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.

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2,637 Comments Post a Comment
  1. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Which move to make? 1 FT, 1.5 ITB

    A) Bruno > Mane
    B) DCL > Wood/Antonio
    C) Bruno & DCL > Mane & Wood/Antonio (-4)

    Mendy
    TAA - Dallas - Shaw
    Salah - Lingard - Raphinha - Bruno
    Kane - Bamford - DCL

    (Forster; Zaha, Fofana, Holgate)

    1. The White Pele
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      C with Antonio

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

    3. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      C

  2. The White Pele
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    best option :
    A) konsa to Tierney
    B) Greenwood to Harrison
    C) both for (-4)

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

    2. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Do you have Raphinha? I would go Raph over Harrison.

      1. The White Pele
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        i do.

        1. AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          A then between those

    3. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

    4. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

  3. Champions League Varane
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Would

    Mahrez and Ayling to Dallas and F.Torres for free be worth it?.

    1. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Mahrez to Torres is far too sideways

    2. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      If aguero gets his send off, Torres might not be he best shout this week.

    3. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Is there nothing else less sideways that your team needs?

  4. E25
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts on this move? Not sure I can justify a hit to get a keeper in...
    Current plan Bruno + Jota -> Mane(c) + Raph

    Meslier
    TAA Dallas Soucek Holding
    Bruno* Jota* Salah Son
    Kane Antonio

    Forster / El Ghazi Coady Davis
    2FT 0ITB

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I like it.

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

      Gtg and if Soucek is a def I will get him all day

  5. BigAsGiroud_
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Leading 15pts in my ML, still can’t decide what to do to defend it.

    A) Bruno to Mane (my rival can’t get Mane unless he takes a hit)
    or
    B) Watkins to Bamford (my rival may do DCL to Bamford)

    1. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Tough. Probably B in your situation

    3. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      If you think your rival might captain Mane then go for him

  6. BERGKOP
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Martinez (Areola)
    Rudiger - Dallas - Shaw (Digne - Targett)
    Salah - Son - Lingard - Greenwood (Jota)
    Kane - Antonio - Bamford

    Gtg or Digne to Robbo(-4) and play to cover rival who is 18pts behind?

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Boring choice but could just cover

      1. BERGKOP
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks. Yeah, I think it's what this call for unfortunately. My only alternative is to go TAA and hope he out scores Robbo, which I think he will.

  7. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Son, DCL to Mane, Bamford -4pt hit

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I'd probably do it but there may not be as much upside as you think.

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        interesting note thanks

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Just Bamford

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        sound

    3. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Keep son

  8. Nitram
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    20 points clear at top of my mini league and I’m not really sure what to do...
    Martínez
    Días Shaw Ayling (Walker-Pieters Digne)
    Bruno JLings Gundo Greenwood Raphinha
    DCL Kane (Watkins)

    DCL to Bamford helps block 2nd place
    Or Lings to Torres?

    Who to Cap?

    Thanks

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Block 2nd place. Hold Lingz.

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      If 2nd place owns Salah or has a easy way of getting Salah, your 20 point could vanish

      1. BERGKOP
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Good pick up.

      2. Nitram
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        They have Salah and I can’t get there without losing Kane/Bruno or take a hit

        1. BERGKOP
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Bruno to Mane then? I think he's your best chance to match salah's output

          1. Nitram
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Good advice!
            Gave hime the C as well.

        2. Wild Rover
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Sell Bruno, he may not even start

          1. Wild Rover
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            For Salah

  9. MFC86
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Start Holding or Rudiger?
    Other starting defenders will be TAA, Dallas playing 3-4-3

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Holding of the two

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Rudiger

    3. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Rudiger

  10. MattysFantasyFooty
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Has anyone considered Auba? Arsenal usually do well last day of the season.

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Tempted .. he hauled in GW38 last season

      1. MattysFantasyFooty
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I remember vividly, it is him or Mane for me, fancy Auba as an arsenal fan

        1. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Do you think they will line up as
          Martinelli ESR Pepe / Auba (ST) ?

          1. MattysFantasyFooty
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            I have no clue regarding Martinelli it is a lottery if he plays or not, could see Odegaard featuring since it will be his last game

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I think if you're chasing ML/rank then he could be a gold differential

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Interesting differential for sure. His price point make it difficult for me to fit him in, Brighton have good defensive stats still too - top 4 for lowest xG conceded in the last 4.

  11. FPLMarc88
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Pickford - Forster
    Dallas - Maguire - Targett - Phillips - Holding
    Salah - Fernandes - Son - Jota - Lingard
    Kane - Antonio - Bamford

    1 transfer, £0.0m in the bank

    - Replace Pickford with limited £4.8m options?
    - Replace Maguire but bench Holding (BHA)?
    - Replace Fernandes/Jota with Raphinha?

    I have no idea what to do.

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Jota - > Raph

      1. BERGKOP
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Play Holding

    2. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Forster playing?

      Maybe raph

  12. C_G
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    thoughts on my final GW team?

    Martinez

    TAA Holding Dallas

    Lingz Salah Greenwood Son

    Bam Antonio Kane

    Forster El Ghazi Shaw Ward

    1. MattysFantasyFooty
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Template

    2. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      No thoughts, sorry

    3. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      You're gtg. Good luck!

  13. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Best pick?
    A) TAA + Smith Rowe
    B) Dallas + Raphina

    1. Muscout
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      B

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      B

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

    4. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Close

  14. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA Rud Dallas
    Salah (c) Greenwood Lingard Willock
    Kane Watkins DCL

    McCarthy Zaha Shaw Dier

    2.8itb, 1 FT, 25 points ahead in ML

    A) DCL to Bamf
    B) DCL to Nacho (rival has him)
    C) DCL to Antonio

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      B in your situation

    2. Rojo's Modern Life
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      You already the answer. Trust yourself

      1. Muscout
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        ?

  15. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Which GK have best CS potential?

    A Mendy
    B Ederson
    C Pope

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Maybe C

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Pope is an injury doubt, so it has to be one of other two. Not sure either is keeping a cleansheet tbh

    3. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Thanks both

    4. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      B

  16. In a Rush
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Any thoughts on who to bench please?

    A. Lingard
    B. Greenwood
    C. Watkins

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      C. Any time on the pitch for Greenwood against Wolves could be gold.

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        This is what I want to do,just worried about the amount of minutes for Greenwood.

        1. BERGKOP
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          It's a risk, but one worth taking I think.

          1. In a Rush
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Will ponder it, cheers good luck

  17. Jamie_GAWA
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    DCL to Bamford for -4?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      I would

  18. Buck The Trent
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Who has more points potential?

    A Auba
    B Kane

    1. jamichael
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A for me

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I’ve gone for auba of mane with Kane and salah he usually does well on the last day.

        1. In a Rush
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          * over mane

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      B

  19. Pickle juice
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    NO LOVE FOR FIRMINIO ????

    1. _figu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Considering him.

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Could be a great differential

  20. jamichael
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Mahrez to mount, greenwood, raphinha or others?

    Thanks

    1. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Raph

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Mount or Raph

  21. Wolfman180
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Pickford (Forster)
    Shaw Coufal Philips (Struijk/ Coady)
    Lingard Son Salah Bruno (Jota)
    DCL Kane Antonio

    With 2FT, surely Shaw/ Bruno/ Jota to Dallas/ Raphina/ Mane for a -4 is worth a go. Not one for taking hits on the last gw but this one seems no-brainer territory

    1. baggs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Roll that dice

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Yep

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Yes looks good, get it done.

  22. baggs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Can’t find info from Saints presser- forster playing ?

  23. _figu
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Best differential? Chasing 22 points. Bamford, Antonio no go.

    A) Mane (-4)
    B) Auba (-4)
    C) Bobby
    D) City player (have Mahrez)

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I think it’s close between auba and mane I’ve gone for auba he has pens as well and usually does well on the last day.

        1. _figu
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Yea like him more. Pool most likely to score 2+ nyt chasing so mucj that need to be really lucky. More upside when looking somewhere else and hope Pool grinds 1-0

        2. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Yeah either could work
          Mane is the safer choice IMO (team more motivated, weaker opponents, better stats)
          Auba more of a differential (I'm considering him as I have 3x LIV already)

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A

  24. baggs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    We thinking Bale plays?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      No idea honestly.

  25. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Bamford or Antonio?

    1. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Antonio for me

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

      Antonio but it's close

  26. BERGKOP
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    A) Play Digne/Shaw
    B) TAA (-4)
    C) Robbo (-4)

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

      B

  27. yanky
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    DCL > Antonio worth -4? Currently 2 pts above rival who has Antonio and a very similar team to mine...

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      In that situation no, I think you'd be better getting Bamford or Nacho (if you don't have already).

      1. yanky
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        have both already haha

        1. Phil's Stamps
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Wood really the only other option in that price bracket, but I'd probably just play DCL. Who's your 1st sub?

          1. yanky
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Saka

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Play Saka, it's a home match with the fans back, could be a shrewd differential.

  28. TheSteel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    How will Chelsea line up at the back?

  29. Phil's Stamps
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Anything you'd change here? Already on a -4.

    Martinez
    TAA Cresswell Dallas
    Salah Mane Bruno Raphina
    Kane Antonio Nacho

    Forster ESR Shaw Veltman (0.1 ITB)

    A) Take another hit and switch Bruno to Auba or City (if leaked line-up)
    B) GTG

  30. Cak Juris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Please choose the best transfer option for final day:
    A. Iheanacho
    B. Antonio
    C. Wood
    D. Raphinha
    E. Willock

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A then D then B for me.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Honestly any of A, B or C. I'd lean B.