Are you like me? Are you already planning to use that second half wildcard as soon as you possibly can? Well, after this weekend’s GW20, it will be available for you to play.
Who should you be considering as you hit the reset button on your Fantasy Premier League lineup? Here’s my (Scott’s) top 10 list:
Mo Salah - M (LIV): Remember all that debating at the start of the season about whether or not he is worth the money? That debate was over several weeks ago. If you have wanted him but haven’t found a way to do it without multiple -4’s you didn’t want to take, this is your chance. Do it now, or you will regret it.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - F (ARS): This one was hard for me. Kane and Aguero are going to have decent second halves, too, I think, but Aubameyang’s ceiling seems to be highest. He should be more consistent than Kane (although Kane is a monster to finish most seasons, so keep an eye on that) and more healthy than Aguero. You need a Tier 1 forward; for now, it’s Auba.
One Spur - Wow, how about Tottenham right now? They have hit their groove. Even if they drop off a little, it’s hard to ignore them. You need to pick one Spur (or two) and ride with them since they share the points from week to week. It’s hard to ignore Son’s scoring at the moment, but Eriksen, Kane, and Dele will all be good plays on various weeks.
Lucas Digne - D (EVE): Yup, I know. He is a roller coaster ride from week to week. You aren’t transferring him in for the clean sheets. You just can’t ignore his offense anymore. His ability to score from outside the box and his free kick goals make him a must-own, especially if you still have Marcos Alonso. You can go down from Alonso to Digne, get 1.7 into your bank, and increase your scoring output until Alonso finds his shooting boots again. I know because I didn’t wait for my wildcard to make this move.
Felipe Anderson - M (WHU): He started the seasons slowly, as many new signings do, but now you must pay attention to him. He is able to score in multiple ways. Plus, West Ham’s schedule is free and clear for months.
Paul Pogba - M (MUN): He probably should be above Felipe Anderson on this list, but Pogba is just starting to come into form. Yes, the managerial change has helped, of course, and he’s free to create, which is something he is world-class at doing. The scores under the new manager speak for themselves. Just pay attention to his mood. As it changes, so do his scores. For now, though, transfer him in.
Cheap backup GK - I assume you have Alisson as your starting GK because why wouldn’t you? Liverpool have the most clean sheets in the league, and they are mostly fixture-proof in that way. I don’t care if Arsenal and City are next on the schedule. He’s a “set it and forget it” player in your lineup, which means that you need a cheap backup that you never plan to play, but want to have for your Bench Boost chip. Neil Etheridge (CAR) is my choice. On the right week, he’s perfect for your Bench Boost chip. He’s at 4.5. If you need the extra tenth, consider Jonas Lossl (HUD) at 4.4. He won’t get you the points of Etheridge, but he’s cheaper, and that might be all you need.
Danny Ings - F (SOU): Alongside those big-money guys like Salah and Aubameyang, you need discount guys, guys that bring high value, if you will. Danny Ings is that guy. At 5.6, you will be pleased with his production. There are always injury concerns with this guy, so just make sure you have a second forward between him and your Tier 1 guy.
Roberto Pereyra - M (WAT): I know, I’m surprised, too, that he’s on my own list. Listen, he’s another one of those roller coaster rides in terms of points from week to week, but you can’t ignore his 94 overall points. Transfer him into the back end of your midfield line and forget about him. He will disappoint you some weeks, and on others, he will light up your life.
Nathan Redmond - M (SOU): I’ve always had a soft spot for Nathan Redmond; I don’t know why. He’s like the plucky little player who could. Except that he couldn’t for a long time. Under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, however, he has come alive. His 5-13-7 line is no coincidence. The competition gets tougher, so you have to watch out if you plan to play your second half WC right away. But he makes for the perfect conclusion to this Top 10 list.