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. jamiet
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    CURRENT WILDCARD TEAM

    McCarthy (Steer)
    Mitchell, Konsa, TAA (KWP, 4.5Mil)
    Sterling, Townsend, Salah, Pulisic, Podence
    Kane, DCL (Brewster)

    need a decent 4.5Def for the next few weeks - Looked at keeping Justin James, but the Lei backline is flooded with injuries.

    Any help or amends would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks in advance

    1. Dwotle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Would not have Townsend or Podence on WC. Look elsewhere.

      1. jamiet
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Palace fixtures are just a little tempting though

        1. Dwotle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 9 days ago

          Zaha or defense for me.

          1. jamiet
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 9 days ago

            makes sense - could drop podence down to a 4.5 and go townsend to Zaha and play brewster

    2. GenerationalTalent
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Not a big fan of defence, Townsend, and why bench Brewster when he’s likely to start at home vs Fulham.

      1. jamiet
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        was not 100% sure if he would start

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    A. Play Mitchell & do B for free next week
    B. Get Dallas (-4)

    1. Fer Fuch's Ake
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      A, B not worth -4 specially if you have backup D

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Don't have backup

  3. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Semedo or Reguilon as 3rd def?

    Can’t really make my mind.

    1. Meinhoff
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Reguilon

    2. Heisenberg W. W.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Reguillon

    3. KennyKickIt127
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Reg

  4. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Son and Kane in for KDB and Ings 🙂

    1. Shineonme
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      yes i think so

      1. Brosstan
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Kane and son both likely to rise, won't get more useful info before the deadline

  5. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    NES saying will be Sunday before COVID test results for their Portuguese players - I am relying on Podence playing with KDB injury so might switch KDB out for hit.

  6. Coys96
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    KDB > Bruno (c) -4

    Thoughts? Can only justify taking KDB out for a hit if I captain the player I bring in, Bruno looks a good captain imo this week.

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Your paying 10.5mil and hoping for a penalty basically.

      1. Coys96
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Remember, it is Man Utd

        But he is still decent aside from pens.

        Would you keep KDB then? Would have to leave on bench with Burke & Ferguson. AND R.James might not feature

        1. FPL_trail_runner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 9 days ago

          Id sell him

          Sterling / Mane / Salah / Son or Pulisic

      2. Kun Tozser
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Works most weeks!!

    2. Galza-The Wanton Trader
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      I’m on Bruno captain, but I’m not sure about taking a hit for him.

      Could workout though...

  7. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Sell kdb for a hit (-12 in total)
    Or hope for an appearance by Burke, Dunne or Mitchell?

    1. Coys96
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Burke will feature imo, Mitchell might too

    2. Meinhoff
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      If I was already taking all those hits, I'd at least make it fun. Sell imo

      1. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Lol, I'm content with-8 lmao, had to get in the spurs pair

  8. Fer Fuch's Ake
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Who's leading the line at MU with Martial out, Rashford or Greenwood?

    1. Mario Balofail
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Cave man probably 🙂

    2. The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Rashford or maybe Rashford & Greenwood up top with Fernandes in support

  9. Mario Balofail
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Anyone going with Bale punt?(if we can call him punt)

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Tempted!!

    2. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Had him in my draft team from day one, happily stashed away for when he was ready to start.

    3. Spartac Mac
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      More fun than wise I think.

      No doubt will come good soon, but I think he’ll need a bit of game time to get up to speed.

  10. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    With KDB out, and already owning Son+Salah, how about this -4.

    KDB + C.Wilson > Grealish + Kane?

    Is kane and Son overkill? Or just do KDB > Grealish/Pulisic

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Thinking the same thing as a Son owner

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

      Or just keep Jiminez and money in the bank?

  11. Rash
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Is Castagne the real deal or are his returns unsustainable?

    1. Spartac Mac
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Returns maybe not sustainable but he looks like a very good player and gets forward we’ll often.

    2. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Everyone one with Justin is hoping the latter.

      The simple answer is nobody knows...

  12. William.gallant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Struggling on deciding just how important Liverpool defence is this year

    Got these two options what do people think is better on WC:

    A) TAA/KWP/Dallas/Lamptey

    B) Chilwell/Castagne/Saiss/Lamptey

    1. Shineonme
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Easy A

  13. Jacky boy
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Picking Werner on WC and captaining him!
    A bit madness but seems fun

    1. Nomar
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Yeah, how you’ll laugh as he picks up 2 points whilst players that cost less are bagging hauls every week.

      You’ll particularly have a right old rib breaking belly chuckle watching him run away from the ball instead of attacking it.

      Aye, what fun you’ll have indeed!

      Enjoy him.

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      I've done that too. Well my "daughters" team has. Pulisic back . . fire away!

  14. FPL Doctor
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    When's Nuno's press conference for Wolves game?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Been and gone. He knows nothing until Sunday about COVID tests. . .

  15. Rhodes your boat
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    A) play Burke
    B) kdb to bale(-4)
    C) kdb to fernandes(-4)
    D) kdb to sterling (-4)

    1. Frucke
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Burke

  16. Heiro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    KDB to Rashford/Bruno for a -4

    Or play Mitchel, James, Brewster who are currently on the bench?

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Bruno

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Need a better replacement than Utd. I expect a tough game against NEW

      1. Heiro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Probably right, but who?
        Got Son, JRod, Podence, Salah.

        1. Eastman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 9 days ago

          Sterling maybe

          1. Heiro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 9 days ago

            Sterling the obvious shout but read he's a doubt also

  17. Squeakybum99
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    I'll have 4m ITB after my FT of Kev to Son. I don't want to take a hit, is it worth doing any other changes?

    Martinez

    TAA, Saiss, Lamptey

    Son, Salah, Rodriguez, Foden

    DCL, Jim, Mitro

    Steer, James, Mitchell, Anguissa

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      GTG unless you have enough to do Kane for Mitro

      1. Squeakybum99
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Nah mate, that won't be possible.

  18. bitm2007
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA, Justin, Mitchell
    KDB, Salah, Mahrez, Soucek
    Jimenez, DCL, Ings

    Forster, Lamptey, Saiss, Alzate

    0.1m ITB

    A) KDB to Son (c)
    B) KDB and Ings to Son and Kane (c) for a hit
    C) KDB and Alzate to Son (c) and Rodriguez (bench Soucek) for a hit

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      B

    2. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      A

  19. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    KDB to Grealish -4?

    0.8itb 0ft
    McCarthy
    Robbo TAA Taylor Ayling
    KDB* Salah Son Podence
    DCL Jimenez
    (Peacock Bissouma Justin Vassilev)

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      KDB to Fernandes

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Nope not going anywhere near Utd players at the moment until I see them improve

  20. RocketMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    A) sterling and ward

    B) fernades and PVA

    1. Spartac Mac
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      A)

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Not a fan of both options

  21. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Bench 3 of these please:

    A) Brewster (Ful H)
    B) Pondence (Leeds A)
    C) Saiss (Leeds A)
    D) Mitchell (BHA H)
    E) Justin (AVL H)

    1. GenerationalTalent
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Mitchell
      Saiss
      Justin

      1. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        This

  22. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    On a -4 already should I get rid of KDB aswell and if so for who??
    Have Son,Kane,Salah,Grealish already.

    Thanks!

    1. KennyKickIt127
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      How much money you have ITB?

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Who subs on for KDB?

      1. Kun Tozser
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Probably need a return to break even

  23. Spartac Mac
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Not a big fan of hits, however I can afford this:

    Mitrovic > Kane (-4).

    Worth it?

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Easy!

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Absolutely

    3. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 9 days ago

      I have both but in your situation I'd take the -4 and get Kane.

    4. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      For sure.

  24. Nibbsy
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Would appreciate thoughts on this WC team:

    Martinez Forster
    TAA Justin Lamptey KWP Dallas
    Salah Son Rodriguez Grealish Soucek
    Kane DCL Maupay

    1. Eightball
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 9 days ago

      very similar to my team so looks good to me haha

  25. Twisted Melon
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    On WC
    KDB to Grealish
    Wilson to Kun this week or next ?

  26. Jacky boy
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Stop asking about bale
    He will not start

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      I think he will

    2. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      But he will play

  27. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Chris Wood in the scout picks, hopefully I won’t regret selling for a hit lol

  28. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Puli or Hamez on WC?

    Go safe with Hamez? Have 0.5ITB for potential switch

    1. Kun Tozser
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 9 days ago

      Havertz

  29. KennyKickIt127
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    Ok, I’m currently on a WC and comments appreciated as always:

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

    I have 1.5m ITB

    So my plan was to play this team this week then next Week do:

    Vardy > Watkins
    Zaha > Mane

    But with Vardy doubtful, might as well do the Watkins move now and leave to make one change next week?

    Or alternatively I could do the following:

    Vardy, Saiss, Stephens > Brewster, 4.5m Def, Mane

    But I can’t decide on which 4.5 def to get?

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 9 days ago

      I think Dallas is a good 4.5M option.

      1. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 9 days ago

        Thanks so would you say go for the second option now then?

        1. BeWater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 9 days ago

          Yep. Otherwise you are wildcarding this week then taking a -4 next week.

          1. KennyKickIt127
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 9 days ago

            Well not necessarily as I will do the Watkins deal tonight then do Mané for Zaha next week as the only transfer!

            But I must admit, it is tempting to do the second option, just not sure about having no Villa exposure from next week?

            1. BeWater
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 9 days ago

              Ah ok!

              You could just get Grealish for Zaha to cover Villa. I just don't trust Zaha even playing up front.

              1. KennyKickIt127
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 year, 9 days ago

                Great shout actually!

  30. Black Knights
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 9 days ago

    If this is my team:

    Martinez (McCarthy)
    TAA, Justin, Saiss (Dier, Lascelles)
    Salah, Son, KdB, Podence (Bissouma)
    DCL, Ings, Mitrovic

    and I have two FTs, is it a no brainer to do KdB and mitrovic to Grealish and Kane? I have the exact money tonight. Can’t think of anything better?

    1. BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 9 days ago

      I would do it. Kane might rise tonight. After this weekend they both have good fixtures.