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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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2,537 Comments Post a Comment
  1. smix
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    RMFHT
    Lloris
    Cancelo Tierney Maguire
    KDB(c) Fernandes Son Saka Gundo
    Kane Laca
    Norris Clark Mitchell Brewster

    1. Trippier Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Can you get Foden for Gundogan? Although haven't compared them and Gundo is playing well

      1. smix
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        I can. But am worried about him starting after his 90 mins in the cup
        game. Gundo has been scoring lately too

    2. Johnjo
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Scout predicted lineups doesn't have Clark starting for Newcastle so maybe switch for Yedlin.

      Rest is great.

  2. Trippier Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Bottomed, Jesus v Martial - who's more likely to get 3 starts in 18/19? Have zero playing strikers for 18 - thanks for your help

    1. TwiggsJameson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Martial, probably.....

    2. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Jesus probably

  3. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    4 attackers and 4 defenders enough to avoid FH?

    Covers City, United and Arsenal def & attack + Kane

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Not sure what enough means ... above 10K average? Don't think so, probably red arrow albeit small.

    2. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      yes.

    3. Trippier Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Think so, if you can cover the top 3-4 captain candidates plus some of MCI, ARS, TOT and MUN in defence it should be ok, especially if Cap choice returns for you

  4. Johnjo
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Foden or Gundogen for this week? Are both likely to start?

    1. Trippier Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      See comment from SMIX above.

    2. smix
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Gundo should start. Not sure about Foden

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

      If Sterlo is out injured then I expect Foden to start

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

    Bench boost in 19 of Martinez, saka, holding and Dallas worth it (and the risk of not all games going ahead?)

    Need to decide this week to justify a couple of hits...

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      BB generally risky right now but as things stand those players' games will go ahead

  6. Captain_Shirokov
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Here's one for ye:

    A) Use FH this week, get out a tasty XI, one ft and maybe a hit to get out a strong DGW19 team and use TC on KDB.

    B) Use 2fts this week (Salah to Son/Grealish to Saka) and get out 8 players (no hit), get out an "ok-ish" DGW19 team and use TC on KDB.

    Leaning towards A.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      A

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Depends on who your 8 are.

      If they include Mitchell, Kilman, Brewster level players then A.

  7. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    FH thoughts? Clark feels a tad risky, if I'm honest.

    DDG
    Holding, Stones, Clark
    Son, KDB, Rashford, Bruno, Saka
    Kane, Wilson
    (Sanchez; Kilman, Brewster, Mitchell)

    1. Trippier Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Check on Wilson, might be injury risk

  8. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Hello everyone, Villa postponement and DCL injury have left me in a bit of a pickle.
    I really wanted to save the FH as well....

    Would you FH this?

    No Keeper
    Cancelo | Lowton | Mitchell
    KdB | Bruno | Son
    Kane

    DCL* | Bamford | Grealish | Soucek | Dallas | Targett | McCarthy | Steer

    Thanks

    1. jason_ni
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      No FTs?

      I have same, just with Dier/Saka/Taylor*/Burke*
      instead of Lowton/Mitchell

      Its a decent team for the GW, but tempted to WC, and prepare for the double, removing the -4 ive already took, and the likely -4 ill take next gw to get Salah in.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Already made 2 FTs to bring in KdB and Cancelo, which come to think of it would be reset if I played FH....so against it now!

        Maybe a cheeky hit or two instead

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Nope you're done I think.

      Gotta FH. That team will drown vs FH ones.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Even the fact I’ve made 2 FTs to bring in KdB and Cancelo? Which FH would reset back to Cresswell and Salah (will want KdB and Cancelo for the double)

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Same here re KDB to transfer in again in GW19 ... WC territory

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

      Similar situation:
      No GK
      Stones Mitchell
      KDB Bruno Son Saka
      Kane
      Don't think this is enough with many CS potentials, maybe 20 pts behind FH team ... will FH

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Hmm, I’m thinking maybe a -8 to bring in someone for DCL and Grealish/Targett.

        E.g another City defender and Wilson/Wood

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Do you want to inherit them dowm the line?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Stones for the double as an example yes, Wood I’m not sure....but he has also has a double

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 16 days ago

              That's essentially the question isn't it? I am considering WC with hesitance and limited time to prepare. Literally few hours as tomorrow will be busy day, will need to fix this evening 😉

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 16 days ago

                I know, bloody COVID!

    4. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Dcl to wilson (decent fixtures gw20+) and thats pretty much my team.

      I dont think its worth using FH chip for this gw given you will get 8 players out.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Hmm maybe, no FTs though so would be for a hit

  9. umerlfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Is Bellerin a decent shout?

  10. TMF86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    How nailed is Stones?

    1. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Only 45 minutes in the FA Cup, so I imagine he's coming right back into the squad on Wednesday.

  11. EVILFUK
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Who is your top punt for BGW18?

    1. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Jesus

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Regulion. Expecting 15 pointer

      1. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        based on?

    3. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Might get Zaha

    4. yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Captain Cenk Tosun

  12. Leeds-Utd
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    No GK playing this week
    Team is
    Reguilon/Stones/Holding/Kilman
    Fernandez/Son/DeBruyne
    Lacazette/Kane
    Enough or should I Free Hit?
    Or -4 for 10 players?
    No Transfers

    1. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      -4

  13. focaccia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC draft (will get Salah in for Son gw19)

    De Gea - Martinez
    Chilwell - Cancelo - Dias - Bellerin - Coufal
    KDB - Son - Bruno - Raphina - Saka
    Wilson - Bamford - Antonio

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Only 9 out for GW18? Would go Tierney over Bellerin ...

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

        need cash for Son > Salah

  14. The Mantis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    DCL & Salah to Martial & Son -4 worth it? Can still field 7 players so don't want to use FH

  15. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 16 days ago

    Not on FH:

    For GW18 - DCL & Grealish to McGoldrick & Saka. (-4) McGoldrick will be on the bench after GW18!

    Then GW19 - Wilson & Yedlin to Bamford & Cancelo (-4)

    This will get me 10 out for GW18 and 9 double GWers + Kane & Son for GW19. Sound good?

    1. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      yep, bar McGoldrick

    2. Eagleowl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      You think McGoldrick will score at least 4pts more than DCL?

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        DCL is injured so there's a decent chance! Literally just a 1 week punt then he's on the bench every week

    3. ivantys
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Just do Grealish to Saka? Doubt Mcgoldrick will outscore DCL by 4.

        1. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          DCL is injured!

    4. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      My FH effectively comes down to two of these three?

      A) Wilson
      B) Neto
      C) Saka

      1. Fantasydreamer
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        A and C

      2. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        BC

      3. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        B,C

      4. jomikijiq
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        A for sure

        Think Saka over Neto because of the fixture

    5. Sickboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Bottomed, sorry.

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

      DCL & Grealish to Foden & Martial?

      Thanks in advance.

    6. Kryptonite666
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Is Grealish to Saka worth a -4. Fielding only 8 players in BGW18.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        You confident Saka returns vs Palace?

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

          I don’t think he would have asked if he was

    7. londontom
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Thoughts?

      Leno (Areola)
      Shaw, Yedlin, Aurier, Cancelo, Dias
      Fernandes, Sterling, Son (Smith Rowe)
      Lacazette, Kane (Carroll)

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

      Areola or Johnstone to go with Pope for BB in 19?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Areola - Fulham much improved defensively

      2. londontom
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Areola

      3. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Areola

    9. TNB
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Slight change from previous FH team

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

      (Martin-Mitchell-Alzate-Douglas)

      Save?

    10. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Thoughts on this FH team?
      Is bench weak?

      Lloris(BPF)
      Cancelo Stones Tierney (Kilman)(Mitchell)
      KDB Fernandes Son Rashford Saka
      Kane Wilson (Brewster)

      1. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Bench is fine. Mitchell should play and Brewdog is always good for a nice 1 or 2 pointer.

        Like the team, got all the bases covered I think

    11. El Lobito 10
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      Captain:
      A. Kane
      B. Son
      C. KdB
      D. Bruno

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        KDB

      2. Leeds-Utd
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Son

      3. jomikijiq
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        KDB

        Kane second

      4. thegaffer82
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Easy peasy - KDB

      5. El Lobito 10
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers all

    12. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      What's happened with PVA? Mitchell started the last two

    13. PP6
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 16 days ago

      For a -4 which sounds best?

      Martinez -> DDG
      Targett -> 5.0
      Targett -> 4.3 (allows me to do Robertson and Adams -> Vardy and Douglas after double)

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 16 days ago

        Targett to 5.0

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          PS Martial has scored in all three of his PL starts against Burnley at Turf Moor. But I'm sure you knew that already.

          1. PP6
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Ofc I know! It’s his favourite ground. I can’t afford him though 🙁 people who have him this week will strike gold.

    14. ivantys
        6 months, 16 days ago

        People picking Saiss on FH are mental, Wolves concede 3 to Brighton and Everton have everyone back.

        1. El Lobito 10
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Has been getting in the box a lot and been unlucky not to score more than two lately but yes, I would be avoiding myself

        2. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          No DCL and Richarlison

          Everyone back? Please explain

        3. jomikijiq
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          DCL is out and Rich a doubt

        4. Studs Up
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Need to check b4 posting stuffs....just saying

          1. ivantys
              6 months, 16 days ago

              Yeah my bad, didn't own him so I didn't get notified he got injured lol.

        5. thegaffer82
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Just seen the Spurs news (play in 18) - Well chuffed with that!

          Still have Grealish & Martinez to worry about, but things are looking much rosier now.

          Definitely not worth a FH or WC this now is it? Have a FT as well which I was planning on rolling, but could be persuaded to use it...

          Dier - Cancelo - Holding - Mitchell
          KDB - Sterling - Bruno
          Kane - Brewster

          Could do Grealish > Neto or something like that, but not worth it if Villa DGW is on and Grealish ends up playing

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Grealish > Neto looks good. Neto's SGW is WBA. Grealish has loads of problems now to contend with.

            1. He has to not be one of the COVID guys
            2. The Everton fixture needs to be on (we might not know before GW19 deadline because it's on Sunday)
            3. He has 4 YCs. So even if both 1 and 2 go right, he has to dodge a YC in the first game in order to get.... City as his extra game.

        6. El_Gigante
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 16 days ago

          Is it safe to go without Salah in the DGW? Two home matches but can see both being low scoring occasions. Can bring in Kane and 6-7m playing midfielder this week for a -4, field 9 decent players and avoid FH in that case

          1. thegaffer82
            • 10 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            Avoiding FH is probably the best play.

            I sold Salah this week (for Sterling) and I'm still torn whether to bring him back or not for 19. Something looks off with him - and Pool in general.

        7. richarlison2348
            6 months, 16 days ago

            thoughts on FH team?
            DE GEA Button
            DIAS TIERNEY CANCELO DIER Mitchell
            DE BRUYNE (c) SON FERNANDES SAKA Neto
            KANE WILSON Brewster

          • Alisson WondHaaland
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 16 days ago

            A few things to point out for Free hitters:

            - Newcastle are shocking attacking wise. Dont expect anything from Wilson even against Sheffield
            - On the other hand defence wise, Newcastle are decent and especially against the worst attack in the league, they could be better defensive options than Arsenal assets for example since they are also more likely to get bonus points over their attackers
            - Brighton are really not that bad. They have a greater xG than the like of Spurs and Everton. Might be something to consider if you want to double up on City defenders
            -

            1. ivantys
                6 months, 16 days ago

                Yeah won't be surprised if Sheffield wins this one.