In this short guide, we will look at the differences between Wildcard and Free Hit in Fantasy Premier League.
This article is a part of our series: What is Wildcard in FPL and how does it work?
Wildcard vs. Free Hit in FPL: What is the difference?
The Wildcard and Free Hit chips in FPL serve different functions. The Wildcard allows for unlimited transfers that are permanent and can be used twice in a season. On the other hand, the Free Hit allows for unlimited transfers but only for a single Gameweek, after which your team reverts back to its original composition. It can only be used once in a season.
The Wildcard, which can be used twice in a season, results in permanent changes to your team; the players you bring in remain in your team until you decide to transfer them out. This makes it ideal for large-scale team restructuring or long-term planning.
Read more: When to use Wildcard in FPL?
On the other hand, the Free Hit chip, which can be used only once per season, allows you to alter your team for a single Gameweek, after which your squad reverts to its original state from before the Free Hit was activated. This is particularly useful in a Gameweek where many of your players face difficult fixtures, or during a double or blank Gameweek to maximize potential points.
Wildcard vs. Free Hit comparison
|Number of uses per season||Twice||Once|
|Duration of Changes||Permanent changes to squad.||Changes are temporary (for one Gameweek only). Squad is returned to its state at the start of the Gameweek after the deadline.|
|Activation||When confirming your transfers||When confirming your transfers|
|Cancellation||Can’t be canceled once confirmed||Can’t be canceled once confirmed|
|Transfers||Unlimited free transfers during the Gameweek||Unlimited free transfers for a single Gameweek|
|Effect on Team Value||Can affect team value based on player price changes||Does not affect team value. Any price rises you gain on Free Hit chip will be lost once another gameweek starts. The team value of your original team will count as if you would never activate Free Hit.|
|Effect on saved free transfers||Any saved free transfers will be lost||Any saved free transfers will be lost|
|Use with other chips||Can’t use with another chip in the same Gameweek||Can’t use with another chip in the same Gameweek|
|Effect on Point Deductions||Removes any point deductions for that Gameweek||Removes any point deductions for that Gameweek|