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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2,484 Comments Post a Comment
  1. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    7 of the picks are in my XI this weekend... I'm not going to feel too bad over that.

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 days ago

      8 for me - likely to be 9 after my FT.

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        I got Azpi in a few days back. Will finally get that price rise tonight

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 21 days ago

          also love the username! (me a hammers fan with croatian heritage...started following the prem the random year Suker was at west ham)

  2. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Trying to figure out the best one week punt in the midfield- currently this is my list from best to worst - thoughts? Anyone else?

    Already have Bruno, Lingard, Gundo, Raphinha (Trossard going out)

    Son
    James Rodriguez
    Mahrez
    KDB
    Havertz
    Mount

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Son, seems fitting that he’ll punish all the sellers

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 21 days ago

        that is what i'm thinking - kind of wish it wasn't him, seems boring.

    2. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Son the safe option, Mahrez or KDB could be gold. I fancy a tonne of goals in LEI-MCI!

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Mahrez seems fun to me! I'll have Gundo, Dias & Dunk on the bench - so not too stressed if he randomly doesn't play.

  3. Stupendous
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    A Bale to Son
    B Auba to Son
    C Play Bale, bench Auba, no Son.

  4. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bring in one of Mount, Havertz or Grealish?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Grealish - safest starter

      1. Danno - Emre Canada
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks, my thoughts

  5. BigKeith
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bench boost?

    Martinez (Sanchez)
    Shaw, Digne, Targett (Stones, Struijk)
    Bruno, Son, Lingard, Raphina (Gundogan)
    Kane, Watkins, DCL

  6. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    If I go ahead with this hit -- Bale, Cancelo > Son, Azpi -- my team would look pretty much like the Scout Squad.

    Can't decide if that's a good thing or not...?

  7. tyron
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Start
    A stones
    B targett
    Already have martinez

    1. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 21 days ago

      A

  8. Super Nashwan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Will cancel start? Would play cancelo (lei a) or targett (ful h) this weekend?

    1. tyron
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Targett

  9. Catastrophe
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Help appreciated chaps, 1 FT and 0.6 ITB. No chips left.

    Martinez
    Shaw, Dallas, Konsa
    KDB, Fernandes, Bale, Gundogan, Raphinha(c)
    Kane, Watkins

    (Sanchez, Gundogan, Cresswell, Dunk)

    Right to save FT? Bench right? Looks like Grealish is back so fancy a good performance for Villa/Watkins...

    Cheers

    1. Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Urgh - Lacazette starting, Gundogan on bench.

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Laca over Gundo makes sense!

        1. Catastrophe
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 21 days ago

          Thanks. I really don't like benching him, but half-expecting the auto-sub.

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Cresswell over Konsa for me. By a mile.
      (you listed Gundo twice)
      Understand the thought on Watkins - still would probably do Watkins > Bamford (or whoever your other forward is and bench Gundo)

      1. Catastrophe
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks. Lacazette is the 3rd. Are you not concerned about Bamford's tricky fixtures after SHU? Not like they'd park the bus at least...

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 months, 21 days ago

          that's fair! i'm WC31 so forgot to think about that.
          your team is super strong - rolling is smart. having 2ft going into Tot double will be useful to make big moves.

          1. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            Cheers - really appreciate the advice. Think I will roll and start Cresswell over Konsa. Good luck for the GW!

          2. Catastrophe
            • 10 Years
            5 months, 21 days ago

            Whilst i have you 😉 😉 would you start Watkins over Gundo?

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              5 months, 21 days ago

              that's tough...i think Gundo if he plays will be better but i expect him to rest. glad i don't have Villa attackers at the moment, they've been disappointing.

              good luck to you too!

              1. Catastrophe
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 21 days ago

                Yeah I think you're right on both accounts. I've held Watkins for a while now through all his nearly goals so one more week I think!

                Cheers

  10. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Safe to bring in mendy for one week punt before WC? No chance kepa randomly gets a game?

    1. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      He might

  11. Horlicks esq.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Start Salah or Bale.

    I hate owning both. Pair of let downs

    1. tyron
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Salah. Not sure bale starts

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Yeah this

  12. Saka_me_sideways
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Chances of Leno losing his place in the prem???
    I’m guessing slim, but not sure if Arteta will start putting all his eggs in the europa league.

    1. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      *all his eggs in the Europa League basket

      1. Saka_me_sideways
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        🙄 glad that’s what you took out the question

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Think Leno plays every game for the rest of the season as long as he is fit

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 21 days ago

        agree with this.

      2. Saka_me_sideways
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks guy, appreciated

  13. Super Jack Grealish
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Thinking Dunk > Rudiger and start him over Dias?

    Martinez,
    Dias, Reguilion, Dallas
    KDB, Bruno, Son, Raphinia
    Kane (C), DCL, Bamford

    Pope, Gundo, Dunk*, Burn

    1 FT (Wildcarding 31)

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Sounds like a good move mate

  14. Bishopool
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Would you?

    FT.
    Sterling -> Mount

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 days ago

      nope.

  15. Thomas Magnum
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    I know there’s a fair chance this’ll get glossed over cause not FPL, but just wanted to check in and say how’s everyone doing today?

    1. darkmatt3r
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Bored

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Lockdown?

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Real good thanks!
      My day off work - hanging with my baby boy. Had a covid test this morning (precautionary before family visit).

      Drinking coffee with a hot cross bun.

      How's your day?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Hey man, glad to hear it! Good to hear that you’re taking all the precautions to keep everyone around you safe. And enjoy the time with your little man!
        I’m doing well, going to be 30 degrees in my city tomorrow as we’re coming onto the end of our summer here so going to spend my Easter Saturday enjoying the last of the warmth

    3. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      All well, thanks. Nice to have an extended break personally after a hectic month of work.

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Hope you treated yourself well friend, and you’ll be rewarded with some green arrows in FPL for your hard work!

    4. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Spent ages looking for cannelloni tubes as needed them for tea tonight. Finally got them to bit tired but happy

    5. STONEROSES
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      And how about you Thomas? Hope ur good mate.

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Hope you cook up a storm tonight mate, I’m doing well. Had a public holiday here today and one on Monday so going to have a nice long weekend

    6. Mo Mane Mo Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Really good man

      Top drawer mustache there

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Happy to hear it, and thank you! The ladies love it

  16. darkmatt3r
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Play one:
    A Tierney
    B Cancelo
    C Dunk
    D - 4 hit Dunk to Rudiga or Christensen

    Alongside, Shaw and Dallas

    1. lets talk about 6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Tierbey

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Cancelo with Tierney first sub.

  17. RedJive79
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bench 1 of:

    Gundo
    Lingard
    Antonio
    Bale

    1. lets talk about 6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Antonio

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Gundo for me.
      Even if he plays I expect KDB to start which pushes Gundo back a little it seems - also though he played 3 full 90s for Germany - so expecting a rest.

  18. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bench one-

    A) Dias
    B) cresswell
    C) Watkins

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Dias

  19. lets talk about 6
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Start stones or struijik?

  20. Bishopool
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Is it time to change ManC assets to Chelsea players? Worth?

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      I'm sure quite a few are doing just that this gw.

  21. Liastro ⭐️
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Is it conclusive that GW31 is best to wildcard? Surely loading up on Spurs assets before they blank in 33 is a bad idea?

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Nope 😉

  22. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Would you do Martin Dunk to Azpi Mendy -4 and BB?
    May WC next week.

    Martinez/Martin*
    Digne/Cancelo/Dallas/Dunk*/Coufal
    Bruno/Bale/Raph/Gundo/Lingard
    Kane/DCL/Bam

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Yes just go get it out the way

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 21 days ago

      that's a good -4 for BB to me.
      clean start with wc31.
      strong plan.

  23. Champione
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bench one:
    A) Antonio
    B) Lingard
    C) Mount

    Currently on C because of doubts whether he’ll start or not

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Probably C

  24. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Bench order right here?

    WC31 FH33
    0FT 5.5itb
    Martinez
    Dallas Digne Alonso Cresswell
    Raphinha Son Lingard
    Kane Bamford DCL
    (Fabri Cancelo Gundo Bale )

  25. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Start 2 out of

    Stones
    Aina
    Dias
    Mee

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Difficult, probably Stones and Dias with Aina first def sub

  26. DavidBadWillie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Silly to do Gundog to Son for a -4 right?? Am set to do Konsa > Rudigar too

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      I wouldn't transfer Rudiger in this GW. Played 3x90 in 6 days over IB. Zouma and christensen played 90 and Silva is available for selection this week. I can't see Rudiger starting

      1. DavidBadWillie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 21 days ago

        Ok thanks for the insight. Will take a look at team news.

  27. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    WC, BB in-hand. I think Dunk --> Alonso / Rudiger seems the most logical move. Any other suggestions?

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

    Fabri -- Antonio -- Dias -- Coufal [1FT + 1.0m ITB[

  28. Timothy
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Which one is better long term Alonso or Azpi?

    1. potatoace
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 21 days ago

      Azpi easily

  29. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    Would you BB this team?

    Martinez, Pope
    Stones, Azpi, Coufal, Dallas, Mee
    Bruno, Gundo, Son, Lingard, Raphinha
    DCL, Kane, Bamford

  30. MMN
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 21 days ago

    1 FT 5.5m. Only FH & TC left.

    A) Watkins > Kane
    B) Dunk > Azpil/James (bench Gundo)
    C) Save FT

    Martinez
    Konsa, Dallas, Shaw
    Raph, Bruno, Son, Gundo
    Watkins, Bamford, Antonio

    Areola, Bale, Stones, Dunk