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. deshawn7
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Have 7 active players in BGW18, took a - 4 hit for Salah > KDB. Only one single playing defender in Saiss.

    Martinez
    Saiss
    KDB Son Bruno
    Kane DCL

    Bench (not playing): Johnstone, Justin, Dallas, Robbo, Cresswell, Bissouma, Soucek, Bamford

    Should I
    A) Keep and hold.
    B) Take a - 8 for Justin / Dallas to get Stones / Cancelo.
    > And Which combo of switch looks better?

    1. 2OLEgend
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Hold

      • FatmanAndRobin
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Never in favor of a -8. I think you're just about ok for 19 looking at non players. A

      • Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I would just FH. You took a -4 and still have just 7 players.

        1. deshawn7
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          used FH earlier in the season (was a good GW though, got 91points)

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Ouch. Tough spot then. Should be buying City defenders...

        2. maksud
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Hey Camzy, I can have the following team with a -4 For GW18

            Martinez
            Cancelo Holding Stones
            KDB Bruno Son Smith-Rowe
            Brewster

            use the fh or roll with it? I am very confused.
            Always found you quite sensible, so your advice would be very appreciated. Thanks in advance!

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              8 good starters.

              I count Cancelo, Holding, Stones, KdB, Bruno Son, ESR, Martinez

              But also depends who you're losing. If you're losing DGW19 players in order to field it, I would not do that and would just FH instead.

              1. maksud
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  I have already done Chilwell to Cancelo, thinking of doing Robertson to Stones for a hit. It sounds bad but that would then allow me get Grealish and Vardy for Son and Adams the following week for hit.

                  Full Team

                  Martinez
                  Cancelo Holding Stones
                  KDB Bruno Son Smith-Rowe
                  Brewster
                  Button Coufal Dallas Salah Bamford

                  Thanks!! your output is very appreciated.

          • Bavarian
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Same front 5 and GK here, have Lowton and Holding instead of Saiss....Think i'll keep and hold...

        3. Andrew
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Is anyone FH for the DGW?

          1. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            There will be lots for sure...

          2. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            There were far more before City, Burnley, Utd & Villa got a game added to the GW18/19 roster.

            Now, it’s so much easier to navigate those weeks.

            I’ll have 9 players + Brewster for 18, then 10 Dgwers + Kane in 19. No hits either

        4. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Exact money for this FH... thoughts??

          De gea
          Yedlin Tierney Stones
          Bruno Smithrowe KDB Son Sterling
          Kane Wilson
          (4.0, Mitchell, Kilman, Davis)

          1. FatmanAndRobin
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            looks good

        5. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Bottomed

          Would you get Mane over Salah for the DGW? Thought he looked sharper than Salah in the last few games and also he does better in big games

          1. FatmanAndRobin
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            IF you dont have either - id choose Mane right now.

            1. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I haven't got either atm, would be getting one of them for Son next week

          2. deshawn7
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            if you're doing a horizontal transfer to Mane then i would say no, but if you're choosing either to get, the extra 0.6m from getting Mane instead of Salah may do good in other areas.

            1. 2OLEgend
                3 months, 18 days ago

                This

          3. FatmanAndRobin
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            A or B to finish FH team

            A: Saiss/Neto/Martial
            B: Davies/Rashy/Wilson

            Leno

            Cancelo/Tierney/****

            KDB/Fernandez/Son/****/Saka

            Kane/****

            Steffen/Yedlin/Brewster/Kilman

            1. deshawn7
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              A

            2. 2OLEgend
                3 months, 18 days ago

                B

            3. Rbyrne95
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Thoughts on Saiss getting attacking returns? Stuck with defenders at the mo for FH 18. Saiss, Tierney, Cancelo/stones/dias, AWB

              1. Rbyrne95
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                That's not my defence btw. Can't decide on 3x to play

              2. scubasmithy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                If you have room for another city asset - go Stonesinstead of Saiss imo

            4. Bavarian
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Martinez
              Lowton-Holding
              Son-Fernandes-KDB
              Kane-DCL

              SAVE FH OR PLAY?

              1. 2OLEgend
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Save

                • scubasmithy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  I'd save. I'm just short of the threshold I think so will have to use mine, but with Kane, Son, Bruno and KDB in there you could do fine if you nail the captain.

                  For the purpose of balance, I AM free hitting. But i'm stuck with

                  GK -
                  Def - Cancelo, Targett
                  Mid - KDB, Bruno
                  Att - Kane, Watkins

                  No way I'm playing that, unless other fixtures are cancelled and only Spurs, City and United games go ahead.

                  Free Hit something along the lines of
                  GK - Leno
                  Def - Holding, Shaw, Cancelo
                  Mid - KDB, Bruno, Rashford, Son, Saka
                  Att - Lacazette, Kane

                  But probably will tweak as I want double sity defence.

              2. Rbyrne95
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Team at the moment on FH. A lot I can work with too. Ideally would like Sterling but can't afford so Foden/Gundogan and good Def/GK I've planned instead. I have Wilson up top too its just who to start.

                De Gea
                Cancelo - AWB - Tierney
                Saka-De Bruyne- Son - Fernandes - Gundogan
                Kane - Lacazette

                1. scubasmithy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Ditch wilson for Brewster, Invest the cash to upgrade Gudongan. Rashford?

                2. thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  It’s looks decent to be fair... but honestly, if I were using my FH, the first 3 names in my team would be KDB, Sterling & Cancelo.

                  Spurs have a tough game, you could lose Son or Kane perhaps?

                  But, up to you. It’s a decent FH either way

                3. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Foden over Gundo. But otherwise I quite like it. Prefer Rashford over Son as well.

                  1. Silecro
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Why such a Son hate? I for one would take him over either Kane (roughly the same points but 1.3 more expensive) or Rashford ( with Martial in side he seems to play not so advanced position as Son does)

                    1. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      I don't hate Son. I prefer Rashford if it's just this week.

                    2. Rbyrne95
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      I've manage to get a midfield to work with Saka, KDB, Son, Bruno AND Rashford in it! pretty decent tbh.

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 18 days ago

                        Yeah but you give up a second City attacker. I'd rather have Foden or Stering over Son if it's one week imo.

                        1. Rbyrne95
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 18 days ago

                          Yeah true actually. I'll have another play around

                4. Rbyrne95
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  I just feel like with Burnley's defence getting better its going to be a scrappy 1-0 win for Man U. That's why I preferred the defence double up and Son in mid. More than likely be wrong though.

                  Trying to work another solution at the moment for Sterling. I've put brewster up top (not playing), got Sterling and Smith-Rowe in mid atm with perhaps Tierney, Stone and Yedlin

              3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                On WC

                A jwp
                B Neto
                C Bowen

                Other mids are kdb Bruno saka soucek

                Thank you and gl

                1. Confusedleedsfan
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  None are ideal. You must have a strong Def or Att to end up with that Mid. I think I'd go C, A and B. In that order. Neto may haul at some point but too unpredictable. A ditto but will return more often. Bowen is involved in everything good (but never plays 90)

              4. Confusedleedsfan
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Reworked FH team. Thoughts please! Usual balance of differentials and cheap picks etc.

                Darlow
                Shaw - Stones - Holding
                KdB - Sterling - Bruno - Son - Saka
                Kane - Wilson

                (Sanchez - Yedlin - Kilman - Brewster)

                Trying to pick up some cheap clean sheets and focusing on front 7

              5. Nedvěd11
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                A) BB: Meslier + Brewster in GW19
                B) BB: Rodrigo + Nyland in GW19

                1. Confusedleedsfan
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Basically Mel V Rodrigo isn't it. I'd go Rodrido. Just

              6. bazhef
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                When are Scout Picks being announced???

                Going to use my free hour this GW and would like the input

                1. Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  lol...still more than a week to go...happy hour?

                  1. bazhef
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Meant to say hit..... But I've just realised the window is next Tuesday!!!!

                    I just used my free hit there and picked my team thinking it was today.

                    Am I still allowed to make changes as it is a free hit?

              7. Party time
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                How is it? FH team

                Darlow

                Stones,Bissaka,Holding

                Kdb, Sterling, Bruno,Son, Grealish

                Kane, Martial

                1. Confusedleedsfan
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Looks good. Similar to move above. Do you have any cover on the bench? I'd still potentially downgrade Grealish and go to Tierney. I will keep Grealish long term but not sure for this one off GW

              8. Do I Not Like Orange
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Can anyome tell me if we get a FH or similar on Fanteam? Will just use my 2nd WC if not.