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Scoutcast Episode 277 – Surviving

Two Gameweeks in the space of just a few days meant there were plenty of team sheet surprises for Fantasy managers this week.

Despite the likes of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah missing out on a starting berth for one match, the Scoutcast crew just about survived Gameweeks 14 and 15.

Harry Kane was the hero for Az, Luke and Joe, who handed the Spurs man the armband for a 24-point haul against Southampton on Wednesday.

But it was a mixed set of fixtures for Andy. He captained Sterling for an 18-point return against Bournemouth but was left heartbroken when the winger failed to take to the pitch against Watford on Tuesday.

The crew take stock of this week’s line-ups when weighing up their Gameweek 16 transfer and captaincy plans.

They also find time to consider an overhaul of their forward line ups, after it emerged that well-owned West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic is set for a spell on the sidelines through injury.

Bargain hunting among the ranks of Fulham, who have strong fixtures on the horizon, is also on the bill.

In addition, the crew ponder the lessons they’ve learned this season. A failure to invest more heavily in Manchester City’s potent attack haunts Joe, who had his own survival mission this edition as he battled through a cold.

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 or the first player below. Or you can take in the full visual experience via the second player below.

It is also worth mentioning that FFScout moderator Rotation’s Alter Ego has collected this latest episode’s timestamps to help find particular sections. This can be found as the top comment in the Youtube version.

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  1. Nolberto Solano
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    For the Xmas period, who is better to own:

    A)Kane
    B)Auba

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Kane

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Auba will score the same for cheaper up to you

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        remains to be seen

      2. JohnnyMagrinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Got the lottery numbers too? Would appreciate a nice seasonal bonus.

    3. Sharkytect
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Like for like; Kane.
      What you do with the extra 1.5mil is important, though...

  2. samaael
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Rui
    Laporte/ Robertson/ Alonso/WanB
    Salah/ hazard/ Schurrle
    Kun/ Arnie/ Wilson

    4.0/ Bennett/ HojbeRg/ Deloefeu

    1FT 1.4ITB

    a) alonso to stephens/yoshida and arnie to auba -4
    b) salah to dilva/ arnie to auba -4

    1. samaael
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      hazard and aguero are meant to be sane and kane

  3. beetlejuice
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Going to WC in GW16. Who should I go as 1 week punt for GW15? Should be Midfielder or Forward.

    Thanks!

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Lacazette perhaps?

      1. beetlejuice
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Yes could be, his game time tho.

        1. _sidney_will
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          Is v risky but think if he starts he'll get a good score

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      I've gone La(c)a

  4. BitefromBarcelona
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Hazard or Sterling?

    Hazard is rotation proof plus penalty duties

    Sterling plays for a better team.

    1. Yeppi
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      sterling

    2. Demigod Mendy
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      *Sterling is the better player (this season) and the better FPL asset.

      Here, made it simple for you.

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Sterling. I would say its a no brainer.

      1. BitefromBarcelona
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks. One last chance for hazard this gameweek.

        Chelsea fan, really want him to turn up against city.

  5. Aubamazette
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Arsenal clean sheet surely to come against Huddersfield

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      We're so leaky defensively I wouldn't put it past them scoring, but would love a CS as an Arsenal fan & Kolasinac owner

      1. Aubamazette
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        I want to get Kolasinac in it’d be for a -4 so idk but I can see him getting double figures

  6. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    GTG? Son on the bench might be the risk but I do think he has a high chance of being benched this week before the Barcelona game.

    Ryan
    Alonso Robertson Balbuena
    Sterling Sane Richarlison Fraser
    Kane (c) Wilson Mitrovic

    Hamer Son Doherty AWB

    - 0FT 0.6 ITB,

    1. Demigod Mendy
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Son off the bench has more potential than Fraser vs Liverpool IMO.

    2. J - Gimme your Mané …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Benching Son is utter madness IMO

  7. Yeppi
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    hi all

    eriksen/ali/son or sane for this few weeks?
    dont have kane

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Sane essential

  8. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Silva: "Some small problems. Until now, nothing new"

    Is he talking about Digne - that guy was on the end of some heavy tackles yesterday.

    1. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Digne wasnt injured before, so "nothing new" would imply nothing has happened to Digne.

  9. casparschwa
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Alonso Laporte TAA AWB Duffy
    Hazard Sane Dilva Son Neves
    Laca Arnie Mitro

    I'm 0.1 short of doing the following for a (-8):

    Arnie, Hazard, Alonso -> Kane, Fraser, VanDijk

    Is it madness anyways or other suggestions for Alonso/Hazard downgrade possibilities?

    1. casparschwa
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      another option would be (I have enough cash for this)

      Arnie, Hazard, Alosno -> Kane, Anderson, Digne

  10. Drogba Legend
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Best Arny replacement - not interested in Wilson:

    A) Chica
    B) L. Perez
    C) Rashford
    D) Mitro
    E) Other

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      B
      D
      Jimenez
      A
      C

      1. Drogba Legend
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Have Jimenez, cheers.

    2. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Rondon

      1. Drogba Legend
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Not interested in Newcastle even though he has decent underlying stats.

        1. william prunier
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          D then

  11. Internal Error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Do you expect Sane to significantly outscore Son over the fixtures in December?

    1. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Considerably so

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      No i’d Want both though.

    3. BitefromBarcelona
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Depends on who gets rotated more. I would go with Son if I had Sterling. Otherwise Sane.

  12. RustyBz
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Why are people picking Laca over Auba? He's not started last two...

    1. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Gun to my head I'd say cos he's cheaper and Auba due a rest?

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      he's cheaper, and when he does play it will be through the middle

    3. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      that's exactly why he's likely to start the next one.

    4. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Came back from injury, il make u a list:

      1) 1.6m cheaper
      2) on penalties
      3) favoured as a #9 when played together (forces auba outwide)
      4) was first choice until his injury in which hes just recovered
      5) auba played lots, laca doesnt need a rest
      6) scored twice from coming off the bench

      1. RustyBz
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        1) true
        2) is he? pretty sure Auba takes them when both on the pitch
        3) true
        4) that was before Auba started smashing them in
        5) true
        6) one. the other was an OG

        Just think it's a huge punt to take him as (C)

        1. KingOllie
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          They share the penalties, theres no first choice taker.

          If you watched the game vs Utd.. Auba looked more threatening after Laca came on. Lacas movement makes space for Auba. Which is why we will see Laca #9 and Auba as LW

      2. willl
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Think auba is on pens other than that I agree

      3. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        To clarify the penalty situation - both Lacazette and Aubameyang have taken a penalty last season when both were on the pitch. I'd say we can't be sure who is no. 1, and I wouldn't even be surprised if they share spot-kick duties at times.

    5. maratus
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Only reason is that they cant afford auba without some mad hits.

  13. -GK22-
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    I’d be on 851pts if I’d stuck with my starting 11 and just flipped the armband between salah and Kun. All the tinkering and weekly change headache and I’m only on 899 anyway!!

    1. BitefromBarcelona
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Luck with captaincy choices is one of the most important factors in fpl success. I have captained hazard 4 times but he hasn't delivered double digit returns in 3 of them. He scored 20 and 14 point hauls when I didn't make him the captain.

      So just concentrate more on the captaincy side and leave the rest to luck. You aren't doing too shabbily.

  14. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    A)Sterling and Laca
    Or
    B)Dilva and Auba

    Thanks

    1. Aubamazette
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      A

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Thanks

    2. The 12th Man
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      A.
      I have 3 of those . Could be 4 if I decide to do Arnautovic > Lacazette.

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Cheers
        Nice

  15. The Red Devil
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Best mid option under 7?
    Own Brooks martial currently

    1. Aubamazette
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Rich

    2. BitefromBarcelona
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Rich fixtures aren't good. Fanderson is your guy

  16. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Any hint of Auba and Laca rotation/resting from Emery?

  17. The Red Devil
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Best mid option in the price range of 7-7.5?
    Have martial & Brooks in that range currently

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Rich, Siggy, Anderson

  18. The 12th Man
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    In draft. Drop Pogba for Maddison?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      probably yeah

    2. JohnnyMagrinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Rest of midfield?

  19. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Nervous not owning sterling vs zero confidence Alonso

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Got Salah vs Daniels instead tho tbf

    2. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Raheem to get a couple tap ins where Alonso loses him.. Calling it now. Heartbreak

    3. fedolefan
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Zero confidence Alonso stems from what exactly? Random garbage FFS theories?

  20. Daghe Munegu
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Patricio
    VVD Alderweireld Balbuena
    Sterling Salah Sané Fraser
    Kane Arnautovic Jiménez

    Arnie + Salah > Aubam Ozil - 4 ?

    Yes or no ?

    1. RustyBz
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Ozil?

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Son? Anderson, Rich, Siggy?

    3. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      did you just say ozil?

      1. Daghe Munegu
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        why not ?

  21. wasp3000
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Quick poll for a tough decision for my first hit of the season

    A) Salah & Arnie --> Eriksen & Aubameyang (C)

    or

    B) Alonso & Arnie --> Kolasinac & Lacazette (C)
    ....allows me to do Salah to Sterling next week

    1. DV8R
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      I personally don't get the love for Arsenal defence. 2 CS all season and it depends on how Monreal fits into the team when back from injury

      1. william prunier
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Fixtures, both fullbacks playing as wingers, no euro commitments

      2. wasp3000
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        If I do Arnir to Laca I only have 5.2 for a DF so Kolasinac seems the best punt presently. Can always bring Alonso back in a couple of GW's once I downgrade Salah

      3. wasp3000
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        Also Monreal can play left of the 3 CB's and they are currently undermanned in that position

    2. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      B because Sterling is almost essential

      1. wasp3000
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 10 hours ago

        He really is. If i go Aubam in for Arnie I need to free up 3.5m so Salah is the only one I can downgrade and have no way of getting Sterling in.
        At least I don't really need Sterling this week away to Che so can play Salah v Bou before parting ways

  22. joersherman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Hi all - bench Laporte (che) or Zabaleta (CRY) this week?

  23. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    A alonso and arnie to bellerin and auba (C) for -4
    B play alonso (MCI) and just do arnie to laca (C) no hit

    ?

  24. Sergio Giorgini
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Was Laca injured at all recently? Wondered why benched, thought he was starting before

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      he was yes, but still can be rotated

      1. TRASH BOAT
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        as can Auba

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          7 days, 11 hours ago

          correct

      2. Sergio Giorgini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Was he rotated much when not injured? Sorry I'm on phone app and difficult to check mins

  25. bialk
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    RMWCT
    Fab, Steel
    TAA, Laporte, Digne, Doherty, AWB
    Sterling, Sane, Anderson, Fraser, Torreira
    Kane, Laca, Mitrovic
    0.0 İTB

  26. some witty pun
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Am I the only one unimpressed by Felipe Anderson? poor underlying stats

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      He's West hams best real life player by a longshot

    2. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      More so now no Arnie!

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      what stats did he get against Palace and Fulham?

    4. L&MM (Howe to Train you…
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Stats aren't bad at all

  27. Aguerrrooooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Is anyone considering taking out Kane this week for Auba who will be the popular captain choice and then bringing in Kane back at home to Burnley? then repeating the process again. I know it wastes a transfer but could pay off handsomely over the next few weeks. Its handy for those who cant afford both at the moment.

    My 2 other strikers are Wilson and Jimenez so dont really want to lose them especially for a hit

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      This is the reason I forewent Kane

    2. bialk
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Auba may be rested.

      1. Aguerrrooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Yeah, I'll be seeing what Emery has to say in his presser 1st but will also have Salah as VC if I decide to bring him in.

  28. Ballchinian
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Keep a misfiring Alonso or free up a bit of cash on my wildcard and go with Laporte for Man City Coverage

    1. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Look at Chelsea's fixtures after City.

      1. Ballchinian
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        3 of Chelsea's next 4 games are away from home after City and Alonso has been awful the last 2 weeks hence the consideration to cash in

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Alonso is in trouble lose him

      1. Gnu-ardiolas of the Gnalaxy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        7.1million for 3rd highest scoring player in the game.
        Are you sure this is sound advice? I'm not.

  29. TRASH BOAT
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    If Aguero looks OK and good to go post Chelsea who is getting him for the 2 home fixtures?

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Was my plan until Arnie got injured. Going for Laca now

    2. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Don't reckon he's essential even when he's fit again to be honest

    3. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      I got my Sterling/Sane double

      Not going back to Kun until Mendy is fit

  30. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 11 hours ago

    Joe Gomez sustained a fracture to the lower left leg during last night's game against Burnley...

    https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1070709081373999104

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 8 Years
      7 days, 11 hours ago

      Initial indications suggest the 21-year-old is facing a spell of up to six weeks out of action, though this is dependent on how his treatment and rehabilitation programmes progress.

      1. SADIO SANÉ
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        six weeks? damn, I basically couldn't run for 6 months

      2. TRASH BOAT
        • 5 Years
        7 days, 11 hours ago

        Hairline I guess - 6 weeks is a lot better than that could of been