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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. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Play Gundo or dcl?

    1. Chelsea91
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      DCL

    2. Joggers Nipple
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Gundo

    3. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Gundo

  2. Perthite
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Worth any change - have a bit in the bank for a possible upgrade?

    Maybe Bednarek out?

    Martínez (McCarthy)
    Justin Dias Stones
    Gündogan Fernandes Son Salah
    Antonio Bamford Wilson
    (Soucek, Bednarek, Mitchell)
    1FT 4.5m

  3. TOLV TUMS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Okay, so a non-FPL topic but not entirely off: Does Haaland fit with City, in a post-Aguero world? I haven't seen enough of his matches (apart from highlights) but I could see him being a similarly "direct" option in the way Aguero always was. Dunno. Any thoughts?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Did you read the BBC Football analysis yesterday? Interesting. He seems versatile - he would be terrific up front alone in Aguero's role; on the other hand, he'd be the missing link in a front 2 for United, and also as a partner in a front two with Werner. He tried to make a case for replacing Firmino in a Liverpool front three but I don't see that as being straightforward.
      My hunch is that his dad's history would steer him towards City as Aguero's successor.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 11 days ago

        I doubt his dad's footballing history is particularly important to Haaland's himself. He'll go to wherever he believes suits his ambitions and talents best.

      2. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Didn't read the BBC analysis but I can see what you're getting at. I still think United are punching above their weight and thanking stars that Bruno isn't hurt, I'd honestly not wish him there, see DVB - not that I think he'd be relegated to same status, but I still don't think there's a mature plan there. If he wants to win stuff and develop it's City and then Chelsea after. Liverpool (and I'm a supporter) tough to say these days.

    2. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      For that kind of player, you adjust your tactics to fit.
      That is what the best managers are capable of doing.

      1. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Well, true in theory but see most of Pogba's ManU career to date

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Halaand has some of the worst link up play in football. He can't complete a two foot pass.
      Also his hold up play isn't great, which Aguero did brilliantly.

      But in his defense, you don't need that in the Bundesliga.
      Also he can learn.
      But there's no doubt that he's the best finisher in World football right now. Not even exaggerating.

  4. Andy_Social
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Ooh, lucky lucky lucky.

    GW21 won my FA Cup tie and weekly $25 ML thanks to Bamford coming off the bench.
    GW22 won my FA Cup tie and weekly $25 ML thanks to Reece James coming off the bench.

    Pays to have a strong bench, so!

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      only if it works...

    2. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      hear hear!

  5. dshv
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Maybe made a mistake that to bring grealish for gundo ... but some people said that villa will be that team with double gw

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      likely to get a double in 26

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Can't you have both?

  6. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Thoughts on Dallas?
    Think he suits my strategy well as he has a good fixture this week when I need to play him, a DGW and even plays in BGW

    He can be easily benched in the other weeks

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Get him

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Decent pick if you are fine with no CS and completely relying on attacking returns

    3. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Yes in my side and looking to keep.

    4. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I still don't trust Leeds to keep CS, but as you say, bringing him out for the DGW and BGW and leaving him on the bench other times would be a sensible tactic, so long as he isn't blocking other players such as a Burnley defender.

    5. shiraz
        3 months, 11 days ago

        With leeds having a decent run of upcoming fixture, i would prefer to set and forget.

    6. Purefection
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Play Stones or Targett? I have Dias.

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Targett

      2. TOLV TUMS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Tar-getttt

      3. shiraz
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Targett

      4. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Everton, City, Burnley all have DGWs in 24 while United play West Brom. Who are you looking at for captaincy next week?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          It's a tricky one as City will probably rotate heavily. I might still favour Bruno!

        2. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Ideally a city player but game time will be an obvious concern. Not sure if I should even keep sterling or transfer him out for grealish this gw.

        3. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Ederson

        4. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Ruben Dias

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Him, Cancelo or Gundo for me most likely

        5. Phil's Stamps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          It's Pope time.

      5. unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Morning dzzz, suggestions on how to get Pope in here with only 0.3m itb

        Martinez
        Cancelo Dallas Coufal -- Digne Stones
        Salah Bruno(c) Grealish Rashford -- Gundog
        Bamford Antonio Dcl

        Antonio, Rashford, Grealish seem to be cash cows but antonio has a great gw24 fixture (SHU)...whilst none of the dgw teams have a midfielder to replace for Grealish/Rashford

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Not so sure games against relegation threatened teams with slim hopes of survival are as great fixtures as look at first glance.

          1. unitednations
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            probably but the lure of dgws

      6. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Don’t think digne is worth a 4 point hit for the dgw. No clean sheet vs Liverpool. Potential clean sheet and attacking points vs Fulham

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Better clean sheet potential if Olsen plays.

      7. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Whic Chelsea defender in for Robbo?

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Rudiger looks like a very good option though the loss of Silva will be a big one.

        2. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Alonso

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

          I struck lucky with James last night but wouldn't call him nailed. I would've suggested Tilva but he got crocked. So it's either Azpili or the seriously good value Rudiger. You won't get any offensive points, but he's reliable for CS and the odd bap.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Isn't Rudiger a decent threat from corners?

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              If Zouma doesn't start he could be, but hasn't produced anything as yet.

              i only for James' 8 points because Chilwell stayed on the bench, but I would expect England's #1 LB to share pitch time with Alonso, rendering the latter a poor FPL asset.

        4. shiraz
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Alonso, as you have enough with the excess from the sales of robbo. High chance of attacking returns

        5. SuperDan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Bench one:

          A) DCL
          B) Gundo
          C) Soucek

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Bravo

        6. House Frey Wedding Planner
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I think I've stumbled on a brilliant strategy for my team to reach optimum points for the upcoming gameweeks!

          Current team

          Martinez, 4.0
          Cancelo, Dias, AWB, Holding, Mitchell
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, Soucek
          DCL, Bamford, Antonio

          2FT, 5.2itb, all chips available

          So my strategy is as follows (based on the expected teams progressing in the cup and MCI v SOU added to gw27)

          GW23 - Mitchell to Mee

          GW24 - Holding & sub keeper to Pope and Tarkowski. TRIPLE Burnley defence playing Palace away and Fulham at home. 7 dgw players in total for this week and a differential with a huge upside as most would have 1 or 2 Burnley defenders.

          GW25 - WILDCARD

          Martinez, Mccarthy
          Cancelo, Dias, Shaw, Davies, Phillips
          Salah, Bruno, Gundogan, Barnes, Zaha
          Bamford, Ings, Watkins

          Preparation for BB26 and getting rid of the excess Burnley players plus other single gameweekers for gw26. Ben Davies and Phillips should play due to Reguillon injury and Liverpool CB injuries. 5m still left in the bank. 3 players will have double gameweeks from LEE & SOU.

          GW26 - BENCH BOOST

          Bamford to Kane/Vardy. This leaves me with the full 15 double gameweekers to BB with.

          GW27 - Unknown transfer at this stage but I'll have 5 players from MCI & SOU already in the team to have a double gameweek

          I think this strategy aggressively attacks the double gameweeks, leaves me with a stronger BB26 team than if I built to that week by using transfers and hits, and I've got a solid team going forward after gw27. FH will be bgw29.

          Thoughts? If all goes as expected, I would anticipate a huge increase in rank.

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Well-written; I was tempted by a snarky tldr response when I first saw the prodigious length but took the time to read. Seems sound to me

            1. House Frey Wedding Planner
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Thanks! It is a long piece but the strategy is so brilliant (imo) it warranted the detail

          2. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            The only flaw is that GW26 is yet to be confirmed and it's based on assumptions. If it is correct then yes it looks good, else I wouldn't be so quick to pull the trigger.

            1. House Frey Wedding Planner
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I think by wildcarding in 25 it allows flexibility for any fixture changes for gw26 (as the games will be set by then) and would still allow for 15 double gameweekers for that week.

              The triple Burnley for gw24 doesn't affect the team if I'm wildcarding the following week plus it gives me 7 players with 2 fixtures that gameweek

              1. unitednations
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                couple of issues
                - Only 1 leeds dgw25 player whereas most will have 2 (or 3)
                - Zaha has horrible fix from gw27
                - Davies and Philips will be deadwood anytime

                1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  I'm not that sold on Leeds and am okay going into gw25 with just Bamford and 2 x Southampton. Plus those with multiple Leeds will end up having to sell to accommodate players with double gameweeks and better fixtures.

                  Zaha would be a short term pick to attack home fixtures against Fulham in gw26 (this also being a potential dgw) and wba in gw28. I would most likely sell after this and there are several similarly priced or cheaper alternatives.

                  Davies has some potential double gameweeks (albeit for an out of form team) but can easily be replaced by Holding or Rudiger. Phillips I'm happy to keep as a 4.0 enabler

                  1. unitednations
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    i get that but my point around davies and philips is that they aren't nailed for a BB..cant rely on them playing both

                    also, whats you TV?

                    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      TV is 101.3 with 5.2 itb

                      I think monitoring BD & NP for the next few games will give a better indication before I hit the wildcard chip. Should also have more news on the injuries to Reguillon and Fabinho by then.

                      Right now I think they look like good options and I think they'll keep their spot in the team purely because everyone else that can play their position is injured.

                      Even if by gw25 they do not seem good choices, then it's nothing a minor bit of tinkering can't fix

        7. Taegugk Warrior
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Martinez
          AWB/Stones/Justin
          Salah/Fernandes/Son/Gundo/Soucek
          Watkins/Bamford

          Peacok-Farrel/DCL/Mitchell/Killman
          1FT
          A. Mitchel to Cresswell, Bench stones
          B. Gundo to Grealish
          C. DCL to Anonio Bench Gundo

        8. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Never thought I'd find myself owning Matt Lowton again, but here we are... can finally get rid of Dunne and bring him in for that fantastic DGW24.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Perfect for that one cheeky GW.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Could get a double in 26 too 😆

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Its not all about mee, mee, mee

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              No need to be Tarky 😉

          3. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I've had max lowton since the other DGW and benched him for Dallas...Regretted that move. Was planning to remove him for Rudiger but decided to hold off and was surprised with the DGW news.. Let's hope he plays both games

        9. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Worth taking a 4 point hit to do Johnstone to Pope?

          Have Martinez and no BB chip

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Almost never but in fact Pope has a serious chance of 4 CS plus save points in a row inc the DGW, so I definitely would.

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

            Quite possibly - both Pope and Martinez are out scoring loads of mids

        10. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Pope or Martinez for rest of the season ?

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            C

          2. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Martinez .

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

          Real joy to have cricket on tv - might save me from unnecessary fiddling with my team!

        12. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Anyone has GW23 CS percentages?

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            All of us - it's in the hot topics.

            1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Thanks!

        13. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Areola
          Cancelo Cresswell Dallas
          Salah Bruno(C) Sterling Grealish
          Wilson Bamford Antonio

          AWB Stephens 3.9def

          2 FT 1.4 ITB

          Salah> Auba/Rashford/Son This Week
          And
          Get Mee- Tarkowksi next week to play 5 atb.

          Thoughts??

          1. Gun gun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Why need to sell salah? Auba/rash/som? Nahhh

            1. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              To get funds for double burnley defence next week. Anyways Wildcarding in GW25

              1. Gun gun
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Sorry but the burnley defence to me, its like a single gameweek. No point.

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  Liverpool aside, their CS tend to come from weaker sides, and they have 4 non-prolific oppos in a row upcoming.

                  1. Gun gun
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Firstly, brighton will surely score against them. So even if u want to take burnley defenders, do it after this game

                2. HammersXI
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  As much as the fixture is good, I'll also be only having 1 Burnley defender. The opposition may be toothless but they will try to get a result for survival

        14. Djemba-Djemba
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Transferring bednarek out. Pick one:
          A) Alonso
          B) James
          C) AWB
          D) Shaw

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Rudiger OR c/d

          2. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Do you want a Burnley defender for the DGW? With Silva out Rudiger seems the most safe.

            If you want a flair player, Shaw might be good, but Telles is waiting to come on for the odd game

        15. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Seen a lot of people planning WC25 & BB26.

          Big problem with that is Leeds will have a DGW25 and only single game against Villa in 26.
          Want triple Leeds for 25 but then it ruins the BB in 26.

          Think I might just use BB next week for DGW24.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Does it ruin the BB26? You'll get the points, just a week early. The loss is purely psychological.

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Ideally you want have 4 players with doubles on the bench for BB.
              3 Leeds vs Villa is not the best use of BB.

          2. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I'm trying to understand why would people WC in 25 tho. Leeds don't have easy fixtures, and they lost the reverse game against Wolves. (and yes I'm a Leeds fan and I'm even questioning whether it's worth to get Raph over the other premium options right now)

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Many will WC in 25 to setup for BB26.

              1. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Yeah but is 26 even confirmed. We have seen how FPL has trolled us big time with the fixtures this season, hence I gave up planning weeks ago

                1. Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  It is kind of confirmed mate. There are no free midweeks for games to be rearranged.

                  Also these fixtures were not a surprise. Ben Crellin had mentioned that PL can rearrange fixtures for non EL/CL teams in any gameweek.

                  1. HammersXI
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    I just took a look at his thread, I guess for me I'll only make a decision once the orange turns into green (which means confirmed fixtures). With this season, there's really no point planning so early with COVID, weather etc. Things can change massively within 1/2 weeks.

                    Thanks for pointing it out tho. Haven't been tracking this season that closely

            2. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Yes Raph is worth it as your 7th attacker on WC. I am probably WC'ing on 25 and going with Bam and Raph. Will get one of them out in 26(BB)

          3. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Would have been a lot better if Leeds DGW was in 26.
            I will be Wildcarding in 25 and have double Leeds. Will ship one out for 26.

          4. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I'd also say that Southampton is more of a priority than Leeds considering it's likely they will have double gameweeks for 26 & 27 whereas Leeds won't.

            I would just have Bamford for wildcard gw25 from Leeds and upgrade him next week to a double gameweek player to attack BB26

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I'd be happy with Bamford and maybe Raphinha and Dallas, but even with 4 games, who would you want from Saints on current form?

              1. House Frey Wedding Planner
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Current Saints form is they lost 9-0......which only happens once a season for them

        16. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Will their be any double after GW26?

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Yes 27 and maybe one or two smaller ones after that.

            1. Holmes
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              27 will also be double? 😮

              Exciting stuff.

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

            Of course.

        17. Sloane426
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          When are people with WC and BB planning on using it?

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            BB26 WC30

          2. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            WC25 and BB26.

            My strategy is listed a few posts above

        18. HammersXI
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Am clueless of what moves to do honestly,

          Martinez Forster
          Lowton Dallas Dias Stones Coufal
          Maddison Son Salah Bruno Sterling
          Antonio Bamford Vassilev

          2 FT and 0.4m ITB. Which transfers will look more ideal? Was planning to transfer out Lowton for Rudiger before the DGW news but held out. Currently am not playing both City defenders against Pool..

          A) Maddison -> Raphinha
          B) Maddison + Stones -> Grealish + Rudiger
          C) Do suggest cause I've really no clue on what to do

        19. -GK22-
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Morning all, terrible season for me

          Should i roll my transfer and hold kane for now? £0.7itb

          Martinez
          Dallas, Dias, Stones
          Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Son
          Antonio(c), Bamford, kane

          4, Dawson, Keane, Jones

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            What's the benefit to holding Kane?
            You can always trade him back in, you're losing points by the week.

        20. Akshatjazz
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Thoughts on my team after announcing DGW 24&25. I have FH, TC & Wildcard still to go.
          My team - 6.4 itb & 2ft

          McCarthy
          Dias, coufal, AWB
          Son, Gundogun, Bruno, Soucek
          Watkins, Antonio, bamford

          Bench - Martinez, Salah, stones, Dallas

        21. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          McCarthy Forster
          Dias Cancelo Coufal Alioski Ferguson
          Salah Sterling Bruno Son Soucek
          DCL Antonio Brewster

          2FT 0.6 itb

          McCarthy to Pope is the plan.

          Who do I sell to fund it?
          A. Son
          B. Sterling

          Who do I get in as replacement?
          1. Rashford (Can't do with Son)
          2. Grealish
          3. Hames
          4. Gundo
          5. Foden

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Selling Son before WBA doesn't seem like a good idea.

            Also don't you want Sterling for DGW24?

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I do. And that's why there's the confusion.
              Selling Son before WBA just looks wrong, but he and Spurs have been poor.
              Sterling doesn't seem like exploding. I can sell him to free up cash for Pope and then get a City midfielder again next week for Son (Might have a better idea of who's likely to play both games after the FA Cup game)

              1. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                It's a tough situation to be in. Would have better if you could save FT this week.

                1. WE GO FOR IT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  Ideally would've loved to just get Pope in. But he's expensive.

          2. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I would upgrade Soucek for Raphinha since you don't have Bamford. I would get rid of Ferguson for Lowton maybe and forget about Pope. Selling Son / Sterling doesn't make sense

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Soucek has Fulham and Sheffield. Can sell him when I WC in 25. But could work.

        22. kobewan
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Martinez > Pope for Burnley DGW24 is must? Villa v BHA is GW24 a sure CS?

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

            Get Targett + Pope. Covered.

          2. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            There is no such thing as a sure CS. Brighton hasn't been playing badly and they are at home. It all depends because Martinez will have multiple DGW incoming and whether you will lose any value selling him. Would rather go for the CB in Burnley

            1. kobewan
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Likely might have been a better word.. Thank you

              1. HammersXI
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Yeah but if you have Martinez keep him. He's good value for money.

                1. kobewan
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  Probably. I have him.. Made some error last match still got 4 pts.

                2. Gabbiadini
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  agree. don't trade Martinez, for me personally I have far too much $ tied up in him for my liking.

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

                More like unlikely.. Brighton are favourites to win that game

          3. Gun gun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Firstly if u got martinez jus keep.

            1. kobewan
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Yes I have Martinez, Might just keep it that way. addition .5 to get Pope might be better use for other players

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                I can afford to keep Martinez and get Pope for the DGW and GW25. He may get another DGW in 26.

        23. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Vestergaard -97.5, 4.6 would be a dream.

          1. kobewan
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Saints badly this guy back

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              One of the top defenders in the league before his injury.

              His attacking play has been the biggest miss, his long diagonal passing abilities and his threat from jwp set pieces.

              1. kobewan
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 11 days ago

                I had before him got injured solid CB, after he got injured I got Martinez and put McCarthy on the Bench.