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The best defenders and goalkeepers to target for Double Gameweek 26

Defenders and goalkeepers come under the spotlight as we assess the best players to bring in for Double Gameweek 26.

With some plum fixtures and plenty of in-form players on offer, we’ve picked out the top options for all Fantasy Premier League (FPL) budgets.

Is a Manchester City defensive double-up still viable? Are there better options than Emiliano Martinez (£5.3m) in goal? We assess all the options in the Premium Members article below.

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  1. Ian Davis
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 7 hours 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.

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 hours ago

      Barnes for Maddison if he's out. Anyone for McCarty.

    2. akashan99
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 hours ago

      I would strongly suggest against bamford for watkins, you wld have alot of value in bamford in, who wld be in for blank 29, aston villa wo grealish arent going anywhr

      For goalies, look at leno, rotates really well w martinez if you can afford

    3. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 hours ago

      Think I'm gunna do Bam > Watkins as I don't really have any value tied up in him and Watkins is owed another DGW as well as DGW26 so I think it's worth it. Plus Jack could be back soon (rumours it could be the second game of the DGW).

      Don't see any easy routes to get Digne and/or Barnes though unless you're sat on a pile of cash

      1. Ian Davis
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 5 hours ago

        I’m thinking of doing the same move, but can see Bamford getting a goal or two which would be very annoying!

  2. Hungry Singh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 7 hours ago

    Son + Vardy or Salah + Watkins......?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 hours ago

      A

  3. tbos83
      4 months, 7 hours ago

      Predictions for the scout picks? I'm going:

      Martinez
      Digne, Cancelo, Aina, Targett
      Barnes, Bruno, Gundo, KdB
      Kane, DCL

      1. Rep Poulette
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 hours ago

        Martinez
        Digne, Reguilon, Cancelo, Dias
        Barnes, Bruno, Salah, KDB
        Kane, DCL

        1. tbos83
            4 months, 7 hours ago

            Nice

      2. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 7 hours ago

        going Vardy over Bamford on WC mad..?

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 7 hours ago

          Surely not

        2. JBG
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 hours ago

          Why is that mad? Vardy will most likely outscore Bamford.

        3. Elfozzie 42
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 7 hours ago

          Do you have other Leeds cover?

      3. jimmy6363
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 hours ago

        Current team is;

        Martinez,

        Stones / Maguire / Dier
        Maddison / Salah/ Gundogan / Sterling / Fernandes
        DCL / Antonio

        Steer / Dallas / Lewis / Bamford

        Thinking of just doing Antonio to Watkins - full squad of double gameweekers, plus retaining a little cover for GW 29.

        Worth a bench boost this week??

        Worried however about not having Kane, nor Son or KDB. Any more transfers needed? I think a WC would be overkill.

        1. Il Capitano
            4 months, 7 hours ago

            Not worth BBing that

        2. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 hours ago

          Would you play Lowton(tot,LEI) this week or bring in a Spurs/Villa/Fulham defender?

          If so who?

          1. Holmes
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 hours ago

            play

          2. tbos83
              4 months, 7 hours ago

              If it's a FT I'd bring in Digne, Dier or Targett

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                Dier? Why?

                1. tbos83
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    Fixtures

                    1. Konstaapeli
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Yeah, but it's totnum.

              2. JBG
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                Play

              3. Elfozzie 42
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                I'm in same boat with Mee... but I do think it's entirely possibly Burnley keep a clean sheet in one (my money would be on the Spurs game) and it's not like the others are nailed on clean sheets, but obv those are steps towards GW29 blank players.
                I was actually thinking more on Villa tbh as they still have at least one more double to come as well as playing in blank 29.

                1. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Yeah good point about Villa, may just bring in Targett or Konsa. Burnley don’t give me much confidence

            • Il Capitano
                4 months, 7 hours 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 changes to consider? Cancelo to Dias? White to Dunk?

              • PP6
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                Thought I’d break down the Captain options. Thoughts?

                Salah - just no with the form and no Henderson
                Bruno- we never score against the top 6.. we don’t even have an open play goal this season against them.
                Kane- two strong defenses spurs in poor form but Kane usually bullies these teams
                DCL- best DGW fixtures there is Everton looking decent but is he explosive?
                Gundo/Sterling/KDB - Have to monitor tonight to see mins score etc

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Yeah, but Bruno could fill his boots vs CPL

                  Between Kane & Bruno for me, maybe Gundogan if he doesn’t play tonight

                  1. PP6
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    True.

                    Palace -12/15 points
                    Chelsea - 2/3

                    It is not bad.

                    1. Jafooli
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      I would take that on TC right now, if offered 😀

                      1. Jafooli
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 7 hours ago

                        And on non-open goal penos 😉

                2. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  So... no one from above? 😆

                3. Elfozzie 42
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  It's definitely a challenging one this week.
                  I've been between Son, Bruno and Salah so far (don't have Kane) but I also have DCL and Gundo in the line-up.
                  I think it's going to be a late punt either way.

              • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                I have seen somewhere that Everton and Villa could have a DGW before BGW 29. Possibly GW 28. What is the probability that it really happens?

                  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    So if Spurs play tomorrow, then we most likely have the double right?

                    1. Tonyawesome69
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      No, it depends on how the fixtures pan out for the next round R16. We are still in round 32

                      "If Spurs are scheduled to play their UEL R16 2nd leg at home on Wednesday, March 17th - then highly unlikely that Sky would have AVL v EVE clash with it. If Spurs play on Thursday, then good opportunity for DGW28"

                      1. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 6 hours ago

                        Yup exactly. All in the comment thread.

              • Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                Please don’t start tonight Foden, although sadly, I think he will 🙁

                1. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  perks of being a big game player 😉

                  1. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    Naughty Holmes.....save him for the more important PL games Pep, please 😛

              • Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                DCL or Richarlison ?

                1. Mikel Arteta
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  DCL

              • Mikel Arteta
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                Good to go? I will play BB this week.

                Martinez
                Cancelo Dias Dier Targett
                Salah Bruno Son Gundogan
                DCL (C) Watkins

                Bench: Pope, Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas

              • Ninjaa
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                Pope (McCarthy)
                Stones Lowton Targett (Coufal Dallas)
                Sterling Gundogan Bruno Salah (Saka)
                DCL Bamford Antonio

                Thoughts on Saka to Barnes?
                Only trouble is I'm 0.1m short. Would a 4 point hit to do this move by also doing McCarthy > 4m be worth it. Its transferring a single game player for a dgw player (Barnes in form with 2 nice fixtures also)so really its only a 2 point hit?? It allows me to bench Antonio this week and then play him next week home to Leeds. Thoughts please guys???..

              • Jafooli
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                What a disaster Antonio > Ings was.

                Dropped 4pts and wasted a transfer.

                1. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Actually two transfers as he’s probably going straight out the door again, even with a DGW37

                  1. Jafooli
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    *27

                2. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  I did DCL to Ings and now may do it back again. Essentially a point and 2 transfers down on the deal.

                3. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Guilty

                4. Ruinenlust
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Ings got me 8 points last week 😎

              • merin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 7 hours ago

                Using BB this week, and are prepared to use 2 transfers (-8) if there are any good ones
                Any suggestions for transfers?

                Martinez Areola
                Dias Cancelo Dunk Targett Dallas
                Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Raphinha
                DCL Bamford Watkins

                0 FT, 3.1 ITB

                1. tbos83
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    Maybe Dunk, Raph > Digne, Barnes

                    1. merin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 6 hours ago

                      Interresting! Who do you think will score most points this week of Dunk or Dallas?

                2. sirmorbach
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Lads, a little help please? Leaning towards A or C. (Only TC available as a hit.)

                  Martínez / Pope
                  Dias / Stones / Cresswell / Digne /  Dallas
                  Salah / Bruno / Gündogan / Raphinha / Soucek
                  DCL / Bamford / Watkins

                  A. Bamford to Kane
                  B. Bamford to Kane, Salah to Barnes (- 4)
                  C. Bamford to Kane, Soucek to Barnes, Pope to Areola (- 8)
                  D. Bamford to Kane, DCL to Vardy, Salah to Barnes (- 8)

                  1. Elfozzie 42
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    Not so sure about C, if you can just do A then I'd go with that.
                    Salah to Barnes feels very sideways (although brings in cash I appreciate), same with Pope to Areola (although I'm presuming there's one eye on 29, but if you have so much belief in Kane hauling, not sure why you'd want Areola this week).

                    1. sirmorbach
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Aréola would be to fund Soucek to Barnes, actually!

                3. seanie3
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  would you transfer out Sterling to Barnes for free if it meant I could then, for a hit, get Kane in for Antonio

                4. Bob Vrabkab
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Does this wildcard look OK? Also building for 29*

                  Ederson / (Sanchez*)

                  Pereira / Stones / Konsa* / (Holding*) / (Struijk*)

                  Salah / Fernandes / Son* / Gundogan / (Smith-Rowe*)

                  Kane* / Calvert-Lewin / Watkins*

                5. Aaa
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Thoughts on bb with these?

                  Johnstone/Bamford/Dallas/Lowton

                  Current team:

                  Martinez
                  Cancelo/Digne/Targett
                  Salah/Fernandes/Barnes/Gundo/Raph
                  Kane/DCL

                6. tollers74
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  1st post this season, but need your help with a decision that I’m sure others are facing....

                  Current team
                  Martinez
                  Stones, Mee, Dier, McGuire
                  Salah, Fernandes, Gundogan, Sterling, Raphina
                  DCL

                  Bench: Bamford, Creswell, Ings

                  1FT, 0.8m ITB. FH, WC and TC all available.

                  So, do I bring in Kane and Son for Sterling and Ings (-4 and dropping Raphina to the bench), or simply swap Ings for Watkins (again replacing Raphina) and keep Sterling in place for next weeks’ DWG?

                  Any other options I haven’t considered? Cheers

                7. Lord of Ings
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  This lot g2g? FT used.
                  Pope
                  Cancelo digne dias Dallas
                  Bruno son sterling raph
                  Bamford kane(c)

                  Button Antonio bissouma Pieters*

                  1. Lord of Ings
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    Also no bench Boost or tc used.

                8. jimmy6363
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  Antonio to Kane (TC)
                  Sterling to Raphinha
                  Lewis to Cancelo

                  Worth 8 point hit?

                9. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 7 hours ago

                  The more I look at the stats the more I think Gundo (c) is the way. As long as he doesn't play the full 90 tonight, I think I'm gonna do it. He got huge points in 68 minutes vs Spurs. The only fear is rotation. And Gundo is one of the most rotation proof players. He started every PL game except the one game he was out injured in the busy period for City and the FA cup game where him and Dias were rested.

                  Risky yes. But the upside is huge and I can definitely see Gundo starting both.

                  1. jimmy6363
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    I think he's a better choice than Fernandes, not sure about Kane though. Although Kane is a risk as well with his form.

                  2. Danstoke82
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    I’d be on Gundo all day but with KDB back in the mix does that affect Gundo overall?

                    1. No Kane No Gain
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Yes. Gundo moved forward and had his best ever points scores when KDB has been out of the team. Gundo will still do well, but not as well.

                    2. Camzy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      It does not really affect Gundo. His strong run of form began with KdB in the side.

                  3. No Kane No Gain
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 7 hours ago

                    Do you think even if gundo plays 60 mins, he might have minutes managed as he’s got man United in 27 followed by even more of a busy schedule?!

                    Kane, barring injury, will play 120 mins. You won’t lose sleep thinking about it.

                  4. NateDogsCats
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      He is a great option but he's not playing a team as poor as Spurs have been this week. West Ham are having a great season and Wolves have had a revival of sorts of late

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        4 months, 7 hours ago

                        In current form, every fixture is green for City.

                    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      What about DCL versus two very poor sides? the Southampton game could be very high scoring.

                      1. Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        4 months, 6 hours ago

                        No thanks. Don't trust Everton. They have a tendency to blank randomly in 'easy' games.

                    • lespaul
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      hopefully City get a penalty tonight to clear things up

                  5. tuturututu
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Who scores more in next gw?

                      A) Sterling and Bamford
                      B) Son and Vardy (-8)

                      1. jimmy6363
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 7 hours ago

                        A with the 8 point hit.

                    • Danstoke82
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Hi all, want to get rid of Coufal this week to maximise my bench boost. Would be for a total -8 is it worth doing him out for one of the following?

                      A) Targett
                      B) Konsa
                      C) Reguillon
                      D) Aina
                      E) keep Coufal and stay at -4 playing BB

                      Thanks in advance!

                      1. claretparrot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 7 hours ago

                        Think that move in isolation is worth it. Probably C given Grealish injury

                    • dbeck
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Play one:
                      A) Mee
                      B) Bamford
                      C) Raphina
                      D) hit out mee, 5.5m to spend

                      1. claretparrot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 7 hours ago

                        D for a DGWer (Shaw, Villa, Reguillon, Everton).
                        Otherwise C

                    • claretparrot
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Robbo & Soucek > Digne & Barnes (-4)?
                      Would then bench Raph.

                      Johnstone
                      Dias - Cancelo - Robbo* - Shaw
                      Salah - Bruno - Gundo - Raphinha
                      DCL - Kane
                      [Bamford - Dallas - Soucek*]

                      GL all!

                    • SHOWSTOPPERRR
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Guys planning to bb

                      A) Antonio son Martin to Kane Barnes areola -4
                      B) Antonio salah Martin to kane Barnes areola -4
                      C) Go without Kane and do Antonio raphina Martin to Watkins Barnes

                    • Gudjohnsen
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Coufal to Digne or Pereira for -4 worth it or just play Bamford or Dallas?

                      1. claretparrot
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 7 hours ago

                        Yeah I would. Probably for Digne

                    • pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 7 hours ago

                      Interesting point in article about Fulham possibly going on the attack. Had been wondering about this. Their game against WBA was a positive goalfest.

                      Strange times when Palace don't figure among the bottom 4 teams for misfiring attack - only a couple behind Arsenal for the season. And well If Fulham do get suckered into pouring attacks onto Palace I imagine Palace will score - they generally do at home against bottom 12.

                      Areola or Aina may be a dodgy call this week.