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. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    A) BB this lot
    B) WC31 & BB32

    2.3 ITB

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

    GK: Pope | Watkins | Cresswell | Cancelo

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I'd be happy BB-ing that bench this GW.

      Hard to say if you may suddenly have injuries in GW32 which would render your BB less useful

      1. Gentle_Turks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Would you bench boost this?

        Martinez, Bale,Gundogan, Dias

        1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Hard to say if Bale plays, and City have a tough fixture

        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          If they were all nailed, definitely. But I'd be worreid about Gundogan and Bale not starting so I'd lean towards no

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yeah that's my worry too.

      2. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        You make a good point and I think from what I have learnt, you have to use your BB when you have the chance. This my last chip though besides WC

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I still have BB and saving it for whenever the opportunity arises after I use my WC

          1. Gentle_Turks
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Maybe 32.

            1. The Count of Monte Cristo
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Yes, this is most likely as probably least likely to have injuries the week after WC but it never seems to work that way

  2. Pulp Minion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Going to WC next week so:

    Martinez
    Dallas, Shaw, Digne
    Bale, Soucek, Fernandes, Raphina
    C-L, Bamford, Kane (c)

    McCarthy, Gundogan, Dias, Dunk

    Bale -> Son obvious transfer?

    Worth McCarthy -> Mendy and BB?

    1. Gentle_Turks
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I'm in a similar position. Was planning to do Fabri to Mendy and bench boost this week but now having second thoughts as I have Bale and Gundogan both of whom might not play, Could easily be a wasted bench boost.

      1. Pulp Minion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah that's what I'm thinking as well.
        Could be 10 or 1 from either

        1. Gentle_Turks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Exactly.

  3. Manani
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    which 3 will u bench?

    A. Gundogan
    B. Bale
    C. Cancelo
    D. Dallas
    E. Coufal
    F. Diaz
    G. Grealish

    1. ameenkw
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Bale coufal gundo I think

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Coufal, Gundogan, Dias for me

  4. Tmel
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Who scores more this week?

    a) Son (new)
    b) Salah (ars)

    1. Manani
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      a

    2. ameenkw
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Son

  5. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    WC, BB in-hand. What would you suggest?

    A) Dunk --> Alonso (FT)
    B) Dunk --> Azpilicueta / Rudiger (FT)
    C) Other?

    Martinez
    Shaw -- Dias -- Dunk
    Salah -- Fernandes -- Gundogan -- Lingard -- Raphinha
    Kane -- Bamford

    Fabri -- Antonio -- Stones -- Coufal [1FT + 1.0m ITB]

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Anyone?

  6. Rep Poulette
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Any changes or am I gtg?

    Mendy
    Azpilicueta TAA Shaw
    Mount Salah Mahrez Fernandes(vc) Raphinha
    Kane(c) Watkins

    Forster Ayling Tierney Iheanacho

    Cheers

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Nice side with some differentials!

      1. Rep Poulette
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Thanks mate

  7. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Evening all!! Is anyone holding and starting Bale this week??? Or do we get rid??

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Probably selling to Son atm.

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I’m getting itchy fingers mate, cannot decide to go to Son, KDB or back to Salah

  8. RLew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Anyone on WC this week? I went a week early because I felt like I needed to fix my team and still working through drafts. I just haven't seen many others in this position.

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I've seen plenty, wouldn't worry about it. Nice way to enjoy the long weekend

  9. ameenkw
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bench order?

    S)oucek (wol)
    C)oufal (wol)
    T)rossard (mun)

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      SCT

  10. KUN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Choose 1each from these;
    A.
    1) Havertz
    2) Mahrez

    B.
    1) Mount
    2) Jota

    1. PP6
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      22

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      22

  11. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Any help?

    Would you make any of these moves for a -4 this week? Planning on wild carding next week

    Stones > Alonso
    Trossard > KDB/Lingaard

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Yes

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Which one as a higher importance?

  12. Sacked in the Morning
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    What would you do with FT before WC next week?
    Thinking Auba --> Salah or Son

    Martinez
    Cancelo Coufal Alioski
    Auba Bruno Lingard Gundo Raphinha
    Kane Bamford

    (Johnstone, Maupay, Dias, Dunk)

  13. Newms
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Which 2 to bench?

    A) Dallas
    B) Cancelo
    C) Maguire
    D) Gundogan

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      D and C for me

  14. Mr_Barbs
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Play 2:

    A) Dias
    B) Cancelo
    C) Tierney
    D) Gundo
    E) Bale

    1. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      BE

    2. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      BD

  15. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Who to ditch to get in Son?

    a) Gundo
    b) Bale
    c) Lingard
    d) Save FT

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B out of those

    2. Original Pirate Material
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B

  16. Releasebreaks
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Would you do Bale for Jota for free ?
    i already have Kane and Son in my team

    I think Bale might start play from start against Newcastle

    1. Releasebreaks
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I think Bale will start against Newcastle *

  17. dillydally1982
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    One week punt - Reece James or Luke Shaw (can't afford Alonso or Azpi)?

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I'd go RJ as more of a differential

      1. dillydally1982
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah, good point

    2. waldo666
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Shaw

  18. Bishopool
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Would you?

    Sterling -> Mount

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Most feel Mount won't start this week

  19. tbhogal
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bale for Son or KDB guys ??

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Son,

  20. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Any of these worth a -4?

    1. Trossard > KDB
    2. Stones > Alonso
    3. Areola > Mendy

  21. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Start Grealish or Bale?
    Martinez
    Alonso Digne Dallas
    Raphinha Son Lundgaard Bale
    Bamford Kane DCL
    Bench: Grealish Dias Coufal Johnstone

    1. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      grealish

  22. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    play Watkins or Antonio?

  23. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Best captain for chasing?

    1. Viper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Whichever one you think will score the most points regardless of chasing or not

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      raphinha but highly likely kane returns something

    3. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Raphinha

  24. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Okay, which is more important this week?

    1. Trossard > KDB
    2. Stones > Alonso

  25. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Gtg?

    Martinez
    Alonso(c) Digne Cresswell Dallas
    Raphinha Son KDB
    Kane Bamford Antonio

    Pope Lingard Gundo Stones

    2.2m itb 0ft.

  26. Viper
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Aubameyang -> Son worth a -4?

    Wildcarding next week so can pretty much go for anyone

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      also considering auba out but hesitant to take a hit right before wc31
      doing coufal to azpi for free

    2. Ruth_NZ
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Keep the 4 points I reckon. If you weren't WC31 it might be different but I doubt Son plays 90 this week, he's only just back in full training.

  27. Corona is not good 4 U
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Is this team good to go? It feels wrong to go without Chelsea cover and bench Gündogan.

    Pope (Sanchez)
    Digne, Dallas, Targett (Dias) (Coufal)
    Fernandez (V), Raphinha, Son, Lingard (Gündogan)
    Kane (C), Calvert-Lewin, Lacazette

    Thank you!

  28. William.gallant
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    thoughts on Dominic Calvert Lewin for a WC team?

    will play alongside Kane and iheanacho most likely

    Any better alternatives?

    1. PP6
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Think he’s great this week alone but would look at someone else

  29. PP6
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Took a -8 this week but feeing good is that normal?

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Sure! Me too!

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Bale Auba Dunk to Son KDB Alonso

        1. PP6
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Looks amazing personally got Azpi Rudiger and Son for Bale Elmo and Ricardo let’s hope it doesn’t burn us 😉

  30. timawflowers
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    bring in dcl or watkins?