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Scout Picks

Two premium forwards in Gameweek 6 Scout Picks selection

Premium attackers from Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal have all made it into the Gameweek 6 Scout Picks XI.

After a tough week of deliberating over David, Neale, Paul and Geoff’s Scout Squad submissions, we have come up with our team.

This week it comes in bang on the £83.0m budget and we line up in a 4-3-3 formation.

Goalkeeper

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan makes it into the Scout Picks this week

Mat Ryan (£4.6m) is our goalkeeper for Gameweek 6 after all of our Scout Squad pundits included him in their submissions. Brighton were unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet at home to Burnley last week and will fancy their chances of registering one when they face a goal-shy Newcastle side this weekend. The Magpies have found the net in just one of their two home matches so far this season.

Defenders

Alexander-Arnold remains a popular option for the Scout Picks this season

While Liverpool’s backline is still yet to hit the heights of last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.1m) remains the most creative defender in the Premier League after five matches. His role in corners and free-kicks should help him stand out once again when the Reds travel to face Chelsea this weekend.

Over the last four Gameweeks, Lucas Digne (£6.2m) has ranked second among defenders for chances created, suggesting he still has something to offer Fantasy managers even if Everton’s defence has not delivered as expected. That said, a home match against Sheffield United, who have laboured in attack at times this season, could be a chance for Digne to add a clean sheet onto some attacking returns.

Wolves have not started the 2019/20 Premier League campaign too strongly and were particularly wasteful in front of goal on Thursday night too. Therefore, Gary Cahill (£4.5m) comes into the Scout Picks to represent the Crystal Palace defence. The Eagles have clean sheets in both of their home matches so far this season while Wolves are in the bottom three for total shots and efforts on target after the first five matches.

We are backing a 0-0 result at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon as Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles (£4.5m) also makes the grade. Only four teams have registered fewer shots than Brighton in the first five matches of the season.

Midfielders

We think both Mané and Salah are decent options for Gameweek 6 but the former gets into the side based on cost

Sadio Mané (£11.6m) comes into the Scout Picks this week as a saving compared to Liverpool colleague Mohamed Salah. His inclusion should not necessarily be considered insistence that the Senegalese international is a better option than the Egyptian long-term, who was part of all Scout Squat pundit selections for Gameweek 6 bar Geoff’s. We simply went for Mané so that we could accommodate lavish spending elsewhere. Obviously, we still think that the cheaper Liverpool midfielder is not a bad option, having already scored twice and assisted once on the road this season while Chelsea are yet to keep a clean sheet.

Following a benching in Gameweek 5 and just 77 minutes against Shakhtar Donetsk midweek, Kevin de Bruyne (£9.8m) looks certain to return to the Manchester City starting line-up for the visit of Watford on Saturday afternoon. Despite missing much of the game at Norwich, de Bruyne is still second in the whole division for key passes over the last four Gameweeks while no player has fashioned more big chances in that time either. Meanwhile, Watford are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, conceding an average of two goals per game.

Just like his centre-forward colleague, Todd Cantwell (£4.9m) is starting to become a fixture-proof option after scoring against Manchester City in Gameweek 5. For options priced under £5.0m, no player has more points than the Norwich midfielder (27) and his form seems somewhat sustainable even with Burnley coming up this weekend. The Clarets have kept just one clean sheet this season, on opening weekend, while Cantwell himself has been afforded the same number of big chances as Mané, Vardy and Haller this season, whilst also creating nine chances.

Forwards

Sergio Aguero was rested for Manchester City’s Champions League commitments

Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) was handed a complete rest as Gabriel Jesus led the Manchester City attack for 90 minutes in their Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk, which means he is almost certain to start Gameweek 6. Across the first five matches of the Premier League season, Aguero has scored seven goals and is yet to blank as well. Over the last four matches, the Argentinian is also top of the league for shots in the box. With such impressive form, it seems unlikely that a Watford defence (whose problems we have already highlighted) will be able to keep him out at the Etihad Stadium.

Another premium forward yet to blank this season is Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m). He may have played 90 minutes in the Gunners’ Europa League win on Thursday night, but manager Unai Emery currently has no viable alternative up-front. With a start against Aston Villa all but confirmed, he will fancy his chances at continuing a scoring run. While Aston Villa have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two at home, they have shipped four goals in two away matches this season. Even if it’s not a thrashing at the hands of Arsenal, Villa should be expected to let them through at least once and given Aubameyang’s form, he is likely to be involved.

Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) has disappointed his owners in recent weeks but he has faced some tough fixtures. Gameweek 4 pitted him against Liverpool’s defence, while Brighton specifically tailored their defence to negate aerial threat last time out. Norwich do not strike us as a team capable of doing that, more intent on playing their own game. For that reason, we’re backing Barnes to hit back with a bang this weekend, having netted four goals in the first three matches of the campaign.

Substitutes

Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) was a popular option in the Scout Squad submissions on account of Palace’s home defensive record so far this season. He was too expensive to get in the Scout Picks XI but we still had room for the goalkeeper on our bench.

Aston Villa have blanked two matches in a row now which is why Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.1m) received some attention in the Scout Squad. Two assists in the last five matches and midweek rest both bode well for him ahead of Gameweek 6.

Dwight McNeil (£6.0m) is our cheaper alternative into the Burnley attack ahead of the visit of Norwich’s porous defence to Turf Moor. He has two assists so far this season.

Teemu Pukki (£7.1m) continues to be in excellent form with six goals and two assists in the first five matches but this week we did not have enough money to get him into the starting XI.

The Captain

The Scout Picks now has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek will be known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season.

It will be revealed to the public only when the deadline for the Gameweek has passed.

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 6 is irfansheikh.

They have gone for a 3-4-3 of Dubravka; Aurier, Pieters, Willems; Salah, De Bruyne (c), D Silva, McNeil; Aguero, Rashford, Abraham.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

It was a draw for the Scout Picks in Gameweek 5 as Warby84 tied us to a 43-43 scoreline.

That means InsaneFC‘s winning margin of 11 points in Gameweek 4 remains the score to beat for the 2019/20 season.

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948 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SAY MY NAME
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    play one?

    a)cantwell
    b)Mina
    c)mcGinn

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      leaning towards Cantwell atm

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      B, you got Pukki?

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        yep, got Pukki, just think maybe Cantwell has slightly higher chance of goal/assist than Everton have of keeping clean sheet atm (also have Digne so either option would be a double up)

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Mina, Cantwell, McGinn

    4. Naeems9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      A

  2. leo_messi
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Ryan
    Lowton - TAA - Otamendi
    KDB - Sterling - Mane - Cantwell - Mount*
    Pukki - Abraham

    sub: Button - Lundstram - Greenwood - Elmo

    3.8M itb

    A) Mount -> Son
    B) Greenwood -> Barnes

    Thanks

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      A for me

    2. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      A

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I'd B, Mount only missing a week.

    4. Naeems9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      A for me!

    5. HonestBlatter
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      B

  3. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Diop or mings on wc

    Will rotate with soyuncu, lundstram, Rico and cantwell

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      probably Diop, not much in it but has better fixtures over next few weeks

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      ANother vote for Diop

    3. Cricket_Badger
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Diop medium term while WHM are doing okaya nd fixtures are decent

    4. Naeems9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I'd have to say Mings!

  4. QUEN
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Why did fraser get benched on the weekend? Was it injury or out of favour?

  5. linkafu
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Not to risky to loose sterling?

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      It is risky

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Not if replacing with Agüero, otherwise yes.

    3. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Risky

    4. Naeems9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Far too risky without knowing your team

  6. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    WC finalised. Feeling good about the GW. Roll on 40 points and a couple of injuries.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      GL. I WCed last week.

      34 points, GW rank: 6,222,618

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Ouch. Hoping for better than that 😐

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      I WC'd last GW and got 45 point and one injury, hope you do better.

      1. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers. I'm sure this week will be better for you too. Last week wasn't fun

  7. Henning
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Anything worth a hit?

    Pope

    TAA Digne Dunk

    KDB Steeling Mane Mount Cantwell

    Haller Pukki

    Button Greenwood Lundstram Mings

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      No sir

  8. Vovhund
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Who do I need here?

    Pope, Button
    TAA, Digne, Montoya, Lundstram, Guilbert
    Salah, Sterling, KdB, Cantwell, .....
    Abraham, Pukki, ......

    1) Mount + Ayew or
    2) Dendoncker + Haller

  9. Cricket_Badger
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    A) Mount —> Cantwell
    B) Drinkwater —> Cantwell
    C) Save

    Pope
    VVD | Digne | Zinchenko | Montoya
    Salah | Sterling | KDB (c) | Mount
    C-Wilson | Pukki

    Button | Rico | Greenwood | Drinkwater [1FT + 0.8m ITB]

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      with that bench and Mount doubtful rather than out long term, I'd do B.

  10. arkom
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Pope (Button)
    TAA / Digne / Otamendi (Lundstram / Rico)
    KDB / Sterling / Son / Cantwell (Hayden)
    Auba / Abraham / Pukki

    0,7£ SHORT on this WC team.
    What to do, who to downgrade?

  11. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Start one

    A) James
    B) Kelly
    C) Lundstram

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      A B C

    2. Naeems9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 26 days ago

      C

  12. diesel001
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Scout picks hoping for a 0-0 in the Brighton - Newcastle game or hoping for a Lascelles goal with a Ryan pen save thrown in.

  13. Naeems9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 26 days ago

    WC squad finalised! Start Lundstram or Rico this GW?

    1. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Rico

    2. Vasqujg
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Lundstram for me and I have both.

      1. dezille
        • 2 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Also have both and am torn. Lund has attacking threat so I'm leaning towards him. I do think southampton look crap going forwards though, but when do you ever see Bmouth keep a clean sheet?

  14. ZimZalabim
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    start one

    dunk
    or
    lowton

  15. ryacoo
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Start Mount or Cantwell?

    1. Vasqujg
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      CAN-well

      you dont want to risk getting a Cameo point

      Plus, I don't think Lampard should put a recovering player on the field with a nasty butcher like Milner potentially playing and lurking.

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      Cantwell for me too

  16. KingZZ
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Can anyone help me with team on WC plz. Only 90 mins to deadline.

    This is the current team. 1.6 ITB.

    Pope - Button
    Matip - Otamendi - Guilbert - Rico - Lundstram
    Mane - De Bruyne - Son - Cantwell - Hayden
    Aguero - Abraham - Pukki

    Saving 1.6 to get Mount/Tielemans next week for Cantwell.

  17. subhojit123
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Hi guys.. Need a bit of help on my wildcard team.
    Can you please help me with which combo I should go for -
    1. Barnes, lowton, seiss
    2. Greenwood, digne, aurier
    3. Greenwood, digne, soyuncu

    1. arkom
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      2

      1. subhojit123
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks buddy

  18. Vasqujg
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    FPL towers are CROOKS!

    Anthony Martial has not played in 3 game-weeks (5 actual weeks) and has been sold by more than 2/3 of peak ownership....he is only "-1" off the peak price.

    He should be 7.4 right now. So that I can buy him when returns at a bargain.

  19. Eriksen Maestro
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    McGinn to:

    A) Zaha

    B) Fraser

    C) Hold, got 1.4ITB & starting Mount with Lundstrom autosub...

  20. Kung Fu Football
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Which 2 would you play? Thanks :

    A - Rico (away to Southampton)
    B - Lundstram (away to Everton)
    C - Dendoncker (away to Palace)
    D - Pieters (home to Norwich)

    1. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 26 days ago

      B D

  21. Earthling
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    Decent community champion squad. If you spend 12 on Aguero you have to captain him though, or else just don't have him and go for more variance against the ffs squad.

  22. Earthling
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 26 days ago

    A big miss in Son though, for the ffs squad too. It's an away match but he's scored against them in the last few matches I believe, looked good last gw and didn't start cl midweek.

    I went Sterling and Kean > (C) Aguero and Iwobi for -4. Sad to let Kean go and even get Iwobi because I think Marco Silva will not succeed, just feared an Aguero 4 goaler.