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FPL wildcard tips Gameweek 28: A full squad of players you need to consider this week

By Andrew Francis

Published: 17:20, 3 March 2022 | Updated: 15:12, 3 August 2022

The business end of the season is approaching as attention turns to securing as many FPL points as possible in the push for fantasy football glory. 

Due to postponements and rearranged fixtures, there are six Premier League teams featuring twice this Gameweek, including a resurgent Newcastle United and European hopefuls Wolves. It’s these double headers that can truly make or break your fantasy football run in, so you need to get your team selections right.

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FPL Gameweek 28 Wildcard picks

José Sá (5.3M)

FPL points so far: 115pts
Fixtures: Crystal Palace (H), Watford (H)

José Sá has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in the league this season, leading Wolves towards European qualification once again. Only Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than Wolves this season and Sá costs almost 1m less than the first-choice keepers at all three of those clubs. As shown below, he’s pulled off a huge number of saves from big chances and, with a Double Gameweek, could be a great addition to your squad at a lower price than his rivals.

Big chances saved 2021/22 season
José Sá (L) Ederson (R)

Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.5M)

FPL points so far: 162pts
Fixture(s): West Ham (H)

Everyone knows the quality that Alexander-Arnold possesses and he should be a lock in your side, with his great attacking potential being coupled with Liverpool conceding well under a goal a game. The full-back is FPL’s highest-scoring defender so far this season, with 13 cleans sheets, two goals and 10 assists for the title challengers.

Thiago Silva (5.6M)

FPL points so far: 100pts
Fixture(s): Burnley (A)

Thiago Silva appears to be evergreen, showing his class despite turning 37 this season. The Chelsea centre-back has racked up 100 points so far, one of just ten defenders to achieve that feat by Gameweek 27. Chelsea have conceded just 18 times this term and claimed nine clean sheets, showing the value in picking up Thiago Silva for the run-in.

Conor Coady (4.8M)

FPL points so far: 101pts
Fixture(s): Crystal Palace (H), Watford (H)

Taking advantage of the Double Gameweeks should be at the front of your mind heading into the weekend and Wolves certainly look the most appealing side who feature twice this time around. Their defensive record is excellent and they come up against weaker opposition in Crystal Palace (11th in the league) and Watford (19th in the league), with both matches being played at Molineux.

João Cancelo (7.1M)

FPL points so far: 151pts
Fixture(s): Man United (H)

Cancelo rounds out a defence in which every player has scored at least 100 points so far this season. The reasons for his inclusion should be obvious too, with the Portuguese full-back taking 21 more shots than any other defender in the Premier League this season. He’s bound to add to his 14 clean sheets, too.

Mohamed Salah (13.1M)

FPL points so far: 209pts
Fixture(s): West Ham (H)

Perhaps the most obvious choice here but there’s a reason for that! Salah is the top scorer in FPL this season, becoming the only man to break the 200-point barrier. As shown below, he takes an incredible amount of shots and his xG for the season is currently 18.11, six higher than any other player in the top flight. Liverpool’s designated penalty taker, he leads the goalscoring charts and is joint top of the assist charts, making his inclusion here a no-brainer.

xG Maps 2021/22 season
Mo Salah, Diogo Jota, Harry Kane (L-R)

Diogo Jota (8.3M)

FPL points so far: 126pts
Fixture(s): West Ham (H)

Salah’s main partner in crime this season has been Diogo Jota, who has certainly proved his worth during the Egyptian’s absence. Jota is the second top scorer in the Premier League and, as we can see above, his chances in the area are comparable to Harry Kane, who is listed as a striker in FPL. Adding Jota to your squad gives you the chance to effectively add a fourth striker while also retaining the chance of clean sheet bonuses.

Jarrod Bowen (7.1M)

FPL points so far: 152pts
Fixture(s): Liverpool (A)

There weren’t many people who identified Jarrod Bowen as one of the Premier League’s standout stars ahead of the season but, heading into Gameweek 28, he is the third highest points scorer in FPL. With eight goals and eight assists, you risk allowing rival managers to steal a march if you don’t include Bowen.

Bukayo Saka (6.5M)

FPL points so far: 110pts
Fixture(s): Watford (A)

Bukayo Saka continues to prove himself as one of the leading players in FPL, picking up over 100 points so far. He’s relatively cheap at 6.5m and offers significant value, with seven goals and five assists for an Arsenal side pushing for the top four.

Raúl Jiménez (7.5M)

FPL points so far: 78pts
Fixture(s): Crystal Palace (H), Watford (H)

Jiménez represents great value coming into a Double Gameweek, especially with both games being played at Molineux. Jiménez is the 12th highest scoring forward in FPL this season but represents much better value than the players at his price point. As you can see below, the Mexican striker is getting more chances of a higher quality and more goals than Richarlison, despite both being priced at 7.5m. With Jiménez likely to play both games in Gameweek 28, he should be backed to deliver a healthy points return.

xG Maps 2021/22 season
Raúl Jimenez (L) Richarlison (R)

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Che Adams (6.9M)

FPL points so far: 83pts
Fixture(s): Aston Villa (A), Newcastle (H)

Che Adams is another player coming into Gameweek 28 with two matches to bolster his points tally. Adams sneaks into the top ten attackers in FPL this season, scoring seven and assisting three as Southampton continue to impress. Matches against an underperforming Aston Villa and at home to a Newcastle side still fighting relegation could see Adams deliver a nice points haul.

David Raya (4.3M)

FPL points so far: 52pts
Fixture(s): Norwich (A)

Raya isn’t likely to feature in your starting eleven but, if Sá picks up a late injury, the Brentford stopper gives you a starting goalkeeper at a low cost. The Bees also face the Premier League’s lowest scorers Norwich in Gameweek 28.

Tino Livramento (4.4M)

FPL points so far: 75pts
Fixture(s): Aston Villa (A), Newcastle (H)

If you really want to load up on the players with Double Gameweeks, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value pick than Livramento. He’s cemented himself in the Southampton starting line up and produced some good FPL hauls this season.

Jacob Ramsey (4.8M)

FPL points so far: 78pts
Fixture(s): Southampton (H), Leeds (A)

Another great value player with a Double Gameweek is Jacob Ramsey. Five goals from midfield for Aston Villa makes him the highest scoring outfield player for the Midlands club this season. Villa face struggling Leeds in their second game of the week and Ramsey will fancy a run at their defence having nailed down a regular role in Steve Gerrard’s side.

Joelinton (5.8M)

FPL points so far: 52pts
Fixture(s): Brighton (H), Southampton (A)

Joelinton might not be the most obvious choice but he’s become a mainstay in the Newcastle midfield under Eddie Howe. He’s still listed as a forward in FPL, protecting him from any negative points should Newcastle concede. The Magpies have back-to-back Double Gameweeks too, so bringing in Joelinton could net you four games worth of points.