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Merry Christmas from Fantasy Football Scout

Christmas Day is finally upon us, although perhaps not in the form many of us expected.

In years gone by, I have written these Christmas messages with references to Fantasy Premier League managers pulling themselves away from FPL content to spend more time with their family and friends.

But it would be naive of me to assume all of you have the opportunity to do so today.

2020 has been a generation-defining year for the people of the United Kingdom and the wider world. The global pandemic has affected all of us in different ways with subtle, often unquantifiable, nuances.

The one feeling that unites us this Christmas is heartache, as we all strive to adapt to life in an ever-changing world.

Football has not gone unscathed, as we all know. Fantasy managers can consider themselves lucky to have the sport in our lives still, but it has been forced to endure most of the year without the presence of its most important component: the fans.

And, of course, due to recent changes, many of us are now unable to see our nearest and dearest on the most important day of the year.

So, to anyone who has not been able to enjoy a sorely-needed Christmas celebration with family and friends, I say this: We feel your pain. You are not alone in this fight.

I know these crumbs of comfort cannot replace the things many of you have lost this year, especially on Christmas Day. There is only so much Fantasy Football Scout can do to battle the ongoing crisis but, if providing a healthy distraction from all the doom and gloom makes a difference in your lives, then I will be very proud.

To business, then.

As you know, the Gameweek 15 deadline looms large on Boxing Day morning, which is why the full array of Fantasy content is already up on the site.

Make sure you head to the Complete Guide to Gameweek 15 tab at the top of the page to find everything you need.

It is not long until the first Wildcard deadline passes – and don’t forget to set your plans in place for Blank Gameweek 18, Double Gameweek 19 and your chip strategy.

That just leaves me to pass on my gratitude to some key individuals.

Once again, deputy editor Neale Rigg has been an invaluable resource. You are all probably tired of my comparing him to N’Golo Kanté, but until we get another Premier League player renowned for doing the dirty work and mopping up in midfield as well as the Chelsea man, you will all have to make do!

Commercial director Chris James and community manager Geoff Dance continue to help the site develop behind the scenes and push forward to bright new things in 2021.

Head of content, Paul McKinnon, Will Timbers (or TopMarx) and Ted (Rotation) are also key members of fulfilling a number of key Fantasy Football Scout responsibilities – who all have my thanks too.

We have also enjoyed the help of Sam Bonfield and Ian Archer in developing our presence on social media. The pair have taken our Twitter and Instagram accounts to new heights with their vision and execution in 2020.

Video manager Andy Mears has had the same effect on our YouTube content during his first full campaign at Fantasy Football Scout.

We should also thank Gianni Butticè for spearheading our Matchday Live content, with the help of Seb, Toby and Lee. And we cannot forget host of the Scoutcast and captaincy videos: the long-serving Joe Lepper.

The editorial output has grown this season too. Andy, Az, Holly, Luke, Sam, Simon, Tom, Pranil and Utkarsh have all continued to provide excellent Pro Pundits articles – and we are delighted to have added Fábio Borges, Darren Wiles and the great Mark Sutherns to that list in 2020/21.

David Wardale, Jan Sienkiewicz, Colm Hayes and Marc Jobling all deserve praise for ticking key editorial boxes while Karam Tayser has done a great job in helping us reach new audiences this year with his translation of our content into Arabic.

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The list of people contributing to the site behind the scenes continues to grow. To these individuals, you know who are you and you have my thanks.

I hope you all have as Merry a Christmas as the current restrictions allow. Good luck in Gameweek 15!

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1,786 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Is James price locked??

    He didn't drop

    1. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      I would worry about his mins

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        That's not the question though

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

      http://www.fplstatistics.co.uk/

      Please read the "Notes" at the bottom of this website

      It answers this and many similar questions

      1. Inazuma X1
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I've read them but what's the reason he didn't drop at -100% if his price is not locked?

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

          His price isn't locked

          If his price was locked, he'd be at 0.0%, with "Unlocks [date]" when you click his name. Search for Gabriel and you'll see this

        2. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          It's not that accurate

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

            This too. Price prediction sites won't always tell you exactly when a player's price will rise or drop. Just the probability of it happening tonight, based on the net percentage change in ownership

  2. gringo1000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Stones for James? Good move?

    1. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Don't trust pep as always

      1. gringo1000
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Thanks, good call

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

      I just did Lamptey > Stones for a -4 but only because my bench would’ve been Lamptey, Mitchell, Stephens otherwise!

    3. FPL ElasticO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Matip better option

  3. gringo1000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    I love how after a nice piece on Christmas by the FFS editors, we're straight in with the burning issues that are in our minds on this Christmas Day 🙂

  4. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Which one alongside Salah & Robbo on GW16 WC.

    A. Mane
    B. Firmino
    C. TAA

    GW15 team has B as a punt against West Brom!

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

      C

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      C

  5. karsworde
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    I'd stick with Bobby!

  6. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Almost forgot it was Christmas

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      FPL deadlines more important than remembering christmas

  7. Gun gun
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Start kwp or cresswell? Seems like saints quite a few injuries

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

      Cresswell for sure.

  8. yalala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Where's everyone getting their takeaway today?

    1. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Why you getting a takeaway?

      • Bleh
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Heard KFC is open.

        1. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          That’s the tradition in Japan

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

            For them probably is a quick takeaway and back to work.

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

              Off down the pub for Xmas party. No covid here.

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Eating...at work!

    2. Right In The Stanchion
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Merry Christmas to one and all.

        Apart from Salah Cappers

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

          Damn ,, ok

      • Debauchy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Aye very true David but enjoy we will , Merry Christams to all at FFS too

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

          Christmas

      • KneejerkJoe
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Merry Xmas to all of you. Sorry for The long post..

        - Toughts on my plan going forward?
        - Are no Spurs just brave, stupid or insane?
        - Can I get by with no hits, even tho my bench is really bad (expect zero points from Kilman and Lewis over the next 5 gws)
        - Should I go for -8 this Week, to Get in a city defender, And if So, should I downgrade Jesus to Adams or Grealish to Raphina?

        Already used my 2ft this week, Got 0,2mitb And this team:

        Martinez
        TAA Coufal Justin
        Salah KDB Bruno Grealish Soucek
        Bamford Jesus
        ...Johnstone Welbeck Kilman Justin

        Gw16: KDB -> Mane
        Gw17: Jesus -> Martial
        Gw18: FH
        Gw19: Save, tc Salah, 10 double gw players.
        Gw20: Mane -> KDB + Somehow Get a city defender.

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

          1. Strategy could work yes, like the TC instead of BB in GW19
          2. Brave/insane looking at their GW16-19 fixtures
          3. I would have at least one sub you feel confident will play each week
          4. I did a -4 to get Dias and Stones in this week so probably yes as fixtures look good. Jesus > Adams out of those.

      • Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Merry Christmas All! Wishing you all great day where possible, several green arrows over this period and all the best for 2021.

      • Bleh
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Planning on doing a bit of hokey pokey over the next 5 weeks to get the most of out of the upcoming fixtures.

        Thoughts on this strategy?

        GW16 KDB > Son
        GW17 Cresswell > Coufal
        GW18 Fernandes > KDB
        GW19 FH
        GW20 Son > Fernandes

        Will lose 0.3 with KDB, Fernandes out but will have generated 0.5 (through GW17 move) to get them back in.

        GW18 team will be:
        Martinez, Dias, Stones, Son, KDB, DCL, Kane

        1. KneejerkJoe
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Thanks for ur reply.
          Plan looks ok, but how will your gw19 team look like with no FH?

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

            Only 6 DGW players if I take no hits.

            Martinez
            KWP* Coufal* Dias
            Salah* Fernandes* Soucek* KDB
            Kane, DCL, Bamford*

            1. KneejerkJoe
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Then I would do:
              Bruno to Son in 16.

              In 17 get a gw18 defender or upgrade ur nok playing keeper to a dgw player.

              Save in 18.

              In 19 get in 2 DGW players (KDB -》Bruno?) and TC Salah.

      • Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Has hit season returned? Seeing a fair few going around.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Seen a few with only one playing defender so might be a few hits

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

          Feels good to not be taking hits when everyone else is

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

            Indeed, though the triple defense injury forces me into one next GW 🙁

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

              Oh 🙁 well still -4 ain't that bad.

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

          Two consecutive GWs without a hit for me. Before that I took many.

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

            Same here. But I feel I'm lucky in not having any of the mounting injuries - it won't last.

        4. leo_messi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Had a few minus 4 in the beginningofthe season and minus 12 3 weeks ago, rank jump from 700k -> 170k

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

            Took a -12 a few weeks ago and actually made a points profit overall, what a season this is lmao

      • Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        First drunk transfers in fpl made yesterday. Merry Christmas

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

          How drunk ?
          Did you buy one of Andy Carroll, Ivanovic or Danny Welbeck ?

      • denial
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Happy Christmas you fpl addicts!

      • SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Guys Happy Xmas I have Watkins and James, both to drop today?

        If so I will be priced out of kdb James watkins to robbo son adams..initial plan was to save ft this gw and do that in next week.

        But now Adams rose and Watkins and Justin to fall is it wise to do Watkins to Adams this gw and James kdb to robbo son Next week for -4???

      • Bishopool
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Would you?

        a) Bruno -> Salah (-4pts)
        b) Bruno -> Mane
        c) do nothing (no Pool assets)

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

          A

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

          A

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

            But losing Bruno is also stupid

        3. Pompey5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Any other options? Bruno is so reliable

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

          A salah is the most essential player in the game

          1. Homer21
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            But not necessarily the most reliable!

        5. komodosam
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Don’t lose Bruno. Sell someone else for Salah.

      • Pompey5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Merry Christmas all.
        Don’t have any pool but not sure who to change as really like the front 7

        Sanchez
        Chilwell Dallas Targett
        Son KDB Bruno Grealish
        Kane DCL Bamford

        Was debating KDB to Salah but he has to due soon.
        Chilwell to Stones or maybe Matip I think this week. Any other ideas?

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

          Yeh, you don't want to lose any of your starters other than Chilwell. You can't have 'em all - I've convinced myself KDB will be the week's highest scorer and I don't have him. Fingers crossed.
          As you Chilwell replacement - I've got Stones and he'll play this week but will be rotated. For longer term you could punt on him, go for Dias, stick with Chelsea in the guise of Zouma or Silva or choose a nailed-on option like Dier. Matip's too fragile for me.

          1. Pompey5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Thanks. Previously had Salah and switched to KDB when he was out with coronavirus.
            Dier is a good shout for Chilwell.

      • ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Mahrez owners, what you doing?

        The feeling of when you at last take him off and he goes ahead and gets that 20 points haul. Also have been ever chasing this season, so having him when he hauls would be huge.

        1. Le Bluff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          He's gone for me. Already done Mahrez > Raphina which allows me to do Lamptey > Robertson.

          City attack not firing and Mahrez nowhere near guaranteed a start/many minutes.

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Yes. That's the logic thing to do, but we all know how fpl works.

          2. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Also, how much do you rate Raphinha? Haven't seen much of him..

            1. Le Bluff
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Seems to be passing both the eye and stats tests. Looks heavily involved in Leeds attacks and seems to be fairly nailed on.

              Just think with Leeds' fixtures, their upcoming DGW, and for 5.4, he's definitely worth a punt.

      • Zim0
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Wonder how quickly Amad Diallo will adjust to the Premier League. Any other United fan a little excited at finally having a right winger even if he's a youngling 😛

      • The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Start Dallas or Coufal?

        1. Pitch Perfect
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Who are the other two?

          1. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            TAA,Dias(Ferguson)

        2. Andy_Social
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I'd start Coufal.

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

          Coufal.

      • Donhush
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hey everyone; which of these;

        1. Keep Watkins for 1 more week
        2. Sell Watkins for Wood (FT)
        3. Sell Watkins for Adams (FT)

        Wishing you all a merry christmas

        1. Echoes
            2 months, 3 days ago

            3

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

          Happy Christmas all and a safe 2021. Appreciations to all running the site and the kind contributers.

        3. tc93
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          2FT, 0.0 ITB- who to replace Chilwell with?: (btw planning on FH 18 and bench boost 19)

          1) Chillwell + Grealish --> Robbo + Rafinha (bought grealish at 7- now 7.8)
          2) Chillwell --> Dier
          3) Chillwell --> Coufal

          Team:
          Martinez
          Chillwell / KWP / Dias
          Salah (c) / Fernandes / Son / Grealish / KDB
          Adams / Bamford

          Bench: Button, Ayling, Michell, Davis.

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

            I'd did Chilwell to Taylor. Cheap, great fixtures and a DGW (albeit with one tough fixture).

            1. tc93
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Yea I’m not too sure- really? Taylor over Coufal? Coufals got really good dgw fixtures

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

            I'd get Coufal from the above if Taylor isn't an option for you.

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

              Taylor is perfect as a rotating defender, not to nail on every week like you would with Chilwell.

              1. tc93
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Who would you suggest then? Coufal/Dier or Zouma?

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

                  If you have Chilwell cos you rate the Chelsea defence, then Zouma or Silva would be fine. Dier is nailed and should get some cleanies now. Dias is more nailed than Stones - I have them both (with Zouma). But for when Stones is rotated, I have Coufal and KWP (Taylor would work too) to step up.

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

            Both Chelsea fullbacks are out. Not sure I've seen Azpilicueta so cheap.

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

              He'll only be good for 2 games though

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

                Perhaps, what if time is extended on chilwell or james ?

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

                  After 2 games, they face Man City then have a blank.

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

                    Perfect timing then, to get james of chilwell back for an attractive double !
                    Didn't he say he was FH 18 & BB 19 ?
                    I'd like a chelsea fullback for GW 19.

        4. balint84
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Start Zouma or Lowton?

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

            Do you fancy Arsenal to actually score a goal?

        5. Right In The Stanchion
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Just realising how suicidal it is going without Salah.

            Anyone else not got him? He could get a Hatty tomorrow.

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

              I have and am captaining him. But KDB could just as easily haul and I don't have him.

              1. Right In The Stanchion
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  I don’t have either

            2. Chandler Bing
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Has Jamal Lewis been axed? Was hoping he'd feature for me in the BGW.

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

                If he's dropped this GW when City put 10 past Darlow, he'll be back in the team by GW18.

            3. DK_13
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              If I fh in 18. Do I lose my FT for that week? That kinda sucks

              1. bitm2007
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Yes and any rolled FTs are lost as well.

            4. andres
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              James replacement...

              A taylor
              B dallas
              C other - up to 5.6

              McCarthy
              Coufal Dier Targett (James, Mitchel)
              Son KDB Bruno Salah (Soucek)
              DCL Bamford Adams
              1FT, 0.4

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

                There is also:

                D james, kdb => raphina, robbo (-4)

                Frees up cash for dcl and mitchel upgrade later...