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
    2 months, 2 days 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 Year
      2 months, 2 days ago

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

    2. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

          What about Auba?

          1. ivanthemerciless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            This

  2. Scheister
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 2 days 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
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Leeds imo

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

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

    3. Aubamewho
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Lee imo

    4. Milkman Bruno
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Popey could be fit and I think Burnley from that lot

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

      Do we think Bale starts?

      1. Follyfarmer
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        I bloody hope so

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

        Yes.

    6. Jon Snow
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 2 days 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
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B

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

        B

    7. 420king
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

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

      A) TAA, Raphinha
      B) Coufal, Mane

      1. Aubamewho
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A

      2. Jon Snow
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        A

    8. Aubamewho
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Chances % of Mahrez and Dias playing?

      1. Netley Lucas
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        50% 25%

      2. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

          Why not mahrez?

          1. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            No reason to risk his first-choice players.

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

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

            2. Netley Lucas
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              So no training? lol

            3. Aubamewho
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

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

              1. Aubamewho
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Cheers all

    9. Ginola
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 2 days ago

      Robbo or Dallas?

      1. Aaa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Robbo

      2. avfc82
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Dallas.

      3. Netley Lucas
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

    10. Aaa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

      A - Start DCL

      B - Start Greenwood

      C - Take -4 to get someone else

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days ago

        B

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

      does Bruno play tomorrow??

      1. Netley Lucas
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Nah

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

        Majority on here say no

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

        B

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

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

      3. Mork calling Orson
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 2 days 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.

    13. mr. inconspicuous
      • 12 Years
      2 months, 2 days 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
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

        Many differentials?

        1. mr. inconspicuous
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

            Get 2 more imo

            GL

      3. Jon Snow
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

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

        1. mr. inconspicuous
          • 12 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Ok possibly risk it with my 2 FTs then?

    14. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 2 days ago

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

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

        A

    15. Oooo Matron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 2 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

    16. MShalkz
        2 months, 2 days 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
          2 months, 2 days ago

          W & M by a mile.

      • stefanbkanev
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 2 days 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 Year
          2 months, 2 days ago

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

        2. Mork calling Orson
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Son & Dcl to Torres & Antonio ?

      • ludaslol
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 2 days ago

        Who scores more?

        A) Antonio -4
        B) DCL

        1. Netley Lucas
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Ceiling and floor screams Ant...

      • jphill
          2 months, 2 days 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 Year
            2 months, 2 days ago

            3 with Torres.

          2. Netley Lucas
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Play Watkins & the Spuds. 2

        • EmreCan Hustle
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 2 days 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.

        • ludaslol
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 2 days ago

          Start

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

          1. Netley Lucas
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            A for saves.

        • Jokesy87
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 2 days 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

        • Life_Ban
            2 months, 2 days ago

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

            1. Ohh1454
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Most likely benched for UEL final on Wednesday

          • Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days 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
              2 months, 2 days ago

              C

          • Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 2 days 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
            2 months, 2 days 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
              2 months, 2 days ago

              A

          • Edalock
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

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

          • Ohh1454
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 2 days 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
            2 months, 2 days 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
            2 months, 2 days 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
              2 months, 2 days ago

              A

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

              A

            3. OptimusBlack
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Thxxx

          • dopellganger
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days 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
              2 months, 2 days ago

              Just DCL to Antonio

              1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 2 days ago

                Agreed - Antonio the better option ImO

                1. dopellganger
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 2 days ago

                  Thanks

          • Phil's Stamps
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 2 days 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
              2 months, 2 days ago

              A

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

              Having only 1 player from a single club would be interesting

              1. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 2 days 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
                  2 months, 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