Metrics

Almost 10% of the top 10k FPL managers fail to use their first Wildcard

We take our regular look at the chip usage and player selections of the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers.

This is our first article in the series since the deadline for using the first Wildcard passed.

Remarkably, almost one in ten of the top 10,000 FPL bosses (at the point of the Gameweek 21 deadline) didn’t use the first of their two permitted Wildcards.

World number four Michael Somers is among that number.

It’d be interesting to know why so many didn’t deploy it. Lack of a need to because of a hugely successful first half of the season? Or blissful ignorance of the rules?

Given some of the stats we have seen already on the make-up of the top 10k managers in 2019/20, it may be more the latter.

Since the deadline for Gameweek 20 passed, 2.34% have used their second Wildcard.

Around one in five have already deployed their Bench Boost this season and there is a similar usage of the Triple Captain chip, too.

Approximately one in six of the top 10k have used their Free Hit over the last five months or so.

Discounting the first Wildcard, 61.7% of the top 10,000 managers have yet to use any of their chips.

Around 15% have used at least two of their chips, however.

Approximately 50 of the top 10,000 managers have already maxed out their allocation, including the second Wildcard.

For those who have used their second Wildcard, there are some familiar names in the ‘template’ squad.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) is the most-owned player in these Wildcard sides, sitting in 93.16% of the teams in question.

Jamie Vardy (£10.1m), Sadio Mane (£12.3m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and John Lundstram (£5.1m) were also widely selected.

There was a lack of consensus between the posts, however: two of the three least-owned players in the template squad below are goalkeepers.

There are four differences from the Wildcard ‘template’ to the most-owned squad in the top 10k overall.

Raul Jimenez (£7.5m), Anthony Martial (£7.9m), Adama Traore (£5.6m) and Mathew Ryan (£4.8m) are the differentials of sort in the above graphic, while Nick Pope (£4.7m), Dele Alli (£8.8m), James Maddison (£7.7m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) are the alternatives below.

Just over half of the top 10k captained the sidelined Vardy in Gameweek 21, although there would have been some Mane or Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) vice-captainers amongst that select group who emerged with a 16 or 20-point haul.

Looking in greater detail at the main candidates for the armband in the top 10k below, Salah was the only one who hit a double-digit haul.

As for how the top 10k are set up for Double Gameweek 24, the ownerships for a selection of the various Liverpool double-up and triple-up combinations are currently as follows:

CombinationOwnership
Salah + Mane5.82%
Salah + Alexander-Arnold13.3%
Salah + Robertson1.71%
Mane + Alexander-Arnold58.75%
Mane + Robertson9.54%
Salah + Mane + Alexander-Arnold3.9%
Salah + Mane + Robertson0.19%
Salah + Robertson + Alexander-Arnold0.89%
Mane + Robertson + Alexander-Arnold4.86%

The Mane and Alexander-Arnold combination is by some distance the most popular double-up, while relatively few FPL managers in the top 10k have already lumped on three Liverpool assets (there are other combinations beyond the above, of course).

We’ll surely see those figures rise considerably ahead of Gameweek 24, however.

All data taken from LIVEFPL.NET.

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2,302 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fcsaltyballs
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 4 hours ago

    What to do here please guys, general consensus has been to save so I have 2FT for next week...

    Henderson
    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram
    KDB Mane Salah Grealish
    Vardy Jimenez Greenwood

    McGovern Rico Kelly Dendoncker

    1FT 1.3ITB

    1. Save FT [so I have 2FT to make changes the following gameweek]
    2. Upgrade Greenwood (-4) [would need to change Rico / Kelly to free up funds to do Greenwood >> DCL
    3. Dendoncker Swap [use FT to upgrade Dendoncker to someone like Traore, Sarr, Mooy, etc... but would mean I’m priced out of changing Greenwood moving forward]
    4. Rico / Kelly >> Sidibe [play 442]

    Thanks all

    1. Aftermath
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      Easy save

    2. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      Definetely Save

    3. FirMinaMiMo
        13 days, 4 hours ago

        Roll ft

      • Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 3 hours ago

        Jiménez to ings
        Dendoncker to Maddison

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          13 days, 3 hours ago

          Then play 3-5-2

    4. Aftermath
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 4 hours ago

      How does this look? Bench order correct?

      Guaita
      TAA Chilwell Lundstram
      KDB Mane Maddison Traore
      Aguero(C) Vardy Ings

      Button Cantwell Kelly Aurier

      1. FirMinaMiMo
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          Atlast a kun (c) like me!!!

          Cheers! with toast of beers!

          Good luck 🙂

          1. Aftermath
            • 4 Years
            13 days, 4 hours ago

            Yes, fingers crossed he starts. Good luck to you too

            1. FirMinaMiMo
                13 days, 4 hours ago

                Cheers!!

          2. Whats the Huth
            • 4 Years
            13 days, 3 hours ago

            See what happens mid week.
            If aguero starts. I’d consider selling Kun

        • The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          I guess Tom Brady will be feeling a little DEFLATED right now!

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 3 Years
            13 days, 4 hours ago

            Titanic loss.

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 3 Years
          13 days, 4 hours ago

          Have Hendo and Pope. Looking for cheap gk to rotate with. Pope to

          A. McCarthy
          B. Nyland

          1. FirMinaMiMo
              13 days, 4 hours ago

              A

            • The 12th Man
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              13 days, 4 hours ago

              A

            • Little Red Lacazette
              • 3 Years
              13 days, 4 hours ago

              No love for Heaton's replacement guys?

              1. FirMinaMiMo
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  Sou onto the wheels!!! 🙂 With one man one shooter ings!

              2. Houldsworth Hatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                13 days, 4 hours ago

                A

            • Klein
              • 4 Years
              13 days, 4 hours ago

              Captaincy dilema this week
              Vardy (vs sou)
              Salah/mane (vs tot)
              Kdb (vs avl)

              All look well. Kdb would be juicy but not sure how deep he will play.

              1. FirMinaMiMo
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  I m capping man city! And that is kun ....hehe!

                  1. Klein
                    • 4 Years
                    13 days, 4 hours ago

                    Not worried about kun playing midweek? I think jesus will start.

                    1. FirMinaMiMo
                        13 days, 4 hours ago

                        Both ll start 🙂

                  2. Houldsworth Hatter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 4 hours ago

                    I'd skip KDB just incase. Vardy for me.

                  3. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 3 Years
                    13 days, 4 hours ago

                    Currently on Kdb.

                • Houldsworth Hatter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  I knew I'd have this problem and think Sarr could have a field day against Bournemouth. Can't see who to drop for him though. Is thus good to go? 1FT 1.0m ITB.

                  Fabianski
                  Lundstram TAA Sidibe
                  Mane Martial KDB Maddison
                  DCL Jimenez Vardy

                  Button Sarr Soyuncu Kiko

                  Want to hold FT ideally. Thoughts welcomed.

                • n14mul
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  13 days, 4 hours ago

                  Morning,

                  As most people are planning for a triple up of Liverpool players in GW 24, how many people are seriously considering TC in gw 24 too? 2 away tough away games so is it really an ideal time to TC?

                  1. FirMinaMiMo
                      13 days, 4 hours ago

                      I m planning for BB !!! for dgw

                    • Old Man
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      13 days, 4 hours ago

                      Lots of people. TC is notoriously difficult in which to achieve a good result - often because people delay it until too late. GW24 might represent the best opportunity. Mane/Salah/TAA will all have their devotees.

                      1. n14mul
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        13 days, 4 hours ago

                        True....I already have my triple up of pool players and plan on getting Fabianski in too. But I feel that it's 2 tough away games and is TC really ideal and will it be fruitful.

                        There could and most likely be more opportunity to do TC on another DGW down the line surely?

                        1. Old Man
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          13 days, 3 hours ago

                          We're all crystal ball gazing - we just don't know for certain. I think about 30 to 50% of active managers will play a chip in GW24 - whether it be BB or TC. I've even seen FH mentioned. Good luck with your choice!

                    • Whats the Huth
                      • 4 Years
                      13 days, 3 hours ago

                      I think Tc is ideal yeah. There’s 6 days break between the two games for Liverpool. So I’d expect a strong line up for both games

                    • HollywoodXI
                      • 5 Years
                      13 days, 3 hours ago

                      I’m playing TC. Still to decide whether it’ll be on Salah or Mane.

                  2. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    13 days, 3 hours ago

                    Who to captain?

                    A) Rashford, Nor H
                    B) Vardy Sou H
                    C) Dcl BHA H
                    D) kdb avl A
                    E) Mane or Salah TOT A

                    1. HollywoodXI
                      • 5 Years
                      13 days, 3 hours ago

                      B

                  3. Jammydodger2018
                    • 1 Year
                    13 days, 1 hour ago

                    Will this wildcard team get me into the top 1 million at last?

                    Fab

                    Soyuncu TAA Lundstram

                    KDB Mane Salah Traore

                    Vardy Ings Rashford

                    Bench button, Rico, Williams Dendocker

                  4. In Bale We Trust
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    12 days, 13 hours ago

                    Looks like I'll have to Pope on tonight as he may drop. 2 FTs so don't mind making one early.

                    I've narrowed my options down to Ryan or McCarthy. The extra saved funds and recent Southampton upturn is having me sway towards the Saints man. Any thing else I should consider?

                    1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
                      • 10 Years
                      11 days, 20 hours ago

                      Have you got enough for Henderson nice fixtures coming up until gw30 excluding gw23/24

                  5. Davidwes
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    11 days, 22 hours ago

                    worth doing Alli and Aurier------> Richarlison and Sidibe for -8?

                  6. COYS78
                      9 days, 21 hours ago

                      Wildcard line up - let me know your thoughts

                      Ryan/Foster
                      TAA/Lunds/Gomez/Holgate/Janmaat
                      KDB/Salah/Maddy/Perez/Martial
                      Vardy/DCL/Deeney

                      1. Tsparkes10
                        • 1 Year
                        9 days, 21 hours ago

                        Looks good if you have a BB every week :p

                        1. COYS78
                            9 days, 21 hours ago

                            New to the forum here - not sure on the BB term. :/

                            1. Tsparkes10
                              • 1 Year
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              Bench boost 🙂 basically you'll have a headache every week. I'd get Cantwell in for Perez and maybe Delu over Deeney. Then gomez to Robo