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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. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Stones to Cancelo on WC a good move? I have Dias. Thanks

    1. Jealous Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I would do it for the long term

    2. Lallana
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Hard to predict who he'll rotate but I like Dias/Cancelo

    3. fusen
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Dias is considered the safest pick, so if you have him then Cancelo is the attacking pick and has been rotated equally with stones.

      I own Dias and Stones and sort of wish I had Dias and Cancelo

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Thanks all.

  2. Lallana
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Which one?

    A) Barnes, Dias
    B) Son, Konsa

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A easy

    2. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

    3. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A

  3. Jealous Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Who scores more over the next 3 games?
    Son or Fernandes

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Bruno i think still.

    2. fusen
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      On current form that would be Bruno

  4. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Anything confirmed about Watkins injury rumours/news?

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Nothing confirmed

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Cool, thanks

  5. SIGGYMETIMBER
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Mane TC. Lets go!!

    1. fusen
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Huge gamble

    2. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Oh no not again, I thought I banished the memories from last time but they're coming back

        1. SIGGYMETIMBER
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          1.4 million OR. Nothing to lose at this stage

          1. NateDogsCats
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Good luck! Hope it works out for you, been good to see so many different TC choices this week

        2. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Woah good luck man.

          1. SIGGYMETIMBER
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Cheers lads

        3. The Hunt
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Mental. He hasn't look particularly interested in making much of an effort recently.

        4. Kane and Ablett
            1 month, 24 days ago

            It’ll be fun, 1.6 million could be the destination

        5. michudagawd
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Best Villa defender to get in for Tarko for a hit? Already have Martinez but think a Villa double up is a good way to go with their fixtures and potential double in 28.

          1. fusen
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Targett seems safe, Elmo for a gamble

            1. michudagawd
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Cheers. Thoughts on Konsa as well?

          2. SMOOTH
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            doesnt really make too much sense to do tark to a villa defender for a hit unless you are using the cash for something

            1. michudagawd
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Well I'm planning a -8 and a BB with triple Leeds and Pope. Will be getting rid of Grealish, Coufal and Tarko for Lookman, Digne and a Villa def. That's 2 players who will have a game in 29 and a Villa player who may double in 28.

          3. The Hunt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Konsa's your man.

        6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          GTG?

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

          Bench: Meslier Bam Mitchell Mee

        7. aapoman
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Who scores more?
          A. Son and Barnes
          B. KDB and Lookman

          1. Muscout
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            A

        8. Weeb Kakashi
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 24 days ago

          Son OR Bale on FH?? Have Kane

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Bale

          2. Muscout
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Son

          3. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Bale is a great FH shout. one week trial

          4. fusen
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 24 days ago

            Do you want to gamble jr play safe?

            1. Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Gamble. 830k atm. All chips intact.

          5. NateDogsCats
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Bale, a big part of FH is about taking a punt or going with your gut, go for it

            • Art Vandelay
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Bale.

              Would love to have the chance to do that.

            • The Hunt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              100% Son. His returns have been pretty poor this year but that's going to change sooner rather than later.

            • Kane and Ablett
                1 month, 24 days ago

                FH bale great shout

            • Henning
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 24 days ago

              Is anyone saving TC for later?

              1. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                for when ? Kane is the only premium asset who's likely to have a DGW after GW27, and he's got good fixtures this GW.

              2. RashFraud
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

              3. Nedvěd11
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Yes. BB this round

            • tuturututu
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Are we going Triple Kane!?

                1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  I am

                2. King Kun Ta
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  maybe Bruno

                3. bitm2007
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  DCL TC

                4. Better Call Raul
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  yes

              • Boleyn Boy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 24 days ago

                Morning all. Who should I play this week? Thanks in advance:

                a) Lowton (tot/LEI)
                b) Dallas (AVL)

                1. ballsy_b
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Same dilemma.
                  I think Dallas ceiling is higher.. clean sheet plus goal / assist.
                  Lowton could just get 4 points.

              • Hitthewall
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Pope to Lloris or Martinez until GW31 WC?

                  Already got Targett in my team.

                • Art Vandelay
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Is Holgate nailed for the time being?

                • Hybrid.power
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Has anyone posted the bookies goalscoring and clean sheet odds?

                • King Kun Ta
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  And the armband goes toooooooo......

                  A Bruno
                  B Kane
                  C DCL
                  D Salah
                  E Gundo

                  And go triple? Still got WC, BB and TC!

                  1. Louis99
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    I'm going bruno TC - form over fixtures

                • SMOOTH
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  would you guys still do ings to watkins

                  1. Original Pirate Material
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Rumours of injury, nothing confirmed but im staying clear.

                    Scout picks avoided him too..

                • Champione
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Mee + Sterling + Bamford > Cancelo + Barnes + Kane(C) -12?

                • Goooo Rickie
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  More certainty over Sterling/KDB playing twice next gw than this one?

                  Save TC for next week on one of those is my thinking.

                  1. GOTHAM City F.C.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Could be gold, if popular ones fail this week.

                • Tinmen
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Folks, which option is better?

                  A) Periera(Leicester) and Smith Rowe

                  B) Holgate and Periera(West Brom)

                  1. Champione
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    A

                  2. Kroneek
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Probably A

                • RashFraud
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Done tinkering with the WC. How’s she lookin?

                  Martinez
                  Digne Shaw cancelo
                  Son Gundo (K)DB Bruno Barnes
                  Kane DCL

                  Fabri Burn Struijk Davis

                  Just enough cash ITB to switch KDB to Salah if it backfires. But a bit mad to cap KDB over all the other options?

                • GOTHAM City F.C.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Play one
                  a. Mee (tot, LEI)
                  b. Dallas (AVL)

                  I don't see CS for Burnley, and without Grealish Villa might struggle to score..

                • The Red Devil
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Captain who
                  Kane
                  Fernandes
                  Salah
                  DCL

                  Probably gonna put it on Fernandes or Kane

                • Releasebreaks
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Best Grealish replacement:

                  A - Mount (have difficult fixtures on dgw)
                  B - J.Rodriguez (Hardly will play 2 games in a row)
                  C - Matheus Pereira (Have nice fixtures in dgw)

                  1. Champione
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    C

                  2. StormYouDown
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    C

                • Better Call Raul
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Anyone holding Grealish? Can't decide between the follwing:

                  A) Grealish --> Son/Barnes (-4)
                  B) Play Bamford/Dallas and bench Grealish
                  C) Bamford --> DCL and bench Grealish

                  1. StormYouDown
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    C

                • StormYouDown
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 24 days ago

                  Who to TC? I’m struggling to decide....
                  A. Fernandez or
                  B. Kane??

                  1. King Kun Ta
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    My dilemma too......Bruno has the triple armband atm. Midfielder, clean sheet points, team and personal better form, play for CL next season but both have pens.

                • Futureform
                    1 month, 24 days ago

                    Barnes to suffer without Maddison?

                    Do you think his output will be affected by Maddison being out?

                    Trying to work out whether it's too late to jump onto the Barnes train.

                    1. Art Vandelay
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 24 days ago

                      Yes, Maddy out might impact him but given the run of fixtures and the fact that Maddison is unlikely to be out long, I would still get on board

                    2. NateDogsCats
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        I'm in the camp that thinks the former, not that he's not still a threat but naturally having Maddison there helps. I also don't like the fixtures this week for someone like Barnes, nearly all of his hauls have come against teams that at the very least are a little suspect at the back but he hasn't done well against teams with a low block or that in general are well organised

                      • Futureform
                          1 month, 24 days ago

                          Thanks both! Great insights.

                      • Tshelby
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        No Spurs, salah (c), Dallas over Mee. Let’s go! Good luck everyone

                      • DycheDycheBaby
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        GTG on this WC? I'm really not sure how to improve it.
                        Martinez
                        Cancelo--Targett--Pereira--Digne
                        KDB--Gundo--Bruno--Barnes
                        Kane--DCL
                        Areola, Raph, Bamford, Struijk

                      • timawflowers
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 24 days ago

                        which option
                        a - dias and watkins
                        b - kdb and villa df