The 11 best players to sign for your FPL team in Gameweek 37
The penultimate weekend of the Premier League campaign is upon us and unusually for this time of the season, there are still plenty of prominent positions in the table that need to be filled.
Liverpool look set to push Manchester City for the title until the final day in a repeat of 2017-18, while Arsenal and Tottenham are still scrapping for the fourth and final Champions League place.
At the opposite end of the division, Everton, Burnley and Leeds are all in danger of joining Watford and Norwich in the Championship next season with only a point separating all three clubs.
It means, by extension that the Fantasy Premier League season is almost up, which will either be a shame or a relief for managers, depending on their global rank or position in a mini-league.
Those still in possession of a Free Hit chip are likely to want to use it this week with five clubs scheduled to play twice. Those clubs are: Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Everton and Leicester.
Players from Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Everton form the basis of this week’s selection, along with a sprinkling of single gameweek stars with promising fixtures.
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
If Everton manage to stay in the Premier League, Jordan Pickford’s performances towards the tail-end of the season will have been a key factor. The England No 1 has been in inspired form, pulling off one miraculous save after another, most notably during single goal victories against Manchester United and Chelsea at Goodison. Over the entire season, only Alisson (with 15) and Aaron Ramsdale (14) have amassed more bonus points among goalkeepers than Pickford (12) thanks largely to his shot-stopping abilities.
Price: £4.8m Points: 106 Gameweek 37 fixture(s): Brentford (h), Crystal Palace (h)
Lucas Digne (Aston Villa)
Lucas Digne made a surprise return from injury to feature in Aston Villa’s 2-0 victory against Norwich in Gameweek 35 and over the past three matches he has contributed an assist and clean sheet. The Frenchman also created nine chances across that run of games, which is four more than any other Villa player managed in that run. Digne has the pedigree to provide big scores in FPL and could perform well in the run-in with Palace and Burnley both featuring in the bottom three for expected goals away from home.
Price: £5.0m Points: 71 Gameweek 37 fixture(s): Crystal Palace (h), Burnley (h)
Joao Cancelo (Man City)
Manchester City have shown no sign of slipping up in the title race, even with Liverpool breathing down their necks, but Sunday’s game at the London Stadium has the look of a potential banana skin. West Ham bounced back from their Europa League disappointment by hammering Norwich and they still have a top-six place to fight for. That being said, it seems risky going without any City players this weekend and Joao Cancelo stands out for his away form: only Mo Salah has accumulated more FPL points on the road than the full-back this season.
Price: £7.2m Points: 194 Gameweek 37 fixture: West Ham (a)
Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace)
With Marc Guehi injured, Joachim Andersen looks like offering the safest route into Crystal Palace’s defence for their fixtures against Aston Villa and Everton. The Dane has enjoyed a solid first season at Selhurst since joining from Lyon, emerging as a fan favourite for his quality on the ball. Indeed, Andersen has provided more assists (three) than any other Palace defender this season, two of which came in the same game against Arsenal in Gameweek 31. He is also a goal threat from set-pieces too.
Price: £4.6m Points: 112 Gameweek 37 fixture(s): Aston Villa (a), Everton (a)
Son Heung-min (Spurs)
While it can be tempting to stockpile double gameweek players into your starting XI whenever one comes around, it is not worth sacrificing in-form players to do so. Son Heung-min has been electrifying of late, so much so that he is closing in on Mo Salah in the race for the Premier League golden boot. Son is now only two goals behind Salah, who leads by 22 to 20, but more impressive is that none of his strikes have come via the penalty spot.
Price: £11.0m Points: 230 Gameweek 37 fixture: Burnley (h)
Anthony Gordon (Everton)
During Frank Lampard’s short spell in charge of the Toffees, local boy Anthony Gordon has made himself undroppable, keeping far more experienced players out of the starting XI. Since Lampard’s first game in charge, only Richarlison and Pickford have played more minutes for Everton than the 20-year-old winger, which highlights his importance to the side. In that period, Gordon ranks second in Everton’s squad for both shots and chances created and at his price he is a no-brainer this week.
Price: £4.7m Points: 92 Gameweek 37 fixture(s): Brentford (h), Crystal Palace (h)
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
The additions of Conor Gallagher, Ebere Eze and Michael Olise to Crystal Palace’s squad over the past couple of seasons has reduced the dependence on Wilfried Zaha, but as his recent form has shown, he remains the top boy at Selhurst Park. Zaha is Palace’s leading goalscorer this season with 13 goals, seven of which have come in his previous 10 appearances. Since that run began back in Gameweek 26, only Son Heung-min with 11, has scored more goals among midfielders than the Ivorian.
Price: £6.9m Points: 135 Gameweek 37 fixture(s): Aston Villa (a), Everton (a)
Diogo Jota (Liverpool)
Jurgen Klopp has suddenly become as difficult to predict as Pep Guardiola, with Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson among those to have been given rests recently. Although Liverpool are still in the quadruple hunt, Klopp’s recent team selections have hinted at a shift in priorities. It looks as though Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz are the first-choice front three for now, which could lead to extended game-time in the league for Diogo Jota. Although the goals have dried up a bit, Jota is still the fourth-highest scoring player in the league this season.
Price: £8.3m Points: 169 Gameweek 37 fixture: Southampton (a)
Richarlison has contributed an injury-time equaliser and dramatic winner in his last two matches at Goodison Park and has been as critical to Everton’s upturn in fortunes as Pickford has been at the other end. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin either injured or out of form, Richarlison has emerged as Everton’s talisman, scoring four goals in his past seven appearances. Only Gabriel Jesus (45 points) and Cristiano Ronaldo (42) have outscored Richarlison (40) among forwards in that time.
Price: £7.5m Points: 104 Gameweek 37 fixture(s): Brentford (h), Crystal Palace (h)
Danny Ings (Aston Villa)
With Ollie Watkins (£7.5m) an injury doubt after hobbling off against Liverpool, Danny Ings could suddenly enter the equation ahead of a promising pair of fixtures. Ings will be looking to end an underwhelming campaign at Villa Park on a high and convince Steven Gerrard that he has a bigger role to play next season. The 29-year-old has only scored seven Premier League goals for the club so far, but encouragingly two of those have come in his last three appearances.
Price: £7.7m Points: 102 Gameweek 37 fixture(s): Crystal Palace (h), Burnley (h)
Harry Kane (Spurs)
Doubling up on Tottenham’s attack ahead of an early kick-off against a team they are expected to beat at home? What could possibly go wrong? As evidenced by the 1-0 defeat against Brighton a few weeks ago, the answer is plenty, but then Spurs appear to have got themselves back on track since and are in action against a Burnley side shorn of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski. Although he has taken a backseat to Son this term, Harry Kane traditionally finishes seasons strongly and will be looking to end a frustrating campaign with a flourish.
Price: £12.4m Points: 162 Gameweek 37 fixture: Burnley (h)
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