MyFPL is a series where I will go through my thought process before every FPL Gameweek in the 2017/2018 season.
Current Overall Points: 2159
Current Overall Ranking: 11,908⬇
Last Gameweek Points: 40
Who Are the Essential Players to Have in GW37?
De Gea (5.9) – Man Utd are not as tight at the back as they were at the start of the season, but they are expected to keep a clean sheet in all of their 3 remaining matches. De Gea is still the safest way into Man Utd’s backline, especially if you want to double up on them.
Verthongen (6.0) – Verthongen would’ve had at least 15 points last gameweek if only Harry Kane had done his job. The Belgian hasn’t scored in 3 years in PL, but after getting so agonizingly close last time, he looked eager to get forward and end the drought. Two easy fixtures and possible bonus potential as well.
Sterling (9.1) – The only constant in Man City this season offensively. De Bruyne has tapered off, Sané is in and out of the team and Jesus/Aguero have traded being injured for each other. You always expect Sterling to get rested, but he never does. Even when City have already won the league and Premier League’s biggest hidden gem Bernardo Silva is stuck on the bench.
Jesus (10.4) – While Jesus has been in and out of the team, he is now their only main striker with Aguero out injured. He doesn’t get the big point hauls his striking partner tends to get, but Jesus consistently delivers between 5 and 9 points when he starts. He’ll drop at least 12 points this gameweek, believe that.
Kane (13.1) – If Kane wants any chance of winning the top scorer title again, this is it for him. He completely dominated the final 2 gameweeks last season and will look to do it again. He has been a bit slow getting back on track after his injury, but last week he had more than enough chances to get a hatty. He’ll convert them this time.
Who Should I Triple Captain?
Jesus is the main striker for the best team in the league and should get some consideration. Had Aguero been the only healthy striker, I’d probably triple captain him, but Jesus hasn’t been hunting goals with the same vigor as his Argentine striking mate. He’s usually content with getting his 1 goal in a 5-0 drubbing and as mentioned, he rarely gets into double digits.
Sterling has 3 consecutive double digit scores in FPL and now he has a double gameweek, so if you really want to take a punt to win your mini-league, he might be the one to choose. Even though this whole season has proved those doubts wrong, I’m still not 100% sure he’ll start in both games though, leaving me with…
Harry Kane. If I had to be my life savings on anyone scoring back to back hat-tricks this GW, it would be this guy. He has been pretty wasteful with his chances this season, but he turns it on at the end of the year. WBA will need to get forward to stay in the league, while Newcastle should be locked into the 10th place when they face Spurs. Good matches for Kane who really really wants to be the top scorer. If he wants to catch Mo Salah, he’ll need at least 5 goals.
Should I Sell or Keep Mohamed Salah?
Speaking of Mohamed Salah, a player everyone should’ve tried to get throughout the season, is this finally the time we let go? If you are still invested in FPL, you either have Salah or you sold him in recent weeks, but for those of you still wondering, what should you do?
I say keep. It’s easy to be blinded by his single gameweek against Chelsea, but who says he can’t score anyway? He usually gets his goal and Chelsea haven’t exactly been rock solid lately. Better yet, Chelsea will need to win and get forward to have a chance of qualifying for the same Champions League Liverpool just sealed a final for. Salah will probably play and keep fit until that final and can score against Chelsea on the counter, before the real price.
The real carrot you are chasing is the final gameweek 38, at home against Brighton. If everything goes to plan, Kane will have closed the gap a little bit with his game to spare, and Salah will want to play and score many goals in the last gameweek. Brighton will be safe from relegation at that point and have nothing to play for. Don’t count out a Salah master class yet again, like his 4 goals against Stoke, with the Ballon D’or in sight. Not only does Salah want to beat out Kane in the Premier League, he will want to overtake Messi for this year’s Golden Boot.
Is a DGW enough to keep disappointments Mahrez and Willian?
Personally, I sold both of them. I needed Sterling in my team, getting just enough cash from selling Mahrez (8.8) and I’m finally fed up with Willian (7.1). These guys are fools gold for me and never produce when they are in my team.
Luckily for you, they always produce when I don’t have them, so seeing as I sold them, you should keep them. Confusing much?
Seriously though, Leicester are starting to feel some pressure, not for relegation, but Claude Puel’s job security. This is the same team that fired Claudio Ranieri only 6 months after he led them to a PL title. Leicester have faltered down the stretch and need to get it together to keep their manager.
If they do get it together, Riyad Mahrez is the main man they need to play back into form. With no World Cup for Algeria, Mahrez will need to prove himself in the final two gameweeks if he wants a move to a big club.
Willian, I’m more uncertain about. He seemed to have finally gained a starting XI spot, playing the full 90 minutes in 5 out of 6 matches (77 mins in the final match), but played a grand total of 9 minutes his last 2 outings… So frustrating. I’d actually still sell him, even if I unjinxed him by doing just that. I brought in Arnautovic (7.0), who has been lethal for a West Ham scrapping to keep their Premier League spot. Ramsey (6.8) is also a good punt with Arsenal out of EL and Wenger trying to finish off strong.