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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. Xabatlea
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    A) Podence> Jota &
    DCL >Antonio (-4)

    B) improve defence ( ideas?)

    1FT 0'5 Itb

    Martínez
    Lamptey/Justin/Taylor/Kilman/ Mitchl
    Salah/Sterling/Bruno/ Grealish/ podenc
    Vardy/DCL/ Brewster

    Thanks

    1. PocketZola
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      is anontio back?

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Played last GW.

        1. Sterling Archer
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          came off at half time tho coz he was rubbish

  2. JBG
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    So.. Who brought in Reguilon?

  3. PocketZola
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 12 days ago

    Help here guys please...

    martinez
    lamptey rob chillwell
    salah jota grealish bruno
    bam vardy dcl

    subs, forster, dallas, bisouma

    dallas can cover rob if he is out
    bisouma can cover grealish

    I have 1ft and 2.1itb

    1. forster to meslier
    2. Grealish to Mahrez
    3. Vardy to jesus
    4. roll
    5. something else?

    1. Xabatlea
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      If you have WC I would do 1.
      Have you got a plan?
      If you don't have WC I would probably Roll ( or something like bissouma to Neto?)

  4. JP\'s
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Who is more likely to play regularly Dias or Reece James?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Both about the same

    • The Alli Way
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Quick question about price changes:

      I plan to go Robbo > 4.5 and Bowen > KDB, this leaves me 0.5 ITB for exactly KDB > Salah for next week.

      I bought Robbo for 7.1 and he's now 7.2, so his selling price for me is still 7.1

      Does this mean I will actually need to go Robbo > 4.4 to leave 0.5 ITB for KDB > Salah?

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        yep!

      2. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Probably need 0.6 for Salah next week

    • Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      The last time Salah played Fulham at Craven Cottage he blanked.

      I know because I triple-captained him.

      Oats for your porridge.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Didn't Mane brace too

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          No. Mané & Milner penalty. Firmino got an assist.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            That was it - I was in Costa Rica too, good times

      2. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I TC'd him that day too...also didn't Liverpool win a pen that day but Milner had just been subbed on so he took it?

        To add to the joy of that day I had double LIV defence too, 2-1 🙂

    • ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Any idea on the extent of Kane's injury? or it's Mourinho playing mind games?

      1. kime67
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        who knows

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Mind games, he was fine vs Chelsea.
        Will never trust him again after missing Son’s 18 points against United

      3. Qaiss
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        You should know the answer to that.

      4. teneighty
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Kane will play the NLD even if one leg is broken and bouth shoulders are dislocated.

    • Dr. Ante Pavlovic
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      How would this look for next gw, if I took a hit to get Mahrez in for Grealish as a punt? Could easily bring him back in gw13.

      Mendy.
      Chilwell, Justin, Cancelo
      KDB(c), Bruno, Mahrez, Ziyech, Jota
      Vardy, DCL

      Button, Coufal, Brewster, Targett

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Looks ok.
        Missing a whole team of great players though.

        1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          You think of Salah and Spurs assets?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Like I said, if you had a WC or FH this week, how much different would your 11 be?

            Only KDB, Mahrez and Bruno would be certs.
            Time will tell.
            As long as it looks good to you is the main thing.

            1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 12 days ago

              I think it would not be so different as DCL and Vardy have some nice fixtures, and the midfield line is on fire and in form, with also good fixtures. I trust Ziyech that he can provide some decent points after two blanks. The only not so nailed starter is Cancelo. I got Coufal off the bench if he sits this one, although I wouldn't be so sure he doesn't start knowing Guardiola.

              Anyway thank you TM, and good luck to you this gw!

    • kime67
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      feels like i could use a wildcard every week 😀

    • Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      This is the one week I'd really like to see the pro pundit articles, see how they're handling this mess.

    • Flynny
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      If you were to bring in one 4.5m defender who is not lamptey or villa, to play this week and aim to keep long term, who would it be?

      I'm planning dallas despite Chelsea away

      Thanks

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Yup Dallas or Ayling

        1. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Cool. Dallas seems OOP so guess I'll go with him....thanks

    • Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      When will it be known at the latest if Aston vs Newcastle will be included in gameweek 11?

      1. Dr. Ante Pavlovic
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Friday probs

      2. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Is this even possible?

    • Iceball
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      What are Sterling owners doing (that dont have KDB)? Tricky question or just so obvious? 🙂

      1. Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        (c)

        1. Xabatlea
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          I am in the same boat. Sterling C.
          Sooner or later he will Bang!!

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Keeping and hoping, using FT on Martinez

      3. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Have KDB but sold Sterling for Mahrez - extra funds allowed me to get in Jota as cover for Grealish

    • Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Martinez
      Dallas chilwell cresswell kwp
      Bruno kdb(C) ziyech
      Bam vardy dcl
      Subs: steer lamptey grealish asm

      1ft and 0.9 itb,

      Sell ziyech for jota or mahrez?

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Not if you dont intend holding Mahrez for at least 6 - knowing he wont feature in all of them.

        I certainly wouldnt take Jota out for Mahrez. Whilst, I would take Ziyech out know i can change Mahrez again if i have to.

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Why at least 6?

        2. Gun gun
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          As in i am asking if sell ziyech to jota or mahrez

          Nt taking jota out for mahrez

    • Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      What to do with Cancelo? RJames? Someone else?

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Why, whats wrong with RJames?

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Oh, I see, replace Cancelled with RJames. I would, yes.

    • BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Kane & Stephens > KDB (c) & Antonio?

      Yay or nay for a -4?

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Dont like the Antonio play

        He was some way off his best the other night. Might be a few games of low points for him to come around.

    • Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Worth a -4 ?

      Son, Vardy > Bamford, KDB (c)

      Thanks.

      1. BIG TONES
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Son and Vardy both have good fixtures imo, so you would need them to blank and KDB to haul for it to work out

      2. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I think its worth it. Vardy is very hit and miss at the moment as are Leic. Son will be well outscored by KDB for the run right upto and through Xmas.

      3. Xabatlea
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        If you are going to C, I do think

    • royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Would you FH this team this week or what changes would you make

      Martinez* Areola

      Chilwell Keane Semedo Lamptey Dallas

      Son Ziyech Grealish* Lookman Jota

      Kane* Vardy DCL

      0 ITB 1 FT No WC

      Any ideas would be welcomed

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Kane there(if injured) and the weak midweek look the obvious areas.

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Looks like a team you should have 5m in the bank with.

      2. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I don’t think Kane is an issue

      3. Xabatlea
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Roll+ reasses

    • Fit_to_drop
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Which of these?

      Sign Mahrez & Neto - retain Kane and also have Salah & KDB
      Sign Bruno & Wilson - lose Kane, retain Salah & KDB

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Help me out here guys....thanks.

      2. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        The first one

      3. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Bruno and Wilson if you can ride out the COVID issues at NUFC

    • Shatner's Bassoon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      A) Robbo, Soucek, Kane
      B) Dias, KDB, Adams (-8pts)

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        A

      2. Xabatlea
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Too much. -8.
        Could work, but probably won't

    • Sam-not-so-wise
      • 2 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      just taken a -12 and still only have 10 players available this week...

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Thank you for your rank sacrifice...

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          LOL!

        2. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Indeed...I'm inside top 2.5k now.

          Sorry typo...2,5m

          1. Fit_to_drop
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 12 days ago

            I think you have cracked this joke before.

          2. Sam-not-so-wise
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            that's pretty good... everything I have done/plan to do has gone wrong this year

      2. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        madness

      3. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        No so wise there Sam

    • The Rumour Mill
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      This scoutcast was excellent and really useful. The discussion on city benefitted from Karams expertise and the section on the "holy trinity" really clarified a way forward for the mid term for my squad. Thank you. However, with so much excellent competition this season in the podcast stakes, it really doesn't benefit from Joe saying he's playing as a casual every 5 minutes.

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I think it's self-preservation from Joe as he's not having a good season - there's no way he's playing as a casual! He's still a very good player, probably just wants to self-preserve with the amount of crap he probablyy gets on Twitter from imbeciles just because his current OR isn't good.

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          What is Joe's OR right now?

          1. Cookie Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            2.6m...when Granville is 56k then you know it's a mad season

        2. The Rumour Mill
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          I don't think he is either. But then that just makes him disingenuous, which is a worse look for a presenter than something trivial like a currently average OR.

          1. Cookie Kid
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 11 days ago

            I get your point but we don't know what it's like getting an onslaught of abuse on Twitter due to having a high following and being seen as an "expert" - it probably makes you want to protect yourself a bit!

    • Catastrophe
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Was all set for Justin -> Dias (and Vardy & Bissouma -> Brewster & Salah next week) but not sure now. Current Team with 1 FT and 3.1 ITB:

      Martinez*
      Chilwell, Zouma, Justin
      KDB, Son, Fernandes, Jota
      Vardy, DCL, Bamford

      (Steer, Bissouma, Mitchell, Kilman)

      A) Save FT
      B) Justin -> Dias (as planned)
      C) Justin -> 5.6 DEF
      D) Martinez -> Mendy (Chelsea triple-up!)

      Thinking A or B - need to address Justin in next couple of weeks anyway, but not as confident of Dias starting on Saturday now and with Mitchell/Kilman on bench that would be a problem.

      Cheers.

    • Visionaries
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Anyone tempted to free hit this week?
      I need to make 4 changes ideally

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Strongly considering it

        1. Fit_to_drop
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Miguel, will you take a look at my post above. Need a steer. Cheers.

      2. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        No, thats a bit drastic. We all have changes but so does the entire 7m players. So the same playing field for most everyone. Not Hit territory certainly.

      3. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Rather a -12

        1. Visionaries
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          I tend to agree.
          One more and I'm out

      4. royals forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        I am

        Would you FH this team

        Martinez* Areola

        Chilwell Keane Semedo Lamptey Dallas

        Son Ziyech Grealish* Lookman Jota

        Kane* Vardy DCL

        0 ITB 1 FT No WC

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          Kane is not playing either or?

          1. Sgt Frank Drebin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            6 months, 12 days ago

            Oh, he's injured apparently

            1. KAPTAIN KANE
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 12 days ago

              Mourinho himself has said he think he will play

        2. Visionaries
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          It's close mate. 1 more forced change and I would.
          I'd happily take a -8 over FH tbh

      5. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        May be better used in GW29:

        https://twitter.com/BenCrellin/status/1333559993099038720?s=19

    • Tommie
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      How many free hits a season do we have is it only 1 or do we get another in new year

      1. royals forever
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Just the 1

      2. Sgt Frank Drebin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        1

      3. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        The number between 0 and 2

        1. Sam-not-so-wise
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          that's an infinite amount of numbers, can you narrow it down?

    • Sgt Frank Drebin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Peacock-Farell likely to keep his place? Is there anyone else in Burnley team who can play in goal?

      1. HashAttack
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        He's an international goalkeeper ... just for a very small country

      2. Sterling Archer
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        he was shocking, maybe just nerves

        1. Sgt Frank Drebin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          6 months, 12 days ago

          That's why I wonder whether he keeps his place. Would be nice.

    • MessiGOAT
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Yea Christmas gift

      1. MessiGOAT
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        Reply fail to the guy asking about freehit

    • unitednations
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Best moves here with 1FT and 0m itb. Got 4 players from the postponed game so in a pickle.

      Martinez --- Forster
      James Chilwell Lamptey --- Mitchell Lewis
      Kdb Bruno Son Grealish -- Burke
      DCL Kane Watkins

      A: Grealish + Mitchell >> Jota + Ayling (or any 4.5m def) (-4)
      B: Grealish + Watkins >> Jota + Bamford (-4)
      C: Grealish + Burke >> Jota + Soucek (-4)
      D: Grealish + Forster >> Jota + Johnstone (-4)

      Leaning towards options A and C is it allows me to improve bench strength in future gw's as Mitchell/burke are dead options.

    • true_Jerry
      • 4 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      chillwell/mahrez or robbo/jota

      already own James

      1. Fit_to_drop
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 12 days ago

        A, you can always turn part B of A into player D.

      2. wulfrunian
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 12 days ago

        a

    • Tommie
      • 5 Years
      6 months, 12 days ago

      Just the 1 ty