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GW31 Lessons: King the Free Hit differential

The Scout 19 Mar 2019
Joshua King, AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth striker delivers double-digit haul as team-mate Wilson disappoints

Joshua King (£6.5m) was largely overlooked by Fantasy Premier League managers who played their Free Hit chip in Gameweek 31.

A total of 615,552 managers opted for the Free Hit chip, smashing the previous season record of 196,131 in Gameweek 27.

However, only 64,722 of them picked King for his home match with Newcastle United.

Wilson blank

Instead, the majority of Free Hit managers put their faith in King’s AFC Bournemouth team-mate Callum Wilson (£6.5m).

As many as 452,191 Free Hit managers, or 73.4 per cent, selected Wilson after his goal and assist against Huddersfield Town in Gameweek 30.

But he failed to get on the scoresheet and managed only two FPL points.

King excellence

King, meanwhile, netted both the Cherries’ goals in the 2-2 draw.

The Norway international was the joint-top scoring player in the Gameweek on 13 FPL points, along with Sadio Mane (£10.0m) and Karlan Grant (£5.0m).

Such a heavy reliance on Wilson meant that Free Hit chip managers averaged 43.7 points in Gameweek 31.

Free Hit opportunities

In comparison, managers without the chip in play, and who have made a transfer in the last two Gameweeks, scored an average of 30.9 points.

Managers with their Free Hit chip still to play can now look to take advantage of Double Gameweek 32.

Ten teams have two fixtures in Gameweek 32, including six of the top eight in the Premier League.

Double Gameweek 35 offers another strong opportunity for Free Hit managers, as eight teams will have two fixtures.

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