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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

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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. Badger Badger Mushroom Mush…
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Thoughts?

    Henderson / McCarthy
    TAA* VVD* Boly* Taylor* Lascelles
    Salah* Richarlison KDB Grealish Hayden
    Auba Jimenez* Ings

    GW29 - Grealish to Sarr
    GW30 - Ings to Jota
    GW31 Henderson to Pope

    Gives me 8 players for GW31.

    1. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Sounds good to me

    2. Turns
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Yeah nice

    3. Strchld
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Are u using FH GW34?

  2. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Bench one:

    A. Traoré
    B. Martial
    C. Grealish

    1. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      A

  3. dandalf
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Pep is going to do everything to get De Bruyne playing against United and then rest him against Arsenal isn’t he?

    1. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Other way around would be my guess but there isnno point in guessing what Pep will do

  4. Jullepuu
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Which Sheffield cb is the best buy?

    1. zhiren
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      I have Egan..

      1. Jullepuu
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        I'm on a wildcard so I can pick one of them. Currently on Egan

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Julian Borner looks fairly nailed for Wednesday 🙂
      For United, O'Connell.

      1. Jullepuu
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Haha championship fpl would be cool. Is there such thing? O'Connell worth the extra 0.1 over Egan?

  5. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Which one is better?

    A- Traore > Saka, start Lundstram
    B- Lundstram > Saiis, start Traore

    Bench: Cantwell Rico Williams

    1. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      B

  6. Forza Papac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Looking for some help with my bench boost strategy. I had planned on using BB this week, having used WC 4GW's ago. However KDB is now a doubt and Armstrong is confirmed out meaning I'd have to take a -4 on shipping Armstrong to have a chance of fielding 15. Should I take the hit or scrap plans to bench boost and do it a later date? Would only have 5.9 to choose a replacement

    Hendo, McCarthy
    TAA, Boly, Fernandez, O'Connell, Cahill
    Salah, Mane, KDB, Barnes, Armstrong
    Jimenez, Ings, Jota

    0FT

    1. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      BB later

    2. Turns
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      No point BB'ing now with DGW coming up

      1. Forza Papac
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        I'll be using my FH in DGW so cant use BB then. Also dont have a WC to get in 15 players with two fixtures

  7. zhiren
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Currently has Vardy at the moment but tempted by Auba's DGW 29. No matter who I get, I will be shipping the player out since they both blank on GW 31. Who will get more points in the coming 2 GWs?

    A) Vardy: Villa (H), Watford (A)
    B) Auba: West Ham (H), City (A), Brighton (A)

    1. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Auba

    2. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 5 hours ago

      b

  8. Aladdin Sané
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Who to ship for Auba?

    A) Ings
    B) Vardy
    C) Neither (get other DGW players)

    1. Turns
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      I'm considering getting rid of Vardy and Maddison. May well backfire given they have Villa this weekend

    2. HarryB29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Hard to compare Ings and Vardy as they are 2 very different prices

  9. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    I know some feel Robbo might get a rest.
    If so (early team news), what's the play (I'm fairly certain on FH31)?

    A. Play Soyuncu
    B. Be aggressive - get Alonso.
    C. Get Doherty - even though I don't need 31ers

    1. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      C if no other pressing issues

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      B

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        *C - Doherty has better chance of clean sheet than Alonso this GW

        1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          True - but (whisper it) I'm thinking of Alonso as a possible captaincy pick in 30 and 32. Doherty would also do that too.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            28 days, 12 hours ago

            Captain Alonso (avl) could be amazing given how many shots in the box they concede. Almost hoping for a Robertson benching now...

            1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              28 days, 12 hours ago

              Come on Miguel, I know you love a punt. An Alonso captaincy haul would be epic 🙂

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                28 days, 12 hours ago

                Let's see what FPL Rockstar has for us on Saturday morning re-Robertson. Alonso (avl) or Doherty (whu) as captain in 30 isn't much worse than Auba (bha) right?

  10. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Thanks for typing the time to type this up Neale!

    I’m hoping to go for Strategy 2: navigate GW31, FH34, WC35 and BB37. I see more upside in using BB for a bigger DGW in 37.

    Issue I have is I will need a -8 to get me 8 players in GW31 but at least they are decent picks:

    Pope
    TAA, VVD, Doherty
    Salah, Sarr
    Jimi, Jota

    Anyone in a similar position?

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Not sure I'd advise -8 when you could plan towards 34 with FT but let's face it, nobody knows. I have 4 players currently and like you, I'd need numerous hits to cover me

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        So you thinking FH31 then mate?

        I just see much more value from that chip in GW34 where we’ll have a mixture of Blanks and Doubles

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      In similar position but I'm not trying too hard to field 8-11 players. Will go with whatever possible.

      Hits for Doherty/Jimenez is likely to work, so I dont mind taking hits for them. Maybe a punt on Moura/Bergwjin.

      Just spread the hits over two weeks and it wont feel that much, will recover those points.

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Always value your advice Holmesy. I'd resigned myself to FH31 after the cup results - do you see different? (no ft left this week)

        Ryan
        TAA* Stephens Robbo*
        Salah* Bruno Barnes KDB
        Auba Jimi* Ings
        Button Soy Holgate Dendo

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Really depends on how many hits you are willing to take plus what chips are available. You have covered all important players, so rank should be safe 😀

          Would like to add Doherty in defense if possible. Barnes leaves for Sarr. Ryan to Pope. That's 7 players for -4pts. Should be enough. Wont miss out any big players.

        2. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Personally playing with conservative approach in that week, just want to keep red arrow as low as possible. Will go aggressive after GW 32.

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Thanks Holmes. Always measured advice!

        I think ultimately the 4 moves I would make would end up paying for themselves. None of them are bringing in fodder for the sake of a BGW. This is how they look:

        A) McCarthy > Pope
        B) Holgate/ Stevens > Doherty
        C) Fernandes > Sarr
        D) Ings > Jota

        Only slightly risky one is Bruno > Sarr.

        Would you do C) or D) for a -4 in GW29 or just spread them over 30/31?

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Next week, lets see how Ings play.

          Would be nice if you can drop someone else over Bruno. His fixtures from 32 are tasty.

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 12 hours ago

            Yep I really prefer to drop Barnes but then I’m 1.2m short of the moves so would have to sacrifice Doherty for Saiss which I don’t love.

    3. Strchld
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Im on the same boat with you. Can get 7 players out GW31 without hits. Maybe taking hit or two.

      FH34, WC35/36 and BB37.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Nice to have comfort in numbers!!

        1. wilson007
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          I want to do this too, just worried people who FH in 31 will still get a decent team out in 34 and our FH 34 wont be much stronger.

  11. cescpistols111
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    G2G? 0FT, 0.0 ITB.

    McCarthy
    Robertson Stevens Lascelles
    Salah KDB Alli Pepe (c)
    Vardy Jimenez (v) Long

    McGovern Cantwell Kabasele Rico

  12. badgerboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    I'm thinking WC now, fill my team up with players who will have doubles down the road, core single game weekers (Wolves, TAA, Mane/Salah etc) and doublers for this gameweek. And then FH in 31 and use free transfers to get to a BB in 37.

    1. ppv
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      You don't need to FH 31 if WC this week

      1. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        If i clear the decks of players with a fixture in 31 I would. i.e Pope, Taylor, Salah/Mane.

    2. flashcheeks
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      I completely agree. Had a shocking GW28 and knee jerked the WC. Now actually think it could work. My team is below

    3. firetog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 8 hours ago

      this is exactly what I'm considering too. Right now I have 1 FT, I dont have any City or Arsenal players, and for GW31 I only have 3 pool, Jimenez and Traore (who may not play), so with 3 FT I could put out 7 players for GW31 and have to forego any DGW players in GW29.

      But if I WC this week I can have 6 DGW players, 11 GW31 players (FH) and still be loaded up with teams that have DGWs in 34 and 37.

  13. flashcheeks
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    On a WC and plan FH GW31

    McCarthy (Krul)
    TTA Doherty Taylor (Fernandez Hanley)
    Salah Pepe Mahrez Mount (Capoue)
    Auba Jesus Jimenez

    A part from KDB, anyone missing?

  14. sovietrockettes
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    If KDB is out right now, how about this WC:

    Pope (McCarthy)
    TAA Doherty Aurier (Taylor) (Cathcart)
    Salah Pépé Sarr Saka (Noble)
    Aguero Auba Jota

    That’s good, right?

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Why have you used WC?

    2. lekalatch
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Good! I'm on almost the same. Have Sterling over Salah

  15. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Should I take any hits? 0 FT, 1.2 ITB

    Ryan
    TAA - VVD - Saiss
    Salah - KDB (V) - Bruno - Martial
    Auba (C) - DCL - Ings

    (Button; O'Connell, Soy, Dendocker)

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Depends on 31 plan...if not using FH I’d remove Martial for Sarr

  16. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    All these strategies involve a wildcard which 35% have already used.....

  17. A Dog Has Its Day
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    KDB owners what are you going to do?

    1. Goat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Vice captain

    2. HarryB29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      You act like KDB owners dont account for 95% of people on here

    3. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Nothing

    4. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Keep and play

    5. clodhopper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Vc

    6. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Keeping and playing, might captain Salah instead now though as I don't own Auba

  18. EWH2020
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    If you were on a WC would you take out KDB for Pepe?

    Would have the funds to bring him back with 1 FT

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      No

    2. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      No

  19. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Anyone else not seeing the appeal of Aubameyang for this double?

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Game is about odds and they’re low v Man City so it’s just WHU

      Leaning towards him not being worth it if trying to using FTs for 31

      However, he appeals in 30 and 32 if using FH in 31

      1. Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        No free hit for me in 31, already got 3 Pool and 3 Wolves. May look at adding Pope and Sarr but that will be about it. 8 players enough for 31?

        1. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Probably...Spurs and WHU could be useful then too with some good differentials ?

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Can see the appeal if looking at DGW teams and for this week only. Sure starter, penalties, WHM, form.

      Not sure about long term prospect though.

    3. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Unless you are ripping your team apart by taking hits I think he is definitely a very good option..just can't convince myself to do Ings to Auba for a hit

    4. Turns
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Not many other captain picks for me (with KDB being a doubt). Plus West Ham are dogger

      1. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        No Salah says hi?

        1. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Mo*

  20. Jarvish Scott Talent
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    "The Jarvish Strategy" - one I have since ditched 😀

    1. Jullepuu
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      😀

    2. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Too late, it's out there in the ether now - Scoutcast, Twitter, everywhere. Which I believe means you're now an "influencer".

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Is a bit like having a disease named after you I suppose 🙂

        1. Monkey Hanger
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 11 hours ago

          Could I have your autograph? 🙂

    3. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Prefer your other one tbh. WC GW29, 6x players from Arsenal and City, rest with players who blank in GW31, then FH31 and use FTs to build for GW34/37

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        We'll call that one the Walrus Strategy - then you'll get the stick when it goes Pete Tong 😉

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 12 hours ago

          Haha, trademarked Jarvish Strategy #2 - you can keep trying until one goes right 🙂 I played my WC in GW25 which was clearly the optimal strategy all along

    4. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 11 hours ago

      The Jarvish strategy is one that I’m keen on.

      Are you going to follow this through?

      If so, could you share your wildcard team please? Just to give an idea of what kind of team we should be looking at for the jarvish strategy

  21. Turns
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Thoughts?

    McCarthy
    TAA* VVD* Doherty* Aurier* Kelly
    Salah* KDB* Traore* Maddison Hayden
    Vardy Jimenez* DCL

    GW29: Vardy, Maddison -> Auba, Sarr* (-4)
    GW30: Save
    GW31: McCarthy, Kelly -> Pope*, Taylor*

    Gives me Auba for the double, and 10 players for GW31.

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      In your case, this looks fine

  22. lekalatch
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Going for strategy 4. WC activated. What players would you have in your WC team if the requirements are:
    3x City
    3x Arsenal
    9x BGW31 players

    1. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Can you name 3 city players who are gtd to start both games and are viable fpl options? Bar Ederson maybe none

      1. lekalatch
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Sterling Aguero is currently on there. Want a third one to maximize potential score but don't know who.

    2. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Ahh - the Jarvish Strategy 😀

    3. FeverPitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Like the strategy but feel 2 from city and 2 from arsenal is enough!

      1. lekalatch
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Yes might go with Aguero Sterling and Auba Saka Leno

    4. hifromme919
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Henderson, Mccarthy
      Doherty TAA Robbo Mendy Bellerin
      Mane Mahrez Pepe Barnes Sarr
      Jesus Auba Jiminez

      Easy 100 pts

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        0.1 off that mate

      2. lekalatch
        28 days, 12 hours ago

        Pretty good idea. Like Aguero over Jesus though, and Sterling over Mahrez. Barnes to a cheaper mid and Jota over Jimenez

  23. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Which move should I make please?.

    Getting in Jota is part planning for Gw31.

    A) vardy + Ings > Auba + Jota
    B) vardy + Dcl > Auba + Jota

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      B only due to fixtures.... DCL stats are decent

  24. A message to you Rudi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    How we looking with 1FT at my disposal?

    Pope
    TAA Pereira O'Connell Robbo
    Salah KDB Barnes
    Auba(C) Jimi Ings

    Button / Cantwell / Lascelles / Mooy

    0.1 ITB

    A. Good to go, roll the FT.

    B. Mooy 》 Saka for free and bench O'Connell

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      31 plans?

  25. Zlatanzo
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Only have a field of 5 plus will have 2 FTs before GW31... so 7 total without hits. Not worth a FH right?

    1. Invincibles
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Couple of hits to make it 9, just about okay

  26. Link
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Which combo is preferable for the foreseeable? Have Jota

    A. Gomez + Jimenez (343)
    B. Robertson + Doherty (442)

    Leaning towards B despite it making my team look less sexy on paper

    1. Invincibles
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      A for me

  27. gellinmagellan
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Foster
    TAA Saiss Soy
    Salah KDB Fernandes Barnes
    Auba DCL Ings

    Button Traore Dunk Rico

    Have already made my FT. Worth taking a -4 for anything else?

    1. Invincibles
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Nope

  28. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    This article is ignoring everyone without a WC. What a shame. Ok will wait for Andy's youtube video than.

    I trust best usage is FH in GW 34 and BB in GW 37.

    use transfers to navigate GW 31 and build for GW 37. Ignore GW 34 since you will be using the FH chip.

    1. Invincibles
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Sounds like you’ve got it already 😉

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      I'm going to use FH in 37.
      Will navigate through 31 & 33 with FT's

    3. Skonto Rigga
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      I mention that towards the bottom of the piece:

      "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."

  29. Invincibles
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    Plan is to take a -8 this week and not hits before gw31: Bruno, Vardy > Sarr, Auba.

    Pope
    TAA VVD Aurier
    Salah KDB Sarr Traore
    Auba(TC) Jimi Jota

    G2G?

  30. CRO KLOPP
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 12 hours ago

    I'm slowly falling in to Jarvish trap

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 12 hours ago

      Many men have...…...