Scout Picks

Gameweek 19 Scout Picks – In-form Salah the key man

We have chosen our best XI players for Gameweek 19.

Because of the tight turn-around since Gameweek 18, this line-up was not chosen by our Scout Squad this week.

Instead, it was assembled by a select few within the Fantasy Football Scout editorial team.

We are, as ever, under the £83m budget and line-up in the classic Fantasy formation of 3-4-3.

Goalkeeper

Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) has started the last two Crystal Palace matches filling in for the injured Wayne Hennessey. Given the short space of time between their win at Manchester City and their Boxing Day match, plus the lack of up to date information, we expect the Spaniard to be in net once again in Gameweek 19. Crystal Palace’s chance of a clean sheet this week are fairly strong as they host Cardiff City, who have scored fewer away goals than any other Premier League side this season.

Defenders

Matt Doherty (£5.2m) gets into the Scout Picks based largely on his attacking potential. He has pulled in offensive returns in three of his last four Premier League outings and should benefit playing against the poor Fulham defence on Boxing Day. Furthermore, Fulham have had their struggles going forward recently, while Wolves are typically more defensively sound away from home than at Molineux. Therefore, a double-figure haul for Doherty this week is not entirely out of the question.

Luke Shaw (£4.9m) is selected ahead of Huddersfield Town’s trip to Old Trafford. The Manchester United left-back faces the division’s lowest scorers in the Terriers, while also offering some attacking potential of his own now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has unshackled the Red Devils.

Dejan Lovren (£4.9m) is chosen as the cover for Liverpool’s hugely impressive defence in Gameweek 19. The Reds have conceded just two league goals at home this season while Newcastle are particularly goal-shy away from home. Only Fulham and Huddersfield have found the net fewer times on their travels this season.

Midfielders

After his recent displays, there was no way we couldn’t include Mohamed Salah (£13.2m). Just one player has recorded more shots on target than the Egyptian in the last four Gameweeks, hence why he has found the net four times in that time. Furthermore, he is comparing very favourably with his 11 chances created too, offering a spread of points. In truth, he looks fully responsible for the functionality of Liverpool’s attack right now. We were initially concerned about his 90-minute spell against Wolves in Gameweek 18, but assessing the form of his colleagues and the five-day gap between that Friday night encounter and Boxing Day’s meeting, we’re confident of a starting role.

We are keeping faith in Eden Hazard (£11.0m) in spite of his blank against Leicester in Gameweek 18. The Chelsea man continues to offer excellent creativity compared to the rest of the league and is also a threat in front of goal. While he will probably be shifted to a wider role against Watford, he should be able to capitalise on the fact that the Hornets have slipped into the whipping boy bracket. In the last four Gameweeks, only Burnley have conceded more shots in their penalty box than Watford.

Paul Pogba (£7.9m) is our chosen representative from the Manchester United ranks for their Gameweek 18 meeting with Huddersfield. We believe he is the most likely to start given the seeming lack of competition for his place and Solskjaer’s clear admiration for his abilities. Only Rashford had more shots than Pogba against Cardiff, while Anthony Martial was the only Red Devil to create more chances. The Frenchman obviously claimed three assists from the trip to South Wales and we expect his influence on this new-look Manchester United team to continue in Gameweek 19.

Richarlison‘s (£7.0m) trip face Burnley fills us with confidence that he will get some attacking returns. As already mentioned, the Clarets remain the division’s worst side for shots allowed in the penalty box, which will give Everton the perfect opportunity to make up for their 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday. We’d expect Richarlison to return to the centre-forward position after playing on the left-wing in Gameweek 18, perfect for him to build on his three attacking returns in his last four.

Forwards

Harry Kane (£12.5m) returns to the Scout Picks on the back of his 15-point haul against Everton. In the last eight Gameweeks, he has averaged 7.13 points per game and has been recording underlying statistics that suggest his form is sustainable. This week he faces a Bournemouth defence that has kept just clean sheets away from home this season and conceded an average of 1.75 goals on their travels in 2018/19. While they have seen a reduction in their goal attempts conceded in the box over the last four Gameweeks since being thrashed by Liverpool, they were up against Brighton in Gameweek 18, who are particularly poor on their travels themselves. Based on the form over the last month or so, we expect Spurs to score heavily again.

Raúl Jiménez (£6.2m) comes back into the Scout Picks in light of Wolves travelling to face Fulham’s defence. He has had 10 shots in the last four Gameweeks, a figure which was somewhat diminished by facing that tough Liverpool defence last time out. Going into that Friday night encounter he ranked joint-third for efforts inside the box. That translated to six attacking returns in Jiménez’s seven Premier League outings prior to the Liverpool game, which is certainly fine form for a Fantasy asset at his price point. With little competition for the centre-forward position at Wolves, it’s hard to see him being benched for this one.

Danny Ings (£5.6m) completes our line-up ahead of Southampton’s Thursday night meeting with West Ham. The forward has been in sensational form since Ralph Hasenhüttl took over the Saints. In his last two matches he has found the net three times and is proving the poster boy for the new manager’s high-pressing tactics. Meanwhile, the Hammers are still struggling for clean sheets, with just three this season.

Substitutes

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.3m) was originally our cover for the Crystal Palace defence, losing out only because the Eagles’ goalkeeper was £0.1m cheaper. Those who own the defender should seriously consider starting him this week as Palace set to host the Premier League’s worst away-day attack in Cardiff.

Felipe Anderson (£7.4m) gets into the Scout Picks as he continues to offer strong underlying statistics. He and his West Ham colleagues were unfortunate not to score against Watford in Gameweek 18 and will be keen to get back to winning ways at Southampton. The Saints are still waiting for their first clean sheet since Gameweek 10.

Marcus Rashford (£7.0m) came close to getting into our starting XI but lost out for budgetary reasons when compared with the other forwards we picked. The youngster should start against Huddersfield with Romelu Lukaku reportedly still out of the fold for personal reasons and has two goals and two assists in his last five Premier League outings.

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4,684 Comments Post a Comment
  1. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

    May your FPL teams score well tomorrow

    1. Edmond
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Merry Christmas everyone!

  2. Ratatouille
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Merry Christmas everyone! Would you start Jiménez or Anderson?

    1. Drogba Legend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I'd probably go for Jimenez but tough call

    2. SlowStart
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Jimenez (or both)

    3. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Anderson

  3. Drogba Legend
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Merry Christmas! What to do with this lot:

    Rui
    Alonso - Laporte - TAA* - Kola - AWB
    Salah - Son - Sane
    Jimenez - Kane

    Fabs - Chicha* - Deulofeu - Obiang

    A) Chicha > Ings
    B) TAA or Kola > Shaw/Digne
    C) Laporte > Trippier
    D) Save

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A or C

      1. Drogba Legend
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers

    2. PogBooom
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      D

  4. Grounderz
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  5. mdm
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Bench one:

    A. Digne (bur)
    B. Doherty (ful)
    C. AWB (CAR)

    1. Ohh1454
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      C

    2. Inazuma X1
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

    3. Kno
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Struggling with the same gang, narrowed it down to A or C myself.

    4. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

    5. Stef rocks
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

    6. JUST ONE LOMBARDO...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      AWB is in great form and Cardiff should offer a clean sheet for the Eagles.

  6. Rik Waller
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Who's your captain out of Kane and Salah?

    1. Ohh1454
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Kane

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Salah

    3. Drogba Legend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      On Kane as of now. I want to go Salah but still hesitant about him being rested.

    4. SweeSwee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Kane

  7. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Bench 2 here.

    A) Luiz
    B) Coleman
    C) Kola
    D) Doherty
    E) WB

    Currently benching A and B

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Sounds right ro me

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks. Tough decision

    2. All Out of Mounie
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Im benching D E

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Madness

    3. PrettyDick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      C and E

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Really? Argh WB is a baps magnet when they keep a cs which I think is very likely.

    4. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A and B

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks

  8. Ohh1454
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Sterling > haz for free ? Have sane

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Yes

    2. BENOIT
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Tempting

      1. Ohh1454
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Leave it till after this week ?

    3. Freddiebell
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I did the same move last night

      1. Ohh1454
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Gonna be hard to watch the Chelsea game without having haz

  9. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Merry Christmas everyone! 😀

    Looking G2G here? Thank you & GL!

    Fabianski
    Digne • Kolasinac • Doherty
    Sterling • Son(vc) • Rich • FAnderson • Martial
    Kane(C) • Aubameyang
    (Button / AWB / Kamara / Schindler)

    1. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I would play Wan Bissaka over Kolasinac

      1. Stef rocks
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Same

  10. All Out of Mounie
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Ederson
    Alonso Rob Kola
    Salah Son Richa Anderson
    Kane Rash Mitro

    Hamer AWB Doh Billing

    Id like to play AWB and Doherty, but how? Benching headache...

    Cheers and merry xmas!

    1. Whatever100
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I am benching rich but anyone’s guess what will happen tomorrow.

    2. PrettyDick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Play Doherty over Kola?

  11. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    On WC:

    A) Ings + 0.7
    B) Jimenez

    1) Digne
    2) Shaw

    1. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I’ve had Jimenez for a long time and he has served me well but Ings is in great form and Southampton are also.

      Shaw over Digne for me. I have Coleman and need to sell !

    2. Drogba Legend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A2

    3. SlowStart
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      b2

    4. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A2

    5. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Cheers all, probably going A2

    6. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I would go B1 as A2 is more injury prone more likely to be rotated in next 3.

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Valud point. Ings gives me Holebas instead of Bednarek though so that way I can cover rotation a bit better

  12. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    AWB. Kol. Alonso. Robertson. Doherty.

    How the hell to pick 3 only??

    1. SweeSwee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Go 5 at the back, forwards will be sluggish after a heavy Christmas roast.

      1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Lol.

        Lingard. Salah. Hazard. Rich.
        Rash. Kane. Jiminez.

        It's impossible!

    2. All Out of Mounie
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Got the same defs.. benching awb and doh myself

    3. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I have the same except Digne for Kola and I will play last 3

    4. Regin
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Play bench boost.

  13. SweeSwee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone know what the news is on Chicharito?

  14. Ghost Gooner
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    In another fantasy format I'm looking to bring in a CRY keeper for Dubravka but I'm worried by Woy's non committal statement.

    Should I just go for Rico for the next 2 GWs instead?

    @BenDinnery
    "I'd expect that both [Hennessey] and [Kouyate] will be okay," said Hodgson. "Kelly is somewhat more of a doubt, but I wouldn't be surprised if he isn't fit either
    and we could easily find ourselves going into the Cardiff game with just Christian Benteke [sidelined]."
    #CPFC

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BenDinnery/status/1077525361649315842?s=19

  15. ddfc
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Happy Christmas everyone!!

    Bit stuck... What to do here please:

    Fabianski
    Delph Doherty AWB
    Sterling Son Richarlison Anderson
    Kane Aubameyang Wilson

    Hamer Fraser Dunk Schindler

    2 FT, 0 ITB

    Anderson & Fraser >> Snodgrass & Martial

    ??

    Thanks

    1. Mr Q
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Wilson to ings and bank the money. Double up on bourn is a bit much...

  16. Mr Q
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    How nailed is shaw?

    1. BENOIT
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Hard to say. Pretty, I’d imagine

    2. Drogba Legend
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I'd say pretty nailed, they don't have many options at that position.

      1. Mr Q
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks!

  17. Critical Observer
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Bench 1:

    Doherty
    Wan-Bis
    Digne
    Kolasinac

    Currently leaning towards Digne but there’s not much in it. :/

    1. SweeSwee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Kola

      1. Critical Observer
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Could be Kola as well... Thanks for the input mate.

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Digne, Everton just let in 6 at home

    3. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Kola

  18. BENOIT
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    A couple of conundrums....

    1. Felipe —> Martial OR Hernandez —> Rashford

    2. Can I really go in to this week without Hazard or Liverpool cover?

    1. SweeSwee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      1. Keep both
      2. Yes

      1. AndyCook
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        This

      2. BENOIT
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Hernandez a doubt, feel I need Utd cover?

    2. Regin
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      1. Rash as Chica is a doubt.
      2. Get hazard and Salah if u have the funds

    3. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      1. Hernandez > Rashford, he is doubt and you already have Felipe, you do not need double WHU attack

      2. Yes, why not?

  19. SweeSwee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Feliz navidad todos!

  20. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    No Son in picks. Hmm

  21. Patch
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    How the mighty have fallen, Fanderson to drop in price already!

  22. TLF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Looking at captaining Hazard over Kane this GW. Hope he doesn't troll me.

  23. ddfc
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    1. Anderson & Fraser >> Snodgrass & Martial
    2. Fraser & Wilson >> Snodgrass & Rashford

    Which one??

    Thanks

    1. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      1

    2. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Martial and Ings?

      1. ddfc
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        0.3 short mate

    3. Amey
        4 months, 1 day ago

        2
        Martial+ings

    4. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Kolasinac or Shaw?

      1. Gringo Kid
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Shaw is a better option long term, better fixtures, more secure playing spot

          Kolasinac is a bigger goal threat, but lower CS potential

      2. DirtySanchez
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Anyone Capping Son tomorrow?

      3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        7 of Spurs next 8 fixtures are:

        BOU, WOL, WAT, NEW, LEI, car, ful

        This is quite good

        1. NATSTER
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          MUN is actually not too bad too. 🙂

          I probably need more Spurs.

      4. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Evening, how does this look?

        Lossl
        Alonso | Doherty | AWB | Bednarek
        Salah | Hazard | Richarlison | Lingard
        Kane | Aguero

        Button | Bennett | Kamara | Masuaku

        Thanks

      5. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        If you can start just one of these, who would you do ?

        W - Wilson (tot)
        F - Fraser (tot)
        K - Kolasinac (bha)

        1. Ole Trafford
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Kola

          1. NATSTER
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            He's in my starting XI now. I guess I have to hope for attacking points rather than cleansheet.

        2. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          F

        3. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          W

      6. Internal Error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Do you think Kdb starts against Leicester? Is he likely to then be rested against Southampton?

        1. The 5% Team
            4 months, 1 day ago

            I think you might be right. I'm still waiting a few more week before I transfer him in though

          • Regin
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Yes, especially with silva out.

        2. Inazuma X1
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Why is Son not in the Scout Picks?