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The Scout Squad’s best FPL players for Gameweek 10

The best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards for Gameweek 10 are discussed by Fantasy Football Scout contributors Az, Sam, Neale and Tom.

For those new to this feature, it’s a weekly piece that always takes the form of a ‘Free Hit’-type selection for the upcoming Gameweek.

All of our panelists propose an 18-man long-list of Fantasy players, explaining their notable inclusions and omissions in the article below.

The Scout Squad also serves as a precursor to the Scout Picks, as the players listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for final our weekly selection.

Each writer must meet the following requirements:

  • At least one goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less
  • At least one sub-£5.0m defender
  • At least one midfielder listed at £6.5m or below
  • At least one forward priced at £7.0m or lower
  • No more than three players from the same club

SCOUT SQUAD’S PICKS OF THE BEST FPL PLAYERS FOR GAMEWEEK 10



AZSAMTOMNEALE
GKIllan MeslierIlan MeslierEdouard MendyIllan Meslier
Álvaro FernándezEdouard MendyJose SaEdouard Mendy
Ben FosterBen FosterBen FosterLukasz Fabianski
DEFTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldBen Chilwell
Ben ChilwellBen ChilwellJoao CanceloTrent Alexander-Arnold
Joao CanceloAaron CresswellBen ChilwellAymeric Laporte
Antonio RudigerJoao CanceloKurt ZoumaPontus Jansson
Tino LivramentoTino LivramentoRico HenryMax Kilman
MIDMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
Phil FodenMason MountSon Heung-minRaphinha
Kai HavertzPhil FodenPhil FodenPhil Foden
Bryan MbeumoRaphinhaKai HavertzKai Havertz
Son Heung-MinMax CornetBryan MbeumoNathan Redmond
FWDMichail AntonioRodrigoHarry KaneMichail Antonio
Patson DakaMichail AntonioMichail AntonioIvan Toney
Ivan ToneyIvan ToneyIvan ToneyHarry Kane
Joe GeldhartHarry KaneRaul JimenezArmando Broja
Armando BrojaKelechi IheanachoKelechi IheanachoJoshua King

Most popular picks: Ben Chilwell, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Phil Foden, Ivan Toney, Michail Antonio (four), Illan Meslier, Ben Foster, Edouard Mendy, Joao Cancelo, Kai Havertz, Harry Kane (three)

AZ SAID

After a chaotic Gameweek 9, I’m not anticipating things slowing down this weekend, with in-form Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea all enjoying decent games on paper. Not that it seems to matter at this point, given the disparity between these clubs and the rest of the league this season.

I’m still favouring the premium defensive triple up of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joao Cancelo and Antonio Rudiger, and think it will be a tough ask for Brighton, Palace or Newcastle to breach these defences. Rudiger looks a certain starter after having some time off in midweek, and Tino Livramento is off the mark now, knocking on the door for a start for many of us FPL managers.

In midfield, I’ve adopted a similar strategy to my defensive picks with Mohamed Salah, Phil Foden and Kai Havertz my go-to options to tap into the attacks of the terrific trio. I’m also hoping Bryan Mbeumo can shake off his minor hamstring to be fit for Burnley, and I’m backing Spurs to pile more pressure on Olé Gunnar Solskjaer, with Son Heung-min the main man in attack.

Up front, I’ll be keeping my eye on the Jamie Vardy news – a lengthy lay-off and Patson Daka could be a superb differential given his recent form. I’m also backing the budget options in Joe Geldhart and Armando Broja, who have come into their respective sides and done a great job.

SAM SAID

Why Duffy was benched and Foden’s fine form: FPL notes from Brighton v Man City 7

With Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool all having great fixtures on paper this week, it makes sense to invest heavily in those teams. Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold are essentials, in my view, so they make my picks alongside the Man CIty duo of Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden and a Chelsea triple-up of Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount.

Outside of those games, Marcelo Bielsa seemed to suggest that Raphinha should be ok for the weekend and with Leeds playing Norwich, even though they are not in the best form themselves, he seems like a great option. With Patrick Bamford still out injured, Rodrigo up top could be a decent option, especially after his penalty goal last week. And given Norwich’s lack of attacking threat, Illan Meslier looks to be a great goalkeeper pick for Gameweek 10.

With David Raya out for four to five months and Alvaro Fernandez likely to make his Premier League debut, I have some concerns about Brentford’s clean sheet potential, therefore Maxwel Cornet could be a nice differential for the weekend.

With so much rumour and uncertainty around Manchester United at the moment, I am expecting both sides to be nervous at the weekend and that might just give Harry Kane the space he needs to attack well and turn his season around, so he makes my picks.

TOM SAID

The Rudiger injury latest as Lukaku's FPL appeal 3

Chelsea have now kept 17 Premier League clean sheets since Thomas Tuchel took charge, at least three more than any other side, and though it’s sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly which of their wing-backs will be handed successive starts, it feels like a risk worth taking given their points potential. This week, I’ve opted for Ben Chilwell, who has now scored in three successive league appearances for the Blues, and paired him with the excellent Edouard Mendy and Kai Havertz, who I’m tipping to deliver.

Meanwhile, Brentford have had an encouraging start to life in the Premier League and look a good team for bargain hunting this week. Their opponents Burnley have been poor so far and are still searching for their first win. As a result, they unsurprisingly rank 19th for expected goals (xG), and 17th for expected goals conceded (xGC). That leads me to Rico Henry at the back, plus Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney further forward, providing the former is passed fit of course.

Elsewhere, West Ham United supply two picks, Kurt Zouma and Michail Antonio, with Aston Villa’s ongoing issues defending set pieces in my thoughts. With that in mind, the last team you want to face is David Moyes’ Hammers, whose approach is largely based around crossing. Antonio will also ask plenty of questions of Tyrone Mings, having bagged his sixth Premier League goal of the campaign on Sunday.

After being completely outclassed by Liverpool in Gameweek 9, Manchester United will be low on confidence, especially defensively, which could be good news for Tottenham Hotspur duo Son Heung-min and Harry Kane this weekend. Both players struggled to make an impact last time out, but I think this match will be a more entertaining, open affair, as it was last season, with the attacking players benefitting most.

NEALE SAID

Just as FPL squads are starting to form around a core of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool assets, the Scout Picks will surely be doing similar for the foreseeable future.

State-the-bleeding-obvious selections from these clubs abound, as they have to if we’re honestly picking out who we think will excel in the upcoming Gameweek, but it’s worth perhaps explaining my own preference for Aymeric Laporte and Kai Havertz this time.

I’m again looking at opposition weaknesses here, with Crystal Palace actually a rather tight defensive unit other than possessing an Achilles heel at dead-ball situations. The match at Anfield was the perfect example of this, with all three of Liverpool’s goals coming from corners or free-kicks. In fact, the Eagles have the second-best expected goals conceded (xGC) from open play in 2021/22 – and the joint-worst xGC from set plays. Laporte, second among FPL defenders for shots in the box this season, gets my vote, although we could easily switch to Ruben Dias if the EFL Cup teamsheets suggest a benching for the Spain international on Saturday.

My selection of Havertz may have a whiff of “don’t back down, double down” about it after Gameweek 9 but Crystal Palace’s aerially mobile attacking spearhead, Christian Benteke, caused havoc among the Newcastle backline last week, racking up seven attempts – four of them from inside or just outside the six-yard box. The Magpies have conceded seven goals from fewer than six yards out this season and these are more Havertz areas than Mount territory, so I’m backing the much-maligned German despite his Norwich blank. Mount, incidentally, has only delivered one attacking return or fewer in 76 of his 80 Chelsea league appearances, so he tends not to make a habit of explosive hauls.

Brentford’s aerial dominance and Burnley’s surprising concession of multiple headed goal attempts (only Leicester have allowed more) leads me to the vertically talented double-up of Ivan Toney and Pontus Jansson, the latter of whom has had three big chances in just the last four Gameweeks.

Max Kilman has matched Romain Saiss for efforts in the box this season, meanwhile, so with Rafael Benitez’s zonal marking system exposed against Watford, and with Wolves much less gung-ho than they were at the season’s start, I’m edging towards a low-scoring home win at Molineux in the Monday night game. Rayan Ait-Nouri would be my preferred selection but with Marcal set to return from injury, there’s too much uncertainty at left wing-back.

The Hornets are still without a clean sheet in 2021/22, so I’ve gone with two possible routes into the Southampton attack in my picks. Armando Broja is grabbing all the headlines with his two goals in as many Gameweeks but his strike partner, the out of position Nathan Redmond, has racked up more shots and key passes (nine of each) in that time and also gets my nomination.


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1,548 Comments Post a Comment
  1. My heart goes Salalalalah
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Foden LOL

  2. JoTAA
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bowen goal

  3. PartyTime
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Foden benched this weekend then

    • JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Cancelo goal

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Think Christensen will start?

      Or worth -4 to do Christensen/Vardy to Cancelo/Toney, to enable Havertz to Son next GW?

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Roll and do all 3 transfers next week.

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Cancelo beaut

    • JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Dawson goal

    • JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Jesus goal

    • JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Cresswell goal

    • JoTAA
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Grealish goal

    • GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      City v the Philippino World Cup winner.

    • Tomas_brolin
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Any reason not to do Greenwood to foden now for free?

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        nope

    • _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Benny goal.. WHU win. City out.

    • My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      BYE City

      1. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        C team not up to the task.

    • BeWater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Someone else is winning the Man City cup this year.

    • el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Yessss !!!!
      Come on you Irons !!!!

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Probably good for City assets, avoids the extra fixture that would come inbetween the LEE, NEW and LEI, BRE fixtures around GW17-20

      1. pingissimus
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        May make it more confusing

        Benefit of EFL is it helps you work out who gets rested 🙂

    • RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      it's Hammers time!

      wahoo.

      should give us the cup having to play Utd then City in a row.
      if we get Liverpool next round I'll be miffed.

    • Pringle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      What do you prefer for this weekend?

      A. Ronaldo + Mount + Livramento
      B. Hwang + Gray + TAA (-4).

      1. JoTAA
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        TAA + Hwang + Livramento

      2. The Units
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A

      3. GreennRed
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A

    • F4L
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      wow 5 years without losing 😆

    • bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Klopp must win a donestic cup before retiring so now is the chance!

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        ya he needs to target them this season, but also he has had some valid reasons for not winning it or challenging even in the past few years between scheduling conflicts, or difficult draws early on etc etc. But this is the time now to go for it.

      2. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Salah, Mane and Keita will be at AFCON for the FA Cup third round and Carabao Cup semis.

    • Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      What to make of Vardy not in squad - more or less likely to start at the weekend?

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        wouldn't have been in the squad in any case I would have thought, so essentially nothing to read into, still have to wait for weekend presser.

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        i would say not more - in the squad would have indicated being fit.
        but also i would say not less - as it seems like it will be a battle to get to this weekend anyway - so why would he have made today?

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Sound sensibel. Will waitcto decide

    • bench boost for every gamew…
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Foden gets benched saturday for that. Pep hates it... He is now running after Phil with a devil stick around London stadium as we speak like a maniac on speed

    • sandman58
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Foden in Peps bad books now
      Looked raging after that
      Cue a wee spin of the Pep Roulette this weekend

      1. PartyTime
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Yeah. Pep roulette is inevitable

          1. Finding Timo
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Surely not ?

            1. sandman58
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Absolutely

              1. Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                I hate owning city but feel cancello, foden & Jesus still worth the risk

            2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Death, taxes and Pep roulette.

              1. Finding Timo
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Came on 72mins be ok

        • F4L
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          The other attackers who were on the pitch for 75+ mins but failed to score will be more of a concern 😉

          1. sandman58
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            City are out because Foden missed
            Pep will pull him out for sure

      2. sentz05
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Is Chalobalah nailed and worth bringing in?

        1. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Be great value but Think too risky

        2. GreennRed
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          No no.

      3. Forza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        West Ham deserved to win, but what happened to the ABBA format? Surely it wasn't too complicated to keep.

      4. The Red Devil
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Foden benched now? Must be shaken having missed that pen

      5. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Greenwood to Foden for -4?

      6. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Foden dropped at the weekend now?

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          All the attackers who did not score after 90 mins more at risk imo

      7. F4L
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        KDB based on form shouldn't be starting Saturday

        1. SINGH
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Don't say that man he is my only differential 🙁