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. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Start 2

    A Dias ( starting Cancelo)
    B Coufal
    C Dallas
    D Robertson

    1. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      AC

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

      Really tough..I’m struggling below too. I would prob go B and C but A and D could easily do better.

    3. Kane and Ablett
        3 months, 2 days ago

        AC

      • Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        AB

      • Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        B & C
        They have higher ceiling & you have Man C covered

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

      Any confirmed news on taylor?

      A) keep for the DGW
      B) sell for mee/lowton

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

        If nothing else pressing go for it or if you have good cover I’d wait and see

    5. Feed tha Sheep
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Really struggling...Who to start?

      A. Justin (wol) or Dallas (CRY) or Coufal (ful)

      B. DCL (Man Utd) or Adams (New)

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        DCL for sure. First one is harder . . .likely A

      2. zdrojo187
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Dallams

    6. Pablitto
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Hello Guys

      How to get Luke Shaw in?
      choose from:

      A Robbo
      B Stones
      C resswell
      D iaz

      have no ManU cover

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A

      2. zdrojo187
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        A

    7. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Sounds like a decent chance Kane is back this weekend

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Sauce? Yes that was deliberate.

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Quotes from mourinho

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            "We have to fight with what we have, and against West Bromwich - with Harry Kane or without Harry Kane - we have to go and win that match."

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

              That pretty much indicates the opposite. He's not back this weekend.

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                How does it

                1. Bushwhacker
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Yeah I took it to mean no chance, especially with him mentioning the other two games previously as his possible returns.

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

                Heung-Min Son will be "out for a while" after suffering a hamstring injury in Tottenham's 1-1 draw against Newcastle, says Jose Mourinho.

                Son was substituted for Steven Bergwijn at half-time during Sunday's game, after hitting the woodwork twice in the first 45 minutes.

      2. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        I haven't seen any quote that suggests that. Not sure how people are seeing that from what he said unless there is somthing i missed

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          It’s suggests they could be with or without him, sounds like a chance he’ll be there or there about. And mourinho has form.

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

      Say Hello to Bamford El Capitano

      1. Aster
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Cojones

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

            Ha!!

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Is anyone gonna captain Pope or Mee in DGW24?

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

          Maybe

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Reels off Shane Duffy a few seasons ago

        2. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Would rather go Diaz

        3. Chandler Bing
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 2 days ago

          I'm thinking Mee

      3. Finding Timo
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Is Alonso now worth considering?

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

            Bold but could pay off

          2. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 2 days ago

            Chilwell will get get gametime, and with no doubles till GW26, there might be better options for the next 2/3

            1. Finding Timo
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Ok cheers will hold off for the timebeing then

          3. Kane and Ablett
              3 months, 2 days ago

              I’m an early boarder on the Captain Mee train for next week, feels good to have got rid of Dier even with Big Sam’s Baggies this week

            • HD7
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Unsure what to do with my chips...

              1 FT, £2.4 ITB.
              WC, BB and TC left.

              Martinez
              Cancelo Stones Coufal
              Salah Bruno Sterling Maddy
              Antonio DCL Bamford

              Fraser, Taylor, Mitchell, Bissouma

              1. Wirbelwind
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                if in doubt, you can save FT for pre-deadline GW24 when we'll hear more about the schedule

            • Harper
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Does Alonso play this weekend, what you guys think?

              1. Free Hat
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Think Alonso now gets the nod, BUT with quick turn around of matches not impossible Chilwell starts this one I think.

                1. Harper
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Hmmm, may just go Rudi. Not like he can't score anyway.

                  1. Free Hat
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Maybe wait and see a week. New at home will be the better fixture anyway.

              2. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Could well be Chilwell

              3. Pumpy Pro
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Doesn't matter what we think. Id guess yes , just because i think Chilly will play in cup but 3 games in a week could mean he's rested. I am thinking about taking the risk but it is a big risk

              4. Baps hunter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                I don't think so, that would be probably too harsh for Chilly. But he might, very close to coin toss.

            • Warby84
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Last decision

              Play one?

              Gundogan
              Trent
              Calvert

              Currently playing Gundogan but tempted to play Trent over him? Any thoughts..

              DCL also tempting to start, not sure MU will keep Everton out

            • Free Hat
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Seeing highlights of West ham lately is very frustrating.
              Soucek almost every time in the box with every attack. Scores for fun.

              But dgw, two easy home games... Barely left the mid circle and collects 4 points in total.

              What are the chances :D!

              1. Harper
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Seems to attack more away from home. No idea why.

            • Wirbelwind
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 2 days ago

              Benching decisions haven't been this hard in a long time

              Play one of
              1) Salah
              2) Raphinha

              Play one of
              C)ancello
              D)allas

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

                1 d

                1. Wirbelwind
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  that's the opposite I was leaning toward, but it makes sense.

              2. Pandastar5
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  personally like raphinha and dallas for this week just because palace defense is sus and I've felt the big six games this season have been pretty uneventful (maybe because I was bored out of my mind watching spurs v. chelsea)

                  1. Wirbelwind
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    yeah. although when looking at form, one could argue I'd have to play Cancelo (MCI def and offensive output and terrible liverpool form) and raphinha and leave expensive Salah on the bench.

                    1. Pandastar5
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        agreed, i have cancelo on my bench atm with a heavy heart because I know he could definitely punish me this gw... i benched son for justin last gw so ig all i have to say is don't be afraid to bench one of the big boys if your gut tells you to

                • Pandastar5
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Any changes?

                    Current XI:
                    Martinez
                    Coufal, Cresswell, Justin
                    Grealish, Gundogan, Bruno, Salah, Son
                    Bamford, Antonio

                    Current Bench: Peacock-Farrell, Shaw, Cancelo, Brewster

                    Thanks in advance, gl to everyone this week

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

                    Worth taking a 4 point hit to do Johnstone to Pope?

                    Have Martinez and no BB chip

                    1. _Ninja_
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Nah

                    2. Wirbelwind
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Same boat, did it on a FT.
                      For a hit, I wouldn't do it just for this week, but I would consider it if you need to take a hit to get in shape for DGW24 or 26

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

                        Just can’t see him scoring bigger than Martinez

                        1. Wirbelwind
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          then I'd say keep your FT and use it for other transfers

                    3. Pumpy Pro
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Pope is going to be the ultimate villain on here soon. Burnley have been awful , can see them conceding in both games.

                      1. Wirbelwind
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        That is a possibility. Kept Martinez for a long time and he gets the occasional 10 pter which is not to snuff at

                        1. Pumpy Pro
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          I am glad people are losing Emi but i wouldn't be making that move for just one extra gw. Bit daft really, especially if they have value tied up in Emi

                  • ZAWAd25
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Who to transfer out to get Son and Bamford? 2FT, 1.5m

                    Martinez
                    Dias Robo Coufal
                    Sterling Salah Bruno Gundogan
                    DCL Watkins Antonio

                    (Justin Mitchell bissouma)

                    1. Pandastar5
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        easy way out would be sterling --> son and dcl --> bamford cuz man city and everton don't have the best fixtures this week... long term not sure how good of a decision this would be though

                        1. ZAWAd25
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          not really looking to transfer Sterling and DCL as they both have a double in GW24

                    2. Rinseboy
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Anyone else swapping Salah to Son?

                      Even though Son and spurs not great I would still back Son to outscore Salah this week

                      1. Rinseboy
                        • 9 Years
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        will be WCing soon too so can get Salah back

                        1. Harper
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Exactly my thinking, been burned selling Salah in the past but it is city...

                      2. ZAWAd25
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        thinking about it. I still have my WC in hand as well

                    3. PLerix
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 2 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 maybe?

                    4. Kane and Ablett
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        Anyone else captaining Kane this week? Vice on Bruno should be safe enough

                        1. No Professionals
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          I think there is a decent chance he makes the squad

                          1. Baps hunter
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            Unlikely imo, but even in that case unlikely to start. 10 min. cameo perhaps.

                        2. Baps hunter
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Feel free, it's your team and many others will. Not many here though.

                      • Dog and Fox
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        Areolq
                        Cancelo Coufal Ayling
                        Bruno (C) Son Salah Gundo Grealish
                        Bamford Antonio

                        DCL Digne Holding

                        G2G?

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

                        I've seen much talk of getting in Son. Form v fixture but Spurs and Son are so completely out of form even if they were playing Accrington Stanley I wouldn't consider.

                        1. Free Hat
                          • 2 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Indeed. I have him but not getting near the cpt armband right now.

                          Wouldnt sell or buy this gw.

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

                          I'm a West Brom fan. I can tell you that we are worse than Accrington Stanley so I don't get your point 😉 . You really not considering the best attacker from the team playing the worst defence in the league?

                      • FPLMACKEM
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        McCarthy,
                        Robertson, Cancelo, Coufal
                        Salah, Gundogan, Bruno, Son(c),Soucek
                        Antonio, Bamford

                        Forster, DCL, Stones, Mitchell

                        1ft 2.4itb

                        Already used one ft. Brewster > Antonio. I simply couldn't go the next two gw without him.

                        A Robertson > Shaw/Rudiger
                        B MCarthy/Forster > Pope/Sanchez
                        C hold second ft to have 2ft next week.

                        1. Pandastar5
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            getting pope now for mccarthy seems worth it esp with burnley's future opposition

                            1. FPLMACKEM
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 months, 2 days ago

                              Yes it does. Southampton potentially have three doubles in a row coming up with players returning.

                        2. tinear
                          • 1 Year
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Cancelo
                          Stones
                          Digne
                          Coufal

                          Bench 1. Go

                          1. Dosh
                            • 7 Years
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            Stones

                            1. tinear
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 2 days ago

                              Glad I’m on that too

                        3. Fantasydreamer
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Who would you go for this week only (will have both mee and pope next week)?

                          A. Martinez and Mee
                          B. Pope and holding

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

                          Evening all,

                          Looking at either Watkins or Calvert Lewin out for Antonio.

                          Whoever I keep won't play this game week anyway.

                          1. n-doggg
                            • 8 Years
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            Dcl has a dgw

                        5. ZAWAd25
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          2FT

                          Salah + Watkins >> Son + Bamford

                          still have WC in hand

                          1. n-doggg
                            • 8 Years
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            Nah. Spurs not looking good. Salah not worth dropping

                        6. n-doggg
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

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

                          A. Gundo
                          B. Cancelo
                          C. Dias
                          D. A and B/C and remove stones -4. If so, b or c

                        7. Professor Abel X
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          When will the ticker be updated?

                          1. Baps hunter
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            We really need before dgw 24. But if it isn't updated then, I know how to save some cash next summer.

                        8. Dosh
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Bench 2:

                          A. Salah
                          B. Gundogan
                          C. DCL
                          D. Digne

                          1. n-doggg
                            • 8 Years
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            That really your worst 4 players!?

                            1. Dosh
                              • 7 Years
                              3 months, 2 days ago

                              Barnes Antonio Wilson all have to start