FPL double gameweeks and blanks – updating the information during the FA Cup 5th round – Mondays’s game updated


Here’s our FPL double gameweeks and blanks article in preparation for the  FA Cup 5th round.  We’ll use this article as a base to amend the blank schedules for GW31 and GW33 as the weekend progresses.  Here’s the final update of the GW31 and GW33 schedules after the Man Utd win over Chelsea.  I will do a separate article next.

FPL double gameweeks and blanks – updating the information during the FA Cup 5th round – Monday’s games updated

Friday saw Watford beat QPR 1-0

Saturday saw Brighton beat Derby 2-1 and Man City beat Newport 4-1

Sunday saw Wolves beat Bristol City 1-0 and Palace beat Doncaster 2-0

Man Utd beat Chelsea 2-0

Here’s the quarter final draw:

Swansea City v Man City

Watford v C Palace

Wolves v Man Utd

Milwall v Brighton





I have put the majority of these schedules in my early FFGeek team article but it makes more sense to have a standalone article which I can update as the weekend goes on

Some background

Here’s the background to blanks and doubles in 3 sentences

The FA Cup quarter finals and semi finals will be played on the weekends of the premier league gameweeks of GW31 and GW33.  They will therefore require postponements outside of the current gameweeks.  With UEFA rules requiring no clashes with European fixtures the only options as GW32 and GW35.

The 5th round FA Cup draw

The 5th round results this weekend will determine who has quarter finals clashing with the premier league GW31 fixtures and will therefore require postponements.

After those results we will have to determine our strategy for dealing with the doubles

Here’s a screenshot of the BBC football site showing the 5th round draw using UK times:

FPL double gameweeks

The current Blank GW31 and GW33 schedules

These will be updated within this article after each days games involving a premier league team.

GW31

The fixtures in green will not be postponed as each team has been knocked out of the FA Cup.  Orange are the ones that will be postponed.

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GW33

The fixtures in green will not be postponed as each team has been knocked out of the FA Cup.  Games involving the semi finalists will be the only ones postponed and hence we will not know these until after the quarter finals.  That’s except for Wolves v Man Utd which is a quarter final match so one must progress.

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Now 8 teams have games guaranteed in GW31 and GW33.  They are Chelsea, Everton, West Ham, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Burnley, Huddersfield and Leicester.

Options to navigate the FPL double gameweeks and blanks

These options assume you have a wildcard and a free hit and one of a TC or BB.  I’ll add to these through the weekend in italics.

One thing which is high in my mind is whether the GW31 postponements go to GW32 and the GW33 postponements go to GW35.  It’s possible that there will be no announcements until after GW31 as the TV companies mix and match postponements to maximise TV viewing figures. Interestingly they’ve made no announcement of the Chelsea v Brighton EFL final postponed fixture.



FPL double gameweeks

Option 1

Option 1 means you prepare for GW31 through transfers and then maximise double GW32 through the wildcard.  You free hit GW33 while having 2 transfers to prepare for GW35.

Depending on the state of your team now you may find it difficult to field 11 players in GW31.

It has the advantage of full visibility for the postponements before you use a chip but a free hit in GW33 seems a bit of a waste if you’ve prepared for GW31.

I hear the argument alot about having to bring in players from poorer teams to fill GW31.  I think that has been over played.  In GW31 you would have 3 Liverpool players, 4 on the bench of the likes of Pogba, Rashford, Aubameyang etc leaving 4 players from the other teams only in the lead up to GW31.  2 of which could have been transferred in on GW31 itself.  That doesn’t seem too bad to me.

In terms of the TC chip.  You have 3 possibilities:

The first is hope Chelsea get through to the FA Cup semis and therefore need an additional postponement as they still have their EFL final fixture to be played.  Secondly, play it in GW36 and hope Salah starts v Huddersfield.    Thirdly hope the weather creates postponements which looks less likely as we get through winter.

Option 2

Option 2 means you prepare for GW31 through transfers and then maximise double GW32 through the free hit.  If you have representation of the 5 teams that have fixtures in both GW31 and GW33 you should be able to transition easily between the 2.

However, depending on the state of your team now you may find it difficult to field 11 players in GW31.

Like option 1, it has the advantage of full visibility for the postponements before you use a chip

As I said above, I hear the argument alot about having to bring in players from poorer teams to fill GW31.  I think that has been over played.  In GW31 you would have 3 Liverpool players, 4 on the bench of the likes of Pogba, Rashford, Aubameyang etc leaving 4 players from the other teams in the lead up to GW31.  2 of which could have been transferred in on GW31 itself.  That doesn’t seem too bad to me.

Again, in terms of the TC chip.  You have 3 possibilities:

The first is hope Chelsea get through to the FA Cup semis and therefore need an additional postponement as they still have their EFL final fixture to be played.  Secondly, play it in GW36 and hope Salah starts v Huddersfield.    Thirdly hope the weather creates postponements which looks less likely as we get through winter.

Option 3

This option allows you to play as normal up to the GW30 and prepare for the the double 32 and 35 through a wildcard in GW30. You sort blank 31 out through a free hit and hope you can transition into GW33 with minimal damage.

It has the advantage of not having to prepare in advance but the disadvantage of the GW32 and GW33 transition.  It also doesn’t allow you to have visibility of the dates of the postponements if they aren’t announced until after GW31.

Option 4 

With option 4 you prepare for double gameweek 32 through transfers leading up to GW32 and free hit your way out of avoiding the blanks.  You then hope you can transition into GW33 with minimal issues and you obviously maximise GW35.

This again means you can avoid the likes of Burnley in the lead up to GW31 but it also assumes you know which postponements go into GW32 and that you can transition into GW33 from that with minimal pain.

Option 5

This is another option I’ve seen floating around and is the reverse of the Yaniv option where you wildcard for GW31 and GW33 and then free hit in GW32.

This is a good option in that you know exactly what you’re dealing with when you use your wildcard and your free hit for the double.  The difficulty is the transition afterwards.  You have to transition between GW32 GW33 and GW35 without any chips and that could be tricky.

FFGeek team thoughts

As I write this I’m not committing myself to an option.  The 5th round results will determine this.  All things being equal I would like to do option 2 but when I put Son in as opposed Mane and Morgan lost his place I’m now in a position where my maximum team for GW31 is 8 unless things go my way in the 5th round results.

I may change my view if the postponements for GW31 are announced before the GW27 deadline but if that doesn’t happen I’m in for some hard decisions.

Future articles

So I’ll update this at the end of each day, hopefully, over the weekend and then I’ll do a refresher article with my thoughts.  I hope to do a simulation with my team using the different strategies to see how they work.

I’m also hoping to put together a contributors FPL double gameweeks and blanks special for next Wednesday and Thursday where the contributors say how they are going to deal with the doubles and blanks. Some have used their wildcard so you’ll get that perspective.

I’m also running a separate team where I’ve deliberately used the free hit chip so to do a separate article on how to navigate the doubles and blanks without the free hit.  I’ll introduce that next week as well.  I’m also hoping to get hold of one where you have no chips to see how that could work.

So plenty more to come.

Joseph Crilleys team planning spreadsheet

Here’s link to Joseph Crilleys excellent team planner spreadsheet plus his explanatory notes.  You can use this to navigate your way through the blanks

Just remember that you have to make a copy by using the drop down of the file tab to where it says make a copy

Here’s the google spreadsheet link

and the explanatory note

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21 thoughts on “FPL double gameweeks and blanks – updating the information during the FA Cup 5th round – Mondays’s game updated”

  1. Hello Geek

    Thanks for the article and look forward to the updates. Just one question regarding GW31 – you mentioned how you didn’t think it would be difficult to navigate as you can have 3 Liverpool’s, 4 players such as pogba, rashford and Auba, and then 4 from other teams. However, ManUtd and Arsenal do not play in GW31? Am I misundstanding? Cheers

    • Hi Dylan sorry if that was confusing and I’ve amended the wording slightly.

      What I mean is in the lead up to GW31 you could have 3 Liverpool player, 4 players who do not play in GW31 such as Pogba, Rashford, Aubameyang and say Lloris as a GK. That would mean you only need 4 players from the likes of Burnley etc in the lead up to GW31 who would play and in fact 2 would come from transfers at the point of GW31. The other 4 from the GW31 teams would be on your bench in the games up to GW31. So to me it seems a bit of a stretch saying you have to ruin your team in the lead up to GW31 to follow that strategy. Hope that makes sense

  2. I love this stuff. I made a spreadsheet too out of excitement/boredom which plays out the win ir lose scenarios from this weekend’s FA matches, then spits out how many teams fit each of the fh 31 and fh32 strategies for you. I can post the public docs link if you want but this isnt my site so I wouldnt do that without geek’s permission. I put it on fplreddit yesterday if anyone does want to use it. The stuff geek already shared is awesome too, not trying to steal any thunder. Just use it if you want or not, I dont care lol.

    I honestly love all the dialogue you post geek and the comments from the other pros and the regular comment posters are great too. I dont even go to any other sites anymore besides the price prediction ones, reddit and there is one pod I really like. Just this one for articles. It is the best by a mile.

    Cheers dude.

    • Kev

      Thanks for the nice words. They’re greatly appreciated.

      If you send me the link I can post it as well as Joes in an article cheers

  3. I would BB with 13 double game week players plus two Liv in 32. Then play for 33: 2 liv 2 Ars 2 sou plus loosing QF, plus one transfer in. QF draw is important.

  4. Well if you can get a good 13 doubles out GW32 then that would work. But once again, it is a guessing game as to what the FA will do for GW32.
    I personally don’t like the option tho.

  5. I undrstand your point there are issues with all the options. However planning for option 6 doesn’t disrupt my team much and if the fixtures don’t pan out as expected I can always WC in 30 (option3) or 32 (option7: FH31, WC32, BB35, TC36).

  6. With only 3 from Liv guarantee to play in GW31 and the rest is blank, I must choose FH31 route. The remaining chip plan will be based on the fixtures of FA Cup Round 6.

  7. This is my team
    Lloris, Boruc
    Kolasinac, Bennett, Bednarek, Bissaka, Robertson
    Hazard, Salah, Pogba, Son, Westwood
    Aguero, Rashford, Kamara

    This my play for GW 31

    GW 27 (-4)
    Aguero and Hazard out
    Auba and F. Anderson in

    GW 28 (-4)
    Auba and Bednarek out
    Aguero and Pereira in

    GW29 (-4)
    Kamara and Kolasinac out
    Arnautovic and Maguire in

    GW 30
    Bennet out
    Rice in

    GW 31 (-4)
    Aguero and Pogba out
    Vardy/Wilson and Mané

  8. Hi geek, thanks for the update, you can already paint United vs wolves in gw33, it will be postponed for sure, as one of them will be in the semi final , and now you have both teams with blanks in gw 31 and 33 and with dgw in probably gw 32 and 35

  9. I currently have six GW31 players so need to buy 5/6 in over the next five weeks to build a GW31 team. I do think option 2 provides a smoother transition with GW31 players also playing in blank GW33 and then free hitting in GW32 for a team of “doubles”..

    The only down side is diluting the quality of the team slightly while building the team, plus having to sell one or two players who ideally you would want back again when wildcarding in GW34, with the buy back price being above the sale price. Best to keep some money in the bank to cover this ??

  10. Helder… taking a -16 to get to GW31 is madness in my opinion.

    In blank GW33 there will be at a minimum 6 fixtures going ahead as one of either Watford v Fulham or Newc V Palace will go ahead depending on the result of Watford v Palace in the FA Cup.
    If Brighton lose to Millwall then Spurs will have a fixture and that would make GW33 very manageable without a chip I feel. Even without the Spurs fixture it would be ok.

  11. The Geek’s no free hit team strategy helped me win my mini league and finish top 25k last year, for which I am eternally grateful and an unconditional fan. I’m going option 2 – the hard work, such as it is (I’ll be fielding 9 or 10 if I take a hit) is done before GW31, and it seems relatively straightforward from there on in.

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