AM's Players To Watch - Gameweek 35

Nik Argiropoulos
Nik Argiropoulos prepares us for the potentially pivotal double-gameweek 35 with a run through of the fixtures and the best fantasy assets to own.
Nik Argiropoulos prepares us for the potentially pivotal double-gameweek 35 with a run through of the fixtures and the best fantasy assets to own.

Welcome to AM's Players To Watch for Gameweek 35. As long-time readers of my columns will know, my advice in seasons gone by had revolved around games that would allow you to make unlimited transfers each gameweek, selecting an entirely new 11 players if you so wished. Unfortunately Yahoo Fantasy Premier League is a glorious but distant memory, while Togga, sadly, was not able to return for this campaign which put an end to the Perfect XI column I'd been penning for the past two years.

From now on I'll be a bit more general in my advice. Whether you're playing Official FPL, FPL or Fantrax Draft, Fantrax Salary Cap, Sky Sports, The Sun, The Telegraph or any number of other the fantasy games available to fans each season, I'll be offering my top picks for the week ahead, mixing "must-haves" with hunch picks and players flying under the radar. Hopefully this will offer something for everyone, whether you're considering captain options, looking to make a transfer or pick up a free agent in draft.

Let's not talk about the disaster that was Gameweek 34. I'm never trusting Brighton again. On to 35 ...

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Saturday 20 April
Man City v Spurs
Bournemouth v Fulham
Huddersfield v Watford
West Ham v Leicester
Wolves v Brighton
Newcastle v Southampton

Sunday 21 April
Everton v Man Utd
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Cardiff v Liverpool

Monday 22 April
Chelsea v Burnley

Tuesday 23 April
Spurs v Brighton
Watford v Southampton

Wednesday 24 April
Wolves v Arsenal
Man Utd v Man City

Double Gameweek klaxon! Eight teams play twice: Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Wolves, Watford, Southampton & Brighton so we'll mainly focus on players from these sides (not Brighton though). It's worth pointing that Chelsea (v Burnley), Liverpool (@ Cardiff) and Bournemouth (v Fulham) all have tasty fixtures and so the odd single player may also be worth considering. Based on this, here are the players ....

Andre Gray (FW - Watford - @ Huddersfield, v Southampton) - Stop laughing at the back! This spot was nailed down for Troy Deeney until the striker had another brain fade against Arsenal and got himself suspended for three matches. With doubts remaining over Gerard Deulofeu’s fitness this leaves Andre Gray as the only viable Watford attacking option for their two attractive fixtures against Huddersfield and Southampton. Gray should lead the line, and may even take on penalty duty for the Hornets, so he's currently slotted in as my third striker and main differential.

Heung Min-Son (MF - Tottenham - @ Man City, v Brighton) - Follow the form. Despite Lucas Moura's hat-trick heroics in Gameweek 34, Heung Min-Son remains Tottenham's biggest goal threat in the absence of Harry Kane. While the trip to Manchester City will be tough once again, he's already proved he can trouble the Premier League leaders on the biggest stage of all, and then, of course, it's Brighton at home.

Matt Doherty (DF - Wolves - v Brighton, v Arsenal) - While Matt Doherty has struggled to keep up with his ridiculous early season fantasy form - and has even found himself benched on occasions - I still feel he's the best defensive option for the double gameweek. Wolves have two home fixtures and rotation seems unlikely now that the FA Cup dream has gone, so there's a decent chance of one clean sheet, and potentially attacking returns in both matches.

Raheem Sterling (MF - Manchester City - v Spurs, @ Man Utd) Follow the form #2. Raheem Sterling did not deserve to be on the losing side after his scintillating performance in midweek and had Sergio Agüero stayed onside we would've been talking about one of the greatest hat-trick's in Champions League history. The attacker has 12 goals in his last 10 appearances in all competitions and will surely perform over the double-week as City look to bounce back.

Ben Foster (GK - Watford - @ Huddersfield, v Southampton) - The first goalkeeper EVER to feature in this column and with good reason. Ben Foster could easily return two clean sheets given the fixtures and has been in excellent form (if you ignore his error against the Gunners.) Don't let us down Benjamin.

Captain Choice: Raúl Jiménez (FW - Wolves - v Brighton, v Arsenal) - If I go through with it, this would be the third time this season that Jiménez takes the captain's armband for my own FPL side. We've mentioned Wolves have two home fixtures including one against Brighton, and have shown fine form in front of the Molineux faithful over the course of the season. The hope is that the Mexican forward helps himself to a couple of goals at least over the course of the gameweek.

Honourable mentions Inc. single gamers - Andrew Robertson, Maya Yoshida, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ryan Fraser, Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Aaron Ramsey, Sadio Mane, Jamie Vardy, Callum Wilson, Marcus Rashford, Pierre-Emerick AubameyangSergio Agüero

That's it for Gameweek 35. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the new season. If you have any questions about a specific player or your own fantasy team then feel free to post them in the comments below or hit me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I will get back to you.

Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.

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