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?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Sterling

      • 8 months, 28 days 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.

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. but you also get the same points for a 1-0 win as a 4-3 win etc

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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      1. Which just emphasizes the point I was making about Liverpool compared to the other 2.

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  3. Koschelney + sterling --> distin + Erikson

    -4

    Thoughts please??

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Learn their names

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Who's that? Is he any good?

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. Epic fail, on the spelling front! :-D

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    3. dont know about eriksen

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
  4. For the rest of the season, Eriksen or Lallana?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Lallana

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. Tricky. I would like to say Eriksen, on account of fixtures.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    3. Eriksen. better fixtures, and he's a class act

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. And Lallana isn`t? Regardless of what you think of the two players, only one of them is 100% nailed on.

        • 8 months, 28 days 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?

    • 8 months, 28 days 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.

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Surely you will go for Schürrle? :-D

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Too risky for me

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    2. you do realise Everton have a decent DGW?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. I have Distin too, would rather Kun that Baines

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
    3. I dont think its worth it. Baines may outscore either. Do you really want Vlaar or Wilson?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Have Distin Azpi and Zaba still so they'd be 4th def

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. In that case, Vlaar.

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
  7. Distin or Zabaleta for the DGW34?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Zabaleta. Or Coleman.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      • 8 months, 28 days 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.

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
  8. What do you reckon guys??

    Lukaku and lallana
    OR
    Mutch and Aguero

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
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    1. Depends what the rest of your team is and whether that 4/5th midfielder will be starting regularly.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Rest of the team is:

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

        • 8 months, 28 days 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.

          • 8 months, 28 days 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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. B).

      But I am going for Schürlle.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. can always count on you for the surprise picks Doos! Considering him as well, surely Jose has to pick him. On form.

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. you had my curiosity...but now you have my attention.

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. Also, Willian's form is on the slide, and Oscar has lacked consistency.

          • 8 months, 28 days ago
          1. What about Salah, who is ineligible for CL? We've got PSG both the coming midweeks...

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
            1. Salah`s shit.

              • 8 months, 28 days ago
  10. Planning a bit ahead for gameweek 34, would you rather:

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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
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      1. Ageuro still too much a risk for me

        • 8 months, 28 days 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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. reply fail to shifty

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. he never does well away from home and their fixture list os poor

        • 8 months, 28 days 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.

      • 8 months, 28 days 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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Caulker has goal threat but he is pricey for a cardiff defender.

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

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. What happened to Mannone?!

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
      2. Caulker or Azpuellta

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
  14. How do we think the whole Schurrle/Willian situation will play out? Neither seems worthy of being dropped right?

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. They'll both be rotated alongside Salah, who I think will be important in the league for the run-in.

      • 8 months, 28 days 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.

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
      2. Interesting. Do you support Chelsea? Assume you do.

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
        1. Well that answers that!

          • 8 months, 28 days 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.

            • 8 months, 28 days ago
            1. My draft league rival/housemate has both Willian and Schurrle now. Will laugh at his headache

              • 8 months, 28 days 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

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
  15. Koscielny & Sterling --> Eriksen & Distin for -4

    Yeah or no?

    Better?;)

    • 8 months, 28 days 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.

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. You want Lallana long term?

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Think so mate! Fixtures look good.

        • 8 months, 28 days 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

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Cheers for your thoughts man! Not sure what to do.

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
  17. For GW34:

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

    • 8 months, 28 days ago
    1. Impossible to answer that now. Depends on the form and fitness of all 4 players leading up to GW34.

      • 8 months, 28 days ago
      1. Assume all fit and Aguero typical form

        • 8 months, 28 days ago
  18. New Article Posted

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B

Defenders

Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs

Midfielders

Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX

Forwards

Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

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
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“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