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GW33 Lessons: Wildcard managers selling stars

The Scout 8 Apr 2019
Vardy, Salah and Hazard

Vardy, Salah and Hazard are among the most sold players in FPL despite recent goals

Jamie Vardy's (£9.1m) prolific form has not been enough to prevent heavy sales in Fantasy Premier League.

The Leicester City forward produced 16 FPL points at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

He has six goals, two assists and 48 points in his five matches under new Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers.

But Vardy has been a big casualty as managers start to prepare for Double Gameweek 35.

Leicester are one of 12 teams without a Double Gameweek 35 and have only five matches in the final five Gameweeks.

That has led to 32,000+ sales of Vardy for his Gameweek 34 home match with Newcastle United.

Kane move

More than 12,000 of those have turned to Harry Kane (£12.5m), which is the largest direct swap in the Gameweek.

Tottenham Hotspur's Kane still has six fixtures to play, including a Double Gameweek 35 and four home matches.

Hazard and Salah

There have also been big sales of non-Double Gameweek 35 midfielders.

Premium pair Eden Hazard (£11.1m) and Mohamed Salah (£13.2m) are the two most transferred out players in the Gameweek.

But both have the explosive potential to outscore players with two fixtures in Double Gameweek 35.

Hazard has nine double-figure hauls this season ahead of Gameweek 33's final fixture this evening as Chelsea host West Ham United.

Salah, meanwhile, remains the top-scoring player in FPL and has seven sets of 10+ points returns.

Crucially, along with Vardy, they have favourable matches in Gameweek 35 to get more big hauls.

Hazard is at home to Burnley, while Salah travels to Cardiff City and Vardy visits West Ham.

Wildcard warning

More than 59,000 managers have already played their Wildcard in Gameweek 34 as they look to take advantage of the extra matches to come.

But managers should beware overlooking in-form players who do not have a Double Gameweek. It is essential to strike a balance between the players in form and those with more fixtures.

What the experts say

Holly Shand (@FFCommunity_): I'll be going without Chelsea players on my Wildcard due to their lack of "Doubles" and I'm tempted to avoid Liverpool, too. Salah costs too much and is at home to Chelsea in GW34. I'm holding Andrew Robertson (£6.8m) and will bring back a Liverpool midfielder after the Doubles.

Ash (@FPLHints): With an assist and a goal in his last two games it seems that Salah's form has come back just at the right time. He will be integral for Liverpool's run-in. Without a doubt he is the most important non-Double Gameweek player as Liverpool push for the title.

Sam (@FPLFamily): I'm Wildcarding this week but am very conscious of not only going for 15 Double Gameweek players. Overlooking the single Gameweek players backfired in GW32 and I won't make that mistake again! I'll hang on to Vardy and Sadio Mane (£10.1m) and potentially even Hazard, too. Roberto Firmino (£9.3m) is another single Gameweek player who could deliver big points.

Lee (@FPLFamily): It's certainly wise not to overlook the single Gameweek players. Liverpool, in particular, need to keep that winning feeling going against Cardiff in GW35 and after scoring his 50th PL goal for the Reds, Salah could be set for a run of form to justify his hefty price tag.

WGTA (@WGTA_FPL): I'll be retaining two Liverpool players, Robertson and Mane, away to Cardiff in GW35. They also have a very kind home match against Huddersfield Town in GW36.

See: The Scout's panel of FPL experts

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