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FPL Question Time – Consult our panel ahead of Blank Gameweek 27

Fantasy Premier League managers are faced with a different kind of dilemma this week as they look to negotiate the upcoming Blank Gameweek 27.

Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Brighton will all be out of action over the weekend of February 23, and we’ll have to plan our moves accordingly.

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Simon March – Former FPL champion who won the title in 2014/15. Has regularly contributed to these pages ever since.

Ben Crabtree – Another FPL title winner, who secured the crown in the 2016/17 campaign.

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255 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LOLarov
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Everyone confident of starts for Sterling Sane Aguero and Son today?

    I think only one with risk is Sane, I firmly believe other 3 start.

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Not Sane. Rest probably high chance unless there are proper ITKs who know differently.

      1. JJeyy
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Think all of those will start. The formation change for Arsenal was because of the pace counter attacks of Laca and Auba, don’t see him needing that change today.

        1. LOLarov
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          12 days, 18 hours ago

          fair point, I agree with you

    2. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Will play strongest teams.

      Question is, what are they now?

    3. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Fairly confident yep

  2. eazy
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Been out some time. Is there any viable chip strategies that have emerged yet?

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      GW27-GW31: Build up your team using FTs for GW31 and GW33 blanks
      GW32: Free Hit
      GW33: Use FT for GW33 team
      GW34: Wildcard for GW35
      GW35: Bench Boost

      Question is when to use TC if you haven't already.

      1. Salah otralala
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        I know the teams for 31, what teams are playing gw33?

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          12 days, 18 hours ago

          No u don’t, blanks not confirmed yet

      2. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Im building my team for dgw 32, fh 31 and then I can also get a good team gw 33 considering we could analyze who is likely to get KOd in the quarter finals.
        BB 32
        WC34
        TC35

        1. Becks
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 18 hours ago

          This

        2. Son is Rising
          • 8 Years
          12 days, 18 hours ago

          This is the strategy I'm going for too.

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      I might Wildcard in 30 in preparation for BB in 32, FH31 and TC in 35. But I’ll wait until the fixtures are decided and see how it pans out

  3. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Son definitely will who knows with City. You'd think the 3 of them will start

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Reply fail

    2. LOLarov
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      agreed, assume this was my post.

  4. Stoic
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Had Salah who is a bps repellent.. brought in Mane and he is a bigger one !

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Missed some big chances. And when Liverpool keep a CS then the defence are BPS monsters - particularly TAA and Robbo.

  5. JJeyy
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Early thoughts on:
    Laca and sterling
    Vs
    Auba and sane

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Laca and Sterling better IMO

    2. BIG TONES
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Laca and Sterling

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      L&Sterling

  6. LosBlancos
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Hazzo to single-handedly end Man City's title hopes? 😀

    1. Paddington Bear
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Even if Chelsea won 10-0 city’s title hopes would be far from over

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Not so sure

    2. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      End? It's February.

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Not much room for error

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Hazbro is going to take it easy, if they finish outside top 4 its easier for him to force his move out in the summer.

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        I thought its all agreed

    4. Fred54
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Liverpool v Chelsea mid April too. Hazard usually has a say in the title race.

    5. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Higuain

  7. Stoic
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Looking at kola's of, I think it was intentional lol

    1. Stoic
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      *og

    2. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Maybe his mini-league rival had captained him.

    3. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      There is a good chance of him winning Huds goal of the month for February if last month is anything to go by

    4. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Just seen it
      Easy tap in 😆

  8. The Naga Khan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    If Chelsea reach the FA cup final and Europa League final when does the Brighton gw27 match switch to?

    1. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Triple gw?
      Dunno

  9. mdm
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Firmino to:

    A. Vardy
    B. Rondon
    C. Jiminez
    D. keep

    Thanks!

    1. wulfranian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      a

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      A

    3. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      C

    4. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      C

    5. Becks
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      D

  10. Dacra
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Looking good for the blank. No idea after that..

    Pat (Speroni)
    Robertson - Bennett - Bednarek (Lindelof, Digne)
    Salah - Mane - Son - Pogba - Jota
    Rashford - Lacazette (Niasse)

    0ft
    3.1itb

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      What was your transfer?

      1. Dacra
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Sterling to Mane

    2. Paddington Bear
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      C ?

  11. OptimusBlack
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    unfortunately used my WC... but i have all 3 chips.. it's a big deal or not for upcoming fixtures gw 31 32 etc...

  12. Pascal\'s Triangle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Aguero and Richarlison

    Out for

    A. Auba and Anderson
    B. Laca and Son

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      A imo

      1. Pascal\'s Triangle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Cheers Dbeck

  13. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Assuming no injuries in fa cup, Tonkin to Chilwell for free?

    Fab button
    TAA Robbo Doherty lascelles Tomkins
    Salah sterling Pogba JWP puncheon
    Auba rash Jiménez

    1ft 0.8 itb

    1. Pascal\'s Triangle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      I would!

  14. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    How much of a disadvantage is it really to have no WC or chips left bar the FH chip I wonder?
    Build a team for doubles from 27 onwards and use FH chip in 31. Blank 33 could likely be easy enough to navigate. Might not be the end of the world for us chipless crew or am I deluding myself?

    1. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Bench boost and TC put you 10-15 points behind for each chip. Free Hit and Wildcard probably 20-30 points behind each. Just my guestimate though.

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        I have FH which is the important chip imo. Got 19 points from my BB and 11 from my TC so I cant complain about that. Just got to hope for some big GWs going forward to counter I guess. Happy to have tried it differently this season anyway. WIll be something to review at season's end. Cheers & GL.

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Should be ok using transfers and a few hits but obviously not ideal

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Kind of makes it more interesting though imo, some would say the opposite though I guess 😉
        I wish I had a CC team with WC, TC & BB intact, play both and compare results!

    3. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      TC is just worth a set amount. I doubt you disrupt long term plans to use it.

      BB is slightly harder to measure effectiveness as you may get a decent point score with it, but have sacrificed points pre and post BB.

      This season, if you BB’d in GW1 and scored 20+, and TC either GW2 or at pretty much any other time for 20+ (so long as you isn’t sacrifice using BB/FH/WC in the week you used it) you have won.

      1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Isn’t = didn’t

      2. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Hmmm, interesting and fair points especially re-BB chip being hard to measure.

    4. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      WC and chips mean you can change things in an instant, building towards doubles means you can miss big hauls on the way there!

  15. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Fabianski
    Robertson / TAA / Doherty / AWB
    Salah / Son / Pogba / Camarasa
    Rashford / Jimenez

    Ederson* // Sterling* / Digne* / Ings*

    Which option looks best for next GW?

    A) Digne > Pereira
    B) Ederson/Ings > Boruc/Lacazette (-4)
    C) Save FT

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      A or Ings to rondon

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        A

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      And if the -4 wasn't applicable? 😉

  16. Optimus.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Wayne Rooney at it again, caught cradle snatching a 32 year old this time supposedly..

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Link?

        1. Optimus.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          12 days, 18 hours ago

          😉

        2. Gentle_Turks
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 18 hours ago

          Link doesn't work.

          1. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            12 days, 18 hours ago

            Lol

          2. Syd.
            • 9 Years
            12 days, 18 hours ago

            You can take a horse to water..........

  17. Dead Lift
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Will Trippier start?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Might be saved for Wednesday

      1. Dead Lift
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        I hope not!

  18. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Early thoughts on what to do with this lot? Have 2ft’s and 1.2m itb

    Fabianksi Hamer
    Robertson Doherty Kolasinac Digne AWB
    Salah Sterling Pogba Son Hojbjerg
    Firmino Rashford Jimenez

    Cheers all

    1. Dead Lift
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Too early to say. Very decent team. Maybe Sterling and Firmino out, for Auba and a mid.

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Ye was thinking of them moves with F.Anderson, but I’d want a City attacker from gw28 onwards

    2. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      If the budget allows: Digne+Firmino> Auba+Yedlin

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        0.1 short of this, typical lol

  19. FPL DONKEY
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    If Etheridge hadn't conceded in injury time yesterday he would've been the highest scoring goalkeeper in the game! He seems like this season's Nick Pope to me..

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Yup - set and forget for me now

  20. The_Fish
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Got Sterling, Aguero and Digne blanking next week.

    As my bench includes Success and Puncheon, I probably need 1 to get 11 playing, 2 for a bit of safety.

    Digne to Perreira/TAA?
    Sterling/Aguero and Success/Puncheon to a lower price and higher price option?

  21. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Almost time for line-ups

  22. LOLarov
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Mike Dean will referee City v Chelsea today

    Here's a few of his stats:

    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Interesting.

      1. LOLarov
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 18 hours ago

        Sorry some reason it cut my post half way

    2. LOLarov
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      99 reds given

      More reds to city and Chelsea then any other club!!

      Alonso red incoming off my bench for Rashford...

    3. Are you Surman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      likes to give penaltys if I am correct

  23. DA Minnion
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    First time owning Son this time. Watch the blanks roll in.

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      FFS.

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      So at the end of your date when you're invited in for coffee, your reply would be 'What's the point, nothings going to happen'!! FFS

  24. TheTinman
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 18 hours ago

    Do Newcastle avoid the blanks?

    If not who do they need to win to avoid the blanks? (Or is that unknown due to draw not being made)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 18 hours ago

      Play in 31 but need Palace to get knocked out to play in 33

    2. Syd.
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Could blank in GW33

    3. ...al - Leave your comments…
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      The problem with the teams actually playing in 31 is they're all mostly sh!t

      Might end up just writing that week off and have decent players on the run up to it

  25. King Kohli
    • 6 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Best move here?

    Looking at Sane + Button > Eriksen/Jota + Etheridge

    Ryan Button
    Robbo TAA Doherty Bednarek Bennett
    Salah Sterling Pogba Sane Son
    Rashford Rondon Kamara

    1 Ft 0.6 itb

  26. KAPTAIN KUN
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Come on Hazard, punish the sellers!

    1. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      He punished me enough as an owner

      1. KAPTAIN KUN
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Lol true

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Have a sickening feeling he'll haul and my Sterling(C) will blank but hopefully not!

    3. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      2 assists in the reverse fixture...albeit at home.

  27. Syd.
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Did not expect that 😯

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      A ban?

      1. Wild Rover
        • 8 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        Nowhere else would have him 😉

  28. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    OMG that team-sheet!

    1. Wild Rover
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      You know that list of things that you posted?

      1. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        12 days, 17 hours ago

        hehe was tongue-in-cheek 😉

  29. Sim Simma
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Team News: TOT vs LEI
    Referee: Michael Oliver

    TOT: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sánchez, Trippier, Rose, Skipp, Sissoko, Eriksen, Winks, Son, Llorente
    Subs: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Lucas Moura, Wanyama

    LEI: Schmeichel, Maguire, Chilwell, Pereira, Evans, Ghezzal, Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Mendy, Gray
    Subs: Ward, Morgan, Simpson, Choudhury, Ndidi, Vardy, Okazaki

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      My triple Spurs start...noice 🙂

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Cheers Sim.....

    3. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      First again ahead of the self-hulker. Cheers 🙂

  30. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 17 hours ago

    Ew weird spurs line up

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 17 hours ago

      Why?