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WEEKLY WILDCARDS 2017/18: FPL Gameweek 32

March 30, 2018

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Ahead of each round of Premier League games The Hype Train analyses the best wildcard player options for your Fantasy Premier League teams. Historically, weekly FPL Dream Team’s comprise of mostly differential players whose selection falls with a low selection percentage 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 Premier League match in the upcoming Gameweek to decide who could be the differential that sets your team apart. All aboard.

 

 

WILDCARDS: WHAT IS A DIFFERENTIAL PLAYER?

The rules for the 2015/16 season were easy enough to follow. The only rule was that a player had be to selected by less than 5% of the FPL's populace. With 2016/17's price changes, and player selection trends, we were been forced to revise our rules on what constitutes a differential. Now in the 2017/18 season, after testing the waters with selection, there are just not enough differentials with the classification in each position from years past, so we have introduced position specific rules regarding what is and isn't a wildcard/differential player in the FPL that we believe is representative to the game this season.

 

Goalkeepers

- Any shot stopper outside of the top 8 selected. A differential Goalkeeper is now considered outside of the top bracket due to the overwhelming ownership selection % of the top 8 GK's for any one Gameweek.

- A GK's ownership must not exceed 10%

 

Defenders

- A Defender's ownership must fall below 8%, with the top 20 owned defenders all harbouring 8% ownership or more.

- The Outsider Rule: This new rule applies to defenders who are the last defensive option in a team who we provide an exception to as the 4th of 5th most owned defender from one team if they offer a different value. For Example, if Chelsea or Spurs have three defenders with 10% plus ownership, and their 4th defender choice has downwards of 10% ownership, we will include them as a differential, as they are outside of the common conversation when picking defenders, even from within their own squad. This rule will mostly be used when adding defenders from top half clubs, who lack proper differential status for their defensive options.

 

Midfielders

- Any Midfielder under 8% ownership is classified as a differential.

- Our percentage criteria of 8% is due to a greater wealth of premium midfielders. There is a monopoly of top midfielders for most Premier League clubs, leaving only a handful of Midfielders that provide differential options on a weekly basis.

 

Forwards

- The top 10 most owned Forwards in the FPL at any given time can not be touched as a differential.

- Any Forward outside of the 10% ownership range, who is not in the top 10 owned forwards.

 

 

DIFFERENTIALS: GAMEWEEK PERFORMANCE (GW30)

Our scoring procedure is exactly the same as the FPL's, and each week a good barometer of success is whether or not our weekly selections outscore the average points for a Gameweek. Each week the results vary due to rotation, and unpredictable scorelines, which applies more so to differential players. We have an invested interest each and every week at finding the different players to make a difference, especially since it is easy to say Aguero or Kane will get on the score sheet.

 

See below for how our wildcard selections got on this past Gameweek.

 

Gameweek 31 Average Points: 46 points
Gameweek 31 Wildcard Points: 37 points

 

DIFFERENTIALS: 2017/18 SEASON PERFORMANCE

To help track our progress throughout the 2016/17 season, below you can check how our wildcard selections have done by week to week in the Fantasy Premier League

 

Best Wildcard Week: GW12 - 67pts, 7 player returns

Worst Wildcard Week: GW28 - 17pts, 1 player return

 

Average Points: 58 (1), 44 (2), 43 (3), 44 (4), 58 (5), 60 (6), 51 (7), 41 (8), 50 (9), 46 (10), 44 (11), 56 (12), 43 (13), 47 (14), 44 (15), 43 (16), 48 (17), 52 (18), 60 (19), 62 (20), 45 (21), 45 (22), 58 (23), 50 (24), 47 (25), 43 (26), 61 (27), 49 (28), 46 (29), 41 (30), 46 (31) = 1,525pts


Wildcard Points: 36 (1), 40 (2), 48 (3), 21 (4), 44 (5), 37 (6), 41 (7), 43 (8), 34 (9), 38 (10), 45 (11), 67 (12), 29 (13), 35 (14), 41 (15), 38 (16), 53 (17), 34 (18), 35 (19), 44 (20), 48 (21), 48 (22), 33 (23), 54 (24), 32 (25), 21 (26), 28 (27), 17 (28), 49 (29), 26 (30), 37 (31) = 1,177pts

 

Best Gamweek Wildcard Player(s)

GW1: Steve Mounie (Crystal Palace vs. Huddersfield) - 12pts

GW2: Jack Butland (Stoke vs. Arsenal) - 11pts

GW3: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea vs. Everton) - 12pts

GW4: Stephen Ward (Burnley vs. Crystal Palace) - 8pts

GW5: Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle vs. Stoke) - 8pts

GW6: Philippe Coutinho (Leicester vs. Liverpool) - 13pts

GW7: Philippe Coutinho (Newcastle vs. Liverpool) - 10pts

GW8: Raheem Sterling (Man City vs. Stoke) - 15pts

GW9: Virgil van Dijk (Southampton vs. West Brom) - 9pts

GW10: Eden Hazard (Bournemouth vs. Chelsea) - 11pts

GW11: Jan Vertonghen (Spurs vs. Crystal Palace) - 9pts

GW12: Eden Hazard (West Brom vs. Chelsea) - 18pts

GW13: Will Hughes (Newcastle vs. Watford) - 8pts

GW14: Sadio Mane (Stoke vs. Liverpool) - 13pts

GW15: Philippe Coutinho (Brighton vs. Liverpool) - 18pts

GW16: Riyad Mahrez (Newcastle vs. Leicester) - 9pts

            Wilfried Bony (Swansea vs. West Brom) - 9pts

GW17: Nick Pope (Burnley vs. Stoke) - 11pts

GW18: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton vs. Swansea) - 9pts

GW19: Charlie Austin (Southampton vs. Huddersfield) - 8pts

GW20: Marko Arnautovic (Bournemouth vs. West Ham) - 15pts

GW21: Ederson (Crystal Palace vs. Man City) - 14pts

GW22: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester vs. Huddersfield) - 14pts

GW23: Marko Arnautovic (Huddersfield vs. West Ham) - 16pts

GW24: Eden Hazard (Brighton vs. Chelsea) - 16pts

GW25: Christian Benteke (West Ham vs. Crystal Palace) - 8pts

GW26: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle) - 5pts

            Alexis Sanchez (Man United vs. Huddersfield) - 5pts

GW27: Alfie Mawson (Swansea vs. Burnley) - 7pts

GW28: Sadio Mane (Liverpool vs. West Ham) - 7pts

GW29: Troy Deeney (Watford vs. West Brom) - 9pts

            Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Brighton vs. Arsenal) - 9pts

GW30: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal vs. Watford) - 9pts

GW31: Cenk Tosun (Stoke vs. Everton) - 13pts

 

FPL Wildcards 2017/18: Our Top Points Returns

1 - Eden Hazard (CHE): 18pts (GW12)

1 - Philippe Coutinho (LIV): 18pts (GW15)

3 - Marko Arnautovic (WHU): 16pts (GW23)

3 - Eden Hazard (CHE): 16pts (GW24)

5 - Raheem Sterling (MCI): 15pts (GW8)

5 - Marko Arnautovic (WHU): 15pts (GW20)

 

Gameweek Wildcard History

GW1: 36 points, 3 player returns

Holding (1), Alexander-Arnold (0), Mounie (12), Josh King (2), Sane (1), Klaassen (1), Yoshida (6), Batshuayi (1), Ritchie (1), Mkhitaryan (11)

 

GW2: 40 points, 4 player returns

Phil Jones (6), Josh King (2), Stephen Ward (2), Fuchs (6), Wijnaldum (3), Yoshida (5), Butland (11), Mounie (1), Ben Davies (2), Ederson (2)

 

GW3: 48 points, 5 returns

Danilo (5), Benteke (1), Lossl (6), Antonio (2), Richarlison (3), Blind (6), Morata (12), Nyom (8), Wijnaldum (3), Trippier (2)

 

GW4: 21 points, 1 return

Emre Can (1), Moses (2), Sigurdsson (2), Phil Jones (1), Alexis Sanchez (1), Yoshida (0), Knockaert (2), Stephen Ward (8), Abraham (2), Mounie (2)

 

GW5: 44 points, 6 returns

Gross (7), Forster (7), Mahrez (2), Emre Can (4), Lascelles (8), Mendy (6), Nyom (1), Trippier (6), Hazard (1), Rashford (2)

 

GW6: 37 points, 3 returns

Davinson Sanchez (1), Wood (2), Defoe (2), Mendy (0), Phil Jones (9), Cahill (1), Fabianski (1), Coutinho (13), Ritchie (2), Ramsey (6)

 

GW7: 41 points, 4 returns

Davinson Sanchez (6), Josh King (2), Rashford (9), Butland (2), Femenia (1), Naughton (2), Pedro (1), Alexis Sanchez (6), Niasse (2), Coutinho (10)

 

GW8: 43 points, 4 returns

Emre Can (3), Wood (7), Cahill (1), Sterling (15), Davinson Sanchez (6), Naughton (6), Alexis Sanchez (0), Sigurdsson (2), van Dijk (1), Schmeichel (2)

 

GW9: 34 points, 4 returns

Cresswell (0), Hazard (5), Rashford (7), Stones (6), Joselu (1), Butland (1), Abraham (2), van Dijk (9), Pickford (3), Joe Gomez (0)

 

GW10: 38 points, 4 returns

Trippier (0), Alexis Sanchez (2), Wilfried Zaha (7), Joe Gomez (6), Kiko Femenia (1), Ederson (1), Hazard (11), van Dijk (2), Mahrez (6), Ritchie (2)

 

GW11: 45 points, 5 returns

Mahrez (7), Lossl (8), Yedlin (2), Pope (8), F. Fernandez (1), Sturridge (0), Vertonghen (9), Ederson (2), Hazard (3), Andre Gray (5)

 

GW12: 67 points, 7 returns

Alexis Sanchez (7), Zaha (7), Hazard (18), Pope (8), Coutinho (13), Mahrez (2), Hadergjonaj (-1), Smalling (7), Gray (5), Murray (1)

 

GW13: 29 points, 2 returns

Mahrez (2), Zaha (2), Smalling (6), Will Hughes (8), Davinson Sanchez (2), Callum Wilson (2), Coutinho (2), Baines (1), Pope (2), Kompany (2)

 

GW14: 35 points, 3 returns

Murray (2), Davinson Sanchez (1), Zeegelaar (0), Rondon (2), Alexis Sanchez (8), Pope (2), Hazard (1), Sigurdsson (5), Kompany (1), Mane (13)

 

GW15: 41 points, 4 returns

Christensen (2), Coutinho (18), Niasse (0), Mahrez (6), Shaqiri (8), Davinson Sánchez (-2), Mamadou Sakho (8), Alexis Sanchez (1), Kompany (0)

 

GW16: 38 points, 4 returns

Christensen (2), Pope (6), Sakho (1), Murray (2), Trippier (2), Bony (9), Mahrez (9), Sanchez (5), Coutinho (1), Kompany (1)

 

GW17: 53 points, 6 returns

Pope (11), Mignolet (0), Ederson (7), Christensen (6), Martial (3), Mahrez (8), A. Sanchez (3), Son (8), Zaha (5), Gayle (2)

 

GW18: 34 points, 3 returns

Pope (6), Butland (2), Ederson (2), Christensen (8), Kabasele (0), Smalling (2), Mahrez (2), Sanchez (3), Mane (0), Sigurdsson (9)

 

GW19: 35 points, 3 returns

Mane (2), Pedro (3), Andre Gray (2), Ederson (6), Austin (8), Butland (4), Zaha (1), Cresswell (1), Son (3), Mahrez (5)

 

GW20: 44 points, 4 returns

Ederson (6), Christensen (0), D. Sanchez (1), Robertson (6), Arnautovic (15), Mata (2), Mahrez (8), Sigurdsson (3), Ozil (2), Depoitre (1)

 

GW21: 48 points, 6 returns

Ederson (14), Pope (6), Moses (1), Wagué (6), Lascelles (6), Sigurdsson (2), Mane (6), Lingard (2), Sanchez (5)

 

GW22: 48 points, 4 returns (from 11 matches)

Matt Ryan (3), Mane (8), Mahrez (14), Crouch (2), Rashford (1), Southampton (2), Davinson Sanchez (0), Arnautovic (5), Ederson (3), Christensen (1), Son (9)

 

GW23: 33 points, 2 returns

Gomes (1), Ryan (1), Christensen (1), Lascelles (2), Shaw (6), van Dijk (0), Mustafi (1), Tosun (2), Zaha (3), Arnautovic (16)

 

GW24: 54 points, 4 returns

Butland (9), Dragovic (6), Stones (2), Aurier (2), Hazard (16), Zaha (2), Martial (10), Lanzini (3), Mane (2), Tosun (2)

 

GW25: 32 points, 3 returns

Mkhitaryan (1), Benteke (8), Mane (6), Hazard (2), Dragovic (1), Jacob Murphy (1), Soares  (2), Ederson (6), Alexis Sanchez (2), Shaqiri (3)

 

GW26: 21 points, 2 returns

Laporte (0), Wilson (2), Ryan (2), Dragovic (2), A. Sanchez (5), Sturridge (2), Walcott (2), Benteke (5), Mane (3), Rudiger (0)

 

GW27: 28 points, 2 returns

Butland (3), Mawson (7), Walcott (1), Deulofeu (2), Bernardo Silva (2), Ibe (1), Mane (3), Alexis Sanchez (2), Aubameyang (2), Giroud (5)

 

GW28: 17 points, 1 return

Federico Fernandez (0), Zanka (2), Trippier (0), Christensen (1), Mahrez (2), Stanislas (2), Gudmundsson (2), Mane (7), Niasse (1), Aubameyang (0)

 

GW29: 49 points, 5 returns

Schmeichel (1), Davinson Sánchez (6), Robertson (6), Arnautovic (1), Sane (3), Alexis Sanchez (5), Barnes (7), Guido Carrillo (2), Deeney (9), Aubameyang (9)

 

GW30: 26 points, 2 returns

van Dijk (1), Morgan (2), Moses (0), Davinson Sánchez (2), Izquierdo (2), Andre Ayew (2), Antonio (2), Bernardo Silva (1), Gayle (5), Aubameyang (9)

 

GW31: 37 points, 3 returns (from 4 matches)

Stanislas (10), Zaha, (3), Tosun (13), Robertson (11)

 

 

WILDCARDS: HALL OF FAME

To honour the exceptional diamonds in the rough, below is a a Hall of Fame highlighting the top performing differentials in our Weekly Wildcards series, now into its third season.

 

2015/16: Top 5 Wildcards
1 - Troy Deeney (WAT): 15 appearances, 77 points
2 - Christian Fuchs (LEI): 10 appearances, 48 points
3 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA): 6 appearances, 43 points
4 - Nicolas Otamendi (MCI): 9 appearances, 39 points
5 - Daniel Sturridge (LIV): 5 appearances, 38 points

 

2016/17: Top 5 Wildcards
1 - Marcos Alonso (CHE): 9 appearances, 70 points
2 - Gylfi Sigurdsson (SWA): 8 appearances, 62 points
3 - Patrick van Aanholt (SUN & CRY): 6 appearances, 55 points
4 - Troy Deeney (WAT): 13 appearances, 47 points
5 - Gini Wijnaldum (LIV): 10 appearances, 45 points

 

FPL DREAM TEAM: 2017/18 ANALYSIS

Each week we assess the FPL's overall Dream Team, pinpointing who were classified as differentials or non-differentials, and which category of player is appearing more for each Gameweek.

 

2017/18 Gameweek Dream Team's

GW1: 131pts (8/11 differentials)

GW2: 136pts (7/11 differentials)

GW3: 121pts (8/11 differentials)

GW4: 146pts (7/11 differentials)

GW5: 133pts (6/11 differentials)

GW6: 137pts (6/11 differentials)

GW7: 138pts (6/11 differentials)

GW8: 119pts (9/11 differentials)

GW9: 130pts (8/11 differentials)

GW10: 122pts (8/11 differentials)

GW11: 127pts (9/11 differentials)

GW12: 145pts (7/11 differentials)

GW13: 120pts (9/11 differentials)

GW14: 148pts (9/11 differentials)

GW15: 131pts (8/11 differentials)

GW16: 125pts (9/11 differentials)

GW17: 129pts (9/11 differentials)

GW18: 141pts (7/11 differentials)

GW19: 135pts (7/11 differentials)

GW20: 152pts (6/11 differentials)

GW21: 128pts (8/11 differentials)

GW22: 122pts (7/11 differentials)

GW23: 151pts (8/11 differentials)

GW24: 144pts (10/11 differentials)

GW25: 137pts (9/11 differentials)

GW26: 128pts (8/11 differentials)

GW27: 146pts (7/11 differentials)

GW28: 125pts (8/11 differentials)

GW29: 115pts (9/11 differentials)

GW30: 150pts (9/11 differentials)

GW31: 127pts (9/11 differentials)

Totals: 3,993pts (245/341 differentials)

 

Gameweek 31: Dream Team

Wildcards: Hennessey, Tomkins, Robertson, Sakho, van Aanholt, Ibe, Milivojevic, Stanislas, Tosun

Non Wildcards: Salah, Mane

 

Points achieved by Wildcards: 89pts

Points achieved by Non-Wildcards: 38pts

 

 

GAMEWEEK WILDCARD DIFFERENTIALS

  • For each FPL Gameweek we select a wildcard player from each game.

  • We do not select a back-up player for the differentials we bank on – that’s the whole point, being a wildcard.

  • The selection percentage and player price is accurate with the posting of the article.

  • Our rundowns of player selections are representative of the Premier League’s TV fixture list.

     

 

Weekly Differentials (GW32)

Following the international break the Premier League explodes back into our lives, and what is what we want from the return of regular football, fireworks. This week’s differentials focus on midfielders and attackers, with a break of continuity we expect goals when league action returns this weekend.

 

Goalkeepers (0/10):

n/a

 

No goalkeepers this week, there was an emphasis on attackers following the international break.

 

Defenders (2/10):

Andrew Robertson (LIV), Cédric Soares (SOU)

 

Just the two defensive options this week, and they are offensive full-backs for Liverpool and Southampton. Robertson is a generally easy pick to understand, Liverpool have proven to be a more reliable defensive unit with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk. The Scotsman has just registered his best gameweek, collecting eleven points against Watford after keeping a clean sheet, and assisting Mohamad Salah’s second goal with a dream cross from the left channel. The other

 

 

Midfielders (5/10):

Alexis Sanchez (MUN), Kenedy (NEW), Junior Stanislas (BOU), Mesut Özil (ARS), Eden Hazard (CHE)

 

The bulk of our differential picks are in the midfield category this week, and we aren’t going to go into much detail other than just that we have picked two in-form players and brought Sanchez and Özil along for the ride. The former Arsenal midfielder, and the current Arsenal midfielder are in favourable fixtures at home.

 

We are going to be honest, we favour the trio of Kenedy and Stanislas to score more points. Oh wait, Eden Hazard is part of the mix, he just happens to be playing in Spurs visit of Stamford Bridge and the North London club doesn’t have any good differential options.

 

 

Forwards (3/10):

Glenn Murray (BHA), Ashley Barnes (BUR), Gabriel Jesus (MCI)

 

Sergio Aguero’s has been side-lined with a severe injury, which is the perfect time for Gabriel Jesus to step up and take the reigns again. In his last appearance the Brazilian secured an assist, marking his return with a fantasy return. Everton may have been the first to take points off Man City, yet that doesn’t mean the bulldozer that is sky blue won’t stop until the title is in their possession. Jesus scored on international duty, so there is potential it could carry over to league action. Moving away from the North-West, we turn our attention to the south coast, it was a hard to call fixture in terms of picking differentials, but we can only opt for the in-form Glenn Murray. We can’t trust either side keeping a clean sheet in this fixture, and Riyad Mahrez is no longer a differential.

 

Ashley Barnes is our differential captain and we have gone into his selection in more detail.

 

 

Key Differential: Ashley Barnes

We could have picked anyone to be the differential captain, we could have chanced an Arsenal win with Mesut Özil, we could have put the armband on an out-of-form Alexis Sanchez, what about Kenedy at home to Huddersfield? There are flashy options everywhere this week, but there is one fact that cannot be ignored this week…West Brom are there for the taking, each week on the Baggies current run of form. There are good fixtures for captains this week, but we expect that most people will be saying “I saw that one coming” when they are defeated just again.

 

Ashley Barnes Key Stats:

  1. West Brom won the last encounter between the two sides, courtesy of a solitary Hal Robson-Kanu goal being the difference. Burnley didn’t score in the encounter.

  2. West Brom are on a seven-game losing streak, conceding two or more goals in six of the matches.

  3. The last time that West Brom won at home was during GW23 when they beat Brighton 2-0, Evans and Dawson scored in the last win.

  4. West Brom have won only three games all season (W3, D11, L17).

  5. Ashley Barnes has scored in three consecutive fixtures; his goals game against Southampton, Everton, and West Ham. Barnes picked up only two bonus points from these three games combined.

  6. Meanwhile, Burnley haven’t lost in their last three consecutive fixtures and are looking to make it three wins out of three against West Brom.

  7. Burnley’s last away game was a 3-0 at West Ham, with Barnes scoring.

 

Barnes may not be a flashy superstar captain, but he is an effective player who has proven his form over several weeks. The Burnley forward is an underrated pick for the armband.

 

Other Considerations

Loris Karius (LIV, GK, £4.8mil, 1.3% ownership)

Jordon Ibe (BOU, MID, £4.7mil, 1.4% ownership)

José Holebas (WAT, DEF, £4.8mil, 0.6% ownership)

Troy Deeney (WAT, FWD, £6.3mil, 1.2% ownership)

Martin Dubravka (NEW, GK, £4.5mil, 0.4% ownership)

Dwight Gayle (NEW, FWD, £6.1mil, 1.2% ownership)

Jay Rodriguez (WBA, FWD, £5.3mil, 1.8% ownership)

James Tarkowski (BUR, DEF, £4.5mil, 3.2% ownership)

Aaron Creswell (WHU, DEF, £5.0mil, 2.5% ownership)

Marko Arnautovic (WHU, MID, £6.9mil, 4.1% ownership)

Michail Antonio (WHU, MID, £7.4mil, 0.3% ownership)

 

 

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