The @FFPundits FPL Team - Gameweek 5 Wildcard!
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
10:46am Sep 14 2018
Liverpool’s Mo Salah will NOT feature in our FPL Wildcard team for Gameweek 5 – here’s our proposed lineup
Good day to all Fantasy Premier League managers around the world and welcome to our @FFPundits Staff Team Wildcard article ahead of Gameweek 5.
Trying to decide on a Wildcard team over the International Break has been more painful than a kick to the groin – but, we’ve managed to come through it unscathed and with our sanity intact. Just.
When one contributor wants to keep Salah, but another prefers Mane, plus £3m in the bank, you can image the sort of heated discussions we’ve had.
Grown men, squabbling over digital points scored in a fantasy football game… but we love it!
However, as a group, we’re tried to make our Wildcard team well-balanced, with our ‘must have’ players and a few shrewd moves thrown in, trying to grab some differential points away from the ‘template teams’.
Obviously, we cannot own all the players each of us wanted (especially you, Salah) and folk will likely find fault(s) with our team and player selections, but, that’s the beauty of FPL hey – so please fire any feedback, suggestions or question to us on Twitter via @FFPundits_Drew and we hope you find our article useful, or entertaining.
Having kept only one clean-sheet this season, some might wonder why Kasper Schmeichel gets a place in our Wildcard team – and to be fair, you’d be right to question it.
Upcoming fixtures against Bournemouth (A), Huddersfield (H), Newcastle (A) and Everton (H) in Leicester City’s next 4 Premier League outings look good enough to use on paper, and at only 5.7%TSB (teams selected by), the Great Dane’s £5m price-tag seems fair.
Pereira and Maguire made it on to our Wildcard shortlist, but due to the premium defenders we opted for (see below), we were unable squeeze a Leicester defender in to a starting slot, so Schmeichel gets the nod.
Ben Hammer will sit pretty on the bench at £4.0m for now. Whether he starts again over Jonas Lössl in Gameweek 5 or 6 is yet to be seen, but for now, we’ll take the gamble to keep costs down and switch out Kasper should anything happen to him.
No real surprises here ladies and gents. Left-backs have taken the opening four Gameweeks by storm and have become essential assets for the majority of FPL bosses.
First of all, we’ve stuck with both Benjamin Mendy (£6.4m) and Andrew Robertson (£6.1m), as the pair have started the season in fantastic form – producing four clean sheets and seven assists between them.
In fact, the only negative we can attempt to throw at them is that Marcus Alonso has performed even better and boy do we wish we had the Spaniard in our first draft.
Well, we’re pleased to welcome Alonso into our ranks, finally, at the expense of Patrick van Aanholt – who unfortunately has not started the season how he finished the last.
Coming in at £6.8m, we can’t remember the last time we tied up so much of our budget on three defenders but, we’ll follow the form and invest with confidence.
With a back three of Mendy, Robertson and Alonso we can (almost) set and forget – these guys are fixture proof and likely to produce attacking returns on a regular basis.
Of course, we do need some backup in the ranks – especially with the Champions League just around the corner and rotation inevitably looming.
Our budget is precious, so we have kept things simple and when there are two defenders priced at only £4m who are nailed on starters, it would quite frankly be rude not to have them.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka keeps his place and Wolves’ Ryan Bennett joins him on the bench for company – with both usable if required.
We’d also like to note that, a Robertson vs Tripper debate did cause a steamy discussion amongst us, but once put to the vote, Robbo came out on top. Just!
Mo Salah or No Salah? Strap yourselves in folks as here at FFP HQ, we have taken the plunge and removed last seasons Player of the Year from our lineup (for now).
Brave or foolish? Only time will tell, but for those considering making the same move of have done so already, do it with your head held high and don’t let anyone tell you it’s the wrong thing to do.
We were certainly not going without any Liverpool attacking threat, that’s for sure, so Sadio Mane keeps his place.
We (well, @FFPundits_Drew did) suggested pre-season that Mane was going to score more FPL points than Salah at the start of the season and we are sticking to our guns – that £3m saving will earn us plenty more points if spent wisely elsewhere. Until Salah punished us with a 20-point Gameweek that is.
Where are you going to spend it we hear you cry!? Well, firstly, Salah’s replacement, in the form of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – an FPL menace for many, but with the fixtures and ability to match any other player on his day.
With upcoming fixtures against Cardiff (H) and West Ham (A) looking mouth-watering, especially with Neil Warnock suggesting he plans to take the game to Chelsea this weekend – is Eden Hazard captain material?
We head into our ‘mid range’ midfielders in the form of Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Moura, priced at £7.4 and £7.3 respectively.
Arsenal have fantastic (on paper) fixtures upcoming games against Newcastle (A), Everton (H), Watford (H) and Fulham (A) and we want to try to take advantage.
Ramsey has fought off competition from Ozil and Mkhitaryan to make that number 10 position his own – with six key-passes and four shots on goal during his last two games, we hope the 1.2% owned midfielder is now ready to provide some FPL returns.
Lucas Moura has been in fantastic form this season, scoring three times and providing one assist. Yes, Son is returning to the squad but it’s going to take a dip in form for Moura to lose his place and with Alli out for Gameweek 5, we feel he is a safe bet for the time being.
Anyway, he can easily be swapped for Everton’s Richarlison further down the line, who is firmly on our radar.
Completing the midfield is the dependable Neves and we know what we are getting here. A player who will be on the field for the full 90 mins, each and every Gameweek, bringing us two of three points if called upon.
If he wants to fire a trademark rocket into the top corner along the way then happy days, but those are likely to be few and far between.
First of all, Sergio Aguero – along with Mendy, was locked in to our team from the beginning (Gameweek 1).
OK – so he has failed to score in three of his opening four games, but we still remember that hat-trick during Gameweek 2 as our captain – he is in fantastic form and we will surely see many more double-digit point-hauls in the coming weeks.
It looked like most of you agree with us as this week, as Aguero (£11.3m) became the most owned player on FPL, making his way in to 51.9% of all FPL squads.
Joining him is Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.7m) – a player we backed earlier in the season after impressing us during Gameweek 1 and 2 – he has gone on to score three goals, one assist and two bonus in his last two games and we couldn’t bring him in fast enough.
Everything Fulham produce is targeted at the head of the Serbian and we’re expecting the goals to continue, even against Manchester City this weekend.
We opted for a safer option in Josh King for Gameweek 1, however, it’s clear to see that Callum Wilson (£6.2m) should have been the Cherry on the cake in our original draft – we have swallowed our pride and fixed the problem and eagerly brought him for Gameweek 5.
Bounemouth’s favourable fixtures are set to continue, with Leicester (H). Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H) and Watford (A) their next four – we are happy to have Wilson with us and hope to watch him add to his two goals and three assists so far this season.
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