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When is the best time to play the second Wildcard as Double Gameweeks loom large?

When is the right time to play a second Wildcard? Should Fantasy Premier League managers deploy it before or after the next set of Double Gameweeks?

The questions around this particular chip are endless and I can understand why. We are entering a pivotal part of the campaign so it is important to get our strategy correct.

With this article, I talk about the pros and cons of using your Wildcard now versus later in the season as I continue to mull over this decision. I intend on presenting the factors you should consider while making this decision, which should hopefully help you with the same.

Is it time to go all in or should you hold on for a little longer? Let’s discuss that question in more detail.

For me, the serious planning begins in Gameweek 25, as I’m very likely activating my Wildcard with the intention to Bench Boost in Gameweek 26. It is worth pointing out that I have a Free Hit also in my pocket so I don’t need to worry about Blank Gameweek 29 at this point. 

ADVANTAGES TO WILDCARDING NOW

Mitchell benefits from Palace's first clean sheet since Gameweek 1

In an ideal world, I would have liked to Wildcard after using my Bench Boost in Gameweek 26 but there are a few reasons for me pulling the trigger now. Let’s call them the advantages of Wildcarding in Gameweek 25:

  • I have a non-playing goalkeeper and two of my outfielders are Oliver Burke (£4.2m) and Tyrick Mitchell (£3.9m). This means that if I want to Bench Boost in Gameweek 26 without using my Wildcard, I need to spend transfers on these three spots. This is a little inconvenient in terms of attacking the doubles in Gameweek 24 and 25 before that, which is where I’d have liked to spend my transfers.
  • I am currently ranked at 1.2 million and, if I need to have a respectable finish to the season, I don’t have enough time to recover it by simply taking hits and trying to get the right team in place. I want to press the Nitro Boost button early and hope that the Wildcard sustains itself for a sufficient period and helps take my season in the right direction. Personally, Wildcarding later in the season might be too late given my rank.
  • Buying extra games for at least 15 players in Gameweek 25 and 26. I currently have just one Leeds United and zero Southampton players. I am hoping that I am buying at least 15 extra games for my squad by playing my Wildcard.
  • I could potentially have two Burnley players in Double Gameweek 24 and I don’t necessarily want to carry them in Gameweek 26 as their potential Double at that point does not look very attractive. One of the advantages of Wildcarding in Gameweek 25 is I can get rid of my Clarets without any fuss.

If I had a decent bench right now, I would have considered Wildcarding in Gameweek 24, 25 or 26. There are advantages to pulling the trigger on a new squad after the Bench Boost…

WILDCARDING AFTER MY BENCH BOOST

harry kane fpl injury return spurs west brom gameweek 23

First up, the distribution of funds is correct. Once we have the Bench Boost chip out of the way, we do not need to have a second playing goalkeeper and can also afford to have a bottom-price 14th outfielder. This helps us compress funds and spend more on the pitch rather than distributing the money through the squads. 

Also, on this note, I am anticipating that it might be fairly difficult to build a good Bench Boost team in Gameweek 26 because we could have Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all having Double Gameweeks. 

Yes, the budget midfielders and forwards are making life easier right now but Harry Kane (£11.0m) has returned and Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) is already back on the training pitch. It might be very difficult own a lot of these big hitters and have a balanced squad all at the same time. 

If you are not Bench Boosting in Gameweek 26, it is possible to have a more appropriate distribution of funds which might allow an additional big hitter or two.

WILDCARD PERSPECTIVE

Signing Cancelo a week before fixture swing can give FPL owners the edge

A big worry I have right now is being guilty of short-sightedness. If I Wildcard in Gameweek 25 looking at the Double Gameweek players, I worry about building a new team that is too heavily focused on the doubles and the Bench Boost. 

This is a real concern and we definitely need to pay attention to the fixtures after the next Double Gameweeks when putting together a new squad for the rest of the campaign.

It is very important to not have a blindspot just for the Double Gameweeks and build a mid-term team with good fixtures in the future. 

This is one of the advantages of Wildcarding after Gameweek 26 as there will be a balanced focus towards the good players and teams rather than just the Double Gameweek players.

Being able to assess the impact of European football returning is also a big advantage in terms of Wildcarding later. There are Champions League and Europa League games coming for a lot of important Premier League clubs and I am wondering whether we spot certain trends in the European games which might help our Fantasy squads… and a later Wildcard.

Something as simple as Pep Guardiola preferring certain centre-backs in Europe to others in the league could potentially impact which players we choose for a Wildcard or Bench Boost squad.

THE RIGHT MOTIVATION

Blades defence finally records clean sheet as Wilson blanks again 4

Another factor I worry about is motivation and certain teams visiting the beach way sooner than expected. In my opinion, the league is most certainly going to be won by Manchester City and we could have a season where the relegation race might be decided a lot earlier than normal. Again, this could lead to certain team selection and form trends which might be more visible a little later in the season. 

One thing that you could do to safeguard yourself against this is that the race for the top four as well as European places looks like it could go deep into the season. Teams vying for these spots will continue to be motivated right until the end of the season and it might be worth investing in them if Wildcarding early. 

THE FREE HIT

One of the reasons I’m not worried about the Wildcard in Gameweek 25 and Bench Boost in Gameweek 26 is that I don’t need to consider the Blanks in Gameweek 29 at all (because I have a Free Hit Chip still to use). 

This might not be the case for a lot of managers who might need to keep an eye on the Gameweek 29 fixtures and maintain a balance between them and Double Gameweekers in Gameweek 26. This is why a lot of managers are considering a Bench Boost even in Gameweek 24 and then Wildcarding in Gameweek 26 where the bench is focused towards those playing in Gameweek 29. 

An alternate option is to dead-end into Gameweek 29 by focusing transfers between Gameweek 26 and 29 towards the Blank Gameweeks and eventually use the Wildcard chip in Gameweek 30 with a focused view on the last eight fixtures where the factors state above can be taken advantage of.  

One thing I want to mention, if you have already used your Wildcard or if you are playing your Wildcard after the Double Gameweeks, is do not take a lot of hits and maximise on all the Double Gameweeks. 

That might not be possible, I appreciate. You will need to pick and choose the Double Gameweek fixtures you want to attack and compromising on one might mean being able to jump in on another. 

For example, Burnley are not a team renowned for their attack and it might even be a good idea to jump on a Danny Ings (£8.4m) who has a decent looking fixture against Wolves in Gameweek 24 before his Double Gameweek in 25. 

Point being, you need to pick the teams and Doubles you want to target if you’re keeping the Wildcard in the pocket for later. I particularly mention Ings here because, to me, he looked really sharp against Newcastle and got a lot of shots off which hasn’t been the case with him normally. 

A lot of the Southampton first-team players are coming back as well which makes investment in them a lot more attractive.

When it comes to the Chip Strategy and use of the second Wildcard, a lot depends on your own team and how the fixtures look in Gameweek 26 and onwards once the FA Cup results are in. 

I am writing this article before all the latest FA cup games have been played and I’m patiently waiting for the chips to fall into place.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article as I tried loud thinking and noting all the factors you should consider before deploying your chips. Do let me know in the comments section how you find this article and if I missed out on any factors I should consider. If you want to know more, we will be recording the next episode of The FPL Wire on Thursday evening. 

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  1. When best to play Wildcard and Bench Boost?
    Lateriser 12
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    I've been mulling even more over factors to consider with WC and have penned my thoughts in this article. Have more thought after yesterday:
    -SOU/LEE have cheap assets. Commit to them now, BB in 25 (Bur good fix) and WC26?
    - WC25/ not BB in 26 but later?
    - WC24 but not enough info.

    BB 26 looks tricky with no BHA double likely. Any other factors i've missed/ worth discussing?

    PS I haven't made a decision yet and will discuss this with Bakar and Zoph on the Wire today evening.

    Hope you enjoy this read.

    1. ted mcnure
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Thanks for this! There´s so much up in the air, and so much dependent on dgw fixtures being confirmed, so it´s going to take a lot of planning- and we all know what happens to the best laid plans! I appreciate your thoughts, and hope you´re enjoying the ride of this crazy season ! Good luck!

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

      Good stuff Lateriser! Difficult situation with all these fa cup injuries. I was considering selling Cancelo to bring in Sterling (I have also Dias), but I guess I am going to wait for the pressers before using my 2 ft. Loving the Wire by the way, great content!

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yep waiting and watching the right thing to do.

        Thanks for the feedback on the wire. Its been great giving a pod a go especially in a year i'm doing terrible. Has made the year very enjoyable.

    3. casual69
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      well written, atm looking at wc25/ bb26 and fh for 29, however you then carry a team that has for all intents and purposes been put together for a bb over a double game week.

      Secondly, using your wc, bb and fh over 4 weeks just feels a tad irresponsible lol

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      You are focusing a lot on the full team. Need to ensure captaincy. Very strong template exists hence differentials need to be carefully picked for climbing up rank.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I've not looked at player selection at all. Just factors to consider.

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

          Understood just replying your question re whether anything missed. Forgot to mention re many games thick and fast and injuries materialise also. There is limit of the impact of detail planning due to uncertainty. But yea I agree with you to pick a particular strategy and stick as much as possible in execution. GL!

    5. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I was all set for a GW24 BB but 5 potential injuries in the last 2 days has put a spanner in the works (DCL, Digne, Pope, Dias & Antonio). With only bamford from Leeds and Southampton I don't think I can get to a decent BB for 25 so I'll probably have to WC in 25 and BB in 26 instead. But I am concerned my long term team structure will be damaged and cost me more points in the long run.

      Anyway good luck with your decision process mate

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks and to you as well!

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

      I have all chips remaining and strongly considering to have a team with 3 LEE and 1 SOU for GW25(currently have 2 - Dallas and Bamford - and can get Raphinha and Ings), then WC26 instead of BB(agree with your point that many strong teams will have doubles and it will be difficult to find the right balance with the bench), wildcarding will also help me remove most of the LEE, BUR and SOU players and i can keep the BB for another possible small DGW where i can plan and and get some cheap players for teams with double fixtures. Triple captain can be used on another possible small DGW or on any single GW and especially the last one where top scorers want to score a lot of goals.

    7. Mork calling Orson
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Your first point - I have a non playing keeper, Burke & Mitchell.
      Second point - I am 1.2millionth
      Genuine question to an experienced & successful player - do you think you’ve relied on your tried & trusted tactics that have served you well previously, & not adapted to this Covid season where a strong bench is vital ?

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        I've made a ton of terrible decisions and everytime I've gambled it hasn't paid off. You're right I haven't adapted as well as I should.

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

        My bench has been strong this season, for the reason you stated (Covid), but it seems every week, I've got the wrong players on the bench (Dallas, Raphina, Soucek in recent weeks), while the big hitters blank!
        I've been playing for 7 seasons now, and have been getting better to the point where outside the top 50k is a disappointment for me personally, but I'm on for my worst season ever, 1.6m at the moment. This season just feels like a lottery, no matter what 'sensible' decisions I make. But there's quite a few gameweeks left, so I'm staying hopeful!

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

      Lovely article, enjoyed it.

      I've been planning FT->BB26, dead-end into 29 and then WC30/31 for a while now and it does seem like a very good strategy to exploit both 26 and 29 without compromising the team for the final stretch of the season.

      I have also noticed that the amount of defensive options available has been dwindling. City defense is in many sides but Burnley (Mee, Lowton) have an awful DGW in 26, Southampton (KWP, Vestegaard) have been in poor form while Justin for Leicester is now an injury doubt. Chelsea (Rudiger) missing Silva and have tough fixtures. There don't seem to be many cheap options to complete the BB which will most likely be useful so a WC25 player like you can stick them on the bench and forget about them after the DGW.

      Definitely something to ponder, though it looks like Kilman has come back into the side which is a useful gem. Dallas has his double a week early so that's tolerable as well with his OOP positioning.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Some nice suggestions. Luke Shaw is in my thinking as well.

        1. MMN
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Is Shaw likely to play both games in the double(s)?

    9. King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Nice article LR.
      However the fixtures get rescheduled, there is absolutely no right way to navigate the next few game weeks as its entirely team dependent.
      Personally feel that BB 24 WC 26 FH 29 feels like the best option to have a strong first 11 for the last third of the season.

      1. Lateriser 12
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yep which is why with this piece, i've mainly focused on factors to consider is all.

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

      Excellent article, and looking forward to how the various options will be developed on the FPL Wire. Like many, I'm in a position where I can get to 14-15 DGW players for a BB in 26 using FTs, and I have decent cover for DGW24 (less so for 25). The question for me is whether this would be comparable to the BB squad I could get with unlimited transfers. I'm still leaning towards BB after GW26, but the injuries in the Cup probably strengthen the case for using the WC.

      The double in GW25 is very tempting, but if you go large on Leeds assets you are less well placed to fully attack the BB in 26. On the other hand, if you can look past Southampton's current travails, they are are likely to have doubles in 25, 26 and 27 (because of City's need to catch up), and double dips of Ings, Ward-Prowse, and maybe Adams looks pretty good to me. Everton and Villa could also have catch up fixtures scheduled before GW29, so I might want to put off the major surgery to accommodate KDB etc until this picture is clearer.

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

        I meant WC after 26

    11. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Regarding GW 29,
      We will have only 4 games going ahead:

      *TOT-AVL
      Ful - Leeds
      WHU- ARS
      BHA - NEW

      Dont you think FH in that GW is waste? i mean if you can set a good gw 25 +26 teams probably you will already have at least 2 leeds player (Dallas/MID + Bamford), 2/3 Spurs player (probably Son+ Kane), then you need to cover only 2 games with 3 ft between gw 27-29 and then to WC with FH still in hand for another DGW, or last GW hauls.
      Am i missing something?

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

        FH29 allows you to keep City, Liverpool, Man United players

        1. Captain Kakaroto (I blame R…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I will WC them in GW 30, that my point of saving WC for later.

    12. 3 A
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Superb

    13. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I actually have 12 DGW players already in my squad. Planning to use 2FT to bring in 2 Burnley def, so that makes 14. 1FT next GW to bring in the 15th player.

      BB for me. Saving my wildcard for BGW29 prolly

      1. Mac90
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        honestly quite a surprise that I have (or might have) 12 DGW players. Was looking forward to Wildcard but considering I already have 12 players, seems like a waste

    14. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      GW24 2 FTs this week, Button & Wilson out.

      DGW25 BB McCarthy Alisoki Romeu KWP - will prob bring in Rafinha if nothing else occurs
      DGW26 wildcard Kane back.

      Question is whteher to triple up Sterling this week..?!

    15. El Lobito 10
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Thanks for the article. Decisiveness with the wildcard. There will be a lot of reasons to sit on the fence. I decided a few weeks ago to do WC gw25, BB gw26 and FH gw29 and that is not changing

    16. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Just wanted to say this format with a hot topic on the article is great! Would be good if other writers did the same to encourage discussion of the article.

  2. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    That yellow flag on DCL is a bit generous. Can't see him making Fulham game with a tweaked hamstring.

    1. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      It would be pretty irresponsible to risk him just a few days later.

    2. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Why is Digne flagged too? I missed that one last night

      1. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        He was hobbling when subbed off. Probably just knackered tho

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Could say the same about Antonio

    4. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Not sure about this, coz DCL has returned to the pitch to celebrate with teammates and walked as normal (with great smiles too).

      Finger-cross

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

    I have 6 yellow/orange flags now. Can anyone beat that?

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Six here too. Gundogan is my only double gameweek player left at this rate. 😆

    2. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      So annoying. Yet again, the people who planned for this for last few weeks lose out 🙁

  4. AdamJ91
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Having not seen any football for the last few nights, any concerns on the flagged players in my team?

    Precautions or something more serious?

    Pope, Digne, Dias, DCL & Antonio.

    1. DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      From what i’ve gathered, pope likely to be OK, Digne i have no idea, Dias could be ok just a rest, DCL might have tweaked the same hammy he was out for weeks with and Antonio was knackered but theres talks of a slight hammy knock

      1. AdamJ91
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Brilliant, just what I needed before a DGW haha. Hopefully they'll all be alright to play.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      All have season ending injuries according to the experts on here

    3. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Have all of these too. Waiting to hear more

  5. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Cancelo (C) anyone else?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      If Dias isn’t fit then yes

    2. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Nah - his minutes are way too risky.

  6. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Start Digne or Coufal?

    1. Abra Dubravka
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Digne but he may miss out

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        That's what I'm afraid of. That he misses the better fixture and then plays against City.

  7. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Not sure why people feel the need to load up on DGW players this week with multiple hits, to only end up captaining a single GW player such as Bruno...

    1. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I haven't taken any hits but I'm strongly considering capping Fernandes.

      Another option is to sell Gundogan for Sterling for free and then cap him. He looks the outstanding captain choice now.

  8. Kitman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    If rodri it injured, will Gundo now revert to the DMC position?

    If that’s the case is Foden a better pick to bring in?

    1. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Probably to both.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I feel Cancelo and Gundo will play together in a 4231

  9. Mweene
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Not relevant to FPL at all but people why do so many people spell the word 'woman' with an e?

    One of my pet hates.

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Eoman?

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      men?

    3. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      What about “womens”

      1. Mweene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Don't.

  10. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Are some really wedded to Fernandes being a captain this week, or even hauling?

    Yes WBA have a terrible defence, but they will likely sit back and show little attacking ambition, forcing Man U to try to break them down rather than counter attack, something that seems to cause Man U problems?

    I'm seriously considering going without Fernandes so I can keep Salah and stock up on expensive City attackers....Brave or foolish?

    1. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Well everyone else in my team is injured so...

    2. Mweene
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      The top points scorer in FPL with a great away record vs the worst team defensively in the league, who look like they've given up already.

      1. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        But don't most teams attack when at home to Man U because they're at home?

        1. Mweene
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I don't think it really matters how West Brom set up if they can't defend in the first place.

          They put everyone behind the ball at Spurs, Spurs weren't even that good and they still could have scored 4 or 5.

    3. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Nice pun in the name btw

      1. Yippeekiyay Mertersacker
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks

    4. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I was considering until I saw their recent h2hs, doesnt matter much but they have been low scoring...

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

      West Brom have conceded 19 goals in the 5 home games since Allardyce took over. They're absolutely horrific and you'd expect United to take them apart.

    6. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I’m considering losing Fernandes for 26

  11. Nay08
      3 months, 3 days ago

      a few questions lads
      1. what happened with Dias and DCL? should I be worry?
      2. if ignoring the yellow flag, who should I bench? Dias, Bamford, Watkins? I'm thinking Bamford.
      3. captain Gundo, Bruno, or Grealish? I'm thinking Gundo

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        1. Yes I’d worry
        2. Watkins
        3. Neither

      2. Mweene
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        If you're considering capping Grealish then it wouldn't make much sense to bench Watkins.

        There isn't anything between them at the moment.

    • Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      In simple terms, will the team that blank in GW29 have a double in GW26?

      Seems like so many different permutations, just trying to get my head around a rough rule of thumb.

      Thanks in advance for your help.

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

        For most teams yes, but it could be different for Spurs and Villa. We'll have a clearer picture after the Southampton FA Cup game today.

        1. Fit of Pique
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Thanks Flair

    • Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Ings or Cavani for differential pick if Antonio/DCL are out?

      1. Jamb0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Cavani

    • Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Start Kane (MCI) or Raphina (ars)?

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

        Kane definitely

      2. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Actually ....Raphinha

      3. marcos11
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Kane

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Kane for sure

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Kane

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Just thinking DCL doubt might be great for us existing owners, means it puts people off getting him in and if he does play the double all the merrier 🙂

        1. Mweene
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I like your optimism.

        2. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Or he missed the Fulham game, plays the City game, gets 2 points and your first sub gets a brace and remains rooted to your bench.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            That would coincide with the recent theme of events!

        3. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Quite satisfying to see half a mil early transfers get punished.

          1. Mweene
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Same with Soucek sellers, hopefully.

            1. FPL Pillars
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              😆 true

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

            It's crazy isn't it? Why do people do it?

      5. Dele
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Pope, Dias, Digne, DCL, Antonio all flagged...

        Fantastic

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Justin.

      6. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Grateful to only have dcl flagged after all that - anyone looking at playing 4/5/1 or 5/4/1 this weekend now ?

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

          4 5 1 here:

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Tark Coufal
          Salah Bruno Son Gundo Soucek
          Bamford

          Steere DCL Antonio Holding

      7. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Why nobody considers what will happen after GW30 in terms of DGWs, WC and BB?

        1. Mweene
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Don't think there will be any will there?

          1. Lucky Z
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            There will be blank GW33 at least due to FA Cup

            1. Kabayan
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Blank from SF & Final FAC could play in same gw (midweek)

        2. ChelseaGuy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          This

        3. sentz05
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I think there will be. Much rather have a restricted team closer to the end of the season. I’m really happy with my squad. The last DGW certainly didn’t pay off.

          1. Lucky Z
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Same thinking

        4. WD27
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I was also wondering this .. as a TC and BB holder. I was thinking there be some nice ones later on but does it not seem at all likely now?

      8. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Morning. I have a front line of dcl antonio watkins

        Who should I prioritise replacing dcl with? Defo need Bamford for 25 and want kane for 26

        A....just get Bamford now
        B...richarlison
        C....ings
        D...kane

        It's an extra transfer to get B,C or D....thanks

      9. Taegugk Warrior
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Play DCL or Soucek..?

        1. Mweene
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Wait for DCL update.

      10. winchester
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Morning lads! have 1 ft and 2.3m itb. wc bb tc available

          pope
          dias cancelo coufal dallas
          bruno salah gundo son
          antonio bamford

          martinez adams soucek taylor

          save ft? is taylor fit or should i do taylor -> mee? cheers.

          1. Killitzer
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            I would save

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Most transfer questions are pointless now until we hear a bit more news !

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            4-5-0

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Reply to wrong post - but yeah will have a look at my transfer Friday afternoon

        • McSauce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Right, so I woke up to flags on DCL, Digne and Pope. The 3 players I worked into my transfers over the past 3 weeks for the DGW!!

          I didnt see the games, bad injuries or likely to play?

          1. Mweene
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Yellow flag is just a new way for FPL to tell you they think you made a good transfer.

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            DCL probably the riskiest of the lot. Pope was probably just rested and Digne just exhausted

            1. Killitzer
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Damn I brought in Pope too (had Peacock as back up) and was thinking of DCL. Would be so annoyed if Pope doesn’t play

        • Differential (c)
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Another class LateRiser article. Brilliant work!

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            The unaptly named Lateriser. Obviously an early riser 😉

        • Ëð
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Anyone else going to try and save WC until after GW29?

          Means you can start bringing in players for the blank without needing to keep them afterwards.

          Guess it may depend on your squad and how many players you have for DGW26 though.

          1. sentz05
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            I’m thinking about saving it for beyond 29. I wouldn’t use it for 29. Your squad will most-likely be too restricted.

          2. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Yes. Wildcard in 30

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

            Yeah, BB26 then dead-end the side into 29 and WC30 or 31.

          4. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            It’s what the logical and smart people are doing. Yes.

          5. Lazaretti
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Thinking of it. Though atm. I have Zaha, Wilson and DCL flagged. So I am probably taking a hit or 2 this week and I am trying to pick players who have DGW in GW26. All chips still available

        • sentz05
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          A Soucek out for Gundogan
          B Rashford out for Sterling

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            B makes little sense so A

          2. Jamb0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            B with Sterling (c) is pretty sweet

        • ChelseaGuy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          When are the other DGWs expected to happen?

          1. sentz05
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            This is the golden question but knowing how the season has gone and with Europe up ahead I think there could be a few along the way.

            1. ChelseaGuy
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Yea, that's the issue, don't wanna hold the chips only to know that there ain't any DGWs

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

            27 and 28 are possibilities

            1. ChelseaGuy
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              27 and 28? Woah

          3. ppv
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            37 will be one

        • Killitzer
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Morning all

          I should have a decent enough team to survive the next few weeks and have all chips except FH.

          Pope Martinez
          Dallas Coufal Stones Cancello Bednarek
          Salah Soucek Gundo Fernandez Raphinha
          Kane Bamford Antonio
          £3.4m

          Thinking-
          1. Kane ➡️ DCL (then bring back for his DGW with Son in GW25)
          2. Save and bring in Son next week

          DCL has a tough fixture against Man City (as does Kane) but has found form again and has a DGW.

          Cheers for any opinion

          1. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            1 - DCL is injured. Maybe a Richarlison punt?

          2. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 3 days ago

            You been sleeping for 12 hours? Keep up with the news!

            1. Killitzer
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              I think that sums up my year so far!

        • King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Would you be tempted to BB this, if Antonio is fit?

          Martinez Adams Coufal Soucek

          1. ChelseaGuy
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Yes, yes I would

            1. King Kohli
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Thanks.
              Great rank history BTW.
              How are you planning on navigating till gw29?

        • Chilli Heatwave
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Did DCL injury look bad?