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. potatoman
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    1) play vardy
    2) play gundogan
    3) play DCL with -4

    opinion?

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      2 imo

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Vardy

  2. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    Start Watkins or Gundogan?

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Ollie

    2. tbos83
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Watkins as Gundo likely to be benched

    3. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Start Bale or Gundo?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Gundogan

      2. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Stones also an option but don’t want to double up with Dias.

      3. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Bale

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Leaning this way. (With Son and Kane). All in. 😉

    4. SHOWSTOPPERRR
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Repost

      Guys no bb, planning to wc next week.

      Martinez
      Cancelo digne dallas
      Bruno raph lingard bale
      Kane bam dcl

      Areola gundo dias dunk

      1ft

      A) Bale to son for free
      B) gundo to mahrez free and bench lingard

    5. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Bottomed

      Captain which one?

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

      49k OR fwiw and doing ok in MLs

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        All good options. Don’t really have an answer mate. Going with Kane just on pedigree.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          GL mate!

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        You’ve ranked them in my order of preference to be honest, Kane is the safe option but depends how punty you feel. Son may now just be a differential in himself without captaining him but he’s a good captain shout imo also. He’s who I’m on

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks mate. Son is prob most tempting for me after Kane

      3. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Son or Raph for me

        No point in going with Kane imo since you wont make up much ground if he hauls.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks mate. Tough choice this week!

    6. zotter
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      A. Bale to son -4
      B. Start bale
      C. Start Konsa

      Also starting Gundo and second sub is Veltman. No chips left.

      1. aborg
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Bring in Son and keep Bale for a triple up. If Bale plays and they all link up fine, they will all bring in good points.

    7. Thomas Magnum
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Who’s the best United defender to bring in for at least 1 week punt. Will WC next week but they may survive the cut
      A) AWB
      B) Shaw
      C) Maguire

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Shaw imo

      2. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Shaw for sure.

      3. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Thanks all!

    8. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Is this bench boostable?

      Johnstone - Dias - Gundogan - Dawson

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

      Logic says Dias and Gundo should not start, but who knows with Pep...

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Why you thinking Dias won’t start?

        1. Scholes Out Forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          3 games in international break, Dortmund on Wednesday

          1. sminkypinky
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Sensible. Still, he’s Pep’s main man.

      2. tbos83
          4 months, 1 day ago

          I'd say it's risky due to Pep roulette but that is always going to be the case

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Yeah really unsure, and dont think we'll get a Pep presser

        • Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          It doesn’t scream Bench haul to me but could be wrong

          1. Scholes Out Forever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Only concerns are Dias and Gundo really

      3. AD2110
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Bench 1 from each:

        A) Targett
        B) Cancelo

        1) Gundogan
        2) Watkins

      4. tommo1989
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Mendy
        Rudiger Reguilon Dallas
        Rashford Raphinha Bruno (c) Aubameyang
        Kane Bamford Watkins

        Sanchez Konsa Odegaard Tierney

        Would you bench boost? No other chips left

      5. FPL ElasticO
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        G2g for this GW? I'm worried about my bench this week? Is the bench in right order?

        Martinez
        Shaw / Dallas / Rudiger
        Son / Bale / Bruno / Raphinha / Gundo
        Kane / Antonio

        Bench:: Forster / Cancelo / Watkins / Targett

      6. Henning
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        1 ft and 9.6 m in bank
        Would you save wc for next gw? If so who to get with the free transfer?

        Martinez
        Coufal Dallas Targett
        Raphinha Bale Lingard Mount
        Kane Bamford DCL

        Pope Gundogan Dias Dunk

      7. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Why are folk benching Gundo? I've been asleep for 2 weeks.

        1. tbos83
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Risk of benching/early sub

          • Qaiss
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            I’m not!

          • Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            His minutes over the IB for Germany, Dortmund coming up soon and Pep is the coach.
            How was your slumber?

            1. badgerboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Lovely. Didn't have to think about FPL.

          • Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Played 270 mins for Germany

            1. badgerboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Wow. Didn't realize teams were playing three games.

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            3 x 90mins

          • artvandelay316
              4 months, 1 day ago

              I'm not. Nobody knows what Pep will do. He could still play.

          • Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Play Targett or Cancelo? Playing Martinez too!

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Cancelo probably

          • bigdip
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            0 FT with 2.6mn itb

            Mcarthy (Pope)
            Christensen Rudiger Dallas (Konsa, Lewis)
            Fernandes Gundo SON BALE (Soucek)
            Bamford Kane (c) Antonio

            For a -4 hit, Bale to:
            A) Jota
            B) Mount
            C) Lingard
            D) Grealish
            E) KDB

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 1 day ago

              no hit!
              Soucek is a killer first sub if Bale don't play - and if he does then you're set.

            2. Pukki Party
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              A

            3. Echoes
              • 1 Year
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Avoid the hit. Soucek is a great first sub if Bale doesn't play.

          • Pukki Party
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Thoughts on WC? Should cover 33 blanks with only one ManCity. Double Villa and Everton for their double whenever it's played.

            Ederson
            Rudiger Reguilon Shaw
            Bruno Son Jota Raphina
            Kane DCL Watkins

            Martinez Neto Keane Lowton

            Thanks

            1. spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              No to Watkins and Martinez

              1. spatel2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                No to Keane n Lawton

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  I know i'd take stupid hits when they have doubles so might as well get them on my bench now. Better defender over Lowton for 4.5?

                  1. Thomas Magnum
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Maybe Dawson or even Phillips if you think he’s found a nailed on spot

                    1. Pukki Party
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      Cheers it's 50/50 between Dawson and Lowton

                  2. spatel2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Downgrade Martinez or go mendy n foster combo that will you around 2.3 get AzP and Coady rather than Keane n Lowton. No to Watkins, get ineanacho or Antonio

            2. spatel2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              I have dcl n Digne I’m getting rid soon,

              1. Pukki Party
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                One extra fixture last 8 gameweeks and decent fixtures. Digne not performing though

                1. spatel2
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Digne has done well, rather have Chelsea double up and in stead of dcl I rather have Leicester after 31

          • Plagued by indecision
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Looking for a 1-week punt before wildcard. 1 FT, 4.9 ITB. Current team:

            Martinez
            Shaw / Dallas / Targett
            Raphinha / Bale / Odegaard / Fernandes
            Kane / Bamford / Antonio

            Subs: Pope / Stones / Lookman / Dunk

            A) Bale > Son
            B) Dunk > Azpi and bench Odegaard
            C) some other bright idea

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 1 day ago

              I think Odegaard has the least upside of that team. So B, or Ode to KDB?

            2. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Odegaard > Son?

            3. Plagued by indecision
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Thanks both. I can’t afford KDB, and I think Odegaard > Son will be the way to go for me. Cheers!

              1. Qaiss
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                I’d also potentially play Stones over Targett just to have some City cover at the back.

              2. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 1 day ago

                good luck!

          • Levi's 501
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Can't remember an international break before without injury 🙂 Even got 2 players back from injury 😀 Might be a good weekend!

          • RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Friends, do I Bench boost? With a McCarthy+Dunk >> Mendy+Alonso for -4? Or save it? Will WC soon probably.

            Martinez
            Digne, Dias, Dallas
            Bruno, Son, Lingard, Raphina
            Kane, DCL, Bamford
            (McCarthy, Soucek, Coufal, Dunk)

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 1 day ago

              like that -4 for the BB.
              strong team.

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks mate

            2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Yes. I'm doing Dunk to Azpi and boosting. See below.

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Is Azpi safer?

                1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                  • 9 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Bit safer as he's fully rested and has played every game under tuchel.

            3. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Do it Rafa, not too many risky starters in your team there

              1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Cheers MS

          • RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 1 day ago

            just pulled the trigger on mahrez.

            Marti
            Shaw, Cresswell, Dallas
            Bruno, Mahrez, Lingard, Raphinha (c)
            Kane, DCL, Bamford

            Gundo, Dias, Dunk

            660 OR.
            WC31 coming.

            GOOD TO GO!

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Brave man, awesome rank. Good luck!

              1. RogDog_jimmy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks!
                I like 1 random punt a week if I can do it - this is the lowest risk week to me so I figure have fun.

                Now to try not second-guess myself in the next 16 hours or so...

          • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Start Dias or Cresswell?

            1. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Cress for me! He's a point scoring machine.

            2. Scholes Out Forever
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Cresswell for me

          • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Bench boost activated.

            Martinez Forster
            Shaw Dallas Azpi Coufal Dias
            Son Grealish Bruno Raphinia Lingard
            Kane c Bamford Antonio

            Good to go?

            1. Don Kloppeone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Awesome mate

          • NejiHyuuga01
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Hello guys, international break has left me behind on any news. Do we expect another big DGW or has my BB gone to waste?

            1. Qaiss
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              There may be 8 teams having a DGW later in the season

            2. RogDog_jimmy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Spurs have DGW in 32 confirmed

              End of season is a mess - talk of potential but no one really knows - depends on crowd restrictions. Think your best bet might be finding a strong single gameweek BB.

            3. Pukki Party
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Doubt there will be a big one

          • blauriecon
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Martinez
            Dallas Maguire Rudiger
            Bruno Lingard Raphinha Son
            Bamford Kane Watkins
            McCarthy Gundo Reguillon Coufal

            Do I have bench correct?

          • artvandelay316
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Did Kane look in good form playing against Poland? Is he a good bet for Captain over Bruno?

              1. PogBruno
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                defo

                1. artvandelay316
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Cheers

              2. PogBruno
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Would you change anything with the bench and the order here?

                Martinez
                Alonso Digne Dallas
                Rafinha Grealish Son Bale
                Kane (c) DCL Watkins
                - Dias Cresswell Gundagon

                1. RogDog_jimmy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Triple Spurs is tough - would want to start Cresswell over Bale I think.
                  Definitely move Cress ahead of Dias on the bench for me

                  1. PogBruno
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Thanks for the reply mate, considering cress ahead of Dias myself

                    And also think Bale will either starts or won't come on to the pitch at all, like vs Villa - What do you think?

                    1. RogDog_jimmy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      I think that makes sense, but so hard to know.
                      I can equally see him playing 60 and scoring 11, not playing at all, or coming on for 15 minutes chasing the game at the end.
                      I'm glad I don't have him to figure out.

              3. UshFPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Cancelo -> Azpilicueta or Gundogan -> Havertz?

                1. artvandelay316
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Get Azpi

                2. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Is and bench order gtg? Taking one week punt on Alonso pre WC

                  Martinez
                  Dallas Alonso Digne
                  Bruno Bale Lingard Son Raphinha
                  Kane (c) Bamford

                  Pope Watkins Dias Coufal

                  1. Magic Zico
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Strong team

                3. Fergiesarmy
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Should I start forster over Ederson?

                  Also have stones starting

                4. jonnybhoy
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Hi all, thoughts on BB for next gameweek? Will do McCarthy to Mendy too for free too. Or should I save it as it's my last chip for a double gw?

                  Martinez
                  Konsa Rudiger Dallas
                  Son Salah Bruno Raphina
                  Watkins Kane Bamford

                  McCarthy* Stones Coufal Soucek

                  1. jonnybhoy
                    • 8 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Can do Soucek to Lingard too for -4pts and BB