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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4,179 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Does AwB get in the team this week?

    Guaita
    Alonso Digne TAA
    Salah Hazard Pog Richi Brooks
    Auba Arnie
    Subs: Pat AwB Jimmy Doherty

    1. Pat Bonner
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Brooks or he doesn’t

    2. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      No, looks good this way. Maybe Arnie would do that for you.

  2. Kane Lane
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Really tempted to remove captain armband off Salah over to Richardilson it feels like it be one those game weeks he grab at least two goals

    1. otbcwill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Love this!!! Role the dice; have some fun. Wishing you the VERY best of luck if you go for it!

      1. Kane Lane
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Thank you

    2. DA Minnion
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      He won't.

    3. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Thought the same. Not done it, yet. Bournemouth injury crisis.

      1. Kane Lane
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        My way thinking why it might be open game and Rich owners deserve returns

    4. Midlands Saint73
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      I went Rich over Sterling but I've not had a green arrow since GW9.

      1. Kane Lane
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        The feeling off actually cap him rest in my league go for heavy hitters would make my week and help me to stay first in my league

    5. Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Just delete your account and be done with it. Whatever it feels like just stick your head in a toilet and flush the chain, it'll feel more satisfying.

      1. noquarternt
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Haha

    6. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      If you had C on Rich last 4 combined you still wouldn't have 30pts 😆

  3. Melania
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    A. Rashford & Anderson
    B. Pogba & Barnes

    Thanks!

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      A

    2. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      A

  4. GRPunk
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 12 days ago

    I’m generally happy with my squad, so I have a FT to burn this week.

    Out:
    A. Yedlin
    B. S. Cook

    In:
    1. Bednarek
    2. Cedric
    3. Wan B

  5. Fernando Torres
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Salah or Kane captain?

    1. AFC49
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Salah

    2. Pat Bonner
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Salah

  6. AFC49
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Fabianski
    TAA, Alonso, Digne, AWB
    Salah (c), Hazard, Richarlison, Snodgrass
    Kane, Rashford

    Button, Jiménez, Doherty, Højbjerg*

    1FT, 0.6 ITB

    A.) Start Jiménez, Bench Snodgrass (Save FT)
    B.) Snodgrass > Deulofeu
    C.) Stick and Save FT

    1. Pat Bonner
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      A

  7. Jimbo-Jones
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    2ft... any thoughts?

    Doherty -> TAA?
    Fabianski -> Guaitia?

    Fabianski
    Robertson Digne Doherty
    Anderson Hazard Pogba Richarlison
    Kane Auba Rashford

    WanB, Masuaku, Chambers

    1. Pat Bonner
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Anything in the bank. Team looks good, maybe masuaku to camarasa

      1. Jimbo-Jones
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Only 0.2.
        Agree Camarasa great pick but not sure I’d ever play him.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          you’ve got 2ft and nothing to use it on so lose the weakest link...which is masuaku

  8. Marquis-Cha-Cha
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Better one or better two?

    1. Fab
    Alonso / Robertson / Digne
    Salah / Richarlison / Pogba / Fraser
    Kane / Rashford / Jimenez

    Button / Camarasa / AWB / Doherty

    2. Fab
    TAA / Robertson / Digne
    Salah / Sane / Pogba / Fraser
    Kane / Rashford / Jimenez

    Button / AWB / Billing / Doherty

    1. Freddiebell
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      very close but 2 just

      1. Marquis-Cha-Cha
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks. That's what I'm leaning towards.

    2. jdogg
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      2.x

      1. Marquis-Cha-Cha
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Thanks

  9. abaalan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Last time, really struggling this week...what sounds best way to use one of 2FT:

    A) Fab -> Guaita (got Button)
    B) Deeney -> Barnes

    1. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      B if you must. But you don't have to use them all.

      1. abaalan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Haha this is true, but I know somewhere in the future I will want that 0.2 !!

  10. Sarriball Time
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Getting rid of F. Anderson is the right choice this GW...? His price is dropping tonight though.

      1. YEAH PITCH!
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Yep, get rid.

      2. timawflowers
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Rashford or arnie and am I crazy punting on aguero or kane

      3. timawflowers
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        That's over kane

      4. white lightning
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Would you do for free = Shaw out & Pereira (Leic) in & play Pereira over AWB. Palace has Watford (h) & I can't see a cs because Watford will score whereas Leic has Soton (h) missing their key strikers (Ings & Austin) so I think Leic will cs. Current team before trades with 1ft:

        Fabs
        TAA, Digne, AWB
        Salah (c), Hazard, Son, Pogba, Richarlison
        Auba, Jimenez

        Pat, Doherty, Shaw, Ings

        So which option do you like:
        (a) save ft & play as is or
        (b) Shaw out - Pereira in for free & play Pereira over AWB

        Thoughts & thanks.

      5. jdogg
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Foster
        Taa robbo digne
        Haz sane rich anderson camarasa
        Kane auba

        Hamer jiminez awb jonny

        0 itb 2 fts though

        Need to use 1

        Foster to guita to free up some cash?

        Suggestions for cap?

        Cheeds.x

        1. laveshp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          AWB instead of Camarasa

      6. Geezer
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I need some City in my team

        Fab (Button)
        VVD Robertson Alonso Doherty (Bennet)
        Pogba Haz Salah Rich (Hojbjerg)
        Rash Jim (Kamara)

        1 ft and 4,2 itb
        VVD and Hojbjerg to TAA and Sane for -4?
        Something else?

      7. Stevie B
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        What to do with this lot?

        Lloris, Speroni
        Alexander-Arnold, Digne, Doherty, Wan-Bissaka, Bednarek
        Salah, Hazard, Pogba, Richarlison, F. Anderson
        Kane, Jimenez, Kamara

        Two free transfers and unfortunately no money in the bank.

        Thank you!

      8. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Captain

        A Hazard
        B Aubameyang

        1. Runaway
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          B

        2. Bobby_Baggio
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Auba

        3. ZimZalabim
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          i have no idea

          early game vs late game making me think twice swapped back n forth a few times today

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            I know that feeling!!

      9. Aaa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Anything worth a hit here???

        Etheridge
        Alonso/Robbo/Digne/AWB
        Haz(c)/Sane/Rich/Martial
        Kane/Wilson

        Pat/Snod/Jim/Doh

      10. Indalo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Anyone think Brighton could knick something tomorrow? Liverpool down to 1 CB.

        1. Bobby_Baggio
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Nah but I think will be low scoring 1-0 Liv

        2. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          0-3 Pool

        3. BERGKOP
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          No

      11. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Evening chaps. Looking to get Barnes in with 2 FT. Who would you bench once I get him in? Thanks all.

        Fab
        TAA - Digne - Pereira - AWB
        Son - Pogba - Salah - Haz - Anderson
        Kane

        (Speroni) - Kamara - Bennett - Ings

        1. Pat Bonner
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          AWB

        2. Freddiebell
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Awb

        3. SMEE_HEEE
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Barnes 🙂

      12. Tatty Bojangles
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Who scores more?

        a) Sterling (WOL), Anderson (ars)
        b) Salah (BHA), Camarasa (HUD)

        Basically 2 FT to bring (b) in for (a) and will most likely captain Salah.
        Also gives me the money to do Dunk > TAA.

        1. Ambrosiana Inter
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          B

        2. Geezer
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Salah is away against Brighton

        3. Freddiebell
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          If i had to put money on it Sterling scores more

      13. Benditlike
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        So after thinking about which one to keep of Aubameyang and Hazard way to much the last week (the other one will fund Salah), i went to the very last resort and asked my girlfriend. She told me to keep Aubababerang because she felt sorry for him because of his strange name... case closed. Hazard out.

      14. Ambrosiana Inter
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Playing the bench boost , thoughts?
        Ederson , Guaita
        Luiz,Digne,Maguire,AWB,Trippier
        Salah,Haz(C),Rich,Delafleu,Gibbs-White
        Kane,Mitro,Wood

        1. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Hi Inter.

          Save it.

          1. Ambrosiana Inter
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Hi there, I still have all my chips, feel like a good week to use it as all will surely play

        2. ZimZalabim
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          i would wait for dgw

          1. Ambrosiana Inter
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 12 days ago

            I still have triple captain for that though mmm

            1. ZimZalabim
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 12 days ago

              there will be two dgws

        3. Bobby_Baggio
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Well like any chip it could work but to me you should always use it dgw

      15. A message to you Rudi
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Keep switching captaincy between Haz and Salah 🙁

        Think Haz will end his run of blanks but really cant decide where the armbands going..

        1. Viper
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          If you have Salah you have to captain imo

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Except if you have Auba. Then it’s 50/50 with Salah.

          2. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Why? I have Salah and I'm captaining Hazard.

            1. Viper
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 12 days ago

              Just think he's the best option personally

            2. Kiwivillan
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 12 days ago

              Blankzard

      16. Viper
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Hamer - > Guaita. Saving 2nd FT.

        Guaita (Fabianski)

        Robertson Digne WB (Doherty Bednarek)

        Hazard (c) Pogba Richarlison Sané Camarasa

        Aubameyang Kane (Jimenez)

        Good to go?

        1. Ambrosiana Inter
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Very nice

        2. Pat Bonner
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Nice team, not fancy Aubameyang for arm band?

          1. Viper
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Strongly considering

        3. ZimZalabim
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          gtg
          r u getting salah in next week ?

          1. Viper
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Possibly yes

        4. MASTER ROSHI
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Look really good only slight concern is double CP defence as watford have been pretty decent this season

      17. Gunner Boy
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Play one:

        A- AWB
        B- Wilson

      18. Bielsa's Binoculars
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Richarlison (c)

        He’s ‘due’

        1. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          2 or 5pts?

        2. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          ...another blank.

      19. JT1874
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Time to get rid of Fanderson to free up a striker?

        1. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          He's scored more than Hazard last 10 weeks. Time to get rid of Hazard?

        2. Pat Bonner
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Keep, arsenal not great at back plus has Bournemouth next week

          1. Kiwivillan
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Exactly 3 CS all season Arsenal

      20. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Captain

        A. Salah
        B. Aubameyang

        I think they are the best two options this weekend so interested in what you’ll say, lads

        1. Pat Bonner
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Tough, maybe B as think he’ll get a hatrick soon and could be this week

        2. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          B/ Looking at the team sheet page,even though most of the time it's Alice Through the Looking Glass territory, I think the Arse have enough to do a job on them.

      21. Bubz
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Newcastle are going massively park the bus. Do Chelsea and Hazard have the ability to break them down?

        1. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Yes but wont be easy

        2. Kiwivillan
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          They only need 1 goal and Chelsea haven't been scoring more than 2 max lately. You'd expect low scoring