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)

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902 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Hint
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Play

    A) Holding
    B) Dawson

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B

  2. Vjm6891
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Current team

    Guitia Schmichel
    Ward* Aloiski Digne AWB Christensen*
    Son Lingard Siggy Greenwood Salah
    Watkins DCL Ings

    I want to get Kane in cos he was unlucky Vs wolves. Was it just Wolves aren't very good? Or are Villa gonna be just as bad? They seem to be leaking goals at the moment.

    Is he worth a hit though? Ings and Siggy for Kane and ESR (all I can afford)?

    Or do I just take a risk?

    20 points ahead in mini league. 2nd has Kane, but no Son.

    1. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I would take the minus 4 seeing as you are 20 ahead. The players that can hurt you most are those that can return 12 to 20 in a single game week. There are only a few that can do that and Kane is one of them.

  3. UNDERWORLD7
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Not a clue as to what to do here, took Bruno out last week for Mahrez (stupid in hindsight but need to go for it in ML) and probs can’t afford Bruno back now unless a -8, but don’t see the point when he’ll likely only play GW37.

    Martinez
    Dias - TAA - Dallas
    Salah - Mahrez - Son - Lingard
    DCL - Kane - Antonio
    __________________________
    Fabri: Shaw: Ward: Jota

    1FT, 0.0 ITB

    Now, do I do a -4 to do Jota > Greenwood & maybe someone like Ward > Mitchell to afford it?

    Or a -4 to do Jota + Mahrez > Greenwood + Harrsion/Raphinha?

    Not usually this undecided but this is where I could really use your input guys.

    Would appreciate it, thanks

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Id play Shaw

      Jota to Raph or Harrison , he'll play two games

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers buddy, liking the look of Harrison, even before the Burnley game.

    2. JohnnyRev7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I have Mahrez so I'm 100% expecting him to start against BHA. 38 I don't know.

      Jota to Raphinha or Harrison sounds a solid move for 37/38.

      Save the hit.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Interesting, thanks brother! Reckon I may do this, I think the hidden agenda is the fear of Mahrez not Starting but if he does that helps me out a lot! Haha

  4. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Play 1 keeper:
    1. Sanchez
    2. Martinez

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Sanchez me thinks

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        For this gw with City?

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Brighton is no joke at home. Also save points if City do attack. Who knows which team Pep will field

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            That’s a good point. I might switch them around.

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on punt on ESR for the next 2?

  6. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Guys a bit of dilemma.

    Mendy
    Taa digne Dallas coady velt
    Salah son siggy elghazi lingz
    Kane dcl nacho

    1ft. 8.7k rank. Ahead in ml with 75 points.

    A) nacho to Antonio free and start siggy
    B) siggy to greenwood free and start elghazi
    C) elghazi to raph
    D) nacho siggy to greenwood Antonio -4
    E) elghazi nacho to raphinha Antonio -4?

    TIA.

    1. BaltimoreCity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      D

  7. Ohh1454
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Fancy ASM to do well next two weeks or should I just get raph ?

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Could be worth a punt, but some serious point dodging lately by him

    2. BaltimoreCity
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Everyone on Willock. I like him as differential

  8. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Is Siggy to Raphinha/Harrison worth a hit?

    Could just play Siggy or Foden (yes im ready to be hurt again by Pep)

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Play Foden

  9. Tinfoil Deathstar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Currently sitting at 26k. Def rolling FT this GW as team is set up nicely. Best captain out of this lot to try and push to 10k? Basically torn between Bruno, Salah and Kane, with Bale/Antonio as outside contenders.

    Emi
    Shaw TAA Regs
    Bruno Salah Bale Lingard Raphinha
    Kane Antonio

    Subs: Fabri, Wood, Phillips, Veltman

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      if you are going for top 10k I would go bale/antonio as both on their day could be very explosive

      1. Tinfoil Deathstar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Cheers. Yeah I think that probs is best tactic.

    2. Biggsy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I think you need differentials to make that kinda gain.

      Just got to find this week's Torres or Harrison

      1. Tinfoil Deathstar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yeah it's unlikely and def going to be tough. I guess Antonio, Bale and Wood are already differentials at my EO and not sure I want to take any of my current players out given their upcoming fixtures. I've sewn my ML up so might just have a punt on either Antonio or Bale as captain.

  10. DannyDrinkVodka
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    If Rodrigo starts, what happens to Dallas' position?

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      moves back

    2. Biggsy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Depends who he starts in place of I guess.

      If it's Bamford, then nothing...

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      It'll be

      Raph Dallas Rodrigo Harrison
      Bamford

      Klich is gone for Euros

  11. Biggsy
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Meslier (Forster)
    Dallas, TAA, Digne (Rudgier, Masuaku)
    Bruno, Salah, Harrison, Lingard (JWP)
    DCL, Kane, Antonio

    A. Roll the FT
    B. JWP to Willock and bench JLingz
    C. JLingz to Willock

    1. duststorm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A

  12. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Will Lacazette start?

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I don't think so, Auba is our striker going forward.

      1. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        But who knows with Arteta

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks!

  13. Foozeball
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    I could use some advice on protecting my ML lead... I bottled the last few weeks and it has slipped to just 15 points

    Henderson
    TAA - Castagne - Rudiger
    Bruno - Son - Jota* - Lingard
    Kane - Bamford - Iheanacho

    Johnstone, Soucek, Veltman*, Maguire*
    1 FT, 1.1 ITB

    My rival's main differentials are Raphinha, Dallas, Cresswell, and Salah (but no TAA or any United players)

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Castagne to Dallas
      Jota to Raph

      1. Foozeball
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks, although I would think selling Maguire instead of Castagne would be better since Maguire is expected to be out for the remaining PL games

  14. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Best Jota replacement:

    A: Greenwood
    B: Rashford
    C: Bruno

    1. Foozeball
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      C

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      If ‘going for it’ I’d have to say Greenwood

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        25 points behind the ML leader. Definitely going for it, for what it's worth

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Gotta be Mr Greenwood then bud!

    3. FCRS1991
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I would say Bruno too..but will he get rotated? They've got nothing to play for in the league.

      1. UNDERWORLD7
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        That’s the huge worry with Bruno, being last game at home though with fans you’d have to expect he starts, but I still prefer Greenwood.

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Yeah, think his minutes are gonna be the most managed of all the united assets, which is a worry.

      2. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yeah, fear he may not start both the remaining games

  15. FCRS1991
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Need help. any recommendations?

    Martinez Patricio
    Shaw Dallas Phillips Coufal Holding
    Salah Son Lingard Foden Zaha
    Kane DCL Bamford

    2.2ITB 1FT

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Easy save

      1. FCRS1991
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        My concern is will Foden play.
        Also, thinking of bringing back a UTD midfielder...have money to afford Greenwood or Bruno

  16. Vovhund
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    ASM or Willock?

  17. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    A) Jota + Nacho -> Lingard + Antonio (-4)
    B) Jota + Nacho -> Willock + Lacazette (-4)
    C) Jota -> Mount
    D) Jota -> Raphinha/Harrison/Willock
    E) Save FT

    Henderson
    TAA Digne Dallas
    Salah Son Greenwood Gundogan
    Kane DCL Nacho

    (Sanchez Targett Jota* Dunk*) 0.3 ITB

    Any other suggestions are welcomed.

  18. Street Friend
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Help with the bench and order. Jota is going to be Raphina or Greenwood or up to 8.7

    Mendy
    TAA Rudiger Dallas
    Bruno Salah lingard Zaha jota
    Kane bamford

    Forster Holgate holding vydra

  19. Rangers1690
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Is Bruno a lock to play against Fulham?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Probably a better Fly Half

      1. JohnnyRev7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Above the general populace heads. But nice try.

    2. UNDERWORLD7
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Not a lock, but you’d expect him to

  20. Echoes
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Which seems better?

    A: Jota -> Bruno
    B: Jota, Ward -> Greenwood, TAA (-4)

  21. winchester
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Hey lads, what to do here? Bring in a defender or midfielder? What do i lack for the upcoming two? Leading my ML with 50points. 1ft and 2,1m itb. Cheers lads.

      mendy
      rudiger coufal taa mitchell
      salah bruno lingard zaha
      kane bamford

      forster jota lowton davis

      1. WHUFCSmith23
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        You could try a differential as a replacement for Jota and play them instead of Zaha or Lingard this week if you are attacking rank rises. Lingard is massively owned so playing someone else could bring big reward rank wise..

    • Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A. Jota > Wilock

      or

      B. play Lingard (and save FT)

    • Daghe Munegu
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Guys
      Watkins to Antonio -4?

      Yes or no?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Not quite

    • BobB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Don't see the point in hits at this stage. No time to reap dividends.

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I mean if it pays off immediately then its all good right?

      2. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        On bench boost so am using that as an excuse.

      3. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        for example Martinez is my GK but im thinking to swap him for Mendy/Ederson. Thinking I will get more than 4 pts back but still hit feels bad for a GK

        1. Foozeball
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Mendy sure, but definitely would not go for Ederson because he may get rested again on GW37 or GW38

          1. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            Pep stated today that he is gonna start him for the rest two games

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      for this gw only: Antonio or Willock/ASM punt?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Antonio

      2. Pompey5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Antonio

    • Aaa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Johnstone
      TAA/Digne/Shaw
      Salah/Bale/Greenwood/Lingard
      Kane(c)/DCL/Bamford
      (Martinez/Gundo/Phillips/Velt)

      Gundo -> Raph/Harrison? Then bench Lingard? Or just start Gundo?

    • Igz08
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Play one

      A) JLingz
      B) Nacho
      C) Ayling (have Dallas)

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        A

    • KAALI_DAAL
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Jota to Greenwood for free?

        1. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          i think so - yes

        2. Tinfoil Deathstar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 16 days ago

          All day long.

      • Slitherene
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Best 1 GW keeper punt?

        Meslier, Johnstone or Ramsdale

      • Pompey5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Evening all

        Forster
        TAA Shaw Philips
        Salah Bruno Son Lingard Zaha
        Kane Antonio

        Sanchez Holding Davis Mitchell

        A. Zaha -> Greenwood
        B. Lingard -> Raphina/Harrison
        C. Both (-4)
        D. Roll FT
        E. Other

        TIA