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. The Blackadder
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Please could somebody advise me on the best thing to do...
    Keep Manè (don’t have Salah)
    Or swap for Sanè (do have Aguero)

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      FT ??
      Could pay off imo

      1. The Blackadder
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 12 days ago

        Yes, for free

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 12 days ago

          Go for it

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Sane in

  2. gryffsonofarthur
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Whittled down to last 2 spots in my lineup.

    A) Sigurdsson away to Liverpool
    B) Wan Bissaka home to Burnley

    Sig on pens and good for bonus, but facing a tough Liverpool defence.

    Wan good call for a clean sheet and he gets the occasional bonus.

    Who gets the last spot?

    1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      WB. It's logical. Tho my opinion is Everton will squeeze one in...

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 12 days ago

        against the best defence team in the league at home? not sure..

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      B but surely someone else you can drop

      1. gryffsonofarthur
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 12 days ago

        Ryan
        Alonso Doherty Robertson
        Hazard Martial Sigurdsson Mane
        Jiminez Vardy Arnautovic

        Bench - begovic, wan Bissaka, Fraser, Trippier

  3. Unai Emery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Who do you prefer to have in next month?

    A) Eriksen/Alli and Lacazette
    B) 6.7 min and Kane

    1. Unai Emery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      6.7 mid*

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      B

    3. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      B

    4. gryffsonofarthur
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      KANE

  4. Davros
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    9 out of 11 from scout picks. I’m doomed

    Differences are Pat and TAA for Hen and AWB

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      That is good , the scouts know what they are talking about.

      1. DA Minnion
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 12 days ago

        They didn't last week.

  5. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    which??

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

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      C

  6. Hazardous1983
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Patricio or fabianski. Own doherty already

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Fab

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

        same question but I own Doherty and Balbeuna or would Hennessey be a better pick?

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 12 days ago

          Hennessy I think gives you a good spread

  7. samaael
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Rui
    Laporte/ Robertson/ Alonso/Bennett
    Salah/ hazard/ Delofeou
    Kun/ Arnie

    4.0/ Wilson/ HojbeRg/ schurrle

    1FT 1.4ITB

    save?
    Bottomed

  8. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Question for those looking to get Kane for aguero next gw...
    If kun hauls and Kane blanks are you still gonna make the move?

    1. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      I would.

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 12 days ago

        That’s my plan yeah

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Decided I'm getting both.

  9. Scotty B
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Trippier > Laporte for a -4 & bench Pereyra...

    Yay or nay?

    1. Slartibartfast
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Nay, City may keep a CS but then you only break even.

      May want Trippier back for their good run.

  10. Pilgrim62
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Wilson to Zaha for free
    Y or N

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      N

    2. kingofmercia
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Tempting

  11. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Benching one from AWB, Wilson, Fraser... it's Fraser, just about, right?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      He leads their counters so I'd start him over Wilson. Set piece could also go his way if stanislas not on pitch.

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 12 days ago

        hmmmm.... i am being blinded by Wilson's advanced position and Fraser's little stint at RWB in the last game - food for thought, cheers

        1. Amey
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 12 days ago

          Cheer's mate 🙂

    2. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      think so yep (have awb ahead of wilson on my bench)

    3. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      I’d do that

    4. Gonna mesut up
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      I would bench Fraser just due to forward vs mid. Closer to goal is always a good thing in my eyes.

    5. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      I think so. Wilson (and Ederson) will create a penalty.

  12. Gonna mesut up
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Two quick questions. Would appreciate any feedback 🙂

    a)Mitro to Arnie worth a -4?

    b) Sane or Sterling? Would definitely be able to use the extra funds if Sane is smart

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      A. No
      B. Sane if you can use money for good upgrade elsewhere

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Yes and sane

  13. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    For a weekly based manager:

    Pick

    A) Pritchard
    B) Bennet

    1. Thiga
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      A

  14. purple.emu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Who do I bench?

    A. Fraser
    B, Richarlison
    C. Digne

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      A

    2. M00N
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      I'd probably bench Fraser

    3. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      C

  15. Erez Avni
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    trying to choose between sane and sterling. sterling will be for a hit and the logic is that he's going to be rested after bunch of full games and sane can come for free and after he played only 70 minutes in cl. but off course pep will troll us all...

  16. M00N
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    I've got a major benching issue here. Which 3 should I bench?

    Patricio

    TAA - Stones - Alonso - Bennett - AWB

    Martial - Hazard - Sterling - Anderson - Richarlison

    Arnie - Aguero - Jimenez

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Bennet, richa,ando
      Ando 1st sub.
      Might be useful if stones doesn't play

      1. M00N
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 12 days ago

        Thats what I currently have. Are you not confident in a Wolves clean sheet tonight?

    2. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Bennett, AWB, Rich

  17. gomez123
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    GTG??...Got my skipper right?

    Lossl
    Wan Bis/Alonso/Laporte
    Sterling(c)Martial/Hazard/Richarlson
    Arnie/Kun(vc)/Jiminez

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Would stick it on kun not sure on sterling playing

  18. JoeSoap
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    A. barkley>towsnend
    B. Haz/Bark>Sane/Martial (free)

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      B

  19. jordan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Who to play out of Sigurdsson and Jimenez?

    1. Gringo Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Jimmy

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Why do people like Jimenez so much. 0.25 gpg ratio over his career... Would people have Bobby Zamora in their teams?

  20. RashFraud
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Salah to Sterling or save? Have Richa Haz Aguero Arnie Jimmy in attack

    TA!

  21. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 12 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
    TIA

  22. Liber
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Guys, do you think Barkley will start wednesday game against Wolves?

  23. Alex_thekid
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Wilson to ? 1 week punt playing WC next gw

    A : Jimenez
    B Zaha
    C. Rondon
    D Mitrovic

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      A and keep in wildcard

  24. Big Hands Barry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Play Doherty or Richarlison?

  25. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Pick one to play:
    A) Diangana
    B) Camarasa

    I'm on A at the moment, as hoping he can potentially partially cover not owning Arnie, though he's not as guaranteed to start as Cam...

  26. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Which Cityzen to captain?

    A. Sterling
    B. Sané
    C. Aguero

    I think B is the safest but usually least explosive option.

    1. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      Think (hope) C's the safest and where I am of the 3

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 12 days ago

      A

  27. Boss Hogg
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Play Hennessey or Patricio?

  28. GloryManUnited
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 12 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. MTPockets
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 12 days ago

      I'd play Jimenez over fraser and awb

  29. Alvaro Morata
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 12 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...?

  30. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 12 days ago

    Bottomed. Long list of options didn't help 😛

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

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

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 12 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.