FPL GW09 Wildcard
We have worked with FPL Mariner to come up with a suggested Wildcard team
The case for using the wildcard now includes:
- The sheer number of injuries and COVID related absentees from this international break
- No more internationals until next March
- No more signings/departures until Jan 1
- This point cuts up the first half of the 2020/21 season nicely into half; the second wildcard is available from GW17 onwards.
Total Suggested Team Value from scratch = 100.5
- Martinez (AVL | 4.8)
- Button (WBA | 4.0)
Martinez would be a naturally popular GK pick for managers using their WC. Other than a decent run of fixtures in their next 6-7 games, Martinez stands out as an option because of Aston Villa’s upcoming postponed game which has not been rescheduled at this point in time.
- Chilwell (CHE | 6.0 )
Firmly established first choice left-back for a Chelsea team who are playing well defensive. Has already contributed to 4 goals (2G | 2A) and have a lot upside potential.
- Castagne (LEI | 5.7)
Another explosive wing-back with potential upside. Set to be back for GW09, which is fine if he does not play as well since Leicester visits Liverpool. Thereafter Leicester plays Fulham and Sheffield United, games where you expect Leicester to pick up clean sheets.
- Lamptey (BHA | 4.8)
Lamptey’s value has already risen 0.3 and looks like a gem at his price point. Very attacking player who spends a lot of time in the opposition third, like Chilwell already has 4 goals involvement (1G | 3A). Has 15 FPL points from his last 2 games.
- Masuaku (WHU | 4.5)
To be fair, it would be hard to pick between Masuaku or Coufal. Both are similarly attacking in a steady and improving West Ham backline. Plays Sheff Utd on GW09.
- Kilman (WOL | 4.3)
Kilman has the potential to be the star FPL find of the season. He has already started 5 consecutive games and is keeping Saiss on the bench with his performances. Across the Wolves’ back three (+Coady +Boly), none of them are potential goal threats so Kilman presents the best value if picked for Wolves’ propensity for clean sheets.
- De Bruyne (MCI | 11.5)
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By all metrics, De Bruyne has been having a quiet FPL season – so far. His current run rate of goal involvements is miles off his tally last season (36; 13G | 23A). However, we all know that class is permanent and to be fair this applies broadly to the City squad, which has not been scoring freely this season. However, their next three home games are against Burnley, Fulham and WBA – it would be very difficult to bet against them.
De Bruyne is on penalty duties and with Jesus returning, his chances of assists will increase. Definitely one player to pick from this GW on.
- Fernandes (MNU | 10.6)
Another regular scorer from the spot ins Fernandes. He already have 5 goals and 3 assists to date and since he joined United, no player in the league has had more FPL points then him. Especially hot choice for GW09 against WBA.
- Rodriguez (EVE | 7.9)
Three good fixtures coming up for Everton to bounce back – against Fulham, Leeds and Burnley. Richarlison is also back for the Toffees so their luck is likely to turn.
- Grealish (AVL | 7.5)
Grealish is a player that is hard to ignore at this stage. His returns are amazing to date – 60 FPL points only behind Son / Kane / Salah. Awesome value at his price and as mentioned, Villa have that potential double gameweek coming.
- Soucek (WHU | 4.9)
No player <5.0 has scored more points than Soucek, who is a sure starter for West Ham. Has a good eye for goal and a top player to remain a fifth choice midfielder.
- Vardy (LEI | 10.1)
It has always been dangerous to write-off Vardy. He has already scored 8 goals, including 3 in his last 3 games. Potentially explosive against an exposed Liverpool backline on GW09, three good fixtures thereafter.
- Calvert-Lewin (EVE | 7.8)
Worth the double-up on Everton assets because of the fixtures. As mentioned, striker partner Richarlison is back.
- Watkins (AVL | 6.1)
Watkins is the best value forward given the fixtures in the next few gameweeks. Also the key enabler in the team, freeing up millions to support other expensive choices.
- No Son/Kane
Managers not using the wildcard would very likely to continue to have Son and/or Kane in their teams. Statistically, both players have been regressing in terms of xG and xA, we can expect them to return but not at the level seen up to GW08.
Spurs also play City on GW09, Chelsea on GW10 and Arsenal GW11. That is not to say either will not score but the chances of explosive returns are diminished. Spurs’ fixtures turn for the better only after GW14/15 so there can be a plan to bring back either player before then
- Bringing Salah back
The reason to drop Salah on the wildcard is not to have a player whose value is dropping and waste upwards of 12.0m on the bench. There can be always a plan to bring Salah back, especially by GW12, when they visit a defensively poor Fulham side. There would be a few options, including downgrading Castagne and sell Fernandes or De Bruyne, this can be flexible depending on injuries, COVID and form.
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