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. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Play

    A. Martinez

    B.DDG (dbl w/Shaw)??

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

      A

  2. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone giving Antonio the cataincy?

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

      Plenty are

    2. toerag
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      def in my top 2

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Not a bad shout but Fulham tightened up.

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

      currently he is my cap

    5. Old Bull
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I hate straying from Bruno

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

      Yeah think so

    7. Iain Dowies Love Child
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Between Bruno and him

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

    Bench one please
    A) Gundo
    B) Salah
    C) Dias
    D-allas

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      It's B or D for me.

    2. Neo-Viper
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      D-allas

    3. Bennyboy1907
        3 months, 1 day ago

        D

      • mrelpea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        D

    4. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      The under performing players in my team are:

      - Dier
      - Fabianski (playing Pope)
      - Son

      2 ft.

      Shall i just do:

      A) Fabianski to Steer to release money for returning players in the future (already had a good BB in gw19 rank).

      B) Move Dier for Shaw

      Or

      C) Both?

      Cheers

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Just B. Fab has a good fixture this week.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I'm essentially not burning a transfer.

          But still likely to play Pope home to Brighton but you could be right.

          Also Spurs home to WBA. Dier and Son only 2 Spurs players above 7 points on SofaScore last match.

    5. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Questionable decision to start Soucek over Raphina in the scout picks. Bookies odds has Raphina at a 46% chance of a return compared to 31% for Soucek.

      1. toerag
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        soucek hatty this week then lol

      2. Granville
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Soucek's numbers are far superior.

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

          So why isn't that reflected in the market odds? The market doesn't get it wrong. The odds will reflect the probability of the event happening.

    6. Super Jack Grealish
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Any ideas what to do with this then and who to bench? Want to leave enough in the bank to get Kane in for DCL too
      Still got WC, BB and TC so is it worth building a good bench or just do that on WC

      Martinez
      Robbo, Cancelo, Dallas
      Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Gundo, Soucek
      Bamford, Antonio

      Forster, DCL, Dias, Mitchell
      2 FT 5.7 ITB

      A) Forster > Pope
      B) Mitchell > Rudiger/Lowton
      C) Soucek > Son
      D) Other.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A

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

        Both DCL and Dias should be ahead of Soucek in the pecking order.

    7. balint84
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Son to Vardy for free? (also Reid to Raphinha)

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        How are you doing that?

        1. Pandastar5
            3 months, 1 day ago

            ^^ two ft?

      2. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Got 2FT any changes to make? Kinda want to get Rudiger/Pope/Antonio/Grealish but not sure its worth it?

        McCarthy Forster
        Cancelo Stones Coufal Justin Alioski
        Salah Son Bruno Soucek Gundo
        DCL Bamford Brewster

        Any thoughts guys?

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

        Which one to bench?

        A. TAA (MCI)
        B. Gundogan (liv)
        C. Adams (new)

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          C

        2. Davros
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          C or A

        3. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A

        4. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Prob C but A is for consideration madly enough

      4. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

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

        1. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          B

        2. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          B

        3. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Both are good option nobody else you can bench ?

          1. Davros
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Agree- any other options?

            1. jimmy.floyd
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Cancelo

      5. Davros
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A) Johnstone -> Pope
        B) Raphinha -> Son

        1. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A 100%

          1. DickFranDyke
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Why Raphina, has Palace and then a double in two weeks time?

        2. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A

          1. Davros
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Thanks

      6. Iain Dowies Love Child
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Robbo to:

        A) Shaw
        B) Mee
        C) Rudiger

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A

        2. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I’ve done Mee.

        3. Feed tha Sheep
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          B due to DGW but shaw doing really well

        4. jimmy.floyd
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A

        5. toerag
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          hahahahahah Grav 😆

      7. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        When is the ticker going to get updated?

        Ben Crellin has done so well but i prefer FFS ticker!

      8. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        McCarthy
        AWB, Dias, Justin, Dier
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundo, Soucek
        DCL, Bamford, Antonio

        Which two should I bench ?

      9. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I am somewhat perplexed by the number of people here benching Salah......seriously?!

        1. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Have you seen the City defence?

          Have you seen Salahs form?

          Case closed.

          1. DannyDrinkVodka
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Form is temporary though.....he’s got it in him to score a brace

          2. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Salah form is 4 in 4 inc cup

        2. Iain Dowies Love Child
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah this is a crazy thing to do - far to risky

        3. Old Bull
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          This is really interesting imo. I really won’t be surprised if he does nothing or if he gets something from the game. I don’t think leaving him on the bench is as barmy as it sounds, but you’ve got to be brave to do so.

      10. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Currently have Stones and Sterling. For the city DGW would you get in

        A. Gundo
        B. Cancelo
        C. Dias
        C. A and B/C and remove stones -4

        1. Bennyboy1907
            3 months, 1 day ago

            C

          • Feed tha Sheep
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            C

          • Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            C

          • mrelpea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            C

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

          Appreciate help folk...

          Marty

          Justin, Coufal, Bellerin

          Bruno(c) Sterling, Gundo, Soucek, Salah

          Bamford, Watkins

          Foster, Robbo, DCL, Stones

          A) Robbo > Shaw/Mee/Digne (and play instead of Bellerin)
          B) Martinez > Pope
          C) Watkins > Antonio

          2ft and 1.6m in bank

          Cheers

          1. zdrojo187
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Robbo>Mee

          2. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            C

        3. Bennyboy1907
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Sorry to be annoying
            Who to play this week pick 3:

            A) Stones
            B) Dallas
            C) Coufal
            D) Cancelo
            E) Ben mee

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              BCD

            2. DickFranDyke
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              CBE

            3. Aster
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Coufal, Cancelo and Mee

            4. Sc007
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              If you had to pick 3 to start this weekend out of.
              Dias
              Stones
              Coufal
              Lowton
              Alioski

              1. Original Pirate Material
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                DSC

                1. Tsparkes10
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  This

              2. DickFranDyke
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                LAC, Liverpool will score

              3. Iain Dowies Love Child
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                DCA

            5. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Anyone salah cap?

              1. Feed tha Sheep
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                God no some arnt even starting him never mind capt

              2. Jet5605
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Salah is lucky to make my starting line up and is probably 5th choice captain

              3. Iain Dowies Love Child
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Not again no

            6. Jet5605
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Pick two to start alongside Justin

              A - Dallas
              B - Coufal
              C - Stones
              D - Robbo

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

              Antonio is tempting as a captain choice until one considers the consequences of Bruno getting a cheeky pen and an assist.....rank killer

              1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Exactly.

              2. Davros
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Bruno (c) Antonio (vc)

              3. Aster
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Bruno did not pass my eye test against Southampton.

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

                    I'm sure he'll be devastated to hear that. 🙄

                    1. Aster
                        3 months, 1 day ago

                        Devastated or not, he has been poor recently, notwithstanding his 17 pts.

                        1. Iain Dowies Love Child
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 1 day ago

                          Inclined to agree. Been off the pace for the last few. But, 17 points can't be ignored! And look at his points in the reverse fixture

                • JelliedSpark968
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Rudiger or Tarkowski?

                • Tsparkes10
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Can’t decide what to do? Tempted by Coufal to mee or salah, Johnstone to Sterling/Rash, Pope. 2FT 0.4itb

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

                  1. Davros
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Whatever you choose just do the one transfer. You’ll want two next week

                  2. Davros
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    I have similar team and am thinking Johnstone tomPppe

                    1. Tsparkes10
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      I would if I had the funds 🙂

                • Flynny
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Who to start?

                  A....Chilwell at Sheffield

                  B...coufal at Fulham

                  Wondering if chilwell may start this weekend.....but don't want a cameo...thanks

                  1. Feed tha Sheep
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    B

                  2. Davros
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    B

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

                      Thanks

                • Hryszko
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Got 2 FT’s & 9.9m in the bank after doing KDB & Kane > Gundo & DCL.. what are my obvious moves here? Don’t want to waste a transfer...

                  Martinez
                  Dier - Holding - Coufal
                  Salah - Bruno - Soucek - Gundo
                  Antonio - Bamford - DCL

                  Bench: Meslier - Stones - Dias - Smith Rowe

                • Sid07
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Start
                  1) Martinez
                  2) meisler

                • Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Spurs suck.

                  I avoided Son & Kane almost throughout the season because I know they play shittty football with no pattern whatsoever.

                  Now I brought both in, Kane got injured while Son has turned into Kim Sung Yueng

                • Bennyboy1907
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Who would you play:
                    A) Stones vs Liverpool (playing Cancelo)
                    B) Mee vs Brighton
                    C) Dallas vs Crystal Palace

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

                      C - highest ceiling

                    2. Bennyboy1907
                        3 months, 1 day ago

                        How do you delete these after posting them

                      • Davros
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 1 day ago

                        Mee

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

                      Is anyone gonna captain Pope or Mee in DGW24?

                      1. Pep to be small
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 1 day ago

                        Considering it, yes. Changed captaincy from Stones to Vardy just before GW 19 deadline, still regretting it. GKs/defenders have been doing well in DGWs past few seasons.