Here’s Sergio Torija with his fantasy premier league GW11 wildcard team options. There’s also a poll for you to help him choose the best option. Sergio finished with an OR of 17k last season and 21k in 16/17
Sergio Torija with his fantasy premier league GW11 wildcard team options
My wildcard was activated on Saturday the moment I saw the 3pm team sheets, with two of my players not on their respective lineups for the second week running (Knockaert and Gray). Before that, I was already considering the wildcard as an option, since I was looking at a triple move to bring in Hazard and Mendy. None of the players pencilled in to go out were Knockaert or Gray btw. So that, added to the many other underperforming players on the team made pretty simple the decission.
Here’s my team as of Monday morning:
Now, going into the wildcard team, I’ve got a team value of £101.9m, so I’m going to be stretched. The first picture shows the base I would ideally want to have in the team, this assumes that Hazard and Arnautovic will be available for the next game. Also, the mid-priced attackers can be taken as price brackets rather than definite individuals. This leaves £20.3m for the remaining 5 spots, so the maths won’t work here. I would need five £4.0m players. However I am a fantasy manager that likes to have 15 potential starters in the squad, so the question is where to make savings to improve the overall team strength?
At the moment, I am considering three options to make the savings. There’s a poll at the end to help me decide, and also suggestions in the comments section will be most welcomed.
Option 1: No Aguero
Aguero scored 20 points in GW2, but since then he scores 1 goal at best and gets subbed around 60 minutes. His stats keep being tremendous though, so he could score big any week.
The theory here is that with Hazard and Salah I would have the captaincy well covered, and the savings in Aguero would allow to have a very strong rest of the team. However, if finding a reliable budget striker is a challenge, finding three is close to mission impossible.
So in summary, by dropping Aguero for Murray, I get to keep Ederson, the two mid-priced mids and Ings instead of a £4.5.
Option 2: Power 3 but budget bench
This is the team that gets to keep the three of Aguero, Hazard and Salah. However this comes at the expense of team depth with all lines weakened compared to the Aguero-less team.
Ederson goes for Lossl, Wan-Bissaka stays, Richarlison/Maddison become a £4.5, and the third striker is also a £4.5.
Option 3: No Hazard
Here I would miss on Hazard, who has 3 very favourable home games in the next four. But I would substitute with D.Silva, who also has 3 nice looking home fixtures in the next four.
This way, I get to keep Richarlison and Maddison, and there is a bit of cash left in the bank that I could use to upgrade Wan-Bissaka.
Instead of D.Silva I could also bring in someone around the £7m mark and upgrade Success to Murray for a 4-3-3 formation.
Please participate in the poll and leave your comments with suggestions on how to improve these options. Here is where the comeback starts this season!
Many thanks all
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