With an array of key players flagging up injured, a few big fixture swings, plus enough data to better understand team trends, this is a great week for a wildcard. Below I have a GW7 wildcard team with the strategy & reasoning behind my decisions.
The plan with this wildcard below would be to use bench rotation to manage the fixture difficulties. I’ve opted to have one strong bench option, due to the rotation and injuries that keep occurring, I think this is the best strategy. Plus it means I can roll the transfer next week. Then with 2.4m in the bank (1.7m if you have a 100m budget), this allows the transfer of Trent back in after his injury. If you prefer to hold onto him, you can swap him for one of the Chelsea defenders.
GW7 Wildcard Team
Total available funds: 100.7m
In the bank: 2.4m
GK & Defence
The one glaring exclusion is Trent Alexander-Arnold. His recent injury, plus the defensive form of City and Chelsea have made me think a temporary switch could be a shrewd decision. I have chosen a Chelsea double-up, one is a risk and the other is nailed. Although Chilwell hasn’t played a single Premier League minute so far, I have a strong feeling that he will start GW7 and get a run in the team. Alonso’s substitution at half-time in mid-week has only increased this belief. Then a high ceiling City defender plus Semedo, who is destined for a big GW soon. Livramento is my bench fodder who has good fixtures coming up. In goal, I have stuck with a 4.5m keeper in Ramsdale, plus the playing 4.0m Foster. Ramsdale has great fixtures and his form has shown that he can get save and bonus points on top of clean sheets.
Douglas looks like the best performing 4.5m. He’s been taking set-pieces recently which makes him much more valuable than 4.5m, and a perfect bench player. Then I have gone for two players (Raphinha & Saka) in the 6.0-7.0m price range as I feel there’s great value in that price bracket. They both have great fixtures and form. I considered Sarr and Benhrama but as I have Antonio, plus Watford & West Ham fixtures look mixed, I decided on the other two. My mid-priced midfielder is Grealish, with the view of benching him or Cancelo this week and then having them as mainstays from GW8 onwards. Then my premium midfielder is Salah. As the saying goes in Liverpool – no if, buts or maybes, just absolutes. He’s a no-brainer, must-have.
The first selection was Antonio who is a no-brainer right now. He’s playing like an 11.0m Striker so he stays in until that changes or he gets injured. Next is Lukaku. It was either him or Ronaldo, but ultimately the fixtures and value swayed my decision. The final spot is Ivan Toney. His fixture swing in GW9/10 looks very appealing, so I had the view of playing him GW7, benching him for the City assets in GW8, and then bringing him back in GW9/10. The other option was either Raul Jimenez (7.5m), who has great fixtures and has finally broken his duck. Or Chris Wood (6.8m), who has a great entry game vs Norwich, and then good fixtures GW9 onwards. But I chose Toney as I feel he is a sit & forget type asset.
If you’re wildcarding this week, try to take a long-term approach. I’ve been cruelly reminded recently that taking 1/2 week punts on players can be so risky if other players suddenly pull up injured. If you choose to take a few punts, just make sure you have enough coverage on the bench. Good luck, go with your gut & back yourself.