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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. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Bench one
    1. Coufal
    2. AWB
    3. DCL

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

      2

    2. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      3

    3. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      DCL

  2. fish&chips
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Barnes,
    B) Bruno,
    C) Gundo,
    D) Grealish,
    E) Salah,
    F) bamford,
    G) Antonio,
    H) Watkins

    Bench one:

    1) TAA,
    2) Dias,
    3) cancelo,
    4) coufal

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

      H2

    2. FPLShaqiri
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      C2

    3. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      H2

    4. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      H2

      1. aborg
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 7 days ago

        Why Bench Watkins? He scored 2 goals in the reverse away fixture !

  3. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 7 days ago

    Start which one?

    A) Lowton (BHA)
    B) Maguire (EVE)

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

      A

    2. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 7 days ago

      A

  4. lewis1290
      2 months, 7 days ago

      do i do barkley -> grealish

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

        Free yes

      2. mwa1t
          2 months, 7 days ago

          If you have a FT yes

      3. Amans94
          2 months, 7 days ago

          Bench one:

          A) Justin
          B) Dallas

          Thanks

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

            B

        • mwa1t
            2 months, 7 days ago

            Bench Bednarek or Dias?

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

              Bednarek

            2. shiraz
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Bed

            3. Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              With ownership in the equation, Antonio smashes Bruno out the park with his captaincy per owner figure based on the FFS polling data.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Which is a tiny %

                1. Ibralicious
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Who are you captaining?

            4. Gudjohnsen
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Rival who is 50 points ahead of me will 100% captain Bruno.

              Too risky going with Antonio (C)?

              1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Do it

              2. Balls of Steel
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                No not at all, go for it!

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Easy for you to say.
                  You got balls of steel.

                  1. Balls of Steel
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    That I do my friend!!

            5. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 7 days ago

              Play
              Y DCL
              Z Barnes

              Captain
              1 Bamford
              2 Antonio
              3 Bruno
              4 Son

              Currently on Z2

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

                Z2

              2. Z
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Y2

              3. shiraz
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Z3
                  Bamford is a great shout

              4. adey70
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 7 days ago

                Please help with my defender benchings: which two to leave out?

                A) Maguire
                B) Cancelo
                C) Robertson
                D) Rudiger
                E) Stones

                1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  CE

                2. shiraz
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    CE

                  • conorbon
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    AE

                  • LT10
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 7 days ago

                    CE

                    1. adey70
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Thanks everyone. V helpful!

                3. Z
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 7 days ago

                  Play one?
                  A. Dias
                  B. AWB

                  (No other Mcity players)

                  1. shiraz
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      A

                      1. LT10
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        A

                  2. shiraz
                      2 months, 7 days ago

                      Is it crazy to give bam/grealish the armband ahead of bruno?
                      My guts telling me to go for bam but heart telling me to be rational and follow the crowd on bruno.

                      1. mwa1t
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          I'm very tempted to go with Grealish, can't see Utd v Eve being a high scoring game.

                      2. lordkippe
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 7 days ago

                        Bench 1 :

                        A : AWB
                        B : Coufal

                        1. Z
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          AWB ez!

                        2. shiraz
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            A

                        3. Sean
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 7 days ago

                          Should I do Soucek to Son/Rashford/Grealish or roll the FT and wait for DGW fixtures to be announced?

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

                            Roll

                          2. Z
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Keep it

                          3. Il Capitano
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Roll

                            • Sean
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Cheers all

                          4. No Kane, No Gain!
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 7 days ago

                            Bit of a team selection issue here as too many good options, who to pick? My current team is:

                            De Gea
                            Cresswell, AWB, Justin
                            Gundogan, Salah, Bruno, Son, Maddison
                            Antonio (c), Wilson

                            (Martinez, DCL, Dias, Cancelo)

                            Am i crazy having that bench? Just can't see Man C keeping a clean sheet against Pool.

                            1. Sean
                              • 11 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Cancelo has to be first on the bench at least

                              1. No Kane, No Gain!
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                Yeah will shuffle that, if you were to play him which of the current 3 would you drop?

                          5. Il Capitano
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              1FT 4.5m ITB

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

                              Johnstone - Adams Lowton Stones

                              Couple of last minute decisions. Play Lowton over anyone in the XI? Change my captaincy? Or GTG, step away from the keyboard.

                            • lordkippe
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Bench one :

                              A : Cancelo
                              B : Dias

                              1. Z
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                A

                              2. linkafu
                                • 1 Year
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                B

                                1. LT10
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  B

                            • Flynny
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              I've turned anxious about Antonio (c)

                              Must be a chance he is rested ahead of Tuesday united Cup match with bowen or Yarmo up front...

                              I may go bruno (c)

                              Is that sensible or over thinking? Thanks

                              1. Arteta
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                It's doing my head in and I'm nowhere near coclusion.

                                1. Flynny
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  I'm going out now. I'm a coward....think I'm going bruno

                            • Pukki Party
                              • 3 Years
                              2 months, 7 days ago

                              Will Taylor be fit and playing in the dgw?

                              1. winchester
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  hope so Teemu

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

                                I'm paying for this and still season ticker is not updated! Cmoon guys

                              3. Eirern
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                What to do here??

                                2FT and no ideas

                                De Gea
                                Dias / Stones / Dallas
                                Son / Salah / Bruno / Gundo / Soucek
                                Bamford / Antonio

                                Steele / Coufal / DCL / Mitchell

                              4. FPLShaqiri
                                • 3 Years
                                2 months, 7 days ago

                                Bench Coufal or Dier?

                                Currently benching Dier for the fear that he is benched and gets a cameo, despite Spurs having great clean sheet chances.

                                1. Wayne Enterprises
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  I’d agree with that

                                2. Abaddon
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Yeah. Dier had a terrible game last gw... again

                                3. HonestBlatter
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Dier was rested against Brighton...he will start

                                4. mwa1t
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    I think if he's benched he's unlikely to come on for a cameo

                                5. Wayne Enterprises
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Who to bench?
                                  Pogba
                                  Barnes
                                  Gundo

                                6. 2hotty
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Martinez
                                  Dias Coufal Dallas
                                  Bruno Grealish Raphina(VC) Soucek Salah
                                  Antonio(C) Watkins
                                  Johnstone DCL Cancel Digne
                                  Is this the right order any thoughts?

                                  1. LT10
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    I would start Cancelo over Dias.
                                    Of course, with Cancelo there is the danger of a 1pt cameo; but i think the potential attacking returns outweigh the small risk.

                                7. Magic Zico
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Play one: A. Mee (BHA) B. Coufal (ful)

                                  1. Pukki Party
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    A

                                    1. Magic Zico
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Wow really ... thx

                                  2. Balls of Steel
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Mee

                                8. linkafu
                                  • 1 Year
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Bench 1

                                  A Gundo
                                  B Raphina

                                  1. Magic Zico
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 2 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    Damn, play both man

                                  2. 2hotty
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    1Million% not B

                                    1. LT10
                                      • 9 Years
                                      2 months, 7 days ago

                                      Not B

                                9. Jinswick
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Best move here? Planning to WC25.

                                  A) DDG -> Pope
                                  B) Mitchell -> Mee
                                  C) Watkins -> Antonio
                                  D) Salah -> Son
                                  E) Save FT

                                  DDG
                                  Bellerin, Cancelo, Coufal
                                  Salah, Sterling, Bruno, Gundogan
                                  Bamford, DCL, Watkins

                                  Forster, Targett, Martinelli, Mitchell
                                  Bank 2.5m, 1FT, ALL CHIPS

                                10. AC/DC AFC
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Start

                                  A) Justin
                                  B) Stones

                                  Cheers

                                  1. wulfrunian
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    a

                                11. wulfrunian
                                  • 4 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Start one:
                                  a)Barnes
                                  b)Ogbonna
                                  c)Dcl

                                  1. AC/DC AFC
                                    • 5 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    A

                                  2. LT10
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 7 days ago

                                    A

                                12. corderz
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 6 Years
                                  2 months, 7 days ago

                                  Tough picking a bench this week, good to go?

                                  Forster
                                  Cancelo Chilwell Dallas
                                  Son(C) Salah Bruno Gundogan Soucek
                                  Antonio(vc) Bamford

                                  Martinez DCL Coufal Mee