Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 37: Players with Doubles Worth Considering

Hemant Dua@hemant_duaCorrespondent IIMay 2, 2014

Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea plays against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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With Gameweek 37, the penultimate one of the season, on the horizon, it's now or never for Fantasy Premier League aficionados. There isn't a lot of time left for those looking to make a significant rise up the global ladder.

Even so, a fantastic opportunity presents itself this week. Six teams have a double fixture in GW 37, and an astute fantasy manager would be looking out, in particular, for players set to feature twice over this period.

While many may see this as a splendid time to draft in players such as Sergio Aguero, Juan Mata and Yaya Toure, a competent manager would also be keeping a close eye on possible sources of differentials.

Speaking of differentials, there are a fair few players with low ownership worth strong consideration. Here we look at three players who fall in the aforementioned category and could be set to yield handsome returns from their doubles.

Connor Wickham (Sunderland)

Opponents: Manchester United (A), West Bromwich Albion (H)

Price: £4.7m

Selected by: 2.3 percent

Connor Wickham's overall Premier League tally presently stands at six goals, but it's worth noting that he's notched up five of those in his last three appearances for the Black Cats. He also has an assist over that particular stretch.

In the first of their two matches in GW 37, Sunderland head off to Old Trafford. Gus Poyet's men recently came out of a pair of games at Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge with four points combined, so they might just spring another surprise. The match that follows sees West Brom visit the Stadium of Light, and is one Sunderland are favorites to win.

Given his recent run and the inability of fellow forwards Fabio Borini and Jozy Altidore to score from open play often enough, Wickham can expect to start both games. His physical prowess makes the 21-year-old a real asset, not only for Poyet, but also for those who've already taken the leap of faith and brought him in.

The addition of the Englishman, coming in at just £4.7 m, would help free up funds to bolster other departments. It's an opportunity a shrewd fantasy manager would find rather appealing, especially given Wickham's low ownership.

David De Gea (Manchester United)

Opponents: Sunderland (H), Hull City (H)

Price: £5.8m

Selected by: 10.3 percent

There's a lot of uncertainty regarding Manchester United's current first-choice back line. Interim manager Ryan Giggs started the last game with Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, but he may be tempted to mix things up this time round.

Given competition for places in defense, goalkeeper David De Gea appears to be the safest bet for those looking to cash in on United's potential for clean sheets from a promising pair of home games.

While his club may have endured a miserable season, the young Spaniard as an individual has been brilliant when called upon this term. With 12 shutouts in 2013-14, his total isn't all that far off the league's best figure of 16, recorded by Petr Cech.

A double-figure point tally looks likely this gameweek.

Samir Nasri (Manchester City)

Opponents: Everton (A), Aston Villa (H)

Price: £8.7m

Selected by: 9.5 percent

Manuel Pellegrini usually starts Samir Nasri when the Frenchman is available. That doesn't look like changing soon, given that his chief rival for a spot, Jesus Navas, continues to remain sidelined with an ankle injury.

While Everton are a tough nut to crack, especially at Goodison Park, City have the title to play for. As things stand, matters remain in their hands, and you would expect the Citizens to go for nothing less than three points. The game against Aston Villa, meanwhile, is one of notable promise, especially from a fantasy football perspective.

The upcoming double for Man City in GW 37 has boosted the appeal of usual suspects Aguero, Toure and Edin Dzeko. Nasri, in the relativistic sense, remains neglected.

With six goals and nine assists over the course of the ongoing campaign, he remains a solid option for those who still can't cough up the cash to bring in Toure. Also, with a considerably smaller band of owners, Nasri could offer a real differential for those willing to take the plunge and draft him in.

*All statistics courtesy the official Fantasy Premier League game.


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