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

    Currently only have Son and Mo playing on the last day of DGW and no one on Monday

    Could be enough to tip me into getting DCL as captain in as the extra minus 4 to keep me interested all the way through.

    1. jammie26
        2 months, 11 days ago

        An odd way of playing imo.

      • Mid budget coach
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        You're definitely in it for the right reasons

    2. BRC500
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Who to triple captain? Sterling, Gundogan, Salah, Barnes, Kane, Calvert-Lewin? I notice that the highest points scorers in ten of the last eleven weeks have been defenders so add Pereira to the mix.

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

        Maybe a defender gets most points, but picking the one is too risky- your other choices are more consistent in getting points - I think all will get you points.. just choose one - don’t overthink it

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

      Right maybe this changes things, which is best lads?

      A) Ayling - Barnes - Kane
      B) Digne - Son - Watkins

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        B

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

        All for free then B because of Ayling. Ayling > DGW then A.

      3. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        B surely

      4. BRC500
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        A

      5. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        B

    4. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Repost

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

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I did Grealish > Barnes, fwiw.

        But from those options, I would go Traore.

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

      Anything worth a hit guys ?

      Martinez
      Cancelo Dias Shaw
      Salah Bruno Son Gundogan
      Kane DCL Watkins

      1. Wild Rover
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        🙄

        1. Rinseboy
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          hahaha

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

    6. Hadebayor Mum
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Would you....

      A. Bench Grealish, play Raphinha
      B. Grealish to Son -4, bench Raphinha

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        A

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

      Salah or Kane captain (or triple)

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Kane

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

        TC Kane, Henderson out

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

      Best defender up to £5.6m? Other defenders are Dias, Stones, Shaw and Dallas. Thinking Reguilon at the moment.

      A) Keane
      B) Targett
      C) Reguilon
      D) Aina
      E) Other suggestions (AWB, Soy?)

      1. Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        C

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

          Cheers

      2. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Wondering the same thing myself. If I knew he was nailed for both game's id agree but do we think Davies could play one of the games?

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

          Same, would definitely get him if I knew he would play both. He has played most games when fit though.

    9. sirmorbach
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Friends, I'm using my TC, torn between Kane and Bruno, and I am

      (a) the leader of my mini-league, and
      (b) fairly confident my mate running up will TC Bruno.

      TC Bruno, right?

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Chelsea have been good defensively. I would TC Bruno when he’s not playing Chelsea...

      2. Chrisirwin01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Go with your gut, sounds like a cop out but if you have a good gut/ record for Captaincy why deviate? Personally, I'm going with Kane.
        Chelsea will be tough for Utd & Crystal Palace seems to be digging in against teams of late.

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

      Bench one -

      Charlie Taylor
      Raphina
      Bamford

      Playing Taylor would give me ten DGW'ers but he hasn't got the best fixtures. On the other hand maybe double Leeds is overkill against Martinez?

      1. Messiah Hazard
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Raphina only because Charlie has DGW

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Why would you play Bamford over Raphina? Bamford's hat trick in the reverse fixture I assume?

    11. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Seriously considering Bamford/Antonio -> Diagne for a hit. Think he'll score big this GW. Any others in the same boat?

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Go with your gut

      2. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I'm thinking Diagne over Watkins this week too. Can get Barnes in midfield over a cheaper one the likes of Lookman.

    12. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Sterling, Ings to Gundogan, Kane for 4?

      1. KAALI_DAAL
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Yes if Kane captain

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

            Would TC Kane

      2. KAALI_DAAL
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Konsa vs ElMo pls?

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

            I went Konsa. So go Elmo probably.

        • Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Better option for this week?

          A) Watkins
          B) Barnes

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 11 days ago

              B

            • Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              (Leicester mid Barnes)

            • Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              A imo (provided that the rumours are BS)

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

                What rumours?

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

                Sorry? Rumours?

              3. sminkypinky
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Rumours?

                1. The 12th Man
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Fleetwood Mac

            • nico05
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              B

            • JoeSoap
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              B

          2. Rinseboy
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Final vote for my wildcard. Who scores more this week

            Reguilion or Shaw?

            Rest is

            Martinez
            Pereira Digne Dias
            KDB Gundo Bruno Barnes
            Kane DCL
            3.9 Bamford Raphinha Dallas

            1. bitm2007
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Playing with 10 men.

              1. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                11th would be Shaw.

                1. Rinseboy
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  ha cheers

            2. Messiah Hazard
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Shaw as you are wildcarding and need a good player for rest of season

            3. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Think Reguilon will play both?

              1. Rinseboy
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                no idea. See he had a run of games earlier in the season but been injured I guess recently

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Always look attacking when playing and good chance of clean sheets

          3. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Would you play this GW ?

            A) El Mohamady (also have Martinez)
            B) Raphina
            C) Bamford

            1. Nay08
                2 months, 11 days ago

                I'll take El Mohamady

              • KAALI_DAAL
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Raph and Bam are both on form. So B or C.

                • Pep Roulette
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  A

                • JoeSoap
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  C

                • Chrisirwin01
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  (A) due to dgw. The odds of a better are in your favour.

              • Nay08
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Which option is better?
                  Out: Ings, Grealish, Mee
                  for
                  1. Kane, Barnes, Defender
                  2. Watkins, Son, Defender

                  The Defender is Between:
                  a. Pereira: LEI good fixtures up to GW28, Good Differential, Potentially playing as a winger, but not playing in GW29.
                  b. Targett: Good fixtures in DGW26, Play in GW29, the downside can block me from having Grealish back (in case I need to) if I also take Watkins.
                  c. Fulham Def (Between Aina, Adarabioyo, Andersen): Have DGW26 and also play in GW29, it seems Fulham have tightened their defense a little bit, but not so great fixtures.

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

                    1A

                • JoeSoap
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  A. Digne/Bamford +4 (probably capt DCL, Bruno or Salah)
                  B. Aina or Konsa/Kane (Kane an option for captain and bench Bamford)

                • Diro
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    1) Keep my current team and do 1 or 2 transfers (-4) :
                    Martinez (McCarthy)
                    Konsa, Stones, Cancelo, (Justin, Dallas)
                    Sterling, Fernandes, Son, Raphinha (Grealish)
                    DCL, Bamford, Cavani

                    2) First WC draft :
                    Martinez, (Areola)
                    Konsa, Stones, Cancelo, Targett (Dallas)
                    Gundo, Barnes, Fernandes, Son (Raphinha)
                    Kane, Vardy (Bamford)

                    3) Second WC draft :
                    Martinez (Stier)
                    Konsa, Stones, Targett (Struijk, Mitchell)
                    Salah, Fernandes, Gundo, Barnes, Son
                    DCL, Vardy (Bamford)

                    If I WC, the question is more : Do I sacrifice my team to have the magic 5 in the middle and especially Salah or not ? ^^

                  • Lucas8406
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    who scores more?
                    A) Areola and Bamford
                    B) Pope and Maja

                  • Dybala10
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Was all set to do Bamford to Kane (-4) but surely move Watkins instead, even if it is just a rumour?

                    1. Pep Roulette
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      You'll blame the rumour when he plays and hauls big!

                  • Snooze ya lose
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Dcl worth a 4pt hit?

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

                    Where did these Watkins injury rumours come from?

                  • THEKID_88
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Is Dallas to Stones worth it over the next two GW's for a hit?

                    1. iL PiStOlErO
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      If there wasn't fear of rotation I would say go for it

                  • iL PiStOlErO
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Have 5.5 to spend on defender. Who do you recommend?

                    Current defence:

                    Pope McCarthy
                    Cancelo Lowton Dallas Coufal ____

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

                      For this week ?

                      1. iL PiStOlErO
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        Yes

                  • Muscout
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Martinez
                    Cancelo Shaw Dier
                    Salah Bruno Gundo Barnes
                    Kane (c) DCL Watkins

                    McCarthy Rudiger Raphinha Dallas

                    On BB, -4 already done, G2G?

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

                    screw it, Digne (C) for me. Looked at his games, and Everton's change in pace, I'm confident.

                    wish all you lads a good green arrow, cheers

                  • zotter
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Bamford for Watkins for free? Watkins likely 6 games. Bamford 4

                    Lose value on Bamford though

                    Also I have Raphinha on bench

                    Yes or No

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

                    Best move here?

                    A Play Bamford
                    B Antonio ->Watkins -4

                    Martinez
                    Cancelo Stones Shaw
                    Salah Bruno Gundogan Son Raph
                    Kane Bamford

                    Pope Antonio Dallas Coufal

                    1. Rinseboy
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      A

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

                    Which 1 to start?

                    A) Bamford (AVL)
                    B) Raphina (AVL)
                    C) Dallas (AVL)
                    D) Targett (lee, shu)

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

                      D

                    2. Pep Roulette
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      D

                    3. Magic Zico
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      D

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

                      Raph

                    5. RECKLESS
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      D as Target has decent chance creation and if Grealish is back vs Sheff, good chance of assist/cleanie as he changes entire AVL dynamics...Can advice me below?

                    6. Snooze ya lose
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      D

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

                      D

                    8. Miro
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      D easy