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. 824545201
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Never thought possible that i might end up with triple Sheffield Utd on my Free Hit team.

    1. imtheboss
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Wouldn't have been so bad last season...

  2. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Dias over Cancelo if I have no bench..?

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      With COVID you need at least 2 bench I think.

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Dias

  3. liboo
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Best defender in Newcastle ?!!

    1. imtheboss
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      One of the away team...!

      Probably Fernandez

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Andy Carroll 🙂

  4. tuturututu
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Would you go for:

    A) Son, ESR, Cancelo, Stones
    B) Sterling, Wilson, Mitchell, Kilman

    1. In a Rush
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      A for sure Kilman and Mitch not nailed

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        this

  5. In a Rush
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Well this free hit malarkey has done my head in but I think I’m done!

    Lloris
    Cancelo Awb tierney
    Son kdb(c) Bruno Gündogan
    Lacazette Kane(v) Wilson

    Button Esr Fernández Mitchell

    Cheers all good luck

    1. tuturututu
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Very nice team, we have similar..

      Would you go for DDG and Cancelo or Maguire and Lloris? I have no spurs defence and if I do Cancelo to Maguire I will not have triple city.

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Gundogan to Saka and you have a beautiful template FH team.

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Yes toyed with this would have to get rid of Esr or tierney though

    3. In a Rush
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Is the bench enough or cancelo ➡️ Stones and upgrade Mitchell?

    4. UTFB
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Same team as me, except AWB - Maguire

      1. UTFB
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Oh and I just swapped cancelo to Dias... too scared of pep roulette!

  6. DavidSilva
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    FH Team

    Lloris
    Saiss Dias Stones Tierney
    Saka KDB (c) Fernandes Son
    Kane Wilson

    Forster EMR Douglas Davis

    Have 2.0 ITB - Where can I spend it?

  7. Salah’s Sonnet
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Is Shaw Injured?

    And will Lindelof play?

    Cheers

  8. imtheboss
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Can I make a transfer, and then do a free hit? Which would then bring the player I transferred in back next week?

    1. 12steps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      No

      1. imtheboss
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers mate

    2. @ocprodigy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Simple answer - no. Player will not appear in your team next week.

      1. imtheboss
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers, was trying to be clever...!

    3. mojoindojo
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      No

      1. imtheboss
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers

    4. Lemongrab
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      No if you use free hit then your team will revert to before any transfers were made next week

      1. imtheboss
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers!

  9. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Am I G2G you reckon?

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

    Subs: Forster | Brewster | Kilman | Mitchell

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      this is an FH team?

      1. Hryszko
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Yessir

  10. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Dcl to Martial worth a hit ?

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Nope. People think he could be dropped; while DCL is nailed long-term. Now's not the time to buy for a hit, really.

      1. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        even with 5 players + Holgate + Brewster?

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 7 days ago

          Doesn't make a difference

      2. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Oh my bad, I dodn't know DCL was out. Maybe think of another solution? But Martial is better than someone who's out.

    2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      DCL could be out a while, I got rid

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        RMT needs updating

  11. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    ok all, i am going for a balanced FH squad to cover any surprise postponements/covids/rotations.. please let me know if G2G?

    Darlow - (Dubravka)
    Tierney / Stones / Cancelo - (Maguire / Mitchell)
    Saka / De Bruyne / Fernandes / Son - (Lookman)
    Wilson / Lacazette / Kane

    1. Please Answer Me
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Pretty much the same team but have Lloris in goal and Dias instead of Cancelo (rumours Cancelo might not play)

      1. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        think Cancelo should play, was rested for half the FA Cup game

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        rumours from where?

  12. arkom
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    De Gea
    Stones / Dias / Tierney
    Kevin / Bruno / Rashford / Son / Smith-Rowe
    Kane / Lacazette

    Bench: Mitchell

    Only Mitchell on the bench, is't too risky?

  13. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Stones slightly better in air than Dias but hardly much difference

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Thanks

  14. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    A) Stones, Wilson
    B) Stones, Neto
    C) Maguire, Gundo

    1. Lignja
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      A or C

  15. Please Answer Me
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    I can't decide if Lacazette or Rashford?

    1. In a Rush
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Laca for me

    2. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Loads of choice in midfield but not much upfront so went with lacazette and 5 playing mids.

  16. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Bogle or Mitchell for benched defender?

  17. Grimmy
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Is Ederson ready to play?

  18. Jellyfish
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    What do you prefer- tea or coffee?

    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Tea

      1. Lignja
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Lsd

    2. FPL.team
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Coffee. Strong.

    3. teneighty
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Coffee, not even close.

    4. Party time
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Coffee is the best

    5. COK3Y5MURF
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Neither

  19. Lignja
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    A. Stones (have Cancelo)
    B. Wan Bissaka

    1. 2OLEgend
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 7 days ago

      A

  20. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Does bavies start this gw?

    1. Bambi
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      hes been working his way back into Mou's thoughts but id say reguilon more likely to play as didnt feature in FA cup

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

        Thanks bambi

    2. Sean
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Played 70 in Fa Cup, too risky imo

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

        Cheers

  21. Bambi
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Balbuena to Holding for a -4?
    Holding better for Blank18, and balbuena looks to have lost his place to Dawson so bad for BB19

  22. Sean
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts?

    A) Rashford + Lloris
    B) Son + DDG/Leno

  23. The Frenchie
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Any news on Leeds - Southampton game?

    1. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      it will be postponed

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        really ? 100%

      2. tuturututu
        8 months, 7 days ago

        What!? Why? I tripled up on Leeds for DGW..

  24. RECKLESS
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Which 2 would you play from 3 below?
    1) Gundongen
    2) Saka
    3) Wilson

    Currently on 1/2 as top sides

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      1) and 2)

    2. Rochdale_Cowboy
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      The middle 2

  25. HonestBlatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    -4 hit to play below 9 or FH?

    2FTs, 0.0 ITB
    Salah, DCL and Grealish --> Kane, Gundogan, Rashford (-4p hit) would give below 9 players for BGW18

    Team for BGW18:
    - (no GK)
    Cancelo-Dier-Bellerin
    KdB(C)-Gundogan-Bruno-Saka-Rashford
    Kane

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      To give you some contexts, with (-4) I have 6 players + Holgate and Brewster

      1. HonestBlatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        and still you decided to save FH and/or WC?

  26. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Please make a hot topic on Cancelo being a doubt! Dias safer? Got Stones already

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Why is he a doubt...source?

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Read every 2nd post on here

    2. Manani
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      what's the cancelo news?

      1. tuturututu
        8 months, 7 days ago

        Pep said some thing idk

  27. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts on this FH?

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

  28. Bacon3339
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Lloris
    Tierney Maguire Aurier
    Saka Sterling De Bruyne Fernandes Gundogan
    Lacazette Kane

    Bailey-Peacock, Bogle, Brewster, Mitchell

  29. Manani
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Dier or Reguilion?

    wont be able to upgrade anything with extra fund

    1. Lemongrab
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      I've gone Dier, more secure starter

  30. Sterling Malory
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 7 days ago

    Lloris
    Tierney Cancelo Stones
    KDB Son Bruno Neto
    Laca Kane Wilson

    Rather template, but feel okay with it now.

    Only 1 Man Utd is my only concern, would it be worth putting in De Gea?

    1. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 7 days ago

      Similar to mine.. it's fine.. can't have everyone..