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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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. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    greaish on 4 yellows...
    grealish to son for free?

    y/n ?

  2. AC Yew
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Just realised i'm starting Dier Son Raphina and Bamford

    1. RUUD!
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      No problem. Hope for a goal fest

      1. AC Yew
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Yes this is what i am hoping for!

    2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Ok

    3. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I've got those and KAne 🙁

      1. AC Yew
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Couldn't fit Kane in my team. Good luck. Hoping for a wild game!

  3. Jimmer887766
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Captain Salah, Son, or Bruno for GW17?

    1. RUUD!
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I’m on Son

  4. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Those that has kane and salah, who are u guys gonna capt?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Kane (C)

    2. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Kane out of those 2 but I may go Bruno

    3. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Kane

    4. Men in green tights
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Kane

    5. threeputt
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Kane, no chance of being rested

    6. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Kane (c) Bruno (vc) Salah (had enough of captaining him being a Liverpool supporter)

  5. rokonto
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    I've never finished lower than 575,000 in 13 years.
    I'm currently at around 3,500,000.
    4 green arrows in a row though, bring it on!

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Good luck mate, I'm sure you'll continue to smash it 🙂

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      In a similar situation, although frustrating, pretty fun and motivating fighting to gain former glory...

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Wish i could say the same. Never finished below 300,000 before last year. Been a weird 2 seasons for me.

    4. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      I think most people on this site will see some nice rises over next few weeks.

    5. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      hahaha... loserrrrrr!

      1. rokonto
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Charming

  6. RUUD!
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Have to play one.

    Konsa (mun)
    Adams (LIV)

    1. rokonto
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Konsa

  7. saurabh.06
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 days ago

    Fab
    Dallas Robertson Dias
    Bruno grealish salah Raphina
    Kane dcl Rodrigo
    Forster Mitchel Taylor Romeo
    2tfs
    A. Salah and Dcl to Son/ rash and Vardy.
    B. Salah and dcl to Sterling and Martial
    C. Other.
    Fh in 18.
    Thanks

  8. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 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)

    ?

    1. Jebiga ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      A

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Kane has blanked the times I have captained him so it makes me a bit nervous!

        1. Jebiga ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          He's got a baby yesterday

  9. TNB
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Drop one:

      1. Konsa vs Mand U
      2. Dallas vs Spurs
      2. Coufal vs Everton

    • OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Already -4 pts
      If have james and FH next Gw So what to do ?
      A- Sell Now
      B- Wait till DGW and then play or sell him

      1. Odikostar
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        b

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Thx

    • Mr. Mystic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Bench one:
      A) Holding
      B) Mitchell
      C) Coufal
      D) Dias
      E) Dallas

      1. estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Coufal

      2. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Mitchell of course!

        1. estheblessed
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Palace have sheff united tho?

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            So all he has going for him is a potential CS, really. For that to happen, he needs to start and last 60 without conceding. Seems like a risk just for 4 pts tbh, as he could make a cameo for -1pt (compared to the other options), etc.

            Whereas your other options are less likely to make cameo appearances and so perhaps as likely to get clean sheets, if not more in some cases, and have more attacking or bonus potential.

    • FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Is it risky to bring in City defenders as now Ederson is out?
      Will the CS potential be affected?
      Need some opinion guys?

      1. threeputt
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        its the reason I'm saving my transfer, what with a difficult away at Chelsea I don't see any point in bringing in City players this week

    • tabby98
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Start 2:
      A) Stones
      B) Coufal
      C) Alioski
      D) Soucek
      E) Adams

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        A D

      2. iveseenitall
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        A&D

    • Pepeye
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Tommy Doyle confirms self isolating - 4 deffo now -Ederson,Walker,Jesus Doyle

    • Chhana
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      sold Bruno & Bam for Saka & Kane because of BGW...sob sob

      1. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Not good man. That will hurt.

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Wow

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Bruno doesn’t blank now. Playing Burnley.

      4. LarryDuff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Thats shocking

      5. AC Yew
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        DGW fever

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Top 100k GR with this team?

      Martinez (mun)
      TAA Stones Cancelo
      Son(c) KDB Bruno(v) Grealish Saka
      Martial Bamford

      McCarthy (LIV) | Brewster (cry), Mitchell (SHU), Gabriel**

      1FT. 0.6 ITB.

    • Dont give a fuchs
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 days ago

      Bench 1 and play 1
      A) Cancelo
      B) T. Silva

      C) McCarthy
      D) Fabianski

      E) Soucek
      F) Adams

      1. THL33
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Play Cancelo, Fab and not sure

        • Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          BDF play

        • Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Bench 1 of each pair

          A) Cancelo
          B) T. Silva

          C) McCarthy
          D) Fabianski

          E) Soucek
          F) Adams

          BCF

      2. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        GTG?

        Martinez
        Dier Dias TAA
        Salah Bruno Son (c) Raphinha
        Kane Bamford DCL

        Steer Soucek Coufal Douglas 1FT 0.7ITB

        1. iveseenitall
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Looks good to me

      3. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Reckon Kilman starts again this week?

      4. youzef
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        McCarthy
        Aurier Cancelo TAA Taylor
        Mahrez Salah Fernandes (C)
        Watkins Vardy Wood
        Bench: Ryan Soucek JWP Mitchell

        Shall I do Mahrez and Wood out for Zaha and Bamford (-4)?
        Or for Raphinha and lacazette?

      5. iveseenitall
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        If I use the free hit will that wipe my ft out......... only kidding!

        Maguire in for zouma?

        1. Mattious8
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I have Zouma and don't know who to get myself. Maguire was an option. Saiss?

          1. iveseenitall
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            I think im free hitting in 19 and wouldnt play zouma this week anyway. So seems a waste to keep when I can get someone else in, already have a wolves defender so im avoiding the double up.

      6. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Which FH GW 18 Team folks?

        Team AstraZeneca

        Pickford (4.0 fodder)
        Maguire, Holding, Clark (Kilman, Mitchell)
        Sterling, KDB, Fernandes, Sigurdson (Bissouma)
        Aguero, Lacazette, Cavani

        Team Pfizer

        Pickford, Ramsdale
        Maguire, Stones, Clark, (Coady, Holding)
        Sterling, Fernandes, Zaha, Sigurdson (Saka)
        Aguero, Cavani, Lacazette

        Team Moderna

        Ederson* (Macey)
        Semedo, Dier, Clark (Clyne, Mitchell)
        Son, De Bruyne, Sterling, Neto, Zaha
        Kane, Wilson (Brewster)
        * can change to anyone

        Any 'optimistic' thoughts to cure my ailment?

      7. MOZIL
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Start Kilman or Stones? Seems like Kilman is nailed for this week

        1. Atletico Junior
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Stones

      8. the snazzy viking
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Bring in Son or Rashford?

        (FH18, BB19 - extra -4 if I take Son out for DGWer in 19)

      9. Sz21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Would u start Coufal (eve) or Dallas (tot) this GW?
        Leaning Coufal atm.

        1. Free Hat
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Same here. Playing Coufal.
          Cant see a CS for Leeds.

      10. Jebiga ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Do you think that C.Taylor will be available for gw 18 ?

      11. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        Arghh! Sorry to add to the number of captain quandary’s gents, but Who to captain?!

        A)Salah
        B) Son
        C) Bruno
        D) KDB

        Also, would you do Mitchell/Dunne to Holding for free?

        Team is:

        Martinez
        Robbo - Dallas - Dias
        Raphinha - Bruno - KDB - Salah - Son
        Bamford - DCL
        ________________________________
        Forster: Brewster - Mitchell - Dunne

        2 FT’s, 0.6 ITB

        Cheers guys! Really appreciate any feedback!

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Going B

      12. boroie
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        In desperate need of 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

        Would like to upgrade either Forster or Neco Williams but where do I gain the extra cash?

      13. yanky
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 16 days ago

        thoughts on bringing in reece james and benching him (playing Adams instead). Hear me out—-- I know hes injured and dropping in price but I have no other moves to make and FH18 so will lose my transfer this week if I dont use it. Hopefully in 2 wks James could be fit for Chelsea dgwk19 and fixtures beyond?

        1. Sam (Team Sam)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          Bring in Stones instead

          1. yanky
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 16 days ago

            already have dias cancelo kdb

        2. AC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          It’s a hamstring injury which means he could be rested a fair bit, they won’t want to risk it.

      14. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 16 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,Stones, Grealish,Son, Fernandes,DCL and Riedewald (1-pointer)

        1. Atletico Junior
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          I wouldnt use FT

        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 16 days ago

          That looks pretty good, bhai