Here’s Rob Reid with his FPL gameweek 22 player picks to help you decide on transfers for your team. Rob has finished 3 of the last 5 seasons in the top 0.5% of FPL managers.
Rob Reid with his FPL gameweek 22 player picks
Hi everyone and welcome to Player Picks!
After the success of the previous 2 seasons, Player Picks is back again for 2019-2020 with a fairly similar format. I’ve decided to pare back the stats from previous weeks picks so that they will just include an average for the season – hopefully this should make the article a little bit simpler. Otherwise I’ll be sticking to the same format of a Banker, Ace and Joker as I’ve followed in previous years.
As a reminder, the Banker is predominantly a fixture-based pick where I follow them for 4 weeks and average the score over that period. The Ace is a 1 week pick who I think will do well and would make an appealing Captain choice. The Joker is a differential pick with less than 10% ownership who I think might do well that week. For reference, the overall 2018-19 picks averaged as follows: Banker 5.22, Ace 6.11, Joker 4.92. Hopefully (with some help as you’ll see below) we can beat that this season. I’ll start to look at the 2019-20 averages a bit later in the season when there is more data.
This season I’m also going to add a ‘Key Fixture’ analysis to Player Picks. This is where I’ll pick one fixture for the gameweek in question which I think FPL managers should consider covering in their squad. I’ll look at previous meetings, bookies odds and form in this – it might be a fixture where we already have a Player Pick, it might not! There will still also be Twitter polls where the FFG Twitter Community have an opportunity to select players, but also new for this season is a contribution from the FFG Slack Channel where Patreon users will have chance to directly contribute to the weekly picks through the Player Picks forum. So without further ado, let’s get on with this weeks Picks!
FPL gameweek 22 player picks
Banker – Djibril Sidibe – EVE – 5.4m – BHA/wha/NEW/wat –
A low ownership Banker this week, but one who I think could be a fine differential over the next few weeks. Everton have certainly tightened up at the start of Carlio Ancelotti’s tenure and I’ve been particularly impressed by Sidibe, who is playing effectively out of position as an attacking right wing-back. He returned in GW18 and 19 and despite blanking in 20 & 21, he managed the unlikely GW21 feat of gaining 2 bonus points in a 2 goal defeat with no attacking return! Upcoming fixtures also look great for The Toffees so I certainly think it’s worth sticking your faith in your Frenchman!
Ace (as picked by the FFG Slack Community) – Tammy Abraham – CHE 7.8m – BUR –
Lots of Man City suggestions on Slack this week, but with Pep serving up his usual rotation uncertainty by fielding Sterling as a false 9 in the Carabao Cup I’ve decided to steer clear. Instead, I’ve gone with Kev in Canada’s selection of Tammy Abraham. He’s come back into FPL form – returns in his last 2 games after a run of 4 blanks and faces a Burnley side who have lost their last 3 and are steadily being peppered by their opponents each week. Abraham is still owned by a third of FPL managers – if he makes it 3 returns in a row, he’ll certainly be costly in terms of overall rank to those of us without him.
Joker – Ismaila Sarr – WAT – 6.2m – bou
An uber differential pick this week, with the 0.9% owned Senegalese midfielder taking the Joker spot – my first Hornets pick of the season I think! There’s good reason though. He looks a real handful under new manager Nigel Pearson and has 3 returns in his last 4 including a 13 point haul in GW18. Opponents Bournemouth are funny onions. In the last 5 games they’ve won at Stamford Bridge, held Arsenal and lost to Burnley. Brighton and West Ham taking a 4-0 thrashing in that last game. Who knows what Eddie Howe will do tactically this week, but I expect Watford to score and Sarr to give the creaking Cherries defence some problems!
Key Fixture Pick – Sheffield United v West Ham (Friday 8pm)
Win: Sheffield United 5/6; Draw 11/4; West Ham 3/1
Clean Sheet: Sheffield United 6/4; West Ham 7/2
Selected Anytime Goalscorer Odds: Mousset 33/20; McBurnie 15/8; Lundstram 4/1; Haller 14/5; Anderson 13/2
I do love the Friday night fixture for my Key Fixture pick. The last time I picked it, Leicester thumped Southampton 9-0 though I have to say I’d be surprised if there’s 9 goals in this one! No for me this is a scouting mission again: looking at Hammers for Double Gameweek 24 and staking out United again for when their fixtures improve in GW25.
The reverse fixture in GW10 was a stuffy 1-1 draw and although the home side have the loftier league position, West Ham will be bouyed by their fine opening performance under David Moyes and keen to keep the momentum going.
It’s all eyes on the back for me. United have 7 clean sheets this season and I love their fixture run from GW25 to 30. Most of us will be Lord Lundstrum owners but I’m toying with a defensive double after GW25 where I’d consider 4.6m O’Connell or even paying a bit extra for attacking wing-back Stevens at 5.1m. For The Hammers, until last week they’d had only 1 clean sheet since GW6 but with 4.9m Fabianski back from injury and the save points he brings, he looks a good shout for the double in GW24.
It’s a bit less inspiring going forward. The Blades have cheapies Mousset and McBurnie but neither are prolific in terms of minutes or returns so you’re looking at them really as bench fodder in a 3-5-2 or 4-4-2. For West Ham, 7.0m Haller could be a left field GW24 shout but with only 6 goals and 2 assists so far he’ll need to find some form especially with others playing better at this price point.
There are options in midfield though. Noble and Snodgrass could both be used as 5th midfielders at their price with Noble on penalties and Snodgrass taking some set pieces. For a bit more there’s Joe’s returning Joker from last week Felipe Anderson – 2 returns in 2 now from the Brazilian though he stretches the budget more at 6.6m.
As for a prediction for this, the Bookies favour the home side but I’m going for a repeat of the GW10 score with a 1-1 draw. All the best for this week everyone!
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