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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 It made sure I was able to avoid overthinking and countless outdated drafts.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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3,576 Comments Post a Comment
  1. A-L
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    From GW3 I'd expect both Mahrez and Foden be higher up the pecking order and to get more minutes with Aguero out and Dilva gone. Viable strategy to get both in and balance out the rotation risk?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Problem is there’s a fair chance that they’d be subbed on if they don’t start

      1. A-L
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Mahrez still had one of the best PPG and value last season, and his consistency gives me hope

        1. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          What was his ppg?

          1. A-L
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Can't find the stats but is just from what I remember

            1. Bad Kompany
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              175 points from 33 matches (21 starts and 12 subs). 5.3 ppg. The amount of subs worries me although he could start more often with no Dilva

              1. A-L
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Ah cheers, I'm seriously considering it at least while Aguero is out and the bench looks ok. Covid strikes so the bench needs to be sorted anyway

                1. Bad Kompany
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Is he better without Kun?

                  1. A-L
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    No idea but will get more game time whenever Sterling is put up front

                    1. Bad Kompany
                      • 3 Years
                      4 months, 2 days ago

                      Won’t Jesus play up front? He played there during restart

                      1. A-L
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        4 months, 2 days ago

                        Pep will rotate him, as he will to Mahrez too, but Mahrez (and Foden) I'd then expect more minutes from

                      2. Bad Kompany
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 2 days ago

                        I’d expect Jesus to play with no kun and no ucl

  2. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Which would you prefer for GW2?

    A) Son to James Rod
    B) Ings to Richarlison
    C) Hold

    1. A-L
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      C

    2. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      C

    3. WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B

    4. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      B

  3. Bad Kompany
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Is Fabio Silva likely to be given some games with Jota leaving?

  4. Aussie Rules
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Best 4.5 mid?

    1. Bad Kompany
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Bissouma or Reed probably

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Bissouma

    3. choco27
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Bissouma, Elneny, Reed, N. Mendy

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Hey fam! Need some help on this! This is my team currently!

      McCarthy Button
      TAA Robbo Mitchell Ferguson Johnson
      Salah Auba Havertz Alli Barnes
      DCL Adams Davis

      Which plan looks better?

      *Plan A*

      GW2 - Alli & Johnson to Podence & Digne (-4)
      GW3 - Auba to KDB/Sterling (Free)

      *Plan B*

      GW2 - Alli & Johnson to Podence & Saiss (-4)
      GW3 - Auba & Adams to Rashford & Jesus (-4)

      1. yalala
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Join the WC gang, you know you want to

      2. Bad Kompany
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        A imo

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

        I prefer plan A

      4. WALOR
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Saiss and Rashford, not sure about the rest

      5. choco27
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Plan A looks better

        • Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Cheers everyone

      6. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Went with Pulisic to Rodriguez... Gtg?

        Mccarthy
        TAA Doh Egan
        Aubam Barnes ASM Rodriguez
        Martial Werner Ings
        (Nyland, Burke, Mitchell, KWP)

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          GTG! GL!

        2. Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Gtg. Barnes seems to be going under the radar. Could have hauled last gw. You captaining Auba? Or Martial?

      7. HellasLEAF
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Jesus or Werner

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Jesus is making me change my plans

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Walk on water

          2. HellasLEAF
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Agreed. Also side note. KDB on pens now? Might be by committee.

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Yes

      8. Oringer7
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Start Ramsdale or Leno?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Leno.

          2. Aussie Rules
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Leno

        • Muscout
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Vinagre likely to fall tonight?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Great chance.

        • waldo666
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Tayor or Justin to replace Vinagre? Taylor feels like a better long term prospect to me.

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Would have said Taylor no doubt before midweek but him starting in the cup could be a bad sign.

            Justin will be out of the team soon after the IB, Pieters might keep Taylor out from the off.

            Pick the Burnley left back, if you can tell who it'll be 🙂

            1. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Cheers Rainer, good points. Allot of guesswork still at play for sure!

          2. Aussie Rules
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            I like Justin based on the expected return for Ricardo of late October. Gets the good fixtures in for Justin and can look at getting rid of after that - maybe even for Ferguson once he returns and CP fixtures get better

            1. waldo666
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Yeah, just don't like setting myself up for another transfer albeit a fair way down the track. Still could be an option, I better decide soon!

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          'Unlike earlier seasons where I went with 3 up front'...
          While playing 4-3-3 this season..

          Are these articles proof read at all? The editor whoever it is does a garbage job consistently

          1. The Bad Seed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            if you continue the statement it makes sense.

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              No it doesnt. 'Only 3 players up front' in itself makes no sense within the rules of FPL. You can't even have more players up front.

              Unless he's saying he had a set and forget front 3 last season which I hardly believe

          2. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            "Exposing casuals since 2015" lol

          3. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Exposing casuals haha, what is your best finished recently?

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Any casual can get a score when asking 1000 questions and doing what the masses tell you to do each week. A real pro plays his own game

              1. Africa United
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                This

              2. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Agreed mate , but opinions do matter

              3. Dynamic Duos
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                But nothing is ever a definite answer ever, so that is everyone finishes in different positions on here.

                1. Dynamic Duos
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  Why*

        • huhhh
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Anybody are without manutd players this gw2?

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Many

          2. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Yep. I'm sure some United players wlll do decent but not too concerned.

          3. ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            yup

          4. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Non casuals for sure

          5. All Hail K
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            All Leeds supporters.

        • Werner Bremen
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          What about this?

          Ryan
          TAA, Justin, James
          Auba, Salah, Rashford, Podence
          Werner, DCL, Watkins

          Button,Taylor, Mitchel, Bissouma

          1. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Wildcard?

            Only Ryan in goals... weren't Brighton trying to sign Martinez last week.

        • PM
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          QUICK POLL: need to bench one:

          1. Mitrovic (at LEE)
          2. Che Adams (home v TOT)
          3. Ayling (home v FUL)

          >>>Thanks

          1. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Roll a dice. Would probably go for Ayling just about

          2. Dynamic Duos
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Play the attackers

            1. PM
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              thanks both, good luck this gw

        • Sturridge Wars
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Which one?

          A) Keane & Richarlison
          B) Digne & DCL

          1. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B

          2. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B easily

          3. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B

          4. PM
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B

          5. F4L
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            yeah, B

        • Kepa's at the wheel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          With KDB and Sterling being the same price this season, who would you take on long term. Do you reckon KDB can keep overperforming into this season?

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            You have to worry about that City defence spoiling the entire party...

          2. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Not sure what you mean by overperforming? He's probably the best midfielder in the world.

            1. Kepa's at the wheel
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              As in overperforming in his xG from last season, which many were long range strikes. His assists will always be there but was thinking Sterling would be a good shout, tap-in merchant that he is

              1. Scratch
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Prefer Sterling as a flat track bully - Leeds coming up so i'll be choosing him first. But think KDB's the better pick overall... imagine he'd had penalties all of last season too.

          3. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Kdb is a lot better than sterling. You will see people quoting Sterling's post restart stats but sterling is a known bottler. He only does well when there's no pressure on. Thats why he did better when the season was over and nothing to play for.

            1. F4L
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              What about the two seasons before 😆

            2. A-L
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              So only does well end of the season, only if nothing to play for? Had a hat trick GW1 last season when there were lots of games ahead and nothing close to being decided - seems a good time to me with no Aguero and attacking responsibilities

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Yes and then he was garbage for a long period while the team performed sub par. He never pulls the team up to the next level, only plays well when they are flying. The whole Gomez debacle last season shows how poorly he reacts when things don't go his way.

                1. A-L
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 2 days ago

                  But for the short term all the factors are lining up it seems. I won't doubt you for the long term though

                  1. Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Short term the factors don't line up because there's pressure on city and thats when sterling doesn't perform

                    1. A-L
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 2 days ago

                      When I said 'had a hat trick GW1 last season when there were lots of games ahead and nothing close to being decided'... my point was the pressure is less at the start of the season as plenty of time to put it right, more so than any other point of the season, and proved with his good start to last season

          4. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            KDB isn't over performing, expecting more of the same from him this season. Kun injury news a boost for KDB regards pens. I'll pick KDB all day.

          5. noquarternt
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah not sure, need to see how they line up.

        • Razmataz
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Anyone know what time the prices change at?

          1. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            27 minutes I believe

            1. Razmataz
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              thanks

          2. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Who is that girl in your grav?

        • Bad Kompany
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          How long is Kun out for?

          1. F4L
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            indefinitely, but at least 1 month

            1. Bad Kompany
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Cheers! Jesus a great option then

              1. F4L
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                He did well for me last year so he's in now.

                Make or break for Jesus this year imo, its time for him to prove he can replace Aguero.

        • F4L
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Time for the Sterling and Jesus double up 😀

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            At your own will

        • SantaCruz87
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Anyone considering bringing Mahrez in?

          1. F4L
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            can't imagine he's match fit right now. Has more competition for his spot this year as well.

        • MFPL
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Hey guys, I’m very tempted to WC and this is the current team I’m looking at. Any suggestions? If I don’t WC, I’ll likely go Robertson to Digne for a -4 this week and it allows me to have some time before choosing who I want.

          Guaita (Button)
          TAA Digne Justin (Saiss Mitchell)
          Salah Bruno Mahrez Podence (Bissouma)
          Jesus DCL Watkins

          1. Bad Kompany
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Why on earth would you lose Robbo??? He looked great.

        • LE CHARO
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Hi folks ! Current team is :

          McCarthy
          TAA, Robbo, Davies, Justin
          Auba (C), Bruno, ASM
          Werner, Ings, Adams

          Nyland, Soucek, Taylor, Bissouma
          1.5m ITB

          Already did Mané to Bruno, but I really don't like the look of my team for this GW. What to do here?

          A) Nothing
          B) Ings > Martial (-4)

        • rokonto
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Morning all, is Taylor nailed for Burnley?

          1. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Likely starter but has competition

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Think he will be.

        • Sturridge Wars
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Which one 5th mid?

          A) ASM
          B) Podence
          C) Harrison

          1. A-L
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B

          2. Kepa's at the wheel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B

          3. Silent Hunter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B

          4. F4L
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B - best team by far

          5. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Podence was probably worth a punt before the Jota news, well clear now.

          6. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            B

          7. Alonso The Great Midfielder
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            c for this week and b for long term

        • The Suspended One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ryan Walton
          TAA Saiss KWP Taylor Mitchell
          Salah Auba Bruno Souchek Bissouma
          Werner Mitro Wilson

          Happy with this lot..

          1. FOO FIGHTER
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Walton is flagged

            1. The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              No bb this week

        • JURGENAUT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Advice?

          McCarthy
          TAA // Doherty // Justin
          Salah (VC) // Auba (C) // Havertz // ASM // Soucek
          Werner // Ings

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

          0ITB.
          1FT - holding.

          G2g?

          Cheers

        • noahzark22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Any chance Saka plays for Arsenal this week?

          1. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            If Arteta has learned . . he will have a settled line up.

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Can't see it, needs injuries.

            Tierney LB, AMN LWB, Willian/Pepe RW all ahead of him.

          3. noquarternt
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Could do, chops and changes a lot.

            Wouldn’t bet on it though and would probably lose him.

        • Bushwhacker
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Odds on Lampard playing a game with Pulisic's fitness?

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Seems injury prone so very doubtful.

          2. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Stupid to risk an injury prone player so early on in the season

          3. SL8
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            No chance he starts...i doubt Lampard is even registered to play!

        • Tommie
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Wowzerrrr....Diogo Jota: Liverpool agree £45m deal for Wolves forward

          1. Scratch
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Source?

            1. Tommie
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Sky sports

          2. Bushwhacker
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            41m according to the Guardian. The world has gone insane unless Klopp feels Firmino is done.

            1. Tommie
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              With the Afcon set to go ahead, both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are expected to be absent for some time.
              with Jota joining, the forward can be utilised to somewhat soften the blow that Liverpool are set to take.

        • Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          With Kun out it's a no brainer jesus in for me

          1. Totti
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            why?

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              He just said why

              1. Totti
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                kun out
                so no brainer jesus to be in!!
                i don't understand 🙂

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            9.5 for a nailed on city forward looks silly alright

            Very tempted

            1. Brosstan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Really happy I didn't already go Kane to Martial. Now I can go auba + Kane to kdb and jesus and still have money left over for some good upgrades elsewhere the next gw

              1. Don Van Vliet
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Think Sterling is the shrewd pick here?