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. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Can’t wait to play FH in DGW 19

    Fabianski
    Dias - Dallas - Coufal
    Salah - Bruno - KDB - Raphinha
    Aguero - Ings - Bamford

    😀

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Good to know I have most of that team without any hits

      1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        *chips

      2. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        How many have you got?

        I’ll be making 10 changes.

        1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          7

  2. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Fh this is gw18? 0.1 itb, 1ft

    Martinez
    Rob dallas coufal chilwell
    Salah kdb bowen bruno
    Kane bam

    Subs forster, mitchell, bis, brewster

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Anyone

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

      I probably would

  3. Royal5
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Any news on Taylor?

  4. Taegugk Warrior
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    To bench :
    A. Zouma
    B. Kilman
    C. Adams

  5. Arteta
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    The best Bowen replacement for 6.7:

    Raphinha, Neto, El Ghazi, Soucek, Saka, Barnes?

  6. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Had Son and Kane for the Double. Stick with them or bring in KDB and Grealish, now that Villa and Man City have two fixtures??

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Switch DGW19 not now

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        This

  7. Henning
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Where can we wach the presser with Mourinho?

  8. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Play Saka (wba) or Grealish (mun)?

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Tough. Grealish just imo. Araenal can't be trusted

  9. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Currently have EIGHT players for GW18, so in theory I could actually forgo the FH chip, take a hit to get TEN, and the players coming in would be also playing DGW19. I think this surely makes sense, because right now I have TWELVE playing twice in DGW19, so that could be FIFTEEN! How could I not Bench Boost under those circumstances?

    I'm set for GW17, so it's a matter now of monitoring Charlie Taylor's hammy, with early indications being that it's not serious... and seeing how many minutes Antonio gets too. He'll play 180 in DGW19 if fit, because while he can get wrecked and be out for a month, he's also in possession of epic stamina (in the same vein as Sterling, Cancelo et al). Aguero is another one to watch. I went for him early, and while it's not paid off to my detriment I do feel confident of some insane hauls...

    1. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

    2. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      My problem is Kane. Did Vardy to Kane in gameweek they played each other, and then I got Raphinha in last round for De Bruyne. Now Raphina and Kane requires a hit if I want De Bruyne in. Right now I have 12 double gw players, so I am still pro bench boost, even without KDB. I could do Kane to Aguero in 19, although for a hit. Still I need FH in 18, because my team is non existent in that round, I am not sure if I have 4,5 players including Brewster.

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I won't be going back in for KdB. I have Cancelo and Aguero and would be looking elsewhere for DGW players since I have reasonable beef already in the middle (Salah, Bruno, Son). But, a lot depends on injuries, recoveries, etc. Not too long now to deadline.

        1. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I am on the same page, just ride it out without him, and hope BB brings enough points.

  10. Origal73
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Bench 1:
    1) Dias (che)
    2) Dier (LEE)
    3) Holding (wba)
    4) Benteke (SHU)

  11. manu4life99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Any news on c.taylor?

  12. SoapAFC
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Hi guys, has my recent comment I now don't have that extra wildcard I thought I did, I have 2ft, any suggestions?

    Mccarthy

    Matip - Justin - Bednarek

    Son - Mahrez - Fernandes - Salah

    Kane - Bamford - DCL

    Sitting around 165k rank..

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Address Matip and possibly Mahrez

      1. SoapAFC
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Ta

    2. Maarrrr17
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Mahrez and matip need to imo.

      Hard to suggest anything else without knowing your plans for dgw and bgw

  13. That Fantasy Guy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Hi all - I need to make one transfer as not to waste for my free hit chip next week -

    A. is it really as simple as just taylor out to pieters?
    B. or should I take vardy + someone out for other assets? (Seems extreme)

    Thanks

    My team
    McCarthy - Johnstone
    Dallas - Justin - Coufal - Taylor - Robertson
    Salah - Bruno - Son - Saka - Soucek
    Vardy - Wood - Bamford

    0itb

  14. OptimusBlack
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

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

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      D

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Don't think that matters chasing or not those four EOs will be around 80-120% ish. Pick you think the best ...

    3. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Cheers

  15. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    FH 18, TC 19.
    McCarthy.
    Robbo, Stones, Dallas, Coufal.
    Salah, Son, Mane, Fernandes.
    Bamford, DCL.
    Forster, Lookman, Brewster, Ferguson.
    1ft, 0.4m ITB..

    1. Lookman -> Soucek this GW + possibly Son-> Rashford in 19?
    2. DCL-> Rodrigo this GW + possibly Son -> KDB in 19.
    Anything else standing out?

  16. Breezyy
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Hear me out guys..

    Kane -> Vardy
    allows me to do
    Son and TAA-> KDB and Dias? For the double. (Along with Stones)

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

      getting rid of TAA before a double ?

      1. Breezyy
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yep I’ve got Robertson and Man City looks nailed for two clean sheets

  17. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Who to give the armband to out of

    Bruno
    Son
    Salah

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

      son

  18. FPL Doctor
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Starting lineup and bench order right?

    Martinez
    Dias Coufal Justin
    Salah KDB Son(c) Bruno Soucek
    Wood Bamford

    Steer Adams Dallas James*

  19. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Lowton or Pieters?

    1. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      L

  20. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Best 4.5 or less replacement for Taylor?

    1. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Holding

      1. Sturridge Wars
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Preferably someone with DGW

    2. AC Yew
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Balbuena

  21. Grounderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Folks, I’ve saved two FTs for the upcoming runs and say I decide to FH. Does it take away the saved FTs?

    1. Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

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

        Saved FTs... not activated FTs.

    2. Breezyy
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Yep

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

        But not used, though. Even saved ones are taken away?

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Aye

    4. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      FH overrides any transfers made during gw.
      The week after FH, you start off with one FT

  22. Booked4Dissent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Play Soucek vs Everton
    Or
    Justin vs Newcastle
    ?
    🙂

    1. Sturridge Wars
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Justin

  23. KAALI_DAAL
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Which Leeds mid to go for in DGW and why?

      1. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Raphinha or Harrison.

      2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Raphina on here but Harrison not a bad shout either

    • Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Best Taylor replacements? Max 5.4 Def. Thinking Maguire or Lowton. Good fixture and play 4 games in the next 3.

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Stones?

    • MarcusAurelius
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Play which 2?

      A) Ward-Prowse - LIV (H)
      B) Soucek - EVE (A)
      C) Adams - LIV (H)
      D) Alioski - TOT (A)

      Have Dallas already btw. Annoying that I have to make this decision but Iv built for BB 19. Cheers

      1. Booked4Dissent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 9 days ago

        C + B

    • Jet5605
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Will we get any Charlie Taylor news before the deadline? If not who is the best replacement with a budget of 4.9

      A - Lowton
      B - Stones
      C - Targett
      D - Other suggestion?

      Johnstone
      Dallas - Robbo - Justin
      Salah - Bruno - Kane - Raphina - Soucek
      Kane - Bamford

      McCarthy - Adams - Taylor - Balbuena

      1. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Probably A
        C on 4 yellows

    • dshv
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Captain ??

      Kane bruno or son

      1. Bavarian
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Kane

    • Hazardous1983
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Start 3 of dias zouma.dallas.coufal mitchel

    • FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Watkins or Antonio

    • Ghost86
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Play one

      A) Dallas (tot)

      B) Coufal (eve)