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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2,832 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Il Capitano
      3 months, 11 days ago

      FH18 BB19. Taylor to Lowton before deadline I guess. Starting 11 not set in stone, any obvious switches to the starting line-up here? Triple Leeds v Spurs a risk.

      0FT 0.3m ITB

      Johnstone
      Robertson Justin Dallas
      Salah Son (C) Bruno (VC) Soucek Raphinha
      Vardy Bamford

      McCarthy - Adams Coufal Lowton

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Finding it difficult to choose between Cancelo and Dias. Anyone got any insight into who is the better pick of the two?

      1. kime67
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        both ;D

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Would have to sell Robertson which im not prepared to do

      2. MGD
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Dias more nailed but Cancelo higher ceiling?

      3. Captain Haddock
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Same

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I thought it was rumoured Cancelo had Covid?

          1. Shatner's Bassoon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            It was also rumoured that he didn't ... should find out shortly

            1. Here's Tom with the We…
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Knew it was one of the two rumours.

      4. FourLokoLeipzig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Definitely Dias. More likely to play this week (Cancelo probably out with Covid) and both games in the doubld

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          *double

        2. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          If Cancelo had covid I suppose that makes the decision easy yeah

      5. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Dias safer pick imo, plays every game

        Cancelo been unlucky not to get more attacking returns and higher ceiling imo

      6. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Dias gets 6 points a game, Cancelo could get a huge haul every so often but will get the odd benching

      7. Klaren
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        All Man City players are major Covid risk, wouldn’t bring in any this GW.

    • kime67
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      mccarthy
      canceo dias justin
      salah bruno (c) son grealish
      dcl vardy bamford

      GTG?

      1. Il Capitano
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yes

      2. MGD
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Start:

        A) Keane (WHU)
        B) Raphina (tot)

        1. kime67
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          B

        2. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          B

      3. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Bottomed - bench one please:
        A. Saka (wba)
        B. Grealish (mun)
        C. DCL (WHU)
        D. Bamford (tot)

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Oof! A or B, maybe B...

        2. Klip Klopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          How have you got yourself in that situation lol

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Good problem to have obviously Saka is the 5th mid for BB, and the answer is?

      4. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Happy new year! Best option for DGW19?

        A) Zouma, Alioski, Vardy.
        B) Robertson, Cancelo, Rodrigo
        C) Dallas, Balbuena, Vardy
        D) Cancelo, Alioski, Vardy

        Thinking D for balance (will have 2 City, 2 Leeds, 2 Liverpool + Vardy)..

        Cheers.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Yeah like D

        2. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          B or D

        3. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Cheers both.

        4. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I like D the most too.

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Ta

      5. SoapAFC
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Hi guys just double checking that if I use my wildcard this week, I'll get another one after gwk 19 yeah?

        1. Maarrrr17
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Ah, i think you might be lateeeee

          1. SoapAFC
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Ah damn, seriously? I thought it was at the half way point during the season

        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          No, the deadline for the 1st WC has passed already. If you use one now that will you final one.

        3. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          1st wildcard already expired

        4. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          First wildcards have passed.

        5. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Not anymore.

        6. Podge
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Nope you must have burned your first one

        7. Simpix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          The deadline for the first wildcard has passed, so if you didn't use it, you've lost it.
          There is only one wildcard remaining between now and the end of the season, which can be used anytime.

        8. brixtonBob
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          From the rules on the site :
          The first wildcard will be available from the start of the season until Mon 28 Dec 13:30

      6. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Choose 1 to bring in now? Will play FH18.

        A) Watkins
        B) Wood
        C) Antonio

        1. tom_p77
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I’ve gone for Antonio due to fixtures and longer term ceiling but he’s a bench risk whilst be returning from injury

      7. Bobby
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        last dull question on budget defenders I promise - is Pieters nailed for the next few games (barring covid ridiculousness)?

      8. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Meslier
        Cancelo Justin Coufal
        Salah Bruno Son Soucek
        Kane(C) DCL Bamford

        McCarthy Dallas Romeu Taylor

        0.1 itb, 1ft

        Taylor to Lowton?

      9. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        In the event that Cancelo cannot play due to either COVID or rotation, who would start at RB?

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Bernado Silva imo

        2. Ginkapo FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Walker who also cant play.

          So James Milner?

        3. Ruinenlust
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Zabaleta

        4. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I think Zinchenko -can- play on the right, albeit not an optional solution.

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Oh sorry, 'reputable sources'

        5. Lukakuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Where does the Cancelo Covid rumours come from?

          1. Ginkapo FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            FFS originally, and then came back via twitter

      10. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        GW18
        Martinez
        Justin Mitchell Lamptey
        Bruno KDB Son
        Brewster

        *Button Salah TAA Bamford Raphinha Adams Coufal

        GW19 TC Salah/KDB
        Martinez
        Coufal TAA Justin
        KDB (c) Salah (c) Bruno Son Raphinha
        Bamford Adams

        Worth FH in GW18 or just go with 8/9 players?

        1. afsr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          don't spend the free hit. Do you have transfers available?

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Over the next 2 weeks I could do TAA Coufal Adams to Cancelo Maguire Wood with plenty of cash left over.

            Means I get a 5-3-2 out for GW18. Cancelo better option than TAA over next 3?

        2. Podge
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Wouldn’t use the fh for 3 players

      11. afsr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Bottomed. Not 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?

        1. afsr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Could also go for Maguire (more nailed and cheaper) instead of Cancelo

      12. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Do you think Bowen starts against Everton tonight?

        1. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          dont think so
          he not playing well lately
          too much competion in that position
          i may be wrong though

          1. Arteta
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Thank you!

      13. FootballDog
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        pick two:

        1. coufal
        2. dias
        3. dallas
        4. taylor

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Dias Dallas

      14. leonickroberts
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Who scores more over the next few game weeks:

        A) Stones / Son / DCL
        B) Robbo / Soucek / Adams

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          B for DGW

        2. Muchentuchel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          probably A but it's very close

      15. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Having Bamford already, should I start:
        A) Raphinha
        B) Soucek

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          B

        2. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          A

        3. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          B

        4. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I was going to rely on years of membership to help decide between the two but both Vets on 10!

          1. Muchentuchel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Also been playing for 7 years now and I'd say Raphinha against Spurs might be able to haul because they can't cope with a type of player like him. Same with Liverpool at the moment. If they had to defend Raphinha witch a shaky back four like that he would probably be involved in 2 goals at least.

            1. Muchentuchel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              *with

        5. BobbyDoesNotLook
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          A

        6. Who are all Lukakus
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Start the guy who you think will score more. Having Bamford or not does not matter

        7. Sasquatch Slayer
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          A

      16. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Grealish -> El Ghazi worth a transfer?

        1. Lukakuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Doubt it

        2. JabbaWookiee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          No

      17. JONALDINHO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Is Stones as nailed as Dias?

        1. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Dont believe so

        2. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          dont think so

        3. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          No

        4. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          No but 4.9 M tempting

        5. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          No, Laporte will get the odd game I would have thought

        6. Cruyff Turn
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          No, can be dislodged.

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

        2 FT's this week and planning to Free Hit in 18. Do Kane to Vardy this week and avoid a hit in 19 or keep and take the -4?

      19. lordkippe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Anything worth a hit or GTG ? Will I beat my last score of 28 ?

        Martinez

        Dier - Taylor - PVA

        Salah - Fernandes - Rashford - Son(C) - Grealish

        DCL - Bamford

        Forster - Dias - Coufal - Brewster

      20. Better luck next year
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        A) Play Mitchell or Justin?
        B) Captain Bruno or Son?

      21. GOATMEAT
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Charlie Taylor will be back for the DGW19? Any news how long he's out?

      22. LIARS POKER
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Start Raphina (tot) or Soucek (eve)?

        Currently on Raphina (also own Bamford)

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          See above, same question. RMT tool rates Soucek higher actually.

        2. KenyaDigIt
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Raphina

        3. Muchentuchel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Raphinha for me.

          Soucek only scores with his head and Everton are really strong there.

      23. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Taylor + Podence to Lowton + El Ghazi for -4pts?

      24. Alli
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        What to do with FT?

        FH18, BB19 and Kane > Vardy/Kun

        McCarthy - Johnstone
        Robbo - Coufal - KWP - Justin - Dallas
        Salah - Bruno - Son - Soucek - Raphinha
        Kane - Adams - Bamford

      25. Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Captain Bruno or Son??

        1. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Son

      26. BrockLanders
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Start Coufal over Dallas???

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Who other options

          1. BrockLanders
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Taylor.

      27. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Who to C if u Chasing ?
        A- Son
        B- Salah
        C- Burno
        D- Kane

      28. FPLGeezer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Maximum number of hits you would take between now and gw18 to play the BB chip?

        1. FPLGeezer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          *gw19 I'm using FH in 18

        2. Lukakuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          One, but personally I've decided to hold it for later