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. Drop Dead Tsimikas
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Oh, just for fun:

    1. TAA + Martinelli
    2. Robbo + Rashford

    1. Gol D Roger
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      1.

      Very easy answer here

    2. AnyoneButLiverpool
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      1

  2. R.C.
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Just bought 3 pizzas for 2.5$

    1. Louis99
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Nice cheap enabler to get the premium dessert in

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        I am saving my transaction for next week.

    2. Jarnathan
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      you must be living in the Far East

  3. Hangman Page
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Good luck to you all for the new campaign!

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Likewise!

  4. OptimusBlack
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    A- Ward (Iversen)
    Aaronson play 3-4-3

    B- Sanchez (Ward)
    Gabriel / Cash / Tripper 4-3-3

  5. fplfansss
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    G2G?

    Sanchez
    Cancelo, TAA, Trippier, Zinchenko
    Salah, Son, Bailey, Andreas
    Jesus, Haaland

    Subs: Ward, Colback, Williams, Greenwood

    1. Shoplifters United
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Nice team overall, but I would consider Kane over Haaland in GW1.

  6. Telf2
    • 1 Year
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Can someone please tell me some league codes? Is there one for ffs?i have no joined leagues, the new kid at school :’)

    1. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Make some friends

    2. Alan The Llama
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Look to the column on the right of this page just by the top comment.

    3. Gomolon
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      The FFS code is on the front page, just scroll down past the captain poll

  7. Skogen89
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Ramsdale and trippier or ward and James?

    1. JAYPEE
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Ward and James

    2. FDMS All Starz
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Mendy and Walker

  8. JAYPEE
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Struggling on my 8.0 midfielder. Who’s the best out of:
    A) Saka
    B) Mahrez
    C) Mount

    1. Redranger
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Saka if you don’t have any other Arsenal attackers

      1. JAYPEE
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        I have Gabriel Jesus. Can’t fit Martinelli unless I do Raya to Iversen

    2. BeWater
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      I've gone Mount.

      1. JAYPEE
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        I’ve had it on Mahrez all week. I’m confused

    3. Skogen89
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      C

    4. Haalander
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Maddison

  9. J to the T
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Talk to me

    Ward (Iverson)
    TAA Robbo Cancelo James (Neco)
    Salah Mount Martinelli Bailey (Andreas)
    Kane Jesus (Archer)

    4.0/4.0 LEI keepers is the obvious weakness. Worth it for the the security of James versus Peresic (which would be the downgrade option)?

    1. The Final Boss
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Exactly same team..

    2. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Snap. Going for it. Can always change keepers later if it blows up

    3. banskt
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Same team. Template team. Great team.

      Going with Haaland / Wilson instead of Kane / Jesus.

    4. Powers106
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Famous last words but LEI are not playing a top 6 side, these gk whomever starts must be able to save a few and at least secure 2 points- and who knows maybe many saves and a bonus point

      1. J to the T
        • 7 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Cheers guys. Let’s give it a go

  10. BaasB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Cash or Trippier?
    And why?

    I was on Trippier, but scoutteam picking Cash makes me doubt it.

    1. Mozumbus
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      I was on Trippier, just switched to Cash getting influenced by the article. Cash looks to have more attacking threat in a relatively stable team.

  11. chriscosta
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Best pick ?
    A) Fodan
    B) Grealish
    C) Mahrez

  12. The Red Devil
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    White or dunk? Need a sure shot starter

    1. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Not White then

  13. Dynamic Duos
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Which combo?

    A) Gabriel
    B) Trippier

    Plus

    1) Botman
    2) Dalot

    Rp

    1. Louis99
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      B2

  14. Louis99
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Does anyone have a link or code for the LMS league this year?

    1. lugs
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      its in one of the community articles

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 15 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      yes

  15. Gol D Roger
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    No one doubling with Ederson and cancelo ?

    Could be a sneaky way in to points I’m going that way

    1. tyiocoyg34
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      I've got them 2

  16. Wensink
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Am I nuts having Lingard in my XI?

    1. tyiocoyg34
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Coconuts

    2. JoeTweaks
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      I considered it,so no...the fixtures aren't best though

  17. AnyoneButLiverpool
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    I’m not very good at this so could you guys help me please.

    Ramsdale Ward
    TAA Robo James Cancelo Neco
    Salah Martnielli Rashford Bailey Andreas
    Kane Jesus Archer (0.5 in the bank)

    Or

    Ramsdale Ward
    TAA Robo James Walker* Neco
    Son* Martnielli Rashford Bailey Diaz*
    Kane Jesus Archer

    or

    Ramsdale Ward
    TAA Robo James Walker Neco
    Son Martnielli Rashford Bailey Andreas
    Kane Jesus Wilson

  18. Kane Train
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Is anyone actually sold on Neto ?

    1. AnyoneButLiverpool
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      No, just sheep following each other.

    2. Hairy Potter
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Not me

      1. Hairy Potter
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Bailey punt is enough for my team

    3. @persecuted_by_mods
        1 year, 11 months ago

        I sold many people on Neto yes

      • Gol D Roger
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Yes he ranks consistently high in shots on goal, key passes and attacking positions

        Consistently! He’s very underrated

      • Dynamic Duos
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        No lol, glad there is a couple more managers with sense here 🙂

    4. primal33
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      How many people have money ITB? Can see a 0.1m rise screwing a lot of people over tonight/tomorrow.

    5. Hangman Page
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      I think FPL should allow multiple entries. Podcasts like FML FPL and FFS run these hive mind teams which are against the rules but overlooked, why can’t we all just have a maximum of three teams on our account like you can in the Telegraph.

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 15 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        More RMT's

    6. gooner_112233445566
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Which one
      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

    7. TheJoker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      A).Ederson, Perisic, Mahrez, Martinelli
      B).Raya, Patterson, KDB, Andreas

      A or B? A is of course more balance but B includes KDB. Is he worth it or not? Let me know guys.

    8. Gordon Cole
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Ward (Iversen)
      TAA - James - Cancelo - Trippier (Neco)
      Salah - Kulu - Bailey - Mount (Andreas)
      Haaland - Jesus (Archer)

      0.5 ITB

      G2G?

    9. JoeTweaks
      • 2 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Hello everyone!
      Please which is the better pick between Mount and Luis Diaz? (I own Salah)
      Thanks!

    10. Gomolon
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      I like my team but I have £1.5m ITB - how would you spend it?

      Ramsdale

      TAA / Cancelo / Robertson / James

      Salah / Martinelli / Neto / Bailey

      Haaland / Jesus

      Ward/Williams/Pereira/Archer

      1. Merry Tenables
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        Neto to Rashford?

    11. Holteenderinthesky
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      I'm torn between a few final changes in my team

      A) Mendy
      TAA, Cancelo, Ait-Nouri, Dalot
      Salah, Diaz, Mount, Martinelli
      Haaland, Jesus
      Ward, Andreas, Williams, Taylor

      B) Ward
      TAA, Cancelo, Ait-Nouri, Dalot
      Salah, Son, Martinelli, Bailey
      Haaland, Jesus
      Iverson, Andreas, Williams, Taylor

      1. Dr. Rog
        • 14 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        2 premiums optimal. 3 is not.

        1. Holteenderinthesky
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 11 months ago

          I don't think 3 premiums is a bad options. I think Son is massively being overlooked, and I'd hate not owning him. I don't believe there's much between the two teams tbf which is why I'm struggling

      2. Kane Toads
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        thin at the back and I'm not convinced a 4.0 keeper is good for the long term.

        go A) with perhaps White and 4.5m

    12. Kane Toads
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      do I do Dias to James? (I have Cancelo and Mount) ..

      TIA

      1. AnyoneButLiverpool
        • 4 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

        yes

        1. Kane Toads
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 11 months ago

          thanks

    13. dshv
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Trippier or Zinchenko ?

    14. ElliotJHP
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Ricardo out for six months not the best news for my 4 mil boys

    15. adstomko
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Which option?

      A) Martinelli
      B) Gabriel
      C) Trippier, then transfer to Cucurella GW3