Scout Picks

Gameweek 38+ Scout Picks features Man City triple-up

The Gameweek 38+ Scout Picks features a triple-up on Manchester City.

Although this is unlikely to be a massive surprise, the configuration of our trio is perhaps a little different to most Free Hit squads.

For the first time since Gameweek 30+ we were able to make this selection using our traditional methods, starting with a Scout Squad piece earlier in the week, whittled down a final XI.

For the final time this season, we line-up in 4-4-2 formation, coming in at £84.8m, £0.2m under budget.

Goalkeeper

The entire Burnley squad looks committed to making sure Nick Pope (£5.2m) gets at least a share of the Golden Glove award. That would require a clean sheet against Brighton, certainly an achievable aim, considering the Clarets have kept eight shut-outs at home this season, the second-best total in the Premier League.

Defenders

Just five points shy of breaking Andrew Robertson’s all-time FPL points record for a defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m) could register returns at both ends of the pitch against Newcastle. Not only are the Magpies third-worst for goals scored at home this season, but they are also vulnerable to crosses into the box from their left-flank. Music to the ears of Alexander-Arnold owners.

In the last four matches, no team has conceded more headed attempts than Norwich. That bodes well for Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m) who found the net against Watford and looks set to keep another clean sheet against the toothless Canaries’ attack on Sunday afternoon.

Crystal Palace have still scored fewer goals at home than any other side this season (14) and have drawn a blank in five of their last six matches. Serge Aurier (£5.1m) looks poised to capitalise on this, throwing in some attacking potential and no Patrick van Aanholt to watch out for on the counter-attack.

With Charlie Taylor out injured, Erik Pieters (£4.3m) offers the best value route into the Burnley defence for our double-up at that end of the pitch. The left-back also provided an assist during the Gameweek 37+ win at Norwich and, thanks to recent outings in midfield, has a penchant for more crosses into the box these days.

Midfielders

Vote in the FPL Gameweek 30 captain poll

We are backing Mohamed Salah to end the season with a bang at Newcastle. He has been exceptionally unlucky not to score in any of his last three matches, and over the last four, he ranks best in the league for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target. That is rather ominous ahead of a meeting with Newcastle, who have been hit with a nasty injury crisis in defence recently.

Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) is an exciting midfield choice for Gameweek 38+. He is in exceptional form with four double-figure hauls in the last six matches and a say in the penalty conversation as he chases a 20-goal season. During that period, Norwich have conceded 14 times.

David Silva (£7.5m) completes our Manchester City triple-up ahead of his final home league game for the club. In his last four Etihad Stadium appearances, the Spaniard has racked up six attacking returns, averaging 10.5 points per match there since the restart.

Aston Villa’s defence has done a decent job of containing their opponents in recent weeks, but we think the form of Michail Antonio (£7.1m) will be enough to break it down at least once on Sunday afternoon. It turns out his underlying numbers from the Norwich game were no fluke, the West Ham midfielder inside the top three for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target over the last four matches.

Forwards

using-the-top-10000-ownership-to-increase-your-fpl-rank-andys-article 8

Harry Kane (£10.9m) is our marquee striker for Gameweek 38+ as he prepares to face a porous Crystal Palace defence. In the last four matches, the Eagles have given up 13 big chances, only Brighton conceding over that period. Meanwhile, Kane has double-figure hauls in each of his last two, scoring four goals since Gameweek 36+.

Thanks to his budget price, Chris Wood (£6.2m) has been rewarded with a second-straight appearance in the Scout Picks. The Burnley man has now scored in back-to-back Gameweeks and is at home to a Brighton side who have conceded plenty of attempts from set-pieces over the last few weeks.

Substitutes

Emiliano Martínez (£4.4m) has been bringing in tidy scores in recent weeks and offering decent value. Since taking over from the injured Bernd Leno, the Arsenal goalkeeper has made 30 saves in eight appearances, averaging four points per match.

Jarrad Branthwaite (£4.0m) offers a budget price, a likely start in the Everton defence in a fixture with high clean sheet potential. Bournemouth have averaged less than a goal a game away from home this season.

Mark Noble (£4.9m) is flourishing in his new advanced number 10 role for West Ham. He has created more chances than any other Premier League player over the last three Gameweeks although has not registered a shot on goal in that time.

Olivier Giroud (£6.7m) has been enjoying a run of games in the Chelsea team and has registered 13 shots in the box over his last four matches, good enough for the top five in the division.

The Captain

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

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:

The Community Champion

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

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 Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Our last champion, PoldervogelsUit, lost 77-88 to the Scout Picks all the way back in Gameweek 30+.

gwitbrock‘s winning margin of 23 points in Gameweek 25 is the target to beat.

The Community Champion’s team for Gameweek 38+ will be announced in due course.

Become a Member and get unrestricted access to our data and articles

Full-year memberships are now available for the price of £19.99. Monthly subscriptions also cost just £2.99.

Join now to get the following:

  • Plot your transfer strategies using the fully interactive Season Ticker.
  • Get projections for every Premier League player provided by the Rate My Team statistical model.
  • Use Rate My Team throughout the season to guide your selections and transfers.
  • Get access to over 150+ exclusive members articles over the season.
  • Analyse our OPTA-powered statistic tables specifically tailored for Fantasy Football Managers.
  • Use our exclusive tool to build custom stats tables from over 100 OPTA player and team stats.
  • Enjoy our brand NEW Flat-Track Bully feature which introduces an opposition filter to your tables.
  • View heatmaps and expected goals data for every player.
  • Use our powerful comparison tool to analyse players head-to-head.

ALREADY A USER? CLICK HERE TO UPGRADE YOUR FREE ACCOUNT

NEW TO SCOUT? CLICK HERE TO START A MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT

4,610 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Teror
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    kane or salah??

    1. jaywills
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Kane safer, Salah higher ceiling.

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Both

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

      Both

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

    So final decision comes down to Jesus and Martial or Kane and Pulisic. What you reckon ? Kane and pulisic means only sterling and silva from city against norwich

    1. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      First one

    2. jaywills
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Jesus, Martial

    3. Teror
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Maybe Jesus and Martial

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    “If someone blows smoke they deliberately confuse or deceive you. I just can't shake the feeling that he's up to something. ... Note: You can also say that someone blows smoke in your face or blows smoke in your eyes with the same meaning. He's being misled.”

  4. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    So you get get early team news all season, but just not in GW 38.

    Seems fair.

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I think he's playing games with us and will leak.

      Im not that bothered all I need to know is if Mane is playing or not ?

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

      There will be team news. FPL scarface on twitter

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Deleted account apparently

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Privatised

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            How to get access lol

      2. Bruno Commando
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Looks like his last post was in 2018 though

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          That's not it.

          1. Bruno Commando
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            oh its @ScarfacecFpl! Thanks!

  5. fylde2022
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Should I take a 4pt hit and ship Aubameyang for Kane?

    I'm chasing 6pts.

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yes

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      No way

    3. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Rather lane over aub this week

  6. Oscar Slater
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bookies trying to ensnare punters with those Arsenal odds. I'd imagine there won't be many Auba's in their fantasy teams.

    1. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yeah I agree. Some thing is wrong about them odds. Smells like the bookies know something about arsenal's possible team line up.

    2. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      If you are looking for some value today....William Hill D Silva anytime goal scorer 8/5

  7. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Fernandes or Martial?

    Tarkowski or Pieters?

    Please help.

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Bruno
      Tarkowski

  8. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    A. TAA/Bards (Williams/3.9/Pieters)
    B. Aurier/Digne (Williams/Braithwat/Pieters)

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A

    2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      a

    3. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Thanks. No bench could backfire

  9. FantasyMug
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Mad to captain Kane over Sterling on FH? Trying to make up a -17 gap on Mini League rival, our teams aren't similar but worried he'll bring in Raz and captain him

    1. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Fancy Sterling, but not mad, no.

    2. Bruno Commando
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Not crazy. It's going to go down to who has the better captain. I'm joint top in my ML and I'm sure it will go down to captain..

      1. FantasyMug
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks gents, appreciate it. I imagine being joint top is a bit of a headache! Best of luck

        1. Bruno Commando
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Thanks and good luck to you too!

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

    FH - G2G?

    Pope Button
    TAA Pieters Aurier Branthwaite Williams
    Salah KDB Sterling D.Silva McCarthy
    Kane Greenwood Ings
    0.0m

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Grest

  11. Hochoki
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    which transfer is the best decision with 0.4 ITB & 2 FT??

    1. Foden & Jimenez to Dilva & Wood
    2. Foden & Doherty to Dilva & Pieters
    3. Foden, Doherty & Jimenez to Dilva, Aurier & Ings (-4)

    DDG
    TAA VVD Doherty
    Salah KDB Bruno Mahrez Foden
    Jimenez Greenwood

    Nyland Saiss Nketiah Lundstram

  12. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Good luck all, don’t bank on team news by the sounds of it.

    Auba C for me

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Good lucky buddy!

  13. conorbon
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play Pulisic or Martial?

    Other midfielders and forwards are:
    D Silva, Fernandes, KDB, Ings, Rashford and Vardy.

    Cheers!

    1. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Martial

  14. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Best option if both starter:
    A. Aubameyang
    B. Jesus

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B

    2. OBAMA
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      jesus for me

    3. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      100% B

  15. Fishy
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Pages flying fast but i will be on here for a bit to help with any fpl related questions, try to keep questions simple and brief please.

  16. OBAMA
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    are we not worried sterling doesnt start?

    1. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Imo he starts. I'm 95% confident

  17. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    So with Scarface deleting his twitter account I have gone ahead and made my FT move to avoid last minute panic and willy being caught in the zipper.

    Fernandes > Son

    Patricio
    Trent Dunk Aurier
    Salah Sterling Dilva Martial Son
    Jesus Greenwood

    Button Doherty Connolly Robinson

    Am I GTG?

    1. Fishy
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Play Doherty over dunk imo

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Nah, Dunk is my punt.

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yep team looks great.

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks mate!

  18. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    A) Doherty + Willian > Pieters + Son -4

    B) Egan + Willian > Aurier + Antonio -4

    C) Egan > Aurier

    D) Willian > Antonio

    1. Fishy
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers

  19. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Seen as there is less chance of leaks now which is a good thing imo as it puts everyone on a level playing field just make sure you have decent fodder on the bench just in case they are needed.

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Just wait until people make Twitter accounts claiming to be scarface and post fake news, it's inevitable

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      yeah it's unfair for managers in different time zones I feel... with Greenwood and Doherty on my bench I'm not overly fussed if a no show or two happens

    3. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Not fair when others have had team news for their FH in previous weeks, is it?

  20. sergioaguero67
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Digne or Tarkowski/Pieters

    Please help
    My GK is Pope

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Pieters

    2. Fishy
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Latter 2

  21. Muscout
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    1) Dilva and Auba
    2) Mahrez and Jesus

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      1

    2. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Dsilva jesus is better

  22. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Seems like we actually have to make our own decisions this week :/

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Would never have signed up to play fpl if I knew that 🙁

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        😆

  23. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    A Sterling + Wood + no bench

    B Jesus + Martial + some sort of bench

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A

    2. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B

  24. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play 1
    A) Stephens vs Southampton
    B) Doherty vs Chelsea

    1. Ruinenlust
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A

    2. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B

  25. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Fpl dutchie's tweet gave me a chuckle

    "ITK. Leaks. Early team news. Happy followers. Only Scarface mastered all four elements. Only he could stop the ruthless Pep roullete, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred minutes have passed and @NickTriggerlip is nearing victory in the War"

  26. Jet5605
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Is Scarface's twitter account suspended or hidden in order to avoid being spammed until the deadline? Maybe it will come back to life just before?

    1. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Looks deleted/deactivated

  27. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Captain choice is my last dilemma..

    1. Salah
    2. KDB
    3. Sterling
    4. Dilva

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      D

    2. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      3 or 4 for me

  28. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Moved money from Long to Braithwaite with lack of early team news.

    G2G?

    Pope
    Pieters Trent Branthwaite
    Sterling KdB Silva Salah Antonio
    Kane Ings

    Button / Lamptey B.Williams Connolly

  29. Berbs
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Well given that Scarface and Rockstar seemingly won't be posting, beware of fake accounts and even verified journalists who get things wrong.

    My advice would be to stick to your gut.

    The only account I know of that posts Liverpool news is @thekophq and even he's taken a backseat since the title was won.

    Don't fall for fake accounts like Subscribe, Leak etc. Good luck and may your arrows be green 🙂

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Sound advice Berbs

      Btw any chance I can get in on your ML next season? I may not have been around here as long as some but appreciate the banter and good times and I love me a good friendly ML

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

        Absolutely you can. I'll be in touch once season goes live

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Good stuff thanks mate

  30. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    On FH:

    A) Antonio, (Rice)
    B) Pulisic, (Dendo)

    1. Fishy
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks mate

    2. Amey
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Pulisic

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        You can see him having luck vs WOL who have been rock solid?

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          He's electric.
          Villa are rock solid actually & WHU should be on the beach

          1. Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            He did look insanely good the other day!

            Feeling ready bro?