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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.

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1,819 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RealSocialDads
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Bench will be:

    Mccarthy Dallas Raphina Brewster

    A. BB
    B. Save BB
    C. Take hits then BB a better bench

    1. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B or C for me

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      B

  2. Cometh The Aouar...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    With Villa’s training ground due to reopen Sunday, will three days be enough training even for those who are fit to face Man City? We’ve already seen the lasting effects of COVID on players. Also is it safe to assume Man City’s double game week goes ahead?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      The prem wont let them delay another game. They'll have to play the City game.

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

      2. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Cool

  3. Rog.
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    I have 5 DGW players in midfield (Bruno, Salah, Grealish, Soucek, Bowen) and no city coverage. Also 6 players in the cancelled Leeds/Soton fixture. Do I?

    a) get Jesus
    b) get double city def and sit behind the sofa
    c) take hits to replace a dgw midfielder for Kev

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Id go Grealish to KDB

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Imo leave the midfield alone

      B

    3. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Thanks both for your thoughts

  4. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Kane, DCL and Bissouma to
    KDB, Antonio and Brewster? (-8)

    1. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Anyway that it can be someone that isn’t Brewster?

      1. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        With 5.1 ITB hardly

  5. Skogen89
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Son, Kane and Welbeck > KDB, Jesus and Antono (-8) worth?

    I'll loose 0.3m on kane...

    1. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      lose Kane , yes but not for Jesus.

    2. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      It could pay off

  6. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Son to KDB gives me the team below. Probably won't play any chip. Thoughts?

    Martinez
    Justin/Cancelo/Robo/Coufal
    Soucek/Bruno/KDB(c)/Salah
    Vardy/Bamford

    Martin/Dallas/Adams/Stephens

    1. KAMARA-COPY
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      solid

  7. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    -12?
    Chilwell,TAA,Raphinia,Kane >> Yedlin,Stones,KDB,Vardy

    gives me
    Martinez
    Dias,Stones,Coufal
    Salah,KDB,Fernandes,Grealish,Soucek
    Vardy,Watkins

    Johnstone,Yedlin,Bamford,Dallas

    1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      -12 is excessive

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        no, -24 is excesive.

      2. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        * excessive

    2. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I’d try and keep DGW players

    3. Kabayan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Is it necessary to move Chilwell?

      Think i will take same route (-12) but no sure yet. Kane, Son, Holding, Saka to Salah, Grealish, Watkins, Zouma.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I could hold off the Chilwell >> Yedlin move if I went Kane >> Antonio instead of Vardy.
        Yedlin however gives my squad better balance going forward and an easy way back to Kane if needed.

  8. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    "West Ham manager David Moyes is a huge fan of Mipo Odubeko - the former Man United starlet they snapped up little over 12-months ago. He is set to make his Premier League debut this weekend and could be the long-term answer up-front for The Hammers, they rate him that highly."

    - @GraemeBailey journalist

    Not getting Antonio in then?

    1. That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Think he still starts both.

  9. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Love this, utter chaos, so many different teams and strategies. Which chip to use? Who to C? TC or BB?

    The template is broken, long live the chaos...

    1. gogs67
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I joined this site a few months back and it seemed everyone was showing off their KDB, Salah, Bruno, Son, Kane combination, only problem was the dross surrounding them to make that line up possible.
        Not seeing so much of that no lol

    2. Tshelby
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I'm ready for this DGW

      Martinez
      Stones, Dias, Chilwell, Coufal
      Soucek, Salah, KdB, Bruno, Grealish
      Antonio

      Bamford, Alioski, Adams

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        how many hits ?

        1. Tshelby
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Just a -4 to get Stones in

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

      Who to put as first bench player, Saka (NEW) or Dallas (BHA)?

      Currently starting 2 SGW players Kane and Bamford and other 9 DGW

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Saka

    4. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I've gone from having 10 players with 2 games to only 7 players. What to do here? 1FT and £0.2m ITB

      Martinez*
      Dier, Cancelo*, Alioski
      Bruno*, Son, Salah*, Grealish*, Anguissa*
      Kane, Bamford

      Forster, DCL , Balbuena*, Kilman

    5. That Was Easy!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      BBing this week...

      Son + Saka + Holding > Grealish + Barnes + Chilwell (-8) worth it?

      Also, is El Ghazi being ignored?

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        No imo

        1. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers, any thoughts here? Looking to BB...

          Martinez Areola
          Stones Cancelo Shaw Coufal Holding*
          KDB Bruno Rashford Saka* Son*
          Antonio Wilson Bamford*

          Would like to get 2-3 more DGWers

          1. That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Rashford + Son > Grealish + Salah could be an option too

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              This is the one.

              1. That Was Easy!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Tough to have 3 SGWers on the BB, but think Salah in is worth it.

      2. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Just do Saka to Soucek and bench boost Son and Holding, that's what I'm doing

        1. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Cheers, definitely considering it. Now thinking I need Salah, however.

    6. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Martinez
      Coufal - Robbo - Dias
      Salah - KDB(TC) - Bruno - Raphinha* - Soucek
      Kane* - Bamford*

      4.0 - Mitchell - Alioski - Brewster

      Team looks ok? Only a -4 hit so far

      1. That Was Easy!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Looks great after -4.

    7. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Rate my Triple Captain team- be harsh

      Johnstone*
      Stones*, Coufal*, Robbo*
      KDB(TC)*, Bruno*, Salah*, Soucek*, Lookman*
      Vardy*, Bamford

      Subs: McCarthy, Dallas, Pieters*, Adams

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        looks good! Wish i had Vardy instead of Kane

      2. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Not tempted to TC Mo?

        1. rubberdignerapids
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 7 days ago

          a little especially after KDB saying he's been tired and pep roulette

    8. Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Do we think this is a good enough team to active the BB chip? Would leave me with 9 DGW players?

      Martinez
      Holding - Stones - Dier
      Salah - KDB - Bruno - Soucek
      Antonio - Kane - Bamford

      Bench: Meslier - Dallas - Coufal - Anguissa

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Nah, Anguissa is a 3pter, Leeds will concede imo. Play Coufal over Antonio or Bamford and TC

        1. Hryszko
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Triple captain?!

    9. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      A. McCarthy, Dias, Grealish
      B. Areola, Yedlin, Son

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        On BB

      2. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        a

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        A

    10. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      The Bench Boost and Triple Captain chips can each be used once a season and are played when saving your team on the my team page. They can be cancelled at anytime before the Gameweek deadline.

      The Free Hit chip can be used once a season, is played when confirming your transfers and can't be cancelled after confirmed.

      From FPL rules

      1. rubberdignerapids
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Useful- thanks for looking up the rules

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Source?

    11. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Ahhhh I really like martial and Rashford to Vardy and Dias.

      Martial probably partly fit makes that so risky =[

    12. Jason M
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Currently on
      Mendy
      Robbo, Coufal, Dallas
      Salah, Bruno, Son, Foden, Soucek
      Vardy, Wilson

      Steele, Konsa, Adams, Lowton

      Not feeling the BB with this lot but dilemma is Dallas vs. Konsa??

      Cheers

    13. AdemH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Fernandes and Kane > Salah and Vardy (-8) ??

    14. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      I’m guessing no one (with any sense!) does early transfers these days?

      1. Tshelby
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Ooops

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          I hope it wasn’t Ings! Can see another big player dropping with Covid really soon

          1. Tshelby
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Stones and Antonio in for Kilman and DCL. Just couldn't wait anymore

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Unlikely to bite you in them moves. But if one of your big players get hit then you’ll need to make hits! GL anyways hope it works out for you

      2. rubberdignerapids
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Not me- back in the day, there was this thing called price rises where it could justify an early transfer...now covid-19 has changed everything...

    15. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Which dgw forward for Max 8.6, next to Antonio?

      A) Wilson
      B) Watkins

      1. KAMARA-COPY
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        B

    16. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      A) Kane & Dallas

      or

      B) Vardy & Stones -4

      1. Werner Bremen
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Vardy and Dallas if free

    17. Werner Bremen
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Kane, Son and DCL to
      Vardy, KDB and Antonio? (-8)

      1. KAMARA-COPY
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        No for me

    18. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      This team GTG for the double? Going chipless.

      Martinez
      Chilwell Robbo Coufal
      Bruno KDB Salah(c) Grealish Soucek
      Watkins Bamford

      Forster Dallas Adams Mitchell

    19. Aaa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      TAA and DCL -> Stones and Vardy for -4?

      McCarthy
      TAA*/Coufal/Targett
      Bruno/KDB/Salah/Grealish
      Bamford/Wood/DCL*
      (Forster/Balbuena/Taylor/Riedeweld)

      Triple Captain KDB probably

    20. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Does Foden continue to start?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Even if he comes on for 20mins he's dangerous against tired legs

      2. McSauce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yes for now

    21. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Any Black Box episode before gw 19 ?

      1. umerlfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Yes should be today

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Tonight

    22. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Who scores more in GW19?

      A) KDB + Vardy + 4 Points
      B) Martinez + Maddison + Wood + Bamford + Dallas