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. Kevtheotter
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Who scores the most points

    A) Kane Foden
    B) KDB Toney
    C) KDB Diaz/Jota

    Cheers

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C

    2. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sorry poor top of the page post

    3. Heisenberg W. W.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C

    4. tempest
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Unpopular opinion, I’d say A

    5. Starskyb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A if they both play but C with Diaz is a more sensible play I think

    6. stevehaigh84
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C

    7. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C

  2. Heisenberg W. W.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Current Team

    Schmeichel
    Taa-Cancelo-Rjames-Alonso
    Son-Kulu-Saka-Salah-Raphina
    NKetiah

    Ramsdale-Pukki-Amartey Dennis

    1.Hold Salah
    Yes or No

    2. Kane or Vardy

    3. Maddison or Diaz

    4. Leading ML by 3pts
    -4 or -8

    1. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      No
      Kane
      Maddison
      -4 no more

    2. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      1. No
      2. Vardy for lower ownership and you have Son
      3. Diaz (as you'd have Vardy)
      4. Very much depends on opponents teams. Less hits the better. Ideally none but -4 max.

    3. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      H. Salah and Raphinha to Diaz and Maddison

  3. Futureform
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Havertz? Do we think he'll start?

    1. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes

  4. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    This insane Mbappe deal / turnabout coinciding with City landing Haaland may have implications for certain PL stars. The likes of Salah and Mane may be back on Madrid's radar now with not many big names available right now, they've focused on cheaper, younger transfers like Vinicius and Camavinga in order to afford Mbappe and build the team around him and now have been made to look like fools. Looks like Lewandowski will head to Barca so especially after missing out on Mbappe and spending years planning for him I'd expect they'll go on a spree even by their standards. Bayern, too, may still want Mane, and I expect City will be planning on letting at least one of Sterling, Mahrez or Jesus go. I can even see Madrid maybe making a move for Kane, who I would suspect would want to stay after fighting to get back to the CL, but if a move like that comes along he will know it's likely his last chance.

    1. HM2
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

      1. Kevtheotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Assume this is for me cheers

    2. PartyTime
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Yes. €1.9m every week is not for everyone unfortunately. Mbappe chose wisely!

    3. BERGKOP
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Good thoughts but as a Pool fan I don't like it. Having said that, I'm expecting at least one to depart this transfer window. Diaz certainly softens the blow.

      1. NateDog
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Yeah I think him and Jota being there makes a huge difference. Without them it'd be a huge blow to lose either, however similarly, I think the only reason why they might want to leave now is because they know that they're at a point where Liverpool are looking down the line at how they'll manage without them so they don't exactly feel like they're taking centre stage any more

        1. BERGKOP
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yep. I'd say age is the main driver and maybe even wage demands (from Salah). Moving out of the 'FSG Model'.

    4. RedRo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 14 days ago

      The Mbappé deal possibly impacts Utd adversely more than anyone as likely means Benzema now remains at Madrid leaving Utd still searching for a forward. I do think you raise a good point on the Liverpool players looking for a way out though - Salah was heavily linking himself with a move to Utd in 2018 - perhaps now is his opportunity.

  5. Love this game
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What would you do?

    A. Rich to Toney
    B. Sa to Edison
    C. A&B for a -4

    1. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

      1. Starskyb
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A

    2. HuttonDressedasLahm
      • 12 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I did A

    3. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  6. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Best option here? Cheers

    A. Mane/Maddison
    B. Diaz/Vardy

    Dubravka
    James TAA Laporte
    Salah Son Saka Mount Coutinho
    Jesus Nketiah

    Schmeichel Mateta KWP Doherty

    1. tempest
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B for me

    2. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  7. Starskyb
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What do you prefer?

    A) Richarlison to Toney
    B) Cash to matip/sessegnon (bench Richarlison)

    1. tempest
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B. Sess if fit

    2. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

  8. AYLD28
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    What is everyone with double city defence doing? Sticking or twisting?

    1. Starskyb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sticking

    2. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Wish I had double city

    3. HM2
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Sticking, although worried Laporte might not feature.

  9. gomez123
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A) Mount B) Maddison C) Diaz

    1. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A

    2. The Knights Template
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      All good

  10. tempest
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Can anyone help?

    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. sinbad
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C

    2. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C

    3. PScholes18
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      C or B depending on situation and competitors.

      1. tempest
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Leading ML by about 20 points if that helps

    4. Starskyb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Where are you in your ML and whats your risk appetite? Backing against son is a big risk but if you nail B you're flying up the ranks

      1. tempest
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Don’t care about overall rank. 20 points clear. I suppose most likely opponents will bring in Son so defend by doing the same?

        1. Starskyb
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yeh if you're leading, get Sonny in and get that armband on him!

          1. tempest
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Thanks.

        2. PScholes18
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Yes, get Son as most will captain him.

  11. focaccia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Will James go up
    In price tonight?

    1. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Looks like it

  12. Malinwa
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 14 days ago

    Play Pukki or Watkins?

    1. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Pukki

  13. PScholes18
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 14 days ago

    A: Salah -> Diaz/Mane/KdB/Maddy
    B: Salah + Pukki -> Diaz + Vardy -4

    B is tempting. Winning my main ML regardless of tomorrow, but wanna climb OR. B would give me a benching headache though...
    Current team. 1 FT.
    Schmeichel
    TAA - Matip - James - Cancelo - Royal
    Salah - Son - Kulu
    Richarlison - Jesus
    Foster, Gordon, KDH, Pukki

    1. tempest
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      I like B. Higher ceiling if won ML

      1. PScholes18
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Thanks both. Who should be benched then? Rich? Royal?

        1. tempest
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Rich

    2. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      B

    3. Kevtheotter
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Vardy surely can’t play 4 games in 12 days.

      A for me but i was wrong thinking he wouldn’t start both last week

      1. PartyTime
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Watch him start tomorrow

    4. sinbad
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 14 days ago

      A Mane

    5. Dan D
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Salah +Richarlsion = Kane + whoever you have money Like Mount , Maddison , Bowen ...

        1. PScholes18
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Kane would mean -8 as I got triple Spurs.

      • Starskyb
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 14 days ago

        A mane.

        Don't like points hits in final gameweek really

    6. Milkman Bruno
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 14 days ago

      Would you do Zaha, Salah and Rodrigo to Barnes, Mount/Havertz and Kane for -8?

      1. Kevtheotter
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Feel like there are better options than Barnes would need to see your team

        1. Milkman Bruno
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          Ederson
          Robertson, Cancelo, Matip
          Salah, Son, Maddison, Zaha, Kulusevski
          Martinelli, Rodrigo

          Sanchez, Mateta, Cash, Jonny 1ft .8itb

      2. Dan D
          1 month, 14 days ago

          depend on your goal in your league ...if you have nothing to loose and chance chance to win - go for it .

        • Starskyb
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          What's making you think about selling Zaha? I'm planning on having him in my 11

      3. Oh Mane Mane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 14 days ago

        Which combo scores most points do we reckon?

        A) Mane & Diaz
        B) Mane & Mount
        C) KDB & Diaz

        1. HM2
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 14 days ago

          A or B. It’s tight.

        2. Kevtheotter
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          C

        3. putana
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 14 days ago

          B

        4. TBL
            1 month, 14 days ago

            KDB & Mount

        5. Dan D
            1 month, 14 days ago

            Who to Bench Richalison or Nketiah ?

            1. tempest
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              Rich. Surely Arsenal have to go full guns?

              1. Dan D
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  I agree but latest Arsenal games ...

              2. putana
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                rich

              3. Kevtheotter
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Richy

            2. putana
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 14 days ago

              which scores more:

              A) sess + alonso + mount

              B) sess + barnes + bowen

              1. Kevtheotter
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Coin flip. B slightly

              2. TBL
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  A for me

              3. Ribus
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Coutinho ->
                A) Mane
                B) Diaz
                C) Kdb
                D) Sterling

                1. putana
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  A or C. kdb more nailed to play 90

                2. Kevtheotter
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  C

              4. sinbad
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 14 days ago

                Diaz & Kane A
                Son & Jesus/Toney B

                1. Kevtheotter
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  B Toney

                2. TBL
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Son & Wilson

                  • NikKaiseR
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    B to stay safe, A if chasing

                3. NikKaiseR
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Guys please bench one:
                  A) Zaha (against Man United at home)
                  B) Mahrez (against Villa at home)
                  C) Davies (against Norwich away)
                  Thanks!

                  1. sinbad
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    I’d bench Davies even with Norwich

                  2. Kevtheotter
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    C

                  3. Sun Jihai
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    C
                    Typically few clean sheets in GW38 I think

                  4. DavvaMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Bench Mahrez he will not start.

                4. mataave
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 14 days ago

                  Salah & Kulu to Diaz & Son for a -8?

                  1. The Knights Template
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Keep Mr Kulu

                  2. Kevtheotter
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    Na

                  3. TBL
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Just Salah to Son

                    • Sun Jihai
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Keep Kulu Vs Norwich

                  4. Lord Flashheart
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 14 days ago

                    choose one to bring:

                    A sessegon (nor)
                    B toney (LEE)

                    1. The Knights Template
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      A

                    2. Kevtheotter
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      B

                    3. TBL
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        A

                      • Sun Jihai
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        B

                      • the dom 1
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        B

                    4. swervinho
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 14 days ago

                      Help please - play:
                      A. Vardy and Richarlison
                      or
                      B. Jesus and Alonso (-4)

                      1. Kevtheotter
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        A

                        Both in B might not start

                      2. TBL
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Vardy and Tooney/Wilson?

                        • Sun Jihai
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          A though FFS predicting Rich benched

                      3. AutoFill 2021
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Did saka miss training yesterday - a worrry?

                        1. RedRo
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Source?

                          1. AutoFill 2021
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Team news - “Ben White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Emile Smith Rowe and Tomiyasu weren't sighted in training on Wednesday (Smith Rowe and Gabriel subsequently reappeared later in the week), for example, while Bukayo Saka wasn't spotted in Friday's video, either. We can't necessarily draw conclusions from that, however: Saka and White were also absent from the training ground ahead of the north London derby and were ultimately included in the squad.”

                            1. RedRo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              Wow, thanks mate

                            2. Kryptonite666
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              https://www.arsenal.com/premier-league-training-photos-london-colney-mikel-arteta-everton

                              Looks to have trained here. Can you share your link ?

                            3. lugs
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              interesting thanks, Saka has been picking up a few knocks lately after previously complaining about needing protection from the refs from some rough treatment, it has affected his game negatively too with some poor performances masked by scoring some pennos, the lad needs to toughen up a little bit or play smarter imo

                              1. RedRo
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 14 days ago

                                Lol

                        2. AutoFill 2021
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Or just a rest?

                        3. Sun Jihai
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Really home he's not out! Dropping tonight on FPLstats too

                      4. POTATO
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Wow, £0.7M due to be wiped off my team this week before transfers.
                        What is going on, are higher than usual numbers taking hits with early transfers this week?
                        It's not like there are many chips left to play.

                      5. Kryptonite666
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Do we think Jota starts tomorrow ?

                        1. Sun Jihai
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Yes

                      6. Eightball
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        My front line going into the final week isn't great but who should you start. (Playing 4-5-1)

                        A) Mateta
                        B) Richarlison
                        C) Broja

                        1. dunas_dog
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Yes a shocker! A best of bad bunch but don’t be surprised if all don’t start

                        2. JabbaWookiee
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Richarlison with Mateta first sub. Rich shouldn’t get subbed on if he doesn’t play and is the form striker of the 3.

                          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Agree here

                          2. Eightball
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Ye, that's what I've currently got. If I knew Mateta was starting i think I would pick him. United are god Awful right now and I think palace will destroy us.

                            1. RedRo
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              Fact that Atkinson is in charge and he hates Utd is your biggest problem tomorrow

                              1. Eightball
                                • 1 Year
                                1 month, 14 days ago

                                I think the biggest problem is actually the players lol

                      7. JabbaWookiee
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Salah and Richarlison to Kane and Diaz/Maddison (-4)

                        Yay or nay? Which mid?

                      8. Jones Kusi
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 14 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.)

                        1. Leaf
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 12 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          E I’d say

                          Worry about own team , others out of control

                      9. mataave
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 14 days ago

                        Subs in the correct order?

                        Foster
                        Cancelo - James - Rudiger - Matip - Sessegnon
                        De Bruyne - Maddison - Saka - Kulu
                        Kane (c)

                        Sa - Zaha - Richarlison - Broja

                        1. JabbaWookiee
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          I’d start Zaha over Sess

                        2. Leaf
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 12 Years
                          1 month, 14 days ago

                          Zaha in front of Sess

                        3. TBL
                            1 month, 14 days ago

                            Yep. And would also play Sess ahead of Zaha

                            1. mataave
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 14 days ago

                              Surely Spurs keep a clean sheet agains Norwich, right?

                              1. Leaf
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 12 Years
                                1 month, 14 days ago

                                More upside with Zaha

                                Not normally a clean sheets sort of day