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. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Start Antonio over Gundo? G2G?

    Martinez
    Azpi Regulion Dallas
    Salah Son Bruno Raphinha
    Bamford Kane Antonio

    Pope Gundo Stones Coufal

    1. Tinfoil Deathstar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Yeah, I am. Think Gundo is at serious risk of a cameo appearance.

  2. Brimble82
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    I’m about to go into a GW with three benches City assets! Is this insane?

    Bench:
    Forster - Gundo/Cancelo/Stones.

    Have Rudiger & Bale in my XI - so may yet see some autosub action.
    But a BB would be too risky right?

    Starting XI:
    Martinez
    Rudiger-Dallas-Targett
    Son-Bale-Raphinha-Bruno
    Kane-DCL-Bamford

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      I think a lot of us are benching city assets this week!

      I’d probably start Gundogan over Bale since you have Son and Kane.

  3. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 11 days ago

    Cancelo > Alonso (-4)

    Yes or no?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Not for a hit

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      chilwell not a worry?

    3. OleBall
        1 month, 11 days ago

        No

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

        Absolutely not.

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Planning to use BB this week, any of these worth a hit to bring in for Bale?

      A. Mahrez
      B. Havertz
      C. Mount
      D. Ziyech
      E. James Rodriguez

      Cheers

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Havertz

      2. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Mount

    5. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 11 days ago

      Is 0 ManCity players actually a good idea now?

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        I’m planning on going with Dias and 1 mid from next week on WC

      2. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Planning on just going with 1 after I WC next week.

      3. Echoes
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Think 1 is great, but feel like you could still score decent points without any City assets from here on out.

        • Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Im going with 0 from GW 31 WC

      4. Redranger
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Is Azpi worth the 1m price increase over Rudiger?

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          More nailed imo but not sure it’s worth the 1m

        2. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          was just looking at same. this for safety i'll go azpi

          1. Redranger
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Think both are good choices, I’ve got a ton of money ITB so I’ll go with safety. Watch Rudiger score a brace next game

        3. OleBall
            1 month, 11 days ago

            If transferring in this gw yes. Rudiger likely to be rotated imo

          • Echoes
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Brink in Rudiger and have a decent sub, and you're good.

              1. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                good idea

            • The Mighty Hippo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              yeah, I reckon he's worth it.

          • Quan MisTaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Would you

            A) be happy with Cresswell coming off the bench if neither Bale and Gundo play?

            B) Swap Bale to KDB and play KDB

            1. Pandastar5
                1 month, 11 days ago

                cresswell against wolves is solid imo

                1. Quan MisTaka
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Thanks. Im tempted to start him over Bale and Gundo so i can avoid 20 min cameos. But think if im keeping Bale he needs to start...

              • kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                a

                1. Quan MisTaka
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  What would your bench order be

                  1) Gundo
                  2) Cresswell
                  3) Dias

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    some bench!

                    im starting 1 & 2... between them for 1st

                    1. Quan MisTaka
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Cheers for the advice. Close to putting Cresswell first. Really dont think Gundo will start with Dortmund midweek.

                    2. Tinfoil Deathstar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Interesting. Also have all three but looking at starting 2) and 3). You not worried about a 20 min cameo from Gundo given his minutes over IB and the upcoming CL tie?

                      1. kennethrhcp
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        i am now 🙂

            2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Bottomed sorry

              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) cancelo to azpi for free

              1. Bank$y
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                A

              2. Crunchie
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Son for me

            3. Tinfoil Deathstar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Thoughts on bench order? Thinking Gundo is a big risk of a 20 min cameo given the minutes he played in IB and the upcoming Dortmund tie.

              Martinez
              Cresswell - Reguillon - Alonso - Dias
              Son - Salah - Bruno - Raph (c)
              Kane (vc) - Antonio

              Bench: Fabri; Gundo, Maja, Burn

              1. Nomar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Good as it is.

                1. Tinfoil Deathstar
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Cheers!

            4. KUN+10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Best (c) to make up ground?

              A- Son
              B- Bamford
              C- Digne
              D- Alonso
              E- Martinez
              F - KDB

              Have Bruno, Kane, Jota.

              1. Totti
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                A or B

                1. KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Thank you

              2. tomasjj
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I would go with Bruno, or if you want to live a little, Bamford.

                1. KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Really hoping for one of those weeks where a differential scores a hat trick whiles the others blank. I think I will go Bamford

              3. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                D

            5. Totti
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Who to bench?

              A) bale
              B) lingard

              1. Traction Engine Foot
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                A

                1. Totti
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Why no love for bale?

                  1. Echoes
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Apparently Jose wants Bale to track back so he can secure him a CS point for his FPL team

              2. kennethrhcp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Bale worth keeping for 32?

                1. seanie3
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Is he worth keeping at all? I have him but looking to move him on this week

                  1. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    with 32 so close im half set on keeping... but like you said; is he worth keeping

                    could sell this week & look at dif 3rd spurs for 32

                2. OleBall
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I swapped him for Sonny

                    1. kennethrhcp
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      cheers for reply

                      have son & kane already with him

                3. Shark Team
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I'm(C) Bruno over Kane but idk if it's because I want to do so or because I want to go against the Twitter crowd

                  1. WHUFCSmith23
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I like it

                  2. Scots Gooner
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    I'm currently Raphinha (c) and having the same mixed feelings. I'm pretty sure most my ML rivals will cap Kane too, which worries me further.

                4. Jet5605
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Planning to WC in GW31. Which move looks best?

                  A - Bale > Son
                  B - Coufal > Azpi

                  Martinez
                  Dallas - Konsa - Coufal
                  Bruno - Gundo - Lingard - Raph
                  Bamford - DCL - Kane

                  Pope - Bale - Stones - Dunk

                  1. Quan MisTaka
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    B looks good for this week. Who would Son come on for?

                    1. Jet5605
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I'd bench Gundo as he is expected to be rested after playing a lot during the IB

                  2. Tinfoil Deathstar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    For a one week punt just get in Alonso for Coufal. I'm doing it and I have no WC. A lot more upside than Azpi (unless you are worried about him going up in price)

                5. Lallana
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Start Lingard or Gundogan?

                  1. Tree House
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Lingard

                  2. WHUFCSmith23
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Seems unlikely that Gundo will play seeing as they have Dortmund next week and he played every minute of Germanys 3 games. Pep has probably made the decision for you

                    1. Lallana
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Cheers 🙂

                  3. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Lingard

                6. Oggle22
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Martinez
                  Konsa Dallas Cancelo
                  Son Bale Raphina Lingz Raphina
                  Bamford Kane Antonio

                  Steele Aubameyang Stones Dunk

                  1)Aubameyang to Bruno and bench Antonio

                  2) -4 Bruno and DCL for Aubameyang and Antonio? And bench Lingard

                  3) -8 as above and a Chelsea defender in for Cancelo

                  Cheers

                7. Tree House
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Start one please:

                  A) Gundog (lei)
                  B) Bale (new)
                  C) Targett (FUL)

                  Thanks!

                  1. Quan MisTaka
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Im starting Bale. As much hope of him starting as Gundo and if he play at all theres a good chance he will get something

                8. HuttonDressedasLahm
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Is Reguilon fit??

                  1. Leaf
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Proper fit

                  2. Quan MisTaka
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Apparently so

                  3. WHUFCSmith23
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Bit short for my tastes

                9. Hig1990
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Start Tierney or Dias?

                  1. OleBall
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Dias

                    • WHUFCSmith23
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Tierney for me

                  2. Flynny
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Who to start please?

                    A....cancelo
                    B....dias

                    And

                    X.....lingard at wolves
                    Y....mount v wba (surely risk of cameo sub appearance)

                    Thanks

                  3. Nespinha
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Pick a transfer please:

                    A) Pope - - - Mendy
                    B) Cresswell - - - Azpi
                    C) Bale - - - Mount

                  4. Bonus magnet
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Sell 1 for Raphinha

                    1. Lookman

                    2. WardProwse

                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Lookman

                    2. Echoes
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        2

                    3. Rinseboy
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Who would you bench from this lot this week?

                      Martinez
                      Regullion Digne Dallas Dias
                      Son Bruno Lindgard Raph KDB
                      Kane
                      Watkins Dunk Maja

                      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Play Watkins over Dias imo

                        1. Rinseboy
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          fancy Lei to score?

                          1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Yes

                            1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                              • 11 Years
                              1 month, 11 days ago

                              And Grealish back improves Watkins

                      2. Tinfoil Deathstar
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Dias, Maja, Dunk..in that order.

                    4. HuttonDressedasLahm
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Gtg??

                      Martinez
                      Digne Dallas Alonso
                      Bruno(vc) Raphinha(c) KDB Gundogan
                      Kane DCL Watkins

                      Areola Soucek Tosin Veltman

                      1. A Kun & Mateta
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Certainly well set, I'm tempted to bring in Alonso myself.

                        1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                          • 11 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          Just did it for Cancelo
                          I know he’ll get rotated, but this is supposed to be fun isn’t it?

                    5. Lallana
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Dias worth taking a -4 out for Shaw, Azpi or Digne for the next two GWs?

                      Leicester and Leeds good opponents and they've struggled to keep CSs recently.

                      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Not for a -4

                    6. Little Red Lacazette
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Play Stones or Dias?

                      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Dias for security

                      2. The Mighty Hippo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Dias

                    7. Legohair
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Play one?????

                      A. Dias
                      B. Shaw
                      C. Rudiger
                      D. Coady

                    8. The Mighty Hippo
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Is Gundogan to either Lingard or Raphinha worth a hit this week? If so, which one would you prefer?

                      1. Freshy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        getting rid of Gundog is hard
                        Raphina

                        1. Freshy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 11 days ago

                          the hit thing though
                          who is first up on your bench?

                          1. The Mighty Hippo
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 11 days ago

                            Struijk, however I've also got Mount who may well be rested this week and then I'm getting a bit deep into my bench.

                    9. GE
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      WC next GW, what to do this GW? 🙂

                      1) Auba -> Son
                      2) Auba -> Havertz/Mount
                      3) Cancelo -> Alonso/Azpi/Rudiger
                      4) Other suggestions?

                      (1FT, 0.1 itb)

                      Martinez
                      Dias/Digne/Dallas
                      Auba/Bruno/Bale/Gundo
                      Kane/Bamford/Watkins

                      Bench: Messlier, Cancelo, B.Traore, Dunne

                    10. Shaw must go on
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      would you BB with Forster,Laca,Struijk,veltman?
                      am i going mad?