With the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend, choosing an FPL Gameweek 37+ captain requires an understanding of club priorities.
It was a pretty rough week for FPL managers in Gameweek 36+. Despite an array of appealing fixtures, popular FPL assets left their owners frustrated.
A Chelsea match against relegated Norwich was expected to be a slaughter, but the Blues only managed to squeak by with a lone goal from Olivier Giroud. Meanwhile, over at Turf Moor, a Wolves clean sheet was wiped out by a late penalty decision.
The Pep Roulette was also in full effect on Wednesday, with Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte all benched. It didn’t get much better as both Sterling and Mahrez were both brought on, only to blank.
Liverpool didn’t fare much better, as they lost to Arsenal 2-1, with no contributions from Mohamed Salah or Trent Alexander-Arnold.
There were certainly positives for some FPL managers. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son were instrumental in a 3-1 victory over Newcastle. While the Manchester United duo of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial once again proved clinical against an abysmal Crystal Palace.
We now head into an extended FPL Gameweek 37+ with the FA Cup semi-finals being played this weekend. Manchester City will face Arsenal, while Manchester United draw Chelsea. With a second place league finish secured, Manchester City will be fully focused on the FA Cup. Meanwhile, both Chelsea and United will need to balance the FA Cup with a top 4 finish.
As club priorities crash between FA Cup and Premier League, we look at the best FPL Gameweek 37+ Captain options.
As always, be sure to check out our FPL Captaincy Guide for more tips on selecting your FPL captain.
Anthony Martial – WHU (H)
No player has been more clinical since the break than Anthony Martial.
The Frenchman has quickly and quietly climbed the FPL points standings. Currently sitting in 6th place with 189 points, Martial has recorded an impressive 17 goals and 7 assists on the season.
However, it has been his run of form since the break that has caught the eye of FPL managers. Since returning to action in Gameweek 30+, Martial has recorded a league-best 6 goals in 7 games. Coupled with 4 assists and 7 bonus, the United star has rewarded his owners with an impressive 67 points over the stretch. That translates for an impressive 9.6 points per game for the out of position midfielder.
Now, following back-to-back goal scoring performances, Martial faces off against a West Ham side against which he has seen past success. Indeed, in the 8 previous appearances against the Hammers, he boasts a superb record of 6 goals and 4 assists.
With Manchester United fighting for a Top 4 finish in the Premier league, you can be sure that Anthony Martial will continue to get opportunities to play and contribute. This makes him an exceptional FPL Gameweek 37+ captain option.
Kevin De Bruyne – WAT (A)
It feels great to bring Kevin De Bruyne back into captaincy consideration this week.
Although it is never a certainty with Pep Guardiola, his recent rest again Bournemouth, coupled with reduced minutes the weeks prior, should be a decent indication of his availability. And while his performances over the last several games have been sub-par, we simply cannot neglect the exceptional potential of the Belgian.
Having been out of the spotlight recently, it is easy to forget that De Bruyne sits just a single point behind top spot in FPL standings (226). It has truly been a remarkable season for KDB, emphasized by an impressive 11 goals and 21 assists. His points potential is highlighted by a league-best 9 double digit hauls.
A trip to Watford suggests De Bruyne can add to his points total. In his 7 previous matches against the Hornets, the Belgian sports a cool 2 goals and 7 assists. That includes a superb result in the reverse Gameweek 6 fixture, where he scored a goal and added 2 assists for a monstrous 17 points.
Despite the recent hesitation surround Manchester City assets, it is simply dangerous to ignore what De Bruyne has done this season. With his rest out of the way, and only a handful of games remaining, it feels like his spot is secure. As a result, De Bruyne is an outstanding FPL Gameweek 37+ captain.
Raul Jimenez – CRY (H)
He’s back in the goals, and so, Raul Jimenez should be back in your captaincy considerations.
Never the big scorer, Jimenez’ appeal was never the big haul, but rather his impeccable consistency. It was a big concern then, when the Mexican international recorded 3 consecutive games without a goal. However, that stretch is now behind him. The Wolves star headlined two excellent goal scoring performances against Everton and Burnley.
The Wolves striker now sits in 3rd place among forwards in points (187), thanks to 17 goals and 6 assists. So how does he get so many points despite being listed as a forward? The answer is simple, bonus points. Jimenez has collected an impressive 33 bonus points. In fact, it doesn’t take much for him to collect full bonus. Typically, a single goal for the Wolves #9 will yield 9 FPL points.
As Wolverhampton continue to push for European football next season, Jimenez will continue to play a prominent role in their attack. A visit from Crystal Palace should provide plenty of opportunities to extend his run of form. Indeed, the Eagles have allowed 11 goals against on the back of a dreadful 5 game losing streak. This makes the reliable Jimenez an excellent defensive FPL Gameweek 37+ captain option.
Our Pick: Anthony Martial
While we love the explosiveness of De Bruyne, and the reliability of Jimenez, our pick is Anthony Martial. Manchester United still have a lot to play for, and the Frenchman is an absolute lock in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. With Martial and United both firing, the points ceiling is simply too high to pass up on.
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