With Covid tearing up the festive match slate, many of us will still struggle to get a full playable XI in Gameweek 18 of the Fantasy Premier League (FPL).
The event will be taken here and there, while there will be a small but not insignificant number of Fantasy managers who will be publishing the Free Hit segment this week.
In fact, among readers polled on our site, one in five respondents said they were “considering” using Free Hit in Gameweek 18.
With many FPL teams already containing likes Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Joao Cancelo, Aaron Ramsdale, Rhys James And Bernardo Silva, all currently have fixtures this weekend, the question of how much can be earned with the Free Hit chip should be asked at the end of this week.
There’s also the risk of a match or two being called off after the Saturday 18th Gameweek deadline has passed, causing chaos for even the carefully choreographed Free Hit parties.
However, 20% is still a large number, even if a percentage of that audience has second thoughts closer to the weekend.
With that in mind, we asked a number of familiar Scout faces/names for their Free Hit drafts for Empty Play Week 18 if they were in the position to activate the slide.
Scouting selection for the editorial department is, of course, a “free kick” aspect of sorts, but we’ve opened up the concept to other contributors to this article, especially since many of the FPL managers with high team values would get much more money to play with over £83.0m Strict starting from the eleventh budget.
My Free Hit team is 4-5-1 with mate cash as the first branch.
Kevin De Bruyne Highlights: He had nine shots, four of which were on target, and created four chances against Marcelo Bielsa’s beloved forces in the middle of the week.
with Gabriel Martinelli Cramping on Wednesday and Emile Smith Rowe From outside the team in the last three games I went with him Bukayo Saka Against Leeds they only have 11 top players and Man City conceded seven goals on Tuesday.
Olly Watkins He should have had plenty of chances this week: Burnley allowed 154 shots in the away games, and Leeds (158) fared worse. And at the very least, we will probably know if the Aston Villa match will continue!
Aston Villa and Arsenal seem to be the two teams to target as we also have to know if matches go ahead by the deadline.
Aston Villa have been very good defensively lately and doubling down on their defense could be a smart move as the majority of teams don’t even have a single scoundrel defender.
It is difficult to predict the Arsenal attack: I would like to remain confident in my players, Gabriel Martinelli, But feel that he can miss this week with Emile Smith Rowe Coming here. Bukayo Saka He is the clear attacking midfielder who should start, while Kieran Tierney He was very influential in Arsenal’s rise in terms of form. Alexandre Lacazette He’s someone I don’t want in the long run, but any striker playing against patched Leeds has to be taken into account.
I expect the match between Wolverhampton and Chelsea to be difficult, but Newcastle and Manchester City could be the result. Kevin De Bruyne Punt looks fun, as he does Raheem Sterling But I played it safer with one midfielder of my choosing. Who knows what team Pep Guardiola will put in, so it’s all a lottery!
If I were to do Free Hit in Gameweek 18, I would definitely pick 15 playable players including 2 goalkeepers from separate matches, just to be safe.
With no inspiring options ahead, I’d be tempted to go 4-5-1 Olly Watkins line forward.
rest Raheem Sterling It would be a hope differential with a huge rise in ownership of only 2% – if he plays!
*I think* I took myself off the Free Hit and instead aimed at -4 or -8. If I go back to Free Hit, I go back to Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal Plus defence Olly Watkins is the obvious way to go.
I’ve also thought about switching Ilkay Gundogan to Emile Smith Rowe, and then jolinton to Callum WilsonBut I feel City can score more against Newcastle than Arsenal can score against Leeds.
Composition-wise, I’m thinking 4-5-1 and I have Marcos Alonso or Kieran Tierney The first sub, with Joelinton and Joe Gilhardt Fill the seat.
This is not very safe from Covid, admittedly, it is a high risk and reward area since another delay could hit us at any time!
I’m not a big fan of Free Hit in Gameweek 18. The lack of games means that, especially at front-end slot machines, we’re really limited in who we can look for. However, if you decide to play the chip this weekend, there is a chance of owning a few key spreads as well as targeting teams and players within the format.
After his performance on Wednesday evening, Phil Foden Every Free Hit team should be the same Olly Watkins. In fact, with Villa playing on Saturday afternoon, I’m going to triple them with Watkins, Jacob Ramsey And Matt Targett.
I was also really impressed Alexandre Lacazette In Gameweek 17 and with the situation with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang If it remains unchanged, I will invest in the French if I play Free Hit this weekend.
Sergio Reguilon He was reported due to a muscle injury but pleaded with Fantasy managers not to sell him, and reassured us he would be fine. With Spurs missing some Gameweeks matches, Reguilon should be fully fit for the weekend. While a clean sheet may not seem likely, I can see the two strikers for the full-back with Liverpool missing. Virgil van Dyck.
I won’t be using Free Hit this week because there is still a lot of unpredictability, but if I did I would be off the bench with four players playing just in case there are more postponements or unannounced positive Covid tests.
In fact, the only striker I like is Olly Watkins But I don’t like 4-5-1, so I’ll go with 4-4-2 Chris Wood – Another player appears at the start of the match, thus giving us potential appearance points in this uncertain play week to say the least – the top.
City wise, I am plump Raheem Sterling, quite comfortably from Tuesday night, along Phil Foden.
The only major surprise is the lack of choice Diogo Jota But I wonder if it’s time Roberto Firmino At first, with the Brazilian who made a cameo on Thursday.
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