Scout Picks

Blank Gameweek 18 Scout Picks built on Man City and Arsenal’s FPL assets

Manchester City and Arsenal form the spine of the Blank Gameweek 18 Scout Picks.

Ahead of matches against Brighton and Crystal Palace, we have chosen three players from Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta’s squads respectively.

We line up in a 3-5-2 formation, which comes in at £80.4m, £2.6m under our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Hugo Lloris (£5.6m) strikes an appealing balance between clean sheet and save potential for Blank Gameweek 18. Spurs have six clean sheets in their last 11 Premier League outings while Fulham have failed to find the net in three of their last five. Meanwhile, Lloris’ 53 saves this season is the sixth-highest in the division and the most of any so-called ‘big six’ goalkeeper.

Defenders

Signing Cancelo a week before fixture swing can give FPL owners the edge

João Cancelo (£5.8m) is our chosen Manchester City defender considering his managed minutes in the FA Cup and the fact Kyle Walker played a full 90 minutes against Birmingham City. Pep Guardiola’s men have conceded just three goals in their last 12 matches in all competitions and, over the last six Gameweeks, Cancelo ranks top among all FPL defenders for expected goal involvement (xGI).

Fresh from back-to-back clean sheets, Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) has explosive potential in Blank Gameweek 18. Discounting their 5-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 11, Crystal Palace have just six goals in their seven remaining away matches this season (0.9 per game). Meanwhile, no Arsenal player has created more chances than Tierney in their last four matches.

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin out injured for Everton, Romain Saïss (£5.1m) has potential at both ends of the pitch in Blank Gameweek 18. The welcome return of Leander Dendoncker should further boost Wolves’ defensive potential considering they have no clean sheets without him this season and four in matches when he played 90 minutes. Meanwhile, Saïss ranks top among all defenders for attempts on goal over the last four matches and Everton are inside the bottom four for highest number of headed chances conceded.

Midfielders

A more advanced false-nine role for Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) against Chelsea helped him to a third double-digit haul since Gameweek 10. While we expect him to be a number 10 against Brighton, a home match against another possession-based side looks perfect for the Belgian to post another big score. No Premier League player has created more big chances than him over their last four matches while only one Blank Gameweek 18 midfielder has managed more attempts on goal than De Bruyne in the same period.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) is that midfielder, having registered 16 shots over his last four. With just one blank away from home this season, trusting the Manchester United man on the road has been easy in 2020/21. No Premier League player has been afforded more big chances than the Red Devils’ penalty taker over their last four matches either.

Son Heung-min (£9.8m) is our chosen representative from the Spurs attack as they face a hastily arranged meeting with Fulham. The South Korean offers a cheaper route into this match than Harry Kane and a better balance of goal and assist potential based on recent form. Over Spurs’ last four matches, Son is ahead of his English colleague for big chances, key passes and big chances created and level with him for efforts on target.

Ilkay Gündogan (£5.4m) could provide excellent value for his owners in Blank Gameweek 18. The midfielder has enjoyed a new number eight role recently, which has helped him outperform both De Bruyne and Sterling in several key areas over the last four matches. During that time, the German international has registered more shots in the box and big chances than his colleagues and his five efforts on target are level with De Bruyne and one more than Sterling, despite less pitch-time than the Englishman over the selected data period.

Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) can benefit from a weakness in Crystal Palace’s defence on Thursday night. Over their last six matches, the Eagles have conceded the joint-fourth-most number of chances down their left-hand side. Saka has operated on the right of Arsenal’s attacking midfield in each of their last three league matches and has two goals and two assists to show for it.

Forwards

Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m) is also in excellent form as he prepares to face a Crystal Palace side with the worst expected goals conceded (xGC) score over the last four matches. The striker himself ranks joint-top for big chances since Gameweek 14 and is behind only Anwar El Ghazi for efforts on target during that time too. Despite playing 217 minutes in the selected period, Lacazette has produced four goals.

Callum Wilson (£6.6m) may be without a goal since Gameweek 14 but his record against lesser opposition this season suggests he can get something at Sheffield United. In seven meetings with teams inside the bottom nine since joining Newcastle, the former Bournemouth man has accrued four goals and four assists, producing 7.1 points per game in such matches.

SUBSTITUTES

  • Karl Darlow (£5.0m)
  • Luke Shaw (£4.8m)
  • Federico Fernández (£4.7m)
  • Chris Wood (£6.2m)

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 Blank Gameweek 18:

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2,514 Comments Post a Comment
  1. greggles
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Anything here worth another -4? No goalkeeper.

    Cancelo / Stones / Taylor*
    Son / KDB(c) / Saka / Fernandes
    Brewster / Kane

    I have 0.1 ITB and Bamford, Grealish, Bednarek, Justin, Martinez and Button.

    1. Nemanja Vidic Legend
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      GTG

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Probably Grealish as I expect the Everton game to be postponed and him to get nothing vs city.

    3. royaljoe
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Which is better?

      1) Smith Rowe + Cancelo (Soucek in for Smith Rowe GW19)
      2) Gundagan + Tierney ( Cresswell in for Tierney)

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

        Close one. I'd edge to 2

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

        1

    4. sergioaguero67
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      There's no reason to bench Kane right?
      Given his absence in the scout picks, I was a bit doubtful

      Also, how does this look

      Darlow
      Dias Stones Tierney AWB
      Son Bruno KDB (vc)
      Wilson Lacazette Kane (c)

      Bench: Areola SmithRowe Mitchell Anguissa

      Please Help

    5. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      FH for this GW...

      A. Stones + Saka or
      B. Dier + Gundogan ?

      1. DV8R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        A

    6. Better Call Raul
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Have exact cash for Salah + DCL -> Son + Kane (-4). Crazy to lose Mo for a hit ?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Getting him back next week?

        How many do you have for this week? Son and kane could clean up

        1. Better Call Raul
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I would have to take another hit

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Could be worth it if the 2 spurs lads do well

      2. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Not if your going to captain Kane. You’ll get the 4 points back straight away

    7. SharkyT
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Bellerin Cancelo Kilman
      KdB Bruno Son
      Kane
      (Already done 2 Transfers for -4)

      FH this lot?

    8. xtina
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      How many are you fielding this week? (for those not using WC or FH for GW18)

      1. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        7

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

        10 with a point hit

      3. Nice Baps.
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        9 at the moment. Might get another that I want long term that should in effect only cost -2 this week.

      4. Boz
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        9 with no hits but includes CTaylor and Mitchell

    9. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Which one sounds the best?

      A) Dias Laca in 433
      B) Gundo/Saka Laca in 343
      C) Rashford Saka in 352
      D) Stones Rash in 442

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

        C

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        A

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

        C

    10. Nice Baps.
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Just think; Brewster is going to score one day. Imagine the scenes if he got a haul.

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        yis pls

    11. Mac90
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      A) Lloris Saka
      B) Darlow SmithRowe + Dier on the bench ready to come in just in case

      Ok as Im typing this I feel like it's Dier will only add 6pts if he comes in

      So Im going A

    12. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      City team news
      Raheem Sterling passed fit
      Laporte is injured, Nathan is injured, Cole Palmer is isolating and the rest are okay.

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        So stones cancelo nailed right?

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

          Yup

        2. Honourvolley
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Stones Dias at least

    13. Steelo83
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Raheem Sterling passed fit
      Laporte is injured, Nathan is injured, Cole Palmer is isolating and the rest are okay.

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

        Did you just copy and paste the guy above you?

    14. CRO KLOPP
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      GTG here? 0.0 itb, FH

      Lloris
      Cancelo Stones Tierney Saiss
      KDB(c) Son Bruno
      Kane Laca Wilson
      (4.0 S.Rowe Hendrick Mitchell)

      GL all

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Is Hendrick 4.8 or 4.7?

        1. CRO KLOPP
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          4.6

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Good value

            I was thinking Hendrick to 4.3 and try upgrade the sub gk to 4.5 just to cover the 0.001% chance anything happens to lloris

            1. CRO KLOPP
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 3 days ago

              Thanks mate,I think I will do that tbh

    15. StellaMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Taking a point hit to take out DCL and Grealish to still field a full team.

      A) Rashford and Wilson
      B) Gund and Laca

      1. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        A

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

        A, no doubt.

    16. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Which combo on a FH?

      A) Leno + AWB
      B) DDG + Dier

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

        B

    17. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Gonna settle on this FHTeam

      Managed to squeeze Kane in again by swapping Loris, Tierney, Saka > Leno, Reguillon, Smith Rowe

      Leno
      Reguillon Cancelo Yedlin
      KDB Bruno Son Gundog
      Kane Laca Wilson

      4.0 3.8 Mitchell Smith Rowe

    18. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      on WCard
      1. wanBissaka + Areola
      2. Holding + DDG

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

      Sterling passed fit and everyone rips up their teams...

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Doubt it

      2. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        i think with his price, almost all will trust Bruno Kane more

    20. john25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Hey guys, Cancelo or Dias the better/more nailed on pick?

      Cheers

      1. SharkyT
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Cancelo for potential. Dias for nailedonness

    21. klopp4kop
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      It’s so difficult to pick the captain this week.
      KANE OR KDB?

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

        That's what the poll is for.

      2. Kellz86
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Kane for me

      3. ivantys
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Easy KDB vs the weaker defence

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

        Best defender for 5.6 or less?

        Dier, Stones?

        1. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Ean Bissak

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

          Stones

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

          Saiss

      5. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        What role Bissouma plays for Brighton, helps more defensively or creates chances and long shots? Will help decide between Stones/Gundongen as thrd mcity player

      6. Arsenals Number 19. Santi C…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        If I make two transfers now and then use my free hit after, will those two transfers carry over to GW19? Thanks

        1. Boz
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Nah team resets pre transfers

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

          No just 1

      7. cravencottage
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Captain Kane or KDB ?

      8. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Any other pressers today guys? Shall I press the fh button now with son kane Bruno Oly currently???

      9. Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Start saiss or awb? Help help

        1. SharkyT
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Wan

      10. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Is it worth going Dias and stones on wc?

        With Laporte and ake out Those 2 could play every game for a while ?

        Or worth the rotation risk for Cancelo upside?

        1. milanista10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          I’d still prefer Cancelo. Wildcarded last week and got Cancelo & Dias in (unless you need the extra money)

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

          I am on WC and have gone KDB, Stones and Cancelo.

          Just swapped Cancelo in for Dias. His stats and chance creation is pretty insane and his BPS returns have been better than Dias. Should be enough to negate the occasional benching or Dias goal.

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

            Care to share your wc draft?
            Here's mine :

            Martinez Areola
            Dias Stones Coufal Holding WanB
            KDB Son Bruno ESR Soucek
            Kane Wilson Bamford

            looking at losing Kane to facilitate Salah in next gw

      11. Boz
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Non FH team. Anything worth a hit? 0.9 itb

        Dier Stones Mitchell CTaylor
        KDB Bruno Son
        Kane Laca

        Martinez, Forster, Dallas, Bissouma, Grealish, Bamford

        Maybe Bissouma to ESR for future bench fodder?

      12. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Had planned well and had 8 players playing and was going to take a hit to make it 9. But then Villa canceled so down to 5 players.

        Free hit activated. 5 isn't enough to save the FH chip.

        Just gone with the Scout Picks.

        But would prefer Shaw over Saiss I think.... Woudl love Rashford too, but too many compromises elsewhere to release the funds to squeeze him in.

        1. Connor's Calling
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Sounds sensible.

          Trying to decide on those last 3 slots myself (2 playing)
          A) DDG / Dier
          B) Lloris / Shaw
          C) Lloris / Saiss

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

            C

      13. Connor's Calling
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        A) Lloris & Shaw

        B) DDG & Dier

        And play Dier/Shaw over Saiss?

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

          B for more security with Dier. And he takes free kicks and a threat from set pieces too.

          Would play would Saiss too

          1. Connor's Calling
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks - helpful