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Scoutcast Episode 286 – Hopeful

Recorded during the last few minutes of Gameweek 28’s fixtures, the Scoutcast crew cling to the hope of huge points hauls right to the final whistle. 

For Az and Joe, though, the evening proved particularly frustrating as they are left to settle for a mere dribble of 11th-hour returns from the likes of Paul Pogba.

At least one of the crew saw their hope rewarded. Special guest Adam Hopcroft, who was filling in for the red-flagged podcast pair of David and Luke, ended the night on 62 points to set him on course for his sixth top 10,000 overall finish. 

Amid the excitement of a Gameweek finale, the crew also find time to mull over the key players, teams and talking points of the week.

Chelsea’s strong fixture run comes under scrutiny, as does the potential of a Leicester side under new management following the appointment of former Celtic and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. 

Chip strategy is also revisited with recent injuries to key players and the strong form of Newcastle presenting further challenges and opportunities as Fantasy mangers navigate the upcoming blank and double Gameweeks.

Gameweek 29 is then looked at in detail, with clean sheet and differential prospects put under the microscope. 

Proceedings take an unusual turn when Monty Python’s Life of Brian and He-Man earn mentions.

The crew finish the show by revealing  their transfer and captaincy plans. As the old football cliché goes “they can take the despair, it’s the hope that kills them”.

This Scoutcast was first beamed live via our YouTube channel on Wednesday 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. JAYPEE
      17 days, 20 hours ago

      Aguero or Sterling?

      1. Freddiebell
        • 2 Years
        17 days, 19 hours ago

        Well Agureo more at risk of being rested over the next 3 gw's

    • Eytexi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      17 days, 20 hours ago

      How's this WC looking?
      Already played it so no point criticising the strategy, but the team for this week?

      Patricio.
      TAA, Robbo, Bennett.
      Sterling, Pogba, Haz, Barnes, Antonio.
      Aguero, Jiminez.

      (Boruc, Chilwell, King, Cook).

      Will do Pogba to Mané next week. Anyone think Mané is a priority for this week (rather than Pogba/Hazard)? Thanks 🙂

      1. The 12th Man
        • 5 Years
        17 days, 19 hours ago

        It’s your WC!
        Ignore any criticism. Everyone to their own. Hope it works out for you.

        Team looks ok. Not sure on Antonio though.
        Merseyside derby at Goodison. Who knows? Usually tight affairs but having him from the outset would save an FT. Depends how well you think Pogba will do against Southampton.

        1. Eytexi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          17 days, 19 hours ago

          Exactly! Cheers.

          Mane vs. Pogba is tough this week. tempted to forget Hazard.

      2. pingissimus
          17 days, 19 hours ago

          The big gamble - as ever - is Hazard I think. He could make or break it.

          Otherwise neat. I’m holding Mo (already had Mane for a few weeks now) and think he’ll comfortably outscore Mane here on in. But if no Mo gets you Kun and Sterling then it’s probably worthwhile.

          1. Eytexi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            17 days, 19 hours ago

            I agree with all of that. Would love Mo, back him every week, but funds can be spent better elsewhere and frees up another midfield spot.

            1. pingissimus
                17 days, 19 hours ago

                If it’s not too late I’d consider Schlupp over Bennet - oop and likely good DGW.

                I’m giving up on anything Wolves defence - don’t even fancy it this week with the record against Cardiff

          2. Mooster
            • 2 Years
            17 days, 5 hours ago

            Patricio is not playing this GW

            1. Eytexi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              17 days, 4 hours ago

              This post is from 15 hours ago mate haha, that's sorted now! Thanks anyways.

        • ddfc
          • 3 Years
          17 days, 19 hours ago

          What’s the best strategy, the one that involves:

          1. FH32
          2. WC32

          Thanks

          1. Eytexi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            17 days, 19 hours ago

            1

          2. Freddiebell
            • 2 Years
            17 days, 19 hours ago

            1

        • J - Gimme your Mané …
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          17 days, 19 hours ago

          Hazard v Higuain for the captain armband for me.

          Anyone made this decision yet? If so, what swung it for you?

          1. child of God
              17 days, 19 hours ago

              Higuain has been more reliable over his career and hazard is usually very difficult to predict

              1. J - Gimme your Mané …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                17 days, 17 hours ago

                I understand your point, but I seperate people’s historical formmin other leagues to their current form in the premier league.

                Tough decision !

          2. Robbieblob
            • 2 Years
            17 days, 19 hours ago

            Wasn’t paying attention and now I’m priced out of son and Auba > sterling Nd vardy -4. Do I take a -8 to fit them in?

          3. LordEllison
            • 3 Years
            17 days, 19 hours ago

            Got 2Fts and 0.1 itb any ideas what transfers to make??

            Fabianski
            Doherty - Robertson - Alonso
            Son - Pogba - Salah(c) - Jota
            Aguero - Vardy - Jimenez

            Subs: Guaita - Kolasinac - Hojbjerg - Wan bissaka

            Abit stuck thanks!!

            1. child of God
                17 days, 19 hours ago

                Son , kun to sterling, ???

            2. child of God
                17 days, 19 hours ago

                How does one know if they qualified for the fast cup?

                1. child of God
                    17 days, 19 hours ago

                    Ffs cup I mean

                  • Amey
                      17 days, 19 hours ago

                      TM yesterday said 56 & Rank would be enough to qualify

                  • the dom 1
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    17 days, 19 hours ago

                    Should I do Son > Mane now or wait until tomorrow?

                    1. Amey
                        17 days, 19 hours ago

                        If Son drop won't mind you then wait.

                    2. aleksios
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      17 days, 19 hours ago

                      Play Lascelles or Diop?

                      Keeper is Fab.

                      Thanks.

                      1. Catenaccio FC
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        17 days, 19 hours ago

                        Newcastle i think has higher probabilities of conceding..Most likely both will get 2pts but the better choice i think is Diop.

                    3. Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      17 days, 11 hours ago

                      Do you think Nuno had Patricio in his FPL team and had enough like the rest of us? 😀

                    4. Yank Revolution
                      • 7 Years
                      17 days, 6 hours ago

                      A few weeks ago someone commented that the winner of the Captain Poll was rarely (maybe only once previously) the best pick for that week (after hindsight)...anyone put stock into that or? Seems somewhat statistically significant.

                      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                          17 days, 6 hours ago

                          What’s the alternative though? Pick the player that doesn’t win the poll?

                          1. Yank Revolution
                            • 7 Years
                            17 days, 5 hours ago

                            Yes!! Meaning, ignore the winner and pick anyone else.

                      2. murty1
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        17 days, 3 hours ago

                        In order of preference from these to start this GW- does this look right?

                        1. Pereira.
                        2. Camarasa.
                        3. AWB

                        1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          17 days, 3 hours ago

                          3 1 2

                          1. murty1
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            17 days, 3 hours ago

                            Not fancying a Leicester CS nor a Pereira return over an AWB clean sheet.

                            1. murty1
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 7 Years
                              17 days, 3 hours ago

                              That was supposed to be a question..