Gameweek 36 Fantasy Strategy

Posted by John Culea

Clive Rose/Getty ImagesHigh-scoring Michu will get two shots at finding the back of the net this week for Swansea.

Round 36 offers potentially huge rewards for fantasy managers who have saved players and can maneuver their transfers and budgets. There will be 13 matches in the week with Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, Wigan, Swansea, and WBA all having two games. Six of seven matches on opening day start at the same time giving fantasy managers a 30-minute sneak peek at the announced lineups before the week locks.

Recommended players for consideration and teams with two games are as follows:

Saturday, May 4

Swansea City -- Manchester City
This will be the first of two games for each team. A player with big upside for the week is midfielder, Michu. However, he had almost no service against Chelsea on Sunday and the team looked like it phoned in the game. Lesser Swans names are defender Ashley Williams, midfielder, Jonathan DeGuzman and goalkeeper Michale Vorm.

Manchester City players likely to feature in both games are: Forward Carlos Tevez, midfielder Yaya Toure, and defenders Pablo Zabaleta, Matija Nastasic, and Vincent Kompany. There is an injury concern with goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Tottenham -- Southampton
Spurs midfielder Gareth Bale is the best fantasy pickup for the double week. Striker Jermaine Defoe, defender Jan Vertonghen, midfielder Clint Dempsey, and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris are good candidates for multiple points. Lesser recommendations are Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor. Moussa Dembele is out injured.

WBA -- Wigan
The biggest prize for WBA is forward Romelu Lukaku. Secondary is goalkeeper Ben Foster. A strong pickup from Wigan would be forward Arouna Kone. Possibles include midfielders Jean Beausejour and James McCarthy, and defender Emmerson Boyce. Maynor Figueroa was injured on Saturday and is out for the rest of the season. Wigan players seem to be better pickups than those from Swansea because of the high emotion the Latics will have in each game as they fight off relegation.

Sunday, May 5

Manchester United -- Chelsea
Chelsea's record-breaking number of games continues on Thursday with a home Europa League semifinal match against FC Basel. So, there is Rafa Benitez's rotation question to consider. There is a full menu of delectable Chelsea players including midfielder Juan Mata, defenders Branislav Ivanovic (who did not play against Swansea) and David Luiz, forward Demba Ba, and goalkeeper Petr Cech. Less certain to play both games, are defenders John Terry, Ashley Cole, and Gary Cahil, midfielders Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard and forward Fernando Torres. (Ba cannot play in the Europa League game because he played for Newcastle in the competition.) Ramires faces a late fitness test.

Tuesday, May 7

Manchester City -- WBA
With only two days' rest between matches, there is no guarantee what Roberto Mancini's rotation will be. He's likely to play Toure, Zabaleta, Aguero, and Tevez in both games, but doubts will be on midfielder David Silva, and forward Edin Dzeko.
Steve Clarke is likely to keep what worked for him against Wigan in the Baggies second bite of the apple.

Wigan -- Swansea
Game two for each team in the week and a key to Premier League survival for Wigan.

Wednesday, May 8

Chelsea -- Tottenham
This will be the second game for each team in the week and the biggest marquee match-up of the round because of Champions League implications.

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