AbuBakar Siddiq

AbuBakar Siddiq

04-03-2022

08:43

The Preview: GW28 - A thread Greetings everyone, welcome to my latest preview thread where I cover double GW28, Bench Boost and Wildcards at length: #FPL #FPLCommunity @officialfpl Feel free to like and share if you find it to be helpful ❤️

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Q: Should Chelsea’s assets be prioritised in GW28 if not Free Hitting in GW30? If yes, which ones? I think Chelsea’s double GW is a prime opportunity to take advantage of this week. They comfortably have the best odds to keep two clean sheets this GW and for...

... good reason – their fixtures are favorable and only Man City have conceded fewer big chances or have a better xG non penalty than Chelsea this season. Their games from Sunday to Thursday are well spaced out – so I’d expect Rudiger and Silva to play both games. James will...

... play at least one but could potentially play both as well. I think Rudiger is the safest buy for the long term. He has missed just the one PL and UCL game this season. Doubling up with James from GW31 could be an option as well given how favorable their fixtures are...

...However, I don’t mind punting on James even this week – he has 9 returns in 12 starts this season and is only behind Trent among defenders for xGi per 90 this season. There is a chance he can miss a fixture in 28 or 29 but if you don’t have a Wildcard in hand or are not...

... looking to Bench Boost in 29, he’s a good buy. There is too much uncertainty regarding the attackers – Mount has played a lot of minutes recently while Havertz’s place is performance dependent. I'd pick Havertz on a Free Hit but fear he may be a transfer in and out otherwise.

Q: Would you sell a Liverpool defender for a Chelsea one? I don’t think I would. I say that because both teams have three fixtures over the next two GWs and then a blank in GW30 so I don’t see too much merit in swapping back and forth. Liverpool have a double next GW and I...

... even like their fixture from a defensive point of view this week – Moyes is very defensive against the big teams away from home. So far this season, their xG while playing United and City away has been 0.21 and 0.28 respectively. I also like that price bracket...

... for Van Dijk/Robertson and believe it can be used as a means of getting Cancelo easily after GW30, especially for those with no Wildcard.

Q: Would you sell an Arsenal defender for a Chelsea one? I think I would because Arsenal’s double in 29 isn’t great from a defensive point of view – Chelsea have far better odds for clean sheets over the next two GWs. The big caveat to this though is that Arsenal are playing...

... in GW30 and have a double potentially in GW33 as well. Having said that, if you look at the broader picture as someone who has already used his Wildcard, Chelsea have two doubles to be rescheduled as opposed to just the one for Arsenal so in the long run I expect the...

... Chelsea defender to fare better than an Arsenal one.

Q: Should Bench Boost be done with single GW assets this week? If you have a Wildcard in hand, I think you can afford to wait till later in the season. However, without a Wildcard, it’s a big risk not to Bench Boost right now if you’re well set up. A lot of Fantasy managers...

... have Arsenal and Liverpool single GW assets who have favorable fixtures for a Bench Boost this week. If you leave the Bench Boost till too late without a Wildcard, you could potentially have to take additional hits to prepare for it which would offset any net gains you...

... make anyway. Rotation also becomes more of a factor later on in the season with some teams having little to play for. There’s also the fact that once you get the Wildcard out of the way, you can bring in cheaper players as part of your bench and focus entirely on the...

... starting eleven rather than having funds spread out.

Q: Is it worth wildcarding this week? This question is honestly very team dependent. In general, I would prefer Wildcarding after Gameweek 30 though. I say that because with the addition of Spurs v West Ham in GW30, it has become a very easy week to navigate with a lot of...

... managers already owning some of Son/Kane/Bowen. I see more upside in Wildcarding post 30 rather than right now as I believe the template post 30 will be more different to the template for those wildcarding now or for those who wildcarded in 26. The template right now...

... includes Leeds, Wolves and Villa players which is not optimal in the long run – after GW30, Villa's fixture schedule will stiffen up and they will have just the one double left while Leeds and Wolves will have none. After Gameweek 30, you can wildcard your way out of this...

... lot – you can build around Leicester, get Cancelo back easily or potentially even double up on Chelsea and City's defence. On the contrary, one of the things I like about wildcarding in 28 is that it allows...

... you to Bench Boost cheap players such as Dubravka, Holgate, Dier, White or Martinelli in Gameweek 29.

Q: Bench Boost in GW29 or 36 if wildcarding this week? I think the Bench Boost is best used in conjunction with the Wildcard. As mentioned earlier, if you leave it too late without a Wildcard in hand you leave yourself susceptible to the risk of taking additional hits in your...

... squad to set yourself up for the Bench Boost due to any injuries or rotation later on in the season. I would aim for a Bench Boost in 29.



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