Fantasy Scouted Football | Gameweek 1

By Jake Entwistle (@JakeEntwistle)

The Premier League opening weekend was one of the most exciting in recent memory and there was no shortage of standout U23 performers to ensure the Fantasy Scouted Football league got off to a flying start...

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Unfortunately, given that this is the first season we have tried to put our own spin on a game that is so massively popular, the results were mixed.

Anyone that was anxiously waiting for the league table to update will have noticed straight away that those sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard quite clearly hadn't got the message. This is a U23 only fantasy football league. It always will be.

The good news is that every single person who fielded an ineligible player in the opening Gameweek has been kicked out. The bad news is that by removing so many people in one night of furious suspending, the league has completely bugged.

 Steve Mounié was a beast on debut.

Steve Mounié was a beast on debut.

Nevertheless, it will continue to exist and hopefully fix itself after the second round of fixtures is complete. All we can do now is wait.

To help pass the time until then, here is a breakdown of who tops the U23 league (luckily we still have that information) and Scouted Top Performers in each position.


CURRENT LEADER

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Manager: Moritz Pamminger
Gameweek points: 60
Total points: 60

 Moritz x Mounié the dream combination.

Moritz x Mounié the dream combination.

The best possible captain's pick and a deadly duo in midfield means that Moritz claims top spot after one round of fixtures. He'll need to build a better supporting cast if wants to stay there though.

SCOUTED TOP PERFORMERS

GOALKEEPERS

Ederson (Manchester City)

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Points: 6
Price: £5.5m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Everton (H)

Manchester City's £34.5m signing got off to a solid start in between the sticks for his new side. He only had to make two saves in a game that Pep Guardiola's side dominated from start to finish, a pattern of play we are expecting to be repeated. Ederson won't concede if the opposition never have the ball.

Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Points: 6
Price: £5.0m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Manchester City (A)

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Everton also spent £30m on a goalkeeper this summer and he too got off to the perfect start. A clean sheet and six points for Jordan Pickford was expected against a Stoke side who only managed one shot on target the entire game, and that came in the 90th minute. The two most popular Fantasy Scouted picks will go head-to-head next week, expect both to be tested much more.

DEFENDERS

John Stones (Manchester City)

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Points: 6
Price: £5.5m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Everton (H)

Not much else to add here that wasn't said about Ederson. A comfortable day for John Stones who was able to do what he loves best: pass the ball. 97% pass accuracy won't get you many points for Fantasy Football but the fact he only misplaced two passes the entire game means confidence will be high.

Jack Stephens (Southampton)

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Points: 6
Price: £5.0m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: West Ham (H)

The Saints may be one of the most profligate sides in the Premier League but they are almost always solid. Stephens has been given the nod to partner Maya Yoshida in Virgil van Dijk's absence (annoyingly so for anyone that tipped new 21-year-old signing Jan Bednarek to be thrown in at the deep end) and did not have much to do as they peppered Swansea without ever having much defending to do.

Alfie Mawson (Swansea)

Points: 6
Price: £5.0m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Manchester United (H)

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If Jack Stephens had nothing to do against Swansea then Alfie Mawson had everything on his plate. A Scouted favourite during the summer, the England U21 international was as solid as ever and helped Paul Clement's side escape St Mary's with their sheets intact. Mawson and co. will most likely be peppered again in Gameweek 2, but don't put it past him to come out on top yet again.

Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham Hotspur)

Points: 6
Price: £4.5m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Chelsea (H)

Who needs Kyle Walker when you have a younger, better, double-barrelled World Cup-winning alternative? In all seriousness, despite slotting in comfortably on his debut for Spurs, it was hardly a baptism of fire. Walker-Peters did everything that was asked of him and carried on his excellent form from the summer and was rewarded (as were any of you who picked him) with a clean sheet and Man of the Match award. With Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli on the pitch, that might have gone too far, but who are we to complain about young players getting hyped up?

MIDFIELDERS

Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

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Points: 10
Price: £8.0m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Swansea (A)

10 minutes, 10 points. Anthony Martial was unleashed upon West Ham in the closing moments of the game to devastating effect. A goal and an assist capped off a superb team display and left everyone asking yet again why on earth he can't get a start. Due to Jose Mourinho's insistence on not playing him, picking him last week was a gamble... but due to his incredible pace, close control and ice-cool composure, the risk paid off.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Points: 8
Price: £9.5m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Chelsea (H)

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He may be the most expensive midfield option for Fantasy Scouted Football but he did not disappoint. Dele was at his brilliant best, ghosting in behind Harry Kane and baiting the opposition players into reckless tackles. Able to control his temper, he was a thorn in Newcastle's side in every way imaginable and rewarded those who put faith in him to deliver with a goal.

FORWARDS

Steve Mounié (Huddersfield Town)

Points: 12
Price: £6.0m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Newcastle (H)

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What a debut. The hulking forward that is Steve Mounié put Crystal Palace to the sword with a quintessentially brilliant target man's performance. His bullet header was sublime, his second finish superb. He admitted in the week that is footballing idol was Didier Drogba and the former Chelsea striker has had an obvious influence on Mounié's style of play. I expect everyone has already snapped him up for next week.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Points: 5
Price: £7.5m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Swansea (A)

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Another day, another superb Marcus Rashford display. Operating from the left-wing to accommodate new signing Romelu Lukaku, Rashford made Pablo Zabaleta look every bit his age. Managing to punctuate an impressive performance with the assist for the opening goal, the 19-year-old will clearly be a key part of Jose Mourinho's plans this season. If he continues to play as he did on the opening weekend, then plaudits and most importantly points will be a guarantee.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

Points: 5
Price: £5.0m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Manchester City (A)

Frustratingly labelled as a forward perhaps due to his stint upfront for England in the U20 World Cup, Calvert-Lewin was used in a right-wing back position for Everton's opening weekend win against Stoke. His attacking instincts took over, however, often latching on to Wayne Rooney's through balls, exploiting his explosive pace. He has the attributes to succeed in such a role, and could thrive given Seamus Coleman's injury. The only thing that may be lacking is goals... but bagging an assist for the only goal of the game is never a bad thing.


SCOUTED UPDATE

Gameweek points: 36
Total points: 36
Position: N/A

 The faith in Manchester City was misplaced...

The faith in Manchester City was misplaced...

It's only fair to let you know how the admin are getting on. Feel free to rate or slate the choices we made and let us know how much better (or worse) you are doing. Let down by Captain Jesus and placing faith in Alex Iwobi means admin are already 24 points off the pace.

Not the best start.


The deadline for Gameweek 2 is 19th August, 11:30 (GMT) and the list of all the eligible players can be found in the Fantasy Scouted Football launch article - here.

With all the 'cheaters' being removed, next week will seem much more exciting and rewarding.

We promise.

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