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

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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. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    TAA - Alonso - Rudiger - Holding - Masuaku

    Is this defense too punty?

    I know that Rudiger and TAA are nailed.

    Thanks.

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I've gone for the same apart from Coady for Alonso.

      Punty but good punts I'd say!

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Cheers.

    2. Foé Fuchs Saka
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No. Alonso is the punt, but could be gold. You have bench players to step in if he’s benched.

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yeah went Alonso over Azpi for his potential. Cheers.

    3. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I like the Massuaku pick

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Masuaku

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

    Common question this week. Thoughts on KDB to Salah?

    1. Foé Fuchs Saka
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Go for it. Now is the time.

    2. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No way, KDB is captain material and Salah is diving

    3. Nay08
        1 month, 3 days ago

        if you have reliable back up, you can try hold this week

      • NateDogsCats
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Not for me if you have bench cover, I don't see Liverpool putting Villa to the sword like so many think, and if KDB plays he could have a field day. Ignoring his injuries he's only been benched 3 times all season and once was just before the break. Big week but he could well play

      • Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Alonso to start v Palace ?

        1. Foé Fuchs Saka
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Most likely

      • tissae
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Start one:

        A) Holding (shu)
        B) Shaw (tot)
        C) Fofana (whu)

        1. Foé Fuchs Saka
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          A

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          A

        3. MessiGOAT
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          C

        4. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          A

      • linkafu
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        A Lowton Gundo
        B Bellerin Saka

        1. Foé Fuchs Saka
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          B

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        In need of help! Would you WC this team friends? Possible WC team below... still got BB for possibly 32.

        Martinez
        Dias. Alonso. Digne. Coufal
        Bruno. Son. Lingard. Jota
        Kane. DCL
        (McCarthy. Raph. Bamford. Dallas)

        WC team;
        Mendy. Forster
        TAA. Rudiger. Shaw. Holding. Masuaku
        Salah. Bruno. Son. Lingard. Jota
        Kane. Iheanacho. Vydra

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Start Raph ahead of Coufal maybe and I think you're good to keep the WC. Either way, I reckon you can ride this week out.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I am playing Raph sorry. Problem is I might be missing Alonso and Dias. And no Salah(C). Tough call. Not sure whether to pull the trigger or keep it for combining with a BB in 35

      • Foé Fuchs Saka
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        A) scmeichel and reece James?
        Or
        B) mendy and Fofana?

        Have Rudiger.

        1. linkafu
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          B

          1. Foé Fuchs Saka
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Cheers.

      • Joey Tribbiani
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I need to play 1, which one:
          Dallas (mci)
          Targett (liv)

          or just flip a coin?

          1. Foé Fuchs Saka
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Dallas

        • Gentlemens club
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          WC team, good to go?

          Mendy
          Azpi TAA Lowton
          Jota Salah Bruno Son Neto
          Nacho Kane

          Vydra/Holding/Regulion

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Yep

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I’d say so. Is lowton just for the fixture this week or do you see value in him?

            1. Gentlemens club
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Fixture mostly

          3. Gentlemens club
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            and thanks guys.

        • royals forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Who to give the armband out of

          Jota
          Sterling
          Fernandes
          Kane

          Any ideas would be welcomed

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

            Bruno

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Harry. Form is immense

          3. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Jota

          4. Foé Fuchs Saka
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Sterling

          5. Rains of Castamere
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Raz

          6. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Probably Sterling if you own and feel brave. If not coin toss between Kane and Bruno, can’t decide myseld

        • glufs
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          A) Dias + Rudiger
          B) James + Shaw

          1. Foé Fuchs Saka
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            A more safe. B bigger upside.

        • Fantasynørden
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Start two out of:
          1) Holding
          2) Coady
          3) Son

          1. Foé Fuchs Saka
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            1 & 3

        • Gabhini Gupini
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Will. sterling play against leeds?

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

            Nobody knows. I'd say 80% chance he does

          2. La Roja
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            I would’ve have thought so

        • Tsparkes10
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Thoughts on this wc??

          Mendy Forster
          TAA Phillips Dias Coady Holding
          Son Bruno Jota Mount Smithrowe
          Kelechi Vardy Kane

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

            Template. But I like it

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Looks good. Some may say defense is a bit weak but you should get 3 out minimum every week. Mount is a punt but could be worth taking imo

        • Thomas Magnum
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Which is better?
          A) Raphinha
          B) E Smith Rowe +1.3m

          1. Rolls-Royce
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            B

          2. Major League Shocker
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            There are too many good mids to waste a spot on ESR.

            1. Thomas Magnum
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Can’t afford anyone up to 6.7 or above so reduces the options a lot

              1. JustSomeGuy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 3 days ago

                I assume your 6.7 is a typo? and you actually have 5.5?

                Either way, I'm not sure, so maybe Neto can fit in? Perhaps Neves if stretched?

          3. Foé Fuchs Saka
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            B

        • Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Gents,

          Auba -> Salah(c) worth it for -4?

          1. MessiGOAT
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            No

          2. Thomas Magnum
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Not this week imo. Next week bring in Salah if it doesn’t mess up plans

        • Slim25
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Martinez
          Cancelo, AWB, Stones
          Bruno, Gundo, Salah, Lingard
          DCL, Kane, Bamford
          (Button, Raph, Soy, Veltman)

          2 Ft's 0.5m in bank.

          What would be the best option? Cheers!
          A: Cancelo & Soy - TAA & Holding
          B: Soy & Raphinha - Holding & Jota

        • Spearmint
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Haven't touched my wildcard so if you want to come hang out and discuss options in every position before the deadline, this is the stream and community for it:

          https://www.twitch.tv/spearmintspaff

        • HD7
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          How about this WC draft, mates?

          Mendy, Forster
          Philips, Fofana, Rudiger, Diop, Holding
          Salah, Bruno, Son, Jota, Neto
          Kane, Vardy, Davis

          1. HD7
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            (+) Has most of the big attacking players. Dont need to worry about Nacho and if he is nailed in the next GWs. TAA was the obvious sacrifice. I just don rate Liverpoool defence to get a lot of cleanies, even with those nice fixs. He may grab a goal or an assist but I dont think he will get a lot of cleanies.

            (-) Obviously defence suffers, but there are enough players to get in, if someone doesnt start (I hope).

            1. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 3 days ago

                Not too keen on Diop pick, WH likely to play back 5 now with Masuaku back, Cresswell and Dawson will be 2 of the CBs and Ogbonna is nearing a return. Apart from that looks good

          2. linkafu
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            1 Castagne or Fofana?

            2 Gundo or Saka?

            3 Bellerin or James?

            1. Foé Fuchs Saka
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Fofana, saka, james

          3. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            To start?
            A) Sanchez (EVE)
            B) Martinez (LIV)
            &
            1) Dunk (EVE)
            2) Digne (BHA)

            1. linkafu
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 3 days ago

              B2

            2. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              B1

              Wouldn't be brave enough to go double Brighton defence but think they have the best cs chance of the teams involved and would have one of them. Martinez for save points.

              (Will confess to a very dysfunctional relationship with Lucas 😉 )

          4. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            A) Dallas --> TAA
            B) Raphinha --> Salah

            I already have Jota.

            1. PLerix
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Yes

            2. JustSomeGuy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Found a few million in the sofa I see.

          5. Firminoooo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            On WC. Thinking Sterling to Son next GW, then Son to Bruno. 1.4 itb.
            Any suggestions?

            Mendy (Foster)
            Alonso Dias TAA (Rudiger, Masuaku)
            Saka Jota Sterling(C) Salah Lindgard
            Kane Nacho (Bamford)

          6. TheSteel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            How nailed is Kelechi in the next two?

            1. Foé Fuchs Saka
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Very

          7. Weeb Kakashi
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Holding is a below par defender... But they actually kept 4 back to back cs once this season while he was starting.

          8. How I met your Mata
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Help
            For a -4 Y or N

            Bamford and ESR out
            Vydra and Jota

          9. b91jh
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            My WC team based on TSB%

            9.9%
            14.8% 4.0% 28.4% 5.9% 3.6%
            57.9% 8.9% 5.1% 14.6% 21.0%
            48.5% 1.8% 6.4%

            Looks so far off the template...

            1. JustSomeGuy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 3 days ago

              But likely much higher when comparing to active teams and/or wild card teams.

          10. LLoris
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Anything you'd change to my WC team?
            or
            G2g?

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

          11. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            So Dias will be benched ? 🙂

          12. kenzo.
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Watkins (liv MCI WBA) to iheanacho (whu WBA CPL) worth the -4? Will be switching to Bamford post these 3 fixtures

            1. NateDogsCats
                1 month, 3 days ago

                With the way Villa are playing maybe, but if I had him I'd honestly be very tempted to play him this week. Liverpool press high and have a high backline and have conceded in and lost their last 6 in a row at Anfield