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How the top 10,000 FPL managers are shaping up ahead of Christmas

Over one in six Fantasy Premier League managers who were in the top 10k at the point of the Gameweek 18 deadline have now used their Free Hit chip.

Blanks for Liverpool and, to a lesser extent, West Ham United in the Gameweek just gone may well have prompted a surge in the chip’s popularity, with just over 500 Fantasy bosses in the top 10,000 deploying their Free Hit in Gameweek 18.

The move may not have been a successful one for many, as the average score for those using their Free Hit was less than it was for the Fantasy bosses who used no chip at all (42.94 versus 45.00 respectively).

Seven of the 15 players in the template 10k Free Hit squad blanked, with not one of the assets below registering a double-digit haul.

A little over 2% of the leading 10,000 managers used their first Wildcard this weekend, with a handful of maverick managers opting to use the Triple Captain or Bench Boost chips.

A sixth of the top 10k (as of Saturday’s deadline) have yet to use their first Wildcard, with Gameweek 20 the final call for that particular chip.

The managers within the top 10,000 who did use their first Wildcard in Gameweek 18 also had a so-so weekend, with the average score being 41.85.

Eleven of the ‘template’ Wildcard squad below blanked or didn’t play, with two of them – Diego Rico (£4.4m) and Son Heung-min (£10.0m) – now suspended for Gameweek 19.

Looking at the most-owned players in the top 10,000 overall, there was no change in the ‘template’ squad from Gameweek 17 – although Sadio Mane‘s (£12.2m) ownership took a tumble from 85.8% to 58.59%.

Kevin De Bruyne‘s (£10.4m) popularity increased dramatically after his 19-point haul against Arsenal, with only Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) and John Lundstram (£5.2m) now owned by more managers than the Belgian within this elite group of FPL bosses.

There were widespread captaincy fails in the top 10k in Gameweek 18, with De Bruyne’s four points looking like a relatively good haul compared to the returns of Marcus Rashford (£9.1m) and especially Son.

The 8.74% who kept the armband on Vardy were rewarded with a goal and maximum bonus points, meanwhile.

For those of us who are chasing down the leading pack and who have kept most of our chips, there may be encouragement in the fact that over one in three of the top 10,000 FPL managers has used at least two of theirs.

Around 880 of these bosses have used at least three of their chips, while around 4.3% – including erstwhile number one Nick Tanner – have already maxed out and now only have the second Wildcard to come after Gameweek 20.

On the flip side, more than half of the top 10k have used just one chip, while around one in ten has reached the dizzying heights of the top 10,000 without the use of any.

All data taken from LIVEFPL.NET.


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1,350 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Best defender up to 4.8?

    Already have Kelly and Lund.

    1. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      A second SHU defender

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

        Even with City and Liverpool back to back?

      2. potatoace'scott talent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        That ship has sailed now. It's actually time to shed your second shu gk/def until fixtures turn.

    2. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      If you're wanting a 4/5th def I would really consider kiko

    3. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Plenty decent ones, you should try to look who is best for rotation. on the top of my head, Dunk, Kiko, Holgate, Rico after his suspension,

  2. Woy_is_back
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Bring in Alli, Kane or Moura?

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

      Alli

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        why not Kane?

        1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Output/price probably worst in the league

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      i would not take any of them but not sure everyone agree, but it is obvious reasons for it

  3. Joe_Carman
      2 months, 3 days ago

      hey guys, I'm thinking of saving this week:

      1ft, 1.2itb
      pope,
      kelly, TAA, lundy
      mane, mount, KDB, alli
      vardy, ings, tammy
      subs:

      button, cantwell, soy, rico

      what do you reckon?

    • pjanns
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      All good to go for next GW??

      3,6m ITB.

      Henderson
      Lunds - Soy - Aurier
      Cantwell - Mane - Alli - KDB
      Rashford - Vardy - Abraham
      (Button - Maddison - Reid - Rico)

    • Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Pukki for the armband.

      1. Dynamic Duos
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Got to be Kane

        1. Neo-Viper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Removing Alli to Captain Kane. Mad?

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            No good move I think

      2. Sgt. Schultz
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        brave man

    • RAMZES666
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Have 1 FT and looking to replace Son. Currently looking at

      A. Maddison (LIV H) want him in for run of fixtures after Pool game
      B. Richarlison (BUR H) possible new manager bounce under Ancelotti

      Should i go B knowing that i'll switch to A one week later? Or just play Maddison in a supposedly harder fixture?

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I'm with you in that Maddison would have been an easy pick aside from this game. If you have transfers to spare B, if not A.

    • TheSteel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Son>Pogba done

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

        I'm looking at this but also want to get Salah.

      2. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Tempting but I wanted Salah back

      3. Sgt. Schultz
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Do you own Rashford? Man Utd too hot and cold.

      4. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Avoid man U playrs

      5. Nice Baps.
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Ditto - I need to get on punts early if I'm going to move up over Chrimbo

    • Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Son to?

      A) Pogba
      B) Richarlison

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Will pogba be as fit in order to play the festive period ?

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Probably not I think.. But they really need him to win games

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Tough but I want Digne so would perhaps veer to Pog myself.

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Mmmm Digne could really be nice so yeah Pog and Digne could be a great combo

          1. Cheesyzoot
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Prefer Rich + Aurier to that combo

              1. Tshelby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Aurier? Don't know about Spurs defense. Trust Everton defense a bit more actually

        2. Cheesyzoot
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I've gone B... just think United's form stinks and Pogba can quite easily slip into another sulking phase when Santa doesn't bring him his Madrid transfer

        3. Sgt. Schultz
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Plz help guys.

          Mane - DeBruyne - Richarlison - Son** - McGinn**
          Vardy - Rashford - Connolly
          0.6 ITB

          was thinking of

          Son > Alli and McGinn > Willian for a -4
          or
          would you consider some other replacements like - Grealish, Pogba, Moura or Maddison?

          1. bros
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            That looks a good move, I would!

        4. Daniel S.
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Tammy or KDB or Salah captain?

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Salah, if you haven't got Kane or Rashford

            1. Daniel S.
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Salah before KDB? Really?

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Yeah mate , will be a very open game

            2. Ginkapo FPL
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Rashford before Dunk?!

        5. Stimps
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Pope -> ???

          Was looking at Henderson but fixtures putting me off

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Foster

          2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I'm clinging to Ryan. Long term it's good.

          3. Sparky6670
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Ramsdale or Ryan for the upcoming run of fixtures

          4. RED_ARMY
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Looking at Ramsdale

        6. LewanGOALski
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Guaita
          TAA - Lund - Kelly
          KDB - Mane - Alli - Grealish
          Vardy - Tammy - Jimenez

          Dendo - Soyuncu - Rico

          A) Mane ➡ Salah
          B) Dendo ➡ Cantwell
          C) save FT
          ..?

          1. Sgt. Schultz
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            C. Who u captaining btw?

          2. Sparky6670
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            C

          3. DMP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            C.

            But B would set you up for Xmas rotation.

            Help below, pls.

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

          When will this Son appeal be heard? Interesting

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I would love it if he got off. Son (c) 100% if so

            1. toca
                2 months, 3 days ago

                yes, meanwhile he has already dropped to 9.8 so its fine....

          2. balint84
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            A) Kane (C) great fixtures
            B) pool double-up Mane+Salah

          3. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Henderson
            Lundstrum Trent Aurier
            DeBruyne Salah Grealish Zaha
            Kane (Cpt) Vardy Jiminez

            Otamendi Kelly March

            Good to Go? Bench order ok?

          4. Bobby
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Alli and abraham for jimi and son? Yes or no?

            1. Freddiebell
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              You mean jimI, & son to Alii & Abraham . Yes 100 %

          5. Burger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Exact money for TAA, Son, Jimenez -> Digne, Salah, Ings (-4)

            A. Its a sign from God, do it.
            B. Put the sherry down

            ?

          6. potatoace'scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            So, when will the decision on Son's appeal be made ?

            1. fc_skrald
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Ha! Same question beloe.

            2. Stoic
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Yeah FC_SKRALD wants to know too

          7. fc_skrald
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            When will we know the result of the Son red card appeal from Spurs?

            1. potatoace'scott talent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Dont ask me.

            2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              I'm more interested to see if it can be delayed (like bilva). That would be very handy.

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

                THIS! Would be awesome haha

            3. Stoic
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Yeah POTATOACE wants to know too

          8. sg3000
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Current Team:
            Henderson
            Kelly/Aurier/Lundstram/TAA
            KDB/Grealish/Cantwell
            Rashford/Abraham/Vardy

            Button/Maddison/Soyuncu/Son

            Plan:
            a) Save a transfer?; or
            b) try to bring Mane/Salah in?; and/or
            c) other tips?

          9. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Son's red isn't getting rescinded, not a chance

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              But it's Xmas.

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

              Rumours say he will

              1. Freddiebell
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Just Rumours. I'm 100 % sure the red card will stand.

            3. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              He’s building a case to be the most hated brat in PL history

              1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                There's plenty of competition there!

            4. Klaren
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              It should have been a yellow, not a red but since it’s given, I don’t think it will be rescinded as it was a subjective decision which is normally left to the discretion of the ref (or the VAR ref in this case).

          10. potatoace'scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I really don't want to but it looks like I'm benching Ings this gw.

            What would you do? Others are.
            Mount, grealish, Kdb, alli, mane
            Vardy, rashford.

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Ings will get rested anyway

            2. DMP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Personally Mount. Help below pls.

          11. BigBillyBass
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Where is the GW19 captain poll? Can’t find it anywhere

          12. Azathoth
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Want to (c) Kane,but Spurs lack of creativity vs Che stops me.Do (c) HK or find someone else?

            1. DMP
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Strong differential.

              Personally on WC and not trying to get Kane in.

              Help below, pls.

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

            Son(C)?

            1. Azathoth
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Son(RC).

            2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              I will do that - bumpy ride for sure, but if it came off it would cause an fpl meltdown

          14. DMP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Guys, I really near you to Rate my WC draft, please! Asked 3 times, no really good imputs. Sory!

            A)
            Ryan Button
            Soy Lunds Kelly Rico Kiko
            Salah Kdb Mane Alli Grealish
            Vardy Abraham Long

            Concerns: Weaker bench with Shane Long. Is he really nailed?
            Pros: Pherhapps stronger starting 11. 0,8 ITB

            B)

            Guys, Rate my WC draft, pls!

            Ryan Button
            Soy Lunds Kelly Rico Kiko
            Salah Kdb Mane Alli Grealish
            Vardy Pukki Ings

            Concerns: Benching points. Stronger Bench for Christmas rotation headache with one of Grealish/Pukki/Ings. 0 Itb.

            Pros: Rotation proof. Pukki/Ings can Become Jimmy/Maupay.

            1. Sparky6670
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Why the non starting keeper? You can have McCarthy for 0.3m more?

            2. Sparky6670
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Id swap kelly to someone more nailed like Dunk with good fixtures coming up

            3. Sparky6670
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Having to bench one of Pukki, Grealish and Ings every week will bite you in the arse and be a cause of many headaches!

              1. DF
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Or he could get it right every time.

                1. Sparky6670
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Too much money tied up on your bench every week either way

                2. DMP
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  This. Can cover Ings harsh schedule. Can easealy swap Pukki to Maupay.

                  1. DMP
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    Can cover Xmas rotation. Mane, Salah. Always a concern.

                3. Yank Revolution
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  Will never happen.

                  1. DMP
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 3 days ago

                    What. Get it right?

                    Boxing Day always rotation nightmare. Strong bench is always a good idea.

                    1. fantasyfog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      look if yank revolution says it wont happen it wont happen, right yank?

                      1. DMP
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Glad to ear that. Please make my WC team, Yank!

                        1. Yank Revolution
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          He's correct.

                          Sure, how much do you have to spend?

                          1. DMP
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 3 days ago

                            102.8 TV
                            105.6 SV

                            1. Yank Revolution
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 3 days ago

                              Do you have a first draft in mind?

                              Here are the building blocks I would use.

                              1) A Pool Mid
                              2) The classic combo of cheap Defenders, w maybe a Pool splurge (VVD/TAA/Rob) if you have the extra money or think its worth it
                              3) Vardy
                              4) Alli or (if you're feeling a lil punty, Kane)
                              5) One keeper you feel you can trust w good fixtures, perhaps a Guaita, Ramsdale, Ryan...but dont go premium here.

                            2. Yank Revolution
                              • 8 Years
                              2 months, 3 days ago

                              Oh and KDB

                              1. DMP
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                2 months, 3 days ago

                                You got my drafts in this post.

                                Tempted to this one:

                                Ryan Button
                                Soy Lunds Aurier Rico Kiko
                                Salah Kdb Mane Alli Grealish
                                Vardy Abraham Long

                                The only thing I don t like about it, is Long, but I think that he s the more nailed 4.5 Forward.

                              2. Yank Revolution
                                • 8 Years
                                2 months, 3 days ago

                                Thats pretty good...I may go Ram over Ryan, perhaps. Or plump for Guaita.

                    2. Yank Revolution
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 3 days ago

                      Youre asking if you can always get 1 of 3 attackers 'correct' each week. Thats a 1 in 3 chance. Im saying it is virtually impossible to get that choice right each week. Its hard enough to get 50 / 50 decisions like rotating keepers right...comprende'?

                      1. DMP
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 3 days ago

                        Only during Xmas. Is not that hard, there is always rotation, and one of Pukki/Ings or Jimmy/Maupay will always be called to step up as a 1st sub.

                        1. Yank Revolution
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 3 days ago

                          If I recall correctly, most festive periods have some rotation, but its overrated...the great players who are needed for victory can withstand 3 games in a short stretch, just not long term. I tend to ignore the threat and just put out the best team and first sub I can each week.

            4. Sparky6670
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Ings or Pukki to Long and give that defence some love would be my shout

              Kelly to Digne or PVA

              Button to McCarthy

              1. DMP
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                My concerns about Long, is he really nailed?

          15. Salt'N'Pepe
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Just taken a -4:

            Jota + Pulisic -> Kane + KDB

            GW19 Team:

            Ryan
            Lundstram TAA Kelly
            Martial Alli KDB Grealish Mount
            Kane Rashford

            Button Jiminez Aurier Dunk

            GTG?

            1. BST
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Yep

          16. Tinmen
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Folks, any suggestions at all what transfer I could make ? 0.9itb

            I’m wildcarding next week so might as well use my ft but really struggling to find something.

            Heaton
            Trent Tomori Launstrum
            Sterling Zaha KDB Moura
            Vardy Tammy Rashford

          17. abaalan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Which sounds best:
            A. Son to Grealish, then pulisic to Salah next week
            B. Son to moura, then pulisic to Salah next week
            C. As above moving to sterling instead
            D. Do son to Salah this week

            1. BST
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Can see Liv / Lei being high scoring - the city game was open.

              I'd say A. but surely you'll be more annoyed if Salah scores big this gw and you don't have him, than if Grealish does the same...if that makes sense.

          18. BST
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Hi all, currently on wildcard, which would you choose to add to the below…not chasing really, having a decent season OR so far.

            Guaita / Button
            Lund / Soy / Dunk / Rico
            KDB / Mane / Grealish
            Vardy / Tamm


            Essentially, who scores more next few…

            (A) Salah / Alli / Aurier / Greenwood
            3-5-2 (0 ITB)

            (B) Kane / Maddison / TAA / Dend
            3-4-3 (0.1 ITB)

            (C) Aguero / Maddison / Aurier / Dend
            3-4-3 (1.2m ITB)

            - I could work toward C from B after a 2-3 weeks, when Aguero is defs fit - with 2 transfers

            1. manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              A

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

              A

            3. BST
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Cheers both