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. 7shadesofsmoke
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Got nine starting, no FTs left.

    -
    Dunk Targett Dallas Andersen
    Raphina Bale -
    Kane Watkins Bamford

    Mendy, 4.0 / Cancelo Gundogan Salah Fernandes. 0.4 ITB

    Anything worthy of a hit here?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      2nd keeper?

  2. Avery
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Bottomed

    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

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

    Thoughts on this transfer plan?

    Martinez* 3.9
    Cancelo Dias Digne White* Struijk*
    Salah Bruno Barnes Gundo Raphinha*
    Kane* Antonio* Watkins*

    2FT 1.6 itb
    29: Barnes > JLingz (8 players for 29)
    30: Cancelo + Digne + White > Azpi + Alonso + Rudiger(-4)

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Why lose Digne on a hit when he is against Palace?

  4. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Salah > lingard for a hit? Have 9 players currently including son and bamford.

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

      Yeah go for it and I reckon bam plays

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

    Anyone know when Son is likely to be back? They play NEW next week.
    Worth swapping him out for Lingard?

    1. Ëð
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      I'm holding just in case he starts this week. Not worth a transfer out in my opinion

  6. tbhogal
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Is 8 BGW 's enough for this week guys??

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Not sure. I have 8 too including Bamford.

  7. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Need to bring in non-Leeds, non-Spurs defender in on a hit. Better pick for this GW alone (WC'ing 31)?

    A) Dunk
    B) Cresswell

    Cheers!

    1. Ëð
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B for attacking threat

    2. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      B

    3. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A

    4. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      A has higher chance of clean sheet
      B on some set pieces and corners so probably toss a coin tbh

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

    DCL -> Antonio/Watkins for a hit?

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No

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

        Yeah live a little I went for Maja!

  9. sunzip14
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Is this enough to save FH or go for the FH team below? 3 Villa defense and Son injury a concern. Will WC31.

    Martinez
    Targett, Konsa, Struijk
    Raphinha, Son*, Lingard or Bale for 1FT.
    Kane, Bamford*

    FH Team:
    Sanchez
    Dunk, Dallas, Reguilon
    Bale, Raphinha, Lingard, Trossard, Auba
    Kane, Bamford

  10. AC/DC AFC
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Areloa
    Cresswell, Dunk, Lascelles
    Lingard, Auba., Bale, Lallana
    Antonio, Lacazette, Kane.

    Sanchez. Moura, Dallas, Aina.

    Appreciate any tips to improve my free hit.

    Would you bring in Welbeck?

  11. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Salah to Auba worth a hit? (YOLO)

  12. umerlfc
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Is Auba expected to start?

  13. gomez123
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Raph or Lindgard.....

  14. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Over next two gws who will score more?

    Dunk
    Cresswell

  15. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    0FT left once I pull the trigger on DCL to Antonio.

    Is it worth a -4 to replace one of Cancelo/Stones with Dunk? Would likely be replacing one of then with a Chelsea defender from next week anyway.

    1. sunzip14
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Keep DCL and just do Cancelo>Dunk?

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Pretty sick of Everton - already spent a FT on Digne to Cresswell.

        Surely an attacking transfer is better than only a defensive one like that

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          DCL against Palace next week though.

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

      No

      1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Cheers Raf. That’s what my head says as hits for defenders really mean you need at least a CS if not more. Our Bale supporter below makes a decent point tho

    3. In Bale We Trust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      If no other Bri def then might be worth rolling dice. More than likely a 2 point swing either way

  16. Echoes
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Pick one:

      A: Auba + Bale + Antonio
      B: Lingard + Bale + Laca

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

      Would it be crazy to ditch Soucek? Finding it hard to get rid of Son and Gundog.

      Soucek+DCL >> Lingard+Antonio?

      1. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I wouldn’t take out a player with a fixture this gw

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

          Yeah seems daft. Thanks

    • winchester
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Salah to
        a) lingard
        b) ale

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

          B

        2. Avery
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          B

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

            Depends on what type of ale!

      • phuang
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Martinez
        Targett, Cresswell, Dunk, Dallas
        Son (doubtful), Lingard, Raphinha
        Kane, Bamford, Watkins

        Spent 2 FT and brought in Cresswell and Lingard for Stones and Salah respectively.

        Should I take a -4 hit to replace Son? If yes, who is the best replacement to bring in?

        A: Bale
        B: Aubameyang
        C: Odegaard

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

          I did the same and went with A

      • RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Get Tierney or Cresswell?

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

          Cresswell

      • Mr. Mystic
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Salah or Son to Bale?

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

          Son > Bale
          Can swap back next week

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

            Which are you more invested in salah or son?!

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Reverse fixture for Fulham Leeds finished with 7 goals, including 1G2A and 14pts for Bamford...

        Bringing in Antonio over him, I am now nervous. Even if that was back in gw2

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

          Leeds haven’t scored in their last 4 games, and haven’t won at Craven Cottage in the past 5 seasons. Does that make feel better?

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Perhaps. Though this season has shown that anything is possible

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

              Agree. I think Antonio was the right choice you made. For leeds I have Meslier, Strujk and Raph.

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

          Have you done it yet dakes?
          I would lean towards bam bearing in mind Sheffield Utd in 30 as well.

          1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            I haven’t yet bro. That’s true. But Leeds can be so hard to predict. I have Raph and Dallas for that game too

        3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Different Fulham team at that stage but still expect it to be a decent game

        4. AzzaroMax99
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Hmmm..so with Bamford, Raphina, Dallas and Aina in my squad I should be optimistic? 😀 Antonio is also in the team xD

      • DangerFC
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Right lads final opinions please - who are captaining for the blank gw? I'm undecided on kane or lingard !!!

        1. Hadebayor Mum
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Everything is pointing to a Kane blank - poor form against top half teams, last four scores away 2, 2, 2, 2. Therefore you should definitely captain him given how this season is going.

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

        Martinez
        Reguillon Cresswell Dallas
        Trossard Raphinha Lingard
        Kane Bamford Watkins

        Would you take a -4 to get either Bale Or Auba? or GTG with 10?

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

          go for bale

      • PP6
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Feel like putting Ralph first sub.. don’t think he gets anything but ownership scares me

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Interesting there is so much interest in Brighton players

        Worst home record in the league. One win all season at home

        1. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          we are happy with a 0-0 draw

        2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          The interest in their defenders is totally logical - regardless of whether or not they go ahead & actually keep the clean sheet - the punt on FH makes total sense

          They are the team most likely to keep a clean sheet according to bookies odds (52%) and Dunk & Veltman have a bit of attacking threat

          Definitely understand taking a punt on them in a blank GW

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        The fact that JLingz is the subject of hits and captaincy picks is mad to think

      • Torres76
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Anyone else saving their FH? If so, for which week?

        Cheers

        1. Ohh1454
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Thinking 33 or another possible double that arises

        2. sunzip14
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          I was thinking of saving but think it's better to use this gw now. Specially as I am WC31, can easily navigate 33. I have 3 Villa defense for BB30 and Son is injured. So, FH could be better although I have 7 players+ Son & Bamford.

        3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          The best thing to do is save it right till the end & don't actually use it at all

          None of your rivals will expect this tactic & you can catch them with the all important element of suprise

          1. Hy liverpool
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            Lol

      • Ohh1454
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Trossard or gross ?

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

          I’ve gone with tross

        2. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Tross
          Gross could be played as wingback

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

        So -8 is like -4 this week 😉

        And would u play Martinez or Areola?