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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. Trophé Mourinho
      5 months, 16 days ago

      is everyone losing Ings after Villa? Those red fixtures, he could score in all. Might keep him for Chelsea and see how he does game to game basis, he will be av even bigger differential than b4

      1. Taking the Mkhitaryan
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        No reason to sell.
        Cheap, scoring goals. Defo keep

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

        The way it’s looking, everyone will have Vardy and Rashford. Can imagine Abraham will have precedence over Ings as well. I love Ings but am admittedly looking to shift.

        1. Trophé Mourinho
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Tammy looks like an obvious upgrade, but if Ings scores vs AV, I cant see me losing him. Many, many will ditch after AV, sticking feels good

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

              Enjoy him then. He’s good for the dream Salah Mané double up as well.

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

          Yeah, who knows.. Thinking about it. Should I keep him or Tammy.. Good value for sure.

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

          Yeah, am upgrading to Rashford

      3. Kaiser123
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Am I mad KDB, Maddison and Ings to Son, 5.2 mid & Rashford?

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Do you have to play the 5.2 every week? Or can you cover it with 4 at the back?

          • nerd_is_the_werd
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Great players, but can you sell other players for Rashford and Son?
              Think KDB, Maddison and Ings could score solid points over the season.

            • Destroyer of teams
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 16 days ago

              I’m gonna Captain KDB next week so I would say yes, overdue a haul

            • Kaiser123
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Not sure how I can fit in with

              Mane Alli Mad Mount KDB

              Vardy Ings Tammy

          • JJeyy
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Is Pulisic to Grealish too knee jerk?

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

              No. It's a good move

            2. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Not at all

            3. Hits from the Bong
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 16 days ago

              What?

            4. pjomara
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              No, hardly knee-jerk, Pulisic with no returns in 5 games and tough fixtures, Grealish in great form and great fixtures

          • FirminoIsBetterThanYou
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Make the Mount -> Grealish move tonight to avoid price drops?

            1. JabariParkersEyelid
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Depends how much you need the .1 moving forward. I do early transfers all the time though I know I probably shouldn't so I'd say it's fine. What's life without a bit of risk.

              • yakirh
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                No from me. Want more info

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

              Who is a better goalkeeper? Kepa or Roberto Jimenez?

              1. Berbinho's Forehead
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Kepa has regressed a lot in a short period of time.

            3. Jarvish Scott Talent
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Man City (1/2) and Man U (11/13) are the only teams to be odds on to win at the moment in GW18.

            4. Lucas8406
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Should I do Mount to Alli and Robertson to Aurier? (But have Son is a triple up too much?)

                1. yanky
                  • 10 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  i like those moves

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

                  Good from my eyes.

              • Nuno
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                A. Tielemans to Son
                B. Pulisic to Son
                C. Both out for a hit (Son & 8.1 Mid)

                Gazzaniga
                Lundstram Rico Kelly
                Alli Pulisic Tielemans Dendoncker
                Vardy Abraham Rashford(c)

                (Taylor, Mane, TAA) --- 4.1 ITB & 1 FT

              • ninja
                • 9 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Salah and Traore > Son and Martial for free ??

                1. ninja
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Currently
                  Salah KDB Dele Traore Dendonker
                  Vardy Abraham Jimenez

              • Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                is Rico nailed ? or shall i go for a villa defender ? thanks

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  targett maybe ?

                2. ninja
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Yes I'd say nailed

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    thanks ninja

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

                  I would say Targett

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    cheers might go for him yes

              • MiLK2018
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                Is any of these move good to navigate GW 18? Thx

                A) Cantwell -> Martial
                B) Greenwood -> Ings
                C) Hold FT

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

                  Who do you have on your bench? Both seem good.

                  1. MiLK2018
                    • 2 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Mane, TAA, and Cantwell/Greenwood on bench

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

                      Probably worth doing one of them then

                2. JabariParkersEyelid
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    A is better no question. Our (Saints fan) fixtures turn after 18 I wouldn't fancy having Ings then.

                3. sandman58
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  A)Sterling
                  B)Richarlison
                  C)Grealish
                  Best pick for next gw??
                  1 week only

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

                  Guys, feel like I've been under a rock for a few days.

                  What's the score with West Ham's keeper David Martin?

                  Possibly have a spare transfer this week, worth bringing in as a replacement for Button?

                  1. sandman58
                    • 1 Year
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Fabianski back in the new year mate
                    If ya dont plan playing Martin then dont waste a transfer

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

                      Thanks Man, appreciate it. 🙂

                5. Rinseboy
                  • 8 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Thoughts on TAA and Cantwell to Digne and Grealish?

                  Guaita
                  Lunds Rico Aurier
                  Cantwell Son Alli Maddison
                  Tammy Vardy Rash
                  Button Mane TAA Soy

                6. Trophé Mourinho
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Chances of Williams (Man U) getting some starts in next few weeks?

                    1. SADIO SANÉ
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      I got him last week, he should at least play one of them 😀

                      1. Trophé Mourinho
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          hmmm, I like a punt 😀
                          If he starts tomorrow he is in

                          1. SADIO SANÉ
                            • 4 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            I kinda regret it tbh, but Kiki Femenia was my only other option so not really

                            1. Trophé Mourinho
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                you never know, if Young gets injured tomoorrow he could get some starts

                        • sandman58
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          Slim
                          Competing wit Shaw and Young
                          Try to squeeze Kelly or Rico in

                          1. Trophé Mourinho
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              ye have Rico, getting Kelly annoyingly requires me to use both fts, outpriced by 0.2 -_-

                        • marzo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          2ft's + WC next GW probably.
                          What would you do? Looking at 1 week punts.

                          Henderson.
                          Robbo, Soyuncu, Lundstram, Kelly.
                          Pulisic, Mane, KDB, Salah.
                          Abraham, Vardy.
                          Button, Cantwell, Williams, Wickham.
                          2ft. 0.4m ITB.

                          1. yanky
                            • 10 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            i have a similar team, just 1 FT but im already activated the wildcard with 3 liverpool players and the rest with tough fixtures/no united villa coverage

                        • sandman58
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          Does anyone fancy predicting which players will rise 0.2 this week??

                          1. Trophé Mourinho
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Kelly

                            • KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Salah and Martin

                              1. sandman58
                                • 1 Year
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Surely not

                                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Sorry my tongue was in my cheek. Probably nobody, Spurs assets most likely

                                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                    • 3 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    Depending how they do tomorrow

                            • Jarvish Scott Talent
                              • 5 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              None

                            • noquarternt
                              • 4 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Look at fplstats and see who’s got a huge arrow up and is near one rise.

                            • SADIO SANÉ
                              • 4 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Martial

                            • nerd_is_the_werd
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Lundstram

                            • Don Kloppeone
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Hola gents. Which one of these looks best in advance of GW18?

                              A) Mount > Son (FT)
                              B) Mount, Dendo > Son, Grealish (-4)

                              1FT 5.3itb
                              Guaita
                              Lunds, Willems, Rico
                              Alli, Maddison, Mount*, Dendo*
                              Vardy, Abraham, Ings
                              (McGovern) (Soy, TAA, Mané)

                              Thanks!

                            • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                              • 4 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Two quickies...
                              A. Best Jimenez downgrade after gw18 (due to fixtures)? Tempted by maupay.
                              B. Is Kelly the best sub 4.5 def? Have Rico

                            • Ruud000
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Quick shout to Magnus Carlsen...#1 in World in two disciplines. Fair play.

                              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                • 5 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                aye very impressive !! wonder which one he enjoys most 😉

                            • pingissimus
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Roll or move KdB on to Rich or Alli?

                              Hendo
                              Guilbert Lund Rico (TAA Soy)
                              KdB Son Maddison Grealish (Mane)
                              Vardy Rashford Ings

                              No intention of moving Liverpool assets on

                            • GRPunk
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Targett or Rico?

                              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                • 5 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                targett for me. i have the same dilemma

                              2. JabariParkersEyelid
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Rico set fair longer term fixture wise, just been looking at Ramsdale as a Pope replacement in a couple of weeks.

                                  If you have wildcard in the pocket probably Targett though he will fancy a return next week absolutely wild we sold him.

                              3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                                • 4 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Dumping Pulisic...is Abraham still a keeper long term?

                                1. Magic Zico
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Pulisic to who if already have Grealish, Martial and Alli?

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

                                  im dumping for rashford

                              4. Simmering Marv'
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Anybody free hitting next week to solve Liverpool blank?

                                1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                                  • 8 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  doesnt feel like a big enough blank to justify.......you should have a playing bench

                                2. Magic Zico
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Not for me

                                3. Yank Revolution
                                  • 8 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Nope

                              5. Colonel Shoe 肝池
                                • 8 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                tomori to aurier?

                                would like to avoid auriers price rise, but what say you?

                              6. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                                • 7 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Woke up to see OR went from 175j to 40k ..happy days

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

                                  Well done

                                  Should have played BB 😉

                                  1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                                    • 7 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    Yep 🙂

                                    Now zaha and kelly to shine from the bench!

                                2. KAPTAIN KANE
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Great stuff! Think I'm around 29k now with 4 to play, exciting times!

                                  1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                                    • 7 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    Nice work!

                                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                      • 3 Years
                                      5 months, 16 days ago

                                      Thanks, finally a stroke of luck

                              7. Nightf0x
                                • 4 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Ryan (buton)
                                Aurier/soy kely lund (taa soy/aurier)
                                Dendo son kdb grealish (mane)
                                Vardy rash tamy

                                Which?. 1 ft & will WC gw20
                                A) kdb to richar
                                B) taa to other def. (Will get him back gw20)
                                C) roll ft, gw19 kdb dendo to puli-zaha mount-richar

                                1. yanky
                                  • 10 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  wildcard now!! 🙂

                                  1. Nightf0x
                                    • 4 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    wont make many changes, gw20 might there be big changes so let it for gw20

                              8. KAPTAIN KANE
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Best out of a bad bunch?

                                A) Heaton
                                B) Krul
                                C) Mccarthy

                                Thanks

                                1. NABIL - Gettin' Siggy …
                                  • 7 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  A

                                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                    • 3 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    Thanks

                              9. Trophé Mourinho
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  that block was why soy got a bap

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

                                  Bit of banter there between Vardy and Krul over the goal 🙂