With prices moving at the pace I like, somewhere behind a snail, I haven’t had to update my fantasy premier league GW8 wildcard article for over a week. Well there’s been some debate over the original team so here’s the latest thought process.
fantasy premier league GW8 wildcard – an update on the FFGeek wildcard
Firstly here’s a link to last weeks wildcard article of mine if you’re interested although that team is below. Also contributors Alex Ball and Rob Reid (The FPL Vet) have also written a wildcard article
Original wildcard team last week
So what’s changed?
Both option1 and 2 are 4-3-3 by the way
I still haven’t abandoned the option above it’s just that I’ve been considering options with Jesus in them
Once I’d done that the debate for all intents and purposes has been about Jesus vs Hazard and although Salah got dragged into it as a potential casualty to avoid having to choose between the 2.
The importance of Jesus depends on whether you believe as the only out and out striker his gametime will be significantly enhanced or whether as the only out and out striker he will start but will be subbed off as soon as the game looks won to avoid a possible injury. I’m probably taking a more positive view but you’ll be sick of me saying that no one can predict Pep. Jesus does given an option of flipping to Morata although the point of Morata diminishes alot if you miss the Palace game.
There is also an unfortunate immediate problem of a potential Jesus benching this weekend after the International Break as Brazil play at 12.30am UK time which would really cause me a problem. The same could also be said of Otamendi who will play a vital WCQ match in the sky practically in Ecuador. However injuries to Kompany and Aguero may force Pep’s hand and they play. Who knows?
Hazard hasn’t really fired yet but has 3 great fixtures and has to be the best Chelsea option given that Morata is injured and gambling that Batshuayi will play is difficult given he wasn’t the sub for Morata in the City game when Morata came off. I did consider Pedro but him not starting recently is a worry.
The teams aren’t too different but essentially come down to Salah, D Silva and Choupo Moting vs Hazard, Sterling and Atsu. There are some fringe changes as well but ones that can be put to one side for a simple comparison
It’s worth mentioning that the international break is still going and there’s alot of things that can still happen and alot of players travelling alot of miles to change things
Here’s the 2 additional options
In this Atsu could become Stephen Davis of Southampton. If Jones isn’t fit although it looks like he will be then that creates a bigger problem.
Some brief thoughts on the 3 options
So still alot to work out. The issues are around Jesus and gametime in particular and about whether Hazard is worth theeffective sacrifice of Salah and Choupo Moting. Loftus Cheek is ineligible against Chelsea but expected back for GW9. He’s the best £4.5m easily for me. Not playing Jesus and just sticking with the 4-4-2 hasn’t been ruled out. It gives a spread of players over the top 6 sides.
I know you’re supposed to be getting information for your FPL team from this site but I thought I’d reverse it and ask for a vote just to see what other FPL managers thought
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