LiveFPL provides fantastic detail regarding player ownership, chip usage and captaincy. As a result, this is what Gameweek 27 looks like.
With no Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea assets to top this week’s effective ownership (EO) numbers, it’s the unfashionable Burnley striker Wout Weghorst who exceeds 150% amongst the top 10k. Similarly, there is high ownership for Joao Cancelo, Son Heung-min and Armando Broja in a week of many Free Hits.
Weghorst is heavily captained, with Tottenham pair Son and Harry Kane backed on a lesser level.
Around 45% of the top 10k have used a Free Hit chip this week. However, 13% of these won’t have any more to navigate the big Blank Gameweek 30 – a weekend that currently only has three Premier League matches because it clashes with the FA Cup quarter finals.
As joked about amongst the FPL community, there is very much a template Free Hit line-up that includes a double Burnley defence, double Man City midfield and either Bruno Fernandes or Jadon Sancho.
Additionally, there has been slight Wildcard usage but expect a much higher number for Gameweek 28.
There seems to be a push for a five-man midfield where having a cheap, regularly-starting striker like Armando Broja offers squad flexibility.