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. Telly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Ferran Torres or Joe Willock?

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      Willock for being more nailed

      1. Telly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 17 hours ago

        If you could be sure that they both start, would you still say Willock?

    2. Mainswitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Ferran Torres. I want to believe he is owed a start. More explosive and City will try put on a show. Willock is "fatigued" might not see the full 90.

  2. yanky
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    2 pt lead on my rival
    me- kane bamford dcl
    him- kane antonio nacho

    is dcl > antonio worth -4 ? rest of our teams pretty similar...i worry if i did the hit and my rival got in bamford for nacho then we only have 2 players different (1 is keeper) and hed have the lead

    1. Telly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      Don't take the hit.

  3. smix
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Who will score most points this GW?
    A. F Torres
    B. Willock
    C. Harrison
    D. Mount

    1. Telly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      I think either Willock or Torres but I'm not sure which!

  4. TKC07
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Already own Salah and N Phillips, who should take 3rd Liv spot?
    A) TAA for a hit (Instead of Konsa)
    B) Mane (start Konsa)

    1. Alcapaul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      B

      1. Telly
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 17 hours ago

        B

  5. Telly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Anyone else thinking to captain Nacho? I need to catch up 20pts in my mini league and I'm pretty sure the guy above me will bring in Salah and captain him this week. I can't afford Mane so I'm considerig Nacho captain as a punt. Spurs have no manager, their star player announced he wants out, Bale's head is somewhere between the golf course and the Euros, Son looks exhauseted and Spurs have nothig to play for...

    1. Stupendous
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      2 nil Spurs

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 17 hours ago

        Kane brace, i'd take that.

  6. OShaughnessy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Raphinha or Bamford folks? H2H League rival has Bamford.

    You like to play it safe or go for a differential?

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Bamford the better pick. Hope you have other differentials to help you out.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Both good options. Depends if you are chasing then Raph.

  7. Toonzie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    would you sell greenwood to raphinha for a hit?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      yes

    2. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      Not for a hit. Greenwood the most likely United asset to start, whereas there's a chance Raphinha might be benched.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      no

  8. Atletico Junior
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Is bruno + Jota to Mane + Raphinha for -4 worth?

    1. xuwei
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      I have only Dallas and scared of a massacre by Leeds but not sure it’s worth a hit.

    2. Honker Muddlefoot
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      I like that move a lot! Both could potentially haul this week. Should more than cover the hit for dropping two players that may blank. Good luck!

    3. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      Yes

      1. ATXHorn
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 16 hours ago

        I think so

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      si

  9. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Start Greenwood or Willock
    Own the former and need to free up 0.8m to fund Bale to Mane

    So Greenwood to Wilock OR Shaw to 4.6m defender (starting Greenwood)
    Backline would be Trent Dallas Holding

  10. xuwei
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Is there an easy way to see final day scores from the last few years?

    1. xuwei
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      Ah google does make it easy. Spurs played Leicester on the last day in 2018 - 5-4 Spurs.

  11. Ziyech on the Bench
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Took -4 and have 3.4 ITB

    G2G? Thanks all good luck!

    Martinez

    TAA, Phillips, Dallas / Rudiger, Coleman

    Salah, Raph, Son, Lingard / Willock

    Kane, Nacho, Bamford.

  12. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    20 pts behind in ML.
    Jota out for who? Competition has Raphina.
    My mids Salah, Lingard, Son...get Harrison, Willock (St Maximum probably out, Wilson out so may not be good idea?), or?
    Thanks!

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      What's the budget?

      1. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 16 hours ago

        2.4 mib

        1. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 16 hours ago

          Jota + 2.4, I assume? That's plenty of money. May be take a chance on Bale?

          1. The Units
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 16 hours ago

            Torres even

            1. bso
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 16 hours ago

              I like Torres, but is he going to play with a bunch of kids/B team and do nothing? MC have nothing to play for.

          2. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 16 hours ago

            Thanks Echoes. Spurs looked awful last week and I have Kane and Son...so Bale not an option.
            Team Mendy - Rudiger, TAA, Holding, Godfrey -- Salah, Lingard, Son, Greenwood, Jota
            Kane, Antonio, DCL
            I don't mind 4ph. Have 2 trsfs.
            Thinking DCL who is rubbish to Bamford
            Jota and Son to Mane and Harrison or Willock who
            makes me rervous.
            Play Rudiger, TAA and horrible Holding...
            What do you suggest?

            1. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 16 hours ago

              DCL and Jota to Bam and Willock seem great moves. I was thinking of Son to Mane for a hit myself last few days, but decided against it. Not worth the -4 imo.

              1. bso
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 15 hours ago

                Normally would not do so either, but 20 pts behind in ML and need to do something to make a difference. Guy behind me by 30 pts, so ok I think.
                Son and Spurs really awful and LIV are fighting for top 4...so going for it.
                Who would you choose from Harrison or Willock (Wilson out and maybe Saint Maximin)

    2. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Slim pickings:
      Willock
      Harrison
      Bowen?

  13. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Need a differential captain;

    A) Raphinha
    B) Bamford
    C) Antonio

    I'm thinking Antonio.
    Cheers

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      Yeah, Antonio

    2. ATXHorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      B

    3. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      C - chasing club record.

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      b

  14. Scratch
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Who to start

    Foden or Watkins
    Martinez or Areola

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      Foden, Martinez

    2. borispkpk
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Foden & Martinez

    3. ATXHorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      F/M

  15. borispkpk
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Play Martinez or Mendy? (no other AV or Che def)

    1. ATXHorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Mendy

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Mendy

  16. ATXHorn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Bruno, Greenwood, Watkins > Mane, Raph /JLing, Bamford for a -4?

    Y or N
    Raph or Ling (Both rivals Lingard, I have Antonio)

  17. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Is saka not pictured in training?

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Is it?

  18. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Start greenwood or saka?

    1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Depends on your previous question.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Go Saka

  19. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Leading ML by 60. Currently 43k OR, fwiw.

    1) Bruno > Mane (have Salah)
    2) Bruno, Mahrez > Mane, Torres (-4)
    3) Bruno, Vydra > Son, Antonio (have Lingard and Kane, -4)

    1. ATXHorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      1

  20. Crashjct
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Hello all.

    Choose one:

    A. Bruno to Pepe/Willock
    B. Shaw to Tierney?

  21. ATXHorn
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    A. Pepe

    1. Sanchit
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      A

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      B

      1. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 15 hours ago

        ...from those. It will be same with pts 0 and 0.

  22. PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Play Iheanacho or Gundo?

    Play Phillips or Coufal? (Playing TAA)

    1. djman102
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      I'd play Iheanacho & Coufal

    2. ATXHorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Nacho and Coufal

    3. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Nacho
      Coufal

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Nacho and Coufal

  23. Weilong7
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Martinez Forster
    Dias Coufal Coleman Philips Dier
    Salah Bruno Son Lingard Bissouma
    Kane Nacho Vydra

    1.7ITB 1 FT

    Coleman for Dallas
    Bruno for Mane
    Both for -4?

    Not keen to take hit as ML players hardly take hit.. now second 8 points off the top and 10 points lead again against 3rd

    Thanks

    1. ATXHorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Bruno for Mane only.

      1. Weilong7
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 hours ago

        Thanks

    2. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Looks like you will have to take the hit. Who depends on who the opposition has. If they all have Dallas then pointless get him. TAA or Robertson for Dias. Mane if they are not likely to get him.

      1. Weilong7
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 16 hours ago

        Leader has no Dias.. both do not have mane.. both have Dallas so it’s like a damage limitation move.. which I’m ok with

    3. Weilong7
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      First.

      Martinez Johnstone
      Coleman Dallas TAA Ayling Mee
      Bale Willock Salah Soucek Raphinha
      Kane Antonio DCL

      Third
      Martinez Pope
      Shaw Dias Dallas Targett Evans
      Bruno Raphinha Greenwood Son JWP
      Kane Bamford Watkins

  24. Sanchit
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Have Salah and 2 fullbacks from Liverpool so can't get Mane.

    Who else would you replace Bruno with?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Maybe Aubameyang or Pulisic?

    2. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Tough one. I need to bring in someone...thinking Harrison or Willock. So maybe Willock or Lingard?
      Can't bring in Raphina as competition has him. Who would you go for of these tow?

    3. Lucky Z
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      I'd take Auba

  25. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Harrison or Willock?

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      None really, Willock if any

    2. djman102
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      I brought Willock in last week. No regrets.

    3. Don Van Vliet
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Harrison.
      His numbers have been excellent lately; Leeds could/should win big at home with fans back; if he does deliver it would potentially reduce/limit Raphinha's points (double win for you!).

  26. Taegugk Warrior
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Play holding or coady…?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Holding for me. Though Luiz might be fit and would be his final Arsenal game

      1. bso
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 15 hours ago

        That is scary...I am starting him too.

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 15 hours ago

          Yeah I was toying with him over DCL but no way now. Saw some photos of Luiz all happy on Twitter and got worried.

          1. bso
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 15 hours ago

            Yikes...I have Godfrey, another horrible choice lol

    2. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      Holding

    3. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Holding

  27. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Alright. Think I’m making my move before falling asleep and potentially sleeping through the deadline.

    1ft.
    J. Rodriguez > Raphinha.

    Forster (Meslier)
    TAA, Coufal, Rudiger (Holding, Digne)
    Salah (c), Son, Lingard, Raphinha (Greenwood)
    Kane, DCL, Iheanacho

    Currently OR 1,513

    Would love top 1k - was at 299 after gw33 so a bit bummed out to be where I am.
    BUT obviously a crazy good season for my first year - made more fun by chatting on here.

    Good luck everyone - hope all the crazy ideas pay off and everyone gets massive green arrows.

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Well done!

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 15 hours ago

        Cheers!

    2. bso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Well done mate! Hope you make 1K.

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 15 hours ago

        Thanks BSO!

  28. Salarrivederci
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 15 hours ago

    Play Richarlison or Watkins?

    Areola
    TAA - Dallas - Rudiger
    Salah - Mane - Son - Foden - Raphinha
    Iheanacho - ?

    (Martinez, ?, Digne, Targett)

    1. gellinmagellan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Watkins

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      That’s tough. I’m expecting Everton to score more than Villa - but I’d prefer Watkins over Richarlison generally. No idea honestly.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Watking

  29. gellinmagellan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 hours ago

    Mendy (Forster)
    TAA Shaw Holding (Rudiger Coleman)
    Salah Lingard Son Raphinha Bruno
    Antonio Bamford (DCL)

    FT made. Bruno > Mané for -4?

  30. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 15 hours ago

    A. Mane + Bamford combo over B. Auba + Pepe?

    Also, keep and start 1. Greenwood or 2. Maddison?