Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 35 Perfect XI
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Fantasy EPL Gameweek 35 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.
Finally! We have a entirely single gameweek! With that, its back to throwing darts at goalies based off good clean sheet odds or high likelihood of lots of saves. Its the former this week with Ederson having the highest CS odds against Leeds with 43%. If you want the opposite approach, go with Tim Krul vs Aston Villa who's been making 4+ saves consistently
Pivot: Tim Krul
DEF: Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joao Cancelo
Back to standard procedure. We're taking the top 2 defenders in Fantrax this year (by nearly 100 points) in TAA and Cancelo. They're studs, they have great matchups in Leeds and Newcastle, 40+% CS odds, 26% assist odds for Trent and 15% for Cancelo. Against Leeds, he'll see many, many opportunities on both sides of the ball. Rounding out the trio, is Reece James, who looked phenomenal outside of an attacking return vs United in GW34. He put up 16 there and gets the much softer Everton defense (and offense) this week. He's 31% to keep a clean sheet, 21% to assist, and 13% to score. The opposing wing/wide backs are all equally viable, but tend to be a bit more differential (Robertson/Tsimikas, Alonso, and Zinchenko).
Pivots: Marcos Alonso, Konstantinos Tsimikas, James Tarkowski
MID: Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Bruno Fernandes, Bukayo Saka
It's another week of how much Man City is too much Man City. City faces Leeds away and Leeds' manager Jesse Marsch recently said his team will have to be very aggressive to compete with Pep's side. Leeds have improved as of late, but less so defensively, and City are still expected to score 2.5 goals on average according to the bookies. Getting 1 or more pieces of City's attack seems crucial to me as a result. To start, I think it makes sense to roster KDB, who has the highest assist odds (33%) of the weekend, 30% goal odds, and great ghost-point acquiring ability. Beside him, I like Grealish and Foden a lot but will opt to take Grealish as he's less likely to be stranded in the center like Foden. After those 2/3 it gets trickier. Bruno Fernandes has been in quite the slump and faces Brentford at home. Saka has bene red-hot, but is coming off an injury, and is away to West Ham. Mount sees Everton away, and Coutinho, who many have written about his dominance vs bottom sides, faces Norwich. I'm opting for Saka who's too hot to bench in my opinion and will likely face a backup West Ham side (fighting to stay in Europa) and Bruno, who surely has to get going at some point here, and should hopefully have some more support from Fred next to/behind him.
Pivots: Phil Foden, Philippe Coutinho, Mason Mount
FWD: Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane
Liverpool face a similar situation to Manchester City in that they face a previously poor, yet recently better side (Newcastle). Regardless, Salah is almost a must and has 43% goal odds and 31% assist odds. Next to him, you likely want at least 1 City forward, and Sterling looks the best bet to start, but if Jesus goes, you likely want his in-form self, or Mahrez's floor instead. Finally, Spurs and Kane have a good chance to bounce back, at least offensively vs the shaky Leicester team that concede plenty of offense, and who's minds will be elsewhere (Europa). Kane is 48% to score and 25% to assist. His teammate Son is plenty viable as well, as is recently firing, Ronaldo on Monday. Bruno is enough United for me though.
Pivots: Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Son Heung-Min, Cristiano Ronaldo
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