FPL Captain Picks & Tips: Double Gameweek 37
Posted by JackWoodfield
8:11am May 2 2018
Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Man City’s Gabriel Jesus are likely to be the top captaincy picks for DOUBLE Gameweek 37, but @JWoodfield365 explores alternate options
Gameweek 37 is what I always imagined it would be like to find the last golden ticket for a tour of the Playboy Mansion.
The culmination of weeks of planning, there’s an excitement to the last double gameweek of the season that even the most apathetic will struggle to embrace.
Often a coup de grace in mini-league rivalries, the reliably chock-full Gameweek 37 sees 12 teams play twice this time around, and big point hauls should reasonably be in sight for the majority of bosses.
Thousands of you will have activated a chip, and for Triple Captaineers this week’s captaincy decision is as pertinent as it challenging. There’s a plethora of alluring captaincy options, so buckle up, readers – this is probably your most important FPL captaincy pick of the season.
Before we begin though, please observe a minute’s applause wherever you are for a retiring hero. No not you, Arsene Wenger.
Anfield Express, the man, myth and legend announced he would be plugging his own leaks this week. It’s sad news from an FPL perspective, but we’ll always have the memories of rejoicing to know Salah would start in GW36 only for the Egyptian to blank anyway.
With that out the way, let’s look at the prospective cult heroes who could transform FPL fates worldwide this gameweek.
Harry Kane vs West Brom (A) & Newcastle (H)
This looked stonewall a few weeks ago. With Kane chasing the Golden Boot – and now four goals behind Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race – games with West Brom (A) and Newcastle (H) induced tingles to TC plotting managers.
But having rushed back from injury and looking sluggish as a consequence, Kane’s pull is dwindling.
Captaining Kane or not could be a standalone analysis, but for brevity’s sake lets first scan the pros.
Kane will almost certainly play nigh-on 180 minutes and Spurs are exclusively playing for the top four so rotation risk is low, meaning team-mates Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and his regular providers should all start both games too.
Furthermore, Kane’s goal against Watford was the first time he’s scored in consecutive league game since February.
The cons? Kane’s unquestionably looked off the pace in recent weeks, and against a rejuvenated West Brom incredulously fighting for survival, the Hawthorns is suddenly a daunting place to visit.
Newcastle should offer less resistance with their Premier League status secure, but only Liverpool (3) have conceded less than the Magpies (4) over the last six games.
Many will fondly reminisce to this time last season when Kane scored seven in his last two, and with Kane you never know.
Consecutive hat-tricks could follow, but his sharpness wasn’t there against Watford, Man United and Huddersfield, and it may be a lot to ask for it to return within a week.
Gabriel Jesus vs. H’field (H) & Brighton (H)
A quick scan of Twitter at half-time during Spurs v Watford was enough to gauge the eroding Kane faith and immediate flock to Jesus.
The Man City forward is easily backable, having scored in three straight games (four in his last four starts) and arguably no team in FPL history has a more attractive double gameweek than Man City do: Huddersfield and Brighton, both at home.
We’ll touch on those teams’ attacking defects later on, but first a look at the defences. Brighton, admittedly, are stellar at the back on their travels, conceding just 22 times, the best record outside the top six and better than Liverpool (27).
And in the first game of the season they contained City to achieve a fairly admirable 2-0 defeat.
Huddersfield’s 32 away goals conceded, meanwhile, is the fourth-worst defensive away record.
Jesus, the first of three top Man City captaincy picks for GW37, is seemingly safe from rotation following Sergio Aguero’s injury, and with nine goals in two games, the Premier League champions aren’t letting up.
They have records to set (again, more on that later), and the Brazilian is paramount to achieving those milestones.
Raheem Sterling vs. H’field (H) & Brighton (H)
Arguably still criminally under-rated, Sterling offers very real Triple Captain value.
Three successive double-figure point hauls see the mercurial Man City forward enter consecutive home fixtures with Huddersfield and Brighton in a stunning vein of form, even if he continues to get mugged off by the ludicrous Bonus Point System.
Moreover, Sterling has avoided Pep Guardiola’s rotation whims in recent games, starting every game since GW30.
Of course, with three days between City’s games, there’s every chance Sterling could lose minutes to Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden or others.
This may be of pertinence if City beat Huddersfield and score two or more goals, which would see them break the Premier League wins and goals scored records.
Simply put, there’s no way of knowing what Pep will do, so captaining Sterling is a gamble in this regard, but not in terms of his prospective output.
Ederson vs H’field (H) & Brighton (H)
Bear with me. Yes, those who captain defenders or goalkeepers in Double Gameweeks are normally “playing as a maverick on principle” because they’ve massively effed-up to this point, but the prospect of two Man City clean sheets in GW37 is extremely high.
No team has scored fewer away goals (9) than Brighton, with Huddersfield joint-second bottom (11); Man City could feasibly play a reunited Oasis as their back line and still keep a shutout.
Ederson should ostensibly play both games, which isn’t the case for the rest of City’s back line.
Aubameyang vs. Burnley (A) & Leicester (A)
An objective captaincy outsider, but one with very reasonable fixtures, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s purple patch of five goals in four games may be behind him, although his attacking blank against Man United was his first in seven.
Aubameyang’s dual action with Burnley (H) and Leicester (A) should be established, although following his benching against West Ham Arsene Wenger’s team news will be of note later this week.
In likelihood, you’re not going to captain Aubameyang, but if you’re after a variable, the Arsenal man can fill those boots. Moreover, he could fill his own boots: the Gunners have scored 13 in their last four home games, a worrying prospect for travellers Burnley, while Leicester’s beach boys haven’t won in any of their last five home league games.
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