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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

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

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  1. Puntillimon
    • 5 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Just warning you guys.. my 2 year old daughter says to captain salah over kane..

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Love it

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Changing my pick as we speak

      1. The King
        • 6 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Haha love it

    3. The Knights Template
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      New pro pundit!

  2. dark91
    • 4 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    For some reason a sounds in my head convinced me last minute to do
    KDB --> Sterling (c)

    Good luck all

    1. dark91
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Sound*

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        Good luck

    2. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      The sound just cost you your mini-league

  3. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Salah or KDB for cap

    1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      lol

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        i know lol

    2. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      lol

      1. Epic Fail ⚽ 墅
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        lol @ us it's still open

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          not anymore lol

    3. okan58
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Salah.

    4. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      lol

    5. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      now its closed im not sure who i capped lol

  4. Gravless are for Kinnear
    • 7 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Bingo

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Dingo

  5. okan58
    • 4 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    How do you find the team? Do you have any suggestions for improvement?

    Pope
    Justin - Van Dijk - James
    Costa - Zaha - De Bruyne - Mane - Son (c)
    Calvert Lewin - Jimenez.
    Subs: Nyland, Lamptey, Douglas and Davis.

    1. dark91
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Too late now

      1. okan58
        • 4 Years
        27 days, 15 hours ago

        ?

        1. dark91
          • 4 Years
          27 days, 15 hours ago

          Deadline was 1 min ago

          1. okan58
            • 4 Years
            27 days, 15 hours ago

            I meant it in general.

  6. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    In all seriousness, what's the deal with Podence? Would it be safer to pick a defender like Mitchell who has CS potential over him? Or if he doesn't start, he wouldn't play at all (I'm assuming out of the squad)?

  7. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Pants on the floor!

    1. Puntillimon
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Not really..?

  8. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Pens down

  9. GOTHAM City F.C.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Pants

  10. Pompel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    WC done, no Liverpool :-O !

  11. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    All set

    Martinez
    TAA James Saiss
    KDB Salah Foden Son Klich
    Werner (c) DCL

    Forster KWP Mitchell Brewster

    Klich to Podence next GW
    Potential doubt on Podence and could see a penalty with a fiery Yorkshire derby

  12. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    27 days, 15 hours ago

    Well that’s Werner (c) locked in!! Good luck everyone..

    1. Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Great fixture but it still seems difficult to say how the points will be shared if Chelsea thrash WBA as expected. Good luck.

  13. GROBARI
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      It was long morning 🙂

    • Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      pens down

    • KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      deadline f. up again.

    • Hulk Smash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      All set for the GW but some of my players are on thin ice in my team.

      Good luck everyone.

      McCarthy
      Trent Doherty Taylor
      KDB(c) Salah Foden Soucek
      Werner Ings Mitrovic

    • tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Still not locked

    • PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      FPL Towers Lad forgot to press the button again.

    • Blue Moon Rising
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Panic on the streets of London

    • StoneMountain
      • 5 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      A) Werner, Barnes
      B) Werner, Zaha
      C) Ings, Havertz

    • L'Aeroplanino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      wtf?

    • Ole.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Still open?

    • Cilly Bonnolly
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Pens down motherfu**ers.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Game still up again?!

    • adstomko
      • 4 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Any issues here?

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

    • Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      FPL broke the game again

    • Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Ended up on this Wildcar Team

      Martinez, Forster
      Semedo, James, Lamp, Mitchell, Dunne
      KDB, Salah, Mahrez, Foden, Burke
      Werner, Jimi, DCL

      0.2 itb 🙁

    • Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      Im still doing trsfrs...

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      deadline extended

    • ALI_G
      • 2 Years
      27 days, 15 hours ago

      still not locked