Opinion

When is the best time to play your FPL Wildcard?

After a great Gameweek 1 for many, Gameweek 2 brought a lot of us back down to earth with a bang.

So much so, that quite a few managers are activating their first Wildcard already, after just two weeks.

We spend months pulling our hair out building a Gameweek 1 squad only to rip it up before September has even arrived. That’s FPL. Things change so quickly.

It’s going to be a very interesting few weeks ahead to see how the early Wildcarders perform against those who are taking a more patient approach.

The beauty of FPL is that there is no right or wrong way to play it. You play the game the way you want to. If you care about what others think about your decision to Wildcard/not Wildcard, you need to take a step back and reassess things.

Do what’s right for your squad and ignore everything else. Don’t let the ‘noise’ influence your decision and that goes for any transfer not just Wildcarding.

Early transfers have been a hot topic this week too. I have always been a very patient FPL manager and it has served me well in the past, but I find with each new season, it is getting more and more difficult to play the waiting game, particularly in these early weeks when the transfer market is crazy.

I made rare early moves on Monday night as I had £0.0m to play with for my intended targets.

It is easier to move early at this stage of the campaign as there is less chance of issues arising during the week with no cup/European matches (apart from Wolves – stay safe Diogo!), and also the fact that the Wildcard is always there to fall back on if disaster does strike before the weekend.

As often as I can this season, I will continue to wait until Friday night to gather all the information possible before pulling the trigger, but as we’ve seen this week, sometimes you’ve got no choice but to act fast. Teemu Pukki (£6.8m) better act fast in Saturday’s early kick-off!

Double Liverpool defence is likely to be abandoned by most Wildcarders this week and by those looking to free up funds for the likes of Kevin De Bruyne (£9.6m) and Harry Kane (£11.0m).

The Liverpool defence has disappointed thus far but if it wasn’t for Adrian’s (£4.5m) howler against Southampton, and Danny Ings‘ (£6.0m) miss, the narrative would be very different this week.

Looking past the Arsenal fixture this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s side face Burnley (away), Newcastle (home) and Sheffield United (away) in the next four.

Patience could well be rewarded with the likes of Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m), Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m).

A clean sheet against Arsenal this weekend could see Wildcarders scrambling to get their ditched Liverpool defenders back in ahead of Gameweek 4.

There was a tweet doing the rounds on Wednesday about Benjamin Mendy (£6.0m) being back in training which will have Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) owners slightly worried about his place in the City team.

Pep Guardiola has been quoted recently saying he wants to see Mendy train well for a month before considering him for selection, but it’s Pep, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Mendy make an appearance sooner than expected.

If you own Zinchenko, it’s an easy one though, you just keep him until Mendy does reappear. On a Wildcard though, it might be worth trying to find the extra £1.0m for Aymeric Laporte (£6.5m) for peace of mind.

The forgotten man of FPL, Son Heung-min (£9.5m) is likely to make a return to action at home to Newcastle this weekend. Owned by less than 2% of managers, he could be the ultimate differential in Gameweek 3.

There is no guarantee that he goes straight back into the starting XI though, so it does feel like a risky move. Fortune favours the brave!

Good news and bad news now. The good news is Callum Wilson (£7.9m) is gone! Watch him wipe out my Zinchenko clean sheet on Sunday and doing his salute celebration to rub it in.

The bad news is my wife beat me again in Gameweek 2 in our head to head league. She’s six points ahead already and mentions that fact every single day.

Martial was her hero last weekend and I have a feeling he could be my downfall again this weekend. Hopefully, I can claw back three points.

Good luck all in Gameweek 3 and have great weekend.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    A) Ceballos + Pieters + Soyuncku
    B) Cantwell + Digne + Kelly

    With B, one of Cantwell or Lundstram starts

    1. wolvesmad
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Def B

  2. cravencottage
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    A- Kelly wont start in B

  3. balint84
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Best replacement of Perez for 6.5?

    or save him?

    1. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Trossard

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Mount

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      I'm in the same boat, probably makes sense to move him to Martial, but part of me wants to give him another couple of weeks, especially with Bournemouth at home after Sheffield United. If Leicester had been scoring and he wasn't involved I'd be concerned, but I'm confident that when they do, he'll be involved.

      1. Jimbo-Jones
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        I’m giving him 2 more weeks.
        Can’t honestly say we were hoping for goals v Wolves & Chelsea.

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      I got Mount.

    5. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Save. Let's see him play sheffield utd and Bournemouth. Remember he is a relatively cheap midfielder

  4. Gorky
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    Play 3 of these:

    a) Siggy
    b) Murray
    c) King
    d) Perez
    e) Lundstrom

    Currently on a, b, c.
    (Ryan, Robertson, Zinchenko, KWP, Siggy, Sterling, Salah, Martial, Pukki, Murray, King)

  5. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 4 days ago

    My team doesn’t need a WC but I’m wasting a United spot on Greenwood, only have two City with their upcoming fixtures, no spurs, have Wood and Wilson and WHM defence. Missed the price changes so seems like I should hold tough until after the IB.

    1. Zlatanzo
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Wouldn't call Greenwood a waste, with Sanchez gone he will likely get more minutes as the season goes on

      • markloe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Even with 2FT's it should be possible to do Greenwood -> Rashford somehow

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          I used my 2ft to get in KDB

    2. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      When does price changes occur? At what time?

      1. Pino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        2 am I think

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Thats the same as last season?

          1. Daniel Son
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            last season it was 1:17am BST

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 4 days ago

      Is there a good 4.4 defender or a 4.5 close to a drop soon?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Balbuena perhaps

        1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Ah. So no 🙂

      2. Zlatanzo
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Hanley or Lundstram are your best bets

        • avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          This is risky, but one of the Villa full backs (Guilbert, Targett) may be given a start soon.

          1. Link
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            Thought Targett would be nailed on once he gets his place. Still the case?

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Long term I think its his position, just depends when Smith wants to give him a start. I imagine it'll be Crewe next week but lets see.

        • Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Masuaku (4.4)

      3. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 4 days ago

        Play 2:

        A) Mina
        B) Lundstram
        C) Dunk
        D) Soyuncu

        Thanks!

        1. Zlatanzo
            5 months, 4 days ago

            AC

          • Chaps Before Baps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            AC

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Repost

          GTG?

          DDG
          VVD KWP Zinchenko Lundstram
          Sterling(vc) Salah Martial Dendoncker
          Kane(C) Pukki

          Button Hayden Rico Deeney

        3. rokonto
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Don't know if this is common knowledge but;

          The transfers history and team value features have now been re-introduced.

          In terms of viewing other players' teams, the 'transfers made' display is no longer a feature and the squad value displayed will be the team's value at the previous gameweek deadline.

        4. Chaps Before Baps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 4 days ago

          Which looks better long-term? Cheers

          A) Mount & Barnes
          B) Cantwell & Rashford
          C) Laporte & Mount

          1. Zlatanzo
              5 months, 4 days ago

              C, as long as you don't have x2 4.5 attackers. Otherwise A

              1. Chaps Before Baps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Thanks

            • Athletic Nasherbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              C

              1. Chaps Before Baps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Cheers

          2. No Pirlo No Party
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            A) Perez + Barkley --> Martial + Cantwell
            B) King + Perez/Barkley --> Pukki + McGinn/Cantwell

            Thoughts? Or other suggestions to deal with Perez - Barkley - King?

          3. Steirish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            How long will Hanley get as first choice?

            1. Athletic Nasherbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              Few gameweeks maximum.

          4. blind faith
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 4 days ago

            On a WC

            A) Maitland-Niles, Walker-Peters, KDB, Rashford

            B) TAA, Zinchenko, Douglas Luis, Kane

            Or any other suggestions welcome!

            1. Athletic Nasherbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 4 days ago

              B

            2. Zlatanzo
                5 months, 4 days ago

                A, but AWB + 4.5 defender instead of Niles and KWP for the long term

                1. blind faith
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  Already have AWB.
                  Maybe Mina and Pieter's?

                  1. Zlatanzo
                      5 months, 4 days ago

                      If you don't already have an Everton defender Mina is a definitely good shout. Pieter's may get rotated with Taylor, so I'd rather someone like Montoya or Mings.

              • Fernando Torres
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 4 days ago

                Play Soyunchu or Lund?

                1. Zlatanzo
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    Soy

                  • royals forever
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    Got same dilemma - at the moment Lundstram but I think that it will be a coin todd

                2. S.Kuqi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  How does my wildcard team look?

                  No Liverpool defs and no Spurs

                  0.8itb

                  Pope (Ryan)
                  Walker-Digne-Maguire (Lund,Kelly)
                  Sterling-Mane-Kdb-Martial-Mount
                  Haller-Pukki (Wickham)

                  1. Athletic Nasherbo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    Yes nice. Use the money ITB to upgrade Kelly surely?

                    1. Albrightondknight
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 4 days ago

                      Yeah Kelly is the obvious one to upgrade

                    2. S.Kuqi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 4 days ago

                      Was thinking about that but like to keep something itb so I can more easily to jump on any emerging bandwagon

                  2. Albrightondknight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    Nice hope Haller works out. Really wanted him in but now I want the big mids
                    Is he gtg this week?

                    1. S.Kuqi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      5 months, 4 days ago

                      Declacred fit and back in training

                3. Albrightondknight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  On a WC most concerned with 2 spots
                  KWP and WanB + .9 ITB
                  What combo would you have ?
                  I want a City defender but don't know how secure Walker or Zinch are and can't really stretch to Laporte
                  Other defenders are VVD Digne and Lundstram

                4. fussballstadion
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  Which to play from:
                  A. Ceballos
                  B. Lundstram
                  C. Dendonker

                  Currently on A

                  1. royals forever
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    B

                  2. Link
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    A

                  3. Bobby Digital
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    B

                5. royals forever
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 4 days ago

                  Play 1 of

                  A.Lundstram
                  B.Montoya
                  C.Soyuncu

                  &

                  1. Dendoncker
                  2. Perez

                  Any ideas would be welcomed

                  1. Soapy
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    B2

                  2. Zlatanzo
                      5 months, 4 days ago

                      B2

                  3. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 4 days ago

                    Guys Perez Robinson target to Martial cantwell Kelly -4???

                    1. Zlatanzo
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        Not if you're starting Cantwell and Kelly every week. You need rotation options on the bench, especially Kelly when he gets dropped.

                    2. danlynch13
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 4 days ago

                      Did Silva say anything of interest about Kean?

                      1. Zenith UK
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        Please at least scroll through the "twitter" section on this page before asking...

                        https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1164520546933100544

                        1. danlynch13
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          No

                    3. as33
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 4 days ago

                      Auba> Kane?

                    4. pol
                      • 9 Years
                      5 months, 4 days ago

                      Who would you start? Who 1st bench?

                      A- Dendoncker (BUR)
                      B- Diop (wat)
                      C- Greenwood (CRY)

                      1. Zlatanzo
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          ACB

                        • Soapy
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          Start A, B first on bench

                        • fussballstadion
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          In the order you've written them

                      2. Zenith UK
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        Need some thoughts please? I'm on wildcard

                        Pope
                        Digne, AWB, Zinc, Lund, Kelly
                        Sterling, KDB, Martial, Ceballos, Mane
                        Kane, Greenwood, Wickham

                        McGovern, Kelly, Greenwood, Wickham (0ITB)

                        OR

                        Martial & Greenwood > Pukki & Cantwell (leaves 0.9 ITB) Gutted I'm 0.1 shy of making Zinc Laporte with this set up

                      3. Pinky and De Bruyne
                        • 7 Years
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        What 2 here?

                        A) Cantwell
                        B) McNeil
                        C) Trossard

                      4. Jimbo-Jones
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        Robertson, Robinson, King ->
                        Montoya, Martial, Pukki

                        -4. Yay or Nay?

                      5. Tmel
                        • 9 Years
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        Pope
                        Robbo Laporte Digne TAA (Rico)
                        Salah Sterling Martial Trossard (Dendoncker)
                        Pukki Jota (Greenwood)

                        Used my 2 FT to get Martial & Pukki but still feeling very uneasy about not having Kane & KDB (particularly with their fixtures).

                        Worth hitting the WC button?

                        1. Rust Cohle
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          Steady on. No WC needed.

                      6. Knallie
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        Ryan Button
                        TAA Zinchenko AWB Coleman Lundstram
                        Salah Sterling KDB Martial Cantwell
                        Pukki King Greenwood

                        - Want to do Coleman -> Digne
                        - Salah and TAA untouchable in my team

                        A) King -> playing 6.0 or below striker and play 4-4-2 or 4-5-1/5-4-1 (my preferred option, most flexible)
                        B) King -> 4.5 fodder, upgrade Cantwell (Mount/Perez) and always play 4-5-1/5-4-1
                        B) AWB -> KWP?
                        C) Keep Coleman

                      7. Greek Flair
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        2 of these 3? Racking my brains trying to decide

                        Digne
                        AWB
                        Zinc

                        1. GreennRed
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          Digne and AWB, purely because Zinchenko mightn't be so nailed.

                          Otherwise D and Z

                        2. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          digne, awb

                      8. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 4 days ago

                        WC team. Any opinions?

                        Adrian Button
                        Digne Walker Shaw Lundstram Kelly
                        Mane Sterling KDB Mount Cantwell
                        Kane Pukki Wickham

                        1. La Roja
                          • 7 Years
                          5 months, 4 days ago

                          On a WC I wouldn’t go for Adrian Kelly Mount

                          Pope Hanley and Trossard imo

                          Kelly could be dropped anytime for Cahill

                          1. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 4 days ago

                            So will Hanley for Zimmerman 😀

                            Wanted to go with Pope first, but then thought that going for 3 gws with Adrian and then switching to Pope is better idea.

                            And Mount has great fixtures and seems like in form and nailed. Could anytime get McGinn or Gudmundsson for him. 🙂

                          2. Athletic Nasherbo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 4 days ago

                            Hanley is also getting dropped anytime too.

                            Mount better option than Trossard.

                            1. La Roja
                              • 7 Years
                              5 months, 4 days ago

                              Hanley has been praised by the manager, I can’t see him getting dropped that easily.

                              Palace is shocking and there will be changes this GW imo. I don’t think Kelly starts

                              1. Athletic Nasherbo
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                5 months, 4 days ago

                                Both Hanley and Kelly are rubbish options!

                                Hanley wasn’t even playing in the championship mate...

                                1. La Roja
                                  • 7 Years
                                  5 months, 4 days ago

                                  I never said they are great picks 🙂

                                  We’re clearly trying to squeeze in a playing 4.0 defender if we can.

                                  I’m sorry if this wasn’t blatantly obvious for you

                                  1. Athletic Nasherbo
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    5 months, 4 days ago

                                    No need to get aggressive. Disappointing.

                                    Hanley and Kelly will both be dropped.

                                    1. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
                                      • 6 Years
                                      5 months, 4 days ago

                                      Hope atleast Lundstram will be nailed as Wilder mentioned that he could play in few positions. 😀

                                    2. La Roja
                                      • 7 Years
                                      5 months, 4 days ago

                                      Aggressive? 😀

                                      Blimey, where did that come from. I’m chilled lad

                                      1. Athletic Nasherbo
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        5 months, 4 days ago

                                        Of course you are gaffer.

                                        ‘I’m sorry if this wasn’t blatantly obvious for you’.

                                        Blimey how isn’t that seen as aggressive.

                            2. La Roja
                              • 7 Years
                              5 months, 4 days ago

                              Have you actually watched Trossard? He’s could well be the new Michu

                          3. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 4 days ago

                            And went for Adrian mostly because I am going without Liv def.

                            1. La Roja
                              • 7 Years
                              5 months, 4 days ago

                              Yes fine but you’re on a WC. Hence I recommend to get a playing keeper as a sub at the very least

                              1. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
                                • 6 Years
                                5 months, 4 days ago

                                Thanks anyway 🙂