FPL 22/23: The GW9 Wildcard Logic – Teams and Players to Target

FPL 22/23
A number of wildcards were played in GW8 after a series of postponement forced the hands of FPL managers.

Now, ahead of GW9, just after the international break, wildcards are active again. The primary reason for this is the fixture swing for some clubs, and in this article, we identify the teams with the best sets of fixtures for the next five gameweeks and FPL assets to consider.

FPL 22/23: The GW9 Wildcard Logic – Teams and Players to Target

Leicester: NFO(H), BOU(A), CRY(H), LEE(H), WOL(A)
Leicester City are bottom on the Premier League table after losing all but one of their seven league games so far this season. However, the schedule for the next five provides them an opportunity to turn the tables in their favour.
The scout recommends the following players from Leicester City:

a. James Maddison (£7.9, 6.9% TSB): Despite Leicester City’s unimpressive start to the season, James Maddison has blanked only twice. The kind schedule bodes well for the creative midfielder and at just 6.9% ownership, he could be a steal for £7.9 for the next five.

b. Danny Ward (£4.0, 25.9% TSB): Ward’s total of 8 points in 7 gameweeks leaves so much to be desired. In fact, there have been calls for the Welsh international to be dropped in favour of Daniel Iversen. However, he still remains the best cheap goalkeeper option in the game at £4.0. Therefore, for managers who prefer one starting goalkeeper, Ward remains the best available alternative.

Fulham: NEW(H), WHU(A), BOU(H), AVL(H), LEE(A)
The sixth-ranked team in the Premier League have an opportunity to go further up. Newly-promoted Fulham have caught the eyes, winning three and drawing two in seven league matches. Below are two Fulham FPL assets to consider:

a. Aleksandr Mitrovic (£6.9, 31.1% TSB): Aleksandr Mitrovic’s blank against Nottingham Forest was only his second of the season. The £6.9 forward is ranked fourth on total points amongst strikers just behind Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, and Ivan Toney. The scout believes that there is no reason why he should not increase his total of 41 points with the run of fixtures.

b. Andreas Pereira (£4.6, 26.1% TSB): Andreas Pereira is easily the best budget midfield option to own. The former Manchester United man has been on set-pieces and has earned two assists this season. However, the arrival of Willian threatens his place as the main set-piece taker.

Bournemouth: BRE(H), LEI(H), FUL(A), SOU(H), WHU(A)
Bournemouth have conceded the second most goals this season (19) and have managed to score only six and an XG less than 0.50 per match. However, there are still some positives for them. For instance, despite their goal difference of -13, they are 12th on the table. In addition to this, their defensive stat is skewed by the 9 – 0 loss to Liverpool.

a. Dominic Solanke (£5.7, 0.8% TSB): Dominic Solanke has scored one goal and provided on assist so far in the league. His and his team’s attacking stats leaves so much to be desired. However, if there is a chance they turn their season around, it is now. A move for Solanke could prove to be shrewd if he gets a couple of goals in the next five. He is Bournemouth’s penalty taker, he is cheap, and is almost guaranteed to play 90 mins.

Aston Villa: LEE(A), NFO(A), CHE(H), FUL(H), BRE(H)
With one win in their last five, Aston Villa are seated 15th on the Premier League table. Steven Gerrard has an opportunity to silence his critics with his side’s kind run of fixtures in the next five. If Villa can capitalize on these fixtures, the following assets could benefit:

a. Ollie Watkins (£7.2, 2.0% TSB): With one goal and two assists, Ollie Watkins has done little to interest FPL managers as indicated by his 2% ownership. He has an opportunity to get some FPL points over the next five, and the scout thinks he could be a worthwhile differential.

Crystal Palace: CHE(H), LEE(H), LEI(A), WOL(H), WHU(A)

Patrick Vieira’s side have had a tough run to begin the season. They have had to play Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in three of their first six. This, in addition to their disjointed preseason campaign has seen them struggle for points. Sitting just above the relegation zone, they have an opportunity to push for mid-table at least in their next five matches.

a. Wilfried Zaha (£7.2,16.0% TSB): Wilfried Zaha has scored four goals in five appearance so far this season. If you consider the quality of opponents that Palace have played, this is impressive. Now, with easier fixtures on the cards – especially after GW9, there is no reason while Zaha cannot continue in his rich vein of form.

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