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Scoutcast Episode 343 – Are Liverpool and Arsenal players key to Gameweek 1?

FPL managers can tell when they are only a few days from the start of a new season because niggling doubts, worries and second thoughts about players start creeping in.

That’s certainly the case amongst the Scoutcasters Joe and Az, who this week are joined by Let’s Talk FPL’s Andy.

Manchester United fan Andy is even doubting the points potential of Red Devil’s midfield hero Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m).

Meanwhile, Az is looking to start the 2020/21 campaign with two bargain basement midfielders. And Joe has found himself with not one, but two £6.0m midfielders, much to Az’s derision.

In this lively season opener, the crew nearly come to blows over defensive strategy, with Liverpool and Arsenal assets taking centre stage in the discussion. There’s also some tough talking when they chat about midfield and attacking options.

The Blank Gameweek 1 for both Manchester clubs is also looked at, as the Scoutcasters consider the best strategy to cope with the absence of these teams, as well as the need to bring in their assets during September.

Fixtures over the next four Gameweeks are frisked and Joe takes his turn in the hot seat to pick a differential to help FPL managers take an early lead. Well, that’s the plan.

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1,009 Comments Post a Comment
  1. luke25
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Seeing highly successful players state that being patient with players is key rather than panicky has led me to try out keeping some players for the whole year (injuries permitting of course). Reckon Kane is going to be one of them

    1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Easy to say now, harder to actually do!

    2. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Indeed. Finding set and forget value and then trying to use FTs on captaincy (without overdoing it) is where I'm trying to strive for

    3. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Try and do this for TAA, Dier, and Werner,

    4. dekikide
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Yeah, I got Kame for similar reasons, but seeing nobody else taking Kane into account makes me doubt my choice.. I personally thought 10.5 for Kane is way to cheap.. But nobody else seems to think the se way 😀

      1. luke25
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Aha he's one of the few that's been in every one of my drafts

  2. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Best 4.5m mid and why?

    Don't think Gordon can be an option given the signings Everton have made. Stephens feels so boring. Is Bissouma nailed? Lemina or Anguissa from Fulham?

    1. luke25
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Whilst I don't rate him at all I think BUrke has the biggest potential

    2. F4L
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Reed is nailed when fit

      1. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Who is Reed?

        1. F4L
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Harrison Reed. Was on loan last year from Southampton and was Fulham's best midfielder (he's a deep lying play maker), and he signed on a permanent deal this summer. He's my 4.5 mid of choice.

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Romeu

    4. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Reed for me. I want a guaranteed 2 pointer and the likes of a Cantwell will not be available for a while.

      1. Ser Davos
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Agreed

    5. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Oli Burke as an OOP at Shef Utd

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Bissouma.

    7. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Thanks all.

  3. jaguar shark
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Why are folks worried about Justin? Don’t think he’ll start?

    1. xiMoxiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I think he'll start until Pereira is back

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Should start, but likely to be out as soon as Pareira is fit again. Solid pick if planning an early WC.

  4. C_Manan
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    A) ASM and Ings
    B) Richarlison and Rodrigo/Mitro

    Thoughts ??

    1. Kushal
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      A

  5. Kushal
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    A) Son AsM Dcl Saiss

    OR

    B) Alli Havertz Mitro Johnson

  6. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    In my 7th FPL season... just don't tell there was a more difficult gw1 team selection than this season's...

    1. luke25
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      no City and United makes it the toughest GW1 to pick for a long time considering most want assets from both teams

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Becomes much easier when you plan to WCGW3 safely in the knowledge you’ll have a tonne more information by then we could not possibly imagine now

      1. LangerznMash
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Are you bench boosting before your GW3WC?

      2. luke25
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        But equally you've lost your wildcard early on in a season that could be affected by COVID

  7. davies
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Which option lads?

    A) Doherty ASM
    B) Davies Wilson

    1. The Sarjeant
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B.

  8. The Sarjeant
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    I didn’t want to take any risks for GW1, but I think I’m going to risk Havertz and Wilson. Just makes my team so much better and my plan easier to do.

    1. Top Mark.S
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      You only live once

      1. LangerznMash
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Reincarnation?

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I think you will be dissapointed

          1. LangerznMash
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            I wasn't last time 😉

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Care to share your vice and cunning plan with us?

  9. Neo-Viper
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Adams or DCL

    1. The Sarjeant
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      DCL.

    2. F4L
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      DCL is a great pick if you can find the extra mil

      1. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Boils down to :

        Son Souchez DCL/Adams (1m)
        vs
        Alli Havertz Davis

    3. Leif Erikson-Formerly of La…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Adams

    4. Neo-Viper
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Cheers boys!! Which one of the two vs you think I should go for

  10. Jimjam
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Don't fancy a SOU/BRI double up... Which is the better option?

    (A) Ryan & Walker-Peters

    (B) McCarthy & Webster

    Slightly leaning towards (A).

    1. LangerznMash
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      If you don't fancy the double up don't do it!

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Why not... You're betting on a team to do well. Might as well go for it. FWIW, I think Southampton are far better to bet on than Brighton.

    3. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      A

  11. Kushal
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Having two 4.0 defenders (mitchell and Johnson) to get 4 big hitters in midfield good plan ?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      I am tempted. Johnson and banking 0.5 to upgrade somewhere vs relying on Justin is a conundrum rn

  12. Totti
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    best 3 4.5 defenders?

    any suggestions plz

    1. Bossworld
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Dallas, Lascelles, Charlie Taylor are probably all nailed on to play

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        justin and KWP?

        you don't fancy them?

        1. Bossworld
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Sorry, yes, I've got KWP as well. TAA is my other

  13. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Adams or CWilson the better pick to start with?

    1. Totti
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      i'm spreading the risk
      starting with ASM and adams

      and might shift to wilson if he got the form with newcastle

    2. Soto Ayam
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Adams

  14. OneDennisBergkamp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Which 4.0m Defenders are starters?

    1. Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Mitchell so far

      1. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Aren't there a couple at Leeds?

  15. Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Any thoughts?

    McCarthy/Nyland
    TAA, Dier, KWP, Vinagre* / Mittchel
    Auba, Son, Salah/ Bissouma, Stephens
    Werner, Ings, Mitro

  16. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Could Havertz play as a false 9 this weekend, with Werner on the left?

    1. Z
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Nope....he is 10 or wing

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Not so! He has played up front.

      2. Would Ed Woodward
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        He's played as a striker multiple times.

    2. stat sifter 888888
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Maybe, more likely as a 10 though.

      • Totti
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        this is the exact i think will happen
        as kai havertz used to play this role with leverkusen
        and werner not a no.9 he plays like mane in liverpool

      • Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Doubt there’s any point when he has Giroud fit

    3. The Legend Squad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      RMT? Relatively template but happy with that to start at least.

      £1m ITB to do Auba & Son to KDB & Bruno after GW2...

      McCarthy
      TAA Robbo Dier KWP
      Mane Auba Son Soucek
      Werner Mitro

      Nyland Mitchell Reed Davis

      1. Please Answer Me
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Davies more nailed than Dier I think.

        Not sure about KWP is he looking the best 4.5?

        1. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I think Saints will do brilliant things under Ralph. Been a huge turnaround since that 9–0 loss to Lei.

          I’m also a Saints fan!

        2. The Legend Squad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Flitting between Davies and Dier. Not much in it it seems

      2. Paulie Walnuts
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        I like the idea

    4. stat sifter 888888
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Hope Leicester sign Brooks or McNeil soon for best value midfielder.

        1. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I'd really like us to sign them both!

          1. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Both could just be the to oc to get Rodgers and co. back up and running

            1. Ser Davos
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              *tonic

      • Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Spurs want reguilon?

        Davies ---> dier?

      • Roysgotnoboys
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Where have the question marks around Vinagre come from?

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Mendes going bonkers

        2. Z
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          He is not nailled at all

        3. Riska
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Interest from Porto

        4. Top Lad Dakes.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Think I saw Wolves signed some Brazilian left back - Macal or something?

          Competition for the spot

          1. Z
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Marcal...yes

        5. Vertigo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          A bunch of half @rsed online rumours reposted here as gospel.

      • Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Jamal Lewis or Jamaal Lascelles?

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          or Manquillo*

          1. Riska
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Newcastle fan here: of those 3 my money would be on Manquillo. Lewis is maybe the safer shout with no other real left back cover right now through injuries, but Manquillo is far better than Krafth and massively improved over the season.

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              does Jamal play GW1?

        2. Paulie Walnuts
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Jamal

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            What do you expect of him attacking returns wise?

        3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Jammers

        4. Dybala10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I've switched to Lewis. I don't need for GW1 but even though Lascelles has got me the odd goal over the years, he has an annoying knack of getting yellowed.

      • Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Portuguese paper Record reports that Wolves consider Vinagre an ‘asset they will not give up at any price’

        Looks like it's back on lads. 😀

        1. Top Mark.S
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Back off

          1. Wolves Ay We
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            What do you mean back off? I'm saying Wolves are keeping him no matter what, news reported in the last hour.

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              is he ahead of Marçal though?

            2. Top Mark.S
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              You said back on

              I said back off

              Meant vinagre not you

            3. Top Mark.S
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Well if its news reported in the last hour that counts, God help us all

        2. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          There is a chance he plays if Marçal needs time bedding in and they don't sign a LB (Telles)

          1. Vertigo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Marčal screams auxiliary, imo.

        3. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          My fourth defender spot since opening

          Justin--> vinagre -->kwp-->lewis-->Vinagre

        4. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Yay, options just getting better by the day. Wilson, Doucoure, Rodrigues, today Havertz and Pulisic confirmed, now Vinagre.

        5. Ser Davos
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Could be a gamechanger

          There'll be some value in that Wolves backline

          Marcal a nice price

      • Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Soucek/Wilson or StMax/Mitrovic?

        1. Jimjam
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          The latter

      • foreverton
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A) Fraser (6.0)
        B) ASM (5.5)

        Disregard price. Who's the better pick for GW1?

        1. Paulie Walnuts
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Fra

      • Paulie Walnuts
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Cream Pie

        1. Paulie Walnuts
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Sorry wrong text

      • Fero1905
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A) Zaha & DCL
        B) Alli & Mitrovic

      • Godfrey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        What do we say? Pulisic to play 60 minutes+ or 10-30 minutes as a sub. 5 weeks out of training, to quick to return from the start?

        1. Paulie Walnuts
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          20 mins sub

        2. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I'd wait on Chelsea midfield until GW3

        3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Thrown on at half time with Chelsea 3-0 down as they are an un-gelled mess.

      • Top Lad Dakes.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Callum Wilson to start GW1?

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          yes

        2. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          A lot of us are hoping and expecting so

      • Fernandito
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A Adams Davies Ryan (343)
        B Brewster Doherty Ramsdale (442)

        xxx
        TAA KWP xxx Ayling Mitchell
        Auba Salah ASM Bissouma Pereira
        Kane Werner xxx

        1. Ser Davos
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          V similar backline

          I'd start with a 4.5 in goal, Davies 442

          Keep cash itb as we don't know whether the value will be in cheap strikers and/or mids. They'll all punts atm

      • The Big Larsbowski
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        A. Egan, Doherty, Wilson and Adams
        B. Saliba, Dyer, Firmino and 4,5.

        I know it screams A. But Firmino gives med Martial in gw2 with no hits. And they play Leeds at home.