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)

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2,514 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    With no Lamptey I think Cancelo can be rested

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Quotes:
      @ColmVHayes
      Guardiola on Cancelo: "Aleks [Zinchenko] can play in his position too and Benjamin [Mendy] and Kyle [Walker] can play...but it depends on the opponent. [But] this alternative that he [Joao] can give us as a team is so important."

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

        Why not post a link if you want to convince people?

      2. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        None of that is an unknown to anyone. The only interesting aspect of those quotes is the last sentence imo.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Rubbish

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        i hope so. owner myself

    3. Atwood
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I'm going Dias. Hopefully less risk.

  2. Tinfoil Deathstar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Bottomed. Re-post. Last-minute FH doubts with my three-man defence. Zero ITB and fodder on bench. I am currently set on Option A which is very safe for CS potential but low on excitement. Thoughts would be very appreciated.

    A) Dias, Stones, Dier
    B) Saiss, Shaw, Cancelo

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

    Dias or Cancelo?
    Please help

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If you are on a FH I'd go Cancelo. I say this as a Dias owner.

    2. boombaba
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I like my sanity so Dias

  4. etown
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Good morning, thoughts on team?

    DDG

    Tierney, Dier, Stones

    KDB(C), Foden, Bruno, Rash, Son

    Wilson, Kane(VC)

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

      I don't think he'll start

  5. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Still too early to press the FH button?

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      now or never..

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

      2 hours to deadline... hit it

  6. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    On FH18 -- which would you prefer?

    A)
    DDG -- Tierney -- R.Dias -- Saka -- Lacazette

    B)
    Leno -- Dier -- J.Cancelo -- Rashford -- ESR

    1. LE CHARO
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

    2. Sean
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Thanks guys

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

      A and B

  7. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    How looks Sterling draft? TV is low.

    Lloris
    Dier-Tierney-Stones
    ESR-Saka-Bruno-Sterling-KdB
    Kane-Wilson

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Don't get him over Son

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

    Which 2 would you pick out of the below 3 on a free hit?

    Son, Laca, Rashford

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

      I went 1st 2 if that any help

    2. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Son is obvoius. I'd go Laca. Great form.

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

      The first 3

  9. john25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Hey guys, struggling to pick between Dias or Stones, not using a FH so need the player to be nailed on for at least the next 4-5 GWs. Would you say they are equally nailed on?

    Cheers

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Dias slightly more nailed but both nailed on in short term

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

      Dias is their no.1 centre half

  10. mikey
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Been messing a bit but thoughts on final FH team
    3 spurs
    3.ars
    3 city
    2.man u

    No bruno as.playing catch up

    Lloris
    AWB stones Shaw
    Aubameyang Son Saka Foden KDB
    Harry Laca

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

      you have to play Bruno, you won't catch up otherwise

  11. SilentLemonMan
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Anyone else punting on Cavani ?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He could start alongside Martial, so why not.

    • In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      What's the general consensus on Cancelo now? Too risky, best avoid?

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        get dias if on fh imo

      2. Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Doubt

      3. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        did Cancelo>Dias

      4. The Tinkerman
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Looking at the full quote, I think he plays.

        1. Alberto Tomba
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          What's the full quote? Nothing in the Twitter ticker or BBC page to suggest he doesn't play

          1. The Tinkerman
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Manchester evening news website

            1. Alberto Tomba
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Cheers Tinkerman, though I'm not seeing anything he said of concern: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-press-conference-live-19608408

      5. ajk1211
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Too much risk now for me I think.

        Have Stones so either bringing in Dias or Switching to 3-5-2 for Gundogan as 3rd city asset

    • Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Is there any truth about united game being postponed due to covid? I want to bring Rashford for a hit

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

        Where did you see that?

      2. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Source?

        1. boombaba
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Tomato

        2. The Tinkerman
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          There isn’t one, it’s been reported in a tabloid that Burnley have 4 out due to Covid, but no suggestions the game will be called off.

      3. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        huh ? source or dont post things like this

      4. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        So it begins

        1. Daniel - When to BB?
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Bakar on the twitch stream https://www.twitch.tv/rambofyi

          I think Burnley will be fine and will not be postponed but i got scared

          1. boombaba
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Scared? You need to get out more (when lockdown ends of course).

      5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Bolognese?
        Tartar?
        Hollandaise?
        Mignonette?
        Peppercorn?
        Ravigote?
        Bearnaise?
        Remoulade?
        Carbonara?
        Picadillo?
        Gremolata?
        Bechamel?

        1. boombaba
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Haha. Good effort.

    • kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      So many unanswered posts... ppl should try answering 3 before asking their question

      Just imo

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

        Yep

    • JasonG123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Can Cancelo play 3 games in a week if he's tired?

      1. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        No point trying to predict Pep imo. I will personally switch to dias

      2. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        He has done it before.

    • Straobalno
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Any info about Wilson?

    • suddenorgan
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      FH, I like my players to either cost above 8.2, or below 5.1, nothing in between. Bad idea right?

      Darlow (Nobody)
      Yedlin, Holding, Stones (Garbage)
      KDB, Sterling, Bruno, Son, Smith-Rowe
      Kane, Laca (Brewster)

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Not at all - nice side. Sterling obviously makes defence weakther but that's the trade off

      2. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Don't double on Newcastle.

        1. suddenorgan
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          it's all I can afford!

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I'd drop sterling then

    • zkinflint
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      BEHOLD

      Ramsdale (Steer)
      Stones, Dier, Saiss (Mitchell, Kilman)
      KDB(vc), Bruno, Son, Rash, ESR
      Laca, Kane(C) (Davis)

      1. suddenorgan
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        it's like an actual balanced version of my team above

    • Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Best 4.8m GK for this week?

      A) Pickford
      B) Guaita
      C) Areola
      D) Ramsdale

      Thanks

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

        Guaita could be a shout!

        Arsenal aren’t that prolific and he could get a major haul if he keeps clean sheet.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yeah at least i can enjoy saves, should get a few

        2. Caravagio
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Havent ARS scored the most of any team in the last 3?

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Thoughts???

      Leno
      AWB Shaw Stones Dier
      Sterling KDB Bruno Son Saka
      Kane
      (4.0, Brewster, Davis, Douglas)

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Solid 4-5-1 there, TS. I like it.

        Confident on doulbe Utd?

        1. Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Not exactly but nobody else I really like. Just not sure if sterling is too risky to avoid the likes of Tierney and Laca

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yeah, it's a tough one. Sterling upside is huge.

            I'd like a Spurs defender but not sure where to fit one in.

    • Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      With the Cancelo news, I’m nearing relief for using FH which cancelled his actual transfer I originally planned. Although if he’s out, I hope he’s out DGW19 too.

      Would rather more clarity from Pep, but what do we expect.

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        What Cancelo news?

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

          City need to see if he’s available.

          Not the kind of uncertainty you want on a FH maximising the starting XI.

    • Muscout
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Leno
      Cancelo AWB Stones

      A) AWB
      B) Tierney

      1. djaddy
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Awb for DGW

      2. Sean
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I know they've played the least games but Burnley only have 9 goals this season wow

        1. MattysFantasyFooty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          They have always been bad at getting goals to be fair.

        2. Caravagio
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          just got DDG for that reason.

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

        A) Stones (Yedlin + McGoldrick on bench)
        B) Dias (Yedlin and no one else on bench)

        1. Sean
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          a

      4. Jet5605
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        FH team G2G?

        Lloris
        Dias - Tierney - Saiss
        Son - Saka - KDB - Bruno
        Kane - Laca - Wilson

        4.0 - Clark - Burke - Mitchell

        1. Please Answer Me
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Why Saiss? I rather have a man city defender and downgrade Lloris if you need to

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

        Bottomed. Sorry for reposting
        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?

      6. vincentwsho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        https://www.toffeeweb.com/season/20-21/news/40333.html

        Does that mean Villa vs Everton will go ahead? (Or at least that's the hope?)

        Sorry if I missed any previous posts on this

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

          It’s the plan, but surely to be reassessed.

      7. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Is Cancelo a doubt?

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Yes, but probably plays. The quotes to me back up my viewpoint that long term he isn't nailed

        2. Sean
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          nah Pep just trolling, only thing he really said was Sterling is fit

      8. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 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

        I think A for now, selling deadwood or so.

        What could go wrong ? 🙂

        1. Please Answer Me
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I think Lacazette is a better option than Rashford have you considered him?

      9. etown
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Anyone punting on Foden?

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

          im thinking about it