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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2,892 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Joey Tribbiani
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Ronaldo starts 100%.
    Bookmark this, if im wrong, I will never log in here again.

    1. Bonus magnet
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Nice knowing you Joey

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

      Course he does. He’s Ronaldo.

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

      Or you'll log in as chandler

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

      Bookmark Joey Tribbiani or just scroll on? Hmmmmm, tough one.

    5. International Richard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      He's been looking good with Portugal and pre-season with Juve

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

    James or Rudiger? Happy to bench James this week while suspended

    1. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Reece if he isn't close to a price drop.

    2. JUNITED
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      James all day, corner taker.

    3. Gunneryank
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I'm on Rudiger on WC, and i want to add James after the City match. But Rudiger starts today for me. But if you have bench cover no reason not to keep James?

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

          Yep, have Semedo as bench cover.

      • HM2
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Thanks guys, will go with James!

    4. Bonus magnet
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Harvey Barnes

      Should I
      1. Keep
      2. Sell for Traore
      3. Sell for Saka

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

        Sell - looks way off the pace. Of those options I’d go no.2

      2. chriscosta
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        2

    5. JY84
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Please save me!

      Sanchez
      TAA Shaw Dier
      Salah ESR Benrahma Fernandes
      Antonio DCL Ings

      A) Jimenez for Ings
      B) CR7 & Greenwood for Fernandes & Ings (-4)
      Is A or B a better option???

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

        Both are good options. I like A as it avoids a hit that isn’t really necessary.

      2. JoeSoap
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Have similar options & may go A & wait & see though my B is free.

      3. unholysmoke
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        You don't need saving mate that's a fine team. B is some crazy knee jerk nonsense - and will be available free next week if you roll over. Don't let the hype sway you. I can see the case for A but Ings could well knock one in against Chelsea. Deep breath, trust your players.

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

        Take the hit for Ronaldo. I did. Its like heroin.

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

      NEW ARTICLE POSTED

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

        Rubbish, just all the weeks topics.

        Too many gambling & European league info that clogs up this site.

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

          Yeah, I actually thought there was a glitch and the article wasn’t loading. I’m sure they found a way to format that weekly round-up like an actual article last year

      2. rainy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Cheers

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

      Which one on WC?

      A) Ronaldo + Salah (C)
      B) Salah + Lukaku(C) and switch lukaku to robaldo for next gw
      C) Salah + Ronaldo (C)

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

        Heart says C but head says A

    8. bmmc89
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      My WC has come down to this (finally):

      1. TAA and Gray
      2. Shaw (to James in GW7) and Antonio

      Thoughts?

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

      Bottomed.

      Last one i swear.

      TAA+ings > Ronaldo+ semedo

      Yes or no?
      Any suggestion on other 4.9 def?

      Thanks

      1. bmmc89
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Tierney the other 4.9 option

        Losing TAA is unpopular here but I am for the Ronaldo and 4.9 option myself. Currently on tierney with Coady as wolves def option

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

      Son + Mahrez + Ings -> Torres + Jota + Ronaldo (-8) ?

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

      Good morning

      Shall I do son to jota ? Have Salah already

      Or amartey to Marcel to cover for this GW?

    12. JUNITED
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Jota or Greenwood?

      I need to pick one of these for my 2 to 3 GWS short term option. Can you please help? Thanks.

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

        Jota

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

        I think Greenwood out scores this GW but Jota over 3

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

        The one who may have suddenly become short-term nailed

    13. cm790
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Son to Mount?

      Maybe one week only?

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

        If your just taking out Son, wouldn't you prefer Havertz over Mount?

    14. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Play:

      A) Livra
      B) Gilmour

      1. Viprin
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Liv

    15. CrouchDown
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Quick captain poll? The FFS captain one this week seems a bit dated

      Salah(C)

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

        Lukaku

      2. choco27
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Lukaku

    16. Viprin
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Is Robertson still a good shout, could really use the 0.5 over TAA

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

        Yeah, but TAA’s better value right now. I’d prefer VVD and save yourself an extra 0.5

    17. Fantasyfreakstradbally
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Play

      A cresswell

      Or

      B white

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

        A

    18. Smitty
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Lukaku + Greenwood
      Or
      Ronaldo + Mount

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

        B

    19. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Bruno or Salah for captaincy?

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

        Probably Salah

      2. Vertigo
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I've gone Salah.

    20. RomeluAndJuliet
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      A) Ings, Bruno, Mahrez and Tsimikas -> CR7, Jota, Torres and Coady (-8)

      B) Ings, Bruno -> CR7 + Torres (free)

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

      Start one:
      1. Ayling
      2. Gilmour

      Thanks

    22. Sinichi
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      1) taa, ings to Ron and Reguilon
      2) fernades, ings to Ron and jota
      3) fernades, ings to Ron and torres.

    23. New Article
    24. prichardson311
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Ramsdale worth the punt at 4.5 or just go Bachmann?

    25. Lord of Ings
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Is marcal nailed?

    26. SamShi
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Which option would you choose on a WC?
      A) Tierney, Marcal & Williams
      OR
      B) White, Semedo & Livramento
      (Other defenders - TAA, Christensen)

    27. Weilong7
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      jota or mount if you have to choose 1?
      thanks

    28. choco27
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Need help.
      A. Rudiger & White
      B. Matip & Thierny
      C. Christensen & Thierny
      Thanx

    29. Sausage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Final team ready..

      Raya
      White Rudiger Shaw
      Traore Salah Torres Benrahma
      Lukaku (c) Ronaldo Antonio

      85+points guaranteed 😉

    30. Calculated Risks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Bench one...had Torres and Jota to start season so have a decent 5th mid benching headache

      Sarr (WOL), Benrahma (sou) Toney (BRI)
      Ings (Che)

      On Ings ATM but seems like a dice throw. Own Antonio if that makes a difference.

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

        I sold Ings so he will haul bigtime.

    31. the Chaser
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      To play every week (wildcard):

      A: Dias & DCL

      B: Raphinha & Jota

      (Has to be one or other as I can’t stand playing 3-4-3!)

      Thanks