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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. Adds04
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I originally planned to bench boost but now I have been left with Decordova-Reid, walker peters, Dallas and mcarthy on the bench. Should I still go for it

    1. Carlton P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No

    2. FPL-Albion
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No

    3. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Definitive no

  2. b91jh
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Here we go, BB19

    Martinez
    James Dias Cresswell(vc) Cancelo
    Salah(c) Bruno Grealish Soucek
    Antonio Kane

    Johnstone Bamford Dallas Raphinha

    How would u rate this lineup?

    1. Adds04
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Are you bench boosting?

      1. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yes

    2. SM001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I transferred out Raphinha for Gundogan (-4)

  3. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Would you bench boost the following:

    McCarthy Dallas Raphinha Adams

    Thanks..

    1. Honourvolley
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not for me

    2. Kabayan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No

  4. Agamenmon
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Raphinha to Soucek for a -4

    1. Matjes_taet
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No.

  5. FantasyTony
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Would you do Button > Johnstone for free to cover Martinez in case Martinez drops out due to covid?

    1. b91jh
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not for me

  6. Sean
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Gone for Cancelo over Dias, worst case scenario he gets rested for 1 game in the next 5 and he’ll be much more enjoyable to watch in the other 4.

    1. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Dias goal incoming

  7. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I have a really bad feeling about KDB (C) fearing he will be benched against CPL. But Im still capping him. Other option was Vardy. I would definitely cap Salah if I owned him.

    1. PremKraut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Cap Vard mate, go with your gut

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        My gut is KDB even though logically I think Vardy is better.

    2. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'm just going for it and sticking the TC on him. I'm confident he starts both, will come off early if comfortable. I don't think they can afford to bench him atm.

    3. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I think KDB starts both but high chance he gets pulled if they get to 2-0 in either before half time

  8. Sir Alex Telles.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Any Man U fans around? Is it putting you off from capping Salah. The only reason I'm capping KDB is because I'm United fan.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Irrational reason.

      1. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Only stats are objective in FPL.

    2. b91jh
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Here but I have no KDB, and have to captain Salah... knowing Bruno too much that he could easily get a yellow.

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fpl is head not heart

    4. Shteve
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      The opposite for me, tc salah so if he runs riot at least your fantasy team does well 🙂

    5. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      It's more like I believe that we could keep Mo silent

    6. Johnny 8
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Don't let that cloud your fpl playing

    7. Ashleyajolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Captain Salah to lessen any pain on Sunday.

  9. FantasyClub
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Anyone else think 3 WH players too much?
      Coufal, Soucek, Antonio

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I hope not

        1. FantasyClub
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thinking Souceks spot can be covered by a player from different fixtures

        2. Carlton P
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          No. They are gone on WC gw25 for me

        3. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Spread across positions is a good ploy - avoids the last minute goal against of death!

          1. FantasyClub
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Exactly why I didn’t go double city

          2. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            No, possibly not enough 😉

        4. MattysFantasyFooty
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          McCarthy to Martinez worth a hit

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            No.

            He may have Covid-19

        5. GoingUpUpUp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          play one - Bamford, Lookman, Justin

        6. Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Neto to whom

          A) foden
          B) gundogan
          C) el ghazi
          D) traore

          1. Ashleyajolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            A

        7. The_FF_King
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Safer to go Salah captain in case of Pep roulette?

          1. The_FF_King
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            In comparison to KDB?

            1. Guru Mediation
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Yes

          2. Ashleyajolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Yep

        8. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Final decision
          Would you transfer out either Salah or Bruno to bring in KDB?
          Have the money

          Considerations:
          Will captain KDB (currently on salah)
          Bruno could get booked
          Im a liverpool fan - salah scoring and not owning would be better than Bruno scoring and not owning. Dont really want to support united in any shape or form
          To get either back would cost me 0.2/0.3 with losong tied up value.
          Would be -4

          Thoughts??

          1. Ashleyajolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Bruno, but would want him back shortly afterwards as has got good run of fixtures.

            Salah has spurs gw20

            1. Guru Mediation
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Liverpool could hammer spurs in 20. They are inviting so much pressure

          2. Guru Mediation
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            No way. Load on city defence instead, don't bin Bruno or salah

        9. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Final call. Who to triple captain?

          A Salah
          B KDB

          1. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            None

          2. FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Coin toss both have their ups and downs

          3. Bubbles1985
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Save it

          4. FPLMACKEM
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Saving it is no fun though.

          5. Ashleyajolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Salah on basis will play both matches, but I would save it

        10. RyanMK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Anyone without KDB captaining Bruno instead of Salah? Or am I the only one?

          1. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Bruno 1 yellow away from suspension, stupid risk IMO

          2. Ashleyajolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            No to risky, Liverpool hard match. But if you don’t gamble and take risks you can’t win!

        11. LLoris
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Lads which one?

          A) Taylor for Dawson since Balbuena has covid
          B) Stones Vardy for Kane Taylor (-4).

          1. Dannyb
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            B

        12. Vpan
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Would you transfer

          Tierney -> City Def for a hit

          if you had Targett for cover?

        13. Il Capitano
            1 month, 12 days ago

            BB these guys? Will likely start downgrading my bench in the next few GWs. Feel it's about 50/50 on playing the chip.

            McCarthy - Adams Raphinha Lowton

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              no for me.

            2. AC Yew
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Got 3 of those and holding

            3. Il Capitano
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Thanks all

            4. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I have slept only 5 hours but i can't wait for this dgw.Good morning and good luck fellow addictive managers.

            5. Bubbles1985
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Captain choice not easy this week!

              Currently on KDB but cannot decide between him, Antonio or Salah!!

              1. FDMS All Starz
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Antonio?! Really? I’d wait to see him score a goal before considering him for anything, I’m on Kdb

            6. cuppatea78
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Play Bamford who has a single game or Konsa who has a double game?

              1. RyanMK
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I'd play Bamford

              2. jomikijiq
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Bamford

              3. Gandalf
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Bamford, man city away a 2 pointer max anyway or less

              4. Carlton P
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Bamford

            7. Paddy Gooner
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Should I bench:

              A: Alioski (BHA) and play 4-4-2 or

              B: Anguissa (CHE, MUN) and play 5-3-2

              Already taken a -4

              ?????

              1. frenchfries
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I assume you Get the formation wrong there, is a close call. Can see Anguissa getting 4pts total. Depends on the Leeds game, Alioski more likely to get a return. Either way its a 2 point swing. I would personally go with alioski

            8. frenchfries
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Bottomed

              Steer -> Ederson (-4) for the next 5-7 gw?

              My only starting GK is McCarthy with sgw and a hard schedule for the next 7 gw

            9. buttsy9
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              On Bench Boost, GTG?

              Leno, Meslier
              Cancelo, Dier, Dallas, Stones, Coufal
              Soucek, KDB (c), Fernandes, Son, Smith-Rowe
              Antonio, Wilson, Kane

              Already on -4 transfers so anymore would be a further hit!

              1. frenchfries
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Dont think anything is worth a hit there, gtg

                1. buttsy9
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I'd rather have Salah than Fernandes and plan to ship Son soon but doesn't seem worth any more hits. Is KDB (C) risky? I'd like to punt on Antonio but he may not start.

                  1. frenchfries
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    KDB is the obvious captain choice in your team imo. Yes, there is a slim chance he can be resten since its Pep, but its unlikely i believe. I got Antonio in my team, but i dont think he is worth captaining considering his recent injury, and risk of his minutes getting managed

              2. Runaway
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Good team but I would not BB. Kane > Vardy for another hit might be good

                1. buttsy9
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Why not bench boost? I've already used my wildcard but still have FH and TC - is there going to be a better week to do BB?

            10. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              No.

              He may have Covid-19

            11. gauzah
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Not seeing Grealish in many teams. Surely he should be back?

              1. KAALI_DAAL
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I have him and worried

              2. KAALI_DAAL
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  BB this lot?

                  Mccarthy Raphinha Brewster Webster

                  1. Dannyb
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    God no

                    1. KAALI_DAAL
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        🙁

                    2. PascalCygan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      No, last two let it down

                    3. Il Capitano
                        1 month, 12 days ago

                        Nay

                    4. waltzingmatildas
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Hmm Mccarthy to Martinez worth a - 4?

                    5. McSauce
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      If your outside the top 200k like myself get the triple on KBD and try make a big jump.

                      I am 700k very average season let’s get after it

                      KDB (TC)

                      Let’s go