Scout Picks - Bus Team

FPL Gameweek 29 early Scout Picks: Man Utd and Brighton triple-ups

We’ve put together our Scout Picks ‘bus team’ ahead of Double Gameweek 29 of Fantasy Premier League (FPL).

In this early selection, we select a first draft of our regular picks before they are finalised and published much closer to the deadline.

We are limited to an £83.0m budget for our starting XI, while our bench is also price-capped after a reader vote.

In the meantime, this ‘bus team’ article – a term coined by the duo behind the Always Cheating podcast – will discuss the players who are likely to be in the running.

DOUBLE GAMEWEEK 29 FIXTURES

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THE LIKELY LADS

The best Brighton players for FPL Gameweek 20 and beyond

We have a large pool of Double Gameweek players to choose from this week, who will no doubt form the backbone of our Scout Picks.

So, we start with the Manchester United options who are likely to make the cut. The in-form Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) has got 12 attacking returns in 11 post-World Cup matches, a period in which no FPL asset has more points. It’s worth noting he has withdrawn from the England squad to face Italy and Ukraine after picking up a knock, so his fitness will need to be monitored. Bruno Fernandes (£9.6m) also seems like a no-brainer. The Portuguese has a habit of showing up in Double Gameweeks, with a combined 31 points served up across his last two. Luke Shaw (£5.2m) also has a good shout for inclusion this week despite Casemiro’s (£4.9m) absence, as Man Utd face Newcastle United and Brentford. The latter have conceded 143 crosses from their right flank since the Premier League resumed after the World Cup, more than any other side.

Under Roberto De Zerbi, Brighton and Hove Albion are flying. From his appointment onwards (Gameweek 9), they are averaging 1.84 goals per game in the Premier League and are comfortably out-creating their opponents (32.31 xG, 23.52 xGC). In midfield, Alexis Mac Allister (£5.5m), Kaoru Mitoma (£5.5m) and Solly March (£5.1m) are all tussling for our investment, with the former two preferred at this early stage. Pervis Estupinan (£4.8m) is due to play twice in Australia during the international break, so Jason Steele (£3.9m) – who has thrived after taking over from Robert Sanchez (£4.6m) – and Lewis Dunk (£4.7m) are probably the securest representatives from a Brighton defence that has kept four clean sheets in eight matches.

The most-bought player of Gameweek 28, Ben Chilwell (£6.0m), ended on just one point v Everton, but there was plenty of encouragement for his new owners: he had a share of set plays again and no player created more chances (four) at Stamford Bridge. Let’s not forget Kepa Arrizabalaga (£4.7m) and Reece James (5.8m), either: the latter won the late penalty that Kai Havertz (£7.6m) converted, although the Saturday-Tuesday turnaround surely favours Chilwell, who is further down the line fitness wise, having started five Premier League games in a row.

It’s a fair bet to assume Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) and James Maddison (£8.2m) will worm their way into the Scout Picks, too. Leicester City’s double-header looks particularly tasty: since the restart, managerless Crystal Palace and Aston Villa rank joint-14th/20th respectively for big chances conceded.

Away from the Double Gameweeks clubs, Erling Haaland (£12.0m) is the standout pick. The Norwegian netted yet another hat-trick in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Burnley, and now faces a leaky Liverpool side who have struggled on the road all season. The Reds have played 13 away matches in the Premier League and beaten just three opponents. In that time, they have given up lots of chances and sit 15th for minutes per expected goal conceded (xGC).


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  1. Black Knights
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Let the BB fun begin!

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Absolutely! I'll probably have Raya, Kane, Gabriel and Henry on mine, unless I take a hit.

      1. Black Knights
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Mine is currently Sanchez, Zinny, Odegaard, Botman.

        2FTs so happy to move Sanch & Botman to DDG & Dunk, then possibly even Odegaard to WHU mid -4 if I feel fruity.

    2. Tcheco
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Played mine and got 18 points. Wish I’d kept it though

      1. Black Knights
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        It's always a difficult one to gauge. My highest bench scores so far this season have been 20, 18, and 16 so your score was the higher end of my standard benches. For some reason though, you always dream of a 20+er.

  2. Shark Team
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rashford injured

    1. Tcheco
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Seems like nothing serious & he’s being protected as he’s played lots of games since the restart

      1. Bluetiger1
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks

    2. Bushwhacker
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Rashford don’t see the point in going to Italy to sit on a bench for garaff.

  3. jonnybhoy
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Seems daft to ask but is doing Toney to Haaland for -4pts worth it or silly?

    1. Tcheco
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not daft especially for free but I wouldn’t for a hit

    2. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not silly at all if you think Haaland will outscore Toney this week, which isn't out of the question

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I would rather roll the dice on the doubler

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yes

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Silly, I mean. Liverpool is much better team than Burnley and was it Leverkusen.

  4. mcsteely
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    What do you reckon here please?

    Steele
    Trippier Botman Chilwell
    Rashford MacAllister Saka Odegaard
    Toney Kane Haaland

    Kepa Gabriel JWP Kilman

    A. JWP & Kilman to Mitoma/Maddison & Shaw and BB
    B. Roll FT and save BB
    C. Odegaard to Bruno and save BB
    D. What else?

    1. Tcheco
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A looks juicy

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Option A - Just get the BB out the way

    3. jonnybhoy
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A

    4. CABAYE4
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A

    5. Bluetiger1
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A

  5. Fake Madrid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    13 pkayers playing twice in the following game week.
    Was going to plan to use Free Hit or Wild Card to maximise the points total.

    Still have bench boast.

    Got 8.6 million in the Bank.

    Have good players also,

    Undecided what to do with chips

    Raya / DDG

    Tripper / Shaw / Mings / Chilwell / Mee

    Saka / Odegaard / Mitoma / March / Rashford

    Kane /Toney / Watkins

    Saka and Odegaard are the two players with single games, do we get rid them for -8 hit for which two double game week players

    1. Black Knights
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      No you don't lose Saka, that's for sure. Odegaard is up to you - for Bruno, Benrahma/Bowen, Maddison maybe?

      1. Black Knights
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        And you have to go with BB. You won't be better prepared for it.

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      100% boast that bench! You're squad is ready - could make minor changes like Øde/Kane/Mings out if no issues over the IB. FH/WC would really be a waste

    3. Bluetiger1
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 3 months ago

      BB for GW29 - equals with current squad 12 plus Kane
      and Saka / Odegaard

      GTG

  6. Philosopher's Stones
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Planning to BB this GW

    Ward, Tark, Andreas -> Steele, Shaw, March (-8)

    Bench will be Ramsdale, Odegaard, Martinelli, Haaland. Will have 10 DGWers

    Should I BB or hold?

    1. mcsteely
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yes that's well worth a BB IMO

    2. CABAYE4
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Similar decision ahead for me - think if I have no injury doubts I’ll do the -8.

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yes

  7. CABAYE4
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Does no re-arrangements announced with the April TV picks mean likely no doubles until 34?

  8. Saka Rice
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Brentford defender+ Bruno or Shaw+Odegaard?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Tough one - depends on who the Brentford defender is

      1. Saka Rice
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Have both Henry and Pinnock

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          Maybe Henry + Bruno as Henry may play WB

  9. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Do you think Kane -> Havertz (-4) is worth it this GW?

    Still have WC

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      If BB29 and FH32 then yeah I would consider the hit

    2. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      No

  10. Saka Rice
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rank these best to worse prospect.
    A) James
    B) Bruno
    C) Chilwell
    D) Shaw

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      How many GWs?

      1. Saka Rice
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Im FH32 so plenty of gws

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          CBDA

    2. anish10
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      B,A,C,D

    3. Ha.
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      CBA

      D

  11. anish10
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    People with WC, BB & FH left, when are you planning on using?

    Still in 2 minds myself as teams as was set to use BB but injuries and doubt summerville plays both?

    0FT 5.9 ITB

    *DGW

    Kepa*
    Trippier* - Pinnock* - Botman*
    Rashford* - Salah* - Mitoma* - Saka
    Kane - Toney* - Watkins*

    Steele* - Summerville* - Tarkowski - Saliba

    1. snow pea in repose
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Thinking of BB this week (12 doublers), WC GW 30-31, FH 32

      1. snow pea in repose
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        11 doublers GW29

    2. djman102
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Current plan:

      BB29 (with no hit, will have 11 doublers, 3 Arsenal, and Kane-considering 1-2 of those to doublers for hits)
      WC30 to get Haaland back and set up for the run-in
      FH32 as I plan to have several ManU & Brighton (plus Haaland and Chilwell) on WC.

      1. The Polymath
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Same here, can't really understand the rush for Man U players all of a sudden.

  12. Wakanda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    if you are not benchboosting this upcoming GW, when is the next double GW to boost ?

    1. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      34 I think

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      34 and 37 will be the last double GWs

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        *doubles for a BB.

    3. djman102
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      depends on where New-Bri is placed (popular opinion is GW31).

    4. Wakanda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      where do i check which teams are involved for GW 34 ? the fixture tool is all single GW

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        http://www.fpl.team and press the set projected fixtures from Planet FPL

  13. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Already own March and Estupinan, whip Brighton asset would you bring in?

    Mitoma or Mac?

    Cheers

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Mitoma

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Mac for pens

    3. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Mac

    4. SKENG
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Mac

    5. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I'm a Mitoma fan.

  14. Dynamic Duos
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Havertz, Isak or Felix?

    1. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Havertz

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Havertz

    3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Isak. Chelsea has hard fixtures coming and they struggle every game it seems

    4. SKENG
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Isak

  15. Bruno Commando
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Martinelli -> Bruno for a -4? Will likely be a long-term hold...

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I wouldn't. MU was poor vs Fulham.

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks Hunter! Yes they didn't look good but United fixtures look pretty good, hence tempting me...

    2. mojoindojo
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      No

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks M!

    3. mdm
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not for a hit

      1. Bruno Commando
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Thanks MDM!

  16. Supersonic_
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Play Kane or -4 to punt on Havertz?

    Also, who we all thinking for Captain?

    Rashford
    Mitoma
    Salah

    1. TanN
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Got to be mitoma for me

  17. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    What about Isak guys? Has 2 doubles coming up, maybe on 31 as well and has good upcoming fixtures after DGW29. Is he nailed though?

    Thinking Kane -> Isak

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Wilson available is an issue

    2. SKENG
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not for Kane.

    3. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      If he doubles in 29 and 31 I am doing this move.

      1. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        and Everton at home are not leaky

    4. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      I have been thinking about it, but not sure without dgw31 announcement.

  18. lindeg
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Saka to Bruno -4

    Yay or nay?

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Neigh.

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Not sure

    3. Snake Juice
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Nay

    4. mojoindojo
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      No

  19. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    How on earth was the Di Canio shove 25 years ago?

    1. Crunchie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      We're getting old Rupert

      I remember the Cantona incident like yesterday too.

  20. Dynamic Duos
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Rashford and Shaw dodging England duty?

    1. Men in green tights
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Can’t blame them

    2. notlob legin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Shaw out is not good for us Chilwell owners - he'll probably play both games now

      1. notlob legin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        That's if Shaw is out !!

  21. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Whats happened to shaw ??

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      He just wants a rest

  22. Corgz Dark side of the Loon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Guys, would you do Odegard to Bruno for free ?

    1. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Yeah

    2. DavvaMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Possibly.

    3. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Y

      1. Baps hunter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        But is Saka to Bruno (look below) worth it?

  23. Baps hunter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Kepa, Raya
    Chilly, Trippier, Botman, Mee, Zinch
    Rash, Maddison, Mitoma, MacAllister, Saka
    Toney, Watkins, Kane
    1FT, 5.9 itb

    Doesn't look like that I could get Bruno in. Shaw (or Reece James) perhaps, but who goes out? Zinchenko or Mee?

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      BB time!

      1. AARON-1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I have Raya and Mee and Botman. I don't think the bench boost will yield high points for those three looking at the fixtures.
        I'd bet on Brentford conceding away against Brighton and Man United.

        1. AARON-1
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          I also think Haaland will outscore Toney (even if Toney plays both away games)
          The more I look at my squad, the more inclined I am to skip the bench boost and just bite the bullet and do Toney to Haaland.

  24. jonnybhoy
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    BB next week with 11 DGW players at the moment. What to do? 2FT. * is my SGW players

    Kepa
    Schar Trippier Estu Henry
    Rashford March Mitoma
    Kane* Toney Watkins

    Raya Saka* Odegaard* Zinchenko*

    A) Odegaard + Zinchenko to Maddison/Bruno + Shaw free
    B) A + Toney to Haaland -4pts
    C) Something else

    1. Baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Rather Kane to Haaland imo

      1. AARON-1
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        I am inclined to agree. A dogged Everton at Goodison up against a Spurs team under pressure to perform.
        Haaland could easily haul against Liverpool.

  25. Drop Dead Tsimikas
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    BB team post WC. One FT, 0.1 ITB. I know it's early doors yet.

    Kepa* - Steele *
    Chilwell* - Trippier* - Fofana* - Botman* - Estupiñan*
    Rashford* (c, for now) - Maddi* - Trossard - Saka - Odegaard
    Watkins* - Haaland - Kane

    1. Hold
    2. Kane > Toney
    3. One of Arsenal mids (Ode?) > Mitoma/Maca (which?)
    4. Kane + one of Arsenal mids > Bruno + Toney for a (-4)?
    5. Other ideas?

    1. AARON-1
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Kane to Toney could very easily backfire. I wouldn't make that move

    2. Firminooooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Kane to Isak over Toney for me.

  26. Rollercoaster
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Is Iversen now #1?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      BR said he will get a run of games.

  27. JBG
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Just a quick thought about Bruno for 29 and going forward.. Eriksen might be back at that time and if I remember correctly Eriksen affected Brunos returns and return potential when playing together.

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      Eriksen not expected back until end of April according to FPL site. Also, Bruno has scored well in both double gameweeks so far including in gw20 when Eriksen was available

  28. TanN
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Bellingham looks like he's set to join City. What a day.

  29. House Frey Wedding Planner
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Best option for BB29?

    A - Sanchez and Saka ➡ Steele and Bruno (-4)
    B - Sanchez and Saka ➡ De Gea and Mac Allister (-4)
    C - Either A or B plus Gabriel ➡ Shaw (-8)

    Kepa* Sanchez*
    Gabriel Trippier* Chilwell* Estupinan* Henry*
    Saka Odegaard Rashford* Mitoma* Maddison*
    Kane Toney* Watkins*

    Can't move out Saka instead of Odegaard as I wouldn't be able to afford Toney ➡ Haaland for gw30

    1. popey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      don't like a hit for Gabriel to Shaw, one fixture sure but its the best of the three

      1. House Frey Wedding Planner
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 3 months ago

        Would the transfers in A compliment the Gabriel ➡ Shaw move better in your opinion? Or go with B and double Utd defence?

        1. popey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 3 months ago

          personally prefer B and just the -4, assume cant afford the same move with Ode and keep Saka?

          Prefer double Bri attack to defence

          1. House Frey Wedding Planner
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 3 months ago

            Cheers.

            Can afford to do B and keep Saka and still have enough for the Haaland move for gw30

  30. popey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 3 months ago

    Have 2 non-playing bench players now, so would probably be a -8 to get a decent BB. Am Wildcarding in 33 so BB 34 also an option

    a) BB29 with-8
    b) BB34 after WC

    DDG
    Trip, Estup, Mee
    Salah, Rash, Mitoma, MacA
    Haaland, Toney, Kane
    (*Ward, Marti, White, *Zanka)

    1. House Frey Wedding Planner
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 3 months ago

      A would leave you with 12dgw and 3 sgw. Probably worth the -8 imo