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. Aubamewho
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Is captaining Bale over Kane a bad idea?
    Pope
    Cancello Stones KWP
    Bruno Bale© KDB Raph
    Bamford Kane Watkins

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

    1. rokonto
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      I wouldn't say it's bad, he had a rest and Kane got a knock.

    2. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Id say it's a very good punt, he is looking dangerous again

    3. Aubamewho
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Cheers all.

  2. rokonto
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Would you put Johnstone in your team if you already have Targett and leave Martinez on your bench to spread the risk?

    1. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      No, a Villa double is not a bad idea at all.
      And with Zaha back for Palace they might start scoring again

      1. rokonto
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks

  3. Goonerly
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    No luck earlier.
    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!

    1. Mufc202020
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Wouldn’t bench son!

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Play Son ahead of Raphinha then?
        Then I may as well play Rudiger too, but for who?

    2. rokonto
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Don't like seeing Son on the bench, rather DCL.

    3. rokonto
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Or Raph bench fir Son

    4. rokonto
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      The more i look the more it looks madness to bench Son tbh

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Hah, fair enough! I may be biased in this, as an Arsenal fan, but I just don't think Spurs will score, nor that the NLD will be a high-scoring game.

        1. rokonto
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Hmmn you could be right, got me thinking now lol

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Son is one player capable of 20+ points in any game?

    5. Aubamewho
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Son for targett or digne. Always play the striker

      1. Goonerly
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        I've switched Son for DCL for now, mainly because I think my defenders will all score 6 points or more this week.
        DCL vs Pope, I've opted for Pope - fingers crossed!

  4. Mufc202020
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Final calls for opinions please!!

    Ederson Johnson
    Alonso Digne Vestergaard Konsa Perreria
    Neto KDB Saka Bruno Gunda
    DCL Watkins Kane

    A) Bench Boost
    B) Bench Vestergaard Neto Saka

    Appreciate your thoughts!

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      B

  5. Aster
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Start Lloris or McCarthy?

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        McCarthy

    • nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Hi everyone. Best defender 5.8 and below to replace Holding.
      Currently have Shaw Cancelo Rudiger Reguilon Rudiger
      Thank you in advance

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Cresswell

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I don't see him getting a CS against Utd this GW

          1. Baines on Toast...
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Do you need him this week? All your others look fine. He is a great long term.

          2. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Attacking and bonus points. I actually don't mind his fixtures going forward and West Ham finally clicking and maintaining some consistency.

      2. MightyGar
          3 months, 14 days ago

          You already have 4 Premium/mid range defenders, why not someone cheap (Dunk, Aina) and bank the cash?

        • Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Alonso

      3. TeddiPonza
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        A.Watkins and Shaw
        OR
        B.Konsa and Mount

        Will FH in 29

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          A

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I prefer Konsa and Mount, just.

      4. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        ENOUGH OF THE BAMFORD OR RAPHINHA QUESTIONS.

        Just pick one!

        Anyway, I'm fine.

        1. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Seriously though, Bamford or Raphinha?

          1. Honourvolley
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Bamford. Pens swing it for me.

          2. MightyGar
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Raphina

        2. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Thoughts on gindovto Mount?

          Thanks

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Duh- that should say gundog to Mount! Thanks

          2. Biggsy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Gundo? Probably ok if you are ok with Mounts blank in 29

          3. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            difficult without knowing GW29 plan.

            In isolation, probably.

            1. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              I have 8 starters for 29.

              Assuming many will take a hit next week I can have 10 starters for - 4

              Thanks

        3. Biggsy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Who scores more over next three?

          A. Raphina (CHE, FUL, SHU)
          B. Mount (LEE, blank, WBA)

          1. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Mount

          2. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Raphina purely because of Mounts blank

            1. Biggsy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              This make is hard. Fulham have been tight and returns against Chelsea are unlikely, whereas the two for Mount are plum.

              Might just toss at coin at 6:25pm!

        4. JollyGoodYellows
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Which combo is better for this week only?

          A) Salah + DCL
          B) Bale + Kane (-4)

          1. lets talk about 6
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            a

          2. Biggsy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            A should be. But not on recent form....

          3. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Salah and Calvert-Lewin, especially with a -4 attached to the Spurs boys.

            1. JollyGoodYellows
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Cheers. Think I'll just do Salah + DCL > Bale + Kane next week.

        5. Andre_The_Giant
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Start two:

          A) Shaw (whu)
          B) Rudiger (Leeds)
          C) Bamford (che)
          D) Raphinha (che)

          1. lets talk about 6
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 14 days ago

            b+c

          2. aleksios
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B D.

          3. MOZIL
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            AB

          4. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            How can Shaw be part of that decision?

          5. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            The two defenders, IMO.

          6. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            AC

        6. aleksios
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Any hits required or g2g? 0.6itb.

          --Martinez
          --Dias--Digne--Cresswell--Targett
          --Salah--KDB--Gundo--Raphinia
          --Kane--DCL

          --Johnstone--Bamford--Dallas--Lingard.

          Thanks guys.

        7. Manani
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          too risky to captain Kane?

          1. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            He should start

          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Probably the safest choice

          3. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Nope, sounds like he's fine.

          4. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            no.

            if he is fit he will start, if he is injured he won't be in squad (imo). don't see a cameo from bench.

        8. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Can anyone convince me against captaining Martinez?

          Kane is the only other player in my thoughts

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

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I don't like it, Kane is a much better option IMO.

          2. bobwils
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Kane (C) and Martienez (VC)

        9. PAVLYUCHENKOSAURUS
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I’ve kept Grealish until now but looks like he has still not recovered. Thinking of a -4 to replace him with Bale as he plays in GW29 (providing his twiglet legs are still intact next week).

          It’s either that or don’t take a hit and play Bamford & Gundo. Is the -4 worth the risk on this occasion? Can’t decide.

        10. PP6
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

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

          1. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Wouldn't lose Shaw for a hit mate

            1. PP6
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Why? We won’t keep Clean sheets

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Leave Shaw alone. Just barnes out.

        11. beetlejuice
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Who has the highest ceiling?

          Mount
          Havertz
          Werner

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Werner, if he puts his boots on the right feet.

          2. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Werner - 2 goals:

            https://youtu.be/sVlCLzIpOkk

          3. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Havertz, looks like he'll be playing up top as a false 9 and is classified as a midfielder over Werner's striker - extra point for CS and goals.

          4. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Havertz.

          5. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Havertz

        12. bobwils
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          What are the chances he will bench both Gundogan and DeBruyne?

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I'd be amazed if both are benched.

          2. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            0% it'll be one or the other

          3. MOZIL
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            KDB will probably start since he was taken off early last game. Gundogan likely to be rested i think

        13. HD7
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Bruno Kane or DCL as C?

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Kane

          2. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I like Kane (C)

        14. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Who to be bench?
          A. Cresswell
          B. Raphinha
          C. Cancelo/Stones

          WC31 FH33
          0FT 0itb
          Martinez
          Stones Digne Cancelo
          Gundo Son Salah Bale Raphinha
          Kane(C) DCL
          (Fabri Cresswell Bamford Holding)

          1. Gingerman
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Raph for me, Chelsea been very solid

          2. HarryS
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Martinez McCarthy
            Dias Rudiger Shaw Targett Dallas
            Bruno Gundo Son Grealish Raph
            DCL Bam Kane

            2FT, any ideas what to do?

            1. Gingerman
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Turn Grealish into Bale

            2. Kloppage Time
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Any updates on Kane´s injury, do we reckon he will start?

            3. Villa Velour
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Jota or Mount?

              1. The Knights Template
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Mounty

              2. avfc82
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I like both, but Mount edges it for me.

              3. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                mount

            4. jernej93
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Should I use my WC or wait for GW 30? ML chasers have Kane and KDB, I have none of them ...

              1. jernej93
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Will use FH in 29

              2. Gingerman
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  May get update on Kanes knock soon hopefully, you got Bale? I don't think City - Fulham will be a rout but could be wrong, may lessen the De Bruyne fear.

              3. Finding Timo
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Sorry not sure if original sent so reposting.. please help for next 3 games only a) pope to Martinez B) mee to Konsa/mings or c) pope to Areola?

                • Pikill
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 14 days ago

                  Captain Vardy? Hear me out...

                  I know he's looked shot the past few games, but he's a MASSIVE Sheffield Wednesday fan, playing against a Sheff Utd team who have just sacked their very successful manager of the past 5 years.

                  As an Arsenal fan I was always captaining Kane against us this week, but with that flag, and a super pumped (and rested this week) Vardy, is this worth the punt?

                  1. Baines on Toast...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    If you own him I think he is a brilliant shout.

                  2. avfc82
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    It's all about the fixture, cause he's looked well of the pace since coming back from injury. I'd be tempted tho.

                  3. Gingerman
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Could be a great punt, fun but risky

                    • Brehmeren
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      I'm selling him this week..

                      1. Brehmeren
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        FH in 29 and don't want to lose a FT and be stuck with Vardy when I get my team back for gw 30.

                  4. AD2110
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Bench one:

                    A) Targett (New)
                    B) Bamford (Chelsea)

                    1. avfc82
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Bamford.

                  5. Gazpilicueta
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Salah and Vardy
                    to
                    Bale and Kane
                    for free, whadya think people?

                    1. avfc82
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      No way.

                    2. Brehmeren
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Definitely

                  6. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Who to bench ?
                    A stones
                    B Dias
                    C AWB
                    D cresswell

                    I'm on a

                    Thanks

                    1. avfc82
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • Has Moderation Rights
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 14 days ago

                      Cresswell.

                      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 14 days ago

                        Cheers