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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

637 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Don Rogers FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Francis (currently benched) > Martial for a -4?

    This will then mean benching Lundstram or Moura .

    Help please.

    1. wolvesmad
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Would wait and play Lundstram

    2. Tommytour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Take the hit, bench Lundstram

      1. Don Rogers FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Casting vote anybody?

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Play Lund

    4. Zero-ZeroIsABigScore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Play Moura

    5. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Play Moura

  2. Jacky boy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Best 4.0 on WC? Can't afford lundstram
    Kelly? Hanley?...

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Hanley > Kelly

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Is he nailed when other injured defenders return?

        1. Zlatanzo
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Probably not 100% nailed, but he is more nailed than Kelly. Manager praised Hanley also.

      2. Hart-ake
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Even with Norwich's defence? I'm sticking with Kelly.

        1. Jacky boy
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Agreed

        2. Zlatanzo
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Plays for a better team no doubt, but Kelly will lose his place sooner than Hanley. Take your pick

    2. Tommytour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I'm going Kelly just so I can play him against Villa next week.

      Then he's probably on the scrap heap.

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Exactly. I want him to play vs villa when I bench kwp!

        1. pablo discobar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          He wont play v villa. Cahill will

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Not necessarily an either or. Kelly is quite probably ahead of Dann - depends on Sakho largely I guess.

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Could be touch and go. Sakho is very close and Cahill lurks. 50:50

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Wouldn't want to be going with either on WC. Try find the length of Zimmerman & Klose's injuries that are keeping Hanley in the team, probably him if you must.

      1. Jacky boy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I wouldn't get these if I could afford better options

    4. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Kelly

  3. leo_messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Hi all.Need some help to complete my WC team.

    Ryan
    AWB - Zinczenko - Lundstram - XXX
    Sterling(vc) - Mane - KDB - Martial - Mount
    Kane(c)

    sub: Button - XXX - Greenwood - Wickham

    A) Emerson + El Mohamady
    B) Digne + Kelly

    Thanks

    1. wolvesmad
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

    2. Tommytour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

    3. Don Rogers FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

    4. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

    5. Johnny 8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

    6. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      As a wc squad, this looks like a disaster.

    7. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A

  4. Hart-ake
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Which one:

    a) Mount + Adams
    b) McGinn+ Jota

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

    2. wolvesmad
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

    3. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Mount + anyone

      1. Hart-ake
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I'm on WC and tempted to draft in Mount + a 6m striker (probably Adams) for the next two and then probably downgrade to McGinn in GW 5 and bring in Barnes for Burnley's fixture shift.

  5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Am I GTG?
    Pope
    TAA,VVD,Coleman,Montoya,Lundstram
    Salah,Sterling,KDB,Martial
    Pukki

    Bench:McGovern,King,Dendoncker,Wickham

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Sterling captain

    2. Don Rogers FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Looks strong

  6. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Fill the blanks please;

    Pope
    Digne, AWB, Zinc, Lund, Kelly
    Sterling, KDB, XXX, Ceballos, Mane
    Kane

    McGovern, Kelly, XXX, Wickham

    A) Martial & Greenwood - (0 ITB)
    B) Cantwell & Pukki - (0.9 ITB)

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B of those. A stretching too thin.

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Thought of going without a Man U attacker worries the life out of me... I'm currently on A

    2. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A

  7. Clickzy
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Best defender £5.5m & under?

    1. Fernando Torres
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Maguire

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Coleman, Mina, AWB, Maguire, Boly ... uff the list continues, sorry not helping much 😉

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Zinchenko for now.
      Possibly Zouma/Christensen, whoever's partners Rudiger.

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Maguire or Zinchenko if you believe Pep will want Mendy training for a month before playing.

  8. Tosa86
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    I played the WC:

    ryan
    Vvd-AWB-lundstram-digne
    mane-kdb-sterling-ceballos
    Rashford-pukki.

    Pope-king-cantwell-kelly

    1) mane+ceballos or salah dedoncker?
    2) mane or sterling captain?
    3) king or ceballos?

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Very nice

      King? Dubious.

      I’d get a City defender. King is strictly pens with very occasional other return provided Wilson is up top. He’ll return of course but hus real value last season was when he went up top when Wilson was out.

      City have a truly glorious fixture run stretching as far as the eye can see.

      1. Tosa86
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Do you suggest downgrade king and upgrade someone for city defender and play with 442?

    2. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      1. M & C
      2. Raheem
      3. King (pens)

  9. Athletic Nasherbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Has Mark played his wildcard this week?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      How do we know? And why is it relevant? 😉

    2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Spying has been abolished

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Good

      2. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        No I just saw in a popular video on YouTube that Mark has wildcards in the comments. Was just wondering if id missed anything.

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          *used his wildcard

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Nobody would heave any idea.

  10. Jimbo-Jones
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Would you bite bullet for -4?

    Robertson Robinson King
    To
    Montoya/Dunk/4.5 Martial Pukki

    1. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      No. Robertson will improve when Alison is back.

    2. yakirh
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Yes

  11. Bad Butcher
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Rash or Martial?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Martial.

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Mart

    3. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Ma

    4. Rust Cohle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Mmmmmmm

  12. tvz32
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    When choosing between 2 great captaincy options, do you take into account their ownership %?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      No

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Points and points alone

    3. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I don't take ownership into account for anything.

    4. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      No, especially not in GW3.

    5. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Ownership comes last for me

    6. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      No.Put stethoscope on your guts to hear the instinct 😉

    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Na, always pick the one you think will score most

    8. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Nope

    9. Wensink
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Yes. Which is why I’m captaining Kane over Sterling this GW. A potential huge differential as majority of top 100K owners are going with Sterling.

  13. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Pope
    AWB - Digne - __ - __ - Lundstarm
    Mane - Sterling - KDB - Martial - __
    Pukki - Barnes - Wickham

    Considering these options for my last 3 players on wildcard:

    A) VVD, Laporte & Cantwell (442)
    B) TAA, Walker/Zinchenko & Cantwell (442)
    C) TAA, Mount & Soyuncu (352)

    Appreciate your thoughts! 🙂

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A

    2. Stef rocks
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A mainly for the security of start

    3. Zenith UK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A

    4. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A

  14. jaywills
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    A) Kyle Walker, Ayoze Perez and Martial?
    Or
    B) Robertson, McGinn and Martial?

    Either would result in a Man City/Liverpool defensive double up (I have TAA and Zinchenko already)

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

  15. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Robinson and Perez to drop today guys?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Perez should.

  16. KingOllie
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    im currently benching VVD and Perez for Lundstram and Soyuncu. This GW could end up a disaster... im banking on arsenal scoring and she/lei being a tight game

    Heaton
    Robertson Soyuncu Coleman Lundstram
    Sterling(C) KDB Martial Ceballos
    Auba Jota

    Perez / VVD / Greeny

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Play VVD over Soyuncu at least.

      1. KingOllie
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Ceballos and auba vs robbo and vvd makes me feel sick

    2. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Bring Perez and VVD on. Sheff will concede and Soyuncu offers nothing except CSs, VVD has goal threat and plays for Liverpool...

  17. xuwei
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Which is better:

    a) Zinc, Wood and Che/>6, or
    b) Laporte, Barnes and Greenwood?

    Zinc may not be long term vs. Greenwood barely plays.

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A unless Greenwood 3rd sub

      1. xuwei
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Cheers.

  18. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    What to do here chaps? Need advise;

    Pope
    TAA VvD Digne Zinchenko
    Salah KDB Perez Fraser
    Kane Jota

    4.0 Lundstram Dendoncker Wickham

    2 FT’s

    A) Jota Fraser VvD ➡ Pukki Martial AWB -4
    B) Wickham TAA Fraser ➡ Pukki Martial Hanley -4
    C) Fraser Perez ➡ Trossard Martial
    D) other

  19. ManUnitedComeBack
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    I'm having a benching dilemma. Who would you bench among the following:

    Digne (avl)
    TAA (ARS)
    Zinchenko (bou)
    Dunk (SOU)
    Lundstram (LEI)

    Obviously I'd start Digne and TAA, but I'm not sure who among the other three to bench in a 433 for this GW.

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Tough. Dunk?

    2. Canary_Kid
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Lundstrum

  20. The Royal Robin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Hey guys, on my WC and I’m between these combos of big hitters. Which would you pick?

    A) Martial & Kane
    B) KDB & Rashford

    1. Sad Anthony (Kanchelskis)
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      B

    2. TheWizz
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      A

  21. Bucky Barnes
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Wildcard Team fro GW3
    Pope
    AWB, Digne, KWP
    McGinn, Trossard, Martial, Salah, Sterling (C)
    Pukki, Kane

    Button, Almo, Lunds, Andone

    Get ready the points tidal wave

  22. TheWizz
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Has Barkley and Abraham fallen down the pecking order, or will Lamps just keep rotating through the season??
    It just seems Mount and Giroud has the upper hand!

    1. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Giroud starting one game doesn't mean he has the upper hand. Abraham is favoured more over Giroud imo

      1. TheWizz
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks. And what do you reckon about the Chelsea midfield and Pedro and Barkley in particular?

        1. Zlatanzo
          3 months, 25 days ago

          A bit late but they aren't nailed, Pedro and Willian will likely rotate. Mount and Pulisic are probably your safest bets

    2. Stef rocks
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Yeah seems like for now at least for next 2 GWs. However I expect a lot of rotation once EL starts in Mid of sept

      1. TheWizz
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Who would you rather have in Draft mode:
        2 out of: Barkley, Pedro, Ceballos
        1 of:: Abraham or Barnes

  23. jaguar shark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Pope or Ryan? And which 4.0 do you pick with Pope??

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Pope and Button

    2. Zlatanzo
      3 months, 25 days ago

      No 4.0s start so doesn't matter. Most have Button though

  24. Canary_Kid
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    a) Digne and Zinch
    b) Robbo and Soyuncu

    (no other Liverpool defence)

  25. Badgevilla
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Stop with the wife thing seriously it#s your 2nd team.

    This WC talk is boring.... Unless you're doing absolutely crap then there is no point in activating your WC

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      This... WC teams look like the ones picked 2 weeks ago. Only two games gone..

    2. Rust Cohle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Is there a hot topic on wives?

  26. TheWizz
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Abraham or Barnes?
    Ceballos or Barkley/Pedro?

  27. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Will Klose be back in the side for Norwich this weekend or next? Assume he's replacing Hanley?

    1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Mind you Zimmerman back too

  28. Rust Cohle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Interested in people’s thoughts on Chicharito and Welbeck?

    Chicharito:
    —Nice next 3 fixtures
    —How soon will Haller settle in and push Chicharito to the side?

    Welbeck:
    —Quality, but oft-injured.
    —Will he start with Deeney out injured?
    —Like Chicharito, next 3 fixtures aren’t bad for attacking returns.

    Too punty or quality differentials?

    Is there anyone else in the 6.0M or less FWD bracket that people are considering a short-term roll of the dice on?

  29. $carface
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Sterling vs Kane captain is doing my head. Already swapped over 10 times this week. Not sure where it's gonna end up.