Scout Picks

Double Gameweek 19 Scout Picks built on key FPL assets at Man City and West Ham

The Double Gameweek 19 Scout Picks feature an entire host of assets who play twice over the next few days.

Manchester City and West Ham players form the spine of the squad, with three players from each team making the first XI.

We line up in a 4-4-2 formation this time, which comes in bang on the budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Sam Johnstone (£4.5m) comes with the chance of scoring clean sheet and bonus save points. West Bromwich Albion line-up against West Ham and Wolves in the Double Gameweek, two teams in the bottom half for goals scored this season with 24 and 19. Johnstone has also made the most saves of any keeper this season with 74, six more than nearest rival Illan Meslier.

Defenders

Joao Cancelo (£5.8m) makes his second consecutive appearance in the Scout Picks, following Manchester City’s clean sheet against Brighton. The full-back has been unlucky to only record one attacking return this season, with the second-highest amount of key passes and third highest number of big chances created from defenders in the league. Pep Guardiola previously praised Cancelo’s ability to play a game every three days, so he could even be immune to Pep’s rotation.

Joining Cancelo from the rock-solid City defence is John Stones (£5.0m). With games against a shot-shy Crystal Palace and a covid-hit Villa side, City are predicted to add to their eight clean sheets. With Nathan Ake (£5.4m) and Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) remaining on the treatment table, expect Stones to retain his place in the league’s best defence.

The Premier League’s highest-scoring defender Kurt Zouma (£5.8m) returns to the Scout Picks. With set-piece specialist Hakim Ziyech returning to the Chelsea line-up, Zouma has every chance of adding to his four goals this season.

Rounding out the defence is West Ham full-back Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m). In Gameweek 19, the Hammers face two of the three lowest scorers in the Premier League in Burnley and West Brom. Coufal’s attacking potential will also be boosted by the return of West Ham’s talismanic forward (below).

Midfielders

Heavy backing for Salah in emerging top 10k FPL managers

We’re backing the misfiring Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) to get back to his best in Gameweek 19. Despite hitting a bit of a dry spell, Salah has still had the highest number of shots in the box, above second-placed Sadio Mané, and has received the second-highest amount of big chances. All this points to the Egyptian rediscovering his form, and he has two games to do it in.

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) appears to be loving life as a false nine, and we’re backing him to add goals to his impressive performances. In what has been a frustrating season for De Bruyne, the City captain recorded five shots on goal and created three chances against Brighton. Had it not been for some resolute defending and a penalty Raheem Sterling will quickly want to forget, De Bruyne would have easily recorded a second double-digit haul in a row from his new striking position.

December’s Player of the Month and Scout Pick regular Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) makes the team again, despite blanking against Burnley. This was Fernandes’ first ever FPL blank in an away game, and with two trips on the road for Manchester United, their Portuguese playmaker is expected to get back to his best.

Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) is the Scout Picks’ second West Ham player to make the team with two appetising fixtures on the horizon. The big Czech has scored the most headed goals of all midfielders in the league and lines-up against a West Brom team who have conceded the most headed attempts.

Forwards

The evergreen Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) leads the line for the Scout Picks, and will be hoping to catch up with Salah and Son Heung-min (£9.8m) at the top of the goalscoring charts. Vardy and Leicester’s pressing and frenetic style could well lead to problems for opponents Chelsea, whose six defensive errors have led to goals, the most in the league.

Partnering Vardy is West Ham’s powerhouse striker Michail Antonio (£6.2m), returning from injury. After spending most of the season on the treatment table, Antonio has shown glimpses of what he can do this season, including his stunning overhead kick against Man City. If he can return to the player he was last season, when he had a expected goals rating than Harry Kane (£11.1m) and Anthony Martial (£8.8m), then he will be a handful for any defence in the league.

Substitutes

  • Edouard Mendy (£5.1m)
  • James Justin (£5.0m)
  • Ademola Lookman (£5.0m)
  • Ollie Watkins (£6.1m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

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487 Comments Post a Comment
  1. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Boring template picks

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’m sorry, were you after the maverick ones that won’t guarantee points?

      Feel free to triple up on Fulham defence if you want to feel different.

    2. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      lol

  2. Bobby's Teeth
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    FFS going with no Spurs?

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Single game week players, the fixture is nice but they don’t have the constraints of either a)sell value or b) future gameweeks, so two bites tends to be better then 1.

      1. Bobby's Teeth
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Top comment, mate! I had forgotten about their constraints or rather the luxury they enjoy for these picks.

        1. asquishypotato
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          No worries, a lot of us will see Spurs Sheffield as a great fixture because we already have those players in, whereas in reality if I could pick a 1 week 11, it wouldn’t have a spurs player purely because of what is available.

          Good luck for the double!

          1. Bobby's Teeth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Good luck to you too, Sir! Can't disagree with anything that you have mentioned here

      2. greggles
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        would you suggest selling Son and Kane? I want Salah and Antonio. The other option is selling Kane and Saka and bringing in Soucek and Vardy... thoughts?

  3. asquishypotato
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Every high points to KDB and yet...
    Stones and KDB or
    Cancelo and Sterling

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

  4. Olphey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Would you do Kane to Vardy for a (-4) if you also owned Son?
    (Free transfer is Bednarek to Cancelo)

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Depends on your future plans. I’ve sold Kane because I’ve previously sold him so I don’t have the value to worry about, plus the fixtures aren’t ideal following this. Foxes fixtures are quite nice as well.

  5. waltzingmatildas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Any of these worth a - 4?
    A) ctaylor to Justin/stones
    B) dallas to zouma/dias
    C) raphina to foden

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’d consider a, I’ve done a similar Targett to Cancelo for -4

  6. Dele
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Already have Martinez...

    Johnstone or DDG on a bench boost?

    1. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Money no object DDG had a better chance of their potential clean sheet, Johnstone if budget is factored in and you aren’t worried about anything other then saves.

    2. Big Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      What about Fabianski or Mendy?

      1. FP Elephant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        I'm considering Mendy if Chelsea can get back to the defensive ways they had a month ago. Fab a good pick normally but not sure he's fully fit after last GW's injury.

  7. Horlicks esq.
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Can I get a minute prediction on Antonio game time?

    I'm hoping 160 mins

    1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      130

    2. asquishypotato
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Anything above 120 would raise my eyebrows, and I’ve transferred him in

  8. sirmorbach
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Lads, after sound advice, I'm between the following and I'd much appreciate your thoughts:

    McCarthy / Steer
    Robertson / Dias / Cresswell / Saïss /  Dallas
    Salah / Bruno / Son / Grealish / Soucek
    DCL / Watkins / Bamford

    A. Steer and DCL out / Martinez and Antonio in (- 4)
    B. Steer, DCL, Robbo, Son out / Martinez, Antonio, Stones, KDB in (- 12)

    - 12 sounds too much, but bench boost could make it worth... I guess. What do you think?

    1. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A.
      If you want to bench boost, you should get more DGW players if you take more hits.

      1. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        As in for Saiss, Dallas. I'd keep Son too.

    2. SM001
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I wouldn't transfer out Robertson.

  9. Chris_White
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Any clarity on which Villa players that have been hit by COVID?

    1. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      35 confirmed cases in Villa camp so pretty much everyone

    2. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Complete radio silence

      That’s why I’m avoiding any on FH

    3. Chris_White
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Cheers lol

    4. Lazaretti
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Martinez only playing keeper atm. not sure if it wpuld be wise to get backup.

  10. Nemanja Vidic Legend
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    BB or TC KDB?
    WC FH BB TC available

    Martinez Mendy
    AWB Stones Justin Coufal Saiss *
    KBD Fernandes Gundo Saka* Son*
    Bamford Antonio Kane*

  11. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Planned to BB this gw but...
    Would you do DCL to Antonio and BB? Or just do the transfer and keep the chip?

    Meslier
    Cancelo Justin Lowton
    Salah Bruno Son Soucek
    Kane DCL* Bamford

    McCarthy Dallas Coufal Romeu

    0.2itb

    1. El Muñeco
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I’d play Coufal over Lowton and save BB

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Cheers

  12. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    I’m think I’m pretty set on this FH team.

    Alisson
    Stones - Ogbonna - Coufal - Dawson
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Foden
    Vardy - Werner

    Or, get Antonio and Martinez for Alisson and Ogbonna? Thoughts? 🙂

  13. Davidwes
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Son to rashford for a -4?

    1. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Nah I wouldn’t. Rashford playing so wide would need to score at least one a game to outscore son (+4)

    2. aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      No

  14. El Muñeco
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Which option is best:

    A) Dier to Cancelo (-4)
    B) Raphina to Foden (-4)
    C) Play Bamford?

    1. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      I wouldn't want to be benching Bamford this week regardless of whether he has a single or double gw

    2. JJO
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bamford

  15. Bojaninho
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    keep bamford or Wilson?

    1. El Muñeco
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bamford. Don’t trust Bruce and Newcastle to start scoring

  16. MGD
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    How nailed is Mitchell? Should start losing his place soon?

    1. FarkeMee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      After they just kept 2 consecutive clean sheets for the first time in months? I doubt it.

  17. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Play Bamford or Grealish? Thanks.

  18. Jimmy Boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    If you could only bring in one for this week, which one would it be?
    A) Coufal (to play in a 4-4-2)
    B) Soucek (to play in a 3-5-2)
    C) Antonio (to play in a 3-4-3

    1. GenerationalTalent
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      The order you’ve done there is what I’d say the order of priority is

  19. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    A - Werner and Foden or
    B - Vardy and Gundo?

    Can't decide! thanks all

    1. ElChapo
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A

    2. GenerationalTalent
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      B

  20. greggles
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on this:

    Martinez
    Justin / Cancelo / Stones
    Salah / KDB / Grealish / Fernandes / Saka*
    Antonio / Bamford*

    Subs: Button / Bednarek / Taylor / Brewster

    Other option is to bring in Soucek for Saka and Vardy for Kane, and go without Salah. Thoughts?

  21. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Would you transfer out balbuena for for stones or another West Ham defender for a - 4 hit??
    Or no hit and play Kwp or Alioski??

  22. ElChapo
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Bamford or Watkins?

  23. Flippo_
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Is it worth to take -8 for the following transfers?

    Zaha --> Sterling, DCL --> Antonio and Mount --> Soucek?

  24. luke2
      1 month, 16 days ago

      is foden TC a move of a. maverick genius or b. madness?

      1. Flippo_
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        C. Very risky. When you are at the bottom of a league, then I would say take the chance.

    • Mane Mane Mane
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 16 days ago

      **Would really appreciate the help, my team is

      Martinez
      Cancelo Justin Dias Coufal
      Mane Grealish Salah Fernandez Soucek
      Bamford

      Bench - 4.0, Wood, Dallas, Adams

      Should I
      A) keep it as it is, no chip
      B) keep it as it is, play BB
      C) Watkins for Adams (-4) play BB
      D) Johnstone for 4.0 gk, Antonio for Bamford Watkins for Wood (-12) play BB.

    • Sid07
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      1) dcl to Cavani ( play Bamford )
      2) dcl to Antonio ( play Bamford)
      3) dcl + Brewster to Wilson + Watkins (-4)

    • Big Weng
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Start Grealish or Justin?

    • Brunsvigeren
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Any Fabianski news?
      I brought him in last gameweek, because I wanted to bench boost :/

      1. Espanyolie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 16 days ago

        According to the hammers med team he’s fit to play. I have him too. Slight worries he might be eased back into the squad, but he seems good to go

    • Nemanja Vidic Legend
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      BB or TC KDB?
      1FT 1.5 ITB
      WC FH BB TC available

      Martinez Mendy
      Regulion Stone Saiss Justin Coufal
      KBD Bruno Son Gundo Saka
      Kane Bamford Brewster

      Regulion & Brewster to AWB & Antonio (-4)

    • youzef
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Would you transfer raheem and Coufal for Zaha and TAA for a - 4 hit and bench wood

      My team
      McCarthy
      TAA Cancelo Aurier
      Salah Fernandes Raphinha Soucek
      Vardy Wood Watkins
      Bench: Ryan Zaha Mitchell Taylor