Scout Picks

Gameweek 31 Scout Picks built on Liverpool triple-up

Liverpool’s key players form the spine of our Gameweek 31 Scout Picks.

Following DavidNealeTom and Andy‘s Scout Squad submissions, we have chosen a starting XI of our best players for the next round of action.

This week we line up in the traditional 3-4-3 formation and come in at £82.1m, £0.9m inside our budget of £83.0m.

Goalkeeper

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Bernd Leno (£5.0m) is our representative from the Arsenal defence in Gameweek 31 ahead of a trip to Sheffield United. The Blades have scored 10 goals at home this season, only West Bromwich Albion and Fulham (nine) mustering fewer at their own grounds.

Defenders

From a Fantasy perspective, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.3m) looks set to offer points potential for the 2020/21 run-in. He has produced 5.6 points per game over the last six matches, a period in which he among the top two defenders for key passes and big chances created.

We believe Chelsea’s 5-2 defeat to West Brom was a blip, a Gameweek 31 trip to Crystal Palace offering César Azpilicueta (£5.9m) and his colleagues a chance for redemption. The Eagles are currently second-bottom of the Premier League for shots on target over the last six, while Azpilicueta remains the most nailed-on starter in the Chelsea defence outside of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Only Sheffield United and Fulham offer a lower goal conversion rate over their last six matches than Newcastle. That could be good news for value defender Matt Lowton (£4.4m), who is joint-top for big chances created among defenders over the same period.

Midfielders

Only two FPL midfielders have registered more shots in the box than Mohamed Salah (£12.4m) over the last six matches. The Egyptian also ranks joint-top among players in his position for big chances.

Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) is our chosen representative from the Manchester City attack as they prepare for a potentially end-to-end meeting with Leeds. Rests against Leicester and Borussia Dortmund suggest the England international will feature on Saturday afternoon and, if he lines up on the left-hand side of a front-three, he will enjoy a decent match-up. Leeds have conceded 20 chances down their right-hand side since Gameweek 25, more than through the middle or left.

Diogo Jota (£6.9m) has hit the ground running since his return from injury. The former Wolves man has produced three goals in his last two matches and is offering the sort of form that arguably makes him undroppable for Jürgen Klopp. Still, even if he does find himself on the bench, the fact that he has been involved in 50% of his team’s league goals scored when on the pitch this season shows that even a substitute’s appearance can be fruitful, just as it was against Arsenal last time out.

Sheffield United still have the worst figure for expected goals conceded (xGC) over the last six matches, suggesting Arsenal’s attackers can enjoy their trip north on Sunday evening. During the same period, Bukayo Saka (£5.2m) ranks joint-second among Mikel Arteta’s charges for shots in the box.

Forwards

Gameweek 28 Scout Picks built on Spurs, Everton and Villa assets

While a Gameweek 31 meeting with Manchester United is hardly an appealing fixture, there is no ruling out Harry Kane (£11.7m) recording an attacking return on Sunday afternoon. He has two double-digit hauls across his last four matches from a total of five goals and two assists.

Chris Wood (£6.2m) faces a Newcastle defence that has conceded at least twice in nine of their last 13 Premier League matches and has good form of his own to bring into Sunday’s Turf Moor clash. Over his last six matches, he ranks second in the whole division for shots on target, netting in each of his last three.

Without Declan Rice, West Ham conceded the second-highest number of shots in the box of any team in Gameweek 30. Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.8m) could take advantage of that on Sunday afternoon having supplied at least one goal in three of his last four starts.

Substitutes

  • Edouard Mendy (£5.2m)
  • Ben Mee (£4.9m)
  • Rob Holding (£4.2m)
  • Pedro Neto (£5.7m)

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 31:

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

The Community Member who beats our team by the largest margin will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Peteski29 takes on the Scout Picks in Gameweek 31 going with a 3-5-2 line-up of Leno; Alexander-Arnold, Alonso, Rüdiger; Salah (c), Sterling (vc), Mount, Jota, Neto; Kane, Vydra.

AA33 is the current leader, defeating the Scout Picks by a 53-point margin in Gameweek 2.

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1,033 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Return of the FF
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Captains this week?

    1. Akeem
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Salah for me

    2. Utopsis
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Sterling

  2. Akeem
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Best 4.0 defender? (other than Phillips)

  3. DavidSilva
    • 12 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    WC team 0.8itb

    Mendy
    Rudiger Holding TAA
    Salah Jota Sterling Neto Lingard
    Nacho Kane

    Forster Vydra Coady Reguilon

    Thoughts?

    1. Return of the FF
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Neto to Mount if affordable?

    2. Kuzser
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Neto to Saka?

    3. Rabb05
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Sterling ok if a 1 week punt given he will start this week but I wouldn't trust him longer term. Maybe I am scarred
        I'm avoiding arsenal defenders long term although obviously makes sense for this gw

        1. DavidSilva
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          No love for Neto?

          Yes Sterling out for Son next week....

    4. Help Me!
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      On WC
      A) Vardy + Neto
      B) Vydra + Bruno

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        You’ll want Bruno next gw

      2. Akeem
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        B

    5. Sid07
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Will you wc this lot, have 2 fts this week

      Martinez meslier
      Azpi dias cancello Dallas coufal
      Salah gundo lingard fernandz son
      Bamford kane Brewster

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        No you can take a couple of punts before wc in 32 or 33

        1. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Cancello + Brewster to Phillips and nacho

      2. Help Me!
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        You can make it without WC, but not sure when else would it be worth to WC.
        You have any chips?

        1. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          BB

    6. affront
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Coady or Lindelof for last defensive spot?? (4.9 left, have Azpi and don't want double Che)

      Alternative is to upgrade keeper, currently Pickford (4.8). From the comments today, seems Pickford very likely to be back next week and have Forster to cover, so pretty set on him

      1. Help Me!
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Coady

    7. Kuzser
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      What move to prioritise this week guys?
      1) Raph-> Jota
      2) Raph-> Salah
      3) Antonio-> Iheanacho

      Martinez
      Azpi Cancelo Stones
      Son Saka Lingard Bruno Raph
      Kane Dcl

      Dawson, Strujik, Antonio

      1. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 days ago

        2 easily - strong bank!

    8. Mesh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Which 1 on WC.
      A. Mendy & Coady
      B. Leno & Fofana

    9. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Where are the Pep presser quotes?

    10. TFP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      (a) Neto and TAA

      or

      (b) Son and Phillips?

      1. For Fuchs Sake
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        b) because DGW for Son next week

    11. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Got away with it so far without Bruno, would like to get him in next week but also want jota and can’t stretch to both (and keeping son) without a few hits so:

      A Bruno next gw (ignore jota and keep son for sheff utd in 34)
      B get jota this week and wait until 33 and do son to Bruno

      1. Biggsy
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Lucas Moura instead of Son solve your woes?

        I have come to the conclusion Son just causes too much imbalance (in my WC team) for a player who is £9.4m and has been off the boil recently.

        1. Pat Bonner
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Thanks. I’ve got him so got to stick for the double I think so leaning towards B. Like moura shout tho! Def under radar

    12. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      WC Draft 3

      Thoughts - predominantly a 353

      Martinez
      TAA, Rudiger, Holding
      Salah, Maddison, Bruno, Jota,
      Kane, Nacho, Wood

      Forster, Gund, Targett, Coady

      0.7 ITB

      G2G??

      TIA

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Would want more spurs for the double. Also not sure if bench gundogan

      2. No Kane No Gain
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I’d play gundo. He’s my captain lol

    13. SomeoneKnows
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Best sub 9.4 midfielder to own as a one week punt? Can't be Jota or Lingard

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Mahrez as a punt or Neto

    14. LLoris
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Would you make any changes for my WC? Or G2g?
      Neto or Iheanacho?

      Mendy Forester
      TAA D.Sanchez Coady Holding Fofana
      Salah Jota Fernandes Son Esm
      Kane Iheanacho Vydra

    15. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Tinkering with WC- views on this welcome? Sterling to Bruno in 32/33

      Leno
      TAA Rüdiger Alonso
      Salah Sterling (c) Saka Son Jota
      Kane Iheanacho

      Foster Wellbeck Fofana Konsa

    16. Goonerly
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bamford + Raph --> Ings (C) & Saka for free.

      Good moves?

      1. Biggsy
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Ings plays Spurs and then blanks so only if you plan on shifting after

    17. For Fuchs Sake
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Best Man City MF for a one week punt, not Sterling or KdB?

      Torres or Silva maybe?

      1. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I think Torress. Didn’t play at all mid week I believe, wouldn’t be any more comfortable in one over the other thouch

      2. No Kane No Gain
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        100% gundo

    18. Erez Avni
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Would really appreciate some help here...

      Areola (Martinez)

      Dias Shaw Cresswell (Burn Dallas)
      Lingard Bruno Son Raphinha Gundo
      Kane DCL (Bamford)

      Q1 start one:
      A. Martinez
      B. Areola

      Q2 bring and captain one:
      1. Jota for Raphinha
      2. Salah for Bruno

      cheers!

      1. JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        B1

      2. Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        A if you think they both concede
        1 = probz C Kane or Bruno if you see goals in that fixture

      3. No Kane No Gain
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        B1

    19. winchester
        3 months, 16 days ago

        hey lads, should I go with 'a' or Wildcard? (have all time still to plan wc team)

        pope (martinez)
        dias cresswell dallas (targett veltman)
        bruno lingard raphinha son (gundo)
        dcl kane bamford

        a) raphinha -> jota
        b) hit the WC chip

      • Thomas Magnum
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Best option?
        A) Diagne
        B) Welbeck
        C) Barnes
        Have Iheanacho already

      • Akeem
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        B1

        1. Akeem
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          oops

      • JBG
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Hattrick from Salah too much to ask for this GW?

      • Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Thoughts on Jota? You read everywhere that his goals per 90 minutes are so great, but it doesn't go in hand with his expected goals to be honest. Is he that great finisher? He's on 0.44xg per 90 minutes, which is great for a 6.6m mid, but let's be honest, he won't play 90 minutes every game. More like 50/60 minutes per GW. Is that still a good value?

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          But maybe if they are knocked out of CL he will play more.

        2. Akeem
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Not necessarily...he starts over Firmino atm IMO...he's was rested last GW because of the International break and CL

        3. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Surely you can't be serious?

      • Enes_Sahini1
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Wildcard needed lads?

        Martinez
        Stones Cancelo Creswell
        Fernandes Gundogan Son Salah Lingard
        Bamford Watkins

        McCarthy Dallas Adams Justin

        2 free transfers 1.7 in the bank

      • manu4life99
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Gundo to Jota (-4)?

        1. bautasten
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Tough as Gundo could do really well if he starts. Can you live with a Gundo haul? 🙂

      • bautasten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        As an 8th attacker who probably only will be starting in GW33 or if anyone is rotated in the 11:

        A) Welbeck £5.5 (shu GW33)
        B) Vydra £4.8 (wol GW33)

        1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          I’ve gone Vydra just cos he’s cheaper and it means I can get Salah easier in 33

        2. Biggsy
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          B is a longer term risk to starting once Barnes is back - maybe 33 would be ok though

          1. bautasten
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            yeah he is...I guess it comes down to what you can do with the extra money as well.

      • Rafa_is_a_geordie.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Any love for Lacazette?
        I have exact money for Antonio > Lacazette and with Sheff Utd, Fulham, Everton, Newcastle and West brom next fixtures could be a good differential? I don't see much love for him at all?

        1. Sam (Team Sam)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          People were interested until they saw him start in Europe, with Auba benched.

          Assumption is that they will swap this weekend.

          1. Rafa_is_a_geordie.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Ah i see, thank you. I thought they'd been playing together but can see it being risky if started mid week. The obvious is Antonio > Iheanacho I suppose just fancied something a bit different.

        2. Werner Brothers
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Rotation risk

      • Sam (Team Sam)
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Final wildcard decision...

        A) Keep Gundo this week, then replace with Son in 32

        B) Just get Son in now and play him against United

        Would love some help!

        1. No Kane No Gain
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          A

        2. Honker Muddlefoot
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Personally, I’d go B because I don’t like using a transfer the week after a WC. Free transfers are precious, so I would rather save my transfer and move for Son now while it doesn’t cost me anything extra, and then roll next week’s transfer for down the line to help solve any unforeseen issues that may pop up. Certainly understand the appeal of A, though. Good luck, mate!

          1. Sam (Team Sam)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Thanks mate! Very helpful response. Good luck too

      • n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Currently have the following on WC

        Mendy, Forster
        Taa, coady, rudiger, holding, massuaku
        Salah, Bruno, jota, SON, GUNDO
        Kane, nacho, vydra

        Rather than Son and Gundo, would you take a punt on Sterling and bench fodder this week and then get Son in for the double?

        A. Stay with Son
        B. Punt on Sterling

      • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Currently on Jota(c) (no Salah) - but would you captain Vardy instead?

        Other options are Gundo/Kane