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. Falafel333
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Gabriel or Trippier?

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        a

      2. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Trippier. Attacking threat and set pieces.
        Really the comparison should be Tripper vs 4.5 ars defender. In which case the money saving could be worth it,

    • Pedram
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Would you make change to your team if you had 1m in the bank?

      1. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Nah, your team looks solid….

      2. gart888
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Would depend on my team surely.

      3. lugs
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        of course

      4. Lilac Breasted Roller
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Likely doing some upgrades, yes.
        0.5 I could understand to make sure you can wait for 0.1 price changes, 1 is too much. Maybe if you would for example go for someone at 6.0 to fill it up, but your gut says a 5.0 (like bailey) would be more points but is riskier, so you leave yourself some room to decide on moving if needed.
        Don't tie up too many transfers though as you may need to move some other position instead

    • Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Thrown this together this afternoon. Havent been involved in the tinkering this pre-season just felt better to give it a miss.

      Seems reasonable to me but any glaring errors.

      Rambo (ward)
      TAA Robbo Cancelo James (Neco)
      Salah Coutinho Martinelli Beiley (Andreas)
      Haaland Jesus (Archer)

      Coutinho is the spice pick although he averaged 5.6 pp90 last season so is quite an attractive price @7 with a great first 3 fixtures. Can think of worse punts but doesnt seems to be in many teams - i guess the community has convinced itself that Bailey is "coverage"?

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        pretty much yes - nice team

      2. gart888
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        This is my team except Neco and Coutinho instead of Perisic/Walker and Bailey.

        Looks great if you believe in Coutinho.

        1. Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          I think there are concerns about perisic minutes, whilst with Walker he is very cheap but I really dont like using up 3 city slots. All the City mids are attractively priced this season and I will want the flexibility to jump onto 1 of them once the situation clarifies. Coutinho --> Grealish is a possibility for example.

          1. gart888
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            This all makes sense. Roll with it!

    • Jafooli
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      If you win, what yah gonna buy yourself to celebrate?

      1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        I still wouldn't be happy, because I'd know I could never replicate it and the game would become even less enjoyable

        1. Jafooli
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Agreed, hoping I don’t win again this season…

      2. DeuloRad
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        New mouse

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

        Stress ball 'holder'

    • InTommyWeTrust
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      So do we think Kane drops and Haaland rises in price tonight without either kicking a ball? Would love all those Kane to Haaland preempt transfers to wake up tomorrow and suddenly can't

      1. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Definitely not.

        1. InTommyWeTrust
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Why? Is it not on transfer activity and with 0 itb I see loads jumping ship just in case of the changes in price

      2. gart888
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        I'm not chancing it. Not like Kane is *that* much more attactive than Haaland this GW.

      3. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        That's why you own KDB instead

      4. banskt
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Nah, no price changes tonight. Tomorrow's drop will be Jesus.

    • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Sancho recovered now?

    • primal33
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Team done...

      Ward/Sanchez (fixtures rotate nicely)
      Cancelo TAA Robbo Walker
      Kulu (---> GW2 Neto) Salah(c) Martinelli Bailey (--->GW3 Saka)
      Haaland Jesus

      Ward/Sanchez Neco Andreas Archer

      1. primal33
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        0.5m ITB

        1. gart888
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          You think Ward plays GW1?

          1. primal33
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            I don't see who else Leicester have at this stage. If he doesn't Sanchez can sub on anyways.

            1. gart888
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Iversen.

              Brendan Rodgers: “I’ve always said Ward is a number one, Iversen has gone away and done well. I don’t feel like I need to look outside for a new goalkeeper.”

    • FDMS All Starz
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Which combo?

      A) Mendy and Zinchenko
      Or
      B) Ramsdale and Trippier

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        a

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Bench 1 from Neto, Bailey, Trippier

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        a

      2. Fred the Red
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Tough call between Neto and Bailey, I'd say Bailey

    • Gazza2000
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      A) Ward and Mount 442
      or
      B) Ramsdale and Dias 532

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        a

    • BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Spamming the same question is not allowed

      1. Jafooli
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Spamming the same question is not allowed

        1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          You dare use my own spells against me Potter

      2. highsguy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Spamming the same question is not allowed

      3. Lingard’s Shin Guards
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        however, spamming the same answer is

        1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Disc race, at least the answer is helpful

      4. gart888
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        If someone's spamming the same question just give them a bad answer!

    • youzef
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Ramsdale
      TAA Cancelo James Robertson
      Salah Martinelli Neto Bailey
      Kane Jesus
      Bench Ward Andreas Greenwood Neco

      Good to go?

    • JoelyG
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Thoughts on my team:
      0.0itb

      Ward (Ivesen)
      TAA Cancelo Robertson (Dalot, Neco)
      Salah Kulu Bailey Aaronson Rashford
      Haaland Jesus (Archer)

      Can swap Kulu out next week for either Saka or City mid

    • AJL87
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        A) Kulu & Wilson

        B)Mount & Jesus

        I have Son but no Kane or Haaland

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          a

        2. jonny77
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          the guy above must be trolling, definitely B

      • Pad Randa (The OG)
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        1. Son (have Kane) + Walker + Neco (Trippier becomes 5th def)
        or
        2. Dias + Robbo (have TAA) + Maddi/Mount/Diaz/Kulu (and which one? leaning towards Mount or Maddi right now)

        1. DRIZ ✅
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          a

      • DeuloRad
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit using a mouse

        1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          A mouse picks your team? Okay that explains some of the decisions

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

            He has an uncontrollable bias for arse

            1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              I'm definitely not copypasta-ing this one

      • LABILLETHEGOAT
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Which one would you go for? Kane and jesus in the team no matter what.
        1) son/kdb, cancelo & 4.5 ST
        2) Martinelli, James, Haaland

      • Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Anyone got a link to all the FFS Leagues/Cups?
        (incl. Member Cups, if there is still is one - link on Members Page goes to previous year Entry Form)

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Never mind, found on homepage (aside from cup, potentially)

      • pundit of punts
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        RP

        A. Luis Diaz + James + Perisic

        Or

        B. Martinelli + Cancelo + VVD

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

          RP

          A

        2. Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          B.

      • gooner_112233445566
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        A) Get Ruben dias and play 5-3-2 with a perreira, dasilva and greenwood as subs

        B) play 4-4-2 and start neto with neco Williams, perreira and greenwood as subs

      • Hairy Potter
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        ASM and Wilson to break the template tomorrow.

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

          lol

        2. BigJarvishManmynameisq
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Then carefully put it back together over the next few weeks

        3. FDMS All Starz
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Would be surprised if Wilson doesn’t score this GW

      • FPL_Humperdoo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        If you want team news, Neale will be providing a complete team-by-team summary in 10 mins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzxw8VAFzxg

        Stand by.

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

          So please for my brother Neale. He is so calm and wise. It's in our genes

      • Bishopool
        • 10 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Please help..

        a) TAA, Robertson, White, Trip, Neto
        b) TAA, Walker, Trip, Cash, Martinelli
        c) A with Rob-> Cancelo

      • billnats
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Perisic in doubt apparently has me thinking:
        A) Ramsdale, Perisic & Martinelli (current 532)
        B) Sanchez, Neco & Mount (change to 442)

      • FDMS All Starz
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Thoughts on this team? Kulu/Kane ->Foden/Haaland depending on GW1

        Ramsdale
        TAA - Trippier - Cancelo - Robbo
        Salah - Kulu - Martinelli - Bailey
        Kane - Jesus

      • Doosra - ☭DeclanMyGenius…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Good luck, all! But not too much!!! 😀

        GW 1:

        Something old, something new,
        Something borrowed, something blue,
        A silver sixpence in the boot.

        Meslier
        Alexander-Arnold, Dier, Gabriel
        Salah(c), Son(vc), Saka, Benrahma
        Jesus, Mbuema, Wood

        Sánchez; Ramsey, Cash, Nilliams … F/T: 0/0, 0.0 ITB, TV: 100.0

        BENCH BOOST PLAYED

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Which combo?

        A) Gabriel
        B) Trippier

        Plus

        1) Botman
        2) Dalot

      • Tabbara
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Which Option is better :
        A: James + Iverson
        B: Gabriel + Mendy

        The backup goalie is Ward
        Thx

      • Zladan
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        A B or C

        A) Walker + Rashford
        B) Walker + Neto
        C) Mount + Bailey

        1. gart888
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          A unless you can make the extra money useful with B.

      • Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Reece James or Mount?

        1. gart888
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          James