Fantasy Premier League

All you need to know about the Free Hit chip

The Scout 16 Mar 2019
Stuart Armstrong SOU notes

With managers considering the chip for the reduced Gameweek 31, The Scout answers the key questions

Managers in Fantasy Premier League with the Free Hit chip still to play can use it to solve their Gameweek 31 problems.

With only 10 teams in action over five fixtures this weekend, many managers will struggle to field a full XI of their active players.

But the Free Hit can come to the rescue. Here we explain how to use it.

What is the Free Hit chip?
The chip lets FPL managers make unlimited transfers that are applied to one Gameweek only. At the next deadline, the original squad is returned.

Why should I play it ahead of GW31?
With only 10 teams playing, the chip can give a manager the chance to have a full 15-man squad available.

Those activating the chip can consider a strong starting XI with a suitable first substitute, while opting for cheaper, perhaps even inactive, reserves.

Can I use it another time?
Gameweek 33 is a possibility because it will also be reduced as it coincides with the FA Cup semi-finals.

At present, only six matches are guaranteed to take place, although the schedule will be clearer once this weekend's FA Cup quarter-finals have passed.

Both Gameweeks 32 and 35 are expected to be Double Gameweeks for a number of teams.

Currently only two teams, Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, have a Double Gameweek 32.

And Manchester City, along with Man Utd, will have a Double Gameweek 35.

However, it could be more profitable to use either the Bench Boost or the Triple Captain chip in Double Gameweeks, and only one chip can be used at one time.

How do I activate the Free Hit chip?
The Free Hit chip is activated when confirming a Gameweek transfer.

Can I change my mind once I activate?
No. Once the Free Hit chip is active, the chip must be played in that Gameweek.

What about transfers made before activating the chip?
Any transfers made in the Gameweek before activating the Free Hit chip will be incorporated in your new squad.

Any transfer costs or "hits" spent before activating the chip will then be restored.

However, it also means that any players sold will return to your squad in the next Gameweek.

I have two free transfers. Will these carry over if I activate the Free Hit?
No. As with the Wildcard, any saved free transfers will be lost. You will be back to the usual one free transfer for the next Gameweek.

What happens after I've played the chip?
Once the Gameweek deadline passes, the players brought in with the Free Hit depart and the original players return to the squad.

For example, Raul Jimenez (£6.8m) is transferred out ahead of Gameweek 31 and swapped for Callum Wilson (£6.4m), with the Free Hit chip activated.

At 11:31 GMT on Saturday, 16 March, Jimenez returns to your squad for Gameweek 32 and Wilson departs.

How will it affect my player prices?
After playing your Free Hit chip, the bank balance and squad is restored to their state before the previous deadline.

Any player price changes taking place over the previous Gameweek are reflected.

Using the example above, let's say Jimenez rises in price to £6.9m while he is away from your squad, and Wilson also increases to £6.6m.

Once the squad reverts back ahead of Gameweek 32, Jimenez will return at his new price of £6.9m, adding to the squad value.

But any profit made on Wilson will be lost.

Similarly, if any player transferred out with the Free Hit goes down in price, this will be reflected in their value and the total squad value on their return.

Also in this series

Part 2: How to build a Free Hit squad

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