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. Silecro
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    only for this week: ESR or Foden?

    1. Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      ESR?

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      surely foden if you can afford

    3. tuturututu
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Smith Rowe

      • Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        ESR, purely because you want City players and they need to be nailed.

    4. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      last decision...

      Saka or Zaha for FH?

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Saka

    5. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Make sure to have a good bench is all I'm saying, rotation and possible postponements

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I brought in a 4.5 sub gk to be safe

    6. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 18 days ago

      That's right people, start dropping the best defender in the game... 😉

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Tierney won't let you drop him

    7. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      How looks Sterling draft? TV is low.

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

      Help guyzzz. What to change here?

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        You need Son imo. Tempted by sterling... Mine looks like

        Leno
        Shaw Stones Dier AWB
        Bruno Son KDB Sterling Saka
        Kane

    8. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Lol there's no Cancelo news. He's gonna play. He's too important because of the way they need playmakers from deep.

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Ok Pep 🙂

        Without Lamptey I think it is the perfect time to rest him especially if he is having a niggle or so

        1. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          He has a niggle?

        2. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          No niggle. Pep just referenced him as being tired.

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Hope you're right, he's in my team and he's looked essential lately, more attacking and central than their wingers

      3. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        They don't necessarily need him to brush aside Brighton though. I also think he will play, but enough risk there for me to switch to Dias. Last thing I want to see is Mitchell coming off my bench on a free hit.

    9. tuturututu
        1 month, 18 days ago

        What would you go for?

        A) Stones, DDG
        B) Maguire, Lloris

      • Woy_is_back
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Rate My free hit team

        Darlow
        Dias Regulion Tierney
        Saka Fernandes Son KDB(C) Sterling
        Laca Wilson

        Brewster Mitchell Douglas

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          6/10 - needs Kane

          1. Woy_is_back
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Laca will outscore Kane imo and can have Sterling with the extra cash

            1. Catastrophe
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Laca and Kane both needed 🙂 Foden and even Gundogan should match Sterling albeit Pep Roulette...

      • Kebab pig
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Did Pep say anything about Sterling? Will he play?

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Fit

        • Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          FH:

          A) Foden, Maguire..........(McGoldrick, Saiss, Mitchell)
          B) Wilson, Stones............(Saiss, Mitchell, 5.6 MID)
          C) Gundogan, Maguire....(Wilson, Coady, Mitchell)

          Rest of Team:

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

          Cheers

        • UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Fourth repost, come on guys please!

          Is Shaw Injured?

          And will Lindelof play?

          Cheers

        • Captain_Shirokov
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Reguilon on a FH - yes or no?

          1. londontom
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Aurier

            1. Woy_is_back
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Will he start though?

            2. Balls of Steel
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              This, more nailed

            3. londontom
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Probably. Doherty played 90min in the last two.

        • GOATMEAT
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Which one of these is most likely to start?

          A) Cancelo
          B) Dias
          C) Stones?

          1. Captain_Shirokov
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            B

          2. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            BCA

          3. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            They're all gonna start.

        • Pegilagi
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          GTG with WC?

          11/11 playing GW18 and possible to get 10/11 for double fixture on GW19. No Liverpool coverage tho and struggling to change Salah/Firmino in before 19..

          Leno (Martins)
          Cancelo - Wan-Bissaka - Dias - Alderweireld (Coufal)
          KDB - bruno - Smith Rowe - Son (Soucek)
          Laca - Wilson (Bamford)

          1.1 in bank

        • Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Everyone I posted a source on the previous page

          1. MattysFantasyFooty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            A random twitch stream isn't a source

          2. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            An @ symbol and username isn't a source. You should give the platform, or just provide a link to make things easy.

        • jim0wheel
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Why isn't Reguilon in many teams? Wasn't he rested at the weekend?

          1. MattysFantasyFooty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Better options

          2. londontom
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Aurier

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Sorry guys, I brought in Cancelo this GW and cursed him. The last time I brought him in he got rested that GW vs. Burnley!

        • VICTORIOUS SECRET! !
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Kane (TC)

          Yay or nay ?

          1. MattysFantasyFooty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            no

          2. londontom
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Never trust spurs for a quick buck

        • Von Lipwig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          For mybench order please. Which is more likely:

          A) SHU fail to score
          B) SHU score

          stupid question right?

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            A

        • sergioaguero67
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Maguire or Wan Bissaka?
          AWB sure to start?
          Please help

          1. londontom
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Shaw

        • drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Cancelo will rest 1 out of the next 3 I predict but which one, which game is most suited for a rest

        • Pépé Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Who would you prefer for DGW19 and beyond:

          A) Kane (shu) + Rashford (liv ful) free

          B Laca (NEW) + Salah (MUN BUR) -4

          1. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            A

        • Annie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Love how Cancelo suddenly disappears from the FH teams

        • Totti
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          who do u rather guys?

          A) leno dier saiss sterling

          B) lloris tierney cancelo rashford

          owninng de bruyne and stones in botth options

        • etown
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Was gonna go with Saka but want to do something different.

        • sergioaguero67
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Kane sure to start?
          Please help

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Don't see why not..

          2. londontom
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Defo

        • PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          So,

          A. Gundogen and Saiss or
          B. Neto and Dias

          thanks..

        • stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          How's this FH team look?

          1) Should I downgrade to Darlow to upgrade my bench?

          2) Is Saka/Dias/Yedlin (3-4-3) > Maguire/Stones/SmithRowe (4-3-3) a better move?

          Lloris
          Cancelo Dias Tierney
          KDB Bruno Son Saka
          (K)ane Laca Wilson
          (4.0 Yedlin Mitchell Burke)

        • bring_on _the_fantasy
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          What the best option for next week?

          Free Hit or Triple Captain?

        • Diro
            1 month, 18 days ago

            DIlemma !

            A) Play with 7 player :

            Mitchell, Stones
            Fernandes, KdB, Son
            Wilson, Kane

            B) Or FH to have

            Lloris
            Tierney, AWB, Stones
            Saka, Son, Fernandes, KdB
            Wilson, Kane, Laca

            ??

            Knowing that if I FH, in GW19 I will get back Salah (for KdB) and Anguissa (for Soucek) I bought with my 2FT and I will lose 0.3 because of price changes