Fantasy Premier League – GW36 Transfer Activity
Written by: FPLijah
The biggest Double Gameweek of the season is upon us, with many managers activating their remaining chips, such as the Wildcard, Free Hit, Bench Boost, or Triple Captain. Gameweek 35 saw a huge swing in points, especially in terms of captaincy, with some managers having their worst gameweek in their entire FPL history, and some flying up the ranks with a few players standing out in particular, and in this article, we will try our very best to distinguish whether it’s worth bringing in some of those players or is it time to finally get rid of the deadwood and unreliable players in our squads, for those with juicy Double Gameweek 36 Fixtures and beyond.
The graphic above is quite detailed, as it shows when the remaining teams from the Premier League are still to play in other competitions, which will help us make calculated decisions on rotation and reduced minutes, especially when it comes to us making transfers. With 12 teams doubling in Gameweek 36, it’s safe to say that FPL managers are extremely active at present. The focus of this article, in particular, is transfer activity, and using the Official Fantasy Premier League website, at the time of writing this article, these are the Top 5 most transferred in and most transferred out players ahead of Double Gameweek 36:
Just like in Gameweek 35, the forward’s spot is the most sought-after ahead of Gameweek 36, with many chopping and changing to get the perfect forward line. Budget enablers like Nketiah allow for a stronger midfield and defense, which is especially vital to those FPL managers using a chip this gameweek, such as the Free Hit, Wildcard, or Bench Boost. Let’s go through each player amongst the Top 5 transfer activity and assess whether we should invest (in the case of transfers in) or jump onto the bandwagon of selling the most transferred out players as well.
Top Transfers IN this Gameweek:
- Jesus (Price: £8.6m; Ownership: 9.4%)
After his 4 goals and 1 assist in Manchester City’s 5-1 win against Watford, at the Etihad Stadium, resulting in a massive 24-pointer for Gabriel Jesus, many FPL managers decided to jump onto the Manchester City forward. He then played in the UEFA Champions League against Real Madrid, which basically ensured that he’d be benched in GW35, but to our surprise, he started yet again and scored another goal (we can never truly predict ‘Pep Roulette’) – However, he still isn’t an FPL asset that I personally would advise bringing in from now until the end of the season, or even just for Gameweek 36 alone as there are 2 fixtures for Manchester City. I just can’t see him being a reliable asset for that price tag, based on his predicted minutes. If we go all the way back to Gameweek 24, Jesus has only featured in 6 matches out of 11 in the Premier League, and his exact playing time is even more worrying, playing just 308 minutes out of a possible 990 minutes. There is another argument though based on recent games. Jesus has started Manchester City’s last 4 games, including both legs of the Semi-Final in the Champions League, which shows that he may have broken into the Pep’s strongest team. He was substituted early in the second leg of their UCL tie, which begs the question, is he reliable to start both fixtures in DGW36? I still have doubts. I wouldn’t sell him if you already own him, but I wouldn’t transfer him in. Gabriel Jesus is more of a 1 gameweek punt, suitable when using the Free Hit in a Single Gameweek.
- Nketiah (Price: £5.5; Ownership: 5.0%)
Priced at just £5.5m, Nketiah offers a budget enabling role in our squads, allowing for money to be spread into the defense and midfield, especially to those FPL managers on a Wildcard, Free Hit, or playing their Bench Boost in GW36. Nketiah isn’t just an option to come off our benches, but instead, he’s a starter. He was not an FPL asset we may have considered bringing into our teams prior to the last few gameweeks, due to rotation and massively reduced minutes, but he has started Arsenal’s last 4 fixtures, which included games against Chelsea (in which he scored 2 goals in) and Manchester United, showing his importance in attack if Arsenal is to secure a Top 4 spot. In the last fixture in GW35, he took a total of 6 shots and was unfortunate to come away with just 1 point. A Double Gameweek in Gameweek 36 for Arsenal, which includes a fixture against Leeds and a must-win game against Spurs, in which I fully expect Nketiah to start both fixtures as the furthest man forward in attack for Arsenal (along with Saka). A double-figure haul is possible for the budget enabling forward.
— Eddie Nketiah 📞 (@EddieNketiah9) May 1, 2022
- Richarlison (Price: £7.5m; Ownership: 7.0%)
Everton is fighting for survival and Richarlison is their biggest threat in attack. A huge win against Chelsea in Gameweek 35, saw Richarlison score the winner, then come off injured, and at risk of being banned for throwing a flare into the crowd. In the last day or so, it has been speculated that he will not be banned, and will receive a warning, as well as a fine. With regards to his injury, reports have come out earlier that he is fine and fit for DGW36. Everton have 2 amazing double gameweeks in a row, and if you can find the money to bring in Everton’s target man, I would advise that you do. In the last 6 gameweeks, Richarlison ranks 1st for shots, shots on target, shots inside the box and for expected goals in the Premier League amongst all players. He is single-handedly helping Everton avoid relegation this season. He faces 2 very open defenses against Leicester and Watford in Gameweek 36, and is legitimately a captaincy option. A huge differential as well, at just 7% ownership.
- Alonso (Price: £5.7m; Ownership: 13.3%)
Everton beating Chelsea in GW35 has definitely helped the case of owning Chelsea players. 2 more wins would seal a Top 4 spot, with Arsenal and Tottenham hot on the heels of Chelsea. Doubt still creeps in when thinking of transferring in their players, since they play Liverpool in FA Cup final, giving their players just 2 days of rest time after their second DGW36 fixture against Leeds United. If Chelsea wins against Wolves in their first fixture, I foresee rotation and reduced minutes to all key players, since Arsenal and Spurs face each other in Gameweek 36 as well. Due to doubt over minutes, I wouldn’t advise bringing in Chelsea players, but if you already own Alonso, you keep him. The rotation doubt is such a shame as Chelsea has 2 amazing fixtures and is predicted to keep back-to-back clean sheets. Alonso is definitely the better option between himself and Reece James, based on price, likely position, rotation, and attacking threat in recent gameweeks. 2 goals and 1 assist in the last 5 gameweeks for ‘GOALonso,’ but like I said, his minutes will be situational dependent.
- Dennis (Price: £5.9m; Ownership: 28.4%)
Dare I say that we may fall into the Watford forward trap again due to their Double Gameweek 36 fixtures. Dennis seemingly lost his spot to the in-form Cucho, however, due to an injury to Cucho, Dennis has come back into the picture, starting in the last 3 fixtures for Watford and playing a full 90 minutes, scoring 1 and assisting 1 as well. Watford is all but relegated (not official yet, but it’s very likely to happen). They would want to go out with a bang and if they are scoring, Dennis will likely be involved. I would still go for the cheaper budget enabler in Nketiah as my forward option, or if you have the extra money, I’d still opt for Teemu Pukki from Norwich based on his form, but if you are to bring in Dennis, he has good fixtures from now until the end of the season, as well as a good set Double Gameweek 36 fixtures.
— TheMightyBlues (@MightyBluesYT) May 5, 2022
Top Transfers OUT this Gameweek:
- Toney (Price: £6.9m; Ownership 17.2%)
After going on an amazing run of form, scoring 6 goals and 2 assists in just 5 gameweeks, Toney has since dropped off massively. In the last 3 fixtures, he has played every minute, but has blanked in all 3. Some could say we’re being a tad harsh, as his 2 last fixtures were against Spurs and Manchester United, but in all honesty, those were fixtures that I would’ve backed him to score in. Am I surprised that people are selling? Not at all, since Brentford has lost form, and has no double gameweek in either Gameweek 36 or Gameweek 37, with many alternative forward options that do. Brentford are safe from relegation, with not much to play for, I see the appeal of selling their players if you do own them. Ivan Toney however would be an amazing punt in GW38, as he looks to impress ‘bigger clubs’ for a move away. It wouldn’t surprise me if he scores in his remaining 3 fixtures, but with no Double Gameweek, I’d sell for Gameweek 36.
- Reguilon (Price: £5.1m; Ownership 8.6%)
Not much to speak about here, as Reguilon is injured and has an unknown return date at present. At £5.1m, you could do a lot with that money by selling.
Sergio Reguilón ➡️ Gerard Moreno ⚽️
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) May 3, 2022
- White (Price: £4.6m; Ownership 14.8%)
If going for an Arsenal defender, Gabriel would be my go-to option, if you have just a little more money in the bank to afford him, scoring the most goals of any defender in the Premier League this season that plays in the CB position. White is currently injured and has a 75% chance of featuring in the first fixture of DGW36. If fit, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him feature in Arsenal’s second game. Without other issues in your squad, I would sell him for a defender that guarantees you 2 starts in Gameweek 36.
- Borja (Price: £5.4m; Ownership 9.7%)
Nketiah is everything we thought Broja would be. A budget enabling forward that is attacking and starts games. Unfortunately for those that owned Armando Broja, patience is no longer an option with the season reaching its end. Broja hasn’t scored a goal since Gameweek 24, and in recent gameweeks, has become a complete rotation risk. He is an easy sell, with Nketiah, Pukki, and Dennis being much better options for DGW36 and until the end of the season.
- Antonio (Price: £7.4m; Ownership 25.6%)
My opinion on Antonio from the Transfer Activity article in GW35 has still not changed, and I will reiterate what I’ve said previously. I am quite surprised that Antonio has made the list of most transferred out players yet again ahead of Gameweek 36, as I would’ve expected the vast majority of his ownership to come from inactive FPL accounts that started playing at the beginning of the season and just lost interest. Antonio last scored a goal in Gameweek 21 and with West Ham’s focus being the Europa League, Antonio should 100% be sold from your team if you shockingly still own him. There are many options going forward for his price and cheaper. Richarlison would be my direct replacement for Antonio.
That sums up my opinion on the Top 5 Transfer Activity for GW36. Look out for more articles by myself (FPLijah). Key Notes and Lessons Taken from GW35, as well as Captaincy are other articles for GW36. ‘How to Approach the End of Season Run-In’ is definitely worth a read as well, which is applicable for every Gameweek from now until the end of the season.
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