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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 22

You’ve got to hunt for opportunities” declared Pro Pundit Lateriser in his Meet The Manager interview with Joe.

The Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 22 is here to help you do exactly that. But first a reminder that we have a Friday 19:00 GMT deadline in FPL, so don’t forget to make those crucial transfers and captain decisions.

Starting with the team news headlines courtesy of Neale and Rotation’s Alter Ego: Pulisic is out for a few weeks, De Bruyne and Maddison are both declared fit following knocks in their League Cup matches, and Pukki will miss the trip to Old Trafford.

Spurs confirmed that Harry Kane will undergo an operation to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring. The striker is expected to return to training in April. Is there an opportunity here?

Pro Pundits Lateriser and Sam both examined the options. Lateriser analysed which Spurs players profited when Kane missed the end of last season, while Sam – currently the highest-ranked Pro Pundit – gave her thoughts in a Community Q&A video

Her feeling is that Aubameyang might be the better option to the potentially explosive Aguero. In one of several members-only articles over the last ten days, Neale delved into Arsenal’s improvement under new manager Mikel Arteta. Encouragingly for those considering Aubameyang he discovered that the Gabon international is one of the chief beneficiaries: 

Aubameyang has registered more penalty box touches, attempts on goal, shots in the box, efforts on target and big chances than any of his teammates.

– Neale

However Lateriser is finding himself seduced by Aguero with an enticing encounter against Aston Villa up next. 

The three-time top 5,000 manager opened his interview with Joe explaining that you need to find your identity as an FPL manager. He sees himself as someone who isn’t afraid to go against the crowd, citing his recent decision to captain Martial in Gameweek 19 as an example of this. 

And there may be another opportunity this week. David notes that the captaincy debate for Gameweek 22 is not as simple as Fantasy Premier League managers are hoping.

Jamie Vardy once again leads the captain poll and given that the Leicester City forward registered a season-high 20 points against Southampton in Gameweek 10 it is easy to understand why. 

However Southampton’s defence has been considerably better in recent weeks. Lateriser revealed that “only Liverpool have conceded fewer big chances than Southampton in the last four Gameweeks,” and the Reds only played three times. David agrees with the Pro Pundit that Aston Villa present a good opportunity for owners of Manchester City players:

Any side bottom of the league for shots conceded in the box heading into a meeting with Manchester City are always going to be in for a tough time. However, the issue comes from trying to pinpoint which of Guardiola’s men can do the most damage, primarily because of rotation.

– David

If the risk of “Pep-tation” is too much for you, Chelsea and Manchester United offer exciting alternatives. The two teams are second and third behind Manchester City in the latest DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds provided by G-Whizz.

And both sides are tipped for 3-0 wins by Pep Pig in his Preview and Predictions article. Strikers Tammy Abraham and Marcus Rashford are his players to watch. The latter is also selected in this week’s Scout Picks:

Marcus Rashford (£9.2m) has scored five goals and registered one assist in his last six league matches at Old Trafford and we expect such a run to continue against Norwich. The Canaries last kept a clean sheet away from home in Gameweek 13.

– Scout Picks

Let’s not forget Liverpool, who face a Spurs side unable to keep a clean sheet – just one since Mourinho took charge in Gameweek 13. 

Much of the talk surrounding their players is about which three to own for Double Gameweek 24. Upside-chasing Lateriser is very much in the Salah, Mane, Alexander-Arnold camp, whereas Az feels that owning both premium-priced midfielders is a step too far, given the structure of his team:

Overall, I’m just not convinced that major surgery is needed. I know Salah is an incredible player, and looks to be getting back to his best… but the damage it may do to my team if I did go for him may be irreparable. Would I captain him anyway, with Mané being in such good form alongside him? I doubt it.

– Az

Along with Joe and Karam, Az debated Liverpool’s upcoming Double Gameweek on the Scoutcast. They pointed out that with the two matches just under a week apart it could well be a good time to use the Triple Captain chip. They also highlighted which players perform better in away matches, given that neither game is at Anfield.

Firmino stands out as a differential to the costlier Mane and Salah for those who prefer to go with two Liverpool attackers. Indeed Reds-fan Lee backed his potential in a guest appearance in Sam’s Q&A.

The Scoutcast also debated players from Watford and Everton, given their recent managerial changes. The Hornets in particular have improved their attack, as David highlighted in his members-only piece.

[Watford] only scored nine goals in the first 16 matches of the 2019/20 campaign, a period which saw them managed by three different men, Javi Gracia, Flores and Hayden Mullins. By contrast, in the last five matches, Pearson’s men have found the net eight times, a drastic improvement.

– David

Midfielder Ismaïla Sarr was given a ringing endorsement by both Az and Karam, while goalkeeper Ben Foster currently finds himself in Joe’s team.

In fact, goalkeeper moves were all the rage this week with McGovern joining Joe’s team as a back-up in a typical dullard move, and Brighton’s Mat Ryan snapped up by Az. In an act of generosity, the Australian announced on Twitter that he was raising money for the Wildfire Rescue Emergency Fund:

I’ll be donating $500 for every registered save by all @premierleague goalkeepers this weekend.

– Mat Ryan

Let’s hope all our shot-stoppers put in great performances in Gameweek 22.

Pro Pundit and former FPL winner Simon March brought us another enjoyable and thought-provoking read, drawing analogies between FPL and the investment strategies of Warren Buffett. It includes ideas such as contextual value and explains why diversification, or spreading the risk in your FPL team, isn’t always a good idea. 

Finally thank you to luketownsend1997 who looked at which players have been providing value in different positions. Part One reviewed defenders and goalkeepers with part two looking at forwards and midfielders.

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  1. cuppatea78
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    G2G?

    Guaita
    TAA / Lundstram / Soyuncu
    Maddison / KDB / Mane / Alli / Grealish
    Ings / Vardy

    Subs: Pope / Maupay / Dunk / Kelly
    ITB = £1.3

    1. Maradona
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Always play the striker IMO.

      1. cuppatea78
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        But for who?

        1. Villa Velour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Alli

  2. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Pope looks like dropping in value tonight.

    Which option?

    A) Ryan
    B) McCarthy
    C) Save free transfer & lose 0.1

    1. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      ryan

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A

    3. toerag
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      what price will you get for him atm

    4. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B

  3. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Benching Headache... 1FT gonna roll.....

    Ramsdale
    TAA Sidibe Lundy
    Mane KDB Alli Traore
    Vardy(C) Tammy Rashford

    Pope Soyuncu Cantwell Kelly

    Next week Alli and Tammy out for Maupay and Salah

    Good to go?

  4. iL PiStOlErO
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Cpt?

    Rash

    Vardy

    KdB

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Got all 3 going with KDB.

      If nothing else I can have hope until last kick of the ball this GW.

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Same here but probably going with Rash just wanna hear opinions.

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          We all guessing and it seems like there is plethora of decent cpt picks this week so in the end it will be down to luck once again.

        2. iL PiStOlErO
          2 months, 26 days ago

          True. This game is 90% luck.

    2. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I have all 3. Going with Rash. Southampton strong defensively atm. Villa new system doing good defensively

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Same thinking. I agree. Good luck to us.

    3. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Was on vardy.....tempted to mane now

  5. Maradona
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Pick three from four?

    Soyuncu
    Grealish
    Traore
    Lundstram

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Traore to the bench

    2. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I would bench Soy, I believe they will concede.

  6. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Who to Captain :

    A) Rashford (NOR)
    B) Tammy (BUR)
    C) Vardy (SOU)
    D) KdB (avl)
    E) Mane (tot)

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Rash

    1. toerag
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      does it just not let you in if you dont have the safety scoes TM??

    2. toerag
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      im banned from entering apparently

      1. toerag
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        GW 16 🙄

  7. palace ash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Holgate (BHA)
    B) Soyuncu (SOU)

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Soy

    2. Psakhotherapy
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Same problem for me...at the moment I have Holgate first sub, probably a mistake

  8. fridge
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    1FT, 3m ITB

    Ramsdale
    TAA. Soyuncu. Lundstram
    Salah. KDB. Maddison. Martial. Traore
    Ings. Vardy
    Button. Greenwood. Kelly. Aurier

    GTG to save the FT ahead of getting 3rd pool next week?

  9. el polako
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    If Piatek ends up at Spurs and is kindly priced 6-7m I will give him a go.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Watched some highlights and he seemed sharp...

      1. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        People always do in highlights!

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          True that but not many foreigners had better 1st season in Serie A than he did.

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Yeah, he was prolific last season. I'll be interested but think he'll be too expensive, he'll also be expected to settle immediately, Jose isn't patient man and he's needed straight away.

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          True

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Good striker being scapegoat for Milan's shocking form.

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      No chance he'll be that cheap unfortunately.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Hope it will not be like this since I am rossonero. I hope Dembele will be the one.

  10. cuppatea78
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Who to play?
    A) Pope
    B) Guaita

  11. mash
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Best one or two week punt midfielder? Replacing Alli, placeholder for Salah. Max price 8.6

    A) Martial
    B) Richarlison
    C) Sarr

    1. Firefoxed
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Have madisson? Then rich

      1. mash
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Yep, already have Maddison. Cheers!

  12. Who Am I?
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Gazza to Pickford or Kelly to Sidibe?

    1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Gazza the most urgent.

  13. Henning
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Repost

    Thoughts on this Wild card team.

    Need to free up about 0.3 m to do Sterling to Salah gw 24. Should i downgrade a defender?

    Ryan

    TAA Sidibe Lundstram

    Mane Sterling KDB Traore Perez

    Jimenez Vardy

    Button Calvert-Lewin Dunk Soyuncu

    1. subhojit123
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Downgrade perez

  14. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Richarlison as a 2 week punt - what do you say?!

    1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I went for it. Alli -> Richa. First hit of the season

  15. Would an idiot do that?
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    is Aguero to Salah -4 worth it this week?

    Want Salah in for the double and Aguero isn't guaranteed to start.

    Cheers

  16. iL PiStOlErO
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Same here. But since i am rossonero I hope that will not happen 😉

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      2 months, 26 days ago

      *reply fail

  17. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    G2g for this GWk??

    Ryan
    Lundstram/ TAA/ Soy
    Mane(vc)/ Maddison/ KDB/ Traore/ Salah
    Vardy(c)/ DCL

    Bench:: Button/ Rico/ Connolly/ Kelly

  18. Oggle22
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Pope
    TAA Lundstarm Gomez
    Salah KDB Martial Moura
    Jiminez Vardy Rashford

    Button Kelly Simpson Guendouzi

    Captain
    A) Rashford
    B) martial
    C) KDB

    Cheers

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Rash

  19. wanaj84
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Aguero or sterling for this week?

    1. subhojit123
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Sterling... however no one knows who's gonna start

  20. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play Rico or Greenwood? Hm

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Rico

    2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Rico

  21. phineedle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Thoughts on Salah captain, takes a lot of shots, Gazza is an awful keeper?

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nah, only 1 goal away this season

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Decent pick.
      Spurs cant defend.

  22. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Mo to Sterling for the next two? Getting tempted. Very tempted

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nah, as it's technically 2 transfers to get salah back in for dgw

  23. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    WC this lot?

    Ryan, Pope
    Soyuncu, Lundstram, Aurier, Rico, Kelly
    Mané, KdB, Richarlison, Fleck, Alli
    Vardy, Aguero, DCL

    to WC

    Ryan, Pope
    Soyuncu, Lundstram, Sidibe, TAA, Stevens
    Mané, KdB, Fleck, Salah, Traore
    Vardy, DCL, Ings
    (6 changes, -20 pts)

    or -8 pts

    Aguero, Alli, Aurier > Ings, Salah, Stevens

    ???

  24. Coys96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    gtg? anything worth changing / a hit?

    Fabianski
    Trent Soy Lund
    Mane Kdb (c) Martial Grealish
    Vardy Ings Aubameyang

    Button Cantwell Rico Aurier

    Went Auba in the end.

    Captain:
    A) Martial
    B) KdB

  25. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I wish someone knew where KDB was going to play positionally vs villa! If he is where he was vs arsenal he could be dynamite

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Indeed. But for that reason hes my vice

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I think he will be. He usually is when teams play 3 atb

  26. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    G2G here? Any late injury issues?
    Right bench order too? Cheers & GL 🙂

    Fabianski
    TAA • Söyüncü • Lundstram
    KDB • Salah • Mané • Richarlison • Grealish
    Vardy(C) • Maupay
    (McGov. Greenwood. Rico. Aurier)

  27. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Best 4.2m defender out there?

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lascelles

    2. dontyouknowimloko
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I’m looking at this too.

      Got 2 FTs so thinking Kiko.

      Let’s me upgrade Zaha to Maddison.

      Which 4.2s are you looking at?

    3. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I got Zabaleta

  28. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Richarlison or DSilva?

  29. zhiren
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Who to captain?

    A) KDB
    B) Vardy
    C) Jimenez
    D) Martial
    E) Mane

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A