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How Double Gameweek 19 fixture changes have affected my FPL chip and transfer strategies

Like most Fantasy Premier League managers, I am finding it very hard to plan for Double Gameweek 19.

In light of Thursday’s updated fixture list, here is my latest plan for transfers and chip strategies ahead of Saturday’s deadline.

But, you could not have caught me in worse spirits about the way this season is going. Oh, Raz, what have you done to me. 

I know it really shouldn’t matter with everything going on, but Raheem Sterling’s (£11.4m) penalty miss has to go up there with one of my worst ever moments in FPL. 

My Free Hit team was built around him being my key differential, and not content with a spot on the bench until the 82nd minute, Sterling had to go and make things even worse.

Using the brilliant “what if” machine over at LiveFPL.net, I worked out that if Sterling had scored, I would have been catapulted into the top million ahead of my Arsenal contingent facing Crystal Palace.

Even if Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) had shaken off his fatigue and scored, I’d have still gone up a few hundred thousand places. If ever a moment summed up my season, it happened last night.

With the pain of the miss still fresh in my mind, I now have to turn my attention to planning for the upcoming Gameweeks. We have never known anything like it. Double Gameweeks have dropped off the table, with both Leeds and Southampton now only having one game. There go four players that I had in place ready for Double Gameweek 19.

Aston Villa v Everton is off now too. So, there goes Dominic Calvert Lewin (£7.7m). Dean Smith’s men have earned a fixture back though, hosting Newcastle at the back-end of the Gameweek, although we still don’t know which of their plays have been dealing with coronavirus (COVID-19). And let’s not forget that top target Jack Grealish (£7.7m) is on four yellow cards. Another one against Manchester City and he would miss the second Double Gameweek 19 fixture.

Let’s add to that problem. Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) is also one booking away from a ban and faces what is likely to be a fiery encounter against Liverpool to come, before playing Fulham. Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) is off form. Manchester City are proving rock solid in defence but a bit of a lottery in trying to work out how many goals they will score, even against so-called ‘inferior’ opposition. Are they back, or were good performances against Newcastle and Chelsea just the result of playing teams in poor form?

I am finding it very hard this season and I know I’m not the only one. It feels almost impossible to plan for things when so much is in flux. But, we must try. I’m not going to give up hope, but I am looking at this season through the lens of what it is. No matter what rank I end up with, I will know what went on. I am allowing myself this season as a freebie, whatever happens.

I think I want to have a bit of fun at this stage. I want to give my squad a bit of a freshening up once Double Gameweek 19 is out of the way. I am interested in Percy Tau (£5.5m), mostly due to my Brighton bias, but also because he presents an intriguing cheap option as a potentially out-of-position option. 

Let’s face it, with competition such as Neal Maupay (£6.1m) it’s hard to imagine Tau won’t feature – and his most natural position is as an attacking midfielder. I expect to see him cementing a regular spot in the team going forward, given our lack of real goal threat over the last few months.

Barring any drastic news from the West Ham camp, I am going to finally make a move for Michael Antonio (£6.2m). West Ham have the best Double Gameweek schedule of the lot, hosting Burnley and West Bromwich Albion. 

The reason why I am so keen is because the Hammers have sold Sebastien Haller (£, his only direct competition, to Ajax. While I don’t expect a full 180-minute outing in Double Gameweek 19 for Antonio, it looks like he has returned from injury at a good time, and got minutes in the FA Cup. With Sterling’s penalty miss making one of my low points of FPL, Antonio’s four goals against Norwich was certainly my high point. If he can get close to replicating this then I’ll be a happy man again.

Speaking of West Ham, this seems a great time to invest in their defence. I know a lot of people have got Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) and he seems a great option for the double – but a double up with Aaron Creswell (£5.4m) could be gold. I’d back West Ham for at least one clean sheet and Creswell has already registered 6 assists in the league.  No defender has got more. Historically, defenders are often great picks in Double Gameweeks with the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, Aymeric Laporte and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) all registering huge returns in seasons gone by. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a West Ham defender as the top-scoring player for the Gameweek.

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Another strong consideration for me is to double-up with Manchester City defenders. John Stones (£5.0) has finally come into my reckoning due to the consistency of strong performances from himself and the rest of the backline. 

At this point, I don’t think the extra £0.8m is worth it for fellow centre back Ruben Dias (£5.8m) and I think not only does Stones keep his place, but he matches the Portuguese internationals points from now until the end of the season. 

That said, I am very glad to have moved for João Cancelo (£5.8m). I am completely and utterly convinced that this man is going to hit a double-digit return soon. Could it be this week? Is he actually an outside captaincy option with other big-hitting players flattering to deceive?

One player who I think I will be keeping is Son Heung-min (£9.8m). His 62.5% ownership means that I’m not getting much benefit from his returns, but it feels amiss to be selling him before a run of games that includes Brighton, West Brom and Sheffield United. 

I had earmarked a swap for him to De Bruyne, but with Pep Guardiola citing fatigue as the reason he didn’t take Manchester City’s penalty – combined with the fact that his side are still playing without a recognised striker AND that he only has one goal from open play this season, decimating my team and taking out the number one point scorer in the game just feels a bit of a luxury transfer when there are other moves I could be making to try and climb the rankings.

So, with fixture rescheduling putting any plans I had for a Bench Boost on hold, I am considering which chip I should use if any. With Fernandes on four yellow cards, I don’t feel confident enough captaining him this week – which makes Salah the obvious choice. 

The trouble is, I’m just not sure how the Manchester United game is going to pan out. I think it might be a very cagey affair. While I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have the firepower to put a dent in Liverpool’s title charge, a point would suit them. 

Do I really think Liverpool’s incredible home record of 53 wins and 11 draws in the last 64 games will come to an end against United? I’m just not convinced. At this point, I am strongly considering not using a chip at all and saving them for a bit later in the season. There is the guarantee of further Double gameweeks, and maybe a player will emerge as a stronger Triple Captain option on paper then.

Whatever you decide to do this week, good luck! Double Gameweeks are always something to get excited about. My advice is don’t be afraid to chuck a few hits to bring in some more players and make the most of it. 

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4,296 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HVT
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Son/Kane > Salah/Antonio (-4)

    A - Yes
    B - No

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I am in the same boat myself. Currently at 50 50. Very difficult call especially that i won't captain Salah most probably

      1. HVT
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I think I captain Mo, my other option is KDB and one is on pens and scores goals in games the other doesn’t.
        Adding to that I see the masses going with Mo and non ownership could be significant especially if the likes of Son/Kane don’t perform at Sheff Utd.
        Hos would you see that fixture going?

    2. MGD
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I'm doing this.

    3. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I’m doing this and one further, spending another 4 points to get vardy in for Adams

      1. HVT
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        V nice, can’t afford that move, I’d love to get rid of Che.
        It looks to me Bamford +1 which is either Kane or Vardy, maybe DCL at some point in the future.

    4. Die Hard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      No

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

      B

  2. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Play Bamford or Maquire?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Trick one. Perhaps maguire with the double

    2. HVT
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      14p V 8p in my book.

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Morning all. Best move?

    A. Son >> KDB
    B. Adams/DCL >> Antonio
    D. Both for -4

    1. BB
    2. TC
    3. None

    Johnstone*
    Robbo*, Dias*, Lowton*, Coufal*
    Salah*, Bruno*, Soucek*, Son, Raphina
    Bamford
    (McCarthy, Dallas, Adams, DCL!)

    1. T88MYE
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I would keep Son, Adams & DCL out.

    2. HVT
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      D1

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        With DCL if I BB?

    3. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      B

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        With DCL or Adams?

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          DCL as hes injured anyway

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Not think KDB is essential this week and next. Spurs have Liverpool after the single

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I'll probably be getting him for Salah next GW If I dont do that move this GW

  4. T88MYE
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    BB, -8 to upgrade bench or Save?

    DDG
    Dias, Stones, Justin
    KDB, Salah, Bruno, Soucek, Son
    Antonio, Watkins

    Steer* Dier, Dallas, Bamford

    0FT & .3ITB

    1. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I'd save BB

  5. Lazaretti
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    A) Son, Klich, Taylor -> Robertson, Mount, Soucek -8
    B) Son, Klich, Taylor -> Robertson, Mount, Bowen -8
    C) Son, Taylor -> Robertson, Mount -4

    Mount could be Barnes / Bowen too (6.8 midfielder)

  6. Zlatan F.C
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Son and DCL to KDB and Antonio for 04?

      1. Zlatan F.C
          3 months, 2 days ago

          -4?

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Same above with either DCL or Adams

        • HVT
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yes

        • T88MYE
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          What value do you have in Son? You’ll want him back at some point.

          DCL to Antonio and Son+4?

      2. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Salah or KDB this week?

        Held James through his injury as had other fires to put out. Do you think he'll play both DGW games?

      3. Chilli Heatwave
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Narrowed it down to two possible changes for the DGW, any advise please?

        A) Bamford to Antonio

        B) Dier to Ogbonna

        Thanks

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I'm getting A in but for Adams, holding on to Bamford. Brighton play the style of football Leeds could exploit.

          1. Chilli Heatwave
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Cheers, yeah that is true, just wish he had a dgw

        2. Ritchies Magic Hat
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          B) but maybe Dawson instead?Bamford is worth keeping.

          1. Chilli Heatwave
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Decent shout, cheers

      4. nicholasporteous
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Really want to improve this rabble, please any advice!

        McCarthy
        Stones - Cancelo - Robertson - Targett
        Salah - Bruno - Son
        Adams - Bamford - Kane

        (Peacock-Farrel / Rapinha - Bissouma - Phillips)

        Thinking:
        a) Adams+McCarthy -> Antonio+Martinez (-4)
        B) anything else to get a better bench!
        C) better DGW players?

        Thanks

      5. Donny_Rover
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        When you bench boost do you:

        A) pick your team as normal
        B) put 3 of your better players on the bench so if your ML rivals only look at your score in the table rather than your team they’ll then get a shock at the end of the gameweek when the boost actually happens...

        1. Seamy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          It really doesn't matter. Just make sure you hit the BB button if you are trying to be cute

      6. The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Going to TC instead of BB now, genuinely tempted by TC Vardy, but De Bruyne is the obvious “safe” choice.

        Martinez
        Stones, TAA, Coufal, Justin
        Salah, KDB, Bruno, Soucek
        Vardy, Bamford

        1. HVT
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Does the lack of goals not concern you with Kevin?
          Add in ne might be too tired to kick a pen and I’m not sure.
          Jamie doesnt really tire in my book and he certainly doesn’t give pens away.

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

          If I were to use TC it'd be on Salah.

      7. Seamy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Is Dias worth the extra 0.8m investment over Stones?
        It would go a long way to strengthening the rest of my team in the coming weeks

        1. Pomp and Circumstance
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Stones is the best choice in Man City defence

      8. Mac90
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Vardy price drop enables me to do

        Kane --> Vardy
        Son --> Debryune(C)

        Scared of rest potential tho.

        1. Jellyfish
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Same....mine requires a -8 though so I am not convinced

      9. mlm
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A) Tierney > Cresswell
        B) Wilson/Bamford > Antonio
        C) -4 for Both

      10. mr. inconspicuous
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Bednarek to Stones or Saka to Gundogan/Soucek?

        1. Jellyfish
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Both, and Soucek

          1. mr. inconspicuous
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            I only have 0.3 in the bank so only have exact funds for one of them. I’m leaning more towards Soucek and then just play Holding?

            1. Jellyfish
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Sounds reasonable

      11. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Sorry....bottomed...Who is the best defender up to 4.8m to bench boost this weekend? Can't be West ham or dallas.

        Options seem to be slim.....

        A....holding v newcastle

        B....shaw v liv and fulham but potentially rotated for fulham

        C.....lowton v West ham and Liverpool

        D....someone else

        Thanks

        1. Jellyfish
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Coufal

        2. Seamy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          None of the above. I'd try and save a FT if you have a playing defender already there

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Already have 3 West ham. And I'm definitely playing bb as 14 players in place for it

            1. Jellyfish
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Sorry daft of me, didn’t read it properly. How about a Villa defender? They’ve games in hand so it’s an enabler to stocking up on their players.
              Targett or Konsa

      12. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Hello guys. What would you do here?

        Pope
        Robertson, Dias, Coufal
        Grealish, Fernandes, Salah, Soucek, Son
        Bamford, Watkins

        Subs --- Meslier, KWP, DCL, Bernardo --- 1 FT, 0.6 ITB

        A) DCL & Bernardo -> Antonio & Stones (-4)
        B) Robertson, Son, DCL & Bernardo -> Cancelo, KDB, Antonio, Justin (-12)
        C) Somethinge else, what?

        1. gmando2011
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          personally i dont think thats terrible - i dont suppose you can afford would probably do DCL & Son for Antonio & KDB?

          1. Jam0sh
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            That's not possible unfortunately

      13. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Vardy dropping enables me to do ...
        Kane > Vardy
        Son > KDB

        Do it yes or no?

        1. Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I have same quandary! Could just get em back on wc if needs be

          1. Jellyfish
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Yes WC in tact. I am leaning bit wards just doing Kane > Vardy as I’ve no FT

      14. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Would you be comfortable playing Soucek week in week out regardless of the fixture?

        1. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yes

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yes

        3. Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yip

        4. HVT
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          He’s not a 4th mid in my book

          https://youtu.be/Sn6JV7uC4T0

        5. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yes I've played him since GW1.

        6. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Best enabler in the game. Of course.

      15. Zlatan F.C
          3 months, 2 days ago

          is Forster likey to play or is McCarthy back?

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            He’s back

        • Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Cancelo or Chilwell, for the double?

          1. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Cancelo for me, them city fixtures are beautiful

          2. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Can

        • mikess
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Best 6.2 defender, who isn't City, that has a double?

          1. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Chilwell or cresswell

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Chilwell

          3. Seamy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Cresswell

          4. mikess
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Cheers

        • Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Is 9 dgw players enough, keeping son and Kane?

          Otherwise son, kane out for Kdb and vardy

          1. HVT
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Go big or go home

          2. gmando2011
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            I also have 9 and wondering the same...

          3. Die Hard
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Son to KDB, keep Kane

        • Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Any talk of Liverpool signing a centre half this month? Think the double will be Robbo's last hurrah in my team if they're likely to persist with the academy crap.

        • balint84
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Chelsea def to City def for -4? Do it?

          1. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            No

        • King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          What would you do?

          A. BB this week - Meslier Raphinha Dawson Anguissa

          B. WC 25 BB 26 FH 29

          1. Pomp and Circumstance
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            how many extra games might there be in GW 26?

            I think it's a good idea to keep the BB for later--there should be other good DGWs, so save for one of those (and then you can balance out the team more, possibly with WC, so to have a strong 15 players)

        • Malinwa
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Would you BB?

          McCarthy - Bamford - Mitchell - KWP

          1. Seamy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Probably yeah. It'll allow you to concentrate on your first 11 moving forward

            1. Malinwa
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Thanks!

        • Mufc202020
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Haven’t taking -8 all season and normally try stay away from doing so.

          Is anyone taking -8 or maybe even more this week?

          1. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Considering

          2. Van der Faart
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            -8 would be my limit unless I couldnt get 11 out.

        • Zlatan F.C
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Robertson to Cancelo worth it for -4?

            1. Do I Not Like Orange
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              IMO do that move for free after the double

              1. HVT
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                This, my plan anyway

          • shapply
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Coufal or... Dawson?