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+?

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487 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fuddled FC
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 28 days ago

    Would you do?

    Son & Bamford > Vardy & Soucek (-8)

    1. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Not for -8

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Not for me

    3. Il Capitano
        2 months, 28 days ago

        No

    4. Big Ronnie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      1FT and £0.7m in the bank. Foolish to go without KDB?

      Martinez*
      Robbo*, Dias*, Coufal*
      Salah*, Mane*, Bruno*, Grealish*, Soucek*
      Bamford, Watkins*

      Peacock-Farrell, Dallas, Adams, Balbuana

      A) Balbuana to Stones/James (bench Bamford)
      B) Mane to KDB
      C) Save

      1. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        B

        1. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Cheers

      2. Alberto Tomba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        All good options.
        B or C for me. You'd have to think Liverpool will come out of the blocks against United with all this chat about United being back at the top, and Mane's the kind of guy to react. KDB overrated imo, as he's just not the striker they're trying to play him as, despite being brilliant.

        1. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Kind of what i'm thinking. Still not 100% convinced City/KDB are back to their best

    5. Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      *DGW - NO BB RIGHT?

      Johnstone*
      Dallas, Robbo*, Balbuena*
      Salah*, Bruno*, Grealish*, KDB*, Raphinha
      Bamford, Watkins*

      McCarthy, Adams, KWP, Taylor*

      A) Taylor --- Stones (-4)
      B) Taylor + Adams --- Coufal + Antoonio (-8)
      C) Taylor + Adams --- Cancelo + Brewster (-8)

    6. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      here is a nice game:

      i will be on BB, so each hit is worth -2 only , which of those hits would you take (choose *as many as you want* - first one free rest cost -2):

      A son to salah
      B kane to vardy
      C laca to anonio
      D dallas to stones

      1. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        C for sure. A and B pick one

        1. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          how about both A and C together with B for a total of -8 that is actually -4?

      2. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        A & C

        1. Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          thats my thought - but i need B to finance A&C...

    7. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      So Antonio is fully fit and will play both games?

      1. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Not guaranteed

    8. Nibbsy
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Sell DCL for:

      a) Martial
      b) Cavani
      c) Wilson

      1. Big Hippo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Antonio or Watkins better options for me

        1. Nibbsy
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Already doing Kane to Antonio.

          Considered Watkins but risky with Covid outbreak?

    9. FPL Kaka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 28 days ago

      Which - 4 is most worth it?

      A) Kane to Vardy

      B) Adams to Antonio

      1. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        B

      2. Alberto Tomba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        I'm not sure I would do either man. Antonio's not yet proven to have 'returned' to his prior form. Kane's a great fixture and could end up outscoring Vardy.

      3. Mo Mo
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Both

        • Lord Flashheart
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Both

      4. Alberto Tomba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Should I Bench Boost these four?

        Meslier (BHA),
        Dier (shu),
        Bissouma / 4.8 Mid using FT (Anguissa or Smith Rowe),
        Bamford (BHA)

      5. Manani
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        DCL replacement?

        thinking going to a 4.5m forward, as I have soucek currently as 8th attacker

        1. elwardio
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Good plan. Better options in midfield than up top so prefer 352 rather than 343

      6. unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 28 days ago

        Hey folks, trying to get to 11 dgwers for this gw, suggestions with 1ft and 1m

        Martinez
        Stones Cancelo Coufal -- Taylor Dallas
        Bruno Kdb Rashford Son -- Burke
        Wilson Lacazette Bamford

        A: Son + Lacazette >> Salah + Antonio (-4) means 10dgwers + Bamford
        B: Son + Lacazette + Burke >> Mane + Watkins + Soucek (-8) and bench Bamford
        C: Son + Lacazette + Taylor >> Salah + Watkins + Shaw/Justin (-8) and bench Bamford

      7. Hint
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 28 days ago

        To triple KDB or not, that is the question....

        1. Mo Mo
            2 months, 28 days ago

            Salah

          • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            His tiredness in last game made me swing towards Salah.

            1. Big Hippo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Same. Plus extra rest day for Liverpool...

        2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 28 days ago

          Not sure what to do here. Son is the only SGW player.

          A) Son -> Rashford
          B) Mane -> KDB
          C) Son, Brewster -> Foden, Cavani -4
          D) GTG
          E) Something else

          Martinez
          Zouma Cresswell Stones Justin
          Salah Mane Bruno Son Maddison
          Watkins

          (McCarthy Bamford Ayling Brewster)

          Thanks!

          1. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            B

          2. NejiHyuuga01
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 28 days ago

            In the previous post you refer to KDB tiredness. So why bring him in?

            1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              That's regarding TC. Would rather have KDB over Mane.

              1. NejiHyuuga01
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Salah is enough, I would go B. On the same boat as you between Salah and KDB Triple. My gut is telling me KDB but I am swayed to Salah

                1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  GL regardless 😉

        3. Mo Mo
            2 months, 28 days ago

            If you have martienz would u sell him for Johnstone for -4 ?

            1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Definitely not no

            2. Big Hippo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              No

            3. NateDogsCats
                2 months, 28 days ago

                No chance, got a double, will likely get save points against City and good chance of a cs against Newcastle and will have further doubles

            4. hogree
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Is Mendy a good long-term keeper option? Thinking of taking out McCarthy and can't take Martinez as have three Villa already

              1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Not sure on CHE def at the moment

            5. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Which option is best?

              Balbuena and Son are definitely getting transferred out. Unsure with Kane to Vardy (-4). If I do this change, Dawson can be upgraded to Cresswell.

              A. Balbuena, Son and Kane to Cresswell, Salah and Vardy (-8)
              B. Balbuena and Son to Dawson and Salah (-4)

              Martinez
              Stones Cancelo Coufal Balbuena*
              KDB Bruno Soucek Son*
              Bamford* Kane*
              (Johnstone Raphinha* Rodrigo* Holding*)

              1. elwardio
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                B

            6. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Hi....any thoughts on the following moves please for my bench boost please?

              Kane, raphinha and balbuena to kdb, Antonio and holding - 8

              Holding can be any dgw defender that is not West ham up to 4.8m if there is one....

              Martinez Johnstone
              Robbo dias coufal dallas holding
              Salah kdb bruno grealish soucek
              Antonio Watkins Bamford

              Thanks

              1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Looks like you have to downgrade Kane to afford KDB. Antonio is probably worth the gamble. I don't think there are any DGW def at 4.8 that's not from WHU.

                1. Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Cheers mate. Yes not sure I have many options overall and think I need to do the bb.

                  Only 4.8m defenders I can see are lowton who I'm not keen on.

                  There is luke shaw- but concerned telles will prob start the 2nd game v fulham. Shaw also on 4yc.

            7. Jimmy Boy
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              McCarthy
              Cancelo - Dias - Reguilon
              Bruno - Rashford - KDB - Neto
              Kane - Bamford - Adams*

              Forster - Alioski* - Riedewald* - Bernardo

              Want to get a West Ham player in for the double, got 0.9itb but undecided on which one. Which one of these would you do? If B or C I'd play Coufal/Soucek and bench Adams

              A) Adams > Antonio
              B) Riedewald > Soucek
              C) Alioski > Coufal

              1. Dont give a fuchs
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                B

            8. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 28 days ago

              Is kane to vardy worth -4 ?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                I m not even doing it for free

                1. Mo Mo
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Why ?

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      I want kane long term, would lose 0.3 to get back plus he has Sheffield United W
                      which is a great fixture

                  • Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    Spurs will loose 1-0 a d i have 3 spurs players

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      In that case maybe

                    2. OptimusBlack
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 28 days ago

                      Do it

                2. OptimusBlack
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Yes Vardy has DGW

                3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Could be but I wouldn't do it

              2. Totti
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Guys
                Who would you sacrifice to get KDB?

                A) bruno
                B) salah
                C) son with -4
                D) get foden and play without de bruyne

                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  D

                2. elwardio
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Probably C

              3. fylde2022
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                All chips remaining.
                Would you FH this team?

                Martinez
                Dias Taylor* Coufal
                KDB Son Bruno Gundogan
                Bamford Watkins Kane

                Button Zaha Bednarek Dallas

                0.8m itb
                1ft *Taylor to be shipped

              4. fc_skrald
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                Haha - the rate my team will not accept that I have Douglas in my team, he is gone from there...

              5. pundit of punts
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 28 days ago

                A. Alisson + Ogbonna

                Or

                B. Antonio + Martinez

              6. Il Capitano
                  2 months, 28 days ago

                  Need some City in here.

                  1FT 0.3m ITB

                  Johnstone
                  Robertson Justin Lowton Coufal
                  Soucek Bruno Salah Son*
                  Vardy Bamford*

                  McCarthy* - Raphinha* Dallas* Adams*
                  * SGW

                  Thinking about:

                  A) Dallas > Stones
                  B) Robbo + Son > Stones + KDB (-4)
                  C) Robbo + Lowton/Dallas > Double City def (-4)

                  1. Dont give a fuchs
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 28 days ago

                    A

                    1. Il Capitano
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        Thanks, leaning toward that myself. Losing Robbo for a hit when he has a DGW just feels wrong

                    2. NateDogsCats
                        2 months, 28 days ago

                        C

                        1. NateDogsCats
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Actually long term I'd say C but maybe A is enough for the DGW

                            1. Il Capitano
                                2 months, 28 days ago

                                My line of thinking too, not sure on a City defender outscoring Robertson +4 in the DGW

                        2. Pat Bonner
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          What would you prefer:

                          A Raphina and Vardy
                          B Son and Antonio

                          1. Bonus magnet
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            B

                            1. Pat Bonner
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              thanks

                          2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            B

                        3. Bonus magnet
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 28 days ago

                          DGW multiple choice quiz

                          1. a) ziyech b.) barnes

                          2. a. dias b. chilwell

                          3. a. martial b. Wilson

                        4. Mo Mo
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Adams & Kane > Antonio & Vardy for -4 ?
                            Yes
                            No

                            1. OptimusBlack
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Yees

                          • HuthTheMagicDragon
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Wan Bissaka and Dallas

                            or

                            Cancelo Allioski

                            Same price.

                          • KINGS
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            Guys. Would do this transfer for hits?

                            Kane, Son, DCL >
                            Vardy, Salah, Reid

                            1. HuthTheMagicDragon
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              Not for me

                          • Disco Stu
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            DCL > Watkins for a -4?

                          • ABCDEFC
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 28 days ago

                            On BB. How many of these are worth a -4?

                            1. Son to KDB
                            2. Adams to Watkins
                            3. Balbuena to Dias
                            4. McCarthy to Martinez
                            5. Raphinha to Foden

                            1. aleksaa2
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 28 days ago

                              3 is a no brainer