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+?

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928 Comments Post a Comment
  1. gellinmagellan
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    Martinez
    Shaw Robertson Cancelo
    Sterling Gundo Fernandes Raphinha
    Kane DCL Bamford

    Foster Coufal Strujic Barnes

    1 FT 1.0 ITB. Rolling the transfer this week. GTG?

    1. Neo-Viper
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Save

  2. Davemc23
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    So has Hasenhuttl actually said whether McCarthy or Forster will play v Brighton? Have McCarthy and weighing up whether to BB or not

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Hasenhüttl on McCarthy and Forster: "The other one deserved to play. He did a good job. Fraser is in a good mode and showed he has a good battle with Alex. Fraser has a little better momentum in his game and that is what we need."
      #FPL #FantasyPL #FFScout #GW28 #saintsfc https://t.co/fvE1Dt6nW0

      1. Davemc23
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks. What do you take from that? That forster will start tomorrow?

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          I think forster will play yeah

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

        In other words, he didn't want to embarrass Forster against City so he didn't have another decision to make. It's not hard to keep momentum when you're spared the hard games.

        I posted the other day it was bad form from the manager and haven't changed my mind.

        1. Davemc23
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          So you fully expect Forster to play tomorrow?

          1. A.J.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            I'd be amazed if he didn't.

            1. Davemc23
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Thanks for the replies. Will leave the bench boost until another time so!

  3. Horlicks esq.
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 14 days ago

    My decision this week.

    With 1FT left. Can I get some feedback on Salah > Bale now instead of the 100% move next week? Bale will then sit in for the next 3 before a switch back to Salah in 31.

    Martinez

    Stones / Digne / Targett

    KDB (c) / Son / Gundo / SALAH or BALE

    Kane / Watkins / dcl

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

      Save transfer 100%. Have good vibes for Salah this gw

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Save. Me too. Good Vibes!

      2. Horlicks esq.
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        hmmm. Then have 2FT's next week for Salah > Bale and DCL > Antonio

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

          Sounds like a plan

        2. Neo-Viper
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          If Salah fails, those are moves i would make!

    2. Horlicks esq.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Cheers gang

  4. FantasyClub
      3 months, 14 days ago

      I want to get rid of Digne...should I just play him this week?

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

        What do you mean ?

      2. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Vs burnley at home??.. That's really tough.
        F*** me

      3. Horlicks esq.
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        trolling?

      4. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Why? Good fixture 28 and possible double in 30

    • Saosin
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      What's up with Kane knock??

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

        Should be fine

      2. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Mou has said he should be fine. Was seen icing his knee after the game

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

          Cheers lads

    • Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Play one:
      A) Reguillon
      B) Veltman

      Cap one:
      1) KDB
      2) Salah
      3) Kane

      Help appreciated

      1. sozopol
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        A
        3

      2. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        A1

      3. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        B3

    • sozopol
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      I see many with a similar benching headache and decisions are all over the place.

      Bench one of

      A Antonio (mun)
      B Soucek (mun)
      C Raphinha (CHE)
      D Bamford (CHE)

      Currently on B but not sure at all...

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        B

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        B easy

      3. sozopol
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Thanks!

    • Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      I currently have the captaincy on Richarlison, please talk me out of it! Other options are Kane, Gundogan, Son and Salah, none of them seem particularly appealing..

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Go for it. It’s the right week to do so

      2. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        why should we...

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          So he has someone to blame when Richalison hauls and Salah flops again 😆

      3. Saosin
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Follow your heart

      4. sozopol
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        I'd personally go with Kane in the NLD, but you should stick with Richarlison. You choose him for a reason. Imagine your let someone talk you out of it and he hauls!

      5. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Ha, alright then, looking forward to my 4 points!

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      G2G? Right order? Cheers!

      Martinez
      Dias, Cancelo, Digne
      Bruno(v), Son, Gündo, Raphina
      Kane(C), DCL, Bamford
      (McCarthy, Soucek, Coufal, Dallas)

      1. TB303
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Looks good. Any FTs?

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          1FT mate. 3.2itb. Any changes you reckon?

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

        Nah, save for next week, you're good

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Thank you matey!

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

        Looks good- have 9 of your players and Salah over Bruno and Watkins over Bamford

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Nice one mate! Armband in Harry too?

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Yes it is with Salah vc

    • The Red Devil
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Who all to bench??
      Martinez/Sanchez
      Shaw/cancelo/stones/rudiger/Dallas
      Fernandes/son/Bale/gundogan/Raphinha
      Kane/DCL/Bamford
      Currently thinking benching Leeds trio & Sanchez

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        I agree with your current thinking

    • TB303
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Hi I'm a bit stuck this week with 2FT.
      Should I make a move to get in KDB? i.e. losing a city defender?

      Do I need Bale?

      Anything I'm missing, many thanks!

      Pope
      Dallas-Stones-Dias
      Gündogan Bruno Salah Son
      Tony Kane Bamford

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        You could do Pope to Martinez

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

        you know, no one can tell you what to do

    • gellinmagellan
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 14 days ago

      Captained Sterling last GW, terrible decision. Tempted again over Bruno/Kane. Please dissuade me :/

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Captain Harry and enjoy

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Just go Kane or Bruno if sterling hauls it’s still a good differential

    • Sal8
        3 months, 14 days ago

        Benching headache. Advice please.

        Play
        1. Bamford (H Che)
        2. Veltman (A Sou)

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          1. Could easy grab a goal. On pens too

      • Zlatan F.C
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Help please. Should I do Mee to

          A) Cresswell (already have Coufal)
          B) Veltman
          C) Konsa(Already have Martinez

          I will WC in GW31

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            B

        • PURPLE-RONNIE
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Martinez/areola
          Shaw Stones Cancelo rudiger
          Salah gund son Fernandes
          Kane Watkins

          Subs: Rafinha Bam Dallas

          0.2 2FT No WC or FH

          A: Areola to Forster
          B: Rudiger to veltman
          C: burn a transfer

        • Tinmen
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Guys, Veltman or Dunk?

          Worried Veltman is only short term with Lamptey out

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

            You’ll have unlimited transfers to change your team in preseason.

          2. Traction Engine Foot
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Lamptey is out for a while, Veltman has better attacking stats at the moment so I'd go with him

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

            Sound like Lamptey out for season so Veltman good

          4. teneighty
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Lamptey out for the season according to the scout tweets.

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

            Maybe Guys he has good fixtures coming up

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

              Good lad

        • rokonto
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 14 days ago

          Is Bernardo Silva going to start?

        • FantasyClub
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Start

            Bam/Raph

            Or

            Antonio

            ?

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Antonio

          • EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Gundo(C) too risky now that KdB is back?

            Is he just as nailed on as before?

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Cancelo as a differential captain madness?

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

              I'm pretty sure he will start. Good chance of a clean sheet

          • royals forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Your help is needed please

            What other transfer would you do to enable Ings > Kane

            The only one that is obvious is Salah > Bale but im not convinced

            Martinez Johnstone

            Dias Aina Stones Dallas Mee

            Bruno Salah Son Raphina Gundogan

            DCL Watkins Ings

            No FH or WC 1FT 0.3 ITB

            Any ideas would be welcomed

            1. EmreCan Hustle
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              If not Salah then you have to take multiple hits. I think Salah is your best bet. Mount or Havertz if you're not convinced about a Spurs triple up?

          • The Red Devil
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Who all to bench
            Martinez/Sanchez
            Shaw/cancelo/stones/rudiger/Dallas
            Fernandes/son/Bale/gundogan/Raphinha
            Kane/DCL/Bamford
            Currently thinking benching Leeds trio & Sanchez

          • Netters2018
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Seriously stuck with who to cpt this week out of Bruno, Salah, or Kane...

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

              Go with your gut

          • Champione
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Sterling >
            A) KDB
            B) Salah
            C) Auba
            D) Bruno
            E) keep and captain Kane

            1. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              E

          • Heiro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Hi all,

            Thoughts on Antonio?
            Thinking Maupay but seems silly taking a GW 29 player out for another?
            Have bench of Dallas, Raphinha, Mitchel.

            Bench Bamford and Mitchel to someone at 5.2?

          • how now brown cow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Haven't seen many arsenal games.

            Any reasons why saka's returns have slowed lately?

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

              He’s 19

              Played so many games and needs a rest out of the team. Obviously we can’t afford that at the moment though.

              1. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                Would you steer clear? He had been on my plan for 29 as my cheapie option but not sure over say lingard now.

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

                  I would wait and see how he does over the next 2. Lacazette, Pepe also need minutes and they could get them against West Ham.

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 14 days ago

                    Thanks

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

              Could be fatigue. He's played a lot and it might be catching up with him slightly.

          • squ1rrel
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            gtg?

            Martinez
            Cancelo - Dias - Vestergaard - Konsa
            Bale (c) - Bruno - Gundo
            Kane - DCL - Bamford

            Areola - Raphinha - Struijk - Barnes

            Not sure about benching Raph and the Bale (c)

          • Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Holding Grealish has given me such a ballache for weeks. Not sure what to believe now. Playing through 29 (currently own 8).

            Martinez
            Lowton Dias Cancelo
            Salah Bruno Grealish Raphinha Gundo
            Antonio Kane
            Pope Bamford Coufal Dallas (2.1itb 1FT)

            A) Grealish+Lowton to Bale+Veltman (-4)
            B) Hold (and again play double Leeds attack)
            C) Something else

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Have literally the same conundrum. Is Grealish to Bale worth a hit or do I start Bamford?

              Double Leeds has been such a killer in recent weeks. Its probably the wrong decision, but I think I'll risk it and play Bamford and hope Grealish is back next week.

              1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 14 days ago

                I don't trust Smith one bit anymore. I was holding Grealish 50% for the DGW28 that never was and 50% for 29. So I'm open to a switch.

                Leeds triple has garnered 12pts from 6 games of late. Not too pleased.

          • sozopol
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Have you considered trading out one of your MC defenders? Could use a FT on that this week. Or trade up for Dallas.

            But burning one is fine too. Or the keeper.

            1. sozopol
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 14 days ago

              Lol reply fail to purple ronnie

          • TheDragon
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 14 days ago

            Bench one of these:

            A) AWB
            B) Dunk
            C) Raphinha
            D) Bamford