Transfer possibilities include the following players:
Tim Krul, Newcastle goalkeeper: Krul has a home match against Manchester City and an away match with Everton. Krul gave up four goals against Wigan on the road; however, against Chelsea on Wednesday he recorded a clean sheet at Stamford Bridge. The Magpies appear to have shaken off the pressure in their attempt to secure a Champions League berth. However, Everton is playing loose and with Jelavic on a scoring binge, the Newcastle nets may be breached often.
Joe Hart, Manchester City goalkeeper: There is a question about the fitness of Hart who injured his ankle in the final minute of the game against Man Yoo. Hart missed a training session but is determined to be on the pitch against Newcastle. Since a draw would be positive, City will be in a defensive mode against the Magpies in hopes of securing the Premier title. With that said, there is a certain Mr. Cisse who has scored 13 goals in 12 matches for Newcastle, including one that footie fans are still wondering how he pulled it off.
Manchester City close out the season at home against woeful, sterile QPR. Hart seems the preferred GK if not for Round 37, certainly for Round 38.
Nikica Jelavic, Everton forward: The Blues will be taking target practice at Wolves in Round 37, so Jelavic is definitely a keep for that week. However, thought should be given to transferring him out in Round 38 when Everton host Newcastle. The Magpies will be at General Quarters offensively and defensively for the final game of the season and a chance to get their Champions League spot for next season. Cisse, Ba, Cabaye, and Ben Arfa will be pulling out all the stops on the final Sunday and Krul will be working extra hard to make saves in the net. If possible, keep your final transfer dry until the day before Round 38.
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United forward: Rooney and Man Yoo will be desperate to win and score goals at Old Trafford against Swansea City and on the road against Sunderland, so #10 is an almost must to be on your roster for both games.
Carlos Tevez, Manchester City forward: Carlito started against Man Yoo and played fairly well without scoring, but the road match with Newcastle is a dodgy proposition and Tevez is a striker you might consider dropping. However, depending how things look for Round 38, Tevez would be considered a must to be in the lineup against pathetic QPR for the final match at home.
Careful consideration should be given to any Fulham player on your roster for the final game of the season. The Cottagers go cross-town to play Spurs and even with their first result ever at Anfield, if their colossal failures on the road continue, their players seldom score with bags packed and are known to be beaten like a rented mule by the home side.
Robin van Persie has a chance to clinch the Golden Boot award against two relatively easy opponents who have nothing to play for. The Gooners play Norwich City at home in Week 37 and then are on the road against WBA to close out the season.
Chelsea players are involved in several scenarios. The loss against Newcastle virtually doomed RDM from trying to secure a Champions League berth for next season through the Premier League so he must have as strong a lineup as possible for the Champions League final on May 19. However, there is the “little” matter of the FA Cup Final on Saturday, May 5. Injuries and suspensions make the player selection anything but certain. The Blues play at Liverpool in Week 37 and home against Blackburn for the last game of the Premier season, so it might be best to let other managers sweat it out with Chelsea players on their rosters.
One of the easiest schedules for the final two games of the season belongs to Stoke who play QPR away and Bolton at home. That would seem to bode well for defenders Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross and the offensive possibilities for Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome. Even so, the Potters, secure in mid-table and gassed from a long domestic and Europa season, will be against two teams fighting to survive and play another season in the topflight league.
Note: Week 36 was a good one for Sir John’s Lads. I transferred out Leighton Baines and brought in John Terry. I dropped Wayne Rooney and acquired Nikica Jelavic and designated Van der Vaart as my captain and put Valencia on the bench. The result: 120 points. However, that was then and Saturday begins a new round. I have two remaining transfers and more than four million in budget for the final two rounds. As we all know, the best laid plans of fantasy managers can disintegrate like flatulence in the wind. Good luck to all.