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FPL experts: Players to target on Wildcard

5 Sep 2021

Fantasy experts say managers deploying the chip should include Ferran Torres and David Raya

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The first international break is often a popular time for Fantasy Premier League managers to deploy their first Wildcard.

Information gathered from the opening three Gameweeks can help shape future plans, with potential bargains identified and form players emerging.

One player who caught the eye in Gameweek 3 was Manchester City's Ferran Torres (£7.1m), who produced 18 points in the 5-0 victory over Arsenal.

"His goal potential, given he's going to play as the No 9 at Man City, is huge, and the value is incredible," says 2016/17 FPL champion Ben Crabtree in the video at the top.

"I do think at the moment now on a Wildcard, you have the chance to be able to pick a strong first sub as well for the games where he does miss out."

Fellow expert Sam Bonfield is in agreement, backing the Spaniard to shine playing as a centre-forward.

"Ferran Torres at Manchester City looks fantastic," she says. "He's likely to be playing up top for the rest of this season now that the transfer window has closed. He could offer us huge FPL returns."

'Raya outstanding'

Getting on the leading budget goalkeeper early in the season can go a long way to enjoying a successful Fantasy campaign too.

Last term, Emiliano Martinez started the season priced at just £4.5m and finished as the top-scoring goalkeeper with 186 points.

This time around, expert Utkarsh Dalmia believes Brentford's David Raya (£4.6m) is the goalkeeper to target.

"Raya is the outstanding goalkeeper option," Utkarsh says. "He has good potential for saves as well as bonus points."

That sentiment is shared by Holly Shand, who likes to spend as little as possible on her starting goalkeeper.

"I like to go as cheap as chips [in goal] and the player who's doing very well at the moment is Brentford's Raya," Holly explains. "He's got everything. He's keeping clean sheets, he's making lots of saves and that puts him in the mix for bonus points."

Also in this series

Part 1: You don't want to be without Ronaldo
Part 3: The best bargain buys

Remember, the Gameweek 4 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 11 September.

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