“You still have it!”
”Have you ever used it?”
”Once or twice.”
What a thrilling thing to watch, Jon Snow and Arya Stark finally reunited after what feels like forever. He was asking about her sword, now let’s transpose this to a couple friends discussing their fantasy chips. Have you used yours my friends?
Many managers will have the Bench Boost chip activated this week, and the options to fill our squads are numerous because eight teams have a double game week. This quite appealing situation makes week 35 a mouthwatering prospect for managers still attempting to win mini-leagues.
I’ve been lucky to have finished in the top 1000 managers overall twice since I started playing FPL, and I’ve been inside the top 100,000 for nine of the past twelve seasons. Currently I’m on course for one of my worst seasons, and the double week provides possibly a final chance to truly make a major leap in the standings. This is the same situation facing some of you reading this, so let’s look at the players who will hopefully bring the green arrows we desire.
Stay with me here folks, he just gave up four goals to first opponents City, but the second fixture is very appealing. Rotation may also affect defenders after the exhausting Champions League night.
Two games against bottom five teams make Foster as close to a must-have as there is this week.
Sadly on my bench this past week when he scored, facing the feeble Brighton attack in the first fixture.
Maya Yoshida (£4.1, Southampton at Newcastle, at Watford)
Great one for those with limited funds, both games are away but not impossible to achieve a clean sheet.
Nacho Monreal (£5.4, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, at Wolves)
The games are coming fast after Europa League action, but Monreal is one who seems less susceptible to rotation by Unai Emery for those looking for a way into the Gunner’s back line.
Surprise! Here is the first single-gamer in the squad this week. Chelsea will be aiming to strengthen their chances of a top four place in this fixture.
Kyle Walker (£6.4, Manchester City vs Tottenham, at Manchester United)
An expensive choice for the final defensive inclusion in the picks, the England Man gets the nod due to rotation scares at center back and left back.
Heung-Min Son (£8.8, Tottenham at Manchester City, vs Brighton)
You witnessed what he did against City in Europe, also played only three minutes and still had an assist in the previous game week.
”A man must have a code.”
This line from Omar in one of my all time favorite series The Wire, has stuck with me over the years. That code: Have an attacking option against Fulham. Yes, even in a double game week.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (£5.9, Watford at Huddersfield, vs Southampton)
I’m sweating in the fitness of Gerard Deulofeu in my own team. Save yourself the stress and go with the midfield engine of the Vicarage Road team.
Nathan Redmond (£5.3, Southampton at Newcastle, at Watford)
Get him while he’s hot; two goals last time out earns Redmond a place.
Bernardo Silva (£7.6, Manchester City vs Tottenham, at Manchester United)
Stop right there! Before you flood the comments, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are great options. It’s pick from a hat with the City midfield, simply showing some love to this little magician who has had a wonderful season.
Sergio Aguero (£11.7, Manchester City vs Tottenham, at Manchester United)
I doubt he will start both games; Gabriel Jesus is an able deputy after all. Aguero doesn’t need to start both games to produce, even against two top six teams.
Raul Jimenez (£6.9, Wolves vs Brighton, vs Arsenal)
He will be part of the Wolves team next season since his transfer has been made permanent. Ownership of 35% by FPL managers tells its part of the story.
Alexandre Lacazette (£9.4, Arsenal vs Crystal Palace, at Wolves)
Both Arsenal strikers started in the Europa League, which gives us no clues as to the starter in the London derby with Palace. My bet is the French striker who did not feature against Watford last time out.
Interestingly, the total cost of these picks is £98.4 which means you could play this team with a wildcard. Which chip do you have in play? Which double-gamers have you worked into your roster? Have you gone for some single-gamers like I did? Please tell us in the comments below!