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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. balint84
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Who brings more points?
    A) Antonio + Coufal
    B) Stones + Justin

    1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B purely because of Stones
      Probably not available but i'd try Antonio + Stones

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    3. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 14 days ago

        On fixtures I'd have to say A, but for B Justin has been in superb form of late and I wouldn't be surprised at him nabbing some bps and maybe an attacking return this week

    4. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Can't wait for todays pressers to throw another 7 spanners in the work for this GW

      1. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        standard

    5. Captain_Shirokov
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      How is this team for DGW19?

      Martinez
      Cancelo, Dias, Coufal
      Salah, KDB(c), Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
      Antonio, Bamford

      (Dallas, Dier, Adams)

      No hit. May TC KDB...

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ideal

      2. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        yep all good

      3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Lol. Almost identical to my FH team...

      4. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Looks nice

      5. Captain_Shirokov
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thanks everyone! Peace of mind at last

      6. COVID-CASUAL
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I'll have pretty close to the same XI so I like it a lot.

      7. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thoughts on this FH19 team? They've been in terrible form of late but feel strange leaving out a Chelsea player

        Martinez

        Cancelo, Dias, Robertson, Cresswell

        KDB (c), Salah, Fernandes, Grealish, Soucek

        Antonio (vc)

        1. Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Given that 9/11 of your players are in my normal team - I like it!

          1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Cheers! My team is in ribbons so needed to pull the trigger

      8. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Robertson+Son+Adams to Stones+Kdb+Antonio worth it for -8?

        Just saw Pools fixtures going forward, not that great for CSs.

        1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          i'd want to keep Son

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            No other way to bring in Kdb though.

            1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              toughie, but the other transfers could make up for it.
              Go for it

              1. JBG
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Thanks

          2. JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            And he and Spurs haven't been that good lately either.

        2. Ajaxeeding
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          It’s tempting especially for the next 4 GWs. I’m considering Dallas, Son and DCL to Mitchell, KDB and Antonio for -8.

      9. PogBruno
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Guyz, what would you do with my SGW players Son and Kane here? (1FT and 2.0itb)

        Martinez
        Dias Cancelo Coufal
        Grealish KDB (c) Bruno Soucek SON
        Wood KANE
        - Tierney Brewster 3.9

        -> Got exact cash for doing Kane + Son ➡ Vardy + Salah (-4)
        -> Wood ➡ Watkins (-4)

        1. Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          are you 0.1 off son to mane?

          1. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yes,

            Wood + son to Watkins + Mane is possible

        2. CABAYE4
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I’d seriously consider doing nothing.

      10. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Would you be tempted to BB this or keep BB for gw 26?

        Meslier Raphinha Dawson Anguissa

        Main drawback of WC 25 BB 26 strategy is you are stuck with money on the bench till the end of the season without having any chance to restructure the team.

        If I BB this week, can directly WC for gw 26 and play TC.

        1. Kabayan
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          If you still have FH, keep BB for 26

          1. King Kohli
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Don't you think funds on the bench after 26 will be better used in the first 11

            1. Kabayan
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              You have FT(s) to fix it.
              Considering you still have FH, you can attack 26 with BB without worry in BGW 29.

      11. Carefree Crew
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        **Mods** Heads up I can't see my replies to other people's post for some reason? Both last night & today.
        I get emails notifying me of a reply & click the link & can see the responses that way, but not when I'm browsing the comments on the website.

        1. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Have you got 'Show Replies' ticked at the top of the comments?

        2. Carefree Crew
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Thank you very much Bury 94!

          No it wasn't ticked.

      12. CABAYE4
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Which games are still to be rescheduled?

        Considering no chips as I’m Leeds and Southampton heavy following GW16 WC and was hoping to save TC for a Kane DGW later.

        1. NateDogsCats
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Villa v Everton
            Villa v Spurs
            Burnley v Fulham
            Everton v City
            Leeds v Soton
            City v Soton

        2. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Can spurs have a DGW in gw 20?

          1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            at this point I can't see past GW19

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            No

        3. Heiro
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Doesn't feel right taking Son out to fund a bench boost team and -8.

          Seems to be on a lot of peoples post now.

          1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            DGW fever

          2. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Agree. Lots of funds tied up in him and great fixtures post dgw. Could’ve easily hauled yday. Prefer getting rid of Salah or Robo tbh

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              He doesn't have great fixtures post DGW though.

              LIV bha CHE WBA mci

              Is mixed at best.

          3. COVID-CASUAL
              1 month, 14 days ago

              If Son scored a goal today instead of only going close, there'd be a lot less people doing it.

          4. machickenz
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Wildcard Active. If you were to pick one midfielder to go alongside Salah, KDB, Bruno and even with Kane in the forwardline, who would you pick from this list?

            A) Ziyech
            B) Mahrez
            C) Pogba
            D) Maddison
            E) Barnes
            F) Grealish

            1. tempest
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              F

              1. Here's Tom with the We…
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Probably F. I’m quite tempted by Barnes though

            2. COVID-CASUAL
                1 month, 14 days ago

                F.

                Feel like A could be good, but is risky.

            3. tempest
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Last choice for FH team

              A) Coufal
              B) Soucek

              1. aapoman
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Coufal

                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  B

              2. Marcin the Pole
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Tough, any chance you squeeze both in?

              3. elwardio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                B

            4. aapoman
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              How would this be for -4?

              Martinez
              Cancelo Stones Coufal
              Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Son
              Bamford Antonio

              Forster; Ayling, KWP, Brewster

              1. aapoman
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Sorry Antonio is Watkins. lol...

                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Decent

            5. Captain_Shirokov
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Bye-bye DCL - it's been...uneventful.

              1. Nanoelektronicar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I brought him in for the Fulham game, as a so called shield. Worked out, got rid. Had him about 3 weeks for this entire season.

            6. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              What would your moves be for a bb? Will post a reply to whoever replies to here 🙂

              0.2itb
              McCarthy Johnstone
              Coufal Robo Justin Lowton Dallas
              Raph Son Salah Soucek Bruno
              Vardy Bamford Adams

              Tempted by Robo, Adams, McCarthy out

              1. King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                If you want to BB
                Robbo > City Def
                Mccarthy > Martinez
                Adams > Watkins/Antonio

              2. hogree
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Robbo could be big differential this week - would look at Dallas to Stones or Adams to Antonio

                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I wouldn’t bb personally. I’d just do Justin to Stones

            7. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              After all the plans to bench boost, I’m now actually thinking of rolling a transfer!
              Anyone else doing the same?

            8. Rinseboy
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Why am I suddenly getting emails to tell me of replies to posts on here?
              How do I switch these off?

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Little box saying notify me of replies when you go to post a comment

              2. aapoman
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Untick "notify replies" from profile settings?

            9. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Which one would you have for DGW?

              1) Son and Foden
              2) KDB and Bamford

              1. tempest
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                2. KDB essential

              2. Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Tricky. Probably B

              3. aapoman
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                B.

            10. hogree
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Lads, any thoughts on this?

              McCarthy*
              Robbo - Targett - Cresswell
              Son* - Salah - Bruno - Grealish - Soucek
              Vardy - Bamford*
              Forster - Dallas* - Bernardo* - Davis

              *SGW. 1 FT, 0.3 ITB.

              How's Robertson + Son --> KDB + Stones for a hit? (-4)

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Looks okay but I wouldn’t wanna lose son

              2. hogree
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Or just Dallas to Stones on a free? And bench Bamford?

            11. Firmino
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Dallas -> Stones worth a hit?

              1. Goodricke
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Stones may not play both. Dallas will get forward.

                50 - 50 for me. I have both and am playing both.

              2. Sz21
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Stones -> Cancelo is what I am looking at. Own Stones already.

            12. wilson007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              A) Salah, Son, Brewster
              B) Salah, Rashford, Brewster
              C) Son, Rashford, Antonio
              (No Hits)

              D) Son, Rashford, Brewster -> Salah, Grealish, Antonio (-8)

              All three play, as planning to BB.

              Thanks all

            13. Goodricke
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Built a BB team with 5 players from saints and Leeds (as funds dictated), now have gone -8 to get KDB in. All the hits taken in the lead up to this week were justfied by each player playing twice. Now, i have a bench that won't get great returned (on a normal match day) with only 1 (McGinn) playing the double.

              So, do i boost this bench:
              McCarthy, McGinn, Bednarek, Struijk (fodder to get KDB)?

              Or do i remove a SGW player (Bamford, Kane) for McGinn? I don't think so either.

              Or do i Tripple captain:
              Bruno, Kane, Salah, KDB, Antonio, Soucek, Bamford?

              Best laid plans and all that. Thank in advance.

            14. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              The writer taking a -12 makes me feel less bad about taking a -4.

            15. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Roast my team

              Martinez
              Cancelo Stones Coufal (KWP) (Dier)
              KDB Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
              Kane Wilson (Bamford)

              1. McSauce
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                It is lovely!

              2. McSauce
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                missing Lpool but I am sure you are aware

                1. Kryptonite666
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Yup. Tempted to do Kane + Grealish to Salah + Antonio.

              3. Yes Ndidi
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Nowt much wrong with that.

              4. COVID-CASUAL
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I have 9 or 10 starters the same, so think its great

                • AC/DC AFC
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Holding Wilson?

                  1. Kryptonite666
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Think so. will likely start over Bamford.

              5. rnrd
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                we've been disappointed so much in the past with DGWeeks that I think it's worth considering holding onto the long term strategy (don't remove Son, don't break your team structure), brace, and hope to go through it unscathered.

              6. Pether
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Does it make sense to do:

                Kane, Son, Brewster -> KDB, Watkins, Antonio for -8?

                Would leave me with 13 DG players + Bamford and Allioski, and I could go ahead and use BB. Or is this only a stupid way to justify playing BB?

              7. fish&chips
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Mitchell monster haul, let's go!

              8. Stimps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                DCL, Salah, Raphina -> Antonio, KDB, Madison

                Worth a -8?

                1. balint84
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Only - 4 🙂

              9. Iceball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Whats best?
                A) Salah(TC) Mane
                B) KDB (TC) Salah-4
                C) Salah(TC) KDB-4
                Mane out for KDB for a hit could be good,not just for DGW, also for GW20 Im ready for KDB haul vs WBA when Mane has Spurs.