Last week gave us a little taste of what have waiting for us as the 2017/18 FPL Season comes to a close. Blank and Double Game Weeks are upon us, and how best to approach them is highly dependent on which chips you have left at your disposal. GW34 is our first confirmed double of the season, and while the second DGW has yet to be officially confirmed, it will almost certainly be GW37. (Note: the second set of fixtures should be confirmed before the official start of GW33) It’s important to have an idea of the overall schedule for the Blank Game Weeks and Double Game Weeks in order to maximize your points through the chips provided by the FPL gods, and playing them well can often lead to dramatic gains in competitive mini-leagues. While it takes a lot of effort to navigate the labyrinthian schedule on one’s own, all of this information is much easier to process thanks to the ridiculously good intel provided by Ben Crellin’s hard work.  His most up-to-date table with all of the upcoming fixtures is featured here below:

Some quick terminology:

FT – Free Transfer

WC – Wild Card

TC – Triple Captain

FH – Free Hit

BB – Bench Boost

DGW – Double Game Week

BGW – Blank Game Week

 

DOUBLE DOUBLE – Teams with DGW34, no match in BGW35, and potential DGW37:

  • Brighton: GW34: Crystal Palace (A) and Spurs (H); GW37: Man. United (H) and Man. City (A)
  • Chelsea: GW34: Southampton (A) and Burnley (A); GW37: Liverpool (H) and Huddersfield (H)
  • Leicester City: GW34: Burnley (A) and Southampton(H); GW37: West Ham (H) and Arsenal (H)
  • Man. United: GW34: West Brom (H) and Bournemouth (A); GW37: Brighton (A) and West Ham (A)
  • Southampton: GW34: Chelsea (H) and Leicester (A); GW37: Everton (A) and Swansea (A)
  • Spurs: GW34: Manchester City (H) and Brighton (A); GW37: West Brom (A) and Newcastle (H)

DOUBLE, LITE – Teams with DGW34 AND no match in BGW35:

  • Bournemouth: GW34: Liverpool (A) and Man. United (H)

DOUBLE, HEAVY – Teams with DGW34 AND playing match in BGW35:

  • Burnley: GW34: Leicester (H) and Chelsea (H); GW35: Stoke (A)

LATE SEASON DOUBLE – Teams with match in BGW35 AND potential DGW37:

  • Arsenal: GW35: West Ham (H); GW37: Burnley (H) and Leicester (A)
  • Manchester City: GW35: Swansea (H); GW37: Huddersfield (H) and Brighton (H)
  • Newcastle: GW35: Everton (A); GW37: Watford (A) and Spurs (A)
  • Swansea: GW35: Man. City (A); GW37: Bournemouth (A) and Southampton (H)
  • West Ham: GW35: Arsenal (A); GW37: Leicester (A) and Man. United (H)

LATE SEASON LITE DOUBLE – Teams with potential DGW37 AND no match in BGW35:

  • Huddersfield: GW37: Manchester City (A) and Chelsea (A)

Please be careful to remember that not all players with DGW fixture are great shouts, and that you shouldn’t be getting rid of Mr. Mo Salah to make way for one extra fixture from a lower priced middie. The extra 90 minutes of play can be misleading, as it is just as likely to have them bang home a goal or an assist as it is to see a DGW player miss one of the two matches or finish with 2 points or less in the extra fixture. Remember that your Wild Card is best used the week BEFORE a DGW; this is so that you can hopefully utilize a Triple Captain or Bench Boost chip when there are more potential points at hand. You cannot use more than one chip in any given week, so don’t wait until GW37 to activate them if you have more than two chips left!

The specific players to target over the next several weeks for the doubles will be provided in other articles, but now is definitely the time to start thinking about how your free transfers will best be used between now and GW38 in order to maximize your point total and win a mini-league or ten.

I personally will be Wild Carding in GW36 and subsequently bench boosting in DGW37, as I like those potential fixtures more than the first DGW, and have enough players featuring in DGW34 that are not blanking to allow me to get by until then. Hypothetically, my team value will also be higher in GW36, allowing me to have a shot at fielding a more expensive team full of players with higher rates of scoring/assisting. I’ve already used my Triple Captain (New Years Day on Kane, GAH!) and Free Hit this past BGW.

CHIP SCENARIOS

If any of these scenarios seem confusing, please feel free to leave comments below. For the most part, the general idea is to bench boost in DGW37 by either setting up a long-term free transfer strategy or wild carding the week before. Once again, please remember that you cannot use two chips in the same week. Thus, DO NOT wild card the same week as a double game week if you intend to use another chip (such as bench boost or triple captain).

All Chips Available

WC GW 32/33, TC DGW34, FH B35, and BB DGW37. If you’re team is well-prepared for DGW34, then: TC DGW34, FH BGW35, WC 36, BB DGW37

All Chips Except Free Hit

TC DGW34, WC BGW35 or GW36, and BB DGW37

All Chips Except Triple Captain

WC GW32/33 or DGW34, FH BGW35, and BB DGW37

Wild Card is to maximize DGW34 and focus on players that will also have double in DGW37

All Chips Except Bench Boost

FH DGW34 or BGW35, WC 36, TC DGW37

WC before a DGW. TC best used in DGW37.

All Chips Except Wild Card

TC DGW34, FH BGW35, BB DGW37; use FT to maximize DGW34 and DGW37.

Only Wild Card and Bench Boost

WC35/36, BB DGW37

Best to use BB right after WC36 if BGW35 is covered.

Only Triple Captain and Free Hit

FH DGW34 or BGW35, TC DGW37.

Only Triple Captain and Bench Boost

TC/BB DGW34 and TC/BB DGW37. BB in DGW37 makes more sense to give you more FT to get more players on the scoresheet.

Only Wild Card and Triple Captain

WC GW32/33, TC DGW34 or DGW37.

WC for getting more players in to DGW34; target players that will have DGW37 as well; gives you 3 FT for DGW37.

Only Wild Card and Free Hit

WC GW32/33 to maximize DGW34 with players also featuring in DGW37; FH BGW35

If you have enough players for DGW34, then you could also WC BGW35 and FH DGW37

Only Free Hit and Bench Boost

FH DGW34 or BGW35 (depending on your needs); BB in DGW37, as you have more FT to get ready.

Only Triple Captain

TC DGW37; as always, this the manager’s call, but currently I like the looks of Son, Eriksen, Aubameyang, Kane (if healthy) or a Man City player that isn’t getting rotated in DGW37. You could also TC GW38 to end the year and hope for some goalfests.

Only Bench Boost

BB in DGW37, as it gives you more time to prepare transfers and have a playable group of bench players.

Only Wild Card

If necessary, WC in GW32/33 to prepare for DGW34, then use the rest of FT to optimize DGW37. If you are set for DGW34, then WC in GW36 to set your team up well for DGW37.

Only Free Hit

FH DGW34 or BGW35 depending on which one your team is less equipped for. FH BGW35 means all FT can be used toward players featured in both DGWs.

NO CHIPS

You just get to sit back, perform your regular transfers, and watch everyone struggle to make decisions. Drink a lovely pint of beer, cider or any beverage of your choosing while others lose their minds.

  1. Von Hayes says:
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    Damn dude this is thorough as hell, thanks for the good work. 2nd half has always been my kryptonite and this helps a bunch. Sadly though I’m down to just my TC and BB but luckily a 120 pt lead over 2nd in my league, but only a 21 pt lead over you in the Razzball league! Hoping to stay afloat

    And what’s your advice on Harry? I gotta hold on to him right?

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      Cafuné says:
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      @Von Hayes: No worries, it’s the first time I’ve ever tried to understand the break this thoroughly, hopefully it leads to better planning on my part as well for future seasons. I had to free hit last week, which was a bummer since I was hoping to save it for GW34, but it is what it is.

      You should be good with TC and BB on those double game weeks as long as you prioritize your remaining transfers with players that will benefit you in both gameweeks. Remember, not everyone needs to have doubles (ex. Salah) but that would be ideal at least to have your bench be doubles the week you use BB.

      Well this news is fun:
      https://twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/979340610963427329

      Despite the news (and that could be a great reason not to move him out quite yet), I already bailed on Harry for Aubameyang earlier this gameweek because I figured Kane was done for the year and had his eye on the World Cup, and I also have my WC to bring him back in if needed without taking a bunch of hits. If you lose Kane, it’s gonna be hard to get him back again….however…

      Spurs’ next three fixtures are not easy ones (Chelsea A, Stoke A, ManCity H), but the Man City fixture is a double with Brighton. If he is back AND playing full 90s by DGW34, then I think he could be worth hanging on to, but only if your bench is solid and you can stomach having 12.7m returning you 0 points for the next few gameweeks. I’m throwing all my Spurs attacking return hopes into the Son camp, so I have a preference for Kane to stay injured haha

      Does your minileague rival have kane in his side? If not, then you can safely go a different direction and know that a potential harold hat trick is not going to damage your pretty sizeable lead

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