Fantasy Premier League Wildcard Tips - Top 5 MUST-OWN players when activating your WILDCARD
Posted by FFPundits
3:18pm Sep 4 2017
Looking to activate your FPL Wildcard but aren’t quite sure who to own? Here’s @FFPundits_Dale with his top 5 wildcard picks
As the unwelcomed international break slowly draws to its end, many of us have our shaky, anxious fingers hovering over the FPL wildcard button, but can’t quite bring ourselves to take the plunge.
Like many of you ask me on twitter every day – “Dale, when’s the best time to play my FPL Wildcard?” – well, the answer to that can only be given by you, as there’s no official right or wrong time.
If you team’s full of injured players and out-of-form picks, is a -4, -8 or even a -12 worth taking when you hold the best insurance policy available online – your FIRST Fantasy Premier League wildcard.
If you feel now’s the time or are seriously considering activating it ahead of Gameweek 4, then here are my top 5 picks to consider having in your FPL wildcard team, based on recent form and upcoming fixtures.
And yes, once you’ve read the list, many of you will ask “why didn’t you include him…?” – but, I’ve tried to keep the list as short as possible so that I don’t overly complicate things, whilst also identifying players of value which won’t burst your bank.
5. Marcos Alonso – Chelsea [£7.1m | 20.5%]
During the 2016/17 Premier League season, Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso proved to be an FPL must-have, and he seems to have picked up where he so impressively left off.
The flying wing-back has bagged a total of 22 points in FPL so far and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon as he continues to plot around the half-way line, waiting to pounce on the counter-attack.
Despite being the most expensive defender in the game (£7.1m) he is proving worthy of the bank-busting outlay, with nearly 104,000 FPL,bosses at the time of writing, drafting him in to their Gameweek 4 teams.
Alonso has 2 goals and 3 bonus points to his name already this season, both of which came from his impressive performance away to Tottenham in Gameweek.
According to the stats at FantasyFootballfix.com the Spaniard also had 8 shots on goal against Tottenham, with 3 of those coming inside the area with an on-target accuracy of 80%.
To finish my praise of the Chelsea wing-back/winger, Alonso has also created 4 chances and made 4 key passes, showing that the wing-back is an all-round source of FPL points, with clean-sheets still up for grabs also.
Home fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City in Gameweek’s 5 and 7 may be off-putting for some FPL bosses, but having bagged a brace against a usually water-tight Pochettino defence, I’d ditch that mentality and ignore him at your peril.
4. Paul Pogba – Manchester United [£8.2m | 36.7%]
Manchester United’s £89m man Paul Pogba has been a revelation to own in FPL this season, as the Frenchman has already bagged 2 goals, 2 assists and 2 bonus points.
Pogba has scored 26 FPL points in just 3 gameweeks and is the joint top scoring midfielder, along with team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
It’s also worth noting that Paul Pogba is currently outscoring (FPL points) team-mate, Romelu Lukaku, even though the Belgian international has scored 3 goals so far this campaign.
Pogba has had a total of 12 shots on goal this season, with 5 of those coming from inside the penalty area – playing in a more advanced role during the latter stages of the game has paid dividends for the masses who have selected him.
With many FPL managers torn between Pogba and Mkhitaryan, Pogba has yet to miss a single minute of Premier League game-play this season, whereas Mkhitaryan has been subbed off in each of United’s opening 3 fixtures.
As Pogba’s likely to be the first name on Mourinho’s team-sheet each week, upcoming fixtures against Stoke (a), Everton (h), Southampton (a) and Crystal Palace (h) are difficult to ignore whilst he’s averaging 8.66 FPL points per game.
3. Sadio Mané – Liverpool [£9.6m | 29.9%]
The Senegalese winger seems to have picked up where he left off last season, after a knee injury cut his season short.
So far this season, the Liverpool winger has bagged 3 goals in 3 appearances, rewarding Fantasy Premier League bosses with a total of 22 points so far this campaign.
In my opinion, because of how explosive Mané is, he’s one of a small group of players who seem to be fixture proof, whilst delivering consistent returns for FPL bosses
Mané has looked a persistent goal-threat so far for Klopp – he’s had a total of 9 shots on goal, with all 9 coming from inside the area.
The Senegalese winger also boasts a shot accuracy of 75% and has converted 33% of those shots into goals so far
With over 150,000 Fantasy Premier League bosses bringing Mané in to their teams ahead of Gameweek 4, an away game at Manchester City doesn’t seem to have deterred many of you.
Fixtures against Burnley (h), Leicester (a) and Newcastle (a) soon follow, so now’s the time to invest in Mané before his price hikes once again.
2. Christian Eriksen – Totteham [£9.6m | 21.8%]
The Tottenham midfield maestro is sitting pretty in the FPL points table (22), yet he’s surprisingly only the 10th most transferred IN midfielder ahead of Gameweek 4.
Eriksen has a total of 22 points so far this season, yet despite Tottenham’s stuttering start to the season, he’s been their key player for me and looks dangerous against any opposition.
Eriksen has produced 3 assists since Gameweek 1, with 2 of those and 3 bonus points coming from Spurs’ 0-2 away win at Newcastle on the opening day of the season.
This impressive start is also complemented by Eriksen creating 9 chances and making 7 key passes in Spurs’ opening three Premier League fixtures.
The Great Dane is yet to score a goal this campaign, but his statistics would suggest that one is coming soon, as Eriksen’s had a total of 10 shots on goal this season, with 5 from inside the area.
It’ll not be long before Eriksen hits a purple patch of goal-scoring form and I intended to be on board for when it happens.
1. Roberto Firmino – Liverpool [£8.6 | 29.0%]
Bobby, Bobby, Bobby – many of us doubted you whilst creating our FPL teams pre-season, favouring the likes of Kane, Jesus and Lukaku, with some of us opting for a cheap 3rd striker.
Oh how you’ve come back to haunt us, Bobby… But huge congratulations to the 20% of you started the season with him, as the £8.6m striker has delivered TWO double-digit points returns in just 3 gameweeks.
The Liverpool front-man has started the season in fine form, bagging 2 goals, 2 assists and 6 FPL bonus points to date, totalling a respectable 26 points.
The Brazilian has been pivotal for Liverpool this season, as he looks to make the strikers role his own, even though Daniel Sturridge is sniffing around for game-time.
The forward has had a total of 8 shots on goal, with 4 coming from inside the area and looks a constant threat on the counter-attack.
Firmino also offers a creative outlet – along with his 2 assists, the forward has created a further 5 chances and made 3 key passes.
With over 285,000 of you drafting him in to your teams ahead of Gameweek 4, upcoming fixtures against Man City (a), Burnley (h), Leicester (a) and Newcastle (a) look far too good to ignore.
If Firmino’s purple patch form is set to continue, he offers Fantasy Premier League a mid-priced striker (£8.6m) alternative for those dumping the likes of Kane, Lacazette and Aguero from their teams – saving you a few million to spend elsewhere.
Yes, I could have included the likes of Morata, Salah, Hegazi and maybe even Hazard in this list, but, as I mentioned towards the start of this article, I want to keep it to 5 and give my personal reasons for choosing these players.
Like Firmino, Morata has also returned double-digit scores in 2 of his 3 fixtures this season, but, with Hazard set to return in Gameweek 4, is it likely he’ll saturate Morata’s returns or, increase them? We just don’t know yet.
There are plenty of other viable wildcard options out there but we cannot own them all, so, I hope this article has given you plenty of food for thought and I wish you the best of luck with your Wildcard teams.
Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Wildcard Tips – Top 5 MUST-OWN players when activating your WILDCARD’ which was written by @FFPundits_Dale
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