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. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Fabianski & Stones or Johnstone & Cresswell for the DGW?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Fab and Stones

    2. COUFAL SO GOOD
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      The former

    3. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      First

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Yeah fab and stones also

  2. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Defence looks like this

    Robbo Cancelo Ayling Taylor Lewis

    Transfering out Lewis this week to a 4.5 def. Currently on Holding as i don't need a dgw player as long as two of Ayling/Cancelo/Taylor are fit for 19. Too risky to get Holding? Would you look at Balbuena/Alioski/Lowton rather?

    Thanks

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Lowton

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Good fixture for Burnley this week but kind of risky as it's against Covidham

  3. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    I have Pope and Taylor and 2FTs. Do I remove both in case the But Ful game is cancelled? Won't have a playing keeper otherwise.

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Do you have money itb to get the other keeper upgraded?

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        I do yes.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          I'd do that.

    2. OLLY G
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Maybe upgrade your backup keeper if you are going to BB GW19?

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Was thinking of TC. Don't have that many DGW players.

  4. Sean
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Right which 3 scores more to win my cup tie then? Pope Coufal and Raphinia VS Leno (whichever 5.3 def he brings in) and Wijnaldum

  5. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Would you do this? Stones could be Lowton.

    GW17; KDB+Taylor >> Son(C)+Stones
    GW18; FH
    GW19; BB; Son >> KDB

    McCarthy
    Robbo, Dias, Coufal
    Salah, KDB, Bruno, Raphinha
    DCL, Bamford, Adams
    (Johnstone, Dallas, Soucek, C.Taylor*)

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

      Planning transfers in these times Rafa... I wouldnt

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

        I mean I know we all plan... but alot can happen os what I mean

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        What would you do with my team then mate? 2FTs

    2. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      It's tough as I've no spurs and I have kdb but feels like a wasted transfer...but if son plays he's your captain. Proper hokey cokey and who knows what else will go wrong between now at gw19

    3. Sean
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Solid yep

  6. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Play

    A. Soucek
    B. Adams

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. iveseenitall
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Soucek

  7. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Who would you replace Taylor with? 1.7ITB but may need money for Son > KDB in dgw19

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I'm getting Holding

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I went to Holding, great fixtures and Arsenal are decent defensively at the moment purely to due to parking the bus.

    3. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Lowton, Dias or Maguire

  8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Would you FH if you can get this team for 18 with a hit?
    I thought there was no need but Cancelo possibly having covid would confuse me

    Martinez, Holding, Cancelo,Dias, Grealish,Son, Fernandes,DCL and Riedewald (1-pointer)

    1. iveseenitall
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      No keep the free hit for later

  9. iveseenitall
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 15 days ago

    Maguire in for zouma?

    1. JollyGoodYellows
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      I'm tempted to do Zouma > AWB. My only issue is the value I have tied up in Zouma.

      1. NateDogsCats
          5 months, 15 days ago

          I'm in the same boat here, I'd still be making a profit of 0.4m on Zouma but not sure if I really want to do away with him going towards gw20 onwards.

    2. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      How likely is Mitchell to start again?

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        I have him starting but I doubt he'll start, worst case scenario is he'll get a couple of minutes while Cresswell stays on my bench...

    3. PP6
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Starting Stones over Adams.. good idea? Have Robertson and Trent.

    4. Dele
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Bench one?

      A) Soucek
      B) Watkins
      C) Adams

      1. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Adams - I think Soucek and Watkins will get more chances.

      2. OLLY G
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Adams

    5. King Kun Ta
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Best wishes for 2021 lads!

      Martinez Martin*
      Ayling Robbo Chilwell Coufal Justin
      Son* Grealish Bruno Salah Soucek
      Vardy Bamford Adams

      0.1 ITB & 1 FT (*no DGW)

      FH in GW18 & BB in GW19

      Want to downgrade Grealish this GW to free up some cash for a second goalie. Think i will keep Son during the DGW.

      Grealish ->

      A El Gazi (never thought i would write this down as an Ajacied)
      B Madisson/Barnes
      C better DGW option? Who?

      Ta!

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Anyone?

    6. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 15 days ago

      Right I’ve changed my mind. You have got to be in it to win it. Cancelo in!

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Will be out with Covid?

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Well the things im seeing and hearing point towards him not being out with covid imo

      2. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Think I'm with you. Taylor > Cancelo it is.

        1. Wicked Weapon
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Could easily be a master class in disaster. I say this as some one who owns both at the moment.

        2. OLLY G
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Are you planning to BB or TC in GW19?

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            TC probably but could go either way

            1. OLLY G
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              You're smashing it. Would you FH18 with:

              Martinez

              Taylor

              Fernandes, Grealish, Son

              Wilson, DCL

              Got 2FT

              Thanks

              1. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                5 months, 15 days ago

                No Id just try get some city players in

                1. OLLY G
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 15 days ago

                  Thanks mate

        3. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Could grab a 15 pointer, could be out with Covid. Good luck

      3. timawflowers
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        play coufal or holding?

        1. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          H

      4. Sz21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Who would u choose- Saka or Soucek? Same price atm.

        1. rokonto
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Soup

      5. Legohair
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        My team:
        McCarthy
        Chilwell-Taylor-Lindelöf
        Salah-KDB-Bruno-Son-Grealish
        Bamford-Adams

        Steer,Coufal,Justin, Brewster

        1 FT
        A. Taylor to Alioski
        B. Grealish to Soucek(leaves money to upgrade Brewster and Steer for doubles)

        ???

      6. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 15 days ago

        Tommy Doyle is apparently self isolating, not sure if he’s in and around the Man City 1st team, but if he is that makes 4 near enough confirmed cases along with Jesus Walker Ederson.

        https://mobile.twitter.com/City_Xtra

        Scroll down a few posts to see the tweet

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Didnt pep say “3 important players”, therefore if those 3 are comfirmed surely Cancelo doesnt have it

          1. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            It might be 3 important players in addition to Walker and Jesus, which would be the 5 in total.

            1. Bubz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              But Doyle has been confirmed and hes not important

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                5 months, 15 days ago

                Pep's the kinda guy to call everyone important while considering half of them unimportant

              2. Forza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 15 days ago

                Pep might see him as important - he's weird like that. He calls Foden the second coming of Christ then subs him on in stoppage time.

          2. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            He doesn't see Jesus as important

            1. Wicked Weapon
                5 months, 15 days ago

                Neither does any one else tbh

        2. Wılly
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          A. Play Adams (vs LIV), possible benching as in need of a rest, also own TAA and will be hoping for a CS.

          B. Play Brewster (vs cpl), unpredictable line-up, Sheffield United have scored 8 goals in 16 games.

          1. DycheDycheBaby
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Don't think Adams will be rested. He came off before 60 in the last game. Play Adams as he has way more goal threat then Brewster.

        3. matiakez
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          2 to bench here;

          KWP
          Dallas
          C Taylor
          Lookman

          Currently have KWP and Taylor benched?

        4. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          no news about taylor?

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            No Burnely press conf today I don't think

          2. DMP
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Im playing him first 11.

        5. mdm
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Who to captain:

          A. Kane
          B. Son

          Thanks.

          1. Tosa86
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            I have the same doubt

          2. Pukkipartyy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            B

        6. Pepeye
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Pep confirms 5 City first team out & can only be named tomorrow

        7. Tosa86
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Kane or son captain?

          1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Son

        8. lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 15 days ago

          Is this good enough for 18 or should I FH ? This will be for free

          Martinez

          Dias - Dier - PVA - Taylor

          KDB - Fernandes - KDB - Son - Grealish

          DCL - Brewster

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Two KDBs more than enough

            1. lordkippe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              hmm thought about getting a third one. Should be Rashford instead

          2. Wicked Weapon
              5 months, 15 days ago

              Seems good enough provided at least one KDB shows up

          3. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Which 1 to bench?

            A) Martinelli (wba)
            B) Watkins (mun)
            C) Bamford (tot)

            Salah, KDB, Bruno, Son
            Wilson

            1. lordkippe
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              Martinelli

            2. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 15 days ago

              Not BC

          4. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            A) KDB to Son(C), then get KDB back for the DGW
            B) Konsa to Stones, captain Salah/Bruno

          5. St. Joseph
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 15 days ago

            Pascal Struijk

            Or

            Phillips (Liv)

          6. THL33
              5 months, 15 days ago

              Hi, I have had Dallas for a while, but want another Leeds attacker. I am going to FH17 and maybe BB18 I need a Brewster replacement and own Adams. I was going to get Rodrigo over Bamford for financial reasons and then hopefully get kdb in for son as well as changing lewis and Forster.

              So, Soucek or use a transfer to get Rodrigo this week and start him. Thanks

              1. The Train Driver
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 15 days ago

                But but, Dallas is a Leeds attacker..

                1. THL33
                    5 months, 15 days ago

                    Why not have multiple?

                  • THL33
                      5 months, 15 days ago

                      Is Rodrigo not the best sub 6 mil forward option.... Who would you have instead?

                2. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 15 days ago

                  Does this formation etc look correct?

                  Johnson,
                  Coufal, Robbo, Stones,
                  Bruno, C,Son, Grealish, Salah
                  Kane, Bamford, Watkins

                  Martinez, Soucek, Zouma, Dallas