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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

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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:


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May your arrows be green!

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3,433 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Whats the Huth
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    For me. 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.Fernandez. Rico.

    1. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Likewise. Goodluck.

  2. Visionaries
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Worth using the TC on Auba now?
    Also
    Soyuncu > Gomez worth a -4?

    1. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I have all chips and I am

      1. The Senate
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        And no

    2. ACAB
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I've all my chips TC Auba allows other chips on the other DGWs

  3. 1966
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Morning everyone, does anyone know where to find the Liverpool team sheet before 11:30am deadline please?

    Many thanks

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

      Here

      1. 1966
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thought there might be a reliable twitter account but I’ll keep looking on here, cheers lads.

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

          FPL Rockstar

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      On here if we will get one

  4. Weasel51
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Vardy, DCL + Martial >> Auba, Jiménez + Saka (-4)

    Yes or no

    1. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nice

    2. The Senate
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I THINKi like it - not hugely keen to sell DCL though

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

      No. Keep Vardy

  5. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    G2G
    Pope
    TAA Soy Stephen's
    Sarr Salah Mane KdB
    Ings Auba(c) Jimenez

    Thoughts?

    1. Rhodes your boat
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Gtg nice team

    2. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Gtg

  6. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play
    A) Cathcart (palace)
    B) taylor (TOT)

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

      A

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks Holmes

    2. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Ohhh tough... B

  7. Jet5605
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bench order looks ok?

    Webster / Cantwell / Williams

  8. Bilbao Baggins
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I think this week, the winners and losers will fall into 2 groups, similar to my situation:

    1) keep Ings and Bruno Fernandes and captain say Salah for example.

    2) Ings and Bruno to Sarr and Aubu and captain Auba. (-4 for me too)

    And I'm honestly not sure which will win.

    1. fusen
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      The Auba Vs Salah captaincy could be a big one

      I brought in Auba but am sticking it on Salah.

      DGW fever has took hold it seems though

      1. DAZZ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Yeah but Auba (C) was a superb option without the DGW. West Ham home is a lovely fixture for him, and he has to home form to back it up. City away is a bonus

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

        Liverpool struggling to score at the moment. That could all change this weekend but I expect Auba to score in both games

      3. Bilbao Baggins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Oh interesting. It could pay off. Salah has looked average of late though which maybe makes the decision a little easier if you hold both players I reckon.

        1. fusen
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Holding both players is the big safety net for me. Having Auba covers most of the damage unless he somehow absolutely hauls.

          He often just gets the single goal, salah has the chance to haul and gets more points per goal and Bournemouth are worse than West ham

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

      Nice to hear from you Bilbao

      1. Bilbao Baggins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Haha

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

      Captain KdB and do nothing, hoping it pays imoff GW 31and later.

  9. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bottomed previous article.

    Thoughts?

    The downside of Saka is mid playing as a wing back so only 1 clean sheet point.

    The upside is he bombs down the left, assits and goals in his locker.

    At 4.6m? Absolute bargain.

    1. The Fed
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      9 assists and 3 goals this season. He is a baller.

  10. Henning
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bench One.

    1. DCL
    2. Perez
    3. Sarr
    4. Fernandes

    1. TheTinman
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      4

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 26 days ago

      2

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

    I have a though benching decision. Feels safe and less a risk to play Egan. But am I stupid for doing this when I believe they will get theese points

    Egan - 2
    Soyoncu - 2
    Dann - 15

    Should I play Egan for safety or just follow my guts ?

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

      Always follow your gut.

  12. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    McCarthy
    Robbo TAA Soy Saiss (Stephens)
    KDB Salah Maddison (Traore Grealish)
    Ings Vardy Jimi

    Am I set up right ?
    Who should I get rid of to use up one of my two FT on buying a wk 31 player ?

    1. Abra Dubravka
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Grealish to Sarr

  13. Bishopool
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Would you BenchBoost if my team would be...?

    -4pts team:

    McCarthy (Button)
    TAA Saiss Stevens Stephens Lascelles
    Salah KDB Traore Saka Perez
    Auba Ings Jimi

    OR will there be better week to make BB?? Please help!

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

      Similar to mine, I'd like 2 keepers though for bb.

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Work towards a bench that will give you 4 x 2 and BB37.

  14. matiakez
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Struggling here..want Auba but it means a downgrade elsewhere.

    Pope McCarthy
    TAA Gomez Egan Boly Lascelles
    Salah Cantwell Barnes Bruno KDB
    Jimi Ings Vardy

    Is Barnes and Vardy to Saka and Auba worth it? Other options are downgrade jimi or ings.

    1. The Fed
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Yes I would do it. Vardy is carying muscle injuries and hasn't scored in 10 games. The team he is playing for barely had any shots on target vs the 20th team in the league and against a championship side in the FA cup.

  15. Hamstergod
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Would you bench Soy or Lundstram?

    1. tp1122
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lund

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

      Lundstram

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lundstram

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

      Can you find a way to move Lund already?

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

        Unfortunately not yet 🙁 I guess I'll drop him once I wildcard

  16. tp1122
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Captain Salah or KDB?

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

      I'm captaining Salah

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

      Out of those two Salah

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

      Salah here. Stick to the plan.

    4. FOO FIGHTER
      2 months, 26 days ago

      FPL king = Salah

  17. Jam0sh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Hello guys. Save FT here?

    Ryan
    TAA, Stevens, VvD
    Salah, Bruno, KDB, Grealish
    Vardy, DCL, Ings

    Subs: Button --- Soyoncu, Cantwell, Taylor --- 1 FT, 0.9 ITB

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

      Unless you're tempted by something like Ings to Jota then yeah save.

      1. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Ings to Jota could be tempting but not the worst fixture for soton either, cheers

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

      Looks decent, depends on whether you want to jump on the Arsenal DGW bandwagon or not (in that case Vardy -> Auba if you have the funds)

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

    Start one:

    A) Sarr (cry)

    B) Stevens (NOR)

    1. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A

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

      A

  19. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play a) Stephens or b) Soyunco ?

    Have McCarthy in goals....

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

      Soyuncu

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

    Time to screenshot the 1,008 rank. As a non-Auba capper the only way is down this week I fear!

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

      Could be gold.

      Auba could get a Red vs West Ham. He’s not a good boy

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

        That would be ideal. I can't get him in without Vardy & Ings out -4. Can't see it being worth it as I expect both to score. Even if Vardy doesn't play I've got two clean sheet potential subs.

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

          Vardy better play!

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

            I'm hoping. I've stuck by him for these two games! Hopefully Leicester turn the corner. They need to as they could end up fifth.

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

        Iirc, that red vs Palace was his first in his career 😉

    2. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Thing is, u may have to ride out a storm this week, but Auba will have to come out later and you can still use your chips if people have burnt them

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

        Yes agreed. The thing is I could have done the trade for free if I hadn't of done Lundstram>Cahill last week, but that trade gave me six extra points subbing for Vardy so in effect I'm six to the good already without owning Auba. I just need Ings and Vardy to come in and Salah(c) to do something. I don't fancy Auba to do much damage v Man City.

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

      I once hit 75. That screenshot is now an A0 canvas print

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

        🙂

        4k my best. Really hoping I can keep this going. A three figure rank would be a dream.

  21. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Captain

    A Salah
    B Kdb

    1. fusen
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      A, fixtures and form suggest it's the better choice

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

      A

  22. screamer73
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Can't decide. Have to bench 1.
    A Bruno
    B Barnes
    C Mane

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

      Barnes obviously

    2. fusen
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Go for form, bench B

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

      A

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

        Unless Mane is benched of course

  23. AC Yew
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    On WC would you keep any Leicester players or get rid?

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

      Probably get rid, maybe Soy if you have him. Bit of a slump in form.

    2. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Do they play gw31?

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

    -4 for Dendoncker > Saka
    Yes?
    No?

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

      Depends what you’re doing for GW31

  25. bobfredbob
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Thoughts on Pépé as captain?

    1. fusen
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Big gamble, so are you feeling like chasing or defending your rank?

      1. bobfredbob
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Defending, but can’t afford Auba and concerned KdB might not feature...

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

      Depends if you’re chasing. Decent shout though yeah

  26. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Play a) Traore (inj?) or b) Maddison ?

  27. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Morning all. I have a ton of options for captaincy:

    A) KDB
    B) Salah
    C) TAA
    D) Jimmy/Jota

    Who do I pick?

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

      B out of those

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

      B

    3. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Quite simple for me mate, if you own Auba captain him, if you dont then captain Salah. If you dont own any of them then i dont know 🙂

  28. Tomas Brolin ate all Depays
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Captain A) Salah or b) KDB ?

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

      A for me, even without the uncertainty I'd go salah over kdb.

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

      A

  29. jason_ni
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Considering dendo to Saka, but there is no point i reckon.

    Would you play saka ahead of:
    Maddison or Saiss?
    Other starters are
    TAA- VVD
    Salah - KDB- bruno
    Auba - jimi - ings

    A) get Saks
    B) leave as is

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

    GTG?

    Ryan
    TAA Robbo Stephens
    Salah (C) KDB Fernandes Grealish Traore
    Vardy Jimenez (VC)

    (Button Greenwood Lacselles Taylor)