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. Garfield1001
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 17 days ago

    Salah to Sterling for free?

    Thanks

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Nah

    2. Siggy Azalea
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 17 days ago

      I'm tempted to do the same...

    3. Hits from the Bong
        6 months, 17 days ago

        I was just about to pull the trigger on that and now having seconds thoughts. What would you do with the extra funds?

      • Gasa
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 17 days ago

        not now

    4. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 17 days ago

      Bottomed.. twice!

      Current Team:

      Patricio
      Alonso / Robertson / Laporte / Doherty / AWB
      Salah / Hazard (C) / Barkley
      Aguero / Arnautovic

      Fabianski // Richarlison / Fraser / Success

      Barkely very unlikely to start (ffs). Is there anyone who I could replace him with for a one week punt?

      A) Gudmundsson (playing AWB..)
      B) Townsend (Differential pick!)
      C) Pereyra (LEI away)
      D) Lamela (ARS away)
      E) Pedro (Played most of EL game)
      F) Paterson (Double WOL defence...)
      G) Gundogan (...)
      H) Kenedy (West Ham at Home!)
      I) Ritchie (West Ham at Home!)
      J) Deulofeu (LEI away)
      K) DO NOTHING (play a bench player?)

      Could also transfer out Haz & Barkley for a -4, but that feels wrong.

      1. Hits from the Bong
          6 months, 17 days ago

          L) cheap fodder

        • antis0cial
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          K for me Rich has as much chance at getting points as any of the other options

        • Desange
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          Play rich
          Save transfer and gives freedom to do something bigger next week

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Worth mentioning I still have my WC and am likely to use it next week/week after...

            1. Desange
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Of the other options I would have liked to take a flier on gudmansson

        • madame shelly
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          how about milivojevic ?

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Penalty merchant 🙁

      2. Siggy Azalea
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 17 days ago

        Play
        a) Patricio (car,a) or
        b) Foster (leic,a)

        Thanks!!!

        1. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          A

        2. Desange
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          A

        3. Hits from the Bong
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Depends if you’re doubling up on Wolves. I don’t want to but have no other playing keeper.

        4. abaalan
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 17 days ago

          A) Fraser -> Paterson
          b) Fraser -> Mooy
          c) Wilson -> Jimenez

          1 or 2 week punt - 2FT, 0 ITB. Have more value tied up in Wilson and may want to get back in on WC as 3rd foward

        5. simong1
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Start:
            A) Success (LEI)
            B) Wilson (MCI)
            C) Fraser (MCI)

            1. Desange
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              C

          • DrunkPhilosophy
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Lose Salah or Hazard for Sterling?

            1. Trondero
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              I think im going haz

            2. Desange
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Hazard

          • Greenbackbøøg…
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Is it still 50/50 on Hazard starting?

            1. On your left
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              I read he's starting today

              1. I Member
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Where?

              2. rjcv177
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                For Cardiff or Wolves? Lol

            2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              I think people are confident that he will - but he may be managed for minutes

            3. Freddiebell
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Hazard will start.

            4. On your left
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              think it was the independent, but it was a couple hours ago I read it

          • Tiralik
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Lol trasfered Doherty & Hazard to Sterling & Schindler and all of them are in the Scout picks.

          • Hernandez Lynam
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Play 2 from

            A Doherty (car)
            B Balbuena (new)
            C Camarasa (WOL)

            1. Winston.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              AB

          • Winston.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Who to play?
            A. Deulofeu (lei)
            B. Wilson (mci)
            C. Richarlison (liv)

            1. james 101
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              C

            2. MTPockets
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              a

            3. Desange
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              C!

          • barcaa7
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Which one is better?
            a- Hazard to Sane
            b-Laca to 4.5 and Barkley to Sane for a -4
            c- Save FT

            1. Gasa
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 17 days ago

              b or c

          • james 101
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Fab
            Coleman TAA Doherty
            Mane Sterling Martial Richarison
            Aguero Aubameyang Wilson

            (Patricio WanB Westwood £3.9)

            Aubameyang / Westwood to:

            A. D Silva / Arnie
            B. Sane / Mitro

            What you think?!

            1. Winston.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Prefer Fab?

              1. Winston.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                A

            2. Desange
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Binning auba before his fixtures turn?

            3. Freddiebell
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              A

          • Trondero
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 17 days ago

            Haz to sterling?

            1. james 101
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Yes

            2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              No

            3. Hits from the Bong
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Don’t know

            4. hannibalos
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Thinking employing again a double Wolves defence. It hurt me last week but EPL works that way. A huge loss one week and the next week the same team performs!! I also have Camarasa and Lascelles which I am thinking placing on the bench and starting Arnie of course. This is a very tough week with so many derbies

              1. diesel001
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Will you be sorry doubling up?

                1. hannibalos
                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  FPL is all about making choices. Some hurt some go well

            5. FDMS All Starz
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              So after the pressers, any light on Hazard/Sterling/Sane game time?

              1. MTPockets
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                nope

              2. madame shelly
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                nope. its a coin toss

              3. rjcv177
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Much easier if Pep or Sarri said "too soon" or "too tired"...but gutfeeling will be the big differential this ge

            6. Dušan Citizen SPC Ch…
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              What to do with this team? 2.3 itb

              Ryan
              Alonso Robbo Doherty
              Salah Hazard Rich Camarasa
              Aguero Arnie Jimenez

              Vinagre Fraser Dummett

            7. Monkey magic 1
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Currently on this with 1ft and 0.4m in the bank.

              Ryan
              Alonso / Robertson / Laporte / Doherty
              Salah / Sane / Martial
              Aguero / Arnautovic / Jiminez

              Button / Balbuena / Richarlison / Fraser

              Any changes i should be looking at doing and does the team, bench and bench order look about right?

            8. FDMS All Starz
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Really want a city mid in but don’t know how to fit them in?

              Fab-Stek
              Bellerin-Doherty-Gomez-Bednarek-Wanbisa
              Salah-Haz-Mane-Paterson-Billing
              Arnie-Kun-Jiménez

              Which one? Or hold the transfer?

              A) Mane —> Sane (free)

              B) Salah —> Sterling (free)

              C) Mane & Salah —> Sane & Sterling (-4)

            9. Deulo10
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 17 days ago

              Repost:
              Bench one:

              A) Wilson
              B) Bennett
              C) AWB

            10. Gooner49
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Ederson Fabianski
                TAA AWB Boly Chilwell Digne
                Salah Sterling Richarlison Kante Guendouzi
                Aguero Lacazette Joselu

                £0.2mil in the bank.

                Do I wildcard and change everything? Anyone got any recommendations? Thanks

              • The Red Devil
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Ryan Button
                Alonso TAA Robbo AWB Bennett
                Salah Hazard Martial Brooks Hojberg
                Aguero Jimenez Arnie

                1.4 ITB 0 FT

                A-Salah to Sterling (-4)
                B-Hazrd to Sterling (-4)
                C-Martial to D.Silva (-4)
                D-None

                TA

              • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Sterling captainers. Are you vice-capping Aguero or Hazard? (if you own all).

                1. Berbinho's Forehead
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  Salah.

                  1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 17 days ago

                    Unfortunately he made way to get Sterling 🙂

                2. tez
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  Salah

              • We ain't got no histor…
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Captain;

                A. Aguero
                B. Salah
                C. Dilva
                D. Martial
                E. Arnie

                1. Desange
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  If only there was some kind of poll for this?

              • Akeem
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                (c)
                A) Sane
                Or
                B) Aguero
                ?

                1. On your left
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  A

              • gomez123
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Hokey Cokey El Capitano??
                A) Sterling
                B) Kun
                Gunna VC the loser!!

              • Trentminator
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Which ones would do best in the next 5-6 he?
                A
                Aubameyang, Anderson, camarasa, Fabianski

                B
                Arnautovic, Eriksen, Paterson, Ederson?

                Cheers

                1. Berbinho's Forehead
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  B

              • On your left
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                G2G folks?

                Ederson
                Robo, Alonso, Laporte, Bennett, WB
                Haz (c), Sterling, Salah
                Jimenez, Arnie

                Subs: Hennessey, Success, Fraser, Torreira

              • drughi
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Hazard and Laporte > Sterling and TAA, yay or nay ?

                1. El Lobito
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  Crazy talk

                2. Freddiebell
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 17 days ago

                  Ehh. Has the world gone crazy. Hazard could outscore everyone this week.

              • Lumberjack
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Any news on Trippier? I guess he’s still out?

              • El Lobito
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 17 days ago

                Going with a 5-2-3 formation for the second time ever this gameweek!