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Strength in depth will be key for FPL managers ahead of a busy December

In her latest column, FPL Community’s Holly Shand has one eye on building a trustworthy FPL squad ahead of a busy month of Premier League football.


Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, not least because there’s tons of football to watch, with the Gameweeks coming thick and fast.

Having two free transfers has been great for tinkering so far in this international break, with a final gap to take stock and set up before the relentless festive schedule sets in.

The mathematician in me can’t help but crunch the numbers: there are nine Gameweeks between now and January 2. We can then add into the mix two more group games for the seven teams still involved in Europe, League Cup quarter-finals – and don’t forget Liverpool head off to the Club World Cup. That’s two more important games for Liverpool, creating a Blank Gameweek 18 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) for themselves and West Ham United. That’s 12 matches in 41 days for the Reds.

So during this busy stretch, we Fantasy managers need to have a squad of reliable players who ideally start every single game and aren’t prone to injury.

We know rotation will happen during this period and we will need our benches, particularly in Gameweek 18 when our Liverpool and West Ham assets are without a Premier League fixture.

The midweek Gameweek 15 and the quick turnaround between Gameweeks 19 and 20 (less than 15 hours separates the culmination of the former from the start of the latter) will also be pinch points.

The likes of Mohamed Salah (£12.3m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) and Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) were benched in the early-December midweek round of fixtures last season, while Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) was among the cluster of players who faced substitute duty at least once over the busy festive period.

A lack of press conferences will do little to help us Fantasy managers, too – only a handful of managers held media gatherings in the run-up to the Boxing Day fixtures in 2018/19. 

So looking at my own squad, I’ve got some problem areas and a Christmas wishlist!

Neal Maupay (£6.0m) has done little to impress since transferring him in two weeks ago. I’m snookered with Chelsea assets, having already tripled up, but Christian Pulisic (£7.4) is tempting. I feel over-invested in Manchester City midfielders, given their patchy form and tricky fixtures: Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) and Sterling feels too much right now. Todd Cantwell (£4.7m) seems to pick up injuries very easily and his starting berth is under threat. Erik Pieters (£4.7m) has lost his place in Burnley’s back four and Grant Hanley (£4.0m) has barely played. Why do I even have a Norwich City defender?

The problem list is lengthy and beyond what two free transfers can fix. I’m not against taking a hit or two though. 

Onto my Christmas list, then.

I want to jump on board the emerging template front three, by bringing in Raul Jimenez (£7.3m) to go alongside Tammy Abraham (£8.0m) and Jamie Vardy (£9.6m). The only issue here is that Jimenez is flagged with injury, although he has reported for international duty with Mexico.

Vardy is my only Leicester City asset, with temptation to move for a triple-up. I find it difficult to separate James Maddison (£7.5m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.6m) beyond their price and I could be tempted to buy both if it wasn’t for the solidarity and value in the Leicester defence, which would also be nice to tap into.

Top of the list was a triple-up on Liverpool, bringing in another star to sit alongside Sadio Mane (£12.1m) and Alexander-Arnold. Double defence or double attack? Well, it’s emerged that Salah and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) both have niggling ankle issues, which is enough to deter me for now over this busy period.

So, the big issue I need to decide on, is which Man City midfielder to ditch. The underlying statistics aren’t great for Sterling or De Bruyne, with Sterling seemingly stuck on the wing and banned from cutting in, without Benjamin Mendy (£5.9m) in the side. 

De Bruyne’s key passes haven’t converted to ‘big chances’ of late, but he can make a mockery of his underlying statistics with just one set piece. De Bruyne seems the better value in the long term and with Sterling already on four yellow cards and a ban looming, that might give me just the excuse to part company for now.

So it looks like this week, I’ll take a -4 which will involve selling Maupay, Sterling and Pieters for Jimenez, a Leicester midfielder and a Foxes defender. That will leave me plenty of cash in the bank, with Hanley and Cantwell set to be moved out in future weeks to strengthen the bench – if there aren’t other fires to fight!

I may take a -8 so that I can avoid playing two Chelsea attackers away at Manchester City, but it does feel a bit unnecessary right now.

That’s the loose strategy – let’s see what the international break throws at me to scupper all those grand plans!


Holly, the founder of FPL Community, has two top 10k finishes in five FPL seasons, is a regular guest on the FPL Show and recent addition to the Scoutcast line-up.

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683 Comments Post a Comment
  1. wonkeydonkey
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 19 hours ago

    Tough week to know what to do. Thinking I could do a -4 for:
    Pepe + Rico -> Maddison + Robbo?

    Or do I look to bring in Salah/Martial/ roll free transfer???

    Pope (Stek)
    TAA, Soy, Lund, Tomori, Rico
    Mane, KDB, Pepe, Mount, Hayden
    Vardy, Jimenez, Abra

    1. FOO FIGHTER
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Wait till the IB is over.

      • The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Very good transfers for - 4pts, I would do it

      • Win'dian
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 17 hours ago

        I wont be locking 2 places for liv def. Would rather keep a place for salah/forming in case liv attack goes berserk with coming fixtures. Also liv defensive stats aren't the best imo

    2. ClassiX
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      To complete a front 8 of: Mane, KDB, Maddi, Martial, Vardy, Abrahams should I go:
      a) Jimenez, McGinn
      b) Pulisic, Ings?

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        RMT tool recommends "b"

      2. I hate Moreno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        If you like 6m on your bench every week then b.

        1. I hate Moreno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          No I think about it - Pulisic and Mousset and pocket the other mil/put it in defence.

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Have you seen his defence?

            1. I hate Moreno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              I have now. What about it?

              1. Dynamic Duos
                • 6 Years
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                Where would he upgrade?

        2. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          But A if you like 5.8m on your bench every week? Actually laughing at you.

          1. I hate Moreno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Yeah A if you like 5.8m on your bench. I appreciate they are very similar price options.

        3. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          I know there's a thing about leaving cash on the bench, but I found last year that having a decent bench through December to New year boosted my rank from around 250k to 60k, so following similar startegy this year.

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Yeah good strategy

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            B btw

            1. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              Thanks Dynamic

        4. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Thanks for the feedback. RMT tool actually has Ings outscoring Jimenez over next 6, but there seems very little love for Danny boy...

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            He is a very good option, lots will agree actually

      3. Ógie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        I recommend A

        I reckon Pulisic has a good chance of matching KDB so why not have him too?

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          It's possible to have Pulisic and Jimmi, but it means I have to have 2 x 4m defenders (eg Williams and Schelotto) instead of Tomori and Janmaat. (my other defenders are TAA, Lundy and Soy)

          1. Dynamic Duos
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            No he means , Pulisic, McGinn and Jiminez no KDB, I actually like this option to.

            1. ClassiX
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              Hmmm - problem will be captain options in GW18 and 19. Without KDB my options are either Mane or Vardy (and maybe Tammy). Also, feel twitchy about not having any City. In theory, I could get DSilva (who also appears to be off everyones radar despite 4 double-digit hauls this season with limited minutes), and upgrade Tomori to Robbo.

          2. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Well your other defenders are nailed and would be hard to bench anyway so maybe you can afford a risk or two back there.

            1. Dynamic Duos
              • 6 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              Yeah agree. Reid is one to watch.

              1. Ógie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                He would be a fantastic enabler if he gets back into the first team alright.

              2. Conik
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 16 hours ago

                Don't get the obsession over finding ever more budget defenders. Rico is playing, Lundstram is playing, Janmatt, Kelly......

                What does adding another name to that list enable?

                1. bench boost for every gamew…
                  • 2 Years
                  29 days, 15 hours ago

                  because everyone owns them already, another cheap one could mess up a little with the core of players we choose from. West ham defender have to pay me to get into my team... that´s what i learned the first year i played, only exception is Fab.

      4. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        I prefer B

        1. ClassiX
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Cheers

    3. The Man Pastore
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 19 hours ago

      Pope Button
      TAA Chilwell Lundstram Lowton Kelly
      Mane KDB Maddison Mount Cantwell
      Vardy Abraham C. Wilson

      1FT / 1.9ITB

      My plan is:

      - This week : Wilson --> Jimenez for FT

      - Next week : Lowton + Cantwell --> Robbo + Hayden for -4pts

      Is it a good plan?

      1. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Don't think you need to do the Cantwell to Hayden for -4

        1. Dynamic Duos
          • 6 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          I think it is for funds mate.

        2. The Man Pastore
          • 5 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          I would br 0.1m short to get Robbo if I dont...

          1. ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            Ah, sorry mate.

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Planning a -4 usually doesn’t work out

    4. Free Hat
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        I've read Jesus missed a penalty in a friendly yesterday vs Argentina.

        He surely must have one of the worst track records in penaltys ever.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • 3 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          Wonder if Sterling will get a few soon

        2. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 2 Years
          29 days, 19 hours ago

          City´s best pen taker is prob the one who saves some-)

          Kun is pretty decent tbf, and strong mentality. David Silva is the one i would have gone for, Gundogan also good on pens.

      • SouthCoastSaint
        • 8 Years
        29 days, 19 hours ago

        Jiménez back very late after his game vs Bermuda and Wolves have Europa midweek.

        Not deterring anyone?

        1. Would Ed Woodward
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            He always plays, Nuno seems to have certain players that he never rotates or rests. Coady, Boly, Jimenez to name three.

          • Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            29 days, 19 hours ago

            It's too late now to be worried about him being on international duty for those of us that have already taken the plunge on Raul.

            I think his non owners will be more worried by his form that he brought into international duty with him clocking up 2 goals and 1 assist against Panama.

            1. Would Ed Woodward
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                What happened to the manager saying European based players wouldn't be selected? Did I dream that?

                1. Ógie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  I read that too somewhere and it was a factor in bringing Jimenez in but i am glad i did anyway.

                  Fpl managers love going for players without international obligations but if they are in good form they will probably get called up anyway.

                  It is only a matter of time before Martail gets a call up i reckon.

              • FOO FIGHTER
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  Panama not that great are they?

                  I had Jimenez but moved him on because too many are getting him.

                  1. Firminoooo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    29 days, 15 hours ago

                    Hipster

              • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                • 6 Years
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                From what I have read, he won't play vs Bermuda

              • dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Mexico qualified for Nations cup semi with Panama win so I would expect he will not play Bermuda game.

                1. SouthCoastSaint
                  • 8 Years
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  Just seen the standings. Good news for owners! Was hoping for a nice rest given I backed Ings

                2. Amey
                  • 1 Year
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  Awesome

              • ...al - Come out to the coa…
                • 10 Years
                29 days, 17 hours ago

                Should be grand

            2. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 19 hours ago

              1FT & 2.8m ITB. Best move here or any other suggestions welcome. Cheers 🙂

              A. Mount >> Richarlison
              B. Tomori >> Robbo
              C. KDB >> Salah
              D. Save

              Pope
              TAA • Lunds • Soyuncu
              KDB • Mané • Maddison • Martial • Mount
              Vardy • Tammy
              (McG. Rico. Tomori. Connelly)

              1. Rhodes your boat
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                Wait to see if salah is fit first

              2. Rhodes your boat
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                But I’d save anyway

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 19 hours ago

                  Thanks mate

              3. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                29 days, 19 hours ago

                Save this week.

                Mount to Pulisic or Tom to Robbo or KDB to Salah next week.

                1. yakirh
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 16 hours ago

                  This
                  We need more info

            3. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              Pope
              TAA - Soy - Lundy - Rico
              Mane - Sterling - KDB - Mount
              Vardy - Abraham

              (4.0 Connolly Cantwell Tomori)
              1ft & 1.6m itb

              Save FT this week?

              Or sell Sterling/KDB + Cantwell and get Maddison/Tielemans & Martial?

              Thoughts?

              1. Pras Scott Talent
                • 7 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Yup save imo. Worth holding the City guys this week for a fixture they likely won’t get rested for and there should be goals. It may also help you decide which of KDB or Sterling to sell.

                1. Win'dian
                  • 3 Years
                  29 days, 17 hours ago

                  This

            4. rokonto
              • 4 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              A. Pukki, Saka out
              Greenwood, Tielemans in -4
              or wait to do next week
              B.Dingne out
              Pukki out
              Saka out
              Soyunchu in
              Greenwood in
              Maddison in -4

              1. Grand Thibauto
                • 4 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                Pukki Digne out Jimenez Soyuncu in

            5. Wild Rover
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              29 days, 18 hours ago

              I'm up for playing BB gw 17. 3 x Chelsea, Leicester, and Liverpool,2 Sheff U plus Pope, Martial and Manu,Palace def. Just look at those juicy fixtures! Can't be arsed messing around trying to get a decent dgw bench only to see several players benched for at least one game.

              1. Grievez
                • 8 Years
                29 days, 18 hours ago

                You've got my attention.
                Have you many changes to make to make that happen?
                Bench 3 pool in 18 is it?

                1. Wild Rover
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  29 days, 18 hours ago

                  I have 13 already, would just need to swop dead keeper and a def with 17.5 itb. Yep, will likely bench 3 Pool as bench has decent fixtures

                  1. Wild Rover
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    *1.7m

                  2. FOO FIGHTER
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      I am also playing all 3 my bench to cover Pool GW18 blank.

                2. Would Ed Woodward
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    I was considering GW15 as I'm gonna have a major benching headache, I'd need to get in a second keeper that week though and downgrade Pope the week after.

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      I have considered this week but Pope v Man City puts me off a bit, could get a few save points I guess

                  • Christina.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    😯

                    1. Christina.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Interesting....

                  • Amey
                    • 1 Year
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    Was thinking about similar way to use BB this season.
                    20+ is successful !
                    Instead of having to go for 15 DWG players after using WC (which rarely pays off) can concentrate on playing 11 instead afterwards.
                    GL WR !

                    1. Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      Ta 🙂

                  • EMBOLOFAN
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    29 days, 18 hours ago

                    this approach also helps to cover liverpool bgw 18. going to have a think

                    1. Grand Thibauto
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      this is a key point here

                      1. Grand Thibauto
                        • 4 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        just realized the cons to this too, although I have a strong team for gw17 and 11 sure starters for gw18, I still have 3 chelsea against 3 leics against city away

                        1. Wild Rover
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Surely you wouldn't be selling Leics players just because they have City? I'm not at all worried about Chelsea assets v Spurs because they are all attackers

                          1. Grand Thibauto
                            • 4 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            I won't; I just may not have 3 leics

                            1. Wild Rover
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                              At home to Norwich in gw17?

                              1. Wild Rover
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 9 Years
                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                And home to watford in gw15

                    2. Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      Indeed, having to sell any because you don't have a bench could be expensive

                  • FOO FIGHTER
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Sounds like a plan.

                    • Dynamic Duos
                      • 6 Years
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Leave you all to it, go.

                    • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      29 days, 18 hours ago

                      Planning to wc just before then, could work very nicely.

                      One caveat that is worth thinking about: sometimes in dgw good teams (last year it was liverpool) only have one game. For me, the bench boost lets me play big club players in a single fixture without having to bench dgw okay options (looking at you, duffy).

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        29 days, 18 hours ago

                        Deulofeu saved me last season 😀
                        I can't go by that root atm though in GW 15/17 as I don't have ££ to upgrade second GK atm.

                    • Ógie
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      You seem to be a fan of playing the BB chip outside of what seems to be the best time which is the DGW's.I seem to remember you using it very early last season,maybe gw1? with some success too.

                      I kind of like the logic you are using,after all most manages will be scrambling for the same cohort of players for the DGW's getting ready to deploy the BB and TC chips which is kind of boring.

                      It will be hard to outscore some of the DGW BB teams as having two bites of the cherry simply increases the odds of more points.
                      Good luck with it if you decide to use it outside of the accepted norm as i admire managers that think and act outside the box.

                      1. Wild Rover
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        I did yep. You are right about having two bites but generally 3 on the bench are gk/defs and finding affordable options with two good fixtures isn't easy and then there is a chance some don't play twice. Very likely that they will only score 1 or 2pts in one of the games

                        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          The real benefit is the ability to bring in exactly who you want with your second WC with the budget allowed by having 2-4 bottom of the bargain bucket benchers.

                          1. AndyCook
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            29 days, 17 hours ago

                            I agree, putting money on the bench to get you 15 players who look like playing twice costs you points in other gameweeks

                      2. AndyCook
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        A lot of weight goes on the double gameweek score but for me there has to be consideration of how many transfers you require to set your team up (and dismantle it again) to get 15 double gameweek players, this doesn’t show in the double gameweek score. I personally have found that spending transfers to inevitably put more money on the bench in a double gameweek to then leave it there is less effective than getting in a second playing keeper when I already have bench players with good fixtures in another gameweek.

                        1. Wild Rover
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Agreed.

                    • ...al - Come out to the coa…
                      • 10 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      Best o luck

                    • Wild Rover
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      Likely team would be

                      Pope // Guaita
                      TAA // Robbo // Chilwell // Ward // Lundstram
                      Pulisic // Mané //Martial // Maddison // Mount
                      Vardy // Abraham // Mousset

                      .6m otb at today's prices. Maybe Stevens instead of Ward?

                      All at home 3 v Watford, 3 v Norwich, 3 v Bournemouth, 2 Brighton, 2 v Villa, 1 v Everton, 1 v Newcastle

                      1. potatoace
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Have you looked at gw15 for BB.

                        1. Wild Rover
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Yep but Pope, Martial and 3 x Liverpool have worse fixtures imo. Playing it in gw18 also helps cover the Liverpool blank in gw 18 as discussed above

                      2. The 12th Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        I’m considering Rashford >> Mousset or Ayew instead of going Jimenez enabling a Cantwell upgrade to have a full squad of starters.

                    • Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      29 days, 16 hours ago

                      Certainly could work... but I think anyone doing that needs to be driven more because of a confidence in GW17’s fixtures rather than the threat of rotation in DGW’s

                      Leicester, Utd and City all have league cup qtr finals 3 days after GW17 for example (Albeit how much they do/don’t care is very debatable), and 3 league games in 7 days the week before (GW14,15,16 are so compressed)....

                      Liverpool technically do as well but granted, they won’t play a senior team vs Villa... but they do depart for that Club World Circus the day following GW17, and also have the same 3 games in 7 days the prior week

                      I’d personally rather just continue to play the law of averages with a possible maximum of 4 extra games to capitalise on in a DGW myself - using the second WC, BB, TC combo for the DGW’s around the last third of the season just widens the net for catching points

                      But that approach is very template and not something that really excites anymore, I’m not a massive fan of those chips personally

                      1. Wild Rover
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        29 days, 16 hours ago

                        It's not just the threat of rotation. As AndyCook and Eddie said above, it's also the effect planning for a DGW bench has on the team both before and after. Also it helps with the Liverpool blank. If you look at my potential team above I don't think ant of my Leicester players will not start and I'm more than happy with all of the fixtures. There may only be two DGW's this season in which case saving BB becomes less important.

                        1. Wild Rover
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                          *any of my Leicester or Liverpool

                        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                          There’s for sure a bit of planning required in the combo of the second WC, BB, TC targeted at the DGW’s in the final third of season - I’d rather do that planning and widen the net for points using the DGW’s

                          But there’s certainly nothing set in stone that says that planning strategy succeeds and a GW17 BB fails

                      2. Conik
                        • 3 Years
                        29 days, 16 hours ago

                        Exactly this. I agree that anybody ripping up their team to shoehorn in 15 starters for a DGW is doing it wrong. However, anybody who has 8/9 from Liecester, Liverpool and Chelsea in 17 is likely to suffer in 18.

                        I'd say that anytime you have 15 starters you should consider BB, but for me this will still be after second WC and around a DGW.

                        1. Wild Rover
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                          Are you avoiding players from these teams because of gw18? BB in gw17 allows me to bench three Liverpool, Spurs away is not a worry for three Chelsea attackers and who wouldn't want three Leicester at home to Norwich? Easy to transfer defender out for City game if desired.

                          1. Wild Rover
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            Plus anybody who doesn't have 8/9 from Leicester, Liverpool and Chelsea in 17 is likely to suffer in 17

                        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                          Yeah my thoughts are similar

                          For me in GW18 (all being well) I’ll be benching TAA, Robbo, Salah and of my current squad my GW18 lineup is:

                          Pope
                          Chilwell, Rico, Lundstram
                          Martial, Maddison, KDB, Mount
                          Tammy, Vardy, Connolly

                          I’m fine with Leicester attackers away to city and city attackers at home to Leicester, and Connolly and Rico actually have decent(ish) GW18 fixtures. I’m also ok with Chilwell away to city too in so far as anything he gets over 1 point is a bonus

                          So the only transfers I’m really interested in at the minute are potentially Mount > Pulisic, and Button > Henderson... so bench boosting Connolly & Rico away to Chelsea & Palace in GW17 really doesn’t appeal to me (when I can line up a maximum 4 extra games later in the season) and neither does selling them at the minute to prepare for a one game BB in 17

                          All situational though, BB17 may make more sense for some teams for sure

                  • Riggs
                    • 1 Year
                    29 days, 17 hours ago

                    I have 2 FT:
                    A) KDB and Matip OUT - Martial and TAA IN
                    B) Auba and Matip OUT - Jimenez and TAA IN
                    C) VVD and Matip OUT - RIco and TAA IN (I will have 1 Liv def, but keep KDB and Auba)

                    The team is:
                    Ryan (Button)
                    VVD Matip Syouncy Lundstram (Kelly)
                    Mane KDB Mount Maddison (Cantwell)
                    Auba Vardy Abraham

                    1. Win'dian
                      • 3 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      C for me amongst these. Though I'd look to transfer Cantwell out if 2 ft and nothing much pressing issue

                  • lilmessipran
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    29 days, 17 hours ago

                    Anyone here who likes to punt? Any tips for league one games today?

                    1. Dynamic Duos
                      • 6 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      Blackpool yes, Coventry yes, Rotherham yes.

                      1. lilmessipran
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        thanks, Blackpool win does look good value for a punt

                        1. Dynamic Duos
                          • 6 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          I'm having this £5 on it, maybe I will add Gillingham yes to.

                          1. lilmessipran
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            29 days, 17 hours ago

                            I like btts for the Gillingham game slightly better

                            1. Dynamic Duos
                              • 6 Years
                              29 days, 17 hours ago

                              Yeah ok I did look at that because Licoln are favourites, I will just have btts for that game then

                  • FOO FIGHTER
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      When are the double GW's?

                      1. Ógie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Yet to be announced but i think they fell over gw's34 and 35 last season if that helps.

                        1. Dynamic Duos
                          • 6 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          32 they started mate.

                          1. Ógie
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            29 days, 17 hours ago

                            Oh yeah maybe so.

                            That was only a small one though with not the best fixtures for using chips if memory serves me right.

                        2. Amey
                          • 1 Year
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          This season there is something different than last 2 i guess.
                          Pool are assured to have a dgw.
                          TC Salah .....
                          Well i TC'ed Sane last season for 1 point 😀
                          I'm excited about dgw's already

                      2. potatoace
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Definitely one gw37
                        Possible one gw34, but that is also the week of a bgw so could cancel out.
                        Others tbh, but according to bcrellin we're going to see less big dgw this year...maybe not even enough to play all the chips.

                    • Nightf0x
                      • 4 Years
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      Which ?

                      A) gw13, Lowton wilson -4 to robo ings (or) baldock jimy
                      gw14, mount to puli
                      Gw15, son to madison

                      B) gw13, mount Wilson -4 to richar jimy/ings
                      Gw14, richar to puli
                      Gw15, son lowton -4 to madison robo

                      C) gw13, mount wilson -4 to madison jimy/ings
                      gw14 roll ft
                      gw15 lowton son to robo puli

                    • Kaiser123
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      29 days, 17 hours ago

                      I’m going with a 3-5-2 with flexibility in defence. Front attacking 7 plus Robbo and TAA. Just going rotate Soy, Lund and Rico.

                      1. Amey
                        • 1 Year
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        This will be the template in the upcoming weeks IMO

                      2. ...al - Come out to the coa…
                        • 10 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Already there

                        Join the party

                      3. AndyCook
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Unless you want Salah and Mane this looks to be what most will choose as you will have money left over provided you don’t fancy Sterling, Kane, Aubameyang but you also miss out on the value provided by Söyüncü, Lundstram and possibly Tomori

                      4. in sane in de bruyne
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        I'm going 4-4-2 with those 5 defenders

                        1. GuenDoozy
                            29 days, 17 hours ago

                            Same

                      5. Ógie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        Christie goal
                        McGinn assist

                      6. royals forever
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        29 days, 17 hours ago

                        If Robertson is still injured who is the best 6.0 - 7.0 DF to have on WC for this back 7

                        Henderson Gazzaniga

                        TAA Cahill Lundstram Janmaat xxxxxxxx

                        Can’t have any Leicester DFs because I already have Vardy, Maddison & Tielemans

                        Any ideas would be welcomed

                        1. in sane in de bruyne
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Id be tempted by Doherty

                        2. GuenDoozy
                            29 days, 17 hours ago

                            PVA

                            1. Amey
                              • 1 Year
                              29 days, 17 hours ago

                              The Relegater !

                          • Klaren
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            Probably Doherty assuming you are planning to play 4 at the back. If you are planning to play 3, I’d just go for a 4.5 max and reinvest the money in midfield or forward.

                        3. Marc Jobling
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          29 days, 17 hours ago

                          Does this site show Top 100k ownership?

                          1. Ógie
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            With the amount of people playing fpl these days that sample of the top 10k might be too small and maybe they should expand it.There is not a whole lot of a points difference between 100k and 10k right now anyways as only around 40 points separates them.

                            #the top 100k is the new top 10k

                        4. Wolves Ay We
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                          I think a double Liverpool defence only works well with a 4-4-2 formation.

                          Am I wrong?

                          1. Karan14
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            Agree with that

                            Don't want to bench 2 out of Soy, Tomori & Lundy every week.

                          2. Klaren
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            If it’s a defence consisting of TAA, Robertson, Lundstram, Rico and random 3.9/4.0, then it could work with a 3 defender formation but otherwise it’s too much value wasted on the bench so I agree.

                          3. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            Works with 5 at the back too.

                        5. ZeBestee
                          • 5 Years
                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                          No City nor Spurs attacking cover. Whom to go for over the festive season?

                          1) KDB
                          2) Son

                          1. Karan14
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            Son

                            1. ZeBestee
                              • 5 Years
                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                              Any solid reason?

                              1. Karan14
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                Fixtures are better and he's the stats to back up the form.

                          2. Bobby9
                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                              Kdb assists!
                              But
                              Son scores!

                              Thn upto yurs choice 🙂

                          3. rokonto
                            • 4 Years
                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                            Please hrlp...
                            A. Pukki, Saka out
                            Greenwood, Tielemans in -4
                            or wait to do next week
                            B.Dingne out
                            Pukki out
                            Saka out
                            Soyunchu in
                            Greenwood in
                            Maddison in -4

                            1. Bobby9
                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                A ....cuz

                                In B ....digne plays at home ....toffees are extremely good at home ...eg:-( eve vs tot)

                            2. Bobby9
                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                Sterling or Mane???

                                Thoughts running dat....

                                Sterling will make a major impact this gw...cuz he cant play at england match due to suspension ....so he can bounce bck with a fire in his feet think so....

                                Incase of mane this upcoming gw ...gut says that salah ll score over mane against eagles

                                Any opinions frdz 🙂

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    29 days, 16 hours ago

                                    Sterling is on 4 yellows and Mane is consistent and looking far better.

                                    1. lindeg
                                      • 1 Year
                                      29 days, 16 hours ago

                                      This, would have sterling over salah though

                                      1. Bobby9
                                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                                          Thank yu mate 🙂

                                      2. Bobby9
                                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                                          Thanks mate 🙂

                                      3. Bobby9
                                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                                          Any thoughts yet???

                                      4. lindeg
                                        • 1 Year
                                        29 days, 16 hours ago

                                        This is my first season playing fpl, and i understand the ideal strategy in playing the triple captain chip is in double gameweeks, but is there an ideal strategy for the bench boost chip?

                                        1. Ógie
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 6 Years
                                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                                          Ideally have 15 starting players with a decent chance of getting points over a DGW i guess but i have seen managers getting great results pulling the trigger outside of that when the opportunity presents itself.

                                          Fpl is a humbling game and what seems ideal pre deadline can look ill judged after the football is played

                                          1. The 5% Team
                                            • 1 Year
                                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                                            For the past 2 seasons I used the popular strategy of using WC one week before a double GW, getting in 14-15 players who play twice in that week, and then use the BB chip

                                            Worked out well one time, other time it was a disaster 🙂

                                            1. Ógie
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 6 Years
                                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                                              Yeah it can be hit and miss alright but in saying that i think the highest scores i have ever got were with the good oul dgw and chip combo.

                                              1. lindeg
                                                • 1 Year
                                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                                Cheers lads

                                      5. Lignja
                                        • 2 Years
                                        29 days, 16 hours ago

                                        2ft 0.3m itb

                                        A. Aguero, Cho to Lacazete(for 2 gw), Martial (enough money to swap Mount to Pulisic next week)

                                        B. Aguero, Cho, Dendoker to Maddison, Martial, Greenwood -4

                                        Pope
                                        Taa, Soyuncu, Lundstram, Rico, Kelly
                                        Mane, Kdb, Mount, Cho, Dendoker
                                        Abraham, Vardy, Aguero

                                        1. Bobby9
                                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                                            How about none????

                                            Gut says kun and kdb ll hit this gw

                                            1. Lignja
                                              • 2 Years
                                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                                              Keeping Aguero only if Jesus get injured, cant keep 12m player that i cant C

                                          • The 5% Team
                                            • 1 Year
                                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                                            I really like Laca and Martial as a few weeks differential duo

                                        2. Forza Papac
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 3 Years
                                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                                          It's Sh1te being Scottish

                                          1. JamieNumber4
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                                            I don’t get how we’re so bad

                                            1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 9 Years
                                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                                              It's because the national sport is caber tossing.

                                              1. Forza Papac
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 3 Years
                                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                                I think you'll find our national sport is curling

                                            2. Forza Papac
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 3 Years
                                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                                              Lack of pedigree and leadership. In the Walter Smith days we had Weir, McManus, Hartley, Ferguson, Fletcher, Miller etc. All winning trophies at their respective clubs. All leaders.

                                        3. Ógie
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 6 Years
                                          29 days, 16 hours ago

                                          McGinn goal

                                        4. Bobby9
                                            29 days, 16 hours ago

                                            Frds 🙂

                                            Ideal tym to use WC for DGW will b

                                            A ....gw15-16
                                            B .....gw19-20

                                            1. Bobby9
                                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                                Any opinions to share????

                                              • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                                • 6 Years
                                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                                We dont know about DGW, so whenever your team needs it

                                              • Firminoooo
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                • 3 Years
                                                29 days, 16 hours ago

                                                When Kane, Sterling, Aguero have a fantastic GW and everybody panic.

                                            2. unitednations
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 7 Years
                                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                                              Thoughts here with 1ft and 0m itb...

                                              Pope Heaton
                                              Taa Lundy Rico — Lascelles Tomori
                                              Sterling Kdb Martial Mount — Cantwell
                                              Tammy Rashford Vardy

                                              A: Sterling + Cantwell (price dropping) > Mane + Dendocker (-4)
                                              B: Rashford + Mount >> Maddison + Jimenez (-4)
                                              C: Save FT and reassess next gw
                                              D: something else. Frustratingly 0.1m off to to lascelles/rash > robbo/ings (-4)

                                            3. subhojit123
                                              • 2 Years
                                              29 days, 16 hours ago

                                              Hey guys,which one of the following moves do you suggest and why -
                                              1. Pereira, ayew - robbo, greenwood
                                              2. Pereira, sterling - soyunchu,Salah
                                              3. Just Pereira - soyunchu

                                              I have TAA and KDB.

                                            4. LewanGOALski
                                              • 8 Years
                                              29 days, 15 hours ago

                                              WC

                                              which for the missing spots in this core of the team:

                                              Gazza
                                              TAA - Soyu - Lund - ___ - Rico
                                              KDB - Mane - Martial - Pulisic - ___
                                              Vardy - Tammy - ___

                                              A) Cahill + Maddison + Connolly (352 every week)
                                              or
                                              B) PVA + McGinn + J.Ayew/Mousset (rotating)

                                              ??

                                              1. The Fed
                                                • 4 Years
                                                29 days, 15 hours ago

                                                A

                                            5. The Fed
                                              • 4 Years
                                              29 days, 15 hours ago

                                              Advice greatly appreciated!

                                              Pope

                                              Lundstram, Soyuncu, Rico

                                              Salah, Sterling, KDB, Mount

                                              Abraham, Vardy, Maupay

                                              Button, Tomori, Kelly, Lansbury

                                              1 FT. 2.8 ITB

                                              A) Maupay > Jimenez
                                              B) Tomori > TAA
                                              C) Mount > Martial
                                              D) Mount & Maupay > Jimenez & Martial (-4)
                                              E) Maupay, Tomori & KDB > Jimenez, TAA & Martial (-8)