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. wulfrunian
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Which one?
    a)Coufal->Alonso and bench Lingard
    b)Lingard->Havertz and bench Coufal

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

      B

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

        Or save actually and play Lingard

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      I would save and play lingard

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

      cheers.Forgot to say that i will use my Wc in gw31.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Alonso the better punt

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

          cheers Tony

    4. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      6 months, 19 days ago

      neither!
      play Lingard bench Coufal.
      upgrade elsewhere if you need to burn a transfer

  2. The Red Devil
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    this week's scouts pick better bloody do well!!

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Haha I'm on 8

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Used to try be anti template but seems my players are now the template!

  3. Rex Lapis
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    For this GW only
    A. DCL
    B. Bamford

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Oft that a tough one. Probably Bamford

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

    Chances of Gundo and Bale starting?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      25 and 0

  5. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    RP - Bench order right here?

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

    1. Il Capitano
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Can see an argument for Gundo ahead of Cancelo on the bench, but looks fine

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

      I think that Gundogan and Bale will get a rest.Bale has more chances to return points against a bad New team with a cameo.Bale,Cancelo,Gundogan imo.

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Looks good. Who’s your cap?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Leaning towards Kane over Raphinha

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

    Completely stumped here....what would you do here, ahead of gw31 wildcard?

    Don't see Bale starting and perhaps mount also given his 3 England starts....

    Martinez
    Dias coufal dallas (cancelo dunk)
    Son mount lingard raphinha (bale)
    Kane dcl watkins

    A....Bale to bruno (bench lingard)

    B...dunk to alonso (bench coufal)

    C.....both for - 4

    Thanks

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Yeah you’re in a predicament here I think certainly go with A. and not sure on B, I’m not totally sold on him as a 1 week punt for a hit as im considering doing it also but your bench will be good enough in the event of a benching

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

      You have asked this a lot in the last week

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

        Sorry

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

      To me your weakness is between Bale/Watkins. would prefer a stronger 7th attacker.

      Defense is great.

      Bale > Bruno , bench Watkins for me.
      Or Watkins > Bamford
      Or Watkins > random punt for fun.

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

        Cheers.....I think bruno in

        .

  7. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Blimey, so scared ... 8 scout picks! 🙁

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Similar to you mate, I can tell the few who the scouts picked that I don’t have will be the ones that go off this weekend... hope it’s not the case though!

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        GL mate!

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

      I have 9!!

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        😆 enjoy!

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

        Same. 20 pointer incoming.

  8. Il Capitano
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Thinking of shifting White to Azpi with my 1 FT giving me the below team:

    Martinez
    Azpi Digne Cresswell
    Raphinha (VC) Bruno Lingard Gundo
    DCL Kane (C) Bamford

    Fabri - Targett Stones ESR

    Worth making the transfer or just play Stones/Targett and save FT (no WC)?

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      How much ITB? I like the move you said but also can see the value in saving your WC then use one of the two next week to sell a Villa defender and bring in Chelsea then if you don’t mind going without them this week, if you feel it’s a must then go for the move you said, if not just bring in Rudi instead and later on use the extra funds to upgrade ESR or something

      1. Il Capitano
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks for the reply. 8m ITB before the move, 6.6m with Azpi in. Will have enough to move any of the mids to Son for 32. It kind of feels like a luxury move I guess with Targett's good fixture this week

  9. tbos83
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Any views on this lot appreciated

      Mendy
      Stones Digne Maguire
      Mount Bruno (c) Salah Son
      Watkins DCL Bamford

      Areola Gundo Targett Amartey

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        If you’re asking for general thoughts I like your team for this week. Interesting C pick but without Kane, like me we have the luxury to have anyone we pick be a differential. Good luck!

        1. tbos83
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Thanks- the cap is giving me headaches, Bruno feels like the safe choice but Bam and Son are braver and potentially more explosive options

      2. zotter
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Given Gundo heavy usage on international duty... and Dortmund coming up. Start

        A. Gundo
        B. Konsa

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

          A bit B first sub

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Is this bench boostable?

        Johnstone - Dias - Gundogan - Dawson

        Would be getting in Rudiger for a hit to the starting XI, which i dont mind since he's a long term buy

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          No way

        2. zotter
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Nah

      4. tommo1989
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        If you have 15 players that are playing this GW, would you use bench boost if you still have it? Have no other chips left

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Depends on their fixtures surely?
          Also if multiple City it might be wasted due to rotation

        2. Tinkermania
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          You haven't provided enough data for a reply.

      5. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Did Alonso miss 3/4 recent games due to injury or rotation?

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

          Rotation- tends not to play against teams perceived to attack more

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Ta
            Azpil surely safer, but he didn’t play for Spain did he?

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

              Azpi is safer but much less attacking threat

              1. Thomas Magnum
                • 6 Years
                6 months, 19 days ago

                Yeah mr Sanchez is right, with Azpi he’s much less of a threat but seems to be a BPS magnet

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

        Please!

        Start Auba or Lingard?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Lingard
          better form, nailed, better opposition

      7. Garfield1001
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Bale to Bruno for free?

        Wildcarding next week

        1. zotter
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Nope.

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

          Yeh

        3. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Exactly what I did. Bound to backfire now 😉

      8. Ronnies
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Play 1;

        A) Antonio
        B) Gundogan

        Cheers.

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Antonio for me. But super tight.

      9. Shark Team
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Start Auba Bale or Dias?

        1. zotter
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Hmmmm!!

          Flip a coin

          If I had to answer. Bale

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

          You can’t bench Aubameyang if you own him

      10. OleBall
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Martinez
        Dallas Shaw Dias
        Raph Gundo Salah Son
        Kane(c) Bam Watkins

        Areola Targett Saka Dier

        0ft 3.7itb

        G2g?

        1. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 19 days ago

          gtg
          nice team.

      11. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Do we think Mahrez starts?

        James Rodriguez?

        I think i'm down to these two (or Son) for my one week punt.

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

          Go Son - Newcastle poor down his side

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

          Son

        3. Echoes
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Mahrez - think he starts, but Pep roulette

          J. Rod - Carlo's presser makes me feel he's good to start on Monday

        4. RogDog_jimmy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Dilemma is I'm doing Raph (c) over Kane.
          I think Tottenham won't smashed Newcastle.
          So adding Son is counter to that thinking - even though I think Son is the best option.

          Picking Son is a hedge against getting captain wrong - which seems smart. But if i think they won't score much I shouldn't bring in Son.

          Ahh.

      12. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Martinez
        Dallas Rudiger Shaw Stones
        Raphinha (c) Auba Gundo
        Kane Bamford Richarlison

        Pope Saka Trossard Tosin

        11.0m itb

        A) save Ft
        B) get mane or Salah
        C) get KDB

        Cheers.

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

          I'd get Son or Bruno in personally

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

            I’m not getting Bruno. Son for?

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

              Trossard?

      13. jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Requires a hit to get to this team, but would it be worth it to BB after?
        Minutes for City players a bit of a concern, though.

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

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          No BB
          A few who might get rested

      14. HuttonDressedasLahm
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Anyone think that now TSilva is back brining his experience, Azpili might finally get a rest?
        Chelsea defence is such a pain!

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

          Azpi has that RCB position locked down

          CB is between Christensen and T.Silva

          LCB Rudiger and Zouma

          Hope that helps

          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Thanks

        2. jdp219
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Does Azpi need a rest? He didn't play during the break.

        3. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Don’t think so, he didn’t play over the IB and they’re in a different position in the 3atb system. In saying that anything is possible, if it means anything Azpi is the C so should in theory play every week but idk who chooses the C whether it’s the manager or players but it was decided before Tuchel so don’t think it’ll attribute to much

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

        First sub for potential Gundogan no show?

        A) Konsa (FUL)
        B) Bale (new)

        1. MIGHTY JOE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Bale

      16. royals forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Start one of

        Stones
        Bale

        Any ideas would be welcomed

        1. zotter
          • 12 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Bale

      17. Bruno Commando
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Keep Stones or Dias? Starting to feel having 2 City assets is too many. Esp when City and Spurs have BGW33 and I have a total of 4 players from these teams!

        1. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Im selling stones myself out of the two this week, just because I have a little more value in Dias but will most likely sell Dias next week anyways on WC. Would be good if we knew how nailed Dias still was in the league but I’d still keep him if you can afford to and hope he’s still nailed

          1. Bruno Commando
            • 7 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            I have more value locked in Dias too! Oh you not keeping any City defenders at all?

      18. zotter
        • 12 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Anything worth a hit? £10.1m itb
        No chips left

        Martinez
        Rudiger. Dallas. Shaw
        Bruno. Raph. Bale. Lingz. Gundo
        Kane. Watkins

        Fabri. Konsa. Veltman. Brewster

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

          Looks ok to avoid the hit. GL

      19. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Captain which one?

        A) Kane (new)
        B) Son (new)
        C) Bruno (BHA)
        D) Raph (SHU)

        49k OR fwiw and doing ok in MLs

        1. MIGHTY JOE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          A

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

            Thanks mate

      20. timawflowers
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        son in for bale, yay or nay please

        1. MIGHTY JOE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Yes

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

          Yey 100%

      21. MIGHTY JOE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Feels good to be back! Going to WC soon, but for this round:

        1. Bench Gundo or Auba?
        2. Dunk -> Shaw or Rudiger?

        Cheers!

      22. Usmanov
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Is this worth a BB?

        Mendy Christensen Antonio Targettt

        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Defo