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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. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    James replacement:

    A taylor
    B dallas
    C other - up to 5.6
    D kdb, james => robbo, raphina (-4)

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

    1. Sanchit
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      I like your team as is.
      Save this gameweek and then do D next week for free?
      You'll also have KdB for the Newcastle game.

      1. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Problem is no bench really... in terms of defenders.. this is risky going into xmas

    2. The VAR Team
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      depends on your chip strategy, but B look best

      1. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Thanks.
        Fh18, 19bb

  2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    You there, boy! What tier is this?

    1. Fit of Pique
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 15 hours ago

      Brilliant

  3. mynameisq
    • 8 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    My last two defensive transfers

    James in

    Coufal in

    1. Lucky Z
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Congrats

    2. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      +1.

  4. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    DGW19.

    BB with 3 SGWs (being Leno, Dias, Kane) or TC Salah?

    1. Lucky Z
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Why will you bench Kane?

      1. It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Does it matter?

      2. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        I wouldn't. But he is a SGW player.

        DGWs if I don't bench the above would be Johnstone, KWP, Justin, Soucek.

    2. Konig Luther
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      BB

    3. Studs Up
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      BB

    4. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Thanks all.

    5. Davros
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Bb

    6. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      bb

  5. C_G
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Am i GTG? 0 FTs, 0.3 ITB, took a -4 for this team.

    Mendy

    Taylor Cresswell KWP

    KDB Salah(c) Bruno Soucek

    DCL Kane Watkins

    Forster Mitchell Lamptey Riedwald

  6. youzef
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Best 3 to start from below?
    Wilson
    Taylor
    Soucek
    Aurier
    Watkins

  7. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Update City training has Dias & Stones in defence, KDB & Gundogan in, Jesus upfront, Ake not training

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Mahrez?

      1. Mahjongking
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Yes what about mahrez?

    2. Muscout
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      What about Cancelo?

    3. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Which eye are you ? wheres Mahrez ?

      1. The Knights Template
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        The browneye

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 16 hours ago

          What I thought 😆

          1. Debauchy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 16 hours ago

            Then again Pep has 3 of them , browneyes

  8. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Areola
    PVA Dallas Dier
    Salah KDB Bruno Mahrez
    Richarlison Wilson Bamford

    Lamptey Stephens 3.9

    2 FT . 0.3 ITB. Building for 18 and FHing 19

    Any suggestions? Need to bench Wilson.

    Lamptey> Stones and save the other transfer to get in Son next week on mind.

    Thoughts??

    1. FCSB
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Lamptey >> Stone looks solid imo

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Cheers

  9. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Play
    a) Justin
    b) Taylor

    1. Henryyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      A

    2. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      B

  10. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Hi all start cresswell or kwp?

    1. Henryyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Cress

  11. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Konsa >> ?? worth a hit

    Y or N ?

    1. Henryyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      First sub?

      1. FCSB
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Chilwell then Stephens then Douglas do a weak bench...

        Relying on a Konsa start ugh

    2. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      No Sire .. not worth a hit. Unless its for Robbo or someone. Mind to give your thoughts above?

    3. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Only if you have no sub replacement

  12. Henryyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Good to go lads?

    Martinez
    Robbo Coufal Taylor
    KDB Grealish Son Bruno Salah
    Adams Bamford

    4m - Lamptey Mitchell Brewster

    0FT 0.4m ITB

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Coufal might be out so you need backup for that

      1. Henryyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Worth a hit?

  13. drughi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Did chilwell > coufal lol

    1. Ronnies
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Same!

      The West Ham match is Sunday, so I reckon he plays... fingers crossed!

  14. TeddiPonza
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    A. Get Dias now (which means playing sub 5,4m mid in gw 18)

    B. Get Stones or Dier now (which means playing up to 6,3 mid in gw 18, prob Podence)

    Thanks

  15. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Mancity predicted lineup i hope is this

    Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Jesus

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Can’t see Mendy playing. Pep doesn’t like him

      1. Mahjongking
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        U have cancelo?

    2. jay01
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Walker and jesus covid 19 positive

  16. jay01
    • 7 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Coufals wife has had a baby this morning. He surely wont play this weekend?

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Course he will

      1. jay01
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Paternity leave? Xmas fixtures so makes sense to be rested for one anyway?

        1. Ron_Swanson
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 16 hours ago

          Footballers don’t get Paternity leave. She will be back at home later today or tomorrow and the game is 2 days away, and they’re at home in a winnable game. He could be home by 5pm

    2. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      He might. He might not

    3. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Goal with ‘baby rocking’ celebration

    4. Davros
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      60-40 he plays I reckon, but wouldn’t be bringing him in now

  17. youzef
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Best 3 to start and play from below?
    Wilson
    Taylor
    Soucek
    Aurier
    Watkins

  18. FCSB
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Happy Xmas guys!!

    Martinez
    Robertson Cancelo Dallas Coufal
    Salah Son KDB Grealish
    DCL Bamford

    Forster Soucek Brewster Ferguson

    1 FT, 2.9 itb

    Is this good to go?

    Thanks

    1. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      wouldn't be opposed to brewster to adams

      1. Davros
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Consider this

    2. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Where is your Konsa?

  19. Jdpz
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Will Konsa play against Crystal Palace?
    Is Konsa to Dallas (or best def under 4.7m) worth a hit?

  20. CONNERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Happy Xmas all.

    Would you mind letting me know what you think of this potential FH draft for gw18. Thanks.

    Leno
    Walker - Reguilon - Holgate
    Sterling - KDB - Auba - Son - Neto
    DCL - Wilson

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Rather have Grealish than Auba

      1. Ron_Swanson
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 16 hours ago

        Rather have Jon Obi Mikel than Auba

    2. The Knights Template
      • 7 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Aubamalamayangdang

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Ha. I get the Auba out message. Will get Kane instead perhaps and switch to 343. Or Grealish maybe.

      Thanks

  21. olly:)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Walker and Gabriel Jesus have tested positive for COVID-19

    1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Wow .

  22. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Presume the City games goes ahead with Jesus and Walker testing positive?

    1. Ron_Swanson
      • 11 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Probably. Cancelo nailed

    2. olly:)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      yes i assume by the way it’s been reported the rest of the squad and staff have tested negative so should be all ok.

  23. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Hoping to turn my 8 straight green arrows into 9 this weekend. Would make for a good Christmas.

  24. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
    • 9 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Lamptey Chilwell Coufal Kilman Dallas.
    What a defense.

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Or lack thereof.

  25. Tonyawesome69
    • 2 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Walker and Gabriel Jesus positive for COVID-19

    https://twitter.com/RobHarris/status/1342425727619235840?s=19

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Cancelo nailed then.

  26. asdf_1
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Breaking: Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker have tested positive for Covid-19, plus two members of #ManCity staff.

    1. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      Oh dear , who's next....

  27. RVP 20
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Merry Christmas all!

    Can i get some help on my situation..
    Currently i have only 5 players for BGW 18... is the FH way to go.. and then probably TC or BB in DGW 19??

    1. Davros
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 15 hours ago

      Yes

  28. Bookkeeper
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    What is Aguero's price?

    1. olly:)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      9 months, 16 hours ago

      10.3

    2. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      9 months, 15 hours ago

      Do you not play fantasy on the fpl site?

  29. seewhyaxe
    • 4 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Merry Christmas guys!

    Is this gtg and anything worth a hit?

    Martinez
    TAA, Robertson, Coufal
    Salah, Son, Grealish, Bruno
    DCL, Bamford, Watkins

    Johnstone, R.James, Mitchell, Burke

  30. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    9 months, 16 hours ago

    Cancelo is a nailed On option now that Walker has tested positive(May he have a quick recovery).