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EPL Game-week 36 Fantrax Player Picks

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The eve of the next game-week brings us another edition of NMA’s Fantrax shopping guide. If you’re in the market for replacements, step inside.

Michail Antonio - West Ham United - Premier League
Michail Antonio leaves the pitch with the game ball after his monster 48-point tour de force against Norwich. Do you dare go without him against Watford this week?
Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images

Dominic Solanke: two. Troy Deeney: two. David McGoldrick: two. Trézéguet: two. Raheem Sterling: three. Michail Antonio: four.

Game-week 35 saw six players score a brace or better, providing a bumper crop of Fantrax points to fantasy managers who owned them. If you were one such a manager, then congratulations!

If you missed out on the multi-goal men, then no worries — there’s time to recover. But not much, so make these last three rounds count! You can start by browsing the player picks below to see how you might improve your squad for GW 36.

Note: CHE/NOR is tomorrow’s only game; we should have confirmed lineups ahead of our transfer buzzer so be sure to check in to the Pre-Deadline chat for that info. Quoted prices are pre-update since the article published prior to the adjustment.

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GW 36 Fixtures

Chelsea vs Norwich

Burnley vs Wolves

Manchester City vs Bournemouth

Newcastle vs Tottenham

Arsenal vs Liverpool

Everton vs Aston Villa

Leicester vs Sheffield United

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

Southampton vs Brighton

West Ham vs Watford

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Goalkeepers

Kepa Arrizabalaga ($5.15, CHE vs NOR): Chelsea had won four out of five Project Restart matches prior to Saturday, but then the wheels came off against Sheffield United. Kepa came away with a return of -9, but the silver lining for fantasy managers is that his price is about to drop just in time for a home game against the already-relegated Canaries. All signs point to his exit from Stamford Bridge after the season concludes, but against Norwich he should come good for you one last time.

Ederson ($10.47, MCI vs BOU): Sure Bournemouth just put four past Leicester. But the Foxes were down to 10 men for three of those, and the side has otherwise been in terrible form even when at full strength: They’ve won just one of seven games since returning to play. By contrast, City have dropped points only once under Project Restart, and that was also the only time they failed to keep a clean sheet. The Citizens are peaking late, chewing up EPL fodder in preparation for their Champions League push next month. If you can afford him, Ederson is match-proof and so should justify his high price for the run-out.

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Defenders

Kevin Long ($1.04, BUR vs WOL): Their 3-0 humbling of sorry Everton notwithstanding, Wolves have struggled for goals since the restart. And aside from the 0-5 beat-down they were handed by Manchester City, Burnley have conceded only twice over that period. Long represents a cheap ticket into a potential clean sheet.

Reece James ($6.83, CHE vs NOR): Chelsea shipped three goals to Sheffield United on Saturday and James still came away with 14 points. This week he’ll host a team that has scored just two goals over their last seven games and will be playing in the Championship next year.

James Justin ($3.94, LEI vs SHU): Leicester’s form is terrible, but Justin just keeps chugging out Fantrax points for cheap.

Aymeric Laporte ($3.41, MCI vs BOU): City’s defense has become nearly impenetrable lately, and Bournemouth’s goal fest against Leicester was surely a red-card empowered anomaly.

John Egan ($11.57, LEI vs SHU): I don’t usually recommend defenders who cost this much, but Egan is consistently putting up double-digits. He gets forward and is a threat on set pieces, and consequently he looks set to exploit an already-sorry Leicester who will now be without Çağlar Söyüncü for the rest of the season through suspension.

Kyle Walker-Peters ($3.18, SOU vs BHA): Prior to his YC-marred performance against MU, he had averaged nearly 10 ppg across three starts. Brighton have scored only four goals in their six games under Project Restart, so clean sheet points could be on the table here.

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Midfielders

Christian Pulisic ($12.21, CHE vs NOR): Chelsea’s best player since the return to play, he’ll welcome Norwich City to Stamford Bridge tomorrow. Yes please. (M, F)

Phil Foden ($5.61, MCI vs BOU): I’d shell out for Raheem Sterling if I knew he would start, but Sterling went the distance last time so could fall victim to Pep Roulette on Wednesday. Foden is well-rested, however, and is a bargain against Bournemouth for $5.61. (M, F)

Bruno Fernandes ($9.72, CRY vs MUN): You know why (and you already have him anyway).

Mason Greenwood ($8.04, CRY vs MUN): A blank against SOU, but four goals and an assist over his last three games prior. He’s been in scorching form, and his price is still reasonable. (M, F)

Jarrod Bowen ($6.67, WHU vs WAT): Still productive, and still reasonably-priced. (M, F)

Michail Antonio ($8.68, WHU vs WAT): The Hammers’ Man-of-the-Match superstar against Norwich now welcomes the Hornets. The guy is a non-stop workhorse and is striving to score goals. While a repeat of his four-goal extravaganza is unlikely, he’s a lock to return value. And you can say goodbye to his $8.68 price once the adjustment accounts for his 48(!!!) points. (M, F)

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Forwards

Olivier Giroud ($4.63, CHE vs NOR): Tammy Abraham got the nod last time out and did nothing. Manchester City’s European ban has been overturned, putting extra pressure on Chelsea’s hopes for a Champions League finish, and so I think Giroud will be reinstated for the visit of Norwich’s accommodating defense.

Gabriel Jesus ($15.16, MCI vs BOU): He was only given about an hour in City’s last two games, but that was enough time for him to notch two goals and two assists. City have been scoring for fun lately, and it should be more of the same when the Cherries come to call.

Anthony Martial ($16.15, CRY vs MUN): United’s offense is on fire lately, and Martial is in better form than Marcus Rashford and costs less.

Harry Kane ($13.43, NEW vs TOT): Don’t ask me how, but he put up 18 points in the North London Derby yesterday. He has always been better at phantoms than most other forwards in the game, and who knows — maybe he can even manage to put the onion in the bag against Newcastle.

Danny Welbeck ($2.14, WHU vs WAT): He’s looked sharp and dangerous lately. He’s a great budget option this week if you need funds elsewhere.

Troy Deeney ($7.41, WHU vs WAT): It seems his only value is from the spot lately, but with West Ham and Watford tied on 34 points and desperate to stay up, he could get PK opportunities in this one.

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Were you prescient enough to include any of the brace-or-better boys in last week’s squad? Are you bringing any of them in for this round? Or would that just be point-chasing? Which players do you think will shine in GW 36? Which are you avoiding? As we near the finish, are you breaking away or falling behind? Please join us in the comments and let us know!

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