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India’s reigning FPL champion answers Double Gameweek 26 questions

Fantasy Premier League managers are always full of questions whenever there’s a Double Gameweek and this week we face the biggest in the game’s history.

Given that my season is down in the dumps, I thought I would take some of these questions and try to help you guys instead.

Let’s get started…

QUESTION ONE

Who are the Bench Boost enablers and cheap defensive options? Also can you look into how defence is the only differential currently in the game as the template grows stronger?

(from @fplmasalah)

Hi Nehal, thank you so much for the question. When it comes to enablers and cheap defensive options for the Bench Boost, there are lot of options that have come to the fore recently. 

Two teams that have two fixtures in Double Gameweek 26, and have displayed some really strong performances of late are Fulham and West Brom. 

The Baggies have a great run of fixtures in the next three Gameweeks where they face Brighton and Hove Albion (home), Everton (home), Newcastle United (home) and Crystal Palace (away). 

Sam Allardyce’s men are 11 points off safety at the moment and what this tells me is that in these next four games, they have to go the win and try to accumulate three points. 

The way West Brom played against Burnley while they were down to ten men really caught my eye. I have been really impressed by their new forward Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m) who seems to be getting a big chance every game he’s playing.

In the last four Gameweeks, out of all the players costing £6.5 million or less, Diagne is top of the table for big chances and xG non-penalty. I like his fixtures, his underlying numbers and the recent form for the team. I also prefer Diagne to Fulham’s Josh Maja (£5.5m) primarily because of the fixtures Maja has after Double Gameweek 26 where he faces Liverpool (away) and Manchester City (home) in Gameweeks 27 and 28 respectively. 

In defence, I quite like the look of out-of-position defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) who is finding himself in the box very often for this West Brom team. He could have easily had a goal and assist in the Burnley match.

Gameweek 21 Scout Picks features another Man City triple-up

Fulham’s defensive numbers have been very impressive as well which is why Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) is my favourite budget goalkeeper option for the Bench Boost. 

In the last six matches, Fulham are amongst the top five defences in the league for shots in the box conceded. They have kept four clean sheets in the last seven games and, in general, have tightened up at the back. In addition, Areola has a match in Blank Gameweek 29. 

Fulham’s motivation cannot be questioned at the moment. Scott Parker has galvanised his troops and they are in the midst of a very interesting relegation battle. They are going to treat each match as a cup final which is why I like the budget picks emerging in defence and in attack.

With regards to your comment where defence is the only differential in the game at the moment, I strongly disagree. Son Heung-min (£9.5m) is owned by 51% of the game and has scored only one goal in his last eight Premier League starts. The likes of Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) and Kevin De-Bruyne (£11.8m) are still owned by under 20% of the game. Harry Kane (£11.1m) who has a good looking Double Gameweek in 26 and some decent follow up fixtures is still under 30% owned. 

While I agree that there are a lot of good differential picks emerging in defence and that it has been very difficult to beat the template this season, it is not the only place to make ground.

QUESTION TWO

How the top 10k FPL managers set their teams up for Double Gameweek 24

What is the best time for using the Free Hit Chip?

(from @m7mdi_Rm)

My Wire co-host and fellow Pro Pundit Zophar has looked at this in detail. You can read that by CLICKING HERE.

QUESTION THREE

Double Gameweek 26 Scout Picks built on Man City and Everton assets 3

Rank these defenders considering fixtures: Marcos Alonso (£5.7m), Lucas Digne (£6.1m), Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m), Luke Shaw (£5.1m), John Stones(£5.2m)/ Ruben Dias (£6.1m)

(from @FPLfrasier)

There is a lot of interest in defenders at the moment which is why I thought I would take this question on. So here’s what I think. 

First up, I would have one of the Manchester City defenders as my pick. Despite Pep Guardiola mentioning that he’s going to constantly rotate his team, Dias looks fairly nailed-on and is still very cheap for what he offers. 

The way Manchester City are playing at the moment, it will be a surprise if they don’t keep a clean sheet. They have four games in the next two Gameweeks and you would expect them to shut their opponents out in at least three of them. 

I really like Shaw right now. I have been talking about him for a long long time. The Manchester United man is the cheapest defender of all those you have mentioned and his underlying statistics are off the charts. 

Salah and Fernandes blank again as focus shifts to defensive assets 8

In the last six matches, Shaw is second for chances created among all outfield players in the league not. Not just that, his delivery has a lot of quality, he’s on set pieces and in the last two games in particular, he’s been coming a lot closer to goal. I would not be surprised to see Shaw get a goal as well very soon. I’m not particularly worried about his rotation threat either. 

My third preference is potential out of position Pereira. He looked great against Aston Villa and there is a lot of upside with this pick playing on the right-wing for Leicester City. They have good follow-up fixtures after the Double Gameweek as well. 

My fourth preference is Digne and surprisingly Alonso is my least favourite option primarily because of what I saw at the weekend. Thomas Tuchel was visibly not happy with Alonso’s performance in the draw with Southampton and if we are to jump on Alonso, I think the right thing to do would be to judge his performance in two very difficult games in Double Gameweek 26 and if he comes through that unscathed. Chelsea have good fixtures after that so it’s a matter of one or two Gameweeks where Alonso could move from my fifth choice to first or second based on how he does in the over the next few days

QUESTION FOUR

What should I do with Danny Ings (£8.5m)?

(from @tanyasharma)

It does not look very encouraging for Ings at the moment does it? Personally I think there is enough upside in removing him for Double Gameweek 26 considering one of his two fixtures in Double Gameweek 27 is against Manchester City.

The moves to make would be either an upgrade to a trigger-happy Harry Kane (who is a real captaincy option for me) or a downgrade to a fit Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) who has a very good set of fixtures in Double Gameweek 26. 

That’s it from me for this round of The Burning Question. I hope you enjoyed this article.

For more discussion, you can watch the latest episode of the FPL Wire linked below where we had both Tom Freeman and Zophar on a Wildcard, which made for a really interesting episode.

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804 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MikeLowrey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Have WC, BB and FH to use, but think I might wait:

    Martinez
    Dias Cancelo Dallas
    Salah Bruno Son Gundo Grealish*
    DCL Bamford

    (Forster Mitchel Coufal Brewster)

    A)Grealish to Barnes (-4)
    B) Coufal to Digne (-4) - Bench Grealish
    C) Grealish and Bamford to Pereira and Kane (-8)
    D) WC

  2. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Went Maddison to Barnes. Hard to see Maddison getting much gametime in DGW but also expecting a bit less from Barnes without Maddison creativity. Possibly Tielemans will step up the creativity.

  3. Stoichkov#8
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Any Everton fan around? Is Pickford 100% nailed to play both games?
    Carlo said something about rotating GK and actually did it once if I remember correctly.

    1. marcos11
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I think he should be fine given his recent performances

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Yikes. Hadnt seen that and was going to get him in today.

          1. Stoichkov#8
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            you welcome 🙂
            (Pickford haul incoming)

    2. leonickroberts
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Start:

      1) Lowton (tot, LEI)
      2) Raphinha (AVL)

      1. mwa1t
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Same dilemma for me, I’m on B atm

          1. leonickroberts
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Same. Average player/team playing twice, or brilliant player/good team playing once. Classic DGW conundrum.

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I don’t actually think that sounds great for Grealish, period of rest reccomended and close to being pain free which means nothing really

        1. mwa1t
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Sounds like he’ll be back for 29 though which is nice for all Villa assets

        2. Zanainem
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Who to TC?

          1.Bruno (rested 45m EL but faces Chelsea away and he dont perform good enought big teams).
          2. CL (Everton is always unknow)
          3. Salah (mb vs SHU good performing altought Liverpool are bad atm)
          4. Vardy (always does something but played yesterday and plays vs ARS and BUR)

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

            I wouldn’t go Vardy but the other 3 all have their merits.

            Would lean towards DCL due to fixtures.

          2. jimmyharte
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Wheres Kane. Has to be Kane. From what you got Vardy.

            1. Zanainem
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              no funds.. ITB 0.0
              actually not happy with the situation because in my league rivals problably going for Kane but i got Vardy last 2 weeks and i also got Pieters who got injuried and blow my plans now.

              I got DCL, Bamford and Vardy

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

            Bruno.

        3. fplking14
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Digne or Ricardo?

          1. Pépé Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Digne

            1. jimmyharte
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Didnt know you were on first name terms. Digne ha

          2. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Ricardo. RW

            1. fplking14
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Digne has played LWB the past 2 games

              1. GreennRed
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Pereira has Castagne behind him defending and supplying him. Rodgers could tweak that formation though.

                1. fplking14
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  He played Thomas LB to neutralise Grealish. Could he drop Thomas, put Castagne LB and move Ricardo RB?

          3. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Pereira for me

            1. fplking14
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Why?

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

            Digne

          5. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Ricardo - Leicester can keep clean sheets and he was playing a sort of Cancelo quarterback type role in the last game vs Villa

            1. fplking14
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Yh but Digne has played LWB as well the past few games. Ricardo played CAM last night as well.

          6. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Ricardo

            1. fplking14
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Why?

        4. jimmyharte
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Bring in one for this DGW 26!

          A) Lookman
          B) Neto
          C) Mount
          D) Eze

          Cheers!

          1. dshv
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Maybe mount

        5. Igz08
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Anyone knows future TC possibilities? I’m guessing 33/34?

        6. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Would you take El Mohamady out for a hit instead of Dallas? Got him on WC due to Cash's injury but apparently Cash is now back.

        7. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Selling one from:

          A) Sterling - decent form but many not play both games
          B) Son - no form but should get the minutes

        8. arkom
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Most NAILED defender from Spurs is??

          1. dshv
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Dier

          2. dshv
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Lloris***

            1. arkom
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Martinez here

          3. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Dier

          4. GreennRed
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Kane 🙁

          5. jimmyharte
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Reggie

        9. RohanVaswani
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Worth taking a punt on kdb as captain?

        10. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Martinez
          Cancelo Dias Lowton
          Grealish* Salah Bruno Gundo
          DCL Kane Bamford
          Pope - Raphinha - Dallas - Coufal 0.9itb 0ft

          A move would be a hit. Grealish injury basically screwed things up sadly.

          A. Start him and let a Leeds player come in if needs be.
          B. Bench (and again play both Leeds).
          C. Grealish to Barnes/Traore (-4) but guarantees another move for 29.
          D. Lowton/other defender upgrade (-4)

          1. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            c if out

        11. dshv
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          It is not so bad to go TC DCL ??

          Have bruno, don’t have Kane

          1. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            dcl has the fixtures, could easily match/beat kane

        12. Gizzachance
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          thoughts appreciated 1ft 0itb
          martinez*
          rudiger* cancelo* lowton*
          bruno* salah* ster* gundo* raph
          ings bam dcl*

          pope lowton dallas coufal (b boost?)
          A ings to watkins* free
          B ings and raph to barnes*and watkins* -4
          thanks

        13. jaywills
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Hi Chaps

          What to do?
          Team:
          Pope (Mccarthy)
          Dallas, Cancelo, Dias, Coufal (Justin)
          Salah, Gundogen, Fernandes, Son, Raphina
          Che Adams, Antonio, Bamford.

          2 FT:

          Options:
          A) Che Adams and James Justin- DCL and Jamal Lewis in
          B) Mccarthy, Justin, Antonio out - Forster, Targett, DCL in?
          C) Antonio and James Justin out - DCL and Mason Holgate in
          D) Salah, Che Adams, James Justin out - Barnes, Kane, Digne in

          Cheers!

        14. Slippy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          TC this week looks decent.
          Who to give it to?
          Fernandes
          Son
          Gundogan
          ?

          1. Slippy
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Or even DCL??

          2. WG010692
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Son is due a goal or 2

            1. Slippy
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              not sure i like the "due" argument. you can look at 1 goal in 8 weeks pretty badly.

          3. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Bruno or DCL

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

            Bruno out of those

          5. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            DCL

        15. RohanVaswani
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          A) Kdb Watkins Holgate Johnstone

          Or

          B) Gundo Vardy Cancelo Martinez

          1. WG010692
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            B

        16. nicecat
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Start one:

          a. Rudiger (MUN h, LIV a)
          b. Benteke (FUL h, MUN h)
          c. Mitchell (FUL h, MUN h)

          1. mwa1t
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Big Ben for the banter

          2. Cruz88
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Call me crazy, but considering a Utd defender. Do we think Shaw starts both matches this week, given that its City at the weekend?

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Good pick with some attacking threat.

            2. Pépé Pig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Yep

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

            Anyway i can improve Template FC on wc

            Martinez (Fabri)
            Cancelo, Stones, Rudiger, (Burn, Strujik)
            Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundo, Barnes
            Kane (c), DCL (Davis)

            0itb
            FH in 33
            No BB

            1. WG010692
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Looks good to me.

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

            Hey guys,

            Really tough decisions for this week. This is my team going in to the dgw

            Martinez
            Cancelo Stones Tarkowski
            Salah Bruno Gundogan Son Raphina
            Ings DCL
            -Pope Bamford Dallas Cuofal

            1. Ings, Pope, Tarkowski for Kane (TC), Mccarthy and Adarabioyo -8. Would give me Mccarthy for the double next week and also for him to play 31/32 when Martinez faces pool and city
            2. Ings, Pope, Tarkowski for Kane, Fabri and Dunk/Keane/Targett
            3. Raphina and Ings for Barnes and Watkins and skip Kane. Would also mean less players in bgw 29
            4. Something else...

            Appreciate the help!

          5. jdogg
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            A tc dcl

            B -4 for antonio to watkins and bb
            (Mccarthey mee dallas bamford)

            C neither.x

          6. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Grealish >>
            A) Bale ( would be a triple up with Son and Kane. Have Palace in 27. Play in 29 and Newcastle in 30)
            B) Traore ( Possible dgw in 28 and game in 29)
            C) Lookman ( Game in 29)

            1. Coys96
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              A!

            2. GinjaWhinja
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              D) Barnes

              1. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                I hate these answers.
                If I was considering Barnes then he would be in the options.
                Thanks anyway.

                1. veedub1989
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Out of those options, A (Bale) for me. He's looked great recently.

                  Lookman is an option but his games are tougher between now and GW29. I'd bring him in later if you can (that's my plan).

          7. Eirern
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            A) Son + Watkins
            B) Barnes + Richarlison

            Have Kane and DCL

          8. Pépé Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Dunk -> Pereira (-4)

            Yay or Nay

          9. Atters
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            A) Richarlison and DCL
            Or
            B) Vardy and Maja

            1. how now brown cow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              A

          10. WG010692
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Any help appreciated;

            Mendy, Ings and Lowton -> Martinez, Kane (TC) and Mitchell worth the -8??

            Mendy - (4.0)
            Cancelo Dias Lowton (Dallas Coufal)
            Salah Son Gundo Bruno (Raphinha)
            Bamford Ings Watkins

            Cheers

          11. how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Is grealish to barnes worth a hit?

            If he was suspended for 1 game and I knew he'd play the second, I'd probably keep - especially with 29 in mind.

            But not sure I have faith he'll play at all.

            1. WG010692
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              With Barnes double gameweek, its only really a -2 to get him in, just depends on your GW 29 plan though.