Scout Squad

The Scout Squad’s best players for FPL Gameweek 1

The usual Scout Squad foursome of Sam, Neale, Tom and Az are back for 2022/23.

Each week, they’ll be discussing the best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards for the upcoming Gameweek.

No fewer than seven players have been given universal backing for the opening weekend, to make Friday’s final Scout Picks selection all the more tricky.

READ MORE: FPL Gameweek 1 team news: Live updates from Thursday’s press conferences, including Arteta, Conte and more


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In this series, our four resident Fantasy Football Scout contributors each propose an 18-man squad of Fantasy players with the focus solely on the upcoming Gameweek.

Their selections serve as a long list for the Scout Picks, as the players nominated will then be narrowed down to a squad of 15 (with the starting XI not exceeding a total cost of £83.0m) for our final weekly selection ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Each writer must meet the following requirements:

  • At least one sub-£5.0m goalkeeper
  • At least one sub-£5.0m defender
  • At least one sub-£6.0m midfielder
  • At least one sub-£7.0m forward
  • No more than three players from the same club




The rest of this article is completely free to read but requires a Fantasy Football Scout account for access – you can get yours at no cost here.


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  1. Raiser153
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 22 hours ago

    Help me choose which midfield alongside Salah....

    A - Saka, Bailey, Rashford
    B - Mount, Martinelli, Neto

    Help me out please lads

    1. Iano78
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 20 hours ago

      Def B

    2. arniefc
        3 days, 11 hours ago


    3. elgroomio
        3 days, 20 hours ago


        Ward / Raya
        TAA / Robbo / James / Cancelo / Dalot
        Salah / Rash / Sancho / martinelli / Bailey
        Jesus / Wilson / Daka

        Too much with Rash and Sancho? Just think they offer value..

      • Johnny too hotty
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 19 hours ago

        Am I the only one going with both Jesus and saka. Saka is in none of the scout squads. Wtf

        1. TheDane
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          I have both

          1. nishaantk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            I have Jesus, but can't decide if I should pair him with Saka or Martinelli

            1. TheDane
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              I saw Saka was on penalties during one of the last friendlies so that sealed it for me.

      • Tactics Ben
          3 days, 18 hours ago

          I’m thinking about going with havertz. I feel he’s slightly overlooked. Looks nailed. Good differential. Any thoughts?

        • Sc1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 9 hours ago

          Ward (Iverson)
          Trent, Cancelo, Tripper, (neco), (vestergaard)
          Salah, Aaronson, Bailey, Gordon, (andreas)
          Kane, Jesus, Haaland

          my debate is having Son and Saka or Haaland and Salah

          Feel like a stronger squad with Saka and Son


          1. nishaantk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Only go with Son and Saka if you're not going to panic when Salah or Haaland scores a brace/assists etc.

            If you're going to get fomo when either/both Salah & Haaland hit the ground running, it's probably best to start with them.

        • Sauce
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 8 hours ago


          A) Cash/Mount/Rashford
          B) James/Sancho/Neto

          1. nishaantk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            I'd go B

        • nishaantk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Need help please lads with a Defender/Midfield pairing

          Gabriel/Zinchenko with Martinelli
          Neco with Saka

        • BusbySwede
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Please help me pick.

          A) Saka & Bruno G
          B) Martinelli & Mount/Diaz

          I see it aint much love for Rashford, but i guess he will play up front now when Martial is out?

          1. Klatrewill
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 3 hours ago

            Tempted by Rash myself, but so many good options midfield.
            And y he will play up top i guess.

        • Ghost X Aura
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            I can't crack my midfield
            I have Bailey, Neto & Mount
            Any suggestions?

          • sgc
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Ramsdale (ward)
            Cash, TAA, Cancelo, Trippier ( Patterson)
            De Bruyne, Mahrez, Rashford (Bailey, Andreas)
            Jesus, Kane, Mitrovic

            Please suggest

          • Sagardas72
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Please help RMT:

            1m to spare. Thoughts, comments??
            Any help is appreciated.

          • Veniszaa
              3 days, 3 hours ago

              I can afford only 3 of them (Salah, Son, Kane, Haaland). Who should i drop from team?

              1. Klatrewill
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 3 hours ago

                Kane/Son. Coin toss.

              2. Mattador
                • 7 Years
                3 days, 3 hours ago

                Between Kane and Son - maybe son to free up more funds

            • Klatrewill
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 3 hours ago

              Will Leicester Get a new nr1 GK? Any rumors here? Tempted by ward and Iversen pairing.

              Btw GTG?

              TAA/Matip/James/Cancelo - Neco
              Mount/Salah/Bailey/Martinelli - Andreas
              Jesus/Haaland - Taylor

            • Mattador
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 3 hours ago

              A) Perisic, Neto, Haaland
              B) Neco, Rashford Kane

              Mendy Ward
              TAA Robertson Cancelo James
              Salah Martinelli Bailey Andreas
              Jesus Greenwood

              Template as it comes but between A and B for final 3 spots