FPL Gameweek 18 and 19 Tips
Fantasy Football Tips – Gameweek 18 and Gameweek 19 Tips
Fantasy Football Tips are bringing you an early Christmas present this week as we head in to the busy festive football period and just when you have had your fill of turkey and tinsel you will be able to stuff yourself silly with Premier League football and our favourite version of fantasy football – Fantasy Premier League.
Given that Gameweek 18 and Gameweek 19 are just 48 hours apart it makes sense to look at these FPL tips as almost one single entity. Squad rotation, injuries, suspensions and lack of match fitness all become major factors in the EPL over the Christmas period so it is vital that we have the right preparation going in to GW18.
Avoid this Fantasy Football Lifecycle:
Gameweek 18 and 19 Strategy:
Going in to GW18 and GW19 there are a lot of unknown quantities, so it is all the more important that you employ some sort of strategy beforehand. For me, there are two ways of approaching these two tricky weeks.
- The Pro-Active Approach – Prepare for squad rotation and injury risks now.
- The Re-Active Approach – Prepare your squad to be able to react to injury and suspension.
The Pro-Active Approach:
If you are going for the pro-active approach this will mean a degree of trying to predict the thoughts of those fickle football managers. It will also require a degree of luck as we cannot of course predict the future.
This Fantasy Premier League Strategy for Gameweek 18 and 19 will mean that you prepare your squad now for GW18 with an eye on GW19, but will leave you less room for maneuver in case of injuries or suspensions. For this approach (and if you took our advice last week of leaving yourself 2 free transfers for this week) then you can prepare your squad for the next two FPL games.
If you are going for this approach then read below as we will be highlighting some players who we think will perform well over both Christmas gameweeks.
The Re-Active Approach:
If you like a little more certainty in your FPL life then you should use this FPL strategy for Christmas. This means that you will not make a transfer this week which would allow you two free transfers for Gameweek 19 or 3 transfers for just a -4 points hit. This could be crucial and will be a good strategy to employ if you have a lot of players from large squads.
An example of a player who is likely to be rotated is Aleksander Kolarov at Man City. A defender who at £5.7m you would be pretty miffed if he didn’t play – however with a like for like replacement in Gael Clichy it is highly unlikely that either of these two players would play both games. Now, this is something we know now – so it is up to you which strategy you use for this type of situation.
Which FPL Strategy Should I use?
There is no wrong answer here, but what would be wrong is to have no strategy at all. Whichever strategy you employ – make a decision and stick with it. The likelihood is that your team is well set for next week so you could quite easily make no transfer and save one for the following week. On the other hand, you may have a burning desire to put a certain player in for Gameweek 18 – if so, go for it and then use your squad to cover.
One other factor to consider with this is how strong your bench players are – if they are players that play then you are well set for the pro-active approach. But if they are players who rarely play then a re-active approach may be better.
FPL Player Picks for Gameweek 18 and 19:
Yaya Toure: Man City vs. WBA (a) and Burnley (h)
Yaya might not be a long term player with the African Cup of Nations around the corner, but a player who has recently returned to form and playing a more prominent role in a decimated Man City attacking lineup. It is close between Silva and Toure, however we have it on very good authority that Toure will play both games over Christmas whereas there is a little more concern as to whether David Silva will do the same given his recent injury comeback.
Against West Brom (who conceded 3 goals to QPR last week) and Burnley at home there is good potential for points from Yaya here.
Thanks to @PrideOfMancFPL who pointed out that Yaya is on four yellow cards and therefore poses somewhat of a risk. If this is too risky for you then perhaps look elsewhere.
Raheeem Sterling is another option, given the fact that he is playing as a striker at the moment - this has its obvious benefits in terms of goal scoring but also shows the immense faith that his manager has in him, playing him ahead of Ricky Lambert who is a proven goal scorer. With games against Burnley (a) and Swansea (h) could it be time to bring the youngster back in to your FPL squad?
Charlie Austin: QPR vs. Arsenal (a) and Crystal Palace (h)
The £4m QPR striker is no stranger to fantasyfootballtips.co and we tipped him back in October to have a strong November and December. Since then he has amassed 63 points in 8 games (that’s 7.8 points per gameweek) and he can still be snapped up for just £6m.
Although QPR’s away form has been dire this season there is more chance of you seeing Santa eating the mince pie and drinking the sherry that you left for him, than seeing Charlie Austin not play both of these games. Given that QPR then face Crystal Palace and Swansea in Gameweek 20 (both games at home) this is more of a 3 week plan than just the two and that make Austin a very attractive proposition to us.
Bring on the Christmas Action:
With Fantasy Premier League also starting the prize filled Fantasy Football Cup in Gameweek 18 and it becoming crunch time for anyone still involved in a December Manager of the Month competition, there has never been so much at stake!
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