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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 It made sure I was able to avoid overthinking and countless outdated drafts.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. Scratch
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Anyone know if the Scout Picks Challenge happening this season?

  2. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Sleeping pattern utterly destroyed for no reason whatsoever over the past few days...

      1. BenDavies
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks for this! No it's not due to FPL. Just staying up too late, and life!

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

      Same here mate

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

      Not surprised mate with Reguillon on his way.

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

    Start Lascelles or ASM?

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

      ASM

    2. We Will Klopp you
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Asm

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Asm

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

      Well that seems like consensus. Thanks

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

    Would you sell
    Egan (avl LEE ars FUL)
    or
    Dier (sou NEW mun WHU)
    to get
    Justin (BUR mci WHU AVL)
    ?

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

      No other pressing transfer for mid & fwd? I would give Egan another chance with those fixtures.

    2. We Will Klopp you
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Till pereiras back Justin is probably a better bet, but I'd be temped to leave it a gw to see if either of them show improvement this gw defensively, as its all up in the air atm

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Leave it as it is

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

      Don’t

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

      Cheers all, will probably save the transfer hoping SHU & TOT show signs of improvement.

  5. We Will Klopp you
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Morning all, nearly done with my WC team, Auba will become kdb after the deadline.

    Any suggestions on how to improve it?

    Martinez (steed)
    TAA Digne Saiss Justin (Mitchell)
    Salah Auba Bruno podence (bissouma)
    Martial Wilson (Brewster)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Very good I like it

      1. We Will Klopp you
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks

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

      It's a nice team but such a terrible bench with no wriggle room

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

        And I'm not so sure about relying on a Villa goalie every week

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          This, go for Ryan

        2. We Will Klopp you
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ryan or meslier are alternatives, with ryan prem proven, so I'll think it over but villa showed better defensive nous towards the back end of last season, I'd expect plenty of save points and I'm banking on martinez's quality.

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

            I like Ryan myself but the fact that Brighton were interested in Martinez would put me off, actually why I took him out of my team before GW1.

      2. We Will Klopp you
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I appreciate the feedback, I'm banking on brewster to Sheffield untied happening, ferguson returning to help re Mitchell and I'll use the 0.5m to get soucek in or maybe even get a 4.5m def in for mitchell in a couple of gws

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

      Very good team ....

      1. We Will Klopp you
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thank you

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

      Nice
      Bruno to Rashford and upgrade Podence.
      Chelsea have to come good and you will want 1 or 2 of them.

      1. We Will Klopp you
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I appreciate the suggestion but not too keen on losing Bruno tbh and im happy to keep podence with jota going, the alternatives at 6.5m aren't too convincing either, foden comes to mind but he's not worth losing Bruno over.

  6. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    A. Hold ft, get more player data and mini WC
    B. Havertz to Rashford (not sure if that is the Utd player I want)
    C. TAA and Havertz to Saiss (long term Wolves fixtures) and Bruno - 4

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

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Anyone?

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

      A

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks

    3. CaTriEm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      I'd go with A.

      B is trying to get a United player for the sake of it, Rashford is the third best of that lot.

      C is a kneejerk, personally I plan on having TAA in my starting XI all year, provided he's fit. Give Havertz another week at the very least.

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Thanks - pretty much my thinking for B and C

  7. zizoo10
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    what would u consider to have been the better -4 move?

    A) Ings > Martial (my planned move from the beginning)
    B) Vinagre > Saiss (would save me 0.1, but saiss would be benched and Ings would start on the field)

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      both options not worth a hit

  8. Amey
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Are you ready for GW2 ??
    😀

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

      Ready 🙂

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

        Nice ... !

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

      Ready with again auba(C)

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

        Same here mate .. 🙂

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Not yet 🙁

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

        What's bothering you mate ?

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

          No United 🙁

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

            Hmm
            It can be dangerous. But hey ho 😀
            I have Martial. If Bruno fires I'd be falling too. Can't have them all

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

              Yeah, thinking of Werner > Martial for a hit, I may do this

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

                GL 🙂

    4. chriscosta
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      oh yeah Auba (C) - GL to all

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

    Got really serious on FPL about 2 years ago now and started being able to watch football every weekend and I finished

    2018/2019 2341pts 27007 OR
    2019/2020 2358 pts 10449 OR

    Previous highest finish was
    2015/16 2152 points 102467

    11 years playing

    Can I break the top 10k this year ?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Sure. Why not?

    2. pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Let us know after gw 38

  10. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Alli to Podence Or save FT?

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

      Though one now you have lost funds on him, might aswel save now and hope he starts

      1. The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        If he's benched, I have Mitchell coming on

    2. Cak Juris
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Save

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Save and get more player data. Wolves City game will be tight

    4. jamesjoseph2770
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Maybe Alli to James

  11. EmreCan Hustle
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    I'm sure this has been discussed with interest already but is Podence now a viable option, long term?

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

      Has Jota done the move ??
      I'm waiting on Podence still

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yeah, seems to be a done deal.

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

          Wow
          Hate it as he's a good player 🙂

      2. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yes Jota is done to Pool

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

          WTF

    2. owenread
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      yes, the only thing threatening him before was Jota who is leaving

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Is Neto not a threat to Podence? I suppose as long as Traore is playing as a wing back, Neto must fill in on the right.

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

        Silva must be a threat at some point right?

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Yes. A punt I made that appears to have paid off!

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Cheers.

  12. Cak Juris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Any data about Man City player performance without Aguero?

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

      Raz to benifit

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        KDB to also benefit with him confirmed on pens

  13. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Guyz g2g?

    Martinez
    Robbo Digne AWB Justin
    Auba (c) Salah Prodence
    Jimenez DCL Martial
    - Saiss Bissouma Reed

    - 433, 0.5itb
    GW3 - Auba to KDB
    GW4 - Martial to Werner

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      G2G

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Gtg

    3. djoker_nole
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Very decent

    4. olidooley
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Gtg here?

      Feel stupid after taking Robbo and Havertz out for Rashford and Digne for a hit....

      McCarthy
      TAA Digne Shaw
      Salah Auba Rashford JWP Soucek
      Werner Mitrovic

      Peacock-Farrell Taylor Davis Mitchell

    5. pablo discobar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Jesus worth it a 9.5 with aguero out for 2 months?

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

        Is he out for 2 months ?

      2. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Wow 😮

        I missed that new altogether

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

            Thanks !
            Raz it is 🙂 he'll play very high now IMO

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

        In that Man City attack Carlton Cole or Cameron Jerome would be worth it knowing he's guaranteed his starts

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

        I'd still prioritise Werner and Martial over Jesus, and look too City's midfield.

      5. olidooley
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Makes Sterling and Foden better options anyway

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

        If he is half bad against Wolves in Peps eyes, Raz will be starting upfront

        1. Weeb Kakashi
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Jesus played rest of the season when Aguero was injured. Got even more goals than Kun. Jesus is Nailed.

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

            Is it Easter already? 😉

      7. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Could be

    6. Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Start Saka or Lundstram?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Both a rotation risk - Gamble on Saka

    7. mcrayeps
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Justin/Robbo/TAA/Vinagre
      Auba/Salah/Saint-Max/Son
      Werner/Mitro
      (Soucek/Mitchell/4.5)

      0.5itb
      Should i :
      A) Son+Vinagre -> Greenwood + Digne (-4)
      B) Soucek -> Klich
      C) Play Soucek

    8. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Likelihood of Alli playing tomorrow ?

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

        low - lo Celso is back

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

        High

      3. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        No idea. As an owner I have high hopes

    9. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      With Aguero out, tempted to double up on Raz and KDB for Leicster and Leeds games

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Hmm same Sterling instead of Salah?

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

          Yes instead of Salah , if he looked as good against Chelsea, would get him instead

      2. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I would do this over bringing in a Utd player

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

        I'm thinking dropping a big gun for Sterling to have him captained vs Leeds. Think Leeds will be wide open for a pacy player that finds space the way he does.

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

        I'll prob do that if they're on fire on Monday.

      5. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        City prices to change on Saturday night or Monday night after their game?

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

          Very important question. Unfortunately, we don't have the answer 🙁

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

      Did Son > Rashford after being concerned Son was going to drop and had exact cash. Second guessing big time now. Ahhh!

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

      Hope to get some advice for the following options:

      A) Ings to Richarlison(GW 2); Auba + ASM --> Bruno + James Rod (-4) (GW3)

      B) Hold for GW 2; Auba + ASM -> Rashford + James Rod (GW3)

      C) Hold for GW2; Auba + ASM + Justin -> Rashford + James Rod + Saiss (-4) (GW3)

      Which option?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Hold transfer suggestions si change after another game week of data

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

        Hold and see what happens this weekend. Your moves could change quite a bit.

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

      How does the permalink work on posts/comments?

    13. CaTriEm
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Just curious, who else has resisted bringing in a United player and banked a transfer?

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

        Bruno twisted my arm, I was weak

      2. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        o/

      3. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        I have so far....read my post above

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

      Hello all.

      Should I TC Aubameyang for GW2?

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

        Could work ,but prefer playing tc on double gwks

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

        I think it's too early to tell, with just 1 gw played.
        I'd save the TC for later.

      3. We Will Klopp you
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        It's a roll of the dice only you can decide to make, logic suggests waiting for dgws but logic doesn't always work out with this game. All I can say is that auba is expected to do well this gw.

      4. Tonyawesome69
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Why not?! Go with your gut

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

        I want to say no but I triple captained Shane Duffy last season so what do I know

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

          I probably won’t do it, but I keep going back and forth. It would be nice to still have all my chips beyond the first couple game weeks, unlike previous seasons.

    15. Tripleh123
        4 months, 2 days ago

        G2G?

        McCarthy
        TAA Egan Justin Taylor
        Salah Auba Alli
        Werner Mitrovic Martial

        Button- Soucek Mitchell Lemina

        Advise, keep Alli or transfer for a hit. Start Taylor or Soucek?

        1. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          GTG keep and Taylor

          1. Tripleh123
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Awesome, thanks bro. Guess Alli gets one more week. Would you get rid of him for Rodriquez, Barnes or Maddison later on?

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 2 days ago

                Probably Rodriguez but maybe you should consider Foden or Greenwood

                1. Tripleh123
                    4 months, 2 days ago

                    Ok thanks for suggestion. Will consider Greenwood, Foden probably won't be nailed on starter just yet.

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

              Start Soucek he can easily nick a goal and Burnley will concede

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

            Who would you prioritise this week between Raz and KDB before getting the other one in GW3 (right after the GW2 deadline)?

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Sterling - more explosive and more likely to get goals from him than KDB

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

            Is Alli out of favor, or injured? Or will he most likely start?

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Out of favour

            2. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Out of favour

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

            JWP > Greenwood for a hit? Or just play JWP and no United this week?

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

              Play JWP
              And hope Spurs concede on yet another set piece 😉

            2. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Just play JWP

            3. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Thanks fellas, without United this week but will watch and cheer them up ... not nice!

          5. C_Manan
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            AWB or Most Nailed City Defender for 3 GWs ?

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Neither better value defenders available

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

                Who among Value Defs according to you has better fixtures?

          6. Sid07
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Start
            1) davies
            2) lascalles
            3) Mitchell

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

              1

            2. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              2