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Spurs host Fulham in Blank Gameweek 18 as Villa fixture postponed

Fantasy Premier League have been subjected to yet another spin of the fixture-dice as Blank Gameweek 18 changes complexion once again.

Just over 24 hours before Tuesday’s 16:30 GMT deadline, Aston Villa’s meeting with Tottenham Hotspur was officially called off.

That means no midweek fixture for Jack Grealish (£7.7m), Ollie Watkins (£6.1m) and Emiliano Martínez (£5.1m), three popular Fantasy assets.

However, Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.8m) remain viable options for Blank Gameweek 18 as their home meeting with Fulham was added as a replacement for the Villa game.

Considering how short-notice the fixture is for the Cottagers, both of Spurs’ dynamic duo are certain to wrestle their way into the captaincy conversation.

They both registered double-figure hauls in their last home Premier League game, against Leeds, and could benefit from Fulham’s short turnaround.

Meanwhile, it also means that budget options such as André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) and Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) have been added to the pool of players who could help managers in Free Hit squads.

The secondary knock-on effect of today’s fixture changes also impacts on Double Gameweek 19.

That is because Fulham’s Friday-night meeting with Chelsea has been delayed until the following day, kicking off at 17:30 GMT now.

As this was the opening match of Double Gameweek 19, it looks as if the deadline for that round will move to 11:00 GMT on Saturday morning ahead of Wolves’ lunch-time meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

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  1. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Current team:

    CTaylor (doubt) Mitchell Dias
    KdB Son Bruno Saka
    Kane

    Out: Martinez Forster KWP Coufal Grealish Watkins DCL

    Means I have probably 7 playing. 9 at best.

    Which option:

    A. FH
    B. Wildcard
    C. Keep as it is
    D Something else

    Leanding towards B or C. Thoughts?

  2. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Rate my wildcard team please. Damage limitation in gw18 and hopefully 13 dgw players for bb19.

    Gw19: Kane & Zaha -> Antonio & Salah

    Areola (Martinez)
    Cancelo-Tierney-Stones-Lindelol (Coufal)
    KDB-Bruno-Son-Zaha (Soucek)
    Kane-Wood (Bamford)

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Looks decent

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Thanks.

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Martinez, Konsa, Mings, Cash, Luiz, Targett, Grealish, McGinn, Ghazi, Barkley, Watkins and 2 more undisclosed.

    Picked this from the Villa forums - these are the players who tested positive.

    https://www.villatalk.com/topic/21329-covid-outbreak-jan-2021/page/34/#comments

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Surely no dgw for Villa then.

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      oh my. everton game is going to be off imo

    3. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      SHOCK Grealish is one of them! Don't suppose he's stuck to rules once!?

    4. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Thanks!

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      It's a joke lol.

      That's their entire first XI and no one else.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        It's not those guys. We don't know is the answer.

  4. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Smith Rowe nailed?
    I didnt watch any Arsenal games this year 😀

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      No. He's young and potentially injury prone. Arteta won't want to push him too hard, but he's currently the Bruno Fernandes at Arsenal, so expect him to start most games and get removed as early as possible to protect him. That is unless Arsenal sign someone to usurp him this January. If you're talking the super short term, then yeah, he's very likely to continue starting games, I'd say, but he'll be very prone to rotation, especially if Tets rolls out a 343 against stronger opposition.

      1. GROBARI
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Thank you bro

      2. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Potentially injury prone?

        He’s starting

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Yes I expect him to start the next game too.

          Well he's not been playing consistently at a high level since his groin injury. Of course, the loan at Huddersfield helped. But Arsenal has a history of overworking young players, and Arteta doesn't want to put too much pressure on the youth, hence his reluctance to play Smith Rowe and others all season; hence bringing in Willian while we have Saka, Martinelli, Nelson and the superstar Pepe already.

          I think he'd hoped that Willian could play the 10 role if necessary, but realised early on that he didn't have the players, Willian included, to pull off his preferred formation. But it seems that he should ahve run with it anyway with Smith Rowe in the centre. However, with no backup to Emile, it's a of work in that direction when it could all fall apart with the injury of one youth player who hasn't proven his consistency in the prem yet. Willian was tried in the 10 role in the FA cup and failed.

          Maybe we'll see a bit more of a 433-type thing going on with the return of Partey, and we'll see what part ESR has to play. Hopefully a bit part. But if Arsenal bring in another outfield player this window, it will likely be someone for ESR to understudy or, at the least, to share minutes with.

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            Hopefully a BIG part*

      3. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Have to disagree. He has been brilliant and one of the reason why Arsenal started to play well. I think it’s his spot to lose at this rate, if he continuous the way he plays then he is bargain

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          I mean, I said the same as you. But that doesn't make him nailed. He's certainly a bargain. I just bought him an hour or two ago.

          Smith Rowe was brilliant for Huddersfield, and played well for Arsenal whenever he's appeared this season, while others have been consistently poor. Yet Arteta hasn't been playing him. He needs others in the squad to perform too for his plans to work. He can't rely on one group of 11-12 players for the rest of the season, and he can't have all the senior plays be understudies to the young players. Even if they are first choice, he'll want to mix the experience in wherever and whenever he can. He's a tinkerer. I'm sure he doesn't intend to give Smith Rowe 90 mins once or twice a week for the mid- to long-term.

          Besides, with Arteta, you're only ever one mediocre performance away, or one good performance by a more senior player while you're rested, from moving down the pecking order, temporarily or otherwise.

          As an Arsenal fan, I've been wanting to see him in the first team for a couple of years at least. So it's great that it's happening, but Arteta is just so 'pragmatic' about these things.

  5. winchester
    8 months, 17 days ago

    How's this looking lads? Rate my free hit team, cheers lads

    lloris
    cancelo awb tierney saiss*
    bruno kdb rash son saka
    kane

    Have only fodders on bench.. risky move? 4-5-1 a good move?
    *stones instead of saiss?

    1. chudbond007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Like it - I'm doing similar 4-5-1

      Id favour Stones over Saiss

      1. winchester
        8 months, 17 days ago

        cheers fam. yeah, another option would be like bringing lacazette, playing 3-5-2, with downgrading elsewhere.. still feel like 4-5-1 could play out nicely

    2. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Lacazzete might be a good addition

  6. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Pick one for 18 and Beyond.

    A Salah Antonio AWB +4
    B Sterling Antonio AWB
    C Rashford Ings Dias..

  7. Cok3y5murf
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Cancelo Mitchell Dier Maguire
    KDB Bruno Son Burke
    Kane

    FH or just play this team?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      No Lacazette could kill you

      1. Cok3y5murf
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        I haven't bought Cancelo yet, so Stones over Cancelo would afford me DCL to Laca for a -4. Not sure it's worth it though

      2. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        No it won't

      3. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Laca might not even start

    2. Fantasydreamer
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I think your fine with that

  8. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    This is a complete nightmare. Did Chilwell (in GW5) and Mane to Cancelo and KdB for -4. With the news today I have to free hit. How can I find out what my team value will be in GW19. Don’t know if I can afford my planned transfers for DGW19.

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      don't worry. extra hit and surely you can afford it

    2. rokonto
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Same.

  9. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Why no love for Zaha?

  10. The Brown Casanova
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Cancelo, Maguire, Kilman, Taylor*
    KDB, Fernandes
    Brewster

    1FT. Free hit this bunch now?

  11. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    any consensus on minimum number of quality GW18 players to avoid FH?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Depends on the players

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Sure, but once you've got the core of:

        Cancelo
        KDB Bruno Son Rashford
        Kane

        How many more do you need? Would Mitchell and Holding in addition to the above be enough?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Quite possibly yeah - the additional 5 players could score you anywhere between 10-40 points depending on your luck

        2. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Yes that's enough

    2. Fantasydreamer
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Agree with above - if you can get to 8/9 which includes Bruno, KDB, Man City def and son or Kane you should be fine

  12. McGowan
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Who scores more points?
    A) Saka and Gundogan
    B) Smith-Rowe and Foden

    On A as foden played 90 vs Birmingham but scored so might start. Thsnks!

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      A

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      A

  13. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Interesting that Saka has outscored Laca lately!

  14. Heisenberg W. W.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 17 days ago

    FH team GTG?

    DDG
    Tierney-Cancelo-Stones
    Kdb-Bruno-Son-Saka
    Lacazette-Kane-Wilson

    (Martin-Mctominay-Mitchell-Douglas)

  15. SpagBol
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Which one on FH and why?

    A) AWB + Gundogan
    OR
    B) Stones + Saka

    1. chudbond007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B - not much between Stones & AWB but think Saka more nailed due to Pep roulette

    2. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B

      Have both better def and mid

  16. Grounderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Folks. Have 2 saved FTs and with a hit. Yay or nay?

    Salah/ DCL/ McCarthy. ➡ KDB/ Laca/ de Gea

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      If it means no chip usage then go for it

  17. Toothless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Please, help me pick...

    a) Son + Wilson
    b ) Saka + Kane

    1. chudbond007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      toss a coin really - I'd go B

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      a

    3. cigan
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Tough one. I'd go A

    4. Fantasydreamer
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B for me

    5. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B

  18. cigan
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Got these playing now, looking to navigate through 18 and 19 with a hit or two but there's so many options!

    Dias Dier Lowton Holding
    Bruno Son Saka
    (+ Martinez, Johnstone, Robbo, Salah, Soucek, Vardy, Adams, Bamford)

    A) Vardy, Robbo > Kane, Cancelo
    B) Vardy, Robbo, Adams > Kane, Cancelo, Wilson (-4)
    C) Vardy, Soucek > Lacazette, Gundogan/Foden
    D) Salah, Adams > KDB, Wilson
    E) Salah, Vardy, Robbo > KDB, Kane, Cancelo (-4)

  19. Krafty Werks
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    On FH which do you prefer?

    A - Stones, Bavies (bench) & Wilson in a 3-4-3
    or
    B - Dias, Reguilon & Brewster (bench) in a 4-4-2

    Thanks.

    1. cigan
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      A

  20. Baines on Toast...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Oh no I've just realised what's going to happen.

    They're going to suspend the league midway through a DGW.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      You know it

    2. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      The DGW runs from Saturday through Thursday. Something will happen in those 6 days...

  21. umerlfc
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Best combination on a FH? (Have Cancelo)

    A) Darlow + Tierney + Stones
    B) Darlow + Tierney + Shaw
    C) Leno + Dier + Stones
    D) Leno + Dier + AWB
    E) Leno + Maguire + Stones

    1. cigan
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      B

  22. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    So what is the popular thinking now then? Free hit or Wild Card? What should I do here:

    Killman, Cancelo, Dier, Holding
    Anguissa, Son, Bruno
    Kane

    Only 8 starters!

  23. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Sanchez
    Holding/Dier/Stones
    Son/Bruno
    Kane

    2FTs
    Salah, Romeu & DCL -> KDB, Saka & Laca (-4)
    gives me 10 players.

    10 players with -4 or FH?

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      10 players with -4 is fine I think

      1. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah, thinking FH will come handy down the line.

  24. The 12th Man
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    How’s this looking with some back up on the bench?
    DDG
    Tierney,Cancelo,Reguilon
    KDB, Fernandes,Son, Saka,Gundogan
    Kane,Lacazette

    Areola,Decordoba-Reid,Coleman,Mitchell

  25. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Pick two for the DGW
    A Vardy
    B Ings
    C Antonio

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      BC

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Tough choice, all 3 injury prones.

    3. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      AB

  26. barton fc
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    What scores more? (on FH)
    A) lacca + Wilson + alderweireld
    B) kane + saiss + dier (already own son)

    A has a stronger bench if that swings things

  27. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    I have both Kane and Son, looking to move one for Salah after this GW.

    Would you rather.
    A) Kane and ESR (Fodder) in a 3-4-3
    B) Son and Brewster (Fodder) in a 3-5-2

    1. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      A

    2. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      A

  28. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Is anyone going without Laca on a FH or just me? Im not convinced by him.

    1. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Kane, Jesus, Wilson I think for me

      1. yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 17 days ago

        Thought Jesus got the virus

    2. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 17 days ago

      Kane, DCL, Wilson for me. Laca might not even start.

      1. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 17 days ago

        DCL ?

        1. ivantys
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 17 days ago

          Wolves defence are crap they concede 3 to Brighton. Everton have everyone back already.

          1. Studs Up
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 17 days ago

            DCL injured

          2. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 17 days ago

            Everton doesn’t have DCL and Richarlison

            How’s is everyone back?

            1. ivantys
              • 1 Year
              8 months, 17 days ago

              Oh oops did they suddenly get injured lol

  29. Sickboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Advice please (not on a free hit, intend to play through and hit BB next week).

    DCL & Grealish to Foden & Martial?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 17 days ago

      I wouldn't, Foden is far from nailed and Martial can be rotated with Cavani. You can get burnt.

  30. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH team?
    Lloris(BPF)
    Cancelo Stones Tierney (Kilman)(Mitchell)
    KDB Fernandes Son Rashford Saka
    Kane Wilson (Brewster)