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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. JAYPEE
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Please help
    Should I BB?

    Martinez
    Dias Dallas Justin
    KDB Salah Son Fernandes Soucek
    Antonio Watkins

    Forster, Bamford, KWP, Phillips

    Unsure if Phillips or Forster will play and I’ve already taken a -4 should I do:

    A) Forster > Areola (-8)
    Or
    B) Phillips > Coufal (-8)

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Great starting XI, save BB imo

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

      Wouldn’t BB that with hits

    3. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Save BB. But switch KWP and Phillips?

    4. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      No to BB

  2. John78
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    I am thinking of getting Foden instead of KDB, so that i can get Kane to Vardy. Thoughts?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Captain?

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Foden will only start once imo

    3. Dexters Laboratory
        3 months, 20 days ago

        KDB more important than Vardy personally

        1. John78
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Thanks for the replies. decided to go with KDB

    4. ABCDEFC
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Is this good enough for a bench boost?
      McCarthy, Adams, Dallas, Raphinha

      If not, thinking of these moves for -12 (effectively -6)?
      A) McCarthy to Martinez
      B) Adams to Watkins
      C) Raphinha to Foden

      1. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I wouldn't bench boost with that.

    5. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Think I'm getting Areola for BB team. Only 5 goals conceded last 6 games and 2 CS

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Sounds like you're trying to convince yourself. Johnstone looks a better bet to me

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I’m with the OP, West Brom are just dire

        2. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Johnstone no CS 16 goals conceded last 6

      2. marcos11
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Gonna go McCarthy > Areola I think, good fixtures for the next few games

        • Boberella
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Areola great for save points too

      3. LABILLETHEGOAT
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        My team atm. 1FT 1.7ITB

        Martinez
        Justin Coufal Taylor
        Salah Grealish Bruno Son Raphinha
        Kane Bamford

        Brewster KWP Mitchell

        Which would you choose? Thanks
        A. KWP + Son > Struijk + KDB
        B. Taylor + Brewster + Stones + Antonio
        C. Taylor + Grealish/Raph > Stones + Foden

      4. Cak Juris
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Best option for DGW 19:
        A. Vardy + Son
        B. Antonio + KdB (-4 pts)

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          A

      5. gart888
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Bench boost with Johnstone, Bamford, KWP, Adams on the bench?

        More direct question than the last way I phrased it. 🙂

        1. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Yeah I probably would. Such a shame the Southampton Leeds game was cancelled

          1. gart888
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Yuuuuup. I'd have had 15 DGW guys. 🙁

            So much planning to get to a borderline BB position.

        2. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Na.

          1. gart888
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Why not?

      6. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I've already taken a -8 to do Lowton, Son & Kane -> Dias, KDB & Antonio.

        Is Dallas -> Cancelo worth an extra -4?

        1. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          would you be playing dallas otherwise?

        2. gart888
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I'm assuming you're bench boosting, right?

          It probably narrowly pays off this week, yes. Unless pep roulette. Would you rather own Cancelo long term?

      7. Bounce
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Bottomed on previous page, sorry.

          A. TC (Salah)
          B. BB (McCarthy, KWP, Dallas, Raphinha)
          C. Save chip

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            C

          2. marcos11
              3 months, 20 days ago

              C, unless you hear more about the Leeds game potentially being moved back.

            • The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              C

          3. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Took -4 hit to get KdB. GtG?

            Johnstone
            TAA-Dallas-Dias-Coufal
            Soucek-KdB-Bruno-Salah(C)-Raphinha
            Bamford

            McCarthy-Adams-Davis-Balbuena.

            Cheers everyone.

            1. Nice to Finally Michu
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              looking good best of luck

            2. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Nice side 🙂

            3. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Cheers everyone and GL to you too

          4. Nice to Finally Michu
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Johnstone (McCarthy)
            Coufal Robertson Lowton
            Raphinha Fernandes Sterling(TC) Salah(VTC)
            Werner Wood Bamford

            1st Sub: Anguissa
            2nd Sub: Dallas
            3rd Sub: Balbuena

            Here goes nothing!

            1. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Nope

              1. Nice to Finally Michu
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                glad we can both wish each other luck

                1. Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Sorry mate. Reply fail

            2. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Pretty differential team. Like it

          5. Olig38
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Someone needs to help me out, I’ve got 1 free transfer this week and my squad is as follows:

              McCarthy 1 game
              Martin

              Cancelo 2 games
              Cresswell 2 games
              James 2 games
              Walker Peters 1 game
              Branthwaite injured

              Mane 2 games
              Son 1 game
              Grealish 2 games
              Maddison 2 games
              Riedewald 1 game

              Bamford 1 game
              Kane 1 game
              DCL injured

              Do I use wildcard or 2/3 transfers and if so who?

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                You need to write your team more normal 🙂
                McCarthy
                James cancelo cress
                Mane son grealish maddison
                Bam kane and do dcl to Antonio

                No hits and play away

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  You cant have them all

                  Guessing you want kdb?

                2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  This.

            • Teahupo'o
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              G2G?

              Martinez
              TAA Justin Coufal
              Salah Bruno KDB Foden Barnes
              Vardy Antonio

              (Steer, Dallas Brewster Mitchell)

              1. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Yeah strong starting XI

                1. Teahupo'o
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Cheers

            • Razmataz
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Is there any chance of a triple game week

              1. DycheDycheBaby
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Never say never.

              2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                This season has taught us to not rule anything out.

            • Crouch Potato
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Hi there,
              To enable Son to Salah (own Kane) would you prefer?
              (a) Grealish to Foden,
              (b) Konsa to Mitchell,

            • panda07
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Which scores more?

              A) KDB, Stones & Watkins -8
              B) Son, Dallas & C. Taylor

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                A

            • DycheDycheBaby
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              About to lose another 0.1 on Grealish! Bought him at 7.8. But might as well keep, right?

              1. SuperHam
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Yes keep

                1. DycheDycheBaby
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  cheers

              2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Keep, could do well this GW.

                1. DycheDycheBaby
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  cheers

            • SuperHam
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Pulisic
              Maddison
              Raphinha (+4)

              1. DycheDycheBaby
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                + 4 points? Hell yeah!

            • Indio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              What move would you make with team below please? Really going around in circles on this one!

              A) DCL and Adams > Vardy and Antonio -4*
              B) DCL > Vardy
              C) Son, DCL, and Bamford > KDB, Vardy and Brewster -8
              D) Son and DCL > KDB and Antonio -4
              *And play BB

              Martinez, Forster
              Chilwell, Robbo, Cancelo, Coufal, KWP
              Salah, Bruno, Soucek, Son, Raphinha
              Bamford, DCL, Adams
              (1 FT; £3.1M itb)

              (Excuse repost, pages moving fast tonight!)

              1. Dexters Laboratory
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  D, A, B, C in that order

                  1. Indio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Thanks mate - very helpful, was thinking D myself.

                • The Count of Monte Cristo
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Between A and D for me. Would lean A but both look good moves I think

                  1. Indio
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Thanks for reply (just pulled trigger on D), and good luck with your team!

              2. tuturututu
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Point predictions for this gw BBing?

                  Meslier, Fabianski
                  Robertson, Stones, Justin, Coufal, Alioski
                  Salah(c), Bruno, Rashford, Maddison, Soucek
                  Firmino, Bamford, Giroud

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    You want ppl to go through your players and predict all their points... GL with that

                    74

                • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Do we think I should use BB here folks??? Areola, Saka, Holding, Dier

                  1. Kiwivillan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Yes

                    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Cheers mate!! I’m going for it!!! Hahaha

                • Mr. Chimes
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  What would you do

                  A. Get 2 City Defenders
                  B. Get 1 City defender + Foden

                  1. Dexters Laboratory
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Cancelo & Dias/Stones

                  2. Dexters Laboratory
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Martinez Johnstone
                      Zouma James Stones Coufal Dallas
                      KDB Salah Bruno Son Grealish
                      Adams Bamford Brewster

                      Ok normally I've my transfers figured out but I'm really at a loss this week and need all the help I can get.. down to 3 options

                      A) Save Ft (Start Bamford)
                      B) Brewster/Son to Soucek/Antonio (Prep for DGW23)
                      C) Adams/Brewster to Antonio/Davis

                      1. Kiwivillan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Davis from Villa?

                        1. Dexters Laboratory
                            3 months, 20 days ago

                            Yep.. straight to 3rd sub

                            1. Kiwivillan
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              3 months, 20 days ago

                              Waste of Villa slot if form picks up again

                      2. Six Season Wonder
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        ANyone think Sterling will play both games in DGW?

                        1. Granville
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          yes. He's had his rest.

                        2. Nice to Finally Michu
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          Yes I do

                        3. Six Season Wonder
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          cheers both

                      3. GuillermoDickero
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Would you take a hit to replace Justin with Stones?

                        Feel like Stones could easily get 12, where as I'm a lot less confident with Justin / Leicester's cleansheets

                        1. Kiwivillan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          Jesus no

                        2. thegaffer82
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          No, I’d keep him. I do own Stones (and Justin) though, so easy for me to say.
                          Justin has 2 home games and is nice and attacking

                      4. fedolefan
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Any FH suggestions? Settled on this.

                        Areola
                        TAA Dias Stones Ogbonna Dawson
                        Salah KDB Mane Soucek
                        Vardy

                        Xx ESR xx xx

                        1. FusionFC
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          Like the defender approach. I’ve not fully committed to it, but I’m on:

                          Mendy
                          TAA Stones Coufal
                          Foden Salah Bruno KDB Soucek
                          Vardy Antonio

                          Thinking of switching Foden to Cancelo or Dias.

                      5. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Any love for a Ziyech punt? Three hauls in a row when he initially returned to fitness earlier in the season.

                        1. ZLNR
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          I'd rather Mount. Chelsea punt could be massive

                      6. Hits Magnet
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Read 2 or 3 comments and you're a page behind ..... some amount of traffic tonight

                        1. DycheDycheBaby
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          pages FLYYYYYYING

                      7. bruuuno
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        If you feeling a little bit punty, could Benrahma be a good shout?

                        1. Kiwivillan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          No way. Want players likely to play both games. He might get 1 start

                          1. bruuuno
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 20 days ago

                            Ok thanks

                      8. tuturututu
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          Chances of Leeds conceding tomorrow? Got Meslier and Alioski and that will decide if my BB will be worth..