Scout Picks

Double Gameweek 26 Scout Picks built on Man City and Everton assets

Players from Manchester City and Everton form the spine of our Double Gameweek 26 Scout Picks XI.

In a side chosen by David, Neale, Tom and Andy, we have included two players from both clubs ahead of a bumper round of fixtures.

We line up a in a 3-4-3 formation again, which comes in bang on our budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

Gameweek 21 Scout Picks features another Man City triple-up

Fulham’s Alphonse Areola (£4.5m) regains his place in goal for the Scout Picks XI. Fulham face-off against two of the worst attacks in the league on recent form, with Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at the bottom of the expected goals (xG) table for the last six games. Fulham’s defence has also improved in recent weeks, with the Cottagers only conceding five goals in their last six games.

DEFENDERS

Ruben Dias (£6.1m) is the Manchester City defender most immune to Pep Guardiola’s rotation, so he makes the Scout Picks. The Portuguese international has been at the heart of City’s defensive improvements, with them only conceding 15 goals in 25 games. Their recent numbers are just as impressive, with only two big chances conceded in their last six games.

Full-back Lucas Digne (£6.1m) makes his return to the Scout Picks ahead of a juicy Double Gameweek for Everton. Only Aaron Cresswell (£5.8m) has created more goals than Digne this season, and has had nine more starts. The Toffees also face off against West Brom, who have conceded the most goals this season, and Southampton, with no recognised first team right-back available.

Budget player Ahmed El Mohamady (£4.3m) takes up the final spot in defence. Due to an injury to Matty Cash (£5.0m), Aston Villa manager Dean Smith confirmed El Mohamady will be getting a run of games at right-back. At a rock-bottom price and with his place assured in the team, El Mohamady should bring in a decent haul from games against Southampton and Leeds.

MIDFIELDERS

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) continues to produce some of the best attacking numbers in the league, despite Liverpool’s slide down the table. The Egyptian has had the most big chances of all midfielders in the last six games, scoring four goals in that time. With two fixtures in Double Gameweek 26 including one against bottom of the league Sheffield United, Salah looks set to add more attacking returns to his impressive tally.

A staple in the team of nearly every Fantasy manager, Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) retains his place in the Scout Picks. Fantasy Premier League’s highest scoring player has the most assists of any midfielder in the league, and Salah is the only midfielder to score more goals. Manchester United’s second game sees them travel to Palace, who have the worst expected goals conceded (xGC) rating of all Premier League teams in the last six matches.

The in-form Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) takes up the third slot in our midfield. Barnes has taken his game to another level this season, scoring an impressive nine goals from midfield. Salah and Sadio Mané (£11.8m) are the only midfielders to have had more shots in the box than Barnes this season, so we’re backing the Leicester star to continue the form which has seen him deliver double-digit hauls in his last two games.

Ilkay Gundogan (£6.1m) takes up the final slot in our midfield. The German still offers incredible value in midfield, getting on the end of six big chances in his last six games, as well as having the highest xG and expected goal involvement (xGI) of all midfielders over that time period.

FORWARDS

Harry Kane (£11.1m) returns to lead the line for the Scout Picks in what could be a make or break Gameweek for Spurs’ season. Even after missing several games through injury, Kane is still joint-top goalscorer for forwards and has also had the most attempts on goal. Since returning from injury, the England international has also had the most shots in the box in the last three games.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s (£7.7m) return to fitness sees him take up a spot in the Scout Picks. Calvert-Lewin has two plum fixtures against the league’s worst defence in West Brom, and against a Southampton side who have conceded 19 goals in six games. The England international had scored in consecutive games before his injury and will be a strong captaincy option for some.

With an ownership of just 0.5%, West Brom striker Mbaye Diagne (£6.0m) is a cracking differential option for Double Gameweek 26. Strong early displays have seen Diagne get on the end of five big chances in five games, and he has the highest xG rating of all forwards from the last four Gameweeks. If Diagne can start converting his impressive numbers into more goals against Brighton and a leaky Everton defence, then he will prove to be a powerful differential.

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnstone (£4.5m)
  • Luke Shaw (£5.1m)
  • Ola Aina (£4.5m)
  • Pedro Neto (£5.7m)

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.

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1,587 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    The first highlight of a big DGW week is too see how your ML rivals have approached it, hopefully most will have botched it up.

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      My ML rival will have 19 playing vs 27 of mine. But he will definitely use his TC. Lets see how it goes.

  2. nerd_is_the_werd
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Assuming I do Sterling ---> Son.
    Is it worth doing Bamford --> DCL for a -4?, or suggest another 8.9m FWD.
    Would love to get Kane in, but would have to take another -4.

    1. Michu stole my mojo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Not sure why you’d be doing Sterling to Son, however if you do, Bamford > DCL is a great option

  3. Jindaljain
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Whom to start with A)Ben mee or B)Dallas & C) Ings or D) Bamford???

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Bamford

    2. Michu stole my mojo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Bamford

  4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Just saw the captain poll. I have all of the top 5. Go with what the crowd is saying here and captain Kane?

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Nope. Mark knows, And he says....... Kane 😀

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        So difficult this GW!

    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      All of top 6 actually! Scary.

  5. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Triple Everton Triple Spurs too risky on a FH??

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I think double for each should be good. Double Spurs attack and one each from defense and attack of Everton.

    2. casual69
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      all depends on alternatives and make up of the team i guess

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Ederson
        Digne Dias/Pereira Reguilon
        Salah Son Barnes Mount
        Kane Rich DCL

        Thoughts??

        1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          No City attack? Rotation fears?

  6. Slim25
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Martinez,
    Cancelo, AWB, Stones
    Gundo, Salah, Bruno, *Grealish*
    DCL, Kane (c), Bamford
    (Button, Raphinha, Mitchell, Coufal)

    Thought of 3 options, what would be the best one? Cheers!
    A: Grealish - Barnes (free transfer)
    B: Grealish & Coufal - Barnes & Soy/Sanchez (-4)
    C: Grealish, Coufal & Button - Barnes, Keane & Johnstone (-8, potentially use bench boost)

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

      1. Slim25
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Play Bamford or Raph?

  7. richarlison2348
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Anyone got any more information on Watkins injury, or is Dean Smith doing mind games as revenge?

      1. Attractive Nuisance
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Might just be a rumour. Nothing concrete.

      2. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Seems very unlikely IMO

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      GtG ? WC draft. What to change ? 0.6 iTB

      Martinez
      Holgate-Dias-Reguilon
      Barnes-Son-Gundo-Bruno
      Kane(C)-Diagne-DCL

      Fabri-Dunk-Raph-Dallas

    • Pandastar5
        2 months, 11 days ago

        worth to take a hit for sterling --> son due to fixtures and possible sterling rest?

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          no

      • Attractive Nuisance
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Rudiger or Konsa or AMN. Whom to pick for my WC team guys?

        1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Konsa

        2. Original Pirate Material
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Rudiger, good fixtures after the DGW and cheap too

        3. PompeyUpNorth!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Konsa as he plays week 29 and may have another double week 28

      • SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Fed up with this guys.Need help.

        A) Antonio son Martin to kaneC barnes areola -4 and bb
        B) Antonio Salah Martin to kaneC barnes areola -4 and bb

        No fh. Suggestions needed for one last time guys.

        1. wijohnson85
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A safer option. Depends how much you want to back Spurs

        2. AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A also

      • wijohnson85
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        A) Ings and Adams - > Kane and Watkins
        B) Ings and Adams - > Kane and DCL
        C) A and Son -> Salah -8pt

        1. AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          B

      • I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Buy one:

        A) Watkins
        B) Diagne
        C) Maja

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          BGW29 is a factor.

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            With all Watkins rumours B or C. I'm on B curently

      • Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Better option on FH

        A Son
        B KDB

        Leaning towards A due to security of starts!!

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A

          1. AgentFern
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            B

      • You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Banish from my team:

        a) R. James
        b) Mee

        1. AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          James

      • Dele
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Can any Fulham fan tell me if Tete has been dropped?

        1. CravenA
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Rotations mainly, but defo not a nailed starter.

      • Toughie
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bottomed

        I'm using BB this week (FH29) and willing to take a hit or two as I have 3 SGW players in Dunk(wba), Bamford(AVL) & Raphinha.

        A. Dunk to Reguilon (BUR, ful) (-4) or
        B. Dunk to Pereira (ARS, bur)(-4)

        Appreciate any input

      • Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Anyone got a link to the Watkins rumour?

          1. ZAMUNDA
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Tweet has been deleted

      • Irish Villan 1985
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Lads, need some urgent help please!!

        Contemplating the following....Have 2 FTs!

        Barnes for Grealish, but do I need anything else?

        Team would be....11 DGWers

        Martinez

        Cancelo, Stones, Shaw, Alonso

        Salah, Barnes, Son, Bruno, Gündogan

        DCL

        Bench: Johnstone, Bamford, Antonio, Justin

        Any advice?? Thanks!!!

      • The Frenchie
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Already -8 for that team, would you add -4 to get Watkins instead of Bamford?

        Martinez
        Stones - Dias - Targett
        Salah - Bruno - Son - Gundogan - Barnes
        Kane (C) - Bamford

        Meslier - Dallas - Coufal - Brewster

        I did:
        In: Martinez, Targett, Barnes
        Out: Fabianski, Cresswell, Maddison

        1. Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Not for a hit

      • AgentFern
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        What you guys think of this plan. WC activated for this GW...

        Martinez (johnstone)
        Cancelo, Dias, Shaw, (Konsa, Coufal)
        Salah, Barnes, Bruno, Gundo (Soucek)
        DCL, Kane, Watkins

        Will play BB GW27
        Johnstone (NEW)
        Konsa (Wolves)
        Soucek (Leeds)
        Coufal (Leeds)

        And then build a team for BGW29 should be able to get 9/10 players

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Wouldnt pick Watkins on WC

          1. AgentFern
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Coz of the rumours? Decent double this week and plays in 29. What would you suggest. I want 12dgwers

      • BlzE_94
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        WC team GTG?

        Martinez (Sanchez)
        Dias Cancelo Digne (Dallas, Targett)
        Bruno Son Barnes Gundo (Raphina)
        Kane DCL Watkins

      • ZoumasBloomers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Start bam bam or Raph?

        1. The Frenchie
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Bamford

      • Footieboot
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Martinez - Pope
          Dias - Stones - Shaw - Coufal - Mitchell
          Salah - Bruno - Son - Grealish - Gundo
          DCL - Watkins - Bamford

          2FT Gonna BB

          Plan is
          Coufal + Mitchell + Grealish ---> Konsa + Aina / Rudiger / Godfrey + Barnes

          Anything worth a hit? Maybe Pope out or Watkins out due to the injury rumours?

        • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I hope Watkins starts and hauls

        • Tombory
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          When should I wildcard? I don't have FH

          1. PompeyUpNorth!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Now or week 30 depending on your team

        • abaalan
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Week after WC...already considering a hit. BB this gw and no FH for 29. Worht it for -4?:
          A) Burn -> Targett
          B) Stujk -> Konsa
          C) Stuijk -> El Mohammady
          D) No hit

        • Van der Faart
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          For -8, Tarko, Bamford, A.Barnes to Digne, DCL and Kane, set me up like this for the DGW. G2G or do I need to get Gundo in for Foden? Also thinking of Son to Maddison instead of the defensive move.

          Martinez (Meslier)
          Dias Cancelo Digne (Cresswell Holding)
          Son Bruno Foden Barnes (Raphinha)
          Kane DCL Watkins

        • The Frenchie
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Kane or Burno as a captain?

        • Champ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Every season, some of us set up our team for gameweeks like this and then forget to activate their TC or BB chip....easy thing to forget

          So...if planning to use then ACTIVATE NOW!!

          Remember, you can always cancel those chips if you change your mind

          GL all

          1. fcsaltyballs
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Which are you using

            1. Champ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              TC and BB 30 possibly

              1. fcsaltyballs
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Nice, similar plan

                Who are you gonna TC this week?

          2. Dannyb
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Cheers, just hit wc in case I want to use it, I've already made a few transfers but I thought you couldn't cancel itm

            1. AgentFern
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              You can't cancel WC