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A million Wildcards played but with limited joy

The Scout 29 Sep 2020
Chris Wilder, Sheffield United

FPL managers take plunge on early chip in their droves but with largely underwhelming results

The season is only three Gameweeks in but already, ahead of last Saturday's deadline, more than a million Fantasy Premier League managers had played their Wildcard chip.

The absence of Manchester City and Manchester United from the opening weekend's action, combined with an unusual set of results so far, appears to have influenced 1.2million managers to overhaul their squads with the season still in its infancy.

But if the managers who took such decisive action were hoping for an immediate impact for their new squads, the move did not exactly go to plan.

The 494,000 managers who Wildcarded for Gameweek 2 averaged 58 points with their new squads, lower than the overall average score of 59.

Chips and dips
  GW2 GW3
Wildcards played 494,000 682,000
Ave Wildcard team score 58pts 41pts
Overall ave score 59pts 43pts

And the average score of the 682,000 Gameweek 3 Wildcard squads was just 41 points, below the overall average score of 43.

Of course, Wildcards are not for one Gameweek only.

The hope is that managers' new-look squads will produce greater returns over the medium to long term, not least because those who have played their Wildcard must now wait until after the Gameweek 16 deadline on 28 December for their second chance to do so.

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