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. AdamJ91
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    G2G?

    Martinez
    James / Coleman / Saiss
    Salah / KDB / Son / Klich
    Jimenez (c) / DCL / Watkins

    Steer / Trossard / Lamptey / Ferguson

    Obviously not expecting KDB to start but on the off chance he does a Son I've put him in with Trossard coming in of the bench if he doesn't play.

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      bench Klich for Trossard, bench Coleman for Lamptey

      1. GenerationalTalent
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        This

    2. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      KDB is out

  2. 420king
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Playing FPL Draft tomorrow for the first time ever and would love some help:

    Not sure how high I should rank defenders. Currently have Robbo and TAA in first 3 rounds, offensive players from big teams + VVD in round 6 and the rest in rounds 8+. Is this too low? Should I be ranking defenders higher?

  3. yakirh
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Captain Rashford or Sterling?

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Rashford? Seriously?

      1. yakirh
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Well he's in the scout picks, why so surprised?

        Had him since GW1

      2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Whats the problem in rashford?

    2. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Rash

  4. DontPiqueTooSoon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA, Chilwell, Saiss (Lamp, Mitchell)
    KDB*, Salah (c), Son, Zaha, JRod
    DCL, Wilson (Brewster)

    What to do with KDB. Already on a -4

    A) Hold & play Lamptey or Brewster
    B) KDB to Grealish
    C) KDB to Mane

    1. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      C

  5. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Should Brewster be nailed to start most of the games?

  6. tissae
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Are you guys keeping Mitchell on WC? If no, who is your replacement ?

    1. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      3.9

    2. RocketMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      i am in the hope he may sneak another price rise so i make 0.1
      then can get rid

      1. RocketMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I got ward to

    3. MY DJ NAME IS PIMP CURRY
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Personally, I think the 0.1m extra for Mitchell is worth it for the small extra chance that he starts. No 3.9 will start, guaranteed

  7. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on Werner now as pulisic is back and he is likely to play as CF??

    1. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Could explode. Probably will blank. Will definitely be his last week in my team if he blanks

  8. Gearoid
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Could probably wildcard this

    McCarthy Nyland
    TAA Justin Saiss Mitchell KWP
    Bissouma Salah Barnes Kdb JRod
    Werner Brewster Martial

    Or Just KDB and Martial to Son and Kane?or something else

    1. Shineonme
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I like them moves

    2. NorwEagles
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I think this is too good to WC. I like your transfers though.

  9. MidTableFantasy
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    A) Werner
    B) Son -4

  10. AnfieldLad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Semedo
    Salah Son Podence Soucek
    Werner DCL Mitrovic
    (4.0 Shaw Bissouma Ferguson)
    0.8ITB 1FT

    A) Podence -> Pulisic (-4)
    B) Wildcard

    1. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      * or C) G2G ?

    2. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

  11. Teror
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Play Bissouma or KWP?

    1. Apwilkin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Same struggle... They were both on my bench for a KWP CS and Biss goal. Knowing my luck they will both blank or i will pick the wrong one...

  12. Radzio
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Bottomed.

    Play 2 ( at least 1 def):
    a)Saiss
    b)Lamptey
    c)Podence
    d)Klich

    Thanks!

  13. rozzo
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Martinez Steer
    TAA Saiss Lamptey Mitchell Johnson
    Salah Son Rodriguez Trossard Anguissa
    Jimenez DCL Ings

    3.2 itb

    Anything worth a - 4?

    Trossard to Grealish maybe? Or Jimenez to Kane?

    1. AnfieldLad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      None of those are -4 worthy. Sounds like you’re looking for hits to take rather than being forced into them

  14. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I took an early FT to do Shaw > Dallas, would you do this move for a -8 on top of that?

    Adams + De Bruyne > Kane + Trossard
    - would definitely captain Kane next week and might do it this week over Werner

    1. GenerationalTalent
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Considering you’d be captaining Kane for 2 weeks, go for it

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        thats the key right
        Need to decide if i'll captain him this week and if the answer is yes i'll add the extra -4
        If not, i'll just do Trossard in -4 and Kane (C) in next week free

  15. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Hey gang.
    Who is your captain for this week?

    1. RocketMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      son
      or maybe Kane
      or maybe son
      or kane
      or son
      kane
      son
      kane son kanesonkasokanonsonkaneneson
      son
      maybe

      1. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        kane for me

      2. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Have you not considered Kane?

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Kane

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Kane

    4. Boz
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Kane

    5. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Bruno

  16. RocketMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Mane and salah until the man city mids are firing with Aguero.. then its an easy down load to one for them for the salah KDB dream

  17. Jdpz
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Will Podence, James Rodriguez play?

    • Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Now I'm even considering captaining Werner!

      1. AnfieldLad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I was before I got Son. Could pay off

    • Atimis
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Semedo or Reguilon as 3rd def? Can’t really make my mind...

    • Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Been away from FPL since the IB. Any ideas on what to do here?
      2FT 0.2ITB
      Martinez Forster
      Saiss James Lamptey/KWP/Mitchell
      KDB* Sterling Son Foden (Burke)
      Werner Jimenez DCL

      thanks in advance

      1. Apwilkin
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        KDB to salah?

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Cant afford so would have to downgrade elsewhere but that is something I'm definitely looking at

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            KDB > Salah, Foden > 5.9, Barkley? is an option

        2. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          yes

    • NorwEagles
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Any thoughts on this WC-squad? I feel like I'm going on circles.

      Martinez - Steer
      Robbo - Saiss - Chilwell - KWP - Mitchell
      Salah - Son - Rodriguez - Grealish - Soucek
      Kane - DCL - Maupay.

      Leaves 0,4itb, so could move Mitchell to Balbuena for more likely starter, but don't know if that is good use of funds.

      1. Shineonme
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        decent team but I'd rather have TAA over robbo

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Dallas or KWP?

      1. BeWater
          1 month, 19 days ago

          This week - Dallas
          Long term - Dallas

          I have KWP and will be adding Dallas so will have both.

      2. Mario Balofail
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Why isn't McCarthy flagged? Seems he is out with a muscle problem...

        1. Mario Balofail
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          ...because it's James McCarthy you dumbass :D:D:D

          1. Gnu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            😆
            Nice one.

      3. sirmorbach
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Should I WC the first to the second? Too many hits already

        Now: Ryan / Walton
        TAA / Lamptey / KWP / Dallas / Mitchell
        Salah / KDB / Son / James Rodríguez / Harrison
        Jiménez / DCL / Brewster

        WC: Martinez / Steer
        TAA / Reguilón / Saïss / KWP / Mitchell
        Salah / Son / Pulisic / James Rodriguez / Harrison
        Jiménez / DCL / Watkins

        1. GenerationalTalent
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Other than KDB being out, I can’t see what’s wrong with the first team...

          1. sirmorbach
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Go with Harrison and Mitchell on bench then, you think? I appreciate it!

        2. Shineonme
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I like the wc team betyer

          1. sirmorbach
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            I like it better too, but still not sure whether it's worth hitting it

      4. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Not sure how but ended doing Werner, kdb and podence to pulisic, son and watkins - 4.

        Rank is 4m. Good luck all.

        Martinez
        Taa saiss james (lamptey Mitchell)
        Salah son pulisic foden (burke)
        Jiminez dcl watkins

        1. GenerationalTalent
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Taking out Werner before Southampton at home is asking for trouble imo... wishing you look there

          1. GenerationalTalent
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            *luck

            1. Flynny
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Cheers.....feel a bit happier with pulisic....

      5. balint84
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Keane or Zouma for long term?

        1. BeWater
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Zouma.

          • Garam MOSALAH
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Zouma

          • GenerationalTalent
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Neither

        2. Garam MOSALAH
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          A) KDB > Son (-4)
          B) A + Mitro > Kane (-8)
          C) A + Podence > Grealish (-8)

          After A, I will have 6.8m ITB so I feel like fielding a weaker side
          Is it worth taking -8 hit ?

        3. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Good enough?
          Play Lamptey or Mitchell?
          Is KDB price locked?

          Martinez
          Robbo, Saiss, Chilwell, Lamptey
          Salah, Podence, Zaha, Son C
          DCL, Wilson

          Steer, Mitchell, Delap, KDB

          1.8

          1. Nice to Finally Michu
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Lamptey and we don't know

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Ta

        4. MOZIL
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Scouts pick has no Chelsea player??

        5. Atwood
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Thoughts on this WC?

          Martinez - Steer
          Robertson - Dallas - Justin - Saiss - KWP
          Salah - Grealish - Son - Rodriguez - Bissouma
          DCL - Kane - Wilson

          1. Dwotle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Similar to mine but Maupay and Pulisic instead of Wilson and Rodriguez. I'd move Justin for fodder to free up some cash.

          2. Shineonme
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            nice team but again rather have TAA over robbo