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FPL wildcard tips: A full squad of players you need to consider for Double Gameweek 22

By Harry Edwards

Published: 18:08, 13 January 2022

Although we’re through the Christmas rush there are still plenty of fixtures crammed in over the coming weeks and we’re about to hit the first proper Double Gameweek of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign.

Due to postponements and rearranged fixtures, there are six Premier League teams featuring twice this Gameweek, including title-chasing Chelsea and relegation-battling Watford. It’s these double headers that can truly make or break a fantasy football campaign, so you need to get your team selections right.

If you haven’t used your Wildcard yet, or you’re starting from scratch in FanTeam’s Second Chance tournament — we’re on hand to help.

We’ve assembled a 15-man squad (within a budget of 100M) you should be considering, taking into account value, points, performances and fixtures.

How to join FanTeam’s Second Chance Premier League 2021/22 Fantasy Football tournament for free:

To sign up, you need to be over 18, Gamble Aware and meet FanTeam’s terms and conditions. Otherwise, just follow these simple steps:

  • Head to FanTeam and sign up
  • Join the ‘Second Chance Season Game’ tournament with your free entry ticket
  • Create a team and click ‘Enter Tournament’

FanTeam Gameweek 22 Wildcard picks

David de Gea (5.2M)

FanTeam points so far: 89.4
Fixtures: Aston Villa (A), Brentford (A)

Double-fixture players are going to feature heavily in this team and we start with David de Gea, who has been very busy in goal for Manchester United this season. The Spaniard has only kept four clean sheets and conceded 27 goals in 19 Premier League games so far this season, but he’s not being suggested for his ability to prevent goals — which can also be put down to poor defending. De Gea is all about the save points, making 67 saves in the Premier League so far this season with only one goalkeeper managing more. He is likely to be busy against Aston Villa and may still end at least one of his matches with a shutout.

Joao Cancelo (6.7M)

FanTeam points so far: 116.6
Fixture(s): Chelsea (H)

Okay, Joao Cancelo only has one game this week, but we can’t justify ignoring him. The Portuguese utility full-back has been directly involved in five goals so far this season and has been part of a Man City defence to keep 11 clean sheets. Against a Chelsea side weary from a midweek Cup outing and without their first-choice wing-backs, Cancelo could thrive. Then, for the rest of the season he’s pretty good too.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.9M)

FanTeam points so far: 113.1
Fixture(s): Brentford (H)

For Trent Alexander-Arnold, see Joao Cancelo. The Liverpool right-back only has one game this week but he’s probably going to rack up more points than a lot of the defenders with a double gameweek. No player has recorded more assists in the Premier League this season than Alexander-Arnold’s nine and he is four clear of any other defender, while also adding four goals. Brentford’s defence will be quaking in their boots, especially after shipping four at Southampton.

Marcos Alonso (5.6M)

FanTeam points so far: 63.9
Fixture(s): Man City (A), Brighton (A)

Marcos Alonso represents an interesting choice for those seeking out differentials. Chelsea may be unlikely to keep a clean sheet against Man City or Brighton, who have finally starting to match their xG, but Alonso will be here for the attacking contributions. The Spaniard is Chelsea’s only recognised left-wing-back and was rested for most of their EFL Cup win over Tottenham in midweek to keep himself fresh for Man City. A danger from set pieces, you only need one goal or assist from Alonso this week to justify the pick.

Diogo Jota (7.7M)

FanTeam points so far: 106.6
Fixture(s): Brentford (H)

It’s a boring pick, and Diogo Jota only has one game this week, but he’s a must. With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane out on Africa Cup of Nations duty, Jota (alongside Alexander-Arnold) will be Liverpool’s big attacking hope against Brentford this weekend and he’s someone they know they will be able to rely on. The Portuguese forward, still classified as a midfielder on FanTeam (read, sweet midfielder scoring points), has 10 goals in the Premier League so far this season with only Salah (16) managing more.

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Mason Mount (7.2M)

FanTeam points so far: 107.9
Fixture(s): Man City (A), Brighton (A)

Another player, like Jota, who plays slightly further forward is Mason Mount and he will be hoping to make a contribution against at least one of Chelsea’s two opponents this Gameweek. Mount has been directly involved in 12 Premier League goals so far this season, scoring seven and providing five assists, more than any other Chelsea player. He is particularly dangerous from set pieces and that’s where he’s more likely to hurt Man City and Brighton, as shown by his assist from a corner for Antonio Rudiger in Chelsea’s EFL Cup win over Tottenham.

Lucas Moura (6.4M)

FanTeam points so far: 63.4
Fixture(s): Arsenal (H), Leicester (H)

Tottenham are a strange team at the moment and look out of sorts, but you can’t bet against them turning things up a gear — especially when Arsenal visit. Lucas Moura looks a certainty to start with Son Heung-min injured, and it wasn’t too long ago that he put another London team to the sword with two goals and an assist against Crystal Palace. He also scored within 16 minutes of coming on to help rescue Tottenham against Morecambe in the FA Cup and there will be hope of at least one attacking return this Gameweek.

Neal Maupay (6.0M)

FanTeam points so far: 70.8
Fixture(s): Crystal Palace (H), Chelsea (H)

Neal Maupay has been making himself a real pain for defences in recent weeks as Brighton have built a six-game unbeaten run with the Frenchman in the team (he missed their 1-0 defeat to Wolves). In Maupay’s past five Premier League matches, only Chelsea have managed to prevent the Frenchman from either scoring or assisting, but he still proved himself a real handful at Stamford Bridge and will feature heavily in the return game. Three goals and one assist is good form for Maupay to be taking into the bitter clash with Crystal Palace.

Bryan Mbeumo (5.7M)

FanTeam points so far: 67.5
Fixture(s): Liverpool (A), Man Utd (H)

Bryan Mbeumo is a great squad-filler, costing only 5.7M and averaging 4.84 points over his last five appearances. He averages more touches in the opposition’s penalty area than strike partner Ivan Toney this season (accordingly, he has the club’s highest xG total in the league this season, 5.5), and Mbeumo scored a hat-trick in Brentford’s recent 4-1 FA Cup win over Port Vale.

Brentford have tough games on paper but tend to raise their game on such occasions; Liverpool were rocked by their performance in the 3-3 draw earlier this season. There is also at present a negative mood at midweek visitors Manchester United.

He has also hit the woodwork seven times (twice in one game against Chelsea). That is more than double the amount of the next-best player; in fact, only six of the Premier League’s 20 club have done so more times than Mbeumo alone.

Harry Kane (11.3M)

FanTeam points so far: 72.1
Fixture(s): Arsenal (H), Leicester (H)

Harry Kane has been struggling this season but these next two matches will see the Englishman face two of his favourite opponents. The England striker has 11 goals in 14 Premier League appearances against Arsenal and has only failed to score on four occasions — blanking in the reverse fixture earlier this season. But he has never gone a full season without scoring against Arsenal. Leicester have it worse though, conceding 15 goals in 12 games from Kane including four in his past four.

Emmanuel Dennis (5.6M)

FanTeam points so far: 86.6
Fixture(s): Newcastle (A), Burnley (A)

Watford aren’t in great form but their next two games can definitely be classed as winnable™️, especially if Emmanuel Dennis takes centre stage. The Nigerian has not gone to the Africa Cup of Nations and, after a minor injury, is expected to return this weekend. Dennis is one of just four players in the Premier League to score and assist at least five goals this season, while only Mohamed Salah (25) has been directly involved in more goals than his 13.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (5.0M)

FanTeam points so far: 7.3
Fixture(s): Man City (A), Brighton (A)

Another goalkeeper option with two games this week is Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has returned to the Chelsea team in place of Edouard Mendy while the Blues No.1 is at Afcon. The Spaniard is yet to play in the Premier League since Mendy left, but he has two clean sheets in two matches against Tottenham in the EFL Cup. He was also superb in Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League win over Spurs earlier in the season. Like De Gea, this one could be all about the saves though.

Jarrod Bowen (6.7M)

FanTeam points so far: 122.8
Fixture(s): Leeds (H)

Jarrod Bowen has been in devastating form in the Premier League this season, with direct involvement in 12 goals in 21 appearances. The former full man has scored five goals, including a brace against Norwich in midweek, and seven assists so far (only Salah and Alexander-Arnold have been more creative in the top flight). He also scored in the 2-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup last weekend and will be looking to hurt the Yorkshire club twice in as many matches.

Conor Coady (4.8M)

FanTeam points so far: 72.3
Fixture(s): Southampton (H)

If you want a solid back-up option just in case Cancelo or Alexander-Arnold don’t play, Conor Coady is a decent cheap alternative. The English centre-back is one of the best bang for your buck defenders FanTeam this season and Wolves’ backline has proven to be very stingy, keeping eight clean sheets.

Emerson Royal (5M)

FanTeam points so far: 13.6
Fixture(s): Arsenal (H), Leicester (A)

Conte’s left-sided wing-back of choice has a double gameweek and is averaging 4.9 points per game across his last five league appearances.


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