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The pros and cons of playing the second Wildcard ahead of FPL Blank Gameweek 18

With six top 20k finishes to his name and a current overall rank of 41,610, Let’s Talk FPL’s Andy explains why he’s considering deploying his Wildcard to optimise his chances in both Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gameweek 19.


For most of us, this Fantasy Premier League season will be like no other. We’ve had fixture postponements before for cup runs and weather, but we haven’t had to manage a global pandemic at the same time.

Because of this, there really are completely different ways to guide our teams through Gameweek 18 and 19, while also thinking more about the long-term implications of using our chips now.

I’m someone who usually goes with the crowd. Not because I’m scared of making my own decisions, but usually because the crowd knows the best route, at least in terms of when to deploy chips.

We know that the Wildcard, Free Hit, Bench Boost and Triple Captain are usually best left until the Double Gameweeks later in the season but for once, I’m thinking about going against the grain.

A lot of FPL managers will be navigating Gameweek 18 and 19 without using their Free Hit or Wildcard, while others will be using the Free Hit to manage Blank Gameweek 18 and then using free transfers to address Double Gameweek 19.

But what if a Wildcard could do both for us? In this article, I want to argue the case for using the chip in Gameweek 18. It would mean going for more than half a season with no Wildcard in hand, but keep your mind open and have a think over what I’m about to say.

Managing the Blank and Bench Boost Simultaneously

Usually, with the blanks and doubles, there is some kind of gap between the Gameweeks where things can go wrong: be it injuries, suspensions, or in the current climate, positive COVID-19 tests. It will usually require some transfer management to switch between players blanking and then doubling, or vice-versa.

But for Gameweeks 18 and 19, they follow each other, and because of the fixture rearrangements for Manchester United and Manchester City, you can cover a lot of the popular Free Hit picks from Gameweek 18 who are also great for Gameweek 19 and beyond as well. This lets you attack two very big Gameweeks with just one chip.

It’s possible to get 10 or 11 players out for Blank Gameweek 18 and, with one transfer, get to 15 Double Gameweek players.

Below is an example of a Wildcard that could go from 10 Gameweek 18 players to 15 Double Gameweek assets just by switching Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m) to any striker with two matches, such as Danny Ings (£8.3m), Michail Antonio (£6.2m) or Rodrigo (£5.7m). If you were happy with Rodrigo, this would also leave you an option to switch Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) back to Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), if you didn’t want to go without the Liverpool winger in Gameweek 19.

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The Sacrifices

As you can see from the above team, there are some sacrifices that have to be made, depending on the players you’d be otherwise looking to target with a Free Hit chip.

The first one is that there’s no Harry Kane (£11.0m) in the team. In fact, there are no Tottenham Hotspur players at all. It’s very difficult to fit Kane in because of his position and price point, especially when four out of five of the midfielders play in both Gameweeks 18 and 19. There is space for Son Heung-min (£9.8m) but for me, he’d only be in if I was sure I wanted to get Salah back for Gameweek 20. Otherwise, I’d take Rashford, who has an extra match in Gameweek 19 and a better fixture run afterwards.

Most managers using a Free Hit chip in Gameweek 18 will likely target the Arsenal defence and/or Bukayo Saka (£5.3m), too. Given the Crystal Palace performances so far this season, it could yield a good amount of points.

But with Manchester United playing Burnley and double Manchester City defence to cover the Arsenal backline, it’s a small sacrifice to make, in my eyes.

Differential FPL XI - High Risk, High Reward

Fixture Schedule: Gameweeks 20-24

Knowing how this season has gone so far, anything that feels perfect won’t be perfect for long, but not only do we have three strong teams in Aston Villa, Manchester United and Manchester City with a match in Gameweek 18 and a Double Gameweek 19, but they also have fairly generous fixtures after the double.

These are the fixture runs from Gameweek 20-23:

  • Manchester City – West Brom (a), Sheffield United (h), Burnley (a), Liverpool (a)
  • Manchester United – Sheffield United (h), Arsenal (a), Southampton (h), Everton (h)
  • Aston Villa – Burnley (a), Southampton (a), West Ham (h), Arsenal (h)
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Most FPL managers are likely to want at least one Manchester City defender with Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m), Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) and Jack Grealish (£7.7m), all of whom are great options and feature in a lot of teams.

For that fixture run, there would be no harm in adding a couple more players from these teams as well, and the fact they cover Gameweeks 18 and 19 is a bonus.

One thing this is helpful with is offloading some of the money you’ve spent on the bench. Because of the fixtures for Gamweeek 20, unless there is a big injury blow, you should be able to roll a transfer, which would allow you to make two or three moves in Gameweek 21 and start downgrading some of the bench options to give you more money to spend.

Free Hit Flexibility

The Wildcard is often talked about as the best FPL chip, and I’d agree. The ability to change your entire team and set up for a fixture swing, or to manage multiple injuries, is huge.

But the Free Hit can offer a lot of flexibility. I’m not trying to argue that the Free Hit is better, but it might not be as bad to manage the rest of the season as it first feels.

Nothing is set in stone for future Blank and Double Gameweeks but the consensus seems to be that teams that reach the FA Cup 6th round will blank in Gameweek 29, with their Premier League fixtures likely to be brought forward to Gameweek 26.

For those with just their Wildcard left, they’ll likely set up for Double Gameweek 26 (possibly Bench Boosting) and then look to manage Blank Gameweek 29 with transfers. With the Free Hit spare, you can just manage your team as normal and Free Hit in Gameweek 29 if needed.

While no-one can safely predict who will get through to the FA Cup 6th round, we would assume that a big percentage of the top Premier League teams will progress.

Here are the Gameweek 29 fixtures:

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There’s the potential for plenty of these games to get called off, which would then arguably make a Free Hit in this week a little less helpful.

But because you can be flexible with it, you could switch to using it for Double Gameweek 26, as we should find out which fixtures are being postponed before we’ve reached Gameweek 24.

Otherwise it could just be saved for a rainy day, or perhaps a final-day punt.

The Downsides

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As with any strategy this season, it’s not perfect.

Using the Wildcard so early in the season leaves you with 20 Gameweeks to manage without the fallback of this prized chip. With the way fixture postponements and rearrangements are happening currently, it could make things very tough later on in the season.

There’s a heavy reliance on Manchester City, Manchester United and Aston Villa to do well in both Gameweeks 18 and 19 using my strategy. They have the fixtures for it, and a lot of the players will be targets of FPL managers regardless, but if Liverpool were to excel and you opted against Salah and any defenders, then it could be carnage. It’s also difficult to get Spurs players in, as I mentioned before, and they’re very heavily owned.

On top of that, there’s a reliance on no other fixture postponements for Gameweeks 18 or 19. There have only been four so far in over 160 fixtures, but three of those have come recently and betting against more happening would be foolish. There’s already talk in the community of holding the Bench Boost in case fixtures get called off in Gameweek 19, so it may be safer to wait until Gameweek 26 to start activating big chips.

What’s the right decision?

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I think now, more than ever, there isn’t a right or wrong way to play the next couple of Gameweeks.

People have been affected by fixture changes in different ways and the number of chips you currently have will change your thinking, as well as the players you own.

For me, I haven’t just decided that De Bruyne is a great option: my plan was always to get him back for Gameweek 20. The problem is, I sold him because he didn’t have a Double Gameweek, and now he does, along with a great fixture in Gameweek 18.

I find myself wanting three Manchester City players and I had none going into Gameweek 18. I also sold Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) recently because of no double and given his fixtures, I’d be happy to own him again. The Wildcard will not only allow me to cover Gameweek 18 but will hopefully let me nail the Bench Boost and have a good team for the Gameweeks preceding Double Gameweek 26, which should hopefully give me breathing space to plan.

It’s scary going against the crowd, and it’s even scarier to manage more than half a season without a Wildcard, but as Del Boy used to say: “he who dares wins”. In my case, though, I might end up more like Rodney, looking like a bit of a plonker.


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1,044 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Love it. I am on board - but as non-Grealish owner reticent to get him in given the booking possibility...

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I’ve gone for el G

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      He surely knows or is told that he is on 4 yellows.

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        He is but would only miss one game in the double IF he gets a yellow card.

        I'd want him long term so worth the risk I think

        I'm still a little worried about Barkley affecting El Ghazi's game time soon enough.

        1. Qaiss
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          I've had Grealish since the beginning and watched nearly all their games. He's so much better when El Ghazi is not in the team. El Ghazi recently has been getting into all the positions Grealish was in earlier in the season.

          I'll be keeping Grealish and hopefully Barkley comes back in soon and Grealish goes back onto the left again.

        2. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Will it be Diego Costa 2.0? Was it Joe who refused to buy him because of his 4YC some time ago and Costa scoring for fun every single week?

          1. andy85wsm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            8 months, 23 days ago

            I refused to buy him at least, along with plenty of others! Not sure about Joe.

  2. JJeyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Walker back in the squad - Cancelo back on the rotation wheel

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      FFS ha

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Cancelo doesn't get rotated

      1. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        He does. Between right back and left back.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          😆

  3. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Is Antonio a decent shout for the 3rd DGW spot?

    Have about 7m and already got Bamford and Watkins

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Yes. Rogrigo could be an option aswell

      1. You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Antonio for again then? Fixtures look good.

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          I'll probably go cheap upfront in gw19. Bam and Watkins are pretty much nailed.

          Third spot is between Antonio/ Adams and Rodrigo

    2. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Depends on what Moyes says in the pressers.

  4. All about the galacticos
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    The plan for me is keep team flexible, and not chase the "perfect" benchboost team.
    The best way to make FF gods laugh is to tell him your future plans.

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Flexibility is key definitely

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      What exactly are the components of a flexible team?

      Not a sarcastic questions Just trying to learn

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Can get any player in 2 moves ideally

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Surely you can do that at any point by just selling your most expensive player for a cheapie and upgrading ?

          Sorry just never understood the term

          1. Pooodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            Depends on the team structure - the key is to avoid spreading your funds too much, for example having every defender 5.5m+ and lots of 8m mids/forwards. If you do that then you won't be able to afford new heavy hitters in 2 moves and might need to take 3-4 to free up funds.

            1. Pipermaru
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 24 days ago

              I feel it's one of the FFS urban legends that everybody heard somewhere and now just repeating time after time. 99% of the time you can get any player in just 2 moves, even if you need a hit once in a while for that what's the problem?

        2. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          This

      2. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Flexibility
        1) never triple up on one team (2 max)
        2) have full playing bench
        3) roll 2FTs whenever you can and keep it rolling
        4) never take early hits, or hit chips
        5) make decisions on transfers/team selection as late as possible

        1. All about the galacticos
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          6) leave money ITB
          Admittedly 2 & 6, means you can't have all the heavy hitters but if you have a mix of watkins, bamford, soucek, holding, mitchell, etc, you'll have a decent squad.
          Imagine having Salah&Mane&Robertson, then a liverpool game called off. It aint worth the risk this season.

          1. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 24 days ago

            Great thanks

        2. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          When someone talks about flexibility, but then lists 6 rules you have to obey to be flexible.

          1. All about the galacticos
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            lol, maybe the keeping the team "Agile" is better description

            1. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 24 days ago

              Adaptable is the right word, I guess.

              You go with a plan, plan fails, revise, adapt, move on. Don't just come on here and moan how unlucky you are, and then when you struck your half of luck, return to gloat and rejoice postponed game(s).

              You have to mix all of those six, but in a right way. Triple when you see the opportunity, move early if it gets you the player that you want, spend the money in the bank, you sometimes have to break some of those good personal rules/habits if it leads to fpl points. Being stuck with certain way/style of play is not good, whether you are aggressive or patient manager.

              1. All about the galacticos
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 24 days ago

                didn't follow those rules till this season, after the villa cancellation, but working well so far.
                Stoicism is the way to go, no moaning or celebrating, just move on week by week.
                One should face triumph and disaster, and treat those imposters the same. yada yada yada

      3. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        In my eyes being flexible would probably mean always having at least something around 1m itb for any necessary changes and trying to keep a fairly mixed team (not to say you can't double up a few times, but if you have more doubles or triples than singles it could definitely come back to bite you at some point), and not putting all of your money into one position so you can try move more freely without having to make multiple changes just into facilitate one needed change

        1. All about the galacticos
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Only started keeping a 0.5m-1m float, this season.
          I think all the above a good rules for any season actually but didn't realise till this year.

    3. andy85wsm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I agree to an extent but 18 and 19 deadlines being so close together makes it very tempting!

      1. All about the galacticos
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I reckon TC KDB points, will trump a benchboost team. Thus better to haveg 8 DGW players + TC KDB. In terms of flexibility there's a bench. If you hit benchboost and one/two player drops out it hasn't worth it?

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Walker is back FYI for Cancelo owners

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Might be better to double Stones and Dias then

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Def makes him even more likely to be rotated but Pep does seem to favour starts based on form so hopefully Cancelo has done enough to hold a place.

      But then again .... it’s Pep....

    3. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      He had Covid so was never expected to be out long was he?

  6. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Is el Ghazi over Grealish on wildcard a bad move ?

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      yes Barkley is back

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Won't Barkley take his place?

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I'm not convinced on this particularly as Smith named El Ghazi is Villa's pen taker now. I know that can change naturally but especially with his form I'd expect Traore would be more likely to drop out than him

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Traore is twice the player el gazhi is.
          He'll be out once Barkley is back.

          1. NateDog
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 24 days ago

            That may be true but for example when Villa went down to 10 v Palace I expected Smith to take off El Ghazi to bring on someone to fill in for Mings (especially since Traore scored), and he took Traore off and left EG on for the whole game

        2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Possibly, but surely there is still enough doubt to avoid.

    3. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Id go for Grealish

  7. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Feel sicker by the day with all these potential changes after accidentally confirming the FH while tinkering with options late the other night while way too tired.

    Bring on the pain!

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Embrace

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        No other choice!

        Just hope it isn’t too disastrous.

        Have 3 Leeds in my underlying team that I’ll get back for DGW19- so that could be fun!

    2. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      That may be true but for example when Villa went down to 10 v Palace I expected Smith to take off El Ghazi to bring on someone to fill in for Mings (especially since Traore scored), and he took Traore off and left EG on for the whole game

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Reply fail

  8. tambourineman
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Man City XI: Steffen, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling

    SUBS: Trafford, Walker, Jesus, Aguero, Rodrigo, Mendy, Nmecha, Harwood-Bellis, Mbete

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Thnx

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Jesus back as well

  9. tambourineman
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Man Utd XI: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguie, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford, Martial.

    Subs: De Gea, Bailly, Telles, Tuanzebe, James, Mata, Matic, van de Beek, Greenwood

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Lindelof back already? That's a surprise

  10. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    MAN UTD TEAM NEWS

    Team to face Man City: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.

    Subs: De Gea, Alex Telles, Bailly, Tuanzebe, James, Mata, Matic, Van de Beek, Greenwood.

    MAN CITY TEAM NEWS

    Team to face Man Utd: Steffen, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling

    Subs: Trafford, Walker, Jesus, Aguero, Rodrigo, Mendy, Nmecha, Harwood-Bellis, Mbete.

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Something is up with Aguero.

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I think he's been done for a while tbh, I can't see him being able for the PL again, getting injured far too often, keeps having setbacks when he returns and even ignoring that Pep has only felt like he could give him max 55-60 mins per game for a few years now

    2. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Cancelo the only full back Pep is happy with? That’s what it’s starting to look like. Wish I had him but will make do with Dias.

  11. SM001
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Do yellow/red cards in the EFL Cup count towards the league?

    1. mdm
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Only red

  12. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Strong teams from both?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Seems their respective strongest, barring injuries.

    2. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Carabao or not it's a cup semifinal, strong sides to be expected.

    3. FPL_Rooks
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Can fully rest in FA cup probs

  13. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Lindelöf is fit. Nice

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Think he ll nail that spot ahead of Bailly though ?

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Hopefully. Would be able to have my ideal gw18/19 team

    2. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I prefer Bailly, hopefully he plays in the PL.

  14. Naby K8a
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Alaba is Klopps no.1 target in defence in the summer. Real Madrid want him too.

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      According to Fabrizio he wants to go to Madrid the most

      1. Naby K8a
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Liverpool will push to get him as free transfer and can play multiple positions.

    2. Klaren
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      He is a big Real Madrid fan since childhood and Real Madrid are offering a long term contract with better terms than he is on at Bayern. Liverpool have pretty much no chance on this.

  15. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    When is the scoutcast happening this week?
    Also just finished listening to FPL wire and they are going to have Ragabolly in next time. That should be good.

  16. lugs
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    played first WC in gw3 with zero problems that couldn't be fixed with normal transfers as the core of my team roughly stayed the same, played 2nd WC gw17 just to rearrange funds and switch a few players with 18 & 19 in mind, the core of the team still remains the same,

    now i'll have 11 players for 18 and 13 for BB 19 if i use 2ft's and take a hit

    gw18 team

    Martinez
    Cancelo, Dias, Maguire, Holding
    Bruno, Son, El Ghazi, Martinelli
    Kane, Wilson

    Fabianski, Salah, Bamford, Dallas

    probable gw19 BB team -4 (subject to change)

    Fabianski
    Cancelo, Dias, Maguire, Dallas
    Salah, Bruno, El Ghazi, Lookman
    Bamford, Antonio

    Martinez, Kane, Son, Dawson

  17. Knock Down Your Aerial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    I did not want Kevin playing this game. Or my 2 defenders.

  18. ivantys
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Why are both teams so serious with the Mickey Mouse cup?

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Both managers want to get one over each other in a derby and winning a cup is always good for morale, especially during Covid. Can definitely understand why both are going for it

    2. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Mickey mouse or Carabao, call it whatever you want but it's still a trophy to be won, strong teams aren't surprising.

    3. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      trophy is a trophy. why wouldn't you try?

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Especially at semi final stage

    4. jesus jesus
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Its only mickey mouse when your team's not in it !??

    5. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Both need a trophy

    6. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Probably because its the only trophy either of these teams will win this season.

  19. Captain_Shirokov
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo, Dias, Dier
    KDB, Fernandes, Grealish
    DCL

    (Dallas, Coufal, Salah, Soucek, Bamford, Adams)

    2 free transfers.

    Thinking Salah to Son as one of them with the view to do the opposite move for DGW19.

    Could save the other FT and go into DGW19 with the option of getting out 14/15 dgw-ers.

    Thoughts?

    1. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Looks good, keep 2FT for GW19.

  20. Here's Tom with the We…
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Anyone know who’s in the studio for United vs City?

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Roy Keane, Micah Richards and Gary Neville

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Excellent, thank you.

  21. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Jesus back tonight.

    Got a goal and two assists against Brighton in July... FHers tempted? Could come in over Laca for me

    1. Do I Not Like Orange
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      No, he is useless. Prefer Laca.

  22. jesus jesus
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Jesus and Aguero will share mins imo

  23. kime67
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    de gea or darlow?

    1. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Close, both opponents struggle to score goals but I feel that SHU-NEW more likely for Darlow to keep CS and get bonus points.

    2. kime67
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      ok thanks

  24. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Martinez
    Konsa Mari Holding Kilman
    Salah Son Bruno Saka
    Bamford Firmino Kane

    Steele Mitchell Soucek

    Firmino to Wilson Salah to KDB -4 this week then review next week or FH?

    Cheers

  25. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    With Walker back, safer to go with Dias than Cancelo?

    1. kime67
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      walker will probably play in the fa cup

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Cancelo plays LB too.

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        But they have Zinch and Mendy there, with Pep roulette and tight schedule in the dgw I doubt Cancelo will start them all.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Both sh.t
          Cancelo sat one gane down this season when fit.
          He's there best RB & LB

    3. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I've heard in one of podcasts today that since joining MCI Cancelo has 1 assist in PL, great stats hoarder but clearly not much end product, I would go for security of Dias.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        He's been very very unlucky.
        He'll explode like Taa vs Leicester IMO

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          This. Owners has been really unlucky not to get few hauls

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          You know in what GW? I'll transfer him in by then.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            DGW 😎

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 months, 24 days ago

              Ok he's in 😛

        3. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Maybe...or maybe he's just one unlucky guy who will post great stats but nothing more, I've seen them before.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            Better than Mitrovic Werner?

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Absolutely. Everybody should stay away from Cancelo... Please!

  26. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    What are we taking from the city lineup? Foden and Mahrez no goes for blank gw? Or does this make them more attractive as may be benched at the weeknd... Jesus and Aguero both on the bench

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      There's nothing to take. Both Jesus and Aguero lack the fitness to start.

    2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Not a lot - will learn more from the FA Cup line-up, if you can learn anything from what Pep does that is.

      1. Finding Timo
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I assume shows that stones, Dias & cancelo his first choices but surely they can’t play 3 games in Gw18/19 in such short Timescales?

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          I think one of Stones or Dias has to play in those 3 games. Laporte and Ake injured?

        2. Pipermaru
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Stones and Dias are CBs, people on here overreacting their rotation threat, sure Pep is slightly more unpredictable with his team but they both should play majority of games. If for example Maguire can play every game, surely Dias can too.

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      More attractive imo. This is their first choice team. If Foden gets rested for the FA cup game I'm gonna get him on FH I think.

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Camzy, whatever happened to love for Mahrez ?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          I was wrong. He's out of favor. But that's just kind of how it goes with City assets. Doesn't mean I'm gonna rule him out though if he comes back into favor/form again.

  27. zotter
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Ok so I think I am good with going with this 8 for GW18. £2.9m itb and saving FH

    Reckon I am ok? I think FH might be worth more later in season during 29 perhaps?

    Martinez
    Cancelo
    Kdb c. Bruno. Son. Grealish
    Wood. Dcl.

    1. zotter
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      29 will be full of fA cup flop teams which you don’t want to load your team with

  28. Ron_Swanson
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Sergio ready to start the next game in the FA Cup - Pep

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Won’t start in bgw then... guessing Jesus will

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Marvellous

    3. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Feel like I've heard this before

  29. Do I Not Like Orange
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    I wish City would buy a striker this month who could be a genuine FPL option.

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      So do they

      1. Kryptonite666
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Touche

    2. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      A proved goalscorer would be in my team straight away...

    3. Pedersen
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Weren't they looking to buy Kane for 100m euro?

  30. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Watching the City - Chelsea highlights, KDB could have had 30+ points.