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. Scrumper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 16 days ago

    Richarlison to...
    A) Vardy
    B) Toney + Kulu->Diaz (-4)

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Just Richarlison to Toney. Kulusevski a hold v Norwich

    2. lugs
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      A) easily

    3. HM2
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 16 days ago

      No contest: A.

    4. TBL
        1 month, 16 days ago

        a

      • sinbad
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A. Vardy

      • DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Guessing rest of team is good? I feel like Richarlison at Arsenal is decent.

        1. AutoFill 2021
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Injury scare

          1. DeadStar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Oh no really? You have a source? I've not seen anything.

      • PartyTime
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        A. Why is this even a question

    5. The Mastermind
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      Bottomed

      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!

      1. sinbad
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Don’t get it, you already have Son? C looks good if so

        1. The Mastermind
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          I messed up haha. Posted my real team below

    6. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 16 days ago

      choose a tranfer, or even two for -4

      A digne to sessegnon (or play white)
      B martineli to mount
      C martineli to maddison
      D watkins to toney (or play richarlison)

      1. TBL
          1 month, 16 days ago

          a and/or b

      2. sandman58
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Best defender for 4.9 or less?
        Already have triple Spurs & Liverpool

        1. HM2
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Ben White

        2. lugs
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Chalobah or an Arsenal full back

          1. sandman58
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Which fullback at Arsenal is best you reckon?

            1. lugs
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Cedric is more likely to start you'd think, but there is a monster haul waiting for Tavares someday, so him maybe

        3. dabber7
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Maybe White?

        4. sandman58
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          What's Ur views on Tarkovski of Burnley guys?

          1. dabber7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Think there's a very good chance that Newcastle will score.

            1. sandman58
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Ok...cheers

        5. sandman58
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Or a Brentford defender?

          1. dabber7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            That's a good shout actually.

      3. dabber7
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Hey chaps

        Would you do KDB to Mane for free?
        Already have Kane/Son(c)/TAA/Robertson/Cancelo/Ederson.

        Many thanks

        1. fantasist
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          No. I'd transfer kdb in if I didn't have him already

        2. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          If have nothing to play for, i’d go for it

      4. Cheeto__Bandito
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 16 days ago

        Which scores more?

        A) Sessegnon and Richarlison

        B) Alonso and Nketiah (-4)

        1. TBL
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Sessegnon and Tooney?

        2. The Mastermind
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Fixed my previous post…

          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 - Kulusevski - Salah - Mount - Saka
          Kane - Weghorst - (Mateta)

          Any help greatly appreciated!

          1. sinbad
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            A then C

            1. The Mastermind
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Going to go with A. Good luck!

          2. HM2
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Would depend on your rivals teams (and likely transfers) but without anymore information i’d go B as it covers the players that are likely to hurt you the most.

          3. dabber7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            If you'd be forced to start Mateta (rather than bench him) then I'd go A, if not, then I'd just do Salah to Son and start Kulu.

        3. damiang2233
          • 12 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Im chasing top spot in my league behind by 28 points. 1FT in the bag. Who do I need to have?

          1. Finding Timo
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 16 days ago

            Kane & son

          2. The Mastermind
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            I’d say spurs assets are the best for this week, could be a haul against Norwich.

            Vardy/Maddison would be nice too

            1. damiang2233
              • 12 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              He has both Son and Kane and I have neither. Thinking of son for salah. Also was thinking i may need a differential to them?

              1. The Mastermind
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Do you have many other differentials? I’d say Son is priority and (C) in case he hauls - your rival will probably captain him. I have Kane, and I’m way more confident about Son.

                Maybe try and get Son + Maddison?

                1. damiang2233
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Have Maddison already and he doesnt.

              2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                If you’re chasing then matching his Son(c) won’t get you anywhere
                Go different and pray Spurs get a boring 0–1

                1. damiang2233
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Yes i do agree but if i match him and son hauls then its done to other players to make the difference

          3. circusmonkey
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 16 days ago

            You need a miracle

        4. Stram Dunk
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 16 days ago

          Gtg?

          Pickford
          Cancelo James TAA
          Sterling Son Zaha Barnes Bowen
          Richarlison Jesus

          Sanchez Worsthorse Cash Schar

          1. Gon Freecss
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Richarlison > Toney?

          2. Gon Freecss
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Gtg?

              Schmeichel
              Matip, Cancelo, Alonso, Sessegnon, TAA
              Saka, Kulu, Son (c), KDB
              Nketiah

              Richarlison, Ings, Gordon

            • Finding Timo
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Guys which Chelsea defenders do you think will play?

              1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Azpi only
                Anyone else is a risk

                1. Finding Timo
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Yeh different websites have different predicted line ups

            • PukkiBlinder
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              A- Worth a -4 to change Jesus to Vardy?
              B- Or a -8 to get Kane?
              C- Just sit on my hands cos I’m top of mini-league

              1. HM2
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 16 days ago

                How far ahead are you?

                1. PukkiBlinder
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  18 and he has Kane

                  1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Get Kane and youll only be 10 ahead
                    Very risky imo

                    1. PukkiBlinder
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Other option is to get Kane, and swap Salah to Jota/Diaz instead of Son?

                      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Does he have Son too?

                        1. PukkiBlinder
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 16 days ago

                          No, unless he brings him in. Thoughts?

                    2. HM2
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      This, I’d go C

              2. sinbad
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                C

            • Clintymints
              • 13 Years
              1 month, 16 days ago

              Hi guys, have it down to a few choices

              A. Salah+Watkins > Diaz and Vardy -4
              B. Watkins > Toney (no hit)
              C. Salah Watkins Laporte > Maddison Kane + 4.2 defender (-8)

              Gona captain Son in either choice, kinda favouring A. Slightly risky with options of gain

              1. Gon Freecss
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  A

                • dabber7
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Has to be A

                • Clintymints
                  • 13 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  yea seems to be most logical move just thought throw it around

                  cheers chaps

              2. damiang2233
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Best differential play for gameweek 38? Also high scoring so trying to get someone different?

                1. HM2
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Barnes

                  1. PartyTime
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Ashley or Harvey? 🙂

                    1. HM2
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Harvey! Rested last week so has a high chance of starting against a very leaky defence. Good haul potential as well (16 pts vs Watford recently).

                      1. PartyTime
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Yes. Glad I have him but not sure if I should start him yet. Already have Jamie V & Maddison.

                        Any line up leak should help tho

                2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Martinelli, Pulisic, Ziyech, Lukaku, Lacazette, Leicester attack

                3. PartyTime
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Kulusevski

                  1. PartyTime
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    & Sessegnon

              3. Tic Tacs
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Hoping Joelinton goes crazy tomorrow 🙂 got him in as my punt, probably won’t captain him though ha

              4. JONALDINHO
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Who to start?

                A) Pukki
                B) Martinelli

                Which combo?

                A) Salah + Sessegnon
                B) Mane + Pukki/Martinelli

                1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Mane(c) + Martinelli

                2. dabber7
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  B & B

              5. liboo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Who score more
                A. Vardy
                B. Madisson

                ???

                1. HM2
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  A

              6. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Richarlison—>Jesus (-8)?

                1. sinbad
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  You’d be praying Jesus to get a hat trick at -8

                  1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Toney?

                2. dabber7
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Not for a -8, Jesus isn't even guaranteed to start.

              7. HuttonDressedasLahm
                • 12 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Odds on Chris Wood to score and relegate Burnley?

              8. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                Thoughts on salah + martinelli + richarlison to son + toney + diaz (exact cash) (-8)?

                1. HM2
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Anyone else on your bench that you can play instead to avoid a -8?

                  1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Ideally wanted salah + richy to vardy + son(-4) but not enough cash. Next best option is toney but problem is I can do richy to toney and then have to think is salah to son worth -4. I have Davies(norwich) on bench could play him over martinelli and not do martinelli to diaz(-4).

                2. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Keep Martinelli
                  -4 only
                  Ignore Diaz

                  1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Do u think salah to son is worth -4 on its own

                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Yes

              9. tempest
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                A) Mane and Kulu (have Kane)
                B) Diaz and Vardy (play 2 up)
                C) Son and Maddy

                Thanks for any replies!! Can’t decide!!

                1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  C surely

                  1. tempest
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Thanks. Is it that obvious?

                    1. CMIUK (Catch Me If U Kane)
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Yes

              10. putana
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 16 days ago

                which is better

                A) alonso

                B)richarlison + 4

                1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 12 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  I don’t think Rich plays so Alonso

                2. PartyTime
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  B

                3. Dynamic Duos
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  B

              11. Gon Freecss
                  1 month, 16 days ago

                  Saka/Kulu > Mads for a hit? Or just hold Saka and Kulu?

                  1. HM2
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Hold

                    1. Gon Freecss
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Thanks

                    2. dabber7
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Hold them both.

                    3. PartyTime
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Saka to Maddison if you must but definitely keep Kulusevski

                  2. DavidSilva
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    And here we go....

                    BB activated

                    Rams Ederson
                    TAA Robbo James Cancelo Schar
                    Salah Saka Kulu Ramsey Havertz
                    Eddie Riccy Weggy

                    A - Schar Salah Weggy > Sess Son Toney
                    B - " " > Alonso Bowen Kane
                    C - Other opinions?

                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Hope it works
                      BB in 38 is at risk of no bench though always

                      1. DavidSilva
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        Yep I don't don't think it will be beneficial but hey ho, we shall see

                    2. PartyTime
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      A

                    3. HM2
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Are A and B for a -4 or -8? If -8 i’d be tempted to keep Schar tbh. He should be able to start as it was only a mild concussion and has a high chance of keeping a cleanie.

                      1. DavidSilva
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        -8

                  3. Love this game
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    This is it….. What would you do?

                    Sa
                    TAA, Robbo, Alonso, Amartey
                    KDB, Son, Mount, Kulu
                    Kane, Richarlison

                    A. Rich to Toney
                    B. Sa to Edison
                    C. A&B for a -4
                    D. Anything else?

                  4. Norco
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    What point lead would you consider "safe"?

                    1. PartyTime
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      80

                    2. NateDog
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      I'd say anything around 40pts should be. 30+ shouid be but captaincy swings as well as generally crazy results on the final day can mean it can end up being achievable

                    3. Wolverine
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      As long as you have the majority of the template players, a lot would have to go wrong to lose a 45-50 point gap

                      1. DavidSilva
                        • 12 Years
                        1 month, 16 days ago

                        40+

                    4. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      I’m 400 ahead in my work league
                      Roughly that 😆

                  5. Dynamic Duos
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Nobody likes, Richarlison's record v Arsenal?

                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Doubt he’ll play anyway

                  6. HuttonDressedasLahm
                    • 12 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Well that’s it guys. Good luck tomorrow
                    Final team of the season….

                    Schmeichel
                    Alonso TSilva Laporte
                    Saka KDB Barnes Mount(c) Zaha
                    Kane(vc) Toney

                    Pickford Ings Justin Holgate

                  7. wolves_simmo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Which one scores more points tomorrow?

                    A) Cancelo (AVL)
                    B) Saka (EVE)

                    1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Have both. Probs A

                    2. Heisenberg W. W.
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      B

                  8. My heart goes Salalalalah
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 16 days ago

                    Please enlighten me why everyone's selling Salah? Confirmed benching or injury?

                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 12 Years
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Expensive doubt

                    2. Cantonesque
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 16 days ago

                      Yeah a hat trick from Salah to win the league when half of FPL has sold him off is the sort of script that feels like it might have already been written. I might get him in myself.