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First XI: Early Week 36 Picks

by Jeremy Spitzberg
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

1. Sergio Agüero (MAC) £17.95M - Not getting more than 60 minutes per match as he returns from yet another injury. So far, that's been enough time for him to accumulate points, including a goal agains West Brom. The next two fixtures for City are tough (@Crystal Palace, @Everton), but then they host Aston Villa and West Ham to close out the season. Still in the title hunt, and with a double game-week in week 37, for me, it's worth holding on to Aguero.

Note that I don't think the same about Luis Suarez. I sold Suarez back in game week 34 and don't regret the decision - yet. I was able to buy him back against Norwich because there's just so much money floating around the Yahoo! game this year. However, against Chelsea, I don't think he's worth his retail price.

And yes, I'm terrified.

2. Wayne Rooney (MAN) £22.35M - United were moribun against Everton, and it finally cost David Moyes his job. Norwich at Old Trattford, however, is a different story. I expect the players to show their pride, and their ability, and Rooney is the man here. On kicks and penalites, it should be a big day for Rooney, and I will captain him in the absence of Suarez.

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3. Lukas Podolski (ARS) £17.85M - Speaking of big days, Podolski has had two in the last two and has five goals and two assists in his last five matches. They host Newcastle, who as we've seen, are "on the beach" already and Poldi could easily add to that total.

4, Lewis Holtby (FUL) £12.15M - Back in the Fulham side after being ineligible to face Spurs and I will look to him t get back to his double-digit fantasy returns under Felix Magath. Taking kicks, and (god forbid) hosting a Hull City side that is presumably FA Cup preoccupied these days, and it looks good for another good day from ze German.

5. Chris Brunt (WBA) £13.83M - Or maybe not. This was a clear pick before Liam Ridgewell's season ended and Pepe Mel announced that Brunt would cover for him at left back. Now Brunt should still have set piece duties against West Ham, but it's hard to pick a player playing behind his listed position (the rules!). Graham Dorrans or Morgan Amalfitano could be slotted in here instead, though I'm tempted to stick with Raheem Sterling after his recent exploits and despite the matchup.

6. Peter Whittingham (CAR) £15.87M - Restored to the Cardiff City side recently in a more central role and he has flourished. On set pieces, and as we learned last weekend, on penalty kicks as well, Whittingham should do well again at Sunderland in THE relegation six pointer of all time.

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7. Aaron Ramsey (ARS) £15.62M - I have yet to have Ramsey in my side for any appreciable fantasy points haul. Just ask Neal, he'll tell you. He returned to the starting lineup last weekend and was everything Arsenal was missing - drive, creativity, and finishing. Against Newcastle... more of the same, please.

8. Marcos Alonso (SUN) £10.81M - I'll admit that I've had a soft spot for Alonso since his days with Bolton Wanderers. Returning good points, despite Sunderland's never even being close to earning a clean sheet, I'm happy to finally give him a run in my fantasy team. He attacks, and defends well enough, despite the occassional stupid foul and caution. I've held on to him this long with Sunderland's double game weeks on the horizon, so he stays in the team for another week.

9. Nacho Monreal (ARS) £8.75M - This pick is still dependent on any further injury news on Kieran Gibbs, but I would sure love to feel safe in picking Monreal. Have we mentioned Newcastle's recent struggles? Yes, Loic Remy is back, but Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse are out. You would bet on a relatively easy clean sheet for Arsenal, and Monreal would be a cheap in on those points.

10. Ryan Bertrand (AST) £1.00M - Speaking of cheap, Bertand has been a good enabler. Used sparingly, he has allowed for money to be spent elsewhere while returning fantasy points of his own. At Swansea isn't a great matchup, but there are worse, and I am looking for cash this week, even without Suarez at retail.

11. David de Gea (MAN) £8.34M - I've been on Joe Hart for so long it feels like an abusive relationship. The rough double game week in week 33 should have been it, but I stayed for the West Brom game. Now David De Gea comes in cheaper than Hart and with a double game week 37 of his own. Hosting Norwich, I'm going from blue to red, probably for the rest of the season.

Jeremy Spitzberg
Jeremy Spitzberg writes about fantasy soccer (football) and is a Rotoworld contributor. You can find him on Twitter @JSpitzberg.