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How FPL Blank Gameweek 29 looks after the FA Cup replays

The results of the midweek FA Cup fourth-round replays are significant for Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers.

The quarter-finals of the FA Cup are on the same weekend as Gameweek 29, so there’ll be scheduled league fixtures postponed as a result of that clash.

And with many of the surviving big boys being given favourable draws in the round of 16, it could be quite a big Blank Gameweek.

But Chelsea’s win over Aston Villa on Wednesday means that we now know three Premier League fixtures will go ahead as planned.

Here’s the lowdown.

FA CUP FIFTH ROUND DRAW

  • Blackburn vs Newcastle
  • Chelsea vs Leeds
  • Bournemouth vs Leicester
  • Liverpool vs Southampton
  • Nottingham Forest vs Manchester United
  • Wolves vs Brighton
  • Coventry vs Maidstone
  • Luton vs Manchester City

(Premier League clubs in bold)

FPL BLANK GAMEWEEK 29 OVERVIEW

GW29 Premier League fixtureStatusA blank will happen if the following happens:
Burnley v BrentfordOn
Fulham v SpursOn
West Ham v Aston VillaOn
Arsenal v ChelseaPossible blankIf Chelsea beat Leeds in the FA Cup fifth round
Brighton v Man CityPossible blankIf Brighton beat Wolves and/or Man City beat Luton in the FA Cup fifth round
Crystal Palace v NewcastlePossible blankIf Newcastle beat Blackburn in the FA Cup fifth round
Everton v LiverpoolPossible blankIf Liverpool beat Southampton in the FA Cup fifth round
Luton v Nottm ForestPossible blankIf Luton beat Man City and/or Nottm Forest beat Man Utd in the FA Cup fifth round
Man Utd v Sheff UtdPossible blankIf Man Utd beat Nottm Forest in the FA Cup fifth round
Wolves v BournemouthPossible blankIf Wolves beat Brighton and/or Bournemouth beat Leicester in the FA Cup fifth round
Maximum number of blanks: 7
Minimum number of blanks: 2

FPL BLANK GAMEWEEK 29 SUMMARY

The draw for the first round of the 2019/20 FFS Cup

So, three Gameweek 29 fixtures are confirmed as unaffected by the FA Cup clash that weekend.

It’s very plausible that we get as many as six blanks, with seven being the maximum.

If all goes to plan in terms of the bookies’ favourites, the following fixtures will be the only ones going ahead in Gameweek 29:

  • Fulham v Spurs
  • Burnley v Brentford
  • West Ham v Aston Villa
  • Luton v Nottm Forest

To get seven blanks, we’d need to see wins for Newcastle, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Liverpool, Brighton, Man Utd and Luton in the FA Cup fifth round.

WHEN WILL WE KNOW FOR SURE WHICH GAMEWEEK 29 FIXTURES ARE GOING AHEAD?

We won’t know about the confirmed blanks until the midweek before Gameweek 27, when the FA Cup fifth round takes place.

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  1. Ruinenlust
    • 6 Years
    15 days, 4 hours ago

    Darwin (-4) or Toney??

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      Neither

  2. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    I need a cheap enabler. Who do you suggest?

    a) Branthwaite

    b) Van Hecke

    c) Bradley

    d) Bell

    e) other

    1. Malkmus
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      I think A is great and amazed he's still so cheap. I'll be getting B for my bench soon, so either of those for me.

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      D

    3. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      A.
      Maybe C or D if you want to play them in upcoming double Gameweeks. I'm only considering B to save the extra £0.1m but I'd go A for security of minutes (which, let's face it, is what you want from your enabler)

    4. Bavarian
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      a

    5. ScottWah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 1 hour ago

      e Other , Robinson

  3. Malkmus
    • 12 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    A'noon all. Who to bench this week?

    A - Gordon - (Forest Away)
    B - Porro - (Brighton Home)

    Thinking A with injury doubt

    Ta

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      I think the news I read is that A is pretty likely to miss out so you may not have a choice

      1. Eightball
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 23 hours ago

        You can't trust a word Howe says though. He will straight up lie like last week.

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      A is injured

      1. Malkmus
        • 12 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Ah ok, cheers both. Missed that

    3. Baps hunter
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Doesn't matter. I would start Gordon. If and since he is injured, he won't make 1 pt cameo now. There have been situations when people benched injured Saka just see him start and score. As long as there is 0.5% chance of start for the better player, it is usually worth doing. However, in some cases with players like R James the risk of injury reoccurrence changes things. He just can't be trusted to make 60 minutes after injury.

  4. Philosopher's Stones
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Surely bench Solanke for the next two rather than use 2FTs to sell him next GW and bring back in 27?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      I'm doing the hokey cokey

      1. Baps hunter
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Me too. Gordon is injured and I can't afford to sell him for Jota without extra hit. Owning and watching Darwin isn't fun, but he is not missing all his chances.

    2. FFS ManU
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Darwin or Adebayo might outscore him by quite a lot before GW27.

    3. shirtless
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      I have to sell to get Haaland, then will bring back for Alvarez. Keeping Watkins.

  5. Il Capitano
    • 3 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    2FT 2.9m ITB

    Dubravka (Areola)
    TAA Porro Saliba (Konsa* Lascelles*)
    Saka Foden Richarlison Palmer (Gordon*)
    Haaland Watkins Solanke

    Gordon > Jota still a goer?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 3 hours ago

      Yup and Solanke to Darwin

      1. Il Capitano
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Think I'll just do the one, would give me a benching headache and struggling for GW26 starters as is

        1. donbagino
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 2 hours ago

          Gordon - > Jota or Solanke --> Darwin. Which transfer is more essiantial? (Watkins, Haaland, Palmer, Saka, Richarlison, Foden in my team)

          1. mrcann
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            15 days, 2 hours ago

            Gordon to Jota

            Gordon injury risk and Solanke plays in 26

            1. Baps hunter
              • 6 Years
              15 days, 2 hours ago

              Gordon could be back by then(?). Both have horrible gw26 fixtures tbh.

    2. FFS ManU
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Are you going to use your FH in GW26?

      1. Il Capitano
        • 3 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Think I can get to 10 players for free in 26, but will plan it all out this evening

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • 13 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Looks good. I've got KDB so can't afford it in one, but that's my aim

  6. ScottWah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Why has Cuhna dropped 0.1M when he got 17 points and has a lot of teams buying him up?

    1. Baps hunter
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      I think he dropped because of sales (mainly Saturday?) before his game.

      1. ScottWah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Yes! , I benched him for Gorden ....

    2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      People making room for Haaland probably

  7. waltzingmatildas
    • 13 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Which move do you prefer?
    A) Rich to Jota
    B) Porro, Gordon to Kilman, Jota (-4)
    C) Porro, Palmer to Van Hecke, Jota (for free next week)
    D) Estu, Porro, Palmer to Botman, Kilman, Jota (-4 next week)

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      C

    2. ScottWah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      C

    3. -GK22-
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      A

    4. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      C - provided you can deal with Gordon being out this week

    5. FFS ManU
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      C

    6. waltzingmatildas
      • 13 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Thanks all. Yes, can play Pedro instead of Gordon this week

  8. Maddamotha
    • 7 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Take a hit to take out Estu? Currently playing Porro and Gabriel. Other defenders Taylor and Trusty.

    Estu > VVD/Walker -4?

    1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Contemplating doing it myself this week. Feels foolish as he very well may come back into the side but Mitoma's return may further muddy the waters a bit, and the punt on Doughty this week for Sheffield Utd before two doubles feels like it's the best chance of it paying off

  9. shirtless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Any chance of some games up north getting snowed off?

  10. boc610
    • 12 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Alvarez's punishment of his sellers will be brutal and merciless

    1. FFS ManU
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      He might be warming the bench after blanking last week.

      1. boc610
        • 12 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        after his 23 rd start in a row?

        1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          15 days, 2 hours ago

          KDB being out all season and Haaland missing 2 months has been a huge part of that, no way Pep ever planned to make him play that many games in a row (although I'm not sure just how much he'll be rotated but it has to be taken into consideration)

        2. Baps hunter
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 2 hours ago

          Time to get that well deserved rest? His shots weren't his sharpest ones in last match.

    2. bigwig
      • 13 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Too much of a rotation risk now

      1. boc610
        • 12 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        see above

  11. cigan
    • 5 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Hi, would you do any of these (1 ft)?

    A) Gross > Foden
    B) Solanke > Darwin
    C) Estupinan > Branthwaite
    D) save

    Areola
    Trent Porro Gabriel
    Kdb Jota Gross Palmer
    Haaland Watkins Solanke
    (Turner Garnacho Estu Gusto)

  12. Bumbaclot
    • 13 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Gordon and solanke to jota and Darwin for free??

    1. drughi
      • 14 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      doing it for a hit so yeah

    2. Baps hunter
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      No brainer

  13. leo_messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    Most nailed Aston Villa and West Ham defender?

  14. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    So GW24 to GW29 summary mainly for my own benefit, with the more obvious/common players in brackets:

    GW24: plum fixtures for DGW25 teams, consider taking a hit a week early if you wee going to take it next week anyway.

    GW25: DGW for City (Haaland, Foden, Alvarez, KDB, Foden, Walker), Pool (Jota, TAA, Salah, Darwin, Robertson, Virgil, Diaz), Brentford (Toney) & Luton (Doughty, Adebayo)

    GW26: Blank for Chelsea (Palmer), Pool, Spurs (Rich, Porro, Son) & Luton - so in GW25 make sure no more than 3 (ignoring keepers) from those 4 teams.

    GW27: All normal

    GW28: DGW for Bournemouth (Solanke, Neto) and Luton (Doughty)

    GW29: Could only be 3 games: Burnley (Taylor if fit), Brentford, Fulham (Leno), Spurs, West Ham (Areola, Bowen, JWP), Villa (Watkins, Luiz, Diaby, Bailey)

    Conclusion:
    Toney has 6 Games in a 5 week period: nice and stable differential (for now)

    Stable core players with a GW29 and 5 games in 5 gw's, no blanks or doubles: Taylor (if fit), Leno, Areola, Bowen, JWP, Watkins, Luiz, Diaby, Bailey

    Doubling players to rotate around blanks but still with 5 games:
    - 2 doubles, 2 blanks: Doughty and Adebayo
    - 5 games than a blank: Foden, Alvarez, KDB, Haaland, Walker, Solanke, Neto

    4 games but no blanks:
    - Richarlison, Porro, Son

    Doubling players but only 4 games with 2 blanks
    - 1 double, 2 blanks: Jota, TAA, Salah, Darwin, Robertson, Diaz, Virgil

    Finally, Palmer - 3 games, 2 blanks, no doubles.

    1. Baps hunter
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      "4 games but no blanks:
      - Richarlison, Porro, Son"

      One blank (gw26) for them.

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 14 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Yep that's what I meant, if only 4 games they must have a blank!

    2. FFS ManU
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      I think that you meant 4 games and 1 blank for the Spurs trio, but thanks for posting as I find it helpful too.

      1. Baps hunter
        • 6 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Yes, this. Thx (and upvote) from me too.

    3. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      I would do Pedro > Toney for a hit but dont' have the cash and don't want to ditch Watkins instead. So woudl need to do Saka > Luiz to achieve it also for a hit.

  15. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 3 hours ago

    I have KDB Foden and Alvarez and not enough ITB to do Alvarez>Haaland without major surgery.

    A) No Haaland
    B) KDB to Haaland switch (sell Solanke and buy Garnacho exact change for a -4)

    1. Baps hunter
      • 6 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Whom are you selling for Nacho? Can't you fo anything sneaky and more clever? I have same MCI trio, but I have the money. Haaland's price is rising fast, so better bite the bullet now. Get him. I will take either Jota or prolly Darwin in.

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        It would have to be KDB

        1. Baps hunter
          • 6 Years
          15 days, 2 hours ago

          It's worth -4, gambling against TC Haaland gw25 isn't funny.

      2. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        It basically boils down to having Haaland -4 points or having KDB with an extra transfer in hand

    2. FFS ManU
      • 1 Year
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Do you have the funds to do either Alvarez or Solanke to Adebayo this week for free and then replace him with Haaland for GW25?

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 4 Years
        15 days, 2 hours ago

        Miles short

  16. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 4 Years
    15 days, 2 hours ago

    No, miles short sadly

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 4 Years
      15 days, 2 hours ago

      Reply fail

  17. Cojones of Destiny
    • 5 Years
    14 days, 9 hours ago

    Play
    a. Pau (MUN)
    b. Andersen (CHE)

  18. AYLD28
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 days, 3 hours ago

    Is it worth buying back Saka if you sold him last week or double down on the DGW?

    1. Palmer > Saka
    2. Palmer > KDB

    Dubravka
    Trippier Doughty Gabriel/Estu
    Gross Foden Jota Palmer* Richarlison
    Haaland (TC) Darwin

    Areola Gabriel/Estu Porro Solanke

  19. Steamboat Willy Boly
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 2 hours ago

    Feel like everyone's gonna have similar teams for this double. Is anyone NOT triple captaining haaland and what are they doing instead?

    1. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 2 hours ago

      Dead teams. Watching me sail past them

  20. Lucky Z
    • 6 Years
    9 days, 21 hours ago

    TAA + Son => Reguilon + Salah -4?

    Reguilon with the target for GW29 but will play in DGW25 also