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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. Huddersfield
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Who do you reckon will score more points this gw? (just 1 gw punt)

    Siggy
    McNeil
    Lookman
    Tete
    Shaw
    Gudmundsson

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Bradford or Leeds

      1. Huddersfield
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        ?

      2. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Rugby match?

    2. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Lookman or Siggy

    3. nadman89
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      mcneil for me

  2. FPL failure
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Bench 2 from:
    A) Bamford
    B) Antonio
    C) DCL
    D) Soucek
    E) Coufal

    1. Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      C A

      1. BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Bamford over Coufal?

        1. Huddersfield
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          yeah imo.

        2. nadman89
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          their whole defense is injured

          1. Huddersfield
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Whole defense? Ogbonna is out, Diop will cover

    2. richarlison2348
        3 months, 4 days ago

        C E

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

      Will this be another weekend of frustration at benched points?

      My previous 4 weeks benched points have been 19, 17, 15 and 24...

      Unbelievable.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Jeff

      2. Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        yes

    4. richarlison2348
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Would you BB with this?
        Martinez Coufal Adams Dallas

      • BENOIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Will Auba start?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Who will finish is more philosophical

      • bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Start Maddison or Kane?

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

          Thats a tough one. Flip a coin.

          Pool have the shakier defense for sure, but its wrong to bench Kane, even vs City.

        2. richarlison2348
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Maddison surely

          • Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            flip a coin

        3. royals forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Best Wilson replacement for the next few GWs

          Cavani (already got Fernandes)
          Ings
          Barnes

          Any ideas would be welcomed

          1. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I'm going Barnes but I also have WC to play next GW. I'd go Ings in your case.

          2. Joey Barton and Friends
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Ings if for a few weeks

          3. Jamb0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Ings

          4. im1974
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Richarlison

        4. JP\'s
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Is it worth doing Pope, Dunne and Brewster to Aerola, Dallas and Watkins for a -8 and BB?

            1. Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Not worth losing Pope for a hit, no way.

            2. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              pope has a dgw you know?

          • fcsaltyballs
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Who would you put first on the bench:

            1. Robertson (lei)
            2. DCL (MCI)

            Thanks all

            1. Lord Flashheart
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              1

          • Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Ashley Barnes anyone?

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Just you, I think.

            2. Lord Flashheart
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              meh

          • Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            bench one:

            A Bamford (ars)
            B Soucek (SHU)
            C McGuire (wba)

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              No way, play them all.

              1. Lord Flashheart
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                i wish.

                cant bench lowton cancelo or coufal
                cant bench salah bruno gundy sterling or antonio

                lucky DCL injured at least i can play two of those and not one

                i am as they say - in a pickle...

                1. The Knights Template
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Pickle Rick!

          • Joey Barton and Friends
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            After these flurry of DGWs are there many more to come?

            1. Rider on the Storm
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Yes

          • Jimjam
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Martinez, Steer
            Stones, Shaw, Coufal, Dier, KWP
            Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, Stephens
            DCL, Bamford, Antonio

            2FT

            DCL & Dier ---> Ings & Cancelo?

            1. Gazza2000
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Good moves imo

          • Mr Ozil
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Bench Coufal or Bamford?

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

              Coifa

            2. Rider on the Storm
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Couf

            3. Lord Flashheart
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              C

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

              Coufal

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

            Which option?

            A) Lowton for this dgw
            B) Dallas for next dgw

            1. Rider on the Storm
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              B

            2. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              B

            3. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              B, but both for a hit

          • Iain Dowies Love Child
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Seen a few people mention BBing for this GW. Am I missing something? Surely the better option is WC 25 and BB 26?

            1. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              You're not missing anything.

          • Rider on the Storm
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Repost: Who to bench?
            A kane (mci)
            B soucek (SHU)
            C grealish (bha)
            D lowton (cry, FUL)

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

              D

            2. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              D

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

              B

            4. Rider on the Storm
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Lol i did not imagine lowton would be cited twice!

          • tabby98
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Pope, Johnstone
            Cancelo, Stones, Coufal, Justin, Digne
            Salah, Bruno, Son, Soucek, Raphinha
            DCL, Bamford, Antonio

            1FT £0.8M ITB

            What do i do here?
            Would you WC next week?

          • Mighty Wings
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Anyone without Sterling slightly concerned?

            Would you sell Son and Stones for Sterling and Dallas (-4)? Already have Gündo and Cancelo.

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              I'm considering selling Salah for Sterling and going double ManCity attack over defence.

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

              I got scared and shipped out Stones and Maddison for Lowton and Sterling (c)

              Think these City fixtures benefit their attack more than defense and Sterling has been delivering consistently lately. Only 12% ownership too.

            3. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              I'd never be concerned about now owning Sterling

            4. The Knights Template
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              No

          • thepirates
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Got WC, BB & FH chip still. Cant decide if trying to navigate to BB in gw 26 without using WC. Kinda decides what transfers to make this week. Any tips here?

            2 FT, 2.3 ITB
            Martinez
            Lowton - Dias - Stones - Coufal
            Salah - Fernandes - Gundogan - Grealish - Son
            Bamford
            Bench: DCL * - KWP - Wilson *

          • Jamb0
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            How terrible out of 10 is a one week punt on Ashley Barnes?

            1. richarlison2348
                3 months, 4 days ago

                12

              • Chandler Bing
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I'm going for it. Will be WCing in 25 and He's likely to start both the games.

              • nadman89
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                dont think its that bad hes on pens too

              • The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Have you seen the movie SPINAL TAP?

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Good answer

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

              Antonio to Bamford is happening next week, I have a ft, any upside in doing the move now?

              Do we trust Antonio will be fit?

              1. nadman89
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                whos your first sub?

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

                  Soupey or son

            3. MoSalad
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Who to C

              A) Sterling
              B) Gundo
              C) Lookman
              D) Richarl
              E) Tark
              F) Cancelo

              1. Runaway
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                A

              2. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                A

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

                Sterling. Contemplating triple cap to be honest.

                1. MoSalad
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Yeah I’m on Sterling just hope he starts both. Triple May justify my -12 to get him, Spurs will be tired.

                  Son/Kane triple 26 also looks good.

            4. DagheMunegu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Son Dias to Tarko Raz for free ?

              Yes or no ?

            5. Big Ronnie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              1FT and £1.6m ITB.

              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

            6. Mattymo23
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Really struggling guys. No FH so do I WC this lot in next couple of GWs?

              Pope McCarthy
              Dias Stones Justin Lowton Dallas
              Bruno Salah Son Foden Soucek
              DCL Bamford Watkins

              1. nadman89
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                youre fine for next week with bamford dallas n mccarthy . youre gona have to move down salah to move dcl to kane

            7. Alejo - CFC
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Dias + Barnes --> Digne + Gundo (-4)?

              1. Jamb0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                No no no

            8. For Fuchs Sake
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Saka to Sterling for free?

              1. Jamb0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Yeah and (c)

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

              Rolling the differential dice.. All set.

              Pope
              Coufal Konsa Stones
              Sterling(TC) Salah Bruno(vc) Soucek
              Jesus Bamford Antonio

              1. Jamb0
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Ballsy.. good luck!

                1. shirtless
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  🙂

            10. Nice to Finally Michu
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Is DCL or Antonio the priority to ship?

              1. nadman89
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                dcl has a double gw coming soon