Fixtures

The Gameweek 35 Free Hit

With just 12 teams set to play in Gameweek 35, many Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers have pinpointed this round of fixtures as the ideal time to play their Free Hit chip.

While this has long been an accepted strategy among a sizeable section of the FPL community, there continues to be some confusion about the mechanics behind the chip.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this initial guide to the chip, before we start to look at player targets and squad building later this week.

First of all, let’s look at the problem solved by the Free Hit chip in Gameweek 35.

With the semi-finals of the FA Cup also taking place next weekend, we are limited to the following fixtures.

Gameweek 35 schedule

West Brom vs Liverpool
Watford vs Crystal Palace
Arsenal vs West Ham
Stoke vs Burnley
Man City vs Swansea
Everton vs Newcastle

That obviously means that squads could be almost decimated, with managers struggling to field a full XI, let alone one that can compete strongly.

Replacing last season’s All-Out Attack chip, the Free Hit chip can address this problem.

It affords us a chance to temporarily freshen up our 15-man squads for a single round of fixtures.

The Free Hit chip can be used just once in the season – just like the Wildcards, it can’t be cancelled when you hit confirm.

Similarly, any saved transfers carried over from the previous Gameweek will be nullified – effectively, then, we are back to a single free trade for the following round of fixtures.

As mentioned in this Premier League article at the start of the season, the Free Hit chip cannot be used to play the market – although you can replace every member of your squad for the Gameweek concerned, you do not benefit from any price changes from the new recruits.

This was an area of much discussion in our Hot Topic here.

Essentially, you should think of the Free Hit chip as a mini-wildcard, but one that you do not benefit from in terms of budget.

So if you want Raheem Sterling – the most bought player since last week’s deadline – in your Free Hit squad for the weekend encounter with Swansea City, get him in now and activate the chip to avoid missing any further price rises, particularly if you’re struggling for budget.

On the downside, though, even if he rises by 0.2, you can forget about making a 0.1 profit.

Once the Gameweek 35 deadline has passed, we will then revert to our original squad set-ups. Any price rises or falls that hit our original set of players in the previous Gameweek will then be reflected.

So, for example, if you traded out Romelu Lukaku on your Free Hit chip prior to a price fall, that subsequent drop will still be factored into your squad value on his return.

As mentioned, there is no way to play the market.

Also, when playing the Free Hit chip, any transfers already made prior to activation are included so any transfers costs or “hits” spent to this point will be refunded.

This kills the possibility that we can profit by bringing in players early as “standard” transfers, waiting until Saturday morning, pre-deadline, before confirming the Free Hit chip.

Every trade made in the Gameweek will be classed as part of the Free Hit chip, regardless of when it is made.

An early transfer only helps to avoid paying that little bit more for a player with your Free Hit funds should that player enjoy a likely price rise over the next few days.

With many Wildcards played ahead of Double Gameweeks 34 and 37, it’s perhaps likely, in terms of the current setup of our squads, that levels of interest in the Gameweek 35 big-hitters will centre on Mohamed Salah, who boasts an ownership of 57.6%.

Indeed, the Egyptian is one of a host of well-owned picks set to feature this upcoming weekend.

The likes of Kevin De Bruyne (21.9%) and Sterling (18.5%) joins Salah in the top three most owned midfielders, Nicolas Otamendi (26.1%) is the most popular defender, while Roberto Firmino (38.1%) is the number one forward, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12.4%) among the top six strikers.

With FPL interest in Gabriel Jesus and the Liverpool defence on the rise, the likes of Kevin Long (4.0), Luka Milivojevic (5.1) and Ayoze Perez (5.3) are also among the main targets for managers. All three offer in-form solutions for those with low team value scanning for budget buys.

Indeed, Free Hit managers will likely be spending big funds on a spread of heavy-hitters while filling at least three of the four bench slots with budget fodder and inactive players.

Our coverage of the Gameweek 35 Free Hit will continue over the week as we look to the best options in defence and attack. There will also be a members article which turns to our Opta data for further insight into possible solutions.

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  1. Vidal Castro
      10 days, 11 hours ago

      RMFH35:

      Pickford
      TAA-PvA-Baines
      Salah(C)-Sterling-Sane-Arnie-Zaha
      Jesus-Auba

      3.9GK-Firmino-Long-Masuaku

      Thinking making game day decision (Anfield Express) whether to start Firmino or Zaha

      1. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 days, 11 hours ago

        I don't like double Everton defence myself, I would consider Butland instead of Pickford.

        1. Hazard is an FPL legend
            10 days, 11 hours ago

            Thiss

          • Vidal Castro
              10 days, 11 hours ago

              True Butland is better for BAPS and save points but Stoke rarely keep CS and I don’t like expecting 4 CS (Stoke/Eve/Liv/Palace) when I can increase the odds by a double up on one team

          • EmreCan Hustle
              10 days, 11 hours ago

              Like it. Firmino benched?

              1. Vidal Castro
                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                  If he’s benched based on Anfield Express I will bench him otherwise Zaha will be bench.

                  1. EmreCan Hustle
                      10 days, 11 hours ago

                      Ok. What about Aguero? If he is fit?

                      1. Vidal Castro
                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                          Nothing we can do till Pep presser on Friday

                  2. Bubz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    10 days, 11 hours ago

                    Why on earth is Firmino on the bench

                    1. Vidal Castro
                        10 days, 11 hours ago

                        If he’s benched based on Anfield Express I will bench him otherwise Zaha will be bench.

                        1. Revival
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                          If you playing PVA then you must be expecting Palace attacking returns therefore benching Zaha is also very risky imo

                      • badgerboy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        10 days, 11 hours ago

                        Cashed up innit.

                    2. WE GO FOR IT
                        10 days, 11 hours ago

                        Firmino and Zaha are too good to be benched imo.

                        1. Vidal Castro
                            10 days, 11 hours ago

                            Choose from then:

                            Arnie (ars)
                            Zaha (wat)
                            Firmino (wba)

                            1. Zladan
                                10 days, 10 hours ago

                                Or just sell Arnie and upgrade PVA.

                          • Khalid J
                              10 days, 2 hours ago

                              what about Perez ? Jay R ? Wood? west brom & swanse will be fighting for their lives

                          • EmreCan Hustle
                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                              Bottomed.

                              On WC this week.

                              RMWCT

                              Dubravka Fabianski
                              Robertson Tomkins Fernandez Morgan Masuaku
                              Salah Eriksen Sterling Zaha Kenedy
                              Kane Auba J.Ayew

                              This week, Kane and Eriksen will be either;
                              A) Mane and Jesus(assuming Aguero injured)
                              B) D.Silva and Firmino

                              DGW 37 (Bench Boost)
                              Salah to Hazard
                              Zaha to Arnie

                              Thoughts?

                              Thanks.

                              1. christoff
                                  10 days, 9 hours ago

                                  B if ahead, A if chasing

                              2. 1zverGGadeM
                                  10 days, 11 hours ago

                                  Score predictions tonight?

                                  WHU 1-2 STK here

                                  1. EmreCan Hustle
                                      10 days, 11 hours ago

                                      2-2

                                    • WE GO FOR IT
                                        10 days, 11 hours ago

                                        1-0. Masuaku goal, Arnie assist.

                                      • lugs
                                          10 days, 11 hours ago

                                          3-2 . Arni hattrick hopefully 🙂

                                        • 1zverGGadeM
                                            10 days, 11 hours ago

                                            Naah, it's Big Small Shaq's night

                                            1. 1zverGGadeM
                                                10 days, 11 hours ago

                                                "Jesus" Allen will assist at least one of the goals 😀

                                          • RUUD!
                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                              What do you think of this WC team? Finding it very tough to get good balance. Using BB in 37.

                                              Ederson Fabianski
                                              VVD Long Lowton (Vertonghen, Fernandez)
                                              Salah Sane Sterling Mili (Eriksen)
                                              Auba Tosun Barnes

                                              2.5 in bank to bring Kane I’m using FT in 36

                                            • circusmonkey
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              10 days, 11 hours ago

                                              Free hit team:
                                              DubDub
                                              Ota, Long, Tark
                                              Mane, Salah, Sterling, Townsend, Zaha
                                              Aguero (C if fit), Auba

                                              Barnes of the bench for in Aguero if not fit, 2 Jags, Glen Johnson.

                                            • UnitedWeStand
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              10 days, 10 hours ago

                                              Quick question about player value with free hit.

                                              Let's say Sterling is brought in by 100k people and rises 0.2 in price, and 50k of the people that brought him in are using their FH. When the free hitters go back to their original team, and Sterling leaves 50k teams overnight, will his value then drop 0.1?

                                              1. TorresMagic™
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                                10 days, 5 hours ago

                                                Free hit transfers don't count.

                                            • Raxmuz
                                                10 days, 5 hours ago

                                                Can one chop and change a free hit team up until game week dead line?

                                                Much obliged

                                                1. TorresMagic™
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • Has Moderation Rights
                                                  10 days, 5 hours ago

                                                  yes

                                              • LegendFrankie
                                                  9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                  Once i activate my FH, can i change my team as many times as i want to until the dealine? thanx

                                                  1. Aromatic Spices
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                    Yes

                                                    1. chriskirky1981
                                                        7 days, 17 hours ago

                                                        if i use my free gameweek transfer today and then tomorrow use my free hit to change the full squad will the transfer i made today be lost into the free hit process and revert back to who it was before?

                                                        1. potatoace
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          7 days, 17 hours ago

                                                          It's lost

                                                  2. mattieboy
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                    Any thoughts on my initial FH team?
                                                    Playing 3-5-2

                                                    EDERSON
                                                    BAINES MUSTAFI LONG
                                                    ZAHA MANE STERLING SALAH SHAQIRI
                                                    AUB JESUS

                                                    Subs: pickford lascelles robertson perez

                                                  3. Arsène Around
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    9 days, 15 hours ago

                                                    Ederson the most nailed City player this weekend surely? Don’t fancy De a rhyme / Silva / Sterling (already actually on the beach according to his Instagram). Also Kompany is a surety to play the 90 mins and lead the celebrations ...

                                                    1. Arsène Around
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      9 days, 15 hours ago

                                                      *De Bruyne

                                                  4. Sheatside
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    8 days, 9 hours ago

                                                    Information require please,

                                                    If I use my 1 free transfer this week and then select not to to use the freet hit. Can I then go back into the transfers, make several and select the free hit? Will the 1 free transfer I made first be part of my squad after the free hit GW ends? Thanks.

                                                    1. chriskirky1981
                                                        7 days, 17 hours ago

                                                        i want to know that too!!

                                                      • Netley Lucas
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        7 days, 17 hours ago

                                                        Yes and no.

                                                    2. chriskirky1981
                                                        7 days, 17 hours ago

                                                        if you make a free transfer and then a day later activate your free hit and change the whole squad does the free transfer you made initially this game week get lost too into the free hit and revert back to the person at the start of the game week?

                                                        1. Netley Lucas
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          7 days, 17 hours ago

                                                          Very wordy, no, you get your gw34 team back.

                                                          1. chriskirky1981
                                                              7 days, 17 hours ago

                                                              many thanks for the clarity. apologies 50 words is overwhelming for you lol