Welcome to the latest edition of AM's Players to watch. I'll be here filling in for Nik offering your usual collection of guys to target with your transfers in FPL. As always, these can be converted to work for Fantrax or Draft Fantasy leagues but feel free to @ me on Twitter if you have questions there @chuckboothsport.
We're at the business end of the season with only two chances left to improve your rank and BEWARE OF THE FRIDAY DEADLINE. It's the final Friday deadline of the season and you don't want to be left out in the cold because you forgot to make your transfers. Also, another thing to note is who has what left to play for at this point in the season. Neal Thurman wrote a good piece about the separating group of four but this week means much more to United, Chelsea, and Arsenal than it does to Tottenham. Looking at the other side of the table, Brighton can guarantee their safety this week so they'll be up to the task. In the Europa chase, Leicester, Everton, and Wolves are leading the charge with Watford close behind. Between here and Brighton's spot in the relegation race, anything could happen in these final two weeks.
Let's take a look at this week's fixtures:
Friday 3 May:
Everton vs Burnley
Saturday 4 May:
Bournemouth vs Spurs
West Ham vs Southampton
Wolves vs Fulham
Cardiff vs Crystal Palace
Newcastle vs Liverpool
Sunday 5 May:
Chelsea vs Watford
Huddersfield vs Man United
Arsenal vs Brighton
Monday 6 May:
Man City vs Leicester
We’ve got an interesting slate for gameweek 37 that could lead to some crooked numbers but also quite a few tossups that won’t be too easy to call. Tottenham essentially needs a point to secure top four but two games to get it. Wolves should bring down the wrath of Raul in order to secure their Europa League place and Cardiff will try (and likely fail) to fight for their lives. So much is on the line that it could make for a cracking slate.
Lucas Digne: DEF (Everton v Burnley): I struggled to pick just one Everton player here but Digne is the sixth highest scoring defender overall. This is despite starting his season later than all of the defenders ahead of him. The Toffees have kept four clean sheets in their last six removing the biggest worry surrounding Digne who is still an attacking threat. Burnley has been a force this season but an away game to Goodison Park is always a tough trip. Considering that Digne has always been an attacking force, the fact that Everton can keep clean sheets now makes him a very easy pick.
Wilfried Zaha: FWD ( Crystal Palace @ Cardiff): Cardiff is fighting for their lives versus a defensively sound Palace side which means, there should be room to hit the Bluebirds on the counter. Looking at Cardiff's defensive record, Zaha shouldn't see much trouble scoring. This is also a move that you can make for the final gameweek of the season as Crystal Palace ends the season with a home tie versus Bournemouth.
Diogo Jota: MID (Wolves v Fulham): How Jota is only selected by 8.9 percent of teams is beyond me. With three goals and two assists in his last five, Jota has played a massive part in Wolves’ push for Europa. Facing a suddenly tough but still defensively suspect Fulham team, Jota is in line to bag the goals and assists.
Luke Shaw: DEF (United @ Huddersfield): Huddersfield may not give up five goals again this weekend but that doesn’t mean that they’re going to score one either. Shaw picked up an assist last week, and I see him getting at least a clean sheet if not a clean sheet and an assist against the Terriers.
Captiancy Corner: Mo Salah MID (Liverpool @ Newcastle): It’s a tough week for picking a captain which means a trip back to old faithful. Fresh off bagging two goals and an assist versus Huddersfield, Salah can bag a few more especially considering that Liverpool is all but out of Champions League. Another popular choice will be Sergio Agüero or a rested Eden Hazard. If you’re looking for an outside the box captain pick, look no further than the aforementioned Diogo Jota or throw a flier at Leroy Sané. It's tough to trust Sane because no one knows when he'll start but Sane has played a large role in Manchester City's previous two games. It's the point of the season where a flier can win your mini league and selected by 7.2 percent, there aren't many bigger boom or bust guys out there.