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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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  1. Fernando Torres
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Kane to Vardy (-4) worth it?

    1. zotter
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Hmmm. Close but no cigar.

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      no

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

      No

    4. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

    5. Puyol Pants Up
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I pulled the trigger. Kane has been scoring well but doesn't pass the Eye test and his meh fixtures. Vardy passes the eye test and has a fairly juicy double.

  2. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Would you BB this lot?

    Meisler taylor Dallas Bamford

    1. zotter
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

    2. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

  3. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    This comment is just to help the pages fly by faster

    1. Saves the day
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      This comment is to slow people down when they need answers quickly.

  4. as33
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    An1 going for Firmino+Salah?

    1. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Klopp

  5. random53124
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Would you BB this?

    Sanchez (lee), Saka (NEW), Targett (mci, NEW), Holding (NEW)

    Good fixtures. Tempted to upgrade 1 and BB. 1.9m ITB but no free transfers. Seems a waste to -4 on a keeper, even tho that’s weakest part of bench

    1. zotter
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes bench boost it. Don’t spend any money on it though. Especially on tying up more funds in a keeper

  6. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Cresswell or Justin if you have Coufal?

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Justin

    2. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Cresswell

  7. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Any of the following worth a hit? (on -4)

    A. Mendy>Soucek/Foden (bench Dallas)
    B. Dallas>Cancelo (bench Bamford)
    C. McCarthy>Ederson
    D. Stick

    McCarthy
    Dias, Justin, Dallas, Coufal
    Fernandes, Grealish, KDB, Salah
    Bamford, Antonio
    Steer, Mitchell, Mendy, Adams

  8. JenkoJunko
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Morning all! *Repost x2* Please someone??Anyone??

    Squad: 1FT 0.7ITB
    Mcarthy
    Dallas TAA Cresswell
    KDB Salah Bruno Grealish
    Bam Antonio Wilson

    Forster / KWP / Bissouma / Neco

    A. Grealish & Dallas to Soucek & Cancelo -4
    B. Grealish & Dallas to Soucek & R James -4
    C. Hold and Roll

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A

    2. D.Glynn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A

    3. random53124
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A. City defender worth the hit imo

    4. THE KING CANTONA
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      D) KWP to Stones?

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

      Thanks all. Very helpful, good luck

  9. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    What the hell am I doing going without Salah

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      This actually feels like a Fudgy post

    2. Black Knights
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I don’t have him either. Couldn’t lose Son & Kane to accommodate him and don’t overly like the fixtures.

    3. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Couldn't do that myself. So risky. Two home fixtures.

    4. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I am also. Once your alternative matches then it’s ok

      • Collie01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I briefly considered it. But I sold Son instead since selling Salah for a hit before 2 home fixtures in a DGW just seemed horrible

      • Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Me neither mate

      • Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I have him but wont be surprised to see him be a fail

      • random53124
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Lol same position here. Eeeeeek

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Good luck all, may the Lord have mercy on our souls

    5. The_FF_King
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Any suggestions chaps?

      Mendy
      Dias, Stones, Robertson, Creswell
      KDB(c), Salah, Bruno, Soucek
      Antonio, Vardy

      1. The_FF_King
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Forgot to say this is my FH team

        1. random53124
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Nice. Mendy is interesting choice in defence, hadn’t considered before. I’d be tempted to save a few £0.x on a cheaper keeper, or take Fabianski for sale price. Ah wait, you have Cresswell already...hmm probably gtg

          1. The_FF_King
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Cheers mate 🙂

    6. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Anyone else here KDB (TC)?

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Not with the risk of a rest

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Without him, City are clueless. Pep knows this. He starts both games imo.

      2. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I’ve e done Sterling...

      3. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A) Adams -> Watkins
        B) Raphina -> Gundogan
        C) Adams and Raphina -> Antonio and Lookman -4

        1. boroie
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A

      4. boroie
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A - TC Salah
        B - TC KDB
        C - BB (Soucek Targett Struijk Forster)
        D - Save TC and BB

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

          D 100%

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

            There are triple City and Spurs games potentially on the horizon, save TC for that

      5. King Kun Ta
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Play BB with this bench?

        Martin Bamford Adams Ayling

        Ta!

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          take a hit to take martin out for a playing goalkeeper then yes

          1. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            No funds and already on -8

        2. random53124
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          If you are BB, -4 to get a playing double game week keeper is worth it, since they should get approx 4 points min for playing 2 games?

          1. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            0.3 ITB so no option

      6. TNB
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Some pre-deadline wisdom:

          “It's better to regret what you have done than what you haven't.”

          Good luck!

        • VICTORIOUS SECRET! !
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          RMWCT

          Johnstone

          Cancelo dias coufal zouma
          Bruno son KDB soucek
          Kane Antonio

          (McCarthy Dallas reed Bamford)

          0.4ITB
          SUGGESTIONS PLEASE

        • Diedhiou See That?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Who to play this week:

          A - Stuart Dallas (BHA)

          B - Matt Targett (MCI, NEW)

        • Rider on the Storm
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Taylor+bamford -> coufal+antonio (-8)?
          Y or N?

        • Agamenmon
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Bench 1 of

          A) Wood
          B) Raphinha
          C) Bamford

          1. boroie
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            B

        • StevenW
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Which would you rather transfer in now... Bamford or Wilson

        • JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          KDB TC LOCKED.

        • TSN
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          martinez

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

          sub: leno - holding - ESR - brewster

          leno saiss ESR --> johnstone Coufal Soucek and use BB (-8)

          Yay or Nay?
          thanks

          1. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I'd be tempted to only do Saiss to Coufal and BB.

            1. TSN
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              would you rather saiss to coufal or saiss to stones?

              1. Marcin the Pole
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Probably Stones actually.

        • Marcin the Pole
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Transfers done. BB activated. GTG?

          Johnstone
          Cancelo Coufal Justin
          Salah (C) Mane Fernandes Soucek Gundogan
          Vardy Wood

          McCarthy Bamford Targett Ayling

        • abaalan
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          How many people are TC'ing this week?
          Salah or KDB?

          Am tempted by a Vardy TC punt!

          1. random53124
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I was tempted by Vardy TC but have ok bench to BB and hoping for triple game week at some point in future

        • zotter
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          On bench boost

          Would you spend a -4 on upgrading any of

          A. Dallas
          B. Bamford
          C. Wood

          Zero itb btw

          1. Geordie19
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            C for Antonio?

        • Littlebitwizardoföz
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Play
          (A) Saka OR
          (B) Bamford

          Thanks for any help!

          1. zotter
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            B

        • Geordie19
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Kane to Vardy worth a -4?

          1. Saves the day
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Not for me as I'd rather keep Kane. Other will say yes though..

        • Futureform
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Dias + Stones - nailed for both games?

            Who else likely to play centre back for City who is also fit?!!

            1. Geordie19
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Would say so because everyone else is unfit and because they haven’t conceded mang

            2. Futureform
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks that's what I'm thinking too.

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

              Dallas -> Chilwell worth a -4

              Yay or Nay ?

            4. Saves the day
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Already on -4 and no BB...

              A) Dallas to Coufal (bench Bamford)
              B) Play Bamford (bench Dallas, no extra hit)

              1. Ibra
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                B