March
27

There’s no getting away from it, Granville and I are nothing short of bitter middle aged, middle of the table Fantasy managers. This week’s ScoutCast is a vitriol-filled slab of double Gameweek failure, inspired by Yaya Toure’s relentless point scoring and our stubborn reluctance to recruit his talents.

Of course, in between skinning our sour grapes, Granville and I dabble with the podcast regulars, whilst responding to another round of community posers including a lookey-likey query that smiles kindly on my co-host and has me recounting the tale of my very own office doppleganger.

Wallow in self pity via this link or look on the bright side via the player below…

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  1. Start Sterling or Mutch?

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Sterling

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
  2. Just been looking at some stats for this season:

    Man City are 2nd for Clean Sheets (Joint 2nd with 13),
    Man City are 2nd best for games in which they failed to score (4 games),
    Man City are 2nd for Goals Scored (79),
    Man City are 2nd for Goals Conceded (27).

    Not the best in any but consistent! If you compare to Chelsea and Liverpool:

    Chelsea are 1st for Clean Sheets (14),
    Chelsea are 4th best for games in which they failed to score (6 games),
    Chelsea are 3rd for Goals Scored (62),
    Chelsea are 1st for Goals Conceded (23).

    Liverpool are 5th for Clean Sheets (Joint 5th with 9),
    Liverpool are 1st for games in which they failed to score (2 games),
    Liverpool are 1st for Goals Scored (84),
    Liverpool are 6th for Goals Conceded (Joint 6th with 39).

    Think it shows that Man City & Chelsea are in a better place to win the league due to their defense.

    Liverpool's attack is better but you still get the same amount of points for a 1-0 win as you do for a 4-0 win.

    However if Liverpool continue with the we'll score more than you do who to say they can't win the league with the worst defense of the 3.

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. but you also get the same points for a 1-0 win as a 4-3 win etc

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
        • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Which just emphasizes the point I was making about Liverpool compared to the other 2.

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
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  3. Koschelney + sterling --> distin + Erikson

    -4

    Thoughts please??

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. Learn their names

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Who's that? Is he any good?

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
    2. Epic fail, on the spelling front! :-D

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
    3. dont know about eriksen

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
  4. For the rest of the season, Eriksen or Lallana?

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. Lallana

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
    2. Tricky. I would like to say Eriksen, on account of fixtures.

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
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    3. Eriksen. better fixtures, and he's a class act

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. And Lallana isn`t? Regardless of what you think of the two players, only one of them is 100% nailed on.

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
  5. Any Everton fans online? What are your thoughts on Barkley?

    My impression was that the limited game time was due to him being protected a little and having time to recover from niggling injuries, but now that they are out of all other competitions and have a chance to make the top 4, surely they will play their strongest team (which I assume will include him) every game?

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
  6. Hoping to do Nolan to either AJ or Eriksen, Baines to up to 4.7, and Lukaku to Kun next week for -4, assuming Kun plays some part tomorrow.

    Sound good? Which of AJ/Eriksen would you go for?

    Also thinking Wilson for the Baines downgrade, or Vlaar.

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. Surely you will go for Schürrle? :-D

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Too risky for me

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
    2. you do realise Everton have a decent DGW?

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. I have Distin too, would rather Kun that Baines

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
    3. I dont think its worth it. Baines may outscore either. Do you really want Vlaar or Wilson?

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Have Distin Azpi and Zaba still so they'd be 4th def

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
        1. In that case, Vlaar.

          • 7 months, 1 day ago
  7. Distin or Zabaleta for the DGW34?

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. Zabaleta. Or Coleman.

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. I have Distin (and coleman), just contemplating my moves for the DGW. Evertons fixtures are decent and just thinking do I really need Zabaleta or not.

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
  8. What do you reckon guys??

    Lukaku and lallana
    OR
    Mutch and Aguero

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
      • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. Depends what the rest of your team is and whether that 4/5th midfielder will be starting regularly.

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Rest of the team is:

        Adrian
        Terry-Cahill-Coleman
        Hazard-Yaya-Gerrard-SILVA atm
        Suarez-Sturridge-DZEKO atm

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
        1. The Lukaku & Lallana definatly.

          A.Johnson maybe worth a look instead of Lallana, 2 more DGW's coming up for him and looked v.good against Liverpool.

          • 7 months, 1 day ago
  9. Mids are AJ Nolan Snodgrass Hazard Mirallas (yes no YYT)

    A) Save the FT and play 4 of those...if so, pick 2 of AJ Nolan Snoddy please!
    B) Nolan > Nasri

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. B).

      But I am going for Schürlle.

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. can always count on you for the surprise picks Doos! Considering him as well, surely Jose has to pick him. On form.

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
          1. you had my curiosity...but now you have my attention.

            • 7 months, 1 day ago
        1. Also, Willian's form is on the slide, and Oscar has lacked consistency.

          • 7 months, 1 day ago
          1. What about Salah, who is ineligible for CL? We've got PSG both the coming midweeks...

            • 7 months, 1 day ago
            1. Salah`s shit.

              • 7 months, 1 day ago
  10. Planning a bit ahead for gameweek 34, would you rather:

    A) Baines / Nasri / Aguero
    B) Baines / Yaya / Dzeko
    C) Jagielka / Yaya / Aguero

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Ageuro still too much a risk for me

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
  11. Play Sterling (TOT) or Snodgrass (swa) this weekend?

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  12. Nolan looks good for this week, keep and play him, then transfer next week.

    I would go Nolan and Snoddy

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. reply fail to shifty

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. he never does well away from home and their fixture list os poor

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
    2. Cheers, will think about it. No love for AJ? Sunderland will have to go on the attack, if i had to choose between him and Nolan, home factor + team's reliance on his creativity nicks it over Nolan.

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
  13. Any suggestion for this week?

    I think my defender is a bit weak... i could do demel --> az or caulker as a punt

    or should i try remove mirallas get in distin then get a new midfield?

    SUGESTION PALEASEEEEE

    mannone dead

    demel ward olsson zabaleta baines

    yaya johnson mirallas hazard noone

    SAS lukaku

    1.1m ITB

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. Caulker has goal threat but he is pricey for a cardiff defender.

      don't you want to keep Mirallas for the double?

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. What happened to Mannone?!

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
      2. Caulker or Azpuellta

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
  14. How do we think the whole Schurrle/Willian situation will play out? Neither seems worthy of being dropped right?

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. They'll both be rotated alongside Salah, who I think will be important in the league for the run-in.

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Oscar Schurrle Willian Salah Ramires will all be rotated for the 2nd and 3rd midfield spot alongside Hazard, when Ramires is fit I can see us going 4-3-3 in some games as well. The further we progress in CL, the more of a rotation threat they all are.

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
      2. Interesting. Do you support Chelsea? Assume you do.

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
        1. Well that answers that!

          • 7 months, 1 day ago
          1. Just seems risky to go for one of them. Limited upside too, Chelsea aren't really scoring many goals. I mean we don't play Arsenal every week, hehe.

            • 7 months, 1 day ago
            1. My draft league rival/housemate has both Willian and Schurrle now. Will laugh at his headache

              • 7 months, 1 day ago
      3. I only see Salah playing if Hazard is taken off early in games to preserve him for UCL, otherwise Hazard has LAM, and RAM will be Willian/Schurrle, maybe occasionally giving Salah 20 mins

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
  15. Koscielny & Sterling --> Eriksen & Distin for -4

    Yeah or no?

    Better?;)

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
  16. Gday lads, quick one;

    a) Play Nolan and save one FT (get Lallana next week)
    b) Use the transfer to get Lallana in today.

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. You want Lallana long term?

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Think so mate! Fixtures look good.

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
    2. I have hope for Nolan, but would rather Lallana long term.

      I'm holding Nolan one more week but that's partly because I'm taking him out for someone cheaper, and Nolan has a better fixture this week than my options to replace him.

      If I was considering Lallana in for him, I would probably do it now as Nolan tends to be poor away

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Cheers for your thoughts man! Not sure what to do.

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
  17. For GW34:

    a) Baines Lukaku
    b) Distin Kun (-4)

    • 7 months, 1 day ago
    1. Impossible to answer that now. Depends on the form and fitness of all 4 players leading up to GW34.

      • 7 months, 1 day ago
      1. Assume all fit and Aguero typical form

        • 7 months, 1 day ago
  18. New Article Posted

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 9

  • Fabianski
  • Baines
  • Dawson
  • Bertrand
  • Sánchez
  • Sterling
  • Eriksen
  • Tadic
  • Pellè
  • Aguero
  • Berahino
  • Vlaar
  • Chadli
  • Lukaku

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 22 Oct, 2014 8:17am
Player Club Factors
No Change Forster SOT A, Vs
Up Lloris TOT B, Vs
Up Howard EVE B, Vs
No Change Szczesny ARS C, Vs
Up Adrián WHM B
Up Guzan AVL B
Down Schmeichel LEI B, Vs
No Change Mignolet LIV C
Up Foster WBA C
Down Heaton BRN C, £

Defenders

Last updated: 22 Oct, 2014 8:19am
Player Club Factors
No Change Baines EVE A, Vs
No Change Bertrand SOT A, Vs
No Change Ivanovic CHE B
Up Chambers ARS C, £
Up Kaboul TOT B, Vs
Up Vlaar AVL
Down Tomkins WHM B, Inj
Up Robertson HUL B, VsX
No Change Lovren LIV C, Vs
Down Schlupp LEI B, Rest, OoP, £
Up Kompany MCI B
Up Dawson WBA B
Down Shawcross STO B
Down Trippier BRN B

Midfielders

Last updated: 21 Oct, 2014 12:16pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
No Change Tadic SOT A, Vs
No Change Di María MUN A, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS A, Vs, Rest
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, VsX
No Change Fábregas CHE A, VsX
Up Chadli TOT B, Inj
Up Downing WHM B, Vs, £
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Hazard CHE B, VsX
Up Mane SOT B, Vs
Up Henderson LIV B, Vs
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Puncheon CPL B
No Change Milner MCI B, Rest, £

Forwards

Last updated: 25 Oct, 2014 2:01pm
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
Down Diego Costa CHE A, VsX, Inj
No Change Welbeck ARS A, Vs, Inj
Up Sakho WHM A, Vs, £
Up Falcao MUN B, VsX
Up Berahino WBA A, £
Down Ulloa LEI B, Vs, £
Up Naismith EVE B, Vs, £
No Change Bony SWA B, VsX
Up Cissé NEW A

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Bardsley STO 4
Reid WHM 4
Diego Costa CHE 3
Fábregas CHE 3
Barry EVE 3
Naismith EVE 3
Robertson HUL 3
Moore LEI 3
Moreno LIV 3
Fernandinho MCI 3
Y Touré MCI 3
Dunne QPR 3
Henry QPR 3
Pellè SOT 3
Schneiderlin SOT 3
Mame Biram Diouf STO 3
Cattermole SUN 3
Dorrans WBA 3
Gardner WBA 3

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder