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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?

FPL Gameweek 14 injury and team news: Updates on De Bruyne, and more

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. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Free hit this GW or save it and play with 9(ish), possibly 10 as I have 2 FT i could roll but nothing ITB

    Martinez
    Konsa Lowton Dias
    Bruno/ Son/ Dias (Salah/Soucek)
    DCL/ Welbeck

    Bench: McCarthy/ Bamford/ Couffal/ Dallas

    1. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I assume the midfield Dias is KDB?

      Save the FH - maybe hokey-cokey Salah to Sterling

      1. Wolfman180
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Haha, ok thats tiredness there for ya
        Yeah I meant KDB.
        The Hokey Cokey with Salah could be a shout actually.

  2. The Rumour Mill
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    I think wildcarding in the worst of the pandemic with record covid positives across the league isn't the best idea to be honest. There's so little certainty at the moment that you're essentially just trusting to luck.

    I appreciate the strategy has merit on paper but I think it's worth stepping back and looking at the bigger picture.

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Prefer rumors please.

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Depends on your team. I've never thought there is a one size fits all strategy for 18/19 and still don't. For some teams (typically on a FH18 strat previously) wc seems totally valid to save the FH for gw29.

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I think the FH chip has higher value than WC in these times personally. Its as much a risk playing wc as not as nobody knows what games will end up postponed.

        1. Bram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I agree with the FH value especially for expected gw29 hence why I can see why some are deploying wc to save the fh chip.

          I'm personally not doing either. I was on a build for 18 FH19 strat but now will not use FH19 as I have trip Villa & City - I may tc19.

          I'm not hugely happy with my gw19 side compared to how my fh19 would have looked but it's good enough to not FH now City & Villa have a dgw.

        2. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          All the games have been postponed after the deadline so not sure how FH helps with that

  3. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    So, Dias is the best defensive option from City?

    1. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Agree

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Cancelo

    3. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Dias most secure but I think Cancelo > Dias > Stones. Cancelo has looked great and attacking returns look likely.

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Yes

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Wait so you said D to Kobewan to get Cancelo, yet said Dias here, OK!

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Absolutely Dias best defender option but for 18 which Kobewan asked would choose Cancelo .If you had asked best option for 18 then I would have answered Cancelo

        2. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Disappointed with you DD. Hoped you would have acknowledged my response

    5. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Dias is more likely to start every games each week

      Cancelo is less likely to start every game but seems to range freely and is expected to attack

    6. CROWLEY NOT CRAWLEY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Go look at where Cancelo played today - will give you a sense of how city thinks about his offensive prowess.

      1. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Game not televised in the USA - where was he?

  4. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    WC works for me as I have no City. FH wont help me in gw19. Fill up with United Villa City, a couple of good sgwers like Son and Tierney plus the dgwers of West Ham Leeds Soton etc and job done for maybe one hit at the most. Option to bb or tc in 19 can be left till last minute info is in.

  5. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which 3 city players on fh?

    A. Dias cancelo kdb
    B. Dias kdb Sterling

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      C) Cancelo, Sterling and KDB

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      D) cancelo stones kdb

      You can make a case for 7-8 of them

    3. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      D

    4. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      For FH B although I'd go Cancelo over Dias

    5. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      B

  6. kobewan
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    for GW18

    A. Salah, Chillwell > Rashford, Cancelo
    B. Salah, Chillwell > Rashford, Dais
    C. Salah, Chillwell > Sterling, Dais
    D. Salah, Chillwell > Sterling, Cancelo

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      D

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      D

  7. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    This is one opt for next 2 gameweeks to save chip in 18 and BB19. What are thoughts?

    Week 18- 9 players (-8)

    Martinez
    Dias Cancelo AWB
    KDB Son Bruno
    Watkins Brewster

    McCarthy Coufal Dallas Salah Raphinha Bamford

    Week 18- 15 doublers (-8)

    Martinez McCarthy
    Robertson Cancelo Dias Dallas Coufal
    Salah KDB Bruno Soucek Raphinha
    Watkins Bamford Ings

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      * meant to add- 8 in 18 gets me 3 players also playing 19

  8. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Anyone (c) Sterling?

    1. Camino Aleatorio
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Nope - you could be the big winner

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Or the big loser

  9. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    GW18 is way too far away. I need my FPL fix and I need it now.

    1. Lord.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Hello fantasy FA Cup

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Imagine the amount of research needed to get the teams from non-league into the game

        1. Lord.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Should keep you occupied.

          1. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Telegraph FF includes FA Cup games but you can't buy none EPL players.

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              EPL or EFL?

  10. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Appreciate the replies above. Would you downgrade tierney > holding to afford stones > cancelo? Any other suggestions for this fh team?

    darlow
    maguire tierney stones
    kdb sterling bruno son saka
    kane wilson

    forster mitchell xxxx xxxx

    1. GoonSquad
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Too lateral a move. Just hold. Looks good.

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers

  11. Jon Walter's Hatty
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Has to be said that Mane looks better than Salah of late for a lot less price. Not to say Mo cant go big at any time but there is a strong case for Mane if you want some Pool in your team

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

      I got rid of Salah for Fernandes (as he has better fixtures and is more consistent) only have Robertson is my only pool player left. However, when Liverpool get better fixtures I think maybe gw21/22 or gw25 onwards.

    2. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Great differential too but those penalties always swing me to Salah

  12. mlm
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    I am planning WC18 BB19...

    Martinez (Meslier)
    Dias Cancelo Tierney AWB (Cresswell)
    KDB Bruno Son Saka (Soucek)
    Kane Wilson (Bamford)

    ITB 0.2

  13. Somnus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    FH the following 6 players (8 players with -4)? Not free hitting means I can then take another -4 in 19 and field 15 BB players. If I free hit I won't bench boost in 19

    (De Gea)
    Dias, Targett, Mitchell
    KDB, Bruno (Saka)
    Kane

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

      I would say take a -4. Mitchell has a bad fixture in gw18 and worst one gw 19.

    2. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      FH for me

  14. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    For the GW19 only:
    A McCarthy Neto KDB
    B Fabianski Souček KDB (-4)
    C Fabianski Neto Sterling

    Have Coufal

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A - we don’t know yet if Fabianski recovered from injury

  15. waldo666
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    May price changes be kind...

  16. Ragabolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Risers: None

    Fallers: Praet (5.2)

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      And they are, very kind! Cheers Ragabolly.

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Cheers mucker. As exciting as watching one of Big Sam’s training sessions.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        You actually go to watch his training sessions? 😉

    3. Ruud000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Your price falls, and you’re labelled a Praet. And that’s the FPL game.

      1. si
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Bought him for £5.5m, did it up and now it’s worth £5.2m.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Bet you feel a right Praet

    4. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Lonely, by Akon

    5. SweepaKeepa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Spotlight on the praetfall.

  17. Uncle Gamst
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    I would think some City players will be benched v Birmingham in the FA Cup.
    If Cancelo is rested its a week between his last match until Brighton, will he need a rest?

    1. Uncle Gamst
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      *another

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      No

    3. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I think a shed tonne will be rested... with COVID a-lurking, even if half the squad already had it, suddenly many managers realise that fringe players need more game time... Citeh will have the big guns on the bench but Mendy might get a recall at RB, Zinch at LB still, I would think Aguero starts, because it's a decent game for him, Mahrez starts, etc.

  18. Hits Magnet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    I need a forward for this week only who I'll swap for Vardy next week but he needs to rise by 0.2m so I can afford Vardy next week (short 0.1) ... do I take Wilson tonight and hope I get my 0.2 or go with Lacacette (better points potential) and hope he rises another 0.2 this GW??

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Don't reckon you'll get a 0.2 rise out of anyone tbh mate.

    2. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I think higher chance Laca rises by 0.2 than Wilson

      1. CBonci
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        But I wouldn’t count on it

    3. Kun Tozser
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Not sure about Vardy in GW19 to be fair Ings solves your problem

      1. Hits Magnet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Cheers ... option B is Watkins for the 2 weeks or else Ings/Antonio instead of Vardy if I can't afford him

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Don’t think either will rise .2 but more chance of Lacazette

    5. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      That's a good punt IMO. He rises by 1 tomorrow. You've a week in which to get the second bump. Cheap forward for 18, he's going to be popular for teams who can't build a proper 19 squad too.

  19. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Better option on fh?

    A. Cancelo holding
    B. Tierney stones

    1. GoonSquad
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      A

  20. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    I'm thinking about axing salah for GW18 - GW19.

    Risk worth taking or don't go there?

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      "Why the hell did I sell Salah, should have remembered form is temporary, class is permanent". If you're willing to accept you may up saying this, then go ahead.

    2. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      You know the risks of losing Salah but Pool’s form has been poor...
      That being said I think I’m getting him back in for GW19.

    3. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I briefly considered it but after watching the FPLwire decided against it. If I remember right they said his and Liverpool's numbers in attack are more or less the same as last season, these last few blanks are just a blip.

    4. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Glad I didn't have him the last 3 weeks tbh...

      1. fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks all, seems to be a lot of potential upside but having already been burnt by avoiding him in GW1 I think I'll just do the hokey cokey

    5. LSK
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Think I’ll lose him until after gwk 20. Man Utd, Burnley, Spurs whereas City and Utd play 4 times. Risky though.

    6. marcos11
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Planning on losing until after the gw20 game against Spurs, bring Rashford in for the mean time

      • GoonSquad
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        In the same boat. I'm only considering if it facilitates Kane tho.

      • Hits Magnet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I did it tonight ... it gave me cash for 3 players this week who also play twice next week so should be OK short term but I bought him at 12.0 and only got 12.3 selling price so I may never go back. ... but looking at his last few games the play is just mot around him or through him, I'm sure that will change at some stage but I'm happy to be without him at the moment

        1. marcos11
            3 months, 10 days ago

            I bought at 12.0 also, gonna sell at 12.3 and hopefully buy back at 12.5 if he drops

        2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          I already did but I got in Fernandes - looking at form and fixtures - plus adding in the blank gw18 it is an easy decision for me. I will likely TC KDB in DGW19.

          I looked at the previous head to head Liverpool had with Burnley and Man U at Anfield. And I came to the conclusion that the decision is not as 'out there' as some people like to pretend not. Not only that Liverpool have Spurs after the DGW

          I could not resist having a gawk at the head to heads to see if focusing on Man City and ignoring Salah is a wise choice.

          In the last four games at Anfield v Burnley PL the scores have been as follows:

          http://eurorivals.net/head-to-head/liverpool-vs-burnley

          2017 March Liverpool 2-1 Burnley
          (Salah did not play)

          2017 September Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
          (Salah scored)

          2019 March Liverpool 4-2 Burnley
          (Salah played from start not even an assist)

          2020 July Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
          (Salah played from start not even an assist)

          --
          --

          Liverpool v Man United Head to Head (Anfield)

          https://www.11v11.com/teams/manchester-united/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Liverpool

          2017 October Liverpool 0-0 Man United
          (Salah played)

          2018 December Liverpool 3-1 Man United
          (Salah played no involvement in the goals fpl wise)

          2019 February Liverpool 0-0 Man United
          (Salah played)

          2020 December Liverpool 2-0 Man United
          (Salah scored in the 90th minute)

          --

          Man City v Crystal Palace head to head PL (Etihad)

          May 2017 Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace
          September 2017 Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace
          December 2018 Man City 2-3 Crystal Palace
          January 2020 Man City 2-2 Crystal Palace

          --

          Man City v Villa head to head PL (Etihad)

          March 2016 Man City 2-0 Aston Villa
          October 2019 Man City 3-0 Aston Villa

          Because there are so few recent head to heads at home against Villa I will also noted the following at Villa Park

          January 2020 Aston Villa 1-6 Man City - PL
          March 2020 Aston Villa 1-2 Man City - LC

          1. Hits Magnet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Thanks for that, feeling even better about my decision now. I just need to spend the extra cash wisely now...

      • The Big Fella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Is that spot Mitchell's or will PVA get it back? I am debating selling Lamptey for Mitchell to 1) have an extra player next week and 2) free up funds to upgrade a striker for the DGW

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Hopefully Michell's to lose now but who knows really.

        2. marcos11
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Initially thought it was a rotation but Mitchell was part of the defense which kept them their first cs since gw1, albeit against Sheffield United

            1. G-Whizz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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              • 3 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              When PVA was injured...

          • Hits Magnet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            His return seems to have stopped the rot so I don't think Roy will change for now. With Eze playing they are just too weak defensively on that side without him ... but they can still score without PVA

        3. ragsyboys
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Is stones nailed for the next 3 matches ?

          1. G-Whizz
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            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Seems he's been nailed for the last 3 games...

            1. ragsyboys
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Thanks Whizz ! And Cancelo ? Nailed ? Or has threat from Walker ?

          2. Hits Magnet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            The first choice back four is Walker, Diaz, Stones and Cancelo and they will play most games . They all have a bit of competition. The only one I don't see being rotate is Diaz, it seems to be built around him.

            1. G-Whizz
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              • 3 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              This...

            2. ragsyboys
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Thank you!

        4. Dynamic Duos
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Rashford or Son gwk18?

          1. G-Whizz
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            • 3 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Both for me atm...

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Son

          2. Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Son but nothing much it

        5. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          The current FH team, with 0.1 ITB. Would you ditch Gundo to get Stones/Dias in for Saiss? Any other changes? Thanks 🙂

          Lloris (4.0)
          Cancelo Saiss Tierney (Mitchell 3.9)
          KDB Bruno Son Gundogan (Saka)
          Kane Lacazette Wilson

          1. GuenDoozy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yes i would make that move and play Saka

            1. GuenDoozy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Also you dont really need Lloris for this one. Darlow is more likely to keep a CS. If that helps

        6. GuenDoozy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Brewster to Lacazette for a hit? It will give me this Non-FH team:

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Mitchell
          KDB Bruno Son Grealish Neto
          Kane Lacazette

          Cheers!

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Yeah I would

        7. abhirup780
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Saka vs Palace and Newcastle
          or
          Raphinha vs Brighton and Southampton

          1. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Saka

          2. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Probably Saka

        8. Gun gun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Hows thisFH draft

          Darlow
          Maguire stones tierney
          Kdb bruno foden saka son
          Wilson kane

          Subs steer saiss mitchell brewster

          Gtg? Foden or gundo better actually

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            Nice, same as mine except i have sterling over foden.

            1. Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 10 days ago

              Wow i got no money to habe bruno son sterling kdb kane in the same team man!

        9. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          Martinez ¦ Forster
          Maguire Holding Lascelles* Taylor*
          KdB Fernandes Saka
          Wilson Watkins Kane
          ¦ Salah Soucek Coufal

          1 FT, 1.3 ITB

          Taylor -> [?]
          C)ancelo
          D)ias

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 10 days ago

            C

        10. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          You guys think Martinelli starts this week?

        11. bunk_medal
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 10 days ago

          A) Keep Son + DCL

          B) Swap to Kane + Saka

          I'm on a wildcard. Saka is bandwagoning and everyone is jumping off DCL but really not sure if that's going to pay off long-term.