FPL Double Gameweek season is by far the most fun and anticipated time of year for any Premier League Fantasy Football manager. With a Triple Gameweek 35 and Blank Gameweek 36 being confirmed you have come to the right place if you’re after advice and chip strategy on how to navigate these fixtures and get a big jump on those mini-league rivals.
When are the Blank and Double Gameweeks?
Triple Gameweek 35
The teams with a confirmed double in Gameweek 35 are below with the exception of Manchester United who have a Triple Gameweek:
*Please note that the teams with an asterisk next to them have a Double/Triple Gameweek in 35 but also blank in Gameweek 36.
The teams with no asterisk have a double in Gameweek 35 and a fixture in Gameweek 36. We will all be aware of the fixture postponement of Manchester United vs Liverpool in Gameweek 34. There are some important implications to this:
1. It means Man United vs Liverpool will now be moved to Gameweek 35 giving Manchester United a Triple Gameweek and Liverpool a Double Gameweek.
2. Manchester United have no fixture in Gameweek 36.
Needless to say, it’s going to be wise to target players who have a Double Gameweek in 35 and a fixture in Blank Gameweek 36. Also, I would be wary of going all in on Manchester United players as I doubt any player will play all three games. They have a blank in Gameweek 36 so it would sensible to plan for 36 when looking at your transfers in. If you are going to be left with half a team then it negates bringing in double/triple GW players for 35.
Ben Crellins Fixture Ticker TGW35
Blank Gameweek 36
As we can see from Ben Crelin’s Double Gameweek fixture planner the teams who blank in Gameweek 36 are:
I would advise against transferring in any of the above teams players in bar Manchester United, of course, but if you have them already then it’s best to keep them and plan to get rid or bench them in Blank Gameweek 36. I personally think Leicester assets can go after Triple Gameweek 35 as they have two tough fixtures to end the season. If you can bench your Chelsea and Arsenal assets without compromising your squad in Gameweek 36 then I would most probably keep them as their last two games are decent.
Who are the best players for Triple Gameweek 35?
Below I will list who I think the top three options (where possible) are for each team that has a confirmed triple Gameeweek in 35. This should give you a better idea of who to target.
Aston Villa – Ollie Watkins, Emi Martinez, Anwar El Ghazi
Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha, Vicente Guaita
Everton – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Lucas Digne, Mason Holgate
Southampton – James Ward-Prowse, Fraser Foster, Stuart Armstrong
Manchester United – Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Dean Henderson
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota
Arsenal – Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Rob Holding
Chelsea – Edouard Mendy, Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz
Leicester City – Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy, Timothy Castagne
The importance of having a Double or Triple Gameweek plan!
The above can be seen as a lot to take in and plan for especially when work and family commitments are obviously a priority. It’s why I highly recommend using Ben Crellin’s fixture planner. It pretty much does everything for you and is a great way of visualising your team and transfers. It even has a handy video demonstration from the man himself.
Blank and Double Gameweek Basics
Let’s start with the basics. Blank Gameweeks are the result of FA Cup games, Carabao Cup fixtures or any other competition really coinciding with the Premier League fixtures. 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 that Gameweek. This season is unprecedented due to the Covid virus as we all know. Because of last season finishing so late due to the break in football, four teams blanked in Gameweek 1 – Manchester United, Burnley, Manchester City and Aston Villa. This has never happened before.
These missed fixtures needed to be played later in the season which is usually or always in the midweek of another Gameweek, which causes a ‘Double Gameweek’ in which your players get the points played in both of their games in the one Gameweek. Now planning to load up on players who have a Double Gameweek can be made much easier and profitable if you utilise your chips correctly and most importantly plan in advance for this. Manchester City vs Aston Villa was played in Gameweek 19 in addition to their existing fixtures so both teams had a ‘Double Gameweek’. Burnley vs Manchester United was played in Gameweek 18 as a single Gameweek fixture as both teams had no fixture scheduled in. I will briefly explain the chips below:
Free hit chip
The Free Hit chip is the most powerful chip after the Wildcards. Huge gains can be made if it’s played at the right time. You only get one Free Hit chip per season, unlike the wildcard in which you get two. The first wildcard had to be used by Sat 28 Dec 11:30 – GW16 deadline. The second wildcard is available after this date and can be used until the end of the season.
It’s pretty much a one week wildcard in which you can totally overhaul your squad for just the one Gameweek and then it reverts back to your original team the following Gameweek. For example, if you played your Free Hit in Gameweek 26, in Gameweek 27 your team would go back to the one you had in Gameweek 25. Your original team is still in the background so your players are still rising/falling in price. Typically it’s best used for the Blank Gameweeks as you don’t have to ‘prepare’ for it 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 hasn’t is a huge advantage. We will discuss how to best use this chip for this season later in the article.
Bench boost chip
With this chip your bench comes into play, so just like 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 humble opinion, it’s always better to have two tickets to the lotto 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 captain score is tripled rather than doubled. I would say the least valuable chip out of them all. Although it could be used to devastating effect, the odds are slimmer because you are relying on one player rather than multiple players like in a Bench Boost or Free Hit, there is more chance of a ‘fail’. Again this is the reason why I think it’s best to use in a DGW as you get two bites at the cherry.