First Team 16/05/2018

FPL Review: Gameweek 38

By Sachin Dholakia

Last year's highest ranked Fantasy Premier League Hornet reviews the latest weekend of Fantasy Premier League action.

The FPL season ended in defeat for the Golden Boys as they succumbed to a 1-0 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game in the first half as the Hornets were unable to make the most of their chances. 

Richarlison came closest for the away side, forcing an excellent save from Sergio Romero just before the break.

Sergio Romero pulled a save out of the top drawer to deny Richarlison

Elsewhere in the league, it was defenders who finished the season strongly as Andy Robertson (18 points) and Patrick van Aanholt (18) scored a goal and created an assist in addition to their clean sheets to be the highest scorers of Gameweek 38.

Erik Lamela (16) was the star man for Tottenham as they beat Leicester 5-4 in a thrilling match to end their season at Wembley.

Harry Kane couldn't quite nick the Golden Boot

Harry Kane (12) also contributed with a brace but was unable to catch Liverpool’s Mo Salah in the race for the golden boot.

West Ham’s excellent run continued with a 3-1 win over Everton at the London Stadium; Manuel Lanzini the pick of the bunch with two goals.

Abdoulaye Doucouré ended the 2017/18 season as the top Watford points scorer with 136 points, as he increased his value up to a peak of £5.5 from £5.0 over the season. The Frenchman scored seven goals and contributed with four assists and was a budget favourite for FPL managers around the world.

Abdoulaye Doucouré was the Hornets best performer this season

Richarlison was unable to replicate his early form in the season but finished with an impressive five goals and eight assists*, while Roberto Pereyra ended with a bang after his return from injury with three goals and an assist in the final seven games.

Liverpool’s Mo Salah's explosive return to the Premier League saw the Egyptian become the highest overall points scorer by over 70 points and the first player to break the 300 point barrier in FPL. With a price increase over the season of £1.6, managers will be keeping a close eye on his starting price for next season.

Congratulations to Ed Marchant!

Congratulations to Ed Marchant, who held firm to win the Watford global league by eight points, and finish 61st in the world! Despite a final day scare from Glyn Francies, goals from Harry Kane and Mo Salah were enough to claim the title. Congratulations to everyone who finished in the top 10!

(* as defined by FPL’s scoring system)

End of Season Awards

Abdoulaye Doucouré won the Player of the Season award, as voted for by the fans, and the Players' Player of the Season award

Top Points Scorer

Mohamed Salah returned and took the Premier League by storm in the 2017-18 campaign

Mo Salah (Liverpool, £10.6). The Egyptian ended the season on nearly 60% ownership and success for managers was defined by how early they had him in their team. With 32 league goals and 12 assists, it’s the most points a single player has achieved in a season.

Most Improved Player

Raheem Sterling scored a career-best 18 league goals

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, £9.1). Not many expected the Manchester City winger to score 18 goals and create 17 assists, and his value continued to rise as the season went on.

Biggest Disappointment

Alexis Sánchez failed to launch after moving to Old Trafford from the Emirates

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal / Manchester United, £11.4). A former FPL favourite, the Chilean was unable to replicate that form with only 9 goals over the season and just 2 after his move to Manchester United in the January transfer window. 

Best Value For Money

The Seagulls' midfielder was at the centre of everything good for Brighton

Pascal Groß (Brighton, £5.9). A breakout year for the Brighton midfielder saw him score 7 goals and provide 8 assists despite his initial £5.5 price tag. Along with Doucouré, was a popular budget midfielder to free up funds for more expensive players.

Best Individual Performance

The less said about this game, the better!

Mo Salah (Liverpool vs Watford). The Golden Boys were unable to cope with Salah in their meeting at Anfield at March as the Egyptian scored four goals to cement his status as a must-have in your Fantasy team.

Enjoy the break and best of luck for next season, FPL managers!

First Team 16/05/2018

Loan Lads: Zárate On Target

Mauro Zárate ended the second term of the Argentine season with a goal, as he netted in a 1-1 draw with Argentinos Juniors in the Primera Division.

Watford's flair forward scored with a superb cross shot towards the right post of Argentinos' goal keeper Lucas Chávez.

Zárate ends the league season with seven goals in 12 appearances, but now has the first round of the Copa Argentina to look forward to this Friday, when El Fortín play Central Ballester.



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Malaga continued their dismal run since being relegated, losing 4-1 away to Espanyol, with Isaac Success getting 80 minutes under his belt.

Pontus Dahlberg too had a weekend to forget, as IFK Göteborg lost 2-0 at home against Norrkoping.

Meanwhile, there was a return to winning ways for RC Lens, and a return to the fold for Brice Dja Djédjé, as the right-back played 88 minutes in a final-day 2-1 win over Auxerre.