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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice to FPL Gameweek 23

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 23 ahead of today’s 11:00 GMT deadline.

The big news is the announcement of more Double Gameweeks in 24 and 25. Legomané updated his ticker, which includes non-Premier League matches.

Manchester City, Everton, Burnley, Fulham, Southampton and Leeds are the six teams to benefit from an extra fixture. 

There will also be a double in Gameweek 26, but which teams play twice depends on the FA Cup results in midweek. The winners will have their Gameweek 29 matches shifted to 26.

The other outstanding fixtures yet to be rescheduled are: 

  • Aston Villa vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Aston Villa vs Everton
  • Manchester City vs Southampton
  • Fulham vs Tottenham

Six and the City

The Man City backline continues to dish out regular six-point returns thanks to their incredible run of clean sheets. Provided, that is, your selected defenders make the starting XI.

John Stones (£5.2m) returned to the starting XI against Burnley but with Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) fit and available there’s now the risk of a benching, as happened against Sheffield United.

Some on site, such as Camzy, are considering switching to one City defender and two attackers. And, whisper it softly, on the Scoutcast Karam even suggested selling Ilkay Gündogan (£5.9m) for those who want to stick with two at the back.

The reason is Raheem Sterling (£11.6m):

I started to like someone else, he’s not performing at £11.6m just yet, but if I want to move away from defence and I want to stay in attack, then I think I would take a risk on Sterling … his expected goals is 2.31, the most of any City asset over the last four Gameweeks … for me – as someone who is struggling now with the rank – the fixtures are there for scoring goals, I think Sterling is worth a shout. Now I know Gündogan is crazy value, which I agree, but if you need that element of taking a risk – and we know that Sterling is capable of braces, and he looked good against Burnley.

– Karam

Seb added:

The only thing on Gündogan is … he’s created nine chances in the last three but only had three shots – two of those were goals. In the last match he had an xG of 0.03 … I’d just keep an eye on if things are shifting or how City are playing against a deep defence, whether Gündogan is the goalscorer. For me that would just be the difference whether I captain him or not – not whether I have him or not.

– Seb

David noted the impact of Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) over the last two matches, his presence in the City team does stop Gündogan from shooting as often.

But the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder remained a creative force, fashioning two big chances for Sterling and creating five goal scoring opportunities in total – the most of any player at Turf Moor.

Another factor in the German’s favour is that his ‘expected minutes’, something Career Hall of Fame No 1, Fábio Borges, places great importance on, is high:

Gündogan has less competition to worry about and seems to be in the form of his life so I’m hoping he will play both matches [over the Double Gameweek]. The fact that he could be on penalties and is ridiculously priced at £5.9 million makes him a much better pick than Sterling in my opinion … if I didn’t already have Dias and Gündogan in my squad, they would definitely be my main transfer targets from Guardiola’s team.

– Fábio

Fábio talked through his transfer targets for the upcoming small Double Gameweeks in his latest FFScout contribution. Nick Pope (£5.5m) or a Burnley defender were high on his list of priorities given their favourable fixtures.

While fellow Pro Pundit Lateriser touted Luke Shaw (£4.9m) in his recent article:

With Shaw, you are not just dependent on clean sheet points. He’s become incredibly vital to the Red Devils and is a ball progressor and an attacking outlet on that left-hand side. In the last six Gameweeks, Shaw has created 19 chances, which is top amongst all defenders. Shaw is also top for big chances created (five) in the same period and is on some set pieces and corners.

– Lateriser

And the highest ranked of our elite contributors, Andy, who climbed another 200 places to 479th overall after Gameweek 22, reviewed his season so far, reflecting on what has worked well for him

This year I’ve made a conscious decision to always have who I believe is the best captain each week, even if that means transferring out a big hitter. This sounds simple, but often FPL managers will forgo the best captain because they don’t want to sell a big hitter … I’ve sold Salah, Son, and Kane twice already this season and I’ve found not having value wrapped up in them makes my decisions much easier knowing I can just buy them back as there’s no money “lost”.

– Andy

Captaincy Debate

The armband for Andy this week is firmly on Son Heung-min (£9.7m) ahead of an encounter against West Brom’s obliging defence. 

However, Captain Sensible writer, Jan, does not necessarily agree:

Despite receiving plenty of attention in the captaincy debate for Gameweek 22, I do not think Son is necessarily as strong a candidate as some might think.

– Jan

Jan notes the slump in form for Tottenham Hotspur along with the poor underlying statistics for Son in particular – his total of 15 touches in the box over his last four matches is bettered by 33 Premier League players.

So while West Brom have conceded two goals in each of their last seven matches, could a defensive approach from Sam Allardyce frustrate an off-colour Spurs?

Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) are alternatives from a buoyant Manchester United side, and West Ham’s Michail Antonio (£6.7m) could prosper against Fulham. 

Fernandes is my top captaincy pick for Gameweek 23. Given that his underlying statistics are continuously impressive and his Manchester United colleagues are back in their groove, he could easily repeat the haul he achieved the last time Manchester United faced Everton.

– Jan

However for David – who enjoyed a successful 17-Gameweek captain run back in 2018/19 – Antonio is his favoured armband selection from this week’s Scout Picks.

The in-form West Ham striker has hit attacking returns in four of his five last games. With the highest expected goals rating 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.

– Scout Picks

Team News

In the Team News, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) is set to return following his hernia operation, while Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) could be a useful asset in the absence of Timothy Castagne (£5.7m) over the coming weeks.

And Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

While from Pep Guardiola’s Friday press conference, we received confirmation that Sergio Aguero (£10.3m), Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) and Nathan Aké (£5.4m) are still on the sidelines with their respective issues.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

RedLightning rounded-up the latest Community mini-leagues and competitions

Pro Pundit Andy’s youtube.com/letstalkfpl mini-league is currently the Best League in FPL based on the average score of the top five teams, taking over from our Community Members League, which slips to third.

For those participating in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 23 can be found below:

Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

May your arrows be green!

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2,746 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Puzzle
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Robertson or Mee/Coufal this GW?

    1. faux_C
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I have all 3 of these and I'm playing Coufal.

      Clean sheet odds are better for West Ham than Burnley this week and Robertson looks knackered.

      1. Puzzle
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Actually sensible. Just have a big difficulty benching players like Robbo. Think I'll go Coufal as well.

  2. Ao Senshi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Who to start?

    A - Maguire
    B - DCL

  3. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Really tough this week.

    Anything you would switch and why?

    Meslier
    Maguire - Cresswell - Cancelo
    Mane - Gundogan - Soucek - Fernandes - Son (c)
    Bamford - Antonio

    Bench: Areola - Dias - Watkins - R. James

    1. Come on you Kante
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Gtg

      I’ve doubled up on Man City leaving Dias in hopefully clean sheet with Liverpool of mixed sorts atm they looked tired vs Brighton

    2. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      G2G
      Playing both City defence myself.

  4. Come on you Kante
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Any ideas which game Kane will return for?

    And does Vardy start vs wolves?

    Any ideas lads

    1. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Kane back midweek or v City

      1. Come on you Kante
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Cheers great name lol

        What about Vardy

  5. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    bench mee or cancelo

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cancelo

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      coin toss really

  6. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Start DCL or AWB? Its a headache

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Wan B

    2. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      DCL

  7. Hybrid.power
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Here's to benching all the wrong players!

    1. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Fact ... surely I can’t do worse than last week by benching 32 points ....

  8. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bench one:
    A AWB (have DDG)
    B Coufal (have Cresswell)
    C Cancelo
    D Souček
    E Sterling

    1. Hybrid.power
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. TheBrat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

  9. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    I started DCL and benched Salah and am pretty comfortable with it.

    1. Sean
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Not sure you should be but GL

    2. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      you don't like good ranks?

      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        I do but pool have not scored in 3 matches at home and they play a team with cleanies in like 6 games. .

        1. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          city won't sit back like other teams

          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 15 days ago

            Still, I do not see Liverpool scoring.

    3. Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Lol sure

    4. FantasyTony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Madness

    5. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I like it

    6. DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      He did score against city last league game!

    7. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      no you are not

    8. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Probably wise.

      Don't see Liverpool scoring

  10. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Robbo or DCL starting?

    1. TheBrat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Dcl

  11. TheBrat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Play Digne or Dias?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Dias

  12. hazza44
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Which 2 to start? Thanks
    Coufal
    Cancelo
    Justin

    1. TheBrat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Last 2

    2. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      first 2

  13. Sean
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Everyone buying Pope has made one of my only differentials disappear

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Was bound to happen with Burnley's recent performances

  14. Johan Queef
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Dallas (CRY)
    B) Mee (BRI)
    C) Coufal (ful)

    Thanks!

    1. TheBrat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      C

    2. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    3. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    4. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

  15. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Question of alot of minds. (C)....

    A) Son
    B) Bruno
    C) Antonio

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B

    2. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

    3. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      C

    4. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      C

    5. Weasel Boy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      A

  16. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Any news on Mane?

  17. Hadebayor Mum
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Punt on 0-0 and play double City defence? Looking for excuses to bench Gundo.

    1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      City scoring not a problem. Only Liverpool will have an issue scoring so play.

    2. FantasyTony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Liverpool have no chance but to go all out pre-Van Dijk style football.

      Can't see there being clean sheet on either end.

  18. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Mark sold Salah.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      How do you know? For Son?

      1. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Yeah, just watched FPL BlackBox.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Ahh ok, nothing spectacular there tbh considering Salah's form

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Wow

    3. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      FAKE NEWS

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      good move

    5. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Damn thats a Son haul now

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        😆 better be for his reputation 😆

  19. jernej93
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Which 2 to start:

    1. Gundo
    2. Lowton
    3. Creswell
    4. DCL

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      1 3

    2. Bavarian
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      3 4

  20. Fergiesarmy
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Start Adams or DCl
    Captain Bruno or Bamf?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Adams Bruno

  21. KuttiBunja
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    2 free transfers.
    watkins to antonio for 1?

    have dcl, bamford.

    1. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Yes

    2. FantasyTony
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I did it. Antonio has form + fixtures right now

    3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Thats crazy but ok

  22. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Bench order dallas dcl stones correct order?

  23. fridge
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 15 days ago

    1. Start one pls
    A) McCarthy
    B) Pope

    2. Start one pls (have Dias already in)
    A) Coufal
    B) Stones
    C) Lowton

    3. Start two pls
    A) Soucek
    B) Gundo
    C) DCL

    1. Super Jack Grealish
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      B
      A
      AB

  24. C_Manan
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 days ago

    Sterling captian...ballsy or dumb?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      close to dumb I guess

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        It can work, but potential seems low, atleast on paper

        1. C_Manan
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 days ago

          Other options would be Son, Bruno, Salah, Antonio, Bamford...I think Pep will be going on a war against Pool tomorrow

          1. C_Manan
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 15 days ago

            5-0 is what I am looking at

    2. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 days ago

      I am considering. Nailed and due a haul against Pool.

  25. GROBARI
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Good morning guys! I really don'f know what to do in my team. 2FT 4.3m itb
      My team
      Martinez Steer
      Justin Dallas Stones Dias Mitchell
      Son Salah Bruno Gundo Soucek
      Bamford Antonio DCL

      1. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Mitchell to Rudiger

    • DycheDycheBaby
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Start one:
      a) Alioski
      b) Stones
      c) Taylor (Bur)

    • Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Cheers! I really need some help on this. Any suggestions?

      Meslier - Nyland
      TAA - Rüdiger - Creswell - Justin - Holding
      Salah - Son - Bruno - Gündo - Madders
      Antonio - Bamford - DCL

      Squad Value : 104.4m
      In the bank : 3m

      Had 2 FTs and brought in Rüdiger for Mitchell yesterday.
      I'd really like to get rid off Salah and get Soucek into the team but It feels exrtemely odd to have 10.1m in the bank.

      What should I do? Pls. help me out

      1. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 15 days ago

        Save FT

    • DandyDon
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Rashford or Bruno captain and why?

    • Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      When in doubt, bench the least owned player...

      I wont hurt as much after!

    • jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 15 days ago

      Any changes or GTG??

      McCarthy
      Cancelo Coufal Justin
      Salah Son Bruno Soucek
      DCL Bamford Antonio (C)

      Forster Gundo Stones Alioski