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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.

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  1. sirmorbach
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Friends, 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. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I wouldn't do a -8.

      I like B but losing Salah is a big risk, but I suppose you already know that. Good luck.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Thank you, sir. I don't like -8s myself too, but I thought Barnes + Kane doubles could pay off.

        Think it will be A. Thanks, mate!

        1. StayoutheSpiceZone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          No probs. I hope it works out for you. I have gone in deep on Kane too this week, about time he scored a few. Hopefully 2+ over the two games!

    2. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Taking a -8 to leave you with a benching headache, or taking out good dgw players, doesn't make sense to me. Just do A

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Thank you very much indeed, sir!

    3. Jimbo-Jones
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      A - wouldn't lose Salah in a DGW inc sheffield.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Thought of Soucek — but then again, a -8 hurts. I think it's A. Thanks, mate! Cheers!

    4. The Fantasy Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I’m doing a -8 to get Kane and Barnes. Don’t like hits normally but just feels right.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Been seriously considering it, but people are making me lean a lot more towards A. Tough, innit? Thanks, mate, good luck!

    5. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 20 days ago

      I like kane and barnes but would only drop salah if i had a plan to spend the money somewere else

      1. sirmorbach
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        And a -8 dropping Soucek instead is too much? Cheers!

  2. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 20 days ago

    Got 12 DGWs and the three Leeds boys Bamford, Raph and Dallas. Gotta be worth bench boost to get shot of the chip don't you reckon?

    1. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Is there going to be a better time? Probably not.

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        That's what I think. Hopefully Leeds vs Villa will be wide open and they'll do ok!

    2. doher.ty
        3 months, 20 days ago

        I've got the same + Webster (WBA away) so feel like a BB might be on. Was originally planning to TC Kane.

    3. JamTart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 20 days ago

      Lose salah to fund Kane and DCL?

      Hate to lose him but seems time!

    4. Bennyboy1907
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Martinez
        Cancelo Stones AWB
        Salah Raphina Bruno Gundogan Barnes
        DCL Kane

        Johnstone Mee Bamford Dallas

        After a -4, how does it look?

        1. StayoutheSpiceZone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          BB?

      • Manani
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        A. Adams > Kane
        B. Grealish > Barnes

        (will bench Adams/Grealish depending on transfer)

        1. The Road to Turfdom
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          A but also shift Grealish on I think

          1. Manani
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 20 days ago

            i will be playing Raphinna/Bamford this week, should I switch Grealish next week instead of taking a hit?

        2. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          A

        3. jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Both

        4. Maeki2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 20 days ago

          B. Easy

      • Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 20 days ago

        Lose Salah or Sterling to fund Kane?

        1. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Sterling.
          Salah will play both games for sure.

        2. Maeki2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 20 days ago

          I lose sterling aswell

      • shabalala
          3 months, 20 days ago

          Shoud I activate my BB with Dier, Lowton and McTominay (50% chance of play) on my bench. Thanks.

          1. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 20 days ago

            Dier (12) Lowton (1+1) and McTo (8 + 0)
            who's your keeper

          2. shabalala
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Martinez and Forster on the bench.

              1. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Maybe you should get a second keeper for your BB

                1. shabalala
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Thanks mate:)

            • linkafu
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Who scores more?

              A Rashford Bamford Pope (Ings bench)

              B Kane 3*cap, Vardy , Lloris (Smith Rowe bench) -12

              1. StayoutheSpiceZone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                B

              2. hullcityfan
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                B but you have to consider who you would captain if you go A plus how much your TC gets it if you used it a different week.

                1. linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  For me Kane Against 2 bottom teams is the best moment. I think maybe I'll go with Bruno if no Kane

            • jonnybhoy
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Currently on a -4pts.

              Pope
              Cancelo Stones Konsa
              Salah Son Gundo Son
              Bamford Kane Watkins

              McCarthy Soucek Alioski Coufal

              Any of the following changes worth it?

              A) Bamford + Soucek to

              1. jonnybhoy
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                A) Bamford + Soucek to DCL + ESR -12pts total
                B) Bamford + Son to DCL + Barnes -12pts total

            • A-TAA-CK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 20 days ago

              WC Team (still got FH/TC)

              Martinez
              Dias Cancelo Digne
              Salah Bruno Son Barnes Gundo
              Kane DCL

              Fabri Mitchell Struijk Brewster (0.2ITB)

              Want to find 0.4 so I can get Konsa instead of Mitchell...

              Any thoughts?

            • mattyb09
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Full starting squad with DGWs, any need to force in Spurs or Leicester assets for a hit?

              Emi
              Shaw Cancelo Dier Mee
              Salah Bruno Sterling Gundogan
              DCL Watkins

              Leno; Lowton, Ings, ESR

              1. jonnybhoy
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                I would deffos get Kane or Son in somehow

                1. mattyb09
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Would have to be 2 moves unless I transfer Salah/Sterling/Bruno to Son.

                  I am not keen on Spurs scoring much in these two matches.

              2. Maeki2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Kane or none i would say, so many good midfielders to choose from

            • Ian Davis
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 20 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.

              *FH for GW29 so that’s not an issue

              1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Maddison injury doubt

                1. Ian Davis
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  He’ll have to go for Barnes - an annoying transfer

              2. Maeki2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Get barnes for madi

            • Boom XhakaLacaSaka
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 20 days ago

              In a -8 hit
              A) Grealish + Adams > Lookman + Kane (Bench Maddison)
              B) Grealish + Maddison > Barnes + Son (Bench Adams)

              1. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 20 days ago

                A preparing for GW29

              2. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                B

            • Nunoooooooooo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Who scores more between now and GW29?

              A) Digne
              B) Ricardo Pereira

              1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 20 days ago

                A if they get a double in 28 aswll

              2. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 20 days ago

                B

                1. linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Digne has a passion for red card. He's due

              3. Dwotle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 20 days ago

                B

              4. Maeki2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 20 days ago

                I like both but Ricardo played midfielder last game that is to consider

            • Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Best replacement for Ings if not going for Kane?

              Bamford and DCL other forwards

              1. mattyb09
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                You can do worse than Diagne for 6.0

              2. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 20 days ago

                Vardy if can afford /watkins

                1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Would rather a Fulham attacker than WBA. Would you not agree? Maja?

            • L S P
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              Those of you not BBing in 26 (but holding the chip), is there a GW you're targeting or just seeing how it goes?

              1. Kloppcorn
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                I’m just seeing how it goes, not too keen Leeds playing villa and my bench is majority Leeds

            • Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 20 days ago

              A. Bamford to DCL
              B. Grealish to Barnes
              C. Both for a hit.
              D. Mee to Digne on top

              1. Dwotle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 20 days ago

                C depending on Grealish news.

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  It’s regardless of his injury

              2. doher.ty
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  I've done A (Ings) to DCL and considering B for a hit as well.

                • linkafu
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  C

                • Azurri
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  C for me - If Grealish is definitely out.

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    But what if he’s fit? He’s not really doing anything.

                • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  I think Dcl is a must. Who are your other two forwards.

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Kane and Watkins.

              3. The Senate
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 20 days ago

                is one of Amartey/Luke Thomas an option for DGW26 and GW27? Or should I suck it up and get Soyuncu?

                1. Carlos
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Looking at Luke Thomas myself and trying to understand if he is a genuine regular starter now with Justin out long term injured. Thomas has started the 2 games since Justin injury (one in Europe) and seems to have done quite well. Would love some input from Leicester fans?

                  1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    How much is Thomas??

                    1. Carlos
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      4.2 Dirt Cheap

              4. doher.ty
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  Would you BB this team?

                  Martinez
                  Dias, Stones, Shaw
                  Grealish*, Bruno, Salah, Gundo, Raf
                  DCL, Kane (c)

                  Forster* Dallas, Bamford, Webster

                  Thought was to get Barnes in for Grealish if out but would likely have to boost without a second keeper.

                • Dwotle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 20 days ago

                  If you could only pick one City player for the rest of the season, who would it be and why?

                  1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Possibly either Dias or Cancello.

                  2. doher.ty
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      KDB - He's their best player.

                    • Carlos
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Safest option would be Ederson imo - avoid all the Pep Roulette. When the league is won with 4 games to go - there could be even more ridiculous rotation then

                  3. Big_Andy_GAWA
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Worth doing Pieters to Maitland-Niles for a hit, folks? (Alteady own Sam Johnston)

                    1. Dwotle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      West Brom and hits make me uncomfortable.

                    2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      You like west Brom defense?

                      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        I don't. Lol. Am gonna bench boost and will be lucky to get any minutes out of Pieters. Only have maximum of 4.6 to spend and although WBA are awful, they have a couple of favourable fixtures. But yes, they *are* awful...!

                    3. Carlos
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Not for me - too risky and somewhat unnecessary of a double up

                  4. Deulofail
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Best defender for GW 26 & 30?

                    A) Pereira (ARS bur MCI)
                    B) Targett (lee shu FUL)
                    C) Shaw (che cry BHA)
                    D) Everton - not Digne (SOU wba CRY)

                    1. Maeki2
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      A is a good pick since he might get to play as midfielder

                  5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Could have this for a minus 4.
                    Grealish and Ings to KDB and Dcl

                    Martinez
                    Mee Stones Shaw
                    Bruno Son Gundogan KDB Raphinia
                    Dcl Kane

                    Bamford Dallas Coufal Forster

                    Good moves?

                  6. RamboRN
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Play lowton with 2 hard games or Dallas?

                    1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Low

                  7. Winston.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Who to bench?

                    A. Raphinha (AVL)
                    B. Konsa (lee, shu)

                    1. popey
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      thats tough - as a villa fan i feel like Konsa is 2,6 there, If Raphinha is in the mood and against Elmo he could easily beat that

                      1. Winston.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        thanks

                  8. popey
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    Worth a -8?

                    OUT: Bamford, Grealish,Lowton
                    IN: Kane, Barnes, Digne

                    1. Kloppcorn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Solid transfers but losing Bamford I wouldn’t be keen on

                      1. popey
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        agreed on Bam but other strikers are DCL/Watkins and don't want to lose either. Kane coming in for TC

                        Will get him back for 29 - Keeping Raphinha throughout

                    2. Big_Andy_GAWA
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Looks a pretty exciting gamble, TBH. I would favour doing it, yes.

                  9. MIDIMAN2010
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 20 days ago

                    DCL Triple Captain.

                    It’s got to be done right?

                    1. Kloppcorn
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Risky due to him just being back from injury but could pay off

                      1. MIDIMAN2010
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        He played about 15 min v Pool. Reckon he wil have plenty of rest since so should start... wishful thinking

                    2. doher.ty
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        I don't know if it has to be done but he's got good fixtures.

                      • Deulofail
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        My 4th choice. So no 😉

                        1. Kloppcorn
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          What’s your 1,2 n 3 mate

                          1. Deulofail
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 20 days ago

                            Kane, Gundo & Bruno, right now

                            1. MIDIMAN2010
                              • 10 Years
                              3 months, 20 days ago

                              Tough 2 fixtures for City and 1 for United.

                      • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        If you think he'll outscore Gundogan Bruno and kane then yes.

                        1. MIDIMAN2010
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          Don’t have Kane but others. Such a tough choice!

                      • mattyb09
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        YES

                    3. Lord of Ings
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Who wins?
                      1)Dallas
                      2)Watkins -4

                      1. Kloppcorn
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Watkins 2 good fixtures from an attacking view and he also plays in 29

                      2. Dwotle
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        Would go with the DGWer but recently this logic has burned me.

                    4. as33
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 20 days ago

                      Ings>DCL or Watkins?

                      1. Kloppcorn
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        DCL for just this gw, Watkins if you want another player for 29

                      2. doher.ty
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          I've done it to DCL

                      3. ajay_kl +42
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 20 days ago

                        How to get Kane in or not to bother?

                        Martinez
                        Mee Stones Dias
                        Salah Bruno Son Gundo Madison
                        DCL Bamford

                        McC Ings Coufal Struijk
                        1FT and .2 in bank

                        1 - Ings and Salah to Kane and Rashford (-4)
                        2 - Ings and Son to Kane and 6.8m mid (Siggy - cant afford Barnes) (-4)
                        3 - Ings and Maddison to Kane and Anguissa/ESR (-4)
                        4 - Ings to Watkins or Richarlison

                        1. ajay_kl +42
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 20 days ago

                          Could do a -8 to get in Lookman and sell McC to Fodder