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. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Start Stones or Rodrigo?

    1. ChelseaGuy
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Rodri

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Rodrigo more likely to score than Stones keeping a CS imo

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Rodrigo

  2. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Are you sure Stones doesnt have covid? Might bring him in for Mitchell to prepare for BB ( can bench Stones this week)

    1. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Even if he does he'll be fine by the time those matches come unless he has severe symptoms.

  3. Pukki Party
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    I've spent some time now to find pictures from ManCity dressing room to find out who sits next to each other, can't find any pictures since 2017 though.

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

      Signs of desperation

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Signs of a serious player imo

  4. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Which 2 would you play ?

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

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      12

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 18 days ago

        12

      • Atimis
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        1 and 4?

      • Sean
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        I’m on 24 atm

      • Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        ask yourself whose 2 points you like the most

        1. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Lol

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

      Will Mitchell start guys ?

      1. ivantys
          3 months, 18 days ago

          It's worth a try any day vs Sheffield.

      2. Dele
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Martinez, Peacock
        Cresswell, Robbo, Dallas, Ayling, Dunne
        Salah, Grealish, Bruno, Son, Soucek
        Kane, Bamford, Adams

        I’ve got 2FT and no idea what to do, any ideas?

      3. Greenbackbøøg…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        If I save a transfer now, then do free hit next gw, does that mean for the dgw I'll have 2 FTs or 1?

        1. Muscout
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          1

        2. The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          1 FT after FH

        3. Jimmers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          You'll have 1

      4. JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Worth doing Mccarthy + Zouma > Martinez + AWB?

        I'm not using FH in 18 so want to maximise players who play in 18 and have a double in 19.

      5. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        G2G and save FT?
        Martinez
        Konsa Mitchell Holding
        Salah Son Bruno Saka
        Bamford Firmino Kane

        Steele Soucek Kilman Taylor

        Cheers

      6. 7_Dan_7
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Bench one of:

          Coufal
          Dallas
          Dias

          Currently edging Dias as others have more chance of assist...

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

            Dallas

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

          A Man City fan website seems to hint that 2 of the players self isolating could be Tommy Doyle and Ederson.

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

            Sauce?

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

              City Extra Fan Nation

        • Puntillimon
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Brought in pope as second keeper for dgw and as keeper for plum fixture this gw. Forgot Fulham yet to be cleared. Sigh.

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          My original moves were KDB+Taylor >> Son(C)+Cancelo. Should I go with it and ignore the rumours?

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

        • Alli
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Adams > Watkins/Antonio/Wood for free? FH18 BB19

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Thought about it too. Antonio the only big draw long term but too risky right now.

        • Ghost86
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Who would you play?

          A) Dallas (tot)

          B) Soucek (eve)

        • lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Will Grealish serve ban in the cup if he gets his 5th yellow today ?

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

            Yes I think

          2. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            No, that rule changed in 2018 I think.

          3. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Guaranteed then.

        • Attractive Nuisance
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 18 days ago

          2 FT. I have no Spurs cover. Should I do
          A) Dier+Grealish to Holding & Son
          B) Grealish+DCL to El Ghazi+Kane
          C) KDB to Son & roll 1 FT.

          P.S: I'm not playing FH in 18

        • Tmel
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Best Matip replacement 6.8 or under? (already have Dias)

        • Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Right then folks who is Wcing GW 17 or GW18?

          1. MartyT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            WC after 18 for me.

          2. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Too early for me personally. Want the WC for second batch of doubles and blanks really.

        • Dazzyboy76
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Anyone know who the Man City Covid players are?

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

            Cant be certain City Forum thinks they have 4/5 ederson walker Jesus and doyle

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

              That seems to be 4 of the 5 players.

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

                Agreed number 5 seems a mystery

        • iveseenitall
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Zouma out maguire in?

          1. JollyGoodYellows
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Do it! I'm doing Zouma for AWB.

        • Wılly
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

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

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

          WHICH ONE TO PLAY?

          1. iveseenitall
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Adams for sure

        • woodboy76
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          I have 1 transfer this week, if I free hit next week do I get another transfer or does free hit use it up? Otherwise I might aswell burn my transfer today if I'm going to get two transfers for week 19 anyway?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Uses it up.

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

            If you Free Hit you only have 1 free transfer to use.

        • Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Taylor > Pieters or Lowton?

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Ur right, neither

          2. Bobby_Baggio
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            I'm tempted by ballbuena, double up too

          3. woodboy76
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Must be something better tan tat, I'm in same boat

        • The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Sami Khedira in talks with Everton.

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Doesn’t excite me.

            1. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Nah, too old. Won’t be an FPL player either.

        • John78
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          If i have two FT's going into GW18, can i use them then use my FH after i have done my two FTs?

          1. Von Lipwig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            No. FH will cancel all transfers that week.The next week you have just 1 FT

            1. John78
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Thanks

        • Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          How many is enough for gw18

          I’ve got;

          Martinez
          Dias Dier
          Bruno Son
          DCL Kane.

          Could do Salah to KDB in 18 to have 8 and roll a transfer to 19. If I do this I will probably only TC not BB in 19 That would save FH & BB + 2nd WC for later in the season. What do you think?

        • Sid07
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Taylor to
          1) cancelo
          2) dias

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Dias

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Saka fit? Planning to transfer him in for Klich. Flag seems to have been removed.

          1. Wicked Weapon
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Hopefully fit. Martinelli looks the most likely to get his minutes managed. Can't be certain about anything these days though.

          2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            If ederson is out because of corona this gw, will he be ready for gw 18 ?

            1. Forever In Our Shadow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Probably imo

            2. MartyT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Affects everyone differently, impossible to know for sure.

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

              With Ederson possibly out does that make us less confident about a City clean sheet?

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Yep