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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. jtreble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 8 days ago

    Is the FFS Fixture Ticker broken? Can't seem to see the DGW24 and DGW25 games. 🙂

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

      Maybe there's a contractual issue?

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Contractual issue? Explain.

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 8 days ago

      Always very delayed if they even update it. Shame.

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

        You were right. Appalling.

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

    Good to go?

    Martinez
    Cresswell Justin Mee
    Salah Bruno Son Maddi Gundo
    Ings Bamford(C)

    (McCarthy DCL Dias Stones)

    1. shiraz
        2 months, 8 days ago

        Gtg

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

      Who would you bench?

      A) Watkins (have Grealish)
      B) Gundogan

      1. EgyptianKing
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 8 days ago

        A

      2. shiraz
          2 months, 8 days ago

          A

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

        Any late benching rumours or injury news?

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

          No chance to react 😆

        2. Tango74
            2 months, 8 days ago

            That comes at 10.45 🙂

        3. greggles
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          If you were around 400k OR, with a small ML lead would you stay ‘safe’ and captain Bruno or go for Bamford/Antonio?

          Context: I have captained big hitters all through the season and they’ve let me down about 85% of the time.

          1. conorbon
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Antonio all the live long day

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

            Think I've picked the correct captain 3 times this season.
            Around 400k myself but 4th in my ML.

            Going Sin (c) myself.

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

              Go Antonio

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

            You've answered your own question then 🙂
            This GW is the time to be different as the captaincy is gonna be quite spread. I am going Son for example but tempted to go Antonio.

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

              I think Son for the punt.

              Bruno for the safer option.

          4. greggles
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Thanks all. I don’t have Son so going Antonio(c). Best of luck to all.

        4. Muscout
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 8 days ago

          McCarthy
          Cancelo Chilwell Dallas
          Salah Bruno Son (c) Barnes
          Antonio DCL Bamford

          Steer, Gundo, Coufal, Lewis

          1 FT 2.8 itb

          Bench look okay ?

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            That's tough, but i think you got it right. I'd be tempted to play Gundo over DCL.

          2. mrelpea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I’m benching DCL over Gundo and Coufal over Dallas

        5. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Martinez
          Robbo Cancelo Taylor
          Salah Son Bruno Soucek
          DCL Richarlison Bamford

          Ramsdale Stones Holding Anguissa

          2ft 0.0itb
          Will do Richarlison to Antonio with 1ft, best option with other ft?

          A) Robbo to Tarkowski
          B) Ramsdale to Pope (BRI) and play over Martinez (ARS)
          C) Save 1ft

          1. mrelpea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            B. Popes next 4 fixtures are just too good, I’d also be inclined to start him ahead of martinez today. Keep Robbo for GW26

        6. EgyptianKing
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 8 days ago

          Would you play Adams or Cancelo this GW?

          1. Pukki Party
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I'd play Cancelo. Thoughts above?

          2. shiraz
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Cancelo

            • mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Cancelo

          3. Ibralicious
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Would it be crazy or genius to play Bednarek over Dias after that historically bad showing against United?

            1. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Bit of both lol

            2. Cilly Bonnolly
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Yes.

            3. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Play Dias

          4. Bob.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            How am I looking? Want to try and stay around 5k rank!

            McCarthy
            Cancelo Lowton Coufal
            Fernandes (c) Rashford Salah Gundo Soucek
            Antonio Bamford

            Johnstone DCL Justin Stones

            Gonna hold transfer. Look okay? Good luck everyone!

            1. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Bar McCarthy looks perfect

              1. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Yeah, this ^
                Do you have cash to do McC>Pope?

          5. dsefton
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            1ft, 5.0itb
            DDG
            Cancelo Justin Coufal Lowton
            Salah Soucek Bruno Rashford
            Wilson Antonio
            (Areola, DCL, Gundo, Stones)

            A) Salah --> Son
            B) Gundo --> Son (play Son instead of Lowton)
            C) Save FT

          6. chrismoo75
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Gundo or Dallas for the last spot in my team?

            1. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Gundo

            2. Ibralicious
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              The one that rhymes with fun

            3. chrismoo75
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              THanks

            4. DavidHopkin
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Leeds will concede. I’d play gundo

            5. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Gundo

          7. Garlana
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Correct set up, bench order etc?

            Pope
            Cancelo, Dallas, coufal
            Son(c), Bruno (VC), Barnes, soucek, gundo
            Antonio, bamford

            Martinez - dcl, stones, robbo

            Just doesn't feel good potentially benching 6 pointers for defenders likely to get bonus in a 0-0

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              that is some 15

              looks good. not set on Son capt after Thurs night

              1. Brimble82
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                That’s what no Mo allows you!
                Tempting eh

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

            start 1

            A: Gundo (liv)
            B: Soucek (ful)

            *kane starts so 1st bench will prob come on

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

              B

            2. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              B

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

              cheers lads

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

            Ah read a rumour here that Antonio might be rested for the cup (runours from Wham forum). This made me change c to Bruno. Damn this forum, I would have liked C Antonio 😀

            1. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Link cos I don’t believe you

              1. Cilly Bonnolly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                I also would like a link to this.

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

              i'm ignoring this comment & sticking with Ant C

            3. Bury94
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Rubbish

          10. jimmyharte
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Bench which of the following?:

            A) DCL
            B) Gundogan

            1. adey70
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Such a conundrum. Leaning towards Gundo. Maybe United will be sloppy after big win...

              1. jimmyharte
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Yeah it's wrecking my head lol

            2. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Same problem .,.. DCL on bench at moment but still can’t decide whether to swap him with Gundo or Sterling.

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

              I’ve benched DCL out of the two

          11. adey70
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Please help with my benchings 2: leave out one from:

            A) DCL
            B) Gundogan
            C) Soucek
            D) Wilson

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

              Wilson

            2. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              A

            3. Abaddon
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              A

            4. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Dcl

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

            Bench 1

            Raphina
            Bamford
            DCL
            GUNDO

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

              DCL

              ... Easy

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

              Dcl

            3. IRBOX ⚽
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Gundo

            4. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Dcl

            5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Has to be DCL

          13. brixtonBob
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Start Grealish or Soucek ?

            1. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Soucek

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

              Grealish

            3. adey70
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Grealish

            4. IRBOX ⚽
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Grealish. Can’t believe this is a question

              1. brixtonBob
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Soucek has been doing well and plays Fulham. Seems a reasonable dilemma to me.

            5. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Toughy, but Grealish just edges it for me

          14. OptimusBlack
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Pick one to play
            A- James SHU (A)
            B- Dias LIV (A)
            C- James > Burnley Defender

            1. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              A bank the FT til we know more

              1. OptimusBlack
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Great Thanks

          15. Henning
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Hmmm captain?

            1 Antonio
            2 Bamford
            3 Fernandes

            1. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              1

            2. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Ive gone for son but Antonio is massively appealing I have to say

          16. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            Pick one

            A Salah(C) Wilson + FT
            B Ings (C) Pulisic

            1. conorbon
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              A

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

            Gundo is the city pen taker...

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

              Think so

          18. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 8 days ago

            I have two defenders from City, Robertson and Salah all playing in one game, don't think it will be a good gameweek for me...

            1. IRBOX ⚽
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 8 days ago

              Enjoy the red arrow

          19. LJJH1984
              2 months, 8 days ago

              How’s this looking? Right starting 11 and bench order? Thinking Cancelo over DCL maybe.

              Pope
              Justin Dallas Cresswell
              Salah Fernandes(c) Soucek Maddison
              Antonio DCL Bamford

              Cancelo Lookman Stones
              Martinez

            • joeymanuel
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Which 2 to bring in (no hit)?
                A) Holding --> Alonso
                B) McCarthy --> Pope
                C) Soucek --> Grealish

              • Slitherene
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Start which one?

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

                1. mrelpea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  A

              • YEAH PITCH!
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                Play

                a) Justin
                b) Dallas

                1. aborg
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  Justin of course

                2. Wigflex
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  I'm also stuck on this, I've got Dallas starting currently

              • fc_skrald
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 8 days ago

                I'm fully prepared for another disappointing gameweek but will go with this team. Good luck to you all!

                Martínez
                Cancelo, Digne, Alonso
                Son(VC), Salah, Fernandes(C), Grealish
                Antonio, Bamford, Ings

                Button, Coufal, Lowton, Burke

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

                A)Taylor to Lowton and roll second FT?
                OR
                B)Martinez to Pope?

                Don't really want to sell Martinez but can't afford Pope any other way.

                1. mrelpea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 8 days ago

                  B