The business end of this Premier League season came a long time ago. Now we are diving into the part of the season where titles are won and lost. The end of the last international break signals the beginning of absolute mayhem.
Whether you use playoffs or not in Fantrax, now is the time to furiously analyse each set of fixtures. Fantrax have done things slightly differently to the official FPL game and it just so happens that the biggest double gameweek of the season falls in Gameweek 36; the first week of the playoffs.
Same hate them, some love them. The fact is, planning for the double gameweeks can make or break your season. Here is the definitive Fantasy Football 92 guide to navigating the rather complex Fantrax fixture list for the next five weeks.
I told you it’d be mayhem…
find the rest of the mini series here:
- Gameweek 32 – Standard Gameweek
- Gameweek 33 – Mini Double Gameweek
- Gameweek 35 – Mini Double Gameweek
- Gameweek 36 – Double Gameweek
Gameweek 34 brings a welcome break from the double gameweek mayhem. A standard 10 match gameweek is exactly what the doctor ordered as the play off and titles races get really serious.
There’s not an awful lot of extra analysis to bring to the table for this one apart from to get those Brighton players in if you can. It’s hard to see them getting past Manchester City in the FA cup semi final so their focus will be on avoiding relegation as their fixtures come thick and fast. Five in three gameweeks to be exact.
If you have the your lineup set for next week and have the chance to load up on Tottenham players, now is a good time to do so. Their nice run continues with a kind fixture at home to Huddersfield this week.
Looking at the fixtures of Liverpool and Manchester City, this week could be pivotal in the Premier League title race…
Brighton. You’re unlikely to snag the like of Pascal Gross and Shane Duffy but like with any other relegation threatened team, the options should be extensive. Duffy’s partner in crime Lewis Dunk should rack up the points while full back Bernardo and Martin Montoya are consistent point scorers.
As for the attack, Anthony Knockaert has found some of that Championship form of yesteryear while Glenn Murray just keeps on scoring.
Cardiff City are the other team to enjoy the luxury of the double gameweek in 35, albeit with one of those against Liverpool. Sean Morrison and Callum Paterson have become Fantrax favourites this year. If you can get them, go for it. Creative maestro Victor Camarasa is a safer option though, purely because he won’t suffer points deductions for goal concessions.
However, as good as it is to plan ahead, sometimes you’ve just got to focus on the task in hand. At this stage of the season, you’re looking to exploit those fixtures where a team with it all to play for is facing a team that has other priorities or is already on the beach.
Southampton v Wolves is one that fits that criteria. With the Saints scrapping for their lives, this week could be a good week to load up on their assets. James Ward Prowse is finally getting the acclaim he so deserves while right back Yann Valery has suddenly become on excellent FPL asset due to his attacking returns. I would also not be surprised to see Newcastle United come away from Leicester with three points.
Meanwhile, Burnley v Cardiff City could be massive. Loading up on players involved in such a high charged affair is always a risk but can pay dividends if you select the player who turns out to be the hero on the day. I’d favour Burnley and Ashley Barnes in this one.