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)

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2,484 Comments Post a Comment
  1. FCRS1991
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    What are everyone’s thoughts on Christiansen? Seems to be overlooked, any reason why?

    He is cheap and started last 6/7 games?

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      He coul lose his placw to Silva.

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

      I think he's more likely to be rotated with Silva returning while Azpi and Rudiger are the most likely starters at LCB and RCB.

    3. FortunesAlwaysHiding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Tiago Silva will take his place I'd have thought.

  2. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Chances of starting this gw?

    A. Stones
    B. Gundo

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Both 50/50

      1. Balls of Steel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        This

  3. L S P
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Stones to Alonso for -4?

    1. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      No, Alonso not a guaranteed starter

  4. waldo666
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    1 FT and 3.2 ITB.

    Considering using BB, would appreciate any thoughts.

    Martinez
    Shaw Stones Dallas
    Bruno Gundo Son Raphinha
    Bamford Antonio Kane

    (Pope Lingard Coufal Dunk)

    Would use my 1 FT on Dunk, possibly to a Chelsea defender but could be anyone with WC planned for GW31.

    1. HammersXI
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I got almost a similar bench, but my thought is that with a WC in GW31 you could set up a potentially better BB team in 32 no?

      Mine is Forster Lingard Coufal Veltman and I'm seriously considering it too.

      Stones and Gundo are rotation risks atm for your team

      1. waldo666
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Perhaps Stones to a Chelsea defender with my 1 FT?

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I'm in same boat and not confident that Stones or Gundo will start so think I will save my BB this week as I own both!

    3. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Cheers both, I suppose it's really the want of Lingard on the pitch as my main driver. Fair call on the rotation risks.

    4. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Very similar bench, but I’m saving the BB. Unsure about gundo and stones game time. Start lingard over gundo imo.

  5. Ajaxeeding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    No WC left...
    Which defender to drop For Rüdiger:
    A) Targett, B) Creswell, C) Veltman

    Which goalie to start: 1) Martinez 2) Meslier.

    Right now I’m leading A2 because Targett has LIV and MCI next and SHU have scored one goal over the last six matches.

    Martinez, Meslier
    Dias, Targett, Creswell, Dallas, Veltman
    Bruno, Bale, Gundogan, Lingard, Smith-Rowe
    Bamford, DCL, Kane

    1. HammersXI
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      C. The other 2 have form and fixtures. Villa still have a DGW coming up.

      If you're planning Targett, then go with Meslier.

      1. Ajaxeeding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        I completely forgot about the AVL double game week. That is actually why I got Targett in a few weeks ago

  6. Vamos Los Celeste
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez
    Reguilon Shaw Ruediger
    Bruno (C) KDB Son Neto
    Kane (V) DCL Watkins

    Johnstone Gündogan Stones Tierney

    Good Luck everybody & good Night!

    1. waldo666
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Cheers mate, GL to you.

  7. HammersXI
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Worth Bench Boosting with this bench?

    Forster. Coufal, Lingard, Veltman

    Else, who should be on my bench for this week?
    Martinez (Forster)
    Rudiger Digne Dallas (Coufal Veltman)
    Bruno Mount Raphinha Son (Lingard)
    Bamford Kane DCL

    1. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      It's tempting as you could get returns from Forster, Coufal and Lingard

      1. HammersXI
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        For sure. I've yet to actually do the Mount transfer. Currently I have both ESR and Veltman and I plan to change one to Chelsea assets.

        Do you think GW 32 will be a better time tho as I'll be using a WC next week.

        1. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 23 days ago

          Ya perhaps that gw 32 BB is a better strategy

          1. HammersXI
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 23 days ago

            Who would you go for with Mount / Havertz / Alonso for a punt this week and bench Lingard

            1. Balls of Steel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 23 days ago

              I think Mount is the safer option to start but Havertz could score big if he starts in an advanced role. Alonso is the riskiest but potentially the highest points return of all 3 Chelsea players.

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

      No. But Veltman ➡ Vestergaard and it would be.

      Otherwise I'd save FT, play Lingard and have 2 next week.

  8. Silent Hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez
    Azpilicueta - Shaw - Dallas
    Salah - Bruno - Raphinha - Gundogan
    Kane - DCL - Bamford

    Sub: Sanchez - Lingard - Dias - Cresswell

    1) Play Gundo or Lingard ?
    2) Bench order correct ?

    1. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      1. Lingard
      2. Cresswell before Dias

  9. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    A) Maupay to Bamford
    B) Bale to Son
    C) Save

    Captain:
    1) Kane
    2) Bam
    3) Raph

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      B1

  10. fantasywizard
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Is Havertz worth a punt this GW? Will he start?!

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      If you're wildcarding the following week, why not

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Yes a nice differential

    3. HammersXI
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I'm considering him or Mount tbh.

  11. lifes a pitch
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Bench 1 of the following
    A)Shaw
    B)Dias
    C)Stones
    D)Reguilon

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      c

  12. Sid07
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    1) veltman to azpi
    2) gundo to Raphina

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      1

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      both

      1. Sid07
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        That will be for a hit

        1. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 23 days ago

          If you have a solid team of starters then just 1, but I have reservations Gundo starts after a lot of minutes for Germany!

  13. Garth Marenghi
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Likelihood Jota starts versus Arsenal?

    A) Likely
    B) Unlikely

    1. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      A

    2. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      A

    3. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      B

    4. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      thx all

    5. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      50/50

  14. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Suggestions for this team folks? 1ft, 6.9m itb. WC, BB available.

    Martinez
    Digne stones Dallas
    Bruno son gundo raphina lingard
    Kane bamford Antonio

    Forster gundo coufal Dunk

    1. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Get rid of one of your Gundo's in case he doesn't start 🙂 Who is your other mid?

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Martinez
        Digne stones Dallas
        Bruno son raphina lingard
        Kane bamford Antonio

        Forster gundo coufal dunk

        1. Balls of Steel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 23 days ago

          Dunk to Azpil and start ahead of Stones

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 23 days ago

            Not Shaw?

            1. Balls of Steel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 23 days ago

              Shaw is definitely a great option too

  15. AdamJ91
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    GTG?

    Martinez
    Azpi, Rudiger, Konsa
    Bruno, Bale, Son, Raphinha
    Kane (c), Bamford, Antonio

    (Fabri, Dias, Trossard, Burn.)

    1. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      My starting 11 this week apart from Dallas instead of Konsa....GTG !!

    2. Ruinenlust
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Play Dias and Trossard

  16. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    What were the Bale comments that doesn’t go down well with Mourinho?

    Are we fairly certain he won’t play?

  17. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Thoughts on this lot?

    Mart, Pope
    Cancelo, Dallas, Digne, Coufal, Dunk
    Son, Raph, Bale, Gundo, Soucek
    Kane, Antonio, Watkins

    1 FT, 7.7 in bank, WC next GW most likely.

    a) Watkins/Ant to Bamford
    b) Dunk to Alonso
    c) Bale to nearly anyone
    d) 2 of those for a hit
    e) 3 for -8
    f) something else

    Thank for any ideas

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      B and play 433

      1. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers, which mid for 3rd?

    2. G-Whizz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      D) B & C

    3. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Bale to Jota.

    4. Garth Marenghi
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      B, then maybe Bale to Salah? OR B, then pick a single player with high ceiling potential/ aka roll the dice. Might be a Chelsea mid?

    5. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Soucek > Bruno?

    6. Balls of Steel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      B Dunk to Azpil
      and
      C Bale to Bruno or Mount/Havertz for a punt

    7. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 12 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Cheers all.

  18. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Agree with my setup?

    Mendy
    Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Shaw
    Son, Jota, Fernandes(VC), Raphinha
    Kane(C), Bamford, DCL

    Forster - Lingard - Cresswell - Phillips

    1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Lingard over Jota

  19. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    benching headache, help please, to bench-

    A) DCL (CRY)
    B) Lingard (wol)
    C) Raphinha (SHU)
    D) Bamford (SHU)

    1. GreennRed
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      E. Aubameyang.

      Or get Forster for Peackck Farrell and benchboost.

      1. seewhyaxe
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 23 days ago

        I've rid of Aubameyang already.

    2. CasaBanter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      What’s the rest of your squad?

    3. FortunesAlwaysHiding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Lingard

    4. AK_FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Lingard

    5. seewhyaxe
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      cheers mates!

  20. shiraz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Is it worth it to bb this gw for this team? Thanks

    Martinez
    Dallas Rudiger Targett
    Mount Bruno KDB Raphinha
    Bamford DCL Kane

    Pope Dias Coufal Trossard

    1. HammersXI
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I wouldnt. Better used in another GW

  21. Must.Go.Faster.
    5 months, 23 days ago

    **IMPORTANT**

    Probably the most difficult problem to solve ever on FFS, ever:

    Which 3 defenders to play:

    - Az”balla”picueta
    - Robertson (Kanu)
    - Dallas (Texas)
    - Stones (Sharon)
    - Two-Bissakas

    Ever!

    1. S3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Az balla, Dallas-Texas and who won't want to have Sharon Stones

      1. Must.Go.Faster.
        5 months, 23 days ago

        Ok, thanks for that.

  22. S3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo, Shaw, Digne
    Salah, Lingard, Son, Gundogan, Raphinha
    Kane, DCL,

    Sanchez Watkins Vestergaard Stones

    Is this my best starting 11?... worried Gundo may not start and may get a cameo...thoughts please

  23. AK_FC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Digne
    B) Cancelo

    1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      Digne

    2. S3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      A

  24. b91jh
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Bench two:

    A) Konsa
    B) Bale
    C) Antonio
    D) Dias
    E) Cresswell

  25. FPL Doctor
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    What to do?? 2.6 ITB
    Benched right players?
    Wildcard still in hand so tossing up 1 week punt (e.g Alonso) vs. holding FT and then wildcarding out of triple spurs/city for their blank in GW33.

    Mendy
    Dias Regulion Digne Dallas
    Salah Son Raph Foden
    Kane Bamford

    Martinez Gundo Antonio Coufal

  26. HellasLEAF
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Salah or Son next 2 GW

  27. Kim Jong Kün
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    GK+3D
    [Bale]-KDB-Raphinha-Mount-Lingard
    Kane-Bamf-[Antonio]

    0FT. £tons
    1. (-4) Bale to Fernandes
    2. (-4) Bale to Son
    3. (-4) Bale to ____
    4. Play Antonio
    5. Play Bale
    6. (-4) Antonio to ____ and play them.

    1. Bleh
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      1 or 2 out of those. Not sure of Bale’s minutes.

    2. S3
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      4

  28. Bleh
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    With no WC left, would you BB this? Have FH and TC still to play.

    Martinez
    Target, Digne, Cresswell
    Bruno, Son, Raphinha, Jota
    Bamford, Antonio, Kane

    (Sanchez, Gundo, Dias, Struijk)
    0 FT, 4.8 ITB

    1. citizenkane
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I'm in a similar situation with Gundo and Dias on bench. I think Dias starts but Gundo doesn't, so we'd be left with 3 on the bench

  29. trasbash
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Play Coufal

    or

    Bench him and transfer Veltman to Azi/ Alonso for a -4?

    I’m playing wildcard next week.

    1. GREEN JUMPERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 23 days ago

      I'd look to play Coufal over taking a hit

  30. The Suspended One
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 23 days ago

    Scoutpicks Curse on me this week; 9 out of 11... ugh

    Reg and Lingard, you are my only hope(s)