My FPL Chip Strategy for DGW24, DGW25 and DGW26
Looking ahead I have some crucial weeks coming up. Having had a disastrous GW23 which left me feeling low, I’ve switched off for a couple days to recharge.
What is done is done, now I need some considered planning to try and pull back my rank. A drop of 200k means I need to come out fighting and change my strategy.
FPL Chip Strategy for DGW24, DGW25 and DGW26
With a wildcard, bench boost and free hit in my armoury I’m planning the following:
GW24 – 1FT to bring DGW player in
GW25 – Wildcard with DGW26 in mind
GW26 – Bench Boost
The beauty of this strategy is that I do not need to worry about GW29 as I will be using my free hit chip.
GW24 – Using my FT
I was initially looking to play safe and bring back in Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the DGW. But seeing him being taken off last night, I’m not sure I can take the risk of him missing one of the games.
Instead, I’m edging towards a Burnley double up. I already have Nick Pope £5.5m, so Ben Mee £5.0m or James Tarkowski £5.3m is what I’m looking at with fixtures against Crystal Palace and Fulham.
I’m hoping Dias and Pope recover from their respective illness and knock, so I’ll be listening to the press conference on Friday intently.
GW25 – Wildcard
This is where I will be wildcarding to maximise my bench boost for DGW26.
Southampton have DGW in GW25, likely on GW26 and potentially GW27. With some of their big assets coming back from injuries they will be a team I will be looking at. Southampton tend to finish the season strongly and the following players will be on my watchlist:
Danny Ings £8.4m
James Ward-Prowse £6.0m
Jannik Vestergaard £4.7m
Tottenham, Man City and Aston Villa could also potentially have DGW in GW27 so I want to maximise on these teams for DGW26 and then going into GW27.
The likes of Harry Kane £11.0m and Son Heung-Min £9.6m are the obvious picks but if fit, Sergio Reguilon £5.5m could be worth considering.
Man City will be interesting in terms of Pep Roulette. I have a decision to make on who will be safeguarded against Pep roulette. With UCL starting, rotation will be at its premium and throw in that KDB has started training again, then this opens up a minefield of options. I need to decide on which three options to have. At the moment I have:
Ruben Dias £6.1m
Joao Cancelo £6.0m
Ilkay Gundogan £6.0m
My debate is do I drop a defensive asset to bring in another midfield option.
Kevin de Bruyne (£11.8m) coming back will enhance Gundogan even more but Pep may be more careful with KDB with his fatigue issues and UCL.
Also, with Raheem Sterling £11.6m and only 12.9% owned, he could be a great differential to have to move back up the ranks. Am I brave enough to play the Pep roulette? I have a lot to think about.
Having Ollie Watkins £6.4m and Emiliano Martinez £5.2m in my squad already I’m looking for a third option. With funds limited I’m looking to go for Matt Targett £4.8m as a defensive double up as he has clean sheets and assist potential.
An Earlier Wildcard
Ideally, I would have liked to hold off wildcarding until after DGW26 so that I could have a focused 11 for the run in. But with the bad decisions I made in the last game week I feel I need to boost my team before I run out of games.
The next week will be full of screenshots of potential wildcard teams and hopefully I will settle on the one that maximises my scoring potential. It’s going to be fun.
New Year, New Hope
On a separate note, I want to thank everyone who responded to my article on how I was feeling low earlier this week. You all know who you are, and I was grateful your support and advice.
It’s Chinese New Year and it’s going to be strange celebrating it separately from family, but we will make the best of it. Hopefully, the New Year will bring new luck.
Gong Xi Fa Chai everyone, stay safe and best of luck in the coming game-weeks.
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