Should you use your wildcard in Matchday 3?

world cup 2022 wildcard explained

This article is a part of series: How to play World Cup 2022 Fantasy

What is a wildcard in FIFA World Cup Fantasy?

Wildcard is one of the three chips (boosters) in World Cup 2022 Fantasy.

When activated it allows you to make unlimited transfers to your team. Therefore it cannot be used before Matchday 1 and before R16 as we all have unlimited transfers in these two rounds either way.

When is the best time to use wildcard?

Wildcard is most valuable in matchdays where you do not have many free transfers.

So, naturally, using it in a group stage could have a big impact on your team’s performance. In the knockout rounds, we have 4, 5, 5 & 6 free transfers, so you can make many changes to your squad with free transfers (but many of your players get eliminated too).

However, a wildcard is also very valuable when many of your players get injured or eliminated and you cannot cover it with free transfers. Or when you expect heavy rotation from teams and you have many non-starters in your squad.

It absolutely does not make sense to use a wildcard before the final as we all get 5 free transfers after the semifinals, despite that no teams get eliminated (semifinal losers will play a 3rd place match).

You also need to consider that you cannot activate two boosters at the same time.

So, we narrowed our list down to 3 viable wildcard strategies for World Cup Fantasy.

World Cup Fantasy Chip Strategy – Wildcard

  • Use Wildcard before MD2 (use unlimited transfers before the tournament to set up your team solely for MD1 and then use your Wildcard to set up your team for MD2 & MD3)
  • Use Wildcard before MD3 (use unlimited transfers before the tournament to set up your team solely for MD1 and MD2, then activate a wildcard to make “free hit” squad for MD3 to deal with heavy rotation from teams who already secured their spots in R16)
  • Use Wildcard before quarterfinals (we have 4 free transfers awarded at the start of R16, and another 5 free transfers at the start of QF, so you can use your wildcard there to get rid of eliminated players and do the “wildcard hack”)

Should you use your wildcard in Matchday 3?

If you did not use your wildcard in Matchday 2 of World Cup Fantasy (what was the best time to use this chip), you can definitely use it now in Matchday 3, as you can gain a big advantage with it.

The wildcard in MD3 vs Wildcard Hack in Quarterfinals

It does not really make sense to save it to the knockout stage, as we will be awarded a lot of free transfers at the start of each round:

  • 4 free transfers at the start of R16
  • 5 free transfers at the start of QF
  • 5 free transfers at the start of SF
  • 6 free transfers at the start of 3rd place/final

So basically, we will have 9 free transfers to deal with eliminated players in R16, which really decreases the appeal of wildcarding there.

The only advantage of wildcarding in the knockout stage would be that you could do a “wildcard hack” in QF.

So:

  1. you activate the wildcard before QF
  2. set up your team for Quarterfinals,
  3. during QF you have unlimited transfers
  4. and before the end of QF you will change your whole squad again (transfer out locked players)
  5. That way you set up your team for SF as well with unlimited transfers

Similar to what many fantasy managers did in Matchday 2.

Wildcard in Matchday 3 to exploit the rotation

However, if you use it in Matchday 3, you can exploit the rotation we expect from many teams and have 15 players that will definitely start in your team.

  1. You will have unlimited transfers during the whole matchday
  2. So for example you can start with Mbappe, and if he is benched for Thouram, you can replace him with another unlocked player after you see the lineups (only while Mbappe is unlocked so before the kickoff of the France match)
  3. Similarly, you can start with Jesus, and if he is benched for Brazil, you will swap him for Richarlison or Raphinha just before the Brazil match

Matchday 2 = the best time to use the wildcard

You can find our most recent wildcard team inspiration in article: Fantasy World Cup Wildcard Team

Actually, using wildcard in MD2 might the best strategy. Big thanks to @LetsTalk_FPL for the work he did in his pursuit for clarification about the rules:

 

 

Matej Šuľan

Fantasy Football enthusiast with two top 1k finishes in FPL. Best FPL overall rank: 119th in 2019/20 season. Five top 500 finishes in UCL Fantasy, best overall rank: 23rd in 2018/19 season. Founder of Fantasy Football Reports.

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