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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 (Β£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. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    This feels like a good week to bench boost.

    1. BNMC
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Your bench will score as many points as your starting XI. Shame I burned my BB earlier...

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

      Spread the word.

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

    If any football does resume in May or June then they should just give everyone a free wildcard for the first Gameweek back.

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

      Nope

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

      They will IMO

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

      I think they will. Did it in 2011 when the site crashed

  3. Amey
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I guess a fair few would get a grey arrow after GW 31 deadline ..

    1. BNMC
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I don't see anyone taking hits for any reason. What's the point anyway?

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

    WC: GW 37
    BB: GW 38

    1. BNMC
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I think you mean... QGW38

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

        Exactly.

  5. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 22 days ago

    The game has officially become free for all πŸ˜€

    DGW's will not be an issue without a FH in tact...

    1. Stoic
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      F

  6. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Would you do any of these transfers? If so which one? I have 2FTs and feel like I may as well use one.

    A. Rico --> Taylor
    B. Dendoncker --> Saka (frees up a 3rd Wolves spot)
    C. Ryan --> Pope (been wanting rid of Ryan for a while)
    D. Aurier --> Anybody

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

      C

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 22 days ago

      None

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Do you not think I may as well at least be getting rid of someone like Rico who never plays rather than losing an FT?

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          2 months, 22 days ago

          What if Rico needs to play GW32?

          1. Bubz
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            He'll probably get minus points

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      C. Then transfer back to Ryan next week just for kicks.

    4. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yeh you may as well do one. Probably A

    5. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      C looks good move

    6. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Any chance these players will be infected by?

      xC?

    7. Effe
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      C

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

      I’m doing A this week and most likely a GK change next week

  7. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So we can continue to manage our team and make use of the FT in each gameweek until the Premier League (and FPL) resume?

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

      Yes

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

        Change of grav i see πŸ˜‰

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

          Time to go underground πŸ˜‰

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

            Yep

    2. Netley Lucas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Until the season is cancelled, yep.

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      -4 this week then straight off the bat. Worst gameweek ever πŸ™‚

  8. Free Hat
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    In a H2H league or FPL cup if the stand is tied I would prefer the one with the highest rank would go through.
    Seems more fair to me than a coin toss.

    1. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Not that my rank is that great fyi.

  9. andy85wsm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    How are people thinking of managing their transfers this week then?

    Could make a transfer with GW32 in mind.

    Could just make a deadwood transfer...

    Maybe get some extra cash to spend later?

    1. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Too much uncertainty for me. Just holding of till they actually play again...

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

      No chance gw32 happens as planned imo

      1. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I tend to agree!

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

          I'm getting rid of Ryan with FT btw as he looks like losing value. Will then carry two transfers to whenever (if ever) it resumes.

          1. Bubz
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Who you getting?

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

              Not sure yet, looking at it now. Possibly Hendo or maybe a non player as I also have McCarthy

              1. Bubz
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Gotta get a playing player to be best prepared for the future imo

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

                  Gone with Pope

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

      As said above, I think Im going to use one of my FTs. I actually think this is a good way to do some sorting out of my team. Getting rid of the likes of Rico or moving Dendoncker on to free up a 3rd wolves spot, both are things I have been wanting to do anyway but not had the FTs

    4. Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I would refrain from any transfer activity till there are positive signs the season will be resumed. If this is the end of FPL, I would like my rank to be as good as possible, so less transfers matter.

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Free transfers are gold dust in FPL. I'd rather take the risk of losing a few spots in OR due to transfer in order to use FT's to get rid of useless players

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

          This

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

            Any player you get now can get injured/sick, or have a blank. There is absolutely nothing to base the transfer on.

            Also I think there is a high chance FPL will give everyone unlimited transfers anyway once the game is back. Then you just lost yourself some rankings for nothing.

      2. andy85wsm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Interesting approach, hadn't thought of that!

        My assumption is the season will finish at some point, even if it takes a while so I'm not going to worry about transfers made.

        Would be interesting to know roughly how much of a rank difference it could make though

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

          You will get an idea after the next update. I am assuming that FPL will grant managers an extra WC or something like that if the season goes on, so maybe no need to use FTs especially that we have absolutely no idea who to bring/lose

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

            You're right Sir.
            But if they don't & i haven't sold below mentioned players i think i may get left behind by the trends those gw's especially as I've used WC already (I'm assuming that the player's should be fine yes.)
            Appreciate your advice though πŸ™‚

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

      Saving FTs and hope that it with improve my ranks slightly.

      Will probably WC in 32, too many issues.

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

      deadwood transfer for me

    7. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      It's now fantasy stock exchange.

    8. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I'm doing Perez Ings >> Sarr DCL with my 2 FT.

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

      Perfect week to make that transfer you would never do because it’s never the priority! Get rid of your 5th defender! Switch your second goalkeeper! Go crazy!

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

      “... How are people thinking of managing their transfers this week then? ...”. Surely nobody is going to make a transfer, use a chip or WC before FPL provides some guidance going forward? πŸ™‚

  10. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Given the likelihood of multiple DGWs, anyone who already used their BB and/or FH is likely to be at a huge disadvantage it would seem.

    As far as this GW is concerned, I'll take my -4 on the chin, however the right thing to do would be to reset everyone's team to it's pre-chip/pre-transfer state. I guess FPL can't be arsed to do this so they've taken the easy way out.

    1. Nelly's Reds
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Agreed - happy to take the -4 on the chin for OR but it's annoying that I'll also be 100% losing my H2H clash this week with someone who is pretty close to me in the table. That seems pretty unfair to me.

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

      “... anyone who already used their BB and/or FH is likely to be at a huge disadvantage it would seem ....”. Agree.

  11. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Closed behind doors fixtures are going to be fun. No press conferences either...

  12. juanmata8
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I took a -4 hit to catch a price rise. (Maddison + KDB -> Bruno + Barnes)

    Should I play my free hit chip to neutralise the hit now as it seems there wont be much use of it anymore as almost everyone would have double gw?

    I am leading my ML by just 10 points and H2H by just 1 point

    1. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      FH worth much more than -4. It will come handy if season restarts

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

      Depends what matters most to you i guess
      If H2H win >> ££ it may make sense to use FH.

      If not, take the red arrow on chin & move on

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

      I wouldn’t do anything until we get some guidance from FPL.

  13. Nelly's Reds
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Does that mean because I took a -4 (before this was announced) I'll lose my H2H clash this week?

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

      if your h2h did not take hits yes

    2. Pu-li-sick (sic)
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Unless your opponent has done the same, yes.

      1. Nelly's Reds
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Thought so, cheers chaps - that's horse**** though

  14. Heres hoping x 6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Stupid question time:

    If the GW deadlines remain, if I make 1 transfer each week by the time I get to GW 32 I would have 2 different players at zero cost to my points/no chips used.

    This seems a little too good to be true?

    1. Fozzyb34r
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You would drop a few places in the rankings due to ‘transfers made’ but that’s it

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

      thats how most here understand

      1. Heres hoping x 6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Possibility of making the best out of a bad situation here. I bet we all have someone in the ML which won't know this.

        When the double/triple GWs come, rotation is doing to be an absolute roulette!

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, but a lot of others will have 2 x FTs.

    4. the Penman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, you can come out in GW32 with two new players, or one new player and 2FTs. Or no new players, to be fair.

  15. Pu-li-sick (sic)
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Got a good chance of landing that coveted GW rank of 1 this week then. Fingers crossed.

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

      In every cloud a silver lining.

  16. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Henderson McCarthy
    TAA VVD Dunk Lascelles Stephens
    Salah Fernandes Richarlison Cantwell Perez
    Ings Vardy Jimenez

    Unless there are anymore coronavirus player confirmations before GW32, it is staying as is.

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

    Amazing circumstance. I guess we just use ft to improve squads generically rather than lose them!

    1. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You may tranfer in a coronavirus positive player without knowing it πŸ˜‰

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

    Crazy times we are living in.

    I used to cough to hide a fart now i fart to hide a cough.

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

      Imagine the pain of those having a cough + loose motions

  19. fc_skrald
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Finally some information. Since I have no idea of what the next gw which is actually played will look like it might be best to just save some money and get rid of Aurier. So just go ultra cheap?

    a. Aurier -> 3.9 defender
    b. Aurier -> Egan

    McCarthy
    TAA, Alonso, Doherty, Lascelles
    Salah, KDB, Grealish
    Ings, Jiménez, Aubameyang

    Martin, Aurier, Cantwell, Hayden
    2 FT, 2,0 million in the bank

  20. Going Home
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Man City and Newcastle appear to have a BGW in GW34. Man City going to be finishing this season sometime in 2022 at this rate

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

      It was for a FA Cup semi for one of them; that’s off too!

  21. ninja
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Given today's news surely clubs still in the FA Cup and Europe won't actually play all required games this season??? Views?

    1. Heres hoping x 6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      This will have to, somehow. FA will get used left right and centre by all clubs due to lost prize money etc.

      1. Heres hoping x 6
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I moaned sued* not used.

      2. ninja
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Don't know how they'd fit them all in if the Euros go ahead??

        1. Heres hoping x 6
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yeah, it will be very tough, but they simply can't have an unfinished season. Getting relegated is c.£30m loss for clubs

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

    What a load of Bol.....ox!
    Those who have planed and played the game well will now likely be shafted by the casuals who still have all or most chips left. I gained 21 points from my BB last week and thought that wasn't half bad. Sadly will pale into insignifcance with a triple or quadruple+ GW, if the season ever gets completed that is.

    Rant over, going for a beer :).

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You don't need a WC and FH chip if every team has a DGW. Consider that.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Boom. Chips not going to matter now.

        TC chip is gold now though.

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

        Try considering the value of a BB in a quad + G.W.! Could be 100 points there! Leagues turned upside down, not happy.

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          BB and TC will be OP !

      3. Amey
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Exactly
        Although those with WC will have a great advantage IMO

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

      Casuals don't have their chips left

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

      Season wont be completed, so no need to worry

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Corona will destroy all life too.

        Are you having your coffee yet?

    4. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      All casuals in my money league have their chips left. My haul on Salah TC not looking so good now!

    5. Kun Tozser
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You think teams will play 4 times a week?

  23. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    What if the player I transfer in gets coronavirus?

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

      you can tranfer out again

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Shortness of breath, so no different to owning Martial really.

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

        Hee Hee :).

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, how many FT's are you willing to use πŸ˜‰

    4. Amey
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You should get self isolated volunteerly

  24. DandyDon
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Got around having no keeper in wk31 then! Shame otherwise as I would have got 10 players out with no hits and most would have had less.

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

      Not really fair on those who had been transfering and diligently planing for GW 31 though, eh?

  25. FPLShaqiri
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So if the season ever gets going again I'm guessing there will be quite a lot of games in a short space of time. Maybe the way to play these FTs until it restarts would be to focus even more on "nailed on" players as I suspect even more rotation than normal. Also maybe make some cash for players like Son/Kane/Laporte/Rashford who could all come into play.

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

      Also pick out teams with more to play for - relegation etc as there will be less rotation of top players in these teams. Man City look great on paper with four dgws already (3 at home) but they may likely rotate and play kids lots with little to play for.

  26. the Penman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Remember: assuming the league restarts and is completed...every team will still play the same number of games as they were scheduled to before this chaos. Just in a different order and in different weeks. You’ll get all the same points, just over 4 weeks instead of 9.

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

      Not quite sure that statemant holds true unfortunately.

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

    Who should I captain this gameweek?

    A) Salah (BLANK)
    B) KDB (BLANK)
    C) Aubameyang (BLANK)
    D) Rico (BLANK)

    1. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      πŸ˜€

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

      I'm going full maverick with Salah © !

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

      D

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

      Button

      he is fully rested

  28. Kun Tozser
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    2 free transfers for all then?

  29. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Real losers are the ppl who WC 29. I did and planned for 30 and 31.
    What can you do lol

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

      Unparalleled situation.
      I think those who saved WC's should be at good advantage if the game starts.

  30. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Is Ben Crellin still alive?