Scout Picks

FPL Gameweek 38 Scout Picks: Spurs triple-up but no Salah or De Bruyne

We have chosen our best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players for Gameweek 38 ahead of Sunday’s deadline.

The final selection is partly based on the Scout Squad consensus picks but midweek minutes, budget and updates from the pre-match press conferences are all factored in, too.

We line up in a 4-4-2 formation this week and, as ever, are limited to £83.5m for our first XI.

Our four substitutes, meanwhile, are always cherry-picked from the cheaper crop of players, not to serve as bench fodder or to make the budget up to £100m but rather to give some alternative, viable options who don’t cost as much as some of the names in our line-up.

GOALKEEPER

It was a fight between Kasper Schmeichel (£5.0m) and David Raya (£4.3m) for Scout Picks duties this week but with Leeds United probably needing to score at least once in Gameweek 38, we’ve shied away from the budget Brentford man. We’ve instead sided with Schmeichel, who will be facing a sorry Southampton side who have scored just eight goals in their last 11 matches – no team has found the net on fewer occasions in that time. Schmeichel is also averaging 6.3 points per match in his last six home fixtures. In case you’re worried about end-of-season benchings, Brendan Rodgers has already confirmed that Schmeichel starts on Sunday.

DEFENDERS

Rests and rotation, Reece James in midfield and Maddison's form: FPL notes

Rotation is very much a concern with our first defensive pick. Chelsea sewed up third place on Thursday with a draw against Leicester, with the suggestion being that Thomas Tuchel may turn to many of his fringe players for the dead rubber against Watford. Reece James (£6.4m) subsequently carries an asterisk next to his name but in the absence of any concrete team news from west London, we prefer to focus on the upside. And what an upside: Watford have scored only 10 goals in Roy Hodgson’s 17 matches in charge, while they have also allowed more chances and crosses from their left flank than any other team in that time.

 

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2,759 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    A) Watkins to toney and bench nketiah
    B) zaha to barnes

    1. Noob
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Similar dilemma here - what is your bench?
      I would say A as you are shipping Watkins rather than Zaha

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Gordon Watkins cash.

    2. Mozumbus
        1 month, 15 days ago

        A

      • Leaf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Why bench a motivated striker playing against Everton defence ?

        1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Tough one. Already has saka. Toney against Leeds as good as it gets I guess.

    3. Ooh Ah Cantona
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Remember to play it your way on the final game week!

      No regrets!

      1. Our Tiny Servant
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Too true!

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      What do you even do with this team?

      Schmeichel
      TAA Robbo Cancelo James
      KdB Son Foden Maddison Mount
      Kane

      I don't like any transfer here. Maybe Maddison > Kulusevski?

      1. The Mentaculus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Roll I guess 😉

      2. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        just like me you messed up the last 2 weeks with (c)
        Have some fun...Eriksen?

        1. Wild Rover
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Camzy and fun in the same sentence? 😆

          1. Christina.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            x

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I'll think about it. High chance any transfer I do backfires. Might sell Foden instead even.

      3. Bruno Commando
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Maybe Diaz instead of Kulu for some diversity?

      4. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Show the bench? Not impossible that say James misses out or Kane if the illness gets worse etc.

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Fofana, Gelhardt, Dennis

          It's nothing special but Fofana is adequate cover.

      5. Hiiler
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Good idea. Although yeah your team is in no need of a clear transfer. Maaddison to kulusevski in case Maddison doesn't start.

        Although both of them might get a lot of points and then again not start at all......

        Can you make a transfer to your bench and thus have a better bench player ?

      6. Noob
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Pad the bench in case of no shows!

      7. Little Red Lacazette
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Roll FT to have 2 in gw1.

        Anyway, maybe get Allison?

      8. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Fofana-> Sessegnon

      9. NorCal Villan
          1 month, 15 days ago

          No love for Diaz?

        • The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          I think Toney is going to be inspired tomorrow. Maybe get him and bench Maddison?

      10. lilmessipran
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Start one -

        A Richa or Davies
        B Ramsdale or Dubravka

      11. Noob
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Best sub 7.1m option? (Coutinho ->)
        Leaning to Barnes/Maddy but Kulu, Bowen, Trossard (?!) also options.

        Gives a benching headache (needed due to rotation risks) - who to bench out of:
        A) Zaha
        B) Saka
        C) Nketiah

        Leaning towards C due to threat of Laca rotation after the Newcastle result.

      12. rozzo
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Sa
        TAA Robertson Cancelo Laporte James
        Son Kulu Mount Maddison
        Kane

        Foster Broja Dennis Ramsey

        1ft
        1m itb
        7k

        Want to consolidate top 10k

        Any ideas here?

        Sa to Alisson or Edersen possibly?

        Thanks

        1. The Mentaculus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Not the most exciting final day transfer, but yeah I would change keeper

      13. Isboo
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Jota > Mount worth a -4 if blocking someone?

        1. Futureform
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 15 days ago

          How close are they?

          1. Isboo
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Roughly 30 points. Expecting them to captain someone we don't both have

            1. Futureform
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Jota probably plays and might do well. Anyone else you could sacrifice for Mount?

              1. Isboo
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Saka perhaps, but in doing so Saka would become a differential for them. Jota my only midfield differential currently

                1. Futureform
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Oh make the move I think. Block the lot, keep it by the corner flag, bring it home.

                  1. Futureform
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Jota > Mount I mean. I'd go for it.

                    1. Isboo
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      haha thanks! best of luck to ya

                    2. Futureform
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      No worries. Good luck!

      14. jonnybhoy
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Reposting for some more opinons

        Dubravka
        TAA Cancelo Laporte Alonso
        Salah Saka Mount Kulu Coutinho
        Richarlison

        Ramsdale White Adams Mateta

        A) Salah to Son - Free
        B) Salah + White to James + Son -4pts (Play -5-4-1)
        C) Salah + Adams to Vardy + Son -4pts (Play 4-4-2 - No Kane though)
        D) Salah + Adams + Coutinho to Kane + Son + 5.5m midfielder -8pts (Play 4-4-2)

      15. DavidBW
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Surprised Kane is in there with his illness doubts

        1. BobB
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          He is probably over it now, another 24 hours will be fine.

        2. Mozumbus
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Yes, it's confusing

          • Futureform
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Scenes if he's not fine though.

          • Qaiss
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Considering he'll get a month and a half off after tomorrow and CL is riding on this game for them, there's no way he doesn't start.

            1. Futureform
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              This makes absolute sense. He's playing isn't he?

        3. Noob
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Also tempted with a slightly more gung ho -4:
          Cash -> Sess
          Coutinho -> Foden/Diaz

          This would mean benching two of Zaha/Saka/Coutinho

          Tricky for the hit to pay back but would also give bench options should rotation hit hard...

        4. Dark Side Of The Loon!
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Pick one:

          A) Mount
          B) Diaz

          1) Martinez
          2) Pickford

          1. Noob
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A2

          2. Futureform
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 15 days ago

            A2

        5. Henryyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Which option do you prefer?

          A Play Gelhardt
          B Toney -4

          Cheers!

          1. Mozumbus
              1 month, 15 days ago

              A

            • Futureform
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              B

          2. circusmonkey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Which one would you bench: Matip, Rudiger, Laporte, Saka, Toney?

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Tricky mate!! If you have Cancelo possibly Laporte

              1. circusmonkey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                'I do have Cancelo and TAA. Laporte seems the most boring pick but then I'm missing out on the double up.

                1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Yeah I’ve got the double up too mate, currently have Laporte on the bench but have T.Silva starting so might end up with Laporte coming on anyway, I just have a feeling that VILLA score

            2. Futureform
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Don't like Saka recently. Arsenal look lifeless. However I guess they have to go for it this week.

              1. Joey Jo-Jo Junior Shabadoo
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 15 days ago

                This. Looked like a boy playing amongst men v Spurs and Newcastle. Expecting the same against Everton unless they are hungover from wild parties celebrating 16th in the league after spending 500m

                1. Futureform
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Yes actually this may be likely. The chances of them making top 4 against Spurs feel so slim I can't see them putting in a performance BUT they're possibly better at home and Saka is on pens.

                  Still, I don't really like them right now.

              2. NorCal Villan
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  He’s looked gassed of late

                  1. Futureform
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Yeah definitely. A tough end of season for Arsenal, especially with so many injuries.

                    1. NorCal Villan
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Not an Arsenal fan (not a hater either) but do really like Saka. He did quite well for me this season, but right now I just don’t think he’s got much left in the tank

                        1. RedRo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          He’d be a cracking signing for Utd imo

                        2. Futureform
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Yes he had a great run of every 2-3 games scoring well, but the whole team looks dead on their feet at this point.

                • Old Man
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Crikey - you must have some squad!

              3. Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                OR 10.9K, 3 pts off top 10K, what would you do here?

                Kasper
                TAA Robbo Cancelo Laporte Alonso
                Salah KdB Mount Kulu (KDH)
                Nketiah (Richa Pukki)

                A Salah to Son (c), play EO and let the team do their thing
                B Salah, Kulu to Son, Maddy (-4) and bench Laporte
                C Salah, Laporte to Son, James (-4)
                D anything else ?

                Unfortunately can’t get Vardy, Kane, Mane etc due to lack of funds

                1. rozzo
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Salah to Son or KDB

                  1. rozzo
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    You have KDB lol Son then

              4. pakornk
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Bowen, Maddison or Jota?

                1. Futureform
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Very tricky. Could all do well. For the motivation aspect I'd be tempted by Jota.

                2. TBL
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    M

                3. harvard
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Pick a trio (21.2m, FH)

                  A. Havertz/Mount, Eriksen, Toney.,

                  B. Havertz/Mount, Madison/Bowen, Nketiah.,

                  C. Havertz/Mount, Foden, Nketiah

                  D. Madison, Bowen, Nketiah/Toney

                  E. Madison/Bowen, Foden, Nketiah/Toney

                  ***Rest of the team is***

                  Raya

                  TAA, Cancelo, Alonso, Sessegnon

                  Undecided, KDB, Undecided, Son

                  Kane, Undecided

                  1. Futureform
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Oh this is tricky to work out. Would it be better to make a decision re the alternatives with the slashes and repost maybe?

                4. GlasgowFF
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  I've got a free hit available but when I try to confirm transfers it does not give me the option to play Free Hit. Anyone know if there is a rule about using it on the final game week at all?

                  1. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Did you use the other one last week?

                    1. GlasgowFF
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Yes

                      1. Fabreghastly
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Playing 2 in a row is not allowed

                        1. Futureform
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Woah - did not know that! Very unlucky for glasgowff.

                          "You can't play the Free Hit chip in consecutive Gameweeks."

                          https://fantasy.premierleague.com/help/rules

                          1. GlasgowFF
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            That's a pain! Lesson learned to stay in tune with the rules.

                            1. Futureform
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Yeah definitely. It seems quite a random rule, so I think it's hard to suspect there would be anything around it to read up on!

                  2. Toonmad
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Can't use fh 2 gws in a row

                5. Fpl_Ludwig
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Who should i start and bench here?

                  Pickford
                  Sessegnon / Cancelo / R.James
                  Mane / Maddison / Son / Wissa
                  Lukaku / Wilson / G.Jesus

                  Bench: Bowen / D.Sanchez / Tsimi

                  1. The Mentaculus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Swap Bowen & Wissa

                  2. Futureform
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Very tricky, but feels wrong to have Bowen on the bench.

                6. Ini
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Been really out of the loop this week. Is Salah still injured?

                  1. Qaiss
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Was in training yesterday and today apparently

                7. JY84
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  One spot in my midfield remaining! Shd i get
                  (A) Barnes
                  (B) Maddison ??

                  1. chilli con kone
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Gut says A but probably B

                8. Arteta
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  When will you make your transfers? 20 - 30 minutes before the deadline? FPL site could easily crash tomorrow.

                  1. circusmonkey
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    That's right, everyone is doing that so it will crash earlier. Actually, there is less casual load on it as the season progresses.

                  2. NorCal Villan
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      As always, living in Pacific time makes that decision for me. Will do it some time this evening

                    • Lord.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Don’t think I need to wait until the last minute to do Salah to Son.

                  3. chilli con kone
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    10 points behind my ML leader and we both have KDB.

                    I think I need to net gain at least the 10 points back and have Kane outscore Son.

                    Are either of these viable in getting the 10 points back?

                    A. Digne, Holgate > Alonso, Sess -4

                    B. KDB, Digne, Ramsey > Mount, Diaz, James -8

                  4. PLerix
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Ederson
                    VvD*, Alonso, Rudiger, Dier
                    Salah*, Foden, Saka, Raphinha
                    Kane, Nketiah
                    Dubravka, Martinelli, Justin, Adams.

                    Salah and Martinelli -> Son and Maddison (-4)?

                  5. Apollo Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Would you get in Diaz if it meant getting rid of Mount? Or Maddison in if it meant losing Saka?

                    1. chilli con kone
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      No way to losing mount. Saka one could pay off

                    2. Arteta
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Keep both and try to find another way.

                      1. Apollo Sanchez
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Don't want to take a hit with no time to make it back. Could do Watkins to Toney but then benching is a tricky scenario this week.

                        Team is
                        Schmeichel
                        TAA Cancelo Laporte Alonso
                        KDB Son Saka Mount
                        Nketiah Rich

                        S: Foster, Watkins, Gordon, Amartey

                        1. Apollo Sanchez
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          1m exactly ITB

                    3. Futureform
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Is this for free?

                    4. NorCal Villan
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        I would think hard about Saka out- to me he’s looked completely gassed of late

                    5. Hunting for points
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      A) Take -8 to do Coutinho, Gordon and Ings to Maddison, Diaz and a bench fodder?

                      B) Coutinho and Ings to Maddison and punt on Jesus (-4)?

                      C) Coutinho and Gordon to Maddison and Bruno Guimaraes (-4)?

                      Leading ML by 70 pts.

                      Schmeichel

                      Cancelo, Robbo, Matip, Alonso

                      Coutinho, KDB, Son, Mount

                      Richarlison, Ings

                      Foster, Nkeitha, Gordon, Cash

                    6. Gazza2000
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Have 1 FT, what would you do here?
                      Wouldn’t mind a hit.

                      Ramsdale
                      TAA James Cancelo Schar*
                      Salah Mount Kulu Saka Martinelli
                      Kane

                      Foster Broja Dias Richardson

                      1. waltzingmatildas
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Martinelli to Mbeumo?

                      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Dias to Sessegnon (bench Schar)
                        Martinelli to Bowen/Maddison/Barnes

                        1. Futureform
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          This looks good.

                    7. waltzingmatildas
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      A) Salah to Diaz
                      B) Salah to Mané
                      C) Rich to Toney

                      1. Futureform
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Very tempted by B.

                    8. Sharkytect
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      If I do Watkins > vardy I will have 0.0 in the bank for the final gameweek.

                      Something very satisfying about that.

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        do it.
                        I have 0.0m after a -8

                      2. Futureform
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Oh, do it! Definitely.

                    9. Old Schoolᴼˢ “disa…
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      @WR or Tina

                      Is Nirvana down for you?

                      1. Christina.
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        yes
                        x

                        Something about a bear?

                        1. Old Schoolᴼˢ “disa…
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          1. Old Schoolᴼˢ “disa…
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            ?? I’ll try once more

                            Come again?

                            Said the actress to the bishop

                      2. Syd.
                        • 13 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Back up and running again

                        1. Old Schoolᴼˢ “disa…
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Cheers, thank God for that.. haven’t posted here in ages. Not sure how I would have coped

                          1. Syd.
                            • 13 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Just head out got a run

                    10. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Which combo?

                      A) Salah + Weghorst
                      B) Kane + Barnes (-8)
                      C) Vardy + Diaz/Maddison (-8)

                      1. Old Schoolᴼˢ “disa…
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        B

                      2. Futureform
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Anything that doesn't include Weghorst, I'd suggest.