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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. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    So hyped for this DGW and the next 7 days.

    Can only end in postponements, wasted bench boosts and abject disappointment.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      That's the spirit.

  2. Huckfead
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Freakish or Ziyech for this DGW only. Then set and forget to Grealish.
    Concerned about playing Grealish this week as playing MC, possibly recovering from COVID and being on 4 yellows.
    Any thoughts?

  3. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    1) Play Son
    2) Transfer for KDB -4

    1. Balotellitubbies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      2

    2. CasaBanter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      KFB. 2 good games in DGW and should be back on pens.

      1. CasaBanter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        KDB!

    3. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Getting KDB who has additional game is worth the -4 I would say. He's predicted to get something like 7 points from that game

    4. V-2 Schneiderlin
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      get KDB esp If you want him long term - great fixtures coming up

  4. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 1 day ago

    Antonio or Wilson? Don't you think Calum is a bit underrated after his blank? His fixtures are not great bit not that bad either. And unlike Antonio he's fit. Thoughts?

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      By underrated I mean under the radar

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Rather an unfit Antonio than Wilson

    3. Little Frank
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Antonio - Newcastle look dreadful.

    4. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Newcastle are terrible. Will sell Wilson right after this gw.

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah they are terrible but Wilson is still one of the top scorers. Even last GW he had so.ething like 0.8xG (But to be honest I didnt watch the game), had he scored I think the narration would be tottaly different now.

    5. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Had Wilson for the best part of this season (ditched WC 16) and was a great steady flow of points, makes me wonder why I'm now leaning to Antonio!

      1. Finding Timo
          5 months, 1 day ago

          I am desperate to get rid of Wilson but who else is there at his price ? I do however go up to 7.1 but still hard?!

    6. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Am i crazy because i want Sterling more then KdB?

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Yes

    7. Marc Jobling
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      If I took a hit to buy Antonio, who would you bench out of these?

      [a] Grealish (mci, NEW)
      [b] Son (shu)
      [c] Bamford (BHA)
      [d] Don't buy Antonio

      1. Fiqz Fariss
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        D and play Grealish

    8. Tabbara
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Which option is better :
      A : Balbuena, Adams and Son to Chilwell, Grealish and Antonio (-8)
      B: Balbuena and Adams to Antonio and Pieters (4.3 itb) (-4)
      Playing BB
      thanks

    9. Balotellitubbies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Wilson > Antonio for a hit?

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I'm not sure on Antonio. Good fixtures but no form and minutes in the tank.

      2. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Nah, not when Wilson has the double as well.

      3. Fiqz Fariss
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        No! are you crazy!??

      4. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        No.

    10. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      Who is taking hits and how much?!?

      -8pts for me...

      1. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        -4 for me gives 10 doubles plus Bamford

      2. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I have gone from planning a -12 to maybe not even taking a hit at all.

      3. Corona is not good 4 U
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 1 day ago

        - 8 (Taylor, Lowton and Son -> Dias, Stones and Foden)

      4. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        -4 but will 99% be -8 in the morning

      5. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Tempted by -12 to bb

    11. Cometh The Aouar...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 1 day ago

      I'm thinking of going triple Leicester by bringing Vardy (for -8) and captaining him (Kane out). Good move?

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 1 day ago

        I thought about Vardy but made other changes and feel Kane will score Vs Sheff United.

    12. Finding Timo
        5 months, 1 day ago

        Hi I know there is going to be another DGW26 but do we know when the next one is going to be? I assume if play BB DGW26 then can TC for another DGW?

        1. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Yes they’ll be a few more but no one knows when yet

          1. Finding Timo
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Great cheers sounds like best to save then

              1. PompeyUpNorth!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                Personally I am yes ... keeping both in the bank.

        2. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Kane owners without Vardy. Keeping or selling?

          1. 1justlookin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Just dold for vardy

          2. Brehmeren
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Keeping

          3. matiakez
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Swaying towards keeping currently.

        3. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          A) Shaw:
          Liverpool(A) Fulham(A) Sheffield Utd(H) Arsenal(A
          B) Pieteres:
          West Ham(A) Liverpool(A) Aston Villa(H) Chelsea(A)
          C) Targett:
          Man City(A) Newcastle(H) Burnley(A) Southampton(A) West Ham(H)

        4. 1justlookin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Would you BB this lot ?

          Raphinha
          Dier
          C.Taylor

          1. Corona is not good 4 U
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 1 day ago

            No. Taylor will only play one game of two (Liverpool) and the oters have also only one game.

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            No

          3. Fiqz Fariss
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Get rid of Taylor then yes!

          4. G00LI0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Wouldn't be too confident bb that bench.

            I am finding it hard to decide whether to BB

            Bamford
            Dallas
            Walker Peters and
            Mccarthy

          5. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            No.

          6. somato
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Nealy same bench
            Dier
            C.Taylor
            Mccarthy
            Dallas

            Plan not to BB

        5. Captain Vantastic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Salah or KDB captain?

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            I'd go KDB if I had him

          2. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Either but my gut says KDB

        6. Corona is not good 4 U
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Taylor, Lowton and Son -> Dias, Stones and Foden for - 8?

          Thanks!

          1. Captain Vantastic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Yes.

          2. mr messi
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            If you are bench boosting then yes

          3. CasaBanter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Usually I’d say no, but this feels like the sort of GW to do it. I’m considering similar.

        7. Diddi89
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Hi all!

          This is the team,
          Mccarty* johnstone*
          dias * cancelo* TAA* coufal * Holding
          Mane* salah* Bruno * soucek* raphinha
          Wood * bamford rodrygo

          Help

          BB active
          Thinking of raphinha > lookman
          Rodrygo > Antonio

          And Than add Two more dgw player for -4p

          Gtg ?

        8. Bonus magnet
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          1.Salah Bruno coufal stones

          2.Mane Bruno creswell Dias

          3.Salah rashford creswell Dias

          1. Pépé Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            1 I think.

          2. Fiqz Fariss
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            1

        9. More Cowbell
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Is Stirling a reasonable alternative to KDB for this GW? Or just too risky with rotation etc?

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            i'd rather have Foden than Sterling

        10. Pépé Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Would you do:

          Dallas (BRI) -> Ogbonna (BUR WBA) -4

          Yay or Nay?

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Nay

          2. Fiqz Fariss
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            nope

          3. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Nay.

        11. konrad.sygula95
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Hi, would you do Son and DCL to Kdb and Antonio on -4?
          Second question would you trigger bench boost with that squad?

          Martinez
          Dier/Justin/Cancelo
          Son/Fernandes/Salah/Grealish
          Watkins/DCL/Bamford

          Bench: Forster/KWP/Anguissa/Coufal
          1ft 2.2 itb

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Maybe
            Yes

          2. osceola31909
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Any way to get KDB without getting rid of Son?

            1. konrad.sygula95
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Grealish & Dcl to Kdb & Fabio Silva?

              1. osceola31909
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 1 day ago

                No, I wouldn't want Silva. If that is all of the options, then yeah, it might be worth it to get rid of Son for KDB.

        12. House Frey Wedding Planner
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Son Grealish & DCL for Salah Soucek and Antonio (-8)

          Good move or not?

          Already have Kane for Spurs cover plus I think the upside is huge. The -8 hit and the team value I'm losing on Son are the only downsides I can see.

        13. Firmino
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Kane
          Adams
          Raphinha
          Dallas

          To

          Antonio
          Watkins
          KdB
          Stones

          For -12

          Worth it?

        14. OneDennisBergkamp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          stumped on what to do with Charlie Taylor, is this silly for -8?

          Taylor + McCarthy > Dias + Johnstone

          ??????

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Hits involving the WBA keeper might be a touch silly tbh mate but in saying that Dias may make up for it.

            1. OneDennisBergkamp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              cheers, my exact thinking on both parts there

              what a week this is

        15. osceola31909
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          What is the best option?

          Martinez
          Cancelo - Dias - Zouma
          KDB - Bruno - Son - Neto - Anguissa
          Kane - Bamford - Wilson

          Subs: Areola - Dallas - Mitchell - Anguissa, 1 ft, 1.8 itb

          A) Kane, Neto --> Antonio, Mane (-4)
          B) Kane, Neto, Zouma --> Antonio, Salah, Coufal (-8)
          C) Kane, Neto, --> Vardy, Grealish (-4)

          1. PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            A

        16. PascalCygan
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Would you rather?

          A) DCL + Holding > Antonio + Stones
          B) DCL + Struijk > Antonio + Stones

          To BB or not to BB?

          Bench of McCarthy Justin Bamford and Holding / Struijk

          Anyone on that bench worth upgrading for -8? Or just no Bb?

          1FT 0.1ITB
          Martinez McCarthy
          Zouma Justin Holding Coufal Struijk
          Salah KdB Bruno Son Soucek
          Watkins Bamford DCL

          Thanks!

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            B as I think Struijk will lose place soon.

            That bench does look healthy enough for a BB I think!

            1. PascalCygan
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 1 day ago

              Great, thanks

        17. Rep Poulette
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Bought Son at 9.0. Would you sell him for KDB?

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            same, i am not no

        18. matiakez
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Kane to Antonio just seems crazy but I'm tempted.

          1. HollywoodXI
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 1 day ago

            Same. I’m debating Kane and Son to Salah and Antonio.

        19. tim
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          Johnstone or Fabianski for DGW?

          Cheers lads!

        20. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 1 day ago

          What to do here lads? 1 FT

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

          McCarthy-Adams-Perez-Balbuena

          Thinking to do Kane and Perez to KdB and fodder for -4 and save BB chip.

          Thoughts?