Scout Picks

Double Gameweek 24 Scout Picks built on Man City and Man United triple-ups

Players from both sides of Manchester from the spine of our Double Gameweek 24 Scout Picks XI.

In a side chosen by DavidNealeTom and Andy, we have included three players from Manchester City and Manchester United.

We line up in a 3-4-3 formation this time, which comes in at £76.4m, a staggering £7.4m inside our budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

Having overcome a midweek injury saga, Nick Pope (£5.5m) gets the number one jersey in our Double Gameweek 24 Scout Picks XI. Burnley’s fixtures are better than their form but that is no bad thing when Crystal Palace and Fulham are concerned. The Eagles are yet to score a goal in a Premier League goal Wilfried Zaha has missed this season while Fulham have found the net on just six occasions over the last 12 matches (the worst in the division).

DEFENDERS

João Cancelo (£6.0m) returns to the Scout Picks ahead of two fixtures for Manchester City. The Portuguese full-back has the highest expected assist (xA) rating and the second highest expected goal involvement (xGI) of all defenders this season, showing he brings both a goal and assist threat. With Pep Guardiola resting him in the FA Cup game midweek, we expect Cancelo to feature heavily in Double Gameweek 24.

Another Double Gameweek defender to feature in our Scout Picks is James Tarkowski (£5.3m). Burnley face Crystal Palace who have the worst expected goals (xG) of all Premier League teams in the last six Gameweeks and Fulham, who have scored four goals in their last six games. We’ve gone for Tarkowski over Ben Mee (£5.0m) owing to him having four big chances this season, suggesting he’s due a goal.

Luke Shaw (£4.9m) rounds out our defenders. The full-back is enjoying some of the best form of his career, and is way out in front for chances created by defenders in the last six Gameweeks, fashioning 16 opportunities for team-mates.

MIDFIELDERS

Is it better to focus or spread the risk when selecting players in FPL?

We’re backing Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) to continue his super form into Double Gameweek 24. The England international is continuing to fly under the FPL radar even with the potential of two games coming up. Despite delivering attacking returns in eight of his last nine starts, he still only has an ownership of 12.9%.

Arguably the most reliable FPL asset of the season, Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) retains his place in midfield. Fernandes has shown fantastic consistency this season, maintaining the highest xGI and xA of all midfielders. The Red Devils also have a cracking fixture against West Brom, who have conceded 15 more goals than any other Premier League team.

Ilkay Gündogan (£6.0m) forms a City double-up in the Scout Picks midfield. The German international has shown a new side to his game this season, regularly getting into the box and scoring goals. Gündogan has scored two more goals than any other midfielder in the last six Gameweeks, having the most shots in the box and getting on the end of the most big chances.

The Double Gameweek looks like the perfect opportunity for Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) to deliver after a series of impressive performances. Lookman is top among Fulham players for goal attempts, efforts on target, chances created and big chances created.

FORWARDS

After nailing down a place in the starting XI, Edinson Cavani (£7.9m) leads the line for the Scout Picks. After starting two of Man United’s last three Premier League games, and being withdrawn at half-time in the other, the Uruguayan appears to have made the centre-forward spot his own. And his aerial ability looks perfectly suited to exploit a West Brom defence, which has conceded 69 headed chances this season.

After David Moyes wrapped him in cotton wool, we are backing Michail Antonio (£6.7m) to start West Ham’s Monday-night meeting with Sheffield United. The Blades have conceded at least twice in three of their last five Premier League matches while Antonio has five attacking returns since Double Gameweek 19.

Making his first Scout Picks appearance of the season is Ashley Barnes (£6.0m). Barnes is the most threatening Burnley asset, as they had into Gameweek 24 with two good fixtures. He has eight shots on target, two big chances and six shots on target over the last six matches.

Substitutes

  • Alphonse Areola (£4.5m)
  • Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m)
  • Antonio Rüdiger (£4.6m)
  • Bukayo Saka (£5.4m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because we use Fantasy Football Scout data so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted for Double Gameweek 24:

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Jambot takes on the Scout Picks this week with a 3-5-2 team of Pope; Tarkowski, Mee, Shaw; Sterling (c), B Fernandes, Rashford, Foden, Gündogan (vc); Werner, Richarlison.

AA33 is the current leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.

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1,554 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Good moves? Or not? Have the exact money for these...
    Robertson, Antonio, DCL —> Pieters, Watkins, Kane

    No FH left, so need to plan for DGW26&GW29...

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Bad moves imo. Pieters might not play both. Antonio will probably start vSHU. These could backfire badly.

      1. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        That’s one GW only...fixtures do look good for Watkins and Kane thereafter, they have great fixtures on DGW26 and both will have a match on GW29...

        1. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          So make the moves next gw... you expecting Kane to return v city?

          1. Winston.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Maybe that’s the way to go...just have exact money now, so wondering whether to do these long term moves now... or get for example Richarlison for 1-3 gw’s

  2. kennethrhcp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Start 1
    A: R.James (NEW)
    B: Bamford (ars)

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      A

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        cheers

    2. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Tough one. Maybe A... just

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B

  3. fcsaltyballs
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Really need some help please guys:

    Pope
    Coufal Cancelo Stones
    Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha Soucek
    Bamford Antonio

    Martinez Robertson DCL Ferguson

    1 FT, 5.4 itb

    1. Have I got the starting lineup right ? Y or N

    2. Save FT ? Y or N

    Thanks

  4. liverpool01
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Start Shaw or Bamford?

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Shaw

    2. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Bam

      1. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        1-1 need someone else to help!

    3. Oh Mane Mane
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Tough one but I’d go Bamford

      1. liverpool01
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        cool thanks.

  5. jb1985
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Anyone else very tempted to lock in Pope as captain?

    1. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      If you haven’t watched latest blackbox check it out. Mark does an excellent segment on popey captain

      1. jb1985
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Only issue is being nervous watching the games waiting for them to concede. We're as waiting for an outfield player scoring is more exciting.

        1. In Bale We Trust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I personally would never cap him for this reason

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      No

    3. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      No

  6. House Frey Wedding Planner
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Initial thoughts are to WC25 in order to attack the double gameweeks between 24-27.

    Martinez, Pope
    Cancelo, Dias, AWB, Holding, Mee
    Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, Soucek
    Bamford, Antonio, DCL

    1FT, 2.7itb

    As a one week punt before WC, which player is likely to return the most points in gw24?

    A - Tarkowski (cry, FUL)
    B - Rodriguez (FUL, mci)
    C - Digne (FUL, mci)
    D - Rashford (wba)
    E - Aubameyang (LEE)
    F - Alonso (NEW)
    G - Werner (NEW)
    H - Other

    1. jb1985
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      D

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      A or D

    3. SHOOTER MCGINN
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      B could be fun. D is safe

  7. SHOOTER MCGINN
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Martinez
    Dias Cancelo Maguire Mee
    Salah Bruno Gundo (c) Soucek
    Antonio Bamford

    Steer Barnes Mitchell DCL

    2FT and 7M in the bank, yet I'm thinking of just doing Steer to Johnstone to plan ahead... Feel like I'm playing the game wrong. What would you do here?

    (Plan to get Kane, Son, Grealish and Mitchell to someone by GW26, but not sure I want to do any of those moves this week. Maybe Mitchell but he also had a double 26 so I don't know who for yet)

  8. Slitherene
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Which is the option sensible?

    A) Wilson -> Kane (Exact ITB), bench Coufal
    B) Save FT & get Bamford next week

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Save - best to have 2 transfers when the fixtures are announced

      1. Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Advice sensible

  9. Diro
      5 months, 22 days ago

      2 FT,

      A) Konsa and Wilson -> Dallas and Watkins = play 3-5-2
      B) Cancelo (or Stones) and Soucek -> Dallas and Gundogan = play 4-5-1
      C) B and -4 to add a striker for Wilson but it can't be Watkins because already 3 Aston Villa players

      1. Diro
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Please help, very tough choice..

      2. Abaddon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        What teams are supposed to have a dgw in gw 26? Any link to a spreadsheet?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          All those in the FA Cup still and not playing in gw29.

        2. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          ben crellin twitter. all on his spreadsheets

        3. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Ben Crellin

        4. Abaddon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Thanks all

      3. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Guys new plan

        24- Kwp to lowton.free and save ft
        25-antonio salah to Kane maddison free
        26-dallas Martin to target /spurs defender McCarthy -4

        My bb team 26 would be

        Martinez McCarthy
        Digne dias cancelo lowton target /spurs defender
        Salah son bruno gundo grealish
        Kane dcl bam

        Should do well right?

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Salah is Maddison right?

      4. vova
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Play 1

        A) Maguire
        B) Anguissa
        C) Son

      5. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Best DCL replacement for 9.4 or less?

        1. Slitherene
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Werner?

          1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            That feels like quite punt to me, but his recent performances have been better

        2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I have Bamford and Watkins already

          1. In Bale We Trust
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Ings would be my pick then

        3. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Cavani

        4. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Ings or Bamford if FTs limited

        5. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Ings

      6. GOTHAM City F.C.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        2FT, 0.4
        A. Salah, AWB to Rodriguez, Cancelo
        B. Salah to Foden

        Mee, Dallas, AWB, Kilman, Coufal
        Salah, Bruno, Sterling, Gundo, Son
        Hanford, Adams, Antonio

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          If happy to lose awb then I’d get stones and keep salah

          1. GOTHAM City F.C.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Letting go of Salah will fund Kane for 26

        2. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          AWB to Cancelo short of 0.1

      7. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Looking to wc next week, how’s this for one week move:

        Dias son and Brewster to Lowton sterling Cavani (-4). Gives me

        Martinez
        Lowton Cancelo coufal
        Sterling (c) Gundogan salah Bruno grealish
        Cavani Antonio

        Steer DCL Dallas Mitchell

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I’m on the fence. It’s a but punty but a good shout. Reckon I’d go for it since if it game through and I chickened out on it I’d feel gutted.

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            I could just play it safe and get Cavani/richarlison and Burnley defender for Mitchell and captain Gündoğan. Avoids a hit

            1. sminkypinky
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              5 months, 22 days ago

              This sounds better.

              1. Pat Bonner
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 22 days ago

                Cheers

        2. GOTHAM City F.C.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Why not just Lowton, sterling and avoid a hit.

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Got 3 city

            1. Pat Bonner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 22 days ago

              Means playing DCL who’s injured

        3. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Yes

          1. Pat Bonner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Cheers

      8. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Would you play Cresswell or get Tark for him?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Think I’d play cresswell

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Same,

          2. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Yeah. Me too. Cheers boys!

      9. DavidKent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Would you rather:

        A: Everton’s Keane
        B: Burnley’s Mee

        In favour of Mee:
        - Better DGW prospects
        - Haven’t just played a gruelling FA cup game
        - Won’t miss a game due to FA cup quarters late on (during which time I’ll have a bare bones squad during e to ManC etc being in Quarters)

        In favour of Keane:
        - Will have another DGW (and possibly a third)

      10. Jimjam
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Martinez, Steer
        Stones, Shaw, Coufal, Dier, KWP
        Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, Stephens
        DCL, Bamford, Antonio

        2FT

        DCL & Dier --> Ings & Tarkowski?

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          I’d try and get a 3rd city player in

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            This. Cancelo looks the easiest route.

      11. abaalan
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Best replacements pls for DCL & Justin (probably for 1 week)
        A) Cavani
        B) Richarlson
        C) Jesus

        1) Shaw
        2) Cancelo
        3) Bur def (any)

        1. Bobby_Baggio
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          A
          1 or 3

        2. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Hm think I'm going Cavani+Bur

      12. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Evening. Which one please? Think I'll bench Son too.

        Pope
        Dias - Coufal - Stones
        Salah - Gundo - Bruno - Son - Soucek
        Bam - Antonio

        (McCarthy) - DCL - Alioski - Justin

        A) Justin > Shaw
        B) Justin > Mee/Lowton

      13. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Hi lads, smartest thing to do here? 2FT, 2.2 ITB.

        Meslier, Button
        Justin*,Coufal,Cancelo,Mitchell,KWP
        Salah,Gundo,Son,Bruno,Maddison
        Antonio,DCL*,Bamford

        1. Bobby_Baggio
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Like me justin to either Mee or Shaw

          1. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            Mee better option than Tark?

            1. Bobby_Baggio
              • 10 Years
              5 months, 22 days ago

              I think so yea

      14. Subzero (-4)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Gtg guys? Is benching bamford suicide?

        Pope
        Cancelo stones Cresswell Digne
        Salah Sterling(c) Bruno grealish
        Soucek
        Antonio

        Bamford Dallas Davies
        Martinez

        1. Bobby_Baggio
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Could be but hard who else to bench. Prob bench ant or bam

      15. Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Coufal to Mee worth a hit?

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          DCL to:

          a. Ings
          b. Richarlison

          ???

          1. tomasjj
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

            a

        2. tomasjj
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Not to me.
          Coufal has a decent fixture.

      16. konrad.sygula95
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Evening guys, what would you change in that team?

        Pope
        Dier/Cancelo/Coufal
        Gundogan/Fernandes/Salah/Grealish
        Watkins/Antonio/DCL

        Bench: Martinez/KWP/Anguissa/Justin
        2ft 5.1 itb

      17. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 22 days ago

        McCarthy,
        Stones, Cancelo, Coufal,
        Salah, Gundogan, Bruno (c), Son, Soucek
        Antonio, Bamford

        Forster, DCL, Robertson, Mitchell

        2ft 2.4itb

        Robertson > Tarkowski (bench son, start Tarkowski)?

        Any other suggestions?

        I'm actually tempted to start Mitchell!

      18. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Is Digne > Lowton (I have Mee but not Pope)
        or
        DCL > Any striker at or under 7.6m

        worth a hit?

        1. Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          No

        2. Oh Mane Mane
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          No

      19. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        If I bench Coucal, Soucek and DCL do I need to look at many points from my bench on thursday morning?

      20. Jindaljain
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        DcL to Ings & double up with Burnley def?

      21. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Is this team worth a BB or should I hold?

        Pope
        Cancelo | Mee | Cresswell | Digne
        Sterling | Soucek | Gundogan | Bruno
        Ings | Watkins

        GK: Martinez | Bamford | Dallas | Son

      22. MarcusAurelius
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Bench one.

        A) Son - MCI (A)
        B) Bamford - ARS (A)
        C) Ings - WOL (H)

        1. Oh Mane Mane
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

          Ings