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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. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Aguero starts!

    FH GW27 looking like an option now.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Indeed

    2. MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Kane to Aguero?

  2. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Team lineups to be posted shortly

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Get that broadband working KK

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        My area is rubbish, I have fiber but at best it’s 14mb!

  3. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Finally someone to finish KDBs chances

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Didnt work earlier in the season

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      He may be too rusty.

  4. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    FH week. Exciting times.

    Ederson
    Digne Reguilon Pereira
    Salah Bale Pereira B.Traore
    Kane Vardy DCL

    Good Luck all !!!

    1. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Kane, Vardy & DCL up front for City 😮

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Nah. Most of those don’t even play for City.

  5. RECKLESS
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Did -8 on my 1500ovr rank...Kane Barnes Targett k
    lets have fun and not take me to 15k lol

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Similar to me. -8 for Kane, Barnes, DCL and Targett.

      Good luck.

  6. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Here comes Rockstar to settle our restlessness for 5 minutes.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Aguero!!

  7. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Claims on Twitter that Aguero starts.

    Anyone triple captain him?

  8. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Agueroooooooo

    1. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Dam how I miss this

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    DGW and nobody captained Aguero 😮

    1. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I doubt many even picked him

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        So many casuals...

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      He's got the fixture now...

      How about form?

  10. hullcityfan
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Aguero would be on pens I assume?

    1. Fitzy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I wouldn't assume that

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Good luck in the cup!

        1. Fitzy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Thanks mate - who did I get?

          1. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            TM 😀

            1. Fitzy.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              I'm going for the Aussie!

  11. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 25 days ago

    Ederson
    Walker Stones Laporte Zinchenko
    KDB Rodri Gundogan
    Mahrez Aguero Sterling

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      No dias

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Balls....no Phil the Power Foden

      Bald fraud....

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      I should probably say this is just a prediction

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        😯

      2. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        No one asked, if everyone did that, this site would be a mess. Delete this.

    4. Party time
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Where is Dias?

      • Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Why did you just say you're happy you didn't captain Gundo a few pages back then? Troll

      • Kaneyonero
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Cancelo will start

      • Origi-nal
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        But you told me Gundo was out on the last page? What a rollercoaster of emotions you're taking me on.

      • AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        You sure on Sterling?

        Rockstar says rested.

      • how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Really need a talk-shite-rating rather than a years as a member number.

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Great to see Kun back starting!

    6. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 25 days ago

      Do Mods earn commission on deleting posts?

      1. Ruth_NZ
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        As long as the various gambling organisations that run FFS approve.

    7. Bounce
        3 months, 25 days ago

        I just woke up and missed the deadline and accidentally transferred 4 Man City players on my Wildcard and left them all on the bench. But luckily I activated my Bench Boost and Triple Captain in Cancelo by mistake. Wish me luck guys.

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Hope you bounce back from this big accident

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 25 days ago

        Rockstar hints Kun :£

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Looks like team sheet already out, see above...

        2. Bounce
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Who?

        3. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Is the year 2016 with all the Kun excitement?
          Wait till I tell you what happens in 5 years time. You won't believe me

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          Rested.

          Think Sterling, Jesus, Foden, Bilva, Laporte & Cancelo all looked tired midweek.

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Fpl Rockstar.

        5. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 25 days ago

          According to rockstar all three of my players are benched

          1. Bounce
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Who?

          2. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Think Sterling, Jesus, Foden, Bilva, Laporte & Cancelo all looked tired midweek

          3. Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Lots of rotation!

          4. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Why did the post explaining the Watkins injury just get deleted? Some conspiracy going on here :O

            1. JJeyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              got deleted a while ago, it was a joke

          5. JJeyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Think Sterling, Jesus, Foden, Bilva, Laporte & Cancelo all looked tired midweek.

          6. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Sterling owners the big winner here with Aguero starting, methinks.

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Sterling is rested

            2. Rolls-Royce
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Nvm. looks like on the bench

            3. Original - Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              How? 😀

          7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            Bench boost on to a great start for Cancelo, Dias owners :

            1. JJeyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              why dias? he starts

          8. Orion
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 25 days ago

            No Dias for sure? Feck you poop

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Laporte rested, so surely Dias & Stones

              1. Orion
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Then great 🙂

          9. Party time
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Agüerooooo

            • SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Dias starting?

            • DAZZ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Cancelo benched.

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Please provide some sauce to go along with these dry comments

                1. robredo10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Rockstar

                2. DAZZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  FPL Rockstar a good enough source for my dry comments? Or you could just wait 2 minutes.

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 25 days ago

                    Cheers

            • Kaneyonero
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Kun will play deep

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Kane role?

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Where will Rodrigo play then 😀

            • KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 25 days ago

              Wonder where KdB is playing if Aguero is starting, would have thought KdB would be false 9.

              But maybe he takes BSilva’s position is due a rest tbf

              1. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Yep Gundo and KDB attacking mids

                1. Twisted Saltergater
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 25 days ago

                  Gundog attacking mid is a bit optimistic. Back to his regular role.

              2. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 25 days ago

                Above