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

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

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1,095 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TMF86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Start Salah or Barnes?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Salah... I dont care about form

      If you're benching salah sell him

      1. seanie3
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        This is so true

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Salah

    3. 1zverGGadeM
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Im benching Gundo and Cancelo to start Maddy and Mo 😉

    4. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Salah

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

    Who’s your captain from Antonio and Bruno guys? Both look great picks

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

      Contemplating Watkins or Grealish with no Leno

    2. tuturututu
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Currently between Bruno and Son. If chasing it could be better to have a differential captain pick.

      • kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Gambling antonio

      • Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Just been comparing this in the members area, think I'm going for Antonio

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I'm on a streak of 11 games with 1 captain assist. I'm going Bruno. Don't own Antonio. Antonio is therefore the better pick. While I can't guarantee he returns, I can guarantee Bruno will blank.

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

          Please buy and captain Antonio.

      • Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bruno Antonio Bamford in this order

    3. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Captain

      A. Bruno
      B. Son
      C. Antonio

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        C

        1. tuturututu
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Can you explain why? Differential captain potential?

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Spurs were awful the last day so dont trust son

              Its between bruno and antonio... just leaning towards antonio

              Have all 3

        2. Mr Ozil
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I am going Bruno

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

          If you own Son, it's got to be him

          1. George Agdgdgwngo
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            That’s all 3!

            1. toerag
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              That's Numberwang!!

          2. FPL ElasticO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Not so Spurs are not looking great attacking at all.... They nicked a 1-0 last time with Kane in....so, I have doubt about captain Son

        4. JelliedSpark968
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          C

        5. janowsc
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Safest choice is Bruno, he’s returned after each of his 17pt hauls this season...other choices are more fun though

        6. timmmuh
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          B

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Start 1

        A. Gundogan (liv)
        B. Soucek (ful)

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

          B

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Cheers

        2. JelliedSpark968
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          B

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Thanks

        3. FPL ElasticO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Start both Gundo has attacking return in last three away matches....

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Starting kane so will prob have them both in my 11 but the end of the week

            Salah bruno son
            Kane Antonio bamford

            Need to bench 1 of a or b

        4. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Both if poss

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Cheers sid but it isnt (kind of is see above)

      3. FPL ElasticO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        This is my GW 23 team.... G2g?

        Pope
        Robbo / Cancelo / Coufal
        Bruno(c) / Soucek / Son / Salah / Gundo
        Bamford (vc) / Antonio

        Bench:: Martinez / DCL / Stones / Targett

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Have at it

        2. Going Home
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Stones > Coufal (just). Got tight game written all over it

      4. timmmuh
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bottomed ... play 2 this week:
        A) DCL
        B) Soucek
        C) Foden
        D) Stones

        1. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          b c

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

          B and A if you have another city defender playing.

          1. timmmuh
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I do, Cancelo

        3. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A and B

      5. JelliedSpark968
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bench Justin (WOL) or Dias (LIV)?

        1. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Dias

      6. Old Gregg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        My planned move was DCL > Antonio. With the Everton's DGW what should I do :-

        2FT

        a) DCL > Antonio
        b) Wilson > Antonio
        c) something else

        1. janowsc
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I wouldn’t sell DCL until after the double imo

        2. Hanz207
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I am tempted to still go with A - one of those DGWs is MCI and I can't see Everton doing much against them...

      7. Kingtekkerz
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        How nailed would you say Alonso are?

        1. Mr. O'Connell
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          They are not too nailed

          1. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I would argue they are

      8. Dele
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Captain Son, G2G?

        Pope
        Cancelo, Dias, AWB
        Salah, Bruno, Son(c), Grealish, Gundo
        Antonio, Bamford

        Forster, DCL, Digne, Targett

      9. Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Dropping Robbo, place your votes for who:

        A) Shaw

        B) double chelsea (have rudiger)

        C) Cresswell

        D) Digne

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

          A

        2. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Mee?

          1. Nespinha
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            already got pope

        3. JBG
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A

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

        Grealish blanked only once in last 6 GWs which was against City

        Grealish (c) for me

        1. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Not explosive enough

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

            I haven't got either Antonio or Bamford

      11. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Yes or no

        Bench Stones?
        Play Justin Cancelo Coufal

        Bench DCL?
        Play Soucek Saka Gundo

        1. timmmuh
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Yes to bench Stones
          Might sit Saka and play DCL

          1. Sid1891
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Nice one cheers

      12. Better luck next year
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Play Gundo or Soucek? Im obviously gonna pick the one that blanks anyway..

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

          Then I prefer that you are gonna play Soucek, because I don't have him in my team.

        2. timmmuh
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Gundo

      13. Flippo_
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Who to place in starting XI?
        A) Dias
        B) Robertson
        C) Gundogan

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          C

        2. timmmuh
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          C

      14. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        C

      15. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        What would be the best transfer here with 2ft 0.0itb?

        Martinez
        Robbo Cancelo Holding
        Salah Bruno Son Soucek
        DCL Richarlison Bamford

        Ramsdale Stones Anguissa Taylor

        A) Taylor to Lowton
        B) Richarlison to Antonio (Rich has a dgw24 but Antonio two good fixtures)
        C) Robbo to Chelsea defender (Alonso?)

      16. OleBall
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Anyone else without Antonio feel he's essential next 2 gw's?

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Hard to know

            Could see the meta for this GW being an anti-climax generally - there’s so little turnaround between games - will teams be flat & rotating / injured etc

            Antonio is an incredible player though no doubt

            How will those glass hamstrings deal with all these games is the other thing too though

          2. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I don’t have him and feel the same but feel like there is an element with fomo with that

            Logically I think you will be fine without but I’d still have soucek and a defender at least

            1. OleBall
                2 months, 11 days ago

                I have 2ft think i'm going to do Watkins>Antonio because i have Grealo for the Villa cover

          3. HarryS
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Grealish-Salah-Raphina-Bruno

            That's my mid 2FT any ideas?

            Neco-Biss-KWP

            That's my bench.

          4. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Only 3 scout picks including bench, huge green incoming...

          5. Pedersen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Play pope or mccarthy?

            1. Spoox777
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Pope

            2. Sid1891
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Pope

          6. Spoox777
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Who to bench pleeeease ???

            Shaw / Cancelo / Stones / Justin / Holding
            Salah / Son / Fernandes / Saka / Gündogan
            DCL / Watkins / Bamford

            Thank you

            1. Sid1891
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Stones Holding
              Saka or Dcl

            2. timmmuh
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Stones-Holding
              Saka

            3. gomez123
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              DCL/Stones/Holding

          7. CFC1990
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            2FT's and unsure what to do. Planning to not WC until sometime after GW26.

            Is James to Rudiger/Lowton a good idea?

            Its either that or I get rid of Stones. Not sure he will start consistently with all the games Man City have (Champions League too) and Laporte back.

            Pope
            Cancelo, James, Coufal
            Grealish, Salah, Fernandes, Soucek
            Bamford, Antonio, DCL

            Martinez, Barnes, Dias, Stones

          8. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Bench DCL or Cavani?

            1. The White Pele
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Dcl

          9. 7shadesofsmoke
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            lowton worth a punt for the DGW?

          10. Lindelol
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Salah Bruno Gundo Barnes

            will you get Son or Grealish ahead of any of them?

          11. The White Pele
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Start:
            A) DDG
            B) Fabianski

          12. GoonerGirl
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Guys, I just quick added Rudiger for Dunne to my defence of
            Stones, Cancelo, Holding, Dallas, Dunne.

            Please, someone, tell me I made the right decision.

            I still have WC, BB and TC

            Thanks

          13. gomez123
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            2 FT's so I've done Ederson > Pope and will bank the other so I have 2 next GW......Team GTG??....Y/N
            Pope
            Cancelo/Justin/Dallas
            Son/Salah/Bruno(vc)/Gundogan/Soucek
            Bamford(C)/Antonio
            Martinez/DCL/Digne/Coufal

            1. The White Pele
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Y

              1. gomez123
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Thanks

          14. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Bench Saka(avl) or DCL(mun)?