Scout Picks

Gameweek 22 Scout Picks built on Man United and Man City assets

Assets from Manchester City and Manchester United form the spine of our Gameweek 22 Scout Picks team.

We have chosen three City players as they visit Burnley and two Fantasy Premier League assets from Man United.

This XI of our favourite players for Gameweek 22 has been chosen by Scout Squad pundits DavidTomAndy and Neale.

We line up in a 3-5-2 formation this week and come in bang on our budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

West Brom’s Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) is our pick in goal ahead of a favourable fixture in Gameweek 22. The Baggies’ shot-stopper has made the most saves in the division with 85 so combines clean sheet and bonus point potential. His side face off against Sheffield United, who have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League this season.

DEFENDERS

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After a rest at the weekend, Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) looks nailed-on to start for Man City against Burnley. The Portuguese defender has been one of City’s key creative assets this season, fashioning 30 chances and five big chances. The Citizens also have a fantastic record against Burnley, holding an aggregate score of 23-1 over their last six meetings.

We head across Manchester and into Stretford for our next pick of Harry Maguire (£5.5m). The Red Devils’ captain has had the most attempts in the box of any defender with 23, suggesting he has been lucky not to add to his two-goal tally this season. Man United play an injury-hit Southampton side who have only scored two goals in their last four games, leaving potential at both ends of the pitch.

Rob Holding (£4.5m) takes up the final spot in our defence after some impressive performances in the heart of Arsenal’s backline. The Gunners defence has posted five clean sheets in their last six games, with Holding being awarded six bonus points over that time.

MIDFIELDERS

The Complete Guide to FPL Gameweek 22

Back in form, Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) regains his place in our midfield. The Egyptian King looks to have rediscovered his goalscoring touch, netting four goals in his last three games. With team-mate Sadio Mané (£11.9m) an injury doubt, Wednesday’s game could again see Salah deployed in a more central role closer to the goal.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) also takes up a spot in midfield due to his record against bottom-half teams. The England winger is well-known as a flat-track bully and has scored five goals and set-up five assists this season against bottom-half teams.

We’re backing Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) to return to his FPL best after his recent mini-drought. Despite blanking in four of his last five games, Fernandes has still had the most shots, the most shots on target and has the highest expected goal involvement (xGI) of any midfielder over the last six Gameweeks, suggesting his good form should return soon.

Leicester’s Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) has flown largely under the radar this season despite showing some excellent form. The Foxes midfielder has posted attacking returns in six of his last seven games and is still owned by only 7.9% of players, making him a great differential pick.

Ilkay Gündogan (£5.8m) completes our City picks ahead of a trip to Burnley. The budget midfielder has scored the most goals of all FPL midfielders in the last six Gameweeks and only Sadio Mané has had more shots in the box, showing the German midfielder offers goalscoring potential at a rock-bottom price.

FORWARDS

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) leads the line for the Scout Picks as Everton visit Leeds. The frontman, who has suffered from a lack of service in recent weeks, should find opportunities against the leaky Leeds defence. Only West Brom have conceded more goals and more shots in the box than the Yorkshire outfit this season, which should give Calvert-Lewin a great chance to end his goal drought.

Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) punished doubters with a 15-point haul in his last game against Leicester and we’re backing him for more returns against the Toffees. Bamford has continually made a mockery of his low FPL price this season. He has had the most attempts of any FPL forward in the box and only Harry Kane (£11.1m) can better his goal tally. Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) is the only forward with a better expected goals (xG) rating than Bamford.

SUBSTITUTES

  • Aaron Ramsdale (£4.6m)
  • James Justin (£5.1m)
  • Luke Shaw (£4.8m)
  • Michail Antonio (£6.6m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because we use Fantasy Football Scout data so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

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1,614 Comments Post a Comment
  1. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Johnstone & Martinez owners who you playing?

    RMT this & last says Johnstone, did not go well last week busted in less than 20 mins??

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I'm not gonna rotate the keepers. Martinez every week.

    2. Chenku╰☆╮
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Martinez. West brom are just too leaky. There is an upside but also 0 points is a very real possibility.

    3. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Permamartinez if ever in doubt, same with captaincy, permasalah.

    4. SuperXstyle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I have no idea. But why have the professional scouts picked Johnstone?? How good and accurate are the Scout picks??

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Son & DCL to Salah & Bamford for -4?

    1. The Road to Turfdom
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      no

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Son to Salah only

      1. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Right I am sure he has 2.8 million laying around. very stupid response

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Actually lots of people have millions itb.

          Especially if they don't have Salah in their squad.

          1. Threat Level Midnight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Right, but just using your brain and the eye test. Bamford in 1.4 million less than DCL, obviously this is an enabler move. Pretty clear

        2. Don Rogers FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          An unusual amount FPL managers are sat on high sums ITB at the moment because of the injury's and relative under-performance of premium players. I am sat on over 3.0m and was 7.0 or so last week.

          Wind your neck in.

          1. Threat Level Midnight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I am well aware. No need for the condescending, overly obvious response. Bottom line is--when you look at the moves it clearly looks like one is being done to enable the other. Pretty simple

            1. Don Rogers FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              So you don't think that there might be other reasons to transfer a player who has not scored for 8 weeks to one who scored 15 points last gameweek, other than freeing up cash?

    3. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      If you plan to captain Mo, yes from me

    4. Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Knee jerk

  3. Threat Level Midnight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Mane>Sterling (-4) and captain crazy? No salah and cant afford...

    1. 2OLEgend
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Replied on last page

    2. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bench one

      A) Son
      B) Antonio
      C) Grealish

      1. Jellyfish
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        son

    3. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Salah captain over Sterling now Mane out again?

      1. 2OLEgend
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yes

        • PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I’m going Sterling for a number of reasons
          1. A good differential in my ML, plus generally
          2. Just been rested
          3. Normally performs well v bottom half clubs
          4. Pool have City next door Salahs minutes to be managed?
          5. Brighton have let 1 goal in 4 v hard games mainly
          6. Gut

          Good luck anyhow!

      2. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Play Maguire or Dallas?

        Scout picks saying Maguire. So I should trust them?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I'd play Dallas

        2. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Maguire

        3. Oooo Matron
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I'm in same boat - play Dallas or transfer Dier out for Maguire.

          Quite fancy Dallas to do well, but, as last week proved, I'd like somebody decent on my Bench so may do Dier out to cheaper Dawson anyway.

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I'd just play Dallas and bench Dier in your place unless you have 2 FT and don't know how else to use one

        4. 2OLEgend
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Can't see ManU keeping a clean sheet against SOU and Maguires heading accuracy is awful. Start Dallas

          • PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Maguire

        5. fc_lando
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Who should I play this week? Have to bench three of the five below.

            Foden
            Van Aanholt
            Cresswell
            Soucek
            Antonio

            1. luk46
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              play Foden Antonio

          • tbos83
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Do I bench Bamford, Son or Watkins? (Don't have Grealish)

              1. 2OLEgend
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  I'd say Watkins

              2. The Red Devil
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Martinez/Nyland
                Cancelo/Stones/Coufal/Alioski/Mitchell
                Salah/Son/Bruno/Gundogan/Soucek
                Kane/Bamford/DCL

                1 FT 5.8 ITB

                A- Kane to Wilson (bench soucek)
                B- Kane to Antonio (bench soucek)
                C- save FT (bench Kane)
                D- gundogan + Kane to Wilson/Antonio + Mahrez (-4)
                TIA

                1. 2OLEgend
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    B or C

                2. Johnny too hotty
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  after a less than average GW im tempted to captain Bruno over Salah and try and claw some points back.

                  His stats dont lie, regardless of blanking last few weeks. Anyone think its a bad idea?

                  1. FourLokoLeipzig
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Bad idea with Mane out

                  2. PompeyUpNorth!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Not a bad idea as Ston have defensive injuries and he’s due a haul with underlying stats being decent

                3. CelticBhoy1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  Bring in Salah for a hit?

                  1. Il Capitano
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      Who is he coming in for?

                  2. JabbaWookiee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Anyone Laca updates? He’s still flagged...

                    1. Steve The Spud
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      Aretea said he expects him to be fit but wasn’t 100%

                      I am holding starting

                      Souceck first sub

                      1. JabbaWookiee
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 11 days ago

                        Ok also starting him - starting Soucek too. Coufal first sub.

                  3. GOATMEAT
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    I don't know really who to bench out of these:

                    A) Bamford
                    B) Antonio
                    C) Watkins

                    Benched last week Bamford but luckily got the points....

                    1. tbos83
                        3 months, 11 days ago

                        Same dilemma. Currently benched Watkins but might change.

                      • FourLokoLeipzig
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 11 days ago

                        Antonio

                      • 2OLEgend
                          3 months, 11 days ago

                          C

                        • JabbaWookiee
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          3 months, 11 days ago

                          Which one will you be least annoyed about scoring?

                          1. GOATMEAT
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 11 days ago

                            😀 I think neither Watkins or Antonio is explosive. I'll leaning towards Watkins. Not my favourite anyway, dunno why I even got him.

                            Cheers all for your help!

                      • marcos11
                          3 months, 11 days ago

                          Areola
                          Dias Stones Holding
                          Salah(C) Bruno Son Maddison
                          Bamford Antonio DCL
                          Button Gundo Mitchell Coufal

                          GTG?

                          1. King Kun Ta
                            • 5 Years
                            3 months, 11 days ago

                            Gundo in and Antonio or Son out i guess

                        • Grounderz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 11 days ago

                          Need help, folks. Considering the moves. Yay or nay?

                          Lacazette ➡ Watkins (FT)
                          Lookman ➡ Mahrez (-4)

                          Current squad:
                          McCarty
                          Cancelo/ Dias/ Maguire
                          Salah/ Fernandes/ Son/ Lookman
                          Lacazette/ Calvert-Lewin/ Antonio

                          Steer/ Soucek/ Pieters/ Dunne

                          ITB: 2.5m

                          1. tbos83
                              3 months, 11 days ago

                              Nay

                            • luk46
                              • 2 Years
                              3 months, 11 days ago

                              I would just not go anywhere near Mahrez tbf

                          2. Netters2018
                            • 2 Years
                            3 months, 11 days ago

                            Starting 11 gtg and correct bench?

                            Ddg
                            Cancelo, Stones, Digne
                            Bruno, Salah, Son, Gundogan, Grealish
                            DCL, Bamford
                            Bench : Dallas Coufal Brewster

                            1. Il Capitano
                                3 months, 11 days ago

                                Yes., gtg

                            2. Dele
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 11 days ago

                              Martinez
                              Dias, Cancelo, Digne
                              Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Grealish
                              DCL, Bamford, Antonio

                              Forster, Son, Targett, Mitchell

                              Correct to bench Son?

                              1. luk46
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 11 days ago

                                as bad as Spurs were, it feels wrong... but go for it

                            3. King Kun Ta
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 11 days ago

                              Martinez (Martin)
                              Justin Cancelo Chilwell (Coufal Ayling)
                              Salah Bruno Gundogan Foden Soucek
                              Bamford DCL (Adams)

                              9.2 ITB & 1 FT

                              Kinda stuck with Foden and Adams.... Foden & Coufal -> Sterling & Holding for -4?
                              So i can do Adams to Antonio (have to lose a WHMplayer to get him) next week.

                              Yay or Nay?

                              Ta and good luck lads!

                              1. DIMITRIS
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 11 days ago

                                I would do that if I were chasing.

                                1. King Kun Ta
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 11 days ago

                                  I'm on top of my ML by those exact 4 points, but chaser don't have Sterling.

                              2. PompeyUpNorth!
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                3 months, 11 days ago

                                Yay

                            4. Il Capitano
                                3 months, 11 days ago

                                0FT 4.5m ITB

                                Johnstone
                                Stones Cancelo (VC) Justin
                                Soucek Salah (C) Son Gundogan Bruno
                                Bamford Antonio

                                McCarthy - Adams Coufal Lowton

                                Johnstone's last rodeo. All set and ready here?

                                1. DIMITRIS
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 11 days ago

                                  Looking nice. Good luck

                                  1. Il Capitano
                                      3 months, 11 days ago

                                      Thanks

                                2. Kabayan
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 11 days ago

                                  Martinez
                                  Stones - Diaz - AWB (Holding - Coufal)
                                  Salah - Gundo - Bruno - Soucek - Mane
                                  DCL - Bam (Wood)

                                  A. Mane to Grealish (-4)
                                  B. Play Holding

                                  1. DIMITRIS
                                    • 2 Years
                                    3 months, 11 days ago

                                    B

                                3. EgyptianKing
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 11 days ago

                                  Was not able to follow pressers.

                                  Many OK to play? Ruled out?

                                4. Oooo Matron
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 11 days ago

                                  Start one:

                                  Dallas
                                  Maguire
                                  Holding
                                  Dawson

                                  1. DIMITRIS
                                    • 2 Years
                                    3 months, 11 days ago

                                    Maguire

                                  2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
                                    • 9 Years
                                    3 months, 11 days ago

                                    dallas

                                  3. 2OLEgend
                                      3 months, 11 days ago

                                      dallas

                                  4. DIMITRIS
                                    • 2 Years
                                    3 months, 11 days ago

                                    Who's best captaincy option out of these three:
                                    A) Bruno
                                    B) Rashford
                                    C) Sterling

                                    1. Il Capitano
                                        3 months, 11 days ago

                                        C

                                        1. Here's Tom with the We…
                                          • 9 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          C

                                        2. DIMITRIS
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          Thanks

                                      • Dee Lixon
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 4 Years
                                        3 months, 11 days ago

                                        C

                                        1. DIMITRIS
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          Cheers

                                      • tbos83
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          C

                                          1. DIMITRIS
                                            • 2 Years
                                            3 months, 11 days ago

                                            Thanks

                                        • 2OLEgend
                                            3 months, 11 days ago

                                            C

                                        • CelticBhoy1
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 7 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          Any update on bamford?

                                          1. AC/DC AFC
                                            • 5 Years
                                            3 months, 11 days ago

                                            Manager said he wasn't a big concern yesterday and he said himself just a dead leg.

                                        • JY84
                                          • 5 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          I alr hv Bamford n Antonio... Who would b a better option to be my 3rd striker?? Watkins or Wilson??? I wld prefer Wilson esp since I alr have Grealish in my squad ie i alr got Villa cover.

                                        • Barnabus
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 8 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          On a WC, looking at including a Chelsea defender:

                                          A) Azpi
                                          B) Rudiger and save 1.1

                                          1. TomSaints
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 3 Years
                                            3 months, 11 days ago

                                            Steer clear. It’s an evil team.

                                            First I got Zouma and he was benched. Then I got Chillwell and he was benched. Whose next?

                                            1. Here's Tom with the We…
                                              • 9 Years
                                              3 months, 11 days ago

                                              B

                                        • TomSaints
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 3 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          Can anyone find any mane news?

                                          Options
                                          a) hold and i get Mitchell or Adams off the bench . I’m worried about a 20 min cameo

                                          B) admit wildcard defeat and do -4 Mane and Chillwell to Salah and Maguire (or other 5.5 defender)

                                          C) really admit defeat. Mane to Zaha and hold funds maybe to get Vardy

                                        • Gabbiadini
                                          • 3 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          Do you bench Gundogan because he could be rested over Ings or Son?

                                          1. Gabbiadini
                                            • 3 Years
                                            3 months, 11 days ago

                                            Ings and Son*

                                        • Threat Level Midnight
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          Mane to Sterling for a hit and captain? No Salah

                                        • primal33
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 2 Years
                                          3 months, 11 days ago

                                          Am I GTG for this week?

                                          McCarthy
                                          Cancelo Maguire Robbo
                                          Salah(c) Bruno Son Grealish
                                          DCL Watkins Antonio

                                          Forster Soucek Coufal Taylor

                                          Bench in the right order or any subs needed?

                                          1. PompeyUpNorth!
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 8 Years
                                            3 months, 11 days ago

                                            Perfect