Fantasy Football Glossary

There are a number of key words, phrases and abbreviations which are regularly used in the Fantasy Football community. Here is a Fantasy Football glossary of terms to help FPL managers understand what the phrases and words mean to ensure the very best understanding of the games.


When a substitute comes in to replace a non-starter from your chosen XI.


A low-owned player who many managers suddenly want to sign; a trend.

Bench Boost

An FPL chip. For one Gameweek, all 15 of your squad will score points for you.


A player that fails to produce – whether it be a goal, assist or clean sheet.

Blank Gameweek

A postponed or rearranged match denies a team any action in that Gameweek.


Bonus Points System. Awards player actions and is used to calculate final bonus points.


Each Gameweek, choose one player from your XI to score double points.


Strategic boosts for managers to deploy throughout the season: Wildcard (x2), Free Hit, Triple Captain, Bench Boost.

Clean Sheet

The goalkeeper/defender doesn’t concede a goal (FPL points if they play at least 60 minutes).


A player who has low ownership and could accelerate you up the rankings.

Double Gameweek

When a team plays twice in one Gameweek.

Effective Ownership (EO)

EO is the percentage of teams that are starting a player, plus the amount who captained him.


For budget management, an enabler is cheap and allows premium assets elsewhere.

Eye Test

Watching matches and using your view of the match to make Fantasy Football decisions.

Free Hit

An FPL chip. Unlimited transfers for a one-Gameweek squad, before it reverts back to normal.


Fantasy Premier League.

Taking a Hit

After running out of free transfers, a manager can spend four points to make another.

In The Know (ITK)

An ‘In The Know’ source who claims to have secret information.

Out of Position (OOP)

Out-Of-Position. When the FPL website has listed a player as a defender/midfielder/forward, yet they appear to be used in another.

Premium assets

Expensive assets are the star players usually for the best Premier League teams.

Rate My Team (RMT)

Rate My Team is a tool on Fantasy Football Scout which managers use to see how their team is looking. It is also a Twitter terminology when a manager wants others to give their opinion.

Rotation Proof

Players who look set to start every match, avoiding rests and squad rotation.


A safe FPL squad full of highly-chosen players.

Triple Captain

An FPL chip. For one Gameweek, choose a player from your XI to score triple points.

Underlying Stats

Beyond the main statistics (goals, assists, clean sheets), some lesser-known data can give a better indication of how a player is doing.


An FPL chip. Unlimited transfers to fix your squad, looking ahead to the future.

Expected goals (xG)

Expected Goals. A statistic that measures both the quantity and quality of shots, based on how often each is normally a goal.

Expected goals conceded (xGC)

Expected Goals Conceded. For a defence; the same number as the opposing team’s xG.