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Pro Pundits - Simon

The Pros and Cons of playing a late FPL Wildcard

Traditionally, my Wildcards rarely made it past Gameweek 3 but in the past couple of seasons, I’ve been experimenting with holding on to it for as long as I can.

Since that’s also my current position and, I imagine, a few other Fantasy managers too, I thought I’d share what I see as the pros and cons of this strategy.

Pros

More Perspective

Probably the most obvious benefit of holding onto your Wildcard is the greater opportunity it offers you to interpret the nature of the season and its protagonists.

For example, I managed to swerve some early season (and quickly-derailed) bandwagons such as Burnley’s Ashley Barnes (£6.3m) or West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.6m) and largely avoided the brief hysteria around Norwich’s free-scoring Brazil-82’-esque attacking form. In general, I feel like I’ve now got a more well-rounded view of how this season might go.

I’ve also now got the freedom to take advantage of the significant shifts that have occurred as a result of managerial changes, the most notable so far being the apparent resurgence of Dele Alli (£8.7m) as a Fantasy option under Jose Mourinho. I can also see how Arsenal and Everton assets evolve under new management.

Less Time Between Wildcards

Holding your Wildcard until later will also mean that you have a smaller window between your first and second Wildcard, something which is perhaps all the more significant since the winter Wildcard was abolished. 

Given that many of us will now hold our second Wildcard in anticipation of some double Gameweeks occurring towards the end of the season, for many that could mean 30-odd Gameweeks between Wildcards, which is a pretty long time to rely on just free transfers. This gap may well translate into missed opportunities or hits for all but the most fortunate.

Freedom to be a Maverick

A key but not often talked about benefit of holding onto your Wildcard is the extra freedom it affords you when it comes to your transfers, both it terms of when you make them and who you transfer in.

My normal strategy is to try and ignore price change and leave my transfers decisions until as late as possible to avoid the risk of injuries etc… However, having a Wildcard means you can take those risks and capture the price changes with early moves, affording you a bigger budget for when you do eventually Wildcard.

It also means you can be a lot more aggressive with who you transfer in and play to shorter Gameweek horizons. I generally tend to look about four-to-six Gameweeks ahead when assessing a player but, when I’m getting closer to when I Wildcard, I allow myself to be much more short term and much riskier in my thinking. I’ll get in players who I would probably not want long-term but look great for the next few fixtures. If it pays off, those players, and the speed at which a manager can move on them versus their opponents, can translate into real differential benefits.

Cons

Missed Opportunities 

Generally I think patience is a virtue for Fantasy managers and holding onto your Wildcard really encourages that discipline, however, it can also lead to missed opportunities.

For example, I only caught the tail-end of Norwich’s Teemu Pukki’s (£6.6m) early-season run of scoring form and, likewise, missed out on Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne’s (£10.2m) early season double-figure-fest almost entirely.

Had I played an early Wildcard, there’s a really good chance both of those players would have been in it and I would have benefited from that.

Budget Issues

Following on from that, because I missed a lot of the early-season bandwagons (good and bad) I also missed out on price-rises at a point when they were most volatile due to more Fantasy managers being active. 

As mentioned, this can be off-set by making earlier transfers, something I believe a later Wildcard better affords, but this method does require a fair amount of luck to truly pay off. 

More significantly, perhaps, is that, when I Wildcard, my team valuation will take a hit and I’ll have less time than earlier Wildcarders to build it up ahead of the second one.

Pressure to Make it Count

My final negative for playing a later Wildcard is the added pressure that it puts on you mentally to do something really special with it.

At that stage of the season, it’s possible that you may have built a squad that you’re actually pretty happy with, but the presence of a Wildcard can convince you that you need to make maverick or wholesale change regardless.

For example, last season, I held my Wildcard until Gameweek 17 and, feeling I needed to maximise any advantage I had from leaving it so late, I ended up ditching all my Liverpool assets ahead of what was, admittedly, a pretty difficult run of fixtures.

Of course, Liverpool ended up performing really well in those difficult fixtures and I ended up not only missing out on huge scores from the likes of Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) but, also, I had to use my free transfers to undo my Wildcard. Something nobody ever really wants to do.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I think there are some unique advantages to holding onto your Wildcard, not least the greater perspective and flexibility it affords you. The opportunity to be more aggressive and experimental with your transfers can also have real benefit, though it requires a bit of luck to pay off.

However, much as I’m sure everyone would love to have a Wildcard right now, I also think it has the potential to be a poisoned chalice, particularly if holding onto it has forced you to miss out on earlier opportunities or if its presence causes you to make changes that are actually detrimental to your team.

There’s an axiom in game theory which states; ‘if you’re going to make mistakes, make them early on’ (or ‘fail fast’ in Silicon Valley parlance) and this may well apply to Wildcards.

I think/hope that there are real benefits to sitting on a Wildcard, however, I must admit that a failed Wildcard is far more preferable early on in the season than halfway through it as you have longer to correct it.

Being reasonably happy with my squad for this week, I’m currently looking at a Gameweek 18 or 19 Wildcard with one or two punts between now and then.

The positive fixture-swing for the likes of Spurs, City and Leicester which occurs around Gameweek 19 looks a particularly ideal time to finally push the button.

But, having said all of that, 2016 FPL overall winner Dimitri Nicolaou didn’t use his first Wildcard at all. So, maybe, that’s the secret…

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933 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Looking at shipping TAA for VVD after this GW, due to TAA approaching 5.
    It will allow me to do Connolly for Rashord.

    Would you agree with TAA for Robertson?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      TAA to VVD is a bad move imo.

      1. No Professionals
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        If it allows Connolly to rashford?

        1. Maddamotha
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Id rather downgrade more and use funds elsewhere. Plenty are even considering getting rid of TAA. I know VVD scored 2 not too long ago, but thats just my opinion.

          1. No Professionals
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Taa is the better player for player pick. Although VVD is immune from rotation.

          2. fylde2022
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            I meant TAA for Robertson, not VVD! D'oh!

            1. No Professionals
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Then definitely do it

    2. The Cisco Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      If you’re ditching Rashford, might as well go for

      1. fylde2022
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        No. Connoly out, for Rashford.
        I've minced my words. I'm ready for bed, after a long shift!

        1. Regin
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          If that 0.3 saving if trent to Robbo enables u to do Connolly to rash, then yes.

  2. Jones Kusi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Jimenez, Pulisic > Son, Mousset/Ayew
    Would leave me with 0.6 in the bank. Would you do it?

    1. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      oh boy - If you own Puli surely you keep for BOU @ home.

    2. The Cisco Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      No way. Don’t chase the points; both Pulisic and Jiménez look good over the next few gameweeks.

      1. Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Maybe I should just go Jimenez to Ayew/Mousset to save some cash?

        1. pumpkinhead
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Jimmy has NOR after this fixture.

          1. Jones Kusi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Yes you’re right..
            Would you do something else with this team? I really wanna get Son/Alli in but feels like i’m chasing.

            Henderson McGovern
            TAA Lundstram Soy Rico Aurier
            Maddison Pulisic KDB Cantwell Mane
            Jimenez Vardy Abraham
            2 FT 0.9 ITB

            1. Gallery
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Really similar to my team - i dont know what to do..

  3. The Cisco Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    I have 2FT and no real concerns in my squad. Anyone have strong feelings about a straight swap of Mane for Salah?

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      No concerns

  4. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Which is better move?

    A. Kelly + Son
    or
    B. Aurier + Alli

    1. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      B

    2. La vida FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      A

    3. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      A

      1. Nelly's Reds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 16 days ago

        A

  5. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Anyone not captaining Vardy here?

    1. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yeah.

      Well I am captaining him.

      But others aren't.

      1. pumpkinhead
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        🙂

      2. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        You must have such a great life trying to constantly give clever on a Fantasy football forum 😉

        1. Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          clever answers*

          1. pumpkinhead
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Can't believe how 'give clever' this was

        2. No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Ask a stupid question and all that...

          1. Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah I was interested to see who people might captain instead, I myself might not captain him too. It's not my fault you have no life and you sit at your screen all day w**king yourself to sleep with a pot noodle in your hand and on FFScout giving clever answers. How was it a stupid question? It's more stupid that you gave a reply tbh.

            1. No Professionals
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              It's a silly question to ask if some people are not captaining vardy. Read the other posts and check the polls.

              And probably calm down.

            2. StayoutheSpiceZone
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Mate don’t let it wind u up that much. That’s probs why he does it.

              I am torn between Vardy and mane at the mo. 12:30ko putting me off sadio!

              1. Qaiss
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                not wound up lol, but ppl like him have definitely changed the environment on this site that's for sure.

                Mane has the higher ceiling imo, tempted for him too.

              2. ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Because players can’t play in the midday sun? You Might be lucky and it will be overcast..holding thumbs fir you

                1. StayoutheSpiceZone
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  No just cos it’s the first game, stupid hey!

                  1. ‘Tis the Season
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Ridiculous actually

                    1. StayoutheSpiceZone
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Everyone very touchy tonight it seems.

                      1. ‘Tis the Season
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        A lot of stupid people about apparently. Be vigilant..

            3. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Your question was dumb af, stop whining

              1. Qaiss
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                go outside, get off FFScout ya freak

                1. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Imagine being this mad over nothing on a fantasy sight and telling others what to do.

                  1. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    site*

                  2. Qaiss
                    • 4 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    'telling others what to do'

                    comment above: 'stop whining'

                    Lol, I'm sorry you're that thick.

                    1. Brosstan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Get a life mate, its clear you have some issues

                      1. Qaiss
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        I have a life. What's clear though is you don't go outside. Just like no professionals can't eat anything but pot noodles, hehe.

                      2. Jafoole_88
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        You b€ll-end

                2. No Professionals
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Wow this guy is rattled. Slightly sarcastic (completely non aggressive) response and he goes postal.

    2. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Really torn between Salah and Vardy

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I would go salah If I had him due to history vs Watford

    3. Mortal.Swinbat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I’ve had a Salah/Mane double up for about a month, sadly hasn’t worked as well as I’d hope. However captaining Salah last week was a nice late prize and he seems to be hitting some form, I’ll be captaining him this weekend but I’m scared of Vardy’s EO - but at least I own him

      1. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I would definitely captain Salah if I owned.

  6. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Let me rephrase.

    Looking at shipping TAA for Robertson after this GW, due to TAA approaching 5 yellow cards.
    It will allow me to ship Connolly for Rashord.

    Would you agree with TAA for Robertson?

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Switching 1 blank for another is surely a waste of a transfer?

    2. Regin
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yes.

    3. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Just wait til he gets banned. No point doing it earlier

  7. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    What to do with this lot

    Hendo
    Trent Soy lundy
    Kdb maddison mane pulisic
    Kane vardy ings

    Button grealish rico jannmat

    2ft .5itb WC available

    1. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Janmaat > Kelly?

  8. Honest Abes Trusty Mount
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Would you start Chilwell (VS NOR) over Jimenez (VS TOT) for GW17?

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Nope, spurs cant defend.

  9. Bubbles1985
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Gazza
    TAA Lundstram Soy
    Mane KDB Mount Alli
    Mousset Vardy(c) Tam(vc)

    Button Kelly Cantwell Rico

    I have 1FT 2.5itb and still got WC!

    Mousset to Jota?

    1. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I would save personally

  10. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Repost

    21 mins ago
    Pope
    Lunds Soy Cahill
    Mane KDB Son Pulisic Alli
    Vardy (c) Rashford

    Button, Mousset, Aurier, Prodl

    Gtg?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Looks good to me.

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks Steve - Mousset on bench?

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Yes, who of your mids would you bench.
          Also Mousett usually gets hooked early or plays second half.

          1. StayoutheSpiceZone
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Yep agreed. Mousset hopefully will save his goals for the Amex

    2. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yep nice. Most people look well set with the fixtures. Getting captain right will be difference between good and average week imo.

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Absolutely, thinking of playing it ‘safe’ with Vardy

        1. No Professionals
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          yeah, I've had a decent recovery with vardy and am happy to play safety in numbers for now.

          Although mane should be a safe option too.

  11. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Save or do Mousset, Pulisic -> Rash, Dendoncker (-4)?

    Guaita
    TAA Soy Lund
    Mane KDB Son Maddison Pulisic
    Vardy Tammy

    Button Kelly Mousset Rico (1FT 1.3m itb)

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Save. Surely you gotta give Pulisic one more chance with Bournemouth at home. Ake and Cook ruled out so their defence is down to the bare bones.

    2. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      save

  12. Smurf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Jota with 2 braces in 2 games since leaving my team 🙁

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Two goals in 13 minutes, after being subbed on? Impressive.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      As long as he assists Jimenez this weekend I don't mind him scoring again

    3. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Oh three now.

    4. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Unlucky smurf. Wouldn’t worry with your score last time out

  13. Stejson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Greenwood essential?

    1. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Vardy > Greenwood -4

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Nah- He's not on penalties

  14. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Damn Jota really hitting some form now like last year at this time. Hatrick in like 10 minutes. And Dendo scores again!

    1. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Donkey should have scored on sunday 🙁

      1. Maddamotha
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Indeed! He scored the week before that tho, and I got his jammy 11 points from the bench!

  15. SAY MY NAME
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    GTG?

    i don't like benching Jiminez, but think it's probably the best choice this week (Ings over him basically), any thoughts gentlemen?

    Henderson
    TAA/Soyuncu/Lundstram
    Mane/Alli/Son/Maddison/Pulisic
    Ings/Vardy(c)

    Button/Jiminez/Kelly/Rico 0FT 1.1 ITB

    1. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      feels wrong somehow, but I can't really argue against it.

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        thanks for your feedback - yeah i don't like it, but it seems the logical choice (resting him for Norwich next gw 🙂 )

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Thats a really strong line-up. Hard decision to make on who to bench but from a logical perspective I would also say Jimenez

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        cheers, thanks a lot mate

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Depends if you think spurs can keep them out?
      I’m playing Vardy ings and Jimenez but don’t have double spurs mid

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        got a feeling Jiminez will get something, but probably my other players likely have a higher ceiling, so just playing the percentages, plus some players such as son/alli that i feel i just can't bench atm

  16. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Rashford nicely sitting on the bench 😉

  17. fgdu
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Kurt Zouma is going to get 16 points this week

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      pretty sure you can only get 12 points on a driving licence 😉

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      did he get transferred to a team that keeps clean sheets?

    3. Gimli son of Gloin
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I think he'll be rested. Tomori and Rudiger.

  18. Dthinger
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Is David Silva really injured?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Pep said yesterday, "David had a huge kick in the dangerous part of his leg and it was too much of a risk to play." Sounds like a 50/50 chance for the weekend to me.

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        thanks. I just brought him in so not really excited to sell so soon, but might have to.

  19. Hiddenpaw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Ive got a benching headache and need help:
    Pope
    TAA Robbo Soy Lund
    Salah Son Alli Mount
    Vardy Rash
    Button, Mousset, Kelly, Cant
    Is the bench in the right order or should i be playing Mousset or Kelly over Lund or Mount????

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Hard to bench Chelsea this week
      Would at least have Kelly first sub if you can’t start him

      1. Hiddenpaw
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        thanks, this is the hardest one yet ... hmm

    2. SAY MY NAME
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      gtg, maybe kelly first on bench as mousset has had reduced minutes/injury niggles recently

  20. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Those with Liverpool defence. Are you planning to ditch for gw18 blank and if so what is the plan to get them back?
    Will you simply keep money itb...

    Personally I have Robbo + Mane in attack

    1. Hiddenpaw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I'm thinking of benching my double defence for one week and doing a one week punt on Salah to maybe Richarlison or Martial or Grealish ... not sure who yet.

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Would it change if using wildcard in ge18?
        Currently own Ali but trying to fit Son in my team and somehow keep kdb

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Salah to Son and get back from ditching either Pulisic or Zaha

    3. SAY MY NAME
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      i have taa + mane , planning on keeping both, but if i really need the cash may consider taa out for a few weeks, but i should probably keep him

    4. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      probably gonna ship robbo and not look back to be fair

    5. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yes, I sold Robbo this week and TAA will go next week. Will likely get one back around GW25, not before. At that point I will need to downgrade a mid/fwd to fund. Would rather have 4 strong mids and 3 strong fwds through end of Jan.

      Keeping Mane the whole time as attackers are typically more fixture proof than defenders.

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Looks like a very sound plan
        I’m looking at best replacements to go with Soy Lund Kelly (Tomori will go on wildcard too)
        Maybe Aurier who would help fund Ings upgrade

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Yes, that ought to work! Aurier to rotate with the other 3 and then find the cheapest 5th defender who actually plays.

  21. Pooodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Jimenez hasn’t done much wrong - but would you ditch him for Abraham?

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      If this week for free, then Yes

    2. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Probably.

    3. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I prefer Abraham. Jimmys fixtures starting to turn

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Abraham away to Spurs next compared till Jim away to porous Norwich

    4. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Keep Jimi well rested and 2 good fixtures..

    5. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yup

  22. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Why Martial was subbed early?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Rested for the weekend.

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      because he's too brittle to play three full matches in ten days

  23. Dthinger
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    I've been thinking a lot about Arsenal's problems in midfield and how they can't seem to find a strong defensive mid. So here's my question: who should they buy?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Should have bought Gueye

      1. Dthinger
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        that was who I was thinking about as well.

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Thomas Delaney of Dortmund would be ideal. Great at being in the right positions and what you want from a defensive midfielder.

  24. SuperMane Returns
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    BBC Football's Fantasy Football advise issued today.....

    'Nigel Pearson may get a response from his players in his first game as Watford boss, but it is probably time to sign Liverpool players (if you don't own three already)'

    Great way for casuals to be stuck with the blank issues in Gameweek 18.

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I have owned 3 all season and will still get 11 out next week...

    2. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      The upside from liverpool this week will be bigger than the downside from no liverpool next week

  25. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Everybody going Vardy C? Quite similar situation as last week with Salah and Mane as options.

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Salah for me

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Salah

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Do you do pot noodle?

    4. nimbin_headers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Would like to captain salah but fear of rotation and early game put me off him. I think its enough to have him and mane as differential

  26. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Good win.

    Really wished Ole would start Greenwood..!

  27. balint84
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Lowton (4.4) to Targett (4.4)
    Or
    Connolly (4.6) to Greenwood (4.3)

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Villa slightly concerning without Mings, I was thinking of Fernández/Schär.. But Targett has great fixtures but a slight injury concern, Guilbert maybe a punt?

      1. balint84
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Or save Lowton?

  28. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Yes Ladies.

    When in doubt, Log Out or Captain Salah.

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Salah C

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Going Vardy, got both though.

  29. Brendan95
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    How is the WC looking atm?

    Gazza/Button
    Robbo/Soy/Lund/Kelly/Rico
    Mane/Son/Alli/Maddison/Cantwell
    Vardy/Abraham/Rashford

    1. Jayv807
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      very close to my current team so I like it. Is Lloris still out for awhile still, as Gazza potentially losing his place would be my only worry, as I hate to use transfers on keepers.

  30. Ole Trafford
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Can’t wait for the European draws going to be some top games