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.

894 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Max City
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    As Spurs is out of EL, Bale is a better pick than Auba?

    1. Wılly
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Might mean more unpredictable rotation in their PL squad

      1. pingissimus
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Top 4 still remarkably close and qualification for EL could come down to one of them or Liverpool.

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      IB coming up so anything could happen. Bale has NEW in 30 which is better than Auba against LIV so probably better

  2. Biggsy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Assuming all fit after the IB, which is best option in GW30

    A. Watkins (FUL)
    B. Son (NEW)
    C. Lingard (WOL)

    1. Wılly
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Always B

      1. Biggsy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Thanks. Which makes me feel I should roll a FT this week so I can do it for 30 (as well as a CHE defender)

        1. Wılly
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          I think you can gain a lot from saving transfers this or next week if you don't have a WC

    2. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      B easy

  3. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    What to do here??? 2FTs and 3.2itb.

    Genuinely stumped this week with such terrible picks and fixtures. Got my WC to bail me out. Also got BB.

    Martinez
    Coufal, Dallas
    Son*, Raphina, Soucek
    Bamford*, Kane

    (McCarthy, Bruno, DCL, Digne, Gundog, Dias, Cancelo)

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Gundog to Lingard and roll a FT

    2. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Cancelo to cresswell or Dunk, Son to bale or Auba.

      WC 31

      1. Scholes Out For Summer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Don’t sell Gundo

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Why? Very deep now and rotating?

    3. pingissimus
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Is there a route to turn Soucek into Bale next week for BB? Cancelo or Dias to Cresswell get you there? Then you could lose a WH defender to Villa or even Fulham with other FT in 30 perhaps.

      Think I'd want BB out of the way before you WC so you don't ruin WC squad with thoughts of BB.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        1 transfer will be McCarthy to Mendy. So much to think about haha

        1. pingissimus
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Didn't see that - that's perhaps the better one for BB you're right.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            See below. But not sure I fancy double WH defence. Could go Reguilon

            1. pingissimus
              • 2 Years
              8 months, 24 days ago

              Wouldn't touch Spurs defence myself. That's the bit that is really malfunctioning.

              Double WH defence less than ideal but suspect any pay off you get from FTs are more likely in 30 pre WC than this week.

              Mendy 6 pointer seems all but guaranteed for example.

              One exception would be Dunk in this week and just reason that Brighton on XGC have a chance of a cs against United who do after all blank fairly often.

              Dias/Cancelo to Dunk in 29
              Coufal Mc to Mendy Azpi in 30??

              That only leaves Dunk and Soucek as suboptimal on BB and neither is the worst bench option.

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        This was my initial plan. But very unsure on double WH defence this week.

        BGW29
        Son+Cancelo >> Bale+Cresswell

        GW30 - Bench Boost
        McCarthy+Soucek >> Mendy+Mount/Grealish/Lingard (-4)

        GW31 - WC

  4. Tango74
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Lingard or Antonio ?

    I know the’re different positions .

    Don’t trust bale at mo

    1. Wılly
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Trust your gut.

  5. wantsharptv
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    -4 to bring in Bale for Salah? No chips left

    1. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I'm still toying whether to do that for free (or save an FT) to give you some contexts..

  6. Wılly
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Keep KDB or bring in Auba for a hit?

    1. Boxwoods
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Keep

    2. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Keep. Unless you have WC.
      Don't rate Auba's chances against Liverpool in 30

  7. George Agdgdgwngo
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Last spot in FH team.

    A. Bamford
    B. Antonio
    C. Laca
    D. Lallana
    E. Maupay
    F. Trossard

    1. Mufc202020
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      F

    2. Wılly
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Not A unless he's fine to play, B would offer most long-term but because it's a FH I'd go for Trossard.
      You've given yourself too many options to decide from so you're bound to be disappointed, 16.66% chance of success & 83.33% of picking the wrong one.

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        False, you're saying one of them will come good when multiple can. Or none.

        1. Wılly
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          True but you'll still end up comparing the one you pick against the other 5

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            You can pick anyone on FH, so surely you will have to compare to everyone? Or am I missing something

      2. Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Wrong math..

  8. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Bottomed

    Pick 3:

    A.Tierney
    B. Dunk
    C. Auba
    D. Bale
    E. Lingard

    1. Deulofail
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I'll pick 4
      ABCD

      1. Wılly
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        and I'll pick E

    2. Max City
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Again, BE

  9. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    In the last 9 home games Fulham has scored only 2 goals.

    1. Biggsy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Meslier and Dallas owner here praying that's 2 in 10 by tomorrow

  10. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    What's the latest regarding the fitness of Banford and Son?

    1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      As far as I can tell, Son is 99% out and Bamford should be ok.

      I think.

  11. tbhogal
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Salah to Bale or Auba guys??

  12. Deulofail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Haven't played 5 at the back for a couple seasons. Exciting stuff!

    1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I am playing five at the back too!

    2. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Who you got?

      1. Deulofail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Sanchez
        Reguilon Tierney Dallas Dunk Veltman
        Bale Raphinha Auba Odegaard(c)
        Kane Lacazette

        Areola | Lingard Antonio Maja

        Basically choosing between Tierney, Laca and ESR, but can't be arsed to sweat much more over it.

        1. Deulofail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Remove Laca from my XI

          1. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 24 days ago

            Or should I just go Pepe over Tierney? Ahhhhh I don't knowwww

  13. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Auba or Bale? Really can’t decide

  14. mr messi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Here’s another quandary, would you rather have Dunk or Antonio this week?

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Dunk for me

    2. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Antonio by a mile

  15. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Do you reckon Cancelo to Veltman worth a -4?

    1. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      I did it for free but wouldn't do it for a hit

    2. mr messi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Maybe worth a hit if it was Dunk

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      No

      1. mcsteely
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        I agree. Thanks for confirming my inclinations

  16. Milkman Bruno
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 24 days ago

    9 scout picks here, let’s hope they have a good week!

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      It would be a turn up for the books.

      A reduced field may help tho!

  17. james 101
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Have 1FT

    DCL to

    A. Bam
    B. Antonio
    C. Keep

    Thanks and good luck!!

    1. Tommy Tynans Left Shin Pad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Ant

  18. Bonus magnet
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Lacazette (C)

    1. Scholes Out For Summer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Raph c

  19. winchester
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 24 days ago

    G'day lads, have 2ft WC31. What moves to do here lads? cheers.

    martinez
    dallas veltman targett
    raphinha son*
    bamford watkins

    pope gundo* dcl* cancelo* dias*

    a) cancelo+salah -> cresswell+lingard or bale
    b) salah+dcl -> lingard+kane
    c) salah+gundo -> lingard+bale

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      B

      1. winchester
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        cheers.

  20. HVT
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    2 q’s

    -Bale or Auba ?
    - Tierney or Dallas?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Bale.

      1 answer. 4 options.

      1. HVT
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Any reason for Bale over Auba?
        Dallas or tierney, will play next week then wc

  21. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Any changes?

    Areola
    Cresswell Tierney Reguilon Dunk Dallas
    Auba Bale Lingard
    Kane Antonio

    Dubravka Laca Raph Trossard

    1. Jo Melon
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Dont fancy BRI CS?

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Have Dunk to cover that.

  22. Jo Melon
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 24 days ago

    On FH
    Lloris Areola
    Dunk Veltman Tierney Creswell Dallas
    Bale Auba Raph Trossard Lingard
    Kane Maja Antonio

    and now I have headache who to bench. What do you think?
    Areola Tierney Trossard Creswell?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Lloris.

  23. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    Sell Son or Gundog?

    1. HVT
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Son

    2. Jo Melon
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Son

  24. HD7
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 24 days ago

    2FT:
    Mates, which two players would you get for 29?
    Lingard and Dallas maybe?

    Already have:
    Martinez, Regulion, Son*, Kane, Bamford* + Bissouma, Strujik

    Wildcarding in 30,31

  25. Sal8
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Advice please

      To transfer in for next 4/5 gameweeks
      A. Cresswell
      B. Regiilon

      Best option?

      1. AC/DC AFC
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        A

    • Tsparkes10
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Currently on a -8... gtg?

      Martinez
      Dallas Dunk White
      Son Bale Raph(C) Lingard
      Kane Antonio Bamford
      (Johnstone, Bruno, Dias, Stones)

    • james 101
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      Apologies. Slight update.

      Have 1FT.

      DCL to

      A. Bam
      B. Antonio
      C. Laca
      D. Keep

      Thanks and good luck!!

      1. james 101
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        Was thinking b but realised laca is also an option

      2. HVT
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 24 days ago

        A or D (CP next)

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Cheers!

      3. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 24 days ago

        A or B to be safe
        C to Chase

        1. james 101
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 24 days ago

          Thanks!

    • C_G
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      is this gtg?? no FTs left, 0 ITB

      Martinez

      Veltman Cresswell Dallas

      Raphina Son

      Antonio Kane (c) Watkins

      Forster Stones Lowton Salah

    • Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 24 days ago

      GTG?
      Going to be playing from the back this week. Trying to be different...

      Meslier
      Coufal | Cresswell | Konsa | Dunk ⓥ | Struijk
      Lingard | Raphinha | Bale
      Kane © | Watkins

      Martinez | DCL | KDB | Gundo

    • the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 24 days ago

      leading my ML by 35 pts, would you captain;

      a. Kane (play it safe)
      b. Raphinha (punty)
      c. Bale (punty)

      Cheers