After BGWeek 19 presented itself as an opportunity to collect some midweek points, FPL managers have another chance to clean up with a double gameweek.
Plenty of sides have two games in DGW19, and it’s time to squeeze in as many players as possible likely to feature in both.
You might well have to play your Wildcard to stay in the hunt for your FPL league title here.
Here are our latest five shouts to help sprinkle some FPL stardust on your squad…
Fantasy Football Tips – Double Gameweek 19
Vladimír Coufal – Defender (West Ham), 4.7 million
West Ham are playing twice in DGW19, and it’s safe to say, their fixtures look winnable.
After a clean sheet and a win at Everton last time out, the Hammers will be full of confidence coming into home games against Burnley and West Brom.
Coufal has been an excellent signing for David Moyes’ side, with three assists and four clean sheets so far this season.
He’s a cheap option at the back and looks likely to start both games in London.
James Justin – Defender (Leicester), 5.0 million
Brendan Rodgers’ men have two tricky home fixtures to look forward to this week, as Southampton and Chelsea visit the King Power.
One of the Foxes’ most consistent performers so far this season has been James Justin, with the full back registering one goal, two assists, and five clean sheets already.
Although he is a popular choice, bringing Justin in now before his price rises seems like a good idea to us, with Southampton also likely to be without main goal threat Danny Ings.
Xherdan Shaqiri – Midfielder (Liverpool), 6.4 million
Now this is a rogue shout… but hear us out.
Liverpool host Manchester United and Burnley this week, two sides that Jürgen Klopp loves to use his Swiss super sub against.
In the 2018/19 season, Shaqiri scored a brace against United, and also netted against Burnley at Turf Moor. History could well repeat itself with Liverpool in need of something different after a middling run of form.
This could be one for you if you are miles clear at the top and fancy living a little dangerously with your Gameweek 19 picks.
Phil Foden – Midfielder (Man City), 6.2 million
Phil Foden is simply an FPL must-have at the moment, with two goals and an assist in his last two gameweeks.
The young Englishman is dazzling to watch and will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Crystal Palace this weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy makes this a slight gamble, but with Foden currently being his club’s top goalscorer this season, it would take a brave man to let him sit this one out.
Jamie Vardy – Forward (Leicester), 10.2 million
One man who can almost guarantee goals as a forward in the Premier League is Jamie Vardy, and we’re backing him to shine this double gameweek.
As mentioned earlier, Leicester’s games are tough this week, but Southampton and Chelsea are both unreliable at the back, and the Foxes’ number nine could be the man to pounce on any uncertainty.
He’s without a goal in his last three games, so a return to the clinical form he displayed earlier this season could be overdue.
⚠️ Gameweek 19 deadline: Saturday 16th January, 11am ⚠️
Table-Topping Tips for Fantasy Premier League Managers – FAQs
How should I pick my FPL captain?
In the world of Fantasy Premier League, your captain’s pick can be the making of you, with your skipper stacking up double points each week. One outright FPL champion accrued a remarkable 24 per cent of points from his captain’s choices alone in recent seasons. It therefore pays to think about your pick very carefully.
Aside from the usual suspects (Salah, Kane, Agüero, Sterling), if you’re out for a differential, look for when ‘flat-track bullies’ can excel on the fixture list. Seek out those players who ruthlessly prey on weaker opposition, even if they occasionally go missing in more high-profile games.
When should I play my triple captain?
Watch out for those double gameweeks – but avoid triggering your triple captain chip too late in the day.
Logic suggests the games will begin to stack up for the high point-scoring players by the final few weeks of the season, and that could prove costly.
Don’t be surprised if real-life managers suddenly become your own worse enemy as they rest key players.
That could leave your inspired triple-captain strategy lying in tatters if your main man starts from the bench.
In some seasons, it’s taken until Gameweek 25 for the first double gameweek. When it finally arrives, it’s best to make the most of it, as the longer you wait, the higher the risk of your captain being a gameweek no-show.
When should I play my Fantasy Premier League wildcard?
Provided you don’t opt for the ‘rip it up, start again’ strategy after the opening few weeks of the season, there is no ‘optimum’ time to play your wildcard.
However, being bold and going early could work in your favour. Bigger clubs have free reign to play their strongest squads at the start of the season, without any major cup or European distractions currently on their radar.
Remember, the fixtures will start to pile up by midwinter.
That that could ruin your best laid-plans if your wildcard replacements are constantly being chopped and changed as managers guard against fatigue and injury.
Alternatively, the opening few weeks of the season can be misleading when it comes to judging long-term value.
Early-season form players can easily go off the boil by mid-autumn.
Many a fantasy football manager has boxed themselves in once their 6.0m summer ‘bargain buy’ starts stinking the place out in November.
For that reason, if you opt to play the long game, wait until the late autumn to make wholesale changes once form starts to level out and injuries hit hard.
Before you commit, it’s also worth scanning the fixture list to spot potential red flags.
Do the bulk of your re-tooled squad have more games away from home?
Do you have too many players from one team playing only teams in the top half of the table?
Take that moment to pause before you press to confirm your wildcard.
It could be the best tactical decision you make all season.
Remember you only have two wildcards to use per season – one before and one after Christmas.
Make sure you use them wisely.