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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1,897 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Oh, just for fun:

    1. TAA + Martinelli
    2. Robbo + Rashford

    1. Gol D Roger
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      1.

      Very easy answer here

    2. AnyoneButLiverpool
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      1

  2. ᴋiɴɢ
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Just bought 3 pizzas for 2.5$

    1. Louis99
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Nice cheap enabler to get the premium dessert in

      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        I am saving my transaction for next week.

    2. Aston VII iia hahaha
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      you must be living in the Far East

  3. Shattered Dreams
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Good luck to you all for the new campaign!

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Likewise!

  4. OptimusBlack
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

  5. fplfansss
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    G2G?

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

    Subs: Ward, Colback, Williams, Greenwood

    1. Shoplifters United
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

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

  6. Telf2
      3 days, 5 hours 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. DeuloRad
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Make some friends

      2. Alan The Llama
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

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

    • Skogen89
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Ramsdale and trippier or ward and James?

      1. JAYPEE
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Ward and James

      2. FDMS All Starz
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Mendy and Walker

    • JAYPEE
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

        Saka if you don’t have any other Arsenal attackers

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

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

      2. BeWater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        I've gone Mount.

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

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

      3. Skogen89
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        C

      4. Haalander
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Maddison

    • J to the T
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours 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. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Exactly same team..

      2. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

        Same team. Template team. Great team.

        Going with Haaland / Wilson instead of Kane / Jesus.

      4. Powers106
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours 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
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Cheers guys. Let’s give it a go

    • BaasB
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Cash or Trippier?
      And why?

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

      1. Mozumbus
          3 days, 4 hours 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.

      2. chriscosta
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

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

      3. The Red Devil
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        White or dunk? Need a sure shot starter

        1. DeuloRad
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Not White then

      4. Dynamic Duos
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Which combo?

        A) Gabriel
        B) Trippier

        Plus

        1) Botman
        2) Dalot

        Rp

        1. Louis99
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          B2

      5. Louis99
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

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

        1. lugs
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          its in one of the community articles

        2. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 13 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          yes

      6. Gol D Roger
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        No one doubling with Ederson and cancelo ?

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

        1. tyiocoyg34
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          I've got them 2

      7. Wensink
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Am I nuts having Lingard in my XI?

        1. tyiocoyg34
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Coconuts

        2. JoeTweaks
            3 days, 4 hours ago

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

        3. AnyoneButLiverpool
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 5 hours 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

        4. Kane Train
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Is anyone actually sold on Neto ?

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

            No, just sheep following each other.

          2. Hairy Potter
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Not me

            1. Hairy Potter
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Bailey punt is enough for my team

          3. BigJarvishManmynameisq
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            I sold many people on Neto yes

          4. Gol D Roger
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

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

            Consistently! He’s very underrated

          5. Dynamic Duos
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

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

        5. primal33
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

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

        6. Shattered Dreams
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours 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
            • 13 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            More RMT's

        7. gooner_112233445566
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 5 hours 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

        8. TheJoker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours 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.

        9. Gordon Cole
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

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

          0.5 ITB

          G2G?

        10. JoeTweaks
            3 days, 5 hours ago

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

          • Gomolon
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 5 hours 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
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Neto to Rashford?

            2. Holteenderinthesky
              • 4 Years
              3 days, 5 hours 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
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 12 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                2 premiums optimal. 3 is not.

                1. Holteenderinthesky
                  • 4 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours 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
                • 9 Years
                3 days, 4 hours 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

            3. Kane Toads
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 days, 5 hours ago

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

              TIA

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

                yes

                1. Kane Toads
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  thanks

            4. dshv
              • 5 Years
              3 days, 5 hours ago

              Trippier or Zinchenko ?

            5. ElliotJHP
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 5 hours ago

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

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

              Which option?

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