Wildcard time is just around the corner.

With just two gameweeks to play before the next wildcard is available we look at the pros and cons of playing your wildcard early or late.

Just in case there are any managers out there that aren’t aware of what a wildcard is, it’s a chip that you can play twice a season that allows you to change your whole team for free. One is allowed upto December 31 and one for games played after that.

A big part of the decision is how well your team is doing in its respective leagues. If you’re doing alright, then why make wholesale changes? All you need to do is to play conservatively, keep the same good players that everyone else has and make your choice of captain the same as everyone else. You’ll stay there or thereabouts and you can make your play for the top when the double gameweeks occur in March and April.

If you’re not doing so well, you’ve probably got to make some bigger team changes and you won’t want to take the hit on the penalty points if you do.

So, if you’re struggling should you make the changes early or late? We’d consider the following points if we were you.

  1. Assuming that your new team is better than your old team, by playing it early you’ll get more points for more gameweeks.
  2. However, if you play it early, you won’t be able to make adjustments for the double gameweeks later.
  3. Although there aren’t many key transfers that go on in January, by playing it early you won’t be able to benefit from these and to see if they’ve worked out. On the latter point, you may remember Wilfried Bony’s January transfer from Swansea to Manchester City in January 2015 when he was 2014’s leading scorer. Whoops!
  4. Even if you want to play it right away, bear in mind that there’s only one game before the FA Cup games and then the next gameweek starts on January 14. You might want to wait a week.
  5. You’ll still need differential if you are to climb the league or otherwise, you’ll make no progress on those at the top.

In the next newsletter, we’ll look at the characteristics of the best performing teams.

In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:

Rob Smith

Jay Egersdorff, ESP

Adam Kaye

Allan Fullarton

Stuart Burton, FuturaRec2Rec

Chris McEnaney

Jonathan Sweasey, PDA Search and Selection

Warren Jupp

Sam Bisgrove

Steve Pardoe

Manager of the Week

Stuart Burton.......

The Sponsor’s Business Support Manager has been doing ever so well in his other private leagues recently, so much so that he was having trouble getting his head through his office door. Avid ManU fan Stuart wasn’t doing at all well earlier in the season but shows what a few changes and some good choices of captain can make. For Stuart, his fortunes started to improve when he ditched most of his United players and started putting in players that would score him some points.

Welcome, at last, to the newsletter Stuart.

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Irfaan Hussein......

With 73 points in 77th place we’ve got Apply4U.com/jobs’ Irfaan Hussein. The last time that Arfaan featured on these pages was week 11 when he won the best of the rest award. Irfaan’s making superb progress and this week in particular with his choice of captain, the in-form Ibra.

Page one beckons Irfaan!

The Best of the Rest

Paul Cellini......

At 104th place with 71 points we find Paul Cellini. Some might say that Paul got lucky picking the rather unlucky Negredo who’d only scored 3 times since the start of the season prior to the hapless Swansea’s trip to Boro.

Don’t worry about what they say Paul. Just take the points.

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

Etienne Capoue......

The Watford midfielder has the highest ownership of all FPL midfielders at 36% but is he living on borrowed time? Although he started off like a train with 4 goals and an assist in the first 5 games of the season he’s done diddly squat since with just a single goal and no assists in 12 games. We’d actually never seen him play a full match until he came to the Etihad last Wednesday and watching him in that game just confirmed our suspicions.

Get him binned!

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

Gylfi SigLee Grant…….

Stoke’s Lee Grant has had a great start to his Premiership career at the ripe old age of 33. Lee is on loan from Derby County where he couldn’t get in the team and we don’t think we’d be being unkind to say that his career so far has been that of a journeyman. However, he did show a lot of early promise and played for all the England age groups up to the U21’s.

He’s now the most in form goalie in the Prem! How good is that?

At just £4.3m he’s obviously at the top of the Value / Form table and he’s only just behind Heaton and Courtois in the Value / Season table. Oh, and he’s only got a 5.4% ownership

No Brainer!

Team of the Week

The top manager of the whole league this week is yet again our Norwegian friend Knut Hebaek, so we’re going to look at the 2nd placed manager, Konstantin Leliuk who’s from the Ukraine and is a ManU fan. Hmmmm. Konstantin only managed 65 points this week but his 1,119 overall points still kept him second in the league. And he kept Azpilicueta on the bench! Even the very best make mistakes eh?

So, what’s his team this week?

Pickford

Lovren

Alonso

Rose

Chambers

Zaha

Mane

Eriksen

Sanchez

Costa

Lukaku

His subs were

De Gea, Rondon, Azpilicueta, Winks

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