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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. andrinho
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Start:
    a Saiss (WBA)
    b Neto (WBA)
    c Wood (Liv WHU)

    1. DavidHopkin
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      C just.

  2. Bring the Cavalry
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Since I started playing fpl Man City have one of the best DGW I have seen and most people are saying no to TC, don’t get it

    1. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Man City haven’t been as god as they have in recent seasons. Not much more to get than that.

      1. Bring the Cavalry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Still one of the title contenders at home twice to teams out with the ‘top 6’

    2. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Is it actually that good? Palace looking pretty solid recently, Villa not an easy game. Looks better for City defenders to me.

      1. Bring the Cavalry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Fair enough palace got a clean sheet v Arsenal but before sheffield utd they were shocking. Villa just coming back with barely any training, attacking team will help city

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

      pep roulette and fatigue

      1. Bring the Cavalry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Pep roulette is a valid reason, fair enough. Could say fatigue later in the season with double game weeks, champions league, more scheduled games

    4. Epic ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Are you using TC?

      1. Bring the Cavalry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yes

        1. Bring the Cavalry
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          But I was planning bench boost up until the leeds Southampton game got called off. But I did say on here few weeks ago KDB TC is very tempting due to the fixtures

    5. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      City not as free-scoring. KDB seems to be just firing his shots in as hard as he can instead of placing them in the corner which he normally does.

      Less assist potential dueto above, looked tired as his new role involved more pressing than normal.

      1. Bring the Cavalry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        He could/should of got 12 points the other night, then obviously like you say if these chances go in he could of got a monster score.

    6. Deeney-is-a-god
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Its not that great though is it? Palace and aston villa are both capable of keeping tight, so dont expect them to automatically concede five. City have not been clinical this season, in particualar KDB. You could TC a defender, but that is risky and most likely maximum is 12-15 points anyway. KDB also might be rested or see limited minutes

      So may matches are rescheduled this season so quite likely a better oppertunity to use it later as well

      1. Bring the Cavalry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        They are capable of keeping tight but they are also capable of getting destroyed, villa not so much they are a decent side but with covid hitting their full team who knows which side will turn up. Palace kept a clean sheet v an average Arsenal side and Sheffield utd but before that they were shocking

    7. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      The memory of a total of 3pts for Sane in a DGW a couple of seasons ago is still painful

      1. Bring the Cavalry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Think I went Salah that season but had sane for weeks when his value plummeted

  3. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    McCarthy, Targett, DCL > Martinez, Stones, Antonio for -8 worth it?

    Unlikely to BB, fwiw.

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yep, definitely worth it. 2 games vs 6 games!

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers! Just never taken a -8, so I am nervous.

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          It will be worth it in the medium term too - especialyl with MArtine and Stones

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

    BB this lot?

    McCarthy Banford Dallas Smith Rowe

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

      No

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Depends how bullish you are on Leeds really. ESR and McCarthy aren't going to hauling I don't think.

      Personally I wouldn't.

  5. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Dier to
    a) Stones (I have Cancelo)
    b) James (2 matches alone)

    1. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      *away 🙂

    2. DavidHopkin
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Stones more nailed I reckon.

    3. Alcapaul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Stones

  6. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    BB this crew ?

    Mccarthy Adams Dier Ayling

    1. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Yeh definitely. Never know when you'll have 4 playing subs again

    2. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      No.

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

      Borderline - probably no. SOU LEI is a tough fixture and SOU without Ings makes Adams a worse option

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

      it is a tough decision cheers all

  7. popcoin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    A) Saiss & Bruno

    B) Raphinha & Kane

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A

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

    Who score the most points?

    Dawson and Kane + 8 or Cresswell and Vardy?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      1st

  9. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    On BB..

    Taylor + McCarthy > Reece James + Mendy (gk) for -8?

    1. Underdog333
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Is RJ going to start both?

      1. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        not sure, but well rested haha, and Taylor a big doubt to play the first game

        1. Underdog333
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 2 days ago

          -8 just seems too much IMO if willing to risk jusr to RJ in GK returns won't make the hit worth it

  10. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Sorry for the long post - really stumped. Plan to stay away from BB I think.

    Meslier
    R. Dias* -- Coufal* -- Justin*
    Salah* -- Fernandes* -- Son -- Soucek* -- Raphinha
    Bamford -- Kane

    McCarthy -- Dier -- Adams -- Holding [1FT + 0.4m ITB]

    A) Kane + Raphinha ===> KDB (c) + Brewster (-4)

    B) Kane + Raphinha + Adams ==> KDB (c) + Brewster + Antonio (-8)
    C) Kane + Raphinha + Dier ===> KDB (c) + Brewster + Stones (-8)

    D) Other?

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

      Wouldn’t normally go -8 but B could work if Antonio stays fit

  11. DavidHopkin
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Any of the following worth it to BB?

    A. Kane, adams > vardy, Antonio (-4)
    B. A + Dallas > stones (-8)
    C. Just Kane > Vardy and no BB

    Current team:

    Johnstone
    Chilwell, cancelo, coufal, Justin
    Salah, Bruno, son*, soucek
    Kane*, bamford*

    McCarthy*, Dallas*, raphinha*, Adams*

  12. Rococo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Did Mane to KDB. And not sure I like it.

    Might have to now captain him to justify it.

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Go for it - still a good option. Assume you have Salah as well?

      1. Rococo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I do indeed. The plan was to captain Salah, but more tempted by KDB now that I have him.

  13. Egg noodle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Is Benteke a good option? I reckon his starts are secure. Fixtures are very favorable..

    1. Egg noodle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      (For GW20 onwards)

    2. George James
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Log off mate

      1. Egg noodle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Lol

    3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I’m looking at him

    4. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      He's an option.

    5. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      If you don’t mind that I also have McGoldrick on my radar then yes I think he’s pretty nailed and could score goals and most importantly he’s really cheap to make way for good mids

  14. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 2 days ago

    BB keeper - Johnstone or Areola?

    1. DavidHopkin
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Johnstone

  15. Huckfead
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    This DGW only - Ziyech or Grealish?

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Grealish

  16. evilfish
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Having 2 Leeds and 1 Southampton, I would be gutted if I don't BB and then the match is back on again. We wouldn't get to hear if its back on before the deadline, right?

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Seems unlikely that we will.

    2. YEAH PITCH!
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      I could be wrong, but hasn't it been called off and that's it now?

    3. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Is it even possible that it is rescheduled in this gw though?

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          The Saints manager (of all people) is the one who has been quoted as saying they may play Leeds if the the Shrewsbury game is postponed (again!). Really don't know what to think...

      • DavidHopkin
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Doubt it’ll be back on but it’s a funny old season.

      • evilfish
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Ok thanks, I will not BB and won't let it get to me if it is back on because it is out of my control.

    4. Flynny
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Evening.....Taken a - 4 for this bb squad. 0.4mitb

      What to do with balbuena?

      A....balbuena to holding - 8

      B....robbo and balbuena to Chilwell and cancelo - 12

      Martinez Johnstone
      Robbo dias coufal dallas balbuena
      Salah bruno kdb grealish soucek
      Antonio Watkins Bamford

      Thanks

      1. NIKO.
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        You don’t need to do anything with Balbuena your team is fine

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I'm free hitting and he isn't going to feature

          He has to go

    5. George James
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Chances of James playing both games in the double?

    6. AYLD28
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Any Leeds ITK about any Leeds covid cases? Hearing some twitter rumblings

      1. Epic ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Link to the rumblings?

          1. DeadStar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            That link takes me to someone completly dismissing the Covid talk. Lol!

          2. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Good grief

    7. YEAH PITCH!
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Wilson > Antonio?

      1. Nemes1s
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Definitely

      2. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Not for me

      3. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I wouldn't as you know Wilson will play both games.

    8. grooveymatt65
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Hi guys just need abit of help...

      im doing a wildcard on fanteam but when i change my players and click update team it doesnt mention about a wildcard on the screen after it just lists the transfers that are happening and theres a confirm button.

      Do i need to hit confirm first or something??

      thanks

    9. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Alright, I'm gonna quench this BB madness now. I think my plan is going to be to keep strong Leeds assets until they have their double. BB their double whenever that is (because the alternative would be to bench some very expensive players like Salah, KdB etc.) and then offload/WC after that.

      I'm not gonna plan for 26 precisely, just Leeds, because they have cheap assets that can be benched here and there, and their double with Southampton is going to be nice.

      This week has all the added stress of Villa assets. We don't know if Martinez is actually going to be available to play. Would be a disaster to BB thinking that Martinez has a double when he in fact has COVID. Same with Grealish. Will be happy starting both just in case, but it is conceivable that one or both of them is out entirely which would mean my strong bench containing Bamford and Johnstone can step in nicely and I preserve the BB chip for when there's more information.

      TC Salah and off we go!

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        When will leeds double be?

      2. Connor's Calling
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Think that’s pretty good advice

      3. evilfish
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I have Martinez and Pope, preparing for a BB that I am no longer going ahead with. Would you play Pope with these Martinez rumours?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          There are no Martinez rumours. We don't know anything about who is and isn't available right now.

          I would probably play Pope though. Always good for saves and a clean sheet vs West Ham isn't off the cards.

          1. evilfish
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            OK,but if Martinez does have covid, isn't it likely he would miss both matches? I would prefer to start him if both keepers were going to start.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Would you? I dunno, I think Pope has higher ceiling if they can get a CS at West Ham. He will make more saves, likely get bonus. They also could manage something big against Liverpool. They did it last year and got a 1-1 draw.

        2. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          What Martinez rumours?

          1. evilfish
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Sorry my bad. That he has covid. Not rumuors, just speculation because some Villa players do. We don't know which ones. My apologies again, rumuors was a poor choice of words.

            1. evilfish
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              I'm also sorry that I can't spell rumours. 😛

      4. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I'm with you. Backing out of bench boost. I lost 5 DGW players from the Leeds Saints fixture being cancelled. I think there will be other opportunities. I also think there will be other TC opportunities, maybe even a triple GW for someone later in the season. I might hold on to that also.

      5. Voodoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        TC on Salah is a good call. I want to but can’t pull the trigger as I think there could be better weeks for it.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I read some threads exploring GW26 doubles, and none of them are better than the Salah one this week.

          Even City, this is their best DGW most likely of the season.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Tottenhams's potential DGW26 fixtures look good.

            You just need to see signs Kane/Son attack a little more.

            TC'd Kane in a DGW before and it went veeeeerrrry well. Appreciate his positioning is a bit deeper these days, but he absolutely still has the finishing finesse & penalties in his locker.

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Yeah Spurs I guess would be the next best TC candidates.

              Spurs TC in GW26 is probably the next best.

              Evaluate then:

              Salah MUN + BUR
              vs
              Kane/Son BUR + avl/ful/SOU

              I think I'd rather cap Salah for the guaranteed double home game personally and because he's Salah and I trust Liverpool more than Spurs.

      6. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        The LEE/SOU double may be in GW23. Villa's might be there too.

        Given a fair amount of the template GW19 picks also have a decent fixture in GW19, a BB in 23 could be alright.

        Allows for you to WC for DGW26 (potentially having a few players who will play in BGW29). TC can be played in 26, or another smaller one.

        At least, if like if it were to work out this way.

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Can Villa play in 23? There two remaining postponements are against teams likely to still be in the FA cup. Guessing it needs some freak results for them to be in?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Outdated info on the AVL apologies. It was AVL/NEW that could have been in GW23, but obviously that's now here in GW19.

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Yeah exactly. Your bench boost should be evaluated on who you would have sitting on the bench.

          So if I have a GW23 team that is like:

          Salah Fernandes KdB Raphinha Grealish
          Bamford Antonio Adams

          There is no good player to bench if Leeds and Southampton have a DGW. Therefore, it's not a bad time to BB even though Liverpool are playing City. You're not gonna bench your cheap enablers because they have a double, and it's impossible to call which big hitter to drop, so the best solution will be to BB.

      7. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Above logic is very sound.
        Would appreciate your rationale for Salah cap over KDB.
        City are playing the Palace team Liverpool smashed last time Matip played. Then City play a covid depleted Villa. Both at home.
        Mo’s fixtures seem tougher.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Salah is a monster at home. Liverpool haven't lost a home game in over 3 years.

          He has two fixtures one of which is against Burnley. He has had extended rest. Liverpool have a pretty much fully fit squad since Matip is on course to play again (last time he did, they won 7-0 at CPL).

          He has the FPL history, pedigree and the skill to do it. Stats wise, he's not as strong as last year but still not putting up bad numbers. If creativity in midfield increases, he could be on for a big score and with time to work in training as well, I think Liverpool will come out a rejuvenated side.

          KdB on the other hand, has looked very tired. Didn't take the pen vs BHA. I was pretty keen on KdB (c) until I watched the game. He looks gassed. I think there is a chance that he gets rested in the next few. There's also uncertainty over Villa. We don't know what's going on there. They could reopen the training ground and get 10 more cases and be forced to shut again canceling the double. Not likely, but possible.

          It's enough of a deterrence to stop me going for KdB. I'm all-in on Salah this week.

          1. Boxwoods
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Cheers for sharing, and good luck!

          2. Voodoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Very well put. I think only Kane could be a better pick than Salah for this week. I might end up doing it myself.

            1. Voodoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Worded that badly. I mean only Kane could have a better upcoming DGW.

      8. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I saved my FH last week but didnt opt for it this week due to loads of issues. Ryan, Taylor, DCL all had to go. So i took a bunch of hits and then hit BB.

    10. DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Would you spend a -4 on bringing in a DGW GK? I'd then bench McCarthy.

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Yeh. im doing it

      2. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Depends on the keeper but no, I don't think I would.

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Martinez maybe? Possible DGW this week and future ones to come.

      3. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I took the opportunity to get Martinez in for McCarthy for a hit.

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Cheers but that feels risky considering Villa's situation currently. I would definitely hold McCarthy for now anyway.

    11. Crooky
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      So we know if martial will play?

      Current team:
      McCarthy/Forster
      Zouma - Justin - Dallas (Taylor)
      Son - Bruno - Zaha - Salah
      Kane - Bamford - Adams

      Thinking for -8
      A) zaha, Taylor and Adams > Soucek + Stones + martial
      B) zaha, Taylor and Adams > gun + stones + Antonio

      Are either of those my best bets?

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        We don't know, Ole said he's giving everyone another day to prove fitness.

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        ‘He has a chance’. My hunch is he’ll get one out of the two (hopefully second). I personally wouldn’t buy due to risk but he could come good.

    12. ABCDEFC
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Which GK

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

        Mendy? Fabianski if comfortable that he’s back in training

    13. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Had 15 players lined up for this GW. Nice fixtures in theory. BB had the potential to be epic. Then the games were removed. Now I’m staring at a -8 team, unsure whether to TC Salah or stick with BB on players with one game. Crazy.

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

        Very frustrating. I guess we’ve got to roll with the changes but I’m also a bit deflated plans haven’t worked out

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        FWIW, I’m holding TC and BB. Might be naive but think covid issues will reduce as vaccine rolls out

    14. Voodoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Stones and Soucek going up in price tonight? Fix isn’t very reliable, don’t know about the others?

      Thanks.

      1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Stones is, Soucek will be close

          1. Voodoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Cheers.

      2. Genji3lade
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Is Dias better option for the DGW given Cancelo due a rest?

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I reckon Dias is the way to go.

      3. ABCDEFC
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Which GK under 5.4M is it worth moving McCarthy to for -4?
        I have Johnstone

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Martinez still

        2. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          West Ham rotate nicely with West Brom for the next few weeks but maybe it's not the season to plan GK rotation. And Fabs is a doubt this week.

      4. Nemes1s
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A) Vardy + Soucek
        B) Son + Antonio

        1. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Probably A