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. soulsaver
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Hello People!
    This is it....Thoughts?
    Ederson(Ward)
    TAA-Cancelo-Trips-James(Williams)
    Salah-Martinelli-Bailey-Diaz(Andreas)
    Jesus-Haaland(Archer)
    Good Luck!

    1. Sgt. Schultz
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Good luck!

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

    Who is better ?
    Aaronson
    Neto

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

      Aaronson.

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

        Thxxx

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Aaronson

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

        Cheers

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

      Prolly Neto
      But I rate Bailey and Almiron higher than either

  3. LABILLETHEGOAT
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Which one would you go for? Kane and jesus in the team
    1) son/kdb, cancelo & 4.5 ST
    2) Martinelli, James, Haaland

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

    Which is the better combo?
    A) Iversen, Martinelli, Mount
    B) Raya, Neto, Saka

    1. XX SMICER XX
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      A all day

  5. gooner_112233445566
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 5 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

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      A

  6. FDMS All Starz
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Thoughts on this team?
    GW2: Kulu/Kane —>Foden/Haaland depending on GW1

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

    1. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      g2g

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

    Can someone anyone reply to my post?

    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

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

      No Salah = No Dressing

      1. gart888
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Yeah so easy to choose between well built teams with Salah vs without.

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

      A

    3. Bergkamp@Wonderland
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A and change goalkeeper to Ederson.

  8. Roshen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    need help with final decision

    a) Cancelo, James, Bailey
    b) Walker, Trippier, Foden

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

      A, Foden a wait and see with not much of a preseason

    2. XX SMICER XX
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Difficult one. If Foden was nailed to start I would say B

  9. Big Al Stankovic
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    A little help would be appreciated.

    A or B?

    A) Mount, Robbo, Trippier

    B) Diaz, Dias, James

    Cancelo, Haaland, Salah, TAA already in my team.

  10. Lukakwho
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Who takes pens for Chelsea?

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

      Jorginho

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

        But is he in XI or coming even in?

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

        Mount when Jorginho is not around. 😉

  11. Ne0
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    A) Iversen + Robbo + Mount
    B) Ramsdale + James + Diaz

    Rest of the team is:
    Ward, X
    TAA, Cancelo, Neco, Vestergard, X
    Salah, Rashford, Martinelli, Bailey, X
    Haaland, Jesus, Greenwood

  12. Fred the Red
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Most exciting decision ever

    A) Greenwood
    B) Archer

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Shame there's no C)

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Archer. Would pick Plange before I picked Greenwood

  13. Evasivo
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Looking for best Striker with £8mil and already have Jesus…

    Watkins
    Havertz
    Wilson
    ?

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

      Wilson

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Wilson

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

      Went Wilson myself

    4. Evasivo
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      I thought Watson tbh but not seen him in many drafts, I currently have it as Havertz

  14. squ1rrel
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Darwin to start vs. Fulham?

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

      30% yes

    2. cmj23
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Unlikely

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

      Doesn't sound like it.

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Unlikley - but 30 mins against tired legs may be better than 60 mins vs fresh

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

        Hopefully he starts the second half and destroys them

  15. cmj23
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Need help deciding 



    Current team 

    Team A

    Ward - Henderson 

    Trent - Walker - zinchenko- dalot - Williams
    
Martenelli- salah- baily- pereria- Bruno.g

    Kane- Haaland- Jesus

    

Thinking to change to 



    Team B

    Ward - Henderson
    
Trent - Jansson - white - dalot - Williams 

    Saka- salah- baily- pereria- son

    Taylor - Haaland- Jesus

    

Which team you guys thinks the best ?

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

      Think ward + Iversen is best gk combo for a 3mium.

  16. thepancakeman123
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Not sure which to go with

    A) Sanchez + Dias
    B) Ederson + Walker/Trippier

  17. yakirh
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Good luck everyone!

    I think I've settled on this

    Ward
    TAA Robbo Cancelo James Trippier
    Salah Rashford Martinelli (Andreas 4.5)
    Halaand Jesus (4.5)

    ITB: 0.5m

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

      Sanchez 2nd keeper

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

      Nice team.

      Closest to mine I’ve seen.

      I have Walker over Trippier then Iversen Bailey Taylor on the bench.

    3. Sgt. Schultz
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Decent. Good Luck!

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

    Which option?

    A) Martinelli
    B) Gabriel
    C) Trippier > Cucurella GW3

    (Bottomed)

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

      A

  19. Better Call Raul
    • 3 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Why is everyone dropping Perisic?

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Bib theory in training.

    2. pundit of punts
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Time to get him will be around gw 3-4

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

      Not starting GW1, plays Chelsea GW2.

      So waiting for GW3.

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

        This.

  20. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Final decision

    A) Bailey/Neto rotation
    B) Rashford + 4.5mid (already have Andreas)

    ?

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

      A from yours above.

      But I had a similar conundrum and found that I should downgrade Sanchez to Iversen to then afford Rashford + Bailey.

  21. pundit of punts
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Make sure you have a plan to get Darwin by gw 4.

    He'll be essential by then with a dream fixture run beginning.

    Robertson, Diaz et al just won't suffice

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

      Jota will be back by then but what's your plan ?

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

      Jota will be back. I might be selling him at that point

    3. jia you
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Haaland will probably be injured by then so a ready made replacement

    4. pundit of punts
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Jota is no threat to him

      No pre season minutes for jota, back from injury and Klopp slowly integrates people back with low fitness

      He won't be ready to start before gw 6-7

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

      Alvarez might be the bandwagon by then.

  22. jia you
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Just remember that 99% of us will incredibly pissed off with the players that haul who we've left out last minute or even last month!
    The joys of GW1

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

      I’m realistically only caring about a few players who missed the cut for perceived better alternatives.

      Diaz, Mount, Mahrez, Kane, Perisic the only ones I will caring about and hoping I can outscore with the combos I’ve chosen. Most of the team hasn’t really changed in terms of structure or player since the start.

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

    Trippier or Zinchenko ??

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

      Trippier

  24. banskt
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Anyone else booking in a transfer? What if something else goes wrong? Scared of early hits, but I am going for it.

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

      Not I

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

      I'm going for it, too. Who dares wins! Or loses badly.

  25. youzef
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    A) Neto and James (+1.5 in bank)
    B) Mount and Coady (0 in bank)

  26. Tronity
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Final decision to make and I’m G2G

    A) Iverson (plus Ward) and James
    B) Mendy and Walker

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

    Who to be in ur team ?
    A - Aaronson
    B- Tripper
    C- Cash

  28. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Good luck for the season folks!

    A few tips from an old dog:
    - Remember that there are many ways to get to the same number of points.
    - Go with your gut not with the crowd.
    - Look forwards not backwards.
    - Dont log in to FPL under the influence.

  29. Georgeyboy33
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Finally there…

    Ramsdale | Ward
    Trent Robbo Cancelo James | Williams
    Salah Rashford Martinelli Bailey | Andreas
    Kane Jesus | Archer

    0.5 ITB

    1. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      same team but opted to go with Coutinho over Rashford. Rashford probably the more sensible pick but I have a hunch coutinho will score big this week against Bournemouth. Do like keeping 0.5k back though because it means you arent rushed into a transfer decision on week 1.

      1. Georgeyboy33
        • 4 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Fair. Rashford is a hunch from me and it feels good to have one in there on the template that is on instinct.

        I’m not planning any GW2 transfers unless I really feel I need to do Kane->Haaland.

        2 FTS + 0.5 ITB for GW3 should be good flexibility to assess the first two GWs

  30. Heskey Time
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Why are people going walker over ake? Feel ake has way greater goal threat and equally nailed