FPL Season Restart – Everything You Need to Know

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With the FPL season restarting this week, we look at the most important changes and details you need to know for Gameweek 30+ and beyond.

FPL managers everywhere rejoice! The Premier League returns to action this week, and with it so too does fantasy football.

However, managers can expect to come back to a very different FPL landscape when the season resumes this Wednesday. The global pandemic brought with it sweeping transformations to our every day lives, and football was no exception. Both the Premier League and FPL introduced a series of changes which impact players and FPL managers worldwide.

As the FPL season restarts after a 3 month hiatus, managers must take note of, and adjust to, the following developments:

GWs are now called GW+

The Premier League season was suspended following the (partial) completion of FPL Gameweek 29. However, while the Premier League was suspended, FPL continued to roll their Gameweeks as originally scheduled until the completion of Gameweek 38.

As the FPL season restarts, the schedule will pick up from Gameweek 30, but instead of GW30 it will be called GW30+. The Gameweek that follows will be called GW31+, and so on until GW38+. This simple revision allows the FPL developers to retain most of the game’s framework, while also providing intuitive naming for the FPL managers.

GW30+ is a DGW

There is no better way to kick things off again than for the FPL season to restart with a Double Gameweek (DGW).

Manchester City, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Aston Villa all feature twice in DGW30+. Below is the full schedule for the four sides:

Man City: Arsenal (H), Burnley (H)
Arsenal: Man City (A), Brighton (A)
Sheffield Utd: Aston Villa (A), Newcastle (A)
Aston Villa: Sheffield Utd (H), Chelsea (H)

With no guaranteed future Double Gameweeks announced this season, FPL managers need to quickly decide how to best navigate this rare opportunity.

Temporary Unlimited Transfers

Due to unprecedented circumstances, FPL has decided that it will grant all FPL managers unlimited transfers until the GW30+ deadline. This means that you do not need to be in possession of, or activate a Wildcard to completely reconstruct your team. However, a few words of caution for FPL managers looking to really shake things up:

While player price changes are locked until GW30+ starts, team value is not. Profit taxes still apply just like before. Make sure you are not selling players who have risen in price unless you are sure you will not be bringing them back.

Another important note is revolving around using the Free Hit chip. If you use the Free Hit chip, your team will revert to your GW38 lineup after DGW30+. In other words, it will be the team that you started with before using any of your unlimited transfers. Do not use your Free Hit chip unless your team is already set up for the long term, or you plan on using a Wildcard.

Need help selecting a DGW 30+ team? Check out this post to get you started.

Compressed Schedule

In an attempt to wrap up the season, the FA has decided to compress the Premier League schedule. The result of that is that all GW30+ to GW38+ games will be played between June 17th and July 26th.

We highly recommend that you take a look at Ben Crellin’s spreadsheet for an overview of the new FPL schedule. This is an extremely useful resource that many top tier managers utilize.

A condensed schedule will mean more game action for less-than-fit players. Injury and rotation risk will be high, so the obvious advice is to make sure your team is balanced with a strong bench.

New Premier League Substitution Rules

Similar to the Bundesliga, the Premier League is introducing a change to the substitution rules to help protect the players. Premier League teams will now be allowed to make up to 5 substitutions per game. This will allow teams to better shield their players from fatigue and injury as they enter a very aggressive game schedule.

For FPL managers, this means that you can expect to see more rotation of previously designated “rotation-proof” players. However, it also means that certain bench players will now see increased playing time at their clubs. Players like Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood come to mind as intriguing bench options.

Additional Resources

Official FPL statement on FPL Season Restart
Ben Crellin’s Fixture Spreadsheet

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