Chip Strategy

FPL Gameweek 26 Wildcard: The pros and cons

It seems like every week that there’s a rethinking of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) chip strategy or an article devoted to it.

And Gameweek 26 is much the same!

The difference this time is that there are fewer unknowns in the FPL landscape with Blank Gameweek 28 completed and the doubles in Gameweek 29 announced.

One strategy that is gaining traction is a Gameweek 26 Wildcard.

Here we outline the pros and cons of using the chip before Saturday’s deadline.

GAMEWEEK 26 WILDCARD: THE REASONING

Wildcarding now allows FPL managers to negotiate Double Gameweek 27, Blank Gameweek 28 and Double Gameweek 29 in one fell swoop, without missing out on too much.

The chip might be used in conjunction with a Bench Boost – if available – in Gameweek 29, leaving any remaining Free Hit to be deployed in Blank Gameweek 32, Double Gameweek 34 or Double Gameweek 37.

GAMEWEEK 26 WILDCARD: THE PROS

GETTING ON BRIGHTON AND BRENTFORD PLAYERS
FPL Gameweek 21: Saturday’s goals, assists, bonus points + statistics 5

With a tough-to-navigate Blank/Double Gameweek 25 behind us, not many Fantasy managers will be well-stocked with players from Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford.

Those two sides, plus the less-fancied Crystal Palace and Southampton, ‘double’ in Gameweek 27.

In fact, the average manager in the top 10k has just 0.7 Brighton/Brentford players in their squad after Gameweek 25:

The Seagulls and the Bees also have decent fixtures in Gameweek 26, against West Ham United and Fulham respectively (both at home).

Brentford players could then be played in Gameweek 28 against Leicester City, with Brighton assets benched for their blank. Both clubs double again in Gameweek 29, while the Seagulls could have as many as three further Double Gameweeks still to come (as well as a likely Blank Gameweek 32).

DUMPING/REDUCING LIVERPOOL

Any FPL manager who doubled/tripled up on Liverpool for Double Gameweek 25 faces the prospect of their players now taking on Manchester United in Gameweek 26, blanking in Gameweek 28, doubling away at Manchester City and Chelsea in Gameweek 29, and finally facing league leaders Arsenal in Gameweek 30.

Budget-sapping picks like Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m), Darwin Nunez (£8.8m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) can be offloaded, then, in one fell swoop with a Gameweek 26 Wildcard.

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233 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gizzachance
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Kulu an nketiah to mitoma Toney -4?

  2. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Need Saka (c) brace to save my gw.

  3. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Mahrez + Nketiah > Odegaard + Toney is open for exact money. -4

    Worth doing?

    1. lilmessipran
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      yes

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Yes

    3. Eleven Hag
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Odegaard is one of the players I am looking to sell to accommodate a Brentford/ Brighton mid. So why not go there ?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Don't sell him. He has to stay at least until GW29 imo.

    4. Bobby Digital
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Do it for free next week. None of the players are rising/falling atm.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        Too slow. Next week I'll want to buy Brighton and Brentford.

        I either take the hit this week or I WC. I feel like if I roll FT I'd fall too far behind the curve.

    5. Gizzachance
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Yep first two are getting benched, I own both!

    6. Milk, 1 Šuker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Yup

    7. WVA
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      If Odegaard looks bad again tonight i wouldnt. Looking at selling him for Maddison if he gets back

    8. CABAYE4
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Only if you plan to hold Odegaard through to GW28.

  4. Milk, 1 Šuker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Happy now Darwin owners?

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Of course. That’s 2 points banked

      1. BECKS TO THE FUTURE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        4 actually *sass emoji*

        1. noissimbus
          • 1 Year
          11 months, 28 days ago

          Because he assists but gets a yellow right?

          ..Right??

          1. BECKS TO THE FUTURE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            11 months, 28 days ago

            Hahah yup. Totally not cos I captained him.

  5. Gizzachance
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Nketiah was in for dgw 23 and now 2 benchings, thought he was ok till jesus back

  6. Scalper
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Bruno is an absolute monster. Starts and plays 90mins every game no matter the competition.

    1. Milk, 1 Šuker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I love Bruno. Proper differential for me these past couple of weeks

  7. Prinzhorn
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Really want to avoid the early WC GW 26, but should I with this team?

    Kepa
    Tark - Perisic - White
    Saka - Rashford - Salah - Mitoma
    Haaland - Darwin - Nketiah

    Ward - Trippier - Andreas - Badiashile

    Or should I dump Nketiah and Salah for Watkins and Odegaard/Mac Allister?

  8. Tonyawesome69
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Transferred Nketiah in 22 was the right play. Just a pity he didn't finish the chances he was given and ended up being a rotation issue with Trossard/Martinelli

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Yep. Just gonna chalk that one up to bad luck and poor finishing.

      Out he goes and we look ahead now.

  9. UNCLE TONEY
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Robertson benched

  10. Kodap
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Painful, gakpo my only real differential & back to the bench! Eesh

    1. lilmessipran
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Same here with Robbo

  11. UNCLE TONEY
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    All about Mykolenko!

  12. Stranger Mings
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Chances of starting at weekend?A) mahrez b) martnelli c) salah d) Kane? Thanks

  13. Mr. O'Connell
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    The Pros of a GW26 Wildcard: Sell Nketiah
    Cons: None

  14. Ungaio
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC draft? Anything to improve? 3.0itb

    Kepa
    Gabriel Mee Henry
    Saka Odegaard Rashford MacAllister
    Haaland Kane Toney

    Sanchez Mitoma Trippier Schär

    Thanks!

  15. Amartey Partey
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Maybe this means Nketiah will start against Bournemouth?

    1. Ze_Austin
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Or Arteta's found a working combo (for now)

    2. Digital-Real
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I'm not waiting around to find out. He's gone, tonight.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Only if Trossard/Martinelli pick up an injury

    4. Amartey Partey
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I’m going to give him one last game before shipping.

  16. El Presidente
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Robertson & Gakpo owners done by

    1. CABAYE4
      • 12 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Not a surprise that both only start 1

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Knew it was a risk getting gakpo so ready for the Salah haul haha

    3. Happy Rotter
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      They'll be needed after a frustrating 1st half

  17. Mr. O'Connell
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Will take a Salah (c) CS point tonight

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      3 points is a haul this GW

  18. Scalper
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    All right, time for my ‘I told you so!’ moment

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/25637992

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      enjoy it

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 11 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Don't get it...

      1. Scalper
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        If by “it” you mean Nketiah, then me neither 😀

  19. Amartey Partey
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    The big question is: Can Tarkowski get that goal?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      I thought it was....

      What's the meaning of life, the universe and everything?

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        The answer is Tarkowski

        And 42

        1. Amartey Partey
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 28 days ago

          Snap!

      2. Amartey Partey
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        That’s easy. It’s the number 42.

  20. AC/DC AFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Southampton back of the net

    1. g40steve
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 28 days ago

      Offside

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 28 days ago

        yep

        gone

  21. Thanos
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 28 days ago

    Nunez G