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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. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    A Ziyech (Have Werner)

    B Bowen/Fornals

    C Zaha

    1. tyron
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Zaha got the fixtures but ziyech just makes more sense to me

  2. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Hate it when my players do well in CL games. Rarely does it transfer over into PL games.

    It is like a tank of petrol. You can only use it once. They used up all the good stuff in CL games and there is nothing left for the PL.

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Here on FFS we say they are no longer due.

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Kane hat-trick tomorrow will be a bad outcome. Using up his goals in the EL.

  3. The Knights Template
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Fly into the Wernhole?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I am

  4. tyron
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Same dilemma here and dont know what to use as the deciding factor

    1. tyron
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Pulisic replacement ie

  5. UshFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on Podence? I know he played well last week but tough game against Leicester this week

    1. BUZZBOMB
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      This time last week everyone who had Podence was looking for an exit strategy

      1. UshFPL
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        I know, and Bowen is interesting me

    2. TLF
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I think it will be pretty open, I own and am happy to play, Podence looked particularly sharp.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Plus they stold an assist from him.

        1. TLF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          True

  6. Monya Meow Meow
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Need a replacement for Ings up to 10.5, which one?

    A) Vardy
    B) Wilson
    C) Werner
    D) Bamford
    E) Someone else I did not consider?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      C

    2. RogDog_jimmy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I'm in the same boat.
      Can afford anyone but Kane....was leaning Werner before the game today. Pens was good, but playing 90min makes me wonder if he'll be rested this week.
      Vardy may become the answer...still 50/50

    3. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Vardy from gw10 for sure. In the meantime it really depends on what you do with the extra cash. I'm going Wilson to afford Son -> De Bruyne in gw10

    4. Monya Meow Meow
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Thanks both, heard some rumours about Werner being rested but not substantiated of course.
      Vardy is really tempting me...

  7. jai1212
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    A. Coufal and Chilwell
    B Cresswell and Zouma

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A

    2. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B

    3. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A

    4. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      B

    5. BooYaKasha
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Zuma and Chilwell

  8. tyron
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Puli replacement
    A ziyech
    B zaha
    C grealish

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      C

    2. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Grealish

  9. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Martinez (Button)
    Robbo,Lamptey,Kilman,Chilwell (Konsa)
    Salah,Son,Pulisic,Grealish(Bissouma)
    Kane(C),DCL (Brewster)

    2FT, 0.5ITB
    Pulisic+Robbo to Bruno+Zouma?

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      go coufal over zouma - will provide better value over the next 6-8 weeks
      chelsea fixtures after the next 2 don't warrant a double defence
      also don't like bissouma brewster bench but I guess fine for now

  10. tbhogal
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    G2G or are any changes needed guys?

    Martinez (Steer)
    Chilwell, Robbo, Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
    Podence, Salah, Son, Grealish (Foden)
    Bamford, DCL, Kane.

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      GTG. Nice to have 2 FTs for the international break

  11. Pipermaru
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    After this week CL games I cannot wait for the weekend to see Werner benched and TAA&Robbo concede in the first 5 minutes.
    Keep all of your returns for CL guys! That's the spirit... 😛

  12. Tsssst
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Bowen Fornals or Haller?

  13. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Is Barnes to Zaha too kneejerk? Or would you bring Hamez if he's fit

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Keep Barnes then sell for jota next gw

  14. Werner Bros
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Appreciate any thoughts on this below?

    McCarthy Nyland
    TAA Justin Mitchell Taylor Davies
    Salah Son Zaha Podence Bissouma
    Werner DCL Jimi

    2FT 1.7ITB

    A: Davies Jimi > Chilwell Wilson
    This allows me to do either Son>KDB or Podence>Grealish in GW9

    B: Davies > Chilwell (Roll FT)
    If I do the same moves with Jimi>Wilson in GW9 to fund KDB or Grealish. Will miss the price rise on Wilson and will miss Wilson vs Southampton this GW which is a nicer fixture. For this reason I'm thinking A could be the better option.

    I am open to any other suggestions of what to do here.

  15. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Best Pulisic replacement. Have 9.6 ITB. Midfield is currently Salah, Son, Zaha, Grealish .....

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      maybe Rashford depending on your strikers

  16. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    2 freebies so would appreciate some help (team linked)

    a) Saiss to Coufal for free (also coufal vs creswell and why?)
    b) Saiss to Coufal / Jimenez to Werner for free
    any other suggestions - Foden is frustrating but not a priority move and can bench him for Soucek this week

    waiting on Antonio news but feel Werner will return some decent points with Pulisic/Havertz missing

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I would do Saiss to Coufal personally mate and save the cash, I would have done that move this week if Ings wasn’t ruled out, Jimenez to Werner looks nice too, minor concern about a possible benching this weekend would nag on my mind a little but surely he will start especially after Frank has just said he is now first choice penalty taker!!

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        think he starts though with news of puli and havertz out

    2. Hits from the Bong
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      I did Saiss to Bellerin and Justin to Coufal, so either sound good to me, as do Lamptey and Kilman

  17. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Have Werner, would you get Ziyech too for now? Or go with Bowen/Fornals?

  18. RogDog_jimmy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Considering;

    Ings > Werner/Vardy

    or for a hit;
    Ings & Jimi > Kane & Adams

    1. Werner Bremen
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      A

  19. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Ziyech won't rise tonight, will he?

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Nope he’s safe

  20. Greenbackbøøg…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Long to replace Ings?

  21. Hits from the Bong
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 16 days ago

    Really don’t want to bench Soucek against Fulham. Should I start him over Grealish or Rodriguez?

    1. Olson
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      welcome to 'so you've given yourself a bench headache'

      1. pablo discobar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        4.9 player a bench headache. Get a grip you negative cooooonnt.

        Yeah play him. Can't see villa getting much at arsenal

    2. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      ha can you find another way
      i'm likely starting him ahead of foden

      1. Hits from the Bong
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Don’t think so unfortunately. What do you think?

        Martinez
        Chilwell Bellerin Coufal
        Salah Son Rodriguez Grealish
        Kane DCL Wilson

        Steer Soucek Dallas Mitchell

        1. HMC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          obviously need to monitor rodriguez fitness otherwise the obvious one is wilson as saints improved
          but tough to bench a penalty taker

  22. Il Capitano
      2 months, 16 days ago

      2FT 0.1M ITB WC available

      McCarthy (Button)
      TAA Saiss Justin (Mitchell Taylor)
      Salah Son Sterling ASM (Bissouma)
      Werner DCL Watkins

      Thinking of the following
      A) Saiss + Justin > Zouma + Coufal
      B) TAA + Saiss > Chillwell + Cresswell/Bellerin

    • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      With Ings being out should I play Lewis over Ayling?? Or stick with Ayling away to Palace?? Cheers folks!!!

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        dont overthink it
        ayling still creating plenty of chances

        1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          Thankyou for the reassurance mate your absolutely right!! Will stick for sure!! Cheers buddy!!

          1. HMC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 16 days ago

            i'm playing him too - good luck

            can you please help me above?

            1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 16 days ago

              Thankyou mate you too!!
              I’ve just replied too above

    • Blue Moon Rising
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      TAA to Chilwell

      &

      Ings to Vardy?

      1. Rider on the Storm
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Yes

    • FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      What option to go with?

      A) Reguillon and ings - > Zouma and Werner (-4)
      B) Ings - > Martial/Wilson and play KWP

      1. Connor's Calling
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Maybe B with Wilson?

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          If Antonio is back is he an option?

    • Connor's Calling
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      2FT

      Thinking of
      TAA & ASM -> Zouma & Zaha

      I do also have a Ryan problem, but what do you think?

      1. RogDog_jimmy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 16 days ago

        assuming you have Grealish...seems a better shout at that price than Zaha.

        1. Connor's Calling
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 16 days ago

          I do...

    • Rider on the Storm
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Do you know brewster (shefield)? Can he be a regular starter?

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        hes shite unfortunately. Bissouma better 8th attacker fodder

    • DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Jarrod Bowen (c) anyone against that Fulhm backline

      1. Rider on the Storm
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Bowen

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Coufal (c)

      3. Rider on the Storm
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 16 days ago

        Mitrovic captain! He in such great form.

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Havertz to

      A. Ziyech
      B. Zaha
      C. Grealish
      D. Bowen

    • Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 16 days ago

      Would you start?

      A Foden (LIV) or
      B Justin (WOL)