We’re going from one double gameweek to the other with very little turn-around time in between. Where gameweek 28 brought us eight teams with double fixtures, gameweek 29 is offering up six, the majority of which did not double in GW28. On top of that, four of those six will blank in gameweek 30, as will eight other teams who have a single fixture this week. Dizzy yet? Below you find an overview of this round’s FPL double gameweek sides:
|Arsenal||Leicester (home), Liverpool (home)|
|Brighton||Liverpool (home), Spurs (home)|
|Everton||Wolves (home), Newcastle (home)|
|Liverpool||Brighton (away), Arsenal (away)|
|Newcastle||Chelsea (away), Everton (away)|
|Spurs||Man United (away), Brighton (away)|
At first glance, the double gameweek fixtures are not the best we’ve ever seen, but there is still some potential, especially because the premium likes of Mo Salah and Harry Kane are among them as well.
As a result, many of our fantasy picks will include players with two fixtures, though we want to emphasise the importance of not just overlooking single gameweek players, either. With (admittedly struggling) Leeds hosting Norwich, Chelsea welcoming a resurgent Newcastle to Stamford Bridge, a very up-and-down Southampton side playing at home to Watford, and Manchester City rolling up to Selhurst Park, there could be plenty of points there as well.
Don’t forget, the Fantasy Premier League deadline for gameweek 29 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, March 12th, 2022.
Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per March 11th, 2022)
|TRANSFERS OUT||TRANSFERS IN||POSSIBLE REASONS|
|GK||De Gea (MUN), Sa (WOL), Ramsdale (ARS)||Ramsdale (ARS), Alisson (LIV), Foster (WAT)|
|DEF||Dias (MCI), Cancelo (MCI), James (CHE)||James (CHE), Doherty (TOT), Van Dijk (LIV)||James haul and then injury, Doherty form|
|MID||Bowen (WHU), Ward-Prowse (SOU), Jota (LIV)||Saka (ARS), Kulusevski (TOT), Coutinho (AST)||Saka DGW, Kulusevski form, Coutinho form|
|FOR||Ronaldo (MUN), Dennis (WAT), Antonio (WHU)||Kane (TOT), Toney (BRE), Lacazette (ARS)||Kane DGW, Lacazette DGW, Ronaldo discontent rumors|
For the first time this season, we are recommending Harry Kane (£12.3m) as our premium fantasy pick of the week two weeks in a row. After focusing on him for his GW28 fixture against Everton at home and seeing him bag a brace and 3 bonus points, double gameweek 29 looks like the perfect opportunity to bring him in if you haven’t yet. His ownership is steadily rising and he is the most transferred-in forward in the build-up to gameweek 29, so expect quite a lot of Kane captainers this weekend. There is, of course, the small matter of Mo Salah’s double gameweek to compete with for him, but we’re sticking with Harold this time. He plays away twice, first at Old Trafford and four days later at the AmEx in Brighton, so his double gameweek isn’t as clear cut as you’d like, but Kane in the form he’s approaching at the moment can haul at any time. A double gameweek just doubles your chances of sharing in the glory. An additional (big) advantage of Tottenham’s Very Own, for those without many or indeed any chips left, is that he also has a fixture in the massive blank gameweek 30, when West Ham visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Bukayo Saka (£6.6m) is probably Arsenal’s best player at the moment, at least from an FPL perspective. The English youngster has been in great form of late, scoring 2 goals and providing 1 assist over the last three games. In total for the season, he’s already sitting on 8 goals and 6 assists, which means that stats-wise, he is having the best league season of his career so far. Saka has a double gameweek in DGW29, hosting Leicester on Sunday and then Liverpool next Wednesday. He is one of the first names on Mikel Arteta’s match sheet and we’re expecting him to start both games. They are not the easiest, but Leicester in particular have been suspect at the back. The Foxes are currently in twelfth place and of the eleven teams above them, not one has conceded more than their 43 goals in 25 games so far. Arsenal will definitely get chances against them and the hope is that Saka will be involved. After that, the game against Liverpool is nothing more than a really good bonus.
The budget enabler
The situation is very similar to that of our budget fantasy of the week, Fabian Schär (£4.3m). After his spectacular 12-pointer in his double gameweek 28, courtesy of a goal and 10 FPL points against Brighton followed by a 2-pointer against Southampton, this one may feel like chasing the points a bit, but there is more to this pick. Apart from his and indeed Newcastle’s good form of late, the Magpies also have a second double gameweek in a row this round, facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Everton at Goodison Park. Not the easiest of fixtures on paper by any stretch, but Chelsea have been far from free-flowing of late, while Everton need to seriously worry about the relegation battle, whether they are realising it themselves or not. Much like Saka with Leicester and his Liverpool bonus, we see Schär as playing a game with potential against Newcastle, preceded by a bonus fixture against Chelsea. You never know, but at just £4.3m at the moment of writing, Schär looks like an ideal budget enabler.
Last week’s double gameweek differential fantasy pick worked out splendidly with Kai Havertz bringing home a fantastic 26 points, courtesy of 3 goals and 1 assist plus 3 bonus points from two fixtures. The German was a risky pick, especially in terms of rotation risk, but it paid off, so we’ve decided to keep testing our luck by picking Liverpool’s newest star Luis Diaz (£8.0m) for this double against Brighton and Arsenal. Given his little time in the Premier League and small sample size in terms of his starting minutes and such, the Colombian is a punt, but for those chasing in their mini-leagues especially, he could be interesting. He started four of the last five league games and played at least 84 minutes in each of those games, also managing his first league goal for the Reds back in gameweek 26 against Norwich. Additionally interesting is that Diaz played 89 and 84 minutes of Liverpool’s double gameweek fixtures in DGW26. Though it doesn’t mean much, the signs point at manager Jurgen Klopp having a lot of confidence in his newest recruit and with a current ownership of just 2.2%, he could be a superior differential fantasy pick in double gameweek 29.
The captaincy looks to be between Harry Kane and Mo Salah this week, and we expect the latter to be the most-captained fantasy asset this round for the umpteenth time this season. Still, we are placing our armband on the former after his display against wobbly Everton in gameweek 28. Kane now has 5 goals and 1 assist from his last four league outings, which indicates nothing less than excellent form, even when Spurs as a whole are among the most unpredictable sides in the league right now.
Outside the two heavyweights, there are a few interesting alternatives as well. For those looking for double gameweek delight, Trent Alexander-Arnold is a good option, just like Sadio Mané. At Spurs, Heung-Min Son is a decent and cheaper alternative to Kane, while Alexandre Lacazette could deliver big for his double of home games against Liverpool and Leicester. As far as single gameweek assets go, Mason Mount against Newcastle could be a good punt, just like Raul Jimenez away against struggling Everton. For those with authentic nerves of steel, Raphinha for his home game against Norwich looks like the ultimate captaincy punt.