Scout Picks

Gameweek 23 Scout Picks built on Man United and West Ham assets

Manchester United and West Ham players form the spine of our Gameweek 23 Scout Picks XI.

In a side chosen by David, Neale, Tom and Andy, we have included five players from the two clubs ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

We line up in a 3-4-3 formation this time, which comes in at £73.8m, a staggering £9.2m inside our budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

Salah and blanks again as Brighton defensive assets shine ahead of good run 3

Robert Sanchez (£4.4m) was a relatively simple inclusion in the Scout Picks this week as Brighton continue to prove the doubters wrong. They have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four matches, including against Liverpool and Spurs, while Gameweek 23 opponents Burnley are the lowest-scoring Premier League team this season (13 goals).

DEFENDERS

Salah and Fernandes blank again as focus shifts to defensive assets 8

Aaron Cresswell (£5.6m) is the first of our West Ham triple-up as they travel to face Fulham on Saturday afternoon. The left-back has created more chances than any other Hammers defender over the last four matches while six of his eight assists have come on the road this season. Meanwhile, Fulham have failed to score in three of their last five.

Long-term owners of Luke Shaw (£4.9m) were finally rewarded when the Manchester United full-back delivered two assists against Southampton, before being dragged off at half-time. After delivering the most crosses and creating the most chances out of all defenders in the last six Gameweeks, we are backing Shaw to deliver the goods again when Everton come to Old Trafford.

Antonio Rüdiger (£4.5m) has well and truly forced his way back into contention at Chelsea. After starting each of the last two league matches under Frank Lampard, the German international has played every minute of Thomas Tuchel’s reign as Blues manager. Chelsea are yet to concede since the appointment of their new boss and, in Gameweek 23, face a Sheffield United side second-bottom for goals scored this season (14).

MIDFIELDERS

In Gameweek 22, Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) punished the majority of Fantasy Premier League’s top 10,000 players who chose to captain Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) with a 17-point haul, equalling his highest score this season. Even after a couple of blanks, Fernandes has had the most shots on target and created the most chances in the last six Gameweeks.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) earns a place in the Scout Picks mostly on account of his favourable fixture in Gameweek 23. West Bromwich Albion have conceded at least twice in each of their last seven Premier League matches.

No Premier League midfielder can better Jack Grealish‘s (£7.8m) 10 assists this season, with one of those coming against Saturday’s opponents, Arsenal in Gameweek 8. After Bernd Leno’s (£5.0m) red card against Wolves, the Gunners could be forced to field their third choice keeper, Alex Rúnarsson (£4.4m).

It is getting harder and harder to ignore Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) after the big Czech international scored his eighth goal of the season against Aston Villa. Soucek has scored the most headed goals out of all midfielders this season and faces a Fulham team who have conceded 20 headed attempts in their last six.

FORWARDS

Newcastle stick with back five for relegation six-pointer against Sheffield United

Callum Wilson (£6.8m) has been the one shining light in an otherwise awful season for Newcastle. He comes up against Southampton on Saturday who, as well as just being hit for nine by Manchester United, also have an injury crisis at the back.

The in-form West Ham striker Michail Antonio (£6.6m) has hit attacking returns in four of his five last games. With the highest expected goals rating (xG) of any forward in the last six Gameweeks, we are backing Antonio to continue his impressive form against a Fulham side whose recent defensive improvements have stuttered.

Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) is becoming a very reliable Fantasy asset this season adding improved creativity to his goal threat of late. In the last four matches, only Fernandes has created a higher number of big chances than the Leeds’ centre-forward, who has produced three assists in that time.

Substitutes

  • Nick Pope (£5.5m)
  • Matt Lowton (£4.4m)
  • Dan Burn (£4.2m)
  • Raphinha (£5.3m)

THE CAPTAIN

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1,095 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Need some advice on line up: GTG?
    Martinez
    Cancelo, Dallas, Cresswell
    Salah, Bruno (c), Gundo, Sterling, Grealish
    Antonio (vc) Bamford
    (Forster, DCL, Shaw, Lowton)

    Just not so sure about 3 city. And tempted to play Shaw due to form but I just don't think they'll keep a clean sheet.
    Cap choice right?

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      I would play Shaw over Creswell, personally.

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Cheers. That's the decision that's got me. Cresswell has 8 assists and on paper an easier opponent. But Shaw is playing very well. I can't decide.

  2. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 11 days ago

    Bench one:

    Dallas
    Coufal
    Justin

    Thanks

    1. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Justin

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Tough. Justin sadly

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Dallas

    4. TNB
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Justin

    5. Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 11 days ago

      Who would you add and why?

      Shaw

      Cresswell

      Digne

      Mee

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Shaw, in the form of his life and good fixtures.

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        First or last

      3. TNB
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Mee for short term fixtures

      4. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Think I have a short term plan I'm happy with, appreciate any thoughts on the below.

        2 FT and 4.6 ITB

        McCarthy
        TAA Dallas Cancelo
        Salah Son Bruno Gundo Raphinha
        Bamford Antonio

        (Nyland Coufal Mitchell Brewster)

        GW 23: TAA to Shaw
        GW 24: Mitchell to Dias and Nyland to Pope

        1. Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Plan looks solid if nothing else goes wrong!

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Cheers, fingers crossed!

      5. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Chilwell > ???

      6. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        Sorry got bottomed...

        "Been very busy at work recently so didn't had time\strength to analyse fixtures.

        Is there anywhere decent action plan for those with all chips intact ?
        "

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Thanks.

        1. Jon Snow
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I saw both WC25 BB26 FH29 and BB26 WC27 FH29 on Reddit.

          1. el polako
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Yeah need to research tomorrow I guess, thanks.

      7. SALVA
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        G2G?

        Pope
        Dallas - Stones - Digne
        Salah-Grealish-Fernandes-Soucek-Son(c)
        Bamford - Antonio

        Forster, DCL, Dias, Webster

        1. waldo666
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Dias over Digne for mine.

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I think you have two better captains. Otherwise G2G

      8. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 11 days ago

        GTG? Plan is to do Firmino & Burke to Bamford & Raphinha with 2 FTs.

        Martinez
        Cancelo Maguire Coufal
        Sterling Bruno Son Gundogan Raphinha
        Antonio(C) Bamford

        Areola DCL Targett Mitchell

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          I’m confused with the Raphina statement?

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Why?

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Sorry. Understand now. I though the Raphina move was next week but you had him in your current line up.

              Looks great. Going to stick with Antonio(C)?

      9. BigKeith
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Captain Bruno or Antonio?

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Bruno

        • RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          How’s this look guys? Torn in captaincy. 1FT left, 3.8m.

          Pope
          Dallas, Coufal, Cancelo
          Salah, Bruno(C), Raphina, Soucek, Gündo
          Bamford, Antonio(v)
          (McCarthy, DCL, Dias, Robbo)

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I think you have the captaincy right.

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Right first 11 mate?

              1. waldo666
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                I think so, I'd be tempted to play Dias over Coufal but probably pays to hedge with double City defence.

        • WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Lowton vs Mee?

          1. Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Mee in a straight up choice for goal threat

            1. WE GO FOR IT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Cheers ! 🙂

        • PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          McCarthy
          Cancelo, Justin, Coufal
          Salah, Son (c), Bruno, Coufal
          DCL, Antonio, Watkins
          Johnstone, Gundo, Maguire, Stones
          2 FT, 3.6 itb.

          Any tips? Considering getting Pope? Play Gundo?

          1. Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Double Coufal is overkill 😉

            I'm personally playing the red hot, penalty taking Gundogan over DCL

            1. PLerix
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Cheers 🙂

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Can’t decide what to do? 2FT 0.4itb

          Martinez
          Justin Dias Dallas
          Salah Son Raph Greal Bruno
          Bamford Antonio
          (Johnstone, Stones, Coufal, DCL)

          A) Johnstone, Salah to Pope, Sterling/Rash
          B) Coufal to Mee

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            B sets you up for the double and you're not playing Coufal this week so makes sense to me.

            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 11 days ago

              This seems logical to me. Would you play Mee over Justin or Dallas?

              1. Crunchie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                I would go B but i prefer Coufal over Justin (and possibly Dallas) this week. But a burnley defender will be vital

                Chilwell to keep and play or
                A. Rudiger
                B. Mee
                C. Shaw

                Have Pope

                Dallas, Cancelo, Dias are my other 3 defenders 1FT left

                1. Tsparkes10
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  Chilwell mate

        • Tmel
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Martinez
          Dias Coufal Chilwell
          Grealish Salah Son Bruno Gundo
          Bamford Antonio
          (Steer DCL Stones Mitchell)

          0.9ITB & 2FT

          a) Mitchell > Lowton
          b) Chilwell > Shaw
          c) Chilwell > Alonso
          d) Chilwell > Mee
          e) Mitchell & Chilwell > Mee & Shaw

          1. Maeki2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Wan bissaka

        • Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Any suggestions for this side or am I ready to go? Currently saving a transfer. 4.3m in the bank

          Pope

          Cancelo Justin Coufal

          Salah Fernandes Raphinha Gundogan Soucek

          Watkins Antonio

          Bench: Mccarthy DCL Robertson Dias

        • Mr Ozil
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Bench one:

          A- Coufal
          B- Stones ( only City Defender)
          C- Mee

          1. Viper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            I'd bench B

          2. Wayne Enterprises
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Mee

          3. Scots Gooner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Really tough call. I'd probably go for Stones, as crazy as that sounds, but only just.

          4. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            C

          5. The Prophet
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            Probably C if Stones is your only City defender.

        • fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 11 days ago

          Guys could I get some help please 🙂

          Martinez
          Coufal Robertson Cancelo
          Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha Soucek
          Bamford Antonio

          Forster DCL Stones Ferguson

          1 FT, 6.9 itb

          1. Forster >> Pope (for the doubles and play over Martinez this week)
          2. Save FT

          Thanks

          1. waldo666
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 11 days ago

            2

          2. TNB
              3 months, 11 days ago

              I had DDG and McCarthy

              Done DDg to Pope

          3. winchester
              3 months, 11 days ago

              Evening boys. Have 2ft and 0,3m itb Wildcard, bb, tc available. Kane back next gw? keep or sell? what would you lads do with this lot? cheers guys!

              martinez (martin)
              dias cancelo dallas coufal (taylor)
              salah bruno son soucek gundo
              bamford (adams kane)

              martin+kane -> pope+antonio ?
              y/n?

            • TNB
                3 months, 11 days ago

                GtG

                Pope
                Dallas-Coufal-Holding
                Son-Salah-Bruno-Soucek
                DCL-Antonio-Bamford
                (McCarthy-Gundo-Konsa-Stones)

                4.4itb 1ft

                Quick Yes and Nos

                1. Play Stones over Holding
                2. Get Mee for Holding
                3. Play Gundo over DCL

              • The Prophet
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                Lads,

                Play Mee, Stones or Dallas??

                *note - have Raphinha/Bamford/Cancelo

                1. waldo666
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  Dallas

              • Lignja
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                McCarthy
                Stones, Cancelo, Chilwell, Coufal, Mithcel
                Salah, Son, Fernandes, Grealish, Gundogan
                Antonio, Kane, Brewster

                2ft 0.2m itb

                A. Chilwell, Mithcell to Rudiger, Mee
                B. Chilwell, Mccarthy, Mee, Pope

                1. yosim
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  McCarthy to Pope for sure, just did it

                  Mee or Rudiger, depends if you want double Burnley

              • Teahupo'o
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 11 days ago

                G2G or Salah ➡ Son?

                Martinez
                Cancelo Justin Coufal
                Sterling Gundogan Salah Bruno Barnes
                Bamford Antonio

                (Steer, DCL Digne Mitchell)
                1FT 1.2ITB WC BB

                1. TNB
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Interesting to see you're playing Gundo over DCL..In a similar situation

                    1. Teahupo'o
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      It's close. Pens sway it for me for now but not set in stone.

                2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  Regarding Burnley players, I have been off the radar for a few days with work commitments, but is it just the DGW24 that is prompting all the Pope / Mee transfers in?

                  Yes, there's a good chance of DGW26 for Burnley too, but is the situation not just one more match compared to the previous status quo?

                  Conceded 7 in past 3 games (albeit in tough games) but should I really be looking to get them in?

                  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Not come across a detailed article on this, but it has not been long since the news and this upcoming GW taking priority, of course.

                  2. Fitzy.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    BHA, cry, FUL, WBA in the next 3 GWs is probably why.

                    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      I suppose also people are playing WC's imminently so easy exit points as well if it doesn't work out.

                3. HM2
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 11 days ago

                  Play:

                  a) DCL
                  b) Soucek

                  1. Maeki2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    B

                  2. TNB
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      Soucek

                    • The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      Soucek

                  3. Ziko7
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Bench 2 out of:
                    DCL
                    Dias
                    Bernardo Silva
                    Salah

                    1. Maeki2
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      Dias, dcl

                    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      The first two. Not seen anyone else with Bernardo - hope he gets you a goal!

                      1. Ziko7
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        3 months, 11 days ago

                        Brought him in for KDB in GW20, happy with him so far.

                        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 11 days ago

                          Yep, done reasonably - bit unlucky not to get another 2 returns over the past few GW's to be honest.

                          1. Ziko7
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 11 days ago

                            Yeah I know, he's not selfish enough IMO. I'm kinda tempted to play Dias over Salah though, already playing Cancelo.

                  4. jdogg
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    2fts.

                    Forster and douglas

                    To

                    Pope and lowton?

                    Or just douglas to lowton and play mccarthey?then do pope next week?x

                  5. Pep to be small
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Predicted points for this BB - at least 20? Martinez (bri) Mee (cry/FUL) Cresswell (SHU) Soucek (SHU)

                  6. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    Who did people sell Robertson for?

                    1. fcsaltyballs
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      Burnley def

                      1. Royal5
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 11 days ago

                        Makes very much sense

                  7. fcsaltyballs
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 11 days ago

                    First to 3...

                    1. Forster >> Pope (for the doubles and play over Martinez this week)
                    2. Save FT

                    Cheers

                    1. Footieboot
                        3 months, 11 days ago

                        I would save most likely. Think it is crucial to carry 2 transfers in the next GW due to the FA cup ties mid-week.

                    2. Lignja
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 11 days ago

                      Shaw or Rudiger?