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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Double Gameweek 30+

It’s Wednesday the 17th of June and FPL is BACK! 

There are nine Gameweeks to go, all matches will be televised, and we begin with a Double Gameweek. After the famine of the last three months get ready for a feast of football.

You have until the 5pm BST deadline to finish tinkering with your squads, as many Fantasy managers take advantage of the unlimited transfers ahead of the restart. The first match this evening then kicks off at 6pm.

All eyes will be on Neale’s team news reports – are the rumours of Sheffield United injuries true? Will John Lundstram be in the starting XI?

Our intrepid Geordie could well have his work cut out over the next few weeks with injuries potentially increasing, as Pro Pundit Zophar observed happening in both the Bundesliga now and after the NFL lockout back in 2011.

A comprehensive overview of the current injury situation at each club can be read here, and don’t forget the predicted line-ups in the Team News section.

FPL Gameweek 17 team news and injury updates

With two fixtures in Gameweek 30+ much of the debate in the last few days centres around which Manchester City trio to own. 

Pro Pundit LateRiser set the scene with an ever-insightful piece on Pep’s troops. One of the main beneficiaries of the unprecedented break could be Raheem Sterling. An underperforming player so far this season, the return of Leroy Sané could have a positive impact on the England winger. It’s a theory many are advocating.

TheFantasyFreÆK points out that “No midfielder has recorded more big chances than Raheem Sterling this season”, Pep Pig – currently top of RedLightning’s January to July mini-league – is handing him the armband, and the definitely-not-an-FPL-virgin FPL Virgin hopes he will be “freed from the confines of the left touchline.

Speaking of captain selection, does our Captain Sensible writer and editor-in-chief David agree? 

When he wasn’t explaining to a despotic leader hiding in a bunker why unlimited transfers are a good thing, David appeared alongside Joe on the captaincy video. For him it’s a choice between Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero:

For me De Bruyne is the safe bet and Agüero is the explosive bet.

– David

While Joe summarised the decision as: 

 A straight choice between the guy who scores the most versus the guy who assists the most.

– Joe

In the conclusion to his armband piece, David reminded us that it was Kevin De Bruyne who stepped up to take a penalty against Real Madrid in the Champions League. Could that hand the Belgian a potential edge should he retain spotkick duties?

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While De Bruyne, Agüero, and Sterling may look like the ideal City trio, others are finding reasons to look elsewhere. 

Impressed by his dedication to training over the lockdown – and hoping Pep will be too – Pro Pundit Az has picked Jesus as his City forward. 

The Scoutcast this week debated different strategies for the remainder of the campaign. Az favours a Bench Boost followed by Gameweek 31+ Wildcard, with Joe and Pro Pundit Andy ignoring the unlimited transfers on offer and instead deciding to use their Free Hit chip.

Having benefited from the ‘slow Wildcard’ – the free transfers on offer between Gameweek 30 and 38 – Andy has a team that he is very happy with beyond the Double Gameweek.

Andy feels that Az wouldn’t be opting for Jesus if it wasn’t for the Bench Boost chip. By spreading the funds to his bench, Az is arguably hurting his first XI.

Rotation – a potential impediment to picking Manchester City players – is so synonymous with the team that the term ‘Pep Roulette’ is well known to all Fantasy managers. 

However, perhaps counterintuitively, Andy is hoping that the temporary five substitute rule may actually help teams like Manchester City have a more consistent starting XI. The reasoning goes that it will allow Pep to manage the minutes of his players more easily.

Andy – another manager who is backing the potential of Raheem Sterling – has opted for his own slightly controversial pick up top.

Oliver McBurnie is not a name frequently mentioned as a potential pick but Pro Pundit Tom Freeman joins Andy in promoting his inclusion. Tom notes that, pre-lockdown, only four forwards took more shots in the box between Gameweeks 22-29. 

Couple that with a Double Gameweek, a favourable price, and a match against Aston Villa, and it’s perhaps not such a bonkers idea afterall. As TheFantasyFreÆK observed:

No team in the history of the league (since Opta records were kept) has conceded as many shots in the box over the first 29 Gameweek’s as Villa.

– TheFantasyFreÆK

So while Jack Grealish seems a popular pick with almost all Fantasy managers – ProPundit Ash (aka FPL Hints) highlighted his talisman status for the Villains –  there’s also an argument to be made for their second opponents Chelsea, despite the Blues only playing once in Gameweek 30+.

Indeed Mason Mount has emerged as a candidate for our teams, especially with teammate Jorginho serving the second of a two-match suspension for reaching ten yellow cards.

Single Gameweek players have their appeal, as Pro Pundit Sam pointed out as she aims to get back into the top 1,000 overall.

Like Ash, she is well aware of the motivation factor for players from teams facing relegation or competing for Champions League places. Not forgetting Liverpool who look set to clinch their first ever Premier League title.

For that reason both Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold are included in her Gameweek 30+ team.

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

In other news, Community competitions are set to resume.

mir brought us an update on the Head-to-Head leagues, with Boris Bodega doing likewise for the Pundits’ Playoff Tournament.

Football is also getting underway in Scandinavia, TallestJohn previewed the Norwegian Eliteserien, while Meltens and Hansel detailed the potential recruitments for our Fantasy Allsvenskan teams.

We even have a new mini-league called the The FFScout Charity Shield with the top five places receiving a free membership for next season. Fantasy Football Scout will also be making a donation of £300 towards the NHS and has set up a JustGiving page should others wish to make a contribution.

A lot has happened on the site over the enforced break, with LegoMané’s excellent entry winning the HG Sportswear shirt design competition, Neale keeping us entertained with quizzes, Ragabolly filling the void with VirtualFPL, David publishing his first novel (and what exactly did you do over the lockdown?), we had the FPL World Cup, ChampManFPL, and in-depth members articles.  

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So here we go! Many questions are set to be answered over the next month – will empty stadiums have an affect? Will teams benefit from returning players? Will injuries take their toll with the quick turnaround between matches?

Whatever decisions you have to make before the deadline, I hope you find the conclusion of the season enjoyable and entertaining. It’s good to be back.

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  1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Good to go? FreeHit!

    Leno
    TAA Stevens Baldock Lundstram
    Mane (K)DB Mahrez Grealish
    Aguero Auba

    (3.9 Nketiah Targett McCarthy)

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Very good!

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Cheers, mate!

    2. GuenDoozy
      1 month, 24 days ago

      crazy TV

    3. beric
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Surely start nket!

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Wouldnt expect two starts from him. Who should I bench instead?

  2. Tsssst
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    1. Sterling, Fernandes, Nketiah
    or
    2. Mahrez, Saka, Aubameyang

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      2

  3. Garfield1001
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Thoughts on this BB team:

    Henderson Leno
    Lund Stevens Targett Alonso Doherty
    KDB Mahrez Grealish Mount Saka
    Auba Aguero Samatta

    Samatta could become Jota

    Opinions appreciated!

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Samatta should become Jota IMO - if you don't have WC.

      1. Garfield1001
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Have WC

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Rock Solid

    3. Evasivo
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I'm similar

  4. Manani
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    likelihood of Saka starting both games?
    heard that Tierney may be in contention and taking Saka's place?

  5. jdp219
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Bottomed by new article... Adjusted BB to exclude JOC and Fleck. WC in gw31. TIA!

    Leno, ----
    Doherty, Egan, Lund, Trent, Targett
    KDB, Grealish, El G/McGinn, Cantwell, ----
    Auba, Aguero, ----

    1) Hendo, Mahrez, Nketiah
    2) Ederson, Saka, Jimenez
    3) Ederson, Mount, McBurnie

  6. estheblessed
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Ok final fiddle FH. How's this looking?

    Leno
    Doherty, Lund, Stevens
    KDB, Grealish, Sterling, El Gahzi, Mount
    Aguero, Auba

    Reina, Nkiah, Lascelles, Taylor

    1. Daniel S. - Forgot the GW 3…
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      I like it

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Looks great, good TV you have

      1. Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Wait maybe not that great TV but good team gl

    3. jamiejoe
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Nice...

      I'd start Nketiah and drop El Ghazi or Mount to the bench.

      1. estheblessed
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Thanks guys. What does TV mean? Transfer Value?

  7. jamiejoe
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Best sgw option:

    A) Robbo and Martial

    B) VVD and Richarlison

    1. jdp219
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Leaning toward A

      1. jamiejoe
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        ... that is what I'm on.

        I'd switch the LFC defence if i had the extra 0.1m for Bruno.

  8. Villa Velour
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Squad locked, thoughts? (Playing BB)

    Leno, Guaita;
    Laporte, Doherty, Egan, Stevens, Lund;
    De Bruyne (c), Fernandes, Grealish, McGinn, Saka;
    Kun, Auba, Jiminez

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Bit different and very nice.

      1. Villa Velour
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Thanks mate, sitting outside top 100k so gotta do something.

  9. FPL Kakarot
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is Andy captaining Kun or KDB?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Kun

  10. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Pepe an option?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      meh

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Certainly

  11. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Which one makes you nervous this restart gw?
    A. Triple SHU defenders
    B. Pepe in your starting line up
    C. Captain Aguero

    1. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      A & Captain Raheem

  12. mattyb09
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Final FH decision...

    A) Hendo, Robbo, Egan
    B) Leno, TAA, Jack Robinson

  13. Kuzser
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Which team would you prefer going forward:

    A) BB Team (will FH in 31)
    Leno-Krul
    TAA-Egan-Doherty-Baldock-Lascelles
    KDB-Grealish-Bruno-Mount -Saka
    Auba-Kun-Jota

    B) Reverted team to pre-30+ once I used FH
    Pope (Krul)
    Taa Egan Doherty - Awb Taylor
    Salah Kdb Bruno Doucure -Saka
    Auba Jota Dcl

  14. Sarri-ball
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Really tempted by jesus over aguero mad?
    (Kdb captain anyway)

    Aguero starts 2night prob chelsea next thursday
    So jesus Monday v Burnley

    1. Dr. Agabuse
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Could be other way rozns.

      But Aguero is another striker another player another person

      If tore andre flo were startimg, you wouldnt have him for 5mio less

      1. Sarri-ball
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        Aguero has started every game v top 6. I know il bottle it and go aguero

  15. Evasivo
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    BB + WC next week. G2G?

    Leno Henderson
    Lund Egan TAA Luiz Saiss
    KDB(C) Mahrez Grealish McGinn Cantwell
    Samatta Auba Aguero(vc)

    £0.0itb

  16. Legohair
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Whos gonna be citys centerbacks?

  17. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Doherty + saka
    Or
    Saiss + mount

    1. Heiro
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Saiss +Mount

  18. corderz
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Change anything on this BB team look? Have 0.5m left

    Hendo / Leno
    TAA / Doherty / Alonso / Lundstram / Stevens
    KDB / Sterling / Grealish / Mount / Cantwell
    Aguero / Jota / Nketiah

  19. Vazza
    1 month, 24 days ago

    I can’t see Sterling in many teams. Is he not likely to start this evening?

  20. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is this BB team GTG? Thoughts much appreciated.

    Ederson Hendo
    Lord Egan TAA Doherty Fernandez
    KdB Pepe Saka Grealish Mount
    Aguero Auba Samatta

    0 ITB

  21. dshv
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Hello my amigos

    BB ..

    Leno, henderson
    Stevens baldock saiss lascelles targett
    Grealish, sterling kdb cantwell bruno
    Auba kun nkiteah

    Need something good
    Kun captain?

    Opinions?

  22. Sid123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A or B please thanks

    A Doherty lascelles mcginn basham
    B Saiss mount Targett lundstram

  23. thunder_mike
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A) TAA, Sterling, Nkeitiah
    B) Alonso, Mahrez, Jimenez

  24. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Is Reina starting? Currently lacking 0.2 and wondering if there is any 4.3 starting keeper

    1. Tempestic
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Well rumours are that Nyland will be starting ahead of him

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        I would have exact cash for Nyland as bb second keeper with Hendo. Would you go for it?

    2. kamdaraji
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      fraid not

  25. hammersp2000
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Swap Jiminez for Jota to change Reina to Henderson?

    1. BobbyDoesNotLook
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Reina to Hendo

      1. hammersp2000
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 24 days ago

        so you would swap Jimi to Jota then to be able to do it?

  26. SerieD
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    G2G?
    BB is active.
    Any suggestions or notes? Thanks all!

    Leno/Henderson
    TAA, Stevens, Boly,Targett, Lundstram
    KDB, Sterling, Mount, Barnes, Grealish
    Aguero (C), Pukki, Nketiah

  27. Pointless
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Sheffield Star suggesting Fleck is ok?!

    1. In a Rush
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Are they

  28. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Ozil, Pepe or Mahrez?

    1. In a Rush
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 24 days ago

      Fernandes

  29. subhojit123
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    Any news on Reina being a doubt for any of the matches of this double GW?

  30. Marty McFly
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 24 days ago

    A) Reina, Targett, Duda, Pepe
    B) Leno, Doherty, El Ghazi, Mount