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. Please Answer Me
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Start Dallas or Konsa? (have Martinez)

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Konsa.

  2. Sz21
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Which of these would you start-
    1. Bamford.
    2. Raphinha.

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Raph.

    2. FCRS1991
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      both, why would you think otherwise

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Chelsea are a wall at the moment

  3. Sarri-ball
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Is holgate nailed with (coleman,mina fit)

    A) holgate (like run in)
    B) konsa (double up) but dont like run in

  4. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Captain Bruno, Salah or Kane?

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I own all and on Kane

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I own kdb, Salah and Kane and going for kane

        1. Kay317
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Think I'd go for kane over Bruno too

    2. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      dont own bruno but have both kane and salah and a bit undecided but leaning towards salah for no good reason

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I keep seeing Salah's name pop up in the captain debate and it's starting to sway me....I know I shouldn't but I want to.

  5. William.gallant
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Best punt for next two weeks in midfield max 9.0?
    I have raphinha, aubameyang Salah and gundogan at the moment and need to sell Barnes?

    I’m thinking lookman or el ghazi at the moment any thoughts?

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I'd go for Lookman for the blank

  6. FFFoxy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Do we think Werner will start?

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Yes

  7. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Bench one please:

    A. Salah
    B. Bruno
    C. Gundo
    D. Son

    1. wulfrunian
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      c

    2. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      There must be someone else to bench over this lot.

    3. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      None of them. Who else have you got?

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Front line of Antonio Kane DCL.

        Only other option is to bench Shaw for Gundo.

        What do you think?

    4. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Hmmm ... well if you forced me to bench one buy putting a Gundo my head ....

    5. Spg76
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      C. The rest are guaranteed to start

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Yeah this is where my head is at, thanks.

  8. DycheDycheBaby
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    GTG here? Plan after deadline is maybe do Barnes/Cancelo --> Bale/White

    Martinez
    Cancelo--Digne--Pereira--Targett
    KDB--Gundo--Son--Raphinha
    Kane--DCL
    Areola, Bamford, Struijk, Barnes (inj)

  9. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Salah (c) anyone ?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      some are considering

      1. Gazza2000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Must say I'm tempted though, Monday night game as well 🙂

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I sold him this week .... which means he’ll be a great captain pick.

    3. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      On kane but I am tempted. But been burnt by Salah alot recently

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Yes

      1. SimonOwen
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I am on Salah atm, good differential in the top10k i hope!

  10. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    couple of quick questions

    1) Captain Kane or Salah?
    2) Who to bench from Raphinha, Konsa, Bamford?

    1. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      already starting martinez if that makes a diff

    2. CaptainKazuru
        4 months, 18 days ago

        1)if your chasing salah, if your top Kane
        2) Raph

        1. SimonOwen
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          I am near the top but want to go higher on Salah 😀

      • Rahul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Have the same headache between Raph and Bamford. Not sure why you would want to bench Konsa against Newcastle. (They have a depleted attack), unless you have good first choices

    3. Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      2FT, the candidates for the EXIT door are...

      Stones, Rudiger, Sterling, DCL

      Can only think of Sterling to Bale for this week.....

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I wouldnt ditch sterling this week unless it's for KDB.

    4. TeddiPonza
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      One last question. 2 FT and FH in 29 so I will use both transfers. Which combo is better?

      A.Watkins and Shaw
      OR
      B.Konsa and Mount

      Thanks

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        A

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        A

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        A

      4. bros
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        A but close

    5. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Would Cancelo C be crazy?

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        nope

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Not crazy, but there are better options IMO.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Who are you going for?

          1. avfc82
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            De Bruyne.

            1. Pukki Party
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Have him too so probably should captain him

              1. avfc82
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                It's not straightforward, I have Kane too who I've considered, but I'm gonna keep the faith with KDB.

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Fulham has a good defence, also think Son will do well against Arsenal on the counter

                  1. avfc82
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Yeah, thought about Son too. Thing is, if Arsenal can cut out the individual mistakes, they're okay defensively, IMO.

                2. Gazza2000
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Would you captain Salah if you had him Tom?

                  1. avfc82
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Not over KDB no, but I don't mind it now Fabinho is back in midfield.

      3. Eh, just one more thing ...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Yes ... but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t pay off ... but you must have at least 10 better choices ....

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          He should play, good chance of getting a clean sheet and he's attacking

      4. Rahul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Not entirely as he still has a decent chance of keeping a clean sheet but i won't be too excited about his attacking returns against fulham.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          It's still a good fixtures for him as i can see ManCity keeping possession high up the pitch and Cancelo drifting outside the box.

    6. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Gw28 only

      A) Salah Raphinha
      B) Bale Shaw

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        A

    7. Jebiga
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Who is better to own Konsa or Targett ?

      1. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        It's pretty close.

        I prefer Targett, especially when Grealish is back, but there isn't much in it.

    8. bradplum
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Can anyone recommend how to use my free transfer? Playing free hit next week

      Martinez
      Dias TAA Digne Vestergaard (fodder)
      KDB Salah Son Mount Gundo
      Kane (Antonio, Brewster)

      Cheers!

    9. Jimjam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Martinez
      Cancelo, Shaw, Rudiger
      Salah, Fernandes, Son, Gundogan
      Kane, Bamford, Antonio

      1FT, 0.1 in bank

      Son --> Bale too sidewise? Otherwise I may hold FT.

      1. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I'd hold

    10. Evasivo
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      GTG here guys?

      Martinez
      Dias Stone Dunk
      Raph Salah Gundo Bruno(C) Soucek
      DCL(vc) Kane

      Pope Bamford Dallas Coufal

      1. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Looks good

        1. Evasivo
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Thanks Bob

    11. Bob.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Been slipping down the ranks but still in top 10k and competing in my minileagues.
      Team for this gw is
      Martinez
      Cancelo Stones Coufal
      Salah Bruno Gundo Son
      Kane (c) Antonio Watkins
      McCarthy Raphinha Lowton Aina

      0 itb and thinking of doing Lowton to Veltman and benching Coufal. Any other obvious moves? Cheers.

    12. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Is Salah & Ings > Kane (c) & Bale worth - 4

      Rest of team

      Martinez Johnstone

      Dias Aina Stones Dallas Mee

      Bruno Salah Son Raphina Gundogan

      DCL Watkins Ings

      Any ideas would be welcomed

      1. Bob.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I wouldn't get rid of Salah. Imagine if he does well and Kane doesn't play!

    13. liner
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Who would u rather play as a GK this week?
      A) Martinez vs new (A)
      B) Schmeichel vs Shu (H)

      Martinez is on better form but SHU is so bad atacking wise. Both keepers could easly get CS but somehow Kasper have a little better fixture

    14. jimmy.floyd
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Play Ederson Or Martinez? Have Dias and Targett?

      1. Ch0udini
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Martinez I guess. Both high CS odds, but Martinez higher save/bonus potential.

      2. CaptainKazuru
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Martinez
          Stones / Dunk / Ricky P
          Kevin (C) / Salah / Gundo / Le souch
          Kane (V) / Bamford / DCL

          pope / raph / coufal / dallas

          G2G?

        • Gudjohnsen
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          GTG?

          Martinez
          Cancelo, Stones, Rudiger
          Salah (C), Saka, Bruno, Gundogan, Raphinha
          DCL, Kane (VC)

          Subs: Pope, Bamford, Dallas, Coufal

          1. Im New Here
              4 months, 18 days ago

              I don't like Salah (C)

            • Maarrrr17
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Ooh, looks good. I have similar team and dont know whether to play Bamford or Saka.

          2. ididnt
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Best player under £8.5m?

            A: Mahrez
            B: Mount
            C: Havertz
            D: Jota

            1. Delhidynamo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              C

            2. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Mahrez is on the best form and plays for the best team.
              Havertz looking sharp but he'll be rotated too much I think.
              Mount is mount. Ok but not exciting.
              Jota I think give another week or so.
              So...Mahrez I think is best bet.

          3. ididnt
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Mahrez a good option this GW?

            1. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Subbed early even though on a hatrick...I think he's starting again and looks great at the moment

          4. Naxos
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Martinez
            Cancelo Cresswell Targett
            Salah Son KdB Gundogan
            DCL Watkins Bamford

            Bench: Pope, Lingard, Coufal, Holding

            1 FT and 0.8m idb

            Thinking of getting Kane in as now i've been caught in my fantasy work league. Do i replace DCL with Kane which would give me -2.9m So maybe drop Salah for someone? Any help please?

          5. waltzingmatildas
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Captain
            A) Kane
            B) jota

            1. Maarrrr17
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Kane.
              Having jota is enough a gamble tbh.

            2. Rahul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Kane

            3. waltzingmatildas
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Cheers guys

          6. The Mighty Whites
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Double up on Villa defence (bringing Konsa in) or bring Veltman in?

            1. sozopol
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Veltman. Don't like doubling up on defense, generally.

            2. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Same thinking. Newcastle is as good as it gets for clean sheet, and many annoyingly have Martinez and Target double up. But next week, Villa plays Spurs, and I don't want the double up, and Brighton plays Newcastle. In 30, fixtures reverse again, with Villa playing Fulham, and Brighton away to Uinited iirc.

              It comes down to do you have to play Villa double vs Spurs in 29.

              1. The Mighty Whites
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Cheers, guys!

          7. royals forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            For this GW and potentially 29 as well is Son and Bale enough Spurs or do I need Kane as well

            1. Kay317
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              I'd want Kane over both of them. I wouldn't want all 3 though.