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. tabby98
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What do I do here?

    McCarthy, Johnstone
    Robbo, Justin, Coufal, Alioski, Stones
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Soucek, Raphinha
    Vardy, Bamford, Adams

    1ft £0m itb

    A) Raphinha + Adams ---> Watkins + Saka (-4)
    B) Robbo + Adams ---> Antonio + Cancelo (-4)
    C) Raphinha + Adams ---> Smith-rowe + Antonio (-4)
    D) Hold

    Is there a way to get KDB without too many hits?

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Not a fan of any of those, so D.

    2. Going Home
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      D.

      Don’t worry too much about KDB. You’ve got Bruno, Mo and Vardy. You can’t have them all

      1. tabby98
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Cheers, Who would you captain and should i BB?

        1. Going Home
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          I have a similar front 8 (Kane for Adams and ESR for Raphina). I’ve got the armband on Salah.

          I’d be tempted to bench boost. Say it quietly, for fear of being called a troll, but I can see a lot of rotation later in the season when teams are catching up. If you’ve got 15 fairly sure starters, and the guys you’d bench are home to BHA, then it’s only ache Adams you aren’t expecting something from. And he could easily register against Leicester. Especially with no Ings so he becomes focal point.

          That’s my 2p worth anyway

          1. tabby98
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Sounds good to me. Any thoughts on Son out for Rashford?

            1. Going Home
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Yeah, don’t do it.

              He’s the top scorer in the game playing a fairly weak side. They don’t ship many, but he’s a top player you’ll probably regret not having in future weeks

    3. tomasjj
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      To get KDB, you'd have to move Salah or Bruno, or Son and downgrade Robbo for instance.

  2. frenchfries
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) DCL -> Antonio
    B) DCL+Rashford -> Antonio+KDB
    C) DCL+Son -> Antonio+KDB

    Got Son at 9.1 and would lose 0.4 value

    1. frenchfries
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Bc is for -4

    2. Going Home
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A. Wouldn’t be shipping the top scorer in the game or a DGW player with pretty decent recent returns for a hit

  3. The Smudger88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    TC KDB?
    If not, who?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Mo Salah

  4. Steve-ooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Antonio & Martinez or Watkins & Fabianski? on a free hit

    1. Nice Baps.
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Antonio on a FH

    2. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Fabianski is a bit of a doubt isn't he

    3. Going Home
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Flappy is touch and go. Deffo not worth it on a FH

      1. Steve-ooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yes, Fabanski touch and go but also no news on Villa COVID players, there's uncertainty over all 4 IMO

  5. Brunsvigeren
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Toughts on these moves, my bench boost plans ruined by Leeds, Saints cancelations

    -8 hit, 0.2 itb
    Requilon, DCL, Son -> Coufal, KDB, Antonio, will make my team look like

    Fabianski
    Justin - Robbo - Coufal - Cancelo
    Fernandes - Mané - Maddison - KDB
    Antonio Bamford

    Bench, Mcarthy(gk), Raphina, Brewster, Saiss

    1. Brunsvigeren
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      10 DGW players

    2. Going Home
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Do the -4 and keep Son imo

      1. Brunsvigeren
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Hmm, my goal is to get KDB in and tripple captain him ;D

  6. moment
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is Dawson now nailed for WHU? Or could Balbuena come back?

    1. Going Home
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Balbuena got the rona*, no?

      *self-isolating.

      But he won’t be involved in the DGW

  7. HashAttack
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Need some help deciding which trio to go for 🙂

    I've got to take a -8 to get Salah, tempted to go -12 and increase the number of matches my players get
    16.7m available - Players to sell : GK (Lloris) / DEF (Bellerin) / FWD (Lacazette) - 3 matches

    These are my options (the +4 means I am taking -8 instead of -12)

    a) Lloris, Dallas, Antonio (+4) - 4 matches
    b) Lloris, Justin, Watkins (+4) - 5 matches
    c) Lloris, Ogbonna, Watkins (+4) - 5 matches
    d) Pope, Bellerin, Antonio (+4) - 5 matches
    e) Mendy, Cresswell, Watkins - 6 matches
    f) Johnstone, Chilwell, Watkins - 6 matches
    g) Johnstone, Zouma, Antonio - 6 matches
    h) Pope, Justin, Antonio - 6 matches

    I already have Coufal, Soucek and Martinez and probably prefer to add a Chelsea defender going forwards

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      G, I think. But honestly, I think you need to narrow the options down a little more.

    2. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      F or G maybe

  8. Wirbelwind
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What do we think re: james - likely playing or take a hit to replace with Dias?

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      id probs keep james

    2. Big Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I wouldn't take out if it's for a hit

  9. Holding Mee Bong
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Tempted to save FT here, playing no chip (all chips in tact).

    What would you do for a FT?

    Meslier
    Dias Stones Dallas Justin
    KDB Son Bruno
    Kane Bamford Cavani

    4.0 Saka ESR Mitchell

    1. Holding Mee Bong
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      3.0m ITB!

    2. JoeSoap
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Could save. Maybe Vardy, Salah, Soucek, depends what you have in bank.

      1. Holding Mee Bong
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        3m, yep plenty of options for sure

    3. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      who u captaining

      1. Holding Mee Bong
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Has to be Kevin. You?

    4. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Cavani > Vardy?

      1. Holding Mee Bong
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        That was the original plan. But I liked Cavani's performance vs Burnley and think he could be a real differential.

        Saints and Chelsea defences could be stubborn!

  10. JoeSoap
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    1.. Son/DCL>KDB/Antonio (-4) Y/N (9 doubles excluding Mendy)

    2. Anything else worth a -4 or more? (2.8 left)
    A. Mendy>Soucek (0.9)
    B. Mendy>Foden (1.9)
    C. Dallas>Cancelo (1.1)
    D. Grealish/Adams>Foden/Vardy

    McCarthy
    Dias, Justin, Dallas, Coufal,
    Fernandes, Grealish, Son, Salah
    Bamford, Adams
    Steer, Mitchell, Mendy, DCL

  11. Nice Baps.
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    BB this (-4) or FH? But no Salah, Bruno, Vardy

    Martinez*, Johnston*
    Cancelo*, Dias*, Justin*, Coufal*, Lowton*
    Rashford*, KDB* (c), Grealish*, Lookman*, Son
    Antonio*, Kane, Wilson*

    My hunch is not a better chance to BB. Also tempted by another -4 for Kane to Vardy but that's 8 off the BB

    1. Ode
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes i would Bb that

      1. Nice Baps.
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thanks - Think I will and also keep Kane. There's always SGW players that smash it.

  12. C_Manan
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Have exact funds for Rodrigo + Kilman to Antonio + Cancelo for -4. This will give me
    Leno
    Cancelo* Dier Coufal (Bailly Dallas)
    Salah KDB Bruno Son (Anguissa)
    Bamford Antonio* Wakins
    Hit the Confirm transfers button?

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      dias is safer option but sure

  13. zizoo10
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    How come I’m not seeing Barnes in any teams?

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      cuz soucek

    2. Big Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Great pick imo. If Grealish only had one game I've would have done this I think

      1. Relaxing
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        me too

  14. OBAMA
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    would you rather;

    A) chillwell, martinez, non playing gk on bench

    or

    B) zouma, martinez, sanchez on bench

    (on a wildcard)

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      dont know if not having a sub keeper is too much of a risk

  15. Kaptenen
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Grealish & Kane --> Salah & Antonio?

    Yay or Nay? Will cap Salah

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      nah

      1. OBAMA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        i think its unlikely that antonio plays 180 + grealish could be a nice differential this week

        1. Big Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          He's like 36% owned

    2. Nice Baps.
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Probably, yes

    3. OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yees

    4. aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes

  16. pundit of punts
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Any PL teams awaiting covid test results?

    Safe to play FH yet?

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      play that thang

  17. Ode
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Help me can’t decide this one:

    Bench Bamford or Zouma?

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      bamf

  18. HuthTheMagicDragon
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What do we think lads?

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Coufal
    Son Salah Bruno Foden Soucek
    Vardy Antonio
    Bench: Wan Bissaka, Bamford, Dallas (Forster)

    On a wildcard, risk without KDB - but want a differential

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      v similar to mine, although i have kdb and a much weaker bench

      1. OBAMA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        ive also opted for dias over cancelo cuz of rotation risk

        1. HuthTheMagicDragon
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yeah considering that, but thinking attacking returns - only 1 assist for Cancelo but they are coming.

  19. OBAMA
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    would you rather;

    A) chillwell, martinez, non playing gk on bench

    or

    B) zouma, martinez, sanchez on bench

    (on a wildcard).

  20. HD7
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Is Martines fit or we still dont know the Villa positive players?

  21. Big Weng
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Start Grealish or Justin??

    1. OBAMA
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      grealish obvs

  22. artvandelay316
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Still toying with my options at the moment...
      Current squad
      Lloris
      Cancelo, Stones, Coufal
      Saka, KDB, Fernandes (C), Son, Rashford
      Lacazette, Wilson

      Bench
      Forster, Holding, Mitchell, Brewster

      Toying with either
      A) -4 cost: Lacazette > Vardy + Saka > Soucek
      B) -8 cost: KDB > Salah + Saka > Foden/Soucek + Lacazette > Bamford (could always leave Laca and do -4 too)
      C) Leave KDB in rather than getting Salah and just do Lacazette > Vardy for free

    • eririi
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A) Callum Wilson
      B) Cavani

      Cavani too punty?

      1. OBAMA
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        worth a punt if other option is wilson imo

      2. HuthTheMagicDragon
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Ighalo on the way out, Martial may have done his hammy - Cavani going to get minutes - United have a great run of fixtures....could be genius or stupid.

    • Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Best 4.8-or-below defender for DGW and beyond (have Coufal)

      A. Shaw
      B. Holding
      C. Dallas

      1. HuthTheMagicDragon
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Shaw got some great fixtures, but Dallas has more chance of attacking returns. Personally I have AWB and Dallas.

        1. HuthTheMagicDragon
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          C for me.

    • Going Home
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      What do we think Salah’s EO will be this GW? Quite like him as a captain differential

    • hullcityfan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Anyone else on triple City defence? Cancelo Dias Stones. No KDB the obvious risk but prefer Salah captain this week.

      1. HuthTheMagicDragon
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Is captaining Antonio madness?

        1. HuthTheMagicDragon
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Appreciate that has no relevance to your comment, thought i was putting a new comment in.

    • fylde2022
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Considering BB
      Would you ship Taylor or Button?

      Martinez
      Dias Dallas Coufal
      KDB Son Bruno Gundogan Soucek
      Watkins Kane

      Button Bamford Bednarek Taylor

      2.6m itb

    • Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Think I’m gonna avoid bb. Would mean a -12 to be happy with it inc Johnstone, Dallas, Raph and Bamford.

      -8 of Adams, Lowton, Raph to Antonio, Dias, ESR and gtg?

      Johnstone
      Coufal Dias Justin Robo
      Son Bruno Salah Soucek
      Vardy Antonio
      (McCarthy, ESR, Dallas, Bamford)

    • kempc23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Ferguson and Raphinha to Stones and Soucek for -8?

      If I dont, I will be playing Raphinha and Bamford. I am 0.1 short of the stones move alone.

    • Sahin
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Thoughts on this team
      Martinez
      Zouma justin regulion dallas
      Salah rash bruno soucek son
      Antonio Bamford adams

      I want to get at least dbruyne amd two man city defendes plz help