FPL double gameweeks and blanks – a few thoughts on my team


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So I spent a good few hours this morning trying to get my head around the new fixtures and the effects on my FPL teams.  Here’s the first brain dump on the FPL double gameweeks and blanks.  Hopefully it will help your thoughts.

FPL double gameweeks and blanks – a few thoughts on my team




So I started this morning in a coffee shop with phone and paper with the intention of coming up with drafts for both my fpl teams with and without the Free Hit chip but after a few hours I had only done 2 drafts for my free hit lost team. So I’ll start with that and then hopefully today do a separate article on the free hit intact team.

Having the free hit makes a massive difference to your strategy and the fixture changes that I outlined in the double gameweek 34 confirmation have exacerbated that.

Remember you can only use the 1 chip per gameweek.

Here’s the fixtures by team and the google spreadsheet link

fpl double gameweeks

Some crucial points to start

This article is written from the perspective of maximising DGW and BGW fixtures and only for those managers who DONT have their free hit.

DGW34 and GW35 conflict

What hit me firstly is that only Burnley have a double fixture in GW34 and then a fixture in GW35.     No one else has a DGW34 and then a fixture in GW35.  Without a Free Hit (“FH”) for GW35 that rules out the prospect of using the Bench Boost (“BB”) in GW34 out effectively.  With the bench boost you want to have 15 DGW players (or 14 plus Salah) so transitioning that into a team in 35 without the free hit would be impossible.

However if you don’t use the bench boost in DGW34 with the intention of only having 11 DGW34 players it becomes easier.

Here’s the calculation:

4 GW35 players on the bench in DGW34

3 Burnley players (I know! not ideal especially with the GK position complicated)

1 Salah

2 transfers if you carry over 2 free’s into GW35

Total of 10 players for GW35 and 10 DGW players for DGW34 plus Salah

You will then be forced to bench boost in DGW37

 When to Wildcard and the triple captain issue

If you want to Triple Captain (“TC”) in a DGW34 then it’s realistically Hazard or Lukaku in my eyes unless you want to go totally rogue with Alonso or De Gea

However, if you don’t want to TC in 34 then your choice is either in Salah in GW35  v WBA (A) or v Stoke (H) in GW36 although both have issues with the UCL games where I guess he could be rotated.

If you want to TC in DGW34 then you’ll have to WC in GW33.  However if you’re willing to gamble on Salah as a single game captain then you could wildcard in GW34 to get more info and proximity to DGW37.

DGW37 rotation

Who knows what could be happening in GW37?  There is a risk that so late in the season rotation and lack of motivation in teams could be rife if everything is decided.  I don’t think that will definitely be the case. While the title is everything but won and should be done and dusted by GW34 the top 4 places for UCL qualifications aren’t as cut and dry.  There are 9 points from Man Utd in 2nd and Chelsea in 5th so there’s still alot to play for.  There’s no play off place so this season so the top 4 go into the Group stages automatically which could diminish the competition.

Down at the bottom of the table there’s  7 points between Stoke in 19th and Brighton in 12th so everything definitely isn’t done and dusted there in terms of relegation

The Man City conundrum

Man City from GW35 onwards will play:

Swansea (H)
West Ham (A)
Huddersfield (H)
Brighton (H)
Southampton (A)

Now City could have the league wrapped up by GW34.  Even allowing for that the above fixtures could be a City rampage, especially the DGW37 Huddersfield and Brighton games.  Pep, with those fixtures, will play a role in determining relegation depending on his team selection so the likes of Diaz and Foden may not come out en masse even if they progress past Liverpool in the UCL quarters.

The front 5 in the UCL games you would think will be D Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane and Aguero and the CBs Otamendi and Kompany/Laporte.  You would think that would give a chance to Jesus and Bernardo Silva to play regular premier league and for Stones in the defence but guessing Pep isn’t easy.  It will be extra difficult in DGW37 predicting who will play twice in a short space of time.

One thing for sure in my mind is that those with the free hit for GW35 have the luxury of a bespoke bench for their team and I feel will gamble on 3 City players.  Ignoring City to me is at least as risky as going with them.

The Kane conundrum

The ever helpful Spurs hierarchy have said that Kane will be back in training sometimes in April.  Thanks for that precise prognosis.  With WBA (A) and Newcastle (H) in 37 he is a natural triple captain option.  Personally without the free hit that’s impossible as I’ve said above but it will be worth having him just to at least get 2/3 of the points.

As long as you’ve got Lukaku or Aubameyang in your team he shouldn’t be more than a -4 away which is my current view on it.

Some draft lineups

Ok so much for the preamble here’s a couple of teams I put together earlier.

Either WC 33 TC 34 BB37

Or WC 34 TC 35/36 BB37




fpl double gameweeks

So DGW34ers:

De Gea
Lowton Christensen, Morgan,
Gudmundsson, Hazard, Salah, Mahrez
Austin, Wood, Lukaku

Bench: Fabianksi, D Silva, Stones, Dummett,

11 DGW players.  Captain Lukaku or Hazard

GW35ers:

Fabianski
Lowton, Stones, Dummett
Gudmundsson, Salah, D Silva
Wood

8 Plus 1 or 2 free transfers. Captain Salah

DGW37 bench boosters:

DGW37 Bench Boosters

De Gea, Fabianski
Christensen, Morgan, Stones, Dummett
Hazard, Mahrez, D Silva,
Austin, Lukaku

11 plus Salah

2 transfers for GW36 and GW37 would give you 13 DGW37ers plus Salah

Discussion

So it works out ok.  Man City are the tricky one.  You’re damned if you do damned if you don’t.  Is there anyone who will play 2 games in a week in 37?  So do you just brave 35 and the rest of the fixtures and hope for the best or have a guess at who will play and hope for the best.

Austin is similar.  Will he play 2 games in a week twice?  What he does in 32 and the GW33 press conference will be vital.

Christensen has the perpetual injury scare at the moment.  Under this team above he could become Alonso and Hazard become Willian.  You would lose flexibility in that case and Lukaku would definitely be your captain/triple captain.

Another option

fpl double gameweeks

I wont go through all the lineups here but the principle is the same.  There will be plenty of drafts to come.

I hope that helped if you don’t have a free hit.  Hopefully another article later today

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8 thoughts on “FPL double gameweeks and blanks – a few thoughts on my team”

  1. This is great – most of the other FPL sites are solely focused on teams with FH intact, so the fact that you have to seriously consider a strategy for the team with the accidentally used FH makes this unique and really interesting. Hope to read more about this from you

  2. I used my free hit – successfully- in GG31 with 116 points. Now have the difficulty too of navigating between fielding a full team of double Gameweek players in GW34 and having a workable amount of players in GW35. The change in scheduling on Wednesday threw a lot of teams into chaos. Previously it was expected that six teams would double up in GW34 and play GW35, now it’s only Burnley !!!! I am going to play 13 doubles in GW34 and hold my two Liverpool players – Salah scores more in one week than other players do in two – lay my bench boost and rack some points up. Then try and wing it with 7 players in GW35 – 2 Liverpool, 3 Burnley and 2 carried transfers. The alternative of benchboost in GW37 is too risky for me – how many players will really play twice that week with rotation and motivation and the fixtures are not even confirmed yet, look at what happened with fixture changes this week. One thing is for sure, those with free hit intact fir Gw 35 will be sleeping better than those of us without it ….

    • Yes no free hit is a major negative not just because of the fixture loss but the Arsenal and Man City issues with team selection due to other focus areas. Those with a free hit will have a bench and more time to make their selection. thanks for the comments and good luck this week cheers

  3. Thanks you for the insite .this is excellent for being one of those who have used their freedom already and trying to navigate options for game week 35

  4. I have Free hit, Triple captain & Bench boost… How about the following sequence?
    My current team has 8 players for GW 35 with firminho, salah & mane
    GW 34 – Free hit (So that i can remove all three liverpool players and get them back at their old price for GW35)
    GW 35 – Use two transfer and get playing ten
    GW 36 – Wild card
    GW 37 – TC/Bench boost & the other chip in GW 35/38

    I also have a feel that Arsenal may play double games in GW 35 once they update balance matches… If Arsenal progress UEFA Quarters, GW 36 & 37 midweek wil clash with their UEFA Semis.

  5. Spurs have two DGWS both on 34 and 37 so i would rather go for Kane or Son cause I see no Spurs player in your team.

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