This is it.
The final Gameweek of the season.
The Saturday that will reveal who wins the minileague and bragging rights for the summer.
It’s now or never for Fantasy managers, whether you are protecting your lead or going for the impossible with an unlikely captain’s pick.
Gameweek 37 Points Summary
The most notable Fantasy performances of Gameweek 37:
- Yaya Toure was Mancester City’s hero with an important brace to put City one step closer to the title. Clichy grabbed an assist in addition to a clean sheet.
- Van Persie was back on form with a brace that saved a point for Arsenal. Rosicky kept up his good run with an assist.
- Those who brought in Petrov for the double double Gameweek have been handsomely rewarded as the Bulgarian kept up his Fantasy was with an impressive 12 point Gameweek.
- Dembele scored from midfield and bagged three bonus points while Dempsey scored yet again for Fulham.
- Alcaraz scored Wigan’s winning goal against relegated Blackburn and registered an unlikely 15 point Gameweek.
From Gameweek 25 onwards, I’m documenting whether I’m passing the test with my captain picks. If a captain pick scores over three points in the Gameweek it is considered a success and I am also noting double digit Gameweek scores.
In the Friday Foreplay for Gameweek 37 I recommended Rooney, Van Persie, and Jelavic as the captain picks. Van Persie delivered, Rooney got an assist, and Jelavic disapointed in a surprising scoreless draw against Wolves.
Quality of captain picks from Gameweek 25 onwards:
- Good captain picks: 22/36
- Double digit captains: 12/36
- Van Persie: Arsenal have all to play for to secure the third place and Van Persie has an added incentive to break the Premier League goal record, now held by Ronaldo. Van Persie has been the standout Fantasy player of the season and is the best bet for an explosive final Gameweek.
Van der Vaart: Tottenham are battling for the same third spot and face Fulham at home. Fulham have been dreadful at times on their travels and play an open game with an attacking lineup, something that should suit Tottenham’s speedy attack. Van der Vaart has returned to his clinical ways with two goals, an assist, and four bonus points in his last three games.
Torres: With Drogba likely to be rested for the Champions League final, Torres will start for Chelsea and be keen to make a case for his inclusion in the final. Chelsea face Blackburn and my guess is that the relegated team will not put up a fight. This game could provide several goals.
I’m expecting nervy encounters for both Manchester teams, which explains the exclusion of title chasing players in the captain picks. Nevertheless, both teams will go for wins which means that Rooney, Valencia, Aguero, Tevez, Yaya Toure, and Silva are all decent picks.
In addition to Torres for Chelsea, Ramires has enjoyed an excellent latter part of the season and has been their main threat on the right wing. Mata is a solid choice, should he play.
This season’s best January transfers battle it out in the Everton v Newcastle game. Jelavic plays at home and is the better bet. However, Cisse’s form has been extraordinary and Newcastle are playing for the valuable third Champions League spot.
Sigurdsson is another January transfer hit and could trouble Liverpool, who have only the rivalry with Everton to play for.
Petrov duly delivered in his double double Gameweeks and has averaged 12 points in his last three Gameweeks (five games, 7.2 points per game which is still impressive). With Bolton fighting for their lives they need to attack and will look to Petrov’s speed and trickery.
Adebayor has three goals in his last two games and will play up front on his own. Tottenham need the win and play at home.
- Manchester City will keep it tight against QPR, who will come to defend anyway. Clichy is the defender in form.
- As noted, Fulham haven’t played well away from home this season which makes a Tottenham defender a decent bet. Walker enjoys notable attacking possesion and could pop up with an assist or a goal.
- Chelsea should dispatch Blackburn without too much trouble. However, guessing the starting lineup is trouble because of the Champions League final. Cole has been rested in the last two games so he should start.
- Swansea will look to finish the season with a home game win. Vorm is one of the goalkeepers of the season.
Taking a Punt
- Moses faces a strangely rejuvenated Wolves team and could be in line for a goal.
- Holt is playing for a place in the England squad and will be raring to make a point against dreadful Aston Villa.
- Despite his lack of goals Bale is still a vale play, based on his three assists in the last three Gameweeks.
- Walcott is reported to be in line to start against West Brom. If you are waiting to transfer until the last minute, look out for early lineups to see if he’s a possible punt.