Scout Picks

Double Gameweek 29 Scout Picks includes Arsenal triple-up

There are three Arsenal players in the Scout Picks team selected for Double Gameweek 29.

The Gunners host West Ham at first before travelling to Manchester City in midweek.

After deliberating over the Scout Squad submissions made by David, Neale, Paul and Geoff, we picked what we believed to be the best XI for the next round of action.

This time we line up in 3-4-3 formation, the cost of our team coming to £84.8m, £0.2m inside our budget of £85.0m.

Goalkeeper

Dean Henderson (£5.2m) was the most popular goalkeeper in the Scout Squad submissions this week as Sheffield United host Norwich. Only three clubs have recorded more clean sheets at home than the Blades this season while the visiting Canaries remain comfortably the worst attack on the road. In 14 road trips, Norwich have scored just six times, five fewer than Bournemouth and Watford, who are tied as the second-worst sides on 11 goals each.

Defenders

Alexander-Arnold's consistency continues as Firmino unlucky to blank

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) was unanimously chosen as the best defender by our Scout Squad pundits this week. Blank Gameweek 28 may have produced his first blank in a match he started since Gameweek 13 but the visit of Bournemouth should help him get back on track. The Cherries have scored one away goal since Gameweek 18 and Alexander-Arnold himself has more assists at home than any other Liverpool player this season.

Matt Doherty (£6.2m) looks like he could repeat the heroics of his Blank Gameweek 28 haul at Spurs when Brighton come to Molineux on Saturday afternoon. Over the last four matches, Wolves are second only to Manchester City for fewest big chances conceded, while Doherty is in the top two for touches and shots in the box among defenders during that time.

Jack Stephens (£4.5m) gets into the Scout Picks this weekend ahead of a favourable home meeting with Newcastle. The Magpies currently sit bottom of the league for big chances in away matches this season while the Saints’ centre-back has assisted twice since Gameweek 21.

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) retains his place in the Scout Picks despite Liverpool’s capitulation at Watford last time out. The Egyptian has recorded attacking returns in each of his last four at Anfield, where Bournemouth have lost their last two Premier League visits 3-0. Furthermore, over their last four road trips, the Cherries have conceded 10 times, an average of 2.5 per game.

In his Friday press conference, Pep Guardiola sounded relatively positive when he gave his injury update on Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m). The Belgian holds onto his place in the predicted line-ups and retains a starting berth in the Scout Picks too. We expect this season’s top-scoring player to be involved in at least one of the Double Gameweek fixtures on offer (maybe more), which is about the same as what we can expect from any of his attacking team-mates anyway given Guardiola’s rotation policy.

Two matches in Double Gameweek 29 for Arsenal sees Nicolas Pépé (£9.2m) make his Scout Picks debut. West Ham have conceded the most shots in the box of any team over their last four outings, while it’s hard to fully trust a Manchester City defence without Aymeric Laporte. That bodes well for Pépé who, over the last 10 matches, is second among his colleagues for goals scored while no Arsenal player has registered more assists than him.

Bukayo Saka (£4.6m) is our midfield enabler who we are confident will play twice in Double Gameweek 29. While he has been playing at left-back recently, Aubameyang’s runs into the box from left midfield have allowed Saka into very advanced positions – which have helped him to attacking returns in each of his last three at home. 

Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m) is an easy inclusion in the Scout Picks this week, selected as the best forward by all of our pundits. The Arsenal man is just five points off Jamie Vardy to be the top-scoring forward this season and has found the net three times in his last two at home.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.4m) is the form player in the Premier League right now, having scored more goals than any other player since Carlo Ancelotti took over at Everton. Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet at home since Gameweek 13, and over the last four matches, Calvert-Lewin is in the top three for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target.

Diogo Jota (£6.3m) proved to be the most popular Wolves forward among the Scout Squad pundits this week as Brighton come to Molineux. The Portuguese international has put together two double-digit hauls in a row and, over the last four matches, has superior figures for minutes per shot in the box and minutes per big chance than Raúl Jiménez.

Substitutes

Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) is another route into the Southampton defence as they host Newcastle on Saturday.

Enda Stevens (£5.1m) is a cheaper alternative for investing in the Sheffield United defence with more chances of attacking returns than Henderson.

Romain Saïss (£4.5m) is the cheaper route into the Wolves defence with some threat from set pieces too.

Phil Foden (£5.1m) is our budget route into the Manchester City attack after Guardiola hinted that he would play some part in Double Gameweek 29.

The Captain

The Scout Picks has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek is usually known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted:

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Double Gameweek 29 is Bilal7.

They have gone for a 3-4-3 of McCarthy; Doherty, Mendy, Saïss; Salah, De Bruyne, Pépé (c), Mahrez; Aubameyang, Calvert-Lewin, Nketiah.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

ZoumasBloomers was beaten in Double Gameweek 28, the Scout Picks winning by a 47-30 score-line.

Community Champion gwitbrock beat our Scout Picks 86-63 in Gameweek 25 and as a result, their winning margin of 23 points is now the target to beat.

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5,686 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Mahrez over KDB alright? Gives me the team I want...

    Pope/McCarthy
    TAA/Doherty/Alonso/Taylor/Cathcart
    Salah/Pepe/Mahrez/Sarr/Saka
    Auba/Jimenez/Jota

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Looks great! For this week, 31 and beyond

    2. CRO KLOPP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Similiar to mine gtg

    3. ted mcsheenery
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lovely.

    4. The Yorkshire Pirlo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Thanks all!!

    5. Dreadful
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Good team, who sits this week? Saka?

      Only issue is Mahrez doesn't tend to play in the big games so you could be wildcarding on a City double gameweek and not even get 90 mins out of your only City player.

  2. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bottomed, sorry.

    Ryan to Foster for -4?

    Should make up the hit with better fixtures and the fact Foster plays in 31

    0FT 1.0ITB
    Ryan
    TAA VVD Soyuncu
    Salah KdB Martial Traore
    Auba Ings Jimenez

    McGovern Taylor Dendoncker Williams

    Thanks!

    1. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B inclined to wait a week

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks. I’ll sleep on it

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Save. Do it next week.

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers. Does feel risky taking a hit on a keeper, even with the clear improvement

  3. JoeSoap
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Which one?

    A. Vardy/Traore>Jota/Pepe (-4)
    B. Vardy/Traore/Ings>Auba/Sarr/Jota (-8 though extra player for GW31)

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A. Don’t lose Ings this gw.

      Interested in Auba and saka instead?

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Agree

      2. JoeSoap
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Should have done that last night. Out by 0.1 doh

      3. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Ings is showing signs of fatigue. Mr glass is starting to crack..Jota on form

  4. Bruno BaNani
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Quick poll guys!
    A’s or B’s?

    1.
    A) Pepe and Doherty
    B) Boly and KdB

    2.
    A) Boly and Deeney
    B) Cathcart and Jota

    1. JoeSoap
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      BB

    2. A message to you Rudi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      B because of KDB

    3. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      BB

  5. MikeLowrey
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Dendoncker to Saka worth a -4?

    Team below

    Hendo
    TAA VVD Soyuncu
    Salah KDB Sarr Traore
    Auba Jiménez Ings

    (Button Lundstram Lascelles Dendoncker)

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      No. Decent Xl.

    2. A message to you Rudi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nah.

    3. Marmalade Forest
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nah. I did it for free. Maybe if you’re FH 31.

      But who are you dropping there for this week?

      Sarr? Traore?

      Nah.

    4. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Like unbelievably so, one might not even start and more annoyingly get you one point, the other will get two starts and very possibly an assist and due a goal.

  6. A message to you Rudi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Any final tweaks needed here?

    Pope
    TAA Pereira Robbo
    Salah(vc) KDB Barnes Saka
    Jimi Auba(C) Ings

    Button / O'Connell / Cantwell / Lascelles

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Gtg!

    2. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nope!

    3. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      You mist be in the top 10K with that team?

      1. A message to you Rudi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Unfortunately not.

        280K at the minute, but had 2m OR just before xmas fixtures.

        Need to keep the momentum going!

  7. JJeyy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Anyone know by what game week double 34 games will be announced?

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      After 31

  8. Metropolis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Traore to Saka (-4)?

    1. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      No way.

    2. Poseidon.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yeah

  9. Mc3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Who would you bench?
    A) Maddison (AVL)
    B) VVD (BOU)
    C) Stephens (NEW)
    D) Saka (WHU, city)

    1. A message to you Rudi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      C

    2. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      C

  10. Cantona90
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I have 1 FT, free hit, WC, TC, Bench boost all still to play. No arsenal or manchester city players. Which card would you use?

    1. A message to you Rudi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      1FT

    2. AK ⭐
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      TC on Auba

  11. tbhogal
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Is this GW too early to wildcard guys considering there are bigger DGW’s coming up ?

    1. waldo666
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I wish I knew the answer.

  12. Dubores
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Abraham Maddison Robertson -> Auba Saka Doherty (-4)
      What do you think? Still got WC and FH

      1. waldo666
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Can you just do Tammy and Maddison to Saka and Auba for free?

        1. Dubores
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Not enough cash ITB

          • Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            This

        2. A message to you Rudi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Risky as all 3 of your transfers out could return well. Maddi and Robbo fixtures are decent too.

          Do it!

      2. waldo666
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Anyone else long for a simpler time of one WC and no chips?

        1. Scott Talent
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Makes the game far better imo as it requires a lot more planning. This season in particular has become more a case of just getting lucky with chip use.

        2. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I don't like the triple captain chip as this one is pure luck - I even think the standard captaincy is hugely luck based. The other two chips are ok but I think they help the more dedicated managers. Ironically, I don't think that's what FPL intended. I imagine they brought them in to try and help the more casual managers.

          1. waldo666
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I think that was absolutely the original intention.

            1. waldo666
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 26 days ago

              Trying to help the more 'casual' managers, that is.

              1. DeadStar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Yeah. It's back-fired horribly!

          2. JfA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I've had no luck either!

      3. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        McCarthy
        TAA VVD Saiss
        Salah KDB Martial Maddison
        Ings Auba Jota

        McG Taylor Lasc Hayden
        1.2m itb, 0 ft

        You like?

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I like.

      4. Geezer
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Greenwood to Nketiah for free?

        1. Optimus.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          You pauper, you..

        2. Marmalade Forest
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Button to McGovern?

          1. Geezer
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            😀

      5. BIELSA
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Chances of mahrez and auba rising tonight?

        1. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          very low

        2. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Guessing but I’m going to go with no (based on nothing at all)

      6. KINGS
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Guys. Will you do Vardy+Martial to Auba+Sarr with FT ? Easy decision?

        1. Bruno BaNani
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yup.

        2. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yep

      7. Tolly101
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Any changes here? Ings over Barnes? Double SHU def too risky?

        Henderson
        TAA, Stevens, Boly
        Salah(v), KDB, Fernandes, Saka
        Auba(c), Ings, Jimenez

        McCarthy, Barnes, Bertrand, Fernandez

      8. DeadStar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Just seen the new Liverpool tweets on the Scout twitter. Am I reading it right - it appears anyone who played against Chelsea and Watford are at risk of a rest?

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Whaaaat?

          1. DeadStar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Klopp said he will make changes. Also... Klopp: "The boys who played [at] Watford and didn't play Chelsea, they have been constantly training since then and they could show how good they look and they look all really good. They trained well."

            Which in reverse to me means those who did play Chelsea (and Watford) may miss out. Mane for example?

      9. sasank35
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Vardy + Maddison to Auba + Doucoure worth a -4?
        Should have 10 BGW players without taking any more hits.

      10. Bruno BaNani
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Got a mild infection of the dgw fever. The effects have now worn off. Keeping KdB until gw31, instead of selling for Pepe, and to fund Doherty.

        Probably just gonna use one of my 2ft on Cathcart for Soy, to get in another gw31 player.

        Ramsdale
        Taa,Robbo,Taylor,Stephens,Soy
        KdB,Salah,Maddo,Traore,Hayden
        Auba,Jimi,Ings

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Soyuncu has a great fixture this week

          1. Bruno BaNani
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            I know. But don’t wanna burn a ft. It was between him and maddo. Do think villa could get a goal.

      11. Whats the Huth
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        This gameweek depends on Leicester performing better than arsenal.
        G2G?

        Henderson
        Soyuncu. TAA. Doherty
        Saka. Mane. Salah (C). KDB
        Vardy. Ings. Jiminez

        McCarthy. Saint-maximin.

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Fernandez and Rico. The last two subs

      12. Zogzeg
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Which Man City defender for a 2-week punt? (Money not a consideration as selling before blank):
        My current thinking in order of preference:
        1. Ota
        2. Mendy
        3. Walker

        Thoughts welcome

        1. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Mendy

        2. Poseidon.
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Is no an option?

      13. Totti
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        am i GTG? -4 is already taken

        pope
        TAA soyuncu doherty
        salah KDB bruno saka
        auba ings jimmy

        ryan snodgrass lundstram kelly

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          GTG

      14. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Auba TC this gw? Have all chips intact and not sure when else to play TC.

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Mays as well.

        2. Whats the Huth
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          West Ham and Man City.

          Not appealing

        3. Bruno BaNani
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Go for it. Will there be a better gw?

      15. Ycfc
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        McCarthy
        TAA Robbo Periera
        Salah KDB Traore* Barnes
        Vardy* Ings* Jimmy

        A) Vardy + Traore > Jota + Pépé -4
        B) Vardy + Traore > Aub + Saka? -4
        C) Ings > Jota
        D) Save FT

        Thanks!

        1. waldo666
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          I'm contemplating B but leaning to D.

      16. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        In a draft league would you get in Otamendi?

      17. Ogisha1987
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Is there any chance for Kun or Sterling to start both games?

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Always chance but honestly don't know

          1. Ogisha1987
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Which one would you choose? Tnx

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          yes

          1. Ogisha1987
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Which one would you choose? Tnx

      18. The Royal Robin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Bench one:

        A) Bertrand
        B) Traore

        1. Bruno BaNani
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          B

        2. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 26 days ago

          A

      19. kuzser
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Guys, who do I sacrifice from the team below?
        unfortunately 0.5 short

        1) Gomez-> Egan (then 10 players for 31 or a hit)
        2) Doherty->Saiss
        3) Jimenez -> Dcl
        4) Pepe—>Mahrez

        McCarthy- Pope
        Taa-Doherty- Gomez- Cathcart - Taylor
        Salah - KDB - Pepe- Doucure- Saka
        Auba - Jota - Jimenez

        1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          McCarthy -> Button

          1. Marmalade Forest
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Adrian.

        2. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Reluctantly 2 but then Sarr over Doucoure?

          1. kuzser
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            Yes, that’s an option. Very reluctantly though... feel like Doherty can haul in the next 4

            1. Almathkourq8
                2 months, 26 days ago

                Im going with Mahrez instead of Pépé