FPL Double Gameweek 22 team reveal and tips from Rich Clarke.
Rich is a Fantasy Premier League veteran and has one of the most enviable records out there. Notching two top 500 finishes and eight top 10k finishes, he is the only FPL manager never to finish outside the top 35k in each of his 15 seasons.
Rich will be revealing his team on a weekly basis in the 2021/22 season; providing observations and strategies where appropriate.
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FPL Gameweek 21 Performance
Points: 80 (-8)
Rank Change: +2.5k Red Arrow
Overall Rank: 10320
FPL Gameweek 21 Review
We went from a Gameweek that lasted 5 minutes to one which lasted an eternity!
The Festive fixtures are finally over and what a roller-coaster ride it has been.
Most of us have been playing 'Survival FPL' in recent weeks and it will be nice to settle back to one set of games per week and some degree of planning.
Where Gameweek 19 was a good one to free-hit, Gameweek 21 turned out not to be for most who played the chip. One of the rescheduled doubles - Everton v Leicester was postponed for a second time. There were slim pickings for free-hitters outside of highly owned West Ham United players.
FPL Gameweek 21 - My team
My own team scored a decent 80 points last week. I took a last-minute 8-point hit to bring in Heung Min Son, Ben Johnson and Michail Antonio for Phil Foden, Reece James and Alexandre Lacazette. Returns were mixed and I now have issues with both Son and Johnson to address.
Nevertheless, a 42-point captain return for Jarrod Bowen kept the red arrow small and my team now sits just outside of the Top 10k going into this weekend. I'd have taken that all day had you offered it to me before Christmas.
I didn't take a hit for the first half of the season. I've since taken three in three gameweeks..
FPL has been so volatile and unpredictable that we are doing well to get eleven players playing each week after rotation, Covid outbreaks and injuries take their toll. If you add in double-gameweek upside, hits become 'cheaper' and allow surgery to a squad within a gameweek that can take a longer-term view.
This doesn't always work out of course. The 8 points spent last week was part-hedge (Antonio) and part long term planning (Son, Ben Johnson). The injury to Son and the return of Aaron Cresswell for West Ham means I need to think again.
FPL Double Gameweek 22 New Fixtures
After much speculation in the last fortnight, four additional fixtures were added Double Gameweek 22, which once again will dominate transfer thinking this week. They are:
Brighton v Chelsea
Brentford V Manchester United
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Burnley v Watford
(Note: Burnley v Leicester has now been postponed, meaning Leicester and Burnley NO LONGER HAVE A DOUBLE GAMEWEEK!)
Free Hit or not? (2 Free Hit chips available)
All these teams are fairly underwhelming for one reason or another which makes it a fairly easy decision to NOT Free-hit this week and keep this valuable chip for use at a later date.
This is a team-specific decision as many of my single-gameweek players have good fixtures. Diogo Jota and Trent Alexander-Arnold face Brentford at home.
In-form West Ham (Bowen, Antonio) play Leeds United, and even a rested Manchester City (Cancelo, Silva) could comfortably beat Chelsea in a home game at the Etihad.
After Son's unfortunate injury was reported, I am left with four players who do have a double-fixture (before transfers): David De Gea, Marcos Alonso, Josh King and Cristiano Ronaldo
Whilst I'd obviously like a few more doublers, I feel it is worth keeping the extra free-hit chip for a later time when I will need it more, or the upside is higher from better teams with better double-fixtures.
Double Gameweek 22 Transfer Options (1 free transfer, £0.8m ITB)
I have narrowed down the short list of possible transfers to a couple of potential routes: