Scout Picks

Spurs assets dominate Gameweek 5 Scout Picks

We’re backing Tottenham Hotspur’s form to continue, with the north London outfit supplying three of our Scout Picks for Gameweek 5.

Jose Mourinho’s men provide a player in each outfield position for their home encounter with West Ham. 

This week’s Scout Picks selection draws on the Scout Squad submissions by Geoff, Neale, Tom and Andy earlier this week.

The Fantasy Premier League XI lines up in a 3-4-3 formation and costs £82.6m, a total of £0.4m inside our allocated £83.0m budget.

Goalkeeper

Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m) was the only goalkeeper to earn a vote from all four panellists in Gameweek 5.

The Sheffield United stopper hosts a Fulham side that have failed to score in each of their last three matches in all competitions.

Ramsdale also offers the chance of save points against the Cottagers – his 10 saves in the last two Gameweeks were bettered by only two rivals between the posts.

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s (£7.5m) best chance of returns may well be limited to goals or assists as Liverpool visit their league-leading rivals Everton. 

Although he trails Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) for overall points, the right-back still has the edge, according to the underlying numbers.

Alexander-Arnold has produced more shots (seven to four) and created more chances (eight to five) than his Liverpool team-mate.

A promising debut away to Man United earns Sergio Reguilon (£5.5m) his debut in this season’s Scout Picks.

The Spurs left-back created four chances at Old Trafford, joint-top among defenders in Gameweek 4.

His raids down the left can take advantage of the Hammers’ weakness – David Moyes’ men have conceded 12 chances down their right flank compared with only seven on the left. 

Burnley’s visit to West Brom boosts the value potential of Kevin Long (£4.5m). 

The Baggies have allowed 20 efforts from set-pieces this season, more than any other side.

Sean Dyche will no doubt be aware of that, with Long and his fellow centre-back James Tarkowski (£5.4m) among the key aerial threats for the Clarets at the Hawthorns. 

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) is our favoured Liverpool attacker for tomorrow lunchtime’s derby. 

The Egyptian has already delivered two sets of double-figure hauls in the first four Gameweeks, serving up 20 and 13 points against Leeds and Aston Villa respectively.

Salah’s fine start to 2020/21 is underlined by the statistics – his 19 shots, 15 shots inside the box and 14 chances created are all league-leading totals. 

He faces a defence that have conceded twice in both their home matches this term.

Son Heung-min (£9.1m) was the only other FPL midfielder to register four votes in the Scout Squad.

Similar to Salah, the Spurs attacker has delivered double-digits on two occasions already – he produced 24 against Southampton in Gameweek 2 and 18 points away to Man United in Gameweek 4.

His haul at Old Trafford has made Son the top target ahead of tomorrow’s 11:00am deadline, with more than 1.1 million managers bringing him in for the visit of West Ham.

Son has a fine record against his weekend visitors, scoring four goals and supplying four assists in his last six meetings in all competitions. 

Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) was picked by Geoff and Tom for Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle.

The Red Devils’ attacker scored in his previous away fixture, a win over Brighton in Gameweek 3.

Although Newcastle have conceded just five goals, the numbers show they’ve been somewhat fortuitous.

They have conceded 58 shots, 37 efforts in the box and 24 attempts on target – all those totals are among the bottom three sides respectively.

There’s also a chance that Rashford may be fielded up front, given that both Anthony Martial (£8.8m) and Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) are unavailable. 

Back-to-back blanks from Raul Jimenez (£8.6m) have persuaded us to instead select Daniel Podence (£5.6m) as a cut-price route into the Wolves attack.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side a visit Leeds outfit who have conceded a league-leading 49 shots in the box.

Podence has shown promise as a consistent source of returns, providing an assist in two of his three appearances.

Forwards

Harry Kane (£10.6m) was the top-ranked forward by all four panellists.

Three goals and six assists in the opening four Gameweeks suggests the Spurs frontman is back to his best for the visit of West Ham.

That theory is backed up by the statistics. 

Kane’s 19 shots are joint-top with Salah, while his 10 shots on target and six big chances created are both more than any other player in FPL.

He also has a prolific record against the Hammers. The Spurs forward has scored six goals in his five home meetings with the Hammers in the Premier League, netting twice on two of those occasions.

West Brom’s aforementioned set-piece weakness also points to a successful weekend for Burnley frontman Chris Wood (£6.4m).

The Kiwi international has been his side’s standout goal threat in their first three matches – Wood’s six shots in the box and four attempts on target are both at least double any team-mate.

Neal Maupay (£6.6m) heads to Crystal Palace on the back of four goals and an assist in the last three Gameweeks. 

The Brighton forward has 22 points in his two away matches this term, yet sits in just 5.6% of squads.

That marks him out as a big differential against a defence without a clean sheet in the last three, conceding seven goals in that run.

Substitutes

Brighton’s Mat Ryan (£4.5m) was name-checked by two of the four Panelists – he faces a Palace side with one goal in the last two Gameweeks.

George Baldock (£5.4m) offers all-round potential at home to Fulham. The Blades’ wing-back provided his first assist of the season against Arsenal in Gameweek 4.

Wolves’ weakness down the right could be good news for Stuart Dallas (£4.5m). The Midlands outfit have conceded 20 shots from that area, double the number of the opposite flank. 

Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) has mirrored his team-mate Maupay with attacking returns in three of the opening four Gameweeks. 

The Captain

We chose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

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 team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

In Gameweek 4, Gazpilicueta lost 43-32 to the Scout Picks to bring the season-long score to 2-2.

Warby84 takes on the Scout Picks for Gameweek 5, opting for a 4-4-2 line-up of Johnstone; Robertson, Stevens, Lamptey, Zouma; Salah, Son (vc), Sterling (c), Pulisic; Antonio, Jimenez.

AA33 is the current early leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.


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886 Comments Post a Comment
  1. MikeLowrey
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 13 days ago

    Last 2 spots in DEF on WC

    A) Saiss or Semedo
    B) KWP, Dallas or Ayling

    1. Dexters Laboratory
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Semedo Dallas

      • KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        I have a similar problem deciding on a 4.5 defender myself ... I currently have Saiss so would go A) if money is tight!

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Reece James owners, keeping or selling?

      1. ElliotJHP
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Keeping due to other issues really

        1. wulfranian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          same

      2. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Keeping for this week

      3. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Yeh okay seems like I'm not alone with this one

    3. Party time
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 13 days ago

      Vardy confirmed out?

      1. doher.ty
          3 months, 13 days ago

          I haven't heard either way just that he has a calf injury. Following.

          1. Party time
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks

      2. Sepp Blattered
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Thoughts on WC?

        Guaita - 4.0
        Robbo - Coady - Ayling - Dallas - Webster (need 0.2 for Lamptey)
        Salah - Son - Pulisic - Grealish - 4.4
        Kane - DCL - Maupay

        1. Cancelo Culture
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Guaita > Martinez for Lamptey

        2. Gomolon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          Double Leeds defence - don't fancy KWP instead?

      3. Oldie99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 13 days ago

        Cheeky Foden to Rash for -4?

        1. doher.ty
            3 months, 13 days ago

            is that cheeky?

        2. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 days ago

          What are you doing about 4.0 def slot on WC?

          1. doher.ty
              3 months, 13 days ago

              There isn't any - just pick one and watch then root on the bench.

          2. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            What are Son and KBD owners doing?

            Is KDB (could be out longer than a week) + Jiminez, to Pulisic(or Havertz) and Kane for a -4? too much

            Or just keep Jiminez and money in the bank and swap back?

            I am more tempted by Spurs fixtures as a front line than Wolves ATM

            1. thegaffer82
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I already did Foden > Son early. But now considering Pulisic in for KDB for a -4.

              Havertz interests me as well.

          3. KennyKickIt127
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            On a WC

            Would you do:

            A) Vardy, Stephens, Saiss > Brewster, Mane, 4.5m Def
            B) Vardy, Zaha > Watkins, Mane
            C) Vardy > Watkins this week and Zaha > Mane next week

            My WC currently is

            Martinez Button
            Reguillon Saiss Ward Lamptey Dunne
            Salah Son Rodríguez Zaha Stephens
            DCL Vardy Jimi

            Thanks

            1. acidicleo
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Not keen on Kane?

              1. KennyKickIt127
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I have considered but I really want Mane and Salah double up and Kane would mean I have 3 spurs which may not be a bad thing short term but would mean I don’t have enough Liverpool

          4. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            All set?

            Ryan
            Chilwell, Semedo, Reguilon
            Salah, Pulisic, Son(c), James, Zaha
            DCL, Kane

            Button, Brewster, Justin, Mitchell

          5. Gentle_Turks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Anyone selling KDB for a hit? If so who you getting? I have popular pick Son. Thinking about Pulisic or just holding and playing Lamptey.

            1. Crunchie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              same as my question above

            2. Gentle_Turks
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Anyone?

            3. Heiro
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Son is a no brainer but I did Barnes to Son ages ago because of price rise.

              Thinking Zaha. Fixtures look amazing

          6. Netters2018
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Son or Grealish for KDB?

            1. ElliotJHP
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Sonny

            2. Eastman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Has to be Son. Think everyone will have him

          7. ElliotJHP
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Draft one, who to bench?

            A) Foden
            B) Trossard
            C) Wood
            D) incase of 1 pointer... Aguero

          8. Eastman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Dier to Chilwell worth a -4?

            1. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              no

          9. Heiro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            I know I have this thought every season but
            Zaha a good pick? Fixtures are as good as they get for the next 7.

            KDB to Zaha Y/N?

          10. suddenorgan
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Reguilon or Semedo on WC?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Thinking James from that price range maybe best option?

              1. suddenorgan
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Big rotation risk no?

            2. Tempestic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Semedo for me

            3. wulfranian
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Same dilemma.My thoughts:I think Tottenham in the next 3 has slightly better fixtures.Semedo played 72 and 77 minutes.Spurs has conceded 5 goals but 3 of them were from penalties.In gw8 Tottenham plays WBA(A) which is an excellent fixture.Wolves on the other hand has Leicester(A).

          11. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Where is DCL on the scout picks? 😉

            1. suddenorgan
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              DCL is the new 15/16 Vardy

          12. The_FF_King
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            On wildcard, is it best to remove Justin and Mitchel due to not being nailed?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              I'm keeping Justin for next few until he gets benched

          13. PremKraut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Kane or TAA in for a hit this GW?
            I will bring one of them into my team in GW5 and the other one in GW6.

          14. Werner Bros
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            KDB > Son or any other better options?

            McCarthy
            TAA Davies Justin Taylor
            Salah KDB Zaha Podence
            Werner Jimi

            Nyland Bissouma Mitchell Davis

            1FT 2.6ITB

            1. KennyKickIt127
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              You have no spurs so it could be essential you have him this week

            2. Heiro
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              No better option.

          15. MGD
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            A) Regulion + Saiss
            B) Lamptey + Semedo

            On WC

          16. The Frenchie
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            Pickford
            TAA / Van Dijk / Chilwell
            Salah / Son / James / KDB
            Maupay / DCL / Bamford

            KDB to?

            A) Sterling
            B) Aubameyang
            C) Mané
            D) Grealish

            1. The Frenchie
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              E) Bruno Fernandes

              1. Hoblito
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 13 days ago

                I agree.

            2. Cancelo Culture
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Pulisic?

          17. Cancelo Culture
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 days ago

            WC Thoughts?

            Martinez
            Robo Chilwell Saiss
            Salah Son Rodriguez Pulisic
            Kane DCL Brewster

            Steer KWP Lamptey Bissouma

            1. suddenorgan
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              think Brewster should only be in a 3-5-2

              1. Cancelo Culture
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                KWP Lamptey and Bissouma can all come in to leave two up top if Brewster doesn’t fire

            2. onoz9
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Looks good but I'd downgrade Chilwell or Saiss to someone like Mitchell because there isn't that much value in defense atm. Then you could upgrade Brewster to Watkins/Maupay/Antonio etc. Or upgrade Bissouma to Trossard/Barkley/Foden. Or just have that money in the bank. At least you then don't have to waste transfers on defenders if you later decide to free up some money.

          18. Gymer11
              3 months, 13 days ago

              Who would you drop out of these three defenders

              A - Kwp
              B - Dallas
              C - lamprey

              1. Gymer11
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  On a wildcard so looking beyond this gameweek

                  1. Firmino
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 13 days ago

                    I have all of them with Robbo and a fodder. Think all of them could match 5.0/5.5 defenders.

              2. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                A)Chilwell/Semedo + Antonio
                B)TAA + Brewster

              3. onoz9
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Wildcard dilemma:

                A) Semedo + Brewster
                B) Dunne + Watkins

                I would bench Brewster or Dunne. Already have Mitchell.

                A or B?

                1. Jimmers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  If on a wildcard, lose Mitchell. PVA is back

                  A

              4. Rinseboy
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                No one else think we are missing a trick not captaining DCL?

                1. Davidwes
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Nope

              5. Davidwes
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Worth doing fernandes to salah for a -4. Or wait until next gameweek to do it for free

                1. MGD
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Next week 100%

              6. Blens
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                swap out Jimi for Kane for a -4 hit - yay or nay?

              7. bishopfish
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Need to start 1 out of :

                Digne
                Mitchell
                Bissouma

                Any help appreciated?!

              8. Pedram
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 13 days ago

                Will PVA start over Mitchell this week?

                1. Jimmers
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 13 days ago

                  Maybe not this week but its imminent. PVA is back in training