Fantasy Premier League action returns this weekend following the third round of the FA Cup with a double-gameweek, giving FPL managers an excellent chance to rise up the ranks.
While plenty of FPL squads are currently decimated with injuries and players like Salah going to the AFCON, there are still tonnes of excellent FPL options and here is our Fantasy Premier League best team for Gameweek 22.
GK: David de Gea (MUN) – £5.1m
Manchester United have conceded only three goals in five league games under Ralf Rangnick, making David de Gea an excellent FPL option for gameweek 22 ahead of the Red Devils’ visits to Aston Villa and Brentford.
DEF: Trent Alexander-Arnold (MCI) – £8.4m
Despite having only one fixture in Gameweek 22, Trent Alexander-Arnold is still a must-have option for FPL managers. Liverpool have a favourable fixture against Brentford at home this week and the English full-back is the second-highest points scorer in the game this season behind Mohamed Salah.
DEF: Antonio Rudiger (CHE) – £6.2m
With both first-choice full-backs – Reece James and Ben Chilwell – injured, Antonio Rudiger is the best asset in the Chelsea defence for this double gameweek. The German already has two goals and five assists this season and is the fourth-highest points scoring defender in the FPL game in 2021/22.
DEF: Emerson Royal (TOT) – £5.0m
Tottenham have the best defence in the Premier League since Antonio Conte’s arrival in terms of Expected Goals conceded, and the Brazilian full-back has recorded 21 points in his last three starts for Spurs.
MID: Mason Mount (CHE) – £7.7m
Mason Mount has played every minute of Chelsea’s last eight Premier League outings – recording four goals and three assists in that period – making him the only Chelsea attacking asset that is likely to start both of their matches in their double-gameweek.
MID: James Maddison (LEI) – £6.9m
James Maddison has amassed 56 points in his last six games for Leicester – scoring four goals and registering five assists – and could be one of the most explosive assets to own in Gameweek 22 as the Foxes take on Burnley and Tottenham.
MID: Diogo Jota (LIV) – £8.3m
Diogo Jota is the second-highest scorer in the league this season and could see his role in the Liverpool attack increase in the absence of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. The Reds take on Brentford at home in Gameweek 22, and the Portuguese forward has scored four goals in his last three appearances at Anfield.
MID: Lucas Moura (TOT) – £6.5m
With Son Heung-Min injured, Lucas Moura is the best Tottenham midfield option to target for their double-gameweek against Arsenal and Leicester. The Brazilian has thrived under Antonio Conte, adding two goals and three assists in five starts since the Italian’s arrival.
FWD: Harry Kane (TOT) – £12.2m
Harry Kane has scored three goals in his last four appearances for Spurs and is an excellent option ahead of their double-gameweek against Arsenal and Leicester. The English striker has a prolific record against the Gunners and Foxes, scoring 11 league goals against Arsenal and 15 against former club Leicester.
FWD: Cristiano Ronaldo (MUN) – £12.5m
Although Ronaldo is a slight injury doubt for this weekend with a hip issue, the Portuguese striker could be the most explosive fantasy football option in Gameweek 22 as Manchester United take on Aston Villa and Brentford. Ronaldo has five goals and assists in his last six appearances for the club, registering 39 FPL points in that period.
FWD: Josh King (WAT) – £5.7m
Josh King takes on two bottom three teams – Newcastle and Burnley – in Gameweek 22, and the Norwegian striker has been incredibly impressive since Claudio Ranieri took over at Watford, registering a team-high 23 shots in the box since gameweek 8.
With no Mohamed Salah available at the moment, the captaincy debate is up in the air in Gameweek 22 with plenty of attractive options. Considering Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury doubts, the safest option for the armband this week is Harry Kane, who has shown plenty of improvement under Antonio Conte and has a prolific record against Arsenal and Leicester.