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FPL experts: How to finish on a high in Gameweek 38

18 May 2024

Some of the world's top managers on the players and teams to target for the FINAL time in 2023/24 Fantasy

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The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts give their thoughts on who to bring in ahead of the Gameweek 38 (GW38) deadline of 2023/24 at 14:30 BST on Sunday 19 May.

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

Three from both Manchester City and Arsenal are obvious targets. I like Leandro Trossard (£6.5m) as an alternative pick to go with an Arsenal defender, and either Bukayo Saka (£8.9m), Kai Havertz (£7.5m) or Martin Odegaard (£8.6m). Josko Gvardiol (£5.1m), Phil Foden (£8.5m) and Erling Haaland (£14.2m) look the obvious Man City picks, but I'd be happy to have Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) and would captain him in the hope of a big rank move.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace and Chelsea players look the most interesting, notably Cole Palmer (£6.3m), Nicolas Jackson (£7.0m), Michael Olise (£5.7m), Eberechi Eze (£6.0m) and Jean-Philippe Mateta (£5.0m).

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

I'm sure Liverpool will want to see Jurgen Klopp off with a win, so I'll be looking to add Luis Diaz (£7.6m), Cody Gakpo (£7.1m) or Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m) to my ranks - Mohamed Salah (£13.4m) will be out of reach for me financially, but if you can get him at 23 per cent ownership he'll be like having a differential. GW38 is all about risk and reward, if you have a target in mind, think about bringing in differential players who will be able to get you there by differentiating your team from your rivals. 

Nick Harris (@WGTA_Nick

The best way to attack GW38 is to go for low ownership players who have easy fixtures, while players such as Alexander-Arnold, Trossard and Brennan Johnson (£5.8m) at Tottenham Hotspur could all be interesting differential picks for the final week. 

Gianni Buttice (@GianniButtice)

Most of the best attacking team's of late, have good home fixtures with plenty of attractive attacking assets. Build the final-day narrative of your choice, but I am hoping for big scorelines at Emirates Stadium, Anfield and Selhurst Park. This is why Havertz, Salah and Olise are high on my wish-list. With my two Free Transfers, I am likely to bring two of them in, even if that means selling good assets like Bruno Fernandes (£8.5m) and/or Son Heung-min (£9.9m).

Pras (@Pras_FPL)

GW38 is a good week to go for upside attackers given the volume of goals we typically tend to see. Luckily both Man City and Arsenal will have something to play for, so expect first XIs. Saka, Havertz and even Trossard are good options. Picking in-form attackers like Olise, Mateta and Eze would be too. I'm especially happy to back home teams even though they may have not much to play for - so Liverpool and Chelsea attackers are good last Gameweek punts.

Harry Daniels (@FPL_Harry)

GW38 transfers depends on what your goal is for the final day, and whether you are chasing or protecting ranks and mini-leagues. If you are holding, going for Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Man City are the best bets. If you are chasing, looking at teams with lower ownership but playing well like Palace and Liverpool who could offer nice differentials, as well as playing at home. 

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

How you manage GW38 will depend on whether you are winning your mini-league or chasing, and whether you are happy with your overall rank. For those leading the charge, staying invested in Man City and Arsenal and being more conservative with their transfers will be key. If you are in this position, try to avoid points hits and strengthen the weakest player in your starting XI with your transfers. If you are chasing, however, now could be the best time for a risky pick. Consider who those ahead of you don't have as well as the players with the best form, fixtures and motivation on the final day. 

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