Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 37 Perfect XI
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Fantasy EPL Gameweek 37 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 XI this weekend! For statistical predictions for these players and any others, check out our weekly projections, available exclusively to our Inner Circle subscribers.
Our final DGW of the season and finally one without any of the big teams in it! Hence we'll end up with some more interesting, debatable picks this week. Many will be forced to choose between the usual studs who only have a SGW and the less studly, less trustworthy DGW options. We'll attempt to find a balance. But once again, depending on your league position, you'll want to be more risky or more safe.
GK: Emi Martinez
Two games and the best clean sheet odds for any DGW team (34% vs Burnley at home, 30% vs Palace at home) for Villa. Emi put up 14.25 in DGW36, while conceding 4 goals. Pickford in better form, but has 2 slightly harder home matchups.
Pivot: Jordan Pickford
DEF: Lucas Digne, Matty Cash, Trent Alexander-Arnold
First up in defense we have Lucas Digne, who has come roaring back from injury, with over 10 points in his last 3 starts (with only 1 clean sheet). He and his teammate Matty Cash have 2 favorable home matchups and should be able to provide nice ghost point floors in both games. In terms of upside DGW defenders they may be the best you can do. Digne has a 28% assist chance to boot. To round out the defense we're opting for the SGW TAA. Consistently one of the best defenders in Fantrax, Trent has a great floor and a great ceiling. Highest clean sheet odds (vs Southampton) at 46%, second highest defender assist odds (to Digne) at 27%, and 10% goal odds. Robertson & Cancelo (as well as Reece James and Marcos Alonso) offer their usual production in good matchups, but are moreso differentials this week. Mykolenko offers another decent upside DGW option.
Pivots: Joao Cancelo, Vitalii Mykolenko, Andrew Robertson
MID: Philippe Coutinho, Dwight McNeil, James Maddison, John McGinn
We're opting for our usual 3-4-3 this week, but I think if you're looking for more safety, 3-5-2 may be a better option. There's a wide variety of viable mids this week from DGW mids who are solid, if not amazing who will almost definitely start 2 games, to studly SGW options, to upside DGW options who may not start 2 games. McNeil falls into that first bucket, as he's very likely to start 2 games and score plenty of ghost points in both. His fellow Mc, McGinn, provides similar value, almost definitely 2 starts, better matchups, but lower usual production. Those 2 may be the best high floor options on the weekend. On to the less likely to start 2 games, but great if they do category. Coutinho has been rotated recently but with Watkins potentially injured his chances of starting 2 go up (same with Danny Ings). Coutinho has a 38% chance to score and 36% to assist if he starts both games. Maddison is in a similar spot. Rodgers has rotated a fair bit, even after exiting Europe (although a bit less after), but we're willing to take a gamble on him going 2 after scoring in GW36 and Rodgers trying to keep them in the top half. If he does start both games, Madds has 37% assist odds and 32% goal odds. Buendia and Olise are even riskier DGW options with more upside perhaps. KDB and the other City mids offer SGW quality options. Iwobi offers another high floor, trustworthy DGW option.
Pivots: Michael Olise, Kevin De Bruyne, Emi Buendia, Alex Iwobi
FWD: Richarlison, Wilfred Zaha, Harry Kane
Plenty of ways you can go with forwards as well. Richarlison and Zaha are 2 DGW options very likely to start 2 games. Richie has 54% goal odds and 34% assist odds. Zaha has 48% and 24%. Both have 2 good to decent home matchups as touched on before and have been ghosting pretty well as of late. Gordon fits a similar mold, with lower upside theoretically. Ings higher upside (best goal odds at 62%), lower floor, some rotation risk. Vardy has the second best goal odds on the slate with 58% and a matchup vs Watford, but is decently likely to be rested 1 game after not starting 2 games in 1 week since his return from injury. Finally, we have the SGW options. If Salah had not gone off injured in the FA Cup final on Saturday, he likely would be in my lineup, but unfortunately, that's not the case. The other Liverpool options (at forward and otherwise), I'm opting not to trust after playing 120 minutes in the Cup. So instead, I'm opting for Harry Kane, hot off 29.5 points against Arsenal and with the best SGW goal odds of 53% at Burnley.
Pivots: Anthony Gordon, Danny Ings, Jamie Vardy, Mohamed Salah
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