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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. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    I was gonna make one last change but ended up with this for -8pts

    Martinez
    Cancelo, Dier, Alioski
    KDB(c), Grealish, Bruno, Salah, Anguissa
    Kane, Bamford

    Forster, Balbuena, Kilman, Brewster

  2. BeWater
      1 month, 14 days ago

      After persisting with Kev over and over this season I now find myself without him for two great looking games in a double.

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        City fixtures look great for the next 5-6 gameweeks, I got him in

      2. Boyd to Sven
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Same. Foden me up!

    • adstomko
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Swapped Fernandes for Mané (C) for a -4, as he's on 4 yellow cards. Good punt??

      1. BeWater
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Good luck mate.

        • estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bruno will get points but probably a wise move

        • ivantys
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Good move as bruno could miss one of fulham or sheffield games.

          • Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            didn't;t cap Bruno for that reason but I'd rather him than Mane personally. Not a terrible decision though and could work

        • HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Thank his that’s over

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            *God

          2. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Welcome

        • BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          GAME IS UPDATING. Good luck everyone!

          KDB (TC) unite!

          1. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Risky!

          2. PremKraut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            i think the only way to play tc this week would have been with salah
            kdb won't play more than 90 minutes imo.

            good luck!

            1. AC/DC AFC
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I bet KDB starts both games. So they would have to be 3.0 up at half time to be subbed.

          3. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Let's go

          4. JJeyy
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Salah TC

          5. Babit1967
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Me too, fare well thee

        • yalala
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Flinched last minute and went from TC Soucek to TC Kdb

          Incoming 3 pointers

          1. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            good decision.

          2. FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Ahaha

        • Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Imagine the scenes when Leeds v Southampton is added back into this GW

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            So many tears!

            1. A girl has no name
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I would be so happy with 3 Leeds!
              Did Bednarek to Stones though for free

          2. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Is this a possibility?

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              It is - unlikely though imo.
              I'd be gutted as I have 2 Saints and a Bam on the bench, sold Raphinha and desisted using my BB due to that cancellation.

          3. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Benched dallas but played bam and raph so wouldnt be too bad

          4. HonestBlatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Can this happen after deadline? I doubt not...

            1. Charlie&TheLads
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Of course it can.

            2. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              If a game can be cancelled after deadline then why not

            3. The Ilfordian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              All speculation based on Bielsa saying he'd keep his team ready in case. Only Shrewsbury manager self isolating - rest is back after coming back from isolation. Seems unlikely to have a recurrance but who knows in these roller coaster times. Just got to keep zen

          5. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I’d love that

          6. In a Rush
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            It’s alright played my bb with bam and Dallas so hopefully it is back on

            1. estheblessed
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yes I would get Bam and Alioski double if that's the case!

          7. yalala
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Played Bamford and Ayling, please let this happen

          8. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mark would be pleased. 3 Leedsplayers on BB.

          9. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I'd love it, I own Bamby

        • Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Last minute madness, vardy cap. Dias VC, brought in gundogan for neto

        • The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Right half an hour to check on the cricket before teams announced. Whose winning?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bugger. Thanks.

        • A girl has no name
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Good luck all, off FPL for a week for my own sanity
          BB activated with just Stones from City - refrained from any hits
          Salah (C)

        • Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Looking forward to seeing how my rivals have prepared for the DGW

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            If they didn’t, then they aren’t rivals

          2. PremKraut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            thought the same last week, logged into fpl and realised they didn't prepare at all.
            I then ended up with just 10 points more despite having twice as many players.

        • HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Vote now what you did......

          A. TC
          B. Bench Boost
          C. Free Hit
          D. Wildcard
          E. Nothing

          B for me

          1. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            E

          2. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            E) Saving my chips

          3. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B - had 12 DGWers so thought it was worthwhile

          4. In a Rush
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B

          5. Sean
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B

          6. Shatner's Bassoon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            E

          7. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            E

          8. Ashleyajolly
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 14 days ago

            E) but I have Dallas, ramsdale, Saka, Lowton on the bench. Close to doing B.

          9. Party time
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            D

          10. Matjes_taet
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            A

          11. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            E

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Surprising amount of E 😯

        • Maarrrr17
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          OMG i set an alarm 90 mins before kickoff to look at my team and realised 2 mins before deadline that my alarm was the deadline.

          1. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            oh damn

          2. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Did u make changes u wanted in time?

            1. Maarrrr17
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I made the changes i had been thinking of most recently lol, so now i have antonio up front. Confirmed at 9:59pm est.

        • Rococo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Kevin gona do wreck!

        • Olson
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Fabs
          Stones, Dias, AWB
          (S)alah, KdB, Soucek, Bruno
          Vardy, Antonio, Bamford

          BB: Areola, Alioski, Dallas, ESR

          good luck all

        • Goodricke
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Cancelled KDB TC at the last moment. The idea of a triple game week down the line excited me.

          1. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Smart move.

          2. Bielsa Murderball
              1 month, 14 days ago

              This

            • Ashleyajolly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Good move I think, until he gets a hatrick.

          3. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bench boost time baby!

            Hope i can break the 100 point barrier!

          4. Coys96
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Rashford (c), Werner, no Cancelo or KdB, triple Leeds & WHU, bench boost.... should be fun!

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Wow. Good luck mate

              1. Coys96
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Cheers, very tough season so far!

          5. BeWater
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Deadline over. Now we just wait for the rumours about benchings and postponements.

            • aborg
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Would you take out Mings for Stones for a hit if you think Mings has potentially one game due or covid worries and having to play one game against Man City?

              1. A girl has no name
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Too late amigo

            • Bielsa Murderball
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Followed my guts 🙂
                Cancelo captain anyone?

                1. estheblessed
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  No way!

                  1. Bielsa Murderball
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Was too tempted because he played as a ST sometimes against Brighton...thats why

                  2. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Good luck !

                2. Sean
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Imagine Che Adams bangs in a hatty

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Not in this lifetime

                3. Shatner's Bassoon
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  A Live in hope
                  B Regret everything

                4. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  TC chip is a lottery as we know from Mane last season. Just hope all that play it get the two games out of their man.

                  1. Jellyfish
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    The Aguero TC haul of a few seasons back has set the benchmark. Think I hauled around 50 points off him that GW

                5. estheblessed
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I was gonna make one last change but ended up with this for -8pts

                  Martinez
                  Cancelo, Dier, Alioski
                  KDB(c), Grealish, Bruno, Salah, Anguissa
                  Kane, Bamford

                  Forster, Balbuena, Kilman, Brewstes

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

                  Damn KDB (C) already a fail with the amount of TCers this GW. Going to have to cross fingers for a one pointer...

                  1. Bobby Digital
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Lies

                7. Bookkeeper
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  let's see if i regret not removing Bruno for Sterling.

                  1. Mambino
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    doubt it

                8. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Got Effectively 26 players out this GW - a floor of at least 52 points with a little luck

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Hopefully 🙂

                  2. Cruyff's Eleven
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Gotta manage your expectations man....

                9. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  What has my rival done? That matters the most to us

                10. Rains of Castamere
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Mate of mine captained Cresswell, could be genius...

                  1. Coys96
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    He's my vice. Was tempted.

                  2. Mambino
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    could work that actually