Some game-changing news has come out from Fantasy Premier League this morning as they have introduced a new chip, called 'free hit' for the new season.
A free hit can be taken once per season and allows for unlimited transfers in a single Gameweek.
Managers can replace their entire 15 man squad for one gameweek before their original squad returns the following week.
The ‘Free Hit’ is confirmed when the transfers are confirmed and cannot be changed once this has occurred.
This is a major new development in FPL as towards the end of the season there was only four fixtures for gameweek 28 and only eight teams playing.
Taking the hit for gameweek 28, would see managers selecting players from eight teams playing that week, and your own previous team would return for the following game week, e.g. gameweek 29.
A free hit will be a bonus for anyone's team who is plagued by injuries or suspensions.
The new addition to the game as it now shake up many FPL managers to change their tactics when it comes to double gameweeks, which can be the make or break for managers winning their own mini leagues.
Previously, managers looking towards a double gameweek, would play their wildcard (if they still had their wildcard in the bag) the week before the double gameweek as wildcards are considered a ‘chip’, and you can only use one chip per gameweek.
When the wildcard is played, experienced FPL managers would either use, ‘bench boost’ or, the ‘triple captain’ to maximise their point potential for the double gameweek.
Rethinking Your Double Gameweek
It is imperative to resist the urge of using either ‘bench boost’ or the ‘triple captain’ chips until a double gameweek comes along because you have more chance of scoring, with more players and more games being played that week.
Do not panic at the start or, throughout the middle of the season if you are not happy with your points return, it is advisable that you do not use ‘bench boost’ or ‘triple captain’ chips in a regular gameweek, instead look to one of your two wildcard chips first.
Many FPL managers, depending on how their season is panning out, may well now use their second wildcard until gameweek 38.
This could be the difference between winning your mini league or winning the famous FPL cup.