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How will Fantasy Premier League work with season restart?

10:00 BST 17/06/2020
Fantasy Premier League Mohamed Salah Alisson Kevin De Bruyne
There have been some small tweaks to the popular game ahead of action starting up again this month

Premier League football will return on June 17 after a stretch of three months without a ball being kicked due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Diehard fans will be all too aware that the return of action also means a return of Fantasy Premier League, so it's time to get your team in order before the big restart.

The basic premise remains the same, but a few changes are being implemented for the restart, which take into consideration the extraordinary circumstances in which the season is being finished.

So, how will Fantasy Premier League work when the games kick off again? Goal brings you everything you need to know.

Contents

  1. Unlimited free transfers
    1. Players with most points
  2. Gameweek changes
    1. Gameweek deadlines
  3. New H2H leagues can be created
  4. Unused chips remain available
  5. More substitutions

Unlimited free transfers

FPL managers will be able to make unlimited free transfers without using their wildcard up until the deadline of the first gameweek of the restart.

That means you will be free to totally overhaul your team to optimise it for the final gameweeks of the season, so you can figure out which players are fit and best for the restart period.

As well as that, there will be no price changes on players until after the first gameweek deadline passes.

Who are the top scoring players on FPL?

To help you pick which players you should have in your team, here are the top 10 players on FPL based on current points totals.

Rank Player Club Points
1 Mohamed Salah Liverpool 186
2 Kevin De Bruyne Man City 178
3 Sadio Mane Liverpool 175
4 Jamie Vardy Leicester City 167
5 Trent Alexander Arnold Liverpool 166
6 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 152
7 Raul Jimenez Wolves 147
8 Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 141
9 Danny Ings Southampton 140
10 Andy Robertson Liverpool 137

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Gameweek changes

For the remainder of the 2019-20 season, the gameweeks will be understood as 'Gameweek 30+', 'Gameweek 31+' and so on.

Gameweek 30+ will be a double gameweek. It will incorporate two postponed matches from Gameweek 28 (Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United) with the full spread from Gameweek 30.

When are the gameweek deadlines?

  • GW30+: Wednesday June 17, 5pm BST (12 noon ET)
  • GW31+: Tuesday June 23, 5pm BST (12 noon ET)
  • GW32+: Saturday June 27, 11:30am BST (6:30am ET)
  • GW33+: Saturday July 4, 2pm BST (9am ET)
  • GW34+: Wednesday July 8, 7pm BST (2pm ET)
  • GW35+: Saturday July 11, 2pm BST (9am ET)
  • GW36+: Wednesday July 15, 7pm BST (2pm ET)
  • GW37+: Saturday July 18, 2pm BST (9am ET)
  • GW38+: Sunday July 26, 2pm BST (9am ET)

Gameweek deadlines are usually set for one hour before the kick-off time of the first fixture of a gameweek. You can see each of the remaining nine gameweek deadlines above.

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New H2H leagues can be created

Old Head-to-Head leagues have concluded, but new leagues can be created for the final nine gameweeks from GW30+ to GW38+. Classic leagues, however, will continue as normal.

Create a new H2H league on FPL here.

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Unused chips remain available

FPL organisers have confirmed that any unused chips and Wildcards will remain available until the end of the season.

The Free Hit, Triple Captain and Bench Boost chips will be available for use in GW30+, which is as mentioned a double gameweek.

Wildcards, Free Hit & FPL chips explained

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More substitutions

The Premier League will now allow teams to make up to five substitutions each in a game, in line with the Covid-19-inspired temporary rule change and recommendations made by the IFAB and FIFA.

Clubs are expected to buy in to the idea of greater squad rotation in an attempt to minimise injuries to players in what is set to be a gruelling period of intense action for the players.

As the FPL Scout notes, this is good news for fringe players: "Those who have been mainly reduced to appearances off the bench could now be pushing for first-team outings as their managers make numerous changes across the remainder of the season."

That means it could be possible to pick up more points with players who are cheaper, allowing you to potentially stretch your budget further.

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