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Why I am Wildcarding for FPL Gameweek 9 and the key players I am signing

My Fantasy Premier League Wildcard is now active and in this article I will be going through the list of players and teams I am targeting. 

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  1. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    23 days, 17 hours ago

    Is Cancelo over Chilwell a daft move? Can only fit one in and City look like they will keep plenty of CSs in the coming weeks...

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Their defence wouldn't fill me with confidence. If you do pick a City defender get one with some attacking threat.

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Cancelo will get more CS

    3. Live Lad
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 16 hours ago

      City will get CSs. Defence getting stronger. But Chillwell's attacking threat is far more superior plus Chelsea defense is just as stong. Have Chillwell and might go for Cancelo after the Spurs game. If I didn't have none i would defo pick the Chelsea defender.

  2. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 17 hours ago

    Guys, need advices!

    Mendy
    PVA | Chilwell | Targett
    Son | Salah | JRod | Ziyech | Grealish (C)
    Kane | DCL

    Forster | Reguilon | Brewster | Mitchell

    1FT, 0.7ITB

    A. Son + DCL => Bruno + Watkins -4
    B. Son + Reguilon => Bruno + Coufal -4
    C. Son + Kane => Bruno + Vardy -4
    D. Son + Salah => Bruno + KDB -4
    E. Save FT

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Why would you want to get rid of DCL or Salah? B or C for me

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 17 hours ago

        This

    2. Adie82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      23 days, 8 hours ago

      Have you looked at Son and Kane out for a striker and KDB?

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 6 hours ago

        Can do next week

  3. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    23 days, 17 hours ago

    KDB is the only fixture proof player in the game, IMO.

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      DCL is also

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Watkins hauls against Pool and Arsenal say hi

    3. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Vardy.
      Usually does well in the big games Vs top 6.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 17 hours ago

        Forgot about him, must be the PTSD.

        1. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          23 days, 17 hours ago

          PTSD?

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            23 days, 17 hours ago

            City fan

    4. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Salah

    5. Arte Et Labore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 10 hours ago

      Lol! What kind of statement is this?
      KDB is a very good player, but also Salah, Kane, Fernandes etc are very good players. But what exactly make KDB more fixture proof than these players? Stop making FFS stupid.

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        18 days, 10 hours ago

        Not saying I agree with the original comment but you entirely miss the point. The measure of whether a player is 'fixture proof' is to look at their returns vs the big boys and compare with their returns vs the other teams. If KDB averages 6ppg against the big 6 and 5.9ppg against the whipping boys, he's fixture proof. If Sterling averages 2ppg against the big 6 and 14ppg against the whipping boys, he's not fixture proof. Would that make KDB a better asset than Sterling? With those made-up exaggerated stats, absolutely not. But last season I believe KDB was the only premium asset to noticeably perform better in the 'tough' matches and the logic given for this is that he plays in a more advanced role to unlock the 'better' defences. (Actually I think Rashford fell in this category as well, speed on the break etc.)

        1. Arte Et Labore
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          18 days, 9 hours ago

          Ok, fair enough. But in that case I don't think KDB is the fixture proof player this season. Last year he maybe was, but right now it is Kane or Son and probably someone else at he end of the season. So, it is maybe not such thing as fixture proof players, but in form players that delivers points over some time, and that will change during the season. But, what is a though game in fantasy football? A tough game is not a game where you probably is going to lose, it is a game where you probably not going to score goals. If you look at goals conceded, some examples: Liverpool (17), Man United (14), Newcastle (13), West Ham (10). So a player scoring big versus Liverpool and Man United is more fixture proof than a player scoring against Newcastle and West Ham? In fact it is the straight opposite these days. The big boys are good at winning games, but not necessarily keeping clean sheets (ex. Liverpool). Opposite, some teams do not concede many goals, but they are not winning either (ex. Arsenal). The big six/the big boys, whatever you call them, are good at winning and score a lot of goals or score fewer goals and not concedeing. The whipping boys also tends to sit deeper versus attacking teams, therefore it could be more difficult to score on them. My point is, there is no absolutely science to this. FF is about scoring fantasy points, not winning games. But there are exceptions of course, but as a genereal rule, no! Liverpool and Man United are big boys in attack, but surely whipping boys at the back, this season.

          1. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            18 days, 8 hours ago

            Yeah you're not wrong. Therein lies the skill

    6. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      18 days, 8 hours ago

      14 points in the last 7 game weeks

  4. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 17 hours ago

    Salah Son Hamez Grealish (Podence)
    Kane DCL Wilson

    2 FTs, £1.4

    Bruno a must have in GW9, then it is KDB or Vardy in GW10, and Ziyech in GW11. I think. So the plan could be :

    GW9 : Son > Bruno
    GW10 : Kane > Vardy or Kane + Podence + Wilson > Bamford/Watkins + KDB + Brewster (-4)
    GW11 : Hamez > Ziyech

    Leaves me with the following captain choices :

    GW9 : Bruno - West Brom (H)
    GW10 : Vardy - Fulham (H) or Salah - Brighton (a)
    GW11 : KDB - Fulham (H)

    Then woud ilt be worth taking hits to bring defenders ? I don't know. Defense of Chilwell, Konsa & Coufal could actually be okay.

    1. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      GW10 captain could also be KDB - Burnley (H).

  5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 17 hours ago

    Ok for GW9?

    Martinez
    James Coufal Lamptey
    Salah Sterling Son Ziyech
    Martial Bamford DCL

    Steere Podence Dallas Mitchell

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Yeah. Who gets the armband?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 14 hours ago

        Cannot decide

  6. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 17 hours ago

    Who should I cap?

    1. Salah
    2. KDB
    3. Bruno
    4. Kane
    5. Grealish
    6. DCL
    7. Chilwell

    Looking for some differential cap this GW so thinking Grealish / Chilwell / Kane / KDB but not sure, who would you cap?

    1. kobewan
        23 days, 17 hours ago

        DCL or Grealish against Fulham

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 17 hours ago

        When in doubt, Salah is the man.

    2. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Martinez
      Robertson Chilwell Dallas
      Salah Son JamesR Grealish Foden
      DCL Kane

      Forster Saiss Brewster Ferguson

      2 FT, 0.0 itb

      What to do with my 2FT?? Or maybe just use 1FT and roll the other one for now, possibly Saiss >> Lamptey / Coufal ??

      I know Foden is an issue, but perhaps 1 more week and it gives me 2FT to play with for Citys GW10 >> onwards run...

      1. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Sell Saiss and decide if you want someone better in Son's place.

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 4 Years
          23 days, 16 hours ago

          Best Saiss replacement sir?

    3. Newsman70
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      On a wildcard due to Wilson, TAA, price rises and Spurs fixture swing. What do you think? 1.0 ITB
      Mccarthy Forster
      Chilwell Zuma Justin Kilman Bernado
      Salah Bruno Grealish Zaha Ziyech
      Bamford Brewster Kane

      Any thoughts most appreciated!
      Kane or KDB?

    4. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 17 hours ago

      Bellerin, jrod, son to chillwell, ziyech, fernandez for -4?

      1. tafrère
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        I'd keep Hamez over Ziyech for the next 2 imo. Especially with a hit involved.

      2. Pino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        why would you sell JRodriguez with upcoming fixtures ?

    5. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 16 hours ago

      United have the best xGA and BC Conceded in the league for the past 4 matches, having faced Newcastle, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton.

      City have the 2nd best xGA and BC Conceded in the league for the past 4 matches, having faced West Ham, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Brighton are 3rd best for xGA having faced Burnley, Spurs, West Brom and Palace.

        Fulham are 16th best for xGA having faced West Ham, West Brom, Palace and Sheffield United, they're so bad..

        1. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          23 days, 16 hours ago

          Could be a case of targeting Fulham.
          Dcl (c) over Salah is worth considering now..

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            23 days, 16 hours ago

            Leicester are 10th having faced Wolves, Leeds, Villa and Arsenal so they don't look particularly great but Fulham are dire. They have the lowest xGA in the league according to fbref which is giving me pause for thought, but when captaincy is so tricky it may pay to simply put it on Mane/Salah and relax. DCL is very tempting though, like I said Fulham are so, so bad.

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              23 days, 16 hours ago

              Where's Spurs in defensive stats?

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                23 days, 16 hours ago

                Spurs are 3rd best for BC and 7th for xGA

            2. PocketZola
              • 3 Years
              23 days, 14 hours ago

              Everton are a trap, fulham are used to balls in the box from playing in the championship. I see this as a scrappy 1-1 or 1-0 to toffies.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Grealish (c) not as good as people think

    6. Slitherene
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 16 hours ago

      On a WC, will have to play 2 regularly.

      A) Fernandes - Watkins - Berge
      B) Rashford - Grealish - Brewster

      Which one would you go for??

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        B

      2. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        B

      3. Phil's Stamps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        B

      4. Shark
        • 1 Year
        23 days, 14 hours ago

        A

    7. tafrère
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 16 hours ago

      9 Gameweeks between 21/11 & 02/01 (43 days). It's gonna be a lot of fun !

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Rotation galore, keep your benches ready! Those picking players essential to their teams, talismans, could profit.

        1. tafrère
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          23 days, 16 hours ago

          Honestly can't wait. With lockdown in place here in France, this international break is already too boring. "Only" 10 days left though !

    8. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      23 days, 16 hours ago

      Neco Williams the best 3.9 defence fodder or a waste of a Pool slot?

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Waste of Pool slot

      2. El Niño Yanqui
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Not waste...

        Never know - Robbo was once a 4.5 player that came on for an injured veteran.

        Liverpool would not keep an untalented kid. They would have already sold him to Fulham if they thought he was a bum.

        1. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          23 days, 15 hours ago

          Robbo was never 4.5 for Liverpool. 5.0 was his lowest price for them 17/18.

          1. El Niño Yanqui
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            20 days, 23 hours ago

            Nope - you are very wrong, I bought him for 4.5 when Moreno got hurt

            You probably peaked at the FPL site. But look close at the Start price, not the end price

    9. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      23 days, 16 hours ago

      Worth an 8pt hit in gw10?

      Out: Kane, Son, Zaha, Saiss
      In: Antonio, KDB, Sterling, Coufal

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        I’m personally keeping Kane as he is out and out the best striker to own in the game and can score Vs anyone.

        I’m also nervous losing Son as ironically he scores more vs top 6 teams as they play a higher line and he has more space to counter (look at utd game)

        1. Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          23 days, 16 hours ago

          Hard to consider United a top six team right now ; but don’t disagree about Kane or Son - City were very open against Liverpool for 45 minutes which would Spurs fine.

        2. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          23 days, 16 hours ago

          Last season Son got 8 goals and 8 assists in 17 games against non-top 6 opposition; 2 goals and 3 assists in 8 games against top 6 opposition. Taking one game against United this season is a bit misleading.

    10. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 16 hours ago

      So annoyingly I have used my wildcard but I am sitting here with a team that is at 80%. I will need to take a -12 this week to get it fighting fit until the new year and my question is this:

      1. Just take the hit now, get the team I want and hope the 9 GW until new year that come thick and fast will help
      2. Try and do it over time but potentially miss out on points

      I have both Son and Kane and whilst I want to keep Kane, not having Bruno or Grealish is going to be an issue. And then after spurs I want KDB.

      Any advice welcome and team below

      Martinez
      TAA, Masuaku, Chilwell, Lamptey (Dunne)
      Salah, Ziyech, Son, Jamez, (Alzate)
      Kane, DCL, Wilson

      I am happy with the Everton guys with fixture swing but I need to get a city player in and Bruno

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Well, if you want Bruno, KDB and Salah you’ll have to get rid of Kane, surely?

      2. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        What changes are you planning f o r -12 points. Seems too much. Just because a few FFS posters are picking certain players there's no need to follow most of their moves. Do it gradually.

      3. Mini Mahouse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 5 hours ago

        Nothing wrong with this team, thinking of taking -12 is crazy

    11. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      23 days, 16 hours ago

      Tempted by Bruno but put off by the following:

      After West Brom I won't captain him until next year.

      United have a lot of big games (pretty much every game) in the prem and champions League. I can see him either getting rested or injured.

      Pogba and VdB are waiting in the wings.

      I guess the same could be spoken of any City asset but they may rotate in the champions League for easier games.

      1. ivantys
          23 days, 16 hours ago

          They will more likely rest players in the UCL after securing top in group than the premier league. Their league positions are too bad to rest players there.

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            23 days, 16 hours ago

            Securing top in group? They might not even qualify after losing in Turkey. Very open group. Leipzig and PSG still in the mix.

            Agree abt last part tho - Bruno wont be rested in the PL.

            1. El Niño Yanqui
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              23 days, 4 hours ago

              Without Bruno and his contributions since last year- would OSG still have a job?

        • El Niño Yanqui
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          23 days, 16 hours ago

          You can say the same for KDB.

          You can Captain him for Fulham and then Pep might rest him or play him as DM and let Gundogolan play #10.

          All players are going to be exhausted by the terrible schedule.

          How about Ziyech.

          Can he roam so free and get all the playing time when Pulisic and Havertz come back?

          Another common question for a new EPL player, can he endure the schedule? Ajax plays a few good teams and then lots of Championship and League-1 level opponents in the Dutch league. He may not be used to playing in a men's league. We will see. He is good right now.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            23 days, 16 hours ago

            Gundogan play #10? Have you ever watched City play in your life?

          2. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            23 days, 7 hours ago

            Absolutely no chance Gundo plays number 10 with KDB further behind, hasn't happened previously and never will. He'll get his rests in CL if anywhere, pretty much qualified.

      2. El Niño Yanqui
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Looks like the new Template from reading articles here, good job.

        Out with Spurs that will choke for a month!

        In with Ziyech that looks all-right in a few games.

        In with KDB that we love and have faith in.

        Only get the reliable MU player, Bruno the Penalty Man

        Got two Villans too

      3. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 16 hours ago

        Already taken a -8 this GW. Not something I'd usually do, but players like Mitro/Foden/Saiss were dead assets who'd been stinking up my squad for weeks while bleeding TV. Have therefore designated this GW as my 'ripping off the plaster' week to take some pain so I can enjoy the rest of the season.

        The question now is whether to take one more hit to do Son > Bruno (c), or just play Son & captain Salah?

        1. grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          23 days, 16 hours ago

          Don't do it until next week. This international break is a covid disaster waiting to happen and you could be on a -32 by the time games start.

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      5. Roysgotnoboys
        • 5 Years
        23 days, 15 hours ago

        Please RMWC

        McCarthy
        Lamptey, Chilwell, Kilman
        Salah, Fernandes (C), Zaha, Grealish, Ziyech
        Kane, DCL

        (Forster, Targett, Dann, Brewster)

        1. Shark
          • 1 Year
          23 days, 14 hours ago

          Looks good. Very similar to mine. I am not convinced that Zaha's returns are sustainable given Palaces numbers, but then Vardy out performs each season. I have DCL but would consider swapping for Watkins and upgrading Zaha if on a WC.

      6. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 6 hours ago

        Is Robbo to Cancello worth a -4 this week?