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. Ha.
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Watkins, Son and Dallas on my bench

    OOOOFT

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

      who you playing ahead of Son?

      1. Ha.
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Nobody in particular

        Grealish/Antonio/Bamford

    2. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I would consider BB

      1. Ha.
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I would if I had it

  2. Tango74
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Not much comments on captains

    Bruno or Gundogan?

    1. yosim
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 8 days ago

      im going Gundogan

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

      Gundo

    3. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Poll here - - - - >>

      1. Tango74
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah but on Saturday morning you get lots of comments here

    4. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      There's a poll for this stuff. I'd always captain a player who played 2 matches.

  3. yosim
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Grealish to Foden - yay or nay

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Nay

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

      Grealish due a few DGWs aswell... will you want him back?

      FTs will be useful esp if you've used FH/WC

      1. yosim
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 8 days ago

        that's the thing, not sure if I will want him back, hasn't exactly been lighting it up recently although he does have steady returns
        i dont want to lose Salah bruno or Son

    3. Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      hay is what horses eat

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

        Rupert due in 3...2...

    4. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      No

  4. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Sorry no replies

    Planning to bb in gw26 with a -4.

    Team will be
    Martinez McCarthy
    Digne cancelo dias kwp davies
    Salah bruno gundo grealish son
    Watkins bam dcl

    Do I need to find a way to get Kane in?is Son enough? Oly way is to take another hit and sacrifice salah to get kane.

    Suggestions will be helpful coz I need to transfer this gw based on whether I need kane or not.TIA

    1. yosim
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 8 days ago

      your defence is expensive, can't have it all

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Ok thanks.

    2. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I would plan for gw26 with Son & Kane in your team. If the only way to afford this is to sacrifice Salah then so be it

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks.

  5. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    A) start DCL v Man City
    B) start Bamford v Arsenal
    C) -4 for DCL to Richarlison for the double

    1. mynameisq
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      B

    3. Zladan
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      C

    4. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      B

    5. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Same dilemma here. Definitely not doing A.

  6. tomasjj
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Is Cavani nailed on now?
    Martial parked?

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      No. Martial will still get gametime.

      1. tomasjj
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Thanks!

  7. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Does Areola score more than Mccarthy this GW?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Possibly.

  8. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Pope
    Cancelo, Stones, Coufal
    Salah, Bruno(C), Son, Gundogan, Grealish
    Antonio, Bamford

    (Martinez, Dallas, DCL, Douglas)

    With 1FT + 3.6 itb should I replace Douglas with someone and use the BB or roll?

  9. SADIO SANÉ
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    is starting Saka and Antonio over Kane being a bit special? feel like they could both do well but Kane is Kane

    1. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Two in the space of one? Well done that.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        do you have a fully functioning brain?

        1. tomasjj
          • 7 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Apparently not.
          Still don't know what you mean.
          Which of the two are you considering swapping for Kane?

          1. SADIO SANÉ
            • 6 Years
            7 months, 8 days ago

            haha, it's a 'play 2, bench 1' situation

        2. Ha.
          • 6 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Eats, shoots and leaves

          Eats shoots and leaves

    2. toerag
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      i know what you mean - i have him but if he scores it all goes t]ts up. so - no scoring for you lankychops

  10. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Play two:

    A) Bamford
    B) Soucek
    C) Shaw
    D) Dallas

    1. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      A, B

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

      AC

    3. Eric Banternaaa
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      AB

    4. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Tough one. Probably AC

    5. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      AC

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      ab

  11. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Who to bench? I have two City defenders!

    A. Son
    B. Coufal

    1. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Eric Banternaaa
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      B

      1. Eric Banternaaa
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        If Spurs score its a good chance Son will be involved so will at least have some return.

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

      B

    4. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      A

    5. toerag
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      a

  12. Eric Banternaaa
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Martínez
    Justin Dias James
    Salah Rashford Barnes Son Gündogan
    DCL Watkins

    Steer Antonio Balbuena Dallas

    2FT 1.5ITB.

    Justin > Mee or Shaw?
    Roll the extra transfer and see how DCL is?

    1. toerag
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      i went mee

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

      Start Antonio over DCL

  13. toerag
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    here's this week's punt of a team

    Martinez
    Dias Tarkowski Cancelo Mee
    Bruno Salah Gundo(c) soucek
    Bamford Antonio

    Forster Kane Grealish Cresswell

    Have i got subs right??

    1. tomasjj
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I'd play Kane ahead of Soucek.

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

      NO! kane? must start

    3. toerag
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Kane can do one. if he scores the city def points are t{ts up.

      in for a penny.......

  14. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Capt Foden, risky?

    Martinez,
    Dias, Mee, Maguire, Coufal
    Salah, Foden, Bruno, Gundo
    Bamford, Watkins

    Johnson, Son, Mitchell, DCL

    5.8.

    1. toerag
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      might be worth it, i had him earlier and went him over gundo, it backfired

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I think hes a good shout as capt after his rest midweek.

  15. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    I have Stones, Sterling and Cancelo and I don't have Gundogan which EO% will be above 100%.

    I have 2 FT.

    Stones to Tarkowski, Son to Gundogan or spend 2 FT on other players?

    Thanks,

    1. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Otherwise, I am praying Sterling captain to save me

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Don't move out of fear. You'll want Son back in a week. I'd rather have Sterling (c) than Gundo, so I dunno what you're worried about.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I will WC next week,

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

      not sure your full team but no imo

      use1 FT & bank 2nd so you can plan better when we know 26 fixtures

    4. OleBall
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I'm in same boat as you, 80% sure i'm going without Gundo.

      Sterling C

  16. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    What to do?! 5.8ITB 2FT. Have wildcard and BB left.

    Martinez
    Cancelo, Dias, AWB, Coufal
    Fernandes, Gundogan, Grealish, Salah
    Bamford, Antonio
    Johnstone | DCL, Bissouma, Mitchell

    A) Mitchell -> Lowton (bench Coufal or Bamford?)- 2FT for next week to get Dallas & Raphina
    B) Mitchell & Bissouma -> Lowton & Sigurdson (bench Coufal & Bamford)
    C) B plus also DCL out for a -4 and bench boost?
    D) B & Wildcard in GW25

    Any help greatly appreciated

  17. Mr. O'Connell
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Sexy option of Foden, Coufal
    Or
    Non-sexy option of Soucek, Dias

    1. King of Kings.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Non sexy. I've been burned by Foden once before this season. Never again

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I had 11 gameweeks of him. Think I had 3 starts. I kind of want to bet against the City clean sheets this week, tho.

    2. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Is coufal sexy?

      Need to get in the valentine's mood, but the non-sexy for me.

      1. Mr. O'Connell
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        I guess not, but Foden is. Can't say no that haircut and a couple of eyebrow slits.

        1. toerag
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          😆

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Before midnight, non-sexy option

    4. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Bottle of wine in, I went for the sexy option.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Red or white?

  18. King of Kings.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Advice needed. Bench one:

    A - Son (mci)
    B - Watkins (bha)
    C - Grealish (bha)
    D - Coufal (SHU)

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      A or D

    2. *Reformed-Character*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      wow that's tough!

      i think i would bench one of the villa boys..

      Coinflip

      1. King of Kings.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Thinking maybe Watkins. BHA decent defensively recent so probably two Villa is excessive

        1. *Reformed-Character*
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          agreed

  19. Newms
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Cancelo or Diaz?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Dias if you don't want to worry about the lineups.

      1. toerag
        • 11 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        this

  20. *Reformed-Character*
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    1) Cavani & Rodriguez
    Or
    2) Lookman & Richarlison

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      1

    2. thegame983
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      1

      1. *Reformed-Character*
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        appreciate your opinions - thanks

  21. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    If you used WC this week would you go

    A) ManCity double defence
    B) ManCity double attack

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      A. But I'm dull.

    2. toerag
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      b

    3. OleBall
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Sterling Gundo Cancelo

  22. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    DCL to Ashley Barnes worth a punt or a waste of a transfer?
    Would mean benching Saka

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I'd play Saka

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Play Saka

    3. Boly Would
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Play Saka

  23. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo, Dias, Shaw
    Salah, Fernandes, Grealish, Gundogan, Soucek
    DCL, Antonio

    Steer; Bamford, Robertson, Dallas.

    1 FT 2.5 ITB

    A) Steer -> Pope
    B) DCL -> Richarlison
    C) Both for -4

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

      Start Bam bench DCL
      bank ft

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      A and play Bam

  24. VaVaVoom14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 8 days ago

    What would you do with this. One free transfer and 0.4 in the bank, all chips remaining.

    Areola
    Cancelo Stones Cresswell Trent
    Salah Sterling(c) Bruno Soucek Raphina
    Bamford

    (McCarthy Calvert Brewster Dier)

  25. Connor's Calling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Madness to go for Digne as a 1 week punt over Shaw? FT pre potential WC. He wasn’t mentioned by big Carlo so I’m hoping his knock was just that?

  26. Captain Warlock
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    On wildcard have Cancelo + Dias but thinking of doing Dias to Stones just to save money for emergencies
    Good or bad idea

    1. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      I'd want Dias if I had my WC - Worth it for the guaranteed game time.

      1. Captain Warlock
        • 4 Years
        7 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah I’m just overthinking it

        1. JohnnyRev7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 8 days ago

          Dias is a Pep boy.

  27. EWH2020
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Son
    B) Salah
    C) Grealish

    1. *Reformed-Character*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      ouch, what's rest of bench like? can you boost?

      I'd reluctantly bench C

    2. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Bench Son.

  28. BremerHB
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Midfield punt for the next two GWs up to 11.1 (Bruno, Fernandes, Gundo, Raphinha already in. Plus triple City.)?

    Was weighing up between JRod & Rashford but neither seem that enticing. Anyone else I have missed?

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      7 months, 8 days ago

      Link your whole team. We'll have more info to analyse.

  29. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    Captain Foden, Fernandes, Cancelo or Pope?

  30. StellaMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 8 days ago

    One FT to use - bring sterling in or something else?

    Sanchez (Martinez)
    Lowton, cancelo, Coufal (Dallas. /Mitchell)
    Salah, Son, Bruno, Gund, Grealish
    Antonio, Ings (DCL)