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. The Mighty One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Hi Team. Quick one:

    A. Targett +0.5
    or
    B. Justin

    Any strong opinions? Thank you!!

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      A

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      b

  2. Krafty Werks
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Only a Smith-Rowe brace & Lacazette hat-trick can save me now!!

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

      Prepare to go un saved.

      1. Krafty Werks
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It's not over until the fat Gazza sings Popeye!!

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

      laca brace, ESR braace of assists ill take that

      1. Krafty Werks
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yeah i will too, confirmed it is then!!

  3. martyhan
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Kane Son and adams to kdb , Antonio and vardy for -8?

    1. BeWater
        1 month, 13 days ago

        It's a yes for me.

        1. martyhan
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thanks, think I might go for it

    2. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Saka off the bench to join Laca. I’ll take it.

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

        If you benched Saka this week you have no clue

        1. thedarkhorse
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          not neccessarily for free hitters. i would have started him, but its not a bad idea to have a strong first sub in rotation season.

          if anything, its good planning, and a deserved bit off luck

        2. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Obv had some clue

        3. Cancelo Culture
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Couldn’t fit him in on FH but he was cheap enough to have him first on the bench in case of exactly this.

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

            On form and fixtures he was in top 5 attacker's to own this gw, who did you start ahead of him?

            1. Cancelo Culture
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              DDG
              Dier Tierney Cancelo Stones
              KDB Fernandes Son
              Kane Laca Wilson

              I considered putting him in ahead of Wilson but decided against it.

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

                Nice team but he should definitely of started ahead of Wilson and Dier!

                1. Cancelo Culture
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Both Wilson and Dier had better fixtures. I’m also an Arsenal fan so I know all too well not to get carried away with a bit of good form.

                2. Cancelo Culture
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Told you.

    3. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Predicted a Wilson, Son and Tierney blank.

      https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/comment/23171770

      I admit the Tierney blank was harsh but Im claiming it 🙂

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

        In hindsight post?

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

      DcL + Son -4 to

      A) Antonio + Sterling
      B) Watkins + Kdb

      Thanks

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

      Where is Tierney? 🙁

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

        Has detention.

      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        On the Buckfast

      3. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Muscle tightness apparently so a precaution..

      4. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Got a nasty cold after his warm up antics

    6. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      And Haller scores!

    7. The Mighty One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I got crushed on my 18 FH:

      Tierney
      Lloris & Dier
      and Sterling cap. Ouch.

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Brutal

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

        Unlucky man

      3. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Fellow Sterling capper 🙁

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

        Me too
        Dier saiss sterling
        But captained kane
        Waiting for smithrowe to save my week with a hatrick 🙂

      5. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        That’s rough

    8. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Best forward up to 8.3 for dgw19? Have Bamford
      A) Antonio
      B) Cavani
      C) Suggestions?

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

        A - just brought Antonio in myself.

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

      Arteta sunk the world

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

      Cool kids like me got the bumper haul then ditched him

    11. Shrimpy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Hi Lads, -8 to Bench Boost this team? 🙂

      Johnstone, Areola
      Dallas, Coufal, Lowton, Dier*, Balbuena*
      Salah, Bruno, Raphina, Soucek, Rashford*
      Vardy, Bamford, Wood

      *** > Stones, Pieters & KDB.

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

        Yes - and captain KDB?

    12. Doctor Evil
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      0-0 please

    13. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Mitchell off my bench for Tierny. So 0 points for him. Saka brace though, so not all bad.

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

      That could cost me my cup match and lead in my mini leagues!

      I have Tierney Saka they have Leno Laca FFS all luck

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I lose in the cup first week every year - it's daft side game.

        Only MLs count and there's a lot of games left to play. Luck has a habit of evening-out over 38GWs

    15. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Yikes looks like I'm going to be benching James with DGW and Bamford this week now with Villa moving to 19. Almost want a game to be cancelled to justify not BBing

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

      This game is really annoying. Picked Tierney as he’s been on fire, there best player and a sure starter. Should’ve just picked Holding.

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

        Ha same as us all mate

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

          Apart from my missus who couldn’t afford him so got Holding. Lol

      2. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Nature of the game. Good moves not necessarily good outcomes.

    17. Huddersfield
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Quick one:

      Coufal in who out?

      A/Ampadu
      W/Ward

      1. ivantys
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A&W

          1. Huddersfield
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            a transfer = 1 player in 1 player out

            1. ivantys
                1 month, 13 days ago

                A, cos Ward has decent fixtures coming up

        • Jamie_GAWA
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Play Antonio (BUR, WBA) or Grealish (mci, NEW) this week?

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

            Antonio

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

              Cheers bud

        • Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Oh well, Mitchell comes in for Tierney.

        • Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          So it all comes down to:

          A) Holding + Mitchell + 5
          B) ESR + Laca

          1. elwardio
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Knife edge. Total of 10+ probably comes out on top

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Really close. I see A losing by 2 points.

        • Hadebayor Mum
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Brewster in for Tierney. I guess a lot of FHers would have three defenders and no playing sub, so I’ll take 1 point.

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Surely most FHs have Mitchell as a sub?

            1. MSTRKRFTSMN
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Poor play if not

            2. PompeyUpNorth!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yedlin me

        • F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Tierney (C) tonight... lets go! Prediction for how many points he'll get?

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

            Great bait.

          2. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Tierney (c) Sterling (vc)

          3. popey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Well I had Sterling Cap on my FH so the blank looks great right now!

        • Hooky
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No Tierney and Luiz back on the team = bad news at both ends of the pitch

          1. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Luiz does create to be fair

            1. Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yeah, chaos...

        • Totti
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Reposting

          What do u think guys?

          Son grealish calvert-> KDB elghazi antonio for -8

          A) yay
          B) nay

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

            A

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

          How has everyone done so far on there FH?

          Currently on 48 with ESR and Mitchell to play

          Would only be on 6 pts right now if I didn't use my FH.

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

            47 with saka mitchel to go feel like wasted mine tbh

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

            31 with all 3 Arsenal to come. My FH has gained me 4 points plus whatever they get. So today, COYG!

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

            Abysmal
            Brutal
            FH
            THE WORST I’VE EVER

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

            44 with Laca, Saka, Mitchell

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

              had the main 4 captian options and but capped Sterling to try and gain some rank in ML - hideous

              Only thing thats gone ok so far is Bellerin over Tierney

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

            37 with Laca & Zaha to go. Would have been 3 without FH. Doesn't feel like a success though, somehow.

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

            47 with Brewster coming off the bench to replace Tierney and Saka still to play - I'll take 50+ this week.

        • UKG
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          F this game week! Mitchell coming in for Tierney! Great lol

          1. Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Probably 0-1

        • EWH2020
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Kilman, Son and Kane

          to

          Cancelo, KDB and Antonio -8?

        • Blzbobuk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Tierney not playing...brings maguire off my bench

          1. BenDavies
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            If you had Maguire on your bench you don't deserve to play FPL

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

              Ha. I had cancelo Dias and tierney. I went for a strong first bench given COVID (and my 105m team value) but regretted started Wilson.

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

            Brings AWB for me. Weird

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

              Haha I am an Everton fan too... it’s a good week for us

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

                At last a bit of luck for the toffees (smile)