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. Johan Queef
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 days, 5 hours ago

    Biting all my nails off here over these silly decisions:

    A) 532 with James (0.5ITB)
    B) 442 with Mount (0ITB)

    Thanks!!!

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

      Mount allows a move to another £8m mid if one starts firing, assume you’ll need to take hits for one if you don’t start with one.

      1. Johan Queef
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Yeah that's a key reason I want that 8m mid. Bit concerned I've got Walker as my 3rd city player so it blocks me from a city mid if one emerges!

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

      I've been struggling with that, I think I'm going B just because the midfield looks weak in a 5-3-2 if you've got Salah/Kane/Jesus in your team

      1. Johan Queef
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Yeah I love the 532 approach but 442 just seems more balanced for me to begin with.

  2. Irnbruster
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Raya

      Ait Nouri - Trent - Walker

      Martinelli - Salah - Bernardo - St Maximin

      Jesus - Haaland - Nunez

      Subs: Ward - White - Neco - Bailey

      Any advice or thoughts?

      Jesus - Haaland - Nunez

      Ward - White - Neco - Bailey

    • Hutchiniho
      • 3 Years
      3 days, 5 hours ago

      Money aside.
      Which three of these score most points this season?
      Salah/Kane/Son/Jesus/Haaland/KDB.
      Can't decide on my top 3.

      1. Ne0
        • 8 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Is Jesus really in contention?

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

        Salah,Son,Kane,KDB,Haaland,Jesus

    • LABILLETHEGOAT
      • 9 Years
      3 days, 4 hours ago

      which combo?
      a) cancelo & andreas
      b) dias & neto

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

        B

    • mz1405
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        thoughts on Firmino for gw1

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

          nah - liverpool spots should be filled by TAA, Robbo, Diaz, Salah, Alisson

      • Bobby_Baggio
        • 11 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Right last one hopefully. Which do you prefer please?

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

        (Iversen) - Saliba - Andreas - Neco

        A) Cancelo + Bailey + Wilson
        B) Walker + Mount + Toney

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

          A for sure

      • Better Call Raul
        • 3 Years
        3 days, 4 hours ago

        Does anyone know how many points Schmeichel got last season?

        Wondering whether the Ward-Sanchez rotation is worth the extra 0.5 over the 2 Leicester boys.

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

          136 iirc

          1. Better Call Raul
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Thanks, remember reading he had a very poor save %. Don't see any reason why Ward/Iversen can't outscore him

        2. Salah and Vinagre Chips
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 days, 4 hours ago

          Try the "i" symbol next to his name. It's a miracle of modern technology.

          1. Nick8742
              3 days, 3 hours ago

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

          Down to the barrel.

          Trippier and GibbsWhite
          or
          Kilman and Pereira?

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

            trip

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

          Man United opening day results

          21/22 Leeds (H) 5-1
          20/21 Bournemouth (H) 5-2
          19/20 Chelsea (H) 4-0

          22/23 Brighton (H)?

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

            0-0

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

            1-2

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

          guys which would you go for?
          a) cancelo/james/andreas
          b) dias/james/neto
          c) cancelo/cash/neto

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

            C

        6. MakaveliTheDon
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Tearing my hair out trying to decide between...

            A) Saka + Neto + £0.5 ITB
            or
            B) Martinelli + Mount

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

              B.
              Long term I think the Arsenal players will score the same

          • boroie
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            I see a lot of people, who aren't going for both Ward and Iversen, going for Ward over Iversen... any reason why? As, any Leicester fan I have spoken to thinks Iversen will start this week, due to Ward recovering from an injury and a lack of pre season, and from there, it is surely Iversen's to lose?

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

              Didn't Rogers all but say Ward was his choice yesterday?

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

                He did. But I've got both just in case. GKs don't have a very high ceiling anyways.

            2. Salah and Vinagre Chips
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 days, 4 hours ago

              One day we will sit you down around a campfire tell you about a legendary and magical oracle called Scout Picks.

          • Hutchiniho
            • 3 Years
            3 days, 4 hours ago

            Most points in August?
            Saka
            Mart
            Mount
            Foden
            Grealish?

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

            Have Kane and Andreas

            1. Martinelli + Son + Archer
            2. Rashford + Haaland + Colback

            ?

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

            A) Ramsdale + Ward (0 ITB)
            B) Sanchez + Ward (0.5 ITB)

            Not sure if I should bank the 0.5m and stick with the great rotating fixtures between Sanchez + Ward or just spend it on a set and forget keeper.

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

              I'm struggling with the same thing! That 0.5 could upgrade Trippier to Perisic or Bailey to Neto.

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

                I think that thought has made me decide on Sanchez.
                Thank you!

              2. fplrook
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Both are not really upgrades in my view and in fact I think Trippier will do better than Perisic and Bailey than Neto in the first few game weeks at least.

              3. Better Call Raul
                • 3 Years
                3 days, 4 hours ago

                I think A or get the two 4.0 Leicester boys

              4. fplrook
                  3 days, 4 hours ago

                  Set players wherever you can especially at goal unless of a price point where there are multiple options. At 4.5, you don't have a top club keeper so I would go with option A.

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

                Twisted at the last minute.
                Dropped Robertson, Mahrez and Wilson for Cash, Bailey, Kane.
                Good move or bad move?

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

                  following the crowd. go with what you think is best.

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

                Son is going to punish me for this, isn't he? After saying I wouldn't tinker anymore about a dozen drafts ago, this is what I'm on right now:

                Ward
                TAA - James - Walker - Trippier
                Salah - Rashford - Bailey
                Kane (c) - Haaland - Jesus

                Iversen, Andreas, Colback, Neco

                1. fplrook
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    I like it.... almost similar to my team!

                2. fplrook
                    3 days, 4 hours ago

                    After a lot of deliberation, I've arrived at this for GW1 - thoughts please?

                    GK - De Gea
                    DEF - TAA, Trippier, Walker
                    MID - Salah, Rashford, Bailey, Neto
                    ATT - Kane, Haaland, Jesus

                    Subs - Ward, Andreas, Neco, Patterson

                    This is going against the template of having three solid strikers but I do think Kane, Haaland and Jesus will all have terrific seasons. Salah is a starter for me and given Liverpool's new front 3, he probably is the go to guy so I expect him to fair better than last year. Rashford, Bailey and Neto complete the midfield as I only had 17m across the three positions. All of them in good form during pre-season and could potentially be the key men upfront for their respective teams. In defence, TAA was a no brainer and whilst a lot have gone Cancelo and James, I've had to do with Walker and Trippier instead due to limited funds. Walker is now a nailed on starter and at the very least will provide points on clean sheets. I also feel City might go a bit direct at times to feed Haaland and Walker's pace could provide a few assists. Trippier's setpiece strength and the fact that Eddie Howe has instilled a rather compact defence means he is value at 5m. I've gone with a bit of differential with De Gea between the sticks due to favourable first couple of fixtures. I think at the very least Ten Haag's men will work hard and be more solid so I expect a good start - historically De Gea has been dependable but can always switch to either Mendy or Ramsdale given the same price point.

                    All 4 on the bench are starters so can always fall back if needed albeit at base prices so don't expect much from them.

                    Feel free to bash my rationale - keen to hear your thoughts please!

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

                      My only concern is with Wolves' attackers, especially without Jimi.

                      1. fplrook
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          I'm not too worried as Neto will then be the go to front man. At the very least he is a nailed on starter so at 5.5m, you're not losing much.

                      2. smithac28
                        • 7 Years
                        3 days, 3 hours ago

                        I actually had that front three to begin with and had the same kind set - but have been swayed by the masses…

                        Haaland will get golden boot IMO with Salah and Kane in the mix. Why not therefore have both with Jesus as well who now finally has runway to potentially hit new levels. May go back…

                    2. g40steve
                      • 4 Years
                      3 days, 4 hours ago

                      Thoughts cannot decide between Son & Sterling - the 2m hammers team?

                      Ramsdale,
                      Trent, Cancelo, Walker, Trippier
                      Sterling, Salah, Martinelli, Bailey
                      Jesus, Kane

                      Ward, Andreas, Taylor, Neco

                      1. fplrook
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          If you have the budget, then Son is better as he also is on set pieces (except penalties).

                      2. smithac28
                        • 7 Years
                        3 days, 4 hours ago

                        GTG?
                        Mendy
                        TAA - Cancelo - Dalot - Perisic
                        Salah - Mount - Rashford - Bailey
                        Haaland - Jesus
                        Sub - Ward - Neco W - Andreas P - Taylor

                        1. fplrook
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            Perisic might not start the first game - worth having Trippier and then bringing Perisic later?

                            1. smithac28
                              • 7 Years
                              3 days, 4 hours ago

                              Yep - good call. Trying to get a spurs player in but struggling!

                        2. We Will Klopp you
                          • 5 Years
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          Given the perisic fitness concerns and gw2 fixture, could it be worth starting out with cash/trippier with 0.5m itb to bring perisic in for gw3?

                        3. Pedaso Pirates
                          • 8 Years
                          3 days, 4 hours ago

                          Start Neto or Bailey?

                          1. Better Call Raul
                            • 3 Years
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            Bailey

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

                          A) Walker, Son, Bailey
                          B) Cancello, Diaz, Rashford +0.5

                        5. james.havill
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            Is this madness?

                            Alisson
                            White-Botman-Perisic-Cancelo
                            Bruno G-Salah-Neto
                            Jesus-Haaland-Kane

                            Gazzaniga-Nico Williams-Bailey-Andreas

                          • gme3twenty
                            • 11 Years
                            3 days, 4 hours ago

                            Salah and 4.5mil striker

                            Or

                            Diaz and 9.5mil to play with for a striker

                          • mz1405
                              3 days, 4 hours ago

                              A) Mitro
                              B) Toney
                              C) get rid of someone to get the extra 0.5 needed to buy nunez

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

                                Mitro

                            • RobboKop
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              3 days, 4 hours ago

                              Who to start? Why?
                              1) Neto
                              2) Bailey

                            • It’s gonna Ben Mee
                              • 8 Years
                              3 days, 4 hours ago

                              GTG?

                              Ward
                              TAA Robbo Dias James
                              Salah(c) Martinelli Bailey Mount
                              Jesus Haaland

                              Bench: Raya Neco Taylor Andreas
                              ITB: 0.5

                            • MARK US RASHFORD
                              • 3 Years
                              3 days, 3 hours ago

                              Join my league lads... winner gets a £200 Amazon voucher 2dek2k

                            • Bradders2249
                                3 days, 3 hours ago

                                So who has been picked as the subs? Am I just being dim?