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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. Bird Raymond
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Is the Son appeal today then? Can't be on Christmas Day and they are playing on Boxing Day.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Let's move on shall we?

      1. Bird Raymond
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Do you know when the appeal is then?

        1. Licky
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          There's absolutely no chance that card is overturned, that suspension is being upheld.

          1. Make Arrows Green Again
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 16 hours ago

            That's not the only issue though. As Raymond indicates, the fact that thye may not have time to consider the appeal by the end of the day may make him available to play on Boxing Day.

            Zero chance of the ban being overturned, every chance of there being a FPL twist

            1. Jarvish Scott Talent
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              What is there to appeal? He kicked the guy in the chest! Stupid precedent will be set if he is allowed to play Boxing Day.

            2. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 16 hours ago

              Clearly last minute information if any, so for FPL, either you want to move him on or wait for last minute action

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      If you have him, keep. If you have already sold, then it's for another good player hopefully so it's a plus.

      I have him and am keeping til he is 100% out.

    3. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 hours ago

      https://twitter.com/SkySportsNews/status/1209493588805070848?s=19

      Spurs failed in the appeal.

  2. TM44
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Team for next gw, Gtg? just not sure on captain, going with salah but tempted by abraham?

    Pope

    lundstrum tomori robbo

    Alli maddison salah(c) kdb

    Vardy abraham ings

    Subs: button, cantwell, soyuncu, rico

  3. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Danny Ings

    120,000 transfers in.
    18.5 on fplstats.

    Is he likely to double rise this week?

    1. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Depends what you mean by week, as with the deadlines coming thick and fast, he'll probably increase by the GW20 deadline.

      1. Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        So not likely by the next deadline?

    2. Ason Willa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Monitor tomorrow night. I think it's unlikely, but you never know.

  4. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Shorter version of my moves, which is best guys?

    A. Son >> Pogba / Richarlison
    B. Son+TAA >> Salah+Kelly (-4)
    C. Save FT & play Greeny

    1. yosim
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      don't fancy losing TAA
      A is the best you can do? tough one

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Think so. Think I’ll go Richalison

        1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Wimp 🙂
          Just kidding.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Haha, where you going?

            1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 15 hours ago

              Like you I'm loathed to do any of these moves. I've posted below - nothing appeals!

    2. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      massively rate B over A and C

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Not sure I agree. But thanks anyways

    3. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Son needs to go right? So A or B. For me it’s A with Richarlison

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        I think this is where I am at tbh. Don’t fancy a hit, I’m not that desperate for Salah and I don’t want to lose TAA. Also I don’t think Pogba is ready. Thank you

    4. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      A. Richarlison

  5. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    With Son probably dropping in price again tonight I must pull the trigger today. Best option? Ha e 2 ft and 2,2m in bank

    A. Son to Salah
    B. Son to Mane
    C. Son and Pulisic to Kane and Grealish
    D. Son to someone else

    Thanks

    1. TeddiPonza
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      My mids are Son KdB Alli Pulisic Hayden

      1. yosim
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Son to Salah/Mane and Pulisic to Grealish possible?

        1. TeddiPonza
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Meant Jimi not Puli 🙂

    2. Dont give a fuchs
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Salah

    3. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      C good be nice with Kane but think I would do A

    4. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      A

    5. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      A

    6. TeddiPonza
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Son and Jimi in opt C

    7. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      B

    8. D.Glynn
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Salah and Grealish possible?

  6. Athletic Nasherbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    How’s it looking? Took a -4

    Ryan
    Digne Aurier Lundstram
    Mane KdB Alli Moura Richarlison
    Vardy Abraham(C)

    Button Greenwood Soyuncu Dunk

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Nice some differentials! Happy with Moura and Richarlison?

      1. Athletic Nasherbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Yeah I’ve dropped considerably after being 70k 6 weeks ago to 320k.

        Happy with Moura for next 3. Richarlison could go if he does nothing this game.

        Eyeing up Tammy > Aguero(C) next gameweek.

        1. Tshelby
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 16 hours ago

          Looks great! Aguero can be very lovely

  7. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    To get Salah next week, should I downgrade TAA > PVA or Rashford > Pukki?

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Rashford if manU sucks again

    2. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      I'd much rather own taa over rashford long term

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        Agreed

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Taa

      1. Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        no, thank you

        1. Wally banter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          haha

  8. Hazardous1983
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Best son replacement. Cant afford salah.

    Own kdb mane grealish alli

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Go 343

      1. Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 16 hours ago

        This and downgrade Son and enjoy the cash in the bank

    2. stepper1971
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      How much ITB? Who else do you have etc etc

    3. Lignja
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      I would try Pogba

  9. Dont give a fuchs
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Which formation is best going forward? I have seen alot of 352 recently. I personally play 343

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Both can work

    2. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Players dictate the formation

  10. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Who to start this week?

    A. Maddison (Home to Liverpool)
    B. Ings (away to Chelsea)

    1. Dont give a fuchs
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Ings

    2. Woy_is_back
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      B

    3. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      B

    4. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      ings

    5. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      B

    6. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Cheers all, conclusive.

  11. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Gtg all? Merry Christmas to you all too

    Guiata
    Taa Lund kelly
    Salah(c) kdb richarlison moura
    Vardy Abraham jimi

    Button soy dendo rico

    0ft 2.5itb

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Gtg

  12. Erez Avni
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    would really appreciate your help

    schmeichel
    taa lund kelly tomori (kelly rico)
    grealish maddison kdb zaha (dundo)
    tammy (c) vardy jesus

    a. zaha to salah for a hit?
    b. bench someone else instead of kelly?

    cheers!

  13. FortunesAlwaysHiding
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Guys, some draft planning here, does John Stones come straight back into City's XI once fully fit?

    1. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Tear that draft up and start again

    2. stupendous
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Stones.

      Pmsl!!!

  14. marzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    What do we think of this WC effort from GW 20?
    I may change to Mane from Sterling around GW 24.
    Can downgrade Kane then too if it isn't working with him.

    Ryan, Button.
    Aurier, Rico, Lundstram, Kelly, Soyuncu. (All playing and all good value).
    Sterling, KDB, Salah, Cantwell, Grealish.
    Kane, Vardy, Greenwood.
    0.2m left.

    1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Downgrade Sterling to free up funds.

      1. Drop the Dendoncker
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 15 hours ago

        This

      2. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 15 hours ago

        Disagree - going with just 1 Man City is madness from GW20 with those fixtures if on a WC. Don't get put off by those not on WC who are short on Man C themselves.

    2. D.Glynn
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Not sure about Sterling

  15. Lignja
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    For next few weeks Digne or Aurie?

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Digne

  16. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Is Pereira worth the extra money over Chilwell?

  17. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    anyone looking to Rashford (c)? I think we may see a better Man Utd with Pogba back in the team.

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Ye surely won't drop points again.

  18. MikeLowrey
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    On WC:

    A) Ramsdale Robbo Rich Abraham Maupay
    B) Ryan VVD Rich Rashford Maupay
    C) Ryan Rico Alli Rashford Ings
    D) Ryan Rico Mane Ings Maupay

    Rest of team below:
    X Button
    TAA Lundstram Soyuncu Kelly X
    KDB Salah Grealish Cantwell X
    Vardy X X

  19. Marc Jobling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    My plan for a few weeks has been to get Rashford in for Jimenez this week. Starting to get second thoughts about Man Utd.

    Should I still go Rashford or find another striker? There's not much out there and I refuse to go Ings.

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      DCL as a punt?

    2. Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 hours ago

      Go INGs. Good insurance. 😉

  20. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Ryan
    Lundstram TAA Kelly
    Son* Mane Kdb Alli
    Jimenez Vardy Abra
    Button Soy Rico* Dendo
    0.1itb 1ft
    Son replacement here?
    A. Pogba
    B. Richarlison
    C. Grealish
    D. Maddison
    E. One of the above plus Rico to Digne (-4)
    F. C plus Jimi to Kane (-4)

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      You know the answer

    2. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      lol, are you struggling a bit this week mate?

      1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 15 hours ago

        Completely. I guess I'll pipe down. Basically don't want to have to replace Son 🙂
        I'm most excited by pogba as a punt then Rich. Grealish feels a bit goody two shoes but I get it. Yuck.

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          I'm exactly the same, his red is an annoying complication for sure.

  21. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Lucas Moura or Richarlison for Son replacement, have Alli but no Everton

    1. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Alli

    2. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Sorry then Richarlson

  22. D.Glynn
    2 months, 16 hours ago

    Is benching Vardy absolutely mad for this week. Not sure who to bench out of these.

    Salah KDB Grealish Martial Cantwell
    (K)ane Ings Vardy

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Cantwell for me. Liverpool defense doesn't do CS

    2. Drop the Dendoncker
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Martial

    3. Jindaljain
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      People are giving their captainship to Vardy this week and you want to bench at his home match?

    4. Wally banter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      considering playing martial,cantwell and benching vardy.. hmm GL

    5. D.Glynn
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      I can see goals in Villa Nor..
      Liverpool in great form.
      Martial on last chance... Pogba will surely help him

  23. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Son red card is a blessing in disguise not the ruin of Xmas at all imo.

    Diversifies teams and personally made it easy bringing Salah back in.

    1. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Literally everyone will have KDB Alli Grealish Salah/Mane

      1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 15 hours ago

        This

        If there’s a team that doesn’t have 3 of those 4 this week I’d be suprised

        1. tricpic
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          And Lund, TAA too.
          Every year the game gets duller throughout the season as everyone (those that read here) gravitates toward the same team. It becomes more about captain choice and less about team selection.

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 15 hours ago

            Callum Wilson will sort that all out soon 😉

      2. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 15 hours ago

        Sterling Cantwell Mount Maddison Richarlison Salah Mane KDB Alli Moura Grealish

        I could go on

        1. stupendous
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 15 hours ago

          Pogba

  24. b91jh
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Really want Pogba as differential. Does Maddison->Pogba looks good?

    Mane - KDB - Maddison - Grealish - Alli

    Maddison looks the least appealing here right?

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Jeez I’d tread carefully around selling Maddison

      The guy is class, he’s going to be involved in a lot of goals before end of season

      Likewise Pogba - what has he done since the Ole “NMB” dried up? He is class though, and lethal in FPL when he’s on form

    2. Ganso
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Keep Maddison. He's a season keeper for me. Returns regularly and is in a better team than Pogba.

  25. MadeinIreland
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Which of these lot would you put first on your bench?

    Grealish, Cantwell, Mane, Sterling, Richarlison
    Vardy, Jimenez, Ings

    Currently I have Ings as first sub???

    Last week I’d a great score of 72 - Can’t see me getting a good score this week with all my strikers playing the top clubs.

    Also - which would you captain? Currently thinking Sterling or Mane

  26. Ganso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Start 3 out of Lund, TAA, Pereira, Kelly?

    Thanks and Happy Christmas!

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Lund Kelly TAA

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      TAA Pereira Lundstram

  27. marzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Odds of these two starting this GW?
    1. Alonso.
    2. Pulisic.

  28. Fletch365
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Who to bench:

    A: Cantwell
    B: Maddison
    C: Pulisic

    Obv leaning towards C, but that fixture against Southampton!

    1. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      B

    2. Super Saints
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      A and hope C starts

  29. Jindaljain
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    I have many captain option this week, A)Rashford,B)Abraham,C)Vardy,D)KDB,E) Alli,F)Mane,G)Grealish...??

  30. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 15 hours ago

    Red Card rules.

    "It’s also important to note that, while it’s not directly mentioned in the documentation, it’s widely reported that the Commission doesn’t take other players’ reactions into account when making their decision.

    So, if I take a swing at another player and miss, the fact that the other player dives and draws the card does not affect the Commission’s decision. They’re only concerned with whether I intended to hit him."

    Rudiger's response is immaterial.

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 15 hours ago

      Send this to Jose - it might stop his incessant whinging