Scout Picks

Gameweek 22 Scout Picks – Salah, Hazard, Aubameyang the premium options

With the return of Fantasy Premier League this weekend it’s time for the Scout Picks to make a comeback.

For the first time in 2019, we’ve been aided by our Scout Squad crew of Paul, Joe, Az and Peter with their submissions of potential players earlier this week.

Now that price rises have taken hold of most of the usual suspects, we have increased the budget to £83.5m, which we have hit bang-on this week.

Goalkeeper

Vicente Guaita (£4.2m) continues to offer an excellent price in Crystal Palace’s goal which is why he has been chosen for the Scout Picks once again. The Spaniard received the backing of two of our pundits, Paul and Joe, ahead of Watford’s visit to Selhurst Park. The Eagles have conceded just nine goals at home this season, only Liverpool and Chelsea have been breached fewer times in front of their own fans. Furthermore, Guaita has earned an additional point for saves in three of his last four outings.

Defenders

David Luiz (£5.9m) goes into the Scout Picks as the most expensive defender to act as cover for the slightly more popular Marcos Alonso. The latter was chosen by Joe and Peter, but we’ve gone with Az’s choice of the Brazilian centre-back to save some money. The Chelsea defence looks in good shape to keep a clean sheet this week, with Newcastle the lowest scorers in the Premier League since the beginning of December. Meanwhile, the Magpies are especially susceptible to set pieces, and Luiz has more attempts from dead-ball situations than any other Chelsea player.

After being the talk of the town for much of the gap between Gameweeks 21 and 22, Ricardo Pereira (£5.3m) makes it into the Scout Picks. The Leicester man looks likely to start on the flanks of attacking midfield again when Southampton come to the King Power Stadium, which should give him the potential for another double-figure haul. Only one FPL defender has had more goal attempts than Pereira in the last four Gameweeks, while the Saints rank bottom of the league for shots in the box during that time.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m) is our representative from the Liverpool defence in Gameweek 22, as the cheapest option likely to start against Brighton. There was support for the Reds’ back-line from our Scout Squad with Paul, Az and Peter asking for some coverage. Despite losing their last two matches (in all competitions), Liverpool still have the best defence in the Premier League, which means they stand a good chance of keeping a clean sheet when facing a Brighton side that has slipped into the bottom five for big chances in the last four Gameweeks.

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) is a highly sought-after Fantasy asset right now, with three double-figure hauls in his last four matches. Only four players have registered more shots on target than him since Gameweek 18, while he has been creating a chance every 45 minutes for his team-mates, and that’s in a run which included Arsenal and Manchester City. Salah does come to an Amex Stadium defended by a Brighton side with an in-form back-line, which may put some off giving him the captain’s armband. However, we are backing the Egyptian to prove he is powerful enough to break down lesser opposition, even if they prove a stern test.

Eden Hazard (£11.1m) has frustrated his owners in the last two league outings, blanking against both Crystal Palace and Southampton in that time. We believe it will be different in Gameweek 22 when Newcastle come to Stamford Bridge. Only two players have touched the ball in opposition penalty boxes more often than Hazard in the last four Gameweeks and he has taken more shots there than Salah, playing more key passes than the Egyptian in that time too. Meanwhile, Newcastle are currently in the bottom six for shots conceded in the box across the last four away matches.

Leroy Sané (£9.5m) gets into the Scout Picks after Joe and Az selected him for their squads. The midfielder also acts as our Manchester City representative after heavy support for Sergio Aguero, who didn’t make it due to budget constraints. The German offers a nice balance of both creativity and goal threat for a cheaper price, while Aguero and Sterling seem only to promise one or the other on current form. While Wolves are typically harder to break down away from home, they are still averaging at least one goal conceded per road trip this season and have just two clean sheets from a possible 10 outside of Molineux. Furthermore, Matt Doherty’s forward runs down his side of the pitch may open things up for Sané.

We are backing Richarlison (£6.9m) to get his first attacking returns since Gameweek 19 on Sunday afternoon as Bournemouth come to Goodison Park. Just Fulham has conceded more in away matches than the Cherries in 2018/19, with only the Cottagers allowing more big chances than them on the road in the last four Gameweeks. Factor in injury problems all over the pitch for Eddie Howe’s men and it looks like Everton could record a routine victory with Richarlison at the heart of it.

Callum Paterson (£5.1m) gets back into the Scout Picks after earning himself the backing of Joe and Peter ahead of Gameweek 22. Cardiff are hosting a Huddersfield side who rank worst in the league for big chances conceded since Gameweek 18 and they are proving especially vulnerable through the middle. Paterson may have played out wide against Spurs but we’d expect him to return to his centre-forward spot in time to punish the Terriers in south Wales.

Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) comes into the Scout Picks after all four of our pundits put him in their Scout Squad entries. No player has recorded a higher expected goals score over the last four Gameweeks as the Arsenal forward, who has been firing off shots in the box at a quicker rate than both Salah and Hazard. Meanwhile, West Ham still have just one clean sheet at home this season and have slipped towards the wrong end of the table for attempts conceded in the box since Gameweek 18, only four teams allowing more in that time.

If we are selecting Aubameyang this week, then Ashley Barnes (£5.6m) simply had to join him. The Burnley forward has registered the same number of big chances as his Arsenal counterpart in the last four Gameweeks, while only two players have had more accurate efforts than him in that time. Barnes has the fortune of going up against Fulham and their obliging defence in Gameweek 22. As we’ve already mentioned, the Cottagers have allowed more big chances than any other side across their last four away matches.

Substitutes

Sean Morrison (£4.7m) gets a place on the bench ahead of Huddersfield’s trip to the Cardiff City Stadium. The centre-back is one of Paul’s tips, who currently ranks third out of defenders for shots in the box this season (19). Only Fulham and Cardiff themselves have scored fewer times in away matches in 2018/19, so there’s the possibility of a clean sheet too.

David Brooks (£5.1m) could end up as the main man for Bournemouth this weekend if Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Josh King miss the game through the injuries. Everton are without a clean sheet since Gameweek 13, while Brooks has three attacking returns in his last four outings.

Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) is a man in form with eight attacking returns in his last six matches and could continue that run when Manchester United travel to face Spurs at Wembley in Gameweek 22. Due to the quality of the opposition and his price, we couldn’t put Rashford in the Scout Picks XI but found a place for him on our bench.

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Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 22 is FPL_SUNNY. He has opted for a 3-4-3 formation of: Guaita; Luiz, Pereira, Alexander-Arnold; Richarlison, Salah, Sané, Son; Barnes, Aubameyang, Rashford.

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  1. storr84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Any suggestions here, lads?

    Fab

    Doherty Luiz Digne
    Snoddy Pogba Salah Haz
    Jimenez Rashford Kane

    Speroni Holebas Wan B Camarasa

    1FT 0itb

    1. Evasivo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      I'd have the same concern as myself, no Citeh for this gw

      1. storr84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Yup. I've gone so many times between Haz & Sane, can't do it again.

    2. Lumberjack
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Save this week

      1. storr84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        Fab

        Wan B Luiz Digne
        Snoddy Pogba Salah Haz Camarasa
        Rashford Kane

        Speroni Holebas Wan B Jimenez

        A, Play Jimenez
        B, Play Camarasa

        Can't decide.

        1. Lumberjack
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Yeah tough decision. MCI def hasn't been great, but HUD have been worse, think I'd go A...toss a coin really though.

          1. storr84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Think that's the only way, respect.

  2. Evasivo
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 10 days ago

    Fab
    Alonso AWB Digne
    Haz Son Rich FAnderson Pogba
    Wilson Kane

    Steke Boly Jimenez Dunk
    2FTs and £0.0itb.

    A) Son Wilson > Sane Barnes
    B) Kane Wilson > Aguero Barnes
    C) Son Kane > Sane Aguero
    D) Something else

    1. storr84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      A

    2. Abra Dubravka
        4 months, 10 days ago

        I would not get rid of Kane. Good fixtures after this weekend, and even this weekend - Utd’s defence is woeful.

        Only managed a clean sheet against newcastle because they’re possibly the worst team attacking-wise in the league.

      • Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        A 3/10 to 8/10
        B 6/10 to 8/10
        C 6/10 to 9/10
        D Son to Camarasa and Wilson to Kun?

        1. Evasivo
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Unsure on the marks out of 10 are, and .6 short of D I'm afraid 🙁

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            How I view you are atm as for where you are going.
            So must go next week. All other moves sideways IMO

    3. vova
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 10 days ago

      Hey guys, hope you are all doing great! How does my team look?

      Etheridge
      Robertson Alonso Digne
      Pogba Martial Richarlison Anderson
      Kane (VC) Aubameyang (C) Rashford

      Bench: Hamer AWB Camarasa Bennett

      1 FT
      1.0 ITB

      Good to go?

      Thanks!

      1. Lumberjack
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 10 days ago

        GTG, nice team.

      2. Abra Dubravka
          4 months, 10 days ago

          I’ve got a similar team, and struggling between who to bench out of Felipe, Rashford and AWB?!

          If you’re happy with AWB on bench then you’re good to go

          1. vova
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            I guess it's the logical thing to bench AWB but you can make a great argument for playing him too.

        • Capi44
            4 months, 10 days ago

            AWB over Digne, Everton sloppy in defence lately, should concede against B'mouth

        • Lumberjack
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          1FT, £3.4m ITB...opinions please:

          A - Wilson to Firmino
          B - Wilson/ Alonso to Auba/ TAA (-4)
          C - Wilson/ Son to Auba/ Rich for free next week

          Curent team is:

          Fab
          Alonso Trippier Robbo Digne
          Salah Pogba Son FAnderson
          Rashford Wilson

          Pat WanB Billing Jiminez

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            All good IMO.
            But watch Alonso hurt you if he goes!

            1. Lumberjack
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Yeah agree that's very possible. Might just save tbh...

        • Zenith UK
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 10 days ago

          Bottomed; Morning all, morning all!

          Any thoughts please (1FT & 0.9M) I'm happy with the below for now (I did Pat to Button earlier in the week to free up funds for a double FT next week);

          Fab
          Alonso (c), Luiz, Dinge, Robbo
          Felipe A, Richar, Deulofeu, Son
          Kane, Auba

          Button, AWB, Rashford, Snoddy

          1. Lumberjack
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 10 days ago

            Don't think I'd bench Rashford, tough call who to bench instead though

            1. Zenith UK
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Gone with the below suggestion

          2. Abra Dubravka
              4 months, 10 days ago

              I’d play Rashford over Deulofeu

              1. Zenith UK
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Blaming you if he blanks

                1. Abra Dubravka
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    I’ll take that risk

                2. Zenith UK
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  :p 🙂

            • toxik
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Play Camarasa or Barnes this week?

              Also done my WC thinking of Auba over Kane this week and then transfer back next, any thoughts please?

              1. Kopkloppers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                A good rule: Never do a WC with a plan for an early transfer. One injury and you are in Shxt

            • Kopkloppers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Next week:
              A Fab Son Ings to Guaita Camarasa Kun.
              or
              B Son to Sane

              1. caldracula
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Wouldn’t get Sané in now, don’t like option A either. I personally don’t think Man City attack is essential, if there’s one to get it would be Sterling. I agree on the three out so would get Sterling, keeper and Fodder for 3rd mid. Would want Alisson in goal preferably.

                1. caldracula
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  3rd forward*

                  1. Kopkloppers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Jiminez and Rashford
                    Thought of your move above. I like Camarasa and it becomes an easy bench option. While I have Ings I can't really go that option though.

            • Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              If i can’t decide who to get rid of for Salah would a triple pool defense be in order ?

              1. Kopkloppers
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Nope. A poor run and you are dead in the water.

              2. caldracula
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Two is enough with an attacking player.

            • Maddamotha
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              What to do with this lot? 1FT. 1.8 ITB.

              A) Save
              B) Fabianski > Alisson
              C) Auba, Anderson > Arnie, Salah (-4)
              D) Kane, Anderson > Rash, Salah (-4)

              Fabianski
              Laporte, TAA, Digne, AWB
              Hazard, Pogba, Anderson, Rich
              Kane, Auba

              Hamar, Kamara, Høibjerg, Doherty

              1. Zenith UK
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Think about that Arnie transfer if we lose him to China

              2. caldracula
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                B by a mile

            • PLerix
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Have 2 ft's and dont want to waste one;
              a) Alonso ➡ Luiz
              b) Robertson ➡ TAA

              Rest of defence is Laporte, Digne and AWB.

                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Why not Laporte to TAA or Luiz?

                1. Zenith UK
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  ^ This

                2. PLerix
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Reluctant because I wanted a player for the MNF game. But you're right. Which one, though?

                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    I would rather double up on a Liverpool defence, so Trent. 🙂

            • Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Play awb or Kante?

            • The SK
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 10 days ago

              Start 2 out of these:

              1) Jimenez (mci)
              2) Doherty (mci)
              3) Kamara (bur)
              4) Kiko (cry)

              Thanks!

                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Kamara and Jimenez.

              1. mookie
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                1&4

              2. caldracula
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Tough one, definitely 1, would probably have a punt with Kamara.

            • CONNERS
                4 months, 10 days ago

                On a WC and making final tweaks.. Would you bring in:

                a/ Doherty
                b/ Pereira
                c/ Pereira and swap for Doherty next GW

                (Already have TAA)

                Thanks

                1. Ibracadebruyne
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  B

                2. mookie
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  A

              • Ibracadebruyne
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 10 days ago

                Play...

                A. Lindelöf home to Spurs

                or...

                B. Kiko away to Palace

                Cheers!

                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Kiko home to United

                1. mookie
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  B

                2. CONNERS
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Probably B. Very slim chance of a CS for Man U against Spurs.

                3. Kopkloppers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 10 days ago

                  Did it.
                  Son to Sane
                  Choice made not based on this week points but the stupid idea of having a Cieh player Monday.
                  How daft is that.

                4. maurorodi00
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    David luiz or digne ?

                    1. Kopkloppers
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      DL all day long

                    2. caldracula
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Digne

                  • woody3260
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Ederson
                    Digne Doherty Robbo Rudiger
                    Salah Hazard Anderson Siggy Pogba
                    Firmino

                    Steele WB Ings Kamara

                    1 FT 0.3 ITB

                    Thinking Rashford / GK / Upgrade Mid?

                  • Irbox ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Gtg?

                    Fabianski
                    Alonso Robbo Digne
                    Salah (c) Pogba Felipe Richarlison
                    Auba (vc) Rashford Mitrovic

                    Button Doherty Bennett Hojbjerg

                    Enough in the bank to do Felipe > Sane, but thinking I’ll get Sterling instead next week

                  • Bookmark
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 10 days ago

                    Armband is go to:
                    A. Kane
                    B. Auba
                    C. Hazard

                    1. caldracula
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Auba

                    2. ANDERSON 2000
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        C

                    3. Greyling
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Yay or Nay?

                      Robertson & Pogba to Alexander-Arnold & Sane (-4) ? Rival has Hazard.

                      1. Shark Team
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        No no no no no

                    4. Shark Team
                      • 1 Year
                      4 months, 10 days ago

                      Any reasons to captain Salah over Hazard?

                      1. Super Saints
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Nope 51/49 in favour of Hazard for me, home v the weaker side

                    5. Hermanos FC
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Captain
                        Kane
                        Hazard
                        Sane
                        Richarlison?

                      • Tacalabala
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        a) Sigurdsson
                        b) Richarlison
                        c) Felipe Anderson

                      • NWA
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Hi Lads

                        Would you do :
                        a pereyra to milivojevic
                        b alonso pereyra to d luiz and richarlison (-4)
                        c none

                        Thx

                      • matty8t9
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 10 days ago

                        Loris
                        Luiz Robbo AWB Tark Keane
                        Sane Pogba Sterling(c) Haz
                        Rashford

                        Son Jimenez Ings

                        Should I be starting that in a different formation?

                      • ANDERSON 2000
                          4 months, 10 days ago

                          Any suggestions? GTG ? 1 FT

                          Foster
                          Digne Robertson Luiz
                          Salah Pogba Son Rich F.Ander
                          Kane Rashford

                          Pat. AWB Kamara Doherty

                          1. ANDERSON 2000
                              4 months, 10 days ago

                              I want to sell Son & Luiz next week and transfer in TAA plus Sané or Eriksen, good to go?

                          2. Zladan
                            • 1 Year
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            Did anyone keep Auba?

                          3. JustPark
                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 9 days ago

                            Salah getting rested.