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. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Play 3

    A) Semedo [lee]
    B) Saiss [lee]
    C) Dallas [WOL]
    D) Mitchell [BHA]
    E) Lamptey [cry]

    Thanks

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      First 3

    2. Mike82
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Semedo

    3. Dexters Laboratory
        1 month, 15 days ago

        ABE

    4. kinghenry14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      on WC

      A) trossard (352)
      B) watkins (343)

      already have grealish

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

        Watkins

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I think this answer will become more apparent over the next few weeks

          1. kinghenry14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            cheers mate leaning towards trossard as well. had him pre WC already and must admit he looked great on the eye test

      3. istanbul05
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A

      4. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A

      5. kinghenry14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        thanks all

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

      Reguilon over Chilwell/Semedo?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        For me, yes

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

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

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Huh? Antonio with Reg

    6. dshv
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Starting WC or keep kdb ?

    7. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Pulisic new owners are you armbanding him?

      1. Goro Majima
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        No, probably Salah.

      2. DwarfKing
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Salah, son or Kane seem to be the favourites for captain.

    8. istanbul05
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Martinez,
      Robertson, _____ , Lamptey,
      Salah, Son, Pulisic, Rodriguez, Grealish,
      Kane, DCL.

      4m, Brewster, KWP, 4m.

      Thoughts on the last spot in my WC team, and the team in general?

      A) Chilwell
      or
      B) Samedo

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

        I’ve got chillwell

      2. kinghenry14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        think i'm going chilwell

    9. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

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

      1. Mauricios Cappuccino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I would say A, I'm considering keeping too and playing Mitchell. Do we know how long KDB will be out for?

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

      Ugh, double Villa keepers feels like a liability now. What 4.0 to pick otherwise?

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

        How come?

    11. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Play Reece James or Lamptey?

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

        James and hope he plays

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

        Reece James, if he starts then he can haul. If he doesn't start chances are he wont be subbed on as chelsea have so many attackers on bench

        1. Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Ok cheers! Thanks guys.

    12. nibby
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Bench 2
      A) Digne
      B) R.James
      C) Dallas
      D) Saiss
      E) Lamptey

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

        CE

    13. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Which 3 defenders to play?

      A - Saiss v Leeds
      B - Lamptey v Palace
      C - Justin v Villa
      D - C.Taylor v WBA
      E - R.James v Southampton

      Thanks.

    14. Hoblito
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      So i'm transfering out KDB and Che Adams. I'm having a dillema:

      A) Son and Maupay
      B) Trossard and Kane

      Who do you think is the better option?

      Thank you.

      1. Goro Majima
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I think B just about, though I'll end up with Son and Trossard probably.

      2. DwarfKing
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Both are good. Depends on your long term strategy. Would you prefer the cash in midfield or forward?

        1. Hoblito
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Hm ... i would say in the middle. I still have a WC though.

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

      Just realized I have triple palace starting. lol@me

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

        Good man! LOL

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

        PVA?

    16. The Wizard of Ozil
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Narrowed it down to the following

      A) KDB -> Sterling

      Or

      B) KDB & Mitro -> Kane(c) & Grealish (-4)

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

        I like B

        1. The Wizard of Ozil
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Also give me an easy way to get Aguero in a few weeks

      2. DwarfKing
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        B. Better fixtures and Man city are struggling without a fit number 9.

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

      Now i'm pretty happy with this WC draft, thoughts?

      Martinez
      TAA Robbo Semedo Justin
      Salah Son Pulisic Grealish
      Jimenez DCL

      Button Soucek Ayling Brewster

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

        Double pool defence looks too much..
        I.am going with pool less defence...

    18. Offside Trapattoni
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Anyone know the latest on Sterling's status?

      1. Mike82
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Hes garbage

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

        Buys about €1.10

    19. Mike82
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Rate my team chaps and chappettes;

      Mccarthy
      Semedo, Justin, TAA
      Salah, Son (C), Havertz
      DCL, Jiminez, Brewster

      Ryan, Mitchell, Dunne, Armstrong

      Was gonna do Jimi > Kane for -4 or stick?.

    20. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 15 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

      1. Mike82
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        As a Son owner I shall be playing and captaining him

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

          Sorry I meant if you had both KDB and Son

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

      With all the KDB, Son debtates raging, not much focus on Goal keepers.

      With plenty on WC's, these seem to be the 3 main options being considered:

      A) Guiata & Button (Differential option from Differential article)
      B) Martinez & Ryan (Rotation option)
      C) Martinez & Button (Cash saving option)

      Discuss....

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

        Went Martinez Martin

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

          I like Guiata next 4

      2. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        So far, after four weeks, Pope, McCarthy, Guita and now Martinez are essential. You just need to go with you who you fancy yourself, not follow everyone doing so badly they've already used wildcard.

    22. hjc1313
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Thoughts on my wildcard selection ? Spurs double up too much with no city / De Bruyne cover ?

        McCarty
        TAA saiss chilwell
        Salah Rodriguez son Grealish
        DCL Wilson Kane

        Subs - steer / Justin / Mitchell / Romeu

        Cheers

        1. DwarfKing
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          City aren't great atm. Double up spurs for form and fixutres.

          1. hjc1313
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yeah cheers tempted to give them a run and keep an eye on city players ...

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Should i get Kane for Jimenez for a hit or wait till next week?

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

            Next week

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Okay thanks 🙂

            2. Dexters Laboratory
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Jiminez to Kane for Free? Or Foden to Bale next week?

            3. *Reformed-Character*
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              100 % wait

              1. Zim0
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Thanks!

          2. Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            are we sure martinez is nailed long term?

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

              Heaton back soon

            2. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Yeah heatons not gonna be starter anymore imo

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

              Martinez is excellent. He’s number one

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

            Too soon for Pulisic or jump on board?.

            KDB > son

            Podence To

            A)Pulisic
            B) Grealish
            C) Trossard

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

              B

            2. Hoblito
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              C

            3. Goro Majima
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I've done A but all good options I think.

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

              B

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

            Thoughts on that WC ?

            0.5ITB right now

            Martinez
            Robo/Chilwell/Reguilon
            Salah/Son(c)/Grealish/Hamez
            Kane/DCL/Maupay

            Martin/Lamptey/4.4/4.0

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

              Nearly identical to my wc team. Bit template i suppose!

            2. Atimis
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Maybe Kilman over Mitchell?

          5. Bury94
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Out - Werner, KDB, Anguissa
            In - Son, Mane, Brewster (-4)

            Done, tempted by Mane captain

          6. JollyGoodYellows
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Guys I really need some help here. Team is looking a state so what would you do? 1FT and 0.1itb

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

            1. Wolves Ay We
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Werner and Ings to Kane and Watkins

              1. JollyGoodYellows
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Interesting. Do you not think my defense is a priority with 3 possible non starters?

                1. Wolves Ay We
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  You could give Werner one more week and get Watkins for Ings and upgrade Justin to Castagne. You will need Spurs coverage soon in any case.

          7. Catastrophe
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A) Bench KDB (start Justin)
            B) KDB -> Mane/Pulisic/Sterling (-4)
            C) KDB & Wilson -> Kane (c) & JRod/Grealish (-8)

            Already have Son (c) and Salah

            Cheers

            1. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              B - Mane

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

            KDB out for -4? If so, who?

            McCarthy
            TAA - Justin - Mitchell
            KDB - Salah - Son - Zaha
            Wlson - DCL - Jimé

            Nyland - Stephens - KWP - Holding

          9. King Kohli
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Am I GTG?

            Martinez
            TAA Robbo Castagne
            Salah Sterling Barnes Pereira
            Ings DCL Maupay
            Steer Anguissa Mitchell Johnson

            Will captain Mo or Raz

          10. royals forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Your help is needed please

            Play one of

            Lamptey
            Justin

            Any ideas would be welcomed