20 Teams: 20 Players looks at the best fantasy football options from each team, each week. From the must starts to the best of a bad bunch, here are this week’s picks for Gameweek 37 of the 2015/16 season.
Arsenal (Manchester City A)
Danny Welbeck: Things have been characteristically uninspired from Arsenal lately, with the Gunners picking up three wins and three draws from their last six. However, beat a mediocre Manchester City side this weekend and they’ll stay in the hunt for a scarcely deserved second place finish. Danny Welbeck, fresh off his winning goal in Gameweek 37, looks set to take the place of non-scoring striker Olivier Giroud.
Aston Villa (Newcastle United H)
Ashley Westwood: The homegrown man continued his fine run of form in Gameweek 37, teeing up Ciaran Clark during the narrow defeat against Watford in Gameweek 36. With the freedom from the pressure of relegation lifted, Westwood’s form seems the most logical option this time around.
Bournemouth (West Brom H)
Josh King: The Norwegian international was Bournemouth’s chief creator as they lost out 2-1 to Everton last weekend and has demonstrated excellent form over the second half of the season. Combined with the rejuvenated and fully fit Callum Wilson, King looks to be the Cherries best attacking hopes against the regularly inept West Brom, who are a 50/50 proposition to show up.
Chelsea (Sunderland A, Liverpool A)
Eden Hazard: Hazard’s little cameo against the Foxes on Monday night was not only his most impressive in some time, it was probably his best in a full calendar year. If the Belgian keeps up that standard until the season’s end he may just catch the eye of PSG.
Crystal Palace (Stoke H)
Yannick Bolasie: With a dearth of attacking options currently plying their trade at the club, there’s little to put your fantasy faith in other than key man, Yannick Bolasie. Against a Stoke side that’s shipped 13 in the last four games, he just might get Palace scoring again.
Everton (Leicester City A)
Leighton Baines: Everon’s iconic fullback scored his first goal in 2016 against Bournemouth in Gameweek 36 and was by all accounts a rock in their normally shaky backline. With Leicester’s players likely short of sleep and energy, maybe Everton can steal the sort of superficially impressive but otherwise meaningless victory for which Roberto Martinez is famed.
Leicester City (Everton H)
Jamie Vardy: The man of the year is back from suspension just in time for the party. Will the Foxes put together a winning performance to please the home fans of the newly crowned league champions? With Vardy leading the line, their chances are certainly increased.
Liverpool (Watford H, Chelsea H)
Roberto Firmino: Arguably Liverpool’s player of the season this term, Firmino was instrumental in the Reds’ progression to the Europa League final on Thursday night, setting up Daniel Sturridge for the decisive goal. With nine Premier League goals and seven assists this season the Brazilian is the number one Liverpool pick for clashes with Watford and Chelsea.
Manchester City (Arsenal H)
Kelechi Iheanacho: We tipped him for success in last week’s article and he delivered with a brace – so we’re sticking with him for this week’s edition too. The player with the most impressive goals to games ratio in the league, the Nigerian youngster has surely earned a starting berth for the rest of the season. Seven goals in five starts suggest he’s worth a punt.
Manchester United (Norwich City A, West Ham United A)
Anthony Martial: The Frenchman looked ready to dent the title hopes of Leicester City in Gameweek 36 when he struck first blood and looks the most likely to send Norwich into a relegation tailspin this time around.
Newcastle United (Aston Villa A)
Andros Townsend: The Magpies’ outstanding player of the past few weeks looks by far the most likely to rescue them from relegation. Townsend now has three goals in four games, with ten attempts on goal in total. Villa in Gameweek 37 could be another bountiful destination.
Norwich City (Manchester United H, Watford H)
Nathan Redmond: The Canaries may have narrowly lost out to Arsenal 1-0 in Gameweek 36 but Nathan Redmond was far and away their most impressive performance on the day. A relegation saving double might prove a bridge too far for Norwich, but Redmond looks the most likely to dig them out.
Southampton (Tottenham Hotspur A)
Sadio Mane: The Senegalese contributed with a barnstorming display against Manchester City, putting them to the sword with three goals. An often mercurial player, Mane tends to do the bulk of his goalscoring in bursts and his hot streak appears to be very much now . With five in his last three games, he’s a shoe in for the rest of the season.
Stoke City (Crystal Palace A)
Marko Arnautovic: Arnautovic put together a man of the match display for Stoke City as he scored the opener in their 1-1 draw with Sunderland in Gameweek 36. He remains their most viable fantasy option – barring Bojan no other Stoke player has scored in a four game stretch where they conceded 13 in total.
Sunderland (Chelsea H, Everton H)
Jermain Defoe: Two tough fixtures on the way for relegation threatened Sunderland but there’s no man you’d sooner back to get them out of that scrape than Jermain Defoe. The seasoned poacher has rolled back the years in 2015/16 to fire in 14 goals in all. Against two sides with nothing to play for, you woudn’t bet against the 33 year old.
Swansea (West Ham A)
Andre Ayew: Swansea took full advantage of a second string Liverpool side last time out, beating them 3-1 on home soil. Central to that was Andre Ayew who was deployed to devastating effect as the focal point of the attack.
He got two goals from four attempts on the day and should hang on to the role for the game against West Ham in Gameweek 37. As a midfielder in fantasy football, Ayew could be canny way to get another striker in your fantasy line-up.
Tottenham Hotspur (Southampton H)
Christian Eriksen: The Dane’s title hopes may have be have gone out the window when his teammates lost the plot on Monday night against Chelsea, but the midfielder was one of the few on the field who maintained any sort of composure and looks the most likely to round out the season with his head screwed on. Four assists in his last four games – 13 in all – rank him as the joint most productive midfielder in the Premier League in that time frame.
Watford (Liverpool H, Norwich H)
Troy Deeney: Watford’s captain and quite possibly player of the season has struck a rich vein of form over the past two Gameweeks, scoring three goals and winning the game for the Hornets on both occasions. As the main conduit for Watford – 60 passes received in the final third, sixth among strikers – he looks the most likely source of goals against both Liverpool and Norwich.
West Brom (Bournemouth A)
Darren Fletcher: The Baggies aren’t presenting a great deal of options in the forward department as they’ve struggled to score a goal in their last six Premier League outings – but a game against Bournemouth doesn’t inspire defensive confidence either. As an option, Darren Fletcher looks to be the safest fantasy selection but it’s slim pickings indeed.
West Ham (Swansea H, Manchester United H)
Mark Noble: The Hammers captain is enjoying an unprecedented run of from as West Ham close out the season strongly. Noble scored a brace in each of his last two games and to date has enjoyed an incredible 2015/16. Can he sustain that run of form? Probably not, but their clash against Swansea represents a potentially rewarding match-up to test him in your fantasy line-up. His defensive statistics over the past four Gameweeks likewise put him in the top five midfielders for interceptions and tackles won.