Scout Picks

Blank Gameweek 36 Scout Picks features double-ups from four clubs

Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Spurs have all provided two players for the Blank Gameweek 36 Scout Picks.

After David, Neale, Tom and Andy submitted their Scout Squad submissions, we deliberated over the best XI players for the latest round of fixtures.

We are in the 4-4-2 formation for Blank Gameweek 36, coming in at £82.2m, £0.8m inside our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Salah and blanks again as Brighton defensive assets shine ahead of good run 3

Of those playing Blank Gameweek 36, only one team has a superior figure for expected goals conceded over their last six matches as Brighton. Their total of three clean sheets is the joint-most in that time, which bodes well for Robert Sánchez (£4.6m), who has produced 18 saves and 26 points since Gameweek 30.

Defenders

Who has the best and worst FPL fixtures for the Run-In?

No defender has played more key passes in their last six matches than Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m), who is also top of his positional classification for big chances created in the same period. Meanwhile, Liverpool have kept clean sheets in three of their last four away matches prior to their Thursday-night meeting with Manchester United.

Lucas Digne (£6.2m) faces the division’s lowest scorers Sheffield United in Blank Gameweek 36, who have failed to find the net in four of their last five, already giving a great building block for a handsome haul. Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold is the only defender to have created more big chances than Digne in his last six.

John Stones (£5.1m) returns from suspension in Blank Gameweek 36, hopefully, fresh and ready to help Manchester City to a 19th clean sheet of the campaign. Newcastle are their Friday-night opponents although they will surely feel the absence of their best centre-forward Callum Wilson. Meanwhile, Manchester City are the Premier League’s best team for xGC over their last six while Newcastle are the division’s worst over that time for giving up headed goal attempts.

On Saturday afternoon, Southampton face a relegated Fulham side that has failed to score in three of their last four. That makes Jannik Vestergaard (£4.7m) a decent budget option worth considering.

Midfielders

No Premier League player has registered more shots in the box than Mohamed Salah over the last six matches. Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion have conceded at least two goals in five of their last six.

Son Heung-min (£9.5m) has found form at just the right time with a goal in each of his last three matches and adding an assist for 29 points during that time. We fancy him to continue that run against Wolves given the weaknesses they have shown on their right-hand side of late. During the last six matches, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have conceded 11 chances on their left, 14 through the middle and 21 down the right.

A full rest in Gameweek 34 and a 20-minute substitute’s appearance against Chelsea suggest Phil Foden (£6.0m) will be in the Manchester City team to face Newcastle on Friday night. He has three goals and five assists across his last five starts while the Magpies are without a clean sheet at home since Gameweek 16.

Forwards

Harry Kane (£11.8m) has nine attacking returns to his name since Gameweek 27 and faces a Wolves defence in Blank Gameweek 36 that is without a clean sheet in each of their last three. Meanwhile, Kane sits joint-second for big chances in the last six.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) was joint-top of the Premier League for big chances in his six matches previous to Thursday evening’s action. On Sunday evening, he faces a Sheffield United side that has conceded more goals than any other side since Gameweek 30 as well as the most chances through the middle of the pitch.

Patrick Bamford (£6.4m) is our chosen Leeds attacker ahead of a Saturday lunchtime trip to Turf Moor. The 10 goals Burnley have conceded over their last six matches is the joint-third-highest in the Premier League while no member of Marcelo Bielsa’s squad has been afforded more big chances during that time.

Substitutes

  • Jordan Pickford (£4.8m)
  • Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m)
  • Raphinha (£5.4m)
  • Matheus Pereira (£5.4m)

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 Blank Gameweek 36:

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.

JayKay1 takes on the Scout Picks in Blank Gameweek 36 going with a 3-4-3 line-up of Meslier; Alexander-Arnold, Coleman, Coufal; Salah, Bale (c), Raphinha, Son; Aguero (vc), Calvert-Lewin, Antonio.

AA33 is the current leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.

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2,116 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    What happened with Salah at the end?

    1. The Suspended One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      He scored

  2. DK_13
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Ederson (Martinez)
    TAA Robertson (castagne Shaw Rudiger)
    Jota lingard reed*(Greenwood Madison)
    Kane DCL(vardy)

    2FT 0.1ITB. 8 playing if I count reed. Any ideas on how do I proceed from here? Tia

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Mads + Cast to Raph + Dallas would be a start

    2. lugs
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Vardy, Maddison, Castagne to Ings, Son & Dallas if funds allow it

  3. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Which transfers worth doing?

    A. Nacho / Castagne / Greenwood >>>
    Bamford / Coufal / Mahrez (for -8)
    B. Nacho / Castagne / El Ghazi >>> Antonio / Coufal / Foden (for -8)
    C. Nacho / Castagne >>> Antonio / Stones (for -4)

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      C

    2. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Are you starting el ghazi?

      1. FPL ElasticO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah no other option this GW

  4. Phil's Stamps
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Ings over Antonio on a Free Hit a punt too far?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      No. I like it unless you need the money elsewhere

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Still tinkering with those 2, look below. Ings vs Fulham decent imo

    3. Phil's Stamps
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Cheers, for me it would mean losing Robbo for Phillips and starting Dallas instead.

  5. Alisson WondHaaland
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    To say Mahrez has any better of a chance to get minutes than Foden does is overthinking imo. If you see Legomane's spreadsheet (featured on blackbox today) you'll see that Foden and Mahrez have literally been starting in the same games and theyve both been playing all of the important fixtures during the fixture congestion.

    With no more congestion, a rest for both players in the previous games and the need to build up towards the UCL final Im fairly confident both start.

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Does anyone not think both start? I’m thinking of going foden(c).

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Same. Not only is he 2m cheaper, his stats have been slightly better than Mahrez's recently

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          And he’s attacking Newcastle worse flank. They’ve given up way more chances down that side

          1. Alisson WondHaaland
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Yep

      2. Mahjongking
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        capt mahrez or foden, either one also good choice right?

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          I can’t afford mahrez so haven’t really given it too much thought. I prefer mahrez for most matches but Newcastle make might be better for foden (look at my reply above)

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

        And yeah, Ive seen many here saying Foden will likely get a cameo

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Interesting. Who do they think will start over him? Sterling?

  6. Bad Kompany
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Is Forster likely to start?

  7. Johan Queef
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Bad season and out of reach in most mini-leagues. For the run-in:

    A) Bale
    B) Son

    Thanks!

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      B

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Bruno to Bale already done for me

      1. Johan Queef
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah it'll be Bruno who makes way. My normal FPL self would choose Son as I'm quite a safe player but i've had a stinker this season so maybe Bale will be more maverick and fun.

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          100%
          time to make fantasy fun again for the final few weeks so can't go for Son with his very high ownership

  8. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Almost final FH draft, A or B?
    A. Gtg
    B. Ings -> Antonio, upgrade bench

    Pickford
    TAA, Robbo, Digne
    Salah (c), Son, Mahrez, Foden
    Kane (vc), DCL, Ings
    [Forster, Dawson, Burke, 3.8 def]

    Good luck all 🙂

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A. Nice team

    2. GuenDoozy
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Same team as mine, similar bench..

    3. Phil's Stamps
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I'm settled on a squad that's almost identical, just Ederson over Pickford and Coufal over Dawson. Figure I might as well go for it with the double City mids and Ings.

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Just realized that I only havr Mitchell not Dawson lol.

    4. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Wow, I wish I had your guy's team value! I've got something similar but with Antonio/ bamford over ings

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Just realized that I only have Mitchell not Dawson in bench.

  9. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    mount nacho and bruno to mahrez ,raphina and ings(C) for -8 gtg?

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes, like that Ings (C)

    2. lugs
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      looks good, i did the Bruno, Nacho to Mahrez, Ings move myself i just hope Mahrez plays tonight as i don't have a bench this gw

  10. AlpoShearer
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Chasing and freehit
    A. Bale
    B.Son

    1. 272MK
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Bale then. I captained Bale when he got his hattrick last time.eaders dont even have him. Best feeling this season

  11. Going Home
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Morning DZ. Had an awful week due to no Trent or Bruno. Hoping to bounce back with 2 FTs and loads of cash itb for this week

    Forster*
    Phillips Coady Dallas
    (S)alah Jota Lingard Son
    Kane DCL Iheanacho*

    Mendy* Maddison* Rudiger* Shaw*

    Nacho and Mendy to Bamford and McCarthy leaves funds for Maddison to Bruno next week. No brainer? Then Antonio for DCL to finish the season?

    TIA

    1. lugs
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      yeah solid plan if your dead set on getting Bruno in

  12. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    When will Salah rise?

    Who would you pick for this GW. Salah Mahrez or Foden

  13. Shake n Bake
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Do we think Raphina will start this weekend given Bielsa's comments on "fitness" and "football performance" being two separate considerations?

  14. C0YS
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Bamford or Antonio?

    Why?

    1. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Bamford because Brighton defend well

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        At the start of the week I'd have agreed but how well will they defend now without Dunk and probably Veltman?

      2. Cantonesque
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Brighton back line decimated though, I'm worried ML rival will get Antonio for that reason.

    2. BrutalLogiC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Martinez
      Stones Digne TAA
      Foden Salah Jota Son
      Bamford Kane DCL

      What changes shall I make on FH?

      1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Can you have Mahrez instead of Jota?

        1. BrutalLogiC
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Yep I can, thanks

    3. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Thoughts on
      1) Greenwood + nacho to Raphina + dcl (-4)
      2) Bruno + nacho to son + Bamford/antonio

    4. seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Aguero (C) anyone?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I would've but idk if he even starts after the pen miss, if he does start I think he does well and makes up for it but not brave enough to C him.

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Negative

    5. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Better option for the final 3 gws?

      A. Son Antonio
      B. Kane Jota/ Raphina

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Ehh would you C Kane any of the final weeks?

        1. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Just this gw

      2. The Suspended One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        B

    6. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Feeling like a few cheeky punts on FH, any suggestions?

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Kun Werner havertz mahrez mane firmino cavani ziyech

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Cheers but Chelsea and Utd don't play this week but the others are decent options

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Oh haha apologies, forgot about that

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Ings
        Bale
        Bernardo Silva
        Grealish

      3. Cantonesque
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Richarlison, Grealish, Eze

        • The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Here is a suggestion, different is not better, just killed myself going away from the obvious picks on my FH this week.

          Believe me when I say; Emi, DCL, Greenwood, Jota seem a lot less boring now

          1. The Suspended One
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            But Mahrez for sure

          2. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Smart. Having all popular players is still a differential in and of itself. Combo diffs > single player diffs sometimes.

        • The 12th Man
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Coleman

      4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        On FH, A or B?
        A. Pickford, Ings
        B. Ederson, Antonio
        Ta.

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 14 days ago

          A I think.
          Like Ings over Antonio

      5. Jinswick
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Best WC fillers here?

        A) Digne, Bale & Antonio
        B) Holding, Foden & Kane

        Pickford, Button
        TAA, Dallas, Stones, Coufal, xxx
        Salah, Son, Mahrez, xxx, ESR
        xxx, DCL, Bamford

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 14 days ago

          I like Digne for this week especially.
          Foden and Antonio.
          Left over money is a bonus.

      6. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Any suggestions here folks? 1ft, 1.8m itb. Flirting with the 5k rank, hoping for a strong finish.

        Pickford
        Taa Dallas ward
        Salah siggy zaha lingard
        Dcl Watkins

        Mendy Bruno castagne Shaw nacho

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Thought Castagne out for Digne but Siggy is 3 Everton.
          Castagne to Coufal maybe? Likely won’t want to play him for the rest of the year.

          Bruno to Son will give you some cover to those around you.

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Bruno to son seems the best move. Cheers

        2. Cantonesque
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Castagne has to go and then you can pick any defender you want. Robertson, Digne, Stones ...

            1. Disturbed
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Need some spurs attack. Any suggestions?

              1. Cantonesque
                  5 months, 14 days ago

                  Siggy to Bale, Castagne to Keane?

                  1. Disturbed
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    5 months, 14 days ago

                    One of Kane / Son not essential?

                    1. Tinkermania
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      No one is essential!

          • Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Where best to trim 0.8m from this WC team?

            A) Mahrez -> Jota
            B) Stones -> Holding
            C) DCL -> Antonio

            Pickford, 3.9
            Trent, Digne, Dallas, Stones, Mitchell
            Salah, Son, Mahrez, Foden, ESR
            Kane, DCL, Bamford

            1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              B

            2. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Yah Stones is a pricey bench dude. B.

          • My heart goes Salalalalah
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Missing the clean sheet odds hot topic. Lingard playing out wide is making me consider playing Mitchell vs AVL over him

          • YoungPretender
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Bruno, Vardy & Nacho > Salah, Ings & Bamford/Antonio (-8)?

            If so, Bamford or Antonio?

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

              Yes,Antonio.

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

            Nacho-Bruno-Fofana to Antonio-Son-Vestegaard for -8?

          • Ian Davis
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            A) Phillips/Jota/Ings

            B) Dallas/Jota/Bamford

            C) Dallas/Jota/Antonio

            D) TAA/Raphinha/Antonio

            1. Jässi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              D

          • fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Anyone worried about a Salah rest? Worth going mane over Salah on FH?

            1. Top Mark.S
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Mane in the doghouse. Avoid

          • Vazza
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Thoughts on this FH team gents

            Pickford
            Robbo TAA Digne
            Salah Son Mahrez Foden
            Kane DCL Ings

            Bench: Button, Dann, Mitchell, Dunne

            0.0 ITB

            1. Jässi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Great

            2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Same starting 11 with my team. Btw, you have 6 defender?

              1. Vazza
                • 1 Year
                5 months, 14 days ago

                Dunne should be Burke-inho

          • Jässi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            A) Nacho to Bamford
            B) Nacho to Antonio
            C) Nacho & Watkins to Bamford & Antonio (-4)

            1. waldo666
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              A

            2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              B

            3. Cantonesque
                5 months, 14 days ago

                B