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Why I’m turning to my FPL arch-nemesis on Gameweek 5 Wildcard

Only Fantasy Premier League can push you into the arms of your arch-nemesis.

The last 10 days have produced four frustrating incidents and one harrowing Match of the Day ‘Live’ experience that have caused me to do just that.

FPL is frustrating enough when you do follow the action throughout the day on a Saturday, but ignoring it all day and cramming all those emotions into eighty-five minutes is not something I’d recommend. It’s not good for the heart. It never ends well (for me at least). Especially not when you get 33 points from nine players, including your captain.

And so the scene was set for four moments which tipped me over the edge, as anyone who follows me on Twitter will know.

1. The hope. After that shocking Saturday in Gameweek 4, it was down to my Spurs duo of Christian Eriksen and Ben Davies to save me at Watford.

2. The desperation. Eriksen manages to connect perfectly with fresh air from point blank range. And yes, I was the only person to see him get a touch on Abdoulaye Doucouré’s own-goal, but he did, I’m sure of it. Mainly because I needed him to.

3. The kick when I’m down. Okay, so maybe Eriksen didn’t touch that ball, but I’m thinking at least he’ll get a point for the clean sheet and I’ll get one for Davies too. After all, Mauricio Pochettino owed me big time, having cost me points for a Spurs’ shutout in Gameweek 3. Full-back rotation has to be listed as one of his hobbies on any social media site he’s signed up to, I’m sure. But, of course, Watford equalise. Despair.

4. Salt in the wound. Just when I was starting to get over my FPL depression, Eriksen went and scored twice for Denmark against Wales, fittingly.

Four moments which sum up my FPL season so far. It’s been painful to say the least but I’m relishing the challenge of fighting back over the coming weeks and months.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. My Wildcard was activated quicker than Poch could rotate a full-back.

With Gameweek 5 just around the corner and a shiny new squad almost ready for battle, it’s time for me to stop moaning about the opening four rounds and prepare for a major assault on those ahead of me in the rankings.

The man I’m trusting to lead my troops into battle is my old foe Eden Hazard. For those who didn’t follow me on Twitter last season, here’s what happened.

Before I owned the Chelsea man he registered 56 points between Gameweeks 10 and 15, an average of 9.33 per match.

After I brought him into the fold he blanked in five of his next six. So I thought it would make sense to get him out on my Free Hit squad for Gameweek 22, where he promptly punished me with a 10-point haul.

Of course he scored just one point when he returned in Gameweek 23.

Christian Eriksen has nothing on this guy.

I try not to be stubborn with FPL. I avoid holding grudges for too long. With each new season, I see it as a fresh start for all players no matter how much pain they have caused me in previous campaigns.

I’ve been very impressed watching Hazard in recent weeks under Sarri. He was one of the main reasons for me activating the Wildcard. He’s returned attacking points in all four Gameweeks, despite starting in just two of them. With Cardiff, West Ham and Southampton in his next four, I’m banking on him to fire me up the rankings. I like the fact that he’s on penalties as well.

But remember that could all count for nothing against his biggest flaw: he’s now back in my squad. Apologies in advance to all those who own him or are getting him in this week.

Hazard’s team mate Marcos Alonso was another player who factored in my Wildcard activation. I can’t watch another Chelsea match without owning one of my all-time favourite FPL players. He’s flourishing in Sarri’s system, with a goal and five assists to his name already. It’s amazing to think he only managed two FPL assists last season.

In fact, I’m all in on Chelsea on Wildcard. I may even triple up by holding on to Pedro for another couple of weeks with a view to moving him on for Richarlison when he returns from suspension.

Elsewhere, I’m leaning towards #NoSalah. I say leaning towards as it’s probably about 60:40 in Mané’s favour as I write this, but it’s a huge decision to have to make so early in the season and one I’ll be mulling over until Saturday morning. I can’t help but love the team I can get without Mo. The issue is getting him back in later won’t be easy.

From the eye test this season (which is always number one factor for me when considering players) I’ve been very impressed by Mané and I see no reason why he can’t match or even better Salah’s points over the next few weeks. I don’t want to own both during Liverpool’s tough fixture schedule.

I’m likely to be doing the Match of the Day ‘Live’ challenge again this Saturday as I’ll be out and about during the day so hopefully it’s a more enjoyable watch this time around. Keep me in your thoughts if you know I’ve had a low-scoring Saturday before I do.

Good luck to all in Gameweek 5. May your arrow be green.

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  1. pedjaaaa
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 4 hours ago

    WC or not?

    Foster - Fabianski
    Mendy - Wan Bissaka - Alosno - Peltier - Roberstson
    Walcott - Mkhi - Salah - Gunnarson - Fraser
    Kun - Arnautovic - Laca

    Really concerned about that Middlefied

    1. b82rz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 4 hours ago

      Definitely not. Wait for news conference for news on Walcott and Fraser. May need to get one of them or Mkhi out but WC would be unnecessary at this stage. If Walcott and Fraser both play both have good games

      1. pedjaaaa
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 4 hours ago

        thanks!

  2. Rich89Cook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 days, 4 hours ago

    Pickford
    TAA AWB Rudiger
    Mkhi Walcott Hazard (c) Mane
    Lacazette Kun Tosun

    Boruc Boly Cairney Tark

    Thinking a wildcard is due in the coming weeks for United / Spurs Players.
    Any glaring red flags for this week?
    Pickford is marked down as a transfer for next week ( I hate using FT on keepers though)

  3. Bishopool
    • 6 Years
    8 days, 4 hours ago

    Hazard IN
    Salah OUT

    ??

    1. poulteren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 44 mins ago

      no...salah's stats are epic and he's just been unlucky. keep the faith

  4. Bishopool
    • 6 Years
    8 days, 4 hours ago

    Hazard IN
    Salah OUT

    OR

    Pedro IN
    Mkhitaryian OUT

    ??

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 4 hours ago

      The latter

    2. Gazchapman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 2 hours ago

      Both

  5. Davidjohns85
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 4 hours ago

    On a WC (how sensible this is is another debate 🙂 ). The options:

    1.
    Hennessey Begovic
    Robertson Mendy Alonso WB Holebas
    Mane Pedro Hazard Moura (5.5ish)
    Wilson Aguero Mitrovic

    2.
    Hennessey Hamer
    Roberston Mendy Alonso WB Bennett
    Mane Hazard Salah Højbjerg Billing
    Aguero Mitrovic Joselu

    #2 is maybe too bold a move with a very light bench...thoughts? Alternatives?

    1. b82rz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 4 hours ago

      1

    2. Toe Punt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 4 hours ago

      1

    3. Gazchapman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 days, 2 hours ago

      1

  6. Gazchapman86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    8 days, 2 hours ago

    Thoughts...

    Pickford
    Mendy - Alonso - Schlupp - Wan Bissaka
    David Silva - Hazard - Neves - Mané
    Aguero - Murray

    Fabianski - Zaha - Robertson - March

  7. chill88
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 1 hour ago

    Afternoon all, on WC, opinions welcome on below effort;

    McCarthy / Patricio
    Mendy / Alonso / Trippier / Chilwell / Ake
    Salah / D.Silva / Neves / Hojberg / Westwood
    Aguero / Zaha / Vardy

    Plan is either 4-3-3 or 5-2-3 week by week. Cheers all.

  8. poulteren
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 44 mins ago

    Should I WC the team below …5 injuries !

    Yes or No?

    Ederson / StekeleBG

    Robertson / Mendy / Coleman (25%) / Wasn Bisssaka / Daniels (75%)

    Walcott (75%) / Salah / Mane / Frser (75% / Stephens

    Zaha (75%) / king / KUN

    1. Lyonnais
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 22 hours ago

      probably yes... could be down to 9-10 players.

    2. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 22 hours ago

      Move Coleman Daniels out and should be ok

  9. Lyonnais
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 22 hours ago

    Fabianski
    Mendy, Robertson, PVA
    Salah, Mane, Bilva, Pedro, Walcott
    Agüero, Mitrovic

    Foster | Boly, AWB, Kamara

    A) Save FT
    B) Walcott > Maddison
    C) PVA + Walcott > Alonso + 4.5 (-4) (change to 4-4-2 and Boly in the XI)

    Thank you!

  10. Noble England
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 14 hours ago

    PVA & King > Alonso & Jiminez or stick?

  11. whitepool
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 3 hours ago

    Final choice: Wolcott or Cedric?

  12. acesingh
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 3 hours ago

    On WC
    Moura or Maddison ... or anyone under 8.5 (already have D Silva)

    Or should I just get Richarlison now and save me a transfer next week?