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The Scout's Wildcard squads: Big in midfield

The Scout 21 Sep 2022
FPL2223-WCSQUADS-MID-Editorial

See why Fantasy managers should consider investing in more than one premium midfielder

Many Fantasy Premier League managers are playing their Wildcard in the international break so The Scout is on hand to provide options.

As well as The Scout's Wildcard squad, here are three different approaches you could take based on your own preferences for tactics and players: big in defence; big in midfield; or big up front.

Going big in midfield

In every season since 2014/15, the top-scoring player in Fantasy has been a midfielder.

Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) has been the highest points-scorer three times, while Bruno Fernandes (£9.8m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£12.3m) have each achieved more points than any other player in one of the last five campaigns.

Midfielders benefit from earning an extra point than forwards for each goal they score, while they can also pick up a clean-sheet point.

This is a pull for Wildcarding managers as it increases the potential returns for FPL midfielders.

Both of these advantages help to make a strong case for investing heavily in midfield. 

This squad budgets for the two most expensive midfielders in the game, as well as three mid-priced midfielders who have excellent fixture runs.

FPL Wildcard Squad - Big in midfield

Goalkeepers
Illan Meslier (LEE) £4.5m
Danny Ward (LEI) £4.0m

Defenders
Neco Williams (NFO) £4.1m
Nathan Patterson (EVE) £4.1m
Wesley Fofana (CHE) £4.4m
Kieran Trippier (NEW) £5.4m
John Stones (MCI) £5.4m

Midfielders
Mohamed Salah (LIV) £12.9m
Kevin De Bruyne (MCI) £12.3m
Luis Diaz (LIV) £8.2m
James Maddison (LEI) £7.9m
Wilfried Zaha (CRY) £7.2m

Forwards
Alexander Isak (NEW) £7.0m
Aleksandar Mitrovic (FUL) £6.9m
Dominic Solanke (BOU) £5.7m

Also in this series

Part 1: Big at the back
Part 3: Big up front

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