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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1,392 Comments Post a Comment
  1. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Expected minutes this week for:
    - Aguero
    - Sterling
    - Sane
    - Mahrez

    1. chaser123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      I'm thinking:
      - 65
      - 20
      - 90
      - 70

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      90 between the four of them shared.

    3. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Foden 75.

    4. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Impossble to answer

      But my best guess

      70
      20
      90
      70

    5. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 14 days ago

      80
      0
      90
      25

    6. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      70
      10
      90
      80

  2. MTFCfan50
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Which two to bench?

    A) Wan Bissaka
    B) Doherty
    C) Richarlison
    D) Fraser

    1. Rusty71
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      C and D!

    2. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      D + 1

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      CD

  3. Rusty71
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    They overpaid for Lossl in the scout picks! Anyone else notice?

    1. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      The made a Lossl on him.

  4. Lets all klopp together
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    GtG
    Patricio
    Alonso, laporte, Pereira
    Mane, sane, dsilva, Richarlison
    Kane (c), Arnautovic (vc), Jiménez

    Bench, hamer, taa, awb, brooks

    1. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Play taa?!

      1. Lets all klopp together
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 14 days ago

        For who?

        1. DAVESAVES
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 14 days ago

          Rich

    2. DAVESAVES
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Would play TAA and AWB over Periera and Rich

  5. JJO
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    A) Patricio (playing Doherty too)
    B) Fabianski

    1) Sane
    2) Sterling
    3) Hazard

    1. Rusty71
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      A

  6. Louis Van Gaalstones
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Son or Alli? Someone mentioned before that Alli is playing deeper now?

    1. Rusty71
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Alli.

    2. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Alli more nailed
      Son bigger threat

  7. mr messi
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Mane to David Silva?

    1. Rusty71
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      David is due a rest I reckon.

      1. FeedTheGoatAndHeWillScore
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 14 days ago

        Had 2 weeks off in the IB

  8. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Patricio. Begovic.
    Robertson. Alonso. Duffy. Wan Bissaka. Bednarek.
    Salah. Hazard. Richarlison. Pereyra. Fraser.
    Aguero. Wilson. Kamara.

    1 FT and 1.1 in the bank. Should I do something or save...? Your thoughts would be appreciated.

  9. Weilong7
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    play one

    dunk
    pereyra
    richarlison

    1. Rusty71
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Pereyra.

  10. jdogg
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Start 2.

    Stones awb richarlison?

    Cheers.x

  11. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Deadline is in 2 hours and 30 minutes right?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      yes

  12. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    As I'm going to Wild Card this weekend or on Wednesday, and lose Salah/Mane on it; would you do Salah or Mane to Sane today?

    1. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Yeah probably Mane
      But that could easily backfire in only 1gw

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      I would and did. Salah to Sterling.

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Got rid of Salah for Sterling, also added Sane as a bonus.

    4. DAVESAVES
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Mane to Sane here!

  13. CHEWYSUAREZ123
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Any changes needed or save a FT? 1 FT and 0.9 ITB

    Ederson
    Robertson - Alonso - AWB - Doherty
    Richarlison - Hazard(C) - Mane
    Wilson - Aguero - Arnautovic

    Subs: Hart - Fraser - Balbuena - Cairney

    1. Brandchester United
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Aguero (c)

  14. GloryManUnited
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 14 days ago

    So I click and read over the article...and my squad is literally template Scout picks. Not sure if I should be happy or distraught...?

    Patricio-Hart
    Wan B-Robbo-Alex Arnold-Alonso-Doherty
    Hazard-Sterling-Alli-Fraser-Hojbjerg
    Kun-Arny-Jimenez

    Do I start 5 defenders and sit Jimenez or Jimenez in and WanB to the bench??

    Please advise

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Defenders could score higher?

  15. Saulus_maximus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    I have kun, haz & Salah but so tempted to Captain ALONSO! He's fit and got rested last night...

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Go for it.

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 14 days ago

      I reckon Fulham have a good chance of scoring...

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 14 days ago

        Up to u though

      2. Saulus_maximus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 14 days ago

        So does Alonso :/

  16. Big Col
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Already playing 4 defenders, but should make it 5 and play Bellerin over Richarlison?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      No

    2. Old Bull
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      I detect a case of defender fever. No.

  17. nico05
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Is walker worth the money?

    1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Probably not

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 14 days ago

        Thanks

  18. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Best midfielder at 10.6m or under for the next few GW's excluding Sane

    1. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Erik maybe

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Silva

    3. Tommyg
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Sterling

      1. Tommyg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 14 days ago

        Sorry that's not sterling is it.

    4. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Eriksen, Alli, Mane. Not many options at that pricepoint.

  19. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Wilson > Giroud...?

    1. JJO
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      No

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Won't start by the sounds of it.

  20. Starky22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Who to get, Sane or Sterling??

    Leave one out:
    A. AWB
    B. Doherty
    C. Richarlison

    1. Rusty71
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Get Sane, drop Richarlison!

  21. DA Minnion
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    I'll be the happiest man in the world tomorrow if sterling starts. Nothing worse in fantasy football terms than getting in a player only for him to be benched.

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Who did you get him in for?

      1. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 14 days ago

        Salah . Could backfire spectacularly.

  22. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    With the fixture string from GW16 which pair would you be better to go with then?

    A) Aguero, Mane
    B) Aubameyang, Sane

    1. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Would already have Kane and Sterling by then.

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 14 days ago

        B

        1. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 14 days ago

          B** Hell you're doing well this season!

    2. Rusty71
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      B, definitely!

  23. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC after tonight’s deadline?

    Lloris
    TAA / Doherty / Fernandez
    Sterling / Sané / Son / Schürrle
    Kane / Lacazette / Arnautovic
    (Hamer / WB / Holding / Masuaku)

    1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Very nice. Some prefer Sess over Schurrle but I'm not in the know there. Obviously Masuaku and Holding, even Doherty are picks that could be altered a little - but the attack is lethal.

      No Chelsea is interesting - not wrong necessarily and you should go bold in any case.

  24. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    what to do??

    a- hazard to sterling/sane
    b- mahrez to sane
    c- save FT

  25. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Repost:

    Patricio. Begovic.
    Robertson. Alonso. Duffy. Wan Bissaka. Bednarek.
    Salah. Hazard. Richarlison. Pereyra. Fraser.
    Aguero. Wilson. Kamara.

    1 FT and 1.1 in the bank. Should I do something or save...?

  26. Hargo
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Ryan Hamer
    Robertson Luiz Laporte Bennett AWB
    Salah Mané Hazard Brooks Obiang
    Aguero Arnie Kamara

    1 FT 0.5 ITB

    Any suggestions?

  27. Gaffa914
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Thoughts on mahrez and salah —-> sterling and Mane?

    1. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      No two sideways.Literally.

  28. Cech-King MoSalah
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Is my bench order OK?
    Richarlison (liv)
    Kante (FUL)
    Bennett (car)

    Got Siggi in starting XI
    Got Doherty in starting XI

  29. GloryManUnited
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Pick 2

    A. Wan Biss
    B. Jimenez
    C. Alex-Arnold

  30. timawflowers
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 14 days ago

    Sterling or aguero as capt?

    1. Alvaro Morata
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 14 days ago

      Aguero