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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. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    so should we bench antonio now?

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

      Why?

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

      what? why?

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

        what? why?
        why?

    3. JustPark
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Wait what????

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

      maybe

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

      I know what you’re doing

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Ban

    6. Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      His benching rumours?

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

      no ignore the muppets spreading lies

    8. SharkyT
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Yeh he’s being rested is the word around the hammers forums

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

        No it's not. Read them.

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

      Rumour has it...Bruno is getting benched. You heard it here first.

    10. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Love it

  2. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    Drop one:
    Cancelo, Dias, Coufal

    1. Cancelo Culture
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Coufal

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

      Couf

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Dias

  3. Mr. O'Connell
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 8 days ago

    There's gonna be some mega bench scores about this week

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

    Play Martinez or Messlier?
    (already playing Dallas)

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Thinking Meslier

  5. Kane and Ablett
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Salah benched and sticking with double city defence and Gundo.....there’s been such a gulf in recent performances I can’t see Liverpool scoring

      1. toerag
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        i want to but i cant - stupid i know

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

        This

    • JustPark
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Current team:
      Meslier
      AWB Dallas Holding
      Fernandes(c) Gundogan Sterling Son Soucek
      Bamford Martial
      (Leno DCL Coufal Stones)

      2FT.
      1) Leno to Pope and play him
      2) Coufal to Mee and play him
      3) 1 and 2
      4) 1 and 2 and play Coufal, bench one of City att.

      1. buttsy9
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I like Leno to Pope... have the same dilemma.

        With 2FT though I'd do Pope and Mee but for Holding if you can.

        1. JustPark
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Cheers. Pope and Mee in and playing them both.
          I have no value tied to Coufal hence the reason to get rid of him instead of Holding. Great about anyway.

    • Ibra
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Bench one:

      A) DCL
      B) Gundo

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

        Gundo.

      2. Nolberto Solano
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        A

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

        dcl

    • Trane84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Play 2 from Alioski ( Palace H), Cancelo (Liv A), Justin (Wol A), Coufal (Ful A)

      1. JustPark
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I'll bench Cancelo, I don't know who Alioski is so I'll bench him as well hence I'll play Justin and Coufal.

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

        Last 3

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

          I have all of them and im benching alioski

    • buttsy9
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      A) Pope (FT)
      B) Meslier

      Captain
      1) Bruno
      2) Antonio

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

        B1

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      I just cannot wait for the double gameweek to give Dias the armband.

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

      Tempted to switch the armband to Son if Andy is doing it given his luck this season!

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

        wildcard and just copy his team

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

        Well that doesn't feel like a good reason to switch

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

        Haha I've switched it now to Son cos of Andy!

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

        He captained Salah last gw?

    • Alejo - CFC
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Barnes to Grealish on a FT?

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

        Looking great imo

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

        Same predicament for me. Would do Grealish myself if I wasn't looking at Rashford for GW24, so at the moment not sure it's worth the transfer for one week. It's a tough transfer!

    • bezzo_101
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Will antonio get rested?

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

        Yes

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

        100%

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

        this is hilarious

      4. Cancelo Culture
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        If he’s rested he’s rested.

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

        Only once he’s scored his brace

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

      Play two

      DCL
      CHILLY
      GUNDO

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

        Last 2 if chillwell doesnt play dcl will come on

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

          What if Alonso starts and Chilly comes on for a one pointer?

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

            Doubt that will happen just the risk tho

    • jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      GTG? Feels weird benching DCL but just can't bench Gundo.

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

      Forster DCL Stones Alioski

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        DCL with 1 goal against Leeds since gw11 and a goal against Burnley?

        Okay, 3 assists in the last 10 games too.

    • Tombory
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Play which
      A) Madison
      B) Wilson

    • No Kane, No Gain!
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 8 days ago

      GTG? Can’t decide on Son, Bruno or Antonio as Captain!

      De Gea
      Cresswell, AWB, Cancelo
      Gundogan, Salah, Bruno, Son, Maddison
      Antonio, Wilson

      (Martinez, Dias, DCL, Justin)

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

        Bruno

    • Halftime
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 8 days ago

      Should I start TAA or Cancelo?

      1. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        I'd just start both and look elsewhere

    • GROBARI
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Bench one
        A) Dallas
        B) Stones

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

          Stones. Think Liverpool will score. Palace travelling to Leeds on freezing monday night = eagles in freefall.

      • Pickle juice
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Help which 2 out of this three ...

        A.justin
        B.coufal
        C.dallas

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

          First 2

      • Weilong7
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        go with the flow and play cancelo (bench dias) for targett?
        or play double city?

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

          Double city. Arsenal looking fairly decent in attack at the mo.

      • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        Play one from each

        A) Martinez (ARS)
        B) McCarthy (new)

        1) Gundogan (liv)
        2) DCL (mun)

        Currently on A1

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

          B1

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Thanks!

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

              No worries good luck

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 8 days ago

                You too mate

      • Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        OMG should I bench Cancelo for Mee!? Im playing Ederson...

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

          crazy

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

            Bemba the OG telling me Im crazy. Thats all I need to know! Im loggin off!!!

        2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          I'm benching both Dias and Stones for Mee

      • KuttiBunja
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 8 days ago

        GTG????

        McCarthy
        cancelo justin dallas
        salah bruno (c) son grealish gundo
        antonio bamford

        martin - dcl - stones - mitchell

        gonna have 2FTs next week

        Thanks!!!!!!!!!!1

      • LJJH1984
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Start DCL or Cancelo?

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

            Cancelo

        • The Red Devil
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 8 days ago

          Start Alioski or stones?

        • Milkman Bruno
            3 months, 8 days ago

            Will Minamino start?

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

              probably

              1. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Hope your right Bemba

              2. Milkman Bruno
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Any Saints fans?

              3. GCM0803
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Bottomed

                  Coufal
                  Cancelo
                  Justin
                  Konsa
                  Bednarek

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

                • Jdpz
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Play one:
                  a) Alioski
                  b) Coufal
                  c) Justin

                • TimoTime
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 8 days ago

                  Son or Bruno captain?

                  1. Weasel Boy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 8 days ago

                    Going Son