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. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    For the final time this season, Who should you bench from this lot?

    A. Greenwood
    B. Rudiger
    C. Coufal

    1. Salan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Rudiger

  2. Evasivo
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Start DDG or Martinez?

    1. Azathoth
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      M

  3. Azathoth
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Keep Wood or sell & buy Nacho?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Why on earth would you sell wood

    2. Booked4Dissent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      You asked this yesterday. I can tell because of the poor construct

  4. the egyptian king
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Leading my mini league by 4 points. We have very similar teams but he has Bruno + Bamford, I have Lingard + will transfer out DCL for Bamford (3-4-3) or Zaha for Harrison (3-5-2). I could get Bamford but then I'm gambling on Lingard +3 outscoring Bruno (or his replacement if he transfers). Thoughts?

    1. Cantonesque
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Problem is Bamford himself could sink you. Think you have to cover him and take your chances. Good luck, similar predicament myself with 5 point lead (to hold onto ML second!).

  5. Hryszko
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Do I take a bit of a punt and captain mane/Trent over Salah? Own all 3…

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      If chasing a ML then sure. If just playing for overall than no

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Trent if chasing....

    3. Hryszko
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Not chasing, but would like the highest OR possible, on for my best finish ever!

  6. RooneyforLife
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Any chance of line ups being leaked today ?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I’m hoping so

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Probably but who do you trust?

    3. The White Pele
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      great username mate.

  7. Bad Kompany
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Son to mane worth a hit? Thinking not since it’s one gw, mane has struggled to put the ball into the back of the net this year, and Leicester will need to attack

    1. Party time
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Keep Son imo

  8. Party time
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Think it’s time to get Aubameyang

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Not the worst of punts. They have something to play for while Brighton don’t. Brighton tend to not be pushovers though

      1. Party time
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah. Thinking Auba because of his last game record over the last 5 seasons.

        Also fans back & on pens. Time for potter to cry, I think

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          What’s his last game record over the past 5 seasons? Hadn’t heard about it before this

          1. Party time
            4 months, 1 day ago

            He often scores on the final day

            1. Bad Kompany
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Just checked the stats: 5 goals and 1 assist in his 3 matches in the final gw. Quite impressive

              1. Party time
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Can you please share the link 🙂 I did not even know the stats 😆 although I was quite confident about it

                1. Bad Kompany
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  No link. Used understat, which is the site is use for xg and xa. Went to arsenal and then clicked on their last match in each of the last 3 seasons

                  1. Party time
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Ohh ok. Thanks buddy

  9. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Could have this team. Would this be GTG?

    Forster
    TAA, Dallas, Coufal
    Salah(c), Mane, Lingard, Raphinha, Mahrez
    Iheanacho, Kane
    (Sanchez; Vydra, Shaw, Holding)

    1. Party time
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Absolutely if Mahrez start

      1. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thought about selling Mahrez for a hit, but no reason for it. Vydra can go in the first bench spot, just in case.

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

          Might prefer Holding as first bench.

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Brilliant.

      Kane needs to turn up again.

    3. Cantonesque
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I like it but is Holding really not more likely to get 6 points than Vydra?

  10. Party time
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Robertson, Trent & Salah enough? Or do I sell Robertson in order to bring in Mané?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Don’t see a reason to sell. Think Liverpool would be more than happy with a 1-0 or 2-0

      1. Party time
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks buddy. You are a good kompany

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Nah

      1. Party time
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks Ac/Dc

    3. Azathoth
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Nope,keep Robbo.

      1. Party time
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks Azathoth

    4. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      More than enough

  11. FPLGeezer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Start DCL or hit for Bamford? Leading in one cash league by 2 points

    1. Cantonesque
      4 months, 1 day ago

      That's a coin toss

      1. Cantonesque
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Heads it's Bamford

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

      You'll be trialling by 2.

  12. 272MK
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Hoping Aguero gets the winning goal for ManCity in champ league. Just like QPR

    1. La Roja
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      proper happy ending that would be.

  13. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    What to do here chaps? Chasing 21 points

    Martinez
    Shaw Holding Dallas
    Raphinha Mane(c) Salah Lingard
    Nacho Antonio Kane

    Sanchez Greenwood Castagne Digne

    0FT & 0.7ITB

    A) Nacho ➡ Bamford -4
    B) Greenwood ➡ Pepe -4 (bench nacho)
    C) No hits

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

      C

    2. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      No hits
      Nice team for this gameweek, GL

      1. La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers tomato eyes

    3. Cantonesque
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Stick with this. Good luck.

  14. The White Pele
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    at 209k OR, Captain Mo or Mane?

    1. Mr Ozil
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Mane’ ( if chasing)

      1. Party time
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Seen this a lot here. The chasing or protecting theory is far- fetched imo.

        I learnt this season to always captain the safe choice even if it’s boring. Will apply this next season whether chasing or nah

        1. Lindelol
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          It’s a last game and if someone is chasing say 30 points then what other option do you have but to captain a differential?

    2. Party time
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Salah whether you are chasing or not. Captain who you think will give you more points

    3. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Trent?

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

        also an option for sure.

  15. Mr Ozil
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Good Morning All,

    Current team: 1FT, 0.4 itb

    Mendy
    Holding Dallas Robertson
    Salah Bruno Greenwood Raphinha
    Vydra DCL Kane

    Subs: Forster Zaha Rudiger Coady

    Which is better?

    A- Zaha + Vydra > ESR + Antonio (-4)
    B- Bruno + Zaha > Mane + Lingard (-4)
    C- Bruno + DCL > Mane + Antonio (-4)
    D- Something else

    Leaning towards B atm

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

      B if you think Greenwood will be benched. otherwise C

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Half of C

    3. Cantonesque
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Bruno and Vydra to Bamford and Mahrez/Foden. Rudiger first on bench is good sub if they don't show.

  16. Bad Kompany
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    What are Shaw owners doing? Last on bench in case of sub for some reason (injury) or start on the off chance he starts

    1. Party time
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Sold him for Robertson lol

      I don’t think he will start

      1. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        I don’t think there’s a shot he does but I also don’t think there’s any worry that he’ll come on as a sub either

        1. Party time
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Fair enough. Wolves will likely score if utd rotate a lot, fans back at molineux & Nuno’s final game

          Utd could even lose this ond

          1. Bad Kompany
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Wouldn’t be surprised if they do at all. Expecting it to be a similar lineup to the Leicester one. Wolves will want to give Nuno and good send off in front of the fans as well. Think I’ll keep him last on my bench

            1. Party time
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Lol

  17. donbagino
    4 months, 1 day ago

    My final decisions. Already did Bruno -->Mane.
    a) Watkins -->Antonio (-4) (own Lingard)
    b) Greenwood / Foden --> Raphinha / Harrison (own Bamford)
    c) none

    I know these are hits, but there is a high possibility that Leeds may score some goals, same with WHU as SOU defence is poor.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      C

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        If B Greenwood and keep. Foden

  18. klopp2567
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    With me reducing the lead fron 32 to 12 thanks to getting willock in ML. This is last chance to reduce the gap and come on top and i am hopeful of that.
    With my team as below
    Martinez
    Digne Taa AWB Dallas Konsa
    Bruno Son Willock Lingard Green wood
    wood DCl Bamford

    and opponents team being
    Martinez
    Coufal Taa Dallas Lowton Veltman
    Bruno Son Salah Raphina Harrison
    Nacho Ings watkins

    I am thinking of -4 and getting Salah and Antonio or Salah and robertson in place of Bruno and wood or Bruno and Awb.
    Any tips plz need huge help here.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Go for it and good luck

      1. klopp2567
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        for which one? salah and Robertson or salah and antonio?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Either combo could work, which do you prefer?

        2. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Swap out Bruno and AWB.

    2. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Salah and Antonio for the Utd pair who prob won't play easy!

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Probably this.

      2. Cantonesque
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Salah and Robertson imo good luck

  19. Powers106
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Start
    a. Chilwell or
    b. Coufal

    Ederson (Carson)
    TAA - Dallas - Chilwell (Coufal - Cresswell)
    Salah c - Mane - Raphinha - Lingard (Willock)
    Kane - Bamford - Nacho

    Thanks!

    1. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B) Cresswell

      1. Powers106
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Seems a bit of a differential so that could be a good idea given WHU set pieces success rate

        1. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Cresswell just getting back to proper match fitness too

  20. Jack Burton
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Morning all is Shaw to Phillips then Watkins to Bamford worth a minus 4, got Fernandes who i will bench just don't fancy any mids below his price

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Do Shaw and keep Watkins.

      Villa boys playing for England squad and Bamford doesn't often score back to back.

      But v West Brom it could be open.

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Gun fact, apparently Big Sam has never lost a game at Ellend Road.

        On his retirement match which way does that stat go??

      2. Jack Burton
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers mate may do, thanks and good luck today

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Yeah, all about mini leagues for me where I'm second in a couple.

        2. Jack Burton
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          And thanks for the fact, in the top 10000 and concerned Bamford gonna kill my rank

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            If protecting play safe.

            Or be bold?

            1. Jack Burton
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Yeah hopefully get some early team news might make my mind up then

  21. Tambling5
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Hi all
    Patricio (Forster)
    TAA Dallas Cresswell (Lowton Shaw)
    Salah Lingard Bale Greenwood (Siggy)
    Antonio (c) Bamford DCL
    1FT 3.3 itb
    Should I do
    A) Bale to Mane
    B) DCL to Iheanacho
    C) Patricio to Ederson
    D) Bale and Siggy to Mane and Raphina (-4) bench DCL or Greenwood

  22. mrpink32
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Any update on Benteke or Havertz? Have both. People think either or both will play?
    Or -4 take them both out and put in other more guaranteed starters, as have greenwood, shaw and bale who might miss out too?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Swap 1 up.

      Is Benteke injured?

      1. mrpink32
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Yep, wasn't in training yesterday and huge doubt. Issue is, cannot do any straight swaps for him like bamford or antonio. Can possibly do rodrigo and take a punt? Anyone thinks rodrigo starts?

  23. Guru Mediation
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Gtg?

    Mendy
    TAA Phillips Dallas Rudiger
    Salah (c) Raph Lingard
    Kane Bamford Nacho
    (Forster Greenwood Fernandes Castagne)

    Cheers

  24. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Differential pick:

    Mahrez
    Foden
    Gundogan or
    Grealish.

    (for Greenwood). Or just do Cavani to Bobby Firmino?

    1. Jack Burton
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Torres maybe

  25. Powers106
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    I think I'm happy with my team but a bit templatey at the moment, still one of my last decisions:

    Nacho --> Antonio & drop Coufal or Cresswell

    Yay or Nay?!

    Cheers!

    Ederson (Carson)
    TAA - Dallas - Chilwell (Coufal - Cresswell)
    Salah c - Mane - Raphinha - Lingard (Willock)
    Kane - Bamford - Nacho

    1. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Nacho could do well this week. Spurs are awful

  26. Hazardous1983
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    captain kane or trent if chasing 24 point lead

    He will cap salah

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

      Trent

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Trent

  27. kysersosa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Ballers...... G2G?

    Martinez
    TAA, Dallas, Holding, Chilwell
    (S)alah, Raphina, JWP, Lingard
    Kane, Bamford

    Forster, Bruno, Benteke, Targett

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      G2G

  28. EmreCan Hustle
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Final GW. Chasing 30 points.
    Need a differential.

    Want to go hard or go home, but is this too much?

    Digne to Mendy(City) (-4)?

    OR

    Play Digne?

    Thanks.

  29. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Bench order right?

    Martinez
    Trent Dallas Holding
    Salah Mane(c) Son Raphinha
    Bamford Antonio Nacho

    Areola Lingard Digne Shaw

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Looks good.

  30. Ruinenlust
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Play Digne or Bruno?

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

      I’d go Digne. I’m not ruling out an attacking return or two from Everton against City’s defence and I’d be worried by a 10 minute run out for Bruno