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The triple-ups I am considering for Blank Gameweek 18 Free Hit squad

Blank Gameweek 18 is just around the corner, and I wanted to use this opportunity to present some picks I feel should be part of your squad if you are opting to use the Free Hit.

At the time of writing, there was a lot of uncertainty looming around Spurs so, for the purpose of this piece I steered clear of the two clubs.

After all, the best way to maximise a Free Hit squad is to base as much as you can on things you are certain about.

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  1. Railwayman
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Any Brighton news, can I expect Welbeck to play this week ?

    1. NateDog
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 8 days ago

      He's out, alongside Connolly, Lamptey and Lallana

      1. Railwayman
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks, he would probably end up with 2 points anyway 😀

  2. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Current team:

    CTaylor (doubt) Mitchell Dias
    KdB Son Bruno Saka
    Kane

    Out: Martinez Forster KWP Coufal Grealish Watkins DCL

    Means I have probably 7 playing. 8 at best.

    Which option:

    A. FH
    B. Wildcard
    C. Keep as it is
    D Something else

    Leaning towards B or C.

    Thoughts?

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      With all the uncertainties regarding Villa id be tempted to WC.

    2. Lazaretti
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      C or D depends GW19 plan

  3. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Pick one (No FH)

    A Sterling AWB
    B Rashford Dias

    Have KDB Bruno Cancelo

    (assuming a fit Sterling)

    1. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      I like B

    2. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 8 days ago

      B

  4. Boss Hogg
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Ederson or Stones?

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Stones

    2. Railwayman
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      I would take Stones.

    3. LC1
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Stones

    4. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Stones, ederson doesnt do save points so you have a chance of a goal from a set play with stones. Laporte out along with his form also means nailed

  5. Sterling Malory
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Does anyone have any info on whether Shaw or Telles will play vs Burnley?

  6. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Just hit the button on this and it looks phenomenal!

    Lloris
    Cancelo Dias Tierney AWB
    KDB Bruno Son Rashford Saka
    Kane(C)

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      I like that!

    2. The Tinkerman
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Identical to mine except Stones in for Dias, don’t have the TV for Dias.

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Wow, that's an incredible team!!!

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Similar to me - only I prefer Wilson to AWB (lloris to leno to fund)

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Consider

      DDG + Reguilon over Lloris + AWB. But yeah it's pretty good I guess. Although I don't know why people don't like Lacazette this week. He's very comfortably in my team and going nowhere.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        It's tough fitting him in unless you have very high TV or prepared to sacrifice Rashford.

      2. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        I would be all over DDG Reguilon if we knew Reg was gonna start!?

        I'd like Laca but Saka outscoring him for less and Lacas ceiling is fairly low compared to Rashford.

    6. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Ahhhh I’m convinced free hit is bad but damn that team looks good.

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        I've been forced into it, wanted to save but team is awful now

    7. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Identical to mine but I have Stones & Maguire over Dias & AWB.

      1. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Just because of TV?

    8. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Cheers everyone

  7. Mattymo23
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Surely Foden is too risky for a FH pick?

    1. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Not that risky considering you can have a backup for him. Would be risky to have in normal team.

    2. For Fuchs Sake
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      not if he comes on for 10 minutes and does nothing though

  8. jai1212
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    A. Rash (Have Bruno)
    B. Lacazette
    C. Kane (Have Son)

    What should be the priority for this week?

    1. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Kane

    2. LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      C - A - B

      in that order

  9. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Have exact funds for this FH team - how does it look?

    Leno (Steer)
    Cancelo, Stones, Dier (Yedlin, Mitchell)
    KDB, Bruno, Son, Rashford, Smith-Rowe
    Kane, Lacazette (Brewster)

    1. Tango74
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 8 days ago

      why pick steer(foder) on a FH. if Arsenal game is canceled or Leno out you have no goalie?

  10. Boss Hogg
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Best keeper out of these?

    a.) DDG
    b.) Lloris
    c.) Ederson
    d.) Martinez

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Not D - A or B depending on your defenders.

  11. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Which of these punts would you consider? (Pick at least 1)

    A) 2nd City attacker (Who?)
    B) Auba
    C) Martial
    D) Digne
    E) Aurier

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 8 days ago

      A, B, D have all been in my thinking. I own C in my actual team but not 100% he plays this gw.

  12. Westfield Irons ⭐️
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    What chance Maguire is rested v Burnley?
    (So he doesn't get a 5th yellow and miss Liverpool in DGW19?)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Low almost zero. He will be on his best behaviour

  13. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 8 days ago

    Which Forward alongside with which defence:

    A) Laca
    & defence of:
    Darlow
    Cancelo - Stones - Dier

    B) Wilson
    & defence of:
    DDG
    Cancelo - Dias - Reguilon

    ..?

    1. doher.ty
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Either of the defenses and 50/50 on Laca/Wilson. If you need the money then Wilson.

      1. GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 8 days ago

        And Wilson is more nailed to play for me

  14. JBF X1
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Potential FH team..

      Ederson

      Holding, Tierney, Stones , Reguilon

      Bruno, KDB, Auba, Neto, Bergwijn

      Kane

      1. Sterling Malory
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Different.

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Those who are not Freehitting and Have Salah. Whats the plan?

      Ship Salah Out? For Rashford or Sterling?

      1. Holmes
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Probably going to do Salah to Kevin.

        1. Nice Baps.
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 8 days ago

          Same here, but I'm FH next week so will have him in for that

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Done Salah to KDB. Keeping my options opened to bring him back in 19 for Son

      3. Mr Wolf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Salah to Kdb or Rashford for me.

      4. RealSocialDads
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Gone out for KDB. Could get him back in at the expense of Kane/Son for 19 but not sure on this yet

    • George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Just seen the DCL news. How long is he likely to be out for?

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        even aancelotti not know

      2. Hotdogs for Tea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        remember its Villa in GW19 too 😉

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 8 days ago

          😉

    • LC1
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Thoughts on the below guys;

      a) Holding and Richarlison
      b) Tierney and Wilson

      Thank you!

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        B but I think both Rich and Wilson are doubts

        1. LC1
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 8 days ago

          For real? Didn't know there was anything wrong with Wilson..

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 8 days ago

            Apologies Wilson is fine

            Wilson was precautionary... Fully expect him to be involved.

            https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1348649218798481411?s=19

    • OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      On FH Which is better 🙂
      A- Leno + AWB + Rashford +Saka + (Brewster ) 3-5-2
      B - Darlow + Dier + Gündogan + Laca (Saka) 3-4-3

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        A since all are nailed. Newcastle GK position up for grabs based on Bruce's latest comments

    • Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Plan to now keep the FH and do Robbo to Stones (-4) leaving me with 7 players.
      Is this enough without having to use FH or do Balbuena to Shaw/Lindeloff for another hit? (can't afford Maguire or AWB and both Shaw and Linedloff trained today)

      0FT 3.3itb (after -4 transfer)
      Holding Cancelo Stones
      Son Bruno KDB
      Kane

      Non-GW18 players
      Martinez Johnstone Coufal Balbuena Soucek Raphinha Rodrigo Bamford

    • The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Which option?
      A) DDG + Reguilion
      B) Lloris + AWB/Maguire

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Prob B Maguire but don't think there is much between the two options

    • fedolefan
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Any Sterling news? My planned transfers were Salah + Adams -> Sterling + Wilson -4. Now it seems both my transfers in are doubts.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Hopefully Pep presser tomorrow before deadline

    • Boss Hogg
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      a.) Get a keeper
      b.) Get a striker
      c.) Get both
      d.) Get neither

      (Martinez)
      Maguire, Cancelo, Dier
      Son, Bruno, KDB, Saka, Smith-Rowe
      Kane (DCL)

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        B - higher ceiling, Martial if you can stretch

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        For a hit or FT?

      3. Boss Hogg
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Would be for hits.

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 8 days ago

          Prob D but Cavani in for DCL could be good

      4. RealSocialDads
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        D

      5. Mr Wolf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        B could be good also long term with dcl injury

    • For Fuchs Sake
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      What's the minimum amount of players people are going with for FH?

      1. For Fuchs Sake
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Sorry, I meant for the BGW? Obviously the free hit would negae this haha

        1. RealSocialDads
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 8 days ago

          I'm on 7 which I think is the borderline

      2. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        I’m on 5 with Wilson 6 and Kilman 7.

        Im definitely taking one hit to get 8.

    • Wılly
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Is this the template?

      Lloris
      Cancelo Dias Tierney
      KDB Bruno Son Saka
      Kane Lacazette Wilson

      (Fernandez Mitchell Riedewald)

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        I have the same only gundogan and Shaw over saka and dias

        1. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 8 days ago

          I thought Shaw is injured

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 8 days ago

            I think he's fine

        2. Wılly
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 8 days ago

          Choice of Captain?

          1. OptimusBlack
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 8 days ago

            Kane

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

            Kdb

      2. onceuponatyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        Not without Rashford in your side it's not.

    • Muscout
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      I am FH-ing this week and like many have held on until pulling the trigger, is it quite safe to do so now!?

      1. onceuponatyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        It'll be safer tomorrow 60 seconds before the deadline... but yeah, compared to a few days ago it looks solid. I've pulled the trigger.

    • RealSocialDads
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Current GW18 team:

      Dias Cancelo
      KDB Bruno Son
      Kane Wood

      (Mccarthy Johnstone Dallas Coufal KWP Rafinha Soucek Bamford)

      0FT and on - 4 after bringing in all 3 City players.

      Do I....

      A. FH, means I have 1FT to get city players in next week

      B. Play with what I have

      C. Take another -4 to get 8 out

      1. Mr Wolf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        I did C to bring in players I wanted long term

    • RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      With just 4 available in blank gw now, looks like FH is best in my case. Basically get 3 each from Manutd Mancity Tottenham and 2 from Arsenal? Looka gold time. Not seeing Sterling in many FHs. Is he out even after getting rest vs Birmingham?

    • Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Draft team dilemma! One week only.

      A) Telles
      B) Mari
      C) Lowton
      D) Kilman
      E) Clark

      Exciting names, I know right!

      1. Wılly
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        If it's for one week then Telles, if he plays. Most exciting pick.

    • The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      Get Gundogan and Cancelo or wait till tomorrow? Is Pep having a presser?

    • DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 8 days ago

      How many points is an average good Free Hit worth? As in, how many hits could one take to avoid using it in BGW18 and expect a positive outcome?

      1. TomSaints
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        This is the question.

        I have 6 players, maybe 7 (Kilman).

        On free hit id keep 5 and bring in 6 plus have bench. Conservatively I’d hope to get 25 points plus from those 6. Hopefully more like 35-40.

        I’d love to see some stats on average free hits.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          9 months, 8 days ago

          Would stats help? Maybe. But this time around is rather different with 4 strong attacking teams to face weak-ish defence so that 20-30 pts margin would potentially be real.

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

        Average or good?

        Maybe 3 point per player on average, so I'd probably say 15-20 points would be a reasonable return. Even during a DGW, given rotation, injury and now COVID, I wouldn't expect much more than that.

      3. RedLightning - Top 10k Any …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 8 days ago

        A Free Hit in a game-week where you would otherwise be unable to field a full eleven players without hits should always produce a positive result.

        So the questions you should really be asking yourself are whether there are likely to be any other Gameweeks in which it might be even more difficult to field a full team without taking hits or compromising your squad for preceding and subsequent Gameweeks, and whether or not you might be able to gain even more by playing it in a DGW to bring in additional players who have two matches that Gameweek.