Scout Picks

Gameweek 30 Scout Picks built on Leeds triple-up

Leeds United are the key team for our Gameweek 30 Scout Picks.

Their home match against Sheffield United warrants a triple-up while two Spurs players have made the cut for a trip to Newcastle.

After assessing the Scout Squad submissions by David, Neale, Tom and Andy, we have settled on our best XI players for Gameweek 30.

Lining up in 4-3-3 formation, our latest selection comes in at £80.2m, £2.8m inside our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

Gameweek 28 Scout Picks built on Spurs, Everton and Villa assets 1

Emiliano Martínez (£5.4m) is our goalkeeper for Gameweek 30 largely on account of a favourable fixture for Aston Villa. Over the last six matches, Fulham have scored three goals, only West Bromwich Albion (two) and Sheffield United (one) finding the net less often during that time.

Defenders

Returning Digne can help Everton's attacking assets return to form in Gameweek 20

There is potential for Lucas Digne (£6.2m) to get returns at either end of the pitch in Gameweek 30. The left-back is second-best among all defenders for crosses over the last six matches while no side has conceded more headed goal attempts than Crystal Palace over the same period. Meanwhile, the Eagles have failed to find the net in four of their last even away matches.

There was plenty of demand for Chelsea defence in this week’s Scout Squad article, which led to us choosing Cesar Azpilicueta (£5.8m) for the Scout Picks. The club captain is the most reliable starter in defence as the only one to play every minute of Thomas Tuchel’s tenure at Stamford Bridge. West Bromwich Albion have scored in just two of their last seven in the league while Chelsea have the best figure for expected goals conceded (xGC) over the last six matches.

Luke Shaw (£5.2m) has rapidly become an important FPL defender to own this season. Manchester United have kept clean sheets in each of their last four matches while Shaw tops the league for chances created among defenders over their last six matches.

In Gameweek 30, Stuart Dallas (£5.1m) faces one of the most favourable match-ups on offer in the Premier League right now. Sheffield United have scored just six goals in 14 away matches this season (0.4 per game) and are comfortably the worst in the division for xGC over the last six matches. Dallas is likely to hold down a midfield role again on Saturday too.

Midfielders

Spared any involvement in Portugal’s final game of the international break because of suspensionBruno Fernandes (£11.5m) makes the cut for our Gameweek 30 Scout Picks. The Manchester United midfielder has five goals and three assists over the last eight matches, a spell that includes three double-digit hauls.

Son Heung-min (£9.4m) is ready to return to action as Spurs host Newcastle in Gameweek 30. Over his last six matches, the South Korean international is top among Spurs assets for key passes and big chances. He also ranks best in the Premier League for the latter over the same period.

Raphinha (£5.7m) could enjoy a big haul against Sheffield United, especially considering the aforementioned statistic about their xGC over the last six matches. During that period, Raphinha is top of the Premier League for key passes while only two midfielders have bested him for shots in the box.

Forwards

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

Harry Kane (£11.6m) has six attacking returns in his last five Premier League appearance and, in Gameweek 30, faces a Newcastle side that has conceded two goals or more in five of their last eight.

As already mentioned, Crystal Palace are the joint-worst in the league for headed attempts on goal conceded over the last six matches. Enter aerial specialist Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m).

Patrick Bamford (£6.7m) also looks set to benefit from Sheffield United’s obliging defence in Gameweek 30. Not only are they bottom of the league for xGC over the last six, but no team has also given up more chances through the middle of the pitch than the Blades over the same period.

SUBSTITUTES

  • Edouard Mendy (£5.2m)
  • Antonio Rüdiger (£4.7m)
  • Jesse Lingard (£6.2m)
  • Leandro Trossard (£5.8m)

THE CAPTAIN

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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.

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2,484 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    So will mount start?

    1. rjcv177
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Same boat here.
      Considering upgrade to Bruno or downgrade to jwp

    2. seanie3
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      I have him also and not sure, has played a lot of mins for England, will tuchel see this as the ideal game to rest him? Or keep momentum going for top 4 and play mount

  2. Better luck next year
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Who to start?

    A) Antonio
    B) Bale
    C) Dias

    1. KrisMCFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Bale if chasing, Antonio if not

  3. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Bale to Bruno for free?

    Wildcarding next week.

    1. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Seems sensible. Son anotjer option

  4. fpork
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Bench one:
    Pope
    Dallas, Targett, Reguilón
    Salah, Grealish, Son, Raphinha
    Calvert-Lewin, Bamford, Kane

  5. Better luck next year
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Play Mendy, Antonio, Bale and Dunk on BB?

    1. rjcv177
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Only "risk" is Bale

  6. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Can I hear arguments for / against starting Lingard over Gundogan?

    If Gundo doesn’t start it’s unlikely he comes on for a cameo?

    1. Hint
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      I'd play Lingard

  7. Hint
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Martinez
    Dallas Reguilon Alonso
    Bruno Son Mount Lingard Raphinha
    Kane Bamford

    Subs: Watkins Cresswell Dias / Martin

    Correct subs? Wish I'd kept my bench boost!

    1. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yep i'd play the same

  8. bautasten
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Start two out of these:
    A) gundo
    B) cancelo
    C) b. traore

    1. _figu
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      B for sure. Flip a coin for the other.

      1. bautasten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks. Currently on b and c.

  9. Kuzser
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Guys what would you with this defence?
    Stones Cancelo Strujik (Dawson, White)

    1) nothing, leave as is
    2) play Dawson for Stones
    3) white-> rudiger for free and play Rudi over Stones

    1. bautasten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      3 good long term, but rudi could get rested this week..

  10. Fantasy123456
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Which one should I do

      A) Bale to Son
      B) Dunk to Che defender
      Or leave it

      1. rjcv177
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        The WC is the factor there.

        1. Fantasy123456
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Should have mentioned I am wildcarding next week

        2. _figu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Son has the highest upside. Could go Alonso if you fancy him

      2. melvinmbabazi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Play Gundo or Watkins?

        1. _figu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Watkins, Gundo probably benched

        2. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I have the same quandary...

          I’ve had Watkins benched all IB, but Gundo’s minutes for Germany plus Champs league has got me worried...

          May bench Gündoğan now

      3. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Havertz or Mount one week punt.

        1. _figu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I'd go Havertz

          1. Eastman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            probably sensible thanks

      4. _figu
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Mendy
        Azpi Rudiger Shaw
        Bruno KDB Son Jota Raphinha
        Kane Bamford

        Forster Ihenacho Stones Phillips

        Thoughts on this WC.

        Antonio over Bamford? KdB is there for two weeks, then moving to Vardy in 32 with 2 transfers.

      5. Big Col
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Best Wolves defender til rest of season?

        A) Coady

        B) Saiss

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Coady safe option, but Saïss has always done well for me when I’ve owned him and is threatening on set pieces so I’d probably go for him

        2. _figu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Coady

      6. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Not really sure what to do with Auba now. He was a desperation punt in BGW when I was short on numbers and there was a limited pool of players to choose from.

        Could just do a reverse transfer back to Salah (not best form/fixture). Or could go funky and punt on Mount or Havertz as rest of my squad is fairly template.

        So basically;

        A) Auba > Salah
        B) Auba > Mount
        C) Auba > Havertz
        D) Keep Auba til after Sheff Utd game

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          It’s so tricky as he has amazing fixtures after this week

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Auba to Jota is another option

          Same fixtures as Mo but looking in good form and shooting straight. My experience of him is that when he is shooting on target you pick him and Arsenal isn't the worst of fixtures and it's not as if Liverpool aren't creating chances.

          1. Eastman
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Gone Auba to Havertz personally. Have WC though and will look at Laca or Saka next week due to fixtures.

      7. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Start Cresswell or JLingz?

        1. _figu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Lingard

        2. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I always go for the attacking player, so Lingard for me

      8. Bubbles1985
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        GTG?

        Martinez
        Cancelo Digne(vc) Shaw
        Gundo Bruno Salah Son(c) Soucek
        Antonio Bamford

        Steer Maja Pereira Mitchell

        I have 3.2itb and 1ft.
        Still got WC and TC to play! Thinking I will WC next week so no point rolling a transfer??

        Thoughts please?

        Cheers!

        1. _figu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Gundo to Havertz? or Maja to DCL/Rich

          1. Bubbles1985
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Maja to DCL was on my hit list. Cheers

      9. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        A) Gundogan > Jota & WC 31
        B) Roll FT to 31 - no WC
        C) Your suggestion

        3.2 ITB

        Martinez
        Dallas | Rudiger | Digne
        Raphinha (C) | Lingard | Bruno | Son
        Watkins | Kane (V) | Bamford

        GK: Pope | Cresswell | Gundogan | Cancelo

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          bench boost

          1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            this week? and do what with the FT?

      10. Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        If you could only start one, which one would it be?

        A. Gundogan

        B. Soucek

        C. Dias

        1. _figu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Dias

      11. Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Would you do this if you plan to use WC around Gw35?
        Watkins, Auba, Salah > Bruno, Kane, Lingard (mid up to 8.0) -4

        1. Cheeto__Bandito
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Salah has great fixtures so no

          • Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Not sure that's worth a -4. Maybe just to Auba to Lingard this week and make the other transfers later.

            1. Jones Kusi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Or Auba to Bruno?
              I already have Son. Is Kane a must the upcoming gws?

              1. Nimby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 19 days ago

                Yeah you pretty much have to get Kane. I like Auba to Bruno yes.

                1. Jones Kusi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 19 days ago

                  Is it enough to get in Kane for gw32?

                  1. Nimby
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 19 days ago

                    Depends how my much you have in the bank.

        2. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Is this bench boostable?

          Johnstone - Dias - B. Traore - Dawson

          Would be getting in Rudiger for a hit to go in the XI and bumping Dias out, which i dont mind since he's a long term buy

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Not seeing a great BB there to be honest - but it’s not a great chip anyway, so up to you.
            Not overly keen on Rudiger in for a hit either when u have Dias sat on your bench

        3. La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Will Bale start?

          1. Mr. O'Connell
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Think you should check out QOTSA: Songs for the Deaf. Track 2.

            1. seanie3
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Wtf?

          2. buttsy9
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            My thoughts exactly. Only Jose knows. Could start, could get 30 mins off the bench or could get 0!!! No idea what to do with him.

          3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I wouldn't start him if I was Jose

        4. RECKLESS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Which 2 to start from these 4?
          1) Cancelo or Targett
          2) Bale or Gundongen
          Currently on Cancelo + Bale

          1. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Also have Dias but both cancelo and dias played in all 3 international games. Should i use free transfer for Cancelo to Azpi?

            1. Big Ronnie
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              I would do it

            2. andres
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Yes

        5. Big Ronnie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          One week punt on Alonso before WC? Will most likely go with Azpi on WC.

          Martinez
          Shaw, Reguilon, Dallas
          Son, Bruno, Raph, Lingard
          Kane, Bamford, Watkins

          Pope, Dias, Gundo, Dunk

          1. andres
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Yes

          2. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            I would, can advice above mate?

        6. andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          What would you do with this uderperforming team?

          Martinez (froster)
          Reguilon Rudriger creswell (dias burn)
          Bale Lingard KdB Raph (odegard)
          Watkins Antonio Kane
          1FT 4.6

          1. andres
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Sell bale, rege or creswell?

            1. Jamie_GAWA
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 19 days ago

              Why would you sell Rege this week?

          2. RECKLESS
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Bale to Bruno. Can advice me above mate?

        7. The Pesci challenge
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Who to bench, Watkins or lingard?

          1. andres
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Watkins

        8. buttsy9
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Anyone sticking with Bale?

          Currently planning on doing Auba > Son but could obviously do Bale > Son or Auba/Bale > Son/Bruno for -4

          Bale could go mad against Newcastle but will Jose bother to use him?

        9. KrisMCFC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I removed Raphina and Bamford a few weeks ago now and already have my FT planned this week to bring in a Chelsea Defender.

          Leeds have 3 awful fixture after this GW, but is it worth bringing in Raphina and starting this week for my 5th mid slot for a -4?? Have been unable to decide now for 4 days so any help greatly welcome!

        10. Bubbles1985
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Soucek Lingard and Antonio too much this week?

          Will probably WC next week and dump Antonio to go with Soucek and Lingard...

        11. FALSE PROFIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Enjoyed the chat tonight guys. Sweet Dreams!