Hi all! Well, all 6 of you probably. I love reading peoples team diaries so i've decided to do the same. This week is a big one... It's WILDCARD week baby! Here are my thoughts, but please bear in mind that I am playing catchup this year;
MY WILDCARD TEAM...
Henderson (SHU 5.0) , McCarthy (SOU 4.4)
The dilemma I have had to face this week is not who my starting goalkeeper is going to be, but whether or not to select a starting goalkeeper in my reserve position in preparation for a double Gameweek in the future. The Always Cheating duo quoted The Fight Club (9.4-10) when contemplating this dilemma and basically the Sofa in Fight Club = McCarthy. If you wish to have the position locked in for the future Bench Boost then stock up on your benchable assets. I'm going to try this strategy out especially as my goalkeeper has a blank in 28 now that Villa are through to the final of the league cup and 31 also. In those games McCarthy plays West Ham and Arsenal at home, so I expect save points in those games at least.
TAA (LIV 7.4) , Gomez (LIV 5.3) , O'Connell (SHU 4.6) , Egan (SHU 4.5) Lascelles (NEW 4.2)
The triple double is in my mind to jump the ranks, with double Liverpool and triple Sheffield United including Henderson.
Egan has had 8 shots in the box over the last 8 games with an XG of 0.78 while O'Connell is producing assist potential on the wing with an XA of 0.93. Though both players had not produced any attacking returns in those fixtures, it seems likely some attacking returns are imminent for the pair. Sheffield United also rank in the top 4 on the defensive difficulty rating over the next 6, with games against cry, BOU, BHA, avl*, NOR, new.
*Game to be moved because of League Cup Final clash.
Lundstram just seems too risky now, I have this clean slate and preparing for the future with a player who's position is in doubt is not how I like to play. He is a problem in the making and not worth keeping.
TAA is a no brainer and Gomez looks nailed to provide extra cover.
Lascelles is cheap bench fodder but still has potential for a cheeky goal every now and again.
Salah (12.5) , KDB (10.5) , Son (9.9) , Traore (5.7) Douglas Luiz (4.4)
Salah and KDB are the key foundation to my squad so they aren't going anywhere.
Son is my differential to shoot me up the ranks. Owned by just 8.1% the South Korean has notched 4 double digit hauls this season 3 of which Son will be playing against in the next 10 games. Son has scored in his last two games including his goal against Southampton in the FA cup at the weekend. He poses strings attacking stats with an XG of 1.36 and a XA of 0.79 over the last three league games.
The real dilemma I have had to choose between is Grealish or Traore. Below shows a comparison of both over the last 3 Gameweeks;
Grealish actually surprised me in underlying stats with just a XG of 0.26. Considering he is a firm favourite in the FPL community it seems to me that he might be over performing and a regression is imminent, though the eye test on the player says something completely different. There is no reason why you should drop him, but as I am looking to fly up the charts, it is in my best interests to choose some differentials and the money saved can help me do that especially as I feel that Traore can match, if not better, Grealish's points.
Though Douglas Luiz been picked as mere bench fodder, his recent performances shouldn't be taken lightly. One goal and two assists in his last 210 minutes could make this guy the best cheapest player out there.
Aubameyang (10.7) Jiminez (7.5) Calvert-Lewin (5.9)
DCL ranks in the top 2 in all attacking categories over the last 6 games...
DCL is top on shots (23), on target (10), in the box (20), big chances (7) and second in XG (4.02) and goals (5). The Everton frontman has gained full backing from the manager who has already come out and said he could be one of the best forwards in Europe.
The money I have saved in defence and picking Traore over the likes of Grealish helps me to take a punt on Aubameyang.
Aubameyang is another player in my team who loves a haul, he provides extra captaincy coverage and just 14% owned makes him a great differential. The team as a whole has improved under Arteta and with really good fixtures coming up (bur, NEW, EVE) it is a gamble worth taking.
Finally Jimenez alone is a Shield pick, but teaming him up with Traore turns them into sword picks. Wolves have a mixed bag of fixtures in the next 6 (mun, LEI, NOR, tot, BHA, whu) but the likes of Man Utd, Leicester and Tottenham aren't as scary as they once were, and I can see them scoring against all three. He is a stalwart in that team and is in the top 3 most attacking stats including XG (3.90), big chances (7) and shots (20).
So there you have it. I am happy and excited with this team, hopefully it won't be a total disaster like the rest of my season so far.
Go grab yourself a Don't Drink and FPL glass and use code GW25 to get yourself a nice 10% discount as a thank you for reading my ramblings. All the best in this up and coming Gameweek... Keep grafting!!