Scout Squad

The Scout Squad picks for FPL Gameweek 2

This weekly precursor to the Scout Picks sees our panel put forward a long-list of the standout Fantasy Premier League assets for Gameweek 2.

Fantasy Football Scout community manager Geoff, deputy editor Neale, video content manager Andy and Pro Pundit Tom will each propose an 18-man squad of players for the approaching Gameweek and explain their notable inclusions/omissions below.

The 72 nominations listed will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83m) for the weekly Scout Picks selection ahead of Saturday’s deadline at 11:00 BST.

There are requirements for at least one goalkeeper costing £5.0m or less, at least one sub-£5.0m defender, at least one midfielder listed at £6.5m or below and at least one forward priced at £7.5m or lower.

Each panelist is restricted to no more than three players from the same team, as is the case in FPL.

We will again be adding a captaincy to the Scout Picks, with details of that revealed on Friday.


 GeoffNealeTomAndy
GKJordan PickfordJordan PickfordKasper SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel
 Illan MeslierMathew RyanIllan MeslierBerno Leno
 Kasper SchmeichelKarl DarlowEmiliano MartinezIllan Meslier
DFLucas DigneLucas DigneLucas DigneLucas Digne
 Luke ShawLuke ShawHarry MaguireAaron Wan-Bissaka
 Matt TargettTrent Alexander-ArnoldJames JustinLuke Ayling
 James JustinJames JustinHector BellerinTimothy Castagne
 Luke AylingStuart DallasLuke AylingJamal Lewis
MFPierre-Emerick AubameyangPierre-Emerick AubameyangPierre-Emerick AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang
 Marcus RashfordMohamed SalahBruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
 Raheem SterlingMarcus RashfordKevin De BruyneJames Rodriguez
 James RodriguezSon Heung-minJames RodriguezSon Heung-min
 Leandro TrossardJack HarrisonRyan FraserJack Harrison
FWAnthony MartialRicharlisonAnthony MartialRicharlison
 Jamie VardyJamie VardyJamie VardyAnthony Martial
 Harry KaneTimo WernerRicharlisonTimo Werner
 Callum WilsonCallum WilsonPatrick BamfordOllie Watkins
 Patrick BamfordOllie WatkinsOllie WatkinsCallum Wilson

Most popular picks: Lucas Digne, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (four), Kasper Schmeichel, Illan Meslier, Luke Ayling, James Justin, James Rodriguez, Richarlison, Ollie Watkins, Callum Wilson, Jamie Vardy, Anthony Martial (three)

GEOFF SAID…

While Jordan Pickford’s price tag is half a million more than Illan Meslier, I trust Carlo Ancelotti’s new-look Everton to keep a Gameweek 2 clean sheet more and hand Pickford the gloves. Kasper Schmeichel looks set for another shut-out at home to a shot-shy West Brom but is expensive at £5.5m.

In defence, I again look to Everton with Lucas Digne, who has significant attacking threat as well as clean sheet potential. I expect Luke Shaw to start and his additional threat down the left flank should add much to the Manchester United attack. Matt Targett, James Justin and Luke Ayling are picked mostly for their clean sheet potential and their excellent value, to allow more money to be spent further up the pitch.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has penalties, a strong fixture, some form, and is possibly the stand-out captain this Gameweek; however, I see Marcus Rashford challenging him for the captaincy, in United’s first game of the season at home to Crystal Palace.

The perhaps surprise omission is Mohamed Salah, after his Gameweek 1 heroics – instead, I’ve opted for Raheem Sterling.

James Rodriguez is my third Everton player, after an impressive Everton performance and a good degree of attacking involvement, while Leandro Trossard looks an interesting prospect at only £6.0m, away to Newcastle.

In attack, Anthony Martial looks capable of a big score; even if he fails to hit double digits, I expect returns of some kind.

Jamie Vardy started the season in style and has every chance of continuing that run, while Harry Kane, at half a million more, needs to lead his Tottenham teammates to victory after an uninspired performance at home to Everton.

Callum Wilson and Newcastle looked to be finding some rhythm at West Ham, and I expect him to score against Brighton, while Patrick Bamford, just off finding the net against Liverpool, should be allowed even more space against Fulham.

NEALE SAID…

We have a full complement of fixtures to choose from this weekend, following an eight-game Blank Gameweek 1.

Manchester City get their Premier League campaign underway but I’m holding fire on their assets for now, what with last season’s bogey team and a defensively resolute Wolverhampton Wanderers providing the opposition on Monday night.

I’m willing to back their cross-city rivals from the off, however, with Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw – who both featured in last Saturday’s friendly with Aston Villa to provide reassurances over their fitness – getting the nod.

Shaw’s included as much for budgetary reasons given my lavish spending elsewhere, while Rashford played a part in both United goals when the two sides met as recently as July.

The Season Ticker might scream ‘difficult fixture’ for Liverpool and Chelsea but, as we saw in Gameweek 37+ of last season, there could still be plenty of joy for the attacking assets of each club when they meet again at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

The high line that Liverpool employed in their 4-3 win over Leeds United looks tailor-made for the rapid Timo Werner to exploit, while Chelsea continue to appear shaky when defending set plays, so Trent Alexander-Arnold remains in my thoughts – even if Andrew Robertson is now sharing the dead-ball duties.

A dangerously high line is also something an under-par Southampton have tried out in their first two games in league and cup, so I’m willing to give Son Heung-min another shot, as the Korean is capable of being destructive when Spurs transition quickly and by-pass the midfield by utilising their ball-playing centre-halves.

The Everton triple-up requires little explanation given how anaemic West Brom were on their Premier League return, with the chances they afforded left-winger Harvey Barnes further influencing my decision to make Richarlison my top forward selection.

The two other promoted clubs, Leeds and Fulham, meet at Elland Road and the Whites looked by some distance the pick of the two on the opening weekend.

Jack Harrison really caught my eye from the left flank at Anfield, while it’s almost a coin toss between Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling for which Leeds full-back I plump for until I’ve seen more of them in action – the versatile Dallas boasted the better underlying stats last season but of course spent some of his time further up the pitch.

Newcastle and Brighton didn’t manage a single goal between them in their two meetings last season, so there is every a chance of a clean sheet or two on Tyneside this Sunday.

Callum Wilson has proven to be a streaky player in the past, however, and the fact that he and Andy Carroll managed eight shots between them in Gameweek 1 does suggest that the Magpies might have more joy than their Joelinton-led attack in 2019/20.

TOM SAID…

A clean sheet looks like a shoo-in for Manchester United this week, with opponents Crystal Palace failing to find the back of the net in any of their last four road trips. With Aaron Wan-Bissaka only returning to training on Monday, I’ve opted for the security of Harry Maguire, who at least featured in last weekend’s friendly at Aston Villa.

Leicester City and Leeds United’s home fixtures also stand out defensively, which is why I’ve put forward Kasper Schmeichel, James Justin, Illan Meslier and Luke Ayling.

Against West Bromwich Albion, Justin struggled in the first half but improved as the game went on, and showed plenty of adventure on the ball winning the second penalty, while Leeds’s defence isn’t being talked about enough. You have to go back to the 2015/16 Championship season to find a promoted team who came up with a better defensive record, and that includes Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

I’ve also included Hector Bellerín, who is an intriguing pick. Arsenal’s average position map against Fulham in Gameweek 1 showed that Bellerín was essentially playing as a right-winger, with Willian performing more of a central role. It resulted in Bellerín having the highest number of final third touches and crosses in the game, which is something to keep an eye on moving forward. He also comes in cheaper than teammate Kieran Tierney, whose appeal is dented due to not knowing if he’ll start as a left-sided centre-back or wing-back. 

They’re joined by Aston Villa’s new keeper Emiliano Martínez and Lucas Digne (more on him later) at the back.

Further forward, the inclusion of heavy-hitters Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne, Anthony Martial and Jamie Vardy largely speak for themselves, so I’ll dedicate a bit more time to some of my other selections.

Against Tottenham Hotspur, Everton fully deserved their win and looked sharp. James Rodríguez was a class above, tucking in from the right-wing, which enabled him to regularly move the ball onto his stronger left foot and pick out Richarlison and Digne with those long right-to-left passes. Both will benefit from his brilliance, which is a key reason behind my Toffees selections.

I’ve also included Patrick Bamford. While sometimes wasteful, I’m confident he’ll get chances against Fulham, and following his performance at Anfield, should have earned another start.

The offensive list is completed by Ryan Fraser and Ollie Watkins.

ANDY SAID…

Despite conceding four goals in their opening game, I’m still backing Leeds United for a clean sheet this week, which is why both Illan Meslier and Luke Ayling are in my picks.

Looking at the expected goals conceded without penalties it was 0.9 for Leeds, the same as Everton against Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves against Sheffield United. You can’t just discount penalties, of course, but after a tough test in the opening Gameweek, I’m expecting them to bounce back against Fulham.

I was impressed with Everton’s opening Gameweek and with a home game against West Brom, I’ve gone with the triple-up. It was promising to see Lucas Digne retain some set pieces, even with James Rodríguez in the side. It was a free-kick that ultimately saw him get an assist. I’d hope that without a marauding full-back like Matt Doherty to play against, he may get more licence to go forward.

In attack, it also looks like there could be big points potential with Rodríguez already creating five chances for his teammates. Despite not getting a goal it was Richarlison that really impressed me in attack with seven shots, and five of them in the box. If anyone is ready to explode soon, it’s him.

Ollie Wakins was a signing that Aston Villa fans were extremely excited about and rightly so after being just one goal behind Aleksandar Mitrović in the Championship last season. He’s already off the mark in pre-season, and the biggest draw for me is the fact he has Jack Grealish behind him creating chances. I don’t think Sheffield United will be as tight at the back without Dean Henderson and this could be a perfect opportunity to get a debut Premier League goal.

There’s probably no better time to use the eye test than in the opening Gameweeks. Underlying statistics are still great, but we’re working off small sample sizes. One thing I want to see is how sharp a player looks. We saw it with Mohamed Salah against Leeds, and we saw it with Callum Wilson against West Ham. It will be a tougher test against Brighton, but with a debut goal in Gameweek 1, why not top it off with a debut goal at St James’ Park too.

As we get closer to Gameweek 2, I’m wavering on my viewpoint that without as many penalties, Bruno Fernandes *might* not be worth £10.5m – at least not as a season-keeper as he was last year when he arrived at Old Trafford. We saw how devastating it can be with Jamie Vardy and Salah in Gameweek 1, and with 14 and 12 penalties over the last two seasons, targeting the Manchester United penalty-taker probably isn’t a bad tactic.

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1,337 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Klopp it
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Is this wildcard gtg

    Martinez
    Castagne, coleman, taa
    Bissouma, Podence, Salah, kdb, James Rodriguez (vc)
    Martial (c), werner

    Bench, steer, saiss, Mitchell, brewster

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yes good to go - nice team

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

      Looks good. I'm leaning towards captaining Martial over PEA. Personally, I would have Jim over Werner until CHE recovers some of their injured players.

    3. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      No Bruno is a tad concerning, plus i don’t buy into this James hype, but overall it’s good, Coleman & Castagne are a wait and see but worth the picks i guess.

    4. ngeorge
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Any update if Werner is starting for GW2?

    5. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Is there any way to check who is the highest point scorer (one without using any chip) in GW1??

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

        Not that I'm aware of.

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

        I think you can reasonable take 20 points from the OR rank 1 score and assume that someone would be close, (+1/-5) to that number. Question is how targeted is that towards GW1 (throwaway team) vs an actual long term team.

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

        Check official FPL twitter...They post manager of the week

    6. Bruno Commando
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Is defence worth sacrificing for Willian and Arsenal coverage?

      1) TAA + Saiss + Traore
      2) VVD + Lewis + Willian

      Rest of squad:
      Ryan // Steer
      CTaylor KWP ______ _______ // Mitchell
      (A)uba Bruno KDB _______ // Biss
      Martial DCL // Davis

      0.5 ITB for Martial to Werner, and planning Auba to Salah.

    7. masyuris
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      How to find XGI without penalty in member tools?

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

        It would be a nice metric to have, but I don't think you can. I believe you have to add up the npXG and XA yourself.

    8. pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Taylor starting tonight in Burnleys second string isn't promising

    9. New Article Posted
      Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      New Article

    10. Fero1905
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Where can you see the captain poll

    11. james61103
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Thoughts on this theory?

      The increase in information after the first GW is far greater than any future increase in information between individual GWs.

      Wildcard after GW1 is therefore not such a bad idea?

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

        I agree with the theory but not that as a result of that being correct it is the optimal time to Wild Card.

        I think what's more important is finding a time when your team is in most need of it, which isn't just about information on other players but your whole team performance, what fixtures issues are coming up etc etc.

    12. Bobby's Teeth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Hey legends, need your advice on the team for GW2:

      McCarthy
      TAA Saiss Davies Taylor
      Salah Auba(c) Alli ASM
      Martial Werner

      Bench: Fodder

      Worried about Alli and Taylor's minutes.

    13. Kristobal
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Thoughs on Struijk?
      A starter from Leeds from now on?

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Not when Cooper fit

    14. Nimith Enzo
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Hey dudes, I need your advice this transfer.
      I'm considering Wilson and Richarlison, which one should I go for?

    15. phily4321
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Any spurs fanatics know what the story is with Dele? A mourinho tactile gamble that went wrong and silly rumours or could there genuinely be an issue?

    16. zamiam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Good week to use Free Hit if you didn't start with Manchester players in round one?

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        No way, save it for the doubles or bigger blank GWs. City don't even have a good fixture for starters.

    17. Orbiter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      (A) Kevin De Bruyne, Che Adams And Tyrick Mitchell
      ORRRRRRR...
      (B) James Rodriguez, Timo Werner and Kyle Walker-Peters

      1. mayukh18
          1 month, 9 days ago

          B

      2. Korhan
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I have set my WC with a Trentless one. Please share your thoughts !

        Martinez Steer
        Digne Reece Lamptey Justin Mitchell
        Auba KDB Fernandez Rodriguez Bissouma
        Martial Calvert Bamford

        A) That is a handsome looking squad with lots of firepower 😛
        B) KDB & Bamford -----> Mahrez & Jimenez
        C) Fernandez & Calvert -----> Rashford & Richarlison
        D) KDB & Calvert & Bamford -----> Werner & Jimenez & Harrison
        E) Rodriguez & Calvert -----> Doucoure & Jimenez (0.5 in the bank)

      3. Terence62062
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        good to go?

        Ramsdale (McCarthy)
        Justin Lewis Digne (Holding, Mitchell)
        Fernandes KDB Jorginho Salah (Stephens)
        Richarlison Martial Bamford

        Thanks in advance!

      4. Dele
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        9.0 available... who’s the best midfield option?

        1. Donny_Rover
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          James or Son (despite their fixture pile up). Longer term it will be Pulisic or Havertz (possibly even Ziyech).

      5. Donny_Rover
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Probably far too early to play my wildcard but I've really enjoyed playing around with it this week, ended up here:

        Martinez McCarthy
        Digne James Saiss Lamptey Mitchell
        Salah Auba Rashford Foden Bissouma
        Martial DCL Watkins

        Might still swap Bissouma for another 4.5 (Elneny or Burke) and not convinced by Foden but there's enough coverage in there on the bench if he doesn't play. Auba to KDB next weekend and then once Werner's up to speed he'll be in for Martial (along with the £0.5m I'll have conjured up from elsewhere by then!)

        Thoughts and comments (even negative ones) are welcome.

      6. DwarfKing
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ryan
        Walker-peters, Lascelles, Doherty, Dallas
        Aubameyang(c), Salah, Ward-Prowse
        Mitrović, Kane, Vardy (v)
        Bench: Ryan, Saliba,Bissouma, McNeil

        Thoughts? I've got a FT. I'm thinking hold and next week Aubameyang for De Bruyne and Saliba for a 4.5 defender?