Scout Picks

FPL Gameweek 4 Scout Picks features Chelsea triple-up and Bruno over Ronaldo

As they prepare to face Aston Villa on Saturday, three Chelsea players form the spine of our Gameweek 4 Scout Picks.

After Sam, Az, Neale and Tom submitted their Scout Squad selections earlier this week, we have chosen our best players ahead of tomorrow’s 11.00 BST deadline.

We line up in a 4-4-2 formation and come in at £82.9m, just under our £83.0m budget.

GOALKEEPER

David Raya (£4.6m) is our chosen goalkeeper ahead of Brentford’s home fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion in Gameweek 4.

The Bees stopper has already accumulated 17 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) points, picking up additional save points against both Arsenal and Aston Villa.

He’s also on top of the Baseline Bonus Points System (BBPS), in part due to his distribution when playing out from the back.

Thomas Frank’s side have restricted their opponents to just two big chances so far, and with Albion up next, will be confident of another shut-out in Gameweek 4.

DEFENDERS

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Luke Shaw (£5.5m) may not have quite hit his 2020/21 heights so far this season, but still ranks amongst the top five defenders for chances created, and carries significant assist potential against Newcastle United this weekend.

His crossing ability from both dead-ball situations and open-play attacks will be key, while United’s clean sheet prospects look a whole lot stronger with the addition of Raphael Varane (£5.5m).

Lucas Digne (£5.4m) helped Everton record their first shut-out of the campaign against Brighton last time out, and is sure to benefit from new manager Rafa Benitez’s approach, which is largely based around crossing.

Up next for the Toffees is Burnley, who have conceded 15 headed attempts so far this season, more than any other side in the division. With corner-taking duties another route to points, Digne could be in for a big week.

Antonio Rudiger (£5.5m) is the first of our Chelsea picks. The German international has started and completed 90 minutes in all three Premier League matches this season, while opponents Aston Villa have managed just nine shots on target across their opening three fixtures. Add in at least a couple of missing first-teamers, and it’s no surprise that Chelsea top the bookies’ odds for a clean sheet this week.

Marcal (£4.5m) takes up the final spot in our backline. Over the opening three Gameweeks, he has attempted 19 crosses from the left-flank (the joint-fifth highest among all defenders), while Wolves have conceded just 20 shots in the box despite some tougher fixtures.

MIDFIELDERS

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Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) is the first of our two premium midfield picks this week, having already combined two goals, two assists and 30 FPL points this season. The Egyptian’s total of 13 goal attempts ranks second amongst all players, while he has also supplied a league-leading three big chances for his team-mates.

Opponents Leeds United have tightened up at Elland Road in 2021, but Salah, who is just one goal shy of reaching a century in the Premier League, will surely fancy his chances against Marcelo Bielsa’s backline.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer planting seeds of doubts in our heads around how many minutes Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) will be afforded against Newcastle United, we’ve opted for Bruno Fernandes (£12.0m) in this week’s Scout Picks XI. Despite back-to-back blanks, United’s playmaker hit an open-play hat-trick to earn a career-high 20 FPL point haul in his last Old Trafford appearance.

Mason Mount (£7.5m) has enjoyed a productive start to the season, bagging assists against Crystal Palace and Arsenal. Amongst all midfielders, he ranks top for expected assists (xA), with this weekend’s opponents – Aston Villa – missing first-choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez (£5.5m).

Adama Traore (£6.0m) has been the topic of many a Fantasy discussion over the international break, with Wolverhampton Wanderers about to embark on a kind run of fixtures. While his end product is perhaps in question, he’s top for chances created and joint-second for shots amongst all FPL midfielders from Gameweeks 1 to 3. 

FORWARDS

Lukaku on target as Chelsea assets prosper at Arsenal

Passed fit by manager Thomas Tuchel earlier this afternoon, Romelu Lukaku (£11.5m) looks like an excellent option for our forwards lines this week. The Belgian has started well at Chelsea, scoring against Arsenal in Gameweek 2, and has also reacked up 10 goal attempts and nine shots in the box across his opening couple of appearances.

West Ham United’s Michail Antonio (£7.9m) is the top-scoring player in FPL so far, and is one of just three players to have scored in each of the first three rounds. Opponents Southampton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 24 attempts in the Premier League, while West Ham have won six of their last seven meetings between them.

THE CAPTAIN

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We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Bruno Fernandes was handed the armband by our quartet this time, with Romelu Lukaku picking up the vice-captaincy.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION

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Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Our champion is week BobMcMayday, who has gone with a maverick 5-2-3 line-up of Pickford; Tierney, White, Shaw, Reguilon, Duffy; Salah, Jota; Aubameyang, Kane, Lukaku (c).

The Scout Picks are 3-0 up on the community this season.

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  1. james 101
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    So, any more little rumours / intel on Ron starting?

    1. The Tinkerman
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      MEN says it is certain and no Cavani in the squad.

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        MEN?

        1. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Manchester evenjng news

        2. Hotdogs for Tea
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Manchester Evening News

        3. james 101
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Just, you know, guys

        4. Gunneryank
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Some human males were quoted as saying they thought he was starting.

        5. james 101
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          I’d cap him if I was mire sure

          1. The Tinkerman
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Yeah I was on Salah for a while but going Ron now.

            1. james 101
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Same. Just switched it.

              Good luck!

      2. james 101
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        MEN apparently said he was certain to (according to post on here)

      3. Jacky boy
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        He is expected to start in most sites

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Reckon I’ll cap him then.

          Just for fun!

      4. JabbaWookiee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Still wouldn’t be surprised if he starts on the bench so the crowd can give him a proper welcome back when he comes on

        1. Jacky boy
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          This is likely too

        2. Disco Volante
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Massively disrespectful to Newcastle and Ronaldo has said that he wants to start.
          He’ll start.

        3. Toonmad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          I thought this but imagine if he doesn't start it's 0 each and Ronaldo comes on in the 60th minute and it still finish 0 0. Would be suicide for ole

          1. JabbaWookiee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            He’s already said he’ll feature. Didn’t say he’ll start.

            1. Toonmad
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              And?

              1. JabbaWookiee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 6 days ago

                Not worth risk of captaining. Up to you though fella

      5. ClassiX
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I'm 99.9% certain he starts and plays for 50-65mins (if United are comfortably ahead). They really want him to start in what should be their easiest CL game on Tuesday.

    2. Peskey
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Start Livramento or Barnes?

      Or take -4 to bring in someone like Torres?

      1. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I'd start Barnes

      2. james 101
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        B

      3. Boywiththesoupdragontattoo
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Start Barnes for me.

      4. Toonmad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Barnes is sooooo last year

    3. HM2
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      a) Sanchez + Rudiger
      b) Sa + Christiansen

      1) Sarr
      2) Fornals

      1. Hog Roast Junkie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        A
        1

      2. ChelseaGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        a long term (if on WC)
        b if WC yet to be played

        Really tough, might go Fornals

        1. HM2
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          On WC. Another question, is James nailed 100% ? I can get him and bench him this week cause i have Semedo as backup

          1. Hog Roast Junkie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            No Chelsea def fully nailed but will play most, maybe 4 in 5. Annoying thing is he will likely be dropped for easy games to save him for tougher opposition

            1. HM2
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 7 days ago

              In this case why don’t i just save the money and go for Christiansen? He’ll play 3-4/5 as well anyway right?

          2. The Mentaculus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            No one is really 100%, but only competition is Azpi (mostly rcb tho) & Hudson-Odoi. I also picked James on WC, benching for Dier this GW

    4. gribude
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Anyone watched Wolves so far...is Marcal any involved in atack?

      1. Return of the FF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Can be, but possible rotation risk and he's injury prone.

      2. The Knights Template
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Involved in goal celebrations......oops.

      3. Gunneryank
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Sort of. Seem to be more than Semedo, but i've only watched maybe an hour of Wolves so...

        • Toonmad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Lots of crosses into the box it was mentioned in one of the articles here

      4. Heisenberg W. W.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Barnes and Ings out for

        1. Gray + Jimenez
        2. Gray + Bamford
        3. Trincao + Dcl
        4. Traore + Dcl

        CT team 2FTs

        Sanchez
        TTA-Digne-Shaw
        Benrahma-Salah-Bruno-Barnes
        Toney-Ings-Antonio

        Steele-Tsi-Gilmour-Manquillo

      5. Hog Roast Junkie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Please help, last we decision - keep going around in circles

        A) Rudiger and Jimi
        B) Tierney and Bamford
        C) Coady and DCL

        1. Bertonian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          A

      6. Gazzpfc
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Sanchez
        Shaw - TAA - Tierney
        Salah - Jota - Torres - Gray
        Ronaldo (C) - DCL - Antonio

        1. Tierney and Gray or
        2. Marcel and Traore

        1. TheBiffas
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          1

      7. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I did Ings>DCL but one ft left. Would you do also Toney>Jimmy?

        Sanchez
        TAA Shaw Coufal (White, Tsimi)
        SalahC Bruno Benrahma Raph
        Antonio DCL Toney

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          I’d far rather have Jimmy than Toney

          Depends on your other plans

        2. The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          I brought Jimmy in so it's an excellent move.

          1. BobbyDoesNotLook
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Yep only thing is that I am not sure about my Ronaldo moves in upcoming week(s) and getting both Jimmy and DCL would mean that I would not planning getting Ronaldo. Last minute call for Jimmy then, fixtures are great.

      8. Hryszko
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Which duo would you prefer?

        1. Christiensen & Semedo
        2. Rudiger & Marcal

        1. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          2

        2. Egg noodle
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          2

      9. Jafooli
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        If Ronnie starts today, I'm not sure anyone else from either side touches the ball for 90mins.

      10. Ibralicious
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Who would you start between Amartey and Tsimi (chance of Robbo rest) if given no other option?

      11. Egg noodle
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Alonso or Chillwell?

        1. TSN
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          A

        2. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Chillwell

      12. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        This will be one of those weeks when those who forgot to check their team will benefit most!

      13. M_Rega96
          4 months, 7 days ago

          WC thoughts please, all good?
          Sanchez
          Rudiger TAA Coady
          Salah Raph Jota Sarr
          CR7 Antonio DCL
          Foster Ayling Williams Allan

          1. Hog Roast Junkie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Gtg
            Same as mine except I have Jimi and Shaw instead of DCL and Coady

        • Oooo Matron
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Any more news on Son? Think it's going to be a late - 4 for a Raphina. Reluctantly

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Was a late -8 for Jota for me

          2. Tango74
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 7 days ago

            He’s def out.

            I have him too and thinking to jota

            1. Oooo Matron
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Would love Jota, but if I get him now he blocks DCL or Jiminez next week. I'm just short

        • boroie
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Start1…

          A - White (NOR)
          B - Raphinha (LIV)

          1. ChelseaGuy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            B

        • boroie
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Captain

          A - Salah
          B - Ronaldo

          1. The Pesci challenge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            A

        • EL tridente
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          How is this Wildcard?
          Sanchez, (Steele)
          TAA, Digne, White, (Ayling), (Williams)
          Salah, Jota, Greenwood, Sarr, (Allan)
          Lukaku, DCL, Antonio

          1. Hotdogs for Tea
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            nice

        • FPL Kaka
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          I am starting to waiver on captaincy - Ronaldo vs Lukaku now haha

          It is currently on Lukaku

        • Maddamotha
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          DCL in a orange jersey with the rest of the regular starters at practice. Im backing him to start just because of that lol.

        • TheBiffas
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Son + Mahrez + Ings -> Torres + Jota + Ronaldo?

          1. TheBiffas
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 7 days ago

            (-8)

          2. Bertonian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Do it man

          3. jackruet
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Yes

        • Wakanda
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          jesus or auba for differential ?

          1. Rochdale_Cowboy
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Auba

        • drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Feels like a Bruno haul is in the air

        • ZAMUNDA
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          How long is Wilson out for?

          1. Meinhoff
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Yep, they will be shared - Ronaldo takes pens when on the pitch, and when he is not then Bruno

          2. Salarrivederci
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Regardless who you own/not own of the two it is gonna be a watch when they get their first penalty with both on the pitch 😀

        • unclesbasement
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Lukaku or Ronaldo captain?

          1. Rochdale_Cowboy
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Bruno

        • Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Thoughts on Toney to Jimenez. Not completely convinced by Jimi yet, but Toney has some tough fixtures coming and he didn't look that well either. Ideally would want DCL but just no way to get him in unfortunately.

          1. Hog Roast Junkie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Jimi has great underlying stats, I’m taking the risk with him on WC

        • Fiorentina
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Thoughts??

          Sanchez (Ward)
          TAA, Dias, Rudiger (Marcel, Williams)
          Salah, Gray, Sarr, Torres, Raph
          CR7, Antonio (Pukki)

          1. Hog Roast Junkie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Love the Pukki punt, first I’ve seen on here but has great fixtures

        • boroie
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          A - Ings -> Jimi and save FT
          B - Ings & Fernandes -> Ronaldo & Greenwood

        • TSN
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Last one i swear.

          TAA+ings > Ronaldo+ semedo

          Yes or no?
          Any suggestion on other 4.9 def?

          Thanks

          1. Bertonian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Yes

            Also Tierney, Arsenal at full strength & good fixtures