The deadline for FPL GW8 team selection is 16th September 11:00PM IST. Here are some things to keep in mind before you prepare your best XI for this gameweek.
The Premier League will be back in action this weekend after a one week layoff due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. 7 out of the 10 fixtures will be going ahead as per their scheduled time.
What to do about cancelled fixtures?
Brighton vs Crystal Palace, Manchester United vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool have been postponed due to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Hence the FPL managers need to be wary of selecting these players in their teams. Some highly owned players like Trent Alexander Arnold, Reece James, Mo Salah, Marcus Rashford, Pascal Groß etc won’t be playing this weekend.
- If you haven’t activated your wildcard for this gameweek and you feel the need of using up your free transfers on other positions, try not to sell these players in a hurry. Selling off these players just for 1 gameweek isn’t advisable, strengthen your bench with players like Andreas Pereira, Nathan Patterson, Leon Bailey etc instead, and use them in place of the ones who aren’t available for this gameweek.
- If you have activated your wildcard chip this week, just buy defenders like Ruben Dias/Ivan Perisic/Kieran Trippier/Oleksandr Zinchenko instead of Trent and Reece James, and transfer accordingly after a gameweek or two.
- If you are satisfied with your team and don’t want to use wildcard, use the free hit chip instead without selecting any of the players who aren’t playing this weekend. Your team will be restored next week, which solves the problem easily.
Should I wildcard now?
If you are in dire need of improvement in your squad and want to use the wildcard, a better option would be using the free hit chip this week and using wildcard in the next gameweek. Free hit chip will allow you to tackle the fixture cancellation problem this week and will also save the transfers that you”ll have to use in case you wildcard now keeping the players who aren’t playing this week out of your squads.
The Salah conundrum:-
Who would’ve thought that we’ll be questioning/discussing Salah’s place in our FPL squads by GW8? But that’s how it has been. The Egyptian king hasn’t clicked this season and FPL managers have started to lose patience which seems to be understandable. A 13m asset needs to deliver points almost every game to justify his value. But would selling Salah prove out to be a wise decision? Well, it depends on the level of satisfaction you have with your current squad. Some possible premium alternatives for Mo Salah could be Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane and Heung Min Son.
- If you are completely satisfied with the returns of your squad barring Salah, trusting him for a few more gameweeks might turn out to be a good move. His xG numbers suggest that getting on the end of chances has never been a problem, and the Champions League goal against Ajax might as well be the spark required to re ignite his goal scoring prowess.
- Dropping Salah for Kane/KDB/Son is a good tweak if it lets you improve drastically in other areas of your squad. Kane for Salah isn’t a direct swap but it adds 1.6m to your bank which is a very lucrative amount to improve on other departments of your squad.
Top 5 picks to have in your post wildcard squad:-
- Erling Haaland: No description should be required by now, he is a MUST HAVE in your FPL teams.
- Nick Pope: English international Nick Pope has been in fine form for Newcastle, and with a great run of fixtures for the Magpies, Pope could be a solid goalkeeper pick for your squad.
- Ivan Toney: Toney’s ownership boomed after he bagged a stunning hatrick against Leeds to fetch 17 points for his owners. The English bagsman, who received his first National call up yesterday, could be a highly value for money pick looking at Brentford’s run of fixtures.
- Aleksandr Mitrovic: Mitrovic has been Fulham’s main man, contributing in majority of their goals. The Serbian could be a cheaper alternative to Toney or Jesus.
- Joao Cancelo: The Portuguese fullback has been in sublime form for Manchester City over the past few weeks. He has been the highest scoring FPL defender till now, and having him in your squad should be a no brainer.
Recommended players to pick for wildcard squads(without considering the cancelled fixtures):-
- Forwards: Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Gabriel Jesus, Ivan Toney, Aleksandr Mitrovic, Alexander Isak.
- Midfielders: Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Luis Diaz, Marcus Rashford, Gabriel Martinelli, Allan Saint-Maximin, Andreas Pereira, Bernardo Silva, Wilfried Zaha, Pascal Groß.
- Defenders: Trent Alexander Arnold, Joao Cancelo, Reece James, Kieran Trippier, William Saliba, Diogo Dalot, Neco Williams, Nathan Patterson, Joel Veltman, Marc Cucurella.
- Goalkeepers: Nick Pope, Robert Sanchez, David Raya.
Differentials moving forward:-
- Diogo Dalot: The Portuguese fullback has an ownership of 6.6%, but he still remains a differential pick considering how similar the defences of top FPL teams are. His underlying numbers and United’s defensive improvement mean that he is an excellent pick at 4.5m.
- Alexander Isak: He has been phenomenal for Newcastle ever since he signed for them. With 6.6% ownership, he is a differential candidate, and with superb run of fixtures, considering him won’t be a bad move.
Don’t board the hype train:-
- Alexis Mac Allister: The Argentine midfielder has caught the eyes of FPL managers after getting solid returns in the past few weeks. But getting him into your squad might be a bit risky, considering that most of his goals have come off from a very low xG, and he still continues to play in a deeper role, which makes Trossard and Groß better options. Waiting for 1 or 2 more gameweeks would be a wiser move.
- Jarrod Bowen: After having a nosedive in FPL fortunes, Jarrod Bowen is back in the reckoning for selection into some FPL teams as the Hammers have a good run of fixtures to come. But his average form means that waiting for some time would be a better move instead of getting him in straight away.