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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. Doinkster
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Please rate my team

    Ryan (heaton)

    VVD TAA robertson ( maduake, lundstram)

    Sterling siggy pulisic barkley fornal

    Kane King (greenwood)

    Thanks

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      2 chelsea milfs?

      😕

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      It’s a high variance team (which you know) with triple Liverpool defence and no salah.

      If you are going no salah that’s fine but you have to fully commit to it (ie don’t rip up your team to get him after GW1 if he gets a load of points vs Norwich)

    3. Zlatanzo
      4 months, 3 days ago

      no city defensive coverage may be a problem

    4. maratus
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      2/10

    5. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      There are better bench options than Masuaku and you might want to use them over Fornals in week 1

  2. bigbudgie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ryan Button
    Robbo VVD Digne Zinchenko (Rico)
    Salah Sterling Bilva Barkley (Dendonkey)
    Vardy Wesley (4.5)

    Things I am interested in:
    - best way to switch to 3-4-3
    - best thing to do with Bilva ( didn't convince me yesterday). Either change him to KDB or move him to a 7.5 mid?

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      bilva->fraser

    2. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      I am considering Bilva to pulisic

    3. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Bilva to Fraser or Moura or Martial

    4. SEYPULISIC
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Moura, Martial, Pulisic, Fraser

    5. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      3-4-3 probably Digne to Ings

  3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Ozil anyone ? Looks bargain at 7.5

    1. Zlatanzo
      4 months, 3 days ago

      No chance now with Pepe adding further competition for Arsenal attackers

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Rumor has it he is still locked in his car.
      Might miss first game.

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        😀

    3. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Looks overpriced.

    4. Boris Bodega: Holly's …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Punty but could pay off if he nails down a spot. Nothing concrete in Arsenal line up except Auba imo

  4. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    What would you choose?

    A) KDB + Townsend
    B) B.Silva + Fraser

    Cheers!

    1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      B

    2. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Neither combo appeals to me.

  5. barracuda
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Morning fellas,

    A- Perez
    B- Tielemans

    Think Perez and Albrighton will rotate with Gray and Barnes (bottomed).

    1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      A

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      If you think that then clearly Tielmans

    3. Over Midwicket
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      A but B will still score well this season. Might go with both

    4. SEYPULISIC
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      You just asked this on the last page.
      Perez.

    5. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Preseason hasn't shown anything to suggest a Perez rotation. Maybe there just isn't enough info yet?

      But from what we know: he played every first XI-looking game except when injured, and somehow fits into every formation Rodgers comes up with

  6. Over Midwicket
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    God, Heaton or Pope is doing my head in. Both will be gold, guess it doesn't matter either way

    1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      That's why you choose a set and forget premium keeper

      1. IRBOX ⚽
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        That's what you do if you don't enjoy better value

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Well I had the spare cash, and hence used it 😉

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Going for Heaton myself - nostalgia pick I guess.

    3. barracuda
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Pope, stronger defensively, experienced PL squad, Pope the better keeper- hence why they signed him.

    4. Mixed Bag
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      I'm on both.

      Heaton + Pope = 9m

      Premium keeper + fodder = 10m

      1. Exeterslowly
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        I rest my case.

        1. fantasyfog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 3 days ago

          you need a case first to rest it..

          1. Exeterslowly
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Haha. Cheaper to buy two regular playing keepers than paying for a premium and a fodder keeper.

      2. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        One of them plus fodder 8.5

    5. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      The first 4-5 games is making me lean towards Heaton as I'll probably wildcard around that time.

    6. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Pope of the two - Burnley generate saves through nature of their defence and even Hart made them. Not certain yet about Villa defence.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Have you noticed how brilliantly they rotate? It isn't until GW10 that they both run into a bad one.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 3 days ago

          This is where the 4.5 keeper is used poorly

          They often return big in the games you don’t expect through save points saved pens and worldly performances

          In the decent home games too often it’s a 2 pointer

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 3 days ago

            Ah, I didn't say "home" games.
            anyway, I'm not advising it, I'm just suggesting a closer look at the 2 keepers the OP asked about.

        2. pingissimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 3 days ago

          I’d go that way if I had cash but every 0.5 is gold right now. It’s a 4 point risk of course but I’m almost certainly taking it. Had Fab as set and forget for a long stretch last time and I’m hoping Pope could be the one.

          I’m not intending an early WC but that’s quite possibly wishful thinking and a goalie upgrade would be a high priority with funds.

          Sort of eying Henderson too.

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 3 days ago

            I’m on Henderson- stats of last year look good

            Sheffield Utd appears to have a solid defence too (we’ll see) but nobody was expecting etheridge to do well

            1. pingissimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 3 days ago

              Could well follow you. If you discount double up he looks as good as Pope and Heaton.

              Great pen save record!!!!

    7. Captain Roberto
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      But is Pope actually going to be as good as Heaton was for Burnley?

  7. Pdrpro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Need help!

    A. Ederson + KDB + jorginho (to sit as first sub)
    B. Pope + Sterling + jorginho (sub)
    C. Pope + KDB + Fraser (Jota or king on bench)
    D. Ederson + KDB + Fraser (downgrade Jota or king to 4.5 fwd)

    Thanks!

    1. Isaac.m94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      C or D. Leaning towards C

    2. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      B

  8. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Thoughts on only going one Pool defender and if so which one?

    A) VVD
    B) TAA
    C) Robertson

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      If you're really not that committed to the Reds defence, i guess the cheaper one, VVD.

    2. COK3Y5MURF - Unbelievable J…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      B or C

    3. Exeterslowly
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      TTA because he has corners and set pieces
      Robertson because he has no competition
      VVD because he is solid as a rock and will score

      So I’m afraid no clear cut reasons to not select any of them!

    4. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Robbo imo

      Vvd is a more irregular returner in all probability and if you’re going just one you can afford the best and there’s just that slight rotation doubt with TAA even if May just have higher ceiling.

    5. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Been on AC all preseason, currently only have Robertson, TAA out to afford Kdb.

    6. Captain Roberto
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      TAA has some attacking set piece duties. So I have chosen him from the 3.

  9. Exeterslowly
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Which two would you pick:

    Ryan, pope and Heaton

    Also about what Wesley or Ings

    1. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Pope and Ings until we see how AV get on with all the new signings

      1. Captain Roberto
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Why Aston Villa?

        1. Ekip
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 3 days ago

          Because he asked about Heaton and Wesley

  10. FortunesAlwaysHiding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Is Harvey Barnes nailed on? Or at least likely to start?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      No, Albrighton's esclipsed him in pre-season.

      1. fantasyfog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        yes noted...5.5 too....

  11. That Fantasy Guy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone considering going heavy hitter first up and then possibly spreading funds after seeing a few games? Something like...
    Button - Ryan
    Aurier - VVD - 4.5, 4.5, lundstram
    Barkley - Salah - Sterling - robinson - dendoncker
    Aubameyang - Kane - greenwood
    Probably playing a 4-4-2…

    Thoughts?

    1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Don't do it

    2. Root
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Do it

  12. Winston.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Fraser or LMoura?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Fraser's nailed; Moura isn't.

      1. Hazardous Matarial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Alli Inj more nailed now when son back

    2. Captain Roberto
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      LMoura might play up top for a couple of weeks since Son and Alli are out. Eriksen behind a front two might be the way they go.

  13. Lion-O
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Please RMT:

    Ederson (Button)
    VVD, Coleman, Dunk (Kiko, Lundstram)
    Salah, Sterling, Perez, Fraser, Sigurdsson
    Wilson, Murray (Wickham)

    Dunk and Kiko rotate the way I want them to all season.

    1. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Looks decent. Consider Ings over Murray esp if Maupay signs for Brighton

    2. benbro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Murray?

      The rest I like

      1. benbro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 3 days ago

        And maybe dg Siggy to upgrade Coleman or VVD.

        Personally I’m not sure the Coleman pick is 100% value despite all the good arguments in favour.

        Similar to the Wilson King argument. There is a points diff and a £ diff but I can’t help feeling the cash diff will be less than the points.

  14. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Who would you choose and why if possible

    A) Bilva
    B) Richarlison
    C) pulisic

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      C - looked good preseason

      Think Chelsea will get goals - early season is best time to punt

      Who knows who is going to perform or not it’s all guess work

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Bilva for reliability, Pulisic for a more exciting but risky punt.

    3. Ekip
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 3 days ago

      B for fixtures and hope of repeat of early season form of last 2 seasons

  15. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    We have 26 hours from the transfer window closing to the FPL deadline.

  16. Chrisirwin01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone considering Gomez as their Liverpool defender, if you have Salah already?

    1. n14mul
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Nope sorry not sure what position he would play and no guarantee to start

    2. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      I am actually. I've got Salah and VVD, and I can't squeeze a whole 1.5m for another Liverpool defender. Fingers crossed he keeps his place.

      1. Chrisirwin01
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah obviously he's a punt at this stage. Just can't help and think why didn't klopp replace him with Matip unless he wanted to make sure he was ready. Personally, I think Gomez offers more resilient to the back line.

  17. southernpacific
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Who is kwp?

    1. Isaac.m94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Kyle Walker Peters

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Kyle Walker-Peters, he's nailed for the first 3 Spurs games.

      1. Ekip
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Foyth only suspended for 2 - and one of those is City anyway

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Kyle Walker Peters - Spurs right back

    4. Pipermaru
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Kyle Walker-Peters, Spurs defender, probably nailed for first couple games with Aurier's injury and no Trippier

  18. n14mul
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Morning all,

    Would like some thoughts on my latest draft

    Heaton
    VVD TAA Stones Dunk
    Sterling Salah KDB Perez
    Wilson Wesley

    Button Lund Dendonc Long

  19. Aussiemilan
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Hi Fellas
    Can you do a Salah-less team confidently? Cabellos and Pulisic being the Punts in Mid and having two 4.0's in defence doesnt give you any wiggle room. But all the big names is appealing.

    Heaton
    VVD/TAA/Coleman
    KDB/Sterling/Cabellos/Pulisic/Tielemans
    Auba/Wilson

    Button/Kelly/Lundstram/Greenwood

    Or do i just go back to my template team and play safe?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      It looks great. As did my many Salah-less drafts over the last 3 weeks. In the end I bottled it and put him back!

      1. Aussiemilan
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        Its just so scary to consider not having him isnt it! that norwich game will be 90 mins of hell!

  20. steven8991
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Is Digne worth 0.5M over Coleman?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      There's an article in FFS that analyses this and concludes no. Many are not convinced. So, it depends ...

  21. mattmobster
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Rashford. Nailed on?

    1. Aussiemilan
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      yes

  22. TyrionLan
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Rate myTeam please
    Is the mid and attack too punty?

    pickford
    walker robertson duffy
    barkley robinson salah sterling
    wood haller wilson

    pope JWP Elmohamdy Lundstram

  23. mfcphil
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    What do you guys and girls think?

    Ederson/Button
    Zinchenko Digne Robertson
    Siggy Zaha Kante Salah
    Aubameyang Jimenez Wilson

    Dendonka Simpson Kelly

  24. tripper05
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    RMT please guys - committing to 3-5-2
    Heaton (Button)
    VVD Zinchenko Digne (Rico, Kelly)
    Salah Sterling Mili Perez Moutino
    Kane King (Greenwood)

  25. Pranked
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    I have .5 left to spend where does it go? 🙂

    Pope / Heaton
    Zinc / TAA / KWP / Digne (Rico)
    Sterling / Salah / Perez / Barkley (deond)
    Vardy / Wilson (Greenwood)

    1. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      I'd downgrade one GK and upgrade KWP and Zinc who are both far from nailed.

      1. Pranked
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 3 days ago

        So button in, VVD maybe and...?

    2. Chindle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 3 days ago

      Downgrade Digne to Coleman thereby creating the extra £0.5m (£1m in total) to upgrade Barkley to a £7m mid.

  26. Invincibles
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Complete my squad:

    xx - xx
    TAA - xx - Digne - Zinchenko
    Salah - Sterling - Siggy - xx - Dd
    King - Jota - Greenwood

    A) Pope, Heaton, Robbo, Zaha
    B) Ederson, Button, VVD, Perez
    C) LLoris, Button, VVD/Robbo, Perez/Zaha

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      B

    2. TONY123
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 3 days ago

      B looks great

  27. Mukarram
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Alison
    VVD zinch walkerpeters Coleman
    Salah Stirling Fraser
    Haller Wilson king
    Any help please

  28. Hamilcar
    4 months, 3 days ago

    Hi all,

    New to the game, but I have been following the premier league for quite some time now.

    I’ve been changing my team a lot and cant seem to decide who to go for. Maybe you guys could help me out a bit.

    This is my team now:

    Allison / button
    VVD / Digne / AWB / walker / Lundstram
    Salah / tielemans / Fraser / Moura / Dendoncker
    Wilson / Kane / greenwood

    My thoughts regarding defense: Allison has the better opening fixtures, but I believe that ederson will get more cs due to the addition of Rodri.
    Picking ederson would also allow me to get Robertson. However, then I need to downgrade Moura and make my midfield less flexible.
    Difficult choice..

    Midfield is a real conundrum. Ideally I want Salah, sterling or KDB and Eriksen. This is pricewise not possible, as there are few 6.5 mil or less midfielders that look promising. Maybe Barkley, maybe grealish, but those are wait and see. What other options are there?

    Up front there’s quite a lot of value picks, but I can just see a refreshed Kane scoring for fun.

    So, what do you guys think of my team? What improvements can I make?

    Cheers for any replies.
    Sven

  29. las90855
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 3 days ago

    RMT

    Ryan,
    TAA - Coleman - Ake
    Salah(c) - Sigurdsson - Bilva - Westwood
    Aguero - Jimenez - King

    (Krul - Dendocker - El Mohamady - Dunk)

    ITB - 0

    Looking for alternatives for Ake and King. What do you think about the midfield? Is it too weak?