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How I’m using the Wildcard to plan for the Blank and Double Gameweeks

With Gameweek 16 fast approaching, it is almost time to activate my first Wildcard ahead of the upcoming Blank and Double Gameweeks.

I am currently sitting around 350k overall with 851 points, which is ‘okay’ for this stage of the season, but it’s obvious I need this Wildcard to act as a catalyst for improvement.

So, in this, my latest column, I’m going to run through my chip strategy for the coming weeks and highlight a pool of players I’m considering for my Wildcard. There is still just under a week before final decisions need to be made, but unless additional fixtures get added, I don’t envisage too much changing.

CHIP STRATEGY

  • Gameweek 16 – First Wildcard
  • Blank Gameweek 18 – Free Hit
  • Double Gameweek 19 – Bench Boost

When I started writing this column on Monday morning, my understanding was that we were unlikely to see another Double Gameweek as big as 19 (which currently features ten teams) in 2020/21. Since then, we’ve learnt that the EFL Cup Final has been moved to a later date towards the end of April, which suggests we’ll now see another big Double in Gameweek 26. 

However, having spent a fair bit of time looking at possible scenarios, I’m sticking to my original strategy and will plan accordingly for future Blanks and Doubles.

A key reason for this is that I like the budget options on offer at West Ham United, Southampton and Leeds United, all of whom feature in this Double and have okay fixtures either side. That means players from these teams can rotate in and out of my starting XI as and when needed, without too much value being left on the bench. Going forward, I’ll probably be looking at an additional outlay of around £1.5m on bench players each week, which I’m hoping won’t prove an issue.

So, if I Bench Boost in Double Gameweek 19, I also have to Free Hit in Blank Gameweek 18. While the pool of players is naturally smaller with only five matches scheduled for that week, I see it as an opportunity to make up ground, with Manchester City looking like one of the teams to target.

My remaining chips, second Wildcard and Triple Captain, will then be used around Double Gameweek 26.

For those wondering, I did consider going a week early with my Wildcard to avoid being priced out of any moves, but felt I’d be losing good players with good fixtures in Gameweek 15, like Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m), Jack Grealish (£7.8m) and Ollie Watkins (£6.1m). By waiting, I also get another week of information, which is often valuable. 

WILDCARD

Losing Son Heung-min (£9.7m) and Harry Kane (£11.0m) for Double Gameweek assets is a risky play, given their fixtures, which see them take on Fulham and Leeds United at home before Gameweek 18. Ideally, I’d hold both, but I’m currently leaning towards keeping just one, and then moving that player on for an additional Double Gameweek player ahead of Gameweek 19. That way I can capitalise on those fixtures.

However, when planning future transfers, I also need to consider what follows the Double Gameweek.

In Gameweek 20, I’ll want De Bruyne back in my squad without taking a hit, ahead of a trip to West Bromwich Albion.

All of these kinds of scenarios are worth thinking about now, to ensure a successful Wildcard isn’t undone in the weeks to follow by a lack of planning. Gameweek 20 is as important as any, and I need to make sure that I can capitalise on any fixture swings without unnecessary hits, and that I also have good captaincy options in place. 

This is where a captaincy planner can be useful, like mine below. It should also mean I have the correct big hitters in place going forward.

CAPTAINCY PLANNER

  • Gameweek 16 – Salah (new), Son or Kane (FUL)
  • Gameweek 17 – Salah (sou), Son or Kane (LEE)
  • Blank Gameweek 18 (Free Hit) – De Bruyne (BHA)
  • Double Gameweek 19 – Salah (MUN, BUR)
  • Gameweek 20 – Fernandes (SHU), De Bruyne (wba)
  • Gameweek 21 – De Bruyne (SHU)

WATCHLIST

GOALKEEPERS

Alex McCarthy (£4.6m), Illan Meslier (£4.6m), Sam Johnstone (£4.5m).

Right now, I’m leaning towards pairing Meslier and Johnstone together, despite Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion’s ongoing defensive issues. That combination gives me a solid fixture run right up until Gameweek 25:

LEE, ARS, Free Hit, BHA + SOU / wol + whu, new, FUL, shu, CRY, ars, bur

Ideally, I don’t want to use transfers on this position up until my second Wildcard, which this setup should allow.

While clean sheets may be hard to come by, what these keepers will provide is save points, and lots of them. In fact, no other keepers can match them for saves this season, with 120 between them.

Hopefully by the time the Double Gameweek comes around, Sam Allardyce will have had sufficient time on the training ground to tighten Albion up, but if I do have doubts around this, McCarthy at Southampton is another option I’m comfortable with.

DEFENDERS

Can Robertson sustain value advantage over Alexander-Arnold after 10-point haul?

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m), Andrew Robertson (£7.2m), Rúben Dias (£5.7m), Reece James (£5.3m), Aaron Cresswell (£5.2m), Eric Dier (£5.0m), James Justin (£4.9m), Stuart Dallas (£4.7m), Vladimir Coufal (£4.6m), Charlie Taylor (£4.5m), Fabián Balbuena (£4.4m)

In my current draft, both Liverpool defenders feature having delivered a combined 19 points in Gameweek 14. Over the last three Gameweeks they lead the way amongst defenders for final-third touches, and if anything, I see them upping their output in the coming weeks.

Ideally, they’d be joined by James (if fit), but team value may restrict this, so I will likely have to select two or three of the sub £5.0m options listed above. If money is tight, Balbuena dropping to £4.4m may be useful.

Of the single Gameweek candidates, I like Dias and Dier, who may also come into my thinking.

MIDFIELDERS

Salah building up massive power in top 10k after Gameweek 14 haul

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m), Sadio Mané (£11.9m), Bruno Fernandes (£11.0m), Son Heung-min (£9.7m), Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m), Theo Walcott (£5.8m), Raphinha (£5.4m), Tomas Soucek (£5.1m)

It’s almost certain I’ll include Salah and Fernandes as my midfield heavy hitters, and compliment them with a couple of budget options.

Raphinha looks like he’ll make the cut, and has been posting some encouraging numbers since making his first start in Gameweek 9. Amongst midfielders, only Mané has attempted more shots in the box over that period, while he also ranks sixth for chances created. With a great looking Double, he should offer real value.

West Ham duo Soucek and Bowen are also appealing, with the latter’s share of corners heightening his appeal, while Walcott is a differential pick. If Danny Ings (£8.4m) is set for another spell on the sidelines, I’m quite fond of this move. In the three games Ings missed earlier this season, Walcott deputised up front with only four midfielders registering more shots in the box during those games.

I won’t rule Chelsea midfielders out either, but with points often spread around the team, I will probably look elsewhere.

FORWARDS

Harry Kane (£11.0m), Jamie Vardy (£10.2m), Patrick Bamford (£6.4m), Chris Wood (£6.2m), Che Adams (£6.0m), Rodrigo (£5.7m)

As discussed earlier, I could do a transfer hokey-cokey with Kane and Vardy or go cheap. Either way Bamford is a certainty, but the other spots are up for grabs.

A Leeds’ attacking triple-up may be a bit too much, but considering their expected goal (xG) total this season is only behind Liverpool, for a short period, a move for Rodrigo could work. However, Wood may be the better bet. He isn’t someone to get too excited about, but has been consistent in recent seasons and does tend to pick up bonus points when he scores, which I like. The fixtures before the Double Gameweek are about as good as it gets for Burnley too.

Michail Antonio (£6.2m) may become an option, but with ongoing injury issues, time is running out and it’s hard to see him featuring right now.

So, I hope this have given you some ideas for the coming weeks. 

I’ll be finalising my team at the weekend, but will update you on how it’s been going the next time I check in.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck to you all over the Christmas period.

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632 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    TC19:

    Martinez
    TAA’ Justin’ Taylor’
    Salah’ (TC) KDB Bruno’ Son Soucek’
    Bamford’ Adams’

    ‘ indicates playing twice

    1. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Not bad dont expect more than 4pts from Taylor or Justin though

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Unfortunately I’m sat on James Chilwell Lamptey Mitchell Justin right now so little else I can do.

        I imagine the BBers need to improve their benches, so they won’t have as many premiums as I do.

        Hoping to beat them that way.

        1. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          KDB should be a nice differential for BB teams as many will drop gw16 for Son

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I think those Chelsea players are likely to be fine for 19. I'd ditch one for Coufal (who has a good week this upcoming one).

  2. Kno
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Walker worth the extra over dias? Or is a cancelo punt the way to go

    1. FPL Laurenzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Walker was rested on Tuesday .......

  3. Would Ed Woodward
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez
    Chilwell* Lamptey* Dallas
    Salah KDB Bruno Grealish
    Martial DCL Bamford

    Button Taylor Kilman Stephens, 1FT, 0itb

    Take a hit for 2 of Dias, Stones, Coufal or play Taylor? I was hoping that Leeds smash Burnley, starting to really hate Lamptey.

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Given Taylor definitely plays i don’t think it’s worth a hit.

      Just Chilwell out (Lamptey is out as you probably know)

      City defender is very tempting but that cup line up has scared me into worrying whoever I pick would be benched this week. And this is not a week to have your defenders benched!

      1. TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Our teams are identical by the way except I have Adam’s over Martial and I’ll have Robbo, KWP and Mitchell for your Chilwell, Taylor and Kilman

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          And you're over a million places ahead of me! I had such a terrible first few weeks. Are you planning to get Spurs back? Great fixtures but they don't exactly look like hammering anyone at the moment. This weeks moves would be easier if I'd decided what I was doing in 18/19.

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            It’s weird as I had an absolutely abysmal first 5 weeks.

            I’ve got captain right most weeks since then though which might be the difference

            I’ve got my plan set for 18/19 now. Will do KDB -> Son next week. Think that’s enough Spurs (maybe Dier / reguillion too)

            Broadly I’m looking at
            16: KDB -> Son
            17: Mitchel -> Coufal
            18: FH
            19: Bissouma -> Soucek & Lamptey -> Taylor (-4)
            and BB (11 DGWers - single gameweekers: Martinez , Grealish, Bruno, DCL)

            It’ll never work out like that though of course!

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Mane over Salah GW1 still gives me nightmares, I've mostly had decent captain picks this season too which is a nice change. I was planning KDB to Son next week as well to fund bench upgrades for BB but I've started to go off the idea and have a feeling I won't wanna do it even more after the City game.

        2. Tony Moon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          So they're not identical then? 😉

    2. FPL Laurenzo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I did Chilwell and James for Robertson and Stones for -4. Stones rested on Tuesday sealed the deal for me.

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Any chance of Mitchell featuring this week?

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      wouldn't have thought so

    2. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Don't think so

  5. liverpool01
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    GW 18 team:

    Martinez
    Dier, Dias
    Kdb, Son, Bissouma,
    Dcl, Brewster

    Team good enough for GW18 or use FH?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Bit weak with Brewster and Bissouma, bit could work

      1. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Lol can't make up my mind whether to use fh or not.

        1. liverpool01
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          GW 19 FH Team:

          Fabianski, Button
          Dallas, James, Balbuena, Zouma, Coufal
          Pulisic, Bissouma, Salah, Son, Bruno
          Brewster, Bamford, Kane

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Save or FH GW 19 guys?

          2. Clay Davis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            If you're free hitting, I'd drop Son and look to get one of Robbo/Trent

    2. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Looks like you have 1 foot in GW18 and 1 foot in GW19

      The guys using FH and Benchboost could really open a gap on ya because they'll have Sterling, Kane and full team on GW18. And then 11-15 players playing twice on GW19

      1. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Damn... so I guess FH gw 18 looks like the better option?

        1. Clay Davis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I think it really depends on what your team looks like now, what moves your comfortable making and how under exposed you're proposed to leave yourself.

          The main thing is I'd rather do everything I can to get as many points on the board right now, rather than waiting for another opportunity that may or may not come.

          I have 8 players for DGW and no KDB, Kane, Son or DCL... so for me it makes perfect sense to FH GW18 and BB on GW19.

          But the Chilwell injury has put a spanner in the works, and I'm going to continue building a team for DGW, but might just hold off BB if Chilwell is out.

          1. liverpool01
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Cool thanks for the reply.

  6. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    5.5 to replace James...

    A) Coufal
    B) Matip
    C) Cancelo
    D) Dallas

    Current team:
    McCarthy
    Dias Konsa James
    Grealish Fernandes KDB Salah Son
    DCL Bamford

    Subs: Lampety, Balbuena, Brewster

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      D

    2. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      B

    3. spray
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      C.
      Looks pretty good, CSs so far, fantastic run upcoming... oh, and plays (a decent match-up) GW18!

    4. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      A or C.

  7. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Which combo to aim for in DGW?

    A) Dallas, Soucek, Firmino
    B) Dallas, Rashford, Adams
    C) Robertson, Soucek, Adams

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      C

    2. liverpool01
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      C

    3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      C

    4. Kannbury
        3 months, 18 days ago

        CBA.

      • Clay Davis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        B) Because GW20 United play Sheff U so I think Rashford or Martial are a great shout

      • tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        CAB.

    5. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Is there any risk of Robertson being rested?

      I can’t afford any rotation risk!

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Everyone could get a rest over the next four weeks?

        1. TheDragon
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Specifically this gameweek?

      2. Il Capitano
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Can't see it, eight days from Palace game to West Brom right? Would've thought he starts.

      3. allaboutthemagic
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I’m chasing about 80 points off top in ML.
        Is brining kun in for Werner for a -4 a wise move / too much of a punt?!

        1. NateDogsCats
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Not for -4 and probably not even for free, might not play at all, do need to get rid of Werner long term though

          • krumcake
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Too much imo. Do we have any information on Kun?

          • Bram
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Seems more of a chasing in gw30+ move - 80 points is easily catchable

          • Clay Davis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Negligent.

            Kun isn't guaranteed to start. Keep it simple, don't take hits, don't take captain punts, and let the leaders make the mistakes.

        2. davies
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Lamptey >

          A) KWP

          B) Coufal

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            B

            1. davies
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Even if I already have Balbuena?

          2. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            B

        3. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          best chilwell replacement? Can't afford robertson or TAA.

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Zouma,

            Stones if you have cover

          2. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Zouma Stones and Matip in that order

        4. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          No Salah... Kdb captain... Firmino and Robo as pool cover... big green or red inbound :/

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            could work

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Looks grey

          3. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            It's Bobby Time

        5. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Martinez
          Dallas Lamptey* Robbo
          Grealish Salah KDB Bruno
          DCL Bamford Watkins
          Button Soucek Taylor Chilwell*
          2FT 0.3itb

          Planning Lamptey to Coufal and benching Chilwell for a few weeks. No WC.

          A. Sound plan. Roll other FT.
          B. Add Watkins to Adams or Rodrigo with 2nd FT
          C. Other/Comment

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            A - Villa fixture perfectly good this week.

        6. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          1.2 ITB. Prepping for BB DGW19. Current defence:

          Robertson / James* / Coufal / Taylor / Ferguson

          Who to bring in for James? (McCarthy keeper.)

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            No one. James will most likely be fit for 19. It's almost a month away... Can you do Ferguson > Balbuena?

          2. Kabayan
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Upgrade Ferguson for BB

          3. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Go Matip or Dallas

            1. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Or Zouma

        7. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I'm considering Dier instead of Stones for Chilwell replacement due to more nailed one. Discuss

          1. TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Good choice - neither has a double in 19 though

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Apart from the Chelsea and Liverpool defenders, they are probably the best choice that week though.

              1. TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                West Ham fixtures are immense in 19

                1. Qaiss
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  True but how typical it would be for everyone to buy them and then they concede in both.

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Burnley masterclasses to deny Liverpool and West Ham

          2. xtina
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Yeah good time of year to go with the nailed options

          3. Sean
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            If its between the two id probably Dier now, better fixtures in next 5, you'll have a better idea if stones is nailed after DGW and then can swap for fixtures then

          4. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I was considering Dier before the Leicester result. Spurs defence should still be sound though.

          5. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Cheers lads

        8. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          That feeling when you have 0.0 ITB 🙂

          Martinez
          TAA - Dallas - Cancelo - Robertson
          Salah - KdB - Bruno - Torres
          DCL - Adams

          Forster - Soucek - James - Brewster

        9. xtina
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Planning for no chip GW18 and FH GW19

          Thoughts for this week?

          2FTs. 1.3 INB

          Martinez
          James* - Robbo - Dias
          Salah - Son - Grealish - Bowen
          Kane - DCL - Bamf

          Steer - Lamptey* - Anguissa - Ward*

          A) James -> Dier (& hope my 3 defenders start)

          B) James -> Dier
          and
          Lamptey -> BGW defender (who? s***t options)

          C) James - Dier
          and
          Lamptey -> Coufal (not a BGW player)

          1. Twisted Saltergater
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I did Lamptey to Dallas. Alioski another good option.

            1. xtina
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Are you using chips for BGW18?

              1. Twisted Saltergater
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I've not decided yet, mate. I doubt I'll have 15 starters for BB.

        10. FDMS All Starz
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Which plan is better?

          A)
          -Gw16: WC
          -Gw18: 7/8 players
          mccarthy
          DIAS - DIER - CANCELO
          SON - KDB - NETO - bruno
          KANE - bamford - adams
          (johnstone - rapinha - justin - dallas)
          -Gw19: BB
          (Kdb & Kane -> Salah & Vardy)

          Or

          B)
          -Gw16: WC
          -Gw18: FH
          -Gw19: BB

          1. Kabayan
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            B. Get Salah + Robbo

            1. Tango74
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I will FH 18 and still deciding on TC or BB FOR 19

                Most people got 8/9 players now so 4FT left as none in 18

                Which leave me only 12/13 for BB I normally have all 15

          2. beetlejuice
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Who you reckon will score more points;

            A) Salah vs MUN and Burnley
            B) KDB vs BHA and CRY

            1. SHOOTER MCGINN
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              B

            2. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              With the current form, Salah but let see what happen next 2

          3. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Choose one to get from now to DGW19:

            A- Coufal
            B- Dallas
            C- C Taylor

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Dallas or Taylor

              But Coufal is the one you will want in 19

              I’m going to have all 3 for 19 I think

            2. SHOOTER MCGINN
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              A or C, potentially C for me

            3. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I think it’s Dallas this week, Taylor next week and Coufal in 19!! Haha

              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Ideally all 3 for 19 tho

                1. linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  In what order of priority for DGW19?

                  1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    For example I looked at all three for my Chilwell replacement as didn’t have any money to upgrade and Already have Stones and Zouma, I’ve gone for Dallas purely on the strength of his next two fixtures, Coufal will come on for the double now, and maybe Taylor next week as he has Sheffield United and Fulham at home back to back, Coufals next 3 are Brighton, Southampton and Everton and I just felt I couldn’t see them getting a clean sheet in any of those games, Dallas can pop up with a goal even when his team concedes six!! So went for him!!

          4. Davekitson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Cancelo + Grealish --> TAA + Raphinha 2FT?

            Cancelo may be rested for Newcastle and planning for DGW19. If I'm getting TAA in for DGW19 anyway may as well bring in now for WBA? Then Grealish fixtures not looking good

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I like the moves. Why TAA over Robbo?

            2. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Not sure about those moves. At least it's for free so let your feeling talk

          5. Klaren
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Chilwell, James, Lamptey to Dias, Dier, Matip for -8? Any other suggestions? I got max 16.2 for the 3 spots.

            Need at least 2 playing in GW18 so Robertson is not an option.

            1. Klaren
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              (Actually not an option in terms of fund either)

            2. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              I wouldnt take the - 8 in one as any of them can get injured. Just do 1 or 2 of those moves.

              1. Klaren
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                I have 0 defenders at the moment and it’s very likely that they might miss the following GW as well so would rather take the hit now.

                4 of my defenders are injured and Mitchell isn’t getting minutes anyway.

                1. _Ninja_
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Ah ok then yes do it.

          6. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Matip, Coufal or Taylor to play every game from now until GW19?

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              matip the least likely

            2. b91jh
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Coufal

            3. Corgzzzz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Coufal, Taylor, Matip in that order

          7. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Best pick on WC?

            A. Zouma (DCL >> Kane next GW)
            B. Robbo (DCL >> someone like Martial)

            McCarthy
            XXX, Dias, Dier
            Salah, Son, Bruno, Raphinha
            DCL, Bamford, Adams
            (Johnstone, Coufal, Soucek, Taylor)

            1. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              A.
              But I'd downgrade Dier for instance, if it helps towards Kane.

            2. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Robbo

            3. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              This WC is so confusing haha

            4. Bram
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              A

          8. b91jh
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            A) Mahrez/KDB to Bowen/Salah(c) (-4)
            B) Mahrez to Bowen, KDB(c)
            C) hold, KDB(c)

            Will get Salah next week if not this week.
            Bowen could be any dgw mid

            1. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              A, but depends of you have itb. Cause those 2 are gonna rise

            2. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Get it done. Mahrez has to go.

          9. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Will WC in gw16 but have 1ft to use before that. Planning to keep all big guns so can be something minor. Any interesting suggestions for using 1ft this gw?

            Mendy Steer
            Cacelo Justin KWP Taylor Mitchell
            Salah Bruno Son Grealish Romeu
            Kane DCL Delap

            0.5 itb

            Cheers.

            1. b91jh
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Romeu to Lookman/March to strengthen the bench maybe.

          10. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Lamptey out for -4 (similar price player)?

            Y o N?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              If you've got no one else. Lamptey has shown that being a good player in real life should not be confused with being a good FPL asset.

              1. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Not really want to Play Justin against United

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  KWP? Can you reach to Stones?

          11. Will Kane
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I am interpreting Lampard's comments about James and Chilwell to mean:

            If I transfer them both out they will both be fit.
            If I transfer one of them out, that will be the one who is fit and the one I keep will be injured.
            If I keep them both, they will both be injured.

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Amen Will! Mission impossible... Currently thinking Chilwell to Matip as can't afford James->Matip. Next week KDB to Son and James->TAA/Robbo

              1. Will Kane
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Seems like a plan. I'm tempted to take a first -4 of the season and get rid of both for Coufal and Robbo. Or maybe just do James to Coufal for now and see what happens on Boxing Day. To be honest I haven't enjoyed the Chelsea double up anyway - had Chilwell since fairly early on and then got James a few weeks ago, and some weeks I've found myself playing both even when I don't fancy their fixture that much, because I can never decide which one to not play!

                1. Whazza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Worth the hit especially if bench looks thin!

                  1. Will Kane
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    Yeah... my bench is Jamal Lewis (mci) and Charlie Taylor (lee), which I think qualifies as thin. Maybe a slight chance of attacking returns from Taylor given Leeds can't defend crosses to save their lives....

                    1. Whazza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 18 days ago

                      That is thin in my book too. I'm sitting on Lamptey so will have to rely on Kilman even after the FT

            2. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Sell

            3. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Yep. Ane even if I sell one and you sell the other, but the powers of Frankie's Magic Football we will both somehow be left with the wrong one.

            4. _Ninja_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Yup

          12. Breezyy
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            How does this look?
            Thanks all.

            GW 15 -> Lamptey Chillwell Greenwood TO Raphinha Trent Dier -4
            GW16-> KDB and Targett TO T.Silva and Son -4
            GW17-> Martinez TO Fabianski free
            GW 18 FH
            GW 19 Mitchell -> Balbuena free

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              For total minus 8 it looks amazing.

              1. Breezyy
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Thanks fullchester !

          13. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            There are two key DGW/Blank combos to consider. GW18/19 and GW26/29.

            Basically, the best way I think you can play it is you FH the blank and you BB the double. In the other set, you navigate the blank and TC the double.

            You can either do it FH18/BB19. And then TC26, navigate/deadend 29. WC30.

            Or you navigate 18, TC19, intending for WC25, BB26, FH29.

            Both are I think the best ways to go and are team dependent. If you can't assemble a BB squad for 19, which is totally fair for some teams, then I'd lean towards scraping 18, TC19 with the intention of clawing back a big deficit in 26/29.

            1. Tango74
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Not to keen. chasing, depressed when 100pts behind lol.

                Also as season gets on people have same teams and less differentials. I rather have points now

              • The Train Driver
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Nah, for me without wc the best is to FT to get a good team for bgw then free hit on dgw, save next wc bb and TC for other dgws.

                The upside with free hit and not bb on dgw is that you can get a better first XI with some scraps on the bench.

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  I think FH allows you to cover more effectively.

                  If you FH in 19, what are you gonna do for 29 if your intention is to BB26? You won't have any players.

                  1. The Ilfordian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 18 days ago

                    I agree, I want to hold FH. Been struggling to fit all of Son, KDB, Salah and Bruno but worked out a plan. Could be very foolish but I’m going big on Palace against a ropey Arsenal team. Might end in tears by week 18!

              • Henrik Larsson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 18 days ago

                "TC26, navigate/deadend 29. WC30."

                Good advice I think for looking further afield if your going for the FH18, BB19 strategy.

              • The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                This is a really helpful summary by the way.