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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. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Anything you would do here for a hit?
    *=sgw

    Martinez
    Robbo Taylor Cancelo
    Salah Son* Bruno Soucek
    Vardy Bamford* Adams*

    Ramsdale* Ayling* Anguissa Holding*

    A) Adams to Watkins -4
    B) Ayling to WBA def -4

    1. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Maybe Adams to Antonio

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        0.1 short, 0.1itb

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

      A for sure

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks i like it too.

  2. paulfantham
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    DCL replacement:
    A. Tammy
    B. Antonio

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B
      Not sure if Tammy will play both fixtures

    2. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B

    3. rubberdignerapids
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B

    4. KAMARA-COPY
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      b

    5. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Tammy or Hammy then, i'd go Antonio

    6. Zlatan F.C
        3 months, 5 days ago

        is Antonio definitely starting?

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

      How does this FH team look? I'm assuming villa has only 1 game

      Fab (is fit ?)
      Robbo chilly cancelo stones coufal
      Sterling/kdb salah Bruno rash
      Antonio

      It could be soucek instead of antonio as well

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Shouldn't Villa now have two games?

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

        AVL should have 2 games.

    8. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 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

    9. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez
      Coufal Dias Dallas Taylor*
      KDB Bruno Salah Son
      Bamford Antonio

      Johnstone Adams Bednarek Bissouma

      A. Taylor -> Cancelo/Stones -4
      B. Bissouma -> Soucek -4

      1. Obi Wan Elokobi
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        A and B and play over Dallas

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A -8 you think?

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

        b

    10. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Chris Wood's Premier League record over the last 3 seasons for Burnley vs. West Ham :

      - 6 Appearances (3 Starts, 3 subs)
      - 7 Attacking Returns (6 Goals, 1 Assist)

      WTF

      1. Goodricke
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Kane had 16 returns in 10 appearances v Leicester. Look how that turned out!

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          True dat!

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

      Who scores more in DGW19?

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

      1. dylano21
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        B

    12. Zlatan F.C
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Should i play 4-5-1 and just do Salah to KDB with 1FT and 1.8m in the bank?

        Martinez
        Coufal Dias Robertson Dallas
        Salah Grealish Son Fernandes Soucek
        Bamford

        Forster DCL Adams Ferguson

      • _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Taylor->Cancelo/Dias and BB?

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

        1. dylano21
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yes

      • southernrocker1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Advice please FOR THIS GW ONLY:

        A or B

        A
        Dallas & Foden

        B
        Stones & Romeu

        1. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A

      • zelio78
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        What is your percentage that the City vs. Villa game will be called off as well?

        1. ppv
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Very unlikely. Training ground back open over weekend

      • gonzalocampos
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I have $7.2M for a striker (DGW 19), who would you buy?

        1. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Antonio or Watkins

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Antonio, whu fixtures

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

              yes, agree

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

          Might be tempted by Tammy

          1. gonzalocampos
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Tammy too risky, I believe is between Wilson, Watkins (Antonio its also risky).

      • SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        A) Dias + Grealish
        B) Chilwell + Foden

        1. zelio78
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          B

        2. mojoindojo
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A

      • Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Anything you'd do here for a hit? Potentially thinking about my BB, at the moment I have 9 DGW players in my team.

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

        Bench: Meslier - Dallas - Coufal - Anguissa

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

          Save the BB, play Coufal over Holding

          1. Hryszko
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            cool, would you TC KDB or keep that chip too?

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

              Tricky, unlikely to see many better doubles fixture wise for the rest of the season. Still not 100% convinced he and City are back to top form though.

      • RohanVaswani
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        On a wildcard

        A) Martinez Dawson Dias

        B) Ederson Shaw Targett

        Have Stones, Pieters, Strujik/Mitchell

        1. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Tricky one maybe B

      • Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Hi all, can I get some feedback on this team? Feel like I need KDB for his DGW and maybe even TC on him but no idea how to get him in??

        ITB; 0.3

        Team;

        Martinez
        Robbo Coufal Stones
        Salah Bruno Son Soucek Maddison
        Kane Bamford

        Subs; Steer Adams Dier Mitchell

        Only way I can get KDB is downgrading Kane or Robbo and shifting Son?

        Any advice much appreciated!

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

          Enough to do Kane & Maddison to KDB & Antonio?

        2. zelio78
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          It would certainly have to be Spurs assets for KDB and Antonio/Watkins. The issue is that Kane and Son may bury Sheffield in one game alone. City's second fixture against Villa may also get called off.

          I'd wait until tomorrow and reassess. See if any more news comes along.

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

          Otherwise would be a Robbo out like you said to make up the extra

        4. MRBOROFC63
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Hi, Im in exactly the same position, tried multiple combinations but it looks like a minimum -8 to acheive KDB for the DGW

        5. DARE TO BISCAN
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Robbo > Dawson
          Son > KDB

      • Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        1FT and £0.7m in the bank. Plan was to BB but will probably skip that now, would take -8 and still not a decent enough bench.

        Martinez*
        Robbo*, Dias*, Coufal*
        Salah*, Mane*, Bruno*, Grealish*, Soucek*
        Bamford, Watkins*

        Peacock-Farrell, Dallas, Adams, Balbuana*

        A) Balbuana to Stones or James (bench Bamford)
        B) Mane to KDB
        C) Balbuana & Adams to £4.9m def(Shaw?) & Antonio (-4, benching headache though)
        D) Save

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

          A

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

            Cheers. Stones or James?

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

              Stones for me. Good luck

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

                Cheers mate

        2. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          B or D. Depends if you’re desperate for KDB?

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

            To be honest I think it's more the missing out if he hauls as a lot will have him. Think Mane could easily match him.

        3. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Is Adams injured or just the 1 game?

          Adams to Antonio no hit and bench bam?

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

            Would love to do that but got 3 hammers (damn Balbuana!)

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Missed that sorry

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

            Just the 1 game for Adams, I think he'll play.

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              How much to play with if you sold balbuena and peacock-Farrell?

              9.1?

              Worth getting 2 4.5s for them and bb?

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

                Yeah if just those 2 out, if Adams to Antonio as well for -8 would take me down to £8.9m. Been tickering and best I can do is Areola and Lowton.

                BB would be Areola, Lowton, Dallas, Bamford. Not sure it's worth it for -8

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  No it doesn't look it alright

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

                    Shame Balbuena lost his place and Saints-Leeds got postpones. was set up nicely! Cheers for your help

      • kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        A. JOHNSTONE, bamford, dallas, raphina (bb)

        B. JOHNSTONE, bamford, dallas, raphina (no bb)

        C. JOHNSTONE, bamford, dallas, FODEN -4 (bb)

        leaning C

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yeah C

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Cheers Pukki!

      • xJontyx
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Advice please Y or N

        kane -> Antonio
        Son -> Grealish
        Saka -> Salah

        -8

        15 DGW players and BB

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

          Like it.

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

          Looks fun, go for it

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

        Anyone one El Ghazi?

        1. KickIt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Considering him

      • PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        What to do here?

        Bench: McCarthy, Justin (DGW), Bamford, Struijk

        A) BB
        B) No chips
        C) Take another hit (-8) to improve bench and BB

        Starting team (-4):
        Martinez
        Zouma Stones Coufal
        Salah KDB Bruno Son Soucek
        Watkins Antonio

        Thanks!

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Bamford to Antonio?

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yes

        2. Obi Wan Elokobi
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          No. Bamford could easily outscore Antonio with one game

        3. dylano21
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yes

        4. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I did dcl to Antonio so easy call... not sure on bam.

          Prob would if free and rest of team ok

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

          One player I would avoid selling as he would cost an extra 0.4m to buy back
          Want Bamford for the NEW match in gw20

        6. KAMARA-COPY
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          bamford might outscore antonio

      • HD7
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        1FT:

        Mccarthy
        TAA Holding Coufal
        Salah Bruno Son Maddy
        Wood Bamford Kane

        Fraser Taylor Bissouma Mitchell

        A) Salah to KDB; Wood to Antonio (-4)
        B) Son to KDB; TAA to Stones; Wood to Antonio (-8)
        C) Son to KDB; TAA to Stones; Wood to Antonio; Kane to Vardy (-12)

        1. Machine_Gunnerz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 5 days ago

          B just coz u don’t want to lose Salah or over do the hits

          1. HD7
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yeah im also heading B mate

      • FF Dirtbag
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Is son and raphinha to KDB and Soucek worth a - 8 hit?

      • Ian Davis
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Kane > Vardy -4 worth it?

      • Machine_Gunnerz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Have this crazy change in mind-
        Kane+son++Mitchell for a -8
        To Salah+Antonio+castagne
        Shd I?

      • dylano21
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Would you rather have Zouma or James ?

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Zouma (james owner)

      • hogree
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Anyone looking at Mendy in goal?

      • Zlatan F.C
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Is Antonio definitely starting?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Most likely

        • southernrocker1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A
          Foden & Coufal

          B
          Stones & Coufal

          ?

          1. dylano21
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            B