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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. gonzalocampos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    I believe James is nailed. Frank was scared during first games but now the team looks solid in defense.

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

      if he is watchdrawn after 60 mins I'd be more confident

  2. Neves say Neves
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Getting 2 players for a 1 week punt

    A. Ziyech (SHU)
    B. Rashford (eve)
    C. Bruno (eve)
    D. Bowen (FUL)
    E. Other

    1. Zouma (SHU - have Chilwell already)
    2. Coufal (FUL)
    3. Cresswell (FUL)
    4. Masuaku (FUL)
    5. Other

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

      A1

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

        Agreed

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

      A2

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

      A3

    4. zdrojo187
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      D2

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

    1. Chillwell worth the money over Zouma?
    2. Trent worth the money over Robbo?

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

      Yes
      No

    2. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      1. Yes
      2. At the moment no. If TAA finds form then yes

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

      1. Nah, cause Ziyech will take set pieces now from him
      2. I think yes imo

  4. L S P
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Spare a comment pls?

    McC-Peacock
    TAA-Coady-Egan-Justin-Mitchell
    Salah-Sterling-Grealish-Pereira-Biss
    Wener-Jimi-Adams

    2FT

    a) Pereira/Jimi->Zaha/Wilson
    b) Pereira/TAA->Zaha/Cresswell
    c) Pereira/Jimi/Egan->Zaha/Wilson/Cresswell for -4
    d) Something else?

    Cheers.

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      B but with Bowen instead of Zaha

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

    Vardy > Werner (-4)?

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Taking Vardy out for a hit? Seems odd to me

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

      Nah, not yet...

  6. Sarri-ball
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Werner/son v kane/ziyech on a wildcard

    Also 3rd chelsea slot james or mendy

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

      Kane Ziyech

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

        And Mendy

      2. Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        +1
        Not sure how nailed James is. If he comes off early tonight I'd say James

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

    How has Ziyech played?

  8. caldracula
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Was thinking Ziyech was the go to Chelsea option but Werner on pens changes the game

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

      Both will be the best

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

      Except for the fact that Lamps seems reluctant to play his star striker in every PL game. He was due to be benched the last day and only started cos Puli pulled his hammer. So Id be more keen on Timo if Tammy wasnt lurking in the background.

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

        I don’t think anyone will play every game due to the amount of fixtures coming up. They are both very good options and will depend on team structure as to which one to get but I’d put Werner higher up in the watch lost than Ziyech now.

    3. Sarri-ball
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Im same had ziyech or a wildcard looking at werner teams now

  9. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Start one?
    A Taylor (bri a)
    B Lewis (sot a)

    *I have Maupay (hopefully) playing against Burnley.

    1. Neves say Neves
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      B

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

        Agreed. Especially with Ings out.

        1. Neves say Neves
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Yeah that's what I was thinking

  10. Eezer Goode, Eberechi Goode
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Lol at Man Utd, yet sadly an international embarrassment for the EPL.

  11. thepancakeman123
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Gonna be taking Rodriguez and DCL out when their fixtures turn sour. Do I replace them with;

    A) De Bruyne + Bamford
    B) Zaha/Ziyech/Grealish + Werner

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

      B

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

      Little while till that happens. Pointless asking now.

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

      B with Ziyech+Werner

    4. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      B

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

    Saiss and Ings to Coufal and Werner (-4)?

    1. Tigers Time
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I'm thinking Saiss and Ings to Dallas and Werner for -4.
      I have Lamptey and the Brighton / Leeds fixtures dovetail well.

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

        Makes sense then but I don’t really like the next few for Leeds

        1. Tigers Time
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 22 days ago

          Maybe but I can't bring myself to trust West Ham - been burnt too many times in the past.

    2. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Did Saiss and Ings to Bellerin and Werner

  13. Taff
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Jimmy to Werner seems like an absolute no-brained now he’s on pens

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

      Wasnt Werner going to be benched last week until Pulisic got injured in warm up?

    2. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Yep.

      1. Taff
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        Fair point but Chelsea seem to be clicking now and you can see them scoring sufficiently more than Wolves to make up for the lost game time versus Jimmy

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

    A or B?

    A: Jimenez and Coufal

    B: Bamford and Trent

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

      Trent will come good imo, and Jimmy rarely scores more than one... Find a way and get both, TAA and Coufal... And Brewster 🙂

  15. Kristobal
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    With Ings injured:

    A) Jimi
    B) Ollie

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

      A

    2. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      C. Che and use cash elsewhere

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

    Is Balbuena at 4.4m an option for WHU defense, or rotation risk?

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

      He’s far from nailed, despite playing well he has historically been 3rd choice behind Diop etc. It will be a transfer waiting to happen unfortunately.

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

        Txs, has to be Coufal then.

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

      Don't see the point in him when Coufal is 4.5m

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

        Always 0.1 short, low TV

  17. Headers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Vardy in for Ings & Triple cap Kane away West Brom

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

      I can see your balls from here

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

      Hold on TC

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

    Any news on Maupay. Will he start?

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

      Based on what Potter said I think it's likely.

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

    I have a feeling this back 4 is here to stay unless it's a back 5 against big teams for Chelsea.

    I'm oddly confident that James will start this weekend.

    1. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      Same here but one more cameo and that is that

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

      I agree - I have Chilwell and I'm tempted by doubling up by adding Zouma to replace Saïss

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

        May need chilwell Ziyech Werner slots free

    3. rick ding whoop
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      are you confident enough to start him?
      Could be a 1 pointer if Aspi starts'

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

        Yes.

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

          If he starts it could be a 15 pointer that far outweighs the risk of the 1 point cameo.

    4. The Mighty Hippo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 22 days ago

      I think that Chilwell and Mendy is the pairing to have.

  20. Malinwa
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Ings to:

    1) Wilson + upgrade Barnes to Grealish
    2) DCL

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

      1

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

      Werner if you have the funds

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

    Very tempted to do this for hit and team below. Werner looks sharp and now on penalties - what do you think?
    Saïss to Coufal
    Brewster to Werner
    Pulisic to Bissouma

    Martinez
    TAA Coufal Chilwell
    Salah Son Grealish Podence
    Kane Werner DCL

    Forster Bissouma Lamptey Mitchell

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

      Good moves

      I would play Lamptey over Podence though

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

    Only log on these days to say the rules of the game and it their interpretation these days make me sick. Later.

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

    Not yet, but with 2-0 lead against 10 men:
    - Emerson will come on for Chilwell
    - CHO will come on for Werner/Ziyech
    - Giroud will come on for Werner

    Less sure on Azpi for Reece, but would be ideal. Maybe Silva comes off prematurely to preserve for Sheffield United.

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

      can do more than 3 subs in ucl right?

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

      5 subs allowed

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

        I know that. I'm just saying I'm not sure that Reece/Silva will be the other subs.

  24. enrico.palazzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Is Justin nailed for the short-mid term?

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

      extreme short term, yes. He may even move to CB when Pereira is back.

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

        Thanks mate

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

    Bench one -

    A - Podence
    B - Foden

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

    Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole have just heard their referee colleague say it's a penalty because the Rennes player used his hand to block a goal bound shot.

    After the ball was blocked by the Rennes' player foot, the ball wasn't then goal bound - it was flying off to the right - and struck the hand which wasn't anywhere in line of the flight of the ball.

    I despair that it has to be this difficult to get the right decision.

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

    Werner seeme essential!!
    But who goes out?

    DCL to Werner
    Yay or any?

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

      any

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

      Yan

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

    Worth a -4 ?

    A) TAA, Bissouma >> Chilwell, Bowen.

    Or

    B) Bissouma >> Soucek (free transfer)

    Worried about owning 3 Liverpool players going into City away this gameweek. Currently own TAA, Salah, Mane.

    Thanks guys.

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

      B or save.

  29. Tomas_brolin
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Play one this weekend:

    A. Kwp (NEW)
    B. Jorginho (SHU)
    C. Brewster (che)

    Currently on A

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

      A

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

      Yep. Chelsea defense looking good, so bad for Brewster. Jorginho doesn't even have penalties anymore, so he's now worthless.

  30. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 22 days ago

    Sorry does anyone know if FPL black box is on tonight?

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

      Postponed until tomorrow

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 22 days ago

        cheers