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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. TERIYAKI 69
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    last minute cap swap from Vardy to KDB.so help me God.

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Unlucky

    2. toerag
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      ill pray

    3. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Just did the exact same thing!

    4. Regin
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Stuck with vardy

    5. TERIYAKI 69
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      pussied out of it and returned it to party last minute.

  2. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pens down....

  3. DrCongo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pens down

  4. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My rank is tank, and I did a last minute punt on Masuaku hahahaha

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      nice. I would have if i dint have fab

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Good Luck

  5. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pens down allowed to say now? I blew my load early..

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ink everywhere...

    2. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Congrats

  6. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Good luck everyone!

    1. Guru Mediation
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You too mate

    2. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nah. The worst luck to everyone. And the best luck to me

      1. toerag
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        what he said 😆

  7. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    ⚽ Team News 📰
    SHU: Henderson, Egan, O'Connell, Basham, Stevens, Norwood, Fleck, Lundstram, Baldock, McGoldrick, McBurnie
    Subs: Eastwood, Jagielka, Osborn, Muhamed Besic, Mousset, Sharp, Robinson

    WHU: Fabianski, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Cresswell, Lanzini, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Haller, Felipe Anderson
    Subs: Martin, Jeremy Ngakia, Diop, Gonçalo Cardoso, Bernardo Costa Da Rosa, Fornals, Snodgrass

    1. Whats the Huth
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      1-0 to Sheffield please
      Lundy goal and Henderson assist

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This please

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Oh Fleck

      1. 11 smelly shirts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Fleck will score - he's my differerntial this week, he even put Grealish to the bench

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      SHU 2 -2 WHU just want to watch some goals!

  8. Blunder fc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    That was horrid, both captaincy and benching decisions. Think I changed 6 times in about a minute and a half

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bet your heart was going like the clappers 🙂

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      NOw you can say "I was gonna cap him" no matter who does well 🙂

  9. Luton_Fan
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Pens down peoples

  10. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    KDB it is then

  11. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Dont know if I Captained Aguero or KdB.

    1. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Either option is great

      1. toerag
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        yep

  12. KAPTAIN KUN
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    My first hit of the season!!

    Good luck all:

    McCarthy
    TAA | Soyuncu | Lundstram
    Salah (VC) | Mane | KdB | Alli | Cantwell
    Vardy (C) | Ings

    Martin | Rico | Greenwood | Kelly

    😎

  13. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Yes pens down ... nothing to worry about 😉

  14. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What's happening? When is deadline?

    1. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      11:30am tomorrow

      1. Coys96
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Oh wait...

      2. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Alright then. Safe to make moves tomorrow

      3. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks buddy. Thought it was today with all the posts I am seeing

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      GW23?

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        😆

    3. puhd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      It was 5 minutes ago. Sheffield and West Ham playing this evening

  15. toerag
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    beer incoming

    1. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Cheers mate!

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Cheers

  16. Kip
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Masuaku might become an option

  17. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Swtiched captaincy between Vardy and KDB many times in the last minute and now I don't know who is my captain 😀 It will be a surprise for me now Damnnn 😀

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      If it shows message after saving it didnt register

      1. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I didn't know who was the captain when I refreshed and then it was showing message. Seriously I really don't know

  18. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Blades 2 - 0 West Ham

    Henderson brace, two Lundstram assists sound about right?

    1. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Got a sneaky feeling for a boring 0-0.

    2. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Oh yes please!!!!!

  19. Guru Mediation
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Zabaleta ultimate differential!

    1. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Either him or Masuaku, I went for old Zaba 🙂

  20. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Masuaku is interesting

  21. Oggle22
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Stayed strong and saved my ft and captained Rashford
    Pope
    TAA Lundstarm Gomez
    Salah KDB(vc) Martial Moura
    Jiminez Vardy Rashford(C)

    Button Kelly Simpson Guendouzi

    Good luck all!

  22. TwiggsJameson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    0-0 please.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Same got Lundstram + Fabianski

      1. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Same

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nah.. Balbuena is 3rd on my bench

  23. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    o who did you all end up capping?

    1. drughi
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      vardy I think

    2. toerag
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      kdb (c) vardy (vc)

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Same for me

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Same

    3. Kip
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Vardy, after plenty of hokey cokey with Jimi

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      masuaku

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wow...

    5. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Aguero

    6. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Salah c Mane v

  24. Teomi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Been on either vardy/kdb all day... ended up last minute on capping SALAH!!!!

    Oh my!!!!!

    1. toerag
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      lol

  25. drughi
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Was between salah and KDB for captaincy all week and then switched to vardy last minute lol

    1. Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Haha, look at my post over

  26. Ha.
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A. Fabs and Dunk
    B. Ryan and Masauku

  27. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Here’s me this week. GL all.

    https://imgur.com/gallery/ejdiYDb

    1. Teahupo'o
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Looks great. Good luck 🙂

  28. Stram Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 12 days ago

    GL guys!

  29. Luton_Fan
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Looking forward to my transfers in and captain failing and my transfers out and vc scoring heavily. BRING IT ON!

  30. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Anyone else got Sidibe?

    1. drughi
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      is it a new std ?

    2. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Loads

    3. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sounds painful.

    4. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Around 140,000 people