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 34 – Standard Gameweek
- Gameweek 35 – Mini Double Gameweek
Here it is! The big one. In many ways, Gameweek 36 of the Premier League will be a season defining one. With no fewer than 14 fixtures in Fantrax spanning over seven days, this will be a big test for all of us.
Where to start? Tottenham probably have the kindest double Gameweek fixtures. With others around them constantly faltering, their top four place seems to be safe. With the Champions League semi final looming, expect much rotation going into GW36. The likes of Ben Davies, Juan Foyth and Fernando Llorente are well worth a pick. Having said that, with Son Heung Min suspended for part one of the Ajax showdown, he retains his value as an FPL asset.
The FA Cup semi final between Wolves and Watford will live long in the memory. As fate would have it, the two of them meet again on the 27th April. Football, eh? After Watford triumphed, I’d load up on Wolves players, simply due to probable Watford rotation. Plus, they’ll be desperate for a taste of revenge. Their lack of rotation means it’s slim pickings for unowned players. Leandar Dendoncker provides good, solid value.
Then there’s the small matter of the Manchester derby on the same day. Bizarrely, it’s Manchester United who I’d favour in terms of picking out players for this double gameweek. Chelsea are United’s other opponents, meaning that the magnitude of the two games should limit squad rotation. Then again, owning Manchester City players in the thick of a title race is never a bad idea.
Southampton’s double against Watford and Bournemouth (both of which won’t have anything to play for leaguewise) is particularly appetising. You’d think the Saints will have to go some to get relegated now but anything can happen in this crazy campaign. The likes of Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Jan Bednarek represent excellent double Gameweek value.
Been fooled by the double Gameweek ploy before? Join the club! For a team playing a single fixture, look no further than Liverpool who host Huddersfield. Naby Keita seems to have found his feet while Jordan Henderson is flourishing in that more advanced role. Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are all worth a shout in case Jurgen Klopp chooses to rest any of the big boys ahead of the Barcelona clash.
In summary, the ifs, buts and maybes that will be resolved before Gameweek 36 will alter the landscape a little. Whatever happens between now and then, it’s going to be a big one!
Time to get preparing…good luck!