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Scoutcast Episode 310 – Christmas rotation and midfield marauders

Rotation looks inevitable in Gameweek 15, the second of three set of fixtures in quick succession. Our Scoutcast trio of Joe, Az and Sam look at the surprises in store this week plus the team sheet headaches that await over the festive schedule.

For some, like Sam, they can be a little over prepared, with points mounting up due to her great bench. Az is happy with his weaker substitutes for the time being, while ever the dullard Joe sits somewhere in the middle, with a credible, but ultimately boring, bunch of benchwarmers.

Elsewhere, the plethora of midfield marauders available in Fantasy Premier League are looked at, with Crystal Palace’s talisman Wilfried Zaha as well as Spurs’ ‘number 10’ Dele Alli topping the Scoutcasters’ shopping list. Those wanting to jettison Chelsea’s Mason Mount will be among those keen to shop around.

Our crews’ Gameweek 15’s captaincy and transfer plans get an airing and they also look back on the roughest and smoothest previous set of fixtures for some, thanks to Liverpool’s Salmon-like, leaping centre back.

Meanwhile, the Scoutcast is on a roll with their differential picks recently, with Lee, Az and Tom’s picks all finding the net this week. Can Sam keep that fine run going?

There’s Christmas clean sheets to look at as well as a lively debate over Spurs’ centre forward, or ‘expensive defensive midfielder’, as Az refers to him.

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751 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Stretford End
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 51 mins ago

    any suggestions appreciated!

    ryan button

    taa Robertson lund Soy Hanley

    pul madders son mane martial

    vardy Abraham greenwood

    0.7 ITB 1 FT

    Tammy and Ryan out?

    1. Jon Snow
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 48 mins ago

      Think if you were dropping Tammy it had to be last GW

      1. The Stretford End
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 41 mins ago

        true any other suggestions?

        1. Vardy boys
            10 days, 40 mins ago

            Ryan to Hendo

    2. unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 51 mins ago

      Best way to improve this team from gw16 with 1.6m itb?

      Pope Heaton
      Taa Lundy Tomori — Rico Lascelles
      Mane Pulisic Kdb Mount — Cantwell
      Vardy Ings Rashford

      Main options i can think of are
      A: Lascelles + Mount >> Hanley + Alli (-4)...the lascelles price drop last night was unplanned as i now i can't get Kelly
      B: Mount >> Zaha
      C: Something else

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 49 mins ago

        C No Alli or Son?

        1. unitednations
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 days, 45 mins ago

          Can get Alli if I do A

    3. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 50 mins ago

      Can someone tell me plese, when is the last GW or Date when we we can use January WC ? I want to keep second WC for DGW's in second half of the season...

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 49 mins ago

        Whenever you want. No expiry date

      2. fusen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 47 mins ago

        the two wildcards are split into first half and second half, so the second wildcard is any point in the second half of the season

      3. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 45 mins ago

        The Wildcard chip can be used twice a season, once in the first half of the season (before Sat 28 Dec 11:30) and once in the second half of the season. The Wildcard chip is played when confirming transfers that cost points and can't be cancelled once played.
        https://fantasy.premierleague.com/help

      4. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 44 mins ago

        Thanks guys

    4. Just Kreuzing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      10 days, 49 mins ago

      Heaton to Henderson for -4

      Or Play Pope or Heaton this week

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 47 mins ago

        Wouldn’t advocate a hit for a goalkeeper.

      2. All about the galacticos
        • 5 Years
        10 days, 44 mins ago

        mad to take hit for a keeper, it's only worthwhile when need to replace for injury

      3. Just Kreuzing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 34 mins ago

        Cheers.. yeah I guess you are both right. I would be mad.

    5. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 48 mins ago

      Pope
      TAA / Aurier / Lundstram
      Mane / KDB / Pulisic / Maddison / Zaha
      Vardy / Auba(c)

      Button / Willems / Greenwood / Guilbert

      Clear for take off...!! ? 🙂

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 46 mins ago

        GTG

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 41 mins ago

          Thanks

      2. SkeletONv01
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 45 mins ago

        Nice. Not C Party Boy? 🙂

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 41 mins ago

          Auba’s in my good books atm 😉

    6. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 48 mins ago

      Which of these moves looks the best to use a FT on over the next 2 gameweeks?

      A) Pope ➡️ Henderson (This GW)
      B) Tomori ➡️ Aurier (Next GW)
      C) Tielemans ➡️ Grealish (Next GW)

      1. Vardy boys
          10 days, 39 mins ago

          A

        • JoeSoap
          • 6 Years
          10 days, 38 mins ago

          A fixtures not good for Grealish

      2. Tinmen
        • 6 Years
        10 days, 47 mins ago

        I’ve narrowed it down to two guys, but which one?

        A) Heaton to Hendo
        B) Martial to Pulisic/Zaha
        Or I could save ft

        1. Sloths
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 22 mins ago

          All things being even I'd say Martial to Pulisic. However I think this GW he is a big rotation risk so I'd say hold a GW do Heaton to Hendo and do the Martial to Pulisic next GW. Good luck either way!

      3. Atwood
        • 9 Years
        10 days, 47 mins ago

        Has Tielemans looked dangerous at all recently, and do we think he's a rotation risk?

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 43 mins ago

          Definitely not a rotation risk.
          He was unlucky not to get an assist against Everton. Vardy's header from his cross was inches away from going into the net.
          WAT, avl, NOR are great fixtures I would expect him to get a couple of attacking return form those fixtures.

          Im tempted to make the switch to Grealish but might just wait for their fixtures.

          1. Atwood
            • 9 Years
            10 days, 43 mins ago

            Cheers, think I'll hold then. Great looking fixture this week.

      4. SkeletONv01
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 47 mins ago

        How does she look boys? G2G? Any chance for Tammy to start?

        Pope
        Tomori - Soy - Lund
        KDB - Mane - Son - Maddison - Alli
        Vardy(C) - Tammy

        Dunk, Kelly, Connolly

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 46 mins ago

          Find out in a couple of hours following Frank's presser

      5. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 46 mins ago

        I am working towards this team for the blank gameweek 18....your suggestions are much appreciated

        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        A) Current team

        Gazza
        TAA Robbo Soy Lund
        KDB Mane Son
        Vardy Abraham Raul

        Bench: Mount Kelly Donkey
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        GW16 - Robbo + Mount ➡ Mings + Alli
        GW18 - TAA + Donkey ➡ PVA + Grealish

        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        B) GW18 Team

        Gazza
        PVA Mings Lund
        KDB Son Alli (c) Grealish
        Vardy Abraham Raul

        Bench: Kelly Soy Mane
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        GW20: Get TAA back for PVA

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 days, 44 mins ago

          Looks a decent plan.

          1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 39 mins ago

            Thanks mate...do u see any other better players than the 4 I am planning to bring IN ?

        2. g40steve
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          10 days, 43 mins ago

          I am just benching Mane & Trent

          1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 40 mins ago

            I havent got a strong bench atm..so need to lose Trent as well...liverpool playing leics away in GW19 so wudnt hurt having no pool defense

      6. Game of Throw_ins
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 46 mins ago

        Play 1 :
        A. Tomori (AVL)
        B. Kelly (BOU)
        C. Rico (cry)

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          10 days, 44 mins ago

          Tomori

        2. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 42 mins ago

          Wud have said A if not for the injuries at the back for palace..

          May be C for a bit of attacking threat? Villa are sure to score imo

      7. andre_c
        • 1 Year
        10 days, 44 mins ago

        Pope > Hendo or Guaita for free?

        1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 38 mins ago

          yes hendo

      8. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 44 mins ago

        Is Diop to Kelly good move to avoid burning transfer? I am not sure how long Ward out but if until end it year have WC to play after week 19

      9. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 43 mins ago

        Best use of a FT?
        A. Pope to Henderson
        B. Martial to Alli
        C. Hold fire on both.

        Note - if I did A, I would probably do B before the weekend.

        1. Vardy boys
            10 days, 38 mins ago

            A and then B

        2. Chelsea91
          • 1 Year
          10 days, 43 mins ago

          Pope
          TAA,lund,soy
          Mane,kdb,pulisic,son
          Vardy,jimmy,rashford

          Button cantwell,rico,hanley

          Good to go mate? Any changes needed?

        3. AMP
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          10 days, 42 mins ago

          Hi all

          for next juicy fixtures who would you pick

          Maddison or Tielemans ????

          1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 37 mins ago

            Tough...

          2. TH
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 34 mins ago

            Maddi

          3. Just Kreuzing
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 32 mins ago

            Maddison

        4. JoeSoap
          • 6 Years
          10 days, 42 mins ago

          A. Pope>Henderson/Guaita
          B. Rash/Mount>Mousset/Son
          C. Rash/Mount>Ings/Ali

          2FTs & 0.6 in bank

          Pope
          Robby, Lund, Soyu
          Mane, Maddy, KDB, Mount
          Vardy, Jimmy, Rash
          Gazza, Tomori, Dendo, Rico

          1. Sparky6670
            • 7 Years
            10 days, 37 mins ago

            B or C. Both good options

            C if pushed due to Dele positioning now being more advanced

            1. JoeSoap
              • 6 Years
              10 days, 29 mins ago

              Thanks

        5. Sparky6670
          • 7 Years
          10 days, 41 mins ago

          The devil in me wants to captain Pulisic but thinking Vardy is the safe don't lose ground bet?

          Other option would be Aubameyang

          Currently top 30k but trying to work out how to gain ground!

          1. Sloths
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 34 mins ago

            It's very tempting but there is rotation risk.

            1. Sparky6670
              • 7 Years
              10 days, 24 mins ago

              Was my concern. Just feels like he is an explosive option. also feels like Vardy must be due a blank!

          2. JoeSoap
            • 6 Years
            10 days, 31 mins ago

            Auba or Vardy for me. Auba likely to get you gains if he scores more than Vardy.

        6. Killersquad
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          10 days, 37 mins ago

          Bench one:

          1/ alli
          2/ pulisic
          3/ jiminez
          4/ madisson
          5/ mousset

        7. JustPark
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 37 mins ago

          Excited to catch people off guard and soaring rank!

        8. Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          10 days, 36 mins ago

          Maddison to Pulisic for free? Have no other Chelsea cover

          1. FPL Bloody Hell !!!!
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 34 mins ago

            nah leics have too gud fixtures to miss out

          2. JustPark
            • 3 Years
            10 days, 33 mins ago

            I would on normal gameweek. Not so sure during sardine packed one. Still, I can see myself losing Maddison for Pulisic in a week or two.

        9. TH
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 34 mins ago

          Anyone keeping Pope?

          1. Sloths
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            10 days, 31 mins ago

            I am, but only because I can rotate him with Henderson

          2. Just Kreuzing
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            10 days, 30 mins ago

            Yep.. have no choice but he has been ok

        10. Totti
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 19 mins ago

          reposting looking for replies

          bench 2 :

          A) tomori
          B) cantwell
          C) mount
          D) kelly

        11. DAVEOAK
            10 days, 14 mins ago

            Can anyone help me?

            Would you sub Lovren or Kelly this GW?

          • Warby84
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 3 mins ago

            I think I need hit rehab.. Took Pope out for Henderson and then decided I didn’t want martial so moved him on for Zaha. -4 whoops

          • Johnnex023
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            9 days, 23 hours ago

            Team is.

            Pope Button.
            Robbo Soyuncu Lundstram. Rico Hanley.
            Salah son kdb martial Dendoncker.
            Vardy Jimenez Ings.

            1ft, 1.5itb

            A. Martial to Pulisic, keep KDB despite worse fixtures.
            B. Martial to Zaha, KDB to Mane (-4) and lose saved value on kdb.

            Need advice

          • Maizena
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            9 days, 21 hours ago

            I'm gonna do a double transfer after this gameweek starts (I'll avoid a hit then) but I'm having issues deciding.

            A. Pulisic and Abraham -> Dele Alli and Ings (or Mousset but I belive Ings has the edge)
            B. Pulisic and Abraham -> Son and Mousset

            Alternatively I can swap out Maddison instead of Pulisic but I'd rather keep Maddison. I think Alli might have an edge over Son because of Alli being roughly 10% less owned and Mourinhos statement praising him very recently.

            Keep in mind this will be for GW16 (not this one) but I have to do it quickly to avoid price rises/ditches. Any input? Thanks 🙂