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FPL chip strategies for the Blank and Double Gameweeks ahead

Manchester United’s victory over Chelsea on Monday evening and the subsequent FA Cup quarter-final draw means that we finally know the full extent of Blank Gameweek 31.

Just five Premier League matches will take place that weekend as a result of the clash with the FA Cup quarter-finals and ten clubs will be without a league fixture.

Those ten sides will face a Double Gameweek as a consequence, very possibly as soon as Gameweek 32 given that there is a convenient midweek after the already-scheduled matches that is free of any UEFA Champions League or Europa League action.

Gameweek 35 also looks primed to be a Double Gameweek and could even potentially absorb some of those cancelled Gameweek 31 games, though of course, the Premier League will have further fixtures to reschedule as a result of Gameweek 33’s clash with the FA Cup semi-finals.

As a result, we are operating under the assumption that the following will occur – though we emphatically stress that nothing has so far been confirmed regarding when the Double Gameweeks will take place:

Blank Gameweek 31 – five Premier League fixtures will be contested.

Double Gameweek 32 – ten Premier League fixtures will be initially contested, plus some/all of the additional five that were postponed from Gameweek 31.

Blank Gameweek 33 – between six and eight Premier League fixtures will be contested.

Double Gameweek 35 – ten Premier League fixtures will be contested, plus some/all of the additional two/three/four that were postponed from Gameweek 33 and potentially any other outstanding matches.

Chelsea and Brighton (whose Gameweek 27 meeting was postponed as a result of the clash with Sunday’s EFL Cup final) may enjoy an additional Double Gameweek or even a Triple Gameweek in Brighton’s case, depending on the Seagulls’ progression to the FA Cup semi-finals.

For quite some time now, we’ve preached a “wait and see” policy on chip strategy and stressed the importance of the FA Cup fifth round, given that the results of the cup ties in the weekend just gone have such an impact on Blank Gameweek 31 and beyond.

Now seems the right time to assess our options, however, so we’ve taken a look at a handful of chip strategies that Fantasy managers might consider for the weeks and months ahead.

There is no right or wrong way to deploy chips in FPL – at least, not until hindsight comes into play – and there are strategies beyond the ones outlined below that could prove to be more effective in the long-run.

Last season, Yusuf Shiekh Wildcarded in Gameweek 25, Bench Boosted in Gameweek 37 and used his Triple Captain chip in Gameweek 38 – and finished first in the world.

As is always the case with these things, the most favourable strategy will differ from manager to manager and may depend on your current set-up.

Strategy 1

Build a team for GW31+33 / FH32 / WC34 / BB or TC35

This strategy entails steadily building a team of players using free transfers (and maybe a hit or two) between now and Gameweek 31, drafting in players who have a guaranteed fixture in Blank Gameweek 31 and, ideally, Blank Gameweek 33.

The Free Hit chip can then be used to cherry-pick 11 players who have attractive fixtures in Double Gameweek 32, before the second Wildcard is deployed in Gameweek 34 ahead of Double Gameweek 35.

Bench Boost or Triple Captain can then be used in Double Gameweek 35, with the remaining chip (if any) having to be used in a single Gameweek or, if there is one, another mini-Double Gameweek involving Chelsea and Brighton.

Pros:

  • Good if you are already well on your way to fielding 11 players in Blank Gameweek 31 (e.g. already have perhaps five or more assets in your squad who have an unaffected fixture that weekend).
  • This policy could ultimately save a valuable chip, as those Fantasy managers using Free Hit in Gameweek 31 may end up with a very similar starting XI given the (relative) lack of attractive fixtures to choose from.
  • Building a team for Blank Gameweek 31 has the dual benefit of setting up for Blank Gameweek 33, too. There may be a cluster of clubs without a Premier League fixture in both – Wolves and Manchester United already fall into the camp.
  • Players from Leicester, Liverpool, Bournemouth, West Ham, Huddersfield, Burnley, Chelsea and Everton can be targeted for Gameweek 31 in the knowledge that those clubs also have a fixture in Gameweek 33.
  • The likes of Leicester, West Ham, Liverpool and Huddersfield have largely good fixtures anyway leading up to the Blank Gameweeks.
  • An especially attractive strategy for those with low team value who don’t have a lot of money tied up in assets they may need to ditch (e.g. Paul Pogba or Raul Jimenez).
  • Means that a decision can be made as late as possible on fit and firing Gameweek 32 players, with that Gameweek falling after the March international break.

Cons:

  • Means that Bench Boost or Triple Captain can’t be used in Gameweek 32, which may potentially be the biggest Double Gameweek of all.
  • Means that one of the two above chips would have to be used in a mini-Double Gameweek or a regulation single Gameweek.
  • With still a month to go before Gameweek 31, injury/suspension/loss of form could befall the players that are being stocked up on.
  • Would likely mean having to avoid/gradually ditch in-form assets from the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Wolves in order to field 11 players in Gameweeks 31 and 33 (though up to three outfield players and a goalkeeper from these teams could, of course, be benched during their blanks).
  • Those relying on team value for a later Wildcard may lose a considerable amount of money if ditching assets such as Doherty, Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Raul Jimenez as they build for Gameweeks 31 and 33.

A slight variation of this strategy is as follows:

Strategy 2

Build a team for GW31 / WC32 / FH33 / BB or TC35

As above, this strategy entails gradually building a team of players using free transfers (and hits, if necessary) between now and Gameweek 31, drafting in players who have a guaranteed fixture in Blank Gameweek 31 – but not looking beyond that point.

The Wildcard can then be used to select 11 players who have attractive fixtures in Double Gameweek 32 and potentially again in Double Gameweek 35.

The Free Hit chip would be used for Blank Gameweek 33.

Bench Boost or Triple Captain can then be used in Double Gameweek 35, with the remaining chip (if any) having to be used in a single Gameweek or, if there is one, another mini-Double Gameweek involving Chelsea and Brighton.

Almost all of the same pros and cons for Strategy 1 apply to this method too, though in addition:

Pros

  • Ensures a strong starting XI in Blank Gameweek 33, which will have more fixtures to choose from than Blank Gameweek 31.

Cons

  • The gap between Double Gameweek 32 and Double Gameweek 35 is three weeks – meaning advanced stockpiling for the latter could be affected by subsequent injury/suspension/loss of form etc.

Strategy 3

FH 31 / build for 32 and TC or BB / WC34 / TC or BB 35

This strategy entails gradually building a team of players using free transfers (and hits, if necessary) between now and Gameweek 32, focusing almost exclusively on players who have a double in Gameweek 32.

The Free Hit chip can then be used to select 11 players who have attractive fixtures in Blank Gameweek 31.

As in Strategy 1, the second Wildcard is deployed in Gameweek 34 ahead of Double Gameweek 35.

The Bench Boost and Triple Captain chips can be used in Double Gameweeks 32 and 35.

Pros

  • Means that the Triple Captain and Bench Boost chips can each be used in a Double Gameweek, potentially raising the points ceiling for both of those weeks.
  • Has the potential to retain high team value until the Wildcard, especially for those managers who have a lot of money tied up in the more popular assets from the likes of Wolves, Manchester United and Manchester City.
  • Means managers can focus on the attractive fixtures leading up to Gameweek 31 without worrying about blanks. Manchester City’s forthcoming run (WHU, bou, WAT) could be fully exploited, while someone like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be brought in for Gameweek 27 as a short-term punt.
  • Managers can cherry-pick a Gameweek 31 squad and ensure a playing starting XI.
  • As with Strategy 1, ensures a strong Double Gameweek 35 team/squad with transfers left relatively late in the day.

Cons

  • Potentially severely weakened Gameweek 33 team, with focus being on Double Gameweek 32 and the Free Hit having already been used in Gameweek 31.
  • Wolves v Manchester United is definitely off in Gameweek 33 – meaning that managers with numerous assets from these clubs who planned to keep hold of Messrs Pogba, Rashford and co may be struggling to cobble together a starting XI.
  • Double Gameweek 32 occurs after the international break, meaning any plans to steadily build a squad for that round of fixtures could again be derailed by injury/suspension/loss of form given that much can happen in the intervening six weeks.
  • With Liverpool, Leicester, West Ham and Chelsea all enjoying decent fixture runs in the coming weeks and months, managers may already own five, six, seven or even more players with a fixture in Blank Gameweek 31 as it is – leaving a question mark over how much worth the deployment of a Free Hit chip on the likes of Bournemouth and Burnley assets for one Gameweek really is.

A slight tweak to Strategy 3 would be to use Free Hit in Gameweek 33 instead of 31, with the decimated starting XI instead being in the latter.

Fantasy managers without their Triple Captain chips should be able to adopt and adapt any of the above strategies, though those without their Wildcard will likely have to sacrifice one of the Blank Gameweeks in order to get the most out of the Doubles: FH31 or FH33, build for 32 and 35, and TC/BB in 32/35 is one avenue for that group of FPL bosses.

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  1. SuperHam
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Chelsea and Everton- with last night's result, Chelsea and Everton now will play in BGW 31. Provided we can make it through GW27, should we be keeping the likes of Hazard, Alonso and Richarlison in order to navigate GW31?

    The above assumes I am going for the 'Build a team for GW31+ 33 / FH32 / WC34 / BB35' strategy.

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Nothing warrants keeping Richarlison, especially for a bad fixture

      1. SuperHam
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        agree, Not so easy to get rid of Chelsea now though- particularly Hazard. I'm considering keeping him now.

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      if you expect them to improve, then keep.

      Keeping them just because of 1 extra game is probably not sensible

    3. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Keep Hazard
      Bin Alonso+Richa

    4. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      This is a problem with not FH'ing31...you're forced to keep players who really aren't performing at the moment, Hazard, Alonso, Dinge, Richarlison, Wilson, Arnie.
      Whilst I'd be happy to take a 1 week punt of them, I don't really want them for any of the next 4 games.

  2. T96
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Who scores more this week?

    Rashford (LIV) & Eriksen (BUR)

    or

    Aubameyang (SOU) & Maddison (CRY)

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Rash Erik

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Aubason I guess

    3. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Second

    4. Effe
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Auba and Maddison

  3. Jafooli
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    I don't remember it being this complicated seven years ago, when I started playing this stupid game.

    The chips to blame? Or other forces?

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Wouldn't be complicated at all if there was a gap between blank 31 and dgw 32

    2. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Chips/too much information and opinion about chip use.

    3. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Personally I love it

  4. Amey
    3 months, 29 days ago

    All right Guys, it's about time to ask:

    Is Pogba on current form one of the top 3-4 player's in PL ??

    1. kuzser
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Definitely

      1. Amey
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Insane amount of goals/assist scored since ogs arrived

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Certainly is on this form, my captain this GW I think

      1. Amey
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Big game player for sure

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Pens, stats, form and youth team United career will know how important this game is for the fans

          1. Amey
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Yeah.
            He's turning into a Beast

    3. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 29 days ago

      He’s the best in the league for me

      I think he’s in a tier by himself. Then tier 2: Aguero, Hazard, Rashy, Dave the Save, Salah

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        3 months, 29 days ago

        And I’ll also say Pogsy is the best midfielder in the world atm

      2. MeatPieSausageRoll
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Sorry, Son right up there too on current form

      3. Amey
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Ha ha
        He's insane atm

      4. Game Over
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Hazard much better than Pogba.

    4. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Never would have agreed until Mourinho left but now undeniable

      1. Amey
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah
        It's like he's reborn

    5. yuva247
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Form of Herrera is helping him too

    6. Vobinho In Wengerland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      If United make the right transfers, and get a side capable of matching his abilities, if he keeps improving at this rate then the Ballon D'or ain't far away for him.

      He's still young and is a catalyst for everything the team does. Turning into a beast!

  5. Please Answer Me
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    so I've seen that most people are looking at FH32, W34, BB35, TC another time.This is great if you can manage to get enough good players
    in for gameweeks 31 and 33.However, upto gw 31 youll want to keep Son, Pogba,Rash, Aguero, some Wolves players..so how do you plan on doing that?

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      You field less than 11 players for GW31. If you are getting 7/8 out then that will be enough.

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      not fielding 11 players probably for 31/33

    3. Greenbackbøøg…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Sell united and wolves before 30, sell Spurs after 30

    4. Jinswick
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      MUN & WOL assets can go in GW30. Toying with Son -> Mane next week myself.

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I have 6 MUN and WOL assets...im screwed!

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Kicking wolves players the hell out of my team after GW29

      The others can easily be benched in 31 & 33

      Liverpool, West Ham, Leicester, Newcastle all have good fixtures 27-30 & no blank in 31

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        what if you currently have 6 MUN and WOL players though?

        1. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Have 5 Pogba only one I'd keep probably

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          You’ve got 5 FT’s between now & GW31

    6. felix
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Take the FH in gw 31. Simple

    7. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      7 good for 31 rather than another 4 spuds for 8-15pts or such

    8. scubasmithy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I'm 100% behind the FH32 strategy as things stand..... Ok, so looking at my team is probably best way to explain....

      Currently I have the following players who are due to play in 31

      Salah
      Robertson
      Anderson
      Fabianski
      Puncheon
      Perreira

      If I can add in
      TAA (prob wk28) - replaces Shaw
      Fraser (week 30) - replaces Sane
      Wilson/King (week 30) - replaces Rashford

      Plus maybe a hit.....gives me 9 ish players for 31

      32 I will have utter bench garbage and as strong an XI as possible with free hit

      33 - Should be easy to get a decent XI out for that given my choices of players for 31

      34 - Wildcard to optimise team
      35 - Bench Boost

      Any other stategy I've looked at leaves me too exposed either in week 32, 33 or 35

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        it's good you have a plan, but what about TC? or have you used it already?

    9. Sting in the Tail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I'm basically saving a transfer to use in gw31 and I'll probably take a hit that week as well. Remember you can still bench 3. For me Son and Jota will go in the run up.

  6. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    How long is Laca banned for in the EL?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Next two games

      1. Kiwivillan
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        *3

  7. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Fab
    VVD/AWB/Doherty
    Salah/Pogba/westwood/son
    laca (C) / jimenez / rashford

    Boruc/luiz/hazard/schindler

    1ft, 0.1 itb

    thinking of saving, gtg ?

    thanks

    1. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Yep.
      G2G

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        thanks Amey 🙂

  8. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    How does that look on paper? Currently sitting with 2ft and 2.1itb
    27: Digne->New def
    28: son->sterling
    29: tbc
    30: pogba->fraser
    31: sterling, kamara-> mane, Wilson

    that will allow this team for 31:
    Fab
    Pereira Schindler robbo
    Hazard Salah mane Anderson Fraser
    Wilson

    1. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Do 2 fts in gw31.

    2. Sting in the Tail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Looks good.

  9. Super Jack Grealish
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Fab, Steele
    Kolasinac, TAA, Doherty, Digne, AWB
    Salah, Sane*, Pogba, Son, Punch
    Rashford, Jimenez, Kamara*.

    0FT 6.9 ITB

    A) Kamara > Auba (-4)
    B) Kamara > Laca (-4) (Leaves enough money in the bank for Sane>Sterling next week
    C) Other

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      b

  10. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Sorry if this has been asked, but do the fa have a certain amount of time to reschedule these fixtures or will they take their sweet time?

    1. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      What are you expecting ??
      They can disclose the dgw around gw31 imo

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        They might have a rule whereby they need to give teams, say, two weeks notice for a rescheduled fixture so we'd have some minimum of advanced notice (say for organising fan transport/ local police)

        1. Amey
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah.
          It's 15 days as I've heard here before.
          But again, dgw 25 was decided on 7 day's notice.
          So ...

  11. Jafooli
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    How many more weeks do I have before I need to make a decision regards my chip strategy?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      what do you mean ?

      1. Jafooli
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        How many more weeks do I have before I need to make a decision regards my chip strategy??

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          up to you really 🙂

          1. Jafooli
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            😛

    2. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Number of players in squad playing in 31 plus number of frees (and acceptable hits) before then minus ten?

      1. Jafooli
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Thanks

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Think that should give you time to decide if you're committing to fh in 31 or 32 as you can only build for one of those.

    3. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      It depends upon how many gw31 starters you have in your team.
      Anything near 6-7 means you possibly have 1-2 gw's to select one way

      1. Jafooli
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers

  12. Jafooli
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    @Diesel001 - have all my chips, when should I play them? I trust you 🙂

    1. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      First thoughts:

      1) Set up your team so it is good for BGW31 AND BGW33 (note the 'AND')
      2) Free Hit in DGW32
      3) Wildcard GW34
      4) Bench Boost in BGW35
      5) Triple Captain in DGW36

      1. fr3ddy
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        The hero Jafooli doesn't deserve

        1. Jafooli
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          😆

          This.....Diesel gets me out of trouble so often 😀

      2. Jafooli
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers Vin.....

  13. Leicester options
    Vobinho In Wengerland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Leicester - Form v Fixtures

    So, Leicester have one of the best fixture runs over the next 9. That's very long term and could prove fruitful if their assets prosper.

    There have been articles regarding the defensive assets, Pereira probably outshining Chilwell and Maguire for overall output.

    But, how about their attacking assets :

    Vardy - quite costly for what you get, not been starting every game but on pens
    Maddison - very much on my watchlist, could provide goals and assists
    Barnes - a very good cheap option, could be a 4th/5th mid

    Their form has got better recently and done okay against the top sides, but the fact remains that they have been very goal shy over a long period now.

    What does everyone think with regard to their overall potential and also their attacking output going forwards?

    Who are your picks over this great run they have?

    1. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      No value in Leister attack imo.
      Vardy very expensive for his output.
      Midfield is minefield right now.
      Too many attacking midfielders availability putting me off touching their team's attack.

      Pereira enough for me

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Not tempted by Maddison? I think he's a great pick.

        I'll be bringing him or Felipe Anderson in this week, I expect

        1. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Neither team attacking assets. Need to see this week's games before committing

    2. diesel001
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Tielemens is an option. But Leicester lack creativity. They are like Bournemouth - if you give them loads of possession they struggle to break teams down. They like open end-to-end games (see Wolves game). Will they get those?

    3. Pep Pig
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I also think Tielemans could become a viable differential. Puel has already stated he will bring goals and assists and pointed out he is a clinical finisher. I think he is going to well and they seemed more balanced against Spurs with Ndidi sitting in. He's definitely on my watchlist

      1. Kiwivillan
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        He played last game in double pivot so unless he's the new old Ramsey that's off putting

        1. Pep Pig
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          He was more advanced than Ndidi but I'd expect him to be averaged slightly deeper away to Spurs. I think he will become more advanced in the coming games

      2. Jacky boy
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Too deep. They have enough attacking midfielders. Gray barnes maddison...
        He will stay back

        1. Pep Pig
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          I disagree that he is playing too deep and can't judge from the game at Wembley too much. Though the stats show he was more advanced than the pivot role Ndidi played in. Time will tell mate but I think he is going to score quite well

      3. Vobinho In Wengerland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Maddison is further forward and only 0.6m more expensive, as is Barnes for 0.5m cheaper.

        The type of comparison that would include Herrera instead of Pogba or Martial I would have thought?

        1. Pep Pig
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          The Pogba/Herrera comparison is nowhere near the same. It will be interesting to see how he plays against Palace. He brings attacking threat and he's on my watch-list mate that's all. He could end up being the KDB of late assisting the assister.

          1. Geoff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Yeah, I agree that he could easily become an option. He might not of course, but there's every chance he could.

            I think his pricing is spot on

    4. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Happy to wait a few games to decide because of Puel factor

    5. Jacky boy
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Rash to vardy for me

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Looking at that in a few weeks too

    6. CROCosta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      pereira+chilwell is what i will be running until gw36, would maybe be intrested in vardy if he was 8.0, currently would rather have any of laca/firminho/higuain for slightly more cash or save a bunch and go arnautovic/jimenez/rashford/rondon

    7. Dybala10
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Now Albrighton is out, Barnes could be a very good punt as Gray is quite exciting to watch but has no end product. Maddison fits into that bracket as well I think as he always passes the eye test but his returns are not spectacular; especially since the start of the season.

      Aside from that, I think Perreira/Chilwell is worthwhile but that is about it.

    8. scubasmithy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Peirera.... and that's it

    9. Original Pirate Material
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Is Barnes nailed? Passed the eye test for me v Spurs, shame about his poor finishing that day though.

  14. azz007
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    all chips intact and WILDCARD.

    4 players in GW31, Salah, Shcindler, Shemicel, A Smith

    what to do ? when to;

    FH -
    BB -
    TC -
    WC -

    1. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Read the article.

    2. scubasmithy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      LOL, I think you are right on the borderline there..... how many transfers do you have?

  15. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    So Arsenal have the top scoring home attack in the league (bar city/pool) and have 2 nice home fixtures back to back 27/28

    This would be a good time for them to continue scoring goals at home

    1. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Yep.
      It's us Auba owners time to rejoice

  16. #FPLBhuna
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    thoughts on these moves for a -8

    out: ederson, siggy, ings
    in: 4.7m gk, anderson, arnie

    1. caldracula
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I’d get Rondón instead of Arnie

  17. King Kohli
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Thoughts on the best strategy here?

    Have FH, WC, BB & TC left.

    Ryan Etheridge
    Robbo TAA Doherty Bednarek Bennett
    Salah Sterling Pogba Eriksen Son
    Rashford Rondon Kamara

    Thinking of FH 32, WC 34, BB 35.
    Any better ideas?

    1. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      You have 4 players from gw 31.
      Would need nice planned transfer's to get 8-9 player's for BGW 31.
      FH in gw32 is very enticing !!

  18. bryant
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    arnie king or rondon?

    1. Webbinho
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      King or Rondon for me with Anderson as WH cover. I just don't like players who are doubtful every week.

      1. Pep Pig
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I've gone Arnie over F Anderson. I can't shake the feeling that he's going to bounce back to form. Though I expect them both to bring the best out of each other starting against Fulham...

        1. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          If I had to get one Wham player in I'd take punt on Arnie

  19. UpAndAway
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    No matter which way you look at it, Auba is the best captain option this GW. Anyone moving Aguero out for him?

    1. Webbinho
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I have him already, but if he plays 90 on Thursday that might be enough to put me off capt. Wouldn't be ideal if Iwobi, Lacazette and Mkhit started as a front 3 Sunday

    2. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      He really isn't if you've been watching Arsenal lately

    3. Kopkloppers
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      It is a hard one.
      Problem with Auba is no GW31 and Kun has to be sacrificed.

  20. Wetdream
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Ahh the days when Fpl players had to actually do their own thinking and work their own strategy's out..... reminds me of reverse sensors and sat navs....

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      🙂

  21. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Assuming Crellin’s rescheduled doubles prediction, the perfect GW32 FH attack looks close to:

    Son, Pogba, Sterling, Haz
    Kane, Kun, Auba

    However, it’s not affordable even on FH - will have to go without one of those guys

    1. fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Tbh I don't like Spurs's fixtures. Son and Kane too much for me. Look at Higgy's fixtures

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I don’t mind spurs fixtures, Liverpool are loosening up at th back of late, and palace’s defence away from home concedes a lot of goals

        But the watered down versions include Higgy, Laca, Sané instead of their 11.0+ peers

    2. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Can avoid kane.
      Murray/Jimenez in his place ??
      Can invest i defense too with remaining money & choice a premium keeper (kepa maybe if Chelsea get their dgw)

    3. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Had?

    4. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      *Haz? Chelsea are garbage unless they have another 2 vs Huddersfield

      1. fr3ddy
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Even Kiwi won't ignore Hazard vs Cardiff and Brighton in a DGW

      2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cardiff & Brighton will be their double in all likelihood

        Obviously if they continue in this form, their players won’t be as popular - Sarri sacked & they’ll bounce right back as always, their players have more than enough class

        It will actually be good for planning if they stay struggling as it’s one less big hitter to fit in

        1. Amey
          3 months, 29 days ago

          If it is Cardiff & Brighton I'll go triple Chelsea.

    5. scubasmithy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      it IS affordable.... just compromises required

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Nope

      2. scubasmithy
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        (on assumption you don't want Kane, which I don't)

  22. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Is benching Rashford this week insane or alright considering the fixture?

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Mad. I’m probs captaining

      1. Eytexi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Against Liverpool?? What have you got against Son/Arsenal/Salah?

        1. MeatPieSausageRoll
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Did you watch him last night? I think them Liverpool backs are going to be panicking already

        2. Jᴀʀᴠish
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Look at this guy's posting history and then decide if you think he is worth listening to.

    2. fr3ddy
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I wouldn't mind benching him. Don't think he'll get anything

    3. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Insane

    4. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Lock up and throw away key insane

    5. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      If I was betting on score/goal scorer 1-0 Rashford seems as reasonable as any

  23. manu4life99
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    A) Holebas to Pereira
    B) Holebas,Rich to Pereira,Fanderson(-4)

    Fabianski
    Robbo Doherty* Kolasinac
    Pogba Son Mane Salah
    Jiminez Rashford Long*
    Subs: Digne,Rich,Holebas(all out)

    1. Sting in the Tail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      B

  24. leocarter27
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Which options best please?

    A) TAA (Already own Robertson)
    B) Pereira

    If B I can get Mane in next week. Thanks

    1. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      B for sure

      1. danishdynamite
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Yup, this

  25. danishdynamite
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    On the one hand ....... I'm inclined to keep Sterling and Kun for their 28-30 run
    On the other hand ..... I'll be bringing Mane in for Sterling for 31

    Is it worth it / risky bringing Sterling > Mane forward by a few weeks (28) to avoid taking a hit for the same move in 30 ?

    I'm struggling to get my dominos to fall in the correct order without raising the cash from this move in 28 (for example getting Fraser in for 29)

    It's probably nothing better than a coin toss whether an explosive Sterling outscores a nailed Mane over those 3 GW's. And then there's Pep !!

    1. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Sterling staying for me

    2. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Agreed
      Difficult to predict just because Mane also in good goal-scoring form + Sterling may be rested.
      If you have Raz I'd keep him though. One hit is nothing imo

    3. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I'm expecting great things from Sterling+Aguero 28-30 while even sidetracked by 31

    4. danishdynamite
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      thx for the replies

  26. Tosa86
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    My actual team (for GW27):

    Fabianski
    pereira - doherty - robertson
    pogba - salah - son anderson
    auba - rashford -jimenez

    etherdige - wba - vvd - billing

    next moves:
    GW28 vvd+auba -> TAA e kun
    GW31 --> FH
    GW32 --> if double, i'll play WC

    instead for GW27 do i need to replace doherty?

    Any suggestion?
    how to improve my team?any city or not??

  27. Jafooli
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    When you see Rondon being mentioned as a viable option, you know it's silly season.....

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      How dare you slander the good name of Sir Ronald Donald of Newcastleshire. Off with your head!

    2. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Agree

    3. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      OR
      Rondon is playing better & cheap & good fixtures ??

    4. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Ha! I’ve got him. But u are right... I think when I consider captaining him you definitely need to look at yourself hard in the mirror

      1. HamezMace
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I always look at myself hard in the mirror.

    5. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Add Almiron for max insanity

  28. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Anyone else considering going with less than xi this weekend?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Yes. I have 11 and 3 are question marks but thinking of rolling FT

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        I can see saints doing a job on arsenal. They are actually quite tight at the back away from home

        1. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Agree. Only have Koscielny. See Southampton away to Chelsea. Think people are counting there Auba/Laca points too soon

  29. Jinswick
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    If going the FH32 & WC34 route would you hold on to Digne and Siggy?

    Blank, car, LIV, new, CHE, ARS

    All looks a bit meh

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      nope, get rid of them asap

    2. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Sell them.

    3. Better Call Salah
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Sell

    4. danishdynamite
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      No, get shot

  30. Jinswick
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    And for those doing FH32 & WC34, which are you going with for GW29 - GW33?

    A) Hazard
    B) Higuain
    C) Both
    D) Neither

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Neither unless Sarri gets sacked or massive improvement

    2. Amey
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Same question
      Currently leaning towards Higuain as it'll give me some extra money to upgrade fodder for gw 31/33 as I'm most probably going to bench Son, Pogba,Rash, Doherty.
      So need bench fodder upgradation

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      C

    4. danishdynamite
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I'd do C in a shot if they weren't absolute dogmuck at the mo

      They are though, hence you asking 🙂

      I dunno m8

    5. Sting in the Tail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      My team structure doesn't allow for Hazard and I'll keep Aguero until Gw31 when I may get Higuain for the blanks.