Hot or Not - FPL Double Gameweek 36

10:46pm May 2 2017

Who’s HOT and who’s NOT in the world of Fantasy Premier League Double Gameweek 36

Hello and welcome to my latest edition of ‘Who’s HOT and who’s NOT’, where I’ll be assessing which players in the world of Fantasy Premier League are likely to gain you some valuable late-season points, and which ones are running out of steam as we enter the last few Gameweeks.

Gameweek 35 delivered ten clean sheets- the highest number of shutouts all season, excluding double Gameweeks. Will the defenses reign supreme again in Gameweek 36? Or will the forwards get their act together?

Gameweek 35 also saw Burnley pick up their first away win of the season as they saw off Crystal Palace, and Sunderland’s relegation was finally confirmed with defeat at home to Bournemouth.

Gameweek 36 sees Hull go in search of another precious home victory in their bid to avoid joining Sunderland in the Championship. Elsewhere, Swansea host Everton in what is an equally important fixture down at the bottom, and Spurs play their third London derby in ten days as they travel to face West Ham. It’s also a double Gameweek for both Arsenal and Southampton.

As always I wish all FPL bosses the very best of luck for FPL Double Gameweek 36 and may your arrows be green.

HOT

Eldin Jakupovic – Hull City

  • £4.1
  • 22.3%
  • 14
  • Sunderland (H)

Jakupovic came to Hull’s rescue in Gameweek 35 with a late penalty save which was enough to earn them a valuable away point at St.Mary’s. The one-time Swiss international has now kept back-to-back Premier League clean sheets, and has an opportunity to claim a third as his side face already relegated Sunderland in Gameweek 36.

Much has been made of Marco Silva’s incredible home record as a manager. The Tigers have dropped just two points at the KCOM since the Portuguese took charge in January – form which sees them two points clear of the drop zone with just three games left to play.

Hull will go into Gameweek 36 at perhaps the shortest price they’ve ever been to win a Premier League fixture. Their opponents, Sunderland, have scored just twice since the beginning of February – both of those goals coming in a 2-2 draw with West Ham in Gameweek 33.

Jakupovic is already a popular choice with FPL bosses, with a selection percentage of 22.3. This popularity has been largely due to his cheap price, making him the ideal bench-filler. But taking into account Hull’s recent form, and their Gameweek 36 opponents, he’s as good a choice as anyone for your number one spot.

Michael Keane – Burnley

  • £5.1
  • 4.3%
  • 8
  • West Brom (H)

Burnley finally ended their long wait for an away win in Gameweek 35 as they saw off a lacklustre Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Gameweek 36 sees them return to Turf Moor, where they have already secured ten victories this season, conceding just 16 goals.

The visitors are West Brom, who, despite still sitting pretty in eighth place, have failed to score in their last five Premier League outings – a stat which suggests that the beach towels are well and truly out.

Burnley have managed four clean sheets in the last five Gameweeks, and are in a strong position to keep that run going in Gameweek 36.

Despite their impressive defensive record, Michael Keane is selected by just 4.3% of FPL bosses at the time of writing. At £5.1m, he could well be another bargain pick for this Gameweek.

Jamie Vardy – Leicester City

  • £9.9
  • 13.9%
  • 9
  • Watford (H)

Since the dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, Jamie Vardy has rediscovered his goalscoring touch. His Gameweek 35 strike against West Brom was his seventh in his last nine Gameweeks – this coming after a run of just five goals in the previous 25 Gameweeks under Ranieri.

Now out of the Champions League despite a gallant display against Atletico Madrid, Leicester have their sights firmly set on a top-half finish after pulling themselves clear of relegation trouble. Watford, the visitors to the King Power in Gameweek 36, have similar aspirations – with the pair of them locked together on 40 points going into this game.

Like Burnley, the Foxes have enjoyed home comforts far more than away trips this season. So too have Watford, who have failed take any points or even score a goal on the road since a 2-1 victory at Arsenal back in January.

Given Vardy’s current form, as well as Watford’s poor run away from home, the England striker is a must-have for Gameweek 36.

NOT

Ben Gibson – Middlesbrough

  • £5.1
  • 10.7%
  • 1
  • Chelsea (A)

Middlesbrough showed a real fighting spirit in Gameweek 35 to keep their wafer-thin survival hopes alive. Steve Agnew’s side had every right to feel aggrieved that they didn’t take all three points, as a controversial penalty decision enabled Manchester City to come away with a share of the spoils at the Riverside.

Middlesbrough travel to Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 36 to face a Chelsea side who have one hand on the Premier League trophy after a ruthless second half display against Everton in Gameweek 35.

Ben Gibson has been a standout performer for Middlesbrough this season, and will no-doubt attract interest from a host of clubs come the summer. However, as far as Gameweek 36 is concerned, leaving him in your team is risky business. Chelsea have scored seven in the last two Gameweeks, and show no sign of slowing up.

The aforementioned Michael Keane is a better defensive option for this Gameweek and comes at no extra cost. Alternatively, Hull City’s Harry Maguire is a real bargain at just £4.4m.

Gareth McAuley – West Brom

  • £5.2
  • 28.9%
  • 2
  • Burnley (A)

As before mentioned, West Brom seem to have taken their foot off the pedal. Despite still sitting in eighth place – a position they have held since Gameweek 19 – they’ve lost six of their last eight Premier League fixtures, managing only one clean sheet in that time.

Next up for the Baggies is a trip to Burnley, who have the best home form of anyone in the bottom half. The Clarets have only failed to score on three occasions at Turf Moor this season, so a clean sheet for McAuley and co. is unlikely here.

West Brom’s early season ability to keep clean sheets as well as McAuley’s ability to score goals made him an incredibly popular pick with FPL bosses. He’s still featuring in 29% of teams at the time of writing, but isn’t currently producing the volume of points which made him so popular to begin with.

For Gameweek 36, defenders from Hull and Burnley are where the value lies. Alternatively, the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld of Spurs look good prospects for this Gameweek – they travel to West Ham coming off the back of four straight clean sheets, while the Hammers have recorded back-to-back 0-0 draws.

Romelu Lukaku – Everton

  • £10.3
  • 42.7%
  • 2
  • Swansea (A)

With a selection percentage of over 40, the big Belgian is the FPL’s most popular pick, and it’s easy to see why given his phenomenal points haul of 209, so this is perhaps my most controversial pick of the season, and I imagine this will raise one or two eyebrows. However, allow me to explain myself:

Out of the FPL’s elite strikers, there is a distinct possibility that Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa will all out-score Lukaku in Gameweek 36 given the fixtures they have.

Unless your team is incredibly top-heavy, the likelihood is that you’ll only be able to afford two of these strikers at most, alas, Lukaku is one of the ones to avoid for this Gameweek, as Everton have the toughest fixture in my opinion.

Ronald Koeman’s side travel to Swansea, who are fighting for their Premier League lives and will be desperate to record back-to-back home victories. Everton go into this game having failed to score in either of their last two games.

Kane, Vardy, and Aguero are all on great goalscoring runs and have slightly easier fixtures, on paper at least.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips: Hot or Not – FPL Double Gameweek 36’ which was written by @DannyBryan27


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