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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. In a Rush
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A.Foden & Dawson
    B. Soucek & stones

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

      B by far imo

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

      B

    3. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    4. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B by far

    5. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers I’ve been leaning towards B
        But have no city attack

    6. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

    7. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

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

    Werner anyone ?

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No.

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Just put him in!

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        (I did)

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

      Twice bitten, difficult to go back. Not sure he’s shown enough form yet

    4. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      There is nothing good in the Wernhole

    5. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not even Lampard

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

    Lowton, Dallas, Son & Kane -> Dias, Cancelo, KDB & Antonio (-12)

    Too much? Which defender transfer would you lose if so?.

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Too much for mine, drop Cancelo and just run with Dias imo.

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

        Cheers for the reply

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      As someone who has not owned Dallas all season, I'm overjoyed that so many are selling him. One less threat to my rank to worry about.

  4. JP\'s
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Who is the bigger must have Salah or Vardy for GW19 and beyond?

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

        Salah

        1. BeWater
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I have both. Vardy has a really decent run of games.

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

          Salah

        3. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Salah to be like everyone else.
          Vardy to be a bit different.

      2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Martinez/Nyland*
        Stones Cancelo Justin (Dallas Kilman)
        Son Fernandes Salah El Ghazi (Burke)
        Kane DCL* Bamford

        For a minus 4
        A DCL to Antonio
        B Burke to Soucek (Bench DCL)
        C Kilman to Coufal (bench DCL)

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

          A

        2. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          C

        3. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          a

      3. winchester
          1 month, 14 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

          Considering playing 4-4-2 (benching adams)

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

            C

            1. winchester
                1 month, 14 days ago

                cheers lad, think manageable without kdb or vardy? also, which city defender?

            2. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Taylor touch and go. I’m not risking him (was going to be part of BB). I would go B but C seems like safe 12 points to me

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

            For the long term, would you do A or B:
            A) Dallas to Cancelo for -4
            B) Struijk to Stones for -4

            Current team with 1.6 ITB:
            McCarthy; Johnstone
            Dias; Justin; KWP; Dallas; Struijk
            Salah; Fernandes; Son; Grealish; Soucek
            Kane; Bamford; Antonio

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

            Bench one:

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

            Unlikely to BB as other players would be Areola, Adams & Mitchell

            1. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              c

            2. Coys96
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              C

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

              C

            4. kip kop
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              C

            5. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              shame but bam

          4. Holding Mee Bong
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Anyone worried about the City v Villa game going ahead?

            Want to TC KDB.

          5. MattysFantasyFooty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Is McCarthy to Martinez worth a hit?

            1. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I don't think it is.

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

              Not for me

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

              No

            4. Coaly
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yes, great run coming up for Villa and awful one for Soton. McCarthy’s points have been very predictable against weak opposition so far ...

          6. HD7
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mccarthy
            Stones Holding Coufal
            Salah Bruno KDB(C) Maddy
            Antonio Bamford Kane

            Fraser Taylor Bissouma Mitchell

            Did Son to KDB; TAA to Stones; Wood to Antonio (-8) ?

            Should I do Mccarthy to Martinez/ De Gea for another hit or stop it right here?

            1. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I'd stop

              1. HD7
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Thanks

          7. londontom
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 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??

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

            I've not seen any mention of sterling? Not a viable option?

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

              Will outscore KDB, marky my words

            2. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              still on my naughty step

            3. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Sold him for Salah. Done with him! (... for now)

          9. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Help me go to sleep:

            Johnstone/ Mccarthy
            Stones / Coufal / Justin / Balbuena/ Dallas
            Son / Salah / Bruno / Raphina / Soucek
            Kane / Bamford / Adams

            A) KDB + Vardy ( for son and kane) === -4 points
            B) Cancelo (for balbuena)
            C) Cancelo + Vardy (for balbuena + Kane) === -4
            D) Cancelo + KDB + Antonio (for balbuena + Son + Kane) ==== -8
            E) Pieteres + KDB + Anronio (for balbuena + Raph + Kane) === -8

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

              C out the lot would want to keep one spurs asset imo

            2. Greyling
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              C

            3. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              b

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

              A

            5. umerlfc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I really don't mind D if plan is to captain KDB

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

              D or E

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

              B

            8. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              so I got 2C, 2B, 2D, 1A, 1E... Thanks mates.. it's a tough decision, not sure if I'll play B too or not

              1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                BB*

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

            Punt on:

            A) Foden
            B) Maddison

            1. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              a

            2. Coys96
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              A

            3. BeWater
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Foden.

              • Bobby_Baggio
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                foden

              • Hasselbaink Forever - UJFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                A

              • The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                B

            4. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Final post. Please help - really stuck and need to do it before price rise...

              a) No chips with bench of Steer, KWP, DCL,Dallas

              b) Take -12 and use BB on Mendy/Martinez/Fabs, Stones, Watkins, Dallas with 3 DGWers

              1. Mr.K
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                a

              2. Old Bull
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                I like the look of b

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

                Join me on B. Mendy or Martinez look good

              4. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                A

            5. Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Play DDG or Martinez?

            6. Muscout
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 14 days ago

              JWP and Bamford to H Barnes and Antonio -4?

              Do it?

              1. Paul Psychic Octopus
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                You'll be wanting Bamford back soon enough. And Antonio's minutes not guaranteed after returning from injury.

            7. Coaly
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

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

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

                c

              2. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                C

            8. Mr.K
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Antonio or Lacazette?

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

                Antonio

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

                ant

              3. Mr.K
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Thanks guys! No love for Laca against Newcastle? I'll do it!

            9. Puyol Pants Up
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Thoughts on this -8?

              Kane + Adams + Kwp ---> Vardy + Antonio + Dias (-8)

              1. Coys96
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                do it

            10. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Sorry for long post. Which of the below transfers? Have no city which worries me. 0.3m ITB.

              Johnstone
              Justin - Robbo - Coufal - Balbuena
              Salah - Son - Bruno - Soucek
              Kane - Bamford

              McCarthy - Raphinha - Adams - Alioski

              A) Robbo + Balbuena + Raphinha > Dias + Stones + Foden -8.
              B) Robbo + Balbuena + Raphinia + Adams > Dias + Stones + Foden + Antonio -12 (Will BB).
              C) Robbo + Raphinha > Dias + Foden -4.
              D) Robbo + Balbuena > Stones + Dias -4.
              D) Robbo + Balbuena + Son > Stones + Dawson + KDB -8.

              1. Old Bull
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                If you’re certain you want a city defender like everyone else on the planet, then C looks tasty. But of course it’s a punt with City

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

                  I think i need at least one city player if not two. You dont fancy big gamble on B?

                  1. Old Bull
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    I’ve taken a -8 on Foden and Cresswell and am feeling extremely nervy about it in a fun way. The chances of being hit with City rotation obviously increases with your option. I’m also not as convinced the City defence will hold over both matches But, If you want a thrill and stuff the consequences, then hey do it.

            11. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Those with 3 Villa losing any?

            12. Hasselbaink Forever - UJFC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Mane > KDB worth a -4?

              1. kip kop
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                No

            13. Nibbsy
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              DCL to Wilson or Watkins?

            14. afs2239
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Zouma has a chance to get something
              or should i sell to a city def

              1. kip kop
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Keep

            15. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Do you expect that Cancelo will get a rest?

            16. Feanor
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I used my FH

              Areola (Nyland)
              Cancelo, Stones, Justin (Ampadu, Mitchell)
              Salah, KDB (c), Bruno, Son, Soucek
              Vardy, Antonio (Davis)

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

              Are all these worth a hit? Would mean I BB but no KDB

              Adams to Antonio
              Lowton to Stones
              McCarthy to Martinez or Mendy

            18. Corona is not good 4 U
                1 month, 14 days ago

                A) Play Bamford
                B) Adams -> Antonio for - 4, play Antonio and bench Bamford.

                1) Play Kane
                2) Kane -> Vardy for - 4?

                Thank you!