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FPL Question Time – Consult our panel ahead of Gameweek 1

FPL Question Time returns for the 2019/20 campaign and we are inviting Fantasy Football Scout users to submit their questions ahead of Friday’s Gameweek 1 deadline.

Be it premium midfielders, ‘big six’ assets, five at the back, £4.0m options or any other subject you’re musing on, be sure to ask your question via the Google Form below.

As per last season, we have recruited the services of some familiar names from our site and on social media to share their opinion on the subjects you raise.

Who’s on the panel this week?

FPL General – Contributor to the Scout site who has three finishes inside the top 400 in the last five seasons and who has a huge following on Twitter. General – aka Mark – also appeared on the official FPL Show last season.

Who Got the Assist? – Tom and Nick run one of Twitter’s most active Fantasy accounts and run their very own blog, also producing an excellent regular podcast.

FPL Family – Lee and Sam run the popular Fantasy podcast and Twitter account. They were guests on the FPL Show last season.

Ted / Rotation’s Alter Ego – Moderator and the site’s recently appointed Assistant Community Manager. Ted finished 633rd in the world last season.

James / HamezMace  – A long-term member of and frequent poster to the Fantasy Football Scout site.

Tom / avfc82 – A long-term member of and frequent poster to the Fantasy Football Scout site. Tom has a remarkable five top 1,000 finishes to his name in ten years of playing FPL.

 

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  1. Schliegs
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Digne or WanB?

    1. noquarternt
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Can’t understand the appeal of WanB at 5.5

      1. Schliegs
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        That answers my question i reckon.

    2. Martial FC
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Digne

  2. LeBoeuf
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Walker + Wan-Bissaka

    or

    TAA + 4.5 (dunk, diop etc)

    1. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A without awb

      1. LeBoeuf
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Best 5.5 other than AWB?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          Zinky, Stones, Gomes, Coleman, Keane, Mina - have a look?

    2. Root
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      TAA obviously

  3. Schliegs
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A. Ryan + Wilson
    or
    B. Ed/Allison + King

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A but prefer Heaton

  4. The Man Pastore
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Which 6.5 fwd do you go with ?

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      King, Wood, Jota

    2. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jota

      1. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I'm not going with. But only one I would

    3. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ings probably

    4. Sailboats
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wood

    5. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Poured over this for weeks. Final verdict: Wood.
      The best is Jota but the gaffer just won't rotate his squad even for EL. Away in Armenia then the next rounds ..... I fear Wolves will do a Burnley - leaving Burnley free to do a Wolves! 😉

    6. Bad Kompany
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Honestly not a fan of any.

    7. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I'll tell you in 2-4 GWs...

    8. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      None. I'll rather invest in 6.5 Midfielder or Defender - it's just better return.

  5. Steevo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Looking tasty?

    Pope
    Robertson VVD Digne Zinchenko
    Salah Sterling KDB Perez
    King Wood

    Button Dendocker Lundstram Wickham

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      KDB King => B.Silva Wilson

      1. L S P
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        i had the same question and ended up with KDB Wilson

    2. Martial FC
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Looks good

    3. Groß Point Blank
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Bench is very thin. Obviously you can have one that will never play, but the other two might need to come in and do a job for you at some point.

  6. Holmes
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    So there are no decent 4.5 defenders or 5.5 mids to start with? *facepalm*

    1. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Montoya or Kiko are good imo
      Montoya plays RWB with good fixtures

    2. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      not looking hard enough then

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        this ^

      2. Holmes
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        half of them play for promoted teams who probably wont be able to defend well. some have poor fixtures. so cant really find any potential in that spot.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          And the other half? The half with the likes of Ceballos, Albrighton or Gundogan?

          1. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            cant see any returns from them. Moutinho/Neves are probably the best bet at that price and maybe Norwood

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Okay, so what you're saying is that you personally don't fancy any of the decent picks at that price point. Okay.

    3. Martial FC
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      There are

    4. Chrisirwin01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ceballos is worth the punt, he’ll more likely push up field toward a number 10. Very creative.

  7. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is KDB ok? Was it just a cramp he subbed off for?

    1. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Just cramp.

  8. Sturridge Wars
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Sterling or KDB

    1. Sailboats
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Sterling

    2. Martial FC
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Sterling

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Depends how much money you can spare!

    4. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Sterling

    5. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Raz

  9. Martial FC
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A. Fraser & Ings/Che Adams

    B. Barkley & Haller

    1. L S P
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B. Live a little.

  10. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Any reason to change this after the community shield yesterday or good to go?

    pope
    taa vvd digne dunk
    salah sterling perez barkley
    kane king

    button dendo greenwood lund

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      CS didn't persuade you to have more than one Citizen?
      I wouldn't be excited starting Dunk and King every week, and you've only got Donckers to cover Barkley being rotated.
      I'm not a huge fan of it but I guess it can be 'good to go'.

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I could get in walker over digne……..would you downgrade taa to upgrade elsewhere?

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          No and no.
          City appear to be on the verge of spending over 50M on a RB. TAA is golden. No, the heart of the problem, for me, is your SSK core leaves the squad too weak and imbalanced overall.

          1. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Cheers bud, happy to go with this ssk team for now, can downgrade kane in a couple of gws if he fails to deliver.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              Okay, good luck

    2. Chrisirwin01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Looking good, what’s your thoughts on Pope? I personally have him also but I have the option to upgrade him to Lloris and can’t make up my mind?

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        If you have the option then probably upgrade. Im happy playing him every week

    3. FPL Mountaineer
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      If you want better team balance, I would suggest downgrading either Salah, Sterling or Kane and use those extra funds to get a better playing 11. My suggestion would be downgrading Kane to Lacazette.

  11. Lucky Z
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Down to simple A or B, guys. Please help.

    A. Robertson KDB Kane
    B. VVD Sterling Vardy

    1. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. Schliegs
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    3. Chrisirwin01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A, but swap out Kane for Auba?

  12. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Hi, who is the best option for max 6.0m striker?

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ings I guess

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Only Murray and Ings to begin with.

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      The best of a (very) bad lot? I'd go for the most nailed one with decent fixtures - that's Wesley for me.
      Not sure Ings and Murray are nailed - they have competition; don't think Wesley does.

    4. Chrisirwin01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      If your looking for a punt, perhaps Gray. Looks solid in preseason and Watford have go fixtures.

    5. jk_footyfan
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wesley

  13. TheSpecialOne
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    whats wrong with this.

    heaton
    zouma digne vvd taa
    perez salah sterling jorginho
    auba wood

    ryan, den, nke, lund

    1. JohnBlack
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jorginho

    2. Chrisirwin01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Wow! Almost identical to mine. But slightly better, my only point to add and my opinion only, perhaps swap Digne for Coleman, and reinvest the £0.5mil into vvd to Robertson or upgrade Jorginho. When you compare the stats Coleman vs Digne, I don’t see much in it.

      1. TheSpecialOne
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        thanks was thinking the same about coleman just investing in digne for set pieces. i like vvd for the price point cos he is a very good target for set pieces and he has excellent anticipation and also for his bps potential. but yeah jorginho... not sure who i can get for a 5.5m mid tho.. gonna be keeping a close eye on the promoted teams.

    3. FPL Mountaineer
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Zouma is a major risk. He didn't do well against Gladbach so there's every chance that Christensen would partner David Luiz in GW 1. Also, Chelsea have been really sloppy playing out from the back which is the main reason they have been conceding plenty of goals in pre-season. It's advisable to avoid Chelsea defenders for now.

      1. TheSpecialOne
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        ok thanks for the update might find a 4.5 def like dunk.

  14. Schliegs
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Ryan (Button)
    VVD Robbo Zinch ____ (Lund)
    Sterl Salah FAnderson Fraser ____
    Wilson Murray (Greenwood)

    11m to fill those last 2 spots...
    any ideas?

    1. Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Ake / Grealish or Diop / Perez

      1. Lucky Z
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        also Barkley in 1st combo

  15. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is Barkley worth the extra cash over jorginho?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      If you want a little excitement in your life, for sure!

    2. FPL Mountaineer
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Of course! Takes penalties and free kicks and plays in a more advanced position. If that's not worth 1.0 more, then I don't know what is 🙂

      1. Navispar
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Will he play as many minutes though?

        1. FPL Mountaineer
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          He has been the best player in pre-season and has been the most creative midfielder. If Lampard doesn't play him regularly, he's planning to finish below top 6. As a Chelsea fan, I can confidently say that Barkley's place isn't under threat for now at least.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            The thing is, he's infamously inconsistent. Could pop up with 12 points, could be rubbish, subbed early and dropped. Jorginho will get you a steady 2-3 points like the metronome he is. So I'm on Barkley for the 'you never know what you'll get' buzz.

            1. FPL Mountaineer
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 1 month ago

              I know Barkley has always been this inconsistent player from a young age. However, I wouldn't look too much into last season because he was a misfit for Sarri's system. I think his strengths fit perfectly with Lampard's style of play where we need to pass the ball quickly and efficiently. He definitely has the talent and considering he's at the peak of his career - 25 yrs old, I'd be willing to take a risk with him.

              The very fact that he's on free kicks and penalties shows the level of faith the manager places on him.

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 year, 1 month ago

                Yeah, I'm willing to take the risk too. I just regret that Mount plays in the same position and I really want him in my team!

                1. FPL Mountaineer
                  • 2 Years
                  1 year, 1 month ago

                  I think it's likely that Mount would be used either as an impact substitute or he would play alongside Barkley, not at the expense of him.

          2. Navispar
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 1 month ago

            Thank you I think, because now I have to see who to drop from my team.........

  16. Game...Blouses
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Quick one:

    A) Laport, KDB, Pulisic

    B) Zinchenko, Sterling, Barkley

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    2. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

    3. Sahil.....
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Definitely A
      U get 3 nailed players + all are bonus magnets
      If u go for B ...citys left back position is still not sorted and barkley and mount may share minutes

    4. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B

  17. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Hi, anyone pick Tammy Abraham from the start?
    Or Jota is better options?
    Not convinced by Deulofeu and King.

    1. TyrionLan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Jota is the better one of the that lot.. havnt seen much promise from king till now.

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      start with King for the first 2 gws and surely will have some idea as to who is a good option to replace him

  18. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Morning

    If you had to have a 4.0DF which one would you have? and if you had to have a Man City DF which one would you have?

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. TyrionLan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Lundstram a good option for the 4.0DF

      Anyone running down the wings for city DF.. Walker for me..

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 1 month ago

        Lundstram really going to get game time though?

        1. TyrionLan
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          well it seems like if we see the presesons playing in the mid.. though listed as a def. i hope he does get the games

    2. FPL Mountaineer
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I think Ben Johnson is a more realistic option. Lundstram didn't impress in pre-season. Johnson has a chance especially given that Fredericks is injury prone and Zabaleta can't play week in week out considering his age.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        None of the ones currently punted will last more than 2 gameweeks. However, there is one possibility.
        IF Tarkowski goes to Leicester on TDD and there's no time to replace him, Gibson might play until the next window in January. Keep an eye on that and leave a last-minute door ajar in your squad.

  19. TyrionLan
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is the mid and attack too punty?

    pickford
    walker robertson duffy
    barkley robinson salah sterling
    wood haller wilson

    pope JWP Elmohamdy Lundstram

    1. balint84
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Downgrade jwp snd upgrade robinson

      1. TyrionLan
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        any suggestions on those downgrades and upgrades?

  20. SpiritRising
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    I think Digne is a dodgy pick as Everton's whole defensive system was based on gueye's elite defensive skills. Now he has gone and no replacement brought in Everton are in for a downturn. I'd be surprised if he scored 4 goals again. Yes he will get assists probably about 5 but overall 6m is steep despite the good fixtures. I see Everton bottom half this year.

    1. TyrionLan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      This!! The everton defence cant be trusted! but Pickford (3rd highest points for GK last season)

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Coleman a better shout

    3. balint84
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Chelsea or spurs are better for that price

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 1 month ago

        I've got Toffee defenders, but to be fair, none of us know if this new DM will be any good yet.

        1. Kuqi Monster
          • 10 Years
          1 year, 1 month ago

          They've bought a replacement. Whether he is any good is a different matter.

    4. IRBOX ⚽
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Clearly haven't seen Digne pre-season.. Gbamin will be a great replacement for Gueye and will slot in next to Gomes. I dont see a huge change in their defensive stats

  21. Big Fudge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Last thing I’m trying to sort out with this team. Currently on A but not convinced it’ll score as much as B.

    A) Pickford + Robinson

    B) Heaton + Pérez

    1. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      B probably better option but only just

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Surely B

    3. TyrionLan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A) i have the same..

  22. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Montoya + A.smith over Coleman ?

  23. balint84
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Recommended chelsea player? Why no love of Azpi&co?

    1. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      I’m thinking about Azpi in my team

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      There certainly should be. My defence slots are sorted with Liv, City and Everton though.
      Pulisic and Barkley are exciting me.

    3. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 1 month ago

      preseason has been poor for Chelsea CS's. Turned me off Chelsea defence a bit.

    4. FPL Mountaineer
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      As a Chelsea fan, I would discourage anyone from buying our defenders. We have been playing dreadfully from the back, some really sloppy and risky passes. Good pressing teams will slaughter us, and there's quite a good number of teams with a high press in PL.

  24. Pukki Blinders
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Better combo?
    1. Sterling + Vardy
    2. KDB + Kane

    1. TyrionLan
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      1.

    2. Kizza_10
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Tough one but I’d just 1 only just.

  25. FPL Kaka
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Is Alli confirmed out of GW1?

    1. Gringo Kid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Yes

  26. Agamenmon
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    1) Haller & Perez
    Or
    2) Wilson & Barkley

    1. FPL Mountaineer
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      Haller and Perez anyday

  27. Jurgen Flopp
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    A) Digne and Pope
    B) Lloris and Zouma
    C) Pickfore and Zouma/KWP

    Which option lads?

    1. Kizza_10
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 1 month ago

      A

  28. Kizza_10
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    RMT

    Any advice on how to improve this team is welcome.

    Heaton
    Maguire Robertson Zinchenko VVD Coleman
    Tielemans Salah Sterling
    Wilson Vardy

    Subs: Button, Dendoncker, Hayden, Greenwood

  29. doy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Who would you say is more nailed for the first 6 GWs......Stones or Zinchenko?

  30. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 1 month ago

    Play one gw1:

    Kelly vs EVE H
    Montoya vs wat A