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

    Bench :

    A : Soucek
    B : Saka

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

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

      Saka

    3. DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Saka

  2. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Who to bench?

    Stones or Digne

    Saka or Soucek or Calvert Lewin

    Choose two to bench

    1. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Digne
      Saka

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

      I would play Saka over DCL

  3. linkafu
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Bench:

    A Bamford
    B Raphina

    1. ewangri
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Oof, neither if you can avoid it!

      1. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Other choice is DCL but have a feeling he ll score

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Your choice in the end. Bench whoever you like in that case.

    2. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Neither

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

      Oh god, don't bench either if them for Palace.

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Bench DCL

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

      DCL imo

    5. Abaddon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Dcl

    6. DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      I'd bench DCL. But raph from above.

  4. ewangri
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Last minute advice please!

    Play:
    A) Justin
    B) Shaw

    1. SharkyT
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

      1. ewangri
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Thank you

    2. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      A

    3. Sloopy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      B

  5. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Play double city (Dias + Stones) or Dallas + 1 City defender

    1. ewangri
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Dallas and Dias

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

        This!

      2. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Thanks!

    2. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Dallas

    3. DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Dallas and dias

  6. sp1122
      2 months, 10 days ago

      G2G? 1FT £2.8ITB

      Martinez
      Dallas, Dias, Bednerak
      Salah, Bruno(c), Gundo, Barnes, Grealish
      Bamford, Antonio

      Steer, Stones, DCL, Robbo

      Considering Robbo to Mee

      1. ewangri
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        DCL first bench but GTG otherwise

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

        You’re seriously playing Bednarek over Stones or Robbo...

        1. sp1122
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Was expecting a Southampton bounce back...too optimistic?

      3. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Bench which ONE??

        A) Lowton (BHA)
        B) Coufal (ful)
        C) Maguire (EVE)

        1. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          A. I think Brighton will score

        2. conorbon
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          C

        3. Sloopy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          A

        4. ewangri
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Lowton or Maguire, leaning toward Lowton personally

        5. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          C

      4. Radzio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Start 1:

        a)Gundo
        b)Adams

        1. conorbon
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          A

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

          A easy

      5. h3nh3n
          2 months, 10 days ago

          GTG?

          Martinez
          Cresswell Coufal James
          Lingard Grealish Maddison Bruno (C) Son (VC)
          Bamford Vardy

          (Johnstone Cancelo DCL Stones)

        • Arteta
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Is Antonio on penalties by any chance?

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Probably if Noble not on field

          2. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            If Noble isn't playing it's him i think

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

              This!

            2. Arteta
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Cheers lads!

        • HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Stones to Cancelo (have 3 City) for a FT, or keep 2 for next weeks DGW?

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

            I would keep 2

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Cant decide between Bruno and Antonio captain.

          What is the logical choice?

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

            Antonio

          2. conorbon
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Antonio

          3. DangerFC
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            If your top of your league and doing well bruno is the safe choice. I'm third in mine and I know the leader will go with bruno. I'm going with bamford or antonio

            1. Brimble82
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Right.
              But what I you’re top in most MLs but chasing in your most hotly contested one!?!
              My head says I should be sensible. Defend leads and accept that you can’t win them all.

              But my gut says - go for the clean sweep!
              Son (C) and starting Kane!
              Do or die!!!

        • Ibralicious
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          My poll on Antonio VS Bruno concluded 8-7 to Antonio.

          Congratulations Guendoozy for being the tie-breaker, I will reach out to you with some unpleasant language if Antonio blanks and Bruno hauls.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            It's your decision and your fault if you pick the wrong one.

            1. Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              But this is a democracy and 15 people subscribed to influencing my decision :/

            2. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Hazz is right we have to stick by our choice.
              I never get my captain right btw

          2. Mufc202020
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Bruno

          3. Tango74
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Ha ha

              Same boat as me, captain poll winner has blanked recently and that has put me of the obvious choice

            • teneighty
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Bruno

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

              Choosing to use a 15 person poll over the main captaincy pool where Bruno clearly leading.. makes sense

              1. Ibralicious
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Gandalf. Compare Antonio’s ownership with Bruno and then get back to me. This poll was for the winners that own both

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  To throw some fun into the mix, both the posters and captain poll winners got it wrong last week.

                  And the week before.

                  Now what do you do?

                2. Gandalf
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Bruno 96% compared to Antonio 70%. Reducing down Bruno's votes by 27% and still well ahead. Bookies have him as more likely to score also if that helps

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

            *REPOST*
            Morning! Worried about how poorly Im set up for coming DGWs
            1FT 0.2ITB
            Martinez
            TAA Cresswell Cancelo
            Salah Sterling Bruno Soucek
            Antonio Wilson DCL

            Forster / Holding / Bissouma / Neco

            A. Hold and Roll and have 2FTs to sort for the double next GW
            B. Downgrade TAA - Dias, Mee, Lowton, Digne, Dallas????
            C. B+ Upgrade Bissouma - Lookman, Gundo, Foden, Raphina??? -4

            1. Hanz207
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 10 days ago

              If you're happy with the set up this week I would hold your FT for next week and go B (Dias strong but Mee or Dallas good for DGWs) and C > Raph

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

                Thank you! Very helpful.

          5. Big Ronnie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Which one to bench?
            A) AWB
            B) Coufal
            C) Dallas

            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Not C
              B Due to being away game only, but very tight

              1. Big Ronnie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Cheers

            2. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              B, but close

              1. Big Ronnie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Cheers

          6. cm790
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Bamford, Bruno or Soucek C?

              Headache this week!

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Bruno out of those, but yes - headache

              2. conorbon
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Soucek

              3. DangerFC
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Stuck myself between bamford and antonio. So bamford from above.

            • Z
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              I ll captain Son!

              Now or never 😉

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

                Have all other captain contenders

              2. conorbon
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Good shout

            • Radzio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Play 1:
              a)Gundo(liv)
              b)Adams(new)

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

            • Weeb Kakashi
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Thoughts on Salah(C)??

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

                Nope

              2. Mufc202020
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Rather captain Dallas

              3. DangerFC
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Brave move. To be fair he will probably score a brace now

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

                Not for me

            • The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Would you change the starting XI / bench?

              Pope
              Stones -- R.Dias -- Justin
              Salah -- Fernandes (c) -- Son -- Gundogan -- Soucek
              Antonio -- Bamford

              McCarthy -- DCL -- Coufal -- Holding [0FT + 2.0m ITB]

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

                Yes i will.

                Coufal MUST play (especialy when you have 2 MC def)

                1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Thanks, both. I think I will go with Coufal over Stones to hedge bets slightly 🙂

                  1. Brimble82
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    FWIW: I actually just moved Stones out in favour of Burnley cover.
                    Think Burnley have a greater chance of CSs over their next three games than City do!

              2. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                I’m not sure Coufal ‘must’ play, but that’d be the only switch I’d suggest. Coufal/Stones for me.

                Also - GREAT team.
                What’s your OR?

                1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  I think it looks better here than it is, as not many premiums so my low TV (SV of 101m) isn't evident. Around 50k with moving from 350k in past 6-7 GW's or so

                  1. Brimble82
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    I don’t know.
                    Good balance. Coverage for DGWs24&25

                    I was around 40k 3 weeks ago - enjoying riding the Son/Kane train. Then Kane’s injury (that did more damage to Son) a lack of decisive action by me (nobody to blame!) has seen me slip to over 90k!

                    GL this week.

            • linkafu
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Bench 1

              A Gundo
              B Raphina
              C DCL
              D Bamford

              1. DangerFC
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Dcl

              2. Ibra
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                B

              3. conorbon
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                B

              4. Gudjohnsen
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                C

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

                C

            • DangerFC
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Captain:
              A antonio
              B bamford

              I'm going with a differential.

              1. paulfantham
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

              2. conorbon
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

              3. linkafu
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A

            • paulfantham
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Captain:
              A. Son
              B. Fernandes

              1. DangerFC
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Fernandes

              2. Z
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                I am going with Son....fck it 🙂

              3. conorbon
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                B

            • Ibra
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Which one will score more this gw?

              A) Sterling
              B) Gundogan

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                A but it's a guess

            • ALegendJ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              When will the doubles be added to members season ticker?!

              1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Never it seems

            • GinjaWhinja
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Ziyech to:

              A) Rashford
              B) Son
              C) Keep

              Don’t own Fernandes and don’t intend on doing so this week, despite his crazy ownership

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

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

              Nyland Mahrez Alioski Mitchell

            • Fantasy man on the top
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Martinez (Meslier)
              Cresswell-Coufal-Cancelo (Stones,Mitchell)
              Grealish-Salah-Bruno-Gundo
              DCL-Bamford-Antonio

              Bench two:
              Meslier or Martinez and DCL or Stones

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

                Meslier + Stones

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

              Would you play Coufal over Justin or Dias/Laporte?

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

                I do, but not sure.

              2. Z
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Yes

            • Echoes
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Who to put the armband on?

                A: Antonio
                B: Son
                C: Bruno

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

                  A or C