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. KAALI_DAAL
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Best budget defender from Burnley?

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Lowton

      2. doher.ty
          2 months, 1 day ago

          There is really only one - Lowton

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Tarkowsk

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Lowton if I read the question properly

      3. Bambi
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Which one to captain?
        Ederson, Stones, Cancelo?

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ederson or Cancelo if feeling brave

        2. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ederson out of those

        3. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ederson taking penalties and you're the winner!

        4. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Ederson - nailed and penalties

          1. toerag
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            😆

        5. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Cancelo higher ceiling, not thought about a mid?
          One conceded goal is going to hurt!

          1. Bambi
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I see more of an upside of tripling up defenders, 1 clean sheet over the 2 should be sufficient

          2. doher.ty
              2 months, 1 day ago

              If he has those 3 then he can't have a mid without two transfers

        6. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Good evening everyone!!! What my best use of free transfer here??
          A- Areola and Lowton
          Or
          B- Pope and Soucek

          A- is Dawson to Lowton and play Areola
          B- is DDG to Pope and bench Areola

          Many thanks!!

          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            *B- and play Soucek

        7. Crouching Tiger
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Gundog or Pope for captain, that's the dilemma.

          1. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Gundo easy

          2. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Gundo

          3. boombaba
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Son

            1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Ain’t nobody capping a Jose mourinho player away to city

              Can see the size of the bus already

          4. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Ilkay

          5. Pooodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Gundog's ceiling is much higher and their floor is probably around the same level.

        8. JelliedSpark968
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Genuinely have no clue what to do, please help:

          Meslier Steer

          Dias Digne Tarkowski Justin Johnson

          Salah Bruno Barnes Soucek Romeu

          Antonio Bamford Watkins

          1FT, 6.6 ITB

          I guess that Barnes > Sterling is best move but I really like Barnes and think he could do well vs Liverpool

          1. Pooodle
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            I'd be tempted to take some hits. Barnes to Sterling is a complete no brainer. I'd also want to do something like Romeu to Gundogan or Justin to Cancelo for -4.

            1. JelliedSpark968
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Thanks. Who would I bench though?

              1. Pooodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                True - I guess Bamford, Johnson and maybe Watkins, but could also see the logic of playing Bamford or Watkins and just staying with 1 transfer.

        9. Pooodle
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          I'm planning to bench boost this week, but I have Antonio and I'm bit worried about Moyes' quotes today. Which is best:

          A) Keep Antonio and hope for the best (with a wasted spot on the BB if he doesn't make it)

          B) Remove Antonio for Richarlison (-4) and BB

          C) Don't play BB and bench Mendy, Coufal, Soucek and Bamford

          1. doher.ty
              2 months, 1 day ago

              That is difficult! Didn't see the quote but I'd be tempted with A

              1. Pooodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Moyes basically said he's "done a little bit on the grass", they're "trying to get him back quickly" and "he'll be very close" for this weekend. So, I don't think that's hugely positive.

                1. doher.ty
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Shout! That is a tough call! It's a great bench - I always save for a DGW but see the advantage of playing it this week

                    1. Pooodle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Thanks - I'm planning to WC next week too and will aim for a much cheaper bench than this so that's also why I think this week is a good option

              2. toerag
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                a

              3. JelliedSpark968
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                B but I like Cavani more than Rich

                1. Pooodle
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Thanks - I'm actually moving DCL to Cavani already so this would be in addition

            • The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Gtg? Bench right?
              Martinez
              Dias*,Cancelo*,Digne*,Mee*
              Gundogan*(c),Fernandes, Grealish,Son
              Watkins, Antonio

              Johnstone,Soucek,Coufal,DCL. 8.5m itb. 1FT.(rolling)

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Yes, if Son scores going to be tidal tears 🙂

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Would you play Soucek or Coufal over Son?

                  1. JelliedSpark968
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Soucek over Son imo

            • DagheMunegu
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Anyone please guys ?

              Dias Son to Raz Burnley def for free ?

              Yes or no ?

              Have cancelo and gundo

              1. iL PiStOlErO
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Yes

            • Jones Kusi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              What would you do here?
              Would you transfer out Justin to Mitchell to free up some funds or is it a waste of a transfer?
              Planning to wc30
              2 FT 1.3 ITB

              McCarthy Johnstone
              Mee Stones Cancelo Justin Dallas
              Salah Bruno Gundo Son Soucek
              Bamford Antonio Dcl

              1. SallySlayer
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                I'd be tempted to get in Pope or transfer out DCL

              2. Studs Up
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                DCL > Cavani ?

            • SallySlayer
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Pope
              Robbo- Cancelo - Coufal (Taylor, Mitchell)
              Salah - Barnes - Gundo - Bruno (Bissouma)
              Wilson - DCL - Bamford

              Thinking
              A) DCL + Barnes > Cavani + Sterling (-4)
              B) DCL + Wilson > Cavani + Watkins (-4)

              Thinking of WC next week. Worth it to take a hit this week or should i consider playing WC this week?

              1. Pooodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Don't WC this week because you'll want at least one of Son and Kane and their fixture isn't great this week.

                Of your options I'd go A.

            • sirmorbach
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Two last questions, please:

              Pope
              Dias*, Stones, Digne*, Cresswell
              Salah, Bruno, Grealish, Gündogan
              Antonio*, Watkins

              Martinez, Soucek, Dallas, DCL

              1: Sell DCL to Cavani/Bamford or save FT and assess later?
              2: Bench Watkins or Soucek?

              1. iL PiStOlErO
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Cavani

                Watkins

            • bobfredbob
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Worth it for a punt and -4?

              OUT: Robbo, DCL

              IN: Digne, Richarlson

              1. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                No

              2. iL PiStOlErO
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                No

              3. toerag
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                no

              4. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                No

              5. Pooodle
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Yes

              6. My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Yes

            • tissae
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Start one:
              1) Antonio
              2) Cresswell
              3) DCL

              1. Ozils Nozle
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Creswell

              2. toerag
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                1

              3. Mork calling Orson
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                1. If he doesn’t play then Cress should come off your bench

              4. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Cresswell

              5. tbos83
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  2

              6. 1justlookin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                For this week only, A or B?

                a) Coufal, Sterling, Soucek

                b) Stones, Son, Richarlison

                1. toerag
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  a

                2. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  A

              7. Babit1967
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Subs ok here? hate having to bench Coufal home to SU

                Martinez
                Dias Cancelo Mee
                Son Bruno (C) Rashford Gundo Saka
                Antonio Cavani

                Coufal DCL Holding

                1. nadman89
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  im also benching coufal , that west ham defense is in shambles id put holding first sub

                2. My heart goes Salalalalah
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Coufal over Son

              8. nadman89
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                have gundogan n dias , is it worth doing salah -> sterling(C) and -4?

                1. Rash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Yes imo as you'd be wanting 3 city players

                2. toerag
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  probly

              9. Rash
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Hopefully sticking with martinez over pope pays off again this week.. doubt it though 🙂

                1. toerag
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  i am

                2. nadman89
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Pope +targett for me why not get lowton if you can

                3. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Think it will

                4. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Burnley owners going to be in tears if cleanie disappears

              10. toerag
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                A. Tarkowski
                or
                B. Lowton

                anyone??

                1. Rash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  A if money no issue

                  1. iL PiStOlErO
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    This

                2. Mork calling Orson
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Differentials article made a good case for Lowton.

                  1. toerag
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    arrrgh

                3. toerag
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  ta both

              11. richarlison2348
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  What is everyones thoughts on Dias? Will he play or not?

                  1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    He’s been passed fit

                    1. doher.ty
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Has he? I might have been reading outdate information!

                    2. doher.ty
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Hasn't trained (from what I've read)

                        1. Pooodle
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Pep said he'd trained today

                    3. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Start DCL or Bamford?

                      1. Mr. O'Connell
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Bamford

                      2. nadman89
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        same dilemma , im going bamford just because hes on pens.. scored against chelsea away when they were flying

                    4. Mr. O'Connell
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Fodens gonna get about 8 mins of football over the next 2 isn't he

                      1. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Started 7/8 before this GW, limited options in MF for City, expecting 150 mins over the two games

                      2. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Could well be the star of this DGW?

                    5. LewanGOALski
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      (C): Pope or Gundo..?

                      1. iL PiStOlErO
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Gundo

                    6. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Start one:

                      A) Antonio (SHU)
                      B) Son (mci)

                      1. WE GO FOR IT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Antonio

                    7. Nibbsy
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Salah to Sterling for the next few weeks?

                      1. nadman89
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        im doing it and taking a -4 but i feel if you do it it has to be with intention to captain

                        1. Nibbsy
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Thanks. Would be for free, but feel like just having Sterling would be differential enough. Still prob play safe with Gundo captain

                    8. KAALI_DAAL
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Dias reliable this GW?

                        1. OleBall
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            Wouldn't buy, wouldn't sell situation imo

                          • Miguel Sanchez
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            Of course

                        2. Jinswick
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Yay or nay for this -4 pre WC?

                          Bellerin & Martinelli -> Lowton & Rodriguez (-4) [bench DCL]

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

                          Forster, Targett, Martinelli, Mitchell
                          Bank 2.3m, 1FT, all chips

                          1. Pooodle
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            yup

                        3. how now brown cow
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Oh bum cheeks.

                          0.1 short for DCL to Cavani.

                          1. RubeRx
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            richarlison

                            1. how now brown cow
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 1 day ago

                              Could work out.

                              I was planning my xmas shopping when he last scored any points though.

                          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            Where on earth have you spent your money? I’m
                            Literally swimming in cash

                            1. how now brown cow
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              2 months, 1 day ago

                              I've kept kane and Salah.

                              Can you sub me?

                              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                2 months, 1 day ago

                                Yeah for 8.5m to spend

                                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 5 Years
                                  2 months, 1 day ago

                                  Got*

                                  1. how now brown cow
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    2 months, 1 day ago

                                    How do you reckon the next couple of months will pan out without Wilson? Anyone going to step up to the plate?

                        4. Shark Team
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          The only reason I'm not captaining Gundo is because I believe he will be benched Vs Everton

                        5. arndff_
                          • 9 Years
                          2 months, 1 day ago

                          Who's the best Burnley defender? Price doesn't matter.

                          1. how now brown cow
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            Tarkowski

                        6. OleBall
                            2 months, 1 day ago

                            Who scores more points this GW?

                            A) Soucek
                            B) Mee -4

                            1. iL PiStOlErO
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 1 day ago

                              Tough. I hope for B