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. Torres76
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Looking to get a defender. Which one please?

    1. Tierney
    2. Reguillon
    3. Dunk
    4. Cresswell

    Cheers

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

      Dunk

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

      Dunk for this GW.
      He's not a great hold fixtures wise, but plays BGW33.
      Assuming GW30 fixtures don't concern you. Dallas of you want for both might be worth considering.
      If wildcarding GW31 Dunk's a good option.

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

        Cheers matey got all my chips left inc WC

  2. Zlatan F.C
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Think i'm all set. Rate my team out of 10 please.

      Martinez
      Veltman Dallas Coufal
      Bale Lingard Raph(vc) Lookman
      Antonio Kane(c) Bamford

      1. Zlatan F.C
          3 months, 5 days ago

          This was for a -4

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

          9/10

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

            Yeah nice good luck

            1. Zlatan F.C
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Thanks mate

        • E25
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          2 week punt:
          A) JLingz
          B) Raphinha

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

            probz B just for their standout fixture next but I see either doing well

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

            B

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

          Anyone thinking of Lucas Moura as a punt or too risky?

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

            It was my differential plan all week but after spurs performance in Europe I think that kane and reguilon are enough. So now its cancelo to dunk and rolling FT to next week for 2 Chelsea defenders. Playing with 8 this week.

        • Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          One more go, and then I'm just going to plump and stick.

          A) Tierney
          B) Pepe
          C) Laca

          Choose one on FH. Rationale welcomed 🙂

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

            Tierney

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Should at least definitely start

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

                Definitely? He's played a lot of football, and Cedric and start on the left if necessary

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

            Laca

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

            Nervous with arsenal players, think West Ham will win or draw.
            Maybe Laca, for to differential, Auba played mid week, don't fancy Pepe & think West Ham will score, so Tierney is relying on attacking returns.
            I'd look elsewhere mate. Good luck.

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

          Gundog >> Lingard and roll FT? Could also add Cancelo >> Dunk even though I’m a toon fan 🙁

          Will BB30, WC31.

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

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

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

            I would do both coz u have wc.

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

            Go for both raf live a little

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

            Agree on both. Immediate benefit of having a fixture this GW & City BGW 33. Rotation could mean you get 1 appearance in 3 PL games from City players. Fixtures & recent form don't scream clean sheets anyway.

        • only2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Someone please convince me: Bale or Auba? or both for a - 4 son hit?

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

            Both, but if one Bale.

            1. only2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              thanks!

        • Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 days ago

          What scorelines are you backing? (FH especially)

          I'm backing
          FUL 1-0 LEE
          BHA 0-0 NEW
          WHU 1-2 ARS
          AVL 0-1 TOT

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

            Mostly agree other than swap the FUL - LEE score around imo

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

            Ful 0-0
            Bha 2-0
            Whu 1-1
            Villa 1-1

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

            Very similar bar Brighton Newcastle. But a 0-0 there wouldn't altogether surprise.

            Fulham 1 Leeds 0
            BHA 3 Newcastle 1
            WHU 1 Arsenal 1
            Villa 0 Spurs 1

            1. Major League Shocker
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Fingers crossed for differential Tosin and Reguilon hauls!

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

                Oh you're on Tosin

                Hope it pays. He'd be way up any FH draft I had.

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

            FUL 1 - 0 LEE
            BHA 2 - 0 NEW
            WHU 2 - 2 ARS
            AVL 1 - 4 TOT

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

              🙂

              Read your earlier post. Thought about it. Shifted captaincy back.

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

                Always trust your gut!

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

                  My gut is shrugging its shoulders this week. Sight to behold 🙂

                  (It might simply not be talking to me out of pique after being told off in 26/27/28 is one possibility)

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

                From where to where?

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

          Bottomed.

          So -8 is like -4 this week?

          1. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Nah

            • Konstaapeli
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              No. It's still -8 and you might be stuck with a player you don't want next week.

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

                Yep but if u dont have players to play...And im WCing 31 so i can take punts.

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

                  In that case it might be just the -4

          2. KAALI_DAAL
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Wise to hold on to Salah, KDB, Gundog And DCL this GW? Or ditch for someone playing?

              1. xandu
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                ditch if you have a WC

            • Lucky Z
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              A. Sterling + Gundo + Dias => Auba + Bale + Veltman -4
              B. Sterling + Mee => Auba + Dunk

            • The Tinkerman
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              A) El Mo > Lascelles (FT)
              B) Hold and use 2FT next week for mini clearout
              C) Some other FT?

              0.1ITB, No FH, no WC

              Sanchez (Martinez)
              Reguilon, Veltman, El Mo
              Bale, Bissouma, Raphinha
              Kane, Watkins, Bamford

              Salah, Bruno, Dias, Cancelo,

            • xandu
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              Who will get more points over two games:

              ABU - WHU, LIV
              Bale - AVL, NEW
              Raph - FUL, SHU

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

                I think Bale won't start both games, so Raphinha solely for the shu fixture

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

              If you could only keep one of Cancelo/Stones who would it be?

              1. Lucky Z
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Stones

              2. The Tinkerman
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Cancelo

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

                  Stones for me

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

                Cancelo

              4. #Swish41
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 5 days ago

                Cancelo

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

                Stones!
                I've got both & selling Cancelo due to cost.
                Eye test says Cancelo offers more attacking threat but it hasn't materialised into FPL points.
                Got Stones at £4.8 so price has influenced my decision.
                Probably going to sell both for double Chelsea DF.

            • KUN+10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 5 days ago

              What do you guys think of this FH team? Anything you would change?

              Sanchez
              Dunk Dallas Tierney
              Bale Lingard Trossard Raphina Ødegaard
              Kane Laca
              Areola Bamford Creswell Aina

              1. Parsnips
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  I've got very similar team, but starting Bamford instead of odergaard

                • The Tinkerman
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Nice

                • KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Thanks!!

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

                Hold/Sell these city players for gw 30 with possible rotation for UCL?

                Cancelo
                Dias
                Gundo

                1. DickFranDyke
                  • 12 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Sell all, league practically won.

              3. Parsnips
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  GTG?

                  Sanchez
                  Tierny Dunk Dallas
                  Lingard Trossard Raph Bale
                  Kane Bamford Laca

                  Areola Odergaard Aina Lascelles

                  On FH

                  1. ManUtdFan977
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    yes GTG

                  2. Lucky Z
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    No. Don't like Laca pick.

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

                      Laca ➡️ Maja

                • Slitherene
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  Who is more important this GW?

                  Bale or Raphinha?

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

                    Raph

                    1. xandu
                      • 7 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Why? Fullham-Leeds 1-0

                • Torres76
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  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. sunzip14
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Why Lookman to Lingard for a hit?

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

                      Because I’d lose a fair bit of TV on Gundo and Bruno. Plus Lookman has been pants for last few weeks

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

                        I wouldn't be too worried about team value at this stage of the season plus Pep has all but said his players will only play half the remaining games

                • sunzip14
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  How many of you have changed your mind and decided to use FH this week? I think I am going that route as I will WC31 and navigate 33. have 7 players+ Son & Bamford but I have 3 Villa defense and I am predicting they concede. Am I overthinking?

                  1. fish&chips
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    I wouldn't free hit. Bamford will probably play according to Bielsa. Son has history of coming back out of nowhere. Don't think you'll get much value from it honestly.

                  2. Major League Shocker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    You're not overthinking. Just have 2 FT for 33 and you should be able to handle it easily.

                • ManUtdFan977
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 5 days ago

                  is it worth holding on to Son he will be back after international break wont he???

                  1. #Swish41
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    I am

                • Echoes
                    3 months, 5 days ago

                    Last minute decisions:

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

                    1. #Swish41
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      A for me

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

                      A

                    3. ManUtdFan977
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      a

                    4. Echoes
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Thanks guys. Goodluck for the GW!

                    5. #Swish41
                      • 11 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      What do we think squad:

                      Martinez
                      Coufal Ayling Veltman (Dias, Keane)
                      Son Bale Raphina GUNDO (Bruno)
                      Kane Bamford Watkins

                      Sat at 43k rank, WC and BB left, £3.4m itb, used FT.

                      Is Gundo > Lingard worth a hit for 10 (plus Son)?...

                    6. The Red Devil
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      A- son + cancelo -> Aubameyang + dunk (-4)
                      B- son + cancelo -> lingard + Cresswell (-4)
                      C- cancelo -> Cresswell/dunk
                      D- cancelo + gundogan -> dunk+ lingard (-4)

                      1. #Swish41
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        I personally like D

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

                      Do we think Bamford will start?

                      1. #Swish41
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        Fairly sure - we have nobody else as Rodrigo looks out, and Bielsa indicated he would play

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

                          Cool, thank you. I’m on wildcard and just wondering whether it’s worth losing my value in DCL to bring Bamford in..

                          1. #Swish41
                            • 11 Years
                            3 months, 5 days ago

                            We stopped conceding as many, but also stopped scoring as many, in recent weeks, so don’t think you’ll miss out much by not having him!

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

                      Pick 2 to bring in this week

                      A) Bale
                      B) Moura
                      C) Odegaard
                      D) Grealish
                      E) Tierney
                      F) Reguilon
                      G) Veltman (have Dunk)

                      1. #Swish41
                        • 11 Years
                        3 months, 5 days ago

                        A and E for me

                    9. mr messi
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Tell me about Odegaard?

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

                        From Norway

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

                        Plays for Arsenal these days

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

                        my captain

                    10. fish&chips
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      3 months, 5 days ago

                      Had a few G&Ts and suddenly contemplating:

                      Digne, Periera, DCL & Gundo -> Dunk / Veltman, Dallas, Bamford & Bale (-8)

                      Will WC in 31 so all would be 2 week punts and will bench Veltman / Dunk next week.

                      Worth it? And which one out of Dunk and Veltman?

                      Thanks for any feedback and have a lovely evening all!!

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

                        get it done, seems fun

                        1. fish&chips
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          3 months, 5 days ago

                          This is the kind of answer I was looking for 😀

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

                      Martinez
                      rob cancelo tark
                      salah son raph gun sterling
                      kane bam

                      subs, forster, coufal, brewster, mitchell

                      2ft and was thinking of getting auba/saka/antonio or bright defence, the options dont look great

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

                      Captain Kane or Raphinha?