Is it time for a wildcard yet? We reach injury central as Patrick Bamford and Mason Mount will miss the weekend while Raphinha is a doubt. While at least we get the return of Trent Alexander-Arnoldniggles and players we just don’t want are starting to catch up with managers. Unfortunately, due to the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku, more wildcards have been burned for week seven than expected.
This means that more -4s have to be taken or Diogo Jota, Luke Ayling, and Lucas Digne will be stuck in teams. But if you have more than three spots by your side that you’re not happy with, I’d seriously consider wildcards.
Looking at the NBC Sports League, we’ve had our first draw of the season, so congratulations to Stockton Velo and Bashir Njie. Both managers tied with 110 points each and Ivan Toney captaincy choices. Since Stockton’s 110 came without the use of a chip, we’ll run through his side first.
Talk about impeccable defense with Matthew Cash’s wonder strike and a City double-up stuff. The addition of Ismaila Sarr helped speed things up as the rest of midfield didn’t hold up with Emile Smith Rowe, Kai Havertz, and Bruno Fernandes only combine for eight points.
Bashir used his bank boost, but it would have been better to start Josh King (talking about turning back the clock). Said Benrahma and Mohamed Salah were their pacesetters but the double defensive investment from Liverpool and Chelsea was key and will be important to moving forward although I don’t know how the team will run Edouard Mendy of Alisson week after week.
Top transfer targets will look at the grid layers in FPL and break down the best options in each. The levels will be broken down into 25-40 percent ownership, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, below 10 percent, including my favorite point of the week. The 40 percent club includes players I won’t write about, as the number of teams they’ve been selected in speaks for itself.
Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule:
Saturday September 25
Chelsea v Manchester City
Manchester United – Aston Villa
Everton v Norwich
Leeds United – West Ham United
Leicester City – Burnley
Watford v Newcastle United
Brentford v Liverpool
Sunday 26 September
Southampton v Wolves
Arsenal – Tottenham
Monday September 27
Crystal Palace v Brighton
Don’t get caught up in the crowd (25-40 percent scheduled at time of writing):
Michael Antonio (FWD West Ham United 39.1%, 7.9 million): Well, there’s nothing like a suspension to knock a player out of a few teams. Antonio started the season on fire before his red card against Southampton caused him to miss the game against Manchester United. Antonio has three double-digit returns in his four starts this season and faces a Leeds defense that will be without their two best centre-backs. Patrick Bamford, and possibly Luke Ayling and Raphinha. While Antonio hasn’t scored in nine games against Leeds, this looks like a slot for a return. If Ronaldo wasn’t playing at home, I’d probably be Antonio’s captain this week too.
Worth your consideration (16-24 percent scheduled):
Shane Duffy (DEF Brighton 22.1%, 4.3 million): When things go well, you start to get lucky with returns and that’s what happens for Shane Duffy because he got a fantasy assistant at a handball that could easily have been a foul for FPL managers. Brighton have started the season well but the clean sheets that were expected have not yet come with just two in their first five games. But for Dufy, that didn’t matter with a goal and an assist, to put in an excellent return for someone who started the season at 4.0 meters. As Duffy has also been one of the most dangerous strikers in the penalty area for Brighton, it’s unlikely he will be dropped from the line-up anytime soon.
Solid, if not Steller (10-15 percent rostered):
Allan Saint Maximin (FWD Newcastle United 13.7%, 6.7 million): It’s time for ASM to become the key budget enabler, at least in the short term. With Watford, Wolves and Crystal Palace in his next four games, it is quite a task for Newcastle’s lone forward. While this would stop most players from producing, it has only resulted in a stronger output from Saint-Maximin as no one can stop him this season with just one blank in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa. In the past, one of the biggest concerns with Saint-Maximin has been his lack of finished product, but the underlying numbers support that he will be able to sustain this as more of his shots get closer to target, also showing decision making is improving. .
Rolling the dice (less than 10 percent toasted):
Andros Townsend (MID Everton 2.4%, 5.4m): If you make a wildcard soon, you could do worse than Andros Townsend in a one-off game against Norwich City. While Everton will be without their big guns, that won’t be a problem if Townsend and Demarai Gray will run the show. Townsend has found its form under Rafa Benitez and he will also find the target this weekend.