Watchlist

The FPL players on the Watchlist ahead of Double Gameweek 22

In our Watchlist series, we pick out the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players who are the best medium-term targets in each position based on fixtures, form and value.

Unlike the Scout Picks, we’re not just focusing on the upcoming Gameweek with these articles.

Seven-time top 10k finisher and Scout regular Zophar is taking the reins for this series in 2021/22, producing a fortnightly piece and discussing the rankings by position, and talks us through our latest update here.

ABOUT THE WATCHLIST

Our regularly updated Watchlist, which is visible on the sidebar, ranks players in each position for the month ahead – or rather, the next four Gameweeks.

This allows site users to get a longer-term view on recommended players beyond the weekly Scout Picks.

Players are selected according to factors such as FPL’s form rating*, club injuries, club morale, forthcoming fixtures and whether or not the player in question is likely to be a bargain in FPL.

The table displays the player name and club, along with the abbreviation for the factors that played a part in their ranking. A key for these factors can be found below the player in the table and looks like this:

Arrows before the name indicate whether a player has climbed or fallen in our reckoning since the previous update or if they are a new entry into the tables.

*points divided by a club’s matches played over the last 30 days

THE WATCHLIST: BEST FPL GOALKEEPERS

David de Gea (£5.2m) retains top spot with a Double Gameweek 22 as well as promising fixtures thereafter. Manchester United’s form is a concern but the Spaniard has the potential to deliver save points and bonus when they do keep a clean sheet and has no blanks scheduled at the moment.

Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) comes in second with two doubles yet to be scheduled even after Double Gameweek 22. Pairing the Frenchman with Aaron Ramsdale (£5.1m), who has blanks in Gameweeks 25 and 27, gives you a goalkeeper playing at home every week.

Robert Sanchez (£4.6m) is the budget goalkeeper pick of choice at the moment with his double and promising fixtures afterwards. It is important to mention that Brighton do blank in Gameweek 25, however, so cover would be needed there.

Nick Pope (£5.4m) has been a stellar performer over the last few seasons between the sticks and although the fixtures for Burnley are tricky after Double Gameweek 22, they have a lot of doubles still to be scheduled and the England international is known to deliver saves and bonus points when the Clarets do keep a clean sheet.

Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m) has a great run of fixtures after Gameweek 22 and also has doubles yet to be scheduled, one of which could be as soon as Gameweek 23 after Aston Villa’s elimination from the FA Cup.

Ramsdale drops significantly because of Arsenal’s blanks in Gameweeks 25 and 27, which sees the north London side drop to the bottom of the Season Ticker.

THE WATCHLIST: BEST FPL DEFENDERS

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m) and Joao Cancelo (£7.0m) remain the top buys in defence despite the lack of a double in Gameweek 22. Both can outscore any Double Gameweek asset on their day.

Emerson Royal (£5.0m) is a new entry. The right wing-back appears to be more secure for game-time under Antonio Conte and has a knack for hoovering up the bonus points, as well. Spurs have been linked with Adama Traore (£5.6m) over the window so there is a slight risk of Royal losing his spot longer term if that happens.

Luke Shaw (£5.0m) appears to have nailed down the left-back spot over Alex Telles (£5.0m) and is arguably the best United defender pick at the moment. He is suspended for the first of United’s Double Gameweek 22 fixtures but, as we’re looking at medium-term targets here, he still warrants a mention in this piece.

Marc Cucurella (£5.1m) is nominated over Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m) because of more security of minutes and great potential for bonus points.

Matthew Lowton (£4.4m) offers great value for Double Gameweek 22 and can be benched for the weeks that follow. If you’re looking for a Tino Livramento (£4.3m) replacement, he’s your man.

THE WATCHLIST: BEST FPL MIDFIELDERS

Diogo Jota (£8.3m) retains top spot in our Watchlist but Son Heung-min (£10.7m) drops out due to his muscle injury.

James Maddison (£6.9m) is my pick of the Leicester midfielders and despite difficult fixtures after the double, he has shown he can deliver against tough opposition.

West Ham have a great fixture run and Jarrod Bowen (£6.7m) is one of the league’s form players at the moment. I would prioritise him even over a Double Gameweek midfield asset. 

Manchester City also have a great run of fixtures after Chelsea and those with Phil Foden (£8.0m) should hold on. 

Lucas Moura (£6.5m) would have been higher on this list if I was more convinced of his game-time longer term. While he should be absolutely nailed while Son is out, when the South Korean is back – which could be as soon as Gameweek 24 – we could see Conte go to a 3-5-2 formation at times.

Even with Double Gameweek 22, Bryan Mbeumo (£5.3m) and Mason Mount (£7.7m) are ranked low on the Watchlist due to difficult fixtures, while the blanks in Gameweeks 24 and 25 are particularly off-putting for Mount. 

THE WATCHLIST: BEST FPL FORWARDS

Premium Double Gameweek 22 options Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) and Harry Kane (£12.2m) occupy the top two spots and it is debatable who should be first. With a kinder fixture run, the Portuguese edges it. It goes without saying that whichever of the two you own is one of the best captain options for the upcoming Gameweek.

Emmanuel Dennis (£6.1m) v Joshua King (£5.8m) was another marginal decision with the Nigerian’s more direct style putting him slightly ahead of his strike partner. Watford’s next three fixtures against fellow relegation battlers Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich over the next two Gameweeks are likely going to be pivotal in their quest to stay up. 

Neal Maupay (£6.5m) could be worth a punt for Double Gameweek 22 and has decent fixtures after. He would need to be benched in Gameweek 25, though.

Ollie Watkins (£7.7m) was a tricky one, I’m not sure of his role with Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m) in the side but Steven Gerrard seems to be a fan of his and with kind fixtures after Gameweek 22, he’s worthy of consideration.


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423 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    6 days, 13 hours ago

    Moura or Bowen for next 3 GWs?

    1. Finding Timo
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 13 hours ago

      Moura

      1. TN
          5 days, 20 hours ago

    2. Make United Great Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 days, 13 hours ago

      Anyone feel like taking a punt on Coutinho?

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        nope , too early

        1. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          After he makes his debut in all in

          1. Make United Great Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 days, 13 hours ago

            I’m all in**

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              6 days, 13 hours ago

              Yep will be watching first 2 or 3 games though

              1. Make United Great Again
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                6 days, 13 hours ago

                Definitely. They’ve got a decent run of games.

                If Digne replaces Targett as well looks a solid pick!

      2. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 7 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Not this week

      3. Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        I will, for GW24. Maddison replacement

        I'll sell early if he flops

      4. Qaiss
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        If there’s a fixture to target, this week is the one

        1. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          😀

      5. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Minutes need to be built up. 20/30 mins vs United, then similar vs Everton, all aboard for Leeds at home!

        Digne, Coutinho, Watkins & them fixtures, what could go wrong...

        1. Make United Great Again
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          That’s my plan (minus Watkins)

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 days, 13 hours ago

            Yeah can't be tripling up on Villa but at least they offer decent punts at decent prices to mix it up a bit.

            Ready to be let down again by Digne!

            1. Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 days, 13 hours ago

              I considered Digne too, but the fixture run is too short, and they've been stuttering defensively for a while now. Somewhat like Brighton

              I might find myself trusting a back 3 from these lads for a while instead: TAA, Cancelo, Royal, Coufal, Ait-Nouri. With Sa and Pickford/Forster at GK

      6. GordieRamsey
          5 days, 23 hours ago

          Somewhat tempted as could get away with him on my bench this week, and then have him in situ for a likely dgw in 23.... but concerned he might yet be called up to Brazil at that timeq

      7. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        6/6 starts from 3 DGWers feels like a mini success in this chaotic time of FPL...

      8. Kodap
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        All I need tonight is a Coufal return, so even just a cleanie.. and Bowen to outscore Antonio. Not much to ask for is it?

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          More please cost me early in the season, back in for the DGW need a haul

      9. Hiddenpaw
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Need a Dawson goal or I’m out the cup. 6 points behind. Same captain, both have Antonio, he has Coufal I have Dawson. Weird to watch a game hoping for this.

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          Dawson G Bowen A

          Believe!

          1. Hiddenpaw
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 13 hours ago

            I BELIEVE!

      10. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Hi please help on A) FH b) mendy, son & Benteke to Sanchez/ddg, Maddison & Ron/Kane -8 or c) son & Benteke to Maddison & Ron/Kane & hope foster plays?

      11. NABIL - FPL otai
        • 9 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        So everyone has 2 or 3 WHU this week. Imagine going into this game with only 1 WHU or none at all.

        With this in mind, not sure if I dare to go without Maddison and/or Moura next GW. Gonna be some hugh rank killer if I fail miserably.

        1. Bobby Digital
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          Think I'm going Maddison if the Leeds game is on. Leeds are missing more than ten players.

          1. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 13 hours ago

            Pardon me if this is a misunderstanding, but Leeds face West Ham, not Leicester

            1. Bobby Digital
              • 4 Years
              6 days, 13 hours ago

              Yea sorry my bad...

        2. Podge
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          But Leicester might get both matches called off and you’ll be sitting pretty

      12. manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Worth keeping Salah?

        (Funds aren't useful for Ron/Kane as no interest in selling front 3 of Antonio/Dennis/King)

        1. NABIL - FPL otai
          • 9 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          I think so. I'm probably doing it

        2. XX SMICER XX
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          I’m keeping now Son is out

        3. Podge
          • 11 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          I am

        4. C0YS
          • 6 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          If you have a decent playing XI, absolutely no need to sell

      13. C0YS
        • 6 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Take out Antonio or Watkins for King for the DGW?

        Already have Dennis, planning to swap my strikers for high-performing DGW’ers for the next few GW’s, but not sure if Watkins is worth keeping over Antonio (or even Ings)?

        1. XX SMICER XX
          • 3 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          Antonio if you own Bowen

          1. C0YS
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 13 hours ago

            Thanks

        2. Stimps
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          See how Antonio does tonight first

          1. C0YS
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 13 hours ago

            Thanks. Keep if he performs well vs Norwich?

            1. Stimps
              • 8 Years
              6 days, 13 hours ago

              Yeah he might be picking up the same form again from start of season

        3. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          What I Antonio bags a hat trick in an hour?

          1. C0YS
            • 6 Years
            6 days, 13 hours ago

            Good point, not planning on making the transfer until at least deadline day

      14. Drumandbaines123
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Poor Ben Johnson owners... I was tempted to bring him in to be fair due to his bargain basement price. Looks like a 0 point DGW though.

        1. JoeSoap
          • 8 Years
          6 days, 13 hours ago

          I brought him in along with Son. This game!

      15. Matjes_taet
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 13 hours ago

        Pickford 1, Gray 2, DCL 0, Johnson 0 and Toney 2.
        To attack this DGW ended as a desaster for me.

        1. CAVEAT KING
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 days, 11 hours ago

          Same 3 Everton. 65 points from 89 coming from Hammers. Ridiculous

      16. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 9 hours ago

        Emerson Royal and Luke Shaw among the top 5 defenders to get according to the Watchlist.
        And here's me thinking I thought this site was meant to help people do well at FPL, no?

      17. acidicleo
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 22 hours ago

        Guys who to sell for Dennis/King?

        A) Antonio (LEE, mun,WAT)
        B) Watkins (MUN, eve, LEE)

        I am only looking at the next 2 to 3 fixtures as I may get them back for Ron to fund Salah buyback..

        1. TN
            5 days, 20 hours ago

            Watkins is my gut instinct but if you have Bowen or other West ham assets maybe sell Antonio? Good luck

            1. TN
                5 days, 20 hours ago

                Fixtures certainly favour Antonio