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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. The Frenchie
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    For those who have both Bruno and Kane, who is your captain and why?

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Gundo

    2. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Kane - just because.

    3. mr messi
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Kane because he’s due

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        This

    4. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Still undecided. Kane if I feel brave, Bruno if i wanna play it safe, However, I did think Kane was pretty unlucky not to score against West Ham, so he could be due. Currently Kane

    5. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Bruno

    6. Werner Brothers
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      The mighty dominic.
      Decided to go with vardy (-4) rather than kane.

  2. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Can't wait for the pants to come down

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      That's why I'm here

  3. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    What's the deal with Raph vs. Bam?

    Is Bam still on pens?
    Is Raph still on set pieces?

    1. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yes
      Yes
      Yes

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yes and yes.

  4. Al Moon Yeah
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    WILL CANCELO START?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Will he, Stones, Sterling, Foden start?

  5. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Team news?

  6. Futureform
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Do we think there is any truth in the rumour that Watkins is injured?

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        No

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Rumours have Bern true quite often lately, but fingers crossed this one isn’t

        1. Futureform
            2 months, 19 days ago

            From a reputable source?

        2. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          No. I did at first but seems it was just a nonsense rumour. I bought him for -4 despite knowing of the rumours so yeah. If he's out, he's out. Not worrying about it.

      3. OLEgend
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        If chasing better to TC Salah right. No one in my league will TC him ahead of Kane or Bruno. Make or break week if chasing

        1. Lethargio Alcantara
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          If you want to be super angry for a whole week then go for TC Salah.
          Believe me, you'll regret it.

          1. OLEgend
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Then who. DcL or Bruno?

            1. Lethargio Alcantara
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              If you don't have Kane then I'd go for Bruno.

              1. Lethargio Alcantara
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                @OLEGEND

                told ya...

        2. Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Look at Brunos points when Pogba is out. It's incredible.

      4. winchester
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Captain:

          a) salah
          b) bruno
          c) DCL

          1. OLEgend
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Last min change to Salah

            1. HMC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              just.did.the.same TC

          2. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            C

          3. iL PiStOlErO
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            C

          4. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            TC DCL for me. Got to take some risks.

          5. Guru Mediation
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            A

        • SIGGYMETIMBER
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          No Sterling

          KDB Stones Gundy start

          Apparently West Ham source who was right about Antonio

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Cancelo?

          2. Nerdlinger
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Foden?!

          3. Ejaaz11
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            What about foden

            1. SIGGYMETIMBER
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Said nothing about Foden and Cancelo

            2. HonestBlatter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Should start if Sterling benched?

          4. threeputt
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            west ham source knows city ?

            1. SIGGYMETIMBER
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Apparently so

          5. Ron_Swanson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            How would West Ham source know?

            1. Muscout
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Presume it’s because they’re playing City shortly

            2. SIGGYMETIMBER
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              He named West Ham team and said heard KDB was playing and Sterling benched

              1. threeputt
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                i think kdb will start 100%

          6. threeputt
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            sterling & foden had rests midweek taken off early, normally a decent sign they'll play - hope so got cancelo foden & sterling on a bb

        • Nightf0x
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          3 leeds on the bench and 4.0 gk

          A) BB
          B) TC kane or dcl
          C) nothing

          1. mr messi
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            B

        • Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Captain Bruno or Kane?

          1. threeputt
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            both !

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              lmao

          2. CONNERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Kane. Don't like Bruno's second fixture.

          3. CONNERS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            *first

        • El_Gigante
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          A. Stones, Son (Davis, Struijk, Rudiger)
          B. Dias Watkins (Raphinha, White, Konsa)

        • as33
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Is it worth for a hit Salah>KDB? also have Gundo ant Cancelo

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            No

          2. Teomi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Never sell salah for a hit in a dgw

        • DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          No Sterling, Gundogan Stones start?

        • JAMESEM
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Bench one:
            A) Bamford
            B) Rudiger

            Team is
            Martinez
            Digne Stones Shaw (Rudiger)
            Salah Bruno Gundo Barnes
            DCL Kane*TC (Bamford)

          • Kay317
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 19 days ago

            TC
            A) Kane
            B) Bruno
            C) Salah

            Help!

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Not B or C

            2. Oggle22
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              I went kane

          • Oggle22
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Konsa or Dallas and is it Konsa just because of double

            Cheers

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Yes

              1. Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Worried Leeds could rip villa apart

          • tbos83
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Two minute call, two minute call!!!

            • Piksau
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Watkins Captain or Triple could pay off?

              1. hullcityfan
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                So many better options

            • ooooo
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              TC Kane or DCL?

              1. Jam0sh
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Definitely yes

            • Wakanda
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              2 more mins... KANE CAPTAIN legggggo

            • Skogen89
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Am i crazy to go without salah?

              1. Wakanda
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                depends on who is replacing him

              2. McSauce
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                yes haul incoming

              3. Skogen89
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Kane, vardy, dcl, bruno, gundo, son, barnes

            • Ha.
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              I’ve checked my team so many times, just to make sure TC is active

              1. Oggle22
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                You've got me worrying now thinking I may have triple captained Bamford instead of Kane

            • Van der Faart
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Will there be a better GW to use TC?

              1. Thescaff
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Maybe

              2. Wakanda
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                i doubt so ... but i used WC this week.

              3. Jam0sh
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Maybe not

            • Dirty Harry
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Check your chips!

            • Ruinenlust
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Captain Kane or Bruno ??

            • tiger
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Bench Boost in play...captain DCL. Richarlison doubling up the Everton attack...what could possibly go wrong!

            • PointsonBench
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Rudiger to Digne for a -4 ??

              1. Thescaff
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Hmmm

              2. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Of course

            • RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              29 players incl c instead of 12 normally.. could end in tears

              1. Ha.
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Erm...26

            • It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              OMG

              1. Thescaff
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                I know right