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. RECKLESS
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Which of these looks best?
    1) Salah + Son + Watkins
    2) Barnes + Son + Kane (-4)
    3) Salah + Barnes + Kane (-4)
    In 1), I would captain DCL...Feels downgrading Son for Kane is sideways and Salah being Salah, unpredictable

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

      3 for me

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

      3 for me!

      1. RECKLESS
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Arwnt Both Son and Kane on barren run? Or am I missing something?

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

          theres doubts on twitter over watkins, Kane looked lively and more attacking than he has done in recent months. Hes also got pens. Bale looks better, could help spark spurs.

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

      Salah unpredictable, how this season's turned things around. Cannot separate 1 and 3 but I went 3 btw.

    4. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      3 for sure

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

      3

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

      mate it's too close to call honestly. go with your gut. if i had kane i'd certainly be happy captaining him.

    7. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      Wow, guess need to see last Spurs match highlights asap! Has Son been that bad compared to Kane even after hitting post last game?

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

      1

  2. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Salah or Vardy plus cash? WC pick

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

      Salah, will Vardy play both games?

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

        I reckon Vardy is safe. All they have now is the top four to fight for

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

          Maybe, but he's been rested in tight schedule few times hasn't he?

    2. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      What you do with cash is imp..Example if it affords Digne over some 4.5mn def then by all means. Can help me above mate?

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

    Pick One:

    A) Bamford, Son, Dallas
    B) DCL, Barnes, Digne (-8)

    1. zotter
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      B. For this week

    2. RECKLESS
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      B if have FH available for bgw 29 else A. Can help above mate?

    3. Rog.
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 20 days ago

      A but Dallas to someone

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

      B for DGW but feels wrong

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

      B just

  4. zotter
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 20 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

  5. Doctor Evil
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 20 days ago

    Watkins!!! He’s going to smash it this gameweek

    1. KAALI_DAAL
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Like Grealish did last GW?

        1. Doctor Evil
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Grealish didn’t play last week you numpty

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 20 days ago

        glad you are so confident

        1. Doctor Evil
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

          Not Captain confident but it’s going to happen

          1. Eh, just one more thing ...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            That would be just what the doctor ordered.

    2. KAALI_DAAL
        2 months, 20 days ago

        Should i pick El Mohamady on WC or go for Konsa?

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

          I have. Use the force.

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Force?

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

                Yes Luke. Use it.

          2. Chrisirwin01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Personally, I went with El Mohamady due to budget. If budget wasn't a problem I think I would have went with Konsa as he seems to be more long term.

          3. Nightcrawler
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Has to be Elmo when u factor in the force

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

            Do you need them beyond DGW? Cash's started training.

        2. iL PiStOlErO
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 20 days ago

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

          Current defence:

          Pope McCarthy
          Cancelo Lowton Dallas Coufal ______

          Cheers.

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

            Shaw, keane

          2. Chrisirwin01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 20 days ago

            Keane (5.1)? Worth a punt imo

          3. KAALI_DAAL
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Shaw?

            • Effe
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Shaw

            • Rog.
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Regulion?

            • Big Ronnie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Shaw, Reguilon

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

            Best defender for the doubles and further 5.6 to spend
            Already own Cancelo Dias Dallas Digne

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

              Shaw

            2. Eh, just one more thing ...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Shaw

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

            Martinez (Pope)
            Dias Stones Digne (Dallas Mitchell)
            Salah Fernandes Gundogan Raphinha (Saka)
            Kane Calvert-Lewin Bamford

            Is it worth taking a hit for any player in my case?

            I have £2.5 in the bank, could buy Barnes and make him my 4th mid.

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

            Who to start:

            1. Bamford (hatrick v Villa last time)
            2. Raphinha (in form)

            Thanks

            1. Chrisirwin01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Bamford.

            2. KAALI_DAAL
                2 months, 20 days ago

                1

              • Rog.
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                2

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

              Feels like a make or break decision, and I've been crap at picking captains. So, what say all of you? Currently 111k OR and lead ML by 100.

              TC ...
              1) Kane - most sensible
              2) Bruno - slight differential perhaps
              3) DCL - bigger differential

              1. Effe
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                3

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

              My Dog Macey reckons I go TC Kane over Bruno

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

              A. Ings to watkins, captain DCL
              B. Sterling, Ings to Gundogan, Kane for -4, TC Kane

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

                A

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

                A

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

                A

            6. Heiro
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 20 days ago

              Evening all,

              Ings to Kane?

              Bench boost with Forster/Dallas/Raphinha/Mitchel?

              Or TV Kane?

              Could obv change Forster to a DGW player but not sure Mitchel plays.

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

                TC Kane

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

              Martinez
              R.James - Cancelo - Lowton
              Salah - Bruno - Foden - Sterling - Harrison
              Bamford - DCL (c)

              Meslier - Adams - Cresswell - Coufal
              0.0itb 1ft

              A) Stick to this team
              B) Sterling -> Gundo, Adams -> Kane (-4)
              C) Sterling -> Gundo, Bamford -> Kane, R.James -> Digne/Perreira (-8)
              D) Sterling -> Gundo, Adams -> Vardy, R.James -> Digne/Perreira (-8)
              E) Sterling -> Mahrez, Harrison -> Barnes, R.James -> Digne/Perreira (-8)

            8. Milkman Bruno
                2 months, 20 days ago

                Any advice on this shower would be great

                Martinez
                Cancelo, Digne, Tarkowski, Shaw
                Salah, Bruno, Gundogan, Barnes
                Dcl, Cavani

                Mendy, Ings, Minamino, Strujik -4 .1itb

                TIA

              • Richarlidad
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 20 days ago

                a) DCL for Bam
                b) Digne for Dallas

                Heads scrambled so just going with the majority. GL all

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

                  DCL

                2. Arlo2103
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    A

                3. Mee and the Boys
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Is Sterling --> KDB worth it for a -4?

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

                    Not even close

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

                      Or have i missed A injury?

                      1. Mee and the Boys
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        Seen lots of people believe that Sterling is unlikely to start both games whereas KDB should be nailed on for both

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

                      This. I wouldn’t change it for free

                4. Pukki Party
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  New article and i got the first post guys

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

                  Who thinks the fixture difficultly rating for Man City and their next 3 home games is accurate?

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

                  Martinez
                  Dias Cancelo Shaw
                  Salah Bruno Gundo Son Raph
                  DCL Watkins

                  BigusNipus Bamford Dallas Coufal

                  0FT 3.7ITB
                  No WC or BB. FH & TC still intact.

                  Any hits necessary?

                  Tempted to play Areola but Marty’s ownership is so high so probably not worth it.

                7. Totti
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Need your replies guys before pulling the trigger

                  Martinez forster
                  Mee taylor stones coufal bednarek
                  Sterling salah gundogan bruno raphinha
                  Bamford calvert ings

                  A) wildcard
                  B) mee ings sterling -> barnes dias/cancelo kane (-8)
                  C) mee taylor sterling ings -> dias/cancelo targett barnes kane (-12)

                8. PaulParker
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Any palace fans know the latest on Mitchell? Starter?

                9. citizenkane
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  For this week and beyond, which combo would you prefer:

                  A) Kane, Barnes, White (-4)
                  B) Son, Watkins, Digne/Pereira

                10. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  People here maligning Watkins playing against shu/lee. The last two teams he blanked against had strong defenses at the time. I see it ending up in premium tears for some (actually a lot) here.

                11. HD7
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  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

                12. Eh, just one more thing ...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 20 days ago

                  Oh for the love of god .... who to captain ..... and to triple or not ..... it name out of a hat time?

                13. Finding Timo
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Evening, how many points do people reckon DCL get this gameweek?

                  • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 20 days ago

                    Am on wildcard. How can I improve this team?

                    Dias
                    Dias Digne Target
                    Gundo Salah Bruno Barnes
                    DCL Watkins Kane

                    Sanchez Konsa Rafinha White

                    0.3 itb

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

                      Get a real starting GK? 😉

                      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        *Edersen

                    2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      DCL is the captain

                    3. RECKLESS
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 20 days ago

                      Beautiful team, I ger similar but Cancelo instead of Digne for -4.I would look to get Dallas instead of White by downgrading Ederson to areola or Digne to Cancelo .Can advice me below bro?

                      1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                        • 8 Years
                        2 months, 20 days ago

                        I am taking my chances on a possible rout against SOU and wba. These teams have shipped goals excessively. So am banking on one of the fixtures to have many goals. Hence Digne will be in the points. I cannot go for areola as my strategy is to maximize on City back to back doubles with the three most nailed players.