FPL doubles and blanks – FFGeek contributors special as they talk about their plans to navigate the BGWs and DGWs


Here’s out FPL doubles and blanks article where 5 FFGeek contributors talk about their plans to navigate the upcoming blanks and doubles.  There’s Costas (who has already used his wildcard), Yaniv Salomon, Sergio Torija, FPL Word and Mikael Danielsen. 

FPL doubles and blanks – FFGeek contributors special as they talk about their plans to navigate the BGWs and DGWs

See my most recent article on the blanks and doubles as background.  Also you can see last seasons 715 OR finisher Andrew Ferguson’s plans

Here 5 FFGeek contributors talk through their plans to deal with the impending blanks and doubles

Yaniv Salomon

Yaniv finished with an 8k OR last season.  His current rank is 34k.  Yaniv has all his chips intact

Here’s his team:

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Hi, so lets take a brief look on the upcoming GW’s:


Only 5 games, only 2 top 6 games, both away games, Liverpool vs Fulham and out of form Chelsea vs Everton


Most probably, but not guaranteed,  the 5 games postponed from GW31 will move to this GW. So 15 games, 4 top 6 teams with 2 games: Man City: United (A) Fulham (A),  Man U: City (H) Watford (H); Spurs: Crystal Palace (H) Liverpool (A); Arsenal: Wolves (A) Newcastle (H).


Wolves vs United will be postponed (they play each other in the quarter final) , I will assume that City and Brighton will go through vs lower division teams (Swansea and Millwall).  So Brighton vs Spurs and City vs Cardiff will be postponed and one of Watford vs Fulham or Crystal Palace vs Newcastle.  Therefore,  6 games with 3 top 6 teams playing.  Liverpool vs Southampton (A), Arsenal vs Everton (A) and Chelsea vs West Ham (H).


Probably, but again not guaranteed, will get the games from GW33.  If so there will be 14 games, 3 top 6 team with 2 games: United: Wolves (A) Everton (A); City: Cardiff (H) Spurs (H) and Spurs: Brighton (H) City (A)

Yaniv’s original option

My first option (Yaniv’s one 😊 in the Geeks article) was to get most of the attention to the big DWG, as the best time to use the BB will be only in 32/35, I assumed GW32 will have more games than GW35. Now we can see there could be a small difference 15/14.

However,  as we learned from previous seasons as we get later into the season there is a bigger rotation risk as some of the team have less to play for. So the original plan was to WC in 30 to get 14/15 players for DGW 32 (maybe 14+Salah), use FH in 31 , and BB in 32 , and TC in 35.  The TC could be Kun as City have 2 home games and one vs Cardiff).  The good part of my original plan is that I play normally until GW30 and don’t need to plan ahead and force transfers for players who play in GW31.  The first downside though is that the WC is 3 weeks before GW32.   The other downside is that I don’t have a prepared team for GW33.  I guess I will want to have in my team for GW32, around 6-8 players from City, United and Spurs who have 2 DGW, that means that I will have short squad for this GW33 maybe 7-8 players.

An alternative option

I think the other alternative is to start using the chips in GW32 , Prepare ahead to GW31 (most of FPL teams have at least already 5-7 players from the 10 teams that play in this GW.   I have only 4, 3 Liverpool players and Digne.   I have 5 transfers before GW31 and so I will have 9 players.  Then the best option is (option 2 in the Geeks article) to FH in 32, WC in 34 to BB in 35.  The other problem with this though is that the TC will be used in a regular GW, probably Salah in GW36 vs Huddersfield.

I may not use my FT this week to decide which alternative is better as later as possible, or if I will use it I will bring in a player who plays in GW31 until I have a final decision.

The calls with the chips are way harder than previous seasons,

Good luck all,


Costas Chari

 Costas finished with an OR of 29k last season and 27k in 16/17.  His OR is currently 60k.  He has used his wildcard but the remaining chips are intact.

Here’s his team:

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I do not have a wildcard available so planning for the rest of the seasons blanks & DGWs is very hard. I have already added players the past 2 gameweeks that do not have a blank so that I don’t end up with 5-6 playing players on a gameweek. This limits my chances of having full 11 playing players on both double gameweeks but you can’t have everything.

GW31- The coming weeks building up to GW31 I will add another 4 players (not taking hits) and this will give me 9 playing players for GW31 which is not bad.


GW33- 2 free transfers oriented for the double in GW35

GW34: 1 transfer oriented for the double in GW35

GW35: 8 or even 12 point hit (depends on availability of players) and BB

GW 36/37: If Liverpool is still on the title hunt I will TC Salah for GW36, if not then I will TC Aguero/ Sterling in GW37 as City will finish in style.

Hope this helps FPL managers that have already used their wildcards. I think it is a decent plan with limited hits. To do so though I started planning my transfers from GW25!! This has impacted my team such as not owning SON but owning mane instead.

Cheers and good luck!


Sergio Torija

Sergio finished with an OR of 17k last season and 21k in 16/17.  He currently has an OR of 1.5 million and has all his chips intact

Here’s his team:

fpl doubles

All chips available for me, currently with 8 GW31 players. So just with free transfers I will be able to field a decent eleven for GW31 and GW33, so not using the free hit there, since I will have a very similar team to what I would get with free hit. Then, I am so fed up with my poor season that I don’t feel like doing excessive planning, therefore doing a strategy that lets me pick the double week players the closest possible to the games. This will be free hit for the double in GW32, and then wildcard GW34 in preparation for the bench boost in the double in GW35. This leaves pending the triple captain chip, so I am hoping for an additional DGW for a strong team, otherwise it will probably be used with Salah in GW36.

Blank GW31

Double GW32 – FH

Blank GW33

GW34 – WC

Double GW35 – BB

GW36 – TC for a potential additional DGW, otherwise Salah v Huddersfield

FPL Word

FPL Word finished 35K OR in 17/18. 9k in 16/17, 1k OR in 15/16, 5k OR in 14/15.  He is currently 23k OR and has all his chips intact.

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I’m looking at a few options. Firstly I’ve decided to keep Aguero through the blank. He’s in top, top form and I don’t want to sell him only to be buying him back at a higher price. That means I need to get rid of Siggy even though he has a guaranteed GW31 fixture.  Here’s the dilemma: I’m looking at Felipe Anderson, the new Newcastle signing Almiron or someone from Leicester (most likely Maddison). Felipe Anderson is currently top of my chart, but I also want to get into the Leicester fixtures and am considering a -4 to get rid of Lindelof (fixtures turning difficult) and get Pereira instead.

In essence I plan on preparing for GW31 through transfers.  An International break follows and then I’ll decide on how I want to deal with the rest of the chips.

Mikael L Danielsen

Mikael finished 100k OR last season and 5k in 16/17.  He is currently 40k OR and has all his chips except for the triple captain chip

Here’s his team:

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BGW31: Use free transfers to prepare
BGW33: Use free transfers to prepare

GW34: WC

I’m not trying to field a full team for the BGW. 8 or 9 will do.
Keeping the players that I have value tied up in on the bench, and selling those with little TV tied up

Joseph Crilleys team planner

Here’s the link to Joe’s really excellent team planner which will help you navigate through the blanks and doubles.  There’s also an explanation sheet.  I’ve found it best to make a copy of the google spreadsheet.

See my most recent article on the blanks and doubles as background.  Also you can see last seasons 715 OR finisher Andrew Ferguson’s plans

Also See underlying stats on players from GW26 the early FFGeek team article and the 10 top FPL managers we follow.  There’s also our player form article.

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28 thoughts on “FPL doubles and blanks – FFGeek contributors special as they talk about their plans to navigate the BGWs and DGWs”

  1. Interesting that a significant number of the top FPL performers seem to be set on the option 2 route…

    Even more significant that Yaniv may also now be edging towards this rather than his original “ Yaniv option”…

    • Hey Andrew , tnx for your comment, it is really difficult to decide this year not like previous years, I haven’t really decided yet what to do, one negative I haven’t mentioned is that I don’t know how many points FH can achieve in GW31 , as there is not easy matches to “guess” on the paper, I will decide soon though.

    • Thanks for that info! i though we had 2 free transfers after the free hit! Then i will probably get a hit !

  2. Thanks, that was all helpful. A pattern is emerging. I like FH32, WC 34 and B.B. 35.

    One nagging issue is form versus fixtures. Chelsea and Everton have fixtures in 31 and 33, but who wants to have any of their players? I have three (Luiz, Digne and Richarlison) and I want to get rid of them all now!

  3. Yes this is one thing I am not too happy about with planning for GW31 with transfers instead of a chip… I have to keep the likes of Rich and Luiz who I really want to dump at this stage.

    • Not sure how I feel about keeping Richarlison just because he has a fixtures in 31 and 33.
      The bigger picture as I see it are his next seven games: Three away, home to Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and a blank.
      Even Noble could easily out score him.

  4. Assuming you play three Liverpool players in the blank weeks 31 and 33, the alternative to Everton and Chelsea players ( the only other five teams who play in both blank weeks ) are Burnley, Bournemouth, Leicester, Huddersfield and West Ham…

  5. And that’s why using my Yaniv’s option could work the best, because I don’t know if it is the right thing to prepare 4/5 GW’s for 1 GW with teams who are out of form,

    I think I will stay with my original plan, play regular step by step till GW29, GW 30 WC (who will cover GW 32 for 14 players at least with 2 games and play BB, gw 31 will be FH, in GW33 I will have around 7 plaeyrs I guess, and TC in GW 35.

  6. It is such a mind boggle… my brain hurts!!
    I just cant bring myself to bring in inferior players for the next 4 gameweeks… I feel this will be such a big battleground with points to be gained on all those planning for GW31 with the transfers in of Leicester, Bourn and Burnley players.
    Option 6 and 7 are open now too.

  7. I think if you play the moves right, I don’t think you have to dilute the team at all. For example, I have 6 GW31 players and need five in five weeks. But Wan Bissaka to Pereira is a plus with Leicester’s amazing fixtures, Stephens to Brooks ( when fit ) is a plus, taking out Jiménez in GW30 when they have Chelsea away for Wilson / King who have Huddersfield is a plus ( Wolves then don’t play GW31 ). Then taking out Aguero and Son only at GW31 when they don’t play anyway. Can use anyone GW32 free hit and from wildcard GW34 onwards . An example of not really having to dilute a team at all to put a GW31 team together and preserve the FH, WC and BB for 32 34 35…

  8. I agree Andrew. 1 player transferred in each GW before GW31 does not have a significant impact. I will keep most of my big hitters for as long as possible through that period. Then the big players will be back when WC come in GW32 anyway? I am option 2 all the way!

  9. Yaniv, the worry with your option is using the WC two weeks in advance and with an international break before week 32. I think I’d like to use my FH and WC a couple of hours before the deadline. One other thought is that Sarri could be sacked by then and Chelsea assets might be more desirable.

  10. Rob – Yes side from the five free quoted transfers , I AM actually doing Aguero to Auba this weekend. I might go back to Aguero after Auba has played Southampton and Bournemouth. I was an Auba owner before and switched to Aguero just in time for his two hat tricks ( one tripled ) so my Auba Aguero tennis has massively increased my rank.

    Gav – the only caution to add to option 2 ( my own chosen route too ) is bear in mind if you have a couple of premium players that you sell before GW31 and buy back in a GW34 wildcard, it will cost you more to buy back than you received in the sale, so keep an extra 1m in the bank as a “margin” and probably best to sell no more than two players you know you want to buy back ..

    • Andrew – I think I will do it too. Auba coming back from an illness, I am not sure who will be better in GW28, Aguero home to West Ham or Auba home to Bournemouth.

      I guess we can see how Auba does in GW27.

  11. Andrew… that is all great in theory. Unfortunately I only have 5 players for GW31 and one of them is bench fodder Billing of Hudds (who may not play). Secondly, I don’t have the direct funds to make a move like AWB to Perreira, or Stephens (Billing in my case) to Brooks. A hit is required. The only real move open to me without a hit is to do Laporte to Perreira, but I dont particularly want to lose Laporte, which is the kind of thing I have been saying is doing my nut. I will probably end up making that transfer however, or else it is line out Billing and just carry over the transfer. Decisions……

  12. I’m building for 31 and 33 and going FH 32, WC 34, even as an Everton supporter I gotta get rid of Richarlison, help me with these options: Turning Wan B and Rich into Pereira and Gray (and banking 1.4 for later), or Shaw and Rich into Chillwell and Antonio (feeling I need a piece of the hammers v Fulham)

  13. Regarding strategies for navigating the blanks and doubles, having invested a lot of time, I have come to the following conclusions:
    1 – If you have already given in to the temptation of a free hit or wildcard , your task is extremely difficult now to field full teams each week and expect a significant loss of points too over your rivals with all chips intact.
    2 – The dates that the GW31 and GW33 are rearranged to will have a massive impact on which strategy is best.
    3 – There is no right or wrong strategy. It depends on your own individual team in many cases as to which works best, and your preferences for how you want to play the game and enjoy it too. Its worth plotting different strategies through with your own team, which I have done and it’s completely changed my own idea of what is “best”…for “me”
    I was a very strong advocate of “option 2” – build for GW31, Free hit 32, wildcard 34 and bench boost 35, but having plotted it through, I am now absolutely convinced instead on the “Yaniv way” – WC30, FH31, BB32….. but only if GW31 blanks go to GW32 and GW33 blanks go to GW35. If they don’t, it could all change !!

  14. Having to build a GW31 team over 5 weeks by making transfers you don’t fully believe in, just to scrape 11 players together in 5 weeks tine is not good. On average you will need 5/6 transfers. There will inevitably be injuries on top making this 8/9 transfers and taking points hits. Points hits will also hinder my head to head league matches. Effective transfers are based on form and fixtures.To play “normally” for five weeks is also so much easier.
    Option 2 involves having to sell premium players and buy them back again at a higher price.
    A GW31 blank free hit with 10 teams including Liverpool Chelsea and Everton, plus Westham v Huddersfield, can be a strong team.
    A wildcard in GW30 sets your team up with 14 doubles plus Salah for a bench boost and double GW32, potentially a massive 29 games in one week.
    There are likely to be 15 games in GW32 and 14 in GW35 , which could be only 13 ( only 3 extra games ) if Brighton lose at Milwall. The bench boost potential appears to be much stronger in GW32. Bear in mind also that by GW35 teams will have dead games and rotating players. A GW32 bench boost for me definitely..
    Packing your points in before GW32 will project you up the table. It might be too late by GW35.
    I was concerned about the GW32 to blank GW33 transition but having played this through, 9 players minimum looks possible. If Brighton go out it brings in Spurs too. You can keep more than one Liverpool player in GW32 and take advantage of Arsenal and Southampton who double in 32 and blank in 33. The transition doesn’t worry me.
    This all changes if the postponed fixtures don’t go where expected, but if they do.. it’s the Yaniv Way for me now… play normally for 5 weeks, make better transfers, keep my best players, a solid free hit, a much better bench boost..put the squeeze on my rivals.. and then hang on !!!!

    • Nice written Andrew! You wrote it better than me, but I think now that is the best way of getting the maximun points!

      Good luck!

    • Andrew W – well put. But, the counter argument is that someone using Option 2 (ie. building for GW31) will probably have much the same team as your FH 31 team due to there not being many great fixtures. But you will have used your FH chip to get it and they wont have.

      Yes your benefit would be that you get to play ‘normally’ up until 31 but how much better is playing normally really going to be from preparing for GW31 using FTs? Eg yes Man City have great fixtures but who are you going to drop to get a man city player in? Youll have to drop pogba to get a city midfielder in which you dont want to do. And who else other than city has good fixtures? Leicester who have a gw31. Arsenal fixtures turn at gw29, Spurs fixtures turn at gw28. Chelsea? Well they have a gw31 anyway. Wolves? Thats fine just keep and bench them in gw31.
      You can bench Rashford and Pogba and Jiminez/Doherty if you have money tied up.

  15. Just a word of caution on the “ Yaniv way” of which I spoke very positively in detail further up this thread – it’s likely that the difficult transition from double 32 to blank 33 could leave you with only 7 or 8 players in GW33 – unless you mix it a bit and reduce the number of players who are doubling in the bench boost as a compromise

  16. Hi Rob. Some great counter points.
    You are right. Building for GW31 gives you a similar team to a GW31 free hit, in the same way that building for GW32 gives you a similar team for a GW32 free hit. I have more GW32 players than GW31 so was going to build for GW32 rather than GW31 which at first glance appears easier… however the acid test is plotting it all out.. and the reality is that both building for GW32 AND the Yaniv way gives you a gaping big hole in GW33.. whereas the big advantage of building for GW31 is the massive bonus of GW31 and GW33 mirroring each other and GW32 slotting perfectly in the gap…

    On the face of it, the bench boost looks more Attractive in GW32 than GW35 as there are more games, but the fact you can still use Man City, Man Utd, Wolves in GW35 still makes it a great bench boost. No point playing bench boost in GW32 if you can’t commit more than 11 doubles to it for fear of having a weak GW33 team. You may as well just free hit GW32 instead..

    Option two has its drawbacks but has seamless transition from 31 to 32 to 33.. and then wildcard and bench boost… i have changed my mind three times which shows how tough it is.. but having played it all out in practice.. I am now convinced option 2 is the way forward..

    Thoughts Yaniv ??

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