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How FPL transfers and chips will be affected by coronavirus suspension

The Premier League have released official confirmation of how Fantasy Premier League will operate over the next few weeks.

The top-flight of English football has been suspended until April 4 with all matches from Gameweeks 30 and 31 postponed from their original scheduled dates.

That decision was taken after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi (£5.3m) tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

With no matches between now and Gameweek 32, Fantasy managers had been wondering what this meant for their transfers, chips and other decisions made in the build-up to Gameweek 30.

The Premier League has now moved to answer all those questions.

You can read the information published on their site below:

What happens to Gameweek deadlines?

The deadlines for Gameweek 30 (Saturday, 14 March, 11:30 GMT) and Gameweek 31 (Friday, 20 March, 19:00 GMT) will remain at their scheduled times. Any activity managers undertake ahead of each deadline will apply to that Gameweek.

Given all fixtures have been postponed for these Gameweeks, managers will earn zero points for their players. 

For managers who took a points hit for transfers, their Gameweek scores will reflect the points they lost.

What about Head-to-Head leagues?

In Head-to-Head league matches, if neither manager made transfers incurring points deductions that Gameweek then the matches will be drawn and managers will earn one point each.

What about the FPL Cup?

If both managers incurred no points hits through transfers, their scores will be zero and their FPL Cup match will be decided by a virtual coin toss.

What about transfers, Wildcards and chips?

Managers must also be aware that any transfers made, or Wildcards or chips played in a Gameweek where all the fixtures are postponed will not be reinstated.

Please note that managers can cancel any Triple Captain or Bench Boost chip they have played ahead of a Gameweek deadline. However, this does not apply to transfers they have made, or Wildcards or Free Hit chips played.

What happens to the postponed fixtures? 

It is the Premier League’s intention to reschedule the postponed fixtures when it is safe to do so.

Points scored in these fixtures will apply to the Gameweek in which the fixtures are played and not to Gameweek 30 or Gameweek 31.

What happens next? 

In this fast-moving environment, the Premier League will provide further updates when appropriate.

These are exceptional circumstances and we appreciate the understanding of FPL managers while the situation evolves.

What to do if you think you might have coronavirus*

If you think you might have coronavirus or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has it:

  • stay at home and avoid close contact with other people
  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next

The 111 coronavirus service will tell you if you need to continue to stay at home (self-isolate) or if you need medical help.

* Information taken from the official NHS website.

1,269 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    And now chips can catch Covid-19 😮

    We’re doomed.....

  2. L'Aeroplanino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Doesn't make sense. If the fixture is postponed, the GW should be postponed. What are we going to do with a blank GW?...

    1. lespaul
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      makes total sense

    2. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I'm going to benefit from not having made any transfers, but I agree this doesn't make a lot of sense. It's clear they've just taken the path of least resistance in terms of work.

      1. ebb2sparky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Maybe they get advertising money based on page hits so could be a financial decision to keep transfer activity going even if minimal?

      2. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        What if more fixtures are postponed? Will we have quintaple GW38? It can also be that the FPL is coded in the way it doesn't have a lot of flexibility to changes in the GW terms though, like adding GW39...

        1. Greek Freak
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          See my post in the next page - as things stand, if all matches are rescheduled for May or June or whenever, it's going to be all blanks (or at best some singles) until a 7 or 8xGW38.

  3. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So BGW31 might not be a BGW after all, it could be a different GW and so could the DGWs.

    It’s a right old mess - has Ben Crellin made a statement yet?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Oh wait, didn’t read the article....so GW29 & 30 cancelled?

    2. chrismoo75
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      There is zero chance of any sport until end of April at the earliest. Number of cases only going up in next 2 weeks so more and more footballers/coaches and friends/family thereof will catch it and whole teams will be in isolation

  4. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    wow some serious info there

  5. ebb2sparky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Interesting, so I need to use one of my 2 free transfers before tomorrow’s deadline else lose it. Then need to do the same before the following deadline even though there are no games

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      thats how i understand too..
      wait for experts though

    2. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes.

    3. Own Goal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Only if you want a red arrow.

  6. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    If neither manager took points hits that GW then the H2H matches will be drawn and managers will earn 1pt each

    If both managers incurred no points hits, their scores will be zero and their FPL Cup match will be decided by a virtual coin toss

    wow

  7. One Wheels Enough
    2 months, 22 days ago

    What happens if you've currnelty got 2 FT's, I guess unless I use one it'll get burned?

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Same situation and assuming the same - think we need to work out how to use one before 11.30 tomorrow

    2. backstreets
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Presume ppl can use 1ft as normal to get rid of unwanted players

    3. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I guess - though good luck guessing which players will be fit or in form whenever the league resumes!

  8. LewanGOALski
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    They totally messed it up, unfortunately and unnecessarily..
    Why just not extend the deadline..? 😐

    1. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      As someone with 2 fts I’ve got to say I agree and feel absolutely cheated

      1. backstreets
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Just use 1ft and carry forward?

        1. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yeah that’s what I’ll do and then have to do the same again - not nearly of as much benefit as it would have been if they’d just pushed the deadline back though

        2. Gobigorgohome
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          looks like it

      2. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        4 points, wow such an inconvenience.

        1. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Could be the difference between OR 1 and OR 5 for me come the end of the season

          1. Annie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            don't be daft

  9. Seamy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Does that essentially mean that (should we do nothing between now and GW32) everyone with have 2 FT's if / when it resumes?

    1. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Looks like it, yes.

    2. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Get rid of any players who have a long-term injury.

    3. Estokai
      2 months, 22 days ago

      This is true, but so will everyone who made all their FTs this week as they will get another FT next week (when no games are played) and then another the week after.

  10. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DOUBLE AND TRIPLE GWS PERIOD!! WOW

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Will the season even conclude?

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        if .. a big if..

    2. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Doubt it as the situation will be worse come the 4th of April unfortunate and by that stage they will just void the season i reckon with the hope of starting afresh in August 2020.

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Supposing situation in August is any better 🙁

    3. ebb2sparky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Have they ruled out extra game weeks I.e GW39 and GW40 to cover 30/31?

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        looks like it as per their announcement not 100 percent sure

        1. ebb2sparky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I don’t see anything in the article that rules out extra game weeks. I expect that’s what will happen although hope you are right given I still have all my chips!

  11. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So all transfers, hits, WC’s and Freehits will still count towards GW30, lucky I done f’all with my team this week!

    Bet there’s a fair few out there who activated FH

    1. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Not sure FH but definitely -4’s out there

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yep. Just bad luck I'm afraid.

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      unluncky i guess
      WCs too

    4. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      FH is a loss. There’s no way FPL will hand them back either...unlucky really.

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Early transfers at own risk.

  12. Gobigorgohome
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So finally I will get a green arrow this week since I did not take any hits..lol

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      🙂

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      😀

  13. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Why leave the gameweeks open for transfers??

    This is quite ridiculous. If it's postponed then follow suit and postpone FPL. This gives an unfair advantages to some over others.

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      give advantages to pro
      bad advantages for casual
      right?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        It's a very poor decision in my eyes

        Saying all this nobody knows of the future. In 4 weeks it's supposed to be getting even worse. The season may just be ended at that point so no point sitting around wasting time thinking about transfers

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          i agree it is a bit strange..
          but from their point of view they might felr it is easier to leave it that way..

      2. ebb2sparky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Exactly my thoughts.

    2. Seamy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      If its delayed for more than 2 GW's. Just make one FT a week with a view to a quadruple+ GW38

      1. TwiggsJameson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Yep, GW38 could go on for weeks.......
        Bench boost GW38 would be MASSIVE

    3. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      That Cup and H2H rules is pretty bad

    4. L'Aeroplanino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I have done nothing this GW and I think this is unfair.

      1. Own Goal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Doing nothing has earned you a green arrow.

    5. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Not a big deal have a stiff whiskey and forget about it.

  14. IrishRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Quadruple GW38 let's go

    1. One Wheels Enough
      2 months, 22 days ago

      It'll go into June, assuming it's not cancelled.

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Why quadruple? It will probably be 9 sets of games (10 for a few) all played in GW38 if they are ever played. There is no way league will go on April 4th.

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      it will happen if a big if the league restart

  15. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    If you’ve taken a hit your GW30 score will be -4pts?

    Worst GW ever......

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      yes.. this announcement says so

    2. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      If you use TC now, it'll only be 3 points less than Mané on a double GW, doesn't sound too bad to me.

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        huh

        1. TONY123
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Does the Liv double GW24 ring a bell?

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            😛

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        😛

  16. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So I may get a green arrow because some FPL players will have taken hits already this GW

    1. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yep - basically if you're taken a hit you're unlucky because of all the filthy casuals who've done nothing.

      Or if you've done nothing you've finally got one up over the filthy casuals with their early transfers.

      1. The_Fish
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I'd say stupid players took a hit during the coronavirus outbreak...

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      yes correct

    3. ‘Tis the Season
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Unbelievable isn’t it! Weird circumstances bud

  17. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Good luck to those still in the FPL Cup.

    1. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Cheers. 50/50 I guess

    2. Geriatric Unathletic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Hi TM

      How does this affect LMS? Made 2 transfers for this week for a -4. Would seem somewhat harsh to be eliminated for making a tansfer with no games played.

  18. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Ben Crellin bout to be working overtime

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      i can feel it haha

  19. TONY123
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Why didn't they just delete GWs 30 and 31 and the next GW that'll be played will automatically be GW30. The current decision makes no sense to me, especially as the league's suspension is likely to be prolonged even further.

    1. Stejson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Guess it's the answer which requires zero effort from them

  20. Stejson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 22 days ago

    If this season were to be chalked off / called early, what do people think would be fair?
    Would it be sensible to not relegate anyone and promote the teams currently in the auto promo spots? Next year, relegate extra teams from eacy league?

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      No winners,no losers,just start again from scratch.

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        this

      2. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        This

      3. Annie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        and CL?

    2. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Season ends with the current status of all leagues as the final position

    3. chrismoo75
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      gonna be a lot of lawsuits happening - although half the lower league teams will be in administration due to lack of finances from no gate receipts/TV/sponsorship/matchday food and drink revenue

  21. Aseel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So If I have 2 FTs I need to use 1 or else it will be gone?

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      yes

    2. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yeah

      1. Aseel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks guys.

    3. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Won't we all need to use a transfer in the next 2 weeks or lose it?

  22. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    All games should be played in Stroud. No way Covid-19 will want to go there....

  23. RelegationFodder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Gutted about this as I'm on a Wildcard this week (seemed sensible at the time as a way to get a good team for BGW31 and beyond) - got no idea what would be a sensible squad to pick.

  24. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    GW38 could see the biggest points tally in FPL history!

    1. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      It's going to be such a lottery - people with 100+ captain hauls vs. people whose captain pulled a hamstring in the first 10 minutes.

      And countless other permutations like that.

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      with bench boost..

      IF the game still go on of course

    3. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Like 300-400pts?

    4. L'Aeroplanino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      100+ bench boost

    5. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Could be quite exciting!!!!

  25. Estokai
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Not sure I agree with this decision. It does feel like the path of least work.

    My larger gripe is that this changes a lot about future planning. I chose to bring in Saka and Aubamayang rather than bring in two more GW31 players because I reckoned on the greater Arsenal points in their DGW and would risk only having 7 or 8 players in GW31. Now I have no idea what to do as I have no idea if and when teams will play 2 or 3 times in a week. It benefits me to know if City are playing 3 times one week and United 3 times the week after.

    The way this is working, and it isn't the Fantasy League's fault, benefits those with chips hugely. The bench boost where you might have had a couple of players playing twice, or ensured that more did if playing a wildcard the week before, could end up with a whole squad playing 3 games in a week and less reluctance to keep those players as it is likely that all clubs will have that rather than some, some of which one wouldn't go near. Rather than people putting bottom 6 club players in their squads to use their bench boost, it might be easily possible to play 3 players from 5 top clubs all of which will double or triple.

    1. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      exactly the least work from FPL team

  26. Rains of Castamere
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    My understanding of this is that I can make a transfer now (say Pereira to Doherty) leaving me with no FT left. Then save a transfer in GW31. Then I have 2FT in GW32? So basically transfers are staying the same... it's just that there are no fixtures.

    Correct?

    1. Ógie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I think so.

    2. Gobigorgohome
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      my understanding too

    3. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes.

    4. Estokai
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes and no, surely?
      Effectively, since the beginning of the last "window", you can make 3 FTs before the next time a game is played. You have the GW30, GW31 and GW32 transfers.
      For those who have already used a transfer this week, your new player won't be playing against the opposition you thought they would play against next. Therefore, if you bought a player yesterday but it was only going to be for 2 weeks, you wasted a transfer. Mini-leagues are likely to be won by the person near the top of the league who has their chips still in hand.

    5. Rains of Castamere
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks all

    6. Vlad Tepes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      My understanding to

    7. Cant fit my Willian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, but this all assumes that GW32 doesn't get postponed...

  27. Greek Freak
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Given how unlikely it is for sport to resume in April, looks like it will be either blanks or at best some single GWs all the way up to a septuple or octuple GW38.

    Some chips will not have an optimum time to be used as such, if there's only one multiple GW.

    1. Bushwhacker
      2 months, 22 days ago

      If UEFA are sensible and cancel the Euros then domestic leagues can play May and June. Only solution possible IMHO.

  28. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    FPL RESPONDS TO PREMIER LEAGUE POSTPONEMENT

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mJ0suwAm04

  29. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So fts will be lost if we don't use them or aleast use 1 of 2?

    1. Greek Freak
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Don't see the point of using any FTs in order to plan two months in advance. There's no way to know who's going to be in form (or even fit) then.

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        But if you don't use them they're wasted anyway. So might as well use them to get rid of some deadwood if you've got any, like Rico or Kelly or the such

  30. DeadStar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    This is definitely the laziest approach from FPL. I'm guessing it's just too difficult for them to re-program the game/move game weeks. It's almost as if it's all locked in place and they can't move anything.

    1. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      But they have changed deadlines for GW's in the past and they are prolonging and shortening GWs on a regular basis. Shouldn't be too difficult to change current GW32 to GW30 and so on.

      1. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        True. It is very bizarre.