Is it time to play your wildcard?

The wildcard rules have changed this season. In previous seasons we all got a January Wildcard which ran out at the end of the month. This season, you get a new wildcard at the beginning of January that lasts you through to whenever you use it.

So should you play the wildcard early or late?

Opinion’s divided on this one. Some managers think that it’s better to play the wildcard after the January transfer window has closed, but others think that there is so little that actually goes on in that window, it’s not worth waiting for. We would just ask that if Palace bought Charlie Austin on the last day of the window, would you want him in your team?

Other managers like to see how lesser teams and players get through the mud and bullets of an English winter and are still firing. Will Mahrez and Vardy keep scoring? Will Payet get back to his best? Can Ighalo carry on? We guess that what we are saying his the later you play your wildcard, the greater amount of information on which to base your choices.

However, the biggest factor in deciding on when to play the wildcard is where you stand in you respective mini league. If you’re up there with the leaders, you’ll probably already have a great team and so why do you need to play the wildcard? Keep it until March or when you start to slip away. However, if you’re mid table your team will undoubtedly need a substantial overhaul and you may as well do that right away and benefit from this better team playing more gameweeks.

You can always go to the top of the overall league and try and copy their team you know!

In our league, most managers would have been very disappointed with their performance but it was one of those weeks where many players cancelled the others out. The other disappointment was the choice of captain. None of our top 10 had a decent captain, with Bartley Hilliam’s choice of 6-point Azpilicueta the best of the lot. That says something eh? And congratulations to newbie, George Bartlett, never mentioned before on these pages, who’s sneaked into 9th place with an uninspiring 33 points.

The Top 10 are as follows:

Paul Cellini

Alan Furley

Bartley Hilliam

Luis Cruz, ConSol Partners

Ben Wilcox, Bauhaus

Mike Bernard

Adam Grainger

Phil Dancey

George Bartlett

Sam Lomas

Manager of the Week

Tarik Bell-Ross

In 32nd place with 60 points we find a newbie to these pages, one Tarik Bell-Ross. Anyone scoring 60 this week has got to be happy and has made a very good choice of captain. Tarik was one of the only ones amongst us to actually choose Payet as his captain. There were millions of us who put him in as VC. That’ll change next week for sure. Added to Payet’s 22 was Giroud’s 13 and that made up quite a lot of the 60 points.

Do you dare repeat it Tarik?

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Oli Ottey

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Last season, Oli Ottey was scrapping it out at the very top of our league. This season, with just a modicum of pressure from his director to place more candidates and Oli’s game has gone to pot. He’s in 53rd place for God’s sake and needs to pull his finger out and play to his full potential. The same combination of Payet (c) and Giroud brought the points in again but it’s hardly inspiring is it Oli?

Come on Oli. You can do better than this

The Best of the Rest

Mike Grove

With 70 points in 186th place we find West Ham fanatic, BRC’s Mike Grove. Mike supported his team well enough to choose Payet as his captain and to have the most brilliant Michail Antonio also in his side. He was also bright enough to leave Carroll on the bench. Add Giroud’s 13 points to those two scores and you win a prize.

Well done Mike. Let’s hope this is the start of a resurgence.

Taxi for...........

Chris Smalling.......

Manchester United’s best central defender has just lost a bit of his aura in the past few weeks. Now we all think of United as being boring in attack but a team that keeps possession and doesn’t let many in. However, they still let some in – almost every game. One clean sheet in the last 6 games and nearly an OG added to his name at Newcastle on Tuesday doesn’t bode well for our Christopher and at 28% ownership and a hefty £6.8m price tag we’d sell him this week.

Get him binned!

One to watch..........

Michail Antonio......

Well he ain’t Russian and he ain’t from Italy. He was actually born in Wandsworth and has done his stints in the lower leagues before joining the Hammers in September. Man of the Match against Southampton over Christmas, he’s actually bagged 40 points in his last 6 games. £5.2m, less than 1% ownership. What are you waiting for?

No Brainer!

Team names please

The reason we ask for your agency name as part of your team name is because it’s the only way we can ensure that we are paying the prizes out to the correct managers and that those managers are genuinely in the recruitment industry.

With the latest hacking of our league from semi-professional FL-ers, its even more important. Please help us manage the league better by doing this.

However, those of you who aren’t putting in your team names are missing out on some great publicity for your agency and, as recruiters tend to be competitive creatures, isn’t it better to beat you rivals in business AND in the fantasy league?

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