Week 35 is upon us. Four more weeks. After the league crown, it’s still close at both ends of the table with some key match-ups. I have found teams rotating a little less than I thought they would. There is a lot on the line still!
We get two early games with lineups prior to our deadline. Both could have huge implications for the relegation battle, and there are even some players worth considering being awake for early* on a Saturday morning (* Depending on your time zone).
Saturday, 11 July 2020
- Norwich vs West Ham ** Lineups confirmed prior to deadline **
- Watford vs Newcastle ** Lineups confirmed prior to deadline **
- Liverpool vs Burnley
- Sheffield United vs Chelsea
- Brighton vs Manchester City
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Monday, 13 July 2020
Alisson (LIV vs BUR, $12.68):Liverpool are at home where they simply don’t give up goals. He’s a safe pick in an uncertain week.
Lukasz Fabianski (NOR vs WHU, $4.25): West Ham certainly aren’t great at the back, but Norwich have scored just once since the restart.
Ederson (BHA vs MCI, $10.11): City have conceded only once since the restart, and Brighton rarely put up big points.
Emilio Martinez (TOT vs ARS, $2.39): No reason to change him out now if you have him. Spurs aren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard either. You can never tell in a north-London darby, but for his price he’s still worth the look.
Andrew Robertson (LIV vs BUR, $15.14): He got only 45 minutes against Brighton, so we can expect him to start. Like all Liverpool defenders at home, goals-against are few and far between.
Patrick van Aanholt (AVL vs CRY, $11.91): Villa haven’t scored in 3 games. But this is a bit of a risk since Palace have been shipping goals. Aanholt has been getting forward and continues to return positive points despite the goals against.
Bukayo Saka (TOT vs ARS, $5.92): He has a goal and assist in his last two games. He is now taking some of Arsenal’s corners as well. There are other, cheaper Arsenal defenders if for some reason you’re looking at them, but he’s the one with the biggest upside.
Matt Ritchie (WAT vs NEW, $4.43): He returned against City, and even with five goals against managed a solid +5 points. Watford is no City, so Ritchie has a chance for serious points.
James Justin (BOU vs LEI, $3.59): Justin continues to impress. This week should be no different against a struggling Bournemouth.
Christian Pulisic (SHU vs CHE, $11.67) Double digit points since the restart and three goals too. He’s becoming the player Chelsea hoped he’d be. Obviously Willian ($17.65) is an excellent choice as well. Not a great matchup, but Chelsea have scored at least two goals each game during the summer return.
Miguel Almiron (WAT vs NEW, $11.31): With Allan Saint-Maximin an injury doubt, Almiron is a strong option against weak opposition. He has scored in two straight and is playing with a confidence that was missing earlier in the season.
Bruno Fernandes (MUN vs SOU, $8.97) His price is creeping up... but at any price he has to be in your squad (and you’ve had him for weeks, maybe months already anyway).
Jarrod Bowen (NOR vs WHU, $5.27): Bowen still had a productive fantasy game even as the Hammers were shut out. The match-up vs Norwich is good, the game is big, and he seems to put up points each week. Michail Antonio ($8.68) is an intriguing choice as well. Both play forward but are listed as midfielders.
Tomas Soucek (NOR vs WHU, $2.99): Another West Ham midfielder in the list? Against Norwich, you bet! Soucek has also put up double digits in his last three starts. The match-up is good, and the price is right.
Junior Stanislas (BOU vs LEI, $1.62): So it’s not a great match-up, but he has been dangerous for Bournemouth who need the win. He’s a cheap option and has put up 10+ points in his last two games.
Jamie Vardy (BOU vs LEI, $19.09): Three goals in his last two games and facing Bournemouth yet to keep a clean sheet since the restart (and capable of shipping super-tankers of goals in a game (4 and 5!).
Sadio Mane (LIV vs BUR, $18.67): Despite his off-week in GW-34, he also likes to score at home and has done so in his last four home games. Watch for his price to fall below the above quote when Fantrax recalcs in a few hours.
Raheem Sterling (BHA vs MCI, $16.27): He came on late and still scored and assisted, which makes me think he will start and terrorize Brighton this weekend. Citizens honing themselves into prime upcoming Champions League form gives me even more reason to expect no mercy on the south coast.
Anthony Martial (MUN vs SOU, $15.86): If you look back eight games, you will notice a pattern. One game no goals, next game goal (or 3). He’s basically scoring every other game, and you’ll also notice that he has been scoring those goals at home. And since he didn’t score midweek, and it was again on the road, should we expect that pattern to continue with a goal+ home game? (yes, this is a copy paste from last week... but the pattern seems to be working still!)
Mason Greenwood (MUN vs SOU, $7.60): The youngster is scoring at home and on the road. He is much cheaper than Martial or Marcus Rashford ($18.61).
Dwight Gayle (WAT vs NEW, $3.29) Before the game against Man City, Gayle had an assist, goal, and goal in his previous three games.
Some tough pairings make for some difficult calls for managers. How’s your team shaping up for the week? Where do you see the points? Please share in the comments below.