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My plan for FPL Double Gameweek 19 amid ever-changing fixture list

Fantasy Premier League managers must bide their time as the Double Gameweek 19 situation continues to swirl around them like a hurricane.

I have laid my plans for the bumper round of fixtures but am always keeping one eye on my shoulder.

In this article, I will go over my current set-up in light of the upcoming fixtures and my response to Leeds v Southampton getting postponed.

In the last week Fantasy managers have had to deal with the uncertainty surrounding potential fixture postponements and rearrangements and I must admit, it came as a relief to finally see the Blank Gameweek 18 deadline approach to take any further decisions out of my hands.

However, further chaos is just around the corner with the first Double Gameweek of the season starting just two days after the final fixture of the current Gameweek.

I have been preparing for this bumper Gameweek since I played my Wildcard back in Gameweek 16, so I thought now would be a good time to go through some of my selections and plans looking ahead. 

My plan has always been to activate my Bench Boost in Double Gameweek 19, but I think it’s worth mentioning that in this ever changing environment it’s important to remain flexible and open minded to any potential changes to the football scheduling. I certainly won’t be activating any chips or making transfers until as late as possible. Information is far more important than catching any price rises for the time being. 

I also believe that now more than ever there is a fair amount of luck involved, so don’t get too downbeat if any fixture amendments go against you.

The situation has changed somewhat since I prepped my squad in anticipation of Bench Boosting in Double Gameweek 19. The biggest problem I am faced with is the lack of Manchester City assets. Not only have City been handed a tasty looking Double Gameweek, with home matches against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, but they have arguably returned to their brilliant best. 

After brushing Chelsea aside in Gameweek 17, and a great performance at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup, a nice run of fixtures means City assets are well and truly back in our thinking. 

Like many others, I decided to triple up on Manchester City as part of my Free Hit in Gameweek 18, so I am hopeful for big returns in tonight’s match against Brighton. However, since welcoming back my Gameweek 17 team I don’t see a single light-blue shirt in the squad, and this is something I am keen to address with my transfers this week. 

Looking ahead, Manchester City’s favourable run continues in the three fixtures following Double Gameweek 19 as they travel to West Bromwich Albion, host Sheffield United and visit Burnley. I am not rushing into any decisions but I feel multiple hits could be on the cards in order to get two or three Manchester City players in prior to the Double Gameweek and as part of my long term thinking. 

So, let’s go through some of my selections and how I may decide to use my transfers.

GOALKEEPERS

I wanted to pick Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) as my goalkeeper going forward after the arrival of Sam Alladyce at West Bromwich Albion. I felt sure he would come in and tighten up their defence but heavy defeats against Leeds and Arsenal do not bode well for my decision. 

Hopefully, two weeks on the training ground since their last fixture will help improve clean sheet potential for the Baggies. 

I paired Johnstone up with the cheapest of the Double Gameweek 19 goalkeepers in Fulham’s Alphonse Areola (£4.5m). My expectations are low here but Im hoping with a combined four fixtures between them, they can at the very least rack up some save points for me.

DEFENDERS

My main issue I need to address in this area is the out of favour Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m). With two favourable fixtures in Double Gameweek 19, home matches against Burnley and West Bromwich Albion) I felt the Paraguayan could prove good value. 

It seems, however, Craig Dawson (£4.5m) has firmly locked down a place in the West Ham back-four, so Balbuena is almost a certainty to make way for me this week. This spot could be ideal to bring in the likes of John Stones (£5.0m) or Ruben Dias (£5.8m).

MIDFIELDERS AND FORWARDS

Werner, Son and Kane kept quiet as FPL's two best defences impress again

On paper, my selections back in Gameweek 16 still look alright for Double Gameweek 19. 

Harry Kane (£11.1m) was my only current single Gameweek player, although Patrick Bamford (£6.6m), Raphinha (£5.5m) and Che Adams (£6.0m) have joined that list now. 

Either way, with a difficult fixture run on the horizon from Gameweek 20, when Spurs host Liverpool and Chelsea either side of a trip to Brighton, Kane could be the fall-guy for me in order to fund signing the Manchester City assets. 

The flag on Adams is also something I need to keep an eye on too, especially as he only has one Double Gameweek 19 match now. The possible replacement players in my thoughts for forwards are Michail Antonio (£6.2m) and Ollie Watkins (£6.1m). Although I will be hoping for assurances on both Antonio’s match fitness and the COVID-19 situation at Villa Park before bringing in either player.

My current plan is to take a minus-eight or minus-twelve to bring in Antonio, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and one or both of Dias and Stones. I feel this would leave me with a very strong bench boost side and in good shape going forward. I’m not usually a big advocate for taking hits but the beauty of rebuilding my squad within a Double Gameweek is I feel there’s a good chance the hits will be paid back with interest over the course of the two games. 

Having said all that, the situation has changed once again following my initial plans with Leeds and Southampton down to one match in Double Gameweek 19.

My first response to that is probably to bench my Saints assets and consider the Triple Captain chip instead but there is still plenty of time for this Gameweek to change again before Saturday’s deadline so I don’t want to commit just yet.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your plans.

1,819 Comments Post a Comment
  1. LewanGOALski
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Lindelof & C.Adams ➡ Dias & Antonio / Watkins (-4) worth it?

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Dias and Antonio. Yes.

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Looks good but worry about which players are hit with COVID for Villa?

    3. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Yes with antonio

    4. dylano21
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Yes with antonio

  2. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Martinez (Forster)
    Cancelo, Stones, Bednark (Dallas,Douglas)
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Soucek
    Kane, Bamford (DCL)

    With 1FT and 1.3 itb which should I do?

    A) Bednarek > Cresswell
    B) DCL > Antonio
    C) Son + DCL > KDB + Antonio (-4)

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Who are you going to bench if you go C

      1. SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Probably Bamford

  3. Invincibles
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Considering McCarthy > Fabianski for a hit, is it madness?

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      is fabianski fit to start ?

    2. Weak Become Heros
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      No. I think WH will do well. Is Fab fit though?

    3. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Fab not injured?

      1. Invincibles
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Back from injury apparently.

  4. Zlatan F.C
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 24 days ago

    What to do here for GW19? Please help 1FT 1.8m in the bank

    Martinez
    Coufal Dias Robertson
    Salah Grealish Fernandes Son Soucek
    Bamford Adams

    Forster DCL Dallas Ferguson

    1. Zlatan F.C
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Thoughts are

      a) Robertson and DCL to Stones and Kane
      b) DCL and Grealish to KDB and Brewster

      1. Zlatan F.C
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 24 days ago

        ?

      2. Invincibles
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        A

  5. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Son and DCL to KDB and Antonio for -4?

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      yeah

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Same Moves below. Or do it with Che Adams and bench DCL and ditch the BB.

      1. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Can't afford it with Che Adams unfortunately

  6. dylano21
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Tierney => Zouma/James ( if fit ) for -4

    1. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      no

    2. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Go for it

  7. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Which one would you have for DGW ?

    1) Son and Foden

    2) KDB and Bamford

    Just bought Son for 9.0, now he is 9.8, so not sure about losing him

    1. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      b

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Depends if you will captain Kev. I’d go B if so. Else A

    3. Scholes Out For Summer
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Whats wrong with getting Son back for 0.4M more expensive?

      1. Maddamotha
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Absolutely nothing if it gets you points.

    4. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      1

    5. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Tough one, thanks all, probably will start with (c) decision for DGW 😉

  8. El Presidente
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    And Klopp?

  9. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Looking at Son+DCL >> KDB+Antonio (-4)? If so would you then BB this? 10DGW players* PLUS the 2 Soton & 3 Leeds. (Yeah I got screwed out of all 15!)

    Johnstone*
    Robbo*, Dias*, Lowton*, Coufal*
    Salah*, Bruno*, Soucek*, KDB*
    Antonio*, Bamford
    (McCarthy, Dallas, Adams, Raphina)

    1. PascalCygan
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I'm in a similar BB quandary. I've got McCarthy, Justin, Bamford, Struijk.

      Not convinced but then when would be better?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        I have no idea. I really can’t be a*send to try work it out after spending time building towards this only for the FA Cup to sh!t all over my planning

        1. PascalCygan
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          That's the thing, isn't it? I've planned for this for weeks as well. Son was meant to be my only SGW player. Argh!

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 months, 24 days ago

            DCL for me. Had saved money back to do Son >> KDB and everything. Genuinely no idea whether to BB, TC, or neither! What a mess of a season

  10. W
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Is Charlie Taylor likely to be available for DGW19?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Might not play both if he is. Don’t buy, don’t sell

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Would you bb with him raf?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          Difficult to answer not knowing the rest of the team

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        I'm selling.

    2. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Can't see him getting anywhere near 180. More likely 30 - 60 mins. Always caution with a hammy

  11. Maddamotha
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Worth a -4?

    McCarthy, DCL > Ederson, Antonio.
    I have no other City.

  12. Disco Stu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Worth it to do DCL > Watkins for a -4? Would only do it if using BB

    Or forget BB and just use Triple Captain

    Martinez*/McCarthy

    Stones*/Justin*/Targett*/Holding/Strujik

    Bruno*/KDB*/Salah*/Son/Soucek*

    Bamford/Antonio*/DCL(Or Watkins)

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      not for Watkins unless we get confirmation who is covid ill

      1. Disco Stu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Can't really find another DGW Forward in DCL's price range

  13. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Help me bench 1

    Cancelo CRY (H), AVL (H); Stones CRY (H), AVL (H); Dallas BHA (H); Maguire LIV (A), FUL (A)

    Fernandes LIV (A), FUL (A); Son SHU (A); Soucek BUR (H), WBA (H); De Bruyne CRY (H), AVL (H)

    Rashford LIV (A), FUL (A); Bamford BHA (H); Kane SHU (A)

    Thanks,

    1. PascalCygan
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Dallas

    2. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Dallas ?

    3. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Soucek

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        No chance

        1. Rochdale_Cowboy
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          Dallas will out score him for sure

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            10 months, 24 days ago

            Shur we'll see

      2. Right In The Stanchion
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Lol

    4. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Dallas

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        thanks all, hope he doesn't explodes

  14. In a Rush
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Any help/thoughts on what to do with this lot now please?
    1ft 0.8 Itb
    Don’t mind a hit or 2!

    Martinez
    Taylor Zouma Coufal
    Salah Bruno Grealish Bowen
    Vardy Kane bamford

    Button Lookman Dallas kwp

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Bam to Antonio
      Taylor or kwp to Stones?

      1. Rochdale_Cowboy
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Keep Bamford

      2. In a Rush
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Cheers that is an option but I am inclined to keep bamford, really I need to downgrade for funds to bring in some doubles i think.

  15. PogChamp
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Sterling -2 cannot believe it. Foden got me out of serious trouble.

  16. rubberdignerapids
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Might sound trivial so apologies in advance

    If I activate Triple Captain, can I still cancel it before the deadline or is it like the Free Hit where that's not possible?

    1. In a Rush
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I believe you can with triple cap

      1. rubberdignerapids
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Thanks man

        1. In a Rush
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          No worries

  17. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Desperately need Laca and Saka to blank tonight to save my season. Please be a fraud tonight Arteta...

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Unlucky pal

  18. Plagued by indecision
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Use the TC chip here? (on a -4)

    Martinez
    Cancelo / Stones / Justin
    KDB / Salah / Fernandes / Grealish / Saka
    Antonio / Bamford

    Subs: Button / Bednarek / Taylor / Brewster

  19. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Play:
    Lowton(whu,liv)
    Or,
    Bamford(BHA)

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Bam

  20. OBAMA
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Anyone else Wildcarding for gw19? If so I'd love to see how your teams shaping up.. I'm in a pickle

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      What's the pickle? Unlimited transfer is the most exciting part of the game. Why not spend some time to come up with something you think is awesome? Looking at other people's teams will only restrict you before you've really considered your decisions.

  21. Mane Mane Mane
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 24 days ago

    My team currently is
    Martinez 4.0
    Cancelo Dias Justin Coufal Dallas
    Mane Grealish Salah Fernandez Soucek
    Bamford Wood Adams

    Would Bamford to Antonio, Wood to Watkins and 4.0 to areola for -12 be worth it if I plan on using bench boost?

    Sorry for repost

    1. Disco Stu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Someone just told me to hold off on Watkins because no way of knowing AVL's Covid players

  22. MagicMessi
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Oh How I wish Kane to Kun and Captian 😀 but well .... World has changed

    1. Ragabolly
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Saaame

  23. CABAYE4
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Is no City crazy?

    I’m not sure TAA to Dias or Salah to KDB is worth a hit.

    Anyone else considering saving the chips and saving transfers?

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      yes.

  24. SharkyT
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    FH side:

    Martinez
    Dias Cancelo Coufal
    Greal KdB Salah Bruno Soucek
    Vardy Antonio
    (Steer Dallas Mitchell Brewster)

    GTG?

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      I'd do Dias, Grealish > Justin/Chilwell, Foden

      1. Scholes Out For Summer
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Yeah this

  25. Invincibles
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Only 6 DGW players

    McCarthy
    Justin* Stones* Cresswell*
    KDB* Bruno* Gundogan* Son
    Kane Laca Bamford

    Fabianski, Soucek or Antonio for a hit?

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Posted this 4 times no response..

    2. Maddamotha
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      What moves are you considering?

      1. Invincibles
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Fabianski, Soucek or antonio - would probably drop Laca or bamford

        1. Maddamotha
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 24 days ago

          Im probably getting rid of McCarthy and DCL > Ederson and Anotiono for -4 if that helps...

  26. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    James or Cresswell?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      Cress

  27. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Sell whom for Antonio? BB this week!

    A. Wood
    B. Adams

    1. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      B for me by some distance

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Cheers

  28. King Kohli
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Start 2 of these

    A. Konsa (mci & NEW)
    B. Raphinha (BHA)
    C. Taylor (whu & liv)
    D. Anguissa ( CHE & MUN)

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A & B

    2. Tshelby
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      a and b

    3. Jason M
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      A and B

  29. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Taylor->Cancelo/Dias and BB?

    Martinez Johnstone
    Stones James Coufal Dallas Taylor
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
    Antonio Kane Bamford

  30. McSauce
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    10 months, 24 days ago

    Fabianksi Fit?

    1. Invincibles
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 24 days ago

      90% likely from reports.