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Scout Picks

Gameweek 37 Scout Picks built on Man United and Liverpool double-ups

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue all feature in our latest Scout Picks.

There are some firm favourites back in form, some less-heralded squad members announcing their arrival, a midfielder on loan with a point to prove and a defender from the blue half of Merseyside who we believe is worth keeping our faith in despite a painful night at home to the Premier League’s bottom team.

With no time for David, Neale, Tom and Andy to present Scout Squad entries this week, we built our best XI players for the penultimate round of Fantasy Premier League (FPL) fixtures from scratch.

We are in the 3-4-3 formation for Gameweek 37, coming in at £82.3m, £0.7m inside our budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

Wolves restrict heavily-backed Bamford as Meslier suffers freak own goal

Leeds United have often struggled on the road in their debut Premier League season under Marcelo Bielsa, but the performance at Burnley on Saturday showed they can now offer some security away from Elland Road. With their increasingly resilient defence allowing shots on goal, but generally from distance, Illan Meslier (£4.7m)’s impressive reflexes can add some save points to a potential second clean sheet in a row.

DEFENDERS

Alisson‘s (£5.9m) headed winner at West Bromwich Albion will go down in Premier League folklore, but the corner-taker who found him so unerringly was Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m) who is finally generating once again the attacking returns that saw him become a virtually essential FPL asset last season. Liverpool need to keep winning in pursuit of a Champions League spot and with Leeds having just put four past Burnley at Turf Moor managers can anticipate more bounty from Trent’s abundance of crosses, set-pieces and shots, now coming from either foot.

Many Lucas Digne (£6.2m) owners will have watched with increasing agitation as he and his Everton team-mates failed to make any impression on a relegated Sheffield United in the final fixture of Gameweek 36. The left-back’s 13 crosses on the night demonstrate that he is still very much an attacking threat if his strikers can find the finishing touch of Liverpool’s goalkeeper and a Wolverhampton Wanderers forward line that has only mustered six goals in its last nine away matches offers decent hope of an Everton clean sheet this time around.

Some uncertainty surrounds the line-up plans of Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer, but it seems likely that Luke Shaw (£5.5m) will be among the key players given a run-out in front of the returning Stretford End faithful ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League final in nine days’ time. A ‘shadow’ XI is a strong possibility for the final match at Molineux, but Shaw’s increasing involvement in the United attack should get a chance to probe a Fulham defence that has conceded nine goals in its last four away outings.

MIDFIELDERS

After an uncharacteristically lengthy barren spell, Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) seems finally to have regained his touch in front of goal. An attacking return in each of his last six starts culminated at West Bromwich Albion in his first double -figure haul for 15 Gameweeks and the Golden Boot candidate will surely be relishing Wednesday night’s trip to Burnley.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) is another FPL superstar whose recent form has led to doubts, and sales, within the community. Two goals in his last three means he is once again the sort of asset that cannot be ignored as the ever-willing attacker could sign-off his season in style against a relegated side in front of a lively home crowd. Fulham are in the bottom three for big chances conceded in their last six matches.

Leeds’ forward line has certainly generated season-long discussion and interest, but Jack Harrison (£5.5m) has generally flown just that little bit under the radar, possibly because his eight goals and nine assists have been punctuated by a few one-point cameos. However, with at least 60 minutes played in each of Leeds’s last five matches and the ability to provide double-figure returns for his owners, such as the 16 points they just received as Harrison and his team-mates went on a spree at Burnley, he has forced his way into our thinking for the visit to Southampton. After 36 Gameweeks, only six FPL midfielders have scored more points than Harrison.

Another player apparently determined to prove his worth (in this case to Steve Bruce, to Mikel Arteta and the to FPL community watching on) is Newcastle United loanee Joe Willock (£4.7m). He confidently claimed the ball for an initially unsuccessful penalty attempt against Manchester City, but retained a cool head to slot home the rebound, continuing his run of a goal a game in his last five. Sheffield United are the next visitors to St James’s Park, fresh from their only away clean sheet of the season.

FORWARDS

Tottenham Wolves Brighton West Ham

Salah’s rival for the Golden Boot also hit the target at the weekend. Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane (£11.8m) led his side to their third consecutive home victory under interim boss Ryan Mason, scoring his third goal from his side’s eight in those fixtures. Wednesday’s visitors Aston Villa haven’t kept an away clean sheet in their last five attempts and, with a home crowd at their backs, a new attacking outlook and European football on the menu Spurs can be expected to take the game enthusiastically to Dean Smith’s men.

Michail Antonio (£6.5m) has blanked against the obdurate defences of first Everton and then Brighton and Hove Albion, but he will be hoping to return to the very sharp form he showed when bagging a brace at Burnley only a fortnight ago. Over the last six matches, West Bromwich Albion have conceded the joint-most chances through the middle, which bodes well for West Ham’s centre-forward.

Christian Benteke (£5.5m) has long endured a lot of frustration and some poor luck in front of goal for Crystal Palace, but a strike in each of his last three matches suggests his form is now well worth FPL investment. And over the last six matches, no Premier League player has registered more shots on target (12). Although Arsenal’s defence has been strong away from the Emirates, playing in front of supporters for the first time in many months looks set to inspire all home teams to their best attacking efforts and we believe Benteke could be just the man to finish off the chances created by Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) and Eberechi Eze (£5.8m).

Substitutes

  • Jordan Pickford (£4.8m)
  • Ben Godfrey (£5.1m)
  • Ezgjan Alioski (£4.3m)
  • 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 37:

902 Comments Post a Comment
  1. GoonerGirl
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Is it worth bringing in TAA for Digne (the only way I can afford) on a -4 or wait and transfer him in for the last game week for free?
    Other defenders are Rudiger, Dallas, Coady and Phillips.
    Thanks

    1. No Professionals
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I wouldn't do it for a hit personally.

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

      Everton are so inexplicably awful at home and TAA in such good form that’s probably worth it. Would you play Phillips or Rudiger (or both)?

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

        Thanks guys, Yeah I'd probably play Phillips as well, not Rudiger.

        1. Pep bites Kun
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          I'd bring in TAA for -4 seeing as Eve have City in 38 & Liv have seemingly 2 sweet games on paper, although the def looks ropey. How do you feel about the Liv def double-up?

  2. Weilong7
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    BB or TC this week?

    Martinez Forster
    Veltman Dias Coleman Dier Coufal
    Bruno Salah Son Lingard Bissouma
    Kane Nacho Vydra

    1FT 1.5 ITB

    Veltman for Philips?
    Forster for Leeds gk?
    Bissouma for Raphinha perhaps?
    Cpt Bruno Salah or Kane?

    Thanks

    1. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Wow, you still have both TC & BB

      Raphinha and Kane

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Can't believe you've got 2 chips left - long sleep or team was too good to disrupt? 😉

      BB this week - gw38 lineups could be erratic. Reconsider TC next week - Salah or Kane.

      Bissouma > Raphinha

      Have fun!

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

    Name some craziest punts who could come good in next two weeks. Who can surprise us from nowhere like Torres and Harrison for example?

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

      Not crazy but not heard much about Arsenal with some prime fixtures (Lacazette?). Chelsea ahead of CL (Giroud / Abraham). Or someone out there- I like McGoldrick!

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

      Joelinton, Rodrigo, Auba

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

      Giroud, Alli, Auba

  4. Carlos3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    1FT and 2.2 ITB
    Will play BB this week.

    Anything worth changing?

    Mendy - Forster
    TAA - Phillips - Dallas - Coleman - Holding
    Salah - Fernandes - Greenwood - Lingard - Gündo
    Kane - Antonio - Vydra

  5. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Harrison or Pereira for the last 2 GWs?

    1. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Perreira

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

    Looks like I'll have 5 players in tomorrow's early kick-off, make or break!

  7. No Professionals
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Bale and Jota to Fernades and Willock (-4) looks tempting all of a sudden.

    I need to fight it right?

    Have Kane and Salah as strong captain choices.

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

      Go!

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

      I wouldn’t take Bale out before Villa.

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

      Isn't the idea of having Bale pretty much to bet on him versus Bruno (in this case) and fighting the template?

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

        I'd stick fwiw but definitely sell Jota if you have weak bench.

  8. Powers106
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Are there any Newcastle defenders that are nailed? I looked at their player list and history and hardly seems like they even use defenders at all lol, so maybe they use mids in those roles? I was just thinking if I BB in the final week to have a few Newcastle (Willock +1) as their last 2 matches are SHU and FUL and who knows, maybe a dull cs in there...

    1. CABAYE4
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Dummett started last 10 so should be nailed to start.

      No attacking threat and personally can’t see a CS in either game but if you disagree I’d say he’s the best option.

  9. JohnnyRev7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Thoughts on this...

    Martinez
    TAA / AWB / Dallas
    Salah(vc) / Bruno(c) / Bale / M Pereira
    Antonio / Watkins / DCL

    Steer: Watkins / Coady / Veltman*

    1FT 0.5ITB

    Toying with...

    1. Martinez ---> Meslier
    2. Watkins ---> Rodrigo
    3. Save

    Dreadful season and nothing to play for in my ML leagues so just looking for a few decent scores to end the season.

    TIA.

    1. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Rodrigo could be fun to own for last 2 games

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Yeh, that's the way I'm swaying this GW. Fun is what it's about. Thanks.

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

    A) Jota -> Raphinha & bench Watkins
    B) Play Watkins and roll FT

    1. ManUtdFan977
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A

  11. ManUtdFan977
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    my team right now anythings that I should change 1ft:
    Mendy
    taa shaw Dallas
    Lingard Fernandes salah son
    Antonio Bamford Calvert Lewin

    Forster Coleman holding Jota

  12. Pep's Money Laundry
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    A. Veltman to Dallas (sou), bench DCL (WOL)
    B. DCL to Wood (LIV)
    C. Jota to Willock/ASM (SHU), bench DCL
    B. Save FT and start DCL (Digne starting too)

    1. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Doh, last one is D of course

    2. Milkman Bruno
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I’d rather DCL than Wood this week. What’s the full team?

      1. Pep's Money Laundry
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Trent Shaw Digne
        Greenwood Salah Bale Raphinha
        Kane Antonio DCL

        Forster Mitchell

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

          I’d roll the FT or get yourself a keeper.

          1. Pep's Money Laundry
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Oops keeper is Martinez, loool

        2. Milkman Bruno
          5 months, 14 days ago

          I’d save and do A & B for free for gw38

    3. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      You obviously don't like DCL. 😉

      Have you considered the fun Rodrigo punt?

  13. Milkman Bruno
    5 months, 14 days ago

    What to do here folks? Jota to Torres and bench Wood?

    Mendy
    Taa, Shaw, Dallas
    Salah, Bruno, Lingard, Raphina
    Kane, Antonio, Wood

    Martinez, Jota, Struijk, Mitchell 1 ft .2itb

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      any city player is a russian roullete. just play wood and save for a last gw hoora

  14. Cak Juris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Best Trio:
    A. Martinez - Willock - Antonio
    B. Meslier - Willock - Bamford
    C. Dubravka - Raphinha - Antonio

    1. ManUtdFan977
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      c

  15. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    jota to :

    A raphinia
    B harrison
    C willock
    D st. maxmiman
    E mount

    1. Milkman Bruno
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A

  16. JONALDINHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    A) Martinez to Meslier
    B) Struijk to Dallas
    C) Jota to Raphinha
    D) Save FT

    If B or C they will start over Iheanacho(che)

    1. Milkman Bruno
      5 months, 14 days ago

      C

  17. lifes a pitch
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Trying to close a 25 point gap to win my league... rival will probably cap Salah this week..should I TC Greenwood/Kane? (Rival has Greenwood but not Kanel
    Or keep TC for final week when i know exactly how many points i'll need?

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

      I’d go for TC Kane out of those two.

  18. Chief Break-Everything
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    40+ point lead in ML. 1FT 0 ITB

    Martinez
    TAA Dallas Godfrey
    Salah Bruno Son Raphinha
    Kane Antonio Bamford

    Fabri Gundo Coufal Mitchell

    Is nice yes? Roll FT?

    1. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      It is nice. Solid bench. Roll for 38.

      1. Chief Break-Everything
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 13 days ago

        Thank-you Mr Rev7. I Roll

  19. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Anyone else thinking that Ole will rest almost all starters on gw38?

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

      TC Amad Diallo!

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes the wolves game is meaninglessness to them, the final is all that counts now for Ole

    3. Milkman Bruno
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah it’s highly likely

    4. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah but they could haul massively v Fulham

  20. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    A. Castagne to Shaw, bench Coufal
    B. Jota to Raphinha/Foden/ASM, bench Saka and start Coufal

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

      Is there an option that gets Raph and plays Saka instead of Coufal?

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

        No would need to bench Saka, Bamford or Lingard if I get Raphinha

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

          Oh I see yes of course. If Shaw was going to start both matches that would be easier but I still would think Raph a bigger priority than Shaw so B. I’m not sure I’d necessarily be picking Bamford or Lingard over Saka on recent form but it’s probably right to bench Saka.

  21. Daghe Munegu
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Watkins to Antonio -4?

    Yes or no ?

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      same dilema here - eithe watkins or nacho out to antonio -4

  22. ManUtdFan977
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    raphinha or harrison

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

      The maths says Harrison but Raph is so talismanic that I’m going him

  23. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Is Greenwood now a no go with latest comments from Ole? Too much uncertainty for both gameweeks?

    1. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      probably

    2. J to the T
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Who to replace Zaha with then, if not Greenwood?

  24. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    GREENWOOD BENCHED! 😯

    https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/team-news/

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

      Do you complain again if he starts?

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

        Sorry for that. Just read your apologies...

        1. FPL Virgin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 13 days ago

          No worries m8

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

      That basically says it’s guesswork and they’ve copied last week’s teamsheet.

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

    Anything worth a hit here? 1.7itb.

    --Leno
    --Aurier--TAA--Holgate--Shaw
    --Salah--Greenwood--Bale--Lingard
    --Kane--Bamford.

    --Forster--Zaha--Wood--Veltman.

    Thanks.

  26. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Jota>Bale done, going all in on spurs vs villa. Nothing to play for at 37k and ML already wrapped up.

    Mendy
    TAA Digne Shaw
    Bale Son Lingard Salah Salah
    Kane (C) DCL Bamford

    forster ESR Holding Konsa

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

      Not worried about rotation? He can barely play 1 game a week never mind 3. Can see Lucas or Bergwin starting instead

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        yeah maybe but who cares 2 gameweeks left, 71 points in the last 6 gw at home tells me he starts

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

        I’m worried about Son being rested. He looked tired last match. Son never gets benched does he?

      3. Super Saints
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Son played 28 game weeks in a row from the start of the season plus cup games etc

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      You fancy Spurs that much?

  27. RedJive79
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Bench Bam or Lingard?

    1. WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      was about to ask the same question

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

      I reckon Bam has a higher ceiling even if he does risk coming off early. Lingard off the boil against a rejuvenated team

  28. Agamenmon
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    I don’t know to to transfer in or who to bench, current subs in ()

    Any advice appreciated?

    Pickford ( Forster)
    TAA, Digne Dallas ( Coufal, Phillips)
    Salah, Mahrez, Son, Saint Max, ( Raphinha)
    Kane, Ings, Calvert Lewin

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

    captain thoughts

    I'm 20 points behind ML leader who has Salah, Kane and Bruno. Unclear who he will go for.

    I have Salah, Kane and Son

    Do I captain Son (vs Elmo and Traore who never tracks back) as its the best chance to make ground given hes a differential?

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yep

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

      always feel a bit dirty captaining a player aainst my team but yea seems sensible, 2nd place is locked down

  30. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    A) Jota > Harrison
    B) Fofana > Dallas

    1) Play Coufal
    2) Play Lingard

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

      B and coin flip, I'd just sway to Lingard

    2. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Dallas has clean sheet potential plus attacking potential plus some set pieces