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My latest FPL Gameweek 8 Wildcard team: Foden, Son and Hwang in, Antonio out

A lot of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers have pushed the Wildcard button, including me, so I thought it would be a good time to talk about my current draft after tinkering for about five days.

Please take note that this is a draft and I don’t know where I will be with my team when Gameweek 8 eventually arrives.

GOALKEEPERS

The best FPL goalkeepers for a Gameweek 7 Wildcard

Currently, my goalkeepers are Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m) and Ben Foster (£4.0m). Foster currently sits in my team as the second ‘keeper because he’s the most likely starting £4.0m goalkeeper out of the other options but obviously, we don’t know for sure what the situation will be with Claudio Ranieri now at the helm.

The goalkeeper spot is one I’m struggling with the most at the moment. Ramsdale does look like he has the number one spot and it is between him, David Raya (£4.6m) and Robert Sanchez (£4.6m) for me. Arsenal with their new-look defence have looked fairly steady and like I mentioned last week in my article, we are not relying on the short sample size of this season alone. In the second half of last season, Mikel Arteta’s team were the fifth-best defence for expected goals conceded (xGC) in 2020/21. Also, Arteta does come across to me as a defence-first coach whereas the Bees might go out and play a little. I also like the look of defenders from Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford, who offer a slightly higher goal threat compared to the £4.5m options from Arsenal.

DEFENDERS

Jimenez ends goal drought as Arsenal claim convincing north London derby win 7

In my defence, Tino Livramento (£4.2m) picks himself because of Southampton going on a great run of fixtures. He has shown a lot in attack and the Saints have shown some newfound defensive resilience as well right now.


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And if you want to know more, me and my fellow Pro Pundit Zophar chat Wildcards on the latest episode of The FPL Wire which you can view below.

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  1. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on this wildcard team?

    5-3-2 only for this week. 4-3-3 team.

    I feel no City midfielder is bad…

    Sanchez
    Cancelo Dias Azpilicueta Duffy Livramento
    Salah Son Townsend
    Lukaku Aubameyang

    Raya Toney Normann Brownhill

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 19 days ago

      For me I think Auba is a solid pick but Arsenal aren’t that attacking so I don’t see much upside.
      Think Jimenez is likely to score similar so would downgrade to him and use the change to upgrade tour 4th mid so you can go 3-4-3 when you want to. Even just to Mbuemo and keep some change.

      2 dead midfield slots feels wrong to me with so many cheap decent options in there

    2. Dammit_182
        3 months, 19 days ago

        That back line is perfect for the formation you have picked, particularly if you like the double Brighton over a different keeper to Sanchez.

        I went Saka instead of Auba just for the saving and I like the son/Salah/Lukaku picks.

        Like Rogdog said, downgrading Auba to jiminez/tony/or even Jesus if you are concerned about missing out on city attack could give you that little bit extra to get saka (if you want arsenal attack), Mbumo/Gallagher/Raphinia etc.

        In summary, back line is spot on, love son/Salah/Lukaku but maybe Auba could be used to spread the cash about a bit without compromising the team. After all, he won’t be your captain any time soon will he?

    3. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      If both declared fit for GW8, who gets more starts over then next 8 or so GWs?

      A. Chillwell
      B. James

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Champions League and an another International break just over the horizon make this even more of a lottery.

      2. Gold Monster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        James

    4. Jafooli
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Huge sigh of relief from the mods as a new page appears…..until 😛

    5. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      JOHN McGINN!!
      Equaliser for Scotland. Brilliantly set up by Andy Robertson

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Ah. Gone behind a minute later

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Damn it, I was hoping Scotland would lose heavily

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          And.... smacked a penalty straight at the keeper.

          Elsewhere, 2 lovely goals by Callum Robinson for Ireland.

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Early transfers are bad mmmmkay?

    6. JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has stated that "Romelu Lukaku is suffering from muscle fatigue” and has left the national team camp...

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Ffs

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        And I used my 1FT to get him for CR7.

        🙁

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Don't worry. His muscles are too tired to play a meaningless 3rd place play-off

    7. Jinswick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Toney is definitely rising in price before Jimenez, right?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Nothing is definite unfortunately. Son rose from 55%.

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          That one caught me among many by surprise 🙁

    8. pingissimus
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Always like to plan well ahead - the key is not this international break but the next one.

      I've just been watching a video of Eze back in full training. Never mind the pencil I'm going to ink him for GW12 😉

      1. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Eze does it mine penguin friend!

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Penguins see far. I usually plan just 3-4 GWs ahead, nothing more.

        1. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          8 plus 4 = 12 🙂

          Have actually already made one proleptic investment in Palace attack so prepared to hold off just a little bit 🙂

      3. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        When Eze and Olise start, Palace will have a decent attack.

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Impressed by Viera thus far

        2. pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Olise is quite possibly the one to be on tbh in FPL if Palace attack amounts to anything.

          Delete penalties from Zaha and I imagine they return similarly with if anything the advantage to Olise. Probs need to wait a little for him to nail a starting spot but his delivery is sensational. Ended up with the best creativity stats on both sides against Leicester despite being on for 30 minutes.

          (There is an if in that first sentence)

    9. Rotation's Alter Ego
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      New Community Article

      Good piece from Virg on Fabio Borges and his love of career xG. Not too much attention is given to stats over multiple seasons as we're often so focused on form in FPL so this is a great topic to cover.

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2021/10/09/how-did-fabio-borges-become-arguably-the-best-ever-fpl-manager/

    10. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Anyone seen much of Gallagher his stats are good...but he plays for Palace!

      Thinking of either

      A. Townsend
      B. Gallagher
      C. Doucouré
      D. Look Elsewhere!

      Much appreciated.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        I like Mbeumo from GW9 ->

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          You can see into the future?

          Or it's just a feeling...

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Fixtures look good from GW9 is all...

      2. Bertonian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Mbeumo if not already in place

      3. Dammit_182
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I’ve got him in, Mbuno is the top sub 6 mil pick just now but the great thing is there is a lot of choice at that price so easy to swop if need to or bench/rotate vs a trickier fixture.

        • DavvaMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Thanks, I should have said I am already going to transfer in Mbeumo, just need another Mid.

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            B

          2. DavvaMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Maybe Saka, but he is unconvincing.

        • pingissimus
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Seen a fair bit of Gallagher and he's a worthwhile pick - he consistently gets into some great positions.Finishing erratic the major problem and why he's only on two goals so far.

          Think I'd probably go Townsend or possibly now slightly unfashionable Gray myself but really there's little between any of them. Think Townsend has the most routes to a return provided he keeps his spot.

        • Mozumbus
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Mbeumo

        • BoleynWin
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          James Tarkowski first on Newcastle’s radar in the January window apparently, he would drastically improve that defence in fairness. Was disappointed West Ham didn’t manage to persuade him to move last summer.

          The Robinho-esque deadline day moves can wait until next year…

          1. pingissimus
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Can't see that any of these transfer rumours stack up right now but this one makes sense to me. Something needs to be done about that defence.

          2. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Also Kane and Mbappe on the list

        • Cheeto__Bandito
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Best 4.5 keeper combo? I think Sanchez and Mccarthy rotate well.

        • mixology
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Unpopular opinion:

          Son will outscore both Lukaku and Ronaldo this season. If he doesn’t- he’ll be very close and at least 1.5 million cheaper.

          With fixtures + captaincy taken into account, it may be hard to forgo the premium strikers. But I think there is merit having Salah pretty much perma-captain and Son as your two premiums

          1. Jordan.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            no interest here ,spurs look bloody awful under nuno,and kane just cant be arsed....

            1. mixology
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Fair. With that being the case- Son is still putting up great returns. 1 goal for him and it’s 2 bonus minimum

        • Pukkipartyy
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          What are these Lukaku injury talks?...

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            He's left the Belgium camp

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              apparently

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                He doesn't fancy the meaningless 3rd place play off in a tin pot competition

        • The Senate
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          ridiculous decision to rule that goal out

          and I'm English

          1. The Senate
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            lol nvm

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Given!!

        • BobB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Muscle fatigue? WTF! Talk about wrapping in cotton wool

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Maybe he did not want to give Tuchel any bad news?

            Martinez did say he does not know how long Lukaku will be out for plus also said he is not in the best condition to play. Sounds more serious done muscle fatigue IMO.

        • as33
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Greenwood>Foden for free?

          1. Mozumbus
              3 months, 19 days ago

              No

            • The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              It begins.

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Best weekend in a while - no red arrows

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              This is how I know it’s time to give the game up

              1. Bobby Digital
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Only upwards and onwards

              2. Ginkapo FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                I thought you already had

              3. The Knights Template
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 19 days ago

                Never!

            2. JUNITED
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Go wild by taking -8 or -12 if you are going to give up

          3. JUNITED
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Lukaku left the Belgium squad due to muscle fatigue. Is this bad injury? Or he can shake it off for less than a week?

            1. The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Do you believe it is a real injury?

          4. diesel001
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Scotland's playoff place now lies in their own hands. If they can't beat Moldova and the Faroe Islands they don't deserve a play-off spot.

          5. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            We've done it! At the death! Scott McTominey to make it 3-2

            1. BeWater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 19 days ago

              I don't normally watch non England qualifying games but glad I watched this one! Fantastic comeback from Scotland. Tierney and Robertson is a hell of a left wing. Hope Scotland make it.

          6. The Mighty Hippo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            That was a fantastic second half from Scotland.

          7. SINGH
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Muscle overloads take around 4 to 5 weeks to recover to avoid injury

            1. The Knights Template
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              If indeed there is an injury.

          8. BTMBOCMB
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I just tried to replicate this team but was miles off in terms of affordability. My team value in the Gameweek points section shows at 100.5, but when I remove all of my players i only have 99.9m to spend, my team value figure is quite misleading, almost pointless...as it doesn't represent the value of the team to me, just if you wanted to buy it from new on that given day.