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.

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2,484 Comments Post a Comment
  1. potatoman
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

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

    opinion?

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      2 imo

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Vardy

  2. Bury94
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Start Watkins or Gundogan?

    1. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Ollie

    2. tbos83
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Watkins as Gundo likely to be benched

  3. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Start Bale or Gundo?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Gundogan

    2. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Bale

      1. sminkypinky
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

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

  4. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        GL mate!

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days 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
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

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

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days 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
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks mate. Tough choice this week!

  6. zotter
    • 12 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days 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
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Shaw imo

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Shaw for sure.

    3. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Thanks all!

  8. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Why you thinking Dias won’t start?

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        3 games in international break, Dortmund on Wednesday

        1. sminkypinky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

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

    2. tbos83
      5 months, 22 days 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
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

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

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

      1. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Only concerns are Dias and Gundo really

  9. AD2110
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Bench 1 from each:

    A) Targett
    B) Cancelo

    1) Gundogan
    2) Watkins

  10. tommo1989
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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

  11. FPL ElasticO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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

  12. Henning
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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

  13. badgerboy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

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

    1. tbos83
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Risk of benching/early sub

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      I’m not!

    3. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days 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
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Lovely. Didn't have to think about FPL.

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Played 270 mins for Germany

      1. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

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

    5. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      3 x 90mins

    6. artvandelay316
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

  14. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Play Targett or Cancelo? Playing Martinez too!

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Cancelo probably

  15. bigdip
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days ago

      A

    3. Echoes
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

  16. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days ago

      No to Watkins and Martinez

      1. spatel2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        No to Keane n Lawton

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days 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
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 22 days ago

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

            1. Pukki Party
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 22 days ago

              Cheers it's 50/50 between Dawson and Lowton

          2. spatel2
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

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

        1. spatel2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

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

  17. Plagued by indecision
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

    2. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Odegaard > Son?

    3. Plagued by indecision
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 22 days 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
        5 months, 22 days 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
        5 months, 22 days ago

        good luck!

  18. Levi's 501
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 22 days ago

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

  19. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days ago

      like that -4 for the BB.
      strong team.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks mate

    2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Is Azpi safer?

        1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
          • 9 Years
          5 months, 22 days ago

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

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers MS

  20. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 22 days 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
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Brave man, awesome rank. Good luck!

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 months, 22 days 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...

  21. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Start Dias or Cresswell?

    1. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

    2. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Cresswell for me

  22. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Awesome mate

  23. NejiHyuuga01
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days ago

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

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Doubt there will be a big one

  24. blauriecon
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

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

    Do I have bench correct?

  25. artvandelay316
    5 months, 22 days ago

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

    1. CR7 is Home
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      defo

      1. artvandelay316
        5 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers

  26. CR7 is Home
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days 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. CR7 is Home
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 22 days 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
          5 months, 22 days 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.

  27. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Cancelo -> Azpilicueta or Gundogan -> Havertz?

    1. artvandelay316
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Get Azpi

  28. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 22 days ago

      Strong team

  29. Fergiesarmy
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 22 days ago

    Should I start forster over Ederson?

    Also have stones starting

  30. jonnybhoy
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 22 days 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
      5 months, 22 days ago

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