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. Knallie
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    A) Sanchez/Ward rotation + Bailey
    B) Ward/Iversen + Martinelli?

    have Jesus and Saka

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

      A

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

    Kane or Haaland

    1. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Nobodies asked that before

      1. Pedram
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        It's a pretty decisive decision, could end your season if one of them flops

    2. AC Yew
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      If you have Son go for Haaland?

  3. TheBiffas
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Almiron / KDH or Saliba?

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

      AB for me

      1. TheBiffas
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Thanks!

    2. tyiocoyg34
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      saliba

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

      Almiron

  4. TAT
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Dias or Trippier to complete this back five? Trippier obviously leaves more money to spend elsewhere, while Dias gives me a Dias/Cancelo/Haaland triple up.

    TAA - Cancelo - Robertson - James - X

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

      Perisic ?

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

        As long as he's a doubt, I'd rather look at other options.

    2. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Walker

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

        Walker is definitely an option, but probably not a long term option though.

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

          He doesn't need to be long term. Into GW3 can look at Cucurella, Perisic...

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

            Yes, that's true. Can we be sure he starts both GW 1 and GW 2 though? Thinking of GW 2 in particular.

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

            Trippier is better till GW3

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

              It's the opening two fixtures that makes Trippier an option, IMO. After that I might want to get rid.

  5. Jebiga
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    perisic or walker or doherty ?

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

      C

    2. Gizzachance
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      On peresic , looking at Walker instead double city
      Try an get peresic for gw3
      Tripp has city/pool in first 5
      Cash/digne don’t not have goid run of fixtures, first couple maybe

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

    Advice here, 0.5 itb,

    Thinking of Cancelo to Walker, leaves me 2 mil itb for later, or use as upgrade Martenelli to Saka, or Greenwood to Mitrovich?

    Ramsdale
    TAA, Robbo, James, Tripper (Cancelo)
    Salah, Bailey, Martinelli
    Kane, Jesus

    Ward, Neto, Greenwood, Andreas

  7. NateDog
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Play Raya or Ward? Brentford lost both games v Leicester last season and Vardy tends to start the season well, but Leicester haven't had a great window and the likes of Fofana and Maddison may have their minds elsewhere

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

      A

    2. The Mentaculus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Ward

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

      Ward

    4. Third Eye Vision
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Maddy signing a new long-term deal, isn’t he?

  8. Lukakwho
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Cant decide on Mount or Mahrez. Either making your team?

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

      Mount is in my team.

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

      you can go Sancho have 0.5 itb and upgrade after GW 1

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

        This is what I am doing (Mount, but GW3)

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

      I would go Mount. Seems to be less frustrating to own. Neither in my team though

  9. Thomas Magnum
    • 6 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    Boring one but
    A) Leicester keeper double up & Aaronson
    B) 4.5 Keeper & KDH

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

      The money saved from Leicester keeper can come in handy. Nit much difference between Leicester and other 4.5 keepers. In fact, I am willing to argue that Leicester will keep more clean sheets than any 4.5 keeper.

      Its either 5.0m keeper or Leicester keepers.

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

        Not as simple tho, when Leicester have nasty fixtures, other 4.5s have favourable ones!

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

    Which one?

    A) Mendy and Walker
    Or
    B) Ramsdale and Trippier

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

      B. But both likely score pretty similar

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

    Think I'm settled with this.
    Fodder (Fodder twin)
    TAA Cancelo Trippier Dalot (Neco)
    Salah Son Aaronson Bailey (Andreas)
    Haaland Jesus (Archer)

  12. squ1rrel
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    GTG?

    Ward
    TAA - Cancelo - Trippier - Ait Nouri
    Salah - Martinelli - Bailey
    Kane - Haaland - Jesus

    Iverson - Neco - Andreas - Dasilva

    1. Dee Lixon
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      My team except I have KDB instead of Haaland. Not sure that should be reasuring to you though...

  13. thepancakeman123
    • 4 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

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

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

    Stop fiddling with it!

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

      It feels so good though.

    2. TheBiffas
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Haven't had sex in months

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

        don't worry FPL will F US

      2. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Sheep are looking wonderful.

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

    Getting cold feet on having Lingard in my XI. Can someone please talk me off the ledge?

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

      *Kicking Lingard out the team*

    2. Black Knights
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      He's rubbish.

    3. Robson-Canoe
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      At that price, Martinelli or even Rodrigo are better punts.

    4. dzrihan
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      His time will come. I dont think the time is now.

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

        Thanks. I may wait for the Arsenal team news and switch out Lingz for Mart.

  16. Tronity
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Final decision to make and I’m G2G!

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

    1. Avinash_Y
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        A

      • OptimusBlack
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        A

    2. Avinash_Y
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Best 5.0 Defender?
        Is Odegaard worth the risk over Martinelli?

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

          Trippier - Cash - Gabriel in that order for me.
          I like martinelli

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

            This

        2. Mozumbus
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Cash

          • tyiocoyg34
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            Trippier is a good option.
            Hard to say ... Martinelli more goal threat but more rotation risk

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

              Odegaard a possible good differential

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

            Don't see Odegaard as a risk. Martinelli could be more a risk with ESR coming back.

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

              with 5 subs rule can see these minutes being shared

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

            Odegaard may get a few more mins, Martinelli better points potential.

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

          Midfielder required to fill the gap - 7.5m or below please? Fancied BSilva due to coverage, consistency and he plays but alot of people said they're not keen.

          Ward
          Walker - Trippier - TAA
          Salah - Martinelli - Diaz - ______ -
          Kane - Jesus - Wilson

          (Iversen) - Saliba - Andreas - Neco

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

            Podence/Neto (both good in pre-season and Wolves have good early fixtures)

            Sancho (ditto)

            Rashford (may play centre forward for 1-2 games)

            Zaha (difficult start, but could be excellent value over the season)

            Rodri (unexciting, but can 'fire and forget'. Scored 7 goals last season which a lot of people don't realise, and FPL points close to Mahrez and Foden. Also frees up another 1.5m to upgrade Saliba)

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

              nice one

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

            Cancelo instead of walker , and Bailey/Neto fill the gap.

            That's what I would do

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

              cheers

        4. PaulParker
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Let’s goooooooo

          Ward
          TAA - Cancelo - James - Neco
          Sterling - Saka - Neto
          Haaland - Kane - Jesus

          Iversen- vestergaard - Andreas - Murphy

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

            WOW

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

            One Liverpool player? Good luck.

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

          Pick 1:

          1. Scholes
          2. Giggs
          3. Lampard
          4. Rooneu
          5. Gerrard

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

            Scholes

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

            None, wait and see on them all

          3. TheBiffas
            • 1 Year
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            5

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

            Always Lampard.

            Well, not always. Gerrard sometimes.

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

          G2G?

          Ramsdale
          TAA, Robo, Perisic, Cancelo, Cash
          Martinelli, Salah, Bailey
          Haaland, Jesus

          Ward, Mbeumo, Muphy, Andreas

          O.5 ITB

          TIA

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

          Anyone tempted by Cucurella? He's said he's ready to play against Everton.

          Surprising purchase by Chelsea, thought they had enough cover there and other more pressing priorities i.e. striker.

          Shame, as ages ago I had him in my initial draft, expecting him to go to Man City and expecting the deal to have been completed well before now.

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

            Wait and see for me. Too early

          2. SADIO SANÉ
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            unless we hear something else before, it seems Chilwell isn't quite ready to start and Alonso is off to Barcelona... think it's fairly likely but I might be deluding myself

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

            Moves James out of a back 3
            Super Important move
            TSilva is old too

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

              Yeah hope so
              Then James is basically oop

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

              Yes, playing a wing back as CB in a three is a bit of a thing that Tuchel seems to like. Seems a bit of a waste of an attacking wing back and am surprised Chelsea signed him.

        8. jaguar shark
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Argh…. I’ve got two things stuck in my mind.

          1. KDB could easily be a better pick than Haaland.

          2. Perisic fomo

        9. Barnabus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          I thought I was done... but now i'm considering a Salah-less team.

          a) Salah, Kulu & Bailey +1m itb
          b) Son, Luis Diaz & Grealish

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

            Haha. Don’t do it!

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

              I know it's probably madness but I do think Diaz will match Salah's output and at 5mil cheaper it frees up so much money

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

                you should have them both!

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

            Don't do drugs

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

          Maddison vs Mount dilemma
          Had Maddi until rumors of transfer unsettled
          Chelsea fan and Mount preseason form...currently on Mount

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

            🙂

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

            very same dilemma, love Madi as a player but this distraction is unneeded, Mount is a similar type of player in a better team with better fixtures though

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

              Agree...atm lol

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

          1. Bailey and 0,5m in bank
          or
          2. Neto and 0m in bank

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

          son or kdb? Have kane in

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

            Do you have Haaland?
            KDB for me

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

            If you also have Salah then neither
            3 premium is too many

        13. Hutchiniho
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          Who do you think finishes with more points by mid season break at MC?

          KDB or Haarland?

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

            KDB

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

          A:
          Cancelo + Trippier

          B:
          Dias + Robbo

          Already have TAA

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

            Robbo and Cancelo

            1. flava
              • 8 Years
              3 days, 5 hours ago

              Not enough cash for that

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

                B then

        15. Sterling Malory
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          GTG? 0.5m itb
          Ramsdale
          TAA Cancelo James Trippier
          Salah Martinelli Kulusevski Bailey
          Haaland Jesus
          Ward Neto Neco Greenwood

          Worth spending the 0.5 somewhere?

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

            Just worried gw2 Kulu gets rotated with richarlison

          2. hammersp2000
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 5 hours ago

            GTG - same team as me apart from i have mount instead of kulu & i havent got 0.5ITB which is strange