Three Wildcard Teams – GW24
The Wildcard - 3 options for under £100m
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With January coming to a close you have done well if you still have your wildcard intact and hopefully you still have some chips in place too. The new rules that have been introduced this year have certainly brought a more tactical edge to Fantasy Premier League proceedings and those managers who play the long game could be well rewarded come the end of the season.
The overall rankings are an indicator of success at the moment but they won’t reveal one’s true performance until the end of the season when all the chips have been played – especially the all important triple captain chip. The other chip that has massive power is of course the wildcard and in this article I attempt to put together some teams with just £100m – given that my own personal team’s value is over £104m that will be quite a challenge, but it will go some way to showing the value I place in the players I select.
I will start by looking at the current Podcast team that is valued at £99.9m:
With Courtois in goal and McCarthy on the bench this is a solid goal keeper set up for the remainder of the season.
A back line that consists of Dier, Targett, Bertrand, Ward and Prodl is pretty solid if unspectacular whilst a midfield of KDB, Ozil, Payet, Alli and Hoolahan is not bad and contains the ‘must have’ Ozil.
Deeney, Aguero and Kane up front is pretty strong although perhaps there are different options to Troy Deeney. I’d say this is a pretty strong starting point so let’s take a look at an alternative lineup:
Using the wildcard is always tricky as you are trying to get on players who you think are on an upward curve and who will continue to provide points consistently. This first wildcard effort sees some notable changes, with a strengthening of the front line bringing Ighalo in for Deeney and the midfield having 5 very strong options with Willian and Firmino coming in. I played around with the idea of gambling on Sanchez for Ozil with this wildcard but I just didn’t have enough cash to do it.
The dropping of Courtois might be contentious but we gain the Zouma coverage and I brought Wollscheid in for Dier to free up some transfer funds.
This team has a good blend of differential and proven quality, the only area it is perhaps lacking is that it contains no Leicester players – probably the only time a wildcard team would not include players from the league leaders!
Let’s take a look at one more option:
This option has seen Aguero dropped and a little more emphasis put in the defensive setup of the team. I have covered Man City by bringing KDB back into the fold but have a pretty strong forward line with the in form Diego Costa and Harry Kane. Danny Drinkwater could be a good bit of cut price Leicester coverage as playing well right now whilst Firmino and Alli retain their places. Monreal, Evans and Zouma will provide a very strong back line for the 3-4-3 formation that would be played most weeks. Although this team has a strong differential feel to it, I don’t think I could commit to pulling the trigger on this wildcard.
Which one of these teams do you prefer and why? Let me know in the comments below…