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Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 38

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 38

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 38

Welcome to Football Captain Picks Gameweek 38. It’s here: the final Gameweek of the season. How abrupt it seems. Perhaps that’s a relief? Either way, though, there’s an ominously bittersweet feeling in the metaphorical air. If you view yourself as a relatively casual FPL player, hopefully the literal air around you has a summery breeze carrying it, with the scent of freshly mown lawn and a BBQ lagging just behind; if you view yourself as an FPL obsessive, however, then chances are that you’re surrounded by stagnant air whilst frantically checking if Son’s price fell at ~01:20 during the decisive CL matches. ‘Woe betide those who took the risk to sell him before seeing how many new injuries crop up in the semi-finals’, you muse to yourself, before realising that Sterling’s now just out of reach. Having the summer off’s probably for the best…

The phrase “already on the beach” is often chucked around as each PL season draws towards its conclusion in a tame fashion — many teams, whether they’ve been condemned to relegation for weeks already or simply meandered within the mid-table positions, are deemed to have nothing left worth playing for — it’s a valid concern to raise. Without incentive, without drive, where do the points come from? Fear not. The following 5 candidates (the first 4 if honesty matters around here) arguably have better reasons to shine now than they’ve had all season. With crucial mini-leagues in mind, hopefully the same can be said for your FPL team over this final hurdle, unless you’re miles ahead. Top stuff (quite literally) if so.

Sadio Mané Divock Origi vs Wolves (H)

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Just a quick reminder: one team’s going to finish on 94+ points and still, remarkably, not win the PL title. It all means that Liverpool need to beat Wolves to give themselves the mere possibility that it won’t be their unwanted fate. This would be like finishing 2nd with Riley Reid: it’d be beyond impressive, almost unbelievable, despite resulting in absolutely nothing but a desire for more games and some potentially incurable pain. Sadio will probably have bigger things on his mind come Sunday afternoon. Indeed, if he were moping around on a beach already, it’d be swarming with Japanese spider crabs as the tide brings a storm in. No sandcastles to be seen here.

As for Mané, promisingly, 16 of his impressive 20 goals in the PL have been scored at home. Hypothetically, if Liverpool win 4-0 on Sunday afternoon, then you’d have to think that Mané will grab himself at least an assist. Especially if he’s the lone member of the first-choice deadly trio who starts here. Surely? It’s almost guaranteed if Divock and Xherdan play alongside him. Salah — if he’s got his head screwed back on — is always a strong alternative; “NEVER GIVE UP” on a player’s fitness until a press conference rules them out of action. Wolves love tackling top-6 teams, admittedly, but playing at Anfield’s a different matter. You can just ask Luis Suárez about how Liverpool can dig their teeth in when it matters most.

Form: 7
Fixture: 7
Explosiveness: 7

Raheem Sterling vs Brighton (A)

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Moving on quickly from Liverpool, just as this man did, Sterling can win it all soon. Is that a necessarily promising sign? Just ask Philippe Coutinho this time! Nonetheless, just one win away from retaining the PL title now, a Raheem Sterling away-day masterclass would probably push Man City over the finish line. It’s a gut feeling with a solid foundation. Double-digit hauls whilst away from home vs West Ham, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace, not forgetting his healthy return of 14 points in the reverse fixture, bodes well; Brighton can’t defend against Arsenal every weekend, unfortunately for any Duffy loyalists.

In reference to my GW5 article from the 2016/17 season — Liverpool’s antics really have rubbed off on me to drop such a historical reference — Pep told Sterling that “as long as you work for me, I’ll fight for you” over a text before that season started, and those words ring even louder now than they did after Raheem’s painfully short-lived Euro campaign. The wisest will probably brace themselves for a rewarding performance.

Form: 6
Fixture: 8
Explosiveness: 8

Paul Pogba Scott McTominay vs Cardiff (H)

Photo by Clive Brunskill – Getty Images.

That’s it. Clearly, teams with something to play for aren’t in abundance, given how the top-4 race has pathetically fizzled out.

Except, on a purely egocentric level, Pogba surely has his own motives. Just as he had something to prove when José left, the doubters are back, many of whom will be reluctantly watching at Old Trafford for what could be his final match there. Cardiff’s confirmed relegation — a fate that’s largely due to conceding 69 goals — shouldn’t be neglected here. Paul would’ve likely been very popular if either of his pair of crossbar strikes had found its way in against Huddersfield last Sunday and, of course, penalty duty often redeems his mediocrity. Etheridge can’t save yet another one… can he? Scott might be the better pick for a 2-pointer after all.

Form: 5
Fixture: 9
Explosiveness: 6

Callum Wilson vs Crystal Palace (A)

Photo by Jon Bromley – MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images.

Here’s the perfect storm. The storm that’s on the beach, you say? Not quite. Wilson’s place with the England squad remains open, with one final match to prove himself and add to the staggering 26 goal involvements that he’s had in the PL alone. Since returning from injury, Callum’s now played in 4 away matches, most recently scoring {11, 2, 15, 16} points. To bolster this incredibly promising form, Crystal Palace perform far better when they’re playing away from home, which must bring tears of pride to Terry’s eye. Selhurst Park has witnessed terrible things; 19th in the table for total PL home points encapsulates the tale.

An easy mini-league-snatching risk’s on offer. This was actually spotted by the casuals too: the pre-Son-red transfer trends indicated that ‘Jiménez to Wilson’ was an early-bird-fool preference. There was Darren, smugly sitting in his kitchen, circulating screenshots of his GW38 team around to his workplace’s mini-league rivals whilst blaring out Football Focus for some background noise.

He’ll most likely be taking an 8-point hit now.

If you’re chasing, though, then it might be worth matching Dazza with this one.

Form: 8
Fixture: 7
Explosiveness: 6

Nathan Ward-Long vs Huddersfield (H)

Photo by Stu Forster – Getty Images.

Last stop: Desperation Town. Whatever scrap Saints assets you happen to have, no matter how much they’ve continually disappointed you since the DGWs, forgive them for their pathetic 1-pointers. They could be the last-gasp captaincy gamble that’s required to breathe life back into hopeless mini-leagues. Operative word: “could” be.

If an inevitable whimper was expected from the Huddersfield lads last weekend, one might’ve forgotten just how abject Man United have become, but it’ll surely be silenced by Hasenhüttl’s men. Nathan Redmond, JWP and Shane Long, a selection of potential FPL saviours for your very own. Choose wisely.

Form: 4
Fixture: 10
Explosiveness: 4

Good luck! Don’t rue this final captaincy decision over the long summer ahead… just enjoy those BBQs instead.

Thanks for reading Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 38. This article was written by James.

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  1. 43
    Bigperm1980 says:

    Anyone else have lloris and foster and worried that they will end up with no keeper in due to CL and Fa cup finals??

  2. 44
    man u man says:

    Guys should I do Doherty and Jimenez to digne and Arnie for a hit or just jimenez to Arnie for no hit?

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  3. 45
    MadHatter says:

    Morning all

    This is my team for the final week.
    I’m 65 points ahead in my ML so should be safe there and I think I’ll go differential on the cappo like I did last week with Haz.
    Choices are Sterling, Haz or Arnie.
    Thoughts?

    Thank you to everyone on these boards for help and advise, especially to the guys that run this and write the articles. Cracking job!

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    • 45.1
      Zed Leppelin says:

      Sterling for me!

    • 45.2
      Smash says:

      I quite like Salah

    • 45.3
      Rosco says:

      Afternoon Hatter, give me a holla when you’re next around, was wanting to pick your brains over your Doubles team. I like to study successful teams and see if I can pick out things that have gone well and why. I have a few theories with regards to teams with multiple managers (i.e. the site team and doubles team) and it would be good to see how you and Webstar have managed that team this season and how it differs from your personal teams etc.

      • MadHatter says:

        Hey Rosco.
        I play far more conservatively in doubles than I do in my own team and Webstar is conservative anyway.
        Both our own teams are nowhere near our doubles team.
        Very few hits in that team and we’ve made a few good calls and cappo choices.
        Hoping to crack the top 100

        • Rosco says:

          Yes that was my take out from the low number of hits you took, i do think a more conservative approach is key to being successful in FPL, playing as a pair / group means you have to justify any moves and ultimately you by proxy end up playing with more caution. When do you guys usually start to discuss moves each week and when do you usually ma he said moves?

        • MadHatter says:

          We chat about moves most of the week and then usually make those moves after the pressers.

      • Elleffcee says:

        Rosco, you need to speak to Init and myself, we have won the doubles league easily. Hatters + Webstars are being kicked out by me, haven’t posted enough. :big-lol:

  4. 46
    Bigperm1980 says:

    Who’s everyone’s favourite to replace Jimi with? Leaning to Arnie personally. Can only afford lose Jimi or jota…. am I right to keep jota?

    • 46.1
      Colriles says:

      Also leaning Arnie. If I didn’t have 3 saints already I’d consider a punt on Long.

    • 46.2
      Starfox says:

      I’m not sure I will. I mean wolves have played out of they’re socks all season and Liverpool have conceded 5 in 2

      • Colriles says:

        Still prob wouldn’t want both Jimi and Jota going against them. I’d pick one and dump the other. To who I have no idea myself! 😀

        • GoalMachine says:

          Relax till Sunday morning. 🙂
          I logged out from FPL site – will reopen on Saturday and hope to receive some concrete news by then who will be benched/played. That might solve Wolves dilemma.

      • Kralin says:

        Before the Newcastle game Liverpool kept three CS I think, so I’m not sure where 5 in 2 comes from.

        Slight change of subject, but foxes have been making an utter racket at night the last few weeks. Maybe it’s mating season – do you know?

  5. 47
    bees393 says:

    Vardy and Redmond (or JWP)
    or
    Pogba (or Bilva) and Long
    I have never felt so indecisive as I do this week. Wish I could have Sterling but would take 8ph. 0 mib 1FH
    Thank you to all those who run the site, for the incredible articles throughout the season. You guys are amazing. Thank you too to all who contribute and offer your insightful comments. All the best to everyone this week!

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    • 47.1
      Kralin says:

      I’d try to avoid a hit in the last GW, Bees.

      I quite fancy Southampton to score a couple, so you may be safe there.

      • Zed Leppelin says:

        I’m on a verge of taking -8, care to talk me out of it? 🙂

        • Kralin says:

          Depends on how much you’ve been drinking.

          I’ll need to catch up. Hang on.

        • Kralin says:

          (wipes mouth.)

          Er, don’t do it, for pretty obvious reasons. No time left.

          Maybe a -4 to get Salah or Mane – and then captaining them.

          -8 and you’ll be weeping amongst the ruins.

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