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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. osceola31909
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Worth doing (-8) to do Son, Dias --> Sterling (C), Lowton? I am planning to WC GW 25.

    Areola
    Cancelo - Dias - Cresswell
    Salah - Bruno - Son - Gundo
    Richarlison - Antonio - Bamford

    Martinez - Dallas - Mitchell - Soucek

    1. MikeS
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      No way

    2. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Definitely not

    3. DickFranDyke
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      You drunk mate?

    4. osceola31909
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      LOL. Thanks.

    5. Aster
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Yes

    6. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Gtg and order correct? Also would you rather have Dias over Cancelo?

      Pope
      Cancelo Tarkowski Coufal
      Sterling (c) Bruno Gundogan Grealish
      Antonio Bamford Cavani

      Martinez Raphinha Robertson Dallas

      1. MikeS
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Beautiful

      2. Aster
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Cancelo

      3. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        G2G?

        Pope
        Stones, Shaw, Coufal
        Salah, Stirling, Gundo, Grealish, Bruno
        Cavani, Antonio

        Martinez', Bamford, Mitchell, Justin*

        0.9ITB, No FT left.

        Cheers

        1. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          G2g

        2. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Yes, tempted to play bam tho

          1. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            over Antonio?, yes I am a little, thoughts?

            1. MikeS
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              No I'd play Antonio above bam, I'm not sure it's a be Ching headache. I can see arsenal conceeding though (arsenal fan)

              1. the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                well just brought Cavani in for a 2 week punt before I WC so hopefully Bam doesn't punish me lol

      4. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        For - 4 pts who to get
        A- Antonio > Barnes
        B- James > Mee

        1. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          None

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

          I'd save, especially if you've a good 1st sub in case Antonio doesn't play. James *should* start and its Wilson FC without Wilson.

          If both play, they could really hurt before the hit is even included ..

        3. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          None agreed

        4. OptimusBlack
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers and thank you

      5. Arctic monkeys
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Pope
        Cancelo Mee Dias Coufal
        Salah Gundogan Bruno Son
        Bamford Antonio

        A- Start this team
        B- Son to Rashfor for -4
        C- DCL to Cavani for -4 and bench Son

        Cheers

        1. ted mcnure
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Subs? I have 8 of them so gtg..

      6. MikeS
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Anyone triple captain on gundogan?

        1. Arctic monkeys
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Too risky for me, could be worth a try

        2. Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          That’s a punt which I’m not willing to take lol

        3. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Saving TC for 26

      7. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Is this worth 2 FT’s

        Grealish Antonio ➡ Cavani Foden

        1. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          You'd want Grealish back for 26 so yes if you're going along that route.

        2. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          I like the players coming in (though Foden is a bit risky) but you'll want Grealish so badly for his shu+lee DGW.

        3. Aster
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Why get rid of Antonio

          • DickFranDyke
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            God no. Is that arrow the right way?

        4. BigBillyBass
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Play Rüdiger or Son?

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Son

        5. jernej93
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          1. Richarlison
          2. Tarkowski
          3. Creswell

          Who to play??

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            1

          2. Bees4Lyf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            3

        6. DV8R
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Play Coufal or Son?

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Son

          2. DickFranDyke
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Coufal

          3. Bees4Lyf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Coufal

        7. HippY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Bottomed so..

          It's not worth using the BB on Meslier, Soucek, Coufal and KWP is it? Will there be a better time if I plan on WC26?

          1. Mork calling Orson
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Yeah hold it - patience

          2. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Surely next week? KWP + Meslier have doubles

            1. HippY
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              True, it was either this week or next.

              The other side of the arguement is this week I would be using BB for 2 West Ham players vs SHU at home, next week is City away :/

        8. Bees4Lyf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Got 2 FT and have no idea what to transfer, just feel kind stuck for this week. 8.0m ITB

          McCarthy (Johnstone)
          Cancelo, stones, Lowton, cresswell (Dallas)

          Fernandes, soucek, salah, gundo (anguissa)

          Antonio, DCL (Bamford)

          Do I burn the transfer?

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Johnstone to pope

            1. Bees4Lyf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Seems like a good shout

        9. Maarrrr17
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Could someone enlighten me on what double fixtures we can expect over the new couple weeks? or point me to an article that does?
          Trying to decide if I should bench boost a pope, soucek, dias, holding.

          cheers dudes

          1. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Ben Crellin

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              And then check his most recent tweets on a couple of scenarios. But in general his planner is the best guide we have

        10. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Which two would you want for the coming 5 GWs:

          1. Kane
          2. Watkins
          3. Ings

          Who have the best/most games, with the coming DGW/BGWs?

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Kane

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

            Can I reply with which one not to go for instead? I just want to type as less as possible.

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              😛

              1. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Ings 😛

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  To get or not get? 😉

          3. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            1, 2

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Cheers Sun

          4. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Kane & LOllie.

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Not Lolngs?

          5. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            By 5 GWs are you including GW29? If so, Watkins is best value by far. Kane edges it if you're planning to TC him but Id wait until GW 26 to bring him in

            1. Jafooli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Exactly the answer I'm after, many thanks

              Yes, Kane in for 26 (TC), when to bring in Watkins?

              Currently have DCL* - Bamford - Antonio

          6. Mork calling Orson
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Review this in 5 weeks time & see how irrelevant this was - you can’t plan that far ahead. Plan for next 3 max.

        11. The Hunt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Remember this folks, "Hits are for Tits...usually".

          Well, at least that's been my predominate experience over the years.

        12. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          A) Justin -> Cancelo, bench Robbo and Son/Bamford

          B) Son -> Sterling, bench Bamford

          1. Emp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            B if you have wc and cap sterling otherwise probably A

        13. Emp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Play two:
          A. Dawson
          B. Coufal
          C. Son
          D. Grealish

          1. Bees4Lyf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            B & D

            1. Emp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Cheers thats what I'm on

        14. HD7
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Guys can you brief me with the following players:

          1)DCL misses first match vs Fulham?
          2) Antonio has a chance from what I read, anybody maybe a fan of Wham with an insight 50-60 percent etc?
          3) I still have Charlie Taylor... cant find any updates so I probably sell - Mee, Tark or Lowton? Who has more attacking retuns if any.

          Thanks!

          1. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            1. Yes
            2. 90%
            3. Don't know

          2. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            1) Yes
            2) About 70%, seems fit but just dependant on if Moyes wants to risk him
            3) None will, and I doubt theyll get more than 1 clean sheet (if any at all)

          3. Emp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            1. Yes should be back for city worth putting on your bench and keeping
            2. 75% chance of playing
            3. Tarky Lowton mee for me in that order of attacking return chances

            1. HD7
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Thanks, mates!

        15. Tiki-Taka
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Mount or James Rodriguez - just for this GW? Feel like Rodriguez with DGW is the move, but City as 2nd game kinda puts me off since their cleansheet numbers are crazy. Thanks guys

        16. Dannyb
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Bench 1?
          A Bamford
          B Soucek
          C TAA

          1. Bees4Lyf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            I’d say TAA

          2. Taegugk Warrior
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            B

          3. DickFranDyke
            • 12 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            TAA

          4. Aster
              4 months, 8 days ago

              C

          5. Joyce1998
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            A- pope, Stones, Richarlson
            Or
            B- Ederson, Digne, Watkins

            ,,,,,
            Mee, Rudiger,,,,,,
            Salah, Gundo, Sterling, Bruno
            Bamford, Ings,,,,,,

            Steer, Dallas, Burke, Dunne

            1. Joyce1998
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              WC team

          6. UKG
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Coufal to Mee and DCL to Cavani?

            1. Taegugk Warrior
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Y

          7. Muscout
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Best DCL replacement for this week only? (WC next week)

            Have Antonio and Bamford already

            1. Taegugk Warrior
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Cavani

            2. Dannyb
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Cavani

            3. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              I went for cavani for a short term punt

            4. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Richarlison for the double, Cavani for WBA.

            5. Alisson WondHaaland
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Cavani > any DGW striker this week imo

          8. Taegugk Warrior
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Martinez
            AWB/Stones/Cresswell
            Salah/Fernandes/Sterling/Gundo
            Watkins/Bamford/DCL*

            4.0/soucek/Mitchell/Justin
            0FT
            WC at GW25
            Anything worth for -4 hit..?
            A. 4.0 to Pope
            B. Justin to Mee
            C. DCL to Rich/Cavani
            D. Soucek to Hamez
            E. No need to take a hit, Just play soucek

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

              Yeah just play Soucek.

          9. BDA Shadow
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            A) Barnes
            B) Tarkowski

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

              B

          10. S3
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Pope
            Cancelo Stones Cresswell Vestergaard
            Salah Gundogan (C) Bruno Son
            Bamford Antonio

            Martinez Barnes DCL Holding
            A. Holding to Mee/Tark (-4) and bench Vestergaard
            B. Son to Rashford (-4)
            C. Leave as is

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

              C

          11. IRBOX ⚽
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Thoughts? Burnley defender worth a -4? DCL out for a -4? 2.4 ITB

            Martinez
            Cancelo Stones Alonso
            Salah Bruno Gundo Grealish Son
            Watkins Antonio

            Forster Coufal DCL Kilman

          12. camarozz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Play one please.

            Antonio
            Soucek
            Coufal

            Thanks

            1. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              I think Soucek would do better without Antonio

              1. MikeS
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                Antonio will start

            2. Aster
                4 months, 8 days ago

                B

            3. Max City
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Who would you start?

              Dias - Cancelo - Cresswell - Tarkowski - Dallas
              Gundo - Salah - Bruno - Son - Grealish
              Watkins - Bamford - Antonio

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

                Drop Dallas, son, Watkins I think. Bloody hell though, what a dilemma.

                1. Max City
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 8 days ago

                  Last GW I ended with benching Coufal, Martinez, Watkins, and Dallas (= 36 points on bench)

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

                    That's annoying. Maybe we get too annoyed by bench points though. As long as your first eleven did alright then maybe best just to forget about it. I benched Son's 18 points against man utd and don't even want to look at that week anymore. Still did alright though.

                    1. Max City
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 8 days ago

                      Yeah, that's very true

            4. Reeker
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Would Richarlison playing 120 midweek put you off him as a one week punt?

              1. Emp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                No

              2. Max City
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 8 days ago

                I'd look at and would take decision based on his stat without DCL..