FPL wildcard team GW12 – the FFGeek imaginary wildcard


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Here’s our FPL wildcard team GW12 article where I pretend I’m using my wildcard. This is to give you transfer suggestions for the GW12 with more longevity than just 1 gameweek alone.

FPL wildcard team GW12 – the FFGeek imaginary wildcard




Contributors Imaginary wildcard teams

On our Patreon subscripton site we are now doing weekly contributor imaginary wildcard articles.  The first this week was by Rick Porter  who’s last 3 seasons overall rank were 1k, 30k and 2k.

Here’s the other benefits:

You will get access to an FPL contributor tracker team (currently 565 points and 135k overall rank) which combines the contributors individual teams each week to show their favourite players, transfers and captains. It will always be completed on a Friday/Saturday in a normal gameweek. There will also be an accompanying spreadsheet so you can drill down further.

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Introduction

Note this article was written before Fridays managers press conferences

The idea of this article is to bring together the other articles of the gameweek.

The article is brief as there’s loads of information on individual players in the rankings articles:

Defender/GK player rankings

Midfield player rankings

Forward player rankings

There’s also:

You can also see who the 10 top FPL managers I follow each week have in their team. You can also see which players have the best fixtures in our fixture ease article

There’s also who I’m thinking of in my article early FFGeek team thoughts

The FFGeek imaginary wildcard team

Here’s the team. It’s TV is £102.5m




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Structure

The team is likely to be based around 3-4-3 given the attacking players which will make for some benching headaches I imagine

Goalkeepers

I’ve kept with Button as the most likely £4.0 non playing GK to step in for an injury to a number 1 GK.

The cheap GK was between Ryan, a Sheffield double up with Henderson or Spurs Gazzaniga.  I could have done either but went for Gazzaniga as I feel the Spurs defence has to improve

Defence

I’ve generally tried to focus on the teams with the best defences.

While Maguire continues to have an injury flag I’ve gone for Wan Bissaka.  United while they haven’t got the clean sheets you’d want they are the best team in xG conceded and 5th in shots per game allowed. This and their upcoming schedule I’ve banked on seeing more clean sheets from.

Liverpool are the best defence and Alexander Arnold the best attacking asset in the FPL defenders by some distance.  After the City game I could look to double up on the Liverpool defence bringing Robertson in

Leicester are an excellent defensive team.  Soyuncu is the value option. Chilwell and Pereira are the attacking options

Lundstram showed his attacking ability as a box to box CM in a good defensive team especially at home. Only Alexander Arnold has better attacking stats.

Tomori is the value pick in the Chelsea defence.  Underneath a lot of goals conceded they are still 6th in xG conceded and 4th in shots per game conceded.  That has been without Rudiger and largely without Kante. You just have to hope that Kepa can save the odd shot on target to turn that into clean sheets.

Midfield

Martial didn’t cover himself in glory vs Bournemouth with only the 1 shot from virtually the centre circle.  His stats when on the pitch as a CF are excellent though.  It’s just how much you think this and the reasonable schedule are worth the lack of creativity in the side without Pogba

I’ve gone for Pulisic over Mount due to his start since coming into the team.  He does have competition for his place from Hudson Odoi but in current form he’ll be hard to displace.  I think Mount has been less effective in the press since Lampard went to 4-2-3-1 instead of 4-3-3 plus he’s also an injury doubt as I write this.

I couldn’t afford Sterling in this lineup so I’ve gone for De Bruyne although given the same cash Sterling would be my choice.  If you wanted Sterling you would have to down grade a midfielder and go 4-3-3.

I’ve also gone for Salah over Mane even though it’s against the current tide and is on the basis that he gets some rest over International Break from a niggling injury.  The fact that he was subbed v Aston Villa but started v Genk midweek is perplexing and if it was any normal game or player you would think he’s in line to be benched.

I think it’s very much a personal decision FPL managers need to make between Mane and Salah and I could have easily have had put Mane in.  When you strip out penalties ther underlying stats are very close although Salah shoots significantly more.  Mane however has the better conversion rate which is probably related to the former fact.  Salah has been underperforming his xG this season something he hasn’t previously done in 5 previous seasons.  Mane is over performing his although to be fair he’s overperformed his in 3 of his 4 seasons with Liverpool.

Forwards

Abraham is the one certainty for me at the moment in the forward positions as he is consistently producing great underlying stats. Shame about being a 70 odd minute sub magnet although he got to 87 minutes v Watford

While I’ve had concerns about Vardy’s underlying stats and his 48% conversion rate (best last season of any PL player was 26%) his hot streak, history and fixtures have convinced me that he’s too dangerous not to have.

Jimenez is in for his fixtures and current form

On our Patreon subscripton site we are now doing weekly contributor imaginary wildcard articles.  The first this week was by Rick Porter  who’s last 3 seasons overall rank were 1k, 30k and 2k.

Fixture Ease schedules

Just so you can easily check out a players fixtures if you’re trying to make a transfer decision using this article

A fixture ease schedule for attacking players

Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the defences they face over the next 6 gameweeks.

 FPL wildcard team GW11

A fixture ease schedule for defensive players

Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the attacking teams they face over the next 6 gameweeks.

Other posts

10 top FPL managers

Early thoughts on the FFGeek team

GW12 fixture ease schedule

FFGeek contributors show their GW12 teams part 1

GW12 captain and transfer polls

Defender and GK player rankings GW12

Midfield player rankings GW12

Forward player rankings GW12

FFGeek contributors show their teams part 2

Jordan Sadler returns to fantasy football geek

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