Fantasy Scouted Football | Gameweek 2

By Jake Entwistle (@JakeEntwistle)

The second week of Premier League fixtures provided more excitement and a few shocks as Man Utd, West Brom and Huddersfield remain the only teams with a 100% record.

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Scouted Football stars made decisive contributions in many matches, carving themselves a place in the spotlight, whilst the Scouted Fantasy League itself is starting to take shape with those who didn't understand the rules removed.

We have now closed the league to new entries as those who were joining late we also unaware of the U23 only rule. If you're in, you're in. The fight for the Scouted Football bragging rights (and the shirt of your choice) is well and truly underway.

CURRENT LEADER

Sy

MANAGER: Syazi Syamil
GAMEWEEK POINTS: 42
TOTAL POINTS: 101

 Syazi's defenders doing work.

Syazi's defenders doing work.

Not the strongest individual performance of the week but a solid defence propels Sy into the lead after two weeks of Premier League football.

Gameweek 1 hero Steve Mounié did not have quite the same impact in terms of points, even though Huddersfield won yet again. Eric Bailly and Kurt Zouma were both impressive at the weekend and they have the numbers to show for it.

Welcome to the 100 club, Sy... you're the only member.

BEST PERFORMANCE

Boss of Scouted

Manager: Stephen Ganavas
Gamweek Points: 57
Overall Rank: 20th

 Boss by name...

Boss by name...

True to his title as Scouted Football Overlord, Stephen smashed it this week with a little help from his vice captain, Jack Butland.

A no-show from Kelechi Iheanacho meant that the Stoke stopper took the armband and bagged 22 points for Scouted's Boss Man after his incredible display against Arsenal.

With the best-scoring week, Stephen now finds himself in the top 20... pure luck.

TOP PERFORMERS

GOALKEEPER

Jack Butland (Stoke City)

POINTS: 11
PRICE: £5.0M
PRICE CHANGE: N/A
NEXT FIXTURE: WEST BROM (A)

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Arguably the most impressive Scouted display of the weekend full stop. Jack Butland was a titan in Stoke's goal and frustrated Arsenal with his enormous wing span and quickness off his line.

Anyone clever enough to take advantage of the goalkeeper Scouted-age being bumped up to 24 for the purpose of Fantasy Football will have let out loved his clean sheet on Saturday. Anyone who left him on the bench... the less said the better.

DEFENDER

Eric Bailly (Manchester United)

POINTS: 15
PRICE: £6.1m
PRICE CHANGE: +0.1m
NEXT FIXTURE: LEICESTER (H)

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Another game, another clean sheet for Jose Mourinho's side. Back-to-back 4-0 wins see Manchester United sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, whilst Eric Bailly mirrors that position in the Fantasy standings.

The combination of a goal and clean sheet is deadly in Fantasy Football; Eric Bailly poking in his first ever for the club saw him become the highest Scouted Scorer of the round.

MIDFIELDER

Richarlison (Watford)

POINTS: 11
PRICE: £6.0m
PRICE CHANGE: Brighton & Hove Albion
NEXT FIXTURE: Chelsea (A)

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An absolute steal at £6.0m — and a midfielder! — Marco Silva's import from Brazil is proving to be a classy pick up for our U23 league.

Awarded an assist in Watford's draw with Liverpool for his involvement in Britos' equaliser, the Brazilian started this week and rewarded his manager's faith with a goal (and the maximum three bonus points for those who picked him for Fantasy Football). A sleeper pick purely because of his relative low-key arrival before the star of last week, expect to see him much more frequently in this league.

FORWARD

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

POINTS: 5
PRICE: £5.0m
PRICE CHANGE: N/A
NEXT FIXTURE: Chelsea (A)

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Anyone that was following our coverage of Everton's 1-1 draw with Man City on Monday will already know how highly we rated Calvert-Lewin's display.

For anyone who missed it, he was exceptional. Moving from right-wing back in Gameweek 1 to the last man up top this round he was a key part of Everton's game plan. Running the channels and proving to be the only form of respite from the home side's unrelenting pressure, his assist for Wayne Rooney's 200th Premier League goal was richly deserved.


SCOUTED UPDATE

GAMEWEEK POINTS: 33
TOTAL POINTS: 69
POSITION: 65th

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As always, the final part of this week's preview and review is a little glimpse at how the Scouted Football team is getting on. It wasn't great.

With Jack Butland on the bench, we knew it would never be our week. Eric Bailly's colossal performance racked up nearly half our total points and teammate Marcus Rashford was the only attacking player to earn more than his customary 2 points for turning up.

Changes are definitely needed. An early Wildcard could be the only way to rescue our pride.


GAMEWEEK 3 FIXTURES

The deadline for the third round of fixtures is 26th August, 11:30 GMT:

Bournemouth vs. Manchester City

Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City

Huddersfield Town vs. Southampton

Newcastle United vs. West Ham

Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester United vs. Leicester City

Chelsea vs. Everton

West Brom vs. Stoke City

Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley

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