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Scoutcast Episode 288 – Missing

Undaunted by a heavily reduced fixture list, the Scoutcast crew deliver one of their longest episodes of the season.

There may be only five matches taking place in Gameweek 31 but Joe, Luke, Az and David discover there is a wealth of different player options and strategies to deploy.

Discarding their usual player, team and talking point format for the community questions section, they focus in detail on the best assets to own position by position this weekend. 

While there is a consensus around goalkeepers, our Scoutcast regulars find plenty to disagree about among defenders, midfielders and strikers.

Luke is packing his team with differential ‘swords’ to attack the fixtures, while David is making sure he uses his two free transfers to include some ‘shields’ to keep up with the pack. 

Az is on the search for low-owned assets too and is even considering a notorious Scoutcast ‘magic bean’. Unsurprisingly, Joe is not keen.

The number of hits to take in a Blank Gameweek also get an airing, as does advice for those deploying a Free Hit chip to cope with player reduction. 

Regular features are also included, with the round-up of the previous Gameweek giving Az a rare chance this season to boast about a good score.

Best differentials, top clean sheet shouts and transfer and captaincy plans for the Gameweek ahead are also revealed. 

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.

In addition, the Scoutcast and all our other podcasts are now also available via our Soundcloud channel.

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. JURGEN FLOPP #BOTTLEJOB
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    If liverpool think they are going to qualify with Matip at the back, they are deluded

    1. Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Better than Lovren

      1. "Marvin"
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        He really isn't.

    2. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Roboscot was at fault for the goal

    3. Brehmeren
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Lol, says a lot about how you watch football.

    4. bench boost for every gamew…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      having his best game for liverpool against one of the worlds best number nine, is this a joke?

    5. NIKO.
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Sound a bit of a tit now don’t you

      1. G-Whizz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        This 😆

  2. Jammyfpl
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Lovren in

      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Oh christ

    • Super Saints
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Never a booking

    • wijohnson85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Taking FH for gw31 but have 2FT to use up.

      Bring hazard and Chelsea def in for Salah and shaw/Dougherty?

      Thinking Chelsea likely dgw 32 and fixture 33 (have 6 defo players for 33 at the moment)? Will likely TC on Haz or Aguero/sterling in 32

      1. rainy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Free transfers are irrelevant for free hit purposes. If you play your FH in 31 you’ll begin 32 with your GW 30 team and one FT.

    • JURGEN FLOPP #BOTTLEJOB
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Liverpool getting penetrated by this Bayern front line

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Disgusting

        • Super Saints
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          They can't keep the ball

        • Syd.
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Matip helping with the penetration

      2. Yome
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Ribéry is still quality at his age. He had 3 assists last weekend within like 15min

        1. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          So far all his crosses tonight misplaced.

          1. Super Saints
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            You talking about Trent? He hasn't managed to get one of the ground yet

          2. Yome
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            His dribbles have been good I thought, he has won many one and one. That is good enough so far.

        2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
            2 months, 13 days ago

            It was in 10 mins- which i suppose is ‘like’ 15 mins but only two thirds of it

            1. Yome
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              10min even better then! I wasn’t too sure.

            2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Didn’t realise Ribery was 36 in 3 weeks

          • Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            You can keep Matip

          • thegame983
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Lads. Quick betting question.

            My bet is for Gnabry to get an assist. Would it count for the Matip og?

            1. Make Arrows Green Again
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              In fantasy terms yes, surely

            2. Syd.
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yes

            3. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              FPL assist, yes.

              Real assist, no.

            4. thegame983
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Thought as much. God damn you Matip

          • rokonto
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            If newcastle have a blank in 33... when will they play the rearrannged game?
            32 or 35?

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Yeah.

              1. rokonto
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Which one? Do we know?

                1. Rainer
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  No more double announcements till after this weekends cup games.

            2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Wait till after this weekend. Palace v Spurs to be rearrange too for 32 or 35. Then Spurs v Brighton to rearrange, then Brighton v Chelsea and v Cardiff, then Cardiff likely v Man City too

                It’s a wait and see

              • TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                32 if Millwall beat Brighton, otherwise 35.

            3. Tsparkes10
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Didn't realise VVD got the assist

                1. Dr Van Nostrand
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  He's got it all

              • Dakes. 🙂
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                @Jurgen Flopp

                Liverpool getting penetrated by Matip**

                1. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Now we know why Gomez and Lovren are always injured.

              • Tshelby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Evening!
                Currently I have 10 players playing this GW.
                With my FT I will make that 11 but I might want to take a hit cause one of my current 10 is Billing. What should I do?

                A) Son -> Haz
                B) Son and Aguero -> Haz and Wilson (-4)

                1. Becks
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  B

                2. Jammyfpl
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    B like me

                3. Fantasy Gold
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  That’s gotta be a sore one for Matip

                  1. lilmessipran
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    That constipated face after was gold

                4. Becks
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  A) TAA, Maddison -4
                  B) Maguire, Mane -8

                  1. Numb
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    B

                    1. Becks
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Cheers, because of Mane?

                5. lilmessipran
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I have a feeling Pool are gonna edge this, with Bayern pushing for the 2nd goal, Liverpool should be able to exploit the spaces on the counter.. either way an enticing second half to come

                  1. Fantasy Gold
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Salah to bag the winner

                  2. bench boost for every gamew…
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    you were right

                6. "Marvin"
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Matip's always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

                  1. lilmessipran
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    That was pretty awkward for him to deal with tbh..If he doesn't get a touch Lewa probably scores.. Robbo more at fault than Matip for that one imo

                    1. Mysterion
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Correct, but I suspect it was just a Dijk joke...

                      1. "Marvin"
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Not a good one apparently.

                        1. Mysterion
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          😀

                7. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  I've always fancied Mats Hummels.
                  There I said it.

                8. Rash
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Higuain owners; concerned regarding his illness?

                  1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      No. He’ll play Sunday afternoon. He’s at home to rest and be ready.

                      Alternatively, I have Hayden (my super sub) on standby

                      1. MTPockets
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Could be man flu though

                        1. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Or he just discovered Greggs sausage rolls.

                      2. ringwraith
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Hope that you are correct.

                    • fenixri
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      No, he will be fine

                    • ringwraith
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      I just picked up Higuain. I am attempting to play this week with 8 players in order to hold onto WC and FH. Made 3 moves: Fraser, Wilson, Higuain IN -> Sterling, Aguero, Crouch OUT. May leave it or take FH which would nullify my -8 hit. Used 2 FT's last week with the thought that i was going to use FH this week. But, my horse(brain) changed course mid stream. Have: Fab, TAA, Salah, Mane, Hayden(the super sub), Fraser, Hig, Wilson.

                  2. unitednations
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    As a united fan, I am not sure whether to support for or against Liverpool tonight.

                    - def don’t want pool to win the league
                    - going out of ucl should help them a lot so I should support Liverpool but going out might also dent confidence in the league(unlikely though)

                    -

                    1. lilmessipran
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Don't think they are gonna win the league either way 😉

                      1. unitednations
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Wish I had that same level of optimism

                    2. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Just stick to supporting you team and don’t overthink

                    3. el polako
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Ribery and James two weak links in Bayerns offensive play.

                      1. Mysterion
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Coman to come on soon?

                        1. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Or that young Canadian lad.

                          1. Jᴀʀᴠish
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            Justin Bieber?

                            1. el polako
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              🙂

                    4. Gudjohnsen
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Does Higuain miss the Everton game?

                      1. TorresMagic™
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Probably not, presser will tell you.

                      2. MTPockets
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        ‘He had fever after the Premier League match for two days, so yesterday we decided to leave him at home to recover for the next match,’ confirmed Maurizio Sarri in his pre-match press conference.
                        https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/13/gonzalo-higuain-left-chelseas-europa-league-squad-dynamo-kiev-clash-8898788/

                        1. fenixri
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          He'll be fine

                    5. Yank Revolution
                      • 7 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      A) Boruc and Rice
                      or
                      B) Fabianski and Ake

                      Money not an issue and these moves are part of a large hit.

                      1. Tonyawesome69
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          B

                        • Men in green tights
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            Why take a -8 for them not worth it

                            1. Yank Revolution
                              • 7 Years
                              2 months, 13 days ago

                              Better than zeroes...and they could score points.

                              1. Men in green tights
                                  2 months, 13 days ago

                                  Only get you if lucky plus 4 on top of hits Bournemouth will concede so it's a no from me

                                  1. Yank Revolution
                                    • 7 Years
                                    2 months, 13 days ago

                                    They also enable other moves

                                    1. Men in green tights
                                        2 months, 13 days ago

                                        Why don't you just do POV to mane and rash to Wilson and play with reduce numbers then presume you are fh in gw32 then do 2 transfers the folllowing game week, but that is only an idea if you want to take another hit get Fraser in

                            2. Tonyawesome69
                                2 months, 13 days ago

                                I'm thinking of transferring in Mane (c) and salah out for -4 fielding 9 players instead of bednarek out for Rice to field 10. Anyone think this is a good idea?

                                0ft and 4.2 itb

                                Alisson
                                Robertson-luiz-bednarek*
                                maddison-Salah-brooks-fraser
                                aguero*-rondon-wilson (c)

                                subs:
                                Speroni-pogba-doherty-AWB

                                1. MTPockets
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  2 months, 13 days ago

                                  I wouldn't (but I have both)

                              • YEAH PITCH!
                                  2 months, 13 days ago

                                  Is Hazard essential for GW31?

                                  1. RECKLESS
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 6 Years
                                    2 months, 13 days ago

                                    With his Madrid transfer now it seems a regret to have such an expensive player stuck in team

                                    1. YEAH PITCH!
                                        2 months, 13 days ago

                                        I can see your thinking. Bit concerned Sarri may randomly drop him or fall out.

                                    2. Dakes. 🙂
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 13 days ago

                                      No

                                      1. YEAH PITCH!
                                          2 months, 13 days ago

                                          Thanks

                                      2. RFCSPACE
                                        • 3 Years
                                        2 months, 13 days ago

                                        I'll probably end up getting Fraser over Hazard, so no

                                      3. AuFeld
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        2 months, 13 days ago

                                        Nope.

                                    3. Brosstan
                                      • 4 Years
                                      2 months, 13 days ago

                                      Why doesnt VAR punish Martinez for that`? Red card for sure.

                                      1. Mysterion
                                        • 1 Year
                                        2 months, 13 days ago

                                        Yeah strange that...

                                    4. Yank Revolution
                                      • 7 Years
                                      2 months, 13 days ago

                                      VIRGIL

                                    5. Mysterion
                                      • 1 Year
                                      2 months, 13 days ago

                                      Calm as you like 🙂

                                      1. Rainer
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 2 Years
                                        2 months, 13 days ago

                                        😎

                                    6. Rainer
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 13 days ago

                                      BIG VIRGIL

                                    7. Dakes. 🙂
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 13 days ago

                                      VIRGIL VAN DIJK, HE SCORES WHEN HE LIKES.

                                      What a fantastic player

                                    8. Yank Revolution
                                      • 7 Years
                                      2 months, 13 days ago

                                      4 Prem teams in the final 8, love it!!!

                                      1. JURGEN FLOPP #BOTTLEJOB
                                        • 3 Years
                                        2 months, 13 days ago

                                        dont jinx it

                                        1. Yank Revolution
                                          • 7 Years
                                          2 months, 13 days ago

                                          Silly Jurgen, jinxes are for kids.