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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 It made sure I was able to avoid overthinking and countless outdated drafts.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. Cak Juris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Is Smallbone regular starter without Redmond & Armstrong?

    1. LE CHARO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Not sure, Djenepo could start.

  2. LE CHARO
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Made the mistake of going for a Saints triple-up in GW1 (McCarthy, Ings and Adams) and also have Davies who is playing against them.

    Already used my FT, but contemplating a hit. What's the best option?

    A) No hit
    B) Ings > Martial (-4)
    C) Adams > DCL (-4)

    1. PartyPooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      My FT this week was B. All the talk is about Bruno and Rash, Martial is being a bit overlooked. So B for me

      1. LE CHARO
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Probably should have mentioned that my FT was Mané > Bruno, so already got MU coverage. Should I do B anyway?

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      A for me

  3. davies
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    GTG lads?

    Steer
    TAA Dier Saiss
    Salah Auba (c) Rodriguez ASM
    Werner Martial Adams

    McCarthy Bissouma Mitchell Ferguson*

    Cheers.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Yup

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

    Got Saiss IN this GW. Going to play him. Looked very dangerous. Can nab a goal vs short City defensive line as Laporte is not available (i guess)

    Defense of Taa VVD Saiss makes me feel great 😀

    2*4.5 for 4th spot.

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Not the worst shout at all

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

    Saints vs Spurs
    Chelsea vs Pool

    Score predictions?

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

      1-1
      2-2

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I'd take this 😀

    2. TH14 - INVINCIBLE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      1-2 Spurs
      0-2 Liverpool

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Taa VVD onwer would take that too.
        I hope it's a 0-0 & Pool drops 2 points though

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

    Wilson, DCL or Adams

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Wilson looked very good

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

        been burned by him before. underwhelmed at Bourne imo

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          New season
          New team
          😉

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

      DCL, Wilsons fixtures will become ugly soon.

      1. Andy_Social
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        DCL? When?

        1. Rocky FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          I prefer DCL.
          Wilsons fixtures will become ugly soon.

          1. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Oh, your punctuation is confusing - I thought you meant DCL's fixtures will turn ugly. I've tripled on Toffees as they don't get sticky for a long while!

            1. Rocky FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Yeah my bad. Everton looks good for a while.

  7. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Play 1: Have McCarthy at goal
    A. KWP
    B. Lamptey

    1. PartyPooper
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      B, wouldnt double up on Saints

  8. Chaste
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Greenwood surely in the starting line up right? Might just punt on him

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Till United get a RW yeah

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

      I seen a predicted line up like this.

      DDG
      AWB Lindelof Maguire Shaw
      Beek Matic
      Bruno Pogba Rashford Martial

      1. Chaste
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        What formation is this?

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

          Sorry Martial is upfront

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

          Midfield diamond. With Bruno most aggressive & Matic most defensive tips.

          But need very efficient Full Backs for it.

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

            Yeah a diamond would be great with these players I was thinking that when i seen the players , set up different where i seen it, but must be a diamond

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

            So Rashford will play upfront with Martial, that would be great for Rashford in fpl .

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              As i said, we need good wing backs.

              Shaw gets exhausted with regular work in 70/75 minutes. AWB looks lost in later parts of games too.

              Also, I don't see United adopting this long term. As they are pushing for a RW I'd think they would stay 433/4231 most of the games.

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

              Rashford playing up top would be great yeah.

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

        Midfield diamond won't happen till United get Telles (?) & Pogba in team.

        It'll be 4231 or 3-2-1-1-3 for starting GW IMO.

        1. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Which could be by next week. Problem is, when do they work on it, given the players have to naff off on another international break after GW4?

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Agree

  9. tom66
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Wildcard team - good to go?

    Ryan
    Gabriel - Shaw - Digne
    Rashford - Sterling - Auba - Harrison
    Watkins - Wilson - Vardy
    (McCarthy - Ayling - Soucek - KWP)

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      I don't like 2m on bench.
      Downgrade KWP and keep the money if you like everyone else at least.

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

      I'd go Saiss over Gabriel and play Ayling this week. Personally not a fan of that front three, I'd probably go Vardy to Jimi and Watkins to DCL.

    3. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Jesus over Vardy.

    1. Timon
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Cheeky little way to increase followers?

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Can be Actually. But he looked very confident in interview with United people's tv too tbh

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

      Telles and the teenage winger we are in the verge of singing

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Who is teenage winger bro ?

        1. Rocky FPL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Jesse Lingard.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            LoL at you.
            He's a CAM 😛

            Best prospect in the world right now !

            1. Rocky FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Agree with the latter. He is not just your everyday CAM though.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                😀

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

          Forgot the name bro, name ends with Vic sounds like a Serbian name 🙂

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              That deal is done way before if I'm not wrong. Player sent back on loan to same club too. 12m£ DEAL

  10. Tinmen
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    45 million is way too much for Jota, right folks?
    Good player though I believe ?

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      LoL at Pool 😛

      (He's a brilliant prospect IMO)

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

        Those funny Champions

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

      I am very excited about this move. Neto and Podence a real option now at 5.5

    3. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      PL experience, age, ability all contribute. I was surprised by the fee but I'm excited about how he'll develop under Klopp/Lijnders.

  11. Timon
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Thinking of brining Sterling & DCL for Alli and Kane. 🙁

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Why 🙁 ?
      Are you a Spurs fan ?

      1. Tingate
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Sterling and DCL are coming in

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          And ?
          What is the sad part that I'm missing here ?

          1. Tingate
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Sad part? Just the fact you asked him if he was a Spurs fan appeared that you thought he was bring the two Spurs fans in. My bad if I misunderstood.

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

              Sad face at end

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

              Ha ha ha

              It's confusing. No worries.

              All I'm saying is why is he worried about selling Two Spurs attackers.

              I like DCL & Raz as incoming players ftr

              1. Tingate
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Haha yeah I've just come and confused everything, apologies. Should wait until I've had a coffee before jumping on here.

                1. Amey
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  No worries ! Good day

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

    Has the lack of fans impacted home advantage to a significant degree? Anyone got any sources for an analysis on this?

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Last week - 6 out of 8 away victories. I'd call that a clue!

  13. Jomau
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 7 days ago

    1) Rashford + Martial
    Or
    2) Bruno + Richarlison

    1. Rocky FPL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      1

    2. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      2 for me

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

      2

  14. Rocky FPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Aguero out for 1-2 months.
    No love for Jesus around here? Still seeing WC teams without Jesus.

    1. Amey
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      Raz 😉

      1. Rocky FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        I prefer Raz too and I can't get Jesus because of my team structure. But Jesus is 2m cheaper.

        1. Amey
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          He's sh.t 😀
          Can't take any chances regularly. Raz is © shout for GW 346

          I'm going to stay quiet on this and hopefully not many would get Raz ha ha

          1. Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Jesus is excellent, averages almost a goal or assist every 90. He is a great option while Aguero is out.

    2. LE CHARO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 7 days ago

      He'll get some goals and is a good differential, but I'd rather have Martial or Jimenez for 0.5-1m cheaper. Jesus is too wasteful for my liking, I don't trust him enough.

      1. Rocky FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        He is wasteful but he is playing for City. Even Carrol starting for City will score goals.

  15. TOLV TUMS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    IF Rich's stats for last week are any indication, he's going to be a nice diff for these next few weeks - Everton have I think the third easiest go according to the ticker

    1. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 7 days ago

      They're top Overall, third defensively (with Fulham and Brighton above) and fifth offensively (with WBA and Sheff United above).
      That's why I've got him, Richarl and Doucoure!

  16. Sid07
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 7 days ago

    Start
    1) davies
    2) lascalles

  17. djoker_nole
      4 months, 7 days ago

      People tripling on Utd with those fixtures are in for a ride

      1. Rocky FPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 7 days ago

        Ride to the top?

        1. djoker_nole
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Only time will tell

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

          Bruno is enough when Utd are getting pens every week

        3. TOLV TUMS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          That midfield is just gonna be unsettled for a good while i think - no one seems clear on where DVDB slots in

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

        Best 5.5 defender until Chilwell's return ?

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

          Castagne or Tierney

          1. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            No mention of AWB who I am currently on 🙁

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

              He is a good pick tbf

            2. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              In today's guardian, Gary Neville writes about how AWB is an old-fashioned full-back, not a new-fangled wingback. Not what you want for 5.5m.

          2. Hattrick Harry
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Castagne the best in Premier

        2. djoker_nole
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Dier

        3. Al Moon Yeah
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Closing in on half a million transfers for Bruno and no price rise! Very very suspect. I remember the days when 250 k transfers used to get 0.3 price rise.

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            This is first season for blank GW 1.
            I like what they did

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

            Blank GW 1 players are price locked.

        4. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Rodriguez 19 pointer incoming soon

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Yeah. Leicester are very shaky Defense

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 7 days ago

              West Brom even worse

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                😀
                Nahhh. Johnstone GK here with no Everton. I think i should pass on the early KO today ... Ha ha

                1. Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  I was terrified of Johnstone owners when Vardy stepped up

                  1. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 7 days ago

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

              Idk if you are being sarcastic or not.

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                I'm not 😉

          2. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            I'll be cursing that I didn't captain him.

        5. Weeb Kakashi
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Podence could be a really good option this season.

          1. Rocky FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            RIght? Jota move was perfect.

        6. Jafooli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          A. Greenwood
          B. James Rodriguez

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            James probably plays every match

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

            Jrod this week and then access Greenwood, Grealish, Barnes etc

            1. PogBruno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Assess

        7. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 7 days ago

          How is Jota worth 45 million?

          1. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            this

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

            So they waited all summer wondering if THiago is worth 25m and spent 45m on Jota. Hmmm.

          3. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            PL tax

        8. Sturridge Wars
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Martial or Werner

          1. Rocky FPL
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Martial till Chelsea is fully fit.

            1. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              This. I've got 0.5 to get Werner when Chelsea have sorted themselves out.

        9. PogBruno
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          If Salah blanks against Chelsea, safe to assume he won't rise until GW4?

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Nope
            He'll rise for sure

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

            Salah ain't blank against Alonso :p

            1. Inazuma X1
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Surely Azpi will play?

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

              😮
              I forgot about that mate

              1. Andy_Social
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                And with Arsenal up next after they slaughter Hammers, with the bulk of midfield incoming transfers focussed on Mancs, I don't see Salah rising this week.

        10. NULL-X-VOID
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 7 days ago

          Me: You shouldn't let a player's last season perf influence your decision

          Also Me: Jesus is an absolutely useless striker and I'm not getting him even he's nailed for all the matches

          1. Amey
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            0/

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

            Me: I shouldnt take a lot of hit this season.

            Also me: Is -8 justifiable if I am getting Jesus in for Adams.

            1. NULL-X-VOID
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Me: *keeps Salah (C) for almost 3 days before deadline* Salah is gong to haul

              Also Me: *Puts (C) on Auba 3 mins before* Form over fixture

          3. TOLV TUMS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            hahaha, we call this "anchoring"

          4. Andy_Social
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Eh? Why wouldn't you? Joelinton was rubbish last season; this season he's ....?

        11. Kyle2210
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Is Martinez likely to start in goal or should I stick with Mccarthy or go for Ryan?

            Doing WC BTW.

            1. Rocky FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Go for Martinez and Steer.

          • DK_13
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            Gtg?
            McCarthy (peacock)
            Bavies Taylor TAA Saiss
            (A)uba salah bruno
            Werner wilson Adams
            (Mitchell bissouma reeds)
            0ft. 0itb

          • Inazuma X1
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 7 days ago

            To all those who are wondering why Pool paid 45m for Jota

            Pool actually hasn't paid that, they have swapped Hoever (around 10-15m) and paid little up front, the rest of the payment is staggered

            This is an ideal purchase for Pool

            1. Rocky FPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Most of the purchases are staggered. No one pays the entire amount upfront. It is a good buy dont know if he is worth so much.

              1. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Oh yeah he is not worth it but people claim he can be the next Mane

            2. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 7 days ago

              I wouldn't be looking down on the Reds transfer committee - they're a tad more careful with the cash than United!

            3. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 7 days ago

              Most transfers are staggered, in the end they’ll pay 45 million. Which he isn’t worth on paper but Liverpool are brilliant at recruitment so I expect it will work out.

              1. Rocky FPL
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                "Liverpool are brilliant at recruitment"

                They have been brilliant under Klopp. But don't forget the flops they have bought in the last decade.

                1. Top Mark.S
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 7 days ago

                  Michael Edward's is the genius not klopp

              2. Inazuma X1
                • 3 Years
                4 months, 7 days ago

                Yeah this was also the reason they didn't get Werner - had to pay too much up front for the release clause