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.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 30:

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2,484 Comments Post a Comment
  1. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Captain?

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

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A, C or E

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      EDCAB

      order for me

    3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Alonso - 21 point haul incoming

  2. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 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
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Bale to Son for free?

    Also is Regulion likely to start this week?

    Many thanks lads

  4. KrisMCFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 days ago

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

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 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
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thinking B with Alonso

    • bobfredbob
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Which is best?

      A) Salah + Iheanacho

      B) Vardy + Mount

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        A

    • Cheeto__Bandito
        2 months, 11 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
          2 months, 11 days ago

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

      • George James
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 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
          2 months, 11 days ago

          B

      • Zlatan F.C
          2 months, 11 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
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            9.5

          2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            7.3

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

            Soucek much more likely to play/start though

        • Nimby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

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

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

            B1

            1. spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Thanks

          2. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Soucek or Coufal?

            1. spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Good spot coufal

        • Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Shaw is fat?

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              So was ronaldo

              1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Shaw is the new Ronaldo

          2. spatel2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Looks ok, not sure about kinda n jack g

            1. Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Double coming up at some point

              1. spatel2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 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
                2 months, 11 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
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Sterling to kdb or havertz for a try?

          1. King Kun Ta
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            KdB

          2. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Havertz for 1 week?

        • King Kun Ta
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Take a minus 4

          2. spatel2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Get two Chelsea defenders in

        • Thunderbahçe
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I’d take out city

          2. spatel2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Son for salah

            1. Thunderbahçe
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Cheers

              1. spatel2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

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

        • Cookie Kid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

            No city could rest em all

          2. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            No. Too many potential rests

            1. Cookie Kid
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

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

        • fpork
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

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

        • thom830g
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Decent. I wouldn't have Dallas.

            1. thom830g
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Plan is to get rid after this GW

              1. Alchim1sT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

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

            1. thom830g
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

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

              1. Alchim1sT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Works Bamford to Lacazette? Thinking mid-longterm

                1. thom830g
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 11 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
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          T. Silva or Rudiger for rest of the season?

          1. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Rudiger

          2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Rotation

        • Dusty Donut
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 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
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

            No, I’d play Auba

        • seanie3
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Who to get rid of for son

          A) bale
          B) mount

          1. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            A

          2. _figu
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            A

          3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            A

        • HarryS
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Which 2 to play?

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

          1. _figu
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            BD

          2. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            BD

        • _figu
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 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
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

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

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            A few look very risky there

        • Atwood
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Azpi

        • MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Gundo > Jota

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

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

        • Fantasy123456
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Who’s more likely to play bale or son

            1. Dusty Donut
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Son