Scout Picks – Gameweek 22

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We switch formations this weekend and turn away from the usual three-man backline to roll out a 4-3-3. We’re backing the top three teams heavily for Gameweek 22 – Arsenal and City supply us with a trio of players apiece, whilst we double up on Chelsea, with United’s two main forwards remaining on the sidelines for Sunday’s clash at the Bridge:

John Ruddy gets the nod for Norwich’s home clash with Hull. Steve Bruce’s side roll up to Carrow Road having scored just three goals in their last six road trips, suggesting the Canaries could well be on course for a first shut-out in five league matches.

Per Mertesacker is our Arsenal defender of choice as Fulham make their way to the Emirates. The Gunners have conceded a single goal in the last six in front of their own fans and, with two goals, an assist and 15 bonus points already accrued, the big German will be looking for his third home set of double figures against Rene Meulensteen’s strugglers.

We’re calling up cult favourite Aleksandar Kolarov into the Picks as City prepare for the visit of Cardiff. Having been used as a sub for the midweek cup win over Blackburn, we reckon the left-back will return to the starting line-up to face a Bluebirds side that has drawn blanks in three of the last four – with a goal or assist in four of his last six starts, the Serbian’s explosive potential is obvious.

A home game against United won’t deter us from bringing in John Terry. With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ruled out once again for the visitors, Chelsea’s chances of a fifth clean sheet in six have taken a turn for the better – like Mertesacker, his aerial threat in the opponents’ box has already helped him find the net twice.

Joel Ward is our fourth defender as Palace welcome Stoke to Selhurst Park tomorrow. Tony Pulis will be desperate to get one over on his former club and, with three clean sheets in five at home, the Eagles look a decent sheet for defensive returns tomorrow. Furthermore, Ward has already been handed a share of corner kick duties in recent weeks, boosting his assist potential.

Mesut Ozil’s superb home displays bring the Arsenal playmaker into consideration. The German has produced four sets of double-figure hauls in seven Emirates appearances this season and looks poised to plunder the points against a porous opposition defence that has shipped 20 goals in the last six Gameweeks.

Eden Hazard’s current run of form cannot be overlooked ahead of a home clash against United. The Belgian seems to be improving as the season unfolds and has now scored or assisted in five of the last six Gameweeks for Jose Mourinho’s side. Similarly to Ozil, he’s on the lookout for a fifth set of double figures in front of his own fans and is in the mood to torment David Moyes’ side from start to finish on Sunday afternoon.

Passed fit by Manuel Pellegrini earlier today after missing the midweek cup replay with Blackburn, David Silva’s trickery may well prove the undoing of Cardiff tomorrow. The Spaniard has averaged 5.9 points per game at the Etihad so far and looks a likely contender to improve upon a run of consistent displays which have harvested a goal or assist in five of seven home appearances so far.

The overwhelming favourite in this week’s Captain Poll, Luis Suarez has earned 100 FPL points in just seven Anfield encounters already this season. The Liverpool talisman squares up to a Villa defence with a single clean sheet in eight league matches and, with sidekick Daniel Sturridge set for his first start since Gameweek 11, Paul Lambert’s outfit are in for a testing time of it tomorrow evening.

It’s rare to see the word “consistent” and Olivier Giroud in the same sentence, but the Arsenal frontman has started to string together a series of displays which are worthy of our attention. The Frenchman’s strike against Villa on Monday means he has scored in back-to-back league appearances for the first time since September and, with an assist also accrued over his last three, he’s picked up a bandwagon of his own this week. Priced at 8.6, Giroud looks a decent alternative for those who refuse to spend over 10.0 on Ozil.

There’s no doubt Sergio Aguero is the most explosive option up top for City but with Manuel Pellegrini admitting he’s uncertain whether to start the Argentine after a recent calf injury absence, we’re backing Alvaro Negredo as a safer option at home to Cardiff. The Spaniard has reached double figures only once this season but, like Silva, offers a real consistency at the Etihad, scoring in each of his last six starts in front of the City faithful.

Phil Bardsley warms the bench as Sunderland square up to Southampton at the Stadium of Light. With a couple of goals to his name already, the versatile full-back offers the best chance of attacking returns amongst a rearguard which has produced five clean sheets in the last 11 Gameweeks.

Our budget midfield option is Ki Sung-Yeung. The 4.8-priced Black Cats midfielder has justified our recent Watchlist faith by racking up two sets of double figures in the last four Gameweeks and he looks in fine form ahead of the Saints clash.

Swansea’s home game with Spurs brings Wilfried Bony onto the Scout Picks bench. The Ivorian bagged a brace against City in his last Liberty appearance and has now notched five times in his last four home starts.

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  1. What time to price rises happen usually?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. 1:44am

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. Hour and a half left then for aguero to rise again. Loads of time

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
    2. About 1.30-1.45am. Totalfpl tells you on the updates tab

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. Thanks guys

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
    3. boruc (v. sun) or krul (v. wh)?

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. Krul...although boruc also is a great option

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
  2. Which three should I play


    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Ward, Bardsley & Clyne...

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
    2. i had a similar conundrum

      2 out 0f 4


      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  3. New page 😆

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Pages are moving so .... slow 😯

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  4. Good to go folks?

    de Gea,
    Kosc, Gabby, Kolarov(vc),
    Hazard, Ozil, Silva, Sterling
    Suarez(c), Aguero, Ade.

    Rudd; Whitts, Rosenior, Burner.

    -4pts; £0.2m in the bank; 1 WC ready for use in GW 24 😉

    Cheers in advance.

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Good team for this week, considering it's not a WC team. You could do with a DDG pen save though 😆

      Do you think Sterling will start?

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. ???

        United will easily keep a clean sheet at the Bridge 😉

        I reckon he will, Lucas & Coutinho more likely to be dropped.

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
        1. I'm keeping Sterling this week too. I'd be disappointed to see him benched, and I imagine most Pool fans would too.

          • 2 years, 24 days ago
      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. 😉

        How are you?

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
    2. Got the captain and vice the wrong way round 😉

      Looking good, will Sterling start?

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. See above, fancy him to start over Lucas/Coutinho.

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
  5. Anyone seen Demi around?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
  6. How is this for a WC for 102 SV, and trying to be a little different?

    Mannone, Boruc

    Evans, Ashley Williams, Kos, Chester, Ward

    Hazard, Navas, Eriksen, Sterling, Januzaj

    Aguero, Suarez, Negredo

    As mentioned earlier, I may do Negredo and Sterling to Ramsey and Bony as my next 2 moves.

    Bad? Good? /10?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. A solid 7.75 😉

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. It's my favourite draft so far. No Arsenal attacking cover, but I'm just going to have to risk it and hope they share the points out nicely against Fulham.

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
    2. Hmm different you say? I don't quite like Evans and Williams, as I just can't see them keeping too many CS over the season.

      I woud also get an Arsenal attacker instead of the 3rd City player.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. G-Ru over Neg, do you think? Can't afford to get Caz or Ozil.

        Swans and United have a nice little run of fixtures coming up, I'm hopeful of a few CS (and bonus 😉 )

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
    3. The midfield is light. You could put together some funds by going with one keeper (Mannone to 3.9m), Williams to someone cheaper like Bardsley. Not keen on Evans either, could go cheaper or stay in the price range and get Kolarov as your 3rd City player instead of Navas. Bony is a good punt.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. The midfield is the problem area, going heavy in attack on a low TV is pretty restrictive.

        I'll have a tinker, and try to get Kolarov and a cheap defender in, see where that gets me. Cheers, Milanista.

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
  7. @Milanista

    Would you not rather Lallana and Eriksen to Silva and Ki?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. I've had this debate with myself all week 😆

      I would really like to have Lallana but I'm not so convinced about the other 7m range mids. Using the comparison tool on Ki and Lallana produced interesting results and makes me a feel a bit better about the 3 big hitters with Ki/Noone rotating.

      In a few weeks I could do Ozil and Ki to Ramsey and Lallana depending on how things go.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. i have ozil and Ki at the moment. plan is to bring in ramsey and lallana for both in 2weeks

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
        1. Yeah it makes sense

          • 2 years, 24 days ago
      2. I've been debating it all week too. 😆

        I was settled on Navas and Wilshere but am not risking Wilshere. Could get Silva and Sterling if I get Giroud for Sturridge.

        Might just go Silva and Ki though.

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
        1. With Ki it depends who your 5th mid is as you want someone that rotates well with him. With Lallana and Eriksen the 5th mid is bench fodder until rotation/injury hits. Silva is better as a 3rd midfielder than Lallana imo, hard to know how rotating two cheapies for 4th mid will compare against Eriksen.

          • 2 years, 24 days ago
          1. Well I'll be looking to offload Ki after SOT STK new HUL. Ozil, Ki > Ramsey, Lallana/Eriksen. Don't think I need someone to rotate with Ki for those 4 weeks.

            • 2 years, 24 days ago
            1. Noone/Kim are about as cheap as you can get for a 5th mid so you might want to consider them anyway if you end up keeping Ki longer.

              • 2 years, 24 days ago
              1. Have Alex Pozuelo atm.

                • 2 years, 24 days ago
    2. Why not both? :3

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  8. Looks like I'll be moving back to the comfy, reliable SAS soon enough.

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
  9. Best Cheap GK partnership?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Lrf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      How cheap?

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  10. Who should I play
    Ward (STK H)
    Chester (NOR A)
    Oscar (MUN H)
    I don't think Oscar will do much and the other two might get clean sheets, which 1 do you think I should start??

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Lrf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Oscar imo.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  11. Liv/Villa is on Sky. VICTORY

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Finally.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  12. Lrf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Eriksen + Ward or Lallana + Parr?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. The latter for sure. Ward and Parr are basically the same for FPL except Parr is slightly cheaper.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. Lrf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Thanks, but will he play as much?

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
        1. Parr is first choice, had been missing for some time due to injury.

          • 2 years, 24 days ago
          1. Lrf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member


            • 2 years, 24 days ago
  13. Morning peeps,

    i have mucked about with my wildcard and have this as a team

    Zabaleta Distin Koscielny
    Cabaye Yaya Hazard Lallana
    Berahino Suarez Negredo

    subs - Davis Januzaj Chester Ward

    Only have 400k in the bank and yep Berahino is a risk, however Long has gone and he may get a run in the team


    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Lrf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Would have downgraded the defence and upgraded Berahino.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  14. Does anyone know what's going on with the thresholds for price rises? It used to always be a certain threshold for rises that applied to all players. Looking on totalfpl, we have players like Mannone with 5k NTI today that is only worth 2.8% towards a rise and others like Mertesacker that have half the NTI today but have gone up 9.7% today. What's going on? This is costing me WC profit! 😡

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. It's a conspiracy!

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  15. Okay, done some tinkering ...

    Mannone, Davis

    Kolarov, Kos, Chester, Ward, Whittaker

    Hazard, Cazorla, Eriksen, Sterling, Januzaj

    Aguero, Suarez, Negredo

    Then I can still do Neg to Bony and upgrade Sterling to an 8m mid in the next couple of GWs.


    • 2 years, 24 days ago
      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. Cheers for the tips Milanista, who knew that downgrading a GK would actually give me a path to get Cazorla in!

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
  16. Ki's not going back to Swansea is he?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Nah, that story disappeared pretty quickly.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  17. Aguero 95.7%.

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. He's rising 😀

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
      1. Lrf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        It's insane!

        • 2 years, 24 days ago
  18. Team for gw22

    Baines, Kompany, Kolorov, Mert, A. Cole
    Ozil, Hazard
    Suarez (c), Giroud (vc), Aguero

    Mannone, Ki, Januzaj, Noone

    I realise my defence is extremely excessive but that's my wc strategy. I see cs for all of my defenders this week. I hope the dt gods agree haha.

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Lrf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Too much imo, but GL to you!

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
    2. looks strong all around.. Fair play!

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  19. Lrf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Adrian expected to keep the #1 for a while now?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
  20. Lrf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Going with an extremly weak bench until Ramsey is back (Ozil -> Ramsey and use money on my bench), but happy with my XI for the next couple of weeks (barring an unavoidable injury or two)

    Mannone (3.9)
    Kolarov, Kos, Coleman (Parr, Chester)
    Silva, Hazard, Ozil, Lallana (4.1)
    Sturridge, Suarez (c), Aguero (v)

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
  21. This place will be radio rental if Aguero doesn't get a start tomorrow.

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Lrf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      He might not, but expect him to get atleast 20 min. Could do some damage vs a tired Cardiff defence.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  22. Wait and see city get three early injuries to defenders or mids before aguero gets chance to go on

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
  23. A) Navas + Mertesacker
    B Silva + Kosc


    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Id go A, but Navas + Kosc... and save some cash..

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  24. Will Parr normally start?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. sorry missed posts above. Appears he will

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  25. Start Boruc or Mcgregor?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  26. Hi,
    I made my mind picking Ward and Speroni over Boruc and Clyne for this week but can't decide for days now should i start Oscar or Rodriguez. What do you think?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. hmmm.

      If forced to pick one, I'd do Oscar.

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  27. Which two to start out of these guys

    1) Januzaj (che) *scared united wont score and will get 2 points
    2) Ward (STO) *cpl seem very likely to concede but ward takes corners
    3) Chester (nor) *hull are unbeaten against norwich in their last 4 games
    4) Olsson (HUL) * norwich are at home and desparately need points

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
    1. Ward+Chester

      • 2 years, 24 days ago
  28. Navas or Silva??

    Team this week

    Boruc (Krul)
    Gibbs Ward Coleman (Chester, Whittingham)
    Hazard Wilshere Navas Cabaye (Oveido)
    Suarez (c) Adebayor Giroud (vc)

    • 2 years, 24 days ago
  29. Suarez or Negredo for the captains armband ?

    • 2 years, 24 days ago

Scout Picks

Gameweek 25

  • Forster
  • Janmaat
  • Williams
  • Alderweireld
  • Wijnaldum
  • André Ayew
  • Dele Alli
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Sánchez
  • Aguero
  • Kane
  • Moreno
  • Arnautovic
  • Giroud

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Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:01pm
Player Club Factors
Up Forster SOT A, Vs
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
No Change Boruc BOU B, Vs
Up Hennessey CPL C, £
No Change Cech ARS A, VsX
Up Fabianski SWA B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:08pm
Player Club Factors
Up Fuchs LEI A, Vs, £
Up van Dijk SOT A, Vs
Up Daniels BOU A, Vs, £
Up Dann CPL A
No Change Ivanovic CHE B, Vs
No Change Alderweireld TOT B
No Change Bellerín ARS B, VsX
Up Johnson STO C, Vs
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Up Van Aanholt SUN A
No Change Williams SWA B, £
Up Smalling MUN C
Up Coleman EVE B, Vs
Down Dawson WBA C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:17pm
Player Club Factors
Up Mahrez LEI A, Vs
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
No Change Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
No Change Ozil ARS C, VsX
Up Eriksen TOT A
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
Up Sigurdsson SWA A, OoP
Down Barkley EVE B, Vs
Down Roberto Firmino LIV A, VsX, OoP
Down Sánchez ARS C, VsX
Up Lingard MUN B, Rest, £
Up Khazri SUN B
Up Oscar CHE B, Vs
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:44pm
Player Club Factors
Up Vardy LEI B, Vs
No Change Kane TOT A
Down Aguero MCI A
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Down Lukaku EVE C
Up Afobe BOU A, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
No Change Defoe SUN 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
Player Team YC
Colback NEW 9
Byram WHM 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Westwood AVL 7
Diego Costa CHE 7
Huth LEI 7
Can LIV 7
Mangala MCI 7
Shelvey NEW 7
Pieters STO 7
Dele Alli TOT 7
Dier TOT 7
Noble WHM 7

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