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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. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 5 days ago

    Am I blinded by being a non owner or was salah super average apart from that lovely assist?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yeah, easy now to avoid or even sell him.

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        And it gets easier as people stop captaining/owning too.

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Yep, he was pretty awful again.

    3. Tcheco
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 5 days ago

      Could've easily scored when through or squared to Mane for a second assist. He's dangerous not to own because of the amount of chances he gets imo

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        But he absolutely should have squared to mane then, so selfish!

        1. Tcheco
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Agreed

    4. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      He was great today overall and a solid shift defensively.

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Did we watch the same game? Selfish and ineffective in attack. And whilst defending was fine, it was hardly a mitigating factor.

        1. liverpool01
            1 month, 5 days ago

            He was sh#t doubt i will captain him even against Fulham the way he's been playing. Will most likely captain Vardy instead. Salah should of atleast scored a goal, he takes too long should of got an assist

            1. liverpool01
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Did get an assist for Mane but should of passed the ball to Mane

            2. Dr Van Nostrand
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              It was a big factor in closing down Bayern's main like of attack the flanks. His ball to Mane that liked the game was superb. Should have done better with his shot at Neuer but was effective on the counter. An 8/10 for me and the Echo agrees

      2. Yank Revolution
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Give me Porto or Barca for The Man U Revenge Tour

        1. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Be Careful what you ask for 😉

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Bring it!!! (Ajax would be easier than Barca of course, but...I got no beef with the Dutch!)

            1. BUZZBOMB
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              We're gonna have no beef with anyone on Brexit lol...

      3. Fantasydreamer
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Which Leicester defender best to go for GW 31&33 (price fine for any)

        1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I'd order them:
          Maguire
          Chilwell
          Pereira

        2. Dave Bauer
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          None of them. But Maguire if you insist.

      4. Bielsa's Binoculars
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        The fact that Mane has made himself look like the obvious pick in going to go the direct opposite and get Firmino who got subbed off at 80 mins

        1. Becks
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Lallana is direct opposite

      5. Revival
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Makes it a lot easier to dump all 3 Liverpool players on a FH in GW32 now if they facing spurs ahead of a champions league tie

        1. Mysterion
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Champions league tie is after GW33

      6. tm245
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        England 4
        Italy 1
        Spain 1
        Netherlands 1
        Portugal 1
        Germany France 0

        1. Bielsa's Binoculars
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Not good for FPL

          1. Deulofale
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Incorrect

        2. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Good ending for the final year of English clubs in Europe.

          1. tm245
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Don't know why they'd want to exit such a hospitable community.

        3. ddfc
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          best league in the world!!

          1. Jonny HOW SON?
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            exactly

          2. Calderano FC
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Supplemented by foreign talent

            1. Yank Revolution
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Aren't they all?

            2. shearer9
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              As is our whole skilled economy.

            3. ddfc
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              in a multi-cultural diverse world... i'd say that's forward thinking by the FPL

        4. FPL Opinion
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Barca v Juve final

        5. Tcheco
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Play 1:

          A. Fanderson (HUD)
          B. Brooks (NEW)

          1. bennyp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Fanderson. Home against Hudders

            1. Tcheco
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Cheers I'm just worried about his minutes

        6. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Ajax vs Porto would make for 3 tantalising quarter finals 😉

        7. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Key moment missing hendo

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Bayern being woeful helped too.

            1. Peter Ouch
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Taking about our strengths

          2. shearer9
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Pool always look better without that makeweight

        8. Tcheco
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Scenes if all 4 English clubs avoid each other in the quarters

          1. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            All in Peps hands.

        9. Kub3
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I’m going to captain Mané against Fulham. And then Salah will explode.

            1. Daniel - The Veteran
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Of course he will

          • bennyp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Mane most essential FPL player at the moment IMO. On fire.

            1. Daniel - The Veteran
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Will u captain?

              1. bennyp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                100%.

                Form + fixture. Mane looks super confident. Sure Salah might brace, but Mane will be involved I think.
                Salah is doing a lot running at defenders, but the chances he is creating seem to be more in the form of assists rather than goals.

            2. Nomar
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              This.

              Salah is dead to me now.

              1. bennyp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I wouldn't say he's dead. Mane just seems to be getting more chances fall to him, and that is a lot in part due to Salah. Salah runs at defenders more than Mane, which opens up space for Mane in the box.

                Mane looks super confident, and if that brings more clinical finishing, he will explode, especially against a team like Fulham who are basically relegated already.

          • Daniel - The Veteran
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            So those who captained Salah were again dissapt tonight. Mane massively outscored him. Again!!!

            Thinking of giving him the armband, however I am proven wrong Salah assessor. Last time I sold him he kept exploding with fake penalties.

            Shall we give the C to Mane?

            1. Deulofale
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              After this performance, giving the armband to Mané would be apt. Giving it to Salah would be pretty dissapt imo

              1. Daniel - The Veteran
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I am scared by Salah EO%

                1. Deulofale
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Was EO even a thing when you came 26th in the world?

          • donlobatto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            This game. Now I’m finding myself contemplating dropping TAA so I can get Mané. FML!

            Madness right? ..... Surely the way things go he’ll now blank?!

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              It is Fulham, the move has its merits.

              1. donlobatto
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 5 days ago

                For a hit though...

                I currently have Salah, Robbo, TAA

                Was planning -4 for Sterling, Jimi to either Wilson, Haz or Vardy, Fraser but now with Mané absolutely beasting it...

                Arghh

                1. bennyp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  I wouldn't TBH. Liverpool are likely to keep a clean sheet. So that's 6 points at least for TAA, meaning Mane needs to score 10 to match him, which is also likely...

                  BUT, if you need more players to field in the next GW, i'd bring in Haz for Sterling.

                  1. donlobatto
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Thanks mate. Gotta let the head rule with this one.

                    Mo is just so fricking disappointing!

          • Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            Salah nice and rested after not over-exerting himself today 😎

            1. El Lobito
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              And shite

            2. FPL Opinion
                1 month, 5 days ago

                I think he did over exert himself tonight.

                Let the ball do the work
                The ball doesn’t get tired
                Pass the f~

                1. FPL Opinion
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Pass the f**king ball

              • Daniel - The Veteran
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                TAA VVD and Mane currently best 3 Liverpool options imo

              • Fossit
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Do you expect TAA to play vs Fulham guys?

                1. Scotty B
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  100%

                2. Kub3
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Yes. Liverpool are going for the league. I doubt Klopp is resting anyone

                3. TAT
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Which move would you consider to field 11 for BGW?

                  1. Jiménez/Sterling/Puncheon > Wilson/Hazard/Fraser (-8)
                  2. Jiménez/Sterling/Salah > Wilson/Hazard/Mané (-8)
                  3. Jiménez/Sterling/Salah/Puncheon > Wilson/Hazard/Mané/Fraser (-12)

                  1. Fossit
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Salah out for -16 at least

                    1. TAT
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      How 'bout a -20? 😀

                      1. Fossit
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        -24 🙂

                        1. TAT
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Anything for BGW!

                          Will probably do a -4 or a -8, but it's tempting to just gamble switching out Salah given Mané's form.

                          1. Fossit
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Not worth switching mate. Stay calm!

                            1. TAT
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 5 days ago

                              In-form Mané against FUL is definitely a worry. Can only hope Salah will find form too…

                4. Scotty B
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Higuain surely just left behind as been a bit ill and not needed when 3-0 up. 100% he will start on Sunday.

                  1. Fossit
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    A bit Ill? Like Auba 😮 that one time

                  2. Jᴀʀᴠish
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    All Higuain owners are saying this.

                  3. Deulofale
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    I own Higuain and I agree

                    1. Deulofale
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      And so do all my Higuain-owning friends

                  4. BUZZBOMB
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    He was left behind to be 100% for next match according to BBC. A "fever". Good enough for me to suggest he'll be fit given he's not needed tomos.

                    1. El Lobito
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Don't know what all the fuss is about, he will get 2 points max

                      1. Deulofale
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        How do you know Buzzbomb's Christian name?

                        1. FPL Opinion
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Maximilian

                  5. Pompel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Once more ended up with wrong choice on what seemed a 50/50 decision last week. No room for Mané now with double Pool defense + Salah

                    1. Nomar
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Same here.

                      Salah can bog off if necessary.

                      1. Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Thinking it would be stupid to shift Salah for Mané for a hit now, when I'm taking hits for a full team anyway. But Salah -> Mané for GW33 is an option.

                    2. Numb
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Why didn’t you wait to make the decision?

                      1. Nomar
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Just do Salah to a Mané. Not like getting rid of Salah is actually going to hurt anyone anymore.

                        Keeping hold of his over expensive useless ass is doing far more damage, in fact.

                        1. Numb
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Famous last words

                          1. Nomar
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Prepared to take that chance. Had enough of Mo now.

                      2. Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Brought TAA in for GW30. Could afford him without hit but, whereas would have to drop Sterling for Mané, and was expecting a clean sheet against Burnley, so though that would e 6+ points gained versus waiting until this GW to possibly go with Mané instead. That went well in hindsight...

                    3. donlobatto
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Yep same here. Doing my head in

                      Surely we can’t take a -4 to take out a LIV player just to get Mané (and for him to prob blank).... can we....?!

                      1. Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Nah, do it for GW33 if anything and just hope he stays quiet vs Fulham (not that I believe that)

                        1. donlobatto
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          This game is a real headscrew

                    4. lilmessipran
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Same here

                  6. Nomar
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Mane is essential now.

                    Even if I have to take a hit I’m getting him in for Sunday and sticking the armband on him.

                  7. Numb
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    TAA is not starting vs Fulham is he?

                    1. Kub3
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Why wouldn’t he?

                      • Rainer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        100% starting I read.

                        1. Numb
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Oh I missed that

                      • Fossit
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Klopp did say he needed to be managed. I am worried he could be rested.

                        1. Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Perfect time for an international break injury.

                          He’ll be needed even more in the 1st leg with Robbo suspended.

                          1. Numb
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Surely he’ll want to go on international duty to try and establish himself

                        2. Numb
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Especially as he has England games coming up and they can’t afford to lose him now with Robertson suspended in Europe.

                      • Fossit
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Needed to have his minutes managed *

                      • MTPockets
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Robbo punishment benching - good game for a Moreno run out

                      • fedolefan
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Depends on if you own him.

                    2. TeddiPonza
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Captain Salah or Mane?

                    3. Scotty B
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 5 days ago

                      Mane or Salah captain this week?

                      1. FPL Opinion
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Shaqiri will punish us all

                      2. dunas_dog
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 5 days ago

                        Some hope for Lascelles owners may be OK for week end

                        https://www.geordiebootboys.com/news/photo-newcastle-received-fitness-boost-ahead-bournemouth

                        1. Nomar
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          I actually thought he was banned, but turns out that was Schär not Lascelles.

                          Could do with him playing just to make up numbers and give me an extra point this GW.

                      3. TEEMU PUKKI
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Is it better to play 10 starting players or do a -4 ?

                          1. Deulofale
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Depends

                          2. Rainer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Only a -2 with 10 starters, no?

                        • Manani
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Dohetry (4.9m) or Jimenez (6.2m) out?

                          got 0.4m itb

                          1. Numb
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Depends who you want in

                          2. MTPockets
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Depends whether it's for Balbuena or Wilson

                        • shearer9
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Sterling -> Hazard -4? Got max Pool, Maddison, Vardy and Rondon already. Cheers boys.

                        • TeddiPonza
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Who to bring in with Hazard?

                          Vardy
                          Wilson
                          Higauin

                          Thanks

                          1. dunas_dog
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            Wilson

                        • Bielsa's Binoculars
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 5 days ago

                          Yes Mane has looked great recently but haven’t we all been here before?

                          Liverpool assets take their turns to share the points.

                          None of us would be shocked if Mane blanked this weekend

                          1. Nomar
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 5 days ago

                            I would be.

                            Mané is red hot right now and getting in the positions to score.

                            Salah looks like a kid trying too hard but getting nowhere.