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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 It made sure I was able to avoid overthinking and countless outdated drafts.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. Fat Ozil
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Son & Bowen -> Bruno & Podence? -4 (Both dropping tonight)
    Save FT

    McCarthy
    TAA Egan Doherty Justin (Mitchell)
    Salah ASM Son Bowen (Bissouma)
    Werner Kane Adams

    1. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      i think yes
      you have to do it

      1. Fat Ozil
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks.

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          you welcome mate 🙂
          good luck

  2. Totti
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    well
    after all of that bruno won't rise before gameweek 2 🙂

    obviously FPL are manipulating with the prices
    i think there is no definite rules are followed

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wouldn't be surprised if he's rising tonight.
      Just to make us believe that we had cracked the code. Mind games from FPL towers.
      But no, he/they shouldn't rise tonight, based on these passed days.

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        🙂
        totally agree

    2. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      he's not rising because he hasn't kicked a ball this season yet....

      1. Totti
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        but according to the rules
        it's a market
        if many peoples are purchasing him then he should rise even before playing
        i'm talking from rules point of view 🙂

  3. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Hi guys, am I GTG?

    Ryan
    TAA Davies Egan Justin
    Salah Soucek Auba(c) J Rod
    Vardy Werner

    Subs: Button Bissouma Taylor Brewster

    1. PepSala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Looks good

    2. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      FT?
      if yes
      then soucek --> hendrick

  4. PepSala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Vinagre to Saiss or Ayling for a hit to avoid price drop? Ayling could get something vs Fulham

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

      Saiss. It will save you a transfer long term.

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

        I agree. I'm not sure how I feel about a hit for a Leeds defender.

    2. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      ayling

    3. corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      My dilemma too. Looking at Saiss, James or Lamptey

  5. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Thoughts?
    1.
    Werner > Martial
    ASM > Foden
    Giving Son another week.....

    2,
    Werner > Martial
    Son > Rashford

    McCarthy
    Trent, Egan, Robbo
    Auba C, Soucek, Son, ASM
    Vardy, Richarlison, Werner

    Steer, Mitchell, Reed, Burr

    1. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      save free transfer

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Plan was always to get Martial, could just get him for free?

        1. Totti
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          leave werner
          i think he got the fixtures give him 2 more games

          1. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Ta

  6. Gazpilicueta
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who would you bench?!
    I think this might work...

    Trent, James, Ayling, Lamptey and Justin
    Salah, Havertz, Bamayang
    Jimenez and Martial

    Mitro, Bissouma and Noble on the bench
    what do you think?

    1. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      GTG

    2. Mesh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'd probably play Mitro

  7. Lukey27
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is this a members only site now?

    1. The Mane-lorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A few articles are members only, most open to all

      1. waldo666
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Other way around.

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Venmo me £5 and I’ll tell you

    3. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Eh

  8. Mesh
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who to captain?
    A. Auba
    B. Bruno

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Aub

    2. Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      All players have the potential to blank, we've all whinged about Auba's unreliability in seasons gone.
      Bruno has so many ways to figure in attacking returns.
      I've gone Bruno ..... but 2 goals & an assist possible, gives Auba the higher ceiling.

    3. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      i've both
      but i'm going auba

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Steer
    Digne / Davies / Justin / KWP
    Salah / Auba / Fernandes / ASM
    Werner / Ings

    McCarthy // Bissouma / Mitchell / Brewster

    I'm assuming Steer won't start, so:
    A) Start KWP regardless
    B) Start Bissouma in place of KWP
    C) Start Mitchell in place of KWP

    Cheers!

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nice squad, different, WC?

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

        No - it's my starting squad. Just swapped in Digne & Bruno for the coming GW.

        I wouldn't have triple Saints if it were a WC 😆

  10. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    GTG?

    Steer
    Trent Ayling Justin Taylor
    Bruno Auba (c) Salah ASM
    DCL Werner

    McCarthy,KWP,Soucek,Wickham

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      7/10 gtg

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        thanks mate

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Yes you're good.

  11. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Vinagre > Saiss for a hit before price drop?

    1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nah

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hold

    3. Bring back Rafa
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Nah, 4 points is worth more than $0.1m
      You could justify it if Wolves were playing an easier team but as they're playing City you aren't likely to use Saiss anyway

      1. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks, I'm playing TAA Robbo and Justin

    4. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I would

    5. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      long term move I would do it

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I agree

    6. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Do you have XI to field? If not, wait until next week.

    7. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wait a week. Marcal could get injured, sent off, anything.

  12. JackQualt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I’ve got Robo and Trent,
    Is it worth
    Trent + Pulisic > KDB + Justin for -4?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No stick with trent robbo

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

        Agree. Stick. Theres a reason you got them both

      2. JackQualt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thank you

    2. nobwak
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Were you thinking that Trent was essential 7 days ago? If so, how has that changed so dramatically in the space of 7 days?
      Stick to your guns. You have Trent fro a reason.

      1. JackQualt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I know that Pulisic is a great route to KDB early and I always had one of those two as a cash cow after the first game, but it’s the -4 and the fact it’s Trent rather than Robo to allow Justin or another 4.5 that’s putting me off. I don’t want Mitchel. Pulisic price shift along with Justin makes it tempting tonight. Otherwise I really need to be looking at switching Pulisic for either Greenwood or Rodriguez, for a free otherwise I’m looking at ward prowse or ASM off the bench, with Walker Pieters 2nd

  13. The Royal Robin
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Play McCarthy or Ryan?

    I have ASM in midfield so I'm conflicted to play Ryan but is he still the better choice? Think both might concede.

    1. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      mcarthy

  14. PastaConcerto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    That sinking feeling when you only possess one of the players selected on the Scout Picks....and you have 9 players all playing each other

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

      Before most would say it's the kiss of death owning loadsa scout picks... hopefully it works like that for you

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

        3 for me

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I have 6. Am worried 😛

      3. PastaConcerto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I usually average 3 or 4 and do fairly well. Not sure if I've only had 1 before. At least he'll be my captain.

  15. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Vardy(C) vs Burnley anyone???

    1. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      if i have him i would do it

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Good shout

    3. nerd_is_the_werd
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      not for me unfortunately.
      burnley can be tough and leicester may be unreliable.
      there are better / safer options imo.
      from a vardy owner.

  16. Kristobal
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best 4.5 GK?

    1. barcaa7
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martinez

    2. Totti
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      mcarthy
      ryan
      martinez
      mesiler

    3. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Mart

    4. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martinez

    5. Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martinez the best of the proven 4.5's.
      Meslier the highest unknown upside.

  17. barcaa7
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Son and Pulsic (-4) to ............................
    a-Bruno and Barnes/Grealish
    b-Sterling and Podence
    c-Bruno and Podence
    d-KDB and Podence
    e-Hamez and Rashford

    1. Fat Ozil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      C

    2. shredder
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'd go C here, if no utd and maybe look at Foden as way into City midfield

  18. Qaiss
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Has anyone decided they will definitely not captain Auba?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Will flip a coin tomorrow morning

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Me. Going for Salah

    3. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Now that I may get in Vardy...

  19. King Kun Ta
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    One last choice to go.....

    Lamptey or Dallas longer term?

    Ta!

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lamps

    2. Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Leeds over BHA for me.

  20. damiang2233
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best replacement for Pulisic?

    1. barcaa7
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hamez

  21. shredder
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Got lost on last page
    Evening all,
    Quick dillema here and would appreciate a bit of help.
    1. Adams to Brewster and Bissouma to JRod ( going 3-5-2)
    2. Pereira to JRod ( stay 3-4-3)

    Current set up
    Auba, Salah, Havertz, Pereira, Bissouma
    Wilson , Martial, Adams.

    Cheers

  22. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Dear dear City.

    We are in trouble and we haven't kicked a ball yet!

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not with their op bench

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Trouble?

    3. Qaiss
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I have a feeling City will come out flying against Wolves and Leicester and punish em

  23. ZimZalabim
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    which duo to you prefer for the next 3 or so ?

    A. Ings + Ayling

    B. Martial + 4m fodder (Already own Mitchell)

    C. Richarlison + Saiss.

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

    2. Luton_Fan
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      C

    3. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      C

    4. Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      C
      But Richo's only had 13 goals each season for the last two.
      Saiss does that combo justice.

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        cheers for the reply

        Just want rich for 3 weeks tops for this run of games, would prefer Martial but having 2 4m def is a disaster waiting to happen and could potentially leave with less than 11 players one of these weeks. Plus Saiss would be in longer term.

    5. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      cheers all

      was leaning C myself, but getting Martial in is very tempting

  24. nobwak
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best 4.5 def to replace Vinagre?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Justin

    2. Couch Potato
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ayling

  25. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    74 pts atm, g2g here and looking at another good gwk?

    McCarthy
    TAA Egan Davies
    Salah Aubameyang(c) Bruno(vc) Hamez ASM
    DCL Mitrovic

    Nyland Brewster Saiss Ferguson

  26. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Mitchell worth getting as 4th defender?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      No- dropped as soon as PVA back which will be soon going by Roy’s presser comments

      1. Bobby_Baggio
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        ok cheers dunas

  27. PepSala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I'll be priced out of Vinagre to Saiss after price drop? Would you guys do it for a hit?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not for a hit you will def lose out. Would hold

  28. AnfieldLad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A) play 3-4-3 with Soucek every week

    B) take a hit on Vinagre -> Ayling and play 4-3-3/ could rotate Ayling and Soucek

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

    3. Society
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A
      Don't take a hit
      You got Soucek for a reason ..... be one of the few who hold for when he does score.

  29. Jay Jay Okocha
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Gabby Jesus looking like a sexy WC3 pick all of a sudden

    1. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Definitely. See below. Sterling plays the 9 too

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Wont start every game

  30. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Jesus until Christmas? Who else plays up top?

    Sterling might be nailed and opens up space for Torres too perhaps