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

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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

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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. kingbails
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    McCarthy (Button)
    Dias, Cancelo, Digne (Coufal, Alioski)
    Grealish, Gundo, Son, Bruno (ESR)
    Wilson, Bamford, DCL

    8.5 mil ITB. Save transfer or bring in Salah and if so for who and bench who?

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      ESR to Salah no brainer. No clue who to bench I'm afraid.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Salah for ESR and flip a coin on the front 3 this game week.

      1. kingbails
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Thanks. Wouldn't take out Son vs Chelsea with no Kane?

  2. elizabeththequeen
      3 months, 6 days ago

      I need help guys.
      Who to bench? I have Wilson, Antonio and Bamford. What would you do?

      Cheers

      1. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Currently benching Antonio, but had 45 bench points the last 2 weeks so don't take my advice (see below).

        1. elizabeththequeen
            3 months, 6 days ago

            I know! I had Wilson, Sanchez, Dallas on the bench last week 28 points between them. This is so hard!

      2. grumpyman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Help! 45 points on my bench the last 2 game weeks. 8 good attackers proving a bit of a nightmare.

        Who do I bench this week? -
        1) Antonio vs Villa
        2) Bamford vs Everton
        3) Barnes vs Fulham
        4) DCL vs Leeds
        5) Rashford vs Saints

        1. grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Anyone know where I can easily find anytime goalscorer odds for the game week?

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          1, 3 or 5.

          Who knows?

          Fulham tightened up... Bench Barnes?!

        3. grumpyman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Found the odds: https://twitter.com/drafthound/status/1356238159412080641?s=20

          Looks like Antonio is lowest out of forwards at 36% Rashford at 38% and Gundog at 35%. Will probably stick with Antonio on the bench and hope one of my other players gets a rest!

      3. Sturridge Wars
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Which one to bring in for Soucek?

        A) Barnes
        B) Maddison
        C) Grealish
        D) Gundogan
        E) Zaha

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

          C from those.

        2. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          A or C

      4. primal33
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Bottomed last page.

        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. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          GTG

        2. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Looks good

      5. Jersey Boy
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Which to prioritise?

        A: McCarthy/Forster > Martínez
        B: R.James > Shaw
        C: Adams > Watkins
        D: Soucek > Grealish

        1. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          B

      6. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Play Justin or Dallas?

        1. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I was on Justin but someone asked earlier and most went Dallas

        2. marcos11
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Justin

          • King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            justin

        3. CelticBhoy1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Bamford or Antonio?

          1. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            BAM

        4. Hulk Smash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Would you start AWB and who for? Southampton have only scored 3 goals in 8 games.

          Martinez
          Digne Dias Stones
          Salah (c) Bruno Son Grealish Gundogan
          Antonio Bamford
          (McCarthy Watkins AWB Dallas)

          1. cigan
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Ings is back & already had a goal wrongly disallowed against Villa

            1. Jellyfish
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              it wasn't wrongly disallowed

        5. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Mane to sterling and C? Woud be for a hit

        6. Hadebayor Mum
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 6 days ago

          A - Mané to Salah
          B - Bench Mané, play one of Soucek, Cresswell or Chilwell
          C - Mane to Zaha!!!!

          1. Sarri-ball
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            A

          2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            b

          3. SuperXstyle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 6 days ago

            B. CHILWELL

          4. Hadebayor Mum
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Thanks all

        7. JONALDINHO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          If one of Salah/Mane aren’t playing in a DGW triple captaining the other could be season-defining

          1. Threat Level Midnight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            No thanks. Theyre to inconsistent

        8. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Play Bamford or Watkins?

          1. tbos83
              3 months, 6 days ago

              This. I'm currently on Bamford but wavering..

          2. cigan
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Done Son > Salah, benched Antonio & Holding now. Hoping for no cameos

            Martinez
            Robbo Cancelo Dias
            Salah Bruno Barnes Saka Gundogan
            Bamford DCL
            (Johnstone Antonio Holding Coufal)

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Antonio will destroy you

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Good chance he comes in for someone (Saka/Gundogan/Bamford) anyway I think

            2. luk46
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Saka wont play I heard...

              1. cigan
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Thanks, was thinking he either starts or misses out but will look into it!

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

                Any sources? Might transfer him out if there are further leaks

          3. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Salaaahhhhhhhhh

          4. Fergymac
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Is it madness to captain Cancelo over salah? Got some serious ground to make up and Brighton’s defence looks decent

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

              I've consindered but bottled it

          5. Sarri-ball
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Im i crazy to think about selling Gundo worried about his mins 2morow

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Yes you are crazy

              1. Sarri-ball
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Thankyou lol

                Just tempted by maddison over him next 3

                1. TheDragon
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  City could have a double in 24 (and 26) which would sway me to keep him

                  Obv there is a chance Gundo gets rested this week though

          6. Boly Would
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Final decision, I was going to keep Saka but can always get him back on WC. Do I move him to Salah using all money ITB, or keep some for when the likes of KDB / Kane are back and get Barnes / Zaha / other for now?

            Cheers, and good luck all.

          7. Dannyb
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Rashford and Foden to
            A Zaha Barnes
            B Sterling Pereira
            C Grealish Barnes
            2ft cheers

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              All great options. I’d go C

          8. Cornholi0
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Bench one:

            A) Antonio
            B) Bamford
            C) Watkins

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

              C

          9. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            First on bench?

            A) Coufal
            B) Adams

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

              adams

            2. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              The one with more attacking threat (Coufal)

          10. The Yorkshire Pirlo
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Who to bring in? 1 FT, 4.6 ITB

            Martinez
            Robbo/Cancelo/Dias/Dallas
            Salah/Bruno/Son/Soucek
            DCL/Bamford

            Steer/ESR/Coufal/Davis

          11. Balls of Steel
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Hey guys, how's team looking to save FT this week?

            Martinez
            Robbo Cancelo Stones Holding
            Salah(C) Bruno Gundo
            DCL Antonio Bam

            Forster Soucek Coufal Burke

            Cheers

            1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Looks strong. Save

            2. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Definitely save.

          12. The Mighty Whites
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            1FT, 6.5 ITB, thoughts?

            Martinez, Johnstone

            Cancelo, Dias, Dallas, Coufal, Mitchell

            Salah, Fernandes, Son, Gundogan, Anguissa

            DCL, Bamford, Antonio

            1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              nothing to do
              maybe upgrade your bench fodder

          13. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 6 days ago

            Play Son or Watkins?

            1. tbos83
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Same dilemma. I'm playing Son mainly so I have some skin in the game on Thurs.

            2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Is DCL due a goal? We have witness the same on Salah-Wilson-bamford
              So not a great risk to captain him right?

            3. Mr. O'Connell
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Perfect week to captain a differential and make up ground as the poll leader spectacularly blanks

              1. TheDragon
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                This is the opposite to the perfect week to pick a differential

                Salah haul and it’s absolute disaster

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 6 days ago

                  I'm captaining Salah, and I've got 1 assist from my last 10 captains. Ergo, Salah blank.

                  1. TheDragon
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 6 days ago

                    Please don’t captain salah then .... please!

                    1. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 6 days ago

                      I've genuinely forgotten what a captain return feels like.

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

                  Spot on!

            4. Millie7
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Who do I bench?

              A) Son
              B) Antonio
              c) Targett

              1. Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 6 days ago

                Targett

            5. medwards
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Salah Bruno Son Grealish Gundo
              DCL Bamford Antonio

              I can't work out who to bench out this front 8

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

                Neither we.

            6. tabby98
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 6 days ago

              Mccarthy, Johnstone
              Stones, Cancelo, Coufal, Justin, Digne
              Salah, Bruno, Son, Soucek, Raphinha
              Bamford, DCL, Adams

              1FT £2.5M itb

              Who should i transfer out here guys?

              Adams ---> Antonio?

              Would you take out Bamford/Raphinha for a hit?