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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. RAFA THE GAFFA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Does Pulisic have any hope for the weekend?

  2. Rondon9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    TAA or Robbo out for Chilwell?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      TAA because that's 0.4 less wasted

  3. tissae
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    What are your toughts on Pulisic -> Ziyech after Frankies news that Pulisic might start on the weekend? Would you still do it?

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

      Got a decent playing sub?

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

      What news ?
      Did he say anything ?

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

      What did he say? I thought he was a doubt

    4. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Wanting to hear what he said above too ?

    5. tissae
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Lampard: "Christian (Pulisic) had a scan yesterday that showed a very, very minor injury to his hamstring, very minor. So he's already back outside. He won't be fit tomorrow, but we'll see after that "

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

        "We will see"?

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

        I would've to know this

        Even if fit no guarantee pulisic would start....

        But I guess there may even be a chance that ziyech is rotated!!

  4. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    What do we make of Werner's chances of starting this weekend?

    Supposed to be rested last GW, he played due to Pulisic getting injured during warm up and now starts in the CL.

    Decent chance of a benching this week imo.

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

      Very high if Pulsic is fit.
      Tammy can start at 9

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

    Bottom
    Need about 1 mil to go from Bruno to kdb. Which is the best downgrade?
    A) taa to chilwell (this wk)
    B) Kane to vardy (gw9)
    C) son to ziyech (gw9)

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

      A

    2. ZLNR
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      A from those but I'm still undecided if I pull the trigger or give another week

    3. Tinkermania
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Why? Has Bruno not got a nice run of fixtures like he did when he first came? People been saying he is essential

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

        His / utds form?

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

        Laughing imoji didn't load.

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

    What to do?? 2FT 0.1 ITB

    Martinez
    Robertson • Semedo • Masuaku
    Salah • Son • Grealish • James
    Kane • DCL • Maupay
    (4.0 / KWP / Dallas / 4.5)

    Thinking Robertson to Chilwell and Save FT? Don’t feel like transferring Maupay this week only to get Antonio in another 2 weeks

  7. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Best defender for 6 or less?

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

      Chilwell

  8. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Which one to play?

    A) Coady (lei)
    B) Justin (WOL)

  9. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Ole next level mind games, losing a pointless CL game so Everton will believe they are weak and come out to play, which will leave space behind for Rashford and Tony.

    Rash (C) confirmed

    1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Hopefully!!! Haha Rashford and Bruno owner here!!

  10. S.Kuqi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Having Sterling kills my flexibility atm. Should I just sell him to upgrade both Foden and Podence or keep him?

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

      Keep. Foden > Bowen is perfect for this week. I'd do it but I have to get rid of Saiss more urgently.

  11. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Guys best havertz replacement? Have already got salah son grealish..

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

      Same dilemma for me.

      Would you get Grealish for him seeing you have him?

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Probably not feeling to get him this week as he is asnl away..

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

      Zaha or jrod

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Thanks mate..what about ziyech?

  12. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Emiliano M.
    Andrew Robbie - Chillywilly - Vlad Cou
    Mo - Heung Min - Jackie G. - Wilfried Z.
    Dirty Harry - Dominic - Patty Bam

    (Frasy Fo) - (S.T.Dallas - Yves Biz - Tyricky M.)
    2.4 ITB - 0FT

    Gtg or should I start S.T.D. over Robbie, thinkin he may concede loads? The plan is to do Wilfried Z. -> M. Rashy next GW for said fixture swing.Cheers 😀

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

      Who are these guys? Never heard of em 😛

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Translation:

        Martinez
        Robbo - Chilwell - Coufal
        Salah - Son - Grealish - Zaha
        Kane - DCL - Bamford

        (Forster) - (Dallas - Bissouma - Mitchell)
        2.4 ITB - 0FT

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

      This post deserves a comment. Zla-hamovic have good fixtures so don't do the rashy move. ChillyWilly and zouma double up might be worth it

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Hmmm interesting, thank you. Wilfried Z. will have to put up some numbers this week to stop me from doing the Rashy move then

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

      Emi
      Andy, Chilly, Vlady
      Mo, Sonny, Jack, Wilf
      Harry, Dom, Patrick

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Who are these guys?

    4. Reeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Gtg. I'm not a fan of the idea to never bench anyone like people say with Robertson but I don't see either Dallas or Robertson getting a cleansheet and I'd say Robertson is more likely to get an attacking return

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Cheers, that makes sense. Yeah based on attacking return Robertson by a mile, and I guess the CS odds are pretty close too so only emphasizes that.

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

    God I am fed up hearing Glen Hoddle commentate every Chelsea match...

  14. THFC4LIFE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Reece James owners what’s the plan?

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

      Watch the match.

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

      Let's see how many mins he gets tonight.

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

      I'm getting him this week now. He's clearly first choice.

  15. Klip Klopp
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Why is Reguilon flagged?

    A. Lamptey to Coufal
    B. Reguilon to Zouma?

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

      R has flu. No mention of being out for weekend -

  16. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Havertz out with Corona. Helps Werners chances

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

      Hardly affect Werner's chances.

  17. Ógie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Pen for Chelsea

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

      And scored by Werner.

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

    Chelsea pen

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

      Werner taking it

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

    I really think Chilwell should be given a rest this weekend

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

      Why? 🙁

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

    Chelsea pen

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

      Werner taking whilst Jorginho on the pitch. There you go, owners.

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

        Lovely penalty.

  21. Reeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Play Dallas or Semedo?

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

      Either look good this week. Dallas, probably just.

  22. Twisted Saltergater
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    WERNER ON PENS

  23. some witty pun
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Werner now the first choice Chelsea pen taker

  24. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Werner on pens

  25. pablo discobar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Werner on pens!

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

    Werner on pens now. Hmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,

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

      Very encouraging sign going forward if so.
      Maybe he just took it because he won it?

      Had to find a reason to take Jorginho off them really as he is one of the best in the business at spot kicks.

  27. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    A. Zouma, Ziyech
    B. Chilwell, Zaha

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

      A

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      A

  28. Old Bull
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Ings out now leaving me Kane and Watkins. Soucek the only realistic sub due to injury absentees and I’ve used my sub.

    Would you, let it ride or take -4 and if so for who?

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

      Play Soucek, for sure.

  29. FF Dirtbag
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Only got 9.2 to spend on an Ings replacement (that cannot be DCL), who's the best to get?

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

      ouch, you're 0.1m off Jesus or Werner. Unlucky.

      1. FF Dirtbag
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        I know... Wahhh

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

          Worth a -4 to get the one you want, but if losing Ings is for a -4 already, then I'd wait until next week when you'll have an extra FT.

          1. FF Dirtbag
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            Cheers TS. Got 1FT to deal with it... I don't wanna get rid of anyone else so don't see where I can get the cash. Might go for Martial.

    2. 1zverGGadeM
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Try to get Vardy

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

      Wilson gets you extra cash for viable goal threat? May go up tonight

  30. the_duke
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Just a heads up that reece james isnt on international duty after getting a red at the end of the last game. I reckon he starts this weekend, barring any injury in this game today.

      I think chilwell could be the one to make way this weekend.

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

        Why would Lampard weaken his team to do Southgate a favour?

        1. the_duke
            2 months, 22 days ago

            He's not going to drop the best right back in the league

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

              So why'll he drop the best Left Back?

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

            Reece is playing well. 50/50 whether he or Azpi is out best RB; it's mostly due to form. Reece is in pretty decent form.

          • Cojiro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 22 days ago

            This. Nonsense