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FPL chip strategy: Gameweek 36 Free Hit v Gameweek 37 Free Hit v no chips left

Pras and Sonaldo the latest additions to the FFScout team 1

We now enter the final stretch of the season with just four Gameweeks to go! What a journey this season has been for many of us, with so many postponements and unexpected bumps along the way. With so few Gameweeks remaining, it will be important to establish a general plan and somewhat commit to your strategy while also being adaptable if needed. Every transfer counts now and it will be important to pick and choose your battles especially when it comes to hits. 

FIXTURE OVERVIEW

As we like to do on the Burning Questions video series, we always begin with a fixture ticker “helicopter view.” As FPL managers, we tend to narrow and focus too much on the week in front of us, instead of seeing the bigger picture. This is natural as we all want to get the best results immediately but over the course of the season, a general rule of thumb would be to plan for the next five Gameweeks ahead.

While some transfers are done in isolation to attack the short term, each transfer tends to play a role in the moves you make for the following weeks. An exercise that could help (next season) would be to create a Wildcard five weeks ahead of the current Gameweek and see what the template could look like soon. This way you can focus your transfers over the course of a few weeks and not get blinded only by what’s in front of you. Generally, I tend to give each transfer a two-to-four-Gameweek period instead of looking at just one fixture.

With just four Gameweeks to go, we can narrow our focus down and plan accordingly. Firstly, it’s important to understand the lay of the land.

Here is the fixture ticker below sorted by difficulty:

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We know that there are two Double Gameweeks remaining, with Gameweek 36 being the ‘big’ double. With City now playing twice in that Gameweek, it’s interesting to notice the different strategies that managers will take. Of course, what approach you take is very team dependent.

Let’s look at the four Gameweeks in isolation.

Gameweek 35 Notes 
  • This week is sandwiched by European games with Liverpool, City, Leicester and West Ham all playing weekday/weekend games
  • West Ham just lost their first leg 1-2 to Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Leicester are tied 1-1 with Roma
  • Both Liverpool/City had wins in the Champions League. City should be okay with sufficient time in between the European ties and Premier League game
  • Chelsea will play Everton three days after their draw with United
Gameweek 36 Notes 
  • A big double with City’s outstanding match against Wolves falling in Gameweek 36 (bodes well for non-chip players)
  • Many Free Hits/Bench Boost should be used this Gameweek 
  • The second game for Chelsea is quickly followed by the FA Cup Final, so there is likely to be heavy rotation
  • Generally, we should already all have sufficient doublers, so it will be key to get the right ones 
  • Looking at the chart below, there are still 40% of the top 10k managers have yet to play their Bench Boost
  • Don’t sleep on Son/Kane as they will be the most trustworthy in terms of minutes and, generally, Antonio Conte is excellent on the counter-attack against strong teams
  • A ‘double double’ for Villa, Leicester, and Everton
Gameweek 37 Notes 
  • A smaller Double Gameweek for teams we mostly don’t own
  • Villa with two plum fixtures at home. Villa generally do better on their own turf and Philippe Coutinho especially has done well in the Midlands. I also believe that Villa will be fighting for good results as many players are still trying to prove themselves and to their manager, and there are some strong egos in that team. Steven Gerrard will also want to finish strongly. One merit of Free Hitting in Gameweek 37 will be to own double Villa defence as a differential
  • Everton have a double (both at home) and Crystal Palace have a double (both away). Wilfried Zaha surprisingly has had a good record in away games recently
  • A blank for Man United
  • A double for Leicester – and could the ‘Vardy Party’ be back for Free Hitters?
  • I think it will be key to have both Son and Kane in a Gameweek 37 Free Hit, as well
Gameweek 38 Notes 
  • Good single fixtures for all the strong teams
  • One key note is that Villa will have a difficult game against City. This is another reason why a Free Hit in Gameweek 37 could be appealing

So now, we look at two questions: What should those with no chips do? And when should we play our final Free Hit?

No Chips Left

For those with no chips left, every single transfer is now extremely valuable (there are only four left). Therefore, when looking at the fixture ticker above, there is a key dilemma that needs to be answered. Do you go for the City assets you are missing or do you target players from the teams that ‘double-double’? 

Villa, Leicester, and Everton all have back-to-back Double Gameweeks, so it could be a wise strategy to maximize your fixtures without chips. This also likely means that a hit can be worth it as you get an extra fixture to make up for those hits. 

From Villa, my favorite three players would be Phillipe Coutinho, Matty Cash and Tyrone Mings. Ollie Watkins and Jacob Ramsey also work perfectly fine. Be cautious, however, that Villa play City in Gameweek 38, so you don’t want to be overloading on this team without an escape plan. Coutinho is also a genuine captaincy shout in Gameweek 37, which makes him appealing. 

Pick your poison from Leicester and Everton, but be very cautious with who you want – especially with the Foxes playing for more in Europe. 

Finally, City picks are self-explanatory and Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal assets should all be part of the template team for the next four weeks. The other teams are all worth getting rid of to focus on a balanced approach between these ‘double-doublers’ and top six teams. 

Free Hit in Gameweek 36

Take a look at the fixture ticker above. This is a trick that I learned from Pras this season: if you’re trying to decide on Free Hit in Gameweek 36, you take out the Gameweek 36 fixtures (which is possible by using the ‘trash can’ icon on Fantasy Football Scout’s ticker on the sidebar) and focus now on Gameweeks 35, 37 and 38.

There are a couple of notes that stand out from this view of the fixtures:

  • Burnley, Crystal Palace and Villa all have appealing fixtures – but it’s a tough Gameweek 38 for Aston Villa
  • Burnley are an okay hold, but not a buy
  • City are good but with heavy rotation (don’t necessarily need triple representation)
  • Spurs are great to hold and even buy for this Gameweek and for the rest of the season 
  • Leicester are not great since they will be in Europe and play Spurs and Chelsea
  • ‘Sell’ teams: Wolves, Leeds, Southampton, Newcastle, United, West Ham

Now we look at what a Free Hit in Gameweek 36 could look like:

This is a draft shared on Burning Questions this week. It is not the “perfect” Free Hit draft for Gameweek 36 and a lot of us will be making much more thought-out teams. The point of this exercise is to show what a cherry-picked XI could look like and then for you to compare your current team as it stands. Will you be close to what this is or are you way off it? If you’re some distance from it, then playing your Free Hit could be a good idea. 

There is a big risk in this Free Hit-Gameweek 36 side, as there are no Spurs boys – but it’s a risk that may be worth taking to get Kevin De Bruyne and another City attacker. The core players in this Free Hit also are already ‘high EO’ players in our squads, such as Bukayo Saka; we saw the dangers of losing such quality players like the Arsenal winger in Gameweek 34. So, it’s important to take a balanced approach to the Free Hit.

Some key notes:

  • Not many defensive options besides the popular ‘high EO’ players
  • Schmeichel in goal could be an interesting pick
  • Chelsea will heavily rotate
  • Not many striker options besides Pukki, Nketiah, Kane and maybe even Jesus! 
  • An alternative to the midfield featured in the Free Hit above could be Mahrez to Son to balance it out and find another space in the defence to get a Laporte in, to triple up on City

Free Hit in Gameweek 37

Now, let’s do the same exercise for a Free Hit side in Gameweek 37. We’ll again eliminate the Gameweek 37 fixtures and take a look at Gameweeks 35, 36 and 38. 

In this view, we can see that the teams to target include Chelsea, Man City, Spurs, Arsenal and Leicester. Villa are not as important as mentioned previously.

The teams to get rid of include West Ham, Wolves, Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester United.

Now we look at an example Free Hit side for Gameweek 37. As you can see, there are not many defenders to choose from, so the highlight is to use the double Villa defence as a differential move. Palace are not great away and much better at home, but Zaha has done well away recently. 

There are very nice and fun midfield options to choose from as well, with Coutinho likely to be highly captained. Getting in both Kane and Son can prove to be a great upside in Gameweek 37.


Now that we have assessed each strategy, it is for you to decide what fits your team the best (yes, that’s right… it’s ‘team dependent!’).

I hope this article helps you ultimately decide your approach, but it will be important to commit to it as so few weeks are left.

MY GAMEWEEK 35 ‘BUS TEAM’

Below, I have shared my bus team for this week (I Wildcarded in Gameweek 34). I’m not sure what I will end up doing, but it’s likely that I will roll the transfer this week and set myself up to attack the big double in Gameweek 36. The one transfer I want to make is to get rid of Timo Werner – but for who? Yikes. 


Be sure to check out the latest episode of “Burning Questions” with the great Pras. Every week we talk about the key hot topics for the week. It has been an incredible journey podding so far this year and I’m grateful for all the support from the FPL community. 

Thanks for reading and green arrows to all!


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829 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Nuno good for the next 2 GWs?

  2. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    What is general consensus here regarding Chelsea mids?

    Giving both one more week?
    Selling one for Coutinho punt?

    Recon they can still haul against Everton?

    1. Brehmeren
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Would like to get feedback on this as well. Leaning towards keeping for another week

    2. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      I can’t decide either. Tempted by Havertz to Coutinho for a hit, but if he gets the chances he got vs United…

  3. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Best move here? FH37 Cheers

    A Werner -> Jesus
    B Raph -> Coutinho
    C Doherty -> Cash
    D Two of the above -4

    Sa
    James TAA Laporte
    Salah Son Saka Mount Raph
    Werner Mateta

    Dubravka KWP Hwang Doherty

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      C

  4. Jatz10
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Jesus worth a risk?

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      no dont chase last weeks points

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Always believe 😉

      Seems to be hot for 1 week - who knows?

  5. Sc007
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    This wc look ok?
    Bb next week

    Schmiechel. Bachmann
    Alonso Trent cancelo Davies cash
    Mount kdb salah coutinho saka
    Dennis pukki nketiah.

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Foster over Bachmann

      1. Sc007
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Can’t afford him scholes

        1. Scholes Out For Summer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          well Bachmann is a 0 on BB so

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Davies + Bachmann > Tavares + Foster could work out well. As mentioned, it makes zero sense to have a 0 pointer GK on a bench boost..

      1. Sc007
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Makes sense gandalf

        1. Gandalf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Pre match Foster injury and Bachmann penalty save incoming

  6. Mr. Mystic
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Bench one:
    A) Mateta
    B) Pukki

  7. Jonny HOW SON?
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Toney (mun)
    B) Mateta (sou)
    C) Weghorst (wat)

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      B

      1. FC Hakkebøf
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        A or B

    2. NorCal Villan
        3 months, 19 days ago

        C

    3. FCSB
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      For the remainder of the season:

      1. Laporte (-4) [currently have no Man City]
      2. Matip [have TAA]

      Thanks

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Laporte

        1. The Parrot
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 19 days ago

          What's your reasons?

          1. FCSB
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Who do you suggest mate

    4. Valdez
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Foster
      Cancelo • Robertson • Coady
      KDB(c) • Salah • Saka • Mount
      Kane • Pukki • Mateta

      Dubravka • Dewsbury-Hall • Burn • Amartey
      1FT • 1.7ITB • No Chips/Wildcard • 40K OR

      Would you roll the transfer here guys? Sounds nuts but I’m tempted by Mount and Mateta to Bruno G and Jesus for a hit.

      1. Scholes Out For Summer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Jesus could very well be rotated

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Like KDB (c). I’ve been debating KDB/Son (c) all week, but struggling to decide. Do you think KDB gets 60+ mins?

        1. Valdez
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Yeah, think it’s worth the risk.

    5. Reinhold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      What is the name of the site where you can see your team in future gameweeks?

      1. Scholes Out For Summer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        livefpl transfer planner

      2. The Parrot
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Fplgameweek

      3. Valdez
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Fpl.team

    6. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Kulu to Ramsey worth a punt if needing cash for Sterling to KDB next GW?

      Ramsdale
      TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - James
      Saka - Salah - Sterling - Mount - Kulu
      Mateta

      Foster - White - Broja - Richardson

    7. Riverside Red
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Huge Championship game taking place...currently QPR 1 - 0 Sheff Utd...come on the R's

    8. dshv
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      1. Play Havertz
      2. Bench Havertz for Cash
      3. Transfer Havertz to ?

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Keep

        1. Royal5
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          And start. Dgw next

      2. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        2. Coutinho

    9. Royal5
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Any news on Saka?

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Trained, seems fine to start

        1. Royal5
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Nice ty

    10. Junks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Help needed! Stuck... FHing next GW 36 but chasing so need to make best of this GW...... Some advice would be very helpful!!

      1FT 0.1ITB
      DDG
      Cancelo James Robbo
      Saka Mount Salah Sterling(c) Eriksen
      Pukki Weghorst

      Foster / Broja / Schar / Justin

      Thinking maybe Pukki and Mount out? Worried about Mounts game time...??

    11. EL tridente
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Would you free hit the following team in 36? Or save it for 37, where I don't have that many DGW players.

      Sa, Dubravka
      TAA, James, Laporte, Coady, KWP
      Salah, Son, Mount, Saka, Maddison
      Richarlison, Broja, Gelhart

    12. WATERMELONS
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Saka captain crazy?

      1. Echoes
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        3 returns in the last 2 GWs. Not crazy at all.

        1. Echoes
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          *last 2 games

      2. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Think Arsenal get some goals against a tired/rotated West Ham team and Saka is our biggest threat - it’s a good call imo.

    13. jay01
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Start Pukki or Dennis?

    14. Bojan Horsemack
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Any Palace foams around? Struggling for money... How safe is Clyne? Who's his competition... Ward? Cheers 🙂

      1. Bojan Horsemack
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        *fans. But foams are also fine

    15. Frank Koscielny
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Saka + Ramsey to Foden + Coutinho for -4?
      Or just Ramsey to one of them, if so which one ?

    16. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Would you bring in Coutinho or Zaha if you would FH in GW36?

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Poor form and 6 blanks in a row for Cout. Not worth his pricetag atm imo

    17. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      A - pukki
      B - mateta
      C - dennis

      D - other. Would love someone else really!!!!

      1. My Mums Athletic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Nkeitiah

    18. The Parrot
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 19 days ago

      % chance of starting?

      Foden
      James
      Alonso
      Mount
      Saka
      Robbo

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        70%
        90%
        90%
        80%
        80%
        95%

    19. BlzE_94
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Captain Salah or Son

      1. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Salad looks obvoius this GW

        1. My Mums Athletic
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Funny - I’d say the opposite, Newcastle more solid than Leicester recently, and Europe a massive distraction

          1. Royal5
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            True. Still a risk going without Salah imo as most probably will go him also Spurs form shaky

            1. Klaren
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              Spurs will be playing against Leicester's 2nd team mainly so wouldn't say it's so obvious. Especially as Liverpool also has a midweek European match and Salah might get subbed off relatively early if they are comfortably leading.

      2. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Son for me

    20. FCSB
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      For the remainder of the season:

      1. Laporte (-4) [currently have no Man City but will be getting them next week]
      2. Matip [have TAA, and would get Man City in GW36]

      Thanks

      1. My Mums Athletic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        2

    21. My Mums Athletic
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      A) Kane
      B) KDB (-4)

      1. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Kane.

    22. Henning
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Maddison and Schär out for Ramsey and Cancelo?
      Freehit in gw 37

      1. My Mums Athletic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Do it

      2. Royal5
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        No. Madders dgw next week great fixtures

        1. Henning
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Do you think he will play both?

          1. Royal5
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Not sure. Guess it is a risk of benching in one as last time.

        2. Henning
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I could just do Cash in for White and play him instead for Maddison this gw?

    23. FC Hakkebøf
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      What to do here?

      2 FT. 0 itb. No chips

      Team:

      Schmeichel
      TAA Robertson Cancelo James
      Salah Havertz Maddison Saka
      Ronaldo Weghorst

      Fodder Gordon Fodder Fodder

      A) Weghorst to Nketiah (Ronaldo + Havertz to Jesus + KDB for gw36)
      B) Havertz to Foden
      C) Weghorst to Dennis (same as A)
      D) Weghorst to Mateta (same as A)
      E) Ronaldo + Gordon to KDB + Fodder

    24. Junks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Any thoughts on what to do with this lot, Im FHing GW36....

      1FT 0.1ITB
      DDG
      Cancelo James Robbo
      Saka Mount Salah Sterling(c) Eriksen
      Pukki Weghorst

      Foster / Broja / Schar / Justin

    25. Killitzer
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Adams to

      Jesus
      Or
      Watkins

      Already taken a hit so would be -8 on the week!