Fantasy Premier League Wildcard GW19 tips from FPL Matthew, arguably the best FPL manager in the world with three top 500 finishes and a further six top 10k finishes. Every week Matthew writes his FPL Team Reveal article detailing his team, captain and plans for the coming Gameweek exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub members.
Gameweek 18 Review
I played my Free Hit Chip this week in order to navigate the 'blank' fixtures. Not a great return from it really - 47 points in all - but certainly a lot more than I would have netted without the chip, so I can't really complain. The main frustration was Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) being unexpectedly out and Arsenal then going on to keep a clean sheet, as did Crystal Palace's Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) who was, unfortunately, buried too deep on my bench. In the end, it was enough for a modest green arrow from 788k to 682k overall rank.
Here are my Gameweek 18 points in full:
Gameweek 19 Preview
Here are the fixtures for the next four Gameweeks, sorted best to worst, from the Hub's Fixture Ticker:
We now move onto the 'double Gameweek' where a number of teams have two fixtures this week. We can see that Leeds and Southampton have (sadly for my team, as others) lost their 'double gameweek' this week, whilst Aston Villa's second fixture has changed, but they retain two games.
West Ham perhaps have the best double but don't have great fixtures thereafter, whereas Manchester City look to have a great run coming up.
I always find it a little strange after the Free Hit gameweek, when your previous team reappears and you've almost forgotten who you had! Here is my current set up for this gameweek:
So, with Leeds and Southampton losing their second fixture, I now currently have nine double gameweek players in my starting XI. I am still pretty happy with my squad, although I would really like some more coverage for that great upcoming run of Manchester City as, currently, I only have Joao Cancelo (£5.8m).
Most Wanted List
This is where I identify the players who I am currently most considering bringing into my team as well as highlighting who, if anyone, may be able to make way for them. This helps me to formulate a rough mental shortlist of potential moves. I update this list each week.
Ruben Dias (£5.8m) - one of the few nailed on assets in a resurgent Manchester City team with a great run of fixtures
John Stones (£5.0m) - a viable cheaper alternative to Dias
Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) - looking a great enabler now that he seems to have won his place back - looked good against Arsenal and could easily have got at least one assist
Out-list: Andrew Robertson (£7.4m) - still has the attacking threat but a lack of clean sheets - is he still worth the outlay? Ben Johnson (£3.9m) - was a risky enabler on my wildcard who promptly seemed to lose his place despite drawing praise from David Moyes!
Removed: Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) - good option but was more of a Free Hit target for me (and may be injured now)
Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) - seems to be back to some sort of form lately and City have a great run coming up
Jack Grealish (£7.7m) - no sooner did I lose him on wildcard than Villa's double Gameweek was announced
Out-list: Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) - similar to Robertson, proven quality but three consecutive blanks have me looking closely at his price tag, Heung-Min Son (£9.8m) - fired a few blanks lately and with no double this week, maybe the one to make way if I want De Bruyne or Grealish
Michail Antonio (£6.2m) - finally looks to be getting back to full fitness, having played 90 minutes in the FA Cup. On my radar as a good value option up front.
Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) - back on my radar having gone on wildcard, another good budget option up front
Removed: Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m) - like Tierney, he was more of a Free Hit option
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