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. jason_ni
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Would you do Bale to Kdb for free?

    Have kane, and no son.

    1. spatel2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Son

    2. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Maybe Son for this week

      1. jason_ni
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Its a long term move though.

        No wc left.

        1. jason_ni
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          Just a lingering doubt that bale remains benched, otherwise I'd keep him this gw and get kdb next.week.

          1. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            I think Son works long term. Especially now they have another dgw coming up.

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              True enough.. hes prob good up till blank 33.

  2. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 20 days ago

    Along with Son Bruno and Lingard which 2 other are great mids to buy and keep all season?

    1. spatel2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Jota and nailed Leicester then raphina

    2. Alisson WondHaaland
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Salah. In fact, Im planning to have Salah and no Bruno for the rest of the season

      1. artvandelay316
          6 months, 19 days ago

          I'm the opposite. I'm giving him one last chance this week and then booting him if he doesn't score.

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

        Not sure I see any tbh - I'm expecting to mix and match mids according to form and fixtures, Defence and attack is what I intend to keep stable

        On my list are in order as it stands

        Jota
        Maddison
        Lingard
        Mahrez
        Raph
        Mount
        Gundo

        But if KdB shows form he comes in immediately. Not buying that Pep will rotate as he has never rotated before. City are used to chasing triples and quadruples.

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Suggested transfer or save?

      Subs: DDG, Watkins, Targett, Dias

      Martinez
      Stones, Dallas, Cresswel
      Bale, Raphina (c), Bruno, Gundogan, Lingard
      Kane, Bamford

      1. Dusty Donut
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Save (unless your wildcarding next week)

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          No WC left, only FH and TC. Considering Bale to Son, good for dgw

          1. Dusty Donut
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            Yeah Bale to Son a really good shout actually

    4. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Thoughts on this line up? First 11 / bench order right for this gw?

      Martinez
      Shaw Alonso Dallas
      Salah Son Raphinha Gundo
      Kane Bamford Antonio

      1 Cresswell / 2 Dias / 3 Soucek

      1. Buck The Trent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Great team

    5. checkit_j
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      I have Antonio Watkins bamford.

      And Bale.

      Do I take - 4 for kane? If so who?

    6. Ohh1454
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 20 days ago

      Start Dias or konsa ?

    7. GCM0803
        6 months, 20 days ago

        Martinez Forster
        Rudiger dallas cancelo cresswell konsa
        Gundo bale Bruno lingard mount
        Bamford Kane watkins

        1) gtg?
        2) bench 3

      • Alisson WondHaaland
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        G2g? WC next week

        Mccarthy
        Shaw Rud Alonso Ayling
        KDB Son Raph Bale
        Kane Bam

        Sanchez Watkins Konsa Bissouma.

        1. lifes a pitch
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          Play watkins over bamf or raph

          1. nothing_else_Mata
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            I would say Watkins over Along, gtg

            1. nothing_else_Mata
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              Ayling*

      • Steve McCroskey
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 20 days ago

        A. Veltman > Rudiger
        B. Veltman > Azpi
        C. Veltman > ?

        1. artvandelay316
            6 months, 19 days ago

            B

        2. lifes a pitch
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          Play Lingard or Raphina? (I have Bamford)

          1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            Rapha

          2. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            Raph for sure

        3. MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          Correct bench order? Watkins | Cresswell | Cancelo

          1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            Perfect. Unless Cancelo pops out with a 21 pointer haul.

        4. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          Play one

          Keane or Stones?

        5. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          Hi....Who to start please?

          A....cancelo
          B....dias

          And

          X.....lingard at wolves
          Y....mount v wba (surely risk of cameo sub appearance)

          Thanks

          1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            B
            X

            1. Flynny
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              Thanks

          2. spatel2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            AY more upside. B is nailed

        6. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 20 days ago

          Is it time to underweight double City defence and get one Chelsea defender in place ?

          A Dias to Azpi
          B Cancelo to Azpi
          C Keep Dias & Cancelo

          1. DRIZ ✅
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            C

          2. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            B. Cancelo will be rotated a lot.

          3. artvandelay316
              6 months, 19 days ago

              A. Dias is more nailed but Cancelo has hauled and still plays most games.

            • spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              B

            • Dusty Donut
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              B

          4. aborg
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            Play Shaw or Gundogan ?

            1. spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 20 days ago

              Shaw

            2. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 20 days ago

              Shaw.

              1. aborg
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Cheers

            3. DRIZ ✅
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              B

          5. Jones Kusi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

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

            1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 20 days ago

              Get Kane.

            2. spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 20 days ago

              No one is essential but get him in early as pos

            3. Buck The Trent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 20 days ago

              His EO will be high if you care about those things

            4. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              He’s not essential this week. In 32 he is though.

          6. spatel2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 20 days ago

            Corrected:
            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 Coufal
            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. DRIZ ✅
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              C

            2. Buck The Trent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              B 1

            3. artvandelay316
                6 months, 19 days ago

                B1

              • spatel2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Thanks guys

            4. Wılly
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 20 days ago

              Mount or Jota in,

              for Lookman or Odegaard?

              1. DRIZ ✅
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 20 days ago

                Yes

              2. spatel2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Jota from next week

              3. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Jota for Lookman

            5. Ohh1454
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 20 days ago

              Start Lingard or odegaard ?

              1. DRIZ ✅
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                B

            6. jai1212
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 20 days ago

              Should I play Auba or B.Traore?

              1. DRIZ ✅
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                B

              2. spatel2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Auba

            7. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              Stones vs LEI or Keane vs CRY. Play one.

              1. Champions League Varane
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Keane

                1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  May I know why?

              2. Gemma817
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Keane

              3. Bojack Horseman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                I fancy City to score from a set piece so Stones for me.

                Everton are shite at the back.

                1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  cheers pals.

                  1. Bojack Horseman
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    Having said that, Palace cant defend set plays either!

              4. Bojack Horseman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Don’t forget Zaha back too.

            8. Champions League Varane
              • 2 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              Anyone going against (K)ane?

              1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                No viable option. Was looking at Leeds but they're hot then they're cold.

              2. Abaddon
                • 7 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Maybe I do Son (C)

              3. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                I don’t even own him, at 13k right now. Will get him next week tho.

                1. tbos83
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    Same for me (at 22k)

                2. spatel2
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Raphina

                3. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Alonso(c) here

                4. Dusty Donut
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Tempted by Raph as a differential but I’ll likely bottle it and go Kane!

              4. Steve McCroskey
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Is Rudiger nailed or is it best to fork out a bit extra for Azpi?

                1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Cheapskates always get burnt.

                  1. Major League Shocker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    Ask Mee/Tarkowski and Dunk owners (instead of Lowton and Veltman).

                    1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                      • 4 Years
                      6 months, 19 days ago

                      I hope you don't own Rudiger.

                  2. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    Stones?

                    1. Major League Shocker
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 19 days ago

                      Gundo early adopters (over KDB/Sterling/other expensive City assets) too. This season seems to have more examples of cheapskates being rewarded than the opposite.

                2. spatel2
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Keep if u have or wait to see, if u can’t wait get AzP

              5. Gemma817
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Is it madness to start Pope over Martinez? I've Konsa in defense.

                1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                  • 4 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Martinez set and forget.

                2. artvandelay316
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    Pope has good fixtures for next couple of matches. I don't see why not. I am keeping him until GW32 then swapping for Mendy.

                3. Messiah Hazard
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Bench who?
                  1. Targett
                  2. Cresswell

                  A. Bale
                  B. Gundogan

                  1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    1
                    A

                  2. spatel2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    1a

                4. MoSalalalalalalalalah
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  A) Gundogan > Jota & BB this lot
                  B) WC 31 & BB 32
                  C) WC 34 & BB 35 (Potential DGW)
                  D) Your suggestion

                  3.2 ITB

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

                  GK: Pope | Cresswell | Gundogan | Cancelo

                  1. wslnpt
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 12 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    B

                  2. _figu
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    A

                5. wslnpt
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 12 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Start one:

                  A) Bale
                  B) Lingard
                  C) Auba

                  1. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    B

                  2. Qaiss
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    How did you get in that situation? C

                6. Somnus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Who would you bench (1) from; Dias, Cancelo, Targett, and Dallas?

                  1. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    I have same.
                    Benching Targett.

                  2. spatel2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    Target

                  3. Somnus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    Yeah, I like playing Targett to offset a potential Martinez haul, but it's probably the right move

                    1. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
                      • 5 Years
                      6 months, 19 days ago

                      Let others worry about offsetting a potential double city defence haul.

                7. Wılly
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Targett to Azpi (-4) if it means I'm priced out by a price rise?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    No - just go Rudiger for free when you can

                    1. Wılly
                      • 8 Years
                      6 months, 19 days ago

                      I do have Ederson as a possible makeweight anyway, so Mendy is an option. Cheers for the reply!

                8. POTATO
                  • 1 Year
                  6 months, 19 days ago

                  Dias > Christensen(4.7M) or Rüdiger(4.7M) ?

                  Martinez [Areola]
                  Stones AWB Dallas [Cresswell Dias]
                  Raphina Bale Bruno Son Gundo
                  Bamford Kane [Antonio]
                  £1.6M 1FT

                  and start Chelsea defender instead of Stones this week.

                  1. spatel2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 19 days ago

                    Rudiger and yes. I’d get AzP if you can

                    1. POTATO
                      • 1 Year
                      6 months, 19 days ago

                      Thanks, I figure I have too many premium defenders as it is so freeing up some money for attack/midfield makes more sense than getting AzP