Here’s our fantasy premier league wildcards GW5 article part 3 where 3 more of the FFGeek contributors Costas and Mikael H provide imaginary wildcard articles to help you pick your wildcard team. It should also be helpful generally for transfer suggestions
fantasy premier league wildcards GW5 – Costas and Mikael H with their imaginary wildcards
Costas Chari’s imaginary wildcard team
Costas finished with an OR of 29k last season and 27k in 16/17
If i was wildcarding at the moment i would still keep to my initial strategy of no Salah and no Kane as neither have convinced me this year that I should reshuffle my team to get them in. I’d stick to my strategy as I think it has worked out so far. My Salah alternative is Mane who has outscored Salah and the likes of mid- price strikers such as Deeney, Murray, Wilson, and Mitrovic have all got more FPL points that Kane so far.
Ederson & Stekelenburg out with Foster and Ryan coming in. Saves me £0.5m and I got a bid frustrated with the City defence as I had doubled on them since GW2 and still haven’t got a clean sheet.
Shaw & David Luiz out with Alonso and Pereira in. Alonso needs no explaining. Pereira gets forward a lot and Leicester have great fixtures. I therefore think Perira will outscore Shaw. Peltier is also giving way to Bennett as a playing £4.0m choice
Hazard & Siggy out. I rolled the dice with Hazard and it paid off both points and money wise. Now that I have Alonso I think I am covered as far as Chelsea is concerned. Also Hazard has showed in recent years that he is not very consistent. David Silva takes his place. Siggy was initially a panic buy from the Richarlison ban. If I was wildcarding I would be replacing him with Schurrle who has shown great form and is a £1.4mil cheaper.
Aubameyang & King out. I have been wanting to get Auba out since GW3 but injuries and bans got in the way. He did return the other day but still playing on the flank is not ideal for a £10.9m striker. King is out as I already have Fraser cover for Bournemouth. Lukaku is in form and its good to jump the on the train before any price rises and when ownership is still low. The second striker is Vardy. Leicester have great fixtures so I really see him getting a lot of points
Mikael Hietala’s imaginary wildcard team
Mikael finished with an OR of 22k last season
I have selected Hennessy and Hamer for the goalkeepers to free up funds elsewhere. Crystal Palace have a nice run of fixtures, starting with Huddersfield away.
A significant early trend that we’ve seen is that wingbacks are here to stay! Mendy and Alonso both have 5 assists in 4 games, which are incredible returns! These are two players that every manager should consider owning. The bonus of a clean sheet will see them returning double-point figures. Both Chelsea and Man City have good fixtures in the next few weeks, which makes it a perfect time to add these two to your team.
In addition to Mendy and Alonso, I have picked Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, and Schelotto.
Man Utd are still in a bit of disarray, but will hopefully tidy up the back over a run of 4 favourable fixtures (Watford (A), Wolves (H), West Ham (A), and Newcastle (A)). Watford at Vicarage Road may not be the best starting fixture but Shaw is a cheap option for potential attacking returns.
Wan-Bissaka also has potential for attacking returns, as Benteke really should have buried one of his crosses last weekend.
I was forced to pick the non playing Schelotto for due to lack of funds.
In midfield, Mane has posted great returns in this early part of the season and Salah needs no discussion.
Pedro has 3 goals in 4 games, and I expect him to return into the starting XI for Cardiff at home.
I am not completely sure about Mhkitaryan given that he was a sub v Cardiff but he had played the 3 prior to that with 90 minutes in each game and is a great price. I also looked at Lucas Moura who also has some gametime risk, but I just couldn’t afford him.
Schneiderlin is the fifth midfielder, and is a useful £4.5m addition as he is comfortably in Everton’s starting XI. Don’t forget that he contributed goals and assists during his time at Southampton and could post some returns in an attack-minded Everton side.
I have gone for one premium striker and two mid-level options up front. Aguero currently has the most points of any forward, and I am sure he is eyeing the golden boot this year. Expect him to remain hungry and ruthless in front of goal.
Both Mitrovic and Wilson to me have the advantage of being certain starters. I remember picking up Mitrovic when he was at Newcastle a few years ago. He has started the season in great form and I personally think he has the ability to be a top striker. He doesn’t have the easiest run of fixtures coming up, but you never know what will happen in this league as he showed by scoring at Spurs. Wilson, on the other hand, has plum fixtures coming up, with Bournemouth only facing a top 6 team in GW 11 (Man Utd (H)).
Hope this helps!
See also the FFGeek contributors imaginary wildcard teams part 1, 10 top FPL managers article, the underlying stats GW4 article, Jordans wildcard team, the early thoughts on the FFGeek team article and thefixture ease article
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