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Scoutcast Episode 351 – Ben Crabtree chats about life after winning FPL

Fantasy Premier League managers are used to having to seize opportunities when they arise in the game. The same applies for this week’s Scoutcast when Joe and FPL Family’s Sam don’t let the chance to quiz a former champion pass by.

The pair are joined by 2016/17 winner Ben Crabtree to look ahead to Gameweek 8 and find out what it is like to win a game that more seven million people play each season.

They find out what exactly happens when an FPL manager becomes champion and how it impacts on their life. Would Ben put the achievement on his CV? Which Premier League star did he meet when he claimed his VIP trip to see his team Everton? How does he stay motivated to continue playing? These and many more questions are answered during the show.

Meanwhile, Joe, Ben and Sam, who is filling in for the holidaying Az, also look ahead to Gameweek 8’s tough decisions. Will this be the last moment in the sun for Tottenham Hotspur assets, before their tricky fixture run starts?

While the games get harder for Spurs, the Season Ticker looks far better for West Ham United and Chelsea. Our Scoutcast trio assess which players to target from these other London sides.

Elsewhere, there are all the usual features as they look back on their Gameweek 7, reveal their transfer and captaincy plans and frisk the next four fixtures.

After Karam finally picked a differential that scored the Scoutcast points last time out, Ben takes his turn this week to select a low-owned gem. Has the tide finally turned for our selections? Given Ben’s exceptional pedigree in the game, we certainly hope so.

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  1. Longiss
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Thoughts on one week punt on Abraham before wildcarding?

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Early sub & Pulisic injury(?) means he may get minutes - but by no means a bankable starter for the match.

    2. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Good idea.

    3. fleagle1888
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      How did Tammy go today?
      Possible rotation of Hudson Odoi and Werner back up front???

  2. FC Hakkebøf
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Timo Werner now on pens?

    1. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yep

  3. JJeyy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Zaha 0.58 xgxa p90 this season and 0.5 over his career as striker. Really cannot be ignored when upfront, unlike when he is on the wing.

    1. Greenbackbøøg…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      It can be done, I'm doing it right now

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Good one mate

    2. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      I own him since GW2 and I can't wait to get rid in 2 weeks probably.
      Not paying attention to stats that much, but Palace are awfull and unwatchable. Granted, if they score, he is probably involved, but he isn't fun to own.

      You should probably ignore this in making your decision. 😉

      1. JJeyy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Yea as a team attacking wise they are bad at getting many chances for different players. But when they do get them they go through him

  4. Please Answer Me
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    1) Werner or Vardy
    2) Chilwell or Zouma

    1. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      1. Coin flip
      2. Chilly

    2. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Vardy
      Chilwell

    3. Voodoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Werner
      Chillwell

  5. Tcheco
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Vardy party under way? He went on a ridiculous run last year & looked really sharp vs Leeds (+ great fixtures starting gw10)

    Would you bring him in over Kane this GW?

    1. Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Not before Kane WBA

    2. DA Minnion
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Not this week.

    3. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      If you don't own Kane, sure.
      However, I wouldn't sell Kane for Vardy.

  6. Voodoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Which one.

    A) Creswell and Mendy

    B) Chillwell and Fabianski

    C) Chillwell and Mendy

    1. tyron
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      C

  7. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 19 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Lewis
    Salah son jrod Barkley
    Mitro Jimenez maupay

    Steer Podence Taylor Ferguson

    2.8itb and 2ft

    Thoughts on these moves please?

    TAA + Mitrovic to Chilwell + Bamford/Wilson

  8. Please Answer Me
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Do we think Werner will start this weekend? Im conscious he played 90 min in UCL

    1. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      I think he will get a rest.Not only he played 90 minutes in UCL but he has played three games in a row.

    2. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      He hit the form, I don't think Lamps will cool him.

  9. DA Minnion
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Cresswell or Coufal ?

    1. Tcheco
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Cresswell

    2. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Coufal

  10. Pépé Pig
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    A) Bellerin
    B) Cresswell

    1. Kay317
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      B

  11. Kay317
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Any idea if Reguilon will be fit for the weekend? Heard any news?

  12. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone toyed with the idea of a front 3 of:

    Kane | Vardy | Werner

    All on pens, explosive and playing for very attacking sides scoring plenty of goals...

    Means likely no City or at least only one of Salah/Mane/Sterling/KdB.

    Thoughts?

    1. KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      As an idea playing around with mine, 0.5ITB:

      Martinez
      Chilwell | Lamptey | Dallas
      Salah | Son | Grealish | Soucek
      Kane | Vardy | Werner

      Steer | Mitchell | Kilman | Bissouma

      Slight issue maybe playing Soucek every week though

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Soucek could be ASM, who I think could still turn out to be great value

    2. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Nope. One premium striker and 2-3 MiDs is better combo

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Yes currently on this setup myself, could be an option for those with WC looking to climb I guess

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          You will want City assets from GW 10 tbf, maybe United too.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Currently have Bruno and he could be KdB, but will essentially have to choose between the Manchester clubs

    3. FC Hakkebøf
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Would be a different approach. Don't fancy Kane with Spurs' fixtures though. Salah is still a must imo. Toying with the idea of Salah, KDB and Werner my self. I Think that is the way to go. Besides, who would your midfielders be then? With your rank I think you ought to play it a bit more safe

      1. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        I don't think Salah is a must

        1. Nice to Finally Michu
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          GW 12 on, yes.

          But mcy LEI bha WOL aren't plum fixtures

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Just throwing the idea out there, for any looking to Wildcard and go a bit ‘risky’/different

    4. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      I can't fit all three.

      I wanted this front 8 in 2 weeks.
      Salah/KDB/Hames/Grealish/ASM
      Vardy/Kane/Brewster

      And now I see there is no Chelsea in there.
      So back to drawing board it is.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Kane to Werner might work

        1. Mile Plankton
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          That might not be such a bad idea, given the situation in my ML. And it leaves some cash to upgrade defence or ASM.

    5. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 19 days ago

      These are the worst kind of "go for broke" wildcards imo. At least if you go for broke with say, triple City attack, you can get out of it easily enough. With a bad structure, you can't.

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Each to their own, it could boil down to the fact that maybe the forwards this year at their relative lower price to mids proves the best value.

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          *proves to be

  13. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Bellerin or Zouma?

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Zouma

  14. Guru Mediation
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Saiss and Ings to Coufal and Werner for free?

    1. Guru Mediation
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Gives me
      Martinez
      Lamperty Coufal James (Justin dunne)
      Salah son fernades Podence (Burke)
      Kane (c) Werner calvert-l

    2. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Werner playing on the wing with Pulisic out.

      1. Mile Plankton
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        He seems to be doing better on the wing though.

    3. Mile Plankton
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Yes imo.
      There might be a slight issue about Werner starting, but I believe he will.

  15. JAYPEE
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Dunne to Chilwell for a -4?

    1. cutch
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Depends on the rest of your defence. If you really need a new defender, the answer is Yes.

  16. Balls of Steel
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    What are the chances of R.James starting against SU as he's played the last two 90 minutes for Chelsea?

  17. cutch
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Martínez - Steer
    Lamptey, Chilwell, Cresswell - Saïss, Mitchell
    Salah, Sterling, Grealish, Zaha - Anguissa
    DCL, Wilson, Jiménez
    0 FT, 3.4 ITB

    Worth a hit?
    A) Jiménez -> Vardy (-4)
    B) Jiménez -> Werner (-4)
    C) Other (-4)
    D) Do nothing

  18. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Son will be most affected by Bales return as Kane will have the choice of passing to Son or Bale whereas its mostly Son right now. Thoughts

    1. cutch
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      On the other hand, Bale can be another assister to Son... Or the other way around... Difficult to predict.

      1. The Mandalorian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Bale plays on the right wing. Kane will run central.

        1. cutch
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          I see your point, but the 3 of them are quality

  19. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone else using WC in gw 10?

    1. The Mandalorian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 19 days ago

      Many will use it over the IB to set their team up for gw10 and catch the price rises. I've already done it last week and caught lots of value. Made nearly 1m.

      1. Bennerman
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Extremely humbly presented.

      2. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 19 days ago

        Dont bothered by value too much. City have Burnley and Fulham in GW 10 and 11...

        1. The Mandalorian
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 19 days ago

          Value is a reward for getting in early on the form players, that's basically what I've done.

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 19 days ago

            Congratz ????

  20. CSF150473
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Options fells
    Replacement for ings
    A) Werner
    B) Wilson
    C) Bamford
    D) Hold ings and bring in soucek

  21. bashtag
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 19 days ago

    Ings to:
    A- vardy
    B- werner

  22. Malinwa
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    What about Saïss? Is 100% benched for now?