September 23, 2023


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GW12 wildcard draft: some of the best gameweek 12 wildcard to consider

GW12 wildcard draft

A blank for two teams that have been performing well this season, means that a decent amount of FPL managers won’t be able to field a team of 11 players in gameweek 12.

Well, there are a lot of ways to get past this blank gameweek, (1) you can take a hit(-4 or-8), or you could free hit or play your wildcard. No matter what your plan or strategy is, we here at raensports have got you covered.

This gameweek, we’d providing you with free hit tips, wildcard draft teams and transfer plans and targets.

In this article though, we’d be focusing on creating various wildcard drafts that would serve as inspiration for those looking to wildcard this gameweek.

To find out what we think about wildcarding or free hitting this week, you can check this article out: GW12 tips: captain picks, differentials and chip strategy – complete GW12 guide. In the article, we share our thoughts on what chip you should play this gameweek.

Some important things to keep in mind as you wildcard in gameweek 12

It’s no news that Man City and Arsenal blank in GW12 and that’s something to keep in mind as you create your gameweek 12 wildcard team.

Because of the blank, you don’t want to get in too many Arsenal and Man City assets. Well, it doesn’t mean you should ignore their assets.

Rather than avoiding their assets, it’d be good to create your wildcard team and still have FPL assets from Man City and Arsenal in your team.

The reason why we are recommending this, is because right after the blank, Man City and Arsenal have really good set of fixtures and you’d need their assets in your team.

Another thing you can do, is to also have players that would serve as placeholders for your Man City and Arsenal assets.

It’d be good to get in players that would allow you to easily make a change to an Arsenal or Man City player, with your free transfer in GW13.

What teams should you target for your GW12 wildcard

Here’s a nice fixture ticker done by fpltips__ , they have re-arranged the fixture ticker by difficulty from now until the World Cup break, this now gives us an idea of teams that have nice fixtures from GW12-16 – these are the teams we want to target or keep an eye on, as we create our GW12 wildcard team.

From the fixture ticker, we can see that:

  • Crystal Palace
  • Everton
  • Liverpool
  • Bournemouth
  • Aston Villa
  • Man City
  • Arsenal

The truth however, is that some of the teams with nice fixtures aren’t doing all that great. So, instead of just using the fixture difficulty of teams, we’d be taking the form of these teams into consideration as we create our various wildcard draft.

1. GW12 wildcard draft: going big at the back

GW12 wildcard draft: going big at the back

This is our first wildcard draft and it could serve as a good source of inspiration to FPL managers looking to wildcard this gameweek.

In this first wildcard team, we’ve decided to go big at the back. As the name implies, it means we’ve gone in on premium defenders.

We have defenders in the 5million-6.7million range and a really good premium goalie as well. Using this strategy, allows us to spread the cash around our team, this means that we can afford to bring in quality players, in every area of the pitch.

We’ve also followed the advice that we gave earlier, we have players who are serving as placeholders for our Arsenal and Man City assets.

When GW13 comes around you could easily swap out Trossard or Barnes for a Saka or Martinelli and still have money in the bank. And with the money in the bank, you could also upgrade Solanke to a Scammaca if you want.

Here’s what your team would look like in GW13, if you make the transfers suggested above:

GW13 wildcard draft: going big at the back

2. GW12 wildcard draft: going in on midfielders

GW12 wildcard draft: going in on midfielders

Going all in on midfielders, simply means that other areas of your team would not be that great and in this team, we can clearly see that the defense is struggling.

We have so many budget defenders in our defense and the advantage of that is, we can now afford to have a midfield of 3 8million midfielders, Salah and Haaland.

The changes we’d be recommending next gameweek, would be Trossard to Saka or Martinelli depending on you. There’s money in the bank to accommodate these transfers.

If you do choose to go for Martinelli over Saka, you’d then have enough money to bring in another much more premium defender.

Here’s what the team looks like in GW13 after making two changes. We brought in Saka for Trossard and White for Jonny.

GW13 wildcard draft: going in on midfielders

3. GW12 wildcard draft: going in on forwards

GW12 wildcard draft: going in on forwards

This is a slightly more different draft, in this one we’ve decided to go in on premium forwards. And as usual, doing this means that other areas of the pitch has to suffer.

We’ve gone for three premium forwards in Kane, Haaland and Darwin Nunez and this might be a good strategy that you might be looking to deploy as you wildcard this week.

There’s still 2.8million in the bank and that can be used to upgrade players in other areas of the pitch. You could use a million to upgrade Trossard to Saka and then the remaining million to upgrade one of the your cheaper defenders – it is all up to you.

Here’s what your team would look like in GW13 after making these changes: Trossard to Saka and Barnes to Foden

GW13 wildcard draft: going in on forwards

Remember that when you play your wildcard, you’re not just creating a team for one gameweek, rather you’re creating a team that would see you through from this gameweek-GW16.

So always put the long term in mind when selecting players for your wildcard draft. Remember to use the fixture ticker as well, as this would give you an idea of teams with nice fixtures

Defenders being targeted in our gameweek 12 wildcard team

Here are eight GW12 defender picks for those looking to wildcard in GW12:

  1. Trippier – £5.6m – 53.2% – DEF / NEW
  2. Guéhi – £4.3m – 2.2% – DEF / CRY
  3. Timothy Castagne– £4.3m – 1.5% – DEF / LEI
  4. Ben White – £4.5m – 5.8% – DEF / ARS
  5. Perišić – £5.5m – 24.3% – DEF / TOT
  6. Joao Cancelo – £7.3m – 53.7% – DEF / MCI
  7. Jonny – £4.4m – 1.1% – DEF / WOL
  8. Robertson – £6.7m – 3.1% – DEF / LIV

Midfielders being targeted in our gameweek 11 wildcard team

Here are eight midfielders being targeted by us in our GW12 wildcard team:

  1. Foden – £8.2m – 17.9% – MID / MCI
  2. Martinelli – £6.6m – 45.5% – MID / ARS
  3. Andreas – £4.6m – 24.7% – MID / FUL
  4. Zaha – £7.4m – 19.9% – MID / CRY
  5. Mount – £7.6m – 6.1% – MID / CHE
  6. Trossard – £6.8m – 13.5% – MID / BHA
  7. Barnes – £6.9m – 1.6% – MID / LEI
  8. Saka – £7.9m – 13.6% – MID / ARS

Forwards being targeted in our gameweek 12 wildcard team

Here are five attackers being targeted by us in our GW12 wildcard team:

  1. Scamacca – £6.7m – 1.2% – FWD / WHU
  2. Kane – £11.4m – 20% – FWD / TOT
  3. Haaland – £12.2m – 83.9% – FWD / MCI
  4. Darwin – £8.8m – 5.7% – FWD / LIV
  5. Solanke – £5.7m – 2.4% – FWD / BOU


The truth is these various GW12 drafts that we’ve created are all pretty good and each of these strategies have paid off each time this season.

At the start of the season, the big at the back strategy was great but then it slowly faded away as mid-priced forwards started to pick up points and just last week, we’ve seen midfielders perform really well and so if you invested heavily in midfield, you’d have done alright.

These drafts are just for inspirational purposes and you can absolutely take inspiration from these various strategies and create your GW12 wildcard team.

For more GW12 FPL tips feel free to check the FPL tips category of our blog, as we’d be sharing more GW12 tips.