Chip Strategy

When are the best FPL Gameweeks to play the first Wildcard?

With Fantasy Premier League (FPL) live for 2022/23, we’ll be welcoming back our stellar team of Pro Pundits and Hall of Famers for the new campaign.

Our writers will be providing regular articles and team reveals throughout the new season, with only Premium Members able to access every single one.

Here, Burning Questions co-host Pras looks at windows for the first Wildcard.


I think I speak for everyone when I say, I can’t wait for the deadline on Friday! All pre-season friendly information has been processed, 2021/22 data has been applied and all permutations have been considered. But wait, have they? I have seen a lot of managers confidently say that given the Gameweek 16 unlimited transfers, they will be aggressive this season, and go for an “early Wildcard”. But there is no consensus of what “early” means. I have heard suggestions of Gameweeks 4-5 ahead of the beginning of midweek fixtures. Some say they want to wait for the transfer window to close, which is pre-Gameweek 6. Others have been suggesting the international break before Gameweek 9. Many prefer a freestyle approach. 

I am all for the latter freestyle mindset and to use the Wildcard when there are enough problems in my team. However, I do still think one should know the pros and of cons each window and to take that into account when pulling the trigger. More importantly, potentially have a base case window in mind and take that into account in building your Gameweek 1 team. I will try to make the case for one Gameweek in particular.

For each key window, I will discuss the top and bottom five teams on the Season Ticker leading up to that week to take into account your optimal Gameweek 1 set-up. I also look at the top and bottom five teams on the Wildcard (i.e. from the Wildcard week until Gameweek 16) to assess who it is you are targeting with the chip. I’ll then talk about a few things that stand out, such as fixture swings, pros/cons and strategy.

Before we dive in, I should note that Sonaldo and I discussed this topic in great detail on the Burning Questions video this week. I would encourage you to check that out, if this topic is of further interest:

Also, I have shared below the excellent Legomane’s calendar to reference the fixtures before and after each window.

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Gameweek 3 Wildcard – The ultra-aggressive Wildcard

There are always a few mavericks who chose a very early Wildcard route and maybe even Bench Boost in Gameweek 1. I think the Chelsea v Spurs game in Gameweek 2 presents a good opportunity to do this. One could target a ‘threemium’ draft – eg. Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), Harry Kane (£11.5m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) – with fillers from Man Utd, Newcastle, Villa and Wolves. Then switch the Spurs player for another City player ahead of Bournemouth (H). After the Wildcard, you can more confidently pick the Chelsea and Spurs players to complement the Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal assets.

Pros:

  • Maximize big hitters initially – then pick the right ones with some more information
  • Price rises

Cons:

  • Not enough season info/underlying data
  • Transfer window still open

Gameweek 5 Wildcard – The midweek free Wildcard

There is a line of thinking that, once the midweek fixtures commence, which is after Gamweek 4, the rotation for the top teams begins. So why not maximize that by filling up on the best five clubs and then assess thereafter? I was surprised to note however that from Gameweeks 5-16, Spurs, Arsenal and Man Utd are bottom of the ticker if you Wildcarded in this window.

Pros:

  • Since the good teams still have great fixtures, this could involve a reshuffle between them eg. Robbo vs Diaz vs Nunez, Grealish vs Dias vs Foden, Threemium vs Twomium
  • Get on Leicester, Palace early if they are looking good

Cons:

  • Not enough season info/underlying data
  • Unclear what the wildcard is for: Arsenal, Liverpool still with good short-term fixtures
  • Short window to wildcard: Gameweek 5 is during a midweek
  • Transfer window still open

Gameweek 6 Wildcard – The post-transfer window wildcard

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1,172 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Van der Faart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 23 hours ago

    Repost.

    A or B

    A) Pope
    TAA Perisic James Walker
    Salah Kulu Bowen Mahrez Martinelli
    Jesus

    Ward Eduoard Jonny Greenwood 0 ITB

    B) 4.5
    TAA Perisic James Cancelo
    Salah Bailey Bowen Mahrez
    Kane Jesus

    Ward Williams Andreas Greenwood 0.5 ITB

    Obviously could spend the 0.5 on a 4.5 defender or a 5m keeper on B but something about keeping a bit of money ITB for GW2 sort of makes sense?

    1. LoneWolf1989
        3 days, 22 hours ago

        A

    2. LoneWolf1989
        3 days, 23 hours ago

        Bowen not even 10% owned.

        Madness

        1. Van der Faart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 22 hours ago

          Have him in both my draft. Under the radar with those fixtures

          1. LoneWolf1989
              3 days, 22 hours ago

              He’s nailed in my team

          2. Kim Jong Kün
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 22 hours ago

            8.5, right? At 8 he’d be in a crowded field. At 8.5 it’s hard , even though I think he’ll do great over the season.

          3. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 22 hours ago

            No doubt over the season Bowen will show his worth. However with a free wildcard in place for gw17, I'd imagine most are planning to wildcard between gw6-10.

            So for the first few games there are better options than Bowen and after the first 6 games are done, it will be near the time to wildcard anyway.

            By then West Ham will have better fixtures ahead and Bowen's ownership will be significantly higher

          4. Sanchit
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 22 hours ago

            If GW1 wasn't City, I'm sure he'd easily be 15-20%

            Also, people want assets from the top 6 teams and when you can get Saka Jesus Mahrez Foden Grealish Diaz Kulu Mount for 8.0, why spend 0.5 more on a WHU asset, a team that will score considerably less goals than the players from above teams.

        2. Jet5605
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 23 hours ago

          G2G?

          Ramsdale
          TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - Perisic - Trippier
          Salah - Saka - Bailey
          Haaland - Jesus

          Ward - Andreas - Murphy - Plange

          1. LoneWolf1989
              3 days, 22 hours ago

              Template so yes

            • Ëð
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 22 hours ago

              G2G, nice team

            • OneMan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 days, 22 hours ago

              Very template, looks good. I would like James tho for Everton fixture.

          2. OneMan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 23 hours ago

            RMT

            Ramsdale
            TAA Cancelo James Dias
            Salah Son Martinelli Bailey
            Jesus Wilson

            1. LoneWolf1989
                3 days, 22 hours ago

                8/10

              • Lecky Legs FC
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 22 hours ago

                7/10

            2. LoneWolf1989
                3 days, 23 hours ago

                A- Coutinho and Sterling
                B- Bailey and Son

                Already have Kane

                1. Lecky Legs FC
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 22 hours ago

                  B GW 2 switch Son to KdB

                2. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
                  • 12 Years
                  3 days, 22 hours ago

                  A

              • TSN
                • 5 Years
                3 days, 23 hours ago

                A.
                Ward/sanchez
                TAA cancelo trippier aitnouri 4.0
                Salah Son pereira bailey
                Jesus Kane

                B.
                Ward/sanchez
                TAA cancelo Robbo trippier 4.0
                Salah Saka neto bailey 4.5
                Jesus Kane 4.5

                which one?
                Cheers

                1. OneMan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 days, 22 hours ago

                  B, 2 premiums is enough

              • pmletch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 days, 23 hours ago

                A)442 Robbo, Perisic, Mount
                B)433 Gabriel, Ait-Nouri/Dunk/Dalot, Kane (threemium)

                1. BOATIES FC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 days, 22 hours ago

                  A

              • Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
                • 12 Years
                3 days, 23 hours ago

                A son and Nunez
                B Diaz and Kane

                1. LoneWolf1989
                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                    B

                  • BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                    B by a long way i reckon

                2. Reinhold
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 days, 23 hours ago

                  A) The Leicester keepers + James in a 5-3-2

                  B) Sanchez/Ward + Martinelli in i 4-4-2

                3. MRBOROFC63
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 days, 23 hours ago

                  FPL General and Holly Shand on Sky Sports news talking FPL !!!

                4. Warby84
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 days, 23 hours ago

                  Gtg?

                  Pope (Ward)
                  James Walker Cancelo Trent (Neco)
                  Salah Diaz Rashford Neto (Andreas)
                  Haaland Jesus (Greenwood)

                  Bailey or Neto is my dilemma?

                  1. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                    Neto

                  2. House Frey Wedding Planner
                    • 3 Years
                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                    Bailey.

                    How many goals do you think Wolves will score in their first 3? They are not a good attacking team and more toothless without Jimenez. I'd be surprised if they return more than 2 goals as a team in their first 3.

                    Villa have Bournemouth and Everton in their first 2. I expect them to easily outscore Wolves over that 3 game period

                5. BOATIES FC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 days, 23 hours ago

                  a) Ederson & Martinelli
                  b) Ward & Kulu

                  1. LoneWolf1989
                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                      B

                  2. cmorris22
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 days, 23 hours ago

                    Rashford or martineli?

                    1. Warby84
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                      Rashford worth a punt at his price

                    2. Finding Timo
                      • 1 Year
                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                      M

                    3. LoneWolf1989
                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                        Neither

                        1 a potential rotation risk and the other is too busy doing his best Bono impression

                    4. LoneWolf1989
                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                        Who is your risky pick for GW1?

                        Mine is Alvarez

                        1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 days, 22 hours ago

                          i dont have one bc i have 11 template players

                          1. LoneWolf1989
                              3 days, 22 hours ago

                              Dull

                              1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                3 days, 22 hours ago

                                pts are fun

                                1. LoneWolf1989
                                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Just a bit dull to see 20 comments with RMT and it’s the same starting 11.

                                    Good to try and find the hidden gems and low owned players who have potential.

                                    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                                      it's a bit dull but i've tinkered a lot and the team I have rn will score the most pts imo

                                      1. LoneWolf1989
                                          3 days, 22 hours ago

                                          Fair enough, you do you sir and good luck!

                              2. b91jh
                                • 5 Years
                                3 days, 22 hours ago

                                Alvarez 1st sub on my bench as well. Will start him on GW2.

                                1. LoneWolf1989
                                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Thank the lord, a non template sheep 😉

                                2. Finding Timo
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 days, 22 hours ago

                                  Doherty

                                  1. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 9 Years
                                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Peresic (he still might not make the cut)

                                  2. LoneWolf1989
                                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                                      Another good shout with Perisic maybe not starting

                                  3. tikka mo'salah
                                    • 7 Years
                                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Vardy, Aaronson, Perisic

                                    1. LoneWolf1989
                                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                                        Like the Vardy pick!

                                    2. ClothedinSun
                                      • 4 Years
                                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                                      ASM!

                                      1. ClothedinSun
                                        • 4 Years
                                        3 days, 21 hours ago

                                        Am also toying with going one step further and bringing in Zaha for Diaz...too far?

                                    3. mrelpea
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 5 Years
                                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                                      Going without Salah but with Darwin and Diaz. Kane is the only premium. Amazing what having just the one premium affords you

                                  4. b91jh
                                    • 5 Years
                                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                                    Who will score more in the first two?

                                    A) Trippier
                                    B) Callum Wilson

                                    1. LoneWolf1989
                                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                                        A

                                    2. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 3 Years
                                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                                      bench martinelli or neto?

                                      1. LoneWolf1989
                                          3 days, 22 hours ago

                                          Marinelli

                                        • Finding Timo
                                          • 1 Year
                                          3 days, 22 hours ago

                                          N

                                        • House Frey Wedding Planner
                                          • 3 Years
                                          3 days, 22 hours ago

                                          Neto

                                        • Steerpike
                                          • 13 Years
                                          3 days, 19 hours ago

                                          Neto

                                      2. Finding Timo
                                        • 1 Year
                                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                                        Two quickies 1) Any 6m midfielders better than Neto 2) any good 4.5m midfielders except Andrea’s (da silva looks risk now though ?)thankx

                                        1. LoneWolf1989
                                            3 days, 22 hours ago

                                            I would say neto is a steal compared to the 6-6.5 bracket and looks like Andreas is the only 4.5 that will play regularly and get more than 2/3 points a game, he’s a great enabler like Neco.

                                            1. Finding Timo
                                              • 1 Year
                                              3 days, 22 hours ago

                                              Ok cheers

                                          • House Frey Wedding Planner
                                            • 3 Years
                                            3 days, 22 hours ago

                                            1. Martinelli in a small field of options

                                            2. Probably not at this stage

                                            1. Finding Timo
                                              • 1 Year
                                              3 days, 22 hours ago

                                              Thanks

                                          • Hits from the Bong
                                            • 3 Years
                                            3 days, 22 hours ago

                                            1. Martinelli and Lingard
                                            2. No

                                        2. Finding Timo
                                          • 1 Year
                                          3 days, 22 hours ago

                                          Who to play please GW1: A) Doherty and hope he plays / comes on? B) play Neto

                                          1. LoneWolf1989
                                              3 days, 22 hours ago

                                              Neto

                                              1. Finding Timo
                                                • 1 Year
                                                3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                Thanks will do

                                          2. AndyLet'sNotTalkSocial
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 9 Years
                                            3 days, 22 hours ago

                                            Fabrizio Romano
                                            @FabrizioRomano
                                            ·
                                            "Neto will be in England today together with his agents in order to complete his move to Bournemouth. Agreement in place with Barcelona, medical already scheduled.

                                            Barcelona have accepted the proposal and Neto will be new Bournemouth player soon."

                                            Let confusion rain down on us all!!

                                            1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              3 days, 22 hours ago

                                              neto the gk

                                            2. Finding Timo
                                              • 1 Year
                                              3 days, 22 hours ago

                                              Blimey I may now not pick him as can’t see him getting many goals in goal

                                          3. C_G
                                            • 7 Years
                                            3 days, 22 hours ago

                                            think im gtg, thoughts??

                                            Ward

                                            TAA Walker Robbo Dalot

                                            Salah(C) KDB Bailey Neto

                                            Kane Jesus

                                            Iversen Greenwood N Williams Andreas

                                            1. LoneWolf1989
                                                3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                KDB lovely pick

                                            2. boc610
                                              • 10 Years
                                              3 days, 22 hours ago

                                              just finished All or Nothing...any other comedy recommendations?

                                              1. LoneWolf1989
                                                  3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                  Hahahhahahaha

                                                  Spurs fan?

                                                  1. boc610
                                                    • 10 Years
                                                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                    no. But i am a fan of shows like the Office and Parks and Rec

                                                    1. LoneWolf1989
                                                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                        Love that you are comparing Arsenal to them, cracked me right up.

                                                        1. boc610
                                                          • 10 Years
                                                          3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                          are you are gooner? my sarcasm radar is off.

                                                          anyway playing you'll never walk alone on loud speakers at training before you play liverpool -then getting tonked 4 nil-is Bafta worthy stuff.

                                                          1. LoneWolf1989
                                                              3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                              I hate the gooners

                                                              Chelsea fan, aka a rant boy lol

                                                  2. si
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 13 Years
                                                    3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                    Matt Doherty. Huge differential. 6.9 PPG last season. Only 1% ownership.

                                                    1. LoneWolf1989
                                                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                        I guess with Regulion not even going on pre season and Emerson being Emerson he will start on one side with Perisic on the other.

                                                        How much is Doherty?

                                                        1. si
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 13 Years
                                                          3 days, 21 hours ago

                                                          £5m

                                                      • AC/DC AFC
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 6 Years
                                                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                        Yeah.

                                                        Great pick but perhaps not right away.

                                                        Then again, board that train and get a good seat.

                                                      • Hits from the Bong
                                                        • 3 Years
                                                        3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                        Because he’s unlikely to play

                                                        1. si
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 13 Years
                                                          3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                          He’ll play. 100%. Peresic is LWB.

                                                          1. Hits from the Bong
                                                            • 3 Years
                                                            3 days, 21 hours ago

                                                            Perisic will play, Conte said Doherty needs to be more patient

                                                    2. AC/DC AFC
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 6 Years
                                                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                      There's a strong reason for the template tho.

                                                      Pick the best 8 players u can and the 3 plus bench slot in on price.

                                                      Obviously the 8 have trqde offs to 8n attack and midfield.

                                                    3. Colby
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 11 Years
                                                      3 days, 22 hours ago

                                                      Can you evaluate this squad please? Thanks for the feedback on my last selection with ‘no Salah’.

                                                      Sanchez
                                                      TAA Cancelo James Perisic Gabriel
                                                      Salah Sancho Grealish
                                                      Kane Jesus

                                                      Ward Dasilva Andreas Plange.

                                                      1. Steerpike
                                                        • 13 Years
                                                        3 days, 19 hours ago

                                                        Interesting. Not keen on Grealish or Sancho.
                                                        I too am considering 532.

                                                        Ward (Iversen)
                                                        TAA Cancelo Perišić James Trippier
                                                        Martinelli Salah(C) Mount (Neto Andreas)
                                                        Jesus Haaland (V) (Greenwood)

                                                    4. Colin Govender
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      3 days, 21 hours ago

                                                      Hello,

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                                                      Looking forward to playing against you this season!

                                                    5. arkom
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      3 days, 20 hours ago

                                                      Guys.. Team A or B??

                                                      Premiums A - Ward*
                                                      TAA / Robertson / Walker* / Dalot*
                                                      Salah / Martinelli / Bailey
                                                      Kane / Jesus / Haaland*

                                                      Solid B - Ederson*
                                                      TAA / Robertson / Cancelo* / James*
                                                      Salah / Martinelli / Bailey / Rashford*
                                                      Kane / Jesus

                                                    6. OneMan
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      3 days, 18 hours ago

                                                      A. Robertson & Kane

                                                      B. James & Son ?

                                                    7. OneMan
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 5 Years
                                                      3 days, 18 hours ago

                                                      I know everyone says you need Kane or Haaland to jump on one once they start firing. But if you have Salah. Isn’t as wise to have Son and KDB to jump on one as they start firing ?

                                                      1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
                                                        • 8 Years
                                                        3 days, 17 hours ago

                                                        Just when I was settled on my team you say this, now I don't know which way to jump :/

                                                        1. OneMan
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          • 5 Years
                                                          3 days, 17 hours ago

                                                          I trust Son and KDB more than Kane/Haaland. But I seem to be in the minority.