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. Boss Hogg
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    DCL to Wilson worth a 1 week punt? (-4 for an extra starter)

    1. MSTRKRFTSMN
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Probably not. How much value will you lose on DCL?

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        0.4.
        Probably selling for Antonio next week anyway.

    2. circusmonkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      YES, YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN DCL IS BACK.

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Don't shout

  2. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    So everyone changing their fh team to fit sterling in?

    1. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      No. Dias is half the price, nowhere I'm finding that extra 5 million from.

    2. More Cowbell
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      why?

    3. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Doubt it

  3. DIMITRIS
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Is this worth a hit :
    Bowen out for Foden IN?

    1. markus808
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      You serious? Absolutely not.

      1. DIMITRIS
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Just loud thinking

  4. Akeem
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Hi guys would you FH this:

    Mitchell Cancelo
    KDB Fernandes Son Mahrez
    Brewster Martial

    0 FT

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Prob not

      I might take a hit depending on your blankers

    2. Relaxing
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      nah

  5. Bishopool
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Would you?

    Bruno, Grealish, DCL -> KDB, Rashford, Wood (-4pts)

    1. Akeem
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      No way mate

    2. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      No. Find a way to keep both Bruno and KdB

  6. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Sterling fit then. Time to load up the Sterling draft.

    1. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Less likely Gundogan starts now? I don't know anything about how city lineup

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Gundogan will still start.

    2. ivantys
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Sterling vs Bissouma-less and Lamtpey-less Brighton essential

    3. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Please RMFHT 🙂

      Realise there's lots atm, but I think I'm settled on this and worried I've overthought it.

      Arsenal players not allowed.

      DDG
      Cancelo Dier Saiss
      Son Rash Bruno KDB(c) Gundo
      Kane Wilson
      (Yedlin/Brewster + fodder)

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Looking good

        1. Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          thanks

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Why is no one considering Jesus?

      1. jammie26
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Because he is pants?

        • Goonerly
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Can't remember the last time he scored a goal.

        • wilsonito
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          I am

        • F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          I'm an atheist.

        • I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          I am. Much prefer double City attack to double defence. Considering Sterling, Jesus and Gundogan to add to KDB.

        • Gun gun
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Lol i still hope he dont start!

          1. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 21 days ago

            * Doesn't or Does not.

            Go back to your English Class.

        • Salah and Vinagre Chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Because he's an invisible friend (going by the last 3 games).

      2. More Cowbell
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Hey all, GW18 points predictions please:

        Yedlin
        Wan Bissaka
        Smith Rowe
        Saka

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          2
          2
          5
          8

        2. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          4
          4
          4
          5

      3. jammie26
          3 months, 23 days ago

          Free hit or not free hit that is the question.

          1. LikeItLoveIt
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Just done mine - feel like a new man!

            1. jammie26
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Ive got 7 players, really want to save it for later in the season, but at the same time i just want to press that button!

                1. LikeItLoveIt
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  7s not bad tbf - as long as theyre decent i'd save

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            Bench one pls

            A) Mitchell (ars)
            B) Brewster (NEW)

            1. Rotation's Alter Ego
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              A

              Mr 100% Goal involvement isn't a completely terrible shout this week, if SHU can get one (big if)

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Hope so. That's my gut choice, thanks.

            2. The Sociologist
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Always B)

          3. Bishopool
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            a) Bruno, Grealish, DCL -> KDB, Rashford, Wood (-4pts)
            b) Grealish, DCL -> KDB, Brewster

            1. Keeptrying
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              B by far.

          4. Dont give a fuchs
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 23 days ago

            How does this look for a FH18 team?
            Lloris
            Cancelo stones Tierney
            KDB Bruno Saka Son
            Kane Lacazette Wilson

            Subs - Peacock Farrell Lookman Kilman Mitchell

            1. jammie26
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Pretty identical to the other 500 that have been posted.

            2. MY DJ NAME IS PIMP CURRY
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Bottom'd, with pages flying.

              Do we know anything about the COVID situation at Villa? Could Martinez/Grealish/Watkins etc be out with COVID?

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                High chance 1 of those 3 has it but could still be back for 19

              2. Trebadom
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Aston Villa do not have a game this week following the covid outbreak. Spurs now play Fulham instead of Villa

                1. MY DJ NAME IS PIMP CURRY
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  I know that, but DGW19 is right around the corner

            3. Trebadom
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Hi guys......I've taken a - 4 to get this team. Or should I free hit?

              Playing:
              No GK.
              Stones, Dias, Wan Bska, Saka, De Bryne, Son, Fernandes, Martial

              Maybe:
              Kilman and Taylor in squad but not nailed.

              Not playing:
              Martinez, Forster, Bamford, Davis.

              Q1) DO I KEEP OR FREE HIT?
              Q2) IF I WAS TO FREE HIT, WOULD MY - 4 HIT BE CANCELLED?

              Thanks in advance!

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                1 keep imo
                2 yes

                1. Trebadom
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Thanks!

              2. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                2. Yes your hit is wiped. Just do the -4 next week if the players are still fit.

                1. Trebadom
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Would you free hit or keep mate?

                  1. Zladan
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 23 days ago

                    Tbf you are only missing Kane.

                    However, having 3 United City Spurs v Burnley Brighton Fulham could reward free hitters handsomely.

                    It’s a flip of a coin. There is very little upside to your current approach. Huge downside risk.

            4. Tshelby
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              FH first draft

              Darlow
              Dier, AwB, Cancelo, Tierney
              Son, KdB, Bruno, Rashford, Smith Rowe
              Kane

              G2g?

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Darlow/dubravka worry you?

                I switched to lloris

                1. Zladan
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Yeah Bruce’s comments put me off Darlow.

            5. Konstaapeli
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              DCL to Cavani for a hit?

              1. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                DCL injured and Cavani probably won’t start. Don’t see much point.

                1. Konstaapeli
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 23 days ago

                  Cavani should be well rested and Ole spoke highly of him.

            6. The Overthinker
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Locked and loaded with .3 itb
              How does she look?

              Leno
              Cancelo Dias Reguilon Aurier Shaw
              Kdb Fernandes Rashford Son
              Lacazette

              Bench : Wilson ESR Brewster

              1. The Overthinker
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                .

            7. Steirish
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Start Brewster or Lowton?

              1. LikeItLoveIt
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                I'd go brewster

              2. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                At least Brewster has a chance of a return. Probably Brewster.

            8. LikeItLoveIt
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Don't know if it actually helps anyone but i believe Richarlson traveled with the squad so should be involved

              1. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Too expensive to consider, especially playing in a severely weakened Everton side.

            9. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              A or B on a FH ?

              A. Leno, Dier and Saka
              B. Lloris, Tierney and ASR

              1. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                A

            10. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 23 days ago

              I know Raz is tempting and all... but between KDB, Son, Bruno, Kane how will you get him? Surprised at the clamour but I suppose dropping one of the big four this week for a player as explosive as him could pay off.

              1. Xna
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Going 4-5-1 makes it possible, if you consider not playing Lacca, it can work Saka-KDB-Ster-Bruno-Son

              2. Zladan
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Tried to play around with it myself, but would mean losing Rashford and then double United defence.

            11. Jimjam
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              (A.) Lloris, Tierney, Saka, Gundogan
              (B.) Leno, Stones, Rashford, Smith-Rowe

            12. Jet5605
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Thoughts on this FH team?

              Lloris
              Cancelo - Tierney - Saiss
              Bruno - Son - KDB - Gundofgan - Saka
              Kane - Laca

              Areola - Clark - Robinson - Brewster

            13. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              Yikes. Thought my FH team would be a bit different going for Gundo and Saiss, ended up only having Kane over Saka (who’s my first sub, really) compared to the scout picks!

              1. Thewonderfulgame
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Great XI

                bench would want to consider - could be stronger - Clark likely to be rested. McGoldrick or someone else perhaps?

            14. n-doggg
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              A. Sterling and Wilson
              B. Son and laca

            15. THEKID_88
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              What's best people?

              A) Rashford in a 3-5-2 with Smith-Rowe as the 5th mid

              B) Laca in a 3-4-3 with Kane & Wilson

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                prefer rashford personally

            16. Thewonderfulgame
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              A) really strong FH team but no BB

              B) below team with one eye on BB DGW 19

              areola (martinez)
              stones shaw cancelo holding (coufal)
              rash KDB son bruno ESR
              Laca (Wood, Bamford)

              or
              areola (martinez)
              stones shaw cancelo holding (coufal)
              KDB son bruno ESR (salah)
              Wilson Wood (Bamford)

            17. UNDERWORLD7
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              I know pages are racing by but is anyone in the know about Shaw?

              Can only decide between Shaw and Lindelof

              Cheers

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 23 days ago

                Far from itk but I'd look elsewhere rather than either of them

                What's the full team like?

            18. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 23 days ago

              FH A or B

              A

              De Gea (Steer)
              Cancelo Tierney Dier (Fernandez Mitchell)
              KDB Fernandes Son Foden Saka
              Kane Lacazettr (Brewster)

              B

              De Gea (Steer)
              Cancelo Dias Tierney Dier (Mitchell)
              KDB Fernandes Son Rashford Smith-Rowe
              Kane (Brewster Davis)