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. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Pick one for GW26:

    A: Diagne (scout choice)
    B: Rodriguez (Bur)
    C: Watkins

    1. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Watkins

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

    Bamford to DCL (-8) funded by a bench downgrade. Raphinha first sub.

    Am I mad?

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Could work if DCL has 2 more games over the next 3 GWs.

    2. jammie26
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Yep

    3. Corona is not good 4 U
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Is this good to go?

        Pope (Mc. Carthy)
        Dias, Stones, Digne, Mee (Coufal)
        Fernandes, Salah, Gündogan, Barnes (Raphinha)
        Kane (TC), Calvert-Lewin (Mc. Goldrick)

        Thank you!

        1. CoracAld2831
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Definitely.

          Nice team.

      • Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Keep flip flopping between Son and KDB on the wildcard. Tricky one. Obviously have to lose a City defender if I go KDB, and Son has a GW29 fixture, but KDB so tempting...

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I'd keep KDB tbh

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          You think he starts the two this GW?

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I think so, after he didn't play UCL

          2. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            nobody knows. Only thing we know is that Ederson will play 2.

        3. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Went KDB over Son, Dias Digne Pereira for defence, reguilon too if you like Spurs defence

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Yeah I'd get Pereira or Reg in for Cancelo or Dias if I go KDB

            1. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              I think its a worthy differential imo. As long as Kane, Bruno, DCL, Martinez and most template players are on your team

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

          I have gone KDB Gundo Stones from City and Kane from Spurs.

        5. WE GO FOR IT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          KdB has an extra game in GW27 as well. City are in better form. I'd rather double up on City mids than Son and Kane atm. I'd go KdB.
          Stones, Cancelo, Dias -> The order in which I'd lose oen of the City defenders

      • Alejo - CFC
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        A) Ings to DCL (C) (FT)

        B) Sterling + Ings --> Gundogan + Kane (C) (-4)

        A or B?
        Thanks

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A

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

          B

      • McPollolocco
          2 months, 11 days ago

          My Team:
          Martinez
          Digne, Cancelo, Targett
          Lookman, Salah, Neto, Rodriguez
          Bamford, Ings, Kane (C)
          Bench: McCarthy, Rüdiger, Coufal, Zaha

          My suggestions for GW26:
          a) Rüdiger --> Castagne or Reguilon (can not use Pereira) then Ings move to the bench and i will play with 4 defenders??

          b) Triple Captain Kane??

        • pundit of punts
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          BB team -

          Ederson
          Pereira - Stones - Shaw
          Bruno - Son - Gundogan - Barnes
          Kane - DCL - Watkins

          Lloris - Raphinha - Holgate - El Mohamady

          Thoughts? 🙂

          1. Alisson WondHaaland
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Ederson+Lloris is too much (even if bench boosting)
            Cash is back soon so El Mohamady is risky
            Otherwise I like it

            1. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Already have this team from WC last week

              Will downgrade Ederson soon to fund KDB/Salah after the DGW

          2. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            WC to come?

            Ederson Lloris leaves you without a goalie in 33. Going Ederson Martinez here on BB. Cheaper and gives me maximum doubles, 29 and cover in 33. After which I likely lose Martinez

        • Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A) Coufal to Konsa -4 and start him
          B) Start Bamford

          Im tempted to make the move since Im not losing a GW 29 player and Konsa could get a DGW 28 on top of the DGW this week.

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

            B

        • Kryptonite666
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Pages flying rapidly

          Would you Bamford to Watkins for a -4 in light of the injury rumors ?

          1. Bubz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Oh god, what have I missed? Is Bam injured?

            1. Kryptonite666
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Watkins - rumor, probably BS

              1. Bubz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                These rumours keep ending up true these days tbh

        • HD7
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A, B or C, mates?

          Martinez
          Cancelo Stones Mitchell
          Salah Bruno Sterling Maddy*
          Ings Bamford Cavani*

          Fraser, Mee, Strujic, Bissouma

          A) Cavani Sterling to Kane (TC) and Gundo (-4) , sub in Mee If Maddy is missing ;

          B) + Maddy to Son/ Barnes (-4)

          C) + Ings to DCL (-4)
          all 4 transfers for -12

        • Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Matheus Pereira or Bertrand Traore for last midfielder on WC?

          have 5 other GW29 players, no FH, BB28 planned

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

          Gundogan too risky a (c) choice over Kane?

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

            Y

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

          Dallas or Digne -4?

        • Manani
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          gtg?

          Martinez
          Cancelo Diaz Mee
          Salah Son Gundogan Raphinna
          Bamford DCL Kane(TC)

          0 FT left

        • Red dev
            2 months, 11 days ago

            So may aswell use TC this week!
            Who would you go with?

            A. Kane
            B. Salah
            C. Bruno

            Also would you bench grealish or keep him in over bamford in case he is fit for Sheffield United game?

            1. JelliedSpark968
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              I don't understand why people are TC'ing if they aren't sure on who to captain

              1. jammie26
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Agree. Ive got about 5 captain candidates, i have no clue hence why I'm saving TC.

                  1. Red dev
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      I know you mean but I'm just concerned there won't be a better time to use it. And loads are playing bench boost which I haven't got

                  2. Red dev
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Yeh but it's just the normal captain dilemma whether its triple or not. There is no stand out choice with so many options

                  3. In a Rush
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    I’m on Dcl but don’t own Kane

                    1. Red dev
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        If you had Kane would you still go for DCL?

                  4. JelliedSpark968
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Would you bring in Gundogan this week if you don't already own him? Thinking Sterling + Watkins > Gundo + Kane (-4)

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

                    It's a big week!

                    Kane (C) BB Bambam, Dallas, Struijk, McCarthy.

                    GL everyone!

                  6. In a Rush
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Is Coufal ➡️ Konsa worth a -4 to play over Rüdiger?

                    A. Stick
                    B. Twist

                  7. Nespinha
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    -4 to change Mee for Targett?

                  8. Parsnips
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Locking it in. Do I definitely Tc Kane...

                    • Feanor
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Start Dallas or Mitchell?

                      1. reeceon
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        Dallas

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

                        Dallas

                    • KAALI_DAAL
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        Wise to keep Bam on WC considering BGW coming up?

                      • sp1122
                          2 months, 11 days ago

                          Best option for this week?

                          1 Kane Triple Captain
                          2. Areola, Dallas, ASM, Antonio Bench Boost

                          1. reeceon
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 11 days ago

                            2, can't see many other good weeks to BB

                          2. MightyGar
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              2

                          3. Shultan
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 11 days ago

                            On WC...is it crazy to do Bruno to Son?
                            Chelsea, City, blank in next 5

                            Bruno scores v top 6 teams
                            Spurs (H)- 5
                            Arsenal H&A, Liverpool, Chelsea, City- blanks all 5 times

                            Son has double & plays GW29

                            1. NULL-X-VOID
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              no, Bruno is in the form of his life, and he's very attack centric. Wouldn't lose him

                            2. JelliedSpark968
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              Keep Bruno imo, no better option in the game atm

                            3. Shultan
                              • 5 Years
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              Thanks both

                          4. reeceon
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 11 days ago

                            A) best keeper this week only
                            B) best defender who also plays 29
                            Budget not an issue

                          5. NULL-X-VOID
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 11 days ago

                            any footy app that shows specific stats like SOT of every player in the lineup of that game?

                          6. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 11 days ago

                            These moves worth massive -12? I think so but not sure.. yay or nay?

                            Pope+Grealish+Bamford+Cavani -> Martinez+Barnes+DCL+Kane(TC)

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

                              Keep Pope and then it's only - 8

                          7. Watermelons
                            • 3 Years
                            2 months, 11 days ago

                            Barnes Captainers! Rollcall please!!

                            1. In a Rush
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              Dcl TC

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

                            Evening gents.

                            A) Antonio & Grealish >> Kane & Raphina -4pts
                            B) Antonio, Grealish & Pope >> Kane, H Barnes & Forster -8pts

                            1. JelliedSpark968
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              A

                          9. gomez123
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 11 days ago

                            Is it madness getting rid of Salah on a WC this week??

                            1. NULL-X-VOID
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              yes

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

                              Yes, Sheffield United have no defenders!!!

                            3. Keeptrying
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              not madness. Could kind of backfire, but go with your gut!

                            4. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
                              • 4 Years
                              2 months, 11 days ago

                              Yes, almost considering Captaining him