Scout Picks

Gameweek 28 Scout Picks built on Spurs, Everton and Villa assets

Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Aston Villa assets form the spine of our Gameweek 28 Scout Picks line-up.

Following DavidNealeTom and Andy‘s Scout Squad submissions, we have chosen our final XI of best players for the latest Double Gameweek.

We line-up in a classic 3-4-3 formation which comes in at £82.1m, £0.9m under our budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

Fantasy Premier League’s top-scoring keeper Emiliano Martinez (£5.4m) makes his return to the Scout Picks ahead of a plum tie against Newcastle. The Magpies will be without the three first-choice attackers as they were for the game against West Brom, where they finished the game with an expected goals (xG) rating of 0.47, and created no big chances. Aston Villa’s defence is also in good form, keeping clean sheets in two of their last three matches.

DEFENDERS

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Lucas Digne (£6.2m) takes a spot in defence for the Scout Picks as one of the most creative defenders in FPL. Only Aaron Cresswell (£5.8m) has more assists this season, and has played eight more games than the Frenchman. Digne also comes with out-of-position potential, with Ancelotti fielding him further up the pitch on occasion this season. Even when he doesn’t assist, Digne usually brings in bonus points when Everton keep a clean sheet, with three in his last three fixtures.

After a rest for the Southampton game, Joao Cancelo (£6.2m) looks assured of a start for against Fulham. Sometimes deployed as an auxiliary midfielder when Manchester City are in possession, no defender has had more attempts on goal than Cancelo in the last six Gameweeks. If the full-back can finally finish off one of the many chances he gets, he could bring in his second double-digit haul of the season in Gameweek 28.

West Brom’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£4.6m) retains his place in the Scout Picks. Although classed as a defender, Sam Allardyce elects to play Maitland-Niles in a midfield two, so he finds himself much higher up the pitch. The improving Baggies face a Crystal Palace side with the worst xG in the league, a full two goals behind second-bottom Newcastle.

MIDFIELDERS

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Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) punished the doubters with a customary penalty and double-digit score against Man City. Despite blanking in the two games prior to the Manchester derby, Fernandes was still delivering some impressive numbers, with 18 shots on goal and four big chances created in the last six Gameweeks.

The Welsh wizard Gareth Bale (£9.5m) is nailed-on for the Scout Picks this week after another double-figure haul against Crystal Palace. Bale appears to be gelling well with those around him and was rested during a midweek Europa League win. As well as chipping in with assists, Bale looks a real goal threat, ranking second among all players for big chances and xG in the last three Gameweeks.

Mason Mount (£7.0m) is our pick of the Chelsea midfielders, with the English international the most likely to take a place in the team. Previously written off as Frank Lampard’s boy, Mount has shown great form in Thomas Tuchel’s system, scoring three times and delivering two double-digit hauls for his new manager. Chelsea face a Leeds side that has struggled to defend all season, and sit second-bottom for xGC (expected goals conceded) over the entire campaign.

The one shining light for Wolves in what has been a disappointing season has been the emergence of Pedro Neto (£5.7m). The Portuguese winger has put in more crosses than anyone in the Premier League this season, creating a healthy number of chances as a result. With Liverpool’s defence looking shaky, especially at centre-back, these crosses and chances could well be finished off.

FORWARDS

Harry Kane (£11.4m) leads the line for the Scout Picks for one of his favourite fixtures, the North London derby. Kane has a superb record against Arsenal, scoring 11 goals in 13 appearances against the Gunners. The Spurs striker also comes into this fixture in great form with Mourinho fielding a more attacking side, having six more shots than any other forward in the last four Gameweeks. We are not too concerned about the knock he sustained against Zagreb considering Mourinho’s positive response on Thursday night.

Since Carlo Ancelotti shifted him into a more advanced role, Richarlison (£8.0m) has caught the FPL eye. The results have seen the Brazilian score in three of Everton’s last four games, and get on the end of four big chances. In the same games, Calvert-Lewin has had half Richarlison’s number of big chances and scored no goals.

Despite possibly being the most frustrating asset in FPL, Ollie Watkins (£6.6m) makes a return to the Scout Picks XI. The Villa forward has looked good all season despite not delivering the points to show for it, with Patrick Bamford (£6.8m) being the only striker to have had more shots in the box. We’re back Watkins’ luck to turn against a hapless Newcastle defence, who have conceded 10 goals in their last six games.

Substitutes

  • Sam Johnstone (£4.5m)
  • Antonio Rüdiger (£4.6m)
  • Daniel Amartey (£3.9m)
  • Anwar El Ghazi (£5.3m)

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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928 Comments Post a Comment
  1. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Start Raphinha or Bamford?

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I’d go raph

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Bam for me.

    3. Top Dog
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Tight call I'm on Raph

    4. Aubamewho
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Raph

    5. nobodyspoilmyfun
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I'd go bamford, old team and that.

  2. Rhodes your boat
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Bench okay? 1FT 0.7itb

    Martinez
    stones targett holgate
    Salah Bruno son foden gundo
    Kane(c) Watkins

    Areola bamford shaw rudiger

    1. Aubamewho
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Looks good

    2. Anthonybgreen93
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Bench Shaw at your peril!

  3. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Sick and tired of these Martinez hauls ruining my rank, I finally brought him in for the next three gws, before I WC in 31. To make it more fun, I brought in Targett and Konsa as well for a (-4). Now watch Villa CS go down in flames. You can put the blame on me

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Villa got some tough games coming up.

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I am bringing only for the next 3, will WC31. Gambling on their CS potential in 28 and 30 against Newcastle and Fulham. Will BB30, so didn't find other defense who play in 29 attractive for 30 as well.

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Atleast everyone will go down together 😉

      I brought Salah for same reason, working till now... 😀

      1. sunzip14
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Playing with fire this gw. Brought in 3 Villa defenders and captaining Salah. Thinking of taking some risks until 30 before WC31.

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I think I will sell him and get Konsa ... Martinez & Stones to Ederson & Konsa this week with FH next week ... can’t guarantee a Stones start any more

  4. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Q. What should you do when a conversation gets a bit fruity on an article?

    A. Post another article and confine the other one to history, no one will ever look back.

    1. jennmenn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      ?

        1. jpizz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          😉

  5. KUNingas
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Best mid under 7.7 only or GW29?

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Not much on offer - Lingard stand out option

      1. KUNingas
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah it looks like that. Raphinha is also an option but thats it.. I think better to invest in defence when looking at the fixtures.

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Poor choices this week that play in 29 as well.

      Personally think I'm going Mount and hoping 28 and 30 make up for the blank

    3. Lecky Legs FC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Trossard & Willian both have GW 29 fixtures too

  6. blauriecon
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    The problem.
    No Kane from Spurs - only Son and Reguillon
    Seven outfield GW29 blanks - Dias, Maguire, Fernandes, Foden, Gundogan, Salah, and DCL.
    All possible returns in GW28 from the above.
    Plan - 8 (ditching Foden/DCL/Salah/Maguire) to field 11 in GW29
    But a - 4 this week would bring in Kane only possible by pairing lesser choice with Kane and ditching 2 of the planned 4 now.

    1. blauriecon
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Not having Kane only hurt last GW

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I wouldn't take big hits for 29 - less fixtures means a lot of forwards against defenders so it'll limit big scores to make up the hits. Having 8 - 10 players is fine if you have the big ones (including Kane)

  7. The Ilfordian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    I seem to have my captain on Werner. Madness or... it’s madness right? I’m still a bit stung by a rubbish game week last week and slightly past caring. Any advice (team or motivation) welcome!!

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Might as well play for fun. If he scores a brace you will be loving it

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks N-Doggg

        This guy says he’s going to score twice so that’s enough for me!

        https://youtu.be/sVlCLzIpOkk

        Good luck

  8. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Tough decisions this week. Planning on using 1 ft and having 2 ft's for next week.
    1. Areola -> Forster (Other 4.0m) to save funds.
    2. Burn -> Veltman (Better underlyings)
    3. Something else. Was thinking Cancelo out but surely need to wait now.

    2 ft's. 0.1m ITB. No chips remaining.
    Martinez.
    Shaw, Cancelo, Stones.
    Salah, Raphinha, Son, Gundo, Bruno.
    Kane, Watkins.
    Areola, Bamford, Dallas, Burn.
    8 starters for 29 atm.

    May go for Veltman because I will probably start Areola in 29 + he seems a much better pick than Burn who I own atm.

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I think I’m doing 1 leaves me money ITB and 2FT next week to asses what changes are required

  9. n-doggg
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Might as well hold and C sterling now that he had a rest?! Will be WC out after the blank probably

    Gtg? 1FT, 0.1itb
    Johnstone
    Stones, digne, mee
    Bruno, sterling(c), gundo, son
    Kane, Antonio, bamford

    Raphinia, Dallas, Taylor, areola

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I have lost faith in sterling over the years so I wouldn’t, but he’s not a bad option. Captain could be a mixed bag this week and since Sterling is fairly low owned it could pay off huge. If it doesn’t you still have the other likely captains in your squad so it won’t hurt as bad. If your chasing I would just do it

  10. Keep Calm and Play On
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Have 2FT so don’t want to waste one, should I:

    A) Downgrade Pickford to Forster and upgrade Mitchell to D up to 4.9 (Veltman for 8 DGW players)

    B) Downgrade Pickford to Forster and asses next week with 2FT

    C) DCL to Antonio

    Cheers all

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

      1. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Aubamewho
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

    3. redsallstars
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Depends if you have bb left. B if no bb, not sure who’s no.1 now hom or McCarthy

  11. Aubamewho
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Need a hit or G2G?

    Pope
    Cancello Stones KWP
    Bruno Bale KDB Raph
    Bamford Kane Watkins

    Steer, Aina, Ayling, Soucek
    0 ft, 0.4itb

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      GTG

      1. Aubamewho
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers

  12. Sarri-ball
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Cancelo in scout picks still think worth selling? Iv a swap 2 burn.

    So looking holgate good 28 with possible double 30 and csn just keep for season not worry about pep rotation

  13. CaptnCrumble
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Bench headache over here !

    Who to start;
    Raphina - Chelea (H)
    Veltman - Southampton (A)

    1. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I'm doing A, Raphinha has looked amazing lately

    2. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Raphina

  14. DavidKent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Given his second GW rest, is Sterling likely to start

    I’m only using 1FT transfer this week so not sure if I should do Sterling to KDB or move a player in who has a decent GW this week and does not have a blank next week ...

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I think he starts, give him this week

  15. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Who are the current owners/directors of FFS? Anyone know?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Wrong question, its time for A or B

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

      B Johnson, M Hancock, P Patel, G Shapps & a G Williamson. 🙂

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        That’s the law firm that represents me in liable cases. I’m often in court.

    3. Ram sey Coq uel in
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      As long as they are not connected to the crooks that run football index you should be ok

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Would be interested to know their other business ventures and associations.

    4. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      There needs to be answers. I am surprised more people are not kicking up a fuss but maybe people didn't try it or are ashamed to admit it.

      These promotions tend to help both parties so yes there probably was some financial incentive to promote that crooked site and benefit off referrals.

      1. Jafooli
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Most with high moral standards have probably already left. That just leaves us 😛

        But your points are extremely valid.

      2. Ram sey Coq uel in
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah I would agree with you there , questions definitely need answering , & hopefully legal action taken against those involved.
        The site worked perfectly fine until they started doctoring the prices , and changing buying/selling practices in order to suit themselves , they just got corrupt & greedy .
        Me and many others emailed and complained many times regarding the dodgy goings on , but , despite them claiming to care about the customers on the site , they never did a dam thing to rectify anything . I know people on here have been mocked for complaining , loads of people saying it was a betting site and you take your chances with all that goes with it , but it's a bit different when it's quite clearly manipulated from behind the scenes in order to shaft those on the platform in order to line their own pockets , it doesn't become a fair playing field then .

  16. Goonerly
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Does this look OK? Bench & Captain right?

    Pope
    Dias - Targett - Shaw - Digne
    Gundo - Bruno (C) - Sterling - Raphinha
    DCL - Watkins

    Bench: Rudiger - Bamford - Son - Areola

    Want to save the FT for next week to add GW29 players.
    But the allure of KdB is tempting me!

  17. Netters2018
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Double eve defence or Double chelsea defence for the nxt 5 weeks? Both have good fixtures...

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Is trust Chelsea def more but more of a rotation risk, why not one of each?

    2. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Double Chelsea, if you can find the players who'll start each time

      1. Netters2018
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        mendy and rudiger i am going with!

  18. Shane Warnes Flipper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Thinking of Salah and Watkins to Bale and Kane for a minus 4. I have Bamford and Antonio as my other forwards. Please talk me out if it!

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Watkins plays 29 and Bale could get injured this week. Salah might finally punish the sellers. I don't think it is too convincing, but I tried 🙂

    2. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      It's a huge risk.

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        For free I'd say maybe YOLO, for a hit...not for me.

    3. MallettMan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      id probably do it tbh

    4. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Do it

    5. Shane Warnes Flipper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks everyone, it comes down to Kane outscoring Salah by 4 and would also be likely to captain Kane.

  19. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Can anyone convince me against captaining Martinez?

    Kane is the only other player in my thoughts tbh

    Fwiw, I will be sleeping during the Villa game anyway so I don't have to watch my captain play regardless

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I finally brought in Martinez with two other Villa defenders!

  20. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Play Mc. Carthy (if he play) or do Pope -> Martinez for free?

    Thank you!

    1. lets talk about 6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      mccarthy

    2. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      If you need GK for 29, do Martinez now

  21. nico05
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Hi, which is the best move here?
    A. Holding - Maitland Niles
    B. Lingard to any 7.5 mid

    Cheers

  22. Apwilkin
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Throwing the armband on Salah for old times sake. One last hoorah before I transfer him out this blank. Here’s hoping its a fond farewell....

  23. lets talk about 6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Should i go son to bale for free?

    1. MallettMan
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      no

  24. PP6
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Barnes and Shaw -> Burn ( 4.2) Bale -4.?

  25. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Was all set for GW29 to make Sterling + Gundo + DCL => Auba + Bale + Antonio -4 until I was outpriced.

    A. Take only one of Auba and Bale for Sterling and no -4
    B. Do planned -4 + Mee => Coufal -8 for money

  26. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Play one
    A Bamford
    B Raphinha
    C Veltman

    1. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      b

  27. lets talk about 6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    start one of raphina or bamford

    1. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Raph, for me

    2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      raphina

  28. Riders of Yohan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Salah + DCL —> Kane + Bale

    A) this week for a -4
    B) save until next

    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Not for me

    2. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      B

  29. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Is El Ghazi this week a good pick? Barnes -> El Ghazi for free? Unfortunately there are not many good midfielders in this price range.

    Thank you!

    1. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      He could be, yes. He'll most likely be on pens as well, if he starts

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yeah, I like him a lot this week, but it's prob a short-term move if Grealish is back in 29.

  30. Arsenal97
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Lucas digne captain ?
    Kane has a tough match (as an Arsenal fan i can't captain him)
    Bruno against in form West ham
    KDB could rest this game for for their UCL match
    What do you think for Lucas Digne ?