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. sthelenslad92
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    What's better:
    A) James, Neto + 0.5 ITB
    B) Neco & Mount

    A gives me the options to switch between a 4-4-2 & 5-3-2 but the midfield is weak (Salah, Martinelli, Neto, Bailey, Pereira)
    B gives me the option to jump on a man city midfielder easily from Mount, but 1 of Bailey & Pereira always has to start

    1. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B

  2. kamdaraji
    • 13 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Start Zinchenko or Bailey?

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Bailey, think he's more likely to get a goal contribution than Zinchenko is to keep a clean sheet

    2. Snooze ya lose
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      B

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

      Why own Bailey if you're not going to start him these first two weeks?

      His position isn't nailed for any lenght + his fixtures turn qucikly.

  3. Tomerick
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Here we go. Got a good feeling about this team

    Ward
    TAA, Perisic, Trippier
    Salah, Mount, Martinelli, Bailey
    Haaland, Nunez, Jesus

    Sanchez, Dalot, Neco, Andreas

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

      GL

    2. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Check Klopp presser

      1. Tomerick
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        I don’t think that was negative at all. More being respectful of Firmino. I fancy Nunez to come on and grab a goal even if he doesn’t start and then start the second game. I can even see him starting this one tbh.

    3. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      No worried about a cameo from Perisic?

      1. Tomerick
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Maybe but he could easily grab an attacking return if he had a cameo. I think he starts tbh though.

  4. Kane Train
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Does Rashford 100% start

    1. Big Fella
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Probably as Martial is injured, Sancho may not be ready (but probably is) and Ronaldo started preseason very late

    2. Robson-Canoe
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Never 100% but I'd say 95%. Martial is out so his position will depend on whether CR7 starts or not.

  5. Big Fella
    • 7 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    A) Bowen Saka Ederson
    Or B) KDB Martinelli Mendy

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

      B

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

    Anyone on the Cucuwagon?

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

      Such a quality player! Not for me atm but always looking at him as an option

    2. Robson-Canoe
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Will he be available for GW1?

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

    I've got a free league with the winner getting a jersey of their choice.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/emtaft

    1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      how would you feel about shipping a jersey to australia when i inevitably win

    2. FDMS All Starz
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      How do I contact you after winning

    3. THE SHEEP HUNTERS
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Joined. tx.

  8. iCon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    Which 4.5m fwd most likely to get minutes?

    1. NoSalah'd
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Archer and Greenwood

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

      Archer (maybe) but none will start.

    3. GoodFella93
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Seems like Greenwood and Archer both...

      As a Leeds fan, Greenwood defo gets minutes through the season. Behind Gelhart as a youngster for the first team, but can play midfield as well. I expect Gelhart to start a fair few this season where as Greenwood will be limited mostly to sub appearances barring first team injuries.

      1. iCon
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Cheers lads

  9. cm790
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    G2G?

    Ward
    TAA Cancelo Dalot Perisic
    Diaz Salah (C) Martinelli Maximin
    Jesus Haaland

    Sanchez N.Williams Andreas Greenwood

    1. NoSalah'd
      • 2 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Looks good. Only thing would be perhaps moving Maximin and Dalot to James and Bailey.

  10. GoodFella93
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 days, 4 hours ago

    So with the news about Perisic and Doherty....

    How confident can I be for a 1 week punt on Sessegnon?

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

      I wouldn't

    2. Big Fella
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      About 0 % confident. It's not news, just speculation

    3. Daniel Exeter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      What news?

      1. GoodFella93
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Well, the ITK guy on twitter giving his predicted line up seemingly based on bibs in a training video - added in with Conte's comments over the last two weeks.

        https://twitter.com/PlanetFPLPod/status/1555519874675490817?s=20&t=W_KAlJmQPfeiu1BSRF09hg

  11. j-money45
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      GTG?

      Sanchez

      Cancelo-TAA-Cucurella-Zinchenko-Dalot

      Martinelli-KDB

      Jesus-Haaland-Kane

      Subs:4.5 bench & 4.0 keeper

    • Kane Toads
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      My last RMT:

      Ramsdale

      TAA/Cancelo/James/Perisic
      (C)Salah/Mount/Bailey/Martinelli
      Jesus/Kane

      Ward/Neco/Pereira/Archer

      Good luck everyone for the new season -

      1. Robson-Canoe
        • 6 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Very good if the Perisic uncertainty doesn't bother you.

    • Mona Lisa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A) Saliba
      B) Bailey

      1. Kane Toads
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Bailey

      2. TheBiffas
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        B

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

        B

    • Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      On a scale of 1-10, how annoyed will you be if Prisic starts?

      1. Drip Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Perisic*

      2. TheBiffas
        • 1 Year
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        I think most of us expect him to but aren't willing to take the risk

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

        7

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

        9 for sure

      5. Original Sin
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Would be glad as Doherty is my 1st sub just for this

        1. GoodFella93
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Perisic will defo get on the pitch

    • Lingard’s Shin Guards
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      last decision

      A) Sanchez/Ward rotating, Saka, Gabriel, 4.5mid (bench)
      B) Ward/Inverson, Mount, Martinelli, 4.0m def (bench)

    • Kane Train
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Which one?

      A) Meslier , Neto & Trippier
      B) Ward , Rashford & Dalot

      1. Big Fella
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Short term B

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

        B

    • Cal1umz
      • 7 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Please choose

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

      1. NoSalah'd
        • 2 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        A

    • Sid07
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      perisic to
      1) tripper
      2) walker
      3) cash
      4) keep

      1. Big Fella
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Short term 1, then asses Perisic situation

      2. BERGKOP
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        1 or 3

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

        2

    • GC123
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Many going with Saka over Martinelli? Or is the £2.0m too tempting? Just concerned Arteta might rotate Martinelli with Smith Rowe when he’s fit. And Saka is presumably on pens

        1. Kane Train
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Saka is the better pick. It’s just the extra 2.0m is so helpful

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            this

          2. GC123
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Agreed. The extra £2.0m enables Walker > Robbo if that helps you advise me? But means Diaz > Mount to free a Pool space

          3. FPL Brains
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            I've found a couple mil to make sure I keep Saka.

        2. Original Sin
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Just checked Rodrigo's points in 2020/21 season, 89 points in 1279 minutes, thats equivalent to 208 points for 3000 minutes ( normal for a regular starter), which drastically reduced to only 85 points in almost 2300 minutes in 2021/22 season. Any Leeds supporter can enlighten on this? What caused this huge drop in FPL potential for him?
          Is there a chance that he might get similar point potential this year as well? Would be a steal at 6.0 mil then

          1. Hairy Potter
            • 7 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Hard to compare how Leeds players did that season. I personally think Bielsa's Leeds benefited from the lack of crowds and urgency from teams during that season. Leeds's level of intensity really stood out when many matches were like training or friendly matches.

            1. Original Sin
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Makes more sense now, thanks

          2. GoodFella93
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            20/21 he got a late flurry of goals which defo skews it.

            21/22 he was one of the worst suffers from the downfall under Bielsa, but put in a good shift once Marche took over.

            Defo has the potential still but with Bamford upfront, it's Harrison, James, Aaronson and Rodrigo fighting for the three spots behind. Very hard to rank them. James and Harrison can only play wings, Aaronson can play wing or CAM, Rodrigo is only CAM.

            1. Original Sin
              • 7 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Thanks for the insight and putting things into perspective.

        3. barton fc
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          is it worth having a 4mill leicester keeper on the bench?

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

            well i wouldn't have a more expensive one

            1. barton fc
              • 4 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              their not a chance they drop in price?

        4. OptimusBlack
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Aaronson is new Michu

        5. barton fc
          • 4 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          best option?
          A) James + white
          B) Gabriel + neto

          1. NoSalah'd
            • 2 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            B

          2. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            a

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

            A

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

          A) James + double Leicester keeper
          B) Perisic + Sanchez and Ward

          1. Barnabus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            a

            1. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Ta

        7. FDMS All Starz
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Which one?

          A) Ederson - James - Rashford
          Or
          B) Ramsdale - Walker - Kulu

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

            A

        8. Fit_to_drop
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Anyone favouriing ESR over Martinelli?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 13 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            no

          2. tyiocoyg34
            • 5 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            nope not gonna happen

        9. The Mighty Hippo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          This final decision is doing my head in.

          a) Leicester keepers + James
          b) Ramsdale + Trippier

          Having James allows me to move to Perisic if needed in a couple of weeks, but this is probably offset by lower returns from the goalkeeping position.

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            I'll probably go a

            1. tyiocoyg34
              • 5 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              c ) Mendy + Gabriel

        10. tyiocoyg34
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Is anyone going with Sancho in midfield?

        11. FOO FIGHTER
          • 2 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Trippier or Gabriel?

          1. Zogzeg
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            I've gone Gabriel due to fixtures

        12. sthelenslad92
          • 7 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A) Ramsdale & Bailey
          B) Sanchez & Neto

          In a 4-4-2 Bailey, Pereira & Neco Williams don't rotate too well whereas in a 5-3-2 Bailey, Neto & Pereira rotate much better

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

            A all day long