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Scoutcast Episode 285 – Chipper

Chip strategy has been all the talk of the Fantasy community over the last week.

The results of the FA Cup fifth-round ties would have firmed up the approaches of some Fantasy managers towards the Free Hit, Bench Boost, Triple Captain and Wildcard chips – though caused uncertainty among others.

With Joe away on a mid-season break, David, Az and Luke share their thoughts on how to navigate Blank Gameweeks 31 and 33 and how they plan to capitalise on the likely Double Gameweeks of 32 and 35.

Our trio of Scoutcasters also examine the options available to Fantasy managers who have used one or more of their chips already.

One player who will be particularly affected by the Blanks and Doubles is Sergio Aguero, so Luke, Az and David discuss whether ditching the Argentinean striker – or performing the “hokey cokey” with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – remains a viable option given how in form the premium Manchester City forward is.

Continuing their discussion on the Blank Gameweeks, our panel muse on whether any out-of-sorts Chelsea assets are worthy of consideration given that the Blues are now guaranteed a fixture in Gameweeks 31 and 33.

The crew then finish off with a detailed look at their Gameweek 27 transfer moves, captaincy decisions, differential picks and clean sheet prospects.

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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. andrewe63
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Ludicrous the amount of people taking 4, 8 point hits to fill their Blank week starting x1 with dross.

    Entertaining players they wouldn't touch with a scoutcast bargepole a few weeks ago yet now these B rated players have been elevated to the status of point machines. They won't suddenly burst into life just because you want them to.

    Potty

    1. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Agree that you need to target the right players and leave the rest. I remember a few years ago where you scored well if you had King and that was about it.

      1. andrewe63
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        It's like sticking lipstick on a pig.

        1. Right back Atsu
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Or polish on a third. I'm happy to chance a few cheapie who also play gw31.

      2. I Member
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Pretty much. There will be a few players who do very well. If you manage to get them you won't need a full 11 or even 10.

        1. andrewe63
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Get the captain right and that could be the peg that your hat hangs on?

          There's probably a core of around 7 players that will be in the vast majority of teams. Taking hits to cram dross into the line-up will be of little benefit most likely.

          I talked myself out of the Auba/Kun Hokey-cokey because it isn't worth the hit and the nonsense of getting him back for next week. It's more about week 27 than week 31 or 33 right now.

    2. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      I’m just removing my fodder for other fodder

      Expception of a couple where I won’t lose value for the WC

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Buying tickets for the raffle and all that.

      Don't think a -4 (-2 😉 ) is the worst thing in the world if it allows you to field 11 this week and get a player in that plays in the both later blanks.

      Potty fodder doesn't need to be played every week from now till BGW33

      1. andrewe63
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        BGW 33 so far away, and besides, when Rafa is smiling his chops off at 90 mins with the score at 0-0 and a valuable point in the bag, Rondon will fall from a present rose-tinted lofty height 😉

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          There’s potty and then there’s Rondon 😉

          I’d prefer to look at King/Wilson closer to the blanks than a Newcastle attacker.

          1. andrewe63
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Me too to be honest. Week 31 fixtures looks dire and hardly warrant a rise in your pulse-rate.

            Salah TC captain against Fulham- -, job done 😉

          2. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            I'm excited by a Newcastle attacker for some reason like the abandonment of Victorian principals by the nightclub girls parading along the Tyne.

            1. andrewe63
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              Why did they abandon Victoria Principal anyway, and what was she doing in Newcastle on a Friday night?

              She used to get me excited. Oh those Sallad days!

              1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 4 hours ago

                We are old. we should be depressed. 😆

  2. Weasel51
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Formnext 2 GW’s....

    A) Lascelles
    B) TAA

    Thanks

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      A

      TAA takes Lpool spot when you may want Mane (presuming you have Robbo and Mo)

    2. The 5% Team
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      A

    3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      I think I would punt on A actually. Definitely if you have Robbo.

    4. britzdubb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      A

  3. Concrete
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Chances Sterling starts v WHU and BOU next week?

    Thinking of risking FTing him out for gw31 player

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Depends if he starts the cup final.

      1. Concrete
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        I don’t think he will.

        I think it’ll be Sane and Mahrez to start

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          If he doesn't I'd say there's a great chance he plays both of the league games but personally I think Pep will play his strongest team. It's still a trophy.

        2. Dosh
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Sane and Mahrez in a cup final!!?

    2. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Both those fixtures shout points though.

    3. Arctic_Orangutans
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      There’s no way he won’t start the final imo

      1. ZICO SENNA
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        This^

    4. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      I don't think he sane, sterling or kun will play both tbh

    5. The 5% Team
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      I'm doing the opposite...getting Sterling next GW

  4. Fernando Torres
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Any of these worth a hit...

    A) Rose -> Pereira
    B) Firmino -> PEA

    Any thoughts?

    1. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Tough one probably yes really like pereia move

      1. Fernando Torres
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Yh I am tempted, Firmino -> PEA or wait for Kane next week?

  5. Smokey_Lowkey
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    I am considering TAA - > Pereira/Lascelles (currently doubling up on LIV defence). Have 6 GW31 starters as of right now, so can potentially build towards 10 for free. Can also bring in Mane this way if needs be...

    Does this make sense, or best to swap out a non-GW31 starter instead..?

  6. Benditlike
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Top 3 players to get for GW31 (excuding Liverpool players)?

    1. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      In my opinion Anderson Pereira Wilson (King if Wilson not fit)

      1. The 5% Team
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        agreed

    2. Benditlike
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Thanks. Think im doing Richarlison > Anderson this gw. Also have Digne and dont want two Everton

  7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Guaita
    Robbo Pereira Doherty
    Son Salah Pogba Anderson
    Rashford Jimenez Auba
    (Button - Camarasa - TAA - AWB)

    Right starters/benchers?
    Best captain?
    Feels good to get shot of Richarlison.

    1. AndyCook
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Set up well. I’d captain Aubameyang, Son had been scoring but Spurs haven’t been blowing teams away

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Looks good. Auba captain- perhaps AWB first on bench

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Ok - yes might do that.

  8. fridge
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Foster
    AWB. Robbo. Doherty. Bednarek
    Salah. Pogba. Son
    Rashford. Jiminez

    Speroni** Hazard** Digne** Kamara ** Rich**

    2 FT, 2.3 ITB

    A) Rich > Fanderson & save a FT
    B) Something else?

  9. makaveli123
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Getting rid of Sane and Richarlison. Any tips on some decent replacements? Own Salah and Son.

    1. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Barnes, maddison if fit maybe rondon if you move things around, you have pogba too I assume ?

  10. Tmel
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Richarlison >

    a) Fanderson
    b) Barnes
    c) Fraser

    1. Kryten
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      That's tough no idea maybe Anderson now Arnie is back

  11. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Chelsk 0 Malmo 0 😆

  12. Deulofale
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    How long until proper mohawks are back in fashion? Footballers' hair is heading in that direction. We're already at the Hairy Potato Mr Grasshead stage. Or will it end up being more of a small groomed beard on top of a bald head?

    Interesting game.

    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Exactly what I was thinking.

      1. Deulofale
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Fools never differ

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 4 hours ago

          Birds of leather stick together.

          1. Deulofale
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 4 hours ago

            Birds of lather bathe togather

            1. Skull And Gnomes 9
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 4 hours ago

              I need a cold shower.

  13. Eytexi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Still stuck on Auba or Laca 🙁

  14. Kiwivillan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Emery on Koscielny "I hope he's ok for Sunday"

    That's him out then

    1. MeatPieSausageRoll
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Either that or he’s hoping he’s OK

    2. LSP FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      here's hoping. i hear he has more shots on target than Anderson in the last 6 gws.

      1. Kiwivillan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 hours ago

        Well he's scored 2 goals so that goes without saying

  15. The 12th Man
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Think I’m going to Build my team for 31 then FH in 32.

    My team as it stands.
    Fabianski
    Robertson, TAA,Periera, Doherty
    Salah,Son, Pogba,Jota,
    Aubamayang,Rashford

    Hamer, AWB,Groß,Kamara 1FT 3.3m itb.

    Dispensable players that I plan to shift and not lose too much value.
    AWB,Jota,Groß,Kamara and Aubamayang.
    This week. Save. AWB as back up on the bench.

    5FT’s upto GW 31.
    5 gw 31 players as it stands. Plus 4 for the blanks and Aguero as the planned 5 transfers will give me 9 starters for 31.
    Not decided on the 4 gw31 players yet. Probably Anderson,Luiz and Bournemouth players.
    How does that sound?

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      You are fine. I have less players and doing FH32

    2. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      My plan too most probably

  16. Concrete
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    EFL Cup minutes for City’s threesome. Hoping to find some sort of indication for Sunday as I have Sterling and doubting his minutes for the next two Prem games.

    Sterling not started an EFL fixture this season but has been subbed on
    Sane rested a lot two but this can be down to his Prem form at the time and Mendys injury meaning he was important (at that time)
    Mahrez has played the most minutes

    Conclusion: Pep roulette?

    V Oxford

    Sterling - 35 min (sub)
    Sane - 0 min
    Mahrez - 86 min

    V Fulham

    Sterling - 0 mins
    Sane - 90 mins
    Mahrez - 12 mins

    V Leicester

    Sterling - 34 mins (sub)
    Sane - 0min
    Mahrez - 120min

    V Burton

    Sterling - 0min. 0min
    Sane - 66min. 0 min
    Mahrez - 90mins. 90min

  17. Monya Meow Meow
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Been some worrying news about Camarasa floating around.
    Too much of a risknto put him 1st on bench with Doh on field?
    Or is Bednarek better lol...

    1. how now brown cow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      This is structured
      like a poem
      But it doesn't
      Rhyme

  18. Fernando Torres
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Thoughts on this...

    Pereira + Auba IN

    Rose + Firmino OUT

    -8.

  19. Jurgen Flopp
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Arnie or Anderson?

    1. QUEN
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      Anderson for me.

  20. QUEN
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Sane Llorente to mane and Rondon

    For a -4

    Sound sensible?

    1. The 5% Team
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      would do it

  21. Captain Kakaroto
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    How much players do you got from the MANU and LIV game?

    1. QUEN
      3 months, 4 hours ago

      4

  22. Deulofale
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    If that was a cat, we'd be allowed to see it causing a fuss

  23. The 5% Team
    3 months, 4 hours ago

    Anyone with all chips left, and not going for the template strategy of FH32 WC34 BB35 TC36? Seems like everyone is going this route.

    1. YEAH PITCH!
      3 months, 1 hour ago

      Yep

  24. dermiemac
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 29 days ago

    The mp3 link is an old one, could it get amended? Sorry if this has been pointed out before!