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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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1,322 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Would an idiot do that?
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Chances of Aguero starting this week?

    1. Would an idiot do that?
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Swap to Salah worth a hit?

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

      100%

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

      Good

    4. HashAttack
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Hope so - just made him captain

  2. BrockLanders
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Ing or Lundstrum????

    HELP!!!!!!

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

      Lundstram

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Ings!!! easily

      1. BrockLanders
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        NOOOOOOOO

        1. Coys96
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Go with Lund then, but you'll regret it! I own both btw

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

      You nave to start them both. Surely there's someone else you can bench

    4. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Both

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

      Ings

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

    Ramsdale (4.6) to who?

    A) Ryan (4.8)
    B) McCarty (4.3)
    C) Henderson (4.9)
    D) Keep

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

      Fabianksi?

    2. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A

  4. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Captain one:

    A) Salah
    B) Martial
    C) Rashford

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

      Rashford

      1. beetlejuice
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        This

    2. Coys96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      B

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

      C

  5. Jurgen Flopp
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    KDB cappers not worried he will play deep?

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

      2 assists would be nice.

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

      Wont be required to play deep vs them

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

      I dont buy into all these KDB playing deep bs. Most city attacks run through him and he's going to be involved in large chunks of goals city score.

      If you watch city games you will see kdb has free advanced role. Its a myth people believe without really understanding pep tactics

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

      No, can still provide assists and has been shooting well from range recently

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

      That would be my worry too

    6. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Just got flashbacks of the Sheffield United game where he was deep as fook

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

      - KDB Great form with 9 attacking returns in last 9 gws. (5 goals 4 assists)

      - Plays aston villa who has conceded most goals in last 8gws (17 goals)

      - Plus Aston villa has conceded 2nd most big chances in last 4 gws (73 big chances)

      With injuries to key players like Heaton Targett McGinn and Wesley villa are their for the taking and the ceiling is very high for KDB

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

        *2nd most shots with 73

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Arrghhh Mane or KDB, still deciding mate haha!

      2. Jurgen Flopp
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I'm convinced

    8. ragnarlookbrood
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      the guy is everywhere

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

      his big returns, bar that one crazy week, have all been from the central midfield slot, so I'm not worried

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

    Jimi(c) anyone? Surely the jummiest fixture

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

      Nice pick

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      moi, usually goes tits up when going too far from the crowd but fingers crossed

    3. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yep, been debating it all day but decided to go for it!

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

    Toying with KDB captain over Vardy then... will I regret it? 🙂

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

      Look at his history.
      Probably not.

    2. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Keep the faith on Vardy

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

      😆 ive switched twice in the last hour on kdb now

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

      Me to. Love to have my captain in the last game....but also have Aguero. Who to pick.

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

        I'm going with Aguero - riskier but only 11% ownership ... last game the best one for captain pick, keeps that hope going until the last minute

  8. makivelja
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Hey guys,

      Last question before gameweek. U think Sterling starts or he is gonna get rested?

      Thank

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

        Tough to predict. If you have him, keep but dont get

        1. makivelja
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I do but i dont know if i should switch to KDB...?

      2. Lebowski85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Play Calvert Lewin or bring in Mahrez for a hit

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

          Play dcl

          1. Lebowski85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Cheers

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

          Dom

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

          Play DCL.

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

          Why would you do the latter?? Am I missing something?

          1. Lebowski85
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            City playing Villa? Maybe you are

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

              For a hit? When he’s due a rest? The dude does not abide.

              1. Lebowski85
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                I concur. I brought DCL in for a reason...home to Brighton is as good a game as any I guess. I'll stick

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

        Any changes?

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

        McGovern, Soyuncu, Maupay, Kiko*

      4. ragnarlookbrood
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        KDB (C)

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

          Yup

      5. mattyb09
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Start Soy when I already have Schmeichel & Ings?

        Other options: Dunk & Rico.

        1. Woy_is_back
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Dunk

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

          As an Ings owner starting Rico over Soy, no Ndidi is factor as well..

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

        Who will score highest of this lot this week?

        A) Mahrez
        B) Martial
        C) Richarlison

        1. kopite65
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          in that order, depends on mahrez an pep roulette

      7. WillyP
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Evening all

        Stick with Fleck or transfer for Traore or Sarr (6.4m in bank)?

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

          stick with fleck

          1. WillyP
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            that's what i was thinking. Cheers

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

        reposting looking for replies

        last decision

        first five will go with them

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

          Rico

      9. twaid
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Play Alli or Holgate?

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Gotta be Alli imo

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

          alii for sure

      10. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Anyone on the Mane (C) boat?

        1. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Not unless I can be convinced off of Vardy and then Jimenez

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

          Some are considering, whether they stick or not is different story 😀

          1. Zico Senna
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Now on KDB lol

      11. AD2110
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Armband on Sterling or Vardy?

        Is Sterling gonna start?

        1. Woy_is_back
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Ster

        2. makivelja
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I was asking the same question earlier...dunno if i should switch him for KDB or stay...

        3. KFC98
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          50 points behind leader, don't know who to captain out of:
          a. vardy
          b. jiminez
          c, kdb
          d. abraham
          e. martial

          don't know if I should go for a differential or just play safe with vardy or kdb

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

            Don't worry about points difference just yet. Just go with who you feel will do best. KDB of those for me

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

            ho ho

            im on kdb but tammy is niggling me

        4. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          My month would be made if we get a repeat of the LEI SOU game but with Madderz taking Perez’s points 😆 🙂

          Slim to no chance though ahah

        5. Woy_is_back
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Donkey or Rico, first sub?

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I’ve got Rico

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

          Bench one:

          Grealish (MCI)
          Holgate (BRI)

          Thanks.

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

            Play Grealish. Can even haul against City.

        7. Hantakun
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Start one out of Soy, Grealish, Alli?

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

            Soy imo

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

            Soy

        8. kopite65
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          thoughts please guys
          zaha to
          A sarr (few decent fixtures in next 5 gw)
          B martial nor & burn home in next 3
          C mahrez (gametime? villa palace sheff
          also willing to take a hit for ali to either of these to or keep for wat & nor
          cheers, good luck all

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

          Sarr or Mahrez in?

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

          need your help guys

          first five will go with them

        11. A message to you Rudi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Bench one:

          A. Soy
          B. Ings
          C. Lund

        12. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Bench order correct?
          Rico Hayden Kelly

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

            yes
            matpy be kelly before hayden

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

              maybe

          2. Coys96
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            yah

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

          play:

          A) wood
          B) rico

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

            Sell wood buy dcl

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

              for a hit?

          2. Coys96
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            a

          3. WillyP
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            wood

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

          Play Lundstram or ali?

          1. WillyP
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Lundstram