FPL preview – tips and tricks for what to do in GW18

The 2020/2021 campaign has been the most chaotic in Fantasy Premier League history.

Match cancellations, rearrangements and inconsistent performance have made it difficult to select your team from week to week and unpredictability is expected to continue in GW18.

If you’re having trouble deciding what to do, check out our handy guide to upcoming matches.

Jack Grealish
Villa players must go… for now | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

While it’s tempting to hold onto your chips for as long as possible, especially during such a chaotic season like this, your Free Hit does want to be played during GW18.

No less than eight teams will not be in action, which is sure to leave gaping holes in your FPL starting XI. The absence of Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester and Aston Villa is particularly shocking as they have some of the most possessed players in the game.

While Gameweeks 29 and 33 won’t feature a full match contingent either, playing your wild or free move to mitigate GW18’s hit is in our opinion a must.

Bring Bruno Fernandes into your team
Get Bruno Fernandes in your team | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

If you’re one of the fools who stoically refuses to add Son Heung-min, Bruno Fernandes or Kevin de Bruyne to your starting XI, this is the opportune week to bring one – or ideally all three – of them.

The players each have an easy game with Manchester United taking on Burnley, Tottenham facing Fulham and Manchester City hosting Brighton.

If you’re using your free shot this week, you should prioritize signing these three proven getters, even if that means filling the rest of the slots with less famous names.

Patrick Cutrone, Tyrick Mitchell
Tyrick Mitchell – good and cheap | Sam Bagnall – AMA / Getty Images

If you decide to spend the money on Son, Fernandes, and De Bruyne, you’ll need good deals to temper your heavy spending.

Few defenders are better than Crystal Palace prospect Tyrick Mitchell. Priced at just £ 3.9million, the 21-year-old has started each of the Eagles’ last two games and that run is expected to continue as they travel to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal.

Also, especially if you’re using your free kick, don’t be afraid to bring in bench fillers that you know won’t play. There are loads of £ 4.0million goalkeepers available, as well as several midfielders and strikers who tip the scales at just £ 4.3million.

Man City players are unmissable
Man City players are essential | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

For GW18 you need to have three players from at least one of Manchester’s clubs, as the matches against Brighton and Burnley are too appetizing to pass up.

At just £ 5million, John Stones is a natural choice when it comes to defense, while Phil Foden’s £ 6.2million price tag is just as tempting. In the United camp, Victor Lindelof is pretty good value for money at £ 4.8million, while £ 9.6million Marcus Rashford is another interesting proposition.

Anthony Martial has been missed this season, but at £ 8.8million he could be worth a punt, if only until your free shot expires next week.

Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden
Give the armband to De Bruyne | Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Making the right captain call can turn a disappointing week of play into a massive win.

During GW18 the usual suspects namely Son and Fernandes are solid options, but you should also consider handing the armband back to De Bruyne.

The Belgian is set to start against Brighton and he might even reprise the fake nine-year-old role he excelled in against Chelsea a few weeks ago.