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. Al-Chemy
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Ideally want a City defender for the next two games.
    Is Dias still the most nailed, or would it be safe to go for Cancelo/Laporte?
    Seen quite a few predictions resting Dias, but of course it's impossible to really know!

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

      I'm avoiding City till they are out the CL.

      1. Jebiga
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        LOL

        "We have to do our best tomorrow again to get results against them. It is a team that the result doesn't matter, the game will not be over, the resilience they have I have never seen before. They fought and continued to do it until the end and it is a team you cannot beat them even when 3-0 up. It will be a tight game. I know it right now, like when we played West Ham at 12.30 after the Champions League. But I trust a lot with the players and the way they trained today because they feel that we are in a position where we are close."

      2. Al-Chemy
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I am tempted. My main ML rival has Cancelo and Stones though, so my worry is if they keep a clean sheet he could make decent ground

  2. 2OLEgend
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Bottomed:

      Start 1:
      A) Vydra (NEW)
      B) Nacho (WHU)

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        a

      2. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        B

    • vandebeek
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Can't decide - start Saiss or R.Pereira?

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Saiss

    • EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Which pressers are remaining? Pep?

      1. Jebiga
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        "We have to do our best tomorrow again to get results against them. It is a team that the result doesn't matter, the game will not be over, the resilience they have I have never seen before. They fought and continued to do it until the end and it is a team you cannot beat them even when 3-0 up. It will be a tight game. I know it right now, like when we played West Ham at 12.30 after the Champions League. But I trust a lot with the players and the way they trained today because they feel that we are in a position where we are close."

        1. EmreCan Hustle
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Cheers.

    • john25
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Hey guys, if you have 2 FT but decide to use FH on that week, for the following GW does it still remain 2 FT or go back to 1 FT?

      Cheers

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Go back to 1.

    • Killitzer
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      afternoon all

      Initially thought I might WC but think I will save it just in case. Question in whether to bring in Salah for Bruno for -4??

      Pope (Martinez)
      Stones Apz Coufal (Dallas Targett)
      Son Jota (C) Bruno Raphinha Gundo
      Kane Bamford (Antonio)

      1. leave
      2. Bruno --> Salah -4
      3. rip the team up and go for WC

      Cheers for any input

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        3

    • tabby98
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Someone please help with WC team

      Mendy, Forster
      Dias, Rudiger, Coady, Coufal, Phillips
      Salah, Jota, Bruno, Son, Lingard
      Kane, Vydra, Iheanacho

      £0.1m ITB

      What should I change?

    • Stand By Mee
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

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

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Doing it myself

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

        why not. live a little.

        1. Jebiga
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          this but with KDB

    • Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Captain

      A) KDB
      B) Jota
      C) Lingard

      1. Dexters Laboratory
          2 months, 11 days ago

          A

      2. How I met your Mata
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        For a -4 Y or N

        Bamford and ESR out
        Vydra and Jota in

      3. Jebiga
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Whit who to replace Shaw ?
        Lindelof good idea ?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Is he injured?

        2. fc_skrald
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          What is wrong with Shaw?

          1. Monklane
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Not a shaw starter.

        3. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Oh no don’t go there. Don’t bother removing him he’s fine

      4. Abusive_Sgt_Daelrhos
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Do I need WC lads? And when should I use it to combine it with BB, cheers!

        Martinez,Button
        Dias,Cancelo,Azpi,Coufal,KWP
        Gundo,Raphinha,Bale,Bruno,Trossard
        Kane,DCL,Bamford

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

          I would say so, obviously we all see the game differently but I would change more 7 players in that squad. I think anything over 6 changes and a Wildcard is worth it.

      5. The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Which one will get more minutes this week?
        A) Alonso
        B) Lacazette
        C) Jota

        The winner will probably be my captain.

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

          I captained Alonso last week. I was feeling it for about 30 minutes then disaster.

      6. DV8R
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Start Coady or Holding?

        1. Andriy Shevchenko is Back
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Start Cresswell or Lowton?

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Cresswell.

        2. Andriy Shevchenko is Back
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Coady. Post fail above

        3. Dexters Laboratory
            2 months, 11 days ago

            My exact dilemma.. hahaha

          • WHUFCSmith23
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 11 days ago

            I would say Holding. Arsenal and Wolves are about the same, both have issues with injuries etc. So I would go for the easiest fixture. Sheffield United are worse than Fulham

        4. Dirty Harry
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          That's it, need sleep it's 230am.

          Look good enough to get some sleep?

          Mendy (Forster)
          TAA James Holding
          Salah Bruno Son Jota Lingard
          Kane Nacho

          Subs: Vydra Dias Shaw

          1. sunzip14
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            Where in the world is 2:30 am right now?

            1. Dirty Harry
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              New Zealand bro, everyone forgets us.

              1. sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Woah! I thought you had similar time zone to Australia. I would have never guessed you had 2hrs difference. Team looks gtg. You can sleep peacefully 😀

        5. OptimusBlack
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Pick two to get for this GW only
          A - Jota
          B- Sterling
          C- Azpilicuta
          D- Wood
          E- Iheanacho

          1. Dexters Laboratory
              2 months, 11 days ago

              AE

            • Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              AB

          2. Dexters Laboratory
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Simple A or B in the Middle of all the RMT.. Start
              A) Holding (Shu)
              B) Coady (ful)

            • Bobby_Baggio
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 11 days ago

              Start

              A) McCarthy
              B) Martinez

              1. Hy liverpool
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                Mccarthy will not even play

              2. Dexters Laboratory
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Start McCartney though 90% sure belongs play.. you could get lucky though

              3. sunzip14
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                I am going to risk losing .2 value on Son by selling him for Sterling on WC. If he falls in price today, will be .1 loss. Worth the risk or just keep Son?

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

                  play for pts. Not TV.
                  Simple.

                  1. sunzip14
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Cheers! So, you think Sterling has the points this gw? I remember selling Son on WC in the reverse fixture, when he was "injured" and got burned badly.

                2. Pukki Blinders
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Theres 6 weeks left. Who gives a stuff about TV

              4. Fantasynørden
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 11 days ago

                WC-dilemma:

                A) Alonso and Neto

                or

                B) Shaw and Lingard

                1. Dexters Laboratory
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    B

                2. seanie3
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 11 days ago

                  Very surprised to see KDB number 2 in the Captain poll this week, i'm an owner but not sure he starts..

                3. GCM0803
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Chances of cancelo and rudiger playing?

                    1. Hy liverpool
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      High i think.

                  • Sgt Frank Drebin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Diogo Jota is an interesting one. Last season 7 goals from 12.02 xG. This season 8 goals from 3.56 xG. 41% underperformance vs 124% overperformance.

                    1. Hy liverpool
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      F*** the stats just go with the eye test

                      1. seanie3
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        This.

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

                      A big part of that has surely got to be the fact he's now playing for Liverpool over Wolves.

                      1. Sgt Frank Drebin
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        It shouldn't matter to be honest.

                    3. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Amazing when you no longer play for shambolic wolves

                  • LLoris
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 11 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

                  • Sean
                    • 11 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    WC Locked, rate out of 10

                    Leno (Martinez)

                    TAA Rudiger Holding
                    Salah (c) Son Jota Neto
                    Kane Vardy Ihenacho

                    (Regulion Shaw Raph)

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

                      Wow.
                      What a rank!

                      1. Sean
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        I'll be lucky to be in the top 10k by the end of the season judging by this draft, so many value traps on offer its hard to ignore

                    2. HD7
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      I like it

                    3. Jebiga
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Why Son now ?
                      Transfer him next gw, and put in city captain

                      1. The 12th Man
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        Saves a transfer and Salah is nailed.

                      2. Sean
                        • 11 Years
                        2 months, 11 days ago

                        Not planning on any more city players for the rest of the season, done with guessing Pep especially with the league won.

                  • arkom
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    Dallas / Requilon / Digne / Gresswell / Dunk
                    Rapinha / Lingard / Bruno / Gundogan / Bale
                    Kane / Watkins / DCL

                    2 FT (2,6£ ITB)

                    A) Rapinha --> Jota
                    B) Rapinha & Dunk --> Jota & CHE def
                    C) Bale & Dunk --> Jota & TAA
                    D) Rapinha, Bruno, Dunk --> Jota, Salah, Rudiger
                    E) Bale, Bruno, Dunk --> Jota, Salah, TAA
                    F) Other?

                  • jdp219
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

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

                  • HD7
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    A, B or C for you, mates?

                    A) Vardy > Bruno one

                    Mendy, Foster
                    TAA, SHAW, Rudiger, COADY, Holding
                    Salah, LINGARD, Son, Jota, Neto
                    Kane, VARDY, Davis

                    B) Attacking one (No Taa, Vardy in)

                    Mendy, Forster
                    PHILIPS, FOFANA, Rudiger, DIOP, Holding
                    Salah, BRUNO, Son, Jota, Neto
                    Kane, VARDY, Davis

                    C) Template one ( Vardy misses out and we hope Nacho is nailed)

                    Mendy, Foster
                    TAA, SHAW, Rudiger, COADY, Holding
                    Salah, BRUNO, Son, Jota, Neto
                    Kane, NACHO, Davis

                  • Jebiga
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    So Fofana isnt nailed when Soyuncu comes back, right ?

                    1. Pukki Blinders
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 11 days ago

                      Fofana is nailed

                  • Stupendous
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 11 days ago

                    A Alonso and Lingard
                    Or
                    B Azpi and Neto

                    On Wc