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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. BenDavies
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Back to 11:30 it is boys!

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Or maybe 12

  2. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Made a last minute change to my WC.

    Took out Willian for Grealish. Two good fixtures IMO.

    Before GW3 deadline I will move on Grealish and Watkins with plenty ITB.

    By GW4 Pulisic should be back 🙂

    Martinez
    TAA VVD Digne
    Salah(C) Bruno Grealish Klich
    Jesus Wilson Watkins

    1. Klopp it
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Went with grealish myself, thank he's a great option, you miten even want pulisic then lol

  3. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Unbelievable

  4. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    So im sticking Steer in but 90% sure autosub will bring McCarthy in come Tuesday AM here in Perth lol.

    1. Mr. Funny Name
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Dito

    2. Giggs Boson
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Even if there was 0.000001% of Steer playing, you start Steer.

      It's just logical.

    3. Andy_Social
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Damn! Was just about to copy you and the door slammed shut!

  5. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    lol @ teams activating WC in last 5 min 😀

  6. GROBARI
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Good transfer by Villa

    • Kobayashi
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      GW2 Fergie time. Wonder if it'll remain open till 11:30am?

      1. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        12

    • Gini Mini Mane Mo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      hasn't the deadline pass? seems still able to make transfer

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Yeah, strange!

    • Differentiator
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Quick. Rectify your team selection mistakes before they notice

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Get Coleman this week for a hit or play Mitchell in the next 2?

    • DK_13
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Should I start saiss(city) or bissouma (new)

      1. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Bissouma

    • Nimby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      FPL is broken.

    • Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Might get early team news but can’t see any of Digne, Rich or Rodríguez not starting

    • Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Everyone pull your pants back up

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        No they're already down. I can't take it back.

      2. *Reformed-Character*
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        This comment tickled me

    • KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Podence or Harrison?

      1. Lecky Legs FC
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Klich

      2. Pep Roulette
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Pod

      3. linkafu
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Harrison for me

      4. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Harrison

    • Kobayashi
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Seeing as the window is still open - start Saïss, or KwP?

      1. tokara
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Saiss

      2. The Senate
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Saiiss

      3. Kobayashi
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Phew - thank you!

    • Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Has this ever happened before?

      1. Gobigorgohome
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        no

      2. Daniel - Go Granville
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        No

    • Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      So I just activated my gw3 wildcard because gw2 deadline has passed and now seeing gw2 is still active?? Wtf is this crap season literally ruined. Fpl better compensate me somehow. Jfc...

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Cancel it lad!

      2. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Lol sure u did

      3. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        cancel

      4. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        You’ve played for years and so surely you’d check to see the ‘gameweek updating’ screen before pushing wildcard button. Surely....?

      5. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Hurry up making your wc!

      6. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Isn’t it suspicious that you could edit the team right after deadline?

      7. Punter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Why would you pull it so soon?

    • Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Fpl tower teams should be deleted instantly just like the former number 1

    • the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Mad to use my FT now on this move?

      C.Adams > Watkins as already have JWP for SOU coverage along with McCarthy in goals.

      Serious advise please?

    • DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Too late to wild card.

    • Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Still letting me change team for this week after 11- what's going on?

    • afs2239
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Laca captain or
      fernandes as a safe option

    • Kobayashi
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Pens back down.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I heard a rumour, they are not even charging -4 for transfers now

      1. Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Wanna try?

      2. Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        this!!

    • ragsyboys
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      It's 6 minutes past deadline and still showing the team !

    • Jafooli
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Free WC?

      1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        I hope so. -8 hit here for me. It'll be unfair not to 🙂

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      In not touch lung my team post-published deadline. That's just asking for something to go wrong.

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        *touching

    • Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      It clearly says that the deadline is 13:00 hours... Someone is sleeping there ?

      1. Mambino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        11.00

    • Wild Rover
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Deadline button presser..

      You had one job to do!

      1. Klopp it
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Hahahahahaha