Fantasy Premier League Wildcard GW18 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 17 Review
After a great run of Gameweeks, I was brought back to Earth this week with a red arrow. Not totally unexpected given that I had three Leeds United players with a tough fixture against Tottenham but still, never welcome! It was another case of 'what might have been' though, with James Justin (£5.0m) and Joao Cancelo (£5.7m) both losing their clean sheets and bonus points agonisingly late and Tomas Soucek (£5.2m) 11 points stuck on my bench, whilst he seemed to emerge from many others'. But, at least I got my captain right this week. All of this suggests that there's still a good team in there, this week was just 'not to be' for me. In the end, 55 points cost me a red arrow from 657k to 788k overall rank, not a disaster I guess.
Here are my Gameweek 17 points in full:
Gameweek 18 Preview
Here are the fixtures for the next six Gameweeks, sorted best to worst, from the Hub's Fixture Ticker:
Obviously, the big headline here are the 'blanks' this week, with no fixture for a number of teams, followed by 'double Gameweeks' for certain teams the following Gameweek. The four teams with that perfect combination of no blank followed by a double are Manchester City, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Burnley. In terms of overall fixture, the two Manchester clubs again stand out, together with West Ham (especially the double Gameweek itself) and Leeds United (after this blank week).
Most Wanted List
This is a bit of a strange week as there are players that I would like for this Gameweek but perhaps not so much after that, then there are also players that don't have a fixture this week but look good after that. I have just picked out the main players that I don't have but would like to get.
Ruben Dias (£5.8m) - one of the few nailed on assets in a resurgent Manchester City team
John Stones (£5.0m) - a viable cheaper alternative to Dias
Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) - a very good attacking defender option in an improving Arsenal outfit
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!
Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) - announced his return to form, in an advanced role, with a 13 point haul against Chelsea
Jack Grealish (£7.7m) - no sooner did I lose him on wildcard than Villa's double Gameweek was announced
Out-list: Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) - similar to Robertson, proven quality but three consecutive blanks have me looking closely at his price tag
Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) - seems to have his mojo back, with four goals in his last three and especially useful for Gameweek 18
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