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EPL Fantasy Gameweek 26 Player Picks

Angelos Anastassopoulos March 3, 2023

What makes Premier League Fantasy different from most fantasy competitions is that you are only allowed to make one free transfer (two if you have saved one from the previous week). This means that it is always a good idea to keep an eye on upcoming matchdays before making decisions. Gameweek 26 is a normal one, with 10 fixtures involving all 20 Premier League teams. But as we said, we always have to think about the future.

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Next gameweek, the 27th of the season, will have four clubs play twice, namely Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Brentford. From those four, Brighton will play no game on gameweek 28, alongside Liverpool, Fulham, Manchester United, Manchester City, and West Ham. So keep all that in mind before picking your team for Gameweek 26.

Gameweek 26 Fixtures

Saturday, 4 March

Manchester City vs Newcastle
Arsenal vs Bournemouth
Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace
Brighton vs West Ham
Chelsea vs Leeds United
Wolves vs Spurs
Southampton vs Leicester

Sunday, 5 March

Forest vs Everton
Liverpool vs Manchester United

Monday, 6 March

Brentford vs Fulham

Goalkeepers

Fraser Forster (Spurs)

Price: £3.9m | Opponent: Wolves (a)
14 points | 4.0% owned

Hugo Lloris remains sidelined and that means that Fraser Forster is an amazingly valuable fantasy asset. One of the cheapest players in the game plays for one of the strongest backlines. Spurs have four clean sheets in five games (two with him between the sticks) and they are now facing a Wolves team that is certainly better than earlier in the season but still doesn’t look particularly threatening.

Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Price: £4.9m | Opponent: Bournemouth  (h)
102 points | 12.3% owned

Coming from two straight clean sheets, Ramsdale has a relatively easy schedule ahead of him. The fourth highest-scoring goalkeeper in the game will have to face Bournemouth, Fulham, Palace, and Leeds in the next four weeks.

Defenders

Olexandr Zinchenko (Arsenal)

Price: £5.1m | Opponent: Bournemouth (h)
79 points | 12.0% owned

Zinchenko wasn’t himself at the beginning of the season. In the past month, he has once again been one of the most impactful fantasy defenders. He has one goal and one assist in his last three starts and is owned by just 12% of fantasy managers, so he can be a great differential for Gameweek 26.

Timothy Castagne (Leicester)

Price: £4.4m | Southampton (a)
78 points | 6.4% owned

Castagne is sixth in expected goals among Premier League defenders this season. Still, he has only scored one goal, in the season opener against Brentford. If he has a chance to redeem himself, it is this week, against struggling Southampton.

Pervis Estupinan (Brighton)

Price: £4.7m | West Ham (h)
64 points | 5.0% owned

Estupinan is easily the hottest defender in the Premier League right now, with three assists in his last four games. He has scored at least six points in his last five starts and has an easy schedule ahead of him, as his Brighton faces West Ham in Gameweek 26 and Leeds and Palace in the double one that follows.

Eric Dier (spurs)

Price: £5.1m | Wolves (a)
88 points | 6.4% owned

Dier is on fire. He has 30 points in the last five games, earning four clean sheets in the process. If he has a score contribution again (as he did last week) he will be up for a massive return.

Midfielders

Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

Price: £8.5m | Bournemouth (h)
147 points | 38.7% owned

Saka stands out from an absolutely incredible Arsenal midfield and that says a lot. He has three goals and two assists in his last five starts and the schedule ahead of him is theoretically as easy as it gets.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Price: £7.3m | Liverpool (a)
151 points | 53.0% owned

It is insane that Rashford still only costs ¬£7.3m, with ten goals and two assists from his last 10 games (including one coming off the bench). It doesn’t matter if the next opponent is Liverpool. It doesn’t matter if it is the Monstars from Space Jam. He is killing it right now.

James Maddison (Leicester)

Price: £8.1m | Southampton (a)
98 points | 4.5% owned

When he’s not playing, Leicester are garbage. It seems like James Maddison will return to action for the Southampton game and he has the quality to smoke the Saints’ poor defensive line.

Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)

Price: £6.6m | Bournemouth (h)
106 points | 7.7% owned

Leandro Trossard will most likely start as a striker against Bournemouth. He has a feel for the goal and even when he doesn’t score, he earns points with assists.

Forwards

Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

Price: £7.3m | Opponent: Crystal Palace (h)
100 points | 7.7% owned

How has this gone unnoticed? Ollie Watkins has scored in each of his last five starts, against much tougher opposition than Crystal Palace. He is cheap, he is hot and he is owned by less than 8% of fantasy teams.

Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

Price: £12.2m | Opponent: Newcastle (h)
193 points | 85.2% owned

We are getting to the boring part. Everyone owns Erling Haaland. But last week, for the first time in God knows how long, he was not the most popular captain among Fantasy players. If this continues, he can really make a difference.

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