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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!

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1,786 Comments Post a Comment
  1. KDB4PREZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 24 days ago

    Would you play

    A) Dallas (Bur)
    B) Coufal (Bri)

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

      B

    2. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      B

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Coufal

  2. The Count of Monte Cristo
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 24 days ago

    WC'ing for GW16 but defenders falling like flies! Chilwell --> Matip / Dias / Cancelo (FT) before WC?

    McCarthy
    Chilwell ** - Targett -- Justin
    Salah (c) -- KDB -- Fernandes -- Son -- Soucek
    DCL -- Bamford

    4.0 -- Lamptey ** -- Brewster -- Mitchell [1FT + 0.0m ITB]

    1. KDB4PREZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Diaz been great for me, Matip would tempt me also

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        It's just a one-week punt with WC next GW so it's been Dias and Matip for me. I put Cancelo in there in case Dias would get a rest?

        But with Walker out, you wouldn't think Pep would want Dias left out too?

    2. Tsparkes10
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      I’d go mendy mate

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

    Evening....if coufal doesn't ay I'm down to 2 defenders... 0ft. 0itb

    A....stick

    B....lamptey to balbuena - 4 (a move ill probably male before dgw19 in any case - and potentially then for a hit....)

    Martinez
    Robbo dallas coufal (lamptey james)
    Salah kdb bruno grealish (soucek)
    Dcl watkins bamford

    Thanks

    1. KDB4PREZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Wouldn’t normally recommend hits for defenders but I’d take the hit

    2. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      B. Lamptey has been a troll and you were going to do it anyway

    3. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      B - hit for defneder is worth it this time with the uncertainty.

      1. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Cheers guys

    4. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I wouldn't do the hit.

      Think Coufal will play personally.

      And if he doesn't, You likely won't be alone struggling to field 11 this week with other absences and possible rotation.

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

    Before I wildcard for GW16, for this week only should I stick with Mahrez or take a 1 week punt on Foden or Torres?

    1. KDB4PREZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Stick

    2. The Count of Monte Cristo
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Stick - no point you rouletting whilst Pep also roulettes, haha.

    3. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 24 days ago

      Stick. If you have a FT, maybe spend it on a bench option instead

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

    Anyone keeping Chilwell, got him for 5.6m? Not sure what to do

    1. KDB4PREZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 24 days ago

      I sold and would advise the same (esp if can get to pool defender)

    2. Vazza
        3 months, 24 days ago

        If you have a strong bench to cover him, you may as well keep him providing he’s only out for say two weeks

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

        I am planning to keep him for now for DGW19, but guess will see what Lamps say after the Arsenal game

      • Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Already gone for me.
        Seems a lot of money to have sitting around with no idea of when he'll be back.
        I assume he'll drop a bit more too.

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        I sold for Matip. Will allow me to upgrade Steer for DGW.

      • El Presidente
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Monitoring but keeping for now because got him for 5.5 and if available He's a great asset for DGW19

      • Lignja
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        It is kinda hard for me cos have Lamptey also so that mean hit and even if replacement get cs it will be few ponts + and maybe ill need him back rly soon

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

      1ST WC owners

      Whats the plan with team ?

      We have just 27th december to use it..

      1. The Count of Monte Cristo
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Yep, Monday at 3pm GMT is the first kick off of GW16.

      2. Vazza
          3 months, 24 days ago

          It’s a coin toss for me.

          As part of my WC strategy, I would need to downgrade DCL or Grealish to upgrade my bench to play BB in GW19.

          I’m not very keen on this though.

      3. baines is god
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Dias or Cancelo long term?

        1. Royal5
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Probably Dias but Laporte Stones and Dias will share time.

          1. Royal5
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I picked Cancelo for my wc fwiw

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

            Will they, though?

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

              Dias won't, for the most part.

              1. Royal5
                • 9 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Yup. Laporte being eased back from injury.

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

                  Ridiculous. He's been dropped for lackluster performances, mainly vs Spurs, while Dias and Stones have been largely flawless.

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

                  Pretty sure it's not that, it's bad form

                  1. Royal5
                    • 9 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Things changes fast i see. Not long ago Stone was "useless" and Laporte "world class".

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

                      Who are you quoting exactly? Also simply responding to your point that he's being eased back in from injury- simply not true confirmed by pep too

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 24 days ago

          Dias

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

        Merry Christmas everyone.

        Got my backline sorted for tomorrow. Last week it was Chilwell, James, Cresswell, Walker, Lamptey. Did a rash -4 to remove Lamptey (and Watkins) for Taylor and Bamford. Seems to have been some extra Christmas casualties and my defence looked like a set of traffic lights. Chilwell to Dier tonight; Walker to TAA tomorrow and I'm ready for the next few weeks

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

        Bring in ( no WC so may FH in 18 and likely TC Salah in 19)

        A Dallas ( good for double week)
        B Cancelo (double up with Dias- good single week player for double week and plays blank week 18)

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

        Any opinions ?

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

        WC in 16 but going Salahless this week seems incredibly risky. B gives me more exposure to Liverpool, both defensively and in attack.

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

        Can get 8 players for 18 and 7 players with a double in 19 without free hitting in 18. Worth saving it?

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

          Maybe but if you're not going to use FH in a blank week nor use it in a double game week what are you saving it for?

          1. Epic ⚽ 墅
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            There will be further opportunities later on but I'm sure they will be more easily planned for without a FH chip than this one.

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

          You could try and make a BB team.

      8. Tsparkes10
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 24 days ago

        Thoughts on this WC for next week?? Will only have 1FT to use before BB in 19...

        McCarthy Meslier
        Coufal Balbeuna Robo Taylor Justin
        Son Bruno Salah Raphinia Soucek
        Vardy Adams Bamford

        Really tempted for Antonio but doubt he’ll be fit... Double Burnley defence also not sure on

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

          Looks goof

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

          Amd after that what ? Wc gw20 ??

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

          Justin? Any news on Pereira?

          1. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            True... I’ll keep an eye out

      9. Vazza
          3 months, 24 days ago

          I still have my first wildcard and here is my current team

          ————McCarthy————
          —Dias Zouma Robertson—
          -Salah Bruno Son Soucek-
          ————Kane DCL————
          Subs: C. Taylor, Fodder x 3

          0.0 ITB, WC, FH and BB available

          Who should I downgrade to upgrade the fodders?

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Still only 14 men

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

            Risky but for me, Kane

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

          Merry Christmas. Thoughts on below?

          Martinez
          Dallas • Coufal • KWP
          Salah(C) • KDB • Bruno • Son • Grealish
          DCL • Bamford
          (Steer / James / Brewster / Douglas)

          Keeping James for doubles. Will FH18 BB19.

        • Young_Boobs
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Hi,
            My team is:
            martinez
            justin, chilwell dias
            salah grealish fernades kdb
            calvert watkins adams

            who sell? please help 🙁

          • Quan MisTaka
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Beat this

            Martinez (Steer)
            Robbo / Cancelo / Coufal (Taylor) (Lamptey)
            Salah / KDB / Bruno / Grealish / Soucek
            DCL / Bamford (Brewster)

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

              Need Kane or Son

              1. Quan MisTaka
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Can do Grealish to Son

                Or else will have to downgrade bruno or kdb to get kane in

          • Barryyuen
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Help me out! 🙁

            McCarthy Areola
            Robertson Coufal Lowton Targett Ferguson
            Salah Fernandes KDB Son Soucek
            DCL Bamford Watkins

            Planning to do
            1) Watkins to Rodrigo
            2) Targett to Balbuena
            3) Ferguson to Alioski

            0FT and 0.0ITB.

            FH in 18 and BB in 19.

            Which means I have to -4 this GW as Watkins is dropping in price now. Otherwise, I will be priced out for 2 and 3, is this the right move? I’ll have an extra FT in 19 if I do this...

          • Albrightondknight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Still start Coufal over Dier after the Coufal news?
            I presume Coufal is 90 or nothing so better off just letting it auto sub if needed?

            1. Esalman
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              Yes

            2. On The Up
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              What news?

              1. Fit of Pique
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                His wife has given birth.

                But the game isn't until Saturday. Personally I think he'll play

          • Esalman
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            So Richarlison definitely out for the next game? Guess I'll have to play Wilson and hope for a penalty.

          • dylano21
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            Hi all,

            I Have vestergaard, Coufal, Mitchell, James and cresswel.

            Would you take a hit to get a better defence ?

            1. Fulchester's New Centr…
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 24 days ago

              You might well be on for only 1/5 playing so yes, a hit or even two wouldn't be so bad.

          • JY84
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 24 days ago

            I have both Taylor and Ayling... Between these two players, who should i put in my first team tis week?

            1. Vazza
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Taylor

              • Fulchester's New Centr…
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                One team can't score, one can't defend so...

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

                Do you expect Burnley to score?

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

                  1 at least

              • Fit of Pique
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Taylor.

                If it was Dallas I might say play the Leeds defender.

                But I'm an Ayling owner too and his move to centre back - plus their tendency to ship goals - means I consider Ayling a liability.

                At least with Taylor there's a decent hope for a clean sheet.

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

              Do folk not think DCL might be rested on boxing day? Carlos had said he'll be resting him over the festive period and the Sheffield United game seems the most obvious game at this time. Though if Richarlison is out. . .

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

                The tweet suggests Man City.

              2. Forever In Our Shadow
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Rested Monday. He won’t be rested against Sheff Utd. No way in the world. And he will get a couple. Everything Sheff Utd are poor at is what DCL is good at. And it’s against his home town club.

            3. stefanbkanev
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Merry Christmas, guys I need your help:

                Choose 1 option:

                A) James (ars)
                B) Brewster (EVE)
                C) Wilson (mci)
                D) Take hit for -4 currently 1.4 ITB

              • Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 24 days ago

                Play Welbeck or Neto?

                1. BeWater
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Faced with that kind of decision I would just play the better player which is Neto.

                  • RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Neto

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

                  Probably a blessing in disguise that injuries are forcing me into Jesus + Mitchell -> Bamford and Robbo

                  1. BeWater
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      You are gaining two good players and losing a player who does absolutely nothing every week. And you are also losing Mitchell.

                    • Stupendous
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      Incredible moves. No brainer.

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

                    Long one but please help out 🙂

                    McCarthy Areola
                    Robertson Coufal Lowton Targett Ferguson
                    Salah Fernandes KDB Son Soucek
                    DCL Bamford Watkins

                    Planning to do
                    1) Watkins to Rodrigo
                    2) Targett to Balbuena
                    3) Ferguson to Alioski

                    0FT and 0.0ITB.

                    FH in 18 and BB in 19.

                    Which means I have to -4 this GW as Watkins is dropping in price now. Otherwise, I will be priced out for 2 and 3, is this the right move??? I’ll have an extra FT in 19 if I do this...

                  3. AzzaroMax99
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 24 days ago

                    Which combo sounds better from gw16?

                    A) Son+Werner
                    B) Kane+Pulisic

                    1. BeWater
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Kane and Pulisic.

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

                        Son, Pulisic & Cash (imo)

                      • acidicleo
                        • 4 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Not keen on Chelsea...
                        Is Kane and Son out of budget?

                        1. AzzaroMax99
                          • 4 Years
                          3 months, 24 days ago

                          Yes. Son&Kane would require Kdb+Watkins+DCL to 6.0 att and a minus -8 :/

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

                      Thoughts on this DGW19 BB?

                      Johnstone • Martinez
                      Robertson • James • Dallas • Coufal • KWP
                      Salah • Bruno • Grealish • Raphinha • Walcott
                      Vardy • DCL • Bamford.

                      Will have it for a -4.

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

                        Pretty good.

                    3. baines is god
                      • 9 Years
                      3 months, 24 days ago

                      captain Mahrez.

                      Now Jesus is out, likely Torres starts up front and Mahrez plays on the right.

                      Great differential and could haul

                      1. Stupendous
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Aguero is fit

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

                      Worth having only 7 BGWers and 8 DGWers, to save FT?

                      BGW:
                      Martinez, Stones, Grealish, Son, KDB, DCL, Wilson (+Brewster/Mitchell)

                      DGW:
                      Taylor, Balbuena, Zouma
                      Salah, Bruno, Rashford
                      Bamford, Adams
                      (Also playing singles KDB and Son)

                      Or to little DGW players?

                      1. RamaJama
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        3 months, 24 days ago

                        Meant ti save FH 🙂

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

                        Yes. Think a lot of people will lose good players, transfer value and valuable hits in the rush for chip points now. It depends on your team though. I think you’ve got good players getting decent points and you’re good to go with your strategy.