Fantasy Premier League Double GW26 tips from FPL Matthew, arguably the best FPL manager in the world with three top 500 finishes and a further six top 10k finishes. Every week Matthew writes his FPL Team Reveal article detailing his team, captain and plans for the coming Gameweek exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub members. 

Gameweek 25 Review

My three Leeds United boys came good for me in their second game of the double Gameweek - 45 points in total from those three was more than half of my score of 82 points  and secured me an eighth successive green arrow in the process, from 180k to 149k overall rank.

Here are my Double Gameweek 25 points in full:

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Matthew's Double Gameweek 25 points

Gameweek 26 Preview

Here is the Hub Fixture Ticker between now and Gameweek 29 (the 'blanks week') ordered from best to worst:

Hub Fixture Ticker (next four)

As I've said the last few weeks, my strategy is that, in order to save my wildcard until after this run of fixtures, I am going to focus mainly on those teams that have (or have had) both at least double Gameweek between now and Gameweek 28 and a fixture in Gameweek 29. These teams are:

  • Fulham
  • Leeds United
  • Aston Villa
  • Tottenham

This is how I'm currently set up, going into Double Gameweek 26:

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Matthew's current Gameweek 26 set up

Considering I haven't used my second wildcard (or any hits of late) I'm pretty happy with how this is shaping up. A total of nine double-gameweekers - and really no double Gameweek 'fillers', I'm pretty happy with all of them as picks, plus a decent supporting cast. I also have two free transfers if needed.

Most Wanted List

This is where I identify the players who I am currently most considering bringing into my team as well as highlighting who, if anyone, may be able to make way for them. This helps me to formulate a rough mental shortlist of potential moves. I update this list each week.

Again, the list is currently heavily influenced by the upcoming double Gameweeks and blanks, but they also need to be decent picks in their own right. According to fellow Hub Contributor and fixture scheduling guru Ben Crellin, the Everton vs Aston Villa fixture may be slotted into Gameweek 28, which would give those two teams a double Gameweek that week, although that's not yet confirmed, so that's factored in here as well.

Goalkeepers

New: Emi Martinez (£5.3m) - the injury to Jack Grealish may yet open the door up to the top-scoring FPL keeper

Out-list: Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) - Southampton have been poor lately and I wouldn't be surprised to see him dropped soon

Removed: None

Defenders

New: Lucas Digne (£6.1m) - the prospect of a possible Gameweek 28 double has me looking at Everton's perenially attacking full-back

New: Ola Aina (£4.5) - Fulham's double this week and fixture in Gameweek 29 also has me glancing in the direction of their versatile defender (a goal and assist in the last three)

Out-list: Ben Johnson (£3.9m) - seems to have lost his place as quickly as he gained it - a wildcard mistake

Removed: None

Midfielders

Jack Grealish (£7.7m) - always a solid option, at a good price, and with extra fixtures to come (but not yet given his injury)

Heung-Min Son (£9.5m) - back on my radar with a tasty double this week and a fixture in Gameweek 29

New: Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) - a return to the list for the budget Fulham man

Out-list: Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) - some tricky fixtures and no double Gameweeks

Removed: None

Forwards

New: Harry Kane (£11.1m) - similar to Son above

Out-list: None

Removed: None

Chip Strategy Reminder

To recap, I have the following chips remaining: second Wildcard, Bench Boost and Triple Captain. My Free Hit Chip I used in Gameweek 18.

My current plan is to navigate my way through now to Gameweek 29 (inclusive) via free transfers and possibly the odd hit. I think I can do this by focusing my transfers mainly on the four teams listed above, together with the squad that I already have. I think that this can give me reasonable coverage of the upcoming doubles plus a fairly decent team in Gameweek 29. After that, I will use my Wildcard soon after (Gameweek 30 or 31).

My Triple Captain, I will use whenever feels right - perhaps this week (!) - this is an "easy" chip to use anyway.

My Bench Boost I will use post-Gameweek 30, following my second wildcard

With a strategy such as this you have to accept that its going to be a tough set of Gameweeks pre-wildcard, particularly this week, as I will be competing with a lot of teams who are using their Wildcards to set up optimally or the doubles and/or their Free Hit Chips for Gameweek 29. However, I should then be in a strong position to finish the season.

Transfer Plans

 

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