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How to build a Gameweek 33 Free Hit squad

The Scout 1 Apr 2019
Jamie Vardy and Brendan Rodgers, Leicester City

The Scout explains how to gain an advantage and which players to target with the FPL chip in the reduced Gameweek

Are you one of the Fantasy Premier League managers who still have their Free Hit to play? 

Nearly three quarters of a million managers used the chip over Gameweeks 31 and 32 but those who resisted could now be at an advantage.

That is because Gameweek 33 is a reduced schedule with only six fixtures to play, and almost 7,000 managers have already activated their Free Hit to exploit it.

Those doing so ahead of Friday's 19:00 GMT deadline can make unlimited transfers, focusing on key players from the 12 teams in action.

Here The Scout explains how to maximise the chip's potential.

Protect your profit

The first decision a Free Hit manager must make is whether or not to keep their existing players who are in action in Gameweek 33.

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 33, you must do so at the latest price, losing Free Hit funds.

For example, if you sell Matt Doherty (£5.4m) with the Free Hit ahead of Gameweek 33 for a sale value of £5.0m, the Wolverhampton Wanderers defender will return to your squad for Gameweek 34 at that value and not his current price of £5.4m.

GW33 Free Hit squad example
An example of a Free Hit squad for FPL Gameweek 33 (Dubravka; Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Azpilicueta; Fraser, Richarlison, Hazard, Salah; Vardy, Lacazette, Rondon; Speroni, Bacuna, Bednarek, Simpson)
Invest in the XI

When building the Free Hit squad, apart from targeting players with the potential for big points in Gameweek 33, 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 33 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 33.

They may choose to spend points on extra transfers to boost their number of Gameweek 33 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, Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) will be a popular player for managers with and without the Free Hit active.

That is because along with SouthamptonArsenal are one of only two Gameweek 33 teams who also have a Double Gameweek 35.

The Gunners host Crystal Palace and then travel to Wolves in that Double Gameweek.

Look for Differentials

On the other hand, while Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) plays in Gameweek 33, his Leicester City side have no Double Gameweeks.

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.

Also in this series 

Part 1: Free Hit for Gameweek 33? All you need to know

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