The FPL Way Value Picks for BGW36

Posted by: @FPLKarlll

Here are The FPL Way Value Picks for Blank Gameweek 36 which commences on Friday 14th May at 18:30.

This is our third edition of the Value Picks selection; where we pick a side of 15 players (all with a low budget). This is to help you with your transfers should you need to get a budget player into your squad. This week’s team comes out at only 81.1 million.

After last week’s Double Gameweek, we find ourselves yet again at the mercy of another Blank Gameweek. So don’t forget to have Chilwell, Ihenancho, Saka, and Fernandes playing left-back on the bench this week as we’ll be without our Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal, and United assets. However, luckily you’ve come across the infinite wisdom that is The FPL Way so hopefully, our value picks can aid you in making the right moves to bring on an almighty hail of green arrows in these closing weeks.

Everton (H) vs Sheffield Utd

Everton vs Sheffield presents a huge opportunity for Everton assets hence our decision to triple up with Pickford (4.8M), Holgate (4.8M), and Sigurdsson (6.9M). We’re feeling they will be able to secure clean sheet points in this fixture and with Sigurdsson on penalties these are pretty safe value picks to hold onto. The week following the Toffees, they will go up against Wolves so their defensive assets may be of high value the next two game weeks.

Leeds (A) vs Burnley

Patrick Bamford (6.3M) had the final say with a penalty at Elland road the last time these clubs face. After finding himself on the scoresheet this GW, this takes his league goal tally to 15 goals so far in the Premier League. With the season coming to an end, I’m sure the Leeds forward has a goal or two left in him. Coming in at a price point of 6.3M, the Leeds striker is a no-brainer in any squad

Liverpool (A) vs WBA

Diogo Jota (7.0M), unfortunately, missed Liverpool’s last game vs WBA due to injury and although he has found himself blanking since GW30 he’s maintaining 3.65 Shots per 90. The Portuguese man’s quick dribbling and excellent passing could be what Liverpool require to break-down WBA’s low block.

Crystal Palace (H) vs Aston Villa

Eze (5.8M) and Mitchell (3.8M) could be two players to look at with Eze providing owners with 25 points over the past 3 game weeks. In addition to this, Aston Villa hasn’t had a clean sheet since GW27 Eze’s involvement so we may see Palace attacking returns, especially since the Villa side appears to be leaking goals recently.

Burnley (H) vs Leeds

Chris Wood (6.4M)  has been on a man on a mission as of late blanking only once since GW27 with half of Wood’s 132 FPL points this entire season coming since GW27. Somethings clearly in the water of at turf moor and with Ihenancho not playing this week. Wood is the ideal value pick replacement.

James Tarkowski (5.3M) on the other hand has also seen his fair share of returns collecting 21 points the past 4 game weeks and picking up 3 bonus points after an immense performance against Fulham, Tarkowski may be due for another colossal performance to avenge their earlier loss to wolves this season.

Southampton (H) vs Fulham

James Ward Prowse (5.9) has gained 19 points over the last 4 Gameweeks and now have Danny Ings to add to the Saint’s firepower; it’s likely he has more in store. The English international will also be eager to earn his place on the flight to the Euros this summer and with his last 3 fixtures being against Fulham, West Ham, and Leeds he may just prove his point.

Manchester City (A) vs Newcastle

Gündogan (5.9M) has gone missing since GW28 but due to a lack of minutes played rather than through effort. With an all-English Champions League final and the Premier League secured, this could see Pep rotating starters. This allows them to play more freely which could see Gündogan pressing higher up the pitch where he was able to achieve 12 goals so far this season.

Tottenham (H) vs Wolves

Eric Dier (4.6M) has improved massively under the defensive coaching work of former manager Jose Mourinho. They face Wolves who are a side still lacking firepower so a clean sheet is possibly on the cards for the English international.

Bench Picks

Philips (4.1M)

Philips returned from injury and put up another aerial masterclass in Liverpool’s clean sheet victory against the Saints. He was accompanied by the young Rhys Williams facing a pacy Saints side with Che Adam’s and Walcott. Despite these hurdles, Philips still managed to bring those 6 points to his fantasy owners. The only reason he’s featured on our bench is due to the uncertainty of Liverpool’s CB partnership with Kabak not spotted in training ahead of the Northwest derby. Otherwise, he would be a nailed Value pick starter for sure.

Mitchell (3.8M)

If you’re struggling to find funds to make a big transfer then Mitchell is the go-to defender to free up some much-needed funds. Especially with his low cost and likeliness to start. His clean sheet record is definitely a gamble, however, if you’re freeing up money to get a big player whose output might cover Mitchell’s, then he would be ideal.

Fabio Silva (5.2M)

Silva has a goal and assist in his last two games and seems to be picking up steam ahead of his trip against Spurs. He is definitely worth watching to see if this newfound form may translate into the following season.

Illan Meslier (4.7M)

Whilst Meslier managed to keep a clean sheet again Burnley at Elland Road. Burnley has managed to find the net in their last 9 games with no signs of slowing down. However, with the reaming fixtures of Southampton and West Brom, buying Meslier to bench him for the last two GW’s could be ideal to go all out for the rest of the season.

Blank Gameweek 36 Differential Picks – Fantasy Premier League

Blank Gameweek 36 Differential Picks, done The FPL Way!

Written by: Aiden Smith (@FPLCasuals)

Happy Wednesday ladies & gents and welcome back to my weekly differentials article. Wow, what a crazy swing between Gameweeks. We’ve gone from a Triple & Double Gameweek to a Blank Gameweek which has proven very hard to navigate. If you are like me and decided to triple up on Manchester United along with having triple Chelsea alongside a sprinkle of some Leicester players, then you may be in a little bit of a sticky situation! For me taking a hit is definitely on the cards and I’m absolutely fine with that.

Similar to previous Gameweeks I will be identifying five differential picks for this week’s round of fixtures. It was fairly tricky this week due to the teams that were blanking and at the point of releasing this article, all of these players were under 10% ownership. You’ll notice some of these players have just come back from injury so again I’ll be using data from the last four games played, not Gameweeks.

Ferran Torres: £6.9 – 0.8%

Fixture: Newcastle

Here we go! The one, the only Ferran Torres! I’ve been waiting all season to include him in my differentials article. As you can tell I do enjoy watching Torres play and I have been looking for an excuse to bring him into my team, I have once this season and he scored so let’s hope it can happen again.

Last Four Games:

  • xG: 0.73 xA: 0.53
  • 2 Goals & 0 Assist
  • 3 Starts
  • 17 Penalty area touches
  • 7 Goal attempts (6 in the box)
  • chances created
  • 80 Touches in the final third

Love these stats above! I’m so excited to bring him into my squad this Gameweek. City made the UCL final meaning that we know there is going to be rotation within the next few weeks and in my opinion, I really feel we could see minutes for Torres in the next few games. My reasoning for this is we can kind of predict the UCL starting 11 for City and I don’t see Torres starting. I cant see Pep risking the fitness of the likes of Mahrez, Foden & Silva as I can imagine they will get the nod.

In conclusion, I think Torres will be chomping at getting the minutes as he will want to gain some momentum for the Euros and play his way into the Spain squad. He could be your secret weapon moving forward until the end of the season!

Ben Godfrey: £5.0 – 0.8%

Fixture: Sheffield United

Godfrey has started all four of the last games. For anyone wondering if he is nailed on, he has played 90 minutes twenty-four times this season. He can play various positions across the backline and has appeared at CB & RB and has passed the eye test in both.

Last Four Games:

  • xG: 0.21 xA: 0.21
  • 0 Goals & 1 Assist
  • 2 Clean Sheets
  • 13/15 Tackles completed (86%)
  • 4 Goal conceded
  • Loose Ball: Interceptions – 6 Recoveries – 16 Clearances – 2 Blocks – 7
  • 1 Chance Created

This might be my favourite differential. When you blend the fixtures and the talent from Godfrey, I do feel like a clean sheet + bonus points is on the cards.  Looking at the next two fixtures, Godfrey plays SHU & WOV; correct me if I’m wrong, however, both these teams seem to be sat on a sunny beach sipping cocktails. As you can see from the defensive stats Godfrey is right up there for tackle completion % and loose ball situations and this means that with a clean sheet his bonus points will be nice as well.

In conclusion, at Goodison Park this year, Everton have not exactly been solid at the back keeping only 2 clean sheets all season whereas Away from home they have been much more solid. Godfrey has kept 7 clean sheets on the road this year and my point is they will want to improve that home record before the end of the season.

Stuart Armstrong: £5.5 – 0.5%

Fixture: Fulham

Stuart Armstong has been popping up all season and I feel against a wounded Fulham side he could prove to pop up again with a goal contribution. Scoring four goals and providing four assists for his team this season, he has been a thorn in the side of teams and seems to always be a threat when on the pitch. However, we have to take into account that without Ings they have looked a little blunt going forward.

Last Four Games:

  • xG: 0.31 xA: 0.14
  • 0 Goals & 0 Assist
  • 7 Penalty area touches
  • 7 Goal attempts (2 in the box)
  • 51 Mins per attempt
  • 1 chance created
  • 64 Touches in the final third

With this less than 1% ownership, this differential would be taking a risk. However, he plays FUL & LEE in his next two fixtures. He has started 3/4 games and has received 48 touches in the final third meaning he is getting into attacking positions. He ranks 4th amongst Southampton MID for xG only behind Redmond, JWP & Minamino.

In conclusion, yes you might be thinking I’m crazy, however, my job here is to go out and find some differentials with nice fixtures moving forward that I think are going to do well. I truly believe that we can see an attacking return. As mentioned they are playing a wounded Fulham side & a Leeds side we know can either be hammered or do the hammering.

Raphinha: £5.4 – 5%

Fixture: Burnley

I’m not going to sit here and do too much talking in regards to Raph as we all know exactly what he brings to the table; flair, silk & finesse. With him back from injury, I can see Leeds having a strong end to what has been a really exciting season for Leeds. I’m glad they’re staying in the PL and I’m excited to see what they bring next year. The question is will Raph be playing for them?

He ranks 8th for chances created (57) all season from every MID.

Last Four Games:

  • xG: 0.88 xA: 1.13
  • 1 Goal & 2 Assist
  • 16 Penalty area touches
  • 11 Corners taken
  • 5 Goal attempts (3 in the box)
  • 10 chances created (2 big chance)
  • 30 Mins per chance created
  • 79 Touches in the final third

Look at those stats! This bloke is such an exciting player and brings nothing but joy to the football pitch and your FPL teams. From an FPL standpoint; he has been a joy to have in my team this year and he would have stayed if he didn’t get injured. Leeds are such a forward-thinking team and it really is like a Basketball match every time they play.

In conclusion, Raph plays BUR, SOU & WBA between now and the end. I know this is a BGW36 article, however, it’s always good to keep in mind that you shouldn’t be keeping players you can keep until the end of the season. Burnley’s defensive form has dropped now that they are pretty much nailed on to play in the PL next season and they’re another one of those “On the beach” teams to target.

Michail Antonio: £6.4 – 5.5%

Fixture: Brighton

If this guy could just stay fit he would be one of the best strikers in the league. Based on the season West Ham have had, I do really think if he could stay fit he’d be right up there with the most owned players this season. The combination play that West Ham can produce is up there and he is the perfect man to get in your squad for the run-in.

Last Four Games:

  • xG: 2.76 xA: 0.36
  • 2 Goals & 2 Assist
  • 26 Penalty area touches
  • 14 Goal attempts (12 in the box)
  • 4 Big chances (50% conv)
  • chances created (1 big chance)
  • 101 Touches in the final third

Disgusting stats from a next-level baller. Antonio ranks second amongst all strikers in the last four Gameweeks for xG, only behind Chris Wood! He has proven that when even 70% fit he is scoring goals. West Ham has BHA,  WBA & SOU between now and the end of the season and he is another player I am seriously considering. West Ham scores 1.6 goals per game on average and that ranks 6th in the PL all season and have 4.2 shots on target per match which ranks 10th. He ranks 3rd for penalty area touches & 4th for total goal attempts.

In conclusion, FPL managers are going to be really split between DCL, Bamford & Antonio in my opinion. The big man Antonio is the way to go looking at the stats above


Above is our differential picks for this Gameweek. Please keep in mind that this team isn’t essentially how we would go ahead with the Gameweek, it is more a bit of fun to point out some differential picks in certain positions that you could add to your team. We wanted to continue the theme as we have provided you with an FPL Way XV Scout Picks and the Value (budget) squad that we release each week.

I do really hope you enjoyed reading and digesting this article. Good luck in the upcoming Gameweek and hopefully if you decide to go with a pick included in this article that it provides you with a nice green arrow. If you do decide to transfer in one of these players let us know in the comments below and tell us which one went with and how it went.