3 months ago
We are entering an exciting time in Fantasy football. Seasoned veterans of the game and new players alike can all get excited about the prospect of a double gameweek. A chance for your players to play, not once but, twice in a single week. This leads to an increased points ceiling for all of the players with two fixtures and a real chance for managers to reach 100+ points.
With this in mind, I have compiled a team that I believe to be perfect for double game week 19. It has been with the idea of somebody using their free hit chip in this week and I have also given myself the restraint of only using £100m in budget. This will ensure that all managers that are reading this should be able to afford the team I have created.
Emi Martinez, £5.0m, 30% Owned, Aston Villa (EVE, mci)
Staking his claim to be one of the best value players in the game, let alone in goal. Martinez has had a very good season so far which is, in no small part, to do with Aston Villa's away form. They have a useful ability to keep clean sheets away from home and are managed extremely well. The Everton game at home could see a clean sheet as the Toffees have struggled for goals away from Goodison Park. The tricky away fixture against Manchester City could prove troublesome but there will be ample opportunity for the Argentinian to rack up some save points. Don't be surprised if a goalkeeper makes a name for himself in GW19.
Joao Cancelo, £5.7m, 11% Owned, Manchester City (CRY, AVL)
Picking two Manchester City defenders in a free hit team may seem a little underwhelming but it can be explained. The blue side of Manchester have been one of the best defensive teams in the league this year and haven't blown teams away in fixtures. Cancelo has played in the majority of fixtures and excites his fans and owners with the way he plays. He is given free reiп to patrol whichever wing he has been given and is also allowed the time to venture in field. It is a surprise Cancelo hasn't collected more points for assists this season. He has a consistent delivery that hasn't been taken advantage of as much as it should so far this season.
Ruben Dias, £5.8m, 9% Owned, Manchester City (CRY, AVL)
The ever-present in this mighty Citizen's defence. Where people may be worried about Cancelo playing both games in this double gameweek, there is no doubt that Dias will play in both. Such security of starts is enough to make you pick him, but it is also the threat that he offers from set-pieces. With Kevin De Bruyne delivering the crosses, it is only a matter of time before the Portuguese defender converts, and what better odds than in a week with two fixtures.
Vladimir Coufal, £4.7m, 4% Owned, West Ham (BUR, WBA)
The Czech right-back has been a revelation for West Ham so far this year. David Moyes has his team playing in a structured, concise and organised way, which can only mean good things for their defensive assets. With a wicked cross and a propensity for picking up bonus points, you would be hard-pressed to find somebody who doubts his ability to get you returns in this game week. Burnley at home and West Brom at home are about as good as it gets. Neither team has shown the ability to score goals this year, leaving West Ham with the opportunity to pick up two potential clean sheets.
Tomas Soucek, £5.2m, 11% Owned, West Ham (BUR, WBA)
From one Czech footballer to another, this man has been transformed into the new Marouane Fellaini by David Moyes this year. Anybody that has played this game for long enough will know that prime Fellaini was an absolute steal in fantasy football. More often than not, it is Soucek that is at hand to nod home a header when the Hammers are struggling to break the opposition down and Burnley and West Brom may be teams that require a big man to break their defences.
Bruno Fernandes, £11.2m. 52% Owned, Manchester United (full, liv)
What more can be said about the former Sporting Lisbon man that hasn't been said already? You simply expect him to score or assist in every game that he plays, and a gameweek where he is guaranteed two games in which to play leaves you with no choice but to include him in your team. He is more than capable of scoring and hauling in the away fixture to Burnley and even if he blanks against Liverpool, he has picked up an extra 2 points. Don't think too hard about this one, it makes too much sense.
Mo Salah, £12.6m, 38% Owned, Liverpool (MUN, BUR)
A real captaincy candidate considering the two fixtures the Egyptian has in this gameweek. Manchester United have trouble keeping a clean sheet against the easiest of opposition, and Burnley are a team that prefer to keep their clean sheets at Turf Moor. Salah has the opportunity to put some light between Liverpool and Manchester United in the first game so the incentive is there to really attack the fixture, not that Salah ever needs any extra motivation to score goals. I would be shocked if the talismanic winger didn't have at least a goal and an assist by the end of the gameweek 19.
Raphinha, £5.5m, 2% Owned, Leeds United (BHA,SOU)
One thing that has become clear in the last few weeks is that you invest in this Leeds attack, not in their defence. The Yorkshire team is just as likely to concede six goals as they are to score six goals which makes their attacking assets incredibly attractive. In Raphinha, they have a potential star on their hands. Capable of shooting, scoring and assisting both scrappy goals and glorious ones, he is an exciting player to own in our teams. With the two fixtures on offer, Brighton and Southampton at home, there is every chance at least one of them will be a goal fest. If that is the case, it will be tough for the Brazilian not to be involved.
Kevin De Bruyne, £11.6m, 24% Owned, Manchester City (CRY,AVL)
The leading candidate for the armband. De Bruyne was struggling for fantasy returns in recent weeks but put that to bed with an inspirational game against Chelsea away from home. A goal and an assist in that game showed fantasy managers everywhere that he still has the capability of returning huge hauls when needed. The fixtures, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, couldn't be kinder and with his penalty duties assured, he has a very high point floor. The Crystal palace game in particular seems a fixture that you would captain the Belgian in regardless, so adding an extra home game on top means that KDB is leading the race to be captain.
Che Adams, £6.1m, 7% Owned, Southampton (lee, lei)
With the bloated value in midfield for our free hit team, it was important to maximize value in our front line. Che Adams represents fantastic value and consistent returns. This Southampton team has struggled of late, but that is to do with key personnel being absent, something that should be sorted in time for this gameweek. The fixtures aren't the kindest, but any game against Leeds can result in the opposing team's attacking assets getting returns. If money were no object, Danny Ings would be an even tastier shout due to his low ownership, but Che gets the nod here.
Patrick Bamford, £6.6m, 45% Owned, Leeds United (BHA, SOU)
Very few imagined that the young Englishman would take the Premier League league quite as he has. Fewer still would have imagined that he would score the number of goals he has in the first half of the season. Leeds United are extremely adept at creating chances, and Patrick Bamford has a knack for scoring goals when you offer him numerous chances. With home fixtures against Brighton and Southampton, it is very hard to look beyond the in-form striker to add to his goal tally.
Sam Johnstone, £4.5m, 2% Owned, West Brom (whu, wol)
Picked purely because he is cheap and has two fixtures. Won't see the light of day in our team, thank goodness.
Stuart Dallas, £4.8m, 14% Owned, Leeds United (BHA, SOU)
Very close to being picked ahead of one of our City defenders, but I like the idea of a double up in defence. Dallas has been sensational this year because he absolutely loves getting forward. With those fixtures, he could make us regret benching him.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, £5.3m, 10% Owned, Manchester United (ful, liv)
A wildcard pick in a free hit team that means we should have some fun. He will play every minute in both fixtures which means he is a good player to keep on the bench.
Rhian Brewster, £4.5m, 7% Owned, Sheffield United (TOT)
We needed to free up funds for the main team. Brewster is the cheapest striker that might play.
Transfer Budget used: £99.1m
I have been playing Fantasy Premier League for almost 13 seasons, with multiple top 100k finishes. I still enjoy the start of every season as if it was my first. Always make sure you're enjoying the game!