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. Jack.Armstrong96
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bench Bowen or Cresswell this weeek?

    1. Jack.Armstrong96
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      *week

    2. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Cresswell. I think Everton will score.

  2. ASAP Rocky
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    I need to get in Salah and/or Fernandes, who do I ship? 0.1 ITB. Cheers!

    Martinez - McCarthy

    Dias-Dallas-Coufal-James-Williams

    Son-KDB-Grealish-JWP-Soucek

    Kane-Bamford-Firmino

    1. ASAP Rocky
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      2 FT

    2. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Son/Kane but not this week. Firmino maybe can go as well.

  3. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bench one

    1) Soucek
    2) Raphinha
    3) Adams

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      3

    2. ASAP Rocky
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      2 for me

    3. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      have all 3 and benching soucek atm

    4. PremKraut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Soucek as Adams can easily score against that back 4.

  4. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    A) Dias Balbuena

    B) Stones James

    1. JBG
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      A

  5. rodog
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Pieters is Dutch not Austrian 🙂 Maybe big Dave had Fuchs in mind 😉

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Nah, just incompetence.

      1. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Oh nice. Some new year abuse.

    2. PartyPooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Or Ashley Barnes; he is also Austrian

  6. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Pieters or Lowton for this Gw and the double?

  7. CrouchDown
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    If I have 2 FT now, and plan to FH in GW18, must I use them both or lose them?

    1. kime67
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      you will lose them but dont make a move if it feels forced. nothing wrong with burning a transfer.

  8. kime67
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    kane to vardy would allow me to do taylor to justin.

    1. Klip Klopp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Why on earth would you get rid of Kane?

  9. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Do we know who the MCY players are who have COVID?

    1. snow pea in repose
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ederson...

        1. Denis Tueart on the wing
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Really?

    2. Sif
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      GW18
      9 players enough and hold the FH?

      Martinez
      Maguire - Stones
      Son - Bruno - KDB - Grealish
      DCL - Brewster

      1. JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Would be tempted to hold.

      2. Captain Haddock
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Hodl

    3. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Who makes way for a city defender this week?

      Zouma, Coufal, Mitchell, Justin, Dallas (might start Mitchell this week in the hope he starts)

      Want to use transfer for GW19. Not BBing.

      1. ASAP Rocky
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Zuma or Justin. Probably Zouma??

    4. anish10
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is GW19 best to BB or TC, opinions?

      1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Depends on how your team is set up

      2. kime67
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        tc looks good for kdb

      3. JoeSoap
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Depends on your team. Was originally planning on BB but now thinking TC as need to take hits for BB.

    5. matiakez
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      20 minutes to go and I've no clue what I'm doing!

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          1 month, 29 days ago

          20 minutes?

        • FantasyTony
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Deadline is 4pm mate

        • Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Almost 3 hours till deadline

        • Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Deadline is 4pm UK time

      2. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lampard says as far as he’s aware at the moment, #CFC’s game against #MCFC is on.

        https://twitter.com/SJohnsonSport/status/1344994251776663554

        1. KAALI_DAAL
            1 month, 29 days ago

            He also said Werner and Havertz will bang in a lot of goals.

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 29 days ago

              In 2022 probably

          • kime67
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            yeah manc had zero positive tests in the most recent test i beleve

        2. KAALI_DAAL
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Double up on WH or Leeds defense in DGW?

            Already have Dallas and Coufal.

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              WH

          • TheGrumpyManager
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Hi guys! Need help with my ft, i wanted to transfer out Che adams but i am not sure. I have 2,6m itb My 11
            Martinez
            KWP Dias Coufal
            Bruno Rash Grealish Salah Son
            Adams Bamford
            Thanks in advance

          • Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Anyone who has both Son and Kane decided which one to captain yet?

            1. PremKraut
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Sure.
              Always Kane over Son for me.

              If Son scores Kane scores too. If it's 1-0 because of a penalty, Kane will be motm.

              1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                If Son score, Kane most likely assists*. Son has the higher ceiling with goals as a midfielder. When was the last time Leeds conceded a pen? How many pens have they conceded

            2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Just don't captain one and vice the other!

              1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Yup vc is locked on Bruno

          • PremKraut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Rather play

            A) Raphinha vs Spurs
            B) JWP vs Liverpool
            or play both and bench DCL vs West Ham

            Happy New Year!

            1. Hansel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              A

            2. dshv
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I am with a

          • Lucky Z
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Which are the best GK options through the next few GWs?

          • n14mul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Start which one

            A. Saka
            B. Podence

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Saka

          • Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Who to play:
            A) Soucek
            B) Adams
            C) Dallas
            D) Stones

            1. Jet5605
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              A, C, D and B in that order

          • Jet5605
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Struggling to use my ft this week...thoughts? Zero ITB. Plan was fh18, and BB 19.

            Maybe TAA > Cancelo?

            Martinez, Johnstone
            Dallas, taa, balbuena, coufal, lowton
            Salah, Son, Bruno, Soucek, Raphina
            Vardy, Adams, bamford

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bench one:
            A. Saka (wba)
            B. Grealish (mun)
            C. DCL (WHU)
            D. Bamford (tot)

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Grealish based on fixtures but I’d personally bench Saka I think

          • Don Kloppeone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bottomed

            G2G? Unsure if I’ve got the bench right? Armband is a toss up. Keep switching between Salah, Son and Bruno!

            Martinez
            Robbo, Dias, Dallas
            Salah, Bruno (v), Son (C), Raphinha, Soucek
            Kane, Bamford
            (Forster) (Coufal, Adams, KWP)

            Plan to FH in 18 and BB in 19. Will either bring in Vardy and Rashford for Kane and Son or find a way to get in KDB depending on how he looks.

            Cheers and GL!

            1. Jet5605
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              My head says Bruno but my heart says Kane/Son.

          • afsr
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            No sure if I should FH18 now with the new fixtures, have 2FT to spend before the deadline.

            Martinez
            Mitchell, Dallas, Cresswell
            Bruno, KdB, Salah, Son, Raphinia
            Bamford, DCL

            4.0, Watkins, Matip, Taylor
            2FT, 0.4 ITB

            A - Matip, Taylor -> Cancelo, Lowton/Holding
            B - Matip, Cresswell, Taylor -> Cancelo, Coufal, Justin (-4)
            C - Matip, Taylor, Mitchell -> Cancelo, Lowton/Holding, Kilman (-4)
            D - your suggestions?

          • MoSalad
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Potential WC18 draft, considering doing this then BB in 19. Will save FH and TC for later.

            What do people think of this?

            McCarthy, Johnstone
            Dias, Maguire, Dallas, Balbuena, Lowton
            KDB, Salah, Fernandes, Harrison, Soucek
            DCL, Bamford, Watkins

            Enough money ITB for DCL to Vardy for the DGW. Will have 7 for 18 and a full BB team for 19 depending on cancellations and rotations.

          • tbhogal
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            HNY guys ! Do you think Mictchell will keep his place ?

          • Blens
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Taking into account today 18) and 19) - any suggestions on this lot?

            Have 2FTs and 5 ITB

            McCarthy (Macey)
            Justin TAA Cancelo* Saiss (Struijk)
            Salah Son (c) Raphina (Soucek, Grealish)
            Wood DCL (vc) Bamford

            * Waiting on Covid news

            Thinking Grealish to Bruno but have another FT to play with before 18).

          • sergioaguero67
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Luke Shaw nailed?

            1. Shatner's Bassoon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Was pondering this yesterday. IMO has nice potential for attacking returns and kind fixtures on the way but he's too vulnerable to playing sub-60 mins to make him a reliable option. At least with say Stones he'll play 0 or 90 and bench can cover if it's the former.

          • Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Who scores more this gw in order please.

            A. Mane
            B. Bruno
            C. Son

            1. gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              C
              B
              A