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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. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play Soyuncu or Grealish?

    1. Arse Craic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Soyuncu

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

      hmmm

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

      grealish - can see sou scoring

      1. Arse Craic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Can you see Grealish scoring?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yes

          1. Arse Craic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I didn't ask you! Haha 🙂

            1. iL PiStOlErO
              2 months, 26 days ago

              I know

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

          Yes.

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

          lol yes

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

      Soy

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

    Tammy (c) or
    KdB (c)

    hmmmm......

  3. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Hi Guys what to do with Alli/Zaha 0FT 0.1 ITB

    Fabs (button)
    TAA Digne Lunds (Rico/Kelly)
    Grealish Zaha KDB Salah Alli
    Vardy DCL Jiminez

    Planning for wk 24 will have to take a -4 hit at some point

    A Zaha Alli Digne to Holgate Mane Midfield Fodder
    B Zaha Alli (Kelly or Rico) to Maddison Noble Robertson (could do Maddison for Alli -4 this wk if Liverpool defense double up)
    C Zaha Alli Digne to Holgate 9.8 (maybe Son if he fires this weekend), Midfield Fodder

    Late in the day I know will probably hold but i fancy Zaha V Arseal more than Alli V Liverpool at the moment

  4. Tmel
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Start one:

    a) Greenwood (NOR)
    b) Dendoncker (NEW)
    c) Holgate (BHA)

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

      C, a first sub

    2. Dthinger
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      C

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

        C

  5. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Ryan or ramsdale starts

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

      ryan

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

      Yes

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

    Save FT?
    Pope
    TAA Lundstarm Gomez
    Salah KDB Martial Moura
    Jiminez Vardy Rashford

    Button Kelly Simpson Guendouzi

    Captain
    1)Vardy
    2)KDB
    3)Rashford
    4)Martial
    5)Jiminez

    Cheers

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

      1

  7. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    In a bar in Antwerp and forget about the early deadline.
    Anything to choose between Kdb, Mane/Salah and Vardy?

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

      Not much, go with your gut feeling

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I appreciate no sympathy will come from that post 🙂

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

      KDB

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

      have you got tammy?

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

        antwerp airport is fun

    5. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Great city. Vardy

  8. Pep bites Kun
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I don't think Scouts should be setting themselves up as oracles when they sit in low positions year on year. I like the analysis, but not the ethos that makes people think you are somehow better than they are without any evidence of performance.
    As in any populace business, you should be willing to point people toward a single source of truth. I award your effort, but think that the site is becoming more one of fluff rather than substance.
    What's your take?

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

      I am a much better FPL manager with FFS than without. I love what this site does.

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

      "setting themselves up as oracles" Do they? I dont really see it that way.

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      If I speak I will be in trouble

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Not so much about the scouts, more about the way this site is going

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

      Interesting. I think of this site more as a community than a school. Is there a site on which previous winners or consistently high rankers offer advice?

      1. Old Schoolᴼˢ
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        There is, it smells like teen spirit 🙂

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

          x

    5. Shultan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I see this site as a place that gives advice so not telling us what to do

    6. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Couldn't disagree more. They don't 'set themselves up as oracle's'. They provide all the information you could possibly ask for, it's up to you how you interpret it. I love this site and would be a much worse manager without it.

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

      it does give you food for thought tho. and this place can be a bit echo chambery but i have followed a couple of pieces of advice that have lead to great scores

    8. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      How do they set themselves up as oracles? They mostly just point out what fixtures, form and statistics are already suggesting.

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

      not interested in scoutcast
      not interested in scout picks
      read Lateriser and avfc92 articles
      stats are best around
      never RMT
      make up my own mind

    10. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      On gameday this place is a toxic environment.

  9. Luton_Fan
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Hendo
    Soy, Holgate, Lund (c)
    Mane, salah, kdb, martial
    Rash, vardy, dcl

    Gtg?

  10. Marty McFly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Currently got the armband on Rashford.

    Risky given Vardy’s high EO!?

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

      Nah

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

      If I had balls I would too.

      But I'm gonna captain Vardy so I can be happy when both or neither do well

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Or one does and not the other

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

    Alli
    Rico
    Aurier
    Connolly

    Play one?

    And if Alli is no good, best replacement punt? (Not Salah/Mané).

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

      Get rid of Alli then, Sarr/Martial

  12. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Alli to mahrez worth a hit

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

      depends on who you're playing over alli

    2. Lebowski85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Who else would play if you didn't? I've thought about it but would have to drop DCL

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

        cantw

  13. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Friend in mini-league is captaining Kev

    (C?

    Salah

    Kev
    .

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

      Kev

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Who you capping Coys? 🙂

      2. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Any other reasoning why I should?

  14. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Start Grealish or Cantwell?

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

      gre

    2. Shultan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Gre

  15. Shultan
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Alli > Martial or save FT?
    Vardy (C) or jimi or Rash

    1. John Nerdelbaum
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I'm thinking of doing the switch

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

    First to three votes wins for captain? Go! 😀

    A. KDB
    B. Vardy

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      KDB

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

        KDB

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

      A

  17. Snapes on a Plane
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Pick one to bench
    A) Ings
    B) Alli
    C) Traore

    1. Sid07
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      C

    2. Shultan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B

    3. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Alli

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

      Alli

    5. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      C

    6. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Alli

  18. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Captain Vardy or Jimmy?

    1. Sid07
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Vardy

    2. Shultan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Same dilemma

    3. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Jimmy

    4. Goro Majima
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I've gone Jimi, so probably Vardy.

  19. AzzaroMax99
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I keep switching C between Vardy, Kdb and Salah. Have also Mane.
    Right now is on Salah. Leave on him and log off? 😀

  20. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Anyone else benching Grealish?

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

      you going soy then lol

  21. ooooo
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Guatia to McCarthy for free this week.
    Martial + Jiminez to Salah + DCL for free next week.

    Does that work out?

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

      Yeah

  22. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bench Ings, Maupay or Soy?

  23. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    GTG?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Chilwell Lundstram
    Mane KDB (vc) Richarlison Dilva Moura
    Vardy Rashford (c)

    McG Rico Mousset Kelly

    0FT 0.9m itb

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

    A. Play Rico, save transfer
    B. Bring in Holgate

  25. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Vardy or kdb captain

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Kev

    2. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Kdb

    3. sozopol
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      KDB

    4. chriscosta
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      wow had it on vardy... now think of KDB
      but why though ?? am i missing somthing

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

    Start Saiss or Soy?

    Wolves home vs. newcastle, decent chance of CS plus header threat. With Soy, maybe slightly better chance of CS vs. southampton? Leaning Saiss... (other DEF starters are TAA and Lund)

    1. Jealous Viper
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Saiss

  27. JoeSoap
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    A. Pope>McCarthy (will mean TAA/Robbo/DCL)
    B. Pope>Henderson (will mean TAA/Gomez/Jimmy)

    If I do A will leave the option to do both albeit A will be a hit.

  28. Jealous Viper
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play Rico or Ogbonna? Already playing Lundstram

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

      Normally prefer the home defender for lower table sides but I think Ogbonna is slightly better.

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

      Kelly 🙂

  29. Hulk Smash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    What would you do with 2FT here?
    My plan is GW 23: Rashford to Ings GW 24: Kelly to Robertson

    Foster
    TAA Sidibe Lundstram
    Salah KDB(c) Maddison Traore
    Vardy Rashford Jimenez

    Elliot Cantwell Soyuncu Kelly - 0.6m ITB

  30. lankdog
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Planning to do both these transfers - which do I do this week?

    A) Mount (BUR) > Martial (NOR)
    B) Gazzaniga (LIV) > Alisson (tot)

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

      B