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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for Blank Gameweek 29

Picture that GIF of a confused John Travolta standing in a room.

Where did all the fixtures go?

Then imagine Joe popping his head round the door and exclaiming, “We’re all going to captain Harry Kane, bye!” before exiting swiftly, getting on his chopper and riding off into the sunset. 

That’s Blank Gameweek 29 in a surreal nutshell.

Just four fixtures, eight teams to choose from and one player to captain.

You have until the 18:30 GMT deadline on Friday to make sure the armband is on Harry Kane (£11.5m), decide on any potential transfers and perhaps the odd ‘minus two’ hit.

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

However, a few managers will be playing their Free Hit this Gameweek, and if you are one of them, you’re in luck – because there has been an array of ‘perfect Free Hit squad’ articles on the site this week.

But, as Seb pointed out, those articles can be a benefit to all of us:

Even if you have resolved to save the Free Hit, however, being aware of the players that those using the chip this week may pick in their ‘ideal team’ can be useful information in guiding your own selection decisions.

When discussing chip strategy, David revealed that under a quarter of managers will be deploying their one-week Wildcard. So the majority will want to take into account the fixtures beyond this weekend.

Thankfully, Neale prepared a piece on just that topic.

Frisking the fixtures for the teams playing in Blank Gameweek 29 highlights Arsenal’s appealing schedule, particularly from Gameweek 31.

Among that group of eight, the Gunners lead the way for expected goals over the last six matches. 

Jamie noted their steady improvement this season when breaking down the best midfielders and forwards to buy for Gameweek 29. Arsenal’s recent upturn included victory in last weekend’s north London derby.

In midfield, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.5m) would be the first name on Lateriser’s teamsheet for his mock Free Hit draft. The three-time top 200 manager cited his 11 shots in the box and four big chances over the last six matches as evidence for his inclusion, with penalty duties adding another string to his bow.

At the back, Kieran Tierney (£5.2m) has impressed the upside-chasing maverick:

I like Tierney as a pick because he has a chance for returns at both ends of the pitch. Arsenal have a fairly resolute defence and Tierney is very well known for his attacking ability. In the last six matches, only Luke Shaw and Trent Alexander-Arnold have created more chances than Tierney among defenders and he showcased a very good understanding with Emile Smith Rowe on Arsenal’s left side in the north London derby. It is worth noting that in the same period, he has amassed eight shots as well.

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Martin Ødegaard’s (£6.0m) recent displays have caught the eye of Tom Freeman, who made the Norwegian his headline differential pick. Tom highlighted his ability to find space on the edge of the box and a share of corner-taking duties among the reasons for his selection.

And Bukayo Saka (£5.3m) was talked up by Gianni and Andy on their stream last night. Despite limping off with hamstring tightness at the weekend, Mikel Arteta was positive about his chances of recovering, as Neale reported in yesterday’s team news update.

Meanwhile, it’s been a torrid week for their local rivals. Tottenham Hotspur are now out of the Europa League so rescheduling their game against Southampton becomes a tad easier for the Premier League.

As Andy and Gianni mentioned yesterday evening, Kane played 120 minutes in Croatia while Gareth Bale (£9.6m) came on for what was supposed to be the last half-hour but ended up being 60 minutes after the tie went into extra-time.

Enough to make them change their mind on captaincy or transfers? Probably not.

Gianni is planning to bring in Bale for the next two matches before switching to Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) in Gameweek 31, when Liverpool enjoy their own nice run of games. In fact, the soon-to-be-dethroned champions are top of the Season Ticker for that final sequence.

That upcoming run has persuaded Andy to keep faith with the Egyptian for now.

In fact, the high-flying Pro Pundit is contemplating adding Diogo Jota (£6.6m) alongside him.

But Spurs assets could be kept beyond the next two matches, despite their Gameweek 33 blank because of reaching the League Cup final. Neale explained:

Spurs assets are a god-send for those using their Free Hit chip in Gameweek 33 but even for the rest of us, fixtures against less-than-watertight defences in Newcastle, Sheffield United, Leeds United and potentially Saints stand out between now and Gameweek 35 and are worth navigating around that blank.

And while Brighton featured in the ‘Bad’ section for upcoming fixtures, they nonetheless offer some appealing budget options – especially for those who have already used, or won’t be playing, their Free Hit in Gameweek 33:

The likes of Joel Veltman and Robert Sanchez are at least benchable at their prices, and can be wheeled out for, at the very least, the Gameweek 33 clash with Championship-bound Sheffield United.

– Neale

Veltman has been lauded across the board ahead of the reduced-fixture Gameweek, his cheap price and attacking threat making him something of a no-brainer. But Seb cautioned that he could be handed more defensive responsibilities, with a half-time reshuffle against Southampton last time out seeing Veltman shifted into a back three:

Veltman may be moved to centre-back, in which case I will settle for a clean sheet, but if he retains the right-back/wing-back role his total of six shots in the box in the last four, of which two were big chances, looks appealing.

– Seb

Armband Alternative

David was his usual loquacious self on the Scoutcast and captaincy video this week, singing the praises of Jesse Lingard (£6.1m) to all and sundry:

I’m gonna start with Jesse Lingard because he has, just out of nowhere, become the kind of guy that is troubling enough of the stats tables … he was my favorite alternative captain when we did the Captaincy Video earlier on today.

I’ve always been a big fan of players who can get lots of shots on target – and that’s something that he’s clearly very good at because in the last four matches no Premier League player has even the same number of shots on target as Jesse Lingard … and the chances that he’s getting are are decent, too.

So if you sort all players in the Premier League by those who are actually playing this week, Jesse Lingard is joint second for big chances over the last four with a total of three; he’s had nine shots in the box, which is again joint best of all players who are playing in Gameweek 29. So the form that he’s carrying into this fixture is very strong.

– David

Lingard was David’s second pick behind Harry Kane in Captain Sensible, with a perceived weakness on Arsenal’s right flank bolstering his armband credentials.

The Manchester United loanee takes his place in the Scout Picks, which is really just the best Free Hit team every Gameweek, alongside Bale, Aubameyang and Raphinha (£5.6m) in midfield.

Leeds fan Seb reasoned that the Brazilian is due an attacking return:

Leeds’ attacking threat has deteriorated recently and whilst Raphinha has not escaped from this, he is still the main threat for United, perhaps becoming an even greater focus of the team’s ball progression and chance creation in this slight downturn. The Brazilian has an xGI of 2.01 over the last four, which he has underperformed by 1.01.

Not only was Harry Kane no. 1 in Captain Sensible but he was the unanimous choice for armband among the four Scout Squad pundits of David, Neale, Tom and Andy.

Will we all be dancing like John Travolta come Sunday night?

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

The draw for the first round of the 2019/20 FFS Cup

RedLightning has rounded up the Community mini-leagues and competitions.

And Neale published the latest cup results yesterday: 128 managers remain in the two tournaments, with the finals set to take place in Gameweek 35.

There’s a true ‘David and Goliath’ clash in round four as the lowest-ranked manager in the FFS Open Cup takes on the highest-ranked.

At 3,125,510th overall, Jonathan Ojao will have his work cut out when he faces 254th-placed The Fighting Cock for a spot in round five.

The Head-to-Head fixtures for Gameweek 29 can be found below. 

The scores and tables are now updating every night on the Head-to-Head Leagues main page so you can keep track of the action as the Gameweek unfolds. 

May your arrows be green!

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  1. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Holding + Barnes + DCL —->

    A) Dunk + Lingard + Antonio (-4)

    B) Dunk + Trossard + Antonio (-4)

    C) Veltman + Lingard + Lacazette (-4)

    (WC still in hand...)

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      I like A the most, then C, then B. Trossard may do well, but rubbish few after 29 for a MID.

      Lacazette could end up being the better striker pick, but Arsenal are inconsistent and he's job-sharing atm.

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 9 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        Thanks for the reply as pages fly! Tripe WHM seems like overkill hence my leaning to C, but Laca minutes worry me so also thinking A

  2. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Who would you captain?

    A. Kane
    B. Raphinha
    C. Bale

    1. StellaMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      I've just switched to Kane

  3. StellaMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Missing anything from this FH team?

    Martinez / Sanchez
    Dallas, Regolin, Dunk (Tierney/Ada)
    bale, Grealish, Raph, Lingard (Trossard)
    Lac, Kane, Antonio

    1. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Auba

      1. StellaMan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        Has been in, just think will be rotated as played fully last night

  4. DavidSilva
    • 12 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    son or bruno out?

    1. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      No one

  5. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Anyone else considering Captaining Dunk?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Me

    2. Firmino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Yes

    3. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Brighton defence is a trap... don't go there.... Dunk could be the next Duffy... This are all twitter pundit hype.... NUFC could score...

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        7 months, 9 days ago

        Yep I cant wait newcastle to score in the 89th minute haha

  6. Mr Bird
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Martinez
    Creswell Dallas
    Lingard Raphinha
    Bamford Kane

    Any glaring misses here worth a hit? Money no object but can’t see anyone else worth it given the games.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Only Dunk

      1. Mr Bird
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        I’ve not confirmed yet so would you have Dunk over Creswell?

    2. Jebiga
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Tross

    3. 12steps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Brighton defence

  7. Ibralicious
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Looking to get more thoughts on bringing Creswell in for a -8. Yay or nay?

    Already brought Dunk in for a hit.

    1. TheDragon
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Not for me

  8. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Same ole questions in a roundabout way??? Auba, Odegaard or Trossard, Gross and count my spennys???

  9. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    As someone who planned ahead to BGW really badly with double Villa defence and triple Spurs attack the injury to Son is really really aggravating. The one possible upside to my set up has been shot down by template Bale.

    Got that off my chest.

    Almost tempted to captain him now to restore the balance.

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Bale is a captain choice on form.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        Slightly depends how many weeks you go back 🙂

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Could be an interesting punt tbh. See him being hungry for involvement vs WHU

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        I would I think but for the fact that last night his involvement was in setting up chances not being there to finish them off.

  10. Saint Luke
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    A) Lingard
    or
    B) Cresswell
    WC31

  11. Ninja Škrtel
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    anyone else giving Lingard the armband?

    1. OptimusBlack
      • 8 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Think about Dunk

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Not for me
      Arsenal let Man City, Leicester and Spurs only put 1 goal past them recently - no pushovers...

  12. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Which-
    A- Gundogan -> Lingard (-4)
    B- Son-> Aubameyang (-4)
    C- None
    tempted by A

  13. Drogba Legend
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Still have WC and have this team for this GW as of now: 0FT, 2.0 ITB. 150KOR

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

    Fodder - Bruno - Gundo - Fodder

    Anything worth a hit? Maybe Gundo > Lingz, Tross/Gross, Arsenal mid outside Auba?

    Captain?

  14. built_this_city
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Keep cancelo or stones?

    1. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Stones

  15. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Aurier odds of playing this weekend? Pretty much 0% right?

  16. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    7 months, 9 days ago

    My team for GW29:

    Areola
    Dunk-Dallas-Cresswell-Mings-Digne
    Raphinha(v)-Soucek
    Kane(c)-Antonio-Watkins

    Johnstone-De Bruyne-Fernandes-Gundogan

    1: GTG?
    2: Take a -8 for Bale

    1. CoracAld2831
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 months, 9 days ago

      So that it get me to 11.

    2. Reggie Nainggolan
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      1

  17. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    1. Who makes way for Dunk?
    A) Dias
    B) Stones

    2. Who comes in for Salah?
    A) Bale (avl, new)
    B) Auba (whu, LIV)

    Both for free. WC in GW31

    GL all!

    1. 1966
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Dias will prob play more games but will still probably be rotated. Stones has scored more but they’ve had similar number of chances. Depends if you need the extra funds or not.

      Arsenal play Liverpool and Spurs play Newcastle next so if Bale plays it’s an easier match.

  18. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Will Aubameyang start??!?!?

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah I think so

  19. arndff_
    • 9 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Wondering who to sell... Salah or Gundogan. 🙂

  20. Pep's Money Laundry
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    I think I done, this is my FH team any thoughts

    Sanchez
    Dunk Reguilon Adarabioyo
    Trossard Raphinha Lingard Bale Auba
    Antonio Kane(c)

    Martinez Lacazette Cresswell Mings

  21. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    so who is everyone (C)?

    Kane 120 mins yesterday kind of puts me off...

    1. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Kane will still play 90
      He will have 170%+ EO and I can't see a strong alternative

    2. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Grealish with Kane VC

      can't see him being on bench and think he starts, if not Kane VC kicks in

      Need to make ground in ML so want to go for someone noone else will own as I have all other main contenders

  22. KUN+10
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Play Dallas or Ødeg?

  23. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Life's too short lads.

    If you fancy a flutter on a punt that could go either way, just go for it. You have my blessing.

    1. Reggie Nainggolan
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      What about my punt below. Thanks

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        If you have a WC lined up, Dunk.
        If not, Tierney.

        1. Reggie Nainggolan
          • 4 Years
          7 months, 9 days ago

          No WC. Thanks

  24. Lethargio Alcantara
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Armband to:

    a) Kane
    b) Bale
    c) Raphinha

    1. Reggie Nainggolan
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Kane

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Kane and then you can just enjoy the games imo

    3. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      cheers guys!

  25. Reggie Nainggolan
    • 4 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    One week punt

    A) Tierney
    B) Regulon
    C) Dunk/Vetman

  26. YEAH PITCH!
    • 2 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    A) Lingard Targett
    B) Creswell Raphinha

    1. Reggie Nainggolan
      • 4 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      A

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      B

  27. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Brighton are gonna concede aren't they?

    1. Arteta
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      We're should be used to heartbreaks by now.

      1. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        On a FH and can pick any keeper I want and I'm on Sanchez. Plus I have Veltman. Wat would u do?

      2. Arteta
        • 6 Years
        7 months, 9 days ago

        Stick with this duo and hope for the best. You have no influence on the match outcome so just relax and do what you think is the best.

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Conceded 1 goal vs. Palace, West Brom and Burnley each. You know the drill!

    3. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Yup. A scrappy goal scored by someone's arse from a corner 😉

    4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Yeah, but it's a nice punt isn't it?

  28. Millie7
    • 7 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Is everyone that has a FH using it?

    1. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      no

  29. Genji3lade
    • 3 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Who gets more points this week only?

    A.) Trossard (New H)
    B.) Odegaard (Whu A)

  30. AC/DC AFC
    • 6 Years
    7 months, 9 days ago

    Bale
    Lingard

    Then Kane best captain choices?

    1. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      7 months, 9 days ago

      Lingard isn't a captain choice imo. Kane/Auba/Bale/Raphinha all better