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
    • 13 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

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

    1. Hutchiniho
      • 5 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      B

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      B

    3. sumatera
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 14 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      B

    4. SH1M1
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      Cheers all

  2. raymond_terrific
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 12 Years
    1 year, 10 months ago

    RMT please.

    Ward/Iversen (would prefer Pope but alas)

    Robbo/Malacia/Zinch/Tripp (Neco)

    Son/Salah/Diaz/Bailey (Andreas)

    Kane/Jesus (Archer)

    1. @persecuted_by_mods
        1 year, 10 months ago

        How much would you pay for the rating

      • Hutchiniho
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

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

        Malacia to start?

        1. sumatera
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 14 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          This

          1. raymond_terrific
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 10 months 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
              • 14 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Don't know tbh

    2. ooga booga
      • 13 Years
      1 year, 10 months ago

      How accurate is this bib theory in regards to Perisic?

      1. @persecuted_by_mods
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

          1. jason_ni
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Sex Panther

          2. tyiocoyg34
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            hahaha

        • fploutcast
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

      2. Cal1umz
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

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

      3. JAYPEE
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Rate my team:

        Ward
        TAA Robertson Cancelo James
        Salah Mount Martinelli Bailey
        Kane Jesus

        Iversen, Archer, Andreas, N. Williams

        1. LeicesterA
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

        2. Bolton’s Wanderers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

        3. DannyDrinkVodka
          • 4 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

          1. sumatera
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 14 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Change it back lol

            1. DannyDrinkVodka
              • 4 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              Nah. I wanna triple up on city for Bournemouth

              1. sumatera
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 14 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

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

                1. DannyDrinkVodka
                  • 4 Years
                  1 year, 10 months ago

                  Kulu won’t be on my team for GW2

                  1. sumatera
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 14 Years
                    1 year, 10 months 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
          • 14 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Copycat! Same same

        5. V.i.V
          • 2 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Exact team but Neto instead for martinelli

      4. JoeSoap
        • 10 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        A. Dias/Kulu
        B. Cancelo/Rashford

      5. Heskey Time
        • 9 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

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

        1. Louis99
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Will likely be dropped when Laporte is fit

        2. Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 14 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Sheep?

        3. fploutcast
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 10 months ago

          I wouldn't be going either tbh

      6. GC123
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        For GW’s 1-6

        A) Cancelo + Diaz
        B) Robbo + Mount

        Thanks

        1. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          B) Robbo + Mount
          not much between it though

          1. GC123
            • 2 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

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

      7. cm790
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Rodri or Martinelli?

        1. fploutcast
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Are you serious?

          1. cm790
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Yeah

            1. fploutcast
              • 1 Year
              1 year, 10 months ago

              k

              1. cm790
                • 3 Years
                1 year, 10 months ago

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

        2. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

          1. jason_ni
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            And can add Rodri likely to play more minutes than Martinelli

      8. Freshy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 10 months 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

      9. SADIO SANÉ
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

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

        1. jason_ni
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Not a fan of the whole colour scheme

        2. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          you on BB?

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

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

        1. Snooze ya lose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 14 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          C

        2. Urban Cowboy.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          I would go Trippier.

      11. jack88
        • 2 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Palace 2-0 arsenal

        1. Robson-Canoe
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Not impossible, Palace are a decent team.

          1. Jafooli
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

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

        2. Jafooli
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Yep, that’s what I reckon also….

        3. tyiocoyg34
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Get out!

        4. fploutcast
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

        5. Hairy Potter
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

      12. Robson-Canoe
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months 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
          • 14 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Big rotation risk imo

        2. fploutcast
          • 1 Year
          1 year, 10 months 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
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

        4. Yankee Toffee
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          He's also a card magnet

      13. DeadStarComing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Already own Salah & Haaland...

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

        Thanks in advance!

      14. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Anyone know Doherty's bib status?

        1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
          • 5 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          bibless

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            That good or bad?

            1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
              • 5 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              bad

        2. Robson-Canoe
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months 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.

      15. AC Yew
        • 5 Years
        1 year, 10 months 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.

      16. TheBiffas
        • 3 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        Saliba or Almiron / KDH?

        1. tyiocoyg34
          • 6 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

          1. TheBiffas
            • 3 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Somebody said almiron, can't have favourites can i

            1. tyiocoyg34
              • 6 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

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

          2. Hutchiniho
            • 5 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            😀

      17. FDMS All Starz
        • 8 Years
        1 year, 10 months 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

      18. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 10 months 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
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Time to lock in the Jacky G punt

      19. Jebiga
        • 12 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        1. Rashford and Perisic

        or

        2. Doherty and Grealish

        ?

        1. ElliotJHP
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

          1 for me

          1. Jebiga
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            🙂

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

            1. ElliotJHP
              • 12 Years
              1 year, 10 months ago

              I currently have both so don't mind that!

      20. ceasar55
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 year, 10 months ago

        a) James + Bailey
        b) Perisic + Neto

        1. DeadStarComing
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          A

      21. @persecuted_by_mods
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Rodri or martinelli?

          1. Sterling Malory
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Not sure if joking.

            Rodri isn't a good fpl option.

        • TeddiPonza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

        • dr.No88
          • 7 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Hello
          1. Neto
          2. Bailey

          Who to start ?

          1. Urban Cowboy.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 12 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            Bailey

          2. Cal1umz
            • 9 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            I’m going Bailey if that helps

        • jason_ni
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

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

        • Henning
          • 9 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          1. Saka Neto Perisic
          2. Mount Martinelli Trippier

        • GreatCarragherReef
          • 8 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          A) Dias + James

          B) Cancelo + Walker + 0.5

        • Barnabus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Is this madness?

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

        • rdpx
          • 12 Years
          1 year, 10 months ago

          Is MATIP a terrible choice?

          1. jason_ni
            • 8 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

            probably yeah

          2. lugs
            • 6 Years
            1 year, 10 months ago

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