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Watchlist Update – Firmino breaks into forwards selection

After the hectic Christmas schedule came to an end in Gameweek 21, we have finally been able to update our Watchlist.

This feature helps us keep track of the best Fantasy Premier League options to monitor over the coming matches.

It is split by position and uses a variety of factors to decide the rankings.

The top story coming into Gameweek 22 is probably not a huge surprise in that we have given Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) a return to the summit of the midfield section.

The Egyptian’s form is hard to ignore, with three double-figure hauls in his last four matches and appealing fixtures on the horizon. A trip to Brighton this weekend might be harder than some imagine, but home matches against Crystal Palace and Leicester afterwards look like routine outings for Liverpool. In Gameweek 25 and 26, Salah will face the shaky defences on offer at West Ham and Bournemouth.

That means Eden Hazard (£11.1m) drops to second place, partially caused by blanks in both of his last two fixtures. However, we still believe the Chelsea man is a good option long-term with strong underlying statistics and decent fixtures too. Newcastle, Huddersfield and Brighton are the next three players to visit Stamford Bridge, while the defences of Arsenal, Bournemouth and Manchester City, their next three away trips, have been suspect recently.

The biggest riser in the midfield category is Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m) as he sneaks in between Christian Eriksen (£9.3m) and Felipe Anderson (£7.4m) to sit in seventh place. The fixtures are good for Everton, who have Bournemouth, Southampton and Huddersfield as their next three, all of which are vulnerable through the centre. Sigurdsson himself has two goals and an assist in his last three starts. The inclusion of the cheaper Richarlison (£6.9m), who still has a chance of playing out of position as a centre-forward, is the main reason why we can’t really push the Icelandic international any higher.

At the other end of the midfield section, Ryan Fraser (£6.1m) comes back onto the Watchlist to replace Roberto Pereyra (£6.3m). The Bournemouth winger is currently an injury doubt (hamstring), which is why we can’t really put him any higher, but he looks capable of performing very well over the next few weeks if he’s fit. The left-sided midfielder is second for chances created over the last four Gameweeks and faces sides either vulnerable on their right or to ser pieces in each of his next six.

We also see Anthony Martial (£7.3m) drop down several places. The Frenchman has been a victim of Paul Pogba (£8.4m) and striker Marcus Rashford‘s (£7.3m) success.

The forwards’ section has also seen some changes, not least including the removal of Rashford’s injury doubt, although we still see him as a slight rotation risk with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez potentially waiting in the wings.

Harry Kane (£12.6m) remains top of the pile based on his better fixtures compared to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m), although it’s a close-run thing between the two strikers.

Raúl Jiménez (£6.4m) and Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) remain the tried and tested budget forwards, while two new names have joined the forwards ranks just below them.

Roberto Firmino‘s (£9.2m) recent form, four goals in his last two matches, forced him into our thinking. He also benefits from Salah’s favourable fixture run but has registered more penalty box shots than him in the last six Gameweeks.

Threatening to become one of the new cheaper forwards offering excellent value is Ashley Barnes (£5.6m). He comes onto the list in place of the injured (and similarly priced) Danny Ings (£5.6m) having recorded eight shots on target since Gameweek 18. Only Rashford and Pogba have managed more in that time.

Further down, Callum Wilson (£6.7m) drops to the bottom of the list in light of his recent injury doubt, Eddie Howe revealing he has a hamstring problem ahead of Gameweek 22.

Not much has changed in defence, with Andrew Robertson (£6.6m) still the best option as Liverpool’s fixtures carry more clean sheet potential. We were close to adding Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) and encouraging a double-up on the Reds’ backline but we’d like to see which options are fit to line-up in Gameweek 22 before pushing that angle.

Meanwhile, Matt Doherty (£5.2m) and Lucas Digne (£5.2m) remain the cheaper options, although their popularity has seen them both move out of the budget category.

Jan Bednarek (£3.9m) keeps his place on the Watchlist as he continues to hold down a spot in Southampton’s defence. The Polish international has started the last six Premier League matches in a row and can help any Wildcarders spend a little extra elsewhere.

The biggest changes in the Goalkeeper section over December saw Ederson (£5.6m) drop all the way from the top three to the bottom of the pile. Manchester City are now without a clean sheet in eight Gameweeks, making his expensive price not worth paying at all.

Crystal Palace’s new number one Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) offers the best value right now. He appears to be the starting goalkeeper at Selhurst Park and the fixtures indicate there could be more clean sheets on the way for him, including the trip to Southampton in Gameweek 24 and a home match against Fulham in Gameweek 25.

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1,116 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FreddyP3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Wilson really injured or could he be forcing a transfer?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      No he's not forcing a transfer.

  2. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Etherige or Guaita

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      Etheridge

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 12 hours ago

      Guaita.

  3. Daniel Exeter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Think its got to be Hazard and Son > Salah and Fraser

    Only way I can afford Salah tbh.

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      Do it next week

    2. No Mo Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      this

  4. Dosh
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    For the long-term,

    A. Sane + Auba

    B. Sterling + Firmino

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      A

    2. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      A

    3. Four Hit Wonder
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      Sane and Sterling are roughly on the same level but Sane is cheaper, and Auba is twice the FPL player Firmino is.

      So, Sane and Auba.

  5. RustyBz
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    Who am I? I've played with the following players either at club or international level:

    Mousa Dembele
    Jermaine Defoe
    Joshua King
    Darren Bent
    Robbie Fowler
    Michael Owen

    1. Bird Raymond
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      Danny Murphy?

      1. RustyBz
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        Nice. Took me so long 🙁

  6. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 13 hours ago

    gtg? - anything for a hit?

    fab
    robbo - pereira - awb
    hazard - sane - siggy - son - pogba
    kane - rashford

    hamer - jiminez - bednarek - doherty

    1. Houldsworth Hatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      No hits needed. G2G

  7. HAMMERTIME107
      7 days, 13 hours ago

      2 free transfers but £0 in the bank!
      *
      Need some help please? Should I stretch to get Salah in?

      Fabianski
      Pereira | Wan-Bissaka | Digne
      Mane | Sane | Richarlison | Martial
      Kane | Rashford | Aubameyang

      Speroni | Billing | Dunk | Targett

      1. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        really like your team pal!

        I'd get rid of martial for siggy and roll the rest

        team looks solid and really fancy everton next few games

        1. HAMMERTIME107
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Thanks mate.

            Just have that worry of no Salah every week!

            But without can get a better all round team!

      2. No Mo Salah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        rumor Salah didn’t train with the team true or false ?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          You tell us.

        2. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          given he's been travelling to the other side of the world recently, that would not surprise me..

          but that's not to say he won't play

        3. TaiwanHC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          Source?

        4. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          Source?

        5. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          There's no rumour, so false, or might call it a fraud as many try here and succeed to make people sell every week

      3. DaniCT
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        I might just captain Richarlison.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          Not concerned by form?

          1. DaniCT
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 13 hours ago

            He has to hit it. He's due and the match with a leaky defence like BOU is the perfect chance. Any ideea if he will Calvert-Lewin will start ? That is what worries me.

            1. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              I dont.

          2. DaniCT
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 13 hours ago

            if Calvert-Lewin * will start. Sorry.

            1. Peter Ouch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              If calv starts then richa on the wing so he will definitely score

        2. No Mo Salah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          with bou crap defense he will probably bang a few

      4. gilean
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        Looking for a replacement for Lovren for 5.6. Already have TAA. Thinking of Digne or Bednarek/Cedric. Any thoughts on this? If I get Bednarek I can afford Kane for Auba for GW23.

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          Im taking Lovren to Bed.

          1. gilean
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 13 hours ago

            Ok stud

        2. Teddy Brewski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          Who are your other defenders?

          1. gilean
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            7 days, 13 hours ago

            Doherty, Alonso, AWB, TAA

            1. Teddy Brewski
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              Get Bednarek in that case. You'll want to start Doherty, TAA and Alonso every week for the next few games anyway

              1. gilean
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Cheers

      5. mash
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        Fabianski
        Luiz Digne AWB
        Salah Hazard Pogba Richarlison
        Kane Rashford Jiminez

        Patricio Kolasinac Doherty Hojberg*

        1FT, 0 in the bank

        Fairly happy with my team overall, apart from the lack of Liverpool defence.

        A) Fab and Kola to Gualtia and TAA (-4)
        B) Fab to Gualtia (then Kola to TAA next week)
        C) Save FT to be flexible next week (e.g. if Hudson-Odoi become an option)

        Any advice/opinions appreciated!

        1. Teddy Brewski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          C. I've got a 1FT and have the same keeper combo. Planning to roll it. Something is bound to happen over the weekend you'll want to react to. Fab could come good again and you'd probably play Pat over Guaita/Fab GW23 and GW24 anyway

          1. mash
            • 6 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Cheers! The last decision for me this week is whether to start Kolasinac ahead of AWB, or even Jiminez...

            1. Teddy Brewski
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 12 hours ago

              Tricky one! I'd probably bench Jiminez but it's really close

      6. sirmorbach
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        Wan-B and Camarasa or Bednarek and Brooks? (for the bench mostly)

        1. mattyb09
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          AWB & Camarasa

      7. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        Assuming Ings is back and healthy next week...

        a) Ings+0.8
        b) Jimenez

        1. No Mo Salah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          jim still in form and good fixtures ahead

        2. TONY123
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          Jimenez

        3. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          B

      8. Auboomerang
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        Think I'm going Salah-less but have my captains planned over the next 5 weeks. Thoughts on this team please:

        Fabianski
        Trent, Digne, Doherty
        Sterling, Mane, Hazard, Siggy, Pogba
        Jimenez, Kane

        Hamer, Tomkins, Chambers, Kamara

      9. Jared Dunn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        Hi All,

        Fabianski (Hamer)
        TAA / Digne / AWB (Holebas / Doherty)
        Hazard / Pogba / Richarlison / Anderson / Camarasa
        Kane / Aubameyang (C) (Jimenez)

        1ft, 0.9ITB.

        Hamer -> Guaita or Save FT.

        Thanks

      10. #FPLBhuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        captain

        a) kane
        b) sane
        c) haz
        d) siggy
        e) son

        1. Prison Mike
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          C

        2. DAVESAVES
          • 1 Year
          7 days, 12 hours ago

          B

      11. Prison Mike
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        Who to start?

        A) Jiminez (mci)

        B) Camarasa (HUD)

        1. mattyb09
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          B

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          A.

        3. Teddy Brewski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          B

        4. DaniCT
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          A

        5. RustyBz
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          A

      12. jay01
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 13 hours ago

        I don’t know what to do with my team, 140 points behind my rival (I’m about 400k rank) and clueless.. dark times in FPL

        Fabianski Stek
        Alonso, Laporte, Digne, Kolasinac, AWB
        Salah, Hazard, Fanderson, Brooks, Billing
        Kane, Wilson, Ings

        Nothing in the bank.. hold ft or?

        1. Mattias
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          Ings > Barnes for a differential?

          1. jay01
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 13 hours ago

            Was thinking of going 442, then transferring out two defenders inc Alonso for a Liverpool defence double up next week

            1. jay01
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              Thinking of a wc though

        2. jay01
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          (Made all my decisions at the wrong time)

          1. Mattias
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            7 days, 12 hours ago

            Still time to catch up, I wouldn't wc as your team is is decent shape. Play a patient game and your moves will pay off.

            1. jay01
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 12 hours ago

              I guess you’re right, only thing is I feel no city attack will kill me off

      13. ElChapo
          7 days, 13 hours ago

          A) Salah, Puncheon, FAnderson, Bamba
          B) Salah, Camarassa, Brooks, Trippier

          1. Teddy Brewski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 days, 13 hours ago

            A but probably someone else instead of Bamba

            1. ElChapo
                7 days, 13 hours ago

                3 clean sheets in last 6, decent fixtures coming up....who would you suggest?

                1. Teddy Brewski
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 12 hours ago

                  Depends on the rest of your defence

                  1. ElChapo
                      7 days, 12 hours ago

                      doherty, kolasinac, AWB, Robertson

                      1. Teddy Brewski
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        7 days, 12 hours ago

                        Bednarek then. Save the cash and bench him

                        1. Teddy Brewski
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          7 days, 12 hours ago

                          That way you can upgrade Puncheon to Camarasa if you like too

            2. GreenShark1
              • 4 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              1FT available and 0ITB...intending to just roll it as no pressing issues. Am i benching the correct players and is bench order correct? Thanks.

              Foster
              TAA, Alonso, Digne
              Hazard(c), Martial, Son, Felipe Anderson, Camarasa
              Kane, Aubameyang(vc).

              Patricio, Wan Bissaka, Jimenez, Bennett.

              1. TONY123
                • 3 Years
                7 days, 13 hours ago

                I'm capping Auba over Haz and playing Jim over AWB but could go either way

            3. Halas it's Salah
              • 5 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              G2G?

              Fabs
              TAA AWB Pereira
              Salah Pogba Richarlison Fernandinio
              Kane Rashford Aubameyang

              Button/Lindelof/Doherty/Neves

              1. Halas it's Salah
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Sorry Fernandinho!

            4. TaiwanHC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              Guaita or Etheridge?

              Already have AWB, but Etheridge more expensive and may need the funds to get Salah next GW.

              1. Teddy Brewski
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                7 days, 13 hours ago

                Guaita

              2. Peter Ouch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Thinking the same but I don't have awb.
                I wouldn't double up any defence except Liverpool's.
                I think I will go for both

              3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                • 3 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Guaita. If I could wait I'd look at whoever nails a Southampton keeper spot.

            5. dee_top
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              If I have Fab and Speroni:
              A) Fab to Etheridge
              B) Speroni to Guaita

            6. The Overthinker
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              Best midfielder below 6.9m?

              1. RustyBz
                • 3 Years
                7 days, 13 hours ago

                Richalison/Fraser

              2. dbeck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                richarlison

                1. The Overthinker
                  • 2 Years
                  7 days, 12 hours ago

                  Have rich.

              3. TONY123
                • 3 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Below and equal to 6.9 = Richarlison
                Below = Pereyra

              4. Typo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Has to be the obvious Fraser

            7. Aubaaaaa
              • 2 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              Any updates on Camarasa?

            8. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              Which looks preferable?

              A) Fabs to Guaita.
              Next week: Hazard and Son to Salah and Richarlison (no hits, keep Martial).
              B) Fabs to Guaita.
              Next week Son and Auba to Salah and striker 7.1 or below (Wilson/Arnie etc) (no hit)
              C) Fabs to Guaita and Martial to Richarlison.
              Next week: Son and Auba to Rashford and Salah (-4).

            9. SoShy
              • 3 Years
              7 days, 13 hours ago

              How would you plan to get in Pool attack? Either this GW or Next
              2 FTs 1.3 in the bank

              Fab
              Taa Pereira Awb
              Fanderson Richa Sterling Delo
              Rash Kane Auba

              Pat Keane March Doherty

              1. TONY123
                • 3 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Sterling, Deulo and Auba to Sané Salah and Jimenez? Wait one more week though

            10. Daniel Exeter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              7 days, 12 hours ago

              Looking forward to when KDB becomes an option once again. 9.7

              1. Mattias
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                I'd say he already is an option again

              2. Meinhoff
                • 6 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                People been saying that for 22 weeks now.

            11. Green Street Hooligans
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Choose one from
                A-Hodson odoi
                B-Shaw
                C-Kamara

                1. TONY123
                  • 3 Years
                  7 days, 12 hours ago

                  Weird question - definitely B

                2. RustyBz
                  • 3 Years
                  7 days, 12 hours ago

                  Shaw is the only nailed starter, so him

                3. Four Hit Wonder
                  • 1 Year
                  7 days, 12 hours ago

                  A

              • The Overthinker
                • 2 Years
                7 days, 12 hours ago

                Views on Lingard / Redmond ??

                1. Mattias
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  7 days, 12 hours ago

                  Lingard needs to get out of my team, and out of social media.

                2. Teddy Brewski
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  7 days, 12 hours ago

                  Both will be annoying to own imo. Redmond is cheaper and will start every game so he'd probably be less annoying

                  1. The Overthinker
                    • 2 Years
                    7 days, 12 hours ago

                    Any other option other than Fraser ?

                    1. Teddy Brewski
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      7 days, 12 hours ago

                      Rich/Pereya?

                      1. The Overthinker
                        • 2 Years
                        7 days, 12 hours ago

                        Have rich and deulofeu