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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.”

3,547 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Big Hands Barry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Odds of Everton double double in 28?

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Slim

  2. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Salah very slim chance of a rest in this double, yeh?

    1. Bob Vrabkab
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Yeah

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        cheers.

  3. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Start Bamford or Raphinha?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Bam

    2. Bob Vrabkab
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Bamf

    3. G Banger
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Raph for me

    4. Davros
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Raph

    5. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Bam

  4. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Raph

    or

    Digne (-4)?

    1. SuperDan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Raph

    2. Davros
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Raph

  5. SuperDan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Yay or nay for BB?

    Bamford, Son, Dallas > DCL, Barnes, Digne (-8)

    1. Bob Vrabkab
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      No way

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Yay. Go.

  6. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    This the bloke with Antonio out news a few weeks back.

    Works on social media.

    Why would he know Gundogan was starting? Seems fishy. Its likely, but still.

    https://twitter.com/thewhuera/status/1365613341356527621?s=19

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Lol I noticed he's now former social media producer... He wasn't a few weeks back...

  7. Jam0sh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Good to go or take another hit and bench boost now? (On -8 now)

    Pope
    Dias, Cancelo, Shaw
    Fernandes, Gündogan, Salah, Barnes
    DCL, Watkins, Kane

    subs: Meslier, Dallas, Raphinha, Bernardo --- 1.3 ITB

    A) Stick
    B) bench boost with this team
    C) Bernardo to Konsa for a hit and bench boost

  8. Lord of Ings
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Would you do Antonio--->Watkins for -4?

    1. Lord of Ings
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone?

      1. Muscout
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Yes

      2. Bergkamps second touch
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Yes. But you are less prepared for 29 then

  9. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    TC BRUNO LOCKED!

    1. Vev
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      GL!

    2. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      good call imo, wish I had the option but I'm bb'ing this week with 3 other city after wc'ing gw24

      1. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        ignore my comment, I read it as KdB lol

  10. tommo-uk-
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Salah or DCL TC?

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Salah

    2. ItsJonesy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      I was between the 2 and I've settled on Mo.

      1. tommo-uk-
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        I’m joining you! Good luck!

  11. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Bring in Schmeichel or Martinez?

    1. Piksau
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Marti....

    2. Davros
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Martinez easy. Plays 29 good fixtures

    3. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Thanks all

  12. EL TANO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    A. Kdb Areola maja
    B. Barnes Ederson watkins

    1. Piksau
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      B

    2. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      B

  13. Piksau
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Should i captain Watkins, Bruno or Son?
    Should i TC this GW?
    Who?
    So many Questions!!!!!!

    1. Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Bruno

  14. Mesh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Lowton to Konsa for -4?

    1. Piksau
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      maybe.....risky but maybe

  15. Gizzachance
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Quickly, b boost
    Pope• bam Dallas coufal
    A yes
    B no
    Cheers good luck

    1. Piksau
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      No

      1. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Davros
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Yes

      1. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Cheers, close call !

  16. Gabbiadini
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Going Salah TC over Bruno and Vardy, am I making the right decision?

    1. GROBARI
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Only time can say. GL!

    2. yosim
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      horrible decision im going with Salah

      1. Piksau
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        umm....thats what he said.....that he's doing.....

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          aha, heads are scrambled.

  17. GROBARI
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Sorry for repost
    Mee or Dallas?

    1. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Mee

  18. Vev
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 5 days ago

    Who's more nailed, Burn or Veltman?

    1. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Burn

      1. Vev
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Cheers! Hope he's still playing when GW29 comes along

  19. winchester
      5 months, 5 days ago

      Captain:
      a) salah
      b) runo
      c) DCL

      1. tommo-uk-
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Same issue here, was on DCL but feel Salah could haul big vs Sheff

        1. winchester
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Yeah same!

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

        A) TC Kane
        B) Bench boost 3 leeds Dallas Raph Bamford and McCarthy

      3. Clumsy Sakho
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        On wildcard, Watkins in 3-4-3 or Pereira (LEI) in 4-4-2?

        1. Vev
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Pereira

      4. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        Any team news rumours?

      5. tommo-uk-
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 5 days ago

        My head is going to explode

        1. fc_skrald
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Only if you put it into your microwave oven

      6. Tango74
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Why are people leaving to last 5

          1. The Gambler.
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Indecisions killing me

        • Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 5 days ago

          Dallas and Bam to Keane and Watkins on BB???

        • Tango74
            5 months, 5 days ago

            To do transfers?

            1. Ron_Swanson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              Or not to do transfers

          • PascalCygan
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Good luck everyone!

            Having used my BB already, I’m nervous about the amount of strong BBs flying around...

            Faith in Kane TC! Let’s go!

          • faux_C
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Just switched TC from Salah to DCL..

            1. tommo-uk-
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 5 days ago

              I’ve done the opposite!

          • Nightf0x
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Start 1 (lowton bamford raphinha)

          • Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 5 days ago

            Betrand Traore definitely Villa's best source of goals now? Can see Villa scoring in both games.