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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. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    I feel like I'm just not going to meet the deadline today. I'm sure the FPL towers will understand and give me another hour to think about it.

    1. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      The old saying....When in doubt...do nothing lol

    2. Salah and Vinagre Chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      They usually do, so just relax.

  2. Xanthorpe
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Lookman or Wan-Bissaka?

      1. Maeki2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Awb

    • Sunden
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A) Salah->Son (C)
      B) Keep transfer, Bruno (C)

      1. Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        B all day

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          B

        2. bring_on _the_fantasy
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          This season Son has been garbage without Kane. A is mental!

      2. TVPlugSockets
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Keep

        • PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I’m going A

        • Super Jack Grealish
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          B

        • JJeyy
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          A

      3. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I'm benching DDG for Forster!

      4. aardvark22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Play ?
        A) Lowton
        B) Cancelo

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          B

      5. Cobain
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Heavy snow forecast for London tomorrow! Spurs game in jeopardy?

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          In the most high tech stadium in the world? No chance

        2. Make United Great Again
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Nope. They’ll be able to deal with it

        3. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Games are usually postponed because of fan safety, travel to and from ground etc when there is bad weather.
          Since theres no fans going at the moment i doubt snow will stop the games.

        4. DycheDycheBaby
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          it hammered down with rain all game against Chelsea. a little snow will have no chance

      6. eskild
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Who to bench?

        A) Grealish (ARS)
        B) Watkins (ARS)
        C) Soucek (ful)
        D) Antonio (ful)
        E) Cavani (EVE)

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          E

        2. Orion
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          E

          1. Here's Tom with the We…
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            B

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Watkins or Soucek

        4. Yozzer
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Watkins

      7. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Play Meslier or Martinez?

      8. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Salah captain ftw

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Lol

        • iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

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

          Cpt:
          1) Bruno
          2) Bamford
          3)Antonio

        • TVPlugSockets
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Dias or stones - who should I start?

            1. AC Yew
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Dias

            2. Van der Faart
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Dias

            3. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Dias. More threat.

            4. Boly Would
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Both

            5. Kane and Ablett
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Both

            6. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              West Ham more likely to finish top 4 or win FA Cup?

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Cup win.

              2. Limbo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Haha

            7. Garfield1001
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 8 days ago

              Bench one:

              Justin
              Dallas
              Coufal

              1. iL PiStOlErO
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Justin

              2. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Coufal

              3. Make United Great Again
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Coufal

              4. TVPlugSockets
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Justin

                • Limbo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Think Fulham will score but beaten 1-2, so Coufal.

              5. fridge
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                GTG? Have 1 FT and 2.1 in the bank

                Pope
                Dias. Dallas. Coufal
                Salah. Son (c) Bruno. Soucek
                Bamford. DCL. Antonio

                McCarthy. Gundo. Lowton. Stones

                1. Saosin
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Would play Goundo and bench DCL.Save FT

              6. Return of the FF
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                Bench 1 each:

                A. Stones (have Cancelo)
                B. Coufal
                C. Dallas

                1. DCL
                2. Soucek

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  A1

                2. HonestBlatter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  A1

                3. Maeki2
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  A

                4. Kane and Ablett
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    B1

                  • Return of the FF
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    I played Stones over Coufal at the last minute. Already filled with regret

                5. Jdpz
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Captain
                  a) Bruno
                  b) Antonio
                  c) Bamford
                  d) Raphinha
                  e) Sterling

                  1. HonestBlatter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    A

                  2. iL PiStOlErO
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    A

                  3. Nomar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    E

                  4. Salah and Vinagre Chips
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    B

                  5. LT10
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    C

                6. GCM0803
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Coufal
                    Cancelo
                    Justin
                    Konsa
                    Bednarek

                    1) would you bring in rudiger and for who?
                    2) pick 3 to play

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

                    Gents, good to go or change the bench?

                    McCarthy
                    Shaw Cancelo Dallas
                    Gundogan Salah Bruno(c) Soucek Sterling
                    Bamford Antonio

                    Button DCL Justin Targett

                    1. iL PiStOlErO
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Play DCL insetad of Gundo

                  • user.n
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Captain?
                    Bruno
                    Son
                    Antonio

                    1. sunzip14
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      S

                    2. user.n
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Thanks

                  • ooooo
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Bench one:
                    A) Dcl
                    B) Justin

                    1. sunzip14
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      A

                    2. Saves the day
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      b

                  • Weeb Kakashi
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Play 1

                    A Mee
                    B Cancelo
                    C AWB

                    1. Saves the day
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      b

                  • Saves the day
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Start one:

                    A) Chilwell (shu)
                    B) Dallas (CPL)

                  • Lethargio Alcantara
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Sorry for RP, need help!

                    " 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 "

                  • Xanthorpe
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Bench
                      A) Lookman
                      B) Hames
                      C) Wan-Bissaka

                      1. Saves the day
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        a

                    • TimoTime
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 8 days ago

                      Grealish > (S)on?

                      Or captain Bruno and keep Grealish?

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

                        Keep

                      2. Milkman Bruno
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          The latter

                      3. Steager
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        With All these benching headaches, I think maybe follow the below theories?

                        Play attacker over defender - Eg: DCL over any defenders

                        Play a wing back over CB - Eg: Coufal/Justin over Mee/Stones as wing more likely to get attacking returns and CS.

                        Play likes of Salah/Gundo/Sterling over Soucek as they can easily punish you with a large haul.

                        Better to save a transfer if possible as will come in handy, so don't bother transferring Son in or being a hero with any other unnecessary transfers.

                        Not sure if anything else to help make decisions easier!

                      4. RAFA THE GAFFA
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 8 days ago

                        Salah >> Son(c)?

                        1. sunzip14
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Yes

                        2. bring_on _the_fantasy
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Son has done nothing without Kane

                        3. The 12th Man
                          • 7 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Just pulled the trigger on that move myself.

                      5. Milkman Bruno
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          I have no good captain this week.

                          Salah, Sterling, Grealish, Gundogan, Minamino, Chillwell

                          1. Here's Tom with the We…
                            • 9 Years
                            3 months, 8 days ago

                            Grealish is decent this week

                        • Gazza2000
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          Would you do Rashford to Son ?

                          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                            • 11 Years
                            3 months, 8 days ago

                            lol

                            1. Gazza2000
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 8 days ago

                              Rashford is so frustrating to own though..

                          2. Sir Alex Telles.
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 8 days ago

                            Spurs are horrible.

                            1. Gazza2000
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 8 days ago

                              `But it's WBA...

                          3. bench boost for every gamew…
                            • 4 Years
                            3 months, 8 days ago

                            Hope you did not.

                        • toerag
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 8 days ago

                          A. Cancelo

                          or

                          B. Dias

                          1. Maeki2
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 months, 8 days ago

                            A