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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Double Gameweek 26

Strap yourselves in for the biggest Double Gameweek 26 of the season, with 17 matches and 14 teams playing twice. The next six days promise to be another rollercoaster ride of unrelenting (Fantasy) Premier League action.

With potentially season-defining decisions to be made ahead of today’s 11:00 GMT deadline, the feeling among the Fantasy Community is that we are spoilt for choice.

The roll call of potential armband candidates ranges from the reassuringly expensive to enticing differentials. And for those with a selection of chips at their disposal the choice is made even trickier.

A Double Gameweek is the perfect time to deploy one of our four power-ups with the points ceiling raised for Bench Boost, Triple Captain, Free Hit and Wildcard thanks to the extra fixtures.

Indecision is final.

– Alan Hansen

Famous words from the king of pundits and decorated centre-half Alan Hansen. Although, strangely, the former Liverpool captain wasn’t referring to his Fantasy football team. Given the furore surrounding Aston Villa and their players this week you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

But we’re not about to hesitate at the crucial moment when it comes to FPL decision-making. And you can’t fault the effort, attitude and commitment of our very own pundits and experts. 

Divisive Kane

The captain poll favourite heading into the bumper round of fixtures is Harry Kane (£11.1m). A vote that left David and Joe somewhat perplexed. Never ones to dilly-dally when presented with an opportunity, the pair aren’t convinced of Kane’s credentials, despite the support among Community members.

The fixtures on paper do look nice but both Burnley and Fulham are very capable these days of chucking everyone behind the ball knowing full well that Spurs are having problems breaking people down … Both of these teams will take a point against Spurs, so they’re not going to overstretch themselves to go and win the game.

Over the last four matches, Burnley have the third-best expected goals conceded in the league, 3.18, the only two teams better than that are Chelsea and Man City. Fulham are in the top five, 3.23 goals they should have conceded, and they’ve only actually conceded the one goal. Their defence is doing much better as well and they’ve both got fantastic goalkeepers too … These are teams that can frustrate Spurs.

– David, Captaincy Video

Alan Hansen once said that for Tottenham to be a successful side they will need to get away from the philosophy of ‘pretty football’. Well, with Jose Mourinho in charge they’ve arguably done just that. Except without the success.

But what does Alan Hansen know about Fantasy football? We need a real expert, a man with three top 10,000 finishes and a best-ever rank of 817. Step forward Az

According to the FPL Black Box co-host, Harry Kane is the best captaincy pick. The handsome and dashing Az backs up his opinion with some impressive stats: citing Twitter user FPL_Swede he pointed out that in 10 games against the bottom eight teams, Kane has delivered an attacking return in every one, averaging 9.2 points a match. 

And the trio of wise Pro Pundits appearing on the latest episode of the FPL Wire, Zophar, Lateriser and Tom Freeman, all have the armband placed on the top-points-scoring forward in FPL this season. 

More heavyweight backing for the Spurs striker came from FFScout founder Mark Sutherns. Perhaps not that much of a surprise given that “Mark loves Kane”, to quote AZ, but Mark was worried he was being blinded by his own bias.

The best person to help us understand the flaws in our thinking is Pro Pundit and behavioural economics graduate, Simon March.

Expected Yakult

Stats are probiotics for gut feelings, reasoned the former FPL winner is his latest offering. 

Instinct may help you see opportunities that other managers don’t, or avoid the traps that others will fall into, but it may also create such traps if followed without sufficient interrogation. This is why it is important to sense-check decisions with some form of objective data or a second-opinion.

– Simon March

Jan Sienkiewicz noted in his Captain Sensible article that the form stats don’t favour Kane and co:

Both [Kane’s] and Spurs’ attacking statistics have been somewhat underwhelming in recent weeks. Only Crystal Palace have recorded fewer shots inside the box than Jose Mourinho’s team in their last six matches.

– Jan Sienkiewicz

So was Mark able to find a healthy dollop of Bifidobacterium Statisticalus to support his gut instinct?

The expected data is a problem, but with expected data, you’ve got to bear this in mind – that Kane and Son are just complete outliers … Son and Kane are the top two players in the Premier League [for xG Delta], they have exceeded their expected data by the biggest margins for goal involvement … they don’t need a lot of good quality chances to score goals.

– Mark Sutherns.

So convinced is Mark that he’s using his Triple Captain chip on Harry Kane.

But, as ever, other options are available. 

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m), a player who’s perhaps been slightly overlooked by the masses, is Jan’s top pick. The leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 15 goals, Salah boasts impressive underlying stats: second only to team-mate Sadio Mané (£11.8m) for shots in the penalty box over the last six matches.

In the first of their two fixtures Liverpool take on a Sheffield United side down to the bare bones in defence. Their three first-choice centre-backs that helped them reach dizzying heights last season, John Egan (£4.7m), Jack O’Connell (£4.7m) and Chris Basham (£4.6m), are all ruled out for Chris Wilder.

But it’s their second fixture against Chelsea that, along with Liverpool’s poor form, is putting many off the Egyptian. However, Jan did unearth some encouraging news for Salah captainers:

Klopp holds an impressive head-to-head record against Thomas Tuchel. Out of the 14 meetings between the Germans, Klopp came out victorious on nine occasions. Additionally, those matches have produced as many as 43 goals, which makes it over three goals per game on average.

– Jan Sienkiewicz

Meanwhile, city rivals Everton are top of the fixture ticker when looking at Gameweek 26 in isolation: the Toffees host Southampton before a midweek trip to West Brom. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) therefore comes into contention.

And once again the stats make impressive reading. The forward has been particularly threatening on the road in recent times, accumulating 4.32 xG in his last six away matches – more than any other forward in the Premier League.

But the list of armband contenders goes on. Let’s not forget the Manchester teams with the in-form Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m), İlkay Gündoğan (£6.2m), Raheem Sterling (£11.6m), and the returning Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m).

If only we could fit them all in.

It’s Mo Sacrifice

Karam, Tom, and Zophar are all using their Wildcards and face several tricky selection dilemmas. 

On the Scoutcast Karam was given a hard time by Joe and David over his omission of Mohamed Salah.

Joe argued that it was easier to run from Salah than it was to run to him, explaining that because of Salah’s lofty price tag, downgrading to the likes of Son or De Bruyne is easy, whereas upgrading would be harder without sufficient funds in the reserve.

However, Tom Freeman is also sacrificing the most expensive FPL asset in order to benefit from a more balanced squad. A particular concern for Tom given that he plans to Bench Boost in Gameweek 27. 

One intriguing pick in his side is Jesse Lingard (£5.9m). West Ham take on Leeds United next Gameweek and Tom feels the direct running of the on-loan Manchester United midfielder could trouble Marcelo Biesla’s side. 

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) is another differential to catch the eye, featuring in both Tom’s and Karam’s Wildcard XV’s. 

Karam is going all-in on Leicester City – tripling up with Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) coming in alongside Pereira. He’s even trusting the evergreen Englishman with the armband.

Manchester City-fan Karam has decided to abandon his conservative approach and take a few calculated risks in the hope of surging up the ranks. Encouragingly, the Foxes are on a par with Man City when it comes to shots on target (21) over the last four Gameweeks. 

Another forward to consider is Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m). The Senegalese has been on the end of five big chances in his four and a half games since joining West Brom, and is included in the Scout Picks, Tom’s Wildcard team, and was talked up by Lateriser.

Interestingly, all three Wildcarders still have their Free Hit chip available but none have committed to using it in Blank Gameweek 29.

When planning ahead in his usual meticulous fashion, Zophar identified Gameweek 33 as a better round for the Free Hit. The League Cup Final takes place between Spurs and Man City, meaning they will blank along with their scheduled opponents Southampton and Fulham.

The six-time top 5,000 manager sees greater potential for a big score compared to the four-match Gameweek 29.

Finally, Neale frisked the upcoming fixtures. The Team News compiler included a look at Gameweek 30 and beyond for those considering “dead-ending” their squads in Gameweek 29 and Wildcarding straight after.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

This is the last chance for Premium Members to enter the FFS Members Cup with qualifying for the first round taking place in Gameweek 26. Click here for details on how to enter.

The draw for the first round of the Fantasy Football Scout Cup has thrown up a real ‘David vs Goliath’ clash with the highest-ranked team, The Fighting Cock (273rd overall), taking on the lowest-ranked manager in the competition, Ahmed Eid, who is not far off the five-million mark.

A total of £300 in prizes is available across the two tournaments.

Elsewhere, RedLightning rounded-up the rest of the Community mini-leagues and competitions. And the Head-to-Head fixtures for Gameweek 26 can be found below. 

The scores and tables update each night on the Head-to-Head Leagues main page, so you can keep track of the action as the Gameweek unfolds. 

May your arrows be green!

TopMarx Fan of Fantasy Football and Monty Python. "Archimedes out to Socrates, Socrates back to Archimedes, Archimedes out to Heraclitus, he beats Hegel. Heraclitus a little flick, here he comes on the far post, Socrates is there, Socrates heads it in! Socrates has scored! The Greeks are going mad, the Greeks are going mad! Socrates scores, got a beautiful cross from Archimedes. The Germans are disputing it. Hegel is arguing that the reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, Kant via the categorical imperative is holding that ontologically it exists only in the imagination, and Marx is claiming it was offside.”

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  1. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Vardy over Barnes it funds permit??

    1. Bees4Lyf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      No from me

    2. Saosin
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Depends on who's out

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Funds not an issue.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Barnes only has eyes for goal

  2. Shaw must go on
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Can make my mind...

    Play Lowton or Bamford??
    on Banford atm..

    thanks and goodluck to all

    1. akashan99
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Bamford, scored a hatty v av last time out and now, thrs no cash and grealish

  3. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Here's my team, again just wanted you to know i'm gtg. BB active.

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Taylor
    Salah Son Bruno Gundogan Barnes
    DCL Bamford

    Ramsdale Dier Diagne Dallas

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      GTG

    2. winchester
        2 months, 16 days ago

        who are you capping teemu?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          DCL

    3. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      With Cancelo and Gundo playing 90min Wednesday and City playing early game today, I find it very unlikely both start today.

      1. Dirty Harry
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Meh, most have them anyway

        1. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Not true in my ML. Plenty with Dias and Stones. Some with Sterling

      2. JoeJitzu +42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I know I’ve Sterling as well and it’s head wrecking!

      3. Piksau
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Conversely, some of the players might get a rest before the Utd game.....
        Both possibilities mean that players will be rested either 1st or 2nd game.....

    4. Kitman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Digne or Periera?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Both very good options, i'd go Digne as better fixtures this week

    5. Futureform
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Would you say Stones was rested in midweek?

        If so, does that point to playing the next 4 City games in the 2DGWs?

        Or maybe he was dropped... 🙁

        1. Piksau
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Dropped? No way....
          Stones most prob playing all games.....Cancelo and Gundogan might miss out on 1 game in the next 2....

      • tiger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Reguilon...will he play both games?

        1. Kitman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          yes but i wouldnt expect much from the spurs backline

        2. DuckDuckKroos
            2 months, 16 days ago

            I stupidly brought in Davies last week so hoping not

        3. DuckDuckKroos
            2 months, 16 days ago

            A) Kane
            B) DCL

            1. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              C) both.

              1. DuckDuckKroos
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Would you do a -8 to have both?

                  1. Piksau
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    No...

                  2. Kitman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    might be tempted with a -8, depends who you are taking out

                    if its antonio and Ings then hell yes (for example)

                    1. DuckDuckKroos
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Would be..

                        Ings, Bamf, Bavies > Kane, DCL, Aina (-8)

              2. JAYPEE
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                BB activated already taken a -8
                Thoughts on this team?

                Martinez Areola
                Dias Stones AWB Lowton Dallas
                Salah Fernandes Barnes Gundogan Rodriguez
                Kane(c) Bamford Watkins

                0.1 left in the bank should I make 1 more trade?

              3. Limbo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Pages are flying. Good luck all.

              4. TAT
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Taking out Mee for a hit. Who should I get?

                - Villa def (already own Martínez)
                - Everton def (already own Digne)
                - Fulham def (to save cash)

                Martínez
                Cancelo - Dias - Digne
                Gündogan - Raphinha - Fernandes - Salah
                DCL - Watkins - Kane
                (Pope - Mee* - Dallas - Lookman)

                1. aleksios
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Keane.

                  1. TAT
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Leaning towards getting Keane because of the fixtures. Everton doesn't have a game in GW29 though.

                    1. glufs
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      why not spurs def

                      1. TAT
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Could go for a Spurs def, but who?

                        1. Piksau
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 16 days ago

                          Davies seems most nailed on.....or Dier maybe....

                          1. TAT
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 16 days ago

                            Yeah, that's the thing: who will start?

                2. DARE TO BISCAN
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Not sure why you to hit.
                  If you're set on it, I'd get a Villa Def. Good fixtures & play in GW29

                  1. TAT
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Just not sure that Burnley will keep a CS this gameweek – or going forward for that matter. A Villa def would set me up nicely for GW29, and Everton might have a double before that.

                    1. DARE TO BISCAN
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Why not do it next week, without a hit? He's on your bench, doesn't seem urgent.

                      1. TAT
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 16 days ago

                        Playing the BB makes it a bit more urgent. If not, I'd just wait a GW and get someone else.

              5. aleksios
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Watkins+Soucek to Kane+Barnes for a hit?

                1. Buck The Trent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Yup

                2. Mattador
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  I'd love to see the maths behind this transfer. HOw does that work?

                  1. Mattador
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    by maths I mean how you can afford this

                    1. DARE TO BISCAN
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 16 days ago

                      Simples. Money in the bank.

              6. DARE TO BISCAN
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                On w/c.
                Cancelo, Pereira, Targett, Digne, Aina
                Have 0.3 to spare.
                Would you switch any of the 1st 4 to Dias?
                Planned to switch Salah/Def to KDB/Sterling/Diaz GW27. But, thinking it might be worth saving a transfer?

              7. YoungPretender
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                GTG on BB? Anything else worth a -4?

                Martinez Areola
                Digne Cancelo Stones Rudiger Shaw
                Bruno Son Barnes Gundogan Raphinha*
                Kane(C) DCL Bamford*

                Bamford and Raph both SGW players

              8. Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Best 4.2 defender in mind for gw29?

                A Lascelles
                B Burn (any impact from Lamptey return?)

              9. seanie3
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                best defender for the new few gw's

                a) digne
                b) pereira

                thanks

                1. Kitman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  is my question too! am leanign to digne

                  1. Kitman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    might even squeeze an extra GW out of digne soon

              10. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Watkins fit or inuured?

                Already on -4 and cant have non starters in bench boost

                .

                1. Kitman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Fit - first i've heard about any possible injury

              11. Big Weng
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Is there another better opportunity for TC or is this the best GW?

                1. COUFAL SO GOOD
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  this one if you arent BBing

              12. Sotamendi84
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Is el mohamendi a sure starter?

                1. Shultan
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  As long as cash injured

                2. Buck The Trent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  This week is safe

              13. pingissimus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                The choice of Vardy Son Watkins over Barnes Kane DCL on GW24 WC was a winner wasn't it 🙂

              14. Kane Lane
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Where all my Harry Barnes caps @? I'm I the only one in the game. lol

              15. Better Call Raul
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Tempted by Grealish -> Barnes or Bamford -> DCL for a -4.

                However might I be better off sticking considering Villa and Leeds play in the BGW whilst Leicester and Everton don't ?

                1. mrodgers91
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Isnt grealish still injured?

                  1. Better Call Raul
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    He is yeah

              16. corderz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Best defender under 4.5?

                A) Fulham defender (Aina/Adarabioyo/Tete/Robinson)
                B) Lowton
                C) Burn
                D) Lewis
                E) El Mohamaday

                1. gedda
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  A or E.

                2. The Brown Casanova
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  A

                  1. corderz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Which one? Robinson?

              17. musiemus
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Greetings all - umming and arring between James Rodriguez or Ollie Watkins. What do you think? Rodriguez could be that spark for Everton but rarely plays 90 mins. Southampton and Leeds always are concede risk so Ollie could have a field day. However Villa isn't Villa without Grealish.

                Any thoughts?

              18. Q
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                1. Salah raph
                2. Sterling barnes
                3. Salah foden

                1. The Brown Casanova
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  1

                2. Q
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Bruno son gundo the others

              19. The Brown Casanova
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Mee to Dier for a -4?

              20. OptimusBlack
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Who to C if you Chasing ?
                A- Vardy
                B- Barnes
                C- Kane
                D- DCL
                E- Salah

              21. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Good to go?

                Martinez
                Stones Dias Dier
                Salah Barnes Son Gundo Bruno
                DCL Kane(TC)

                Bench: Meslier Bam Mitchell Mee

              22. Gaffa914
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Pickford or Mendy on WC?

                1. The Brown Casanova
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Mendy

                  1. The Brown Casanova
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    Surely just pick Martinez though

              23. Over Midwicket
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 16 days ago

                Captain KDB? Anyone with me? Rested midweek and on pens now.

                1. mrodgers91
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 16 days ago

                  Match fitness, pep roulette is a worry

                  1. Piksau
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 16 days ago

                    KDB will most prob play both games.....Foden might also play both since I'm expecting Gundogan to get a rest for 1 of the 2 games with Utd up next in GW 27