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

    Bench one:

    A) Otto Van Bissmark
    B) Richarlison
    C) Gudmundsson

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

      b

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

      Top of page, should get some suggestions yeh!

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

      Gud

  2. AngryJohnSitton
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Have Mane & Salah. Not sure who to tfr out for Sane. Am probably going with Salah. Partly because I may need funds for Kun > Kane next week...

    Thoughts?

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

    captain Sterling or Kun?

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Kun

    2. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Sterling

  4. Johnmph
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    FT Maddison to Martial or Willian? WC next week so just one week punt.

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

      Excuse me, when is the wildcard...?

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

        I meant I am using my wildcard before the next game week, so I was asking which player I should bring in for Maddison just for this gameweek. I am between Willian and Martial.

      2. ZimZalabim
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        its upto you just use it before the turn of the year

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      i chose willian but both good options

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

        Thanks!

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

    Who to bring in for a hit?

    A. Shearer
    B. Ulrich Van Gommel

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

      Bring Aldridge

    2. rick ding whoop
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      I'd save personally.

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

    Is there any chance Giroud will start...?

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

      Unlikely

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Id say a fair chance but more likely Morata (unfortunately).

  7. RVP20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    My current team is:
    Fabianski
    Alonso - Robertson - Doherty - Wan-Bissaka
    Salah - Hazard - Richarlison
    Aguero - Arnautovic - Jimenez
    (Hamer - Duffy - Kenedy - Hojbjerg)
    2FT - 2.1ITB

    Would it be mad to do Salah > Sterling this week and then do Hazard & Aguero > Salah & Kane?

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

    Bottomed

    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. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      why not hennessey and doherty ?

  9. Tauruspt
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Wildcard is active

    Current team

    Fab
    Laporte alonso taa rudiger wan-b
    Salah sterling martial
    Aguero jiminez

    Boruc barkely fraser kamara

    Stick or
    Martial fraser barkley
    For
    Mane delfeou hudson(benched)

    TIA

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

      Stick

  10. Duffy Dunk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Ederson
    Alonso Robertson Trent Doherty
    Hazard(V) Sane Martial Fraser
    Aguero(C) Arnautovic

    Patricio Richarlison Wilson Bennett

    Would you change anything?

    1. Siggy Azalea
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      richarlison in for fraser

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      gtg
      toss a coin on fraser and rich both as good/as bad as each other this week

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

      I’d take the set piece taker considering the fixtures so Fraser is a better shout than Richarlison for me

    4. Duffy Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Cheers all

  11. Boss Hogg
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    For next gw onwards, best defender for 4.3 or less?

    a. Zabaleta
    b. Diop
    c. Schindler
    d. Someone else?

    ???

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

      C

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

      C or AWB

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

      b or c def not a

  12. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Pat/Fab
    Alonso Trippier Bellerin Doherty Balbuena
    Sterling Sane Son Martial Brooks
    Auba Arnie Jimmy

    dont care about no rotation fam

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

      cool story fam
      thumbs up fam
      fam fam

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

    Chilwell shindler awb doherty fraser

    Bench 2

    1. Siggy Azalea
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      chilwell fraser

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

      CF

  14. user.n
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Lacazete for Morata for this GW, -4?

    1. Siggy Azalea
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      go for it

    2. Ahmed Adam
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      is a gamble but That is what iam really Thinking

      1. user.n
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 15 days ago

        Thanks guys

  15. Siggy Azalea
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Evening, am I G2G? 1FT with 0.3 ITB

    Foster
    Doherty - Robertson - Duffy
    Salah(v) - Barkley - Richarlison - Felipe Anderson
    Aguero (c) - Arnie - Firmino

    Patricio - Diop - Schurle - Digne

    Thanks

  16. JHolmes
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Start Shaqiri or Richarlison? The other is 1st sub most likely.

    1. Siggy Azalea
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Start richarlison

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

      i went with shaqiri

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

      I don't think Shaqiri will start

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

      shaq

  17. Weilong7
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    play two

    richarlison
    pereyra
    dunk

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

    Shaqiri and Mane, which to keep?

    1. Hawk Eye
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Mane

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

      Neither

  19. Hawk Eye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    To caotain Haz?
    Yes or No?

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

    What are you guys excited to see this gameweek non-FPLwise?
    I'm hoping Soyuncu starts and plays like he did midweek with Evans, it's really nice having a pacy CB. The sooner Morgan is firmly ousted from the team the better.

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

      Cardiff to batter Wolves to continue onto their dream of PL safety.

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

        That would be nice. In a similar vein, I hope Huddersfield stay up this season. Wagner's team is very respectable and they're playing nicely, they just need a goalscorer

    2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 15 days ago

      Fulham to batter Chelsea, and Leicester midweek. Ranieri to kick Vardy right in the head and ass. Dilly ding dilly dong

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

        🙁 I think both are feasible results - Luiz will continue to cost Chelsea points, and we're playing meh right now.

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

          agreed Luiz is a liability

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

    Play one of these 2?

    A - Bennett

    B - Balbuena

  22. fenixri
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Am I gtg?

    Fab
    Alonso Doherty Balbuena
    Hazard(c) Salah (vc) Sane Fraser
    Kun Arnie Wilson

    Bench: Hamer, Awb, Stephens, Bednarek

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

      Start AWB over any of Balbuena, Fraser or Wilson

  23. Arsenal97
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Holebas (vs lei) or fraser (vs man c) ?

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

    Would you do.....

    VVD + Richarlison + Wilson to Dunk/Digne + Sane + Jiminez

    Would be for a -4 but feel like it could pay off this week and set myself up for future weeks

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

    Which one do you prefer ?

    a) Pat
    TAA Alonso Balbuena
    Raz Haz Alli Rich
    Kane Arnie Jimenez

    b) Pat
    TAA Bellerin Ballbuen
    Martial Haz Alli Rich
    Kane Kun Arnie

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

    Chances of Joselu replacing Rondon in the starting 11?

  27. Fantasyamateur
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    So guys.. 2FT, 1.1M ITB and I got no clue on what to do here:

    Fabianski
    Doherty - Alonso - Robertson - Laporte
    Salah - Hazard - Snodgrass - Kenedy
    Agüero (C) - Jimenez

    Bench: Button, Richarlison, Wilson and Yoshida.

    Have to use at least 1FT.. So many uncertainties that it might be vice to save the other one for midweek. Please help me with some advice here!

  28. Bojaninho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Any news on Lacazzette?

    Not sure what to do with him?

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

    Is Bennett likely to play tonight?

  30. Greyling
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 15 days ago

    Would you do?

    1) Mane to Hazard (Salah and Robertson in my team)
    2) Save

    I feel a punt could work this week?