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Free Hit for Gameweek 33? All you need to know

The Scout 1 Apr 2019
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool

The Scout explains all about the chip for the FPL managers who resisted playing it in Double Gameweek 32

Managers in Fantasy Premier League with the Free Hit chip still to play can use it to take advantage of Gameweek 33.

There are only six fixtures taking place this weekend due to the FA Cup semi-finals.

But the Free Hit can come to the rescue for those managers still to use it. Here we explain how.

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 GW33?

Despite a reduced schedule, five of the 12 teams who feature in Gameweek 33 are in the top nine positions in the table.

The chip can give a manager the chance to have a full XI filled with starting players who have a good chance of scoring FPL points.

Those activating the chip should also consider a suitable first substitute, while opting for cheaper, perhaps even inactive, reserves.

Can I use it another time?

Gameweek 34 is another option because two teams, Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City, will play twice.

Gameweek 35 is perhaps more appealing as eight teams, including Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, will have two matches.

However, it is worth remembering that only one chip can be used in a Gameweek.

Therefore it could be more profitable to use either the Bench Boost or the Triple Captain chip in these two Double Gameweeks.

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 33 and swapped for Joshua King (£6.5m) with the Free Hit chip activated.

At 19:01 GMT on Friday, 5 April, Jimenez returns to your squad for Gameweek 34 and King 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 £7.0m while he is away from your squad, and King also increases to £6.7m.

Once the squad reverts back ahead of Gameweek 34, Jimenez will return at his new price of £7.0m, adding to the squad value. But any profit made on King 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 Gameweek 33 Free Hit squad

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