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. Lucky Z
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Trippier wins La Liga after leaving T'ham

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      He can thank Barcelona for poor judgment. The biting one is too good.

    2. ZimZalabim
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      so thats about 90 players that have won a trophy after leaving spurs since they last won a trophy

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

        So you're a saying Spurs used to win things ?
        Wow ! Bit of a shocker for me.

    3. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      can add that to quite a big list.. Modric says hello I've won more

  2. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Who to pick

    A. Antonio
    B. Nacho

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

      A

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

    3. ZimZalabim
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Conclusive ta

    4. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

    5. artvandelay316
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

    6. Must.Go.Faster.
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

  3. Ashleyajolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    How does this look?

    Leno
    TAA (vc) Dallas, Robbo
    Salah (c) lingard, Son, Raphina,
    Bamford, Nacho, Kane

    Bench: Forster, Rudiger, ASM, Shaw

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Excellent

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

      very good

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

    Do we think Kun is going to play tomorrow?

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

      I think he comes off the bench for 20-30 mins

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

      No, and even if he is then wouldn't recommend putting on him unless you're doing it for sentimental reasons.

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

        Was hoping for a final bit of magic from the little guy.

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

          If he starts, magic can happen

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

            More likely to pull something.

    3. Milkman Bruno
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Yeah but for how long I couldn’t tel you

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

    Need to swap out Bruno and Shaw/Coleman to field 11 (assuming Shaw doesn't start, Coleman injured)
    2ft, 0.2itb.

    A) Bruno+Shaw > Mané+Coufal
    B) Bruno+Coleman > Raphina+Robbo
    C) Bruno+Coleman+DCL > Mané+Dallas+Antonio (-4)

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

      C looks good if you can afford the hit otherwise A

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

        I agree.

        C if chasing or more cautious if secure .

        1. jonasloc
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers. Chasing 12 points for the #1 spot in my ml. He has Dallas though, so would just be to cover the points.

  6. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Best option out of these?

    A) Kane + Mount/Torres
    B) Kane + Dallas
    C) DCL + Mane

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

      B

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

    3. George James
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A with torres

    4. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      C because of Mane

  7. George James
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Fpl site down?

    1. Cheeto__Bandito
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      yup

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Nope

        1. Cheeto__Bandito
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 1 day ago

          back up now

  8. Cheeto__Bandito
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 1 day ago

    fpl site down for anyone?

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

      Yep.

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

      Bruno is getting assist added for the Tielemans FA Cup goal.

  9. Jet5605
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    1 FT and 1.5 ITB

    A - Wood > Bamford
    B - Bruno > Mane
    C - Other suggestion?

    Mendy
    Dallas - Holding - Lindelof
    Salah (c) - Son - Lingard - Raph - Bruno
    Kane - Antonio

    Forster - Wood - Rudiger - Holgate

    1. jonasloc
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B. You're already doubling on Leeds and only got Salah from LIV

    2. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B all day

      1. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Would consider starting Wood over Son though ...

  10. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    FPL has been hacked

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Finally

  11. I am Fred
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Who do people think scores more points overall?

    A. Holding
    B. Robertson (-4)

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

      Probably the same after the hit, don't think I'd take a hit for a defender in typically a high scoring gameweek.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B but without -4. Lol.

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

    In 2 or 3 years?

    Marcus Rashford insists he would be open to a move abroad at some point in the future and that Real Madrid or Barcelona would be his preferred destination.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        He is not good enough

    1. michaelington
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Not good enough for United never mind those 2. Good at making meals though

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        His humanitarian work is excellent

    2. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Ha ha, he should be so lucky...

    3. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      In two or 3 years he will be playing for Everton or West Ham.

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

    Looking for some advice for the final day:

    Bench greenwood and take a -4 for the following worth doing?

    Watkins -> Bamford
    DCL -> Antonio

    Team would be below:

    Mendy,
    Rudigar, Dallas, TAA
    Lingard, Bale, Salah, Harrison
    Kane, Antonio, Bamford

    Forster, Greenwood, Shaw, Holding

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

      I'd play Watkins personally as he's been more consistent than Bamford.

      I know that's not the prevailing view on here but loads moan on match days yet everyone seems to be top 20,000 so I'd listen to the others most.

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

        Tough as I've double Chelsea defence. Hard to root for your striker when you have two at the back from the opposition.

  14. Daniel Jebbison
    • 12 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Nacho or Antonio ?

    Bookies slightly favor Nacho. Have Lingard as well.

    Who do you like ?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Go full ham. Tony is your man

    2. Milkman Bruno
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Better fixture for Antonio.

      1. Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Bookies scary me

  15. evilfish
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    I go into the final week with 1FT and a GK problem. Meslier and Forster.
    Do I:-
    a) fix it and do Meslier > Casilla
    b) ignore and do Bruno > Mane

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

      I'd ignore the gk issue.

    2. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B is far more pressing than the GK problem with a much higher ceiling. And there's still a chance Forster could play.

  16. Milkman Bruno
    4 months, 1 day ago

    8 scout picks, may as well throw in the towel now 😉

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

      After 37 weeks they may have found a lockdown vibe between them.

      Tbf Andy has made good calls along this tricky season of back to back and changes to deal with.

    2. Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      That's usually bad

  17. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Bench one:

    A. Bale
    B. Lingard

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

    2. Must.Go.Faster.
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Never bench Bale!

      That said, would have to say A.

      1. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 1 day ago

        A

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

    3 points behind ML leader, but we have extremely similar teams i.e. 3 players different

    He cant get Mane, so should I captain Mane? Or stick with Salah (c) and hope Mane and the other 2 differential players do it for me.

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

      It's high risk to captain Mane if you're not chasing.

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

        Oh, you're chasing slightly.

        Captain TAA for the ultimate upside?!

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

        'bigly'.

    2. Pep's Money Laundry
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Yes stick with Salah as C

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

        Yep Mane is enough of a differential

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

      thanks all 🙂

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

    If you were going for broke, who would you gamble in captaining from this bunch?

    Ederson
    Dallas, TAA, Coufal
    Salah, Harrison, Mané, Mahrez
    Kane, Antonio, Wood

    Subs: Carson, Harrison, Shaw, Mitchell

    Thinking it has to be either Mahrez or Wood. What do you reckon?

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

      TAA

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

        Controversial, I like it bit he's highly owned among my rivals so thinking someone who isn't owned may be better.

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

          He won't be highly captained and should get a clean sheet and make an England selection statement too, all going well....

      2. iL PiStOlErO
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        This

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

      Trent without a doubt and I'm tempted too.

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

        Hadn't considered TAA at all, coming round.

    3. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Mane. He got good record against CRY

  20. FPL Pillars
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Who scores more:

    A. Mane Bamford
    B. Lingard Kane

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

      A (probably)

    2. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

  21. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    I always perform well when I’ve got Wood.
    But am thinking about Tony.
    I’m so conflicted right now.

    1. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A) Wood
      B) Antonio

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

        Antonio

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

      B

    3. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      don't we all perform well when we got Wood 🙂

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

    Leading ML by 60. Chasing OR though.

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

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

      Just 1 or 3 for the punt

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Go 2 then

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

      No point taking a hit to remove Mahrez, IMO.
      1.

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

        He'll start imo.

        Now my preferred transfer over another midfielder like Grealish or Foden for Greenwood.

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

    For symmetry I’m tempted to get Aubameyang and Werner in...

    1. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      would Aubameyang play?

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

        Pending team news leaks, but I think he does. Arsenal put up some good numbers recently and it would be Sod’s law for this season to end with an Aubameyang hatrick when we all had him GW1

        1. Thinkering like a Boss
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          If he does, then Aubameyang would be my transfer for sure!

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

    I’m pretty convinced palace win. Bogey team for Liverpool in big moments.

    Who could forget the slip or 3-3 comeback? Plus they’ve got a big loss to avenge and Roy’s last game.

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

      Crystanbul

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

        One of the great games of the premier league era

  25. Thinkering like a Boss
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Pick one

    1) Sterling
    2) KDB
    3) Aguero
    4) Torres

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

      If I can get reliable team news, Aguero will be (c) for me

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

        If you find the reliable news, please DM me. I will captain too it starts!

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

          It starts*

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

            If*!

      2. Thinkering like a Boss
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        for sure i am too!

      3. seanie3
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        wow, aguero won't do jack even if he played 90 mins, unless they get a pen then he scores that or does he..

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

          He could do something. Still a quality player

    2. Traction Engine Foot
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      4

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Better none but if you really want to then I would say Torres

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

      4 seems safest.

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

    Coufal or Cresswell?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Cress

    2. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      cresswell

  27. BurlingtonDriftersFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    I wouldn't, but if i had to, Torres.

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

      Sorry, meant to reply above.

    2. Thinkering like a Boss
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      thanks 🙂

  28. AA33
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    No Scout pick community champion this GW?

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

    Chasing 30 points.

    A. Digne to Mendy(City) (-4)
    B. Bench Digne. Play Holding.
    C. Play Digne.

    Thanks.

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

      Play Holding

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

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

        Cheers both.

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

    I am too limping across the line. But Just 6 points above 1K lol

    Mendy
    Taa, Dallas, Holding
    Salah, Zaha, Lingard, Son
    Kane, Antonio, DCL

    Martinez, Jota, Stones Shaw `ft .3itb

    A.DCL to Bamford.
    B Jota (or Zaha if any positive leaks) to Raphina
    C. Both for a -4 (will Raphinha score more than 4 than Jota/Zaha or is that too risky.

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

      B

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

        Thanks!