Fantasy Premier League

FPL chips: Do managers play or wait?

The Scout 18 Aug 2018
Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves

After more than half a million FPL bosses used a chip The Scout offers factors to consider before pushing the button

There may be just one Gameweek gone but many Fantasy Premier League managers have been quick to make use of their chips.

More than half a million managers have resorted to activating a chip as they seek to improve their points totals. 

Of these, more than 154,000 managers have played their first Wildcard chip of the season, while a further 144,000+ have played their Bench Boost chip.

The most popular has been the Triple Captain chip, with more than 236,000 using that.

Wildcard logic

A quick fix is tempting with a Wildcard. 

This is especially since managers have seen several 2018 FIFA World Cup stars such as Paul Pogba (£8.1m), Raheem Sterling (£11.0m) and Dele Alli (£9.0m) return earlier to Premier League action than they suspected.

Also in Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.1m), Lee Peltier (£4.0m) and Ryan Bennett (£4.0m), a number of cut-price defenders have emerged whom they may not have considered. 

But for managers tempted to use their chips, The Scout offers some factors to consider before pushing the button.

Big forwards out of form

None of the 16 players to record double-digit points returns in Gameweek 1 were forwards.

Callum Wilson (£6.0m) was the top-scoring forward with eight points.

Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.0m) are consistently reliable. Both have scored at least 20 goals in each of the last four seasons.

Give them time to find form before reassessing.

Return of World Cup stars

Players such as Eden Hazard (£10.5m) and Romelu Lukaku (£11.0m) were limited to substitute appearances in Gameweek 1 due to their exertions in Russia this summer.

The most popular defender in FPL, Kieran Trippier (£6.0m), has yet to feature for Tottenham Hotspur.

Once fully fit, they can play a big part in managers' future plans.

Transfer window

Although Premier League clubs cannot buy new players until January, there is still the possibility of departures.

Players can still be sold to clubs to leagues whose transfer windows are still open, such as in Spain, Germany and France, where they do not close until 31 August.

So should some unexpected sales occur, you may need to restructure.

Future Double Gameweeks

There will be better opportunities to exploit the chips in Double Gameweeks, when two or more teams face two fixtures in a single Gameweek, doubling the points potential of their players.

These tend to be in the second half of the season and are typically caused by domestic cup postponements.

For example, by using the Wildcard before a Double Gameweek, FPL managers can tailor their squads, signing players with more than one fixture.

This tactic can be extended further by activating the Bench Boost chip in a Double Gameweek.

Bench Boost brings all four substitutes into play, providing the opportunity to field 15 players, each with two fixtures in a single Gameweek.

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