Double Gameweek season is by far the most fun and anticipated time of year for any Fantasy Premier League manager.
It’s also arguably the most important period as huge gains can be made if you play your cards, or chips in our case, the right way.
As the Blank and Double Gameweeks tend to occur deep into the season, it’s the time where the more dedicated managers can make up a lot of ground.
Wealth of information has become so readily available nowadays via social media, Fantasy Football websites, and even mainstream news outlets. As a result, it’s proving more difficult to obtain a good rank after every season.
It’s much easier now for the ‘casual’ managers to keep up with the veterans. The big difference can come in planning for the Blank and Double Gameweek’s as meticulously as possible.
Even so, with all the doubles, blanks, fixture changes, etc. it can be challenging to keep up with. With all the information out there now, this can also have an adverse effect and lead to an information overload.
That’s why this guide and Fantasy Football Hub is literally all you need to simply navigate your way through this tricky period and boost up the rankings!
Note: This Double and Blank Gameweek Guide will be updated throughout the season so be sure to bookmark and refer back to it.
What is a Double or Blank Gameweek in Fantasy Premier League 2021/22?
Let’s start with the basics. Blank Gameweeks are the result of FA Cup games, Carabao Cup fixtures or any other competition coinciding with the Premier League schedule.
If the fixture can’t be moved to a midweek slot in the same week, this causes a team to have a ‘blank’ fixture and means they miss out on that Gameweek.
These missed fixtures need to be played later in the season which is usually during the midweek of another Gameweek. This creates a ‘Double Gameweek’ in which your players get the points played in both of their games in that one Gameweek.
Planning to load up on players who have a Double Gameweek can be made much easier and profitable if you utilise your chips correctly. The most crucial thing you can do is to plan in advance for this. I will briefly explain the chips below.
Using Chips to Navigate Double or Blank Gameweeks in FPL
The first Wildcard will be available from the start of the season until Tuesday 28 December 13:30 in Gameweek 20. Meanwhile the second wildcard will be available after this date and can be used until the end of the season.
A Free Hit is pretty much a one-week Wildcard in which you can totally overhaul your squad. It then reverts back to your original team the following Gameweek.
For example, if you played your Free Hit in Gameweek 20, in Gameweek 21 your team would go back to the one you had in Gameweek 19.
Your original team is still in the background so your players are still rising/falling in price.
Typically, the Free Hit is best deployed for the Blank Gameweeks. This prevents you from having to prepare for these occasions by taking out valuable players for one week, in which you can lose value, and future points etc. In this scenario, having the Free Hit chip over someone who doesn’t is a huge advantage.
With this chip activated, just as your outfield players score points, so does your bench. A popular and proven strategy is using this chip in a Double Gameweek as you can get 15 Double Gameweek players and bench boost, effectively giving you 30 players.
This isn’t the only way to play this though and can be used effectively in a single Gameweek also. However, in my opinion, it’s always better to have two tickets to the lottery than one.
Statistically, it gives you the best chance of returns and this is the strategy many top managers have used every season with good returns. Also, let’s be honest it’s much more fun!
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Your captaincy score is tripled rather than doubled. I would say this is the least valuable chip of them all, although it could be used to devastating effect.
Once again the reason why I think it’s best to use the Triple Captaincy in a Double Gameweek is because you can get two bites at the cherry. I’m not saying it’s the only way to play it but it’s all about increasing your chances.
When are the Blank and Double Gameweeks 2021/22?
Thanks to our Double and Blank Gameweek expert Ben Crellin, we have a very good idea of which Gameweeks the Doubles and Blanks could fall on.
His planner is all you need to effortlessly guide your way through this period smoothly.
This is the most accurate information we have to date and this could change of course, due to cancellations, COVID-19 postponements like we saw last season. But not to worry, bookmark this article as we will be updating it as soon as any changes occur.
So from what we know so far, let’s go through Ben’s analysis below.
Gameweek 17/18/27: Blank Gameweek
These Gameweeks are likely to be small Blank Gameweeks with one or two blank fixtures.
Gameweek 30: Blank Gameweek
At the moment there is set to be a big Blank Gameweek in Gameweek 30. There will likely be four to seven blank fixtures in this Gameweek.
Possible Double Gameweeks
As we can see from Ben Crellin’s Fixture Chart below, we have potential space for Double Gameweek fixtures in 18, 21 and 33 which will become mini Double Gameweeks.
Gameweek 36: Big Double Gameweek
The big Double Gameweek looks to be in week 36.
Double and Blank Gameweek Chip Strategy
At the moment, the chip plans below are very tentative and should just be seen as a potential strategy for the time being.
- Use the Free Hit chip in Blank Gameweek 30.
- Wildcard in Gameweek 35 to set your team up for the Bench Boost in Double Gameweek 36. There should be around 14-16 fixtures so Bench Boosting will allow you to get a full squad of Double Gameweek players if you wish.
- Triple Captain in the best Double Gameweek outside of Double Gameweek 36.
- Wildcard in Gamewek 31. This will be after you have ‘dead-ended’ your team into Blank Gameweek 30.
- Free Hit in Double Gameweek 36. The Free Hit can also be very powerful in a Double Gameweek.
- Bench Boost when it suits your team.
It’s impossible to determine how our teams will look so far into the season at this moment in time. This is why we should only be looking at these strategies with a pinch of salt until the circumstances become clearer.
What is clear though is that, if possible, look to save your chips for this time of the season.
The above can be seen as a lot to take in and plan for, especially when work and family commitments are obviously a priority.
Check out the video demonstration from Ben himself as that way you can visualise exactly what’s on offer.
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