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
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Good luck!

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

    Who is better ?
    Aaronson
    Neto

    1. Urban Cowboy.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Aaronson.

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

        Thxxx

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Aaronson

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

        Cheers

    3. Freshy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Prolly Neto
      But I rate Bailey and Almiron higher than either

  3. LABILLETHEGOAT
    • 11 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
    • 5 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

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

    1. XX SMICER XX
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      A all day

  5. gooner_112233445566
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      A

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

      g2g

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

      No Salah = No Dressing

      1. gart888
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 11 months ago

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

    2. Zladan
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      A

    3. Bergkamp@Wonderland
      • 4 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      A and change goalkeeper to Ederson.

  8. Roshen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    need help with final decision

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

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

    2. XX SMICER XX
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

  9. Big Al Stankovic
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Who takes pens for Chelsea?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Jorginho

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

        But is he in XI or coming even in?

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

        Mount when Jorginho is not around. 😉

  11. Ne0
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Most exciting decision ever

    A) Greenwood
    B) Archer

    1. Paul Psychic Octopus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Shame there's no C)

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Archer. Would pick Plange before I picked Greenwood

  13. Evasivo
    • 14 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

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

    Watkins
    Havertz
    Wilson
    ?

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

      Wilson

    2. Thomas Magnum
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Wilson

    3. Puntillimon
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Went Wilson myself

    4. Evasivo
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

  14. squ1rrel
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Darwin to start vs. Fulham?

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

      30% yes

    2. cmj23
      • 10 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Unlikely

    3. Bartowski
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Doesn't sound like it.

    4. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

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

        Hopefully he starts the second half and destroys them

  15. cmj23
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

  16. thepancakeman123
    • 6 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Not sure which to go with

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

  17. yakirh
    • 8 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
      • 8 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Sanchez 2nd keeper

    2. Zladan
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Nice team.

      Closest to mine I’ve seen.

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

    3. Sgt. Schultz
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Decent. Good Luck!

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

    Which option?

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

    (Bottomed)

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

      A

  19. Better Call Raul
    • 4 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Why is everyone dropping Perisic?

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Bib theory in training.

    2. pundit of punts
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Time to get him will be around gw 3-4

    3. Zladan
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Not starting GW1, plays Chelsea GW2.

      So waiting for GW3.

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

        This.

  20. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Final decision

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

    ?

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

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

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

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

    3. jia you
      • 7 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

    4. pundit of punts
      • 11 Years
      1 year, 11 months 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
      • 9 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

      Alvarez might be the bandwagon by then.

  22. jia you
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 11 months 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
      • 6 Years
      1 year, 11 months 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
    • 7 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Trippier or Zinchenko ??

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

      Trippier

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

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

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

      Not I

    2. Riska
      • 12 Years
      1 year, 11 months ago

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

  25. youzef
    • 9 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

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

  26. Tronity
    • 10 Years
    1 year, 11 months ago

    Final decision to make and I’m G2G

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

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

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

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

    Finally there…

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

    0.5 ITB

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

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