After an extended break, gameweek 22 is almost upon us. The fixture list has constantly been changing this season, but at the time of writing, 8 sides have a double gameweek this week.
Naturally, we’ll be focussing heavily on these sides, using our FPL Fixture Tracker to help guide us.
FPL GW 22 Tips – Attack
On paper, the Red Devils have two strong fixtures in Aston Villa and Brentford in gameweek 22. However, all is not well at United and investment certainly comes with its risks.
Nonetheless, anyone looking to back Manchester United’s faltering attack in this double gameweek will likely opt for Cristiano Ronaldo (12.5m). Eight goals and three assists places Ronaldo third in the overall forward ranks – a reasonable return given United’s recent failures.
It really is slim pickings as far as the rest of the squad is concerned. Mason Greenwood (7.2m), Jadon Sancho (8.9m), and Edinson Cavani (8.4m) have also shown flashes of quality this campaign but cannot offer guaranteed back-to-back starts. Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes (11.6m) and Marcus Rashford (9.4m) haven’t justified their loftier price tags.
The Foxes are absolutely plagued with absentees right now – no fewer than 15 players are flagged at the time of writing. However, match-ups against Burnley and Tottenham this gameweek make the Leicester squad worth perusing.
All three listed forwards are flagged but Patson Daka (7.1m) does have a chance of proving his fitness for the double. Five goal contributions from limited minutes is very impressive, and his European form suggests Daka could be an excellent differential if he can recover in time.
Should Daka miss out, Ayoze Pérez (5.7m) has experience playing up front, but his investment would be extremely risky given how little he has featured. Instead, goals will likely need to come from midfield, where James Maddison (6.9m) has been in red-hot form with four goals and five assists in six games. The less costly Youri Tielemans (6.4m) is also an option, particularly with the addition of penalty duties until Jamie Vardy (10.4m) returns from injury in March.
The Hornets put up a good fight against Tottenham in gameweek 21, but that game aside, have relied on a strong attack to make up for a very leaky defence. Despite hovering above the relegation zone, Watford have scored more goals than games and have arguably the best fixtures in Newcastle and Burnley this coming gameweek.
Ismaila Sarr’s (5.8m) ongoing injury means there are only two real options of note. The currently-flagged Emmanuel Dennis (6.1m) is the joint-top scoring forward in the game and won’t be joining up with Nigeria, making him a standout pick if passed fit. Underlying stat lovers will point towards Josh King (5.8m) who posted some impressive numbers, particularly at the start of Claudio Ranieri’s reign. A double up is far from out of the question given the fixtures.
Anyone looking for a bargain basement pick in midfield could do worse than the ever-reliable 2-point magnet that is Moussa Sissoko (4.4m).
FPL GW 22 Tips – Defence
The Blues were impenetrable earlier in the season, but have struggled of late. Nonetheless, there is still value to be had as Chelsea face Manchester City and Brighton.
Those might not be the most appealing fixtures ever, but injuries to Ben Chilwell (5.6m) and Reece James (6.2m) open up the door for César Azpilicueta (5.7m) and Marcos Alonso (5.7m). However, with the transfer window currently open and rumours swirling, investment in either should be short-term at best.
Speaking of short-term investments, Kepa Arrizabalaga (4.7m) will be between the sticks with Edouard Mendy (6.2m) at AFCON. Anyone looking at Chelsea assets should bear in mind the upcoming blanks in gameweeks 24 and 25.
A side with far less to worry about in their upcoming schedule, as well as a double gameweek this week is Spurs. Tottenham face Arsenal and Leicester but have a much-improved defence to rely on.
Hugo Lloris (5.4m) leads the way in Tottenham’s defence with 81 points and is a reliable pick. However, there are much cheaper options in centre-back trio Eric Dier (4.6m), Davinson Sánchez (4.6m), and Ben Davies (4.5m).
The most exciting options lie at wing-back where Sergio Reguilón (5.4m) has emerged as a popular pick, claiming four attacking contributions this season. Alternatively, Emerson Royal (5.0m) has looked more menacing of late and provided an assist in gameweek 19.
We wrap things up with the Seagulls, who face visits from Crystal Palace and Chelsea in gameweek 22.
Robert Sánchez (4.6m) has been a steady option in goal this season and is at the perfect price point for anyone considering a bench boost this week. The similarly priced Tariq Lamptey (4.5m) is still feeling his way back to full fitness, but has the bonus of strong attacking numbers (three assists in seven starts since gameweek 8).
Joël Veltman (4.2m) is possibly the only other Seagull worth consideration at this time, due to his low price and relative safety of minutes.