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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. Top Lad Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    The week I finally get Rashford...

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Then what? Injured?

    2. Sim Simma
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hattie confirmed

    3. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fantastic, he probably hasn’t even travelled with the squad.

    4. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Too Late to the party. GW19 was the week to get him.

  2. Thunder Warrior
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start Ryan or Patricio?

  3. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Going to be carnage if Rashford does start, I've opted to start a back 5 of (Laporte, Doherty, Kolasinac, Shaw & AWB)

  4. bombayblues
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who to start between AWB, Digne, and Duffy

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Duffy to score a goal

      1. bombayblues
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        And if I were to pick one for a CS?

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Maybe AWB

          1. bombayblues
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thank you

  5. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Richa to Mane (-4)?
    Start AWB or Bennett?

  6. Sim Simma
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Sane to troll sellers in the same way Hazard did.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Haz faced Huddersfield. Sane Chelsea. Doubt it

    2. The Red Devil
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      If he does start

  7. Brosstan
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ouch, I went for Jota punt because I thought my team was solid enough to take an eventual benching. Rashford being benched makes that a bit more dodgy.

  8. Ruinenlust
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Sane or Laca (-4)???

  9. Nightf0x
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start 2 & bench 2 with order?
    Sane auba awb taa

  10. Gegenpress
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Have a bench of Bednarek AWB and Long (who'll start for Ings)..

    Is Rashford confirmed not starting? As I'd rather have a 90min Bednarek in my team if he's not as I can see a Rashford 1 pointer coming on for the last 10 mins

  11. Optic1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Quick poll please lads.
    Who to bench:
    * Digne
    * AWB

    Have this lot to chose from -
    Digne Kola Doherty Wan-Biss Bennett

    Cheers all

    1. Chockky
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Digne bench

  12. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Digne > Kola for a hit?

    Yay or nay?

    1. Chockky
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Probably not worth hit

    2. FPL Flop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not worth a hit. Reassess next week.

    3. Duka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Next week for free

    4. tokara
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      i just did it, for the rest of the season i telling myself

  13. Chockky
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bottom
    Kepa to
    A)Patricio
    B) fabenski
    C) someone else

  14. FPL Flop
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Fulham win today. The Ranieri masterclass starts here.

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mitro(c)?

      1. FPL Flop
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kamara for me

  15. meclive
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Which defender to play?

    A) Holebas
    B) bennet
    C) dunk

    1. FPL Flop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Dunk I think

    2. Chockky
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Dunk

  16. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    How the hell do I line my team up now?

    Guita
    Digne, Lindleof, Duffy
    Salah, Pogba, Son, Jota
    Aubameyang, Aguero, Rashford

    Etheridge, WB, Bednarek, Puncheon 0ft .5itb

    Lindleof, Jota, Aubameyang and now Rashford are all doubts.

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lindelof is out as he hasn’t travelled. The others are more likely to perform and either way your bench looks good.

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I felt I was in for a good gw really liked the look of my starting XI. Damn. Thanks for the input.

    2. FPL Flop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      That’s so unlucky mate, I hope they end up starting. I’d say you’ve got it pretty much bang on, I’d be tempted to put Bednarek first on bench though.

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I think both WB and Bednarek are going to come in regardless now... thank you

  17. FDMS All Starz
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who will score more points Rasford cameo for around 20mins or Bednarek vs Cardiff?

    1. Mike82
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bednarek

  18. fakelund
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Ederson
    Kolasinac, Robertson, Holebas, Doherty
    Redmond, Salah (c), Pogba
    Auba, Jimenez, Rashford

    Hamer, AWB, Eriksen, Almiron

    Thinking I should be okay with this bench??
    GTG?

    1. FDMS All Starz
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Are you not tempted to put rashford on the bench? Especially with Eriksen there

      1. fakelund
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I would, but with everyone in my mini league having him, I feel like I cant miss out on a cameo goal :/

  19. b82rz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Which tool started the Rashford rumour?
    Same guy that started the Aguero one last week who went on to score a hat trick..?

    1. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Manchester Evening News

      1. b82rz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Hahahaha Manchester evening news?! That reliable news source. Their leaked teams are about as useful as a chocolate tea pot

        1. Brosstan
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          You can eat the tea pot if you dont like tea

    2. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Different tool

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      At least Aguero one was a day after the deadline and it made no difference to how we set up our fantasy teams

    4. grumpyman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      More than just one rumour, lots of different sources seem to be saying the same thing.

  20. L9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    sell sane or richarlidson for mane??

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sane

    2. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Richarlison obvz

  21. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Richa to Mane (-4)
    Bench 1-
    AWB
    Bennett
    Rashford

  22. Taegugk Warrior
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What happen with rashford..? Please someone give the link news...

    1. Paddington Bear
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Someone said they “think” he’ll be rested

  23. Hotdogs for Tea
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What’s all this Rashford not starting chatter ?

    1. Paddington Bear
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Just chatter

    2. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      He's being saved for PSG

    3. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      MEN have reported a leaked line up that does not include Rashford in the 11

    4. Mike82
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Luckhurst on twitter said he’s rested along with Lindelof and young

    5. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ole Gunnar want to do well vs UCL so rested for PSG Tuesday

  24. Skloppy Kops
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start Rash or ?
    A. Mitro
    B. Digne
    C. AwB

    Who 1st on bench?

  25. Misteak
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I'M GOING TO CAPTAIN RASHFORD

    1. Skloppy Kops
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yesss.. thats the spirit

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No you’re not

    3. Ulrik Steinschweiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Aye aye

  26. The Overthinker
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Redmond, deulofeu, kiko

    What'll your bench order be??

    1. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Pretty much as you got it. Don't overthink things.

  27. Unai Emery
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Felipe Anderson or Arnie for next games?

    1. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fanderson

    2. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Fanderson

    3. kalmoffit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Anderson

  28. manu4life99
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bench order (for Rashford sub):

    A) Digne
    B) Rich
    C) Long

  29. Henning
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Hmm no Lindelöf?

  30. DaniCT
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Will we have another dgw this season ? Thinking of triple cap Salah today.

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      GW32 & GW35, Salah won't have a DGW in either though

    2. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Of course will be DGW

    3. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      There will be DGW in GW32 and GW35. Also Chelsea vs Brighton fixture has to be fitted in somewhere.