FPL Double Gameweek season is by far the most fun and anticipated time of year for any Premier League Fantasy Football manager. It kicked off with Blank Gameweek 18 and Double Gameweek 19 with us having you completely covered, so if you’re after advice and chip strategy on how to navigate these fixtures and get a big jump on those mini-league rivals, you’ve come to the right place.
It’s also arguably the most important period as huge gains can be made if you play your cards right, or chips in our case. Early on in my ‘fantasy football career’ if I recall correctly it was the 2007/08 season (my first year playing) it was double Gameweek period in which I went in pursuit of glory and sold my soul. Determined to beat my mates in our fantasy league I took to Google and typed the usual searches ‘fantasy football cheats’ and ‘fantasy football tips’ etc. That led me to some vital information in which led me to captain Martin Laursen (of Aston Villa) and bagged a 24 point haul as he kept back to back clean sheets. Those were the good old days when fantasy football was more of a cult thing rather than the commercial giant it is today. It was from this point I was officially hooked to fantasy football.
Keeping up with all the doubles, blanks, fixture changes etc can be hard to keep up with. On top of that, there is so much out there now it’s actually 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 rocket up the rankings!
*We’ll be keeping this double and blank Gameweek guide updated, so be sure to bookmark it and check back regularly
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.
When are the Blank and Double Gameweeks?
Double Gameweek 26
The teams with a confirmed double in Gameweek 26 are:
Therefore it can be seen the Double Gameweek 26 is a huge one so any managers with their Bench Boost chip still available may want to start planning for that also.
All the double Gameweek fixture for Gameweek 26 have now been confirmed and no more will be added.
Double Gameweek 27
Gameweek 27 doubles have also been confirmed. Manchester City and Southampton both have a double in Gameweek 27.
Teams with a confirmed Double Gameweek 27:
I think its safe to say three Manchester City player is going to be important in the next few weeks.
Double Gameweek 28
The fixtures for Double Gameweek 28 have not yet been confirmed however the possible fixtures are as below:
Aston Villa vs Newcastle and Everton
Everton vs Burnley and Aston Villa
Ben Crellin: ”If Aston Villa vs Everton doesn’t move to GW28 then it could move to a different UCL midweek (GW 30/31/33/34) or the final free midweek, GW37.”
Blank Gameweek 29
As we can see from the Ben Crellins Fixture Sheet above all the fixtures for Blank Gameweek 29 have been finalised also. The confirmed fixtures for Gameweek 29 are:
Arsenal vs West Ham United
Aston Villa vs Spurs
Brighton vs Newcastle United
Fulham vs Leeds United
Therefore its very important to plan to Gameweek 29 also while making your transfers now. Aston Villa, Spurs, and Fulham both have a Double Gameweek in 26 and a fixture in Blank Gameweek 29 so keep that in mind while you are planning.
Who are the best players for Double Gameweek 26 and 27?
Below I will list who I think the top three options (where possible) are for each team that has a confirmed double Gameeweek in 26 and 27. This should give you a better idea of who to target.
Aston Villa – Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins, Emi Martinez
Burnley – Nick Pope, Matt Lowton, A. Barnes
Chelsea – Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, Timo Werner
Crystal Palace – Tyrick Mitchell, Eberechi Eze, Vicente Guaita
Everton – Calvert-Lewin, Lucas Digne, Richarlison
Fulham – Alphonse Areola, Ademola Lookman, Ola Aina
Leicester City – Jamie Vardy, Havery Barnes, James Maddison
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold
Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Joao Cancelo
Manchester United – Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw
Sheffield United – none
Spurs – Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Hugo Lloris
West Brom – Sam Johnstone, Matheus Pereira,
Wolves – Pedro Neto, Romain Saïss
What is the best Chip Strategy?
Have a listen to the video guide below for a breakdown of Gameweek 26 onwards.
Bear in mind those who have used their Free Hit chip and are wildcarding for the Gameweek 26 double will have to also plan for the Blank Gameweek in 29.
We will be keeping this article updated as more information pours in so bookmark it and refer back to it. We will also update our strategy videos and link in this article so make sure to give them a watch also.
The importance of having a Double 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.