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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. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is Aurier >> VVD worth a FT?

    Have TAA and Mane as other Pool players.

    1. jr3jonny
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Probably not with the upcoming blank.

      1. Pete Campbell
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        agree with this

    2. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Feels like chasing points imo

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        I remember I brought in VVD at around similar time last season, he had a similar barren run to this season early on and went on to bang in goals and CS's right, left and centre. This season is of course different with Pool not getting CS's but could work out well maybe?

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Sure! Double pool defence owner here but with TAA and Robbo whom are more likely to have attacking returns than VvD imo cause those CS aren't coming

          1. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Right. Cheers.

    3. Typo
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I would not do that. Aurier is very attacking under Mou. Liverpool cant keep clean sheets

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Agreed, but fixtures are a mix bag.

        1. Typo
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          True, but it puts you up for a problem in GW 18 with three LFC. I would rather consider Chilwell if you want to get rid of Aurier.

          1. ZeBestee
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thanks, I considered him as well. Cheers

    4. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      VVD -- Aurier would be a more sensible transfer, if you get me

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Would you start Aurier over Kelly this gameweek?

    5. Mo Salah No Mane
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      What happens when they blank? Do you have a wildcard still?

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        No WC. A hit or 2 should fix the issue, I am not overly concerned with the blank tbh.

    6. iL PiStOlErO
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Not atm no.

  2. Pete Campbell
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Any City fans or anyone else want to guess if City will start with David Silva or Foden tonight?

    Anyone have any accounts that post City leaks?

    1. Vardy boys
      1 month, 19 days ago

      leaks? what? like nudes ?

      1. Pete Campbell
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Early City lineups and nudes have the same impact at this point

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      This isn't based on anything solid, just my opinion, but Silva starts. I'm not sure it's the kind of game Pep throws Foden into, considering he hasn't started yet.

      1. Pete Campbell
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        appreciate this!

      2. Warby84
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Agree, DSilva for me

  3. Typo
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    People say "wait for Tammy news". Are we expecting more news before the deadline tonight?

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Presser at 1:15

      1. Typo
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yup 1.15 press

      1. Typo
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks

    3. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Don't think so but he's never going to drop in price so you might just want to hold him for next weekend

      1. Typo
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        That is true. I shipped him before last gameweek, was just wondering if there was going to be a presser.

        Put in Pulisic already, should have waited for presser I guess 😐

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Done exactly the same and regretting it also. Thought he would drop in price

  4. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Punt on Captain or stick it on Vardy ???

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Vardy's going to be about 190% EO amongst serious players - not sure this is a GW to go against the herd.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        This

      2. Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yeah, that’s my thoughts also... Then I’m done, Vardy C locked in!
        Cheers

    2. Typo
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Not worth it at all

  5. Grievez
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Any surgery needed here lads?

    Pope McGov
    TAA Montoya Aurier Lundy Soy
    Mane KDB Donk Maddy Pulisic
    Greenwood Vardy Kane

    1FT. Sizeable Gut telling me Kane to Auba is worth the risk!!

    1. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Utd defense is awful

      1. Grievez
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Kane lying in deep annoys the crap or of me though

        1. Your Man With The Hair
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Agree with this. I put him in two weeks ago for Auba. Couldn't believe how deep and wide left he was playing. Tempted to get him out again now after watching him for two weeks.

      2. Vardy boys
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Pope to hendo

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Kane > Auba

  6. The Yorkshire Pirlo
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    What to do with this bunch? Pope? Mount? Save?

    1 FT, 1.5 ITB

    Pope
    TAA - Soyuncu - Lundstram
    Mane - KDB - Maddison - Mount
    Kane - Vardy - Ings

    McGovern - Cantwell - Willems - Rico

    Thanks!!

    1. Ibra
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have almost same situation. I'm thinking of Mount -> Zaha, Pope -> Henderson or saving.

    2. Vardy boys
      1 month, 19 days ago

      pope to hendo

  7. Mondeo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Will Moura start vs United?

    1. Grievez
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Knock knock, open wide, see what's on the other side. Knock knock, anymore, come with me through the magic door

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I'd be surprised, Sissoko was brilliant against Bournemouth.

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Risk but could pay off. Sissoko is playing well and it's a big game, I think he will stick with Sissoko and Moura coming against Burnley in the weekend.

    4. Athletic Nasherbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      My thoughts are that Moura will provide counter-attacking qualities against United and thus will play.

      Wouldn’t he surprised if he’s benched however again.

  8. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    1) Best time to play the WC, gw18 / 19 / 20?

    2) Best use of 1.6m to the following team? From gw16

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

    A: Lascelles + Mount >> Hanley + Alli (-4)
    B: Mount >> Zaha
    C: Something else

  9. Monya Meow Meow
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Have 4.0 ITB to get in either Pulisic or Madds, which one?

    Have Vardy, Soy & Mount

    1. Vardy boys
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Ali

      1. Monya Meow Meow
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Already have Alli

    2. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Pulisic would be my preference

      1. Monya Meow Meow
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Thanks mate, hopefully he doesn't get rotated

    3. Pete Campbell
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I've transferred in Pulisic this round but already have Maddo so hard one but lean toward Pulisic

      1. Monya Meow Meow
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yeah it's a real 50/50 this one, so hard to predict but thanks for your thoughts

    4. toca
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Both?

  10. Mo Salah No Mane
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Choose 1 to start

    A. Rico CRY (A)
    B. Chambers BRI (H)

    I also have no idea why I own Chambers

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Chambers

      1. Mo Salah No Mane
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Is that the safe pick?

        1. Jarvish Scott Talent
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          It's the one I think is more likely will score more points.

          1. Mo Salah No Mane
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Thanks

  11. jr3jonny
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Pope —> ____

    A) Henderson
    B) Guaita

    1. Vardy boys
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A -

      If you have Lundo, then B to be safe

      1. Mince n Tatties
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        If you have Lundo - still go with A

        1. jr3jonny
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I do have Lundo

          1. jr3jonny
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            And no Palace players

            1. Vardy boys
              1 month, 19 days ago

              then definitely Guaita- less risk, more balance

    2. Mince n Tatties
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A

    3. goldengove
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      My exact question...

      Currently on A) Hendo but wary of Shef double up with Lundy

    4. XabiAlonso
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B

    5. SomeoneKnows
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Same dilemma and leaning towards Guaita

    6. King Kun Ta
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      What about Ryan after this GW or Ramsdale?

      1. Vardy boys
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Still prefer Heno

  12. Arteta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2019/dec/03/david-squires-cartoon-arsenal-unai-emery-premier-league-sackings

    Kroenke also said that Freddie has "Arsenal DNA" - a cruel and incurable genetic condition. He quickly showed that he understands the primary role of any Arsenal manager - to provide meme content - by picking a team for Norwich packed with the old banter favourites.

    1. Arteta
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hahaha Squires never fails to disappoint!

  13. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Can Harvey Barnes score more than JWP in the coming weeks​?

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Of course

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      God we're obsessed with this game.

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      JWP is 100% nailed. Barnes is not quite yet a 100% guaranteed starter and usually plays for about 75 to 80 minutes. (Foxes fan)
      Your choice but I'd go JWP just for the short term. Barnes also uses up a City place when you might want Pereira/Söyüncü/Chilwell/Maddison/Vardy

  14. abaalan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Are i mad to be thinking of captaining The Lord (Lundstram) instead of Vardy?!

    Really fancy Lundy to get Cs and maybe a goal or assist!

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Your faith in The Lord is admirable. You are destined for a better place.

    2. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have a sneaking admiration of your choice and I wish you well.

    3. abaalan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Hmm but do I have the balls to do it?!
      Was looking for more reassurance

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Who are your other possible (c)?

        1. abaalan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Vardy would be the obvious choice.

    4. Vardy boys
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I have the same feeling but will stick to Vardy

    5. Phlajo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Just do it. Would be fking awesome if it happened.

      He's very likely to get a CS, so that's always something

      1. abaalan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Yeh his stats are still unbelievable good attacking wiise and would like to think a clean sheet is relatively likely.

  15. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Play
    A) Cantwell
    B) Mousset
    Currently on B...
    Cheers

    1. jr3jonny
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Would play Mousset and Cantwell bench. Cantwell woner

  16. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is this worth a -4?

    Out: Mcginn & Rashford
    In: Pulisic & Mousset

    1. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Could pay off this week, yeah...

  17. SomeoneKnows
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is Matt Targett a nailed player?
    Could he be a good (and cheap) shout for GW18&19 when Aston Villa play at home SOU and NOR?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes and yes.

  18. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    I presume most are getting Kane from GW18. Which attacker will he be replacing?

    1. toca
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Are we?

  19. jr3jonny
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Crystal Palace’s fixtures are good in the next 4-5, but with only 2 Clean Sheets in 8, with games coming thick and fast, is Guaita really worth it in. E short term over Sheffield United’s Henderson?

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I don't think so, no, especially when you can pick up Kelly for 4.1.

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 19 days ago

        But would you ever play Kelly?

        1. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          Well yes, this week for example.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Really? When template looks so strong. He has zero attack potential really

        2. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          I would as I'm playing 4-4-2.

          I think Kelly is only a few points behind Guaita this season, off significantly less minutes, and you save almost a mill.

          1. pingissimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Fair dos in a 4-4-2 I suppose

            But Guaita is nailed for the long run. Kelly has until Xmas probs. I can't see any keeper out there who looks better value mid to long term

            1. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Yep it's all do with the structure.

              If you're 3 at the back, I agree he'll struggle to get in.

    2. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Yes

      Ignore cs record recently look at historic record against bottom 13. it's 40%

    3. toca
      1 month, 19 days ago

      I had this dilemma myself, but as a Kelly owner, I went for Hendo. I think Palace´s fixtures are amazing all the way down but I also think SHU is a better defensive unit overall and Im convinced the better choice long-term. At the end was all down to which double up do I prefer; Hendo+Lunds or Guaita+Kelly? And its the first one for me.

  20. hugothedog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Help! I have 3.0m itb and 1 FT and it is burning a hole in my pocket.

    Team:
    Gaz Button
    TAA Soy Lund Rico O'Connell
    Mane Pulisic KdB Maddison Dendoncker
    Vardy Tammy Jimmy

    Which would you choose?
    A) Save
    B) Maddison > Son
    c) Tammy > Rashford
    d) Another

    1. FPL ElasticO
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Mads to Alli looks good for me than Son....

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Wait one more GW with this, i reckon

        1. King Kun Ta
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          So A

  21. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Are these worth doing for -4 or -8??

    A. Abraham/ Martial >> Ings/ Alli
    B. Abraham/ Martial/ Maddison >> 5.0/ Alli/ Zaha

    1. BRKFCTrueRover 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      A )possibly depending on your squad b) no way for minus 8. Option 3 hold for a week then maybe do a triple transfer next week.

    2. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Dinnery is saying martial may have a knock

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Whoa - news to me

  22. BRKFCTrueRover 42
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Tempted to BB this week I want to play every player bar my keepers!
    Pick 2 of Soy, lundy, tomori, rico
    And two of Zaha, mount and ings.
    Not easy!

    1. Phlajo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Soy, Lund
      Zaha, Ings

      Ez

  23. cnewman7
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Any suggestions???

    Pope
    TAA Robbo Lund
    Mane KDB Maddison Mount
    Vardy(c) Ings Abraham

    Soy McGinn Lowton Button
    1FT 0.0 ITB

    Weak links: Mount, Pope and possible Abraham injury.

  24. King Kun Ta
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Who to order these benchplayers (start with first in)?

    A Cantwell
    B Aurier
    C Kelly

    Ta!

    1. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Aurier, Kelly, Cantwell

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Cantwell last on the bench? Have him in the front row seat atm....

    2. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      BAC

    3. King Kun Ta
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Playing Tammy btw

  25. XABI 15
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Pope

    TAA Robertson Soy Lund
    Salah KDB Maddison
    Vardy Tammy Jimenez

    Button Mount Cantwell Rico

    0.2 itb. Correct bench order? Save ft or swap Pope to someone?

  26. Boss Hogg
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    3 to start please:

    a. Tomori
    b. Mount
    c. Chilwell
    d. Soyuncu
    e. Martial

    ???

    1. XABI 15
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Chilwell, Soyuncu unsure on last

    2. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      B, c, e

      1. King Kun Ta
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        This

    3. BRKFCTrueRover 42
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Chillwell, mount and martial

    4. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Thanks all.

  27. Boss Hogg
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Is McCarthy now pretty much nailed in goal for Southampton?

  28. Mufc202020
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Sterling hatrick today

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Rested!

      1. Mufc202020
        1 month, 19 days ago

        Surely not!

  29. Zim0
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 19 days ago

    So. Ole or Silva? Who's gonna get the boot first?

    1. bigbudgie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Silva

    2. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Silve hopefully. Ole at Man U is just too darn entertaining.

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Silva

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Silva.

    5. toca
      1 month, 19 days ago

      The only way Marco Silva avoids the boot is with a derby win. If he gets that, he is safe.

  30. El Lobito 10
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 19 days ago

    Madness to captain Auba over Vardy? Probably won't

    1. Boss Hogg
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Aubaovervardy sounds like a really nice German town.