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. HM2
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Bench 2 please???

    a) Mee
    b) Stones
    c) Coufal
    d) Dias

    1. Pandastar5
        3 months, 2 days ago

        personally i'd bench stones and mee because I see cs potential the same for coufal and mee but coufal being more attacking despite mee's aerial threat

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

      Right now I do not have any real fires to put out with my team this week but I have 2FT and 3.8 ITB.

      McCarthy (Johnstone)
      Cancelo Dias Justin (KWP/Mitchell)
      Bruno(C) Salah Son Grealish Soucek
      Antonio Bamford(DCL)

      Which one should I do with this FT?
      1) Johnstone > Pope
      2) Mitchell > Mitchell
      3) some other move?

      Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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

        I meant Mitchell to Mee as my second option.

      2. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        1

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

          Thank you both for your response. I think I will do 1.

      3. Il Capitano
          3 months, 2 days ago

          1

      4. Finding Timo
          3 months, 2 days ago

          Hi Guys 2FT (5m itb) so worth doing anything to this?
          Mcarthy
          Cancello, Justin & Dallas
          Salah, grealish, Bowen & Bruno
          Antonio, bam & DCL
          (Nyland, gundo, stones & holding)

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

            Could do Nyland to Pope. I’m considering this move (see above)

            1. Finding Timo
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Yep

            2. Pandastar5
                3 months, 2 days ago

                bowen might be benched again although i'm fairly confident fredericks was only in for rotational purposes

                1. Finding Timo
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Yeh cheers slightly worried about Bowen being benched so was considering getting rashford?

              • FF Dirtbag
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Do I play Kane in the hope he plays or bench him?

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

                  If you still have him, you may as well start him

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

                  I would

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

                  If your feeling brave he could be an ultimate differential captain pick and your vice should sort you out if he doesn’t play —— just be nervous if 0 0 with 80 mins to go and Kane comes off the bench....

                4. Original Pirate Material
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Yes

              • Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                How many DGW players do you plan to have for GW24 & 25?

                My current plan is

                GW24: Dias, Cancelo, Gundo, DCL, Pope & Lowton

                GW25: Bamford, Raphinha & Ings

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

                  For me :
                  GW 24: Dias, Cancelo, DCL, Pope plus one or two others.

                  GW 25: McCarthy; Bamford and KWP plus one more.

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

                  Similar players 24, but Raphinha and Ings are hardly worth -8.

                  1. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    -4 for me if I don't WC but I most likely will.

                    Will be selling Son (whu) & Antonio (TOT) or DCL (liv) if I didn't wildcard which I feel is worth it anyways.

                    Ings likely to have 2-3 DGWs between GW25-27.

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

                  24: Cancelo, Stones, Gundo, DCL, Digne, Pope, Mee
                  25: Bamford, Ings (Raphinha? Probably not as it would require a hit)

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

                  Similar

                  Same for 24 bar Digne over Lowton but no Raphinha in 25 unless I decide he’s worth a hit

              • jonnybhoy
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Stones to Rudiger?

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

                  Say what

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

                    Got cancelo

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

                  Not for me - like Rudiger pick but not for a city defender

              • LewanGOALski
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Start Gundo (liv) or DCL (mun)..?

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

                  Gundogan

              • Fantasydreamer
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                1 week only (before Burnley double up)

                A. Pope and holding
                B. Martinez and Mee

              • fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Martinez
                Coufal Robertson Cancelo
                Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha Soucek
                Bamford Antonio

                Forster DCL Stones Ferguson

                1 FT, 6.9 itb

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

                Thanks guys

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

                Made the Salah to Rashford move.

                If I dont trust in captaincy and have even considered benching in the next gws, not much merit in owning.

                Could backfire easily with ownership, but at this stage I dont care anymore.

                Any other asset that blanks for so many gws Id have dropped already.

                Now it was just price and ownership keeping...

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

                  I ditched him for raphina - wouldn’t captain for next 4 so taking the risk as well

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

                    Good shout as well. Hope it works out!

              • corderz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 2 days ago

                Transfer suggestion? 2FT's + £3.2m

                Martinez Forster
                Robbo Chilwell Cancelo Dallas Coufal
                Salah Bruno Son Gundogan Soucek
                Antonio Bamford DCL

              • winchester
                  3 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                  martin+kane -> pope+antonio/wilson/watkins/DCL ?
                  y/n?

                • gart888
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Good to go?

                  Martinez
                  Dias, Dallas, Coufal
                  Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Grealish
                  Bamford, Antonio, Kane

                  Johnston, Soucek, Stones, Robertson

                  1. Annie
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Kane....

                    1. gart888
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      He probably autosubs out for Soucek. But if Jose is pulling a fast one on us, I want him in there. I've done the same thing the last couple of weeks.

                  2. PompeyUpNorth!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Yep but swap Robbo n Stones around?

                    1. gart888
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Yeah, that's a tough one. I just think that City are more likely to keep the clean sheet. I'm also a Liverpool fan and am pretty down on our chances. :'(

                  3. corderz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Expecting Kane to be back?

                    1. gart888
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Not really, but if he is back then I'd like him in. If he's not we'll autosub in Soucek. No harm in having him in there just in case.

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

                    Tough, but I think Soucek does well again

                    1. gart888
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Odds are he comes in for Kane anyway.

                  5. Jindaljain
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Bench boost

                    1. gart888
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Already used it, but even if I hadn't, probably wouldn't make too much sense to only get 3 (probably) games out of it would it?

                • PompeyUpNorth!
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Thoughts? 2 freebies and 1.0 ITB
                  Martinez (Johnstone)

                  Stones Cancelo Cresswell (Alioski Lewis)

                  Salah Bruno Grealish Sterling Soucek

                  Bamford Antonio (DCL)

                  Strongly thinking Salah to Son C for 1 week punt and
                  Johnstone to Pope
                  Cheers!

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

                    Looks good, that is what i am doing

                    1. PompeyUpNorth!
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      Thank you. Appreciate that

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

                  Would you do Salah to Son?

                  1. VaVaVoom14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    No

                  2. PompeyUpNorth!
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Am seriously thinking that yes, but I think I’m on my own? Crazy? I’m top 5 in ML And 2 rivals have him so was trying to cancel him out I guess?

                  3. JJeyy
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    yes

                  4. Rhodes your boat
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Nope

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

                      No I would wait until Gw25 when Kane is back

                • mdm
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 2 days ago

                  Saka or DCL to play?

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

                    Saka for sure. Hes hauling this week

                  2. JoeSoap
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Saka

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

                    Saka. If Villa can concede three goals vs Burnley, anything is possible.

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

                  Start Dias or Gundogan? Already starting Cancelo

                  1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Gundo

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

                      Gundo

                  2. JoeSoap
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Gundo

                • abunab
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Start two?

                    A) Smith Rowe (vs Villa)
                    B) Rodriguez (vs Man Utd)
                    C) Stones (vs Liverpool)
                    D) DCL vs (Man Utd)
                    E) Targett (vs Arsenal)

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

                      AD tough

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

                      AB

                  • JoeSoap
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 2 days ago

                    Bench 1

                    A. Dias (pool)
                    B. Justin (wolves)
                    C. Coufal (fulham)
                    D. DCL (utd)

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

                      DCL

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

                      D

                    3. abunab
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        Between A & D, if you have Cancelo then A to split risk.

                      • JoeSoap
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        Thanks all. Thinking A or D, maybe A to split risk as suggested.

                    4. Rhodes your boat
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 2 days ago

                      Gtg all? 1FT 4.5itb

                      Martinez
                      Stones coufal rudiger
                      Salah sterling bruno(c) son soucek
                      Antonio bamford

                      Forster Mitchell holding davis

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

                        Yep

                        1. Rhodes your boat
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Thanks 🙂 GL

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

                            You too (even if you want Palace relegated 🙂 lol

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

                        Great team

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

                      What to do with Chilwell (Done McCarthy to Pope and playing him)

                      Defence is Chilwell, Dias, Cancelo, Dallas, Coufal

                      A. Play him (hope for rotation)
                      B. Coufal instead.
                      C. Drop a Man City defender for Dallas and play Coufal
                      D. Sell for Shaw
                      E. Sell for Mee

                      1. Rhodes your boat
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 2 days ago

                        I’d play him or sell for shaw

                        1. Rhodes your boat
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Or wan bissaka

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

                            Thanks been holding him for a while and would need to sell to fund Kane in DGW 26

                      2. Pandastar5
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          E for the dgw, then D for the long run (man u don't have the best of fixtures but i like shaw as an asset)

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

                            Keep Chilwell for this week then?

                        • JoeSoap
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Would just hold this week.

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

                            Thank might play him then

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

                        Would you do Salah to Rashford FT? Can always reverse it with plenty money itb.

                        1. Rhodes your boat
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Not personally

                        2. JoeSoap
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          I wouldn't

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

                        Captain???

                        1. Rhodes your boat
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Brunoooo

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

                          Still undecided between Bruno, Son and Antonio

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

                          Bamford (saving the disappointment to the last minute of the GW)

                        4. Im New Here
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            Fernandes

                        5. Rhodes your boat
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Am I right in thinking son was cursed by Zambian witch doctor after salah?

                        6. Egg noodle
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          3 months, 2 days ago

                          Benching Salah this week. Pray for me.

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

                            Don’t try to be the hero
                            Play salah

                            1. Rhodes your boat
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 2 days ago

                              This

                        7. Pandastar5
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            Bench 2:

                            a) coufal
                            b) shaw
                            c) cancelo
                            d) justin
                            e) gundogan
                            f) salah

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

                              Very tough. D and F/A

                          • Tinkermania
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            Who is in your team?

                          • Gudjohnsen
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 2 days ago

                            Lowton or Rudiger?

                          • el polako
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            3 months, 2 days ago

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

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

                          • Footieboot
                              3 months, 2 days ago

                              Martinez - Forster
                              Stones - Dias - Dier - Coufal - Mitchell
                              Salah - Bruno - Son - Grealish - Gundo
                              DCL - Bamford - Brewster

                              4m itb 2ft

                              A) Brewster --> Antonio and leave DCL on the bench
                              B) Forster --> Pope and play Pope

                              Planning to play bb 26 with FTs so A is not very helpful in that sense but Antonio looks so good atm.

                              1. waldo666
                                • 10 Years
                                3 months, 2 days ago

                                A

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

                                I would do both TBH