The Premier League games have been coming thick and fast recently, which means only one thing – fantasy football seasons are being made and broken on a day-by-day basis.
With three weeks remaining there’s still enough time to make a late push or cement your place on top of your mini-leagues, but a reduced fixture list could play havoc on your squad this weekend.
The FA Cup semi-finals mean that there’s only seven Premier League games on the slate, so it’s vital that you adjust your pieces accordingly.
Injuries are also mounting up, so there’s plenty to think about this week.
Here are all the hints and tips you’ll need to make the most out of your team this week.
Blank fixture list
We’ll kick-off with the teams who aren’t playing this week.
Manchester United, Everton, Crystal Palace and Watford are all strutting their stuff under the arch at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals, so you’ll need to adjust accordingly.
In addition to that, West Ham and Norwich can put their feet up as their fixtures have been rearranged to accommodate the semi-finals.
Plenty of fantasy managers will be scratching their heads after two of the Premier League’s in-form strikers were ruled out for this week – and possibly more.
Liverpool’s Divock Origi was chopped down by Ramiro Funes Mori in the Merseyside derby and could be set to miss the rest of the season, while Jamie Vardy sits this week out following his red card and has the possilibilty of an extended ban hanging over his head.
Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois is also suspended.
Favourable match-ups of the week
West Brom appear to be twiddling their thumbs and waiting for the season to end, so it may be wise to go big on Tottenham players ahead of their Monday night clash.
Spurs will either go into the weekend’s final fixture needing to keep the pace with Leicester should the Foxes win, or will have the chance to close the drop, should the Foxes drop points against Swansea.
Big names, bandwagons to avoid
It goes without saying that you should avoid the teams not playing this week if you can, but it’s worth bearing in mind that Manchester City have a Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night to contend with, so Manuel Pellegrini may opt to rest some big names.
Bojan Krkic gets the nod this week, after a productive few weeks for Stoke. The striker is still available on the cheap following his stop-start season and could get some joy from what may be a second-string back-line at Manchester City in the weekend’s early game.
Who to captain
Harry Kane is in irresistible form at the moment, so could well be the man to hand the armband to, against a West Brom side with very little to play for.
Or, perhaps you want to get Daniel Sturridge in your side. With Divock Origi joining Christian Benteke on the sidelines, the England man will likely be given the main striking duties for the foreseeable future.
It’s back to the normal ten-game slate of fixtures next week, but week 37 sees yet more teams double booked, with the likes of West Ham, Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea all turning out twice, so bear that in mind.
Injuries, doubts etc
Here’s a full low down on who is expected to be missing this weekend and who is facing a late battle for fitness:
Out: Jenkinson, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky
Doubts: Flamini, Gibbs, Wilshere
Out: Amavi, Agbonlahor
Out: Smith, Mings, Arter, Afobe, Butcher
Out: Courtois, Zouma, Terry, Remy
Crystal Palace (No fixture)
Out: Hangeland, Gayle, Chamakh
Everton (No fixture)
Out: Coleman, Funes Mori, Browning, Rodriguez
Doubts: Jagielka, Hibbert, Barry
Out: Dyer, James Vardy
Out: Gomez, Can, Henderson, Rossiter, Benteke, Origi, Ings
Out: Silva, Evans
Doubts: Sagna, Clichy, Nasri
Man Utd (No fixture)
Out: Shaw, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Keane
Out: Elliot, Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Haidara, Toney
Doubts: Mbabu, Gouffran, Marveaux
Norwich (No fixture)
Out: Kean, Klose, Tettey
Doubts: Martin, Wisdom
Out: Austin, Seager
Out: Butland, Johnson, Pieters, Wilson, Shaqiri, Walters
Out: Gilmartin, Hoban
Out: Morrison, Brunt
This post was written by Fantasy iTeam