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The best FPL players to sign for Double Gameweeks 24 and 25

Fantasy Premier League has presented managers with a fantastic opportunity to make up ground with the announcement of Double Gameweeks 24 and 25.

Everybody’s squad is different but, right now, I am looking to invest heavily to maximise my coverage of players with a total of three fixtures across those two rounds.

In this article, I will pick out some of the key assets I am considering signing now so they are sat in my team ready for another period of bumper Gameweeks.

HOW I DID IN GAMEWEEK 22

WHAT ARE THE DOUBLE GAMEWEEK FIXTURES?

Double Gameweek 24

  • Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur (home) and Everton (away)
  • Everton v Fulham (home) and Manchester City (home)
  • Burnley v Crystal Palace (away) and Fulham (home)
  • Fulham v Everton (away) and Burnley (away)

Double Gameweek 25

  • Leeds United v Wolves (away) and Southampton (home)
  • Southampton v Chelsea (home) and Leeds United (away)

Already, these fixtures present a great opportunity to climb up the ranks since I already have a total of seven Double Gameweekers in my squad and three free transfers available before Double Gameweek 24, which will allow me to add a couple more players from those teams.

So let’s take a look at the best possible transfer targets from each of the sides with an extra fixture in the near future.

Manchester City

By now, most Fantasy managers already have three Manchester City players and I’m no exception. I’m pretty happy with Ruben Dias (£6.1m), João Cancelo (£6.0m) and Ilkay Gundogan (£5.9m) as my trio but several managers have different combos that include the likes of John Stones (£5.2m) or Sterling.

I still think Sterling is a bit too expensive for someone who was benched twice in the last six matches but given the lack of decent heavy-hitters available in midfield right now and the possibility of giving him the armband in the Double Gameweek, I would definitely stick with him if I had him, even if there is a decent chance he will get rotated with the likes of Phil Foden (£6.1m), Ferran Torres (£6.9m) or Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m).

The same can be said for any City player (except maybe for Dias) but after Kevin De Bruyne’s (£11.8m) injury, Gundogan has less competition to worry about and seems to be in the form of his life so I’m hoping he will play both matches. The fact that he could be on penalties and is ridiculously priced at £5.9 million makes him a much better pick than Sterling in my opinion.

That said, all we can do is stick with the three players we already have and hope that we hit the jackpot in another round of the infamous Pep roulette. If I didn’t already have Dias and Gundogan in my squad, they would definitely be my main transfer targets from Guardiola’s team.

EVERTON

Salah and blanks again as Brighton defensive assets shine ahead of good run 1

Despite having two home matches in Double Gameweek 24, one of them is against Manchester City and the Toffees also have tough matches in Gameweek 23 (at Old Trafford) and in Gameweek 25 (at Anfield). 

For this reason, I am not super excited about their potential for the near future and the only assets I will consider from them are the usual suspects Lucas Digne (£6.1m) and Calvert-Lewin.

It is hard to see clean sheets for Everton in the next four matches with the exception of their home match against Fulham so, despite Digne’s incredible record as one of the most attacking full-backs in the Premier League, I think there are better options to pick from other teams. 

However, if they also get an extra fixture in Gameweek 26, I might change my mind and get the French defender in ahead of Double Gameweek 24.

Calvert-Lewin, on the other hand, seems like a much better pick given the lack of decent forwards with two matches in Double Gameweek 24. It is very likely I will get him in for Ollie Watkins (£6.3m) and I think there is the possibility he will be my captain since he will probably play 180 minutes, unlike most Manchester City assets.

BURNLEY

Burnley has by far the best schedule of all teams between Gameweek 23 and Gameweek 25 and investment in their defence seems like a smart decision. Even though Nick Pope (£5.5m) should be the default option for almost everyone, I already have Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) who also plays twice in Gameweek 24 so I’m looking at buying one of their defenders instead.

Priced at £4.4m, Matthew Lowton looks like a real bargain but he has not scored in the Premier League since 2012/13 and he’s only delivered one assist in the last three seasons. With plenty of money in the bank, I definitely prefer the idea of investing in one of their centre-backs instead.

So I will almost certainly buy one of Ben Mee (£4.9m) or James Tarkowski (£5.3m) either this week or ahead of Gameweek 24. Let’s look at their attacking returns and bonus points in the past three seasons to try to figure out which one is the best option.

Tarkowski clearly has the edge in every department but he is almost £0.4m more expensive than his team-mate and Mee has already scored twice this season. 

I think it is really close between the two of them but right now i’m leaning towards Mee, since that extra £0.4m could become handy very soon. After all, goals from set-pieces are a real lottery and it would be sickening to pay extra for Tarkowski just to watch Mee scoring from a corner.

Regarding their attackers, I think Chris Wood (£6.2m) is a decent shout. He has only scored four goals so far but he reached the 10-goal mark in each of the last three seasons while playing limited minutes in every single one of them. 

I expect Wood to do well in their nice run of fixtures and I think there is a decent chance he will also be in my team for the Double Gameweek, provided he is fit in time.

FULHAM

Gameweek 21 Scout Picks features another Man City triple-up

I will happily play Areola in Double Gameweek 24 since I already have him in my team but I strongly suggest non-owners to look to Pope instead. Areola is averaging 3.5 points per game while the Burnley goalkeeper is on five points per game so far. To put that in perspective, that’s the same tally as Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) or James Maddison (£7.3m).

Other than that, I also have André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.5m) as my bench fodder and I will have to decide if I want to play him in the Double Gameweek or upgrade him to his colleague Ademola Lookman (£5.0m), who offers much more attacking potential. 

However, I already have too much money on the bench and I’m not sure I want to invest an extra £0.5m just to bench Lookman in most of the upcoming Gameweeks.

Right now, I’m leaning towards playing Anguissa in Double Gameweek 24 and hope for another assist from him just like in my Gameweek 19 bench boost. I think Fulham assets are a clear case of “Hold but don’t buy” regardless of an extra fixture.

LEEDS UNITED

As an owner of Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) and Patrick Bamford (£6.6m), I was really pleased to know Leeds would play an extra match in Double Gameweek 25. In light of this development, I think both these players are borderline essential going forward.

Dallas has been playing out of position lately and, despite poor defensive performances from Bielsa’s men, he is operating almost like a forward right now. I expect him to be in most active teams when the Whites’ Double Gameweek arrives. 

The same can be said about the already highly-owned Bamford. I even expect him to lead the captaincy poll in Double Gameweek 25 and his effective ownership will be massive. It will take a brave man to go without the Leeds striker then.

Raphinha (£5.3m) and Jack Harrison (£5.4m) also seem like great budget options and I will try to add one of them to my squad very soon. The only downside of tripling up on Leeds is the fact that they will only play once in Gameweek 26 but I’m planning to bench at least two of them by then or even use my Wildcard so I’m not too worried about it right now.

SOUTHAMPTON

After a shocking defeat at Old Trafford this week, most managers will be scared to invest in the Saints. However, I think it was just a freak result and, hopefully, the possible return of the injured Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.7m), Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) and Oriol Romeu (£4.5m) will certainly boost their appeal.

With a confirmed Double Gameweek 25 and the possibility of also playing twice in Gameweeks 26 and 27, I will keep a close eye on their next two matches. I will certainly get Alex McCarthy (£4.6m) and it’s possible I will decide to double-up in their defence if they look solid against Newcastle and Wolves.

Danny Ings (£8.4m), Che Adams (£5.8m) or even the new recruit Takumi Minamino (£6.0m) can become interesting targets by Gameweek 25 but, for now, I think the right move is to wait and watch closely how they recover from such a brutal loss. If their last 9-0 defeat against Leicester tells us anything about their ability to recoup from adversity, I think it’s safe to say they will be just fine.

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3,980 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Wizard of Ozil
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Who to start?

    A) DCL
    B) Soucek

    1) Stones
    2) Coufal

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B2, assuming you have other city defence

      1. The Wizard of Ozil
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yeah Dias & Concelo

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I'm gonna say B1.

      Don't see Liverpool scoring

  2. Traction Engine Foot
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Gtg here? Or use my remaining transfer to get Alonso/Dallas in for Robbo and bench Dias?

    Pope
    Cancelo, Dias, Cresswell
    Salah, Gundogan, Fernandes, Raphinha, Grealish
    Bamford, Antonio

    McCarthy, DCL, Robertson, Mitchell

  3. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Pros & Cons of WC 25 BB 26?

    Only downside I see is you can't make the most of dgw 25 as both Leeds & Sou are likely to have a single game in 26 and you would be wanting to fill your squad with dgwers for 26 BB.

  4. moz_1983
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Given that Saints have DGW soon, would it be worth holding on to McCarthy? He's stinking up my team at the moment.

    Would swap to Sanchez but the DGW is tempting.

    1. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I have kept him for now, would expect Saints to improve (not that it could get much worse than a 9-0!)

  5. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Bench and captaincy right?

    McCarthy
    Cancelo AWB Creswell
    Salah Son(c) Bruno Grealish Gundogan
    Antonio(vc) Bamford

    Areola DCL Maguire Stones

    1. Aster
        2 months, 9 days ago

        I would captain Antonio

        1. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I keep switching between Son, Antonio and Bruno.

      • TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        That’s an amazing squad

        Has potential to go spectacularly wrong this week though

        I’d have it exactly as you do

        1. HollywoodXI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Thanks. WC GW18 and BB GW19 worked great but now left with benching headaches!

    2. Better luck next year
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Current GW23 team

      Martinez
      Chilwell Dias Dallas
      Bruno Salah Son Soucek
      Bamford Antonio Wilson

      4.0 Gundo Stones Holding

      A) Roll free transfer?
      B) Play Soucek or Gundo?
      C) Play Chilwell or Stones (I know, Chilwell probably wont play)

      1. AlternativeB
          2 months, 9 days ago

          A and C

      2. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        1) Robertson to Justin
        2) son to soucek
        3) Robertson to mee
        4) save

        1. moz_1983
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          1

        2. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Son to Soucek is a big no from me

        3. AlternativeB
            2 months, 9 days ago

            4

            1. Sid07
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Robertson falling and mee rising

          • Rassi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I have done 3

        4. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Team and bench set up good to go? Or any changes you would suggest

          Pope
          Cancelo Coufal Dallas
          Salah Bruno Gundogan Grealish Raphinha
          Antonio (c) Bamford

          Martinez Watkins Dias Robertson

          1. BOATIES FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Bench looks mental but correct I think

          2. FPL Pillars
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Watkins scored a brace in reverse fixture

            1. Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              We looked awful last game. maybe Covid break catching up

        5. LewanGOALski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bench 1:
          A) Cancelo
          B) Dias
          C) Coufal
          ..?

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Dias for me

          2. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            C

          3. citizenkane
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            B

          4. Hadebayor Mum
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Seen a lot of cagey big six 0-0s over the last two seasons, so C our of those, although I’d want to play all 3.

        6. HD7
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Unsure what to do with my chips, mates ...
          WC, BB and TC left.
          1 FT, £2.4 ITB.

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Coufal
          Salah Bruno Sterling Maddy
          Antonio DCL Bamford

          Fraser, Taylor, Mitchell, Bissouma

        7. Hadebayor Mum
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Keeping and playing Chilwell for one more week to save an FT and have two next week? Genius or madness?

          1. MMN
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Depends who is first sub. Doing the same with Cancelo on the bench.

          2. Blue&White85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Nothing wrong with that. I have a sneaky feeling rotation might see him start.

        8. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Southampton can have DGW in either GW26 or GW27, not both. Am I right?

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 9 days ago

            False, they can have DGW in both.

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              25, 26, 27? All of them?

              1. Major League Shocker
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Yes, they have mci and tot to make up, as long as one of Saints or Spurs advance in the cup (causing BGW29).

                1. Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Cheers mate

        9. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Anyone Captaining Son?

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            No one

            1. aleksaa2
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Not even dead teams

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Literally 0%

          2. Dirty Harry
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I don't even own him haha

          3. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            All 55% game of the game who own him are selling, I hear.

            Was 60% the other day.

          4. You've got red on you.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Me.

            Nah kidding.

          5. acidicleo
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            I might

          6. bruuuno
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Of course

        10. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Y'know Ajax's Onana has been banned for 12 months?... well look who like the post on Instagram!

          https://i.redd.it/86z790bsunf61.jpg

          WTF looool

          1. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Yes, his excuse was that he took a tainted paracetamol lmao

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Yeah seen his reasoning. Can't really comment. More-so laughing at who liked the post.

        11. citizenkane
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bench one:
          A) Dias
          B) Robbo
          C) Lowton

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            The Scottish Sunday league defender

        12. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bench selection right? (FT saved)

          Martinez
          Dias Shaw Coufal
          Salah Bruno(vc) Gundo Son(C)
          DCL Bamford Antonio

          areola awb stones lookman

        13. You've got red on you.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Choose 1 to start:

          a) R. James

          b) Soucek

          c) Cresswell

          d) Watkins

          1. Ch0udini
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Tough one, but C

              1. You've got red on you.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Wow! Did not think that would be the pick.

            • Kiwivillan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Any West Ham player you have should be in your team. I'd rather bench Salah

            • JJeyy
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              b

          2. Ch0udini
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Mendy (Johnstone)
              Cresswell Cancelo Justin Konsa (Stones)
              Fernandes (C) Salah Soucek Gundogan (Cavaleiro)
              Bamford Wilson (DCL)

              6.3 ITB 1 FT

              Would you rather:
              a) roll the transfer and bring a couple of DGWers next week
              b) go for interesting prospect this GW (Grealish, Son, Maddison/Barnes on my mind for Cav)

              1. AlternativeB
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  a

              2. acidicleo
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Guys 2 key decisions..

                1) Bring Antonio in despite lacking GW based on form
                Yay or Nay

                2) bring in Digne or a,Burnley defender..

                Cheers

                1. Ch0udini
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    1)nay
                    2)Burnley (nice run of fixtures)

                2. sumatera
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Currently benching Gundogan stones and Robertson wtf

                  1. acidicleo
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Gundo and Stones here too..

                  2. Rassi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    I have Cancelo and Gundog on my bench.

                  3. Kiwivillan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Martinez Watkins Digne DCL

                  4. Hansel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Same here

                3. n-doggg
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Which one to play:

                  A. Lowton
                  B. Digne
                  C. Stones

                  1. Sulley
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Stones of no othe city

                4. Sulley
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Bench one:
                  Barnes
                  Saka
                  Watkins

                  Leaning on Barnes at the moment

                  Cheers

                  1. Ch0udini
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Saka for me, not sure of Arsenal shape after suspensions

                    • Kiwivillan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      After watching our display against West Ham I'm benching my Villa players

                      1. Sulley
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 months, 9 days ago

                        Were they shocking?

                        1. Kiwivillan
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 9 days ago

                          Looked tired

                  2. Rassi
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Bamford (c)

                  3. Disco Stu
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Play Gundo or DCL?

                    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Gundo

                    2. Kiwivillan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Gundo

                    3. citizenkane
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      I'm going Gundo

                  4. Sid07
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Who to Start
                    1) Martinez
                    2) meisler

                  5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Zouma to:
                    A) Justin
                    B) Shaw
                    C) Mee
                    D) Alonso

                    1. moz_1983
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      B

                    2. Rassi
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      C

                    3. waldo666
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      B

                  6. moz_1983
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    If you could bring in either Dias or Cancelo, which would it be? Dias more nailed, Canelo more attacking :/

                  7. thom830g
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    This two transfers for free?:
                    Ederson -> Pope
                    Bissouma -> Maddison

                    Then team would be:
                    Pope
                    Coufal - Dias - Justin - Shaw
                    Maddison - Fernandes (C) - Salah - Gündogan
                    Antonio - Bamford

                    Next week I will do coufal -> Stones

                    Good idea?

                  8. jdp219
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    What are the odds Chilwell starts this weekend? Although he hasn't in recent gmaes, Azpi and Rudiger have had some quick turnarounds lately.

                    Or, just get rid of Chilwell anyway?

                    1. Nimby
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      He's too expensive to keep given the risk he won't play I reckon.

                      1. jdp219
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 9 days ago

                        Just happens to be Sheffield next. I'd get rid after that, regardless.

                  9. Hansel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Play Gundo or Watkins?

                    1. Nimby
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Watkins. Arsenal's reserve goalie is apparently rubbish.