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. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Just realised instead of Martial+Rodríguez I can go Rashford+Richarlison.

    Which combo do you prefer?

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

      the second one but it costs 1 million more so it's gonna be better.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        That is true and a fair point.
        So;

        A. Rash+Rich
        B. Rod+Martial (+1m)

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Tough. Maybe R+R, thats first I've seen here and has a lot of potential.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Yeah the Richalison stats blow all the other Everton guys away. All be in from 1 game only

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

      Rash & Richarlison could be great

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        It feels right but I think it’s a little more risky. Both players can be a little hot and cold

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

          Sure, but I think Rodriguez makes the other option even riskier, as nice a player as he is

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

      I prefer Rashford and Richarlison, and would do it if I could afford it.

    5. Respect My Authoritah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Martial + Rodriguez for me. Think both of the former outscore their team mates in the latter

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

    Any action to be taken?

    McCarthy
    TAA // Doherty // Justin
    Salah // Auba // Havertz // ASM // Soucek
    Werner // Ings

    B: Steer // Brewster // Mitchell // Douglas

    Thank you

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

    Is Digne worth 6m?

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

      yes

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Should be this season

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

      Think he will be - best of the rest after the Pool trio

    4. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      For now, but not sure about over the season. We have characteristically been an up and down team and James' arrival surely leads to him taking less set pieces (Siggy was hardly a permanent fixture last season but a fit James will be).

    5. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Probably, just. Very small sample size though. He didn’t do much else other than set up that one chace in GW1

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

      Cheers mate

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

    Which combo is better, price doesn't matter (thinking of the whole season)?

    Maddison & Werner
    or
    Salah & Mitrovic

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Salah + Wilson possible?

  5. Darth Colls
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Afternoon Folks,

    Anyone planning on triple captaining Auba this week ?

    Cheers

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      It’s a decent shout. Probably save for a double to get two chances and extra playing points

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

        This would be my approach too. I like to lessen the risk by playing the percentages

      2. Darth Colls
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Fair point Rafa.. Thanks for the reply 🙂

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

      I wouldn’t TC Auba until he is the outright CF

      1. Darth Colls
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Thanks for the reply Mate

  6. Michelle Davin
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Jay Rodriquez captain anybody?

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

      No, too early for me

    2. mynameisq
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Nope, owning is enough

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Good old original JRod. But wouldn't go there.

    4. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Vardy’s Party instead

    5. Better off with a pin and a…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      You mean James, not Jay? If so, could do well, but high risk. If you really meant Jay, then no!

      1. Michelle Davin
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        James,yes..: )

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

    Davies owners, whats the plan with the likely Reguilon signing?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Play this week. Sell next

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

        This

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

        Not even confident of a cleanie this week, tempted to sell for an Everton asset maybe

    2. Pilgrim62
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I think about Digne -4
      Any way need hit.

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

        I'm thinking of this too. Home to WBA could pay for itself this week, if not the next 3 weeks he will easily

        1. doher.ty
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I mean potentially. Even if he gets the cleanie you're still only getting 2 points from him this week. Surely Davies can get at least 2 points against Southampton.

        2. doher.ty
          1 month, 9 days ago

          And thats assuming Digne keeps the cleanie if he doesn't you're down 2. Why not just hold until you have a FT.

  8. Sturridge Wars
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Anyone feel confident having DCL. Cause I’m not haha

    1. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Season keeper.

      1. TeddiPonza
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        He´s a forward actually

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

      Good option for the price. I started with him which felt a bit of a gamble but after Everton's performance i think he'll tick over quite nicely with the supply behind him.

    3. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Could have a season like Jimenez. Ticking over with single goals and assists every other match. Well worth the price at only 7m.

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

    Made my transfer this week so it’s just a matter of who to start/bench.

    At the moment I’m starting Adams over Egan and ‘Rate My Team’ agrees. What do you reckon?

    0.0ITB, 0FT

    Steer
    TAA / Justin / Ayling
    Salah / Auba (c) / Bruno / ASM
    Werner / Mitro / Adams

    McCartthy / Egan / Reed / Mitchell

    Thanks!

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

    Wow. I was a terrible Community Champion!

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Hahaha. You sure were.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      P.s. at least they call you champion.

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

    So who are your season keepers?

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

      Martinez and Button

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

        Not TAA?

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

          Nope - think Robbo can match him this season but have neither right now. Liverpool defence has looked a bit off for a while.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Trent and Salah. Maybe Kevin again. Would love that Justin keeps his place.

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Just Trent

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

      Salah KDB Trent

  12. JURGENAUT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Hi, any action to be taken?

    McCarthy
    TAA // Doherty // Justin
    Salah // Auba // Havertz // ASM // Soucek
    Werner // Ings

    B: Steer // Brewster // Mitchell // Douglas

    1FT.
    0 ITB.

    A) Transfer, if so who?
    B) Hold

    Thank you

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      B

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

      No City, no Utd. Needs surgery.

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

        Thinking to mini wildcard in GW3 if needed, otherwise 2FT. Bit risky but yeah, would love to hear others views.

        1. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Do that yes. Mini wc in gw3. It is also risky to bring in wrong utd player and city has wolwes, wouldn't expect much from that game.

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

      Similar team, and looking at Havertz > Rodriguez based on the minuscule sample size we have so far. But could easily backfire.

      I fancy Havertz to come good eventually when things fall in Chelsea's favour, but this WBA fixture for Everton and solid underlying stats for James last week is really luring me in...

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

    Leeds fans, with Chris Cooper back whose place in defence does he take ??

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

      Strujik

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

      Strujik

    3. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Struijk

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

        Struijk three!

        1. The Wise Owl
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          and yer out!

    4. Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Its Liam Cooper and Struijk goes to bench

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

        Thank you everyone.

  14. gooberman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Cant believe Greenwood isn't in the scout picks. He seems a great option for me as a 7.5m midfielder but I'm not reading any mention of him on here at all. Am I missing something?

    1. Hattrick Harry
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yes 200p player totally forgotten, will come to my team asap

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yes. Rotation risk if they sign new winger. But thats all if...

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

      Perhaps because of possible Sancho signing

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

        Can only assume it is this but they haven't signed a winger as yet and I keep hearing that the Sancho move has fallen through. Greenwood is quality so do they even need one?

        1. doher.ty
          1 month, 9 days ago

          If they sign Sancho it's going to hinder Greenwood. I'd rather keep and see what he can develop into this year.

    4. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Might not start with all the media attention and him breaking quarantine rules with england

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Will probably start imo though

    5. mb1983
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I'm considering him for GW3 onwards.

  15. Chandler Bing
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Everton defense offensive stats vs Spurs:

    Digne 0 shots 1 key pass (set piece leading to a goal)
    Coleman 1 SOT 1 key pass (both from open play)
    Mina 1 shot off target 0 key passes
    Keane 1 shot off target 0 key passes (was also just beside DCL during the Everton goal)

    Only one game but do we seriously think Digne is worth 1.0M more than his teammates?

    1. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I think he is, but it all depends on what other upgrade(s) you can make with the spare money

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        The extra million allows me to get a Pulisic/Havertz for Rodriguez later on. I'm on WC so trying to plan long-term.

        1. Flaming Flamingo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Sure, but equally Digne has more points potential then the others and I think you'd be missing out somewhat if you have no immediate use for the extra million

          1. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Fair. I wish I didn't have to pull the trigger on WC this early without having at least a couple of weeks of data to go by but now that I'm on it, I'm trying to play as safe as possible. Even without immediate requirements, I feel like having 1M ITB should go a long way.

            1. Flaming Flamingo
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Fair enough, I'm on WC too and finding it hard to fit Digne in myself. Can't have them all at the end of the day

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

      How many points do you get for being 'just beside the goalscorer' and shots off target?

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Of course Digne was the one who got the assist in the end but that's not what I'm shedding the light on. The point was, his teammates are also quite likely to get offensive returns and the fact that Digne didn't have anything going on for him from open play, I don't see how one can justify paying an extra million for him.

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

          Better pick out of Coleman and Keane?

          1. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Toss a coin really. Both should be nailed for a good while.

            Keane is competing with Holgate but he's out till GW10 at least.
            Coleman on the other hand is competing with Kenny. Whilst fans are bigging up Kenny, Coleman is the club captain and did really well against Spurs. Kenny also played in the cup game which clearly shows that it's Coleman's place to lose in the league.

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

              Why did Keane play in the cup? In the same way VVD will play in the cup?

              1. Chandler Bing
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Keane played in the cup because they don't have anyone else lol

                Holgate is injured. They probably played it safe and rested Mina considering how injury prone he's been every since he arrived at the club.

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

          Digne on set pieces (which he got his assist from) and on corners.

          That increases his assist potential which in turn increases his bonus potential.

        3. Rasping Drive
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Do you think that just going off one game is the right approach? Or perhaps including stats from last season might give you a more balanced opinion.

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

        Coleman it is then

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

      Digne was getting into those forward positions, stats are misleading here. Rodriguez's consistent switches of play are very useful here.

      1. Chandler Bing
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        That is true too especially re James' switches of play. Think I'll try to find inside the box touches for each player. That should provide a better analysis.

    4. mb1983
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Look at Digne's attacking returns and stats for previous seasons. I picked him from GW1, fancying him to keep delivering those returns plus more clean sheets this season .

    5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Always good to extrapolate so heavily from a single 90 minutes & discard the previous 5,995 minutes (he has 18 attacking returns in 71 games now - roughly one every 4 matches for 2 seasons vs. Coleman & Keane's 5 attacking returns each over that time)

  16. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Vinagre > Saiss

    A) This week
    B) Next week + play Mitchell (mun)

    Would be for -4 either way...

    1. Sergeant Garcia
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      A

      1. doher.ty
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Against Man City for a hit? Surely not.

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      You may play your wc next week

  17. Sergeant Garcia
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Had a very good GW1, but still I think there's smth to do about my team:

    Ramsdale (Steer)
    TAA - James - Justin (KWP, Mitchell)
    Salah - Willian - Son - Havertz (Soucek)
    Werner - Wilson (Rodrigo)

    I have 1.0M ITB, so these are my options:
    A) Havertz > Rashford
    B) Son & Havertz > Fernandes & Rodriguez (-4)
    C) Roll the transfer

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      A looks good to me. Really like Rashford and think he can match/better Bruno this season for 1m cheaper

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

        In my mind Rashford will be a must have if Bruno gets injured.

        But without pens, I prefer Bruno and Martial. In that order.

    2. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Nice team. Keep the FT and do double move next gw as you will have more info.

    3. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Looks a good team to me, mate. I'd roll the transfer, see how gw3 goes and then you can do 2/3 changes if need be.

      The reality is no one knows if United will hit the ground running against a defensive looking Palace side and if Havertz has a good game you're going to want him back for their next 3 games. So I wouldn't make any rash (excuse the pun) changes.

      1. Sergeant Garcia
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Cheers, sound advice! 🙂

    4. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Also, I fancy Soucek to score against Arsenal.

  18. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    James Rodriguez for captaincy?
    If no, Vardy or Auba then?

    1. Sergeant Garcia
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Auba for me.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Wouldnt complicate too much. Go Auba and then sell him for city player in gw3.

  19. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Havertz himself even admitting he needs time to adapt to the league

    "It's a very big step to come from the Bundesliga to the Premier League. It's the best league in the world. I will need some time to adapt, but I'm looking forward to it."

    Think it's an easy switch out to Hamez for me and reassess on which Chelsea mid to get in next 3/4 gws

    1. Chandler Bing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Havertz even looked quite nervous in the game. Think Pulisic is the man to have especially considering Werner doesn't even have pens but no one knows when he's coming back.

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Agreed, think Pulisic will be the one to have

    2. Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I usually don't sell a player who has favourable fixtures coming up. By the time Ziyech is back Chelsea will be more creative and this will really help Havertz

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Its a good point but with Pulisic and Ziyech coming back in it will also allow me time to pick the best option of the 3

    3. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      It's normal that a young player needs time to settle... new country, new team mates. It's a huge change.

      Thierry Henry was useless until November when he first moved!

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        For every Henry, there's an Aguero

  20. Malkmus
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    A’noon all. Gtg? 0ft, 0itb

    Ryan (button)
    Trent - Justin - Lewis
    Auba (c) - Bruno - Salah - Soucek
    DCL - Mitro - Werner

    Subs - kwp, Mitchell, Stephens

    Ta!

  21. Kyle2210
    1 month, 9 days ago

    What do you guys think of this team for GW2:

    Mccarthy
    Digne Maguire Gabriel Lascelles (Mitchell)
    J Rod Bruno Auba (Bissouma Hendrick)
    Jiminez Werner Martial

    Already decided to Wildcard!

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Auba to Mo in gw3 and thats a great team

      1. Kyle2210
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Thanks for the advice. I was thinking Mo or Dr Bruyne depending on how city go. Just a big risk not having TAA!

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

      Queue the 'No Trent' comments...

      Seriously though, I like this team. I liked the look of Saiss over Gabriel for gw3 onwards.

      Auba to KDB too.

      1. Kyle2210
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Do you think its worth doing Saiss this week instead of Gabriel as this is my WC or perhaps just accept - 4 in GW3?

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

          I tend to look at the next 4-8 gameweeks when picking players.

          So with that in mind, I'd go Saiss over Gabriel.

          Gabriel is a better pick this week, but he's a transfer waiting to happen in my mind.

  22. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Playing Saiss (MCI) over James (LIV) sensible?

    Wolves better chance of clean sheet and Saiss has goal threat from corners

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Saiss yes

    2. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      If you think he has a better shot of a clean sheet then I wouldn't overthink it

    3. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Saiss looks a goal threat and Wolves are City's bogey team!

  23. Nightcrawler
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Fairly obvious now that city and utd players wont be rising

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

      Agreed

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

      Thanks for pointing this out yesterday when I asked about Martial, otherwise I would've got him early lol

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Ur welcome

  24. -GK22-
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    GTG or do I take a hot, already done Rashford in but worried I have a few that might not play

    McCarthy
    TAA, Shaw, Davies
    Aubameyang, Salah, Rashford, ASM
    Adam’s, Werner, Wilson

    By land, bissouna, vinagre, douglas

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      No need for a hit, team looks good

    2. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      All good, I reckon your XI all start.

  25. seaside
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    So I hit that WC button...

    Pope (Martinez)
    Digne Saiss Justin Holding Mitchell
    Bruno KDB Hamez Barnes Klich
    Martial Jimenez Wilson

    0 ITB.

    What are we thinking?

    Martinez should be the number 1 at aston villa right?

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

      don't know how to squeeze in salah in the future though...

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

      I don't know if I'd get Justin on a WC, he's not nailed forever and the defence is already weak with Mitchell

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

      No Salah is first thing....and too much on the bench for me

    4. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I Like it mate. But if you're going with 3 up top, i'd be tempted to downgrade Klich to a 4.5. That will give 1m to play with later

      Seems a bit pointless benching £1m each week.

    5. Boly Would
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      That's a lot on keepers...

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

      Too much on the bench - downgrade Klich

  26. Jellyfish
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Targett is a tempting replacement option for Vinagre - rotates nicely with Mitchell

    1. Gav
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I've been looking at him also as my Vinagre replacement. He kind of rotates with CTaylor of burnley too which is my rough plan.

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

    how are the WC's coming along? Is it not tough to pick ManU/City without even seeing their players kick a ball?

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

      it's dreadful!

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

      Pretty much done now

      1. Nightcrawler
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Are u going with TAA?

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

      Stocked up on Everton and Wolves instead

    4. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      No im fairly confident. Hoping they can match what they did right after the restart

    5. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Thats why wc does not make so much sense now. Could backfire terribly.

    6. The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Yeh I’m on mine. Double United and no City. City players to come in later.

      Martinez
      TAA,Coleman,Lewis
      Salah,Fernandes,Rodriguez,Podence
      Jimenez,Richarlison,Martial

      Steer,Saiss,Bissouma, Mitchell.

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

    Anyone considering Mina over Digne & Keane after Holgate's injury! Serious goal threat in him!

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Also own goal

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

        Hahaha well yeah that's an issue

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

      Specially with Hamez on setpieces, we see what he did at the world cup!

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

        I know right!!

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

      And Braithwaite. Problem is, Mina gets injure often too!

      I've considered it, but having Digne make it easier to shift back to a(nother) Liverpool defender if needed.

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

        What if I already own TAA & Robbo?

    4. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I like Mina as an option, but he's sort of awkwardly in between the cheaper Everton defenders and Digne, who I feel is probably worth the extra

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

        Why do you think Digne's worth the price?

        1. Flaming Flamingo
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Assist potential, bonus and the most nailed

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

            Good points! Cheers mate!

    5. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I've got Mina in my draft team. Thinking is he has a good conversion from Rodriguez corners!

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

        That's what I've been thinking

  29. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    McCarthy(nyland)
    Trent - Justin - Doherty
    Auba (c) - Havertz - Salah - ASM
    Adams - Mitro - Werner

    Subs - Taylor, Ferguson, Stephens
    1m itb
    Pretty clueless what to do. Please guide

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Havertz to Rashford?

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

        Not too confident with Rashford

        1. Mjfdept - Taiwo's Komp…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          our teams are almost identical and i've brought in Rashford for Son (instead of Hav)

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

            I really Don't know which United asset Should I go for.

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

      Havertz to Rash/James and relax

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

        Too early for Hamez. I guess I should gamble on Greenwood.

    3. Clay Davis
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Sit tight. Save the transfer and see how gw2 goes.

      There is a fixture swing gw3 so 2FT and more data to go on will come in handy

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

        That's the plan and that's why I left 1 m itb. But not easy to sit back 😀

  30. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Having doubts over Che Adams starting vs Spurs with Long lurking.

    Would you do Adams-> Wilson (-4)?

    1. Flaming Flamingo
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Definitely not

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

      I'm not a big fan of Adams for fpl. He gets his minutes managed too much for my liking. I think Adams to Wilson is a great move - but not for a hit.