Utilising the fixture ticker and underlying stats from the Fantasy Football Scout members area, we pick out some of the FPL top picks for Gameweek 22. Considering team and player form, fixture difficulty and stats will help us shortlist some of the best assets for the round ahead.
Looking at the FPL top picks for Gameweek 22 can be extremely useful to managers in their quest for success. Knowing which players to target for the round ahead can help with important decisions like transfers and captaincy.
Goalkeepers – David De Gea
Manchester United face a double Gameweek against both Leeds and Crystal Palace in the round ahead. This means that the Reds have two chances of keeping a clean sheet and for that reason investing in the defence could be a wise move.
In the last six matches Manchester United have been conceding some concerning defensive stats but that can add to the appeal of David De Gea (£4.9m). The Spaniard is a top shot stopper and with plenty of potential for both the clean sheet and save points, has to be considered amongst the top picks for Gameweek 22.
Leeds also have a double Gameweek scheduled against Nottingham Forest and Manchester United. Both of their opponents have been putting up some strong offensive stats lately but the potential of a double Gameweek could be too hard to ignore.
Although Leeds have been sustaining some poor defensive stats, they have still kept two clean sheets in their last six matches. Interestingly that is the same number as Manchester United. Illan Meslier (£4.5m) has a great price, two fixtures and plenty of potential for save points.
Arsenal may not be playing in a double Gameweek this week but they do have one scheduled in Gameweek 23, which is something worth taking into account. The most appealing thing about the Arsenal defence this week is their opponent.
Everton have recently sacked their manager after a poor run of results. In the last six matches they rank the joint second worst for goals scored, the joint second worst for total attempts on goal, and joint second worst for shots on target. This could indicate that investing in Aaron Ramsdale (£4.9m) a great move and because of that makes his way into the picks for Gameweek 22.
Defenders – Luke Shaw
Manchester United’s opponents Crystal Palace and Leeds rank in the top five worst teams for shots on target in the last six matches. This improves the chances of a Manchester United clean sheet. The standout defensive option from the Reds, is of course, Luke Shaw (£5.2m).
Shaw’s recent gametime only bolsters his appeal. His versatility in centre back and left back only reinforces that. Luke Shaw is also considerably higher for expected goal involvement in the last six than any other defensive teammate. With a goal and assist this season, Luke Shaw has the potential to do well in the round ahead.
Manchester United have plenty of reliable defensive options. With the backline becoming more and more settled, the safer options are becoming more clearer. For those managers looking to go a little bit cheaper, they could look to Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.3m).
Because of the double Gameweek, even the less convincing options become more attractive. Having two matches doubles the potential. Aaron Wan-Bissaka ranks fifth for chances created in the last six matches, so there is some potential there. It is also worth remembering that he has bagged three returns in his last six matches.
Newcastle rank the best team in the league for goals conceded and clean sheets kept. Defensively ahead of any other team in the league should be reason enough to invest in their backline. Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) should be in every single FPL team moving forward.
The fullback has been absolutely fantastic this season. In fact, he ranks as the second highest scoring player in the game and the highest scoring defender this season too. His recent performances only reinforce his sustained potential. No defender in the game has created more chances or crosses in the last six matches than Kieran Trippier. Do not exclude him from your fantasy teams.
Liverpool may be struggling to maintain their old defensive form, but things could be on the up. The Reds have kept two back-to-back clean sheets and one of them was against their upcoming opponent Wolves. Wolves have been poor in front of goal this season.
This season, Wolves rank the worst for goals scored, big chances total and shots on target. This could highlight Andy Robertson (£6.8m) as a great option. In the last six matches he ranks second for chances created and third for big chances created. Against one of the worst offensive sides in the league, Andy Robertson has to be considered amongst the top picks for Gameweek 22.
Double Gameweeks increase the appeal of the lesser attractive assets in the game. That could be the case when looking into the Leeds backline. Playing two matches in one week gives double the potential and so some managers could be considering a Leeds defender.
The best Leeds defender to select could be Luke Ayling (£4.5m). The left back has been a main stay in the defence since his return from injury. In the last four matches he started, he collected returns in two of them. Ayling ranks second amongst the Leeds backline for expected goal involvement, first for chances created and first for big chances created. For those looking for the most exciting Leeds defensive option, you may have found him.
Midfielders – Marcus Rashford
For those managers going into Gameweek 22 without Marcus Rashford (£7.2m), that needs to change. Manchester United have been maintaining some of the best offensive stats in the league as of late. In fact, in the last six matches they rank third for attempts on goal, second for big chances created and first for shots on target.
Marcus Rashford is in fine form. In his last 10 matches he has picked up 10 goals and two assists. This is form that cannot be ignored by fantasy managers. Not only is Marcus Rashford the best option going into Gameweek 22, but he is also the standout captaincy option. Some managers may even be considering the triple captaincy and for good reason.
The fantastic form of the Manchester United attack isn’t the only reason we should be doubling up on the frontline. They face Crystal Palace and Leeds in the round ahead. Both of them rank as the two worst teams in the league for shots in the box conceded in the last six matches. Crystal Palace rank the joint worst for shots on target conceded whilst Leeds also rank the worst team in the league for big chances conceded in the same period.
Manchester United have two great opponents to target. Amongst all midfielders Bruno Fernandes (£9.9m) ranks the best for chances and big chances created. As well as this, the Portuguese midfielder has also bagged a return in each of the last five matches. Bruno Fernandes is one of the best options going into Gameweek 22.
League leaders Arsenal have been ploughing their way through their opponents this season. That great offensive form has not dwindled. In the last six matches they rank joint second for goals scored, joint first for goals scored in the box and second for attempts on goal.
With a fixture against strugglers Everton next, it could be a wise move to invest in Bukayo Saka (£8.2m). The midfielder has picked up a huge seven goals and seven assists in his 19 matches so far whilst also hitting returns in four of his last six matches. Bukayo Saka is in very strong form and walks his way into the top picks for Gameweek 22.
Doubling up on the Arsenal attack could be absolutely key moving forward. That can be highlighted by the fact that they have a double Gameweek coming up. The appeal of moving early on the Arsenal attack is clear, especially with a fixture against Everton.
Amongst all teams in the last six matches Everton rank the worst for goals conceded and the third worst for shots in the box conceded. Another player who could take advantage of their fragile defence is Martin Ødegaard (£6.9m). No midfielder has had more shots on goal than him in the last six matches. With three double-digit returns in the last five matches, Martin Ødegaard eases himself into the top picks for Gameweek 22.
It could be very difficult to avoid investing in the Leeds attack this week. The double Gameweek looks ok from an offensive point of view. They face Man United and Nottingham Forest who have both kept just two clean sheets in their last six matches.
The potential is there for a Leeds attacker, especially for a player having fantastic season. No midfielder has scored more goals than Rodrigo (£6.4m). For that reason, he is the standout option in the Leeds attack for the Gameweek ahead.
Forwards – Haaland
Manchester City have been maintaining some of the best offensive stats in the league this season. They also face Tottenham in the next round who have been conceding some concerning defensive stats lately. In fact, amongst all teams in the league they rank the second worst for goals conceded and the second worst for shots on target conceded.
Going without Erling Haaland (£12.2m) could cause serious problems to both rank and mini league position. The striker has been in relentless form, notching up more goals and more points than any other player in the game.
The attacking options continue to pile up for Arsenal in FPL. With goals coming from multiple players it means there is plenty of options to consider. One of the those options could be in-form striker Eddie Nketiah (£6.7m).
Amongst all strikers in the last six matches, Nketiah ranks third for shots in the box and fourth for big chances total. The striker picked up a huge 13-point haul in the previous Gameweek after his two goals and with Everton ahead, that could well easily extend.
The Leeds double Gameweek may seem tough but Nottingham Forest have shown in patches they can be terrible defensively. Interestingly, in the last six matches Manchester United also rank the fourth worst for shots in the box conceded.
For managers looking for a Leeds striker, it could be a wise investment buying into Wilfried Gnonto (£5m). Amongst all strikers in the last six matches he ranks first for total passes and first for successful passes in the final third. Gnonto comes in at a fantastic price which also gives managers the ability to rotate him on and off the bench around fixtures.
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