Gameweek 22 came to a close on Thursday night with Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Spurs. Over the 10 games, there were 31 goals scored, an average of 3.1 per game. Manchester United scored almost 30% of those goals in their win over Southampton! The highest FPL score for the round was 147 points and the average team total was 57. Now, let’s take a closer look at all the action from gameweek 22 and see who were the FPL success stories from this round
Leicester City won 2-0 at Fulham on Wednesday evening with James Maddison continuing his red-hot form. The England international midfielder laid on the two assists for his side’s goals at Craven Cottage. The goals were scored by Kelechi Iheanacho and James Justin.
Maddison scored 11 FPL points bringing his total for the season now to 100 points. Justin, Leicester’s goalscoring defender, was their best FPL player with 15 points after attaining the clean sheet and some bonus points too.
Justin was the most ‘transferred in’ Leicester player with over 115,000 managers signing the defender for this round. All-in-all, a very good move indeed.
No Fulham player managed to score higher than 2 points from this defeat. The result leaves The Cottagers stuck 8 points from safety in the relegation zone.
Manchester United were certainly the team to have in FPL terms this week as they had 10 players earning six points or more. Three of those were in the teens in terms of point-scoring as The Red Devils destroyed poor Southampton 9-0 at Old Trafford.
Luke Shaw was one of our Drafthound ‘Value picks’ and the left-back came away from the game with a very respectable 7 points.
One of our ‘Differential picks’ was Anthony Martial and the striker earned 13 points for the round after bagging two goals.
Bruno Fernandes was one of the Drafthound ‘Top picks’ as we kept faith with the Portuguese playmaker. Fernandes had endured a tough couple of gameweeks but he bounced back into action against The Saints. He scored an excellent 17 points for round 22.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was the joint top-scorer for United in FPL this gameweek. A goal, a clean sheet, and an assist saw the right-back join Fernandes on 17 points. 13% of teams own Wan-Bissaka in the FPL and he is now the sixth-highest scoring defender in the game for the season.
Marcus Rashford (9 points), Scott McTominay (8), David De Gea (6), Victor Lindelöf (6), Daniel James (6), and Mason Greenwood (6) were the best of the rest for United.
Before the close of the January transfer window, Jesse Lingard joined West Ham on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season. Lingard made the perfect debut for his new side with two goals in their 3-1 win at Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
Just over 134,000 managers took a punt on Lingard by bringing him in for gameweek 22. Lingard rewarded them with a nice 15-point haul. At just 6.0 million, he could attract plenty of attention in the upcoming rounds of FPL.
The next-best West Ham player was the other goalscorer on the night - none other than midfielder Tomáš Souček. The Czech Republic international earned 9 points for the round. Souček now has an impressive 106 points for the season so far.
It was Aston Villa’s fourth defeat in six league games despite the best efforts of captain Jack Grealish and forward Ollie Watkins. Watkins scored Villa’s consolation goal after an assist from Grealish. Both players got 6 points for this game and were Villa’s top FPL players.
Grealish now has 125 points this season, making him the fourth-best midfielder overall, while Watkins has moved up to 91.
Mohamed Salah reclaimed the title of ‘Most Captained’ FPL player for gameweek 22 after his two goals and 15 FPL points against West Ham on Sunday. However, Liverpool trudged to a second consecutive league defeat at Anfield with Brighton winning 1-0 at the home of the champions.
Liverpool still have not scored a home league goal since Sadio Mané’s strike in the 1-1 draw with West Brom on December 27th.
Salah and co could not break Brighton down this week and Liverpool’s top FPL point-scorer was replacement goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Kelleher earned 3 points for making some excellent saves to keep the score at just 1-0. Yes, Brighton could have won by more.
Brighton’s goal was a scrappy affair and in the end was credited to Steven Alzate with Leandro Trossard getting the assist. Midfielder Alzate is only owned by 0.6% of FPL teams with only 914 managers signing him for gameweek 22. Well, they all received 11 points for the move. Alzate was Brighton’s top FPL scorer.
More than 34,000 brought The Seagulls’ Robert Sánchez in and he was the best goalkeeper for the round with 7 points.
Defender Lewis Dunk put in a real ‘bodies-on-the-line’ performance and was Brighton’s second-best FPL player, behind Alzate, with 8 points for the game.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea start has seen The Blues take 7 points from 9 without conceding a goal in those three games. Thursday night’s win at Spurs came courtesy of a first-half Jorginho penalty. It was the only goal of the game and saw Jose Mourinho’s side slip to their third straight defeat as they dropped to 8th in the table. Jorginho was the top-scoring Chelsea player in FPL with 11 points. Reece James was next with 8.
At Bramall Lane, Sheffield United won the battle of the bottom two, beating West Brom 2-1 thanks to goals from Billy Sharp and young Jayden Bogle. Sheffield United’s best FPL performers were Sharp (9 points), Bogle (8), John Egan (7), and Chris Basham (5).
That’s all for our review of Gameweek 22. Gameweek 23 takes place this midweek and the deadline for transfers and changes is Saturday, February 6th at 11:00 GMT.
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