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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. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Kane and Son to Werner and KDB for a minus 8 is madness right? Right?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yeah Werner as a part of a -8 is madness

    2. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I am considering the same but for Salah and Vardy

      1. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        But wouldn't do it for Kdb and Werner

      2. bluee
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I'm 0.1 off this but it's the move I want to make (if a random opinion sways you at all!)

        1. GuenDoozy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          It does, this site is alll about random opinions

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      It is

  2. No end product
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Can't decide on this - thoughts appreciated. No City cover otherwise

    Robbo+Raphinha+Kane > KDB+Dias+Antonio -8

    A. Yes
    B. No

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A

    2. Jamb0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Go for it

    3. JammySprat
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      DGW Robbo out for a hit not for me

    4. No end product
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I know - not ideal but Robbo funds Dias and enables KDB who is essential now I think. Antonio is a total punt for everyone. Rap and Kane only one game. Tough call.

  3. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Already used my FT - should i settle on this or make further changes for a hit??

    McCarthy (LEI)
    Justin (DGW), James (DGW), Coufal (DGW),
    Rashford (DGW), Fernandes (DGW), Salah (DGW), Maddison (DGW)
    Kane (SHU), Bamford (BHA), Antonio (DGW)

    Bench: Ryan (LEE), Taylor (DGW), Lookman (DGW), Dallas (BHA)

  4. as33
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Any 1 going for FH?

    1. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 26 days ago

      keep it for later BGW

  5. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Please pick one. Have Stones and Coufal as my DGWers

    A) Kane + Dawson
    B) Vardy + James for -4
    C) Vardy + Cresswell for -4

    Thanks a lot!

    1. Machine_Gunnerz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 26 days ago

      c

    2. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 26 days ago

        C

      • Honourvolley
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        C

    3. Roysgotnoboys
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Antonio worth a punt?

      DCL & McCarthy > Antonio and Ederson -4

      Means I’ll have all 11 doubles and will TC as my bench is awful

      1. Fero1905
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        If he is a option for starting line up, than yes

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        He's worth a punt but would not buy Ederson. Ruins you for future weeks.

        Buy Johnstone or Areola as your 2nd keeper to play this week. McCarthy has future doubles stored up.

      3. Puyol Self Together
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Just got in Antonio myself, so here's hoping!

        Who you planning to TC?

    4. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      How is this -8?
      Mant to KDB ( have Salah)
      Wood to Antonio
      Bednerak to Stones

      1. farmerfat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Mane*

      2. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Pretty good tbh

      3. Jamb0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Looks good

    5. Fero1905
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Do you think Antonio is now a option for for the starting lineup after haller joining Ajax? If yes, would you do

      Son + Vardy to
      KdB + Antonio

    6. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      -12 needed for bench boost might be too much hmm

      1. GuenDoozy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Plenty are taking -8's for just their 11.

      2. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Na, live a little.

        Forget a total of -12.

        Look at each -4 transfer in isolation.

        I was on a -12. Then looked at raphina to Barnes and did that on top to -16. Couldn’t care less about the total, looked at each transfer individually.

        Dgws are fun, enjoy the moment!

    7. More Cowbell
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      g2g?
      Son, Adams > KDB & Watkins (-4) leaves 0.0 ITB

      Forster
      Konsa, Justin, Coufal
      Salah, Bruno, KDB, Soucek
      Vardy Bamford, Watkins

      McCarthy, Dallas, Phillips, Bissouma

      1. The Mighty Whites
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Looks good

      2. Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        What if Watkins was the last player back in training after covid?

    8. The Mighty Whites
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      0FT, 1.9 ITB

      Martinez, Johnstone

      Robertson, Dias, Dallas, Coufal, Mitchell

      Salah, Fernandes, Son, Raphinha, Anguissa

      Kane, Antonio, Bamford

      A - Start Martinez or Johnstone?
      B - Raphinha to Soucek for a -4?
      C - If no to B would you start Anguissa with a DGW or Raphinha?

      1. More Cowbell
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        A - Mart
        B - Yes

    9. Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      G2G or needs city? Debating wildcard
      Martinez
      Konsa Holding Mari
      Salah Son Bruno Soucek
      Firmino Bamford Kane

      Steele Saka Mitchell Kilman

      Cheers

      1. The Mighty Whites
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Wouldn't wildcard

      2. Jamb0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Need at least 1 city defender without a doubt

    10. marcos11
        2 months, 26 days ago

        McCarthy
        Dias Coufal Dier
        Bruno KDB Rashford Son Raph
        Lacazette Bamford
        2.2 itb 1 ft

        Dier/Lacazette > Stones/Vardy -4 a good move?

        1. marcos11
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Bench is 4.0 Holding Brewster Mitchell

          • The Mighty Whites
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Seem sensible

        2. Dele
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Bringing in one City defender... Cancelo of Dias?

          Or save 0.8 and go Stones?

          1. marcos11
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Stones or else Cancelo

            • Pomp and Circumstance
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Stones

          2. Iceball
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Will Fabianski play? If so what do you think of this BB for 1 hit?
            Fabianski Coufal Bamford Brewster (dont have money to upgrade Brewster)

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I’ve brought him in on wc so hopefully he plays haha, reports said he should be back

            2. Boly Would
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              If you think he plays, I'd BB

          3. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Folks, BB this? Y or N?

            Martinez Bamford Dallas Holding

            1. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Yes

            2. FredrikH
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              wouldn't to be honest.

              1. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                😆

            3. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I would for sure

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Sorry double post

            4. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Ofc

            5. fr3d
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Yes, that's an expensive bench. Get rid of the BB and offload the cash

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Only Bam is expensive the others bought cheaply

            6. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Yes good bench, what do you think of my "not as good" bench above?

            7. No end product
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Strong bench really - I mean you could end up with people playing twice and getting less points. So would go for it.

          4. rozzo
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Mccarthy
            Cresswell Dias Dallas
            KDB Fernandes Son Soucek
            Kane Lacazette Bamford

            Steer Pieters Mitchell Anguissa

            1ft
            2.5 itb

            A). Lacazette to Vardy
            B). Lacazette and Mccarthy to Vardy and Martinez - 4
            C). Lacazette and KDB to Vardy and Salah - 4

            Cheers

            1. marcos11
                2 months, 26 days ago

                B

            2. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Kane to vardy for free?

              Don’t own son, no value tied up in Kane

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Yes

              2. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Yes

            3. Shawcus
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Need help guys on this.

              My last two spots in my team will be either:
              Mane and Kane (kdb captain)
              Salah and Lacazette (Salah captain)

              A poll from you guys would be great!

            4. Bumbaclot
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Johnson
              Robbo/coufal/Dallas/kwp/targett
              Salah/son/Bruno/soucek/rafinha
              Kane/bamford/wood

              How on earth do I get city into this team? No free transfers and 0.2 in the bank. Bruno to kdb and kwp to Mitchell for a -8??

              Thanks

              1. No end product
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I'm pondering Kane, Raf and Robbo to KDB, Antonio and Dias -8.
                Not sure yet though - but solves the City problem.

              2. No end product
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Wouldn't ditch Bruno that's for sure

            5. Bobby's Teeth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Son Laca Kane --> Salah Antonio Vardy (-8)

              Does this make sense to you legends? I am split.

              1. Whazza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I think it does.. 6 points already back in appearance points only

              2. GuenDoozy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 26 days ago

                I like it

            6. Blue&White85
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Best option?

              A. Son & Cavaleiro to KDB (c) & Smith Rowe (-8)

              B. Son & Cavaleiro to Sterling & Lookman (-8)

              C. Keep Son & Cavaleiro, captain Salah (c).

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                C

                1. Blue&White85
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Thanks.

            7. humar816
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Current DGW team:

                Martinez*
                KWP Dias* Coufal*
                KDB* Bruno* Salah* Grealish* Soucek*
                DCL Kane

                Need to get rid of DCL but not sure who, thinking Antonio but is 3 West Ham players too many? What about a -4 to do DCL - Antonio and Soucek- Saka

                Thoughts?

              • Zlatan F.C
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Are Grealish owners keeping or selling?

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Keeping

                • FredrikH
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  -8: Kane, C. Taylor*, Nathaniel Phillips -> Vardy, Dawson, Stones

                  Would give me this BB:
                  Martinez Meslier
                  Stones James Dallas Coufal Dawson
                  El Ghazi Salah Bruno Son Soucek
                  Bamford Firmino Vardy

                  Any of it worth or just WC? 😀

                • pstokes2010
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Any changes needed here? Have 11 players playing a double. Worth bringing in another City defender?

                  Johnstone
                  Chilwell Cancelo Justin Cresswell
                  KDB(c) Fernandes Salah Soucek Maddison
                  Wood

                  McCarthy Bamford Dallas Adams

                • Chandler Bing
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Who would you prefer in a draft game?

                  A. Gundogan
                  B. Neto

                  1. Arthur Shelby
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Neto.

                • You've got red on you.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Would you get rid of any of these:

                  Tierney
                  Holgate
                  Wilson

                  For any of these?

                  Justin
                  R. James
                  Coufal
                  Antonio

                  Only have 1FT and thinking of BB so Holgate out is a must.

                  Thanks.

                  1. Pomp and Circumstance
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    consider Antonio and Coufal--good upcoming fixtures and West Ham are having a good season

                • lilmessipran
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Best option here?

                  A Bamford to Wilson
                  B Bamford to Antonio
                  C Save FT play Bamford

                  1. Iceball
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Do you have another SGW player to sell? Bamford has DGW looming so you would want him back, and he has good fixture now. If you have to then B

                • ZoumasBloomers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Bench boosting Martinez, Lowton, Raphinha, Adams isn’t mad is it? Probably the strongest bench I’ll manage and then can start taking money out of it

                  1. No end product
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    I'd agree - strong bench and gets it done.