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. Miro
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Foden -> Son for a hit and bench DCL or just play DCL ?

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

      Seems sensible in theory, but Spurs/Son are very out of form

  2. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Play Soucek or Gundo?

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

      Both?

  3. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Anyone punting on Alonso?

    I want to but worried he won’t start?

    1. mr_jones
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      same problem. thinking of Azpi, because he wont get benched, but more defending than alonso

  4. Manani
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    gtg? save FT?

    Martinez
    Cancelo Holding Coufal
    Soucek Gundogan Salah Pulisic Grealish
    Adams Antonio
    (Chiwell DCL Diaz)

    1. Im New Here
        2 months, 4 days ago

        How much in the bank? Puli -> Fernandes is what you want to do

    2. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Start 1 please:

      A) Coufal
      B) Stones
      C) Dallas

      1. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A

      2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Dallas

      3. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Stones

        Liverpool aren't scoring

      4. Miro
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        C

      5. Nedvěd11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        C

    3. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Don't fancy Bruno for the captaincy this week, going for a differential. Which one should I pick?

      A) Watkins (vs an abismal keeper)
      B) Bamford (decent shout vs cpl)
      C) Raphinha (in form, good fixture)
      D) Soucek (fulham struggle to defend aerial threats)
      E) Pope (likely chance of a cs + bps)
      F) Coufal (likely chance of a cs + crossing vs bad fulham aerial defence)

      TIA!

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A

      2. hullcityfan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B - only penalty taker from there and arguably the best fixture

      3. Lazaretti
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B

    4. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Will Taylor get his place back when fit?

      1. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I think so, he was playing very well before his injury

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Cheers will probably keep and hope he plays in the double

          1. Neves say Neves
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Good plan!

    5. Jimmy Boy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      McCarthy
      Dias - Cancelo - Coufal
      Salah - Bruno - Gundo - Son
      Bam - DCL - Adams

      Forster - Neto - Reguilon* - Bernardo*

      Which transfer should I prioritise for this GW? Antonio ownership looking likely to cause me some damage atm but if Adams is ever gonna score surely it'll be against Newcastle?

      A) Adams > Antonio (currently set on this)
      B) Reguilon > Alonso/Azpi (would likely start in place of Dias/Adams)

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A, life is better without Adams in your fantasy team

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A all day

      3. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Adams has got a dgw in gw 26 so he could be a hold for now.
        I would get Shaw if you sell Reguilon

        1. Jimmy Boy
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Apologies, should have included that I plan to wildcard 25 so not concerned about Sou DWG

          1. Neves say Neves
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Oh ok, in that case yeah I would get Antonio

    6. Pep bites Kun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      GW Cap is a tough choice - let's separate the wheat from the chaff with a bit of Son! 😉

    7. FPLord
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Martinez (Forster)
      Cancelo Coufal Justin (Dallas Dias)
      Son Fernandes Salah Grealish Gundogan
      Bamford Antonio (DCL) 2FT 1.1

      Unfortunately I'm 0.4 off the Forster>Pope move, so I'm seriously considering
      A. Salah, Forster > Raphinha, Pope
      or
      B. Salah, Forster > Rashford, Pope

      There is no one else I'm keen on downgrading...What do you think?

    8. pundit of punts
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Would you change anything?

      Martinez
      Dier - Mee - Holding
      Salah - Sterling - Bruno - Grealish
      DCL - Bamford - Wilson

      Button - Foden - Dias - Mitchell

      1. Jimmy Boy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Would be tempted to play Dias over Holding

        1. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I am playing Dias over Holding and think it's a no brainer. City have higher CS odds against Liverpool than Arsenal do against Villla for good reason. (

      2. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Probably not
        Pool v City is so hard to call though

        1. pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          This

          Struggling big time with that

        2. F_Ivanovic
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Equally hard to call is Arsenal against Villa.

    9. Will J 256
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Play two:
      A: Dier (WBA)-H
      B: Coufal (FUL)-A
      C: Justin (WOL)-A

    10. HarryS
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Grealish-Salah-Raphina-Bruno

      2FT Grealish > Soucek Salah > Son?

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

        Very high risk

      2. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I don't really like these moves. Grealish is getting points and Spurs look horrible at the moment. What else could you do?

        1. HarryS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I honestly don't know defense is ok attack is ok, any ideas on that mid?

          1. Neves say Neves
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Salah > Gundo/Sterling if you don't have triple city?

            1. HarryS
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I have Bissouma should I transfer him for Soucek or Gundo?

              1. Neves say Neves
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                bissouma > soucek sounds very good!

    11. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Play 3

      Shaw, Digne, Cress, Cancelo, Soucek, Gundo

      Currently on

      Shaw, Cress
      Soucek

      1. Aster
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Would do the same

      2. Aster
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Bench two

          A) Coufal
          B) Cancelo
          C) Dias
          D) Shaw
          E) Dallas

          (My GK is DDG)

          1. Nedvěd11
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Play Dallas at least.

            Zaha out (?) and attacking returns?

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I'm using BB in 24 rather than 26. I fancy my Villa & Leeds players in GW24 on bench rather than West Ham players against City in GW26. No WC or FH remaining. Thoughts?

        • JP\'s
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Who to bench?

            A.DCL
            B. Lowton
            C. Dias
            D. Coufal
            E. Dawson

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              E

          • Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 4 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

            Best way to afford Ramsdale to Pope?

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

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

              C for me

            2. Lazaretti
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              I was thinking DCLto Antonio(c) for a hit but then he has his 3rd game in six days which is putting me off.

              So C maybe Rudiger as he seems to be nailed

          • tuturututu
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Mendy
              Rudiger, Shaw, Justin
              Bruno(c), Salah, Sterling, Son, Maddison
              DCL, Antonio

              Fodder, Coufal, Stones, fodder

              Thoughts?

              1. Pukki Party
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Good team that

              2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Play Coufal
                Bench either DCL or Shaw, will be hard for both to return

              3. Skymonkey
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  No Bamford is a crime really

              4. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Gtg? Bench is hard

                Pope
                Stones Coufal Dallas
                Salah Sterling Soucek Gundogan Bruno(c)
                Bamford(vc) Watkins

                Sanchez Richarlison Robertson Konsa

                1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Right call for me

              5. KEVIN DE CLAUS
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Might be stupid question but: Lowton nailed for Burnley?

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Yes

                  1. KEVIN DE CLAUS
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Ty

              6. Cilly Bonnolly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 4 days ago

                Bench Salah or DCL?

                1. Aster
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    DCL

                    1. Henning
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      DCL

                  • ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    DCL all day

                  • Danstoke82
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Even though he’s hot and cold right now I could never bench Salah. DCL for me

                2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Team for GW

                  Martinez/Nyland*
                  Dallas Cancelo Justin (Stones Kilman)
                  Son Bruno (VC) Salah Gundogan Barnes Antonio(C) Bamford (DCL first sub)

                  2 FT
                  A Swap Nyland for DGW GK
                  B Kilman to Cresswell
                  C Kilman to AWB

                  1. Neves say Neves
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    A (pope)

                3. Henning
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  One of those for free?
                  And anyone worth a hit?

                  1. Areola to Pope
                  2. Barnes to Soucek/Grealish
                  3. Coufal to Cresswell
                  4. Dallas to Shaw

                  Martinez
                  Coufal Dias Justin
                  Son Barnes Salah Fernandes Gundogan
                  Antonio Bamford

                  Areola Dcl Dallas Stones

                  1. Neves say Neves
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    1 for me

                  2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    2 Grealish

                  3. Danstoke82
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Pope for free. Gets your ready for next week. Nothing worth a hit IMO.

                  4. Henning
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Thanx all

                4. Danstoke82
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 4 days ago

                  Whom to captain? Am chasing in my ML

                  A) Antonio
                  B) Son
                  C) Bruno
                  D) Bamford

                  I’m thinking A but could do with opinion. Thanks in advance!

                  1. Neves say Neves
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    If I had Antonio I would captain him without thinking twice. Go for it!

                    1. Danstoke82
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      Cheers!

                    2. AC/DC AFC
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      Who are you going to captain?

                      1. Neves say Neves
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        Scroll up, really not sure. It will probably be Bamford

                  2. TheDragon
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    I think A Is a great option

                    I actually think this is a reasonable week to take a bit of a punt

                  3. Skymonkey
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      Call me template but Bruno for me. Everton haven't looked at their best, Bruno scored 17 points in the reverse fixture, and whenever he has scored 17 points (vs.SOU), the next game he gets a double-digit haul, so his stats are on his side.

                  4. jimmy.floyd
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 4 days ago

                    Play one:
                    A AWB (have DDG)
                    B Coufal (have Cresswell)
                    C Stones (have Cancelo)

                    1. Skymonkey
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        Play Coufal with AWB ahead of stones on the bench only because Stones might not play.

                    2. Lindelol
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      Barnes to

                      1. Grealish
                      2. Son
                      3. Keep Barnes

                      1. jimmy.floyd
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 4 days ago

                        1

                    3. RUUD!
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      Will the ticker update soon?

                    4. Hazardous1983
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 4 days ago

                      Start coufal or dias.starting cancelo already

                      1. Skymonkey
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Coufal, and Dias first sub. Cancelo might not play.

                          1. Neves say Neves
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 4 days ago

                            Yeah, what this guy said

                          2. Aster
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              No way.

                              Cancelo is nailed.

                        • Weasel Boy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 4 days ago

                          Who would you bench from the following

                          A Salah
                          B Gundo
                          C Soucek
                          D Bruno
                          E Son
                          F Watkins
                          G Bamford
                          H Antonio

                          Thanks

                          1. Skymonkey
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              Watkins

                            • Neves say Neves
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 4 days ago

                              A