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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 12

There’s a Friday evening deadline of 19:00 GMT – a good idea to set your bus team now (well, you never know) – and then come back for all the latest team news, opinion, and delights from Fantasy Football Scout

The headline from today’s pressers is that Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has been ruled out of the mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool this Sunday.

Already a hot topic of discussion this week as Holly asked: “Are we overlooking Salah and Mané?” could the pair now be serious captain contenders… 

Even before the injury to Ederson was confirmed, Irbox felt there was an opportunity given that Man City need to press and win the game, and therefore could be exposed to the Liverpool counter-attack.

Pro Pundit Sam Bonfield, who finds herself pushing for a place in the top 5,000 in Gameweek 12, is trying to decide between Salah or Mané with concerns over Salah’s problematic ankle. The Egyptian was substituted early last weekend. And in this week’s Scout Picks it’s the Senegalese who makes the starting XI at the expense of Salah:

Sadio Mané 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.

However, there was better news in midweek for Salah’s declining ownership as the top-FPL-points scorer for the past two seasons completed the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s win over Genk. Neale noted:

The Egypt international’s sharpness was also encouraging and in many ways, this could have been a Salah performance from at any point over the last year: dangerous, full of running, plenty of shots and ultimately a bit wasteful.

On the Scoutcast this week Joe revealed to great fanfare (a background of loud bangs from Tuesday evening’s firework displays) that he is considering a Liverpool double up of Salah and Mané. This would involve getting rid of Raheem Sterling. 

Fellow Scoutcaster and Pro Pundit Andy is considering selling Sterling in order to switch formation and bring in Jamie Vardy

With many contemplating a move away from Manchester City players as their run of nice fixtures comes to an end, and as Liverpool start theirs, Az asked what are managers looking to do with their City assets?

Although Wild Rover agreed with Question Time panellist Darth_Krid, who observed

I think ‘tough upcoming games’ doesn’t exist when talking about City’s attacking prospects. Yes, Liverpool away is their toughest fixture, but they’re perfectly capable of scoring in that game and will be coming up against Dejan Lovren. After that they have Chelsea at home who can’t keep a clean sheet for toffee, then they’re up against a temperamental Newcastle and a leaky Burnley.

City players continue to divide opinion. Greyhead, in his review of The Great and The Good, noted of Jules Breach – currently the best performing manager of this elite group:

Jules has been Sterling-less all season, will others follow as the City fixtures stiffen and the added jeopardy of the City star only being one yellow card away from suspension?

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 12?

With Liverpool hosting Man City, the captaincy debate opens up this week.

David channelled his inner Rebekah Vardy when announcing that her husband currently heads the captain poll. He concluded in his Captain Sensible article:

[Arsenal] are also the division’s worst side for giving up chances through the middle in such encounters. That very much plays into the hands of Vardy, especially with so much of Leicester’s creativity in midfield also coming from the middle in James Maddison (£7.4m) and Youri Tielemans (£6.6m).

Meanwhile, in a members-only article, Neale examined the form of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, who has been far more productive away from home:

It is very clear from the data we have analysed that Abraham has been unfortunate not to find the net more times at Stamford Bridge this season.

Could he be a viable armband contender for those without or unwilling to trust Jamie Vardy?

In Case You Missed It

The return of Anthony Martial has brought the best out of team-mate Marcus Rashford, and the pair were on good form last night in the Europa League. There was some debate about the importance to give Mark’s Wildcard but for those of us who value his insights, it’s notable that both United players feature in his fantasy team. 

One outstanding manager it’s good to see returning to the website following illness is former Hall of Fame number one, Kenneth Tang. A manager with five top 1,000 finishes over his career, he commented on Pro Pundit Zophar’s hot topic on how to predict clean sheets.

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995 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JohnRoss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    COME ON PUKKI

    1. Bakra
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      lol he needs to score at least 4 to make it feel like it was worth holding on to him

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Come on!

    3. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      I’d love him this week. Sure he will score. However fixtures after that I don’t think he will so went for Jimi to bring into my team

  2. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Thoughts on Connolly ➡️ Jota (-4) and bench one fo Lundy/Rico?

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      No. Start Lundy AND Rico.

    2. Jamino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Doesn’t seem worth the -4 to bench one of them. Even if Jota scores and you don’t bench points you only break even. Not worth it

  3. WorldCup82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Here's what I'm thinking:
    KDB to Mane
    Mount to Pereya

    Pope
    Alexander-Arnold, Lundstram, Saiss
    Salah, Mane, Sterling, Pereya
    Abraham, Pukki, Ings

    Heaton, Cantwell, Dunk, Kelly

    Thoughts?

  4. Totti
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    who to put on bench first ?

    A) lundstram
    B) cantwell

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A

  5. The Pope
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    How many captain fails have you all has this season? (less than 5)

    and

    Who are you captaining this gw?

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      6 fails

      Vardy

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      4
      Vardy

    3. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      7 hence my low rank of 285,000 this season. So unlucky with Sterling and Abraham in home games, won’t be making that mistake this week Vardy it is.

    4. Jamino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      7 Vardy

  6. Blue Gaffer
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Which should I do?

    1. Aguero and Cantwell to Son and Jiminez free
    2. Aguero, Mount, Diop to Abraham, Son and Doherty -4
    3. Aguero, Mount, Diop to Kane, Pulisic, Jonny -4
    4. Aguero & Mount to Abraham and Son free

    1. The Pope
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      4

  7. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Decided......mount goes. Son or martial?

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Neither. Keep Mount. Trained today.

    2. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Martial of those 2. Wouldn't sell though.

    3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Keep Mount

    4. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Keep Mount

    5. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Son

  8. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Who to captain?

    A. Mane
    B. Jimenez
    C. Abraham

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      C

    2. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Tammy

  9. Pia06rc
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Anyone know if there's much of a chance Cantwell starts tonight

    1. Pia06rc
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Or has a cameo if not

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 10 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Expect cameo

    2. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      No idea. Likely to get minutes though even off the bench.

    3. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Not ideal but I think the fixture is worth a punt before I sell him. Have brought in Lundstram finally with a view to starting him majority of games in future but this week I think it will be a comfortable spurs win.

  10. KUNingas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    First on the bench
    A) Rico (new)
    B) Soyuncu (ARS)

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A

  11. Snapes on a Plane
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Is this the right bench order?

    Connolly-Cantwell-Montoya

    1. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Yes

    2. Jamino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      I have cantwell and Connolly the other way around but I think I may switch to this

  12. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Will Party's EO be above 200 with all the TCs in play?

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      I dont think so. Many will be going for Tammy (C)

    2. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Has a player's EO ever been above 200% before?

    3. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      ? how many will be T Captaining!?

  13. No Totti No Party
    • 8 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Will Cantwell start ?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Probably not

  14. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Cantwell get a brace. Got you 1st on bench if Mount is MIA.

  15. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Current squad, with 2FTs, 0.3itb:
    Pope, Button
    TAA, Otamendi, Lowton, Rico, Lundstram
    Mane, Sterling, KDB, Mount, Cantwell
    King, Tammy, Jimenez

    Getting Vardy means:
    (1) City mid out
    (2) Keep City - Switch to 433 with Cantwell/Donck in mid and a hit (Ota, Mount, King out)

    1. The Units
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Get rid of Ota

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        A given. But the rest is in question.

  16. Fantasyamateur
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Some last minute advice on this team?

    Pope
    TAA - Rico - Soyuncu
    KdB - Sterling - Mount - Yarmo
    Abraham - Vardy - Wilson

    Bench: Lundstram, Cantwell, Reid, Stekelenburg.

    4.1M ITB and 0FT.

    Anything worth a hit?

  17. Operation FPL
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Thinking of using FH-This would be the team. Y/N

    Gazza
    Ake Soyuncu Azpilicueta
    Mane Martial Son Pulsic
    Abraham Kane Vardy

    McGovern/Lund/Janmaat/Cant

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Awful week to use free hit

    2. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Use it on blanks.

      1. Operation FPL
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Cheers for the advise, and good luck.

  18. KANE-O-MANIA
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Who is the best option??

    A. Pulisic
    B. Son
    C. Alli
    D. Martial

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      d

  19. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Just changed the captaincy from Vardy to Mane, might live to regret it but feel like there's goals for Liverpool on Sunday. If they go all out for the win I don't see how City cope with it, this is coming from a City fan as well! Especially with Ederson, Laporte and Rodri out

  20. Whats the Mata?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Start one:
    Soyunchu, Cantwell or CHO?

    1. Sailboats
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Cho

  21. KANE-O-MANIA
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Who should I bench??

    A. Lundstram
    B. Rico
    C. Soy

  22. Reeker
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Would I be stupid not to play Lundstram over Willems?

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      No you wouldn't be stupid. Don't do it though.

      1. Reeker
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Feel like Lundstram has clearly proved he's a decent midfielder who could bag clean sheet points, but Willems is clearly in the better fixture and maybe slightly more likely to get a clean sheet.

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Far from stupid.

  23. Tomerick
    • 5 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Come on Janmaat!

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Fook. Should I start to get some Friday action?

      Pope
      Taa Lund Aurier Rico
      Salah Mane Kdb Mount
      Abraham Vardy

      Janmaat Cantwell Greenwood

      1. Tomerick
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        If you can’t give him a run against Norwich who can you?

        1. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          4.3 defender so I dont feel that pressured benching him 😀 still fair point though

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Bobby you fool play him. Bench Lundstram don’t just do what everyone tells you!

      1. Tomerick
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 6 hours ago

        Yeah don’t do what everyone tells you to, do what we tell you to instead :-p

  24. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Bench order

    A- soy
    B- Prodl (think he will start tonight)
    C- Greenwood

    Thanks

  25. Foozeball
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Start Mount or Hudson-Odoi?

  26. Genji3lade
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Any idea which player I should bench from this lot?

    A.) Aurier (Shu H)
    B.) Rico (New A)
    C.) Landstrum (Tot A)
    D.) Tomori (Cry H)

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      C

  27. FPLGeezer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Who would you prefer?

    A) Maddison in 3-5-2

    B) Jiminez in 3-4-3

    1. Rash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Depends on rest of team

      1. FPLGeezer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 7 hours ago

        Midfield would be Salah/Mane Marital Mount KDB and Maddison.

        Forward line Tammy, Jiminez and Vardy

        1. FPLGeezer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 days, 7 hours ago

          Cantwell off the bench in 3-4-3 and Connolly in 3-5-2

  28. manu4life99
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    After deadline tonight before price rises should I:

    A) Salah,Ota to Mane,Robbo(-4) whilst i can afford it

    B) Hold and wait to see injuries until after IB, take the Ota price drop and probably go Ota>VVD for free

  29. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Right, final one. Who to bench from:

    A: Tomori (good chance of cs but limited goal threat)
    B: Lundy (small chance of cs but on form if sheffield score)
    C: Rico (medium chance of cs, good assist potential)

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      A I think

    2. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      B

  30. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    10 days, 7 hours ago

    Soyuncu or Cantwell first sub?

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      Soy

    2. Jamino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 days, 7 hours ago

      I’m Cantwell despite the risk of a cameo. Can see Soy getting 2 points this week so willing to back Cantwell if he gets mins V Watford