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EPL Fantasy Gameweek 22 Player Picks (Friday Deadline)

Angelos Anastassopoulos February 2, 2023
Gameweek 22

This has been the year of obvious choices so far. There are those players everyone has to own. And then it is the differentiators who make a difference. This becomes more prevalent in weeks like Fantasy Gameweek 22. This is a double week for Manchester United and Leeds. United are in the best condition they’ve been in a couple of years and they now face two relatively easy opponents at home, giving Fantasy managers plenty of opportunities for a strong Gameweek 22.

Aside from the Premier League Fantasy competition, there are so many questions rising. Like whether Arsenal will continue to lead the Premier League? Will the Gunners win their first title since 2004? Online bookmakers finally put Arsenal on top of the Premier League odds table.

The Fixtures

Friday, 3 February

Chelsea vs Fulham

Saturday, 4 February

Everton vs Arsenal
Aston Villa vs Leicester
Brentford vs Southampton
Brighton vs Bournemouth
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace
Wolves vs Liverpool
Newcastle vs West Ham

Sunday, 5 February

Nottingham Forest vs Leeds
Tottenham vs Manchester City

Wednesday, 8 February

Manchester United vs Leeds

Manchester United double week Fantasy

Goalkeepers

David De Gea (Manchester United)

Price: £4.9m | Opponent: Crystal Palace (h) & Leeds (h)
77 points | 10.4% owned

De Gea has been United’s only bright spot for years. This wasn’t always reflected on his Fantasy stats, but now the whole team seems like finding itself. Clean sheets are rare for United, but De Gea is as stable as it gets. He has two relatively easy matches ahead and he needs one clean sheet to be a value pick. With two clean sheets, he can be the MVP of Fantasy Gameweek 22.

Nick Pope (Newcastle)

Price: £5.5m | Opponent: West Ham (h)
103 points | 25.1% owned

With six clean sheets in a row, Nick Pope is the only goalkeeper to break into the Fantasy Top-10, with 103 points. His Newcastle are now hosting West Ham, Premier League’s fourth most inefficient offence. He is owned by a quarter of all EPL Fantasy players and this seems way too low.

Defenders

Kieran Trippier (Newcastle)

Price: £6.1m | Opponent: West Ham (h)
141 points | 69.2% owned

The fact that he is still priced at £6.1m is a joke. Kieran Trippier is the second-highest-scoring player in the game, after Erling Haaland. In the past 14 games, Newcastle have only conceded two goals when he was on the pitch, meaning he earned points for 12 clean sheets. Pair that with 5 assists and a goal so far and you see why he is so valuable. But if there is just one stat to persuade you to get him, that would be the bonus points. Trippier has earned more bonus points than anyone else. He has earned 31, meaning 5 more than Haaland himself.

Sven Botman (Newcastle)

Price: £4.5m | West Ham (h)
85 points | 6.2% owned

Take the seven top defenders of the Fantasy Premier League so far this season. You got four Newcastle men and three from Arsenal. Why not double down on the Magpies’ extraordinary defensive line? All four can deliver on any given day, but for Fantasy Gameweek 22, Sven Botman is my pick, as he is the cheapest of the lot. See the best bet bonus opportunities.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United)

Price: £5.3m | Crystal Palace (h) & Leeds (h)
66 points | 24.5% owned

Out of all the players having a double match in Gameweek 22, Luke Shaw seems to be the only viable option. Not only does he have a chance for one clean sheet (at least), but he also brings offensive points to the table. He does take some free kicks and he delivers through balls to the box, so an assist is never out of the question.

Ben Mee (Brentford)

Price: £4.8m | Southampton (h)
79 points | 10.2% owned

The highest-scoring defender in the game who doesn’t play for Newcastle or Arsenal is Ben Mee. The 33-year-old rarely brings offensive contributions to the table, but he has his way of getting points seemingly out of nowhere. His Brentford are hosting last-placed Southampton on the Premier League Fantasy Gameweek 22.

Midfielders

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Price: £7.2m | Crystal Palace (h) & Leeds (h)
108 points | 50.4% owned

Rashford is red-hot, especially when he plays at home. He has two favourable home fixtures on Gameweek 22 and he has what it takes to majorly damage Palace’s and Leeds’ defence. He will likely start both games at striker.

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Price: £7.7m | Spurs (a)
67 points | 7.8% owned

Manchester City and Spurs meet again, three weeks after their clash in Manchester. The player who gave City the win then was Riyad Mahrez, with two goals and an assist. He is by far Guardiola’s most in-form player and he followed that 17-fantasy-point outing with another assist against Wolves.

Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton)

Price: £5.1m | Bournemouth (h)
56 points | 6.8% owned

You buy one Brighton player? There’s another getting ready to become the next Premier League phenomenon. He has three goals and one assist in his last four games. He does not care who the opponent is. He scores, he passes, and he is the most in-form Premier League player by far.

Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)

Price: £6.9m | Everton (a)
117 points | 33.1% owned

There’s a Norwegian kid taking the Premier League by storm and costing less than ¬£7m. No, we’re not talking about ultra-expensive Erling Haaland, but rather Martin Odegaard. The Arsenal man has four goals and four assists in his last six games, and he’s one of the most value-for-money options on Gameweek 22, since he’s playing poor-ol’ Everton, who are struggling really hard this season.

Forwards

Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

Price: £12.2m | Opponent: Tottenham (a)
169 points | 85.4% owned

Somehow his ownership numbers keep rising. Yes, there are people who don’t have him as their captain. Who would have thought, right?

Ivan Toney (Brentford)

Price: £7.7m | Southampton (h)
110 points | 31.1% owned

He’s hot, he scores and he is facing struggling Southampton at home. And all that for under ¬£8m.

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