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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. Ch0udini
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Mendy
      Cancelo Stones Lowton Cresswell
      Cavaleiro Gundogan Fernandes Salah Soucek
      Bamford
      Bench: DCL, Justin, Wilson

      Have 1 FT want to get Dallas and Ings for DGW25

      Would you rather:
      A) catch Dallas price rise tonight and bench him anyway,
      B) get Ings and bench Bamford?

      1. marcos11
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Would wait if you aren’t gonna be priced out but A otherwise

      2. Man Chest Hair United
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Bench one please

        A Bamford
        B Antonio
        C lookman

        1. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Tough lol. Has to be A

        2. Harvey Specter
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          C

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

          sadly A

      3. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Looking at wc26 myself.

        I will have 3 Leeds and 2 saints for 25 and wc26 allows me to focus on the big hitters with a fodder bench.

      4. fizzypop
          3 months, 4 days ago

          James Rodriguez or Lookman

          1. Well you know, Triffic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Not sure James will play 180mins

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

            Hamez

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

            Is this for -32?

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

              I Loled!

        • Ninjaa
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Current squad, 2 fts and 3.7m itb. Any thoughts on what I do here guys????..

          McCarthy Pope.
          Stones Justin Coufal Targett Taylor
          Salah Son Bruno Gundogan Saka
          DCL Antonio Bamford

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

            Son to Sterling

        • UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Hey guys! Team is:

          Martinez
          Stones - Shaw - Dias
          Soucek - Son - Bruno - Gundo - Salah
          Bamford - Antonio
          ______________________________
          Forster: DCL: Dallas: Holding

          Thoughts on this for a -8?

          Forster + Holding + DCL >> Pope + Mee + Kane

          Leaves 0.1 spare and will be WC'ing in GW 25 anyway.

          Bit lost actually, been very busy with work this week and only just caught up on all proper injury news etc.

          Appreciate any input here fellas 🙂

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

            Forster may even start and have dgw.

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

              oh nnoooo i wouldn't wanna risk that haha!
              The moves sound ok though?

        • Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Hi...What to do here with 1 ft? Saving wildcard for now

          Pope (martinez)
          Cancelo dias Lowton (dallas coufal)
          Salah Bruno grealish gundog soucek
          Antonio Watkins (dcl)

          A......dcl to bamford

          B....save ft....play soucek....keep dcl for dgw26

          Thanks

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

            B

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

            A

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

          please help me bench one:

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

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

            its impossible...

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

            i also have Coufal (SHU) if he is better to be left on the bench

          3. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            a or c. utd should keep a cs and w brom all over at the back so wouldnt surprise me if maguire scores on a sp. i always prefer attacking options though so maybe a 🙂

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

            Think its spelled Mac Guaire. But yeah C for me

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

              Maguire

              I had a double take initially and was wondering who mcguire was lol.

          5. Baps hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            B

          6. Tango74
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Where is rest of team ?

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

                cancelo lowton (dallas)
                Salah, bruni gundi, sterling, antonio (DCL)

                1. Tango74
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Antonio then as he’s only doubt ? But he might score if he comes on

            • Liastro ⭐️
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Don’t want to waste a FT but no idea where to use it! 2.5m in the bank, thoughts?.

              Pope McCarthy
              Dias Justin Dallas Coufal Taylor
              Salah Fernandes Son Soucek Raphinha
              DCL Watkins Antonio

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

                I made a move for upcoming gws with mine. Did DCL to Kane. Maybe if you need bench upgrade? Or Justin who is out for months now? Mee wouldn't be bad or Cancelo/Stones

              2. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                You’ve got Justin, DCL and Taylor injured? And only 1 city

            • fizzypop
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Richarlison or Ashley Barnes

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

                  Neither if part of a -28!

              • donbagino
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  2FT
                  a) Justin->Burnley def (bench DCL)
                  b) DCL -->Cavani (bench Dallas and Justin)
                  c) both (but would have to bench either Coufal / R.James

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

                  Captain Gun or Sterling?

                  1. Harvey Specter
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Sterling

                  2. HM2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    b

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

                    Sterling

                • PP6
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Bottomed. Thanks

                  Wildcard in 25. 3 United already.

                  DCL and Targett -> Tarkowski and Werner -4?

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

                  Guys
                  Son Dias to Tarko Raz for free ?

                  Yes or no ?

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

                    Yeah

                • GoonerByron
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Who to captain..

                  A - Gundogan

                  B - Foden

                  1. whitearselane
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    gundogan

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

                    A

                • Arteta
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Who is your DCL replacement?

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

                    Benching him and starting Bamford

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

                    Bamford from the bench this week... transfer in Vardy next GW (still had the funds from originally swapping Kane for DCL a couple of GW's back)

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

                    hell become kane in 2 weeks

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

                    Benching for one of Son,Soucek or Coufal.
                    Then will either keep or move to Bamford.

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

                  DCL Son Stones > Watkins Sterling Pieters for a hit, captaining Sterling. Worth the hit?

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

                    if youre gonna captain sterling its worth it

                • AnotherTinkerman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Do I bench...
                  A.) Areloa (Eve, a & Bur, a)
                  or
                  B.) Mendy (New, h)

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

                    Roll the dice on the double gwer

                • whitearselane
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  sorry last minute - need to bench one of these - salah, grealish or shaw thx

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

                    Really!? Shaw if you must...

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

                    Grealish

                • nadman89
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  good 2 go ?

                  Pope
                  targett - awb - dias

                  sterling (C) - gundo - salah - bruno - grealish

                  watkins - bamford

                  forster - coufal - dcl - lewis

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

                    sorry son not salah

                • SomeoneKnows
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Would you BB the following bench?
                  Martinez (BHA)
                  Coufal (SHU)
                  Dallas (ARS)
                  DCL (Blank, MCI)

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

                    nope

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

                  Bottomed;
                  Not sure what to do with Maddison.

                  A) Lookman
                  B) Grealish
                  C) Keep

                  Areola
                  Stones Cancelo Shaw Lowton
                  Son Salah Bruno Gundo
                  Bamford Antonio

                  Martinez Maddison Dallas DCL

                  Lookman gives me the option to do Son > Grealish/JWP (for double) & Antonio >

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

                    you cant hold ?

                • stu92
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Good to go?

                  Martinez
                  Stones Cancelo Mee Targett
                  Gundo(c) Salah Bruno Raphinha
                  Antonio Bamford
                  (Sanchez Coufal Son DCL)

                  1. Kryptonite666
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Targett over Coufal? Reasons ?

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

                      im also benching coufal for targett. ogbonna and diop out .

                    2. stu92
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Not much in it tbh, reckon both could keep clean sheets but have been stung whenever I have benched Targett this season. Reckon it would be wiser to split the risk and go Coufal?

                  2. Spoox777
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    I'd rather play Son over Raphinha. Now Kane is back i see both him & Son getting points

                    1. stu92
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Under normal circumstances yeah, but against City I can see them getting very little. They had one good game in the cup but can’t see them playing like that at the Etihad.

                      There’s that, and then the fact that Raphinha has looked brilliant every time I’ve watched Leeds in the last two months.

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

                  If nobody is helping anybody out about now

                  Should we:

                  A) switch off
                  B) carry on regardless
                  C) answer some questions
                  D) row the Atlantic ocean solo until this is all over

                  1. Kryptonite666
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    C

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

                      Good call

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

                    E- log off

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

                      Night night

                • donbagino
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Bench R.James or Coufal (both good chance for cs)

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

                      coufal, he may play cb

                      1. donbagino
                          3 months, 4 days ago

                          I can play both of them if i dont get burn def. Which option better?

                    2. Kryptonite666
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Cant decide if I should take a hit for Cavani to play over Soucek. One week punt and a fun pick.

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

                        why one week , united has newc home next too

                    3. Spoox777
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      DCL misses the FUL match..
                      Strikers were : KANE / DCL (Bamford on the bench)

                      ...does it make more sense to play BAMFORD vs ARS and have DCL on the bench if he's only playing against MCI?

                      Thanks

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

                        Yes

                        1. Spoox777
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 4 days ago

                          Thank you 🙂

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

                            You're welcome, hope lockdown is treating you okay where-ever u r.

                            April and May I could cope with the sunshine.

                            Siberian winds don't help though.

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

                        Yup

                        1. Spoox777
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 4 days ago

                          Thank you 🙂

                      3. stu92
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        Yes, I’m in same boat as you. DCL now third sub, Bamford starts.

                    4. King Kohli
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Best week to BB?

                      A.Gw 24
                      Meslier(ars) Soucek (SHU) Coufal(SHU) Adams(WOL)

                      B. Gw 25
                      Martinez(LEI) Gundo(ars) Mee(WBA) Coufal(TOT)

                      1. Twisted Saltergater
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        of those two, GW24.

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

                        GW24

                      3. stu92
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        24 looks better than 25

                    5. Twisted Saltergater
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Without a shadow of doubt, the cheapest WC I've ever put together. 96m and 10.4m ITB 😀

                      Pope
                      Cancelo - Tarkowski - Mee - Digne
                      Foden - Gundog - Bruno - Siggy - Jorginho
                      Richarlison

                      Martinez - Ings - Bamford - Dallas

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

                        :O

                      2. stu92
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        KDB and Kane in with the spare cash in a few weeks?

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

                      Keep Antonio or switch out, only have Targett on the bench that will play

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

                        targett is always a goodoption