Scout Picks

Gameweek 12 Scout Picks includes Liverpool double-up

We have included two Liverpool players in our selection for the Gameweek 12 Scout Picks.

Fantasy Premier League managers have been somewhat put off by Manchester City’s visit to Anfield this weekend, but we do believe there will be goals there.

After deliberating over David, Neale, Paul and Geoff’s Scout Squad submissions, we came up with an XI-man line-up.

This time we have deployed the troops in 3-4-3 formation, coming in at £83.0m, £3.0m inside our budget.

Goalkeeper

Burnley’s defence has come in for criticism of late but a meeting with West Ham is the perfect fixture to get back to their best

Despite conceding seven goals in the last two matches, Burnley’s defence is always worth considering when hosting a so-called lesser side at Turf Moor. So far this season, the Clarets are yet to concede to such a club in front of their own fans, having shut out Southampton, Norwich and Everton between Gameweeks 1 and 8. Furthermore, in all home matches of 2019/20, only one side has conceded fewer big chances than Burnley – hence why Nick Pope (£4.7m) gets a nice easy route into the Scout Picks XI.

Defenders

Not even a Gameweek 12 meeting with Manchester City could put us off including Alexander-Arnold

Even in the face of a daunting meeting with Manchester City, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) still keeps his place in the Scout Picks XI for Gameweek 12. In the last four rounds, no player has played more key passes than the Liverpool right-back and only one has topped him for big chances created too. Furthermore, 30% of the league goals conceded by Manchester City in 2019/20 have come from set-pieces, in which Alexander-Arnold is involved for Liverpool.

Chelsea’s defence at Stamford Bridge has been a reliable route for investment this season, so Fikayo Tomori (£4.8m) gets into the Scout Picks XI. In all home matches played so far, no side has allowed fewer shots inside the box or on target than Frank Lampard’s men. This week’s opponents Crystal Palace have managed just seven big chances on the road in 2019/20, better than only two other sides.

Diego Rico (£4.3m) makes his second appearance in the Scout Picks XI this season ahead of a trip to Newcastle. The Bournemouth defence continues to surprise Fantasy managers with its recent transformation into one capable of producing clean sheet reliably, culminating in that 1-0 win over Manchester United last time out, the third shut-out in a row. Meanwhile, Newcastle are bottom of the league for goals at home this season and over the last four Gameweeks, no other side has conceded more chances from set-pieces, in which Rico is involved for Bournemouth.

Midfielders

Mané is our chosen attacking player from Anfield’s upcoming clash

We believe that there are goals for Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, even though it’s Manchester City coming to Anfield. In the last four away matches, the reigning champions have conceded 11 big chances, only five clubs doing worse than that. Manchester City’s opponents in that time were Bournemouth, Norwich, Everton and Crystal Palace. The fact that Ederson is also out injured also suggests that Liverpool could be handed plenty of opportunities in Gameweek 12. Sadio Mané (£12.0m) is top of the charts among his colleagues for big chances afforded in the last four Gameweeks and you have to go back until Gameweek 3 for the last time he blanked at home.

Anthony Martial (£7.7m) may have only been back a short time for Manchester United but has already shown his worth to the side. The Frenchman scored against Norwich in Gameweek 10 and netted a wonderful individual effort on Thursday night too. Meanwhile, Brighton’s defence has not been too impressive on the road recently. In their last four away matches, the Seagulls are joint-bottom of the league for big chances conceded (15), while centre-back Adam Webster has also been ruled out through injury.

James Maddison (£7.4m) is the first of two Leicester attackers in the Scout Picks XI for Gameweek 12. The former Norwich man should really enjoy facing Arsenal on Sunday afternoon for two reasons. Only Aston Villa have conceded more goal attempts from set-pieces than the Gunners since the season began while over the last four away matches, Unai Emery’s men have given up the joint-highest number of chances through the centre of the pitch. As a central midfielder who takes the set pieces, Maddison is perfectly poised to heap the pressure on Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.

We believe Christian Pulisic (£7.3m) has secured his place in this Chelsea side now and could be the key to victory when Crystal Palace come to Stamford Bridge. The USA international is currently joint-top of the league for shots on target over the last four Gameweeks, despite registering just 209 minutes of game-time during that period. His goal threat should bubble to the surface once again in Gameweek 12 as he continues to earn time on the pitch.

Forwards

Vardy topped our captain poll and gets into the Scout Picks XI with relative ease

Our Captain Poll winner was an easy inclusion in the Scout Picks for Gameweek 12. Jamie Vardy (£9.4m) is currently top of the Golden Boot charts with 10 goals this season and faces that brittle Arsenal defence which we’ve already documented the weaknesses of. It is their vulnerable centre that should prove the most exciting for Vardy owners as he thrives through the middle for Leicester.

Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) has been desperately unlucky not to score more often at Stamford Bridge this season and we believe Gameweek 12 is when he turns his fortunes around. In home matches this season, Abraham has been afforded more big chances than any other player and is joint-third for shots on target.

Raúl Jiménez (£7.3m) completes the Scout Picks XI ahead of Wolves’ Gameweek 12 clash with Aston Villa. This is a great fixture for the Mexican as Dean Smith’s men have been quite obliging this season. In the first 11 matches, no side has conceded more shots inside the penalty area as Villa, while Jiménez himself has four attacking returns in as many Premier League outings.

Substitutes

No team has conceded fewer big chances at home this season than Spurs. Therefore, we predict that Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.5m) should benefit from his side’s strong defence against a Sheffield United.

Serge Aurier (£4.8m) will also head into Gameweek 12 with similar clean sheet potential to his goalkeeper but with his more advanced positioning, does carry slightly higher points potential.

Matt Lowton (£4.5m) could provide a budget way of doubling-up on that Burnley defence as they host West Ham in Gameweek 12.

Norwich’s attack has underwhelmed in recent weeks but Emi Buendía (£6.0m) could be the man to spark it into life against Watford. The Hornets have conceded more chances down their left-hand side than any other club since the start of the season, and this has got worse since Quique Sanchez Flores arrived.

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.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 12: 

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Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 12 is Kadhai Paneer FC.

They have gone for a 3-5-2 of Gazzaniga; Digne, Aurier, Tarkowski; Willian, Richarlison, Maddison, Son (c), Martial; C Wilson, Rashford.

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.

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1,272 Comments Post a Comment
  1. drughi
    • 10 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    7 picks, I'm doomed

    1. Zladan
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      10 here.

      1. The Pesci challenge
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        Me too, hiding behind the sofa this week

    2. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Got away with 4. Feels good.

      1. Evasivo
        • 9 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        Your gravatar 😮

    3. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Just 3 here 😀

    4. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      7 too. Rip

    5. diesel001
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 11 hours ago

      Same. Bad times.

  2. jonnybhoy
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Ryan Button
    Lundstram Tomori Robertson Pieters Soy
    Sterling KDB Mane James Mount
    Abraham Vardy 4.5

    2FT 0.2ITB

    A) Ryan to Pope + Save FT
    B) Pieters to Aurier + Save FT
    C) Any other suggestions

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      A

  3. Greenbackbøøg…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Ederson owners selling?

  4. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    This is my starting XI except I have KDB over Pulisic.

    Lunny v Rico also a 50/50 but feel Rico has better cs potential.

  5. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Oh my god, 9 out of 11... i'm ruined

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Rip mate

  6. Wakanda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Any wolves fans ?

    Is Jota considered first team ? Did he get injured for GW 7 and 8 ?
    who else is playing his position ?

    1. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      cutrone or neto.. will rotate

      1. Wakanda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        does that mean that Jota wasnt injured during that period ?

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Yep. First teamer nailed. Was injured.

      1. Wakanda
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        thanks for info, your dp is reassuring

  7. ToyBlader
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    A) Lundstram

    B) Rico

    Wouldn't it be stupid to Play A against Spurs in Away game?

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Praise him

    2. TheLord
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      I'm facing the same dilemma. Whereas I've been on playing Lund all week I'm starting to think about playing Rico more and more.

      1. ToyBlader
        • 4 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        Hmm I just don't feel like Lund will deliver this game..

        1. TheLord
          • 2 Years
          13 days, 12 hours ago

          Yeah I think Spurs have been a little bit more solid the past 2 games and it's at home for them. Let's play Rico

          1. ToyBlader
            • 4 Years
            13 days, 12 hours ago

            Exactly. Let's do that! Solidarity ftw.

  8. Michelle Davin
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Tielemans or Vardy?

    1. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      lol

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Vardy

    3. Ready Manager One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Vardy all day, hes my captain

      1. Michelle Davin
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        I meant Maddison

        1. Ready Manager One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          13 days, 12 hours ago

          Vardy all day, hes my captain

  9. wildnothing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Anything here worth a hit? 3.0 itb?

    Pope
    TAA Robertson Lundstram
    KDB Maddison McGinn Mount
    Agüero Vardy Jimenez

    Henderson Cantwell Söyuncu Burn

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Na

  10. EmreCan Hustle
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Final WC team.

    Gazzaniga 4.0
    TAA Lundstram Willems Soyuncu Rico
    Salah KDB Son Barnes Dendoncker
    Vardy Tammy Jimenez

    Thoughts?

    Is it a bad idea to ignore the 7.5m midfield category? Pulisic, Maddison and Martial.

    Thanks.

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Barnes punt looks good. Not sure about Son though.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        Would you do Son+Willems to Pulisic+Robertson?

    2. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      It's fine. Good team.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 7 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        Cheers.

  11. Evasivo
    • 9 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Choose 2 to bench:

    Ryan
    Tomori TAA Soy Lund Lowton
    Salah Sterling KDB McGinn
    King Abraham Jimenez

    Button. ... ... Cantwell

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Lowton Lund

  12. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    I like this week's scout squad

    1. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      maddo will do jack all

      i guess they went rico over lundstram?

  13. Tree House
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Is Janmaat nailed for watford?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      I think Flores used to play Kiko when they needed more attacking threath as a rb or as a rw. He prefered Janmaat as rb

    2. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      about as nailed as my ex

  14. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    That pope picture. Basically can't believe he's in the scout picks again

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      The same scouts that picked Roberto 2 weeks in a row? Ffs

  15. Mind över Mata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Who to start:

    A) Dendonker (AVL)
    B) Rico (new)

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      B

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      B

    3. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      a

    4. Astronautovic
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      B

    5. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      B

    6. Evasivo
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      B

    7. Ready Manager One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      B

  16. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    A) KDB, Haller to Martial, Vardy
    B) Haller, Maupay to Jimenez, Ings
    C) KDB, Haller to Son, Jimenez

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Digne Lord
    Salah Sterling KDB Mount
    Haller Maupay

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      A

  17. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Given the need to pick within a fixed budget, and the effective WC properties of a fresh team each week, I'm not worried about my team not matching... tough to crowbar in 3-4 players who've jumped 2 million between them, right?

    That being said, 5/11...

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Generally the fewer the better

  18. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Looks like I’m only getting the 5 blanks this week that’s alright

  19. TuplaPukki
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Play just one

    A. Souyncu
    B. Cantwell
    C. Greenwood

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Soy.

    2. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      c

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      B

    4. Evasivo
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      A

  20. Sotamendi84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    play rico or lundstram?

    1. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      cant decide

    2. Evasivo
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Lund for.me

    3. Ready Manager One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Lunds

  21. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    I have 8 of the scout picks starting 11 wtf

    1. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      same

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Actually I have 9 of the starting 11 once I make my transfers. Yikes

    3. Long ago I drew a walrus
      • 9 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Same, only ones missing are Sterling KDB and Mount who is half crocked. Definitely going to bench Rico for Lundstram now!

  22. Ready Manager One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Whats happened to Alonso? Has he fallen out of favour now?

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      He's done.

  23. Silecro
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Since im on a WC, lascelles better long term than willems? Ritchie could probably be back and fit after international break, and i dont want have a not-nailed player from newcastle

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Richie could play other side too couldn't he? Willems.

      1. Planet_Marss
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        nah.. wishful thinking

        cant wait to see willem owners get burned

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Ritchie just had an injury setback. You’re safe choosing Willems.
      I chose Lascelles last gw due to nailedness, but wish I went Willems instead.

  24. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    I could do Diop to Robertson (planning sterling to Mane after this GW) But thinking more Rico!

    Pope
    TAA, Tomori, Lundstram
    Sterling, KDB, Mount, Maddison
    (V)ardy, Abraham, Jimenez

    1FT
    2.5 itb

    Thoughts

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Save, Robbo next week.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        this

    2. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      may as well do it

  25. Liastro ⭐️
    • 7 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Yes or no?

    KDB + Barnes -> Martial + Vardy (2FTs)

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Boo-yah

    2. Tonyawesome69
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      go for it

    3. aapoman
      • 6 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Seems good to me

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      So good

  26. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Downgrading KDB to a cheapie.

    Who would you get? Cantwell or Dendonk? (do take the .3m into account)

    1. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Dendonk

    2. Tonyawesome69
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      dedonk

    3. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Cantwell's done as an option I reckon.

    4. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Looks like you’re getting an upgrade. Donkey.

    5. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Donk. Cantwell not worth the extra now that Hernandez is back

  27. Tonyawesome69
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    g2g?

    1ft 0.6itb
    pope
    TAA lundy rico willem
    mane sterling KDB mount
    abraham vardy (c)

    ryan CHO dunk connolly

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Good

  28. Yozzer
    • 2 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Thinking of losing KDB for Mane for a -4 . Anyone want to try and talk me out of this?

    Have sterling but want to keep him. KDB playing deeper now Rhodri out

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Rhodri back soon, do it for free next week if it looks like Rodders won't be back after IB.

      1. Yozzer
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        Ah next week he's back. Cheers mate

      2. Yozzer
        • 2 Years
        13 days, 12 hours ago

        Oh sorry misread . Yes good advice. Worried about Mane this week. Everyone owns him

  29. Murder On Zidanesfloor
    • 1 Year
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Pulisi(c) anyone?

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 2 Years
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      Don't have him, but would do ahead of Tammy if I did

  30. aapoman
    • 6 Years
    13 days, 12 hours ago

    Salah or Sterling to Mane? Have KDB already

    1. Tonyawesome69
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      no

    2. Planet_Marss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      13 days, 12 hours ago

      sterling