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What new Blank and Double Gameweek fixtures mean for our FPL teams and chip strategies

Fantasy Premier League managers have been handed some big out-of-the-blue decisions as we head into 2021.

Going into a new year is often a time for reflection and this article was supposed to be a review of the season so far but, as is often the case in this strange new world, there was a spanner in the works.

On New Year’s Eve, we learned that Burnley v Manchester United is joining the Blank Gameweek 18 schedule and Manchester City v Aston Villa has been place in Double Gameweek 19.

At the time of writing this announcement is still very fresh, and I need time to process it but here are some initial thoughts and what this all means.

Blank Gameweek 18

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Those without chips will likely find this period much easier to navigate now. Burnley and Manchester United now playing in Gameweek 18 brings into play players like Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m) who a lot of people already have in their team.

It also makes other players like Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) and Nick Pope (£5.4m) a little more desirable as they play in Gameweek 18 and then have a Double Gameweek.

It also means some teams will be able to save their Free Hit chip which could be very handy later on in the season when we see more Blank Gameweeks.

A lot of this will be chip dependant, but if you already have a team full of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool you’re probably in a good place to cover Gameweek 18 and the doubles in Gameweek 19.

Manchester City More Desirable

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With Manchester City now having one of the best pair of fixtures in Double Gameweek 19, and playing in Gameweek 18, it makes them much more desirable to bring in if you haven’t already.

After Chelsea (away) in Gameweek 17 the fixtures look like this:

  • Gameweek 18 – Brighton (home)
  • Gameweek 19 – Crystal Palace (home), Aston Villa (home)
  • Gameweek 20 – West Brom (away)
  • Gameweek 21 – Sheffield United (home)
  • Gameweek 22 – Burnley (away)

Not only do they cover both Gameweek 18 and 19 well with very good fixtures, but the run continues afterwards. A double or triple up looks ideal.

Who to target from Man City is, as ever, the key question.

The obvious options are Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m), João Cancelo (£5.6m) and Rúben Dias (£5.7m). I’ll be targeting at least two of this three over this fixture run.

Manchester City have looked extremely good defensively and I don’t know how Cancelo hasn’t gotten more than one assist so far. And despite people losing faith in De Bruyne, he’s still going to be a great option over this run.

It also arguably makes De Bruyne a better captaincy in Gameweek 19 than Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), who faces Manchester United (home) and Burnley (home) although I’d never bet against the Egyptian.

There are other players to consider too. John Stones (£4.9m) looks like an absolute bargain now that he has laid claim to his starting role, and we shouldn’t forget that Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) has two goals and three assists in his last five matches.

Hold Aston Villa?

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While people were Wildcarding away from Aston Villa players, and ditching the likes of Jack Grealish (£7.7m) it may not be the worst time to hold. You still have to get through a Manchester United (away) match in Gameweek 17 and Tottenham Hotspur (home) in Gameweek 18, but after that they have a Double Gameweek and a decent enough fixture run from Gameweek 20:

  • Gameweek 20 – Burnley (away)
  • Gameweek 21 – Southampton (away)
  • Gameweek 22 – West Ham (home)
  • Gameweek 23 – Arsenal (home)
  • Gameweek 24 – Brighton (away)

At the bare minimum it gives a lot of us a Double Gameweek goalkeeper in Emiliano Martínez (£5.0m). Even if the matches are tricky with Everton (home) and Manchester City (away), only Ederson (£6.0m) has a better save percentage among regularly-starting goalkeepers over the last four matches.

The return of Ross Barkley (£5.9m) may spell the end of a run in the team for Bertrand Traoré (£5.9m) or Anwar El Ghazi (£5.8m) but if either of them continue through to Gameweek 19 they become a great budget enabler, especially El Ghazi while he’s on penalty duty.

Abandoning our chip strategies

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I was convinced I was going to Bench Boost in Gameweek 19. Even with single Gameweek players I was prepared to play the chips and my initial transfer for Gameweek 17 was to bring in Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) in preparation.

The problem now is the layout has changed and we have to be prepared to adapt. This is likely something we have to bear in mind for the rest of the season, I’m sure there’s more chaos in store.

For some managers it will be easy, they’ll still Free Hit in Gameweek 18, only now there’s more options. And they’ll Bench Boost in Gameweek 19 because they’re already loaded up with enough players.

But for others we still have to change strategies and it’s important not to be rigid in your thinking.

This was my team before transfers in Gameweek 17:

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As mentioned above, Johnstone was to come in this week with a Free Hit in Gameweek 18 and Fabián Balbuena (£4.4m) to be my Gameweek 19 transfer. It would have meant some single Gameweek players on the bench, but I was okay with that.

But now there’s the potential of bringing in Manchester City players for Gameweek 18 and 19, therefore potentially meaning I can save the Free Hit. The Bench Boost might have to be abandoned too, but I’m prepared to adapt as necessary.

It’s still too fresh in my mind to make a plan, it looks like my New Years Eve will be way more busy from an FPL point of view than I’d imagined, but I’ll have to think of ways to adapt than to rigidly stick to my plan if it’s not as viable any more.

Final Thoughts

It’s not the ideal time to be processing all of this information. We’re just past Christmas having had two Gameweek deadlines in the space of two days, ahead of what for many is a time of celebration as we enter the new year.

But if there’s some comfort it’s that this chaos usually means those who are willing to plan and create strategies can get ahead of the crowd. So while you’re suffering from the New Years hangover, just keep thinking of the green arrows.

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1,360 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Complete the bench boost team: (all require same amount of transfers)

    A) Stones Pulisic Bowen Antonio
    B) Alioski Harrison Bowen Vardy
    C) Alioski KDB Bissouma Rodrigo

    Leaning towards B but not owning KDB for the DGW and the fixtures afterwards is scary

    1. matiakez
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I like B but it comes down to the KDB decision

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      B

  2. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    looks like just a BB in 19

  3. cuppatea78
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Thinking Zouma > Stone. Will free up £0.6 and Man City play in 18 and double game week 19.

    What do you reckon?

    1. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Still not convinced stones is nailed.

      1. cuppatea78
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        He's played 5 of the last 6 and they only time Man City let a goal in was when he didn't play. I'm sure they keep him in for now.

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I agree, but pep and his roulette is the game I don't like to play personally l, especially for someone like stones who has an error in him. Not to mention no Edisson this weekend so less stability at the back for playing out from the back

  4. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Morning!

    Which is the better pick this week?

    A. Saka
    B. Podence

    1. cuppatea78
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I'd say Saka as big Sam will want to keep it really tight after their last showing.

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Sorry does that mean podence > saka as arsenal play west brom??

        1. cuppatea78
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Oh yeah, sorry. I had my filter still showing game week 19.

          Tough call this week. I'd still go Saka I think.

  5. matiakez
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Would you keep KDB if you had him? Would likely mean no Liverpool defenders for the double.

    1. Nay08
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I'll keep him. even though kdb not delivering recently, but kdb has one extra game because he also plays gw18, and city dgw19 fixtures are better imo

        1. n14mul
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Yes I would keep now with the new fixtures

    2. Nay08
        3 months, 16 days ago

        i can only afford max 5.0 defender. so i'm thinking of getting Stones for gw 18 and 19. does he nailed on or should i just get Shaw?

        1. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Neither nailed for both DGW fixtures on I’m afraid

        2. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          He is not nailed, plays 2 out of 3 games I'd guess

        3. blakey20
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 days ago

          He isn't nailed but good chance he starts all three. I am in the same position as you needing a 5 m defender. I would go stones over Shaw. I am presuming you have Justin which is why you are not considering him?

          1. Nay08
              3 months, 16 days ago

              I'm targeting city and utd because with that I can get 11 dgw19 players and good enough amount of bgw18 players. killing two birds with one stone sort of. so that's why I'm not considering Justin.

        4. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Bloody hell, how the heck to do I navigate through these with this major hangover. Hiccups*

        5. Trovsmash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          What time are pressers today?

        6. mrrahrah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I really could do with aguero being fit and sharp would make things a lot easier transfer wise than shoving kdb back into my squad, as it stands it looks like grealish will have to make way which I’m not keen on at all

          1. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I'd just be so worried of a recurrence of his injury though, particularly over the double. He just can't seem to stay fit anymore.

        7. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Is it worth investing in MUNs defence for the blank and doubles? I already have Dias, Egan, PVA, Mitchell & Lewis who I brought in based on the fact they play in the blank and have decent enough fixtures but SHUs and CRYs defences are woeful and Lewis has been dropped and suddenly I'm embarrassed to say this is my defence.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Can see them cleaning Burnley and Fulham, yes. Then they have a very good run afterwards.

            1. fish&chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Thanks mate. Think Lewis has to go. At least PVA and Mitchell cover each other and their fixtures are strong. Hopefully they'll pick up some form at the back.

          2. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Maguire is the only safe one

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Agree but no baps

          3. SHOOTER MCGINN
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Think I'm going for Maguire this week. Fixtures are good, plays the blank, form team and has some attacking threat.

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              2 baps all season.

              1. SHOOTER MCGINN
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Not surprising when the likes of Bruno mop them up every week. Don't think they have kept many clean sheets earlier in the season either but they look better now.

                But I'd take a consistent 6 points every week with no baps

        8. wolves_simmo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          When’s Peps press conference?

        9. Bounce
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Should I just burn my transfer instead of using it?

            1 FT, £0.0 ITB, FH18, BB19

            McCarthy, Johnstone
            Dias, Justin, Dallas, KWP, Coufal
            Salah, Bruno, Son, Raphinha, Soucek
            Kane, DCL, Bamford

            1. Bubbles1985
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Good squad

            2. Nay08
                3 months, 16 days ago

                if you BB19 maybe you can use that 1 transfer to strengthen a little bit, maybe like dcl to other dgw players

            3. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 16 days ago

              WC18 BB19 FH25/29 is tempting. Creating the actual team is trickier though

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 16 days ago

                I’m going for this I’m pretty sure

            4. white lightning
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              I was thinking my ft would be C. Taylor to Holding which gives me:

              Martinez
              Robertson, Justin, Holding
              Salah, Fernandes, Son (c), Grealish
              Kane, Bamford, Adams

              Steer, Stones, Dallas, Burke

              Just a couple of questions:
              (a) is my bench order correct
              (b) would you play Stones or Dallas over Adams

              Thoughts & thanks.

            5. davies
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Pick one:

              A) Stones James
              B) Dias Balbuena

              1. Pukkipartyy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                A but comes with risks.

            6. FPL Kaka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              Which transfers are better for a DGW plan?

              A) Taylor and Forster - - > Lowton and Johnston

              B) Brainwaite and Taylor - - > Pieters and Furlong

            7. BurnMyBread
                3 months, 16 days ago

                GW19 in mind:

                A) Balbuena and KDB
                B) KWP and Sterling

                1. Bad Kompany
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  A

                  1. Bad Kompany
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    KDB over sterling. He’s been central to everything. Like west hams double much more than Southampton

              • fplfansss
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                GTG?
                McCarthy
                Cancelo, Justin, Mitchell
                Bruno, Salah, Son, Soucek
                DCL, Bamford, Kane

                Subs: Button, Targett, Taylor, Stephens

              • Well you know, Triffic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Anyone finding it hard to figure out which City to get aside from Dias and Kdb?

                Ederson - Covid

                Stones - Laporte and Ake could get a game at some point (same also applies for Dias I guess)

                Cancelo - Walker, Mendy, Ake, Zinchenko could get a game

                *Scratches head*

                1. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Cancelo is who I’m looking at getting

                2. Bad Kompany
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  I’d go cancelo. Think he’ll get second most minutes out of the defenders and has attacking threat

                3. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Would never consider him nailed but I like Cancelo a lot. That offensive threat and his ability to play both sides is very appealing

              • Dream Killers 2.0
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Happy New Year everyone!

                I have 2 FT going into this game week. I was planning to free hit GW18 and bench boost GW19.
                What do you think of the current squad?

                Martinez
                Robertson, Chilwell, Allioski
                Bruno, Son, Salah, Grealish
                DCL, Bamford, Adams

                Steer, Bowen, Cresswell, Mitchell

              • Bubbles1985
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 16 days ago

                2ft and 1.1itb to sort this team out...
                I was all set on KDB out to enable Justin, Rashford and Vardy but the fixture change has screwed me!

                Marked the players to remove with *

                Martinez
                Ayling KWP Coufal
                Son Salah Bruno Soucek KDB*
                Bamford DCL

                Forster Lamptey* Brewster* Johnson

                Surely I cannot remove KDB now and should look to change Lamptey to a Man C defender?

                1. Bad Kompany
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  What’s your plan for chips?

                  1. Bubbles1985
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    FH18 and BB19

                    But that has gone out the window too!

                    Tempted to TC 19 and save the others now...

                    1. Bad Kompany
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I’d look to get through 18 without fh and then tc in 19. Could then later wc in 24, bb in 26, and fh in 29. Dias in for lamptey sounds good

                      1. Bubbles1985
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Lamptey and Son to Cancelo and Rashford is tempting.

                        TC will be Salah, even with those Man C fixtures

                2. Nay08
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    yes, I think lamptey to city defender would be good.
                    son to rashford can be a consideration. son maybe have an excellent fixture againts shu, but with rashford you have extra fixture plus I think the fixtures are better (except againts liv ofc).
                    also dcl to martial, or if you don't fancy martial try another dgw player.

                    1. Bubbles1985
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I did actually look at Martial now Cavani is out but is he nailed?

                3. Bad Kompany
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Oops. Posted on wrong article.

                  Is Coufal likely to play both matches in the dgw? He was rested last gw, but will have one more day of rest between the matches in the double

                  1. Bubbles1985
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I would hope so... as a West Ham supporter too!

                    1. Bad Kompany
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Was Fredericks really bad? I didn’t see the game

                      1. Bubbles1985
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        No not at all.
                        I just prefer Coufal, he is more solid and reliable. He also had a baby at xmas so could have been the reason for the rest.

                        1. Bad Kompany
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 16 days ago

                          Cheers!

                  2. Whazza
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Would expect him to play both

                4. bitars
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  If i save ft this gw and use fh 18. I got one or two ft 19?

                  1. Bad Kompany
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    1. No point in saving this gw

                    1. bitars
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Thanks. So who is the best option if i need a dgw19 defender with 4,6 budget?

                      1. Bad Kompany
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Alioski imo

                5. duststorm
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  What's the minimum no. of players for gw18 for you not to use the FH chip?

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    10

                  2. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    8 imo

                    1. Party time
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      But it depends on those players

                  3. Bad Kompany
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I’d probably want 7 quality players

                    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I’ll will have 9 and will no longer be using my free hit. I don’t think it’s worth it for two extra players as the 9 are fairly strong ... of course if we get more call off games I could be in trouble.

                      Stefan (will be my free transfer for gw18, as I believe Ederson is Covid confirmed).
                      McGuire Dias Holden
                      Son Bruno KDB
                      Watkins Wilson

                      I think it depends ... if you can field a strong 7 or 8, I think that could our score many peoples 11s.

                      1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        *out score

                        1. duststorm
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 16 days ago

                          So far I will have 7. Michell is not nail on:
                          Martinez
                          Stones,
                          Grealish, Fernandes, Son
                          DCL, Kane

                          I can still try to add 2 more this and next gw

                          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            3 months, 16 days ago

                            I think if you add two you are in great shape and can save your free hit.

                6. Pukkipartyy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Pick a better player going forward.
                  Zouma - Maguire
                  Son - Rashford

                  1. Well you know, Triffic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Mag Rash

                7. King Kohli
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Can I get away without a FH for gw 18?

                  Martinez
                  Stones Konsa Mitchell*
                  Bruno(c) Son El Ghazi
                  Kane

                  1. Hotdogs for Tea
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    no, but yes with transfers

                    1. King Kohli
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      This is after planned transfers till gw 18 😀

                      1. korbendallas82
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Good enough. Also the value of free hit chip intact. Son and Kane help you alot.

                  2. Phil's Stamps
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    You'll probably scrape through with that lot, but if it was me I'd want to add at least another City defender or KDB somehow.

                    1. Phil's Stamps
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      For what it's worth, I think doing a hokey kokey with Salah for KDB is probably worth it for GW18, I'm doing it and I got Mo at 12.2 (will lose Kane to get back Salah in 19).

                8. Aubamewho
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Captain Kane or Bruno?

                  1. Chelsea91
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Kane

                  2. Bad Kompany
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Kane imo

                    1. Aubamewho
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Cheers

                  3. GreennRed
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Bruno.

                9. Chelsea91
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Play Raphinha or Wilson?

                  1. Bad Kompany
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Wilson imo

                    1. Chelsea91
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      thanks

                10. Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  I only have 1FT (0.2itb) and also have no city players whilst owning Taylor, James, lamptey and Mendy in goal (only 5 players for 18 atm)

                  Would you consider using the 2nd wc and bb 19? I could probably get an OK team for both week with a -8 or so spread over the next 3 weeks

                  1. King Kohli
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I'd play 7-8 in gw 18 and save Wc for later.

                    1. Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Thanks king, this also means I’m really poorly set up for 19 however, I’ll have maybe 1 city player, just Bruno from United, single Liverpool because most of my transfers will now be spent putting our fires of lamptey, Taylor etc!

                  2. FALSE PROFIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Against popular ideas, I am using my second WC in GW 17. nobody knows the future so I am just ignoring negative possibilities. I was unfortunate at the time to have 3 City, 2 Spurs and others who failed. I stupidly moved out Kun and Co early, only to find rearranged fixtures.

                    The good side is using the WC I can "easily" maneuver 17,18,19 with good fixtures thereafter. I will now retain my FH chip instead of the WC but I will have many weeks to structure future teams.

                    First time in years I will not have a Pool player in my squad.

                    1. Flair
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Yep, I may be dropping Salah temporarily too if I WC. It's a major decision to make though, he is Salah after all...

                      1. FALSE PROFIT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Yep it is. In the cold light of day, applying logic, Salah is a very expensive asset who can fail like any other. looking at the fixtures, GW17 and 18 are less likely to have him as captain. In GW19 there lies the danger but the "single/double players like Rashford, Kun, City defense and to a lesser extent Villa, are so restricted by holding onto Salah.

                      2. IRBOX ⚽
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Why would you drop Salah? Screams TC GW19

                        1. Flair
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 months, 16 days ago

                          Can't TC when you're BBing.

                          1. IRBOX ⚽
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 16 days ago

                            That’s fine, but going without could be suicidal to your rank

                            1. Flair
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 months, 16 days ago

                              Yeah, that's the problem. I'm considering that WC18BB19 is the best strategy for my side, and the team I've drawn up essentially means one of KDB/Salah has to be dropped to balance it. Which is a very tricky decision for obvious reasons.

                11. Whazza
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Seeing ppl moving off BB19 after the fixtures changed... But why? Now it's even easier to get more dgw players?

                  1. Alisson WondHaaland
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Saving Free hit in 18 instead

                    1. Whazza
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Oh ofc I feel silly now, thanks!