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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. debrXne
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Salah, Mane or KDB captain ?

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Captain poll mate

        • geoffrolph
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Salah note rest, KDB better games... It's tight

          1. geoffrolph
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            More*

      2. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Love this game, can't wait to see all my competitors teams in an hour(ish). Come on the green arrow!

      3. KAALI_DAAL
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Raph to Soucek for a hit?

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

            Nah relax

        • Ninja Škrtel
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          SOUCEK CAPTAIN AND THE HELL WITH EVERYTHING.

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

            Love it

          2. AC Yew
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            So tempted considering it!!

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

            Antonio back. Soucek points always goes down as antonio is target man when he plays

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

              Antonio is a short dude, hes not a target man at all

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

                They don't play as much in the height when he is on the pitch. More lower balls for him to kick (from my own observation)

        • geoffrolph
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          KDB or Salah CAP?

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            KDB

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Going Salah

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

            if you want to use dgw cap salah

        • youzef
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Aurier to Dias for a - 4 and bench Raphinha
          Or play Raphinha

        • Paddy Gooner
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          bottomed:

          Play A: Alioski in a 5-3-2
          Or B: Anguissa in a 4-4-2

          ???

        • JoeSoap
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A. Mendy>Foden -4 Y/N (bench Dallas)
          B. Dallas>Cancelo

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            B

        • Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Play Dallas or Lowton??

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Dallas

        • DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          GTG?
          Martinez,
          Zouma, Cresswell, Konsa
          Fernandes, Salah, Son, Grealish
          Antonio, Vardy, Bamford
          Bench: Forster, Allioski, Taylor, Bissouma

        • Sean
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          It’s amazing how Villa haven’t leaked some of their covid list yet, How inconsiderate of them

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Don’t play till mid week, ham will of played two by then!

        • Oggle22
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Slah or stones captain?

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

            Mo

          2. geoffrolph
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Salah

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

            Captain Holgate

        • Atimis
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          No BB or TC, should 10 DGWs and 1 SGW be enough?

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            nooo

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

            Yes

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Villa city 100 percent onnnnn???????
          this decide kdb or salah c

        • JAYPEE
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Phillips to Coufal for -8??

        • EffPeeEll
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          So who did the scoutcast select as Captain.

          Had to be KDB, shirley?

        • Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          After 10 stratight greens I can the see a red incoming!

        • Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          KDB TC

          Yes or NO

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

            If in doubt, no

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Salah C?

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

            Might come a tgw this season. So no

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

              no player will feature 3x90 minutes in a tgw.
              TC now or never

          3. tractorjess
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Yes

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

          Horrible situation. Bamford benched for me! Come on Antonio and Watkins

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

            Bamford benched??

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Rumours that he is sick circulating so you may be very lucky

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              BS, twitter

              1. Men in green tights
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Same every game week now, has become the normal just sit back and watch him play and get a brace.
                Lots of luck

        • threeputt
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I KdB a sensible tc option ?

          1. tractorjess
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I had said yes but we will all regret it if theres a triple week

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

              no player will feature 3x90 mins in a tgw

              1. Super Saints
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                No but they might feature 200 plus which is still better

          2. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I just cancelled mine at the last moment. The sound of a possible Triple game week made me reconsider. KDB with 2 blanks will be sore, but TC 2 blanks will put me in a bad mood for the whole week.

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Raphina or Dallas first sub?

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

            Raph

          2. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            R

          3. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Dallas

          4. chriscosta
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            R

        • Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I like the look of 352... Let's goo! Good luck everyone!

        • Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          ohh ffs salah or kdb c

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Bruyne

          2. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Bruyne

          3. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            KDB for me. Utd and Burnley won't let lots of goals in

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

              lol

        • Sid07
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Bench boost this?
          Meslier taylor Dallas Bamford

        • Covid Chameleon
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Would you BB?

          Mc Carthy Dallas Raphinia Adams

        • Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Sais to coufal for -8 ? Y or doesnt worth it

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

            N

          2. Art Vandelay
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Its a 4 not an 8 point hit...

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

            It’s for -4 and yes

        • 03farmboy
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Salah or De Bruyne Captain?

          I feel Salah is more likely the player to score a hatrick and De Bruyne might not start both anyone else agree

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

            Kdb gets his rest in fa cup game

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

          Is there any chance Bruno has less than 100% EO this week?

          1. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Probably

          2. elwardio
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Yes likely IMO

          3. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Doubt it

        • fylde2022
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Amid GTG?
          BB activated

          Martinez
          Dias Cresswell Coufal
          KDB Son Bruno Gundogan Soucek
          Watkins Kane

          Messier, Bamford, Bednarek Dallas

        • Return of the FF
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Anyone TC'ing?

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

            yep went with salah