As the Premier League season enters its penultimate weekend, the Fantasy Football Fairy is back with his top picks for Gameweek 37.
With only two gameweeks remaining in the 2017-2018 Premier League season, now is the time for FPL managers to take some risks with player picks and try to catch mini-league rivals.
Manchester City, Spurs and Manchester United assets look good for returns in Gameweek 37, while Burnley and Liverpool face tough challenges.
Outlined below are my top picks to help you gain some points on your mini-league rivals and finish the season strongly.
Premium: David De Gea (Manchester United) – £5.9m
Edwin van der Sar was the last Manchester United goalkeeper to win the Premier League Golden Glove Award in the 2008-2009 season, but that could be about to change. Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea faces both Brighton and West Ham in Gameweek 37 as he goes in pursuit of the award for the first time.
He has already secured a league-high seventeen clean sheets this season, one more than Manchester City’s Ederson and two ahead of Spurs Hugo Lloris.
The £5.9m FPL asset this week became the first player to win Manchester United’s Player of the Year award four times, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mid-Priced: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) – £4.7m
Swansea have secured nine clean sheets this season and they now have three fixtures to secure Premier League safety for another season. They face Bournemouth away and Southampton at home in Gameweek 37, both of which are winnable fixtures for Carlos Carvalhal’s men.
£4.7m priced Lukasz Fabianski has produced 127 saves this season, nine behind Stoke’s Jack Butland who has amassed the most.
Budget: Alex McCarthy (Southampton) – £4.4m
Since replacing Fraser Forester between the posts for Southampton in gameweek 21, £4.4m priced Alex McCarthy has produced three clean sheets, conceding twenty four goals in the process. He kept a clean sheet away to Leicester in gameweek 34 and secured a bonus point for his performance.
Save points should be expected as a very minimum return from the double gameweek as he faces away trips to both Everton and Swansea.
Premium: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – £6.9m
I am a big fan of defenders who offer a strong chance of points at both ends of the pitch and Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta fits the bill nicely in Gameweek 37.
Marcos Alonso could be under pressure to retain his starting place after the performances of Emerson Palmieri in recent weeks, hence Azpilicueta gets the nod in my picks.
The £6.9m-priced versatile defender has scored two goals and six assists this season, while also clocking up fourteen clean sheets and twenty-five bonus points. He faces two home fixtures against Liverpool and Huddersfield.
Mid-Priced: Ben Davies (Spurs) – £5.8m
Danny Rose continues to be plagued by injury ahead of the World Cup, which is good news for Ben Davies owners. The £5.8m defender has started thirteen of the last fifteen fixtures for Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side ahead of an away fixture with West Brom and a home tie with Newcastle.
He has scored two goals and assisted a further seven this season in 2,233 minutes of Premier League action.
The Welshman is the second most transferred in defender ahead of Gameweek 37.
Budget: Kyle Naughton (Swansea) – £4.6m
English defender Kyle Naughton is the budget pick of choice this Gameweek as Swansea have shown some sort of defensive solidarity. They will need to pick up some points over the double Gameweek as the pressure mounts around the relegation zone in the league table standings.
£4.6m priced Naughton has secured nine clean sheets this season and assisted his teammates on two further occasions. He faces Bournemouth and Southampton in Gameweek 37.
Premium: Christian Eriksen (Spurs) – £9.6m
Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has been steadily putting in impressive performances for Spurs in recent weeks, ahead of a double Gameweek where he faces both West Brom and Newcastle.
£9.6m-priced Eriksen has scored eleven goals and supplied ten assists this season, offering FPL managers a consistent feed of points returns.
He has delivered attacking returns in five of the last six gameweeks, including a monster haul of fifteen points in Gameweek 33 away to Stoke.
Mid-Priced: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £9.1m
English midfielder Raheem Sterling is currently the runaway leader for midfielder transfers ahead of the Gameweek 37 deadline as he faces both Huddersfield and Brighton at the Etihad Stadium.
The £9.1m-priced FPL asset secured a hat-trick of assists in Manchester City’s comfortable 4-1 win over West Ham last weekend to take his assist tally to seventeen for the season.
Add eighteen goals and nineteen bonus points to the mix and it seems obvious that Sterling’s price next season won’t be so kind on the pocket.
Budget: Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – £7.0m
David Moyes’ West Ham side now sit in fifteenth position in the Premier League table, three points above the relegation zone. Ten-goal hero Marko Arnautovic has quickly become a fan favourite for the Irons, having scored crucial goals in recent weeks to lift his side out of the relegation places.
West Ham have two tough fixtures in the double Gameweek, away to Leicester and at home to Manchester United.
However, with the threat of the relegation zone still looming, hopes will be high for the £7.0m Austrian to retain his place upfront and fire West Ham to safety.
Premium: Harry Kane (Spurs) – £13.0m
It is difficult to look beyond Englishman Harry Kane as a premium pick for the double Gameweek as he faces both West Brom away and Newcastle at home in Gameweek 37.
The £10.3m-priced FPL player sits in second position in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot award with twenty six league goals, just four shy of Mohamed Salah with a game in hand on the Egyptian.
It is worth noting that Kane has looked off the boil in recent weeks since returning from injury, but despite this form he looks to be the most captained player going into Gameweek 37.
Mid-Priced: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £10.3m
In 1,457 minutes of Premier League action, Gabriel Jesus has racked up twelve goals and seven assists for Manchester City this season.
The £10.3m forward has scored four goals and three assist over the last six Gameweeks alone, which is encouraging form ahead of two juicy home fixtures against Huddersfield and Brighton in Gameweek 37.
With Sergio Aguero again ruled out, the Brazilian striker should continue to lead the line for Pep Guardiola’s title-winning side.
Budget: Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – £5.3m
FPL managers on the hunt for a budget forward option need look no further than Swansea’s Jordan Ayew. Swansea need to score goals over the next three fixtures, starting with an away game against Bournemouth and then a home fixture at the Liberty Stadium against Southampton.
Priced at £5.3m and with seven goals and two assists to his name this season, Ayew has been involved in over 33% of Swansea’s goals.