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The merits of a Gameweek 26 Wildcard and what my new FPL squad could look like

How Fantasy Premier League managers navigate the upcoming series of Double Gameweeks could prove season-defining for many of them.

We are currently facing the potential for back-to-back Double Gameweeks in 24, 25, 26 and 27, which is exciting indeed.

The bigger of the Doubles is likely to be in Gameweek 26 and traditionally, the practice has been to Wildcard before this sort of round so you are ready to Bench Boost in it. What is different this year is that the big Double Gameweek does not fall in Gameweek 34 or 37 like previous seasons, but much earlier. 

With it falling at a later stage, there was less worry about setting up long-term for the rest of the season but using the second Wildcard as early as Gameweek 25 means that you have to make sure you don’t handicap yourself by getting tunnel vision and looking solely at the Gameweek 26 fixtures alone. 

What is beneficial though, is that most of the top teams, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs, have the Double Gameweek in 26 and assets from these teams are good picks long-term. 

However, due to these expensive assets having a Double Gameweek, setting up a Bench Boost team is quite tricky. I had a go at a potential Wildcard team, with a view to Bench Boost in Gameweek 26, which you can see below. There is £2.6m in the bank there to convert Danny Ings (£8.4m) to Harry Kane (£11.0m).

The Bench Bwho have a single Gameweek fixture at home to Aston Villa, which is decent and Leeds on their day can score a few past anyone. 

Still, they’ve not been as free-scoring at home so this could be a disappointment. Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) would be the Bench Boost keeper, but I am a little bit concerned about his recent performances and Fraser Forster (£4.0m) waiting in the wings.

Antonio Rüdiger’s (£4.6m) possible Gameweek 26 fixtures are Manchester United (home) and Liverpool (away) so I am not really confident about a clean sheet in either. Matthew Lowton (£4.5m) is likely to have Spurs and Leicester where, again, I don’t feel too confident about his point potential. 

Now let’s have a look at what I could do by focusing most of the money in the starting eleven while still retaining five starting defenders.

Right off the bat, I like having Jack Grealish (£7.8m), he is as nailed as it gets with the European schedule coming up and I trust Villa’s attack to deliver. I included James Justin (£5.2m) as a placeholder as he can be changed for any other Leicester defender now that we know about his long-term injury. The Foxes have a great run of fixtures from Gameweek 27 with Brighton (away), Sheffield United (home), although are not playing in Blank Gameweek 29.

Jannik Vestergaard’s (£4.7m) potential Double Gameweek 26 is not as appealing, which could see Southampton travel to Everton and Spurs but the Saints play Sheffield United (away), Brighton (home), Burnley (home) and West Brom (away) between Gameweeks 27 and 31 which I like. Ben White (£4.4m) is also a great budget option from a decent defensive side. 

Another factor that cannot be underrated – information. Closer to Gameweek 26, we will have more clarity about injuries, European rotation, upcoming doubles and in general can set up the Wildcard better for the rest of the season. 

Like many of you, I have left plenty of points on the bench in the last few weeks and while we have been fortunate that money was not an issue with many of the heavy hitters injured or out of form, it is likely to be scarce going forward. 

I really don’t like having to make a decision who to bench out of Raphinha etc every week. Yes bench strength could be useful but most of the players I have picked are reliable starters. I also want to have every last bit of cash available going forward and not have it tied up in the likes of a bench goalkeeper, and/or an eighth attacker. That’s about £1.5m which can go a long way in the coming Gameweeks. 

This is how my team currently looks:

I have two free transfers and £3.0m in the bank for Double Gameweek 24. Before the flags on Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) and Michail Antonio (£6.7m), I was pretty set on using the two free transfers on Eric Dier (£4.9m) to James Tarkowski (£5.3m) and Forster to Nick Pope (£5.5m) and activating my Bench Boost. 

The flags on those two forwards have made things a bit trickier. I don’t mind taking a hit for Ings this week as I was planning to do that next week anyway. I could then do Tomas Soucek (£5.4m) to Raphinha and possibly another hit for Dallas to ‘dead-end’ my team in Gameweek 25, and then Wildcard out the Southampton and Leeds assets in Gameweek 26. I am not too keen on taking a minus-eight just to Bench Boost though. 

I imagine a lot of us are in the same boat, I was initially thinking of even navigating Gameweek 26 without using the Wildcard but West Ham not having a Double then has made that a bit tricky. 

I should also mention that I have my Free Hit chip intact, so navigating Gameweek 29 is not that much of an issue. 

Plenty to think about! Hope this article gave you food for thought, thanks for reading. 

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4,305 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Are there any more possible DGWs after Gw29?

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      potentially 37 according to Ben's sheet of wisdom

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

      Yes, small DGWs around GW33.

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yes. Possibly 33 or 37

    4. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Thanks lads

  2. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    No idea. Shall I just save ft?

    Meslier
    Dias Cancelo Mee
    Salah Bruno Gundo(c) Grealish Soucek
    Kane Bamford

    (Steer* DCL* Dallas Justin*)

    1ft 0.2itb

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Yes I think so.

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

      Save, no obvious transfer to improve this week apart from GK which you will play for double next week I suppose

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

    Start:

    a) Shaw (wba)
    b) Coufal (SHU)

    1. ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Shaw

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

      A

    3. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Shaw

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

      a

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

      a

  4. Rocky FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Short term move
    DCL to
    A) Richarlison
    B) Cavani

    1. ZakyJ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A for 1 week, Cavani longer

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

        This

    2. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I'm on this. I want one for just this GW. I'm leaning towards Cavani as West Brom are much worse then Fulham defensively and Cavani has posted better numbers recently than Richarlison. Just don't see Everton scoring more than 3 goals over the 2 games.

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

      Cavani

  5. ZakyJ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Start 2:

    Coufal
    Grealish
    Soucek
    Bamford

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

      G & B

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

      Grealish and Bamford

  6. Punty McPuntface
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Have I missed the page dedicated to:

    A Sterling
    B Foden

    If not, which one to get in?

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

      I want both! See below

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

    1 FT 0.1m ITB. WC gone, going to BB in 26.

    Best Justin replacement? Will bench Barnes.

    Areola
    Stones, Mee, Cancelo
    Gundo (C), Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Barnes
    Watkins, Antonio
    Martinez, Chilwell, DCL, Justin

  8. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Any insight itk that McCarthy remains 1st GK for SOU?

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      He will. Google Fraser Forster. There's a quote from Hassenhuttl that says McCarthy has done nothing to warrant being dropped.

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

        Ta mate

  9. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    2 FTS.
    Use just one and do Martinez to Pope and then revert back for his doubles.
    Or use both and Stones and Salah to Mee and Sterling?

    1. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B,and captain

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        What I’m leaning towards.

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

      Sterling [C] this week is amazing differential, I wish I've got 2FT

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Think I’ll do it then.

  10. Sloane426
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 9 days ago

    For 1GW only before I WC...
    (A) Grealish + Dallas
    (B) Raphina + Robertson

  11. DropkickMurphys
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I can’t seem the find the coming fixtures showing which teams have double matches etc. on this website guys. Can someone help me with a link? Thanks

        1. DropkickMurphys
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks a lot!

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

        Is this worth -4?
        Have a feeling for Sterling fireworks

        Salah soucek Dias ->
        Sterling foden lowton

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

          If you believe Sterling will haul it's worth it for sure.

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

          Not sure on foden

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

            Gut feeling! Kid can play

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

          Salah > Sterling [C] only is enough

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

        What would you do with this team?
        Planning wc gw25

        McCarthy (Forster)
        Cancelo Stones Digne Mee Coufal
        Bruno Gundo Grealish Salah (soucek)
        Antonio (watkins, DCL)
        5.5itb, 1FT

        1. Gazza2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Forster to Pope

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

          WC next week? Get Pope or Rashford or Cavani one week punt

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

            Was thing sterling maybe but would have to sell stones

      3. FPL_Hazards
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Which one to bench?

        A) Son
        B) Bamford
        C) Coufal

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

          C

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

          C

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

          C

      4. buttsy9
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Time to Free Hit?
        Already used my wildcard 🙁

        Pope - Meslier
        Cancelo - Stones - Dier - Dallas - Coufal
        Bruno - Sterling - Salah - Smith-Rowe - Soucek
        Wilson - DCL - Antonio

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

          Bring a forward for Wilson and you are good

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

          Free hit not needed

          Pope
          Cancelo Stones Coufal Dallas
          Bruno Sterling Salah Soucek
          Antonio plus Wilson replacement

          How much cash you got? Would go Cavani short term or Bamford in now

          1. buttsy9
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks all. Bamford best shout then, with DGW coming up I guess.

            0.9 ITB

            Is there going to be a better time to FH?

            Next problem is the captain! LOL!

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

              Sterling c
              Plenty of chances for free hit with fixture swings coming

              Would appreciate advice on my recent post, good luck cheers

              1. buttsy9
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Pep roulette always gets me... wish I had Gundo 😉

                Have contributed my thoughts, not sure I'd listen to them, can't make a right move at the moment. LOL.

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

                  Thanks! Sterling to Gundo would help fund Kane in a couple weeks

      5. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        McCarthy
        Dias, AWB, Lowton
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, Soucek
        Bamford, Antonio

        Forster, Dier, DCL, Lamptey

        3.6m ITB, 1 FT

        A) Salah to Sterling
        B) Lamptey to Cancelo (Bench Bamford)

        I'm planning to WC in GW25

        1. Gazza2000
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Son to Sterling

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Will lose a load of TV.

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

          Not Salah to Sterling. Son to Sterling worth it though.

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Will lose a load of TV, and Son has a good record against City.

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

              Not this City and this Spurs. Not now. Would do it myself if I had room for another City player.

      6. French Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        DCL replacement
        A) Ings
        B) Watkins
        C) Cavani for 2 weeks
        D) Richarlison

        Other 2 strikers are Bamford & Antonio

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

          I’m going Cavani

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            This

        2. GROBARI
            2 months, 9 days ago

            This is also my headache. I am going to bench DCL and go with Ings for DGW and then for Kane (have a lot of cash as you see :D)

        3. Dele
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Targett > Lowton this week?

          Would mean benching Antonio.

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

            No from me
            You’ll want targett back soon for their doubles

          2. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            If you have no Burnley defensive cover, maybe. Not if you're doubling up.

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

          What do we think for this week?

          A) city 2 clean sheets
          B) city 1 clean sheet
          C) city 0 clean sheets

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

            B

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

            Form says A
            More likely B

        5. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Martinez
          Dias, Stones, AWB
          Gundo(c), Salah, Son, Bruno, Grealish
          Watkins, Antonio

          Peacock-Farrell, DCL, Coufal, Dallas

          A) Peacock-Farrell to Pope
          B) DCL to Cavani (bench Watkins)
          C) Save

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

            Save

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

            A

          3. Gazza2000
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            A

          4. Big Ronnie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Cheers all

        6. PP6
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Does anyone know how many headed chances Sheffield United have conceded recently? Thanks.

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Watch FPL Black Box

        7. CelticBhoy1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Thought on Sigurdsson?

        8. cuppatea78
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Who to bench?

          A) Konsa
          B) Barnes

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

          When do most with WC BB and TC plan to use the chips?

        10. stevieme
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Possibly a silly question
          But here goes. I already own Cancello, who do you guys think is the most nailed on defender to partner him in defence?

          1. cuppatea78
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Anyone's guess

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

            Emerson.

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

              Ederson, even.

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

          Any idea on what to do here guys? I'm completely stumped. 2FTS and 1.1itb

          Pope (Mccarthy)
          Dias Stones Digne AWB (Dallas)
          Salah Bruno Gundo (Son Soucek)
          Antonio Bamford DCL*

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

            Great team.
            I'd play Son over DCL
            I'd suggest Soucek -> Raphinha, roll the other transfer.

            1. JollyGoodYellows
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Cheers. Had this lot for a while now. You reckon keep DCL or replace with Rich or Cavani?

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

            DCL > Cavani/Ings?

        12. Mind över Mata
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          GTG gents?

          Pope
          Lowton, Stones, Dias, Coufal
          Salah, Soucek, Fernandez, Gundo (c)
          Watkins, Bamford

          Martinez; Son, DCL, Dallas

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

            Yep, very strong

          2. Gazza2000
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            Would play Son over Coufal though

        13. RomeluStormzy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Bench one from:
          A) Bamford
          B) Antonio
          C) Maguire
          D) Grealish

          Thanks!

          1. Mind över Mata
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            A probably

          2. GROBARI
              2 months, 9 days ago

              A

            • aborg
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Antonio if you think he will only make a cameo

            • Donnie D
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Maguire

            • Gazza2000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 9 days ago

              C

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

            A) Antonio -> Richarlison (and bench Justin. Sell next GW)
            OR
            B) Justin -> Mee (and bench Antonio. Sell next GW)

            1. GROBARI
                2 months, 9 days ago

                B

            2. Mr. Chimes
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Cancelo > Lowton

              To fund

              Grealish > Sterling ?

              1. Mind över Mata
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Yes

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Oe. Just sell Salah?

                1. Mr. Chimes
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Already have 3 City and he’s the only one that can fund the move.

                  1. AC/DC AFC
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Go for it then