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. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Who to replace Salah with? Or keep him?

    I already have Son and Mount.

    A: Mane for free
    B: KDB for free
    C: Kane + middle priced MF with a hit
    D: Vardy + middle priced MF with a hit
    E: Other

    1. dansully3
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      A

    2. POTATO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      If you find the best solution let me know as I'm in the same boat.

    3. alexmj
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Keep Salah

    4. HM2
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I would do A in a heartbeat.

    5. TBL
        1 month, 9 days ago

        B or even to Mount if you haven't got him

    6. PartyTime
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Spot on?

        City - Champions
        Spurs- Top 4
        West ham- Europa

        Leeds- Relegated

        1. RedRo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 9 days ago

          No, Utd for Europa

          1. PartyTime
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Yeah, at this point I feel sorry for Rangnick

              1. circusmonkey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                I don't, he's made for life from about 6 months 'work', and he's just a bloke in a jumper.

          2. lugs
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Burnley relegated with a draw Leeds win wouldn't surprise me

            1. PartyTime
                1 month, 9 days ago

                I want Burnley gone too but we’ll see

                1. circusmonkey
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Would have liked Everton down but dirty Leeds is a good consolation.

            2. noissimbus
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Most likely to happen.

                1. PartyTime
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Yep. Today will be fun. Hopefully fpl is fun too

              • FlockofSeagulls
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Thoughts on this FH team? G2G??

                Schmeichel
                Alonso R.James TAA Concelo
                Mount Bowen Son(C) Maddison
                Kane Vardy

                Bench: Raya Sessegnon Barnes

                1. lugs
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  wow great team

                  1. FlockofSeagulls
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Thanks

                2. POTATO
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Robbo Alisson instead of of TAA Schmeichel?

                  1. FlockofSeagulls
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Not a bad suggestion, thanks. I can do it if I also transfer Barnes for Gelhardt.

                    1. POTATO
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      I would not lose Barnes. So GTG as is.

                3. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Mid field or forward player missing ( depending which Barnes) - I would want L Díaz or Mané in mid field over Vardy- you have Maddison and possibly Barnes for Leicester

                  1. FlockofSeagulls
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Burnley Barnes on the bench that is.

                    1. dunas_dog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      So who is third forward?

                      1. FlockofSeagulls
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        He is. Kane, Vardy, Barnes.

                        Brownhill is the midfield bench fodder.

                    2. dunas_dog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      * sorry- who is fifth midfielder

                      1. FlockofSeagulls
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I can do Vardy + Brownhill for Toney + Diaz?

                        1. dunas_dog
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I would do that- strong team

                          1. FlockofSeagulls
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            That would leave me with:

                            Alisson
                            Alonso R.James Robertson Concelo
                            Mount Bowen Son (C) Diaz
                            Kane

                            Bench: Gunn, Toney, Sessegnon Gelhardt

                            1. dunas_dog
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Yes- looks good. You probably need bench in case Alonso and/ or James benched

                              1. FlockofSeagulls
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Yep. Thanks for the help and good luck to you mate.

              • Gentle_Turks
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Whose your best midfield punt? Max 9.1m. Current midfield is Saka, Kulu, Son, and Salah but he's going to fund Richarlison to Kane.

                1. alexmj
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Mount

                  1. Gentle_Turks
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Sorry forgot to say I have Mount.

                2. Lord Flashheart
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  mount/maddison

                  1. Gentle_Turks
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I have Mount. Reckon Maddison starts?

                3. Van der Faart
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Bowen could be a good option this week

                  1. Gentle_Turks
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    In form but can't see many goals in that game.

                4. sinbad
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Diaz or Mount

                5. HM2
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I like Barnes as a proper punt.

                  1. Gentle_Turks
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Yeah, interesting pick. Only 4% owned. Too punty though?

                    1. HM2
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      I don’t think so. He was rested last game so has a very high chance of starting against a shocking defence.

                      1. Gentle_Turks
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        You prefer him over Maddison?

              • Lord Flashheart
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                bottomed - would appreciate more opinions:

                1
                A maddison
                B mount

                2
                A white (EVE)
                B sessegnon (nor) -4

                3
                A richarlison (ars)
                B Toney (LEE) -4

                1. Van der Faart
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  A
                  B
                  B

                2. Gentle_Turks
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  1 Mount
                  2 Don't like the hit
                  3 Think Toney might be worth the hit

                  Can you help me above? Thanks.

              • Van der Faart
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Repost

                A) KDB to Mane
                B) KDB to Diaz, Ings to Kane (-4)
                C) Any other thoughts?

                Schmeichel
                TAA Cancelo Robbo Alonso
                Saka Kulu KDB Son DewsburyHall
                Nketiah

                Foster Ings Collins Mateta

                1.1 ITB

                1. Sterling Malory
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Why are you selling KDB?

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    No idea, just feel I need to do something. Lost a 47 point lead last week and now trailing by 11, so my mindset is I need to do something

                2. Lord Flashheart
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  i love B

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    So do I but seems mental to sell Kdb at the same time.

                3. sinbad
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Why sell KDB?

                4. Lord Flashheart
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  maybe just ings for toney and thats it

                  1. noissimbus
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      This and start Toney in place of KDH.

                5. lewis274
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  foster
                  taa alonso cancelo tavares
                  raphinha salah kulusevski
                  jesus kane nketiah

                  sa white coutinho gordon

                  thoughts ? and salah -> kdb or son?

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    KDB as you have Kulu and Kane

                    1. andymck
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Learnt many times over the last few months that kane and kulu do not cover son…

                      1. Van der Faart
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        As did I but KDB makes more sense IMO. Maybe not, who knows lol

                    2. noissimbus
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        He also have Jesus and Cancelo though. Maybe Mane/Diaz to even out the coverage?

                  2. Devos
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      I see people selling KDB. Have I missed any news or are they just crazy?

                      1. Van der Faart
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Last GW madness, myself included thinking about it

                        1. Devos
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            I want to captain him instead. Juicy fixture at home to secure championship and in great form...

                            1. Van der Faart
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              You're speaking sense

                      2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Repost bottomed and corrected -

                        Evening all!! Is a -8 too much?? Thinking about Salah, Gordon and Laporte to Mané, Mount and Sessignon leaving me with this….

                        Schmeichel
                        TAA Robertson Cancelo Sessignon
                        Mané Son Maddison Mount Saka
                        Nketiah
                        Subs- Pickford Pukki Tilva Dennis

                        Any thoughts????

                        1. Van der Faart
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          -8 alot but depends what you're playing for

                          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            At 81k, just to stay in top 100k really

                            1. Van der Faart
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              -8 too much in that case

                              1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Yeah I think your right mate, cheers, will take -4 max now I think

                        2. alexmj
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Laporte and Salah are fine I would just do one transfer

                          1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Thanks mate, probably more sensible!! HahA

                      3. Jones Kusi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Best move? Leading ML by 17 points.
                        A. Dias > James
                        B. Dias > Sessegnon
                        C. Ings > Toney
                        D. Martinelli > Saka. (Blocking 2nd ML)
                        E. Ings > Nketiah (Blocking 2nd ML)
                        F. TAA, Ings > Sessegnon, Kane -4 (ML might C Kane but also have TAA. I got Robbo also)

                      4. simong1
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Bench one?

                        A) Matip
                        B) Saka
                        C) Jesus

                        1. lugs
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          that's tough, A probably

                      5. Muscout
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Ramsdale
                        James Alonso Cancelo
                        Salah Kulu Saka Madd Raph
                        Kane Nacho

                        Foster Pukki White Coady 1 FT

                        Chasing, any suggestions?

                      6. lewis274
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        foster
                        taa alonso cancelo tavares
                        raphinha salah kulusevski
                        jesus kane nketiah

                        sa white coutinho gordon

                        thoughts and salah -> kdb or son?

                        1. dansully3
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Has to be son to go with the flow or slide behind.

                      7. dansully3
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Sterling could be gold this gw, thoughts?

                      8. Finding Timo
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        A) sa to Ramsdale or b) play Sa and do chabolah to sessegnon (already got TAA, cancello & Robo)? Thanks

                        1. dansully3
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Chal plays so maybe Sa to someone else

                          1. Finding Timo
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            I hope chabolah plays but he played 110 mins at weekend then 90 mins on Thursday so big risk benched

                      9. Buck The Trent
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        30 pts ahead in ML. Would you do Kulu to Maddison for -4 as the cost of insurance to cover my rival?

                        1. dansully3
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          No chance

                        2. alexmj
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Yes if that's the main difference

                        3. HM2
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Yes

                        4. The Nuttman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Nope, I prefer Kulusevski out of the two players.

                      10. smash
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Will this -8 repay itself...

                        Schar - James
                        Weghorst - Tony
                        Marhrez - Mount

                        1. alexmj
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Yes

                          1. smash
                            • 12 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Cheers don't like the idea of -8 last week of season but looks decent on paper I think too

                            1. alexmj
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              You just evaluate each - 4 in isolation

                      11. lewis274
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        kdb or son to replace salah? i own jesus kulu and kane

                        1. Finding Timo
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Son

                        2. dansully3
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Spurs will smash Norwich so fill your boots. City could be tense until they eventually win 5 nil

                      12. Sterling Malory
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I'm just 3 points ahead of my ML rival.

                        He has Son/KDB, I have Salah/Kane

                        Should I do Salah -> Son (c) and just hope Kane outscored KDB?

                        Coutinho -> anyone worth -4 in this situation?
                        A) Diaz
                        B) Maddison
                        C) Bowen

                        Rest of team
                        Pope
                        TAA Robbo Cancelo James
                        Salah Mount Saka Coutinho
                        Mateta Kane

                      13. SMOOTH
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        worth a -4 to play anyone up to 9.0 (have mount son kdb) instead of odegaard ?
                        will also give me odegard as a backup to anyone missing a game (otherwise back up is coutinho)

                        1. HM2
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Diaz, Maddison, Barnes could easily repay the -4 imo but it’s a close call. How risky are you feeling?

                          1. SMOOTH
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            im chasing 6 points

                            1. HM2
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Probably not worth the hit then.

                        2. The Nuttman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Nope, I don't mind Odegaard to be honest.

                      14. Old Gregg
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Who scores more points

                        A) Mount (-4)
                        B) Diaz (-4)
                        or
                        C) Mateta

                        1. The Nuttman
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          B, I'm not sure if Mateta starts tbh, am tempted to move him on for Nketiah in my own team.

                        2. TBL
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            A

                        3. Al-Chemy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          A) Son and Vardy
                          B) Diaz and Kane

                          1. sinbad
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            A

                          2. TBL
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              a

                          3. Pukki Party
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            OMG McIlroy

                            1. DA Minnion (Former great)
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              He would win that if he wasn't so flakey.

                            2. dansully3
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              He's on the way back

                            3. RedRo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              I thought the F1 was all finished!

                          4. Nightf0x
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            on FH which chelsea defence duo to get ?

                            1. The Nuttman
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              I'd risk it on the wing backs playing, on a free hit you should have a bench to cover if they don't get minutes.

                              1. Nightf0x
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                bench is fodders as im trying to fit in premiums

                            2. Bobby_Baggio
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Alonso
                              James

                          5. sinbad
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Diaz (or Mount) & Vardy (A)
                            Son & Toney (B)

                            1. Bobby_Baggio
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              B

                          6. Bobby_Baggio
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Draft league question. Which GK to start please?

                            A) Raya
                            B) Pope

                            1. lugs
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Pope

                          7. DennisTheMenace
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Toney or Welbeck

                              1. The Nuttman
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Toney.

                            • abaalan
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              A) Weghorst -> Nketiah
                              B) KDB + Weg -> L. Diaz + Vardy -4

                              any other fwds to consider under 6.6?>
                              Rank 565 if it matters.

                            • Norco
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Got Salah/VvD and no Kane (I have a Son).

                              Best option?

                              1. Salah > Mane
                              2. Salah + Weghorst > Bowen + Kane (-4)
                              3. Salah + Weg + VvD > Diaz + Kane + Matip (-8)

                              1. noissimbus
                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                  Maybe 1.

                                  Ps. I have two daughters myself. 🙂

                                • alexmj
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 7 Years
                                  1 month, 9 days ago

                                  Keep Salah

                              2. The Mastermind
                                • 4 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Currently 26 points ahead in my league - have 1 FT

                                A - Salah + Mateta > Son + Toney (-4)
                                B - Salah + Kulu > Son + Maddison (-4)
                                C - Salah + Weghorst > Diaz + Vardy (-4)

                                Current team is -
                                Schmeichel - (Foster)
                                Alonso - Cancelo - Robertson - (Holgate) - (Cash)
                                Raphinha - Son - Salah - Mount - Saka
                                Kane - Weghorst - (Mateta)

                                Any help greatly appreciated!