Here’s another early article where 4 FFGeek Contributors show their Fantasy Premier League GW5 teams including a wildcard being activated. There’s Sergio Torija, Mikael Danielsen, Andrew Pratt and Alex Ball
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This is part 2 of the FPL managers who contribute to the FFGeek site with good histories who show their teams each week. This will give people a feel for what other managers are doing. It’s a fairly informal thing with no obligation on anyone and these teams may change at anytime before the deadline without further notice. It won’t cover transfers in real time either. It’s just to give an idea of the trends for the week no more. The teams are shown as their “final-ish” teams so they could change. Where they have twitter accounts I have shown this and they may update them there or on our Slack Channel which is part of our subscription Patreon site but this is not guaranteed
Andrew finished with an overall rank of 313k last 8k in 18/19 and 1k in 17/18
GW4 points: 74 (FPL average 48) Total points: 239, Overall Rank: 687k, green arrow: 1,019k Team Value: £100.1m
Andrew has activated his wildcard
I was fearful of being punished having made no transfers going into gameweek 4 but it worked out
well with James Rodriguez and Salah (captain) delivering my first green arrow of the season. The
early season craziness and big goal hauls continued with unexpected underperformances from
Leicester, Man City, Man United and Liverpool and great performances from West Ham, Chelsea,
Everton, Spurs, Villa and Leeds.
As a Digne owner I was disappointed with the two very soft goals Everton conceded. There were final straw moments for Werner (getting no return from a 4 goal win
for Chelsea) and Wan-Bissaka (say no more).
I wonder how long it’ll be before the season regresses to some sort of norm since the current
volatility is surely unlikely to continue too long. Will Villa and West Ham keep firing? Will City re-find
their form, maybe once Aguero is back?
Why I’m wildcarding
This week saw me lose my commitment to holding the wildcard until later in the season. It felt like I
was storing it for the double gameweek which may only arrive after gameweek 16 anyway.
Compounding my concern was that my plan was to use the wildcard to pack my double gameweek
team with City and United targets but these teams are now underperforming so horribly that I’d
probably only want 2 or 3 of their players, which I could probably achieve using free transfers.
Also in favour of the wildcard is building team value and I’ve almost convinced myself that key
players are emerging after only 4 mad weeks. I’ve had wildcards backfire dramatically before so
pulling the trigger wasn’t easy.
I’d like to have the luxury of saving the second wildcard until late in the season so ideally my team
now needs to survive without major surgery for about 30 gameweeks. So, I’ve tried to limit short
term punts. Additionally I’m figuring on clean sheets continuing to be in short supply for some time
so I plan to mostly field a team with 3 at the back, Robertson and Chilwell being ever-presents. This
means that for now I will be investing more heavily in the front 8.
Although there might be some minor further tinkering, this is the team I’m currently on:
I’ve gone with the Villa pair though I’m not absolutely sold on this strategy. This may change before
gameweek 5’s deadline.
I’ve dropped Digne which is unfortunate since he’s very capable of getting big hauls but the Pickford
factor means clean sheets might be in relative short supply. He’s also lost some set pieces to James
Rodriguez. So in comes Chilwell who I’ve had my eye on for a while. I feel Chelsea will continue to
fire and that he can keep pace with Digne for about 0.5 cheaper.
Coady and Wan-Bissaka are out for Mitchell (nice fixtures while he stays in the team) and Saiss (a
reasonably bankable attacking defender in a Wolves team likely to improve).
Robertson stays mostly for his attacking returns and for fear of not owning him. Doubling up with
Trent is out of the question given Adrian is in for several weeks.
I’m thinking Justin stays while he plays but I was tempted to swap him out for the likes of Masuaku (very tough next 3 fixtures), Ayling
(I’m just not familiar enough with him to trust him), Walker-Peters (very tough next 2 fixtures) or
Cresswell (just out of budget). Justin and especially Mitchell feel like transfers I’m booking in – which
isn’t great on a wildcard.
James Rodriguez and Salah stay. The need to get Son in was also a big factor in wildcarding now. He
nudges out the brilliant de Bruyne, who doesn’t look good value while City is spluttering.
The attraction of penalty duties in potentially high scoring teams sees the introduction of Klich and
Jorginho for Burnley’s Stephens (non-descript fodder) and Saint-Maximin (tough near-term fixtures).
However I fear Jorginho will soon make way for one of a number of returning Chelsea mids, possibly
as soon as gameweek 5. I’ll probably hold him going into gameweek 5 as I think Chelsea could do
well against Southampton. Worryingly, Jorginho takes the number of less-than-nailed players in my
wildcard team to 3.
Kane (excellent form and fixtures) comes in for Werner.
The need to get Calvert-Lewin in was another key factor in wildcarding although I must confess that
in my heart I’m still not entirely convinced about him, it’s more fomo than true belief. Hopefully the
volume of quality chances being created by Everton keeps supporting his returns.
Out go Mitrovic (Fulham not providing enough chances) and Antonio (tough next 3 fixtures but he’ll
likely be back in my team before gameweek 8) and in comes Maupay (good fixtures and penalty
duties) narrowly over Wilson (tough fixtures). I’m not convinced by cheapies Watkins and Brewster
Other players who are of interest but I couldn’t fit for one reason or another are: Mendy (CHE),
Trossard, March, Soucek, Grealish and Barnes (LEI). On my watchlist are Aguero (the goat) and
Cavani (8mil seems cheap).
I’ve not decided on which 3rd defender to play in gameweek 5: Justin, Mitchell or Saiss. Captain for
gameweek 5 will probably be Kane with vice on Son or Salah.
Good luck, all!
Transfer summary: Wildcard activated
The team above is the current wildcard team
Sergio’s last 4 seasons were 2k, 596k, 17k and 21k
GW4 points: 70 (FPL average 48) Total points: 210, Overall Rank: 2,048k, green arrow: 1,598k Team Value: £100.1m
What a couple Premier League weekends we have had, crazy results all round and the best teams of the league
being destroyed by the lesser teams. FPLwise this was my first decent week of the year with a score inside 1
million GW rank. All down to three players really, rather than a combined team effort. Kane, Wilson and
Rodriguez all with triple returns, unfortunately none of which was my captain, who was Jimenez. I did swap
him for Martial who got a red card, so it could have been worse.
Moving on, I went into the international break with 2 free transfers and many issues in the team. A defence
doing very badly, while in midfield Ward-Prowse and Havertz not doing as well as I had hoped for. Defence in
particular was in really bad shape: Wan Bissaka and Alexander Arnold with -1 and not looking nothing like they should, Davies got
me a lucky assist from the bench, which possibly means he is now second choice to Reguilon, Lascelles yellow
flagged and Mitchell who will lose his place the moment Van Aanholt is back. So I moved early and straightaway I
transferred Davies out for Chilwell, who was fantastic on his PL Chelsea debut.
The second transfer is to be seen whether I use it and on whom. My 11 seems ok for next week, so hoping to
save the transfer once more. I will go with Kane captain next week and hope that finally I get a good captain
pick out of him, since the trend with him looks like this: Captain 2pt – Difficult game 21pt – Captain 2pt –
Difficult game 16pt.
Good luck all!
Transfer summary: Davies out Chilwell in. 2nd transfer to be confirmed
Here’s the team with the Chilwell transfers confirmed
Mikael’s last 4 seasons overall rank were 210k, 12k, 100k and 5k
GW4 points: 56 (FPL average 48) Total points: 224, Overall Rank: 1,299k, green arrow: 195k Team Value: £101.0m
Was going into GW5 with 2 free transfers.
Did an early transfers to avoid price changes.
Transfer summary: Foden, Werner and Alexander Arnold out. Son, Calvert Lewin and Chilwell in
Here’s the team with transfers completed:
Alex’s last 6 seasons overall rank were 312k, 523k, 17k, 10k, 28k and 3k
GW4 points: 49 (FPL average 48) Total points: 206, Overall Rank: 2,324k, green arrow: 7k Team Value: £100.9m
Follow Alex on twitter here
Alex was also on this weeks FFGeek GW5 Podcast
transfer summary: Rashford out Son in
Here’s the team with transfer completed