Fantasy football scout tips gameweek 37: Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne and more

Who should you be looking to bring into your side?

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The penultimate week of the fantasy football season brings a bumper 'double gameweek', with half of the Premier League playing twice in the space of seven days.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all have two fixtures to fulfil, meaning several of the game's highest-scoring players could significantly boost their points tallies.

A word of warning though: Everton's 7.45pm kick-off against Watford on Friday, followed shortly after by Chelsea's trip to West Bromwich Albion, means that like last week, we have an early deadline.

Who should you be looking to bring into your side? We have taken a look at this week's prospects below...

Kevin de Bruyne

All roads lead to the Etihad this weekend, with Manchester City having by far the most attractive pair of fixtures. Assets from Pep Guardiola’s side are particularly in-demand after last weekend’s 5-0 shellacking of Crystal Palace.

Of all the attacking options, we are plumping for Kevin de Bruyne, who hit a goal and two assists for 17 points last week. He could easily repeat that against either Leicester City or West Bromwich Albion.

The Belgian is slightly at risk of rotation over the two, but then so are the likes of Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and Leroy Sane given Guardiola’s tendency to tinker his team. If you are overly concerned, wait for further news on the fitness of Sergio Aguero. If he is still out, City’s XI will be more settled.

Alexis Sanchez

After weeks of disappointing displays, Alexis Sanchez repaid many fantasy managers with a goal and bonus points at St Mary’s. The less said about his showing against Manchester United, the better.

This week, he has another double, going away to Stoke City first before playing against Sunderland at the Emirates.

Arsenal have faint hopes of a top-four finish to fight for and the Chilean is finally taking up more central positions in front of goal, after being stuck out on the wing for a while. He is definitely worth a punt, maybe even your captain’s armband.

Cesc Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas scored 12 points last week and could be in line for more minutes (Getty)

A pick that will raise some eyebrows but those hovering over Chelsea options should consider the forthcoming week carefully.

Antonio Conte is likely to go full strength at the Hawthorns in the hope of wrapping up the title, yet if his side do just that, Monday’s meeting with Watford could see the Italian put a below-strength line-up out.

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa owners may, therefore, find a double gameweek turns into a single. Chelsea’s fringe players may be safer options and while Willian is a shout, Cesc Fabregas is probably your best bet of substantial minutes over both games.

Willy Caballero

If you are not full up on City options in attack, it may be worth looking to Pep Guardiola’s defence for some points. Vincent Kompany has been in the goals of late but comes with a considerable price tag around his neck.

Willy Caballero, meanwhile, will only set you back £4.7m and, due to Claudio Bravo’s season-ending injury, is guaranteed starts over the final stretch.

Two clean sheets in home fixtures against Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion should not be too much to ask.

Jack Stephens

Jack Stephens is part of a budget but relatively solid Southampton defence (Getty)

Defensively there are several decent options this weekend, but most of them are pricey players for one of the top six.

So, if you are in need of a budget option, put your faith in Southampton and their pair of cheap centre-halves. You may fancy Maya Yoshida, but his defensive partner Jack Stephens in £0.1m cheaper and offers the same potential for points.

Claude Puel’s side travel to goal-shy Middlesbrough first up before hosting a Manchester United side that is likely to be fully focussed on the Europa League. Again, two clean sheets are not out of the question.

Romelu Lukaku

One for old time’s sake. He may have fallen out of favour in recent weeks and only have the one fixture in gameweek 37, but that fixture is pure Romelu Lukaku territory.

Watford at home is exactly the sort of game in which the Everton striker has excelled this season, with 16 of his 24 league goals coming at home and 11 of those against sides in the bottom half.