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GW26 FPL stats: Top captains and signings misfire

5 Mar 2021
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur

Kane, Salah and Calvert-Lewin become the latest players to blank in their second match

Managers in Fantasy Premier League suffered a disappointing end to Double Gameweek 26 as the most-popular captains and signings all failed to add to their weekend hauls.

The No 1 captain choice Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) blanked for a second successive match against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

And Harry Kane (£11.1m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) followed suit on Thursday, misfiring against Fulham and Chelsea respectively.

GW26 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s) Points
Fernandes 1,409 6
Kane 1,058 8
Salah 832 5

Salah was substituted after 61 minutes of the Reds' 1-0 home defeat, while Kane missed two big chances in a 1-0 win.

The Spurs forward's goal against Burnley on Sunday was the only attacking return that the three most-popular captains managed between them across a combined six appearances in Double Gameweek 26.

The lack of midweek goals was particularly frustrating for the managers who used their Triple Captain chip on Kane or Fernandes.

The 72,000+ who backed Son Heung-min (£9.5m) will no doubt be pleased with their decision. But, on Thursday, the Spurs midfielder could only add three more points to the 11-point haul he secured against Burnley.

Most Triple-Captained players
Player Triple Captained by ('000s) Points
Kane 239 8
Fernandes 135 6
Son 72 14

The 615,000+ managers who brought in Kane for his Double Gameweek might have hoped for more returns.

And Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) also frustrated his new owners, blanking in both of his matches against Southampton and West Bromwich Albion.

GW26 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Points
Barnes 1,114 1
Calvert-Lewin 811 4
Kane 615 8

Those who moved for Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) fared even worse.

The Leicester City midfielder was the top recruit ahead of the Gameweek deadline but was injured 51 minutes into his first match against Arsenal on Sunday, returning only one point and being ruled out of Leicester City's second Double Gameweek fixture at Burnley.

There was vindication, at least, for the host of FPL managers who sold Danny Ings (£8.4m) or Patrick Bamford (£6.8m), or both, after each forward blanked in their only outing of the Gameweek, against Everton and Aston Villa respectively.

Jack Grealish (£7.6m) also suffered heavy sales due to injury, and missed both of Aston Villa's Gameweek 26 matches.

GW26 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Points
Grealish 1,026 0
Ings 586 2
Bamford 557 2

In total, more than 1.5million Fantasy managers played a chip in Double Gameweek 26.

Triple Captain and Bench Boost were the two most popular, their value enhanced by the extra fixtures.

Those who played the Triple Captain chip had two opportunities to gain a points haul, while Bench Boosters had the chance to benefit from an extra four matches if all their subs played twice.

GW26 chips used
Chip Used by ('000s)
Triple Captain 684
Bench Boost 502
Wildcard 265
Free Hit 85

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series

Part 2: GW26 Bonus points: Mount counts more gains
Part 3: FPL Saturday review: Double delight for City centre-backs
Part 4: FPL Sunday review: Bale back to his best?
Part 5: Who are the best replacements for Barnes in FPL?
Part 6: FPL Monday review: Richarlison extends goal run
Part 7: FPL Tuesday review: Jesus and Mahrez are Double differentials
Part 8: FPL Wednesday review: Fernandes foiled by Palace defence

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