As a rookie player of the fantasy Premier League, you agree it can be quite confusing. There seem to be so many rules and controls and pages that, frankly, it can get quite overwhelming. Sometimes you’re just striving to understand how to do an EPL lineup. As a pro, you’ll agree that the FPL is fun to play and offers some excitement and anticipation ahead of every game week.
How do you get from the first category to the second? Well, it only takes a few game weeks and you’ll get the hang of it. A major part of the FPL is the FPL chips that offer a variety of bonuses. And to help you use them well, here’s our tip on the best times to use the FPL chips in your predicted EPL lineups.
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The wildcard chip allows you to make unlimited transfers free transfers ahead of a game week. This means you can overhaul your entire squad without losing points. When you play your wildcard chip, you can keep making transfers and changing your squad until the deadline for the game week passes.
The transfers you make ahead of the game week are permanent. So the wildcard allows you to overhaul your squad if you’re no longer satisfied with them for whatever reason. You can use the wildcard chip twice in a season, once on either side of the January transfer window.
However, the best times to use the chip are immediately when the summer or winter transfer windows close. This is when you will most likely need to reshuffle your squad to accommodate the changes to the player pool. Note that once you play the wildcard chip, you can’t cancel it.
The bench boost chip allows the point scored by players in your substitute bench to be added to your overall score for a particular game week. This may seem like a weak chip, but only to those whose strategy doesn’t accommodate the potential of the substitute bench.
As an FPL player, you may be tempted to splash the cash recruiting the most expensive players into your team. This leaves your bench barren of quality players capable of featuring in the game week or even starting. The result is that if one player in your predicted EPL lineups doesn’t feature; you lose valuable points.
Your squad should have its quality spread out more evenly across. You can only use this chip once in a season. Therefore, the best time to use it will be during a double game week. Before you play this chip, ensure that players on your bench belong there in teams that play twice in the particular game week.
The triple Captain chip is a powerful chip that can have a profound effect on your game week overall score and boost your league position immensely. Ordinarily, every game week, the captain’s point is multiplied. When you play the triple captain chip, your captain’s point is tripled.
The best time to play the triple captain chip is during a double game week. The FPL website will let you know which teams have two or more games in a game week. However, because this chip only affects one player, it’s also important to pay attention to the player you will play on. It’s better that you use this chip when your big-hitting player has a double game week.
That way, you stake on him performing excellently in at least one of the two matches. And if he does, the chip triples his points. You can always cancel the triple captain chip or the bench boost chip after playing them. But this must be before the deadline for the game week elapses.
The free Hit chip is like the wildcard chip in that it also grants you unlimited transfers ahead of a game week. The difference is that while the transfers made with the wildcard are permanent, your previous squad before you played the free Hit chip returns for the next game week.
So, the free Hit chip only allows you to overhaul your squad for one game week. The benefit of this chip is that if some teams have a double game week, you can stack your squad with players from these teams. This means that most of your players will get points from two games.
The free hit chip is only available once in a season. Also, once you play the chip, you can’t cancel it. You can only keep changing your transfers until the deadline for the game week elapses.
Now you know the FPL isn’t just about how to do an EPL lineup. It’s a game of strategy. Here’s a bonus tip on using the chips. Don’t use them all in one game week. A season will have many double game weeks, so bide your time and choose which chip to use wisely. You can also check websites that provide information on players availability or otherwise because of injuries. Have fun!