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. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Ugh no Tierney

  2. tambourineman
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Tierney AWOL

  3. Tosa86
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    My actual WC draft for DGW19::

    Martinez - forster
    dallas - cancelo - WalkerPeters - cresswell - struijk
    kdb - fernando - son - soucek - smith rowe
    vardy - kane - bamford

    any feedback for a long term plan?

  4. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    ARSENAL TEAM NEWS

    Team to play Crystal Palace: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette.

    Subs: Runarsson, Gabriel, Willian, Cedric, Partey, Pepe, Chambers, Willock, Nketiah.

    CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS

    Team to play Arsenal: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Kouyate, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze, Benteke, Zaha.

    Subs: Butland, Van Aanholt, Dann, Ayew, Clyne, McCarthy, Batshuayi, Cahill, Riedewald.

    1. mookie
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Thanks!

    2. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Look man, 4 points ftpm bench hey. But if it is injury for tierney i have a problem to solve.

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Leno - check
      ESR - check
      Mitchell - check

      Lets go! 0-0 FT pleasee

  5. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Holding, smith Rowe and laca-goals all start !

  6. ClassiX
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Arsenal: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Kouyate, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze, Benteke, Zaha.
    Subs: Butland, Van Aanholt, Dann, Ayew, Clyne, McCarthy, Batshuayi, Cahill, Riedewald.

    ARSENAL TEAM NEWS
    Team to play Crystal Palace: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
    Subs: Runarsson, Gabriel, Willian, Cedric, Partey, Pepe, Chambers, Willock, Nketiah.

  7. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Tierney benched....

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Not even in squad

    2. Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Not even.

    3. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      not even on bench

    4. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Not even in the squad...

    5. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Not on the bench either?

    6. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Not even benched

    7. STEP rOVERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      You love to see it

  8. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    No Tierney 🙁

  9. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Mitchell on for Tierney... almost went for bogle :/ damn. Some lucky bench points incoming

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

    Jesus I am jinxed

  11. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Holding from the bench for Tierney for me. Not bad.

  12. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    God sake

  13. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 days ago

    Free hit fail

  14. tuturututu
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Anyone with Giroud here? If Lampard is smart enough he should play him because that's the only way for Chelsea to score and win games..

      1. Scots Gooner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Lampard's not smart though.

    • JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Smith Rowe coming on for Tierney.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Same for my rival. Enjoy the huge points

    • Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      BOGLE OFF MY BENCH!

    • Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Where the af is Tierney?!?!

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

      No Tierney? Wtaf? Bugger off Arteta. Yedlin 2pt off the bench and need Laca to go big, outscoring Zaha by 7 to stay in the cup now 🙁

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        To be fair Tierney played 120 minutes against Newcastle

    • fedolefan
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Come on Holding. Let's get another 9 pointer.

    • Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Ultimate sadness....

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 6 days ago

      Changed Bogle to Mitchell an hour before deadline 🙁 owell

      1. doher.ty
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Tough year for you eh?

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Got to say that’s very jammy from me

        Brought tierny in for his mega haul and then removed him for holding on wc

      3. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        Had Holding in my team
        Got Tierney in my FH

        Fml!

      4. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 6 days ago

        3.9 the Mitch ohhh

      5. doher.ty
          3 months, 6 days ago

          I had Lindo on the bench in case someone missed out! Then he feels unwell pre-game and misses out! I guess Brewster is in SMH

        • Shrimpy
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 6 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.

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          No Tierney Partey tonight!

        • MoSalad
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          So glad I did put a playing sub on the bench this GW, BDR in for Tierney for the vital 2pt haul.

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Cheers Arteta. Spent too much time with a certain bald headed fraud.

        • Cancelo Culture
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 6 days ago

          Do you guys think Zouma to Cancelo is worth a -4?

          I already have Dias and want the double up long term so it feels like i’m losing two good fixtures if I wait to do it for free next GW.