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Fortunately, the FPL offers a number of ways in which you can give your fantasy team a makeover at the start of the season.
The first month of the Premier League has already shown some heady performances. Credit: Getty Images / Michael Regan Getty Images / PA Wire.
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What is the FPL wildcard and when can I use it?
The wildcard option is very popular with the FPL manager as it gives you unlimited free transfers which essentially allows you to rip apart your underperforming roster and start over.
The wildcard is available twice per season – once in the first half of the season and then again in the second half of the season.
While there is no need to rush to use it unless required, it is worth noting that your first wildcard must be used by December 28th, the second wildcard will be available when the first expires and is available until the end of the season.
What is the FPL-Free-Hit and when can I use it?
The free hit option is almost identical to the wildcard – with one very big difference.
If you’re unsure of wanting to make permanent changes to your roster, but your roster needs a serious boost to climb the leaderboard, Free Hit might be your best option.
Using the option gives you unlimited free transfers, although the changes only take a week before you return to your original roster, as opposed to a permanent change that you get with the wildcard.
Is Patrick Bamford injured in Leeds’ game against West Ham this weekend?
It certainly looks like the popular Leeds United striker may miss his side’s home game against David Moyes’ West Ham this weekend.
The English striker is featured on many FPL teams but missed the Whites’s Caraboa Cup win over Fulham during the week and his manager Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that both Bamford and teammate Luke Ayling could be absent this weekend.
“Bamford has an ankle injury and ayling knee. [Their availability against West Ham] is subject to the development that they have, ”said the Argentine boss.
Who are the FPL top scorers so far?
Would you like to use your free match or your wildcard? Do you need inspiration on who to include? Then take a look at which Premier League stars have earned the most points so far.
Mo Salah – Midfield, Liverpool (50 points)
The Egyptian striker is overlooked by some managers for being the most expensive player in the game and continues to show that he is definitely worth stepping up on.
He has just topped 100 Premier League goals and given his bizarre list as a midfielder in the FPL, he should really be on your squad if you want guaranteed points.
Michael Antonio – Forward, West Ham United (39 points)
The Jamaican striker got off to a phenomenal start to the season, scoring one goal per game, making him the Hammers’ all-time top scorer.
The 31-year-old only costs £ 7.9m and is well worth adding to your roster. He is the second best scorer despite missing the Manchester United game last week due to a suspension. He’s back for the fight this week, however, so get him back on your team.
Saïd Benrahma – Midfielder, West Ham United (38 points)
Another reason the Hammers got off to a great start is the shape of Algerian star Benrahma, who scored again in the game against Manchester United last week.
The 25-year-old, who signed to Brentford last summer, took a while to get going, but he’s paying back his reported £ 25m fee with interest in its current form. His side face a leaky defense from Leeds United this weekend so there is reason to believe he will add to his impressive goal record this weekend.
Marcos Alonso – Defender, Chelsea (38 points)
The dead ball specialist appeared to be leaving Stamford Bridge last summer but the left-back has pushed his way back into Chelsea’s first team under Thomas Tuchel and has started the new season fabulously.
He’s the most points defender so far and Chelsea looks very strong at the back – and at the top – so get him in your side.
Paul Pogba – Midfielder, Manchester United (34 points)
While Graeme Souness is likely to disagree, Juventus’ £ 96million signing to the Red Devils this season has been world class so far, turning into an assistant machine for an overhauled Old Trafford squad who was helped by the additions of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The World Cup winner is anything but expensive, it is a bargain in its current form and costs only £ 7.7 million.