Here’s our FPL wildcard team GW28 article where I pretend I’m using my wildcard. This is to give you transfer suggestions and player picks for GW28 for the upcoming gameweeks rather than just 1 gameweek alone.
FPL wildcard team GW28 – the FFGeek imaginary wildcard
If you join our Patreon subscription site one of the FFGeek contributors does an imaginary wildcard article every gameweek. This weeks it’s an article by Alex Ball
Alex’s last 5 seasons overall rank were 523k, 17k, 10k, 28k and 3k. There’s also loads of other features which you can see at the bottom of this article.
The idea of this article is to bring together the other articles of the gameweek.
The article is brief and with no stats as there’s loads of information on individual players in the rankings articles:
There’s also the bandwagons and sinking ships article where we look at the most transferred in and out players
Then there’s who the FFGeek readers are transferring in and out as well as our captain poll
Blanks GW28 and GW31
You may have seen my recent article on the blanks and doubles
The EFL cup final clashes with GW28 meaning there are the following postponements.
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
Man City v Arsenal
Where they go is yet to be determined.
The FA Cup 6th round clashes with GW31 meaning there are postponements;
The only guaranteed games are
Burnley v Watford
Wolves v Bournemouth
Norwich v Everton will remain if Norwich lose to Spurs in the 5th round
The FFGeek imaginary wildcard team
Here’s the team. It’s around £107m but it’s intended to be a menu of players for transfer ideas as opposed to a strict wildcard
If I was using the wildcard now, and to be honest I wouldn’t, I would probably assume I was going to free hit in the potential big blank of GW31 and then set the team up for the double gameweeks when teams play twice due to postponements which seem likely to be in GW34 and GW37. We’ll know more before GW29.
The team above only has Wolves who have a guaranteed fixture in GW31 and none of the other 4 teams mentioned.
In doing a wildcard now in order to allow for a bench boost later on I would try and go strong all round and for that reason I’ve included 2 playing GKs. Therefore the formation is fairly flexible.
My defender player rankings article that only Alisson has a better save % than Henderson and behind a defence that I’ve ranked 4th in the league. For the bench boost later and to cover the blank GW28 I’ve gone for the cheapest GK as additional cover in a reasonable defence and that’s McCarthy.
How many times have I said the Man Utd underlying stats will ultimately lead to clean sheets and thats finally happened with 5 in the last 6 games. I’ve gone for Maguire for goal threat although Wan Bissaka has assist threat as an alternative.
The Leicester defence I’ve stuck with as I think £5.0m for Soyuncu is pretty good value for the 6th ranked defence which has good fixtures coming up.
I’ve stuck with the double Liverpool defence. It has to be the attacking FBs of Alexander Arnold and Robertson. The West Ham game shows what they can do even without the clean sheet points.
Boly is my Wolves defender. Doherty’s 10 points vs Norwich show what an attacking force he can be but I didn’t have the budget here.
I’m a big fan of Harvey Barnes and there has to be no better time to introduce him than with the 2 worst defences in Norwich and Villa next. He was benched v Man City in GW27 but I’m hoping that was due to the opposition but if you pick him go in with your eyes open.
I still believe in Salah over Mane due to the reasons I’ve always stated. He shoots more and has pens with Milner off the field.
I’ve gone for De Bruyne due to his template status among the 10 top managers I follow. I think it’s hard not to have a City player next even with the blank GW28 and the tough fixtures to come and the UCL distraction. I think he could be subject to a “hop off hop back on” strategy but I’m sticking with him for the moment.
The next player in Martial is a tricky one. He does go through quiet patches and I find quite a frustrating player to watch. However over the season and the last 10 his stats hold up and he is playing as the CF with hopefully more creativity coming from Bruno Fernandes.
Lastly I’ve gone for the player highest in my midfield player rankings article under £5.0m as the bench option in Mooy. He’s a key player for Brighton.
Jimenez has been very consistent all season and is a must with the fixtures
Vardy has all sorts of form problems but Norwich and Villa next make him worth the gamble for me
I wrote a decent amount about Ings in the forwards player rankings as he has over performed his xG underlying stat more than anyone except Aubameyang so will we could see a drop in production. The fixtures and price make him worth a throw of the dice
Fixture Ease schedules
Fixture ease schedule for attacking players
Here’s the fixture ease schedule for attacking players ranked by the ease of the defences they face over the next 3. The best schedule is at the top
Fixture ease schedule for defenders and goalkeepers
Here’s the fixture ease schedule for defenders and goalkeepers ranked by the ease of the attacking teams they face over the next 3. The best schedule is at the top
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