Chelsea, Kun has the chance to claim the Golden Boot, though Harry Kane is going to make it tough for him. Still, two matches against porous defenses makes him worth the high price.
Danny Welbeck - Arsene Wenger has shown preference for Welbeck over Olivier Giroud lately, to the point that Welbeck seems a pretty safe bet to start both matches. Like Iwobi, though, he's cheap enough that you shouldn't feel too aggrieved if he only starts once.
Roberto Firmino - With Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi likely to split time as the lone striker, you may not be a huge fan of either. That said, it is a similar case as Welbeck or Iwobi, so if you feel like you have an idea which way Klopp will go, you could pick either striker and have the potential to get two matches for a bargain. Or you could go with Roberto Firmino, who has been a near-constant in Klopp's side when fit. He's more expensive, but more assured of playing a considerable amount of time over the two matches.
Leonardo Ulloa - With Jamie Vardy suspended for his red card offense against West Ham, Ulloa should get the nod at striker for the title contenders' match against Swansea. The Argentine striker also assumed penalty duties after Vardy was sent off, and is a solid single-game option if you're not a fan of strikers beyond Sanchez/Aguero.
Keep in mind the deadline to save your team is one hour before kickoff in Tuesday's match between Newcastle and Man City. Share your thoughts and selections in the comments, and good luck as always!