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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. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Play:

    A) Rudiger or
    B) Digne?

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      B

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

      B

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

      B

  2. Pompey5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Bottomed...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

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Would have suggested A. But with Martial and James available, D.

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

      If you are chasing C, if you are protecting rank A

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

    1) Jota -> Raphinha
    2) Jota -> Greenwood
    3) Jota and Lingard -> Raph and Greenwood (-4)
    4) Jota > Max 8.0, who?

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

      2

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Torres for me.

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

        Brave to trust Pep at this stage of the season. He'll need to play the first team at least once before the CL final

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          I think that's a bit of a myth.

          He likes momentum, but take United too...

          A key asset gets kicked and misses the final and fans will be on them for playing in a pretty pointless league game?

    3. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      rinse and repeat ey

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

        ? 🙂

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

    Hi guys

    Rodrigo or Benteke?

    Thanks

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

      Benteke

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

    Which 3 defenders to start?
    a. TAA
    b. Rudiger
    c. Dallas
    d. Holding
    e. Phillips

    Thinking a,c,e but not sure

    1. Manani
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      abc

    2. Pompey5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      abc

    3. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      BDE

  6. Manani
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    which 1 to bench?

    A. Zaha
    B. Watkins
    C. Nacho
    D. Lingard

    1. Pompey5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Very close - i'd go with Nacho

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      C

    3. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      D

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

      A or B. How are people benching Nacho out of these?

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Barely touched the ball in the final

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

      C

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

    Best 1 GW keeper punt?

    Meslier, Johnstone or Ramsdale.

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Meslier

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

    Guys, Is Maddison out for Bale -4 worth doing ??

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

    2. Pompey5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      No.

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

      Not for bale mate

  9. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Which is the best move?

    A. Maguire to Dallas
    B. Jota to Willock
    C. Watkins/Iheanacho to Antonio
    D. Any other suggestions?

    Current team

    Lloris Sanchez
    TAA Digne MAGUIRE Holding Masuaku
    Salah Bruno Greenwood JOTA Lingard
    DCL Watkins Nacho

    2M, 1FT.

    Open to taking a hit.
    No Spurs.

    Thanks.

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      C

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      B then A.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers. Yeah I feel having Dallas is a must. He has a high ceiling.

    3. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      B

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Cheers.

    4. Party time
      5 months, 14 days ago

      C.Watkins out

      1. Party time
        5 months, 14 days ago

        & Maguire to Shaw

        1. Party time
          5 months, 14 days ago

          / Dallas

  10. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Play:
    A) Lingard (wba)
    B) Watkins (tot)

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A

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

    Bamford > Antonio? (Rival has Antonio and chance Bamford doesn’t start)

    1. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Are you chasing or defending? If you are defending then do it unless you can make a better transfer elsewhere. Not much between Bamford and Antonio really.

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

        Defending - rival has Antonio. Very boring transfer, especially as I was 50/50 between the two all the way up until previous deadline. Maybe should just do it though.

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

    Horrendous week! Mini league lead lost (7pts behind now but he had TC still!). 25pts off top 10k now too. Rolling FT this week, best Captain? Thinking Kane given my situation

    Mendy
    TAA. Digne. Rudiger
    Salah. Son. Greenwood. ASM
    Kane. DCL. Antonio
    (Forster, Jota. Holding. Ward)

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes save FT. Captaincy is a tough choice between Salah or Kane.

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

        Home crowd for Kane a consideration?

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Definitely something to consider. But Pope could miss out and Pool need to score goals as it could come down to GD for Top 4 race.

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

            Hmm, didn’t realise that. I think my rival will go Salah. Could be make or break

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yeah, Kane seems like the right choice. I'm going Bruno probably because my mini league leader will go for Salah in all likelihood.

      Did you always have ASM or just brought him in?
      What are your thoughts on ASM vs. Willock?

      Thanks.

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

        Yeah. Got me nothing from two big wins. Gutted.

        Great player but not translating into points. Willock seems to be.

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Cheers.

  13. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Has Lingards role in the team changed lately. See a lot of benchings and sales ahead of wba. Play Watkins over him?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      He's deeper and West Ham have stuttered.

      Villa struggling but Watkins performing.

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes

    3. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I would play Watkins over Lingard but I think Rice returning will help him now.

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

      I would play Watkins over him, Lingard has looked absolutely awful

  14. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Guaita
    TAA Digne Shaw
    Salah Greenwood Lingard Raphinha
    Kane DCL Watkins

    (Martinez Rudiger Coufal Jota*)
    1 FT & 1.7m

    Watkins (tot, CHE) to Antonio (wba, SOU) for free?

    Will sell Jota next week for a midfielder punt upto 8.5m. Thoughts?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Jota > Riri

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Riri?

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Sorry Mahrez

          1. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            I think he'll only start one game.

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Yes. Antonio looks good.
      Interested in Havertz or Pulisic?

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Yes Chelsea mid is definitely under consideration and I could get one this week. But I prefer to get them next week for Villa rather than Leicester this week.

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

    Bamford benched?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      No

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

    Start one:

    A: Sanchez
    B: Martinez

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

    Is there a source stating Bamford doesn't or possibly doesn't start? I see nothing from reliable web sources.

    It's all over these pages. General speculation or what?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      He will start but who am i

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

      Seems unlikely with Klich out of the picture as you would imagine Rodrigo replaces Klich and Bamford keeps his place.

      1. Party time
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Solid thinking

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      He's more likely to play as Bilsea has given some international players an early break.

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

      Surely he starts

  18. sneif4
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Thinking of getting Antonio. Should I get rid of:
    A) Nacho
    B) Watkins

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      A

    2. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Nacho this week. Watkins next. Spurs is an okayish fixture for both of them but not Chelsea.

    3. Party time
      5 months, 14 days ago

      B

    4. sneif4
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Hmm, tough call

  19. Vovhund
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Seems like everyone's on Willock. No love for ASM (money no object)?

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

      Well 5 goals in 5 games means if there’s a Newcastle player to buy, surely it’s him?!

      Newcastle scores 7 goals in 2 games and ASM didn’t even register 1 assist.

  20. Art Vandelay
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Jota + Nacho > Antonio and Greenwood to BB this lot?

    Martinez Sanchez
    TAA Reguillon Coleman Struijk Coufal
    Salah Son Raph Greenwood Mount
    Antonio Kane Bamford

  21. PLerix
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Thanks, and sorry to those who answered my previous post. The real question is, play two of these;
    A) Lingard (wba)
    B) Watkins (tot)
    C) Ward-Prowse (LEE)

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

      B
      C

    2. Party time
      5 months, 14 days ago

      AC

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

      A & C

  22. Lignja
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Coleman to Taa worth -4?

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

      Nor with only two games left imo.

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

      Yes

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

      Yep

  23. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Bench one for GW37:

    A) Raphinha
    B) Digne
    C) Lingard

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

      c

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

    Hmm Salah with the better odds with the bookies :s

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

      It's so so tough isn't it. I think I'm just going to stick with Kane at home

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

    Does Henderson get the last two prem games and DDG get the final?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      I think DDG might start 38 to get some more game time before the final

  26. Hunting for points
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Currently leading ML by 30 pts.

    1 FT

    Mendy (Forster)

    TAA, Shaw, Godfrey, Dallas (Struijk)

    Salah, Fernandes, Greenwood (Maddison, Jota)

    Kane, Bamford, Benteke

    My rivals midfield is Salah, Greenwood, Son, ASM and Lingard. The rest of the team is also little diffrent to mine, but I dont see his players gaining more points than me.

    Im not so tempted to transfer Maddison/Jota to Lingard/ASM to copy my rival and changing formation.. any advice?

    Take -4/-8 to copy his team and try to save my first place

    Or

    Play as I use to and go for a better OR (currently 6k)?

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

      Don't takes hits to block. Play your game and don't bottle it 😉

    2. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      What made you top to begin with? Keep doing whatever you are doing.

  27. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 14 days ago

    What to do with this horror show?

    Martinez (Guaita)
    Alexander-Arnold, Dallas, Coleman (Konsa) (Ward)
    Salah, Son, Lingard, Greenwood, Saka
    Kane, Iheanacho, Watkins

    1 free transfer and 0.4 in the bank.

    Thank you!

    1. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Don't see anything wrong with team personally. Save your transfer and have some fun on the final day with 2 transfers?

  28. Party time
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Considering who should have the armband out of these
    1) Bruno
    2) Son
    3) Salah

    Thanks

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

      3

    2. Runaway
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      3

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

      3

  29. Please Answer Me
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Why are most people going for Greenwood ahead of Raphinha? Raphinha will play more minutes. I guess it comes down to chasing and if you own Bruno or not?

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

      For me it comes down to defending my lead, rival has Greenwood so i'm getting him however would prefer Raphina

  30. KAALI_DAAL
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 14 days ago

    Willock and Harrison traps for last 2 GWs?

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

      Could be, but they're in-form with fixtures. You would imagine both want to make a name for themselves with the game-time left