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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4,179 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SouthCoastSaint
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Thoughts on Martial?

    Used my FT and only have Doherty or Bednarek on the bench and not convinced Martial will start vs spurs

    Anyone convince me he will? Gave the ball away loads against Newcastle

  2. COLLIN QUANER
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    I think I will captain Sterling this weekend, although I'm tempted by Sane too. Hazard will be my vice captain.

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      I’m also backing Raheem with Hazard (VC)

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      If you don't have Salah or Auba then sure go Sterling

  3. vopemartin
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 5 days ago

    7.7 to use on a forward

    a) Rashford
    b) Arnie
    c) anyone else? ?

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      A

  4. Bobby_Baggio
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Evening all. Last one before bed. Which you prefer as I have 2FT? Thanks all.

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

    Kamara - Bennett - Ings

    A) Ings > Barnes bench AWB
    B) Fab > Guiata

    1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      I’m looking at B

    2. abaalan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Basically same predicament... but thinking Deeney -> Barnes instead.

      Who's your 2nd keeper?... feel I don't want to risk it

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Speroni so means I'm full whack palace. Gut tells me Barnes

        1. abaalan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Let's do this. Barnes train incoming!!!

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            Done deal

  5. Chucky
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Hi guys.. any injury news or updates? Been out of loop for quite sometime...

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 5 days ago

      I'm always out of the Loop but there's an injury tab and tweet section that;s worth a wizz.

      1. Chucky
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Cheers 😉

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 5 days ago

          🙂 Best of luck to you.

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

    2FTs and strike force light this week. Would you:

    A) Wilson to Rashford
    B) Wilson to Auba, Anderson to Camarasa?

    Fab
    Alonso Robertson AWB
    Haz Salah Rich Anderson Pogba
    Jim Wilson

    Pat Ings Doherty Keane

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      A as Anderson has nice fixture after

  7. Zod
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Is it still too early to get Kevin De Bruyne?

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Mmmmmm

    2. Sun Jihai
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Yes

      1. Nascimento
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        What about now?

        1. Sun Jihai
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Do it

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      I saw that he went right to the dressing room after being substituted in the second half-- unsure of what that means (upset at the subbing? cold? niggle? none of those?).

  8. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Bench boost - better to use for th biggest blank GW? It could be fantastic having it for a large double GW... Need more clarity on DGW’s & BGW’s fast.

    Do any fixture geniuses know what needs to happen to create a Triple GW?

    Triple captain in a triple GW...

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Would have to mean one of the League Cup Finalists also getting far in the FA Cup & UCL, there is a gap midweek between GW29&GW30 so I feel there will be 3 DGW’s overall instead of a team getting a TGW, could still be possible though!

  9. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    2 FTs, worth the move?

    Fabianski, Schindler > Guaita, TAA

    Guaita
    Robbo/TAA/Digne
    Salah/Hazard/Pogba/Anderson/Richarlison
    Kane/Jimenez

    Hamer/AWB/Kamara/Doherty

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 5 days ago

      yup

  10. Fletcher Moss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Son to Sané this week or next?

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 5 days ago

      this if you have ft and nothing else to do

  11. gomez123
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    a)camarasa or b)redmond

    1. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 5 days ago

      a by far

  12. FPL_WILDCARD
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Play Snodgrass or Kolasinac??

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Snod

  13. JayJay96
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Hey! On my wildcard and need advice

    Allison
    Robertson - Digne - Kolasinac - AWB - Bednarek

    Salah - Sterling - Camarasa - Richarlison - ???

    Aubameyang - Rashford - Barnes

    Got 6.1 million. Who would you have in the final midfield slot?

  14. Wijnaldum FC
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 5 days ago

    1ft 0.0itb anything to change?
    Fabianski
    Robbo VVD Holebas
    Salah Hazard Richarlison Felipe
    Auba Jiminez Rashford

    Button WB Bennett Hojberg.

  15. Yank Revolution
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Play 1: Im leaning A just for the chance at an attacking return.

    A) Doherty (mci)
    B) Schindler (car)

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      B

    2. Marvin OBE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Don't forget how bad Huddersfield are.

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        That's what scares me off

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 5 days ago

      b

  16. tbhogal
    • 9 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Start Jiminez or AWB ?

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      AWB

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 5 days ago

      awb

  17. Super Saints
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Just switched captaincy from Salah to Hazard!

    1. tbhogal
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Good luck! you will either get 3 or 15 pts from him

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Huge move, pro or con!

    3. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 5 days ago

      prob correct thing to do

  18. FPL_WILDCARD
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 5 days ago

    And another question, Captain?

    A) Kane
    B) Hazard
    C) Sane

    (Don’t have Salah.... another hide behind sofa week!)

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      B

    2. EMBOLOFAN
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 5 days ago

      b

  19. Marvin OBE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 5 days ago

    Am I misguided in keeping the faith with Anderson and Alonso? Lots seem to be selling them.

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Alonso highest scoring defender and incredible value

      1. Marvin OBE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        I keep telling people that myself to be fair, but his price keeps going down.

      2. fr3ddy
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Not even top 5 among defenders since gw4 and poor value

        1. EMBOLOFAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 5 days ago

          this is rather arbitrary, he’s the highest scoring defender, simple as that.

          1. fr3ddy
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 5 days ago

            Keep because he had good form 4 months ago? Cheaper defenders are doing better now. Simple as that.

            1. EMBOLOFAN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 months, 5 days ago

              keep because he’s the highest scoring defender and still good value yeah

      3. Vasqujg
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Alonso will produce a 60 point month of return just as soon as I sell him, the only problem is that I still own him

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

        Anderson is still ridiculous value. Why is it keeping the faith?

        1. Marvin OBE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Your both right. I just get itchy when I have 2 FT's.

      5. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        People will be crying after they rid of them.

      6. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Search your soul and the schedule.

      7. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Both good players, if you dont have to ship, then I wouldn't...unless there's a bandwagon you feel you're missing out on...

      8. Sun Jihai
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Madness to sell Alonso
        Newcastle lowest in the league for goal attempts over the last 6 GWs

      9. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 5 days ago

        hes still decent value, nothing wrong with it

    2. Flynny
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Hi....which 2 of the following would you start??

      A....lindelof at spurs
      B....Doherty at city
      C...schindler at cardiff
      D...bednarek at lei

      I'm currently starting A and B

      Thanks

      1. Super Saints
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        C
        D

      2. Sun Jihai
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Tough one
        C and D could be 0-0s

        1. Flynny
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Interesting

          Thanks

    3. Nickofoz
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      What would you prefer:

      A) Richarlison and Alonso
      B) Sané and Chambers

      FWIW, other defence is Kola, AWB, Duffy and Digne

      1. GE
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        A

      2. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 5 days ago

        a

    4. UKG
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Chica to Arnie, F.Anderson to Pereya

      Or

      Chica to Jimenez, F.Anderson to Richarlison?

      Thanks

      1. EMBOLOFAN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 5 days ago

        b

    5. tbhogal
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 5 days ago

      Is it worth keeping Anderson this week?

      1. GE
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Of course

      2. Shteve
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Yes, arsenal very leaky at the back

      3. Delph & Safety
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 5 days ago

        @kwiwvillan

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

          I've moved on.

      4. Bobby_Baggio
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Big yes and also for next week

      5. Four Season Wonder
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 5 days ago

        yes

      6. fr3ddy
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 5 days ago

        Lots of midfielders that will outscore him over the next 4

      7. Vasqujg
          6 months, 5 days ago

          No sell him NOW! So I can buy him cheaper next week

      8. RedCity
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Son -> Richarlison/Sig this week or hold?

          Only got 1ft and .2 short of Sane

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

            Hold. If Everton attack blanks 3rd week in a row look elsewhere

          2. Four Season Wonder
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            Sonny's final game before he goes Asian Cup. may as well keep

          3. Bobby_Baggio
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            Keep and save

        • GE
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Suggestions for transfers? 🙂

          (2FT, 0.2 itb)

          Button
          Alonso/Digne/AWB
          Salah/Haz/Martial/Fanderson/Rich
          Kane/Wilson*

          Bench: Patricio, Kamara, Doherty, Bednarek

          1. Four Season Wonder
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            Patricio > Guaita
            or
            Wilson > Arnie

        • Shteve
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Anyone know if Westwood will keep his place with Defour almost back?

        • Four Season Wonder
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Evening all,
          Wilson owner here.

          He's currently a doubt AND looks like dropping tonight.
          And with Arnie rising, it would be a no brainer to switch the pair tonight right?

          Rest of team; (1.2m itb)

          Guaita
          Alonso - TAA - AWB - Digne
          Sane(c) - Salah(vc) - Sonny
          Kane - Rashy - WILSON
          - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
          Subs: Button; Snoddy, Doherty, MGW

          Chers in advance

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            Think it's a sound move.

          2. _sidney_will
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            Wouldnt touch Arnie until the Transfer Window is over!

            1. Four Season Wonder
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 5 days ago

              this is what i'm thinking. Why so many still bringing him in still is beyond me

        • _sidney_will
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Really hoping Everton make amends this week! Richarlison brace & Digne assist+CS please!

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            I'll take anything from Rich this week...even an assist

          2. Ole Trafford
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            Yes please

        • Wijnaldum FC
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Play
          A) Button
          B) Fabianski

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

            Fab

        • gmando2011
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 5 days ago

          Thoughts on Doherty to Jonny to get some cash??

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

            No. Only reason for keeping Doherty is best attacking stats for defender in the league. Not for CS otherwise I'd get rid for player from another team

            1. gmando2011
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 5 days ago

              Ok, get rid of Kola?

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

                Post all defenders

          2. Four Season Wonder
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 5 days ago

            hmmm