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Premier League 2022/23 fixtures: FPL captaincy rotation

The much-anticipated fixture list for the 2022/23 Premier League season was released on Thursday morning.

Fantasy Premier League (FPL) hasn’t yet relaunched for the upcoming campaign but Fantasy managers have inevitably already started mentally drafting their Gameweek 1 squads based on the newly available schedule.

And we’re no different, as here we take a look at the captaincy conundrums and premium pick pickles that may present themselves in the first quarter of 2022/23.

CAPTAINCY MATRIX – FIRST 10 GAMEWEEKS

Premier League 2022/23 fixtures: A first look at FPL captaincy and premium picks 1

While we of course haven’t seen the prices for the new FPL campaign, we can be pretty sure that most of us will be eyeing up at least two of Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and, potentially, Kevin De Bruyne in our Gameweek 1 squads.

Then there are the prolific points-scorers at the back from these clubs, such as Joao Cancelo, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, and mid-price alternatives such as Dejan Kulusevski and Luis Diaz who we may have to turn to in order to accommodate heavy hitters elsewhere.

In a nutshell, assets from Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will not only be eating up a huge chunk of our budget but also dominating the captaincy discussion.

In the below image, we’ve picked out what we deem to be the stand-out fixtures in each of the first 10 Gameweeks from these three clubs only.

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  1. noquarternt
    • 8 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Why is Man U a light red fixture for Liverpool?

    1. ManUtdForLife
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Dark red would probably be overstating the difficulty until we see how they get on under Hag a bit

      1. No Professionals
        • 6 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        the point is it should be blue

        1. ManUtdForLife
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Blue’s for easy fixtures

          1. No Professionals
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            gif of 1990's scouse kid saying "exactly"

        2. Zimo
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Now now don't be too quick to dismiss new manager bounce and home crowd. It should probably be white

  2. Skonto Rigga
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 6 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    A few early scribbles on premiums/captaincy above, now that the start of the season is a mere seven weeks away 😀

    It's a mad old thought but you could feasibly not captain any Liverpool player in the first six GWs:

    GW1: Son/Kane - Sou (h)
    GW2: Haaland/KDB - Bou (h)
    GW3: Son/Kane - Wol (h)
    GW4: Son/Kane - Nfo (a)
    GW5: Haaland/KDB - Nfo (h)
    GW6: Son/Kane - Ful (h)

    GW1/4 being the weeks where you can strongly argue that Liverpool have the better fixture.

    1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
      • 3 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      You're certainly selling me on sticking to Haaland/Son/Diaz over trying to fit Salah in. Guess I'll have to see how things look in preseason, not averse to Kane+Son double-up then moving Kane to Haaland in GW2 as some have mooted but I never like booking in transfers so I'll have to think a lot more on that one

      1. Zimo
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        What bout Haaland, Salah, Kulu? If Camzys prices are bang on then they will be the same as Haaland, Son, Diaz.

        1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
          • 3 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          I wouldn't rule it out, I think a lot of it depends on Eriksen joining or not but his presence would affect both, Eriksen would take setpieces from Son but he could also mean Kulusevski is rotated a bit more if Conte wants to play 352 with Eriksen at CAM. Some of those fixtures look really good for someone like Son though

        2. Skonto Rigga
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Aye, Son/Diaz v Salah/Kulu is maybe simply a call of how many times you're likely to captain a premium Spurs/Liverpool player in the opening weeks and months and then you make your decision based on that (plus the prices, obviously).

    2. R.C
      • 6 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      Spurs lost both their games v SOU last season

      1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
        • 3 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        L1D1 but yeah they can certainly be tricky for Spurs

    3. zes
      • 9 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      You could also leave it on Salah for the first 4 arguably 5

    4. FPL Daniel
      • 15 Years
      2 years, 1 month ago

      I am not going without Salah at the start. Period. No matter which FPL influencer goes without

  3. matzi11a
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 15 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    We are upgrading databases today, the first one is swapping in 5 mins. You may notice some slight disruption - apologies and happy fixtures day.

  4. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    Itching to start those first drafts. Think we’ve only a week or so to wait for launch?

  5. DGW blindness is for Kinnea…
    • 11 Years
    2 years, 1 month ago

    All I want from this season is variation. Variation in squads and variation in captaincy. We usually get that in the first half of season anyway but with more and more FPL influencers around the template becomes narrowed.

    1. @persecuted_by_mods
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Last season felt especially bad for people copying influencers, I don't care that much because I aim to beat the influencers and top players but it was weird watching people who for years didn't really have a clue about fpl all suddenly making strange similar moves week by week

        1. Zimo
          • 5 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          I don't get what's the point of playing if you're just gonna be copying someone else ._.

          1. FPL Daniel
            • 15 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            The point is wining

            1. Zimo
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Then u must be disappointed every single year

            2. I Must Break You
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 29 days ago

              Agree. The point for many on here seems to be whining

          2. @persecuted_by_mods
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Me neither but each to their own, my job is to beat anyone and everyone but it did get a bit annoying when the gw loaded and 5 people had made the exact same random moves

      • Zimo
        • 5 Years
        2 years, 1 month ago

        Who's gonna be going with Saka to start with? Arsenal's fixtures look good.

        1. R.C
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          ESR or Martinelli nailed?

          1. Zimo
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            No idea. That's why I'll probably go for Saka.

            1. R.C
              • 6 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              I'll go with Jesus then

              1. Zimo
                • 5 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Good shout if he ends up there soon. I want a cheap second forward to go with Haaland personally. Maybe Welbeck.

          2. @persecuted_by_mods
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Neither are, I'd imagine they'll get a striker (Jesus) and stick with Ode and Saka, Martinelli and ESR would then rotate a lot

          3. No Professionals
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            depends on his price, if he's 7.5m then probably, if he's more then probably not.

            1. Zimo
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              He'll be 7.5-8 imo.

              1. No Professionals
                • 6 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                at 8, he'd need to keep penalties for me to consider him. Guess that depends on who they bring in as striker.

                1. FPL Daniel
                  • 15 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  He’ll be 8.5-9 so too expensive imo

                  1. Zimo
                    • 5 Years
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    I don't see him going to 9. That's too high for 179 points and one good season.

          4. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Depending how Jesus is priced, I may lean that direction. Saka the most nailed mid option though.

            1. Andy_Social
              • 11 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              I'd like Jesus or Saka, but in my current draft I can't go above Martinelli and a 5m defender.

          5. Nate(U)dog(ie)
            • 3 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            If Jesus joins I think I'll go with him. If not then I'm heavily considering Saka but only remembering from discussions here that Martinelli had the penalty last day I'm not too sure. Might cause myself pain and go for Marti again

            1. Zimo
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              I don't think the penalty decision matters. It'll probably go to Jesus if he arrives

              1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
                • 3 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Jesus has an awful record from penalties, taken 12 in his professional career and missed 7, don't think he'll get near them

                1. Zimo
                  • 5 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Ohh I didn't know that. Arsenal really need a penalty taker

            2. Andy_Social
              • 11 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              I'm not comfortable with Marty - he gets subbed off a lot and shares gametime with ESR. Just can't find the extra sheckles after maxing out on City and Pool.

              1. Zimo
                • 5 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                What's the current plan?

                1. Andy_Social
                  • 11 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  On Camzy's prices I've got this for 101m:

                  Alisson 4.0
                  TAA Robbo Cancelo Dias 4.0
                  Son Martinelli Eriksen (Spu) Johnson 4.5
                  Haaland Welbeck Gelhardt

                  1. Zimo
                    • 5 Years
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Who is Johnson? The one in Nottingham? Wasn't he a striker?

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • 11 Years
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      Yeh. Camzy's got him as a mid. If he's a striker I'll have to reconsider.

                      1. Zimo
                        • 5 Years
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        Hopefully he's a mid. I'll take an out of position cheapie from a promoted club.

                        1. Zimo
                          • 5 Years
                          2 years, 1 month ago

                          Hmm actually I think I might be mistaken. In his videos he seems to be playing from the flanks. Fotmob shows him as a striker from the second half of the season though. Not sure what's the truth.

              2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
                • 3 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Yeah it's definitely asking for trouble. I think he ended the season well though I'll see how things look, but I'll try to avoid rotation options early on so likely to not go there

        2. R.C
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          4m over budget, back to the drawing room

          1. Hangman Page
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            You retire to the drawing room after your FPL planning? Do you live in a mansion?

            1. Now I'm Panicking
              • 9 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              If it is, I'm guessing it's his parents.

        3. adstomko
          • 8 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Reckon this draft will be possible?

          Meslier
          Trent, VVD, Castagne
          Son, Saka, Coutinho, Kulusevski
          Haaland, Vardy, Bamford
          SUB: Henderson, Cash, Ait Nouri, Trossard

          1. Zimo
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Lol

          2. Hangman Page
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            If you start with a budget of £125m perhaps.

        4. R.C
          • 6 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Who would you pick?

          1. Saka at 8m
          2. Jesus at 9m

          1. No Professionals
            • 6 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            if Saka on pens, Saka

            1. FPL Daniel
              • 15 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Wait and see on Jesus imo

          2. ManUtdForLife
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Possibly neither. What price is Martinelli? Tierney?

            1. Andy_Social
              • 11 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Camzy has them as 6.5 and 5.5 respectively

              1. ManUtdForLife
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Thanks Andy - think I’d be tempted by Martinelli and banking the 1.5 in that case

              2. No Professionals
                • 6 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                they are fair guesses IMO, might be lucky and get Martinelli for 6.0

        5. Mama Murphy's chair
          • 7 Years
          2 years, 1 month ago

          On the fixtures ticker, how is it that Man City, Liverpool and Brighton are above Arsenal in difficulty for both Attack and Defence but Arsenal then go top for Overall?

          1. Andy_Social
            • 11 Years
            2 years, 1 month ago

            Brighton is plain weird. Those are not easy games.

            1. pingissimus
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Skewed by Newcastle figures - the numbers for them appear to match the promoted clubs.

          2. @persecuted_by_mods
              2 years, 1 month ago

              They don't if you set it to relative

              1. Mama Murphy's chair
                • 7 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                I didn't want relative.
                Just couldn't work out how a team ahead in difficulty for both Attack and Defence goes behind for Overall.
                Statistics isn't my strong suit.

                1. @persecuted_by_mods
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    When you filter to just attack or defense it looks like it's relative i.e west ham for man city is easier than palace is for arsenal

                    When you switch to overall it's just the fixture, i.e west ham are deemed a better team than crystal palace

                    So to fix the issue you're having just set the overall to relative too

                    Hope that makes sense, and hope I'm right and not talking outta my butt

                    1. Mama Murphy's chair
                      • 7 Years
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      Not sure. Cheers though.
                      Not important. Bigger things to get our teeth into.
                      Enjoy the fpl pre-season!

            • Hangman Page
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              I used the new Members area last week to create some new tables and today it won't work (the My Stats section). When I go to the old version, the tables aren't there.

              Anyone know when the BETA testing ends and the new Members area is going to work properly?

            • Nate(U)dog(ie)
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              First time I've had a decent period to look at the fixtures, early thoughts (apart from the obvious ones) are:

              - Brighton and Leeds have really appealing runs, definitely think I'll try getting an attacking def / attacker from both
              - Brentford should be a decent option to solve 4.5 def spot
              - A fair few maybes there that have mixed fixtures yet might do well in an attacking sense but are quite an unknown for now, ManUtd, West Ham, Leicester, Southampton

              1. Andy_Social
                • 11 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                I've considered those. I don't really trust the ticker as it stands - Brighton's games are tougher than it suggests. I'm considering a 4.5 defender and Gelhardt from Leeds, but as benchies - their fixtures don't give me confidence at either end. Brentford without Eriksen worries me, but if there's a 4.5 defender going, why not?

                Liverpool and City are so far head-and-shoulders above the rest that I'm going to blow half my budget on 6 of them. I agree with your maybes and intend to avoid starting with them, starting pretty conservatively until I can suss the lie of the land.

                1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
                  • 3 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  To be honest I'm just going with my own judgement on fixtures rather than the ticker, I rarely agree with their layouts as there are a lot of things to take into account regarding difficulty but yeah it wouldn't be first choice, it'd definitely be more of a rotational thing. Agree as well about Pool, wasn't the initial plan but think I have to look at Liverpool triple up, not overly convinced by City's fixtures though myself, if I was to triple up it wouldn't involve 2 defenders so it's hard to afford the extra mid (and decide who).

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • 11 Years
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Gotta take the ticker with a pinch, but to be fair, it did throw up Brennan Johnson who wasn't on my radar.

            • Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              A few players I was very cold on but like now having seen how the fixtures all fall together are Watkins Mount and Neto. Not sure City's early fixtures are as hot as some are making out, week 4 looks like a good jumping on point, esp. for unknowns like Haaland.

              1. No Professionals
                • 6 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                the answer is rarely to get no city players, it's usually to get the right ones. Haaland hopefully makes that easier.

                1. Andy_Social
                  • 11 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Definitely. I'd narrow the nailed-ons down to Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Rodri, KDB and Haaland

                2. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  I will have Cancelo (would only baulk at about 9.0+ which isn't a realistic price) but I'm not entirely sure I would go beyond that. Still have in my head when D.Silva arrived and it took about 6 games until he was 'up and running'. Pep loves himself and the idea that you must be instilled in the ways before you get starts; throw in a dodgy injury record and Haaland is a wait and see (but must have the structure to jump on immediately).

                  1. Andy_Social
                    • 11 Years
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    A more recent example would be spending 100m on Grealish only for him to do naff all last season. I honestly think Haaland will be different gravy. Him and a promotee are the only PL newbies in my draft.

              2. Nate(U)dog(ie)
                • 3 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Neto is an interesting one, Wolves seemed to be missing something last season so he may help, but I'll just find it hard to trust Wolves until I see a bit from them so I'd say I'll avoid. Mount could do well with those fixtures for sure, I'll be keeping an eye on Gallagher in preseason but if he's not an option Mount may be worth trying to get to.

                1. Andy_Social
                  • 11 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Neto, Podence, wingbacks - all could be bargains, but at this stage you just don't know what Wolves are going to give you.

                  1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Agree with this, Wolves are definitely a monitor during pre-season to see which version is likely to turn up. I quite like Lage and the fact that he has told Saiss and soon Marcal to sling their hooks (hated both of them) makes me think he is a savvy operator who can get them back to what they were like around xmas.

            • FFFoxy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Sanchez 4m
              Trent Cancelo R.james chilwell trippier
              Diaz Johnson son bissouma 4.5m
              Haaland Gelhardt 4.5m

              What I’m looking at to start

              1. FFFoxy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                or Martinelli & Coady for chilwell & bissouma

                1. Andy_Social
                  • 11 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  I wouldn't go with Bissouma from the off, and I'd be more cautious over the Chelsea defence with all the changes, but otherwise you're good. First mention I've seen of Sanchez. I started with him last season and kept him for most of the year. He'll prob be 5m this time but has good fixtures.

                  1. No Professionals
                    • 6 Years
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    yeah seen a few have him at 4.5m which would be generous for the starting keeper in a mid table side.

                  2. FFFoxy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    I hear you. If bissouma is 4.5 I would just like his chances of getting assists from nothing passes to son & Kane compared to others at that cheap price point. Last name on my team sheet but if at 4.5 again I’d sign him up

                    1. Andy_Social
                      • 11 Years
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      I'd expect both Sanchez and Bissouma to be 5m

                    2. No Professionals
                      • 6 Years
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      i think he'd be a good first bench option, but wouldn't want to be starting him regularly. That's the issue with big 5 at the back, you lose the option of 4.5m defenders, who are usually much better options that 4.5m midfielders, and certainly better than 4.5m strikers who just won't play.

              2. No Professionals
                • 6 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                I don't like it, but only because you're going to have to start 2 of Johnson, Gelhardt, Bissouma, another 4.5m mid and a 4.5m striker every week.

                1. FFFoxy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Yes I’d probably downgrade chilwell to a 5m option and upgrade a 4.5 mid into someone like Martinelli/Odegaard hopefully (6.5m option)

            • OPTA FPL
              • 12 Years
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Martin Ødegaard is your pick, thank me later

              1. Andy_Social
                • 11 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Good call, actually

                1. OPTA FPL
                  • 12 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  he was good in No 10 position until Partey was injured then he played CM along with Xkaha. If they buy Tielmanss CM, Odergard will play further and great

              2. Zimo
                • 5 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Yeah as a cheapie for sure

                1. Andy_Social
                  • 11 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Same price as Martinelli but plays far more 90min games.

              3. Fish up a tree
                • 3 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                Good shout on Ode & if we get Jesus he will finally have someone who can make intelligent runs to put away the abundance of chances he creates.

                77 big chances created last year only behind TAA Bruno & KDB

              4. Nate(U)dog(ie)
                • 3 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                He was superb last year but still feels more like assist the assister type rather than the assister or scorer most of the time

              5. Nate(U)dog(ie)
                • 3 Years
                2 years, 1 month ago

                He was superb last year but still feels more like assist the assister type rather than the assister or scorer most of the time

                1. Nate(U)dog(ie)
                  • 3 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  (Excuse double post, phone messing up)

                2. Andy_Social
                  • 11 Years
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  A year more mature, regular gametime for 90 mins as others get subbed, playing as an attacking midfielder, feeding Jesus - I'm partial to him with those opening fixtures.

                3. St Pauli Walnuts
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 years, 29 days ago

                  My thoughts too