Podcast

The ScoutCast – Episode 262 – Retrospective

The latest ScoutCast brings the curtain down on another Fantasy season as we take the opportunity to navel-gaze and conduct a full retrospective.

Recent new signing David makes his debut, while Granville is a late arrival to join myself, Jonty, Andy and Az to form a six-strong crew.

We start by appraising Gameweek 38 to report back on a dramatic final day at the top of the Fantasy Premier League. We then take the lead from your final round of community questions.

Our best and worst decisions, our most disappointing and inspiring signings and early targets for next season are all revealed. We even consider the lessons learned to offer advice on cracking the top ranks – for what it’s worth.

Then, after another season of ScoutCasts, we pick out our personal on-air highlights.

We thank you in advance for sticking through this, our longest ever episode, and for listening over the last nine months.

Next season we edge towards 300 and finally reach the Last of the Summer Wine target. Then we all roll down a hill in a bathtub and off into the sunset. See you soon.

This ScoutCast was first beamed live via our YouTube channel on Tuesday evening. Be sure to subscribe to get notice of future live episodes.

If you’re a traditional type, you can acquire the mp3 audio version via this link on the first player below, or take in the full visual experience via the second player below.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

556 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Managerial merry-go-round
    Berbinho's Forehead
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    9 days, 22 hours ago

    2 managerial changes seemingly set to be confirmed soon.

    Manuel Pellegrini -> West Ham
    Mikel Arteta -> Arsenal

    What affect does this have on FPL?

    I would like to see how Cresswell is priced, I think he could be a good 5m pick. Arnautovic is always going to be a good pick too.

    As for Arteta, we don't know much about him. Having spent a season with Pep, I'd imagine he would like to emulate an attacking style of play. I guess Aubameyang will be a popular pick. Not sure about the rest.

    1. HALFSPACE
        9 days, 22 hours ago

        Auba and a wide forward.

        1. HALFSPACE
            9 days, 22 hours ago

            Pellegrini to whu, no worthwhile picks imo

        2. ZoumasBloomers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          Pellegrini has tended to go 4 at the back hasn't he?

        3. PumpkinHead
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          9 days, 21 hours ago

          Pellegrini = avoid any attacking player

          1. tricky80
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            Cresswell looks a better proposition if so...

            1. PumpkinHead
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              9 days, 21 hours ago

              Yer and masuaka.

              1. Suave EU
                  9 days, 21 hours ago

                  If he goes four at the back, they can't both play. Unless one is played out of place as left-mid

          2. Johannes (Niemi)
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            Doesn't change much for me right now.

            I'm not sure Pellegrini will make West Ham players more attractive.

            I don't know much about Arteta as a manager, so hard to comment on that one.

          3. noquarternt
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            Pretty in the dark. No proper management experience for Arteta leaves us just with Aubameyang having an incredible strike rate for Arsenal.

            West Ham are moments from rioting every week...could go very sour very quickly...

          4. J0E
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            If Pellegrini goes to West Ham they will spend much of the season fighting relegation - and deservedly so due to their lack of cohesive, consistent strategy.

            West Ham needs to rediscover what it wants from its style of play and realistic achievements. Pellegrini is the killer of goals. The difference between his style and Hughes' at Southampton is huge. For me his appointment would make West Ham a no go zone until he can prove otherwise.

            Arteta to Arsenal is unknown but as long as he picks and sticks with a strong XI then I'm happy.

            1. Legomané
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              9 days, 21 hours ago

              Pellegrino*

            2. Mikeharbrw
                9 days, 21 hours ago

                Jonty I think you might be getting your Pellegrini's mixed up with your Pellegrino's- easily done!

                1. Fantastisk
                    9 days, 21 hours ago

                    LOL

                  • J0E
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    9 days, 21 hours ago

                    πŸ™‚

                2. AnzhiBabakin
                    9 days, 21 hours ago

                    I was initially quite pleased (as a WHU fan) to be linked with managers who have actually won something - such as Pellegrini, but I'm inclined to agree. He is 64 and is not the kind of manager to be at the forefront of a new strategy or be dynamic.
                    Fans are incredibly frustrated at the lack of strategy or cohesion - but realistically it will take a board/ownership change to achieve that. If they are staying, Benitez would be a better pick in any case. I'm still surprised that Moyes wasn't offered the job - but it sounds like Sullivan started to interview other candidates behind his back in typical Sullivan style.

                    FPL wise - I can't remember the manager's style too well, but I don't it changes who are the good and bad picks at West Ham greatly, unless signings change anything and as a frustrated fan who saw our only signing as Jordan Hugill last time - I won't get too excited!

                    1. AnzhiBabakin
                        9 days, 21 hours ago

                        Balls - I copied the mistake from Jonty. Pellegrino πŸ™‚

                        1. AnzhiBabakin
                            9 days, 20 hours ago

                            But I'm still inclined to think it's not right even if its an upgrade on Moyes

                      • ZoumasBloomers
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        9 days, 21 hours ago

                        Pellegrini has won the league Jonty, not sure he lacked strategy then!

                        1. V I Lenin
                            9 days, 21 hours ago

                            Has never finished outside the top 7 in every league he’s managed in too

                          • J0E
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • Has Moderation Rights
                            9 days, 21 hours ago

                            Ha - mega lols πŸ™‚

                            In that case yep very keen to see the better Pellegrithingy take charge!

                            West Ham for the title!

                            1. G-Whizz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • Has Moderation Rights
                              9 days, 7 hours ago

                              For the title? πŸ˜†
                              I'd settle for mid table mediocrity...

                      • V I Lenin
                          9 days, 21 hours ago

                          Pellegrini makes West Ham attackers attractive. He plays possession based full on football, 4222, Arnie I assume will stay as a striker. Will be the making of lanzini I feel. Much like he did with santi carzorla and Isco just to make a couple. He loves those types of players out side to drift inside, with coming from full backs pushing up. Defence will be forgotten about but attack will be interesting.

                          1. V I Lenin
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              Christ. Out wide*
                              Width coming from*

                          2. XabiAlonso
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            9 days, 16 hours ago

                            He makes lovely lemonade that San pelligrino

                        • La Roja
                            9 days, 21 hours ago

                            Pep extends City contract, “it’s a pleasure to work here”

                            I’d be well pleased too for 20m salary

                          • jarvish
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            9 days, 21 hours ago

                            PL Answer Smash Quiz

                            An “answer smash” is when the end of one answer combines with the start of a second answer to give one answer.

                            For example, if I said “This website, the remote interior of Australia”, the answer would be “Fantasy Football Scoutback”, as this website is Fantasy Football Scout, the remote interior of Australia is the Outback, and “out” links the two.

                            So, what are the answers to these 20 clues……….

                            1) Arsenal player, runs Germany
                            2) Bournemouth player, gambling hotspot
                            3) Brighton player, big dog with a large muzzle
                            4) Burnley player, is never going to give you up
                            5) Chelsea player, breaks up the Beatles
                            6) Palace player, invites you to touch their bum
                            7) Everton player, minced beef and mashed potato
                            8) Huddersfield player, white wine variety
                            9) Leicester player, long rubber footwear
                            10) Liverpool player, Farrelly Brothers film
                            11) Man City player, Surrey racecourse
                            12) Man Utd player, London Championship ground
                            13) Newcastle player, married a Kardashian
                            14) Southampton player, Toy Story 2 character
                            15) Stoke player, played by Harrison Ford
                            16) Swansea player, BBC alpine racing highlights
                            17) Spurs player, a main ingredient in Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake
                            18) Watford player, main US sport
                            19) West Brom player, an Extreme song
                            20) West Ham player, check out the hook while the DJ revolves it

                            Good luck! πŸ™‚

                            1. GreenWindmill
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              1) Patrick Aubameyangela Merkel

                            2. GreenWindmill
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              2) Junior Stanislas Vegas

                            3. GreenWindmill
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              9 days, 21 hours ago

                              Perhaps I should just write them all out then post in one go - this could become a lengthy thread otherwise πŸ˜†

                            4. Back on the horse
                                9 days, 21 hours ago

                                5 bayayoko Ono
                                7 Walcottage pie

                                1. Back on the horse
                                    9 days, 21 hours ago

                                    14 Bertrandy?

                                  • Back on the horse
                                      9 days, 20 hours ago

                                      16 Fabianski Sunday

                                    • Back on the horse
                                        9 days, 20 hours ago

                                        18 Holebasketball

                                    • Klopptomist
                                        9 days, 21 hours ago

                                        4) Jeff HendRick Astley

                                      • Klopptomist
                                          9 days, 20 hours ago

                                          20 Declan RIce Ice Baby

                                          That's probably my favourite

                                        • GreenWindmill
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          9 days, 20 hours ago

                                          3)
                                          4) Hendrick Astley
                                          5) Bakayoko Ono
                                          6) Loftus Cheeky Girls
                                          7) Walcottage Pie
                                          8)
                                          9) Chilwellington Boots
                                          10) Wijnaldumb & Dumber

                                        • GreenWindmill
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          9 days, 20 hours ago

                                          15) Martins Indiana Jones
                                          16) Fabianski Sunday
                                          19) Livermore Than Words
                                          20) Rice Ice Baby

                                        • GreenWindmill
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          9 days, 20 hours ago

                                          3) Izquierdoberman
                                          18) Holebasketball

                                        • GreenWindmill
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          9 days, 20 hours ago

                                          11) Sterlingfield

                                        • GreenWindmill
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          9 days, 20 hours ago

                                          17) Vertonghen's eggs?! πŸ˜†

                                        • Back on the horse
                                            9 days, 20 hours ago

                                            17 alderweirelderflower

                                          • GreenWindmill
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 20 hours ago

                                            Struggling now...

                                          • GreenWindmill
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 20 hours ago

                                            8) Pritchardonnay

                                          • GreenWindmill
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 20 hours ago

                                            12) Lindeloftus Road

                                          • GreenWindmill
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 20 hours ago

                                            14) Boufal from Al's Toy Barn?

                                          • GreenWindmill
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 20 hours ago

                                            13) Dubravkanye West

                                          • jarvish
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 20 hours ago

                                            1) Aubameyangela Merkel
                                            2) Stanislas Vegas
                                            3) Izquierdoberman
                                            4) Hendrick Astley
                                            5) Bakayoko Ono
                                            6) Loftus-Cheeky Girls
                                            7) Walcottage pie
                                            8) Protchardonnay
                                            9) Chilwellington boots
                                            10) Wijnaldumb and Dumber
                                            11) Sterlingfield
                                            12) Lindeloftus Road
                                            13) Dubravkanye West
                                            14)
                                            15) Martins Indiana Jones
                                            16) Fabianski Sunday
                                            17) Alderweirelderflower
                                            18) Holebasketball
                                            19) Livermore Than Words
                                            20) Rice Ice Baby

                                            Just 14 to go!

                                            Southampton player, Toy Story 2 character

                                            1. ZoumasBloomers
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • Has Moderation Rights
                                              9 days, 20 hours ago

                                              Ryan Bertrandy?

                                              1. jarvish
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                Randy not a Toy Story 2 character

                                                1. ZoumasBloomers
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  • Has Moderation Rights
                                                  9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                  Andy Davis is the kid who owns all the toys no?

                                                2. jarvish
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                  Oh Andy - I get you.

                                                  Was thinking of different "toys" πŸ˜†

                                                  1. jarvish
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                    I'll change the clue then πŸ˜‰

                                                    Southampton player, Toy Story 2 toy

                                                    1. GreenWindmill
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                      Boufal from Al's Toy Barn is 100% legit and I won't hear anyone say otherwise!

                                                      1. jarvish
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                        Ok - I'll give you a bonus point then πŸ˜‰

                                                        1. GreenWindmill
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                          Yes! *fist pump*

                                                          Shameless begging in an unimportant quiz on the internet where almost nobody is playing pays off once again 😎

                                                          1. G-Whizz
                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                            • Has Moderation Rights
                                                            9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                            πŸ˜†

                                            2. Back on the horse
                                                9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                Austinky Pete

                                            3. GreenWindmill
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              9 days, 20 hours ago

                                              14) Charlie Austinky Pete The Prospector

                                              1. jarvish
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                Yep - well done πŸ™‚

                                            4. GreenWindmill
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              9 days, 20 hours ago

                                              Nice quiz πŸ™‚

                                          • Jac The Cat
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            9 days, 21 hours ago

                                            Need a back to basics approach for next season, last two seasons have been a huge disappointment πŸ™

                                            1. COK3Y5MURF
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              9 days, 20 hours ago

                                              What are those basics?

                                              1. tricky80
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                Not picking Eliteserien players...

                                              2. Wetdream
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                For me.
                                                1.Less hits
                                                2.More patience
                                                3.Pick players with a view of their next 4-6 fixtures not just their next fixture.
                                                4.Ignore what other players are doing in my Ml
                                                5.Be less influenced by other peoples opinions if you have a gut feeling.
                                                6.Take more notice of the captain poll
                                                7.watch more football for the eye test
                                                8.keep things simple.If a move looks obvious its probably the best.
                                                All things ive been guilty of the last 2 seasons really and something i deffo am apllying next season.

                                                1. Wetdream
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                  *Applying even

                                              3. Witty Pun: The Casual
                                                  9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                  343 I would guess

                                                  1. COK3Y5MURF
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    9 days, 20 hours ago

                                                    352 has been better for the last 2 seasons.

                                                    1. Witty Pun: The Casual
                                                        9 days, 19 hours ago

                                                        I agree, but some managers have been doing kinda badly due to experimentation with new formation so maybe that was what jac was alluding to

                                              4. New Article Posted