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. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    CWilson > Kane -4?

    1. Fernando Torres
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No Wilson is season keeper

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

      I'd hold I think.

      1. DAZZ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Any reason why? Newcastle have tough fixtures and Spurs are on form

        1. Fernando Torres
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Kane is a must have but not for Wilson

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

          Think Wilson could do well against that United defense, but I get the appeal with Kane. Would you C Kane if you brought him in?

          1. DAZZ
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Potentially! DCL Jimi my other strikers

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

    Is this too unbalanced? Am I wasting a forward spot (Brewster will never play in this setup)? 0.0 ITB

    Martinez, 4.0
    Robertson. Dallas. Kwp. Lamptey. Mitchell/3.9
    Salah. Son. Pulisic. Hames. Grealish.
    Kane. DCL. Brewster.

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

      i like it! Brewster will be needed at some stage from the bench

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

        Thanks. Yeah, Brew will cover injuries/covid but might be better value to rotate him as a 7th attacker rather than an 8th?

    2. Mr. Chimes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have similar squad but I like yours. Nice

  3. Fernando Torres
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    KdB -> Bale (-4)

    Any good?

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

      Not for me, want to see him play first at least.

    2. JollyGoodYellows
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Definitely not, is he even fit? I doubt he'll start for a couple of weeks.

      1. Fernando Torres
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yep fit and 75% chance of start imo

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

          If you want to be a maverick then go ahead. Personally I'd wait.

  4. jam sandwich
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Robertson - Chilwell - Lamptey - X - X

    a) Saiss & 3.9

    b) Dallas & KWP

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

  5. Better Call Raul
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is Mane going to start ? Before I bring him in for KdB

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

      I think so. If you have Salah I'd question that move otherwise it's good. Help below.

  6. JollyGoodYellows
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Lads, what shall I do here? 1FT and 0.1itb. KDB to Son is the obvious one but do I need to take a -4 for my problem defense?

    Mccarthy (Button)
    TAA Davies Justin (Holding Mitchell)
    Salah KDB JRod Soucek (Bissouma)
    DCL Werner Ings

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

      Most say don't take a hit for defence. KDB to Son is decent though, consider injury worries. Plus Spurs fixtures are good.

  7. Chilli Heatwave
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 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
    N

    1. PurpleMonkeyDishwasher
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      id leave burke in - playing fulham
      only transfer if the move suites your longterm plan

      1. Chilli Heatwave
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cheers, no it doesn’t suit long term to be honest depends how long he is out

  8. The SK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Who will score more this GW?
    A) Salah
    B) Son

  9. PurpleMonkeyDishwasher
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    bottomed

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

      Soucek IMO have the biggest chance to outscore all of the others, he's the only one to produce great attacking stats every game, others had/have some good game here and there but won't be consistent enough.

      1. PurpleMonkeyDishwasher
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        cheers

  10. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is this set for GW5?

    Martinez
    Robbo, Saiss, James
    Salah, Son, Pulisic, Grealish, Zaha
    DCL, Jimenez

    Forster, Lamptey, Brewster, Mitchell

  11. Public user
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Hey guys , Which one score more in the next few gw?

    A. Salah mane

    B Salah taa/robo

  12. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    -4 and I'm left with this mess.

    Martinez
    Robbo Saiss James*
    Salah Son Foden Podence
    DCL Jimi Brewster

    Forster Taylor Mitchell KDB **

    Good luck all. I'm gonna need it.

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

    Ryan
    TAA/Taylor/Davies
    KDB/Salah/Podence/Pereira
    Kane(c)/Werner/Adams
    (Button/Mitchell/KWP/Burke)

    Who’s priority to get rid of with KDB? Podence, Davies or Adams

    Have 2ft so can take a -4

  14. Ady87
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    If you own Son and Salah, who do you ship KDB too? Don’t mind taking a hit, I’d be £0.1 short of Mitro/KDB > Pulisic/Kane - could Mahrez or Sterling work? Mane double up?

    1. PurpleMonkeyDishwasher
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      im changing team structure kane in for next few weeks anyway
      good captaincy option.
      cheaper option coming into midfield - see post above

  15. fr3d
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Stuck with a massive lump in my team called Foden. Don't know what to do with it. Give it one more week? To Pulisic for a hit?

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Keep

  16. Shrimpy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Saiss or Chilwell for Davies?

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

      Chilwell

  17. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Cap
    A) Salah
    B) Son

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

      A

  18. GE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    On a WC - pick one defence in a 3-4-3:

    1) Robertson, Chilwell and Castagne (Mitchell, Douglas)
    2) Robertson, Chilwell and Lamptey (KWP, Douglas)
    3) Robertson, Castagne and Lamptey (KWP, Douglas)

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      1

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

    Would you WC?

    McCarthy
    Trent Chilwell Saiss
    Salah KDB* Son Podence
    Jimenez DCL Adams

    Bench: Justin & cheapies

    Or would you just do KDB & Adams -> Grealish & Kane (-8)?

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

      the latter

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

    Do we think Pulisic will start?

  21. Ha.
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Dallas or Taylor?

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

      I'm going Dallas.

  22. Railwayman
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Robertson, Chilwell, Semedo, Dallas, Lamptey

    Is that too much for DEF ? Would like to have a 4.0 playing def, but I think Mitchell could play just one more game (if even that) and he is out since PVA is back and training for the last 15 days.

    1. Arn De Gothia
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      No, I’m aiming for 4x5,5 and 1x6,5

  23. #23
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Podence(lee), Wood(wba)and Foden(Ars)

    Bench which one?

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Popo

    2. Victor6359
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      P

  24. PukkiBlinder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Bruno or Mané as a long term KDB replacement?

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

      Oof, a tough one. I went Mane, mainly because ManUre have looked rubbish, but doesn't mean Bruno won't get tons of pens!

  25. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Start Podence or Brewster?

  26. Blush Response
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Differential XI

    Guaita
    Chilwell Reguilon Cash
    Mané Sterling Rash(c) Pulisic
    Agüero Rich Brewster

    1. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Love it, except Rashford

  27. Ady87
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is sterling fit?

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

      Give me a few pints first

  28. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Best pick?

    A) JRod
    B) Grealish
    C) Puli
    D) Haverz

  29. Victor6359
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Who would you get shot of for Sterling?

    A: Foden
    B: Zaha
    C: Haverz

    Cheers

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

      None

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

    What are Son 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