FPL wildcard draft, the need for FPL managers to play their wildcard is increasing.
With double gameweek 25 and a possible double gameweek 26 on the horizon, the transfer window closing, and AFCON about to end there’s no doubt that FPL managers are currently looking to change their squad; or are looking to make major changes to their current team.
No need to worry in this article we’d be looking to help you create the perfect FPL wildcard draft.
What to consider when creating an FPL wildcard draft
The FPL wildcard is a chip that allows FPL managers to completely change their teams without any points deduction- a chip that gives unlimited transfers.
Here are a few things to consider when creating an FPL wildcard draft :
The form of the player and team
The form of a player and team should be one of the things FPL managers pay attention to. FPL managers want to know buy players who are scoring, assisting, or keeping clean sheets (for defenders) because that’s the only way you can get points.
A team’s form is important. A Team struggling to win games, score goals, or keep clean sheets is a team FPL managers won’t want to invest in. If you are looking; to find in form FPL assets here’s a link.
From the above image, Leeds’ Jack Harrison is currently the most in-form player while Man city’s Kevin Be Bruyne is next. After finding out the most in-form players, what should you do next? Move to the next step
What is the eye test
The eye test, I would liken to scouting a player or FPL asset. It’s looking to see if a player’s stats match his output(goals, assists, and clean sheets) on the pitch or if his stats don’t match his output(goals, assists, and clean sheets).
An example perhaps is Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and his famous goal-scoring runs of the past, which occurred despite him seemingly taking barely any shots on goal. In this case, Jamie Vardy’s underlying stats didn’t match his output. Which means he failed the eye test.
Brighton’s assets this season are an example of players whose underlying stats are great, but their output says otherwise.
There’s been a huge debate whether to pick an FPL asset based on stats or eye tests and, this post here helps with that.
When preparing the FPL wildcard draft in this post we’d be using both stats and the eye test.
The fixtures of a Fantasy Premier league asset is something FPL managers should take into account when selecting FPL assets for their FPL wildcard draft.
FDR(Fixture difficulty rating) helps in this regard a team whose fixture difficulty rating is two; is said to have an easy fixture. Well, this rule might not apply to certain FPL assets who are fixture proof the likes of Salah, Trent, Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Brunye, and many more have proven to be fixture proof over the course of the year.
What team has a good FDR(Fixture Difficulty rating)?
Man united currently have the best FDR (fixture difficulty rating) and their asset should be a part of your FPL wildcard draft. To find out what Man united FPL asset to get for double gameweek 25, here’s a link.
Stats can distill hours upon hours of football into easily-digestible and objective data. Stats can offer insights that are effectively invisible to the naked eye and help FPL managers to identify undervalued assets, predict form, and, indeed, over-performance in a consistent manner.
How to use stats when picking an FPL asset
Stats data such as XG (expected goals), expected assists and xGC (expected goals conceded) are information FPL managers try to take advantage of. These stats give FPL managers an insight as to what to expect from assets they want to buy. To get such stats here’s a link.
FPL wildcard draft for Gameweek 24
Using the steps mentioned earlier, we’d be creating a wildcard draft for FPL gameweek 24. We’d be making use of the fixtures, stats, eye test, and form of players when creating this FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24.
Gameweek 24 wildcard draft: The defence
The goalkeeper : David De Gea
Man united’s 5874/9shot-stopper David De Gea would be the first name on the team sheet for our FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24. The United’s goalie ticks all four boxes as he is on form, his stats are great, his FDR is great, and he passes the eye test
The defenders : Trent Alexander Arnold
Liverpool’s full-back TAA would be the next name on the team sheet for our FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24. Trent Alexander Arnold, Liverpool’s full-back, ticks all four boxes. A full-back who keeps clean sheets, scores goals, assists and is on set pieces is a no-brainer for any FPL manager.
Man city’s full-back Joao Cancelo would be the next name on the team sheet for our FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24. The Man City full-back ticks all four boxes just like Trent Alexander Arnold. A nailed-on starter in a Pep Guardiola team, you don’t see that happen all the time. A full-back who has great passing ability and an eye for goal is considered an FPL gem.
The Brighton Fullback is a player who has a double gameweek in gameweek 25. That gives him a spot in this wildcard draft. Marc Cucurella is an asset who passes the eye test but, his output doesn’t match his underlying stats. To find out more about Brighton’s double gameweek 25 assets, here’s an article.
Aston Villa’s new signing, Lucas Digne, is a good FPL asset who passes the eye test. A player known for putting crosses into the box and, his set-piece delivery. Aston Villa’s upcoming fixtures have an FDR of two. That gives Luca Digne a place in the FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24
The United midfielder would be a good pick not just for gameweek 24 but in the long run. His FDR is good and, his underlying stats are great. He’s one worth adding to your FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24.
The Liverpool’s forward would be the next name on the team sheet for our FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24. Diogo Jota, Liverpool’s forward, ticks all four boxes. A forward in real life but; a midfielder in the game. Diogo Jota is a good pick for any wildcard draft.
Jarrod Bowen is one of my favorite FPL assets this season. Bowen, the West ham midfielder, ticks all four boxes; he is in good form, his stats are great, his fixtures are good, and he passes the eye test. He is making our FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24.
Phil Foden has been out of form recently. Regardless, he is still; going to be in our FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24. The player’s FDR is great with- City’s next two games having an FDR of 2.
A player who passes the eye test but his output doesn’t match his performances. I still think Ollie Watkins is an FPL asset worth having in this FPL wildcard draft simply because of his FDR.
The present FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24
What’s left now is two attackers, one defender, one goal keeper and a midfielder.
Ben Foster would be the second goalkeeper simply because of his price. He’s one of the cheapest players who start and, his price allows us to go for more premium assets. Watford has currently hired Roy Hodgson, a coach known for his good defensive record. Hopefully, he can help Watford become better defensively.
Similar to Ben Foster, Diogo Dalot is a cheap FPL asset who is now Man united’s first choice full back. With United’s good FDR he’s a good player to have in your FPL wildcard draft for gameweek 24.
Valued at 5.5 Gray; is a decent option to have in your wildcard draft in gameweek 24. Everton’s next three games FDR is two and, with Frank Lampard as a head coach- you’d expect Everton to play good attacking football that makes Gray a good bench player to have.
Selected by 5.2% of FPL managers the Armando Broja is a differential pick. The Southampton forward who is on loan from Chelsea has scored 5 goals this season and has picked up 64 fpl points.
The Brighton striker is a player who has a double gameweek in gameweek 25. That gives him a spot in this wildcard draft. Neal Maupay is valued at 6.2 million and with a double gameweek on the horizon his price could increase- so we are looking to get him in before that happens. To find out more about Brighton’s double gameweek 25 assets, here’s an article.
The Final gameweek 24 FPL wildcard draft
FPL gamweek 24 team selection and captain pick
There are a lot of good captains picks in gameweek 24. With Man United, Man City, Watford, and Aston Villa all having easy fixtures- which makes it very tricky.
For now, though we’d be going for United’s man Bruno Fernandes against Burnley and our Vice-captain would be Jarrod Bowen of West ham united.