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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
    26 days, 1 hour 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
      26 days, 1 hour 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
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        It's like sticking lipstick on a pig.

        1. Right back Atsu
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 1 hour 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
        26 days, 1 hour 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
          26 days, 1 hour 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
      26 days, 1 hour 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
      26 days, 1 hour 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
        26 days, 1 hour 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
          26 days, 57 mins 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
            26 days, 53 mins 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
            26 days, 52 mins 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
              26 days, 49 mins 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
                26 days, 45 mins ago

                We are old. we should be depressed. 😆

  2. Weasel51
    • 3 Years
    26 days, 1 hour ago

    Formnext 2 GW’s....

    A) Lascelles
    B) TAA

    Thanks

    1. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 1 hour ago

      A

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

    2. The 5% Team
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        A

      • AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

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

      • britzdubb
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        A

    3. Concrete
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      26 days, 1 hour 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
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        Depends if he starts the cup final.

        1. Concrete
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 1 hour 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
            26 days, 1 hour 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
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Sane and Mahrez in a cup final!!?

      2. AndyCook
        • 2 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        Both those fixtures shout points though.

      3. Arctic_Orangutans
        • 3 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

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

        1. ZICO SENNA
          • 7 Years
          26 days, 1 hour ago

          This^

      4. Kryten
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

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

      5. The 5% Team
          26 days, 1 hour ago

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

      6. Fernando Torres
        • 7 Years
        26 days, 1 hour ago

        Any of these worth a hit...

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

        Any thoughts?

        1. Kryten
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          26 days, 1 hour ago

          Tough one probably yes really like pereia move

          1. Fernando Torres
            • 7 Years
            26 days, 1 hour ago

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

      7. Smokey_Lowkey
          26 days, 1 hour 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..?

        • Benditlike
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          26 days, 1 hour ago

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

          1. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            26 days, 1 hour ago

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

            1. The 5% Team
                26 days, 1 hour ago

                agreed

            2. Benditlike
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              26 days, 1 hour ago

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

          2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
            • 3 Years
            26 days, 1 hour 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
              26 days, 1 hour 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
              26 days, 1 hour ago

              Looks good. Auba captain- perhaps AWB first on bench

              1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 49 mins ago

                Ok - yes might do that.

          3. fridge
            • 7 Years
            26 days, 1 hour 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?

          4. makaveli123
            • 2 Years
            26 days, 1 hour 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
              26 days, 1 hour ago

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

          5. Tmel
            • 8 Years
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Richarlison >

            a) Fanderson
            b) Barnes
            c) Fraser

            1. Kryten
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 1 hour ago

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

          6. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 1 Year
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Chelsk 0 Malmo 0 😆

          7. Deulofail
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            26 days, 1 hour 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
              26 days, 1 hour ago

              Exactly what I was thinking.

              1. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 51 mins ago

                Fools never differ

                1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                  • 1 Year
                  26 days, 48 mins ago

                  Birds of leather stick together.

                  1. Deulofail
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    26 days, 46 mins ago

                    Birds of lather bathe togather

                    1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                      • 1 Year
                      26 days, 35 mins ago

                      I need a cold shower.

          8. Eytexi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            26 days, 1 hour ago

            Still stuck on Auba or Laca 🙁

          9. Kiwivillan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            26 days, 1 hour ago

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

            That's him out then

            1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                26 days, 48 mins ago

                Either that or he’s hoping he’s OK

              • LSP FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                26 days, 41 mins 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
                  • 4 Years
                  26 days, 21 mins ago

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

            2. The 12th Man
              • 5 Years
              26 days, 57 mins 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
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 54 mins ago

                You are fine. I have less players and doing FH32

              2. Concrete
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                26 days, 54 mins ago

                My plan too most probably

            3. Concrete
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              26 days, 55 mins 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

            4. Monya Meow Meow
                26 days, 54 mins 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
                  26 days, 33 mins ago

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

              • Fernando Torres
                • 7 Years
                26 days, 46 mins ago

                Thoughts on this...

                Pereira + Auba IN

                Rose + Firmino OUT

                -8.

              • Jurgen Flopp
                • 5 Years
                26 days, 46 mins ago

                Arnie or Anderson?

                1. QUEN
                    26 days, 45 mins ago

                    Anderson for me.

                2. QUEN
                    26 days, 45 mins ago

                    Sane Llorente to mane and Rondon

                    For a -4

                    Sound sensible?

                    1. The 5% Team
                        26 days, 19 mins ago

                        would do it

                    2. Captain Kakaroto
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      26 days, 38 mins ago

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

                      1. QUEN
                          26 days, 37 mins ago

                          4

                      2. Deulofail
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        26 days, 37 mins ago

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

                      3. The 5% Team
                          26 days, 20 mins 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. Zombanksy
                              25 days, 21 hours ago

                              Yep

                          2. dermiemac
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            25 days, 8 hours ago

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