Suspensions

Which FPL players are nearing a suspension?

Those who keep an eye on our Suspension Tightrope widget on our homepage will be aware that a handful of Fantasy assets are perilously close to a ban.

If Premier League players accrue ten yellow cards in the top flight by the time their team has contested 32 league matches, they will then be slapped with a two-match suspension.

The ban has to be served in the same competition, too, so any suspension will only affect Premier League matches.

The key in the second paragraph above is “32 league matches”, which in most cases will be Gameweek 32.

However, there are some exceptions.

Brighton and Hove Albion have only played 29 Premier League games so far this season and won’t play their 32nd league fixture until Gameweek 34 – but none of the Seagulls’ players have accrued more than five cautions in 2018/19 and so are safe from any possible suspension incurred by collecting ten yellow cards.

Arsenal will play their 32nd Premier League game in Gameweek 33 (see below), as will Southampton – although the Saints’ players, like Brighton’s, can rest easy regarding the threat of a two-match ban.

Nearing a Suspension

PlayerCostTeamBookingsMatches played by team
Sokratis Papastathopoulos£5.1mArsenal930
Phil Bardsley£4.2mBurnley931
Luke Shaw£5.1mManchester United930
Etienne Capoue£4.8mWatford930
Granit Xhaka£5.2mArsenal830
Harry Arter£4.9mCardiff City830
Luka Milivojevic£6.3mCrystal Palace830
Diogo Jota£6.1mWolverhampton Wanderers
830

Phil Bardsley (£4.2m) just has to negotiate Burnley’s sole Gameweek 32 fixture against Bournemouth to avoid a two-match ban, while Sokratis (£5.1m) has to dodge a yellow card against Newcastle and Everton in Gameweeks 32 and 33 to do the same.

Luke Shaw (£5.1m) and Etienne Capoue (£4.8m) both have a Double Gameweek 32 with Manchester United and Watford, so there exists the possibility of these players being booked in their opening Gameweek 32 fixture at Old Trafford and then being suspended for their respective clubs’ second game in midweek.

Even if Shaw and Capoue avoid picking up bookings in Manchester next Saturday, they would have to do likewise on the following Tuesday before the threat of a two-game ban is permanently lifted.

Diogo Jota (£6.1m), Luka Milivojevic (£6.3m) and Harry Arter (£4.9m) would have to be booked in both of their Double Gameweek 32 fixtures in order to be handed a two-match suspension, while Granit Xhaka (£5.2m) only needs to avoid a caution in one of Gameweek 32 or 33 to avoid that fate.

Ben Mee (£4.6m), Matt Ritchie (£5.8m) and Robert Snodgrass (£5.0m) are all sitting on eight yellow cards, too, but their respective clubs have already played 31 Premier League matches so they are no longer at risk.

Snodgrass is, at the time of writing, contesting an FA charge for allegedly abusing an anti-doping official.

Currently Banned

There are currently four FPL assets serving a ban in the Premier League, two of which were as the result of collecting ten yellow cards.

Ryan Bennett (£4.1m) will miss the first of Wolves’ Double Gameweek 32 fixtures before returning for the second match against Manchester United, while Fabian Schar (£4.7m) will be back for Newcastle in Blank Gameweek 33.

Harry Maguire (£5.4m) will also return in Gameweek 33 for Leicester as he serves a one-match ban for a professional foul, while Lucas Torreira (£4.7m) won’t be available until Gameweek 34 for Arsenal after his dismissal for violent conduct in the north London derby.

The Next Threshold: 15 Bookings

Once the threshold of 32 league matches is lifted, the next “target” for Premier League players to avoid is 15 yellow cards.

An FPL asset who collects 15 cautions will be handed a three-match ban.

There are a handful of players who are already into double figures for the season:

PlayerCostTeamBookings
Jefferson Lerma£4.5mBournemouth11
Jose Holebas£4.8mWatford10
Fabian Schar£4.7mNewcastle United10
Ryan Bennett£4.1mWolverhampton Wanderers10

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  1. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Am I GTG?
    I've activated my free hit.

    Ryan
    Schlupp D.Luiz Laporte
    Millivojevic Deulofeu Pogba Sterling Hazard
    Kane Aguero(C)

    1. Amey
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Yep
        G2G

      • Tsparkes10
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Pedro over Mili for me

      • Bielsa's Binoculars
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Alli or Eriksen on a FH?

        1. theodosios
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Eriksen

        2. Dannywaz
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Dsilva

        3. theodosios
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 28 days ago

          So Arnautovic is still fully fit to play 2 games in 3 days

          1. Dannywaz
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Just don't go there

              1. theodosios
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Hah cheater

          2. Dannywaz
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Double man u defence

              1. Homer21
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                No

            • Tsparkes10
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Didn't realise Gundo had played last 6 in league

                1. theodosios
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  KDB and Fernandinho injuries...

                  1. Tsparkes10
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      They both back?

                      1. theodosios
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        KDB actually didn't recover from the start of the season. Don't know what's going on with Fernandinho

                2. Dannywaz
                    3 months, 28 days ago

                    Triple city attack

                    1. Tsparkes10
                        3 months, 28 days ago

                        Aguero, Sterl and?

                        1. Homer21
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 28 days ago

                          Dilva?

                    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 28 days ago

                      Lastest Draft on FH. Fairly settled for now 🙂 look solid?

                      Kepa
                      Laporte Azpi Smalling
                      Pogba Sterling Hazard Deulofeu
                      Aguero Rashford Zaha
                      (3.9, 3.8, 3.8, 4.2)

                      1. Tsparkes10
                          3 months, 28 days ago

                          Like it. I personally want Lukaku Over Rash if fit. Also prefer Deeney to Zaha but all opinion I guess

                          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 28 days ago

                            Thanks mate. Prefer Zaha either Deulo. Lukaku if fit might change my ideas

                        • Bad Kompany
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 28 days ago

                          almost the exact team as mine! Only difference is dilva and awb vs Laporte and deulofeu

                        • Amey
                            3 months, 28 days ago

                            Good team Rafa !

                            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Cheers matey! Hope your almost set too. (Likely this May change a few times this week 🙂 )

                        • Amey
                            3 months, 28 days ago

                            A) Schlupp + Luiz
                            B) Azpi + Tomkins
                            ???

                            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              B is more nailed mate

                              1. Amey
                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                  Yeah
                                  Agreed. Thank you.
                                  And I'm almost set with attack mate.
                                  7th attacking position is the one to decided. Have Batsman atm, but not sure

                            2. Bielsa's Binoculars
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Just thought, I doubt Alli or Eriksen will get rested in either DGW games as the first one is against Liverpool (big game) and the second one is not only a Derby but also their first PL game in their new stadium?

                              1. Lord in Wengerland
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                Their minutes might be managed, especially Alli as he’s not 100% yet.

                            3. Forza Papac
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Fraser assist

                            4. money face bandwagon
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Sane or pogba

                              1. Bad Kompany
                                • 1 Year
                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                Pogba

                            5. Bad Kompany
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 28 days ago

                              Best Man U defender this week on fh?

                              1. Tsparkes10
                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                  None

                                  1. Tsparkes10
                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                      Ddg if any

                                      1. Bad Kompany
                                        • 1 Year
                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                        Which defender would you pick if you had to choose one?

                                        1. Tsparkes10
                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                            Don't have to? So none

                                          • Amey
                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                              Young

                                              1. Bad Kompany
                                                • 1 Year
                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                Cheers! Do you think he’ll play both?

                                                1. Amey
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    Yep

                                              2. LosBlancos
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 2 Years
                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                I might go with Smalling

                                                1. Bad Kompany
                                                  • 1 Year
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  Cheers! Currently leaning toward him since he seems the most likely to play both

                                                  1. LosBlancos
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    I think he is likely to play both and (historically) has a goal threat about him. This hasn't substantiated in the OGS era though.

                                      2. ma0ffst
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                        Assuming all players are fit, would you choose Kane & Rashford
                                        Or Lukaku & Higuain?

                                        I'm leaning towards Kane and Rashford initially just because Higauin has poor form.

                                        However, he does have the easiest fixtures on paper...

                                        1. Tsparkes10
                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                            Lukaku and Hig.

                                          • Bad Kompany
                                            • 1 Year
                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                            Kane and rash imo

                                        2. PepSala
                                          • 3 Years
                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                          Kepa
                                          Azpi Smalling Schlupp
                                          Sterling hazard Pogba D.Silva
                                          Aguero Zaha Rashford

                                          Finally done.

                                          Every draft I made took me back to doubling up on Chelsea defense. Best odds regardless of form.

                                          1. Bad Kompany
                                            • 1 Year
                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                            Good team imo

                                          2. Goodish
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 1 Year
                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                            Similar to mine. Prefer Dea Gea and Luiz to Kepa and Smalling though

                                            1. PepSala
                                              • 3 Years
                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                              Talks of Luiz being rotated

                                              1. Tsparkes10
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  Dilva also could be rotated, impossible to get a solid 11 who defo play both imo

                                            2. ryacoo
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                              Looks good, very similar to one of my drafts. Will Zaha be fit though?

                                          3. Tsparkes10
                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                              Only reason Im keeping Pogba is only fit United atm and on pens. Really tempting to go without though

                                              Foster
                                              Luiz Dunk AWB
                                              Sane Sterl Haz Delu
                                              Kun Lukaku Rash

                                              Pogba essential?

                                            • ryacoo
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                              Anyone tempted by Trippier on FH, if Aurier is injured?

                                              1. LosBlancos
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 2 Years
                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                if Aurier is injured it would be a good shout.

                                                Is he tho?

                                                1. ryacoo
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  Injured his hamstring today, not sure how serious yet.

                                            • THFC4LIFE
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 2 Years
                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                              Best defender upto 4.8m lads?

                                              Currently have Laporte Azpi AWB ......

                                              1. ryacoo
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 3 Years
                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                Schlupp

                                                1. LosBlancos
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  Personally, I think Schlupp isn't a nailed player (even though he has played a couple of consecutive games as a starter) due to the fact that there is competition for his place, and he definitely won't revert to starting as a fullback.

                                                  I think WB is a much safer option, but high risk - high reward for Schlupp possibly

                                                  1. HollywoodXI
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    He has started the last 6 matches and scored a goal and completed three assists. Why drop him?

                                                    1. LosBlancos
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      • 2 Years
                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                      3 games in 8 days, and there are alternatives in that position.

                                                      1. HollywoodXI
                                                        • 4 Years
                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                        True but they have nothing left to play for except league position and he missed a large part of the season before getting back into the team so surely fitness won’t be an issue?

                                              2. Amey
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  Duffy

                                                • AuFeld
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  Holebas and Boly?

                                              3. grayedog
                                                • 1 Year
                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                FH Take 1:

                                                DDG / 3.9
                                                Azpi / Lindelof (Shaw if healthy) / Rudiger / 3.8 / 3.8
                                                Sterling (c) / Haz / Bilva / Deulofeu / Pogba
                                                Kun / Deeney / 4.3

                                                Don't feel great about it. Thoughts?

                                                1. FPL Pillars
                                                  • 2 Years
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  Double Man Utd Defence? :O

                                              4. Do I Not Like Orange
                                                • 6 Years
                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                How important do you reckon Chelsea defence is? Currently going with a cheap defence of Schlupp/AWB/Duffy with Ederson in sticks. Worth sacrificing Rashford to get Luiz?

                                                1. ryacoo
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • 3 Years
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  Important but Rash is more important imo.

                                                2. Tsparkes10
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    Could be, I'm deciding on something similar... Hmm

                                                  • LosBlancos
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    Well, I think that the average of Che defenders on a FH will be around1.5 (ie most will have 2, and some will have 1 or 3), so if CHE get 2 CS and you don't have their defender.. it will hurt your rank.

                                                    On another note, Rashford should get more pts than Luiz

                                                  • Lord in Wengerland
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    • 4 Years
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    I want Rashford if he’s fit.

                                                  • AuFeld
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    Rashford is on a dry spell. I would downgrade to Jimenez and upgrade Duffy to Luiz if funds will allow it.

                                                3. _____JR_____
                                                  • 8 Years
                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                  TAA out is 5.5 to me. Who should i replace him with? None in the bank. Already have Chillwell, Docherty, Robertson, Lindelof..

                                                  1. FPL Pillars
                                                    • 2 Years
                                                    3 months, 28 days ago

                                                    Keep?

                                                    1. _____JR_____
                                                      • 8 Years
                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                      Was thinking keep too and have 2 ft for next gw

                                                  2. Amey
                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                      Should get Duffy if not on FH.
                                                      He has 3 dgw's in next 4 gw's.
                                                      Insane !

                                                      1. _____JR_____
                                                        • 8 Years
                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                        Yaaaaa but Brighton suck..

                                                        1. Amey
                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                            Relegation battle brings boring 0-0 imo.
                                                            But it's your call 🙂

                                                    • Bielsa's Binoculars
                                                      • 4 Years
                                                      3 months, 28 days ago

                                                      Which combo is juicier?

                                                      A) Sterling, Mili and Eriksen

                                                      B) Dilva, Alli and Eriksen

                                                      1. Amey
                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                          A for sure !

                                                      2. Fantasy Gold
                                                        • 5 Years
                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                        I see that Brooks went down injured and was subbed before the hour mark today.

                                                        Any idea if it was an actual injury or just tiredness?

                                                      3. as33
                                                        • 3 Years
                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                        FH: Boruc
                                                        Luiz, Lindelof, Saiss, Tomkins
                                                        Sterling(C), Pogba, Hazard, Milivojevic
                                                        Kane, Kun? Defence is crap i know

                                                      4. 1justlookin
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        • 8 Years
                                                        3 months, 28 days ago

                                                        Azpilicueta or Pedro for this GW only?

                                                        1. The Sociologist
                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                            Azpi

                                                        2. SackWenger
                                                          • 9 Years
                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                          I think G-Whizz is the one that needs to stop the repetitive response to every FH team. Crikey - there's not a lot else to talk about!

                                                          I understand what you are trying to achieve but surely better to implement Thur/Fri next week when there is some traffic and a more natural build up to the weekends games.

                                                          I don't post much but bored of seeing your posts.

                                                          1. LosBlancos
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • 2 Years
                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                            I think G-Whizz is doing a great job in redirecting FH teams, as there is indeed more to talk about - and we aren't able to talk about it when the pages are spammed by RMTs.

                                                            If you're bored of his posts and want to see RMTs - go to the RMT thread

                                                          2. Lalrota
                                                            • 3 Years
                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                            You are being cocky.

                                                          3. G-Whizz
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • Has Moderation Rights
                                                            • 1 Year
                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                            Thanks for the feedback, but I'll crack on for now 🙂

                                                        3. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                                          • 2 Years
                                                          3 months, 28 days ago

                                                          A) Ederson
                                                          Azpi 3.8
                                                          Martial
                                                          OR
                                                          B) Kepa
                                                          Laporte Lindelof
                                                          Milivojevic

                                                          1. g40steve
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • 1 Year
                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                            B

                                                          2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                                                            • 2 Years
                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                            A would be 343
                                                            B would be 433

                                                          3. Amey
                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                              A
                                                              IF one of Lukaku/Rashford is confirmed out.
                                                              Otherwise B

                                                          4. KAPTAIN KANE
                                                            • 2 Years
                                                            3 months, 28 days ago

                                                            Current rank is 87k and 8 have TC and BB chips left, no FH or WC.
                                                            What's my realistic highest rank chances?

                                                            1. g40steve
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 1 Year
                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                              2 mill

                                                              1. g40steve
                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                • 1 Year
                                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                🙂

                                                                1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                                                  • 2 Years
                                                                  3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                  Lol

                                                            2. ryacoo
                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                              • 3 Years
                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                              1k

                                                              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                                                                • 2 Years
                                                                3 months, 28 days ago

                                                                Hmm seems unrealistic but thanks

                                                            3. KAPTAIN KANE
                                                              • 2 Years
                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                              I*

                                                            4. Kun Tozser
                                                              • 4 Years
                                                              3 months, 28 days ago

                                                              GW32 and 33 going to hurt could see you drop outside 100k, TC in 32 your best option to hold a bit of ground. WC teams in 34 will get a better BB in 35 too

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