The €100,000 Gameweek 38 Premier League Finale Team by Team Preview
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Later this week, I will be bringing you my team reveal (much like I have for most of the season!) along with the finer contest details around scoring and rules. However, with this week being just that bit more special, we have a team by team preview for you. If you are looking for a summary of who has it all to play for in Gameweek 38, and which players are fantasy relevant, then look no further!
Let’s break it down, shall we?
Talisman – Bukayo Saka (12.6m)
Notable players – Aaron Ramsdale (9.6m) Eddie Nketiah (11.0m)
It’s been a funny old season for Arsenal. They started really slowly, picked up mid-season, had a dip in form and have finished strongly. Their ambitions of a top 4 finish will seemingly go down to the wire, so they will have plenty to play for in GW38. They have multiple players that can be fantasy relevant, but the same players can be inconsistent when it comes to scoring. Bukayo Saka has had a strong season, though. Only 4 players have taken more shots this season, and he has 11 goals and 8 assists to his name. He’s the safest pick of the Arsenal assets.
Talisman – Philippe Coutinho (6.7m)
Notable players – Matty Cash (5.1m) Ollie Watkins (7.1m) Danny Ings (7.0m)
Aston Villa had a bit of a resurgence when Steven Gerrard took over the reins as manager. They blow very hot and cold though, and they couldn’t really have asked for a tougher game to close the season out. I have mentioned Coutinho as their talisman, as Villa’s game tends to flow through him. Scoring wise, the most consistent production tends to come from Olli Watkins or Danny Ings, depending on who gets the starting nod. The strike partnership has produced a combined 18 goals and 8 assists between them this season. Matty Cash has also had his moments from right back, and Emiliano Martinez between the sticks is about as consistent as you can get for a Goalkeeper. He ticks over, though he hasn’t been quite as impressive as he was in the 2020/21 campaign.
Talisman – Ivan Toney (9.8m)
Notable players – Bryan Mbeumo (9.3m) Christian Eriksen (8.2m)
I doubt even Brentford would have predicted a mid-table finish in their first season in the Premier League, and yet here they are! Ivan Toney carried forward his Championship scoring form this season, he’s managed to notch 12 goals and 5 assists. Since his arrival Christian Eriksen has been impressive, too. He’s only appeared in 10 games, but has 4 assists and a goal during that time. Over the course of the season, this equates to some impressive per game numbers. I’m sure Brentford will want to go out on a high and try and sneak their way into the top 10. Really impressive season from the Bees.
Talisman – Leandro Trossard (9.1m)
Notable players – Robert Sánchez (7.8m) Pascal groß (8.0m) Marc Cucurella (7.2m)
Brighton shocked us all at the start of the season, winning 6 of their first 7 games. They only lost 4 games between the season starting and the end of December in fact. Aside from their bad run of results in February and March, they may have been pushing for a top 7 finish. Leandro Trossard has shown glimpses of what he’s capable of in previous seasons, and has had arguably his most impressive campaign so far in 2021/22. He’s the versatile type who can relish in multiple roles and still finds ways to contribute. Pascal groß has finished his season well, the underlying statistics show his heavy involvement in a lot of Brighton’s attacks. West Ham at home is a tough finish to the season, but there could be some value amidst the ranks here.
Talisman – Maxwell Cornet (9.4m)
Notable players – Nick Pope (8.4m) Josh Brownhill (8.5m) Wout Weghorst (9.0m)
Burnley still need a win in their final game to stand any chance of staying up. As of writing, they trail Leeds by 1 point, but have a game in hand that could change the dynamic somewhat. The only consistent returns this year have come from Maxwell Cornet and Nick Pope. The former arrived before the transfer deadline at the end of August 2021, and he leads Burnley with 8 goals this season. Aside from Cornet, attacking returns are hard to come by with Burnley players. Nick Pope has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in fantasy scoring for the past 3-4 years. He is practically a talisman himself, only in goal. Not a huge amount of Fantasy relevance from Burnley aside from that.
Talisman – Mason Mount (13.9m)
Notable players – Reece James (12.0m) Marcus Alonso (11.5m) Kai Havertz (13.5m)
Chelsea have now guaranteed a top 4 spot thanks to Arsenal’s slip up against Newcastle. In terms of Chelsea this season, Mason Mount has been by far the Blues most consistent performer. He’s contributed with 11 goals and 12 assists this season and leads Chelsea in both categories. A lot of Chelsea’s attacks stem from their wing backs. Reece James and Marcus Alonso are about as attacking as you will find in their respective positions and both are capable of adding assists or goals on any given matchday. Kai Havertz had found some form, but seems to have regressed in recent weeks. Still, a home game against Watford to close the season out is very attractive from a fantasy perspective.
Talisman – Wilfried Zaha (8.9m)
Notable players – Conor Gallagher (8.7m) Eberechi Eze (7.3m)
Palace have been another hot and cold team throughout the season, but they have found some form at the business end. Wilfried Zaha has quietly flown under the radar, but has still managed to find the back of the net 13 times this season. He has fantasy relevance every season to be fair, largely because he also takes the penalties for Palace. This season was no exception. Conor Gallagher has also had a solid season on loan at Palace from Chelsea. He’s had 8 goals and 6 assists. Palace don’t really have anything to play for now, but anytime you play MAnchester United, there’s always an added incentive to go out and perform.
Talisman – Richarlison (7.6m)
Notable players – Jordan Pickford (6.1m) Anthony Gordon (7.0m) Demarai Gray (7.2m)
The Toffees really could have done with a win at home against Brentford to take some of the pressure off. However, they still have the advantage over Leeds and Burnley as things stand. To guarantee safety, it could well come down to their final game and it’s a tough ask to get anything away at Arsenal. Richarlison has been their catalyst of late, scoring 9 goals over the course of the season, 6 of them have come in Everton’s last 8 games. Gordon and Gray are the other key players here. They lead every other category between them in terms of chance creation and scoring opportunities. They’ve been a little tighter at the back since Frank Lampard arrived. This means that Jordan Pickford is once again a viable option. He’s a great shot stopper, so there’s always the potential for save points from a fantasy scoring perspective.
Talisman – Raphinha (9.5m)
Notable players – Jack Harrison (8.8m) Joe Gelhardt (8.3m)
After a really strong 2020/21 season, Leeds just haven’t built on their success and have massively regressed. Their playing group is largely the same, though notable long term absences to key players like Patrick Bamford have hampered them. The Brazilian Raphinha is the beating heart of the Leeds team. Of their 40 goals scored this season, he’s added 10 of them and has had a hand in almost a third of Leeds goals in total. Pending appeal, Dan James looks set to miss the season finale. Don’t worry though Leeds fans! This paves the way for the talented Joe Gelhardt to contribute. In his limited opportunities this year, he’s had 4 assists and 2 goals which isn’t bad considering he’s only appeared in the starting XI on 4 occasions. Everything else has been small cameo substitute appearances. Leeds need the win, and they have to do it on the road at Brentford.
Talisman – James Maddison (10.8m)
Notable players – Kasper Schmeichel (8.6m) Harvey Barnes (10.3m) Jamie Vardy (10.5m)
Leicester are out of reach of a top 7 finish, and will be bitterly disappointed that their European adventure came to an end. That doesn’t seem to be hampering their spirits, as they just turned Watford over 5-1 away from home. Appreciate that it’s only Watford! They close the season at home to Southampton, which is an ideal fixture for some of the assets at your disposal here. Jamie Vardy seems to be well rested and firing once again following his injury issues this year. He’s only appeared in 23 league games, but he’s scored 14 goals, pretty impressive but only what we have come to expect from Vardy. James Maddison is the clear talisman for Leicester, he’s had an impressive season with 10 goals and 10 assists to his name. Kasper Schmeichel has been one of my favourite Goalkeepers in the weekly monster contests, he racks up the save points and has the third most saves among goalkeepers this season.
Talisman – Mohamed Salah (13.7m)
Notable players – Trent Alexander-Arnold (11.7m) Sadio Mane (12.7m) Diogo Jota (13.0m)
Let’s be clear, I could quite easily list a number of players as Liverpool’s talisman, and far more players in their notable players section. They’ve had another fantastic season, consistent across the board and already have the FA Cup in the cabinet. Following Manchester City’s slip up at the weekend, Liverpool can pull to within a point of the League leaders if they win their game in hand, which you’d expect them to do. One of their most interesting players is Luis Diaz, who I haven’t mentioned above, but could play a key role in their remaining fixtures. Especially if Salah is rested due to the knock he sustained in the Cup Final this past weekend. There’s a lot of fantasy relevance in Liverpool’s side. You can target clean sheets or you can target their attack, or even a mix of the two! Either way, expect a strong showing in their final game as they attempt to push City to the wire for the Premier League crown.
Talisman – Kevin De Bruyne (13.4m)
Notable players – João Cancelo (10.8m) Raheem Sterling (13.3m) Phil Foden (12.8m)
Much like Liverpool, I could go on and on about who holds fantasy relevance in City’s side. One of the great things about GW38 is that we won’t have to guess who Pep Guardiola is including/excluding from his starting XI. Manchester City absolutely have to win to guarantee them the title (obviously dependent on results elsewhere, something of which they can’t control). If the script goes according to plan and Liverpool win their game in hand, City have to go for it in the final game and throw every bit of resource they have left to get them over the line. Expect key players like De Bruyne and Sterling to contribute, but keep an eye on the line up news!
Talisman – Bruno Fernandes (10.2m)
Notable players – David De Gea (8.1m) Cristiano Ronaldo (10.4m)
It’s another disappointing season for Manchester United. They currently sit 6th in the League and could finish as low as 7th. That’s just not acceptable for a team with the quality it has throughout. With that said, the quality just isn’t producing the goods. Bruno Fernandes has been almost ever present for them this season and has 10 goals and 7 assists to his name. I have included him as their talisman as he has a higher involvement in general play. Ronaldo is the finisher, though. He sits third in the golden boot race with 18 goals, an impressive feat at age 37 having played fewer games than Son (2nd) and Salah (1st). United needs the win this week to secure 6th place, so I expect them to go out swinging for the fences… Or am I expecting too much from this side?
Talisman – Allan Saint-Maximin (8.8m)
Notable players – Matt Targett (6.5m) Bruno Guimaraes (7.9m)
Newcastle are another side that have been galvanised by a change in manager. They looked like a team certain for the drop at one point this season. They have turned things around and finished their season relatively well all things considered, picking up 32 of a possible 51 points since the start of the year. When he plays and he’s healthy, Saint-Maximin is always a threat and an exciting player to watch. He may not always produce from a fantasy perspective, but with that said, 2021/22 has been his most productive season in the Premier League to date. Since his arrival, Bruno Guimaraes has also been a key cog in the Newcastle machine. In his 15 appearances, he has 4 goals to his name and an assist. They’ve had their issues defensively this season, but they’re a capable side, as they’ve shown since Eddie Howe’s arrival.
Talisman – Teemu Pukki (6.8m)
Notable players – Milot Rashica (5.9m) Pierre Lees Melou (5.4m)
If there was a league between the Championship and the Premier League, Norwich would probably have umpteen titles by now! The ultimate yo-yo team is once again resigned to relegation back to the Championship, no doubt to be seen again in the Premier League in a couple of years time. Teemu Pukki continues to be one of the only fantasy relevant plays from the Canaries. He has 11 goals this season, almost half of Norwich’s goals have come from him in fact. Milot Rashica has had the odd flash, but aside from Pukki, there’s just noody you can consider with any real confidence in this Norwich side. They finish the season at home to Spurs, who are chasing a top 4 finish. Less than ideal you could say for their final game in the Premier League… For now.
Talisman – James Ward-Prowse (8.6m)
Notable players – Che Adams (8.1m) Mohamed Elyounoussi (7.8m)
It’s just as well that Southampton managed to put together a good string of results in January and February, because their form since has been diabolical. They will survive relegation, but that’s exactly where their form would have taken them had there been more games to play. Despite that, James Ward-Prowse has once again put together another solid season. The England midfielder has racked up 9 goals and 6 assists. His actual passing and crossing stats are up there with some of the best players in the Premier League. He goes about his business quietly and professionally, ticking over throughout the season. He looks set to finish with a minimum of 170 fantasy points, which puts him amongst some of the League’s better players. I don’t really like much else from the Saints at the moment, but Ward-Prowse has been one of my favourite players this season.
Talisman – Heung-Min Son (14.6m)
Notable players – Harry Kane (14.3m) Dejan Kulusevski (13.8m) Hugo Lloris (11.5m)
A top 4 finish is now in Spurs’ own hands following Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle. Spurs will guarantee this with a win in their final game, of which I’m sure they will. Handily as well, I suspect. They’re playing Norwich who are the lowest scoring team in the League, and have conceded the most goals. Heung-Min Son has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers this season, and is in fact chasing his maiden Golden Boot. He has 21 goals and 7 assists to his name this season. Harry Kane is of course an obvious selection, and you can complete the triple up if you fancy the clean sheet or Kulusevski to chip in with some returns in their final game. Plenty of relevance here in terms of fantasy scoring and potential in GW38. Don’t let the pricing put you off!
Talisman – Emmanuel Dennis (6.9m)
Notable players – Ismaïla Sarr (6.2m) Moussa Sissoko (5.4m)
Much like Norwich, it is no surprise that Watford find themselves in this position once again. There isn’t a lot to like throughout the squad, though there have been some bright spots over the course of the season. Emmanuel Dennis seemingly came from nowhere, and has staggeringly been involved in 51% of Watford’s goals. Sarr possesses some threat from out wide. Between Dennis and Sarr, they have goal involvement in 72% of Watford’s goals this season. Aside from that, there isn’t a lot to like or a lot to talk about. We’ll no doubt see you again soon, Watford!
Talisman – Jarrod Bowen (9.7m)
Notable players – Michail Antonio (9.2m) Saïd Benrahma (8.8m) Aaron Cresswell (7.5m)
The Hammers have had a great season! They could finish 6th depending on the outcome of Manchester United’s final game, and of course assuming West Ham finish with a win. What’s more impressive is they have been able to remain consistent in the league despite a deep run in European competition. Jarrod Bowen has arguably been one of the most exciting breakthroughs this season. He showed promise last season, but this season he has taken the next step up. He’s comfortably been West Ham’s player of the season, with 12 goals and 17 assists in total. West Ham have some fantastic attacking players throughout their line up in fairness. Michail Antonio is out of form, but always a threat and started the season supremely well early doors. Even Aaron Cresswell offers a threat from left back, especially given his set piece ability. Lot of good options here, and a tasty final fixture against the in-form Brighton!
Talisman – Raul Jiménez (6.9m)
Notable players – Jose Sa (5.8m) Conor Coady (5.3m) Rúben Neves (6.3m)
Wolves first season without Nuno Espírito Santo at the helm has been a typical Wolves kind of season. They’ve been quite strong defensively, involved in low scoring games, with some upsets thrown in along the way. Given their offensive struggles, it’s unsurprising to see a down year for the likes of Raul Jiménez. He’s only managed 6 goals this season, which by the averages, is his worst performing season for Wolves thus far. I don’t think Jiménez has had the same service since Doherty was sold to Spurs, or since Jota departed for Liverpool. Wolves need to find a way to get the most from their star man next season if they want to kick on and challenge for European places.
I’ll be back later this week with my Gameweek 38 team reveal. Until then, enjoy the planning and research, and get building those line ups!
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