It’s probably fair to say it’s not been much of a happy new year for FPL managers. After we brought in Everton players they all blanked in the first game and the second was called off.
There’s still one game to go at the time of writing but it’s time to look ahead to Gameweek 22 with the deadline on Friday at 6:30pm UK.
FPL GW23 Tips:
We have a Double Gameweek confirmed for eight teams ahead of Gameweek 22.
Burnley, Watford, Brighton, Chelsea, Leicester, Spurs, Brentford and Manchester United will all play twice.
It’s definitely worth having a few Double Gameweek players in your team but if you do transfer them in this week, make sure to have a think about how long you might want to hold onto them for.
There’s no point bringing someone in for one week (outside of prime captaincy candidates) and then using more transfers to remove them straight away.
Watford have a fairly good Double Gameweek against Newcastle and Burnley (a) so as long as they’re both fit, Joshua King (£5.8m) and Emmanuel Dennis (£6.1m) look like good options as they have Norwich (h) to play in Gameweek 23.
I’d be careful with bringing in Chelsea players as one of their games is against Manchester City and then they have Spurs in Gameweek 23 followed by two weeks of no Premier League matches.
Someone like James Maddison (£6.9m) could be a nice option from Leicester, but again the fixtures straight after Gameweek 22 aren’t ideal, however at that price you could have him in as a squad player who you can rotate in and out of your team.
Brighton have two home games and I do rate their defence fairly highly. They have an upcoming Blank Gameweek in Gameweek 24 but outside of that have some good fixtures.
Marc Cucurella (£5.1m) is probably the defender I’d opt for as he’s started every game since he arrived at Brighton and is perhaps a little more reliable than Tariq Lamptey (£4.5m).
Elsewhere there are probably some more obvious targets. Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) looks like a pretty good captaincy target and Manchester United have a fairly good run of fixtures.
He’s currently flagged after not being available for the FA Cup but hopefully Ralf Rangnick will talk about this in his press conference and pass him fit.
Harry Kane (£12.2m) is another premium forward you could look at going for and arguably is a slightly better option for the Double Gameweek as he’s at home for the first match and then plays a Leicester side who have been far from great defensively this season, but the fixtures immediately after the Double aren’t as strong as they are for Man United.
I Still Own Salah
If you’re one of the 4.3 million Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) owners then you’re probably wondering what to do with him, especially if you have other players in your team that are flagged.
It’s looking likely that Salah will miss at least Gameweek 22 and 23 but could be back for Gameweek 24 which would see a three Gameweek run of Leicester (h), Burnley (a) and Norwich (h).
You’d arguably want to captain him for all three of these matches, especially if he comes back from the African Cup of Nations in the same form as when he left.
If you’ve not already sold Salah I do think there’s a case to perhaps hold on to him. I wouldn’t usually want so much money sitting on my bench, but to use two transfers to sell him and buy him back in the next couple of weeks might not be a great strategy.
If you’re thinking of switching the funds to a premium forward such as Ronaldo or Kane then it will cost two transfers to adjust your funds around and then another two to swap back.
There’s nothing to say you can’t do this, especially if you want to captain either of these players, but it’s just another thing to keep in mind.
If you have a different Double Gameweek player you can captain in Gameweek 22 I’d perhaps hold onto Salah.
Best Son Replacements
Heung-Min Son (£10.7m) was a lot of FPL Managers number one target to bring in this week. Antonio Conte has ruled him out for the rest of this month which means he’ll likely miss Gameweek 22 and 23.
When he’s back he may well be fit to face Southampton (h) in Gameweek 24 but after that it’s Wolves (h) and Manchester City (a) which aren’t great fixtures for an attacker.
If you’ve got a squad that allows you to bench Son then you could do this but for most people it will be time to sell.
As I mentioned above I do like the idea of bringing in Maddison. There aren’t a huge amount of other standout Double Gameweek midfield options this week.
Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) could be a nice punt but it’s a lot of money to pay for a player without penalties and who we have seen a bit of a drop off from this season.
He does have a strong run of fixtures afterwards however and could even be a Salah placeholder if you’ve already sold the Egyptian.
Outside of this I’d maybe look to target players without a Double Gameweek like Diogo Jota (£8.3m) who has Brentford (h) this week and looks fairly guaranteed to play in the starting XI at the moment.
I do like Manchester City midfielders as well, especially if Phil Foden (£8.0m) is passed fit, however they don’t have a great game in Gameweek 22 and it’s really the fixtures afterwards you would be targeting.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: 12th August 2021