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Who are the best FPL Captains – GW22

Fantasy Premier League gameweek 22 is brewing with much anticipation, with a handful sides having that coveted double gameweek. In addition, a notable Egyptian candidate is absent away on international duty.

Because of this, there seems to be no better time in making up ground on the rankings. And this can certainly start, with who gets the armband.

There are still plenty of double gameweeks to come, with many fixtures still needing to be rescheduled. Compared to the previous gameweek, there are a handful of player options from the teams to choose from.

For the latest information in regard to the DGW’s plus which sides face who, check out our double gameweek schedule.

Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Aston Villa (a) & Brentford (a)

Although the recent form from the Portuguese has been a mixed bag, nothing can steer away from what he’s capable in the fantasy landscape. Especially, when it comes to having two favourable matches in a gameweek.

Over the last four gameweeks, Ronaldo has an expected goal involvement (xGI) of 3.41, ranking him fourth amongst all strikers.

Considering his upcoming opponents, both have been poor defensively in recent times. Both Brentford and Villa, have kept one cleansheet each in their last seven league matches. Only Watford have had it worse defensively within that spell.

Including the double gameweek being taken into account, Man United’s centre forward has the fixture run to bolster his stocks. United have five of their next seven fixtures rated 2 in the FDR.

Update: There are now rumours that Ronaldo has picked up a new injury. Whether this will prevent him from starting against Aston Villa remains to be seen, but it certainly isn’t good news.

Consequently, Bruno Fernandes may now be the best captain choice.

Emmanuel Dennis

  • Newcastle (a) & Burnley (a)

Arguably, Watford have the most favourable pair of fixtures for the double gameweek. Both of their GW22 opponents currently sit in the relegation zone.

This does favour too, their strike partnership in Josh King and the highlighted sharp-shooter, in Emmanuel Dennis. Amongst all forwards, Dennis is ranked top amongst all forwards in points per million, with a PPM of 15.08.

From an opposition view, it is attractive reading too. The Toons have conceded 12 goals in their last four league matches. Whilst Burnley have shipped six in their last two matches. On average for both, that is three goals shipped per match.

Harry Kane

  • Arsenal (H) & Leicester City (a)

Next up, is a striker who has started to hit his purple patch for the season. This is evidenced by three goals scored in his last four matches. Furthermore, Kane’s record against his first opponent for the double, is one of the best in recent times.

Statistically, one of Kane’s favourite opponents to score against, are his North London crosstown rivals. His record in his last 12 matches is there to prove it, with 11 goals scored alongside an assist against Arsenal.

Plus, Kane’s 18 shots in the box in the last four gameweeks, is ranked top amongst all strikers. Unfortunately Heung Min Son’s injury doesn’t bolster Kane’s appeal but shouldn’t detract too much either.

However, this can sway Kane to be the Spurs asset with the most traction by fantasy managers heading into their double gameweek.

Amongst the managers inside the top 10k, he seems to be a huge differential player to own as well. He is selected by 7.13% of sides within that ranking bracket.

There has been another update since this article was first posted and it looks like the Arsenal Tottenham game could be postponed. Naturally this would rule Kane out of the captaincy. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll know before the DGW22 transfer deadline.