Scout Picks

Gameweek 27 Scout Picks built on cheap striker triple-up

The Gameweek 27 Scout Picks is built on a mid-price forward line and a powerful double-up on Liverpool’s attack.

There are some favourable match-ups for the cheaper strikers this weekend, while West Ham’s visit to Anfield could produce a hatful of Fantasy Premier League points.

After deliberating over the Scout Squad submissions from David, Neale, Paul and Geoff, we have picked our best XI for Gameweek 27.

We line up in the 3-4-3 formation this time, coming in at £83.5m, £1.5m under our budget of £85.0m.

Goalkeeper

Five of Sheffield United’s nine clean sheets this season have come at Bramall Lane, which is why we’ve chosen Dean Henderson (£5.1m) for the Scout Picks. Over their last six away matches, upcoming opponents Brighton are in the bottom five for their goal conversion rate.

Defenders

You have to go back to Gameweek 15 for the last time Liverpool conceded at home while West Ham are the joint second-worst side for big chances over the last four matches. A clean sheet looks likely for Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m), who himself has not blanked in an outing he started since Gameweek 13.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) makes it into the Scout Picks after three of our pundits chose him in their squad submissions. Liverpool (seven) are the only team with more clean sheets than Manchester United (four) since Gameweek 20 while the right-back has made some improvements to his attacking potential recently. Over the last four matches, none of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players has created more chances than Wan-Bissaka.

Willy Boly (£4.7m) gets into the Scout Picks on the back of some impressive defending from Wolves of late. Over the last four matches, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have conceded the second-fewest number of big chances, while upcoming opponents Norwich are still comfortably bottom of the Premier League for away goals this season, scoring just six times in 13 road trips.

Midfielders

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Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) looks set for a potentially big haul in Gameweek 27 as West Ham come to Anfield. Over the last four matches, the Hammers are joint-bottom of the league for shots allowed, in the bottom five for big chances conceded and nobody has a worse expected goals conceded (xGC) score. Salah himself is second in the division for shots in the box and no player has created more big chances than him.

Sadio Mané (£12.2m) benefits from that same defence this weekend so we are expecting great things from him too. In light of Ryan Fredericks’ recent shoulder injury, Liverpool’s left-winger should be up against veteran right-back Pablo Zabaleta, which could allow him space to exploit. Furthermore, West Ham looked vulnerable to set pieces against Manchester City and Mané is second only to Richarlison for headed attempts on goal among midfielders this season.

Fresh from scoring against Chelsea and Club Brugge this week, Anthony Martial (£7.9m) gets into the Scout Picks for the visit of Watford to Old Trafford. Manchester United’s centre-forward has scored three league goals in his last four home matches and will be boosted by the added creativity of new signing Bruno Fernandes. Meanwhile, Watford have conceded an average of two goals per game since Gameweek 24.

Jack Grealish (£6.7m) continues to be a reliable source of points despite Aston Villa’s recent struggles on the road. The midfielder has recorded two double-digit hauls in his last three away matches and, in his last four, only two players have created more chances than Grealish. Meanwhile, recent defensive improvements for Southampton have dried up as, since Gameweek 23, they have conceded 12 big chances, only three Premier League sides giving up more in that time.

Forwards

Raúl Jiménez (£7.8m) has four attacking returns in his last four home matches ahead of the visit of Norwich to Molineux this weekend. In his last four Premier League outings, the Wolves man is just one shot in the box behind Salah, while no player in the division has been afforded more big chances than him.

Danny Ings (£7.1m) is now just two goals behind Jamie Vardy in the hunt for the Premier League Golden Boot award and faces an out-of-sorts Aston Villa defence this weekend. Over their last four matches, Dean Smith’s men are inside the bottom five for shots conceded in the box while no side has allowed more big chances in that time.

Only two teams have conceded more big chances in their last four matches than Arsenal, which bodes well for Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.2m). The Everton forward is joint-top of the Premier League for big chances of his own over his last four and has three goals in the Toffees last four away matches.

Substitutes

Only West Ham and Norwich have scored more away goals than Bournemouth this season, which bodes well for Nick Pope (£4.7m), especially as Burnley have the joint-highest number of home clean sheets this season (six).

Patrick van Aanholt (£5.5m) faces a Newcastle side inside the league’s bottom two for shots on goal, big chances and shots on target in 2020 this weekend. Meanwhile, the left-back has been involved in set piece situations for Crystal Palace recently, a perennial weakness for the Magpies.

Charlie Taylor (£4.2m) is a cheaper route into that Burnley defence as it prepares to host a struggling Bournemouth side.

Stuart Armstrong (£5.2m) is another option for doubling-up on the Southampton attack as he has more shots on target than any of his colleagues over the last four, and two goals in in that time.

The Captain

The Scout Picks 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 is usually known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted:

COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 25 is ringwraith.

They have gone for a 3-5-2 of Dúbravka; Baldock, van Dijk, Robertson; Fraser, Alli, B Fernandes, Martial, Salah (c); D Jota, Aubameyang.

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.

Haggis was thoroughly beaten in Gameweek 26 as the Scout Picks emerged with a 65-35 victory.

Community Champion gwitbrock beat our Scout Picks 86-63 in Gameweek 25 and as a result, their winning margin of 23 points is now the target to beat.

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3,655 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Teror
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Should I play my wildcard? Been thinking about it all week. Having a really shite season, need to do something to turn it around. What you think?

    1. Rashford FC
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Need to see your team first.

        1. patricktaynz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          yup - i would wildcard. Too many short term holes for 28 ... and next 6 game week fixtures for a lot of your players not that flash either

  2. CHARLIE HULL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    In - Boly or Saiss?
    Out - Kelly or Cathcart? If Kelly gets his place back the fixtures are much better

    1. Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Kelly to Boly

  3. New Post
  4. Kaptenen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Walker-Peters out.. got him in last week for Lundstram, what should I do? 1FT.

    A) Keep & play Fernandez
    B) KWP --> Boly

  5. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Thoughts on the following for a -4:

    Grealish > Mane
    Aubameyang > Jota

    Opinions appreciated!

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bad moves this week imo

      1. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Why so?

        1. JohnRoss
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Well Grealish could double digit for a start...

  6. Bobby Digital
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Today will decide Lundstrams destiny...

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      How do you rate his chances to start?

      30%?

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Hopefully higher as he came on last week and played better than the guy who currently replaces him.

  7. Monkey magic 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Alright chaps, team and bench order gtg?

    Henderson
    TAA / Bloy / Stephens(Sou)
    Salah(c) / Mane / KDB / Traore
    Aguero / Jimenez / Ings

    Pope / Fleck / Fernandez(New) / Williams

    Got 0 ft and 0.4 itb.

  8. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ok, I somehow ended up with Southampton triple-up. Looks like I'm their biggest fan today. Come on the Saints!

    1. Danno - Emre Canada
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Same here, how did that happen? But will be benching Stephens....

      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Their players seem to be good value. I transfered Long in as bench fodder but have to play him in this and next GW. Why benching Stephens?

  9. John Nerdelbaum
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Bottomed

    Any thoughts on a move here
    Two frees and nothing jumping out. Lose Stevens for Boly/Saiss?

    0.2m ITB

    Henderson
    TAA VVD Stevens
    Salah KDB Grealish Traore
    Auba Jimi Ings

    McCarthy/Stephens/Lascelles/Hayden

    1. Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Maybe just save FT

  10. DS29
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Lascelles or Fernandez??

  11. That TV angle at Highbury
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    What’s your strategy for GW31? I plan to Free Hit in GW31, so I want to fit in as many non-playing GW31 players to have more DGW potential.

    Henderson / McCarthy

    Basham Egan TAA / C.Taylor Stephens

    Salah Mane Martial Traoré KDB

    Jimmy Ings / Calvert-Lewin

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      To be honest I've no idea which teams are playing GW 31.

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Your name is giving me PTSD

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Your grav looks like my turd

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Go see a doctor mate...

  12. DS29
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Is Taa Robbo Doherty too much money in the defence? Thinking of getting Doherty instead of Boly for Lundstram!!

    1. JohnRoss
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A little rich for me. Boly would be a better balance imo

  13. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Lascelles or Hayden ??

    1. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Lascelles, clean sheet likelihood is decent and has about as much if not more goal threat than Hayden.

  14. zuio
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA Robo Egan
    Salah´(C) KDB Grealish Martial
    Auba Ings DCL

    Button Soyuncu Rico Dendocnker

    1.2 itb, 1 ft

    A) bank transfer
    B) Grealish==> Traore
    C) Grealish, DCL==> JImenez, Traore (-4)

  15. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Do we really think DCL can score against Arsenal?

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No, the Arsenal defense is an impenetrable barrier

    2. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No, it’s not physically possible

    3. Lindelol
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Possible only on quantum level

  16. Gonzola
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Can someone explain the DCL stat? What is a big chance conceded? Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 games and have only conceded more than one goal in a game (against Chelsea) since Arteta took over.

    1. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yeah I dont understand the scout pick this week.

      1. Gonzola
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I've sold for Ings. Just can't overlook those fixtures.

  17. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Chances we get some early news before deadline?

  18. as33
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    When wolves pre conf?

  19. Oggle22
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Score predictions
    Shef utd v Brighton
    Burnley v Bournemouth

    Cheers

  20. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Start Barnes or Stephens? Thanks

  21. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    One last time Guys..

    A) Rico to Taylor free..and next week holgate to boly(i can cover Rico price drop by doing this)
    B) holgate to saiss free
    C) Save.

  22. In ole we trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hows this wildcard

    Henderson
    Vvd, taa, Stephen's
    Mane, Kdb, martial, traore
    Ings, vardy, jimenez

    Bench, button, Egan, Fernández, saka

    1. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Looks good to me

  23. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I currently have Ryan (shu, CRY, wol, ARS). I’ve had a few people suggest I get rid for Pope (BOU, new, TOT, mci) but not sure it’s necessarily a good move until gameweek 30. What are your thoughts?

    1. bc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      McCarthy (SOU) has decent fixtures

  24. bc82
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Rico or Soyuncu??

  25. Lindelol
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Start DCL or Lascelles?

    1. IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      You can’t be serious?

      1. Lindelol
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I feel palace can't score

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Palace are heavy favourites to win

          1. Lindelol
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Hmm ok. I was just considering it but I guess DCL should start. Thanks

          2. stu92
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I suppose the favourites always win, don’t they?

    2. bc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      DCL decent away record

  26. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Lascelles or Williams to start?

  27. Remo85
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Should I ditch Augeuro this week?

  28. BrutalLogiC
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Holgate to Fernandez? Any other 4.5

  29. Citizenkane91
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Stevens, PVA and Long on my fantasy draft team. 3 out of 4 returning so far. Outperforming my fantasy team.

  30. ringwraith
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I still have a chance. Quite exciting coming down to three 'Pool players each and ringwraith has a 23 point lead. Need a 24 point win to take the Community lead over the Scout team. Scouts have:Alexander-Arnold, Salah(C), and Mane. ringwraith have: Van Dijk, Robertson, and Salah(C). Best of luck to ya boys!!

    1. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Wild Rover thinks you have no chance