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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
    3 months, 24 days 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
      3 months, 24 days ago

      That's the spirit.

  2. Huckfead
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 24 days 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
    3 months, 24 days ago

    1) Play Son
    2) Transfer for KDB -4

    1. Balotellitubbies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      2

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

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

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

        KDB!

    3. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days 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
      3 months, 24 days ago

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

  4. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 24 days 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
      3 months, 24 days ago

      By underrated I mean under the radar

    2. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Rather an unfit Antonio than Wilson

    3. Little Frank
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Antonio - Newcastle look dreadful.

    4. Brehmeren
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

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

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days 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
      3 months, 24 days 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
          3 months, 24 days 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
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Am i crazy because i want Sterling more then KdB?

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Yes

    7. Marc Jobling
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days 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
        3 months, 24 days ago

        D and play Grealish

    8. Tabbara
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days 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
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Wilson > Antonio for a hit?

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

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

      2. Hart-ake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Nah, not when Wilson has the double as well.

      3. Fiqz Fariss
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        No! are you crazy!??

      4. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        No.

    10. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Who is taking hits and how much?!?

      -8pts for me...

      1. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        -4 for me gives 10 doubles plus Bamford

      2. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

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

      3. Corona is not good 4 U
          3 months, 24 days ago

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

        • kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

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

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Tempted by -12 to bb

      4. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

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

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

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

      5. Finding Timo
          3 months, 24 days 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
            3 months, 24 days ago

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

            1. Finding Timo
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Great cheers sounds like best to save then

                1. PompeyUpNorth!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

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

          2. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Kane owners without Vardy. Keeping or selling?

            1. 1justlookin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Just dold for vardy

            2. Brehmeren
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Keeping

            3. matiakez
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Swaying towards keeping currently.

          3. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days 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
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Would you BB this lot ?

            Raphinha
            Dier
            C.Taylor

            1. Corona is not good 4 U
                3 months, 24 days ago

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

              • Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                No

              • Fiqz Fariss
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Get rid of Taylor then yes!

              • G00LI0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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

              • waldo666
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                No.

              • somato
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Nealy same bench
                Dier
                C.Taylor
                Mccarthy
                Dallas

                Plan not to BB

            2. Captain Vantastic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Salah or KDB captain?

              1. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                I'd go KDB if I had him

              2. PompeyUpNorth!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Either but my gut says KDB

            3. Corona is not good 4 U
                3 months, 24 days ago

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

                Thanks!

                1. Captain Vantastic™
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Yes.

                2. mr messi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  If you are bench boosting then yes

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

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

              • Diddi89
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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 ?

              • Bonus magnet
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  1 I think.

                2. Fiqz Fariss
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  1

              • More Cowbell
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  i'd rather have Foden than Sterling

              • Pépé Pig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Would you do:

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

                Yay or Nay?

                1. Hulk Smash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Nay

                2. Fiqz Fariss
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  nope

                3. waldo666
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Nay.

              • konrad.sygula95
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Maybe
                  Yes

                2. osceola31909
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  Any way to get KDB without getting rid of Son?

                  1. konrad.sygula95
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Grealish & Dcl to Kdb & Fabio Silva?

                    1. osceola31909
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 24 days 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.

              • House Frey Wedding Planner
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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.

              • Firmino
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Kane
                Adams
                Raphinha
                Dallas

                To

                Antonio
                Watkins
                KdB
                Stones

                For -12

                Worth it?

              • OneDennisBergkamp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

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

                Taylor + McCarthy > Dias + Johnstone

                ??????

                1. waldo666
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 24 days 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
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    cheers, my exact thinking on both parts there

                    what a week this is

              • osceola31909
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  A

              • PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  B as I think Struijk will lose place soon.

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

                  1. PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Great, thanks

              • One of Those Days
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 24 days ago

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

                1. OneDennisBergkamp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  same, i am not no

              • matiakez
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

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

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

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

              • tim
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Johnstone or Fabianski for DGW?

                Cheers lads!

              • Niho992
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 24 days 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?