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

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.

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2,484 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Captain?

    A) Alonso
    B) Bruno
    C) KDB
    D) Kane
    E) Raphinha

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      A, C or E

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      EDCAB

      order for me

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

      A

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Alonso - 21 point haul incoming

  2. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    Is this bench ok to BB?

    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

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

    Bale to Son for free?

    Also is Regulion likely to start this week?

    Many thanks lads

  4. KrisMCFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 4 days ago

    bottomed...

    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!

    1. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      only if you can afford to bench him for like 3-4 GWs

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      How awful is the Liverpool fixture especially for attack?

      Leeds scored 6 goals iirc against City United and Liverpool in the reverse fixtures early season 🙂

  5. Fantasy123456
      4 months, 4 days ago

      One week punt as I’m wildcarding next week...
      Which move should I do?
      A) Bale to Son
      B) Dunk to chelsea defender
      C) leave it

      1. Big Ronnie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Thinking B with Alonso

    • bobfredbob
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Which is best?

      A) Salah + Iheanacho

      B) Vardy + Mount

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        A

    • Cheeto__Bandito
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Own Antonio and Creswell over Bamford and Dallas, could be a rough week coming up.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Don't see much between Cresswell and Dallas this week tbh. Did sell Antonio for Bamford mind

    • George James
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 days ago

      Best move here?

      1FT. 9.9m ITB

      A) Trossard >> Bruno
      B) Dunk >> Azpil
      C) Roll FT

      Ederson
      Target • Dallas • Shaw
      Lingard • Son • Gundo • Raph
      Kane • DCL • Bamford

      Areola / Trossard / Dunk / Lowton.

      1. spatel2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        B

    • Zlatan F.C
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Rate my team out of 10 please

        Martinez
        Dallas Dias Azpi
        Bruno Raph Lingard Bale
        Antonio Bamford Kane

        Pope Cancelo Coufal Lookman

        1. Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          9.5

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

          7.3

      • Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Soucek vs. Gundogan looks like it isn't as obvious as it maybe first appeared.

        Soucek more than holding his own, especially when it comes to shots in the box

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Soucek much more likely to play/start though

      • Nimby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Seriously considering WC in 34 now. It could save me a right headache when the fixture rearrangments are announced as I have no FH left. Current team is:

        Martinez
        Cancelo AWB Dallas
        Salah Lingard Son Raphinha
        Kane Watkins Bamford

        Pope Lookman Coufal Dunk

        The thinking is I could just do Cancelo to Azpilacueta this week and possibly do nothing next week and have either Bamford or Raphinha against Man City. Pope will be in the team for Newcastle, Dunk for Everton game, and Lookman for Wolves, which isn't bad.

        For 32 I'll bring in Bruno for Salah and maybe Vardy for Bamford. Then I'll sell Kane and Son to bring Salah back in and maybe Iheanacho in 33. Then wildcard and bring the spurs boys back.

        What do you guys think?

        Thanks

        1. spatel2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Wc 31 optimise team ASAP. in 34 you’d only get a few weeks benefit

          1. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Yeah I just think it's a nuisance that spurs are blanking in 33 and have Sheffield United the week after. It would mean hits if I want to have a good team for 33 but I guess my current plan would probably mean a hit as well.

        2. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Seems like a good plan. If you are chasing I think you have little to gain by following the template (WC31) plan. You'll have a better team post-WC while others will have played their WC with no knowledge of what's happening in 35 and beyond.

          1. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Not wanting to brag but I'm not exactly chasing as I'm having a decent season and am top of the mini leagues I care about. I am close to the top 10k so hoping I can be in there by the end of this weekend.

          2. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Oh and thanks for endorsing my plan. I really don't know whether I will not not but I think either way I bring in Azpilacueta just in case I eventually decide not to wildcard next week.

      • spatel2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Martinez (Johnstone)
        Digne, cancello, Maguire (stones, soucek)
        Son, Salah, Raphina, Mount (Gunda)
        Kane, DCL, Bamford

        1.7 itb, no chips left

        Willing to take a few hits over next few weeks for fixture swings.

        Please help:
        Take out
        A cancello
        B soucek
        C both a and b for minus 4

        Bring In
        1 AzP
        2 Rudi
        3 both 1 and 2 for - 4

        Is Rudi nailed with Thiago back and Christensen’s form
        Thanks

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

          B1

          1. spatel2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Thanks

        2. King Kun Ta
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Soucek or Coufal?

          1. spatel2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Good spot coufal

      • Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Last thoughts (before tomorrows panic) on my WC?

        Mendy
        TAA Rudiger Shaw
        Son Bruno Jota Grealish Raphina
        Kane DCL

        Forster Iheanacho Phillips Konsa

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

          Shaw is fat?

          1. Pukki Party
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            So was ronaldo

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

              Shaw is the new Ronaldo

        2. spatel2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Looks ok, not sure about kinda n jack g

          1. Pukki Party
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Double coming up at some point

            1. spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Yes nut villa been poor, you want to carry dude players for 5 to 7 weeks?

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Quite likely to be United Everton in 35 I think. Not exactly special. Dont see it's worth planning ahead for that - Grealish isn't especially explosive in any event - just 3 double digit hauls all season and two of those were 10 pointers.

      • Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Sterling to kdb or havertz for a try?

        1. King Kun Ta
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          KdB

        2. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Havertz for 1 week?

      • King Kun Ta
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Use my WC this GW (planned to do it next GW)?? Y or N?

        I think the risk of no or limited playtime for Bale, Jota, Holding, Cancelo and Gündogan is too high.

        Please share your thoughts!

        Martinez Martinx
        Cancelo AWB Ayling Mee Holding
        Bruno Jota Lingard Bale Gündogan
        Kane Antonio Bamford

        0 FT and 6.2 ITB

        1. spatel2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Take a minus 4

        2. spatel2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Get two Chelsea defenders in

      • Thunderbahçe
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Martinez (Fabri)
        Digne, Cancelo, Stones, Dallas, Targett
        Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Lingard, Raphinha
        Kane, DCL, Brewster

        Are the following worth it for -4?

        Brewster -> Bamford
        Salah -> Havertz
        Stones -> Azpi

        Would then bench Fabri, Cancelo, Targett and Gundo

        Makes sense?

        1. spatel2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          I’d take out city

        2. spatel2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Son for salah

          1. Thunderbahçe
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Cheers

            1. spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              I have same 3 city, they could all be benched, so could salah

      • Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Really not sure what to do - had planned to BB this week but now unsure with Gundogan/Cancelo maybe not playing

        What would you do? 1 FT 0.9m ITB (plan was always to sell Salah/KDB to Bruno)

        Martinez
        Cancelo Dallas Cresswell
        Salah KDB Lingard Raphinha
        Kane Bamford DCL
        Forster/Gundogan/Konsa/Coufal

        Would you still BB this?

        1. spatel2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          No city could rest em all

        2. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          No. Too many potential rests

          1. Cookie Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            This bench boost is like a noose around my neck. I just want rid 🙂

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

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

      • thom830g
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        On WC. Right line-up? Should I go for more differentials?

        Mendy
        Shaw - Dias - Azpi - Dallas
        Bruno - Mount - Son - Raphinha
        Kane (C) - Bamford

        (Areola - Gundo - Antonio - Stones)

        1. _figu
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Decent. I wouldn't have Dallas.

          1. thom830g
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Plan is to get rid after this GW

            1. Alchim1sT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Wildcarding and planning a transfer for the next GW seems kind of weird
              Tripple Leeds seems a bit too much regarding their rought run of fixtures after 30

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

          Looks like you have 10m in the bank
          Nothing wrong with that

          1. thom830g
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            1,9m itb at the moment. Maybe Antonio -> Laca?

            1. Alchim1sT
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 4 days ago

              Works Bamford to Lacazette? Thinking mid-longterm

              1. thom830g
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 4 days ago

                Not bad either. But I am concerned over the minutes laca will play. Think I might do Dallas -> Digne

      • Mitos77
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        T. Silva or Rudiger for rest of the season?

        1. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Rudiger

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

          Rotation

      • Dusty Donut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Evening all. Do you think the first 11 / bench order is right for this gw?

        Martinez
        Shaw Alonso Dallas
        Salah Son Raphinha Gundo
        Kane Bamford Antonio

        1 Cresswell / 2 Dias / 3 Soucek

      • Viper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        I've taken the decision to play Soucek over Gundogan.

        Would you however play Gundogan over Aubameyang?

        1. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          No, I’d play Auba

      • seanie3
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Who to get rid of for son

        A) bale
        B) mount

        1. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          A

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

          A

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

          A

      • HarryS
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Which 2 to play?

        A) Dias
        B) Dallas
        C) Targett
        D) Rudiger

        1. _figu
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          BD

        2. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          BD

      • _figu
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Would you have KDB on wildcard this week? Really tough to predict the line up in 31 where I'd want to captain one of the City mids.

      • Daniel Jebbison
        • 12 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Will these players start? I am worried about not having a full 11

        Bale
        Mount
        Gundo
        Strujk
        Cancelo
        Dias

        1. Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          All the city players are a gamble I reckon (except Dias probably).

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          A few look very risky there

      • Atwood
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Which defences do you like the look of for the next 4/5 gameweeks? Targett isn't making my team this week so may get rid.

        1. _figu
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Azpi

      • MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        BB this team or hold for 32 or 35?

        3.2 ITB

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

        GK: Pope | Cresswell | Gundogan | Cancelo

        1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Gundo > Jota

      • Jones Kusi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 4 days ago

        Is Kane a must have this GW if you already own Son?
        Can I wait until GW32 to get him in?

      • Fantasy123456
          4 months, 4 days ago

          Who’s more likely to play bale or son

          1. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 4 days ago

            Son