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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1,897 Comments Post a Comment
  1. smithac28
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 3 hours ago

    Change of heart. Thoughts please;

    Sanchez
    TAA, Walker, Trippier, Dalot
    Salah, Rashford, Bailey
    Kane, Haaland, Jesus
    Sub - Ward, Neco, Neto, Andreas

    Maybe Neto for Dalot?

    1. Dthinger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 2 hours ago

      oof. so much money up front!

  2. mz1405
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Mount or Diaz

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        B

      2. wot u lookin at
        • 7 Years
        11 days, 21 hours ago

        Diaz

    • Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Eriksen expected to start for United?

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Much better pick than Rashford imo

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

        Nah, Rashford will be their 6.5 lone striker. Insane value.

    • Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Anybody picking Foden?

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        Can't pick him or Mahrez

    • tryf88
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      What's the cons on Kane vs Haaland? Safer choice is Kane but afraid that Haaland could explode and move out of price range..

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        B

      2. fredbinney
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        I'm prob swapping Kane for Haarland after week 1, Spurs have the easier opening fixture but City can clean up weeks 2-10 after that.

      3. Dthinger
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        Haaland playing time is the concern. He's injury prone and could see rotation. Kane will play every minute when fit

    • Tripleh123
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      a) Diaz+ Cash+ Trippier

      b) Robertson+ James+ Bailey

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        B

    • Hunta
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 3 hours ago

      Need a better starter for GW1 other than Trippier. Thinking of getting either Dier, Gabriel, Zinchenko or Dogherty?

      Thoughts? Already have TAA, Cancelo, Cash and N Williams.

      1. DRIZ ✅
        • 10 Years
        12 days, 3 hours ago

        B

      2. Hits from the Bong
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        Prefer Trippier, Doherty unlikely to start

    • mz1405
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        is it a good idea to get both TAA and Robbo or only TAA

        1. Dthinger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          both

      • TheJoker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        A).Ederson/Trippier/Neto
        B).Raya/Robertson/Josh Da Silva

        1. TN
          • 1 Year
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          A for balance

      • JohannaAdams10
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 2 hours ago

        Last decision:

        A) Cancelo and Bailey

        B) Diaz and Martinelli

      • mz1405
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          A) Mount and Mitro
          B) Ward Prowse and Jesus

        • TheJoker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          12 days, 2 hours ago

          A).Ederson, Perisic, Mahrez, Martinelli B).Raya, Patterson, KDB, Andreas
          A is of course more balanced but B includes KDB and City have really good fixtures in the beginning of the season. Is he worth it or not? Please let me know guys.

        • Lukakwho
          • 4 Years
          11 days, 8 hours ago

          So scared of not owning Diaz for this game i’ve chucked a tenner on him as an anytime goalscorer to ease the pain.

        • The Knights Template
          • 8 Years
          11 days, 7 hours ago

          Jermaine Defoe eyeballing me while punditing. Look elsewhere, don’t break the fourth wall!

        • Mambino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          10 days, 8 hours ago

          When do price changes start?

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            10 days, 3 hours ago

            2 am Monday morning UK time.