fantasy premier league wildcard tips GW15 – the FFGeek imaginary wildcard


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Here’s our fantasy premier league wildcard tips GW15 article where I pretend I’m using my wildcard. It gives player suggestions with more longevity than just for the up coming gameweek.

fantasy premier league wildcard tips GW15 – the FFGeek imaginary wildcard

So with it being a short gameweek there are no links to other articles so I’ll go into each player in more detail

The FFGeek imaginary wildcard team

My value at the moment is a fairly low £102.3m and the team fits within that.




fantasy premier league wildcard tips GW15

Structure

So the structure is really 4-3-3 with 1 of the 3 rotating mids and 1 of the 2 cheap defenders forced to play everyweek.  The bench is reasonably deep with all players capable of scoring points when coming into the team.

At a push it could be a 3-4-3

The idea is also after the Burnley game Salah could potentially become Sterling and one of the cheap midfielders be upgraded to say Richarlison or Anderson

Goalkeepers

Fabianski

I’ve stuck with the single GK option and chosen save king Fabianski as West Ham finally showed they could keep a clean sheet, albeit one which still conceded 16 shots.  All the next 6 fixtures have clean sheet potential

Cardiff (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
Fulham (A)
Watford (H)
Southampton (A)
Burnley (A)

Button is just a non playing cheap GK

Defence

Laporte

The battle for the title of best defensive team is undoubtedly between between Liverpool and Man City.  Liverpool now have 9 clean sheets to Man City’s 8  and have conceded 5 goals to City’s 6.  City edge it though in shots conceded per game and in xG conceded. City just seem to conceded goals when they shouldn’t.

Laporte has shown to be the safest pick in defence and the only outfield player to have started every game in the premier league.  It would not surprise me though if he were rested in GW15 with Chelsea next in GW16.

He’s scored 3 goals in all competitions even though his attacking stats are only ok.  However of the players you would consider have decent starting prospects in the City defence he has the least bonus points with only 1.

Watford (A)
Chelsea (A)
Everton (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
Leicester (A)
Southampton (A)

Luiz

Luiz was picked against Fulham despite his nightmare the week before against Spurs.  Alonso to me is the preferred pick due to his attacking potential but the difference in value of £1.5m gravitates me towards Luiz.  Chelsea are 3rd best in clean sheet total, goals conceded and shots conceded.  Luiz has done ok on bonus with 6 but only received them in 2 of his 7 clean sheets which is disappointing.  He has little attacking potential and is probably similar to Laporte of Man City in he’s the cheapest way  to get clean sheet points in the Chelsea team

Wolves (A)
Man City (H)
Brighton (A)
Leicester (H)
Watford (A)
Crystal Palace (A)

Alexander Arnold

I talked about Liverpools defensive stats in the Man City section.  With Liverpool you have a choice of the premium attacking option in Robertson for £6.4m or the security of starts in Van Dijk at 36.0m or go cheaper with more gametime risk and less attacking potential.

Personally I’ve chosen the budget friendly Alexander Arnold although having played at the weekend he could be another rotation target for GW15

Burnley (A)
Bournemouth (A)
Man Utd (H)
Wolves (A)
Newcastle (H)
Arsenal (H)

Doherty

I’ve kept faith with the Wolves defence despite it being 6 games without a clean sheet.  If you ignore the Spurs and Arsenal games as ones you wouldn’t expect a clean sheet against then probably the disturbing thing about the last 2 games is that they have seen 2 of the higher shot counts against them when playing non top 6 sides.  Against Huddersfield and Cardiff that isn’t a great sign.  Still Doherty’s value as an attacking player and their entire season performances make me include him.

Chelsea (H)
Newcastle (A)
Bournemouth (H)
Liverpool (H)
Fulham (A)
Spurs (A)

Wan Bissaka

At £4.2m in a reasonable defensive team he ticks enough boxes to be a regular member of the teams bench.

Brighton (A)
West Ham (A)
Leicester (H)
Man City (A)
Cardiff (H)
Chelsea (H)

Others to think about

I did think about Holding of Arsenal who is only £4.4m and started the last 8 for Arsenal with their good fixtures but only 2 clean sheets and some pretty mixed underlying stats and a manager who can’t help himself but continually change the team put me off

I also thought about Digne or Keane of Everton as the manager seems to have improved them significantly in that area with good recent stats against non top 6 teams

Midfield

Salah

Impossible not to have him in your team when you consider that he’s facing Burnley next.  Salah shoots more per game than any midfielder and only less overall than Aguero.  He now faces a team that concedes 21 shots per game which is 5 more than any other team.

Not a time to transfer out in my view with non owners hoping he is rested for the midweek clash.

Burnley (A)
Bournemouth (A)
Man Utd (H)
Wolves (A)
Newcastle (H)
Arsenal (H)

Sane

When he’s on the pitch he’s lethal having returned a goal or assist in every start and backs that up with fantastic underlying stats.  The theory is that he should provide the width on the left while Mendy is injured.  That and lack of gametime to date, plus not having played in the World Cup you would think would make him a fairly safe pick over the coming weeks.

Watford (A)
Chelsea (A)
Everton (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
Leicester (A)
Southampton (A)

Paterson

No matter what team you’re in if you’re £5.3m and a striker returning and producing good underlying stats then you’re worth considering.  3 goals and an assist in the last 6 and although a PP90 of 4.3 isn’t anything to celebrate his underlying stats are reasonably good, especially for the price.

West Ham (A)
Southampton (H)
Watford (A)
Man Utd (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Leicester (A)

Brooks

I’m not reading anything into him being on the bench away to Man City as he was similarly benched away to Chelsea and returned to the side afterwards.  However 3 goals and an assist in 12 starts plus 2 as sub and a PP90 of 4.6 means you always have the potential for points off your bench or in a fixture rotating midfield.

Huddersfield (H)
Liverpool (H)
Wolves (A)
Brighton (H)
Spurs (A)
Man Utd (A)

Kenedy

1 goal and 1 assist in 12 starts plus 1 as sub is a particularly disappointing after a reasonably promising campaign last season.  If you were scratching for positives you would say he shoots alot.  However at only £0.4m more than the average yellow card hunting CDM he’s worth the extra I think

Everton (A)
Wolves (H)
Huddersfield (A)
Fulham (H)
Liverpool (A)
Watford (A)

Forwards

Kane

3 goals and an assist in his last 4 games, returning in all 4 is more like it.  As is the shot count.   Although disturbingly only 1 bonus point in those 4 games and the non penalty xG was pretty mixed.

However given the fixtures and the reliability of selection a nearly 17/18 Harry Kane is a pretty good selection

Southampton (H)
Leicester (A)
Burnley (H)
Everton (A)
Bournemouth (H)
Wolves (H)

Lacazette

The first thing I should say before going down this road is that I find Emery a strange manager.  There’s rotation and there’s seemingly picking the attacking players from a hat every week.  The obvious choice for Arsenal is Lacazette or Aubameyang.

Aubameyang after being on the bench for GW8 and 9 has started the last 5.  Prior to his injury Lacazette had started the last 9 but was sub in GW14.

The manager has decided that after 12 games of 4-2-3-1 he’s now going to play 3-4-2-1 although a back 3 could easily be 3-5-2- or 3-4-3 which would accommodate both players.

In this set up I don’t have enough money for Aubameyang although the downgrade of Salah to Sterling after the Burnley game could produce it.

Aubameyang has better underlying stats and a better PP90 plus pens.  On the other side, Aubameyang could end up playing LW though if Lacazette does return to the side.

I would say Aubameyang appears to be the less risky FPL option at the moment given the fixture run and captain options.  It’s just whether you can fit him in, whether you think he’s worth the extra price and whether he is a CF or a LW

Man Utd (A)
Huddersfield (H)
Southampton (A)
Burnley (H)
Brighton (A)
Liverpool (A)

Arnautovic

Hard not to have anyone from West Ham with their fixtures.  It’s a straight choice really between Anderson and Arnautovic.  Arnautovic only has 1 assist in his last 3 although the underlying stats have been ok.

Cardiff (H)
Crystal Palace (H)
Fulham (A)
Watford (H)
Southampton (A)
Burnley (A)

The Captain trail





What I’ve done here is put the so called top 6 teams fixtures for GW15-20.  I’ve highlighted the fixtures that could contain the captain favourites.  You’ll see that if you do believe in captain planning then Arsenal and Spurs are hard to avoid whereas Liverpool and Chelsea easier to not have.

GW15

Watford v Man City
Burnley v Liverpool
Wolves v Chelsea
Man Utd v Arsenal
Spurs v Southampton

GW16

Bournemouth v Liverpool
Arsenal v Huddersfield
Man Utd v Fulham
Chelsea v Man City
Leicester v Spurs

GW17

Man City v Everton
Spurs v Burnley
Brighton v Chelsea
Southampton v Arsenal
Liverpool v Man Utd

GW18

Wolves v Liverpool
Arsenal v Burnley
Chelsea v Leicester
Man City v Crystal Palace
Cardiff v Man Utd
Everton v Spurs

GW19

Leicester v Man City
Liverpool v Newcastle
Man Utd v Huddersfield
Spurs v Bournemouth
Brighton v Arsenal
Watford v Chelsea

GW20

Spurs v Wolves
Liverpool v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Southampton v Man City
Man Utd v Bournemouth

See what last seasons 715 OR finisher Andrew Ferguson is thinking of for GW15 and also how the 10 top FPL managers I follow lined up for GW14

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3 thoughts on “fantasy premier league wildcard tips GW15 – the FFGeek imaginary wildcard”

  1. Hi geek, great work as usual. Im taking you hate my team! At least we both agree on the front 3 and thay Laca should be starting! I got rich and fraser cheap so it is hard to move them on. Your midfield picks of kenedy, patterson and especially brooks have potential and look value for points but I’d like to think richarlison, alonso and fraser have more of a double digit explosion factor.

  2. Malloney, just sharing thoughts, as u may know, my country does not let us do that. Also like to be on the record of my thoughts and though results orientated (right for the wrong reason) Id like to think Fraser and Richarlison has justified my double digit explosion factor comment!

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