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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. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    What is the main reason for people not building towards GW32 with transfers now? Uncertainty?

    1. Amey
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Last year's bad experience

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        What happened?

        1. Amey
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Gw 34 & 37 double games were exchanged 😀
          Completely ripped off my plan to BB gw 34 & TC gw 37

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      FH32

    3. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      GW33 blanks

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        They only affect a small pool though right? (Wolves, Man Utd, City plus a handful of lesser teams like BHA, CPL)

        1. Greenbackbøøg…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Wolves City and United are all popular teams, + wan B

        2. MTPockets
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Wouldn't you have several players from that small pool for DGW32 - how to optimise for 32 then transition to 33?

    4. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Do we even know all gw32 games definitively?

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Well exactly my point - is it the uncertainty of announcements that is putting people off?

      2. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        We know none so far as I know.

    5. scubasmithy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Build for 32 means 31 and 33 suffer, with a full set of chips in hand, it's easy enough to get a decent team out for 31 and 33, allowing free hit last moment for 32 (33 and 31 games are already locked in, so you can plan for them much easier).

      IF you build for 32, then 31 and 33 both suffer. Whereas building for 31 and 33 means only 32 suffers (hence the free hit).

      Although I am contemplating wildcard in 32 instead of 34 and free hit in 33.... I can decide nearer the time on this - although likely to stick with original plan.,

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        The most important thing for me is knowing DGW's in GW32 that have a fixture in GW33

      2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        How many GW31 players do you have?

        1. FantaCity
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          That has to be the starting point for me - I have currently 1 player (David Luiz) playing GW31, so unless I take multiple hits, I am better off playing Freehit

          1. FantaCity
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            ... Oooh, nearly forgot Salah, bless his little red socks

          2. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            I'll take -12 or more rather than waste FH on 31. Any player I get will play 33

            1. pingissimus
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Is that -12 an effective 0 with the players both having 31 and 33 for an assumed 4 points ahead?

              If so it makes a heap of sense over a 3 week span

  2. skodaole2
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Any chance we have a DGW before GW31? Or all teams will first blank then have a DGW?

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Don't think so. Europe gets in the way.

  3. Junior ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Best 5th mid who’s plays both blanks? Sub 4.5m

    1. yuva247
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Hayden

      1. MTPockets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Doesn't (yet) play in 33

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Also Ki Diame and Shelvey all back by 31

        1. MTPockets
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          He's not nailed then? (I have no idea)

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      find another .2 and Camarasa IMO

      1. Junior ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        99% blanks in 33

      2. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Doesn't play 31 and possibly not 33

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          OK did not look properly

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Monitor Bacuna even though Huddersfield 4.2m 5 shots last game

      1. Junior ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Is he nailed? Might need to bring them in this week for funds.

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Hudd forum fans like him

    4. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      McNeil?

      1. Junior ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He looks the best nailed option.

    5. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      May not be possible, but if you can find an extra .5 David Brooks should be back. When playing he's the best budget midfielder available IMO.

  4. kuzser
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    What option would you prefer here guys for gw31 as my transfer strategy depends on it?

    Team 1(7 transfers, 1 hit).Means I do haz kamara->Auba McNeil this week and get higuain later for Auba
    Fab
    Pereira Schindler robbo lascelles
    Anderson Salah mane MCNEIL FRASER/WILSON
    HIGUAIN WILSON/FRASER

    Team 2 (5ft). No Auba at all
    Fab
    Pereira Schindler robbo lascelles
    Anderson Salah mane HAZARD FRASER
    WILSON

  5. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Just interested at scanning what others are facing.
    How many GW31 players do you have right now?

    I have 3 pool and 2 everton (though I will sell them both I expect)

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Salah

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      And no interest in any chip use before 32

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        You have some cajones Kiwi!

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Just looking at bigger picture and rank protection

    3. Goat
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      2 pool and Fabianski

    4. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      3 Liverpool + Hazard

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Not a bad situation - I assume you'll build for 31 then?

        1. MTPockets
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Yep. Have 3x wol, 2x mun, 2x mci so 33 doesn't work for me to do otherwise (unless I WC32, FH 33 - but not in the mood to compare that one that right now)

    5. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      3 Pool, Fab, Hazard & Digne (selling him this week though).

      Think I’ll be going 9-10 players which feels enough.

      Won’t be selling Pogba, Rashford, Doherty & Jimènez unless injured as I want them for the two doubles.

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        No wildcard?

    6. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      6

      3 LIV
      1 NEW
      1 WHM
      1 HUD

    7. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      6

    8. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      8

    9. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      8 my post below.

    10. Lemongrab
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Already got 7 (although one of them is Jason Puncheon)

    11. Amey
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Salah+Robbo+Mane+Pereira+Fabs

    12. CROCosta
      1 month, 27 days ago

      5 currenly - boruc, pereira, mane, anderson, hayden

    13. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      5 players so far:
      Fab,
      Pereira, Taylor
      Fanderson
      Firmino

      Next transfer will be Shaw > TAA or Robertson
      Hoping for some injuries to make who to take out easier to manage.

  6. Hot Fuzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Hi guys, just a quick one
    Who is going to score more points gw27 for the keeper
    Bournemouth or United?

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      probably BOU

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      2 all draw

      1. Hot Fuzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        What game? 2 all draw?

        1. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          No. both keepers 2 points.

          1. Hot Fuzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            You would play either? Thanks..

    3. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      If I had Boruc I'd play over my other keeper Patricio

  7. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I've already got 8 players with a game in GW31 and 9 with a game in GW33, so I am thinking that I can switch out Hazard this GW and have enough FT's to get him back for the blank GW's

    Foster, LOSSL
    ROBERTSON, Doherty, ZABALATTA, Abw, LUIZ
    SALAH, HAZARD, Pogba, FRASAR, Hojbjerg
    FIRMINO, Rashford, Jimenez

    What's my best option ?

    A) Haz and Jimenez to Auba (c) and Maddison

    B) Haz and Rashford to Auba (c) and a mid up to 7.9m in value (Who ?)

  8. Pocky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Have Martial to move on, really can't decide between Felipe & Maddison. Those Leicester fixtures are just so good even though their form is not.

    1. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Anderson imo. 7 of his 8 goals have been against the Bottom 14.

    2. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Maddison. Cheaper and better fixtures

  9. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Anyone planning to go without City particulary Aguero & Sterling between GW28-30?
    .

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Hope so as owner of both

    2. Ohh1454
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'll keep laporte I dint aguero and sterling and I don't think I'm going to bringing them in

    3. Amey
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Me if Auba & Higuain fires.

    4. Lemongrab
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'll just have Ederson which I'm sure is going to be pretty apocalyptic

    5. RealSocialDads
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Nope

    6. Teomi
      1 month, 27 days ago

      With only 3 players for bgw 31, im more or less forced to go without, although it feels wrong... I will sit behind the sofa when city is playing

  10. elmes85
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Am i missing something here? if we are assuming the cancelled 31 games move to 32 then surely it's best to:

    30 - WC
    31 - FH
    32 - BB
    33 -
    34 -
    35 - TC

    1. Hot Fuzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      My thinking but maybe just maybe to wildcard a bit earlier

    2. Hot Fuzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      We still got blank33 to concider..

      1. elmes85
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Yep, all will become clear when we get an announcement, I just find it strange this strategy is not even being considered in the article

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Not strange just out of the box and confort zone that's it

    3. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Interesting strategy, but you are not going to be able to field many DGW'ers in GW32, if you want anything like a full 11 in blank GW33.

      1. Hot Fuzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Don't agree, if wc is played to cover dgw32, still the colondrum with 33 blank though haha

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Exactly. It's either plenty of DGW's in GW32 and a below strength team in GW33 or less DGW'ers in GW32 in order to field a full 11 in GW33.

          1. Hot Fuzz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 27 days ago

            In the end we can all play the same way but no body knows which is going to work out just like looking for didferencial I guess

            1. Jᴀʀᴠish
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              This is a good point. If you think strategy X and Y are equal in terms of potential and 90% of people are going for strategy X, then go for strategy Y. This worked beautifully a couple of years ago when there was a debate between a GW36 WC and a GW33 WC when most were railroaded into a GW 33 WC because of their team set-up leading up to then, and the GW36 WCers smashed it.

      2. elmes85
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I haven't really looked too deep into who I will pick yet and who will blank in 33, history tells me to go from the bigger pool of players that we are expecting in 32, BB in 35 just worries me, there will so much rotation from the big clubs

        1. Hot Fuzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Same

    4. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      This is fresh and interesting strategy. Basically you'll sacrifice GW33 (depending on final #blanks), but then you maximize GW32. And you'll have some transfers to set up well for DGW35 as welll.

      1. Hot Fuzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Perhaps that's the plan anyway.. Hahaha

    5. Pegboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Interesting strategy.

      Have you thought of TC-ing in GW32 and BB in GW35? That way you can put some GW33 players on the bench in 32 and it's not quite as weak.

      1. elmes85
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It is certainly an option, I will have to analyse the fixtures when they are announced to see which week has the better potential for a huge points haul!

  11. Euro Raiders
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Credit to that man for putting this headbanger stuff together. Given the yo-yo yo effect of blank and double game weeks, throw in the unknown unknowns for injuries, rotations, benchings and you have a recipe for total failure! So why bother, play each week as it comes, that’s my plan.

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      😀

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      It’s not as daft as it sounds... you could sleep walk into GW31 realise everyone is blanking, play your FH, then mange the rest of the season with FT’s.

      I don’t think you’d be much worse off.

  12. Ohh1454
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Looking at the two blank weeks , could triple Bournemouth be an option ?

    1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Possibly - definitely getting two here.

      1. Ohh1454
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I'm looking at Steve cook as a 5th defender who could play those weeks and possibly this week

        1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Yes not a bad call. I'll probably go Boruc and Fraser - but a little worried about the former. I'd get Ake if funds allowed.

          1. Ohh1454
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Ya would much prefer ake I'll plan out my transfers and see do the funds allow

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      After GW29 maybe but no defenders IMO unless keeper cover.
      Best fixtures in the league after GW30. The problem is There are no DGW's for them.

  13. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Brilliant article! Really well summarised.

  14. shearer9
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Was gonna do Luiz -> Pereira but unsure now as Chelsea play GW31. Should I sell Shaw instead? Unshaw.

    1. Ohh1454
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I'd sell shaw

    2. Sting in the Tail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Sell Shaw

  15. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    How would you rather have for the next 3 GW's

    A) Rashford (LIV, cry, SOU)

    B) Jimenez (bou, hud, CAR)

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Very close - probably Rashford

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      fixture-wise Jimenez has a chance

    3. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I have both and will be staying for 3 weeks.

    4. pingissimus
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I’ve gone Jimmy but it is close. My reasoning is that Jimmy has more chances of hauling.

      I think it rests on how you read the Palace game. Solid defence or a City Liverpool style goal feat?

  16. Kopkloppers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Looks to me Chelsea could be the players to concentrate on.
    I am a bit confused but Chelsea could have Eve (a) Car (a) Wha (h) with Bri (h) as a double in 32.
    That solves 3 spots. With Pool taking up another 3 there are not too many places to fill in 31 and 33.
    Probably Bour, Lei, 2x Wha as other choices. This could allow 8 DGW players with the WC in GW32 considering 2 transfers.

    1. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Even on current form?

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        It is the double in 32 that makes it schweet.

    2. pingissimus
      1 month, 27 days ago

      The rogue factor here is that Sarri may be out this time next week. Those players do tend to turn it on for a new manager

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Luiz next week for Alders.
        Son for Haz 30/31
        The other I don't know yet.

  17. kendo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Going for strategy 1 Leicester have two upcoming good matches so bringing in Barnes and Vardy 27, 28. No transfers 29, one in 30 and two in 31 leaving less disruption with my current team. Bournemouth and Leicester players coming in maybe 1 Chelsea having good matchups for 31 and 33. 32 sorted with FH. Wild card 34 and bb for dgw35. My thinking is to save TC for high scoring gw38

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Similar thought process above.

      1. kendo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Cheers man let’s hope it goes ok

  18. LOLarov
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Right choices this week; I have 2 players that I could shift around Aguero, Alonso, Richarlison

    A) Richarlison & Aguero --> F.Anderson & Auba
    B) Richarlison & Aguero --> F.Anderson & Laca
    C) Richarlison & Alonso --> F.Anderson & Pereira (dont like hits for Def)

    1. Pegboy
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      D) Rich > Anderson and bench Kun?

  19. murty1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    If you owned Digne + Rich.. which of the below options would you do between now and GW 31 presuming using chips from GW 32.

    1. Keep both.
    2. Only keep Digne.
    3. Only keep Rich.
    4. Sell both.

    1. MTPockets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Depends how many players you can get for 31/33.
      No point selling either if it means fielding fewer than full team (2pts better than zero)

    2. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      The pair of them are trolls.

    3. Sting in the Tail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      2.

      Can't field 11 this week Rich is out for Anderson or Maddison. Digne staying for the blanks.

    4. JasonG123
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Have Siggy and Digne. Will probably sell both, outside chance of keeping Digne.

  20. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Time to step away from the laptop. I just considered Duffy (TC)

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ryan TC also looking good...

    2. Sting in the Tail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      If Brighton had a triple gw its not that outrageous an idea

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Not so daft if its a triple game week. Assuming Brighton get a clean sheet approximately 1 out of 3 games, he will get around 6 + 2 + 2 points from that. Potential bonus from cs and minus points from goals conceded/yellow card probably evens out. So you are looking at 10 points, a decent score even without anything great happening. If he gets a goal or assist in one of the games you are looking at a monster haul.

  21. bigbudgie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Pogba (c)

    Unstoppable force. At home. VS Biggest rivals. Anyone?

    1. Jacky boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No

    2. MeatPieSausageRoll
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Good choice but I’m going Rashy

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      United looked poor against a good midfield in the PSG game. Liverpool's midfield is better, Im expecting more of the same with Rashford isolated and Pogba not doing much. Auba is the obvious captain choice.

  22. Junior ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Planned to bring Aubameyang in for Sane (2FTs) and a bench fodder coming in too.
    Aubameyang still the right person to be bringing in?

    1. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      haha every game he kills me

    2. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      The best thing. Although funny as hell, everything he’s saying is also true.

      Sarri is awful in tactical terms outside plan A. It’s always like for like changes that don’t alter the game. And also I think Hudon Odoi maybe getting more hype than he deserves but he could easily be the next young Chelsea to leave and flourish elsewhere and Salah, De Bruyne and many other have done.

  23. Gharvey
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Rondon Essential over next couple of game weeks ?

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      1 month, 27 days ago

      No

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
        1 month, 27 days ago

        He’s become an option because of form and fixtures but Rondons never essential

    2. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I think this is potentially the worst question I’ve ever seen asked in this site. And there is a hell of a lot of competition.

      1. Jᴀʀᴠish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        😆

      2. Gharvey
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Really?:) my work here is fine then:) rondon haul incoming:)

      3. Gharvey
        1 month, 23 days ago

        Really such a stupid question?:) rondon does indeed look essential:) sill boy:)

  24. Morph - Finding Nuno
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I think Brighton vs Cardiff could be played in GW29/30. This would allow Chelsea vs BHA to be played in DGW32, with Spurs vs BHA in DGW35.

    1. The 5% Team
      1 month, 27 days ago

      good point, both have nothing to do in the European midweek fixture. All speculation, but I guess it's possible and would be nice

      1. pingissimus
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Is that a Europe week? I think there’s an agreement that the PL won’t put in fixtures in those weeks

        1. The 5% Team
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Yeah that's what I first thought as well...something to do with TV rights I guess.

    2. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Why Chelsea so appealing for GW 31 to 33

  25. Jimmy Boy
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    In a blank gameweek such as 31, surely every hit you take is only a -2 provided you do:
    Blanking Player > Nailed Player.

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Ha! The annual debate! 🙂

      1. Jimmy Boy
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        This means arguably you could take as many hits in this fashion as you wanted to, and due to the cancelling from every new player gaining two points on the one you got rid of, all your hits would add to a net -2.

        1. Jᴀʀᴠish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          What you are saying makes sense, but the argument against this logic is:

          You have 10 players, ABCDEFGHIJ and no FTs left
          I have 11 players, ABCDEFGHIJK

          To bring in K for a hit this costs you 4 points.

          Your week score will be 4 points lower than mine, not 2.

    2. pingissimus
      1 month, 27 days ago

      If you add in 33 then it could be an effective 0. But still a minus 4 when compared to teams that brought those players in for free and take no hits.

    3. Salarrivederci
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      You can't put it like that. If you transfer them back to a DGW player before GW35 you have spend 8 points on that player.
      out of those 8 points surely 2 points is free returned in a blank given the player would blank as you put it.

      The nailed dude has to outscore the blank dude with 8 points between the moment you transfer him in and the moment you transfer him out (out of those 8 points 2 of the points is free, and one could argue 4 of the points is free if you do the 11 playing players in GW31 -> FH32 -> 11 playing players GW33)

  26. daekpower
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I have roberto pereyra now and planning to build team for gw 31 and 33
    what about taking -4 hit this week to get Fraser for Pereyra

    1. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Fraser can wait until GW30

  27. The 12th Man
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Think I’m going with option 1 or 2. So need to pile in on 31 GWers.

    1FT 3.3m itb ( GW 31 players in caps)

    FABIANSKI
    ROBERTSON, TAA,PERIERA,Doherty
    SALAH,Pogba,Son,Jota
    Aubamayang, Rashford

    Hamer, AWB,Groß,Kamara.

    This week?
    1. Save the FT and just have AWB as backup off the bench.
    2. Kamara > King,Rondon or Barnes

  28. balint84
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    bench S.Bamba or R.Bennett?

  29. grooveymatt65
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Hi everybody,

    Weird q but do players get flagged for a blank fixture? I just thought that if so surely Aguero should of been flagged ages ago...

    1. The 5% Team
      1 month, 27 days ago

      you answered your own question there 🙂

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      no, they don't get flagged since they are available to play in next game...

      1. grooveymatt65
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        yeah thought so hahhaha.Interesting how many players react to flags and don't read the fixtures hahha