Scout Picks – Gameweek 17

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With Sergio Aguero injured and Wayne Rooney still very much a doubt for United’s home game against West Ham, our targets have been somewhat altered over the last few days. Liverpool and City supply the Scout Picks XI with a couple of players apiece as we once more opt against the default 3-4-3 and roll out a four-man backline instead:

Julian Speroni takes his spot between the sticks as Palace prepare for the visit of Newcastle. Tony Pulis’ side have registered a shut-out in each of the last three home games and with Loic Remy toiling up top for the Magpies, another clean sheet could be on the cards at Selhurst Park tomorrow afternoon.

We draft in Patrice Evra for United’s home game with West Ham. Granted, the Frenchman is the priciest option at the back amongst David Moyes’ charges but he’s more than justified that so far and has accrued at least double the number of points than any defensive team-mate. Evra’s eye for goal came to the fore in the midweek cup win over Stoke and with the Hammers scoring just five times on their travels so far, United have a chance of registering a fourth successive shut-out in all competitions.

Jon Flanagan is called upon for Liverpool’s home clash with Cardiff. A move to 4-3-3, with Joe Allen and Lucas stationed in front of the back-four, served up a second clean sheet in the last 13 Gameweeks away to Spurs last Sunday and suggests Brendan Rodgers may have finally struck upon a better balance at both ends of the pitch. The Bluebirds have failed to score in four away games now, whilst Flanagan’s strike at the Lane last week highlights his value at 4.5.

Phil Bardsley gets the nod for Sunderland’s home clash against Norwich. Gus Poyet’s side have picked up in resilience at the back in recent weeks and registered three clean sheets in the last six league games – Bardsley has found the net twice over that run and offers the best chance of points at both ends of the pitch against a Canaries side with five goals on their travels all season.

A home clash with Hull brings Gareth McAuley into our thoughts. West Brom will be looking for a response after Steve Clarke’s dismissal last weekend and, with a couple of goals to his name already, the centre-half is a clear threat in the opposition area. Having struck just twice in their last four road trips, the Tigers’ lack of bite bodes well for a home clean sheet.

Handed his first start since Gameweek 4 last weekend, Theo Walcott’s brace at the Emirates served a reminder of his Fantasy potential. With Olivier Giroud failing to fire up front, Arsene Wenger can ill-afford to do without his wide man as Chelsea arrive at the Emirates on Monday evening – the Blues have lost three of their last four on the road in all competitions and have a single clean sheet in the last 11 Gameweeks.

We turn to the playmaking talents of David Silva as City make their way to Fulham. The fit-again Spaniard has stepped up in consistency under Manuel Pellegrini and has produced a goal or assist in six of his eight league appearances – Rene Meulensteen’s side have a single clean sheet in seven and look unlikely to improve upon that record tomorrow afternoon.

Eden Hazard also gets the nod for Monday night’s match. Arsenal are without Laurent Koscielny for the visit of Jose Mourinho’s men and the Belgian’s away form could prove crucial – two sets of double figures in his last three appearances on the road suggest that if the Blues are to grab the victory that would see them climb above their hosts, he’ll have a part to play.

Runaway leader of the most emphatic Captain Poll in memory, Luis Suarez will be hoping to wreak havoc on Cardiff in tomorrow’s lunchtime encounter. Seven sets of double figures in 11 league appearances, 72 points in his last four at Anfield, an overall season average of 12.3 points per game – the statistics are simply staggering. Few will go into this weekend without their armband hopes resting firmly on the Uruguayan.

A goal or assist in nine of his 12 appearances for Everton sums up the Fantasy consistency of Romelu Lukaku. Roberto Martinez takes his side to former club Swansea this weekend and having beaten United and drawn with Arsenal in their last two road trips, confidence could barely be higher – with Michael Vorm injured and Angel Rangel suspended, the Toffees will be looking to the big Belgian to wreak havoc against the hosts’ weakened backline.

With Sergio Aguero stuck in City’s treatment room nursing a calf injury, Alvaro Negredo comes into consideration for the trip to Fulham. There’s no denying his away displays have been poor but the Spaniard’s form is strong – three goals and an assist in his last four appearances suggest he represents a more than viable route into the most potent attack in the Premier League.

Marc Wilson gets a rare Scout Picks outing as Stoke welcome Villa to the Britannia. The Potters have three clean sheets in the last five and, with Paul Lambert’s side failing to score in three of their previous four, the hosts will fancy their chances of another shout-out.

Jordan Henderson makes the bench for Liverpool’s home game with Cardiff. A move to the advanced central midfield role behind Suarez harvested a goal, assist and couple of bonus points at Spurs last week – at 5.9, he looks a real budget friendly, mid-price option against the Bluebirds.

A goal in each of his last three league matches sums up Marouane Chamakh’s current form ahead of Palace’s clash with Newcastle. With plenty of crosses expected from out wide, the Moroccan has the chance to continue his impressive turnaround against a Magpies backline with a single clean sheet in five league matches.

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  1. would I be made to take a hit?

    whittingham -> walcott

    while my only playing keeper is Marshall ?

    1. pgr

      I'll stick with Whitts
      And Marshall might give save points so stick with him as well

  2. pgr

    Paulinho to Walcott/Silva for a hit this week or just play Ravel? Take the hit, right?
    Other thing is that if Rooney also doesn't play I'll have 1 point Rosenoir coming on.

    1. Take a hit for the ability to face Chelsea? No. Wait to do it for free.

  3. A. Kasami to Henderson
    B. Remy to Negredo

    cheers guys

    1. I did A) and im very pleased.

  4. Bardsley, Brown, Evans or Jones till the Jan WC?

      1. Newcastle will score

    1. JKi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Bardsley or JEvans IMO

      Jones is card/injury magnet

      Brown is superb and will get BAPs but again, injury prone

      1. The more i think about it, the more i feel convinced Evans will be rested in one of the next 3

        1. JKi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          go with your gut

          Even if he is, it's about making sure you have decent cover. For me, he's an absolute steal at 5.0 (though I remember him being 4.5 a couple of seasons ago, I was on that so fast)

    2. HVT

      Jones , I've been putting him about now for a few days ,
      Tho I did mention Bentekje earlier and nearly got eaten !

      1. JKi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        I'd rather have Rafa over Evans over Jones

        1. HVT

          Not nailed / injury prone - or are you still telling jokes ?

          1. JKi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member

            Rafa and Evans are both pretty nailed. Rafa is a little injury prone, but so is Jones.

            1. HVT

              Smalling ?

              1. JKi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member


  5. Best non-arsenal defender for 5.2m to complement this defence?

    Mignolet / Lewis
    Distin / Clyne / Burner / Wilson / xx

    1. pgr


    2. Williams(Swa) ?

  6. JKi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Apologies in advance

    What did Santa say to missus when he looked out of the window?

    Looks like rain dear

    What do you get if you swallow Christmas decorations?


    *goes and lies down in a darkened room*

    1. HVT

      I'll call a cab ...

    2. As he lies down in the darkened room, the men come and take the whisky bottle from his hands.

  7. Further you have gone in the FPL Cup?

    3rd or 4th round for me.

    1. Got quite far last season, must've been Round 8 or 9.

    2. I haven't

    3. 2nd round, and only once!

    4. 4th round in 2010-11. One year I lost to a dead team with four Chelsea players. Three of them were defenders and they kept a rare clean sheet that game-week..

      In my first season my Red Lightning team lost to Thunderstruck United. I don't know whether my opponent changed his team name after discovering who he was playing against, or whether FPL deliberately paired us together!

  8. Shameless repost lost on the bottom of page 10

    Please RMT I'd appreciate your input need to climb the mini league ladder and am just touching 1000 points

    Current team:

    Mertesacker / Coleman / Lovren
    Hazard / Silva / Ramsey / Januzaj
    Suarez (c) / Rooney / Negredo (v)

    Subs: Davis, Williams / Chester / Lucas

    Am I good to go? Rating out of ?/10 ?

    Thanks in advance!

  9. Thoughts on Welbeck as a punt?

    1. HVT

      In a word " NO " step away from the keyboard.

    2. pgr

      Although I laughed at the suggestion last weekend, it might well be a good short term punt now that Rooney's a doubt

      1. There's no doubt about rooney, typical Moyes resting without explainations

    3. 0 consistency

      Stay away

      1. I might do it too. Tough one though....these replies are right.

  10. Good to go?
    Used FT to do Aguero to Rooney and have 2.9m in bank.

    Coleman l Clyne l Gabbi
    Ramsey l Sess l Hazard l Fer
    Rooney(VC) l Suarez(C) l Lukaku
    SUBS: Cech l Williams l Dawson l RavMor

  11. JWF

    There's a new post btw.

  12. Rooney AND aguero both injured, ideas please? Negredo?

  13. This week everyone is gonna (c) Suarez. Boxing day however could be fun with Suarez at city. I'm thinking of Walcott or a boxing day berba special!

  14. New Post
  15. well lads,
    who would ye pick?
    evra mirallas negredo OR...
    shawcross hazard remy
    give me some feedback please peeps
    plus i must take -4 for these transfers

    1. i would go with the first three. negredo will get plenty of supply, evra's fixtures are nice. i'd go with it for a 4pt hit

      1. thanks mate

        1. Shawcross might Problem solved.

  16. Which one to drop of Ramsey, Sessegnon, Januzaj, Mirallas, and Hazard?

    1. Sess?

  17. Sess to Wally for a hit?
    Please convince me it's not a week early!

    1. it's not, bite the bullet!

  18. Pay Bannan (new - h) or Chester (wba - a)

  19. Mignolet / (Myhill)
    Collins / Coleman / Clyne / (Zabaleta) / (B. Turner)
    Ramsey / Silva / Hazard / Morrison / (Thomas)
    Suarez / Lukaku / Rooney

    No FTs remaining, what should I do? I could do Rooney + Zab > Negredo + Evra for 8 point hit or just Zab > G. Johnson for 4 point hit. More tempted by the latter. Any other obvious moves I've missed? Surely at least 1 transfer is needed?

  20. Gabidon or Banan first sub?

    1. Gabbidon could easily get a clean sheet this round. I can't see Banan raking up anything

  21. I'm gambling on Dzeko to start for Man City. Any thoughts?

    1. your only going to get persuasion from me. Im looking for a reason to do it for a hit. ive got delafou as my third choice striker mind

  22. Should I play Luke Shaw or Turner (Norwich)?

  23. Terry to Evra for a - 4 hit? Any thoughts or alternatives?

  24. Well need to take a punt this week but need some thoughts >>

    Debating between Barry, or De Guzman

    I already have Lukaku, and colman.

  25. Rooney please come back and play.

  26. Already thinking to next week.... Which of the front 8 gets a breather on the bench?

    Ramsey - hull
    Wally - hull
    hazard - SWA
    Januzaj - hull
    Barkley - SUN
    Rooney - hull
    Suarez - man c
    Lukaku - SUN

    I'm currently thinking Ramsey? Would that be mental?

    Hazard for (c)?

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 34

  • Speroni
  • Zabaleta
  • Coleman
  • Shawcross
  • Mirallas
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Lallana
  • Suárez
  • Lukaku
  • Aguero
  • Fonte
  • Puncheon
  • Lambert



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Last updated: 15 Apr, 2014 5:24pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Hart MCI B, Vs
Up De Gea MUN C
No Change Cech CHE A, Vs
No Change Szczesny ARS B
No Change Mannone SUN B, £
Up Foster WBA B
No Change Guzan AVL B
Up Stockdale FUL B, £


Last updated: 15 Apr, 2014 7:35pm
Player Club Factors
Up Terry CHE A
No Change Zabaleta MCI B, Vs
Up Koscielny ARS B, Vs, Inj
Up Skrtel LIV A
Up Evra MUN B
Up Kaboul TOT B, Vs
No Change Alonso SUN C, OoP, £
Down Coleman EVE B, VsX
No Change Vlaar AVL C, Vs, £
Up Ridgewell WBA C, OoP, £
Up Caulker CAR A
Up Heitinga FUL B, £


Last updated: 15 Apr, 2014 7:31pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Silva MCI A, Vs
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Mata MUN A
Up Gerrard LIV A
Up Lallana SOT B
Up Sterling LIV A, £
Down Ramsey ARS C, Vs, Inj
Down Hazard CHE C, Vs, Inj
Up Amalfitano WBA A, £
Down Puncheon CPL A, VsX, £


Last updated: 14 Apr, 2014 1:03pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Suárez LIV A
Up Aguero MCI C, Vs, Inj
Up Adebayor TOT B, Vs
No Change Dzeko MCI B, Vs, Rest, £
Down Lukaku EVE B, VsX
Up Giroud ARS C, Vs
No Change Lambert SOT B
Down Sturridge LIV B, Inj
No Change Rooney MUN A, Inj
Up Rodallega FUL A, £

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Ramires CHE 9
Barry EVE 9
Gerrard LIV 9
Zabaleta MCI 9
Tioté NEW 9

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