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Gameweek 7 Wildcard team reveal: Lukaku over Ronaldo plus double City and Arsenal

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After a Gameweek 6 score of 44 and a fourth red arrow in succession, I embraced the ‘Sunday night Wildcard’ cliche and finally pushed the button. For this article, I’ll be sharing my current draft and a bit of the thinking behind it.

First off, a word on the timing of the Wildcard. While I had my fair share of yellow flags and underperforming players, it was mainly the concern that I would be priced out of the team I wanted that made me choose this Gameweek. As you’ll see, this necessitates greater investment in the Liverpool v Man City fixture than I’d ideally have liked and a Gameweek 8 Wildcard would not only have avoided that but, also, have allowed me to better mop up any problems that might occur during the preceding international break. 

However, neither of those factors seemed significant enough to warrant holding off and, equally, there are opportunities to be gained from tapping into some of the good Gameweek 7 fixtures.

Finally, I’m approaching this Wildcard with a fairly long horizon and am targeting the players and teams that I think can deliver for the foreseeable future. Equally I’m seeking enough depth that my squad can cope with the unexpected. My hope is that this will help me establish a reliable enough foundation that I can use my transfers progressively rather than reactively going forwards.

So, without further ado, here’s my current Wildcard draft.

Goalkeepers

The Kasper Schmeichel (£5.1m) / Danny Ward (£4.0m) Leicester goalkeeper rotation is a hill I’m willing to die on this season having already had it from the start. While they are not the most popular picks between the sticks (ooh that rhymes), at least not in the FPL community, they haven’t done badly, averaging 3.0 points per game so far, despite Leicester’s dismal defending.

Schmeichel is second for saves made, which helps him in terms of save points and bonus points but just the one clean sheet is not all that convincing a return. That said, I do believe Leicester will improve, particularly with the return of Jonny Evans (£5.4m), and, also, that it is more likely that they will sort out their defensive problems than some currently better-performing options are likely to maintain their defensive solidity.

Finally, at £9.1m combined (£9.0m for me), Schmeichel/Ward offers a strong certainty of a playing goalkeeper for a fairly low cost.

Defenders

My strategy for the defence is to get three near-to-nailed-on players from what appear to be the three best defences in the league (Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea) and then, ideally, leave them for the rest of the season so I can focus my transfers elsewhere.

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  1. Steevo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Which combo? (Different formations):
    A) White Antonio Jota
    B) Christensen Son Gray
    C) Alonso Rudiger Jota
    D) Alonso Raphinha Gray
    E) Rudiger Raphinha Antonio (-4)

    1. Kaptenen
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      E

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Agree

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      E

    3. Carefree Crew
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      E

  2. Kaptenen
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    For this GW only?
    A) Chilwell
    B) Alonso
    C) Burnley def

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      B if you have a bench

      C (Mee) if not

  3. fn.jota
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    Morning Lads

    In WC who to hold?

    A. Livramento
    B. Duffy
    C. other

    1. Kaptenen
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      A

    2. fn.jota
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      cheers! same opinion

  4. Jonny HOW SON?
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    What's up with the Brazil internationals?
    Will they miss GW8, does anyone know something concrete?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      if they stay the whole break - but they might arrange to come back a game early, no-one knows

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Yes they could if the stay for all 3 games.

  5. fn.jota
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 5 days ago

    C. other 4.2m under defender

  6. cassanata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    With TAA out and James almost certainly out which one would you choose:

    a. Play Livramento
    b. Take a -4 to do James -> Alonso or Rudiger

    1. Whatever100
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Issue is that your never know which chelsea who they’re gonna play. Either Rud or Alonzo easily benched which means you have taken -4 for nothing. Could pay off but 1 goal for SOU and you ain’t gonna make your points back.

      Long term minus 4 ok though but TAA probs won’t be out for long so you may want him back.

  7. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    One week punt before WC -

    A. Raphina (LEE)
    B. Havertz (SOT)
    C. McNeil (NOR)
    D. Gallagher (LEI)
    E. Barnes (cry)
    F. Toney (whm)
    G. Rodrigo (WAT)
    H. Someone else ( upto 9.7m for a mid or 6.6m for a striker)

    1. Kaptenen
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      A most safe, C if feeling punty

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      A

    3. Jeremiah
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Zaha 😉

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Interesting

        Up against a lacklustre Leicester who played on Thursday

    4. Jam0sh
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Rap

    5. Joey Tribbiani
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Raphinha or Wood

    6. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Cheers all

  8. Thewoodyhorse
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 5 days ago

    As I shipped Shaw out for Azpi earlier in the week what's my best course of action this GW?

    0.4itb
    Sanchez Steele
    Azpi Cancelo Walker TAA Tsimikas
    Salah Greenwood Sarr Benrahma Bissouma
    Ronaldo Antonio Obafemi

    1. Bench Trent and hope Bissouma recovers to play or Tsimikas get some time?
    2. -4 Trent to Rudiger and free up some funds for next GW

    Or Any other advice???

  9. Footieboot
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Sanchez
      Taa Rudiger White Marcal Livra
      Salah Jota Greenwood Raphinha Gilmour
      Ronaldo Toney Antonio

      1FT

      A) Roll FT
      B) Jota or Greenwood out?

    • Atimis
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Next week I’m gonna do Greenwood to Saka and will have lots ITB. Will have even more when I do Ronaldo to Lukaku. Have really no idea how to use it here. Thoughts?

      Sanchez
      Rudi/Cancelo/Duffy
      Salah/Greenwood/Benrahma/Raph/Sarr
      Ronaldo(c)/Antonio

      Steele/TAA/Tsim/Scarlet

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Upgrade your bench

      2. fn.jota
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        benrahama to grealish next GW

    • Champions League Varane
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Douglas Luiz (Spurs away)
      Sissoko (Leeds away).

    • Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      1 FT. Would you wildcard this?

      Sanchez Steele
      TAA* Shaw* Ayling* Omobamidele* White
      Sarah Benrahma Raphinha Jota Brownhill
      Ronaldo Antonio Jimenez

      Thanks!

    • FOO FIGHTER
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Starting to wonder if Ronaldo is worth his price.

      No penalties, playing in a fruit loop team, managed by a inept manager.

      Looks like it will be one up and down season for Ronaldo.

      1. poulteren
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        all juventus' stats went down when he joined

      2. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        imagine him Vardy and Lukaku will score similarly, so no probably not worth it

      3. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        And Lukaku doesn’t look essential eigther

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          This

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      For anyone who buys into player history Lukaku’s second favourite opponent by goals scored is Southampton (9 goals, 3 assists in 12 games)

    • TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Got 0 itb on my WC draft so I won't be able to bring TAA back in if I sell him this week and he doesn't drop. Do i...

      a) Sell for periera / dias
      b) Bench and play douglas luiz

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        B

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        B

    • Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Sanchez
      Rudiger, Coufal, White
      Salah, Jota, Raphinha, Sarr
      Ronaldo, Antonio, Toney
      (Livra, TTA, Gilmour).

      1 FT to use. 1.1 itb.
      Wanting to hold TTA.
      Coufal to Marcal for short and long term? Could stretch to another Chelsea defender (up to 6.1m)
      Or leave the defence (fingers crossed on Coufal) and Jota to someone (8.7m).

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Leave defence and do Jota to Saka

        1. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          People think Saka best option for under 8.7 ?
          Thinking short to medium term.

      2. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        If Coufal is fit save ft.

    • Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      Sanchez
      Semedo Marcal James*
      Salah Raphinha Saka Gray
      Ronaldo Antonio Bamford*

      (4.0 Sissoko Livramento TAA*)
      1 FT & 1.7m

      Bamford to Toney for free?
      Worth taking a hit elsewhere?

      Will use the money to do Semedo & Marcal to Cancelo & Dias/Rudiger in GW8 for a hit.

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 5 days ago

      1GW punt

      A. Wood (H v NOR)
      B. Jimenez (H v NEW)

      1. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        B

      2. hrjasper
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Wood all day

      3. McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        G2G?

        Ramsdale
        Coady Rudiger Shaw
        Gallagher Salah Sarr Benrahma
        Antonio Ronaldo Lukaku(c)

        Foster Gray Duffy Livra

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          toss-up between starting Gallagher and Gray but probably GTG

          1. McSauce
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            ye thinking that but think Gally just edges it

      4. Henning
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        3 m in the bank, anything worth a hit?

        Sanchez
        Rudiger Christensen Coady
        Sarr Jota Salah Raphinha
        Ronaldo Antonio ASM

        Steele Gray Duffy Livramento

        1. wulfrunian
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          no

      5. How I met your Mata
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        On Wc
        A TAA Odeguard Doucoure
        B Cancelo Grealish DLuiz

        Ederson Foster
        Christensen Rudigar Semedo Manquillo xxx
        Raph Salah Sarr xxx xxxx
        Jimi Lukaku Antonio

      6. We Go Again
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Sanchez
        Rudiger Marcal Tierney (Livra, TAA*)
        Salah Raphinha Jota Gray Sissoko
        Lukaku(C) Ronaldo (Scarlett)

        1FT 0 itb

        Roll FT?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          roll

      7. Ginola
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 5 days ago

        Wood ultimate 1 week punt before WC?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Him or Jimenez

        2. Big Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Prefer Jimi

      8. Back of the Garnett
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Morning all, any thoughts on this WC draft... GTG?

          Ramsdale - Foster
          Cancelo - Dias - Rudiger - Chilwell - Livra
          Salah - Raph - Saka - Grealish - Brownhill
          Lukaku - Antonio - Toney

          TIA

          1. Big Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Cracking team that but will have a benching headache for sure

        • Big Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Traore > Raph for a hit?

          1. The Knights Template
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            No

        • Taegugk Warrior
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          which one :
          A. Play livra
          B. Amartey to Marcal (-4), bench livra

          1. Reinhold
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Do not get in Marcal now. He will probably be dropped sooner rather than later.

        • Reinhold
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Really suck on using my transfer here. Care to help?

          Guaita / 4.0

          TAA / Rudiger / Marcal / Livra / Williams

          Salah / Raph / Gray / Gallagher / Jota

          Lukaku / Ronaldo (4.5)

          0 in bank.

          Thinking
          A) TAA -> Alonso, this allows for Marcal to Cancelo next week
          B) TAA -> Cancelo right away
          C) Jota -> ESR, this allows for Marcal to Cancelo next week
          D) Save transfer, play Jota, Williams comes in for TAA

          1. Big Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Be tempted to save there, especially if you're not sure. Will get XI out and have a playing sub

        • SADIO SANÉ
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          if Lukaku blanks again I'm gonna be super tempted to go triple-Chelsea defence instead on WC... could align nicely with the comeback of the under-8.0 forward

        • Strchld
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          Greenwood, Torres and Jota.
          Whos have to for Raphinha? Torres most likely won't get any minutes?

          1. Big Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 5 days ago

            Torres

        • Bobby_Baggio
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 5 days ago

          In my draft League would you take out Toney and put in Jimenez?