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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
    1 month, 17 days ago

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

    1. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 17 days ago

        He's out, alongside Connolly, Lamptey and Lallana

        1. Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

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

    2. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 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
        1 month, 17 days ago

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

      2. Lazaretti
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        C or D depends GW19 plan

    3. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 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
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I like B

      2. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        B

    4. Boss Hogg
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Ederson or Stones?

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Stones

      2. Railwayman
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I would take Stones.

      3. LC1
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Stones

      4. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 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
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

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

    6. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I like that!

      2. The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 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
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Wow, that's an incredible team!!!

      4. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

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

      5. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 17 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
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

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

        2. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 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
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

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

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

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

      7. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

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

        1. Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Just because of TV?

      8. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers everyone

    7. Mattymo23
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Surely Foden is too risky for a FH pick?

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 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
        1 month, 17 days ago

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

    8. jai1212
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 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
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Kane

      2. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        C - A - B

        in that order

    9. Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 17 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 month, 17 days ago

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

      2. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Best keeper out of these?

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

        1. doher.ty
            1 month, 17 days ago

            Not D - A or B depending on your defenders.

        2. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 17 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 month, 17 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.

          2. Westfield Irons ⭐️
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 17 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
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 17 days ago

              Low almost zero. He will be on his best behaviour

          3. LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 17 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 month, 17 days ago

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

                1. GROBARI
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    And Wilson is more nailed to play for me

              • JBF X1
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Potential FH team..

                  Ederson

                  Holding, Tierney, Stones , Reguilon

                  Bruno, KDB, Auba, Neto, Bergwijn

                  Kane

                  1. Sterling Malory
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Different.

                • Weeb Kakashi
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

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

                  Ship Salah Out? For Rashford or Sterling?

                  1. Holmes
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Probably going to do Salah to Kevin.

                    1. Nice Baps.
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

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

                  2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 17 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
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Salah to Kdb or Rashford for me.

                  4. RealSocialDads
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 17 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
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

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

                  1. Gobigorgohome
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    even aancelotti not know

                  2. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    remember its Villa in GW19 too 😉

                    1. Gobigorgohome
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      😉

                • LC1
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

                  Thoughts on the below guys;

                  a) Holding and Richarlison
                  b) Tierney and Wilson

                  Thank you!

                  1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    B but I think both Rich and Wilson are doubts

                    1. LC1
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

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

                      1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Apologies Wilson is fine

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

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

                • OptimusBlack
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 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 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

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

                • Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 17 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
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

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

                  1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

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

                • fedolefan
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 17 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 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Hopefully Pep presser tomorrow before deadline

                • Boss Hogg
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 17 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
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    B - higher ceiling, Martial if you can stretch

                  2. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    For a hit or FT?

                  3. Boss Hogg
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Would be for hits.

                    1. Tonyawesome69 WC,FH,TC left
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Prob D but Cavani in for DCL could be good

                  4. RealSocialDads
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    D

                  5. Mr Wolf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    B could be good also long term with dcl injury

                • For Fuchs Sake
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

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

                  1. For Fuchs Sake
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

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

                    1. RealSocialDads
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      I'm on 7 which I think is the borderline

                  2. TomSaints
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

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

                    Im definitely taking one hit to get 8.

                • Wılly
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 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
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 17 days ago

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

                    1. DannyDrinkVodka
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      I thought Shaw is injured

                      1. Fudgy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        I think he's fine

                    2. Wılly
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 17 days ago

                      Choice of Captain?

                      1. OptimusBlack
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Kane

                      2. Fudgy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 17 days ago

                        Kdb

                  2. onceuponatyne
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    Not without Rashford in your side it's not.

                • Muscout
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 17 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
                    1 month, 17 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
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 17 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
                    1 month, 17 days ago

                    I did C to bring in players I wanted long term

                • RECKLESS
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 17 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
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 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
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 17 days ago

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

                • The Train Driver
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 17 days ago

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

                • DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 17 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
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 17 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
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 17 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 - Back to Square Owen
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 17 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 - January to M…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 17 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.