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+?

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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.

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2,514 Comments Post a Comment
  1. rubberdignerapids
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    On a FH and Sterling being fit might have thrown a spanner in the works

    A) Rashford, Dias and Lloris

    Or

    B) Sterling, Clark and Darlow

    1. popcoin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  2. Amans94
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Chance that Shaw doesn't start for United?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes Telles about

        1. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          It!

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      It was dead on here 2 days ago

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        You'd swear theres a deadline and pressers

      2. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Crazy innit. No time to speculate inanely any more!

    • yalala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Cenk Tosun punt anyone?

      1. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Would punt on Cutrone if looking for a real punt.

      2. LikeItLoveIt
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        heard from a fairly good source that rich traveled

    • marcos11
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Are either of Aguero/Jesus nailed for this week or am I better off going with Lacazette?

        1. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Aguero is quarantined

        2. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Don't think any of those 3 are nailed imo!

        3. marcos11
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Jesus would tempt me over Lacazette if I felt he was a guaranteed starter vs Brighton

          • popcoin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Jesus pretty nailed but I'd go Laca anyway!

            1. Jambot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Pun intended?

        4. Tmel
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Best 4.2 or under defender for the bench on FH?

          1. Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Kilman?

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mitchell

          3. boombaba
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mitchell

          4. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Mitchell or Kilman

          5. LikeItLoveIt
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            mitchell

        5. Marcin the Pole
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Thats all I needed to hear, Pep.

          Ramsdale
          Dier Tierney Cancelo
          KDB Sterling Bruno Saka Neto
          Laca Kane

          Captain still tbd. Probably KDB although may punt on Raz.

          1. JoeSoap
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Good luck! Sterling could be a big differential this week.

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Wow, incredible team! Best I've seen on FFS!

        6. Better Call Raul
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Bottomed:

          Currently looking at this -8:

          TAA + Salah + DCL -> Cancelo + Son + Lacazette

          Will give me enough cash spare to do Son -> Salah next week for the double.

          Thoughts ?

        7. rdpx
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          On a free hit, with Tierney in def...

          A. Darlow & Saka
          B. Leno & Gundogan

          1. JoeSoap
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B

        8. jernej93
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Currently on 7 playing with 1FT in hand

          DCL and Dallas -> Dias and Wood (-4) ?

          Or DCL to Antonio with DGW in mind and I field 8 players this GW

        9. More Cowbell
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Pick 1 please:
          a) Saka and Yedlin
          b) Smith Rowe and Wan Bissaka

          1. boombaba
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B

          2. jernej93
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B

        10. JoeSoap
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Any preference?

          A. Holding, Lloris, Wilson
          B. Tierney, D Gea, Saka

          1. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B but with Lloris possible?

          2. Balls of Steel
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            A

          3. JoeSoap
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B is what I am on. Prefer Lloris and might downgrade Yedlin to 3.9. Have Brewster & Mitchell on bench as well.

            1. Marcin the Pole
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I'd do that, definitely.

        11. Atwood
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Which FH attacking lineup do you prefer?

          A
          Neto - KDB - Son - Bruno
          Lacazette - Kane - Wilson

          B
          Saka - Rashford - KDB - Son - Bruno
          Kane - Wilson

          1. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Just say Laca+Neto vs Saka+Rash.

            Fwiw I prefer A

            1. Atwood
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Haha, yeah you're right that's a lot simpler. Been a long day already.

              Thanks.

              1. Marcin the Pole
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                No worries man, just get opinions easier that way too. I'd actually be tempted to go Laca, Neto and Saka by dropping Wilson btw.

          2. SharkyT
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            B

        12. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Best 4.9m defensive option here on fh? Coady? Holding?

          Ddg
          Dier stones xxxx Mitchell Douglas

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Holding

        13. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Guys fst fh Team suggestion..So replies needed

          Loris
          Cancelo stones Tierney
          Kdb Bruno son neto
          Kane laca Wilson

          4.0 esr Mitchell Bernardo

          1. Silecro
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Cancelo doubtful, go with Dias

            1. Atwood
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Is that recent news?

              1. Silecro
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Yes, Pep's presser, mentioned that Cancelo was a bit tired after cup game and that they gave other good players on his position

            2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Why doubtful???

        14. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Are people bringing Sterling on FH?

          1. jayzico
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Wish I could. Would need to drop Kane.

          2. Marcin the Pole
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yep. Means no Son or Rash though, but I can live with that.

          3. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Yes.

        15. jayzico
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Saka, WanB, Areola

          or

          ESR, Shaw, Leno

          1. marcos11
              1 month, 14 days ago

              B

              1. jayzico
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Thanks mate. B it is

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Worth the risk?

            Rashford:

            Leno
            Cancelo Stones AWB
            KdB Fernandes Rashford Son Saka
            Kane Laca

            Sterling

            Lloris
            Dier Cancelo AWB
            KdB Sterling Fernandes Son Saka
            Laca Cavani
            (Yedlin, Mitchell, Douglas)

            Cavani and Sterling as huge differentials!

            1. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              What's the question exactly?

              1. jayzico
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Sterling or Rashford

              2. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Which draft is better? I'm so tempted to differential it up.

                1. Deulofail
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Rashford

            2. jayzico
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              I love the Cavani route but I'm keeping Kane and I prefer your Rashford side

            3. MSTRKRFTSMN
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Why so bench heavy?

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                What do you mean? It's not bench heavy at all. Yedlin at most for the 2nd team and that's just because I'm a bit scared Cavani doesn't play.

            4. TJ
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              cant have 6 defenders 🙂 spurs clean sheet could decide it

          3. Rik Waller
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Will Doherty start for sure?

            1. TNB
                1 month, 14 days ago

                He played the full 90 against Marine on Sunday - Aurier likely to play imo

              • Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                No

            2. CrouchDown
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              How's this FH team?

              Darlow

              Tierney Stones Kilman

              KDB(C) Sterling Bruno Son ESR

              Kane Wilson

              Subs: Steele, Mitchell Davis Douglas

              1. MattysFantasyFooty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Looks good is Kilman nailed?

              2. Here's Tom with the We…
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Darlow a risk, and Kilman probably won’t play.

                1. CrouchDown
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Really why Darlow?

                  And I thought Kilman would play with Boly out?

            3. SharkyT
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              FH this:

              Bellerin Cancelo Kilman
              KdB Bruno Son
              Kane (-4 hit taken)

              To:
              Lloris
              Bellerin Cancelo Stones
              Son Bruno KdB Rashy Saka
              Wilson Kane
              (Steer Mitchell Brewster 4m)

              Yah or Nah?

              1. VINS
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Nah should be ok!

            4. MattysFantasyFooty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Which one?

              A. Sterling, ESR, Dier, Ramsdale
              B. Rashford, Saka, Dias, De Gea

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                B

              2. popcoin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                B

            5. SerieD
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              A or B? Free hitting.

              A)
              De Gea
              Tierney, cancelo, fernandez
              Smith-rowe, Son, KDB, Rashford, Bruno
              Laca, kane

              B)
              De Gea
              Cancelo, Stones, Reguilon
              Saka, KDB, Son, Bruno, Rashford
              Wilson, Kane

            6. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Damn Pep and his tired Cancelo talk

              1. JVALDEZ
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                What did he say?

                1. SerieD
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Whats up?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Part of the reason he only played 45 mins vs Birmingham was cause he is tired and he wasn't certain he would play tomorrow

                2. FPL.team
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Pep Guardiola: "He was tired in the last game but hopefully tomorrow if he tries to play he can be better than the first 45 against @BCFC but was outstanding..."

                3. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Said that he has a great physicality, could play the day after a game. Also said that he's tired. Classic Pep.

              2. Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Ya but he'll still play

            7. Finding Timo
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Hi all is Kane best captain pick then either KDB or son as VC?

              • b91jh
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Just figured out I could fit in Sterling on a 4-5-1. Is it good?

                Lloris
                Cancelo Saiss Tierney Clark
                KDB Raz Son Bruno ESR
                Kane

                4.0 Mitchell Brewster Davis

                1. Here's Tom with the We…
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Really like it

              • Sturridge Wars
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Would you do Salah > Rashford?

              • King Kohli
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Till gw 25 as a backup for double city def and Coufal, which two of these would you have?

                A. Konsa
                B. Taylor
                C. Mitchell - plays this week but doubt he gets more than 2 pts

              • Mackans
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Is De Gea a 100% secure starter?

              • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Which team does Brewster play for? I want him as an enabler