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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. Big_Andy_GAWA
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Anyone considering Reggy (Spurs) for the double? Couple of plum fixtures and can offer good points at either end of the pitch...

    1. Kloppcorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Only just back from injury do you think he’ll start both?

      1. Big_Andy_GAWA
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        That's the only concern, yeah. Am gonna keep an eye on what happens in their Europa Cup game on Thurs with he and Davies. I think Reggy was taken off on the previous game, so hopefully he could be ready for 2 starts by then...:)

    2. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Can't trust Spurs defence and Mourinho seems to be seeing EL as their best way into the CL for next season so he may favour that when those games are about meaning he gets a rest here and there

    3. Kuyt Hero
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Martinez
      Dias Cancelo Shaw Lowton
      Bruno Salah Gundo Son
      DCL Ings

      Pope, Bamford, Raphinha, Dallas

      Looking to bench boost 26 and plan towards 29, then WC31. Which would you prefer?

      A) Son/Salah/Bruno to Barnes and Ings to Kane (-4)
      B) Ings to Watkins

      1. Clive H
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Forget about Ings

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        OH WHOOPS

    4. Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Best 4.9 or less defender for the double? Have Martinez and double City defence.

      A - Holgate
      B - Coleman
      C - Other suggestion?

      1. Daily-Hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 27 days ago

        Some of Leicester guys I would go, Pereira or Soyuncu.

    5. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I'm more inclined to triple captain a midfielder rather than a forward.
      Goal is 5 rather than 4 for a forward.
      Clean sheet 1 point extra also.
      Needs to have penalties.
      When multiplied by 3 this can add up.
      Needs free kicks .
      Needs to be in great form.
      Needs to be lucky.
      One man fits the bill.

      1. MIDIMAN2010
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Bruno?

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          You got it in one.

          1. Big_Andy_GAWA
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Ha!

      2. Slurpy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Looking like bruno, I'll watch that Chelsea game thinking anything is a bonus.

    6. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Imo Barnes could be a let down- Tough game on Thursday where the score is 0-0 if he gets overplayed in that and they play early on Sunday could have an affect

      1. MIDIMAN2010
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Better than Grealish at that price

        1. MIDIMAN2010
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Plus Leicester fixtures after is sweet

          1. Boom XhakaLacaSaka
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Agree on this was more in terms of the double

      2. NateDogsCats
          3 months, 28 days ago

          The issue I have with him is most of his recent returns have been against teams that have been quite poor defensively or are at least leaky: Villa, Liverpool, MU, Leeds, Everton, Chelsea (under Lampard), Southampton, Palace. The only times he's returned against what are normally tight defences is against Burnley at the start of the season and Fulham. I'm not sure sure he'll get much change out of teams like Arsenal, Burnley and Brighton. If I avoid him as a Maddison replacement I'll likely go for Mount though and his fixtures aren't great.

      3. xtina
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        If i do Cavani -> DCL with 1FT, i get this team (+ 1.4 ITB):

        Martinez
        Mee - Dier - Dias - Stones
        Raphina - Salah - Fernandes - Son - Gundogan
        DCL

        Steer | Bam - Ings - Holding

        Worth a bench boost? I have WC & FH

        1. That Was Easy!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Definitely don't think it's worth a BB, but good transfer.

      4. That Was Easy!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        UCL could change a lot, but any thoughts here?

        Martinez
        Shaw Cancelo Stones
        Salah Bruno (C) Son Barnes Raphina
        Bamford DCL

        Areola; Antonio, James, Coufal..1FT, 1.2itb

        1) Raphina > Gundo
        2) James > Dias (triple MC defense)
        3) Antonio > Watkins (bench Bamford)
        4) Anything else? a hit?

        1. xtina
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Hmm maybe 2 - Antonio and Raphina could still do well

      5. tuturututu
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Who would you play from here:

          A) Dallas
          B) Shaw
          C) Rudiger

          1. That Was Easy!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Shaw, by some margin.

            1. tuturututu
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Thanks!

            2. Karhumies
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Shaw

          2. tuturututu
              3 months, 28 days ago

              Who scores more in GW26?

              A) Maddison, Bamford
              B) JRod, DCL (-8)

            • tuturututu
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Help me out here if you can! Is a double up in form Everton assets in JRod/Siggy and DCL worth -8 if selling injured Maddison and Bamford that has one game?

              • tlarcs19
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Have both Maddison and Grealish and like them both long term but cant afford to have both if not playing double gameweek (with Gundo, Salah, Fernandes) - Man City with double double need a 3rd (Stones 2nd)

                a) one of them for Foden and keep the other depending injury updates as week progresses
                b) Both out and KDB + Smith Rowe in (-4)
                c) neither - any other ideas?!

                1. SallySlayer
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 28 days ago

                  Grealish to Barnes, upgrade somewhere else?

              • SallySlayer
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 28 days ago

                Leicester fans..odds of Thomas (4.2) starting both DGW matches?

                1. ...al
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  Possible but Castagne and Pereira have played lb and rb in their careers

                  Could be a nice punt if funds are tight

              • Phlajo
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Antonio+Maddison+Lowton to Watkins+Barnes+Konsa worth a -4?

                Could skip the Lowton to Konsa and do the rest for free, but I think Konsa will do better than Lowton in the DGW, and also has a fixture in 29 (maybe even double in 28 too?)

              • BusbySwede
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Thinking of doing BB, good choice with this team?
                0.7 itb 1FT.

                Martinez, Pope
                Mee, Dallas, Rudiger, Digne, Cancelo
                Sterling, Gundogan, Bruno, Rashford, Raphinha
                DCL, Bamford, Ings

                What transfers would you do of these options?
                Out: Ings, Rashford, Mee/Dallas, Raphinha?
                In: Kane, Watkins, Son, Barnes, Targett/Dier?

              • cbazza10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Anyone considering one of the Leicester defenders? Ricardo looked good against Villa

                1. ...al
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 27 days ago

                  Would like pereira but it means I’ve to sell Dallas

                  He looked great for sure but finishing it not his jam. Might risk him though

                  1. cbazza10
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 27 days ago

                    Selling Coufal leaves me with 5.9 to spend so either a foxes defender or maybe Matt Targett

              • y2pach
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 27 days ago

                Help me pick please 🙂
                a. lowton+bamford to vardy+digne -4
                b. lowton+bamford+james to kane+digne+aina -8