FPL DGW26 Picks – BUY / SELL / KEEP
The huge caveat to this article is that your current squad and chip strategy will dictate your transfers. Those who still have their Free Hit to get out of BGW29 are likely to have very different transfer priorities to those who are navigating the schedule with no chips.
FPL DGW26 Picks – BUY
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m / 38.0%)
With 25 points in his last 3 appearances (including difficult fixtures against Manchester United and Liverpool), DCL seems back to his old, consistent self.
With games against Southampton and West Brom in the double game week, Everton arguably have the best fixtures of any team in GW26 and, apart from GW27 (when they play Chelsea), the fixtures thereafter are looking good as well.
A word of warning to managers who do not have their Free Hit, Everton blank in GW29, so this is worth considering.
Harry Kane (£11.1m / 28.0%)
The Spurs talisman ticks all the boxes this week and I am strongly considering bringing him in and putting the Triple Captain on him.
His recent returns and underlying numbers do not look great, but Man City were utterly dominant against Spurs and Kane actually played better than his numbers suggest, against West Ham.
The fixtures (BUR, ful) look outstanding on the surface but could be slightly deceiving. Fulham are on an excellent run of form, and Burnley can be a tough nut to crack defensively. Kane’s record against the lower table teams is excellent, however, and we know he could be an explosive option if Spurs start clicking again.
FPL DGW26 Picks – SELL
James Maddison (£7.3m / 15.1%)
The extent of Maddison’s hip injury remains unknown, but that he needs to visit specialists suggests that his return is not imminent. This is a real shame for him because he was on a great run of form, netting 30 points in his last four appearances.
Rodgers commented ahead of the clash with Slavia Prague:
“He won’t be available for the game. He’s in consultation with our doctor and some specialists to see where we’re at. For tomorrow night, he misses out.”
Jack Grealish (£7.6m / 30.7%)
There was great uproar when news of Jack Grealish’s injury escaped from the Aston Villa camp, with many fingers pointed towards the FPL community. Personally, I believe a much more effective way to contain leaks is to stop releasing training ground photos which clearly show who didn’t attend. Anyway…
It is a shame Grealish is injured as he was one of my transfer targets for the coming game weeks. He is also such a key part of the team, that I wonder what affect his absence will have on other Villa assets. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it would appear that Grealish is likely to be out for at least a month.
FPL DGW26 Picks – KEEP
Ollie Watkins (£6.5m / 25.0%)
Despite two out of two blanks, I would suggest keeping hold of Ollie Watkins. Aston Villa’s upcoming fixtures (lee/shu, WOL, new/TOT, FUL) look fantastic and, importantly, they do not blank in GW29.
There is a danger, as mentioned earlier, that Watkins could find that his levels of service are affected by Grealish’s absence.
Patrick Bamford (£6.9m / 55.8%)
Leeds’ double game weeks may be past us, however, I would recommend keeping Bamford on board. If you don’t have your Free Hit intact, then Leeds assets will come in useful for BGW29.
Bamford is joint 2nd for Shots In The Box (amongst all players) and 2nd for xG (amongst forwards) over the last four game weeks.
Leeds’ next fixtures (AVL, whu, CHE, ful, SHU) are a mixed bag but I always feel that Leeds are going to both score and concede, irrespective of the opposition. All the other team can do is hope that they score more than them, rather than try to shut them out completely.
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