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. Kuyt Hero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    Dias, Cresswell, Coufal, Dallas.

    Which one to bench?

    1. Firmino
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Coufal or Dallas

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Coufal

  2. langov
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 19 days ago

    DGW19 BB team, on WC now:

    Fabianski - DeGea
    Dias-Cancelo-Dallas-Struijk-Ogbonna
    Salah-KDB-Fernandes-Mount-Saka
    Bamford-Antonio-Watkins

    what to change?

    1. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Are you confident Antonio will start both games?

      1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        If he come out of this week unscathed, i think good chance he gets minutes in both. Given fixtures i'd be willing to take the gamble.

  3. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Hi folks play one of

      A) Cresswell
      B) Mitchell
      C) Amartey

      Thanks

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        B, A first sub

    • rokonto
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Quick question;
      When someone replies to my question i normally vote up the reply just out of courtesy to show i appreciate them replying.
      Am i using that vote up button in the correct way?

      1. Ginkapo FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        The vote up button is for upvoting sarcastic responses to make it easier for others to find the dumpster fire threads.

        1. rokonto
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Hahaha 😀

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        They don't know it's you

      3. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        It's a nice touch. Use it however you like. Especially nice to combat some of the less positive comments that can be found.

        1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          *Ahem*

          1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Thankyou

    • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Happy new year fellas!

      Do I look good to go?

      Martinez
      Cresswell Dier Justin
      Salah Mane Bruno Son(C) Maddison
      Bamford Watkins

      (McCarthy Zouma Ayling Brewster)

      Thanks!

    • willos_wanderers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Who to bring in for James?

      A) Stones
      B) Dias
      C) Dallas

      Will FH next week

      1. Firmino
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        B or C, depends what you do with rest of the team

      2. FootieFan77
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Dallas 2 games at home and has the most attacking threat of all the defenders. I am not confident Man City will keep clean sheets without Ederson.

      3. FPL_Admin
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Dias. No blank and has a double.

    • FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Which combo scores more in both gw17 & gw19? (Playing WC gw18))

      A) Firmino & Maddison
      Or
      B) Watkins & Rashford

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Is avoiding Chelsea and Man City players prudent then?

      Clearly I'd take hits to get premium players in place.

      Is this the case?

      Thanks

      1. FPL_Admin
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        The game goes ahead.

    • Firmino
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Martinez
      Robbo Chilwell Mitchell
      Salah Fernandes Son Raphinha
      Kane(C) Bamford Adams

      Button; Dallas, Stephens, Branthwaite

      1FT 2.3ITB

      GTG? Going to FH in GW18 so can't save a transfer. What would you do here?

      A) Branthwaite -> Stones/Dias/Cancelo
      B) Son -> KdB
      C) Kane -> Vardy
      D) Something else?

    • Granville
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Reece James is becoming a problem. He's not going to play the double is he.

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        I dun no

      2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Seems unlikely.

      3. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        If he plays the double it may well be 1 game max.

        Read the hints. Managing his injury, Azpi more than capable as a backup.

      4. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Might have even lost his place, Lampard seems like a ruthless manager

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Simply untrue. Reece has been fantastic up until the point the injury spiked up.

      5. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        If he can stay fit I don't see why he wouldn't play the double. Pretty obvious that his fitness is affecting his performances. Azpi is nowhere near the level he used to be.

        1. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          But he's not fit. That's the point.

          1. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            If you have to ask the question, I feel you might already know the answer.

      6. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        With him not playing today and no game in GW17 he's sure to drop in price too.

    • I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Start Mitchell or Dias?

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Dias

    • greggles
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Play Bednarek or Balbuena?

    • Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Stay clear of Bailly?

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Yep

    • King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Who is more likely to play in gw 18?

      A. Taylor
      B. Konsa

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Tough, but I'd say B as at least he is not injured.

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      3rd repost, eurghh.

      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. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Son

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Replied on last page

      3. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Son

      4. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers everyone! Hugely appreciated

    • Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Anyone getting Maguire in? Plays gw18+dgw19 and good fixtures afyer that, but will they ever keep a clean sheet?

      1. FPL_Admin
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Yep brought him in.

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 19 days ago

        As a United fan, no we won’t

      3. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Maybe for the free hit GW18 just for the one gameweek

      4. Homer21
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Maybe next week

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 19 days ago

      Chances of the Burnley - Fulham game going ahead this week?

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 19 days ago

        80%

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        69%

    • JenkoJunko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

      *Repost* Thoughts on this..

      C taylor & Adams to Coufal & Antonio? Also what would you do with Giroud?

      Squad: 2FTs 0.9ITB
      Mcarthy
      Cresswell Dallas TAA
      KDB Bruno Salah Grealish
      Giroud Bam Adams

      Forster / Bissouma / C Taylor / Neco

    • PP6
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 19 days ago

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

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Play Adams. Liverpool looked suspect defensively vs Newcastle, Phillips/Williams can be exploited

    • stefanbkanev
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Play 2:

        A) Dallas (tot)
        B) Soucek (eve)
        C) Coufal (eve)
        D) Brewster (cry)

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          A B

      • Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        play johnston (ARS) or Martinez (mun) ?

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Ars

          1. Lord Flashheart
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            cheers

        2. DLL18
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          I've got the same decision to make, swaying towards Johnston.

      • Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Taylor to

        1. Tempestic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Wondering this also. Holding, Saiss, Dier, Coufal/Balbuena, Dallas/Alioski, United defender all considerations

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            or obv city defenders if u dont have already

        2. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          holding

          1. Atletico Junior
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Is he nailed long term?

            1. Tempestic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 19 days ago

              seems to be

        3. Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Do we reckon Taylor will be ready for the DGW19?

      • Twisted Melon
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Have 10 players for gw 18
        Gw 19 Will use 2 ft's to have 12 dgw and 2 single GW players.

        Gw 19 use bench boost or triple captain?

        1. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Same quandary here. Will delay decision as long as I can ... lots can change in next 2 GWs.

        2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          If you have the money, I'd be tempted to take one hit and field one more DGWer and bench boost.

      • derdourily
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Who to bring in for the DGW ?

        A- Ederson + Stones + Soucek
        B- Fabianski+ Dias + Gundogan

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          A

      • Lord Flashheart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        is taylor to holding worth -4?

      • Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Anyone going with Shaw as their United defender?

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Seems risky given Ole has subbed Telles on/off for Shaw on a number of occasions.

          Looked decent when he came on last match, but it's an additional risk on top Man United's defense in the first place.

        2. Maddamotha
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Rotation risk with Telles

      • Bigtophat13
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Do we think kilman starts?

        1. Granville
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          He was actually pretty good against United.

          Probably will start

          1. Bigtophat13
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Thanks for the view!

      • woodboy76
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Does the free hit chip use a transfer?

        1. Sam-not-so-wise
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          why do people find it so hard to read the rules........

          1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Hard to interpret, wall of text and non-native readers.

          2. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Not too hard to answer these questions though is it.

        2. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Yes, if you have 2 FT, then it will be 1 FT the week after FH.

      • umerlfc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        If I want to bring in a city defender for only the double
        Even if that player turns out to be self isolating, wouldn't he be available for the double since it's 18 days from now?

        1. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          yes

          1. FootieFan77
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 19 days ago

            Yes but some players like ASM have struggled after Covid so even if they play they might not be at their best.

        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Yep they'd be fine

      • Chrisitis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 19 days ago

        Any reason not to bring in El Ghazi?

        1. svasei - Up (?) the Rovers
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 19 days ago

          Next four fixtures.