Scout Picks

Gameweek 17 Scout Picks draws on Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Palace

We have placed our trust in defence and midfield for the Gameweek 17 Scout Picks.

For the first time this season, we have lined-up in a 4-5-1 formation, coming in exactly in line with our £83.0m budget.

How many of these do you own?

Goalkeeper

Vicente Guaita (£4.8m) earns a place in the Scout Picks on account of Crystal Palace’s meeting with the Premier League’s lowest scorers Sheffield United. The Blades have found the net just eight times this season and only two teams have registered fewer big chances over the last four than them.

Defenders

Andrew Robertson (£7.4m) has great potential for a haul in Gameweek 17. Southampton have now gone three games without a goal and rank second-bottom for shots in the box over the last four matches. Meanwhile, no defender has created more chances than Robertson in their last four matches.

Romain Saïss (£5.0m) is back in the Wolves team again and doing what he does best: offering threat from set pieces. Over the last four matches, no defender can match the versatile Moroccan international for shots in the box.

Rob Holding (£4.4m) is a great budget enabler in an improving Arsenal defence with appealing fixtures. In Gameweek 17, the Gunners face a West Bromwich Albion outfit with two goals in their last five at home. Arsenal themselves have conceded the third-fewest number of big chances in their last two – Holding registering 90 minutes in eight of the last nine.

Erik Pieters (£4.3m) is our representative from the Burnley defence as they prepare to host Fulham. We fancy the Austrian to start either at left-back in place of Taylor, or even in midfield with ongoing injuries in wide areas. The Clarets have kept four clean sheets from a possible five against sides in the bottom eight this season while Fulham are unlikely to be at full-strength in light of recent positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

Midfielders

Salah building up massive power in top 10k after Gameweek 14 haul

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) has been unfortunate to blank in each of his last two outings, failing to convert a number of clear-cut chances at Newcastle. Even though Southampton have kept clean sheets in each of their last two, Salah does have attacking returns in six of his Premier League away matches this season.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m) has been a reliable source of points in 2020/21, blanking just twice since Gameweek 8 and registering five double-digit hauls in that time. He has seven of those in the whole campaign, more than any other Fantasy asset.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) gets into the Scout Picks on account of his fixture rather than form. After racing to 100 points in the first 11 Gameweeks, the Spurs midfielder has just a goal and assist in the last four matches. However, during that time, games involving Leeds have yielded an average of 5.3 goals. The Whites’ expansive style is sure to open up space for Son to thrive in once again.

Unsurprisingly, Wilfried Zaha (£7.4m) is our chosen representative from the Crystal Palace attack which hosts basement boys Sheffield United on Saturday. Selhurst Park has been a reliable venue for Zaha this season, where he has scored or assisted in all but one home game he started against sides outside the top eight.

Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) has been pivotal to Arsenal’s recent mini-revival, registering a goal and two assists over the last two matches. He faces the Premier League’s worst defence in Gameweek 17, West Bromwich Albion conceding on average 2.2 goals per game this season.

Forwards

Harry Kane (£11.0m) completes our double-up on the Spurs attack for an appealing home match against Leeds. The Whites’ high-intensity setup has led them to concede 12 big chances across their last four, the third-most in the division. That should be enough to bring out the best in Kane once again.

Substitutes

  • Alex McCarthy (£4.7m)
  • Matthew Lowton (£4.4m)
  • Chris Wood (£6.2m)
  • Christian Benteke (£5.5m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because we use Fantasy Football Scout data 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.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 17:

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2,832 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Pick an option for BB19

    A) soucek + KDB + martial (-4)

    B) rashford + son + watkins (-4)

    C) cancelo + barnes + KDB + watkins (-8)

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      A

    2. Jamie_GAWA
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I think someone said Cavani will be back by 19 so Martial may not be nailed

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Martial will play both matches, maybe not 180min, but at least 120min imo.

      2. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Yeah he only misses one premier league game.

  2. Hazardous1983
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Start dias.or.zouma

    1. Donny_Rover
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Dias

  3. Jamie_GAWA
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Anyone know when there is likely to be another blank game week?

    (Thinking about an alternative time to us FH)

    Thanks

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      26 I think it was.

    2. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      29 most likely, maybe 32 or 33. In terms of blanks and doubles follow Ben Crellin.

    3. Jamie_GAWA
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Thank you lads

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Is Hause nailed for Villa?

    1. NETFLIX & CHILWELL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      He's played very well for them over the past three game weeks.

      Villa fans think it'll be Mings that can't get back in the team following his ban.

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers mate

  5. Aston VII lalalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    I need to take Matip out, 5.4 Max to spend, so should I double up on Arsenal defence (experience tells me this sounds like a bad idea despite the fixtures), or bring in Maguire?

    1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Maguire

  6. MGD
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    How many BGW players is enough not to FH?

    This is my team. 8 or 9.

    AWB - Stones - Keane - Mitchell
    Fernandes - Son - Grealish
    DCL - Brewster

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I'd play that although PVA might be back

  7. Hazardous1983
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    what to do

    Mcarthy (steer)
    Dias taylor.mitchell (zouma coufal)
    Salah son bruno podence (soucek)
    Watkins kane bamford

    2.4in bank 1 ft

  8. Tabbara
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Lowton or Balbuena to replace Taylor
    (Have boufal)
    Thx

  9. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Scouts and Mark are going with Kane/Son (C). But Bruno is running away with it in the Captains poll.

    1. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      tbh I am so scared that matches will be called off i might just put it on Bruno to get it done and out the way

  10. Soto Ayam
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Who to play?

    A) chilwel vs CITY
    B) Dallas vs spurs

    Thanks

    1. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      A

      1. Soto Ayam
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers

  11. GinjaWhinja
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Just imagine if Aguero gets 90 vs Chelsea...

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I can't

  12. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Best move?
    A) Taylor >>> Alioski
    B) Wood + Taylor >>> Stones + Rodrigo (-4)
    c) Wood + Taylor >>> Alioski + Watkins/Haller/Adams

  13. Olson
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Basicslly too terrified to pick a team or make any transfers

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Toughen up there buck, a few hours to deadline.

  14. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Start...

    A. Johnstone
    B. Martinez

    ?
    Obvious answer could be Martinez but Utd attack better than Arsenal, and Arsenal looks to me like a tea which Big Sam could manage to frustrate.

  15. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Do we think Spurs are suited to play against Leeds, or will they struggle?

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      They will struggle to win but I expect Spurs to score

    2. ebb2sparky
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I would expect them to score quite a few on the counter attack but I’ll probably still captain either Salah or Bruno.

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      If Spurs score first they could park the bus as long as they can, though they'd be better looking for a second to kill the game. Hopefully Leeds score first and it's a classic goalfest.

  16. ebb2sparky
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Would you use your FT to sell C. Taylor for Holding and start him instead of Dallas or best to have 2 FT for next week?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Depends a bit if you plan a FH in GW18 or 19? Taylor value should definitely drop by GW18 if no positive news.

      1. ebb2sparky
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Planning to save my FH so need as many GW18 starters as possible. My gut says Taylor won’t be back for GW18 so selling him would make sense

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yes and you probably save money doing it now. But more PL this GW and Carabao semis, plus maybe COVID rearrange possibilities, before Tuesday week could impact your potential GW18 starters, and a slight chance CT could make a Lazaris-like recovery. I know I'm being cautious but I'd rather a price drop than take a hit.

  17. Pringle
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Not sure what to do with James. Likely to be fit for gw 19?

  18. wattalowz
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    How nailed is Stones? Willing to accept the occasional rotation. Do we think the 0.8m saving over Dias is worth it?

    1. ebb2sparky
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      If you’ve got the money in the bank I’d go Dias for sure.

  19. Bobby
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    start soucek or bamford?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bam

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Bamford!

      Start Soucek or Adams?

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Soucek! Start Saka or soucek?

        1. Pieterke30
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Start Soucek over Adams, sure? Pfff, it’s a tough one I really cant decide. Why do you Soucek ahead of Adams?

          Soucek or Saka - Saka for me because West Brom

      2. Bobby
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        soucek for me

        1. Bobby
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          sorry for me saka before Soucek, but Soucek before Adams

          1. Pieterke30
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            And why Soucek ahead of Adams? Can a depleted Pool defence cope with Soton’s aggressivity (if they are up for it)? Surely Adams is meant to get more goalscoring opportunities than Soucek?

    3. Bobby
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      every time i bench soucek he gets a goal, but yep makes sense to start with Bam

  20. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Am I correct benching Zouma & Dallas?

    Bench 2?

    Zouma Robbo Coufal Stones Dallas

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Huum Yes

    2. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Yes you are right imo

    3. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I think I would start Zouma. Nailed and threat. Prefer him (just about) to Stones and Coufal.

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Cheers

  21. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Happy new year! Best option for DGW19?

    A) Zouma, Alioski, Vardy
    B) Robertson, Cancelo, Rodrigo.
    C) Dallas, Balbuena, Vardy
    D) Cancelo, Alioski, Vardy

    Thinking D for balance (will have 2 City, 2 Leeds, 2 Liverpool + Vardy).

    Cheers.

  22. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Pick two to play with Robbo
    A- James
    B- Stones
    C- Coufal
    D- Dallas

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Close, A and C perhaps.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Look above, I am on Coufal & stones

  23. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Any news on Cancelo? Planning to get him or Dias.

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I went for Dias

    2. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      This

  24. only2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Any news on taylor? How long will be be out?

  25. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Start
    a) Coufal
    b) Dier

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B

    2. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      B

  26. Mooster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Is Struijk a secure starter, or is he playing beceause someone is injurde?

  27. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Kane or Son for the captaincy and why if possible?

    1. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Son has the speed to get in behind. Don't think you will go wrong with either pick

  28. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Pick two to start please

    A. Coufal (everton)
    B. Zouma (M CITY)
    C. Mitchell (S UTD)
    D. Dallas (spurs)

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      A & C

    2. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Mitchell won’t start

    3. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Thanks. Mitchell a risk but could be a clean sheet if he starts.

  29. Bobby
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    how long will phillips be in the liverpool team for do we think? need a quick defensive fix and hoping he may be it!

  30. as33
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Kane ir Bruno for captain?