Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 32 Perfect XI
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Fantasy EPL Gameweek 32 Perfect XI
So, what is Perfect XI? Similar to Official Fantasy Premier League game, all managers have full access to the entire player pool each week, meaning multiple teams within the league could be completely identical. The main departures from OFPL are the Fantrax Default Scoring, unlimited transfers each week, no budget/salary cap, and live lineup changes available. This means that each week you can select a dream team of Fantrax assets who you think will score the most points on a given gameweek, and have the added bonus of being able to see the real life lineups before your players lock in. Magic.
Check out our Perfect XI tips below. These are our recommendations for the best eleven players this weekend! Picks are now accompanied by our weekly projections, which our Inner Circle members can exclusively access.
GK: Tim Krul
Krul scored 17.5 last week with a clean sheet vs Brighton and 9 away to Leeds the week before, despite conceding 2 goals. This week he gets a more offensively-inclined-than-normal Burnley and has a 26% chance at a clean sheet. On average he gets 4 saves a week, so decent floor, decent upside play.
Pivot: Aaron Ramsdale
DEF: Reece James, Marcos Alonso, James Tarkowski
Liverpool and City square off this week, so we have yet another week of Trent and Joao-less PXI picks. Instead I'm opting for the Chelsea wing back double up vs Southampton. If he starts, James has the highest goal odds (20%) and assist odds (21%) of any Fantrax defender, and Alonso is no slouch in that regard either. Both may get the odd free kick, and both have a 35% chance at a cleanie. Next up we have the solid Tarkowski, who always provides a great floor and might even achieve some upside this week in the always-tasty Norwich matchup. Our pivots are much in the same vein in Azpi and Collins, and Doherty is extremely hot and cold if you want some more risk-reward.
Pivots: Matt Doherty, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nathan Collins
MID: Raphinha, Bruno Fernandes, Jarrod Bowen, Jadon Sancho
Midfield is again interesting this week, with KDB by no means a lock up against Liverpool, and the Chelsea attack struggling a bit. Raphinha is our top mid of the week as he gets the leaky Watford defense at home and should create many chances. He has 25% odds to score and 22% to assist. Bruno Fernandes against the reeling Everton is our next pick of opportunity and he's 24% to score and 23% to assist. It gets trickier after those two, but we're opting for the back from injury, yet still firing, Jarrod Bowen. He's been remarkable this year, he scored in the midweek and last weekend, he has a friendly matchup vs Brentford, and he's 25% to score and 23% to assist this week. Finally we have the often-maligned, yet recently, very strong mid in Jadon Sancho. He's averaged 13.4 fpts per start since the beginning of February! Up against Everton, he has a 22% chance to score and 21% to assist. KDB is still an option of course, if you believe he can overcome Liverpool's stifling defense, as is Mason Mount who's been mediocre of late but gets Southampton away. Kulusevski is red hot with returns, so you could always ride that hot hand too.
Pivots: Mason Mount, Kevin De Bruyne, Dejan Kulusevski, Bukayo Saka
FWD: Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Cristiano Ronaldo
Our trusty Mo Salah is finally out of the side, for non DGW reasons. Yes he hasn't finished as well lately, but no he isn't all of a sudden not the best player in Fantrax. He'll regain his form soon enough, but this week he has Man City so I do not believe he's worth the downside risk. Instead I'm selecting the Spurs double of Kane and Son. Kane has the 2nd highest goal odds of the weekend at 41% (only bested by Ronaldo). Son has a 28% chance to score but is near the top of the assist list with a 25% chance there. Villa are not a typically easy matchup but Spurs have scored 5, 3, 2, 2, and 5 goals in their last 5 games and Villa have lost 3 in a row, conceding 2 twice (to Wolves and West Ham). Spurs have let us down before, but the top 4 race is on the line, surely they wont slip up now (right? ;) ). Finally, we have Ronaldo, who returns from injury and has Everton away. He's incredibly hot and cold, and it appears to be hard to predict when exactly he'll hit his floor or ceiling. But we trust the numbers here, and he's the third highest projected forward and has the highest goal odds of the weekend (47%). He could certainly burn you, but there's not many upside forwards with good matchups this week.
Pivots: Michail Antonio, Cucho Hernandez, Mohamed Salah
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