Scout Picks

Gameweek 38 Scout Picks built on Leeds and Liverpool triple-ups

Liverpool and Leeds are the two clubs with triple-ups in this week’s Scout Picks XI.

After David, Neale, Tom and Andy submitted their Scout Squad selections earlier this week, we have chosen our best players for Gameweek 38.

For the final team this season, we line up in the 3-4-3 formation and come in at £80.8m, £2.2m inside our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Over the last six Premier League matches, no team has conceded fewer than the three goals let in by Chelsea. Knowing that a 1-0 win over Aston Villa will secure Champions League football next season, we are expecting Thomas Tuchel to keep things tight at Aston Villa, which is why we have included Edouard Mendy (£5.3m) in the Gameweek 38 Scout Picks.

Defenders

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

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) has produced three assists in his last six, more than any other defender. That sort of attacking potential could very well continue against Crystal Palace considering over the same period, he is top of the whole Premier League for key passes (21) and joint-second for big chances created.

This season’s current top-scoring defender Stuart Dallas (£5.5m) faces the Premier League’s worst defence in Gameweek 38, the perfect time to include him in the Scout Picks. The Northern Ireland international has found the net eight times this season, three of those goals coming in the last eight matches. Furthermore, only one Leeds player has scored more Premier League goals at Elland Road than Dallas. And in the last six, only Everton (four) have more clean sheets than the Whites (three).

Vladimir Coufal (£4.8m) looks poised to benefit from Southampton’s problems when defending the left-hand side of the pitch. Over the last six matches, only Sheffield United have given up more chances down that side of the pitch as Saints (27). Not only is Coufal best-placed to benefit, but no West Ham player has also registered more assists at home this season than the right-back. Meanwhile, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have failed to find the net in seven of their last 11 away matches.

Midfielders

Ahead of facing a side he scored 16 points against earlier in the season, Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) is top among all midfielders for expected goal involvement (xGI) over the last four matches. Just two players have more shots in the box than him over the last six, suggesting he will be giving his all to win the Golden Boot race on Sunday.

Knowing that Liverpool have to win at Anfield to guarantee Champions League football next season, we are doubling up on their premium midfielders with Sadio Mané (£11.8m). Among Jurgen Klopp’s men, he is second only to Salah for shots in the box and xGI at Anfield this season and has attacking returns in three of his last four.

This season’s top-scoring Chelsea asset Mason Mount (£7.3m) looks set to be at the heart of their attacking capabilities as they travel to Aston Villa for a must-win game. Over the last six matches, no player in the Premier League can match Mount for big chances created.

Raphinha (£5.6m) should benefit from the party atmosphere as Leeds fans are finally able to watch a Premier League match at Elland Road. The Brazilian ranks second for minutes per xGI at home this season, scoring eight points the last time he faced West Brom.

Forwards

Can Jesse Lingard follow up on his West Ham debut FPL haul 10

Ahead of facing a Southampton side that has conceded at least twice in each of their last three away matches, Michail Antonio (£6.7m) has five attacking returns in his last six outings (three goals, two assists).

Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) is Leeds’ top goal-scorer at Elland Road in 2020/21 and comes into Gameweek 38 as top among all colleagues for minutes per xGI at home this season. Meanwhile, West Brom are the worst side in the league for conceding chances through the middle over their last six matches.

During that same period, no FPL forward has more attacking returns than Chris Wood (£6.5m). His total of five goals and one assist bodes well for a Gameweek 38 trip to Sheffield United, who have given up the third-most big chances over their last six. 

SUBSTITUTES

  • Alphonse Areola (£4.5m)
  • Federico Fernández (£4.7m)
  • Calum Chambers (£4.5m)
  • Joe Willock (£4.9m)

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 38:

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2,637 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tommy J
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Bring it on!

  2. jimbobmij
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 4 days ago

    Rodrigo owners are you benching? He's not in a lot of starting lineups.

    1. son of city
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Oh God, just bought him ffs!

      • Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I'd expect him to be benched and come on for Hernandez or Bamford. Could still do well though

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

      Pope Johnstone
      Cancelo(red), Dallas, AWB, Coufal, Lowton
      Salah, Willock, Lingard, Son, ESR
      Kane, Bamford, DCL

      4.0 itb and 1 FT
      Have to Chase 27 in the ML - Is this possible or should I just leave it. Also give me any suggestion if you like.

      thinking of doing
      Son + Cancelo to Roberton + Mane for a hit

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Infact currently on this
        Son + Cancelo + DCL to TAA + Mane + Wood for a -8

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

          Just the one hit, I’d say. DCL can score, and Trent/Robbo is fairly close to a coin flip.

      2. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I'm not so sure why there's quite as much love for the Son > Mane move at the moment.

        Son is easily capable of double digits in this one and Mane could easily blank, he's a decent player but he's only had 3 DD hauls all season (half as many as Salah, almost a quarter from Son and 60-odd points less tha both). I appreciate it's not a Salah vs Mane question, but still Son vs Mane doesn't seem stacked in the Liverpool man's favour)
        Why not just do Cancel > Robertson?
        Or if you want to get rid of DCL, go to Antonio?

    3. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Ings to anyone up to 10m worth a -4?

      Bobby or Antonio or just hold ings ?

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

        I would hold Ings.

      2. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        It's a bit of a roll of the dice and depends on your position/objectives. I suspect Antonio will be more highly owned, so if you want to maintain rank then he may be a better option. Ings hasn't really looked the same player since he's been back, but he could still score.

    4. Toughie
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      No Kane or Son in the scout picks is promising for us owners

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Indeed. Expect a lot of opportunities to counter.

      2. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Are you holding both?

    5. nims076
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      What to do with this lot?
      Have 1 FT

      Leno
      Holding TAA Reguillon
      Salah(C) Lingard Greenwood Raph
      DCL Kane Antonio

      Mendy Mahrez Shaw Veltman

      1. Mahrez to Pepe and drop DCL
      2. Mahrez to Havertz/Pulisic drop DCL
      3. DCL to Bamford
      4. Anything else

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

        3

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

        3

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

        3

      4. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        3 is a decent move, but I think 2 would be a more exciting differential.

    6. Vazza
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Who to bring in for Veltman

      A. Charlie Taylor vs shu
      B. Lowton vs shu
      C. Alioski vs WBA
      D. Ayling vs WBA
      E. Someone else (up to 4.4m)

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

        D

      2. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        C

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Or Phillips if you've got the 3rd Pool spot?

          1. Vazza
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks, Jota is occupying the third spot

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

        Ayling.

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

        C

    7. Silent Friend
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Mane or Raphina?

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

        Mane

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

        Mane

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

        Mane

      4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        The one the Lion has

      5. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Interested why Mane is sooo in favour considering he's barely been spoken about all season.
        Not challenging the scout picks, but it feels like there's a lot of options in midfield.

        1. Bobby's Teeth
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I have no idea where this sudden influx of Mane love is stemming from. The guy can't finish to save his life these days and this is coming from a Liverpool fan.

          1. FFSbet.com
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 4 days ago

            Its one game,even i can score 2 goals with little luck

            1. Bobby's Teeth
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Understand the underlying sentiment but even then many better options than Mane

    8. Feed tha Sheep
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      What would you do here 1Ft 2.ITB?

      Martinez
      Shaw Rudiger Trent (Burn Holgate)
      Salah Son Lingard Raphina Greenwood
      Kane DCL (Davis)

      A. Holgate > Dallas/Robertson
      B. DCL > Antonio/ Bamford
      C. Son > Mane
      D. Two of these for -4

      *Worried I will need another defender as shaw & holgate unlikely to play

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Robbo + Bamford/Ant

    9. THE KING CANTONA
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Repost.

      What would be the order of priority, if you consider getting below players:
      1) Mane
      2) TAA
      3) Antonio
      4) Raph
      5) Harrison
      6) Wood
      7) Cresswell
      8) Willock

      1. Echoes
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        21368745

      2. SDawg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        32146578

      3. Elfozzie 42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Good question, I'm in the same boat with some of these.
        2)
        3)
        4)
        8)
        5)
        1)
        7)
        6)

        Not so bothered about Wood or Cresswell

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

      Madrid level - Benzema scores

      1. Lindelol
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        and suddenly Atletico scores

        1. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          and then Madrid goal disallowed - CRAZY!!

    11. Paddy Gooner
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Lloris for

      A: Allison or
      B: Mendy ...

      Have TAA

      Any suggestions, I can afford any keeper?

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

        Alisson

    12. Messi man
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Evening,

      Phillips Bruno Son > Taa Mane Willock - 4

      Or

      Bruno Konsa > Greenwood Taa

      Thanks

    13. Tmel
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Best option from these?

      a) Son (lei)
      b) Willock (ful)
      c) Pulisic (avl)
      d) Pepe (BHA)

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A or B

      2. SDawg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Pulisic

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

        I'd go A.

      4. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A

    14. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Best option out of these?

      A) Bamford & Mount
      B) Bamford & Torres
      C) Bamford & Dallas
      D) Harrison/Torres & Robbo
      E) DCL & Mount + 4 points
      F) DCL & Torres + 4 points

      1. Toughie
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        C

      2. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I like C

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

        B

    15. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Nacho or Bamford ?

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Bam

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        It's a tough one but I think Bamford.

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

        Bamford.

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Bam is then.

          And Antonio or Nacho?

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

            Antonio.

            1. Daniel Jebbison
              • 12 Years
              2 months, 4 days ago

              Thanks

    16. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      I know taking hits on the final day isn't advisable, but surely Pereira & Bruno -> Raphina & Mane is worth a -4 considering they both probably won't start right?

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Depends on who's on your bench.

        1. Bury94
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          Vydra would come on, not a terrible sub but I don't fancy playing him really

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yes good transfers in isolation.

    17. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Where are the embargoed quotes?

      Is no one from FFS working at the weekend?

    18. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A) Jota > Raphinha
      B) DCL > Bamford
      C) DCL > Antonio

      * B or C mean playing with practically no bench as it will contain Jota, Shaw & Coleman

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I'd still probably do B or C if you're confident of your other 10 players starting.

      2. Toughie
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Jota is back in training, so will probably make a cameo appearance.

        DCL to anyone is a good transfer, so go with B or C

    19. mr messi
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Shaw owners are you benching?

      1. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yes

    20. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Start one:
      A: Holding
      B: C. Taylor

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

        Holding.

      2. Karan14
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        A

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

        Holding

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

        A

    21. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Bruno will punish sellers in gw39

      1. Bobby's Teeth
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Yeah, it's quite possible. Once the season ends, VAR might decide that another penalty needs to be awarded to United and GW39 would be only for Bruno's penos.

    22. Bobby_Baggio
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Evening all. 1FT and 3.6m ITB.

      Meslier
      Coufal - Phillips - Alioski
      Willock(C) - Salah - Raph - Greenwood
      Kane - DCL - Antonio

      (Martinez) - Bale - Shaw - Digne

      A) DCL > Anyone.
      B) Digne > Robbo and bench Coufal.
      C) Bale > Anyone and bench DCL.
      D) Anything else.
      E) Take -4 and do 2 transfers.

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

        Bale to Mane and bench DCL or Greenwood.

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

      Would you start Greenwood or Gundogan. Don't really want to take a hit to remove one.

      1. Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Probably Greenwood. Hope for some team news!

    24. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Targett and DCL to Robertson and Bamford/Antonio worth -4?

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

        I think it's worth it. The players you are thinking of bringing in have a chance to haul. Tough call between Antonio and Bamford though. I have Antonio already and will likely add Bamford.

    25. OneDennisBergkamp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Is it worth taking a hit to transfer Bruno to someone??

    26. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Jota owners...
      Are you still keeping him? and if so then are you starting him?

      1. Toughie
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        I need to decide between starting Jota who might play 15 to 20 minutes or Greenwood who might player 60 minutes but woth teammates will be the u23s

        Currently on Jota

    27. Blue Moon Rising
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Defending a lead, who would worry you most of the following:

      A) TAA
      B) Bale

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        Arnold.. Isn't it obvious?

        1. Blue Moon Rising
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 4 days ago

          I’ve got Liv CS cover though, which minimises it a bit

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

        A

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

        TAA.

    28. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      Mathematically which is my best option to get more points then my rival (I am chasing)

      We both have Salah and Mane but only I have Antonio. Would I be better off captaining Mane or Antonio. He will definitely captain Salah.

    29. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 4 days ago

      A or B?

      A) Son & DCL to Mane & Antonio
      B) Digne & DCL to Robertson & Antonio

      Current team
      Mendy
      TAA Digne Dallas
      Salah Son Lingard Raphina
      Kane DCL Bamford

      Subs: Greenwood, Holding, Fofana

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 4 days ago

        B

      2. artvandelay316
          2 months, 4 days ago

          B, but I'd play Greenwood if pos.