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.

Here’s how we voted for Blank Gameweek 18:

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2,514 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tyzer Chiefs
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Best defender for 4.8... Davies or Shaw?

    1. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      FH or WC? Shaw

      1. Tyzer Chiefs
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        None, just a FT.

  2. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 9 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. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Reading now Canvelo won't play. See my post below

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cancelo*

  3. The 12th Man
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Digne as a punt?

    Lloris
    Tierney,Cancelo,Digne
    KDB(c), Fernandes,Son,Gundogan,Saka
    Kane,Lacazette

    Areola,McGoldrick,Yedlin,Mitchell

    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Think Wolves will score, but I love Digne

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

      Got Digne in as well. Went for a rash martial duo instead of Bruno

      1. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        You think Martial starts?

        1. SoShy
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Definitely

  4. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Final squad. How's she looking?

    Leno
    Dier Stones Cancelo
    KdB ESR Bruno Son Rash
    Kane Laca
    Bench 4x fodder

    1. The Road to Turfdom
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      sublime

    2. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Cancelo wouldn't play

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Why?

    3. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Very nice.
      ESR allowing Rashford and Lacazette

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Exactly. Had Saka and then had Rash + Wilson. Thought it's better upgrades

    4. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Good but you need 1x playing bench to cover Cancelo risk

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Where is this news coming from? Dias safer to start?

        1. The Tinkerman
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Check Manchester evening news website, peps comments in presser, personally I think he plays.

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Pep suggested he was tired
          Gut feeling is he will start still

          1. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Let's hope!

          2. My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Dias safer? Have Stones

    5. The Tinkerman
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Must have a great TV, if I try to do that front 7 it’s DDG, Dier, Stones, Holding, no playing bench, and 0.2m short of affording even that! 😀

      1. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        he will have 3.8s and 9s in

      2. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        It's really not. 103.1

    6. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Got the same team except I went for Lloris & Tierney instead of Leno & Dier

  5. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Is sterling really worth several downgrades? Hasn't exactly been on fire

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      my thinking exactly would mean downgrades in defence or laca to wilson, but I really do not fancy wilson for some reason.

      1. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Yh I agree 🙂

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Where is this Raz rumour coming from?

  6. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Lloris
    Cancelo, Dias, Tierney
    De Bruyne, Fernandes, Saka, Son
    Kane, Lacazette, Wilson
    (4.0) (Burke, Mitchell, Douglas)

    Douglas to Kilman with the remaining 0.4?

  7. Sturridge Wars
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Would you do Salah > Rashford if it allows Balbuena off my bench > Dias ?

  8. Neo-Viper
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 9 days ago

    Foden to Bsilva maybe?

    1. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Would think Silva is the least likely to start out of the front players.

  9. Zlatan F.C
      3 months, 9 days ago

      which two to go with between Saka, Wilson and Neto?

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Saka Wilson

    • vandebeek
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Anything new about leeds-southampton game?

    • Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Presume this is ok for FH, I haven't been looking on here but I presume it's relatively template?

      Lloris (Forster)
      Dias, Cancelo, Maguire, Tierney (Mitchell)
      KdB, Son, Bruno, Neto (Smith-Rowe)
      Kane, Wilson (Brewster)

      1.0 itb.

      A) Should I go Stones over Cancelo for assurance of starts?
      B) Neto or Saka?

      1. Reeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Cancelo is starting for sure

    • john25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 9 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 for at least the next few GWs?

      Cheers

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        yes

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

          Even with Laporte returning soon?

    • Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Any word on Sterling from Pep?

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        go back a few pages

      2. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        fit

    • PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Martial or Laca on a FH?

      1. bitars
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Laca

    • JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      A) 352 with Cancelo, Smith-Rowe and Neto

      B) 352 with AWB, Gundogan and Smith-Rowe

      C) 343 with Saiss, Gundogan and Wilson

      Which one is the best? Already have Dias and Kdb.

    • Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      Is aurier fit? Will start then?

    • bitars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      On WC

      A) Grealish and Lacazette

      B Soucek and Kane

      Both teams will switch Lacazette/Kane to Salah in GW19

      1. Jönny
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        B.

    • jb1985
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 9 days ago

      I am set, bring on 16:30 so i cant bloody make any more changes:

      Lloris,
      Shaw, Tierney, Dias,
      KDB, Son, Bruno, Gundo
      Cavani, Laca, Kane

      1. SilentLemonMan
          3 months, 9 days ago

          looks good

      2. Jönny
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        How many minutes do you reckon the following get over BGW18 and DGW19?

        Jesus
        Martial
        Cavani

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          160
          250
          120

          1. Jönny
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Thanks!

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

        On FH:

        A) Lloris/Tierney/Rashford
        B) Leno/Holding/Sterling

        Which grouping scores more points?

      4. as33
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Sterling, Bruno or Kane to captain?

        1. as33
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Or Laca 🙂

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

          Sterling

      5. Mike82
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Any news on Saints v Leeds getting called off for the FA Cup?
        I'm basically wildcarding this week to cover both this and next weeks doubles and would like Bamford and Dallas in but if not a double for Leeds then would add in a hammer or 2.

      6. LABILLETHEGOAT
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        guys which one would you go for?
        a. ESR + Rashford
        B. Gundogan + Lacazette

        1. MattysFantasyFooty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          A

        2. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          b

      7. SomeoneKnows
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I really hope that getting Rashford, Lacazette, Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe & Lloris will be worth the FH card

      8. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Martinez Forster
        Cancelo* Holgate* Creswell Justin Dallas
        KDB* Son* Rash* Bruno* Grealish
        Brewster* Watkins Bamford

        I used my 2FT to get KDB and Cancelo..
        Now I only have 5-7 playing players for BGW18 (it was 8-10 players)

        A) Take more hit to bring another MUN or MCI players
        B) WC to tackle BGW18 and DGW19

      9. southernrocker1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Which team guys? Help!

        A
        Lloris
        STONES Tierney SAISS
        KDB Bruno Saka STERLING
        Kane Wilson Laca

        B
        Lloris
        DIAS CANCELO Tierney
        KDB Bruno Saka SON
        Kane Wilson Laca

        1. Mr.K
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I'd go with B but it's close.

        2. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          A due to “doubts”

          1. southernrocker1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            Who is a doubt?

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

          A for Sterling

          1. timmmuh
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            And Brighton are vulnerable to headers from corners ... Stones could get lucky and nick a goal

            1. southernrocker1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              I do have Cancelo and Dias in my other draft though...

      10. Mr.K
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        I'm on a WC and wondering whether my defence is too weak. Thoughts?

        De Gea - Meslier
        Holding - Mitchell(?) - Dallas(?) - Dias - Coufal
        Saka - KDB - Bruno - Son - Soucek
        Lacazette - Kane - Wilson

        Naturally other feedback is welcome as well.

        1. southernrocker1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          Son or Sterling?

          1. Mr.K
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 9 days ago

            I don't dare to go that deep in with City. They haven't played well + Pep roulette + Spurs playing Sheffield. I think I'm happy enough with Son.

            1. southernrocker1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 9 days ago

              Thanks, although Spurs play Fulham!

              1. Mr.K
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 9 days ago

                Ah yeah, sure. I was thinking of the City's DGW!

        2. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          good team.. Dallas is not a weak option.. and Mitchell is a bench fodder anyway

      11. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        So if I want Sterling I’ll have to drop Kane (I have Son)

        A. Kane, Gundogan and 3.9 defender 3-5-2
        Or
        B. Sterling, Saiss and fodder striker 4-4-2

        1. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 9 days ago

          I personally like Kane better

      12. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Template FH team for those who can't be bothered to spend ages:

        Lloris
        Cancelo - Tierney - AWB
        KDB - Bruno - Son - Saka
        Kane - Laca - Wilson

      13. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 9 days ago

        Gundogan or Sterling for GW18?

        Would likely keep for next few game weeks?

        Thank you