Looking at the Gameweek 28 best wildcard team. Using the Fantasy Football Scout season ticker we can see which teams have the best run of fixtures. This can then aid FPL managers in picking out some of the best assets for the run ahead.
The wildcard gives managers the opportunity to change their entire team for any reason. Managers activate their wildcards for several reasons. Whether that be to target fixture swings or just change their team up, the wildcard can be precious to our planning.
We can see from the ticker below, the teams at the top have the easiest fixtures, whilst the teams at the bottom have the toughest fixtures up to Gameweek 33 (a six match period).
Who has the best fixtures?
Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Leeds and Chelsea all rank amongst the top five teams with the best fixtures, all of whom face a game in blank Gameweek 28 and then a double Gameweek in the round immediately after.
Who has the worst fixtures?
Manchester City, Brighton, Southampton, Arsenal, Everton and Fulham all rank amongst the bottom five teams for having the worst fixtures.
It is vital we build a squad that can both navigate the blank Gameweek ahead but also attack the double Gameweek immediately after that.
The best wildcard team
Trying to find the right balance between teams and players that have blanks and double Gameweeks ahead could be key.
Chelsea face a fixture against Everton in Gameweek 28 then continue their run of home matches with another two in double Gameweek 29. For this reason and their recent improvements it could be wise to bring in Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.7m).
Leicester also play in Gameweek 28 and have a double in Gameweek 29. Danny Ward (£4m) could come in handy especially in this team. As we go through the selections we may find that managers could want to rotate him in for Kepa for Gameweek 29, especially with the inclusion of other Chelsea defenders in the team.
No team has scored less goals in the league this season than Everton (20). Chelsea have also settled in their wing-back system which means their wingbacks get into some of the most advanced positions on the pitch. The inclusion of both wing-backs Reece James (£5.8m) and Ben Chilwell (£5.9m) could hold huge gains. The latter has been directly involved in four of Chelsea’s last six goals.
Newcastle have a great fixture against Nottingham Forest in Gameweek 28 then a double in Gameweek 29. They have also maintained the best defensive stats in the league this season. Because of this Kieran Trippier (£5.9m) and Fabian Schar (£5m) who lead their defensive teammates for non penalty expected goal involvement this season make the team. Fabian Schar could be rotated to the bench in Gameweek 29 to allow a better doubling player in.
Brighton do not play in Gameweek 28 but their stats and double in Gameweek 29 are too hard to ignore. In the last six Gameweeks Brighton rank joint best for goals conceded (four), the best for shots in the box conceded (27), joint best for shots on target conceded (11) and big chances conceded (one). Because of this and his attacking threat Pervis Estupinan (£4.7m) makes the cut. Estupinan will be rotated into the starting line-up in Gameweek 29.
Arsenal play one fixture in Gameweek 28 and one fixture in Gameweek 29. Amongst all teams in the league in the last six Gameweeks they rank first for goals (17), first for total attempts on goal (139) and first for shots in the box (90). Due to this is could be worth while doubling up with Bukayo Saka (£8.5m) who takes his teams penalties and Gabriel Martinelli (£6.6m) who has picked up four returns in his last five games. The latter could be sold, with enough money in the bank, for Marcus Rashford (£7.4m) who has a double in Gameweek 29.
Newcastle’s fixtures could indicate it is worth investing in their attack. The cheapest and most effective way to invest in their frontline could be Miguel Almiron (£5.4m). He has managed an impressive 11 goals and one assist already this season.
Leicester face Brentford in Gameweek 28 and a very good double in Gameweek 29. In fact, one of their opponent’s, Aston Villa, have conceded more big chances than any other team in the league in the last six matches (20). The Foxes have also scored more goals from outside the box than any other team in the league this season (11). This could bode well for James Maddison (£8.1m) who has collected nine goals and five assists from 19 matches so far.
In the last six matches Brighton rank amongst the best five teams for lots of the key offensive data points. One of the teams they play in the double Gameweek, Bournemouth, rank the worst for shots in the box conceded (77) and the worst for shots on target conceded (36). For that reason and the fact he takes penalties, has a new advanced role and edges all of his other offensive teammates for non penalty expected goal involvement in the last six, Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m) is an easy inclusion. He will be rotated off the bench for Gameweek 29.
Aston Villa rank first on the fixture ticker. They play the worst defence in the league in Gameweek 28, Bournemouth. They also face a double in Gameweek 29. Because of this the in-form Ollie Watkins (£7.3m) is an easy inclusion. The striker has managed six returns in his last seven matches.
Brentford have a fixture in Gameweek 28 and a double in Gameweek 29. Ivan Toney (£7.8m) is the focal point to the attack, takes his teams penalties and edges his offensive teammates for non penalty expected goal involvement this season. Amongst all strikers Toney also ranks third for total attempts on goal (17).
Manchester City dominate most of the key offensive data points this season and a large contributing factor to that is Erling Haaland (£12.2m). The Norwegian has hit a colossal 28 goals and five assists from 26 games this season. He sits as the highest owned and highest scoring player in the game. Haaland will patiently wait on the bench until Gameweek 29.
What should we expect in Gameweek 28? Find out right here.