For gameweek 19 and 20 it’s going to be difficult to have a game plan in place, and yet you will also need to have an idea of just how you’re going to set up your team with back to back gameweeks in very quick succession. There will be a short time frame between gameweek 19 and 20, but the difficulty in selecting your team is the unknowns around which players might be getting a rest and when that rest will come.
There are a few teams with positive matchups in both gameweeks to look at for stacks in Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, and Manchester United. Outside of those five there are other teams with rather positive matchups in either gameweek. Instead of looking at the big hitters this week, I want to focus on some of the mid-range players that could be used to round out a team and give space to have a number of big hitters starting.
With Jordan Pickford (4.2) out the best low priced option is gone, however, there are other options including Lee Grant (4.3) and Artur Boruc (4.6). Boruc may be the better choice with Bournemouth playing Swansea City (A) and Arsenal (H) while Grant and Stoke City are taking on Chelsea (A) and Watford (H).
Nathan Ake (4.4) is my first pick here based on his recent form. He didn’t play in the week 18 3-0 loss to Chelsea due to being on loan from Chelsea. With Bournemouth facing Swansea City (A) and Arsenal (H), they have a chance to pick up points. In his last 6 starts Ake has scored an average of just over 6.5 points per game and has even added 3 goals for the Cherries.
West Brom’s next two matches against Southampton (A) and Hull City (H) are good chances to pick up points and a good place to look for fantasy points in defense as well. Jonny Evans (4.5) has picked up points when he has played, but a bigger differential would be Allan Nyom (4.3) considering his 1.6% ownership compared to Evans at 6.6%.
If you want to really look outside the box there is the massive differential pick of Papy Djilobodji (4.3) of Sunderland. The week 19 matchup against Burnley (A) is solid, but week 20 against Liverpool (H) is going to be tough. Still, at just 0.2% selection, he is a big differential that could give big points if Sunderland can pick up some points.
Darren Fletcher (4.4) has rather quietly turned into a steady FPL point scorer. His price tag is low enough to make him a viable 5th midfielder even if his selection percentage is nearly 10%. As West Brom’s captain he’s a nearly certain starter and has only missed 86 minutes this season with only one match under 60 minutes played. In addition he has scored fewer than 2 points in just one match (that one being the single match under 60 minutes played. He’s nothing fancy and the most points scored was 8, thanks to a goal, but this pick is about making space to bring in big hitters like Alexis Sanchez or Diego Costa.
My second midfield pick is a bit higher priced, but Idrissa Gueye (5.0) has two solid matches in gameweeks 19 and 20 against Hull City (A) and Southampton (H). At 0.5% selection he’s one of the biggest differentials right now. Again, he’s not a player that’s going to get you massive points (his highest points tally is 8 this season), but he’s been able to pick up mostly consistent 2 and 3 point weeks with the occasional 1 pointer or 5 pointer thrown in. He has also missed just one match this season.
Forwards in the lower priced tiers are very hard to come by and most often these are the kind of players sitting on your bench to make room for having several 10.0 or higher players in your team.
Victor Anichebe (4.7) is one of those who picked up a following after he scored in back to back matches back in week 11 and 12. His 4.9% ownership is enough to make him a differential and his price is low enough to warrant a pick if you are okay with rarely starting him. He could be worth a start in week 19 against Burnley, especially after he has managed to pick up 2 points or more in his last 7 matches he’s played in.
Andre Gray (6.1) at 2.9% ownershp is the closest thing to getting a starting differential forward with real points potential right now. He scored Burnley’s only goal in week 18 against Middlesbrough and has picked up 2, 4, 2, 2, and 7 points in the last five matches for Burnley. He is low enough to clear some room in your roster while also adding goal and assist potential. While Burnley do play Sunderland (H) in week 19, they face Man City (A) in week 20. Even so, there is a goal threat from Gray in both matches considering the difficult time both teams have had with keeping goals out this season.
My captain’s pick for both gameweeks is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s in great scoring form and Manchester United has favorable matchups against Middlesbrough (H) and West Ham (A). Other possible picks include Alexis Sanchez against Crystal Palace (H) and Bournemouth (A), Romelu Lukaku facing Hull City (A) in week 19, and everyone’s favorite captain, Sergio Aguero up against Liverpool (A) and Burnley (H).
That wraps up the FPL tips for both gameweek 19 and 20. Don’t forget to use your wild card if you haven’t already and make sure to get your team set before Friday’s kickoff with the deadline at 19:00 (14:00 ET). Monday’s deadline for gameweek 20 on January 2 will be at 11:30 am (6:30 am ET). Good luck and have fun!