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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 2

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 2, don’t forget the new normal deadline of 11:00 BST – half an hour earlier than last season.

Captain set? Transfers made?

Before delving into the nitty-gritty of the best advice for the next round of matches, we received a welcome reminder this week on how to enjoy FPL.

If you find yourself clicking a little too often on transfers page, Community Member and Mindfulness trainer DomWatts23 explained why:

We get a dopamine hit released in our brain every time we look at our team and remember that we might be rewarded in the future for those players doing well this weekend.

– Dom Watts

Which is of course exactly what we want but, realistically, doesn’t always happen.

Dom’s thoughtful article is full of tips that help put FPL in perspective, and could possibly improve your decision-making process. 

And remember, even the best can have a bad Gameweek, as three-time top-200 finisher Lateriser proved with a below-average 43 points. Well, he wouldn’t be called ‘Late Riser’ if he didn’t start slowly. Reflecting on his pre-season decisions, the Pro Pundit considered:

Being stubborn will not make you a good FPL player. You have to respond to what you see on that television screen.

– Lateriser

It’s an exciting Gameweek with both Manchester clubs returning to action following their opening blank, and let’s not forget Aston Villa and Burnley too. Man United-fan Lateriser is sensing an opportunity to give Anthony Martial (£9.0m) the armband.

Although writing in Captain Sensible, Jan Sienkiewicz identified a weakness on Crystal Palace’s right flank that could be exploited by Marcus Rashford (£9.5m).

Encouragingly for Man United backers, the latest clean sheets odds provided by G-Whizz reveal that the Eagles are the team most likely to concede in Gameweek 2.

However, double-points king Jan notes that the safe captain pick is the popular Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m):

We can trust Aubameyang, who has been in fantastic goalscoring form over recent months and does have the underlying statistics, as well as penalties, to back it up.

– Jan

Arsenal entertain West Ham this weekend and, reflecting on the Hammers’ home defeat to Newcastle, David struck an ominous tone in the Best Captain video:

It’s quite rare to see a team get – I don’t want to say played off the park – but Newcastle were in full control of that game and I can’t remember the last time I really saw Newcastle be in control of a game and be on the front foot.

– David

One person who no doubt enjoyed that win was Neale. This week, our resident Geordie cast his eye over the statistics from Gameweek 1 in his latest Big Numbers offering. Among the many pearls highlighted was the frailty of the newly-promoted defences:

2.83 expected goals conceded (xGC) by West Bromwich Albion in Gameweek 1, the worst total in the division. In fact, the three newly promoted clubs had the worst xGC tallies in the first round of 2020/21 matches, with Leeds United (2.76) and Fulham (1.97) not far behind.

– Neale

That could be good news for owners of Everton players, with the Baggies visiting Goodison Park in the early kickoff.

The Toffees topped Pro Pundit Andy’s Gameweek 1 take-aways: underestimated following a series of sub-par performances during Project Restart, Andy noted how the arrival of midfield trio Allan (£5.5m), Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.5m) and James Rodríguez (£7.5m) transformed their attack. 

Calvert-Lewin will get the plaudits for the goal (and what a header it was), but Richarlison (£8.0m) was brilliant. He managed seven shots, with five of them in the box and his non-penalty expected goals (nPxG) was 0.74, not a bad start. He’ll be a hard sell because of the extra £1m he costs over Calvert-Lewin, but he could be a shrewd pick for the next three fixtures.

– Andy on Everton

Although investing heavily in Carlo Ancelotti’s troops might be tricky without a Wildcard, especially with the Manchester clubs back on the menu. Pro Pundit Zophar weighed up the Pros and Cons of making wholesale changes to your squad this early in the season. 

Depending on the make-up of your team, you may want to act fast to take advantage of low-owned players from Manchester City as well capitalising on the appealing fixtures for Everton and Manchester United. Although, typically cautious in nature, Zophar ultimately prefers to wait until he has a little more data to go on and the transfer window is closed.

However, rumour has it that his fellow member of the FPL Wire, BigManBakar, has pushed the button ahead of Gameweek 2. Does this mean he’s sold Salah? His latest Gameweek review suggests he might have:

I would be more tempted to sell Salah however, if I was on a wildcard because that would have meant that I could have upgraded elsewhere easily. And I think that might be a smart strategy, because this is where the concept of VORP (value over replacement player) comes into play and if you are unlikely to captain Salah in the next four (che ARS avl eve) that ploy might be fruitful.

– BigManBakar

If you are looking for further encouragement to play the early Wildcard, Pro Pundit Tom Freeman was on hand with a selection of enticing differentials. Raheem Sterling led the way with nine goals during Project Restart:

Five of his nine double-digit hauls arrived following the resumption, which ensured he outscored teammate Kevin De Bruyne (£11.5m) by 86 FPL points to 73.

– Tom on Raheem Sterling

And a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers is not necessarily such a bad fixture for the Englishman, argues Tom:

Sterling also thrived on his travels – 70% of his league goals arrived during away games, while his 26 big chances in such matches was comfortably more than any other player.

– Tom on Raheem Sterling

The Aston Villa fan also ran the rule over the Villans’ new striker Ollie Watkins (£6.0m):

Amazingly, every single one of [his] 26 goals came from open play and, when you exclude penalties, Watkins scored more league goals than any other player in English football last season.

– Tom on Ollie Watkins

A partnership with Jack Grealish could bear fruit, and Tom suggests the time to invest might be Gameweek 6 when the fixture ticker turns blue for Dean Smith’s men.

This week’s Scoutcast featured former FPL winner and Pro Pundit Simon March. Despite concerns about their defence, one player who caught the eye of the Chelsea fan was Reece James (£5.0):

We saw the goal last night, I watched that back without the crowd noise and just the sound it makes when it leaves his boot – it was like a sonic boom! Just an absolute pile driver of a shot.

– Simon on Reece James

With new signings like Timo Werner (£9.5m) and Kai Havertz (£8.5m) to get on the end of his deliveries, Simon feels that £5.0m could be a steal. And, excluding his goal, Neale pointed out that the 20-year-old could benefit from the bonus points system:

20 baseline bonus points (BBPS) registered by Reece James on Monday night, the joint-highest total in Gameweek 1. Baseline BPS is simply a player’s BPS score with all the appearances, goals, assists and clean sheets stripped away.

– Neale on Reece James

Another defender who posed a goal-threat on the opening weekend was Matt Doherty (£6.0m). Spurs were rightly criticised for their defeat to Everton but the former Wolves player made a couple of encouraging “underlapping” runs into the box: the best resulting in a glorious chance from six yards out that Jordan Pickford (£5.0m) blocked with his legs.

Final Checks

Before making any final decisions ahead of Gameweek 2 be sure to check up on the latest team news and the predicted line-ups.

Pep Guardiola has revealed that Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte will miss out this weekend:

Meanwhile Frank Lampard has confirmed that Timo Werner is fit to face the reigning Champions.

Community Competitions

The Head-to-Head leagues are back! The Gameweek 1 results and tables are currently showing on the main Head-to-Head page.

The fixtures for Gameweek 2 are below:

This is your last opportunity to join The Great and The Good mini-league, the entry code is jxisbl.

And Greyhead is also recruiting for a Community Team to take on the established glitterati. Put your name forward in this Hot Topic if you are interested in taking part.

For an update on all featured FFS Mini-Leagues and Community Competitions, please click here to read the latest round-up.

Finally, Pro Pundit Sam brought us the latest on the Scout Network, a new initiative this season, highlighting both new and established voices in the FPL Community.

Enjoy Gameweek 2 and may your arrows be green!

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2,956 Comments Post a Comment
  1. RomeluStormzy
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    How many people will be ripping up their wc team this week?!

  2. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    7 minutes to go!

    1. BrockLanders
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Nearly

  3. mental
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 1 day ago

    wilson or watkins ?

    1. Dele
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Watkins?

    2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Who’s Watkins?

    3. GROBARI
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Wilson

    4. CrouchDown
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Does Jota leaving mean Podence is nailed?

      1. Kabayan
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Not really

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

        Yes

      3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        A lot less risk of rotation, could put it like that

      4. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Neto, Silva, Tralee still options up top

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          *traore

      5. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        No

      6. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Good question

    5. BrockLanders
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 1 day ago

      Morning chaps.

      Hit me with your questions?

      I've got 10mins

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        (Throws a brick with a question on it)

        1. BrockLanders
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Ha

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        If a farmer had 322 cows and took one shot that got all the cows. How did the farmer do it?

        1. BrockLanders
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          *can I go to the audience*

      3. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Play which def?

        Davis v SOU (Have JWP & Che)

        or

        Taylor v LEI

        Cheers

        1. BrockLanders
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          I'd probably go with Taylor but it's tight.

          1. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 1 day ago

            thats who i am on now - cheers

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

        Why does it hurt when I pee?

        (It's more of an emotional pain than a physical one)

        Thanks.

        1. nelluckram
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 1 day ago

          Try sitting down

    6. Vazza
        4 months, 1 day ago

        Who to start

        A. Bissouma vs new
        B. Coady vs MCI

        1. Vazza
            4 months, 1 day ago

            Please respond guys. It’s the second time I’m posting this question

          • GROBARI
              4 months, 1 day ago

              B

            • djoker_nole
                4 months, 1 day ago

                bissouma

              • the dom 1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                A

              • Bees4Lyf
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Bissouma

              • nelluckram
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                A

            • Mr. Clueless
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Bottomed

              Pulisic to Willian worth -4

              WC GW3

              1. BrockLanders
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Probably not

            • Markmondo
              • 3 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              McCarthy (Ryan)

              TAA Justin Holding (Lewis, Mitchell)

              Salah Son Bruno H-Rod (Jorginho)

              Martial Wilson Watkins

              WC played last Sunday, thinking of this as my final team. 0.4 spare

              Decisions, decisions!

            • gooberman
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              4 months, 1 day ago

              Right wildcard team I've finally settled on.

              Pickford (Nyland)
              VVD, Digne, Justin, (Taylor) (Mitchell)
              Auba (C) Bruno, Rashford, Foden (Bass)
              DCL, Wilson, Martial

              Auba out for KDB next week

              1. RomeluStormzy
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Triple united?!

                1. djoker_nole
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    on a WC too!

                2. Markmondo
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  That 1.0 saved going with VVD rather than TAA seems like a good idea to me. Might do that myself.

              2. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Hold Tight!!!

              3. Endhey
                • 2 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Have McCarthy, which two between these should I play?
                a. Dier
                b. KWP
                c. Taylor

                1. BrockLanders
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  B

                2. the dom 1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  BC

              4. Dele
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Pick one please!!

                A) Robbo + Wilson

                B) TAA + Watkins

                1. kennethrhcp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  A but only because I dont know much on watkins

                2. BrockLanders
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  B

              5. Carky
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Pickford (4.0)

                James, Ayling, Justin, Mitchell, Lamptey

                Salah, Willian, KDB, JamesRodriguez, (Lemina)

                Werner, Wilson, Martial

                RMT Thoughts lads? Any 5 of my defenders could play any week really, no set bench player...No Wolves Scares me...

                1. Sarri-ball
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  I like it

                  4.5 to vvd and rodriquez to prodence.

                  Wolves cover gives you vvd everyweek plus 2

              6. Gorbitz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Who to bench??
                A) Che Adams
                B) ASM
                C) Justin

              7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Pick one please:

                Steer
                Ryan

                1. the dom 1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Im starting Steer - am i crazy lol

              8. El Presidente
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Is there anyone with really insightful last minute info out there? Thanks

                1. Hotdogs for Tea
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  don’t eat yellow snow ?

                  1. El Presidente
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    🙂

                  2. Daniel - NoFH, NoBB, NoTC, …
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    This

              9. Hotdogs for Tea
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                hold FFS, hold ... nail down that knee 🙂

                1. Rolls-Royce
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  It's been difficult

              10. Rolls-Royce
                • 7 Years
                4 months, 1 day ago

                Start one:

                A) Ben Davies
                B) KWP

                1. djoker_nole
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Ben Davies

                2. SHOWSTOPPERRR
                  • 3 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Gone with kwp over v Taylor..Any suggestions?

                3. JURGENAUT
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Hi, can some help with my bench order. It’s quite thin but is it g2g?

                  Steer / Mitchell / Brewster / Douglas

                  Although Brewster is linked to Sheffield, is it possible he could be given a cameo against Chelsea if Liverpool require his services or will he be completely nailed to the bench even if they are losing?

                  Douglas, I have no idea about him. Does he have more chance of playing than Brewster this weekend?

                  Thanks

                4. boroie
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Last 2 decisions

                  Should I?

                  A - Son -> Greenwood
                  B - Save FT

                  Bench:

                  1 - Davies
                  2 - Adams

                  1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    B
                    Davies

                  2. Maeki2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    A

                5. estheblessed
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  How's this looking...

                  McCarthy
                  TAA, Holding, Justin
                  Saint-Maximin, Salah, Auba, Rashford
                  DCL, Adams, Werner

                  Nyland, Vinagre, Mitchell, Anguiss

                6. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  GTG? On WC

                  Martinez
                  Digne Justin James Ayling
                  Salah Auba(C) Bruno Podence
                  Martial(VC) Jimenez

                  (Steer Saiss Bissouma Brewster)

                  1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Good team

                7. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Final WC decision, Soucek in a 3-5-2 or another 4.5 in a 4-4-2?

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Or maybe Phillips/Jorginho?

                  2. kennethrhcp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    442

                  3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Find extra .5 for Podence? TAA -> Robbo

                  4. FPL Virgin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Soucek if you need someone to start every week or to start in a rotation.

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      Thanks Virg and everyone

                8. Brosstan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Absolute scenes... Never expected that..

                  1. FOO FIGHTER
                    • 1 Year
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    What happened?

                    1. KAPTAIN KANE
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      Trolling

                    2. Rolls-Royce
                      • 7 Years
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      He is benched

                9. Reddonkeyham 42
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Martínez

                  Dier, Walker-Peters, Digne
                  Saint-Maximin, Aubameyang(C), Salah, Rodríguez
                  Martial, Werner, Adams

                  McCarthy
                  Soucek
                  Vinagre
                  Mitchell

                  What changes would people make? Looking at Citeh and Wolves assets next week.....

                10. Jones Kusi
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Bench 1
                  A. Mitro
                  B. Asm
                  C. Adams
                  D. Lamptey

                11. Sturridge Wars
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Best 4.5 keeper?

                  1. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Think I’m going Martinez ready for their DGW

                    1. FPL Virgin
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      4 months, 1 day ago

                      Clever. Good thinking!

                12. Differentiator
                  • 5 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Best 4.5 defenders for this week?!!?

                  1. Bubz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Ayling, Justin, Lamptey

                  2. KAPTAIN KANE
                    • 4 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Dallas for me

                13. Sponge-worthy
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 1 day ago

                  Anyone going Martial captain over Auba? Tempted.

                  1. Tempestic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Same... just seen Lateriser is as well... very tempted

                  2. Mr. Funny Name
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    All roads lead to an Auba haul

                  3. Waynoo
                    • 7 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    Yes

                  4. Corgzzzz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 1 day ago

                    I am, and I wish us both luck mate...........defo swimming against the Auba tide...........