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, 3 days ago

    My wildcard finally sorted, after I hit my wildcard I was abit annoyed for playing it so soon, but once I sorted this I'm more than happy with it, whats your thots

    Martinez
    Taa, Castagne, coleman
    Jorginho, Salah, klich, James Rodriguez, kdb,
    Werner, martial

    Bench, nyland, saiss, Mitchell, brewster

    1. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      1 GW too late

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

      Downgrade Jorginho to Fodder - Upgrade Klich

      Play 4-4-2

      1. Klopp it
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Upgrade him too who tho, what's 6.0 getting you

    3. GloryManUnited
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Chasing

      1. doher.ty
        1 month, 3 days ago

        this

    4. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I wouldn't go with Jorginho. A bit too early for Klich.
      The rest is good.

    5. Right In The Stanchion
      1 month, 3 days ago

      No Aubameyang v West Ham and you’ll be crying by Sunday

    6. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      1 GW points chasing

  2. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Gtg for this week? Bench ok?

    Ramsdale
    TAA Justin KWP Taylor
    Salah Auba(C) Son Bissouma
    Vardy Werner

    Steer Mitchell Romeu Davis

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      GTG

  3. Danno - Emre Canada
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    What do we think? Richarlison or DCL?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Rich

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      DCL - save 1.0 and I think Rich was getting a lot of chances due to Doherty not dropping back

  4. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Thiago price prediction
    8.0 yeah?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      6.5

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Don’t think he will be 6.5. 7.0 atleast

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          A decent Bundesliga season in 16/17 but not much to write home about elsewhere.

          https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/thiago/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/60444

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Fair enough. 6.5/7.0 😉

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      7.5

    3. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      7 max.

    4. lilmessipran
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Between 6-7, not prolific when it comes to fpl, certainly influential

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yeah. He is more like the assist to assist type of player although I won’t rule him out for good fpl points but it probably depends on the tactics & role Klopp wants

    5. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Lol

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Hehe

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

      6m

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Not gonna happen. 6m isn’t a realistic price maybe 7-8m

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

          Lol....

    7. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      6.5m Last year he had 3 goals 0 assists.

      Not going to get him.

    8. DavidFPL
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Thiago is a brilliant football player but hes fantasy garbage, 7.0 and not worth going near.
      Think somewhere between Modric and David SIlva.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yeah. I agree.

        Bayern used him as a deep lying play maker allowing Müller to play the more advanced role in midfield from an attacking perspective but Klopp’s system is quite different. 4-3-3. He could play any role in the midfield but if he plays as a box to box midfielder like Donny he could get nice fpl points.

        Maybe 6 goals 10 assists plus some couple of cleansheet points. Not bad tbh

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          10 assists?!?!
          If I had to guess I’d expect similar fantasy output to a Henderson around the 4-5 goals maybe 10 attacking returns in total

          1. Hakim Ziyech
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Yes, I know that’s optimistic.10 assists max. I just feel Salah & Mané will enjoy playing with him.Thiago’s passing accuracy is crazy...

    9. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      7

    10. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Did you check his goal/assist stats at Bayern. No way he is anywhere close to that, he will probably be 6.5 and that's only because he is a Liverpool mid. Normally more of a 5.0/5.5 mid. Great player but not a good fantasy asset.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        8.0 would be a joke tbh. I agree 6.5/7.0

  5. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Barring no injuries, roll the ft for GW2?

    1.0itb 1ft
    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Justin Ayling
    Auba Salah ASM Havertz
    Werner Adams
    (Peacock Bissouma Taylor Vassilev)

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

      Yes. Like your team!

    2. Francescoli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Havertz to Rashford

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I would like to have 2ft and prefer Bruno over Rashford so I'll wait and see after the Palace game to get more info. I also hope Havertz plays behind the striker in the Liverpool game

  6. Cheeto__Bandito
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Watkins, Trossard or Harrison as a rotating player in the squad?

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      At the moment Trossard since he has the EPL experience

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Like Harrison pick the most

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

      Trossard

    4. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Harrison.

  7. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Bale and Reguilon are likely to meet conditions that will enable them to avoid quarantining upon their arrival in London.

    Along with having arrived from an elite sporting environment where coronavirus protocols have been adhered to, the players will both need to return negative test results within five days prior to entering the United Kingdom.

    Will reguilon start gw3??

    1. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      He might. Where he starts will be interesting. I think a 3-4-3 will be ideal for their squad.

      Alder-Dier-Bavies
      Doherty- Winks - Celso - Reguillon
      Bale - Kane - Son

      1. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Agreed. But I don't think mou will.

      2. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Maybe even Bale on the side with Lucas(Berg) Kane Son up front.

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          He used to play that with Spurs once upon a time in a league far far away.

        2. Rocky FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I don't think Bale has it in him anymore to be a wingback. He is better played close to the goal. Also, I dont see Doherty not getting a lot of minutes. Its Mourinho team after all.

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            True. If he was 5 years younger that would be an option but who knows maybe in some easier games going full attack...but like you've said it is Special ones team.

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

    I'm now considering to keep Justin on my wildcard until he is ditched. Plan is to rotate him with Ayling.
    When Justin is dropped, Leeds have a good run of fixtures. Thoughts?

    1. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Sounds good.

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

        Thank you

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      What is your defence on WC?

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

        Martinez Steer
        Digne James Saiss Justin Ayling
        Playing 4 atb

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Ha nice - have the same but Ferguson over Ayling. Ayling looks OK if you need the security of starts immediatley.

          I was on Martinez Steer but steered away from it as it would make a Grealish/Watkins double up in the future tricky . However unlikely that is it it's probably more likely than Martinez getting injured/sent off whilst Heaton is still out injured.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Losing Steer for any other 4.0 from a team you'd be unlikely to ever want 3x players from

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

            You playing 3 or 4 at the back?

            Ferguson doesn't work for me as I want to rotate them from GW3.

            Haha cheers for the advice. Can't see myself with that many Villa players!

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              You never know!

              Playing 3-4-3 now

    3. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I don't like those short term forced transfers tbh. Always so much else happening and bandwagons to jump on. But if you think that Justin -4 is better than the 2nd best option, go for it!

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

        Couldn't find a better 4.5 combo that I liked.
        Cheers.

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Would keep yes. Good fpl asset

    5. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Justin is the new left back, why will he be dropped?

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Because when Pereira is back, Castagne will move to to ledt back

        1. GuenDoozy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          I actually this is a "might" more than a "will". Justin is solid defensively and looked good going forward.

          1. iL PiStOlErO
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 3 days ago

            This.

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

            Hope you're right!

        2. GuenDoozy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Also could be why castagne started at Rb, as Rogers might want Justin to get used to playing Lb. Both are right footed and prefer Rb.

  9. SL8
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    "Kasper Schmeichel looks set for another shut-out at home to a shot-shy West Brom but is expensive at £5.5m."
    ...how come Leicester get to play West Brom again!!

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Have you watched Endgame ? 🙂

      1. SL8
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Ah yea explains it!!

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        So Back to the Future's a bunch of bulls***

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          😀

    2. doher.ty
      1 month, 3 days ago

      editors are lost

  10. Arte Et Labore
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    All the stats are pointing towards J. Rodriguez or Richarlison as the stand out captain option this week. They have both very good underlying stats combined with a West Brom that are amongst the teams with the worst defensive stats.

    Get Rodriguez in and captain him or just go with the more "secure" Aubameyang captain despite his stats is not that good?

    Playing the game or follow the herd?

    1. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Do what you think is best, the game isn't much fun otherwise

    2. raoulduke71
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I'm on Richarlison

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Who would you pick between Rod and Rich?

      1. Arte Et Labore
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Both are good picks:
        Richarlison:
        Second most touches in penalty area -9 (after Salah - 21, auba - 4, J.rod - 2)
        Most shots off target (could be gold if he's able to aim)
        Second most shots in the box - 5 (after Salah - 8, auba - 3, j.rod- 2)

        Rodiguez:
        Most chances created - 5 (Auba and Richarlison had 1)
        1 big chance created (Richarlison and Auba had 0)

        Maybe Richarlison is the one if you can choose.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          It points to Richarlison but I have done it in the recent past and he has burnt me badly

    4. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Play your own game.

    5. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Aubameyang captain has a lot in its favor too...

      West Ham are awful defensively and he has a great record against bottom 6 sides at home.

      I would maybe consider capping Rodriguez if I didn't have Auba or MUN assets but otherwise, it's a no from me I think.

    6. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Ask advice but make your own mind up

      Or you’ll be far more irritated!

    7. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Captaining Auba is not following the herd. It's kinda obvious. One of the best fpl player in the league vs one of the worst defence in the league.
      Rodriguez has played one match in the league. I really rate him as a player, and I wouldnt even mind getting him this early. But capaining is a bit too balsy for my liking. Go for it if you think he will outscore Auba.

    8. baps hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Richa to score 2.3 and Auba 1.68. Bookies have it wrong?

    9. Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I'd take Aubameyang with two shots over Richarlison with four

      1. Rasping Drive
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Fourteen even

    10. FDMS All Starz
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Its been 1 week, cant look too much into underlying stats, feel like Everton have a good team but still a unknown quantity vs a team that may sit back. I'd personally go with a more expensive option who is proven in FPL than captain one of the everton boys, owning them is a good enough differential I'd say

    11. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Are all the stats pointing that way after one game? West Brom were defensively better away than at home last season. Auba is a better points scorer than both and plays at home. Also on pems as far as we know.

      All the stats after 1gw is a very big claim..

      1. Arte Et Labore
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Of course it is a big claim, but it is what it is. Everton managed all this against Spurs. Aubameyang didn't get thaaaat much versus Fulham.

    12. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Auba isnt just secure, he is the captain and talisman of an in form team and is a world class striker who doesn't need great stats to score 3 goals from 3 shots.

    13. Gnu
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Everton won't be playing a Mourinho managed team every week though.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        😀

    14. Arte Et Labore
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      Hehe, what to say?
      I went with Auba myself, so hopefully he will deliver

  11. AandyzZ
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Who took most of the set pieces for everton?

    Was it just shared between Digne and Hamez?

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

      Hames

      1. AandyzZ
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Thanks!

    2. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Digne got his assist from a set piece.

  12. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    GW2 and already team looks a shambles:

    Ramsdale Steer
    Tierney, Mitchell, TAA, Doherty, KWP
    Auba, Salah, ASM, Norwood, Lemina
    Werner, Ings, Rodrigo

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Ha. This is why so many WC in gw 2 or 3.

      1. Nomar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Yeah, may just take 4 point hit and shift Rodrigo and Doherty

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

          No keep Rodrigo

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

            And Doherty tbh Spurs will go 5 at the back

          2. Wild Rover
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Rodrigo won't start

  13. james 101
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Which do you prefer for the next few game weeks?

    A. KDB DCL (Hendrick)

    B. Rashford Werner (4.5)

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I’m on A just now

    2. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Cheers!

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

      A

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Thanks!

    4. Wild Card this...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A

      1. james 101
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Thanks!

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

    This worth WCing GW3???

    Pickford (cry)
    Trent (ARS) Egan (LEE) Dallas (shu)
    Auba (liv) Barnes (mci) Doucoure (cpl) Pereira (CHE)
    Kane (NEW) Werner (wba) Ings (bur)

    Nyland | ASM (tot) | KWP (bur) | Vinagre (whu)

    Midfield is weak, no city or united, no Wolves.

    1. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Could score ok. But I’d be tempted yes

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

      No it's good, just get Kun instead

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

        Not nailed

    3. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Kane on top of Werner and Ings is killing your budget.

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

        Yeah, would like to keep Kane tbh. 5-> 8 are lovely

    4. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Wait for GW2...

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

        So would u save a FT or use

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 3 days ago

          Ask me in GW3

          For now, sure

  15. Gonna mesut up
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Everton penalty taker?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      This again.

      Siggy if on the pitch.

      If not probably Rodriguez or Rich in that order just.

      1. Gonna mesut up
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Sorry, haven't logged in in a while...

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 3 days ago

          No worries, thier career penalty records read:

          Rich 3/3
          Rod 13/16

          1. Flaming Flamingo
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 3 days ago

            Richarlison has taken some stinkers that aren't included though:

            https://youtu.be/0nlRJsixEDA

            https://youtu.be/iM8qFtKbs4k

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 3 days ago

              Thanks for these - great find

              Think it'll be Rodriguez then...

              1. Flaming Flamingo
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 3 days ago

                I doubt these will be taken into account, but I'd have my money on Rodriguez being first choice regardless

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

      Hamer

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

        Hamez*

    3. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Siggy and then my guess would be Richarlison. If James steps up to take one I will jizz my pants

    4. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      It will be Hamez imo, 13/16 makes him a solid choice.

    5. LSK
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      My guess is Hamez. Can’t see why he wouldn’t be. Too big a player to not be first in line at a team like Everton. Above Sigurdsson too imo.

  16. Maddamotha
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Hey! Is this a good move?

    Davies > Shaw

    Davies with competiton on the left back now, and United more likely to keep a CS? I also own Ings...

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

      Yes

      1. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Cheers

  17. enourouz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Kdb/robo

    Or

    Bruno/taa

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A

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

      What would you do with the .5 if B?

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

        Save it for a rainy day

    3. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A I think as there is a better spread of United Captain options

    4. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      A but it is 0.5 more expensive.

      1. Rocky FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        If that 0.5 is used to do say KWP to Saiss, then B.

    5. enourouz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Should have posted my squad as that might influence your decision. Everyone keeps saying to not load up on too many premium mids.

      Do you think three premium mids are too much? I feel like I’ve got some balance here:

      Ryan
      Robo digne bellerin ayling
      Kdb auba salah ASM
      Mitro Jimenez

      Steele Davis soucek mitchell

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

        This leaves me 0.5 ITB

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

          Hahahha 0 ITB. The Bruno/taa option leaves me 0.5

          Main question is if that’s too many premium mids. Should I be looking to upgrade my attack instead?

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

    If Thiago is above 7m he is as overpriced as Firmino

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

      Not a fantasy option for me but will make Salah borderline essential.

  19. Ronnies
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Who is the best 5.5m Midfielder to own.

    Is it still ASM, bit worried about his minutes with Fraser, Almiron, etc

    Thanks.

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

      Impossible to say after one week.

    2. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Could be Klitch but for now I'd hold Asm

    3. Sergeant Garcia
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Podence for me

    4. LSK
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I’m not happy with ASM after watching the first game. Thinking Doucouré could be good value. Podence if he starts most of the time.

  20. Klopp it
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    What's this midfield like?

    Ceballos, klich, Salah, kdb, James Rodriguez

    1. RVP 20
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I like it

  21. AuFeld
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Is anyone concerned about PEA's recent track record (last four matches) vs WHU? Four appearances, yielding one goal and one assist.

    1. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      how many were with Arteta's Arsenal?

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

      How many of those were pre-Arteta though?

    3. Amey
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I am.
      It's bound to fail everyone.

    4. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I captained him vs West ham last year and he burnt me real bad

    5. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Not even a little bit 🙂

    6. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Interesting. It does seem like WHU have a history of unexpectedly producing good performances out of nowhere in London derbies.

    7. LSK
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Not worried but a blank wouldn’t surprise me. Not due to his West Ham record but because he will blank plenty of times against weak opposition this season. Just got to take it on the chin.

  22. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    How much will Bale be do we think? Obviously a long way from fitness, but interested to see where he would place

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Similar to son? He would be real interesting as a 9 - 9.5 midfielder

    2. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Too much

    3. james 101
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      10?

    4. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      10

    5. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      10 I think

    6. sunzip14
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      9.5 is my guess

    7. Andrew
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      £10m

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

      10m I think. Disrespectful to be anything less - can anyone remember his price before he left for Madrid?

      1. LSK
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        12 wasn’t it?

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

      9

  23. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Steer
    TAA Robbo Ayling Bertrand
    Salah Auba (c) ASM Rashford
    Richarlison Adams

    Ramsdale, Soucek, Davis, Ferguson

    GTG do you think?

    Good luck all

  24. PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Dele Alli...

    At this point I have already used my FT and have now taken the -0.1m.

    If he is likely to play this week I am happy to keep him for 1 more gameweek, but it seems like there is still uncertainty about his position with the club and if he will not be in the team I have to consider a hit now.

    Worth taking a hit to get him out for Hamez at this point?

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

      I don’t think he will play imo

    2. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Wait until Friday to see if there's any news and then make a decision

      1. PrestigeWorldwidewidewide..…
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Any chance of another price drop or a Hamez price rise before that time?

    3. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Southampton not looking strong.

      Wait for todays game and see what happens.

      If you think Hamez will outscore Alli by +4, and possibly afterwards too, then sure.

    4. Bleh
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I’m in the exact same position as you. Think it’s 50-50 whether or not he’ll play on Sunday, will wait for more news before pulling the trigger.

    5. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I'm just keeping him until next week. Rolling my FT

      1. southernrocker1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I support Spurs and I'm pretty baffled about the speculation surrounding him. I personally think it's media hype and he'll remain with Spurs. He's also being rested for this Europa game, imo with one eye on Saints rather than him leaving. Just my opinion though.

  25. Major League Shocker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 3 days ago

    LiveFPL currently says only 1.15% of the top 10K have used a chip: https://www.livefpl.net/figs

    This must still be reflecting the "eager managers" with IDs 1-10000. Does anyone know what the numbers are for the actual group of managers who finished GW1 in the top 10K? I imagine a lot of them probably triple captained Salah.

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

      That site has Martial listed as a midfielder

      1. JustSomeGuy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Good spot. Rashford's a forward too, but Auba has moved to midfield. All over the place!

    2. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      The "Top 1k" rn will include a load of throw-away teams with punts on TC Salah to win weekly prizes in cash leagues. Wait till GW5-6 to pay any attention.

      1. Major League Shocker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 3 days ago

        I know, I just can't help myself looking at this stuff!

        Maybe a better barometer is MLs that contain mostly serious players. Looks like only 5-10% of the people above me have actually used a chip.

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

      I don't know but wouldn't bother checking it anyway. +95% of them are there by pure luck. Look at OR 1's team, he is clueless. Played Ndidi and Norwood while benching Ings.

  26. JurgenRodgers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Anyone else having issues with the site on ios?

    Members tab not working

    1. JustSomeGuy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Fine here.

  27. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Is justin nailed till gw5?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      I think and hope so

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Me too

    2. what's my name
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      think so

    3. GuenDoozy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Could well be 1st choice left back, time will tell.

    4. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 3 days ago

      Anyone know if Shaw or Williams played against Villa, any guesses on which one will start this weekend?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 3 days ago

        Sorry about that.

  28. what's my name
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    play one :
    a. Davies
    b. Taylor

    thx

  29. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    What is the deal with Mitrovic any insight?

  30. Kei19255
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 3 days ago

    Final Team...gtg?

    Pickford
    VVD Digne AWB Justin
    Auba Sterling Bruno Harrison
    DCL Martial

    GW3 Auba --> Salah/KDB

    Cheers!

    1. RVP 20
      1 month, 3 days ago

      G2G, nice team