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. FPL_trail_runner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Things i feel will be discussions points after this week :

    1. Is it worth holding Grealish/Barkley after he blanks in one gameweek?
    2. Is Antonio now a must have despite the fixtures
    3. Should we sell one of Hamez or DCL now since Everton didnt score this week
    4. Liverpool defence double up worth it again?.
    5. People buying leeds defenders
    6. Is Kane worth holding for week 6 after his blank and Spurs only scoring 1 or should i get Sterling?

    1. Blush Response
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Always the way the so-called “FPL community,” which has the collective patience of an eight year at 5am on Christmas morning.

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Lol.

      Think Everton will score though.

  2. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Better combo?

    A) Grealish, Trossard, (Brewster) 352
    B) Barnes, Watkins, (Soucek) 343

    1. HurriKane
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      B with Trossard over Barnes

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Aren't those Villa fixtures worth investing in?

    2. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks

  3. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sitting on this for a (-4). Good to go or should a WC be considered?

    Mccarthy

    TAA Robertson Justin (KWP Ferguson)

    Salah Rodriguez Podence Son (Reed)

    DCL Jimenez Watkins

    1. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Good to go.

  4. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Already on a 4pt,

    A) sell kdb (increase to 8pt hit)
    B) hold and play mitchell
    C) wildcard

    McCarthy
    Justin Dallas TAA
    Salah Son KDB Rodriguez
    Jiminez DCL Watkins

    steer mitchell* bissouma kwp

    1. Chilli Heatwave
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Same question for me, Mitchell or take a hit and shift him out

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I sold KdB to Son for 8 pointer

  5. Chilli Heatwave
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    What to do with KDB, any tips? Hold or shift him out

    1. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I’m shifting

      1. Chilli Heatwave
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Who for?

    2. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Sold for Son

    3. PurpleMonkeyDishwasher
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      potentially out for 2 weeks - cant be having that = shift

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        This

  6. thepuntmaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC draft?

    Ryan - Steele
    TAA - Digne - PVA - Ayling - TAA
    Salah - Fernandes - Zaha - Trossard - Burke
    Kane - DCL - Watkins

    Thanks

    1. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Last TAA is Mitchell

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      No Son is different. I like Trossard pick might get him in too.

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Play 1:
    A. Dallas
    B. Lamptey
    C. Mitchell

    1. thepuntmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A

    2. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      B

  8. MGD
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    RMWCT:

    Martinez / Nylund
    TAA - Semedo - Chilwell / Lamptey - Mitchell
    Salah - Son - Pulisic - Graelish - Rodriguez
    DCL - Maupay / Brewster

    Thoughts?

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I like it, but would shift some funds in defense (Tara->vvd samedo->saiss and upgrade one cheepo

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thanks!
        I’m fearing having too strong bench though.

        Who would I upgrade then? Maupay?

  9. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    McCarthy, Steer
    TAA, Dier, Justin, Ayling, Vinagre
    Salah, KDB, Rodriguez, Podence, Soucek
    Werner, Jimenez, Brewster

    Leaning towards C.
    A) KDB to Son (free)
    B) KDB to Mane (free)
    C) KDB & Werner to Son and Kane (-4)
    D) KDB & Jimenez to Son and Kane (-4)
    E) KDB & Podence to Son & Pulisic (-4)

  10. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Lads, bottomed. Would you please help me out? Already on -8 and I have KDB. Should I WC?

    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. JollyGoodYellows
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Nah I think you've got enough there for this week. Holding onto KDB could come good next week.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thank you so very much!

    2. PurpleMonkeyDishwasher
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      HOLD YOUR FIRE..... Team looks fine.

      1. sirmorbach
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Cheers, mate! Appreciate it!

  11. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Am I GTG?
    Ramsdale (Fabri)
    TAA,Dier,Mitchell (Taylor,KWP)
    Salah,Son,Hamez,H.Barnes,Pulisic
    Mitrovic,Werner (Adams)

    Regretting not getting Kane in already, hopefully the Son+Pulisic move I made works out better

  12. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Which one on WC?

    A) Werner + Reguilon
    B) Richarlison + Robertson

    *Own TAA, Pulisic and Hames
    Currently on A

  13. konrad.sygula95
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Should I pull the trigger on WC or just do KDB to Son?

    Mccarthy/Nyland
    TAA/ Saiss/Holding/Douglas/Mitchell
    KDB/Salah(c)/Havertz/Podence/Stephens
    Ings/Werner/Mitro
    1 ft 0.4 itb

  14. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Rank them from best to worst (considering their value)
    Pulisic Rodriguez Grealish

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      GRP

  15. KennyKickIt127
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    (sorry bottomed a few pages back)

    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. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Just Vardy to Kane

      1. KennyKickIt127
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yeah I’ve considered that but I really want Mane and Salah from next week ... can’t see anyone else getting consistent hauls!

  16. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who is everyone captaining?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Son, unless I bring in Bruno

    2. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 15 days ago

      If in doubt . Salah

      Dont see many predictable hauling captains. So Salah.

    3. Blush Response
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Rashford.

    4. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Harry.

  17. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Already taken -4, do I need to do anything else:

    Martinez
    Trent Lamptey* James* Saiss
    Salah Son (c) Foden
    Jimenez DCL Watkins

    Forster Burke* Ferguson KDB*

    Could get end up with 9 in my starting XI if my season continues the way it's going...

    *by doubts

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      a -4 might only be worth it if it's KDB going. You ok with losing him?

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Yes

  18. Mr_Barbs
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Any these worth a -4?

    A) Ings > Kane
    B) Soucek > Grealish
    C) Davis > Watkins

    Ramdale
    TAA, Robbo, Mitchell
    Salah, Son, Havertz, Podence, Soucek
    DCL, Ings

    Steer, KWP, Davis, Vinagre*

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      A is if you intent to captain

  19. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Why are people buying Pulisic? He is not in the predicted XI in the Team News tab..

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Hasn't been updated

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      predictions have been wrong before

  20. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Sterling fit lads ya?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Looks likely

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        cheers 😉

  21. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Taking ages for them to remove the flag off Lamptey?

  22. PurpleMonkeyDishwasher
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Hello All!

    I am agonising over a transfer for the first time in years.

    2FTs
    KDB and mitro out

    for

    Kane and ??

    Potentials
    a) podence 5.6 - good fixtures - potentially limited minutes + covid test + wolves a bit ropey (have jimenez)
    b) ASM 5.3 - fair fixtures - never finished 90 minutes + inconsistent
    c) Soucek 4.9 - plays 90 minutes - limited potential for returns i guess + poor fixtures
    d) Klich 5.6 - penalties + plays everyweek - not convinced on leeds + plays pretty deep
    e) Jorginho 5.2 - penalties - deep player + potential for limited minutes

    im leaning towards the cheaper options -
    think ill be too tempted to downgrade a 5.5/5.6 in a week or 2 when i need to find some cash
    any help much appreciated

    1. WrightnBright
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      McGinn if no other Villa?Otherwise Soucek

  23. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Which option?

    A) Mahrez > Pulisic
    B) Mahrez/Jimmy > Son(c)/Watkins (-4)
    C) Save ft
    D) Other?

    Martinez
    TAA Robertson Lamptey
    Salah Sterling Mahrez Barnes
    Jimenez DCL Brewster

    Forster Soucek Mitchell Dunne

    Cheers.

  24. The_Bar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Stick with Liverpool def or diversify?

    Semedo | Dallas | Lamptey | X | X

    1) AA + Mitchell
    2) Castagne + Chillwell

  25. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Evening boys, GTG? Any changes you’d make?

    Martinez
    TAA | Dallas | Lamptey*
    Salah | Bruno | Son | Rodriguez | Soucek
    (K)ane | DCL

    Steer | Mitchell | Davis | Buur

    0.3ITB

    Thanks

    1. The_Bar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      GTG

      If need to burn a transfer - Davis to Brewster?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Cheers, already made 2 transfers in fact!

    2. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Nice to see you living up to your name

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        First time this season in fact!

  26. Chilli Heatwave
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    On -4, tips on what to do with KDB please. Or hold and play Mitchell?

    Martinez steer
    Coady Saiss James Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah KDB son Rodriguez Burke
    DCL Jiminez Watkins

    Cheers

  27. Public user
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Which one score more in the next few gw?

    A. Salah mane

    B Salah taa/robo

    1. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Don't like S/M double up, they never haul together, Salah+def is the way to go in my opinion.

  28. Park the bus
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    on WC..

    A. Trent & Mahrez
    B. Trent & Havertz (have Pulisic)
    C. VVD & Rashford

    1. jaguar shark
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Punty! A I think

  29. Thia6o
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    G2G? Son(C)

    Martinez
    Saiss Justin TAA
    Salah Zaha Rodriguez Son
    Bamford Kane DCL

    Ryan/Mitchell/Dunne/Anguissa

    2.5ITB

  30. WrightnBright
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Last WC decision:
    Wilson for 3 weeks or just get in Antonio now?

    1. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Antonio

      I got him myself early since he is already firing and may do well this week.

      1. WrightnBright
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thinking the same, cheers