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FPL experts: How to make a final surge in Gameweek 38

25 May 2023
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane

Some of the world's best Fantasy managers discuss strategies for the final Gameweek of the season

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Ahead of the last Gameweek of 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League, The Scout's panel of experts share tips on how to finish strongly and end up in the best possible position in mini-leagues.

Gianni Buttice (@GianniButtice)

If you're discounting your overall rank and playing only for mini-league success then your game play could be quite rogue this weekend. In the past, I have been top of my mini-league by 30 points and taken a -12 to bring in all the players my rivals owned who could hurt me. It's far from a normal strategy I would use, but needs must on the final day!

Nick Harris (@WGTA_Nick)

Gameweek 38 isn't a week to take big points hits. It can be a lucky dip of a Gameweek depending on rotation. The best sides to target are those with plum home fixtures against teams that have nothing to play for.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@Zophar666)

Every team likes to put on a show in front of their home fans on the final day. I generally target teams who are playing at home against opponents who are either already safe or relegated. Crystal Palace fit the bill perfectly. The Liverpool match against Southampton also appeals. Saints will likely want to go out on a high and might leave plenty of spaces for Liverpool's attackers to get behind.

Pras (@Pras_FPL)

It is very hard to predict who does well in one Gameweek as outcome variability can be high. Therefore I generally don't tend to take hits. I make sure I am simply fixing the weakest link in the XI. It's less about which punt you want and more who you want to lose (maybe a non-starter?), and looking for their best replacement instead.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

The final Gameweek of the season can throw up many challenges for FPL managers. Targeting the teams with something to play for hopefully means that rotation hits your FPL team less. Leeds United, Leicester City and Everton could be good teams to target as they will all have to aim to win.

At the other end of the table, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa both have to win to secure European football so they are good strategic picks too. I'd also recommend a sneaky look at the teams behind you in your mini-leagues and try to work out what your opponents might do. This gives you the opportunity to counter them. 

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

There are certain teams who have real momentum and increased desire heading into the final day. The best strategy is to target them. Palace will surely want to see Roy Hodgson off in style. With Nottingham Forest now safe, their foot will be off the gas, so have a look at Eberechi Eze (£5.6m) in the Palace midfield. Leeds also HAVE to win against Spurs at home, so the high line they'll employ will be a risky one against a Spurs team who are excellent on the counter-attack. Son Heung-min (£11.5m) and Harry Kane (£11.4m) could profit nicely as they try to secure a European spot. 

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