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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
    5 months, 19 days ago

    For the Xmas period, who is better to own:

    A)Kane
    B)Auba

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Kane

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Auba will score the same for cheaper up to you

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        remains to be seen

      2. JohnnyMagrinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

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

    3. Sharkytect
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

  2. samaael
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      hazard and aguero are meant to be sane and kane

  3. beetlejuice
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Lacazette perhaps?

      1. beetlejuice
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Yes could be, his game time tho.

        1. _sidney_will
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I've gone La(c)a

  4. BitefromBarcelona
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Hazard or Sterling?

    Hazard is rotation proof plus penalty duties

    Sterling plays for a better team.

    1. FFSheep Trooper
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      sterling

    2. Demigod Mendy
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

      Here, made it simple for you.

    3. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Sterling. I would say its a no brainer.

      1. BitefromBarcelona
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks. One last chance for hazard this gameweek.

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

  5. Aubamazette
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Arsenal clean sheet surely to come against Huddersfield

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days 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
    5 months, 19 days 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
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. J - Gimme your Mané …
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Benching Son is utter madness IMO

  7. FFSheep Trooper
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    hi all

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

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Sane essential

  8. diesel001
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

  9. casparschwa
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

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

  10. Drogba Legend
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      B
      D
      Jimenez
      A
      C

      1. Drogba Legend
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Have Jimenez, cheers.

    2. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Rondon

      1. Drogba Legend
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

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

        1. william prunier
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          D then

  11. Internal Error
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Considerably so

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      No i’d Want both though.

    3. BitefromBarcelona
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

  12. RustyBz
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    3. Nabs Kebabs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    4. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days 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
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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
          5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Think auba is on pens other than that I agree

      3. Pierce34
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

  13. -GK22-
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
    5 months, 19 days ago

    A)Sterling and Laca
    Or
    B)Dilva and Auba

    Thanks

    1. Aubamazette
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      A

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks

    2. The 12th Man
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers
        Nice

  15. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Best mid option under 7?
    Own Brooks martial currently

    1. Aubamazette
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Rich

    2. BitefromBarcelona
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Rich fixtures aren't good. Fanderson is your guy

  16. DV8R
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  17. The Red Devil
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Rich, Siggy, Anderson

  18. The 12th Man
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    In draft. Drop Pogba for Maddison?

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      probably yeah

    2. JohnnyMagrinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Rest of midfield?

  19. Ask Yourself
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Nervous not owning sterling vs zero confidence Alonso

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Got Salah vs Daniels instead tho tbf

    2. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    3. fedolefan
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

  20. Daghe Munegu
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Patricio
    VVD Alderweireld Balbuena
    Sterling Salah Sané Fraser
    Kane Arnautovic Jiménez

    Arnie + Salah > Aubam Ozil - 4 ?

    Yes or no ?

    1. RustyBz
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Ozil?

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Son? Anderson, Rich, Siggy?

    3. Lord Flashheart
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      did you just say ozil?

      1. Daghe Munegu
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        why not ?

  21. wasp3000
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Fixtures, both fullbacks playing as wingers, no euro commitments

      2. wasp3000
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      B because Sterling is almost essential

      1. wasp3000
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

  23. Lord Flashheart
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      he was yes, but still can be rotated

      1. TRASH BOAT
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        as can Auba

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          correct

      2. Sergio Giorgini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

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

  25. bialk
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
    5 months, 19 days ago

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

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      More so now no Arnie!

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      what stats did he get against Palace and Fulham?

    4. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Stats aren't bad at all

  27. Aguerrrooooooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      This is the reason I forewent Kane

    2. bialk
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Auba may be rested.

      1. Aguerrrooooooo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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. Duane Dibley
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Look at Chelsea's fixtures after City.

      1. Duane Dibley
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Alonso is in trouble lose him

      1. Gnu
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 19 days 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
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    2. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

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

    3. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I got my Sterling/Sane double

      Not going back to Kun until Mendy is fit

  30. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 8 Years
    5 months, 19 days 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
      5 months, 19 days 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
        5 months, 19 days ago

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

      2. TRASH BOAT
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

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