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Fantasy Premier League 2017/18: Play your chips right

Vishnu Rajesh
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3.18K   //    22 Feb 2018, 15:54 IST

Watford v Liverpool - Premier League
It would be wise to hoard up on Liverpool players who are sure to play gameweek 31

There are only 11 gameweeks to go, and it's time for that final push to increase your Fantasy Premier League rank. There are no better ways to rise up the charts than by utilizing the chips, i.e. bench boost, triple captain and the free hit.

The wildcard is a priceless fourth chip for those who are yet to use it. On that note, let us try and look at when it would be ideal to use the aforementioned chips for best returns:


#4 Blank gameweek 31

Spurs and West Ham had a blank gameweek when their game against each other in early January was postponed. However, it was just these two teams that had a blank gameweek, which made life simpler for FPL managers. Gameweek 31 is not going to be remotely as easy.

The only confirmed games so far are Liverpool vs. Watford, Stoke vs. Everton, Huddersfield vs. Crystal Palace and Bournemouth vs. West Brom.

Spurs vs. Newcastle will be the fifth and final game for the gameweek if Rochdale manage to upset Spurs at Wembley. This means that at least ten teams will not feature in gameweek 31, leaving FPL managers with two options.

Option one, which is naturally the easier one, would be to employ the 'free hit' chip. Managers could use the chip in gameweek 31 and build a strong team for that particular gameweek, and conveniently revert to their gameweek 30 team once gameweek 31 is done.

Option two would be to plan ahead. Every transfer in the upcoming weeks should ideally be a player from one of these teams.

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