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The best Wildcard, Free Hit and Bench Boost squads for Double Gameweek 26

Fresh from a 108-point score in Double Gameweek 25, Az looks at the optimum squads for those on a Wildcard, Free Hit or Bench Boost and assesses the leading Triple Captain candidates.


This is it. It’s the big one. Double Gameweek 26: the biggest Double Gameweek we’ve ever had.

Are you excited? Nervous? Do you feel like your entire season is resting on this six-day period that sees 14 teams play twice? Hopefully, you’ve all known that this day was coming and it hasn’t taken you by complete surprise.

If you’re struggling, I’m here to help you with your planning. I imagine your strategy will depend on how your current team is set up and what chips you have remaining, so I’m going to look at it from all angles.

Let’s begin.

No chips planned

Now if you’re like me, you’re not planning on using a chip this week.

Maybe you’ve already used your Bench Boost and Triple Captain earlier in the season. Perhaps you have your Free Hit earmarked for the Blank Gameweek in 29. Some of you might be holding on to your Wildcards until later in the season – or perhaps you played it early.

Anyway, if you’re in this camp, it’s a case of making do with what you’ve got and playing tactically to make the best of it. With the number of teams playing, it’s very likely that you have a good crop of Double Gameweekers anyway.

The absolute minimum I’d feel comfortable taking into this Gameweek would be nine – but 10 or 11 looks the most sense due to the potential for huge returns right across the board.

It’s good to target players from Spurs, Fulham and Villa because they also have fixtures in Blank Gameweek 29.

It’s one of the reasons why I think Harry Kane (£11.1m) is almost a “must get” this week. Not only does he have a good double-header against Fulham and Burnley, he immediately goes into a game against Crystal Palace – before playing Arsenal – and then Aston Villa when so many other teams blank.

The question is, who do you drop for him? Danny Ings (£8.5m) is the obvious player to make way for Kane if you have him but if you’ve held on to Patrick Bamford (£6.9m) and Michael Antonio (£6.5m), I can understand if you are reluctant to get rid of one of them.

Antonio earns back-to-back start for first time since Gameweek 6

I will probably lose one of them for Kane, although I’m undecided at this point. Both have a pretty tricky run of games up until Gameweek 29 when Bamford plays Fulham, which looks slightly better than Antonio at home to Arsenal. However, when Leeds and West Ham play each other, I fancy West Ham to win – so it is a toss-up.

An easier route into the Spurs’ attack might be to just grab Son Heung-min (£9.5m) if you haven’t already. I don’t think the double-up is a must-have but one of the two Spurs attackers does look quite important for this week and beyond. In a straight shoot-out between Son and Kane going forward, I fancy the latter due to his penalties and how impressive he looked when Gareth Bale (£9.3m) got on the pitch.

Aside from Spurs, I like the look of Leicester with games against Arsenal and Burnley followed immediately by matches against Brighton and Sheffield United. Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) is on fire at the moment and James Maddison (£7.3m) has plenty of ways of getting points with an improved eye for goal and set pieces in his locker.

Aside from these two, I think Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.3m) could be an inspired pick given that Leicester will almost certainly bank some clean sheets over the next four games. If you’ve got a bit more cash to burn, why not plump for Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m), who could line up in an advanced role and be an unbelievable differential at just 0.7% ownership.

Whoever you decide to get, remember that every “hit you take, every move you make” means that you’ve got more ground to make up. I’d advise trying to limit the number of hits you take once you hit 10 Double Gameweekers and plan for the Gameweeks ahead accordingly.

Wildcarders

If you’re Wildcarding then you’re going for it this week and I salute you.

I’ve put together a rough draft of something I’d consider if I was playing this chip. Just don’t forget that you need to take into account Blank Gameweek 29 – unless you have the Free Hit in your pocket of course!

If I was Wildcarding, I’d be torn between Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) and taking a punt on Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m). Going for the Belgian would target City’s four home fixtures in the next fortnight. While I don’t think De Bruyne is completely immune to rotation during this spell (especially given that he’s just back from injury), his low ownership makes him a perfect differential. I fancy City to score lots of goals over the next couple of weeks no matter what team they put out.

This team has six players already in place for Gameweek 29 and Barnes can easily become someone like Raphinha (£5.4m) further down the line. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) could also become Antonio to give yourself a bit of extra firepower.

I’d also be sure to target Everton with arguably the best Double Gameweek 26. Lucas Digne (£6.1m) has the potential to be the highest-scoring player with fixtures against Southampton and West Brom – and Calvert-Lewin could be a shrewd captain pick for those going against Kane or Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m).

Free Hitters

If you’ve decided to play your Free Hit this week (and I would strongly advise you to make sure you are covered for the Gameweek 29) then I’m very envious. Using this chip in a Double Gameweek looks a lot of fun.

My squad wouldn’t be a lot different to the one I suggested as a Wildcard team, but obviously, you can free up some cash with some of your bench players to strengthen your first XI.

This means that I could double up on the Leicester attack with Barnes and Maddison while keeping a ‘strong and stable’ backline of premium defenders without much compromise. Possible bad news on the Maddison injury front would, of course, force a rethink.

Salah is the only player who I’d really fear not owning here but with Liverpool struggling and what looks like a difficult game against Chelsea following their away game against bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United, I’d fancy De Bruyne to outscore him if he sees the minutes that I think he’ll get.

Bench Boosters

Ah, the Bench Boosters. It looks like this chip is going to be the most popular this week and I understand the reasoning.

Someone explained to me (after it went completely over my head), that this is perhaps the best time to use it as it’s the most likely time that you won’t need to use your bench due to injuries or sickness from your first XI.

For most people, given that we’ve just emerged from Double Gameweek 25, I expect this means a Bench Boost of at least two Leeds players against Aston Villa.

I’m not completely sold on this idea and if you are willing to take a bit more of a risk, you could wait until Gameweek 30 and Bench Boost when Leeds have Sheffield United at home, which to me, looks much more attractive.

That said, it does seem like a good time to play Villa with Jack Grealish (£7.7m) and Matty Cash (£5.0m) both potentially out. I certainly wouldn’t be making transfers to take Leeds players out just to target Double Gameweekers and would just hope for the best.

I could use the Bench Boost this week, but with Antonio and Coufal up against Man City and three Leeds players facing Villa, I think I’ll hold for now and assess until later in the season. Good luck to anyone that goes for it.

Triple Captainers

I plumped for Patrick Bamford as my Triple Captain in Gameweek 25 so this isn’t an option for me this week, but it looks like a great time to use it.

To me, the standout options for the chip are Calvert-Lewin and Kane.

I have seen some people saying that while they think Kane is a good captain option, they think Calvert-Lewin is a better Triple Captain option. I just can’t see the logic here. Captain – or Triple Captain – the player who you think will do best.

Everton have been quite an unpredictable team in the league over the last few months, losing to the likes of Newcastle and Fulham but beating Liverpool comfortably in their last game. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Southampton and West Brom will give up chances to them and I do think Calvert-Lewin should be at least considered by anyone looking to play this chip.

However, while Spurs have faltered, Kane has flourished against the bottom eight.

Twitter user FPL_Swede pointed out that in 10 games against the bottom eight teams in the Premier League, Kane has delivered in every game, averaging 9.2 points a match. That’s an unbelievable record. He seems a great option for the chip and I think you would be very unfortunate to come away from games against Fulham and Burnley with nothing. He’s almost certainly going to be my captain this week.

Conclusion

Werner, Son and Kane kept quiet as FPL's two best defences impress again

I hope this has in some way been useful in helping you make decisions no matter what strategy you are adopting.

For my team, I think I’m going to reluctantly take out Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) and one of Bamford/Antonio and bring in Kane – just because I do believe he is the best captaincy pick. It would mean that I’d have to grab myself Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) to free up the funds, but I believe he could turn out to be quite a shrewd acquisition as he plays two quite porous defences in Double Gameweek 26 and then can sit on my bench until I need him in Gameweek 29.

Whatever you decide, enjoy this bumper Gameweek and see you on the other side!


My Double Gameweek plans and why the Wildcard/Bench Boost tactic has its downside

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2,383 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Would you BB this:

    Areola Bamford Raphinha Dallas

    1. BB as it is
    2. Raphinha >> Lookman (BB)
    3. Dallas >> Dier / Holgate (BB)
    4. Keep the 3x Leeds and BB30 v SHU

    Thanks

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      3 but someone else

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Who else sir? Have 5.0 to spend, and already have 3x Villa

      2. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Just a shame there's no quality defender with a double in 26 and a game in 29

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Nope and I already have Martinez and Konsa

    2. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      1 i feel

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Should I wait until 30 for the better fixture... I suppose it’s a long time to wait and injuries etc could impact the team

    3. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Do you need GW29 cover or do you have FH?

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        29 cover, no FH 🙁

    4. P-daddy
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Can you explain option 4, surely the Leeds players are no longer on your bench if playing SHU? This was referenced on the 59th minute podcast but I cant get my head around it tbh...thanks

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Nah you’re right mate, ruled it out

  2. mikess
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Am I overthinking this one?
    Which do you prefer?

    A) Start Dallas
    B) Start Mee/Lowton
    C) Mee > Pereira or Digne - 4

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      C P

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      C = Digne

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Thanks

    3. fcsaltyballs
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Digne

  3. The Hunt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    I wrote a lengthy post about why KDB is such a waste of money but after reading it I deleted it. Too much information.

    Let them eat Belgian Buns.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Thought he’s German.

  4. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    KDB or Dias to go with Stones and Gundogan.
    Which would you go for?

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      KDB is back on my radar but I'm maxed with City assets. Could be a fantastic differential

  5. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Ings+Robbo to Kane+Targett for -4?

    1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I wouldn't bring in a villa player until there is confirmation Grealish is out for the Leeds game

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        If Grealish out and Villas recent defensive stats are putting me off them

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Yes

  6. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Meslier Mendy
    Dias Stones Tarkowski Mee Coufal
    Salah Gundo Bruno Son Raphina
    Bamford Ings Richarlison
    A) Ings to DCL and have11 dgw players, TC someone, Bruno??
    B) Also Tarkowski to Digne/Shaw for a hit
    C) Ings and Bamford to Kane (TC) and Brewster for a hit
    D) Other idea

    1. mikess
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      A tc dcl

  7. Oooo Matron
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Mahrez or Gundo? Considering Mahrez only played 20 mins tonight I quite like the idea of taking a punt on him this week.

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Two games ; both with rotate.

  8. Openboxman
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    WC g2g?

    Martinez
    Cancelo - Dias - Pereria
    Gundo - Bruno - salah - Barnes
    Kane - DCL - Diagne

    Fodder - raphina - rudiger - struijk

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Looking good, like the Diagne pick

  9. Tinfoil Deathstar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Apologies for multiple posts about WC draft.

    Martinez
    Cancelo - Dias - Shaw
    Bruno - Son - Salah - Gundo - Barnes
    DCL - Kane

    Fabri; Maja, White, Strijk.

    I really like this draft but wondering whether it is worth switching Cancelo to Stones to upgrade Strijk for a guaranteed starter that will play in 29 (Aina for example). Or is Strijk worth the risk?

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 27 days ago

      I have no chips after playing WC so looking to cover BGW 29.

  10. Avery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Clean Sheet Probability -
    https://twitter.com/FPL_Salah/status/1364481687594352640?s=20

    #DGW26 clean sheet probability %
    1st games
    MCI: 51%
    TOT: 44%
    LIV: 44%
    BHA: 39%
    WOL: 39%
    FUL: 38%
    EVE: 33%
    CHE: 32%
    LEI: 30%
    CPL: 29%
    NEW: 28%
    ARS: 27%
    SOU: 25%
    LEE: 25%
    MUN: 25%
    WBA: 24%
    AVL: 20%
    BUR: 17%
    SHU: 13%
    WHU: 11%

    ----
    2nd games

    MCI: 57%
    MUN: 47%
    LEI: 41%
    AVL: 39%
    EVE: 39%
    TOT: 37%
    LIV: 31%
    SHU: 28%
    FUL: 24%
    BUR: 22%
    CHE: 22%
    WBA: 21%
    CPL: 17%
    WOL: 11%

  11. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 27 days ago

    Best defender for GW 26-29?

    A) Pereira
    B) Digne
    C) Reguilon

    1. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 27 days ago

      B is my vote - especially if they get an extra DGW (EVE)

    2. Slurpy
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      its close

    3. stooffrob
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Close between A and B. If I could affod him, I would've probably gone for B, but had to go for A

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I cant answer this. All 3 are in my FH team.

    4. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Done. Gone for the triple up with Everton. Digne, Richarlison and DCL. 10 DGW players plus Raphina (or Bamford)

      Happy with that.

      1. mikess
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Nice to see something a bit different

      2. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Nice, are you FHing in GW29?

      3. hullcityfan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Similar here but Rodriguez over Richarlison.

        Hope you have a good week!

        1. Wılly
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Pickford for me 😀

          I'd be wary of Rodriguez, doesn't seem like a 90-minute man

    5. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Is Antonio to Watkins worth a hit if it means benching Bamford?

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I doubt it.

    6. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Lowton to Dier for a -4 or nah?

    7. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      If money it's not a problem maybe Vardy over Dcl it's a better pick?

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Not for me, but could be a nice differential

      2. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Also, Everton may have another DGW in 28

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        I think DCL is a better pick this week, anyway. Did well against the same opponents last time out too IIRC?

      4. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Not sure he is you know

    8. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 27 days ago

      Play:
      A) Burn > Digne [-4]
      B) Raphinha

      Is Burn likely to retain spot? EVE DGW28 likely, or have to wait for Europa League Draw?

    9. FantasyClub
        1 month, 27 days ago

        Brendan Rodgers comments doesn’t seem like Maddison will play against Arsenal. Anyone read the comments?

        1. Ruth_NZ
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 27 days ago

          Yeah. Likely to be longer than just Arsenal. Rodgers:

          "We don’t believe he needs more surgery. It’s irritable where he’s had the issue before. He’s been to London yesterday with our club doctor and he is there today getting another opinion. We are just having to get a specialist’s opinion on it to formulate a plan for his recovery.

          We’ll look to be pretty flexible, we have other players with other attributes. We’ve had injuries all season and the beauty of this team and squad is they are quite flexible and they are very adaptable."

          https://www.teamtalk.com/news/brendan-rodgers-james-maddison-leicester-injury-update

          1. FantasyClub
              1 month, 27 days ago

              With Maddison out I’m not too confident in getting Barnes

        2. FantasyClub
            1 month, 27 days ago

            Does anyone think Gundogan will be rested since he played the full 90 in Champions League?

          • FantasyClub
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Kane for Antonio or Bam?

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 27 days ago

                Antonio

            • Fantabulous KdB
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 27 days ago

              Play Lowton or Bamford?

            • FantasyClub
                1 month, 27 days ago

                If DCL disappoints this GW he will be exiled from my squad

              • FantasyClub
                  1 month, 27 days ago

                  After seeing the stats on Kane against bottom sides I’m 90% on TC Kane

                  1. FantasyClub
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      And the fact he was rested in Europe

                  2. Tatty Bojangles
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Already have Stones. Who is the most nailed from Cancelo and Dias for 26 and 27? Or is it expected that they both start all 4 games?

                    1. Wılly
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 27 days ago

                      https://twitter.com/Legomane_FPL/status/1364694298768404482/photo/1

                      Not a clue, but maybe this helps

                  3. Pep Roulette
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 27 days ago

                    Is Tarkowski to Digne for -4 worth it?

                  4. Fpl_elstatto
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 26 days ago

                    Lucas Digne gotta be good for a CS and possible attacking returns too: https://jumpersforgoalposts.info/fpl-snapshot-lucas-digne/

                    Likewise Ricardo Periera, https://jumpersforgoalposts.info/fpl-snapshot-ricardo-pereira/

                    Two good differentials as well!

                  5. maditass
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Current team:

                    Martinez - Forster
                    Robbo - Lowton - Dallas - Stones - Cancelo
                    Son - Salah - Fernandes - Gundogan - Rapinha
                    Bamford - Antonio - Watkins

                    1 ft and 4.0 itb

                    I want to use my BB and can easily just do:
                    forster to schmeichel for free and i would be satisfied with it, but with -8 i can do:
                    Robbo, Antonio and forster to Reguillon, Kane and Areola

                    But as i have kept robbo for so long, i can also just do forster and lowton to schmeichel and reguillon for -4 and just hide behind a sofa whenever spurs play hoping that kane wont eat me alive

                    Still have WC i can use at a later time, no FH for 29 and i used triple cap on salah during his curse......

                  6. SFG
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Which one do I bench?
                    A Bamford
                    B Raphinha

                  7. MDK
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Tam value is quite low, anyone have any suggestions on cheap midfielders 4.9m or less?

                    Jorginho the only one that really comes to mind

                    1. MDK
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 25 days ago

                      Team value even

                  8. Fantasy man on the top
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 25 days ago

                    Martinez (Meslier)

                    Cancelo, Stones, Mee, Digne (Cresswell)

                    Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Barnes (Raphina)

                    Kane, DCL (Bamford)

                    On -8 right now.

                    BB with Meslier or take -12 with Areola?

                    or just save chip? Also got TC left

                  9. unholysmoke
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Alright I think I'm finally done with Wildcard tinkering. How do we like this?

                    Martinez
                    Dias Dier Shaw
                    Foden Barnes Bruno Salah Gundo
                    DCL Kane

                    Fabri - Holgate - Brewster - Holding

                    0.4 ITB

                    The bench possibly needs some thought. Holgate DGW but not starting, might want a change there. I know Brewster doesn't play or score but I think I prefer the money.