FPL writers tend to prescribe ideas writer @liambednarski is taking a gestalt approach opening the door to the inner workings of his team.
FPL is full of people advising on strategies, transfers and starting line ups each week. It certainly has its advantages particularly for the ego of the writer but it doesn’t help with the complex situations we face within the game.
You would be hard pressed to find two people who have the exact same team let alone make the same transfer decisions. FPL is an individual game yet you are also competing against everyone else. For those that have ever graced the humble greens of a golf course you would be able to relate. You beat yourself up with every poor putt or transfer. A wild drive off the tee or an eight point hit gone wrong.
Essentially you are competing against yourself so my words of wisdom are
‘Go with your gut’
Remember that everybody makes mistakes and that there are few true experts of the game of football. Especially those with a fantasy football swing on things.
The Writers Side – Wildcard Strategy
There are still a number of transfers to be made in the marketplace with GW4 not starting until Saturday 10th of September 11:30AM (London Time).
The transfer market is beginning to increase in speed as we approach the deadline so keep your eyes peeled for any final price movements before settling your team for the season ahead.
Eden Hazard (10.2) and Raheem Sterling (8.2) do look set for a double raise in price. These are players we wish to keep with the chances of profits elsewhere now extremely unlikely before the deadline.
Final Decision – Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw (5.6) is not set to rise before teammate Valencia (5.5) which is disappointing as it would have given us access to much needed funds.
The hope was that Shaw’s red / yellow flag would be promptly removed and the second price rise gained before I traded him off to Leighton Baines (5.5).
I have decided to back the Manchester United defender in the short term hoping that he secures another price rise before assessing the options in the market and making a regular not wildcard trade.
Final Decision – Gareth McAuley
His place appears secure within my FPL squad as the deadline approaches.
Dawson – McAuley – Evans – Galloway
The signing of Nyom who was quite a strong performer in Premier League last season does raise doubts about this defence moving forward.
Goalkeepers – Power Pairing
I have settled on Foster (4.6) and Heaton (4.5) as they are the options most likely to rise in price within FPL moving ahead.
They have also been top of the watchlist since the opening week of the season. I see them both factoring highly in the goalkeeper table come seasons end.
Although I am considering moving Foster to Mandanda to secure an extra 0.2 within my team if Foster increases before the deadline.
Jakupovic (4.1) has been discarded with the signing of David Marshall (4.5) whilst Pickford (4.0) is a doubt with an extra goalkeeper being signed by Sunderland as well as a thigh injury for the youngster.
Bony vs Rondon
It is a battle between these two for a place in the wildcard team.
Rondon (6.5) is in good form with a number of shots on target although I don’t really like that most of them are headers (these are generally scored at a lower level of accuracy then regular shots).
I like that he is settled in the team as the main striker with the threat of Chadli likely to increase his opportunities to score.
Bony’s (7.3) fitness levels can be questioned although I expect him to play against Tottenham. It will also take him time to adjust to Stoke’s style of play and create combinations with his team mates.
With Rondon having favourable fixtures ahead including this week whilst Bony needs adjustment time. The West Brom striker is slightly ahead.
Cash in the bank is always a good idea especially in this case as the jump from Rondon to Bony could prove a handy one in the weeks ahead
The Writers Side – Other Transfers – Final Team
Only a last ditch effort to obtain some minor profits will stop me from taking this side into GW4. This is the final wildcard team.
I have moved on Ozil although it wasn’t 100% intentional due to shifting him out before a price rise took place.
A rather rookie mistake to go with missing out on Capoue at 4.6 but I feel its important that the community knows.
I don’t particularly like Cazorla but now that I am invested I am beginning to see the bright side of holding onto him. A tidy price increase next week would allow me to consider other options if a player can be found (Barkley at 7.7 perhaps).
Benteke (7.4) comes in as he looks to lead the attack for Crystal Palace by himself after Remy returned to Chelsea with what looks to be a two-month injury.
Capoue (4.7) comes in for Maloney (4.5) as his position is secure in the team and I quite like his attacking positioning this season.
It is strange because my instincts tell me that he will be moved to a deeper position because he was always played a certain role.
Players are much more adaptable then they appear at the professional level so a positional adjustment should see him have a decent season FPL wise given the low price tag.
Love (4.0) and Amat (4.1) are in place as enablers although a replacement may be sort for Love before the deadline. It is a tough market in the 4.5-4.0 price bracket.
0.8 Cash in Bank
Unlimited Transfers due to Wildcard being Active
The Writers Side – Closing Note
It has been one of the more interesting international break’s in recent times with the transfer market really opening up the FPL game.
There are plenty of opportunities so keep your eyes peeled for ‘The Watchlist’ articles next week as well as the general adjustments to teams as the transfer window has now closed.
I hope these articles have helped with how to process a wildcard with valuable tips for when you activate your own.
Please discuss your final transfer decisions below with questions welcomed ahead of the deadline which is Saturday 10th of September 11:30AM (London Time).