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. Well you know, Triffic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Is Dias the most nailed? Or should I stick with Cancelo.

    1. NULL-X-VOID
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Dias the most nailed

    2. linkafu
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Dias the most nailed bur Cancelo is in good form and can score or assist.

    3. Arfaish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Dias most nailed but Cancelo higher ceiling and fairly nailed

    4. Blens
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Think Dias is nailed - Cancelo had a full 90 like Gundo mid-week..I have them both and worried about rotation risk.

  2. Connor's Calling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    On WC

    Stones +

    A) Dier / Konsa / Elmo* / White (gives me 11 without hits for BGW29)

    B) Digne / Elmo* / Struijk / Mitchell (gives me 9 without hits for BGW29)

    *Cash being back in training a small blow here...

    1. Arfaish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B

    2. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Dier isn't nailed and Elmo is only good for a week.

  3. Arfaish
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    I still have my WC, BB and FH available, which looks best:

    Martinez (£4m)
    Cancelo, Stones, Mitchell (Dallas, Justin)
    Salah, Son, Sterling, Bruno, (Raphinha)
    DCL, Bamford, Antonio

    A) Sterling, Antonio > Gundo, Kane
    B) Raphinha, Antonio > Barnes, (Brewster)
    C) Cancelo, Raphina > Shaw, Gundogan (bench Antonio)

    Cheers

  4. Evasivo
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Start Mee or Dallas??

    1. Krafty Werks
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Really is a 50/50, toss a coin!!

    2. Arfaish
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Dallas

    3. Evasivo
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Had Mee starting all week without really thinking about it but Dallas seems better choice imo

  5. linkafu
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 13 days ago

    which combi scores more?

    A- Antonio, Rashford, Pope
    B- Kane 3*(c), Vardy, Lloris, -12

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      not really a fair comparison

      1. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Yes but it's actually my reality.. And don't forget the -12

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          but you save the TC in A for another day presumably?

          in addition you actually have a different captain so that would need to be included

  6. NateDogsCats
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ederson
      Dias Pereira AMN
      Bruno(C) Salah Mount Gundo
      Kane Watkins DCL
      (Martinez Burn Cresswell Raphinha)

      What's the best call here?

      A) Bruno TC
      B) BB

    • Redranger
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Is McCarthy, Dallas, Bamford & Raphinha worth playing BB?

    • I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Diagne or Maja?

      1. Saves the day
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Maja

      2. Kuzser
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Diagne for next 4.

      3. Krafty Werks
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I've gone Maja as has a fixture in BGW29 which i'm working towards before wildcard 31.

    • Z
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Who is the best replacement for Watkins.???

      1. Saves the day
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Why are you replacing Watkins? DCL?

        1. yakirh
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Rumours he is injured

      2. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Diagne

    • Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Alisson available for the DGW??

    • The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Watkins or Bamford > Kane?

      1. Saves the day
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Of those two, Watkins

    • FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      McCarthy,
      Stones, Cancelo, Tarkowski
      Salah, Gundogan, Bruno, Son, Raphina
      DCL, Bamford

      Forster, Ings , Coufal, Mitchell

      1ft 2.2itb WC BB and FH available

      Ings, son and Tarkowski > kane(c), Barnes and Digne

      Is this worth a -8?

      I must add for context I have only taken 8 points worth in hits all season so this is very rare for me. The move does involve captainimg Kane and is set up for the next three gw where there could be a double for Everton.

      This move would poise a headache as I'd have to bench either Raphina or Bamford!

    • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Kane(c) and possibly TC.

      Another week of ownin Bruno but hoping he blanks for the EO then...

      1. Ragabolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Stop copying my team and moves 😛

    • sentz05
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Someone talk me out of triple captaining Salah. Fixture against bottom of league team. I’ve also got Bruno and Gundogan.

      1. iCon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Could be great, but too risky IMO. I'd probably pick Bruno over him, but would still be reluctant to TC him

      2. The Hunt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        OK. He's shite.

    • KAALI_DAAL
        1 month, 13 days ago

        What are the pros and cons of playing WC this GW?

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          It's team & chip availability dependent.
          If you have 10+ DGWs this week you should be fine.

          WC could be of use later on, but difficult to give generic advice without more info.

        2. vincentwsho
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I played it this week since the DGW26 fixtures weren't released before GW25 deadline...

          I wanted to have Kane and also plan a possible BB in the coming weeks, since there might not be any DGWs after 33

        3. Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          For me, the pros are I can get a full squad of dgw players and set myself up for the blank in 29. Cons are that I still have no idea when I'll BB and it'll be a bit trickier to remove week 29 players.

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Good ebening everyone. Terrible TV so i had to make some adjustments on WC

        WC draft. All good ?

        Martinez
        Holgate-Reguilon-Dias
        Gundo-Barnes-Bruno-Son
        Kane(C)-Diagne-DLC

        Fabri-Raph-Dallas-Dunk

        0.6 iTB to do Bruno to Sterling (TC) next GW.

        What to change here ?

      • Ciarant20
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Bamford and Pieters to DCL and Aina -4
        Or
        Pieters to Digne

      • linkafu
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No likes for Bruno TC?

      • BigKeith
          1 month, 13 days ago

          On WC G2G?

          Martinez (Sanchez)
          Stones, Cancelo, Targett (Digne, Strujik)
          Son, Bruno, Barnes, Gundogan (JRod)
          Vardy, DCL, Watkins

          Not sure if I have too much £ on the bench

        • gellinmagellan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Bench Raphinha or Bamford? 😐

        • DAZZ
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          already on a -4 Ings Bamford > Kane DCL...

          is Grealish > Barnes worth -8? I'm BB so want to maximize potential.

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            yes

          2. Keeptrying
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            yes.

          3. frenchfries
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            -4 already gone. Look at it as a -4 move. Depends on your starting 11, but worth it if i see it isolated

        • Rhodes your boat
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Gtg all? 0ft 0.0itb and BB!

          Martinez areola
          Stones shaw targett holgate rudiger
          Salah Bruno son Barnes gundo
          Kane(c) bamford watkins

          1. frenchfries
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Gtg
            What transfer did you do?

            1. Rhodes your boat
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Raphinha Dallas to Barnes holgate -4, wish I could keep raph but can’t have them all

              1. frenchfries
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Barnes is great, would like him also if it was an easy swap

          2. yakirh
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Not worried about Watkins?

            1. Rhodes your boat
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Sorry have I missed something?

              1. yakirh
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Rumours he is injured
                See last pages

                1. Rhodes your boat
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Damn 🙁 I’ll have a look

        • frenchfries
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          BB team 1ft 0.0itb

          Martinez
          Dias Zinchenko White
          Salah Fernandes Son Gundogan
          Kane(C) Bamford Watkins

          Sanchez Raphinha Dallas Rudiger

          Dallas -> Targett on ft?

        • Saosin
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Currently on -4

          Mendy - Forster
          Cancelo - Stones - Mitchell - Konsa - Dallas
          Bruno - Raphinha - Gundo - Raphinha - Salah
          Kane - DCL - Bamford

          A) Kane TC
          B Forster to Aerola (-8) and play BB

          1. Saosin
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Bruno - Raphinha - Gundo - BARNES * - Salah

          2. ManUtdFan977
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I'd say use TC
            who would you go for Kane or DCL

        • ManUtdFan977
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Targett or El-mohamady

          1. iCon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            If money not an issue - Targett; if it is Elmo

            1. ManUtdFan977
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              if i go targett i'll have 0.9 itb so money not a problem. I'll probably for targett then was gonna go for peirera but 0.1 off and I don't wanna take a -8

        • Footieboot
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Best defender under 5m? Lindelof, Konsa, Rudiger, Aina, Dier are shorlisted. Am I missing anyone?

            1. frenchfries
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Targett?

            2. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Dunk

          • Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Anyone worried by Pereira not starting both/Leicester to concede in both games??

            1. SIGGYMETIMBER
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Getting his minutes managed but should start both

          • Fat Ozil
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            GTG? Bench order good? (this is after a -4)

            Martinez
            Cancelo Stones Digne
            Son Salah Bruno Gundogan Raphinha
            Kane Bamford

            Johnstone Deco-Reid Dallas Mitchell

          • Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Whatcha reckon?

            A) Ings -> DCL
            B) Sterling & Ings -> Son & Kane (-4)
            C) B) above + Tark -> Stones (-8)

            Pope
            Cancelo, Targett, Tarkowski
            Salah, Bruno, Sterling, Gundogan
            Bamford, Watkins, Ings

            Forster, Raphina, Mitchell, Coufal
            Bank 0.7m, 1FT, all chips/WC

          • NULL-X-VOID
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Is Reguilón nailed??

            1. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I have him on WC.

              1. NULL-X-VOID
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                same with me, but I'm concerned about mou playing him both the games, I'm currently going over spurs fan forums

                1. Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  I think he will. He didnt played in europe, and there is 3 days between games vs Burnley and Fulham.

                  1. NULL-X-VOID
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Cheers. Sticking with him

                    1. Niho992
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Cheers. He has BGW 29 also.

            2. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yes, for Burnley at least I expect

            3. Pegboy
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yes