FPL T.W.I.S.T – The Wildcard I’d Select Today

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Each week FPL’s very own “Scout” provides us with their ideal line up for the upcoming gameweek. Various other sites, including FFScout, have their own version too. Whilst these are most definitely useful, they’re unrealistic – no FPL manager worth their salt creates a team for one week only.

Thousands of Wildcards are played every gameweek by FPL managers, and they have much more to consider than just the nearest round of fixtures. In what I hope will become a regular feature I’ll be creating a ‘TWIST’ squad – The Wildcard I’d Select Today.

The rules and features:
  • Maximum budget 100m: whilst plenty of FPL managers have much bigger budgets by now, some have less, too. I’ll also include possible upgrades for those with some extra funds available.
  • Based on prices as at the end of the previous gameweek.
  • Includes one differential, owned by less than 5%: not every squad needs a differential pick, but it can become useful as the season progresses.
  • Based on the upcoming 6 gameweeks.

Whether you’re actually playing your Wildcard, or just trying to target players for the upcoming fixture schedule, hopefully you’ll find this useful.

So here it is, my first TWIST. Gameweek 10:
Name Price 10 11 12 13 14 15
Ryan £4.50 WOL (H) EVE (A) CAR (H) LEI (H) HUD (A) CRY (H)
Button £4.00 WOL (H) EVE (A) CAR (H) LEI (H) HUD (A) CRY (H)
Mendy £6.20 TOT (A) SOU (H) MUN (H) WHU (A) BOU (H) WAT (A)
Robertson £6.40 CAR (H) ARS (A) FUL (H) WAT (A) EVE (H) BUR (H)
Laporte £5.70 TOT (A) SOU (H) MUN (H) WHU (A) BOU (H) WAT (A)
Duffy £4.50 WOL (H) EVE (A) CAR (H) LEI (H) HUD (A) CRY (H)
Bennett £4.20 BHA (A) TOT (H) ARS (H) HUD (H) CAR (H) CHE (H)
Salah £12.80 CAR (H) ARS (A) FUL (H) WAT (A) EVE (H) BUR (H)
Hazard £11.40 BUR (A) CRY (H) EVE (H) TOT (A) FUL (H) WOL (A)
Maddison £7.00 WHU (H) CAR (A) BUR (H) BHA (A) WAT (H) FUL (H)
Højbjerg £4.50 NEW (H) MCI (A) WAT (H) FUL (A) MUN (H) TOT (A)
Murphy £4.80 LIV (A) LEI (H) BHA (H) EVE (A) WOL (H) WHU (A)
Agüero £11.30 TOT (A) SOU (H) MUN (H) WHU (A) BOU (H) WAT (A)
Arnautovic £7.00 LEI (A) BUR (H) HUD (H) MCI (H) NEW (A) CAR (H)
Ings £5.60 NEW (H) MCI (A) WAT (H) FUL (A) MUN (H) TOT (A)
TOTAL £99.90
Ryan/Button

Ryan ticks all the FPL GK boxes for me: good run of fixtures, defensively solid team, plays behind a settled back four, in good form, 4.5m. Has a chance of clean sheets as well as save points. Button is first choice backup, and may even be called upon when Ryan goes to the 2019 Asian Cup with Australia in Jan/Feb.

Mendy

First name on the team sheet for me. Does have the injury history to make even Jack Wilshere wince, but when he’s fit he’s a stand out FPL candidate. The only ‘proper’ left back in the side, he’s as close to nailed on as it gets for City. Spends more time in the opposition half than his own – think of him as a nailed on City midfielder that gets 3 extra points when City keep a clean sheet. Bonus point machine.

Mendy heat map
Mendy plays particularly far forward against teams that sit deeper
Laporte

Largely ignored at the start the season, the uncapped Frenchman has now played 90 minutes in every Premier League match for City. I believe that, aside from his clear ability, the fact he is left footed gives him the edge over Stones, Kompany and Otamendi who have all been rotated at various points. City showed they’re capable of keeping clean sheets against even the best sides, so fixtures aren’t too much of a worry.

Robertson

Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures are very good, with only Arsenal (A) in the next six to worry about.. Robertson has proven he’s worth the extra outlay over his cheaper team mates, as Trent Alexander-Arnold has recently found himself on the bench and there’s been no attacking returns from the other regular starters. Registered bonus points in over half his matches this season too.

Duffy

Doubling up on the Brighton defence doesn’t feel great, but just as Ryan has shown he’s capable of save points, Duffy has shown he’s capable of attacking returns. Two goals and two assists this season, a great run of fixtures and in good form too, I think he’s the best 4.5 defender in FPL.

Bennett

Despite a recent bad result I still firmly believe the Wolves defence provides great value. Their xGA (expected goals against) is just 7.22 over nine fixtures that include both Manchester clubs. A no brainer at his price, and cheap enough to be benched when the tough fixtures come.

Salah

Hasn’t been at his best this season, and yet finds himself in the top three midfielders. Has the highest expected goal involvement of any midfielder in the game and second overall only to Aguero. Always provides a captaincy option. At home he has an xG of 3.12 in just 3 matches against opposition outside the top six. Four of the next six fixtures are at home against Cardiff, Fulham, Everton and Burnley. The Mo Salah or No Salah debate will rumble on all season, but for the foreseeable future it’s an easy decision for me.

Salah huddersfield
Salah scores the winner against Huddersfield
Hazard

What more can you say that hasn’t been said already? He’s in the form of his life for club and country, he’s on penalties, he’s been told to defend less and stay higher up the pitch, finally playing under an attacking manager, no Champions League to worry about, and plays with strikers that are definitely better at providing him chances than scoring their own. Slight injury worry ahead of GW10, but I think he’ll pull through.

Maddison

Struggled against Everton but has consistently delivered points throughout the season so far. On set pieces, plays an advanced role and has a very favorable fixture schedule coming up. Leicester have scored in every single match so far this season and he looks like a key part of that attack, with three goals and two assists already so far.

Murphy – DIFFERENTIAL
Josh Murphy
Murphy scored his second of the season against Fulham

Starting to look like a potential talisman for everyone’s relegation favourites, Cardiff. Two goals in his last three gameweeks and averaging nearly four shots per 90 minutes. Plays only Liverpool from the ‘big six’ in his next six fixtures.

Hojbjerg

Will almost exclusively occupy the third bench spot, but I’ve been impressed with his efforts from distance so far this season.

Aguero

There’s definitely more to come from Aguero this season. Still having his minutes reduced due to an injury he’s managing, but could easily have a few more goals to his name. Despite six goals and two assists thus far, he’s actually underperforming his expected numbers: 6.56 xG and 2.02 xA. City look like they have the potential to score even more than last season, and as the only City attacker to start every match so far I fully expect even more points from Sergio. De Bruyne’s return can only improve his outlook.

Aguero miss
Somehow this went out for a throw in. You can’t imagine Aguero will keep missing chances like this…
Arnautovic

A lot of competition for this 7m forward spot, but the Austrian still edges it for me. Has been playing with a sight injury but you wouldn’t know it from his performances. Despite playing just 77% of the available minutes this season, and West Ham’s rotten opening fixtures, he still has four goals and one assist.

Ings

After a “blistering” start at Southampton he has tailed off, but given his price still looks like a viable FPL option. Home matches against Newcastle and Watford could provide points, and Fulham look like they’re handing out points to anyone at the moment. Two of Ings, Murphy, Bennett and Dunk would need to start every gameweek.

Potential upgrades
  • Bennett to Doherty (0.6 required)
  • Ings to Murray/Wilson (1.0/0.8 required)
  • Duffy to Lovren (0.4 required)

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