We’re finally at the end of the Premier League season, and it’s crunch time in plenty of FPL mini-leagues across the globe.
GW38 is the last chance to finish above your mates, in what has been another hectic campaign.
With the final UCL qualification spots going down to the final day, we can expect some real drama on Sunday.
Here are our final five tips for 2020/21…
Fantasy Football Tips – Gameweek 38
Illan Meslier – Goalkeeper (Leeds), 4.8 million
Leeds fans will finally be able to make some noise for their Premier League side, who have been fantastic in their return to the top-flight.
A star performer has been young keeper Meslier, who has 11 clean sheets to his name coming into the final day.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men host West Brom, who now know Sam Allardyce won’t be their manager in the Championship next season.
Leeds will fancy turning it on in front of their supporters and should keep a clean sheet.
Andy Robertson – Defender (Liverpool), 7.2 million
Liverpool look likely to secure Champions League football next season, after a good win away to Burnley on Wednesday night.
The Reds face Crystal Palace on the final day, who conceded three times to a poor Arsenal side in GW37.
Robertson provided two assists at Burnley and should be egged on by 10,000 Liverpool fans desperate for the win.
Joe Willock – Midfielder (Newcastle), 8.0 million
A man in incredible form.
Willock has certainly enjoyed his loan spell at Newcastle, and has now scored in six consecutive games.
The midfielder has a knack for arriving in the box at just the right time and may well find a permanent move to the Magpies a brilliant one for his career.
Steve Bruce’s side travel to Fulham on Sunday, and Willock has a real chance to make it seven goals in seven games.
Raphinha – Midfielder (Leeds), 7.0 million
Leeds’ silky winger has carried on where he left off before his injury in GW31, coming back with two assists in three games.
The Brazilian is set to start in front of fans for the first time on Sunday, and he will be looking to put on a show, as he has done all season.
Six goals and nine assists in a debut PL campaign is excellent, and Raphinha can certainly add to that against West Brom.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Forward (Everton), 7.6 million
Leicester have it all to do if they are to finish in the top four, but it’s certainly not impossible.
They do have to win against Spurs, and probably by several goals. However with Iheanacho up front, they have a chance.
The Nigerian has 12 to his name this season, with the latest coming against Chelsea on Tuesday.
Can Brendan Rodgers’ men do it?
⚠️ Gameweek 38 deadline: Sunday 23rd May, 14:30 ⚠️
FPL Picks For 2021/22 | Our Early 2021/22 FPL Tips
Looking for some early picks for the 2021/22 Premier League season?
Here are our seven to shine next season:
• Amad Diallo
• Harvey Barnes
• Harvey Elliott
• James Justin
• Tariq Lamptey
• Virgil van Dijk
Table-Topping Tips for Fantasy Premier League Managers – FAQs
How should I pick my FPL captain?
In the world of Fantasy Premier League, your captain’s pick can be the making of you, with your skipper stacking up double points each week. One outright FPL champion accrued a remarkable 24 per cent of points from his captain’s choices alone in recent seasons. It therefore pays to think about your pick very carefully.
Aside from the usual suspects (Salah, Kane, Agüero, Sterling), if you’re out for a differential, look for when ‘flat-track bullies’ can excel on the fixture list. Seek out those players who ruthlessly prey on weaker opposition, even if they occasionally go missing in more high-profile games.
When should I play my triple captain?
Watch out for those double gameweeks – but avoid triggering your triple captain chip too late in the day.
Logic suggests the games will begin to stack up for the high point-scoring players by the final few weeks of the season, and that could prove costly.
Don’t be surprised if real-life managers suddenly become your own worse enemy as they rest key players.
That could leave your inspired triple-captain strategy lying in tatters if your main man starts from the bench.
In some seasons, it’s taken until Gameweek 25 for the first double gameweek. When it finally arrives, it’s best to make the most of it, as the longer you wait, the higher the risk of your captain being a gameweek no-show.
When should I play my Fantasy Premier League wildcard?
Provided you don’t opt for the ‘rip it up, start again’ strategy after the opening few weeks of the season, there is no ‘optimum’ time to play your wildcard.
However, being bold and going early could work in your favour. Bigger clubs have free reign to play their strongest squads at the start of the season, without any major cup or European distractions currently on their radar.
Remember, the fixtures will start to pile up by midwinter.
That that could ruin your best laid-plans if your wildcard replacements are constantly being chopped and changed as managers guard against fatigue and injury.
Alternatively, the opening few weeks of the season can be misleading when it comes to judging long-term value.
Early-season form players can easily go off the boil by mid-autumn.
Many a fantasy football manager has boxed themselves in once their 6.0m summer ‘bargain buy’ starts stinking the place out in November.
For that reason, if you opt to play the long game, wait until the late autumn to make wholesale changes once form starts to level out and injuries hit hard.
Before you commit, it’s also worth scanning the fixture list to spot potential red flags.
Do the bulk of your re-tooled squad have more games away from home?
Do you have too many players from one team playing only teams in the top half of the table?
Take that moment to pause before you press to confirm your wildcard.
It could be the best tactical decision you make all season.
Remember you only have two wildcards to use per season – one before and one after Christmas.
Make sure you use them wisely.