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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 3

Welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 3, once again we have the new normal deadline of 11:00 BST – half an hour earlier than last season.

It’s been a rollercoaster start for FPL managers with a record number of goals scored last Gameweek. In the Scoutcast‘s ‘rough with the smooth’ many surpassed the 100-point mark while one poor soul mustered just 16 points.

The contrasting fortunes prompted a flurry of Wildcards in the Community, leading Az to reflect in this latest Pro Pundit article:

It does feel like people’s strategies – along with all sense of order and meticulous pre-season planning – have been thrown out of the window somewhat after a truly crazy start to the season.

– Az

Citing the differing experiences for managers with Man United and Spurs assets, Az pointed out that what we want one week can dramatically change the next:

With so many players performing, you simply can’t keep chasing last week’s points. You need to build a core squad of players who you feel are likely to deliver over the coming period, give them a chance to repay your faith.

– Az

Az went on to raise questions about several of this week’s targets:

  • Will Son be productive against a Newcastle side that likes to defend deep? He was afforded plenty of space by Southampton’s high line;
  • Everton are set to come up against some resolute defences in their next three matches, are Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez essential?
  • And will the acquisition of Nélson Semedo impinge on the Fantasy credentials of Daniel Podence and his Wolves’ teammates? 

David tackled one of those questions when he examined how the new arrival at Molineux could fit in under Nuno Espirito Santo:

The addition of Semedo to the Wolves squad should relieve Traoré of his wing-back duties very soon and shift him back into competition with Podence, Neto and Vitinha further up the field.

– David

It looks likely that those four will be vying for two places in the Wolves’ attack, although David reasons that Podence has probably done enough to secure a starting spot for now.

Semedo’s new club tops the list for upcoming fixtures, as Neale revealed earlier in the week. It’s a very appealing run:

Clashes with newly promoted Fulham and Leeds United are sandwiched by matches against West Ham United, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, with three of those five games staged at Molineux.

– Neale

Encouragingly for owners and those considering their assets, recent comments from their Portuguese manager suggest we will see a more attacking version of Wolves this season: 

The idea is to give them freedom to put their talent onto the pitch… I would like to be more dominant, I would like to have more of the ball, I would like to improve our tally of goals scored and at the same time, decrease goals (at the other end).

– Nuno Espirito Santo

Continuing his frisk of the fixtures, Neale agreed with Az that Gameweek 6 might be a better time to invest in Everton, when their matches get really good.

And former FPL winner Simon March supported Az’s idea that now is not the time to panic and reach for the Wildcard.

A graduate in behavioural economics, Simon introduced the concept of “The House Money Effect”: 

The House Money Effect often occurs when we receive money in an atypical manner. For example; winning a bet, receiving a bonus or profiting from an investment. Behavioural psychologists have observed that people take far greater risks with such sums… [because] people don’t perceive these sums to really be their money.”

– Simon

Simon applied this idea to FPL noting that the top 10,000 managers in Gameweek 1 took on average more hits compared to the masses and, crucially – scored below average points in Gameweek 2.

For those of you reading this and perhaps regretting playing your Wildcard, there is hope in the shape of a three-time top 200 manager. 

Lateriser has made his name by starting slowly and finishing strongly. And the Pro Pundit wielded his Wildcard after an underwhelming couple of Gameweeks. The upside-chasing manager has seen enough to encourage him in the first two rounds of fixtures, in particular the emergence of a few ‘glue guys’:

Glue guys are the kind of picks in a particular ‘value’ price bracket that you just need to set in your team and forget about for a long time because they will continue to offer bang for buck for the mid-to-long term.

– Lateriser

The new attack-minded Wolves is good news for first-choice striker Raul Jimenez, argues the Pro Pundit. While Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey offers excellent value at £4.5m and can produce returns at both ends of the pitch. Last season the buccaneering defender had a better big chance creation rate than the two Liverpool full-backs. 

Finally he picked out Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who recently revealed the influence of manager Carlo Ancelotti:

Carlo Ancelotti is on me every day for first-touch finishes and to be in the box, in the right areas. It’s nice to know what I’m working on in training is coming off on the pitch.

– Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Good news for prospective buyers.

The Everton No 9 was also highlighted by Steven Reinaldo Rusli last week due to his impressive non-penalty xG stat. The Community Member looked at value (point per million) when making the case for a 3-4-3 formation to take advantage of the mid-priced forwards. 

While a value for money approach was echoed by TorpedoToien who looked back over recent seasons to reveal which players had provided the best bang for your buck. Will Jimenez and Calvert-Lewin be this season’s Mahrez and Vardy?

And the king of the puns Greyhead who finished in the top 100 overall just two seasons ago, examined the player ownership among his chosen managers in The Great and The Good. The Community scribe fancies Southampton players could be moved on after failing to live up to pre-season expectations. But with West Brom in Gameweek 4, is that a wise idea?

Captaincy and Manchester City

A major talking point this week has been Kevin De Bruyne’s performance for Manchester City as he lined up in an attacking midfield role. The question many have been asking is will Guardiola continue to use the Belgian as a No 10? 

David analysed his performance against Wolves and assessed the competition for places within the City squad.

And our new Captain Sensible writer Jan Sienkiewicz included the current PFA Player of the Year on his shortlist for the armband alongside Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mané. 

While City assets look particularly appealing, Neale and Andy reported a possible concussion for the De Bruyne sustained in Thursday evening’s EFL Cup tie.

And today, rumours of a possible injury to striker Gabriel Jesus were confirmed by the player himself:

Focusing on Chelsea, Jan described Werner and Havertz as the outstanding picks for Gameweek 3. The double-points maestro questioned whether the Baggies will have enough to stop the Blues from scoring.

While on FPL Black Box, Fantasy Football Scout founder Mark reaffirmed his strategy for selecting a captain this season – going with the player who has the best fixture – and following that rationale, he is handing Timo Werner the armband.

A look at the latest clean sheet odds provided by G-Whizz backs the decision to go with a Chelsea or Man City player. Their opponents West Brom and Leicester City have the worst odds of a shutout in Gameweek 3.

And BigManBakar revealed in his in-depth review of Gameweek 2 that he will be selecting De Bruyne for the captaincy: according to the bookies, Man City are the most likely team to score 2.5+ goals.

Community Round-up and The Scout Network

The spotlight in the Fantasy Football Scout Network this week fell on Mini-League Mate. If you want a stat-packed breakdown of how your mini-league rivals fare each Gameweek (complete with attractive charts and graphs) then this for you.

And it was also announced that Tor Mikkel Tokvamm, creator of the Transfer Algorithm, and FPL Poker Player will be joining the Scout Network

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  1. GROBARI
      2 months, 1 day ago

      Is Asm>Podence worth for a 1ft

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Podence injured

      2. Gazpilicueta
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        podence is rumoured to be injured. didnt train apparantly

        1. DeadStar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Source?

      3. Honourvolley
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Depending on your subs, but I’d say yes

        1. Honourvolley
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Hadn’t heard of injury rumours!

      4. GROBARI
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Thank you guys

      5. OneDennisBergkamp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Ask me anything FPL, bored and here to help..

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

          Should I play soucek or Justin this week

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Soucek. I think City away is too much for Justin.

        2. TheBootyFinesser
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          KDB-Podence-(Brewster)
          or
          Havertz-Jimenez-(Burke)

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            B

        3. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          How many pens for Chelsea vs WBA ?

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            1

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Enough for Werner then 😛

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

          On WC, Pick 1/2 & A/B
          On 2B right now
          1- lamptey
          2- Taylor
          A- Martinez+TAA
          B- Guaita+Robertson

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            1A - i'm sure that doesnt help being the opposite of your choice but thats what i would go with.

          2. RichRover
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            2,A
            Confused now?

            1. OneDennisBergkamp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              2A works too

        5. si
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Will there ever be a boy born that can swim faster than a shark?

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Not FPL, but yes.

        6. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          A. Robertson, Wood
          B. TAA, Mitrovic
          C. TAA, Podence
          D. Robertson, Traoré

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            B

        7. Forcella Boys
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Wood & Klich or Foden & Bamford?

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            B

            1. Forcella Boys
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Cheers!

        8. BoomXhakaLaca1
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Captain KDB or Martial

          1. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            KDB

        9. iL PiStOlErO
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Cpt Son or Sterling? Cheers.

          1. RichRover
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Sterling

          2. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Son

        10. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Bench one

          A) Mitchell (EVE)
          B) Vinagre (whu)
          C) Soucek (WOL)

          1. RichRover
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            C

          2. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            A

      6. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Who is the best podence replacement for wildcarders at that price?

        Klich?

        Thanks

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

          What’s up with Podence?

          1. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Rumored to have missed training. Dunno where the sources are

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

              https://twitter.com/FplAdama/status/1309786156587003905

              This is literally the only source apart from the pictures from training where he wasnt pictured

              1. Danno - Emre Canada
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                There are also pictures of him training supposedly

      7. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Best 5.5 mid please

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

          Doucoure

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Ithanks miguel

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Klich
          Podence

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            5.6 Amey 🙁

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              F...
              I'm sorry mate.

              It's not obvious then.

        3. jia you jia you
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 1 day ago

          Klich on pens and has an assist in him...reluctantly went Foden over him on my WC

      8. Vpan
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 1 day ago

        Do we think Semedo starts tomorrow?

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

          Yes

        2. 1nonly
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Yes

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

            If Podence is out its even more likely

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

          Rip it apart please:

          Martinez
          Trent, Chilwell, Semedo, Saïss
          Salah, KDB, Rodríguez
          Jimenez, Ings, Wood
          (Steer, Mitchell, Anguissa, Alzate)

        4. 1nonly
            2 months, 1 day ago

            A) Foden and Jiminez
            Or
            B) Werner and Podence

            1. Hotdogs
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              A

            2. BERGKOP
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              A

            3. cuppatea78
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              I'd say A

          • The Red Devil
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            On WC, Pick 1/2 & A/B

            Currently on 2B

            1- lamptey
            2- Taylor
            A- Martinez+TAA
            B- Guaita+Robertson

          • Big Hands Barry
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Funniest FF podcast?

          • JustPark
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            RP
            1) Zaha
            - nailed
            - plays for Palace

            2) Foden
            - Pep
            - plays for City

            1. Gooner Kebab
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Gone for Foden as Zaha trolled me too many times

          • Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Tell ya what, if Werner can’t score against WBA I’ll have no real qualms selling him anyway, captain or not. So may as well go all out and captain

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

              True

          • fc_skrald
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            Play Lamptey or Saiss?

            1. Firmino
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 1 day ago

              Saiss

          • Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 1 day ago

            A. TAA, Mtirovic
            B. Robertson, Wood

            1. Kannbury
                2 months, 1 day ago

                A.

              • 1nonly
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  A

              • Iain Dowies Love Child
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Am seeing a lot of teams without a Pool attacker - am I missing something?

                1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Prefer other players

                  1. Iain Dowies Love Child
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    And not worried about EO?

                    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      No, not bothered. I simply go with who i think will score highest and at the moment it isn't pool forwards.

                2. James VARdy
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  The beauty of so much choice this year.

                3. Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Let them on. Juicy fixtures.

              • vandebeek
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Guys, what do you think of this WC team? Was hoping for some 4.4 mid which didn't happen so i've gone now for this:
                Martinez/4.0
                TAA, Saiss, James, Lamptey, 4.0
                KDB, Salah, Havertz, Foden, Podence
                DCL, Jimenez, Adams

              • Ian Davis
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                A) VVD / Lamptey / James Rodriguez

                B) Robertson / Saïss / Foden

                * got KDB and DCL

              • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                anyone going sterling over kdb?

                1. Tony Martial
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Now I’m thinking ab it

                2. Top Lad Dakes.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Tempted by Sterling over Salah myself but might hold. Have KDB

                3. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Yes

                4. COLLIN QUANER
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Yeah seen quite a few teams

                5. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Yeah.

                6. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  I am, especially now when I see how big differential he is. It has only been 2gw so why not.

                7. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Yep

              • Giggs Boson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                These unsourced rumour mills are unbearable!

                Wasn't around much around deadline last season. How many turn out to be crap?

                1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  many of them were false

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

                  Most of them

              • Tony Martial
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 1 day ago

                If Podence actually injured now man

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

                  He knows bugger all and is guessing. Disregard whatever he's tweeting.

                2. Wild Rover
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  'What I've gathered is...'

                  No source whatsoever

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

                    He claims Ben Dinnery but Dinnery never mentioned it

              • Buck The Trent
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Captain Kdb or Werner?

                1. Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  KDB

              • Pub Crawl to the Townsend
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Captaincy is hard this week. Gone from Son to Salah and now I'm on Werner. Don't own KDB

              • JenkoJunko
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                Repost x4 sorry.... help! Someone! Anyone!!!!
                Pick one...
                A. Havertz / Foden / Rodriguez
                B. Foden / Son / DCL

                1. Hotdogs
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  B

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

                  B

              • Orion
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 1 day ago

                On a WC,
                A) TAA
                B) Robbo+0.5?
                Cheers

                1. Kannbury
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    A.

                2. Mike82
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 1 day ago

                  Captain KdB or Salah?

                  1. Kannbury
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Sal.

                  2. I'M 2 OLD FOR THIS HIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Panic panic panic

                  3. Van der Faart
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Risk it and get Podence in? Bench player will be Wilson likely. Otherwise need to take a hit.

                    1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      might not be anything in it but spurs have conceded to both strikers this season. wilson up next

                      1. Van der Faart
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 1 day ago

                        Thx

                  4. kime67
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Are those who started with injured ferguson finally gonna admit it was a poor descision?

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

                      I admitted it was a poor decision after gw1

                  5. Sun Jihai
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    Doesn't sound great!

                    Semedo in LaLiga
                    Apps - 61(21)
                    Goals - 2
                    Assists - 2
                    Key Passes per game - 0.3
                    Dribbles per game - 1.2
                    Interceptions per game - 0.8
                    Rating - 6.75

                  6. Bonus magnet
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 1 day ago

                    chances of mahrez starting?

                    1. Alexis Nonsense
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      Never been higher imo

                    2. Tony Martial
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 1 day ago

                      He’s in my team