FPL gameweek 5: saving the wild card for now


My team has not exactly set the charts on fire but am not doing bad either.
In fact, considering last week’s average score of 44, my total of 59 with modest returns from captain Romelu Lukaku was certainly not bad, eh?
And I have two transfers saved, so I will holding off the wild card.
Having said that, the team value is eroding and that is certainly not good news. It means the players who have done well are being dragged by complete failure on the part of the rest. A second look at the team for the sinking ships and there is a large temptation to use the wild card again.
Especially the defence where Charlie Daniels, Pablo Zabaleta, Craig Dawson and Uwe Hunemeier are leaking a notch and/or about to in the coming days again. Daniels is up against Brighton & Hove next and while the latter are no pushovers, pulling the trigger on that one can be avoided.
Talking of fixtures for Gameweek 5 to 10, Spurs have the best run from here followed by Leicester City, West Ham United, Swansea and Burnley. That is one reason why Zabaleta stays although his performance was a bit scratchy in the win against Huddersfield. Hopefully the win will lift the Hammers off.
That leaves one with Dawson and Hunemeier as ripe candidates to ring in two changes. Ben Davies comes in as the obvious pick from Spurs. For the remaining slot, it was a tight choice between Burnley’s Ward and Ciaran Clark (Newcastle). Given Burnley’s fixtures, Ward gets the nod.
I am not keen on pricey defenders in my strategy. Having Davies with Kolasinac is a difficult one because Kolasinac returned of 9 points from last week. So I am tempted to hold on to that transfer for this week.
The captain’s choice of staying with Romelu Lukaku is also not without its nervousness. Nearly 28 percent as per a poll on the FPL side is sticking faith on the Belgian as he visits his former club but, with six strikes in as many appearances on the trot, it is the law of averages that are bound to catch up that is niggling me. I might change my mind at the last minute but for now, Lukaku it is.

Good luck to all you FPL managers out there.

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