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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. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Hi, anyone here with triple Burley defender/GK?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Just Mee for me

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Pope Tarkowski here

    3. Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Pope C Tarkowski

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Bench 2 ( presently thinking A and C but not sure)

    A Grealish
    B Raphinha
    C Robertson
    D Coufal

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      C & D

  3. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Pope
    Dias - Stones - Coufal
    Salah - Bruno - Rashford - Grealish - Gundogan (C)
    Cavani - Antonio

    (Martinez) (Bamford - Bednarek- Dallas) - 1FT - £2.0 ITB - Only WC left

    Have just enough ITB to do Antonio -> Ings. Worth it with the upcoming double? Would be priced out tonight if I don't make the move. Cheers.

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Save FT and then Rushford > Raphine next GW, which will free up cash for Ings if you still want with second FT

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers. Do you suggest Antonio is a hold for this GW then?

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah, I reckon he plays and you have Bamford if he doesn't

          1. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Thanks. All set then!

    2. Dthinger
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I wouldn’t bench bamford

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        It's either him or Grealish unfortunately

  4. Aurora Borealis?
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Well here we go, WC played!

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Good luck!

  5. POTATO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Stones Dias Cresswell AWB (Mitchell)

    Cresswell > Mee for free?

    (Bought Cresswell @ 5.0M, currently he's 5.7M)

    1. POTATO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Or Mitchell > Mee ?

  6. HD7
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    2 FT, £2.4 ITB.

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Coufal Talyor*
    Salah Bruno Sterling
    Antonio DCL* Bamford

    Fraser, Maddy, Mitchell, Bissouma

    A) Taylor to Tark
    B) DCL to Cavani
    C) Both - Taylor DCL to Tark, Cavani

    Last check, mates
    Thanks!

    Was thinking maybe Maddy to some midfielder instead of Burnley switch but cant think of midfielder ( If Richa was still classified it would be an idea)*

  7. Lingard’s Shin Guards
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Best Burnley def?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Not boasting, but Mee

  8. primal33
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Start Soucek or Watkins?

  9. smash
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Last decision befor a mug of Horlicks and bed...

    Start Coufal or DCL (& hope he makes City game) ???

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Coufal

      1. smash
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers, was leaning that way just wanted to hear it from someone else
        good luck.

    2. KrisMCFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      coufal!

      1. smash
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Done, cheers

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Coufal. Same choice for me.

    4. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Same here, a good mug of horlicks before bed.

      Start Coufal

  10. Lukakwho
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Grealish and Justin > Keane and Hamez good moves to target the double? 2FT

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I don't know if I would sell Grealish as AST will soon have several DGWs to play

  11. 420king
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Does DCL & Dier to Cavani & Mee make sense for this team? I'll be priced out of the move in less than 10 min

    Pope
    AWB Cancelo Stones
    Bruno Grealish Salah Sterling
    Antonio Bamford DCL
    (Martinez Dier Burke Ferguson)

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      It does

      1. 420king
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Thanks.

  12. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Best option? (These are all transfers to be made)

    A) 25: Raph(C), 26: Kane(TC)
    B) 25: Bam(C), 26: Grealish(TC)

    For Case B I could also TC Son who I already own

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      A close call.. Probably A

  13. DeadStar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Thoughts on Lookman?

    1. FantasyHero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Expect 6 pts. Anything over that is bonus
      Altho I think he will have some return in one of the games

  14. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    2 FT’s done

    Martinez
    Pieters Alonso Stones
    Gundo Salah Bruno Foden(c)
    Cavani Bamford Kane

    Forster Son Coufal Dallas

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Foden (c) - good lad

  15. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    First sub Dallas or coufal?

    1. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      coufal

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Coufal

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers

  16. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    When is the ideal time to play the WC? Used all my chips already but don't feel the need to force my hand at it just yet.

    1. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I always believe use it if you need to take more than a -8 hit to get out a playing 11. I don’t wait for a potential DGW. If I have it still and I cannot get a 11 to play without taking multiple hits, then I will use it. That’s why I used it this week.

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Fair enough, don't see myself taking a hit anytime soon so might take it to capitalize on a distant DGW

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      It will be obvious.

  17. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Start Son or Bamford this week?

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Stuck on the same decision myself. Bamford benched right now

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Haha I keep switching between them every 10-15 min

        1. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah I'm torn. Bamford is always very involved, but Son is now hitting form with Kane back, but City are usually rock solid in defense.

    2. Die Hard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Bamford

    3. All about the galacticos
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Very even but Bamford, at least he has pens

    4. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Both very capable. One plays against a brilliant defence, the other doesn't.

  18. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Hey fam! Sorry for the repost!

    AREOLA
    CANCELO Maguire Coufal
    STERLING(C) GUNDOGAN Bruno Son Raphinha
    Bamford Antonio

    Martinez Targett Mitchell DCL*

    A. Save FT & save BB

    B. Mitchell to Tarkowski for free and bench Son

    C. Mitchell & DCL to Tarkowski & Cavani for -4 and BENCH BOOST

    1. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      No need to force BB.
      I vote A

  19. Mile Plankton
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Any love for Ings?
    He could be looking at 6 games in next 3 GWs

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I brought in Richarlison this week, planning to swap to Ings next week for the double

    2. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I bet on Cavani
      GL

    3. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I’m looking at Justin and DCL to Lowton and Ings with that in mind

  20. Drogba Legend
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    What to do here with flags over DCL, Antonio (looks fine), Dias (looks fine)?

    Fabs
    Robbo - Dias - Stones
    Salah - Bruno - Gundo - Rashford
    DCL* - Antonio* - Bamford

    Fodder - Soucek - Chilwell - Fodder

    A) Fabs > Pope
    B) DCL > Rich, Cavani, Ings or Martial?
    C) Save, start Soucek over DCL or Antonio
    D) Something else?

  21. HD7
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Shaw or a Burnler def for next 2 GWs?

    Attack vs more games?

  22. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Got my bench right?

    Martínez
    *Lowton - *Cancelo - *Stones - Coufal
    Salah - Fernandes[V] - Soucek - *Gündogan[C]
    Bamford - Cavani

    Button - Antonio - Son - Holding

    1. jamesjoseph2770
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Start Antonio over Coufal

      1. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        tanks

    2. jamesjoseph2770
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      And maybe Son over Soucek.. Benching Son and Antonio is way too rusky..

  23. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    McCarthy
    Cancelo Tarkowski Coufal
    Sterling Gundo Salah Bruno
    DCL Antonio Bamford

    Steer H.Barnes Dallas J.Lewis

    1.2 itb, WC25

    Anything worth one week punt for -4? E.g DCL to Rich / Cavani

  24. marpy016
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Just pulled the trigger on Forster and DCL to Pope and Cavani. Pretty sure I'm committed to a BB now given the reasonable fixtures for my bench and the fact when I WC I can focus my funds in the starting 11. Plus the absence of heavy hitters at the moment (Kane and KDB) has created unusually strong benches. Any opinions?

    Pope
    Cancelo - Dias - Lowton
    Gundo - Son - Grealish - Salah - Fernandes
    Cavani - Antonio

    Martinez - Coufal - Bamford - Holding

  25. Joyce1998
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    A- pope, stones, Rich
    or
    B- Ederson, Digne, Watkins

  26. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    How many DGWs you have and who?

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      4 - Mee, Stones, Gundogan & Foden

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        And DCL on bench

    2. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      3,, Gundogan, Stones, Digne plus DCL on bench.

    3. ItsJonesy
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      5 - Pope, Digne, Cancelo, Sterling and Gundo with DCL benched.

  27. 420king
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Bench one please:

    A) Antonio
    B) Bamford
    W) Wan-Bissaka

  28. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Mee or Tarkowski?

    1. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I went for Tarkowski since I was late to catch Mee's rise.

  29. H-SF
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Guys I can own any defender this week except can't have another city boy and already have Cancelo, Coufal, Robertson. Who should it be?

  30. Grounderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Anybody here knows if Fabio Borges has a Twitter account?