Scout Squad

The Scout Squad picks for FPL Gameweek 1

The regular prelude to the Scout Picks article returns ahead of the start of the 2019/20 campaign.

In this piece, our four panelists each submit an 18-man squad of Fantasy assets (with the focus on the coming Gameweek) and elaborate on their notable inclusions/omissions.

The 72 nominations listed below will then be narrowed down to a squad of 14 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83m) ahead of the Gameweek 1 deadline at 19:00 BST on Friday evening.

We are making some slight tweaks to the way we do Scout Squad and Scout Picks this season.

Firstly, the primary panel this year will be Paul, David, Geoff and Neale, following on from the fine work of Joe, Az and Peter in previous seasons.

We have brought this article ‘in-house’ for 2019/20 as it is the frontline editorial staff who end up compiling the Scout Picks on a Friday anyway.

Secondly, we have placed stricter regulations on our panelists to better help the Fantasy managers using this website for advice.

These are requirements for at least one £4.5m goalkeeper, at least one £4.5m or cheaper defender, at least one midfielder priced £6.0m or below and at least one forward priced at £7.0m or lower.

As was the case last year, each panelist is restricted to no more than three players from the same team.

Finally, we will be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks this season – although the details of how this will work will be revealed on Friday.


 PaulDavidGeoffNeale
GKNick PopeNick PopeNick PopeJordan Pickford
 Hugo Lloris

Dean Henderson

Hugo LlorisNick Pope
 Jordan PickfordTom HeatonKasper SchmeichelVicente Guaita
DFTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-ArnoldTrent Alexander-Arnold
 Andrew RobertsonAndrew RobertsonAndrew Robertson

Lucas Digne

 Kyle Walker-PetersOleksandr ZinchenkoKyle Walker-PetersKyle Walker-Peters
 Oleksandr ZinchenkoSeamus ColemanLucas DigneRicardo Pereira
 Charlie TaylorBen GibsonJohn LundstramDiego Rico
MFMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed SalahMohamed Salah
 Raheem SterlingRaheem SterlingRaheem SterlingRaheem Sterling
 Ryan FraserKevin de BruyneLucas MouraLucas Moura
 Dwight McNeilLeandro TrossardAnthony MartialAyoze Perez
 Callum RobinsonCallum RobinsonLeandro TrossardLeandro Trossard
FWHarry KaneHarry KaneHarry KaneHarry Kane
 Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang
Jamie VardyPierre-Emerick
Aubameyang
Roberto Firmino
 Callum Wilson

Marcus Rashford

Callum WilsonCallum Wilson
 Josh KingMoise KeanJosh KingChris Wood
 Glenn MurrayChris WoodTroy DeeneyTroy Deeney

Most popular picks: Nick Pope, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane (four), Andrew Robertson, Kyle Walker-Peters, Leandro Trossard, Callum Wilson (three)

Paul said…

I’m backing Liverpool, Man City and Spurs at both ends of the pitch for the opening Gameweek of the new season.

In defence, Kyle Walker-Peters could be a standout differential with an ownership of just 3%.

The Spurs right-back averaged 4.7 points per match (PPM) last term, more than any defensive team-mate.

Walker-Peters made just four home appearances but still provided three assists. 

Put into perspective, his fellow full-backs Danny Rose, Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier managed one home assist between them. 

Burnley’s Dwight McNeil is another overlooked option at home to Southampton.  

Owned by a mere 0.4%, the winger averaged 4.5 points per home start in 2018/19.

McNeil was a major influence on the Clarets after securing a regular role in Gameweek 20.

From that point onwards, his total of 24 key passes ranked second for Burnley, while his 24 shots on goal placed third. 

At a cost of £6.0m, Glenn Murray is another option in the cut-price bracket.

Having found the net on three occasions over pre-season, the veteran looks set to retain his start for Brighton’s trip to Watford.

The Seagulls look a different proposition under new manager Graham Potter, chalking up four wins in five this summer, including a 2-1 victory over Valencia last weekend. 

As the focal point of their attack, Murray can enjoy a successful opening Saturday at Vicarage Road.

David said…

I trust that my inclusion of Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson for a Gameweek 1 squad are obvious ones that need little explanation.

For me, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne ahead of a match with West Ham are also important inclusions, in my opinion.

Instead, I will make a case for some of the cheaper options and why I think they will do well in Gameweek 1.

Leandro Trossard is the Brighton player I’m most excited about this season as he looks likely to start in the front-three of a 3-4-3 formation.

More importantly, he looks to be involved in the set pieces for Brighton, which could lead to joy at Watford on opening weekend.

The Hornets were in the bottom five for shots conceded from dead-ball situations in 2018/19.

Meanwhile, I’m taking a bit of a punt by including Callum Robinson in my selection.

He has been playing up front for Sheffield United during pre-season and was joint-top for goal involvements too (five).

A Gameweek 1 trip to Bournemouth could see him get in the goals as their defence still doesn’t fill me with confidence.

Jamie Vardy was afforded the joint-most big chances of any Premier League player during Brendan Rodgers’ time at Leicester last season, second only to Salah for shots on target too.

Therefore, I see him as the most likely to score against a Wolves side that has a 6,000-mile round-trip to Armenia just days before Gameweek 1.

Marcus Rashford I think should do well against Chelsea’s defence who hasn’t looked too strong in pre-season, while Chris Wood‘s summer form should see him come out on top against a Southampton backline I don’t really trust.

Geoff said…

With cash hard to come by in Gameweek 1, Nick Pope is a solid option at home to Southampton.

Hugo Lloris is my first Spurs pick and here it’s largely about their opposition. I’m also backing Kasper Schmeichel against a well-travelled Wolves squad.

Kyle Walker-Peters should start at home to Aston Villa and comes in after the predictable Liverpool duo of Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.

Lucas Digne has attacking potential and a Gameweek 1 double-digit haul is a possibility.

Little needs to be said to justify Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling as they both have excellent opening fixtures.

Lucas Moura could be primed for an explosive start to the season, particularly if he starts up front with Kane against newly-promoted Villa.

I don’t yet know what to make of Manchester United this season but after briefly debating the merits of including Marcus Rashford or young Mason Greenwood, I decided Anthony Martial is the one who could punish an uncertain Chelsea defence – and is also a nicely priced out-of-position midfielder.

After our Scoutcasters extolled the appeal of Leandro Trossard during pre-season, I think he will do well against Watford and expect his 0.6% ownership to grow after Gameweek 1.

I’m backing Harry Kane to perform either alone up front or paired with Moura, breaking his surprisingly long run of finishing Gameweek 1 without a goal. 

I expect goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, playing for an Arsenal team who will struggle to defend and who might have to simply outscore their opponents in many games this season.

Both Callum Wilson and Joshua King make it onto my list despite injuries in other parts of the Bournemouth side. I expect them to take advantage of Sheffield United’s lack of Premier League experience, and do the same to Aston Villa in Gameweek 2.

Rounding out the squad is Troy Deeney. He is certainly a differential pick but I think he has what it takes to take away points at home to Brighton, who might struggle to keep a clean sheet in the first match under a new innovative manager.

Neale said…

At Selhurst Park on Saturday, a Crystal Palace side seemingly set to be without the talismanic Wilfried Zaha (who had a 44% FPL goal involvement last season) meets an Everton outfit with only three goals to their name in seven pre-season outings.

I’m backing clean sheets on both sides but with Lucas Digne as my first-choice Everton pick I’m also playing the odds and giving myself a chance of returns at the business end of the pitch.

Liverpool’s iffy pre-season showings at the back have veered me away from a defensive double-up and towards Roberto Firmino, who will, along with the widely backed Mohamed Salah, surely exploit a Norwich backline with injury problems, a dicey defensive record in the Championship and not a single clean sheet to boast of in pre-season.

West Ham have looked promising going forward over the summer, with that attack-minded midfield trio playing behind Sebastien Haller, so I fancy their chances of spoiling a City clean sheet – if not another resounding win for the reigning champions in east London.

Set-piece taker Leandro Trossard could prosper from a Watford defence that ranked in the bottom five for big chances conceded, opportunities allowed from set plays and headed attempts conceded last season, while Troy Deeney may be a beneficiary of any early VAR-influenced increase in spot-kick awards: Brighton conceded the most penalties (ten) in the top flight in 2018/19.

A 6,000-mile round-trip for Wolves on Thursday night may well work in Leicester’s favour with their high-energy game, so I’m backing Ayoze Perez to prosper given how seamlessly he has been assimilated into this exciting Foxes side in pre-season.

Brendan Rodgers even arranged a friendly against Atalanta last weekend to prepare for playing against a team with three at the back, so Leicester will be well positioned to face one of last season’s success stories – something that may not be true of Wolves after their trek to Armenia.

Chris Wood has more pre-season goals to his name than any Premier League player and I’d be amazed if he was the one to lose out in Burnley’s three-way tussle for two striking berths.

No player in the top flight recorded more shots from inside the six-yard box than Wood last season and I wonder if Burnley’s agricultural approach can counteract Ralph Hasenhuttl’s risky high press from the back and allow space for the New Zealander to exploit.

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  1. Legend of Rosický
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    start rico or Zouma in GW1?

    1. MadDog86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Zouma

    2. Giorgi89
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Started Rico (unlikely cameo), Zouma 2nd in the bench

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Rico

    4. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Rico easily

    5. Legend of Rosický
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Cheers

  2. Giorgi89
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    A/ Wilson + Pope/Heaton/Ryan
    C/ King + Ederson

    Cheers

    1. Maddamotha
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      B

  3. MadDog86
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Woke up this morning, looked at my team and I’m happy with it ... finally. That’s me done, no more tinkering. See you tomorrow! Can’t wait.

    1. Prince of Persia
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Post a RMT here and have something to do till tomorrow. 😀

      1. MadDog86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Haha I’ve posted a few over the summer. No more I’m busy today

    2. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Lucky it isn't transfer deadline day today and there are no pressers to come.

      1. MadDog86
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Don’t make me change it again!

  4. The Man Pastore
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    What's your thoughts on this team?

    Henderson
    VVD Digne Taylor
    Sterling Salah(VC) Moura Perez Mcginn
    Aubameyang(C) Wood

    Button Guilbert Lundstram Greenwood

    Would you change the Wood for another 6.5 fwd?

    Cheers!

    1. MadDog86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I wouldn’t I think Wood will be excellent for the first few then reevaluate.

      1. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      This is almost my exact team. Love it. Looks aggressive with Auba, Salah, Sterling and Moura. Best of luck! I may still swap Wood to Jota pending Europa League minutes.

      1. The Man Pastore
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Thanks mate! Good luck to you too!

  5. Sgt Frank Drebin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    I've been out of home for a few days, who's this Trossard and why he's so popular (for a 6.0 Brighton midfielder...)? I guess he's oop striker?

    1. Zlatanzo
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Likely playing LW in a 3-4-3 with an attacking minded manager

      • Legend of Rosický
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        He is a winger, very good player

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Do you know maybe how was he doing in pre-season?

      • Jarvish
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Drossard is a nickname waiting to happen

      • Gregg Wallace
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        On all set pieces (If gross doesn't play) and good fixtures is the main appeal

    2. Zlatanzo
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Bottomed...Need an extra 0.5m to get x2 rotating 4.5 defenders. Where can I get the funds? Or will Montoya suffice as a starter each week?

        Heaton
        Robbo / VVD / Digne / Montoya
        Salah / Sterling / KDB / Perez
        Haller / King

        Button / Dend / Greenwood / Lunds

        1. FISSH
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Perez to Robinson or Barkley.

        2. FISSH
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Or haller to kean

        3. Legend of Rosický
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Digne to Coleman. Same PPM last season

          1. Zlatanzo
              1 month, 9 days ago

              My fear is Sidibe, prefer Digne who's nailed

        4. rnrd
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Got the feeling this last day of mercato will blow our templates apart

        5. FISSH
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Bit different... No way near as heavy as some of these defenses.

          Pope
          Robertson, Coleman, Dunk, Cathcart
          Sterling, Salah, Robinson, Moura
          Auba, Wilson

          (Button, Wickham, Rico, Dendonker

        6. Willmissudimitrypayet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          1 mill in the bank! Who to upgrade? Or just leave it in the bank for flexibility?

          Pope
          TAA, Digne, Shaw, Rico
          Salah, Sterling, Fraser, Perez
          Wilson, Haller

          McGinn, Greenwood, Lundstram, McGovern

          1. Zlatanzo
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Rico to a 4.5
              Lundy to a 4.5
              Do rotating 4.5 defenders (only play 1)

              1. Zlatanzo
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  sorry didn't see Mcginn, I assume you'll be starting him over Rico after gw1 so scrap that

                  1. Willmissudimitrypayet
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Yeah, that's the plan 🙂

              2. rnrd
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Having a 4.5/4.0 GK is tricky imo

                1. Willmissudimitrypayet
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Why? Do not think Pope is nailed?

              3. FISSH
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                I'd do Haller > King and Fraser > KDB

                1. Willmissudimitrypayet
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Fair enough!

            • Lets all klopp together
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Hi guys hows this looking

              Pope
              Zinchenko, chilwell, vvd, cathcart
              Lucas, perez, salah, sterling
              King, Aubameyang

              Bench, button, greenwood, Montoya, Dendoncker

              1. FISSH
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Similar to mine. I just can't say no to Aubameyang!

                1. Lets all klopp together
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Not with the signings arsenal have made, that froint 5 is ridiculous

            • Sickboy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Do you think Zouma will be first choice now that Luiz has left Chelsea?

              Seems an absolute steal at 5m and their fixtures are great too!

              Thanks.

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Just beat me to it. I think so. But Chelsea are a question mark in general. Maybe it's better to wait and see.

              2. LangerznMash
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Yes but can't see a Chelsea clean sheet in GW1 or GW2.

              3. Dave Bauer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                (Broadly yes)

                But does this open up the Azpi to CB, Zapacosta into the side at 4.5 option?

              4. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Bit like Barkley only Frank knows

                1. Sickboy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Cheers guys

            • cescpistols111
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              A. Best 4.5m defenders to have from the start?
              B. Best 6.5m forward (other than Josh King)?

            • Konstaapeli
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Luiz to Arsenal makes Zouma a nailed option?

              1. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Yes, atleast till rudiger is back. But the question is - will chelsea keep clean sheets?

              2. Jarvish
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Would have thought so

            • Legend of Rosický
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 9 days ago

              A) Barkley + Coleman (352)
              B) Digne + Zouma (442)

              1. Marmalade Forest
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                352 will be a better long run formation than 442

            • LangerznMash
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              This may be the most random A) or B) ever but...
              A) Mina
              B) Trossard

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                b

                1. LangerznMash
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Cheers

              2. Tshelby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                B. Does Mina have an attacking stats?

                1. Pukki Party
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  He has scored for fun

                2. LangerznMash
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  1 goal every 8 apps over his career.

            • LeBoeuf
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I've cracked it!

              Heaton (4.0)

              VVD, Digne, Zouma (rico, Lund)

              Sterling, Salah, KDB, Trossard (Donk)

              Wilson, Vardy (Wickham)

              Bench is very weak but lets be honest, the 4.0-4.5 pricer range isnt a massive difference and is basically a punt for the extra 0.5. Team is flexible and can switch to any player quickly.

              But seriously, what are your thoughts? Take it apart!

              1. KingOllie
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Zouma doesnt start and you play with 10 players lol.

                Id prefer two rotating 4.5s and itd be veryyyy nice

              2. Kemosabe1
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Looks good to go

              3. Legend of Rosický
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                g2g geat team

              4. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Which of the guys in brackets will you play each week?

              5. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                You have to start bench fodder each week

                KDB and donk for two nailed mfs

            • KingOllie
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              WELCOME DAVID LUIZ

              1. Konstaapeli
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Here here!

                1. Konstaapeli
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  *to Arsenal, not my FPL team 😉

              2. Evil Genius
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                GOODBYE CS

              3. The Suspended One
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Enjoy!
                Lol

                Cant wait to see this fall apart spectacularly

            • Gharvey
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Why no mention of Bernardo Silva in any teams? Am I missing something?:)

                1. Valar(Keith)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  The community shield reminded everyone.. Including me that he isn't the best fpl option but a great real life player.

                  1. Gharvey
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      But didn’t he have a fine end to last season? Outscoring other city assets in last 10 games

                2. Kemosabe1
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  A. Fraser & coleman
                  B. Digne & Perez

                  Already have wilson upfront

                3. MESSINHO
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  ????
                  TAA - VVD - Digne - Zinch
                  Salah - Sterling - Siggy - Perez
                  Wilson - King

                  Button - Dendoncker - Lundstram - Greenwood

                  Except GK, I'm settled on this.

                  A) Ryan
                  B) Heaton
                  C) Pope

                  1. Gringo Kid
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    The best fixtures for Ryan, but not the best defensive side.

                    I'm on Ryan currently, but not convinced.

                    All of these teams are poor, may concede any time

                    1. MESSINHO
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Yeah, probably going with Ryan for their fixtures.

                4. pingissimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Neale is the only one above to have identified the ultimate differential in Guaita

                  On course for 160 points last season and 0.5%. Best value in position yet second lowest owned first choice keeper. Palace face all 3 promoted sides in first 7 and Guaita wasn’t in goal when Palace conceded in preseason. Great record in Spain too.

                  1. Evil Genius
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    He's in my team for now.

                    Currently toying with rotating 3x 4.5m DEFs from AVL, BUR and WHU so needed a different GK but didn't like the Ryan route.

                  2. Giggs Boson.
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Palace's injuries at the back, along with the loss of Wan-Bissaka, are pretty damning for their defence. Smashed 4-0 by Hertha Berlin in their final pre-season game.

                    1. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Guaita wasn’t in goal when Palace conceded. Cahill is an upgrade in the centre. AWB missing is a concern but Ward is very capable if it’s him - displaced PvA on the wrong side last season.

                      The record with and without Guaita last season is a real eye opener. Check it out.

                    2. pingissimus
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Palace defence is intriguing.

                      You’re right about injuries of course but closer look at preseason line ups sort of counteract that form. First choice line up as it stands held up well.

                      Had discounted it but now rethought.

                  3. Pukki Party
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Owned him most parts of last season, didn't even consider because of 5.0 price. Will Cahill tighten the defence even more? Haven't seen him play since 2015 probably

                5. Gazpilicueta
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Its currently down to this for me.... thoughts appreciated.

                  To have KDB, or not to have KDB

                  If I go without him, I can get Fraser and 2 mil, which would be spent like this. Upgrade backup GK to a 4.5 to go alongside Pope. upgrade two defenders from 4.0 to 4.5 creating a very decent rotating pair. and have 0.5 in the bank for early bandwagons.

                  I also lose the 9.5 mid spot, to jump onto players like Son, but I gain the 7.5 spot allowing me to jump onto whichever Chelsea mid pops up, and Frasers fixtures turn.

                  1. FISSH
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Mine is kdb or Auba... I have sterling so have gone with the latter

                  2. pingissimus
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    50:50 call - in same boat sort of

                    I’m prioritising 9.5 slot as those are the ones who hold for. When they get hot and become viable captains.

                    Could go either way

                    1. Zlatanzo
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Wouldn't need to captain a 9.5 if you have Salah Sterling though

                        1. pingissimus
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Some weeks City and Liverpool won’t offer optimal captain. Look at week 2 for instance. When next Fulham arrives the equation will change further.

                    2. Zlatanzo
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I have the same dilemma. I'm finding the 7.5mid slot almost as appealing as the 9.5 one, with the likes of Moura, Martial, Pulisic, Siggy, etc. which is leaning me towards going without KDB.

                        1. Gazpilicueta
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          i have had KDB in my team for long, and now.... on the last day, considering getting him out. surely its a bad idea!

                          1. Zlatanzo
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Same! It pains me every time I take him out because I've had him in since my first draft.

                        2. TheDragon
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I have sterling and salah

                          I think I’m going KDB as if it doesn’t work out he is a good price which gives you lots of flexibility in re-shaking with 2 transfer.

                          He is perfect price point as a placeholder for Son I’m GW3

                          Ask if KDB is fit and gets game time 9.5 is way too low a price for him

                          1. Gazpilicueta
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            These are all the reasons I have him. but I think the same is true at 7.5, especially for the chelsea assets. plus Fraser could easily equal KDB in week 1 and 2, AND on top of that I get a better defence and keeper..... ugh I just cant decide

                        3. DAZZ
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I think KDB is a must, personally. Have a look at GW3,4,5, bou, BRI, nor. 3 juicy

                          1. pingissimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Yep

                            From 3 on double City attack look juicy. Question is if you need it in weeks 1 and 2?

                            1. Zlatanzo
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                How would you get him in for GW3 though? Seems too difficult at that price point

                        4. NUFCAndrew
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Baring in mind I have Wilson locked.

                          A: Fraser + 6.5 forward (Wood?)

                          B: Martial + King

                          1. MESSINHO
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            I'm going with B, but Siggy instead of Martial.

                          2. Kemosabe1
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            A fraser and che/jota

                          3. pingissimus
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            A

                          4. The Man Pastore
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            A for sure

                        5. Giggs Boson.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          A. Digne & VVD

                          B. Coleman & Robertson

                          1. Kemosabe1
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            B

                            1. Kemosabe1
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Now one for you

                              Perez and digne

                              Or

                              Fraser and coleman

                              1. Giggs Boson.
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 9 days ago

                                Perez and Digne 🙂

                          2. Jam0sh
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Probably A but can't see much difference between those

                        6. Jam0sh
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Which one you'd prefer:

                          A) Bernardo Silva
                          B) Siggy
                          C) Fraser

                          1. MESSINHO
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            B

                          2. Jarvish
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            B

                        7. FPL_WILDCARD
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Pope
                          Robertson, VVD, KWP, Montoya
                          Salah(c), Sterling, Perez, Zaha
                          Kane, King

                          Bench: Dendoncker, Greenwood, Lundstram

                          I’m a bit worried about Zaha not playing with all this transfer business, but other than that how does this side look?

                          1. Adambailey7
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Looking good. Maybe don’t swap zaha until you know his head is in the game. His price won’t increase if not playing well

                        8. Adambailey7
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Morning hopefully my final draft:

                          Pope
                          TAA, VVD, KWP, Digne
                          Salah, Sterling, Robinson, Trossard
                          Kane, King

                          I’ve still got 0.5m could upgrade KWP to Zinchenko or Trossard to Perez.

                          1. Legend of Rosický
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Surely Zouma is a better pick now than KWP

                        9. Orion
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          How is this looking lads...
                          Alisson
                          VVD, Laporte, Coleman, Shaw
                          Sterling, Salah, Tielemans, Siggy
                          Benteke Wilson
                          Button, Lundstram, Hayden, Wickham
                          Cheers

                        10. Christina.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Heaton
                          Robbo Digne Zinch
                          Salah Sterling Perez
                          Kane Wilson

                          Rest doesn't matter.

                          1. Orion
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Only Zinch bothers

                            1. Christina.
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              I will take my chances.

                          2. Jam0sh
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Looks decent

                          3. Evil Genius
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Yeah, Zinch is 50/50 for me. Rest is OK.
                            I guess the crowd will say start with Auba and switch to Kane later.

                          4. The Man Pastore
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            rest does matter actually, your 2 other players must be terrible

                        11. Kiran
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          RMT please.

                          Pope - Heaton
                          TAA - Digne - Montoya
                          Sterling - Salah - Robinson - Hojberg
                          Kane - Wilson - Murray