Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 21 Wildcard Tips
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 21 Tips
With all the goals that were scored on New Year’s Day it is easy to see why so many Fantasy Premier League managers have already been reaching for the Wildcard in an attempt to make big changes to their teams. The goal glut at White Hart Lane on Thursday has certainly caused FPL managers to question their allegiance to Chelsea defenders and opened up even more eyes to the potential of Harry Kane as a cheap Fantasy Premier League striker – add the impending Africa Cup of Nations and Asia Cup to the conundrum and many of you will be wondering two things:
What FPL transfers do I make for Gameweek 21, 22 and 23?
When do I play my Fantasy Premier League wildcard?
Let’s examine the second of these two predicaments first off.
When to play the wildcard:
If you had asked me before Christmas when I would be playing my wildcard then my answer would have been towards the end of the month. However, following the dismal performance of some of my players in GW20 combined with the exceptional performance of some others – I may be forced to have a rethink.
There are only three weeks in which to play the wildcard and when to play it is a question you will have to answer for yourself and it will obviously partly be decided by injuries and outgoing players to the AFCON and Asia Cup. If you are considering taking a minus points hit this week then for me, you have to play it this week – as you can set your team up for the remainder of this month.
If you are waiting on Aguero – then you have two good options… wait until Gameweek 22 and if he is looking like coming back to fitness bring him back in then with your wildcard (he is £12.3m now!) or you can use your wildcard now – then back your team. No transfers for the following gameweek – and save your two free transfers for when Aguero returns so you have the leeway in your budget. Unless of course you have opted for Van Persie – as this will then become a straight swap when he is back.
So assuming you are going to be playing the wildcard this week and wanting to set up for the month – let’s take a look at some good wildcard transfer options for January.
Gameweek 21 – 23 Wildcard Transfers:
There are a couple of teams who require some quite serious attention in January 2015 and it all starts in Gameweek 21.
Burnley have impressed many people over the last few games, and I mentioned a while back that they had been pretty solid defensively – however they have really stepped up their game in an attacking sense of late too. Although they conceded 5 in their last two games, they have showed tremendous desire and their January fixtures require a second glance.
GW21 – QPR (h)
GW22 – Crystal Palace (h)
GW23 – Sunderland (a)
These are three Premier League games that will most likely not involve the amount of goals that we have seen in the last two for Burnley – and I will be backing them to get 2 clean sheets out of those games. Whilst I will not be doubling up in terms of defenders, I would be happy to go with Heaton in goal at £4.6m and one defender.
My Burnley defender pick would have to be Kieran Trippier at £4.8m. Tripper was the defender with the most assists in the Championship last season and although he has only one to his name this season so far, the next three games represent a good chance for him to add to his tally. At £4.8m he is going to be one of your cheaper defenders, perhaps a good replacement for someone like Alan Hutton who is going to be playing some tough games in the next few weeks.
The Resurgence of Manchester United:
Sir Alex Ferguson always said that he wanted to still be in touch by Christmas as Man Utd historically have gone on strong runs from January to May. Under LVG they have cemented a good 3rd position in the Premier League and they have some very winnable fixtures coming up in the next 5 game weeks.
Southampton at home is their next game and that is probably the toughest fixture of their next 5. Having said that, I think Utd will repeat the somewhat fortuitous victory they enjoyed over Southampton last month and start another run of victories.
Man Utd next five fixtures:
GW21 – Southampton (h)
GW22 – QPR (a)
GW23 – Leicester (h)
GW24 – West Ham (a)
GW25 – Burnley (h)
These are games that the bookies will most likely have Man Utd odds on to win – and we will be tipping Utd to pick up at least 12 points from these games and a few goals along the way.
Falcao – With Rooney playing deep in midfield we are favouring the Columbian and with 22 points in Falcao’s last 4 games he is certainly starting to look some way back to full fitness. Not only that, he has proved he is a class act and it was a shock to see him taken off against Stoke City on Thursday. RVP is of course a good option but with Falcao being a good £2m cheaper he has to be on the radar.
Di Maria – The classy Argentine is very nearly back to full fitness. Watch out for the FA Cup game against Yeovil as any sign of a return (such as him being on the bench) would be a good indicator that he will be played in the Southampton game. He is the creative driving force in the United team and at just £9.4m he is a must for anyone serious about picking up those precious FPL points.
Juan Mata – If you don’t want to take a risk on the fitness of Di Maria the other option is Juan Mata. At £8.5m he is a very good investment, and now Rooney is playing deeper (and with Man Utd injuries still mounting up – Ashley Young, Fellaini, Blind) there will probably still be room for Mata in LVG’s set up in these next 5 games.
Fire your comments to us below about your plans for the wildcard – and happy tinkering!