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FPL Fixtures Gameweek 18

FPL Fixtures Gameweek 18

FPL Fixtures Gameweek 18

No sh*t, Sherlock

Writing this so early may yet prove to be folly, and no doubt the second it is published the PL will announce a circuit breaker and B(lank)GW18 will become B(leak)GW18 and we shall be back into the territory of adding ‘+’ symbols to GW’s again. But just in case we somehow avoid the above doomsday scenario we have decided to break the upcoming week’s down into words. You could always just look at the Fixture Tracker but sometimes it also helps to have the lay of the land spelt out in simple terms.*

*On the above, and to confirm what BoJo said on Monday evening, as far as he is concerned he is happy for it to continue. But that does of course depend on Covid cases within clubs not escalating and the players behaving responsibly.**


But first up that all important Fixture Tracker itself…

For those who would like to make their own copy to play with;


Observations on GW’s 18 to 23
We thought we would begin with a quick overview of what lies ahead, as a few obvious things jump out here;

GW Proximity
The first thing which strikes us (other than the obvious blank and double) is that the fixtures pile up pretty quickly after GW18;

Begins: Tues 12th
Ends: Thurs 14th

Begins: Fri 15th
Ends: Thurs 21st

Begins: Tues 26th
Ends: Thurs 28th

Begins: Sat 30th
Ends: Sun 31st

Begins: Tues 2nd
Ends: Wed 3rd

Begins: Sat 6th
Ends: TBC

That’s potentially 7 league games in less than 4 weeks for some teams. Not to mention some FA Cup games and Milk Cup semis too. And you thought rotation at Christmas was bad…

A list of teams
In essence the following is just that. We did say we would keep this simple though! But if you look more closely you will see that it is a list of teams split by how they transverse both BGW18 & DGW19. And hopefully it may be one to refer back to in the next week or so as it splits them all down into who has what over the ‘rather difficult to naviagate’ BGW18 & DGW19.

Teams with 3 games over both
The following play in 18 and then back that up with a double in 19;


Teams with a Blank 18 then a Double 19


Teams with a game in both (i.e no blank or double)


Blank GW18 Fixture Strategy
The above list(s) should give you a bit of a guide as to whether or not you need to ship or buy a player. And it is very objective. If we are to jump to the exact opposite for a moment then here is quick subjective guide to 18:

Originally it looked very difficult to play both 18 & 19 without using some sort of a Chip. Since the PL added a few loose fixtures to both 18 & 19 it now looks a tad easier, albeit not ideal.

We have had a fair few questions on site in relation to the ‘minimum’ number of players one would dare approach BGW18 with. The consensus seems to be that 7 would be borderline, 8-9 would be more ideal and anything in excess of that would be perfect.

Our answer would be that it depends on your team and who that 7/8/9 actually are. If they are all good players with decent fixtures then crack on. Just bear in mind that most us carry 3, 4 or even 5 players who get us a point or two every week, and we play them knowing they will do just that. Your BGW18 strategy may simply come down to what balance of those you have in relation to the aforementioned point scorers.

Double GW19 Strategy
As we see it you have multiple plays here. If you can build a 15 man squad that you are happy with then a Bench Boost may be in order.

If you have a weak bench then perhaps deploying a Triple Captain could be the way to go, but just bear in mind rotation is very likely.

The alternative is to do neither and wait on future DGW’s, the likelihood of which grows with every Covid postponement.

Free Hit Strategy
If you find yourself with less than desirable numbers / the wrong players in BGW18 or simply fancy chasing DGW19 with similarly more suitable assets then playing the Free Hit could be the ideal solution. It may sound simple but here are the basics once more, just in case you are confused on any aspects of it;

  • In essence it simply means that you can change your entire squad for one week and have it restored to its former glory for the beginning of the following GW.
  • Any transfers or point hits taken in the same GW that the FH is activated will be cancelled.
  • You will emerge with only 1 free transfer the week after playing it, effectively meaning you would lose any previously unused ones that you would ordinarily carry over.
  • You cannot gain from price rises whilst using your FH, so in this respect it differs from playing the usual Wildcard when you can play the market a bit.
  • You will however lose value on a player if he falls in price.

A quick final word on postponments. If, unlikely as it seems, ALL games in a GW are cancelled then any Chips, Wildcards or transfers made will be lost forever. And any hits taken will still be counted. All of which means it may be wise to delay pressing that confirm button on anything until the last possible moment. But obviously don’t forget to actually press it at some point!!!

All of which may leave you simply repeating the title of the article, but I thought it was worth going over again.

Thanks for reading FPL Fixtures Gameweek 18. This article was written by Inittowinit.


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  1. 13
    chikezon says:

    Hope martial doesn’t blank, I need them goals

  2. 14
    chikezon says:

    Can calvert lewin deliver or is it time for him to go

  3. 15

    This was to be a an article co-written by myself and Init. He told me to go check it and so impressed was I by his ‘half’, that I pretty much said, ‘what else can I add?’

    The answer was an empathic ‘nothing’ and so here it is.

    Excellent work Init, thank you. good

  4. 16
    FplDoc789 says:

    Hello fellow managers. Hope everyone’s made up their minds regarding the next 2 GWs.
    I’m not Free Hitting for BGW 18. With a -4 I could manage 10 players for this week. Would like your thoughts on what I should do.
    Adams + 2 of my CBs (could be any combo of Bednarek/Dallas/Taylor) for Watkins/Martial (Martial beings rotation risk) and 2 of Dias/Stones/Cancelo/Shaw/AwB as my defenders.
    Who would you guys go for ?
    2 FT and 4.3 itb

    Click on image to enlarge:

    • 16.1
      Rosco says:

      Hey Doc, honestly I’d probably FH that. I currently have 7 players, and they are 7 better players than the ones you have (essentially switch your Mitchell and Taylor for Dias and Stones), and I’m playing my FH.

      However, if you are set on not using it, then I really think your main concern would be getting in KDB. He will be the most captained player this week, to go without him would be a red arrow pretty much guaranteed.

      Salah to KDB, Taylor to Dias, and if you’re feeling fruity, Bednarek to another City/UTD defender, although this is at best going to gain you 2 points so You’ll need to weigh up the relative merits of doing that.

      • FplDoc789 says:

        Thanks Rosco.
        I’d say the merit of bringing in a city or United defender goes beyond the 2 points since I’d be taking advantage of their double gw19 fixture.

        I understand your suggestion to FH, but I feel later on in the season I might have better use of the FH with better fixtures even.
        KdB is a worry but that’s the risk I’d have to take this week.

  5. 17
    Rosco says:

    Excellent article, a wonderful roadmap to the carnage yet to come! good

  6. 18
    LD says:

    Great article! It will be a useful reference for the weeks ahead.

    If all goes ahead as scheduled, I am pretty set on FH for BGW18 but I am still undecided on which strategy to employ for DGW19. I am deciding between either

    A: Son to KDB and play TC, or
    B: Forster and Riedewald to McCarthy/Meslier and Soucek for a -4 and play BB.

    It seems like a great opportunity for bench boost but I’d likely have to forego KDB. I will have 1FT and 2.2M ITB.

    Click on image to enlarge:

    • 18.1
      Rosco says:

      I’m actually in the exact same predicament. At present I’m favoring the BB option with a second keeper and Soucek coming in but will decide closer to the time as going without KDB concerns me!

      • LD says:

        It is a tricky one. I was all set on going for a TC until the Villa fixture got rescheduled but this now seems like a great opportunity to BB as I can get 13 doublers without using a Wildcard.
        At least we have a couple of weeks to see how things progress. Everything may have changed by then laugh

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