Every week The Hype Train analyses the best wildcard options for your Fantasy Premier League teams. Historically weekly dream team’s comprise of mostly wildcard players whose selection falls under 5% of overall players, to which there is no doubt that their influence cannot be ignored. With such an abundance of points coming from the FPL’s hidden gems The Hype Train selects one player from each match in the upcoming gameweek to decide who could be the differential for your teams.
LAST WEEKS PERFORMANCE (GW 19)
Considering that two players didn’t start (Remy/Campbell), it was still a successful week as five out of eight wildcards performed to some capacity. Bojan got an assist, and clean sheet points from Brady and Walcott helped their cases for FPL managers. The biggest additions otherwise were King Deeney and Sakho helped prove that there are points in wildcards
Frazier Campbell: 0pts
Bojan Krkic: 5pts
Robbie Brady: 3pts
Troy Deeney: 4pts
Ayoze Perez: 2pts
Theo Walcott: 3pts
Loic Remy: 0pts
Shane Long: 2pts
Leonardo Ulloa: 1pt
Mamadou Sakho: 8pts
Gameweek Nineteen Average Points: 57pts
Gameweek Nineteen Wildcard Points: 28pts
TEAM OF THE WEEK WILDCARDS
The wildcard klaxon rings again after the dream team generated another pack of wildcards to fill out the team. Gabriel was the biggest addition as he scored and picked up bonus against Bournemouth; elsewhere a Swansea clean sheet meant that Naughton is a welcome addition. In midfield Antonio of West Ham who got his second straight start scored and assisted in West Ham’s win over Southampton, Shaqiri’s two goals for Stoke secured his place, and Fletcher’s late winner against Newcastle means he earns a rare spot in the dream team.
Wildcards: Gabriel, Naughton, Antonio, Shaqiri, Fletcher (5)
Non-Wildcards: Schmeichel, Williams, Azpilicueta, Ozil, Arnautovic, Lukaku (6)
Points by wildcards: 59pts
Points by non-wildcards: 67pts
THIS WEEKS WILDCARDS
For Gameweek 20 we are once again selecting ten wildcards, one for each game. Same rules apply: the players we choose must not be selected by more than five percent of the games players. We start in order of the games listed on the official Fantasy Premier League site.
The wildcard options selection percentage is accurate as of Friday 01/12/2015.
JORDAN IBE, WEST HAM VS LIVERPOOL
Name: Jordan Ibe
Ibe surprisingly has more representation than Adam Lallana in Liverpool’s team, and this week against West Ham he gets the nod ahead of his England colleague. Ibe has been rarely used but now has a golden opportunity to help his case for a more permanent role in the Liverpool starting eleven. Lallana was a weak link against West Ham last time around so Klopp is eager not to make the same mistake twice, but this could be an interesting encounter with lots of goals in it. Ibe has been good every time he starts so this total wildcard could spur some points for your team.
17 – WAT (A) – 0pts
18 – LEI (H) – 1pts
19 – SUN (A) – 0pts
20 – WHU (A) – 2nd January, 12:45pm
21 – ARS (H) – 13th January, 20:00pm
22 – MUN (H) – 17Th January, 14:05pm
THEO WALCOTT, ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE
Name: Theo Walcott
The pacey striker/winger is on his third strike, as presented this week is another big game at the Emirates in a team that will struggle to get anything out of the game. Newcastle to Arsenal is a formality, they always win. Walcott and Giroud in the past have been Toon-Killers with plenty of goals and assists to their name, so once again Walcott keeps him place in the wildcards on a technicality. That being the calibre of the opponent isn’t good enough to consider them for this match. Then again, it is one of those seasons where Newcastle could surprise them. We haven’t seen hardly anything yet and we’re only half way through.
17 – MCI (H) – 7pts
18 – SOU (A) – 2pts
19 – BOU (H) – 3pts
20 – NEW (H) – 2nd January, 15:00pm
21 – LIV (A) – 13th January, 20:00pm
22 – STK (A) – 17th January, 16:15pm
CHRISTIAN FUCHS, LEICESTER VS BOURNEMOUTH
Name: Christian Fuchs
Club: Leicester City
Leicester are still joint top, and after denying Manchester City the three points in the last gameweek it is safe to say that Leicester deserve their place in the top four this season. One player that is winning over plaudits that aren’t Mahrez or Vardy is new left-back Christian Fuchs who has been an absolute sensation to watch in the Foxes shirt. Fuchs not only makes a tonne of tackles every game, is also on set-piece and attacking duties for Ranieri’s men, contributing to goals too. Fuchs is one of the best fall-backs this season, and with three games against Bournemouth and Aston Villa either side of a visit to Spurs could create more opportunities for Leicester to keep clean sheets. Fuchs is also a bonus point magnet when they do keep clean sheets, and without anyone to come in and replace him due to injuries you wouldn’t be concerned about his rotation in the coming weeks.
17 – EVE (A) – 1pt
18 – LIV (A) – 2pts
19 – MCI (H) – 8pts
20 – BOU (H) – 2nd January, 15:00pm
21 – TOT (A) – 13th January, 20:00pm
22 – AVL (A) – 16th January, 17:30pm
ANDER HERRERA, MANCHESTER UNITED VS SWANSEA
Name: Ander Herrera
Club: Manchester United
Manchester United have been struggling as everyone should be aware of the twenty dedicated posts from The Sport Bible every day, whilst most of us don’t care seeing Luis Van Gaal looking disappointed on our social media timelines the core Manchester United crowd have bemoaned one key player removed from their starting team in recent weeks. Ander Herrera is a goal scorer, everyone knows that, but he hasn’t been given the same chances everyone else have god only knows why, but with two starting performances in recent weeks looks good for the Spaniard to get back in the groove. This match against Swansea is a wildcard considering form against the Swan’s isn’t good, but if the Red Devils were to score then Ander Herrera would be top of that list.
17 – NOR (H) – 1pt
18 – STK (A) – 2pts
19 – CHE (H) – 3pts
20 – SWA (H) – 2nd January, 15:00pm
21 – NEW (A) – 12th January, 19:45pm
22 – LIV (A) – 17th January, 14:05pm
CUCO MARTINA, NORWICH VS SOUTHAMPTON
Name: Cuco Martina
Southampton have one hell of a scouting department, their job is simple: once established ‘top six’ teams raid the Saints of their best players they have to replace them with players who fit into the Southampton way. It is no surprise that their defensive reinforcements are solid because they take a mathematical approach to all of their talent acquisitions. Martina is a summer signing who has had to wait for a chance in the main team and when given a chance he scored easily one of the goals of the season against Arsenal to really put his stamp on his potential. The right-back will be happy with playing opportunities Cedric Soare is out injured, and against Norwich an attacking line-up is expected to be featured, Martina included. Returns on both ends of the pitch are promising for a very cheap defender who has a good run of next three games too.
17 – TOT (H) – 0pts
18 – ARS (H) – 13pts
19 – WHU (A) – 1pt
20 – NOR (A) – 2nd January, 15:00pm
21 – WAT (H) – 13th January, 19:45pm
22 – WBA (H) – 16th January, 15:00pm
FABIO BORINI, SUNDERLAND VS ASTON VILLA
Name: Fabio Borini
Last season the Italian was still at Liverpool, and in this respective fixture Borini scored in a win over an apparently doomed Aston Villa. Borini in fact is the clean sheet killer, goals against Chelsea and Manchester City in quick succession has seen him name in scorn for the FPL community. With a home time against relegation rivals Sunderland have no choice but to win to attempt their climb out of the drop zone. Last season they were beaten by Aston Villa in this fixture courtesy of Benteke and Delph, but both their key players are gone. Borini should provide an outlet for goals and is a good option to have in your teams.
17 – CHE (A) – 5pts
18 – MCI (A) – 7pts
19 – LIV (H) – 2pts
20 – AVL (H) – 2nd January, 15:00pm
21 – SWA (A) – 13th January, 19:45pm
22 – TOT (A) – 16th January, 12:45pm
XHERDAN SHAQIRI, WEST BROM VS STOKE
Name: Xherdan Shaqiri
Club: Stoke City
Whenever he plays people are scratching their heads, Shaqiri at Stoke City is a mystery, and at The Hype Train we love it because it means he falls perfectly under the category of wildcard. Recently the Swiss international scored two wonderful goals against Everton and now looks to pick up even better results against West Brom, Norwich, and Arsenal in Stoke City’s next three. Shaqiri is the runner in Stoke’s team, it is his job to get behind defenders and work space, he plays an identical role that Gerard Deulofeu does for last week opponents Everton, they are a better team with the Swiss in it and the next two fixtures will put a smile on FPL managers faces for FPL returns. If you haven’t opted for Marko Arnautovic it might be worth considering his fellow winger, the unpredictable Xherdan Shaqiri.
17 – CRY (H) – 1pt
18 – MUN (H) – 3pts
19 – EVE (A) – 13pts
20 – WBA (A) – 2nd January, 15:00pm
21 – NOR (H) – 13th January, 19:45pm
22 – ARS (H) – 17th January, 16:15pm
TROY DEENEY, WATFORD VS MANCHESTER CITY
Name: Troy Deeney
Every empire normally has a ruthless leader sitting on a throne calling all of the shots, and the wildcards of the FPL have theirs. He is Troy Deeney. Everyone knew that Deeney and Ighalo were going to be a handful this year, but not like this, they have taken the league by the throat and declared their intentions. Deeney hasn’t disappointed and is the most successful wildcard option, so there is no need to dethrone the king against Manchester City who in recent games has looked shaky at the back without Vincent Kompany. You may not want to believe it, but everyone can sense Troy looking for Odion, or getting ready for that penalty.
17 – LIV (H) – 5pts
18 – CHE (A) – 8pts
19 – TOT (H) – 4pts
20 – MCI (H) – 2nd January, 17:30pm
21 – SOU (A) – 13th January, 19:45pm
22 – SWA (A) – 18th January, 20:00pm
DIEGO COSTA, CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA
Name: Diego Costa
The Hype Train has been patiently waiting for this moment, and we knew it would happen, the day t that Diego Costa would become a wildcard because that is exactly what he is. Costa is an enigma to most FPL managers this season because nobody knows if they are seeing the best of him, one week he’ll be on the one point, the next he is hitting two out of nowhere. Diego Costa is the wildcard, which is why we open our arms wide and embrace him as the pick in this game. Chelsea struggled for goals against Manchester United that was obvious, and this week they face Crystal Palace away from home, a team going through the same process of finding something to work. In his last encounter before suspension he netted two, and without any suspension worries he might be a valued option should Hiddink start the Chelsea revival.
17 – SUN (H) – 2pts
18 – WAT (H) – 12pts
19 – MUN (A) – 0pts
20 – CRY (A) – 3rd January, 13:30pm
21 – WBA (H) – 13th January, 19:45pm
22 – EVE (H) – 16th January, 15:00pm
ERIK LAMELA, EVERTON VS SPURS
Name: Erik Lamela
Goals are guaranteed at Goodison Park, that is what this season has taught us so far. Thrills and spills are the name of the game for Everton’s patchy home form, and with a confident Spurs rocking up to the Toffee’s wrapper things might get sticky. Lamela is starting to show signs of why Spurs signed the Argentine winger in the first place, having plenty of contribution to goals and assists but the biggest difference is that he is playing every game. In the last three outings he has played all ninety minutes which shows the trust that Pochettino has in the youngster, and with goals up for grabs at Goodison perhaps everyone is in for another seven goal thriller. Buckle up.
17 – SOU (A) – 3pts
18 – NOR (H) – 3pts
19 – WAT (A) – 9pts
20 – EVE (A) – 3rd January, 16:00pm
21 – LEI (H) – 13th January, 20:00pm
22 – SUN (H) – 16th January, 12:45pm
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