The penultimate match week is upon is! It’s hard to believe we are here already, and I love the word penultimate. With two games to go there is still a lot on the line! The games are spread out this week.
FA Cup Semi Finals are this weekend, making midweek lineups questionable for Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Manchester United. For the latter two, one would have to expect top squads as they fight for Champions League.
Because of the short turn-around between GW-35’s Friday finish and GW-36 starting Saturday morning, the Fantrax recalc is right now (but prices quoted are from the barn-door).
Also, we should see confirmed lineups for Norwich (who cares?) and Burnley (they’re playing Norwich!) in the count-down hour before the Fantrax deadline.
Let’s get to the match-ups and picks.
GW 37 Fixtures
Saturday, 18 July
Sunday, 19 July
Monday, 20 July
Tuesday, 21 July
Wednesday, 22 July
Rui Patricio (WOL vs CRY, $11.94): The Eagles have lost their last six games and managed to score only once in that time. Wolves continue to be tough.
Emiliano Martinez (AVL vs ARS, $2.93): Many (like me) may have dropped him against Liverpool, but Emiliano has been fantastic in goal for the Gunners. He’s still affordable too. Eight saves vs Liverpool, seven vs Spurs, and fourvs Leicester. You can’t expect that many saves against Villa, but also can’t assume a Villa goal either.
Nick Pope (NOR vs BUR, $12.34): He’s a good pick most weeks, and playing against Norwich makes him more tempting. Burnley continue to play well, and Norwich... not so much.
Dean Henderson (SHU vs EVE, $13.46): Everton’s only away goal since the restart came against Norwich, and SHU is not Norwich. Henderson continues to impress.
James Tarkowski (NOR vs BUR, $15.15): Tarkowski has been an excellent defender and fantasy option all year. He often doesn’t make the list because of his price, but he worth looking if you have budget burning a hole in your pocket. Phil Bardsley ($5.97) is another if you’re looking at Burnley defenders.
Willy Boly (WOL vs CRY, $6.59): The big center back is the best way to get into the Wolves defense. Matt Doherty ($10.82) isn’t putting up the points he did earlier in the year and so I don’t think worth extra investment.
Jannik Vestergaard (BOU vs SOU, $4.82): If you’re looking for a defender for this match-up, Vestergaard is an affordable option.
Kieran Tierney (AVL vs ARS, $2.65): He’s back on my recommendation list for the game against Villa. He hasn’t put up big numbers yet, but he has put points on the board each week, even when conceding goals.
John Egan (SHU vs EVE, $11.83): The Blades have won their last three home games. Their back line doesn’t rotate much and Egan pops up for a goal here and there.
David Silva (WAT vs MCI, $9.63) It seems like Silva is starting every other game, which means a rest for the FA cup game and a start against Watford. He has looked fantastic pulling the strings for City and should continue to excel against struggling Watford defense. Phil Foden ($5.58) falls into the same rotation and is another affordable option.
Dwight McNeil (NOR vs BUR, $14.59): He has been the one player who has been consistent for Burnley this year. Josh Brownhill ($1.52) is a different pick if you’re looking for money elsewhere.
Bruno Fernandes (MUN vs WHU): Yup, hold him, and brag about the price you got him at weeks ago. No other words needed.
Nathan Redmond (BOU vs SOU, $9.58) I think James Ward-Prowse ($16.79) is a little too much, and Redmond has been just as productive.
Raul Jimenez (WOL vs CRY, $17.41) : Raul has scored in two straight and is going up against a struggling CP defense, which has given up two or more goals in five of their last six games.
Danny Ings (BOU vs SOU, $16.96): Ings scored last game and has been scoring every other game. While Bournemouth is fighting for survival, the Cherries also give up goals. Ings is three behind Jamie Vardy in the race of the Golden boot.
Alexandre Lacazette (AVL vs ARS, $10.14): Two goals in two games for Lacazette. He may be a differential pick, but his prospects may depend on how Arsenal does in its FA Cup game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (20.39) is the better player and may get some time as he battles for the scoring lead. But a win in the FA Cup semi might change his chance to play significant minutes.
Chris Woods (NOR vs BUR, $10.25): A little pricey for me, but he did score last game... and in case you haven’t noticed a theme... it’s against Norwich.
Manchester United forwards (MUN vs WHU): I know this is a bit of a cheeky way to do this, but recommending one at the expense of another right now is not something I can do. United is the hottest team in the EPL playing at home against a team in the relegation scrum. The Red Devils have two or more goals in each of their last six games. The question really is which forward do you want (or perhaps how many?) Marcus Rashford ($18.76) feels safest since he is on corners and PKs (and you can play him as mid). Anthony Martial ($16.56) likes to score at home. Mason Greenwood ($7.83) is the cheapest. Good luck in making your choice.
How are you feeling about your team? What changes are you making? Who else are you considering? Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!