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Best FPL Players, Transfers, and Rankings for Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 26 (2022)

| February 18, 2022 12:37 pm PDT
FPL logo with Players Mohamed Salah, Bukayo Saka, Romain Saiss, Maxwel Cornet

We have a mega Fantasy Premier League Double Gameweek on the horizon, with no fewer than eight teams playing twice during the upcoming round.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Wolves are the highest-profile Double Gameweek 26 teams. Burnley, Watford, Crystal Palace, and Leeds also play twice in the coming days – giving us plenty of interesting transfer options.

With Liverpool coming up against Norwich and Leeds, many FPL managers will be thinking about taking advantage of their remaining chips. The likes of Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold are bound to be popular Triple Captain picks, while Free Hit and Bench Boost could also come into play.

Today, I will be taking you through the best players for FPL Gameweek 26. I will cover the top Fantasy Premier League picks, differentials, and transfers – along with my Premier League fantasy football player rankings for Gameweek 26.

FPL Gameweek 26 Fixtures

With a total of 14 games on the upcoming schedule, it makes sense to start by checking out the fixtures for FPL Gameweek 26. If you navigate this Gameweek correctly, you could end up coming away with a ton of points.

Here are the Gameweek 26 FPL fixtures.

  • West Ham vs. Newcastle
  • Arsenal vs. Brentford
  • Brighton vs. Burnley
  • Liverpool vs. Norwich
  • Southampton vs. Everton
  • Aston Villa vs. Watford
  • Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea
  • Man City vs. Tottenham
  • Leeds vs. Man Utd
  • Wolves vs. Leicester

West Ham and Newcastle kicks things off on Saturday lunchtime before Wolves and Leicester cap off the weekend’s action. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The first three midweek games take place on Wednesday, February 23, with Arsenal and Wolves wrapping things up on Thursday.

  • Burnley vs. Tottenham
  • Watford vs. Crystal Palace
  • Liverpool vs. Leeds United
  • Arsenal vs. Wolves

As you can see, there are tons of opportunities to pick up points in the coming days. Instead of planning solely for the weekend fixtures, be sure to consider the midweek games, too.

Right, it’s time to check out the best EPL fantasy players for Gameweek 26.

Best FPL Players – Top 5 Options

You won’t be surprised to learn that Double Gameweek players dominate this section.

Sure, there are a number of top players who play just once in Gameweek 26. But if you want to maximize your chances of scoring big, you need to cram as many Double Gameweek players into your FPL team as possible.

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (£13.0m)

Mohamed Salah scored AGAIN as Liverpool beat Inter Milan 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. That means the Egyptian King has bagged 24 goals and nine assists in 29 games across all competitions this season.

Salah has the potential to record a crazy haul in Gameweek 26. Norwich (50) and Leeds (46) have the worst defensive records in the EPL, meaning Salah will almost certainly add to his tally.

In all honesty, there may not be a better opportunity to use your Triple Captain chip this season. Few would argue that Salah is not the best player on the planet right now – and he has not one, but two favorable fixtures around the corner.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool (£8.5m)

While most FPL managers will be playing it safe and sticking the Triple Captain chip on Salah, riskier managers will view Trent Alexander-Arnold as a prime Triple Captain option for Gameweek 26.

Not only is Alexander-Arnold the highest-scoring defender in Fantasy Premier League this season, but he is also the second highest-scoring PLAYER in the game. That tells you everything you need to know about his ability at both ends of the pitch.

HIGHEST-SCORING DEFENDERS IN FPL THIS SEASON
Player Team Points
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 156
Joao Cancelo Manchester City 141
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 116

Let’s face it, nobody would be surprised if TAA kept two clean sheets while adding to his hefty goal and assist tally in Gameweek 26. He could prove to be an excellent Triple Captain pick.

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal (£6.4m)

Sure, Liverpool’s stars will be the most popular FPL players for Gameweek 26. But let’s not forget that Arsenal also doubles up. The Gunners face Brentford on Saturday before hosting Wolves on Thursday.

Bukayo Saka is undoubtedly the best Arsenal player to own for the Double Gameweek. The 20-year-old has featured in all of the Gunners’ 22 EPL games this season, racking up six goals and four assists along the way.

Having notched four goals and two assists in his previous seven Premier League appearances, Saka is destined to enjoy success against Brentford and Wolves.

Son Heung-min, Tottenham Hotspur (£10.7m)

It is no secret that Tottenham has taken a turn for the worse recently. Still, you cannot ignore Son Heung-min when it comes to choosing players for a Double Gameweek.

The South Korean has contributed nine goals and four assists in 19 EPL outings this season, including five goals and three assists in his previous eight.

Of course, Spurs won’t find life easy against Manchester City. But the midweek fixture against bottom-of-the-table Burnley provides them – and Son – with the perfect opportunity to do some serious damage.

Alisson, Liverpool (£6.0m)

Only two goalkeepers – Man City’s Ederson and Wolves’ Jose Sa – have picked up more FPL points than Alisson this season. The Liverpool gloveman has been immense between the sticks, making countless important saves while keeping numerous clean sheets.

In fact, Alisson has achieved three shutouts in the past four Premier League games. With Norwich and Leeds up next, the Brazilian will fancy his chances of enhancing his clean sheet tally in Gameweek 26.

Top FPL Differentials – Low Ownership Players

I have a feeling that differential players are going to have a big say in the outcome of the upcoming Double Gameweek. With that in mind, I have decided to feature five top FPL differentials for Gameweek 26 below.

Roberto Firmino, Liverpool (£8.7m)

Due to Diogo Jota’s rise at Liverpool, Roberto Firmino’s minutes have dropped this season. However, Jota sustained an injury in Milan on Wednesday – meaning Firmino is set to get plenty of action in Gameweek 26.

While Jota has a huge ownership of 39.8%, Firmino is owned by just 3.0% of Premier League fantasy managers. With Jota expected to miss the next two games, I can see Firmino racking up multiple goal involvements against Norwich and Leeds.

Luis Diaz, Liverpool (£8.0m)

Another Liverpool differential who looks set to benefit from Jota’s absence is Luis Diaz. The newcomer played 90 minutes against Leicester in the EPL before making a substitute appearance against Inter in midweek.

Since he recently arrived at Anfield, the Colombian has an ownership of just 0.4%. That percentage is bound to skyrocket with Jota on the sidelines, so I recommend selecting Diaz sooner rather than later in order to get ahead of other FPL managers.

Romain Saiss, Wolverhampton Wanderers (£5.0m)

Given that Wolves boast the second-best defensive record in the Premier League, it seems crazy that Romain Saiss is owned by only 1.9% of FPL managers.

BEST DEFENSIVE RECORDS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
Team Games Goals Conceded
Manchester City 25 14
Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 17
Chelsea 24 18
Liverpool 24 19
Arsenal 22 25

Only first-place Man City has conceded fewer goals than Bruno Lage’s side this season. Saiss has been pivotal to Wolves’ defensive solidity in recent times, starting all but one of his team’s EPL games in 2021-22.

Nelson Semedo, Wolverhampton Wanderers (£4.8m)

Along with Saiss, Nelson Semedo is a great Wolves differential for Gameweek 26. The Wanderers face struggling Leicester this weekend before coming up against low-scoring Arsenal next week.

At 2.9%, Semedo’s ownership is slightly higher than Saiss’. However, the wing-back offers a bigger attacking threat than the center-back – making him more likely to pick up points at both ends of the field.

Maxwel Cornet, Burnley (£5.9m)

Maxwel Cornet has undoubtedly been Burnley’s best player since he arrived from Lyon last year. The Ivorian winger has netted six goals in 13 EPL games but is owned by just 0.9% of managers.

Although the Clarets are currently languishing at the foot of the standings, they will be confident of getting something from their Double Gameweek against Brighton and Tottenham. Expect Cornet to be at the heart of the action.

Player Rankings in Each Position for FPL Gameweek 26

In this section, I rank the top five players for Gameweek 26 in each position. Although I have already mentioned some of these players above, there are more exciting options to consider here.

Best Goalkeepers

  • Alisson, Liverpool (£6.0m)
  • Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal (£5.1m)
  • Jose Sa, Wolverhampton Wanderers (£5.2m)
  • Nick Pope, Burnley (£5.4m)
  • Ben Foster, Watford (£4.1m)

Alisson is the best goalkeeper for fantasy Premier League Gameweek 26. That said, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale is a close second. The young Englishman has kept 11 clean sheets in 19 EPL games and has conceded only 16 goals this season.

Jose Sa, Nick Pope, and Ben Foster round out the top five. They all play twice during the upcoming Double Gameweek, giving them extra opportunities to collect FPL points.

Best FPL Defenders

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool (£8.5m)
  • Andrew Robertson, Liverpool (£7.1m)
  • Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool (£6.7m)
  • Kieran Tierney, Arsenal (£5.1m)
  • Romain Saiss, Wolverhampton Wanderers (£5.0m)

Of course, very few FPL managers will be able to squeeze TAA, Andrew Robertson, and Virgil van Dijk into their team – especially if they own Salah. But the Liverpool defensive trio is a deadly combination for Double Gameweek 26.

Outside of Liverpool, Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney feels like the next best option. Not only has the full-back bagged a goal and three assists this season, but he has also helped the Gunners to register multiple clean sheets in the process.

Best Midfielders

  • Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (£13.0m)
  • Son Heung-min, Tottenham Hotspur (£10.7m)
  • Bukayo Saka, Arsenal (£6.4m)
  • Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace (£6.8m)
  • Sadio Mane, Liverpool (£11.7m)

Wilfried Zaha has the potential to do really well in Gameweek 26. After facing Chelsea, Crystal Palace has a favorable fixture against Watford. Zaha has netted six goals in 19 Premier League outings this season, including two in his previous four.

I have already touched on Salah, Son, and Saka, but I haven’t mentioned Mane. The Liverpool star could run riot in Gameweek 26, having chalked up ten goals in all competitions this term.

Best FPL Forwards

  • Roberto Firmino, Liverpool (£8.7m)
  • Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur (£12.2m)
  • Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers (£7.4m)
  • Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal (£8.3m)
  • Joshua King, Watford (£5.9m)

Aside from Firmino, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is arguably the best FPL forward for Gameweek 26. The England captain has scored four goals in his past eight EPL games, taking his tally for the season to 15 in 33 across all competitions.

Wolves’ Raul Jimenez, Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette, and Watford’s Joshua King all play twice in the coming days. Kings is a sold budget option, while Jimenez and Lacazette are slightly more expensive.

More FPL Gameweek 26 Tips

With eight teams doubling up in Gameweek 26, the FPL transfer opportunities are endless. Still, it is important to remember that you don’t need to take a ton of hits to bring in an excessive number of Double Gameweek players.

Given that every non-free transfer will set you back –4 points, be sure to plan your fantasy Premier League strategy wisely. If your team already contains five or six Double Gameweek players, you will be in a strong position to score big.

It is also worth noting that Burnley plays twice in both Gameweek 26 and 27. Some teams blank in Gameweek 27, too, so make sure you plan your transfers accordingly by visiting the top EPL betting sites.

Good luck and enjoy the Double Gameweek!

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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