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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. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Havertz & Foden to Zaha & Grealish for -4?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Just Havertz > Grealish.

      1. krumcake
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Are you expecting Grealish to do much against Arsenal?

        1. Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yes

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Maybe not but he's a long term pick that you can just forget about for like 10 weeks. I think he's probably like the 2nd or 3rd best pick in the entire game right now honestly.

    2. krumcake
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I wouldn't do that.

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Don’t like the Zaha pick personally

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Cheers everyone

  2. Aaa
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Bottomed,

    Suggestions here? 2ft 0.1itb

    Ryan
    TAA/KWP/Kilman
    Salah/Son/Grealish/Zaha
    Kane/Werner/Maupay

    (Button/Taylor/Mitchell/Burke)

    Thinking TAA -> Chilwell and roll a transfer with cash in the bank

    1. BeWater
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Do you like Wilson? Could be a good switch for Maupay. Roll the other transfer.

        1. PastaConcerto
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Wilson ownership is much higher...but Maupay is expected to start against Burnley so could do well.

      • BeWater
          2 months, 13 days ago

          TAA to Chilwell also not a bad move.

          1. PastaConcerto
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Sounds better long term

      • Lindelol
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Ings to
        1. Wilson
        2. Werner
        Considering price

        1. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          2

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          2

        3. Pépé Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Depends what you do with the money. I'm thinking 2 to allow Son to De Bruyne in gw10

          1. Pépé Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Sorry 1

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Have to upgrade Foden

        4. Sloane426
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Werner starting on the bench this weekend

          1. RogDog_jimmy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 13 days ago

            this is my concern with him playing 90 mins.

            i can go from Ings > Vardy/Werner....need to decide now to avoid price drop

      • Rinseboy
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Best Pullisic replacement up to 8.3. Have Grealish already.

        Zaha as much I don't like him he has the fixtures and seems to be getting the points?
        Ziyech looks the only fit mid now for Chelsea?
        Someone else?

        1. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          holding until Friday but have the same dilemma

        2. tyron
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Waiting to hear what Frank says Friday but early options are ziyech zaha grealish and bowen in that order

      • abaalan
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        What are Pulisic owners doing? Sounds like he *could* be ok for the weekend

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Can’t see him being risked from the start

        2. FPL_DON
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          holding until Friday then decide

        3. tyron
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Waiting on Friday to decide but if no hint given then ziyech zaha grealish or bowen... yupp I already have a headache thinking about it

      • Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Is Zouma rotation risk ?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Not really

        2. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          This is what’s bugging me too. Would like to go Zouma over Chilly as I have plans for that cash difference.

          But Rudiger, and to a lesser extent Christensen worry me. I think it’s Zouma’s Place to lose, but one bad performance and who knows

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Even Tomori is still there

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

            Yeah same. I have money for Chilwell but need that money for upgrade in midfield.

        3. BeWater
            2 months, 13 days ago

            I brought him in yesterday. Don't think he's a risk at the moment. He's played every game apart from the WBA one. Christensen got sent off v Liverpool and also played in the WBA and Southampton games. Rudiger was nearly sold before the deadline. Don't think either threaten Zouma right now.

        4. Buck The Trent
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Play?

          A Foden (LIV)
          B Justin (WOL)

        5. Gudjohnsen
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Havertz to which midfielder that's not Son or Salah?

          1. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Jack G

            1. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Jota, Zaha or Grealish

          2. RealSocialDads
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Got to be Jack

        6. Hansel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Mitro -> Wilson worth -4? Always another fire to out out for Mitro as it seems, maybe just do it this gw?

          1. The Ilfordian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yes. Hung on for West Brom. But he’s looking out of his league. Got to go

          2. Pépé Pig
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yeah will pay off over a couple of weeks for sure

          3. Hansel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thanks, I think it might be a good move tbh

          4. BERGKOP
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yes

        7. Lovren an elevator
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Who to bring in...

          Barnes (WOL)

          Adams (NEW)

        8. Nespinha
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          A) Saiss to:
          1 - Zouma
          2 - Cresswell
          3 - Bellerin

          B) Bruno to KDB: Yes or No?

          C) Robbo, KWP, A, Mitchelll, Ferguson - upgrade Ferguson or roll?

          1. Tonyawesome69
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            A3, yes, depends who the upgrade is and if it is a free transfer

            1. Nespinha
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Not free, and with KDB in I don't have enough funds this week.

              I have 1.1 right now, enough for A and KDB

              1. Tonyawesome69
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                I expect Mitchell to get back into the team when fit so you can rotate him with 3 at the back and keep Ferguson as 3rd bench fodder

        9. Tonyawesome69
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Safe to pull the trigger on Robbo to Chilwell transfer tonight?

          1. thegaffer82
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            May as well wait as I don’t think Chilly will rise yet will he?

            1. BeWater
                2 months, 13 days ago

                He's 60.5 on fplstatistics so he won't rise tonight.

          2. jai1212
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Would you do Jimenez to Martial for a -4?

            1. Tonyawesome69
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              No

            2. RealSocialDads
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Nope

          3. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Wait on pressers or do the moves now?!

            Taa, Ings to Vardy, Chillwell (-4)

            1. BeWater
                2 months, 13 days ago

                None of those players are going up or down tonight I don't think. You might be able to make it until Friday before you have to make the transfers!

              • Hansel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                No price changes, wait

            2. Zinedine Kilbane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              A) Leno and zouma or
              B) Mendy and Bellerin ?

            3. bazbestos
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Masuaku or Coufal?

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Coufal. More nailed on in case WHU switch to a back 4.

                1. Werner Bremen
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  This

            4. Bennyboy1907
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Saiss >>>> who?

                1.1mil ITB

                Current defence
                Robbo Chillwell Lamptey and Mitchell

                1. TheDragon
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Cresswell I guess

              • TheDragon
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                What to do here? 2FT 0.1 IT

                Martinez
                Robertson, Semedo, Lamptey
                Salah, Son, Grealish, Pulisic
                Kane, DCL, Maupay
                4.0 | KWP, Bissouma, Mitchell

                A) Pulisic -> Zaha
                B) Pulisic -> Ziyech
                C) Robertson -> Chilwell
                D) C & A/B

                KWP is a good option this week - should I start him over someone?

                1. tyron
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Would wait on Pulisic news Friday

              • DeadStar
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 13 days ago

                Don't get chance to watch Champions league games. Who was the best Chelsea performers tonight? I'm considering Werner, Ziyech, Chilwell or Zouma. Who stood out?

                1. Gudjohnsen
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Reese James

                  1. DeadStar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Feels a bit too of a rotation risk for me. The classic if I knew he was starting I'd go for him.

                2. tyron
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Honestly it was a bit bland from them all. Prob james

              • Bennyboy1907
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  What to do this week?

                  Martinez (Forster)
                  Robbo Chillwell Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
                  Salah Son Grealish Zaha (Bissouma)
                  Kane DCL Bamford

                  Have 1 FT and 1.1Mil ITB

                  Was thinking
                  A) zaha to ziyech
                  B) Saiss to bellerin
                  C) Saiss to Coufal/cresswell
                  D) Robbo to bellerin/Whu defender
                  E) keep transfer to have 2FTs for international break to get in city/United assets
                  F) any other suggestion?

                  1. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    B) looks the most sensible move

                  2. Hansel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    C with Cresswell

                • George James
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Play Foden or Podence?

                  1. Gudjohnsen
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Podence as he will start.

                • RealSocialDads
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Nice and straightforward one this one:

                  A. Save FT
                  B. Jimi -> Werner

                  1. Hansel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    A

                  2. DeadStar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    I guess B but the fact Lampard wanted to give Werner a rest last week (and couldn't in the end) is playing on my mind. Wouldn't be a huge shock if he got the rest this weekend would it?

                    1. RealSocialDads
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Hadn't thought of this. He also played full 90 tonight, could be a risk but its a good fixture, seems he's also on pens now

                • Hansel
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  A: Chilwell, Werner
                  B: Zouma, Vardy

                  1. gart888
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    A

                  2. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    B)

                  3. RealSocialDads
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    A

                  4. The Knights Template
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Both good but A for me. Werner with pens changes things.

                  5. Hansel
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Thx!

                • gart888
                  • 6 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  A) Robbo+Brewster to Bellerin+C Wilson
                  B) Robbo+Brewster+Son to Bellerin+Werner+Jota (4 point hit)
                  C) None of the above

                  Team:
                  Martinez - 4.0
                  Robbo - Chilwell - Lamptey - Kilman - Struijk
                  Salah - Son - Grealish - Zaha - Hames
                  Kane - DCL - Brewster
                  0.3 ITB

                  1. RealSocialDads
                    • 4 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Why is Son out for a hit even considered?

                    A is a bit reactionary to last week points and gives you an attacking benching headache every week, not for me. Probably just do Robbo to Bellerin

                    1. gart888
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      The son hit is considered as a knee jerk to getting Werner in for Brewster now that it looks like he's on pens. Not going to sell Salah or Kane, so Son is the only other one that can generate the funds needed to get Werner. I agree, I don't really like it either lol.

                  2. thegaffer82
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Definitely not Jota. As someone said earlier, I wouldn’t buy Messi if he were guaranteed limited minutes.

                    I like the idea of swapping back to 3-4-3 with Wilson. I’m comsidering it but I’ve just got too many other fires to put out

                    A) looks good

                • thegaffer82
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 13 days ago

                  Saiss > Chilwell or Zouma
                  Pulisic > Ziyech

                  Yay or nay?
                  Chilly or Zouma?

                  1. BeWater
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Get Chilwell unless you can do something good with the 0.7M saving with Zouma.

                    • tyron
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Chilwell and would wait on Pulisic news as frank already says he back training

                      1. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Good call, I will.

                        If I’m getting Chilly then no rush to do the move(s)

                  2. gart888
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    I like both. And like Chilwell over Zouma. Trust that Chilwell's xAs keep up, don't trust that Zouma's xG keep up.

                    1. gart888
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      Oops, obviously meant this to the above comment by @thegaffer82

                      1. thegaffer82
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Ha yeah I got it.
                        Cheers pal

                  3. Lindelol
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 13 days ago

                    Wilson or Bamford or Watkins?
                    Please pick one

                    1. Hansel
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      W

                      1. Hansel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Wilson

                    2. BeWater
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Watkins has a good prolonged fixture rub coming up and is on pens. The amount of time Grealish spends in the box I'd imagine he will have a few pens in his future.

                    3. FPL_DON
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      are maupay owners holding? Sounds like he could play...

                      1. korbendallas82
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Holding on for now.

                        1. FPL_DON
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          Wilson is tempting me....

                          1. korbendallas82
                            • 7 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            it all depends on your squad. I have Maximin in midfield i need to get out. for Grealish. So i need both my tf there, to make it happen.

                    4. Hazz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      I love that the RMT tool is recommending me to bench Guaita over Forster. It's absolutely correct 😆

                      1. Brosstan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        0% chance that turd gets anything more than 1 point this game

                        1. Olson
                          • 6 Years
                          2 months, 13 days ago

                          I have no idea where your hate campaign against guieta stems from but it cracks me up every time

                          Remember when he banked about 50 points in five games or something insane last year. Reckon you must've just transferred him out

                          1. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            2 months, 13 days ago

                            I never owned him before this season

                    5. WE GO FOR IT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 13 days ago

                      A few quick questions:

                      A. Foden - Keep or Sell?
                      B. Pulisic - Keep or Sell?
                      C. Trent to Chilwell worth a hit?

                      1. The Knights Template
                        • 7 Years
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        Sell sell no

                      2. Sloane426
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 13 days ago

                        C is a surely a joke