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. Corgzzzz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Guys, Do we think Chillwel out for Maguire a good idea ??

    1. MyBall MyRules
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      No way!!

  2. LLoris
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    GW 18 Options
    Bench boosting in 19
    A) FH
    B) Start 7 players (Pope Dias ElGhazi Bruno Son Kane Watkins)

    1. NejiHyuuga01
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      I am in a similar situation with 8 players and I would take 1 or 2 hits probably from teams that play both 18 ,19

      1. NejiHyuuga01
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        thinking of B

  3. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Does Adams not have a concussion?

    He’s due a rest right? Did Hassenhuttl say anything?

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

      interested in this also

  4. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Is this transfer worth doing?

    Taylor >> Saiss

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

      Yes Saiss is a real threat at set pieces.

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

        He is but when will Boly be back?

  5. Barnabus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Start Konsa or Dallas?

    Also, thoughts on Ederson > De Gea?

  6. youzef
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Best mid in to get for Mahrez?
    Zaha
    Neto
    Saka
    Raphinha

  7. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Is 8 enough for gw18 if two of the 8 includes Lewis and Brewster

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Lewis might not even start.

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

      You have effectively 6 players. The other 2 will probably get 1 point each. Also Lewis is close to a suspension.

    3. Wılly
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      8 might be 4 in a fortnight. I'd count yours as 6 though.

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

    Have Bamford. Should I play:
    A) Raphinha
    B) Soucek

    Captain:
    A) Son
    B) Salah
    C) Fernandes
    D) Vardy

    1. user.n
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Same problem and i have Kane to. Maybe Son

    2. Barnabus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      A and C

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

        A and A

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

      Cheers all.

    4. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      A

  9. Wicked Weapon
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez, Johnstone
    Robbo, Cancelo, Coufal, Taylor, Justin
    Salah, Bruno, Zaha, Saka, Soucek
    Bamford, Kane, Wilson

    Anything needs fixing urgently ? Ideally looking to save FT and then figure out a way to possibly get KDB in for DGW 19 and beyond

  10. Hits from the Bong
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Help. Any ideas greatly appreciated. 2 FTs, 0 itb, free hitting in 18. Thanks

    Martinez Steer
    TAA Dallas Coufal Taylor Williams
    Salah Bruno Son Grealish Soucek
    Kane DCL Wilson

    1. Wicked Weapon
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Why FH 18 ? I think you can field at least 7 which should be okay. Maybe do Taylor to Holding and save FT ?

  11. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    A. Cancello(Dias) /McCarthy(Johnstone)
    B. Wan Bassaka/Fabs for DGW 19~~For Forster/Fergurson

    2FT.

    Martinez (Forster)
    Dallas, Chillwell, KWP, Coufal (Fergerson)
    Salah/Bruno/Son/Soucek/Raphina
    Kane(C)/DCL/Bamford.

    Cheers and Happy New Year

  12. Aldershot Gas
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    GW18, can I make a transfer (tactical for GW19) and then play free hit (thus keeping my transferred in player for GW19) ?

  13. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Who's the safest from united defence ?

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

      Maguire

    2. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Maguire

  14. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Start Mitchell(SHU) or Stones(che)? Am already starting Dias. Surely if Mitchell is benched he wont play any minutes right?

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Stones

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

        Even if Ederson is out?

        1. Atletico Junior
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          Yes

  15. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Soucek
    B) Dallas
    C) Stones (already playing Cancelo)

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      A

  16. youzef
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Best mid in to get for Mahrez??
    Zaha
    Neto
    Saka
    Raphinha

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Raph

  17. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Start 1. Thank you.

    Adams
    Stones
    Burke
    Targett

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Stones

  18. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Start 2 of these

    A. Coufal
    B. Watkins
    C Dallas

    1. Champions League Varane
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      AB I think

    2. MyBall MyRules
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      A C

  19. cemal
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Best Werner replacement? Already have Vardy and Wilson

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Kane, is possible

  20. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Silly question but Do FTs from this week roll over to GW19 if I FH18?

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      No, you lose the FT

  21. Thewonderfulgame
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Which one to keep for the next few fixtures (FH 18)

    Salah
    Robbo

    ?

  22. Akshatjazz
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Who to replace Taylor with ?

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Same dilemma, currently thinking Coufal

      1. Akshatjazz
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 18 days ago

        Already have coufal, Kwp, Dallas, Dias and now who to bring in ?

        1. Atletico Junior
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 18 days ago

          Depends con cash itb,

          Robertson
          Chilwell
          Stones
          Target
          Holding

          In that order

          1. Akshatjazz
            • 2 Years
            8 months, 18 days ago

            Have 1.4 itb

            1. Atletico Junior
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 18 days ago

              If it doesnt limit Any future transfers you are looking, id get Stones

              1. Akshatjazz
                • 2 Years
                8 months, 18 days ago

                Even I'm looking for the same since my GW transfer for GW19 is done hope I don't have nay more injuries to deal with and whondonyou think I should caption ?
                Son
                Salah
                Bruno

  23. Weilong7
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    cpt

    son
    kane
    bruno
    salah

    thanks

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Kane

    2. Homer21
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Sonny boy

  24. Origal73
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Would you change the first 11? captain? bench order?

    Johnstone (ARS)
    Holding (wba) Justin (new) Dias (che)
    Salah (sou) Maddison (new) Son (LEE) Bruno (vc) (AVL)
    Kane (c) (LEE) Bamford (tot) Benteke (SHU)

    Bench: McCarthy (LIV) Dier (LEE) Soucek (eve) Coufal (eve)

    Appreciate your help after a terrible GW16 with only 8 players...

    Thanks!

  25. youzef
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Mahrez and Wood out for lacazette and Raphinha for a hit?

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      No

    2. youzef
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Remove ward prowse and get in Zaha for a hit?

  26. seanie3
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    best two week punt

    a) Zaha
    b) Neto

    1. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      B

  27. Pukki Blinders
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Where should I burn a FT here (will be FH18)... 0.1 itb

    McCarthy
    Robbo Dias Coufal
    Salah KDB Bruno Grealish
    DCL Bam Wood

    Forster Dallas Struijk Bissouma

  28. harrysponge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Best captaincy choice?

    Bruno
    Salah
    Kane

    Thanks!

    1. Wicked Weapon
      8 months, 18 days ago

      I went Bruno but might easily become Kane as we get closer and closer to the deadline

    2. Atletico Junior
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 18 days ago

      Kane

  29. Kasper the ghost keeper
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Sell Taylor or Lamptey? Taylor close to a drop

  30. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 18 days ago

    Lewis to Stones for free? need to burn a FT as I'm FH18