We’re now closing in on the final chapter of the Premier League season. Whilst teams battle it out for the optimal positions on the league table, they’ll find that their league schedule will gradually bulk up as well. Earlier this season, many Premier League matches were postponed due to COVID outbreaks; they are now being slotted into the remaining game-weeks of the season. For FPL fans, there is a bunch of double game-weeks coming up very soon, with a big one right around the corner. 8 teams play twice in game-week 26: Arsenal, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leeds, Liverpool, Spurs, Watford, and Wolves. Therefore, there is an opportunity for FPL managers to use their chip resources, and hence we brought you the FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Guide to push your rank ahead of common managers.
- Considering the Triple Captain chip in Double Gameweek 26
- FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Goalkeepers
- FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Defenders
- FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Midfielders
- FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Forwards
- FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Full Team and Strategy
Many FPL managers will still have their second wildcard at their disposal, and now could be a good time to use it. A full team rebuilds ahead of the next gameweek will allow you to set up in the best way possible for the remaining fixtures of the season. In this article, we will go through an ideal Wildcard team for the rest of the season. This selection will provide the best opportunities for points in the coming gameweeks. In addition, the team has been built with a flexible structure, and we have provided some useful team-planning tips for the long-term picture as well.
Considering the Triple Captain chip in Double Gameweek 26
Gameweek 26 might actually be the best gameweek to use the Triple Captain chip. With Liverpool facing Norwich and Leeds at Anfield, it can never be more tempting to go all-in with Mo Salah supremacy. But if you have already used the chip in the past, or if your team needs a revamp and consists majority of deadwood players, then obviously Wildcard with a view of a possible Free hit in gameweek 27 should be the way to go.
But if you are already well prepared with your team and have recently used the wildcard in previous gameweeks, then don’t have any second thoughts and just use the Triple Captain chip on Salah. Remember you can’t use both of your Triple Captain and Wildcard chips in a single gameweek.
FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Goalkeepers
1. Aaron Ramsdale (5.1 million)
Arsenal enjoys one of the better double game-weeks in DGW26, facing Brentford and Wolves both at home. Both teams rank in the bottom 5 for goals scored this season: Brentford are 16th with 1.04 per game, and Wolves are 18th with 0.91 per game. The Gunners also have a good-looking fixture schedule onwards too. In addition to the four games they have left to reschedule, Arsenal will next face a classic top 6 side in game-week 24. If a tough game does get rescheduled to an earlier date, it will make up another double game-week anyway.
2. Robert Sanchez (4.6 million)
Ramsdale will blank in GW27, so having a replacement goalkeeper is quite handy. Robert Sanchez is an optimal solution for this role and offers good value as well. The Spaniard will defend against Aston Villa at home which is good cover for Ramsdale who has no fixture then.
Furthermore, the Brighton fixtures conveniently alternate in difficulty alongside the Arsenal fixtures, allowing for easy rotation if needed. Sanchez has held his own this season, and has proved to be a reliable and cost-effective keeper option – he is the 5th best value goalkeeper on offer, with 17.6 points in total per million.
FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Defenders
1. Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.5 million)
Alexander-Arnold is one of the first names on the list by default. He has been the second-highest point-scorer all season with 156 points tallied up. He has notched 2 goals and a whopping 10 assists so far and contributed to defense with the 2nd most clean sheets (13) and the 2nd best xGC. It’s safe to say he’s a must-have, and going into the upcoming game-weeks without Trent Alexander-Arnold is too risky. Liverpool plays a double in DGW26, that too against Norwich and Leeds, both at home. It’s a no-brainer!
2. Andrew Robertson (7.1 million)
Doubling up on Liverpool‘s defense could very well be worth it, since they have a very strong defense, as mentioned earlier. Trent’s full-back partner, Andrew Robertson, is currently running a form of 8.0 points over the last 5. He’s had 2 double digit-hauls in that period and has been producing some enticing underlying numbers as well.
In terms of this Wildcard draft, Robertson is intended to be a one-week punt, in order to take advantage of Liverpool’s DGW26. The idea is to triple up ahead of the double, then sell during BGW27 – more information on this is below.
3. Joao Cancelo (7.2 million)
Cancelo is another one of the players that are first onto the Wildcard team. There are arguments that he may not offer as much impact in the remainder of the season – Champions League is back and Pep Guardiola has already rested some players (including Cancelo) as we saw against Norwich. However, Cancelo’s impact whenever he does start is unquestionable. The Portuguese international has 1 goal and 8 assists this season and is a part of the best defense in the Premier League.
4. Max Kilman (4.6 million)
The Wolves defense has been remarkable this season. They have conceded just 17 goals from 23 games, the 2nd best out of all Premier League teams. At an xGC of 30.08, Wolves have the 6th best defense in the league and have kept 9 clean sheets in total.
They play twice in DGW26 against Leicester and Arsenal, with plenty of opportunities after this week as well. Max Kilman comes at a bargain price of 4.6 million and is a likely starter. Wolves will still have a home fixture against Watford to play as well, meaning another double game-week soon looks likely.
5. Matthew Lowton (4.4 million)
Burnley has definitely not been the most exciting team this season, but will definitely attract some attention in the coming weeks. They enjoy back-to-back double game-weeks in both GW26 and GW27 facing Tottenham, Brighton, Leicester, and Crystal Palace. On top of that, they will still have 3 more games to reschedule against Aston Villa, Everton, and Watford. The sheer number of double game-weeks to look forward to is enough to consider Burnley assets. Matthew Lowton is a cost-efficient player to own, who contributes a little to both defense and offense.
FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Midfielders
1. Mohammed Salah (13 million)
Top scorer, top assister, most points in the league, 2 home games against Norwich and Leeds – a definite captain option. Going into DGW26 without Salah is highly advised against.
2. Heung Min-Son (10.7 million)
Tottenham plays the double in GW26, against Manchester City and Burnley. They’ll also encounter Leeds and Everton in the 2 fixtures after, giving plenty of opportunities for points in the short-term. Heung-Min Son bagged a goal on his return from injury back in GW24, and he has been influential for Spurs throughout the season. He’ll be a very handy asset to own in GW27 especially, where some other premium players have a blank.
3. Jarrod Bowen (7.0 million)
Jarrod Bowen is on fire at the moment. He has blanked just once out of the last 8 games, returning 3 double-digit hauls in that time. Just recently in GW25, Bowen managed to outscore many other double game-week players, despite playing once himself. His GW26 fixture against Newcastle at home is another case where he could do the same. Going without Bowen may work, but his recent form and short-term fixtures are too good to do so.
4. Bukayo Saka (5.5 million)
Arsenal has a very nice-looking double gameweek for GW26. They will face Brentford and Wolves – both at home. In addition, their good run of fixtures continues (ignoring the blank in GW27), facing Watford, Leicester, and Aston Villa in their next 2 games.
Arsenal has a further 3 fixtures to be rescheduled, with further double game-weeks quite likely. Bukayo Saka is the most nailed player in the attack and has totaled 6 goals and notched a further 5 assists this season. Martin Odegaard (5.5 million) is a good alternative to Saka, if a cheaper option is required.
5. Jacob Ramsey (4.8 million)
Jacob Ramsey is on-form for Aston Villa and has proven to be a very explosive player in FPL. He has had two big double-digit hauls in the last 4 games, with a total of 4 goal contributions in that time as well. He is mostly in this wildcard draft in order to release the budget for other areas of the team, but he has the ability to return big tallies and will be useful in BGW27.
FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Forwards
1. Wout Weghorst (6.5 million)
Burnley’s new center-forward signing has quickly established himself as a serious option in FPL. Although a slight injury doubt, Weghorst should be fine and Burnley will need him ahead of their congested fixture schedule.
They play back-to-back double game-weeks in the next two weeks and still have a further 3 fixtures to be rescheduled after as well. The Dutchman managed an assist in his 2nd game for the Clarets and has been a key player ever since he arrived. At just 6.5 million, he’s a cheap investment in comparison to other forwards and will be a beneficial asset to own.
2. Odsonne Edouard (6.5 million)
Crystal Palace plays the double in DGW26 and also has a good fixture in GW27 against Burnley at home. It could be worthwhile having a Palace attacker, and Odsonne Edouard has been the 2nd highest FPL points-scorer for the team this season. The Frenchman has 6 goals and 4 assists in this campaign and will have opportunities for more in the coming weeks. He will not be a tough hit to the budget and he will definitely be a useful asset next gameweek, where many important players will be forced onto the bench.
3. Armando Broja (5.3 million)
Currently, on loan from Chelsea, Broja has been a key player for Southampton with 6 goals and 2 assists. He’s the club’s joint top-scorer and looks to be a regular starter in the team’s attack. At just 5.3 million, Broja loosens up a lot of funds, and although he doesn’t play twice in DGW26, his fixture in GW27 is particularly enticing. The Saints will face Norwich at home, who statistically have the worst defense in the league by expected goals conceded.
FPL Double Gameweek 26 Wildcard Team: Full Team and Strategy
Double Gameweek 26
This team will have a total of 9 starting players who play twice in GW26. Matthew Lowton will be on the bench to incorporate Cancelo and Bowen who both play once but have a good chance of scoring big. Mohammed Salah is the obvious captaincy choice by far!
Blank Gameweek 27
This wildcard draft will encounter five blanks in Ramsdale, Alexander-Arnold, Salah, Saka, and Robertson. It is preferable to keep as many as possible, but with just 4 slots available on the bench one player will have to go in order to field a full team.
One option is to use the free transfer and sell Robertson for another premium defender. A second Manchester City defender looks the best option, with Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias both useful picks. However, since there will be two double game-week players in Weghorst and Lowton, it may even be possible to avoid selling one of those five players.
The captaincy choice will be a tough one. Heung-Min Son is a strong option who plays against Leeds away. There is an argument for alternatives as well though, with Joao Cancelo against Everton a decent choice too. A differential captain choice would be Wout Weghorst who plays the double in GW27, although it is worth waiting to see what Weghorst brings to the Premier League in a couple more matches.
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