Just two opportunities remain for FPL managers to activate a Free Hit. If used for Double Gameweek 37, here are the best forwards.
In December, it was announced that all FPL managers would be given an extra Free Hit chip to cope with the unprecedented number of Covid postponements. It altered the chip strategy of many, allowing them to ride the winter wave and keep two Free Hits for the latter stages.
According to LiveFPL’s Gameweek 36 post-deadline data, 4,248 of the top 10k still have a Free Hit to use. 5.96 million overall. Therefore, with the next round including Double Gameweeks for five less-chosen sides, Gameweek 37 seems a good time for activation.
So below are the leading candidates for the Free Hit forward spots.
Richarlison (Everton, £7.5m)
Starting with the first name on any Free Hit team. Everton’s Richarlison is the main forward from the team with arguably the best pair of games. He’s also in form, with four goals from his last six outings. Since Gameweek 31, no player has had more goal attempts, shots on target, shots inside the box or expected goals than the Brazilian. Premier League survival has quickly changed from improbable to very likely for the Toffees, which they’d like to complete at home to Brentford and Crystal Palace.
Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa, £7.5m)
Although Everton’s fixtures stand out more, it’s actually Aston Villa’s that are ranked best on Fantasy Football Scout’s Fixture Ticker. Hosting Crystal Palace and Burnley, there are two great opportunities for Ollie Watkins to continue his recent run of goals. In fact, he scored the third in Saturday’s comfortable win over the Clarets. Between Gameweek 31 and the first half of Gameweek 36, only three players had more shots inside the box than Watkins.
Danny Ings (Aston Villa, £7.7m)
Yet strike partner Danny Ings could be an even bigger differential to climb up those ranks and mini-leagues. He has also scored in the most recent two Gameweeks, although rarely plays more than 70 minutes. Despite playing far fewer minutes than Watkins this season, he has more goal involvements.
It’s strange to see reverse Premier League fixtures happen so quickly. Villa only faced Burnley on Saturday and here we go again. Ings’ goal continued a strong record against his former club, scoring in his last four meetings against them, delivering 35 points.
Harry Kane (Tottenham, £12.4m)
Of the single Gameweek forwards, Harry Kane is a prime example of a player who will likely end up outscoring many of the desired Double Gameweek assets. At home to Burnley, his starting spot isn’t in doubt and Spurs need to keep winning. What could put Free Hit users off is his price tag, as potentially squeezing in Kane, Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min could restrict the chip’s benefits in other areas. That’s a lot of money on three single Gameweek players.
Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal, £5.6m)
The most-bought player for Gameweek 36, Arsenal have been rewarded for handing Eddie Nketiah his first five league starts of the season. Two goals came against Chelsea, with two more on Sunday versus Leeds. Surely he’s got the shirt for the final two weeks, as Arsenal look to secure Champions League football. They’ll visit Newcastle, fresh off a 5-0 defeat at Man City.