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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. George James
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Best move?

    Martinez*
    Lamptey / James / Chilwell / Robbo
    Son / KDB(c) / Podence
    Werner / DCL / Vardy

    Steer* / Coufal / Bissouma / Grealish*

    A) Martinez >> Mcarthy / Messlier - 4
    B) Roll with 10

    1. Il Capitano
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Roll

    2. Il Capitano
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Some thoughts on my plans for this GW.

        1FT - 0.2M ITB - WC available - FH available

        McCarthy (Button)
        Chilwell Zouma Justin Taylor (Mitchell)
        Bruno Sterling Son Bissouma (Grealish)
        Vardy DCL (Watkins)

        Thinking of Watkins to Adams/Bamford this week, then WC next week to get KDB and Salah in and tidy defence.

        Feel as though I would ditch too many players with good fixtures this week or players I'd want back if I WCd now (Vardy, Justin, Son, Grealish).

        Too risky to cap Sterling I guess, go safe with Bruno?

        1. George James
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Watkins >> Bamford

          Sterling (C)

          1. Would Ed Woodward
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Are you capping Sterling?

            1. George James
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Would if I owned him

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

        Watkins > Welbeck in my FanTeam high roller.

        It's gonna happen if the game is postponed!

      • George James
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Thank you Sir

      • Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Who would you get?

        A. Dias (already have Cancelo+KDB, so in this option cannot get Jesus or Mahrez later)

        B. James (already have Chillwell+Zieych, so in this option cannot get Werner)

        1. kime67
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          i fear diad will get benched soon

      • kime67
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        only one thing can save this gw. aston villa nufc next wednesday.

      • Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        front 8:
        Salah KDB Son JRod Grealish
        Bamford DCL Watkins

        (just did Harrison (inj.) >> KdB)

        any move below worth a hit?

        A) JRod >> Jota
        B) Martinez (not playing) >> Johnstone/McCarthy/Meslier

      • g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        What’s up with Kane & Robbo?

        Last thing I need is two more dead players?

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Hopefully won't play

      • 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

      • Max City
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        which would you have:

        A) Son Bruno
        B) Salah Son
        C) Salah Bruno

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

          C

      • Blush Response
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Keep them Kane price drops a-coming.

      • Labile
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Would you get rid of Jack G?

        Will have to play Burke/Mitchell in his place.

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

          Keep

        2. Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          You'll want him back asap

        3. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          No way

      • internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        If Kane is out, Son upfront could do well

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

          Kane is not out. 75% chance he plays

          1. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            " If " and 75% is not 100% is it?

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

              I didnt say he was 100%

              1. internal error
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Yes, but you did say Kane is not out

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

                  Did i

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

              Nor is 75% ever accurate. They put that because it's the only option if there's a doubt but it's more like 95% likely minimum that he plays/

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

                Fpl is most reliable. If it says 75% they must have inside info we dont

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

                  He didn’t train today and mourinho said Harry, Vinicius and Sergio I believe there is a chance for the weekend [to face Arsenal]. So he’s a doubt, but knowing mourinho I think he’ll play

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

          Surely Kane being out would make Son worse as the team is worse and there’s no Kane to assist him.

          1. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Maybe but that Arsenal team dont look good at all and Son has done well plenty of times, without Kane in the side

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

              Maybe, but the way they set up this season with Kane so deep, Son is furthest forward anyway. Kane being out isn’t going to make Son more attacking, they’ve relied on him as their main goal threat even with Kane playing

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

          Son is already up front.

          1. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            He is a left sided forward so not quite upfront

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

        For a hit:

        A) Mitchell -> KWP/Vestergaard (bri)
        B) Mitchell -> Lamptery (SOU)
        C) Cancelo -> Walker
        D) None, hope Cancelo plays (otherwise 10 players)

        1. Mr Wolf
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Lamptey

      • Sabina_S
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Worth -4?

        Saint Max to KDB
        Kane to Bamford/Adams/Welbeck

        1. Traction Engine Foot
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          yeah if Kane's out, but I don't trust Mourinho

      • Traction Engine Foot
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Is this worth -4? Watkins, Soucek, Cancelo to Welbeck, KDB, R. James.

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

          yeah

        2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Blimey, how much itb?

          1. Traction Engine Foot
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            6m, I wildcarded gw9 and intended to use Jota as a placeholder for Salah but now I want to keep Jota

      • panda07
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Who is the better captain choice for this week? Mahrez or KDB? Would expect both to start after being fully rested for CL.

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

          KDB
          Agree about both starting

      • The Mighty Whites
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        1FT, 1.1 ITB:

        Martinez, BPF

        Chilwell, Dias, Lamptey, Coufal, Mitchell

        KDB, Son, Fernandes, Grealish, Alzate

        Kane, DCL, Bamford

        Martinez out for a -4 or play with 10 men?

      • FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Which transfer makes sense? Or should I save FT?

        A) Son -> Kdb (c)
        B) Rashford -> Kdb (c)
        C) Podence -> Mahrez/Torres (c)
        D) Save FT (captain Bruno/Vardy)

        Front 8:
        Son - Bruno - Rashford - Podence - Bissuma
        Vardy - DCL - Adams

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

          B

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

        Jose saying he believes he will play and not revealing the injury. . . Sell sell sell!

      • Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Jota or Zieych or Mahrez - best long term pick of these?

      • xHaTr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Which move is best for funding Salah in gw12?

        A: DCL to Adams

        B: Son to Mahrez

        C: Grealish to Jota

        1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          A

      • turd ferguson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Kane potential injury

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Yep just saw that hopefully he'll be fine knocks usually aren't that bad

      • vincentwsho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        If I start Grealish, will the bench be subbed in if he doesn't play?

        Just wondering for autosub, if there is any difference between a player with no schedule vs player with schedule but doesn't play?

        1. turd ferguson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          There’s no difference no. If they don’t play, the bench is used.

        2. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          no difference whatsoever

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

          Thanks! I see many comments benching Grealish, so just wondering. I think if the revised schedule is revealed after the fpl deadline and in the same gameweek, no way he should be benched against Newcastle

        4. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Exactly the same. Bench comes in, if bench plays

      • Irish Villan 1985
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Hi Guys,

        I have 3 x Villa and 1 x Newcastle for this GW....Any advise how the navigate the GW?

        I have Martinez, Lascelles, Grealish, Watkins and intend on keeping Grealish.

        Who could I swap Watkins and Martinez for? .7 ITB

        Thanks for the help.

        1. FlyingWithoutIngs
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          McCarthy and Antonio/bamford/che

      • FlyingWithoutIngs
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Two most nailed on city defenders for Fulham? I know city and nailed dont really go together but just want to see what people think

        1. bench boost for every gamew…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          You kind of answered your own q. But Walker rested so pretty certain and mendy and laporte. Dias probably.

      • Tmel
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Best Martinez replacement for the medium term? (up to 5.2 to spend)

        1. FlyingWithoutIngs
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Mendy?

      • The Fantasy Doctor
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Tempted to go a bit maverick this week. Bring in Mendy and Regulion (for Cancelo and Targett) to go bigger at the back.

        Madness?

        1. FlyingWithoutIngs
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Reguilon is a doubt

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

          Reguilon is a doubt but probably a good pick if Mourinho confirms he’s okay before deadline

          Cancelo to Mendy doesn’t seem wise. I’d avoid

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

            Thanks.

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

            Thoughts on Laporte as the most nailed?

      • Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Starting to think it might be worth Kane & Grealish > KDB & Bamford -4.

        However, I'm also wondering if it'd be better to just get Salah over KDB right now given Pool are at home.

        1. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Or I can just hope Kane plays, captain Vardy, play Soucek and sub in a keeper.

          1. Ajax Hamsterdam
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Wait to hear more news on Kane

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Not sure we'll get any?

              Loathe to sell him really, but if it's his ankle again I'd be worried.

      • Couch Potato
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Wanting to upgrade Saiss to a Man City defender, but who is the best option for the next few weeks?

        3.5 ITB, so cost isn't a problem

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

          Walker