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‘Enjoy the ride, adapt and stop planning’ – FPL’s reigning India winner says to focus on the short-term

The Double Gameweeks are here.

But it hasn’t been a smooth ride. Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers have had so many unexpected detours (a lot of off-roading) on the way, but battered, bruised and with a lot of dents, we’re finally here.

Just know that you are not the only ones facing these twists and turns. It won’t be the last time unexpected rescheduling happens either.

FPL managers all over the globe have been meandering their way through these unexpected times and you’ve just got to enjoy the ride and adapt. It’s the only option you have really.

So what do I intend to do differently? First off, stop planning. Be more short-sighted. Normally, when making moves, I look at the next five to six Gameweeks.

Instead, I am going to play for the points available and have a more short-term approach when planning my moves.

This means I’ll likely look at the next three Gameweeks when making my moves and no more than that.

Why? We could literally have unexpected cancellations and changes (Double Gameweeks) at any time. So planning mid-term doesn’t have much value in my opinion.

Secondly, and I have said this multiple times this season, I’m all for wanting to chase price rises, but honestly, I can’t say it enough, this is the season to delay your transfers as far as possible.

The fantasy landscape is changing daily and new bits of information are appearing on a daily basis, which might drastically affect your transfer strategy.

You might think that your transfers might not be affordable the next day, but when you look closer, there is always another way.

Has the recent Double Gameweek news for Aston Villa and Newcastle and the lack of a double for Leeds United and Southampton changed my plans?

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I currently own only Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) from the two teams and before Blank Gameweek 18, I sold Jack Grealish (£7.7m) and Che Adams (£6.0m).

I had heard murmurs of the Leeds vs Southampton game being called off and I just don’t trust the fitness of Villa’s players and the lure of two premium Manchester big hitters was too much for me.

It was a gamble and it won’t be the last time I’ll need to roll the dice this season.

It just seems like a season of difficult decisions given the sheer number of consistent big hitters but it is what it is.

Just a small note on Aston Villa, the nature of the COVID-19 outbreak is unknown at the time of writing and we don’t necessarily know how the squad has been affected.

It is a very thin squad that is very reliant on 10 to 14 players and if the majority of the first team squad is affected, I don’t know how much I’d trust them.

Keeping this in mind, their players come into the don’t buy/ don’t sell category for me until we know more about them.

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Speaking of difficult decisions, one big decision that FPL managers will likely be making this season is whether to sell Son Heung-min (£9.8m) or Harry Kane (£11.1m) for a premium Double Gameweek asset in Gameweek 19.

The one thing I’ll say is if you’re doing it to get in a premium big hitter like Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) or Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) who are genuine captaincy options, then it makes sense to me.

If not, it becomes a very difficult decision (one that might not necessarily be the right one) given their fixture in Gameweek 19.

Then it comes down to gut and the kind of FPL manager you are.

If I was to hold one of Son or Kane, at the moment I’d lean towards holding Son primarily because of the price difference.

I see a lot of people selling their Arsenal and Leeds United assets for Double Gameweek players.

It is important to not have the blinkers on for the doubles because both of these teams in addition to Spurs have very good games in Gameweek 19 and it might not be the smartest thing to sell them just to buy additional minutes in the Double Gameweek.

You need to look at the next couple of Gameweeks while making these decisions and then make the call.

A few things I have noticed in the last few weeks is that players like Son, Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) and KDB have looked very tired in the last 30 minutes of games and I feel like in comparison, Liverpool and Chelsea both having some time off will play into their hands.

I’m personally expecting an upturn in performances for both of these teams in the coming weeks.

Having some time on the training ground with the full team without playing games can be underestimated and I think that will show.

It is worth noting Chelsea have all their players fit now including their full-backs and it’s easy to forget that when they, along with Hakim Ziyech (£8.1m) were fit, Chelsea were creating chances for fun.

They have a decent looking Double Gameweek (both Leicester and Fulham are in the worst five teams for big chances conceded at home this season) and I quite like their fixtures in the mid-term as well.

There are some good picks in that team both in attack and in defence should you fancy it.

Some of you are wondering about whether you should Bench Boost or not.

In my opinion if you have players from the likes of Leeds who have a good Gameweek 19 fixture, I’d still use the chip and play the Bench Boost.

The case for you to Bench Boost is even stronger, especially if you have used your Free Hit chip in Gameweek 18.

I say that is the case because if you wildcard in Gameweek 25 for the Double Gameweek in 26, your bench spots will need to be likely focused on Blank Gameweek 29 and that is something to consider while you’re making your decision.

Otherwise, one of the prime advantages of having used the Bench Boost chip is so that it’s out of the way and you can focus funds on your starting 11 (plus two bench spots) rather than spreading them over 15 players.

It is very difficult to give an answer with regards to this conundrum because it is very team dependant but generally when it comes to using your chips, there will be many more mini Double Gameweeks in play the way the season is going, so there are going to be more opportunities than you think for chip deployment.

I intentionally decide to just talk a little bit of macro-philosophy with this article ahead of the Double Gameweek but all of you are aware of the numbers and the good picks so I thought it might be worthwhile to outline a few things that might not have caught your attention.

I’ve been making steady progress with my season after a terrible start.

Despite having games called off for my Manchester City and Spurs assets and despite not deploying my Free Hit chip in Gameweek 18, I’ve climbed from a 3.1 million Overall Rank (OR) in Gameweek 12 to a 1.54 million OR at present.

I was very happy to get a 300,000 sized green arrow in Gameweek 18 despite taking a hit, owning nine players and not deploying the Free Hit chip which tells you that quality matters over quantity.

If the odds are stacked against you in a particular Gameweek in terms of numbers of players, it still isn’t the end of the world because if you have the right players, you could still climb up the table.

Also, it is worth mentioning that Zophar & I had the pleasure of interviewing the creator of LiveFPL.net recently and it was a pleasure getting to chat with Ragabolly.

He’s a PHD in quantum physics and still claims to not be a genius.

He’s a very humble guy and it’s an interview worth watching if you haven’t already. You can see it here.

We also did our standard podcast of The FPL Wire where we talk about Double Gameweek 19 in depth which you will find below. Thanks for reading and good luck this Gameweek!

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5,989 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Got this team for -4

    Martinez
    Coufal Robbo Dallas*
    Salah(c) KDB Bruno Soucek
    Vardy Watkins Bamford *

    Would you use TC chip?

    1. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Could do but I wouldn’t personally TC Salah
      Maybe KDB or Vardy instead

  2. Goonermeister
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    For next 4 gameweeks?

    A) Vardy ESR
    B) Ziyech Bamford

  3. Pointless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Coufal or Cresswell?! Which one to get on a FT in place of Tierney please?

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Cresswell, totally nailed and on set pieces

    2. Adamf1980
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Creswell for set pieces

    3. Sensible Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Depends on future transfer plans. 0.7 in it so...

  4. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Kane + Bednarek -> Vardy + AWB worth a double hit?

  5. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Would you BB?

    Areola Bamford Adams Mitchell

    1. flynner25
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No

    2. Boberella
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      If no hits, then maybe.
      Mitchel won’t get much.
      Areola tough games and prob no cleanies but could rack up a few save points.
      Bamford and Adams could easily both return. Maybe worth 15-20 points if no hit

  6. Goonermeister
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Ziyech or Pulisic on WC?

    1. flynner25
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      yes

      1. flynner25
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yes to pulisic

    2. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Ziyech (slight Ajax bias since I’m living in Amsterdam)

      Pulisic (my compatriot) sadly is just so injury prone.

      The being said I’m actually taking a chance on Mount given his price and seemingly assured starts.

      1. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Think Ziyech could be a great differential this week and going forwards

  7. flynner25
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Kane, Son and KWP to Antonio, Salah and Stones for a -8?

    Spurs have a good single fixture and could potentially do well. Have the blades turned a corner.

    1. Pedersen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I did son to KdB, but gonna kerp kane for cap option in coming weeks

  8. Ejaaz11
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    My backline is
    Stones wanb creswell holding and alderwiereld (I'm playing BB)

    I'm thinking of taking alder out for a hit for a dgw defender.
    Any suggestions? 6.2m budget

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Cancello too obvious?
      Maybe Chilwell?

  9. The Wizard of Ozil
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    A) Stones, Vardy (ESR)
    B) Cancelo, Son (Brewster)

    Son selling price only 9.3 so not sure if worth it as they have two games still the be rescheduled And will want him back

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A better this week but depends on long term plans

  10. Shankly611
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bench Boosting. Sell Taylor for a -8 or keep?

  11. hammersp2000
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Yay or nay JWP to foden or fornals for a -4?

    If yay which one

    Thanks

  12. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Vardy going up in price after dropping last night!? Not sure what’s going on there

  13. winchester
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Evening lads, got 1,6m itb and 1ft
      Any sensible moves here lads, not using any chips, cheeers. Any news on taylor btw?

      martinez
      robbo coufal dallas
      salah(c) soucek bruno son
      bamford kane adams
      (martin kwp taylor bissouma)

      A) taylor+kane -> cacelo/dias+vardy -4
      B) robbo+son -> cancelo/dias+kdb -4
      C) taylor -> cancelo/dias
      D) robbo+son+adams -> cancelo/dias+kdb+watkins -8

      Considering playing 4-4-2 (benching adams)

      1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A or C

        1. winchester
            1 month, 15 days ago

            cheers, feel so dangerous to go without kdb.. fingers crossed he only plays one game? which city defender?

      2. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        This is crazy....
        Gone from considering Son out to even thinking left field and selling Bruno, Salah or even KDB
        Can justify a reason for all

        I guess that shows a good reason for no TC this GW

        1. Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Can't sell those 3 mate

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Or Son
            Need funds though, have no Hammers no money and GK situation

        2. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Who you bringing in!! He must be good

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Need money
            I guess I could sell Robertson, but before a DGW?!

      3. konrad.sygula95
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hi, which is better for -4?
        A DCL & Son to Antonio & KDB
        B DCL & Grealish to Fabio Silva & KDB
        C something else?

        Martinez
        Dier/Justin/Cancelo
        Son/Fernandes/Salah/Grealish
        Watkins/DCL/Bamford

        Bench: Forster/KWP/Anguissa/Coufal
        1ft 2.2 itb

        1. Reggie Nainggolan
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          If you're happy to sell Son then A

      4. Reggie Nainggolan
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        8.7m itb. Best striker to buy?

        Is Antonio a risk or stick with Laca or someone else?

        1. Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Go ballsy, Antonio

        2. Yes Ndidi
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Antonio is a risk, but a lot of people are pinning a lot of hopes on him.
          Not sure who else though. Cavani will get minutes, and is quality.

        3. Goonermeister
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Martial

          1. Reggie Nainggolan
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Miss out by 0.1

      5. $hahriyar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thinking of getting rid of Son and Davies.

        Option A: Soucek and Antonio 2.9 mil left

        Option B: Grealish and Watkins .5mil left

        Or should I go with El Ghazi and one the two forwards?

      6. Boberella
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Anyone thinking about Ziyech for 19? Whether on a FH or otherwise

        1. Goonermeister
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yeah

      7. Muscout
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        McCarthy
        Cancelo Chilwell Coufal
        Salah (TC) KDB Bruno Soucek JWP
        Kane Bamford

        JWP and Bamford to H Barnes and Antonio -4

        Yes / No?

      8. Origal73
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Does it worth doing -4 and bench boost the below:
        Johnston, Dier, Holding, Bamford?
        Thanks!

      9. Chris_White
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A) Adams (lei)

        B) Stones (CPL,AVL) -4

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          B

        2. Pépé Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          If you have to start Adams otherwise, I'd actually go Stones. Good long term purchase also

        3. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          B

      10. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I’ve had the armband on Salah and KDB about 4 times each. When do I stop changing?

        1. Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Kdb

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Why?

        2. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Salah

      11. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Taylor/DCL out for?

        A Stones and Antonio
        B Coufal and Antonio

        1. POZZY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A imo

        2. Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A

        3. Sid07
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A

        4. londontom
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A

        5. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          A

      12. POZZY
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Happy friday everyone!

        Need to free up some cash in order to do Son > Fernandes (would involve a hit).

        Have whittled down to the following 2 options:
        Dallas to 4.0 (possibly non-playing) fodder. . . already have Mitchell
        Raphinha to Anguissa (playing option with 0.3 ITB)

        What are your thoughts?

      13. Adamf1980
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Chasing so Mane (c) over KDB ... crazy?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Got a brilliant record against Burnley so good punt

        2. Dannyb
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yeah imo

        3. Boberella
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Not crazy.
          Have a feeling Mane will out score KDB, Bruno and Salah this week

      14. londontom
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Current team:
        Martinez
        Stones Cancelo Justin Coufal Targett
        Sterling Fernandes Salah Lookman
        Kane
        (bench: Button, Maupay, Raphinha, Brewster)

        0FT but I'm thinking Kane -> Vardy/Antonio like-for-like or Maupay -> Antonio which would also mean leaving Targett or Lookman on the bench.

        Thoughts?

      15. Lucas8406
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Son + DCL to KDB and Antonio?

        1. londontom
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yes

        2. Sid07
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Big yes

      16. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Would you BB?

        Meslier taylor Dallas Bamford

        1. londontom
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          nope

        2. Origal73
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I wouldn't.
          Would you BB Johnston, Dier, holding, Bamford?

      17. V-2 Schneiderlin
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        B

        1. V-2 Schneiderlin
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          sorry reply fail to... just about everyone

      18. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Bench one please

        A) Fabianski
        B) Martinez