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.

1,033 Comments Post a Comment
  1. davewg59
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Cannot decide guys
    Lowton or Holding for 5th defender?

    1. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Lowton if you've got the money I reckon

    2. Toblerone52 - Hung like a H…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Rob

  2. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Gtg?
    Mendy
    TAA alonso holding
    Salah(c) Bruno gundo neto jota
    Kane(vc) diagne
    (forster nacho shaw veltman)

  3. Totalfootball
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Prediction -

    Whu v Lei
    Tot v Manutd

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      1-2
      1-2

      1. Totalfootball
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Well rested Spurs getting beat by travelling manchester ?

    2. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      1-1
      0-0

    3. Qaiss
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      1-1
      2-0

    4. #Swish41
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      1-2
      1-1

    5. Disturbed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      2-1
      2-1

  4. focaccia
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    WC team GTG????

    Mendy

    TAA - Azpi - Fofana

    Salah (C) - Jota - Son - Mahrez - Lingard

    Kane - Iheanacho

    (Forster - Callum Robinson - Holding - Coufal)

  5. #Swish41
    • 11 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Mad to go with Stones on WC?

    Coady first sub and loaded team for BB next week, so can transfer out if it’s a fail...?

    1. Cowboy John
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Better, more-nailed on options out there...

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Agreed, who do you recommend as better at that price?

    2. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      It's not mad. He will play a few games, just not all of them so you'll need to have a strong bench.

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        I think that’s where I’m at. BB next week so I do have a decent bench (Shaw Coady this week, Phillips and Rudiger starting)

    3. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Who does he take the place of? If you have Coady to come in then it works but could the money be spent better?

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Probable Keane (Eve) or Forfana...

    4. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      I've done same.......price is just about right for the risk he doesn't play and you probably have someone to cover him on your bench. Interestingly, most City fans think that he will start and Dias will be rested.

      1. #Swish41
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks, and that is what is swaying me to keep him (which is probably nuts). Also covers a ML rival 60pts behind me...

        1. WHUFCSmith23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 19 days ago

          How about Reece James for similar money?

          1. #Swish41
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Good shout, but I’ve got Mendy and Rudiger so a triple up feels a bit risky! Good option though

  6. Lost in fantasy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 19 days ago

    A or B

    A) Bam, DCL, Bruyne > jota, Sala, Iheanacho

    B) Bam, DCL, Bruyne > jota, vardy, Iheanacho.

    Thanks!

    1. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Think I'd prefer A)
      It's what I have gone for.

  7. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    If you still have your BB, are you planning on using it in a possible DGW 35 or is the uncertainty of fixtures causing doubts?

    1. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Yes, I'll use it in the double game week in 35/36. I don't plan on ripping up my team for it though.

  8. 420king
    • 7 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Who would you prioritize getting this week:

    A) Salah (for KDB)
    B) Jota (for Gundo)

    Who would you sell to fund this move:
    1) Dallas (to Phillips)
    2) Raphinha (to ESR)
    3) Watkins (to Iheanacho)

    1. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      B1.

      1. 420king
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks.

    2. Terry Tibbs: Top Pundit
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      I'd want Iheanacho for upcoming fixtures anyway.

  9. Bobby_Baggio
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Morning all. Which from the below please? Tempted by F. 1.7m ITB.

    McCarthy
    Dias - Coufal - Azpi
    Lingard - Bruno - Salah - Raphinha - Gundo
    Bamford - Kane

    (Martinez) - Antonio - Dunk - Alioski

    A) Save
    B) Raphinha > Jota
    C) Antonio > Iheanacho
    D) Dunk or Alioski > 6.7m def
    E) Raphinha + Antonio > Jota + Iheanacho (-4)
    F) Dunk + Antonio > TAA + Iheanacho (-4).

    1. Killitzer
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      b)

  10. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Any of you going without Bruno from now on?

    1. Cowboy John
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Tempted. Will cost me an extra 0.5 if I do want to get him back...

    2. jdp219
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      Thought about it on WC, but the fear of a haul and his EO was enough to keep him in the team. For me, at least.

    3. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      no, but will swap big hitters out for (c)

  11. PascalCygan
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Masuaku nailed now he's back from injury?

    Decent bench option?

    1. WHUFCSmith23
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 19 days ago

      I wouldn't, its not worth the risk for a 0.2m saving. You could always go Diop if you want West Ham and are tight for money.

  12. Arteta
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    So. Many. Options.

  13. Tronity
    • 8 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on the below?! Struggle to get to Trent with Lingard in the team.

    A) TAA, Veltman, Masuaka, Neto
    B) Dias, Shaw, Phillips, Lingard

    1. PascalCygan
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      A

  14. jdp219
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    WC defense: Rudiger, Holding, Coufal, -----, ------

    1) Trent, 3.9
    2) Robbo, Struijk
    3) Phillips, Dias

    Have Salah and Jota in already.

    1. bigdip
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      3

  15. MoSalalalalalalalalah
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 19 days ago

    Repost

    This worth the WC or not?

    2.3 ITB

    Pope
    Cancelo | Rudiger | Cresswell | Digne
    Jota (C) | Lingard (V) | Bruno | Son
    Kane | Bamford

    GK: Martinez | Watkins | Raphinha | Dallas

    Reply

    1. Killitzer
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 19 days ago

      nope! It's similar to my team and I am holding off. Just a bit weary about not having Salah but have gone for Jota as captain as well

      1. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Got you, thank you. I could bring Salah in as I have an FT but I think I should try replace Bamford first

  16. winchester
      6 months, 19 days ago

      go with 'a' or Wildcard? Will there be a better time to use the WC? still have the TC chip left as well

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

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

      1. Stupendous
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Wc

        1. winchester
            6 months, 19 days ago

            cheers. got me a but worried that there still might be a big dgw?

      2. kysersosa
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Think this is the right p0lan for my WC:

        Thoughts - predominantly a 353

        Martinez
        TAA, Coady, Holding
        Salah, Gund, Bruno, Jota,
        Kane, Nacho, Wood

        Forster, Moura, Targett, Reguilon

        0.4 ITB

        Plan to Transfer out Moura and Reguilon in 33 for Maddiosn and maybe Leicester defender.

        G2G??

        TIA

      3. 99Redbaboons
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        On WC, Mount one week punt > Maddison gw32
        or Maddison this GW

        1. WHUFCSmith23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Maddison looks like he will start on the bench

      4. fc_skrald
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Play one:

        a. Digne, away against Brighton
        b. Shaw, away against Tottenham

        1. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          A

      5. Sid07
        • 7 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Will wc next week, have 2fts
        1) cancello + son to sterling + Phillips
        2) cancello + gundo to rudiger + jota( have azpi)

        1. Pedaso Pirates
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          A lot of people on here fancy Sterling as C. I like that option best. Son back on the WC

      6. Pedaso Pirates
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Thoughts about Reguilon instead of Shaw? Would bench Shaw this GW and it gives me 3 Spurs players for GW 32

        1. Sid07
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Looks good
          If you think we will start both

          1. Pedaso Pirates
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            He's preferred over Davies but there's obviously some risk he'll rotate

            1. Sid07
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 19 days ago

              Yes that's the issue
              Any suggestion for above

      7. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Konsa or Lowton on a WC 5th def?

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Konsa

          Burnley defence is in free fall right now.

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 19 days ago

            Cheers bud.

        2. wulfrunian
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          You want a Villa defender for gw 33 but Baggies will give everything in that West Midlands game.

      8. Maarrrr17
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Would you play forster or martinez this week?

        maybe cs for forster, but saves for martinez.

        1. Pauntley
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Martinez

        2. WHUFCSmith23
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 19 days ago

          If Martinez somehow keeps a clean sheet then you would imagine he would be in the bonus.

      9. Pauntley
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Which one should I bench?!

        Jota
        Salah
        Bruno
        Gundogan
        Lingard
        Kane
        Iheanacho
        Wood

        1. The 12th Man
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Salah

        2. Pedaso Pirates
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Wood.
          Kane? lol

      10. Greenbob
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Start Nacho, Vydra or Son?

      11. Jebiga
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Shaw dropping in price ?

      12. LLoris
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Would you make any changes for my WC? Or G2g

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

      13. Kryptonite666
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Would you do Aubs to Salah for a -4 ?

        1. LLoris
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          no

        2. nalas
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Pondering the same question. But I have Jota and I'm chasing in my ML so I'm actually considering captaining Auba instead.

      14. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Alonso or Reguilon?

        1. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Alonso

        2. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Reg

      15. Stand By Mee
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 19 days ago

        Thoughts on Sterling (c) for a one week punt and then transfering him out for Son for dgw?

        1. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 19 days ago

          Decent play - with bench option of course