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. Kaptenen
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Best non-spurs Captain this week?

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

      KdB

    2. Nightf0x
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      chelsea assets

    3. DF Team
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Mané

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

    Ok so with Salah somehow not falling again last night, I can still choose between (A) Diaz and (B) Maddison after doing Richarlison to Kane.

    Which one is the stronger pick? Rest of midfield is Mount, Saka, Son, Kulu.

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

      Diaz - Pool needs to win

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Might be so, but will they pull him off once they are winning to save him for Champs League?

        1. Going Home
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          What a treat for him if they do

          1. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

          2. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Ho Ho!

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

          Can only hope it will be at least 60mins and he has done enough damage by then! The final is a week away, no difference between playing 60 and 90mins...

  3. Slitherene
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    G2G or take another hit??

    Raya ¦ Foster
    Alonso Matip Jansson
    Salah Son Mount Bernardo
    Kane Pukki Nketiah
    ¦ Zaha Amartey Cash

    0 ITB

  4. thepancakeman123
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Got a few choices I'm stuck between.

    A) Coutinho > De Bruyne/Mane
    B) Coutinho + Richarlison > Foden + Kane(-4)
    C) Coutinho + Richarlison > Dias + Vardy (-4)
    D) Coutinho + Richarlison > De Bruyne/Mane + Toney (-4)

    Schmeichel
    Trent, Robertson, James
    Son, Mount, Coutinho, Saka, Zaha
    Richarlison, Nketiah

    Dubravka, Schar, Rodriguez, Mykolenko

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

      A KDB

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

    Zaha ->

    1) Diaz
    2) Maddison
    3) Bowen
    4) Kulu
    5) Other?

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

      2

    2. GE
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Or Saka as the guy behind me in ML has Saka?

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

      Foden

    4. Atimis
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Diaz

    5. Going Home
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      1 or 4. Think minutes for 2 are risky. Bowen could be decent but an outside bet with a slightly more difficult fixture

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

        Thanks mate

  6. enrico.palazzo
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Is jota likely to play this week? Just making sure I’ve not missed anything

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Team news thinks so, all up to Salah.

      1. enrico.palazzo
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I probably played the worst wildcard ever last week :/

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

    Really struggling to decide on my bench. Who from this side for the last 2 bench spots?

    Ederson
    Cancelo - Laporte - Alonso - Robbo - Matip
    Son (c) - Maddison - Mount - Kulu - Saka
    Richarlison - Nketiah

    (Ramsdale; ****, ****, Weghorst)

    1. thepancakeman123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Both strikers lol, which you can't do obviously. I would bench Richarlison and Maddison I think

    2. Birdman77
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Richarlison defs (may be out anyway) and Laporte or Matip. Think Pool are less likely to concede so I’d play Matip. Good headache to have though

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

        Good points. Ya I was definitely leaning towards Richarlison. And with the triple City defense, Laporte might make sense.

  8. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    FH lads show me your team

    1. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Ha ? You forgot your foxy tactics only work at night! Mine is on within last half hour if you can summon up the energy to find it!

  9. KneejerkJoe
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    A) Mount + Richarlison
    B) Mount + Fofana
    C) Toney + Robertson (-4)

    1. HurriKane
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      How about Mount + Toney ? I think this combination has higher ceiling than all you mentioned

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

        This

      2. KneejerkJoe
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Would be for -4 aswell. You think Mount over Robbo?

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

    Morning folks, really confused on whether to factor it the (strong) possibility that both Alonso and James don't play. What do you reckon?

    A: KDB + Nketiah..with no bench if both Alonso/James don't start
    B: Mane + Toney (-4)....same as above
    C: Diaz + Vardy (-4)..with Nketiah sub
    D: Eriksen + Kane (-4)..with Nketiah sub

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

    Take a hit for a defender here or g2g? 0.7m itb.

    Schmeichel
    Robertson cancelo white
    Kdb mane havertz saka kulu
    Jesus Toney

    Dubravka weghorst Tavares schar

  12. miketys
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Good day!

    Chasing....

    1) Salah > Son (c)
    2) Salah > Maddison, Pukki > Kane (c) -4

    Please advise. Thank you.

  13. PartyTime
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Ha! Pontus Jansson will bottle it today so Leeds will survive. Fella used to play for Leeds.

    Burnley might just go down where they belong tbh

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

      I wish they’d both go down. I got no time for little teams

    2. Holmes
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Going to score against former club more likely 😉

  14. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Which option to go for? Safer to go without hit?

    1. Salah to Son (c)
    2. Salah Pukki to Son (c) Toney -4
    3. Salah Pukki to Kane (c) Maddison/Bowen -4
    4. Keep Salah? Other idea?

    Ederson
    TAA/Robo/Cancelo/Alonso
    Salah/KDB/Mount/Saka/Kulu
    Pukki

  15. simong1
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Ramsdale
    TAA - Matip - James - Laporte - Cancelo
    Salah - Son - Kuluveski - Saka
    Jesus

    Dubravka - Gordon - Weghorst - Kamara

    Best option from below?

    A) Salah > Mane
    B) Salah & Jesus > Mount & Kane (-4)
    B) Salah & Weghorst > Bowen & Kane (-4) (bench Matip?)

  16. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    FH,
    vardy or madds ?

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

      Vardy

    2. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      maddison

    3. Going Home
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Barnes

  17. Dthinger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Bench Zaha or Odegaard?

    1. Going Home
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Odegaard

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

    Not sure if I should be brave and bring in someone like Barnes instead of Maddison. Pushing for top 10K.

    Mahrez to:

    A. Maddison
    B. Barnes
    C. Wellbeck

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

      You can be brave and just keep Mahrez

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

        He will not start.

    2. Cojones of Destiny
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      А

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

      A

  19. Offs!de
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    1. Richa & Ramsey out
    Toney & Madisson in and bench Weghotst
    2. Richa & Cash out
    Vardy & Sanchez in
    And play Weghotst/ Mykolenko
    Both involves -8
    3. Weghotst to Toney, play Richarlision

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

      3

  20. Sam (Team Sam)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Final week punt. Who to bring in and captain?

    A) Sterling

    B) KDB

    C) Mane

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

      C

    2. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      I've done C, tho also have B. It's a quandary.

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

    Zaha to Diaz/Maddison worth a -4?

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

      no

    2. Going Home
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Diaz, yes
      Maddy, no

  22. Hotdogs for Tea
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    So, Salah fit and training but will he start ?

    Mane, Firmino, Jota, Diaz etc should all be able to see Liverpool to a win without risking Salah and injury before the CL final

    What’s the thinking, will Salah start or just get a run out off the bench ?

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

      Run out of the bench

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

      I think he gets last 30

      1. Going Home
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I’m old enough to remember him demolishing palace in the final half hour last season*

        *100% shifting him on for Mount

  23. Amsterhammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Who to start out of:

    A) Zaha
    B) Nketiah
    C) Pukki

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

      A easily

      1. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        This

    2. Amsterhammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Cheers

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

    Pick one

    A. KDH
    B. Sess -4

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

      Probably A.

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

    Any opinions on the likelihood of the following players starting? I'm on a FH and want to minimize the risk of picking a non-starter.

    Alonso
    James
    Mount
    Vardy
    Maddy
    Diaz

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

      Mount, Diaz, Vardy all faueky safe imo. Others are 50/50

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

        Really? Do you think Vardy is more likely to start than Maddy?

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

          Yes on basis he was subbed early

    2. Giovanni Giorgio
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      Out of those I'd say James is the one in question given it is the final game for a lot of Chelsea players. Rest should start, no?

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

        Yeah, I think James is most at risk. Do you think Vardy and Maddy will start will less than a 72-hour turn around since their last game against Chelsea?

    3. Going Home
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 15 days ago

      100% start
      Mount
      Diaz

      Likely start:
      James
      Vardy

      Coin toss:
      Alonso
      Maddison

  26. Rinseboy
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    who would you start from TSilva or Richarlison?!

  27. Patson Dabaka
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Chasing a measly 8 points in ML but worried he's gonna outscore me again!
    1FT 0.0 itb. Please help or I'll never hear the end of it!

    Him:
    Schmeichel Dubravka
    TAA Cancelo Laporte James Digne
    Son Maddison Mount Saka Gordon
    Richarlison Watkins Nketiah

    Me:
    Ramsdale Foster
    TAA Cancelo Dias* James Livramento*
    Salah* Son Havertz Saka Kulusevski
    Watkins Broja Greenwood

    Who to captain?
    Dias to Sess?
    Take a -4?

    I played my FH last week and he outscored me

  28. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    FH team which ?

    a) alison 3.9
    robo rudi/azpi james sess 3.8
    mount jota/diaz son (luiz brownhill)
    kane toney vardy

    b) alison 4.0
    alonso james robo sess amartey
    mane son mount madds 4.3
    kane toney 4.4

  29. DF Team
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    After a week of deliberation, my FH has come to this, 0itb, please comment any improvements required:

    Raya
    James, Sess, Amartey
    Kdb, Mané, Son, Mount, Eriksen
    Kane, Toney

    Steele, Tsmikas, Long, Greenwood

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

      The one question mark is James. You could be in trouble if he is benched.

  30. Gunnerssss
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Last gw!
    Dubravka
    Dier cancelo rjames
    Mount(c) jota kdb martinelli saka
    Joelinton vardy

    Subs SA telles richar saiss
    Telles first sub or richar?