Scout Picks

Gameweek 34 Scout Picks features Spurs, Leicester and Chelsea double-ups

Spurs, Leicester and Chelsea are the three clubs with double-ups in the Gameweek 34 Scout Picks XI.

Following David, Neale, Tom and Andy’s Scout Squad submissions, we deliberated over the best players to own for the latest round of fixtures.

We line up in the traditional 3-4-3 formation and come in at a very cheaper £76.5 this time around, £6.5m inside our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Edouard Mendy (£5.2m) should hold his starting berth when Chelsea host Fulham in Gameweek 34. The Cottagers remain ahead of only Sheffield United for goals this season (25) while the Blues are the Premier League’s best side for expected goals conceded (xGC) over the last six matches.

Defenders

Gameweek 34 looks a good round to invest in Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) as Manchester City travel to face Crystal Palace. The centre-back was not involved in Wednesday’s Champions League win against PSG, suggesting he should start at Selhurst Park. Having nodded home from a corner in the EFL Cup final, Laporte will ask questions of a Palace defence that sits joint-worst for headed attempts conceded over the last six matches.

Leicester’s recent enforced switch to 3-4-1-2 has been of great benefit to Timothy Castagne (£5.8m) who, in Blank Gameweek 33, registered back-to-back scores of nine points or more for the first time since Gameweek 2. The last two matches have seen the defender get a goal and assist and record bonus each time.

Stuart Dallas (£5.3m) can benefit from Leeds’ ongoing defensive improvements in this weekend’s trip to Brighton. Over the last six, Marcelo Bielsa’s men have conceded just four goals; Manchester United are the only side to have given up fewer during that time. Meanwhile, the Seagulls have now gone three successive league matches without finding the net.

Midfielders

While Spurs have come under great scrutiny by local and national press in the past few weeks, Son Heung-min (£9.5m) has quietly kept himself on the Fantasy radar. He has two goals in his last three matches and, in Gameweek 34, faces a Sheffield United defence with the worst xGC score over the last six matches.

Kai Havertz (£8.2m) is another asset likely to start Gamewee 34 based on midweek Champions League commitments. The German international featured only as a second-half substitute against Real Madrid and, ahead of facing Fulham, has a goal and three assists in his past four Premier League appearances.

Burnley are a perfect opponent for Jesse Lingard (£6.7m) to get back in the goals after his scoring run came to an end in Blank Gameweek 33. Over the last six matches, the Clarets rank inside the bottom three for shots in the box and big chances conceded.

Matheus Pereira (£5.5m) has produced four goals and two assists in his last four Premier League appearances, setting him up well for a derby match against Wolves. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men may have two clean sheets in their last three although they did both come against the division’s lowest-scorers. Wolves have conceded at least three goals in four of their last seven and, over the last four, West Bromwich Albion have scored more goals than any other top-flight team (10).

Forwards

Harry Kane (£11.8m) is an easy inclusion in the Scout Picks ahead of a meeting with Sheffield United. As mentioned already, they are the Premier’s worst side for xGC over the last six, a period in which Kane has seven goals, two assists and three double-figure hauls to his name.

Chris Wood (£6.3m) has been in fine form of late. The Burnley forward has nine attacking returns between Gameweek 27 and 33 and, over the last six matches, is joint-top of the Premier League for big chances and best among all players for shots on target. Crucially, he has six career goals against West Ham, the most against any other current top-flight flight side.

Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m) is another in-form mid-price forward with nine goals and one assist across his last even Premier League appearances. Southampton have been particularly obliging of late, conceding at least twice in each of their last five in the league.

SUBSTITUTES

  • Illan Meslier (£4.7m)
  • Kurt Zouma (£5.3m)
  • Conor Townsend (£4.4m)
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.1m)

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.

Here is how we voted for Gameweek 34:

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Wolverine takes on the Scout Picks in Blank Gameweek 29 going with a 3-5-2 line-up of Johnstone; Castagne, Alonso, Reguilon; Sterling (c), Bale (vc), Maddison, Sigurdsson, Bowen; Kane, Lacazette.

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1,130 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gazwaz80
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Saka. the single shining light for a dismal Arsenal...

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

      Smith-Rowe too.

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

    Should I save a transfer this week? Also unsure of team selection / bench order?

    Martinez
    Rudiger - TAA - Dallas
    Salah - Son - Lingard - Madison
    Kane (C) - DCL - Iheanacho

    subs: Forster - Veltman - AWB - Jota

    1. BeWater
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Definitely would save a transfer. Bench order looks fine to me.

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

        Cheers - thoughts on who to target next week?

        1. BeWater
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I have Son myself and may move him to Greenwood, Maddison or Zaha. I'm hoping the DGW happens.

    2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Save. DGWs on the horizon

    3. tempest
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Yup, save. 2 FTs useful soon

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

    Bruno running back into form - hold

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

      He'll be knackerwd now against Liverpool...

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

    21 pt haul for Bruno...

  5. Bucket Man
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Please help me decide. Got 1FT. If double goes ahead and blank the week after I’m planning FH next week and then I currently have 9 players for blank.

    Martinez
    Dias, Rudiger, Dallas
    Salah, Bruno, Mount, Lingard
    Kane, Bamford, Nacho
    Areola, Gundogan, Shaw, Veltman

    A) Bruno to Son/Bale
    B) Gundogan to Perreira(benching headache and 1 less player for BGW)
    C) Mount to Siggy/Perreira

  6. jai1212
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Would you play Shaw and Robertson over Saiss and Veltman?

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

      Yes. 0-0 all over it. If there is a goal the assist could easily come from either of them. Shaw is on fire, even scored at the Etihad.

  7. Big Ronnie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Vardy or Bruno out to get Kane back in?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Same question and am going Vardy > Kane

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Bucket Man
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Would do Vardy to Kane if you have Iheanacho

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah have Iheanacho

  8. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Would you do these moves?

    Salah, Brewster > Kane(C), Saka -4

    1. Bucket Man
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Personally no. Arsenal might rotate Saka. Salah out for -4 not great either.

  9. Lionel Ronaldo
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Why does the Scout Picks article no longer elaborate a bit on their sub selections too? I miss that.

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

    Partey looked world class in his first 2 games for Arsenal, he's completely infiltrated to the level now.

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

      It's amazing how quick players are Arsenaled. Shouldn't have joined a club that flirts with the bottom half of the table.

      1. Pariße
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Brilliant footballers some of them, maybe just not held to the right level. They all show bad focus too, Partey specifically can not ever focus enough to hit the target from long range, for a footballer at this level it's quite incredible.

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

          There's something fundamentally wrong at the club. The contract they threw at Auba and Ozil were mental.

  11. tempest
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Bench of

    Holding (new)
    Vydra (WHU)
    Struijk (bha)

    As good a time as any to play BB?

    1. Bucket Man
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Looks good

  12. Finding Timo
      3 months, 4 days ago

      My head hurts again between a) Bruno & vydra to Perriea & Kane or b) Vardy to Kane & carry 1 Transfer to DGW35

      1. Bucket Man
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        B

      2. tempest
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        B for me

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

        2 transfers very handy next week.

        1. Finding Timo
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks guys looks like keeping Bruno way forward

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

          Easily B. Bruno could be captain next week.

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

        First time ever might burn a transfer (got 2). Was thinking Alonso out to maybe Castagne or Coleman but surely he will play this week? BB next week and FH in 36. Any suggestions?

        Mendy
        Shaw, TAA, Alonso
        Bruno, Salah, Jota, Lingard, Son
        Kane, Ihaenacho,
        Forster, Holding, Vydra, Strujik

        1. Bucket Man
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          I’d do Alonso to Castagne. Will rotate most weeks and a good game for Castagne

        2. tempest
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Got money burning a hole? Get a keeper that defo plays as a sub just in case Mendy doesn’t play?

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

            Only 0.2 itb so can't do anything with Forster this week. Hoping McCarthy playing last week was just a rest for Forster? Need Forster for GW35 BB.

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

          What are you doing with Mendy in 36? I've got a similar team. I'll be burning or forcing a Jota sale.

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

            FH in 36.

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

              Fair enough. I think Alonso will play but Castagne is the only change I would consider. Burn seems a sensible option.

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

          Surely worth Alonso to a DGWer

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

            Yeah will probably do that but fancy Alonso against Fulham. Would like Castagne but then money would be tight to prepare the BB (probably have to upgrade Strujik as I'm presuming Cooper will come back in after his ban?).

      5. Bring the Cavalry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Best 4.5 or under defender? Preferably with a good fixture this week planning on using BB

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

          Llorente, Veltman, Holding?

          1. Bring the Cavalry
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Think Llorente more nailed than alioski? Not keen on Brighton fixtures and I did think about holding but worried incase he will get dropped for Luiz. Cheers mate

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

              Yeah, Llorente is the reason why they've been good at the back lately. Good baseline bonus too. Just be aware it takes up a Leeds slot, don't know if you are planning a triple up any time soon.

      6. Cilly Bonnolly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Can’t really dump Bruno now after that.

      7. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Where to use 1FT or shall I save?

        Martinez
        Dunk - Diaz - Azpi
        Lingard - Bruno - Salah - Jota - Siggy
        Kane - Ihenacho

        (McCarthy) - Bam - Coufal - Alioski

        1. Bucket Man
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Save

      8. Aaa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Roll the transfer here?

        Johnstone
        TAA/Shaw/James
        Salah/Bruno/Lingard/Gundo
        Kane(c)/Kelechi(vc)/Bamford
        (Martinez/Greenwood/Semedo/Velt)

        1. George James
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Very similar team and was considering Bruno >> Son but not sure now.

          You need to start Greenwood by the way

      9. Rep Poulette
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Gtg?

        Mendy
        TAA Shaw Castagne
        Salah Bruno Lingard Pereira
        Watkins Kane(c) Nacho

        Forster Azpi Jota Ayling

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

          Very nice

        2. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Why would you bench Azpi?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            This, I suspect it's difficult to decide between TAA and Shaw to bench

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

              Cheers

          2. Rep Poulette
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Could be Shaw instead. Not decided yet..

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

        Play 2 out of these lots please:
        A. TAA (mun)
        B. Jota (mun)
        C. Greenwood (LIV)
        D. Coufal (bur)
        E. Konsa (eve)

        1. BeWater
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          A and C.

        2. Rep Poulette
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 days ago

          AC

      11. SINGH
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Saka or Bruno? Saka against Newcastle seems to have more upside where as Bruno against Liv looks 0-0?

      12. panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Ole has finally learnt how to handle a semi!

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

          Cue Roma 4-0 Manu second leg

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            😆

      13. Oggle22
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        G2G
        Leno
        TAA Holding Coady
        Salah Bruno lingz Greenwood
        Kane Nacho Watkins

        Forster Jota Amartey Mitchell

        Cheers

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

        Bench 2 please

        A) Digne
        B) Dallas
        C) Veltman
        D) Holding

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Veltman Holding

      15. Finding Timo
          3 months, 4 days ago

          PLay 1 of a) Jota b) vydra c) Shaw

        • Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Vardy to Kane

          Or

          Jota and Vydra
          To
          Kane and Harrison (means Kane Vardy Nacho)

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            The latter although you may want Jota back later

        • George James
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Which pair would you rather have?

          A) Son + Jota

          B) Bruno + Greenwood

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            B just

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

            A for me

          3. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I got all four 😛 so can't decide, if must B

        • Feed tha Sheep
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Do we expect Coleman to start rest of games?

          1. BeWater
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I listened to Planet FPL today with the Villa and Everton correspondents. The Everton guy thought Coleman was a good pick because he's the only one offering any creativity down their right side.

        • Fernandito
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Mendy
          TAA Fofana Rudiger Holding
          Salah Son Lingard Greenwood
          Vardy Nacho

          Forster Jota Coady Davis

          A Save FT
          B Vardy to Kane
          C Davis & Fofana to Kane & Mitchell (one bench fodder to another) -4

        • KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Bruno ESSENTIAL

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Just shows what he is capable of?

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Oh yes, though this happened to my earlier in the season when I had KdB and he kept smashing it in the cup and then paltry returns/rest in the league lol

        • g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Jota > Siggy or Foden with Ft

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

            Foden is great pick but you just don’t know if he would start

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 4 days ago

              Yes very explosive & Siggy has nice double & on pens

          2. BeWater
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Siggy. I doubt Foden will start.

          3. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Siggy

          4. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Ta