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The Complete Guide to our FPL Gameweek 26 tips and advice

The Gameweek 26 deadline approaches after the most tumultuous Gameweek in recent memory. For those who Triple Captained Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero it brought 57 points and unbridled joy, for others, despair – Leroy Sané’s solitary point was way below expectations. You thought triple captaining Andy Carroll was a disaster.

The bad news is that, for those who suffered, it could get worse.

This week’s Meet the Manager guest, former FPL winner Simon March, a recent graduate in behavioural economics, cautioned that managers who lost out in Gameweek 25 could fall victim to the “What the heck? Effect” – where we are more likely to take risks following a loss.

Simon’s advice is to try to be objective about risk and reward values. If you are wondering how to do that then fear not, help is at hand. The writers, contributors, and posters here at Fantasy Football Scout have been busily sorting the wheat from the chaff.

The first step is to clear your head, and what better place to start than last week’s cathartic episode of the Scoutcast. In an open and revealing discussion, J0E, Az and David talked about how a bad gameweek can affect your mental health. This lead to a hot topic on the subject in which FFS members including SuperMane Returns and Pep Pig shared stories about their personal struggles with addiction.

Having put things in perspective, let’s take a look at this week’s opportunities.

Neale (aka Skonto Rigga) has perused the upcoming fixtures to determine which teams are best placed to take advantage. According to Hutch_James, a number of teams are predicted to do well in Gameweek 26 as he revealed in his Wisdom of the Crowd article. Although for G-Whizz Liverpool are the standout option in the latest DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds.

David’s Captain Sensible article makes for fascinating reading as ever. After back-to-back blanks, are there serious contenders to take the armband away from Mohamed Salah?

A lot of the discussion this week has centered around what to do with our City players. The FPL General, a victim of Pep’s unpredictable whims, collected his thoughts ahead of Gameweek 26. While Geoff started a conversation about Sané replacements.

If you noticed, during this tempestuous week, the strange sight of a man being pursued by a bear, it was probably old Greyhead. Our community writer’s regular examination of The Great and The Good took on Shakespearean proportions. Mark and Niemi aside, the rest suffered “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”, for Ville it’s now nine red arrows in a row.

The irony is that this season, it is The Great and The Good who should be pursuing Greyhead. He’s doing superbly well and is currently ranked 549 overall. According to FPL Transfer Spy, the high-flying scribe has sold the Belgian Wizard Eden Hazard for the free-scoring South Korean Son Heung-min ahead of the transfer deadline.

The picture ahead of Blank Gameweek 31 became a little clearer with Brighton’s progress in the FA cup. For those planning ahead, Liverpool appear an attractive proposition as they don’t have any Blank Gameweeks this season. It wasn’t so long ago that many managers were considering a defensive double-up, however the Reds have struggled for clean sheets recently. Neale’s looked into what is behind their recent defensive woes.

One reason is perhaps the injuries they’ve had, but could Trent Alexander-Arnold be ready to return to the fold?

Find out in the team news rounded-up in full by Neale, together with a handy hot topic from Rotation’s Alter Ego.

Finally, for players of the Sky Sports game, Luke (aka disable) brought us a breakdown on player ownership for the top 1,000 managers.

To view all our discussions please visit our Hot Topics page, and if you’ve got some analysis, scout reports or features brewing, be sure to visit our community section to submit your article.

If you’re a member and are yet to get to grips with the custom statistics tables, you can view this movie for an explanation of how they work. Also, remember to tag them so that people can find the tables with ease.

COMMUNITY TOURNAMENTS

The finals of the two FFS cup competitions take place this gameweek.

In the semi-finals of the FFS Members Cup Jambo17 was the outstanding performer – a whopping 114 points was easily enough to see off his rival AKÉ MEYER DANN U. Jambo17 had the optimal City combination of Agüero, Sterling, and Laporte, and he used his Triple Captain chip on Sterling. He moves into the top 100 overall and must start as favourite in the final.

Does his opponent stand a chance?

Jay # scraped through his semi-final against Eedee by 62 points to 56 and is ranked 59,782 overall, so on the surface you would say probably not. However, he looks well positioned to have a good gameweek with Arsenal’s Aubameyang and Kolasinac already in place along with Jiménez up front. He’s also helped by the fact his opponent has already taken a hit. So an upset isn’t out of the question.

In the semi-finals of the FFS Cup Get It Inter Ya overcame Justmatt, and Man-Chest-Heir F.C. saw off the challenge of Tibbles.

Get It Inter Ya did very well to score 75 points despite captaining Sané, double digit returns from De Gea and Chelsea pair David Luiz and Eden Hazard bailed him out. He remains in the top 1,000 overall. Heading into the final, he owns Kolasinac although not his teammate Aubameyang. Instead he has a cheap front line, but with two free transfers available we could see funds shifted forward to buy the Gabonese international.

Man-Chest-Heir F.C had Laporte to thank for his semi-final victory as he was another to captain Sané. The lowest ranked of the finalists at 124,414 overall, he has one free transfer and £2.4m in the bank to bolster his squad. With a cheap front line, including Josh King away to Liverpool, and an injured David Brooks, he has an important decision to make on how to invest those funds.

In the final of the FFS Manager Melee Community Tournament American Dycho have triumphed over The Godfather: Pardew with a 7-2 victory. An official match report will follow shortly.

In TorresMagic’s Last Man Standing the safety score in Gameweek 25 was 49, this saw 70 managers eliminated. 616 managers are through to Gameweek 26, when the threshold for elimination increases to 12%. The final will take place in Gameweek 37.

It’s all change at the top of the featured mini-leagues after the divisive double gameweek.

There’s a new leader in our main FFS League with Omer Weisberg taking top spot as Miroslav Pujic drops to eighth after only managing 52 points. Omer ignored the clamour to captain a City player and plumped instead for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. The diminutive Belgian, along with Laporte and Higuain, helped Omer to a gameweek score of 100. He is now sixth overall in only his second FPL season.

Tore Bjørheim has lost his 15 point lead at the head of the FFS Members League as Adam Levy surged past him. Adam triple captained Agüero for a gameweek score of 126 and moves up to 17th overall. This is his sixth season, his best finish of 10,847 came last year.

David’s reign atop the FFS Mods & Cons is at an end. Overthrown by his boss, Mark stormed past David with a stupendous 102 points to leave his employee floundering in his wake. Am I making this sound more dramatic than it actually is? Possibly. Mark had a decent gameweek with Sterling, Hazard, and Laporte contributing to his total. I’m sure David will bounce back.

Mark moves up to second in the FFS Live Hall of Fame behind Sean Tobin. Sean managed an impressive 93 points in Gameweek 25 and now finds himself in the top 10 overall. Yet to make a transfer this week, Sean could be doing the Auba to Agüero hokey-cokey. Sean featured recently in one of J0E’s Meet the Manager videos.

James Wells is the new leader in RedLightning’s Top 10k Any Season mini-league, as long-time leader Luke Aiello drops to third. James is a new entry to this mini-league and is perhaps lucky to be top after triple captaining Sané. He dropped from eighth to 39th overall. This is his 13th FPL season, he has two previous top 10,000 finishes, the highest one being 2,330 back in 2006/07.

JOZ V moves into first place in RedLightning’s January to May League as previous leader Lesego Maforah drops out of the top ten. JOZ V triple captained Agüero on his way to a mighty 125 points. This is his sixth FPL season, his best finish being 2,799 in 2014/15.

Finally, some managers may have noticed a new mini-league appear – RedLightning has reactivated and renamed his Doubles Blanks & Chips mini-league from last season to Last Ten GWs. The code for others who may like to join is 1637-1351886. The league will begin scoring in Gameweek 29.

The reason for the name change is that having just had a pivotal double gameweek, the January to May League is a perhaps a better way of seeing which chip strategies are proving to be the most effective in dealing with this season’s Double and Blank gameweeks.

If you are running a community tournament and would like the latest scores included in future Community Round-Ups, please email us a summary of the current leaders and a link to your league, spreadsheet or head-to-head competition at geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk


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  1. manu4life99
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    To help me decide on transfer who scores more across gw26/27:

    A) Mane(BOU), Mane(mun), Arny/Anderson(FUL)

    B) Haz(mcy), Fraser(BOU), Aub(SOT)

  2. Oggle22
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    G2G
    Allison
    Kolasinac Doherty Bednerak
    Salah(C) Son Pogba Mane
    Jiminez Aguero Rashford

    Foster Valery Dendoncker AWB

    Cheers

  3. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Play

    A. Foster or Guaita

    B. Digne or Bennett (have Doherty)

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Fos-Dig

  4. Holmes
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Finally getting Salah back, sigh...

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Blank incoming....

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      About time 🙂

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Potentially at the wrong time, he's gone off the boil

      If he blanks today.....

      1. Holmes
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        lack of options is the reason, things were fine till last week

    4. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Keep the lack of faith!

    5. Amey
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Great gw to do that Holmes.

    6. waldo666
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Kun to Laca for free or hold FT?

      1. Kell_oggs
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Hold then Kun - Auba

          1. waldo666
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            I think you're right.

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Prematch preamble should be called "New hope" today, thats if we were still getting one.

      3. Shiva_Destroyer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        What’s latest on auba?

      4. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Sane looking lively....

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ready to burn sellers

          1. Amey
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I bet he can't do worse than what Happened last week 😀

              1. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Yep so far Hazard killed me twice and sane last GW

                Actually Hazard burnt me 3 times since I took him out for Sterling which wasn’t a complete disaster but if I hadn’t done that it was going to be Rich to Son!!!

                Never mind, looking forward to another GW!

                1. Amey
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Same here
                    GL Buddy 🙂

            • Weilong7
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              confident he will start?

              1. Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Nope 😛

          2. farmerfat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bottomed...
            Is there breakfast club this morning ?

          3. Tmel
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Bench one of each:

            1) Ederson (CHE)
            2) Guaita (WHU)

            a) Robbo (BOU)
            b) TAA (BOU)
            c) Doherty (NEW)
            d) Jonny (NEW)
            e) AWB (WHU)

            1. Boss Hogg
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              2e

          4. waltzingmatildas
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Play one of
            A) awb
            B) digne
            C) bamba

            1. Donblaster
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              B

          5. Robbieblob
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            A. C Salah
            B. C Pogba
            C. TC Salah
            D. TC Pogba

            1. Kell_oggs
                1 month, 14 days ago

                A

              • ViperStripes
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                D

                1. SB8
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    And then "Pogba is benched" news...

                2. Bobby_Baggio
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  A

              • irfansheikh
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                -4 Mane for Sigurdsson (-0.1 loss on price too - My bad missing out last night):

                A) Yay
                B) Nay

                Other team is:
                Lloris (Button)
                Doherty, Robertson, Saiss (Bednarek, Kiko)
                Salah (c), Pogba (vc), Son, Sigurdson (Camarasa)
                Aguero, Rashford, Jimenez
                0 FT. 2.8 in Bank

                1. Kell_oggs
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    A - 50/50 but probs works out over next few games

                2. Snapes on a Plane
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Who to bench?
                  A) Bednarek (car)
                  B) AWB (whu)
                  C) Digne (wat)

                  1. ViperStripes
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    C

                  2. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    A

                3. ollyr
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  “Think there’s a chance Mata, Lukaku and Dalot could start against Fulham today. Makes sense to give Rashford a rest before PSG on Tuesday.“

                  Rob Dawson on twitter, ManUtd correspondent for ESPN

                  1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Rashford fail

                  2. Ask Yourself
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Wew

                  3. fr3ddy
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Pogba taken off early too probably

                  4. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    This was my thinking. Would’ve done Rash to Auba if He wasn’t sick.

                  5. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Doesn’t it require more than a tweet from a nobody to start this kneejerk quire week after week?

                  6. jason_ni
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    These journos are giving an informed decision.. but it's still guess work.
                    Everyone owns him anyways, just wouldn't be putting c on him

                4. DantheManinaPan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Salah or Son for the captaincy. Hmmmmm

                  One of them is definitely one better form, but the other is more consistently reliable...

                  1. SB8
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Do you think Son has chances to score a hat-trick? I believe Salah has.

                  2. ViperStripes
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    What bench order:
                    Taylor vs BHA(A)
                    Digne vs WAT(A)
                    Hojbjerg vs CAR(H)

                  3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Watford are going to smash Everton aren't they?

                    Do we think Richarlison starts? They seemed to look better without him in the team v city

                    1. Flynny
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      I think he starts

                    2. Kellz86
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      This is my question too. I've found myself trying to decide between which 2 of 4 to start: Digne/AWB or Richarlson/FAnderson.

                    3. child of God
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        I think with everyone writing them off they'll win it 4-2. Richi with a brace and assist

                    4. Boss Hogg
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      1 to play from each list:

                      a. Duffy
                      b. Holebas

                      1. Sane
                      2. Richarlison
                      3. FAnderson

                      ???

                      1. ViperStripes
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        A1

                      2. Kellz86
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Holebas then I'm also in the FAnderson/Richarlson dilema. I'm currently leaning FAnderson due to set pieces if that helps.

                    5. Ask Yourself
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Was going to ask someone to start a rumour for this week and here we have it. Rashford owners quaking in their boots.

                      1. Make Arrows Green Again
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        *in possession of a bench.

                    6. Forza Papac
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      'Think there’s a chance Mata, Lukaku and Dalot could start against Fulham today. Makes sense to give Rashford a rest before PSG on Tuesday.'

                      -Rob Dawson, Man Utd correspondent ESPN.

                      1. Forza Papac
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Samuel Luckhurst reporting the same.

                      2. Amey
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          I'd be surprised if Pogba & Rash, martial,lingard don't start the match.

                        • Ginkapo FPL
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          He doesnt actually say anything....

                          Theres a chance Wan Bissaka gets rested too

                      3. Jimmy Boy
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Captain?
                        A) Salah (BOU)
                        B) Mane (BOU)
                        C) Pogba (ful)
                        D) Rashford (ful)
                        E) Son (LEI)

                        1. Ask Yourself
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Not Rashford

                        2. Boss Hogg
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          A

                        3. Kellz86
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Salah

                      4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        With rashford likely rested and Liverpool up next would you do rashford to laca for free?

                        1. ViperStripes
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          No hold FT it's gold next week

                        2. Hazz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Likely, no. Potentially, yes. Wouldn't do it unless 100% confirmed, so keep tabs on team news.

                        3. jason_ni
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          The rumour is not validated, he may be, but May not be, I wouldn't be doing transfers based on opinions of correspondents who give there thoughts and don't need fact to back it up

                          1. Camp No No
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Yeh but bad facts are accumulating: he's been rotated anyway since Lukaku returned, and when they play together, most of the time Rash is on flank. He's good there, but for his FPL potential it is not good. Then ManU's fixtures turn worse after this GW. And United's been far from convincing against good sides. All this undermines Rash's FPL potential in near future.

                            1. jason_ni
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              I could be wrong, but off the top of my head rashford has started every pl game upfront, except for Burnley, and utd really struggled that match, So he's not really been rotated to this point.
                              Not saying he won't be rested, May well be, but it's speculation

                        4. grumpyman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          I'll be moving on either Firmino or Rashford for Auba next week. One week's additional information needed for this decision I feel.

                      5. ididnt
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Play two of:

                        A: D Luiz
                        B: Bennett
                        C: Rondon
                        D: Rich

                        1. ViperStripes
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Ad

                        2. Kellz86
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Rich/Bennett

                      6. Bobby_Baggio
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Morning oh wise ones. Start two please?

                        A) AWB
                        B) Bennett
                        C) Pereira
                        D) Digne

                        1. ViperStripes
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Ac

                        2. RamaJama
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          AD

                      7. Donblaster
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Pickford
                        Doherty Jonny Kola
                        Salah Mane Sterling Pogba
                        Ageuro Rashford Llorente

                        Boruc Bednarek AWB Puncheon

                        G2G or anything worth a hit?

                        1. ViperStripes
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          G2g

                        2. AgentFern
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          G2g

                      8. AgentFern
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Start 2....
                        1 AWB (WHU)
                        2 Bednarek (CAR)
                        3 Bennett (NEW)
                        4 Richarlison (wat)

                        I'm on 1&2 at the moment

                      9. King Megnus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Would you play Sané (CHE) or Mitrovic (MUN)?
                        I'm afraid of Sané getting 1 point 🙁

                        1. AgentFern
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Sane

                      10. Amey
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Is that news about Rash true ?? 😛

                          1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            It’s not news. It’s a lazy journalist looking at the fixtures and seeing they have PSG on Tuesday.

                            I pointed it out ages ago.

                          2. AuFeld
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Speculation.

                          3. Dr.Oftaw
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Not news, reporters opinions,

                          4. RamaJama
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Speculations from A nobody again this week, and hundreds will bite the bait this week too. Gold fish society never learn 🙂

                          5. Amey
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              Cheers.
                              He should start IMO as team struggle with Lukaku

                          6. YouReds
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Who scores more this week?

                            A) Sterling, Rich
                            B) Pogba, Mane, -4

                            1. AgentFern
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              B