FPL GW11 Wildcard
What a season we have on our hands!
The unpredictability has made it a challenge and a plethora of mid-priced players have come through to rub shoulders with premium picks.
Going into GW11 with my thoughts on wildcarding my team, one of the key things I want to look into is a strong bench, which is not normally something I do. But these are unprecedented times, and the fact I write this with the Newcastle-Villa game being postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, a different thought process is needed. When I wildcard I tend to have the next 4 fixtures in mind to ensure I maximise it’s potential.
(The team value of this squad is 102.3)
- Alex McCarthy (SOU | 4.6)– bha, SHU, ars, MCI
Southampton have continued from where they left off last season and are daunting prospect for any team. But since the capitulation against Spurs – he has collected the most number of points of any goalkeeper. And facing a Brighton side who have only won one once at home in 2020, and then Sheff Utd who are rock bottom for goals scored, bodes well for clean sheets.
- Emiliano Martinez (AVL | 4.8) – blank, wol, BUR, wba
Martinez drops to the bench with the Newcastle fixture postponed, but if any indication it will be moved to the mid-week then he will come straight back in.
- Ben Chilwell (CHE | 6.2) – LEE, eve, wol, WHU
With goals and assists in his locker, Ben Chilwell is still one of the best value for money picks. This season he has been in the penalty area more often, creating an attacking threat at the far post. He has said this something he is focussing on this season. 2 goals and 2 assists already, expect more returns from him, especially with Ziyech’s pinpoint deliveries.
- Sergio Reguilon (TOT | 5.6) – ARS, cry, liv, LEI
Sergio Reguilon went somewhat under the radar with the fanfare of Gareth Bale’s signing. But he has shown why he was seen as one the most exciting full backs in Europe last season. Exceptionally quick with a great crossing ability, which is perfect for Kane. Added to the fact that Mourinho has made them the best defence in the league, he looks a great choice for both ends of the pitch. In 6 starts, he has returned in 5.
- Ruben Dias (MCI | 5.6) – FUL, mun, WBA, sou
Man City’s poor start to the season has overshadowed the fact that they are the second-best defence in the league. And with an exceedingly good run of fixtures, he is the most nailed on player in defence for clean sheets.
- Jannik Vestergaard (SOU | 4.7) – bha, SHU, ars, MCI
A name not on many people’s lips at the beginning of the season, he has become an effective budget option. With James Ward Prowse’s dangerous deliveries, he has already got 2 goals to his name. In the 8 games since the Spurs defeat, he has returned in 6, and with Brighton and Sheffield in the next two, could add to his tally.
- Hector Bellerin (ARS | 5.2) – tot, BUR, SOU, eve
This may seem an odd pick given Arsenal’s recent dip in form, but they are still the fourth best defence in the league and Bellerin has already 3 assists to his name. He is always a threat and has been under priced this season, due to fitness issues in the last two seasons. Aside from the north London derby, Burnley and Southampton at home could be good fixtures for Arsenal to regain their form.
- Kevin De Bruyne (MCI | 11.7) – FUL, mun, WBA, sou
With appealing fixtures in the next four, KDB is a must. We all fear Pep roulette but with the departure of David Silva, he is the most nailed on player. No midfielder is more creative, with 5 assists already to his name. He has been unlucky not to add to his solitary goal, with twice hitting the post against Leeds and Burnley, while inexplicably missing a penalty against Liverpool. A prime captaincy candidate against Fulham at home.
- Bruno Fernandes (MNU | 10.9) – whu, MCI, shu, LEE
He is single handedly keeping Man Utd’s season alive. With 7 goals and 4 assists, this guy is a magician. Capable of producing against any team, he is a great option at a cheaper price to the likes of KDB and Salah. Concerns over home form maybe be valid but 3 of the 4 fixtures have been against in form teams in Chelsea and Tottenham while Arsenal have improved defensively. Apart from Man City, they have a decent run of fixtures with two of the worst defences in Leeds and Sheff United to play.
- Jack Grealish (AVL | 7.7) – blank, wol, BUR, wba,
Did I say mid-priced players showing great value? Look no further than this guy. The talisman of his team and having an exceptional season. 5 goals and 6 assists will surely increase with the favourable run Villa have over the next four weeks. Even though he will potentially not play this week, I’d want him back in for the next game, so I’m happy to bench him. If Villa’s game is not rescheduled for mid-week in this game week, then another double game-week will be set for Grealish owners.
- Diogo Jota (LIV | 6.9) – WOL, ful, TOT, cry
Surely the most under-priced player in the game. Now at £6.9m (and rising!), he still represents great value alongside his more expensive colleagues. Already with 5 goals to his name, and his adaptability to be able to play in a number of positions will see him start more games. Having him makes me feel more comfortable going without Salah and allows me to have KDB and Bruno Fernandes. And I have a feeling he will score against his old club.
- Tomas Soucek (WHU | 4.9) – MUN, lee, CRY, che
An able replacement from the bench, who’s late runs into the box pose an aerial threat to opposing teams. Just the 1 goal to his name so far, but I expect him to get steady returns throughout the season. A guaranteed starter for David Moyes.
- Patrick Bamford (LEE | 6.1) – che, WHU, NEW, mun
Priced at £6.1m and playing for a team that creates an abundance of chances, it’s fun to own him. 7 goals and 2 assists to his name, and not on penalties, shows how prolific he has been. Leeds are all about attacking football so expect Bamford to add to this tally and make a mockery of his price.
- Timo Werner (CHE | 9.5) – LEE, eve, wol, WHU
I was torn on the selection for this spot between Jesus and Werner. Both have great fixtures over the next four, but I’ve gone for Werner because he plays two of the worst teams for chances conceded in the next two games. Werner has been really unlucky over the past couple of weeks and I feel a big haul is just round the corner. Rotation maybe an issue with Pulisic back but I think he will get enough minutes to be able to produce returns.
- Dominic Calvert Lewin (EVE | 7.9)– bur, CHE, lei, ARS
I’m keeping DCL due to the season he is having and also Carlo Ancelotti being the manager. The loss of Digne is a concern as 4 of his assists led to DCL goals but I do think a 3-time Champions League winning manager will find a solution. Also, the fixtures are fairly good, with the exception of Chelsea, they face team who are struggling to keep clean sheets.
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