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Which players are the Scout Network picking for Double Gameweeks 24 and 25?

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers are currently assessing who are the best Manchester City, Everton, Burnley and Fulham assets to own ahead of Double Gameweek 24, as well as Southampton and Leeds players ahead of their double in Gameweek 25.

We asked the Scout Network for their views on who we should invest in ahead of the Double Gameweeks.

FPL Family

The news of Double Gameweeks in 24 and 25 came at a good time for me as I was about to make a goalkeeper transfer. However, with Southampton playing twice in Gameweek 25, I’ve decided to hold Alex McCarthy (£4.6m) and upgrade my second goalkeeper to Nick Pope (£5.5m). This way I have a goalkeeper playing twice in each of the next two Gameweeks.

While most FPL managers will rightly flock to Manchester City assets as a result of their matches against Spurs and Everton, for me there are other teams who have slightly better fixtures and players who are far less of a rotation risk.

Going into Gameweek 24, Man City have an FA Cup fixture away at Swansea. Following their double, they then go straight into a match away at Arsenal in Gameweek 25, and then a round of 16 fixture away at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League. This accounts for five fixtures in just 14 days. It is highly likely Pep roulette will be in full swing and as a result, I’m likely to invest more heavily in other options.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) has returned in each of his last two Premier League games and with the creative elements in the Everton team now back to full fitness, I suspect he will have numerous opportunities to do well in Gameweek 24. In fact, he is highly likely to be my captain as a result of a nice opening game against Fulham and a lack of rotation risk.

Burnley defenders also look like great options. Ben Mee (£5.0m), Matthew Lowton (£4.4m) and James Tarkowski (£5.3m), as well as Pope, all offer the potential of two clean sheets. Pope also ranks second for saves inside the box so the chances of a bonus point or two in a low-scoring, clean sheet game are good.

Mee also offers some potential in terms of attacking returns, having registered a goal in Gameweek 20.

FPL Family – Sam

El Statto

We are now entering a fun part of the season when different strategies come into play depending on what chips you have left.

I will be going into Gameweek 24 with six Double Gameweek players, which I feel comfortable with as I need to keep half an eye on future weeks and doubles.

Manchester City are the form team and I’ll have three of their players in my team for Gameweek 24, although I half expect rotation will hit so getting two games will feel like a bonus!

I brought Nick Pope in last week ahead of his double. I think he’ll be a popular choice and hopefully he can get one clean sheet and a few save points across his two games.

For Gameweek 25, I’m not too worried about loading up. I expect Leeds’ attackers, Patrick Bamford (£6.7m), Raphinha (£5.3m) and Jack Harrison (£5.4m) to return best for them. Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) playing in midfield might be worth a punt too.

Southampton are on a shocking run currently, largely due to injuries, so I really wouldn’t be looking at them much. Danny Ings (£8.4m) and Che Adams (£5.8m) are out of form and their defence has been badly affected by injuries.

If you wanted a punt I would go for James Ward Prowse (£6.0m). He has four free-kick goals already and is on corners and set pieces so also has the chance of an assist.

In terms of chip usage, I’ve yet to decide when I will Wildcard but at the moment I’m torn between using the Bench Boost in Gameweek 26 or my Triple Captain. I will do some planning on the planner once Gameweek 26 doubles are confirmed to see which suits me best.

El Statto

FPL Experiment

Finally, we get to the point of the season where we’ve assembled a squad that we’re happy with – and then along comes Gameweeks 24 and 25!

Nick Pope is a player we’d love to bring in. Burnley’s defence has been notoriously brilliant for FPL managers in past seasons and the Double Gameweek 24 fixtures against Crystal Palace and Fulham look like great opportunities for clean sheets.

However, Emiliano Martinez (£5.2m) has been churning out consistent returns for The FPL Experiment with regularity since October and we’re reluctant to say goodbye. 

With Charlie Taylor (£4.4m) on the verge of returning, Erik Pieters (£4.3m) seems a risky pick. So we’ve considered Matt Lowton who looks like a nice cheap route into that Burnley defence instead of Pope.

The other consideration for us is Lucas Digne (£6.1m), who has the second-highest assists for a defender, despite missing a third of the season.

We have Joao Cancelo (£6.0m), Luke Shaw (£4.9m) and Aaron Cresswell (£5.7m) as our three starting defenders though and given that they all have good fixtures in Gameweek 24, it’s hard to see us making any moves at the back unless any injuries crop up. 

Given the fixtures, we’re attracted to a Manchester City midfield double up for Gameweek 24. Everton’s defence looks leaky and despite City’s poor recent record against Spurs, Pep’s side are unbeaten in 21 games in all competitions since they lost 2-0 to Tottenham in November.

We already have Ilkay Gündogan (£5.9m), so it’s deciding who takes the second City midfield spot. Given recent performances, there are two front runners for us. Phil Foden (£6.1m) showed against Liverpool he’s a match-winner and worthy of consideration, while Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) has four goals in his last five Premier League starts, making him harder to ignore. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s return to form brings him into our thinking.

We already have three Leeds players, which we’re delighted about ahead of Double Gameweek 25. The problem will be deciding which of those assets to bench this week. Benching Patrick Bamford could be heartbreaking! Decisions, decisions. 

FPL Experiment

FPL Froggies

We at FPL Froggies are increasingly pessimistic about Double Gameweeks and in every passing season we tend to progressively lower the importance we give to double fixtures.

For example, integrate Player A for a Double Gameweek, that will give you an extra three points compared to your previous player. But you will end up keeping that player for eight Gameweeks because there’s always a more urgent move to do and your previous player will crush the game in that time. Been there before, too many times.

However, there is a huge argument to play punts anyway this time. Most of us still have our Wildcard, and a lot of us will play it on or around Gameweek 25, to prepare a fully loaded Double Gameweek 26 side.

If we make changes these will likely be the players we target.

Goalkeepers

Ederson (£6.1m) and Nick Pope should provide the most points (especially if Pep puts Ederson on penalties), however our strategy means we rarely invest in an expensive goalkeeper. Therefore we would probably go for Fulham’s Alphonse Areola (£4.5m), who kept a clean sheet against West Ham in Gameweek 23.

Defenders

Most FPL managers will go big at the back with Man City assets, however Frenchman Lucas Digne should provide the best return on investment, and could turn into a long-term pick as a result of his attacking potential.

Midfielders

Raheem Sterling is the best pick in midfield for his captaincy potential, even with the rotation risk. For a budget choice, in case you already own Ilkay Gundogan, Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) is your man. While Lookman hasn’t produced an attacking return since Gameweek 19, he was unlucky not to in Gameweek 23 where he created plenty of opportunities.

Forwards

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has proved this season he can maintain his productivity against the top six sides, so he should be in most teams now. If you don’t already own him, then a Double Gameweek against Fulham and Man City looks like a good time to invest in the Everton striker, especially with all of the Toffees’ creative players now back in the starting eleven.

FPL Froggies

What’s happening in the Scout Network?

Scout Network: Thinking ahead to the blank and double Gameweek in 18 and 19

Last week, FPL Family‘s Sam was joined by Adam, Nick and Greg from the FPL Experiment. This week, Sam is joined by Alex and Charles from FPL Chip Chat to discuss Double Gameweek 24.

El Statto

El Statto’s final competition of the season, “The El Statto Cup“, began in Gameweek 22 and runs right through to the end of the campaign. El Statto has an amazing number of members from the FPL community taking part this season.

It has also been another busy and successful week for Jumpers for Goalposts with an article looking at differential picks for the upcoming Gameweeks, as well as the launch of a new series of weekly articles with a snapshot focus on a particular FPL asset. The first article looked at Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.

El Statto also released his Gameweek 23 article for the Back to the FPL Future series. The series looks back at past matches to highlight players who have a tendency to score well against their opponents.

FPL Family

Lee and Sam had a busy week last week. Sam appeared on the Official FPL Podcast, while Lee was in the studio for Thursday night’s Official FPL Show. The FPL Family also released an FPL Family x video with Nathan Jobling, who was their Manager of the Month for January.

Sam also recorded some content with the Premier League looking at women in FPL, which will be available on both the Premier League channels as well as on the FPLFamily YouTube channel in due course.

FPL Experiment

Adam, Nick and Greg from the FPL Experiment appeared on this week’s Scout the Gameweek podcast from the Scout Network with Sam from FPL Family.

They also recorded their own weekly podcast ahead of the Gameweek 23 deadline.

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780 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DK_13
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Only for gw 24. Will WC in 25, so a clean slate.

    A) sterling(c) + laca

    B) gundo(c) + salah

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B. Gundo is on great form, and Laca is far from that.

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      B, not even remotely close

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

    Leeds to beat Arsenal by 7 or 8 goals?

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      What about the 2nd half?

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

        Arsenal will draw

  3. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Thoughts on these two moves.

    A. Johnstone to Pope and roll 2nd FT.
    B. Stones and Soucek to Lowton and Sterling (Switch from City 2def 1mid to 1def and 2mid)

    2FT 6.7itb
    Johnstone*
    Cancelo Digne Stones
    Salah Bruno Gundo Soucek*
    Bamford Antonio DCL
    (Martinez Raphinha Cresswell Holding )

    1. Gowiththeflow
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Just A.

      Nice team.

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

    Antonio to dcl for free?
    A) yes
    2) No

    1. JVALDEZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Na

    2. Silicon Vialli
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A

    3. pricycle
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      I did it. So Yes

    4. Scots Gooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Yeah - fixtures about to get tougher + doubts about Antonio's fitness

    5. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Def A

    6. Yank Revolution
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      100 pct yes

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    2 FT, 4.8 ITB. Looking to use one FT, roll the other. Will probably WC in 25.

    A. Bissouma -> Lookman/EVE mid & bench Son
    B. Bednarek/Coufal -> Mee/Tark
    C. Son -> Rashford

    Pope*
    Dias* Stones* Coufal
    Gundogan* Bruno Salah Son
    Bamford Antonio DCL*

    Martinez Dallas Bissouma Bednarek

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

      Why would you roll the transfer, if you are WC next week?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Just in case I do not WC

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          * Depending on 26 fixtures, if they are out.

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

    Would you change anything with bench and the order?

    Martinez
    Dias* Cancelo* Digne* Mee*
    Salah Bruno Grealish Gundagon* (c)
    DCL* Watkins

    - Coufal Rafinha Wood*

    1. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Play Wood.

      Grealish, Coufal, Raph

  7. kime67
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    play son or bam?

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

      Son

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

      Bampot..

    3. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bamford easily

    4. Poison Apple
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bam

    5. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Bam

  8. just a man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Vardy could be interesting to get in this week. Unlucky not to score with his weekend returning cameo; looked fit and up for it. Likes scoring against the big teams. Pool deference still weak. Not bad upcoming fixtures either.

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

      Everyone focussed on the doubles so go for it if team well set but not sure he’ll outscore some of the cheaper forwards

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Maybe a touch of overthinking for this week.

    3. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      DCL, Bamford, Watkins, Kane, Ings are/will all be better for various reasons

  9. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Who to play?

    1. Rudiger v NEW (H)
    2. Dallas v ARS (A)

    (Playing Raphinha in starting XI)

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

      1

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      1 I think. Chelsea look quite solid recently

    3. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      1

    4. pricycle
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      1

    5. Poison Apple
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Easy 1

    6. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Cheers all

    7. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      1 was unmarked at the back post for a good few corners vs. SHU and probably won't score another OG again in his career

  10. Poison Apple
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    A. Brewster, Coufal -> DCL, Lowton

    B. Brewster -> DCL (3-4-3)

    C. Swap Antonio for DCL and play Coufal (4-4-2)

    Current Front 3: Antonio, Bam, Brewster

    Option C allows a straight swap DCL -> Kane for GW26.

  11. pricycle
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 2 days ago

    Which two should I play from:

    A) Bamford
    B) Watkins
    C) Son
    D) Coufal

    Thanks! 😀

    1. jomikijiq
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A & B

  12. KKapur
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Gundogan - triple captain?

      What to do with injured DCL? Bench or transfer out?

    • Gowiththeflow
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Toughest decision of all season:

      A (GTG)
      Pope
      Dias / Stones / Coufal
      Fernandes / Salah / Gundo / Soucek / Son
      Antonio / Bam

      Calvert Lewin / Robertson / Holding

      B (-4)
      Out: DCL / IN: Cavani

      C (-8)
      OUT: Robertson & DCL / IN: Dallas & Kane (planning ahead GW25)

      Really appreciate your help guys!