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. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    So Antonio or Nacho.. been on Antonio all week but thinking about just going Nacho now. Think spurs v leicester will be high scoring

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Antonio

    2. rogersterling
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I'm of the opposite view and don't think there will be many goals.

      The Southampton defence is also awful.

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

    G2G or take a -4 somewhere? Cheers.

    Meslier
    Coufal - Phillips - Alioski
    Willock(VC) - Salah(C) - Raph - Greenwood - Mane
    Kane - Antonio

    (Martinez) - DCL - Shaw - Digne

    1. Jon Snow
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      G2G

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Cheers

    2. rogersterling
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Great team.

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

    Start one
    Coufal(SOU)
    Rudiger(avl)
    Holding(BHA)

    Currently on Coufal

    1. Jon Snow
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Coufal

  4. Jon Snow
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Any help is appreaciated!

    Mendy, Forster
    TAA, Dallas, Shaw, Holding, Mitchell
    Salah, ASM, Greenwood, Lingard, Raphinha
    Kane, DCL, Davis

    10pts behind in my ML and 1FT. Rival has Bamford/Antonio over DCL/Davis

    A) Davis + Greenwood >>> Iheanacho + Mane (-4)
    B) Davis >>> Firmino
    C) Shaw >>> Robertson
    D) Other

    1. Dirty Leeds
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

    2. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 1 day ago

      C

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

      Davis to Antonio or Bamford and no hits

  5. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Choose one please:

    A) Bamford and Robertson

    Or

    B) Firmino and Dallas

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

      A

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

      A

    3. Jon Snow
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A

    4. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Thanks guys

  6. Dirty Leeds
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    24 points behind in my ML. Would you do DCL to Firmino? Or just wasting a transfer? Cheers

    1. Jon Snow
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      If I had a strong bench and need a big punt I would do it

    2. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Do it. I'm doing it too. Firmino is hitting form of late

      1. Dirty Leeds
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks lads. Might even captain him and go out with a bang

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

          Good shout, he’s hitting some form so that’s a good calculated risk in by book

  7. EWH2020
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Son/Greenwood to Raph -4?

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      No. I see Spurs scoring a couple at least. I'd keep Son.

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        This

  8. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Chances of Greenwood starting?

    1. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      He starts imo.

    2. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      FFS thinks he’ll start upfront. I reckon that’s more likely to happen as well

  9. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Play Digne or take a hit to get in a defender?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Digne

    2. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Just need 2-3 responses guys and I'll be set for the week.

    3. dark91
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Play Digne

    4. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Wouldn’t take a hit bit wouldn’t start either. Place on the bench?

      1. Captain Vantastic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Other option is Targett bit don't want to double up with Martinez. Think I'll just stick with Digne as he might get something from set piece.

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

      Play Digne, don't take a hit on a defender for one week.

    6. Diedhiou See That?
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Play Digne

    7. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Thanks guys. Good luck to you

  10. #Swish41
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    18 pt lead, lots of similar players, so:

    1. Bruno > Mane (bench Watkins)

    2. Watkins > Antonio (bench Bruno)

    Leaning towards 2 as rival has Antonio (but not Mane), even though Mane has better odds…

    Which would YOU do?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      1

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

      make the blocking move if ur leading

    3. dark91
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      2 if you want to play it safe
      1 should be fine unless you believe Antonio will score at least 3 goals

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

      2

    5. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Thanks all, appreciate it. Good luck!

  11. Nemanja Vidic
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    1FT 0.0 ITB
    -14 behind rival in mini league

    Mendy
    TAA Rudiger Holding
    Salah Son Greenwood Raph
    Kane DCL Antonio
    Forster Regulion Ward Jota

    RIVAL: 1FT
    Mendy
    Philips Holding Dallas
    Fernandes Salah Son Greenwood Raphinha
    Bamford Kane
    Forster Coady Vydra Amartey

    a) DCL & Jota -> Firmino & Saka
    b) Greenwood & DCL -> ESR & Aguero
    c) Son & Jota -> Mane & ESR
    d) Something else

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Don't take a hit imo

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Lose greenwood

  12. Nemanja Vidic
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    1FT 0.0 ITB
    -14pts behind rival in mini league

    Mendy
    TAA Rudiger Holding
    Salah Son Greenwood Raph
    Kane DCL Antonio
    Forster Regulion Ward Jota

    RIVAL: 1FT
    Mendy
    Philips Holding Dallas
    Fernandes Salah Son Greenwood Raphinha
    Bamford Kane
    Forster Coady Vydra Amartey

    a) DCL & Jota -> Firmino & Saka
    b) Greenwood & DCL -> ESR & Aguero
    c) Son & Jota -> Mane & ESR
    d) Something else

    1. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A I think, then bench one of the players your opponent has

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

    I asked earlier and it was a split decision. Play Son or Lingard?

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

    Areola Lingard Digne Shaw

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Son 100%

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

      Son

    3. Dirty Leeds
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Sonny boy

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

      Son

  14. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Any word on Jota? Thanks

  15. timawflowers
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    who would you rather have
    a - antonio
    b - mane

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Mane

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

      B by a mile this week

  16. dark91
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Bruno+Jota->Mane+Raphinha (-4)?

    Rest of team is

    Dubravka
    TAA Dallas Holding
    Son Salah Lingard
    Bamford DCL

    Martinez Benteke Coady Shaw

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

      Love those moves.

      Captain Mane as a differential?

      1. dark91
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        TC actually as I am chasing 14 pts
        But will decide on who to TC between him, Salah, and Bamford tomorrow

  17. Scampi
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Anyone thinking of putting KDB in?

    1. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Yeah it’s a bit of a luxury move

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

    Any advice on my thoughts below? Thanks

    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. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Can you do Watkins to bamford without a hit ?

    2. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I’d do DCL to Bamford and bench Watkins

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

    Anything worth a hit?
    Chasing 19p in my mini league

    Dubravka Areola
    TAA Shaw Dallas Phillips Targett
    Salah Greenwood Lingard Harrison JWP
    Kane Antonio Bamford

    0 FT, 5.8 ITB, No chips left

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Nah. You're G2G by the looks of it

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

        Cheers mate

    2. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      If you’re too similar to top place(s) then differentiate away and go for Mane or KdB

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

        I’m already quite different as the leader just have these 6 players that is the same as mine: TAA, Dallas, Lingard, Salah, Greenwood and Kane.
        So I’ll have 4-5 different players, depending on what transfers he makes. Fingers cross.

  20. thegaffer82
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Not massively happy with my team for this GW. And injuries to DFers plus no cash ITB means my FT is going to have to be boring AF.
    I'd love to be attacking this GW by bringing in Bam or Raph or Antonio but alas it will be a 4.odd DFer 🙁

    Which one looks best?

    A) Alioski/Ayling
    B) Phillips
    C) Coufal

    Good luck for the final GW everyone!

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      C

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

      B

    3. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      C fills the gap nicely

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

      C

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

    Hey guys, I've got a dilemma.

    I brought in Foden last week assuming he'd start in 38 with a strong team in front of the home crowd, but 37 seems to have scuppered that.

    So which order do I play the following 4 (the second 2 would be on the bench):

    Lowton Willock (Coufal Foden).
    This is my current thinking

    1. thegaffer82
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      I'd play Foden and hope for the best personally. He's explosive if he plays.

      That's what I'm doing with Mahrez anyways

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Foden Lowton

  22. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Hi.....Who to bring in for the final day please?

    A....Bamford v wba

    B...Antonio v saints

    Thanks

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Ta

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

    Chances of Mahrez starting tomorrow?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      80%

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

        That's enough for me, straight in my team. Thanks.

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

      Most models have Mahrez’s xMin at 40. GL.

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

    Rodrigo benched for Hernandez. Is that the prediction?

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      No

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

        Ok then.

  25. Benjustjamin
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Fernandes >>> ???

    Have Salah and Mane

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Good moves

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

    Looking to replace Maguire, 7m budget.

    A) Chilwell and start over Holding
    B) Shaw
    C) other

    TIA

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

      Shaw won’t play mate forget him

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

  27. timawflowers
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    who to bring in?
    a - bamford and mane (hit)
    b - bamford and antonio (no hit)
    c - antonio and mane (hit)

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

      B

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      b

    3. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      c

  28. The Units
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Need help on this weeks decision.

    20 points behind ML leader, 1FT & 1.7itb.

    a) Son & Greenwood to Mane & Raph -4
    b) Greenwood & Shaw to Raph & TAA -4
    c) Greenwood/Pereira to Raph

    Ederson – (Forster)
    Rudiger – Phillips – Dallas – (Shaw – Coady)
    Lingard – Perreira – Salah – Son – (Greenwood)
    DCL – Kane – Bamford

    Thanks in advance!

    1. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Depends who the leader has - just be different to them

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

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

      C, lose Pereira as I don't think he'll play

  29. Mr Bird
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Meslier/Forster (GK Gamble)
    TAA Rudiger Dallas
    Salah(c) Mane Son Raphinha
    Kane Antonio

    Who to add to this team?

    A) Coufal
    B) Lingard

    1. DRIZ ✅
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

    3. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      B

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

    Son to Mane for a -4?

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

      I wouldn't.
      But could work.