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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
    8 days, 7 hours 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
      8 days, 7 hours ago

      Yeah, easy now to avoid or even sell him.

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 days, 6 hours ago

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

    2. Fantasy Gold
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 7 hours ago

      Yep, he was pretty awful again.

    3. Tcheco
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 6 hours 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
        8 days, 6 hours ago

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

        1. Tcheco
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 6 hours ago

          Agreed

    4. Dr Van Nostrand
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 6 hours ago

      He was great today overall and a solid shift defensively.

      1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        8 days, 6 hours 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
            8 days, 6 hours 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
                8 days, 6 hours ago

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

            2. Dr Van Nostrand
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 6 hours 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
        8 days, 7 hours ago

        Give me Porto or Barca for The Man U Revenge Tour

        1. lilmessipran
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 7 hours ago

          Be Careful what you ask for 😉

          1. Yank Revolution
            • 7 Years
            8 days, 6 hours ago

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

            1. BUZZBOMB
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

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

      3. Fantasydreamer
          8 days, 7 hours ago

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

          1. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 days, 7 hours ago

            I'd order them:
            Maguire
            Chilwell
            Pereira

          2. Dave Bauer
            • 9 Years
            8 days, 6 hours ago

            None of them. But Maguire if you insist.

        • Dare to Dedede
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 7 hours 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
            8 days, 6 hours ago

            Lallana is direct opposite

        • Revival
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 days, 7 hours 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
            8 days, 7 hours ago

            Champions league tie is after GW33

        • tm245
          • 7 Years
          8 days, 7 hours ago

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

          1. Dare to Dedede
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 7 hours ago

            Not good for FPL

            1. Deulofail
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              Incorrect

          2. Rainer
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 7 hours ago

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

            1. tm245
              • 7 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

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

          3. ddfc
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 7 hours ago

            best league in the world!!

            1. Jonny HOW SON?
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              exactly

            2. Calderano FC
              • 8 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              Supplemented by foreign talent

              1. Yank Revolution
                • 7 Years
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                Aren't they all?

              2. shearer9
                • 2 Years
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                As is our whole skilled economy.

              3. ddfc
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 6 hours ago

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

          4. FPL Opinion
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              Barca v Juve final

          5. Tcheco
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 7 hours ago

            Play 1:

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

            1. bennyp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              Fanderson. Home against Hudders

              1. Tcheco
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                Cheers I'm just worried about his minutes

          6. lilmessipran
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 days, 7 hours ago

            Ajax vs Porto would make for 3 tantalising quarter finals 😉

          7. Peter Ouch
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 days, 7 hours ago

            Key moment missing hendo

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              Bayern being woeful helped too.

              1. Peter Ouch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                Taking about our strengths

            2. shearer9
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              Pool always look better without that makeweight

          8. Tcheco
            • 1 Year
            8 days, 6 hours ago

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

            1. Rainer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              All in Peps hands.

          9. Kub3
              8 days, 6 hours ago

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

              1. Daniel - juuuhuuu
                • 9 Years
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                Of course he will

            • bennyp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

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

              1. Daniel - juuuhuuu
                • 9 Years
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                Will u captain?

                1. bennyp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 6 hours 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
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                This.

                Salah is dead to me now.

                1. bennyp
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  8 days, 6 hours 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 - juuuhuuu
              • 9 Years
              8 days, 6 hours 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. Deulofail
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                1. Daniel - juuuhuuu
                  • 9 Years
                  8 days, 6 hours ago

                  I am scared by Salah EO%

                  1. Deulofail
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    8 days, 6 hours ago

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

            • donlobatto
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 days, 6 hours 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
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                It is Fulham, the move has its merits.

                1. donlobatto
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  8 days, 6 hours 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
                    8 days, 6 hours 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
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                      Mo is just so fricking disappointing!

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              8 days, 6 hours ago

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

              1. El Lobito
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                And shite

              2. FPL Opinion
                  8 days, 6 hours 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
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

                      Pass the f**king ball

                • Daniel - juuuhuuu
                  • 9 Years
                  8 days, 6 hours ago

                  TAA VVD and Mane currently best 3 Liverpool options imo

                • Fossit
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 6 hours ago

                  Do you expect TAA to play vs Fulham guys?

                  1. Scotty B
                    • 6 Years
                    8 days, 6 hours ago

                    100%

                  2. Kub3
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                  3. TAT
                    • 1 Year
                    8 days, 6 hours 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
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

                      Salah out for -16 at least

                      1. TAT
                        • 1 Year
                        8 days, 6 hours ago

                        How 'bout a -20? 😀

                        1. Fossit
                          • 2 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours ago

                          -24 🙂

                          1. TAT
                            • 1 Year
                            8 days, 6 hours 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
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

                              Not worth switching mate. Stay calm!

                              1. TAT
                                • 1 Year
                                8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                  4. Scotty B
                    • 6 Years
                    8 days, 6 hours 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
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

                      A bit Ill? Like Auba 😮 that one time

                    2. Jᴀʀᴠish
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

                      All Higuain owners are saying this.

                    3. Deulofail
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

                      I own Higuain and I agree

                      1. Deulofail
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        8 days, 6 hours ago

                        And so do all my Higuain-owning friends

                    4. BUZZBOMB
                      • 4 Years
                      8 days, 6 hours 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
                        8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                        1. Deulofail
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours ago

                          How do you know Buzzbomb's Christian name?

                          1. FPL Opinion
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

                              Maximilian

                    5. Pompel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      8 days, 6 hours 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
                        8 days, 6 hours ago

                        Same here.

                        Salah can bog off if necessary.

                        1. Pompel
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours 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
                        8 days, 6 hours ago

                        Why didn’t you wait to make the decision?

                        1. Nomar
                          • 9 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours 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
                            8 days, 6 hours ago

                            Famous last words

                            1. Nomar
                              • 9 Years
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                        2. Pompel
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours 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
                        8 days, 6 hours 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
                          8 days, 6 hours 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
                            8 days, 6 hours ago

                            This game is a real headscrew

                      4. lilmessipran
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        8 days, 6 hours ago

                        Same here

                    6. Nomar
                      • 9 Years
                      8 days, 6 hours 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
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

                      TAA is not starting vs Fulham is he?

                      1. Kub3
                          8 days, 6 hours ago

                          Why wouldn’t he?

                        • Rainer
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours ago

                          100% starting I read.

                          1. Numb
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            8 days, 6 hours ago

                            Oh I missed that

                        • Fossit
                          • 2 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                          1. Rainer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            8 days, 6 hours 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
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                          2. Numb
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            8 days, 6 hours 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
                          8 days, 6 hours ago

                          Needed to have his minutes managed *

                        • MTPockets
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours ago

                          Robbo punishment benching - good game for a Moreno run out

                        • fedolefan
                          • 4 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours ago

                          Depends on if you own him.

                      2. TeddiPonza
                        • 8 Years
                        8 days, 6 hours ago

                        Captain Salah or Mane?

                      3. Scotty B
                        • 6 Years
                        8 days, 6 hours ago

                        Mane or Salah captain this week?

                        1. FPL Opinion
                            8 days, 6 hours ago

                            Shaqiri will punish us all

                        2. dunas_dog
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          8 days, 6 hours 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
                            8 days, 6 hours 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. INGSJURY
                            8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                            1. Deulofail
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

                              Depends

                            2. Rainer
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

                              Only a -2 with 10 starters, no?

                          • Manani
                            • 7 Years
                            8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                            got 0.4m itb

                            1. Numb
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

                              Depends who you want in

                            2. MTPockets
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

                              Depends whether it's for Balbuena or Wilson

                          • shearer9
                            • 2 Years
                            8 days, 6 hours ago

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

                          • TeddiPonza
                            • 8 Years
                            8 days, 6 hours ago

                            Who to bring in with Hazard?

                            Vardy
                            Wilson
                            Higauin

                            Thanks

                            1. dunas_dog
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              8 days, 6 hours ago

                              Wilson

                          • Dare to Dedede
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            8 days, 6 hours 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
                              8 days, 6 hours 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.