Fantasy Football Tips GW18 from our Fantasy Football Community ahead of the deadline.
With just six fixtures to select from and plenty of uncertainty, how should we set up in these Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 18?
It’s worth noting that the fixtures for Gameweek 18 were changed on Monday, just over 24 hours before the deadline. Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed, with Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham being scheduled in its place.
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— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) January 11, 2021
There’s plenty of injury news for the fantasy football tips gameweek 18, including from Old Trafford. Manchester United assets look set to be popular given their fixture this midweek and then the double next week, but a number of their defensive minded assets could miss out. This could potentially pave the way for a punt on Alex Telles for those playing Free Hit.
Solskjaer reveals Lindelof, Shaw and Pogba missed the FA Cup win over Watford due to injury. "I hope [to have] all of them for Liverpool. I’m not sure if they’ll make Burnley, but we have light training [Sunday] and we’ll see on Monday.” Bailly (neck) will also be checked. #MUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) January 11, 2021
Given the mismatch of a blank followed by a double in the fixtures, with a maximum of four sides having a fixture in the blank and then two in the double, Free Hit looks set to be a popular strategy to navigate these midweek games. Bakar identifies the key clubs forming the basis of those drafts with a crucial nod to where our differentials could emerge from.
I'd assume 3xMan City,3xMan Utd & 3xArs would make up most of the Free Hits. The big differentials among the Free Hitters themselves will be the 2 they pick out of Wol/Eve & Shu/New. Triple Arsenal doing well will also be vitally important to stand out from the rest of the crowd
— AbuBakar Siddiq (@BigManBakar) January 10, 2021
With plenty of potential transfers on the agenda for the FPL GW18 Tips, FPL Editor pinpoints five key players to consider using the powerful Fantasy Football Fix algorithm. Two heavy hitting midfielders make the cut, with our headline man Kevin De Bruyne one of the key contenders here. Those on Free Hit could conceivably pick all five, trusting one with the armband.
? GW18 Top Five Key Players ?
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— The Editor (@FPLEditor) January 9, 2021
Talking of captaincy, it looks to be a two horse race between Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes. In his latest members article for Fantasy Football Hub, Chris analyses all the data to split these two players to lock in one for the armband this midweek! However, should Spurs play a depleted Villa side or have a rearranged game with Fulham, then Kane and Son could enter the foray.
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— Fantasy Football Hub (@FFH_HQ) January 8, 2021
FPL General provides the captaincy poll for this week, with two players making the shortlist. It’s already seen 10,000 votes and shows a clear spread in the options within the community. We have pretty conclusive results here, with Kevin De Bruyne significantly more well fancied than Bruno Fernandes and other alternative options.
— FPL General (@FPLGeneral) January 7, 2021
When shopping for a defender, it’s a good idea to check out the latest statistics courtesy of Ted Talks FPL. Manchester City are the standout team right now, with a strong argument for doubling up on their defence with upcoming fixtures in mind. Targeting Everton and Manchester City attackers against Wolves and Brighton could be an interesting strategy.
Wolves & Brighton consistent under-performers but I don’t expect that to change
Spurs’ number of clean sheets should improve
Leeds, Fulham & Burnley the over-performers but would only expect Fulham to regress
Liverpool need to cut down on the big chances conceded pic.twitter.com/UBtRLliTKU
— Ted (@TedTalksFPL) January 6, 2021
Playing a chip this week is certainly going to be popular, but managers must also be mindful of what is ahead and the best approaches to navigating future blanks and doubles also. Ben Crellin provides all the analysis of what’s to come, with his view on the value of each chip in the future. It certainly has to be under consideration before activating a wildcard or free hit chip this week.
I think FH will be more useful than WC
The DGW26 and BGW29 fixtures will be announced in GW 24/25 but after each FA Cup Rd we'll have a better idea of which teams are likely to Blank in GW29 and Double in GW26
You start can prep your team for GW26 after GW19 and then FH in GW29 https://t.co/obqorrCAEj
— Ben Crellin (@BenCrellin) January 4, 2021
The bookies odds can be very insightful when it comes to nailing down those selections and captaincy. FPL Salah provides the latest anytime goalscorer probabilities, with three players managing to cross the magical 50% barrier. Sergio Aguero is set to miss out due to isolating, which could pave the way for Gabriel Jesus. Kane should excel if he has a fixture.
#GW18 anytime scorers probability %
— FPL Salah (Abdul) (@FPL_Salah) January 8, 2021
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