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. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Anyone fancy Werner? Hmmmm

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Not the goal surely!

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Confidence looks shot in front of goal

      1. Eastman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        No. Fell into that trap in the double gw

        1. Danno - Emre Canada
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Yeah ive had enough of traps!

  2. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    No Alonso in the scout picks! Why?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Not nailed.

    2. Rep Poulette
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Rotation risk?

  3. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Have I set up my team right for this week ? benching headache and still not convinced I got it right

    Martinez
    Ayling Cancelo Cresswell
    Gundogan Son Raphinha Bruno
    DCL Kane Bamford

    johnstone grealish dias targett

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Is Grealish fit? If so I'd start him over Gundogan

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        is grealish match fit though ? could see a 20-30 min sub appearence

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

          I'm pretty sure he'll start

  4. Oh Mane Mane
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Martinez Pope
    Dunk Maguire Dias Coufal Dallas
    Raphina Bale Fernandes Lingard Gundo
    Kane Antonio Bamford

    Dunk & Bale to Alonso & Son for -4 and bench boost? Will be Wildcarding GW31

  5. Alisson WondHaaland
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Bench 2:
    A) Bale
    B) Konsa
    C) Ayling
    D) Watkins

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B and D

      1. Alisson WondHaaland
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers, was thinking the same!

        1. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Agree

  6. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Thoughts on this team? 2FT in the bank, should I wildcard next week?

    Martinez
    Cancelo Stones Targett
    Bruno Son Gundo Raphinha
    Kane Antonio Bamford
    (Sanchez Coufal Dunk Grealish)

    1. The VAR Team
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      If you have no FH maybe save WC for around the double and blank later?

  7. The VAR Team
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    GTG? Correct bench? 🙂

    Martinez
    Alonso Dallas Stones
    Son Raph Auba Gundo
    Kane Bam Antonio
    (Pope - Lookman Cancelo Lowton)

  8. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Which Chelsea defender should I get? Used my wildcard and can afford any of them

    1. The VAR Team
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Az

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Azpi

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Alonso if you like to live dangerously

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I'd go for Alonso

  9. Finding Timo
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Would you go Holding to alonso for GW30 only if had stones, cancello, Dallas, & dunk?

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I assume you're not playing Holding nor Dunk.

        Holding at least has a decent next 2 if you need to call on him so I'd just do Dunk

        1. Finding Timo
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Cheers Yes I was looking to do holding to Alonso as worried about stones & cancello playing and thought holding may not play so looking At replacing Him?

      2. altan8797
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        mendy martin
        robbo azpi rudiger strujik stones
        salah kdb lucas gundo X
        kane antonio X

        a) lacazette and soucek
        b) DCL and saka

        what do you think?

        1. The VAR Team
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          B

        2. teknicolourfox
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Thought Saka not playing/fit?

      3. Shaw must go on
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Is it plain Stupid to BB Forster,Laca,Struijk,Veltman??
        In case of yes would you bench Laca or Gundo??
        thanks lads

        1. The VAR Team
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Bench Gundo

      4. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Did my 2 FT, Pope to Mendy and Diagne to Antonio.

        Team picked:

        Mendy
        Stones, Shaw, Targett
        Son, Salah, Raphina, Bruno
        Bamford, Kane (c), Antonio

        Areola, Gundogan, Rudiger, Veltman

        Obvious move is benching Stones and doubling up on Chelsea defence, but it just feels wrong not playing any City players.

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          That's why I'll keep Dias.
          City will rotate and are already champions but they are still better than wolves and arsenal defensively

      5. Bobby_Baggio
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        G2G or can I use FT somewhere. Using my WC next GW. 2.5m ITB. Cheers.

        Martinez
        Stones - Alioski - Diaz
        Lingard - Raphinha - Salah - Bruno
        Bam - Kane - Antonio

        (McCarthy) - Gundo - Coufal - Dunk

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Antonio to DCL

          You can get Antonio back on WC if you want, but he’s a great option this week.

          Or Alioski to Azpi.

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Tempted to take a -4 and do Dunk + Coufal > Azpi + Digne and BB

        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Same team as you except Alioski & McCarthy + 2.5m ITB vs Shaw + Fabri + 1.0m ITB

          I'm not convinced on double City defence this week so I was thinking Dunk --> Azpi / Alonso / Rudiger myself and then bench Stones.

          I have WC in-hand also. Are you sure GW31 is best time to use it and not after BGW33? (Not looked at FPL for 2-3 weeks so I'm not sure)

          1. Bobby_Baggio
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            To be fair I haven't looked since before internationals so probably best to save it

      6. Buck The Trent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        What to do with Bale?

        A Keep for 3 more weeks until DGW
        B Sell for KDB (free)

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          B out of those options

        2. The Count of Monte Cristo
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          B

      7. Fernando Torres
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Who is likely to start for Chelsea in defence?

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Very hard to guess but Id say: T. Silva, Rudiger, Azpi, Alonso, James

        2. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Azpi

          Rest unknown

        3. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Azpi nailed at RCB
          T.Silva/Christensen at CB
          Rudiger/Zouma at LCB

          James or CHO at RWB
          Alonso or Chilwell at LWB

      8. Erez Avni
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        play one:

        A. Dias
        B. Cresswell

        1. Gundogan
        2. Lingard

      9. Peter Ouch
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        If you have to pick one of Bruno and Kdb, who would that be?

        1. Alisson WondHaaland
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          For this week KDB, rest of the season probably Bruno but Im going with neither

          1. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Invest elsewhere?

            Where are the money????

        2. Wild Card this...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Bruno

      10. MShalkz
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Best Bale replacement? Currently have Gundo, Bruno, Saka and Salah.

          Is back to Son the way to go?

          1. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            You said: Is back to Son the way to go?

            Me: Yes, that’s the way to go.

          2. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Son

        • MMN
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Captain Raphina or Bamford and why?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Raphinha - higher xGI involvement and more points for goals and CS

          2. Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I’d cap Bamford. More likely to get max BAPs.

          3. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Raphinha hasn't had a double digit haul in the last 10 games.

            Sheffield is the ideal one to happen.

        • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Would you keep Dunk or Coufal on a bench boost this week.

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Depends what the replacement for a hit would be.

        • AgentFern
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Correct starting 11?

          Emi
          Shaw, Dallas, Azp
          Gundog, Bruno, salah, Raphina
          Kane(c), DCL, Watkins

          Johnstone, Dias, Coufal Soucek

          1. The Count of Monte Cristo
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Yep, nice!

        • bso
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Play Antonio or Lingard?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Lingard

        • Super Saints
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Is benching Aubamayang and Stones the correct decision please people?

          Martinez
          Cancelo Dallas Coufal
          Bruno Son Lingard Raphina
          Kane Bamford Watkins
          Pope Auba Stones Dunk

        • Jon Snow
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Wanna go Bamford (C) but seems unneccesary as I already have triple Leeds.

          Kane (C) looking like the best option

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I know the feeling with triple Leeds at that shoddy Elland Road pitch. Kane a safe alternative.

        • S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Is Dunk -> Rudiger for a hit madness?

          Stones-Digne-Targett (Coufal, Dunk)

        • Couch Potato
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          1FT

          Doing Dunk > Chelsea D

          A Rudi (with Dias as 1st sub in case of rotation)
          B Azpi (costs 1M extra)

        • Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          GTG?
          Martinez (Sanchez)
          Shaw dallas stones (Aina Dunk)
          Gundogan Son Bruno Auba (Lookman)
          Kane (C) DCL Bamford

          0FT 0.9ITB

          Gundogan to Lingard -4?

        • Ninjaa
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Current squad for this gw. Any need for changes?? 1ft and 3.6m itb. Who should be on the bench here? Thanks

          Pope 4m
          Stones Target Coufal Dallas Lawton
          Bruno Salah Mahrez Gundogan Mount
          Bamford Antonio DCL

        • Fernando Torres
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Konsa or Coufal for this week?

          1. Couch Potato
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Konsa

        • Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Dunk to Rudiger for -4?