Five Picks For A Gameweek 5 FPL Wildcard

The @FPLGeneral has picked out five players he thinks should be considered by those managers who are spending the international break building a shiny new FPL squad with their Wildcard.

All five players have decent fixtures this weekend, so they are also options when putting your Fantasy Bet team together for the £2,500 Grand Weekend Contest.

Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)

The English centre back has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League so far this season. He’s struck up a great partnership with Bjorn Engels at the heart of the Villa defence.

Mings has picked up bonus points in two of the first four matches as well as chipping in with an assist in Gameweek 1 against Spurs. He’s a man-mountain, he will score a goal or two at least in 2019/20.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (100) and Lucas Digne (89) (two players I would want on a Wildcard this week) are the only defenders who have racked up more BPS than Mings (88) over the first four games.

Villa have a great run of fixtures ahead which could yield a few clean sheets for Mings, their next five are West Ham (home), Arsenal (away), Burnley (home), Norwich (away) and Brighton (home).


Daniel James (Manchester United)

The Welsh winger has been a shining light for Man United in recent weeks, scoring three goals to get his Old Trafford career off to a flyer.

His pace is causing opposing defences massive problems. With a real lack of depth in the United squad at present after they let Lukaku and Sanchez go without replacing them, James’ place in the starting XI looks secure. He got on the score sheet for his country in midweek too against Belarus. The kid can’t stop scoring!

His underlying statistics are good too. He’s had 9 shots in the box which is bettered only by big hitters Sterling (12) and Salah (10) among midfielders. The question is, can he sustain it? At a relatively low price, he’s worth a punt.

Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal)

Pepe has passed the eye test in his first few games for Arsenal without setting the world alight. He’s got the potential to be an excellent FPL asset for years to come. Getting on him before others do could be a shrewd move.

His ownership is less than 5%. If he fires against a struggling Watford side this weekend, he could fire you up the rankings. The Gunners have an excellent fixture schedule, they face just one of the ‘big six’ in their next 12 matches.

Over the last two Gameweeks (where Pepe has played 180 minutes) he ranks 1 st for goal attempts (11) among midfielders. The goals are coming.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley)

Four goals in four appearances, four green fixtures coming up, Barnes is a no-brainer for Wildcarders. He’s continued his great form from the second half of last season into this one leaving Chris Wood in his shadow. You couldn’t ask for three better fixtures back-to-back, Brighton (away), Norwich (home) and Aston Villa (away).

Only Roberto Firmino (17) and Marcus Rashford (16) have had more shots at goal than Barnes (15) when it comes to forwards.

Sebastien Haller (West Ham)

The Frenchman looks the real deal after just a handful of appearances for the Hammers. A lot of strikers have come and gone in recent years, but this guy looks like he could be what they’ve been looking for. He sits top of the xG table for strikers after four games (3.08) despite sitting out the game against Brighton because of injury.

With the quality of Lanzini, Anderson and Yarmolenko to create the chances for him, Haller should score plenty of goals this season. The Barnes/Haller double up in attack is going to be popular.

Mark McGettigan

With three top 500 finishes in his last 5 seasons, Mark (or @FPLGeneral to many) is as close to FPL royalty as you can get. You'll find him co-hosting our Fantasy Weekly podcast, but he's no stranger to Fantasy Premier League show either.

BEST FPL FINISH: 102 (15/16)

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