Scout Picks

Blank Gameweek 29 Scout Picks built on Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham assets

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Leeds and Brighton assets form the spine of our Blank Gameweek 29 team.

Following David, Neale, Tom and Andy‘s Scout Squad submissions, we have chosen our final XI of best players for the Blank Gameweek.

We line-up in a classic 3-4-3 formation which comes in at £77.4m, a whopping £5.6m under our budget of £83.0m.

GOALKEEPER

Lining up in goal for the Scout Picks is Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez (£4.5m). Brighton have the second best expected goals conceded (xGC) rating in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) in the last four games, and will fancy their chances of keeping a clean sheet against Newcastle. The Magpies are likely to be without at least two their first choice front three, and are in the bottom three for expected goals (xG) over the last six Gameweeks.

DEFENDERS

Kieran Tierney (£5.2m) earns a call-up to the Scout Picks line-up after an impressive display against Tottenham Hotspur. The full-back constantly raided down the left-hand side and was unlucky not to add to his assist. Arsenal are also third for xGC in the last six Gameweeks, so Tierney brings points potential at both ends of the pitch.

Out-of-position king Stuart Dallas (£5.1m) is our pick of the Leeds defenders. Although listed as a defender, Dallas often appears in central midfield for Leeds, and is a key part of their attacking play, scoring five goals this season. With Leeds showing improvements at the back, and Fulham only scoring twice in four games, he also brings clean sheet potential.

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk (£5.0m) rounds out our defensive picks. With Brighton’s attackers fluffing their lines, Dunk seems to have taken it upon himself to add to their goal threat, scoring four goals this season. And Dunk could have plenty of opportunities to add to his tally, with Newcastle conceding the most headed attempts in the league in the last six matches.

MIDFIELDERS

Can Aubameyang prove a worthy FPL alternative to Bruno Fernandes? 2

With all disciplinary issues reported to be resolved, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5m) could return to the Arsenal line-up on Sunday. Since being moved up-front, the Gunners captain has been in lethal form, scoring four goals in his last four games and getting on the end of four big chances. An expert finisher, Aubameyang has been particularly clinical in this period, with a goal conversion rate of 40%. He also has the highest xG of any midfielder by far in his last four games.

A fully-fit Gareth Bale (£9.6m) retains his place in the Scout Picks squad. Bale has been in deadly form since being recalled to the Spurs side, scoring four goals in four games and bringing in two double-digit hauls. With Son Heung-min (£9.5m) likely to miss out, Bale could be given further licence to get beyond the last defender.

Few midfielders can match the form of Jesse Lingard (£6.1m) since his loan move to West Ham. His direct play has given the Hammers attack a new dimension, with only Aubameyang matching him for shots in the box and bettering his xG over the last four matches.

Fantasy managers will be hoping the fortunes of Raphinha (£5.6m) finally change in Blank Gameweek 29. The Brazillian has passed the eye test and tops a number of important stats including big chances created and shots in the box over the last six Gameweeks. Despite this, he has only delivered two attacking returns over this period, with a number of chances created by him being spurned and missing opportunities himself. Should his team mates find their shooting boots on Friday, then Raphinha is bound to be back in the points.

FORWARDS

Gameweek 28 Scout Picks built on Spurs, Everton and Villa assets

Harry Kane (£11.5m) leads the line for the Scout Picks, and is the overwhelming captaincy favourite for Fantasy managers in Blank Gameweek 29. The England frontman tops the charts for attempts on goal and shots in the box in the last six Gameweeks. Kane also loves playing the Villans, scoring six goals in six games against them.

Michail Antonio (£6.6m) will be hoping to recover from a dip in form against Arsenal. The West Ham forward has got on the end of three big chances and had six shots in the box in his last four games, showing he is getting into the right positions to start scoring again.

Quite possibly the most frustrating player in FPL, Ollie Watkins (£6.6m) rounds off our Scout Picks for Blank Gameweek 29. The Villa striker has had 12 attempts on goal and nine shots in the box in the last four Gameweeks, Kane is the only Blank Gameweek 29 forward who can better this. Yet Watkins has not managed to score over this period. If Watkins keeps on having this many shots on goal, then surely his luck will turn.

Substitutes

  • Alphonse Areola (£4.6m)
  • Aaron Cresswell (£5.9m)
  • Ola Aina (£4.6m)
  • Leandro Trossard (£5.8m)

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

We choose the Scout Picks captain using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because we use Fantasy Football Scout data so heavily in this process, the skipper we choose each Gameweek is known only to those with a valid Fantasy Football Scout subscription and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted for Blank Gameweek 29:

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Reedy takes on the Scout Picks in Blank Gameweek 29 going with a 5-3-2 line-up of Areola (vc); Andersen, Adarabioyo, Dunk, Veltman, White; Bale, Aubameyang, Lingard (c); Kane, Antonio.

AA33 is the current leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.

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894 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Konstaapeli
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    I've been pretty sure about using FH this week but savving it even though I only have 6 players + Son and Elmo. Might still take -4. Hoping for a DGW35 later. Might be foolish but got to take some risk's.

    1. Konstaapeli
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Got to hand it to @PINGISSIMUS for helping me to this conclusion. Won't blame you if it doesn't work out.

  2. Gizzachance
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Help appreciated guys
    A salah Ster dcl to
    Bale Auba Kane-4

    B Ster gundo dcl
    To ling bale Kane

    C salah Ster dcl Auba ling Kane

    Kane is definitely in an cap
    Then which two from Auba bale ling

    Cheers, good luck all

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Leaning B only as I would rather Salah over Sterling on my side

      1. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        My thought to, still have w/c, prob in gw 30/31
        Thanks

  3. Lionac
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Get Areola (LEE, avl) or Mesiler (ful, SHU) for next two GWs?

    1. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Meslier easily

  4. Finding Timo
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Captain a) Kane or b) lingard or c) other?

    • Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Bottomed

      Captain Kane or Raphinha?

      1. Torres76
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Kane all the way

      2. Lionac
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I'm leaning towards Raphinha

      3. Echoes
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Leeds not scoring freely lately. Kane the safe and sensible pick this week imo.

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Pretty ironic given how useless Spurs have been of late

      4. Torres76
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Bottomed

        Do I need to FH guys? Got 7 players with Bamford

        Martinez
        Dallas (Rüdiger, Stones, Diaz, Pereria)
        Bale, Lookman (Fernandes, Gundo, Son)
        Bamford, Kane, Antonio

        Looking at doing

        Son to Raphina
        Lookman to Lingard
        Peraria to Dunk | Cresswell | Tierney or Cresswell

        Thanks in adavance

        1. onceuponatyne
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I think retaining your FH is worth more than those moves.

          1. Torres76
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            That’s what I’m thinking. Plenty of rotation ahead for the big teams means that I could save the FH for later.

        2. Carefree Crew
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Potentially DGW35 is immediately followed by BGW36, perfect opportunity for the free hit. Build team for 11DGW players( who all blank in GW36) so free hit for 11 players in GW36 looks much higher ceiling than this week.

      5. Silecro
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Good to go?

        Martinez
        Dallas(c), Dunk, Coufal
        Son*, Raphinha, Lingard
        Bamford, Antonio, Watkins

        0 ft
        * not expecting him to play

      6. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Best differential captain?

        A. Lingard
        B. Raphinha
        C. Watkins

        1. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          B

        2. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          B

      7. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 5 days ago

        A Lingard or Bale
        B Antonio or Lacazette

      8. Torres76
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Anyone else thinking of saving FH for another GW? If so, which one is under your radar? ...

        Thanks

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          GW33 most likely, if not for the next DGW

        2. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Leaning that way, even though team is barebone going into GW29. GW33 on the cards, with Spurs and Coty blamnking, and Leicester, Liverpool, Wolves, Man Utd having plum fixtures. Or use it for a DGW yet to be announced if 6 or more teams have same DGW

      9. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Does the don't captain a player in the early kick off only apply Friday night games as well or only to the early Saturday game? haha

      10. 1966
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Is it madness to only use one FT if you have 2 FT’s and only 7 players (Son makes it 8)?

        Thinking of rolling the FT over so I have 2 FT’s next game week. Feedback appreciated, thanks.

        1. Konstaapeli
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Not madness in case you want to keep the current ones for next week.

          1. 1966
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            That’s what I’m thinking, I don’t want to get rid of Digne and DCL with Everton playing Palace next. I have Dias and Stones so have to get transfer out one of them to get defender in, who would you choose, Stones or Dias out? Thanks.

            1. Konstaapeli
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Both are solid choices. I have no clear opinion on that.

              1. 1966
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                True, Dias looks more nailed but Stones is cheaper with potentially higher ceiling. Obviously the one I sell with do much better than the other haha.

        2. j16
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Depends what you're doing and if you have your WC left?

          1. 1966
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yes have WC left but do we know if they’ll be another big double game week?

        3. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I'll most likely only be using 1 to set up 2 for next week. Just like having 2ft up the sleeve over IB's cause you never know what will happen during then plus I want to use them to set up my BB30 by selling McCarthy, Brighton defender, any injured players etc

          1. 1966
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Yea I think having 2 FT’s after IB will be a big bonus, it’s just difficult going in this game week with 8 players when I can have 9 with no hita.

            1. Mighty Wings
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              I'm doint the same, but with 9 players and Son

      11. Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Who is a better pick for this GW?

        A- Lingard
        B- Antonio

        1. j16
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A

        2. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          A

      12. j16
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Captain Kane or Dallas?Team is

        Mart
        Targett Cresswell Dallas
        Son Bale Raphinha
        Bamford Kane Antonio

        Thanks in advance. I was thinking Kane C but after the result and extra time yesterday I'm not to sure, especially with Spurs struggles of late against any half decent side.

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Dallas/Raph for me, maybe even Antonio. I decided to not bring in Kane for the very reason you mentioned but if I had him I probably still wouldn't captain as I am playing catchup, may come down to where you are overall/ in ML's to decide how safe you want to play it with captain

      13. bslater123
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Dunk or Dallas?

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Dallas baby!

          2. tommo1989
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Wildcard:-
            Sanchez
            Tierney Reguilon Dallas
            Aubameyang (c) Bale Raphinha Odegaard
            Bamford Kane Watkins

            Mendy Konsa Fernandes Rudiger
            £2.6m ITB - thoughts to spend it or keep hold of it?

          3. Easy Cheesy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 days ago

            How soon am I going to regret buying auba? His fixtures mean he is going to be in my team until gw32.

            1. Echoes
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Just brought him in and regretting already he may not even start GW29

                1. In a Rush
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Yeah I brought him in last week! Hope it goes better this week

            2. Deulofail
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Who do you think is more likely to start?

              A) Auba
              B) Laca

              NB: "both" doesn't answer the question 🙂

              1. j16
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                B guessing after last night's lineup

              2. FPL Pillars
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Looks who in scout picks and who’s not

              3. popey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                probably B more likely after last night?

            3. Konstaapeli
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Quick A or B

              A) Gundo
              B) Raph or Lingard (-4)

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                This is for next few weeks. No WC in hand.

            4. Torres76
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Got a feeling that Arsenal and Spurs could lose this weekend. So many surprises this season its been unreal..

            5. Shteve
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Any love for Antonio(c)?
              Have had it on him all week but a bit surprised he's so far down the Captain's poll.
              I know his last couple of games haven't been great but at home against arsenal is surely a good fixture for a goal scorer these days..

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                My thinking also, would be interested to see if more people respond if you reposted on the new article

                1. Shteve
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  I did repost but no one has replied yet 🙂

            6. Kabayan
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              DCL - Digne - Barnes to Watkins - Dallas - JLing for (-4).
              Would give me total 8 players this week (i hope)

              Yes or No?

            7. Carefree Crew
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Villa fans, will El Mo start or will Cash retake his place?
              Been sitting on Cancelo to Dunk & El Mo to Dallas.
              Wondering if I'm risking taking out a player that will play.

              Who starts please?
              A) El Mo
              B) Cash

              Thanks.

            8. Silecro
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Is this a good week to captain Dallas?
              Leeds is solid defensively lately, but got worse in attack. I can see 0-0 in Fulham game, and bonus with Dallas is that he offers so much more than just a possible cs

              1. My heart goes Salalalalah
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Go to new article

            9. Drogo
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Lacazette anyone? Scout went for Auba despite that he played 90 min in EL

              1. kUwe Inc.
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                I’m wondering the same

            10. Drogba Legend
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Not sure what to do here..only have 5-6 playing depending on Son. 1FT and .2 ITB

              Pope
              Digne - Stones - Dias - Robbo
              Son* - Raph * - Bale*
              Kane * - Bam* - Antonio*

              Fodder - Bruno - Gundo - Fodder

              A) Robbo + Son > Auba + Dunk/Tierney (-4)
              B) Robbo + Gundo > Lingz/Odegaard + Dunk (-4)
              C) 3.8 Fodder > Strujik
              D) Gundo > Lingz/Odegaard
              E) Robbo/Digne/Stones > Any playing defender this week except Cress

            11. fajmonkey
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Hey guys!

              No free hit
              No wildcard

              Only 10 points up in my league.

              Current team

              Playing:
              Martinez
              Veltman regulion
              Lingard lookman
              Kane Watkins

              Not playing:
              stones, digne, pereria
              Gundo Bruno de bruyne
              Dcl

              2 ft, 1 Mill in Bank
              Rival has dallas, Bamford and raphina

              Options:
              1) match Rival - pereria to dallas - dcl to Bamford and/or gundo to raphina -4 points
              2) pereira to Tierney, debruyne to auba
              3) pereira to dallas, debruyne to bale

              Any of those sound good?

              My main questions are:
              Worth a 4 point hit to get to 10 players?
              Bale, auba or neither?
              Will Bamford play?

              Cheers

            12. Corona is not good 4 U
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Is Salah -> Bale worth a hit

              Thank you!

              1. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Probably not a hit no

            13. AK_FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Which move?

              A) Gundo > Lingard
              B) DCL > Antonio

              1. AK_FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Planning to WC in 31

              2. Don Kloppeone
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Hard to answer not knowing your team.

                B of those two

                1. AK_FC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Current team:
                  Martinez
                  Dallas - Coufal
                  Bale - Raphinha - Son*
                  Kane (c) - Bamford

                  (Areola; Gundo, DCL, Bruno, Cancelo, Stones, Digne) 2FT, 3.0 ITB

                  Already planning one of Cancelo/Stones > Dunk

            14. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Plan was to get in Auba/ Bale or both and dump Son and Salah. After the midweek games I am very unsure on that now!
              I have 2FT and will play WC in GW31. What option would you go for?

              A) Dias > Dunk (roll FT)
              B) Salah > Auba or Bale (roll FT)
              C) Salah, Son > Auba, Bale (2FT)
              D) A + B (2FT)
              E) A + C (-4)
              F) Trossard or Gros instead of Auba or Bale in above options

              2FT 3.8itb
              Martinez
              Dallas, Coufal
              Raph, Lingard, Son*
              Kane (C), Bamford
              (Pope) (Dias, Stones, Salah, DCL, Shaw)

              Cheers and GL!

              1. AK_FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                I am in a pretty similar situation actually. Already brought in Bale for Salah last week. I am planning on bringing in Dunk for a Man City defender. Will either roll other FT or do a move mentioned above. For you, I probably do Stones out instead of Dias. Salah out is a coin toss, maybe just save the FT.

                1. Don Kloppeone
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Thanks mate appreciate it