Fantasy Premier League Wildcard Team - Gameweek 4
Posted by FFPundits
10:14pm Aug 29 2017
The @_FPLTips Wildcard is ACTIVE ahead of FPL Gameweek 4 – so who’s on their radar?
After relatively poor scores in the last 2 gameweeks and with multiple injuries and rotation-risk players in the defence and midfield, the Wildcard is in-play for the @_FPLtips team; allowing unlimited transfers until the Gameweek 4 deadline.
Here are some early thoughts on how the new squad might look, which in turn will hopefully give you, the Fantasy Premier League manager, food for thought ahead of Gameweek 4.
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Goalkeeper and Defenders
Ben Foster could keep his place, after West Brom kept 2 clean sheets from the opening 3 games, against Bournemouth and Burnley.
With fixtures against Brighton, West Ham and Watford coming up over the next month, there’s no rush to change the goalkeeper.
The defence needed a lot of work, however, with none of the previous 5 defenders keeping their place in this draft. Cedric Soares comes in, with Saints having recently signed a new centre-back to compete with Jack Stephens, who makes way.
A home trip to Watford next, before away games against Crystal Palace and Stoke, suggest there could be more clean sheets to come from Southampton in the coming month.
Manchester United defender, Phil Jones, has started every game so far, keeping a clean sheet in each.
The England defender appears to have cemented his place in Jose Mourinho’s side, at least in the short-term and looks a steal at just £5.1m.
Finally, Ben Mee will be used as part of a rotation in defence, for Burnley’s upcoming home fixtures. They face: Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, West Ham, Newcastle and Swansea in their next 5 home games.
There are 3 changes in midfield, as both Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan come into the team for this potential Wildcard draft.
The pair look massively under-priced this season, having contributed to 9 of Manchester United’s 10 goals so far; providing 2 goals and 7 assists between them.
Mkhitaryan has produced 14 attempted assists in the opening 3 games, which is more than any other player in the Premier League; while Pogba has taken a total of 12 goal attempts, with 3 hitting the target, in addition to his 6 attempted assists.
Spurs midfielder, Christian Eriksen, keeps his place in the team, despite failing to deliver FPL returns against Burnley in Gameweek 3.
The Denmark international has been directly involved in 3 of his team’s 4 goals so far and produced more attempted assists than any other player in the Premier League last season.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah completes the starting midfield. The Egyptian has provided 1 goal and 1 assist in each of his 2 Premier League starts this season, after being rested against Crystal Palace, in Gameweek 2.
His tally of 8 shots on target is more than any other Premier League player has managed, this season.
There is just 1 change upfront and it’s a controversial move to downgrade the league’s joint-top goal scorer, Romelu Lukaku.
This is just an idea at this stage and could yet change, before the final Gameweek 4 team but the thinking here is that the Manchester United midfield duo could provide better value in the short-term.
Lukaku scored 64% of his goals at home last season, for Everton, and is about to face a run of 8 Premier League games where just 3 fall at home. 2 of those home fixtures come against Everton and Spurs.
With that in mind, is the Manchester United forward going to provide a go-to captain option over the next couple of months? If he isn’t, can he justify his £11.7m price tag?
Of course, Lukaku will still score plenty of goals and there may well be weeks where he single-handedly out-scores the Manchester United midfielders.
With his incredibly high ownership, the risk of going without him is huge but still somehow remain an option.
West Ham’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is the man who replaces Lukaku; coming in at over £4.5m cheaper and allowing a more balanced squad elsewhere.
Despite their poor start to the season, The Hammers have faced 3 away games so far, against some solid defensive teams, in Manchester United, Southampton and Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.
Chicharito has scored West Ham’s only 2 goals so far, taking a total of 7 goal attempts; 4 of which have hit the target. Only 3 Premier League strikers have managed more shots on target; Joselu, Lukaku and Kane.
This strategy requires keeping faith in Harry Kane, not only for a place in the squad but also as the primary captain choice.
Despite failing to score in August once again, the Spurs forward has taken more goal attempts than any other player in the Premier League and only Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have managed more shots on target.
In addition to this, Kane has hit the woodwork twice and produced a tally of 5 attempted assists.
Spurs have a much kinder run of fixtures over the next 5 gameweeks, with home games against Swansea and Bournemouth, as well as away trips to West Ham and Huddersfield, after their Gameweek 4 fixture against Everton.
Surely the England striker will break his goal drought soon?
Finally, Roberto Firmino keeps his place in the team, following his double-figure returns in 2 of the first 3 Gameweeks.
The Liverpool forward looks set to continue providing great value at just £8.5m, especially considering he’s on penalty duties for this season.
A double-up on Liverpool attack may seem risky, especially with a trip to Man City up next, but only Manchester United have scored more goals than Liverpool so far and Jürgen Klopp’s side have produced at least 8 shots on target more than any other Premier League side, in the opening 3 gameweeks.
Rob Elliot should keep his place on the bench; providing Newcastle refrain from signing a new first-choice goalkeeper before the transfer window closes.
Tom Carroll still looks ideal for the 5th midfielder and with Swansea’s kind run of fixtures, Kyle Naughton joins him, to be used as part of the defence rotation.
Naughton faces Newcastle, Watford, Huddersfield and Leicester in his next 4 home games and has been used as a wing-back in the last 2 Premier League games for Swansea; providing an assist against Crystal Palace last Gameweek.
Finally, Ahmed Hegazi is another strong budget option in defence. The West Brom defender has played a hand in his team’s 2 clean sheets so far and his attacking potential stands out above his teammates. Hegazi has scored 1 goal so far; taking a total of 4 goal attempts, with 3 hitting the target.
Gameweek 4 Captaincy Thoughts
As mentioned before, this setup would require keeping faith in Harry Kane to be the primary captain option for 4 of the next 5 games. However, in Gameweek 4, a punt on Chicharito is tempting, with the rest of the attackers all travelling away from home.
It isn’t a straight-forward choice, however, as he’ll face a Huddersfield side that are yet to concede a goal in the Premier League, having kept out Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton, so far.
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