Having revealed that now is the perfect time to activate the Free Hit chip in Fantasy Premier League, managers must consider the squad they select.
Managers who activate it ahead of Gameweek 35 can make unlimited transfers, focusing on the players in action over the six fixtures.
The structure of the squad and the player targets are the key to success for managers.
The smaller pool of talent for Gameweek 35 makes selection a little easier.
The first decision the Free Hit manager must make is whether to keep their existing players who are in action in Gameweek 35.
Whatever you do, be careful selling a player whose value has gone up. If you change your mind and want to bring him back in for Gameweek 35, you must do so at the latest price, losing Free Hit funds.
But, if you sell Mohamed Salah with the Free Hit ahead of Gameweek 35 for a sale value of £9.7m, he will return to your squad for Gameweek 36 at that value and not his current price of £10.5m.
When building the Free Hit squad, obviously you should target the players with the potential for big points in Gameweek 35.
However, 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 35 is wise, but not essential.
Free Hit managers can consider signing reserves for rock-bottom prices to prioritise funds for their starting XI.
You should consider that your rivals without the chip could be thinking differently when tweaking their squads for Gameweek 35.
They will be forced to spend points on extra transfers to maximise their active players in the Gameweek.
However, while the Free Hit gives you the chance to think only about Gameweek 35, your rivals without the chip are likely to spend their points on players who can deliver beyond the weekend.
They are likely to target players from teams who will feature in Gameweek 35 and then twice in Gameweek 37 (see table below).
|ARS||WHU (H)||BUR (H)|
|MCI||SWA (H)||HUD (H)|
|NEW||EVE (A)||WAT (A)|
|SWA||MCI (A)||BOU (A)|
|WHU||ARS (A)||LEI (A)|
So, while you should not avoid those players, the Free Hit allows you to think outside the box.
As an example, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.3m) will be a popular player for managers with and without the Free Hit active.
He could play in Gameweek 35 at home to Swansea City, and could also feature twice in Gameweek 37.
He is therefore less likely to be targeted by those managers without the Free Hit, adding to his appeal for those managers with the chip active.
Finding these differentials over mini-league rivals could be key for a manager looking to gain an extra edge.