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. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Not sure what is best use of 2 free transfers- 1.9 m in bank and planning WC in 31. Any suggestions very welcome what you would do here?

    Martinez
    Dallas Coufal
    Son* Lingard Raphinha
    Watkins Kane

    Pope Cancelo Dias Digne Salah Gundogan DCL

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Salah and City def of choice to Auba and Dunk

      1. HVT
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Any reason not to go for Bale over Auba?

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          You have Kane and Spurs don't look too good right now. Also Bale's minutes a worry and Auba takes pens

    2. HVT
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Salah/Cancelo > Auba/Dunk

    3. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Cancelo>Reguilon/Dunk, Salah>Auba/Bale/Trossard

  2. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    All signs pointing towards a Villa CS 🙂

  3. Whazza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    How certain is an Auba start?

    1. Deulofail
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      65%

      1. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Really, why that low?

  4. C_G
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    is this gtg? no FTs left, 0 ITB

    Martinez

    Veltman Cresswell Dallas

    Raphina Son

    Antonio Kane(c) Watkins

    Forster Stones Lowton Salah

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      Certainly is

  5. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    bottomed

    leading my ML by 35 pts, would you captain;

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

    Cheers

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      A

  6. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Best pick? 🙂

    A. Son+Gundog >> Bale+Lingard
    B. Gundog+Cancelo >> Lingard+Reguilon
    C. Gundog+DCL >> Bale+Antonio

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

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

    1. HVT
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      You committed to Bale over Auba?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Yes if I have to pick one

    2. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      liking A

    3. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      B

    4. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I like C bro. Hate to split the opinions! Help below?

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I did 🙂

  7. DK_13
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Play 2 of the following.

    A)veltmen
    B)reguilon
    C)Tierney
    D)Bamford
    E)Antonio
    F)Watkins
    G)trossard

    1. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      C E

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        A/G

  8. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    Bale (-4) or Son to score more pts till their DGW32?

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      They have DGW32?

      1. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Probably Vs EVE(A) SOU(H)

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Not probably as Soton would have to lose vs Bournemouth?

  9. mr messi
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 26 days ago

    No one going for Lacazette?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 26 days ago

      I have

      1. Tango74
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thinking , his minutes are terrible when aubu is fit . So risky when you have Antonio or Watkins

          It’s Lingard/lacca or bale/Antonio ?

          Who you think

    2. Corona is not good 4 U
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Is this too much respectively are these transfers OK

        Pope -> Meslier for free
        Digne -> Dallas for - 4
        Salah -> Trossard for - 4
        Vydra -> Antonio for - 4

        THX

      • fuzzymike
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Grealish worth getting for this week?? He could rack up points against a tired Spurs or he could not play...
        Would have to lose one of Auba, Bale, Tross, Ling or Odeg.

        1. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Risky but could pay off. He hasn't trained so if he does appear doubt it's a full 90

        2. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I would want 5 nailed mids (Why don't you have Raphinha in there?). Thought about doing the same with Son but backed off.

          1. fuzzymike
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I'm chasing, so a few differentials in. Plus, I've already got 3 Leeds.

      • fish&chips
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Is Bamford going to play? Too risky to bring him in this week? Looking for some 2 week punts and Leeds and Spurs seem to be the best options.

        1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I think Bielsa suggested he should be ok

        2. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Still feel it's risky so I didn't go there

        3. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Thanks both

      • Atimis
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Which one from these?

        1.Bale
        2.Auba
        3.Trossard

        1. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          2 if a 1 week punt only.

          1. Max City
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I have to agree with this

        2. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          1.

      • HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Dallas or Raphinha?

        1. fish&chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Raph

        2. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Raphinha for me

        3. Jambot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I prefer Dallas

        4. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Raph

      • DickFranDyke
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Stones or AWB out for a -4... To Tierney/Cresswell?

      • Drogba Legend
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 26 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

        How many hits to take and who to bring in? Do plan on using WC in the next 1-2 GW

        1. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Robbo > Dunk for free

          1. Drogba Legend
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Cheers

      • Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Salah >> Bale or save an FT?

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          go for it!

        2. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Do it

        3. seanie3
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          do it, i'm doing the same move.. Bale has newcastle in gw30 and salah has arsenal

        4. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Cheers all and good luck!

      • Rowse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        I've got enough money to do whatever transfers I want, and I've got two FT but not averse to taking a hit. I have Son, Kane and Reguillon so can't really consider Bale just in case Son recovers.

        Which two of the following would be my best transfers? Would it be worth a hit to get a third player in?
        Auba
        Lingaard
        Cresswell
        Tierney

        Thanks

        1. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Personally..
          Lingaard + Cresswell

        2. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I brought Cresswell in. Would also target Lingard or Auba if you think Auba starts

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Martinez
        Cresswell Dallas Johnson
        Bale Raphinha Son**
        Kane(c) Watkins
        (3.9 Cancelo Stones Gundogan Bruno DCL)

        1FT 3.5m ITB
        A) DCL to 1) Antonio or 2) Bamford (why? Favoriting Antonio tbh)
        B) Cancelo to Dunk for a -4 or no? Likely moving for a Chelsea def next week anyway

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A or roll. Antonio easy

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I see you’ve helped already! Cheers Raf always a pleasure. GL

          2. In a Rush
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            To be honest mate I wouldn’t be adverse to either of those moves cancelo ➡️ Dunk is alright and I did Dcl ➡️ Maja for a punt

        2. BigBillyBass
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A - Antonio usually scores against the big teams and Bamford is a risk. Even if he plays he’s probably not 100%

          B - yes Dunk potential for at least a 6 pointer this week

      • Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Which game do we predict to be the highest scoring this week?

        1. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          ARS & WH

        2. King Kohli
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Avl Tot

        3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Either this first one, or Hammers Gunners.

        4. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          West Ham v Arsenal.

          Unless Fulham v Leeds opens up?

      • BigBillyBass
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        FH finalised. Any changes?

        Sanchez (Areola)
        Tierney Cresswell Dunk Dallas
        Auba Bale Lingard Raphinha
        Kane Antonio

        Bench: Lacazette Trossard Aina

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Looks good.

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Cheers

        2. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          GTG

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Ta v much

        3. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Nice but no point having Lacazette if you’re gonna bench him.

          Help above?

          1. BigBillyBass
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            He’s cover for Auba if he doesn’t play plus I have a ton of money in the bank this week so the bench quality is no big deal

      • Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 26 days ago

        On FH

        Which ones would u have out of the following?

        A) Bale

        B) Auba

        C) Bamford

        D) All

        E) None

        1. Klip Klopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          B

        2. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          D

        3. BigBillyBass
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          A + B

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Point predictions for this lot then?

        Bale
        Lingard
        Reguilon
        Antonio

      • Bonus magnet
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        pick one

        1. raphinha
        2. lingard/soucek
        3.lookman

      • Klip Klopp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Any chance Son plays this weekend?

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Some, little, no?

      • JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        Worth a hit to do Stones > Dunk (-4)

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I’m pondering the same but would say probably not?

        2. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Worst would be a 2 so -2 lost
          High upside though so may gain 2 or more

        3. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          no

      • In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        The captain call is driving me a bit mad!

        Play safe as they say and go Kane
        Or

        A. Trossard
        B. Lingard
        C. Raphina
        D. Auba

        Cheers all and good luck

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I’m just playing safe. Help above?

        2. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Kane

          1. In a Rush
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            Cheers both it’s probably for the best but I do feel like a punt just can’t decide.

      • E25
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        WCing in gw31 - Is it mental to go without Kane?
        A) Yes - get him in for a hit and cap, bamford out
        B) No - your rank is crap and need to make risky moves, plus you have 2 villa defs!

        Martinez
        Dallas Konsa
        Lookman Bale
        Watkins Antonio Bamford

        1FT 0ITB

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 26 days ago

          I'm also WC'ing in 31 and going B for the exact reason you stated next to it haha. Will probably bring him in on my WC though, if I was to bring him in it would be with an eye to 30 moreso than for this week

          1. E25
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            I hear ya. 30 could be scary without him, but then again Bamford has Sheffield.... good luck this week. Antonio cap me thinks!

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 26 days ago

              You too mate! considering Antonio as well as I haven't seen much talk of him around here. Will most likely be him or Dallas/Raph

      • Jersey Boy
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 26 days ago

        JLingz in over Auba done. Bizarre really.

      • Zlatan F.C
          1 month, 26 days ago

          Repost

          A) Dunk (already have Veltman)
          B) Bale (already ahve Kane)

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            B

          2. tokara
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 26 days ago

            B