We are approaching the second half of the season in Fantasy Premier League which is typical with double and blank gameweeks later on. This opens great opportunities to use chips and gain extra fantasy points. What are potentially the best chip strategies for the second half of the FPL 2023/24 season?
Your strategy 100 % depends on how many chips you have left… Without further ado, let’s jump into some of our early thoughts.
Upcoming blank and double gameweeks
You can check our FPL calendar to see the schedule in the bigger picture.
We can expect the biggest points potential for using chips in:
- GW21-GW24 – some players will miss some of these gameweeks due to AFCON and Asian Cup
- DGW25: Small double gameweek for Manchester City, Brentford, Liverpool, Luton
- BGW26: Small blank gameweek (due to the Carabao Cup Final, up to 4 teams could blank)
- DGW28: Bournemouth and Luton play twice
- BGW29: Bigger blank gameweek due to the FA CUP QF
- D/BGW34: Likely a small blank gameweek due to the FA CUP SF + potential double gameweek at the same time
- DGW37: Likely the biggest double gameweek of the season as it has free midweek
*Note: There are likely to be some smaller double gameweek(s) in other gameweek (s) – yet to be confirmed
Some FPL managers used their Triplce captain chip early in a single gameweek. If you still have this chip, you have many options for where to use it. The disadvantage is that you can have active only one chip in one gameweek, so you cannot combine it with other chips.
That’s why you should aim to use triple captain on a double gameweek, where you do not aim to use other powerful chips – Wildcard, Free Hit or Bench Boost.
- DGW25 – great opportunity to triple captain Haaland, but fixtures are not completely ideal for that (CHE (H), BRE (H)). Another option is to TC Salah or Jota (BRE(A), LUT (H)).
- DGW28 – an opportunity to TC Solanke, good for managers that will use ther chip DGW25 so they cannot triple captain Haaland Read more: Should you triple captain Haaland in GW25 or Solanke in GW28?
- DGW37 – this could be an option to use Triple Captain for managers, who already used Free Hit and Bench Boost, so they do not have other chip to use in this big double gameweek
Further reading: When to use Triple Captain in FPL?
Ideally, you should aim to use Bench Boost in a double gameweek soon after the Wildcard – where you still have playing players on your bench and not many injuries and non-playing players. Also, bench boost is ideal for double gameweeks, where bottom-half teams with cheap players play twice.
Gameweeks to use bench boost:
- If we have smaller double gameweeks, you could use BB there
- Double Gameweek 37 – if you do not aim to use other chip here
When you use a free hit chip, consider this:
- If you use it in a blank gameweek where big teams have blank, the points potential is low, as bottom-half teams do not tend to score many fantasy points
- If you use it in a double gameweek (where big teams have double), the points potential is huge
You should always assess the potential o a free hit in terms of difference against your original team and then decide, whether to use it in a blank gameweek or in a double gameweek.
So always consider:
- How many points can I gain against my non-free hit team, if I use free hit in this blank gameweek (GW26, GW29, GW34)?
- How many points can I gain against my non-free hit team, if I use it in this double gameweek (GW37)?
Of course, it also depends on the overall chip strategy and when you will use your other chips, and how they influence the shape of your FPL squad. Always have a big picture in mind, when considering using free hit chip.
Potential gameweeks for free hit:
- Blank gameweeks: GW26, GW29, GW34
- GW34 will likely be blank and double gameweek at the same time – that could be perfect for a free hit, as the points swing could be huge
- Double gameweeks: Great potential for big blanks in GW37 (GW37 could be opportunities for managers who use their second wildcard earlier)
Further reading: When to use Free Hit in FPL?
There are two main opportunities for using a wildcard:
- Early Second Wildcard in GW21/GW22 to transfer out players who went to AFCON or Asian Cup
- Disadvantages: If you use your second wildcard this early, it would be very difficult to navigate blank and double gameeweeks later on
- Wildcard in Gameweek 25: to help you navigate AFCON and Asian Cup chaos, somehow set up team for small double in GW25 and blank in GW26
- Disadvantages: But then it will be a little harder to navigate late blanks and doubles in GW29, 34 and GW37.
- Advantage: you use wildcard early, so if done well, it should benefit you for the rest of the season
- Wildcard after GW30: To rebalance squad after big blank in GW29
- Late Wildcard in Gameweek 33-37:
- Disadvantages: You would benefit from wildcard only for the last few gameweeks of the season.
- Advantage: Great for setting up your FPL team for a late double gameweek in GW37
Read more: When to use wildcard in FPL?
Potential FPL Chip Strategies
Remember, the best chip strategy is very team dependent. The strategy that might be the best for my FPL team, might not be the best strategy for your FPL team. It all depends on the current shape of your FPL team, how many double gameweek players for GW25 do you have, number of blank GW players for GW26, GW29 etc…
Currently, our preferred chip strategy is (but will likely change once we have more information about which teams will blank in GW29, we should know after FA Cup 5th round that is scheduled for midweek before GW27):
Chip strategy: TC25/28, WC30, FH34, BB37
- loading up on Brentford players from GW25 onwards (including), as Brentford have double in GW25, then a fixture in blank GW26 and also in blank GW29
- Also focus on Luton players, however you will have to suffer their blank in GW26
- Triple captain Haaland, or Salah (Jota) depending on Salah’s fitness in double gameweek 25
- The downside is, that Liverpool players will have double in GW25, and then a blank in GW26 right away
- dead ending team into a big blank in GW29, then rebalancing with Wildcard
- but a lot of time between wildcard and bench boost – so your team might end up with too many injuries and non playing bench players in GW37
- Free Hit in GW34 – the points swing could be huge here, as it will likely be blank + double gameweek at the same time
Alternative strategy: TC25, WC27, BB28/37, FH34/37
- triple captaining Haaland in GW25
- wildcarding before GW27 – so you will know which teams will blank in GW29
- Free hitting in GW34 or GW37 based on the setup of your team as likely different teams will double in GW34 and GW37
- Navigating the other double gameweek (the one when you do not free hit) with your free transfers
Alternative strategy 1: TC25/28, FH29, WC33, BB34
- Triple captain Haaland or Solanke in double gameweek or saving TC chip for DGW37
- Free Hit in the biggest blank gameweek of the season
- Wildcard in GW32/33 – the points swing could be huge in GW34, as it will likely be blank + double gameweek at the same time
- Bench boost after wildcard in B/DGW34
- Advantage is, you do not need to compromise your squad with weaker players when dead-ending your team into blank GW29
- The disadvantage is that likely different teams will double in GW34 and GW37, so you cannot really cover both with a wildcard in GW33
Alternative strategy 2: TC25/28, FH26, WC30/33, BB34/37
- Big focus on Liverpool and Luton players that you will free hit out for on week in GW26
- Triple captain Solanke or Haaland, or Salah (Jota)
- dead ending team into a big blank in GW29, then rebalancing with Wildcard
- but a lot of time between wildcard and bench boost
Do not forget that every manager has a different team, so a chip strategy that might be the best solution for one manager does not have to be best for another manager with a completely different FPL team.