Scout Picks

FPL Gameweek 1 Scout Picks: Five in defence, Kane over Haaland

The votes are in and most of the press conferences have been watched: now we can choose our best Fantasy Premier League (FPL) players for Gameweek 1 ahead of Friday’s deadline.

The final selection is partly based on the Scout Squad consensus picks but budgetary constraints and injury updates from the pre-match pressers are all factored in, too.

We line up in a 5-3-2 formation this week and, as ever, are limited to £83.0m for our first XI.

CHANGES FOR 2022/23

While the maximum starting XI budget remains the same, there has been a slight change to how we nominate substitutes.

Our Scout Picks bench was previously made of players not just serving as bench fodder or to make the budget up to £100m but rather to give some alternative, viable options who don’t cost as much as some of the names in our line-up.

However, the people have (just about) spoken – and we will indeed be price-capping our substitutes, too.

Given that we’ve opted for a 5-3-2 this week, that decreases our starting budget to £82.5m, as £17.5m is now the minimum that one goalkeeper, two midfielders and one forward can buy.

GOALKEEPER

Fantasy community eyes Burnley clean sheet in first Double Gameweek match

Nick Pope (£5.0m), nominated by three of our Scout Squad panel, gets the nod between the posts this week. While last season’s form could end up being this season’s chip paper, there’s not a great deal else we can go on until we’ve seen a ball kicked in 2022/23 – and Newcastle did finish the last campaign with four clean sheets in their last seven home fixtures. Improvements in the Magpies’ underlying defensive numbers under Eddie Howe are worthy of note, too, and the Tynesiders have further bolstered their backline with the acquisition of not just Pope but also Sven Botman (£4.5m).

DEFENDERS

 

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  1. Oscar Slater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    At last!

    1. Devos
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      You mean 'at first'?

  2. Devos
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Pick two:
    a) Walker
    b) Trippier
    c) Zinchenko

    Good luck this season!!!

    1. WALOR
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      a b

    2. Halftime Lemon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      a & b for me. Prefer those defences and not 100% where Zinch will play

    3. Bobjonesjnr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      A/B

    4. sulldaddy
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      A +B

  3. @ocprodigy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Going no Salah for the start. Wish me luck... KDB instead. Jesus and Kane up front.

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Love KDB for GW2 (c) ! Good Luck !

    2. sulldaddy
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Im prob swapping salah to kdb for week 2

  4. DeuloRad
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    I'm currently on Ait-Nouri, but I'm getting tempted by Wolves centre-backs.

    I saw Kilman surging forward in one friendly and Collins could be a decent goal-scorer from set-pieces. Are they both nailed?

    They could be more likely to play 60+ mins in every game as well. Can you rank these options? Feel free to give any reasons

    A) Jonny
    B) Ait-Nouri
    C) Collins
    D) Kilman

    1. Bartowski
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Doesn't the move to 4 at the back make their previous good scores a bit up in the air? B if not.

  5. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Is the 4m GK double up worth the risk to get an 8m mid over a 7.5m striker?

    1. Shteve
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      No

    2. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      yes

    3. King Prawn
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Don’t think the double up 4mil, is much less value than the 4.5 options. Compared to 5mil it’s a different story

  6. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Has Rodgers said anything about the keeper situation yet?

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Only that quote from weeks ago that they were only in the market for a third choice keeper.

  7. Fero1905
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Any leeds fans here? Is Aaronson a differential for the FPL ? Is he starting tomorrow?

    1. Third Eye Vision
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Not a Leeds fan, but yes and yes.

      1. Fero1905
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Thx

  8. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Didnt realise it was deadline day today. Literally just throwing any old team together.

    A) Mendy + Robbo + Coutinho
    B) Ederson + Perisic + Dias

    1. Big_Andy_GAWA
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Doesn't look as if Perisis gonna start.

  9. Atimis
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Probably should leave it as it is?

    Ramsdale
    TAA/Robo/Cancelo/Digne
    Salah(c)/Mount/Martinelli/Bailey
    Kane(vc)/Jesus

    Wards/Neco/Pereira/Archer

    1. Bobjonesjnr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      I have exact same team bar Trippier instead of Digne!

    2. carlosice
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      V similar

      Switching to Haaland GW2?

  10. JOELIO8701
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    We're back!

  11. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    All set. No Jesus. Hope it works

    Ward
    TAA Robertson Cancelo Trippier Cash
    Salah Martinelli Bailey
    Kane Haaland

    Iversen Andreas Greenwood Colback

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      you can only captain 1 of those players each week. never been a fan of more than 2.

    2. Halftime Lemon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      one of the best 'threemiums' I've seen. Will be a struggle if Martinelli or Bailey don't cut it though

      1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 7 hours ago

        Plan is to play this team for 2 GWs. And then reasses and probably shuffle around with 3 transfers.

  12. Gunnerssss
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    The last 4.5 defender slot is so hard to choose
    Jonny or RAN ,

    1. Fero1905
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Whats with Dalot?

    2. Zladan
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Can you not go Neco/Patterson and use the 0.5m elsewhere?

      1. Gunnerssss
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 7 hours ago

        I no need that.

    3. TheDane
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      I have the same dilemma.
      I am considering Jonny but that’s mainly because I had him last season when he scored a few goals so was pleased with that.

      1. Gunnerssss
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 7 hours ago

        Yeah but nt sure if jonny is nailed

        1. TheDane
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 7 hours ago

          Semedo is not yet fit (from what I can see)
          You think RAN is nailed?

    4. Third Eye Vision
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Jonny for me too. I’d consider Saliba if I didn’t already have 3 x Ars.

      1. Gunnerssss
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 7 hours ago

        Dont really liike saliba thats why

  13. Zladan
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    A or B?

    A: Walker + Rashford (Bailey benched)
    B: Neco + Mount/Mahrez (Neco benched, Bailey starts)

  14. Bartowski
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Wilson in a 4-3-3, Cancelo in a 5-3-2?

    1. Zladan
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Cancelo.

    2. TheDane
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Wilson

  15. Jimmy Boy
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Would you start Ward over Ramsdale this week?

    1. Zladan
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Yes. Palace probably score at least 1.

    2. sulldaddy
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Yes

    3. Kane and Ablett
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Yes Palace will score a couple under the lights tonight

  16. Colin Govender
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Hello,

    For the 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League why don't you join my mini-league "Premium Club"?

    Joining the league couldn't be easier. Simply use the link below and you'll be added automatically after you've entered the game.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/pew10p

    League Code: pew10p

    Looking forward to playing against you this season!

  17. Dynamic Duos
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    So what the point in the watchlist on here?

    Digne on , Cash not
    Saka above Mount
    Cancelo above Robbo
    Pope low, behind Mendy, Rambo, Sa and Raya
    Haaland above Kane

    1. DeuloRad
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      It's not really for us. More for first-time or irregular visitors

      1. Bartowski
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 7 hours ago

        Bout time someone catered to my bowel movements...

  18. Ruinenlust
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Fellas. White or Saliba? Who’s more nailed?

    1. bmmc89
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Saliba

  19. TheDane
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Which is better from wolves:
    A) Jonny
    B) ait nouri

  20. jackruet
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Pick 1

    Mount
    Kulu
    Madison

    1. luk46
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Mount

  21. palace ash
    • 13 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    For a Zombie team:

    A) Salah and Mitrovic (no spurs)
    B) Diaz and Kane

    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      A

  22. revelc
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Over and out. Going with this team:

    Ward
    TAA - Trippier - Cancelo
    Salah - Díaz - Mount - Bailey - Neto
    Jesus - Kane

    Bench: Sanchez, Dalot, Neco, Archer

    But bit worried about no kdb/haaland

  23. Muscout
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    G2G or any changes needed? Bench order correct or play Bailey over Peri?

    Ward
    James Cancelo TAA Robbo Perisic
    Salah Martinelli Rashford
    Haaland Jesus

    Iversen Bailer Andreas Archer

  24. gart888
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Any more word on Perisic today? He's one of my last question marks.

  25. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Simple question - will Mahrez start the first two gws?

  26. koppite1210
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Am I crazy?

    Ward (Pickford)
    Taa / Cancelo / James / Robbo / Dias
    Salah / Martinelli / Bailey (Aaronson / Andreas)
    Haaland / Jesus (Archer)

    Ward for GW1, then Pickford fixtures.

    1) Any better 4.5s than Archer / Andreas?
    2) Aaronson best 5.5?

  27. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Thoughts on this? Alvarez gives me 6.5 price point and into cheapest City attacker who could haul in any game off bench, and for example could let me downgrade to a 4.5 to do Williams to Perisic in week 3

    Ward
    TAA James Robertson Cancelo
    Salah Martinelli Bailey
    Haaland Jesus Alvarez

    Sanchez Neto Andreas Archer

    1. Rinseboy
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      don't like having Neto on bench mate

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 7 hours ago

        I know- could drop Bailey to 4.5 as probably only good for first couple of games with Villa fixtures and get Ramsdale in goal, or keep .5 m in bank.

        Or just get Dias in defence for double City defence in back 5

        How’s your team doing?

  28. gart888
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Any concern about going Ward over Iversen if it looks like Iversen will get first crack at things?

  29. ★Kuntheman★
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Anyone else going with Son over Kane? Why/why not?

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      Yeah, he is one of my favourite players, finished 2nd last season, has a great record v Sou, always been a fan of 5 mids and like KDB so the price point is there

  30. BigJarvishManmynameisq
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 7 hours ago

    Lateriser said it best "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the upside"

    1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 7 hours ago

      The latest fridge magnet?