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. Gazpilicueta
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    7.9 budget for my last starting midfield spot, who would you choose?

    A) Zaha
    B) Neto
    C) Siggurdsson
    D) someone else

    let me know your thoughts!

    1. chudbond007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Neto for me

  2. Deulofail
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Just seen Mark's FH team 😆

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      What’s wrong with it?

      9 out of the 11 are super template and he has punted on the last 2 low value slots

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Yes, real punts. Adama and McGoalDraught 😀 Seems quite unneccesary and showboaty. Although I respect his way of playing the game more than most.

        1. FPL.team
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          His reasoning was solid. McGoldrick vs Wilson doesn't seem showboaty he had good reasons and stats to back it up.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Doesn't stop it being amusing 😉
            I wouldn't get Wilson or McGoldrick on a FH myself. You don't have to compare the two.

            1. FPL.team
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 29 days ago

              Wilson is a popular cheap 3rd striker pick this week so comparing to Wilson is the natural comparison. I believe the others had him too. Apart from him and Traore it's basically the template. McGoldrick vs Wilson, Traore vs Saka/Foden/ESR/Gundogan.

              1. Deulofail
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 29 days ago

                That doesn't make it solid reasoning. You can make up a story to rationalise anything, and Mark often does. He even admits it in the episode. That said, it allows him to fid value where others don't, especially in long-term decisions and decisions that are relative to his own team. On a FH, however, it just seems unnecessary to take the risk of your own biases taking over. Even ESR seems a more obvious choice than McGoldrick. But perhaps that's my own bias.

                And it being template apart from those picks is irrelevant. I'm talking about those 2 picks. At least it will be fun for him to route for them. That's how I play the game too.

    2. Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Pics?

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Eddie McGoldrick hatty incoming.

        1. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Cheers....

    3. Saïss doesn't mat…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Just watching the pod now. Apart from traore I think his team is solid. Seen the guys laugh at him about mcgoldrick but I've had him since my first draft lol

  3. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 29 days ago

    Good to go?

    Leno
    Maguire, Dier, Stones, Shaw
    KDB, Sterling, Fernandes, Son, Saka
    Kane

    4.0; Brewster, Mitchell, 4.3.

    No Laca or Rash but prioritising Sterling who I feel could be the top scoring player this week.

    Saka + Shaw or ESR + AWB? More upside with the first I think but the latter is safer.

    1. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Will Shaw start or Telles?

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I think Shaw is first choice.

        1. Amans94
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Same problem here too (Saka + Shaw) or (ESR + AWB/Maguire)

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I just looked at a draft like this. Not sure I trust sterling enough

    2. ooooo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      any changes? FH 0.0itb
      Lloris
      Cancelo Dias Tierney
      Bruno KDB Son Saka
      Kane Laca Wilson

      4.0 Kilman Mitchell 4.5

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Very tidy

    3. Totti
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      any defender on 3.8 or GK on 3.9?

      i've a deficit 0.1 on freehit

      1. Boz
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Barry Douglas is your man

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          you're a hero man 🙂
          thank u

      2. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Douglas 3.8 defender on Leeds

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          thanks mate 🙂

      3. Tallahassee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Douglas from Leeds.

    4. JJO
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Dier or Tierney?
      Better chance of CS vs better attacking potential

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Who's you gk?

        Tierney

        1. JJO
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Ddg

      2. Mighty Wings
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        do you have Leno or Lloris?

        1. JJO
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          No
          DDG + City defs

    5. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Could drop Rashford for something a little crazy...

      DDG
      Maguire Dier Saiss Kean
      Son Bruno KDB Sterling Gundo
      Kane

    6. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Any news from Pep presser?

      1. Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Cancelo a doubt

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Cheers! Anything in any of the attackers?

        2. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          How come???

    7. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      wow pep on cancelo ''hopefully he will be available''

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Welcome to the roulette table

      2. Atwood
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I'm going for Dias instead. Less risk for less reward is preferable for me.

    8. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      On FH

      A. Jesus DDG Cancelo Tierney
      B. Sterling Leno Stones Yedlin

      1. Marcin the Pole
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        B

    9. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      FH:

      A) Foden, Maguire..........(McGoldrick, Saiss, Mitchell)
      B) Wilson, Stones............(Saiss, Mitchell, Anguissa)
      C) Gundogan, Maguire....(Wilson, Coady, Mitchell)

      Rest of Team:

      Lloris
      Tierney, Dias
      KDB, Fernandes, Son, Saka
      Kane, Lacazette

      Cheers

    10. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Plz this last question.
      A- Lloris - Tierney - Saiss - Gundo - Wilson 4-4-2
      B- Leno - Stones - Clark - Rashford -3.9 M 3-5-2

    11. suddenorgan
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      is Smith Rowe an option?

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Yep, he'll start

    12. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Can someone clone Barry Douglas real quick so I can have another 3.8m defender? Thanks.

    13. Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Don't laugh

      Pickford or Ramsdale?

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        😆

        1. Marcin the Pole
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          I said don't laugh! I'm a differential hunter 😉

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            Theres other words for those picks

      2. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Ramsdale and hope Sheffield win their first match

    14. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      DDG
      Stones Holding Saiss
      KDB Sterling Son Saka Bruno
      Kane Wilson

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Good to know

    15. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      A. Saiss+Gundog
      B. Stones+Saka

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        On FH

        1. b91jh
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          A

      2. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Have gone B myself

      3. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        B

    16. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Cavani + Sterling
      OR
      Kane + Rashford

      Can't believe I'm actually considering it, but if it's for one week, anything can happen!

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        B regardless

      2. Atwood
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Even if the top two start I'd still rather the second two.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          If I knew the top 2 started I'd go with them for sure. For pure differential's sake. It's one week, anything can happen.

      3. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        for a FH I like first option since it has higher upside especially that pep confirmed sterling is fine. cavani might be massive this gw

      4. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        C&S - live a little

      5. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        B

      6. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        A might do ok but you’d need B to blank to actually get green arrow

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Not necessarily. If A outscores B then it'll be worthwhile regardless.

    17. liboo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      A. Shaw & tierny

      B. Bissaka & holding

      ??

    18. Arteta
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Captain Bruno or Kevin?

    19. b91jh
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Stick with Cancelo or switch to Dias?
      Clark as the first sub.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Stick with Cancelo

    20. Silecro
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Newest FH draft:

      DDG
      Dier, Stones, Holding
      KDB, Sterling(c),Bruno, Son, ESR
      Kane, Wilson

      4.0, Yedlin,Mitchell, Davis

      Good to go?

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Very nice.

    21. andymck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Which combo scores more points?

      A) stones rashford smith rowe wilson
      B) dier gundo saka laca

    22. FPL Doctor
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      G2G?

      Lloris
      Tierney Stones Cancelo Saiss
      KDB Bruno Rash Son Saka
      Kane

      Steer Brewster Mitchell Davis

    23. lordkippe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Please help. Panicking. This is my team and already on a hit. Should I just play my WC and BB 19 ? FH is not on the table. But WC would probably give me 10-12 points more in 18 and 12-16 points more in 19

      Dias - Cancelo - Dier - Taylor

      KDB - Fernandes - Rashford - Son

      Brewster

      1. Rochdale_Cowboy
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Have you tried turning it off, then on again?

        1. lordkippe
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Hmm?

    24. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      The team:

      Cancelo Mitchel Maquire

      KDB Bruno Son

      Kane

      Options I am considering:

      a) 12 pt hit: Justin, El Ghazi and DCL out for Stones, Rashford, McColdrick
      b) 4pt hit, just get Stones for Justin

      c) Another option is WC.
      WC is

      Martínez Leno
      Mitchell Dallas Stones Cancelo Dier
      Rashford De Bruyne Fernandes Son Soucek
      McGoldrick Bamford Kane

      What you think? reasons for your thinking if possible please.

      thanks,

    25. Sahin
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Thoughts on this team

      Darlow
      Cancelo maguire sais
      Gundogan dbruyne son rash Bruno
      Wilson lacazate

      Sub
      holding Fernandez bruister

    26. TSN
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      After 1 hit:
      Leno (martinez)

      Holding cancelo saiss AWB (cresswell)
      Son bruno grealish salah (bissouma)
      Kane brewster (bamford)

      only 9 players who'll play tonight? Should i just use FH?

    27. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      Is it possible to make a good GW18 & 15 players BB squad GW19 with wildcard now? I can't make it 🙁

      1. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        I have given it up

    28. OLLY G
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 29 days ago

      How l missed something?

      Why isn't Kane in the scout picks?

      1. FPL.team
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Been asked many times now, reasoning is in the article and their budget is only around 84m so can't have them all.

        1. OLLY G
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 29 days ago

          Thanks for the reply. Sorry for the repeat.

          1. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 29 days ago

            No need to apologise mate, the pages have started flying in the last hour!

      2. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 29 days ago

        Price