Fantasy Premier League tips: FPL Gameweek 22 review — and Gameweek 23 plans

The dust has just settled on Gameweek 22 but there’s no rest for the wicked as Fantasy Premier League managers need to prepare for another deadline on Saturday. After a quiet January with only two deadlines and a week of very compressed action, we now go back to normality.

Here we will review the main talking points from the last gameweek and look ahead to the upcoming weeks.

Crystal Palace injury fears

Eberechi Eze (£6.0m) and Michael Olise (£5.9m) came away with double-digit hauls in Gameweek 22 but were both taken off with injuries.

Roy Hodgson said post-match: “I don’t know with Eze, he came off feeling tightness in his hamstring. He’s going shortly for a scan. When it comes to Michael, I’m presuming and hoping he will be OK.”

They are both great options and fantastic value at their prices. Crystal Palace have good fixtures long term so unless they are out for a while then I would hold on to them.

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Manchester City dilemma

Erling Haaland (£14.0m) made his first appearance since Gameweek 15 as he got around 20 minutes against Burnley. It’s hard to say whether he will start against Brentford but we should have a plan to get him by Gameweek 24 at the very least.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) started his first game since his injury in Gameweek 1 and managed 70 minutes. He will no doubt be a brilliant option but if you are looking to transfer him in I would wait as close as possible to Double Gameweek 25. This will give us a chance to assess how his fitness is.

With the aforementioned two back in the picture, this looks like the end of the road for Julian Alvarez (£6.9m) as an FPL asset. His minutes will be significantly reduced and he will no longer play as the No 9.

Owners may be able to squeeze one more game out of him but I would be looking to move him on to Haaland in Gameweek 24 in preparation for Everton (H) and the double gameweek.

James Maddison is back in the points

James Maddison (£7.9m) didn’t take long to get back in the groove as he picked up an assist in Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Brentford. He played 87 minutes, which is very encouraging, and he will be nailed to start from here on in.

If you are looking to buy him however I would exercise caution, despite three plum fixtures next against Everton (A), Brighton (H), and Wolves (H). Tottenham have a blank in Gameweek 26 so, unless you have adequate cover, I would wait until Gameweek 27 before considering him.

Pedro Porro (£5.9m) continued taking corners, which is a huge plus for his owners. Before Maddison’s injury, it was the 27-year-old who was tasked with corner duty. It’s not hugely surprising Porro has kept them. He has provided four of his eight assists from corners and he will no doubt pick up a few more throughout the season.

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Richarlison (£7.0m) has seven goals in his last seven games. The Brazilian has been in phenomenal form and no player has scored more goals than him or accumulated more FPL points (56) since Gameweek 16, when he started to play up front.

If you don’t own him then I would only buy him if it doesn’t detriment your squad for Blank Gameweek 26. Spurs’ fixtures on either side of the Blank Gameweek 26 are fantastic and even when Son Heung-min (£9.7) returns from the Asian Cup his place in the starting XI and as the No 9 should be secure.

Is Ivan Toney still worth investing in?

Ivan Toney (£8.0m) didn’t take long at all in making his mark since his return. In his first two games of the season, he has two goals and one assist and played 90 minutes in both matches.

Brentford double up in Gameweek 25 and they have the advantage of a fixture in Blank Gameweek 26 and Blank Gameweek 29. In fact, from Gameweek 25-29 they play the most games from any other team.

However, their fixtures aren’t the easiest. They play Manchester City (H), Liverpool (H), City (A), Chelsea (H) and Arsenal (A) during the next seven games. Two of their good fixtures land in both the blank gameweeks where they play West Ham (A) and Burnley (A).

Despite the tough run I still think he is a fine option from Gameweek 24. He is nailed-on to start, play 90 minutes, and is on penalties and set pieces so has plenty of avenues to points.

Are Manchester United assets back on the menu?

Marcus Rashford (£8.4m) has come into a bit of form with three goals and one assist in his last four games.

United’s fixtures are also favourable going forward. They play West Ham (H), Aston Villa (A), Luton (A), Fulham (H), City (A), Everton (H) and Sheffield United (H) during the next seven.

Rashford is a great option and I would bet on him to score well over this run. He is a proven FPL asset — scoring 17 goals and providing seven assists last season.

The England international has been nowhere near his best this campaign but it seems the 26-year-old has turned a corner and it coincides with a very kind run of fixtures. He is also only owned by 11 per cent of managers at the time of writing so is a decent option if you are looking for a differential.

Marcus Hojlund (£6.8m) has found his shooting boots as well with three goals and two assists in his last four. In isolation, he is a fine option but it might be harder to fit the Danish forward in with so many good forward options.

(Top photo: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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