Here’s my latest FPL wildcard teams gameweek 34 article where I make some changes to my team and look at options for the undecided positions. The Kane injury has really mixed things up.
FPL wildcard teams gameweek 34 – a few thoughts and changes after the Kane injury
Firstly the Kane injury
Kane hobbled off with an ankle injury during the UCL game v Man City. Here’s some words from Pochettino.
“It’s a worry for us,”
“We are going to miss him – maybe for the rest of the season. We hope it is not a big issue but there is not to much time to recover. He twisted his ankle so we will see how it reacts in a few hours.”
Weirdly he went up in price last night and with my selling price £12.5m and the buy back price £12.6m I haven’t sold him. I may as well wait to hear what the prognosis is first. That may change as people realise what’s going on as according to the excellent site FPL Statistics hes being sold at a decent rate.
A couple of words about Son HM
So for my further drafts I’ve assumed he’s going and that the likely replacement is Son Heung-Min. I’ve been saying for a while that the guy’s form has been terrible. So far that if you convert his underlying stats over the last 10 and 5 gameweeks as I did in my form article then he doesn’t even make the top 40 midfielders. However he has scored against Palace and City in successive games and will likely play striker and was a huge success before. It goes against my basic instincts but with Huddersfield next that is enough for me to put him in my team.
So I’ve made a few changes but I still have 4 changeable positions and I haven’t crystallised my thoughts as yet
Who’s looking fairly solid in the FFG team?
Ryan, Foster, Alexander Arnold, Laporte, Duffy, Jota, Eriksen, Son, Jimenez, Deeney
Laporte is new and really I think it’s due to City’s ability to keep clean sheet and some recent good attacking stats.
Eriksen again showed good form stats. Deeney was the gametime certainty with Pens for a double that includes Huddersfield.
Valery and Redmond/Ward Prowse are the good cheap fillers if needed.
The 4 options
They aren’t in any order by the way.
Option 1 for the remaining positions
Vertonghen, Valery Pogba and Lacazette
I’m not really wild about Vertonghen as he has very little attacking ability for £5.9m. I would rather have Lloris but that seems pointless. I have Ryan with a double gameweek in 34 which means that Lloris would be on my FPL bench for the Huddersfield game in GW34. To have Lloris you can’t have Ryan. The Pogba and Lacazette combination also has negatives. Pogba’s form has been ordinary for a while now and Lacazette leaves you in Emery’s pocket which doesn’t exactly thrill me. I end up with no Wolves defence in this either.
Vertonghen Boly De Bruyne Rashford
Ditto above re Vertonghen. Wolves defence back although not enough cash for Doherty if I can get over the double gametime risk.
De Bruyne’s form stats pleasantly surprised me but Pep’s comments about not playing him to be more solid does v Spurs put some doubts about playing in 2 tough games. That’s even before you think he’s just come back from injury. I also keep coming back though to City with rotation being a worry.
Rashford needs to be fit for this to work
Vertonghen, Doherty, Ward Prowse and Aguero/Lukaku
That’s just the straight Kane replacement option with Aguero or Lukaku. Just seems alot tied up in Man City and Lukaku seems a high price compared to Rashford.
Vertonghen, Boly, Mane and Rashford. This option I’m £0.1m short but price changes may help me?
This option means I don’t need to carry over a free for the Mane triple captain vs Hudderfield in GW36 but 1 less double player. It does tie me to Mane to some extent although there’s still Sterling if needed.
So sorry if you read this and thought you were going to get a finalised team. But I’m no where near unfortunately. More thought needed and I suspect it will go right to the wire.
Depending on potential price changes I may have to commit to something tonight. I’ll possibly do a short article if I do
There’s also Andrew Ferguson’s wildcard draft team. He finished with an OR of 715 last season
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