FPL GW22 Picks
Harry Maguire (£5.5m / 5.0%)
With arguably the best fixtures coming up (SOU, EVE, wba, NEW), a Manchester United defender could offer a run of clean sheets. Harry Maguire has only blanked once in the last 5 game weeks and also offers a bit of attacking threat, having scored a goal and ranking first for shots on target (amongst all defenders in the last 5 game weeks).
Craig Dawson (£4.5m / 0.4%)
If you are looking for a budget defensive option, then Craig Dawson could be an excellent shout. He has returned in 5 out of 6 of his last games, has scored 2 games in a row, ranks #1 for xG amongst all defenders and, crucially, only costs £4.5m.
West Ham’s next fixtures (avl, ful, SHU, TOT) are reasonable so there is plenty of opportunity for more returns down the line. At 0.4% ownership he is an great differential and is a nailed-on option in a vastly improved West Ham side.
Reece James (£5.1m / 6.3%)
It saddens me to get rid of a player who has served me so well since GW01. However, Thomas Tuchel seems to favour a combination of Azpilicueta and Callum Hudson-Odoi (at RWB) and that means Reece James is now at huge risk of rotation.
This is not to say that he won’t begin any games soon, as Tuchel himself said:
“Well if we manage to find a starting eleven that can guarantee us to win 20 in a row we will not change it. But it’s of course very unlikely this will happen. It’s super-hard in selection, or maybe also super-easy because I’m giving everyone the chance to show their abilities.”
But 17 minutes out of a possible 180 does not the represent the sort of stability you need from a £5m defender.
Harry Kane (£11.1m / 25.6%)
If you have kept hold of Harry Kane whilst listening out for news about his injury, then I would suggest now is finally time to part ways. Spurs have been given a boost regarding progression of Kane’s ankle injuries. Mourinho said:
“I do not want to be super optimistic but Harry is optimistic. He has the experience of some injuries in ankles and in Harry’s mind it is a couple of weeks. So let’s see if he is right.”
That being said, media outlets are saying that Kane is targeting a return for the Manchester City game which means he will miss the Chelsea and West Brom fixtures. For me, this is too many matches to have £11m tied up.
Marcus Rashford (£9.5m / 10.7%)
Rashford’s ownership has dropped considerably in recent weeks and this is understandable given his recent form and underlying statistics. If you are one of the 10% of managers who still owns him, the Manchester United fixtures (SOU, EVE, wba, NEW) could be reason enough to hold on.
This is a golden opportunity for Manchester United to push for the title and, if they take it, you would expect Rashford to be involved in the goals.
Ollie Watkins (£6.3m / 17.2%)
With four blanks in his last six game weeks, managers may be looking to switch out Watkins, particularly having witnessed similar priced forwards (Bamford and Wilson) producing double-digit hauls last week.
The underlying stats however, show that Watkins’ returns could soon come. He is top of all players for xG, Shots in the Box, and Shots on Target over the last four game weeks. While the upcoming fixtures (WHU, ARS, bha, LEI) aren’t fantastic, they are also not too difficult, so it may be worth holding on to Watkins for a little while longer.
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