We have chosen our best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players for Gameweek 12 ahead of Saturday’s 11:00 GMT deadline.
We line up in a 3-4-3 formation this week and, as ever, are limited by certain restrictions in our selection:
- An £83.0m budget for our starting XI
- An overall squad limit of £100.0m
- No more than three players per team
Sam Johnstone (£4.6m) makes it into the Scout Picks for the second consecutive week. The England international has kept a Premier League-high five clean sheets so far and sits top of the goalkeeping standings with 49 points, level with Alisson Becker (£5.6m), the most expensive goalkeeper in FPL.
Having earned a share of the bonus on four separate occasions in 2023/24 so far, we’re backing Johnstone to pick up another clean sheet at home to Everton in Gameweek 12. The Toffees have shown attacking improvements this season but have still found the net just six times in five away trips, with three of those goals coming in one match.
Kieran Trippier (£7.0m), who has racked up a whopping 15 bonus points in his last seven matches, visits a Bournemouth side on Saturday who have allowed the most chances to be conceded from free-kicks and corners this season.
All of our Scout Squad pundits included him in their submissions and while a positional shift to left-back could potentially harm his prospects, Gameweek 12 still presents an opportunity for Trippier to add a clean sheet onto some attacking returns.
Aston Villa’s defence at home has been a reliable route for investment under Unai Emery, so Matty Cash (£5.2m) returns to the Scout Picks XI for Sunday’s clash with goal-shy Fulham.
In all home matches played so far in 2023/24, only Newcastle United have conceded fewer ‘big chances’ than Villa, with an Emiliano Martinez (£4.9m) own goal and heavily deflected Jarrod Bowen (£7.4m) effort the only reasons they haven’t kept more home clean sheets in recent times.
Cash injured his shoulder in Gameweek 11 but has since been passed fit, appearing off the bench v AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night.
Arsenal’s clean sheet prospects look as good as any this weekend, with Gameweek 12 opponents Burnley failing to find the net in two of their last three outings.
In these types of matches, Oleksandr Zinchenko (£4.9m) can get on the ball more and showcase his playmaking abilities, which is exactly what happened against Sheffield United in Gameweek 10, when he was awarded two bonus points.
The Ukraine international should get the nod over Takehiro Tomiyasu (£4.9m), too, with the Japan international substituted at half-time against Sevilla with “discomfort”.
Each week, a member of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks.
The community member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.
Prophet’s 75-51 victory in Gameweek 3 gave them the biggest win (24 points difference) of 2023/24 so far.
Our champion this week is The Red Devil, who has gone for the following: Johnstone; White, Digne, Lascelles; Salah (c), Martinelli, Mitoma, Fernandes; Watkins, Haaland, Ferguson
The Scout Picks are 6-5 up on the community this season.
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We’re running a Scout community team in FPL this season, with regulars like TopMarx, Tom Freeman, Marc Jobling and more contributing to the weekly decisions.
And we’re not just looking one week ahead like we are with the Scout Picks but instead planning in advance for the weeks and months to come.
You can follow our team via the Premier Fantasy Tools Pro Planner, which you can learn more about here.