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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. h3nh3n
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bamford or Grealish (on 4 yellows)

    • frenchfries
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      What GK starts for ManC this gw?

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

        Ederson

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

        Ederson

      3. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ederson ys

      4. frenchfries
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        How likely for both games?

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

          100% unless injured

        2. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          99.9%

        3. frenchfries
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thanks

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

            100%

            I have him. Safe as houses

    • D1B
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Best < 8.3m forward other than Antonio, Bamford or Wilson?

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        There isnt one. Go Brewster and save money.

      2. Davemc23
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Cavani

      3. Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Watkins probably.

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

        How much is Cavani?

        1. Davemc23
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          7.8. Good for a punt. SHU at home follows the double

      5. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Watkins or Wood

    • LLoris
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Cresswell or Stones

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

        Stones

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

        Cresswell

      3. Mesh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I went with stones

      4. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Cress

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

        Cresswell for sure

    • royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      RP

      Best 5m DF for this back 7 for the next few GWs

      Mendy Johnstone

      Dias Stones Coufal Dallas xxxxxxxx

      Any ideas would be welcomed

    • Mesh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Already on -4, but don't own KDB.
      Is it worth another -4 to do Bruno to KDB?

      A. Bruno to KDB and captain KDB.
      B. No hit and captain Salah.

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

        B

    • LordEllison
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A) play Raphina
      B) Kwp > Cancelo / Stones - 4 already got Dias thanks

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        A

    • The Greenback Boogie
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Play Konsa or Bamford.

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

        Bam

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

        Fwd bambam

      3. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Bambi

      4. cuppatea78
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I went with Konsa.

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

      Choose one from each?

      Dallas or Cancelo/Dias

      Grealish or Foden

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Cancelo and Fodencelo

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

          Ta

    • dr.No88
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Martinez or Mendy for gk?

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

        Mendy

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

        Martinez better going fwd

    • Azfad
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      The marshmallow study has been solidly debunked and is no longer considered a valid piece of research, but patience in fantasy football is almost always a good thing!

    • 03farmboy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Who to captain?

      Salah or De Bruyne

      Should I triple captain

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

        Kdb and no

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

        Salah will be nailed for the two games. KDB probably not.

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 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

      Cheers amigos.

      1. Phlajo
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Salah, Liverpool well rested and will bounce back!

      2. cuppatea78
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Nice!

    • Ady87
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Does KDB still perform better against better teams or was that thrown out or only relevant with Aguero in the team or something? 3 goals season to date isnt clinical enough for me to captain. Given him the armband twice this season and been an anti climax.

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        haul imminent imo

      2. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        But do you expect Liverpool to put 2+ past Utd and Burnley, IMO no

    • The Wizard of Ozil
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Worth doing Son to Saka in order to fund Vardy?

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

        I think Vardy will be highest scorer of the game week.

    • Nolberto Solano
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Dallas -> Dias worth a -4?

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

        Yes

      2. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Probably yes

    • PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bench boost this ?

      McCarthy (lei)
      Justin (SOU, CHE)
      Bamford (BHA)
      Holding (NEW)

      Forgot to say I’ve got 0.2 ITB ( already -4)

      Martinez (McCarthy)
      Stones Zouma Coufal (Justin Holding)
      Salah KdB Bruno Son Soucek
      Watkins Antonio (Bamford)

      Thanks

      1. Davemc23
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It's as good a time as any. Especially if you want to transfer some value out of that bench in the next few weeks

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

          Thanks, yes, that’s part of my thinking

    • 03farmboy
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Who to start?

      McCarthy or Meslier

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

        Meslier

    • Enes_Sahini1
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Captain?

      A) Salah
      B) Fernandes
      C) Grealish

      1. The Wizard of Ozil
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I’d say Salah with the other two both on 4 bookings

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

        A

    • MGD
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Pages flying!

      Chillwell or Zouma?

      Thanks

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

        Chilly

    • DF Team
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Watkins or Antonio??

    • Sausage
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Start Shaw or Jorginho..?

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

      To anyone thinking about triple captaining De Bruyne and worried about rest. City are winless in their past two home league matches against Palace - Pep Guardiola has never gone three consecutive home league games without beating the same opponent in his career.

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

      Cancelo captain - Is it too risky?

      1. Toe-Knee Yeboah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Considering it too

      2. Genji3lade
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        yeh way too risky. I wouldn't even bring him in this week as he will likely be benched in the Palace game

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

        Had him since GW6, my mids are Salah, Bruno, Mane Soucek and Son. So I have options, but I just don't rate Liverpools dgw that much necessarily. Salah is a safe pick though

    • Toe-Knee Yeboah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Play

      Justin (Sou, Che)
      Bamford (Bri)

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

        Bamford

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

      Dallas -> Chilwell worth an extra -4?

      Yay or Nay

      1. phrampton534
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I could make the same move and I'm not doing it. May pay off may not but it's a tough call...

    • phrampton534
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Given the way this next GW spans a whole week and the way covid is spreading at the moment - Anyone else think the likelihood of a major covid outbreak in another team squad could really screw up at least one more game before the GW is over!? Or is it just me being pessimistic!!?

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

        It a possible. Partly why I haven't BB'd & may not use TC this week (aside from fixtures).

        1. phrampton534
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I'm holding mine - I can see some DGW becoming SGW and maybe even a BGW or 2:) Can also see it impacting individual players as well as whole teams and footballers aren't always the best at keeping out of trouble!

    • LLoris
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Vardy or Kane?

    • Q
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bench el ghazi, coufal, chilwell or soucek

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

        BB? Probably El-Ghazi out of those but wouldn’t like to bench any.

    • Vpan
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Would you transfer

      Tierney -> City Def for a hit

      if you had Targett for cover??

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

        Yeah