Howard, Cech, Schwartzer, Krul, Friedel, and Reina are among goalkeepers whose teams play twice during Week 36. Everton is without Baines so Howard will be tested more than usual while Cech will have tired defenders who, like him are involved in other competitions. Liverpool and Reina are focused on the FA Cup while Friedel and his Spurs mates are in an end-of-season funk. Krul and Schwartzer are likely to bring fantasy rewards.
With Baines out for the season, his value of 8.4 million can be used to pick up double points from a number of candidates. Terry is at 7.9 million and Chelsea will be coming off a Champions League match on April 24 against Barcelona. What will happen when the Blues play QPR on the 29th and Newcastle on May 1st is still unsettled, however, Terry may be rested in one of the games for other competitions. The same is true for Cole (7.4 million) and Cahill (5.8 million). Ivanovic should not be an option since he will still be suspended for the QPR match.
Tottenham players are risky since the team is in a bit of a panic. Assou-Ekotto and his 6.9 million value will be defending against weaklings Blackburn and Bolton as will 6.5 million Walker.
Newcastle’s Coloccini has had a great season and at 5.9 million will be defending against Wigan and Chelsea.
Although Stoke looked brutal against Newcastle, Shawcross (5.9 million) and Huth (5.0 million) may return double points worth the investment.
Managers holding Theo Walcott, who is likely out for the rest of the season with an injury will have 10.2 million to invest in a two-game player. Chelsea’s Mata (9.1 million) and Lampard (8.9 million) will be gunning for QPR and Newcastle; however, Mata has been benched for recent games and rarely finishes a match. Lampard was held out completely against Arsenal.
Spurs have Blackburn and Bolton for two seemingly easy results; however, Bale (8.9 million) is in his typical late season swoon, VdV (7.2 million) looks gassed, and Modric (7.3 million) has returns little in the way of goals and assists.
Fulham’s Dempsey continues to be the bargain of all fantasy rosters. Priced at just 7.1 million, the Texan is tops in midfielder points, yet there are 22 other midfielders with higher values. He will be looking to fill the nets against Liverpool and Everton.
Newcastle’s Cabaye scores and services (he had two goals and an assist against Stoke) and at 5.7 million is a bargain. The Frenchman will face Wigan and Chelsea in Week 36. Also attractive is the Magpies Ben Arfa valued at 5.5 million.
Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard (7.0 million), once a massive point-producer is up against Norwich City and Fulham in Week 36.
And finally, Stoke’s Matthew Etherington (5.6 million) has a two-game week against Arsenal and Everton, but the Potters are the lowest scoring team in the Premier League, no small accomplishments when you consider the sterile attacks of Wolves, Wigan, Everton, and Aston Villa.
Papiss Cisse of Newcastle is the Magpies torchbearer and he had another goal over the weekend. His two matches will be against Wigan and Chelsea and at 8.6 million is a bargain. On the other hand, the once darling of Newcastle, Demba Ba has gone on a blah streak, but with a value of 7.6 million may reward managers by breaking out of his scoring slump.
Bolton’s Davies and Klasnic with puny values of 5.2 and 4.5 respectively will be facing dull Sunderland and stumbling Tottenham. Adebayor (8.2 million), who was not even in uniform against Chelsea on Saturday is finding a tight mesh on the nets. On the other hand, Liverpool’s Suarez may find success against Norwich and Fulham and carries a relatively low value of 8.1 million. The fact remains, Liverpool is awful in scoring; witness the 1-0 loss to WBA. Even lower is Andy Carroll at 6.3 million.
Double games may be a good week for Everton’s Jelavic (6.3 million) who scored twice against Man Yoo, Fulham’s Pogrebnyak (6.3 million) who had a goal against Wigan, and Stoke’s Crouch (6.6 million).
Back in monster form is Chelsea’s Drogba, but he is nursing a knee problem and there is the little matter with Barcelona. Chelsea go up against improved QPR and surging Newcastle. The Ivorian is priced at just 6.8 million. Not nearly as attractive is Sturridge, over-priced at 7.3 million. And then there is the ultimate tease, Fernando Torres at 6.6 million—always a play away from returning to his old form—something we may never see again.
For managers who have saved a few transfers, you have until Saturday morning, April 28 at 0959 (Eastern time) to make your moves. Good luck.