Gameweek 26 of the Fantasy Premier League season kicks off today and it’s a big one, with several of the most attractive FPL assets blessed with double gameweeks.
With the likes of Man City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Aston Villa and more teams facing two matches across this gameweek, it could well be a turning point in the campaign for plenty of FPL managers out there.
With the FPL deadline at 11am GMT today, 27 February, here are some of the key players you should consider for your team - and perhaps think about handing the armband to…
Ederson, Man City (£6.1m)
Picking the No1 of a team who have forgotten how to lose isn’t an inspired differential pick, but a double GW against against West Ham and Wolves offers a decent chance of two clean sheets. A reliable defensive pick given how often Pep Guardiola rotates his other players.
Emi Martinez, Aston Villa (£5.3m)
The Villa No1 is going through peaks and thoughs in recent weeks, with top displays followed by poor ones. Still, he’s the top-scoring FPL keeper and the Villans face two away games in their double GW at Leeds and Sheffield United, so he could rack up the points.
John Stones, Man City (£5.2m)
You could go through a lot of the City squad making a case for FPL picks, but Stones is high on the list. Still a relatively cheap pick, the seventh highest-scoring defender could well play both games and also knows where the goal is at the other end.
Eric Dier, Spurs (£4.9m)
The England centre-back hasn’t had the best season, but Spurs face Burnley and Fulham in their double GW. At that price, and with those fixtures, Dier is a potentiallu high-scoring differential pick on the cheap.
Luke Shaw, Man Utd (£5.1m)
Shaw has become one of the League’s top left-backs this season, though his attacking contributions are let down by his team-mates’ defensive mistakes. A tough trip to Chelsea comes first in United’s double GW, but he is going into that game following a midweek rest - and a follow-up game at Crystal Palace also looks enticing.
Lucas Digne, Everton (£6.1m)
A more expensive option, but Digne has effectively been playing as a left winger for the Toffees recently, which offers FPL managers the double bonus of potential clean sheet points with high attacking rewards - and a double GW against struggling Southampton and West Brom is surely too temptong to turn down.
Harvey Barnes, Leicester (£6.9m)
One of the League’s in-form players, Barnes has returned 12 and 13 points in his last two games. Leicester face Arsenal and Burnley over their double GW, and with Barnes available at a very reasonable price - and team-mate James Maddison injured - can you afford not to have him?
Bruno Fernandes, Man Utd (£11.6m)
We’re stating the obvious here, but Fernandes is almost worth having at this point simply to safeguard yourself against other managers. The Portuguese star will be on penalty and free-kick duty against Chelsea and Palace, and if United get anything on the road in GW26, it’s likely to come through him.
Raheem Sterling, Man City (£11.6m)
Picking City forwards is a risky business, but Guardiola seems to prefer Sterling rather than risking Sergio Aguero right now. Sterling could well be rested for City’s second match against Wolves, but he’s the most likely player to find the net against West Ham.
Mo Salah, Liverpool (£12.6m)
An obvious pick, but he could be a key differential if other FPL managers get cold feet following Liverpool’s poor form. Their first double GW match is at Sheffield United, and Salah will fancy his chances of filling his boots there.
Up next is a home game against Chelsea, and Salah is usually well worth a goal against his former club - so there is every chance he could return 3+ goals for GW 26.
Ademola Lookman, Fulham (£5m)
A tempting cheap option as your fifth midfield choice, Lookman returned 11 points from Fulham’s win against Sheffield United. Scott Parker’s side are hitting form and face Crystal Palace before Spurs, so Lookman could be a great cheap differential and also allow you to spend big elsewhere.
Harry Kane, Spurs (£11.1m)
Like Salah, his high cost and Spurs’ poor form could tempt plenty to ditch Kane this week - but you can easily see Kane finding the net against both Burney and Fulham, so the returns could be huge if Jose Mourinho’s side find their rhythm.
Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa (£6.5m)
Watkins hasn’t found the net in his last two League outings, but Villa take on Leeds and Sheffield United. Neither side is known for their defensive prowess, so Watkins should have plenty of chances in behind over the next 180 minutes.