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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. AC Yew
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Start Salah or DCL.
    Also those with Dier are you starting?

    1. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Start Salah.

    2. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Salah and dier

      1. AC Yew
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        This is what I've gone with but really wanna bench Mo!

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

      DCL easily!

    4. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Salah 101%

    5. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      I am starting Dier but can't wait to get him out my team!

      1. AC Yew
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Same he'll be gone next week for Mee!

    6. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Salah defo

  2. Krafty Werks
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Play one :

    A - DCL
    B - Justin

    Thanks.

    1. Maeki2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Justin

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

      B

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      A

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      DCL

    5. HonestBlatter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

    6. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      2-2...first to go 2 to the better plays?!!!

    7. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      DCL

    8. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Justin

    9. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      B

    10. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Justin plays!! Thanks all.

  3. Nespinha
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 9 days ago

    Pope

    Rudiger, Dallas, XXX

    XXX = Mee or Cancelo

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cancelo

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

      Mee

    3. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cancelo

    4. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Cancelo

  4. GCM0803
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Currently have:
      Coufal
      Cancelo
      Justin
      Konsa
      Bednarek

      Who would you play?
      Also should I do konsa to rudiger 1FT and play rudiger?

    • Erez Avni
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      would you play chilwell before coufal or DCL, just for the odd chance he will start?

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yes

      2. Shipstontrev
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Yes

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

        I would be worried about Alonso starting and Chilwell coming on for a cameo. Bad idea imo

    • iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Start one (Pope on goal) :
      A) Lowton
      B) Coufal

      Cpt:
      1) Bruno
      2) Antonio
      3) Bamford

      Tnx.

      1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Cou
        Bru

      2. zdrojo187
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Brufal

    • GoonerSteve
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 9 days ago

      Bench Gundogan or DCL?

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 9 days ago

        Gundo

      2. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 9 days ago

        DCL

      3. Finding Timo
          2 months, 9 days ago

          I have same issues!!! Just seen replies to you so far 50/50!!

          1. Goodricke
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 9 days ago

            DCL

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

          Gundo

        • jonnybhoy
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 9 days ago

          Had same issue decided on DCL cant bench gundo on pens in the best team in the league

          1. Finding Timo
              2 months, 9 days ago

              Still 50/50 to the gundo v DCL question! But if gundo on pens guess he maybe the better option

              1. GoonerSteve
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Currently got DCL on the bench.

                Tricky gameweek.

                1. Finding Timo
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    I am going to go gundo snd then bench DCL and pray he doesn’t get anything!!

                    1. GoonerSteve
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Same

                    2. jonnybhoy
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Correct decision imo. If it backfires it backfires but based on stats and logic makes the most sense to bench dcl

                      1. Finding Timo
                          2 months, 9 days ago

                          God I hope so I changed it at 10:58 !!

              2. I'M 2 OLD FOR THIS HIT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Gundo easily

                1. GoonerSteve
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Really? Even though he's on pens?

                  1. I'M 2 OLD FOR THIS HIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    They don’t get pens in every game. DCL can make goals against any team without penalties.

                2. Finding Timo
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    All sad but I have been keeping count and we have 3 gundo to bench and 5 DCL to bench so think gundo wins!!

              3. Ibralicious
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Where did the Antonio rumours go?

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  To the west

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

                  In the bin

              4. PP6
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Salah and Burke to Son and Rashford free? Leaving me money to get Pope and a Burnley defender next week

                1. jonnybhoy
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Yes

              5. Messiah Hazard
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                AWB Cancelo Justin Dias Holding

                Bench 2

                1. sunzip14
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  DH

              6. AXE17
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Which 1 to bench?:
                Coufal v fulham
                James v Sheffield
                Justin v Wolves

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Justin

                2. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  1

                3. zdrojo187
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Cou

              7. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Captain Jackie Weaver?

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  She has no authority.

                2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Who you going for Captain?

                3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  You have no authority to convene and implement such a move

                4. FourLokoLeipzig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  She doesn’t even know the rules

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

                  Read the rules and understand them!

                6. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Depends. If you are not chasing big

              8. Slitherene
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Captain?

                A) Rashford
                B) Ings
                C) Wilson

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  B

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

                  A

                3. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  A

                4. zdrojo187
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  D

              9. You've got red on you.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Anything you would switch?

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

                Bench: Areola - Dias - Watkins - R. James

              10. The Red Devil
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Gtg?
                Martinez
                Stones cancelo coufal
                Salah son(VC) Fernandes(C) soucek
                Wilson Bamford DCL

                Nyland Mahrez Alioski Mitchell
                Benching order correct?

              11. Differentiator
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                QUESTIONS

                1) I'm currently benching Cancelo and Maguire and playing Lowton, Dallas and Coufal. Does that make sense?
                2) I'm currently benching Gundogan and playing Watkins, bamford, and Antonio. Yes/no?

                1. Ejaaz11
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  makes perfect sense

                2. zdrojo187
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  1 No
                  2 Yes

              12. JamieC180
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Bench One:
                A) Dias
                B) Mee

                Bench One:
                A) DCL
                B) Soucek
                C) Grealish
                D) Wilson
                E) Maddisson

              13. Evasivo
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Right bench?

                Pope
                Mee Dallas Dias
                Salah(vc) Bruno(c) Grealish Gundogen Soucek
                Bamford DCL

                McCarthy Kane Stones Coufal

                1. JamieC180
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  I'd have Coufal much higher, probably playing (odds have him at ten percent more likely to clean than Burnley)

                  1. Evasivo
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Probably bench both city def in that case but a bit scary

              14. lugalooch
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 9 days ago

                Bench..

                A) Son
                B) Gundo

                Thanks

                1. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  B

                2. zdrojo187
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  B

              15. GROBARI
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Who do sell for Mee?
                  A) Dallas
                  B) Justin
                  C) Mitchell (but no many cash left itb
                  Thank you for answers!

                  1. Evasivo
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    B, not gonna score agin imo

                • Maddamotha
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Why Mee over Lowton? Because of goal threat?

                  1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Mee averages a goal every 30 games

                  2. Bees4Lyf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Yeah

                • Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Bench one:

                  A) Watkins
                  B) DCL
                  C) Gundogan

                  On B atm. Watkins isn't great but thinking ARS defence weaker than MUN particularly with no Leno. Gundogan has penalties.

                • DAZZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Moyes would be an absolute clown to bench his star man striker when they are in such good form, and on the brink of top 4. They’re 5th and pushing, if he rests Antonio today honestly, i hope West Ham fail and fall this season.

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Might think they have a better chance of winning the cup than top 4

                  2. bench boost for every gamew…
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    If he plays ang gets hus hamstring done then that is also a stupid thing to do? FULHAM, that is posibble to win Even without him starting. I think Moyes does exactly what his medical team says he should do.

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

                  Captain
                  1 Bamford
                  2 Antonio
                  3 Bruno
                  4 Son

                  On 2 atm

                  1. FC Bazalona
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    3

                  2. Alonso The Great Midfielder
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    2

                • vandebeek
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Bench one:
                  A) Stones
                  B)Dawson
                  C)Salah
                  D)DCL

                  1. Iceball
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    A

                • lordkippe
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Last question :

                  To play

                  A : Saka
                  B : Soucek

                  1. Alonso The Great Midfielder
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    saka

                • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 9 days ago

                  Start Kane just in case?

                  1. sunzip14
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    yes

                • djaddy
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Bench one

                    A Gundo
                    B Sterling
                    C Cancelo

                    Thank you

                    1. Limbo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      C

                  • Limbo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 9 days ago

                    Do we think city will keep a clean sheet again today? Personally I think Liverpool might grab a point from that game - 2-2. So for me it comes down to who get the starts and possible goal threat...

                    Play Stones or Cancelo?

                    1. iL PiStOlErO
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Csncelo

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

                      City will not concede today. 100 %.

                    3. Here's Tom with the We…
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Play Cancelo

                    4. Limbo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      Thanks.

                    5. bench boost for every gamew…
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 9 days ago

                      IT comes doen to what 11 Liverpool can play. If Alison, Fabinho and a mane is back then a midfield with hendo, Gini and Thiago is as good If not better than City.