How to Avoid Wildcarding for DGW26

With one big Double Gameweek (DGW) just out of the way, attention now turns towards plans for the next big double in DGW26. This is likely to be the biggest double remaining in the season.

As such, many FPL managers are presently looking to play the wildcard in advance, either in GW24 or GW25.

What if I don’t have a wildcard left? Can’t I save it for the final stretch like in previous seasons?

I hear your cries and this article will look at how we can alternatively use free transfers from now until DGW26 in the most effective way possible in order to make the most of the double.

Why is there a DGW26?

The sides that reach the FA Cup Quarter-Finals will have no league match in Blank Gameweek 29 (BGW29), which means that their postponed fixtures will instead be brought forward to the free midweek slot after the GW26 weekend.

Additionally, there are also some matches to rearrange from earlier on in the season, which could also end up slotting into the double.

Why save the wildcard?

For the many of you with the wildcard left, it’s worth pointing out that there will still be 12 GWs left after DGW26, which will be full of the blanks in BGW29 and BGW33 as well as multiple mini DGWs in other weeks.

There’s also an international break after BGW29, which could potentially cause disruption to our FPL squads as we saw in the Autumn.

For those of you without the Free Hit chip, you could afford to safely dead-end your team in the build-up to BGW29, knowing that you could use the wildcard to easily return to a favourite player whom you decide to briefly remove from your side in favour of a player with a BGW29 fixture.

Transfer Policy from now until GW24

Thanks to the magnificent work of Ben Crellin, we already have a good idea of which games will fall into DGW26 and we can therefore start to buy players from the two below clubs with the best two fixtures.

Manchester City

With all due respect to Swansea City, the Cityzens are highly likely to play twice in DGW26 as an away tie at the Swans stands in the way of their path to the FA Cup QFs. They would also double if Wolves win at home against Southampton.

It is also probable that Pep Guardiola’s side will play twice in both GWs 24 & 27 as well so you really need to be tripled up on City assets by GW24 which will likely comprise of the confirmed fixture against Tottenham Hotspur (H) plus one of Everton (a)/Southampton (H).

Expect an announcement shortly.

City’s attractive DGW26 is likely to be made up of their arranged game versus West Ham (H) and one of Wolves (H)/Everton (a)/Southampton (H). Two defenders and a midfielder looks the way to go here.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs will blank in BGW29 and therefore have a double in DGW26 if they either: a) beat Everton away; or b) Southampton win against Wolves at Molineux in the 5th round.

This would then mean that their enticing DGW26 games would encompass the scheduled match at home to Burnley (H) in addition to one of Southampton (H)/Aston Villa (a)/Fulham (a).

Son, Kane and either Lloris or Dier represent the best trio in my opinion.

Any other teams?

I would also like to bring your attention to FPL Wave’s excellent article on the best fixtures from GWs 20-24, in case you will quickly reach your full quota of six Man City and Tottenham players.

Alternatively, you could buy an Everton or Southampton player depending on which outfit plays against Man City and consequently has two matches in Gameweek 24.

Transfer Policy between Gameweeks 24-26

It is recommended to have two free transfers ahead of GW24 as the results of the FA Cup 5th round, and therefore the ensuing blank fixtures in BGW29, will be known by then. In turn, the DGW26 matches will be fully established.

FPL managers would then have four free transfers to stock up on players with a double ahead of DGW26 in addition to their Man City and Tottenham cohort of 6 players.

It’s also worth adding that Aston Villa, Everton, Leeds United and Fulham have a chance of not only playing twice in DGW26 but also playing once in BGW29. Assets from those sides will be very useful for those without a Free Hit chip.

I hope this is of some help to you and I would like to thank you for reading my piece.

*Featured image source: https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/sport/17767458.fa-cup-adventure-begins-worcestershire-teams—side-facing/*

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