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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. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Dallas -> Chilwell worth a -4?

    Y or N

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Y

    2. Nolberto Solano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Prefer City defender

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Got 2

    3. MarkoSD
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      no

  2. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Is Lowton or Dallas the better option this week? Thanks

    1. boroie
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Dallas

    2. Nolberto Solano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Dallas

  3. thom830g
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Bottomed - thoughts guys?

    A) Podence -> Foden for -4
    B) Dier/Justin -> Stones for -4
    C) Neither

    Not bench boosting

    Team is

    McCarthy - 4m
    Dias - Robertson - Justin - Dier - Coufal
    Salah (C) - Fernandes (VC) - Grealish - Bissouma - Podence
    Antonio - Kane - Bamford

  4. Il Capitano
      1 month, 11 days ago

      BB these guys?

      McCarthy - Adams Raphinha Lowton

      McCarthy likely to start?

      1. boroie
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Very tough one...

        McCarthy will defs start

    • Oggle22
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Martinez
      Konsa Mari Holding
      Salah Son Bruno Soucek
      Firmino Bamford Kane

      Steele Saka Mitchell Kilman

      Just Mari to stones

      Mari and Firmino to stones and Antonio -4

      Mari Firmino and Saka to Stones Antonio and Foden - 8?

      1. @ocprodigy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Not the -8. I’d definitely bring in Stones, Antonio is a gamble but given he has two games, if he plays 60 in both your -4 becomes a -2. Probably worth the risk.

      2. boroie
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Just Mari toStones

    • Ady87
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Captain the guy with:

      A) 3 Goals, 9 Assists and 2 home fixtures
      B) 11 Goals, 8 Assists and 2 home fixtures

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

      3. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        The one with the better fixtures and less rotation risk. Don't score points for previous games...

      4. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        xD

      5. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Interesting...

      6. Dannyb
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Vardy

      7. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Take into account their opponents too

    • cianoc1999
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I have no Man City cover and only three possible moves, all for a -4:
      Holding -> Cancelo
      Neto -> Foden
      Mitchell -> Stones
      I'm worried Stones won't play both games, people might prefer Cancelo for attacking potential but he only has one assist all season, what do others think?

      1. Ady87
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Until I see output from Cancelo i’m not bothering and happy with Dias/Stones.

      2. boroie
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I mean if you’ve watched City recently you’ll realise Cancelo’s low attacking output has been a lot to do with wastefulness from other players. It will definitely come. Just hard to know when.

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Play Dallas or Targett(4 YC, Covid uncertainty)?

    • Zack Attack
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      A) Kane, Adams, Son, Dias
      B) Vardy, Antonio, KDB, Stones

      Have A but do I change to B for -12?

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        No, thats too much atm.

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Fwiw I’ve done B but Areola instead of Vardy.
        YOLO

    • nicholasporteous
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Noone has mentioned Foden this DGW... His form and fitness has been great, surely minutes being managed around him he can match the output of KDB over the DGW?

      1. @ocprodigy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        He can do, quite easily. Will he? That’s the concern. It’s a gamble.

      2. Dannyb
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I've got him and happy that I have.

      3. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Own Soucek and don’t have the midfield spot for him
        Nor the luxury transfer given other priorities

      4. Yes Ndidi
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Good value. He'll get plenty of minutes, and is their form player at the moment. He's the only MC forward in my team
        KdB just looks shot to me.

        1. nicholasporteous
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          This all gives me the comfort to do a last minute knee jerk transfer for this gameweek!

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Took my first -8 this season and now pretty happy with this squad. Just need some final help with choosing cpt - KdB or Salah?

      McCarthy
      Cancelo Justin Coufal
      Kdb Salah Bruno Soucek
      Kane Antonio Bamford

      Forster Dallas Lowton Romeu

    • Nolberto Solano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Bottomed:

      Which option?

      A) Lowton -> Cancelo (-4)
      B) Dallas -> Cancelo (-4)
      C) Lowton & Dallas -> Cancelo & Dias (-8)

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A

      2. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        B

      3. Tango74
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Same I toying with 2 city for -8

          -8 is ouch ,first season I’ve not taken hits so far

          Let me know what u decide lol

      4. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        What a horrific fixture to start the GW with, ugh
        No chance im watching that, football starts at 1500 guys

      5. LLoris
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Stones Vardy for Kane Taylor (-4).??

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          You mean the opposite or?

      6. aapoman
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        TC Salah or KDB?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Neither. Save the chip and just do the C.

      7. jaywills
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

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

        Cheers chaps!

      8. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        A TC
        B BB
        C keep chips

        Martinez
        Coufal Lowton Stones Cancelo Justin
        Kdb Salah Bruno Soucek
        Vardy

        Leno Bamford F Silva Saka

        Cheers and good luck

      9. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Own your own decisions, it’s just a game

        1. jaywills
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          This is great advice.

      10. JBG
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Kdb TC here we go!

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          With you good luck

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            To you as well!

      11. Weilong7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        1) son out for salah
        2) dier out for coufal
        3) do both for -4

        mccarthy 4.0
        dier cancelo dias targett 3.8
        son bruno kdb soucek bissouma
        kane bamford brewster

        3.9 itb

        thanks.

      12. Kante Touch This
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Would you start Lookman or get Foden in for -4?
        (Klich to Foden)

      13. Andre_The_Giant
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Start 1:

        A) Dallas
        B) Rodrigo
        C) Adams

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B

        2. JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Rodrigo

      14. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        As much as I’ve tried to convince myself Salah isn’t essential for the double, the fear of not owning him has engulfed me. Need a sanity check on this move - the only way I am willing to bring him in.

        Kane, Grealish, Lowton > Salah, Antonio, Mitchel (-8)

        Yay or nay?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          If that helps I had this same fear about KdB so I went with Son,DCL and Meslier out for KdB, Antonio and Forster for -8.

        2. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          And love my team now, should score good pts....

          McCarthy
          Cancelo Justin Coufal
          Kdb Salah Bruno Soucek
          Kane Antonio Bamford

          Forster Dallas Lowton Romeu

      15. Better luck next year
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Bench Saiss or Reguilon?

        1. JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Saiss

        2. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Saiss

      16. tbs91
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Thoughts on the final striker spot?

        Podence, Kane & Adams >>>
        KDB, Antonio & £5.3m

        Could potentially use a BB as I would have Dalas & Bamford on the bench

      17. Differentiator
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        ARE YOU PLAYING A CHIP THIS WEEK (TC/BB)

        Reply Yes or No with which one

        1. JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          No. Saving it

        2. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          BB19
          FH18

        3. Mike2795647
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          No, 11 DGW’s plus son and Laca. City still have a game in hand after this week so saving triple captain for then. Wildcard and bench boost for later double game week and free hit for some random week when injuries or cancellations etc pile up.

      18. Ibra
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Bench one:

        A) Dallas
        B) Taylor

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          B

      19. pompeyben21
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Fabianski
        Zouma, Dias, Stones, Coufal,
        Fernandes, Foden, Rashford, Tielemans, Grealish
        Antonio

        Bench: Martinez, Justin, Kane, Bamford

        Should I BB or GTG?

        1. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Oh yes

          1. pompeyben21
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Leaning towards BB, unsure of who to captain. Currently got Dias down although big boy Antonio is looking like a potential points fest

      20. dsefton
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        does James play both games?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Who knows

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Prob not

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

        No Salah or soucek

        Should I try and get them in for hits?

        1. JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Depends how many and who you’re binning

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

            Grealish and son would be axed for -8

            1. JabbaWookiee
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Then yeah I think so. As long as you haven’t taken any previous hits.