Scout Picks

Salah and Sterling headline Gameweek 2 Scout Picks

Liverpool and Manchester City’s big guns are still important assets for Fantasy Premier League managers to own for Gameweek 2.

Once again, we have three premium options selected in our Scout Picks for this weekend, what we believe to be the best starting XI for the upcoming round of action.

This has been chosen using the Scout Squad selections made by David, Neale, Paul and Geoff earlier in the week.

For Gameweek 2 we line-up in 4-4-2 once again, this time coming in at £82.6m, £0.4m inside our budget of £83m.

Goalkeeper

Ryan scored nine points in Gameweek 1

Mathew Ryan (£4.5m) was an eleventh-hour addition to the Scout Picks after news of Adrian’s injury filtered around the Fantasy community. The Liverpool goalkeeper was originally given the nod but doubt over his starting place meant we had to drop in. Ryan is his replacement after facing no big chances in Gameweek 1 while West Ham could be without both Felipe Anderson and new signing Sébastien Haller.

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold in action for Liverpool against Norwich

While Liverpool’s defence has not inspired confidence in Fantasy managers this week, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) was still a popular option in the Scout Squad submissions. Neale, Paul and Geoff selected him as the best defender for Gameweek 2, David slotting him into second place. Despite conceding against Norwich, the right-back was top for key passes and big chances created at Anfield on Friday night.

Lucas Digne (£6.0m) was another hugely fashionable option according to the Scout Squad pundits, tipped by all four of them. While there are cheaper assets in the Everton defence, the £0.5m is worth paying this week for Digne’s involvement in set pieces. Watford conceded more chances from dead-ball situations between Gameweeks 21 and 38 last season. The Hornets also failed to register a single big chance in Gameweek 1, so a clean sheet is also on the cards for the Frenchman.

Neale and Geoff both selected Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.0m) in their Scout Squad selections ahead of Burnley’s visit to the Emirates stadium. Arsenal kept a clean sheet in Gameweek 1 and it was the right-back who got the assist for their only goal of the game.

After being the talk of the town for the last few weeks, John Lundstram (£4.0m) makes his Scout Picks debut for Gameweek 2. The Sheffield United asset faces a goal-shy Crystal Palace side this weekend and created two big chances in Gameweek 1, the joint-highest in the whole division.

Midfielders

Mohamed Salah scored against Norwich City in Gameweek 1

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) remains our favourite option in the Liverpool attack ahead of the trip to Southampton. The Saints were particularly leaky at home last season, only Manchester United managing fewer clean sheets in front of their own supporters. Furthermore, Salah was top of the league for shots in the box and shots on target in away matches in 2018/19. Any concerns over his 120-minute outing midweek were eased by Jurgen Klopp’s assurances in his Friday press conference.

While Salah was the unanimous first-choice midfielder, Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) occupied the second-place spot for all our Scout Squad pundits. No player had as many shots on target as him in Gameweek 1, while Spurs did not look too assured at the back against Aston Villa.

Like his defensive colleague, Gylfi Sigurdsson (£8.0m) looks set to benefit from Watford’s vulnerability to set-pieces in Gameweek 2. The Icelandic international created 45 chances in home matches last season, only Eden Hazard and James Maddison fashioning more than that.

Something of a left-field inclusion in the Scout Picks this week is Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendía (£6.0m). We were a big fan of Teemu Pukki in the Scout Squad but needed to save some money for spending elsewhere. Buendía is not necessarily a massive step-down though. He created three chances at Anfield on Friday night and his role in set pieces could help unlock a Newcastle side that conceded the joint-most chances from dead-ball situations in the whole of 2018/19.

Forwards

Aubameyang got the only goal in Arsenal’s win at Newcastle on opening weekend

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) has a fantastic record of scoring against Burnley, with a brace in each of his last three matches facing the Clarets. He was also afforded the joint-highest number of big chances in home matches across the 2018/19 season.

There was plenty of backing for Bournemouth’s attack in the Scout Squad submissions but we, unfortunately, ran out of cash for one of either Callum Wilson or Ryan Fraser. Josh King (£6.5m) deputises for his Cherries colleagues then, as we expect a return to last season’s attacking form in an open game at Villa Park.

Substitutes

Martín Montoya (£4.5m) makes the bench this week, after Neale and Paul included him in their Scout Squad selection. The defender looks likely to retain his place at right wing-back for the visit of West Ham, who could be without key attacking personnel.

John McGinn (£5.5m) made a great start to life in the Premier League scoring on his top-flight debut at Spurs. Bournemouth come to Villa Park in Gameweek 2, with a defence that’s hard to trust, so we won’t be too shocked if McGinn gets more attacking returns this weekend.

As already mentioned, we didn’t have the cash for Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) in our final XI but we still think he will do well in Gameweek 2. He had three shots in the box against Liverpool, the same number he had per game in the Championship.

The Scout Picks Captain

As we mentioned last week, the Scout Picks now has a captain in the 2019/20 season.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek will be known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season.

It will be revealed to the public only when the deadline for the Gameweek has passed.

The Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 2 is Hot Toddy.

They have opted for a 4-4-2 of: Leno; Digne, van Dijk, Coleman, Alexander-Arnold; Fraser, Martial, Sterling, Richarlison; Aubameyang, Pukki.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

Unfortunately, our Community Champion did not submit a team in Gameweek 1.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 1

3,382 Comments Post a Comment
  1. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Start Zinchenko or Lundstram?

    1. nadman89
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      zinchenko of course

    2. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Zinch easily for me

    3. Dynamic Duos
      • 6 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Join me , Lundstram

    4. TeddiPonza
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Zinch

    5. Toblerone52
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Zinchenko

    6. Longlatini
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Chenko

    7. teddy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Both for me

    8. MeatPieSausageRoll
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Lundstram. Can see him keeping a clean sheet and maybe even scoring

  2. Sondre van Bank
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Evening.
    Start Lundstram or Jota?

    1. Toblerone52
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Jota

    2. DARE TO BISCAN
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Jota

    3. Another Hoops
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Mate come on?

    4. nadman89
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      why even get jota if youre considering this

    5. One Wheels Enough
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      if you're serious it has to be Lun for the diff, otherwise zzzz

  3. DARE TO BISCAN
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Would you play?

    a) Kelly (shu)
    b) Dendoncker (MUN)

    1. Toblerone52
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Dendoncker

    2. Hog Roast Junkie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      B

    3. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      B

  4. SADIO SANÉ
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    I could indeed be very wrong but these Lundstram OR 'X'? questions could look pretty stupid if he doesn't start on Sunday, which I have to be clear is pure speculation at this point - I've now seen Lundstram or Moura, Perez, Maddison, Zinchenko, Jota

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      also assuming he does start, are Palace really that bad away from home?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        *MBP incoming to tell me they are a better team in away games*

      2. DARE TO BISCAN
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Can only think they're doing it for attention. Can't be serious, right? I mean there's a guy just now asking if it's worth benching Salah/Robertson/TAA...

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 4 Years
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          no idea, I mean he COULD score well - but you could say the same about a lot of players

    2. COK3Y5MURF
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Lundstram or Kane?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 4 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Kane is away to the best team in the league, I think that one is obvious

    3. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Agreed. He's the best of the cheapies but the worst of any other debate.

      1. Business Cat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        I don't know...Lundstram or Benteke is pretty close 😆

    4. sminkypinky
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Tbh I didn’t feel uncomfortable benching him before this article. Didn’t see his match last gw and didn’t hang out here this week before tonight. So it’s just second guessing if I missed something vital.

    5. evilfish
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Lundstram or Barkley?

  5. Goodish
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Is it worth benching Salah, Trent and Robertson this week? They played midweek and have injured keepers.
    Would be for Dendoncker, Rico and Greenwood.

    1. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Yep, could be great

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Tough choice

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Definitely - bench them all - wouldn’t have them anywhere near the first team

    4. Goodish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Cheers all. Will captain Dendoncker as he only came off the bench midweek for Wolves so will have a good game

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Has to be Triple Captain imo

        1. Goodish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          29 days, 22 hours ago

          Too maverick for me mate. I’m more of a sensible player

    5. One Wheels Enough
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      i would

    6. Game Over
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Yes, then play BB chip.

  6. Hairy Potter
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Which would you start with this week?

    A) Dunk
    B) Barkley
    C) Diop

    1. Hog Roast Junkie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Close but C

    2. Capitan_K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      B

  7. Blens
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    What should I do with this lot guys?

    Pope (McGovern)
    Zinchenko TAA Digne Fredericks Reid
    Salah Stirling Lucas M Trossard Hendrick
    Wilson Deeney Jota

    I know so much needs doing but 1 FT and 0ITB...should I save or what?

    All suggestions welcome!

    1. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Get rid of Hendrick for a start

  8. mojoindojo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Play Dendoncker or Lundstram?

    1. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Lundstram

  9. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    That Real Madrid home shirt really does not flatter Hazard

    Either that or he’s been on the Denny Sausage Rolls

  10. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Bench order correct?

    Lundstram, Dendo, Greenwood

    1. Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Yep, definitely.

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Cheers mate. GL!

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Y

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Cheers! gL

    3. In a Rush
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Yes

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Nice one

  11. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    No Trossard 😮

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      at home to a team that just conceded 5 goals at home...it's utter madness

    2. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      didn't even make the bench

    3. Marty McFly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      ?

    4. KaNi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      What do you know? Is he not in the team at all for GW2?

  12. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Sterling v Salah for the captaincy doing ma head in!

    And there’s always Sigurdsson too for a bigger punt

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Everyone’s!

      Probably both get 3/2 points each 😀

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      120 minutes for Salah & Liverpool 48 hours ago

      City played spurs in champs leg 4 months ago & scored 4 (really 5) with Sterling brace

      I’m trying to weigh these up

  13. Houldsworth Hatter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Captain Sterling or Salah? I really can't decide.

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      You aren't alone, talk to us, or fantasy friends

    2. KaNi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      I'm thinking Sterling. He's facing Walker-Pieters on the back; could be interesting.
      Salah has 120 minutes from wednesday, might be a bit tired.

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Cheers guys. I am on Sterling and I think I will leave it there.

    3. Rust Cohle
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      I have both and the arm band is on Sterling. Great form. Home. Facing a club whose badge is a cock balancing on a beach ball.

      1. Houldsworth Hatter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 14 hours ago

        Ha! Lol!!! 😀

  14. Ciarant20
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Hi guys have I ordered my team right here, would you change starting XI or bench?

    Ryan
    VVD TAA Digne Kelly
    Sterling Salah Pérez Fraser
    King Jota

    Button Moura Lundstram Greenwood

    1. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      I think if you're going to own Moura you should play him. Move Kelly to the bench

      1. In a Rush
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Yes definitely this

    2. mundian
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Are you kidding!? Moura has to be in 11. Drop Kelly.

    3. One Wheels Enough
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      did you look at the fixtures prior to your gw1 team, if so why get lucas if you planned to bench him this week, didn't you consider this 2 weeks ago 🙂

  15. Blens
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Is Trossard going to get a look in? Picked him for my squad after all the hype last week...poor guy didn't even get a look in.

    1. KaNi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      They wouldn't give him his debut away. I think he will play next round, at least some. I got him, and I'm not selling. He will be good!

    2. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      I think he should. Potter specifically said he went with Gross because of the particular fixture

  16. tielleman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Start two:

    A. Trossard
    B. Barkley
    C. Perez

    1. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      A and B

      1. tielleman
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Thanks. Feeling the same, but a bit worried on play time for both

  17. Four Hit Wonder
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    A) TAA, Maitland-Niles
    B) VVD, Zinchenko

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      A

    2. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      b

    3. Capitan_K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 20 hours ago

      B

  18. LevonCD
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Hi lads, opinions please, lund or kelly for this week?

    1. In a Rush
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Lundstram playing at home for me

  19. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Play Lundstram or Salah?

    1. KAR
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Funny

    2. Jarvish
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Finally, a sensible question.

      1. Slouch87
        • 3 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        You've searched high and low . Well played.

    3. Business Cat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      If you're playing Scrabble, Lundstram FTW

      1. Luizdouzi
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Meeoww 🙂

    4. Gregg Wallace
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Tough one for me
      Lundstram has the home advantage and Salah played 120 minutes in the supercup but he also finished top scorer the past two seasons
      toss a coin

      1. Rinseboy
        • 7 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        this. coin toss that one

      2. Would Ed Woodward
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Salah disappointed after African Nations too, Lundstram still on a high after Sweden's World Cup finish.

    5. Luizdouzi
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Ever seen a man flogging his arse all by himself?

    6. JustPark
      • 3 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Didn't play 120 mins in midweek, against toothless Palace, no europe competition.
      Definitely Lunds.

  20. KAR
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    ryan (button)
    vvd, coleman, walker (lunds, rico)
    salah, kdb, fraser, trossard (dendock)
    kane, wilson, wood

    A. save ft
    B. kane to auba

    1. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      save..u d want Kane next week anyway

      1. KAR
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        That is true

  21. JustPark
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    That's it then. Starting Montoya ahead of Deulofeu.

    1. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Haha. I'd planned at season start to play Montoya over perez gw 2 and gw 5..bottling it now 🙂

  22. Rinseboy
    • 7 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Is salah on pens still?
    think I'll give him the armband for that!

    1. In a Rush
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      When Milner isn’t on the pitch

    2. fr3d
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Milner likely to start in goal so no

      1. FPL-(VAR)dy
        • 1 Year
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        surely wont allow keeper to take penalty..so Salah it is

  23. Snapes on a Plane
    • 4 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Bench Heaton(bou) or Pope(ars) ?

    1. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      pope IMO

    2. Good Kompany
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Both concede but Pope to get more save points

  24. Would Ed Woodward
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Is Lundstram on pens?

    1. FPL-(VAR)dy
      • 1 Year
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      nope

  25. The Casual One
    • 6 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Imagine if Lundstram starts and actually gets a haul

  26. Garth Marenghi
    • 3 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    My final Brighton question:

    Does Montoya have risk of rotation or could they change formation based on who they’re playing in a game week and Montoya then sits out?

  27. FPL-(VAR)dy
    • 1 Year
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    As the deadline nears..I am persuaded more and more to (C) Sterling over Salah

  28. Dakes.
    • 2 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    How did KWP look v Villa?

    Right as I was about to lock in Salah(c), just remembered that Sterling plays down that side...

  29. Luizdouzi
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Who is the best £ 4.5 goalie for this gameweek?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Adrian

      1. Luizdouzi
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        He is a doubt isn't he? 1 goal kick could come with a little twitch on the ankle

    2. hugothedog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Heaton. Excellent fixtures going forward too.

      1. Luizdouzi
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        Thanks. I am on Heaton at the moment & I will stick. Cheers!

  30. Blue Gaffer
    • 9 Years
    29 days, 22 hours ago

    Play Perez or Lundstram?

    1. KAR
      • 2 Years
      29 days, 22 hours ago

      Perez ofc

      1. In a Rush
        • 2 Years
        29 days, 22 hours ago

        It’s bizarre this is the most frequently asked question this week