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How each team’s rest periods could affect the final few FPL Gameweeks

We are now in the final few Gameweeks of the season and the minutes have been racking up for players in a congested schedule.

For this article, I look at the rest periods for each team in the final three Gameweeks to see if any match-ups stand out in particular.

I have outlined my methodology for the colour coding in my earlier piece.

The first thing that stands out to me is that most teams have a good recovery period for Gameweek 38+, which makes it ideal for the Free Hit chip.

We can, for example, expect Pep Guardiola to put out his strongest team as he would have had nearly five days after the Watford game in Gameweek 37+.

It also means that the final column (F) of total recovery period is a bit distorted, as certain teams have over a week off to prepare for Gameweek 38+. It’s just the FA Cup teams that are in the red in terms of the total recovery period, so let’s instead look at the recovery period for Gameweeks 36+ and 37+ (Column E).

Naturally, the teams with FA Cup involvement have the lowest recovery period – Arsenal (145), Chelsea (145), Man Utd (140) and Man City (160). The turnaround between the FA Cup fixture and Watford in Gameweek 37+ is particularly short for City (68) so it would be a surprise to see many players from the FA Cup semi-final start their league fixture against the Hornets.

Apart from the aforementioned four, Southampton (134) have a harsh schedule as well, something for us to keep in mind as owners of Danny Ings (£7.4m).

Now let’s have a look at the individual match-ups for Gameweek 36:

The teams at a disadvantage are highlighted in red.

Wolves, Arsenal, Spurs and Bournemouth have nearly a day’s less rest than their opponents.

Manchester United and Southampton (who play each other in Gameweek 35+) are particularly disadvantaged in terms of rest periods with their opponents having significantly more time to recover. If that match on Monday is as high energy as we expect, it could have a bearing on their performances and team selection in Gameweek 36+.

The Cherries are likely to find it difficult to go to the Etihad with less than 72 hours of recovery as well. City assets could once again be great picks if you can predict who Guardiola will start.

Now we move on to Gameweek 37+, which is in my opinion the trickiest week with the FA Cup ties preceding the league fixtures:

As mentioned earlier, Manchester City’s recovery period of 68 hours from their FA Cup fixture stands out. Maybe whoever starts against Bournemouth in Gameweek 36+ starts this one as well? I really don’t see Guardiola giving the likes of Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) a start against Watford with him likely to feature for 90 minutes against Arsenal in the cup.

Southampton have a recovery period of just 64 hours from the Brighton game, which might affect their high-intensity style – something to watch out for if you’re looking to possibly captain Ings that week.

Liverpool have over double the amount of recovery time as Chelsea and will be looking to end their last home game on a high. Selecting Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) as captain looks a legitimate shout that week given the Blues’ defensive woes.

The likes of Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) will probably get a start against Villa given the short turnaround and his unavailability for the FA Cup semi-final due to suspension.

It will be interesting to see how much Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tinkers with his line-up with the short recovery period, too. We might need our benches in Gameweek 37+.

In terms of my own team, I was originally thinking of doing the Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) to Ings move but the Saints’ congested schedule has me a bit worried. Ings has been a machine of late but his fitness issues in the past are well documented and will they possibly flare up again with matches so close? The Saints’ pressing style could suffer too with low recovery periods. Something to ponder.

Good luck and stay safe.


An FPL veteran of 10 seasons, Utkarsh Dalmia has been a member of the site right since 2009 and has finished in the top 5k in six of those campaigns, with a best finish of 17th in 2010. A Chelsea fan based in India, he relies heavily on statistics for his FPL decision-making process.

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1,206 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LOLarov
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Went Willian or Pulisic and already regretting it!

    1. LOLarov
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      over**

    2. RamaJama
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Why?

      1. LOLarov
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        tbh I do not know! Ha penos

  2. robith
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Thoughts on being a crab?

    Martinez (Button)

    TAA/Aurier/Doherty/(Holgate/Pieters)

    Salah/Mahrez/KDB/Martial/Saka

    Rashford/Greenwood/Jiminez

    As Bruno is killing my rank, is it worth using 2 FT to go sideways

    Rashord ->Jesus

    KDB -> Bruno

    Aurier a worry with the sad news about his brother too

    1. RamaJama
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Rash-Jesus

  3. RamaJama
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Which 1 to leave out on FH?

    A) Salah
    B) Pulisic
    C) Willian

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Salad

      1. Stormbringer22
          1 month, 1 day ago

          +1

          1. RamaJama
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Leaning towards Salah

            1. Tempestic
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Same but not comfortable with it

              1. RamaJama
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Same

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Season over if Bruno blanks tonight

      1. Stormbringer22
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Season over if Bruno hauls tonight 😀

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Season over

      2. ManUnitedComeBack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Current team is:

        Pope (Martin)
        VVD Digne AWB (Kiko Holgate)
        Sterling Bruno Martial Pulisic Antonio
        Kane Vardy (Connolly)

        Would you play the FH chip to get this team, or save it till GW38+?

        Henderson (Virginia)
        Alonso Digne Tarkowski (Dawson Lamptey)
        Salah KdB D.Silva Bruno Pulisic
        Jesus Giroud (Ighalo)

        And then do Kane/Pulisic > Salah/Ings ahead of GW37.

        1. ManUnitedComeBack
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Alonso would become Azpi if team leaks show he doesn't start

        2. Bubbles1985
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I like it but confident of Dilva and Giroud starting?

      3. Stormbringer22
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Who do we fancy more this week?
          A. City v BOU
          B. Chelsea v NOR

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Both thats why I will be playing FH and have 6 players from these two

          2. RamaJama
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            A

          3. timmmuh
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            A

        • JONALDINHO
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Bottomed.
          Gtg? Anything worth a hit

          Martinez
          Doherty • Digne • Lamptey
          Mo • Sterling • KDB • Bruno • Foden
          Rashford • Greenwood
          (3.9 / Jiménez / Lascelles / 3.9)

          Might punt on Foden(C)

          1. RamaJama
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Gtg, Foden exciting c punt

        • davies
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Not sure what to do here so thinking of saving FT...

          Thoughts?

          Pope
          TAA Doherty Aurier
          Salah KDB Bruno Mahrez Pulisic
          Vardy Greenwood

          Reina DCL Saiss Taylor

          Cheers.

          1. FF Dirtbag
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Vardy to jesus? Or Ings?

          2. Stormbringer22
              1 month, 1 day ago

              You have decent Aurier cover so that's no issue. Mahrez will likely not play though. I have him in my team and am doubling up on Chelsea. Mahrez to Willian?

            • RamaJama
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Save

          3. FF Dirtbag
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Thoughts?
            A) take some hits
            B) free hit
            C) keep as is

            Patricio
            AWB VVD Doherty
            KDB Salah Fernandes Pulisic Willian
            Rashford Jesus

            Button;Nketiah, Lascelles, Simpson

            1. Top Lad Dakes.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Looks fine to me tbh bro

              1. FF Dirtbag
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Cheers man

            2. RamaJama
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              C

            3. FF Dirtbag
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I'm chasing so who would you captain?

              1. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Chasing? Whichever Chelsea boy you trust more

          4. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Pope (3.9)
            TAA Doherty Aurier* (Lascelles 3.9)
            Mane KDB Bruno Mahrez (Guendouzi)
            Vardy Rashford Greenwood

            1FT 1.1m ITB. Was thinking to save FH for 38 but...
            Aurier possibly out (brother) - and don’t trust Lascelles cover this week
            Mahrez possible benching
            Vardy/Rashford not doing too well
            No Sterling or Chelsea

            Wwyd?

            1. FF Dirtbag
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Tricky tricky. Mane and Vardy out for
              sterling and ings
              Or
              Pulisic/Willian and jesus

            2. Stormbringer22
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Tough. Mahrez + Aurier to Willian/Puli + Digne or some such?

              • Oooo Matron
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Same problem as me. On paper team looks good, but all you need is KDB and Mahrez rested and it all falls apart. Ditto if Chelsea go to town on Norwich.

                What would your FH look like?

            3. LOLarov
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Mahrez isnt playing this week is he?

              1. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                No way of knowing with Pep, but isn’t looking likely.

                Would you rather DSilva or Willian/Pulisic to replace him? Help above?

              2. Stormbringer22
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I've been banging my head trying to figure this out myself. I am about 90% certain he does not start the game

                  1. LOLarov
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    ye its so tough I took out Martial for Willian instead of Mahrez for Willian! Poor move but could look away from BOU vs City at home

                • antis0cial
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Very unlikely that he starts.

                  1. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Same problem, I’m going to see tonight - I have triple utd greenwood c and if he hauls I’ll have some leeway and will take the hit to bring Dilva in for him

                    Mid will then be Bruno,Willian, kdb,dilva, puli

              3. Atimis
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Rash KDB to Jesus Willian -4 ? Something else ??

                Current team:
                Ederson
                TAA/Doherty/Kiko
                Salah/Sterling/KDB/Bruno/Puli
                Rash/Green

                Martin/Lasc/Holgate/Connolly

                1. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Would be wary losing KDB for -4...

                  Just rash to Jesus if you can?

                  1. RamaJama
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    This

                  2. Ricardo88
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Can't do just that move because he already has 3 City.

              4. Test Eagles
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Ok, sorry... here’s V2 Free Hit

                Ederson
                AWB Azpil Bertrand
                Willian Pulisic Sterling Salah Antonio
                Ings Rashford

                Tossing up between:

                1) Vardy vs Rashford
                2) Pulisic vs Bilva
                3) Rashford & Salah vs Fernandes & Jesus

                I’ve clearly overthought this

              5. GloryManUnited
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Predictions for today?

                3-1 Man U for me.

                2 from Rash and a large one from Ighalo. Armstrong scores for SH.

                1. GloryManUnited
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Late**

              6. Oooo Matron
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Anyone else leaning closer to a Free Hit this week? The major benefit is being able to load up on Chelsea v Norwich and not be saddled with them afterwards. Also it would be possible to get your preferred City players in based on best lineup guesses.

                Obviously 38 is a good shout for a FH, but can anyone guess what lineups will be on that final day? Seems a FH might mitigate benching issues, but would be v difficult to second guess lineups regardless.

                1. GloryManUnited
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Chelsea are risky business in their current form.

                  1. Garlana
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    It's Norwich though

                2. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I’m leaning more towards it as team falls apart, as above

                3. The Red Devil
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Rather FH 38
                  more uncertainty on team news now than it'll be for 38
                  City & Liverpool will play their full strength side in last match of the season, west Ham will have a important game, Aubameyang is also an option

                  1. Stupendous
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Why will they both play full strength?

                  2. Maddamotha
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    This.

                    Would suck big time if you got the City big hitters and they are benched. Likewise if you don't get them because you think they are benched, then they start and haul. Too much uncertainty for me this week. And have people forgotten about the stats on the last day, how teams usaully score more goals then.

              7. The Red Devil
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Mahrez Martial
                To
                Sterling foden (-4)
                Yay or nay?

                1. GloryManUnited
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I don’t think sterling starts, so nay from me.

                2. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Go for it

              8. Ronnies
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Best transfer;

                A) Jimenez >> Ings

                B) Son >> Pulisic

                Tnks.

                1. timmmuh
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I did B already. Good luck.

              9. BremerHB
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Fill the empty spaces on this FH:

                Pope (McCarthy)
                TAA AWB Doherty (Boly Stevens)
                Fernandes Pulisic Sterling ? ?
                ? Giroud (Fodder/Greenwood depending on below)

                1) KDB + Willian + Jesus
                2) KDB + Foden + Greenwood
                3) Foden + Willian + Jesus

              10. balint84
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Hendo
                Boly-Alonso-Awb
                Salah-Bruno-Foden-Bowen-Pulisic
                Rash-Jimmi

                Jimmi to Ings -4?

              11. jimmyabs1987
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Digne (villa home) or TAA (arsenal away) on FH?

                1. Test Eagles
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Digne just

                  1. jimmyabs1987
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Ok and AWB or TAA?

                    1. Test Eagles
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      AwB

              12. GloryManUnited
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Foden (C) next week for me. Fun punt and I’m 380k overall so feck it

              13. Orion
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Any suggestions lads? Was thinking of KDB to Pulisic for one game?

                Martinez
                TAA Doherty Taylor
                KDB Salah Sterling Bruno
                Greenwood Rashford Giroud

                Nyland Saka Lascelles Ward

                1.8 itb, 1 FT, only BB chip left
                Cheers!

              14. timmmuh
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Cracking week (FH and had Antonio and Sterling (C)); on 94 with three ManU players to go (Bruno-Greenwood-AWB). Transferred in Pulisic for Son ... then the Aurier news hit. Do I:

                A) play Lascelles v Tot
                B) take -4 hit to transfer in any non-ManU/City Defender (have 3.3 ITB, so 8.3 to spend)? ... Doherty/Robbo/Tark/Digne ???

                Other Defenders are Saiss/TAA/Jack Robinson (and Lascelles)

                Cheers!

                1. antis0cial
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  A

              15. Pu-li-sick (sic)
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                For those with triple captain left, the answer to 'when should I play it?' was Antonio away at Norwich. Hth.

              16. Stupendous
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Salah to Sterling?

                1. timmmuh
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Not sure I would chase that ... Salah for GBoot ...

                2. LOLarov
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  if your chasing yes

                  1. Stupendous
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Defending a lead and he has Sterling

                    Worrying to say least after his haul and Salah fail

              17. The Man Pastore
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                I think I am done with my FH team for now. Any thoughts?

                DDG
                Azpi AWB Digne
                Salah Sterling D.Silva Foden Pulisic
                Ings Giroud

                Martin Greenwood Lascelles Kiko

                3.1ITB

                Thanks!

                1. waltzingmatildas
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Like it!

              18. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Which move do you rate more this week and why?
                A) Mane to Sterling
                B) Vardy/Rashford to Jesus

                Team above

                1. waltzingmatildas
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Maybe B

              19. waltzingmatildas
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                A) Vardy to jesus
                B) vardy to giroud
                C) Mahrez to dilva
                D) mahrez to foden
                E) 2 of the above for - 4

                Henderson
                TAA Doherty awb
                Kdb mahrez Bruno martial pulisic
                Vardy ings
                (Leno egan lund nketiah)

              20. Catastrophe
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                A) Ings, Greenwood, Salah, Pulisic, TAA (Egan)
                B) Vardy, Greenwood, Salah, Antonio, TAA (Egan) (-4)
                C) Vardy, Greenwood, Martial, Pulisic, TAA (Egan)
                D) Vardy, Jimenez, Martial, Antonio, TAA (Greenwood)
                E) Ings,Greenwood, Salah, Martial, TAA (Tarkowski)
                F) Ings, Greenwood,Salah, Martial, Azpi (Egan)

                Edging towards E (Burnley defence/fixtures) or F (Chelsea home to Norwich) as I don't really want to lose Salah or Martial, but I have no Chelsea players for (NOR)!

                Cheers!

              21. jimmyabs1987
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Rate my FH team:

                McCarthy
                AWB, Digne, Azpilicueta
                Salah, Sterling (c), Dilva, Pulisic, Fernandes
                Ings, Jesus