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. LABILLETHEGOAT
    • 9 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    which team would you go with
    1.)
    Ward
    Cancelo TAA Cash Dalot
    Bailey Salah Son/KDB Neto
    Kane Jesus
    Bench: Gazzaniga Greenwood Williams Andreas

    2.)
    Ward
    James TAA Cash Dalot
    Bailey Salah Martinelli
    Kane Jesus Haaland
    Bench: Gazzaniga Neto Williams Andreas

  2. CoracAld2831
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Team Perisic or No Perisic?

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

      Team "was fully set with my team including Doherty and Perisic for a 1 week punt on the double up and now I'm lost"

    2. Ady87
      • 8 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Could take a few weeks of rotation to warm up to the PL at 33 years of ages in a demanding role.

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

      Team Perisic.

  3. Ady87
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Who is Walkers competition for minutes?

    1. CoracAld2831
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      At the moment, no one?

      1. Ady87
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        People keep commenting about Walker being a minutes risk but this was my understanding. Could easily do an extra 1200 minutes on last seasons numbers IMO. Thought I was going mad.

        1. Dags
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            He will start every game until Midweek fixtures atleast.

    2. FDMS All Starz
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Is it important to have a 8.0M mid to allow flexibility later on or not really?

      1. Ady87
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Yes. The flexibility is an added benefit, the main being that some of the £8m mids offer some of the best value in the game.

      2. GreatCarragherReef
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        It’s a nice to have- options below 8m could dry up but you’ll always be able to switch to 4 other decent 8m options

    3. jonny77
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Probably what i'm gonna settle with:

      Ward (Iverson)
      TAA Cancelo Zinch Trip (Neco)
      Salah Mount Diaz Martinelli (Andreas)
      Haaland Jesus (Archer)

      G2G?

      1. Ady87
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        Same squad as me except for Iverson Cancelo and Zinch.

        1. jonny77
          • 9 Years
          3 days, 5 hours ago

          What are your alternatives?

          Sanchez/Robbo/Walker?

          1. Ady87
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Yeah or Ramsdale James Walker both our options cost £16m

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

      Ok, last one, help me choose my midfield:

      Ward
      TAA Robbo Dias James
      *
      Haaland Jesus
      Subs: Iverson N. Williams Taylor Andreas

      *a) Salah Kulu Martinelli Bailey +1mil itb
      *b) Son Diaz Saka Bailey

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

        Son a must without Harry

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

          If Salah and Son put up similar numbers, I think Diaz + Saka on pens & less rotation risk than Martinelli is a better bet than Kulu (risk when Richarlison isn't banned) & Martinelli

      2. jonny77
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        A but a different 8.0 to Kulu

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

          Why do you say no Kulu?

          1. jonny77
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Mount and Saka both better picks imo

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

        A but switch Bailey to a 5m def and you’ve got my team

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

      Best Combo of the 3 strikers? I'm going all in

      1.Kane and Haaland
      2.Kane and Jesus
      3.Jesus and Haaland

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

        2

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

      A) Dias + James

      B) Cancelo + Walker + 0.5

      Can’t believe I’m considering going without cancelo

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

        a

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

          Cheers

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

      Trippier question...

      Realistically how many clean sheets do you expect Newcastle to keep in their first 6 games? (NOT, bri, MCY, wol, liv, CRY).

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

        1, maybe 2 and I'm a Newcastle fan.

      2. GreatCarragherReef
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 days, 5 hours ago

        This is my thought- surely Gabriel a better option

        1. Paul Psychic Octopus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Currently have Gabriel. Just chewing the cud. If I keep Gabriel then cue an early Zaha goal this evening.

      3. DandyDon
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        gonna stick with Trippier and can always look to transfer next week to Gabriel. Trippier has much better opening fixture.
        Get your point though.

    8. Sterling Malory
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      100th draft, GTG?

      Ward
      TAA Robbo Cancelo James
      Salah Mount Bailey Martinelli
      Kane Jesus

      Iversen Andreas Neco Greenwood

      1. jonny77
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        i mean its template, i don't know what more you expect us to say?

    9. Bobby_Baggio
      • 11 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      Which is the preference please?

      A) Cancelo + Bailey
      B) Walker + 7.5m Mid (Sancho/Zaha/Rash/BSilva)

      1. jonny77
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        If you can find 0.5 somewhere else to make the 7.5mid an 8 mid then B, otherwise A

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

          Cheers who would the 8m be? I have Diaz

          1. jonny77
            • 9 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Mount or Saka are probably the best alternatives?

      2. Ady87
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        A or find the 0.5m for and 8m mid in B, United aren’t ready to be relied on after injuries and last 2 pre season games.

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

          CHeers mate - which 8m mid would you prefer, already have Diaz?

          1. Ady87
            • 8 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Mount based on Chelsea last game where him and Sterling looked immense. Think he gets less rotation this year and he still managed double figures of goals and assists last season despite that. Saka if you don’t have Martinelli. Could well be talking about Mahrez, Foden or Grealish if they go mad this weekend, all £8m

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

        Zaha is one to watch imo although he has some tough fixtures to begin with

      4. DandyDon
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        A but will be interesting to see where B silva starts the season.

    10. Fred the Red
      • 10 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      A) Trippier + Mount
      B) James + Rashford
      C) James + Neto

      1. jonny77
        • 9 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        A

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

        C

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

        Doesn't really work as a comparison as they add up to different values

        1. Fred the Red
          • 10 Years
          3 days, 1 hour ago

          Lol they don't have to add up to the exact same values

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

      A) Ramsdale & Trippier
      B) Mendy & Gabriel

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

        A

    12. El Buffalo
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        A) KDB, Jesus, Rodrigo + 0.5itb

        B) Saka, Grealish, Haaland

        Which one?

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

          B but don't love either, Grealish isn't a guaranteed starter every week

        2. Thomas Magnum
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          A

        3. Hutchiniho
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          El Buff.

          Who would you select straight up

          Saka and Haaland
          or KDB and Jesus?

          1. El Buffalo
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              Thanks all, think I'm going to stick with A as overthinking it now.
              @Hutchiniho I have a feeling Haaland might start slowly, thinking kdb will be safer in terms of assists and the odd goal so probably KDB and Jesus

        4. DandyDon
          • 3 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Interesting to see that more have gone with 3 at the back than my 4-3-3 formation! I knew most would go five at back or 4-4-2 but suprised my formation is being ignored.
          Going Haland, Jesus and Wilson - for me the Newcastle striker will be one you will all be clambering for in a few weeks! *If he stays injury free of course!

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

            3 strikers has definitely lost popularity due to points system
            They don't score as much as mids and they're expensive
            Points per million it doesn't stack up

        5. Tosa86
          • 5 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          My Current Draft:

          Ramsdale - Ward
          TAA - Robbo - Cancelo - Trippier - N.Williams
          Salah - Mount - Martinelli - Bailey - Andreas
          Kane - Jesus - Archer

          Any suggestion?

          thanks!!!

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

            I've gone with James over Trippier and 2 x 4 million gkpers. Otherwise exactly the same

          2. Pad Randa (The OG)
            • 10 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            G2G

        6. IAIN DUNCAN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Mendy (Ward)
          TAA, Robbo, James, Perisic, (Neco)
          Salah (C), Saka, Martinelli, Bailey, (Andreas)
          Kane (VC), Jesus, Archer
          0.5 itb

          Mendy , Saka and Perisic ?
          Maybe Rama, Foden and Walker
          Thoughts

        7. ⚽️ Omardiola ⚽️
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Darwin will start?

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

            Risky

          2. DandyDon
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            No but still a great option

        8. Dags
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Fellow Trippier owners. What is your plan for GW3 and GW5? I don't like the idea of playing Andreas.

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

              I also have Patterson from Everton on my bench and he plays Forrest week 3 and Leeds wk 5 - expecting him to start the season strong and be a strong attacking threat.

              1. Dags
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  I am 5 at the back :(. Feels like 2 GW's wasted of 1 or 2 pointers from Andreas.

              2. Cantona's Kung Fu Kick
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                dunk

                1. Dags
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    Perks of 4 ATB ig 🙁

                2. Thomas Magnum
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Hope he scores a free kick if I start him and not Andreas. He's a season keeper for me, Newcastle have to play the big boys sooner or later

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

                  I'll play him. It is what it is.

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

                Best 4.5m mid after Andreas? Lavia?

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

                  Dasilva - Brentford

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

                    I’ve seen a few posts that he might lose his place, will check though cheers

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

                  You going with 2 x 4.5s?

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

                    5 at the back. Andreas decent cover, just need a 2 pointer backup too

                3. Thomas Magnum
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Reed

              4. Brad1807
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Raya
                Taa , cancelo , James, robbo

                Salah ( c) , martinelli, neto , rashford

                Halannd , jesus
                Bench ward , bailey , Archer, Williams..

                Help shoukd I go kane over haland is there any other suggestions someone qoukd make.

              5. Heung min Daughter
                • 6 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                A) James, Diaz
                B) Robertson, Mount

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

                  B

                2. Thomas Magnum
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  B

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

                A) Cancelo, Trippier
                B) Walker, James & 1.0 ITB

                1. Thomas Magnum
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  A. Unless the 1 million makes a big difference to your side

              7. No Need
                • 8 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                Please deadline just roll around and lets end the ‘hows she looking, good to go’ rmts followed by the same players

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

                  38 more weeks

              8. Irnbruster
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  I've picked Walker for 5 mil over cash, cucarella and digne who are all 5 mil too. What's everyone's opinions? Villa have easy games but walker surely best long term

                  1. Thomas Magnum
                    • 6 Years
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    Walker only good long term if City don't sign another fullback. Until/if that happens he's a good option

                    1. Ady87
                      • 8 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      This. If he plays more, better chance of attacking returns and gets the City CS hauls too. Without competition he’s a miles better pick than Cash and Cucu, the latter who will have to bed in.

                • LABILLETHEGOAT
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  martinelli or neto?

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

                    Mart if you have that extra 0.5

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

                    Martinelli

                  3. Ady87
                    • 8 Years
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    Martinelli and it’s not close

                    1. LABILLETHEGOAT
                      • 9 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      thanks

                • LABILLETHEGOAT
                  • 9 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  salah martinelli & bailey in mid. Which combo would you go for?
                  a).mount & andreas
                  b) rashford & neto

                • sirmorbach
                  • 6 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  No love for Gibbs-White? On my watchlist.

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

                    I have him atm.
                    Think he'll get a start tom,
                    bit of a concern he moves to NF tho

                • Fit_to_drop
                  • 2 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Why are the majority of teams going Kane over Son? Apart from Penalties. Point more for mids will balance that out over a season.

                  1. Ady87
                    • 8 Years
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    Money.

                  2. Pad Randa (The OG)
                    • 10 Years
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    Is Kane on pens? I thought Son was in line for those as well late last year?

                    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
                      • 10 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      I have both, FWIW.

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

                    more choice in midfield, no that many forwards I'm interested in

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

                      I'm playing Telegraph also and they have all listed as Fwds this year.
                      Salah/Kane/Son/Jesus/Haaland.
                      Can't decide on my top 3.

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

                    Son finished 60 odd points ahead of Kane last season which more than offsets the .5m over Kane I would say.

                • Hutchiniho
                  • 3 Years
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  How do you think the points shake out between Jesus/Saka and Mart?

                  In that order?
                  What will the gap sizes be?

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

                    2 2 2

                  2. Ady87
                    • 8 Years
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    I think Jesus and Martinelli allows for enough exposure and investment elsewhere but with Saka on pens and seemingly first name on the sheet it could get hairy if Martinelli gets rotated but Martinelli delivers almost every outing, has earned a permanent starting spot IMO.