Keeping up with fixtures may be a full-time job this year. For those avoiding their free hit or wildcard, Aston Villa’s game being replaced with Fulham’s truly threw everything in the mixer. Now with fewer than 24 hours left, it’s time to shift streams. Then today, news breaks that Southampton and Leeds United may lose their double game weeks due to an FA cup rescheduling giving managers another fun wrench to deal with if it’s announced after the game week 18 deadline. As we’ve preached this is a week to be flexible but one thing to also discuss is template teams.
People can want to make changes to their squad because it looks like everyone has the players that you have on Twitter but there are two things to remember there. Twitter screenshots account for a small amount of the overall number of people plating the game and that your free hit is more you versus everyone who isn’t free hitting than it is you versus someone else on their free hit. With a small slate people are going to pick the same four to five premium assets and your defense/ captaincy will be the difference makers.
This week is a special edition of Top Transfer Targets as I will be running through my free hit squad.
Karl Darlow (Newcastle, 5.0m 5.5% Selected) and David Martin (West Ham United, 4.0m 7.1%): Start your defenders and keepers versus Sheffield United. This could backfire and make me regret spending the extra .5 on a keeper but that’s a risk that I am willing to take.
The defense was a tough one as I wanted to fit Cancelo into the squad but it was a bit too much. Manchester City has had one of the best defenses in the league this year and I would hope that they can shutout Brighton while scoring the ever-elusive center-back goal. Holding is banking on Arsenal keeping their form going while the others are bench fodder. Hoping that I don’t regret going from Max Kilman to Buur but it was the cost of moving Raheem Sterling to Kevin De Bruyne.
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham, 9.8m 64.7%), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United 11.3m, 54.5%) Marcus Rashford (Manchester United, 9.6m 14.4%), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City, 11.8m 31.2%), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal, 5.3m 13.2%)
Here’s all the firepower in the squad. Realistically, I’d rather have Son facing Aston Villa than Fulham this week but beggars can’t be choosers and at least Spurs have a game. I have a bit of a captaincy conundrum between Bruno and KDB which will likely come down to the wire and leaning on a coinflip. Double United attackers versus Burnley can capitalize on the Bruno to Rashford linkup that has put teams to the sword this season. Saka is a good differential who has been involved in four goals in his last three games. Considering the form of Crystal Palace these days, he should make it five in five.
Just like playing the Newcastle keeper versus Sheffield United, playing Callum Wilson this week feels automatic as the Blades love a red card almost as much as Wilson loves scoring from the spot. Harry Kane is someone who you can’t go without facing Fulham and he also has a good single game fixture next week if you’re wildcarding. Brewster is nothing more than a bench warmer who I hope doesn’t need to make an appearance for my side.