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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. rocco10 - AMERICAN DYCHO
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Who would you play?

    Alonso (MCI)
    Fraser (LIV)

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

      I would be more annoyed with an Alonso haul on my bench than a Fraser haul.

    2. Whats the Mata?
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Fraser

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

      Tough but maybe Alonso

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

      Fraser, Alonso has been ruined by sarri only good for bonus and CS these days, neither to come vs city

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

      Fraser

  2. Whats the Mata?
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Jiminez or Mitro?

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

      Mitro

    2. BoomBoomShacktheroom
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Jim

  3. Cheeky Onion
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Considering using my WC this week, what do you think about this team? ($0.2m ITB)

    Ederson - Hamer
    Alonso - TAA - Doherty - Balbuena* - AWB
    Sterling* - Anderson* - Rich - Fraser - Stephens
    Kane - Auba* - Jimenez*

    Cheers!

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

      Daft to WC that.

    2. Cheeky Onion
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Starred players are ones to be brought in with WC, not current team

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

    Worth a -8?

    Salah, Alonso, Ings -> Kane, Son, Kolasinac

    1. liverpool01
        2 months, 17 days ago

        looks good but not sure about Kolasinac,Arsenal always concede

      • Cheeky Onion
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Perhaps Anderson instead of Son if that give enough cash to keep Alonso

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

        Looking at something similar. Could go either way but like the transfers

    2. liverpool01
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Repost:

        Gomez>Trent
        Salah>Felipe Anderson
        Arnie> Kane

        -8 Worth it?

        1. sunzip14
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          yes

          1. liverpool01
              2 months, 17 days ago

              cool, thanks

        2. Maddamotha
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Any changes needeed here?

          Fabianski
          Arnold, Doherty, Digne
          Sterling, Sane, Rich, Anderson
          Kane, Auba, Wilson

          Hamar, AWB, Gunnarson, Peltier.

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

            Nice team

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

            I mean your bench is terrible but presumably you are aware of this. Great starting XI but you'll be playing with 10 or 9 at some point over this period I'd wager.

          3. gmando2011
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            love this

            1. gmando2011
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              think id go for a spurs mid rather than 2 city

          4. Maddamotha
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Thanks for the replies. Im wcing so its not completely done yet. Just wanted to hear your thoughts

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

          Is this crazy for a -8....arnie hazard Alonso to Aubameyang son Kolasinac. Arsenal and spurs fixtures are so good in next 6

          1. Drogba Legend
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Some might worry over Kola's minutes with Monreal returning soon. Otherwise it looks good.

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

              Cheers drog

              1. Drogba Legend
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Chelsea's fixtures look good after City so something else to consider.

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

          How many gw's until everyone panics & wants Salah and Hazard back?

          1. Girth Brooks
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            lol

          2. lindeg
              2 months, 17 days ago

              don't think anyone will want salah back, way too expensive, but i see hazard being essential over christmas

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

                So Salah scores 4 in his next 2 and people won't want him back? Don't be silly

                1. Girth Brooks
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  It's not just about what Salah does it's what his replacement + the extra cash does.

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

                    I know. That's not what I was getting at. If Salah gets a couple of hauls, sellers will want him back. It's common sense/ Same goes for Hazard

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

              Could easily happen but I’m sticking to going salahless until at least Newcastle and can reassess then

            • Hybrid.power
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              That's what the second wild card is for

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

              I've still got him but one more audition or he becomes Sterling

            • Weasel Boy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I'm glad to sell Haz but gonna keep Salah I think

          3. Nuno
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Fabianski Steele

            Roberston TAA AWB (1, 2)

            Sterling Sane Richarlison Fraser 4.4

            Kane Aubameyang Jimenez

            A. Laporte, Doherty
            B. Alonso, Bennett
            C. Digne, Doherty (+Ederson)

          4. Girth Brooks
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Start Alonso or TAA?

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

              Taa

            2. Massive Green Arrow
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              TAAfosho

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

            Having had Kanes points last week I'm seriously considering switching him for Laca (C) this week. Foolish ? Alt captaincy option is Salah or maybe Richarlison if I was feeling punty. Don't think I'll give Kane arm band due to doubts over mins/Barca on the horizon.

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

              Kane has a great record at Leicester

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

                I know but will he play....

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

              The caveat here is id only want Kane back again for Burnley so probably not the best idea in the world.

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

            No hits needed this week right? 1.1 ITB could be used in a number of places later on if need be...

            Fabianski
            Alonso Robertson Doherty Digne
            Hazard DSilva Anderson
            Auba(c) Kane(vc) Jiménez

            Hamer Fraser AWB Diangana

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

              g2g

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

            So looking like no mane again, not trained today based on club pictures. If Berb is still about what does this mean for pool attack vs bou? Would a Firmino Salah Shaq like up be realistic ?

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

              I would hope that's the front 3, Klopp might have other ideas 🙂

          8. eduk
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Trippier - stick or twist?
            So his manager has said he has a long term chronic injury which he will just need to deal with and it's not a big issue!
            What do people think. Probably not a good time to get him in, but would you take him out for a hit? And who would you replace him with?
            Currently have Alonso, Laporte, Robertson and Wan-Bissaka
            Considering
            Doherty (who is surely not going to keep returning)
            TAA (bit of a playing time risk)
            Van Dijk (starting to influence play a little higher up the field - to be honest been avoiding centre backs, not been impressed with Laporte who is more of a holder for Mendy)
            ??

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

              Lloris best way into that backline followed by Toby

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

            Why are people getting of Salah? Next games are Bournemouth and Utd, good chance of hauls

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

              Because Sterling & Sane just hauled

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

            Repost sorry.

            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

            Cant make up my mind which one defender to play outta these.

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

              Check out gwhizz hot topic

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

                Cheers bud. Looks very close.

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

              Which defender do you have from these ? Depends on attacking threat. Will take Southampton players time to adjust to hate hut’s philosophy

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

                Wan Bissaka, Pereira and Bamba

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

                  Bamba for me

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

                    Cheers mate

          11. Rashers
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            How's this WC looking

            Fab Steele
            TAA Digne Doherty AWB Schindler
            Sterling Sane Anderson Richa Gunnarsson
            Kane Auba Wilson

            Pretty standard around here right?

            1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Yeah looks about right.

              Wish I had the WC to restructure like that, it's taking me ages to redirect funds into my attack

          12. n-doggg
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Currently on this for a WC. Thoughts?

            Fabi, 4.0
            Alonso, TAA, AWB, bennet, Digne
            Sterling, Sane, richarlison, Fraser, torriera
            Kane, Auba, Jiménez

            0.0 itb

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

              Similar to mine above. Looks good. Dropped Alonso to allow Anderson in mine.

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

            Should i loose Hazard or Salah over Laca?

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

              Hazard

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

              Haz

          14. Internal Error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Gomez suffered a leg fracture.

            1. Internal Error
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              up to six weeks out

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

              Napoli, Arsenal and City without Gomez-VVD partnership is a worry to be honest.

              1. Internal Error
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                He's played better than VVD in recent weeks. Big loss

          15. gmando2011
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            thoughts on this?

            Alonso, Ings, Arnoutovic >> Kolasanic, Kane, Kamara (-4)

          16. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Whenever I come to an FPL decision that demands more than a day of mulling over, there's only one outcome:

            "F**k it, I'll just do it now"

            Alonso, Arnie -> TAA, La(c)azette (-4) done and dusted

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

              nice did something similar myself

              alonso, arnie > bellerin, laca (-4)

              salah(c) though

              1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                May well have gotten Bellerin if I'd done it yesterday (priced out now by Arnie drop).

                I've no Salah, Kane is my VC. Not quite sure about double Liv defence (have TAA too), they're good but no Gomez and Bournemouth's utter disregard for the established order are concerns.

                Best of luck!

              2. Sarcastic Warnock
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Genius.

              3. Massive Green Arrow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                I tend to wait a few days while I weigh up the options, miss 2-3 price rises, and then go with the option I knew I would go with all along.

                1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  I do that one a lot, but usually when I know what I'm going to do and can afford the price changes.

                  Usually best to wait on more info, been burned so many times

            2. jdp219
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              New day, same decision that keeps nagging at me. May WC for gw17, fwiw.

              Fab (Foster)
              Robbo, Doherty, AWB (Alonso, fodder)
              Sterling, Fraser, Hazard, Gunnarsson, Rich
              Kane, Wilson (Arnie)
              1FT, 1.0itb

              1) Arnie > Chicharito (or other suggestion?)
              2) Arnie, Haz > Auba, FAnderson (-4)

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

              Captain laca or kane

              1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Alacazette

              2. iim19
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                laca

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

              Mane didn't train today apparently.

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

                As per my post above mate what do you think the front 3/4 will be?
                I’m thinking
                Firmino Salah Shaqiri wbu x

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

                  Same for me.

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

                    It’s making me think Salah (c) because it’s likely I’ll go arsenal double up front and not know which to captain. Fancy many chances for Salah though with that set up

              2. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Someone requested your opinion on that above

              3. Optic1
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Can't see why he would have. If he's waiting on his foot to heal up, he wouldn't be aggregating it sooner than need be.

                Probably be a late call but I can see him playing on Sat.

            5. Optic1
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Need to shift on the complete weapon that is Duffy.

              A) TAA (more of a long term pick, no other Lpool def)

              B) Kolasinac (Could bring in some hauls short term, I don't have any Arsenal cover so might help that, worried that Monreal will be fit in 2 weeks)

              Bit of a vote needed. Reasons appreciated. Thanks.

              1. Dr. Mantis Toboggan
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                I've just brought in TAA. Don't like Arsenal defence, fixtures aside. If they prove capable of holding out weaker opposition at the weekend I might get Bellerin for Chilwell, don't fancy the short-termism of Kolasinac

                1. Optic1
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 17 days ago

                  Valid points.

            6. Sndeshdhkl
                2 months, 17 days ago

                3.8 ITB....what to do?

                Fab Hamer
                Alonso Laporte Robbo Bennet AWB
                Sterling Son Martial Richarlison Camarasa
                Auba Mitro Wilson

              • iim19
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                play doherty or awb?

              • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 17 days ago

                What do we think to this lot fellas?? Advice on starting 11 and bench order appreciated.. cheers in advance guys!!
                Fabianski (Hennessey)
                Robertson TAA Digne Balbuena
                Sterling Richarlison Martial
                Aubameyang(C) Kane(VC) Jiménez
                Bench- Fraser Doherty Brooks

              • gmando2011
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                anyone getting in Aboubakar Kamara?

                1. Amey
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    First time i read his first name.
                    Got him.