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Son Heung-min the most-owned FPL asset in ‘template’ Wildcard squads

Son Heung-min‘s (£9.2m) second haul of 2020/21 inevitably led to a huge surge in demand, with just under two million more Fantasy Premier League managers recruiting the Korean midfielder ahead of Gameweek 5.

Son is indeed the most-owned player in both the top 10k and overall template Wildcard squads, featuring in over 80% of these teams in both instances.


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The squads above are closely matched as one would expect, with only two differences: Callum Wilson (£6.5m) and James Justin (£4.7m) feature in the top 10k Wildcard template team, with Patrick Bamford (£5.8m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) taking their places in the overall set-up.

The top 10k Wildcarders have eschewed premium defenders above £6.0m, with both sets of managers also going with cheap options between the posts.

Over one in three FPL managers have now used their first Wildcards, with that figure down at around 25% for those inside the top 10k at the point of the Gameweek 5 deadline.

Around 60% of managers have yet to use a single chip in 2020/21, both within the top 10k and outside of it.

Over 10% of FPL bosses have used two or more of their chips, with the Triple Captain the next most-popular option after the Wildcard.

Back to Gameweek 5 and there’s a real split in terms of captaincy choices, particularly when we look at the overall picture.

Not one asset was backed with the armband by more than 18% of FPL managers, with Son narrowly the most-popular pick.

Within the top 10,000, the situation is markedly different.

Harry Kane (£10.6m) was handed the captaincy by almost one in two of these high-flying managers ahead of Spurs’ match against West Ham United.

Indeed, only Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) features in more of the top 10,000 teams than Kane – the in-form striker’s ownership is at 70.43% within the leading pack but down at 28.85% overall.

Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) is an interesting inclusion in the midfield of around one in five squads in the top 10k.

One in four managers overall will be forced into a transfer if Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) is, as rumoured, ruled out for a long period of time.

A similar number still own Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) despite the Belgian being red-flagged. Even at this early stage of the campaign, “ghost teams” will be starting to skew those overall figures.

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  1. The Knights Template
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Arise, everybody!

  2. Bank$y
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    1-4 is a farce. Harsh on Darlow at the least, he should be MOTM.

  3. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bruno (C)

    Rollercoaster

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Nice one but mate.... what’s with the -24 hit?!?

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        🙂

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          That’s pretty damn excessive! Was it intentional?

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yup. Needed to breathe again

            Don't mind me

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Lol. GL mate 😆

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Lol. This is why I think you're the most entertaining FPL account to follow over the season. Just a casual -24 point hit xD

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Lmao

                I had already lost it after the Bruno pen miss (first in his career?)

                Left the game. Came back after the match to a surprise

                Wondering what crazy thing happens next. Jimmy hat trick?

    2. Sloane426
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      -24 lmao. What’s the point of even playing?

      1. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Fun

        1. puhd
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          It’s how it should be. Good mate!

  4. Saka_me_sideways
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Worst. Season. Ever.

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        there are many many goals so simply 7 premium attackers me thinking

        1. Saka_me_sideways
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I’m doing amazingly well to avoid all the goals. WC’d out Werner, Adams and Bruno this week...

      2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Rashford(C) saying everytime myself even here unfortunatley miss deadline due to some busy work schedule anyway i will take that point even without captaincy!!! Cheers !!!

      3. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Maybe it is time to run the Reeson strategy again? For those who don't what is that it is all 4.5 defenders and rotating them. Max 1 premium defender is allowed in certain periods.

        He is the winner with the highest margin in the history of the game, just for the record.

        What do you think?

        1. noone
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          looking and where the season is heading, why not give it a shot?

          1. noone
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            at*

        2. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          If ever there was a season for Reeson, this is it

        3. Only a Hazard of time
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          That's what I've been doing. TAA and a bunch of 4.5s allows me to have a front 7 of Son, Bruno, Salah, Podence, DCL, Ings and Mitro. Got 2.5 ITB from KdB -> Son so Mitro or Podence could be upgraded when needed.

        4. UnitedRthebest
            1 month, 13 days ago

            What was the margin and what year?

            1. Daniel - Go Granville
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              5 years or so, 100+ pts

              1. UnitedRthebest
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  wow 100 pts. Cheers!

          • Alexis Nonsense
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Just as they had a reason to sack him...then they turn up for a few

          • Rinseboy
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Thoughts on KDB and Jimi to Bruno and Aguero for a -4?

            1. noone
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Would wait to see all the games this GW, plus CL and injury update

            2. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              You kept KdB?

              I'm not getting rid of Jimi personally. He gets lee NEW CRY at the very least and then we'll see.

              No interest in Fernandes despite his haul because of CHE ARS eve in next 3. Maybe in a few weeks' time.

              1. Daniel - Go Granville
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                if kepa plays bfuno captain

          • noone
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Martinez Steer
            TAA Saiss Chilwell Lamptey Mitchell
            KDB Son Salah Rodriguez Burke
            Brewster Mitro Jiminez

            Madness to do TAA+ Burke--> KWP/leeds fullback + Pulisic?

          • Noah’s Ark
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            My gw1 team done brilliant this week. My WC in gw3 has me get rid of Wilson before his haul, Rashford, Fernandes, Werner, Ings. Yuck.

          • Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Are Newcastle whipping boys?

            1. Ron_Swanson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If Utd put 4 past them it doesn’t bode well

            2. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              4-1 flattered United a bit. Well, the 4 did anyway.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                28 shots, 14 on target

              2. The Senate
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                match stats and the fact that Newcastle players couldn't put the ball in the net suggest otherwise.

            3. Traction Engine Foot
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Quite a few teams are worse than then, but they will get a few thrashings.

          • Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Did Bruno just haul, o yeah he did, thanks for coming

          • Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            As a Werner(c), Salah, Sterling, DCL owner I have to say that was a good day for fpl.
            Doesn’t make up for the actual result tho...

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              OR 7m before this week?

              1. The Chosen One...
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Have same players and ranked 122k

            2. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              You’ll have a monster score this week!

              Well done trusting in Werner I guess!

            3. MidTableFantasy
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Same 🙂 plus Bruno (and Shaw..............)

          • TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            What a stupid gameweek (again)

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I know, in form players and premium players scoring points, stupid gwk

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Every single viable option has scored points - it’s basically N/A

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Awwww

          • Sir Alex Telles.
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I'm getting crap at this game. No kane, no Sterling, no United.

          • The Senate
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            on a -12, 32 (20 net) after 4 players, Son(C) among those still to come. could certainly have been worse...

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              It’s a ridiculous week where basically every viable FPL option (other than TAA) has got points

          • sully29
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Shame Mata hasn't got more out of his peak years. He's a lovely little footballer.

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              And a lovely person too.

              1. sully29
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Yep. If United have sense they'll keep him at the club in some capacity when he finishes, even just in an ambassadorial role. Who wouldn't want Juan Mata representing them?

            2. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Could have been like David Silva at Man City for Man Utd. But Man Utd went for physicality hence buying Pogba, Matic, Lukaku etc.

              1. sully29
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                He's definitely been misused at United.

          • jdp219
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Ha! Drafted this before seeing this article. Still, I'm torn on what to do with this squad. Staying afloat at 275k OR, but there are some spots to address. Sorry to be open-ended, but curious on thoughts. TIA!

            McCarthy, Nyland
            TAA, Saiss, Justin, KWP, Mitchell
            Salah, Sterling, Son, Podence, Soucek
            Ings, Jimenez, Davis

          • Bank$y
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Ouch. 30 pts with 3 to play. Oh well.

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              How? You just have been incredibly unlucky? McCarthy, TAA, Richarliaon, Wilson?

              1. Bank$y
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Bad luck I guess. Small points all over but a 2 from Wilson.

          • Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Werner doesnt look so bad when you say 2 assist, 2 goals in 5 games. Plus whatever he did in the international breaK

          • MidTableFantasy
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Best attacking defender for 5.4 and under?
            Can't trust clean sheets these days haha.

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Lamptey

            2. No Totti No Party
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              welll, Lamptey has 3 assists

          • No Totti No Party
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Love owning Shaw from the beginning
            1 1 -2 0 ...

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              No sympathy

          • Sir Alex Telles.
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A little help here lads. On paper I tend to think that I have a decent team. However, my OR keeps plummeting steadily week in week out. Seriously need all the help I can get. Kinda depressed.

            Guaita( Button)

            TAA Saiss Justin( KWP mitchell)
            Salah Son Foden Grealish( Anguisa)
            Mitro Jimmy DCL.

            4.6M ITB.

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I was in a similar position before WC this week. It might help to make a draft as if you were wildcarding and see how many players you would get rid of if you had unlimited transfers. You have a lot of players who *should* be good picks but for whatever reason they just aren't at the moment, or there are better alternatives at least. Jimenez is a good example. We know he's good but he's not performing for his price.

              Do you still have your wildcard? If not, I'd probably prioritise Jimmy and Mitro out.

          • TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Where’s this goal regression meaning a reduction in goals that all the ‘pros’ have been talking about?

            1. Sir Alex Telles.
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Load of crap. I'm chasing all the bandwagons now.

            2. JURGENAUT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yeah, so difficult to chase mini league rivals when most popular players score points. I thought this was my week then Bruno, rash, AWB killed it. Nevermind i guess

          • Sir Alex Telles.
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Need Mark and Torres team ID please.

          • Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Bruno may actually be underrated in FPL terms. Most premiums blank a fair bit but you hold because they make up for it with massive hauls from time to time. But Bruno seems incredibly consistent and hardly ever blanks - as well as hauling. You could argue it's a disadvantage that he plays in a worse team than the likes of KDB, Sterling, Salah, Mane and maybe Kane depending on your opinion, but he also seems almost immune to the form of the team. Case in point, United have had a poor start to the season with 2 wins and 2 defeats yet he has 5 attacking returns and is averaging 7+ points per game. Add to that he will never be benched and he's cheaper than all the other premiums mentioned above (albeit Kane is only 0.1m more). Last season he was set and forget for me because I like consistency and I struggle to endure blanks from players like Sterling while waiting for massive 20 point hauls.

            Assuming United perform better over the course of the season than they have in the first 4 games, could Bruno finish as the top FPL points scorer?

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Why people don't have him or underrate him , I don't know, I have had him since gwk2 , he avg 8pts per game

            2. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              He is just so good and involved in everything they do going forward.

              Many said he wouldn’t be able to sustain his stats back end of last season, but even without penalties he just looks like a points scorer if that makes sense.
              My only doubt is United as a team, but glad I’ve kept faith with him until now, no City for me has paid off thus far.

              1. FPL_trail_runner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 13 days ago

                His underlying stats all point to this not being sustainable

                Again today he scored a very low xG shot against a team with an injured goalkeeper

                Ive said all year Rashford is the better pick

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  But he keeps delivering, doesn’t the old stat issue imply Vardy won’t keep up the points too? And he continues to break that barrier

                  1. Hulk Smash
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    If you watch him regularly he definitely has the feel of one of those stats-buster type players. As you say, he is involved in everything and very effective.

                  2. FPL_trail_runner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Different.

                    Vardy has an xG of over a season of e.g around say 18 and usually outperforms it by a range within the models e.g +10% which if one factors in his better than average finishing fits

                    Bruno is not like this, his underlying data for many goals and assists is like i said the previous time we spoke about this relying on 1 in 100 shots from Martial or Rashford to the top corner from outside the box.

                    Its not sustainable and different to vardy. He will still score and assist just not on the scale he is currently doing.

                    He will either regress to lower points OR he may produce points in a different way e.g to set up easy tap ins - which he isnt doing curently that KDB does alot

                    Nobody has yet not fit the models

                    Not even Messi. Bruno wont either.

                    1. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      And r you forgetting the 15 or more penalties he'll score this year?

                      1. FPL_trail_runner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        I talking about the other goals.

                        Pens are high xG.

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          But who’s to say the continuous amount of penalties are unsustainable?

                          1. Goonsquad245
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            Do you expect united to get > 25 pens this season?

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 13 days ago

                              After seeing Spurs vs United and Villa beating Liverpool 7-2, nowt would surprise me.
                              I genuinely expect about 15, then there’s free kicks too...

                    2. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Bruno just breaks the system!

                    3. Goonsquad245
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      This post is spot on. Not sustainable long run.

                2. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  But the fact that he's outperformed his stats for months might mean there's something else at work. He takes up advanced positions, he's a good shooter, and can play some killer through balls.

                  Stats don't say everything. He certainly passes the eye test.

                  1. FPL_trail_runner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Stats say many of his assists are coming from chances with low probablity of the players scoring

                    Its the one metric we should trust.

                    The fact he is outperforming tells us its not sustainable.

                    1. Zim0
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      He's been outperforming since January. I think I'm okay with keeping him

                  2. Goonsquad245
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    What else could be at work?

                    He takes up advanced positions - then why isn’t his xG higher?

                    He’s a good shooter - OK, we can adjust for some expected overperformance

                    Can play some killer through balls - then why isn’t his xA higher?

                    I kind of get what you’re saying because he’s scored well for almost half a season now, but I’ve got no reason to believe Bruno is any different to the hundreds/thousands of other players on record. He hasn’t broken football. He’s on a very hot streak from open play and is padded by penalties.

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      It’s as simple as he’s just a very good and intelligent player.

                      1. KAPTAIN KANE
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Having said that I’m not engrossed enough to fully understand how xG and xA actually work so please excuse my ignorance with that.
                        I play this game from more of a gut/eye test perspective

                        1. Goonsquad245
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          No probs, plenty of ways to skin a cat.

                      2. FPL_trail_runner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        My honest opinion here is i dont think you fully understand xG currently, I dont mean that as an attack on you in anyway , just think we are talking in circles.

                        This is not related to his intelligence as a player

                        I rate Bruno, he is amongst the best players in the league for sure.

                        However xA of say 0,05 means when he passed to whoever scored, that chance will only be scored 1 in 20 times in every match simulation that ever occured. Accounting for the best players who have played

                        This is nothing against Bruno, its just saying the points he is currently getting are from very low proability chances

                        You want your players to be getting tap in like goals , high xG and more likely to occur over and over again at a high rate.

                        1. KAPTAIN KANE
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Yes you’re correct, I don’t fully understand xG and xA, I think if I got too bogged down in the data I wouldn’t enjoy the game as much and would actually feel like I’m working!
                          I get more enjoyment from using my own gut feel but each to their own 🙂

                          I get your point, will be interesting to see how it pans out, his price of 10.5 certainly should be considered regardless of overperforming opinions too

            3. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Hulk this!

              I do think he's great value and deserves more discussion.

              1. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Hulk smash this!

            4. Tinkermania
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Can't see him outpointing Salah, Mane, Son, KDB, Sterling et al. Definitely not all of them

              1. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Any reason?

                1. Goonsquad245
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Because the threat he carries is not even close to any of the names mentioned.

                  Taking KDB as an example - he has similar open play goal threat and 1/3 of the assist threat. Both are on pens, and KDB is a better footballer. The odds are not stacked in Bruno’s favour.

              2. mixology
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                At 10.5 he may not have to, and may come close

                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I think he will be in the top 5

          • QUEN
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Difficult season with everyone’s price points

            Holding might be a better game than transferring the boys that can haul any week

          • Qaiss
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I think Son and Kane will blank tomorrow

            1. Van der Faart
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Non owner?

          • Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            KDB to Bruno?

          • waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Really like the look of Mané and Liverpool, but who to lose for him?
            A) sterling
            B) Bruno
            C) hold

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Hold I guess?