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. DavidKent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Best replacement for Fernandes (already got 3 Pool players)?

    Some like Mount but he’s just not got the points on the board in recent games, so was thinking Son

    1. BeWater
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Ferran Torres could be an option too. I have Son and think he could get a return.

      • Netley Lucas
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Son is a funny one, not playing well but...

        1. The Ilfordian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Worried that there might be unrest at the club with the Kane transfer rumours but Son is class and could easily pull out a good match after a few naff ones

          1. Barry Fry
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            What about Auba?

            1. ivanthemerciless
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              This

    2. Scheister
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Which of these 4 most likely to keep a clean sheet in your opinion? Have my choice of these GKs in ML:

      MUN @ the Molineux
      LEE hosting WBA
      NEW @ Craven Cottage
      BUR @ Bramall Lane

      1. Jon Snow
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Leeds imo

      2. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Three of those might be hard to call the keeper who plays so LEE

      3. Aubamewho
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Lee imo

      4. Milkman Bruno
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Popey could be fit and I think Burnley from that lot

      5. eyezil
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Do we think Bale starts?

        1. Follyfarmer
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          I bloody hope so

        2. BeWater
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Yes.

        3. Jon Snow
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 1 day ago

          Still undecided, any help is appreciated! 1ft, $$$ itb

          TAA, Dallas, Shaw, Holding, Mitchell
          Salah, ASM, Greenwood, Lingard, Raphinha
          Kane, DCL, Davis

          10pts behind in my ML. Rival has Bamford/Antonio/Son over DCL/Davis/ASM but no money itb to block me easily.

          A) Shaw >>> Robertson
          B) ASM/Greenwood >>> Mane
          C) Davis >>> Firmino
          D) Other

          1. 420king
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            B

          2. BeWater
              1 month, 1 day ago

              B

          3. 420king
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            31 pts ahead, rival has WHU def, TAA and might buy Mane.

            A) TAA, Raphinha
            B) Coufal, Mane

            1. Aubamewho
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              A

            2. Jon Snow
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              A

          4. Aubamewho
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Chances % of Mahrez and Dias playing?

            1. Netley Lucas
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              50% 25%

            2. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Very low, the front 3 should be 3 of Sterling/Aguero/Jesus/Torres.

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Why not mahrez?

                1. Major League Shocker
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  No reason to risk his first-choice players.

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I've never been so confused in all my fantasy football days 🙂

                  2. Netley Lucas
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    So no training? lol

                  3. Aubamewho
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I see your point, but I also think they still need to keep in form.

                    1. Aubamewho
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Cheers all

          5. Ginola
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Robbo or Dallas?

            1. Aaa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Robbo

            2. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Dallas.

            3. Netley Lucas
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Both have a biggie in em, Dallas as he's playing in midfield.

          6. Aaa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            A - Start DCL

            B - Start Greenwood

            C - Take -4 to get someone else

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 1 day ago

              B

          7. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            does Bruno play tomorrow??

            1. Netley Lucas
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Nah

            2. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Majority on here say no

          8. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Best option out of these?

            A) Kane, Bamford & Mount
            B) Kane, Bamford & Dallas
            C) DCL, Bamford & Mane
            D) Kane, DCL & Mount + 4 points
            E) Kane, DCL & Dallas + points

            1. Netley Lucas
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              B

            2. Gandalf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              B or E. Asked previously and consensus was not to take a hit to do DCL > Bamford

            3. Mork calling Orson
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              D
              Dallas being an option sounds like you’re playing 4 defenders, which I don’t think is a good option as I don’t see many clean sheets last games of the season. So not B or E
              I don’t think any of those hits pay off, so not A B or C.

          9. mr. inconspicuous
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I’m 9 points behind in my ML , I know he’ll captain Salah, do I do the same and hope I catch him with my differentials?

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              If you think Salah is the best option, yeah, I’d captain him.

            2. kennethrhcp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Many differentials?

              1. mr. inconspicuous
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Not many, I’d say 3/4, I do have 2 FTs though

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Get 2 more imo

                  GL

            3. Jon Snow
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Yep, small deficit means it's not worth it to go for a crazy captain imo

              1. mr. inconspicuous
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Ok possibly risk it with my 2 FTs then?

          10. Gandalf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            A. DCL > Bamford (and play Holding)
            B. Jota > Raphinha (and play DCL)

            1. BeWater
                1 month, 1 day ago

                A

            2. Oooo Matron
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day 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

            3. MShalkz
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Which combo do people prefer? Top of the majority of my MLs quite comfortably and have 2FTs.

                Ferran Torres & Firmino or Wood and Mane?

                1. Netley Lucas
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  W & M by a mile.

              • stefanbkanev
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Hello guys,

                  Have 2 FT any ideas?

                  Ederson,

                  TAA, Philips, Dallas

                  Salah (C), Mahrez, Son, Salah, Raphinha

                  Ings, Bamford

                  Bench: Forster, Coufal, Digne, DCL

                  Already have 3 players from Pool and Leeds...

                  1. stefanbkanev
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Mid is Salah, Mahrez, Son, Lingard*, Raphinha :- ))

                    • Mork calling Orson
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Son & Dcl to Torres & Antonio ?

                  2. ludaslol
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Who scores more?

                    A) Antonio -4
                    B) DCL

                    1. Netley Lucas
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Ceiling and floor screams Ant...

                  3. jphill
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Current team:

                    Meslier
                    Rudiger, Dallas, TAA
                    Havertz, Bale, Son, Salah, Lingard
                    Kane, Bamford

                    Subs: Stones, Watkins, Veltman.Button

                    with a 6 point lead in ML and 2 FT's, which of these options do you think is best?

                    1: Meslier, Havertz/Son, Bale ---> Sanchez, Mane, Raphinha (-4)
                    2: Meslier ---> Casillas
                    3: Meslier, Bale ---> Alisson, Torres / Raphinha

                    1. BeWater
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        3 with Torres.

                      • Netley Lucas
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Play Watkins & the Spuds. 2

                    2. EmreCan Hustle
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Chasing 30 points. Want to go hard or go home, but is this too risky?

                      Digne to Mendy(City) (-4)?

                      Alternatives;
                      A. Bench Digne. Play Holding.
                      B. Play Digne.

                      Thanks.

                    3. ludaslol
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Start

                      A) Lloris (lei)
                      B) Johnstone (lee)

                      1. Netley Lucas
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        A for saves.

                    4. Jokesy87
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Leno
                      TAA Rudiger coufal
                      Bruno Greenwood Son Harrison
                      Kane Antonio Watkins

                      Sanchez Lingard Struijk Godfrey

                      Joint 2nd (tied on points with 3rd) and top in my other ML - both have Salah. Do I block or go with another option

                      A) G2G
                      B) Bruno -> Mane (c)
                      C) Bruno -> Salah
                      D) Any other recommendations

                    5. Life_Ban
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Sorry if I missed the memo but is Bruno a good pick for this week?

                        1. Ohh1454
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Most likely benched for UEL final on Wednesday

                      • Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Martinez (Steer)
                        TAA Holding Coufal (Shaw Coleman)
                        Salah (c) Bruno Greenwood Lingard (JWP)
                        Kane DCL Antonio

                        A DCL to Bamford
                        B DCL to Nacho
                        C Bruno to Mane
                        D JWP to Willock
                        E Coleman to Dallas
                        F Two of the above for minus 4?

                        1. Jokesy87
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          C

                      • Buck The Trent
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Last season, I used FH to jump from 25K to 9K thanks to Auba. This season, I am further down at 35K and top 10K now feels too far away. Anyway, one more time to punt

                        Draft FH team
                        Mandy (Martinez)
                        TAA Dallas Creswell (Lowton Taylor)
                        Salah Mane Raph Torres (ESR)
                        Kane Bam Raph

                        Still have plenty cash so can afford Auba/Pepe/KdB/Kun .. any thoughts?

                      • Mr_Barbs
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        A) Digne > Robbo
                        B) Lingard > Mount
                        C) Foden/Lingard > Torres
                        D) Greenwood > Havertz

                        Any other suggestions welcome!

                        Martinez
                        TAA, Dallas, Dunk
                        Mane, Son, Greenwood, Foden
                        Kane, Iheanacho, Bamford

                        Fabri, Lingard, Digne, Struijk

                        1. Jokesy87
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          A

                      • Edalock
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        What would you change? I've got no free Transfer!

                      • Ohh1454
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Only 1ft do it comes to these one of these duos.
                        A. Chillwell and ASM. Would be Targett > chillwell
                        B. Targett and Raphina. Would be ASM > Raphina

                      • Edalock
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        What would you change? I've got no free transfer!

                        Mendy (Forster)
                        Holding TAA Rudiger (Shaw Saiss)
                        Salah Gundogan Mane Son Raphinha
                        Kane Vydra (DCL)

                        5.0m ITB

                      • OptimusBlack
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Who To play ?
                        A- Digne MCI (A)
                        B- Dunk ARS (A)
                        C- Konsa CHE (H)
                        Or Sell one of them but already -4.

                        1. Traction Engine Foot
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          A

                        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          A

                        3. OptimusBlack
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Thxxx

                      • dopellganger
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Dubravka ( Sanchez )
                        TAA Awb Dallas ( Saiss Digne )
                        Son Salah Foden Lingard ( Trosard )
                        Kane Dcl Bamford

                        Got 1ft
                        I am 5 points down in ML so i want to play it cool. Was thinking of going DCL to Antonio but Wood also sounds good.
                        What would you do in this situation? Risk it and go for -4 or play safe.

                        Thanks for your time!

                        1. Traction Engine Foot
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Just DCL to Antonio

                          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            Agreed - Antonio the better option ImO

                            1. dopellganger
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              Thanks

                      • Phil's Stamps
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Repost to see if there's any more ideas around.

                        If you were going to have an 'experimental' season, what do you think would be interesting to try (excluding random ones like 'only bald players' 'no players beginning with 'S' etc.)?

                        Some ideas:

                        A) Only pick players below 9 mil.
                        B) Stick rigidly to an unpopular formation -5 at the back being the obvious one.
                        C) Something else?

                        1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 12 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          A

                        2. FeverPitch
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          I think it would be fun to try something along the lines of you can only transfer someone in off the back of a blank. Put player form under the microscope and test your ability to be proactive over reactive on transfers

                          1. Phil's Stamps
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            That's an original one, I guess you'd have to be careful with your TV, although it would be a good way to stop you making those risky early transfers.

                            1. FeverPitch
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              Yeah TV would be difficult to keep up potentially that’s true. It would make things harder but would be a fun experiment to see if it could actually spur you on to get some good points you would have otherwise missed! A cool aspect would be those cheap bandwagons - you’d have to wait for a blank to then decide if it’s worth jumping on, or whether you’ve now missed the boat

                        3. The Count of Monte Cristo
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Having only 1 player from a single club would be interesting

                          1. Phil's Stamps
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 1 day ago

                            I think this one is tricky as it forces you to ignore fixture runs. But if I go for the 'only 9 mil and under' option I've thought of having a 'team of talismans,' picking only the likes of Dunk, Grealish, Perreira, Ward-Prowse...Pukki etc. just one from each team, if possible.

                            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 1 day ago

                              I think that would be a better version - but as it was already mentioned I was looking for something different. Agree with you for sure though