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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. Colonel Shoe 肝池
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    no love for salah captain?

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Been tempted but only 1 goal away in PL.

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Im capping him. Liverpool are simply a level above the entire league bar City.

      1. yosim
        2 months, 20 days ago

        same here

    3. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Have Salah and mane....gone mane.

    4. twoplustwo
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      All over it

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      His away performance is dire

  2. mcginnntonic
    2 months, 20 days ago

    for gw24 - which combo is better?

    madds + saiss -> cantwell + robbo
    Abraham+ saiss -> greenwood + robbo?

  3. jorgenoj
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Start Holgate or Soy??

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Soy

    2. Eriksen Maestro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Holg

  4. Reinhold
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    What's worth more?

    A) Rico (WAT)
    B) Kolasinac (cpl) -4

    No doubt what's more fun, but that's a different story

  5. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Otamendi -> Holgate the best move here?

    Ryan
    TAA, Soy, Otamendi
    Salah, KDB, Martial, Moura
    Vardy, Ings, Maupay

    Button, Aurier, Dendoncker, Kiko
    Bank 0.0m, 2FT

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yep

    2. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Aurier out first

  6. Luton_Fan
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Kdb only played deep 2nd half vs everton because of preservation/ managing game reasons and he will be in a more advanced role vs aston villa. Am i right?

    1. toerag
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      think so

    2. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      He played deep the whole match

  7. Eriksen Maestro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Vardy or Rash Capitano?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Rash

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I'd Rash it if I had him

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Going with my gut this week and it's on Rash. Sure to backfire but oh well

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Vardy

  8. Snevitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Have Southampton actually improved defensively...or have they just played teams who weren't so good at attacking?

    1. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Improved.

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Improved.

      They beat Chelsea 0-2 away.

    3. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Soton are no pushovers of late. In fact soton have conceded only 1 goal or fewer in 7 of the last 8 pl games. (conceded only 6 goals in total in that period)

      They are currently the most inform team in the league after Liverpool.

      1. HurriKane
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        They beat tough oppositions like chelsea and spurs lately as well

  9. Riggs
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Who to captain?
    A) KDB
    B) Vardy
    C) Mane
    D) Sterling

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Sterling

  10. Le Tigre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    How much of a better option is Sidibe over Holgate?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Worth extra investment imo

    2. NilSatisNisiOptimum78
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Go Sidibe maaaate, he's playing in midfield

  11. jorgenoj
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    What to do here? 2 FTs and 1.0 ITB.

    Ramsdale - Button
    TAA - Soy - Lundstram - Holgate - Rico
    Salah - KdB - Martial - Maddison - Dendoncker
    Vardy - Rashford - Ings

  12. TimetoplaytheKane
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Pick a cap

    Vardy
    Salah
    Kdb

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Kdb

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      KDB

    3. Esalman
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      salah

  13. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Best sub 5.0 third striker? (mainly bench fodder)

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Greenwood

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Parrot could be a fun punt til Spurs get their new striker, but any of Greenwood, Connolly, or Martinelli are good options

  14. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Bench one:

    Grealish (MCI)
    Holgate (BRI)

    Thanks!

    1. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Grealish

    2. Esalman
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Holgate

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Holgate

  15. wulfranian
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    DSilva or Anderson?

  16. Athletic Nasherbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Wildcard is sorted. Need to move up from 480K.

    Fabianski
    TAA Lundstram Holgate
    Salah(VC) Mane Richarlison Neto
    Aguero(C) Vardy DCL

    McCarthy Cantwell Webster Hanley

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Some nice differentials so like it. I have got Aguero in as captain also to try and catch up ML leaders.

  17. Totti
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    need your help guys

    last decision
    first five will go with them

    1. Totti
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      post failed 🙂

  18. Luton_Fan
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Rash or kdb captain 🙂

  19. thewhitepele
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    G2G?

    Fabs
    TAA Soy Lunds
    KDB(c) Salah Maddison Grealish
    Vardy Rash Ings

    Button Cantwell Rico Lascelles

    1FT 1.3m ITB

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Looks good

      1. thewhitepele
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Think kdb will be in attacking mid role?

      1. thewhitepele
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        hope so 😀

  20. Clarity
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 20 days ago

    No other issues in team.

    A) Alli > Richarlison
    B) Save

    Thanks!

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A

  21. vandebeek
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Given Spurs weak form and Mahrez's quite consistent returns, what do you think of Alli - Mahrez transfer for free?

  22. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    A: KDB
    B: Vardy
    C: Rashford

    Who's the captain here?

    1. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      already have martial if that makes a diff

  23. toerag
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    anyone fancy tammy (c)???

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

  24. Bubbles1985
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    GTG? Bench ok?

    Ryan
    Lundy Soy TAA
    Salah KDB Grealish Martial(vc) Traore
    Deeney Vardy(c)

    Button Kelly Rico Greenwood

    I have 1FT and 4.9itb how does it look??
    Planning to save my transfer and upgrade Martial > Mane next week

    Cheers!

  25. Totti
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    need your help guys
    last decision

    first five will go with them 🙂

    play:

    A) wood
    B) rico

  26. snowman
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Save FT?

    Pope
    Soyunc Lundstram TAA
    Maddison KDB Salah Traore
    Jiminez Vardy(c) Ings

    Subs: Mount, Rico, Kelly

    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yes

  27. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Alli out for Martial or Rich ft?

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Rich

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      R

  28. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Start ryan or ramsdale
    Bench maupay or madison
    Start soy or sidibe

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Maup, sidibe

      1. Luton_Fan
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Rams

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yikes

      Bench boost!

      Ryan
      Maupay
      Sidibe

      Maddison is too good to bench but like Maupay. Think Everton are just better cs call and possible attacking returns. Allergic to Bournemouth defence

  29. Brendan95
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    A: Stick to this plan?

    Gazza/Button
    Robbo/Soy/Lund/Kelly/Rico
    Mane/KDB/Maddi/Grealish/Cantwell
    Vardy/Rashford/Jimi

    1FT 2.2ITB

    GW22: Save FT
    GW23: Rashford/Jimi > Ings/DCL
    GW24: Grealish > Salah

    B: or swap Gazza > Ryan now and rethink the plan later?

  30. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Hmm, toying with KDB captain over Vardy then... will I regret it? 🙂

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Im doing same thing i think but over vardy, rash, martial, salah and mane eeek