FPL Captain Picks and Tips - Double Gameweek 37
Posted by Daniel Holt
5:42pm May 10 2017
Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks and Tips for FPL Double Gameweek 37
Good day and welcome to Gameweek 37’s Captaincy Picks and Tips article, where we have the luxury of a double gameweek to contend with, but expect healthy returns from this weeks premium selections.
With this week being the penultimate week of the season, every point counts at this stage of the season and so all players in this article are Double Gameweek players and will hopefully reward those of you that captain them.
All players in this article are midfielders and premium selections (high price or ownership), so apologies to any of you that are struggling for funds! All 4 players have some decent fixtures (well, on paper at least!).
As always, we’ve selected a captaincy differential this week, but let’s see if you can name our gamble from the following clues.
1. Made his senior debut aged just 16 years old in 2010.
2. Made his debut for his current club in THAT 8-2 defeat against Man United at Old Trafford.
3. Predominantly played as an attacking midfielder, but has recently changed positions to right wing-back.
Kevin de Bruyne – Man City (LEI/WBA)
- Leicester (H) & West Brom (H)
First up is Manchester City star midfielder, Kevin de Bruyne, who should do well in back-to-back games at the Etihad Stadium against Leicester and West Brom.
KDB earned a staggering 17 points in the 5-0 thrashing against Crystal Palace with a goal and 2 assists, and there’s every chance he could put in a similar performance in these two games.
The Belgian is now top of the assist charts in the Premier League, with 15 to date – with the attack prowess that City has with the likes of Aguero, Jesus, Sane and co, it’s really no surprise to see these impressive statistics.
City have started to play some lovely football over the past few weeks and are banging in the goals for fun, and with three kind fixtures to end the season with, City players are essential for your FPL teams, with KDB being one of those players most FPL bosses would love to own.
KDB has 175 points to his name this season and there’s a good chance this could creep beyond 200 come the end of the campaign, especially if he performs like he did last Saturday against Crystal Palace.
Both Leicester and West Brom, who City face in the Double Gameweek have nothing to play for and in effect, their seasons are over and I fully expect City to capitalise on this.
City are battling for a top 4 place and with an away trip to Watford to follow after this double gameweek, and with rivals Man United losing against Arsenal last week, all but ending their top 4 hopes, it’s likely, in my opinion, City will end the season with 3 straight wins and plenty of goals.
For that reason, Kevin de Bruyne is our number one captaincy pick for Double Gameweek 37.
Eden Hazard – Chelsea (wba/WAT)
- West Brom (A) & Watford (H)
Next up is Chelsea midfielder and de Bruyne’s compatriot, Eden Hazard, who could do well in the Double Gameweek as Chelsea face West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday evening, before entertaining Watford at Stamford Bridge next Monday.
Barring a miracle, Chelsea will secure the Premier League title in one of these matches so I expect Hazard to play well in these games and fire them to his second league title in English football.
At £10.6m, Hazards FPL inconsistency can be quite frustrating for those of us who own him, but, he’s worth the investment in my opinion, especially ahead of the Double Gameweek.
Hazard has thrived under the wings of Antonio Conte and has loved playing in the 3-4-3 formation that has been adopted at Stamford Bridge this season. His name pretty much says everything you need to know about him – he is a Hazard to any defence he plays against, but if Chelsea wrap up the league this weekend, is he also a rotation Hazard?
Plenty of FPL bosses amongst the FPL community on Twitter are doubtful of Hazard’s game-time, but personally, I think he’ll start both games for Conte and rack-up some healthy returns for the 34%+ of managers who own the Belgian.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal (sou/stk)
- Southampton (A) & Stoke City (A)
Our 3rd and last regular pick this week is Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. The Gunners face a tricky visit to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday evening, before facing a relegated Sunderland team at home on Tuesday.
With speculation surrounding Sanchez due to his uncertain contract situation, some might say that the Chilean’s form has suffered because of this – he has been very poor over the last few weeks I think it’s fair to say.
Having said that, Sanchez will be determined to end the season well to either convince Arsenal to give him the money he wants, or, prove to prove his worth to those clubs pursuing him – and with Arsenal likely to miss out on Champions League football next year, it’s probable that Sanchez will be leaving the Emirates, in my opinion.
This may all prove to be hearsay, but that’s what football is all about hey, so lets instead focus on his qualities that make him an attractive FPL player.
He has 217 points to date on FPL, which makes him the top FPL points scorer this season. Sanchez is also the top scoring midfielder this season with 19 goals, so he’ll definitely be targeting a nice round 20 for the season.
Given his inconsistent form lately, captaining Sanchez may be a gamble. However, the ex-Barcelona man isn’t the top scoring FPL player for nothing so don’t let this put you off.
On his day, he’s up there with the best in the league, so lets hope the inform and high point scoring version of Sanchez turns up in Double Gameweek 37 and helps propel you up the FPL ranks. Good luck.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal (sou/stk)
- Southampton (A) & Stoke (A)
Finally, our gamble this week is Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal team mate, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – well done to those of you that identified him from our clues above.
As already mentioned, The Ox has been moved to the right wing-back position since Wenger decided to change to a 3-4-3/3-4-2-1 formation, as most of the teams in the Premier League have done at some point during the season.
Since doing so, Arsenal have without doubt improved their overall game, earning victories over Man United in the league and that famous win over Man City in the FA Cup Semi-Final.
The Ox has performed very well in his new role and looks set to keep his place in Wenger’s starting 11, after bagging 2 assists in the victory over United last weekend.
Ox joins a crop of midfielders currently playing as a right wing-back which further increases the debate as to whether these players should be listed as a defender or midfielder on the Fantasy Premier League game.
James Milner is another one of these players – he’s listed as a midfielder but has played most of the season as a left back, and therefore his points tally would be much higher due to the increased clean sheet points for defenders.
The FPL may have a decision to make on players such as Ox, Milner, Walker, Moses, Alonso and co next season, as to whether they’re listed as defenders or midfielders to make sure consistent point scoring across the board.
Anyway, back to Oxlade-Chamberlain…
Valued at just £5.8m at the time of writing this article, he’s earned 82 points this season – which isn’t bad considering his lack of game-time and minutes.
Arsenal, as mentioned, face Stoke and Sunderland in the double gameweek and so Ox could do well in these games – but watch out for the dreaded rotation.
With The Ox likely to start both games (in my opinion), he could be the perfect, cheap 4th or 5th midfielder you’ve been looking to bring in to help free-up the vital funds you need to recruit the likes of de Bruyne, Hazard and Sanchez.
As always, I thank you all for reading this weeks selection and with you all the very best of luck for Double Gameweek 37 – may your arrows be healthy and green.
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