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Scoutcast Episode 354 – How can FPL bosses fit in Salah, De Bruyne and Fernandes?

Joe and Az are joined by Karam to look ahead to Gameweek 11 and assess the key challenges facing Fantasy Premier League managers.

Chief among their concerns is the postponement of Friday night’s clash between Aston Villa and Newcastle United. There is a chance that it could be rearranged within the Gameweek but if not, FPL managers face some tough choices. Should they bench or swap out the likes of Villa talisman Jack Grealish (£7.7m) or Newcastle striker Callum Wilson (£6.5m)?

Our Scoutcast trio also discuss the three most talked about players of the week: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (£12.2m), Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) and Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (£10.9m). These midfield picks are showing remarkable consistency but with hefty price tags, it may be tricky to fit them all in. Can they be ‘covered’ by the likes of Reds midfielder Diogo Jota (£6.8m) and City winger Riyad Mahrez (£8.3m)?

Pep Guardiola’s latest round of roulette is also on the bill. This chat will be of particular interest to those clinging onto City rotation risks such as Raheem Sterling (£11.4m).

Meanwhile, Joe, Az and Karam give their top tips for climbing up the rankings ahead of Christmas. Within this section, Karam takes his turn to pick a differential, which garners approval from Joe and Az.

The usual features are also covered in the show, with next four fixtures frisked, rough with the smooths aired, and transfer and captaincy plans revealed.

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  1. Werner Bros
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Any update on Zaha. Is he going to play this weekend?

    1. Cech's Magic Hat
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Came here to ask the same thing. Surely its been two weeks..?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Needs to test negative.

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Should have A test on Sunday, accourding to coach

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

    If i decide to do Martinez to someone which i probably won't which would be better Meslier or McCarthy

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

      Honestly not much in it.

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

        Im just concerned Leeds have gotten lucky with their clean sheets. My mind is swaying to McCarthy

        1. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I agree, I owned Meslier for the first 8 GWs and don't regret dropping him for McCarthy on WC.

    2. true_Jerry
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      debating the same, I think Meslier could be a good shout

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

        That 0.1 could come in handy some day

        1. true_Jerry
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          I actually already own Mccarthy, but im on a wildcard atm so dosent affect me haha

    3. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Zophar on FPL Wire suggested Meslier as well. Not sure. Probably McCarthy but I would suggest don't bother with a GK transfer

    4. Africa United
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Johnstone is great too

    5. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago

      I have the same dilemma as I want rid of Ryan. I'm leaning towards McCarthy.. Meslier is a good option but what puts me off is Dallas and Ayling offer an equally cheap route into that defence, with the added bonus of attacking returns which Meslier cant offer. Its unlikely Ill double up with Meslier and Dallas/Ayling, so I'll probably go with Mccarthy. Most boring transfer of the year though

      1. Puntillimon
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I’d keep Ryan. Great fixtures coming up

    6. Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Buying any one of MArtinez, McCarthy or Meslier is like a game of whackamole.

      You will never be on the right one for the 5-6 games when they are getting results

      I think Mendy and Lloris are better long term set and forget keepers. Yes, they cost most but i think its obvious why.

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah Mendy is best, but I dont like spending 5.1/5.2m on a keeper. I like to keep the spare cash for upgrades elsewhere. The points difference between keepers is never very much

    7. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Leeds aren't as water tight as people think. Very fortunate to keep their clean sheets thus far.

  3. true_Jerry
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    On a Wildcard, would you rather

    Mendy/Robbo/Jota or Chillwell/Dias/Mahrez

    both would have James so 2nd one would be Chelsea def double up..

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Chilwell, Reguilon and Mahrez or Jota

      1. true_Jerry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 2 days ago

        Mahrez or jota is my main dilemma

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yea Mahrez or Jota is a tricky call, at least both should start this weekend. Maybe if you got Salah or Mane get Mahrez, if you got KDB or Jesus then get Jota.
        Both carry rotation risks though ofc, I’d probably lean towards Mahrez personally (am a Jota owner with no City).

        And yea I really like Reguilon, chances of cs’s very good and his attacking is decent. In big games you won’t see him get forward though as he has been told not to do so, vs lesser opponents he should be good for attacking returns.
        I’m trying to figure out how to get Reguilon in the next couple, I’d like him vs Arsenal, gut says he hauls

        1. true_Jerry
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          lovely stuff thanks ! well ill 100% have salah and kdb so makes it even harder to pick between the 2

          also scared of letting go of robbo, im a huge fan

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Agree here - prefer Reguilon to a city defender, Chilwell and James double up is great also.

      Would go Jota but I'm city averse this year.

      1. true_Jerry
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        thanks guys!

  4. Lignja
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Mccarthy
    Chilwell, Coufal, Lamptey, Kilman, Michell
    Salah, Son, Sterling, Jota, Grealish
    Dcl, Vardy

    00itb 1 ft

    A. Sterling, Michell to Mahrez and any defender (Laporte/Mendy/Walker) - 4
    B. Sterling, Kilman to Kdb, Filips/Wiliams - 4
    C. Keep and risk with Sterling again

    Atm im on B ill need Kdb as he is only safe option if there is something that is safe when ti comes to City

    1. true_Jerry
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      get kdb

  5. A Kun & Mateta
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Fair chance gw 12 blank for Newcastle vs WBA to boot. Glad I've held fire on transfers, may need strategic - 8 yet.

    1. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Do you have a source? Or is it a hunch. Thanks

  6. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Could I get away with this team for the weekend? Doing Sterling to KdB now and Kane and Bissouma to Salah and Brewster next week.

    Martinez!!!
    KWP Lamptey Zouma Justin
    Son KdB Bissouma Bruno
    Kane DCL

    Bench: Forster Mitchell Grealish Watkins

    2m in bank and 2FT

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yep you'll have a playing team, apart from Martinez, but not worth a transfer IMO. Good to go

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

    A) Hamez -> KDB (C), next week KDB -> Salah (C)

    B) Hamez -> Salah (Vardy/Bruno/Salah C this week)

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A I guess

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 2 days ago

      If you want Salah eventually anyway just do B, Bruno and Vardy are both great options that could match KDB captainers this week.

    3. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      A

  8. The Frenchie
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    A)

    Salah / De Bruyne / Bruno Fernandes / Son / Grealish

    Bamford / Calvert-Lewin

    B)

    Jota / De Bruyne / Bruno Fernandes / Son / Grealish

    Kane / Calvert-Lewin

    So basically:

    A) Salah / Bamford
    B) Jota / Kane

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 2 days ago

      Same issue. A I think.

  9. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 2 days ago

    Klopp on Kelleher: "But tonight we needed the package of Caoimhin."

    Wow Klopp...

  10. JBG
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Why the f... is Kelleher 4.5???

    1. Major League Shocker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      He's on a top team. That's pretty normal (and fair) for keepers from top teams.

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        But keepers that probably won't ever get real playing time?? Adrian I get.

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          For situations like this, when they do in fact get playing time.

        2. Major League Shocker
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          How can they know he won't? If Alisson were out with a long-term injury (he's not, but if he were), then it looks like Kelleher would play every match -- he seems to have moved ahead of Adrian on the depth chart now.

  11. antis0cial
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    1 ft .1 itb, just Barkley to anyone 6 or under, if so who? No Easy way to Jota without downgrading Kane/DCL/Zouma

    Martinez*
    Zouma Lamptey Coufal Ayling
    KDB Salah Bruno
    Kane DCL Brewster

    Peacock-Farrell Grealish* Barkley* Mitchell

    1. FPL_Motty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Raphinha looks decent at 5.4

      1. BeWater
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Great shout at that price.

        • antis0cial
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks, is he nailed though? I thought Harrison would be a better shout for Leeds

      2. Africa United
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Barkley to GroB

        1. antis0cial
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks, I had considered him or trossard as they have decent fixtures but not sure how reliable they are for returns or minutes.

          1. Africa United
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Not reliable at all but GroB has historically been good when regularly starts

    2. Mika-eel
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Button, Mitchell, Saiss and Stephens. Anyone with a worse bench?

      Think its the best time to finally get rid of one. Always had other fires to put out

    3. Checko
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Might need a little hand lads....

      My team is;

      McCarthy
      Robbo**, Lamptey, Cancelo**
      Bruno, Ziyech, Jota, Grealish**
      Kane, DCL, Wilson

      Steer, Dallas, Kilman, Bissouma.

      1FT, 3.9 ITB

      I foolishly went Cancelo over Dias last week, plan was to go Ziyech to KDB this week, but with Cancelo not starting (and maybe not going to start), Robbo on a knock and Grealish/Wilson certain not to play, gives me a dilemma. I also would prefer not to sell Grealish.

      Do I;

      A) suck it up, still go Ziyech to KDB, play Dallas/Bissouma for Grealish/Wilson, and hope Cancelo/Robbo play?
      B) Cut my losses and go Cancelo to Dias?
      C) Robbo to Chilwell?
      D) Cancelo/Robbo - Dias/Chilwell (-4)
      E) Cancelo/Robbo/Ziyech - Dias/Chilwell/KDB (-8)

      1. Hansel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        A, I think Robbo plays. Cancelo -> Chillwell if anything

    4. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      That Mendy rise disgusts me

      Any point in Cancelo, or just play it safe with Dias?

      1. JBG
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Safe

      2. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Wrong Mendy!

        Benjamin back in play. Worth bringing him in as City 'cover'?

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Same advice to everyone bringing in city players. Go for it, sure - but make sure you have good backups on your bench.

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Mendy is my backup 😆

    5. Jayzens
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Cheers everyone!

      Any update on Zaha condition?!

    6. Athletic Nasherbo
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Will Fabio Silva start?

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I guess thats an interesting point. Wolves only other recognised striker, so I guess so?

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          My concern is a front 3 of Neto, Podence and Traore

      2. The Ilfordian
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I think so. He seems to be someone with talent but limited success to date so not guaranteed despite being their only striker. I’m keeping an eye on him and teetering between him and Jesus for Jimenez

        https://fortunesfromfootball.com/fabio-silva-the-18-year-old-with-big-shoes-to-fill/

    7. cutch
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Martínez* - Steer*
      Chilwell, Cresswell, Dias, Lamptey - Mitchell
      Bruno, Sterling, Jota, Anguissa - Grealish*
      DCL, Vardy - Wilson*

      1 FT, 3.9 ITB

      (My original idea was Sterling -> KDB, but with the postponed match, I'm keeping him and crossing fingers)

      A) Mitchell -> Mendy (and play with 5 defenders, which I'm not a fan of)
      B) Anguissa -> Mahrez (will he play this GW?)

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I'm doing A

        Mendy basically a winger anyway

        1. cutch
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers. The only setback is that then, Anguissa would be one of my starters. He was my saviour last GW, but I can't see him doing it again. I'll think of it.

          1. Ha.
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            2 points will be crucial this week!

      2. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Good luck with getting second City def xD

        1. cutch
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          So that's a B?

          1. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Wouldn't get any more City players now apart from Ederson and KDB. Having Sterling is 50/50, Dias also 50/50 to play this week. Why would you get third unsure starter?

    8. Keeptrying
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Should I get in Jota for -4 or just play Ayling?

      If no injury to Salah, Jota will become Salah next week. So it basically would be a -4 for a one week punt.

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Bit risky when theres possibility for a Jota benching this weekend

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Thanks! That's my worry

      2. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        -4 for 1 week? Nah.

        1. Keeptrying
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Cheers, leaning that way

    9. McSauce
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Martinez, Grealish, Foden and Cancelo. Lining up with 7 starters right now, bench is dead!

      1FT would really appreciate some help (0.9m ITB)

      Martinez
      Cancelo Chiwell Coufal
      Grealish Foden Fernandes Son
      Vardy DCL Kane

      A) Grealish + Cancelo + Foden --> Mahrez + James + Jota (-8)
      B) Grealish + Cancelo --> Mahrez + James (-4)
      C) Kane, Grealish, Foden, Cancelo --> Bamford, James, KDB and Mahrez (-12)
      D) Other

      C is going huge but it will likely yield returns as 3 of my players coming out who be starting

    10. Ha.
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Just seen the Kane is possibly injured

      F

      1. FPL_Motty
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 months, 1 day ago

        what news is this?

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Kane, Regulion and Vinicius not in training but 'have a chance' for the weekend

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Just like when Son had a chance

      2. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Source?

        1. Ha.
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Some bloke called Jose

          1. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Pre Europa League presser?

            1. Ha.
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              wee wee

          2. El Presidente
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            ah ah ah

          3. DA Minnion
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Is he reliable?

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Past experiences say no

      3. El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thats just rubbish. José playing those mind games again... everyone knows Kane not playing Europa League anyway, so lets say he is a doubt for the weekend... north London derby... yeah right.

    11. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Worth doing Martinez to McCarthy for free? Or just go without the GK?

      Martinez
      Robo/Cancelo/Chilwell
      Bruno/Son/Sterling(c)/Grealish
      Vardy/DCL/Bamford

      Martin/Kilman/Mitchell/Stephens

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Save FT

      2. Who are all Lukakus
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I worry more about your Grealish.

    12. Stormbringer22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 1 day ago

      What a wonderful team I can compile by taking a -16 hit.... 😀

      1. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Might be a good time to do it

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Nah, if anything banking my FT this week. Kane news may change this but will wait and see near the deadline

    13. El_Gigante
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      What’s the best transfer to make here?

      Martinez
      Chilwell, Taylor, Lamptey, Coufal
      KDB, Fernandes, Son, Burke
      Vardy, DCL

      Forster, Mitchell, Grealish, Wilson

      1.1itb, 1FT

      A. Mitchell > Dallas
      B. Burke > Soucek
      C. Martinez > McCarthy
      D. Grealish > Mahrez (only 0.1 tied up)
      E. Something entirely different

      1. Stormbringer22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        B

    14. dicky2014
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Kane 🙁

      1. dicky2014
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        "I'm not going to say about the nature of his injury. I think he has a good chance of playing at the weekend, I believe he will play."

        1. Stormbringer22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Oh well. Will know more by the end of the week hopefully

        2. DA Minnion
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Probably a stuffed nose.

    15. Captain Vantastic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      FLAG KANE!

      1. jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Not just Kane injured: Kane, Reguilon, Lamela and Vinicius. Good grief.

    16. Nespinha
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      This week) Bellerin --- James

      Next week) Cancelo + Son + DCL --- Dallas + Salah + Bamford

      Yay or Nay?

    17. Well you know, Triffic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Jose might be double bluffing here. We think it's kind games and that Kane will play, but maybe he is legit not going to play?

      1. Well you know, Triffic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        *mind

      2. Who are all Lukakus
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        This. Arteta will think it is double bluff but actually it is triple bluff from Jose.

    18. Brehmeren
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      As a Martinez, Grealish, Reguilon and Kane owner this is getting tricky!

    19. Lindelol
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Does none of them play FPL?

    20. Kloppcorn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Afternoon guys, I’m going to be playing my wildcard in a couple of game-weeks, I was wondering if you guys had any ideas on what differentials could bang!