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. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Nice, Holdini's CS will become even better after that glorious Tierney rest

    1. Bonus magnet
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      1-0 Zaha assist
      Holding own goal
      Holding yellow

      Nyt nyt

    2. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Top post!

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Who cares?

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

      Mitchell scoring and coming off the bench for all the Tierney owners now

  2. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Tierney at 41% ownership in the top 10k. Pretty high.

  3. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Kwp to coufal here yay or nay? 1FT 0.2itb

    Martinez (X2)
    Stones (X2) kwp yedlin (X2)
    Salah (X2) kdb (X2) Bruno (X2) son
    Kane bamford

    Forster holding strujik davis (X2)

  4. jammie26
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Im fhrough to the next round of the cup, woop woop.. Wembley Wembley

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 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. Thanks.

    • NateDogsCats
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Wouldn't be surprised if Aubameyang nets a return tonight after Lateriser made a case for him and he was thrown under the bus for it

        1. Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          He has to score at some stage.

        2. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          LR comments if
          Auba blanks - he was anyway a punt over KdB Bruno who did not do well.

          Auba scores - told you. Had a gut feeling.

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Your obsession with LR is very amusing. He's living rent free.

        3. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          And rightly so. Even if he scores he was still a bad pick.

      • mackan
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Martinez Walton
        Coufal Justin Zouma Dallas Walker-Peters
        Salah Bruno Soucek Raphinha Son
        Bamford Kane dcl

        What about dcl Kane and Walton to Antonio Vardy and ederson -8?

        I think i will BB

      • Krafty Werks
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Official Arsenal Fc - "Tierney is rested for tonight’s game as a precaution, due to muscle tightness"...grrr.

      • TheDragon
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Smith-Rowe comes in for Tierney for me.

        Could work out great!

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        For those in need of a 3.9 defender, think Mitchell might be first choice with PVA out of contract in the summer and Ajax said to be interested

        1. Sean
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Be good to see PVA go play for a team where he doesn’t have to bother defending

      • Wilshere Knowledge
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        10th year playing FPL and Holebas assist, no CS and a yellow card still the best luck I’ve had off the bench.

        Noice.

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          You make your own luck

      • Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        My Holding vs his Mitchell in the cup.

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Hope you win.. holding owner and sold Mitchell the week he came back lol!

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            GL to u 2

      • bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Salah or Son out for KDB? Salah seems to be goal shy these days.

        1. BeWater
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Have you seen KDB in front of goal?

        2. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Mitchell off the bench for Tierney. Oh yes!!!

          Oh wait a minute.

        3. Huddersfield
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Coufal in for Ward or Ampadu?

        4. Bookkeeper
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          only Lacca hatty will compensate for Tierney absence.

          1. Jason M
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Agreed

          2. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            this. Lets go!

          3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            We've fooked then.

        5. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          A Bamford to Antonio
          B save ft play Bamford

          1. aleksaa2
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            B

        6. Effe
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Looks like AWB 6 points off my bench for Tierney

        7. balint84
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Antonio or Coufal will bring more points?

          1. BeWater
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Coufal. I have Antonio as well but feel Coufal is more likely to play 180 and get returns.

              1. Chrisitis
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                You think Fredericks wont play anymore?

            • West End Exile
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Got them both but more optimistic about Coufal.

          2. Reeker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            That's a lot of Mitchell autosubs

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

            If Smith Rowe outscores Saka and Lacazatte I’m rage quitting tonight !

            1. Totti
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Where are you going?
              Wait mate 🙂
              Won’t be a worse week than mine 🙂

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

                Still annoyed at losing 5 BB players

          4. JBG
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Good thing Arteta(or anyone close to the Arsenal squad) mentioned that Tierney was struggling with an injury so everyone didn't bring him in right?

          5. meechamspowders
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            This is my DGW team, I’ve got 10/11 DGWers having taken a -4. worth taking anymore hits and using BB?

            Mendy*
            Cresswell*, dias*, mee*
            Kdb*(c), Bruno*, rash*, salah*
            Antonio*, wood*, bamford

            Peacock Farrell, Dallas, bednarek, anguissa*

            Worth using BB or gtg?

            1. West End Exile
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Have you got enough in the bank to upgrade Peacock-Farrell to a DGW keeper?

              1. meechamspowders
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Yeah I can get Johnstone in. Would you recommend getting him and then using BB?

          6. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Saka will score. Reason. I don't have him.

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

              Same

            2. Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              You must be the only one that doesn't this week, why don't you?

              1. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Many non FHers won’t have him

                1. Super Saints
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  Of course non fhers won't but doesn't seem like he is

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 26 days ago

                    Ah ok

          7. Super Saints
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Still never had bench points!

          8. Thunder Warrior
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            1) KDB, Antonio and Lookman
            or
            2) Vardy, Foden and Raphina

          9. Totti
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            What do u think guys?

            Son grealish calvert-> KDB elghazi antonio for -8

            A) yay
            B) nay

          10. Sean
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Ampadu off the bench and I don’t have to watch Arsenal let me down, it’s my year

            1. BeWater
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Getting 9 points before the game has even started must be a sweet feeling.

                1. Sean
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 26 days ago

                  I’ll enjoy it before the carnage of GW19 starts

            2. djman102
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Holding out for an Arsenal CS and few Saka/Laca goals here.

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

              Martinez Steer
              Cresswell Robertson Maguire Dias Coufal
              KDB Bruno Salah Raphinha Neto
              Antonio Bamford Watkins

              Would u BB this?

              No sub keeper but 11 doubles and 3 singles with decent fixtures

              1. The Mighty One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Yes...but could you upgrade Steer to Johnstone and perhaps move Neto out too?

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

                Almost the same as me, except you've got City players. I probably would