Metrics

How many top 10k FPL managers played their Free Hit chip for Blank Gameweek 18

Just under two-thirds of Fantasy Premier League managers ranked inside the top 10,000 played the Free Hit chip for Blank Gameweek 18.

Before Tuesday’s deadline, just 15.6% of them had pulled the trigger on a one-week-only squad.

However, as the evening’s first games kicked off, it was confirmed by LiveFPL.net that the usage of that chip after 18 Gameweeks had risen to 78.5%.

That means just under 63% of the top 10k saw Blank Gameweek 18 as the optimal time to play the Free Hit.

It is now by far the most utilised of the three non-Wildcard chips this season.

As a result, the Triple Captain and Bench Boost were largely, and expectedly, left untouched.

However, it is certainly of note that 7.6% of the top 10k played their second Wildcards, almost certainly with Double Gameweek 19 at the forefront of their planning.

After several weeks of planning, we can finally examine the players that made the Free Hit cut among the top 10k.

As you can see from the template above, the small number of matches made for a large number of heavily-owned assets.

For example, Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m), Son Heung-min (£9.8m), Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) all secured places in over 94% of top 10k Free Hit squads.

Callum Wilson (£6.6m) has already let down the 70.1% who brought him in for one week only, blanking in the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United.

Meanwhile, over 60% chose Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m) and João Cancelo (£5.8m) and 58% felt Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) was worth extra spend compared to Rob Holding (£4.5m).

Therefore, it is up to the relative differentials to make a difference among these managers with roughly 44% investing in John Stones (£5.0m), Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m).

It looks as if the goalkeeping department has the potential to make the biggest difference between these Free Hitting managers with just 26.4% ownership for the most popular shot-stopper, Hugo Lloris (£5.6m), in such squads, with Bernd Leno (26.3%) just behind him.

It is also worth considering which Free Hit assets count as relative differentials compared to the wider template top 10k template – although the 62% usage for the Free Hit will have significantly influenced that matrix of players.

Once again, it looks like the goalkeepers have the biggest power, however underwhelming that sounds. 

32.4% of this week’s top 10k came into Blank Gameweek 18 considering neither one of Leno (22.1%) or Lloris (19.2%) has a particularly large share at this level.

Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) could be something of an effective difference-maker for Free Hitters considering 53.9% of such managers decided to own him for Blank Gameweek 18 compared to 43.2% ownership for the rest of the top 10k.

Meanwhile, Rashford and Lacazette are both in roughly 44% of Free Hit squads compared to 33.5% and 32.4% of all top 10k squads.

There are some interesting decisions on display from those taking a longer-term approach with their Blank Gameweek 18 teams.

Holding is preferred to Tierney and Pedro Neto (£6.0m) has been selected by 31% of the top 10k’s Wildcard managers despite just one match in Double Gameweek 19.

And with Manchester United’s kind fixture schedule, Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) was chosen by a similar share, more than the backing for Harry Maguire (£5.4m).

All eyes will be on Manchester City and Spurs on Wednesday concerning the top 10k captaincy debate.

40.8% of managers at this level backed De Bruyne with the armband, off the back of his double-digit haul against Chelsea and Brighton’s growing injury list.

The addition of Spurs’ meeting with Fulham did play a big part in the captaincy conversation in the end.

Kane mopped up 29.8% of the armband support among the top 10k, which left Fernandes with just 15.6% of it for Manchester United’s trip to Burnley.

Even though Son still sits in more top 10k squads than Kane, he is backed by fewer of them for the captaincy for the match with Fulham – just 11.2% of them choosing the South Korean as their skipper.

Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) has been conspicuous by his absence in this article thus far – mainly because he has gone under the Free Hit radar, it would seem.

Not among the most popular midfielders among Free Hitting top 10k managers, just 0.9% of managers at this level have captained him for Blank Gameweek 18.

Statistics taken from LiveFPL.net

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1,155 Comments Post a Comment
  1. dshv
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Johnston Antonio Taylor Dallas

    Would you hit the BB ???

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Depends if Taylor still out. But I would yes.

  2. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    So Leeds now have one or two games next gameweek?

    And now Villa versus everton could be off?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Wouldn't make a transfer until near deadline, could easily be 1 for Leeds and 0/1 for Villa.

      1. Salah’s Sonnet
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Sorted, cheers TM, hopefully we’ll know for definite then before next deadline.

    2. Huddersfield
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      What's going on?

  3. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23166980

    You cant write the script.

    1. Huddersfield
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Ampadu 9 points are tasty.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        epic pic of pedrito in the ucl final

        1. Huddersfield
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Indeed 🙂

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      The irony is that you're actually a very lucky manager with some of the picks you go for.

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Give me an example pal

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Shaw: Rumoured possible injury & probably should have been sent off.

          You're moaning about a player like that 24/7.

          Honestly you're just disappointing to read comments from. I don't get why someone who is genuinely decent FPL-wise wastes so much of him time moping about trying to get people to respond to him, instead of being a bit more positive & helpful to other people.

          It's a bit of a cry for help & attention and you should probably aim to spend a bit of your time doing something better for your own health.

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            Shaw was always nailed. Ole always claims players are injured when they are not. He was rested for the game. Never a red card and also robbed of a fair assist.

            The rest isn't relevant but probably true.

    3. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Looks like you wrote it

  4. ralfb
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Dcl to who for next dgw? Max 8.0m
    Cavani?
    Anyone else?

    1. Crouching Tiger
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      If Martial picked an injury, Cavani could be interesting.

      1. ralfb
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Did he? Didn’t realize, thanks

    2. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Antonio? Bamford?

      1. ralfb
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Have bamford , is Antonio starter now? As he only played 13 and 31 min in last 2 games

        1. FPL.team
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          90 mins in the cup and Haller is gone. Every chance he plays but might not.

  5. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    #mufc are top of the table after starting the season with 4 days of training, a window where they didn't get their primary target & an atrocious start.

    The fact that this team didn't capitulate, but kept improving is a testament of how good a manager Ole is.

    1. faux_C
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      That's not how you spell "lucky".

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        haha bugger off

  6. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    All the good defenders this week and I have to pick a 1 pointer. Typical.

    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      I picked a 0 defender, Lindelof lmao, can’t write it

  7. Feed tha Sheep
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Robertson & Son > Stones & KDB worth -4 for DGW?

    1. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      yes for me.

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Wouldn’t sell Robbo no, another way?

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Kane? But it’s really cause I want a city defender too great fix’s and best team defensively

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Hmm, tough. Just doesn’t feel right selling Robbo for a hit especially when he has a double.
          But would also want to keep one of Kane or Son

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            Son to Mahrez if you’re feeling proper punty...

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              9 months, 16 days ago

              Or Kane to Jesus

    3. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Yes

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        No way

  8. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Would you take a hit for Pope->Fabianski?

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Nah

      1. wulfrunian
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        cheers

  9. Here's Tom with the We…
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Nope

    1. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Reply fail to Wulfranian

  10. Groot the Leveller
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    So, what to do with DCL?
    Hes heading for another fall. I bought him at 7.0, so will get 7.4 for him, 0.4 ITB.

    Unplanned FH this week due to villa/dcl means my -4 unravelled.

    Martinez, (4.0)
    Dier, Stones, Diaz, Cresswell, (Ayling)
    Bruno, Salah, son,

    1. Groot the Leveller
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      ....Grealish, (harrison)
      Kane, Dcl, Bamford

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Easy sell, prolly going Antonio

    3. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Easy sell

    4. Groot the Leveller
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Yup
      want to sell , but who to?
      Antonio - but not playing yet
      Adams..??
      Watkins??
      Grealish + Dcl to vardy and Smith rowe?

    5. dmcqt
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Same issue here. Am thinking of Cavani or Antonio as the most likely replacements. But also very unsure about what the game schedule is going to be.

    6. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      I’m getting Brewdog back so I stop benching Soucek!

  11. Amey
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    GGMU !

  12. have you seen cyan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    well 11 from 4 was a a bit of anti climax so far, at least DDG got a cleanie!

    1. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Average about 3

  13. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    When will Ole get his well deserved Manager of the Month trophy? FA robbing him to give the trophies to frauds favorites like Flopp and Baldiola ad infinitum. The FA needs to grow up!

  14. baines is god
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 days ago

    Is Antonio nailed on to start and on pens for the DGW19

    There is a lot of choice up front with Bamford, Vardy, Antonio, Ings and Werner all good options it seems

    1. dshv
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Nailed!

    2. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Never been on pens as far as I know.

    3. F_Ivanovic
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      You have to be joking with a lot of choice upfront lol. Werner is a terrible option, Vardy is alright but a little expensive and hard to predict. Ings I like although the fixtures aren't the best but I'm not sure that's much a problem for him. He's also at a slightly awkward price punt.

      Antonio looks the best option and that's despite him probably only getting 60 mins both weeks.

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Nah just Vardy, Ings and Bamford.

      Antonio if you want to roll the dice. Werner sucks and his price is too awkward to buy anyway. I'm considering Pulisic or Ziyech though.

    5. Footieboot
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Werner lol

    6. El Lobito 10
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Just me or is Salah's upcoming schedule a bit brutal? Utd home, Spurs away, City away, WH away Leicester away. Burnley at home no pushover but Brighton at home probably is. All in all, a grim fixture run.

      Was going to do Son to him for double but now looking at Ziyech or Pogba. Which would you?
      A. Keep Son (single gameweek)
      B. Salah (double)
      C. Ziyech (double)
      D. Pogba (double)

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        I'm keeping son.
        Salah has f-ed my season, not having him for hauls, then getting him and capping him and he does nothing.

        So i know, if I don't get him, he has hauls incoming.

      2. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Salah can haul in any game tbh, fixtures don’t really matter for him.

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          They do matter

      3. F_Ivanovic
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        This is precisely why I planned my team around GW18. City's fixtures post 19 were great and Liverpools not as much so tripling up on City made sense.

    7. dshv
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Salah will smash the points on dgw ...

      1. JaydenLFC87
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        TC?

      2. El Lobito 10
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Nah

    8. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Joao Cancelo: "One of the reasons why I joined Manchester City was to be managed by Pep Guardiola

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Greatest manager ever

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Looool

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Benching confirmed?

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Scared of the same too

    9. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Is Antonio now fully fit or will ue come on for 25-30 minutes?

      1. dshv
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Think is fit.. haller is not there so antonio have to play 90 mins every game

      2. sandman58
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Played 90mins at weekend in the cup
        Full week to rest up for next 2 games
        He's fit

    10. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Just woke up..

      8 from AWB and Fernandes. Seems not bad considering the other blanks tonight...

    11. Muscout
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      McCarthy
      Cancelo Chilwell Coufal
      Salah (TC) KDB Bruno JWP Soucek
      Kane Bamford

      Steer Dallas Brewster Lewis

      0.4 itb 1 FT

      Thinking Kane to Vardy for 11 DGWers?

      1. elwardio
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        If you ur aim to get as many dgwers as possible then wait to see if Leeds Southampton is cancelled before making your transfer so you can consider all of the options

        1. elwardio
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Because Kane am has a pretty good single

          1. Muscout
            • 2 Years
            9 months, 16 days ago

            Yep just don’t know if I can live without Vardy on a DGW

    12. Jamizz
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      De Bruyne went up in price by 0.2 before GW18 deadline and jumped from 25% ownership to 39% mostly because of those on FH. He's back to 25% ownership, what happens to his price?

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Well he is 11.8 now and will stay on 11.8 until he rises to 11.9 (which by the looks of it is tonight or tomorrow night) 😀

        1. Jamizz
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          That's annoying

      2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Nothing. A fail or 2 and his price will drop quickly.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          He’s been quite resistant to drops tbf this season. Even when his ownership substantially dipped

    13. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      McCarthy (Foster)
      Creswell Stones Strujik (Mitchell Douglas)
      KDB Salah Sterling Barnes (Burke)
      Antonio Vardy Bamford

      No point having good subs as the starters will surely all play at least once and I can't BB after FH. Was thinking maybe Werner or Ings but don't have budget. No Bruno but United may well not score at Anfield.

      Any thoughts appreciated!

    14. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Top of the league top of the league

      1. El Lobito 10
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        😀

    15. JaydenLFC87
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Is it madness to consider Cresswell TC for the DGW ??

      1. elwardio
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Yes

    16. Sickboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Is Cavani a viable option for the DGW with Martial looking like he has an injury?

      1. marcos11
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 16 days ago

        I’m thinking the same, gonna consider bringing him in for their good run of fixtures if hes confirmed out

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Wouldn’t go near him myself. Even with Martial out.

      2. Patio Kev
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Cavani is an option but at his age and with his injury history you can’t expect him to start every game.

        Even with Martial out then both Greenwood and Rashford can play upfront so plenty of competition still.

    17. tbhogal
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Has Balbuena lost his place now ?

      1. aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        He is in isolation

    18. Dele
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      So are Leeds not having a double now?

      1. elwardio
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Not confirmed yet

    19. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 days ago

      Hi.....I can field this team for - 8 in dgw19

      Players in lower case may only have 1 match....

      Would you bench boost? Not sure I'll be able to get a better chance all season

      Thanks

      JOHNSTONE martinez
      ROBBO CANCELO DIAS COUFAL Dallas
      SALAH BRUNO KDB SOUCEK Raphinha
      ANTONIO Watkins Bamford

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        You'll get a better chance after WCing.

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          I think that may be very tricky

          That wildcard will be played around gw25 and will help to prepare for the blanks in 29....

    20. Milkman Bruno
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Those Man City fixtures are mouth watering.

      • Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 16 days ago

        Yes picking Siass and not a Man U defender hurt me tonight

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 16 days ago

          Thanks for letting us know