Scout Picks

Gameweek 1 Scout Picks XI features double-up on Arsenal, Liverpool and Saints

Arsenal, Liverpool and Southampton are the key source of investment for the Scout Picks in Gameweek 1.

Ahead of the new Fantasy Premier League campaign, we have selected two players from each of these clubs in our first XI of the season.

Chosen by our Scout Squad panel of David, Neale, Tom and Andy, our lines up in the traditional 3-4-3 formation and comes in bang-on our £83.0m budget.

GOALKEEPER

Alex McCarthy (£4.5m) gets the nod as our first Scout Picks goalkeeper of 2020/21. His upcoming opponents Crystal Palace were the lowest scorers in home matches last season, while only Norwich found the net fewer times than the Eagles during Project Restart. Meanwhile, McCarthy managed to make 2.73 saves per 90 last season.

DEFENDERS

Premium midfielders with appealing matches headline Gameweek 26 Scout Picks

Does the selection of Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) require any explanation these days? Not really. A minor injury kept him out of Liverpool’s pre-season games but the right-back was in action for England twice during the international break. Alexander-Arnold was chief among his colleagues for assists, key passes and big chances created last season, and we see no reason why that can’t continue in 2020/21, especially with newly-promoted opposition in Gameweek 1.

James Justin (£4.5m) comes into Gameweek 1 as one of the most nailed-on starters in Leicester’s defence. They may be short of some key personnel but a trip to newly-promoted opposition is enough for us to comfortably include a man with potential at both ends of the pitch.

Rob Holding (£4.5m) is our chosen representative from the Arsenal defence, who face Fulham in the 2020/21 season opener. The Gunners defence has been slowly improving under Mikel Arteta, showcased perfectly in their Community Shield meeting with Liverpool. Holding was a key figure in that performance, offering a budget route into a top-six defence against newly-promoted opposition.

MIDFIELDERS

A switch to midfield and a meeting with Fulham when both Manchester clubs are fixture-less mean Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) is an easy inclusion in the Scout Picks for Gameweek 1. Chosen as the best midfield option by all four pundits, 19 of his 22 goals came against teams outside the so-called big six. And in five meetings with newly-promoted opposition, Aubameyang found the net five times and added an assist for good measure.

Despite a growing number of doubters, Mohamed Salah (£12.0m) earns a place in the Gameweek 1 Scout Picks team. No player classified as a midfielder in 2019/20 scored more goals at home than the Egyptian last season (15) and his goal involvement tally of 19 was beaten only by Kevin De Bruyne, the game’s top-scoring player. Salah started last season by registering a goal, assist and double-figure haul at home to the reigning Championship winners. With the joint-highest number shots on target during Project Restart, Salah is sure to start 2020/21 in a similar fashion.

Jarrod Bowen (£6.5m) is our chosen representative from the West Ham attack to face Newcastle. The Magpies conceded more headed attempts than any other team during Project Restart, which plays into Bowen’s hand as a set-play taker for the Hammers. Meanwhile, his positional classification gives him a slight edge over Michail Antonio, who he outperformed during pre-season by two goals/one assist to two assists.

Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.5m) was the pick of the midfield options below £6.0m, with three of our Scout Squad pundits selecting him their line-ups. West Ham clearly still have defensive issues of their own as they lost 5-3 to Bournemouth in a recent pre-season friendly. During Project Restart, Saint-Maximin had the second-highest number of touches in the penalty area among Newcastle players.

FORWARDS

Why FPL Managers Should Focus on Premium Forwards in 2020/21

Harry Kane (£10.5m) appears to be the key man for anyone looking to invest in the Spurs attack for their favourable run of games at the start of 2020/21. During Project Restart, he was chief among his colleagues for touches in the box, shots there, big chances and shots on target. In fact, his total of 13 accurate efforts across that period was bettered only by four other Premier League players.

Already at 48% ownership, it seems to be a rather popular opinion to think Timo Werner (£9.5m) will have a great season for Chelsea. The former RB Leipzig forward was involved in nearly 40 Bundesliga goals last season and has already scored against Brighton during pre-season.

Che Adams (£6.0m) could offer excellent value this season based on Southampton’s form and fixtures. In Gameweek 1, they face a Crystal Palace side that conceded 18 times during Project Restart, more than any side that survived relegation. Meanwhile, across that same period, Adams actually outperformed Danny Ings for shots in the box per 90, big chances per 90 and shots on target per 90, registering more FPL points than his esteemed colleague in the last three Gameweeks of the campaign, once his starting place was assured.

SUBSTITUTES

Aaron Ramsdale (£5.0m) gets a spot on the Scout Picks bench after David and Neale selected him for their Scout Squad submissions. Martin Dúbravka (139) was the only goalkeeper to make more saves than Ramsdale (128) last season, who now turns out for a Sheffield United side that conceded the joint-highest number of big chances during Project Restart.

Romain Saïss (£5.0m) is one of the more assured starters in Wolves’ defence this season. In the last nine Gameweeks of 2019/20, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men boasted the best expected Goals Conceded (xGC) score in the whole division.

Despite Palace’s defensive issues at the beginning of 2020/21, Tyrick Mitchell (£4.0m) remains the most viable bargain-bucket defender. It is unclear how long his run in the team will last considering the Eagles’ injury absentees will have to return at some point but, as things stand, nobody spent more time at left-back for Roy Hodgson than him during pre-season.

James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m) represents and even cheaper alternative route into the Southampton attack, with a possible share of penalties. Between Gameweeks 30+ and 38+, the Saints’ captain whipped in 72 crosses, more than any other player, while his 20 shots ranked joint-ninth amongst midfielders.

THE CAPTAIN

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 36+?

The Scout Picks captain is chosen using a four-way vote between our Scout Squad pundits.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek is usually known only to those who have signed up to Premier Membership and revealed to the public only when the deadline has passed.

Here’s how we voted for Gameweek 1:

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Each week, one of the Fantasy Football Scout community takes on the Scout Picks by pitting their chosen XI against ours.

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 Moderators and Contributors League for the following season.

Boleyn Boy is the first to take us on this year. They went with a 3-5-2 line-up of Fabianski; Robertson, van Dijk, Egan; Mané (c), Alli, Zaha, H Barnes, Bowen; Kane (vc), Ings.

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1,898 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Any news from the pressers on Doherty missing the gw1??

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

      Why would he miss wk1?

    2. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I asked this earlier, it still has Aurier in the predicted lineups right??

  2. tricpic
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Having changed my team a thousand team, now settled and not gonna log in again until tomorrow evening. Remember folks, it’s a marathon not a sprint. Good luck everyone.

  3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    What do you think?

    Leno
    TAA Robbo Saiss Vinagre
    Salah(C) Havertz Barnes
    Werner Ings Adams

    Benchboost activated
    (McCarthy ASM Soucek Justin)

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

      Vinagre will play?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Nuno said something about the new LB/LCB will be eased in

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

          Ok mate

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Double Wolves? Havertz nailed to start?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Solid defence, Shu not scoring a lot
        He should

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

      Leno not nailed.

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Martinez going to Villa it seems

      2. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Martinez not in the squad against Fulham

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

      Why not save BB for the doubles?

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Just want to be done with it!

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

      Very good team mate. Can you try to find 0.5m to convert Adams to Wilson ??

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Cheers!

        Hmmm...
        Barnes -> Bowen
        Robbo -> VVD
        Leno -> Johnstone/Ryan

        Those are the obvious options for that. Not sure I like any of them. What do you think mate?

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

          Robbo to VVD won't bother me tbh

          GL

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Thanks Amey! Good luck

  4. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Thanks to @Maximus Bonimus Pointimus earlier for your detailed comment on Barnes!

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Conclusion? Barnes a good shout?

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Yes, I’m still toying between him or risking Greenwood.
        Certainly just between them 2 for me anyhow

        1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Alright, GL!

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Link please?

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Yes link please

          1. Coys96
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Cheers

          2. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Cheers mate

  5. MarcusAurelius
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    A) Martínez and KWP
    B) McCarthy and Saliba

  6. mjh92
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Does Mason Mount start on Monday?

      1. Drizz ✅
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Should do

      2. Bun Rab L3D2
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Is one of Lampards fav players. Dont see why not.

      3. mjh92
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Cheers guys, was 2nd guessing myself after all the transfers

        • Takedog1
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I like this punt. doing this also

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

        KWP & ASM or Shaw & Soucek?
        Which pair looks like the best bet? Justin will play instead of Shaw in GW1 if so

        1. Bun Rab L3D2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Team acronym!

      5. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Also wanted to say what a great job Andy is doing with his YouTube content and on here, such a natural.

      6. Kudo Warrior
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        This is my GW1 team (WCing in GW2).
        It's currently -0.5m...whats the best way to claw back 0.5m?

        McCarthy
        Michell Doherty Holding
        Bowen Salah Son (C)Auba Sain-Maximin
        Kane Werner

        Button, Brewster, Douglas, Bernado

        1. Pedram
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Downgrade Doherty

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

        We all ditching ryan then?

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

          I'm holding tight for now

        2. Bun Rab L3D2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Nope.

        3. sirmorbach
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Wait, what? Why?

        4. Dybala10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Not now

      8. mrodgers91
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Just seen Armstrong is flagged, do we know how serious? Will everyone have ASM now?

        1. Bun Rab L3D2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          He came back from international duty with 'an injury' is all we know. Ita inrhe scout tweets.

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

        Any ideas if che's a starter?

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          not sure imo on the Chelsea starters bar the defence.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Think he means Che Adams, I think he’s preferred but not nailed

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

          You'd imagine he plays (non owner)

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

            yeah meant adams sry 🙂 the not nailed has me worried

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Probably more his spot to lose, he’s clearly better than Obafemi/Long. But he also gets subbed early often

      10. Siva Mohan
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        McCarthy
        TAA | Davies | Vinagre
        Salah | Alli | Auba | ASM
        Richarlison | Adams | Werner
        Nyland | Shaw* | Mitchell | Burke

        good to go?

        Thanks!

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

          Is Vinagre staying mate?

          1. Siva Mohan
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            looks so .. rumors cooled down

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

              Perfect

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

          Richarlison to DCL, DCL is on pen, Nyland to Steer?

          1. Siva Mohan
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Siggy & James will be on penos .. DCL is not first choice

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

              Siggy still being on pens would be hilarious

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

              can save extra 1m for dcl tho

        3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Suggestion
          Rich -> DCL
          Adams -> Wilson
          Alli -> Havertz/Pulisic

      11. Gaffa914
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Is lamptey going to play ahead of velt man?

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          thought veltman was a cb?

        2. Hairy Potter
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          He looked really good post lockdown, but not sure of nailedness

      12. Zola
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        How's it looking gents?

        Mccarthy, Peacock-Farrell

        TAA, Davies, Holding, Thomas, Mitchell

        Aubameyang, Salah, Son, ASM, Bissouma

        Werner, DCL, Wilson

        Not daft on the Newcastle double up but 2 good fixtures then would shift one on.

      13. Pedram
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Rip this apart

        McCarthy
        TAA - Davies - Holding - Justin - Mitchell
        Salah - Auba - Havertz - Alli - ASM
        Werner - Adams

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          7/10 missing EVE coverage.

        2. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Havertz and Werner both unproven. Chelsea is a wait and see for me. Also I'd have Kane and Son over Alli personally.

      14. MoSalalalalalalalalah
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Is black box worth the watch?

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

          Very much so- recommend it

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

            Thanks, I think I'll check it out this evening.

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

          Night b4 gmwk1:o

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

            ?

        3. Takedog1
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          no

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

          If you are bored like I was. Otherwise nah.

        5. Dybala10
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Dragged a bit last night

      15. Pogboom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Suggestions? Think I'm almost done.

        McCarthy ✷ Ramsdale
        TAA ✷ Justin ✷ Lascelles ✷ Mitchell ✷ Taylor
        ASM ✷ Son ✷ Auba(C) ✷ Salah ✷ Bissouma
        Werner ✷ ??? ✷ ???

        A. Ings + Davis (Martial IN GW2)
        B. Adams + Mitrovic (1m itb)

        1. polis
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Too much on keepers.

          McCarthy to a 4.0, Mitchell to KWP.

          and A

        2. ivantys
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Really feel ramsdale should start over mccarthy

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

          Can we please put coverage in the bin. It's simply hedging.

          Two players from the same team who both return v the player you've picked who returns zip because coverage is needed.

          Zero sense.

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

            THIS!! Finally somebody has said it. This “cover” business has driven me mad for years there is no logic to it whatsoever.
            PICK THE PLAYERS THAT YOU THINK HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO SCORE THE MOST POINTS AND THAT’S IT!l

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

          2 Everton players too much?

          1. polis
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Nope

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

            Which two

        5. ivantys
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Good luck all. I can't wait for the season to start already.

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

            Getting nervous about no mane/Salah
            A) son, keita, martial (+1.5)
            B) mane, bissouma, ings

            1. Bun Rab L3D2
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Prefer A.

          • aryadicaprio
              1 month, 9 days ago

              McCarthy
              TAA Justin Davies
              Auba ASM Alli Salah
              Werner Ings Mitrovic

              Nyland KWP Mitchell Bissouma

              good to go?

            • Rhodes your boat
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Had a tinker, thoughts please, 1.5itb

              McCarthy
              Taa Justin holding
              Salah auba havertz asm soucek
              Werner ings

              Button Mitchell buur Davis*

            • Rigid Digit
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Rodriguez or Sigurdsson?
              Was going Rodriguez, but doubt he'll be involved much until GW3 - Sigurdsson seems safe placeholder.
              Daft idea?

              1. Bun Rab L3D2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                James once has in. I would rather JWP or an other instead of Siggy though.

                1. Rigid Digit
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Hopefully James doesn't clock up assist points in cameo appearances until a fixture in the team

            • Super Saints
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Is Reed a nailed 4.5 mid?

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

                yes I think so

              2. ivantys
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Yes a 4.5 DM

              3. Harn1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Anyone else playing bench boost?

                Guaita McCarthy
                TAA KWP Bednarek Ward Mitchell
                Salah Mane(C) Aubameyang ASM Soucek
                Antonio Wilson Mitrovic

                Plan is overall rank #1 by Saturday night and then just hold on for the next 37 weeks. Wildcard next week too obviously.

              4. Werner Bros
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Who would you rather have from GW2 if you could only have 1?

                A: Bruno
                B: Martial

              5. Muscout
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 9 days ago

                How many weeks do Holding and James Justin seem like they’re nailed on for?

              6. sirmorbach
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Doherty likely to start?