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 dozens of Premier League players.

Any Fantasy asset who collects five cautions in the English top flight before their team has completed 19 fixtures will serve a one-match ban in the same competition.

Beyond that cut-off point, 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 little way to go before they are in the clear, then.

After a frenetic festive period, the respite provided by the FA Cup third round seems like a good time to take stock of the disciplinary situation around the top flight.

ON FOUR YELLOW CARDS

There are a grand total of 19 Premier League players teetering on the brink of a one-match ban.

Among them is Jack Grealish (£7.7m), who has been sat on four bookings since Gameweek 15.

Featuring in more than one in three Fantasy Premier League squads, Grealish is by far the most-owned player who has four yellow cards to his name.

A booking in Gameweek 18 would mean that Grealish would miss the first of Aston Villa’s two Gameweek 19 fixtures.

And even if the Villa talisman avoids that fate, a caution in the match against Everton would see him suspended for the second instalment of that Gameweek 19 double-header.

Teammates Matt Targett (£4.6m) and John McGinn (£5.5m) are, of course, in exactly the same situation.

Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.8m), Mateusz Klich (£5.5m) and Harry Maguire (£5.4m) are among the other players who boast an FPL ownership in excess of 4% who also sit on four bookings.

That trio of assets also enjoy two fixtures in Double Gameweek 19.

THE FULL LIST

ON THREE YELLOW CARDS

Of less concern, at least at this stage, are the players sitting on three bookings.

James Justin (£5.0m), Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m), Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) and Kieran Tierney (£5.4m), whose teams have already fulfilled 17 league fixtures, would have to pick up two bookings in their next two games in order to be handed a one-match ban.

Popular FPL buys Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m), Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) and Joao Cancelo (£5.7m) are also among the 33-strong group of players who are a couple of cautions away from a suspension.

For Fernandes and Cancelo, a booking in Gameweek 18 would leave them precariously on four yellow cards heading into the Gameweek 19 double-header.

THE FULL LIST

CURRENTLY SUSPENDED/ALREADY SERVED A BAN

The four players who picked up their fifth bookings of the season at the weekend included Yves Bissouma (£4.5m), who will miss Brighton and Hove Albion’s trip to Manchester City in Blank Gameweek 18.

The other three, N’Golo Kante (£4.9m), Kalvin Phillips (£4.9m) and Conor Gallagher (£5.5m), will miss the first fixture in their respective teams’ Gameweek 19 double-header.

Another five FPL assets have already served one-match bans for yellow card accumulation.

Hector Bellerin (£5.1m) is among them and is already well on his way to ten bookings – more on which below.

THE FULL LIST

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 Fulham are two games behind where they would usually be at this stage, with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Newcastle United one match in arrears.

Barring any further postponements and rearrangements, the ’19th fixture’ cut-off points for all 20 Premier League clubs are as follows:

ClubPlayers are no longer at risk of a one-match ban for yellow card accumulation after the completion of…
ArsenalGW19
Aston VillaGW20
BrightonGW19
BurnleyGW20
ChelseaGW19
Crystal PalaceGW19
EvertonGW20
FulhamGW21
LeedsGW19
LeicesterGW19
LiverpoolGW19
Man CityGW20
Man UtdGW19
NewcastleGW20
Sheff UtdGW19
SouthamptonGW19
SpursGW20
West BromGW19
West HamGW19
WolvesGW19

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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1,070 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Neevesy
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone else holding FH until the last possible moment? Still a long way to go till next game week.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yes but I’ve already started making transfers.

      1. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        so are FH'ing and taking hits?

    2. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      yeah of course. Man City are the main team to target and there's no finalising anything until at least after their cup games are done

  2. Jp2020
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Well I should've asked for feedback on my lineup in GW17, Soucek punishing me scoring 11 points on my bench whilst Brewster picked up his customary 1 point instead... poor decision in hindsight. On to the Free Hit in GW18!

  3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Bottomed

    Salah and Bissouma -> KdB and Smith-Rowe (-4) to field 10 next GW. FHing 19

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      if you trust esr then yeah

    2. SuperG
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No. It means you’d be without salah beyond GW20. Salah and Bruno are the only must-haves. I say that as someone who held KDB for weeks.

      1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Was thinking to bring Salah back GW 22

  4. Willmissudimitrypayet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Wan Bissaka or Stones to get the most points over the next 2 gameweeks? Both got 3 games.

    1. SuperG
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Stones. Easy. Three simple games.

  5. The Big Larsbowski
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone going for TC on KdB in gw19?

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      if i had him and wasn't going to bench boost i would

      1. The Big Larsbowski
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks. My bench is not good enough for a boost, so TC is tempting

    2. SuperG
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Me

    3. Bubbles1985
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Between him and Salah

      You think he will start both?

    4. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

  6. DK_13
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Leno(foster)
    Dier stones(robertson Cresswell Ferguson)
    KDB grealish (salah soucek bissouma)
    Kane DCL (Bamford)

    7 playing 2 FT 0.3 ITB. All chips available.
    Is Robertson + Ferguson to dias + Maguire for gw 18 a good move?
    (I will have to leave dier and DCL on the bench in gw19)

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      oui i like it

  7. Obi Wan Elokobi
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Which would you prefer for the double Gameweek?

    A) Ings, Grealish and Holding
    or
    B) Antonio/Wood, Son and Ayling

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      A

    2. SuperG
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      A

  8. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    FPL Cup opponents rolling out for the successful folks.

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      This is the week you want to draw a dead team.

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I'd be happy with drawing any of the folks on here that only have 7 players and are saving FH

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Not sure mine even knows how to play chips. Didn't use his first WC despite rank of 4m.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I've got a dead team who randomly WC'ed in GW16. Hopefully it hasn't been resurrected.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No fear. I'm on FH.

    3. Kannbury
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Looks like trouble for round 2, up against a pro around 100k who I'm sure will be free hitting.

    4. The Cherry Picker
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Perfect FH team?

      Darlow
      Tierney Dias Cancelo
      Saka Bruno KDB Son
      Laca Wilson Kane

      4.0 Shaw Burke Mitchell

      1. CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Looks good, although I think I prefer Rashford or Martial to Laca (if affordable).

      2. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Too much Tottenham

    5. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Pick one?

      A) Rashford (bur liv ful) + Vardy (CHE SOT) B) Sterling (BHA AVL CPL) + Martial (liv ful)

      1. Canarinha
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Def the one with Sterling... great fixtures, could haul

        1. SuperG
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          This

    6. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Bottomed last page. Need more players for blank gameweek and beyond:

      A: Salah > Rashford and upgrade someone to Cancelo for a hit
      B: Salah > Sterling
      Already got KDB & Stones

      1. Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        A

    7. Canarinha
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      For the long run...pick 2! defenders

      A) Dallas
      B) Bednarek
      C) KWP
      D) Tierney
      E) Chilly
      F) Cresswell

      Already have Cancelo and Stones

      Which combo should I compliment with? 🙂 help a bro out!

    8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Slow day at work - so stitching two form tables from transfrmrkt showing a synthetic league table since Bruno's first game:

      Team - Played - Points (Goal Difference)
      1. Mun - 30 - 65 (32)
      2. Liv - 31 - 62 (27)
      3. Mci - 29 - 59 (40)
      4. Tot - 30 - 54 (22)
      5. Che - 31 - 52 (17)

      (Southampton, Arsenal, Everton, Wolves, Leicester complete the top 10 - in that order)

      Definite swing towards the Manchester clubs... city looking particularly ominous since they plugged that fourth Centreback shaped hole in their squad that killed them in the first two thirds of last season... they're gradually getting back towards monstering goal difference again similar to Pep's heydays - a fit striker would surely only help them in that aspect over the next few weeks/months

      Ironically Liverpool appear to have possibly made a similar mistake (going into a season with only 3 recognised centrebacks on the books) though - its always playing with fire for a champions league side to be short of bodies in that position

      And being without any actual recognised centrebacks now for the forseeable, you'd have to think they go into the market in January otherwise seriously risk opening the door to City (or even possibly Man Utd if Bruno avoids injury)

      1. Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        They should definitely look to buy one! If it is the long-term partner of Van Dijk they will look to buy or just a rotation player is difficult to say.

        Interesting table. Can't believe Ole has been tipped to be sacked like 10 times during that run haha

        1. Canarinha
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          They should go for Demiral...he's unhappy at Juve. Great great potential

      2. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Everyone says that but what team in the world could miss the 2 centre backs within 1 month for the whole season.
        Liverpool are doing great

      3. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        City need to stop persisting with the idea that Jesus is Aguero's heir. He's never going to be any more than a decent squad player, buy a proper striker and be done with it.

    9. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Looking at Coufal + Salah to Stones + Bruno (-4) to give me 10 players with GW18 fixtures.

      Then DCL to Antonio/Ings/other up to 8.7 to give me 9 DGW players + Kane + Son for GW19.

      Good moves, or is losing Salah a mistake? And who to bring in for DCL?

      1. Jamie_GAWA
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I’d want stones and Salah for the double so not sure about the moves. I’m doing DCL to Rodrigo but I’m not convinced yet but can’t see a better alternative

        1. Boly Would
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I can get Salah straight back for the double with another -4, but means losing Chilwell and Son:
          GW18 Chilwell + Salah to Stones + Bruno
          GW19 DCL + Son to Antonio + Salah?

    10. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Hi all

      For the DGW:

      a) Vardy (-4)
      b) Ings (free)

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        B. I think Ings might be better period.

        Fixtures are lee and lei which both have goals written on them.

      2. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Would depend on how long you’re planning to keep after the double?

      3. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Ings. I prefer Danny in a 1v1 comparison anyways with that Leeds fixture present.

      4. CONNERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks all. Would be a long term move.

        looks like Ings it is then.

        Cheers

    11. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      DYSLEXIA UNTIED are here u are my rival in Cup

    12. soup natsi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      McCarthy should be back for GW19 right?

      They play on the 16th and 20th - and players with positive tests self isolate only for 10 days.

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I have Forster hope he play GW 19

        1. soup natsi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I have Forster too, trying to figure out if I can sell McCarthy for a playing keeper this week and save the FH

    13. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Team:

      Martinez (Forster)
      Mitchell Dias CTaylor(!) (Coufal KWP)
      Bruno Son Grealish Saka (Salah)
      Kane DCL Watkins

      1 Ft.

      Thinking of doing Salah to KdB and bench Watkins. Then do a -4 or -8 before gw 19.

      Thoughts?

    14. No Kane, No Gain!
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Only having 6 players that can play in next GW i have activated my FH, how does this look?

      Martinez
      Dias, Cancelo, Tierney
      Bruno, KDB, Son, Saka, Neto
      Kane, Lacazette

      (Steer, Wilson, Hause, Holgate)

      Could argue Wilson is an expensive sub, but not really anyone i would want to swap him for - could potentially bench Neto and play Wilson

      1. Bald Eagle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I'd play Wilson over Neto. Pens sways it for me.

    15. Roysgotnoboys
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Luke Shaw a first choice these days? Can't afford the other UTD defenders

    16. Ziko7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Would you FH this team?
      Martinez
      Dias Mitchell
      Bruno Stephens Grealish Salah(will move to KDB (C))
      Kane Martial

      Would a move Coufal to Cancelo for a -4 be worth it?

      1. Caravagio
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I think its a solid team for no chip.
        Would you want to keep cancelo for a while? If so then probably worth it for the dgw.

        1. Ziko7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yeah I will definitely have two City defenders from GW20 on. On the other hand West Ham also have nice fixtures for DGW.

          1. Caravagio
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            That is true. How valuable would it be to have another transfer for the dgw? Or you full of dgwers already?

            1. Ziko7
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 17 days ago

              I'll be using TC as I don't have a good bench.
              My team will be:

              Martinez
              Dias Robbo Coufal
              KDB Bruno Grealish Raphinha
              Bamford Martial Kane

              Maybe I'll move Kane to Vardy or bring Salah somehow back for a hit.
              Not decided yet.

    17. Caravagio
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Not seen anyone mention this...
      Are we thinking everything is going to be postponed again with UK going into full lockdown mode today?

      1. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        No

      2. Bald Eagle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Elite sports will continue.

        1. Caravagio
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Well atleast I'll have fpl to keep me busy for lockdown... not sure how they can justify it going ahead but whatever!

          1. Bald Eagle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yeah fair but they follow lots of protocols and have tests every few days which helps their case.

      3. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        not seen anyone mention! there were about 400 posts on this at 8pm last night

        1. Caravagio
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          My bad. Just looked at this page

    18. Bald Eagle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Man U fans, with Cavani back then no way Martial starts both in DGW19, right?

    19. Jp2020
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      FH in GW18

      Pickford
      Tierney, Shaw, Cancelo
      Sterling (C), Fernandes (VC), De Bruyne, Rashford, Smith-Rowe
      Lacazette, Wilson

      4m, Yedlin, Mitchell, Davis

      Any changes?

    20. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      After taking a hit I have this for the blank:

      Martinez
      Stones / Cancelo / Dunne**
      KDB / Son / Bruno (c) / Rashford
      Kane / Brewster

      Adams, Ayling, Coufal and Lord Forster benched

      Anything worth the FH?

    21. FPLHaggis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      G2G with 9 for BGW18?

      Cancelo Dias Lowton
      KDB(c) Bruno Son Grealish
      DCL Wood

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        There you are my fellow Wood owner

    22. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Planned WC team GTG? BB in GW19

      GW18:
      Martinez Meslier
      Maguire Cancelo Stones Coufal Chilwell
      KDB Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
      Martial Bamford Watkins

      GW19:
      Martinez Meslier
      Maguire Cancelo Stones Coufal Chilwell
      KDB Bruno Salah Grealish Soucek
      Rodrigo Bamford Watkins

      1. Bald Eagle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah looking nice, just shame you need to do -4 right after the wildcard.

    23. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Quick Poll.

      Which Def would you choose to lose for Cancelo

      Justin Chilwell Bednerek

      Mmm

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Would lose Cancelo 🙂

        1. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Not convinced yet either

      2. soup natsi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Justin

    24. liiusions
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Who’s doing Salah->KdB today? I know I should wait but Salah set to drop, KdB set to go up and money will be tight when fitting Mo back in!

      1. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I have done it this morning

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Thought about it but if KDB gets injured by Bailly tomorrow I'll be absolutely furious at myself for the unnecessary decision. Plus there could be postponements so I'm holding off.

      3. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Salah is only at -90.5% so I would say its unlikely his value will drop today

      4. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Forget about price changes. There are too many things that can change before GW18 starts.

    25. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Cup opponent revealed. Checked his team. He will definitely play FH. Getting knocked out for sure!

      1. Kannbury
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Same! Lol

        • Jellyfish
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Just taken a look at my opponent and he's registered in 15 FPL leagues (non of which appear to be scout leagues either)!