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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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1,211 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Werner on pens lads?

    Get ya Werns out

    Hop on Jorg

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      That Jorg hop is cringe, hope Timo takes them so I don't have to watch the hop again

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Bruno's hops have sauce

        Jorg doesn't have any sauce when he hops

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 17 days ago

          😀

  2. subhojit123
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Would u get in Kane for this GW?

    1. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Same dilemma. I have son so will probably take a punt on timo

    2. Orion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      You should do it immediately

  3. ZoumasBloomers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Best striker under 7.4? Eyeing up Mitro to Bamford although could just do Justin to Bellerin instead

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Bamfordinho - Leeds are here to just score goals... good idea to get their striker in

    2. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I like Bellerin but I don't like Arsenal's fixtures for clean sheets.

  4. In Bale We Trust
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Anyone concerned with Chilwell rotation? Seen he's started again tonight and he's kind of injury prone. Was going to bring him in tonight, but starting to get cold feet...

    1. Bruce Lee
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Not sure who they'd play instead

      1. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Alonso or Emerson I guess

      2. Black Knights
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Azpi or Alonso.

    2. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Ah, same concern below

    3. Jimmers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Not concerned in the slightest. Won't play the 90 tonight

  5. Stormbringer22
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Saiss + Pulisic > Chilwell + Bowen -4,

    or is Chilwell likely to be rested this weekend?

  6. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Rashford still essential?

    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      All Werner now.

      1. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Not Jota??

  7. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Needing Saïss replacement- already have Chilwell. Is it worth doubling up with Zouma?

    A Zouma
    B Cresswell
    C Cancelo
    D Bellerin
    E Any better option up to 5.5 m?

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Cresswell without a doubt

    2. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes, I have the double.

      1. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        You must have brought them both in for hit before tonight’s game- brave move!

    3. Cojiro
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      A

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Two Zouma's are bit much. 😀

    4. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      D or new wolves left back

  8. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    What are the chances the most common phrase this Game Week will be "Why did I let Jimenez go?" 😀

    1. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Slim I reckon. Rarely hauls even in best of fixtures

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        You only need an assist these days to get that response.

  9. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Sevilla losing 0 - 2 to Kransnodar. Great news for Chelsea.

    1. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 17 days ago

        As if they were in any danger with that piss easy group. Krasnodar, Rennes and Seville.

        Closer to an Intertoto cup group

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          We drew to Seville at home.

    2. phily4321
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Tough one deciding which of trent or robbo to remove for coufal/Chilwell.

      Thinking of this and Barnes to ziyech

      1. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Robbo

      2. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 17 days ago

        It's a really tough one (see my comment below).

        I was hoping at this stage of the season they had both returned highly and this wasn't even a debate. As crazy as it sounds I'm still tempted to hold both long term.

    3. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      A. Jiminez to Werner
      B. Jiminez and TAA to Kane and Bellerin

    4. FF Dirtbag
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      1 FT, Ings to

      A) Martial
      B) Wilson
      C) Bamford
      D) Other for 9.2 mill

      My team at the mo:
      Martinez
      Reguillon Chilwell Coufal
      Salah Son Grealish Rodriguez
      Kane Ings DCL

      Forster ;KWP, Mitchell, riedewald

      1. n-doggg
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Oooo 0.1 off Werner

        1. FF Dirtbag
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I know don't...

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        C. But personally I would take a hit and get Werner.

    5. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Timo is becoming the new Bruno

    6. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Owner of TAA and Robbo here.

      Is anyone actually keeping them both long term? Even though it is unlikely they will return anything this gw.

      Also if you were going to transfer one out who would it be and who for?

      A TAA
      B Robbo

      1 Chilwell
      2 Zouma
      3 Cresswell
      4 Coufal

      1. phily4321
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I'm completely stumped with this exact same dilemma mate

        1. FPLMACKEM
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 17 days ago

          If they had just performed like we know they are capable of, this wouldn't even be a debate.

          My strategy this season was to keep both so I didn't have to use many transfers in defence.

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        A or B not sure
        1

    7. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      McCarty Steer
      XX YY Justin Taylor Mitchell
      Salah Son Hamez Grealish Bissouma
      XX Jimi Mitro

      A) Trent, Chilwell, Vardy
      B) Robbo, Chilwell, Vardy
      C) Robbo, Zouma, Kane

    8. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Ziyech or Grealish
      Grealish or Ziyech
      Ziyech or Grealish

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        B with either Grealish or Ziyech.

      2. Scholes Out Forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Ziylish

        1. BeaversWithAttitude
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          A

      3. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Bowen

    9. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Trent, Robertson, Pereira and Brewster to Chillwell, Creswell, Cheapwell and Wernerwell for a -8?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Well done

        1. Noah’s Ark
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          😉

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Shame no one picked up Cantwell

            1. Noah’s Ark
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              I’m serious about the moves though what do you think ha

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 17 days ago

                Not sure for -8

    10. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I currently have Werner (c) if he goes off before 70 mins he’s locked in.

      • Stimps
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Ings, Klich -> Wilson, Ziyech (-4)?

        1. arndff_
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Yes

        2. GOONER
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          I do not like wilson

        3. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Yes but prefer Bamford over Wilson

      • arndff_
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Who would you pick between:
        a) Zouma
        b) Chilwell

        Is the latter worth to be bought for a hit, having in mind that's gonna be a long-term move?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          B

        2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          B

      • GOONER
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Any news on Antonio?

        1. arndff_
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Probably something will be revealed during their presser.

        2. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Out for GW8

      • NateDogsCats
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Hmmm Ziyech taking corners now (or at least tonight), was expected initially but looked like Chilwell was holding him off.

          1. Orion
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Ziyech will be the first choice

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Soft penalty tbh.

          1. Hazz
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            OMG red card too? That's harsh on Rennes

        • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Another penalty and a red card, Chelsea about to run rio

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

          That was a very harsh red card,giving the pen against them was punishment enough.

        • Sean
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          What a ridiculous call,

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

            Agreed

          2. BeaversWithAttitude
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 17 days ago

            Yah, sending him off for that.... unbelievable.

        • Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Werner brace. he looks amazing penalty taker, not that nonsense hop on hop of penalties by Jorginho

        • Right In The Stanchion
            2 months, 17 days ago

            That is the worst penalty decision I’ve ever seen for Chelsea’s second pen.

            Shot deflected off a foot onto a forearm and he gets second yellow too.

          • Joey Tribbiani
              2 months, 17 days ago

              That is such a bad call

            • BeaversWithAttitude
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 17 days ago

              Done watching this match... off to watch Corrie.