When are the most productive FPL Gameweeks to play the primary Wildcard?

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Right here, Burning Questions co-host Pras seems to be at home windows for the primary Wildcard.

I believe I discuss for everybody once I say, I will’t look ahead to the closing date on Friday! All pre-season pleasant data has been processed, 2021/22 information has been implemented and all variations were regarded as. However wait, have they? I’ve noticed numerous managers optimistically say that given the Gameweek 16 limitless transfers, they’re going to be competitive this season, and opt for an “early Wildcard”. However there is not any consensus of what “early” manner. I’ve heard ideas of Gameweeks 4-5 forward of the start of midweek fixtures. Some say they need to look ahead to the move window to near, which is pre-Gameweek 6. Others were suggesting the world damage prior to Gameweek 9. Many desire a freestyle way. 

I’m interested by the latter freestyle mindset and to make use of the Wildcard when there are sufficient issues in my group. Then again, I do nonetheless assume one will have to know the professionals and of cons every window and to take that under consideration when pulling the cause. Extra importantly, probably have a base case window in thoughts and take that under consideration in construction your Gameweek 1 group. I can attempt to make the case for one Gameweek particularly.

For every key window, I can speak about the highest and backside 5 groups at the Season Ticker main as much as that week to consider your optimum Gameweek 1 set-up. I additionally have a look at the highest and backside 5 groups at the Wildcard (i.e. from the Wildcard week till Gameweek 16) to evaluate who it’s you might be focused on with the chip. I’ll then speak about a couple of issues that stand out, comparable to fixture swings, execs/cons and technique.

Ahead of we dive in, I will have to notice that Sonaldo and I mentioned this subject in nice element at the Burning Questions video this week. I’d inspire you to test that out, if this subject is of additional hobby:

Additionally, I’ve shared underneath the superb Legomane’s calendar to reference the fixtures prior to and after every window.


Gameweek 3 Wildcard – The ultra-aggressive Wildcard

There are all the time a couple of mavericks who selected an overly early Wildcard path and even perhaps Bench Spice up in Gameweek 1. I believe the Chelsea v Spurs recreation in Gameweek 2 items a excellent alternative to do that. One may goal a ‘threemium’ draft – eg. Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), Harry Kane (£11.5m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£12.0m) – with fillers from Guy Utd, Newcastle, Villa and Wolves. Then transfer the Spurs participant for any other Town participant forward of Bournemouth (H). After the Wildcard, you’ll be able to extra optimistically pick out the Chelsea and Spurs avid gamers to enrich the Liverpool, Guy Town and Arsenal property.


  • Maximize large hitters to start with – then pick out the correct ones with some additional info
  • Value rises


  • No longer sufficient season data/underlying information
  • Switch window nonetheless open

Gameweek 5 Wildcard – The midweek loose Wildcard

There’s a line of considering that, as soon as the midweek fixtures start, which is after Gamweek 4, the rotation for the highest groups starts. So why no longer maximize that by way of filling up on the most productive 5 golf equipment after which assess thereafter? I used to be shocked to notice alternatively that from Gameweeks 5-16, Spurs, Arsenal and Guy Utd are backside of the ticker when you Wildcarded on this window.


  • For the reason that excellent groups nonetheless have nice fixtures, this is able to contain a reshuffle between them eg. Robbo vs Diaz vs Nunez, Grealish vs Dias vs Foden, Threemium vs Twomium
  • Get on Leicester, Palace early if they’re having a look excellent


  • No longer sufficient season data/underlying information
  • Unclear what the wildcard is for: Arsenal, Liverpool nonetheless with excellent non permanent fixtures
  • Quick window to wildcard: Gameweek 5 is all the way through a midweek
  • Switch window nonetheless open

Gameweek 6 Wildcard – The post-transfer window wildcard

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