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How to build a Gameweek 32 Free Hit squad

By The Scout 25 Mar 2019
Ryan Fraser, BOUNEW action

The Scout explains how to get an advantage from the FPL chip in the Double Gameweek

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Managers who see Gameweek 32 as the ideal time to activate the Free Hit chip in Fantasy Premier League must now select a squad.

Those who activate the chip ahead of the Double Gameweek 32 schedule can make unlimited transfers, focusing on players from the 10 teams who have two fixtures.

The structure of the squad and the players targeted are keys to success.

Protect your profit

The first decision the Free Hit manager must make is whether or not to keep their existing players who are in action in Gameweek 32.

Whatever you do, be careful of selling a player whose value has gone up.

If you change your mind and want to bring him back in for Gameweek 32, you must do so at the latest price, losing Free Hit funds.

But if you, say, sell Ryan Fraser (£6.2m) with the Free Hit ahead of Gameweek 32 for a sale value of £5.7m, the AFC Bournemouth midfielder will return to your squad for Gameweek 33 at that value and not his current price of £6.2m.

GW32 Free Hit squad example
GW32 Free Hit squad comprising: Kepa  Schlupp, Laporte, Lindelof  Hazard, Sterling, Pogba, Deulofeu  Aguero, Jimenez, Rashford  Subs: Speroni, Kelly, Peltier, Hudson-Odoi
Invest in the XI

When building the Free Hit squad, apart from targeting players with the potential for big points in Gameweek 32, there are further strategies to consider.

You should try to maximise your advantage by ensuring most of your budget is spent on a strong starting XI.

Having substitutes likely to play in Gameweek 32 is wise, but not essential.

Free Hit managers can consider signing reserves for rock-bottom prices to prioritise funds for their starting XI.

Two mindsets

You should consider that any rivals without the chip could be thinking differently when tweaking their squads for Gameweek 32.

They may choose to spend points on extra transfers to boost their number of Double Gameweek 32 players and will look for players who can deliver beyond the weekend.

Think outside the box

So, while you should not avoid those players, the Free Hit allows you to think outside the box.

As an example, Eden Hazard (£10.9m) will be a popular player for managers with and without the Free Hit active.

That is because Chelsea are one of just two Double Gameweek 32 teams who will also play in the reduced Gameweek 33.

Hazard's home match with West Ham United in Gameweek 33 is one of just six PL matches to take place that weekend because of postponements caused by the FA Cup semi-finals.

Look for differentials

On the other hand, while Harry Kane (£12.5m) plays twice in Double Gameweek 32, he is without a fixture in Gameweek 33.

He is therefore less likely to be targeted by those managers without the Free Hit, which adds to his appeal for those managers with the chip active.

Finding these differentials over mini-league rivals could be key for managers.

See: Double Gameweek 32 essential FPL reading

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