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Scoutcast Episode 368 – FPL managers set for biggest ever Double Gameweek

Joe is joined by David and Karam to look at the key issues facing Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of Double Gameweek 26.

With 14 teams playing twice and six more having a single fixture, this looks to be the biggest Double Gameweek in FPL history.

There’s a lot for the Scoutcast crew to take in, with chips and captaincy among some of the issues to consider.

They also have to plan for future Double and Blank Gameweeks and still ensure they target the right players for the weekend.

Luckily, Karam is on hand to help frame the discussion as he unleashes his Wildcard.

Are Everton and Tottenham assets the best to target for the captaincy this time around, especially with such favourable fixtures? Or are more reliable premium assets such as Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) a shrewder pick?

And what of the cast of low-owned gems to consider, with Leicester’s Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) already being picked up by thousands of FPL managers ahead of the weekend.

Our trio take time to recap on their Gameweek 25 scores too, as well as frisk the fixtures over the next month and firm up their transfer and captaincy plans.

For Karam especially, he is hoping he can set up a team for a number of weeks, not just the impending set of fixtures. This is especially important as he prepares for his wedding next month – many congratulations from all at the Scoutcast ahead of his special day.

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743 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rog.
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Who would you pick this week?

    A) Aina and Watkins? (Would also keep Ings for the double)

    B) DCL + Regulion -4

    Cheers m.

    1. One of Those Days
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      B

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A. Aina also has BGW29.

      1. Rog.
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers all.

        True but so does Reg?

        1. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          -4 and unreliable spurs selection and form

          1. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            That's it. Mourinho rotates his fullbacks.

            1. Rog.
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Thanks all.

    4. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A

  2. Ian Davis
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Current team (playing BB):

    Martinez/McCarthy
    Dias/Cancelo/Shaw/Rudiger/Dallas
    Salah/Bruno/Gundo/Maddison/Raphinha
    Kane/DCL/Bamford

    Any obvious moves? I’m considering another keeper, Digne, H Barnes & Watkins. I’m not too fussed about hits as it’s a DGW.

  3. Bank$y
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    What’s the probability of DGW28?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      They are waiting for EL draw. If Arsenal or Spurs have to play on Wednesday night in the midweek between GW28-29 then its unlikely to happen.
      If that TV slot is free on Wednesday then there is a chance of DGW28.

  4. Matsy123
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Selling trent for a hit is madness this week right?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Nah I doubt will be worth it

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Depending for whom and what upside to achieve by the downgrade money

      1. Matsy123
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Could get digne or pereira which would free up funds to do antonio to DCL

    4. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Depends who you're buying. CS not as likely as a year ago so relying on attacking returns.

    5. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      100%

  5. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Can we rely on Burn & Struijk for starts in GW29?

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Probably Burn.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Don't be so sure on Burn

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Why?

    2. Jönny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      We might have Koch back by then, and if Llorente can stay fit too I think Struijk has a fair bit of competition. He has been decent at CB, could hang onto the spot, but I wouldn't say he's nailed.

      I'd like to think the days of trying him in the Phillips role are over, too: don't think he's there yet.

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers for the insight mate!

  6. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Alonso to Aina on FT, keep Aina for BGW29 or roll?

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Aina is a good shout - although not necessarily going to outscore Alonso

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        True but even after Athletic game I still see Chilwell lurking. Chelsea have United and Pool and Fulham have Palace and Spurs and he'll bring me to 6 BGWers. Alonso has a big attacking upside though.

    2. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      no

  7. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    Best option?

    A. Dias
    B. Stones
    C. Non City defender. Who?

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      A

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Stones much cheaper

  8. themaindanger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 14 days ago

    I have 10 doublers and a route to get 10 players for BGW29.

    I have most of the essential attacking assets for 26 - Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Son and DCL, but not Kane.

    To bring in Kane I have to take out Salah for a -4.

    Or

    Wildcard to strip my defence down to cheaper options, but have all the main attacking options including Kane. I'll have 9 for BGW29.

    Should I

    1) Go without one of Salah/Kane and hold my wildcard to GW31 when there is a fixture swing?

    2) Attack the double with all the main assets for GW26 and deal with GW31 fixture swing when it arrives?

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      I'd probably say 1 - sounds like you've got long term plans sorted and maybe not worth messing up to miss out on one asset

    2. OleGGMU
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Perhaps son + fwd to barnes/cheaper +kane otherwise think option 1 is fine, wildcarding for just one asset is not a good reason to

  9. Biggsy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 14 days ago

    What are the thoughts on preference for partnering with Kane. All strikers will play in 26

    a) Bamford and Watkins (no change)
    b) Bamford and DCL (-4)
    c) Watkins and DCL (-4)

    1. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      C

      1. Straight Edge
          2 months, 14 days ago

          C if you wanna take out bamford. I am in a similar situation but I am keeping bamford since I've got value tied up with him

      2. ‘Tis the Season
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        C

      3. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        At the mo you have 3 forwards for BGW29- if you don’t have many more I’d stick with what you have

        1. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          I feel reasonably placed for 29. Have a lot of value tied up in long term midfield picks and feel like defence will be well set so wouldn't be against DCL out in GW29 and then get him back in 30.

          Bamford out also allows possibility of Raphina in GW29 (have Dallas and Meslier)

    2. One of Those Days
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Repost, sorry

      Martínez
      Digne | Cancelo | Shaw
      Salah | Gündogan | Bruno | Son | Raphinha
      DCL | Bamford
      Johnstone | Ings | Cresswell | Struijk

      A) Raph->Barnes (-4)
      B) Ings->Vardy (-4)
      C) No hit

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Considering A here

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 14 days ago

      Not having to be worried about GW29 players is quite a relief.

      If you don't use FH in GW29 then when would you use it?

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Presume that only reason not to would be if you already used it - can't see the later blanks being anywhere near as tricky to navigate

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        33 or 37/38

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Never.

      4. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        DGW

      5. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        I used FH in final game week last season - never again - it was a nightmare trying to predict who plays - play in BGW29- best option

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Tell me about it. Not keeping it that late for sure!

      6. tbos83
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Will def by playing it in 29 - frees up decisions elsewhere

      7. VaVaVoom14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Who to start in what order:

        1) mee
        2) Raphinha
        3) Dallas

        1. themaindanger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 14 days ago

          The order you've got here looks fine. Mee has a double so you should play him. I'd then go Raphinha over Bamford. If you watched the last 2 Leeds games you just know he will have a big haul soon. He was unlucky not to get +20pts vs Southampton.

      8. abaalan
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Used WC last week with intention to BB this week, but is it worth a hit to get an extra DGW'er?

        A) Ings + Struijk -> DCL + 4.7 (-4)
        B) Ings + Burn -> DCL + 5.0 (-4)
        C) Ings + Bamford -> DCL + Watkins (-4)
        D) Ings -> DCL

        1. themaindanger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 14 days ago

          You should not be taking hits the week after wildcarding. Ings to DCL is a good move if it's free, but definitely no hits.

      9. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 14 days ago

        Best combo to bring in?

        A. Barnes + Targett
        B. Lookman + Digne

        1. One of Those Days
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A for me

        2. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A

        3. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          A

        4. Il Capitano
            2 months, 14 days ago

            A

          • Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Cheers all. A it is

        5. Tcheco
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 14 days ago

          Vardy or Rashford?

          1. One of Those Days
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Vardy

          2. Il Capitano
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Vardy

          3. greggles
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            Which is better?

            -4
            Martinez
            Cancelo / Shaw / Stones / Targett
            Salah / Bruno / Gundogan / Raphinha
            DCL / Kane (TC)

            Subs: Pope / Bamford / Dallas / Saka

            OR

            -8 and BENCH BOOST
            Martinez / Pope
            Cancelo / Shaw / Stones / Digne / Dallas
            Salah / Bruno / Gundogan / Raphinha / Lookman
            DCL / Vardy / Bamford

            1. Kloppcorn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              I’d say A, a -8 is a lot for a bench boost

            2. Bubbles1985
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              B

            3. Scooby75
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 14 days ago

              I like BB, live a little

            4. themaindanger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 14 days ago

              No point taking -8 to BB. Go with A.

          4. Kloppcorn
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 14 days ago

            I wanted to play BB this gw but due to having grealish and wanting him for the blank, should I:
            A) Transfer him out and BB
            B) Hold BB for the next double

            1. Kloppcorn
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              I’ve already used my free transfer

            2. Tcheco
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              A

            3. mojoindojo
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              A

            4. Il Capitano
                2 months, 14 days ago

                A

            5. PP6
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Who’s everyone’s Captain this week?

              1. mojoindojo
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Kane or DCl

              2. One of Those Days
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Kane or Bruno

              3. Rolls-Royce
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                TCL

              4. drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                most likely kane but could also be dcl

              5. Bubbles1985
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Salah

              6. Biggsy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Currently on Bruno or Kane (or DCL if I bring in). Flip flopping between those minute by minute

              7. themaindanger
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Kane if you have a good rank and want to play safe.

                DCL if you are chasing rank.

            6. Mr. Mystic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 14 days ago

              Dallas or White to Cancelo? (Own Raph & Bamford)

              1. URMothersLover
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                White if you got the cash

              2. mojoindojo
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                White

            7. Zlatan F.C
                2 months, 14 days ago

                How many DGW's do you have?

                1. Hybrid.power
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  9, the other two being Bamford and Raphinha.

                2. Bubbles1985
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  13

              • DannyDrinkVodka
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Could use a bit of help on strategy, no idea when to use my WC and BB - WC30 BB31? BB 30 WC 31? Cheers......

                Here is my team for DGW26, considering Bruno>KDB(c) for DGW27

                Martinez
                Cancelo Shaw Mee
                Salah Bruno Son Gundog
                Kane(c) DCL Watkins

                Forster Raphinha Dallas Coufal

              • darkmatt3r
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                On a wildcard this week and debating weather to do Sala to Kdb this week or wait until next week, costing me a free transfer that I want to use to prepare for gw29

                A Sala to Kdb this week
                B Sala to Kdb Next

                1. darkmatt3r
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  C. Don't do it

                2. themaindanger
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Wait till next week and review if you still think he is a better option than Salah.

              • Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                112 all out.

                1. mojoindojo
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Good score

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Haha. The cricket.

                2. Rolls-Royce
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Good GW for you.

                  😉

                3. drughi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  1657 here and 10 gw left

                4. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  brag some more

              • Jet5605
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Do I need to use my WC if I can do Robbo, Raph & Antonio > Kane, Barnes & Holgate for a -4? 
                I would rather sell Soucek and keep Raph but not enough funds. 

                Martinez
                Cancelo - Stones - Robbo
                Salah - Bruno - Gundo - Raph
                DCL - Bamford - Antonio

                Pope - Dallas - Soucek - Coufal

                1. URMothersLover
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  nope

                2. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  No need to wild card that.

                3. themaindanger
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Just take the -4. No need to Wildcard.

              • Bubbles1985
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Current squad:

                Martinez (Pope)
                Cancelo Digne Shaw (Ayling Mitchell)
                Salah Bruno Son Gundo (Soucek)
                Antonio Ings Bamford

                How does this look for GW26 with -8 hit?

                Ayling, Antonio, Ings > Keane, Watkins, DCL

                To make 13 DGWers and playing BB26. Still have all chips available so will FH29.

                Thoughts on that?

                Cheers!

                1. Scooby75
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Yep -8 and BB

              • Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                I find that I'm tussling heavily with form vs fixtures this week.

                Villa and Spurs are two of the best teams to invest in fixture wise. But they have been in middling/bad form and it's quite frustrating because I really want to go heavy on them.

                They have very good doubles of lee/shu and BUR/ful and they also have a game in 29 which is important for me to consider because I'm out a FH.

                Villa also have a possible DGW in 28 against Everton which could catch a lot of unprepared managers out (and it would be a really good one for both of them too - new/EVE for Villa and BUR/avl for Everton).

                Form wise, the teams to go for are Leicester, United, Leeds. Barnes, Shaw, Rashford, Raphinha, Bamford etc. It's a tough balance to strike.

                1. Scooby75
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  I’m going Kane-less as I really think Spurs fixtures are tougher than people think.
                  Spurs slump; Fulham & Burnley will look to capitalise.

                  1. themaindanger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    I agree with you about the Spurs fixtures being tougher than people think. Both games look like 1-0 at best.

                2. themaindanger
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  I'm in the same dilemma. I had a plan to bring in 3 Villa and 3 Spurs. I'll probably have 2 Spurs and no Villa for the double and maybe bring in 2 Villa for 29. Difficult to navigate GW29 without owning Spurs and Villa unless you have FH chip.

              • Pukki Blinders
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Captaincy is a two horse race this week

                Bruno or DCL?

                Do Everton tend to struggle against bottom teams? Bruno 2 away games looks good but quite boring...

                1. Oggle22
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Kane and son?

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    Only have Son but don’t trust his form

                2. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Bruno.

                3. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  Gundogan. We already saw what he could do in 68 minutes vs Spurs. This fear of rotation shouldn't dissuade you from picking one of the most in-form assets playing for the best team in the league.

                  1. Pukki Blinders
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 14 days ago

                    KDB back has discouraged me from doing so, that and the rotation risk. City are not in the question for captaincy this week imo, too many better options out there that will play 180mins

              • Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 14 days ago

                Martinez
                Konsa Stones Cancelo
                Salah Son Bruno Raphina Gunda
                Bamford Ings

                Steele Antonio Tarkowski Dallas

                A) Ings and Antonio to Kane and 4.4m
                B) Ings and Cancelo to Kane and 3.9m
                C) Summat else but what?
                Debating triple captain Kane

                Cheers

              • Il Capitano
                  2 months, 14 days ago

                  On WC 0.5m ITB

                  Martinez
                  Cancelo Stones Digne Targett
                  Barnes Salah Gundo Bruno
                  DCL Kane

                  3.9 - Bamford White ESR

                  This is about the best I can stretch to with my cash I figure, no FH for 29 so need to have a sizable contingent that play that week.
                  Not 100% on double Villa defence, but probably the best call considering they double in 26 and play in 29.
                  Any major changes to consider?