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Scoutcast Episode 314 – Son’s Christmas card

Son Heung-min’s (£10.0m) red card against Chelsea on Sunday is threatening to ruin Christmas for Fantasy Premier League managers. With their best-laid plans now in tatters, Joe, David and Andy look at the best replacements for the naughty Spurs midfielder.

Paul Pogba’s (£8.4m) return, Everton’s new management and Liverpool’s tricky fixture against Leicester are also discussed as they consider the best moves to make for Gameweek 19’s Boxing Day fixtures.

Top captaincy candidates are also under scrutiny and our trio look ahead to the best clean sheet prospects for the festive fixtures and beyond.

Rough with the Smooth takes in the mixed fortunes among those vying for the FPL crown this season.

Meanwhile, David takes his turn to pick a differential. With Joe and Andy’s recent selections failing to muster points, the Scoutcast can do with a top low-owned gem pick.

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550 Comments Post a Comment
  1. xtina
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Which defender would you get for next game only? Bar Kelly, Lund, Soy. Any price!

    (WC-ing following week. Happy with mids & forwards)

    1. SamOS1993
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Digne would probably be a decent shout if you have the cash.

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Punt on Alonso surely?

      1. xtina
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Oo hadn't considered him. Likely to start?

        1. Super Saints
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I imagine Frank will stick with the same tactics

          1. xtina
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I've taken the punt. As a Chelsea fan and my birthday the next day, could be a nice treat

          2. Breww
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 25 days ago

            frank played the 3-4-3 because he knows mourinho and that he'd sit deep. hence the extra bodies in midfield. it isn't a given that he would stick with the same tactics

            1. Super Saints
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Of course it's not a given but how well they played compared to losing every game it's quite likely

    3. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Alonso or PVA

  2. Gringo Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Jimenez to Rashford (c) for a hit?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Not for a hit imo, Jimmy ticks nicely

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Hell no would rather Jimi

  3. SamOS1993
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 25 days ago

    With a tough game against Liverpool and Rodgers hinting that Vardy will be rested against West Ham, is it worth taking him out for a couple of games (even though I stand to lose 0.5m squad value). Would be looking at bringing a differential in if I did it (Maupay or Ayew potentially)?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Stupid idea imo

    2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      If 10 is a big problem
      And 1 is a non-issue

      On a scale of 1-10 - how much of a “problem” is Vardy?

      I’d say he’s about a minus 15 - to use a transfer on a minus 15 just doesn’t seem wise

      1. SamOS1993
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Fair point - I guess if Vardy gets benched pretty much everyone loses out, and I suppose everyone is a rotation risk over this period (apart from goalkeepers)

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I just really struggle to comprehend the thought process that involves using 2 transfers to move out the highest scoring player in the game, and then bring him back in a couple of GW’s later...

          It’s actually a very positive endorsement of your team that you’re in a position to even consider it when many/most have actual issues on which they need to use transfers 🙂

          1. SamOS1993
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Yeah I dont really have a need to use a transfer other than to be too clever, so im thinking i'll roll it to GW20 when I can see injuries and rotation being more of an issue

    3. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Please tell me Ayew for Vardy is 97/8 days early

  4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Has Richarlison looked good lately or is it just new manager hope?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I think it’s more the later, under whelming stats. He has history of being a good Fantasy player which adds to his appeal

      1. SamOS1993
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Its a big punt but other than that I dont feel the need to make any transfers so I could roll.

        Looking at going into the gameweek with:

        Gazzaniga

        Kelly - Lundstram - TAA / Targett

        Mane - Alli - Traore - De Bruyne

        Rashford - Vardy - Abraham

        Subs would be Ryan, TAA / Targett, Cantwell and Soyuncu

        1. SamOS1993
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Sorry - this was supposed to reply to a different comment thread

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Richarlison has looked pretty good to be fair and will likely improve under new manager

  5. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Is it the game where Liverpool unbeaten run is finally ended? Or they will come out in force and demolish Leicester to make a stance that this is their year to comfortably win the title?

    1. FPL Pillars
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I see them winning this

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I think the later, salah vs chilwell interesting just after Marhez gave chilwell a torrid time and came out on top

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Chilwell defended like a Sunday league player in that City game. He comes out far often and if you commit vs a player like Mahrez, you either have to be a very good defender or make sure someone covers you in case he dribbles past you.

        Should have held his horses and give Mahrez a space to cross as City are not that good in the air. Salah will have good time if he plays the same.

    3. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      They will be very tired after the club world cup travel, if they are gonna lose this season, it will be next match. Dont see them destroying Leicester as many think...Mane played a lot of minutes in the club world cup too, fatigue will be a factor

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yeah, there is a genuine concern amongst Pool supporters that this game will be the hardest yet. But I think they are too good, they will narrowly win it.

  6. FPL Pillars
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Need a filter on some of these posts haha.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  7. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Buton (ryan)
    Kely lund aurier (taa soy)
    Kdb son mane grealish (dendo)
    Vardy tamy rash

    2 ft before gw20 WC, which? ( 1 gw transfers)

    A) Son to:
    alli/moura - zaha - richar/siggy - cantwel - pogba - puli/mount

    B) buton to:
    hendo - pickford - guaita - kepa - foster - ddg

    1. SamOS1993
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I'd hold on Son until the last minute, there are rumours that the FA wont hear his appeal before Thursday so he could play against Brighton

      1. Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        No way. It's an open and shut case.They should get on with it.

      2. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Are these "rumours" from FPL owners clutching at straws?

    2. SamOS1993
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Its something to do with Christmas and the number of working days available to hear the appeal.

      Fortunately I have Dele rather than Son so its one less thing for me to stress over

  8. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Have 2 ft and using 2 for Son to Salah. Would you use the other one for Pulisic to Grealish or save?

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Easy save, puli nice and rested and kovavic is suspended so exspect mount to drop back and puli to come in

      1. TeddiPonza
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Jorginho could come in for Kovacic. That’s why I’m concerned

    2. puhd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      save

  9. JuulKrapuul
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Chillwell - Kelly - Rico - Lunssturm - O'Conell (2 FT - 0.5 itb)
    Mané - KdB - Son* - Alli - Tielemans
    Vardy - Tammy - Mousset

    A) Son --> Lucas
    B) Son --> Richarlison
    C) Son --> Pogba
    D) Downgrade Son, Upgrade Mousset (But don't see to who)

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Son and Tielemans to grealish and rich

  10. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    When will we know for certain if Son is out or not?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      I think we already do tbh

      That red isn’t being rescinded imo, he kicked out and was caught red handed (or red footed) doing it

      Appealing it is just mental, don’t know what Spurs are at

      1. FDMS All Starz
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Worth appealing with the congested fixtures coming up. nothing to lose everything to gain...logic thing to do tbh

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          There’s a risk of the ban being extended in the event of a failed appeal

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Yes but surely they need to formally decide, it would save a lot of awkward transfer holding here 🙂

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Decision has been made - as it stands, he’s confirmed suspended for 3 games

          The appeal is to reverse the decision that has already been made, not confirm a pending decision

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      More of a chance the van gets extended than it get revoked

      1. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        *ban

    3. Maddamotha
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      My feeling is he is out as well, just want to be sure before I make the transfer. Cheers everyone!

      1. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Even if not out could lose some value and Alli smashing him on PPM

    4. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Mourinho is a Muppet appealing that, should be extended to set example

  11. trafalgarlaw
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Bench who ?

    Ryan Button
    Aurier Kelly Lunds Baldock Soy
    Maddison Alli Grealish KDB Mane
    Vardy Tammy Jimenez

  12. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Which combo scores more in GW19?

    A) Kane & Grealish

    B) Rashford & Richarlison

    C) Jimenez & Richarlison +4pts

    1. puhd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      gut says A

    2. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      C

    3. SamOS1993
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 25 days ago

      B

    4. FDMS All Starz
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      wow got all 3

    5. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      A is most explosive
      C likely to score most

  13. puhd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Pope
    Soy Lund Rico Willems Aurier
    Mane KDB Maddi Zaha Alli
    Vardy Rash Jimmy

    GTG?

    I will get rid of Zaha, Maddi and Rash next week for a hit.

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Would keep all three of them

  14. emorybortz
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Jimenez > Tammy decent this week?

    Feel bad losing him but fixtures over the medium term aren't great. Pulisic can go but would leave me no Chelsea and not enthused about his replacements.

    1. puhd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      keep Jimmy

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Definitely hold on that one, Jimi looking good, Tammy not.

  15. DS29
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Son replacement
      1.Alli
      2.Moura
      3.Pogba
      4.Willian

      1. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        1

      2. Jurgen Flopp
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        1

      3. DF
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        2

    • Bug
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      No flag on Son currently in FPL.
      Is the red card rescinded?

      1. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Red flag still showing suspended till 11th

      2. BNMC
          1 month, 25 days ago

          It's still there for me.

        • Jurgen Flopp
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          That won't get rescinded it was blatant

        • Bug
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Damn browser caches.. Ctrl+F5 and it shows red now. (Facepalm)

      3. Super Saints
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Keeping it simple this week I think?

        Pope
        TAA Soyunca Lundstram
        Mane KDB(VC) Alli Grealish
        Vardy(C) Tammy Jimenez
        Button Cantwell Dunk Rico

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          No Richarlison ?

          1. Super Saints
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Went for Alli instead but think Richa will do very well

      4. BNMC
          1 month, 25 days ago

          My defense has Mings (likely injured), Willems (doubt), and Rico (suspended). The other two being Soyuncu (will likely get 1 point max) and Lundstram.

          Should I take a -4 to fix it or hope that Mings gets fit in time?

        • Goonerly
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Cheeky ount on PVA as (C) this week?

          Think he could give Fredericks as torrid time.

          1. Jarvish Scott Talent
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Come on now

            1. Goonerly
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Yeah, I know.. Just feel like shakin' it up! But will likely just stick it on Vardy..

        • stewoolley
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 23 days ago

          BIG DILEMMA. Ings is coming out due to run of fixtures, should I replace him with Callum Wilson straight away or Calvert Lewis for one game and then Callum Wilson after BOU play ARS?

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 23 days ago

            Are you sure that the Bournemouth supply lines to Wilson are good enough this year? He's not been exactly burning up the turf with his shooting.

            1. stewoolley
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 23 days ago

              They’ve got a fantastic run of fixtures coming up so that’s why he’s in contention.

              I’m thinking Calvert Lewin for this next game, the Callum Wilson and then Jiminez when Wolves fixtures ease up.