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Fanteam Monster Tactical Breakdown [GW36]

Welcome to this week’s Fanteam Monster article for Gameweek 36! It’s ten fixtures this time around making it even more difficult to choose from. The article looks at a couple of stacks which I like and a lot of individual options with a lot of promise.


Spurs duo

After reading the sub-heading I’m sure you know which duo I’m talking about, the most prolific one to ever grace the Premier League; Harry Kane ($7.6m) and Heung-Min Son ($7.3m).

Against a Liverpool line which is so high up the field, Son will have acres of space in which to exploit in behind. I imagine Kane will be on the other end of the move dropping in between the lines to help draw the Centre Back’s, thereby increasing his assist potential. Son will have his direct matchup against Trent Alexander-Arnold, who’s certainly had difficulties in dealing with wingers of the same profile as Son. Kane’s goal scoring potential shouldn’t be understated either with the quality he possesses.

Looking at the statistics, both are in good form and have been for a while. However, it would be a disservice to call Son’s form as of late “good”, it’s been exceptional as he’s amassed 73 points in his last six games! Given he’s statistically the best finisher in the world; his 8 goals and 2 assists in that time have come from an xGI of just 5.5.

Given the nature of this week’s monster there are so many expensive premium options and not only do this double up provide a high ceiling, but one at a very affordable price which helps facilitate the rest of the squad.

Read more: Fanteam Million Game: Picks for GW36 and Beyond

West Ham triple stack

Given their magical European run being ended in Frankfurt, I understand the argument that they will be demoralised and performances will suffer as a result. However, I expect the opposite to happen. There’s still an outside chance they can achieve a European place for next season and the fixture is enticing for two reasons.

Norwich are the worst side in the league, so naturally it’s a standout fixture already. Secondly, with Norwich already relegated and playing in front of home fans, I imagine they will want to put on a spectacle of sorts and rather than sit in a low block for the entirety of the game, play in a more expansive manner.

This gives the green light to the Jarrod Bowen ($12.1m). Using the eye test, whilst he’s classified as a Right-Midfielder he certainly operates in the half spaces a lot, especially relative to the man playing of the left side of the midfield three. With so many avenues to points, great form and his high ceiling, he’s a lock but also a consideration for captaincy.

I’ve decided to go with double defence; Aaron Cresswell ($8.4m) and Kurt Zouma ($8.0m). To reiterate, there’s so many expensive options this week so given these two assets both have high ceilings with their set piece involvement (Cresswell the taker and Zouma the recipient), it’s a very similar line of thinking to the selection of the Spurs duo.

This week is slightly different in terms of the fact there’s so many single options I like from each team, so I’ll be briefly speaking about a few:

Bukayo Saka ($13.5m) vs Leeds (H)

With Arsenal gunning for a Champions League spot, every game is of major importance to them and with Spurs playing Liverpool they will see this as a massive chance to take a huge step to ensuring qualification. Saka has been their player of the season in my opinion. Arsenal don’t score a lot of goals in attacks which he doesn’t have significant influence over. This is exactly the type of player you want as a fantasy asset.

With him taking over penalty duties (and that too very well), he’s always got a high ceiling. One thing I particularly like about this game is his matchup against Junior Firpo. With all due respect, Firpo isn’t the what most would deem Premier League quality. Saka could have a field day against him.

One word of caution, Leeds under their new manager are a very different side to the Biesla one. They won’t open themselves up nearly as much, so don’t expect the same game we saw in the return fixture earlier this season where Arsenal could have had eight goals.

Read more: GW 36 Set-piece analysis

Wilfred Zaha ($11.7m) vs Watford (H)

Zaha is certainly one of the most exciting prospects this week. He’s priced slightly below many of the other premiums which helps. He’s been in blistering form as of late in terms of the eye test, so direct, heavily involved and very disciplined with his attacking selection. By this I mean he’s consistently finding the right passes and movements in behind. Since Gameweek 26 he ranks 10th for xGI (6.3) in the league.

Watford’s fate is all but sealed, you can expect a more expansive manner of play and as such a performance which will likely threaten the Palace goal more but give the likes of Zaha far more freedom.

Cristiano Ronaldo ($9.7m) vs Brighton (A)

I’ll keep this one brief as there’s not too much substance needed to justify the selection. Again, considering the type of Gameweek this is, he’s extremely well priced and could argue even an enabler for the Liverpool/City assets.

He’s in fantastic form as of late with six goals in his last five Premier League games. With little on the line from Brighton, you can expect Potter to use his system in a mor dynamic manner and potentially rotate some players to given them opportunities.

An in-form Ronaldo is very hard to pass up on considering his ceiling. He will have an eye on individual records and I expect his shot volume to certainly be high. When he plays, he receives the ball a lot in central areas because he demands it. Against a three-back, if none of the Centre Back’s are instructed to follow him in between the lines he could certainly find some success there.

I hope this helped!

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