FPL Wildcards GW9 – Scott Taylor’s wildcard team and Costas Chari updates his wildcard


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Here’s our FPL Wildcards GW9 article where Scott Taylor shows his wildcard team and Costas Chari updates his.  Scott finished with an overall rank of 1k last season and 12k in 17/18.  Costas’s last 3 seasons overall ranks were 84k, 29k and 27k

FPL Wildcards GW9 – Scott Taylor’s wildcard team and Costas Chari updates his wildcard

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Costa’s GW8 team and points

Here’s the link to Costa’s previous article on his wildcard team

GW8 points: 33-4 (average 36) Total points 465 Gameweek rank 4,346k, Overall Rank: 185k, red arrow 102k, Team Value: £100.8m

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Costas’s updated draft wildcard team




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Getting there…

My wildcard team consists of Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man City players mostly. No Liverpool players in the team (shocking)

I have a nice rotation of 2 cheap 4.4 GKs. Trying to find a way to get Haller in the team and waiting until De Bruyne’s fitness confirmation that could change the entire team to be honest.

With Kante injured I might even downgrade Tomori and have Rico and Lundstram rotation. With the funds saved I can upgrade Saka who I think wont get a lot of gametime once Lacazette is back.

I have also left enough in the bank to transfer Son out for De Bruyne in GW10 although I wouldnt want to have 3 man city midfielders as there is a minimal chance that all 3 will start (Pep roulette)

I leave you with this for now! Opinions in the comments below will be appreciated

Scott Taylor

Scott’s GW8 team and points

GW8 points: 32 (average 36) Total points 430 Gameweek rank 4,401k, Overall Rank: 1,110k, red arrow 240k, Team Value: £101.1m

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Scott’s draft wildcard team

Reasoning behind the activation

Like many other people this game week, I’ve hit the WC button.

There were 3 main reasons I went for it this week:

1. Fed up with my below par performances. I’ve only beaten the average score 3 times so far and have only had 2 green arrows. Whilst I’d obviously like it to be higher, my OR isn’t bad at 1.1 million (especially given the Geek highlighting how volatile OR is). However, I’m not enjoying the game at the moment so it’s time to change things.

2. There are 5 players I want to get in and whilst I could do it organically using FTs and hits, that will take longer than I’d like and I may miss out on significant points. I also suspected they’d go up in price and I may end up not being able to afford them (my team value has already increased by 0.8 million after the WC transfers having ‘lost’ 0.4 million from the players transferred out).

3. Fixture swing for a few teams.

In addition, the international break is a good time to do it as it gives a bit of reflection time although my team hasn’t changed since I put it together on Sunday 6th.

Players I wanted

So, the players I wanted were TAA, Mount, Maddison, Vardy and Tammy. Chelsea and Leicester have great fixtures and are performing well. TAA is bubbling along nicely in the last few weeks. Bringing Allison back in should hopefully add CS back into TAA’s armoury. That fact also brought Robbo into my thinking so he’s in too. Yes, Liverpool’s fixtures aren’t great on paper for the next few weeks but the current form of United and Spurs should hopefully temper that so that only really leaves City. There’s the GW18 blank too but that’s quite a way away yet and my bench all have decent fixtures that week so I may be able to cover it with them or by using 1 or 2 FTs.

Features of the wildcard team

The 3 big things about my current wildcard team is:

1. No Salah or Sterling. A big move and one I’m not totally comfortable with. Mane will hopefully make up for Salah. But there’s no hiding from the risk of no Sterling. But to get him in means sacrificing two of my other choices which I don’t think is worth it.

2. Only 1 City. I’ve thought about Mane to Sterling. This would be funded by Maddison to, say, McGinn with a view to Vardy to Firmino in GW 13 but I’m not convinced those moves are worth it to get Sterling and still have Liverpool attacking coverage. I just hope KDB is fit and carries on firing so that I have at least some City cover.

3. Mane apart, a lack of premium captain options. I obviously considered Aguero and Auba but budget wouldn’t allow me to get them in for much the same reasons as Sterling above. Plus there’s so much value in the forwards at the 7-9 million price point. Between Mane, KDB, Wilson, Tammy and Vardy, hopefully I’ll start picking the right captain soon (8 out of 8 failures so far!).

So that’s my thinking on my WC team. Barring new injuries or injury updates, I’m pretty sure my team will stay as it is…

Scott’s draft wildcard team




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Transfer summary

7 players transferred out

Van Dijk out Alexander Arnold in

Digne out Robertson in

Salah out Mane in

Sterling out Mount in

D Silva out Maddison in

Pukki out Abraham in

Greenwood out Vardy in

Players staying put:  Pope, McGovern, Lundstram, Rico, Cantwell, C Wilson, De Bruyne, Soyuncu

Other posts

You can also see Rob Reid’s wildcard article as well as Keith and Costas’s , also Kris O’s wildcard drafts and Ben and Kev’s wildcard drafts

Also Rick Porters cutting through the FPL noise

Analysing 10 top FPL managers

Early thoughts on the FFGeek team

Underlying stats form tables

Fixture ease

FFGeek wildcard players poll

Bandwagons and sinking ships

More content

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8 thoughts on “FPL Wildcards GW9 – Scott Taylor’s wildcard team and Costas Chari updates his wildcard”

  1. Both good sides

    Costa – I would like Liverpool to be covered in some way. Anyway to get from Sokratis to Matip, or even VVD.

    Saka at 4.5m is a gamble, but if if pays off, he could increase in value quickly.

    Scott – I don’t know if I would double up in attack for Leicester. They can be hot and cold. Vardy is the main man but I’d perhaps look away from Maddison.

    • Thanks for your reply!!

      Firstly ill address the liverpool issue. I know that going without any liverpool is very risky but its a risk i am willing tl take until gw12. I am sure that they wont explode on any team whereas chelsea arse al lekcester and expecially man city have the fixtures to do so. I also dont want tl be in a situation in gw12 where i have 6 players from the city liverpool game.

      Saka is just there as he is the only 4.5mid that can increase in price.

  2. Scott
    Really like your team. I’ve given up on double Liverpool defence as there’s so much value elsewhere, but Matip instead of Robbo would free up some funds – possibly enough to upgrade Cantwell to McGinn or Grealish? Whilst Cantwell is playing well, with all their injuries I can’t see him scoring much over the next few weeks.
    Nice attack, although tempting to try to squeeze Auba in?

  3. Would appreciate some feedback on possible Wildcard options:
    Option A
    Pope – McGovern
    TAA – Soyuncu – Tomori – *Targett – Rico
    *Salah – De Bruyne – Mount – McGinn – *Saka
    *Auba – Wilson – Abraham
    (lack of Leicester)

    Option B
    Pope – McGovern
    TAA – Soyuncu – Tomori – *Boly – Rico
    *Mane – De Bruyne – Mount – McGinn – *Maddison
    *Vardy – Wilson – Abraham
    too much n bench?

    Option C
    Pope – McGovern
    TAA – Soyuncu – Tomori – Targett – Rico
    *Mane – De Bruyne – Mount – *Saka – *Maddison
    *Auba – Wilson – Abraham

    Thanks

    • good options in all 3 teams… you need a leicester cover so option A is out for me.. and i really believe that auba is essential so C

  4. My team right now.
    Pope, mc govern
    Rico, lundstram, Cresswell,peters,tomori,
    Mount, d.silva, McGinn, yermolenko,son
    Aubameyang,Aguero,kane

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