Gameweek 5 Q&A with FPLTips and FFPundits

12:08pm Oct 13 2020

Who are the best Wildcard picks for Gameweek 5 and is now the time to sell Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne?

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As the first international break of the season comes to an end, it’s time for the first Q&A series with FFPundits and FPLTips of the 2020/21 season!

Here’s a look at some of the brilliant and thoughtful questions that have been sent in to us via Twitter, ahead of the Gameweek 5.

Please note that all player prices and ownership percentages were correct at the time of writing and recording.

Andrew Cook (@skinnybap) asks:

Q: “Have we missed the boat on Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin or is he still a good option at his current price?”

I would say he is still a good option at his current price. Realistically, there probably will come at point where he drops off slightly.

But he’s clearly a man in form – he marked his England debut with a goal against Wales. Everton as a team are firing on all cylinders; he’s getting the service, so there’s still plenty of reason to bring him in.

Only Kane (14) and Salah (15) have taken more than his 13 shots in the box this season and 6 of those efforts from Calvert-Lewin have been inside the six-yard box – which is a league-leading figure.

In some ways, buying in late does liberate you later in the season when it comes time to sell; you’re not going to be as tied in.

You’ll be able to make that decision without fear of how much money you’re losing in the process.

MarcusMadness (@YurightY) asks:

Q: “Are you going to stick with De Bruyne? I know he’s quality but he’s not really on form at the moment and I feel I could use the money better in different areas.”

Man City have really struggled without a striker; Aguero is back in training now and having him fit soon will be a huge boost for them.

But De Bruyne has still bossed the underlying stats, even when he’s failed to pick up points; he’s ranked joint-top with Salah for attempted assists this season – with 14, despite playing one fewer game.

Amongst Man City teammates, he’s top for big chances (2), total shots (11) and shots on target (4), while his 5 shots in the box ranks 2nd only to Sterling (6).

So, I can understand those making the switch to Heung-Min Son, if that’s your only route to the Spurs midfielder but ideally, I’d be looking to try and have both of them.

Prabin (@cr_prabin112) asks:

Q: “Can West Ham assets be big differentials this season?”

We’ve seen West Ham in the last couple of Gameweeks keep back-to-back clean sheets against Wolves and Leicester, while scoring 7 goals in the process.

So, although it’s only a small sample size, they’re looking good defensively, they’re looking good going forward and there’s plenty of well-priced options to consider.

You look at the next 3 fixtures and it’s hard to invest in them right now, with Spurs, City and Liverpool to come but from Gameweek 8 onwards – all the way up until around Gameweek 25, they’ve got a long run of good fixtures.

Antonio is the obvious name to mention; I think he’ll be someone we all look at over this run. He’s had 4 big chances so far this season and only Calvert-Lewin (9) and Kane (10) can better his 8 shots on target amongst forwards.

Bowen and Soucek standout in midfield and Masuaku, playing in a wing-back role, could be a good option amongst 4.5 defenders; he’s created 2 big chances in his 3 appearances.

Kevin 11 (@CFCKevin11) asks:

Q: “When are you going wildcard? Is it early for me to use my wildcard?“

I’d say it’s never too early; use the wildcard when your team needs the wildcard – I think it’s specific to your individual team.

I wouldn’t be worried too much about whether other people have used it or not, just focus on your team.

It can be useful every now and again to mock up a draft wildcard and then compare it to your current team and decide if you think there’s enough upside to playing it.

Personally, I’m quite happy with my squad, so I’m not looking to use it any time soon. Ideally, I’d like to save it right the way up until Gameweek 16, which is the last possible time to use the first wildcard.

With there likely to be earlier Double and Blank Gameweeks, I think saving it could really come in handy this year, more so than in previous seasons.

Igor Meaning (@IgMeaning) asks:

Q: “Who would you and FFPundits say are the best Wildcard options right now?”

So, I had a look at what team I would pick if I was playing the wildcard ahead of Gameweek 5 and it would be something along these lines.

Having both Son and Kane can be a real differential, while most people will be scrambling around to fit just one of them in.

I’d invest heavily in Villa assets, with Martinez, Targett and Grealish since they’ve got a long run of good fixtures.

Last season, only Enda Stevens and the Liverpool fullbacks created more big chances than Targett (8) amongst FPL defenders.

Brewster looks like a great enabler after his move to Sheffield Utd; they paid a sizable fee for him, so I’d expect him to get starts.

The defence is one of the hardest parts about selecting a wildcard at the moment because you’ve got players like Justin and Mitchell potentially coming to the end of the road; Ricardo Pereira and Van Aanholt are both due back shortly.

So, I’d actually consider going with Ferguson as the 5thdefender now, despite him still being sidelined; I think in the long-term, you’re likely to get more starts from him down the line.

The other option would be to go without a Liverpool fullback and spread that cash across two defenders, to give you another playing option.

And our final question come from E R W I N (a t 🏡) (@Erwinprima_d):

Q: “Stick or twist with Liverpool defenders?”

The issue with selling them is that you end up redistributing the funds and it’s much harder to bring them back in down the line; I definitely think there’ll come a time when we want them back.

So, I would try to fight the temptation to sell; I still think Alexander-Arnold has a lot to offer and Robertson has really improved his effectiveness in the final third since the restart last season.

He ranks joint-top amongst defenders with 4 shots in the box and 2 big chances this season, there’s a sea of green and grey fixtures to come, so my advice to those on a wildcard would be to save the 0.5 with Robertson but not go without either of the Liverpool fullbacks.

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