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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. KINGS
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Would you do this for -8 ?

    Kane, DCL, Neto to
    Salah, Antonio, Reid

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I would as DCL red flagged and we do not know if Neto will be fit to play

    2. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Did something similar, so yeah.

  2. tuturututu
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Let's have a final consensus here!
      TIA!

      YAY or NAY using BB?

      Bench: Meslier, Bamford, Giroud, Alioski

      1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Why not

        1. tuturututu
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Alioski and Giroud playing time, Leeds likely to concede..

        2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Leeds fan post. The alioski uncertainty would out me off the BB

          https://twitter.com/fpl_tactician/status/1350231276649926657?s=19

          1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Put me off*

            1. tuturututu
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Thanks!

        3. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          McCarthy to Johnstone for hit and 2 games in week 19?

          Yes or No

          1. Squib
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            No

          2. All about the galacticos
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Y

        4. Muscout
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Which one of below would you do guys?

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

          Steer Dallas JLewis Brewster

          A)Bamford to Antonio
          Or
          B) Kane to Vardy

          -4 (other transfer JWP to H Barnes)

          1. Squib
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            A

        5. Squib
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Will Reese James play? Both blames?

        6. Razmataz
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Wilson

          Watkins

          Antonio

          OR

          Cavani

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Can’t decide between Watkins and Antonio

          2. All about the galacticos
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            the consensus is antonio, but Cavani could pay off

          3. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Wilson for safe, Antonio for potential

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              On BB so no playing it safe ha Antonio it is

        7. FPL Doctor
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Who's backup goalkeeper at Villa if Martinez happens to be out?

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            What is this about him being out?

            1. Eightball
                3 months, 6 days ago

                I think it's unknown who at Villa has Covid and how it will effect the squad in the short term going forward.

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

              Tom Heaton for now

          2. Mr. Chimes
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Who to start

            A. Raphinha
            B. Rodrigo

            1. DV8R
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Raph

            2. LucasPodolski
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 days ago

              A

          3. DV8R
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            BB or no BB? Not making any more transfers.

            Bench: McCarthy, Dallas, Adams, Davis (fodder)

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Nah

            2. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Definitely not.

            3. Jam0sh
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Nah

          4. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Would you prefer BB with those four( Johnstone Taylor Raphinha Antonio) with 2 hits or not spending the BB?

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Looks good for a bb

              1. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Is Taylor a problem?

          5. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Dare I keep and captain sterling abs captain again? Or sell for Salah and captain KDB. It just seems so dull doing the latter

            1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              *and

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

              I have KBD and Sterling and will most likely C Sterling

            3. Uncle Gamst
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Boring sometimes brings more points, I'd rather have Salah & KdB than Kdb & Stirling

          6. TheCurseOfRaheem
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Been mulling over Kane and KWP to Vardy and Cancelo for -8 for hours. Can see it blowing up but the upside is hard to overlook! Can't remember feeling so baffled, this season is a trip.

            1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Absolutely love that username man lol

              1. TheCurseOfRaheem
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Haha. I've had it for about 6 years. Glad to say I stayed true and got Raheem on my free hit this week!

          7. nerd_is_the_werd
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Which is better:

            1) Sterling + Mitchell
            2) Son + Dias (+0.9m)

            Have 10 mins until the deadline....

            1. nerd_is_the_werd
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Wildcarding, so money ain't a major issue.
              Just need maximum points for the next couple of game weeks.

            2. Uncle Gamst
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Gut feeling? 2)

            3. nerd_is_the_werd
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Forgot to mention, Mitchell doesn't play....
              But... bought Son at 9.0 so would lose some value.
              Pros and cons on both sides.

          8. Railwayman
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I have a weird feeling that Soucek will get mad this dgw and outscore Salah... And I don't even own him.

            1. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Be better pay me back after dumping him just before his goal run, brought him back in now for the double

          9. Uncle Gamst
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            No Salah! Your advice needed and most appreciated.

            I only have 0.2 in the bank so can't Salah, without taking a -4. Not sure Kane & Son > Salah & Antonio -4 is worth it, when Spurs play Sheffield and Antonio is coming back from injury...but might be persuaded 😉

            a) Save the FT and hope Taylor plays
            b) Taylor > Targett
            c) Taylor > Targett and Dier > Justin -4
            d) Any of the above make it worth using BB?

            Pope*
            Coufal*, Stones*, Dias*
            KdB*(C), Fernandes*, Son, Soucek*
            Kane, Wilson*, Bamford
            Sanchez, Dier, Taylor*, Bissouma

          10. bruuuno
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            If BB:

            A. Dallas > Chilwell
            B. McCarthy > Mendy

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

              -4

            2. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              A) more potential upside by far

            3. Deulo10
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              A

            4. All about the galacticos
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              A

          11. Firmino
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            A) Son, Watkins
            B) Raphinha, Vardy

          12. Lionac
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Best option?

            A) Bamford -> Antonio
            B) Wood -> Antonio
            C) Kane & Raphinha -> Antonio & Zyech (-4)
            D) Kane & Raphinha -> Antonio & Maddison (-4)

            1. All about the galacticos
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              B

          13. cruzex
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Rmdgw 0-10,please

            Fabianski
            Stones cancelo wbissaka
            SalahTC kdb Son Maddison soucek
            Bamford. Werner

            very risk move. I sold Bruno with 4 yc + Kane and bought werner + kdb

            Ty

          14. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Robo to Dias an okay enabler?

            1. Firmino
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Very risky

            2. DV8R
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I'm seeing a lot of people doing that and I think it's crazy with how much potential Robbo has with 2 home fixtures.

          15. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            A) Justin
            B) Reece James

            ???

          16. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Not sure on the credibility of this, but could tempt a BB with Leeds on just in case...

            https://twitter.com/fplgeezer/status/1350162281389240324?s=21

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Nevermind, just read the full thread...

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

              Surely they don’t put it back on last minute? Media etc wouldn’t be there and aren’t going to arrive in an hour?

            3. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Was redacted an hour later

            4. DycheDycheBaby
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              This guy is full of S. And that's why he only has 3000 followers.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Thanks for letting me know

              2. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Having said that, 3k followers seems loads to me lol

          17. james 101
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Good to go?

            Martinez
            Robbo Stones Cresswell
            Salah(TC) Rashford Bruno Soucek Maddison
            Firmino Vardy

            Cheers and good luck!

            1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I would hold off the TC chip for this GW

              1. james 101
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                May do mate

          18. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I think I'm GTG here. - 8, BB and captaincy on KDB at the moment.

            Any thoughts here?

            Martinez
            Stones Cancelo Coufal Cresswell
            KDB Bruno Soucek Salah
            Vardy Bamford*
            (Johnstone Raphinha* Rodrigo* Holding*)

            Reply

            1. LucasPodolski
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Looks solid mate

            2. james 101
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Strong

          19. thepuntmaster
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Few glasses of wine and I’ve ended up with Snodgrass in my side...

            Time for bed I think. Will celebrate his haul tomorrow?

            Best of luck all!

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

            Play Lowton or Dallas? Already playing Meslier

          21. klopp2567
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Should I BB yay or Nay?

            Johnstone Aerola
            Stones Dallas Castagne Coufal Kwp
            Kdb(c) Soucek Bruno Salah Lookman
            Vardy Bamford Decordava

          22. Six Season Wonder
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Hey, only logged on here tonight for the first time in months. Been busy with other things; Anyway what is priority here please?

            Thanks in advance, 2.3 itb

            McCarty
            Coufal - Canelo - Diaz
            Sterling - Bruno - Soucek - Son
            Kane - Bamford - Rodrigo
            Subs: Forster: KWP, Rafinha, Bellerin,

            1. Freshy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Canelo is an enforcer

            2. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Canelo - Diaz -- isn't that a boxing fight?

              Perhaps Rodrigo --> Antonio? Not many striker options that exciting for this GW to be honest. Would have Bellerin first sub over KWP though.

              Team looks good though.

              1. Six Season Wonder
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Chers pal. Yep I've just made that switch you mentioned. (along with Son & Kane both out >> and Mane & Vardy IN).

          23. ZLNR
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Pope
            Robertson/Dias/Cancelo/Coufal/Justin
            Fernandes (c)/Salah(vc)/Soucek/El Ghazi
            Watkins

            BB: McCarthy/Kane/Bamford/Anguissa

            Is this GTG would be tempted by a -4 of Kane or Vardy or Bamford to Antonio?

            A) Kane-> Vardy (-4)
            B) Bamford-> Antonio (-4)
            C) hold

            1. Six Season Wonder
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              A& B for -8

          24. Goonermeister
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            El ghazi to Soucek (-4)?

            1. ZLNR
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              No

            2. All about the galacticos
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              elghazi on pens and has DGW

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

              I mean El Ghazi might play 2 games including Newcastle and takes penalties. Can you sell someone else?

            4. hullcityfan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              I’m a massive Soucek fan but no.