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FPL experts: Who to target for Leeds' Double Gameweek

2 Feb 2023
Illan Meslier, Leeds

The Scout's panel discuss which players could shine against Nott'm Forest and Man Utd

While much of the focus for Fantasy Premier League managers for Double Gameweek 22 has been on Manchester United players, those of Leeds United are also worth considering. 

We asked The Scout's panel of FPL experts which Leeds players managers should be including in their plans ahead of the deadline of 18:30 GMT on Friday 3 February.

On Thursday, Leeds announced that Rodrigo is set to miss up to eight weeks after undergoing minor ankle surgery

Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Rodrigo (£6.4m) has been Leeds' most-improved player this season and their key goal threat. He is the best pick. After Rodrigo, Wilfried Gnonto (£5.0m) looks an exciting prospect. He is direct, gets plenty of shots away and has plenty of touches in the box. This is everything we look for in a top FPL asset so the 1.1 per cent owned forward could be a good differential. 

Nick Harris (@WGTA_Nick)

Gnonto could be a bargain at £5.0m. While managers might target him for the Double, he also has value for the longer term. Rodrigo is the top goalscoring midfielder in FPL this season and is an obvious pick. He has 10 goals, one more than Miguel Almiron (£5.8m).

Illan Meslier (£4.5m) could be a decent shout too. Anyone who brings him in will target a clean sheet against Nottingham Forest and big save numbers versus Man Utd.

Geoff Dance (@GeoffreyDance)

After the obvious picks of Gnonto and Rodrigo, talisman Patrick Bamford (£7.2m) has been gradually increasing his minutes over the last few matches. He played 77 minutes against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup. If he gets more game time he could be a great differential, with an ownership of 0.6 per cent. Managers could invest for Gameweek 22 and then move to Eddie Nketiah (£6.7m) for Gameweek 23. 

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

As Darwin Nunez (£8.8m) is a difficult own right now, I am looking to sell for Gnonto for his DGW22 or for Nketiah, who plays twice in GW23. Gnonto has had 11 goal attempts and 15 penalty-area touches since the season resumed, and in the same period his three bonus points are more than any other team-mate. 

Rodrigo's 92 FPL points is a team-leading total, 29 more than Meslier. As managers look to sell the likes of Almiron, Rodrigo is still a good differential.

Meslier has made 58 saves this season, 14 of them coming since the restart. Across his two DGW22 fixtures Meslier has the potential to pick up additional save points even if he looks unlikely to keep a clean sheet against Man Utd. Only Pascal Struijk (£4.5m) has returned more FPL points than Meslier of the Leeds options since the restart.

Andy (@FPL_Sonaldo)

The issue with Rodrigo is he takes up a valuable midfield slot, so managers should have a plan to quickly replace him, potentially by moving to an Arsenal midfielder for the Gunners' DGW23. Gnonto is electric, an exciting own from an FPL perspective and a solid differential punt for the Double Gameweek. 

Pras (@Pras_FPL)

With the return of Luis Sinisterra (£6.5m) and Bamford (£7.2m), I am not too keen on Leeds assets. The only one that appeals could be Gnonto, who could enable a five-man midfield for managers in the future.

Experts' Leeds picks
  Top pick Second pick Third pick
Lee Bonfield  Rodrigo Gnonto -
Nick Harris  Gnonto  Rodrigo Meslier
Sam Bonfield Gnonto  Rodrigo Meslier
Andy Rodrigo Gnonto -
Pras  Gnonto  - -
Geoff Dance Gnonto  Rodrigo Bamford

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