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The Complete Guide to our FPL Gameweek 29 tips and advice

Ten Gameweeks to go. In a week in which we asked “why are so many top managers struggling?” Gameweek 29 could present a season-defining opportunity to make up lost ground.

FPL’s most expensive player, Mohamed Salah (£13.5m), has polled only 7.92% of the captain vote. Opinion is split on who to transfer and who to captain, and this means there is an opportunity to climb the ranks if you get your differential picks and your captain choice right.

A principal reason opinion is split is due to Salah’s disappointing return at home to Watford in Gameweek 28. Last year, in the same fixture, he returned 29 points after scoring four goals in a 5-0 win for Liverpool. The same result for Liverpool this year delivered a measly 3-point return for Salah.

An ankle injury to Roberto Firmino meant a reshuffle up front that lead to Sadio Mané playing in the centre-forward role. Many are now tempted to switch from Salah to Mané after the Senegalese continued his impressive recent form with a brace. As the FPL General noted:

“Salah out, Mane in, could be a popular move this week. The cash saved can go a long way…”

However former Career Hall of Fame number 1 Peter Kouwenberg cautioned:

“personally, I wouldn’t advocate downgrading the Egyptian unless you too need some spare cash.”

In this week’s captaincy video, David echoed views voiced by Kenneth Tang, one of the most successful FPL managers of all-time and a guest on one of J0E’s Meet the Manager videos, that: “if Firmino [does] not play … I may down-value Salah … [and I’m] a lot less likely to captain him.”

The latest team-news is inconclusive for Salah owners, Klopp gave the following update :

“He was out there running yesterday but we will have to see how he reacts. He is very positive. It looks really good but if he will be ready for tomorrow, I don’t know.”

If you are minded to sell the Egyptian, where could you spend the extra cash?

Chelsea have a plum fixture away to local rivals Fulham, after reduced minutes in the recent League Cup final and two goals against another struggling side in the shape of Huddersfield – is this the time to invest in Gonzalo Higuaín?

In his community article entitled ‘My Chelsea U-Turn’, Pep Pig revealed that his thinking has now switched from Higuaín to Hazard after the Belgian was withdrawn on 59 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Spurs. His research showed that Hazard has scored three of his double digit hauls in away matches against easy opposition (Southampton, Brighton, Watford). Chelsea have matches in both Gameweeks 31 and 33 for those considering playing their Free Hit or Wildcard chips in Gameweek 32.

Although Manchester City don’t have a fixture in Gameweek 31 and, depending on their FA Cup result, may not have a fixture in Gameweek 33, they have enticing matches against Bournemouth and Watford before. Sergio Agüero scored the only goal against West Ham as he continued his fine scoring form. However Pep’s post match quotes give cause for concern:

“We cannot live, for example, with just Sergio. The last 10-15 minutes he was exhausted. We need Gabriel as quick as possible to come back.”

Then yesterday in his pre-match press conference Pep revealed that:

“Gabriel is back. John [Stones] is coming back too, like Gabriel.”

Raheem Sterling started the match against West Ham on the bench before coming on as a second half substitute, this rest helps him to secures a place in the Scout Picks this week. The midfielder has scored in every Premier League match he has ever played against Bournemouth.

Leading the captain poll this week is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba with 23.56%. He’s another to secure himself a place in the Scout Picks – no player has more shots in the last four home matches as Pogba, who has blanked just once at Old Trafford since Solskjær took over.

David’s Captain Sensible article examines the armband credentials of each candidate. It’s a crucial read in a week when opinion is divided amongst Fantasy Football Scout users, and veteran managers are all making different moves.

G-Whizz, in his regular DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds, adds weight to the captain poll and tips Manchester United to have a good weekend, closely followed by Manchester City. Wolves are favourites for a clean sheet this week.

However, the three team news items on Fantasy Football Scout: Neale’s round up, the video from him and J0E, and the summary from Rotation’s Alter Ego – all report that Wolves are set to switch their goalkeeper with John Ruddy replacing Rui Patrício between the sticks. Several managers, including Live Hall of Fame number two Mark Sutherns have replaced Patrício with West Ham ‘keeper Fabianski (according to FPL Transfer Spy).

To view all our discussions please visit our Hot Topics page, and if you’ve got some analysis, scout reports or features brewing, be sure to visit our community section to submit your article.

If you’re a member and are yet to get to grips with the custom statistics tables, you can view this movie for an explanation of how they work. Also, remember to tag them so that people can find the tables with ease.

COMMUNITY TOURNAMENTS

The draw for the first round of the FFS Cup has been made. Just under 1,200 managers applied for the 512 places available in the first round draw, with the Gameweek 28 qualifying score set at 56 (after hits). Good luck to those taking part.

In TorresMagic’s Last Man Standing competition the safety score in Gameweek 28 was 46, this saw 78 managers eliminated. 378 teams are through to Gameweek 29, when the threshold for elimination moves up to 18%, a minimum 69 managers will depart. The final will take place in Gameweek 37.

Adam Levy still leads both our main FFS League and our FFS Members League. Although he has dropped one place to third overall, he is now level on points with world number two Hassam CheLSawy and only one point behind Toni Haapanen, who has been number one in the world for 15 of the last 18 Gameweeks.

Mark has increased his lead over David to 51 points in the FFS Mods & Cons. Mark should continue his fine form with Sterling, Pogba, Hazard, Salah, and Rashford all in his team for Gameweek 29. Although he faces a tricky captaincy dilemma.

James Wells remains top in RedLightning’s Top 10k Any Season mini-league despite slipping from 40th to 48th overall. This is partly down to his team being unchanged from Gameweek 27, with the armband still on Felipe Anderson – who was away at Manchester City in Gameweek 28!

Mick Barker is the new leader in RedLightning’s January to May League after an 85 point Gameweek, 40 of those points coming from his triple Liverpool defence. He played his Second Wildcard in Gameweek 23, and eight green arrows in the last nine Gameweeks have seen him rise from 287k to 29k since Gameweek 19.

Finally, with ten Gameweeks of the season to go, RedLightningLast Ten’ mini-league will start scoring this week: 194 teams are already waiting for its first points update. The code to join is 1637-1351886.

If you are running a community tournament and would like the latest scores included in future Community Round-Ups, please email us a summary of the current leaders and a link to your league, spreadsheet or head-to-head competition at geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk

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  1. MattSmitty
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Who would you rather own this week and ROS?

    A. TAA (own VVD)
    B. David Luiz

  2. Daxus
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Pick one to start:
    A AWB
    B Holebas
    C Rondon

    Thanks

    1. Tingate
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Rondon, easyyy

  3. Daghe Munegu
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Guys please?
    Chances of Kun to start?

    1. Tingate
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      50/50, he either does or he doesn't

    2. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Slim I'd have thought after his recent run and with Jesus back. But then it is Pep....

  4. Riggs
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Jota or Felipe Anderson to play?

  5. CrouchDown
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Would you guys do Son + Aubam > Hazard + Arnie (-4) ?

    1. Tingate
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Definitely not for a hit, maybe save and reevaluate after this week. NLD could bring big hauls like last time.

  6. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Bench 2
    AWB
    Kolasinac
    TAA
    Bennett
    Danilo
    Antonio

    Captain who-
    Pogba
    Salah
    Mane
    Aguero
    Higuain

    1. Tingate
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      AWB
      Danilo

      Pogba

      1. The Red Devil
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        start Kolasinac ahead of Danilo?

  7. Mr_Barbs
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Saving Ft this week. Gtg? Expecting to use bench this week, right order?

    Fabianski
    Robertson, TAA, Doherty
    Salah, Pogba(C), Son
    Aguero(vc), Lacazette, Jimenez

    Button, Schar, Hayden, AWB

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Possibly Hayden ahead of Schar but yeah all good.

    2. Here's Tom with the We…
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Missing a player

    3. Mr_Barbs
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Sorry.....playing Jota as well

  8. Rohirrims
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Lloris
    VvD - Doherty - Chilwell
    Sterling (c) - Salah - Pogba - Neves
    Jiminez - Aguero - Zaha

    Guaita - Kolasinac - AWB - Camarasa
    1 FT; 0.2 ITB

    Rolling the FT, GTG?

  9. jackhammer1
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Anderson to pedro as I have 2ft's?

    1. Tingate
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I wouldn't do that to burn a transfer - West Ham's fixtures look very good and i'm not convinced on Pedro.

      I reckon there'd be a more pressing matter in your team somewhere.

    2. The 5% Team
      3 months, 18 days ago

      don't think Pedro starts this GW...probably Willian based on minutes and Sarri comments on rotation

  10. Tshelby
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Start
    A) Doherty
    B) Pereira

  11. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Bench 2-
    AWB
    Kolasinac
    TAA
    Bennett
    Danilo
    Antonio

    Captain who
    Pogba
    Salah
    Mane
    Aguero
    Higuain

  12. Tee_blues
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Start 2 out of
    1.Son,
    2. Barnes
    3. Jota

    1. The 5% Team
      3 months, 18 days ago

      1 and 2

  13. Snapes on a Plane
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Rondon or Anderson? Who to start this week?

  14. Sun Jihai
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Anyone captaining Salah? Noticed Everton have conceded the most big chances in the league over the last 4 home games and the third most goal attempts in the box.

    1. Kiwivillan
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Differential with my chaser. Owning is enough

    2. RoysCallerAnne
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      He's as good a choice as anyone else this week.

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      I will be but derbies can be unpredictable

    4. XabiAlonso
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yes I am

  15. drakesdrum
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Son to Hazard?!

    1. RoysCallerAnne
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Yes definitely

    2. Arctic_Orangutans
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Son will score against arsenal

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Hazard may be benched

  16. mr_jones
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Who to bench?

    A) Moutinho
    B) Eriksen
    C) FAnderson

    Or take the Risk an start with Doherty?

  17. RoysCallerAnne
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Selling Aguero on ifs and buts only ends one way.

    1. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Agreed. Watford at home next week and people are selling!?

  18. JenkoJunko
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Start Foster or Heaton?

  19. Riggs
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Advice needed:
    Jota or Felipe Anderson to play?

  20. Here's Tom with the We…
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Who to Captain??

    A Pogba
    B Salah
    C Sterling
    D Hazard
    E Vardy

    Currently on Sterling

    1. zuio
      3 months, 18 days ago

      C

    2. GUSFRING
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      D

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Salah

      1. Here's Tom with the We…
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Oh great lol

  21. zuio
    3 months, 18 days ago

    play one A) AWB (i have Barnes)
    B) Kola

  22. The Royal Robin
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Kola v tot
    B) Deulofeu v LEI

    1. Sponge-worthy
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      A

    2. Debauchy
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      B

    3. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      B

  23. Arctic_Orangutans
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Perriera mctominay
    Pogba
    Rashy lukaku Sanchez

    1. Arctic_Orangutans
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      To those scared of pig playing deep, I’m 99% sure

      1. Arctic_Orangutans
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 18 days ago

        Pog

        1. how now brown cow
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 18 days ago

          Based on what?

          1. Arctic_Orangutans
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 18 days ago

            Based on the fact Ole will always play our best player in his best position for maximum impact

            1. how now brown cow
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 18 days ago

              Ok. Didn't realise you were on the coaching staff.

              1. Arctic_Orangutans
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 18 days ago

                Don’t have to be part of the coaching staff to work that one out wet wipe

                1. Arctic_Orangutans
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 18 days ago

                  Hate to say I told you so

  24. Robbieblob
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Fab
    Robertson TAA doherty
    Salah Pogba sterling Anderson
    Jimenez rashford arnie

    Guaita Barnes AWB pereira

    Can’t bench boost so is bench order ok or would youchange order or swap with people in xi?

    1. GUSFRING
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      Anderson to Barnes then G2G

  25. Sponge-worthy
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Damn I feel like I should captain Mane.

    1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 18 days ago

      If you feel so strongly, go for it

  26. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Unbelievable Jeff

  27. Differentiator
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    If Doc isn't starting, reckon he'll at least come on as part of the medical team?

  28. The Royal Robin
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 18 days ago

    Hazard or Pogba for ©?

  29. Eat my goal!
    3 months, 18 days ago

    So glad I got rid of Auba

  30. Eat my goal!
    3 months, 18 days ago

    C'mon my Son!