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Week 36 player picks: Once again with the small double please landlord.

Loading up on the Gunners and Saints doesn't appeal as much as it should.

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It’s a small double once again so we are focusing on Southampton and Arsenal options.

First though there are a few single gamers that could outsocre the double boys.

Christian Eriksen/Dele Alli

Both playing fantastically well for weeks now. Tottenhams ability to keep Alli surely will be tested in the summer. The player seems to be happy in London but money talks and a player as good as he has been watched with a keen eye at Real Madrid.

Erisken meanwhile has stated his desire to emulate Andreas Iniesta

"The one I most admire is Iniesta," he said. "His style of play has been fantastic for years but I've been trying to do my own thing, including free-kicks”

His move to Spain may not happen with rumours of Phillipe Coutinho being Barcalona bound but they could always buy the pair.

Both then have both possible Spanish distractions but distractions that surely motivate them on top of the title bid. They are great fantasy options this week even at their purchase prices in FPL and away from home as they both have a double to come in week 37.

Joshua King

While big Anthony Joshua was doing his thing in front of 90,00 screaming Wembley fans in Saturday nights heavyweight super fight (and man, what a fight) the footballing Joshua was also doing his thing.

Its now 11 goals in 12 league games for the 25 year old hotshot. Stoke come to town sat nicely in midtable making King a must in FPL, even in a double week.

Harry Kane

Spurs title bid looks slender in it’s chances but that will not stop them trying their best to buckle a Chelsea side that won’t buckle. Kane may not be the league best player but he may now be the league best fantasy player with his ability to score goals in batches. If there is one single game player that can outscore those playing twice it’s Harry Kane.

Gabriel Jesus

Back in the side and with Kun's body struggling again will start against Palace. Super cheap in Fantrax to balance your double game selections.

Southampton options

A horrible 0-0 draw at home to Hull city suggests motivation may be lacking and there is a danger the manager experiments a little.

There are rumours of the manager falling out with players and there is some unrest with sections of the support. Hopefully NMA member 1998 can clear up these points with a little more detail but it is concerning.

Fraser Foster

Playing Liverpool and Arsenal it seems a safe bet he will rack up the save points over the week. Clean sheet are less likely as perhaps are win bonus points. In FPL I would avoid but in Fantrax the 4.26m price tag makes him a temptation.

Ryan Bertrand

The flying left back has 10, 9 11 and 14 points in his last four Fantrax games is nice. That did included 2 clean sheets and a goal to make up the totals so his price may be too high.

Jack Stephens

The young central defender is learning fast and should be excited about playing in what will be two testing games for any defence. I doubt we will see a clean sheet in either but he can rack up the phantom points in Fantrax.

Dusan Tadic

Missed a penalty against Hull last week and continues to have the stats to back his selection but continues to fail to return fantasy points. Perhaps in an unlikely week he finally matches points to stats.

Manolo Gabbiadini

The obvious double game selection was electric before his injury but hasn’t looked as sharp on his return. He also is playing reduced minutes and it’s not impossible he only plays just over an hour in both games. I think you have to go with him again this week in all game formats and cross your fingers for minutes and goals.

Arsenal options

The Gunners at this stage of this season are normally flying. Spring bringing a lost title challenge but an unstoppable run to the top 4 Champions League spot. This season seems different, with the side looking very beatable and flat, but with the Saints problems the Arsenal choices still standout.

Petr Cech

Pricey, but Southampton have motivation and backroom issues, while Manchester United are the marathon runner whose legs have gone.

I can see United pinching a goal with Arsenals issues but should Manchester City get held by a Palace side that has already beaten Chelsea and Liverpool away, United can go 4th by winning. If City win I expect to see Jose protect his Europa Cup semi 2nd leg side and put out a more beatable side and he do that regardless.


4.09m in Fantrax he isn’t likely to return many points without the clean sheet but at that price he is an obvious selection. Be warned, he may not play twice based on form and his form plus the potential of Mustafi returning in week 37 makes him risky.

Kieran Gibbs

While he also isn’t returning great points he is getting chances In the new Wenger system and the more he plays the sharper he should get.

Aaron Ramsey

In FPL I would avoid but in Fantrax he price and historic points scoring ability in that game makes him a real temptation. He isn’t sure to start both games, he looks short of confidence but at 2.69m I don’t think I can resist.

Mesut Ozil

One more Gunners player getting a red ear from the fans. So often he seems to be gliding through games and without doubt his style is not one that relates to any working class fan.

The problem for me is where he plays him on the field. He really can play just one role and that is the no10 position and other positions requiring him to track runners more frequently does not suit him. On top he needs forward who relies on speed or clever movement in behind the central defenders to make the most of Ozil's vision and passing range. Olivier Giroud and Sanchez prefer the ball in the air or into feet, Sanchez can unlike Giroud get in behind but is now stuck out wide on the left.

Despite the issues he will start both if fit and will be on set plays.

Alexis Sanchez

Its 1 goal in 6 for the Chile front man. He may want a move and he is mega expensive in both FPL and Fantrax so that could put you off. In reality it simply shouldn't put you off at all.

Sanchez to remind you has a double week this week and one more to come next. A weakened Man Utd, a holiday mode Saints and Stoke and a home tie to Sunderland over those two gameweeks is a set of promising fixtures. No matter what is happening behind the scenes and no matter that he is stuck out on the left wing, he simply has to be picked up this week in all fantasy formats.

Finally, if you still have it then it is time to play your wildcard in FPL. Look only to add players who will play twice in week 37. Also look to try and take players from the sides that have something to play for. Assuming the title race is still on after Friday nights West Ham United v Tottenham game then Chelsea have plumb fixtures.