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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!

TopMarx Fan of Fantasy Football and Monty Python. "Archimedes out to Socrates, Socrates back to Archimedes, Archimedes out to Heraclitus, he beats Hegel. Heraclitus a little flick, here he comes on the far post, Socrates is there, Socrates heads it in! Socrates has scored! The Greeks are going mad, the Greeks are going mad! Socrates scores, got a beautiful cross from Archimedes. The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside.”

5,142 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    -12 taken. Triple Leeds on bb. Oof it’s gonn be painful come 5:30

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      don't understand why you'd take such a big hit, especially during a covid season

      1. yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        hits are life

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          life in prison maybe

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Time to have fun. Hits were Lowton to Stones, McCarthy to Martinez and Adams to Antonio which could all pay off. Wanted to bb... bored of playing safe 🙂

        1. Ian & Zen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          I think you'll get those -12 back, against what you swapped out, some during the DGW and more importantly over the next 3/4 games weeks.
          The players you've brought in will also be the 'wannabe' players and will increase in value.
          Green arrows coming your way
          Good moves!
          Enjoy the DGW
          playing BB makes it somuch more exciting with having 4 more players to follow

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      All the best!

    3. Flair
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Very cool

    4. Leaf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Some here , a 1-0 defeat is gonna hurt

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    It’s going to be a long week if Kane and Son blank

    1. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Decided to go without Salah this week then? Could you have afforded Son to Salah for free?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        I did indeed, no I couldn’t which is partly why I didn’t

        1. BenDavies
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Fair enough. I had planned to get KDB in ever since the City DGW announcement so Son to KDB was always happening this week for free.

    2. wulfrunian
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I think Son could score 2 goals.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        I’ll be partying if he does

    3. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      They wil 😉

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Wouldn’t surprise me

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      They won't blank especially Son 😛

    5. Brehmeren
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, same for me. Hopefully they both haul.

    6. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      SHU CS incoming... 🙂

  3. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Bb laca holding and smith Rowe

    Up the gooners

    (Spurs fan)

    1. Front 442
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Don’t worry I won’t tell anyone

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      sacrilege to even say that

  4. TyroneGAA
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    -8 and triple captain

  5. Cruyff's Eleven
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    I have no players in the first game.

    Now what do I do....

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Johnstone the only one really who anyone will own really

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        No need for the double ‘really’

      2. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        That's if he plays ??

    2. Stimps
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Delete account 🙂

  6. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Can't believe I miss the deadline while I was pondering which striker to replace Kane with. SIGGGGHHHHHHH. First time making this kind of mistake. How did I forget the time

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Blessing in disguise

    2. Kai
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Kane essential

    3. L'Aeroplanino
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      hattrick incoming

      1. 272MK
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Heres hoping

    4. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      most last minute transfers fall flat - you'll be thanking yourself.

  7. Nightcrawler
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    State of Salah TCers come thursday night

    A) they FEAST!

    B) they'll love to see it

    C) They move!

    D) absolutely NOWHERE to hide

  8. Stimps
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    -8 triple captain KDB with Son as my only single... Let's go

  9. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 22 days ago

    Agree with you Leaf lol

  10. Mambino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    If I'm in the top 100K by the end of this GW I'll be a very happy (and lucky) man

  11. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 22 days ago

    let's see the KDB and Salah cappers...

    KDB (c) here

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Salah (c)

      Was a really close call

    2. Party time
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Kdb(C)

        1. Muscout
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Salah TC

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Mané here.....

      • Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        KDB (TC)

      • aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Kdb tc

    3. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Has anyone gone Salahless this week?

      1. UpTheCherries
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Booked my slot behind the sofa for tomorrow

      2. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Yes

      3. chrismoo75
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        swapped salah for KDB and TC him

    4. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Finally a GW where it's fine to cheer for Son or Kane to haul.

      1. UpTheCherries
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Would enjoy this

      2. chrismoo75
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        this

    5. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Give me the EO for Salah, KdB and Bruno after all TCers

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Probably 300s across the board

      2. Gobigorgohome
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        270
        230 and
        195

    6. Flair
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Anyone on a -16 or -12 this week? Tell me your tales

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        -12. i decided it worth it

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        -12.. Lowton, McCarthy, Adams to Stones, Martinez, Antonio and bb

      3. Bam Saka Laca
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        -12, BB and Sterling(c)

      4. Pino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        My brother did -12

        DCL to Brewster
        Son to KdB
        Anguissa to Soucek
        Taylor to Stones

    7. Richarlidad
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      My uncle's sister in law works in City's cafeteria. Rumour spreading around that Foden is on corners.

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Sure it isn't cornflakes?

        1. Richarlidad
          • 4 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Hahaha

      2. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        And penalties?

      3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        What cleaning them in the cafe?

      4. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        You mean pens?!

    8. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      If Martinez gets 2x 9 points it will be a very good gw for me.

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Oh and I forgot City vs Cry 0-0 😀

    9. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Just having a cup of tea and browsing. Has everyone on here played a chip. I just took a hit to get 8 double players plus Dallas Bamford and Kane. Saving the chips for later.

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        TC for me! KDB

    10. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Anyone else in for the party ?

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Yes and McCarthy ingoal just for some insurance

      2. Hooky
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Van Wilder

      3. Flair
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 22 days ago

        You know it

    11. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Took a -4 at the last minute to get Cresswell and bench Raphinha

      Hope it doesn't backfire!

      1. ivantys
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Raphinha 2 assists incoming

      2. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Live life on the edge

      3. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Should be fine.

    12. Firminoooo
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Went with KdB, Cancelo and Brewster (-4) over Foden, Stones and Vardy (-8). Don’t feel good about, but better teamstructure for the next GWs.

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        No Raz no party

    13. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Ive got a Mo TC with DDG in goal. At least a pen save will be slightly covered lol

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Unless he puts it over the bar like Sterling 😀

    14. Quan MisTaka
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Last minute switch of captain from KDB to Salah. Anyone else?

      1. Silicon Vialli
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Yup

    15. Oggle22
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Regretting benching Bamford now!
      Martinez
      Konsa Stones Holding
      Salah Son Bruno Soucek Foden
      Kane Antonio

      Steele Bamford Mitchell Kilman

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        BB?

      2. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Who could u have benched instead?

    16. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Joined the Vardy party for the first time this season - cue hip strain in the first match.

    17. mookie
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Imagine missing the deadline for a DGW and burning a FT.

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Did u do that?

        1. mookie
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Most certainly did.

      2. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        come on Mookie - really?

        1. mookie
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Yep

          1. Mambino
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            head in hands emoji

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 22 days ago

            On a Saturday deadline?

      3. Firminoooo
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Might turn out good. What would have been your transfers?

        1. mookie
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Probably Kane to Vardy and Raphina to Grealish.

      4. Rains of Castamere
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        What's your excuse? I've got to hear this.

        1. mookie
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Pondering about my League of Legends DFS lineups.

    18. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Neto brace incoming

    19. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      Impatient 😆 and tried RMT to tell me what to expect from BB team: 126! Ready for disappointment?

      1. aleksaa2
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Depends on how many players you own that are in scout picks. More you got, more dissapointed you will be as always hahaha

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          6 out of 15, so it's promising 😛

    20. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      -12, no KdB and Mane(c). Big red here I come

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        Ballsy

        I sold Mane for KDB(c). Its a weird gameweek!

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Was tempted by Bruno to KdB. Mane a decent differential atm

      2. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 22 days ago

        I thought I was brave capping Lord Rash

        1. Hooky
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 22 days ago

          Rash been getting chances. Just needs to remember how to finish!

    21. Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 22 days ago

      I've gone without KDB so triple captained Salah to try and make up for any losses there. That's smart management!