Scout Picks

Gameweek 14 Scout Picks – Man City and Chelsea backed

Manchester City and Chelsea have been backed ahead of favourable fixtures in Gameweek 14.

Each club has supplied two players in this week’s Scout Picks after we whittled down the squads handed to us by Paul, Joe, Az and Peter.

This week we’re lining up in a 4-3-3 formation with a team worth £81.8m, under our budget of £83m.

Goalkeeper

Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) is the first of two Crystal Palace options that come into the squad for Gameweek 14. He received two top picks from our pundits with Joe and Az his biggest fans, while Paul selected him as his second choice. The Eagles host a Burnley side this week with fewer shots on target than any other side in the league, and they will be buoyed from keeping a clean sheet at Old Trafford in Gameweek 13.

Defenders

Marcos Alonso (£7.1m) pulled off a clean sweep in defence with all four pundits selecting him as the top option for Gameweek 14. The Chelsea man lines up against Fulham, who still have defensive problems even after Claudio Ranieri took charge. They have proved particularly susceptible down their right flank this season, conceding 55 chances there and only two teams allow more down that side of the pitch – which is where Alonso will be lining up. This week could be the return of some attacking points for the Spaniard.

Andrew Robertson (£6.5m) had to hold off some serious competition from Trent Alexander-Arnold for a spot in the Scout Picks this week but won out because of some financial decisions made elsewhere. The left-back won out over his English colleague in the Squads chosen by our pundits with Paul picking him in second place with Joe and Az slotting him in third. Liverpool’s defence continues to churn out clean sheets while Everton rank joint-14th for big chances in away matches this season.

Matt Doherty (£4.9m) earns a reprieve following Wolves’ poor showing against Huddersfield to make it back-to-back appearances in the Scout Picks XI. He got votes from all four members of Scout Squad team ahead of a trip to Cardiff. Wolves are still posting encouraging defensive statistics when they are away from home this year, with only Manchester City allowing more fewer chances on the road.

It feels very satisfying to finally put Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.2m) back into the Scout Picks after a rotten run of games for Crystal Palace. We’ve obviously already covered why we think that the Eagles will record a shut-out against Burnley, the reason that Wan-Bissaka has made the cut is mainly because of his price. So many of us have the budget man on our benches that it will be nice for him to finally make an appearance in our first XIs. Interestingly, only Joe included Wan-Bissaka in his Scout Squad but the right-back’s price is too good to ignore with some lavish spending elsewhere.

Midfielders

It should be no surprise to see Raheem Sterling (£11.4m) come in as our top midfielder option for Gameweek 14. Now the top-scoring FPL player, he has averaged 8.6 points per game this season and is in the form of his life. With five goals and two assists in his last three home matches against Bournemouth, this fixture is the perfect one for him provided he can stay in the starting XI following 90 minutes midweek. Surprisingly, only two of our Scout Squad pundits chose him as their number one, Paul and Az, but that was still more top picks than anyone else in this position.

Eden Hazard (£11.1m) won a close-fought battle with Mohamed Salah to claim the secondary premium position in midfield for Gameweek 14. It’s a bit of a risky call with Hazard amassing just nine points across the last four Gameweeks but, as we’ve already mentioned, Fulham’s defensive frailties are there for all to see and Chelsea really need a positive result after being thrashed by Spurs in Gameweek 13. Hazard actually has better minutes per chances created and shots on target ratios than Sterling over the last four Gameweeks so if he starts on Sunday he could have a field day. As for Salah, we felt that the Merseyside derby might prove too tight an affair to justify spending so much of the £83m budget on the Egyptian this weekend.

Anthony Martial (£7.6m) is another man to get a pardon and go straight back into the Scout Picks after disappointing in Gameweek 13. The Frenchman’s attacking numbers remain encouraging with more shots and efforts on target in the last four Gameweeks as Sterling, and the same number of chances created than him too. Yes, there is evidence to suggest that Romelu Lukaku’s return to the side will damage his output but Southampton have still conceded the same number of shots at home this season as hapless Fulham.

Forwards

Sergio Aguero (£11.5m) makes it a fourth successive inclusion in the Scout Picks side with another clean sweep of the forwards board. All four of our pundits chose the Argentinian as the best striker for this Gameweek given his incredible form at home. No player has had more shots, in the box or on target than Aguero this season, which bodes well for a match against a Bournemouth side with deteriorating defensive statistics.

Given the all-clear by Manuel Pellegrini this week, Marko Arnautovic (£7.1m) comes back into the side once more. He was the second choice of both Paul and Peter while Az selected him in third place. An away match at Newcastle should provide the West Ham forward with plenty of opportunities given that Burnley are the only side to have allowed more shots at home than the Magpies this season.

Raúl Jiménez (£5.9m) completes the line-up with his second successive appearance in the side. Of the cheaper forward options for Gameweek 14, he had the most votes from our Scout Squad crew, with a total of three. That’s not surprising considering he’s had more shots in the penalty box since Gameweek 10 than Salah, Aguero and Sterling. This week he faces a Cardiff defence that has allowed more efforts on target in home matches than any other side this season.

Substitutes

Jonas Lössl (£4.5m) got four votes from our Scout Squad crew this week but missed out on a place in the final XI because none of them were as first choice. Huddersfield have been showing some defensive improvement recently while Brighton are typically poor away from home.

Christopher Schindler (£4.3m) gets a place on the substitutes bench for largely the same reason, not to mention his excellent budget price. He actually received two votes from our pundits with Paul and Peter tipping him.

Callum Paterson (£5.2m) continues to offer great value as an out of position midfielder playing as the centre-forward in Cardiff’s team. The Bluebirds are starting to find their goal-scoring feet in the Premier League now and this could be another opportunity for Paterson to continue his run of three goals in his last five matches.

Wilfried Zaha (£6.7m) could seriously benefit from Burnley’s poor defensive performances this season. The player himself may be without a goal since Gameweek 5 but the Clarets have given up more shots than any other side this season.

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 14 is Prasun Singhal. He has opted for a 3-5-2 formation of Hennessey; Alexander-Arnold, van Aanholt, Schindler; Sané, Willian, Hazard, Sterling, D Silva; Morata, Zaha.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

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1,390 Comments Post a Comment
  1. hjalmarekdal
    • 2 Years
    9 days, 5 hours ago

    Am I stupid or smart if I use my FT to:
    Hazard —> Sane (C)

    1. MegNuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      I'd never call you stupid. Reality of it is, Hazard could quite easily outscore Sane. I personally wouldn't (and don't own either. Though if I had Hazard, I'd be confident to keep (100%)

    2. Arfaish
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Not against Fulham, Sane still a good option next week against Watford. Save.

    3. J T
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Neither. It’s a game of calculated risk, just because you may get it right or wrong doesn’t make you stupid.

      I wouldn’t do that personally but it could work out

      1. HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        this

        1. Fagaazi
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            or that

      2. Benditlike
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Just logged in here to ask the exact same question. I will do it if you do it 😉

    4. Whats the Mata? (RobboKlopp…
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Sterling or Sane this week?

      (Will get the other one the next gw)

      1. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        sterling

      2. Arfaish
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Sane this week, Sterling the better overall pick but played a lot of football lately. Id go Sane

    5. Sánchez
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      First 🙂

      1. Mr Q
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Classic fail

        1. Sánchez
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          😀

          Still worth it

          1. Mr Q
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            🙂

    6. Pellegrini Falcon
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Mitro out for Arnie? Or just keep him?

      1. Arfaish
        • 6 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Do it. Fulham worries are not over yet.

    7. The Rumour Mill
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      "Wolves are still posting encouraging defensive statistics when they are away from home this year, with only Manchester City allowing more big chances on the road."

      I think this needs editing to say FEWER big chances. Otherwise the meaning of the sentence is completely the opposite of what is intended.

      1. DavidMunday815
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Thanks for spotting - have fixed that now! As you can imagine, Friday night deadlines squeeze us up for time!

    8. Eriksen Maestro
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Jesus back in training now leaning towards Hazard captain...

      1. britzdubb
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        please explain the logic

    9. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      8 scout picks today

      Low scoring GW incoming

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Only 5, three figure score incoming

      2. DAVESAVES
        • 1 Year
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        9 here..

      3. Vobinho In Wengerland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Only 4... Bodes well!

      4. Jumpingjalapeno
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 4 hours ago

        10....the fear is real

    10. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Another defensive double up in the picks? Worked perfectly last week with Rui+Doherty.

    11. Jelder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Who would you move on to make way for Aguero?

      1. Hazard
      2. Mane

      1. umerlfc
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        2

    12. vardys party
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Ryan (button)
      Rudiger Robertson laporte
      Salah Hazard Richarlison Kenedy
      Aguero Jimenez Arnie

      (Bennet Balbuena Hojbjerg)

      1 ft 1.5 itb

      I did really badly this week. Any suggestions? Maybe put sterling/sane in for hazard?
      A. Save
      B. Do a transfer.

    13. Arfaish
      • 6 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Thinking of rolling my transfer with the following:

      Lossl
      Robertson, Doherty, TAA, Wan-B (Mendy)
      Sterling, Hazard, Mane, Richarlison (4.3)
      Aguero, Jiminez, (Wilson)

      Obviously ill getting rid of Mendy next week but should I do it this week with possible benchings of Hazard, Sterling and maybe TAA?

      1. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        taa is very good

        1. Arfaish
          • 6 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          I know and hes likely to play but still not nailed 100%. Would you save then?

          1. Azurri
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            It depends who you are thinking of bringing in for Mendy. For example, if its another Man City DF, then you would be better off transferring now.

    14. MGD
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Have all but Sterling, Hennessey and Jimenez in my starting XI from the scoutpicks....

      Have Kepa, Mane and Laporte instead...

    15. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Dinnery posted anything about Aguero starting yet?

      1. britzdubb
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        is he injured ? i know dinnery usually comments on that

    16. Please Answer Me
      • 4 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Pleeeease help me I have 0.9ITB and 2FT what would you do?

      Dubravka (4.0)

      Laporte Robertson Alonso Bennett AWB
      Richarlison Salah Hazard (Diangana/4.3)
      Aguero Arnautovic (Wilson)

    17. Dynamic Duos
      • 5 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      9 starting 11 scout picks, that is my gwk doomed

      1. Jaws
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        9 As well and you should be just fine. I had 8 last week too which gave me 76 points.

    18. Oooo Matron
      • 2 Years
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Do I play Doherty or Felipe Anderson? Already got Arnie so stuck in two minds on this one.

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Doherty, but I'd really want to play Anderson, too, against a side who've conceded the most crosses from their right side in the league in the last 4 matches.

        1. Oooo Matron
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Very Interesting stat! Getting Anderson & Doherty in would require dropping Jiminez, TAA, or Robertson. Hard to justify any of them out either.

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            I'd rather play Doherty than Jiminez tbh. Not sure about Jim versus Anderson. Newcastle have also conceded the most headed goal attempts int he last four, which bodes well for Anderson's corners. I'd definitely consider benching Jimmy Boy

    19. Redondo6
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Which would you do:

      A) Hazard > Sane
      B) Save and do it next GW

    20. Confused123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      (C) one of
      1.Hazard
      2.Aguero

      1. umerlfc
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        2

      2. nisag17
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Hazard. I know Chelsea score less than city, but against Fulham I would captain Hazard. Being a mid plus bonus magnet makes me thinks he is the better option.

    21. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      gtg?

      henny
      robbo - alonso - doherty - awb
      salah - mane - sterling(c) - sane
      jiminez - arnie

      hamer - pereira - fraser - success

    22. Delph & Safety
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 days, 5 hours ago

      Might go for sane over Sterling. Annoying because I want Raheem more but Sane looks much safer for this week anyway.

      Or I could just save and go Agüero capt.

      1. Stimps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Same boat, I'm doing Kun 60 minute captain

      2. Gentle_Turks
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Aguero the safer pick I think.

          Please help below thanks.

        • Old Gregg
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Intend to get both but initially this is what I'm thinking

      3. umerlfc
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Sterling, Aguero, Aguero, Sterling... Who to captain?!

        1. Champagne supernova
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          They will both get points, if they start

      4. Lalrota
        • 2 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Lacazette and Shaqiri likely to start?

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          Shaq ye laca dunno

      5. The Mighty Whites
        • 3 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        Salah & Kenedy to Alli & Sane?

      6. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 days, 5 hours ago

        That scout picks is practically my team - got sane over martial. Gw fail incoming

        1. Niho992
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            Lol. Me too. I have 8.

          • #FPLBhuna
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            uh-oh me too, have 8

            pants.

        2. Deleciis
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          9 days, 5 hours ago

          10 scout picks..
          Transfer Ryan to Hennesey (-4) for a clean sweep?

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            9 days, 5 hours ago

            I’d be transferring our scout picks for a -4

          2. Gentle_Turks
              9 days, 5 hours ago

              I wouldn't.

              Please help below thanks.

          3. Gentle_Turks
              9 days, 5 hours ago

              Stuck. 1FT, 0.2 itb.

              Could roll FT but if I WC next week (which was the plan) then I'd lose a FT.

              Fab
              Laporte, Alonso, Robertson, Doherty
              Salah (vc), Haz, Rich
              Arnie, Jimenez, Kun (c)

              1. andymck
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                When unsure, just roll ft

            • Robbieblob
              • 2 Years
              9 days, 5 hours ago

              is Hazard confirmed to be back?

              1. Ask Yourself
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                No he isn’t even !!!!

              2. nisag17
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                Yes, training since Wednesday. They play on Sunday.

              3. J T
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                He never went away 😀

            • Niho992
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                If you didnt have Hazard this season would you bring him for this GW?

                1. Ask Yourself
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  9 days, 5 hours ago

                  Nope

              • DLL18
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                10 scout picks, all bar Hennessey.. Err, great minds think alike maybe?

              • HIAFL (Howe to Train your D…
                • 1 Year
                9 days, 5 hours ago

                Damn 7 scoutpicks with the differences hennessey robertson martial jimenez to patricio chilwell sane king