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.

Here’s how we voted for Double Gameweek 26:

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1,587 Comments Post a Comment
  1. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Plannint to tak a couple of hits to Bb, what would you recommend?

    Pope (McCarthy)
    Cancelo Stones Digne Mee (dallas)
    Bruno Salah Gundo Barnes (Raphinia)
    DCL Watkins (bamford)
    0FT, 3.9 itb

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      This already looks good for BB

    2. Bagheri Arce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      McCarthy to Areola and Mee to Shaw?

    3. rupopo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Raphina to Son and Mee to Shaw and we'd have the same teams. I'm also BB this week

      1. rupopo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Oh and McCarthy to Martinez...the we the same 🙂

    4. Ian & Zen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Mee owner here - playing to transfer out for a hit.. but not sure who tbh

  2. The Gambler.
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    a) Kane and Ayling
    b) Son and Digne

    1. fcsaltyballs
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A but can Ayling be a doubler?

      1. The Gambler.
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        £4.7m ?

        1. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Konsa

    2. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      B

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      B

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      B surely

    5. Sanchit
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      B

  3. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Watkins mega haul incoming

    1. PP6
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Pep don’t do this to me should I just take the hit and do Bam to Watkins

    2. FPL Pillars
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Yaaaaas!

  4. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    In so many ways,Graham Hughes was Wolves.RIP

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    A.Mee, Ings to Pereira, Watkins for -4,DCL captain
    B. Sterling, Ings to Gundogan, Kane, Kane TC

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      I think you need Gundogan

  6. Gandalf
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    For bench boost Coufal to
    A. Konsa
    B. Aina

    1. Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A

  7. McPollolocco
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Is this a good fit?

      Transfer Castagne in, play with 4 defenders and place Ings on the bench and I make Kane Triple Captain?

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Could work very well! Considering bringing in Castagne myself

    • Rains of Castamere
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Bamford to DCL for a -4?

      Free hitting in 29

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Yes

      2. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        I would

      3. FPL Pillars
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Aye

    • sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Been going back and forth between TC Bruno and TC Kane. I'm going crazy with this.

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        If you can't decide who to cap, definitely hold your TC chip.
        Use it when you're dead sure and confident on one option

        1. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          That surely does make sense, but there aren't that many DGW coming up..

      2. Slurpy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Same mate, how we gonna decide this once and for all?

        1. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I'm literally just about to flip a coin

          1. Slurpy
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Might come down to that must feels like I'm destined to end on the wrong option. I'm currently viewing Kane as the safe option, and Bruno more of a risk but higher reward.

      3. Bagheri Arce
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Both good picks.

        Toss a coin and just enjoy the extra points. Don't sweat the small stuff

        1. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Cheers!

      4. Ian & Zen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        If you want to play the chip (and I agree I don’t see a better week) but cannot decide just toss a coin - Heads = Kane
        - Tails = Bruno

      5. Red dev
          2 months, 20 days ago

          If it helps I can't see many goals against chelsea. Will be really tight game. I am going for Kane I think

      6. PP6
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Bottomed https://twitter.com/robguesty/status/1365301647526793219?s=21

        Look it’s probably bs and might not be in the double but this does really worry me C him I think I’ll switch to Bruno. Thoughts?

        1. Dannyb
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          For those of us without twitter, what is it?

          1. PP6
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            More from Jose on Vinicius: "In the Premier League he is going to play because we have so many matches that Kane cannot play every match."

          2. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            You know you can click a Twitter link and still view it right?

        2. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Kane is as nailed as they come

          1. PP6
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            100% but EL coming around the corner and Kane’s injury record there would be no shock if he was to miss or majorly have his mins managed

        3. Bagheri Arce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Surely if that is the case then he gets rested a week on Saturday?

      7. Liastro ⭐️
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Have BB, TC, and WC available.

        I’m not sure on the best strategy, any advice at all?

        1FT, 0.0m in bank

        Pope*
        Taylor* Cancelo* Dias*
        Salah* Fernandes* Son* Gundogan*
        DCL* Watkins* Bamford

        McCarthy - Dallas Raphinha Coufal

        1. The Gambler.
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          TC unless willing to take a -8

      8. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Best Justin replacement: 5.7 and below ( Have 3 city players already.
        A.AWB
        B.Dier
        C.Castagne
        D. Someone else?

        Cheers

        1. Rains of Castamere
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Reguilon?

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            I was considering him but just unsure if he will play both games with Davies doing okay in Europa

        2. Mid budget coach
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Perreira Digne Shaw Aina in that order

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Perreira over castagne then? I have Shaw and just a little short for Digne

            1. Mid budget coach
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 20 days ago

              I would do that, Perreira is in midfield

        3. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          D1) Keane with this DGW and maybe another one soon (definitely later, but might be gone from team by then lol).

          D2) Aina if you need BGW29 cover

      9. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Get rid of Stones or Sterling to get Gundogan?

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I wouldn't mate

      10. NULL-X-VOID
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Mou planting that seed of doubt in every Kane Captainer's mind haha classic

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Such a generic statement from him, so I am not worried.

      11. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        -8 taken. Hate losing Bamford but playing high risk high reward getting DCL for now. Now just to debate over Kane tc or c...

        Martinez (3.9)
        Cancelo Stones Digne (Dallas Johnson)
        Salah Bruno Son Gundogan (Raphinha)
        Kane(c/tc) DCL Watkins

        1. NULL-X-VOID
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          GL dakes

          1. NULL-X-VOID
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            and would captain Kane

            1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              No TC? Just begs the question of when else to use it then...

              1. NULL-X-VOID
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                nope tbh, Fulham and Burnley's current mentality and workrate don't justify that TC for me at least. If I would have to have use it this GW, I'd put it on Salah

          2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Cheers pal, and you

            1. Hadebayor Mum
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 20 days ago

              TC for the win. Ignore the ‘ane’ curse!

        2. FPL Pillars
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Nice team

        3. Messiah Hazard
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          I surely would not have taken a -8 for DCL. Don’t see him out scoring Bamford by 8 points. Owning Bamford and BBing I hope Bamford scores a lot as well...

      12. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        G2G on BB?

        Areola Johnstone
        Dias Dallas Targett Lowton Mitchell
        Salah Bruno Son Foden Gundogan
        Kane DCL Watkins

      13. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Any of these worth a FT?
        A) Soucek > Barnes (bench Bamford)
        B) Tarko > Digne
        C)Watkins > DCL

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          B is my fav option if you decide to

        2. Miro
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          C

        3. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Any of those are worth a FT, I'd say. I like A or C.

      14. fcsaltyballs
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Play two out of:

        1. Bamford (AVL)
        2. Raphinha (AVL)
        3. Konsa (lee, shu)

        Thanks

        1. fcsaltyballs
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Have Martinez GK

        2. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          1&3 for me

        3. NULL-X-VOID
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Konsa and Raph

          (Konsa for set piece goal threat, SHU Def is dead and Leeds well are Leeds)

        4. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          23

        5. tbos83
            2 months, 20 days ago

            1, 3

        6. tbos83
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Who is your captain and why? Think I'm going Salah based largely on hunch

            1. Mid budget coach
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 20 days ago

              That Salah hunch has killed me for weeks now, so just going KDB TC on a hunch for the knockout blow

            2. CROYDON DE BRUYNE
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Likewise

            3. Dannyb
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Salah for me

          • Sanchit
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            So Kane and bruno both will have >100%EO

          • Vancouver Stu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Any thoughts on swapping Meslier or McCarthy for Areola (-4) this week? Can’t get myself to trust Fulham even though I’m desperate to move on from these two

            Very jealous of everyone else who seems to have Martinez but don’t have the cash

            1. tbos83
                2 months, 20 days ago

                I've done Mccarthy > Areola

                1. Vancouver Stu
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Only thing holding me on that one is McCarthy double including SHU next week

            2. Apple Payet
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Nobody seems to have Sterling. I assume he will be rested but is there anything I've missed?

              1. bautasten
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                hard to fit in alongside Bruno, Salah, Kane probably

              2. KAALI_DAAL
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Very expensive

                • nico05
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  I have him but haven't heard anything why do we think he wont start?

                • NULL-X-VOID
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  failing the eye test. Lad has been consistent but he's missing too many chances and bottling finishes, as a results he's never on BAPS, and MCI have more options and cheaper price

                • Mid budget coach
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Hugs the touchline next to the linesman, maybe thats the reason

              3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                I don’t particularly fancy Bruno or Salah as (c/tc) this week, and rotation always a worry with City.

                For me that means Kane(c). If not TC now, is there any point in the future folks are looking at using it?

                1. Keeptrying
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  I think he is supposed to have another DGW.
                  I play BB this time.

                  Have even resigned to the possibility to TC someone in a SGW :/

                  1. Vancouver Stu
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    I don’t think there is any guarantee you are going to get as good a dgw for top clubs with - barring injury - 180 minutes for the likes of Kane, Bruno and Salah - all with at least 1 plum fixture so I would say if you are not using BB this is the week to TC

              4. bautasten
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Martinez. Pope
                Cancelo, Stones, Shaw, Dallas, Mee
                Salah, Bruno, Son, Gundogan, Grealish*
                DCL, Bamford, Antonio

                A) Son, Grealish*, Antonio, Mee >> Barnes, Traore, Kane, Aina (-12)
                B) Son, Grealish*, Antonio >> Barnes, Lookman, Kane (-8)
                C) Grealish*, Antonio >> Barnes, Watkins (if fit)/Maja (-4)

                Will BB this week. Opinions appriciated!

                1. Red dev
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Have you got free hit left for 29?

                    1. bautasten
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      nope, that's why A is somewhat appealing

                      1. Red dev
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          A does look good. But to save 4 points would probabaly go for B

                  • SoShy
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Madison , Timo , Antonio >> -4

                    A) Vardy, Diagne, gundo
                    B) barnes , dcl, watkins
                    C) Kane, B.Traore, Diagne

                    1. bautasten
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Such a tough choice...would you captain Kane if you bring him in?

                      1. SoShy
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Think I've got my captain set on Salah

                        1. bautasten
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 20 days ago

                          would go B then if I knew watkins was fit.

                    2. Mid budget coach
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      B if you have Son

                  • PogBruno
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Need some advice here -
                    A)Start Rafinha, bench Grealish and hope he will be back next week
                    B) Replace Grealish with Lookman/Traore??

                  • Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Interesting how my DGW depends on how my SGWers on BB perform! Apart from the captain choice of course!

                  • KAALI_DAAL
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Konsa vs ElMo?

                      1. bautasten
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Konsa if you can afford. Cash back in training...

                    • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      I just know that having sold Bamford (for DCL) and benching Raph / Dallas, Leeds will demolish my Martine CS now won’t they

                      1. FPL Pillars
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Villa won’t stop Leeds

                    • Shark Team
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Should I sacrifice any of those for Barnes or DCL?
                      Salah Bruno Raphinha Bamford Watkins
                      I'm BB this week but with DGW29 in mind
                      If DCL has a DGW 27 or 28 then it's tempting to drop Salah/Bruno

                      1. pingissimus
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Watkins to DCL on my mind. I'd go for it for free. Possible?

                        Watkins is a likely 2 pointer in 29 and DCL has much higher ceiling this week.

                        Think DGW28 is implausible - lots of weeks free later in the season when stadiums might even be open. Why announce 29 and not 28?