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. shawry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    With the current team below, and only 1 FT, who is the best Justin replacement?

    Thinking of going Shaw vs doubling up on Burnley (Tarkowski).

    Anyone else you would consider?

    Pope (Johstone)
    Stones - Cancelo - Coufal (TAA - Justin)
    Gundo (c) - Bruno - Soucek - Raphina - Son
    Bamford - Antonio (DCL)

    Cheers!

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Shaw looks a good shout but depends on your chip strategy.

      1. shawry
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Probably WC in 30. Just TC left.

    2. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I did Justin to Dallas to prepare for DGW25/BGW29

      1. PascalCygan
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Less of an issue for you already with Bam/Raph. Shaw sounds good.

        1. shawry
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Cheers

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Both make sense.

      Tarkowski then Shaw?

  2. Messiah Hazard
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Start Shaw or Bamford?

    1. RubeRx
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      both

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Cant start both as I have other DGW players mostly starting except for Kane

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Tough one. Shaw, just

  3. Seamy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Currently on a WC who would be your city defender of choice?
    A) Cancelo (5.9m)
    B) Dias (6.1m)

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Dias

    2. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Dias seems the safest option

    3. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      B

  4. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Wow, can't believe they went for Barnes over Richarlison

    1. RubeRx
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      0 everton players

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Not massively shocked by that, but no Digne was a surprise.

    3. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Maybe budget constraints, and its not like Charlie is on fire. Not much of a difference imo

  5. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Bench one plz??

    G)realish
    W)atkins
    C)oufal
    R)afinha

    1. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Reluctantly Coufal I think

  6. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Shaw or AWB?

    1. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Shaw if you need money elsewhere or else AWB... AWB has no competition in the United team, while Telles could replace Shaw in some cases...

    2. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Shaw more attacking, but can see him more rested than awb though

  7. Van der Faart
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    For -4, yes or no?

    Taylor to Tarko
    Salah to Gundo
    DCL to Barnes

    Martinez
    Dias Cancelo Tarko
    Bruno Son Gundo Soucek Barnes
    Bamford Barnes

    Meslier Watkins Cresswell Holding

    Leaves money to move Barnes to Kane next week.

    1. Free Hat
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      With watkins and grealish o' your bench I wouldnt do a minus 4 tbh.

      1. Van der Faart
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        I don't honestly Grealish?

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          *have not honestly

          1. Free Hat
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Sorry for the mix up. Meant Watkins and Creswell!

  8. Free Hat
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on Che Adams starting this gw...?

    1. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Strong, didn't start in the cup

      1. Free Hat
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Just not sure hes being dropped or not.

  9. The Head-Ake
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    What would you change before the the next GW? Will to make up to 3 changes. 2FT and 8.1 ITB!!

    1. The Head-Ake
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Pope
      Cancelo | Stones | Digne | Lowton
      Raphina | Bruno | Salah | Gundo |
      Bamford | DCL |

      McCarthy | Dier* | Soucek | Davis*

  10. bobfredbob
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Is Digne going to play or is he injured?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      He’s fine

    2. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      If he even plays both games his points potential is diminished due to unavailable of DCL....
      I'm avoiding any EVE players for this DGW

  11. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    G2g for DGW?

    Pope
    Cancelo / Mee / Shaw
    Sterling (c) / Salah / Gundo / Bruno / Soucek
    Antonio / Bamford

    Bench:: Martinez / Watkins / Targett / Dallas

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yes

  12. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Best DCL replacement for this GW only
    Richarlison
    Cavani
    Antonio
    Vardy
    Kand

    1. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Has to be Richy with the double

    2. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I'm choosing between Cavani and Rich. Stuck at the moment.

  13. umerlfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Would you bench boost this?

    Martinez Raphinha Robertson Dallas

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Borderline but no

    2. DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      No hold and build towards gw26

  14. Dele
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Would anyone bench Antonio and play Lowton?

    1. Pegboy
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yes

    2. Messiah Hazard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Yup as Lowton has DGW

  15. JohnnyRev7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    For all of yous thinking about hits.

    Did a little mathematical excercise with a mate who is +38pts and +353k rank ahead of me.

    Our joint concensus is that a -4 will cost -32k rank and a -8 will cost -64k rank BEFORE the GW even starts. Obviously, it's possible you may recoup some of that rank loss through your hits/transfers.

    We were working in the 700-400k rank range. We'd imagine the negative effect would be felt more acutely in the higher ranks.

    With all the templates due to injuries and general stagnation in the available player selection pool, we don't think hits are the way forward.

    Especially if you can get a 2pter from the bench.

    YMMV.

    Disclaimer: We were both innoculated against DGW Fever a couple of seasons ago and get a regular booster jab preseason.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Ok, just for a test case ... Son (mci) or Cavani (wba) - 4 pts

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Son: 2pts guaranteed to start. + ???

        Cavani (-4): Well he needs to start firstly. And play 90mins (+2). And then needs to score (+4). Just to break even with Son.

        For me personally, no. But if you're confident... go for it!

        I have neither player in my team for a reason.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Chances are on a spectrum, you have focused primarily on the risks whilst the opportunities are there at the other end of the spectrum. Nothing wrong, your argument is true for those with risk averse approach yet there are other players approaching the game rather differently.

          1. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Absolutely agree re chances on a spectrum.

            I focussed primarily on your Son/Cavani question as I hold neither. There's no right or wrong answer. Apologises if my feedback offended you.

            I'm not risk aversive! Last GW I captained Werner and shot up 100k rank.

            I'm playing him this GW as he's a diffential.

            This GW I'm playing more conservative.

            It's swings and roundabouts.

            Innit? 😉

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Not too worry mate, not offended by anything. Think we're at the same pace. Just enjoy the game. GL with your GW!

    2. RubeRx
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      agreed, avoid when possible but you have to consider that hits can pay off in the long run

      for instance, EVE still have to reschedule avl/wba so they have two more DGWs coming up starting with GW26 potentially

      bringing them in for a hit this week, can absolutely pay off is 4-5 weeks time

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        This

  16. J to the T
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Bench one

    A. Son. City away
    B. Bamford. Arsenal away.
    C. Watkins. Brighton away

    1. Yes Ndidi
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Flip a coin between b & c. It'll be the wrong choice whatever. I'm playing a & b.

    2. DangerFC
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      A

      1. J to the T
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Coin toss indeed. Probably will bench Watkins.... No son.....

  17. Yes Ndidi
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Evening all.
    I was set on doing Justin -> Dallas immediately after deadline tomorrow for free, but is there anything to gain by Justin -> Lowton now & Mee/Lowton -> Dallas for free next week?
    Would incur -4, and a bench headache!

    McCarthy
    Dias Cresswell Mee
    Sterling (TC!) Bruno Son Foden Soucek
    Kane Bamford

    Meslier BDR Targett Justin

    Thanks

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      I don't think Lowton would outscore any of your attackers (or Cresswell) by more than 4 points, so no for me.

      1. Yes Ndidi
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Makes sense. Thanks.

  18. ratski
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Such a toughie this week.
    Pope (Forster)
    Digne, Coufal, Cancelo (holding, Taylor)
    Bruno, Sterling, grealish, son, Gündogan
    Antonio, bamford (Wilson)
    Thinking Wilson to Richarlison but that means dropping bamford,
    Or should son be benched,
    Just can’t decide

  19. DangerFC
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Please advise:
    A. Dias to cancelo?
    B. Dcl to ?
    C. Hold transfer

    Team :
    Mc carthy, fabianski
    Mee, shaw, dias, stones, dier
    Bruno, gundo, salah, mane, grealish,
    Bamford, antonio, dcl

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      C

  20. GE
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    DCL ->

    1) Richarlison
    2) Cavani
    3) Ings

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Ings is good for future but Cavani for a punt I'd say.

    2. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Wondering the same. I'm either doing Rich or starting Son.

  21. bobfredbob
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Anyone considering Richarlson??

    1. estheblessed
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Thought about it. He did look good the other night. But his stats are pretty bad over the last 5 or so.

      1. bobfredbob
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Oh are they? I thought last few PL games he equalled DCL stats-wise? I might be wrong

  22. estheblessed
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    Last decision;

    a) Play Barnes Vs Liverpool
    b) -4pts for Burnley defence (I have Pope)

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      a) for me

  23. The Head-Ake
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    When are good GWs to play BB, WC and TC?

    24, 25, 26 in that order?

    1. Forza Papac
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Depends on your team. I'm WCing this week because I only have one City asset and no FH

  24. Il Capitano
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Can get this team for a -4, worth a BB even with Antonio uncertainty? Will WC in 25 and allows for Kane TC in 26. Or just wait and set my team up for BB26?

      Pope
      Stones Tarkowski/Shaw Cancelo Lowton
      Bruno Gundogan (C) Son Salah
      Antonio Richarlison/Cavani

      McCarthy - Bamford Soucek Coufal

    • HM2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Would you BB this?

      Martinez - Coufal - Soucek - Antonio*

      1. OleBall
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Looks good to me, unless you want to save for more dgwers

    • thom830g
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      2 FT 3,5 ITB

      Should I just do Bissouma -> Foden and play:

      Pope
      Robertson - Coufal - Dias - Shaw
      Salah - Bruno - Foden - Gundogan - Grealish
      Antonio

      (4m - Bamford - DCL - Justin)

    • sozopol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Start ? at Arsenal:

      A Bamford
      B Dallas
      C DCL

      Right now I'm on A

      1. sozopol
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        p.s. I know DCL almost certainly won't play v Fulham but he may well against MC right?

    • DavidKent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Would you rather have Everton’s Keane or 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)

    • OleBall
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days ago

      A) Play Soucek
      B) Justin > start Mee -4 (Own Pope)

      1. boombaba
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        A

    • boombaba
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      WC baby !