The final double gameweek of the season is upon us with no less than 12 sides pulling double duty. With the remaining triple captain and bench boost chips being deployed in abundance, FPL managers have a plethora of options of who to stick the armband on.
Raheem Sterling (£9.0m) vs HUD (H), BHA (H)
We literally could have picked any Manchester City player here and be well within our rights to expect some fantasy reward. The Champions are on fire at the moment (when haven’t they been?) and there seems to be no let up following their recent coronation. Given his recent form, Raheem Sterling (£9.0m) gets the nod. The City midfielder is scoring fantasy points for fun, having managed 37 in his last four gameweeks with double digits in three of those four.
In fact, the only stumbling block when it comes to Sterling is the risk of rotation. With Leroy Sane (£8.6m) benched two weeks ago and David Silva (£8.3m) missing last week, who knows which of City’s stars could be next on Pep’s rotation merry-go-round.
One player seemingly safe from this policy is Gabriel Jesus (£10.3m). The Brazilian wonderkid has started every game since Aguero’s season ending injury and has scored in each of his last three fixtures. Perhaps even more decisively, Jesus was substituted after 79 minutes last week vs West Ham, seeming to indicate Guardiola’s intent to look after him for the upcoming fixtures. FPL managers will be hoping the same, as Jesus is the most transferred in player so far this week.
Harry Kane (£13.0m) vs WBA (a), NEW (H)
The #HurriKane has been more of a light breeze in recent weeks but a goal in each of his last two matches would seem to indicate a return to form for Tottenham’s frontman. We only need look to the end of last season to see the devastating form Kane can hit when chasing a golden boot.
Last season saw Kane score eight times in his final three matches, with five of those goals coming in DGW37. His post-match comments only add further fuel to the fire that ignoring the Englishman could be foolish.
For those looking to back Tottenham players but still are unsure about Kane then they need look no further than Christian Eriksen (£9.6m) and Dele Alli (£9.0m). While Eriksen ranks third in most points scored in the last four gameweeks with 30 points, it is Alli who is starting to trend upwards following a return to form in recent weeks.
Eden Hazard (£10.5m) vs LIV (H), HUD (H)
The little Belgium has flown somewhat under the radar this season after his injury-hit start and Chelsea’s indifferent form. With Eden Hazard (£10.5m) only offering up a measly goal and two assists in his last eight fixtures, this pick certainly comes from the train of thought that ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’.
However, with home matches against Liverpool (who may be distracted by the Champions League) and Huddersfield (who will be exhausted after chasing Manchester City around for 90 minutes three days earlier) a return to form for the Belgium wouldn’t be so unexpected. Indeed, Hazard still offers one of the best points to minutes ratios around in the Premier League so provided he continues to get the minutes, the points will surely soon start to flow again.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.7m) vs BUR (H), LEI (a)
While Arsenal continue to prioritize Europa League glory, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s (£10.7m) cup ineligibility makes him an obvious starter for Arsenal’s DGW. Also, perhaps due to Arsenal teams having a relatively youthful look in recent weeks, Aubameyang is being overlooked by many an FPL manager.
This could result in Aubameyang proving a useful differential. Since his move to Arsenal, the Gabonese captain has been an excellent asset in fantasy squads, scoring six times and collecting three assists in his ten appearances. Favourable fixtures at home to Burnley and away to Leicester City could result in a big points haul for Arsenals No. 14 and big league gains for FPL managers.
Jordan Ayew (£5.3m) vs BOU (a), SOU (H)
There is always the danger of rotation for FPL managers at this point in the season. Furthermore, there is also the chance that players themselves go off the boil and start looking ahead to their summer plans (Leicester City anyone?!). With this in mind, it can be prudent to select players from clubs who are still fighting for something. Enter Swansea, who despite looking relatively safe a few weeks ago, have been dragged back into the relegation dogfight. If they are to survive, goals will be a premium. This brings Jordan Ayew (£5.3m) to our attention. With seven goals and two assists this season, Ayew has been involved in 33.3% of Swansea’s league goals and seems their most likely candidate to find the net.