Chip Strategy

The FPL chip strategies to consider for the Blank and Double Gameweeks ahead

The full extent of Blank Gameweek 31 is now known after the completion of Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth round ties.

Just four Premier League matches will take place that weekend as a result of the clash with the FA Cup quarter-finals and 12 clubs will be without a league fixture.

Those dozen sides will face at least one Double Gameweek as a consequence, with two of the 12 clubs – Aston Villa and Sheffield United – already having another fixture that needs to be rescheduled (their Gameweek 28 meeting, which was postponed due to the clash with the EFL Cup final).

The Premier League will have further fixtures to rearrange (a maximum of four) as a result of Gameweek 34’s clash with the FA Cup semi-finals.

Gameweeks 34 and 37 look primed to be Double Gameweeks, although the extent of them is still unknown and likely won’t be until after Gameweek 31.

On top of this, we have a mini-Double Gameweek 29 to consider, with Manchester City and Arsenal in action twice.

WHAT WE KNOW

Double Gameweek 29 – a normal Gameweek for 18 Premier League sides and a double for Arsenal and Manchester City.

Blank Gameweek 31 – four Premier League fixtures will be contested and 12 teams will blank.

Double Gameweek 34 – between six and eight Premier League fixtures will be initially contested on their scheduled weekend dates, while the free midweek afterwards may absorb some of the outstanding fixtures from Gameweeks 28/31/34.

Double Gameweek 37 – ten Premier League fixtures will be contested as scheduled, plus the remaining outstanding fixtures from Gameweeks 28/31/34.

Aston Villa and Sheffield United may enjoy an additional Double Gameweek beyond the ones outlined above, depending on the results of the FA Cup quarter-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 approaches that Fantasy managers might consider for the weeks and months ahead.

There are plenty of strategies beyond the ones outlined below that could prove to be more effective in the long-run and, as is always the case with these things, the most favourable approach will differ from manager to manager and will depend on your current set-up.

May we also point you in the direction of Fantasy Football Scout user NOMONEY‘s excellent Hot Topic, which runs down a total of 17 different options depending on your current situation.

Current Chip Usage

The graphics below come from Ragabolly’s LiveFPL.net site, which details all manner of information on Fantasy Premier League chip usage and player ownership.

Rather than look at the overall picture, which is clouded by millions of ‘ghost teams’, we have focused on the top 10,000 FPL managers, given that the vast majority of them (if not all) will be ‘active’.

Only 11.8% of the top 10k have a full complement of chips left to use, while around one in 20 of this elite group have already maxed out their allowance.

Just over one in three have used their second Wildcard, while almost three-quarters of the FPL managers studied have burned their Triple Captain chip – Liverpool’s Double Gameweek 24 accounting for a sizeable chunk of that.

THREE/FOUR CHIPS REMAINING

This analysis will initially focus on those Fantasy managers with the Wildcard, Bench Boost and Free Hit chips still available, given that it appears to be the most common situation based on the findings above.

STRATEGY 1

What's the best strategy for choosing forwards in FPL? 8
FREE TRANSFERS TO GW31 / WC32 / BB34 / FH37

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

The ‘dead-ended’ team can then be Wildcarded in Gameweek 32,

The Bench Boost can subsequently be used in Double Gameweek 34, with the Free Hit then deployed in order to cherry-pick 11 players who have attractive fixtures in Double Gameweek 37.

There is more on a similar strategy (Wildcard in Gameweek 33 being the exception) in a Community article from FPL Virgin here.

Pros:

  • Good if you are already well on your way to fielding 11 players (or somewhere near that figure) in Blank Gameweek 31, e.g. already have perhaps six 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.
  • The likes of Liverpool and Wolves have largely good fixtures anyway leading up to the Blank Gameweek, so could be tripled-up on in advance.
  • 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 for Blank Gameweek 31.
  • Means that a decision on which players to Wildcard can be left until after Gameweek 31, when the full Double Gameweek 34/37 picture will likely be known.
  • A Free Hit in Gameweek 37 can be used to cherry-pick the best options for that Double Gameweek, which could be crucial given the rotation/motivation issues that sometimes dog the late season.

Cons:

  • Double Gameweek 34 seems set to be the smaller of the two Double Gameweeks, so a Bench Boost would perhaps not have the same clout as in Gameweek 37.
  • Stocking up on Gameweek 31 players perhaps means avoiding more than one or two Arsenal and Manchester City assets for their Double Gameweek 29, given that those two clubs are without a fixture in Blank Gameweek 31.
  • Would likely mean having to now avoid/ditch in-form assets from the likes of Everton, Manchester United and Sheffield United in order to field 11 (or as close to that number) players in Gameweeks 31.
  • Those relying on team value for a later Wildcard may lose a considerable amount of money if ditching assets as they build for Gameweek 31.
  • Precious little time to react to the confirmed Gameweek 31 fixtures after the midweek FA Cup results (e.g. Norwich v Everton is now postponed, when many thought it could be part of Gameweek 31).

STRATEGY 2

BUILD A TEAM FOR/IGNORE GW31 / FH34 / WC35 or 36 / BB37

This strategy perhaps places less focus on Blank Gameweek 31 and shifts more attention to the Doubles.

Free transfers are used to navigate the coming weeks before a Free Hit is used to select 11 players who have attractive fixtures in the potential Double Gameweek 34.

The Wildcard could then be used to set up for a Bench Boost in Double Gameweek 37.

Pros

  • Good if you are already well on your way to fielding a competitive line-up in Blank Gameweek 31 or, alternatively, if you don’t place a great deal of emphasis on a Gameweek with only four fixtures, given the lack of choice available.
  • Gives the best possible chance of getting out strong starting XIs in Double Gameweeks 34 and 37.
  • The Bench Boost chip would be used for what is anticipated to be the biggest Double Gameweek of the season.
  • By ignoring or placing less focus on Gameweek 31, Arsenal assets can be bought for Double Gameweek 29 and kept for their favourable fixtures around Blank Gameweek 31 (e.g. the Gunners face Norwich City at home in Gameweek 32).
  • The likes of Liverpool and Wolves have largely good fixtures anyway leading up to Blank Gameweek 31 and beyond (except for the Reds’ clash with Manchester City in Gameweek 32), so could be tripled-up on in advance.

Cons

  • Using a Wildcard so late into the campaign gives only three or four weeks of points with which to benefit from.
  • A potentially severely weakened Gameweek 31 team, with the focus being on the matches beyond and before that.
  • Double Gameweek 34 might be a very small Double Gameweek (we won’t know that until the March international break), so the benefit of using the Free Hit might be limited considering that other managers could easily build towards having a competitive XI without it.
  • As with using any chip in Gameweek 34 (most strategies will have this downside), up to eight clubs will only be in action in the midweek after the deadline – so team news will be in short supply for those teams.

STRATEGY 3

FH31 / WC32-33 or 35-36 / BB34 or 37

This strategy places a lot of focus on Gameweek 31 and will almost certainly ensure 11 playing options, given that emergency substitutes with an unaffected Premier League fixture could be stockpiled too.

The strategy could then go several ways, with one possibility being a Wildcard before Bench Boosting in the biggest Double Gameweek of the campaign (e.g. WC35 or 36, BB37).

Free transfers would be used to navigate the coming weeks before a Gameweek 35/36 Wildcard.

Alternatively, a Wildcard might be desperately needed in Gameweek 32 or 33.

In that situation, free transfers would be required to prepare for Double Gameweek 37.

Pros

  • Practically ensures a full playing XI in Gameweek 31, which is especially helpful for those FPL managers who currently only have a handful of players with an unaffected fixture.
  • Arsenal and Manchester City assets can be bought ahead of Double Gameweek 29 in the knowledge that it doesn’t matter about their Gameweek 31 blank.
  • In-form players from the likes of Everton and Manchester United can also be snapped up, again because a Blank Gameweek 31 can be dealt with by using the Free Hit chip.
  • Wildcarding immediately before a Bench Boost in a Double Gameweek gives the best possible chance of getting a competitive squad out, given the risk of rotation/injuries etc by doing otherwise.
  • A Gameweek 32 or 33 Wildcard has seven or six Gameweeks to make a positive impact, rather than a chip deployed later in the campaign.

Cons

  • A small pool of attractive players with which to choose from in Gameweek 31.
  • Most of the more appealing Gameweek 31 players will likely already be owned by those not using their Free Hit chip (the likes of Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, Raul Jimenez and a Wolves defender).
  • A Gameweek 32/33 Wildcard means that Double Gameweek 37 would have to be dealt with mostly by free transfers, when rotation and motivation could be key factors for the teams involved and assets we thought could excel at the back-end of the season might be less appealing than thought.
  • A Gameweek 35/36 Wildcard gives only three or four weeks of points with which to benefit from.

STRATEGY 4

WC29 / FH34 / BB37

Similar to Strategy 2, with the big exception being the immediate deployment of the second Wildcard.

‘The Jarvish Strategy’ maximises the Double Gameweek 29 for Arsenal and Manchester City assets and also allows for Blank Gameweek 31 to be prepared for.

Free transfers (and possible hits) would then have to be used for the rest of the campaign, with a Free Hit activated in Gameweek 34 and a Bench Boost in Gameweek 37 (or vice-versa, depending on the respective sizes of the Double Gameweeks).

Pros

  • Up to six players from Manchester City and Arsenal could be instantly acquired for Double Gameweek 29, providing an initial advantage on the rest of us who are going with one or two assets from these clubs.
  • Nine players who have Gameweek 31 fixtures (triple Wolves, triple Liverpool, Nick Pope, Ismaila Sarr and Serge Aurier, to give an example) can also be acquired, meaning that only two free transfers would be required to get a full complement out in Gameweek 31.
  • A Wildcard gets much longer to have a positive effect than a chip used later in the campaign.
  • A Free Hit in Gameweek 34 ensures a strong playing XI in one of the Double Gameweeks (likely the smallest one).
  • The Bench Boost chip would be used for what is anticipated to be the biggest Double Gameweek of the season.

Cons

  • Perhaps means initially overlooking assets who neither have a Double Gameweek 29 or a fixture in Blank Gameweek 31, eg Everton, Manchester United, Leicester City, Chelsea and Sheffield United.
  • As Strategy 3, there are a small pool of attractive players with which to choose from in Gameweek 31.
  • Most of the more appealing Gameweek 31 players will likely already be owned by those not using their Free Hit chip.
  • Using only free transfers and the odd hit after Gameweek 31 (a Free Hit aside) means that an optimum Bench Boost squad may not be possible given the likelihood of injuries and rotation kicking in towards the season run-in.

TRIPLE CAPTAIN CHIP

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For those lucky managers who have all of the above chips left in their locker plus the Triple Captain chip, there are further options.

The Triple Captain chip could be deployed in any one of up to four Double Gameweeks: Gameweeks 29, 34 and 37 plus possibly another involving Sheffield United and Aston Villa.

It’s difficult to make a call on when the best possible time to use it will be without knowing the exact make-up of the Double Gameweeks. For example, Manchester United could potentially have an appealing Double Gameweek 37 involving West Ham United and Aston Villa – although there are so many permutations at this stage that we won’t know for certain until after Gameweek 31.

Using the Triple Captain chip in Gameweek 29, say on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is an alternative option, with Strategy 1-3 (or another) then followed for the rest of the campaign.

ZERO/ONE/TWO CHIPS REMAINING

Gameweek 17 Scout Picks built on Leicester and Liverpool double-ups

Those with zero chips remaining obviously have to use free transfers and hits to navigate their way through the choppy waters ahead and it is perhaps best now to pay not so much heed to Gameweek 31 (with the exception of maybe Liverpool and Wolves) and focus more on the teams who actually blank then, given that they will have a Double Gameweek 34 and/or 37.

Similarly, those with only a Triple Captain, Free Hit or Bench Boost left may desire to save their sole remaining chip for the biggest Double Gameweek to come, something we’ll know for sure after the FA Cup quarter-finals later this month (the consensus seems to be Gameweek 37).

Those with two chips remaining may opt to follow one of the strategies above but delete where appropriate.

For example, a Fantasy manager with only Bench Boost and Free Hit chips left in their locker could follow Strategy 1/2 but would obviously have to use transfers/hits around Gameweeks 34 and 37 rather than rely on a Wildcard in between.

We’ll again point you in the direction of NOMONEY’s Hot Topic and the discussion beneath it, which outlines a whole host of scenarios depending on your chip usage.


All of the above is obviously just an introductory guide to the various strategies and the suitability of each of them will vary from manager to manager.

As previously mentioned, there are a number of options beyond the approaches listed – ones that may indeed prove to be more successful in the 2019/20 run-in.

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331 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Lets VARdy Party
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Hows this for strategy 4:
    Leno Pope
    TAA VVD Doherty Taylor Cathcart
    Salah Pepe Mahrez Rodrigo Doucoure
    Aubameyang Jiminez Jota

    Any other suggestions only 2 City? Just .1 ITB

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      KDB not in the team?

      1. Lets VARdy Party
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        No questionable this week and only had .2 tied up fixtures awful decided put cash elsewere

    2. kuzser
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      missing kdb, no point in rodrigo. will likely bring you 4 points

      1. Lets VARdy Party
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        4 is better than 2 and has a few attacking returns, who else at that value that will likely outscore 4, will be moving himand eather pepe or mahrez on for a couple of spurs midfielders over the next 2 weeks also

    3. aleksios
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      What about Kun?

      1. Lets VARdy Party
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        Very expensive and not prepaired to pay for likely one of the 2 games and both are tough, would need to compremise too much and wolves next 3 are unreal, think if was going city striker would be jesus

    4. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Wow, I'm 3.6m off this team

      1. Lets VARdy Party
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 9 hours ago

        1st half of season play quite high risk and take alot of hits for profit then work towards droppping rank from about November, leaves me with what was 108 mill team ( now 106 after WC ) has its benefits l

  2. T.Henry14
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    bottomed sorry 😀

    1 FT and 0.0 ITB

    Ryan
    TAA, Soyuncu, Stephens (Lascelles, Rico)
    Salah, Mane, KDB, Barnes (Cantwell)
    Ings, Vardy, Jimenez

    Building team for GW31 (Pope, TAA, Doherty, Salah, Mane, Jimenez and Jota)
    FH: GW 34
    WC: GW35 or 36
    BB: GW37

    Am I missing something important?

  3. Warby84
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    What’s wrong with free hit this week field 8/9 for the Blank GW and then build squad for big bench boost 37.. Also managers seem to be taking -4/-8 this week.. I think the likes of Aguero/Mahrez/Ederson/Pépé/Aubameyang even to a lesser extent Luiz are good players for this week and worth the risk.. I have gone for it...

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Strategy 5

  4. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • 7 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Still have my TC chip... Play it this GW or stall for better fixtures? Team is currently as follows:

    Ryan

    TAA, Egan, Kelly

    KDB, Fernandes, Grealish, Salah

    Jimenez, Ing, Vardy

    Subs: Button, Tanganga, Holgate, Dendoncker

  5. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    A Stick with Boly
    B -4 Boly to Doherty as should make points loss back quickly

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      A

    2. bombayblues
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 10 hours ago

      B if chasing in ML

  6. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Would you rather lose
    a) HBarnes or
    b) Ings

    1. kamdaraji
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      a

  7. proczell
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Kun -> Auba for free?

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Probably as Auba has the easier fixture and is nailed for both games, but it could easily end in tears

    2. Esalman
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      I have both and intend to keep both.

  8. Link
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 11 hours ago

    Right then. Pretty sure I'm going for a 'semi-Jarvis' strategy 🙂

    How's she looking? 433 for the first time ever which feels strange. Would like Pepe but can't see a way short of downgrading Aguero, and I don't fancy a Jota/Jimmi double.

    Foster
    TAA - Gomez - Doherty - James ( Taylor )
    Salah - Mahrez - Saka ( Sarr - Hayden )
    Auba - Aguero - Jota

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      You leave my semi out of this

      1. Link
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        You're the one who started waving it around and tempting everyone

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      What does the 'semi' mean lad?

  9. FOO FIGHTER
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      Sitting on -8 now and do not mind taking one more hit. Will also set me up for GW31.

      Henderson
      TAA VVD Stephens
      Richarlison Fernandes Sarr Salah
      Jota Auba Jimenez

      McCarthy Cantwell Lascelles Dunk

      Cap still up in the air.

      Soton have not been great defensively and are sh*te at home so Stephens to Doherty -4 would be the move I am looking at. Sorted for GW31 plus hit free until further notice. Otherwise I was thinking Richarlison to Pepe for double games but that could end in tears.

      Adding Doherty would give me 7 quality starters for GW31. Going without a GK. Sarr vs Pope...

      Stick with Stephens or take the risk for Doherty now? Can obviously bring him in next GW but my arse is itching. His hauls are also going to destroy ranks...

      1. kamdaraji
        • 10 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        missing KDB!!

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            No thanks.

        2. Invincibles
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          See my post below, took a -12 due to late dgw announcement, TC to play and prep for gw31.

        3. Clay Davis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Doherty now imo

      2. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Free Hit 29

        Ederson
        Trent Luiz/Bellerin Taylor Saïss
        Mahrez Salah Pépé
        Aguero Aubameyang Jota

        Bench (Cheapest possible)

        1. kamdaraji
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          I wouldn't FH this week

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Too late

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Can you get Doherty in?

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Could shave 0.5 off somewhere

      3. Invincibles
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Took a -12 (must be mad) but happy with my team

        Pope
        TAA VVD Chilwell
        Salah KDB Sarr Traore
        Auba(tc) Jota Jimi

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Hard to say if the -12 was worth it in isolation

          1. Invincibles
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Happy to gamble at this stage, will see after gw31, barring injury no hits required before then

      4. Distinctly Average
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        Afternoon all! Not posted one of these for a while but looking for some advice.

        A) leave as is
        B) Pérez to Pépé(c) (4)
        C) Vardy to auba(c) (4)

        McCarthy
        TAA, Gomez, Boly
        KDB(c), Salah, Perez*, Saka
        Vardy*, Ings, Jimenez

        (Button, Cantwell, Fernandez, Lundy)

        0FT 3.5itb

      5. Pras Scott Talent
        • 8 Years
        28 days, 11 hours ago

        I vote for Jarvish to be ProPundit.

        1. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          You can be my agent

          1. Pras Scott Talent
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            *biggest fan

      6. lekalatch
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Order who's gonna score the most this GW:
          A) Pepe
          B) Sterling
          C) Mane

          1. Invincibles
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            C B A

            1. Distinctly Average
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 11 hours ago

              Why?

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 11 hours ago

                Because that's what he's randomly guessing.

        • DAZZ
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Sorry i know these questions are boring and tedious but this upcoming BGW31, LFC, Spurs, Wolves, Burnley, Watford mainly, are any of these teams likely to have a DGW37?

          1. Pras Scott Talent
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Have any of these teams blanked before?

          2. Greek Freak
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Not unless they play an FA Cup semi-finalist in GW34 (can't be bothered to check) or any of their upcoming games are postponed for unforeseen reasons.

          3. Invincibles
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Only Wolves, if SHU beat Arsenal. Or Watford if Norwich get to semi's of FA Cup.

          1. Dr. Agabuse
            • 7 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            What about this strategy..
            I haven seen it mentioned:
            Dead end thru 31
            WC in 22/33 but with GW37 in mind, ignoring 34
            FH in 34
            BB in 37 (bigger one)

            Gives an option to change your dead team but not to a strange 34 one but the one that you will like more as 37 more teams have doubles..

            1. Hktrader88
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 8 hours ago

              Yes this is the one I'm favoring at the moment as there are a few fixture swings around that time. The main issue is tying up funds on the bench for so long. This strategy could also easily be switched to BB34 FH37 depending how the fixtures are arranged.

              I'm also debating using my FTs on DGW29 instead.
              Planning to use FTs to bring low point earners like Stephens to Taylor seems a waste when I could spend the FT on Martial to Mahrez.

          2. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Everyone should build their own strategy that suits their team. There is no universal strategy.

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 11 hours ago

              Yep, whichever strat that's best for your team is best.

        • Distinctly Average
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          People seem to be writing off Pépé as a good option this week - am I missing something?

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 6 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            No. But he can go missing in some games.

          2. Clay Davis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            I think he's a great differential for this gw. Only Auba has scored more than him in last 10 games. Plus he hauled against West Ham last time out. I don't see him doing much against City, but you never know. 2nd bite at the cherry.

          3. Hktrader88
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            I think he's a great pick. I was planning Alli to Pepe for the double, but now I need Alli for GW31... so it'll cost me a hit.

        • The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Is Williams,Mooy,Ings > Doherty,Sarr,Jota for -8 and playing BB this week crazy?

          Would give me
          Henderson ,McCarthy
          TAA,VVD,Periera, Doherty,Lascelles
          Salah, KDB,Fernandes,Sarr,Perez
          Jota,Jimenez,DCL

          Adding 3 gw 31 players and saving FH until later.

          1. Istanbul 05
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 11 hours ago

            Ings has Newcastle at home, so that reason alone I don't see -8 being worth it

            1. La Roja
              • 8 Years
              28 days, 10 hours ago

              This

        • Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          I really think Doherty is the best pick in the game right now with the amount of big chances he's getting and the fixtures to go with that, I can't see an easy way to get him below? Don't wanna lose anyone that plays in 31 or Kun. I should've got rid of Henderson rather than McGovern last week to save funds, nevermind.

          Henderson Pope
          TAA Robbo Soy Rico Williams
          Salah KdB Perez Barnes Traore
          Aguero Ings DCL

          1FT, 0.5itb.

          1. Clay Davis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            You've got 5 decent mids. So i'd downgrade Ings to Ezekiah (4.3) that should give 2.5m ish and also gives you a double gamweek this week, perhaps instead of Traore

            Then upgrade Rico to Doherty.

            Another option would be Traore to Saka, but I don't think that will give you enough.

          2. Hktrader88
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Traore/Barnes /Perez to Saka, Soy to Doherty.

            Or Ings to Jota, Soy to Doherty. Southampton only have 2 good fixtures left. Wolves are good for the rest of the season.

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              Can't afford the latter or it would've been my move, that's why I regret keeping Henderson, priced me out of that one.

        • George James
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Really struggling here, Decent Rank and FH, WC, BB left but not a clue what to do.

          Thoughts? 1 FT 0.4ITB

          Pope
          TAA / Soy / Lundstram
          Salah / KDB / Fernandes / Mane
          Ings / Jimenez / DCL

          Button / Rico / Kelly / Cantwell

          1. Clay Davis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            You have a great team with probably alot of value tied up.

            So it's an easy choice. FH in gw31. Then your team comes back which you can optimise for the double gameweeks. You can Wildcard once the gameweek doubles are confirmed and bench boost the week after

          2. Clay Davis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            This week I'd do Mane to Pepe or Rico to Saiss

          3. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Button, Rico, Kelly, Lundstram really need swapping out?

        • Big Ping
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Vardy/Ings to Auba/Ayew for a hit?

          Usually I wouldn't do this but not having Auba for this week worries me and could see Ayew matching Ings over the next few.

          1. Big Ping
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            Alternatives to this could be
            Vardy/Traore to Auba/4.3

            orrrrrrrrrrrr...

            Vardy/Ings/Traore to Auba/Jota/Saka -8

            Thoughts on these?

        • Rash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 10 hours ago

          Would you wildcard this lot to upgrade certain players?

          McCarthy button
          Trent gomez boly dunk Pereira
          Salah kdb perez barnes Hayden
          Aubameyang ings Jimenez

          1ft 3.3itb

          1. Big Ping
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 10 hours ago

            I wouldn't

        • southcoastbeast
            28 days, 8 hours ago

            Which chip do think is more beneficial to use in the bigger dgw 37 ?

            Free hit ?

            Bench boost ?

            1. Devo-McDuff
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              In theory, BB. You could potentially have 30 players for it and from a nice set of players to pick from.

              1. southcoastbeast
                  28 days, 3 hours ago

                  Ok that makes sense, just trying to work out where to use my
                  Chips. Think i will dead end my team to 31, wc 32-33, fh 34 and bb 37. thou it seem a waste to use fh on a small dgw.

            2. Clyde Bickford
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              28 days, 8 hours ago

              Because I only have 3x Liverpool players playing in GW31, I'm thinking of:

              Triple Captain de Bruyne DGW29
              Free Hit GW31
              Bench Boost GW34/37 (pending best/most fixtures)
              Wildcard GW32/33 or GW35/36 before the BB GW

              1. Devo-McDuff
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 7 hours ago

                KDB injury risk would put me off TC this week.

                1. Clyde Bickford
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  28 days, 7 hours ago

                  Agreed, will assess his likelihood to start the Sunday United game late Sat morning. Really hoping he'll be fit.. He's a big game player, and likely to deliver big against United and Arsenal, if he's fit for both.

                  1. Devo-McDuff
                    • 1 Year
                    28 days, 7 hours ago

                    At the moment I'm risking captaining him for the reasons you stated. TC just seems like a risk too far though unless there is positive news.

            3. Clever Cloggins Mrs Goggins
              • 5 Years
              28 days, 6 hours ago

              Which of the 4 strategies is best if you wildcarded in GW28 like Joe?

            4. Victor I Need Ya Bae
              • 3 Years
              28 days, 1 hour ago

              searched the official rules for the answer to this question, but could not find.... if I go into GW 31 with 2 FT, and then I use the Free Hit chip in GW31, will I still have 2 FT in GW 32? Or will I (for some reason) only have 1 FT in GW32?

              1. Niho992
                • 1 Year
                28 days, 1 hour ago

                1 FT

              2. RodgersRevolution
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                26 days, 19 hours ago

                What if you confirm a transfer and then activate your Free Hit. Does that transfer hold?

            5. asgerlange
              • 6 Years
              27 days, 17 hours ago

              If i use my FT now, and then activate the FH later, but before GW29 deadline. Will the early transfer be erased by next GW?

            6. Malkmus
              • 8 Years
              27 days, 14 hours ago

              A'noon all. I used my FT to get saiss in. 0FT, 0.1 ITB, so just KDB for the dgw.

              McCarthy
              TTA - O'Connell - Saiss
              Salah - Mane - KDB - Maddison
              Ings - Vardy - DCL

              Subs - Kiko, Dendonk, Fernandez

              A - Keep
              B - Vardy & Maddison to Auba & Saka ? (-8)

              I'm thinking A

              Ta

            7. Jafalad
              • 10 Years
              27 days, 52 mins ago

              So where's the strategy for those of us with all our chips left? This article is extremely elitist. 😡

            8. RodgersRevolution
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 19 hours ago

              I have 5 GW31 starters + Rico & Traore
              I dont want to FH in GW 31. But given I have to bring in an Arsenal player this GW is it going to be too costly?