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. Tabbara
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Bench Camarasa or Mitrovic ?

    1. Just For Laughs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Camarasa

    2. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      bench camarasa

    3. Alvaro Morata
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Mitro

  2. Salt'N'Pepe
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    GTG ?

    Fabianski
    VanDijk Laporte Doherty Bennett
    Sane Hazard Salah
    Arnautovic Jiminez Aguero

    Hamer Balbuena Camarasa Brooks

    1FT 0.5m ITB

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I think I would play Balbuena I’ve Bennett for possible attacking returns

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        * over

  3. whodatgoal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Richarlison
    B) AWB

    1. Just For Laughs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      AWB

    2. Phrilly
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      A)

      1. Salt'N'Pepe
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        B

    3. dmkp
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      B

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      AWB

  4. Just For Laughs
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Anyone else captaining Hazard this GW?

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I would if I knew he'd start

  5. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 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. Save or do something...?

    1. Just For Laughs
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Save

      1. Alvaro Morata
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Thanks.

  6. dmkp
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Start one of from each:

    A. Patricio (car)
    B. Fabianski (new)

    1. Doherty (car)
    2. Digne (liv)
    3. Murphy(WOL)
    4. Success(lei)

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      A1 easy

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Agreed

    2. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      A1

    3. dmkp
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Thanks guys, that was my order too. Just needed the 2nd opinion

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      A1

    5. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      1 for sure in the second lot. I'd be tempted to hedge and go with Fabs, but the opinion here is clear.

  7. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Is there actually any particular reason for people believing Sterling will be benched (as opposed to other city assets who played midweek)?

    1. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Im thinking Sterling may start this GW, and then him and Aguero and benched in GW15 for jesus and Mahrez

    2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Pep has hinted at rotation, and Sané is less likely not to play for a number of factors, amongst them his freshness and Mendy

    3. Roll The Dyche
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      These are young men whose fitness should be able to see them cope with the amount of games coming up. Making it harder to guess who starts...

    4. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Aguero prefers home, Sane since there's no Mendy. Then away midweek Sterling returns and Kun benched. That's my theory anyway.

    5. Smurf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I don’t know why there is a discussion. No one will ever know who starts this weekend. It’s ridiculous people trying to second guess.

    6. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Non owners / people who can't afford saying he won't start

      Owners, saying he will.

    7. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Sterling and Aguero owner. Reason? Simple, minutes. My guess is that Sterling will be rested this Saturday and play on Tuesday.

  8. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Best Mendy replacement?

    A. Rudiger / Azpi (then WC tonight)
    B. Walker / Laporte (then WC tonight)
    C. TAA (MITB for Kun >> Kane midweek and then WC after that)
    D. Luiz/Delph (MITB for Kun >> Kane midweek and then WC after that)

    1. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      All the first three look good, I'd go C. Don't fancy D.

  9. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Anyone considering Giroud...?

    1. dmkp
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Your name sake is

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Yes but Sarri will persist to start Morata unfortunately

  10. Roll The Dyche
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Worth dumping Salah for either Sterling. Dilva or Sane tomorrow for a -4 hit? I personally like the last two.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      not for -4

      1. Roll The Dyche
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Thanks. I just have to hope Aguero splurges at the weekend

    2. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Dump Salah for a rotation risk and take a hit at the same time. Let me think about that ...

  11. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    City had training today after press right? Did Jesus train?

  12. nico05
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Hey there its my first season on here I wondered if anyone might take a quick look at my team and give me any obvious suggestions of transfer to make I started well but my ranking is dropping this past few weeks.

    Alisson
    Balbeuna Lindelöf Robertson Doherty ( wan-bissaka)
    Hazard Salah Richarlison Pogba (billing)
    Aguero Anie (kamara)

    I have 0.5 in the bank, and 2 transfer available. Obviously Lindelöf been injured needs to come out I'm just struggling to decide what to do.
    The transfer I was considering is Alisson-Hennessey & Pogba - Sane
    Thank you for reading

    1. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Pogba to a city mid, preferably Sané in that price range. Lindelof to Schindler to fund it? I would play AWB too

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Cheers for that, that’s a great shout

    2. whodatgoal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Attack: Bring in Spurs and City, sell Chelsea and Liverpool
      Defense: Bring in Alonso, keep double Pool, Lindelof to Shaw/Dalot.

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Who would you recommend transferring then in your best suggestion, is just confused how to make it work? Thanks in advance. Really appreciate the input here

  13. damiang2233
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Team for this week. GTG?

    Ryan/Fab
    Robertson, Laporte, Duffy, Bennett
    D. Silva, Pererya, F.Anderson, Salah
    Aguero, Arnautovic

    Bench: Bellerin, King, Camarasa

  14. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    WC tonight for GW15 or WC midweek for GW16 and why?

    1. Salt'N'Pepe
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      All depends whether you want Arsenal or spurs assets more if you wanted more spurs assets then WC tonight, if your more keen on the Arsenal assets then WC after GW15

      1. Salt'N'Pepe
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Also factor in potential Rotation with your picks if you WC for GW15 as they are so close together from end of 14 to 15

  15. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    When is the wildcard...?

  16. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Play Kenedy or Richarlison?
    The reserve will be first bench ahead of my personal troll (Duffy).

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Kenedy. Think Liverpool keep a clean sheet.

  17. Donster
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    any news about Hazard?

  18. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Who to play?

    A. Deulofeu (lei)
    B. Wilson (mci)
    C. Richarlison (liv)

    Thanks.

    1. Alvaro Morata
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      C

  19. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Wolves clean sheet tonight please.

    Please.

    Pretty please.

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      3 Wolves defenders/keeper? 😉

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Just the 2 🙂

        1. ZeBestee
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Same here. I am not overly confident though if am honest. Stranger things have happened before.

    2. Witty Pun: Not good at this…
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      No! Doherty own goal to justify my sale

    3. Old Bull
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Thought long and hard about bringing in Paterson this week. Fancy them to score.

    4. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I couldn't bring myself to play Doherty AND Patricio, so I've gone Doherty AND Fabianski instead.

    5. Alvaro Morata
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Yeah, I have Patricio

    6. Vobinho - Holly's Hams…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I see Cardiff scoring tonight to be honest, they will go for it especially with the way Wolves have been of late.

    7. Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Yeah, a CS and a Jimenez brace.

  20. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Play two of them.

    A). Wilson
    B). Fraser
    C). Pereyra

    1. La Roja
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Can I tell you who to bench instead? I just want to type as less as possible.

      1. Alvaro Morata
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Yes please.

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          B

      2. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        So instead of saying who to bench, you ask him if you can tell him who to bench, resulting in you typing more?

        What a guy 😀

        1. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Oh the irony.

          Catched massive fish there 😎

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 15 days ago

            Got me lol

        2. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Berbs....do you think Shaq will start and what defender gets benched between Gomez, TAA, Lovren.....some on here saying Robo might get benched ?

      3. Hits from the Bong
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        This is actually hilarious. But it should be little, not less.

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Bench B

    3. Alvaro Morata
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Thank you all

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Why didn't you just say bench B

  21. Deulo10
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Wilson
    B) Bennett
    C) Wan Bissaka

  22. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Scouts do a teatime club

  23. Front 442
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Mendy>Delph?
    Mendy>Laporte?
    Mendy>Azpi?
    Mendy>TAA?
    Mendy>Rudiger?
    I'm leaning towards Delph....thoughts would be most welcome?

    1. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Laporte. Nailed-er.

      1. Front 442
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 15 days ago

        True

  24. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Salah to Sterling for free? Cheers

  25. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Looking ahead to the fixture swing and needing to triple up on City AND get in some Spurs. But I don't want to drop Aguero. Come up with this plan:

    3 Transfers (4pt hit)
    Arnie, Hazard, Mane > Kane, Sane, Moura

    Gives me a team of:
    Fab/Pat
    Yedlin, Doherty, AWB, TAA, Duffy
    Sterling, Sane, Moura, Richarlison, (Hojbjerg)
    Kane, Aguero, Murray
    0.2itb

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Not moura

  26. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Is there any chance GI Roudham will start...?

    1. Alvaro Morata
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Giroud*

    2. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Are you worried about your place Alvaro?

  27. Dezrar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    I have 2 FT and definitely want to use 1 so i don't waste it but i'm completely stuck!

    Fabianski
    Alonso Robertson Laporte Doherty
    Sterling Hazard Martial Richarlison
    Aguero (c) Arnautovic

    Patricio AWB Billing Success

    Plan next week is to sell Hazard & Aguero for Sane and Kane.

    So i'm left with doing something like:

    1) Doherty to TAA
    2) Patricio to GK fodder to free up funds
    3) Hazard to a 1 GW punt.. and who!?

    Any thoughts?

    1. cigan
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      good team, I'd go 2 or 1

  28. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Forehead

    Salah ➡ Sterling FT

    Worth it?

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      If you think Sterling starts, then yeah. I would have both personally.

      1. La Roja
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        How about Hazard ➡ Sterling

        ?

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 15 days ago

          Yay from me.

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Not forehead but no for me.

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Long term, yes. This week, no.

  29. Mr Dave
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Play 2
    A) Wilson (MCL)
    B) Fraser (MCL)
    C) zabaleta (new)
    D) pereira (wat)

  30. Puntillimon
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Play
    A) Doherty and Patricio
    B) AWB and hennessey

    Choice of A) last game week backfired bad but wolves are a better option no?

    1. cigan
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Doherty and Hennessey