Fantasy Premier League chips can have a big impact on your season. Of all of them, the Wildcards are arguably the most important chips in the game. They provide an opportunity to reset your squad and, when used in the right way, can be key to ending your season with a big finish.
What chips do you have and how many Wildcards do you get?
Every manager begins their Premier League season with the following chips:
- Bench Boost
- Triple Captain
- Free Hit
- 2 x Wildcards (one to be played in the first half of the season and one for the second half)
The FPL Bench Boost chip allows you to play all fifteen squad players. This means you will get points from your starting eleven, but also the four players that you have on the bench.
The Triple Captain chip trebles your captain’s score (usually, captains will only gain double points).
Similar to the other two chips mentioned above, the Free Hit chip can be used only once per season. This allows you to make unlimited free transfers (like the Wildcard), however, this only applies to a single gameweek in which it was played. With this chip, you can replace your entire squad, but your 15-man line-up will be returned to how it was in the previous gameweek.
Let’s talk more about the Wildcards…
Every manager gets allocated two Wildcards each season. The first one needs to be used in the first half of the season, which is usually at the end of the year (around the 28th of December). After that, you get a second Wildcard, which you can use before the end of the season. Do remember if you don’t use your first Wildcard, it doesn’t roll over to the second one, so you have to use it before the end of the year, otherwise, you will lose it.
The Wildcard allows you to make unlimited free transfers throughout a single gameweek. Essentially, the ideal time to use your Wildcard is when you want to change your team without taking a hit. Some managers use their Wildcard when they have several underperforming players or that have a team suffering from multiple injuries. Others might use their Wildcard when teams play more than once in a single Gameweek, which is known as a Double Gameweek.
To use your Wildcard, you need to make at least a single transfer. Once you have confirmed this, there is an option to select the Wildcard. Once selected, you will be able to make unlimited transfers deducting no points, until the end of that gameweek.
Do take into consideration that once you have confirmed the Wildcard option, it cannot be reversed, so be 100% sure you want to do this before activating the chip.
So, when do people usually think about using their Wildcard?
Each FPL manager’s team will face different circumstances but, usually, Wildcards are played for the following reasons:
- You have several players with injuries
- You have a bunch of players underperforming
- With International Break, you have time to make changes and increase your squad value
- You are planning on combining your Wildcard with another chip (for example, Bench Boost) in a subsequent gameweek
Which is the best way to approach the Wildcard chip?
The way we like to deal with Wildcards comes in two steps, one for each Wildcard you are given. Each season can be different and there are situations where it would be more beneficial to go with one approach over the other. In general, though, this is usually how we would approach the two Wildcards:
The first Wildcard
As a general rule, we tend to play the first Wildcard early. There can be quite a lot of factors which determine when we would use it but, since FPL commences in September, and you have to use your first Wildcard by the end of the year; we will always aim to use it before we lose it.
We use the first Wildcard after assessing the players we initially picked at the start of the season. We tend to use this first Wildcard to get a full XV squad of players who will play every game. Not only this, but we use the opportunity to get in players who are making a big impact. These tend to be the players who are most transferred in. By playing the price changes early on, you can increase your Squad Value, which may mean being able to squeeze in an extra premium later on.
The second Wildcard
With this one, we wait for a Double Gameweek (which usually occurs in the 2nd half of the season). The second Wildcard can be used in conjunction with the Bench Boost chip to create a powerful combination, with all of 15 players having a Double Gameweek. Remember though, you can’t use the Bench Boost and Wildcard in the same Gameweek. The way we approach this is to use the Wildcard the week before the confirmed Double Gameweek, and then use the Bench Boost straight after.
It can be difficult to keep 15 players that are actively playing in your team, hence why the Wildcard before Bench Boosting can make a huge effect!
Every FPL Manager will play their Wildcard in different ways. Ultimately, it all depends on your squad’s situation and your own playing style. You have to take in a lot of factors, such as injuries, suspensions and squad rotation. Essentially, the method we have described here is the ‘typical’ way we would deploy our Wildcard in a ‘normal’ season. It doesn’t always go to plan, so sometimes you have to make a judgement call based on your own circumstances to give you the best chance of earning more points throughout the season.
Here at The FPL Way, we love to give squad advice, rate your team, suggest transfers and advise when you should use your chips. Simply drop us a message and we will give you advice from multiple members of our team to help you optimise your chances of getting points.
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