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. sp1122
      2 months, 11 days ago

      1. Bench boost with a non playing keeper (Steer)?

      Or

      2. -8 Robbo & Steer to Schmeichel & Reguilon (with GW29 in mind)

      1. Footieboot
          2 months, 11 days ago

          -8 no brainer

      2. Diro
          2 months, 11 days ago

          I have to go on a WC so :

          A) Kane, Salah, Raphinha, Cancelo
          B) Vardy, Son, Sterling, 4.3 def

          1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Please avoid Sterling at all costs.

            1. Diro
                2 months, 11 days ago

                With B, I will have 2 ManCity midfielders, would you not ?
                If A), my team will be like yours but i would take 3 ManCity players as they have 2 DGW

                1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Edersen, Dias, and Gundo are the top 3 nailed players in City. You need to choke up as many points as possible to maximize on their four home fixtures.

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

              A is more reliable as has 2 penalty takers in this Var crazy world. Can advice me below? Thanks

              1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Sterling possibly playing 2 fixtures is a put off in a team playing four at home in 2 GWks.

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

            On BB would it be a good idea or not to take -4 Sanchez to areola? Already have Martinez but unsure if it's actually worth it

          3. L S P
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Which Pereira would you rather start this GW?

            A) The DEF
            B) The MID

            1. Wooterr
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              B) The MID

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

              Def in mid

              1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                One of the best illustrations ever in FFS.

            3. Pépé Pig
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              B

          4. Wooterr
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Which 2 would you bench?
            Mee (tot, LEI) or Dallas (AVL), and
            Raphinha (AVL) or Bamford (AVL)

            or play both Mee and Dallas and bench Raphinha and Bamford?

            Thanks for your advice!

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

              I have the same players but only have to play one. Currently playing Mee ahead of Dallas, Bamford, Raphina..

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

            Grealish -> Barnes easy move to make?

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

              100% mate, can advice me below?

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

              Easy choice...

          6. Jet5605
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            All these Kane v Bruno TC questions can only mean one thing - Salah is going to outscore both of them

            1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Pool blanking at home does not inspire many I suppose.

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

            Which of these look better?
            1) Digne+ Son + Watkins
            2) Targett +Kane + Barnes(-4)
            Is Kane really worth -4 over Son with having to settle for Targett over Digne?

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

              Both good options. 2 if you are captaining Kane

            2. kUwe Inc.
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Close call. I would take B.
              I have all that lot except Son

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

            Friends, please: 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. Dash4
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Your mate posted earlier, he’s TC Calvert Lewin!!!

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

                  DON'T DO THIS TO ME

                2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  I second his mate. DCL plays against two weak fixtures and the fight he put to get a pen vs City is a good sign of a mega haul.

                  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    *two weak defenses

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

                If you're playing safety this early in the season, you've already blown it.

                Your pal needs to catch you. Follow your heart.

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

                TC on Salah, just imagine if he goes on one of his runs 🙂

            2. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Is there a functionality in FPL or any other site that can help you visualize on a single sheet/screen the teams your players face in future GWKs?

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

                Try the better fpl and fpl tools extensions on chrome. I can't remember which one does it but they provide a 5 week opposition key underneath each player in your pick team page on the main site.

            3. Jerryblock
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              What’s the best 5.0 budget defender for DGW26 and the following (including GW29 which will hold only 4 games)?
              - Targett (£4.9m) or Konsa (£4.6m)
              - Aina (£4.5m) but I already have Areola
              - Dier (£4.9m)
              Thanks guys

              1. jbenny1107
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Targett

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

                Dier this GW

                1. Jerryblock
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Is Dier nailed with Aurier back?

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Completely different positions.

                    1. Jerryblock
                      • 8 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Agreed, so Dier nailed you think?

                      1. how now brown cow
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        No. Mourinho has been mixing up centre backs after poor performances.

                        I'd say he starts both if he plays well in the 1st game. No guarantee.

                        1. Jerryblock
                          • 8 Years
                          2 months, 11 days ago

                          Thanks man, so will go with Targett I think

            4. jbenny1107
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Mee to Digne or Grealish to Son, can't do both.

              1. kUwe Inc.
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Son if dont have Kane, else Digne

            5. makivelja
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Is it worth to go -12 for:

              Ings > DCL
              Justin > Digne
              Maddison > Barnes
              Sterling > Salah?

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

                yes

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

                Yes

            6. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Is Digne likely to outscore Gundogan this week? need a differential to climb up the ranks and Gundo likely to be rested for one of the games doesn't help...

            7. Footieboot
                2 months, 11 days ago

                More nailed - Holgate or Godfrey?

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

                A) Diagne and Digne
                B) Keane and Watkins

                Who scored more this week?

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

                Will De Bruyne be back on penalties?

                Any chance of Ederson getting them? (I only hope he does a little bit as I’m transferring him in!).

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

                Bissouma > Gundogan (-8) for a bench boost?

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

                On BB, would you take -8 for this?

                Dallas + Raphinha + Cavani > Digne + Barnes + Watkins

                (I am not convinced by Watkins rumour and willing to take the risk rather than bringing one of Diagne/Maja, FH29, WC31 btw)

                1. kUwe Inc.
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Yes for BB

                2. Pad Randa (The OG)
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  What Watkins rumor?

              • VaVaVoom14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Why are a couple people on Twitter saying kane is injured? Any truth in this or just childish nonsense?

              • Pandastar5
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  triple captain dcl or bruno?

                • FPL FAN
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Play Bamford or get Barnes for Raphinha (-4)?

                  1. MikeS
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Play raphina

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

                      Raphinha on the bench, didn't mention

                • Pad Randa (The OG)
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Crazy to TC Salah?

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

                    I am, if he goes on one of his runs it will really kick you up the rankings. I’m currently around 16.000. Make or break to 1.000 🙂

                • Jerryblock
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  What about going for Digne (c)?

                  Everton playing 2 weak attacking teams so potential for clean sheet is high and he has significant potential for attacking returns.

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

                    Find your differential TC, Salah for me but own Digne and absolutely not a bad Idea

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

                  Is it worth taking -4 for Mee for a Aston Villa defender (multiple uocoming doubles)?

                  or just play him, otherwise benching 3*Leeds

                  1. Jerryblock
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Aston villa don’t have any other doubles planned for now. But they play in GW29. If you are not BB I think the hit is not necessary

                • Esalman
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  RMWCT please
                  Marinez
                  Digne Stones Pereira Aina Coufal
                  KDB Foden Bruno Barnes Saka
                  Kane Richarlison Watkins

                  GTG?

                  1. DangerFC
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Looks fairly good. Hope pep roulette doesn't bite you now.

                • And nothing else Mata'…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Who of three would you bet on Pep roulette for the DGW:
                  A) Gundo
                  B) Foden
                  C) Mahrez

                  1. MbOuse
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      A will get minutes

                  2. MbOuse
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Option 1: Ings and Fernandes Out. Kane and Barnes In (-4)
                      Option 2: Ings Out and Calvert-Lewin In (Free Transfer)

                      Thoughts?

                      1. DangerFC
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        Option 2. I don't understand why anyone would want bruno out he is the best player in the league at the moment. Even when he plays bad he scores points

                        1. MbOuse
                            2 months, 10 days ago

                            Thanks and agree - just worried about Kane TC's!

                      2. DangerFC
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        Wc
                        Am I gtg?
                        Ederson, sanchez
                        Shaw, digne, dias, targett, white,
                        Bruno, son, barnes, raphinha, gundo
                        Dcl, kane, vardy

                        Much appreciated. I can save my team and sign off

                      3. Bobby's Teeth
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        Hi legends,

                        What do you think about DCL's minutes this GW? Considering the two matches are less than 72 hours apart. Strongly considering him for captaincy, but that's the only lingering doubt.