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. Jellyfish
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Who to play - Zinc or Lundstram ?

    1. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Zinc

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Yeah that’s who I’m on presently. I see him as a set and forget, but the scout picks were making me consider switching

    2. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Zinchenko

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Z

      1. Jellyfish
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Cheers guys, pretty unanimous then 😉

    4. Bilbao Baggins
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 14 hours ago

      Defense who's team will get 20 plus clean sheets or defender who is in okay newly promoted defence who will be delighted with 10 clean sheets for the season. Zinc

  2. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Play
    A) Rico (avl)
    B) KWP (mci)
    C) Dendo (MUN)

    Or:
    D) KWP to Montoya (WHU) and play him

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      C

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Did you watch Wolves game, was he attacking?

        1. datamunkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Yes, similar to Jimi believe it or not

          C

          1. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Oh, cheers.

  3. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Great day of Sport today:

    New Zealand v Australia in the rugby
    Ashes Cricket all day
    Arsenal v Burnley
    Wales v England in the rugby
    Man City v Spurs

    1. Ginkapo FPL
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      And Barnet vs Chesterfield. A Martin Allen derby

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Edgar Davids played in the Conference with Barnet.

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Mindblown

    2. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Yeah, shame the 2nd test has been spoiled by the rain. Nailed on draw now

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Given England's recent record there (42% win rate since 2001) that might not be the worst outcome. Still need three positive outcome in the final three tests though.

        1. Jellyfish
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Yes true. I was surprised they played the first test at Edgbaston....normally sits 3rd in the series and a home banker. Not overly confident if I’m honest

  4. Bonita
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Play Barkley or switch to Dunk or Lund?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Play Barkley

      1. HUATSHOOTER
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Will he start? How sure?

        1. Ginkapo FPL
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Does it matter?

          1. HUATSHOOTER
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            Lol of course it does matter? Wtf are you talking about? You mean you want him not starting and sub in at 70 mins and do nth? Do you even know how to play fpl?

    2. HUATSHOOTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      I have the exact same issue as you, jus that mine is either kelly start or barkley start.but problem is it doesnt seems like barkley gonna start for chelsea??

      1. Bonita
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        He did go in as a sub in Super cup. Could Lampard start the same squad that featured vs. Liverpool?

        1. HUATSHOOTER
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Really nt too sure. Headache.

  5. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    At 11.31 how can I get Sterling into my team with 2 FT??

    Pope
    TAA Digne Walker
    Salah KDB Martial Perez Dendonker
    Kane King

    Heaton KWP Pieters

    0 ITB

    1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      And Greenwood on the bench

    2. HUATSHOOTER
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Why do you have two Ft for this week? Isnt everyone having just 1 Ft this week?

    3. datamunkey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      You won’t, site will be unavailable

    4. Rock n Grohl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      You're not going to like it but it looks like defenders need downgraded. But it's a -4 by looks of it. Unless you want to go without Kane?

    5. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Mission impossible. Servers are busy.

      And with that team structure it is difficult impossible without dropping Salah. Kane to Pukki or someone else, Kdb to Sterling?

  6. JHolmes
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Which one to play, rest on bench: perez, lundstram or montoya?

    1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Perez

    2. Djemba12
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 15 hours ago

      Lund

  7. Ginkapo FPL
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Who remembers the fable of Ryan Taylor?

  8. George James
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 hours ago

    Kane >> Auba hokey cokey???

    anyone....

  9. New Post
  10. Hakim Ziyech
      3 months, 16 hours ago

      Var to rule out some goals today 🙂

      1. Djemba12
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 15 hours ago

        1. Hakim Ziyech
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Just beautiful

      2. Rock n Grohl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        Slash, Siggy and Digne

        Or

        Mane, KDB and Coleman

        Which is best ? Have Sterling and Auba as well.

        1. datamunkey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Enough of the rock heavyweights Grohl!

        2. OneMan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          B

      3. Rock n Grohl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 hours ago

        * Salah not Slash lol

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            3 months, 16 hours ago

            We hear you Dave 🙂

        2. Clinton19
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 16 hours ago

          Hi guys, I have Fraser and Wilson in my side... My Gk is Heaton and pope... I don't have any arsenal players. Should I put pope or heaton in the nets today I'm leaning towards heaton so if Fraser and Wilson blank he should bank some points?

          1. HUATSHOOTER
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 15 hours ago

            Start heaton

          2. Simba4114
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Same problem. Set on Heaton all week, now I’m wavering

        3. konrad.sygula95
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          Need some help
          Pick two to play this GW:

          A Montoya
          B Zinchenko
          C Trossard

          1. HUATSHOOTER
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 15 hours ago

            First two

        4. HUATSHOOTER
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          Pope
          Kelly stones taa digne awb
          Perez salah sterling
          Auba(C) king

          Subs button barkley dendoncker greenwood,

          Good to go?

        5. ChipsnGravy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          Van A or Lundstram?

          1. Djemba12
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Lund

        6. jatlan
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          Digne (C)?

        7. primal33
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          Anyone else worried that Salah won't play more than 60 mins today? Sterling seems the better captain option to me.

          1. Djemba12
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Sala rests a lot on the pitch. Think he’ll be fine for the full 90 unless LIV are a couple goals up

        8. OneMan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          A. Coleman & Pukki/King

          Or

          B. Laporte & McGinn/Robinson ?

          1. Djemba12
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            B

        9. skybluecam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          Is the FF app not working properly for anyone else? Can’t see my points.

        10. Ludde
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          Lundstram or Zinchenko this GW?

          1. Djemba12
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Zin

        11. OneMan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          Stones should hold his place ? Or will he ?

        12. OneMan
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 15 hours ago

          A. Stones

          Or

          B. Coleman ?

        13. Djemba12
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          Anyone on Harry Wilson as a starter yet or still too early?

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 14 hours ago

            Not yet - but one to keep an eye on.

        14. _werre_
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          Does my team need any surgery or should I save my FT?

          Pope
          Robbo Digne Kelly
          Salah KDB Martial Perez Fraser
          Kane King

          Heaton Lundstram Greenwood Taylor

          Can’t seem to make up my mind whether I should start Heaton and replace Kelly with Lundstram?

        15. Simba4114
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          Self inflicted keeper dilemma

          ?
          Digne, VVD, AA, Zinc
          Fraser, Sterling, Mo, Pérez
          Jota, Wilson

          Pope or Heaton?

        16. villain27
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 14 hours ago

          Swap Pérez for Lanzini or just bank the transfer? West Ham have a lot of options is putting me off slightly!

        17. GOONER
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 13 hours ago

          Owners of Lucas Moura, what will you do with him?

          1. roflbeard
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 13 hours ago

            Honestly still undecided. Want to move for Pulisic next week so straight transfer there. But for some reason still doubting whether to start him today over Lundstram... mental

        18. dorse
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 13 hours ago

          Trossard > Beundia or roll the dice another week and keep FT? Dendonker as back up if Trossard doesn't play.

        19. Wolves Ay We
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 13 hours ago

          Who else has left their team with exactly the same players, formation and captain as last week?

          1. Ch3ckNorriZ
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 13 hours ago

            +1

          2. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 13 hours ago

            Only have Heaton coming in for Pope. The rest is exactly the same.

          3. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 13 hours ago

            Me, with 92 points on the board, my side is settled (even my 3 Wolves attackers who blanked!). Still temped to pass the armband from Salah to Sterling, but prob won't.