Scout Squad

The Scout Squad’s best players to own for FPL Double Gameweek 19

The Scout Squad are back to pick their best players for Double Gameweek 19 – fresh from the recent changes to the fixtures.

The assets listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of the FPL deadline at 11:00 GMT on Saturday.

In each writer’s squad, there are requirements for at least:

  • One goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • One sub-£5.0m defender
  • One midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • One forward priced at £7.5m or lower

Each panelist is also restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on Friday.

TomAndyGeoffDavid
GKLukasz FabianskiEdouard MendySam JohnstoneSam Johnstone
Edouard MendyDavid de GeaEmiliano MartínezAlphonse Areola
Bernd LenoEmiliano MartínezAlissonIllan Meslier
DEFRúben DiasAndrew RobertsonTrent Alexander-ArnoldRúben Dias
João CanceloJoão CanceloJoão CanceloAndrew Robertson
Andrew RobertsonRúben DiasJohn StonesJoão Cancelo
Ben ChilwellBen ChilwellVladimir CoufalVladimir Coufal
Vladimir CoufalVladimir CoufalAaron Wan-BissakaReece James
MIDKevin De BruyneKevin De BruyneMohamed SalahKevin De Bruyne
Mohamed SalahBruno FernandesKevin De BruyneBruno Fernandes
Bruno FernandesMohamed SalahBruno FernandesSadio Mané
Ademola LookmanChristian PulisicTomas SoucekTomas Soucek
Hakim ZiyechTomas SoucekAnwar El GhaziAdemola Lookman
FWDJamie VardyJamie VardyJamie VardyJamie Vardy
Harry KaneMichail AntonioCallum WilsonMichail Antonio
Patrick BamfordEdinson CavaniOllie WatkinsHarry Kane
Michail AntonioRoberto FirminoMichail AntonioPatrick Bamford
Anthony MartialOllie WatkinsAnthony MartialEdinson Cavani


Most popular picks: João Cancelo, Vladimir Coufal, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Jamie Vardy, Michail Antonio (four), Rúben Dias, Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Tomas Soucek (three).

TOM SAID…

I’ve doubled up on Manchester City’s defence again this week, ahead of back-to-back home games against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Pep Guardiola’s side have now given up just three goals in their last 14 matches in all competitions, and are yet to concede with Ederson, Rúben Dias and John Stones in the line-up. João Cancelo is also given the nod, and though he isn’t assured of two starts, is worth the risk given his attacking numbers. 

West Ham United also get a defensive double-up from me, via Lukasz Fabiański and Vladimír Coufal. The Hammers have proved difficult to break down in recent matches, while their double includes games against Burnley and West Bromwich Albion, two of the worst attacking teams in the league.

Keepers Edouard Mendy and Bernd Leno, plus defenders Andrew Robertson and Ben Chilwell complete the picks at the back.

Further forward, it’s hard to overlook Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Bruno Fernandes and Jamie Vardy, and their inclusion needs little explanation, so I’ll focus on some of my other picks.

Ademola Lookman is something of a left-field inclusion given his fixtures, but if Fulham are going to get anything from this double, he’ll be involved, while West London rivals Chelsea are perhaps being overlooked. They’ve come in for some criticism after a run of one win in six league games, but overall performances haven’t been too bad. Hakim Ziyech has now started back-to-back games, and when fit is the one who can make things happen.

I’m also backing Michail Antonio. Though he looks short of match fitness, he needs games, and as West Ham United’s only recognised striker, should see enough minutes across the two fixtures. However, including him means there is no room for team-mate Tomáš Souček, which is a little unfortunate. It goes without saying I think he’s a quality option though.

The squad is completed by Harry Kane and Patrick Bamford, who despite having just the one fixture have the potential to outscore most other forwards this week, plus Anthony Martial

ANDY SAID…

It is not often you come up with a squad to submit and find yourself trying to put in more than three West Ham players. They arguably have the best set of fixtures in Gameweek 19 – Burnley (home) and West Brom (home). 

Michail Antonio is a bit of a favourite of mine and now he’s fit and got through 90 minutes I can’t leave him out. He’s averaging 0.47xG per 90 minutes so fat this season. It’s down on 2019/20, but still excellent given his price. The fixtures are too good to ignore defensively as well. 

No-one has scored fewer goals than Burnley’s nine so far, with West Brom only scoring two more with 11. A double-up on defence is certainly an option but with Tomas Soucek taking up a cheap spot in midfielder I’ve only picked Vladimir Coufal

In their last six matches Coufal has created 11 chances, that’s six more than Aaron Cresswell.

We’re still waiting on news of a potential injury to Anthony Martial after limping off against Burnley, but if he does miss the next couple of games it would seem very likely that Edinson Cavani will play as central forward. 

We’ve seen limited minutes from the Uruguayan so far but he’s shown promising numbers with 0.59xG per 90 minutes. The Liverpool game is tough for anyone but if he could nick a goal there he’d then look to top up the FPL points for the week against Fulham.

There is obviously a risk with picking Aston Villa players because we don’t know who may have tested positive and won’t be available but given they are now playing Newcastle I’ve added a couple into the squad for consideration with Emiliano Martínez and Ollie Watkins

No regularly playing goalkeeper has a higher points per match than Martínez at 5.5, and with save potential against Manchester City followed by a Newcastle fixture you’d expect a clean sheet in there’s lots to be gained from him.

Despite only scoring one goal against Brighton it’s difficult to not triple up on Manchester City again with Kevin De Bruyne being the only attacker I’d be confident of predicting a start for. They are showing no signs of stopping when it comes to defensive returns and I think Cancelo owners will be hopeful of an attacking return soon enough. 

Interestingly he only created one chance against Brighton and had one shot in the box, but seeing his positioning from the eye test, he’s sure to be involved soon.

GEOFF SAID…

Barring any future Double Gameweek 19 fixture changes, my selections come from teams with two fixtures in the round; whether or not my picks will start both fixtures is, as always, unclear.

I continue to look for value in my goalkeepers to enable a stronger attack: Sam Johnstone and Emiliano Martinez are therefore my top picks before I look to Alisson, who has the highest points potential.

Trent Alexander-Arnold looks the best option in defence with hugely promising underlying stats, particularly over the last 4 games. João Cancelo continues to look threatening and should see attacking returns soon, and City have two strong Double Gameweek 19 fixtures. John Stones, Vladimir Coufal, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are also worthwhile options.

Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne are the top midfield picks this week, slightly ahead of Bruno Fernandes and his four yellow cards. Tomas Soucek is a strong pick and will insultingly be called a ‘no-brainer’ by many pundits, while Anwar El Ghazi is another budget enabler.

In attack I first look to Jamie Vardy, who I expect will be fit and will score well – while not a captaincy option for me, as I’ll look to my midfield, he may be a shrewd armband contender for those looking for a punt. Callum Wilson, Ollie Watkins, and Michail Antonio look a nicely-priced trio, while Anthony Martial is a differential for those looking to United for a double in the Double. 

DAVID SAID…

I am expecting Sam Johnstone and Alphonse Areola to use their respective pair of fixtures to rack up the saves in Double Gameweek 19.

The two goalkeepers are both inside the top five for stops this season (74 and 59) and face opponents that are sure to create chances against them.

I will be keeping my eye on injury updates from West Ham on Friday though. If David Moyes rules out Lukasz Fabianski then I will be very keen on the kindly-priced Darren Randolph.

Manchester City have conceded three goals in their last 13 matches in all competitions which is why a defensive double-up of Rúben Dias and João Cancelo is so appealing, especially as I’m not particularly taken with attacking options outside of Kevin De Bruyne.

Vladimir Coufal has incredibly kind home fixtures against low-scoring Burnley and West Bromwich Albion. He has also created more chances than any West Ham player over their last four matches.

Reece James looks set for a return to the Chelsea starting line-up ahead of facing Fulham and Leicester. Over his last four matches, he is joint-top among Blues assets for big chances created, the most of any Chelsea defender in that time too.

De Bruyne is an obvious inclusion considering his nailed-on role in the Manchester City team for those appealing home matches.

The fact that Raheem Sterling missed a late penalty against Brighton, in my view, reinforces the Belgian’s place in the spot-kick pecking order.

Speaking of penalties, Liverpool and Fulham have both given up five each this season – only Leeds (six) and Brighton (seven) have conceded more at the time of writing.

The fact that Bruno Fernandes faces both of those sides in Double Gameweek 19 makes his credentials seriously worth considering, especially as he is set for two road trips. The Portuguese international has pulled in 54.5% of his FPL points away from home this season.

Considering Mohamed Salah’s problems in front of goal recently, I am going for his team-mate Sadio Mané in my selection.

Over their last four matches, the Senegalese international has outshone Salah for touches in the box, key passes, big chances created and shots in the box.

Crucially, Mané also has matched Salah’s output for attacking returns over the same period (three) for a cheaper price and has fewer blanks during that time too.

I am very willing to take a risk on Michail Antonio ahead of West Ham’s appealing fixtures considering their decision to sell Sebastien Haller to Ajax on a permanent deal.

I also really fancy the single Gameweek fixtures of Harry Kane and Patrick Bamford and will be taking them both into Double Gameweek 19 to face Sheffield United (away) and Brighton (home) respectively.

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1,490 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Super Saints
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Haha of course I get Brewster in for Tierney

    1. One of Those Days
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Haha, same here mate...

    2. West End Exile
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Me too 🙁

  2. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Season over. Thanks Arteta. Another horror game week.

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      If your season is over then you should just quit the game and terminate your ffs account

      1. NateDogsCats
          1 month, 13 days ago

          To be fair this is about the 18th time Brosstan's season is over

    2. DagheMunegu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Shaw in for tierney

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Why did you have Shaw on your bench?

        1. DagheMunegu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Cause I also had Obi-Wan and was afraid Telles would play

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      My actually team was 15 points so I guess the FH has worked to some very small degree

    4. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Saka comes in for Tierney. Glad I have a decent first sub for once!

      1. Cometh The Aouar...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Gotta produce first mate! I've got Saka. Let's hope he does the biz!

    5. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mitchell ( my 3rd sub ) coming off the bench for Tierney thanks to Kilman no-show.

      1. Auntie Niemi
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Lol same for me here with the kilman no show.would have easily been a 1 pointer.

      2. Kaneyonero
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Mitchell brace, Laca Hattrick and Holding OG would be perfect

        1. HD7
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          thiss

      3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Lacazette v Zaha+7.

        Here we go

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          condolences

        2. Bonus magnet
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Same here with Mitchell though
          Not looking good now

      4. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Looks like the spud will be in the next round of the cup

      5. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Posted this before but got a mixed response, really struggling to decide here.

        Out - Kane & Son
        In - Antonio & Salah (-4)

        What do you think? If not Antonio I have 9.3m to spend on a Kane replacement

        1. tuturututu
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yes

          • Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            no. Dont get rid of both only one of Kane or Son

        2. FPL Kaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Funny how people think FH is a failure when some original teams only had liek 3 playing players

          1. Kellz86
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            This place is great right? The salt and freak pits keep me coming back

            1. Kellz86
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Out*

              Haha

          2. diesel001
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            It isn't a fail for them.

            It could be a fail for those who had 7 or 8 players and the only additions were players like Tierney, Lloris, Saka, Wilson etc.

            1. FPL Kaka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              When you put it like that then maybe but if it was at the expense of multiple hits then it depends

          3. Van der Faart
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I'd have gotten 27. 49 all out I think is an acceptable return based on that

          4. jtreble
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Top10K FH: 44 pts; No Chip: 27.

            https://www.livefpl.net/top10k

          5. Yes Ndidi
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Of my original team, only Lowton & Son actually played. So yes, this has been a successful FH!

          6. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Indeed. I'm 24 points up atm, and would've taken that beforehand.

        3. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No Tierney. All those jammy owners getting a Sheff Utd defender off their bench.

          1. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Far more 2-1 pointerw coming on

          2. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            This FFS so annoying, why couldn't Brewster score, he was so close too

        4. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Laca, Saka, Auba for the win! Let’s go!

        5. Il Capitano
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I would be on 8 points without FH so whatever I guess

            1. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Same happy enough with Saka and Laca , rest up Tierney

              1. Il Capitano
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Yeah, those 2 plus whatever Mitchell gets is fine by me

              2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                With the points hit I would be even worse

                Think there was a chance someone missed out but didn’t expect it to be tierney

                1. Debauchy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Yeah and having Basham sub makes it a bit more painful

            2. ivantys
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Nice to see PVA and Clyne back to the bench where they belong.

              • Debauchy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                FFS Tierney where are you , get in Basham

              • Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Kane to vardy for free ? Thanks

                1. Kellz86
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Keep Kane imo. I’m trying to fit in KDB without dropping him which is possible but not straightforward

                  1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Cheers

                  2. Auntie Niemi
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Yeah good luck on that (-16) lol.

                  3. Yes Ndidi
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Probably if you've got Son. Otherwise probably not

                2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  1. Kane and Neto

                  Or

                  2. Salah and Watkins

                  ?

                  1. Kellz86
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    2

                  2. The White Pele
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    2

                3. Danno - Emre Canada
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Brewster in for Tierney but need 3 defenders so in comes Ampadu, caught a break for once

                  1. Kellz86
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Nice when it’s something positive! The moaning on here is sometimes too much

                    1. Danno - Emre Canada
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Haha it’s a good feeling. I could have filled up this forum for the season I’ve had but it is what it is eh

                4. Weasel Boy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Sterling worth a punt?

                  1. Well you know, Triffic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    No he already did that on the pen.

                5. DA Minnion
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Free hit disaster.

                6. Rochdale_Cowboy
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Can the Tierney complaining stop now. Cheers - from a Raheem captainer

                  1. aleksaa2
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Good thing you didn't captain KDB, becuase he didn't play.

                    1. Rochdale_Cowboy
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      He was rested on penalties

                7. tuturututu
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Planned BBing for GW19 but with Leeds game postponed i am in dilemma. Would you do it with this squad?

                    Fabianski, Meslier
                    Robbo, Stones, Justin, Coufal, Alioski
                    Salah, Bruno, Rashford, Maddison, Soucek
                    Firmino, Bamford, Giroud

                    1. Rochdale_Cowboy
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Wc immediately

                      1. tuturututu
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Why?

                      2. djman102
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        I definitely would. I think Leeds-Brighton is a single fixture as good as some of the doubles out there.

                    2. Firminoooo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Of course no Tierney. The final nail in my FH coffin. 100% Lacca and Saka blank.

                      1. Don Kloppeone
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        say it ain’t so!

                    3. Super Saints
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      First game Tierney misses in what 17 weeks? First time I've owned him and brought in on FH over Holding who I've owned for weeks, what are the chances!

                      1. Rochdale_Cowboy
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        17/1?

                    4. Cometh The Aouar...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Oooh no Tierney no problem AWB coming off the bench for a nice 6 pts!

                    5. Miguel Sanchez
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Think Mitchell might be first choice with PVA out of contract in the summer and Ajax said to be interested

                    6. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      1FT, 1.8 ITB and unsure what direction to go for next week.
                      A) Areola Davis to fodder/Sanchez Antonio (-4). Bench Bam, forget BB for now
                      B) Robbo Mitchell Davis to Cancelo Stones Antonio (-8). BB w/ 12DGW, Son Bamford Dallas
                      C) roll FT or other

                      Martinez (Areola)
                      Robbo Coufal Dallas (Pieters Mitchell)
                      Salah KDB Bruno Son Soucek
                      Bamford Watkins (Davis)

                      Cheers for any thoughts! 🙂 leaning towards A atm though B tempts to get BB out the way.... hmm

                      1. Yes Ndidi
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        B is tempting; good fixtures after the DGW as well.

                    7. Bookkeeper
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Hard to believe those posting they have a Man Utd defender coming off the bench for Tierney. would like them to link their teams.

                      1. Cometh The Aouar...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        No probs mate - take a look. At least I ain't lying

                    8. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      DCL + Dunne > Antonio + Stones (-4) for BB yay or nay?
                      I will then have 9 DGW players plus Kane, Son, Bamford, Dallas, and McCarthy. Total is 14 players.