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Fantasy Premier League Weekly Rankings: Gameweek 22

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird is the Senior Soccer Editor for RotoWire, as well as a fantasy football and college basketball contributor.

Chris Mosinski

Chris Mosinski

Fantasy sports connoisseur and expert soccer prognosticator.

We're back again for another set of weekly rankings. We had a few injury hiccups last week, with Wayne Rooney (groin), Robin van Persie (thigh), and Ross Barkley (toe) all missing out, but that's why we draft beyond a starting XI.

There are a few intriguing games in matchweek 22 that should grab the attention of fantasy owners, and the three we focused on were Manchester City hosting Cardiff City, Arsenal welcoming Fulham, and Liverpool having Aston Villa to Anfield. All three home teams are packed with solid fantasy players, many of whom you'll find below.

As a reminder, Chris and I will be drafting against each other to formulate the rankings; a starting XI, plus seven bench spots (two strikers, two midfielders, two defenders, one goalkeeper). Chris had the first pick last week, so I get the honor this week. He got picks two and three, I got four and then we alternated after that. The overall rankings below show how the draft played out, and then we break down each position, in case you're looking for that too.

If you have any feedback, whether on the format of the rankings, where certain players are ranked, or if you think we left someone out who should be on there, please feel free to post that in the comments section below.

Overall Rankings for Matchweek 22
1. Luis Suarez vs. Aston Villa
2. Alvaro Negredo vs. Cardiff City
3. Olivier Giroud vs. Fulham
4. Daniel Sturridge vs. Aston Villa
5. Aaron Ramsey vs. Fulham Update: Ramsey has been ruled out due to his thigh injury.
6. Eden Hazard vs. Manchester United
7. Yaya Toure vs. Cardiff City
8. Mesut Ozil vs. Fulham
9. Wayne Rooney at Chelsea Thursday Update: Rooney is considered unlikely to be fit for Sunday's match. Friday update: Rooney has been ruled out.
10. Sergio Aguero vs. Cardiff City
11. Aleksander Kolarov vs. Cardiff City
12. Adam Lallana at Sunderland
13. Wojciech Szczesny vs. Fulham
14. Seamus Coleman at West Brom
15. Per Mertesacker vs. Fulham
16. Joe Hart vs. Cardiff City
17. Kevin Mirallas at West Brom
18. Romelu Lukaku at West Brom
19. Pablo Zabaleta vs. Cardiff City
20. David Silva vs. Cardiff City
21. Yohan Cabaye at West Ham
22. Vincent Kompany vs. Cardiff City
23. Wilfried Bony vs. Tottenham
24. Loic Remy at West Ham
25. Bacary Sagna vs. Fulham
26. Jesus Navas vs. Cardiff City
27. Emmanuel Adebayor at Swansea City
28. Laurent Koscielny vs. Fulham
29. Christian Eriksen at Swansea City
30. Oscar vs. Manchester United
31. Jason Puncheon vs. Stoke City
32. Leighton Baines at West Brom
33. Simon Mignolet vs. Aston Villa
34. Tim Howard at West Brom
35. Damien Delaney vs. Stoke City
36. Jan Vertonghen at Swansea City Friday update: Vertonghen has been ruled out.

On Wayne Rooney getting another high ranking despite no clear sign he's fit yet:
Laird: Moyes is killing me this year. One day Rooney and RVP are returning "any day now," and the next it's "I'm not sure when they'll be back."
Mosinski: I'm more worried about RVP than Rooney, and if anyone gets "rushed back," it's going to be Rooney.

On Aleksander Kolarov being our top defender:
Mosinski: Kolarov has been doing it on both sides of the halfway line and he's got a great matchup this week (home against Cardiff City).

On Sergio Aguero being the sixth striker taken:
Laird: Aguero obviously moves up the list if we know he's playing. He's going to be available for Wednesday's FA Cup match against Blackburn, and if he plays, he should be good to go Saturday.
Mosinski: If I'm City, you have to rest him. You don't need him against Cardiff, plus Championship teams tend to play physically on defense instead of with skill. Why risk it?

On Chris choosing two Crystal Palace players:
Mosinski: The Crystal Palace defense has been surprising under Tony Pulis, and Stoke City have scored just one goal in their last four away matches. Only one team has allowed more goals to opposing defenders than Stoke City. Their goals-allowed and shots-allowed splits under Pulis are much better than they were under Ian Holloway.

Strikers
1. Luis Suarez vs. Aston Villa
2. Alvaro Negredo vs. Cardiff City
3. Olivier Giroud vs. Fulham
4. Daniel Sturridge vs. Aston Villa
5. Wayne Rooney at Chelsea Thursday Update: Rooney is considered unlikely to be fit for Sunday's match. Friday update: Rooney has been ruled out.
6. Sergio Aguero vs. Cardiff City
7. Romelu Lukaku at West Brom
8. Loic Remy at West Ham
9. Wilfried Bony vs. Tottenham
10. Emmanuel Adebayor at Swansea City

Midfielders
1. Aaron Ramsey vs. Fulham Update: Ramsey has been ruled out due to his thigh injury.
2. Eden Hazard vs. Manchester United
3. Yaya Toure vs. Cardiff City
4. Mesut Ozil vs. Fulham
5. Adam Lallana at Sunderland
6. Kevin Mirallas at West Brom
7. David Silva vs. Cardiff City
8. Yohan Cabaye at West Ham
9. Jesus Navas vs. Cardiff City
10. Christian Eriksen at Swansea City
11. Oscar vs. Manchester United
12. Jason Puncheon vs. Stoke City

Defenders
1. Aleksander Kolarov vs. Cardiff City
2. Seamus Coleman at West Brom
3. Per Mertesacker vs. Fulham
4. Pablo Zabaleta vs. Cardiff City
5. Vincent Kompany vs. Cardiff City
6. Bacary Sagna vs. Fulham
7. Laurent Koscielny vs. Fulham
8. Leighton Baines at West Brom
9. Damien Delaney vs. Stoke City
10. Jan Vertonghen at Swansea City Friday update: Vertonghen has been ruled out.

Goalkeepers
1. Wojciech Szczesny vs. Fulham
2. Joe Hart vs. Cardiff City
3. Simon Mignolet vs. Aston Villa
4. Tim Howard at West Brom

And if you're curious how our teams line up against each other, here you go:

POS Laird Mosinski
GK Joe Hart Wojciech Szczesny
D Seamus Coleman Aleksander Kolarov
D Vincent Kompany Per Mertesacker
D Laurent Koscielny Pablo Zabaleta
M Eden Hazard Aaron Ramsey
M Mesut Ozil Yaya Toure
M Adam Lallana Kevin Mirallas
M David Silva Yohan Cabaye
F Luis Suarez Alvaro Negredo
F Daniel Sturridge Olivier Giroud
F Sergio Aguero Wayne Rooney
BG Tim Howard Simon Mignolet
BD Leighton Baines Bacary Sagna
BD Jan Vertonghen Damien Delaney
BM Jesus Navas Christian Eriksen
BM Oscar Jason Puncheon
BF Romelu Lukaku Wilfried Bony
BF Loic Remy Emmanuel Adebayor