The Scout's panel of Fantasy Premier League experts discuss the main lessons they have learned from the opening two Gameweeks of 2023/24.
Mark McGettigan (@FPLGeneral)
Players who are almost guaranteed to play close to 90 minutes every week are better than picks that are rotation risks. I've been stung by opting for a 3-4-3 with Joao Pedro (£5.6m) rather than a 3-5-2 with Bryan Mbeumo, Solly March or Kaoru Mitoma (all £6.6m). With two free transfers this week, Pedro is very likely being sold. I don't want to sweat over his minutes every weekend.
Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)
There's definitely some value to be had in Tottenham Hotspur's defence, with three nice fixtures coming up, so Destiny Udogie (£4.5m) is high on my list of targets. I'm also potentially looking to sell Bruno Fernandes (£8.5m), even ahead of his home match against Nottingham Forest, in favour of a £6.5m midfielder to upgrade my budget forward to Julian Alvarez (£6.5m).
Lee Bonfield (@FPLFamily)
As usual at this time of the season, I prioritise making early moves to capitalise on the good value that's on offer, admitting where I've made mistakes and rectifying it. Both Brentford and Brighton & Hove Albion look great so far, with the Bees in particular being overlooked in my team. They have a great run of fixtures coming up, so I'm likely to bring in one of Mbeumo (£6.6m) or Yoane Wissa (£6.1m).
🔥 Wissa getting things going pic.twitter.com/U5Fcw1KXCy— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) August 19, 2023
Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)
The lessons so far are based around owning Brighton and Brentford players. But the lesson after Gameweek 3 might be that you should keep patience with good players who have good fixtures.
My main takeaway from the first two weeks is that price might not matter so much this season. I am wondering if we can hold on to decisions as late as possible and not care about price gains or drops.
Harry Daniels (@FPL_Harry)
I'm not actually sure the Fantasy landscape is very different now than it was before Gameweek 1. A few teams have not performed to the level we thought they would, particularly Manchester United, but the chances have been there to some extent. In terms of a lesson learnt, it's probably just that FPL remains an ever-moving game, and a combination of flexibility and patience is key to success.
Also in this series
Part 1: Best replacements for benched Joao Pedro in Fantasy
Part 2: Whose FPL prospects have improved after Gameweek 2?
Part 4: The Scout’s FPL Gameweek 3 Ones to watch
Part 5: Wissa or Mbeumo: Who is the better Brentford pick in FPL?
Part 6: The Scout’s Gameweek 3 Differentials
Part 7: FPL experts: What to do with Fernandes and Rashford?
Part 8: FPL long view: Be wary of Brighton fixtures from Gameweek 4
Part 9: FPL experts: Is Alvarez or Jackson the better forward to pick?
Part 10: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 3
Part 11: Best alternatives to Haaland as FPL captain in Gameweek 3
Part 12: How penalty duties are changing the FPL landscape in midfield
Part 13: Best replacements for injured Shaw in Fantasy