As we enter the business end of the season when Premier League titles are won, European places are gained, and relegation is decided, the Fantasy Premier League also enters the phase when mini-leagues are won or lost. Thanks to the range of Double Gameweek fixtures on offer, gameweek 36 presents a golden opportunity to edge your fantasy team towards glory. More than ever it is vital we nail the players likely to perform well. So, whether you’re a seasoned FPL campaigner looking for reassurance, or a novice searching for advice, we provide below a handful of players that we believe have the potential to score well over the course of the coming gameweeks.
Papiss Cisse wasted no time in adjusting to life in the Premier League. Racking up goals at an incredible rate, he’s earned an impressive total of 86 points since joining Newcastle from SC Freiburg in January. Last weekend’s strike against Stoke took the Senegalese international’s record to eleven goals and two assists in the ten games in which he has played. However, it’s the recent performances during Newcastle’s six-match winning streak that really catch the eye, making the purchase of Cisse look all the more tempting. Nine goals and two assists, as well as near maximum bonus points over this period, have resulted with an outstanding 70 points from just 6 games. Averaging an incredible 11.6 points per game over his last 6 league fixtures, Cisse is a strong contender for the captain’s armband this gameweek. The Magpies have it all to play for as they strive for 3rd place in the league, and a guaranteed Champions League position, with trips to Wigan and Chelsea this gameweek. Not easy fixtures, granted, but it is a crucial Double Gameweek from which the in-form striker could potentially return significant fantasy points. Wigan could provide the biggest resistance, as Roberto Di Matteo looks likely to rotate his squad in his quest for silverware and the Chelsea manager’s job on a full time basis. Again, attracting the attention of FPL managers this week, over 60,000 transfers-in have seen Cisse’s price increase by £0.2m to £8.1m, but it’s little wonder when you note that his recent points average is superior to that of both Van Persie and Rooney.
Signed on loan from Tottenham during the January transfer window, Stephen Pienaar has flourished recently since linking up once again with David Moyes. The South African midfielder continued his run of impressive performances with a dramatic equaliser in the draw against Man Utd last weekend. Back to the form he showed before he left for Spurs, Pienaar has provided two goals and three assists in his last four appearances for the Toffees. This has yielded a total of 31 points over this same period equating to an impressive average of nearly 8 points per game. Priced at £7.1m, Pienaar is proving to be a key figure in a confident Everton side that benefit from a crucial Double Gameweek in gameweek 36. The Toffees will be looking to extend their five game unbeaten league run with fixtures against both Fulham and Stoke in gameweek 36. Further potential points beckon as Everton then travel to Molineux in gameweek 37. Recent strong form and attractive upcoming fixtures make Pienaar a very tempting option.
Nikica Jelavic has certainly hit the ground running since his £5m January move from cash-strapped Glasgow Rangers. Eight goals in his first 12 games (in all competitions) has already seen the Croatian become a fan’s favourite and has left him brimming with confidence. A brace in his last outing at Old Trafford resulted with Jelavic being rewarded (somewhat surprisingly) with just the one bonus point, but still affording him with an impressive total of 11 points for the game. Delighted with Nikica Jelavic’s influence at Everton, Moyes could well hand him free-kick and penalty responsibilities in the absence of the crocked Leighton Baines. Strong recent form as well low ownership (below 6%) makes Jelavic another tempting option from a rejuvenated Everton team. Like his team mate Pienaar, Jelavic also benefits from a Double Gameweek in gameweek 36, with games against Fulham and Stoke. A very favourable match against Wolves ensues the following gameweek before they entertain Newcastle in their final game of the season. The 6ft 2in centre-forward has already turned FPL manager’s heads this week, with over 90k drafting him in. Although showing a £0.3m price increase, the services of Nikica Jelavic can still be secured for a very reasonable £6.1m.
After an explosive start to the campaign, Tottenham’s form has faltered in recent weeks. Yet the Spurs boss, Harry Redknapp, remains confident that his team can still vie for that vital Champions League spot. Obliging fixtures signify that the England manager elect could be right, as they contend with Arsenal, Newcastle and Chelsea for a place in next season’s elite European competition. There is no doubt Spurs have the potential to score incredibly well during their remaining matches. A double gameweek for Spurs starts with a home game against Blackburn, before a road trip to Bolton. On paper, results should be easy pickings for the London outfit, however with both opponents fighting for Premier League survival, the season run-in could be tough for Spurs. Spurs brag an abundance of talent, but due to several on-going injury concerns, perhaps the greatest chance of potential point scoring lies with their highly rated midfielder Gareth Bale. Starting his career as a left-back, Welshman Bale has flourished into an accomplished midfielder, capable of walking into any team in the world. This season Bale has been given a licence to roam, frequently swapping sides with Aaron Lennon. This has made it difficult for opponents to double-up on the talented Bale, which has subsequently afforded him with ten goals as well as eleven assists for the season so far. Available for £9.3m, FPL managers have been snapping up Bale in their thousands hoping Spurs will return to winning ways.
This article was written by Flip