As we roll into GW09, the question of whether to use the wildcard will weigh heavily on managers who have yet to play it. Note that the first wildcard is available only until 29th December (GW19) hence it might be a good time to play that wildcard and invest in some players with favourable fixtures in the coming weeks. Should you choose to do so, this will give you some guidance on the essentials you need to consider for players in each position. A premium and a non-premium recommendation for each position hopefully will make your choices easier.
Ederson Santana de Moraes (Man City) – The premium choice if you can squeeze him in. Together with Liverpool, they have the best defence at the moment and now is the time to get on board the Ederson train.
Rui Pedro dos Santos Patricio (Wolves) – With just one loss all season, the man has been racking up the saves and bonus points. His price remains affordable (£4.6m) and offers great returns for value.
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – Without a doubt a player for the long haul. His points returns are consistent and it is also worthwhile to note that the current top 5 FPL managers all have him in their lineup.
Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – The cheaper alternative. Liverpool have a good run of fixtures all the way till Christmas with the only strong opposition coming from Arsenal and Man Utd (if you still consider them “strong”).
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – This choice will get a collective groan from all FPL managers. Although Salah’s form hasn’t been great of late, I’m still hopeful he’ll shake off his slump. With games against Huddersfield and Cardiff coming up, this is the perfect chance for him to find his stride before the big game against Arsenal.
Richarlison de Andrade (Everton) – With the Brazilian being used as a forward (at least for now), there will be plenty of scoring chances. Do note that Everton’s fixtures aren’t exactly smooth, having to play both Liverpool and Man City away before 29th Dec. Nevertheless still a good non-premium player to have.
Sergio Aguero (Man City) – Over 50% of FPL managers have him in their lineup. Although he hasn’t been playing the full 90, do you want to risk not having him on your squad should he have a massive week?
Danny Ings (Southhampton) – A bit of a gamble on this. A cheap alternative with mixed fixtures. His points return isn’t that impressive but he should do well against the lesser teams. And his price (£5.7m) will allow you some flexibility with the premium players.
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