Fantasy football advice: Double match weeks offer a big opportunity

With 14 fixtures in Matchweek 26 and eight teams doubling, this is a real opportunity to rack up a big score.

As always, striking the right balance between model squad and differential picks is going to be crucial if you want to get the better of your mini-league rivals, but refreshingly there are a few different ways to go about it this week. .

The most popular of them is likely to be three-time captain Mohamed Salah for Liverpool’s home games against Norwich and Leeds.

Yes, there is an obvious fear that he will rest at some point in those two games with the League Cup final against Chelsea four days after the Leeds game, but as we know Salah n t necessarily need the full 180 minutes to do the damage against some of the most elusive defenses in the Premier League.

If that’s too obvious for you, remember that you can still direct Salah while maybe using another one of your chips.

That way, you’d only be missing a third of his points from whoever decides to triple captain him, but you could still gain ground via a different route and still save the triple captain chip for another day.

Using my squad as an example, I could make three transfers for a cost of four points this week, captain Salah, and play the Bench Boost chip to use all 15 players on my squad.

That would give me 8 Player of the Week doubles in Aaron Ramsdale, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Conor Coady, Salah, Max Cornet, Emmanuel Dennis and whoever I decide to bring in for Demarai Gray – I’m currently thinking of Wilfried Zaha or Jack Harrison for this slot machine.

I would also have Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden with a home game against Tottenham, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio at home against Newcastle, Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez at home against Burnley, Diogo Dalot at Leeds and Ollie Watkins at home against Watford.

There’s always the possibility of taking more hits to bring in more doubles playweek players, but don’t forget to make sure those signings fit into your longer-term plan as well.

Wout Weghorst replacing Antonio or Watkins would be a possibility there as Burnley also have a matchweek 27 double, but I would like to be sure of his fitness after suffering that injury in the loss to Liverpool.

I would also be interested in Kieran Tierney or Bukayo Saka with Arsenal’s double against Wolves and Brentford but then I would struggle to field 11 players in gameweek 27 and don’t plan to use my Free chip Hit that week.

Weighing all of this up I’m still leaning towards Salah’s triple captain as I’d be worried about the Bench Boost plan being sabotaged by Pep Roulette and I’ll probably save it for when I can plan some more to prepare my team for another double game week.

I also think Salah has more potential to explode with a really big score as a triple captain compared to the four additional players included in the Bench Boost.

The other option this week is to go for the Free Hit chip, especially if you have two more to play and you’re happy your team can make it through Game Week 27 or Game Week 30. without one.

Statman Dave offered up this potential starting XI for a Free Hit team on the Fantasy 606 podcast this week….

Statman Dave Double Game Week XI

Third place in midfield could also be taken by Max Cornet or Wilfried Zaha depending on your preference, unfortunately you can’t afford Son Heung-Min as it wouldn’t leave enough money to complete the bench.

And as you’ll hear on the podcast this week, Dave is still backing Harry Kane to start scoring the goals again – he tells us that in the last 6 weeks of play he’s had 31 shots on goal, including 14 on target with an xG of 4.06, higher than anyone in the league.

He has just two goals to show but if you’re considering dropping Cristiano Ronaldo from your squad this week then Kane could be your man as Tottenham double up against Manchester City and Burnley then face Leeds and Everton within two weeks of following matches. .

Then there’s an easy jump to Romelu Lukaku for a fine run of Chelsea appearances if he can build on his goals that helped Chelsea win the Club World Cup.

Something to think about before the deadline of 11:00 GMT on Saturday.

Alistair Bruce-Ball presents the Fantasy 606 podcast alongside former Premier League winner Chris Sutton and Statman Dave. The final episode featuring a preview of Game Week 25 is available now on the BBC Sounds app.