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. Wild Rover
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    No pressers from Rodgers or Lampard?

    1. NateDogsCats
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Both were yesterday

        1. Wild Rover
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Ta

    2. Romford Pele - Don't w…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Assuming Tierney is fit, would you play him ( v NEW) and bank a transfer, or bench him and do Welbeck to Antonio? Dallas (v BHA) also on bench...

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        probably antonio

    3. I Love Lamp
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Worth a -12 for this, with BB?

      Martinez McCarthy
      Coufal Cancelo Chilwell Justin Mitchell
      Foden Son Salah Bruno Soucek
      Antonio Vardy Watkins

      Only way to get Vardy and some City attack...

      1. GenerationalTalent
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Looks fantastic

      2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Do it

    4. JJeyy
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Can't help but think Antonio is a trap, in his first game back he managed one shot against a pub team in the cup, so how will he manag in the prem?

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Adams to Antonio is low risk high reward for me. Can't see Adams scoring much this week and west ham have nice fixtures and Antonio possibly on pens

        1. OptimusBlack
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Same think here

      2. NateDogsCats
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I'm unsure on him too, although I'm a little irritated so many are bringing him in, I brought him in a few weeks back when Moyes acted like he was ready then he wasn't, and I was planning to bring him in this week for a while and now he's flavour of the week so won't be as much of a differential I hoped

          1. NateDogsCats
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I should explain I moved from Wood to him which is why I'm happy to take the chance

          2. HashAttack
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Leaning towards Watkins - but there's a risk there too

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Exactly, no one knows who has had covid so I'd avoid brining in villa players personally. More risky than getting Antonio for me

          3. All about the galacticos
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            A worthwhile FT if you have nothing else pressing, but not worth taking hits for

        • SilentLemonMan
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Would you bring in Soucek for Harrison (-4) ???

            1. Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              No

            2. GenerationalTalent
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I’d do it

          • LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Team for DGW19 is:

            Martinez
            Dias - Chilwell - Coufal
            Salah - Bruno - Son - Soucek
            Vardy - Bamford - C.Adams

            Dallas - Raphinha - Kilman

            Should I:
            A) C.Adams ➡ Antonio for -4 and play Antonio
            or
            B) just play one of Dallas / Raphinha
            ..?

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I'm doing A I think

          • Dont give a fuchs
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Bring stones for silva and play 352 with raphinha or stones in for alioski and play 442 with raphinha on the bench?

          • fc_skrald
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Any chance there will be new regarding Tierney before the deadline?

            1. NateDogsCats
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Nope, injury isn't as bad as first thought but still a doubt

            2. Rex Lapis
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Raphinha to Gundogan worth a hit?

              1. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                No not liking that

              2. John Nerdelbaum
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Nah
                I would look at double defence and KDB (I assume you have KDB?)

            3. indy13
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Hey guys, need some help, first time posting in some years but loving the game again this year:
              Currently have 8 dgw'ers (no KDB) + Son, Kane, 3 x Leeds, Neto & DCL

              a) Take -12pt then BB with 3x Leeds & Neto
              (Kane, DCL & Son > Vardy, Antonio & KDB)

              b) Take -12pt then BB with 2x Leeds & Kane
              (DCL, Son & Neto > Antonio, KDB & Lookman)

              c) Take - 8pt then BB (DCL + 1 sgw for 2 x dgw players (can't afford KDB)

              d) Take - 4pt then BB (DCL for Antonio)

              e) Play WC
              LineUp = Vardy, Antonio, KDB, Grealish, Soucek, Fernandes, Salah, Cancelo, Stones, Justin, Martinez
              Bench = Meslier, Struijk, Mitchell, Decordova-Reid

              a) is my favourite but it does cost me - 12 Son and Kane
              b) no Vardy but keep Kane but still -12
              c) & d) no Man City Offense
              e) brilliant but costs a great chip ...it is a major DGW.

              any help appreciated
              Thx

            4. FPL Kaka
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              What is the soonest we can expect the Spurs DGW? Or do we just not know at all?

            5. bruuuno
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Could Benrahma be a good punt?

            6. Bruce Lee
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              A) Antonio
              B) Watkins

              1. joeydordon
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                A easy have both

            7. cutch
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Will Cancelo outscore Bamford by 4 or more points?

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Easily

              2. BobbyDoesNotLook
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Tough on. Brighton is good fix for Bam.

                1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Will Cancelo start both?

                  1. cutch
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    I think this is the real question... Pep roulette is scaring

              3. JIMMY764
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                It’s got potential. Worth considering beyond this GW too, Cancelo has great fixtures.

              4. NateDogsCats
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  I'm not convinced he'll play both and if I had Bamford even with 11 others with doubles I'd be very tempted to play him against Brighton

                • Pegboy
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Just. I fancy Bamford to score more than I fancy Cancelo to play both games and keep clean sheets. Will be close.

              5. willg118
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Would you BB with this bench?:
                McCarthy, AWP, Raphinha, Davis

                1. JIMMY764
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Nope

              6. JIMMY764
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Couple of questions guys.

                With a future BB in mind, Leeds/Sou will have to be rearranged at some point. So it would make sense to bring Stones in for Holding as opposed to KWP/Dallas, right?

                Also, who would you prefer in the DGW in isolation. Antonio or Soucek?

                1. joeydordon
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  I like Antonio but more chance soucek gets 180 mins

                2. BobbyDoesNotLook
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Might be, who knows when the dgw is for Lee Sou.

                  Antonio otherwise but the injury and lack of fitness puts me off for dgw.

                3. Eddie - Back to Square Owen
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Antonio

              7. Nightcrawler
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Feels like everyone has at least 9 DGWers

                While im sat with just just 8 after a hit

                1. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  you know that a few single gwers will outscore the doublers so wouldn't worry about it

                  1. Forgetmeknot
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    But likely more DGW will put score the age. I’m not sure I can correctly guess which ones so going with probability and playing 11 dgw’ers

                    1. Forgetmeknot
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      DGW Out score the sgw *

                2. OptimusBlack
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  If you have Kane and Son it's okay

              8. Manani
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                DCL > Antonio?

                1. OptimusBlack
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Yes

              9. Messiah Hazard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Is Fabianski fit for DGW19? Any news on that?

                1. HashAttack
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  See Moyes comments in the tweets - "we don't know yet"

                2. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Still a doubt I think, check the FFS tweets

                3. Messiah Hazard
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Thanks guys

              10. Werner Bros
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                A: Vardy Rashford
                B: KDB Antonio (-4)

                Rest of team
                Martinez / Forster
                Chilwell Coufal Dallas / Balbuena Neco
                XXX Salah Bruno Son / Riedewald
                XXX Watkins Bamford

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  A

              11. Grounderz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Any suggestions?
                Don’t mind (-8).

                McCarthy/ Steer
                Dias/ Dier/ Walker-Peters/ Pieters/ Dunne
                De Bruyne/ Fernandes/ Son/ Soucek/ Lookman
                Kane/ Lacazette/ Bamford

                1 FT, 1.7m ITB

              12. OBAMA
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                safest 2 city defenders to bring in on wc?

                People saying Cancelo likely to get rested..?

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Cancelo is so attacking so one needs to be him anyway imo. Dias+Cancelo for me

                2. Disco Stu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Stones and Dias

              13. Rinseboy
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Which combo?

                A- Werner and Foden or
                B - Vardy and Gundo

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  B

                2. Disco Stu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  B just seems safer

              14. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Thoughts?

                Martinez
                Robbo Cancelo Holding*
                Salah Bruno Son* Soucek
                Vardy Bamford* Adams*

                Ramsdale Ayling Anguissa Taylor
                0ft 0.1itb
                * =sgw

                A) Adams to Watkins -4
                B) Ayling to Dawson -4 and play over Holding/Adams
                C) no hits

                1. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  A - not fancy Antonio? Both are risky as we don't know which villa players have been impacted with covid so not sure i'd bring one in

                  1. Pukki Party
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Oh yeah, will we have info before dl? 0.1short of Antonio.

                    1. Pat Bonner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      ah that's annoying! Maybe B or just stick with what you've got

              15. Wirbelwind
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Activate BB for Dallas, Rapinha, Justin?

                Leaning towards yes. Don't think it's worth to waste a transfer for a playing GK, going to need my transfers a lot going forward

                1. Pat Bonner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Its well worth a transfer for a dgw keeper

                  1. Wirbelwind
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    To clarify, for a hit. While a 2+2 is break-even, I'm limiting my future transfer options with less ITB (Johnstone) or a transfer wasted (Mendy)

                    1. Pat Bonner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      Guess its how safe you want to play it. Could see Mendy getting 8pts+ and that saves you hit in and out but not guaranteed. I would always rather take the risk and use a transfer, Mendy might even be a good pick in future games so could get points there too

                      1. Wirbelwind
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 1 day ago

                        That makes sense, thanks. Going to check which transfers I see for upcoming GW to replace some red flags

              16. Jellyfish
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Need to decide on Kane > Vardy & Son > KDB for a hit (KDB rising tonight)

                Do it yes or no?

                1. Sanchit
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Yes.
                  KdB likely to have 150+ ownership.
                  Wouldn't bet against him getting into double digits, and if he does, could be a huge rank killer for you.

                2. OptimusBlack
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  If for -8 No and am sure that both kane and son wouldn't blank this gw

                  1. Jellyfish
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    it is for a -8

                    1. OptimusBlack
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      In my opinion don't sell both u need them from gw 20 i kept Son and sell Kane for Vardy for -4 to get also Antonio
                      Kane & Adams > Vardy & Antonio

              17. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Should I play Targett over Dier ?

              18. deanchatt
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Need some help peps

                Robertson Zouma or Chilwell for one defender slot ?

                Thanks

                1. Messiah Hazard
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  I went with Chillwell

                2. NateDogsCats
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    I'd say Robbo, MU could be a tight game and Burnley afterwards, Chelsea have 2 away games and are in poor form away from home and they're not exactly easy games

                3. Sanchit
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Dallas to Coufal for a hit?

                  1. SharkyT
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    I would say so but you’d probably need 2 clean sheets at least to make it justifiable

                4. JustPark
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Safe to get Soucek now?

                  1. HuthTheMagicDragon
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Still room on the points train, hop aborad