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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. mazkills
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    McCarthy
    Lamptey! Saiss* Digne (Mitchell Targett)
    Son Mo Bruno Klich (Mendy)
    Kane DCL Wilson

    1ft 1.1 itb

    A) Saiss > Cresswell
    B) Saiss > Kilman and Klich > Grealish -4 (exact $)

    Thanks!

    1. cigan
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Prefer B

  2. Tsparkes10
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    1FT 0.9itb... thinking TAA, Ings to Chillwell, Vardy (-4)?

    McCarthy
    KWP TAA Coufal
    Son Hamez Bruno Grealish
    DCL Werner Ings
    (Nyland, Podence, Mitchell, Konsa)

  3. GW8 Fixtures and clean sheet odds
    G-Whizz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    GW8 Fixtures and clean sheet odds

    GW8 fixture odds can be found here:
    http://prntscr.com/vdh8mk
    (Provided by Betbrain)

    GW7 clean sheet results:
    MCI: 43% ✅
    WOL: 43% ✅
    CHE: 39% ✅
    LIV: 38% ❌
    TOT: 36% ❌
    EVE: 33% ❌
    FUL: 31% ✅
    MNU: 30% ❌
    WBA: 28% ❌
    CRY: 26% ❌
    AVL: 25% ❌
    LEE: 25% ❌
    LEI: 25% ❌
    SOU: 22% ❌
    ARS: 21% ✅
    NEW: 20% ❌
    BHA: 16% ❌
    BUR: 15% ❌
    WHU: 11% ❌
    SHU: 10% ❌

    GW8 clean sheet odds:
    CHE: 46%
    TOT: 42%
    BHA: 38%
    LEI: 37%
    ARS: 35%
    SOU: 35%
    WHU: 35%
    LEE: 31%
    WOL: 29%
    CRY: 27%
    MNU: 27%
    MCI: 25%
    EVE: 24%
    BUR: 22%
    NEW: 21%
    FUL: 20%
    AVL: 17%
    LIV: 16%
    WBA: 15%
    SHU: 13%
    (Provided by Betbrain)

    I'm surprised at the top three last week holding clean sheets, I'm sure that isn't a regular occurance.

    Not sure it will be the same case again this week either...

    G

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Burnley only 22% chance of cs - would have guessed it should've been higher

    2. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      cheers

    3. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Wow Leicester 4th? Didn't expect that, might just play Justin

  4. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    United getting caught out on the counter attack by a bunch of farmers

  5. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    3 game punt on Bowen?

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      He’s definitely one of my options.

    2. tokara
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Jota

  6. lilmessipran
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Wait, is that Demba Ba the ex Newcastle guy who just scored?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You mean Chelsea legend, Demba Ba?

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Newcastle legend first

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          I still remember that Newcastle chelsea match when Ba and Cisse used to play together. Cisse defied physics that day. It was something else

    2. chocolove
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes, Skrtel and Rafael da Silva also on the pitch. Nostalgia

  7. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    OLE OUT!

  8. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    MAGUIRE FCK OFF

  9. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    play foden or robertson ?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Robbo.

    2. tokara
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 21 days ago

      Same problem ;(

  10. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Martial goal

    1-2

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Was looking like one way traffic!

  11. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    DCL & Rodriguez against that back line 🙂

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      carnage

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      They're not really counterattack players tho especially without richarlison

  12. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    That's my Ings replacement right there.

  13. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Chelsea team to face Rennes: Mendy; James, Zouma, Thiago Silva, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kante, Mount; Werner, Abraham, Ziyech #CFC #CHEREN

    https://twitter.com/NizaarKinsella/status/1324058721409028098?s=19

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      (Damn as a Reece James owner.)

    2. Zim0
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Why couldn't they rest chilly

      1. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        he will rest against sheffield

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Hopefully comfortable ahead early and subbed at 60/70...

  14. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    MU look like a herd of zebras in Uefa game.
    And they have just gone down 2-0 to IBZK! So not bringing them any luck.

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      2-1

  15. ZimZalabim
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    is Cresswell on set pieces ?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes but shares corners with Bowen

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers
        also do you know who is on pens if noble and antonio aren't on the pitch ?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Would guess at Soucek - took a few at Prague

          1. ZimZalabim
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            ok thanks again

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Would love it

    2. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes

    3. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      cheers guys

  16. La Roja
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    No Havertz in squad

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Could just be a rest, but also could be an injury.

      https://twitter.com/NizaarKinsella/status/1324059172393070595?s=19

      1. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Yes, scrolling down, Lampard says everyone is fit

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Chelsea need new training staff . . .

  17. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    HE IS

    BACK.

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Jimenez > Martial yeah? 😉

  18. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Defending for that Martial goal was disgusting

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      What defending? Didn't see any

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Exactly bro

  19. Easy Cheesy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Probs stupid questions but:
    1) on the stats there is data for chances created from the right. Is the right the way the attackers are facing (i.e. against the left back).
    2) how do crosses work? If the cross is from the right winger but the left winger heads it in then is the chance still created on the right?
    Trying to upgrade my captain decision making

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      1) correct
      2) yes

  20. Gooner Kebab
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Have Kane and DCL, needs Ings replacement...

    a) Wilson
    b) Bamford
    c) Antonio
    d) someone else?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I am going with Werner, Antonio not fit for GW8 and I don’t like bringing in injury risks.

      Wilson from your two other options

    2. Chazz69
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Wilson is a no brainer

    3. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Martial

  21. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    So reece james unlikely to start at weekend I guess.

    I am doing saiss to chilwell to give me 2 x Chelsea defence.

    Who to play?

    A....james (in addition to chilwell and risk cameo)

    B....lamptey v burnley (and bench james)

    Thanks

  22. Athletic Nasherbo
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Ryan
    Pva Cancelo Vestergaard
    Salah Mane Sterling Mahrez Jota
    Bamford Adams

    Johnstone Brewster Kilman Strujik

    1. Dog and Fox
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Need a WC

    2. gaurava1216
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Cancelo rotation risk
      Ryan out
      Kilman rotation risk
      Struck doesn't play
      Jota not nailed
      Adams horrible pick.

  23. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Sterling Maupay to Ziyech Vardy (-4)?

    1. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Why on earth? If wildcarding next week then makes some sense. Otherwise never. Would want city assets after next week

  24. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I don’t know much but as a spurs fan it just baffles me why Utd didn’t get poch in months ago

  25. Zim0
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I'm a little confused. Ba looked offside to me. Is it the camera angle? Can someone please explain?

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Own half

      1. Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Ohh like if he's in his own half but ahead of opposition team players it can't be offside? I didn't know that rule. Cheers. If that's the case then schoolboy defending by united there

      2. mookie
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        This! There's no offside when the receiver is in his own half.

        1. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Thanks. I guess i didn't know everything about football. Learnt something new 🙂

  26. Dark Side Of The Loon!
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Have Son.

    1) Is it too late to get Kane? Can get him for Ings.
    2) Who would you keep for their run starting GW9 - Son, Kane, keep both or get rid of both.

  27. AnfieldLad
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Kilman
    Salah Son Podence Soucek
    Kane Werner DCL
    (4.0 Shaw Bissouma Ferguson)
    0.0ITB 2FT

    Going to do Robbo to Chilwell but debating what to do with the 2nd transfer

    A) Save (would be handy as I have transfer plans coming up)

    B) Shaw -> Coufal (bench Kilman)

    C) Other ?

  28. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    We love you Biden, we do
    Ooooo Biden we love you

    x

    1. mookie
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      It will be hard to sweat sports after last night.

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        what?

        1. mookie
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Bookies had Trump at 1.9/1 at one point then 3 hours later Biden at 4.5/1. Heard some who bet on Biden at 7/1.

    2. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Declared yet?

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        No

    3. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      You're either his wife or his sister.

  29. mookie
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Is Mount on corner duties ahead of Chillwell?

    1. mookie
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Wrong place to ask I guess..

  30. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Werner is tempting me. Double up with Chilwell. Anyone jumpin back on the Timo wagon?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I might, hope Timo comes off after a goal at the 70 min mark

    2. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yes