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How FFS Hall of Fame leader and Virtual FPL champion is lining up for Gameweek 2

Current Fantasy Football Scout Hall of Fame leader, Fábio Borges has finished inside the top 5k in each of the last five seasons, and even won 2020’s inaugural edition of Virtual FPL.


After an intense Fantasy season in 2019/20, I decided I needed a longer break than usual in order to come back stronger.

Not only was Project Restart a hectic return to something resembling normality, the lockdown period was defined by my involvement in Virtual FPL – which threw four Gameweeks per week at us for nearly two months.

Pretty exhausted from all of that, I only started tinkering my FPL team for 2020/21 a few days before the Gameweek 1 deadline, which I think actually helped me. It made sure I was able to avoid overthinking and countless outdated drafts.

So, the first Gameweek went great for me with 82 points, which means I’m currently 231k in the World. Even more important than that, none of my players got injured or red carded and, other than a few small concerns, my starting 11 still looks in good shape going forward.

Without further ado, here is my team and what I’m thinking ahead of Gameweek 2.

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  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Auba, Martial or Salah captain?

    1. have you seen cyan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

    2. DRIZ ✅
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Salah?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Yeah, why not? He's fixture proof.

        1. Neves say Neves
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Not when he's away from home...

    3. @FPLMason
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Aub

    4. Doctor Evil
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      On WC and really want JRod

      Would you keep as is or switch it up?

      Meslier / Steer

      Digne Robbo Shaw Justin / Mitchell

      Auba Salah Bruno Klich / Biss

      Wilson Werner / Brewster

      I’m switching Auba to KDB and Robbo to TAA eventually

      1. Doctor Evil
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Post fail lol

  2. timawflowers
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Going to wc. Is it crazy to drop taa, much better team without

    1. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I’d say no.
      He can be brought back at any time with 2 transfers.

      1. timawflowers
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Thanks. Martial or werner this week?

        1. The 12th Man
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Martial this week

    2. Teo_2197
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No. You're ready to disregard 2 phenomenal seasons because of a sample size of one gameweek. It makes no sense.

      1. The 12th Man
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Just because a player isn’t in a squad doesn’t mean he’s been disregarded.
        He can come in at any time.

      2. Obi wan Iwobi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        If you have TAA, you play him near every game, so it’s essentially 200 points for that slot in your team.

        I personally think that having fixture based defenders at 5, and the extra 2.5m to strengthen elsewhere, you likely more than cover the ~60-80 point gain you get from TAA.

        Especially at the start of the season given the games, I don’t think he’ll hit form, so you can always get him in when his ppg shoots up.

    3. El Matador
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Robbo just looks much more dangerous and is now on a fair share of set pieces too. If on WC I'd go Robbo

  3. schlupptheweek
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Should I do no transfers or do a -8 of:
    Vinagre, Son and Pepe to Digne, Rashford and Harrison.

    I already have DCL and Hamez, the main problem is I want to keep Son but too many price falls will hurt me later.

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Just move Pepe on if you can afford to bench vinagre

      1. schlupptheweek
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I can easily bench Vinagre, the issue is I held on to Pepe because I was initially planning to have 2 FTs. The problem is having 3 price falls and 1 prise rise is pretty poor for 1 week.
        Thanks for the reply though, I might just ignore my price woes and make up for it next week. Hopefully Pepe does something from bench this week.

    2. Count Your Blessings
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Pepe and Son can bring good points this GW. Such big hits will doubtfully reward you.

  4. Pjanić! at the Džeko
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I was looking at the player projections in the member's area and it has a projection of 35.7 bonus points for Matt Targett this season. Is it just me, or does that seem a little high?

    1. Silent Hunter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yeah me too..quite weird

  5. Pep Roulette
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Digne or Saiss?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Digne but not sure if he’s better value than saiss

    2. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I’ve sacrificed Digne to Coleman.
      I have Saiss on the bench this week.

    3. @FPLMason
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Both have a great run of fixtures.
      Digne for the set pieces, Saiss for the goal threat + 1 mill itb.
      How would you use the extra 1 mill is the question I'd say.

    4. Pjanić! at the Džeko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I have both, but Saiss on bench this week with Justin providing cover.

    5. Camzy
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Saiss. Look beyond this week.

    6. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Saiss better value long term being 1m cheaper

    7. Pep Roulette
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Cheers everyone

  6. Pat Bonner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Would you do Son to Bruno/rashford for a -4?

    1. @FPLMason
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Would not to be fair.

    2. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Nah

    3. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No, Son has a good fixture coming up so it's incredibly rash to sell him for a hit.

    4. Pumpy
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Probably give Son one last chance. He will explode at some point

      1. Pat Bonner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Cheers guys. Just think I’ll want to do it next week (and get kdb or sterling for auba) so might go a week early

  7. Rinseboy
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Vinagre to Sais?
    Or take the price drop and do Havertz to Rashford?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I’d do the rashford move

    2. @FPLMason
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Would like to bring in Sais. He looked like a proper goal threat, and with a somewhat nailed Wolves defender and their fixtures looking favorable, I fancy he'll be doing alright.

  8. Jokesy87
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    McCarthy (Steer)
    TAA KWP Justin (Mitchell, Taylor)
    Salah Auba Havertz Soucek (Stephens)
    Wilson Werner Ings

    A) g2g
    B) sort some Manchester coverage (if so what move to make?!)

  9. n14mul
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Evening,

    Anyone backing salah for captain this week?

    He looked on top form last week and chelsea didn't look water tight.....could be a good differential pick?

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Good pick, not sure he'd be a differential.

      1. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Think it will Auba landslide

  10. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    repost - sorry!
    Is this team in need of a GW3 wc? If no, then should I save ft?
    Ramsdale
    TAA,Dier,KWP
    Salah,Auba,Havertz,Barnes
    Mitrovic,Werner,Adams

    Fabri, Taylor,Mitchell,Bissouma

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Team looks fine. What are you thinking with Havertz? Worst debut I’ve even seen I think so want to get rid

      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Yeah might do Havertz to Hamez

    2. Squib
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Possible. I am trigger happy though.
      Personally not a fan of Adams, Barnes or Dier. And Havertz should be good but how long will it take?

  11. antis0cial
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    I think I’m settled on WC. Can’t have them all, so how is it looking? Auba to KDB next week.

    Martinez
    TAA Digne Ayling
    Auba Salah Hamez Grealish Podence
    Martial DCL

    Steer Saiss Mitchell Brewster

    1. Squib
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Decent spread

    2. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Too early.

    3. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Would like some chelski.
      Like Everton triple for the next 3 but will take another mini we to remove them after

      1. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        I do like Werner but I want to see them click before going with Chelsea assets. I will likely move DCL on in coming weeks but Everton fixtures decent for a while, just Liverpool and united in next 10.

    4. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Good team. I'd get Jimenez with those fixtures.

      1. antis0cial
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Thanks I did want Jime but hard to fit in. I was considering going 4.5 over Podence then getting KDB and Jime over Auba and DCL in coming weeks.

  12. Squib
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Martial or Werner?
    Should be Martial for this weekend but I can't shake the feeling I should keep Werner...

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Keep

      1. Squib
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Gut says so. But fixtures tempting. Activated WC like an impatient child.

    2. ItOnlyTook9Years
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Probably both down the line

    3. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Surely a typo that should read AND!
      And if it’s not those two, then one of them should be jimmy

  13. Pukki Party
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Did Willian do well because he was good or because Fulham was bad?

    1. @FPLMason
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Fulham were quite unorganized at the back to be fair.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        But so are West Ham...

    2. Pjanić! at the Džeko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      and is he nailed because he started GW1?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Should keep his place after his performance?

        1. Pjanić! at the Džeko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          I refer you back to your original question. If he put the points up because Fulham are Fulham, I don't know how much the performance changes things. Arsenal seem to have a surfeit of *that* kind of player, and I have my reservations about Willian and consistent playing time from past seasons.

          1. Pukki Party
            • 4 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Cheers. Would be until Pulisic is fit, so hoping for one week only. My options are Martial or Werner for a hit.

            1. Pjanić! at the Džeko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 year, 2 months ago

              For one week, I think you're good to go with Willian. I just have that "once bitten, twice shy" about Willian from seasons past, and I'd rather reserve my transfers for my big hitters to get double impact from captaincy.

              Willian should be good this weekend, but I'd prefer JamRod long term.

    3. Count Your Blessings
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      He had high xG but he was poor judging from eye test.

      1. Pukki Party
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Hmm thanks. So lucky getting opportunities?

    4. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      He got decent points. Won't get that every game week. Arsenal under Arteta are different ravy compared to Emery or latter day Wenger. When his points drop drastically sell him.

  14. @FPLMason
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Anyone else considering Kai -> Jrod?

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yes think that’ll be my transfer. Havertz looked awful on Monday....think he’ll be eased in

      1. @FPLMason
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Cheers for the input, Pat.

    2. schlupptheweek
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Quite a lot have done. I know he was rubbish vs Brighton but he was played in the wrong position, if Lampard plays him more as a no.10 he could make quite a few on here look quite silly. The main problem is not his talent but how long he takes to turn it on.

      1. @FPLMason
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        It's not that he was rubbish rather than the whole unit, bar Werner up top, looked a bit lost. I have Auba and Salah in case Kai would be played in a convenient manner. However, at the moment, Timo might be the one to consider from Chelsea rather than Kai. James looked quite good against Spurs as well. His stats are great as well.

  15. ItOnlyTook9Years
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Pulisic to ?
    A) Willian
    B) James Rodriguez
    C) Someone else

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I'm thinking A. Other options are Werner or Martial for a hit. Thoughts?

      1. ItOnlyTook9Years
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Any other players from Chelsea/ManU?

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Pulisic being transfered out, have Greenwood

    2. @FPLMason
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B

    3. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Greenwood

  16. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Thoughts on the following for a -8:

    Havertz -> JRod
    Werner -> Martial
    Adams -> DCL

    Opinions appreciated!

    1. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Not keen on a -8. Werner looks good so I’d def keep him

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Think a mistake to get rid of Werner. Assuming you cannot do Adams to DCL only I would just go Havertz to Rodriguez

    3. Threat Level Midnight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Havertz to JRod and hold. The others could end badly

  17. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    My team

    McCarthy 4
    James justin Ayling 4 4
    Salah Auba Bruno soucek 4.5
    Werner martial dcl

    Will extract value out of Auba and dcl to beef up the defence in due course.
    Don’t thinking can ever afford liv defenders without dropping 1 of my front 6

  18. Lecky Legs FC
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Didn't many hits last season but I am feeling one for the long term worth doing - 4 hit Mane & Werner> Sterling & Martial? Would also bank 0.4

    1. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Can see Chelsea-Liverpool being high scoring

      1. Lecky Legs FC
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Defo no clean sheets in that game for sure

  19. Canaries
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Torres worth a punt for City?

    1. Canaries
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Goal and an assist for Spain last week

      1. Geordie19
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Bilva injured too

        1. Pukki Party
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Has Pep said he won't feature? Mahrez could be an option then.

          1. Geordie19
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 2 months ago

            Didn’t say he wouldn’t, but sure I read him and Laporte were doubtful. Too hard too call as Mahrez torres could play. Only sterling and KDB are nailed I think

    2. bootsmanus
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Very punty if you ask me...

    3. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Wait and see how is used with Guardiola.

  20. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A lot of players looking like they'll drop. What's the record of number of price drops in one day?

  21. Garam MOSALAH
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Is Ings to Martial (c) for -4 worth ?

    Have KDB n Salah but going with Son (c) as differential captain

    1. Geordie19
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No I don’t think so.

  22. Geordie19
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    What 2 would you start?

    Robbo
    Dier
    Podence

    Thank you

    1. Garam MOSALAH
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Robbo and Dier

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Robbo podence

    3. bootsmanus
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Dito

      1. Geordie19
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        To what one sorry?

  23. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    A. Hold ft
    B. Havertz to Rashford
    C. TAA and Havertz to Saiss and Bruno - 4

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

    1. Geordie19
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I did b.
      Wouldn’t do -4 for wolves as Man City next

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Saiss is long term

        1. Geordie19
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          Hmm could pay off but if TAA has a good week you could lose out more

  24. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 2 months ago

    For people selling Auba after this game week. Who do you plan to bring in?

    1. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Not selling. Why would you sell a goalscoring FPL midfielder in an attack-minded team. Can score goals against Pool and City.

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Im in the same thinking as you. I can see people frantically transferring him out for the United and city assets and he will punish them. I think as a midfielder he's a potential 250 point player.

    2. Pjanić! at the Džeko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Salah

    3. Disputatious Dissident
      • 1 Year
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Salah

    4. Yome
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      KDB/Sterling

  25. Jebiga
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Havertz and Ings to Bruno and Wilson for a hit?

    1. King Kun Ta
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      easy

    2. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Ok

  26. Zim0
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Apparently James Rodriguez went to Everton on a free transfer.

    1. The 12th Man
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Yeh he did.
      120k a week.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Damn i thought there was some fee. Shrewd signing

        1. The 12th Man
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 2 months ago

          He only had 1 year left on his contract and Madrid wanted his wages off their books. So probably saved money letting him go.

          James took a massive pay cut.

          Madrid will get a percentage of any transfer fee if Everton sell him before his contract expires.

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Probably a nice signing on bonus for him and agent though.

      1. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Probably

    3. GreennRed
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Everton being secretive on it. Between zero and 25 million. Quite a bit of leeway. Rockstar wages.

  27. Yome
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Is this WC G2G? Bench sucks but I am ready to risk it by playing Robbo, Digne and Lewis every week.

    Martinez
    Robbo, Digne, Lewis
    Auba (C), Salah, Bruno, Harrison, Prodence
    Martial, DCL

    Steer, Mitchell, Buur, Brewster

    Auba to KDB/Sterling will allow me to do Martial -> Werner or a 4.0 -> 4.5

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      It's good, any way you could find room for Saiss?

      Would have Auba over KDB/Sterling this week. Can always do move after.

      1. Yome
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 2 months ago

        Only by downgrading a 5.5 mid and upgrade Lewis.

  28. Garfield1001
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Thoughts on the following for a -8:

    Havertz -> JRod
    Werner -> Martial
    Adams -> DCL

    Opinions appreciated

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      I think it will pay off in the medium term to be perfectly honest. Does feel a tad knee-jerk though.

    2. Yome
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      No way, Werner has a good fixture next week.
      I like 1 and 3

    3. Nanoelektronicar
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Just do Havertz to Rodriguez. I would keep Werner and Adams.

    4. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Not for -8

  29. F_Ivanovic
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Who to bench out of:

    A) Ayling
    B) Pereira
    C) Werner

    The only reason I'm thinking of C is that I'm doubled up on Liv defence and I had a bad start (42pts) so willing to take a gamble to maximise my potential output for the week.

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      Still play Werner imo

    2. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      B

  30. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 2 months ago

    Who to keep?

    A) Ryan
    B) McCarthy

    1. Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A

    2. MagicMessi
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 2 months ago

      A