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Scoutcast Episode 317 – Is the Vardy party over?

With one blank, two no-shows and a mere assist over the last four Gameweeks, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) is not looking in the best of form of late.

Coupled with his zero shots against Southampton last time out, some in the community are considering ditching the Leicester City man to make room for Liverpool assets ahead of an enticing Double Gameweek 24.

Joe is joined by FPL Family’s Sam and Lee to discuss the sacrifices that will be needed to maximise the upcoming favourable fixture run for the Reds.

Could even the incredibly consistent Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) make way for the likes of Sadio Mane (£12.4m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.3m)? One of our trio is certainly considering this bold play.

True to form, though, Joe believes he has a dullard solution to keeping all his current gems and maxing out on Liverpool.

Elsewhere, the bargains among Southampton and Watford’s troops are looking too good to ignore. This is especially the case regarding Saints’ star striker Danny Ings (£6.8m). Meanwhile, there’s less love for the West Midlands teams with Wolves and Aston Villa players among those likely to depart our trio’s line-ups.

Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) takes centre-stage in our Rough with the Smooth round-up of the community’s Gameweek 22. Joe takes his turn to pick a differential, there are clean sheets to consider and this episode wraps up with the Scoutcasters’ transfer and captaincy plans for the Gameweek 23 fixtures.

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547 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TheDragon
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Jimenez needs to keep any attacking returns for the weekend!

  2. jason_ni
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Handball rule for var is a pisstake.
    Keeps on giving more and more farce.
    Can the fa not say, ok we made a mistake, and change the rule mid season?!

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      They won’t, no.

  3. Zladan
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    When a team gains an advantage off the hand as much as that Wolves goal, you have to give handball whether it was intentional or not.

    That’s the exact reason the rule was brought in.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Just like Mane’s there earlier in the season.

      It’s unfortunate but at least it’s clear & obvious.

      1. tutankamun
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        It was clearly obvious that it was not deliberate

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          It’s clearly in the rules that it doesn’t matter - deliberate or not.

          Not what you think or want the rules to be but what they actually are.

          VAR implemented the rule perfectly after the officials missed that the ball clearly and obviously hit Jimmys hand.

          1. tutankamun
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            That’s why I think the rules are a farce. I agree the rule was implemented correctly.

    2. jason_ni
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Agree to disagree.. in that jimi non goal, he had no idea where the ball is, no intention at all, it's not a hand ball, plain and simple.
      Saying you have to give a handball for any touch of a hand in the box is ridiculous.

      1. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        We must tell our kids if defending to kick the ball onto their hand

    3. tutankamun
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Nothing in the rules about advantage or disadvantage.

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

        I'm not saying it was the wrong decision based on the current rule, just that the rule is wrong, and that shouldn't be disallowed.

        1. tutankamun
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I’m agreeing with you. I preferred the old rule about the arm being in an unnatural position etc. Most handballs are not deliberate...

      2. Zladan
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        But it prevents advantages.

  4. HurriKane
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Would have been given a goal if it was a liverpool player who scored the goal

    VAR is complete bollocks.

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

      What a fantastic argument
      Pffff

  5. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Jimenez down

  6. Pep bites Kun
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    'Is the Vardy party over?' - Is this Catch bait?

    First off, I've been a follower and 'enjoyer' of this site for many years. I've been enlightened by both the FFS crew and the community.

    In recent times this has diminished and it's mostly due to creeping sensationalism that you'd only expect from tabloid press. I'm hoping this site will not allow itself to be denigrated by the shoddy journalism that goes on in most media.

    Gain above substance is now seen as the norm in favour of profitable commercial interests above the interests of 'Joe public' who may be susceptible to be won over against the common true principle that 'the house always wins!'

    Let's keep your patrons and 'our' community safe from this kind of negative exposure. Let's keep the commercial parties, who's sole interest is our loss, out of our game!

    I'm a fan of FPL, fair play, fine writing and journalism. Let it prevail Joe.

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      It’s a bit harsh to say his 2 no shows imply a loss of form!

      1. Athletic Dildao
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Agreed not sure how being out for two games counts as a loss of form.

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Did you miss your mark? 🙂

    2. ViperStripes
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      "A discussion about Vardy" isn't quite as exciting.

    3. Syd.
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      You are not the first person to observe this, it has been pointed out by many previously. Unfortunately FFS is on a different path these days and is aimed at a much broader audience to maximise revenue. I guess it isn't unique to this site just like a lot of things in life it loses it soul when it goes mainstream.

      1. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I just feel like ‘watering down the content’ might result in short term gain but could negatively impact the brand longer term.

        Have the odd ‘twitter pro’ on to supplement the core of the site is fine and understandable to try to grow the readership but the core of what made FFS great should be maintained. (I acknowledge this is a bit rich coming from me who is a non member) - I’ll join soon!

        The unspoken issue is that without Mark FFS will never have the X factor that it once had. Mark is FFS.

      2. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Not a good business model - you don't lose the soul of your business to maximise profit. You lose your edge in the market

      3. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Thanks for your honest reply. Personally and business-wise I wish you the best, but I'm not liking it.

      4. Kopkloppers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        So this

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Too many waited to join the party, some have been enjoying hauls for months.

    5. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      FFS is a business and as such sets out to maximise revenues and profits. It's not a public service . Some articles are pretty lame and look as though they have been bashed out just for the sake of saying something - indeed some have been factually incorrect and very lazy. There are obvious exceptions such as those pieces written by Lateriser12 but unfortunately this is not the norm.
      I can't criticise any enterprise for attempting to maximise profits but business owners have to recognise that diminishing quality will ultimately result in people becoming disinterested and looking elsewhere . The quality of article writing is without doubt at an all time low in my opinion .

      1. Pep bites Kun
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Well said +1

  7. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    I have 2FT's

    A: If I decide to go Firmino instead of Salah for DGW24 that means I need to use a transfer this week on Sterling > Mahrez and next week Cantwell & jiminez > Sarr & firmino

    B: If I go with Salah I need to do Jiminez > DCL or other cheap striker this week.

    I inclined to go with A because it leaves me set up better post GW24, but no Salah is scary.

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      No Mane is much scarier than no salah given ownership

      I personally think salah out scores Firminio in the DGW - and longer term (after the double) salah is a massively better pick than Firminio

      1. ViperStripes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I have Mane

        1. TheDragon
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 9 days ago

          I know - I’m. saying no salah isn’t that scary so it’s not as big a risk if you go Firminio over salah compared to Mane

  8. Revival
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Going to be an emotional rollercoaster if VAR overrules any goals scored by my Triple captain in GW24

  9. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    While watching match - thoughts?

    Guiata

    Sidibe Taa Soyuncu

    Kdb salah mane Richarlison cantwell (C)

    Ings vardy

    Bench:Button,Lundstram,Hanley,Greenwood

    0 ITB 1 FT

    Thanks!..

    1. Hits from the Bong
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I'd play Lundstram over Soy and choose a safer captain

    2. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      There is bold and then there is: Cantwell (c)

      Looks good otherwise though - I’d save the FT

  10. Fantasy Gold
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Seen so many people on here saying that Mané is an auto-captain pick for GW24 due to his high ownership.

    How boring is that?!

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Most on here seem to favour Salah I thought?

      Let’s be real - there are only two real options and 95% will go for: salah or Mane

    2. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      If boring gains the most points though i’m happy with that. In a way have to captain either Mane or TAA, always gonna fo with the most attacking.

      1. Zico Senna
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        go*

      2. Fantasy Gold
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        I’ll captain the one who I think will get the most points.

        Fair enough if you think that will be Mané but to just automatically dismiss other options due to ownership is ridiculous

        1. Zico Senna
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Oh of course, I wouldn’t do it just because of ownership. Cap who ya think garners most points, simple. I half wanna captain TAA but i just dunno yet

          1. Fantasy Gold
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Even with a defender as dangerous as TAA, I just couldn’t bring myself to do that when the alternatives are Salah or Mané.

            I’m going Salah I think.

  11. The SK
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Henderson to McCarthy this GW?

    1. Zico Senna
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      I had a choice of who to move fabs on for and went for Henderson. Why would you move from Henderson by choice?

      1. The SK
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Planning to sort out my GK from now until about GW32 when the next WC should kick in. Sheffield has a potential blank during this run plus Henderson won’t be able to play Man United in GW31 too.

    2. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      i did this move. I think its kind of sideways but gave me enough money to get a liverpool defender. They both have a fairly good run. I think if you look at hendos past GWs, he's only let in goals to city, liiverpool and watford in the past 6.

      I think sheffield are tighter than southampton

  12. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Neto starting, and Traore pts drying up seem to have gone hand in hand. Traore seems to stay much wider with Neto on the pitch

    1. Fantasy Gold
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      How much of Wolves have you watched to make this assessment?

      Not knocking you, I just haven’t seen any of Wolves of late so just curious.

      1. Monkey Hanger
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Have watched all the 30min highlight packages you get on Sky Sports. Of them, and every other club.

        1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          You must be fun at parties.

          1. Monkey Hanger
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Why?

            1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              You can't have any time to do anything else watching that much football.

              1. Monkey Hanger
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Do you go round picking fights at parties, as often as you pick arguments on here?

                1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  What is a good party without a punch up ? I haven't picked an argument - just made an observation .

    2. HurriKane
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      We've been sucked up to the Traore Trap.

      Will be gone for Sarr/Grealish after next gw

  13. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Guiata to Dubravka?

  14. Stamford Bridge
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA/Lund/Soy (Rico) (Kelly)
    KDB/Mane/Salah/Grealish (Hayden)
    Vardy/Ings/Jim

    1 FT and Zip ITB

    Would you advise this GW.........

    a) Rico or Kelly to Stephens
    b) Grealish to Sarr
    c) Roll FT
    d) anything else

    I'm leaning towards b atm. What do you chaps think?

    1. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      i think grealish should be given a couple of weeks before transfering, probably A unless you've got some transfers lined up. Potentially do soy to baldock after gw24