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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Double Gameweek 29

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 29. As most of you will no doubt be aware…

It’s a Double Gameweek!

Both Arsenal and Manchester City have two fixtures in Gameweek 29 – double the chance of scoring points!

Their Gameweek 28 encounter – postponed due to the EFL Cup final – has been rearranged for Wednesday. Before facing off at the Etihad Stadium, Arsenal entertain West Ham this weekend while the champions travel to local rivals Manchester United.

Also, following the midweek FA Cup results, we now have a better idea of how the Blank and Double Gameweeks are shaping up. For starters, there will be just four matches played in Gameweek 31.

Read on to find out how this might affect your team. And if you still need time to ready your troops and appoint your captain, you have until 11:30 GMT.

Armband Dilemma

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would appear to be the standout pick from the two teams playing twice. 

The most expensive Gabonese player of all time is in good form with three goals in his last two matches. He tops our Rate My Team tool and has garnered 48% of the vote in our captaincy poll.

Talked up by Neale in our video outlining the Best Captaincy Picks, his goal conversion rate since Mikel Arteta took charge is 33.3% – the best in the division. 

However David’s Captain Sensible article highlights some enticing alternatives. A weakness in West Ham’s defence could benefit Nicolas Pépé:

There is a heavy concentration of assists given up on the left side of the Hammers’ back-line, the right side of their opponents’ attack, where Pépé, with his impressive creative statistics, will likely be operating on Saturday afternoon.

– David

And as Pro Pundit Holly (aka FFCommunity_) notes in her look at February’s underlying statistics, Pépé has three assists from three fixtures, having created three big chances for his teammates.

Indeed Arsenal’s record signing also gets the Lateriser12 seal of approval:

I see Pépé as a bit of a flat-track bully with set-pieces in his locker, making him a potentially explosive pick with a nice upside.

– Lateriser12

Finally let’s not overlook perennial captain favourite Mohamed Salah, who made a late substitute appearance in Liverpool’s midweek FA Cup defeat:

The Egyptian has been the most reliable Liverpool asset at home in recent weeks, and Bournemouth’s defence arguably looks worse than West Ham’s.

– David

Scout Picks and Team News

Despite only playing once this Gameweek, there’s a place in the Scout Picks for FPL’s most expensive asset. 

He’s joined in the select XI by the leading points scorer in FPL, Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian – who delivered a season-high 19 points against the Gunners back in Gameweek 17 – missed his side’s FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday with a shoulder complaint. However Pep Guardiola sounded cautiously optimistic yesterday afternoon:

He’s getting better. Today we didn’t train, tomorrow will prove, I spoke this morning with the physio and he said that he feels better. Not perfect, but better. We’ll see.

– Pep Guardiola on Kevin De Bruyne

Although, as David observed, Guardiola is perhaps unlikely to risk the former Chelsea player with two starts in quick succession.

Elsewhere, as Rotation’s Alter Ego disclosed in his team news round-up, Alisson has been ruled out of the weekend’s action with a hip injury. Owners of the popular double-Liverpool defence discussed how this affects their teams.

Although the Reds are still top of G-Whizz’s clean sheet odds for Gameweek 29.

For more injury updates, including details on the crisis facing Chelsea, have a read of Neale’s press conferences recap. Further in-depth information is given in the predicted line-ups.

Full Portion of Chips?

With the short notice for Gameweek 29 and the reduced number of fixtures in Gameweek 31, many have been considering their chip strategies. 

Whether you’ve all your chips remaining or even if you’ve had a little nibble already, there is, as NOMONEY pointed out, a chip strategy for everybody!

Depending on your situation, you may favour ‘The Jarvish Strategy’ or even the ‘FPL Virgin Strategy’. Neale set the scene and explored various scenarios in his thoughtful piece on chip deployment. While our Scoutcast trio of Joe, Az, and Pranil (aka Lateriser12) aired their views in our regular video broadcast.

Rather than examining goals, shots, or big chances to highlight players for your team, community writer RichP_LFC turns to Fantasy Points For and Against. Breaking down defence and attack by position, his Double Gameweek special provides food for thought, especially for managers using Free Hit or Wildcard.

He takes the same approach to put together his Gameweek 31 Dream Team.

Jules Breach successfully played her Wildcard in Gameweek 28, as Greyhead reported in The Great and The Good, and has averted her downward slide. Five of the 12 elite managers are now in the top 100k as we enter the ‘business end’ of the season.

If you don’t have your Wildcard available, or would rather save it for later, Pro Pundit Sam (aka Sam FPLFamily) was on hand with sage advice in case you are contemplating a hit:

Just think about whether it’s worth the risk for the player that you want to bring in, whether they’re likely to return more than the player you’re gonna take out AND the minus points hits that you’ve got to take to do it.

– Pro Pundit Sam

For those pondering a transfer, Pro Pundit Tom Freeman (aka avfc82) has been on a good run with his differential picks. This week he singled out Ismaïla Sarr, Miguel Almirón, and Phil Foden. Sarr played a part in all three of Watford’s goals against Liverpool and benefits from a guaranteed fixture in Gameweek 31.

TheFantasyFreÆK backs up the selection of the Senegalese in his Gameweek review:

No midfielder in the league has recorded as many shots inside the box and big chances as Watford’s Ismaïla Sarr in the games he has started under Nigel Pearson. He has the pedigree to be FPL gold whenever he starts. At that price, I think he is easily the best midfielder to own.

– TheFantasyFreÆK

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Community Competitions

For an update on all FFS Mini-Leagues and Community Competitions, please click here to read the latest round-up.

For those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 29 can be found below:


Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

May your arrows be green!

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  1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Now this is the gw I've been the most unsure of what to do, ever.
    I decided to save my chips and ft but I'm very anxious now, this is my team:
    Mccarthy
    Taa, soy, egan
    Salah, mane, kdb, perez, grealish
    Jimmy, ings

    Bench:
    Greenwood, taylor, fernandez

    Now I'm backing up Liverpool to get a huge haul, that's why I took the risk, and auba doesn't normally score in man city.
    Thought?

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      See what happens.

    2. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Haha first post, I swear it's totally a coincidence

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 29 days ago

        Isn't it always the case ... 😮

        1. sunzip14
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          except moderators I think

          1. Amey
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Hmmm

    3. FOO FIGHTER
        3 months, 29 days ago

        This GW is made for Auba x2.

        May the angels be with you with all of those who have TC'd him.

        1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Yea I was all set for
          Mane + greenwood --> Auba +saka
          I just hope I don't regret it

    4. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Salah(C) , Bobby and Trent. Let's go

    5. Kane Lane
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      I kept waking up thinking about my moves last night. Yes I Know it's sad, but when there alot of money leagues your defending your crown it happens. After restless sleep I ended up doing nothing at all. KDB vice cap holding my transfer for two next week for GW31. Has anyone else done this? Currently chasing 40pt gap as well.

      1. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        It’s supposed to be a bit of fun mate, if it is keeping you up at night you are overthinking and spending too much time on it. Saving the ft was wise. This gameweek could be crazy anything could happen.

        1. Kane Lane
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          I hear you but it's alot of money couple of hundreds

    6. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      In Kun we trust

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Or in Pep we scratch our eyes out

          1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            😀

          2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            this

      2. OldBenKenobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        GW31 is the last “scheduled” BGW right?

        1. Guru Mediation
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Wrong. 34 is the FA cup semi finals

          1. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Ah right but less teams likely to blank at that point

            1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              just as likely

      3. Earthling
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        It was time to shake it up with a Minamino start. Ox will do nothing today I say.

      4. sunzip14
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        All week I was set to take a different approach of taking hits, tired of playing it safe. Was almost sure of doing Ryan+Sidibe+Traore> Patricio+Saiss+Sarr (-8). Ended up with just Ryan>Patricio and no hits.

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Good.

        2. Earthling
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          What will you do if Pope still returns this week and next?

          1. sunzip14
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Change the religion 😀

      5. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 29 days ago

        good luck all, especially me

      6. FOO FIGHTER
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Auba does not even sound French.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Probably because he's Gabonese.

          2. Ógie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Gabonese?

            1. CMJC
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Yep

          3. Poseidon.
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Why would he?

        • jonnybhoy
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Desperately need that Liverpool clean sheet today

          1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            i desperately want pool to win, clean sheet or none

            1. Ole Trafford
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Can’t see anything other than a pool win. Expecting a big bounce back poor Bournemouth

            2. jonnybhoy
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Pool win 3-0 salah hattrick would be lovely.

          2. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Had to check I hadn't entered an old article.

        • Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Start

          A. Kiko vs Leicester
          B. Lascelles vs Sheffield

        • Dosh
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          OR 1 has gone for a Sterling punt and captained as well.. He is so far ahead that he's decided to just have fun with it now..

          1. Make America Greta Again
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Only 13 points ahead, iffy.

            1. Dosh
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              Yup my bad, was looking at the FFS league instead of Overall. Very maverick then!

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Won't take much to outscore Auba!

          3. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            He hasn't had a very good week so far.

        • villa_til_i_die
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Fellow casuals - What are your plans for next week?

          1. lordkippe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            doing nothing. captaining the poll favourite

            1. villa_til_i_die
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 29 days ago

              That’s the spirit!

        • Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 29 days ago

          Who are people currently captaining in their bus team for next week? Tempted by KDB but worried about the CL game shortly after...

          1. Fred54
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 29 days ago

            Yeah though choice.

            DCL or Mane.

        • GoonerGirl
            3 months, 26 days ago

            Well, I said after I got rid of Vardy and Barnes for a -4 this week that they would go on a goal-scoring and assist spree and of course they did. Literally, if you all do the exact opposite of what I do in FPL, you will all be guaranteed +++++ points. This has been the worst season for me in FPL.
            Feel terrible lol all those points I missed out on 🙁