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Why I advise holding onto your FPL Wildcard despite a frustrating start to 2020/21

In his latest article, FPL BlackBox co-host and Scoutcast regular Az urges caution on an early Wildcard in Fantasy Premier League.


I really hoped to be writing this article from a stronger position. Typing away, nestled in the top one million, would have made me feel a lot happier. But it’s looking like another tough start as I try to improve on my current rank of 2,951,645.

I’m taking some encouragement from the slow starts of some fellow top managers. My BlackBox co-host Mark (current rank 2,588,564) has just four points more than me. Joe (current rank 3,847,620) has 11 points less than I do. Lateriser (current rank 4,503,321) is bottom of FPL General’s Elite 64 and, despite being an advocate of a patient approach, hit the Wildcard button last week.

It’s not just Lateriser, though. Wildcards are being activated all over the place; I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t considered it. But after an inquest into what’s gone wrong up until now, I’ve decided to step away from the button.

Reflecting on a chaotic start to the season

With Everton and Wolves getting off to promising starts, it seems illogical to be going forward without any assets from either team. The likes of Raul Jimenez (£8.5m) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.3m) look like great picks, and I don’t blame anyone for finding ways to get them in their team.

However, it does feel like people’s strategies – along with all sense of order and meticulous pre-season planning – have been thrown out of the window somewhat after a truly crazy start to the season.

Instead, I’m trying to remain positive, patient and back the plan that I put into motion pre-Gameweek 1.

New shiny objects are coming and going each week. People are being drawn to them like moths to a flame. I’m not here to say that Wildcarding is wrong. I’m not saying that filling your team with Everton and Wolves players, for example, is a bad move. But just don’t forget, it’s a long season and the Wildcard is the most powerful chip in your arsenal. There are going to be Double Gameweeks coming, likely before the New Year. The transfer window is still open. Players are still finding their fitness, managers are still tweaking their tactics.

The most important thing to remember at this stage is that it’s been two weeks. We’ve already seen people stocking up on Manchester United players, with players like Son Heung-min (£9.0m) being sacrificial lambs to get ahead of the curve. In came Anthony Martial (£9.0m), Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), all of whom looked off the pace and blanked.

But going into Gameweek 3, those who remained patient with Son are enjoying their 23+ points, while those who flocked to United are wondering if they jumped the gun – with many already looking to offload their men in red.

Incredibly, people are going straight back to Son. He lost nearly 400,000 owners last week and has now gained that back and then some at the time of writing.

But, I can’t help but think, other than a half-time tactical masterstroke by Jose Mourinho, Spurs looked ordinary again against Southampton. Have they really turned a corner? Newcastle will sit deep and won’t echo the high line we saw Southampton play. I want to see evidence that Spurs can unlock teams before I bring in their considerably pricey attacking players. They won’t be playing the Saints every week.

It’s clear from this example that what we want one week, can dramatically change next week. While Wildcarding to get ahead of the curve is a viable strategy, for me, I would only be using it at this stage if I could see at least four first XI players that I couldn’t bear to own any longer. There are so many good options in the game currently. Getting out players who I think have chances to deliver for other players that I think have chances to deliver… well, it’s bound to lead to trouble.

With so many players performing, you simply can’t keep chasing last week’s points. You need to build a core squad of players who you feel are likely to deliver over the coming period, give them a chance to repay your faith, and tactically tweak to give yourself the best chance of scoring points. Certain players will haul one week while others blank. It’s inevitable. Next week, the reverse can happen.

Of course, I understand that people feel victim to price rises. Waiting too long on a player can be the difference in upwards of £0.2/£0.3m – and this is important. But I’d argue that getting the timing right on your Wildcard sets you up with the best possible chance of maximising your points from that point onward. The best time, logically, to Wildcard? When we have the largest amount of information at our disposal.

Wolves and Everton

For example, let’s not forget that the transfer window is in full effect. This week, people are flocking to Daniel Podence (£5.5m) of Wolves. Certainly an attractive price, with a great run of games. But is his place in the team threatened by the inbound Nélson Semedo? If Wolves go 3-5-2 as they have done in the past, Podence is going to be up against Pedro Neto (£5.5m), Adama Traore (£5.5m) and Fabio Silva (£5.5m).

Podence, of course, has the potential to far outscore his price tag over the coming period, but do I think he is that much of a better option than Matheus Pereira (£6.0m), who is nailed on, demonstrated his ability with a double-digit haul against Everton, and plays Southampton, Burnley and Fulham between Gameweeks 4 and 7? Not really. I’d rather wait, make sure Podence has got that spot nailed down and then move for him a bit later down the line.

In fact, I’d even argue that alongside Jimenez, Romain Saiss (£5.1m) is the standout option from Wolves. Let’s not forget, they aren’t scoring machines, having plundered as many goals as Southampton in the league last year. In fact, it may be better for us to target their defence. A £5.1m defender doesn’t exactly feel like a player you should be Wildcarding for, however, when a minus four may suffice.

Moving on to Everton. They looked great against Tottenham but, in the first half against West Brom, arguably the best match of the season so far, they looked vulnerable. The red card changed everything. I’m not denying the appeal of their options, but nor do I feel the need to tear my team apart to bring in Calvert-Lewin or James Rodriguez (£7.5m) when they play a Palace side that has only conceded one goal in two games, and then a Brighton outfit who have started the season brightly. They then play Liverpool. They will likely continue to do well, but so may players in my own team, who are finding their feet and many of whom have good fixtures to come.

Looking at my own team


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1,089 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Salah vs Sterling

    Who will score more over the next 4 GWs?

    Sterling - Leics H, Leeds A, Ars H, Wham A
    Salah - Ars H, villa A, Eve A, Shu H

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Has to be Raz

    2. Seanigula
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Is Luiz playing in either of those Arsenal games? 🙂

      I think it’s close, but Salah due to penalties

      1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I hate to admit it but Luiz has actually been good for us recently.

        Still can't wait to see Saliba Gabriel pairing.

        1. Seanigula
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          ?...He’s only played 1 minute this season

    3. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Looks like Sterling on paper but who knows in reality. Too close too call.

      1. SuperG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        On paper, Sterling. On grass, Salah.

    4. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      The answer is Salah

      Sssshhhhh.,.....

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      This makes me want Raz alongside KDB

      1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Let's do this!

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I don't want to!

          1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            🙁

    6. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Salah!

    7. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Drop salah at your own risk

    8. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Raz I think. Locking in KDB and Sterling for me, dropping Salah but doubling up on TAA & Robbo.

      1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You're tempting me

          1. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            and Sterling cappo v Leeds is a possibility

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Stop tempting me

            2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Stop tempting me too

              But you talk lot of sense lately

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 2 days ago

                He always talks sense, love reading his comments

                1. Ser Davos
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Thanks. I must warn you that I come from a place of not knowing. There are better FPL players out there. Not being modest that's just the truth. That's why the Wire, Black Box and Scoutcast are my go tos and I try and listen very carefully.

                  1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Would you do it.. salah to raheem?

                    1. Ser Davos
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      I'm on WC and better players would say Salah all day and every day. I'm inclined to think they're right

                      Last season I overloaded on City and it doesn't always work (lots of mistakes to learn from too 🙂 ). That 8-0 v Watford I had a 0 from Sterling Aguero goal and VC and then KDB. Was a bit of a false economy tbh

                      1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Yeah good on paper at least.

  2. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Bottomed

    Last spots in the WC team.

    a) Werner and James

    b) DCL and TTA

    Martinez
    ________ - Saiss - Taylor/Mitchell/Lamptey
    KDB - Rodriguez - Son - Salah
    ________ - Mitrovic - Jimenez

    Subs: Steer - Bissouma - other 2 defenders

    1. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      In that team? TAA.

      If you had more weight in defence Werner.

      1. Leonard hatred
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Nothing inherently wrong with the team, defence just feels a bit light

        1. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          It's not real football so you do not need to balance Defence and Attack.

          1. You've got red on you.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Soooo, the answer is...

      2. You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Guess that is what I am weighing up...Chelsea's attack in the next few fixtures or 'Pools defence?

    2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B

  3. Sanchit
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Would you use a WC on this current team?

    McCarthy
    R.James Robbo Doherty Digne
    Son J.Rodriguez Rashford
    Kane Jiminez Werner

    Fodder

    Did Auba + Adams -> Jiminez + Rashford so on a -4 already.

    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Nope

      But bottom is too heavy for my liking

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        The only premium mid I'm interested in is KDB
        Want to see how spurs perform against deep lying Newcastle. I can downgrade Kane to generate the cash for KdB

        1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          I see. Yeah Kane is my cash cow as well. Good luck!

  4. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Which option in this WC team?

    A) Säiss, Anguissa and Werner
    Or
    B) Justin, Foden and Jimi

    Martinez
    TAA | Lamptey | Säiss | Digne
    Salah | KDB | Podence | Son (C)
    Werner (V) | DCL

    GK: Steer | Anguissa | Mitchell | Brewster

    1. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Saiss Jimi and bank the 1 million?
      Wolves have potentially the best next 5 fixtures.

      1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        You think Saiss, Podence and Jimi would be fine?

    2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B but not liking 442

      1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah I would change that if I chose B

      2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Most likely a 352 if I change

    3. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Saiss Foden Jimi not an option?

      1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Sorry, see price is issue.

        1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          But yes price as well

      2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Not sure on 3 Wolves players, because I have Podence. Unless, you think it's alright?

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Can't see an issue with 3 Wolves with fixtures. I'm waiting another week to watch more of Podence as missed City match. If Marcel is out for stretch could come running back to Vinagre.

          1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Alright, will take that into account. Personally thought Podence was good, Vinagre a bit suspect. However, that's my opinion

  5. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Is Dunne nailed? Burnley signed a defender didnt they?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      4th choice CB

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        ok ty

    2. doher.ty
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Not nailed - Long, Mee and Tar all ahead of him.

        Mee and Tar were injured so he stepped in.

    3. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Play Soucek (WOL) or Taylor (SOT)?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Taylor

    4. Pad Randa
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      On a WC

      1. Raz (have KdB) + Mitro
      2. J-Rod (have DCL) + Jesus

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        2

      2. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B for me. Jesus underrated.

      3. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers, lads. Upgrade Vinagre to Justin (have exact ITB to do that) or leave him be for now?

      4. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        2 too

      5. Runaway
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        1

      6. Laserface
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        2

    5. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Too late

      1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        to apologize, it's too late

      2. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Better late than never though

    6. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Case for Podence !!

      - Good form:- Podence has 1 goal 4 assists in his last 6 wolves starts ( premier league + europa league)

      - Great fixtures:- whu FUL lee NEW CRY

      - Passes the eye test and plays in a good wolves attack alongside likes of Jimenez and Traore

      - I know he has competition from Neto but at 5.5 given wolves fixtures he's definitely worth a punt. Current the way he's performing its his spot to lose for sure

      Not the end of the world if the punt fails. Can easily move on to likes of Leeds midfeilders, Pereira Trossard in similar price range

      Thoughts ? Are you tempted? Im certainly sold. Easy tranfer for ASM in my case

      1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I'm giving myself one more week to assess

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Me too I think. And has he nailed that spot if they play 3 5 2?

          1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            His place to lose maybe

          2. doher.ty
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Would have to be Adama and Jimmy up top

            • Wılly
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              No

        2. stat sifter 888888
            2 months, 2 days ago

            He's almost certainly the best in that range but a lot of people are doubling up on him and Foden. Remember that Silva is also lurking as well.

            1. HurriKane
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Im not so worried about Silva. The kid has just 1 goal in 12 league games for porto. Will definitely need time to adapt in premier league

              1. stat sifter 888888
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  True, but Podence had 10 appearances and 1 goal total for Wolves before GW1. Silva's been getting regular game-time from the bench as well.

                  1. HurriKane
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Id take more recent data into account

                    Podence has 1 goal 4 assists in his last 6 wolves starts ( premier league + europa league)

                    Id expect the form to continue given the great fixtures wolves got in next 5 gws

            2. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              He’s far from nailed on imo but worth a shout at that price, agreed

              1. HurriKane
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Agree. Id be happy to jump on likes of Pereira Trossard or Leeds midfeilders if thats the case

                The upside.is very high for Podence and is worth a gamble.

          • Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Wood could be interesting in next couple:

            SOUTH/newc/wba/SPURS/CHEl

            teams conceded lots of shots and big chances

            1. stat sifter 888888
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Wrong type of player to capitalise against Southy but your call.

              • Trophé Mourinho
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 2 days ago

                I have Wood, just hoping he goes on a quiet run and no one notices him ticking away.

                1. Zim0
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Me too. And then I've planned to transfer him out for Maupay in GW6.

            2. Pad Randa
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Alright, one more:

              1. Vinagre + Greenwood + Burke
              2. Dunne + Zaha + Podence

              ?

              1. Laserface
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                If Dunne and Pod nailed on , then 2. Otherwise none

                1. Pad Randa
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Yeah, I think I'm going to play it safe(r) with Zaha, Coady and Burke

            3. Feanor
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              I played my WC after GW1, and ended up with 51 points in GW2.

              If I just had made my first transfer of DCL for Antonio, I would have scored 82.

              McCarthy 0
              TAA 7, Justin 7, Egan -2
              Auba (c) 10, Salah 3, Son 24, Saint- Max 1,
              DCL 17, Mitrovic 13, Werner 2

              1. Laserface
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                I would've been in a similar situation but Martinez and Jiminez saved me on the final day. My WC team got 2 more points than my GW1+FT team

            4. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Sounds like Nuno wants to sign another attacking player who is more clinical:
              https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/wolves-transfer-news-nuno-espirito-santo-diogo-jota-b527506.html

              Not good news for Podence, who has not been clinical in front of goal.

              1. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Yeah Podence isn’t a goal scorer really, I can see why Nuno is in the market to replace Jota

              2. Holmes
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Damn it, shouldn't have wasted FT on him

              3. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Tim Spiers, Wolves #1: "That *might* be Wolves done. Still some outgoings, Bennett, Miranda etc, also possible loans for Oskar Buur and Kilman - they think the latter would shine in the Champ."

                Romano saying that Douglas Costa links are more Juve trying to drum up interest.

                Not saying he doesn't want or will get more players, but nothing is happening right now.

              4. NABIL - 1 season 1der
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Imagine getting podence for asm..

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  ....

              5. stat sifter 888888
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Surely he's on about a back-up striker for Jimmy? Already has Neto, Traore and Silva in those positions.

                  1. Wılly
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Fabio is the backup but can also play alongside him

                • Wılly
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Douglas Costa is the name being thrown around but nothing concrete yet

              6. stat sifter 888888
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Az, just want to point out that Wolves were playing a 5-2-3 at the "start of the season" against Sheff with Neto, Jimenez and Podence. Agree that even in a 3 there's rotation risk for Traore and Silva but it looks like the 5-2-3 is here to stay in the PL.

                  1. Az
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Just checked- you’re right of course. Thanks for pointing that out!

                    1. stat sifter 888888
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        No worries at all mate, liked the article and keep it up! You might want to double-check DCL's price rn though......

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

                    Just transfered Saint Maximin to Trossard. Potters Brighton is looking rally good

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

                      Hope Brighton do one on United. Double-teamed by the M23 derby boys 😆

                  3. okan58
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    How do you find the team? Do you have any suggestions for improvement?

                    Pope
                    Doherty - Van Dijk - Mitchell - Lamptey
                    Zaha - De Bruyne - Mane - Son (c)
                    Calvert Lewin - Jimenez.
                    Subs: Nyland, Saint-Maximin, Douglas and Davis.

                    I know my defense and bench isn't that good. How could I best make up for that? Do you have any ideas?
                    Thanks.

                    1. Trophé Mourinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      looks ok for now, downgrade ASM to a 4.5/5.0 at some point. Then upgrade Costa to a playing 4.5, Mitchell will probably drop out soon enough and you really need someone to rotate Lamptey/Mitchell with.

                      1. okan58
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Thanks.

                      2. Trophé Mourinho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Douglas not Costa*

                        1. okan58
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          What is the best alternative to downgrade Saint Maximin?

                          1. Trophé Mourinho
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            not sure tbh, maybe Soucek is the best option. Jorghino has pens still presumably (despite missing the last) but not sure he is gonna be starting all the time. Im not really clued up on these cheaper players, I'd probably consider one of those or Ceballos if I found out their nailedness.
                            Or i'd just go for a 4.5 like Bissouma and be done with it, even with Bissouma flagged i'd still get him assuming I dont need him until he is back.

                  4. Rinseboy
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    For the wildcard

                    A - Werner and Podence
                    B - Jimi and Wood?

                    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      B

                  5. Warby84
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    Am I the only one with no DeBruyne? I have Sterling C this week though...

                    1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Could be. Could work.

                      Could end in tears

                    2. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Sterlings definitely a great option. KDB is just a better option.

                      1. Zim0
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Speaking longterm obviously. Sterling could outscore him this week.

                        1. Warby84
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          I’m tempted to dbl for Leeds, and then decide..

                          1. Zim0
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Yeah good idea

                  6. Jordan.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    for gw2 1 free transfer

                    saka to klich +7 points

                    pleased with that, anybody else do any good??

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Havertz(1)->Jrod(12)

                      1. Jordan.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        nice one ,always been a good player,people should listen to you more ....

                  7. sebidani1990
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    How does this WC team look like?

                    Martínez
                    TAA VVD Castagne Saiss
                    KDB Son JRodríguez Zaha
                    Jímenez DCL

                    Steer Mitchell Costa Mitrovic

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      would have scored 200 pts in wk 2

                    2. Jordan.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      brilliant for gw2

                      ok for gw3 ,but same as everybody else on w/c as far as i can see so cos its template most of the flock are content,but surely no arsenal,chelsea,united is going to leave people in a mess sooner rather than later...

                    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Lacking captaincy options

                  8. FF Dirtbag
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    How does it look for the weekend?
                    Did I hear ndidi is out? Correct (C) considering that?

                    McCarthy
                    TAA KWP Vinagre
                    Salah KDB(c) Son Foden Soucek
                    Werner Jiminez

                    PeacockF; Davis, Mitchell, Justin

                  9. Shaw Manc Redemption
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 2 days ago

                    So on a WC

                    a. Foden and Wood
                    b. Zaha and Bamford

                    Thanks for help. I can't decide. Have Podence if Foden is rotated if that helps

                    1. stat sifter 888888
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Not a Foden over Zaha advocate. Always uncertainty with Bamford and Rodrigo but also think that Wood will struggle this year.

                      • NABIL - 1 season 1der
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        "Have Podence if Foden is rotated if that helps"

                        Hhmmmm

                    2. abcdef3
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Is this wildcard good to go?

                      Martinez
                      VVD - James - Saiss
                      Salah - De Bruyne - Son - Rodriguez
                      Jimenez - DCL - Mitrovic

                      Steer - Lamptey - Anguissa - Mitchell

                      1. Garrincha1962
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        I have very similar:

                        Robbo not VVD,
                        Vinagre not Lamptey
                        Burke not Anguissa
                        Martinez or maybe Ryan
                        Any 4m GK

                    3. Shark Team
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      My comment about Podence in the last article is exactly what Az says. I really believe that with Semedo in it's unclear whether he will be a regular starter

                      1. Daniel - Go Granville
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Az is around 5m mark ranking... Podence is great asset at 5.5m. If you want you can always find a way to see weakness in any fpl option.

                        He will play. Simple as that. Bookmark it. If he loose forms you dont need him anyway but it is practically the next 5-7 GWs that you need him and he is excellent for that.

                        Neto is his competition in 3 5 2 and in 3 4 3 he is nailed on !!

                        Boom. Mike drop 🙂

                        1. Daniel - Go Granville
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          *Mic. Autocorrect sorry

                        2. HurriKane
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Exactly.. Too much overthinking

                          Not the end of the world if the punt fails. Can easily move on to likes of Leeds midfeilders, Pereira Trossard in similar price range if the punt fails

                        3. Wılly
                          • 7 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Neto, Fabio and Traore are his competition depending on the system Wolves are playing.

                          They'll all share minutes in my opinion but Podence and Traore are the most likely to gain minutes, so 5.5 for Podence is peanuts.

                          Annoyed that I picked Klich over him now

                    4. Daniel - Go Granville
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 2 days ago

                      Lads some posts that tonight for Chelsea CHO will start on the right and Havertz will play too to gain match fitness. If he is no 10 or no 8, it is worth monitoring. It will be interesting who will lead the line too.

                      Tilva and Chilwell expected to be involved as well the most exciting game tonight from fpl perspective.

                      I would love to see Havertz score a brace and be all confidence against WBA this weekend

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        puli and Ziyech?

                        1. Daniel - Go Granville
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Not in the squad apparently

                          1. Christina.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            dammit

                          2. Jordan.
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            evertbody sell ziyech then ......please

                        2. Flair
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Will probably be on the bench against West Brom

                      2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Cue WBA learn how to defend

                        1. Flair
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Wouldn't be surprised if it happened

                      3. La Roja
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Havertz to score a brace?

                        That’s a bit long shot based on what we have seeing so far. Lad needs time. An assist would be good lol

                        1. Daniel - Go Granville
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Let's see. Great game for him to gain fitness and confidence. I like Lampards approach.

                      4. stat sifter 888888
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          Worth monitoring.

                          1. Daniel - Go Granville
                            • 11 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Definitely

                      5. Laserface
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Any changes needed for this team? FT used , 0.5m itb

                        Martinez
                        Coleman Taylor Ayling
                        Salah(c) KDB(v) Bruno Doucoure
                        Martial Jimenez DCL

                        Steer, Mitchell,Bissouma,Justin

                      6. TimoTime
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 2 days ago

                        Balanced enough for WC?

                        Martinez,
                        TAA, James, Saiss
                        (K)db, Salah, Son, Podence
                        Jesus, DCL, Mitro

                        (Steer, Burke, Dunne, Lamptey)

                        0ITB

                        Really wanted Jimi up top but can't work him in without sacrificing the defence in a big way and tbh Mitro could easily match Jim over the next 3/4 GW's

                        1. Laserface
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          I like it

                          1. Daniel - Go Granville
                            • 11 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Mitro won't match Jimmy

                        2. Daniel - Go Granville
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          I don't like the strikers

                          1. TimoTime
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            I'm not wild about them either.

                            Who would you have instead?

                        3. stat sifter 888888
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Not sure about Son long-term or particularly against Palace/Man U, even though I put him in my WC last week. Decent placeholder if you have it in your mind to switch to another similarly-priced mid soon though tbf. Everything else apart from Mitro pretty good punts.

                          • Shaw Manc Redemption
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            Yep good side

                        4. Daniel - Go Granville
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 2 days ago

                          If I would WC my strike force would be Richarlison Ings Werner and Werner to Jimmy agter the WBA game

                          1. stat sifter 888888
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              I have Richi from a WC last week but am unconvinced of his FPL value. Assists and maybe playing CF if Calvert Lewin goes off are little consolation for someone classed as a forward imo.

                              Exactly the same with Ings, who is very clinical but has also been forced wider and deeper because of Adams. What are your reasons for picking those two hypothetically?

                          2. Pep bites Kun
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 2 days ago

                            In the podcast Az contemplates a wc team. In this article he's advising against. Is sitting on the fence a viable alternative to affirmative action or is it just blowing smoke smoke up ones own ass? 😉

                            1. Pep bites Kun
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              *have one smoke - in no way, shape or form do FFS condone the use of tobacco products

                            2. stat sifter 888888
                                2 months, 2 days ago

                                He does say WC if you have 4+ issues. Maybe that's what he said in the podcast as well? I prefer articles to pod-casts though, more structured and concise content generally.

                                1. Pep bites Kun
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 2 days ago

                                  Not enough good enough articles/podcasts to look back on - very little challenge - far to wishy-washy for me. Thanks for your response though o/ 🙂

                                  1. Pep bites Kun
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 2 days ago

                                    *too

                            3. El Fenomeno R9
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 2 days ago

                              Pro pundits...paralysis by analysis

                              Played mine GW2(after 80points in GW1) got 93points and well set up.

                              Play when you feel its best for your team,no rules

                              1. stat sifter 888888
                                  2 months, 2 days ago

                                  Similar to mine but I can understand it for those who don't watch games and just highlights/overly reliant on individual stats. If you use good comparisons between teams and systems and you have enough info to tinker to a much improved result then it massively mitigates the risk of dropping off. I'm also far less confident about this week's results lol.

                                  1. El Fenomeno R9
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 2 days ago

                                    Law of averages says we should have not so good GW but lets see.
                                    Just gut feeling about WC,didnt like McCarty,KWP,Doherty,Havertz,ASM and wanted Digne,KDB,Bruno and Hamez.

                                    Different for every manager and style,no rules