DGW34 & 37 Starters

I’d heard a few different pundits and fantasy managers discussing DGW strategy we start to consider our plans. To maximize point potential, the ideal plan would to have 15 players who all feature in Gameweek 34 (12 fixtures). Reason enough to hold that second Wild Card as this vital game week comes into focus.

Listening to Always Cheating, Josh and Brandon were discussing 15 double gameweeks players. Could it be pulled off successfully? If you have refrained from burning your Wild Card and have the appropriate budget, 15 DGW players should come easily. What about a fantasy manager who doesn’t have a Wild Card? Using my squad as an example, I attempt to set up a 15-man squad ahead of Gameweek 34 with a Team Value of just £103.3

Ahead of Gameweek 29, here’s my current squad, which was pieced together in Gameweek 23 when I activated my Wild Card due to numerous injuries. Currently, I plan on having 9 starters in the near term for BGW31, but how do I go about getting a full complement of DGW players 3 weeks later?

While currently planning has included a strategy up to the end of the season, I have mindful of those players who would miss out on the BGW31 fixture. If I remove all players from my squad who won’t feature in DGW34, I am left with 6 players and just 6 FTs ahead of Gameweek 34. This means I would be required at least two addition hits for a total of -8 points.

I would like to think it’s as straightforward as it appears, but shifting my efforts to DGW34 would also derail the efforts made a few weeks ago when I played the Wild Card with BGW31 in mind, while keeping DGW34 and DGW37 in the back of my mind. However we saw some very big scores last year during the DGWs. So maybe it would be advisable to focus efforts around DGW34. As we have see from Ben Crellin and the work done with the spreadsheets, 6 clubs will feature in both double gameweeks; CHE, MUN, TOT, BHA, LEI, SOT.

Knowing hits will be involved, I look at the remaining budget I have to work with. Current Team Value of £103.3 is relatively low, as I start comparing my team to others. With the remaining 6 players on my club I have £51.9 to fill 9 spots. So let’s get started!

Starting at the back it’s Lukasz Fabianski (£4.7), which is budget friendly, but also the third best goalkeeper (112 points) as Swansea are home to Everton and So’ton. Both Fabianski and de Gea would also get the DGW37 fixtures.

Defensively, I have three holes to fill and we turn our attention towards Burnley, who have been budget darlings when it comes to clean sheets this season. Two options from the Clarets, Brent Mee (£4.9) or Steven Ward(£4.7) separated by just 2 points (80 vs 78). Burnley have two home fixtures in DGW34 against Leicester City and Chelsea.

While I would love to add a Chelsea asset to my squad, I am not sure I want to hassle with the price of Marcos Alonso or Cesar Azpilicueta. I will however double up with Manchester United as I look to Phil Jones (£5.6). Man United will play home to West Brom and away to West Ham. Both with clean sheet potential. As of this article Jones is flagged with a “knock” and no return date. Man United also play in DGW37. For now, it’s time to monitor the injury status.

Harry Maguire (£5.5) would round out the defenders, as Leicester are away to Burnley and homes to Arsenal. In order to bring in Maguire, I would need to drop Marc Albrighton, which in effect becomes a lateral transfer.

Leicester City also feature in DGW37. While these defenders are admirable, I would be limited in BGW35, as teams who feature in DGW34, blank a week later. This would leave me with Fabianski, Mawson and Ward defensively. Having no Free Hit Chip doesn’t allow me the option to activate to bring in new starting players, so BGW35 would be a disaster of a week.

The midfield would get tricky because I would sell Mohammad Salah, who’s been so consistent this season. Liverpool have a great run in from GW34; BOU/wba/STO/che/BHA. Three midfielders to be added would be Willian (£6.8), Pascal Groß (£5.9) and James Ward-Prowse (£5.1). All three feature in both DGWs, but miss GW35.

They would join Riyad Mahrez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to give me five DGW34 midfielders. The following week only Mkhitaryan would feature in the starting lineup as the other midfielders blank, only to return in DGW37.

Up front, there are a few options available. I have decided to go with a “power three” featuring Jamie Vardy (£8.7) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.5) partnering with current forward, Harry Kane. Arsenal play away to Newcastle and Leicester in DGW34, while Spurs are home to Man City and Newcastle. In DGW37 Spurs travel to Brighton and Bournemouth.

While this looks great on paper, realistically it could be a disaster. If we look ahead to GW35, those 15 starters quickly drop off and are left with just 6 starters. I wouldn’t be opposed to using a few hits to bring in 2-3 players.

The other option would be to ride out the rough patch in BGW35 with his 6 players pictured above and plan for DGW37, in order to maximize the starting XI. By doing so, I would limit any additional hits taken, to bring in more starting players for GW37.

Looking ahead I could make two transfers to finalize my DGW37 sqaud. The first move introduce Rajiv van La Parra (£4.8) for Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku (£11.2) for Aubameyang. This would then give me a starting XI that would all play twice in GW37.

As for my remaining chips, the Bench Boost would feature in DGW34 with my entire 15-man squad playing twice. The Triple Captain would then be placed on Harry Kane in DGW37, away to Brighton and Bournemouth.


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