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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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  1. Houldsworth Hatter
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Morning

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Evening from Australia

  2. Don Van Vliet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Good morrow, sir.

  3. BoroPhil
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Increasingly liking the Foden inclusion. I had a look at the numbers for Torres, Foden, Grealish:

    Foden
    2 starts, v tough - Che and Liv
    xGI 1.14
    minutes per xGI: 171
    Penalty area touches: 13 (1 per 15 minutes)
    Big chances created: 1
    Big chances scored: 0/2

    Grealish
    started all 6
    xGI: 2.54
    minutes per xGI: 202
    Penalty area touches: 40 (1 per 15 minutes)
    Big chances created: 1
    Big chances scored: 0/2

    Torres
    started 4/6, easier games: Tot, NOR, ARS, Lei
    xGI: 2.08
    minutes per xGI: 117
    Penalty area touches: 25 (1 per 12 minutes)
    Big chances created: 0
    Big chances scored: 2/3

    Grealish for me seems further behind Foden. His stats compare even less favourably to Foden for the last 2 games when they have started together.
    His xGI drops to 0.6 (250 mins per x GI) although the same number of penalty area touches.

    Also, Foden has the same number of big chances created and scored, in less games.
    As you might expect from Torres playing OOP, he hasn't created much.

    Foden for me atm. If only we knew if he would play!

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Very nice. Olise stats against Leicester were even more special. He is a talent. So is Leon Bailey.

      Certainly ones to watch

      1. BoroPhil
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 24 days ago

        yeah, Olise looked very good when he came on last week. and only £5.4m

  4. Mr Bird
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC draft? Going for maximum flexibility with 0.3 ITB to move Jota on after Watford.

    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Azpi Rudiger Cancelo Livra
    Salah Jota* Raphinha Mbuemo Doucoure
    Lukaku Antonio Hwang

    *Jota stays for Watford due to Firmino’s Brazil commitments then moves on to Foden or similar.

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Looks good but might have some benching headaches there. Is Firmino with the Brazil squad? I thought he hadn't been called up.

    2. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Looks good but I'm personally wanting Son in my WC team. I'd downgrade Doucoure and Either Ass pee or Rudiger and get Son instead of Jota

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I like that D. Nice team.

    4. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Firmino isn't with Brazil!

      1. Mr Bird
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Ah must have missed that. Thanks!

    5. pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Feels a bit indecisive to me but it's a good 14 without question.

      Specifically not sure about double Chelsea defence over double City - pretty much all the data point the other way and not sure immediate fixtures should count too highly as power defence is more likely a long term play.

      A Hwang sceptic 🙂 Not seeing anything in his career history to suggest much at all.

      1. Mr Bird
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Yeah maybe you’re right. Azpi over Dias was an attacking decision and depending on TAA’s fitness I could easily move either to Dias. I can downgrade the bench but unless Raphinha returns early from international duty it would mean playing Mbuemo vs Chelsea.

  5. meerlight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Hey lr. You think that boomer is way out in front of Smith - Rowe, in that price bracket?

    1. Lateriser 12
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Yep imo yes

  6. Little Red Lacazette
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Play Livramento or Sarr for GW8?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I'm playing Livramento. But by the time deadline arrives, Sarr will probably be gone...

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Sarr

  7. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Could this work? Thoughts? Supposing James fit…

    Ramsdale Foster
    Rudiger James Cancelo Livramento Duffy
    Salah KDB Foden Raphinha Mbeumo
    Antonio Jimenez Iheanacho

    1. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 24 days ago

        It could but I would be a bit concerned about no TAA and the risk of rotation with City and James. You do have bench cover in case if this however.

      • pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        In effect you are losing TAA to get an 8th attacker. Doesn't add up to me especially when the 8th attacker involves Nacho and Foden.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Well that random Son rise has made me bitter. Off he goes out of my WC

    3. Fodderx4
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Morning All, currently on a wild card....
      Who would you prefer to rotate with Hwang and Mbumbo
      a) ESR
      B) Townsend (Already have Gray)

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        B

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        A

    4. Milkman Bruno
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Anything worth a hit here?

        Sanchez
        Alonso, Rudiger, Reguillon
        Salah, Jota, Raphina, Benrahma
        Ronaldo, DCL, Antonio

        Steele, Livarmento, Semedo, Bissouma .3itb

        Thanks

        1. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Don't think so

          1. Milkman Bruno
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Thanks

        2. FortunesAlwaysHiding
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Been offered Gundogan for AWB in a draft league (position not an issue). Snap his hand off right?

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Gundog undoubtably worth more if KDB gets injured, otherwise it might be kinda even

        3. Ógie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Foden looks like a guy that has a City triple up and has just seen the team sheets on match day in that picture above.

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            His owners reaction will be the same 😆

        4. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Looks decent. What do we think of christensen as a way into Chelsea defence?
          Would allow me to go for son as well on wc...
          Sanchez foster
          TAA cancelo christensen White livra
          Salah son raphinha mbuemo gilmour
          Lukaku antonio hwang

          If not son could be foden and upgrade hwang and christensen

          1. Holmes
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            With White and Livramento as backup, it shouldnt be an issue. But there will be weeks when he wont play and other CHE defenders can score big, could get annoying.

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yeah very true, that's what I'm concerned about. Has to be rudiger then right?

              1. Holmes
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Yeah, Azpi would be ideal for me.

                1. waltzingmatildas
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Is he nailed?

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I’d much prefer Foden over the next 3.

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Hmm. Very tempted to wc to go for it.....
              Sanchez foster
              TAA cancelo azpi white livra
              Salah foden raph mbuemo ESR
              Lukaku antonio Armstrong

        5. Alex1995
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Thoughts/suggestions on this WC team? Only major concern is no TAA but would plan to bring him in in a few weeks time

          Ramsdale Foster
          Cancelo Dias Rudiger Duffy Livra
          Salah Son Raph Mbuemo Brownhill
          Lukaku Antonio Toney

          1. ebb2sparky
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Who do you think you'll sell to free up enough cash for TAA? Currently I have a similar WC team but ESR instead of Raph so that I've enough cash to get TAA in a single transfer.

        6. CAVEAT KING
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Not a bad side. Your 7 to 9 mids are missing and going to this price point could be a problem. Duffy is a risk in terms of fixtures and rotation imo

          1. CAVEAT KING
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Sorry. Alexis

        7. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          An unexpected Sonrise at 2:30am

          Interesting

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Yeah that came out of nowhere.

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Think the surprising rise all but prices me out of him, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise though. Just means my WC tean will be more balanced, but I know he loves to troll me so get ready for another 200 point season when I won’t have him again…

        8. mr messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Do I need to wc or just take a hit to do Ronaldo to Lukaku?

          Sanchez
          Alonso Azpi TAA Marcal Tsimi
          Raphinha Salah Benrahma Sarr Gilmour
          Antonio Toney CR7

          1. pingissimus
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Not at all clear that Lukaku is a better choice than Ron this week in any event.

            I'd be more concerned by the Alonso Tsim combo personally with a highly unlikely start for Raph - although don't see that is worth a hit either.

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Lukaku got back to scoring ways with Belgium v France. That must help.

          2. McEwan
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            The straight swap for a hit would be fine for me. Don't think it requires a wildcard to save that hit unless you think you want to move a few others

          3. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            I'd save and get Kaku next GW. Brentford are top 6 or 7 in the PL for most defensive stats this season which is much better than Leicester who have conceded more shots in the box than anybody this season.

        9. waltzingmatildas
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Guys,
          Is this team worth wildcarding to the below?

          Sanchez foster
          Shaw christensen ayling White livra
          Salah raphinha benrahma sarr gilmour
          Lukaku Antonio Ronaldo

          Sanchez foster
          TAA cancelo azpi white livra
          Salah raph foden mbuemo ESR
          Lukaku antonio Armstrong

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            So
            Shaw christensen ayling benrahma sarr gilmour ronaldo
            To
            TAA cancelo azpi foden mbuemo ESR Armstrong

            1. McEwan
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              I think them changes are decent, and enough to merit wildcard. Depends what stock you put into holding wildcard. Personally getting it out of the way is a positive for me

              1. waltzingmatildas
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Yeah, it was always the plan to do it this gw but i couldn't decide. I know I probably don't need to, but I think it does improve the team massively.
                I think the only concern is losing ronaldo this week....

                1. McEwan
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Having the plans are great, but also the landscape of game can change quick. Your ok without w/c, short term possibly better with.

                  The concern is real and I get it but don't worry about it. I ain't owned Ronaldo or lukaku once myself

            2. BeWater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Could be worth a WC. I would downgrade ESR or Mbeumo to a 4.5 and upgrade Armstrong.

              1. waltzingmatildas
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Hmm with cancelo, azpi possible rotation risks, and no raph this week, I think it's worth having 8 playing fwds. Thanks though

          2. pingissimus
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Much prefer the second team but don't see that this is necessarily the right week for WC.

            I actually like the Ron Rom combo this time around and can see two clean sheets from more or less any combo in defence. Ayling isn't the worst this week for example. It's not as if Southampton have been banging in goals and Leeds restricted Watford to nothing last time with no one in defence.

            1. waltzingmatildas
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Yeah, reluctant to lose Ron just this week. Hmm tough, maybe I stay strong for one more week

              1. pingissimus
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                It's really the multiple uncertainties of a post IB week that would kill it for me.

                I'm not at all sure that I wouldn't hold off from WC until after the next IB when CL is essentially done and dusted and form defences are clearer. It may take a couple of hits but I'm not seeing anything especially broken in your team. White could very easily match Rudiger after all.

                1. waltzingmatildas
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Cheers!

        10. Champions League Varane
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          1ft any suggestions please!?
          Thanks

          Sa
          Semedo Trent Livra Christensen
          Salah Gallagher Raph
          Lukaku Ronaldo Antonio

          Steer D.Luiz Sissoko Williams.

          1. waltzingmatildas
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Any money in the bank?

            1. Champions League Varane
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Sadly not

              1. waltzingmatildas
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Would probably save for now, then downgrade Ron next week and upgrade elsewhere

          2. Mozumbus
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Roll

            • Rohirrims
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Ronaldo to Hwang, Sissoko to KdB

          3. Rohirrims
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            GTG??
            0 ITB 0 FT.

            Sanchez (Raya)
            Dias - TAA - Rudiger - White - (Williams)
            Salah - Saka - Jota - (Sarr B1) - (Allan B2)
            Lukaku - Antonio - Jimenez

            Got in Dias and Raya for a hit.

          4. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Saturday mornings just aren’t the same without an fpl deadline !

            1. Cojones of Destiny
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              this

              1. McEwan
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Have they improved in the last few years? I used to frequent and it was page a minute stuff with lots of posts, no replies and multiple cut and pastes! Give me a slower pace of page any day

                1. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Yeah that’s true! I’m more talking about just generally looking forward the game week (before the inevitable disappointment)

                  I don’t post on here before deadline really as it’s just a million A or B questions from people who’ve already made the transfer and just looking for validation

          5. Mozumbus
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Sanchez
              Azpi Rudiger Coufal
              Salah Bruno Greenwood Raphinha
              Ings Antonio Toney

              Foster Semedo Allan Veltman

              A. Bruno to Salah
              B. Azpi to Cancelo
              C. WC
              D. Roll
              E. A better move?

              1. Rohirrims
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                A but you've listed Salah in your team already

                1. Mozumbus
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Thanks. It had to be Bruno to Son. Let me repost.

                2. Cojones of Destiny
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  A ? otherwise B

                  1. Mozumbus
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Thanks. I made a typo. Will repost.

                3. dshv
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  On WC

                  1. Antonio and Townsend
                  2. Hwang and Foden

                  1. Cojones of Destiny
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    i like 2 as a long term move but wouldn’t lose Antonio just yet

                  2. McEwan
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    As I have both 1 and none of 2, I should side 1. That said, 2 does look appealing

                4. Cojones of Destiny
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  can’t get Cancelo with a straight transfer got to take a hit by losing one of Ron or Jota
                  a. Do it cause it’s a long term move
                  b. Save ft and do it next gw

                5. Bobby Digital
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Timooo!

                  1. Cojones of Destiny
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Werneeer!

                6. Gentle_Turks
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I'm sick of the price manipulation. I'm talking about the Son rise last night. Only a net 60k transfers in this week and yet he rises. Prediction sites had him around 50% only. Of course the people who run this game make the rules and they can do what they want but surely we deserve a level playing field with all price changes working the same way regardless of player / timing etc?

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Tin foil meet hat

                    1. Gentle_Turks
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      The facts speak for themselves.

                  2. McEwan
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Surely it is a level playing field when no-one knows? Could say the same with people who have access stats etc. Personally the rise/falls are what they are, part of the game. Make a transfer early if price is an issue(you know the risk of that)

                    1. Gentle_Turks
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      I'm not asking for the algorithm (although why the timing of price changes should be a secret at all is a pertinent question) but I object to the occasional human touch / nudge.

                      1. McEwan
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Guess it's fair if you think that is what happens. Its not a new gripe so I can see your angle. I would go the other way and say as soon as the threshold is met, it changes there and then, none of this roughly same reset time. Doesn't bother me as I dont put much stock in price rises any longer, so apologies if my initial reply sounded snide

                        1. Gentle_Turks
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          No worries. The unexpected Son rise has messed with my wildcard, hence my sour mood.

                  3. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Just a game.

                7. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  G2G for GW8, taking a punt on Torres, good enough bench to cover:

                  Sanchez
                  Cancelo Azpilicueta Cash Tierney
                  Salah Torres Raphinha Gray
                  Lukaku Vardy

                  (Steele, Benrahma, ASM, Tsimikas)

                8. Mozumbus
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Sanchez
                    Azpi Rudiger Coufal
                    Salah Bruno Greenwood Raphinha
                    Ings Antonio Toney

                    Foster Semedo Allan Veltman

                    A. Bruno to Son
                    B. Azpi to Cancelo
                    C. WC
                    D. Roll
                    E. A better move?

                    (Reposting due to error in the last post)

                    1. Bobby Digital
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Roll

                      1. Mozumbus
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Thanks. Why not B?

                    2. Father72
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Bissouma and Ronaldo out; Salah and Hwang in a good shout?

                      1. Father72
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Haven’t taken a 4 point hit in nearly a season hence the Q…

                      2. Holmes
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Yes, assuming you dont have any other route for Salah

                      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Yup

                      4. CoKane & Zohores
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Bissouma out with his Hwang in. K give you consent for that.

                    3. tbos83
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Weekends just aren't the same without the emotional rollercoaster that is FPL.

                      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Yup … IB sucks.

                      2. Holmes
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        Breaks are important, otherwise it will result in exhaustion 😀