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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.

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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. youzef
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Play Taylor or Aurier?
    Play Watkins or Soucek?

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Aurier, Watkins

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Robertson Dias Coufal Lewis* Mitchell*

    Plan FH 18 and TC Salah week 19 so probably rules out B and D but happy to play as single game players in 19

    Best option for Lewis or Mitchell over next few games from

    A Dallas
    B Dier
    C Lindelof
    D Stones or Cancelo

    1. JohnBlack
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      D Cancelo

  3. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    My entire team is out. Coufal, Cancelo, James, Mitchell, Lamptey, Jesus...

    Merry Christmas from the FPL Gods...

    1. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Walker not Cancelo

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      That’s rough mate!

      Worth a hit or two rather than wasting a chip though

    3. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Why is Coufal out?

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        His partner just gave birth so rumoured paternity leave.

        1. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Bloody hell

          1. Lev Yashin
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Yes, the placenta exploded.

            1. THFC4LIFE
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Nice

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Coufal not out

    5. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Damn. Time to go to 'Hit City'

    6. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      It's not April yet.
      The funny thing is that most believed you.
      If you had Chilwell instead of Cancelo and no Jesus, it might have been believable.

      1. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I have all of those players except walker

      2. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Also very naughty of you to use your downvote mod power!

  4. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    With only 1 playing sub and 0FT, would you stick with this team or take a hit on anything?

    0FT 0.2itb
    Martinez
    Robbo, Dias, Coufal, KWP
    Salah (C), KDB, Bruno, Son
    Bamford, Adams
    (Forster) (Wilson, Stephens, Branthwaite)

    Cheers and Happy Xmas!

    1. BeWater
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Stick with it mate. Good much and merry Christmas

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Thanks mate and to you!

    2. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Which is a more safer transfer ?
      Stones or Dias

      1. C_Manan
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Chilwell replacement

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Stones safer this week. Dias better

      3. tomasjj
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Dias.
        Stones is a risk of losing his place to Laporte I would say.

      4. ...al
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Dias

      5. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I’m tempted by Cancelo now with Walker out

      6. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Dias, but woudnt be suprised if Ake and Laporte start coz u never know with Pep.

    3. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Worried about Pep Roulette, might just end up getting Dier

      1. GE
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Hehe, see Your point

    4. GE
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      2FT, 1.5 itb

      Walker and Chilwell -> ???

      (have Zouma, Dallas and Taylor)

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Cancelo and Stones

        1. GE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Stones nailed?

          1. HonestBlatter
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Yes playing like a champ

      2. Ode
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Matip and Dias/Cancelo

        1. GE
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Thanks

    5. Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Walker and Jesus out with Covid-19?

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Cancelo nailed

    6. Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Kun fit and raring to go is worth a FH consideration

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Id wait on that.

      2. Sco
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Yeah but he isn't fit and raring to go to be fair. Wouldn't be surprised if he's benched and Torres or Sterling start striker tomorrow.

      3. vincentwsho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I'm thinking of whether to FH Kun in for GW 18... tasty fixture vs BHA

    7. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Best 5.9 m striker who plays GW18? Cant believe my choices are Lord Benteke OR Lord Welbeck.

      Areola
      PVA Dallas Dier
      Salah KDB Bruno Mahrez
      Richarlison Wilson Bamford

      Lamptey 3.9

      2 FT. 0.3 ITB

      Benching Wilson. Thinking of Lamp Rich> Cancelo Benteke.

      Allows Mahrez> Son next week.

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Welbeck

      2. Nice to Finally Michu
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Fabio Silva

    8. Teahupo'o
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

      G2G?

      Martinez
      TAA Dallas Coufal
      KDB Salah Son Bruno Bowen
      DCL Bamford

      (Steer, Justin Brewster Mitchell)
      0FT 0ITB

    9. bitars
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Chilwell and Wilson to Trent and Rodrigo/Haller?

      1. BeWater
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Yes with Rodrigo.

        • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Not a fan of the FW options

        • PaladinVargas
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Adams?

          1. bitars
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Already got Adams

      2. Manani
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Taylor or Balbuena?

        They will play now till dgw

        1. BeWater
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I'd go Balbuena. Better DGW fixtures. I might be priced out of Coufal so will likely get Balbuena myself.

            1. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              He said now till dgw. Overall Burnley have a better defence and have better fixtures till the double and could easily keep clean sheet in double against west ham as well. So Taylor.

        2. Sturridge Wars
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Best cover for Coufal.

          Balbuena or Alioski

          1. BeWater
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Prefer Balbuena.

            • GE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Balbuena

            • GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Sub?

              1. Sturridge Wars
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Yeah

                1. GreennRed
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 24 days ago

                  How long might he be out for? I'm very reluctant to sell but Vestergaard is doubtful too. Reminds me of Keano and Keane story.

                  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yUj7ABgOXl0

                  1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Is Coufal out?

                    1. GreennRed
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Don't know. His partner had a baby. Wait for update I suppose. Anyways, congratulations to both of them and their newborn.

                      1. The Seagulls and the Trawle…
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Congratulations, but the baby could have been born on the eve of a game vs Liverpool/City 🙂

                        But did Moyes said anything conclusive about him being rested?

                        1. GreennRed
                          • 9 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Don't know, nothing on usual media, just announcement of arrival on twitter is all I can see.

                          https://mobile.twitter.com/FPLWILSON/status/1342389476497174529

            • Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              B

          2. GE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            1) Grealish, Walker and Chilwell -> Son, Dias and Cancelo/Stones (-4)

            2) Walker and Chilwell -> Two of Robertson/Dias/Cancelo/Stones

            1. PaladinVargas
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              2. Robbo & Cancelo

              1. GE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Matip an option?

            2. Mr Ozil
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Robbo and Stones

            3. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              2 Robbo and Cancelo

            4. bitars
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Trent and Cancelo

          3. BEEZUS
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Merry Xmas all.

            Any reasons NOT to do this for a -4? For one week only before I WC in GW16.

            Lamptey, Mahrez, Kane --> Matip, KdB, Bamford

            1. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 24 days ago

              If Mahrez starts he could outscore KDB.

              Kane is obviously better than Bamford.

              Risky one IMO, esp. for - 4

          4. Cruyff Turn
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Play Soucek (BHA), Neto (TOT) or KWP (ful)? I already own McCarthy.

            1. PaladinVargas
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              KWP

            2. lindeg
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Soucek or KWP coin toss

            3. Utopsis
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 24 days ago

              I'm playing Soucek - Brighton's defensive record from set pieces poor this season

          5. PaladinVargas
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            A) Kane & Grealish > Salah & Adams (-4)?
            B) Walker & Kane > Robbo & Firmino (-4)?

            WC in 16 but going Salahless this week seems incredibly risky.

            1. GE
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              A

          6. Mr Ozil
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Best Leeds defender to get?

            Have 4.9 to spend and my current defenders are:

            Coufal Matip Stones Mitchell

            1. PaladinVargas
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Dallas

          7. Gun gun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Chances of mahrez starting?

            1. lindeg
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              60%

            2. Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              67.5%

          8. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Merry Christmas All. What's this about Coufal not playing ? I just bought him last night

            1. Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Speculation

          9. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I have three Man City players. None of them has Covid-19 for now, but this news is almost precisely how every team's outbreak started.

            Terrifies me now. Glad all my plans are flexible, but bloody hell.

            1. GreennRed
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Maybe Walker, Jesus and and 2 staff are a bit more terrified.

          10. Bishopool
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Would you?

            a) Bruno and PvA -> Salah and Dallas (-4pts)
            b) Bruno -> Mane
            c) Son and Kane -> Salah and Firmino (-4pts)
            d) do nothing (no Pool assets)

            1. Chandler Bing
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Save imo

            2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              D

            3. cemal
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              why getting rid of Bruno?

            4. Bishopool
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Only because Liverpool is playing home game against WBA and I do not have Salah..

              1. Gun gun
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Do A!!

          11. Chandler Bing
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Which duo for the long run?

            A. Zaha/Grealish + Matip
            B. Neto + Trent

          12. JONALDINHO
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I brought in Coufal for James...

            1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              +1 and bought James for Justin GW14

            2. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Chilwell>coufal here, what can you do really

            3. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Do we have any news on him?

          13. cemal
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Any idea if Aguero will start tomorrow?

            1. Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              He can start sterling upfront..

          14. Aurora
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Saturday U.K. weather could play a big part in proceedings.

            1. Aurora
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Would you say stormy weather leads to more or less goals?

            2. Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              ?

          15. The Greenback Boogie
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Have Chilwell, Konsa and Coufal. The other 2 are Taylor and Stones. Planning to replace Chilwell with my 1 FT. Who would be the best option over the next 3 game weeks at least.

            A. Dier
            B. Matip
            C. KWP
            D. Keane
            E. Double up on city and get Dias

          16. KJT123
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            DCL > Firmino for a one week pre-WC punt?

            1. Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              This week?! Dcl vs sheff?

            2. andres
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Yes and keep him

          17. Gun gun
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Start kwp or cresswell???
            Seems like saints have a few injuries, cresswell better ?

            1. Pukkipartyy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Cress