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. SomeoneKnows
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    A) Transfer in Bamford
    Making Jota my only playable bench player

    B) Transfer in Raphinha
    Making DCL my only playable bench player

    * Only doubtable player in my starting 11 is Greenwood

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B

  2. Crunchie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Bottomed (sorry)

    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. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      1FT sorry

    2. BurlingtonDriftersFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      C probably? If not, then b.

      Tbf, none of those options are a bad idea.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      C

    4. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Cheers guys just worried about a -4 when 6 points to 1k. Would love to get there for the first time 🙂

      Stones may start? I am kinda thinking Man City might be strong for a bit of momentum as they haven't exactly had it. lol

    5. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      If you go with A, who is your bench if Jota doesn’t play?

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Zaha, Stones and Shaw mate

        1. dabber7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 months, 28 days ago

          B no hit

        2. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Yeah A for me

  3. Tauruspt
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    It’s your last move of the season

    What do you do...

    2FT

    Martinez
    Taa -Dallas - Phillips
    Son-salah-raphina-gundo
    Antonio-kane-ineacho

    Forster - bruno - godfrey- strujik

    P.S I am thinking

    Bruno - kdb
    Godfrey- Mitchell
    To chase the leader

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Why Not?

    2. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Forget Kdb imo. You have 3 pool already but I’d be tempted by Bruno and Phillips to Robertson and whoever you want as a strong 1st bench option

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        I think KDB might play this one. man City might be strong. They haven't exactly had "momentum"

        1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 28 days ago

          They won the league and have the Champions league final next weekend. Why risk him?

          1. Tauruspt
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 28 days ago

            Gut says KDB gets game time before the UCL

  4. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Help please

    Mendy
    Philips, Dallas, Shaw*
    Salah, Lingard, Fernandes*, Jota*
    Kane, Bamford, DCL*
    Forster | Zaha, Coady, Veltman

    A) Fernandes, DCL -> Mane, Antonio for -4
    B) Just one of the moves for free?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Go A, have some fun for the end

    2. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Yep A

  5. iL PiStOlErO
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Planning to do Zaha to Raphinha but maybe also Shaw to TAA for -4?

    Mendy 3.8
    Robbo Shaw Coufal Castagne Mitchell
    Bruno Salah Lingard Zaha Maddison
    Bamford Watkins Lacca

    1ft, 0.4itb

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Good moves

  6. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Starting to feel really emotional, what an incredible season - my best yet but still have work to do to ensure a top 10k finish.

    Here’s to next season where hopefully I can repeat the feat again and then I can say I’ve had multiple top 10k finishes just like Fudgy X

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      lol. Its been quite a ride this season!

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Yes second half has been disappointing for me as well as the chips use.
        But I can’t complain about the first half barring Soucek bench hauls, has been quite a ride!

    2. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      If you promise you won’t start saying season over after every gw like Fudgy also, I will cheer for you

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        No I won’t but I may speak the occasional “Week from hell”

        1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 28 days ago

          I’ll allow it 😉

    3. Bagheri Arce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Good luck for tomorrow! (and everyone else)

      I have the same goal (currently 11k) but have had the polar opposite season to you fighting back from outside 500k mark half way through the season.

      Good effort staying in the top 10k all season. Quite a feat

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Wow that’s some clawback! And thanks 🙂

  7. lets talk about 6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Start 2 of..

    Greenwood
    Dawson
    Holding
    Shaw

    1. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Dawson and Greenwood or Holding

      1. Milkman Bruno
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Unless there is some inclination that Shaw starts pre deadline but I doubt it

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Green and Holding

    3. Ashleyajolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Greenwood = Yes
      Shaw = won’t play
      Dawson/Holding

  8. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Why is Mane so popular when he hasn’t a barn door recently?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Because he is going to score.. We know

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Cause every man and his dog will have Mo

    3. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      If it wasn’t giving me a massive benching headache I’d be getting him myself. Recent / past form is irrelevant for a one off final games of the season. Especially with his scoring record against palace.

  9. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Last question.

    Would you change anything? Somehow play Rudi?

    Martinez
    Taa, Robbo, Dallas,
    Salah, son, raph, lingard
    Kane, bamford, Antonio

    Fabri, Rudi, shaw, Greenwood,

    1. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Good as is

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Very nice team

    3. Bagheri Arce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Looks great.

    4. artvandelay316
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Antonio > Nacho

  10. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Does Bruno start or rested for Europa?

    1. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Rested I reckon

      1. Albrightondknight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Thanks

    2. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Has to be rested surely

  11. Hy liverpool
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Jurgen Klopp has an outside chance of getting Ozan Kabak and Diogo Jota back for the showdown with Crystal Palace, but he is likely to go with the team that showed real mental strength to win at Burnley in midweek. @Maddoc

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      mmm thanks food for thought. Jota may get minutes if squeaky bum time

  12. jonasloc
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    A) Coufal + DCL
    B) Dallas + Antonio (-4)

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Coufal + Antonio?

      1. jonasloc
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Already have DCL, so it's a question of whether B is worth the hit.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B

  13. George James
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Best option

    A) DCL + 4 points

    B) Antonio.

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Still B

    2. Mcgugan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      B

    4. GOONER
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      A

    5. AMBELLINA PRISE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 28 days ago

      DCL trully awful. I know because I own the donkey.

      Antonio all day

  14. Mcgugan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Percentage chances of Fernandes and/or Greenwood starting?

    If they both don’t play I have Digne coming in which isn’t ideal. Not sure if to take them out for a hit

  15. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    What to do with this lot lads?

    Mendy
    Dallas Phillips Dias
    Salah Son Lingard Greenwood
    Kane Antonio Iheanacho

    Forster JWP Shaw Semedo

    2.3itb 1ft

    Need to gain 24 points on a rival, Greenwood to Pepe(c) as a punt?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Greenwood and shaw to raphina and arnold

    2. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Son to Mane? Although the Pepe punt sounds like a great shout.

  16. GOONER
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    A) Mane
    B) Raphinha
    C) Bamford

    Note: I have no Leeds attack while I have Salah for Liverpool attack.

    1. GOONER
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      D) Firminio??

  17. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Aguero anyone?

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I would if i was chasing but holding 🙂

    2. GOONER
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Nah

    3. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      (C) for me.

      Part nostalgia, part chasing 40 points for an unlikely mini league win. Partly desperate hope that an Aguero hatrick justifies a very rogue transfer at start of may...

    4. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      If we know he is going to start

    5. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      No haha

    6. djman102
      • 12 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Any news from his Insta account?

  18. FPL Pillars
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Areola
    TAA Dallas Coufal Shaw* Mitchell*
    Salah Ralph Son Lingard Bruno*
    Kane Wood Nacho

    2FT
    20 ahead in my mini league, he’s got BB left to play
    He’s got Bamford, so I kind of want to get him in and he’s not and won’t get Kane so I could go Kane to Bamford and Bruno to Mane? Then would need to bench someone decent like Lingard

    1. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      I could get Manè in for Bruno myself for a -4 but leaves me with a benching headache so going without. I would be very annoyed if I couldn’t close my 10 point gap and left the pints on the bench to do so

  19. gomez123
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Would you get rid of Watkins for Bamford?? Would be for a -4??

  20. Wensink
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Is there consensus as to whether Shaw is expected to be rested? Mitchell and Konsa are on my bench.

    1. TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Start him. He’s either starting or not getting subbed on

      1. Wensink
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Yeah, that’s my plan. Successfully (I think) resisting urges to take a -4 to replace him. GW 38 always so unpredictable and not worth the risk of chasing a CS.

        1. Milkman Bruno
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Last season there was no cs. Play Konsa I didn’t realise it was for a hit.

    2. Milkman Bruno
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Can’t see him playing. As suggested, start him if you are happy for one of Konsa or Mitchell to replace him in case of a no show. Otherwise move on.

  21. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    A) ESR -> Raphinha (DCL first sub if no Greenwood)
    B) DCL -> Bamford (ESR first sub if no Greenwood)
    C) DCL, Son -> Bamford, Mané (ESR first sub if no Greenwood)

    At 128k Trying to break into top 100k so A and C probably more of punts

    1. dabber7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 28 days ago

      C all day if it's for free.

  22. Fernandito
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    2 pts behind in ML, which would u go for?

    Mendy
    TAA Dallas Holding Coady Fofana
    Salah Lingard Mahrez Greenwood Jota
    Kane DCL Bamford
    2m itb 2FT

    Rival has double pool defence (Allison & TAA) soni either cover with Robbo or attack with Mane

    A Mahrez & Jota to Mane & Willock
    B Jota & Fofana to Raphinha & Robertson

  23. Forcella Boys
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Who is more likely to play tomorrow Mahrez or Greenwood or neither?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Greenwood

      1. Forcella Boys
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Ta, is Torres a good replacement for Mahrez?

  24. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    No idea what to do here with 2FTs. 12pt gap in ML but he has TC. Any final ideas?

    Mendy
    TAA. Holding. Rudiger
    Salah. Son. Greenwood. Jota. ASM
    Kane. DCL. Antonio
    (Forster. DCL. Digne. Ward)

    1. Big Al Stankovic
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Get rid of one of your DCL’s

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        God I really need to delete that team sheet! Second reply with that on and no help

      2. Must.Go.Faster.
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Probably this, IMHO

    2. Big Al Stankovic
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Not sure if u can afford mane. If so, get him.
      If no then Jota and Dcl —> raph/Harrison and Bamford/wood.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        Kane+ASM+Jota >> Nacho+Mane(C)+Raphina (-4)?

        Could have done it with Bamford but now priced out! Sums up this disgusting season

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          Nacho over Bamford could easily be a blessing in disguise

        2. Big Al Stankovic
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 28 days ago

          I wouldn’t take an unnecessary hit. At least not Kane who’s going for the golden boot.
          Probably just dcl and Jota out for some Leeds guys.

  25. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Forster
    TAA Coady Holding
    Salah Bruno Jlingz Mahrez
    DCL Antonio Ings

    Guaita Greenwood Ward Amartey

    A) Bruno and DCL to Mane and Bamford -4

    B) Bruno Mahrez and DCL to Mane Raphina and Bamford -8

    Cheers

  26. AutoFill 2021
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Sanchez
    TAA. Stones Dallas

    Mo Mane G’wood Mahrez

    Bam. Antonio. Kane

    Guita, Willock Holding Thomas

    GTG?

  27. Hig1990
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Thoughts on these moves? 2FT

    Digne > Robbo & Mahrez > Mount

    McCarthy
    Digne*,TAA, Dallas
    Salah (C) Son, Raphina, Lingard, Mahrez*
    Kane, Antonio
    Meslier, DCL, Stones, Mitchell

  28. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    2 questions:

    1) Raphinha or Harrison?
    2) Digne + 4 pts or Cresswell / Tierney?

    1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      1.Raph
      2. No hit

    2. Big Al Stankovic
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Raph and digne

  29. gomez123
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    any news on Pereira??

  30. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    Repost without two F’ing DCL’s!

    No idea what to do here with 2FTs!!! 12pt gap in ML but he has TC. Any final ideas?? Or just delete the app?

    Mendy
    TAA. Holding. Rudiger
    Salah. Son. Greenwood. Jota. ASM
    Kane. Antonio
    (Forster. DCL. Digne. Ward)

    1. Must.Go.Faster.
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Calm down tiger - maybe just best to delete the app then.

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Can you do Son + Jota -> Mané + ESR ? Think you'd have to bet on Mané as captain then