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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. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    I over slept! Forgot the deadline. First time ever!!!
    Think it feels pretty good anyways..

    Martinez
    Zouma Cresswell Stones Justin
    Salah(TC) Mane Bruno Son Maddison
    Watkins

    (McCarthy Bamford Ayling Brewster)

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Like that TC punt.
      I think there are goals in that game tomorrow.

    2. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Yes you are good. GL!

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Thanks fellas

  2. AnfieldLad
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Hope West Brom get spanked now

    1. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Wtf happened to Johnstone???

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 12 days ago

        The rona

  3. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Rule 1: Never BB after a winter break

    1. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Think it's more covid that is the issue here.

  4. Rochdale_Cowboy
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Johnstone finally caught something this season

  5. Penang Sandman
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Twitter comments said he got covid, dont worry here come Fraser Forster for my team

  6. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Literally don't understand the concern, how many points did everyone thing Johnstone was going to get?!

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      6-10

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 12 days ago

        Wow, really!

      2. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 12 days ago

        Easily 🙂
        l

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      6+?

    3. Ady87
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      8, I’ll just go without them shall I.

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 12 days ago

        Well WBA likely to concede by more than 2 in both fixtures so I'd have said 4 would be the max but more likely 2-3.

    4. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Enough to justify the BB, like 4,5 max 6. Now they get 0.

      1. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 12 days ago

        All greedy Johnstone owners in above posts 🙂

    5. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      All those save points you mother.

    6. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Yeah, its not the end of the world, but still frustrating. You want to squeeze every last point out the BB/DGW combo.

      Maybe he'll be back for the 2nd game.

    7. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      4 minimum, probably 6 or more.

    8. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      7 - 12

    9. DK_13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      More than 0 for sure. If you bench boost for a player you atleast want them to play (I don't have him)

    10. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      It’s the lack of hope that kills

    11. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      1-2 Per GW

    12. Salah and Vinagre Chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      I still don't get how anyone (Scout Picks included) thought Johnstone was a good idea in the first place.

  7. kime67
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    lets pray forster starts

    1. ivantys
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 12 days ago

      +1

    2. akashan99
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      +2

  8. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    I was so close to bringing in Furlong for my BB haha. Thank heavens I didn't!

  9. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    The Curious Case of Benchable Button.

    1. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Haha

    2. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Nice

    3. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Nice

  10. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Fantastic start bringing Johnstone in!

  11. kime67
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    southampton fans, will forster start?

  12. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone else hoping their KDB (C) gets 1 point? The amount of TCers out there means his EO will be much higher than 200% for sure..

    1. jomikijiq
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      it won't be more than 200% for sure

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      No you nutter

    3. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Around 150-180% I'd say

    4. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Guessing not. He wasn't that well owned before this GW so should be a few 0% to bring the average down. Plus other TC options.

    5. aleksaa2
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Rochdale cowboy for sure.

  13. adstomko
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Feeling lonely with Mané (C) but I think he's a worthy differential

    1. Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      You could be laughing. GL mate

  14. The Train Driver
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Didn't expect a lot of points from Johnstone anyhow, just boring I have no players in the first game...

    1. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Cost me a fookin -4 ffs, bad bad omen 🙁

  15. b91jh
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone did Button to Johnstone for a hit like me...

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      No, did Walton to him 🙄

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Oh dear Lord in pyjamas.

  16. BrockLanders
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    NO JOHNSTONE!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  17. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    That's such a pain in the backside.

  18. FPL.team
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    At least I don't have to watch the WBA match now. Silver linings.

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Aye, every cloud...

  19. umerlfc
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Now imagine Martinez turns out to be the one effected from covid and teams might have no playing GK in a DGW

  20. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Sam Johnstone and Matt Phillips both absent for #WBAFC with Covid-19, confirmed by Sam Allardyce

    https://twitter.com/garytaphouse/status/1350406259472785408

    Should miss the other game as well. Covid innit

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Great start 🙂 funny game indeed

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Assumed so

    3. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      innit just .. pain in the tailpipe. Cheers for the update.

  21. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    And this is just the first line up.

    Wait until you see the Villa one...

  22. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Do we think Johnstone will be back for the West Ham game?

    1. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Highly unlikely

    2. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Depends when he caught covid.

    3. Gobigorgohome
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      covid so no

    4. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Impossible

  23. HuttonDressedasLahm
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Took a hit to replace my non playing sub keeper with Johnstone

    Classic 2020/1

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Absolutely.

      No doubt more epic fails to come too.

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      We need a bench for our bench these days

    3. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      EPIC

  24. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    I can't accept that.BB without the second keeper.

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Owell we’ve done it now 🙂 we knew the risks... Probably 6 points anyways. There’s plenty more to come

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Would only got 2-4 points in total anyway

  25. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Bench boost already ruined.

    1. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      You won't be the only one

    2. Salah and Vinagre Chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      All this fuss over losing out on max of 2 points.

  26. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Some thought the panic on here was before the deadline lol

  27. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Sam Allardyce has confirmed Johnstone has COVID. Well then...

    1. HODGE
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      All Johnstone owners very unlucky

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Thank the stars they have a single gw

      1. Guru Mediation
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 12 days ago

        Double

    3. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      so both games lost then...Good start for BB

  28. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Expect a West Brom mauling today without Johnstone

    1. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 12 days ago

      Button is a very good keeper

  29. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone have Snodgrass in their starting line up?

  30. The Mighty Hippo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 12 days ago

    Johnsone was rtoo attack minded for an Allardyce team. He came off his line at one point in their last game and big Sam nearly had a heart attack.