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+?

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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. Stand By Mee
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Time to do my FT

    Azpi or Alonso?

    Which one is more nailed?

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Azpi has been more nailed so far I guess. But Alonso more exciting pick.

    2. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Azpi definitely more nailed.

    3. Silent Hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Azpi

    4. Ajaxeeding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Az

  2. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Got a bit of a benching headache this week... Play 3
    A) Shaw
    B) Cancelo
    C) Reguilon
    D) Dallas
    E) Rudiger
    Currently on A,D,E
    Any advice appreciated

    1. MOZIL
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      CDE

    2. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      D and E for sure

    3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      CDE

      1. Kay317
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers all

  3. fantasywizard
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Hi guys!
    Would you bench boost this team this GW?

    Martinez, Forster
    Dias, Alonso, Ayling, Digne, Reguilon
    Bruno, Gundogan, Raphinha, Lingard, Son
    Kane, Bamford, Watkins

    Got 0 FT, 6.1M itb and WC next GW.
    Should I do a -4 for a 1 week punt? Which one?

    Thanks!

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      BB and gtg

    2. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Probably as good of a BB as you will get at this point, so go for it.

  4. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Lingard
    B) Bale (also have Kane and Son and both are starting)

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A
      Bale won't play

    3. Silent Hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

  5. FantasyClub
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Do you guys think Villa keep a clean sheet?

    • 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'm afraid that Gundo, Cancelo and Dias will be benched by Pep.
      Anyone bench Gundo or Dias this gw?

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I could definitely see Gundo getting benched. Dias will probably play. Who knows with Cancelo.

      2. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        play gundo, just have your bench sorted

    • tabby98
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martinez
      Cancelo, Azpi, Digne
      Bruno, Son, Gundo, Raphinha
      Kane, Bamford, Antonio

      Johnstone | Lingard, Stones, Dallas

      Is this starting 11 and bench okay?

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bench one of:
      A) Cancelo
      B) Stones
      C) Strujic
      D) Regulion

      1. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

    • Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who would you rather play this week?

      A) Jota away to Arsenal
      B) Lingard away to Wolves

      1. HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Lingard

      2. Ajaxeeding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I bought Bale for -4 in the BGW like many others... do I give him a chance vs Newcastle or sell to Mount/Son for free?

      Any Spurs fans or people with more information If Bale should start?

      1. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Bale > Son

        1. HD7
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I guess you dont want to risk with Chelsea rotation before CL?
          Is Son good to start, any updates?

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Just sell him. Not starting this week and then an ongoing expensive rotation risk who will never play 90 mins

        1. HD7
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Is it clear that he wont start?
          If Son is back training and ready to play, then Im doing the reverse transfer and learn a lesson

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Yeah seems pretty clear. Bale to Son after Son's price drop tonight.

      3. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        If no other big fires to deal with, I'd just do the safe move bale to son

        1. HD7
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Nope, I was thinking if Bale and Lingard are good option, maybe I would have done Strujik to Dallas. But If Bale is really uncertain to start, then Son comes back

    • davies
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A) Cancelo > Alonso

      B) Targett > Rudiger

      C) Both (-4)

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        May be D
        Save FT 🙂

      2. MOZIL
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A, Cancelo will probably be benched

      3. Ajaxeeding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I’m thinking B

    • Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Who to bench?

      A) lingard.
      B) Bale

      1. Vamos Los Celeste
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Bale

      2. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I am playing Bale and Lingard and benching Watkins. Not sure I am doing the right thing

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          What the problem with bale?
          Why people saying he might not play?

      3. HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Well it seems people around the forum are sure Bale doesnt play this GW. I dont have any idea or update if it is true

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Why they assumed that?

      4. AK_FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I am struggling with the same decision. Currently playing Lingard. But I also have Kane and Son.

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Me too owning the same players 🙂
          And i’m playing lingard till now 🙂
          Can’t decide

    • Vamos Los Celeste
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Play Neto or risk a Gündogan Cameo?

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Neto

        1. HD7
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Neto for me too

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah Neto the way to go

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      If you have both,
      Bruno or Kane as C and why?

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I”m going bruno
        First of all more rested than kane during international break
        Easy fixture than newcastle away
        And newcastle won’t be that easy team
        Man u i think more attacking than spurs

      2. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Son is back probably, so Harry for me

      3. PompeyUpNorth!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I have both going Raphina

    • Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bench one of:
      Lingard
      Bale
      Watkins
      ?

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I’m not sure on bale
        But will say watkins

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Watkins but I think he'll come off the bench for Bale anyways

      3. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        watkins

    • Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Would you rather for this week?
      A) Shaw
      B) Cresswell

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Shaw for sure

      2. HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Shaw for me but Im a Man Utd fan:)

      3. golden skulltula 69
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A

      4. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        To play? Luke

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          To sign

      5. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks all seems unanimous

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lets discuss it here... do we have actual news about Bale not playing ?

      Any injury?
      Or it is only common sense because he gave an interview before the Internarionals?

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I think it’s not more than sense

        1. HD7
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Are you keeping?

          I bought him for a hit, only for him to miss the match. If he hauls this GW and we have sold him... shame on us 😀

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I’m owning son kane bale
            And most probably will bench him for lingard or might change my mind and play the trio 🙂

            1. HD7
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Im having Stones on the bench, who might play after all. Actually maybe Cancelo needs to be benched. Stones has more goals than him.

              So my transfer could be Strujik to Dallas or to Shaw?

              Who gets your vote?

      2. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Hooked before 60 for lack of “intensity,” then dropped in next match (even with Son absent and Lamela banned). Not exactly bullish signs.

    • fantasywizard
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Do you think Gundogan will start?

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        50%

      2. Garth Marenghi
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        50/50. But think if he's benched, unlikely he comes on unless injury or they're down and need a goal.

    • golden skulltula 69
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hi everyone, my team as it stands:

      Martínez Forster
      Dias Cancelo Cresswell Dallas Veltman
      Fernandes Lingard Raphinha Bale Gundogan
      Kane DCL Bamford
      1FT

      A. Veltman out, Alonso in
      B. Bale out, Son in

      I'll WC next GW.

      Cheers!!

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A

        1. golden skulltula 69
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Thank you.

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Prefer having Son in but Alonso if the fun one

        1. golden skulltula 69
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          That's the problem..

      3. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Well the only different with my team only Forster and Creswell for my Pope and Targett, so I face the same situation. How about take -4?(but Gundo and Dias will be in bench)

        1. golden skulltula 69
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I don't like the hit because I'll use my WC next GW...

    • Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sorry should've asked my question above better. Is Shaw the best one week defender pick that's not a Chelsea, Leeds or Villa defender?

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        For me chelsea defender not only for this week but also for the coming 5 GAme weeks

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Already have a double up and only other option is Alonso who I don't trust as i'm going to BB

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Then shaw mate 🙂

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Defs leaning that way, although stressing cause he's about to rise!

              1. Totti
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                3 mins and prices will be changed 🙂

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Reguilon maybe

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Should he start?

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Can't see why not, he's confirmed to be fit

      3. Ruth_NZ
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        No. Digne. Vestergaard. Reguilon.

    • Siva Mohan
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Gund | Son | Rafa | Bruno | Bale

      Bale >> Mount for FT?

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yes
        If you’re sure like all people here that bale won’t start 🙂

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yeah that sounds like a good move before the price changes

    • yanky
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Did Bale + Dunk > Son + Alonso for -4 pt hit (wildcarding in 31)
      BUT....

      Start
      a) Gundo
      b) Dias

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

      2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

      3. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B. There’s a fair chance that Gundo doesn’t start

      4. golden skulltula 69
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        B

    • Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What are the chances that Bale hasn’t lost his starting spot? Would feel stupid if I get I’d of him and then he plays against Newcastle and both games in the double

      1. HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I was going to sell but I dont see ant clear signs why he shouldnt start vs Newcastle.
        If he does, he can easily haul.

        And I bought him for a hit last GW, jusr imagine selling him and then if he hauls 😀

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        He's dropped from the team

        1. Boxwoods
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Fairly clearly this.

        2. HD7
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Article or source?

          In the previews they say he starts with Son and Kane

            1. HD7
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Thanks. So nothing concrete about Bale, only intuition

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Bale didn't help himself with comments.

              2. Boxwoods
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Juan Mata says hi.

    • yanky
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Alonso (c) over Kane, Son, Raphinha madness??

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Yep, madness.

    • Ragabolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Risers: Mahrez (8.2) Mount (7.1) Azpilicueta (5.9) Shaw (5.3)

      Fallers: Aubameyang (11.4) Bale (9.5) Firmino (9.0) Maupay (6.1) Mateta (5.5) Saka (5.2) Pröpper (4.7) Lowe (4.2)

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers Ragabolly.

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Bale drops twice in two days and no Son fall 😮

      3. yanky
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        wow bale dropped and son didn't!

      4. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thank you good sir

      5. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        cheers.Bale....Ridiculous.This is crazy.

      6. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers Ragabolly!

      7. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Cheers Ragabolly.

      8. FALSE PROFIT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        getting busier by the day bud. thank you

      9. KANTEnders
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Punish those sellers Auba!

      10. Celt Abroad
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I can’t remember a player dropping twice in two days before this season.

    • AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Bench one:

      A) Digne
      B) Dallas
      C) Cancelo

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A

      2. Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        C

      3. golden skulltula 69
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        C

    • HD7
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Chelsea fans around?

      Who do you think misses WBA having in mind the Champ league game?

      Maybe Mount Rudiger dont start?

      Alonso starts?

    • FantasyClub
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Is Rüdiger still nailed with Silva back or rotation risk as well?

        1. Balls of Steel
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I think Rudi is fairly safe as one of the starting CB even with Silva back

      • HD7
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Shaw or Dallas for this GW?

      • Balls of Steel
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Any point BB this week? Looks like a few risky starters in Stones, Gundo, Bale..

        Martinez Pope
        Azpil Dallas Rudiger Stones Coufal
        Bruno Son Raph Gundo Bale
        Kane (C) Bam Antonio

        Cheers