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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. EWH2020
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone going without KDB? Was going to spend -8 to get him. Doesn't seem worth it

    1. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I was planning on getting home with but not now.

    2. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I think I’m going to have to. Foden and Stones instead

    3. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Only 27 percent own him

    4. CABAYE4
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Going without.

      For me its a (-4) and also losing Son or Kane who could feasibly out score him.

    5. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Just Foden. Had half a plan to swap for Salah but for me he's not hitting the heights yet compared to Bruno, Salah and Son.

    6. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      He looked knackered after 70 mins against Brighton, which was a tad concerning.
      I have him and was absolutely going to TC him in 19, but probably won't bother now.

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

    bottomed...

    Best transfer:

    1. Taylor >> Cancelo (have Dias)
    2. Stephens >> Soucek (or Gundogan)
    3. Adams >> Watkins / Cavani

    Cheers!!

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      1. If Taylor is out. But I like them all lo

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        haha thanks, keen to know more on Taylor

    2. AD2110
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      1

  3. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Son Anguissa Dallas > Foden Grealish & Stones -8?

  4. Here's Tom with the We…
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Any news on C Taylor?

  5. D.Glynn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    For a BB would you
    -8 of
    Son to Puli
    Taylor to Stones
    Balbeuna to Cresswell?

    Johnstone* McCarthy
    Robbo* Taylor* Justin* Dallas Balbeuna(probably ft)
    Salah* Bruno* Son Soucek* Lookmann*
    Vardy* Bamford Wood*

  6. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Evening all, any ideas here? Was planning Wilson -> Antonio but now Callum also has a double perhaps Dier -> Coufal is best? 0.1m short of Cresswell. Thanks!

    DDG
    CANCELO, TARGETT, Bellerin
    KDB, BRUNO, STERLING, Son
    WATKINS, WILSON, Bamford

    Forster, Martinelli, Dier, Mitchell
    Bank 0.3m, 1FT, all chips

    1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yep, Coufal is a good pick. Think that's more worth the transfer fee.

    2. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Double City and no Liverpool? I’d go Sterling > Mane (don’t think you can afford Salah) tbh

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Can’t afford Mane either

      2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        That 's a waste of a transfer imo, nothing to separate Mane and Sterling for me given the fixtures. Might as well get an extra game out of someone.

        1. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Yeah that’s my thinking also. Guess I’d have to bench Bellerin (NEW)?

    3. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Are you bench boosting?
      If not your team is decent for next week. I would hold then.

      If bench boosting then Martinelli is a problem.

      I think you need to abandon the idea of a perfect team next week. Your team us cloae to that as is..

      1. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Nah not BB as Forster won’t play, Mitchell has mcy and Martinelli is a doubt. Planning to BB for the GW26 doubles instead.

        Team is ok this week, but probable makes sense to get another DGWer in with a FT

        1. Team Bobcat
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I hear your logic andit is hard to argue with it.

          But 2 freebies next week would be worth a lot especially that your team is sound rhos week.

          If you can hold it is gold at the moment and you can afford to do that.

    4. CABAYE4
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Coufal seems sensible.

  7. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Quick rate of this FH19 team please guys? Pulisic is the punt ...

    Areola
    Dias Stones Cresswell
    KDB (c) Rash Salah Soucek Pulisic
    Vardy Antonio

    Cheers

    1. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Looks good

    2. baines is god
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      good although would prefer 4-3-3 with a Werner punt (pens etc) than Puli but gl

    3. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Looks good. I’d maybe downgrade Pulisic and upgrade Rash to Bruno? But Rash is a nice differential I guess so maybe not.

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I’m not gonna go Bruno as I’m gambling on a YC vs Liverpool

        1. StayoutheSpiceZone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Cheers guys for the inputs by the way

    4. Team Bobcat
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I am personally against the triple up of city in any gameweek not alone in this climate even if only for the one gameweek.

      Therfore I would have a slight concern with stones. I would gamble on him not starting both games.

      Antonio would also be apunt in my eyes. He is fit but how could he be match fit. Big difference.

      I would prefer a defender in his place possibly Justin or Coufal

  8. SilentLemonMan
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Is captaining Coufal madness or genius ?

      KDB looks tired
      Salah out of form

      1. baines is god
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        EV- decision

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

        Madness.

      3. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Madness, but all geniuses are a little mad after all. Do it.

      4. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Triple captain. Do it.

      5. CorAndo__x
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Going with Cresswell myself.
          Two good fixtures for assists & CS. I've picked the obvious captain and ended up poor results alot so gonna take the gamble.

      6. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Would you:

        A) swap Dier for Stones for a -4 and play him in place of Targett.
        B) just leave and play Targett.

        1. baines is god
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A

        2. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Play Targett. Not a fan of -4 defensive hits.

          1. Voodoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I did think that too but Targett is one yellow away from a ban, and could have COVID!

      7. baines is god
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        2 slots left in my free hit team

        A-Mane and Watkins

        B-Pulisic and Werner

        C-Barnes and Vardy

        1. Voodoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          B

        2. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Not a fan of any of those tbh. C purely because Vardy is only one that has been in form this season.

      8. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Best option please guys:

        1. Dallas >> Stones [have Cancelo] (-4)
        2. Raphinha >> Gundogan (-4)
        3. Bamford >> Antonio (-4)
        4. Hold

        Thanks

        1. baines is god
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A

        2. D.Glynn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Not 3. Maybe 1

        3. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I’d say hold. You’re taking a hit to no doubt buy Leeds back a few weeks down the line when they have a double. You’ll maybe make up the points with Stones this week but in the big picture of a season you’re using two transfers to gain an extra 6 points.

      9. Bleh
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Best move(s) for the double here?
        Have Kane.

        A. Son > Salah
        B. Son, Holding > Salah, Robbo (-4)
        C. Son, Mitchell > Salah, Chilwell (-4)

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A

        2. D.Glynn
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A

      10. Mr. Mystic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Torn on Wilson -> Antonio? Thoughts?

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          100%

      11. Gringo Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        What would be potentially the best FH team for GW19?

        1. Neevesy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          That's a big question lol

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          All depends on budget, makes big difference between 100 & 106+

      12. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Need to include a cheap defender in my bench boost team....

        A.....lowton (West ham and Liverpool away)

        B.... holding (Newcastle home)

        Thanks

      13. deadsquad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Feels need to own KDB for DGW...
        Should I replace with Bruno or Rashford for KDB?
        Or maybe its better to keep them?

      14. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Which would you do guys?

        A) Antonio | Son | Coufal | Areola and BB (-8)

        B) Salah | Brewster | Mitchell | Steer and TC (-4)

        Latter 3 in B all on bench.

        Thanks

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

          Alternatively in A I could use WC (as it leaves my team in fairly good shape going forward).
          Though seems pointless to use WC for only 3 moves

      15. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Son & Dallas > Foden & Dias/Cancelo & play BB19

        Good or Bad?

        Johnson,
        Zouma, Robbo, Stones,
        Bruno, Son, Grealish, Salah
        Kane, Bamford, Watkins

        Martinez, Soucek, Coufal, Dallas

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

          I wouldn’t no

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Getting two extra games ?

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

              I just think Son especially will do well. Foden could well be benched in at least one of the doubles too.

      16. Thunder Warrior
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Wilson or Antonio?

        1. Neevesy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Ant

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

          Wilson. just.

        3. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Wilson.

      17. George James
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Which is best?

        A) Antonio / Son + 4 points

        B) Salah / Saka

        1. Neevesy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          It's a toss up but I'd probably punt with B as Salah has v. High ceiling.

      18. Slurpy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Kane, Kilman, Dallas to Vardy, Dawson, Stones (-8)?

      19. HD7
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        To all who wont use the BB next GW:

        A) Play the TC on KDB/Salah
        B) Delay the TC for a Son/Kan DGW in the spring

        1. Booked4Dissent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Delay

        2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Be tempted with KDB, but i like to keep chips up my sleeve for later if possible, give myself a nice little rank boost down the line. Makes me feel better.

      20. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 4 days ago

        FH earned me 32 extra points. Worth it? Not a fail but not a success.

        1. Voodoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          That’s well worth it.

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Definitely
          20+ is the target IMO

        3. Ragabolly
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          That's definitely a success! What more would you expect from the chip?

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

          31pts extra here, worth it I would say.

        5. FPL.team
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          How many do you want?

      21. Huddersfield
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Goals scored for captain are doubled if tie?

      22. Chilli Heatwave
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        A) Bamford to Antonio
        B)Dier to ogbonna

        1. Neevesy
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A

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

          B

      23. walt_48
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Bednarek -> Coufal for -4? 0 ITB so need to do it today?

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

          Y

          1. walt_48
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks - anyone else?

        2. marcos11
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah l reckon its worth it

        3. aidmata
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          McCarthy Areola

          Robertson Coufal Balbuena Lowton Dallas

          Rafinha Rashford Bruno Soucek Salah

          Adams Bamford Kane

          A) Kane Rashford and Balbuena to Antonio KDB and Cancelo -8
          B) Balbuena and Robertson to Cancelo and Dias - 4
          C) Rafinha Balbuena and Robertson to Stones Cancelo and Foden -8
          D) Step away from the laptop

          First to four wins...

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

            D

        4. dshv
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          How this look for dgw. I am on (-4)

          Johnstone
          Diaz robbo coufal
          Salah soucek son bruno
          Antonio vardy bamford

          Is this -4 will be pay off by vardy and antonio

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

          (bottomed sorry)
          Kane & Raphinha
          to
          Vardy & Foden
          for -4?

          1. Neevesy
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Long term no but good for DGW for sure

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

              Cheers

        6. DagheMunegu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Ho do I get Kdb in there ? 0.6 itb

          Martinez
          Robbo Dias Zouma Coufal
          Salah Bruno Son
          Kane Bamford Watkins

          Button Raphina fodder fodder

          1. HD7
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Son Robbo to KdB Stones