Suspensions

The Suspension Tightrope: Which FPL players are nearing a one-match ban?

Those who keep an eye on the Suspension Tightrope widget on our homepage will be aware that the yellow cards are steadily racking up for several Premier League players.

The respite provided by the final international break of 2020 seems like a good time to take stock of the disciplinary situation around the top flight.

The yellow card amnesty is not until after the completion of a team’s 19 league fixtures (more on that later), after which the threshold moves up from five to ten bookings.

Those Fantasy Premier League assets already sitting on three and especially four cautions still have a long way to go before they are in the clear, then.

ON FOUR YELLOW CARDS

There is only one player who is currently a solitary yellow card away from suspension: Leicester City’s Jonny Evans (£5.5m).

The Northern Ireland international has managed to rack up four cautions in just five league appearances this season, the latest of which came in Gameweek 8.

With Caglar Soyuncu (£5.3m) a longer-term absentee and news awaited on the severity of Wesley Fofana’s (£5.0m) knee injury, the Foxes can’t afford to lose many more bodies at the heart of their defence.

Evans’ four bookings have come from just six fouls conceded, at least, so the experienced stopper is hardly flirting with danger on a regular basis.

ON THREE YELLOW CARDS

While Evans is out in front on his own on four bookings, there is a baker’s dozen of Premier League players who are just a caution behind.

Most are lower-owned FPL assets and/or agricultural midfield types but there are a handful of semi-popular options within the list.

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.5m) boasts a double-digit ownership, while Hector Bellerin (£5.1m) was among the top five most-bought defenders of Gameweek 8.

Those two players sit in 19.7% and 16.4% of the top 10,000 squads respectively.

John McGinn (£5.5m) saw his ownership increase sixfold after his early-season heroics, while Mateusz Klich‘s (£5.6m) own purple patch of form and penalty-taking responsibilities have seen him become the fifth most-popular budget midfield option under £6.0m.

Of the 14 players on three or four yellow cards, Klich has committed the most fouls. Indeed, only two top-flight players have fouled the opposition on more occasions than the Pole (19).

There are no surprises to see Oriel Romeu (£4.5m) on the above table: the Southampton midfield spoiler and emergency bench fodder option has racked up over ten times as many yellow cards as he has FPL attacking returns in his Premier League career.

John Lundstram‘s (£5.1m) name appearing on the list would have been headline news in 2019/20 but given his recategorization as an FPL midfielder, uncertain future at Bramall Lane and plummeting ownership, he is but a mere footnote this season.

WHEN ARE THE CUT-OFF POINTS FOR SUSPENSIONS?

As we mentioned in the introduction, the yellow card threshold is raised to ten after 19 league fixtures.

In most seasons, that would ordinarily mean after the completion of Gameweek 19 – but this is no ordinary campaign.

Aston Villa, Burnley, Manchester City and Manchester United are a game behind the other 16 top-flight clubs, with word awaited on the rearrangement of their respective Blank Gameweek 1 fixtures.

We have also yet to see how a complicated-looking January schedule pans out, with the ‘Matchweek 18’ games split into two and sandwiching Gameweek 19.

And any unexpected postponements between now and then would, of course, further affect the ’19th fixture’ cut-off point.

The threshold for ten yellow cards is after 32 league matches, which will be mid-April at the earliest.

Players collecting ten bookings before that point will serve a two-game ban.

Punishments for yellow card accumulation are competition-specific, whereas suspensions for dismissals cover all competitive matches.


Keep your eyes peeled on our Suspension Tightrope widget over the coming weeks and months, as we’ll be updating that after every Gameweek to keep you informed on the latest disciplinary developments.

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1,602 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Trent, Salah, Mitro -> Cresswell, Bruno, Werner worth a -8 if both Trent and Salah are confirmed out?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Maybe. Already on a -4 with TAA and Zaha out for Coufal and Bruno.

    2. Og
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Depends whos on your bench..

  2. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    RMWCT?

    Martinez | Forster
    PvA Lamptey Taylor | Justin Lewis
    Mane KdB Bruno Soucek | Berge
    Vardy Richarlison Watkins

    0.6 ITB

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Would have Chelsea defender rather than Rich

    2. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I like the PvA pick tbh. Overall solid. Good team structure for the most part, imo.

  3. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    GW9 Salah => Bruno (c) FT
    GW10 Son => KDB (c) FT

    Looks like a good plan?

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Yep!

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Doing the same I think, might throw a Fornals > Ziyech move in aswel

    4. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Wouldn't be sure about captaining Bruno at home

    5. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      GW10 is a long time away! On paper, probably.

  4. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    KDB or Bruno in for Salah? Have Sterling already.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 20 days ago

      KDB

    2. Og
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Bruno. Then KDB for Sterling

    3. Clam. ☘️
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Irrespective of team coverage, who do you think will score more points?

  5. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Son to miss GW 9/10?

    Son exposed to someone with Covid19 and is now in self isolation. If the information below is correct does that mean he will miss GW 9 and 10 due to being in self isolation.

    'You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.'

    'Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.'

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I hope this doesnt care

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        *I hope this isnt true

    2. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Son was previously told to self Isolate for 14 days by UK authorities upon returning from International duty in February.

      https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/11064275/son-heung-min-coronavirus/

    3. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Spurs’ Gameweek 10 fixture is still 15 days away so surely he only misses the City game (so probably a 2-pointer anyway)?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        City can’t defend

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Huh? Think they’ve conceded the fewest goals in the division this season, and it’s probably only going to get better now they have a settled defence

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Sorry should have been clearer, City can’t defend the Kane De Bruyne and Son combo

    4. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Blimey, at this rate Harrison Reed is going to get a run out in my team!

    5. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      no

  6. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    RMWCT

    Martinez(Forster)
    Chilwell Cancelo Lamptey(Coufal)(Neco Williams)
    KDB Fernandes Ziyech Grealish (Riedewald)
    Vardy DCL Watkins

    2.2 itb to do Fernandes to Salah next week if fit. Else after 3 weeks when Salah has Fulham

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Like it a lot, no real weaknesses apart from a non playing 5th defender and possible non playing 5th mid in the future

      1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Is Riedewald a risk? I can afford to get Bissouma in that case..

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Defo get Bissouma, I think he looks great

        2. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I'd get Bissouma then

    2. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Looking good,will have similar team using my FTs

  7. Finding Timo
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Best captain for GW9?

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        DCL

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        The Kaptain

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Silly this week mate

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Never

      3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Aubameyang

        1. Camino Aleatorio
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          C - Pogba

      4. F_Ivanovic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Anyone who doesn't have COVID.

    • El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Highly volatile covid context, I urge people to stay away from early transfers! Its just dumb.

      Relax, go watch Portugal vs France. Have some goat cheese.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Thanks Mum!

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Jeez, at this rate we’ll all have unlimited transfers for GW9 lol

    • Finding Timo
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Cheers DCL could be good option , I was Initially thinking Bruno

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Guessing this was a reply to me. Personally going with DCL myself as a Bruno owner

          1. Finding Timo
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Yes sorry BenDavies it was. I have actually got Bruno so was going to bring him in but would have to take out either salah or sterling

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I can’t believe these associations insist on having international football on, why not just stick to domestic leagues.
          It’s like they want to spread the virus.

        3. RedWolf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Don't see many people plumping for Sterling. I was planning on a KDB Sterling double up, but reading most people's opinions, KDB Bruno is a better idea?

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Im thinking Sterling+Bruno+Sterling

            1. Pompel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Sterling been an expensive dead weight when I've owned, so doubling up would be too much

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                upskirt chasing!

        4. Finding Timo
            3 months, 20 days ago

            *havent

          • CFC1990
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            a) Vardy and Ziyech
            b) Sterling and Bamford

            This is on WC and without Salah.

            I am thinking A at the moment.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              A easily, the hell is Sterling gonna do

              1. CFC1990
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Potentially a lot, especially with those fixtures. I do agree though

            2. Clam. ☘️
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Over how long?

              1. CFC1990
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Not sure yet. GW 12 possibly

          • Camino Aleatorio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            I’m emailing FPL to let us all Free Hit GW-9

            You guys should all join me, they reply and give feedback.

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              They are off this weekend.

            2. IRBOX ⚽
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              That’s why you save WC

              1. Christina.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                are you casual or covid this season?

                1. IRBOX ⚽
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Neither. Will be top 100k in 2 GW’s from now

                  1. Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    59 pts to make up
                    you go girl!

                  2. Olson
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    mum genuinely has a much higher rank and she picked her team based on who looked like 'nice young men'

                    think you peaked too early in your career. getting more Franny jeffers than Michael Owen vibez

            3. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              FPL only work on GW days

            4. D ✅
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Only been here 2 years give it time

          • davewg59
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Guys ive gone blank. If u have 2 ft’s and u use only 1 does the 2 free roll over to the next week?

            1. Camino Aleatorio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Yes

          • Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            so now everybody getting covid and i have 0 ft rip my team

            1. D ✅
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Who has it?

          • Finding Timo
              3 months, 20 days ago

              I have exactly enough money to do salah & delap to Bruno & Watkins but would have to do that tonight in case Bruno goes up ?!?!

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Bruno plays in 4 minutes

              2. Clam. ☘️
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                If Bruno comes through the match okay, you're probably safe to do it tonight.

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Don't think he will play midweek?

                  1. Clam. ☘️
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Well I believe his minutes will be managed in one of the games. Don't think there will be 2x90 mins.

                    1. Finding Timo
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        I am more worried about Covid than Bruno being injured

                      • TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Portugal need to beat France for that to happen.

              3. Lucky Z
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Can Bruno rise tonight?

                1. TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  What does the price prediction site say?

                  1. Lucky Z
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    he can 🙂

                2. Clam. ☘️
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Possibly. If not, then in the next couple of days.

              4. Finding Timo
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  According to fplstats site he is over 100

                • TorresMagic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Bruno or Cancelo injury to add to the misery?

                  1. Olson
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    BRUNO DEAD...

                    dead excited to have made it past 5 minutes safely

                • D ✅
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Bruno limping but looks to be ok to carry on

                • Clam. ☘️
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Better prospects over the next three GWs?

                  (i) Two of Ziyech, Zaha or Hamez + Richarlison
                  (ii) One of Ziyech, Zaha or Hamez + Jota + Jesus or Werner

                • jdp219
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Thoughts on this WC draft? Players with * are the ones brought in; this draft means dropping both Son and Kane, fwiw.

                  McCarthy, Forster
                  Zouma, Walker-Peters, Targett*, Justin, Cancelo
                  Salah, DeBruyne*, Grealish*, Bruno*, Soucek
                  Watkins*, Bamford*, Calvert-Lewin*

                  1. Buck The Trent
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Have someone in place of salah

                    1. jdp219
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Mane likely. And prepared to do that. What is the latest? Saw 10-day quarantine, then 3 weeks.

                  2. Olson
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Three budget strikers gives you the smallest possible pool of strikers from which to select direct replacements. Budget strikers will typically be unreliable. there are only a few other options, half of those are crocked. It's a really really risky strategy imo

                    1. jdp219
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      You're not wrong. A bit of a trade-off with my TV. Basically having to decide on two of Bruno, KDB or Kane.

                      1. Olson
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Vardy would save best part of a mil on kane and open up a drop down to Werner, jimi, ings etc.

                        I feel like there are sufficient cheapies to run to two budget strikers at a push, but three, that's a problem when there's only 6 or 7 options

                • Well you know, Triffic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Imagine the scenes if Bruno had to quarantine

                • Finding Timo
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Cheers although obviously BIG risk doing early transfers and still have Son in team

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Reply button.

                  • white heart pain
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Really need help.
                    Want to get KDB & Grelish in.
                    Lots of non playing players*
                    1FT 2.1bank

                    Martinez
                    Chillwell - Coufal - Kilmann
                    Salah Fernandes Son Foden*
                    Kane DCL Bamford

                    Nyland* Burke* Mitchel* Dunne*

                    1. Clam. ☘️
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      WC?

                      One of Kane/Son out and Foden and see where you can go from there.

                      1. white heart pain
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        No WC.
                        Foden/son to grelish/ziyech?

                        1. Clam. ☘️
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          Sounds good but consider who's leaving for KdB in the future.

                          1. white heart pain
                            • 10 Years
                            3 months, 20 days ago

                            Can go son to KDB but would need to downgrade foden, don’t like the sub 6.5 options. Any suggestions in this bracket?

                            1. Clam. ☘️
                              • 6 Years
                              3 months, 20 days ago

                              Soucek, Bowen, Jota, Biss

                  • Atimis
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Son to Bruno tonight or wait ?

                    1. TorresMagic™
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Why wait?

                      1. Lucky Z
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Sarcasm?

                        1. TorresMagic™
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          0.1m is very important, no?

                      2. Atimis
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Will probably wait after all, covid and other disasters

                  • Pommie22
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Good morning Gentlemen(NZ time:))
                      I am considering benching Mo for time being. Decision I have now is between
                      Vestergaard (Wolves) or Lamptey (AVL)
                      Any comments appreciated.

                    • Killitzer
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Evening all

                      Tempted to use WC but could get away with Salah ➡️ Bruno for -4

                      McCarthy Steer
                      Chilwell Justin KWP Mitchell Vinagre
                      Salah Son Barkley Bissouma Rodriguez
                      Bamford Kane Vardy

                      At a minimum a hit is necessary or should I go big with the WC?