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

    Bench one.
    Zouma
    Dias
    Cresswell
    Holding

    1. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Zouma

    2. RUUD!
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Zouma

    3. upforgrabs
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Cresswell

    4. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Zoom

  2. Hits from the Bong
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    I’m so confused. Got 2 FTs and was planning to free hit in 18 and bring in KDB for Grealish but not sure now

    A. Taylor to Pieters/Mitchell
    B. Taylor Wilson TAA to Mitchell Brewster KWP (allows Grealish to KDB for gw19)

    Martinez (Steer)
    TAA Coufal Dallas (Taylor Neco)
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish (Soucek)
    Kane DCL Wilson

  3. ppv
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 15 days ago

    Why are scout picks displayed so small?

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

      Gotta hide the ugliness of 4-5-1.

      1. ivantys
          4 months, 15 days ago

          LOL

    2. Muscout
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Bench one)
      A) Coufal
      B) Dallas
      C) Warde-Prowse

      1. RUUD!
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        JWP

      2. upforgrabs
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Coufal

    3. RUUD!
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Chances of Taylor starting this week?

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

        15%

      2. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        "Charlie Taylor (hamstring) - Even a minor strain could mean 2-3 weeks out. Needs to be assessed to determine the extent."

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Ben dinnery - under the "ruled out" section

          Think I'm going to sell

    4. gryffsonofarthur
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Was going to go Cancelo Fabianski but with the news about cancelo, better to bring in Fabianski Rodrigo instead?

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

        Sauce?

      2. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Just logged in. What news about Cancelo?

    5. Munny Man
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Would you sell Taylor and Mané this GW for KDB and Stones in preparation for GW 19 or just replace Taylor this GW for up to 4.7. If so, who is a good replacement for Taylor?

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Play 1
      A. Johnstone
      B. Martinez

    7. Phlajo
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      % chance of Maddison starting?

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

        Just been rested, should start if not injured.

    8. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Chilwell or Cancelo?
      Already have Dias.

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

        Cancelo

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

        Chilwell

      3. bialk
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Wait for Cancelo news.

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

        Would not risk Cancelo until further news to be honest. But then again if he will be back in time for DGW19 adn that is what you're targetting then that is fine.

        1. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Yeh both good picks but Cancelo cheaper. Might spread the risk though and go Chilwell. Thanks.

    9. PP6
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

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

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Yes good bench Adams

    10. FootieFan77
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Why were Walker and Jesus specifically mentioned but not the others?

      1. Muscout
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Because they were already confirmed well before the other 3

      2. gryffsonofarthur
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Walker and Jesus already confirmed earlier this week

      3. Disco Volante
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Walker and Jesus announced the previous week. Ederson is strongly rumoured to be amongst the new three.

    11. Vlad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      I want to Captain both son and Kane .. dammit hahaha can’t decide ..

    12. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      For next week and beyond, which looks better?

      A) KDB + Cancelo (-8)
      B) KDB + Stones (-4)
      C) Rashford + Cancelo (-4)
      D) Rashford + Stones

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        *Rashford + Cancelo is also free

    13. frenchfries
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      A
      2

      1. frenchfries
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Fail

    14. jimmyabs1987
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Wood or Adams? I’m FH in Gw18 and i Would prefer wood for the double

      Wood home to Fulham this week but would need to be -4?

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Don't take a -4, Fulham game still at risk I guess..

      2. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Prefer Watkins over those 2, Villa on fire right now

      3. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I was going to bring in Wood until I saw Burnley Fulham is in doubt

      4. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Thanks guys

    15. boroie
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Please someone provide me with some inspiration...

      I am FHing next GW but have 2 FTs so might as well use both this GW as I will lose them otherwise.

      Current squad...

      McCarthy
      Chilwell Cancelo Coufal
      Son(C) Bruno(VC) Salah KDB
      Bamford Watkins Adams

      Forster; Soucek Targett N.Williams

      £0.2 ITB

    16. LIARS POKER
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Looking ahead to the DGW what would be the best option

      A) Son to Rashford
      B) Kane to Vardy
      C) Son + Kane to KDB + Ings/Antonio for a -4

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        C

    17. upforgrabs
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Start Adams or Soucek?

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        I'm starting Soucek

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          +1

    18. Plagued by indecision
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Bother. Why did I risk bringing Cancelo in?

    19. Pepeye
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Blogs confirming Ederson, Walker,Jesus,Doyle out, last one rumoured Torres or Cancelo

    20. FCRS BGD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      1) Holgate or
      2) Holding ?
      Thanks

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

        2 cheaper

      2. upforgrabs
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Holding

        1. FCRS BGD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 15 days ago

          Thanks

    21. tabby98
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Mccarthy
      Robbo, Justin, Stones
      Bruno, Salah, Son, Raphinha
      Bamford, Vardy, Adams

      Johnstone | Soucek, Alioski, Coufal

      Is this starting 11 and bench order correct?

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

      Where did the Cancelo rumours come from?

      1. The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Think someone said an Instagram post he put out. Don’t have it to check.

      2. Warbling Wendy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        My thoughts exactly. Seems to be no basis to it

    23. Rinseboy
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      bench 1 from

      Justin Soucek Raphinha or Dias?

      1. upforgrabs
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Really tough one. Soucek maybe.

    24. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Targett or Hause?

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

        Targett on 4 YC's and Hause seems to have edged out Konsa for the moment. Martinez best AVL defence option

    25. Ronny Sandstone
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Worth keeping Maddison, bought him on a WC last week

    26. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      C.Taylor ==> ____ for 4.8m (FH18 and BB19 most likely)

      A) Lowton
      B) Balbuena (already own Coufal)
      C) Holding

      Leaning towards Holding in case WHM match cancels and I lose two. Also Balbuena rested last week but Dawson was MOTM so potential for rotation perhaps.

      Dias -- Dier -- Justin -- Coufal -- _____

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

        C

    27. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Play Dier or a Coufal?

      Defence is TAA Dias.

      1. upforgrabs
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Dier

      2. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Dier

    28. Jebiga ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 15 days ago

      Is bellerin nailed ?

      1. upforgrabs
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Pretty much

      2. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 15 days ago

        Had 2 good performances so think he's good for now.

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

          in last 2 games I mean