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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. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 25 days ago

    In your opinion what is the best 9.5 DF/MF combo for this team for next few GWs

    Martinez Johnstone

    Cancelo Coufal Dallas James xxxxxxxx

    KDB Fernandes Mane Soucek xxxxxxx

    Watkins Firmino Wilson

    2FTs No WC or FH

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. BeWater
        2 months, 25 days ago

        Lookman and Dawson.

    2. Lallana
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 25 days ago

      Kane>Antonio
      Son>KDB [-4]

      worth it?

      1. karathb
          2 months, 25 days ago

          For this round probably yes, but will you be able to bring back son and kane? I dont think so. And on the long run they are better value. Also what if son gives an assist to kane? Sheffield is a pretty good matchup

      2. BeWater
          2 months, 25 days ago

          As a Spurs fan who owns Lacazette a hatrick in a 3-4 would be ideal.

          1. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Question is, would you take the hat trick in a 4-4 or 5-4? Tough old game for the moral quandaries is FPL.

        • Gazwaz80
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 25 days ago

          most transfered in for D/G week, Bamford, 5th most transfered in, Ings
          do people actually deserve to participate in FPL 😉

          1. Echoes
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Tbf, Bamford could potentially outscore quite a few DGW strikers this week.

          2. yanky
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            not going to BB, but are any of these transfers worth -4 pt hit? I'm bloody 0.1m short of Son > KDB!!

            a) Son Raphinha > KDB Saka (could bench Saka and play James instead)
            b) Son Dias/Cancelo > KDB Stones
            c) Son TAA > KDB Chilwell
            d) Son James > KDB Justin

          3. DBossman_2000
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 25 days ago

            Is this worth a -8?

            IN: Antonio, Chilwell, El ghazi

            OUT: Brewster, Lamptey, Son

            1. karathb
                2 months, 25 days ago

                I would not replace Son. I would just bring in Antonio

            2. karathb
                2 months, 25 days ago

                Sub GK and Robertson for Martinez + Coufal? (-8)
                My idea is that I will anyways want Martinez and Robertson has poor fixtures in the future.

              • Milkman Bruno
                  2 months, 25 days ago

                  BBC is doing a combined Liverpool and United XI before Sunday. I only have Fernandes and Maguire (I know!) in there which is sad as a united fan. What is yours?

                  ——————Alison——————
                  TAA—Maguire—VVD—Robertson
                  ——Henderson——Thiago——
                  —————Fernandes—————
                  Salah———Firmino———Manè

                  1. JOELIO8701
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    Henderson to McTominey

                    1. unholysmoke
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      I'm a Man Utd fan and this is nonsense.

                • REDMOND IN SANDALS
                    2 months, 25 days ago

                    My xi would have Rashford over Firmino.
                    No way Thiago gets in there with 4 appearances. would rather go for Fred or Fabinho. Rest will be same

                  • zman575
                      2 months, 25 days ago

                      hey guys which of the following combos would you have for double gw 19.

                      a. vardy saka stones
                      b vardy gundo taylor
                      c. sterling brewster taylor

                      i really fancy sterling hes been in good form and is due his customary yearly hattrick. would be slightly concerned going without vardy as i feel he is "safe" but he has a tough fixture and may not even play both

                      1. brombastion
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        I'd take A

                        1. zman575
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            thanks dude i figure most people would choose this. will vardy play both? i fancy a punt on sterling as a nice differential even with is fixtures beyond 19

                      2. lfcserg
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Is Dawson going to play both fixtures?

                      3. brombastion
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        I'd like to replace Adams with Antonio, but to do so I must do:
                        A) Son to Foden
                        B) Zouma to Coufal
                        Is it worth taking the - 8?

                      4. DK_13
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        RMFHT

                        Fabianski
                        Robertson cancelo stones coufol
                        Salah kdb bruno lookman
                        Vardy Antonio

                        Forster | anguissa Davis bernado

                        0.0 ITB

                        1. unholysmoke
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          I'd have Mane instead of Salah.

                      5. vincentwsho
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Who to put as first bench player, Saka (NEW) or Dallas (BHA)?

                        Currently starting 2 SGW players Kane and Bamford and other 9 DGW

                        1. unholysmoke
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Saka. More likely to get a big haul.

                      6. kUwe Inc.
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Play
                        A) El Ghazi in (4-5-1)
                        B) Bamford in (4-4-2)

                        Thanks

                      7. Bobby's Teeth
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Son Laca Kane --> Salah Antonio Vardy (-8)

                        Does this make sense to you legends? I am split.

                        1. JOELIO8701
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          I don’t like it mate. I’m not against a minus 8 having just done one myself but the players you’re taking out have potential to do v well in their fixtures

                          1. Bobby's Teeth
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            I know that mate, thus it's quite the conundrum 🙂

                        2. unholysmoke
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Kane and Son will cash in against blades. Don't let the double week drive you mad. Laca - Antonio and buckle up.

                      8. JOELIO8701
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        I’m genuinely thinking of TC on Cancelo for the double. Thoughts?

                        1. Baines on Toast...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Step away from your computer.

                          1. JOELIO8701
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Made me lol

                        2. Tinkermania
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Great shout!

                          1. JOELIO8701
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 25 days ago

                            Genuinely?

                        3. unholysmoke
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          I totally get where you're coming from - at least one clean sheet and probably two...but no assists or goals all season. And, no real surprise if Pep does a Pep and rests him for one of these games.

                        4. WHUFCSmith23
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 months, 24 days ago

                          Could be a safer bet than the premiums

                      9. unholysmoke
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Pick one of these to upgrade for a bench boosted GW19. 1.4 banked, one FT.

                        Steer [never plays but 4.0]
                        Bowen [Soucek cheaper and better]
                        Bamford [only playing once, Antonio cheaper]
                        Fabio Silva [cheap but shite]

                        Swapping Steer for a keeper who is actually playing (twice) is tempting but I have Ederson as my number 1 now so I'd have to undo that at some point.

                      10. OzilFozzil
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Is Fernandes to KDB worth the -4?

                        I am really torn here cause I want to Captain KDB!

                        1. Crump
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          It's a tough one to call. I'd swap Salah out for KDB if you have him instead.

                      11. Damsko
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        This is my team, 1 free transfer, 0.1 in the bank. Should I roll the bench boost? Not sure what to do, but team definitely looks ready.

                        My gameweek 19 team!

                        Current team:

                        McCarthy

                        Coufal James Robertson

                        Salah (C) Bruno (VC) Son KDB Soucek

                        Wood Bamford

                        Steer: Che Adams Dallas Struijk

                      12. 03farmboy
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Is anyone triple captaining and who?

                        1. Crump
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          Me, KDB.

                      13. Crump
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        DGW19 only ... A or B?

                        A) Gibbs (wol, whu)
                        B) Bamford (BHA)

                      14. 03farmboy
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Any of these worth a -8 hit?

                        Calvert-Lewin, Saka and Balbuena out
                        For Antonio, Gundogan, Stones

                        Calvert-Lewin, Son and Balbuena
                        Out
                        For Brewster, De Bruyne and Stones
                        (Brewster would be on the bench and Saka would play)

                      15. Lindelol
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        which one
                        1. Dier to Chilwell for a hit
                        2. Smith Rowe to El Ghazi for a hit

                        1. Gizzachance
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 25 days ago

                          1

                      16. Gizzachance
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        thoughts appreciated? 1 ft 0.7 in bank,to get kdb in (have salah bruno greal bissouma

                        A son & dcl to kdb & rodrigo -4

                        B son dcl & kwp to kdb {dgw} antonio (dgw) & 4.3 def? Pieters? (dgw) {poor fixtures) or mitchell (keep 0.4itb) - 8 ( potential 3 dgw players}

                        C dcl to antonio/wilson for free
                        thanks

                      17. Bene_the_horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Hi all,

                        Is the below worth a -8 hit? Want to get some Man City participation in my team ideally

                        OUT - Bamford, Son and Chilwell

                        IN - Brewster ( Benched ), KDB and Dias

                      18. 03farmboy
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Team for this weekend after taking -4 to get De Bruyne in

                        McCarthy
                        Chilwell, Justin, Kwp
                        Salah, Bruno, De Bruyne, soucek, Saka
                        Kane, Bamford
                        Bench: Meslier, Alioski, balbuena, Brewster

                        Would you take another -4 hit to get stones in for balbuena?

                      19. alstal
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Bench 2
                        Cresswell, Son, Soucek, Bamford, Antonio

                      20. Shalom
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        If you had Martinez as your GK and needed to pick a 2nd GK for this GW to bench boost, you have enough money to buy any GK in the game, which one would you choose?

                      21. Scooby75
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 25 days ago

                        Please help me to decide:

                        Martinez
                        TAA Zouma Justin
                        Son Bruno Salah Soucek Jones
                        Kane DCL

                        4.0 Alioski Mitchell Brewster

                        A. DCL, TAA to Vardy, Cancelo
                        B. DCL, Jones to Antonio, Foden
                        C. DCL, SON to KDB, Bamford
                        D. Something else

                        1.4 ITB
                        Thanks in advance