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. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 6 hours ago

    How about this lame 4-5-1, can't afford a better team:/

    Leno
    Holding,Cancelo,Dier,Dias
    Kdb,Bruno,Rashford,Son,Saka
    Kane

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 hours ago

      That team is perfectly fine

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 6 hours ago

      Looks good

    3. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 6 hours ago

      No Laca or Wilson tho

      1. Hybrid.power
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        So what?

        1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 5 hours ago

          Okay haha

      2. TheDragon
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        It’s great - you could downgrade Cancelo to fodder and have Wilson if you really wanted

        1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 5 hours ago

          Okay cheers

  2. Eightball
      4 months, 6 hours ago

      A) lloris, AWB, gundagan
      B) ddg, dier, foden

      Can't make up my mind on these two options

    • gorzal7
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        My current team:
        (SOU gk)
        AWB, Dier, Taylor*, Lewis* (Cresswell)
        KDB, Bruno (Salah, Grealish, Souek)
        Kane (Bamford, Davis)

        1FT, 0,1m.
        FH? -4? -8?

        Cheers in advance.

      • Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        double united defence too risky or ok??
        DDG + WBissaka
        Yes or No?

        1. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          There'd be other defences I'd be more keen on doubling up on, but don't see anything wrong with it. Could be worth a punt.

          1. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            i am on wc

        2. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Preference of defence:

          City
          Spurs
          United
          Arsenal
          Newcastle
          ...

          1. Crunchie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            I agree with this, would put Wolves above Arsenal

            1. Zladan
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              I completely forget about the Wolves Everton game. Haven’t considered a single player from either team.

        3. SerieD
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Coin toss. Yes for DDG

      • Atwood
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        Anyone else only got the 1 United player (Bruno) on FH?

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          No point then as Bruno's points will anyways count against you unless you captain him.

          1. Atwood
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            I don't understand, why will they count against me?

            1. DK_13
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              If the effective ownership is greater than 100% then they count against you

            2. The Habib Beyes
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              It's a silly mans heuristic, basically he means that each point Bruno scores will be a net negative against you, because of the high % of captainers. If anything it should mean that he's invaluable, but heyho.

          2. FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            They will count even more against you if you don't have him at all.

            1. Atwood
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              Haha, exactly. Don't understand that logic at all.

              1. OneDennisBergkamp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                lol same, wtf

        2. Space Cadete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Yep, just Bruno for me with Shaw as first sub. Think Man City, Spurs, and Arsenal are all against worse defences

          1. Atwood
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            Exactly my reasoning

      • john25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        Hey guys, is Stones as nailed on as Dias for the next few GWs?

        Cheers

      • Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        Didn’t think it would come down to this, but..... Pickford or Ramsdale?

        1. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Ramsdale for me

        2. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Rammers

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            Cheers

        3. OneDennisBergkamp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Pickford. Ramsdale is terrible.

        4. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          I’m shocked people are considering Ramsdale....

          Pickford everyday of the week and twice on sundays.

      • Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        Bottomed. 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,

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          If you haven't wildcarded yet it's too late. You have to commit to options like that and be sure of it. B.

        2. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          a

          1. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            cheers lads

      • Andreassen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        Decent?

        FH:

        Lloris
        Tierney - Dias - Cancelo
        Saka - Son - B.Fer - KDB
        Kane - Wilson - Lacazette

      • Babit1967
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 6 hours ago

        Who is everyone captaining then? I had it on KDB all week but then switched to Kane with the change of fixtures

        1. Finding Timo
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            Kane and KDB vc

          • Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            KDB

          • Atwood
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            Kane, might be a last minute Son switch but definitely one of those two with KDB vice.

          • FPL.team
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            KDB.

        2. TSN
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Bottomed.
          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?

        3. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Did Pep say Sterling is okay? Thanks!

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            Yep

            1. Lord.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              I have seen that yet. Do you have a quote.

        4. McSauce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Cancelo a doubt oooohhhhhh FFS

          1. FF Dirtbag
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            Just go for dias.

            1. McSauce
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              I have cancelo at 5.5

          2. Wrong Captain Choice - Ag i…
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            Not how I read it at all!

        5. Tonyawesome69 FH36
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 6 hours ago

          Is this enough without having to use FH? Probably losing out on approx 20 points on the FH hit.

          0FT 3.3itb (-4)
          Holding Cancelo Stones
          Son Bruno KDB
          Kane

          Non-GW18 players
          Martinez Johnstone Coufal Balbuena Soucek Raphinha Rodrigo Bamford

          1. TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            Ye it’s right on the edge given you’ve already -4’d

            1. Tonyawesome69 FH36
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              Cheers. In general what is the FH chip worth?

        6. TNB
            4 months, 6 hours ago

            BEST FH OPTIONS

            1.

            DDG
            Tierney-Stones-Kilman
            Sterling-Kdb-Bruno-Son
            Kane-Wilson

            2.

            Lloris
            Cancello-Tierny-Maguire/Stones
            Saka-Kdb-Bruo-Son
            Lacca-Kane-Wilson

            3.

            DDG
            Cancello-Tierny-Reguillon
            Saka-Kdb-Bruno-Son
            Lacca-Kane-WIlson

            All 3 teams with the following bench: (Martin-Burke-Mitchell-Douglas)

            1. TNB
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                Which one would you pick?

            2. Sid07
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              On FH
              1) Tierney laca ( yedlin) (343)
              2) stones rashford ( fodder) (352)
              3) dias tierney (fodder) (442)

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                Big funds difference between a/b and c?

                1. Sid07
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 6 hours ago

                  Yed option 3 will have better Bench player

            3. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              Anyone on FH with Sterling instead of KdB?

              1. Woy_is_back
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                Trying to fit both

              2. Totti
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                will sterling start for sure?

            4. FF Dirtbag
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              Who's the captain to choose then?

              Bruno?
              KDB?
              Kane?

              1. boombaba
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                Harrrrrrrrrrry

            5. Woy_is_back
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              Sterling playing?

            6. Totti
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              who do u rather guys?

              A) leno dier saiss sterling

              B) lloris tierney cancelo rashford

              ownibng de bruyne and stones in botth options

            7. as33
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              So Sterling is fit, should i captain him or Kane? my team without FH:
              No goalkeeper
              Dier, Cancelo, Mitchell, Kilman, Holding
              Son, Bruno, Sterling
              Kane, Laca
              G2G?

            8. DavidKent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              Would you rather

              A: Rashford
              B: Martial

              ?

              1. Kay317
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                A

            9. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              Anyone going with Sterling now? Can't decide whether to take the chance

              1. boombaba
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                Save the headache

              2. Totti
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                is he fit to play?
                any confirmation

                1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 6 hours ago

                  Not mentioned by name, but implied yes.

            10. Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              I presume we won't hear anything about Leeds V Southampton before this deadline?

            11. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 6 hours ago

              Cancelo is a doubt?

            12. Zlatan F.C
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                Saka or Wilson?

              • RedJive79
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                Think I'm nearly there on the FH. Any obvious moves?

                Darlow
                Cancelo / Tierney / Dier
                KDB / Son(c) / Gundo / Bruno
                Kane / Lacazette / Wilson

                Steer / Saka / Yedlin / Mitchell

                1. Gonzola
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 6 hours ago

                  Maybe downgrade Saka to Smith-Rowe as he's on your bench. Upgrade Darlow to DDG?

                  Very similar team to mine.

                  1. RedJive79
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 5 hours ago

                    Good shout. Still undecided on Gundo over Saka. Feels like they could get very similar points totals. Other idea would be to drop Laca for Saka and upgrade Darlow to Leno....

              • Pringle
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                What do you prefer?

                A. Holding + Lloris
                B. Tierney + Darlow
                C. Dier + Leno

              • Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                Tempted to FH now with the slight doubt about Cancelo
                Had planned 11 players before the Villa news, now down to maybe 7!

              • Fernandito
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 6 hours ago

                was settled on B, having second thoughts now, which would u choose?
                Team A
                Lloris
                AWB Tierney Stones Fernandez
                Son KDB Sterling Bruno ESR
                Kane

                Team B
                Lloris
                Tierney Stones Dias
                Son KDB Rashford Bruno ESR
                Kane WIlson