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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. OBAMA
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on this Wildcard team?

    Ederson

    Cresswell / Stones / Targett

    KDB / Salah / Bruno / Soucek

    Vardy / Antonio /Watkins

    Bench: Forster, ESR, Ampadu, Mitchell

    I don't know if I'm completely missing something here?

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

      GTG!

    2. SilentLemonMan
        3 months, 4 days ago

        if the hammers win every game you're laughing

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

      How nailed is Foden?

      A) DCL + Oriol > Soucek + Antonio(-4)
      B) DCL + Oriol > Foden + Antonio(-4) ( should I be affraid of Pep's rotations? )

    4. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Good to go?

      Martinez
      Stones Dias Coufal
      KdB Salah Son Bruno Grealish
      Watkins Wilson
      (Forster CTaylor Brewster Mitchell)

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

      Salah TC for me this week, alot of rest and two decent home fixtures. Anyone with me?

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

        A lot might be ye

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        That's the plan for me as well at the moment.

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

        I beat every score except GW 17 I got 33 not 34 so does that mean I cannot enter?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          yes

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

          ah surely let me know over 1 point 😉

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            If you had a grav after 11 years, I'd think about it 😛

      2. EVILFUK
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Apparently you've banned me from entering, does that mean I did enter and then failed the criteria one week?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Very likely.

        2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I am banned too!

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

      Alright I think I'm fairly set now.

      Martinez
      Zouma James Stones Coufal
      Salah KdB Fernandes Son Grealish
      Antonio
      (Johnstone Bamford Dallas Davis)

      I can get this lot out for free just by doing Adams > Antonio. How likely is it that Moyes comes out tomorrow to tell us that Antonio has had a setback and is out for 2 weeks?

      1. EVILFUK
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Looks good Camzy. Your BB could be an option next gameweek.

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

        Gtg

      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I have 8 out of those 11. Antonio could prove to be a great asset this GW if he can stay fit.

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

        Nice one, looks good. Are you playing any chips?

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

          Probably not. Maybe TC on Salah or KdB. But my instinct is no.

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

            Cool. Good luck!

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

      Kane or Vardy, for GW 19?

      1. L'Aeroplanino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        V

    8. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Which dgw forward for Max 8.6, next to Antonio?

      A) Wilson
      B) Watkins
      B) Abraham

      1. Gromit
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        None seem appealing. Maybe just Ings for a longer term pick?

        1. Long ago I drew a walrus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Out with COVID

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

        B

      3. EVILFUK
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Watkins IMO

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

        Wilson

    9. Gromit
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      TC Vardy Party

      Just putting it out there. I can feel it in my bones.

    10. EVILFUK
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Anyone considering triple City defence long term considering their attacking assets aren't setting the world alight and arguably more prone to 'Pep Roulette'? I'm thinking City will play Cancelo Stones Dias Zinchenko for the foreseeable, with the odd game for Walker and Mendy.

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

        Considering yes, but to ditch KdB for Cancelo doesn't sound like the best solution.

      2. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I don't see why Walker wouldn't come straight back in unless he's got long term effects from COVID, which is a hard thing to call. Zinchenko and Mendy would then be ready made rotation options for Cancelo for when the fixtures come thick and fast, which they already are. Dias and Stones are basically safe though.

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

      Anyone on here like me who TC Mane last year for 1 point (3) fancy it again this year in the hope he repays us???

      Mane (TC) 😉

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

        No thanks! That Mane TC was season ruining and cost me hundreds.

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

          haha fair

      2. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Chances are he'll beat last year. Whether that's good enough though is a different question entirely :p

    12. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Hope arsenal win 8-0 tonight so I don’t have to worry about losing any of them

    13. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      This continual chat of rearranging DGW fixtures has really screwed up my plan to BB this week. As it stands I still will I think (with 10 potential DFW players)

      Would you?

      Leno - Areola*
      Shaw* - Robbo* - Ogbonna* - Stones* - Cancelo*
      Saka - Son - Bruno* - Soucek* - KdB*
      Cavani* - Laca - Bamford

    14. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I could do Smith Rowe to a 5.3 mid for free who has a dgw. One of the Fulham or w brom mid worth it ? Or save transfer. Thanks and gl

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

        Soucek is exact money but I'm guessing you have him already.

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Yes I do thanks camzy

      2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Maybe Lookman

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Cheers

      3. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        What about wijnaldum?

      4. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Have a look tonight mate see how he’s looking, I’m in a similar position but reluctant to get rid if we have a nailed 4.4 mid with lots of threat

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Yep he s a great option for the weeks to come. Am reluctant to sell to be honest . Thanks.

    15. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Worth BB this team with a -8?

      Martinez
      Coufal Cancelo Stones Cresswell
      Bruno KDB Soucek Salah
      Vardy Bamford*
      (Johnstone Raphinha* Rodrigo* Holding*)

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I would

        1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks, need to think it over.

    16. Andrew
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Mane or Salah?

      1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Salah

    17. AlpoShearer
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Play?
      A. Justin 2 games
      B. Bamford 1 game

      1. Gromit
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        A, surely.

      2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Prob Bamford

      3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        A

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

        cheers

    18. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Which option is better?

      A. Grealish Son (Brewster on bench)
      B. Soucek Kane (Saka on bench)

      1. Gromit
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I like B

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        B

      3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        B

    19. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      To fund McCarthy, Adams to De Gea/Martinez, Antonio (-8)

      A) Son to Grealish
      B) Robo to Dias

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        B

      2. Gromit
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Probably B as Robbo isn't great value at 7m+

      3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        B - Grealish has 4YCs and 4 games until it extends to 10YCs

    20. ResultatFar
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Do we think Abraham will start?

      1. Gromit
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        A bit of a lottery really

      2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        No idea so not worth the punt

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

      Mendy (Johnstone)
      Dias Coufal Justin Robertson (Ayling)
      Salah Bruno Soucek Grealish (JWP)
      Vardy Bamford (Wilson)
      For BB,
      1)JWP and Wilson to Mount and Antonio(-8)
      or
      2)Wilson or Bamford to Antonio(-4)

    22. Warby84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      DDG
      Dias Cancelo Coufal Tierney
      Salah De Bruyne Fernandes Soucek
      Lacazette Bamford

      Martinez Wilson Smith-Rowe Yedlin

      BB
      BB Wilson —> Antonio-4
      BB Yedlin —-> Dawson -4

    23. Wielki Mateo
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Sterling + Antonio + Saka in
      Son + Abraham + Benrahma out

      Good idea or stupid move?

      1. Wielki Mateo
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        -8 of course

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

        S

      3. Jimmy Boy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Son could easily outscore any given one of those players you're planning to bring in this GW

      4. Wielki Mateo
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks guys

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

      Just floating it out there... anyone fancy Soucek for captain?

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I'd rather put it on Stones for 12x2

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

          Also considering this. Soucek seems the more positive move though.

        2. SweepaKeepa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Tell me you did it?!

          1. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I don't even have him 🙁 brought in Dias instead. Captained Salah

            1. SweepaKeepa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Oh, shame!
              I, at least, bought him. (Admittedly only because I couldn’t afford Dias.)
              Captain Soucek not looking so clever at the midway point.

    25. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Danny Ings (COVID-19) is out of this weekends' game vs Leicester.Maybe i will keep Adams.

      1. Long ago I drew a walrus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Not sure Adams benefits from Ings being out, he's their best player

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

          Adams was injured so with Ings out i think they need him.

          1. Long ago I drew a walrus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah they do but doesn't mean he'll do anything

    26. OLLY G
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      What are people's thoughts on bringing in City players please?

      Is it too much of a risk considering they play Villa and their DGW might become a single?

      Thanks all.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Villa game should go on

    27. Bucket Man
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      5 DGW players now. Playing BB later in season having saved FH.

      Saiss to Coufal FT or save?

      Will there be more then 2 GWS? as I don’t want to use TC this week

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

        Plenty

        1. Bucket Man
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Thanks, I’ll just Captain Salah. Not sure Saiss to Coufal

    28. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Is triple City defence (Ederson, Stones, Cancelo) for the next few gameweeks madness? Can't get to KDB so not fussed about attack.

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

        It gives me eleven DGW players plus Bamford, Raphinha and Son. Is that worth a bench boost do you think?

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

          And your 2nd gk without a hit being?

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

            Button, unfortunately.

            I'm actually thinking of just saving the bench boost for later.

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

        In that case not.

      3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I would try and get Foden instead

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

          Oh you have no idea. I had Foden from gameweek three till gameweek sixteen and got virtually nothing from him. In fact, in the two gameweeks since I sold him he's scored more than he got me in the whole time I had him.

    29. Stoic
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Who scores more ?
      A) Robbo
      B) Bamford +4

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

        Not selling Bamford

    30. TheBiffas
        3 months, 4 days ago

        bench boost?

        McCarthy* Fabianski**
        Cancelo** Stones** Coufal** AWB** Mitchell*
        Grealish** KDB** Salah** Bruno** Raphinha*
        Watkins** Antonio** Bamford*

        bench would be McCarthy* / Mitchell* / Raphinha* / Bamford*