Scout Picks

FPL Gameweek 15 Scout Picks: Liverpool, Man City and Spurs double-ups

Ahead of Saturday’s 11:00 GMT deadline, we have chosen our best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players for Gameweek 15.

We line-up in a 3-5-2 formation and, as ever, are limited to an £83.0m budget for our starting XI.

Our four substitutes, meanwhile, are always chosen from the budget crop of players.

GOALKEEPER

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Illan Meslier (£4.9m) is our chosen goalkeeper for Gameweek 15, with this weekend’s opponents Brentford failing to offer much in the final third in their last two outings, with their only goal arriving from the penalty spot. During that time, they have mustered just nine shots in the box and rank 18th for non-penalty expected goals (non-pen xG). Leeds United haven’t exactly been watertight at the back this season, but they have now kept back-to-back clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion, and will fancy their chances of adding another this weekend. An extra two days of recovery for the high-octane Whites is also something worth bearing in mind.

DEFENDERS

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.0m) sits top of the defender standings, having racked up three double-digit hauls in his last six appearances. The England international has now produced eight attacking returns across his 12 outings, averaging an impressive 7.5 points per match. This weekend’s opponents, Wolverhampton Wanderers, have failed to score in either of their last two matches, with only Norwich City scoring fewer than their 12 in 2021/22. That suggests Alexander-Arnold can profit at both ends of the pitch in Gameweek 15.

Joao Cancelo (£6.7m) continues to be an ever-present for Pep Guardiola’s side this term, having now started every single Manchester City league fixture; we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it stays that way on Saturday and that the midweek Champions League dead rubber against Leipzig is earmarked to give him a breather. Across all positional categories, he ranks third for FPL points, while his underlying numbers suggest further attacking returns are on the way, with his 31 goal attempts, 11 shots on target and 338 final-third touches all league-leading totals amongst defenders. Since Claudio Ranieri’s appointment at Watford, it’s also worth noting that no team has conceded more chances from their right flank than the Hornets.

Sergio Reguilon (£5.2m) takes the final spot in our backline. Across Antonio Conte’s three Premier League games in charge, the Spanish wing-back is averaging over eight points per match, having returned a goal, assist, four bonus points and two clean sheets. During that time, he has produced five shots in the box, two big chances and 10 penalty area touches, while his 2.08 expected goal involvement (xGI) total is better than any other defender on offer, despite playing a game fewer than most.

MIDFIELDERS

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Having bagged a brace at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) is now on 19 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions this season, while Liverpool have taken their tally to 43 from 14 league games – 10 more than next-best Manchester City. As a result of that form, the Egyptian is now 56 points ahead of any other Fantasy asset after 14 Gameweeks, and is top for everything from shots in the box to big chances created on the underlying stats front.

It’s still early in Antonio Conte’s reign, but the Italian’s influence is already starting to show, with last night’s 2.16 expected goals (xG) total the most Spurs have achieved in a single match all season. Key to that improvement was Son Heung-min (£10.4m), who was dangerous down the left from the off and netted his fifth league goal of the campaign during the second half. Notably, Norwich’s right-hand side has also been more susceptible to conceding shots since Dean Smith’s arrival, which could be good news for Son and Reguilon in Gameweek 15.

With doubts around how many minutes Phil Foden (£8.1m) will be afforded this weekend, we’ve opted for Ilkay Gundogan (£7.3m) in the Scout Picks once again. The German international has been excellent alongside Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) this season, playing an important role in City’s run which has seen them win their last six matches in all competitions. Statistically, he ranks top amongst all team-mates for expected goal involvement (xGI), while only Gabriel Jesus (£8.7m) has attempted more shots in the box.

Maxwel Cornet (£6.1m) has hit the ground running since his summer move from Olympique Lyonnais. In just eight Premier League appearances, the Ivorian has chalked up an impressive five goals and has now completed over 80 minutes in three successive matches. Yes, he’s overachieving based on some modest underlying stats, but this weekend’s opponents, Newcastle United, have failed to keep a single clean sheet this season and have shown no signs of tightening up in any of Eddie Howe’s three matches in charge.

Despite defeat at Old Trafford on Thursday, Emile Smith Rowe (£6.0m) was on target once again with his fifth league strike of the campaign. His current attacking output may regress in the coming weeks, given his +3.43 xGI delta, but this match-up does feel like a good one for the England international, against an Everton side who have failed to win since all the way back in Gameweek 6. From that point onwards, they rank 19th for expected goals conceded (xGC), while their right-hand side – the zone Smith Rowe primarily operates in – has looked particularly vulnerable in recent matches.

FORWARDS

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Since Steven Gerrard’s arrival at Aston Villa, Ollie Watkins (£7.4m) has been one of his team’s standout performers, netting two goals in three appearances. However, the real appeal lies in this weekend’s opponent, Leicester City, who have failed to keep a single clean sheet since the opening weekend. In fact, only Newcastle United, Norwich City and Watford have allowed more goals so far this season, while the Foxes’ 146 shots conceded in the box is more than any other side bar Burnley.

Callum Wilson’s (£7.4m) strike against Norwich City in Gameweek 14 took him to five for the season, which is especially impressive given that he has missed four matches through injury. Notably, four of those goals have arrived at St James’ Park, with his 3.53 xG on home soil only bettered by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£9.8m), Diogo Jota (£7.9m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.3m). Newcastle are still without a win at the foot of the Premier League table, but have at least avoided defeat in both of Eddie Howe’s home encounters, scoring four goals in the process.

SUBSTITUTES

Two attack-minded defenders (and out of position in one case) in the form of Tariq Lamptey and Kyle Walker-Peters face one another this weekend; only Norwich and Wolves have scored fewer goals than Brighton and Southampton this season, so the south-coast clash at St Mary’s doesn’t scream ‘goalfest’ on paper.

Leeds United, as it happens, have scored the same number of goals as the two aforementioned sides as they continue to struggle without Patrick Bamford, who will be back in Gameweek 15 but perhaps only as a substitute. The improving Alvaro Fernandez, who impressed at Spurs after a clean sheet against Everton, is our back-up goalkeeper.

Finally, Emmanuel Dennis doesn’t have an appealing fixture this weekend – but he does have remarkable form. He’s already breached the defences of Chelsea and Manchester United in the last month, and while a place in the Scout Picks XI is perhaps a step too far, he’s still very agreeably priced for emergency substitute duty.

THE CAPTAIN

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

Our panel voted as follows:

  • Az: Salah, Son, Gundogan
  • Sam: Salah, Son, Watkins
  • Neale: Salah, Alexander-Arnold, Gundogan
  • Tom: Salah, Son, Alexander-Arnold

Mohamed Salah is awarded the captaincy, with Son Heung-min nominated as vice-captain.

COMMUNITY CHAMPION

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.

Holmes, who triumphed 59-34 in Gameweek 7, has set the target to beat.

Our champion this week is Husky, who has gone with a 5-4-1 of Dubravka; Alexander-Arnold, Cancelo, Reguilon, Lamptey, Lascelles; Salah, Son, Bernardo, Raphinha; Kane (c).

The Scout Picks are 11-3 up on the community this season.


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1,313 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dannyb
    • 5 Years
    7 months, 5 days ago

    Zaha, Antonio and Jiminez to Jesus, Bernardo and Wilson - 4?

    1. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Not for a -4

    2. Chrisaa87
        7 months, 5 days ago

        No

      • Shineonme
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        No way

      • bench boost for every gamew…
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        If you can just di Jimenez and zaha to Bernardo and Wilson it looks good.

    3. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      For this week

      A) Kane C Salah Saka
      B) Son Foden Salah C -4

      1. Homo Sapien
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        A but captain Salah

    4. Homo Sapien
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Borja or Cucho as bench fodder? Both 5.0m attackers

    5. DavidBW
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Duffy or Lowton first sub?

      1. Mr. O'Connell hates DG…
        • 10 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        L

        1. nico05
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          This

    6. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      7 months, 5 days ago

      Play 1:

      a) Gallagher vs MUN
      b) Livramento vs BHA
      c) Dennis vs MCI

      Currently on Gallagher

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        B

      2. Homo Sapien
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        B

      3. Shineonme
        • 5 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        B

      4. Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        A

    7. Chrisaa87
        7 months, 5 days ago

        What to do?? 2 ft

        James rudiger cancelo(livra manquillo)

        Gallagher salah raph esr

        Antonio vardy kane

      • Finding Timo
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Dennis 5.4 - 13 appearances 6 goals & 5 assists c king 5.7 5 goals & 2 assists.

        1. 1justlookin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          I was always on Dennis but probably going with King as his stats seem better so Dennis may be over performing & with Dennis probably going to ACON, King just edges it.

          1. Finding Timo
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Doesn’t it just mean that Dennis is more clinical and king wastes more chances

            1. 1justlookin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Yes definitely. Its not an wasy decision. I think I'm also going with King as he's got a lower ownership

      • drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Gallagher>

        A. Gundogan
        B. Foden
        C. Bernardo

        1. pundit of punts
          • 9 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          B

        2. Shineonme
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          B

        3. Finding Timo
          • 1 Year
          7 months, 5 days ago

          B

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Team and bench order gtg? Very unsure between starting Antonio or Gallagher - got Antonio in team for now although playing against double Chelsea defence …….

        Guaita
        TAA James Cancelo Alonso
        Salah ( c) Raphinha Jota ESR
        Kane Antonio

        Foster Gallagher Livramento Dennis

      • pundit of punts
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 5 days ago

        GTG?

        Ramsdale
        TAA - Cancelo - James
        Salah - Son - Foden - Jota - ESR
        Wilson - Armstrong

        Foster - Livramento - Manquillo - Hwang

        Saving FT. 2.5m in the bank.

      • BigKeith
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 5 days ago

        Raphina and Jiminez> Bernardo and Dennis?

        1. Shineonme
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Could work but also could backfire. Depends how you feel. I wouldn't.

        2. Chrisaa87
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Im holding on to raph some more. Maybe jimenez to king?

        3. Rbyrne95
          • 5 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Foden and Jimenez for Son and Dennis fir -4? I just feel like I need Son against Norwich and to get rid of Jimenez.

          Wouldn’t mind reguilion but already 5 decent defenders

        4. For Fuchs Sake
          • 12 Years
          7 months, 5 days ago

          Why are so many getting rid of Gallagher?

          1. Shineonme
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Going to drop in price again tonight and also playing slightly deeper

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Feels like his run is over

            1. For Fuchs Sake
              • 12 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Smith Rowe in then?

          3. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Lack of points recently I presume, unsure on is performances though as haven't watched him personally

            1. Radzio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Exactly the eye test, they just expected he will countinue his 13 pointers like against MC 🙂

          4. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Sold for Bernardo

          5. Chrisaa87
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Dont know, i Follo the herd on this, he's dropping in price tonight

          6. Espanyolie
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Bottommed..

            Which one to play

            Dennis in a 4-3-3 formation
            Gallagher in a 4-4-2 formation
            White in a 5-3-2 formation

            Rest of the team is

            Sanchez
            TAA James Cancelo Regullion
            Salah Son Jota
            Jesus Toney

          7. Zalk
            • 10 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            7 coneceeded goals in the last 9 for wolves, is it time to go for a City captain?

            1. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Sticking with salah

            2. have you seen cyan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              u have a city player worth capping?

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

              That isn't really the worst statistic in the world though is it they don't even let in a goal a game

            4. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Defensive numbers for teams does not count Vs Liverpool. Even City, who got the best defensive stats by a country mile let in 2. Also, wolves last 7 were against pretty bad teams. Actually, wolves now used to play Vs bad teams with little offensive quality will be shocked by what will comes tomorrow. Defending small breezes and whirlwinds is not exactly the same matter.

          8. bazhef
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Worth selling Ronaldo this week withthe injury concern, to bring someone in just to buy him back again?

            1. bazhef
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 12 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              my other strikers are Pukki and Toney......

              1. nico05
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                7 months, 5 days ago

                I'm wondering the same it's a lot of money to have unavilable

            2. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Can you sell to Kane then do Kane to ronaldo GW16 ?

          9. Rbyrne95
            • 5 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Dennis or King?

            1. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Dennis

            2. 1justlookin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              I was always on Dennis but probably going with King as his stats seem better so Dennis may be over performing & with Dennis probably going to ACON, King just edges it.

            3. bench boost for every gamew…
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              King here, maibly because pens, but to me Dennis is the best choice. He might leave for afcon but that also leaves King as a bad oprion as then he will not have Dennis or Sarr around. Same applies for Jota. I might hold Jota during afcon but he is not that good a pick when Salah and Mane is not around. Many fpl players seems to forget that. When the best players are absent from a team it usually means the team weakens and they score less goals.

          10. nico05
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Is Ronaldo to Kane a smart move? Or should I hold. Cheers

            1. Gandalf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Hold

          11. For Fuchs Sake
            • 12 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Kane for one more week? Have Son, or should I get rid to free up money?

          12. winchester
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 5 days ago

            have 2ft and 0.4m itb. lacking jota.. who to make room for Jota, this needs to be funded by losing vardy.. worth?

            ramsdale
            taa - cancelo - james - reguilon - livra
            salah - raphinha - gallagher - son
            vardy

            (foster - antonio - hwang - gilmour)

            a) raph+vardy -> jota+watkins/dennis/king
            b) gallagher+vardy -> jota+ -||-
            c) gilmour+vardy -> jota+ -||-

          13. Shark Team
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Ramsdale or De Gea ?

          14. The_FF_King
            • 9 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            King or Dennis?

            First to three wins

            1. winchester
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 5 days ago

              king

            2. Rbyrne95
              • 5 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              This. Dennis Risk, King long term. Cannot decide.

              1. BrazilianGooner
                • 9 Years
                7 months, 5 days ago

                I think Dennis will keep rising for weeks. Good fixtures, nailed

            3. Shark Team
              • 4 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              king

            4. Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Dennis more goals & assists

            5. 1justlookin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              I was always on Dennis but probably going with King as his stats seem better so Dennis may be over performing & with Dennis probably going to ACON, King just edges it.

            6. KUNingas
              • 6 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              king

          15. Radzio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Play one:
            1)Toney
            2)Rudiger(double with James0
            3)Livramento

            1. Bartowski
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              2

            2. Il Capitano
              • 1 Year
              7 months, 5 days ago

              2

          16. Il Capitano
            • 1 Year
            7 months, 5 days ago

            1FT 0.8m ITB

            Guaita
            TAA Cancelo James Livra
            Mbeumo Salah Son Jota
            Vardy Toney

            Foster - King White Brownhill

            A) Mbuemo > ESR/Saka
            B) White > Reguilon
            C) Save FT

            1. Bartowski
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              From that lot jump Mbu to ESR. If i was going to live a little I'd go for Maddison if you can afford.

              1. Il Capitano
                • 1 Year
                7 months, 5 days ago

                Thanks, Madders is an interesting shout, but not massively keen on Leicester's fixtures post Newcastle

          17. Bartowski
            • 11 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Does anyone know why Aubameyang is not expected to start in the predicted line ups? Thanks.

          18. Bolt Vanderhuge
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Any Sa owners out there selling? If so, who to go for? I must be insane thinking de Gea...

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

              I sold for ederson, kind of regreting already tbh but there's so much value everywhere else you can have have an expensive defence this year

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

              I will go DDG soon

          19. Norco
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            I got exact cash to go Antonio > Jesus

            Worth a shot? Got Foden as well zzz

            1. Bartowski
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Not for me. Who can you get with two transfer would be what I'd be looking at. Dennis then Sancho, Son, Maddison or Regulion.

              1. Norco
                • 7 Years
                7 months, 5 days ago

                It's tough. Only 1FT.

                My players I'd be looking to move on soon are Antonio, Gallagher.

                I could do a swap for Gallagher > Maddison though I do have Vardy.

                I could go Son but that means a 4.4 FWD

                1. Bartowski
                  • 11 Years
                  7 months, 5 days ago

                  hmm well Antonio certainly doesn't seem a great option anymore but the Watford lads have City. I think it's a perfect week to save your transfer and reassess.

          20. Zim0
            • 3 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Son or Lukaku from next gameweek?

            1. Bartowski
              • 11 Years
              7 months, 5 days ago

              Is it the 2014/15 or 2015/16 season that makes you want Lukaku?

              1. Bollard
                • 9 Years
                7 months, 5 days ago

                Watching Watford last couple of games i wouldnt bet against them putting at least one past City.

          21. Atwood
            • 12 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Was Saka just rested midweek? Or dropped?

          22. Henning
            • 7 Years
            7 months, 5 days ago

            Any suggestions.
            Vardy and Hojbjerg to Watkins and Bernardo?

            Sanchez Steele
            Cancelo James Trent Coady Livramento
            Raphinha Salah Son Jota Hojbjerg
            Vardy Hwang Dennis