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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‘My Chelsea U-Turn’, Pep Pig revealed that his thinking has now switched from Higuaín to Hazard after the Belgian was withdrawn on 59 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Spurs.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. Gaffa914
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Have all of the DGW’s been confirmed?

    1. Eat my goal!
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Nope

        1. Gaffa914
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Cheers

      • Miguel Sanchez
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Not til after 31 do we get the first bunch

      • fr3ddy
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Have all of the FA Cup quarter finals been played?

        1. Gaffa914
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Never knew that that was the clash pal

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Bench order?

      A) Lascelles (whu)
      B) Niasse (wol)
      C) AWB (bur)

      Ta

      1. Eat my goal!
          4 months, 18 days ago

          ACB or CAB

        • Gaffa914
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          C a b

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

        Who to bench please:

        a) Anderson
        b) Rondon
        c) Barnes

        Thanks.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          A - been coasting for a while

          1. GS456
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Yeah I have these 3.

            Stats say Anderson to be benched but I can’t bring myself to do it.

            Barnes is on mine

        2. Devilish_cherry
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Same dilemma for me! Benching Anderson atm based on form, but it does make me nervous!

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

        Guita or Fab to start today?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Fab

        2. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Fab

      4. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Play Son (ARS) or Anderson (NEW)?

        1. GS456
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Sonny

        2. Cantonascollar7
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Son

      5. The Overthinker
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 18 days ago

        Raz or azza for armband??

        1. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Raz

        2. Eat my goal!
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Or Pogba?

        3. Lionel Ronaldo
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          If going for 8 players in BGW31, what are you looking forward to?

          ------(A)--------------------------(B)---------------------------(C)------------------(D)-------
          GK------------------------GK--------------------------GK--------------------------------------
          DEF-DEF---------------DEF-DEF-DEF----------DEF-DEF-DEF---------(Other)----
          MID-MID-MID-----------MID-MID-------------------MID-MID-MID--------------------------
          FOR-FOR--------------FOR-FOR----------------FOR-------------------------------------

          1. Lionel Ronaldo
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Poor formatting, apologies. It looked good on the editor.

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Will take the requisite hits to get XI as appearance poibts should cancel the hits between 31/33

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

              Exactly

            2. mookie
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              This

            3. Miguel Sanchez
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              But looking at a 3-4-3 and have 7 players so far

          3. fr3ddy
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Should be a green arrow this

          4. Optic1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            D - Fielding 11 in a 442.

          5. Lionel Ronaldo
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Cheers all!

        4. Carcetti
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Chasing so who to captain?

          A) Higuain
          B) Pogba

          1. GS456
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            B

            1. Cantonascollar7
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Defo b

          2. sully29
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 18 days ago

            B

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

            If chasing you should C the player you think will score most points

        5. ANDERSON 2000
            4 months, 18 days ago

            I have used my WC, Gtg? I suppose this team can last for GW29 & 30...

            Fabianski
            Doherty Robb Shaw Luiz
            Mane Haz Sterling Pogba
            Aguero Jim

            Boruc TAA Hayden Solanke

            0.2 ib any comment?
            Captain Pogba or Sterling?

            1. Sun Jihai
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Would be tempted by TAA over Shaw or Luiz given his form

            2. ANDERSON 2000
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Thanks, I will consider to swap in TAA

            3. Daniel Exeter
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              What will determine if City miss GW33?

              1. GS456
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Winning their cup game

              2. GertJan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Winning their FA Cup tie against Swansea.

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

                Swansea game

              4. Lionel Ronaldo
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Whether or not they progress to the Semis, in which case City-Cardiff will be postponed.

            4. Lionac
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Who to Captain?

              A) Rashford
              B) Jimenez

              Who to bench?
              1) Aguero
              2) FAnderson

              1. ANDERSON 2000
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  B is better, coz Rash May bench first

                • rjcv177
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  B
                  None

              2. GS456
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Salah hasn’t not scored in 3 games in a row all season.

                My captain now

                1. FPL Pillars
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Umm strange reason but ok, good luck !

              3. JollyGoodYellows
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Going crazy debating this:

                  Son + Laca > Sterling + Barnes/King (-4)

                  1. Cantonascollar7
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Go for it

                • Cantonascollar7
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Which to pick from two below please?

                  A) Maddison
                  B) Anderson

                  And

                  A) Kola
                  B) Pereira

                  1. Optic1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    A+B.

                    1. Cantonascollar7
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Cheers

                • grumpyman
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Can see many having to dig deep into their benches today with rotation likely for many teams not just Liverpool and Wolves.

                  1. MASTER ROSHI
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    AWB back will be helpful for many

                • Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Morning all! A few questions:

                  Ederson
                  Robertson / TAA / Doherty
                  Salah / Son / Pogba / Maddison
                  Aguero / Jimenez / Barnes

                  Fabianski // Pereira / Camarasa / Digne

                  1) Play Ederson
                  2) Play Fabianski

                  A) Keep Son
                  B) Son > Hazard (-4)
                  C) Son > Sterling (-4)

                  If B/C, the best way to do this is to ship Ederson to a maximum 5.2m GK (A), or a 4.6m GK (B). Who are my best bets? Interested in Boruc alternatives.

                  1. Better Call Salah
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    1
                    B or C

                  2. Starky22
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Just get Boruc and save the £. Fab fine until WC.

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

                    Aguero 95% to get benched after Pep comments and Jesus back..

                    (I think)

                    1. GS456
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      I agree

                    2. rjcv177
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      As an owner...really hope so. Fresh for C at home against the mighty watford

                    3. mookie
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Disagree, he's more likely to start than Jesus.

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

                        Yeah, really no way to know 🙂 we'll see

                    4. FPL Pillars
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      If he couldn’t make the bench midweek ... bet you he’s not going to last 90

                  4. Nightf0x
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    A) bench awb or yedlin?
                    B) 1st in bench awb/yedlin or jwp?

                  5. Jeanz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Any Sterling triple captainers out there?

                    1. Better Call Salah
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Risky

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

                      Only Capt. Can't take that risk in a single gw

                  6. Mukh Dunham
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    I'm having;
                    GK: Etheridge
                    DF: Robertson, Pereira, Trippier, Wan-Bissaka
                    MF: Pogba, Salah, Mkitaryan, Townsend
                    FW: Aguero, Jimenez

                    Thinking of transferring in Sterling and Woods for Aguero and Townsend. Cool? My bench are Digne, Neves and Ings...

                    Having reading this article, I'm having a doubt on whether Aguero's starting

                    1. Mukh Dunham
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Oh and Pickford as backup GK

                  7. DJ Flash 21
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Mini Captain Poll:

                    A. Sterling
                    B. Pogba
                    C. Aguero

                    1. OptimusBlack
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      A

                    2. JohnRoss
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      A

                    3. Pompel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      A

                    4. sully29
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      A

                    5. Miguel Sanchez
                      • 2 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      A

                    6. Cantonascollar7
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      B

                    7. Eat my goal!
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        B but all of the above comments are making me question my commitment

                        1. DJ Flash 21
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Changed my mind too.

                      • DJ Flash 21
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        That’s a resounding Sterling win.

                        Thank you

                      • Sun Jihai
                        • 7 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        A

                    8. Better Call Salah
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Cap ?

                      A Sterling
                      B Higuain
                      C Salah

                      1. sully29
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        A

                      2. Miguel Sanchez
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        A

                      3. Cantonascollar7
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        A

                    9. borat
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Son to hazard for free. Yes or no guys

                      1. Cantonascollar7
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        No

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

                          I am thinking arsenal will not concede that many goals after the return of sokratis.

                      2. Wizard of Özil
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Yes

                      3. jtreble
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        2K Jesus transfers in this GW. Bold.

                      4. mookie
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        No captaincy hot topic when Salah isn't the favorite?

                        1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • Has Moderation Rights
                          • 7 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Odd. If anyone wants to write a good one quickly, I'd be open to HTing it 🙂

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

                        Bench 2-
                        AWB
                        Kolasinac
                        TAA
                        Bennett
                        Danilo
                        Antonio

                        1. Nightf0x
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Kola
                          Danilo/antonio/awb

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

                            I'm thinking AWB first on the bench with Danilo starting

                      6. Eric the King
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Should I bring in Robbo or Luiz this week? Already have TAA. Thinking about the blanks also

                        1. DJ Flash 21
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Robbo

                      7. Marty McFly
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Play one...

                        Pereira (wat)
                        AWB (bur)
                        Tarkowski (NEW)

                        1. DJ Flash 21
                          • 6 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Pereira

                      8. OptimusBlack
                        • 6 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        To End Discussion
                        A - Keep Kun
                        B- Sterling C but -4 without Kun

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

                        Captain who
                        Pogba
                        Salah
                        Mane
                        Aguero
                        Higuain

                        1. Zladan
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          I have Hazard over Higuain of your options.

                          I’m torn between Pogba and Hazard. Currently on Pogba.