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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. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    looks like a back 3 for West Ham - Zabaleta and Masuaku wing backs

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      which would mean Cresswell LCB

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Masuaku essential. 4.2 only

    3. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      4.2 Masuaka
      Hmmm

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    First on bench

    A Cantwell or
    B Rico

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Rico

  3. BEEZUS
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Lunds
    B) Soy
    C) Alli
    D) Ings

    1. toerag
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      b

    2. GOTHAM City F.C.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      B

    3. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      C

    4. Turns
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      B over C - just

  4. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    First sub - Gomez or Rico?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Maybe Rico

    2. Blunder fc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      rico

  5. andymck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Play Soyuncu (SOU) or Grealish (MCI)?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Soy

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Soy sauce

    2. Turns
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Soy

    3. Soto Ayam
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Greals

      • Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Grealish

    4. Mr_Barbs
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Fabs
      TAA, Sidibe, Lundstram
      Salah, KDB(C), Maddison, Martial, Traore
      Ings, Vardy

      McGovern, Soyuncu, Maupay, Kiko*

      Soy or Maupay first on bench??

      1. Turns
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Maupay

      2. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Play soy bench ings

    5. Turns
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      TROOPS! G2G?

      Ramsdale
      Soy - Dunk - Lund
      Mane - Salah - KDB - Maddison - Grealish
      Vardy(c) - Tammy
      -----
      4.5 - Aurier - Kelly - Gwood

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Good

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Only question is bench order. I have the exact bench and I am Greenwood, Kelly, Aurier atm

      2. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        KDB cap

      3. 1zverGGadeM
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Salah cap 😉

      4. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Salah cap surely

    6. Moon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      start 2
      dunk soy lund

      and am i right to bench alli here?
      mane martial rich sarr (alli)
      ings vardy tammy

      1. Turns
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Lund Soy

        1. Moon
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          thats what i was on. just had deadline doubts

    7. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Finally got rid of Pope...was so annoying owning him these last few weeks

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        who for?

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Fabianski.

      2. toerag
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        who did you get

      3. toerag
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        the top 10 goalies only have 9 points between them

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Form + Fixtures made me want to jump ship. Expect Pope to save a penalty away at Chelsea now.

    8. Disco Stu
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Captain Martial Rashford or Jimi? All three going against poor defense, but Martial gets extra point for goals and clean sheets and the other two are on pens

      1. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Rashford

      2. Oggle22
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I own Martial Vardy KDB Jiminez and Rashford going for Rashford don't ask why haha

    9. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      First on bench Aurier or Kelly?

      1. Soto Ayam
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Auri

      2. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        10 players from Scout picks.

        GW Fail imminent. 😀

        1. Zladan
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Happy with just the 6.

      3. BigPointDipper
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Last min decision!!!

          A)Vardy
          B)Rash
          C)Jimi

          First to 5 wins... go go go

          1. BigPointDipper
              2 months, 22 days ago

              For captain I should add

            • Woy_is_back
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              A

            • Zladan
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              B

              1. Winners900
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                A

            • FPLGeezer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 22 days ago

              B and I'm on him too over Vardy, KDB and Salah!

              1. BigPointDipper
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Kept with Vardy, got to nervous putting it on Rash.. especially as I’m at the game want to enjoy it rather than thinking about him scoring the whole 90mins.. maybe that’s just a poor justification.. got a feeling Leicester and Pool are losing tomorrow.. Bourinho masterclass incoming.. we shall see

              2. Goro Majima
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 22 days ago

                C

            • Orion
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Will definitely going to punt on Kun C! Good luck

            • TakingTheMkhi
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Which keeper would you have right now?

            • Oggle22
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Pope
              TAA Lundstarm Gomez
              Salah KDB (vc) Martial Moura
              Jiminez Vardy Rashford(C)

              Button Kelly Simpson Guendouzi

              Spend hours trying to out think and out smart my ml rivals and worry about captian pick only for the game to refresh and we've landed on the same captain and there cheap mids outscore my premium mids just gunna go with the flow this week!

            • Coys96
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              Masuaku 4.2, wow. Shame I have fabianski

              1. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                reason you have it is difficult to play him in that double as so many good def options, bad for most goalies so easier to play Fab imo.

            • Teahupo'o
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              G2G?

              Pope
              TAA Soyuncu Lundstram
              Mane KDB Salah Traore
              Vardy Rashford DCL

              (Button, Cantwell Williams Rico)
              0FT 0.7ITB

              1. Jarvish Scott Talent
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                At 6:57. Why?

                1. Teahupo'o
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Why the f not?

                2. Forever In Our Shadow
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Silly comment.

                  1. Teahupo'o
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    Really is. I'm at work (2PM here) and just had a minute to double check my team.

                    Meanwhile this was his sole "contribution" for the past 3 hours.

                    1. Forever In Our Shadow
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 22 days ago

                      Absolutely. As I was late to reply it was gtg. 😉 Enjoy the rest of your day.

                      1. Teahupo'o
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 22 days ago

                        Haha. No worries. U2 😉

              2. Coys96
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Yes

              3. Turns
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                G2G

              4. Teahupo'o
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Thank you both.

              5. bench boost for every gamew…
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                it is gtg-)

            • 'Broadsword Calling Da…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 22 days ago

              So, to (C) KdB or Vardy, really can't decide, in the end, I figure more fun to have it on the last match of the GW, so KdB it is.

              1. _Ninja_
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Same

              2. Luton_Fan
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Not really a valid reason lol

                1. Zico Senna
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Sort of is when ya think about it, more rest for Kev

                  1. Luton_Fan
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 22 days ago

                    But thats not his reason lol

              3. Soto Ayam
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Why not!

              4. Mooster
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Need to do something I think...

                A) Pope to 4.9GK
                B) Aurier to 5.2 def(not LIV or LEI. Already have Lundstram)

                Please help me decide A or B and name the player?

                Thanks:))

              5. Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Friend in mini-league is captaining Kev

                (C?

                Salah

                Kev
                ...

                1. Coys96
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  for the 3rd time kev

              6. Hulk Smash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Just realised my team is almost identical to the Scout picks, RIP my gameweek.

                1. Luton_Fan
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  RIP

                2. toerag
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  😆

                3. Coys96
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Only 5 here 😀

              7. Mr_Barbs
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Maupay or Soy first on bench?

                1. Luton_Fan
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Soy

              8. Pep Roulette
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                1st sub

                A. Rico
                B. Dendo

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  a

                2. PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  A

              9. Nightf0x
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Quick ryan or ramsdale start

                1. ClothedinSun
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Ramsdale.

              10. ClothedinSun
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Should I transfer R. Pereira for TAA as soon as I can or wait until just before GW24?

                1. Blunder fc
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  wait

                2. PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Wait

                3. bench boost for every gamew…
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  at least wait until games re finished tomorrow?

              11. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Good luck everyone!

                I’m sticking with Vardy as captain. Not convinced for some reason but he’s been pretty decent this season I suppose!

              12. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                Why are people benching Ings? Ndidi missing is pretty big for Leicester, saw problems v Villa

                1. Whats the Huth
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Agree.
                  Play ings

                2. toerag
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  benched traore over ings because of thst - and ings is having fun atm

                3. bench boost for every gamew…
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  shh... people not aware of that-)

                  but it does give Ings a much better fixture i would say they should have moved it from four to three!

              13. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                PANTS DOWN!

                1. Whats the Huth
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Zzzz

              14. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 22 days ago

                C Kev 🙂

                1. Whats the Huth
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 22 days ago

                  Unlucky