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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. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Looks like my strategy will be BB in 25 and TC in 26. Seems im the only one with that strategy. Anyone with me?

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      WC25 - BB26 - TC Kane when he has another double

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        i already have 5 southampton and leeds so wc in 25 would be a waste me feels. Alot to consider.

        1. viciousrumour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          It's all team specific but I'm in such a mess of what I should do.

      2. Atwood
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Exactly my plan, at the minute anyway

  2. Prince of Persia
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    DCL to who? Money not an issue.
    A) Vardy
    B) Cavani

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      B. Not the week for Vardy imo, just back from injury, played in the cup and a tough fixture.

    2. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      B although I do think vardy could be a differential aganist a scared looking Liverpool tram

      1. Mufc202020
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Team*

    3. Rahul
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Cavani. He seems to be above martial in the pecking order now. United have 2 good fixtures coming up. Vardy decent option after this week.

    4. Prince of Persia
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Thanks guys.

  3. PP6
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    2.3 ITB. WC 25. Any punts? Thanks
    DCL and Targett -> Tarkowski/Werner? -4

    Martinez
    Stones AWB Tarkowski Cancelo
    Bruno Rashford (S)terling
    Bamford Antonio Werner

    Forster,DCL,Son,Soucek

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Tony Martial smokes again

      1. PP6
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Loooooool

  4. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    No reply to last post 🙁 What do you reckon?

    i have ederson, dias and cancelo but need to sell one to get Gundo.

    A. Cancelo to Lowton
    B. Ederson to Pope?

    Im thinking A as its 0.9 cheaper and Cancelo obviously less likely to play twice in this dgw and future dgw's.

    1. fpl_tp95
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Can you not to Dias?

      Tbh I'd be tempted to just stick with triple city defence but if you're gonna move one on it'd be Dias for me

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        hmm

    2. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      It's tough.
      Cancelo is a rotation threat, but has the highest ceiling
      Ederson the most nailed on, but I think I'd sell him. Pope's CSs are often double digits. Ederson rarely goes over 6.

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        thanks. yeh prefer that but its what i can do with that 0.9 that is making me pick A.

      2. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I agree with this

  5. fpl_tp95
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Bench one of Grealish, Raphina, Watkins and Antonio

    1. Prince of Persia
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Raphinha

  6. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Do you think ESR will start? Due a rest, while Odegaard is due a start.

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Had a full week to 'rest' for once, though.

  7. Il Capitano
      3 months, 1 day ago

      2 FT 4.5M ITB

      McCarthy
      Cancelo Stones Lowton
      Son Salah Gundo (C) Soucek Bruno
      Antonio Bamford

      Johnstone - Coufal Adams Justin

      A) Adams + Justin + Johnstone > Rich/Cavani + BUR/UTD def + Pope (-4)
      (BB24, WC25, TC26)

      B) Adams + Johnstone > Rich/Cavani + Pope
      (WC25 BB26)

    • DeadStar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      So is using 2 transfers to change from 2 City defenders to just 1 and adding Sterling to the already owned Gundo a good move? Thinking now I'd rather have double attack over double defence going forward. May even captain Sterling this week but don't feel so confident on Gundo.

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        If you're not sure about captaining Sterling, it seems like it's probably not worth the FTs tbh.

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          If I got him I would captain. It's Gundo I'm not confident on.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            'May even captain Sterling this week'

            Didn't sound too confident tbh. But if you're really confident in Sterling, then it's a reasonable strategy. But as FP_kjba298y3 says below, it depends on your team.

            1. DeadStar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Sorry yes poor wording. I said may even meaning if I get him. I feel sure I would captain if I got him. Do you think he'll play in both?

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I have no idea, and I wouldn't want to influence you 🙂

                1. DeadStar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Lol that's an honest answer. Cheers and good luck this week

      2. fpl_tp95
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Depends how the rest of your squad is looking.

        If the rest of the squad looks good, could he a good move. But if you've got other fires to out put, I think I'd stick with what you have

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Only other things to consider would be bring in a Burnley defender (already have Pope), to play over Coufal. Or bring in Lookman, Barnes or Richarlison to play over Cresswell or Bamford. I have 2 free transfers.

      3. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Gundo has been consistently better than Sterling for yonks now. I’d be happy to own Sterling but he wouldn’t be my captain

      4. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        If you have 3 of Sterling, Gundo, Dias, Cancelo, Stones Id just stick to the 3 you have. On any given day Gundo could easily outscore Sterling. Although unlikely, the defenders could get hauls again. Just stick

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I would say consider that I'm not just talking about this game week. It would be for all upcoming game weeks. Sterling feels like he could offer more than Stones or Dias now in my opinion.

      5. osceola31909
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I am wondering the same. But it would be for -8 since I had to replace DCL. If I had two free transfers, I would definitely do it.

        1. fpl_tp95
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Definitely don't do it for a - 8

    • Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Antonio -> Ings or Barnes worth a FT?

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I did Antonio to Ings. I wouldn't touch Barnes unless I was WCing next week.

    • Ready Manager One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A or B? TIA! On 2 FTs, limited funds

      A) Pope + Lowton
      B) Tarkowski + Cavani

      1. The Rock
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        B

    • OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Sorry Reposted
      Who is Burnley Defender to get for -4 pts

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Tarkowski
        Mee
        Lowton

        In that order

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Great

    • Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      A) Ayling
      B) Dallas and risk not being able to afford Kane in GW 26

      Leaning towards A, his attacking stats have been matching Dallas since he moved back to RB, I think he's decent value

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Hard to calculate the risk without knowing the factors...

        Seems like you want the answer to be A 😉

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          If Bamford and Kane both rise before I bring them in for GW 25 and 26 respectively Im priced out

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Ayling's "attacking stats" haven't resulted in any returns. You must have some other path to Kane if you get Dallas?

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Is Mitchell back in favour? Played the last game

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yes. He's now nailed for the next 10 years.

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Cool

      2. Rahul
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I wouldn't bet 10 bucks on him starting.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I was going to offer you 1000/1 odds 🙁

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Save ft this gw? 2.6m itb. Thanks.

      martinez
      digne stones mee
      salah bruno sterling gundo saka
      antonio bamford

      forster coufal dallas DCL

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Can't even think of what to do with 2 FT and 3.0m ITB here - any ideas?

      Martinez
      Cancelo Stones Coufal
      Grealish Gundogan Bruno Salah Son
      Watkins Antonio

      Forster DCL Dier Mitchell

      Maybe just Dier to Lowton and bench Coufal?

    • Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Who would you pick out of this fine bunch? O please pick two!

      A) Son
      B) Barnes
      C) Dallas
      D) Smith Rowe
      E) Dias

      1. fpl_tp95
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Smith Rowe and Barnes

      2. osceola31909
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A and E.

      3. Paddy Gooner
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A or D and E

      4. Mufc202020
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        To start btw

        1. fpl_tp95
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Ignore my comment then l, thought it was to Bench

          In thst case A and E

      5. Il Capitano
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A + E

      6. Paddy Gooner
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Salah > Sterling for -4?

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I was thinking to do it for free

      7. YEAH PITCH!
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Foden or Sterling?

        1. Mufc202020
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Sterling

        2. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Sterling if no cash issue

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

        Who would you bench? 😆

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

        1. fpl_tp95
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Difficult.

          Probably dallas, son, Antonio.

          But thst might be controversial

          1. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Cheers!

            I think any option is controversial with this team 😆

        2. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Dallas, Antonio and Grealish/Watkins

        3. Jambot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Dallas, Watkins, Bamford

      9. EgyptianKing
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Martinez to Pope worth FT?

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I wouldn't do that tbh

      10. ...al
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Initial plan was to bring Digne in for Holding, but is that unwise now atm with the flag? Not sure what the knock was. Is he set for 2 games?

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Lucas Digne looked discomforted when leaving the field against the Lilywhites but no injury was reported either after the win over Spurs or in Ancelotti's pre-Gameweek 24 presser, so we assume that the Frenchman is fit to feature.

          https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/team-news/

          1. ...al
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Thank you kindly

            Think I'll risk em, but those Burnley fixtures are tempting. Mee in is the alternative

            1. Hulk Smash
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              There were unconfirmed reports in French media that he was seriously injured. Make of that what you will but I'd prefer a Burnley defender anyway.

            2. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I like Digne but he's seemingly injury prone and only has one good fixture this week. No real advantage over Mee, who I would probably favour at this moment if they were the same price. Digne also has no DCL and Everton ain't solid at the back right now, and they play Liverpool the following GW.

            3. ...al
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Likely to wc in 25 so Liverpool fixture is aok

              Mee might be safer though, those fixtures are juicy and got the mins too

      11. LLoris
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Start 1
        A) Robbo
        B) Son
        C) Dallas
        D) Anguissa

      12. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Is Digne a bit injury prone? Hasn't played that much this season and seems to always be flagged.

        Keane more nailed for minutes? And has a goal in him?

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          tbh I'm not so interested in EVE def..

          1. Hulk Smash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            This. DGW blinkers imo.

      13. Bees4Lyf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Guessing using WC before gw 26 will be a popular move?

        1. aleksaa2
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Y

      14. KuttiBunja
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Please help!!!"

        McCarthy - Davis
        Stones - Cancelo - Dallas - Justin - Mitchell
        Grealish - Salah - Gundo - Son - Bruno
        Bamford - Antonio - DCL

        2FT. 1.5 iTB.

        Use both FTs to do:
        McCarthy -> Pope, Justin -> Burnley defender???

        Or save 1 FT and just do one of above transfers??

        Or something else??

        1. Harvey Specter
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I'd probably only do the GK swap, you dont want to get stuck with too many burnley players long term

      15. The Hunt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Second Wildcard

        All Out Attack

        Bench Boost

        Triple Captain

        Free Hit

        The Squad Game

        Fantasy Draft

        Whatever next?

        A simple, pleasurable distraction from everyday life basically wasted unless you're a cunning mathematician with more time than sense.

        Maybe I'm getting old.

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I need All Out Attack this season more than ever

      16. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Appreciate any help, leave a question yourself? 2FT 0.1itb

        Martinez
        Mee Dias Stones
        Son Bruno Salah Greal
        DCL Antonio Bamford
        (Johnstone,Raph, Dallas, Justin)

        A) Salah, DCL to Sterling, Ings/Cavani
        B) Son, DCL to Gundo, Ings/Cavani
        C) One transfer and play Raph

        1. fpl_tp95
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A for me

        2. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          B looks good. Maybe Ings over Cavani if you're not wildcarding ahead of GW26.

          Please return the favour to a West Brom fan then as I have a question. Who do you think has the best chance of bouncing back to the Prem first - West Brom or Sheffield Utd? 🙂

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Cheers mate 🙂 sadly we’re defo both down so guess we wait and see. Signings and momentum will be huge... defo won’t be easy though mate

            1. DeadStar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Disappointing times indeed. Let's hope for some end of season drama. Good luck this GW

        3. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I like A with Cavani

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Ty

        4. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          C with DCL to Cavani

      17. Harvey Specter
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        GTG? Already took a hit earlier this week to get DCL in

      18. HD7
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        DCL to Cavani Ings or another idea?

        Have Bamford and Antonio

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Cavani

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Tempted by cavani

      19. fpl_tp95
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Who to bench? Grealish, Raphina, Watkins and Antonio

        1. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Raphina