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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Double Gameweek 19

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Double Gameweek 19 ahead of today’s 11:00 GMT deadline.

The fixture schedule has shifted once again. Like a surreal game of Grandmother’s Footsteps, it’s moved every time you turn to look at it. 

Aston Villa lost and regained their Double Gameweek in a matter of hours, although they now face Newcastle United instead of Everton in addition to Manchester City. But the clever fixture juggling did not extend to Leeds United and Southampton, with their upcoming midweek game postponed to accommodate Southampton’s rescheduled FA Cup tie.

During these testing times, we can expect further changes with little warning.

In a letter sent last week, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters alerted clubs that they should plan for more matches being postponed or rearranged at short notice. And a joint statement from the Premier League, FA and EFL, restated the desire to complete the season in May.

So, who knows what twists and turns await? Could we yet see Leeds vs Southampton rearranged for Gameweek 19?

Shrewsbury, already without their manager Steve Cotterill for Tuesday’s tie, may suffer more ill-effects from coronavirus (COVID-19), or, by some miracle, could the Shrews beat Southampton on Tuesday? However unlikely, Leeds and Southampton would then both have a free weekend slot.

But that might be taking ‘Fantasy’ football a step too far. Sticking with what we know, here’s Legomané’s updated fixture ticker:

‘TBA’ fixtures Possible Gameweek Slots
Aston Villa v Everton24-to-28, 30-to-34, 37
Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur 26, 32, 37
Burnley v Fulham24-to-28, 30-to-34, 37
Everton v Manchester City24, 26, 27, 32, 37
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur26, 32, 37
Leeds United v Southampton24-to-28, 30-to-34, 37
Manchester City v Southampton24, 26, 27, 32, 37

Triple Gameweek Scenario

Future Double Gameweeks, and possibly Triple Gameweeks, await Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

The two sides contest the EFL Cup final (coinciding with Gameweek 33), and are both still in the FA Cup and European competitions: should they progress to the latter stages, Spurs will potentially have to squeeze five matches into three available Gameweek slots, and Man City would have to fit five games into five free slots.

So no COVID-19 leeway and additional fixture shenanigans could lie ahead.

To Bench Boost or not to Bench Boost?

After the latest changes, a question facing many managers – and one tackled by our Scoutcast trio of Joe, Seb, and Karam – is now that Leeds and Southampton don’t have two matches in Gameweek 19, is it still worth using the Bench Boost?

The thing is, if you already Wildcarded in Gameweek 16, and you set up your team to Bench Boost, you need something bigger than this to back out from it. Because it’s one of the chips that if you don’t do it now, you will wait for another chance [and] you might have a lot of funds remain on your bench.

– Karam

Leeds-fan Seb added:

Ideally I want to be Bench Boosting all 15 players for double, unless someone crazy has got a great fixture, [but] often they might be more expensive, so typically you’re going to have medium to cheap assets on the bench, that’s the goal … On Leeds, so I think if you’ve been forced into this a little bit and you still want to use that Bench Boost, it’s not terrible. They’re playing Brighton at home … if you’ve got Bamford, Dallas, and Raphina on your bench maybe that is a Bench Boost – Bamford could score three!

However not all managers feel the same. Pro Pundit Az has been reduced to eight Double Gameweek players, scuppering any hopes he had for using the chip.

So, with fixture rescheduling putting any plans I had for a Bench Boost on hold, I am considering which chip I should use if any.

Instead the co-host of FPL BlackBox is contemplating using his Triple Captain. But Manchester United go to Liverpool with Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) a booking away from a one-match ban, and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) is out of form. Although both sides have favourable second fixtures against Fulham and Burnley respectively.

Buying Manchester City Players

The other challenge facing Az and those like Pro Pundit Darren Wiles, who used their first Wildcard late to set up a Gameweek 19 Bench Boost, is how to accommodate Manchester City players?

The Citizens didn’t feature in Darren’s original plans, given that they had just a single Gameweek before their fixture with Aston Villa was rearranged.

But they’ve since come into form with an eye-catching 3-1 win away to Chelsea, and Pep Guardiola’s side have now kept six clean sheets in their last eight matches, giving them the best defensive record in the league.

Ahead of enticing homes matches against Crystal Palace and West Brom, Jan Sienkiewicz sides with the captain poll in backing De Bruyne with the armband:

De Bruyne is a truly world class player and it should be only a matter of time before he matches his outstanding underlying statistics. With two home games against non-top-six sides, Manchester City should continue their winning run and De Bruyne is expected to be at the heart of the action.

All this leads Darren, in his latest article, to contemplate a minus 12 to bring in Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m), Rúben Dias (£5.8m), John Stones (£5.0m) and Michail Antonio (£6.2m) for Harry Kane (£11.1m), Marcus Rashford (£9.6m), Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.8m) and Fabián Balbuena (£4.4m).

I am not rushing into any decisions but I feel multiple hits could be on the cards in order to get two or three Manchester City players in prior to the Double Gameweek and as part of my long term thinking.

– Darren

But the Live Hall of Fame No 2 remains undecided on whether to use the Bench Boost as it would include players like Che Adams (£6.0m), who is available for selection after recovering from concussion.

Tasty Transfers

In direct contrast to Darren’s multiple hit, Former FPL Champion Simon March used Marshmallows to demonstrate that patience is a virtue.

A graduate in behavioural economics, Simon referred to the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment in which children were given the choice of eating a marshmallow now or instead being given a second marshmallow in 15 minutes.

When they followed up 10 years later, the scientists found that the children who delayed gratification and waited for the second marshmallow, had scored better in their SATs, performed better in school generally and even had healthier BMIs.

Pro Pundit Simon likened this to wise FPL managers who save their chips for later in the season (traditionally the better time to play them), and the benefits of rolling a transfer.

Aside from giving you more flexibility in who you can sign, potentially shifting funds to different areas of your team, it also buys you an extra Gameweek of information and more thinking time.

Fantasy Favourite

A player both Darren and Az are tempted by is Michail Antonio. West Ham enjoy an appealing pair of fixtures in Gameweek 19, at home to Burnley and West Brom, but the question mark, as ever, is over Antonio’s fitness.

Ted Talks FPL offered some encouragement, observing that:

With Haller joining Ajax, West Ham must be confident that 1.9% owned Antonio must be back to full fitness, certainly in the short-term. He looks to be an excellent pick for Double Gameweek 19.

Pro Pundits Tom and Andy agreed, giving the Hammers striker the nod:

Michail Antonio is a bit of a favourite of mine and now he’s fit and got through 90 minutes I can’t leave him out. He’s averaging 0.47xG per 90 minutes so far this season. It’s down on 2019/20, but still excellent given his price. – Andy

I’m also backing Michail Antonio. Though he looks short of match fitness, he needs games, and as West Ham United’s only recognised striker, should see enough minutes across the two fixtures. – Tom

While Big Man Bakar, who was looking dashing in pink on the latest installment of The FPL Wire, reminded us of Antonio’s excellent early season form, despite the tricky start.

But is it too soon to take the plunge?

Team News

Frustratingly, as Colm Hayes noted in his press conference round-up, David Moyes did not provide a specific update on his injury-prone centre-forward, leaving Fantasy bosses wondering what to do.

In other news, Anthony Martial (£8.8m) and Pedro Neto (£6.0m) are doubts after suffering knocks in Gameweek 17. But both may still feature this weekend.

And Joel Matip (£5.4m) could return to Liverpool’s backline depending on how well he does in the next two training sessions.

Finally, new Fantasy Football Scout writer Jamie, ran the rule over Manchester United’s latest signing Amad Diallo and assessed the impact Robert Snodgrass (£5.7m) could make under Sam Allardyce at West Brom.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

RedLightning rounded-up the latest Community mini-leagues and competitions in a hot topic yesterday.

The January to May League, which started scoring in Gameweek 17, remains open for those who want to track their progress until the end of the season. The code to join is h62bh1. The current leader is Denville Tyrell, who has risen from 29,903rd to 5,121st in the last two Gameweeks.

For those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 19 can be found below:

Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

May your arrows be green!

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5,142 Comments Post a Comment
  1. jaywills
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    A Balbuena, Rafinha, Regulon out -> Stones, Lowton, Foden In (-8)
    B) Balbuena, Rafinha, Kane out -> Craig Dawson, KDB, Brewster (-8)

    1. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      If you son then B

    2. Jindaljain
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      If you have Son then B

    3. Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I much prefer A out of those.

  2. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Right, I'm going Button to Mendy, Taylor to Justin, Walker-Peters to Stones and Calvert-Lewin to Antonio for a minus twelve to give me a bench boost of:

    Mendy, McCarthy
    Justin, Stones, Dias (v), Chilwell, Cresswell
    Salah (c), Son, Bruno, Soucek, Raphinha
    Antonio, Bamford, Firmino

    Any last comments? If not, see you all on the other side!

    1. jaywills
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I actually think it makes a lot of sense. Go for it!

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yeah, I figured two, and possibly three, of them won't even play so it's worth it.

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bol, but don't you think -12 kind of negates the bench boost points? You could save and execute at a better team position.

      1. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Got to be aggressive with these gameweeks in my opinion. I'm replacing two players who won't play, possibly three.

      2. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ah sh*t, now I’m looking at it I think you’ve talked me out of it.

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Wasn't my aim. I agree with the aggressive stance, but I'm looking at it as many battles to be fought and won. I dislike the BB chip and am only -4 off, but reckon there's a better opportunity ahead with WC and FH. Your circumstance may be different. Go with your gut I say

  3. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    No BB for me. Should I pull the trigger on any of these?

    A) TC KDB
    B) TC Salah
    C) Zouma -> Stones (-4)

    Thinking to pass on all.

    Cheers!

    1. teneighty
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      That's a hold for me.

    2. random53124
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      C is the closest for me, but I’d rather take a hit for an attacking wing back imo. I personally feel Stones as a relatively low point ceiling

  4. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Should I take -8 to buy foden in place of grealish as no City attackers ? And triple up On Salah ??

    1. jaywills
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I probably wouldnt on either of those 2

  5. ballstoyede
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hey Guys!

    McCarthy Johnstone
    Dallas Justin Robbo Cancelo KWP
    Zaha Salah Bruno Soucek Raphinha
    Bamford Adams Kane

    1 FT & 0.2 ITB

    A) Kane + Zaha —> Antonio + KDB

    B) Kane + Zaha + KWP —> Antonio + KDB + Coufal

    Need to fit KDB in and hoping to have a balanced squad until GW25 WC.

  6. youzef
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Taking out Zaha, Wood, C Taylor

    A) Ziyech, Coufal, Antonio (-8)
    B) Foden, Chillwell, Antonio (-8)
    C) Ziyech and Creswell and play wood (-4)
    D) Foden and Dias (triple city got Cancelo ) and play wood (-4)

    1. Jehstafari
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Going to leave me as the only Wood owner!

      1. youzef
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Hahaha I guess I'll go for C and cross my fingers for a wood goal/Assist contribution

  7. McPollolocco
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Triple captain salah?

      1. Wooterr
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I'm not doing it!

      2. mrelpea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I really want to but the prospect of triple gameweek for city and Spurs stopped me from pulling the trigger...just

        1. vityovics
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Triple GW??

          1. mrelpea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yeah it’s a possibility because of league cup final. Depends on progress in Europe, but possible:

            TRIPLE GAMEWEEK SCENARIO

            Future Double Gameweeks, and possibly Triple Gameweeks, await Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

            The two sides contest the EFL Cup final (coinciding with Gameweek 33), and are both still in the FA Cup and European competitions: should they progress to the latter stages, Spurs will potentially have to squeeze five matches into three available Gameweek slots, and Man City would have to fit five games into five free slots.

            So no COVID-19 leeway and additional fixture shenanigans could lie ahead.

    • TSN
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      martinez

      AWB - cancelo - saiss - cresswell
      salah - bruno - grealish - son
      kane - bamford

      sub: leno - holding - ESR - brewster

      0.2 itb, 1 FT, no bench boost

      A. saiss --> stones
      B. saiss --> coufal
      C. GTG?
      D. any other suggestion? thanks

    • REDMOND IN SANDALS
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Martial+Son > Antonio+Salah for -8
        Debruyne (TC)
        yay or nay

      • Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Bruno or KDB for captain?
        Pep said KDB was exhausted and that to me says he wont play both
        Bruno will youd think

        1. Danny De Gea
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Bruno is on 4 yellows though. Only need a heated derby.. against Liverpool. On away day.

          1. Red Red Robins
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Wow, good shout - thank you!!!

        2. teneighty
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Kind of like when he said Cancelo was exhausted before last game? I have decided to not listen to Pep and captain KDB.

          1. Red Red Robins
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Just changed to KDB - doing BB so over thinking captain

      • Wigflex
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Bench boost this, just realised Forster is playing:

        Forster - Raphina - Dallas - Adams

        1. TNB
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Are you sure about Foster?

          • The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Who told you Forster is starting?

          • Johnny 8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Thought Mcarthy was back?

          • Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Highly doubt Forster plays

          • Wigflex
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Ah fs didn't realise Mccarthy was back, I'm sure I saw a post saying he wasn't

            1. Wigflex
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Thanks guys, will save the BB

        2. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Would you bench boost the following:

          McCarthy Dallas Raphinha Adams

          Thanks

        3. Arteta
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thought on Martial & Son ➡ Antonio & Mané?

          I could really try my luck with some differentials. It's pointless season anyway.

          1. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Just Martial>Cavani?

        4. Trophé Mourinho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Someone talk me out of Bruno cap, I have Salah as well thats the only other option unless I go wild Cavani cap

          1. Cilly Bonnolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Got any City defence? I think they're a good solid option.

            1. Trophé Mourinho
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Cancello but im not that wild today 😛

              1. Cilly Bonnolly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Ah, go on! 😆

            2. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Captain Cancelo lol

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            He's on 4 yellows so if he gets booked v pool misses the next game lol k wouldn't risk it

          3. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            One YC from a single gameweek

          4. Trophé Mourinho
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            The yellow card thing is a solid argument tbh, and the Pool game is first which could be scrappy :/

        5. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A) BB on Mccarthy, Adams, Dallas, Targett (-4)
          B) No

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

        6. Pépé Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Dallas -> Chilwell worth a -4

          Yay or Nay?

          1. Rochdale_Cowboy
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I'd say no. Fancy Leeds to batter bha

        7. Evasivo
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          TC Salah it is! Let's go 😀

          1. mrelpea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            GL! Very tempting to do it. I was going to but the prospect of triple GW for city and Spurs just about stopped me

            1. Evasivo
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Is that a thing, surely unlikely to materialize

              1. mrelpea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                It’s a possibility because of league cup final and depends on both progressing in Europe :

                TRIPLE GAMEWEEK SCENARIO

                Future Double Gameweeks, and possibly Triple Gameweeks, await Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

                The two sides contest the EFL Cup final (coinciding with Gameweek 33), and are both still in the FA Cup and European competitions: should they progress to the latter stages, Spurs will potentially have to squeeze five matches into three available Gameweek slots, and Man City would have to fit five games into five free slots.

                So no COVID-19 leeway and additional fixture shenanigans could lie ahead.

          2. Rhys85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Very tempted by this!

        8. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Dier>Stones for a -4 ?

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Should pay for itself

        9. Fat Ozil
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Wasnt planning to.. but would you BB this lot?

          Martinez, Dallas, Adams, Mitchell

          Thx

          1. UpTheCherries
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yes

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            mitchell is probably a 1 pointer but rest could score well

            1. Fat Ozil
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Thanks fellas. Good luck!

        10. Rochdale_Cowboy
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          More hits taken than all of Ryan giggs exes this morning.

        11. UpTheCherries
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Grealish+Son -> Salah+Soucek -8
          Grealish -> Soucek -4

          Save

        12. LordEllison
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          What should i do thanks
          A) Play Raphinha
          B) KWP > Cancelo/ Stones for a -4
          Thsnks

        13. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Son & Maddison > Lookman & KDB (tc) ?

          1. Klip Klopp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            No

        14. Jdpz
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Will Martial play?

        15. Klip Klopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Ok can I get some last comments on my KDB-less team?

          Martinez
          Coufal / Chilwell / Cancelo
          Salah (c) / Son / Bruno / Foden
          Kane / Bamford

          Bench: Foster, Dier, Bissouma, Douglas

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            DFS have a sale on

        16. Release The Ox
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Last min advice needed. Start Wood or Bamford??

          1. zotter
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Bamford

          2. Jehstafari
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Same dilemma. I’m going to go Wood for the double

          3. Party time
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Bamford imo

        17. Black Knights
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Martinez*
          Dias* Coufal* Holding
          KdB* Bruno* Grealish* Son Raphinha
          Kane Antonio*

          Would you add Raph to either -4?

          A) Maddison
          B) Foden

          I’m tempted by B.

        18. zotter
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Bench boost is a very overrated chip imo. A good headline score is 15-20 points however firstly you usually directly take a hit to set it up. Secondly you usually make inferior transfers around that time in setting it up too (or After) .... which probably bite into that upside.

          1. si
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I agree. And everyone using it this week with players on single games. Surely you have a bench of single players every week? I will try and use it on another double week

        19. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Wood & Son to Werner & Foden for -4? Sounds good?

        20. Laurel and Vardy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Have only 7 doubles, would you do Son+Kane+Laca -> Salah+Vardy+Antonio? Thank you.

          1. Laurel and Vardy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            -8 hit

            1. UpTheCherries
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Can you do just son + laca to Salah + antonio -4