FIFA 17 Ultimate Team has some new cards - and not just a new set of weekly in-form players or record-breakers, either. Ones to Watch cards are a significant new mechanic in Ultimate Team mode, collecting 23 hand-picked players under the age of 30 who secured high-profile transfers this summer.
The first 'live' version of player cards in FUT, Ones to Watch add an intriguing option for players both on the pitch and in the ever-changing FUT Transfer Market, tracking players form over time.
Being a totally new concept to Ultimate Team players, there are of course plenty of questions regarding just how they work, which we'll answer below.
What are FIFA 17 Ones to Watch cards, when are they available, and how do they work?
In brief, Ones to Watch cards work by changing according that player's in-form cards in Ultimate Team. It means that if, say, Paul Pogba picks up a new Team of the Week card with imrpoved stats of an Overall 90, compared to his usual 88, his One to Watch card will change to a 90 rating. They're essentially a fantastic invenstment card - but it depends on your own powers of prediction too, as the cards are expensive, and will only improve over time if that player is having a great season themselves.
Here's everything we know about Ones to Watch cards in FIFA 17:
- Ones to Watch are only in packs for a limited time - From September 30th to 6pm UK time on October 10th, 2016. From then on, they'll only be available on the transfer market, meaning that they function, primarily, as an investment card for fantasy-football style bets on the market.
- Ones to Watch increase according to the latest in-form version of the card - So, if Matts Hummels increases from 87 to 88, then gets an 89 in a later Team of the Week, his Ones to Watch card will rise to 89 too.
- Ones to Watch can't decrease in rating - Once they increase, that's the minimum rating the card will have for the rest of the season. It only changes if there's another, higher-rated in-form card released down the line.
- Ones to Watch are available in any FUT player pack - That means any free packs, purchased packs, or gifts could have a Ones to Watch player inside, so long as the pack features some player cards itself.
- Ones to Watch ratings are updated immediately - As soon as the new Team of the Week or other in-form card is available, the Ones to Watch card will increase.
- Ones to Watch replace their standard versions during the release period - Whilst they're available in packs, Ones to Watch will replace any standard versions of the card. So you can't pack an Eric Bailly that isn't a One to Watch card before October 10th.
For more on FIFA 17, be sure to check out our main FIFA 17 tips and guides hub, plus our list of the best, highest-potential wonderkids, the best players for every position, our explanation of FUT 17's new Ones to Watch cards, the best FUT Chemistry Styles, the best ways to earn free FUT Coins quickly, and finally our detailed FUT Chemistry explainer.
List of FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Ones to Watch player cards
If you're doing a spot of team-building - and, of course, have already read up on how to get the most out of Chemistry Styles in FUT 17 - below we've put together a list of all 23 Ones to Watch cards, their positions, and their base ratings.
The key here will be picking the players who you feel will hit the greatest run of form this season. Pogba, for instance, has had a very slow start at Manchester United, whilst Saido Mané has been excellent so far for Liverpool. But is Mané's form a flash in the pan? That's down to your own punting skills to decide.
Our tip? Keep a close eye on the values of Alisson, Gaitán and Krychowiak. Not because they're likely to have better seasons than anyone else, but because they happen to be the only players in their position with a Ones to Watch card - meaning a potential boost to their value on the transfer market.
If that's whet your appetite for a spot of wheelin' and dealin', be sure to take a look at our guide on the best ways to earn FUT Coins in FIFA 17, too.