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

    Thoughts on this FH team?

    Darlow
    Cancelo Stones Holding
    KDB Bruno Son Rash Saka
    Kane(C) Laca

    Bench: 4.0 Brewster Mitchell 3.9

    thanks!

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Looks good

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

      Looks very good

      1 note: Bruce's comments on gk situation made me switch to lloris in goal

  2. trinzoo
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    A) Gundo
    B) Saka

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

      B

  3. how now brown cow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    a - Tierney
    b - Maguire

    I'm on A but wondering if we're more likely to know of any non-starters in tonight's games than we are for those on Thursday.

    1. trinzoo
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Both for me, A if must pick one.

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        You going for one each from city-utd-arsenal ?

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

      I think you have to go with the one that you thinkwill score the most points. Especially, for me, Tierney, because I see him as a much better option. You can't live in fear like this, Cow. You can't live like this!

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Lol.

        You must be a bit happier of late. Early days, but I always thought Arteta would be ok.

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

          Yeah same. No panic at all. At all! 😐

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

      A list but would prefer both

      Going with them plus 2 city defenders

      1. how now brown cow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        I nearly always go 3-4-3, but there sure are a lot of defensive options in the 5.5m-ish bracket this week.

  4. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    On FH
    1) Tierney laca ( yedlin)
    2) stones rashford ( fodder)

    1. LE CHARO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      1

  5. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    How come Electric Eddie McGoldrick isn't in the Scout Picks?

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

      Hats off to Mark on that pick. If it comes off it'll be the stuff of legend. Great entertainment on the pod.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        This

    2. Saïss doesn't mat…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      He's my first bench sub. Might even start him over saka

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

    Who else is on the Bogle bandwagon? Are we crazy or genius?

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Sorely tempted. One of those genius / completely laffable picks.

  7. dsefton
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Repost, sorry
    Thoughts on this WC plan:
    De Gea (Areola)
    Tierney Stones Cancelo Lowton (Coufal)
    KdB Bruno Rashford Son (Soucek)
    Laca Wilson (Bamford)

    Son + Laca --> Salah + Antonio (-4) for DGW19 BB

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

    Hi guys, is this worth Free Hititng please? Thanks!

    Dias Holding
    Son KDB Fernandes
    Brewster

    1 FT, likely to do Salah to Rashford or Sterling, then back to Salah next GW. Could do -4 for Lewis to Stones, but means no Salah next week if so.

    Any help much appreciated, thanks 🙂

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

      Definite free hit, or else you're staring down the barrel of a big red.

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

        Thanks mate. Minus 8 would get me 9 players.. so am quite tempted to save it, or else I'm free hitting for arsenal players and Kane.
        Granted, big red but long term gain, perhaps?

    2. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Id free hit it given the 2nd scenario you outlined. Brewster may not even start. So you have 5 guys effectively. Thats FH territory.

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

        Cheers pal!

    3. panda07
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      I'd free hit that

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

        Thanks

  9. Hig1990
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Report - sorry!

    Thoughts on this amended FH? 0.0 ITB

    DDG
    Tierney, Dias, Stones
    KDB (C), Bruno, Rash, Son, Saka
    Wilson, Kane

    Button, Mitchell, Bernardo, Douglas

    1. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Might get caught in the subs area. Would prefer first sub to be nailed anyway. First XI is fine.

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

    Folks, have the following team for gw18 with 9 starters (hopefully) but tempted to take a hit. 1m itb

    Martinez -- Forster
    Stones • Cancelo • Taylor --- Dallas Coufal
    Son • Bruno • Kdb • Rashford • Burke
    Laca --- Bamford Watkins

    A: Forster >> Areola. gives me a gk this gw and a dgw next gw if villa dgw doesnt happen

    B: Dallas >> Maguire (-4), gives an extra gw18 and dgw19 player but the Leeds vs Sou hasn't been cancelled yet and dallas could have huge upside if their dgw goes ahead

    C: Watkins >> Wilson (-4). Gives me a gw18 player and can easily bench in gw19. means one less dgw19 player if villa games go ahead and watkins isn't the one who tested positive

  11. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Which combo?

    A) Leno, Stones, Saka
    B) Lloris, Holding, Smith-Rowes

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

      A

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

      A

  12. GE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    FH-team, What to improve?

    (0.0 itb)

    Lloris
    Cancelo/Dias/Tierney
    KDB/Bruno/Son/Saka
    Kane/Laca/Wilson

    Bench: Ramadale, Mitchell, Bernard, Stephens

    1. Hig1990
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Great team mate

    2. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Nothing to improve really

  13. JaydenLFC87
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 18 days ago

    Who’s going to get more points tonite??

    A) Foden

    B) Cancelo

    C) Gundogan

  14. NoSalah'd
      1 month, 18 days ago

      Is my free hit gtg? 0.0 itb
      Lloris,
      Tierney, Dias, Cancelo
      KDB (c), Bruno (vc), Rashford, Son, Saka
      Kane, Wilson
      (Steele, Yedlin, Kilman, Brewster)

      1. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Looks good

      2. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Its as good as you get really

    • Silecro
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 18 days ago

      A) Lloris, Cancelo, ESR
      B) DDG, Dier, Gundogan

      All in first 11

      1. NoSalah'd
          1 month, 18 days ago

          A

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

          A by far

      2. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 18 days ago

        Which do you prefer?

        A) Stones, Rashford & Smith-Rowe
        B) Maguire, Gundogan & Lacazette

        1. NoSalah'd
            1 month, 18 days ago

            A

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

            Tough... but A

        2. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Pick one

          A. Gundogan coady
          B. Cancelo ESR

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

            B

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Cheers

          2. Atletico Junior
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            b

        3. allaboutthemagic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          DDG saka or lloris smith Rowe?

          1. LE CHARO
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lloris Smith Rowe

        4. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          How’s this for a FH...?

          DeGea
          Stones / Dier / Holding
          KDB / Bruno / Son / Siggy
          Kane(c) / Laca / Wilson

          4.0 ESR / Kilman / Mitchell

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

            Very nice. Not fond of Siggy myself, but if you've a gut feeling I say go for it.

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

              Thanks.
              Worth a punt...

          2. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            I dont think Siggy is worth the punt. Infuriating FPL asset. Better out there this week.

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

              Time will tell.
              Hopefully I catch him on good day 🙂

        5. john25
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Hey guys, really struggling to decide if I should use the FH. Current players with a game this GW:

          Dier Mitchell Taylor (if fit)
          KDB Bruno Son
          Kane

          No FT left. Should I take a -4 hit to get 8 players this GW (7 if Taylor doesn't play) or use the FH?

          Cheers

        6. Steager
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Best defender under 4.7 please for my WC, so will need long term and for double.

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lowton

          2. Boz
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Lowton

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              Great minds alike 🙂

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

            Not Coufal, have him

        7. MikeS
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Freehit any good?

          Lloris- (areola)
          Dias-AWB-tierny- (mitchell-clark)
          Bruno-kdb-saka-son-(gundogan)
          Laca-wilson-kane

          1. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Its good. Put it away now and forget about it.

        8. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Good to go with my free hit please??

          Lloris
          Cancelo maguire tierney (yedlin Mitchell)
          Kdb Bruno son gundogan (Smith-rowe)
          Kane Lacasette Wilson

          Thanks

          1. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Yep. All bases covered.

        9. Boz
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Any more news on Leeds vs Saints postponement?

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Nope

        10. ronpateluk
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          only have 3 players (Bruno, Son and Stones) guaranteed (ish) to play post all the cancellations/reschedules. Originally planned to keep FH and get by with 8 or so players but with the DCL injury, villa reschedule I'm struggling.

          FH no brainer or chance it with a -8 to get up to 6 players and pray?

          1. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Take the hit.

          2. andres
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            FH clearly

          3. Hig1990
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Same situation for me. FH

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

              this is such a mess.

        11. Reeker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Anywhere I can spend 0.2 or go for a differential because it's quite basic?
          FH Team:

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

          1. Reeker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            Actually have 0.4

        12. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Scout Picks are pretty template. Swap Saiss and Gundogan for AWB and Kane and you have a template team.

          That isn't a bad thing by the way. There is a reason something is template. Usually because it works.

          1. Atletico Junior
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            With only 6 matches this GW, good options are reduced... They still avoided Kane

            1. diesel001
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 18 days ago

              They can't afford him. Because of the way their rules for scout picks work. But most active FPL teams can afford the true template.

        13. Andre_The_Giant
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Link to CS odds anyone?

        14. LE CHARO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 18 days ago

          On FH. What's the best option?
          A) De Gea, Tierney (bench : Mitchell, Davis)
          B) Lloris, Holding (bench : Yedlin, Brewster)

        15. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 18 days ago

          Saka or Neto ???

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 18 days ago

            FH ?