With many of the community activating over the International Break, we bring this Gameweek 32 wildcard special to help you decide whether to wildcard and how to set up.
Why should you wildcard?
With the double gameweeks on their way, confirmed for Gameweek 34 and predicted for Gameweek 37, many managers are setting up their squads to use the Bench Boost chip in one of these weeks to field up to 15 DGW players (or potentially 14 DGW players and the undroppable Mo Salah).
Here's what that's done to the Schedule:
Confirmed Double Gameweeks = Bright yellow
Expected Double Gameweeks = Light yellow
(The midweek in Gameweek 37 is almost certainly the only slot that the remaining postponed fixtures can be reschedule to) pic.twitter.com/TFmNUNxEOD
— Ben Crellin (@BenCrellin) March 22, 2018
Plenty of managers activated their Gameweek 32 wildcard, prior to the fixtures being announced on Thursday, which has opened up a number of different strategies for the chips.
📊 BENCH BOOST POLL 📊
When will you roll the dice for a potential 150+ score?!
— Fantasy Football Community (@FFCommunity_) March 23, 2018
The latest community thought is to Bench Boost in the smaller Double Gameweek, using the Gameweek 32 wildcard, or possibly Gameweek 33, to set up a full squad of starters for this. However, the results of the poll could be skewed by those who went early!
#DGW34 player buying influence:
Bournemouth – liv, MUN ⚠️
Brighton – cry, TOT ⚠️
Burnley – LEI, CHE ✔
Chelsea – sot, bur ✔
Leicester – bur, SOT ✔
Man United – WBA, bou ✔
Southampton – CHE, lei ⚠️
Spurs – MCI, bha 🤔
— Chief ⚽ #FPL Manager 🇨🇽 (@FPLHints) March 22, 2018
If you choose to Bench Boost in DGW34, then a wildcard in Gameweek 32 or 33 will be needed. Those going with the presumed DGW37 will look to wildcard now or round Gameweek 35 or 36.
My revised #FPL Plan:
• WC active now – Using rolled GW33 FT I will have 10 x #DGW34 players plus Salah
• Free Hit for GW35
• Roll FT in 36
• Bench Boost for Mega-DGW37 pic.twitter.com/VaoSegQf1n
— FPL_Fly🔻 (@FPL_Fly) March 22, 2018
The situation is also influenced by whether you have the Free Hit or Triple Captain chip. The triple captain contenders look stronger for Double Gameweek 37.
Sir Harold of Kane, Triple Captain DGW37, WBA (A), NEW (H). #FPL
— Chief ⚽ #FPL Manager 🇨🇽 (@FPLHints) March 22, 2018
Free Hit will be popular for the blank Gameweek 35. Plenty of premium options are available to load up on.
— Who Got The Assist? (@WGTA_FPL) March 19, 2018
These aren’t the only chip combinations though.
• The only real losers as I see it are those still holding the Triple Captain Chip. Choosing when and who to play that on is going to be a headache…
— FPL_Fly🔻 (@FPL_Fly) March 22, 2018
Ultimately it looks like a 50/50 decision. Those who have already activated their wildcard are perhaps best using Bench Boost in Gameweek 34.
If I had a Free Hit Chip I'd be all over it in #DGW37
— FPL🆚 (@FPL_vs) March 23, 2018
Those who haven’t activated, depends on their squad and chips for whether they wildcard now or wait.
— FPLtips (@_FPLtips) March 22, 2018
How should you set up your wildcard team?
For those who have decided to activate and are looking to Bench Boost either in Gameweek 34 or 37, there’s some key players who ought to be considered, plus some who ought to be avoided. Who got the assist? have produced this helpful guide.
— Who Got The Assist? (@WGTA_FPL) March 22, 2018
Ian Wilson has combined with Ben Crellin to look at the relative fixture difficulties over this period, to target players with the most favourable schedules. It has proved particularly popular.
Based on a couple comments, a republish of my last table sorted by #DGW and #BGW.
Layout and information: @BenCrellin
Table 1: @FantasianPL 's 'Gut Call' FDR (me) – slightly adjusted from last time
Table 2: @OfficialFPL FDR simplified (teams have a single rating) pic.twitter.com/LlIQyuTyKw
— Ian Wilson: FPL Strategic (@FantasianPL) March 22, 2018
The Official FPL Fixture Difficulty Rating is proving to be a popular stat among the community, including this interesting compilation from Fantasy Football Noise.
If you’re going to use your wildcard post #bgw31 and need to plan for the rest of the season this might help, the average Fixture Difficulty Rank of each team as of 19 March. Arsenal have the easiest run in, and have 8 fixtures, whereas you should steer clear of Brighton. #fpl pic.twitter.com/pbzeup0m9G
— FantasyFootballNoise (@Fantasy_Noise) March 19, 2018
Despite the favourable schedule for some teams, managers should use a fair amount of caution surrounding those teams who have involvement in the FA Cup or European Cups.
Some of my thoughts now DGW34 confirmed:
⚽️GW32: Chelsea HAVE to beat a Kane-less Spurs team otherwise top 4 very tricky
⚽️ GW34: Are we certain MUN/CHE/TOT stars will play the 2nd match just days before FA Cup SF?
⚽️City: 3 tough PL fixtures with CL QF sandwiched. Avoid
— James Egersdorff (@JEgersdorff) March 24, 2018
3-5-2 looks to be the most popular option for the season run-in according to The Tinker Men. The selection of midfielders on offer is much more enticing than the strikers.
Seeing a lot of wildcard drafts with 3 big strikers. Flirted with the idea but then went for 5 in midfield because midfield has been where it's at this season and 3 big strikers never really worked
— TheTinkerMen (@TheTinkerMen) March 18, 2018
There’s plenty of advice on how to set up your Gameweek 32 wildcard team in the latest edition of the Fantasy Football Surgery podcast.
📡🎙️90th EPISODE OF THE FF_SURGERY PODCAST!!🎙️📡
With the mathmatically safe @mathsafe_fpl 🔢
— FF_Surgery (@FF_Surgery) March 23, 2018
How should you set up without the Free Hit?
The Gameweek 32 wildcard set up becomes much more challenging to navigate for those who have already used their Free Hit chip.
If your Wildcard is active but you have no free hit……
How do you get 11 DGW34 players, field a team in BGW35 and get 15 DGW37 players?
Asking for a friend…..
— FPLPriceChanges+ (@FPLPriceChanges) March 22, 2018
Drew, FPL Phenomena and Utterly TC provide a couple of helpful strategies for consideration.
Option 1 (BB34)
DGW34. 14 Double + Salah (29)
GW35. 4 players + 2FTs (6)
DGW37. 10 Double + 2FTs (22)
Option 2 (BB37)
DGW34. 6 Double + 5 single (17)
GW35. 11 players (11)
DGW37. 15 Double (30)
57 vs 58 players. Nothing in it. My personal preference is to hammer GW34.
— Drew (@FFPundits_Drew) March 22, 2018
WC planning with no FH 🤔🧐 :
– Keep Salah & Firmino.
– GKs ( DGW34+DGW37) & (BGW35+DGW37).
– 5 DEFs ( 3✔️34+37) & (2✔️35+37).
– 4 MIDs: ( 3✔️34+37) & (1✔️35+37).
– 2 FWDs (1✔️34+37) & (1✔️34+35).
– 9 players #DGW34✔️
– 7 players #BGW35 with 2 FT.
Let's go …
— FPL Phenomena (@FPL_phenomena) March 22, 2018
Best I can do! No FH chip available, currently on WC. #FPL
➡️ GW32 = WC
➡️ GW33 = 1FT
➡️ DGW34 = TC & hold FT (9 DGW’ers + Salah & Firmino (home to AFCB)
➡️ BGW35 = 2FT’s (10 starters)
➡️ GW36 = hold FT
➡️ DGW37 = BB / 2FT’s + 1T (-4) (14 DGW’ers, Kane in & captain). pic.twitter.com/lyUuwA6hat
— Tom Campbell (@UtterlyTC) March 23, 2018
Many managers will need to adopt this strategy, according to current percentages provided by the Fantasy Football Fix algorithm.
Chips used so far…
Triple Captain – 41.4%
Free Hit – 38.5%
Wildcard – 26.3%
Bench Boost – 23.5%
— Fantasy Football Fix (@FantasyFootyFix) March 20, 2018
What are the main dilemmas?
With plenty of premium options to select from the pool of players who have two double gameweeks, there are plenty of tough decisions to be made by managers. There are plenty of strong options in midfield, at either ends of the budget.
Midfielders £7m or under
Attacking stats – last 10 GW’s
— Fantasy Football Fix (@FantasyFootyFix) March 21, 2018
Son V Mahrez
— Fantasy Football Fix (@FantasyFootyFix) March 23, 2018
Those looking for a Manchester City midfielder have a tricky decision to make. Beware rotation once the Premier League title is secure, which could be as early as Gameweek 33.
— Yahoo Daily Fantasy (@YahooFantasy_UK) March 21, 2018
Leicester assets look popular given their two doubles and there are some budget options in defence.
The first play locked in my WC is….
— The #FPL Physio 🚑 (@FPL_physio) March 19, 2018
However, with very little to play for their motivation will be questionable.
Re: #FPL Wildcard
I’m banking the nature of Leicester’s FA Cup exit means they gradually lose interest in this years Premier League.
Outside chance of EL qual but I’m avoiding Vahrez for now.
— FPL_Fly🔻 (@FPL_Fly) March 21, 2018
Romelu Lukaku is currently the most transferred in player ahead of Gameweek 32, closely followed by Aubameyang, but there’s a word of warning from FPL Partirdge regarding his current output.
Forget fixtures, history & reputation
Here are the stats on Lukaku in the last 4 GW's
Shots on target- 4
Touches in penalty area- 14
& the same for Harry Maguire
Shots on target- 2
Touches in penalty area- 15
Im trying so hard to find a reason to own him
— FPL Partridge (@FPL_Partridge) March 20, 2018
Those struggling to decide between a goalkeeper pairing could learn a lot from the statistics provided by El Statto.
What’s been the best keeper combo so far this season? 3 stands outs to give you the best pts return for £M spent.
— ÉL STATTO (@FPL_ElStatto) March 21, 2018
There’s some important advice on maximising assets for your bench boost chip from FPL Junior.
The whole point of bench boost is to maximise the amount of points from the 4 players on your bench.
Everyone’s going to have at least XI playing.
• Sub keeper
• 4th and 5th defender
• 3rd striker/5th mid
You’ve got to work out which DGW will maximise your bench’s points.
— FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior) March 23, 2018
With potentially 2 free transfers to be made between now and Double Gameweek 34, work backwards and forwards when setting up those wildcard squads.
Those on WC currently. Whilst you need to plan for GW34, don’t ignore GW32&33. You can transfer a couple out by GW34 who aren’t playing twice but have good games in build up. #FPL
— ÉL STATTO (@FPL_ElStatto) March 23, 2018
It’s important not to overlook the main man Mo Salah, despite the fact that he has no double gameweek this season. He is head and shoulders above the rest, and more than capable of outscoring players who feature twice.
Most Goals + Assists This Season
🇧🇪De Bruyne (21)
— EPL Stat Man (@EPLStatman) March 23, 2018
How are the community setting up?
After plenty of tinkering, some of the community are nearer to confirming their Gameweek 32 wildcard teams and you can see a selection of drafts here.
New Wildcard squad. Allows flexibility for upgrade to Kane in time for DGW34 pic.twitter.com/5IPAo3xtLw
— FPL_Fly🔻 (@FPL_Fly) March 26, 2018
— FPLPriceChanges+ (@FPLPriceChanges) March 25, 2018
Latest Wildcard situation. Almost settled. Can't see myself making more than 2+ changes pic.twitter.com/n10N8nh2NS
— Chief ⚽ #FPL Manager 🇨🇽 (@FPLHints) March 29, 2018
Thinking of doing Willian > Haz, financed by Stafi > 4.7 DGWer (Ced here) 🤔
Makes sense for me at 279k OR to go for overlooked premium asset with a high ceiling 📈
Have to go without Vardy & or see what happens by 34. Kaku in then.
Easily downgraded, too.
Happy Easter!! 😀#FPL pic.twitter.com/VzKThgovfy
— Who Got The Assist? (@WGTA_FPL) March 29, 2018
Kenedy > Fernandinho
(if he escapes YC ban)#BGW35 (11)
Alonso > Walker
Murray > Ayew#GW36
Lukaku > Kane#DGW37 (29) (-4)
Lowton > Naughton
Tarkowski > £4.9m pic.twitter.com/LjI06cyUwn
— FPL🆚 (@FPL_vs) March 30, 2018
Current WC draft
Money in the bank to transfer Lukaku for Kane when fit, another £0.7m spare for upgrades.
13 DGW34 players
5 GW35 players plus 2FT (plus hits)
11 DGW37 players pic.twitter.com/4FGajIh90h
— Drew (@FFPundits_Drew) March 30, 2018
The wildcard has beeen activated on the site team and we will be sharing the latest draft later this week! Be sure to check out the Fixture Charts for Gameweek 32.