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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. winchester
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Lads, would you BB this lot? would get that team for a -4.

      martinez pope
      dias cancelo dallas targett taylor
      bruno salah gundo son raphinha
      dcl bamford watkins

      1. suso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Yes

        1. winchester
            1 month, 16 days ago

            cheers

        2. Dee Lixon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Go for it

          1. winchester
              1 month, 16 days ago

              thanks dude

          2. Taegugk Warrior
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Yup

            1. winchester
                1 month, 16 days ago

                cheers. feel relieved spending the BB chip

          3. -GK22-
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Green or red arrow?

            Martinez
            Keane, Dias, Stones
            Salah, Bruno, Gundogan, Barnes, Raphinha
            Kane (TC), DCL

            Areola, Bamford, Dallas, Dawson

            1. Sean
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Green

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

              Red. Kane fail

          4. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Worth still keeping TC or just go with the flow TC DCL ?

            1. Original Pirate Material
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Thats some flow bro 🙂 good luck.

            2. joey
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'm using it this week on DCL. He could blank but the fixtures are great for him and you have to use it at some point, there's always a larger element of chance about all the chips as they are one week bets where anything can happen but I can't see many better opportunities later on than a double against 2 of the worst teams in the league currently.

          5. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Went boring template moves in end cause everytime I try and go different it backfires.

            Kane(c)

            Good luck all.

          6. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Are most starting Raphinha over Bamford?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I’m going Raphinha

            2. Original Pirate Material
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Raph on form.

            3. Art Vandelay
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I feel he (well his team mates) still owe me from captaining him last week. He definitely has a proper haul in him and hope it comes this week.

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Thanks all for the responses. Best of luck to you all!

              2. DMP
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Might go Both. Look below.

            4. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Bamford for me.

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

              I'd go Raph, of the two.

            6. LǝgleSs e|even
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Bam Bam

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

            I am looking for 4.5 GK for BB in GW 28 or 30. Options are:

            McCarthy vs BRI BUR
            Johnstone vs cpl che
            Sanchez vs sou mun
            Areola vs MCI avl

            Has to be McCarthy, right ?

          8. as33
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Son, Salah, DCL or Bruno for captain?

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              DCL for me

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

                DCL TC

            2. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I'm going for Salah, although the rest is not bad either. If I had to rank them I would go Salah, DCL, Bruno & Son

          9. DMP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Is it worth loosing Grealish for Lookman/Barnes (-4) or play Raphinha/Bamford and keep Jack for GW28/29 instead?

            Stick or go Lookman gives 6 GW29 players, with Barnes, only 5.

            Johnstone
            Dias Stones Digne
            Salah Fernandes Gundo Raphinha*
            DCL Kane BamBam

            McCarthy Dallas Coufal Grealish

          10. Optimus.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Free Hit, BB and TC activated!

            If I score less than 150 points this gw then I will be very disappointed

            1. DF
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Play all out attack

              1. Art Vandelay
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Those were the days. A rubbish chip but things were simpler back then....

                1. DF
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Agreed.

                2. Hybrid.power
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  I remember a time when there were no chips. Only one wildcard for the entire season.

                  1. fusen
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    What year was that? I've been playing for quite a while but my memory is awful, so I can't remember what it was like back pre 2015

                    1. Art Vandelay
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      It was long before then. TC was about in 15 - I remember because I handed it to Andy Carroll whilst c 80 OR. Happy days...

                  2. Art Vandelay
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Sure. I much preferred the game back then (he says while shouting at clouds)

            2. Nightcrawler
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Shd have activated wc too

          11. Chelsea91
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Maddison and Antonio to Kane abd Smith Rowe for -8? Good to go?

          12. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Diagne owners unite

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              #0,7%

          13. OptimusBlack
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            WC Team.
            if you have Dias and Cancelo would u keep both or get Stones and save money for upgrade ?

            1. Original Pirate Material
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Im on WC and got rid of Stones for Cancelo!

              I got a pretty solid team without the need for the extra cash so got Cancelo in.

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

              If i'd be on WC i'd probably go with Gundo+Foden/KDB. But out of your options Dias & Cancelo

            3. OptimusBlack
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Cheers Guys

            4. The Hunt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Personally, I think Stones at the best part of a million cheaper offers more bang for your buck. They'll all get rotated so I'd rather have 5.2m on the bench than 6.1m.

          14. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Vardy, Salah or Bruno TC?

            1. tomasjj
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              I got those three, and went with Salah.

              1. tomasjj
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                But not TC.

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Was on Vardy C

              But he did get benched over Xmas pile up so moved off him - Maddison out too a huge factor.

              Think Bruno is the one with the tastiest fixture. Palace much more likely to roll over than SHU imo. Their all out defence ploy won't work against a team that isn't as intrinsically awful in attack as Brighton

              1. Gabbiadini
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Interesting point regarding Vardy.

                The other two you would say are un-benchable considering the player/their team's position.

          15. Original Pirate Material
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Good luck all

          16. TVPlugSockets
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Cavani > Kane (TC)
              Son > Barnes
              (-4)

              Worth it or not? The only easy way I can get Kane in. Nervous about not having him.

            • Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Bale locked in FH over Son. Have Kane too

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Nice - great differential, good luck to ya. Hope you have an interesting FH team

                1. Weeb Kakashi
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Thanks mate. GL to you too!!

            • Taegugk Warrior
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Chance Reguillon will play booth game..?

              1. Nedvěd11
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Yes

                1. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Chance Reguilon won't play both games?

            • Arteta
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Just considered playing Free Hit for the first time. Would save me from multiple hits I'm tempted to take...

              1. Weeb Kakashi
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                I am on FH. Much more fun!! Gone with Bale.

            • Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Vardy over Barnes if funds permit?? On a FH.

            • Bobadoba
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Gundogan is surely a better captain pick than Kane looking at form.

              Anyone captaining him like me?

              1. King Kun Ta
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Thinking TC Bruno....

              2. LǝgleSs e|even
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Yes armband is on Mo

            • King Kun Ta
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Holding to start?

            • hullcityfan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              DCL (TC) locked in.

              Long wait until Monday night.

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

                \o

                Good luck.

                With City at 12.30 today, it might well be. I'd guess a lot of DGW captains going Gundo.

            • Nedvěd11
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Already BB this lot:

              Martinez, Pick
              Digne, Shaw, Cancelo, Dier, Dunk
              Gundo, Sterling, Bruno, Son, Raph
              Bam, Kane (C), DCL

              12 DGW, Bamford out for Diagne or Watkins...? Would be -4

            • ballsy_b
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Start a) Dallas or b) Lowton?

            • Futureform
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Who's going Kane-less this DGW?!!

                Hit me with your reasoning?...

              • Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Don't understand why KDB isn't predicted to start in the team news?

                1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  just a guess, city media have him and gundo starting

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

                    How abt cancelo ?

                2. Kane Lane
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  He will start reckon Gun will be benched today

              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                best 5.2 dgw defender not from city?

                1. shiraz
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Targett, dier

                  • RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Shaw, Targett

                  • Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Keane/Dier

                2. shiraz
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Who should i start?

                    Backline 3: Cancelo Dias xx
                    A. Dallas
                    B. Mitchell
                    C. Coufal

                    Front 7(quite template)
                    1. Bamford
                    2. Raphinha

                    Captain (will activate tc):
                    W. DCL
                    X. Bruno
                    Y. Gundogan
                    Z. Kane

                    Thanks

                    1. ballsy_b
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      A
                      1
                      Z

                  • Wigflex
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Is mee to target for a -8 worth it? Or should I start Struijk

                    1. Pukki Party
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Is he injured or why sell?

                      1. Wigflex
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Not convinced by his dgw is all, I'll put my phone away until after deadline

                    2. TVPlugSockets
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Definitely not.

                    3. Kane Lane
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      currently stuck need advice.

                      Who do I play

                      A) Firmino
                      B) Raphin

                      Should I take out Justin to Castagne for minus for -4 in total be -8 for the week.

                      Thanks to those who reply. Hope every has decent game week.