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Scoutcast Episode 284 – Emotional

The emotional side of Fantasy Football management cannot be underestimated. 

As the Scoutcast’s discussion on mental health shows, many managers can struggle in their everyday life when a bad Gameweek strikes. 

This episode features some powerful accounts of the impact being a Fantasy manager can have on the community’s lives, from sleepless nights to depression. Az, Joe and David also reveal how Fantasy Football has affected their emotional wellbeing over the years.

Recorded midway through a season-defining first Double Gameweek of 2018/19, the crew also look back on their decision to shun Manchester City’s hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero. 

City assets feature again in our community questions section, as the crew assess likely rotation, especially around future Double Gameweeks. 

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s new-look attack is also weighed up.

The crew then finish off with a detailed look at their Gameweek 26 transfer moves, captaincy decisions, differential picks and clean sheet prospects.

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. Totti
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 18 days ago

    any confirmed news guys that jesus will start tonight?

    1. Hakim Ziyech
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I can confirm that to you

        1. Totti
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          so aguero benche?
          🙁 oh what a blow for me

          1. Hakim Ziyech
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Aren't you satisfied with the points you have from him already? You stingy bloke 🙂

              1. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                He’s not a bee.

        2. McEwan
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Would it make any difference in the next 2 hours if he is or isn’t?

      • Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        I really want Son but looking at Liverpool’s next 3 home games, it is tempting to go with Mane.
        Thoughts? Go simple or punt?

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          what about the utd game away though ?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Yes that’s the thing isn’t it?
            Maybe get Son and the Son to Mane.

        2. cravencottage
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          do you have Salah or Firmino? If so, Son may be the better choice. Pool look out of sorts, but of course they can explode anytime.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            I have Salah. But the Liverpool attacking double up has worked in the past.

        3. Athletico Timbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I’d like both but Son is the more consistent. You’ve probably already missed Mané’s purple patch.

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Kind of in the back of my mind.

        4. DDGs Snipped Ponytail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          do you have Salah?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Yes
            Double up can work though.

            1. DDGs Snipped Ponytail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 18 days ago

              Either Mane or Son works

        5. McEwan
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I really want Son back but already having Mane makes it tough. Picking today, Son would be my pick of the two

        6. rojojojo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I went Son but I think I'll switch to Mane in GW28, to play the fixtures.

      • Athletico Timbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        This dgw has not been favourable to me it’s true, but that’s not the reason why I’d like to see an end to the chips in fpl. Surely one decision in one gw shouldn’t have the effect on your overall rank that it does? It makes a mockery of all the planning you do when one decision can put you back weeks and weeks. It lessens the skill factor even further and increases the luck element. I’d like to see the chips scrapped altogether or perhaps stop them from being used in a dgw, the latter being the most preferable. Down with the chips I say!

        1. diesel001
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          This is why I like TFF. No chips, no captains, no bonus. Just about picking players over a longer term period and being patient.

        2. DDGs Snipped Ponytail
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 18 days ago

          The problem with your dissertation is that a complete and sound argument for implementing strategy around the chips make the game more fun, unpredictable, and unlike any other fantasy sport.

          1. Athletico Timbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Unpredictable? From now until the end of the season everyone will be buying the same players, thanks to the chips.

        3. clodhopper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I like the chips makes things interesting horses for courses does add another dynamic

        4. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Just wondering what you’d be saying if you’d have TC Aguero.

          1. Athletico Timbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            The same. I've never liked them and have always said so.

        5. McEwan
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          I’m not there biggest fan tbh, but everyone has the same ones and when they choose use them makes it fine.

      • zotter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        A. Roll ft
        B. Sane to Son. Free
        C. Richarlison to Suarez. Free
        D. Aguero to auba. Free
        E. Aguero. Richarlison to Laca. Son -4
        F. Something else

        1.8 itb

        Alisson
        Vvd. Digne. Doherty
        Salah c. Sane. Pogba. Rich
        Aguero. Jimi. Rash

        Speroni. Puncheon. Diop. Awb

      • g40steve
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 18 days ago

        Any chance of Sane no show, Kun VC?

        1. Zladan
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          15%

        2. The Wizard of Ozil
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          *prays*

        3. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Little to none.

        4. Garth Marenghi
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 18 days ago

          5%

        5. g40steve
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 18 days ago

          Shame, would see a nice fat green if it was to happen.

          1. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Wouldn't you prefer a 17 pointer from Sane?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              No if it was my team. Too many would get the 17.

      • diesel001
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 18 days ago

        The lineup tonight will be the most anticipated until the one on Saturday at 12.30

        1. Hakim Ziyech
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Not really, I think the best thing to do will be to hang out in a pub,sleep and later check the line up and score tomorrow morning.

          • I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 18 days ago

            Don't think anyone is really anticipating the lineups for Fulham v United tbh.

          • fr3ddy
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 18 days ago

            The lineup tonight will be the most anticipated all season

          • The 5% Team
              2 months, 18 days ago

              haha so true

            • Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 18 days ago

              🙂

            • Jealous Viper
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Season is a write off for me anyway

            • Jealous Viper
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Robbo and Kolasinac in for Alonso and Digne for a hit?

                1. fr3ddy
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Yes

                2. Zladan
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Alonso to Kola for free should suffice.

                3. zotter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Yes

                4. jimmyabs1987
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Why? Liverpool most shaky at back they have been al season, arsenal are awful at the back. You would be picking both of them for pure attacking returns. Digne with set pieces gives you that. Not worth it

                  1. zotter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Still think Liverpool will improve if lovren and Trent back. Wait for pressers i guess

                5. DDGs Snipped Ponytail
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  or Pereira and Kola. spread the $ elsewhere

              • waltzingmatildas
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 18 days ago

                Sane to son for free is a no brainer right?
                Plus digne to holebas for 2nd ft?

                1. zotter
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  It is yes

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Wow. Word for word.

                2. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  It is yes.

                3. Sam (Team Sam)
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  First one yes.

                  I'd probably save the second transfer and play Digne this week

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Ha. Just read the first line.
                    I agree with you.

                  2. Zladan
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Same

                  3. The 5% Team
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      I would play Digne as well, Watford have scored 1 goal in 3 PL matches

                      1. jimmyabs1987
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 18 days ago

                        I didn’t know this! So would you play Digne over WBA or Bedarnek?

                4. Stoic
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 18 days ago

                  Rank in priority to get this week..Will get the last one next week..

                  A) Auba
                  B) Son
                  C) Mane

                  1. I Member
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    A
                    B
                    C

                  2. zotter
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Bca

                  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    A top priority for me

                  4. Amey
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      In that order.

                    • Garth Marenghi
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      ABC, assuming you have salah
                      ACB, without salah

                    • Stoic
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 18 days ago

                      Cheers All

                  5. New Post
                  6. VeryHairyBabyParade
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 18 days ago

                    Excellent Scoutcast. I stopped caring about / watching football a long time ago yet I still play FPL, it is an addiction for sure. Decided to make this season the last one - no matter what the outcome - and spend the 10+ hours per week essentially being wasted on FPL doing more constructive activities. Work out more, self educate more, study more etc. It's been coming anyway but this SC has been an eye opener.

                    Cheers.

                  7. Wonderball
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Dear Scoutcast Team

                    As a qualified psychologist with over 10 years of practitioner experience - I really have to commend you guys for a fantastic episode addressing the mental health aspects associated with playing this ridiculously addictive and gloriously enjoyable time-wasting game we love.

                    Having listened to the podcast for many years it took me completely and pleasantly by surprise when you chose to address mental health this week. It was brave, it was progressive, and it was handled with a sensitivity, pragmatism and rationality that I thought was spot on.

                    Mental health, like physical health, is something we deal with daily - we have good days and bad days - times when we’re feeling fine and times when we’re not. It’s part of life, part of us and is nothing to be ashamed of as a discussion point- talking about it is normal.

                    Gaming - be it fantasy football or any other can bring incredibly healthy benefits - it’s escapism, it’s sociable, it’s challenging and most of all it can be fun. But with all things we care about it can affect us negatively just as it does positively. That’s normal and to be expected and accepted. The trick is to catch it before it takes you to a darker place than is necessary, that can affect you and those around you. Catch it and keep it in check.

                    I myself often struggle to see it as ‘just a game’ - as it’s a real passion of mine - but ultimately that’s what it is - and the beautiful thing about it - even when you triple Captain a 1 point Sane - there’s always next Saturday - and you know - just like me - that as soon as that whistle goes on the first match of the weekend , last week’s scores are forgotten.

                    Play on my friends and keep talking about ALL aspects of this brilliant game.

                    🙂

                    1. Mo Mané Mo Problems
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 17 days ago

                      On Monday night I had a dream/nightmare that Nigel Martyn got injured and my other goal keeper was Speroni and not playing. I needed to take a hit to replace him. I think I’ll go back into retirement from FPL.

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

                        I offer discounted therapy rates to FPL addicts 😉

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

                      Pleasant reading mate and nicely put

                  8. Ruffio
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 17 days ago

                    Just listened to the latest episode. I’m a long term listener and big fan. Don’t post that much.
                    Just wanted to congratulate the scoutcast guys on opening up and discussing mental health especially what might be seen as in a trivial context. The fact is fantasy football is a part of life and as with any part of life it can effect your mental health. Cudos. And keep talking.