Metrics

Which players did early Wildcarders sign for Gameweek 3?

Under 10% of Fantasy Premier League managers played their Wildcard for Gameweek 3.

After two weeks of the campaign, 6.8% of players worldwide pulled the trigger to create themselves a new squad.

That was 2.4% more than played their Wildcards in Gameweek 2, just 4.4% of managers shaking things up at the first hurdle.

Worldwide chip usage for Gameweek 3

So far, 11.3% of managers have played their Wildcards.

Not surprisingly, it was the most popular chip for Gameweek 3, as the majority of FPL players hope to use the others later in the campaign.

The Wildcard has certainly been the talk of the town in the Fantasy Football Scout community this week, so it is helpful to have a look at the Wildcard templates both overall and among the current top 10,000 managers.

Understandably, Sterling is the most popular player in Wildcards for Gameweek 3, chosen in 73.0% of them.

Following his four goals in two games, Teemu Pukki (£6.8m) is just behind the Manchester City man, currently sat in 61.2% of Wildcard squads.

Snapped up by a similar number of managers was Sheffield United’s budget option John Lundstram (£4.1m).

His 14-point haul in Gameweek 2 has convinced 61.2% of Wildcarders of his ability to offer value this season.

Despite much of the pre-season debate revolving around whether or not we should have Sterling or Kevin de Bruyne (£9.6m), those who have Wildcarded early simply asked ‘why not both?’

The Belgian midfielder is the second-most popular option in his position among those who went back to the drawing board for Gameweek 3.

These early-movers have also largely ditched Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), opting to spread the cash elsewhere.

In order to facilitate this, 46% of these managers have opted for Sadio Mané (£11.5m) as their coverage for the Liverpool attack.

They have also moved away from the Reds’ defence following a disappointing start to the season.

Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) is the most fashionable of Liverpool stoppers with 36.5% presence in overall Wildcard squads for Gameweek 3, with Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) not earning enough interest to make the top-five in this position.

Manchester United players are also proving popular, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.6m), Anthony Martial (£7.7m) and Marcus Rashford (£8.7m) in the template.

Number of chips used by managers in the current top 10k

Even though those currently in the upper echelons of the game are still, to some extent, skewed by chip usage, it is still interesting to see who some of these managers have turned to in order to press home their advantage.

Their Wildcard template picture is actually remarkably similar to the overall one, the only differences coming in the budget areas.

Lewis Dunk (£4.6m) has been turned to with no Liverpool defenders making the cut, while Todd Cantwell (£4.6m) is in 33.9% of top 10k Wildcard squads.

Just 10.2% of managers have used the Triple Captain so far, with 2.3% of them deploying it for Gameweek 3.

Kane appears to have been the chief recipient of this enhanced armband among the current top 10,000, while Sterling, Rashford and Mané also received attention for it.

All stats taken from LiveFPL.net.

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1,346 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Wise Owl
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    My boy Heaton.

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      My boy Lollipop.

  2. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    McGinn assist.

    Paid off. Value for money 🙂

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Big time I’ve got him as well!! Great fixtures till gameweek 10 too I think

  3. United10
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Which set of players will get more points?
    Team (A) Robbo, Laporte, Salah, C.Wilson

    Team (B) Zinchenko, Mane, Kane, Barnes

    1. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      B

    2. Meinhoff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      B

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Salah haters.

    3. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      A

    4. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      A

  4. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Hits going to be taken without WC Gw3!

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

    I didn't wilcard

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Good

  6. johndoe090
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    I got Deulofeu in for King before the week started last second. Good move?

    Didnt cost me anything.

    1. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      I wouldn't have but King will have a tough time getting points against city.

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Don't like either really

    3. Conor1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Hope it works out. Worth the punt.

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

      I reckon that'll work. Surely this week, but i would guess also long term

  7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    That Heaton Pope call annoyed me all day. I guess it might annoy me all weekend now!

    1. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Pope cleansheet and penalty save...

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Digital pint coming your way if that's the outcome

  8. Gaffa914
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    All the clowns on here who have been suggesting double Everton defence feeling a bit thick?

    1. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      They have had a long run pf cleansheets. Wasn't a bad suggestion

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Liverpool defence gone into meltdow after the only team not to concede a goal this season have now conceded.

    3. Trossard or not Trossard
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Hahaha, I love it. Have Digne myself but I know a lot of people wildcarded and invested in double Everton defence. Also, I got two players from Aston Villa beating my team's rivals. Happy days.

    4. F4L
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Gueye has left a gaping whole.

      1. F4L
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        *hole

    5. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      2 CS in 3 games seems good to me.

    6. Marmalade Forest
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      What are you on about?

      They had 27 points in the first two weeks!

      Even though it’s now 28 in the first three, an average of 4/5 a week is still better than where most defenders are at right now.

      1. Marmalade Forest
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        If you had the foresight to go for Dunk and Pieters good on you, but these two have our scores most/all other 11.5 first team pairings so far.

  9. Boxwoods
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Lord Heaton!

  10. This is the year
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    I did,Wilson, Fraser and zinchenko to Wesley, KDB and AWB -4
    Hopefully first good decision this season.

    1. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Cracking start to the gameweek!

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Why sell Zinch with his fixtures especially for hit?

      1. This is the year
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Ederson and sterling and wanted KDB

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Oh sold Zinch for City slot?

  11. Trossard or not Trossard
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Glad I stuck and started Grealish and McGinn from the very beginning. No big hitters but glad to have them.

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      MCginn = Value.

      1. Trossard or not Trossard
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Absolutely! What a bargain.

  12. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Pope
    VvD - Digne - Zinchenko - Soyuncu
    Salah - Sigurdsson* - KdB - Son
    Wilson* - Jimenez*
    Heaton - Diop - Stephens - Greenwood

    1 FT, 0.0 ITB

    Who to replace Sigurdsson with?
    Can also take a hit by getting out one of Jimenez/Wilson.

    1. Carefree Crew
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Martial 7.7, Mahrez 8.5
      Pukki to free up funds?

  13. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Have 7 of that "template" despite not using my wildcard so quite pleased with that.

  14. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Will King drop?
    Makes King to Haller very tricky if he does but its too early right?

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Possibly but agree on too early

    2. FPLGeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Done King to Pukki hoping the latter comes through unscathed this weekend!

  15. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Not sure Wesley will be prolific but his hold up play was superb tonight

    1. Trossard or not Trossard
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Too early to tell but I think he'll be a very good addition to the team. Not sure as an FPL asset though. Anyways, he was great tonight.

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Really bullied two big lumps and brought his mates into the game unselfishly

  16. GE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    King -> Pukki now?

    Can’t afford tomorrow, but could do Jota -> Pukki?

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Too late lol.

      1. GE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        For next GW, lol

    2. F4L
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      no chance

      1. GE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Why not?

        1. F4L
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          so many games in the next 2 days, just isn't worth it.

          1. GE
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            Fair enough 😉

    3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      I’d do neither of those moves. Pukki might get injured. Jota is playing Everton. Just wait and downgrade elsewhere if Pukki is still necessary by GW 4.

      1. GE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Then I need to take a hit...

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          Or you get him by GW 5. His fixtures look nice GW 6 and beyond.

          1. GE
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            Hopefully his price will stay 6.8 then

    4. Trossard or not Trossard
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      I'd wait for all games to be played before making any transfers.

      1. GE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Agree 🙂

    5. FPLGeezer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Have done it against my better judgement maybe.

  17. Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Sigurdsson to McGinn and then decide what to do with my 3.6 ITB tmr?

    I want that sod out my team. I need to calm down.

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Neither of them near a price change

    2. Four Hit Wonder
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Maybe we should wait for his first return, so we at least get that, and then sell.

    3. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Sigurdson not dropping pr anything. Calm down and leave FPL alone (you might wanna steer clear of this site for the night)

    4. Trossard or not Trossard
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      I feel that McGinn, just like Pukki and Lundstram are practically must haves looking at their value and return at this point. Low risk, high reward.

      1. Prawnsandwich
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Yeah Id agree, though Ceballos could be in there as well, not sure if McGinn will keep it up....doesnt have the best scoring / assist record

        1. Trossard or not Trossard
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          True. His form is okay I think at the moment, 1 goal and 1 assist. Nothing special but he delivers. May sell him if he keeps rising.

          1. Prawnsandwich
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            Need him to rise again, and Ceballos not to rise for a straight swap..probably wont get it, unless Ceballos blanks this week

    5. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      On another day he would have hauled, no wait... he wouldnt actually...

  18. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Keeper rotators, how is it going. After Heaton I’m back to 2-1 up. Adds a little spice every week.

    1. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Haha. Lost 2 points last week but overall on 15. The thing is I couldn't choose between them start of season so may have gone Heaton and 4.0. So I'm glad either way. Plus I always rotate in the aim of matching a 6.0 keeper for 1 million less. Its worked out almost every season and adds a lot of spice like you said too

      1. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        It would be interesting to check, at the end of the season, whether 2x4.5s worked oit better than the top scoring 6.0

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          With saves I think they could run a 6 close. Hard to get enough CS though. Maybe some lucky penalty saver.

        2. Valar(Keith)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          It usually does since its 3 sets of 4.5 rotating keepers(gw 1, WC 1 and WC 2) which means almost 38 easy games vs 1 premium keeper. I checked uptil 2 seasons ago and I always hit 160+. Last season I went with Ryan Button and it kinda destroyed me and I've gone back to my 2 4.5s again

          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            Interesting

      2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Think you and I may be on the same combo and have picked identically each week so far then. Good luck!

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

      This is my first ever season with a non-playing second keeper and I miss the choice. Often turned out badly, but one season i ended up in the top 500 having luckily chosen the right keeper most weeks

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Wow, I guess it is potentially optimal if you get it right but also potentially dreadful

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          I’m the opposite btw, hate rotating keepers before this year but am giving it a go this year.

  19. Carefree Crew
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Ryan, (Button)
    TAA, Zinchenko, Alderwerald, Digne, (Rico)
    Salah(V), Sterling(C), Martial, Dendonker, (Stephens)
    Kane, Barnes, (Greenwood)

    1FT, £0.4 ITB

    Any recommendations much appreciated.

    Looking at Ryan, Rico, Dendonker, Stephens, Greenwood as possible transfers out. Best options of £4.5 m GK,DF, MF, ST that are worth considering & why please? Thanks in advance

  20. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Looks to be a serious lack of the best defensive team on those WCs.

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      but but Digne

    2. Prawnsandwich
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Nothing a -8 or -12 wouldnt solve...

    3. F4L
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      I still don't understand the mass exodus of Pool defensive assets + people ignoring Laporte, just so they can fit in that 4th 9.5mil+ player in their team

      1. Valar(Keith)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        This

    4. Trossard or not Trossard
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Just imagine Liverpool keeping a clean sheet tommorow. All those people switching from double Liverpool to double Everton defence would go mad.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Not sure I saw anyone switching double pool to double toffee (I went FROM double pool, double toffee to just Digne)

        But most have looked at that fixture, saw Arsenal’s attack being the best on the league after city/pool last year... saw a West Ham backup goalkeeper starting for Liverpool, and predicted that its “fairly” likely that all of those combined factors will equal Arsenal getting at least 1 goal

        Fairly likely isn’t the same thing a season guaranteed though, so will be interesting to observe

        1. Trossard or not Trossard
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          I agree. I'm trying to think of the wildest scenario but chances are high of Liverpool conceding I guess. I actually saw a couple of people in my league going for that move. I thought it was bold.

    5. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Looks bad and knee jerk to me. Happy to not have those WC teams and still have WC to play.

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Disagree, mines amazing:

      Pope | Button
      Montoya | Soyuncu | El Mohamady | Lundstram | Kelly

      1. SEYPULISIC
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        You could end up with only two playing defenders in about 2 GWs.

  21. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Seems like early WC could backfire.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      lol

    2. Trossard or not Trossard
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      A friend of mine has used his wildcard and got both Pickford and Digne is. I'm sure it'll work out on longer term but what a way to introduce your wildcard team, hahahahaha

  22. A Dog Has Its Day
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    richarlison is as useful as doosra's numbers

    1. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      AV 243 EVE 321

      1. GARY AND JAMIE
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Bonus ball 34

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Everton 5H1T3

    3. Slam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Elmo’s nailed mate

  23. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Hoping I can pick up kean at 6.7 by gw 5.

  24. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Good night & good luck tomorrow !

  25. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Ah just saw Robinson dropped damn it.

    Robinson to McGinn for free Sunday if no other issues?

    1. noquarternt
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      After the first game? Just relax

      1. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Perhaps read again.

        If I have no other issues then Robinson is my only issue, and ON SUNDAY I could do Robinson to a nailed and performing McGinn (or any other mid range midfielder performing).

        Thanks of course.

  26. Stokelona
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Forgive me my misunderstanding, but why the talk of free hit? I thought the chip had gone?

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      You thought so, why?

  27. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    STEVE DALE HAS ACTUALLY SOLD BURY FC, WE'RE SAVED!!!

    1. Random Name
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      noone cares

      1. Trust John
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        All decent football fans do care.

        1. Random Name
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 hours ago

          plenty of teams go through the same thing every month and don't get the same publicity as bury

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 4 hours ago

            'Plenty'!

      2. RichRover
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 hours ago

        Harsh

    2. GARY AND JAMIE
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Good, but learn lessons from it and don’t let clowns take over your club again

    3. GreennRed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Nice one. Hopefully players will get paid.

  28. leroybrown84
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    trossard hattrick incoming!

    1. Trossard or not Trossard
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      I'm praying to the FPL Gods.

  29. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    25k -> 9k after tonight.

    Wesley 9 pointer feels good.

    What makes it even more satisfying is still having my WC 🙂

    1. Slam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      Think I’ve seen this before...

    2. Nigel Knows
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 hours ago

      140k to 18k feels good too.

  30. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 4 hours ago

    Keep Elmo? Or switch back to Guilbert? Lol