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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. La Roja
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    VvD!

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

      Hamez assist... CL fantasy casuals in heaven

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

    Beast

    1. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Out of curiosity, how many white players are referred to as 'beast' players?

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

        In percentage terms or as a ratio?

        1. Gravless are for Kinnear
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Either. I can't think of any white 'beast' players. The beast title is usually reserved for black strongly built players it seems.

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

            Nah, Ronaldo is a beast. Messi too. Was saying it in the context of being a truly world class player that controls games. (Don't have any stats for usage, obviously)

  3. DA Minnion
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Top post looks a bit silly.

    1. DA Minnion
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I look a bit silly now.

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

    Only Jim to Wilson for -4 or also Doh to Azpi/Ake for -8?

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

    Will Wilson rise tonight?

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

      From 80 to 81% on fplstats from start of CL game, my guess is no.

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

        Thanks

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

          Trying to hold off on transfers until as late as possible

          1. YEAH PITCH!
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Best way

    2. Gravless are for Kinnear
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      All these English teams getting far in Europe doesn't bode well for FPL, especially trying to select DGW players

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

        Bring on the chaos...always hurts the casuals worst

        1. Gravless are for Kinnear
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'd disagree. Casuals spend 2 mins/week on their team. we spend over 2 hours/week

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

            *2 hours/day

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

            They dont plan, so when DGWs or blanks creep up, theyre completely unprepared. We're not.

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

        Way to poop the party

        1. Gravless are for Kinnear
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Don't shoot the messenger.

      3. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
          2 months, 13 days ago

          triple up Watford and Brighton and palace

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

        Triple Liverpool defence next season?

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

          They'll probably cost ~30% of your budget (including two $4m def). Worth it.

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

            £7m each might be pushing it I suppose.

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

          Liverpool average more than 2 goals a game, I would rather double on the attack

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

            Liverpool defenders average 6, 6 & 5.9 ppg, Mane 6.2, Salah 6.8
            Which is better value?
            Much better off with 3 Livrpool defenders and then premium players from other teams.

      5. Tsparkes10
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Now not sure if losing VVD is worth it to get Mane

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

            Relentless. Flip a coin

            1. Tsparkes10
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Ahhh

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

            VVD with a goal and a assist tonight

            1. Tsparkes10
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Forgot about that. Keeping him now 🙂

            2. barracuda
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              How has Salah been? C material on Sunday? Thanks

              1. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Rubbish

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

                  Time to C him then. Or has he lost it just like that?

              2. Royal5
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Poor as usual.

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

                still poor, electing to shoot himself when he could be playing in teamates in easier positions to score.

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

                Thank you guys.

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

              Best League in the World and all that.

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

                wont be the best league in the world ina few years time, with all great youth wanting to go abroad

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

                  #Blame #Brexit

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

              Has there ever been 4 English teams in the quarterfinals of the Champions League?

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

                Yes

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

                Happened nearly every year about 10 years ago.

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

                  Maybe not every year but was common place with 2 semi finalists too.

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

                2008 and 2009

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

                And a lovely all-Prem final in Moscow that left John Terry crying like a baby

              5. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                There's never been 5 in the semis

              6. BUZZBOMB
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                *The Champions, The Nearly Champions, The 3rd Placed 15 points behind the Champions and the 14th away from being relegated League.

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

              This Mané Salah hatred is getting out of hand. Think they'd rather risk losing than help each other out.

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

                Did you miss Goretzka blocking the pass?

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

                  No, I'm watching, thanks. Referring to all the other times in this game and over the course of the season.

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

                hatred 😀

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

                  Hatred is strong lol but heard they don't really get along. And there can only be one African player of the year so always in competition.

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

              Salah doesnt like setting Mane up does he

              1. g40steve
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Selfish

            7. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Salah is awful.

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

              LIV rotation seems probable for GW31. Who's at risk?

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

                Salah at this rate....

              2. barracuda
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Fabinho in, Hendo out

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

              Salah got no form

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

              Salah to Mane looks on the cards

              1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Correct. Salah pass to Mane. Goodnight Bayern Munchen

              2. Scotty B
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Who's everyone's captain this week?
                Surely not Salah in this awful form

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

                  Salah

              3. HurriKane
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Salah looks clueless. At this rate could even blank against fulham

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

                  😀

              4. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                It's hardly news, but the difference between mane and salah in form and price is getting towards -4 for a swap territory.

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

                  Preach it

                  1. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    If it wasn't for upcoming wc I'd do it

              5. DAZZ
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Own both Salah and Mane but surely Mane captain, he is on fire. Salah is so out of form

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

                  Watch Salah score 3

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

                  Might captain Fabianski.... 🙂

                3. Peter Russo
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Salah is desperate to score and its the best time to do it over the weekend.

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

                Salah dropped for Sunday?

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

                  Inevitable

              7. tm245
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I once owned Renato Sanches in FPL.

              8. how now brown cow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Swans legend sanches on.

                Game over.

              9. Original Pirate Material
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 months, 13 days ago

                TAA or Mane for this weekend?

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

                  Mane

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

                  Callum Chambers

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

                Salah to Mane
                Game, blouses

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

                  Classic Chappelle.

              11. tm245
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I currently own Sadio Mane in FPL.

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

                SADIOOOO

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

                The hatred in that assist 😮

                1. Birmingham Bromwich Villa
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Think it must have been a really bad shot by Salah. Surely he didn’t pass to Mane. That would be a first

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

                      Agreed, it's the only explanation

                  • RFCSPACE
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Tell me about it