With many managers opting to play a Gameweek 31 wildcard, the community have provided some players to consider.
There’s picks to target in each position, with some popular players emerging due to the events of the weekend. Let’s take a look at those Gameweek 31 wildcard picks.
First up for the Gameweek 31 wildcard, it’s Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez. Bernd Leno suffered an awful knee injury at the weekend, and this youngster looks set to deputise until the end of the season. He’s a great enabler at his current price tag, and the next few fixtures are enticing.
— fplbet (@fplbet) June 20, 2020
James Justin has been given the nod for Leicester at right back, with Ricardo out for the rest of the season. While the Foxes weren’t convincing in their performance, this promising talent was on display and the underlying statistics speak for themselves.
Very impressed with James Justin yesterday:
🔸31 touches in opponents third!
🔸2 big chances created
🔸7 tackles won
He looks like a beast in the making.
— FPL Teach Mode (Andy) (@FplMode) June 21, 2020
Matt Ritchie excelled against Sheffield United and many managers may have forgotten that he’s currently listed as a defender. He’s missed most of the season through injury, but is returning to form now, is out of position and takes penalties for the Magpies too.
🔥💣Matt Ritchie(5.3)- One to consider if you play the wildcard
🤩Started in RW in the 4-4-1-1 formation(Listed as def)
🏃Big chance created-1
— ALLABOUTFPL (@allaboutfpl) June 21, 2020
Matt Doherty now has 10 attacking returns for the season, as well as playing in one of the best defences in the Premier League. It’s a perfect storm, with fantastic fixtures on the way for Wolves too. Providing he avoids rotation, he’s a great bet for the rest of the season.
Spurs are another side who have great fixtures for the season run-in. Harry Kane looked jaded against Manchester United, but Heung-Min Son showed great promise. He could be the go-to option for anyone hunting for a Spurs attacker. He’s a differential worth squeezing in.
Heung-Min Son 🇰🇷
I can not recommend him enough…
Then I go and see he is taking corners as well.
I cannot see myself going without him and imagine he will get the armband several times between now and GW38.
— FPLTIPZ (Harry) (@FPLTIPZ) June 19, 2020
Ismaila Sarr is the pick of the mid-priced midfielders, playing in a side who have a lot to do to avoid relegation. The underlying statistics were impressive in Watford’s 1-1 draw with Leicester and the fixture run is particularly kind for the Hornets over the next few weeks.
Another big chance recorded and the best expected involvement among all players in the match yesterday suggests that Sarr was unlucky not to register a return. Encouragingly, Pearson gave him the full 90 too – for those on wildcard he is the standout mid in that price range #FPL pic.twitter.com/knLYsYAAYQ
— AbuBakar Siddiq (@BigManBakar) June 21, 2020
Bruno Fernandes has slowly gained traction since arriving in the Premier League and continues to average an attacking return every game. It looks like he may share penalties with Marcus Rashford, but the numbers posted against Spurs were also eye-opening.
Bruno Fernandes vs Spurs
📝 85 touches
📝 1 goal
📝 2 key passes
📝 7 crosses
📝 1 big chance created
📝 4 shots (3 on target)
📝 On pens & Corner kick
Glad I have him in my team now
— #FPL Cheetah (@FPLCheetah) June 19, 2020
Don’t discount Bruno’s team-mate Paul Pogba when constructing a Gameweek 31 wildcard side. He played a cameo role on Friday, but showed plenty of promise in his actions. He won the penalty for Fernandes to convert and their link-up play could be important in the kind upcoming fixtures.
Paul Pogba vs Spurs (34 mins)
• 100% long pass accuracy
• 94% short pass accuracy
• 4 balls recovered
• 2/2 take ons completed
• One penalty won
• Played one of the passes of the season
— FPL GOAT 🐐⚽ (@FPLGOAT7) June 20, 2020
Danny Ings was one to be cautious of at the restart, given his injury record in recent seasons, but he looked to be back with a bang against Norwich. Hopefully he can continue this form in the more challenging upcoming fixtures: he does tend to rise to the big occasions.
Danny Ing’s emphatic performance against Norwich City has caused some to look at who has the pleasure of facing the Canaries next. It’s Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin who looks to be in the frame, and he’s certainly got the track-record of performances this calendar year.
Calvert Lewin looks a superb option for the rest of the season…
⚽️ 13 goals
👀 Norwich up next
🔵 Reasonable fixtures
🔶 12.5% owned
He’s a must for me! #FPL
— FPL Prince 👑 (@TheFPLPrince) June 19, 2020
Finally, Jordan Ayew caught the eye in Palace’s performance against Bournemouth. He’s at a budget-friendly price tag right now, and could be a cheap enabler to watch for the season run-in. Crystal Palace show no signs of being on the beach just yet.
Jordan Ayew’s (£5.2m) stats against Bournemouth:
⚽️ 1 goal
🎯 1 shot
🔐 1 chance created
🕒 90 minutes played
❌ 2 crosses
✅ 21 accurate passes (91%)
👊 51 touches
— Fantasy Football Secrets (@FPLSecrets) June 20, 2020
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