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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. OptimusBlack
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    It's difficult to get Aruba with Kane Salah Sterling in the team so it's Okay To get Laca or should I Get Auba ?

    1. KingOllie
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Im picking Laca instead of Auba if that helps, think hes better value

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I think that too

        1. 2hotty
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Me 3

  2. Joedahla
    2 months, 17 days ago

    who would you pick?

    Sane VS Son
    Kane vs Auba

  3. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Ffs Gomez out for 6 weeks does no favours for Liverpool's defensive assets. Clean sheet potential goes down imo.

    1. Demel
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      It helps TAA owners like myself.

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Might help him starting games, but there's not much point if it reduces his CS potential.

        1. #FPLBhuna
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          agree with this

        2. liverpool01
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Who you lot switching Gomez to?

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      What do you think of VVD’s attacking threat? Two assists in two games since I had him. Can this be attributed to Liverpool improving their set pieces or just inevitability that the biggest lump gets the action

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        He always seems to be getting chances to score but hasn't scored in the league for us. Maybe he'll get 2 in one game or something haha, that's what usually happens.

        1. Ask Yourself
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Can’t wait would love you to be right BF

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            He can save it for United next week lol

    3. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      TAA & Lovren on WC...

    4. william prunier
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Think Liv kept 3/4 cs with Lovren this season. Relax

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Against City, Huddersfield and Watford. None of them attacked Liverpool.

    5. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Best defender in the world to step in though, Matip not too bad either I still believe in you when I didn’t earlier on in the season

  4. Demel
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Do you find in FPL you always want a little bit more?

    Start of the season I wanted a top 10k finish and to win my mini-league.

    Currently sat at just outside the top 2k and 70 points clear in my mimi-league and I want more. I want to be in the top 1k. I know if I achieve that I will want to be in the top 100. If I achieve that I will want to be in the top 10. At that point I want to win FPL.

    I could go from being happy at the start of the season to finish at 9,999 in the world to not being happy at finishing 4th.

    Is it just me that always wants that bit more or if you get to a decent position are you just happy to maintain it?

    1. Limited & Mediocre Mana…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Obviously always striving for higher.

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      No I feel you lol. Grand scheme of things though, I’ve never been top 10k before yet since GW9 this season have been drifting between 2k and 4.5k, so cant be too disappointed!

    3. XabiAlonso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Such is life. Some people are never happy. Nothing wrong with always wanting to be better though

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      if you don't win you lose

    5. TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I can assure you that when you get to OR2 you want to win it....

    6. Zilla
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yep, if you notice more closely you do this in everything in your life. Always wanting more, which is not a bad thing really.

    7. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Totally see your point, i’ve never been in top 10k, let alone this early in the season sat at 7k or thereabouts, if i finished 9,999 i’d still be overjoyed though.
      However, always striving for higher, until yes, you want to win it full stop.

    8. Pat Bonner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      It reminds me of playing golf....you can always do better and think what if!! I’m just outside 1k but not that happy with my team, thinking about a -8 to mix it up

    9. JohnnyMagrinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Just think if your position in percentages. Then you’ll be happier.

    10. MikeBravo
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Be happy with whatever you've got, achieve zen. People always wanting more? Never happy.

    11. Black Knights
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes. I had a 84 point week this week, and i'm not patting myself on the back for those that brought in, i'm scolding myself for playing AWB ahead of Doherty on my bench.

      There's always something that could've gone better; i think i'm just too competitive.

  5. Edmond
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Which combination do you prefer?

    a) Aubameyang & Felipe Anderson
    b) Lacazette & Sane

    Cheers lads.

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B, easily.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B miles

    3. 2hotty
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      most deffo B

    4. OptimusBlack
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B

    5. MikeBravo
      2 months, 17 days ago

      A, plus Sane...

  6. BulgarianOwls
    2 months, 17 days ago

    for a hit ?
    A alonso and arnie for Holebas and Laca
    B hazard and arnie for Felipe Anderson and Auba

    1. Me Spurs
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B

  7. KJT123
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    RMCWT...

    Fabs Steele
    Alonso Lovren Doherty Chambers AWB
    Sterling Sane Son Richarlison Gibbs-White
    Kane Laca Jimenez

    1. bialk
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Lovren - TAA
      Chamber - Digne
      Son - Fraser
      Richarlison - F. Anderson
      Jimenez - Mitrovic

      And thank me later...

    2. bialk
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Alonso - Laporte

  8. Postbox12
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Sterling in a 3-5-2 or Auba in a 3-4-3?

    Dilva only other City asset, have Kane and Wilson upfront already.

    1. Big Hands Barry
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      this week Auba. Long term sterling looks essential

    2. Amey
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Sterling

    3. Paddington Bear
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Sterling

    4. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Sterling

    5. MikeBravo
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Not Kane. Sterling and Auba. Better value, maybe even better points. Use the money to enhance your bench...

  9. Amey
    2 months, 17 days ago

    FFS cup results consider hits taken during gameweek ??
    Or the GW rank ??
    Thank you guys

  10. Tehol
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    My team currently
    Fabianski - 4.0
    Laporte - Alonso - TAA - Doherty - AWB
    Salah - Hazard - Anderson - Fraser - 4.2
    Auba - Jimenez - Arnautovic
    1.5 ITB 1FT

    Rubbish GW15 but I won my Minileague match up so at least not all bad

    Need some advice. Probably will WC next week.
    Options

    1) Hazard to Sterling and keep 1.0 ITB
    2) Downgrade Hazard to Richarlison and upgrade Arnautovic to Kane for - 4. This will help in next Minileague match up as opponent has Kane but not Auba
    3) Hazard to Sane and Arnie to Laca for a hit again. Is double Arsenal up front too much?

    What to choose?

    Thanks

  11. Jet5605
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    2 FT and 3.2 ITB. Thoughts on this?

    A - Aguero & Arnie > Auba & Jiminez
    B - Arnie & Duffy > Jiminez & Spurs defender
    Other? (Don't like Wilson's fixtures)

    Hart
    Robertson - Doherty - AWB
    Salah - Eriksen - Fraser - Richarlison
    Aguero - Arnie - Mitro

    Hennessey - Cairney - Duffy - Bednarek

  12. Big Hands Barry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Alonso or Laporte as set and forget premium option?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Alonso and Robbo for me currently but if I had Laporte he would be too

  13. Srv210
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    can anybody give a good comparison and stats which would help deciding who to get out of lacazette and aubameyang...its frying my brain trying to decide 😛

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I’ll give you the stats for £14.99

      1. Srv210
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        if i had money I wont be asking man haha

    2. Top Lad Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Auba has 4 more goals and more points for only 1.5 or so more. More explosive and capable off hauls off the bench

    3. some witty pun
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Auba has better stats but keep in mind that if both play together Laca occupies the central role

    4. MikeBravo
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Just look at their scoring history. Auba consistent in Budesliga, Laca got a few in an easy French league. Auba wins.

  14. FPLGraham
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Apologies, I've been on here a few times today with questions and comments etc, but just to get some feedback if possible.

    How would people here spend £5.4M with 1 FT?

    A) Arnautovic to Aubameyang
    B) Martial to Sterling

    Bearing in mind with (A) that I own Laca + Kane. My worry is that it'd be too much cash up front, but seemed such a clear move y'day!

    1. Paddington Bear
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B next week

    2. MikeBravo
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B, he's only got a knock.

  15. as33
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Who do u guys replacing Arnie with?(Wilson and Kane in my team)

    1. some witty pun
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Laca for me, same front three as you. Am taking a -4 or even a -8

    2. jumpinjeffflash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Lacazette for me, unless Emery says something in the presser that puts me off...

    3. Mixed Bag
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Jimenez or Lacazette depending on funds

    4. pompeyupnorth
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I rushed it last night to beat the drop and went Mitro. I've just noticed he's on 4 yellows...Anyone know when they reset or carry over to 10?

      1. jumpinjeffflash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        End of December, I believe. Someone smarter than I will fact-check me though!

  16. Dont choose VW. Pickford
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Captain?
    A Kane (Leic away)
    B Lacazette (Hud home)

    1. Mixed Bag
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Kane has a great record against Leicester and is in good form. I'd still go for Lacazette though.

    2. jumpinjeffflash
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      (B) just because Spurs have Barcelona midweek and I'd imagine Kane will come off early at Leicester

  17. Pigeon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    I have 1FT and 3.6m itb, should I hold?

    Ryan
    Alonso Robertson Digne
    Hazard Sterling Richarlison Anderson
    Aubameyang Wilson Jimenez
    Button Doherty AWB Hojbjerg

  18. Dead Lift
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    A few words about Alonso.
    Is it time to move on and get rid of him or do you think he's a good cover for Chelsea's upcoming nice run of fixtures?
    He seems not at his best but we all know what he is capable of.
    What are you doing then?

    1. Top Lad Dakes.
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Keeping based on the points you made

      1. Dead Lift
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        He has offered to me a decent 4.8 ppg. Not great but I keen on keeping him in my WC.

    2. Pierce34
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Keeping of course - Chelsea are likely to keep clean sheets in the upcoming weeks and he's the defender most likely to score big points. If he's rotated (for which there's no evidence) it's an easy downgrade to any other defender in the game.

    3. Mixed Bag
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Keep. He's guaranteed to hurt you as soon as you ditch him.

    4. Amey
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Got rid this gw.
      Will get back after Christmas if he starts to fire again !

  19. Joedahla
    2 months, 17 days ago

    how would you rate son vs sane and kane vs auba? i can afford all 4 with sale of salah and arnie!

    1. ZICO SENNA
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Sane and Kane

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I've gone with Kane and Lacazette.
      Allows funding for more big hitters in midfield.

      1. Joedahla
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Looks tempting, but I cannot afford both kane and laca. Only one premium striker available. My team as of now:

        Fabianski, Ryan
        TAA, Alonso, DIgne, balbuena, AWB
        Salah, Hazard, Sterling, Richarlison, Kayal
        WIlson, Arnie, Success

    3. Mixed Bag
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Auba has the potential to be rested or played OOP in a bad way. He's also scored with every shot on target he's had recently. Not sustainable. Definitely Kane for me out of the two.

      Son v Sane is tougher. Probably Sane just, Spurs don't look like they're going to destroy teams. Sane could get bigger hauls.

      1. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Is Lacazette likely to start 3 games out of each for, say, and come in the fourth one?

        Or could it be worse than that?

      2. Joedahla
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Thats a really great analysis, and I totally agree with you. I also think that if you go kane, you should go sane over son just to have a city cover. I believe that two spurs players will be too much, as they do not score that many goals as you mentioned.

  20. *sigh*
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    How is everyone? Had a couple of bad fpl weeks but rung the changes so, is this team gtg?

    Ederson
    Robertson TAA Balbuena Doherty
    (S)terling Hazard Felipe
    Kane Auba Wilson

    Hamer Brooks Camarasa AWB

    1. Joedahla
      2 months, 17 days ago

      looks really good tbh. Looking at your team, I wish I was on a WC...

  21. Reckoner.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    0.1m off doing Eriksen > Sane after this GW.

    What are the chances of Speroni dropping to 3.9 before Sane rises to 9.5? (Have Alisson & Hamer)

  22. Boss Hogg
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Any defenders worth taking a 4 point hit for this week? I need to shift out Duffy and I'd have up to 5.6 to spend.

    Was thinking of bringing in one of the Arsenal defenders, but is it worth it for -4? The alternative would be benching Duffy and playing AWB this week.

    1. tattywelshie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bellerin looks the best option, I'd be tempted to go for it, yeah it's for a hit, but you'll probably be playing him solidly for the next few weeks so should pay off

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Bellerin over Kola you reckon?

        1. tattywelshie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I have a feeling Kola might get dropped, dunno why, Bellerin seems a lot more secure

          1. Sarcastic Warnock
            2 months, 17 days ago

            This.

    2. Mixed Bag
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Not worth it for a -4. You'd need a clean sheet to cover the cost. How many have Arsenal had this year? 2?

      1. Boss Hogg
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        True.
        Any defenders from other clubs you would consider worth the gamble this week?

      2. tattywelshie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Over 1 week yeah that's true, but over the space of 6 weeks for instance, likely to get an assist and at lease one cleansheet

    3. Ballchinian
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I'd bench this week if you have no other pressing transfers, play AWB and replace for free next week as Brighton's upcoming fixtures are none too friendly anyway

  23. bronzadonis
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    WC

    Fab Hamer
    Alonso Digne Holebas Doh WB
    Sane Sterling Fraser Rich Fodder
    Kane Auba Wilson

    0.3 ITB

    Any thoughts welcome. Thx lads

    1. bialk
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Hamer - Steele. You can use the second GK in January.

  24. donlobatto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Starting to be swayed a bit by Laca > Auba arguments. On WC which do you prefer?:

    A) Auba, FAnderson
    B) Laca, Son

    Fab
    TAA, Laporte, Doherty
    Sterling, Sané, Fraser, XXX
    Kane, XXX, Wilson

    (Hamer) (Gunnarsson, Schindler, AWB)

    Cheers!

    1. 2hotty
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      i like b

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I actually like Laca and Fanderson.

      1. donlobatto
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        It's not a terrible shout but then where do I use the spare £1.8m cash?

        1. Boss Hogg
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          You'll want Hazard in January!

          1. donlobatto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Who knows!

            But for a WC now, Haz isn’t a great pick and it doesn’t feel right to leave as much as that sitting in the bank!

  25. 2hotty
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    what moves are best
    A- Salah/Arnie to Laca/Sane -4
    B- Arnie/Alonso to Laca/Kolasinac or any 5.3 or below(suggestions welcome
    -4

  26. liverpool01
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Gomez>Trent
    Salah>Felipe Anderson
    Arnie> Kane

    -8 Worth it?

  27. Konnamoi
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Arnautovic + Salah to Kane + Martial or Felipe Anderson?

  28. aborg
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Strange how nobody is speaking about Madisson's points in the last two GW's of 8 and 10 respectively after most people sold him.
    Anyone like me still owning him and intending to keep through the next hard fixtures?

    1. 2hotty
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      he broke my heart i would never take him back

      1. aborg
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Yeah I understand. I was pissed off with his red card but kept him as I could not afford taking a hit to swap him out and luckily he gave me returns in the two games after.

    2. TRASH BOAT
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Most got him for those easier fixtures and he spat in our faces. However if he gets points v bigger boys he could get involved in that 6-7 million mid battle...

    3. Black Knights
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Fixtures toughen a bit, so i'm not too upset that i took him out on a wildcard after his weekend points.

  29. BearHug
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Who do you guys think has the best chance of cleansheet this gw, between:

    A) Leicester- home to Spurs
    B) Cardiff- home to Southampton
    C) Palace- away at WestHam

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      B, big boy Morrison to save me again with an assist if not

  30. El_Gigante
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Was thinking about beefing up the bench for December. Is Noble a good option at £4.9m now that Arnie (who I think was above Noble in the penalty taker pecking order) is out?

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I like Gibbs-White.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      No he is not. Camarasa attacking and on pens and set pieces now

      1. Sarcastic Warnock
        2 months, 17 days ago

        This.

    3. bialk
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Torreira is on corners.