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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. Z
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    1. Vinagre?
    2. Is Saliba nailled?
    3. What is the best Licester mid option?
    4. Havertz plays GW1?
    5. James plays GW1?

    I dunno why, but i think that i am going with Havertz insted of Werner in GW1!

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

      1: moving away is the rumour
      2: i like him but many say he isnt nailed
      3:no idea
      4: no idea
      5: no idea

    2. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      1- we need to keep following news.. nothing sure atm
      3- Barnes
      4- should play afaik, but its a risk as it will be hist first game ever

  2. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Who is currently the cheapest NAILED defender for:
    1) Spurs?
    and
    2) Everton?

    Regardless of attaching returns.

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

      Dier & Keane?

    2. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Dier/Davies
      Digne

      1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        but Digne is the most expensive, I'm looking for the cheapest

        1. Jullepuu
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Oh my bad. Keane then

    3. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Davies
      Coleman

      Both 5.0

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

      Possibly Jonjo Kenny for Everton but maybe keep an eye.

      1. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Davies is nailed guys? I'm not so sure tbh

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

          He is yeah.

      2. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        yea I was thinking to wait and see in gw2, but I'd rather use that for manchester players

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

    A) Doherty, Egan, Bissouma
    B) Davies, Tierney, Soucek

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

      a

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

      B if you're just benching your mid.

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

      A

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

    Thought on this lot?

    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Davies Lascelles Justin Taylor
    Auba Salah Havertz ASM Bissouma
    Werner Ings Davis

    0.5 in the bank for Martial

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

      Double Chelsea new boys early?

      comfortable with 442 most weeks?

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Yeah it's a risk worth taking imo. 4-4-2 until I wildcard and hopefully at that point I have more budget to get better forwards that make it worthwhile to go 3 atb

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

    James or Egan?

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Egan

    2. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      james

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

      Egan

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

      Where’s the .5 saving going?

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

        Ah right....Egan

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

      Egan assured starter

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

      Egan easily

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

      Egan

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

      James. Will be dropped when Chilwell returns but just go to Shaw or a Chelsea CB.

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

    Bottomed:

    ASM vs Saka is a tough one for me. Think ASM is definitely the better long term pick due to being nailed on but could see Saka doing really well for the first couple weeks. For those going with a 5.5m midfielder who do you prefer?

    1. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Wouldn't want to waste a transfer on a budget mid, so I'd rather ASM by default

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

        Yeah starting to think this is the sensible option.

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

      ASM

      Unsure of game time with Saka

    3. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      ASM as transfer are probably going to be even more precious this year because of corona virus

    4. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Armstrong

      1. nico05
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        This

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

    A Kane and Soucek
    B Alli and DCL

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

      A

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

    ASM or Wilson?

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

      I'd start with ASM and monitor Wilson for now.

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

      Wilson but 1m extra

  9. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Which one looks better option?

    A) Dcl & Alli

    B) Mitrovic & Son

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B

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

      A

    3. Dusty Donut
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      A

    4. Notorious
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      B is what I'm leaning towards

  10. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 23 days ago

    Hi all

    Can anyone confirm whether Adams is likely to start most games alongside Ings or will he still get some rotation with Shane Long?

    Thanks

    1. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      First choice with some rotation most likely

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

        I think this too

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

      Great thanks. I think he's definitely worth a go at that price with Saints fixtures. His stats are pretty good too.

  11. grennans2
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Thoughts on the below squad? May change out KWP for a Wolves defender (if a 4.5 is confirmed or by downgrading Robbo to VVD). Thanks!

      McCarthy – (Nyland
      TAA – Robbo – Davies – KWP – (Taylor)
      Salah – Auba – Havertz – Armstrong – (Bissouma)
      Werner – Wilson – (Davis)

    • King Kohli
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Rate these 5m defenders from best to worst.

      Bellerin
      Lindelof
      Rudiger
      Egan
      Dier
      Saiss

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

        They’re all about equal apart from rudiger who won’t play. Just pick one depending on the rest of your defence’s rotation

        1. Sarri-ball
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          I really think reece james is being over looked.

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

            He only has to compete with your club captain for a spot

            1. Sarri-ball
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Yeah who is not getting younger. Aspz will be leftback till chilwell back anyway

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

        Egan
        Bellerin
        Lindelof
        Saiss
        Rudiger
        Dier

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

        Dier, Saiss, Egan, Bellerin, Lindelof

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

      Not much hype for Willian, could be a big player for Arsenal..

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

        Yeah should take all set pieces off saka who was terrible at them

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

        Gonna be my 1 week punt

        1. Nightcrawler
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 23 days ago

          Will he start?

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

            i was thinking 80/20 to start... total guess like.

            Press conferences will hopefully give us some info (they wont)

      3. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Real uncertainty over starts IMHO.

    • Scout
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Mane or Fernandes?

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

        wk1 Mane
        wk2 transfer to bruno?

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

          overall who do you think?

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

            Bruno for the season

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

              think it's worth having martial aswell or no?

    • mattyb09
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      G2G?

      McCarthy
      Robbo Tierney Justin Mitchell
      Auba Salah Saka
      Werner Ings DCL

      Nyland; Bissouma, Foden, Taylor

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

      Guys, any thoughts?

      McCarthy (Nyland)
      TAA (v) / Doherty / Justin (Lewis / Mitchell)
      Auba (c) / Son / JWP / ASM (Fernandes)
      Wilson / Ings / Mitro

      Looking at Son to Rashford for GW2 and possible JWP to Foden GW3. 1m ITB to do those moves.

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

        It looks really nice, bar the lack of Chelsea.

        1. Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 23 days ago

          no chelsea, no 2nd premium mid.
          makes me wonder where the money has been spent

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

            He does have a mil in the bank and Bruno on the bench to be fair.

          2. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            oh he is on the bench. its not to dissimilar to mine but i squeezed a chelski in there and trimmed some fat in defence

            McCarthy 4
            TAA Davies Justin KWP 4
            Auba Bruno Son Kai 4.5
            Ings+0.5 Wilson Mitro

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

              I like it mate.
              We’re along the same lines too.
              I’m going 4-4-2 though with a bit more spent at the back.

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

          Yeah, the lack of Chelsea is a concern.
          I'd like Ziyech or Pulisic - but I don't see either playing this week.

          Might drop Mitro and look at pimping JWP to a Chelsea asset.

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

            It’s a good team.

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

      Any word on Brewster moving?

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

        Unlikely before the weekend but sounds like Liverpool are willing to sell with a buy-back clause. Wouldn't be a surprise if West Brom move for him.

    • Riska
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 23 days ago

      Alright, here we go, think this is the one:

      McCarthy (Steer)
      VvD, Doherty, Tierney (Shaw, 4.0)
      Auba, Son, Havertz, Pereira (Reed)
      Werner, Ings, Wilson

      0.5 in the bank to upgrade ings to Martial GW2 and then drop Auba to KDB in GW3. Will bring in Trent later. I know it's missing Salah but I just generally liked how much freedom I have without him so it's a conscious decision.

      Would appreciate thoughts.

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

        Sorry, quick caveat: Dropped Wilson to Mitro and got the 0.5 that way.

      2. King Kohli
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Looks good

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

        Don't like Tierney.

        TAA + 4.5m defender preferable to VvD + Tierney.

        You could even chance Holding or Saliba and get the same result.

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

          You think Tierney is just too much of a punt? I had a bunch of 4.5's at one point but then had doubts about all of them, who would you pick?

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

            I like Tierney, got a good taste of what he's capable of in the Watford match, cracking differential.

    • Lovemeapunt
        2 months, 23 days ago

        Any thoughts on Tielemans? Would you punt on him or use the 6.5 somewhere else?

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

          imo... VVD at 6.5 or Doherty at 6m would be better value... I get theyre defenders but many seem to be hooked on monies spent per position.

          1. Lovemeapunt
              2 months, 23 days ago

              My current defense is Tierney TAA WalkerP Doherty Vinagre....
              Who would you get rid of?

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

                Vinagre

                I've gone even harder at the back 🙂 currently: TAA, Robbo, Doherty Tierney & Egan (523).

                I did it 2 years ago aswell, just see value back there. I dont post it often on here as i know it'll be shot down & ppl love "price points"

                1. Lovemeapunt
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Thanks Kenneth!

              2. nico05
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Very much agree with this

          2. Victor Moses
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Think I'm done, any thoughts welcome:

            Ramsdale
            TAA Davies KWP Mitchell
            Salah (c) Auba Son ASM
            Werner Ings

            0.5 ITB for either Ings to Martial in GW2 or to upgrade Mitchell and do Werner to Martial. Auba to KDB GW3.

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

              Very similar to mine so I like it.

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

            Which transfer would you rather make in GW2?

            A) Salah -> Bruno Fernandes
            B) Ings -> Martial

            1. mattyb09
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              B

              1. mattyb09
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                That is my plan.

            2. Lukakus Unit
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Depends on which one (Bruno or Martial) looks to be going up in price that week.

          4. ㅤRising
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            What do you think?

            McCarthy
            Justin TAA Dier
            Greenwood ASM Salah Auba Son
            Werner Mitro

            4.0 / Taylor / Mitchell / Davis 0.0 ITB

            First gw Mitchell plays instead of Greenwood

            1. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Like it very much. Maybe Rodriquez instead of Greenwood?

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

                Yea could be or DCL instead and switch formation. Will see if Sancho joins

          5. Notorious
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 23 days ago

            Nketiah is really tempting instead of Mitro. Could be off to a solid start and some price rises as well. Someone talk me out of it?

            1. mattyb09
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Will not start imo.

              1. Notorious
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 23 days ago

                Yeah, great pre-season could be a trap but I think he is in front of Laca for sure, at least for the tasty 2 starting fixtures.

                1. mattyb09
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  At best, I see Laca and Nketiah each starting 1 of the first 2. It is an intriguing pick, but I'd prefer Saka as the second ARS attacker.

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

              Have him for first 2

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

            I'm going without top tier mids I would end up chasing my tail with the multitude of options. I think I have a nice spread here:

            Ryan
            Doherty TAA Robertson KWP
            Barnes Alli Havertz
            Jiminez Vardy Werner.

            Fabri Phillips Lemina Douglas

            1.5m itb

            GW3 Barnes - Pepe/Willian (whoever is 1st choice)
            Havertz - Mahrez

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

              Thumbs up

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

            Jamal Lewis may be an overhyped LB but Newcastle's Def is solid and a 4.5 Def is not bad choice

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

              I’m tempted, but there’s just no way he can touch my defence as it stands.
              Will be watching though...

          8. UnitedRthebest
              2 months, 23 days ago

              Werner and JWP or Pulisic and DCL?

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

                A due to ownership % fear

                1. UnitedRthebest
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    My main worry. Cheers!

                2. Dr. Rog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  i think the other way, B due to ownership fear.

                  1. UnitedRthebest
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Pulisic under 5 percent owned. Do you mean his tsb will rocket in the next few days? If pulisic gets above 10tsb I will get him.

                3. Bury94
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  A) Salah,Greenwood and Adams
                  B) Pulisic, Rashford, DCL

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

                    need 3 starters there? if yes B long term

                    1. Bury94
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      I'd be benching Greenwood or Rashford GW1

                  2. Notorious
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    A)

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

                  Thoughts on Doucoure as a 5.5 option?

                  1. mattyb09
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Wait and see on playing time. I do not believe he will start from the off. Nicely priced with potential though.

                  2. TONY123
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 23 days ago

                    Not as good as others at that price

                    1. Lukakus Unit
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 23 days ago

                      Doucoure has averaged 120 points over the last three years (only 110, but not out of order considering Watford were pants last season). If he starts for Everton, he'll do the same.

                      Aside from Lundstram (who benefitted from being OOP), there aren't many players in that price range that can say the same.

                  3. FOMFF
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 21 days ago

                    Jordan Henderson

                5. TONY123
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 23 days ago

                  Which combination do you prefer? (Different formations)
                  A) Bruno + Pereira
                  B) Martial + James Rodriguez

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

                  Want to have only one from SHU defence:

                  Egan or Ramsdale?