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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. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    I just don’t think I can go through with TC this week. The stage was all set for KDB, but this ‘too tired to take a penalty’ is putting me off.

    Anyone going for it with KDB (or even Salah)?

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Was all over Salah TC before pool's dip in form don't think I'm even captaining this week

    2. MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      My thoughts exactly. City still have two games to be rescheduled so I think another opportunity will arise later in the season

    3. just a man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Same. Planned on KDB TC, now saving chip.

    4. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Same. Neither is filling me with confidence. Expect there’ll be other chances

    5. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I think he’ll find the energy to take the next one. Yeah, I’m going TC

    6. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Kane for a dgw is my plan

    7. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I'm with you. I'll hold for a better opportunity.

    8. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Thanks guys.

      Out of interest, still captaining KDB though?

      1. MarcusAurelius
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Well based on the comments above about people worried about KDB minutes and tiredness. Maybe Salah is the better option? Fresh and on pens

      2. just a man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yep

    9. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      If in doubt then save it. Should be loads of doubles this season. I’m still (c) kdb but not TC

  2. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which one to do?

    A. McCarthy, Son, Wood to Martinez, KDB, Brewster
    B. Son, Wood, to KDB, Brewster

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A is -8pt hit, B 4pt hit

    2. Ajaxeeding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

  3. FDMS All Starz
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which one to sell for Kdb? Thinking long term too

    A) Son (will lose 0.4 value)
    Or
    B) Rashford (will lose 0.1 value))

    1. Footieboot
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Son

      • Shatner's Bassoon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I prefer Son long term, don't think value is relevant

      • MarcusAurelius
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Sell Rash

    2. 2EyedTurk
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Mendy x
      Dias Chilwell Alioski Coufal x
      Salah Bruno Son Soucek Lookman
      Bamford Vardy x

      Any punts for these 3? Budget of 17.0

      1. 2EyedTurk
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Going for BB

      2. T88MYE
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        DDG, Cresswell, Antonio

        1. 2EyedTurk
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Gives me 4 WHM

      3. HashAttack
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I'm looking at the same 3 slots with a budget of 16.7m

        I be going for one of these ... I want a Chelsea defenders
        Johnstone, Chilwell, Watkins
        Johnstone, Zouma, Antonio
        Schmeichel, James, Watkins

        Maybe DDG, Justin, Antonio for your team

        1. 2EyedTurk
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Gine for Antonio. Now thinking Johnstone,Cancelo for the other two

          I'd go #2 for yours

          1. HashAttack
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Just not too sure about Antonio - possibly prefer double WHU defence
            CS odds for Newcastle (v AVL) is 11.9% - so there's hope for Watkins

            1. 2EyedTurk
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Gone for it
              Antonio, schmeicel, Stones

    3. Coaly
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      a) Pulisic to Maddison/Grealish
      b) McCarthy to Martinez + a) -4
      c) Save

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        C

    4. Rekk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      C.Taylor
      Any chance he returns and plays vs West Ham?

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

        a small chance. much likelier vs Liverpool

      2. Il Capitano
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I wouldn't bet on it

        • Coaly
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Ben Crellin said he’s been training all last week and should be back

      3. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Any Leeds fans know if Alioski will keep his place this week?

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          The fans don't pick the team

          1. Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Thanks. I was unaware.

      4. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Been watching Mandalorian, so...

        Is this the way? -- McCarthy, Targett, DCL > Martinez, Stones, Antonio (-8)

        Team becomes:
        Martinez, Forster
        Stones, Chilwell, Coufal, KWP, Kilman
        Salah, KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
        Antonio, Wilson, Bamford

        1. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          This is the way

          1. T88MYE
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Why drop Targett?

      5. Corona is not good 4 U
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Is this team good to go?

          Johnstone (Mc. Carthy)
          Dias, Stones, Robertson, Coufal (Lowton)
          Salah, Fernandes, Soucek, Foden (Raphinha)
          Kane, Bamford (Adams)

          Thanks!

          1. Il Capitano
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Looks like it

            • The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              BB? Looks a great team well done

              1. Corona is not good 4 U
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Thank you! But no, no bench boost.

            • Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Meslier
              Robertson Dias Stones Zouma
              Salah(C) Mane Bruno (V) Grealish Soucek Antonio
              Steer Coufal Bamford Brewster
              1.2 itb
              A) Steer to Mendy -4 and BB
              B) No hit and TC Salah
              C) Other idea

            • Jimbo-Jones
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              BB?

              McCarthy (lei)
              Dallas (BHA)
              D-Reid (CHE, MUN)
              Pieters (whu, liv)

              1. 2EyedTurk
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                I would.

              2. Iceball
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yes

            • Tmel
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Bench one of the following:

              a) Antonio (BUR, WBA)
              b) Chilwell (ful, lei)
              c) Bamford (BHA)

              1. BENOIT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Lol BB

                1. Iceball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  This, or regret if already used

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

                    My other BB players would be Areola, Mitchell & Adams though (and would cost - 8=

                    1. Iceball
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Ok, not worth it then Bamford on bench

            • BENOIT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Never taken a -12... but this feels worth it? Yes or No?

              Balbuena, Grealish, Adams, Kane ---> Coufal, KDB, Watkins, Antonio

              1. The Ilfordian
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                It’s high risk, particularly if Villa fitness issues and Antonio fragile, but could work

            • sunzip14
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Would you do Dier>Stones (-4)? No city defense in my team.

              1. MattysFantasyFooty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yes

              2. UNDERWORLD7
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yip

              3. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yes

              4. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yes

              5. Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                y

            • Please Answer Me
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Would you BB if you had Rodrigo, Dallas and Dier on the bench?

              1. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yes

            • dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              My team pre transfers is below- which I could play with 8 double week players and carry but tempted to get BB out the way - would you

              A Play and carry transfer
              B Raphinha to Soucek and Dallas to Cancelo - 4 and play with 10 doublers
              C Son to Soucek Mitchell to Cancelo and Brewster to Antonio - 8 and BB with 11 doublers and bench of McCarthy Dallas Raphinha Bamford

              Martinez
              Coufal Dias Robertson
              Salah Mané Bruno Son Raphinha
              Bamford Watkins

              McCarthy Dallas Mitchell Brewster

            • HonestBlatter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Are these worth of -8p hit?

              Kane-->Antonio
              Saka-->Salah
              Bellerin--> X (Def 4.4M or under or Strujk 3.9 with single game)

            • Il Capitano
                1 month, 10 days ago

                KDB worth losing Robertson and Son?

                1FT 0.3m ITB

                Johnstone
                Robertson Justin Lowton Coufal
                Soucek Bruno Salah Son*
                Vardy Bamford*

                McCarthy* - Raphinha* Dallas* Adams*
                * SGW

                A) Dallas > Stones
                B) Robbo + Son > Stones + KDB (-4)
                C) Robbo + Lowton/Dallas > Double City def (-4)

                1. mrelpea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  B. I did those exact same moves

                  1. Il Capitano
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Maybe the right move, just being stubborn on keeping Robbo for the DGW

                2. HashAttack
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  A) RJames & Schmeichel or B) Chilwell & Johnstone

                3. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Kane/Son/Brewster to Salah/Watkins/Wilson worth -8?

                4. jamesjoseph2770
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Taylor and Adams out for Stones and Antonio for -4?
                  Plan is to BB. Bench is Grealish, Bellerin, Bamford

                  1. French Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Do the move but don’t bench boost in my opinion

                  2. Il Capitano
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Would say yes

                  3. French Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Triple captain
                    A) KDB
                    B) Salah
                    C ) Dont triple captain

                    1. UNDERWORLD7
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      C, but if you’re gonna end up doing it, then A

                      1. French Gooner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        I think we have to hold the TC - was set on Salah originally

                    2. Gudjohnsen
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      I got the same problem

                    3. Milkman Bruno
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        A

                      • FDMS All Starz
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Kdb hasn’t looked very prolific this season and therefor doesn’t have a high ceiling to justify the TC, Salah isn’t really in the best of forms and up against title contenders Utd which will probably be a cagey game and Burnley who have a solid defence. Not the best time to use FH IMO

                      • Kellz86
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Save TC for later in the season

                    4. Messiah Hazard
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Would you captain Werner if you are 1.6m+ in ranking? Or would you go template and captain KDB or Salah?

                      1. French Gooner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Template

                      2. The Units
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Template

                      3. The Knights Template
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Join the knights, squire!

                    5. George James
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      How she looking?

                      Martinez
                      Coufal • Cancelo • Stones • Robbo
                      Salah (TC) • Bruno • KDB • Saka
                      Kane • Wilson

                      Steer / Bissouma / Mitchel / Brewster

                    6. bitars
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Antonio or Watkins on Wildcard?

                      1. French Gooner
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Antonio

                    7. JONALDINHO
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      Is Grealish sure to start against City or should I move to Soucek and do Son to KDB?

                      1. BeWater
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          Why do you think Grealish won't start? From his Instagram post I don't think he's got Covid.

                      2. FDMS All Starz
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        What would your bench be for this team? Decided not to BB or TC as I’m not 100% sure on either

                        Johnstone - McCarthy
                        O’Shea - Coufal - Justin - Alioski - Balbuena
                        Salah - Kdb - Rashford - Bruno - Raphina
                        Bamford - Watkins - Adams

                        1. Neves say Neves
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          McCarthy, Alioski, O'shea, adams

                      3. Neves say Neves
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 10 days ago

                        Zouma or Chilwell?

                        1. BeWater
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            Chilwell.

                        2. Jdpz
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 10 days ago

                          help please!

                          Pope Johnstone
                          Cancelo Justin Coufal Alioski* Dier*
                          Bruno Salah Mane Soucek Raphinha*
                          Martial? Wood Bamford*
                          1ft., 0.2m itb.

                          a) Dier + Wood >>> Stones + Antonio
                          b) Mane >>> KDB
                          c) Martial >>> Antonio
                          d) Raphinha + Martial >>> Ziyech + Antonio (-4)
                          e) Martial + Mane >>> Vardy + Rashford (-4)

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

                          Hmm Athletic saying Tierney might be ok

                          1. JONALDINHO
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 10 days ago

                            He should never be reffing the Pool and Utd game. Extremely biased ref