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How an early Wildcard helped me into the top 1k – and what I have learned

Currently sitting well inside the top 1,000, Let’s Talk FPL’s Andy looks back at the success of his early second Wildcard – and explains how he plans to cope without the prized chip going forward.


Nearly a month ago now (January 6, to be precise), I wrote an article about the pros and cons of playing the second Wildcard early in Gameweek 18, especially for those of us that had used the first one early as well.

After starting Gameweek 18 ranked at 41,610th, I’ve now moved up to 679th at the start of Gameweek 22. It’s safe to say that the early Wildcard has worked pretty well. In this article, I want to quickly touch on why it worked well, and what my future plans are without a Wildcard in hand.

Why did it work

As I mentioned in my article at the time, we were in a unique situation where there was a chance to attack a big Blank Gameweek followed by a big Double Gameweek, without any “normal” Gameweeks in between. They also both involved teams with good fixtures, good players and perhaps even more importantly, good fixtures following the Double. Those teams were Manchester City and Manchester United.

Of course, along the way, you need some lucky. Back in my January article, I wasn’t predicting John Stones (£5.2m), João Cancelo (£6.0m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m) to all score 17+ points in an individual Gameweek. Sometimes the luck comes all at once, and I couldn’t have been much luckier, really.

But the logic was there of targeting a Blank, Double and following fixtures all at once. At the time I had no Manchester City players, and they looked key going forward. A Free Hit would have plugged the gap in Gameweek 18, but I’d have been left with lots of hits from that point forward.

I’ve seen a few people now contemplating an early Wildcard but it does feel like the boat has been missed on the opportunity now. We’re so close to Double Gameweek 24, which is when we’ll likely have all the information we’ll need for a potential Blank Gameweek 29, and Double Gameweek 26, that using the Wildcard in Gameweek 23 could be a disaster. I’m not sure anyone’s team is in such a bad state they need to use it now, and Wildcards are such a good way to attack a set of Gameweeks that using it now would be sub-optimal, I would say.

Future Planning

One thing I’m finding is planning feels even more crucial than normal without a Wildcard, and so many big Gameweeks still to manage. I’ve already seen several content creators talk about getting players in for a few weeks because they’re Wildcarding soon, and I don’t have that luxury.

That’s why in Gameweek 21, I bought in Son Heung-min (£9.7m) and Jack Grealish (£7.8m) and ended up ignoring Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m). It’s likely that Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa will have a good Double Gameweek so I felt they were better long-term moves, to essentially save my transfers down the line. Everton have, of course, ended up getting a Double Gameweek before that – and this is naturally one of the downsides to Wildcarding so early.

With the Free Hit chip, I’m keeping my options open. Before we get more confirmed fixtures, I’m essentially trying to get in players like above that are good for right now, but also for the Doubles. If my team is set for Gameweek 26, then I will use the Free Hit in Gameweek 29 – but depending on how my team is looking for Gameweek 29, I could just use the Free Hit in the big Double Gameweek instead. I do have my Triple Captain as well but due to the number of fixtures that still need to be rearranged, there’ll probably be other chances to use it.

To Keep Doing

Fernandes stakes captaincy claim ahead of Gameweek 9 meeting with West Brom

I wanted to quickly touch on some things that I’ve changed in my strategy to FPL this season which I plan on carrying on for the rest of the season. I’m sure some of this will be simple to many, or things you’re already doing, but it’s helped me so far.

I will caveat straight away to say again that of course luck is a big part of FPL. Just because this has worked this season doesn’t mean it will work next season, but for now I’ll keep doing with it.

Captaincy

I think sometimes we underrate just how important the captaincy is. We might hear things like “I’ll just captain him instead” or “I’ll take a punt on him”. Both ways of doing things are fine, but this year I’ve made a conscious decision to always have who I believe is the best captain each week, even if that means transferring out a big hitter. This sounds simple, but often FPL managers will forgo the best captain because they don’t want to sell a big hitter. Obviously who the best captain is, is subjective but I’ve tried to target them in advance, and unless there’s something major which happens in between I won’t change my mind, even for “form”. For example, my next captain in Gameweek 23 will be Son.

I’ve sold Salah, Son, and Kane twice already this season and I’ve found not having value wrapped up in them makes my decisions much easier knowing I can just buy them back as there’s no money “lost”.

I’ve also not looked to take any punts. It’s whoever I think the best points potential is regardless of what everyone is doing. Will that player be 150% effective ownership or 50%? I don’t particularly care, and have ignored ownership so far this season.

Form and data
WOLAVL dd

One thing I said I wanted to do at the start of the season was using a more statistic-based approach to my decisions, but also reduce the amount of statistics that I use. Expected data incorporates so many other statistics so I’ve stuck largely to that, especially ‘per 90’ data.

I often look at the season-long data as well, rather than looking for differences in much smaller sample sizes like last four Gameweeks. There’s obviously a balancing act here, but I’ve tried to trust players putting up good numbers over a long period of time who have good fixtures. Simple, but so far effective.

An example of this is Grealish vs Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) vs James Maddison (£7.3m). I can see that Barnes and Maddison have scored well recently but when I needed a £7m+ midfielder recently, there was no question in my mind that Grealish was the one.

Grealish has an expected goal involvement per 90 minutes (xGp90) for the season of 0.51, compared to Barnes at 0.37 and Maddison at 0.28. Maddison has scored a few goals recently, but his xGp90 is just 0.14 which is low, and his creativity isn’t that high despite creating lots of chances through corners. I’m ignoring an “in-form” player right now in the hope his returns will start to dry up, but there’s no doubting he’s playing well at present.

There’s nothing wrong with looking at recent Gameweeks to spot any major differences, but too often we are looking for something to confirm what we want to see.

Form is something we could probably talk about in a separate article, but it’s something I’ve largely tried to ignore, hence choosing captaincies in advance. Rather than look at what they’ve scored recently in pure FPL points, I’d rather look at their underlying numbers for the season and their opponents. Son this week is a great example. Spurs looked really poor against Brighton, and I’m writing this before a game against Chelsea that I’m not expecting anything from, but West Brom are a truly awful defence. Even without Kane, I’d still back Son to get points, although I can see why people might be wary, especially with Antonio as a good alternative this week.

Limiting Defender transfers

Wildcarding twice before Gameweek 19 will help with this of course, but I’ve tried to limit defender transfers. Outside of the occasional big return like we’ve seen recently, the majority of the time a defender’s ceiling is quite low. You’re looking at six points a lot of the time.

This is one of the reasons I’ve only made four defender transfers all season (outside of Wildcards). I’m trying to make sure I can focus most of my transfer on attack and captaincy where the biggest amount of points are likely to come. The only defender transfers so far are:

  • GW2 – Vinagre to Digne
  • GW7 – Alexander-Arnold to Chilwell
  • GW15 – Chilwell & Lamptey to Robertson & Coufal

It’s something I’ll try and continue doing, especially when we have Manchester City defenders in the form of their lives, who are also very cheap and carry fairly big upside, like with Cancelo.

Gameweek 23

This is how my team is currently looking:


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1,848 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Chances of sterling starting?

    1. Monya Meow Meow
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Against Liverpool, should be high I reckon

  2. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Best move here? I (think) still planning for a 25WC/26BB:

    A) Mitchell -> Mee
    B) Watkins -> Antonio
    C) Save FT
    D) Something else

    DDG
    Cancelo, Bellerin, Coufal
    Salah, Sterling, Bruno, Gundogan
    DCL, Bamford, Watkins

    Forster, Targett, Martinelli, Mitchell
    Bank 2.5m, 1FT

    1. Monya Meow Meow
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Mitchell > Mee a good shout, saving a FT not a bad idea too

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Save

      Real value in having 2 FTs. Not convinced that Antonio is that much better than Watkins

      Other option I’d consider would be Raph in - think I’d prefer that to the Antonio move

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers. Yeah I like Raph, but LEE have ars in 24 and then I’ll likely WC in 25 anyway.

  3. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Triple Captain Grealish GW 26. Im calling it now

  4. yanky
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    major bench headaches this week, which 3 in order would you bench?

    Pope
    Cancelo Dias TAA Coufal James
    Salah Bruno Gundo Raphinha Soucek
    Bamford DCL Antonio

    1. Monya Meow Meow
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Geez that's tough but probably...

      DCL James TAA

  5. VTown
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Is Watkins to Antonio a good transfer?

      1. Monya Meow Meow
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        If for free, I reckon yes

      2. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        late he rise to 0.1

    • Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Get Grealish or Son on WC?

      1. Monya Meow Meow
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Would avoid Spurs until Kane returns, they look so lost

        1. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Okay, will get Grealish first and change to Son once back on form.

    • Monya Meow Meow
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      No real urgencies with my team this week with 2FT and a view to the upcoming DGWs...

      Martinez (Steer)
      Cancelo Dias Justin (Dallas/Taylor)
      Bruno(C) Salah Son Grealish Soucek
      Antonio Bam (DCL)

      1) Steer > Meslier/Areola (any others who is not Pope?)
      2) Salah > City mid (Gundo/Sterling?)
      3) Taylor > Mee

      Not really sure what to do with my spare FT, please help thanks!

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Taylor to Mee wouldn’t be a bad shout if it saves burning a FT

        In option 1, Sanchez perhaps?. Good fixtures and BHA looking much better

        1. Monya Meow Meow
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks mate but looking for a keeper with a DGW

    • michudagawd
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Which 4 to start?

      Cancelo (liv)
      Dias (liv)
      DCL (mun)
      Tarkowski (BHA)
      Dallas (CRY)
      Coufal (ful)

      1. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        DCL (mun)
        Tarkowski (BHA)
        Dallas (CRY)
        Coufal (ful)

        1. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Tark out, Cancelo IN

      2. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Cancelo
        Dias
        DCL
        Coufal

    • Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I'm guessing there's no FFS cup this year or have I missed a notification?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Nothing announced yet.

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Wasn’t there something preseason about it’s being restricted to members due to the regs on mini leagues?

        If so it may just start later as fewer entrants

      3. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks guys.

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Best Burnley defender for the double ? Cost no issue 🙂

      1 Mee
      2 Tarkowski
      3 Lowton

      1. michudagawd
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I went with Tarkowski. I think it's his turn to find the back of the net now.

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Consensus seems to be Mee but I’d have Tark over him just

      3. yanky
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        personally just grabbing pope

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          will get him too, probably bench boosting as already have Ederson and a benching headache generally

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Aha

            I’ve been looking at Ederson, Burnley and Pope as transfers pre 26 - looking at fixture pile up think Ederson will be value over City defender who id lose.

            Read the stats slightly differently - looked to me as if Tark was due. More touches in box iirc and have happy memories of his goal scoring touch

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              yip, I have Ederson because he is less likely to be rotated as a 'safe' option and was always going to have a double sooner than later.

              Will probably FH in the big Blank and WC in the big Double so do not really need to worry about those games and can use free transfers on GW 24 & 25 to bring in these types of guys as a punt

      4. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        just compared them and Mee seems to get on the end of things a bit more than Tarks... but Lowton obviously more involved with crosses etc

      5. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Lowton, do we get Taylor back from injury... even maybe a drop to 4.4?

        1. Hotdogs for Tea
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Money no issue for me, so just after the most nailed and best chance a fluking a goal.

          Mee & Tarkowski seem set in the team, full backs may get a bit of rotation with 3 games in a week or whatever.

          If I wanted a long term player probably go for the value in Lowton because Taylor looks bit of an injury risk.

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Is Lowton a rotation risk?

            1. Hotdogs for Tea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              not really, but in a double Bardsley could get some minutes or one of the other fullbacks ... more so than Mee or Tarks losing minutes imho

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                yes that's a good point.

    • mlm
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      DDG (Martinez)
      Cancelo AWB Cresswell (Dias Coufal)
      Salah Bruno(c) Son Grealish (Gundogan)
      Antonio Wilson Bamford

      GTG?

    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Fantastic day out (covid free country) means I was thankfully spared the pain of watching Son blank again today...

      Wwyd here? 2FT 4.8 ITB. It’s currently Watkins benched for Soucek, given I have 2FT unsure whether to just downgrade the Villa man (or Bam) or what other moves to make? Any help appreciated, still a bit fired!

      Martinez (Areola)
      Cancelo Coufal Digne (Dallas Stones)
      Salah Son(c) Bruno Gundogan Soucek
      Antonio Bamford (Watkins)

      Even unsure on captaincy

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Tricky

        Won’t you want DCL for the DGW? If so a downgrade seems curious as

        I’d get Pope in - can’t see much else I’d do unless it’s to move Coufal on to a Burnley defender or even Shaw if you’re WC25

      2. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        You could get a burnley def (DGW24) for Dallas.

        1. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          And I’d prefer DCL to Bamford

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Could, before the double, then do Dallas to BUR and Bamford to DCL. Would you also downgrade Watkins tho to get rid of having 8 good attackers and benching headache?

      3. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Nice covid free flex ;). I’m v similar and struggling, I’d downgrade digne to Burnley defender and play Dallas?

      4. gogs67
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I've feeling Son and Salah will both blank at the weekend and am seriously considering benching one and playing that front 3.

      5. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        DCL (mun)
        Gundo (liv)
        Maguire (EVE)
        Mee (BHA) (yes I am serious)

        Any thoughts on which one to be benched this gw23? Thanks

        1. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I’d bench Maguire from those.

        2. Chelsea91
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Gundo (liv)

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

          DCL

        4. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          DCL

        5. Salan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Thank you all. I am currently leaning to bench DCL

      6. Chelsea91
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thought on below WC team ?

        Mendy/Ederson
        Lowton/Cresswell/Dias/Justin/Target
        Salah/Bruno/Maddison/Grealish/Gundagon
        Antonio/Bamford/Wilson

        0.4ITB.

        1. WALOR
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          too much on GKs, no Son/Kane

          1. Chelsea91
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Mendy/Steer
            Lowton/Cresswell/Dias/Justin/Target
            Salah/Bruno/Son/Grealish/Gundagon
            Antonio/Bamford/Wilson

            itb 1.1 to either Bamford or Wilson to DCL for DGW.

      7. Sz21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Any moves standing out here?
        Cresswell, Burnley defence + Alonso/Rudiger on my mind in defence at least

        Martinez.
        Robbo, Stones, Cancelo.
        Salah, Son, Gundogan, Fernandes, Soucek.
        Antonio, DCL.
        Forster, Digne, Brewster, Ferguson.
        2ft, 3.3m ITB. WC, BB left. Probably using in 25 and 26.

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Looks great, I’d do Robo, Brewster to Cresswell, Bamford

      8. shiraz
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Just did brewster to antonio for free. Thinking of going with this lineup. Gtg?

          McCarthy (Martinez)
          Cancelo Coufal Dallas
          Salah Son Bruno(vc) Grealish Gundogan
          Bamford(c) Antonio
          Martinez Dias DCL Brewster

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Cap'n Bam Bam! Well, there's a new wrinkle - best of luck, otherwise looks pretty solid to me

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Any help/ideas much appreciated... 2FT 0.5itb

          Martinez
          Coufal Justin Dias
          Salah Son Bruno Raph Greal
          Bamford Antonio
          (Johnstone, Dallas, Stones, DCL)

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I guess it looks fairly template to me - consider a few differentials, maybe...? Also no Soucek is worrying 😉

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              😉 fine without. Ings tempting me but like my front 3

              1. TOLV TUMS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Have the same front 3, I get that. I'm actually a little tempted by a pre-WC punt on Lingard, my midfield's a little template at the moment.....

                1. Tsparkes10
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  I’m too scared to remove any of my current mids lol... maybe Salah? Sounds nuts though

          2. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I'm playing Dallas over Coufal, would probably play him over Justin as well.

        • Drogba Legend
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Best move with City/Liv fixture this week and Chil maybe losing his place now? Sitting at 48k and as of now, I'm starting Soucek over Robbo or Stones/Dias.

          Fabs
          Chil* - Dias - Stones
          Salah - Bruno - Rash - Gundo
          DCL - Bam

          Fodder - Robbo - Brewster - Fodder

          A) Robbo > any defender
          B) Chil > any defender
          C) Gundo/Soucek > Grealish
          D) Brewster > 8.4 forward (Ings, Cavani, Antonio, Watkins, etc)
          E) Something else.

          Appreciate any help!

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I’d go brewster to Antonio or ings and bench DCL

            1. Drogba Legend
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Thanks Sparkes, cheers, You'd bench DCL over any of my City/Liv players?

          2. WALOR
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Rudiger 4.5, nailed

        • Soto Ayam
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Any one else scared to captain son home to wbrom?

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            After today, yes.

          2. De Gea is GOAT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I think im going with Antonio. Unless Kane is back

          3. 3 A
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Yes. Bruno better imo

          4. Soto Ayam
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Indeed. Antonio could be my pick as he's mightly unlucky not to score the last 2 games

          5. Soto Ayam
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Cheers all

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Do I need a Burnley defender for DGW24 if my defence will be

          Areola
          Cancelo Maguire Coufal

          1. JonSnow
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            If you haven't got any other fires to put out, there is potential for 2 clean sheets there so may be worth playing 4 at the back depending on rest of squad for the GW.

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Bench Son vs City?

        • JonSnow
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A bit worried about next GW as i have mostly city, liverpool, united, everton and avl players in my side playing eachother or avl agaisnt an in form arsenal.

          A) Stones > Cancelo - too sideways with the DGW in mind? basically playing as a winger.
          B) Button > Pope (have martinez) and Mee
          C) Robertson > Alonso this GW > Digne next GW
          D) Save FT and have 2 next GW

          Thanks in advance!

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

            D

        • Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Reckon I can delay the WC with these moves?

          23: Mitchell & Martinelli -> Mee & Raphina (-4)
          24: Bellerin -> Digne
          25: Save FT
          26: 2FT + TC

          Would give me:
          24: 6DGWers (3MCY, 2EVE, 1BUR)
          25: 2DGWers (2LEE)
          26: Probably at least 11DGWers

          DDG
          Cancelo, Coufal, Bellerin
          Salah, Sterling, Bruno, Gundogan
          DCL, Bamford, Watkins

          Forster, Targett, Martinelli, Mitchell
          Bank 2.5m, 1FT, all chips

        • OleBall
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Watkins > Antonio for free?

            1. 3 A
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I thought Watkin will have DGW too . Maybe

          • cruzex
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            i didnt see the game.

            how did werner play??

            to risky werner to captain next gw??

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I wouldn’t against us

            2. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I'd say it's incredibly risky. It's SHU but he's not scoring, he's not on pens and he's not done much lately to suggest that he'll deliver for you

              1. TOLV TUMS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Apologies to Sparkes, of course 🙂

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

              I'd be looking to get rid, not captain.

          • Live Lad
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Any TC suggestion? BB used.

            Planning to WC in 26. Have enough DGWers for 24, 25 with triple Leeds and double S'ton. Getting Pope and Mee for free this week.

            (1) Bamford
            (2) Any City
            Please suggest.

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              For this week? For me there are better TC weeks ahead... why this week?

              1. Live Lad
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Not this week. 24 or 25 as I plan to WC before 26.

          • Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Struijk to Mee worth it or sideways? Already have Dallas but Leeds have a DGW25...

            1. 3 A
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I'll save as Leed have DGW but Struijk dont deliver point like Dallas. They concede for fun. Maybe u can trade him too

              1. Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Need to burn a FT, Forster to Aerola then?

          • TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Okay, hear me out and don't laugh at me at least in the comments: Ship (Z)aha or (S)alah for Grealish, next 2-3 GW only...? Zaha has MUCH better fixtures and should be due a reversion to the mean (i.e. he's due), Salah has three pretty crap fixtures and LIV have a massively ramshackle defense that's contributing to their goal-scoring woes.

            I like the notion of the no-Salah differential. I'm sat at 500K and otherwise have a fairly template team.

            1. 3 A
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              It a risk going without Salah but he look lost. Zaha not be back soon?

              1. TOLV TUMS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Hard to tell- FPL says "knock" which is inconclusive. Honestly I'd prefer to ship both

          • 3 A
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Hi guys,

            My wife's team. Wc

            Martinez
            Alonso, Shaw, Justin Timberlake
            Bruno, Soucek, Raphnha, Saka Waka eh eh
            Antonio, Bamford, Watkins

            Sub Pope, Barnes, Targett, Cancelo.

            11.8 m ITB.

            What do u think?

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Definitely wins for the most amusing team on this page. Hot Topic, please

              1. 3 A
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Yes please. Haha

            2. WALOR
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Son/Kane

              1. 3 A
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Doesnt deliver for now

            3. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              But play Pope

              1. 3 A
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Pope is good too.

          • Avery
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Pick one of these to play and sequence the rest for bench order please

            A. Dallas
            B. Watkins
            C. DCL
            D. Stones

            Thanks!

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              DCL and Stones on bench, that order. Coin toss between Watkins and Dallas.

          • Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Son vs WBA as a captain favourite?

            Feeling something wrong on him and Spurs

            1. TOLV TUMS
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              That second part

            2. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Whenever I look at my team with Son (c) it feels weird and off but there’s no other genuine options

              1. TOLV TUMS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Agreed - definitely no one clearly presenting himself as an alternative clear option. Captain Sensible should be interesting tomorrow

              2. waldo666
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Do you not have Bruno?

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Yeah but fixture isn’t great, probably a better shout than Son anyway as Mou will take a 1-0 win