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:

THE 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.

Forever In Our Shadow beat the Scout Picks in Gameweek 16, their 66-58 victory pulling the Community Champions into an 8-8 scoreline for the season.

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2,832 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Which 1 to start?

    A) Johnstone
    B) McCarthy

    Which 3 to start?

    A) Alioski
    B) Balbuena
    C) Coufal
    D) O’Shea
    E) Justin

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      A

      EC ?

  2. MaestroMostar
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Who will replace Matip ? Is Phillips the man ?

  3. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Meslier
    Cancelo Justin Coufal
    Salah Bruno Son Soucek
    Kane(C) DCL Bamford

    McCarthy Dallas Romeu Taylor

    0.1 itb, 1ft

    Use ft on Taylor to Lowton?

  4. Hazard_18
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Play one :
    A) Martinez
    B) McCarthy

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      A

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      McC

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Sorry, I meant Martinez - mind is frazzled.

    3. bialk
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      It's a bit luxury to have both. I may transfer out Maccarthy to Martinez. Martinez is better keeper.

      1. Hazard_18
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Have both of them since I WC back in GW5

    4. Hazard_18
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Martinez then. Thanks guys and GL

  5. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Surely someone must know who’s out at City, Cancelos IG post looked a bit ominous with him on his lonesome. Could very well be Sterling and KDB corrr

    1. MikeS
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Ederson, cancello, torres

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Yeah but are these just rumours?

    2. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      I think KDB has been playing with it for a while...looks like he is moving in treacle...

      1. DMP
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Wrong answer. KDB(C) for the win.

  6. FootieFan77
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    It is risky transferring in City players this week as we don't know who the 5 players are apart from Walker and Jesus.

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Obviously.

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Probably a don't buy and don't sell thing right now with City players

  7. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Play

    1. Mccarthy
    2. Johnstone

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      1

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      2 here

  8. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Deffo Ederson,Walker & jesus missing, rumoured Torres & Cancelo the other 2

    1. AC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Take it for what it’s worth, Tommy Doyle is the 4/5, just missing the last piece!

      https://forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/threads/chelsea-a-pre-match-thread.348931/page-35

  9. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Bruno or Son captain?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Sonny

    2. Liber
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      I would sure go Son this week, but Bruno always good option.

  10. Liber
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Salah out for Son bad idea?

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      indeed

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Always.

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      No Salah no good

  11. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez
    Robbo Dias Cancelo
    Salah Mane Bruno Grealish Raphinha
    DCL Bamford

    (Steer Kilman Mitchell Brewster)
    0.3m & 1 FT

    A) Save FT
    - Mane to KDB for BGW18 and could get one more BGW18 player or keep 2 transfers for DGW19.

    B) Mane ➡️ Son
    - Salah to KDB for BGW18
    - Son to Salah in DGW19
    - Will have to take hits if other problems crop up.

    Thoughts?

    1. Sean
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      B looks nice, seems like the kind of thing that would go tits up but worth a try

    2. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Mane will score more this game week, so save transfer. Plus it'll be good to have flexibility - you never know, KDB could be one of the Man C players who have tested positive

  12. captainbritain
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    A) DCL + Justin
    vs
    B) Robertson + Benteke

    Best choice for this gameweek only? Thanks!

  13. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Which 2 would you play?

    1) Soucek
    2) Coufal
    3) Dallas
    4) Adams

    1. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      3 and 4?

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      I am playing 1 and 3

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Sorry 1 and 2

    4. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      1,4,2,3

  14. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Play Johnstone (ARS) or McCarthy (LIV)?

    Thanks

  15. gryffsonofarthur
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Is this leak accurate?

    Covid affected Man city players:

    Ederson, Torres, cancelo, Jesus, walker

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Sauce?

      1. Jambot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Ketchup

    2. King of Kings.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Bloody hell. Wonder who plays RB then.

      Clean sheet potential drops massively without Ederson too.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      I wish I knew. I am keeping Cancelo anyways with Dallas first sub.

    4. AC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      See above maybe means nothing

      No mention of Torres or Cancelo though doesn’t mean one of them isn’t

      https://forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/threads/chelsea-a-pre-match-thread.348931/page-35

  16. kobewan
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

    My Team:

    Martinez
    Holding, Cresswell, Chillwell
    Son, KDB, Salah, Bruno
    DCL, Bamford, McGoldi

    Sub: McCarthy, Mitchell, Kilman, Anguisa

    Here is my Dilemma Robbo has really been good for Liverpool the past few weeks and playing against the saints who have not scored a lot While Zaha will be playing against lowly Sheffield but the other hand KDB has a very game on GW18 and DGW19

    would this be a good move for GW17:

    KDB, Mitchell > Robbo, Zaha

    1. kobewan
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 18 days ago

      for a -4

      or save FT

  17. AF90
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Lamptey, Taylor & Chilwell -> Dias, Maguire & Pieters -4?

    Planning on not using any chips

  18. King of Kings.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 18 days ago

    James for Stones or Dias? Any others?

    Ideally looking for a player that plays in 17, 18 and dgw19.

  19. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Repost.

    Hey guys, what are the chances Taylor and Mitchell starts this GW?

    Cheers

  20. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    I'm chasing in my league and most of the others don't have Kane.

    Who should I captain

    a) Kane (differential)
    b) Bruno (play it safe)

  21. frenchfries
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Matip** James** Justin Coufal Taylor*

    Matip+James -> Dias+Dallas for free?

  22. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Cap one;

    A) Kane
    B) Vardy

    Play one;

    1) Coufal
    2) Dallas

  23. MikeS
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    If you had 7 players for gw18 and 9 dgw players plus son and Kane for gw19 what would you do with ft now and would you play FH gw18?

  24. RECKLESS
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Order of preference for these 3
    1) Coufal
    2) Dallas
    3) Soucek

    Currently on 1 3 2

    1. The Tinkerman
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      312

    2. MikeS
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      132

  25. GE
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Play Martinez or Messlier?

  26. The Tinkerman
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    G2G? Or would you bench Kilman?

    Martinez
    TAA, Justin, KILMAN
    Salah, Bruno (C), Kevin, Raphina, Soucek
    Vardy, Bamford

    McC; Brewster, COUFAL, Ayling

  27. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Does anyone know which GWs the MCY players with COVID are likely to miss?

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      Probably just this week if the symptoms are not severe.

    2. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 18 days ago

      I think only this gw as most footballers are asymptomatic and will be inside 15 day quarantine and should play blank gw 18 on Jan 13.
      Can advice me above mate?

  28. FootieFan77
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 18 days ago

    Does anyone know what GW is the deadline for a 1 game suspension after 5 yellow cards?

    1. Nay08
        9 months, 18 days ago

        half of the season I think, so GW18?

        1. Nay08
            9 months, 18 days ago

            oh sorry, half of the season is gw19

      • gooberman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 18 days ago

        Saka and Holding in the scout picks. Christ. Surely there are better options!

      • Nay08
          9 months, 18 days ago

          Stones + Wood (Adding my bgw18 player plus cover for dgw19 if something happens) or Dias + Benteke/McGoldrick (only 2 weeks punt) ?