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. SH1M1
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    A) Jesus/Rashford/Diaz
    Or
    B) Kane/Bailey/Martinelli

    1. Hutchiniho
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      B

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      B

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

      B

    4. SH1M1
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Cheers all

  2. raymond_terrific
    • 10 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    RMT please.

    Ward/Iversen (would prefer Pope but alas)

    Robbo/Malacia/Zinch/Tripp (Neco)

    Son/Salah/Diaz/Bailey (Andreas)

    Kane/Jesus (Archer)

    1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      How much would you pay for the rating

    2. Hutchiniho
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      No City? Feel they will get 3 or 4 vs WH

      Malacia to start?

      1. sumatera
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        This

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

          Swapped Kane for EBH, had Grealish/Martial/Perisic in until injuries/rumours over the latter and tweaked it.

          Malacia is favoured over Shaw/Williams, no?

          1. sumatera
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Don't know tbh

  3. ooga booga
    • 12 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    How accurate is this bib theory in regards to Perisic?

    1. BigJarvishManmynameisq
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      99% of the time it's right 60% of times

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

        Sex Panther

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

        hahaha

    2. fploutcast
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      The thing is there was already talk about him missing so this may be confirmation biases or just good old investigatory facts.

  4. Cal1umz
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 6 hours ago

    A Ramsdale - Perisic - Bailey - Neto
    B Ward - Digne - Dasilva - Grealish 0.5m

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

    Rate my team:

    Ward
    TAA Robertson Cancelo James
    Salah Mount Martinelli Bailey
    Kane Jesus

    Iversen, Archer, Andreas, N. Williams

    1. LeicesterA
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      That’s my team. So, erm, Good Luck!

    2. Bolton’s Wanderers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      I have that exact team so if that’s the confirmation bias you need…

    3. DannyDrinkVodka
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      I’ve now gone Haaland and Kulu over Kane and Mount

      1. sumatera
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Change it back lol

        1. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Nah. I wanna triple up on city for Bournemouth

          1. sumatera
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Neither of them will play 180 minutes in gw 1&2

            1. DannyDrinkVodka
              • 2 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Kulu won’t be on my team for GW2

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

                Never been a big fan of pre planned transfers especially at beginning of the season but I'll concede it might be the way to go

    4. sumatera
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      Copycat! Same same

    5. V.i.V
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Exact team but Neto instead for martinelli

    6. JoeSoap
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

      A. Dias/Kulu
      B. Cancelo/Rashford

    7. Heskey Time
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 6 hours ago

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

      1. Louis99
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Will likely be dropped when Laporte is fit

      2. Snooze ya lose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        Sheep?

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

        I wouldn't be going either tbh

    8. GC123
        3 days, 6 hours ago

        For GW’s 1-6

        A) Cancelo + Diaz
        B) Robbo + Mount

        Thanks

        1. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          B) Robbo + Mount
          not much between it though

          1. GC123
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              I know right. Tough call. Robbo could explode and Chelsea are a tad unknown. Cancelo and Diaz both capable of hauling

        2. cm790
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Rodri or Martinelli?

          1. fploutcast
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Are you serious?

            1. cm790
              • 1 Year
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              Yeah

              1. fploutcast
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 days, 6 hours ago

                k

                1. cm790
                  • 1 Year
                  3 days, 6 hours ago

                  Alright Carragher. Flippin eck, anyone think you’re judging Man United’s performance.

          2. Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Rodri has a chance to score vs weak squads
            Martinelli is always a threat

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

              And can add Rodri likely to play more minutes than Martinelli

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

          Ward
          TAA-Robo-Cancelo-James
          Salah(C)-Bailey-Almirón
          Kane(VC)-Jesus-CWilson
          Raya-Neto-Neco-Andreas

          A - Neto to 4.5 and bank 1.0
          B - Stick

        4. SADIO SANÉ
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          the bench boost graphic is a bit lame, can barely tell you've triggered it

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

            Not a fan of the whole colour scheme

          2. Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            you on BB?

        5. OptimusBlack
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

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

          1. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            C

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

            I would go Trippier.

        6. jackruet
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Palace 2-0 arsenal

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

            Not impossible, Palace are a decent team.

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

              Especially at home….Arsenal were pump in evening away games last season…

          2. Jafooli
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Yep, that’s what I reckon also….

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

            Get out!

          4. fploutcast
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Palace are good! I wouldn't mind a 2-2/3-2

          5. Hairy Potter
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Surprised that Arsenal agreed to the Friday night start given last season's opener.

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

          Just realised Walker got benched quite a few times last year (when he wasn't injured) and replaced by Stones at RB. What makes people think that's not gonna happen again this year?

          1. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Big rotation risk imo

          2. fploutcast
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Walker falls out of favour with pep time and time again. I think there are better 5.0 and even 4.5 options that will score more. Walker just has the allure of a big team otherwise wouldn't be in our thinkings

          3. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            Would not rule it out but reckon he's nailed for first game.

          4. Yankee Toffee
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            He's also a card magnet

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

          Already own Salah & Haaland...

          A) Dalot, Son, Neto
          B) Cancelo, Coutinho, Martinelli

          Thanks in advance!

        9. Weasel Boy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Anyone know Doherty's bib status?

          1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            bibless

            1. Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              That good or bad?

              1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 6 hours ago

                bad

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

            Can we have a new weekly article that tracks players' bib status in their last training sessions please? Now that would make people get a membership.

        10. AC Yew
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Just cant decide on whether I should include Haaland in my team or not. For context premium mids = Salah, Son and FWD = Jesus + Archer.

          Haaland, Martinelli and Bailey

          OR

          Wilson Saka and Diaz/other 8m mid.

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

          Saliba or Almiron / KDH?

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

            Saliba like i already said. Do you not thrust my judgment?

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

              Somebody said almiron, can't have favourites can i

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

                Saliba is looking solid my friend 🙂 Arsenal having a difficult GW1 but after that ...

            2. Hutchiniho
              • 3 Years
              3 days, 6 hours ago

              😀

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

          Team almost done, last 3 spots left, which combo?

          A) Ederson - James - Rashford
          Or
          B) Ramsdale - Trippier - Kulu (GW2: Kane or Kulu —> Haaland or Foden)

          xxx
          TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - xxx
          Salah - Martinelli - Bailey - xxx
          Kane - Jesus

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

          David Moyes is “not expecting” new striker Gianluca Scamacca to be involved against #ManCity on Sunday due to a lack of pre-season minutes.

          Moyes added that the #WHUFC had “quite a lot of concerns” heading into the City game but, refused to name names.

          https://twitter.com/FFScout/status/1555545469878681600

          Quite a lot of concerns you say? 😮

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

            Time to lock in the Jacky G punt

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

          1. Rashford and Perisic

          or

          2. Doherty and Grealish

          ?

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

            I've had all four of these boys today in panic mode

            1 for me

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

              🙂

              rashford is good to own, but i think grealish will explode this season

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

                I currently have both so don't mind that!

        15. ceasar55
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          a) James + Bailey
          b) Perisic + Neto

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

            A

        16. BigJarvishManmynameisq
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Rodri or martinelli?

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

            Not sure if joking.

            Rodri isn't a good fpl option.

        17. TeddiPonza
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

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

        18. dr.No88
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Hello
          1. Neto
          2. Bailey

          Who to start ?

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

            Bailey

          2. Cal1umz
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 6 hours ago

            I’m going Bailey if that helps

        19. jason_ni
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          A) Cancelo & Leicester GK Double Up
          B) James & Ward/Sanchez Rotation (+ 0.5 itb)

        20. Henning
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          1. Saka Neto Perisic
          2. Mount Martinelli Trippier

        21. GreatCarragherReef
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          A) Dias + James

          B) Cancelo + Walker + 0.5

        22. Barnabus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Is this madness?

          Ward Iverson
          TAA Robbo Dias James N. Williams
          Son Diaz Grealish Martinelli Andreas
          Haaland Jesus Taylor

        23. rdpx
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 6 hours ago

          Is MATIP a terrible choice?

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

            probably yeah

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

            no, he was sensational last year, and is nailed on to start this year so...