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. JoJoRed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    More likely to start?
    Gundogan
    Foden

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Gundogan.....
      But Pep

  2. Fernandito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    (sorry for the repost) 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

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B yep

  3. HARLEY
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    GTG?

    Dias Kilman
    KDB(C) Bruno Son
    Kane Wilson

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Best option?

    A. Stones (Clark, Mitchell, Burke bench)
    B. Dias (Mitchell, Burke, 3.8 bench)

    1. Cheers Geoff
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A

    2. Fernandito
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A

    3. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Stones. Think both are nailed since Ake, Laporte and Garcia are out but Stones is much cheaper.

  5. Cheers Geoff
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Ederson (DDG)
    Dias AWB Dier (Tierney) (Saiss)
    Bruno Saka Son Gundogan (Neto)
    Kane Wilson Lacazette

    Thanks

    1. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      That's a lot of money on the bench, is this for a free hit? I'd downgrade DDG and Saiss to 4.5 and Kilman, and then upgrade Saka/Gundogan maybe.

      1. Cheers Geoff
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah it is FH but despite Saka and Gundogan being lowly priced I can’t see many better options this week ( I can’t afford KDB regardless of downgrading).

        Any suggestions?

  6. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Thoughts?

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

  7. timmmuh
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 26 days ago

    Bottomed:
    On FH:

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

    Which grouping scores more points?

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      B

    2. stu92
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A I think.

      Spurs more likely of a CS, Tierney greater attacking potential, Sterling and Rashford both hit and miss so could go either way.

  8. tuturututu
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Would you rather have:

      A) ESR, Son, Cancelo, Stones, DDG
      Or
      B) Wilson, Sterling, Mari, Kilman, Steffen

    • Hryszko
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Is the FH looking tasty? Ready to go?

      Lloris
      Dias | Stones | Tierney
      KDB (c) | Son | Rashford | Bruno | ESR
      Kane | Wilson

      Subs: Forster | Brewster | Kilman | Mitchell

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        top notch

    • Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      People underrating Fulham and overrating Spurs here I see

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        0-1 incoming

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Some were saying that before Leeds! Leeds will win...

        1. Woy_is_back
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Some, but most knew Leeds would get thrashed

    • Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Chances of me outscoring your FH team?

      ---
      Tierney Cancelo Stones
      KDB Bruno Son Saka ESR
      Martial Brewster

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Decent chance haha. Although I don't think Martial will start.

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Brewster's first hattrick is coming today

        1. fedolefan
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          I'll take a 3 pointer for sure.

          1. Deulofail
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            20 mins, an assist and YC? Yes please!

      3. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        With no strikers? 🙂

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          See Sun Jihai's comment 😀

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Haha. From no goals and barely a start to a hatrick

      4. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Low. You won’t be that far behind tbh.

        Rashford > Martial
        Kane > Saka
        United defender > Tierney
        Keeper > No keeper

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Doesn't sound that low then 😉

          1. Zladan
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Nah not at all.

            20 points max?

            I was gonna go into this with 8 players until Martinez was out. But I had the likes of Brewster and Mitchell... so made sense to just capitalise on 3 city United Spurs.

    • corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Free hit formation?

      A) 3-5-2
      B) 3-4-3
      C) other

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Depends on the players

    • KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A) Saka + McGoldrick (on bench)
      B) Smith Rowe + Wilson (And bench One)

    • Flynny
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Is Cancelo a risky pick?

      Go with dias or stones instead??

      Thanks

      1. stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        I guess he is riskier than Dias/Stones as there are more players available that can play his position, but I think he should play since he was part rested during the week.

    • ZAWAd25
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      FH team GTG?

      Lloris
      Cancelo Stones Tierney
      Son KDB(C) Bruno Rashford ESR
      Kane Wilson

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        That’s upper template for sure. Nice TV to afford Lloris there.

    • discobiscuits
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Right, am I good to go with this FH team? My only question is...should I bring in Rashford for Son?

      Lloris
      Cancelo - Tierney - Saiss
      KDB - Gundogan - Son - Bruno - Saka
      Kane - Laca

      Areola - Lindelof - Mitchel - Brewster

    • MattysFantasyFooty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      So many on here just asking questions and not answering others

      1. discobiscuits
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        A

      2. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Welcome to Matchday Live

      3. Yes Ndidi
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        By the time you've written your answer, everything's moved on 2 pages and no-one reads it anyway.
        But yes, A. More nailed.

    • Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      A) Lloris + Tierney + ESR
      B) Leno + Dier + Saka
      B) Leno + ESR + Wilson

    • Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Which would you rather?

      A. Fernandez (shu)
      B. Shaw (bur)
      C. Dier (FUL)

      ?

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        BCA

    • Pepeye
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 26 days ago

      City X1 for me Ederson Walker Stones Dias Cancelo Gundogan Rodri Silva Foden KDB Sterling/Jesus City checking Sterling fitness

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        How about for Pep?

    • john25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 26 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 (considering Laporte is coming back as well)?

      Cheers

    • Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Final dilemma

      A. Tierney bavies
      B. Holding dier

      1. Yes Ndidi
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        A. Go for it. How's your bench?

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Have Mitchell. Prefer A but not sure if bavies starts. Cheers mate.

          1. Yes Ndidi
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 26 days ago

            He's started 3 of the last 4 in the league and was taken off early in the cup. I'm expecting him to start.

    • Woy_is_back
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Aurier or Regulion?

      1. Yes Ndidi
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Aurier higher percentage of starting I would say.

    • Zladan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Best Man United defender for this week?

      1. Pépé Pig
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Maguire imo

      2. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        AWB/Mag

    • Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Who would you prefer for DGW19 and beyond?

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

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

    • STHH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Did someone here say Cieran Clark isn't playing? Where's the source on that. I think he's a great pick against a tram unlikely to score and susceptible to conceding headed chances.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Would like the source for this also as I think he’s a great pick

    • Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      So we need Soton v Shrewsbury to NOT go ahead next mid-week in order to still have the Soton/Leeds double?

    • Whats the Mata?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Best one week punt midfielder for gw18 who's not Bruno, Saka, Son or any City midfielder? Who you'd get for a -4? (Essentially a -2 as I don't have a full 11)

      1. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 26 days ago

        Budget 7.5m

        1. Yes Ndidi
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 26 days ago

          Wilf or Neto.

    • DavidKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Can I get some general thoughts about Martial? Likely to start many of the games over the next 3 weeks?

    • The King
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 26 days ago

      Vardy + DCL to Kane + Wilson for -8 gives me 8 players for this gw

      1. 2OLEgend
          3 months, 26 days ago

          DCL to Wilson is enough. You'd want Vardy back next week