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Scoutcast Episode 300 – Spartans

After around a decade of shows the Scoutcast has reached the momentous 300 episode mark.

From its origins, when Mark and Granville used to find time to podcast during their lunch break at work, to the live stream video version of today, the Scoutcast has long been a staple part of Fantasy manager’s lives.

But while the cast and technology has changed the issues remain the same.

One of these recurring themes has been the arguments that greet any cast member’s decision to Wildcard. This week’s show, ahead of Gameweek 5, is no different.

Knowing full well what may happen Joe tentatively presents his team overhaul to co-hosts Az and Neale. In Scoutcast tradition he then has defend his decisions, like one of the 300 Spartans who famously took on an army more than 2,000 years ago.

Elsewhere, the crew take a look back at some of the many mistakes and small successes of Gameweek 4 and how they plan to turn their fortunes around this coming weekend.

Kevin De Bruyne’s captaincy credentials, the best clean sheet prospects and Arsenal’s fixtures are among issues on the bill.

The crew also reveal what factors they use when making decisions, which covers everything from the growth of expected stats to the eye and even ‘ear test’.

Meanwhile, Neale’s differential shout for September and October ensures the arguments continue.

This episode wraps up with a tribute to an unlikely Scoutcast star over the years and details of how to help the charity that originally looked after him.

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  1. tafrère
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Any news on AWB ? Should start on saturday ?

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Wait for pressers

  2. Turns
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Sticking with strong defence until WC. G2G?
    1m ITB; 0FT.

    Pope
    Robbo - VVD - Digne - Zinchenko
    Salah - KDB - Mount - McGinn
    Aguero (c) - King
    -----
    Button - Lundstram - Dendonker - Greenwood

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      G2G

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Fine. King could just as easily score this week vs alternatives. I would cap salah though

    3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      GTG ..

  3. Robin Van Persie (C)
    • 1 Year
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    How is this WC team looking?

    Pope Button
    TAA Otamendi Soyunucu Lundstram Rico
    Salah Sterling KDB James Cantwell
    Haller Abraham Barnes

    0.3 ITB

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Pepe is going to score 10 this week apparently so I’d be a bit worried not owning him.

      On a more serious note - team looks great. I’d prefer Pukki & Digne over Abraham & Ota though personally

      1. Robin Van Persie (C)
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        I want Pepe! I really want him in my team! Will change the team a couple of times more! Let's see if he ends up there or not! 😛

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        Imagine seething this hard because a few people dare have Pepe as a differential in their team. Pathetic mate.

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          8 days, 9 hours ago

          ‘Seething’ 🙂 imagine believing this could cause someone to be seething

          I’m happy if people have Pepe in their team (just as long as he isn’t in my team)

        2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Dude your really rude. Calling people pathetic and casual for stating their opinion. Your just as casual.

          1. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            8 days, 7 hours ago

            As I've said before I'm a sponsored player. But I might lose my sponsorship unless I get up from 1.8m rank! Which will only happen if casual picks stop delivering

            1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
              • 2 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              Sponsored or not, your still a casual. If picks are delivering they are hardly bad picks. So not sure what your clearly subjective definition of a casual is. Is the tenplate WC team casual? One could argue your casual for being 1.4 mil OR. What is your FPL id? And who is your sponsor?

              1. COK3Y5MURF
                • 3 Years
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                He's kidding

                1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 6 hours ago

                  I don't find being rude funny at all.

                  1. COK3Y5MURF
                    • 3 Years
                    8 days, 6 hours ago

                    Meant the sponsor thing.

                    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                      • 2 Years
                      8 days, 6 hours ago

                      Don't find that funny either

            2. Slouch87
              • 3 Years
              8 days, 6 hours ago

              So what defines a "casual pick" grand master of FPL ?

              1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                • 2 Years
                8 days, 6 hours ago

                +1

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

              Who sponsors fpl manager and what for?

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

                That’s the joke

                1. Slouch87
                  • 3 Years
                  8 days, 6 hours ago

                  It's a particularly crap one though and doesn't entitle him to behave like a tool.

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

                  I was expecting a punchline...

                3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
                  • 2 Years
                  8 days, 6 hours ago

                  Not a good one though. I'm inclined oto believe som FPL personalities are sponsored because of the attention they get on the social media. So I don't see the joke really. All I see is a guy being rude and/or repeating the same ''blame the casual'' - ''joke''. It's getting a bit annoying

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Very good. Personally have more or less same WC but Ayew and Digne instead

      And aguero mount over sterling barnes

      1. Robin Van Persie (C)
        • 1 Year
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        Why Aguero over Sterling? I can't decide this!

        1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 9 hours ago

          Penalties prolly. But its a 50/50 really

  4. Freddiebell
    • 3 Years
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Bottomed
    5.2itb. I've got the exact money to do -4 and do Awb > van dyke and pukka > Aub or should I just do Awb > TAA?

    Pope/
    Dunk/ Awb/ Digne/ Lundstram/
    Mane (vc)/ Sterling (cap) / KDB/ Lanzini/
    Abraham/ pukk/

    Subs Button/ Wickham/ Douglas

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Just AWB to TAA

    2. zotter
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Just awb to Trent

      1. Freddiebell
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        Thanks guys. Been thinking that move all week but needed a little convincing.

  5. HUATSHOOTER
    • 2 Years
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Sjould i sell walker and mcginn for vvd and ceballos or keep?

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Keep

  6. NULL-X-VOID
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Cheers Lads,

    So wanted some insights on Ota Vs Zinch (Given Mendy fit) and Kun Vs Jesus for the coming GWs.

    Any and all opinions would be open

    1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Ota over Zinchenko imo because Laporte is out

      Aguero vs Jesus? Aguero ofc... but yes Jesus will get gametime every now and then, but they can also play together in a 3-5-2 with Cancelo and Mendy as WBs.

    2. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Bet Zinchenko is benched this gw. Perfect time to start the better player in Mendy

    3. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Zinc has been nailed for some time - why would mendy just displace him

      Ultimately mendy more likely to be used for cup games so not to overload zinc imo

      1. NULL-X-VOID
        • 5 Years
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        That was exactly what I was thinking, Zinch has been showing potential, but its pep so can't make reasonable assumption of him being nailed.

      2. PUMPKINHEAD
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        If you think Zinchenko will be nailed over a fit Mendy and Mendy will be used for cup games? Leave that one with you but I'm guessing you own him and you may be in denial

  7. Netters2018
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Whos benching pukki this week? Cant see him doing anything?

    1. Recklesss
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Selling him this week

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        Seriously? For who?

        1. Recklesss
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          Barnes for the next three. Brighton, Norwich Villa vs Man City, Burnley, Crystal Palace.

      2. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        With those fixtures?

        1. Recklesss
          • 4 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          'Those Fixtures' Man City, away to Burnley and away to Crystal Palace?

    2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      I am benching Pukki and playing Ceballos. Ballsy move. AZ doing the same. A bit maverick because of Pukki's EO, but it makes sense to me this gameweek

    3. 11 smelly shirts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      I'm not benching him, he scores with just a few chances and I expect Pep-roulette to start this week. That doesn't make City much weaker, but reduces the potential for a clean sheet

    4. PUMPKINHEAD
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      He's 40 % owned , why would you bench him? Crazy talk

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        Probably because he expects another player to score more than him when he is playing the best defence in the league

        1. PUMPKINHEAD
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          I don't recall asking you?

          1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
            • 2 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            Does it matter though? You were clearly just looking for some reasoning

          2. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            Jesus why are there so many miserable gits on here today

          3. Recklesss
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            You are a pumpkinhead.

            1. PUMPKINHEAD
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              8 days, 7 hours ago

              I am indeed gravless.. I am indeed!

        2. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
          • 2 Years
          8 days, 8 hours ago

          2nd best defence in the league*

          1. Ask Yourself
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            :/ when Alisson is fit then yeah but as a West Ham fan I can tell you Adrian does not deserve a place in the best team in the league x

    5. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      I’m thinking about dropping him for Lundstram.
      Just bought Otamendi, so seems like the best thing to do...

      1. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
        • 2 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Bold! But I like it

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

          Not a fan of playing an attacker and a defender from the opposing team at the same time...

          1. Recklesss
            • 4 Years
            8 days, 8 hours ago

            this

    6. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Pukki Penalty time

    7. Netters2018
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Two reasons.....

      1) city defence too strong unlikely to get returns and willing to take a risk with the 40% ownership.
      2) i dont like playing a striker vs defence. Eg i have zinchenko...

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

        pretty sure I saw similar post when Norwich played Liverpool at Anfield ?? ......and of course he scored

  8. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    Kompany being injured for his own testimonial match is frigging hilarious 😆

    1. Cpt Crunch
      • 5 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Very fitting

      1. Ask Yourself
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 days, 9 hours ago

        This. No better way to remember him

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      If Vincent Kompany did his own testimonials...

    3. FC Hakkebøf (Chopped…
      • 2 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Poor guy!

  9. Baltic Revolution
    8 days, 9 hours ago

    How do we feel about this WC? Maybe a little light at the back? Have also considered swapping Kun for Sterling for an immense midfield...

    Pope
    TAA / Mings / Lund / Pieters
    Salah / KDB / Son / Maddison
    Pukki / Kun

    Cantwell, Soyunc, Greenwood

    1. Robin Van Persie (C)
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 9 hours ago

      Pepe over Son

      1. Baltic Revolution
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        I dunno...still not convinced with Pepe as of yet...

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

      Maddison not worth price YET

      I’d dg him and UG a 4.5

  10. Wazza55
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    A: Digne James Guendouzi
    B: Otamendi Mount Cantwell

    1. Baltic Revolution
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      B

  11. Colby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    Afternoon all. Care to consider my WC squad please?

    Pope
    TobyA Otamendi Maitland-Niles
    Sterling Mane Pépé Martial Lanzini
    Wilson Abraham

    Button Lowton Lundstram Greenwood

    (Provided Martial is fit to start)

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

      Needs a Liverpool defender

      I can you’ve prob looked at fixtures but not sure of the defence

      1. Colby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Yeah I have Trent at the moment but with Allison out and Chelsea away, United away, Spurs and City at home in the next 8 I’m really not fancying Liverpool’s defensive assets to produce any hauls

    2. Markus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Like it, a little different

      1. Colby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        Cheers man. It’s heavily based on fixtures for the next two months but I’m honestly pleased with it. Maitland-Niles-Niles is an under the radar call imo given their tasty fixtures.

  12. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    Gtg? Bench is bugging me a bit.

    Pope
    VVD, Digne, Mina, Otamendi
    Salah, Sterling, Kdb, Mount
    Haller, Pukkhi

    Button, Lundstram, Dendonker, Wickham

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      Pukki vs Lundstram is a question for many this week

      1. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        8 days, 8 hours ago

        But I still think pukki should start over a 4m defender, City Defence is not that great..

    2. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      I would play lundstrum over Mina...

  13. Concrete
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 days, 8 hours ago

    A Digne

    Or

    B Otamendi

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      B when you factor in that extra cash

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

      A for me

    3. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      8 days, 8 hours ago

      A for me

    4. cravencottage
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 days, 5 hours ago

      B by a wide margin. City have much better CS potential, and Ota can score the odd goal

  14. Luffy D
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 18 hours ago

    Gtg? 1FT, 0.6 ITB

    Ryan Button
    TAA Digna Zinc Lundy Rico
    Salah (V) Sterling (C) KDB Cantwell Dendonc
    Rashford Haller Greenwood

    Considering Rash to Barnes

    Thx!