Here’s my fantasy premier league imaginary wildcard team for gameweek 6
I’ve dovetailed it in with my “ones to watch articles so you can see the stats while viewing the team. Obviously when doing a wildcard team you can take a few more chances and in order to make the numbers up you add in players that you may have classified as hold.
You’ll see I’ve gone quite strong on defence. The reason for this is that so far there have been 7.4 clean sheets per gameweek which is a total worth chasing. Interestingly 4 of those each week have gone to the top European chasing teams of Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Everton. Add in the bargain teams of Southampton and West Ham and you can have a formidable team for not too much.
Also I haven’t got RVP in my team. It’s no abandonment of the player. The reasons for this is that if he’s not going to make it injury wise for the game there seems little point in putting him in to your wildcard team and then you would just have to down grade a player to get him in if desired later. That would mean a fairly big midfield reduction though.
Anyway here’s the team:
- Mignolet (£5.8m) BUY
- Minutes per point: 12.5 Team clean sheets: 3 Team defence ranking: 5 fixture ease rank: 1
3 clean sheets from 5 games and and still by 8 points the highest scoring GK. Only Agger at £6.0m seems certain of a place in the Liverpool defence after the bizarre selection against Southampton. Mignolet looks a solid route into the Liverpool defence and is picking up good save points as well
- Clyne (£4.4m)BUY
- Minutes per point: 13.2 mins . Team clean sheets: 4 Team defence ranking: 4 Rotation risk: medium fixture ease ranking: 2 Bonus points to date 4
The Saints defence showed everyone exactly what they could do at the weekend with a clean sheet away to Liverpool meeting them high up the pitch in true Pocettino style. Clyne seems to have his place back and with everyone going up in price he seems very good value at £4.4m. Plus he’s got 2 bonus points in both his last 2 games. With Palace home in the next game it seems a great transfer. If you want to trade up go for Lovren who’s the bonus point darling at £5.0m with 7 bonus points
- Distin (£5.0m) BUY
- Minutes per point: 18 mins . Team clean sheets: 3 Team defence ranking: 3 Rotation risk: medium. fixture ease ranking: 3 Bonus points to date 5
Distin is great value and is a better bonus point magnet. still has some Alcaraz gametime risk but the value and the bonus points in my mind make it worth it. I’ve had the Baines debate many times on the site. £2.5m is just too big a gap for attacking potential for me
- Dawson (£5.1m) BUY
- Minutes per point: 17.1 . Team clean sheets: 4 Team defence ranking: 1 Rotation risk: medium. fixture ease ranking: 4th Bonus points to date 2
The Spurs defence goes from strength to strength finally reaping the underlying stats that never translated previously into clean sheets. Dawson is great value and I’m still banking on him holding off the challenge of Chiriches. Not liked by the bonus points system but the value is too good to turn down
- 5. Kompany (£6.3m) BUY
- Minutes per point: 20.1 mins . Team clean sheets: 3 Team defence ranking: 6 Rotation risk: low fixture ease ranking: 15 Bonus points to date 0
Even with tricky fixtures the City defence with Kompany will be a clean sheet force to be reckoned with and could you ever imagine him at better value than this. The away game against Villa is a much easier one with Benteke out and a good place to start in my mind
- Cole (£6.4m) Hold
- Minutes per point: 16.5 mins . Team clean sheets: 3 Team defence ranking: 2 Rotation risk: medium fixture ease ranking: 12 Bonus points to date 4
Tricky fixture away to Spurs next but look solid enough to always be in contention for a clean sheet. Only a hold as away to Spurs. Away to Norwich in GW7 is probably safer but you wouldn’t bet against a clean sheet away to Spurs anyway
- Michu (£9.0m) BUY
- Goals and assists: 2 goal 1 assist. Time per point scored: 16.7 mins . Rotation risk: low. fixture ease ranking: 7th. Consistency 3/5 60%
2 goals and an assist in his last 3 and backed up by great underlying stats. In great form playing behind the striker. Arsenal H and Southampton A are 2 tricy fixtures before 4 good ones in Sund H West H Cardiff A Stoke H when really you should have him in your team definitely. A good like for like swap with Walcott although as I said depending on what else you need to do in your team there maybe a chance to defer for a couple f games
- Eriksen (£8.2m) HOLD
- Goals and assists: 0 goals 1 assist. Time per point scored: 15.8 mins . Rotation risk: medium. fixture ease ranking: 4th. Consistency 1/2 50%%
Still a bit of a gamble given Spurs difficulty in front of goal and first impressions is that he maybe more of an assister than a goal scorer as in the Cardiff game although he had a very good average position he didnt threaten shooting wise that much or get into the box that much. Difficult game this wee against Chelsea but then there’s a good run of 3 fixtures West Ham H Villa A and Hull h before they go to Everton. So GW7 looks the best buying point
- Ramsey (£6.2m) HOLD
- Goals and assists: 3 goals 1 assist. Time per point scored: 13.6 mins . Rotation risk: medium. fixture ease ranking: 10th. Consistency 3/5 60%
The box to box midfielder is starting to have an effect on fantasy premier league with Ramsey and Paulino scoring as well. There isn’t that much historical precedent for it being a successful category for fantasy premier league midfielders other than Gerrard and Lampard. They both had their stats boosted by penalties and set piece duties. Also, lets not forget these were 2 of the leading premier league midfielders of their time and certainly you cant compare these 2 in fantasy premier league terms at this stage.
The Arsenal midfield is strange at the moment. Flamini seems to sit and be very defensively disciplined whereas everyone else attacks. Its almost like 5 defenders and 5 attackers. Ramsey has very good shooting stats considering his pen box touches and his average position stats aren’t very strong which is a definite plus point. I watched him closely against Stoke and some of the time he was just as far up the pitch as any of the midfielders so maybe the box to box classification is a little restricting.
One of the issues is that I’m a little unsure where Ramsey fits in once Walcott Cazorla and Arteta are fit. The attacking midfield 3 have to be Cazorla, Ozil and Walcott surely. The double pivot players then have to be one of Flamini and Arteta and one of Ramsey or Wilshere. I cant see Ramsey and Wilshere playing together with Arteta and Flamini left out, they’re both too attacking. However, the injuries at the moment may see him play further forward with Arteta and Flamini in the double pivot and Ozil ramsey and Wilshere further forward
Still, he is great value and has great underlying shooting stats. Alot of fantasy premier league managers I have a lot of respect for are transferring him in. Swansea A and WBA A are reasonable fixtures as attacking wise Arsenal are just as comfortable if not more so home as they are away. After that it’s Norwich H and Crystal Palace A . Then it gets difficult with Liverpool H, Man Utd A, and Saints H.
Confused? Well if you own him definitely stay for the ride. If you don’t and want to take a punt, this is now the time to buy before the difficult games arrive. Swansea away is a good place to start, especially as given his Cardiff connections he will be fired up. At the moment I’m resisting and luckily Ive got plenty of other areas to work on.
- Giroud (£9.0m) BUY
- Goals and assists least year: 4 goals 1 assists. Time per point scored: 11.4 mins . Rotation risk: low. fixture ease ranking: 10th. Consistency 4/5 80% Next 6 fixtures: SWA A, WBA A, NOR H, CPAL A, LIV H MANU A
First blank last week but still good fixtures to go and Ozil to create chances for him. Fantastic start and now has Ozil to create even more chances for him. Best Underlying shooting stats of any forward and creating chances for others as well.
- Rooney (£10.5m) BUY
- Goals and assists: 2 goals and 2 assists: Time per point scored: 12.4 mins . Rotation risk: low. fixture ease ranking: 8th. Consistency 3/4 75% Next 6 fixtures: WBA H, SUND A, SOUTH H, STOKE H, FUL A, ARS H
A £3.5m saving on RVP at the sacrifice of playing in a withdrawn role behind him and not having pens. If RVP is injured for longer could even lead the line. Doesn’t really get into the box and shoot enough in his withdrawn role for my liking but the guy is a proven goal scorer and 3/4 returns and 2 goals and 2 assists in 4 games speaks for itself. Although I would stick with RVP he’s a definite alternative
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