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Fifth of top 10k FPL managers yet to play first Wildcard

Roughly a fifth of the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers are yet to use their first Wildcard.

Time is running out to deploy this chip as it is only active for the next three Gameweeks, disappearing after Gameweek 20.

Following the passing of Saturday’s deadline for Gameweek 17, 81.09% of the top 10k had played their Wildcard.

As you can see from the table above, 0.87% of them played the Wildcard for Gameweek 17, taking the overall total for the top 10k to 81.09%.

That means 18.9% of managers at this level still have it in their pocket, ready to deploy over the Christmas period.

Our ProPundit writer Simon March did an article earlier this week on the pros and cons of using the Wildcard later in the season and is certainly an interesting read. READ IT HERE.

Those that do deploy their Wildcard between now and the end of the year may well end up with squads that look a bit like the above.

This is the template Wildcard put together by those using it for Gameweek 17.

As you can see, the Brighton double-up between the sticks is the most-popular goalkeeper combination, featuring Mat Ryan (£4.8m) and David Button (£4.0m).

The most fashionable defenders in these select squads match the quintet considered the best by the majority of top 10k managers.

John Lundstram (£5.1m), Martin Kelly (£4.3m), Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.1m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) and Diego Rico (£4.3m) are all the top five most popular defenders both for the top 10k generally, and those who Wildcarded for Gameweek 17 – in the same order as well.

There is some disparity in midfield though.

Sadio Mané (£12.3m), who assisted and had a headed goal ruled out for offside in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday, is the most popular in both sets, in 87.4% of Wildcard squads and 85.8% of top 10k squads.

By contrast, Mohamed Salah (£12.2m), who has double-figure hauls in each of his last two Premier League outings, is only in 16.8% of top 10k squads, suggesting he can act as a powerful differential at this level from Gameweek 19 onwards, as Liverpool are without a fixture in Gameweek 18.

While James Maddison (£7.8m) is in 59.6% of top 10k squads for Gameweek 17, he is in 71.3% of the Wildcard squads at this level, indicating how popular he is.

The Wildcard users have also taken the opportunity to invest in the Spurs midfield double-up too, with considerably more vigour than the rest of the top 10k.

Son Heung-min (£10.0m) and Dele Alli (£8.7m) are in 56.3% and 42.5% of Wildcard squads at this level but are only in 51.8% and 34.7% respectively in normal top 10k teams.

The true power of these players for those further down the rankings is shown by how few managers own Son and Alli overall. As things stand, their worldwide ownership figures are 21.0% and 12.5% respectively.

Meanwhile, if Kevin de Bruyne (£10.2m) manages to return to usual FPL form against Arsenal’s then he could help arrest a slew of sales.

He may still be in 60% of top 10k squads but that number has been falling each week for some time now.

Furthermore, the Manchester City midfielder has been selected by just 37.9% of top 10k managers playing their Wildcard for Gameweek 17.

So far, it has been a disappointing Gameweek for the in vogue forward line of Jamie Vardy (£10.1m), Tammy Abraham (£8.0m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.0m).

The Leicester City forward was handed an overwhelming majority for the Gameweek 17 captaincy, with 71.2% backing for it among the top 10k, but arguably failed to fully deliver on his promise.

Despite finishing the match at the King Power Stadium with more shots on target than any other player, Vardy did not find the net officially.

He was initially awarded the goal for Leicester’s equaliser but was shortly after stripped of it, Tim Krul (£4.5m), quite rightly, accredited with an own-goal instead.

Meanwhile, Mané (backed by 18.6%) came in as a distant second, managing to outscore Vardy by one point.

As already mentioned, Salah’s big haul against Watford was especially powerful for those who captained him.

With the vast majority of top 10k managers getting 10 points for Vardy, a 32-point haul for the Egyptian will surely have propelled the 4.5% who captained him into the highest reaches.

As for the rest of the popular forward line, Abraham blanked in a surprise defeat to Bournemouth while Rashford awaits his owners in a meeting with Everton on Sunday afternoon.

A final word on the chips as 2.6% of the top 10 deployed the Triple Captain for Gameweek 17.

Our Scoutcaster and ProPundit Az also pulled the trigger for his enhanced armband.

Like many of those in the top 10k, the chosen recipient was Vardy, and, chances are, his Triple Captain backers were expecting a lot more than one assist against Norwich.

All data taken from LIVEFPL.NET.

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1,952 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FPL FREAK
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Need a review..

    My team: 35 pts with KDB, Son, Alli and Kelly to play

    My cup opponent's team: 54 pts with Gazzaniga, Aurier and Martial to play.

    Do u think I have any chance to beat him..?? Or is it game over for me..???

    1. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Will be pretty tough, need some Son and KDB magic

      1. FPL FREAK
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Thanx

    2. FirMinaMiMo
        3 months, 22 days ago

        No worries yur opponent wont excede 64 🙂 ....but yur players hve to do something to chase 65

        1. FPL FREAK
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Thanx..

          1. FirMinaMiMo
              3 months, 22 days ago

              No worries i m also into same situation ....with a hope of magic (son kdb)

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          no one knows

        3. Don Van Vliet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          If Spurs concede you should be okay.

      • lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        1 ft 2.7 ITB.. which one seems a better option -

        A Pulisic to Alli , start Soyuncu this gw
        B Nakamba to Graelish (Soy on bench), get Alli for Norwich away by downgrading mousset and going 3-5-2

        1. MoManeTaa
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          B

      • Burger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        How did Tammy look yesterday? 0 returns in 4 of last 5 is making me twitchy.

      • FPLGraham
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        People just gonna play Soybean next week? Take the 0/1 pointer?

        1. Duffy Dunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Trying to avoid playing him by bringing a Villa def in for TAA.

        2. Amey
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 22 days ago

          He's on first bench

        3. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          with two of my defenders red flagged i have no choice really, more points to be gained bringing in Martial and Rashford

      • Duffy Dunk
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Guilbert or Targett? Explain why please.

      • KINGS
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Guys. Which of these your top picks over x’mas period?

        A) Alli
        B) Martial
        C) KDB
        D) Richarlison

        1. FirMinaMiMo
            3 months, 22 days ago

            A...

          • Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 22 days ago

            A or C

        2. FirMinaMiMo
            3 months, 22 days ago

            A

          • FOO FIGHTER
              3 months, 22 days ago

              Looks like the wheels have come off at Chelsea and their fixtures coming up are really tough.

              Already ditched Pulisic now I am wondering about Tammy.

              Next up Spurs for CHE and not sure whether I should move on Tammy to upgrade Traore and play 5 in the middle.

              1. FirMinaMiMo
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Just do it.... Chelsea young team wont be much deeper !!!

                • Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  hold Tammy

              2. Nabs Kebabs
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                @Albrightondknight

                All I can say about your team for now is that Tielemans really has to go.

                KDB is such a tricky one, it all depends on how he goes against Arsenal. Honestly it depends on what he scores, people think it's kneejerky but a blank and he becomes a decent option to sell imo. A haul and I'd even look at bringing him in for Mane myself. Price movement could go either way with him.

                Alli is very important to own though with his upcoming fixtures and he must come in this GW imo.

                Rashford and Martial are still a tough call. The Everton game will tell us a lot. Martial has more potential value in him but Rashford is on some streak and will be impossible to ignore if he scores again.

                TAA -> Targett or Rico is a smart move to raise funds in your side.

                These are really just a bunch of random thoughts as at this stage it's difficult to pinpoint exact moves. Hope it helps. And last thing I will add is do not be at all afraid of taking hits, it's really quite liberating.

                1. Albrightondknight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Thanks.
                  The logic you have here is that Tielmans needs to go and Alli is a good option and I can’t disagree
                  Inbs has some tough fixtures down the line but definitely worth holding.
                  Apart from my utd disdain I think inconsistency will rear it’s head again so like you I am not convinced maybe not even by Rashford

              3. Usyismail
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Best two players to bring for next gameweek, a 2 one week punt? Any suggestions

                1. HurriKane
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Grealish Rashford

                  1. Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    This

                  2. Usyismail
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Owk, i want to remove salah and tielemans preferably, then i will activate wildcard after gw18

                2. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Martial Rashford

              4. HurriKane
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Any chelsea attacker worth holding on to ?

                Honestly non fills me with confidence at the moment

                1. Usyismail
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Yeah, but abrahan shown he can be a reliabke asset, am still holding too

              5. Amey
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Need Son to match Alli to go ahead in FFS cup

              6. mlm
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Gazzaniga (Button)
                Aurier Lundstram Kelly (TAA Soyuncu)
                Son Maddison Pulisic Zaha (Mane)
                Vardy Rashford Abraham

                0.3ITB, 1FT

                A) Mane => Grealish/Martial
                B) Pulisic => Grealish/Martial
                C) Both A+B
                D) Save

                1. mlm
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Planning to Zaha => Salah in GW19

              7. StayoutheSpiceZone
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 22 days ago

                Score predictions?

                Man U 3-1 Everton
                Wolves 2-3 spurs
                Arsenal 2-5 Man City

                Would be lovely

                1. FirMinaMiMo
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Man u vs eve ....3-2

                  • Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    2-1
                    1-3
                    1-4

                  • The 12th Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    2-2
                    1-2
                    1-3

                  • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    0 - 1
                    0 - 2
                    0 - 3

                    3 away wins with home teams scoring no goals

                    Might put a quid on it

                2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Gylfi Sigurdsson

                  GW18

                  Talk to me

                  1. The 12th Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Rather have Richarlison

                  2. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    get Martial instead

                3. Hakim Ziyech
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Bournemouth have kept more cleansheets than Liverpool. Strange season thus far

                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Liverpool’s cleansheet record this season is one of her weirdest things I’ve eve seen in FPL - and I’ve seen some weird things in this game

                    Salah being only 10 points behind Mané despite playing half the season so far with a broken ankle isn’t far behind it. Their respective prices at the minute likewise.

                    1. Hakim Ziyech
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      Yeah... I still believe the cleansheets will roll in

                4. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  Best defender below 5.3 for next 5 Gameweek?

                  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 22 days ago

                    Surging Serge Aurier

                5. True Deadzoner
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 22 days ago

                  First time in 8 years I have 2 FT and dont know what to do

                  Pope
                  TAA Pereira Lundstram Aurirer Kelly

                  Mane Son Alli Maddison hayden

                  Vardy Abraham Jiminez

                  Any idea?

                  1. FirMinaMiMo
                      3 months, 22 days ago

                      4-3-3... Get kane by ditching maddison next home 2 fixtures 🙂 literally i m think for that

                      1. FirMinaMiMo
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Oops ditch dele

                          1. True Deadzoner
                            • 8 Years
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            Alli better value than kane

                            1. FirMinaMiMo
                                3 months, 21 days ago

                                But for better captaincy i m suggesting 🙂

                        • 007 [RoboKlopp]
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          Get Rashford imo

                          1. True Deadzoner
                            • 8 Years
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            Jimienz has Norwich next

                        • FirMinaMiMo
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            Wait for pogba news!!!

                          • circusmonkey
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            2nd goalie improvement?

                            1. True Deadzoner
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 22 days ago

                              maybe but still play pope til WC

                        • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 22 days ago

                          KDB - 1G, 2A, 3 baps
                          Alli - 1G, 1A, 2 baps
                          Guaita - CS, 3 saves, pen save, 3 baps

                          Sound about right for remaining fixtures?

                          1. Nabs Kebabs
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            3 months, 22 days ago

                            A bit conservative there mate 😉

                          2. FirMinaMiMo
                              3 months, 22 days ago

                              baps means????

                              1. FirMinaMiMo
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  Got it 🙂

                              2. Holmes
                                • 6 Years
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                Remaining fixtures in this month? Yes. 😀

                              3. Wally banter
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                would take that, add something for jiminez too

                            • Van der Faart
                              • 8 Years
                              3 months, 22 days ago

                              2FT here and a little worried going into next week.

                              Hendo (Gazza)
                              Soyu Rico Kelly Lundy (TAA)
                              Alli KDB Maddison (Mane Dendo)
                              Abraham Vardy Ings

                              0 itb. Any early thoughts? Thinking Abraham to Jimi for a week anyway. Is it a waste of a transfer?

                            • circusmonkey
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 22 days ago

                              Is it worth a hit to get Son instead of Alli? Obvs see how today goes.

                            • Slitherene
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 22 days ago

                              Matip, Mount, Salah ➡ Lundstram, Son, Alli/Martial

                              This move, for the next 2 fixtures??

                            • Klein
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 22 days ago

                              Damn gonna have a big fall today with only rashford and alli to play. Was hoping something from ings.

                              1. Holmes
                                • 6 Years
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                I guess not many highly owned players I left?

                                1. RamaJama
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  Rashford, Son, Alli, Jimenez, Auba, kdb, Sterling

                                  1. RamaJama
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    3 months, 22 days ago

                                    Kane

                              2. RamaJama
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                Not necessarily, depends on how they and other players play.

                                Have left Alli, Son and Rashford and hoping for a rise.

                                1. Zico Senna
                                  • 8 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  Same players left for me also

                              3. Zico Senna
                                • 8 Years
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                Hardly? In 49 pts already? Those two left should be fine?

                            • Wally banter
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              3 months, 22 days ago

                              Had a cheeky red arrow yesterday, can i keep my hopes up with the following remaining?
                              38 with Guaita, Jiminez, Rashford, Kdb, Alli remaining

                              1. RamaJama
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                Absolutely, these can get you up to 80+

                                1. Wally banter
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  haha, thank you for the kind words... with 60 i will be more than happy

                            • FOO FIGHTER
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                Question here.

                                If I play my free hit, will that wipe out the FT I made yesterday?

                                1. GE
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  Yup

                                2. THFC4LIFE
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  I believe so

                                3. Daniel Son
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  Is it a good time to play free hit chip? I dont really like the fixtures next week

                                  1. Duffy Dunk
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 22 days ago

                                    Playing freehit in gw18 would feel like wasting it, considering the fixtures.

                              • Daniel Son
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                3 months, 22 days ago

                                Is Pulisic passing the underlying stats test but failing the eye test?

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    3 months, 22 days ago

                                    I got rid.

                                  • RamaJama
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    3 months, 22 days ago

                                    Well, his Stats haven’t given you much points lately...

                                2. Reckoner.
                                  • 8 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  Soyuncu, KDB & Jimenez > Kelly, Alli & Rashford (-4)?

                                  Already have Kane

                                  1. GE
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 22 days ago

                                    Nah

                                3. Azzastaan
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  I am going Robertson to Rico for Gw18. I already have Taa and Mané

                                  Then with 2.9itb. I will change either Mane or KDB to Salah.

                                  Thoughts on this thanks

                                  1. Duffy Dunk
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 22 days ago

                                    Why bring a LIV player in, when they blank in gw18 and play away to LEI in gw19?

                                    1. Azzastaan
                                      • 1 Year
                                      3 months, 22 days ago

                                      The next part is for gw19 forgot to mention. Only robo to rico this week

                                4. GE
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  Mane and Mount ->

                                  A) Son and Maddison
                                  B) Son and Martial (have Rash)
                                  C) Son and Grealish
                                  D) Son and Richarlison
                                  E) Other suggestions?

                                  1. Van der Faart
                                    • 8 Years
                                    3 months, 22 days ago

                                    Will you get Mane back in or do you have Salah as well?

                                    1. GE
                                      • 3 Years
                                      3 months, 22 days ago

                                      Only have Mane, will probably get him back or Salah after their fixture swing.
                                      Have KDB, Son, Alli, Vardy or Rash to make that move

                                  2. Daniel Son
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 7 Years
                                    3 months, 22 days ago

                                    I wouldnt get Maddison until after they play Liverpool. C or D

                                    1. GE
                                      • 3 Years
                                      3 months, 22 days ago

                                      Good point, thanks

                                    2. Duffy Dunk
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      3 months, 22 days ago

                                      I think MCI & LIV are the types of games Maddison can do well in.

                                5. Bobby Digital
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 22 days ago

                                  Heaton
                                  Aurier Lundstram Kelly
                                  Zaha KDB(c) Maddison Dendonk
                                  Vardy Abraham Pukki

                                  Schmeich VVD TAA Salah

                                  0itb, 1FT, WC intact

                                  Any ideas? Would you save or transfer out one Pool player and then bench Dendonk?