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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. Rolls-Royce
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Aguero 5 goals vs Newcastle confirmed.

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Top of the page too. It's a sign.

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Or Sterling up front?

      1. Mahjongking
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Yes i feel pep wont start aguero .

    3. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Ferran Torres might start with Kun eased in.

      1. Mahjongking
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        No please, please dont start torres!!!! Sux upfront,

  2. Amartey Partey
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    James, Chilwell, Vestergaard, and now Coufal out. I give up.

    1. Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Who said Coufal out?

      1. Kno
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        wife gave birth the other day, not confirmed out tho.

        1. Rolls-Royce
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          Oh, I am glad Coufal didn't give birth. So should be fine to play.

          1. Studs Up
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 29 days ago

            Good one lol!

    2. karsworde
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Coufal?!

    3. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Come on, only mention those confirmed out,

    4. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Coufal thumb ducking goal celebration on sunday confirmed

      1. My heart goes Salalalalah
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Thumbed a duck did he?

        1. Jam0sh
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          Dont know about that

    1. The Train Driver
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      So it begins...

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Yes. If Jesus can test positive on Christmas Day nobody is safe !

        1. Debauchy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          We are doomed , doomed I say !

        2. Cruyff's Eleven
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          Ha ha, you made me laugh, thank you Sir

        3. Maeki2
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 29 days ago

          Best comment! 😀

    2. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Time to get rid of KDB

      1. The Train Driver
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Why? No I prefer Torres or Kun starting, even Sterling up top.

    3. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Cancelo start confirmed.

  3. Karan14
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    So tempted to get Cancelo over Dier now!!

    1. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      I went for Dias. Think I might regret it with Covid in the City squad.

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        The rest of the squad returned a negative test. So no need to worry

        1. bitm2007
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          I'm thinking further ahead.

        2. Amartey Partey
          • 2 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          How many tests did they do? Don’t you have to do more than one to be sure?

          1. davidfromkent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            8 months, 29 days ago

            No

  4. turd ferguson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Is it Boxing Day yet?

    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Why wait, get your gloves out.

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Is there a Boxing Day ? I normally can't remember it !

  5. JabariParkersEyelid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Merry Xmas to all.

    Is anyone else considering no chips in 19? My current team requires FH in 18, but I have no easy route to a BB in 19 I'm happy with and I'm not crazy about the TC options either. May keep my powder dry for a BB 26 and TC in another double.

    My team for reference:

    Mendy (4.0)
    Robbo Reguilon KWP (Ayling Mitchell)
    Grealish Son Bruno Salah Soucek
    Vardy Bamford (Brewster)

    1.2 ITB probably Brewster to Rodrigo next week.

    1. Lukakuna
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      I'm tempted, but only issue is BB in 26 doesn't look optimal with no FH to deal with the blank in 29. And then there's the rotation risk too

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 29 days ago

        That's true, but my thinking is the blank 29 is likely to be made up of bad teams as most good sides will progress in the cup. It's a gamble, but if I'm right you could muddle through with 4 or 5 players?

        I can get to 10 DGW players & Son with Grealish on my bench for 19. But to get a good BB will take at least a minus 8 along the way. I just don't see how that's worth it.

  6. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    All other City players ok Sterling in anyway Torres upfront?

    1. Mahjongking
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      No please torres sux upfront

  7. Henryyy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Cancelo owners are the luckiest

    1. Slitherene
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Not really, he's playing well.

  8. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Yeah Kun can't play 90 mins so on bench. Mahrez looks certain now

    1. Mahjongking
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Hope so!

  9. Weeb Kakashi
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Cancelo looks nailed on now till Walker is back.
    Although not sure he plays GW18 on Jan 13 with Walker back by then.

    1. Lukakuna
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Perfect if you free hit in 18 anyway!

      1. Weeb Kakashi
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Im freehitting in 19.

        1. Lukakuna
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          my condolences

  10. Lukakuna
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Which one would you go for? Cheers 🙂

    A) Chilwell* > Dias
    B) Chilwell* Zaha > TAA Raphina (-4)
    C) Hold Chilwell and save

    B and C means I'll try to get together a BB in 19

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      A or B. I wouldn't be holding Chilwell for 2 games out, city and a blank.

      If you have Zaha A could be good for no free hit 18, but don't know rest of your team.

      1. Lukakuna
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Cheers I'll free hit in 18 so Zaha is out sooner or later anyway

        1. JabariParkersEyelid
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 29 days ago

          I like B then, I think double Leeds attack is great value.

  11. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Dias passed Covid test so okay

  12. Original - Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    A) Vardy
    B) Firmino

    Who to have over Christmas?

    1. Lukakuna
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      A

    2. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Firmino for the next two games. Vardy after.

  13. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    2 City backroom staff also fail Covid test

    1. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Rest all returned a negative test. 2 players 2 staff... The game will go through.

      1. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        It will but its not a good sign for those of us who have other City players.

  14. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Bielsa organised a raffle in Leeds Utd for those who work in the training ground. So he gifted a TV in a canteen worker and a Volkswagen Polo (11.000 £ cost) to a kit-man.
    How not to love this guy!

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Very generous, more of the high paid players should do the same.

      Bale gave £15k to a food bank, that’s like me giving a homeless person 1p, the guy is on 650K a week !

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 29 days ago

        It's still good of him to do it though surely?

      2. Ruth_NZ
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        High paid players?

        Would you consider Chris Wood at Burnley, James McCarthy at Palace, Jake Clarke-Salter on loan at Birmingham high paid? Because they all earn €3m per year, more than most people earn in a lifetime.

  15. afsr
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Still have Chilwell in my team. 0FT this week and 0.0 ITB?
    Should i transfer him out this week for a (-4)? (plan to FH18 and maybe BB19)?

    Rest of defence is Cresswell, Taylor, Dallas, Mitchell

    A - Zouma (ars this week and ful, lei in DGW19)
    B - Matip (WBA this week and MUN, BUR DGW19)
    C - Vestergaard (ful this week and lei, lee in DGW19), could miss next game
    D - KwP (ful this week and lei, lee in DGW19)
    E - get Robertson next week by saving money elsewhere
    F - keep Chilwell and play Taylor this week ag Leeds

  16. Tsparkes10
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    KDB captain and no Salah makes me worried now :/ gonna sit tight and hope for the best

    1. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      why? Its not like Salah will get more than one attacking return

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        In the first 5 mins 😉

    2. Pukki Party
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      I'm going KDB C too and no Salah.

  17. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    All those Dias Cancelo double ups will get the maximum once more...

    1. Amartey Partey
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Wilson with a penalty nailed as I just sold him.

  18. Patio Kev
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Imagine bringing in Cancelo because Walker is out and then the Man City v Newcastle game is postponed anyway.

    Think there are already at least 5 EFL games postponed on Boxing Day doe to Covid.

    1. Zim0
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Why would it get postponed by 2 players testing positive

    2. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      ?

    3. Weeb Kakashi
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Dont think it will get postponed because of 4 positive cases. The rest have a negative test apparantly

  19. Deano Jones
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    My team:

    McCarthy
    Targett Cresswell Robertson
    Grealish Son Mahrez Fernandes
    DCL Kane Wilson

    Bench: Forster, Lamptey, Riedewald, Struijk

    Need advice, should I:

    (A) Sell Kane for Firmino (Free)
    or
    (B) Sell Kane and Mahrez for Salah and Bamford (-4)

  20. shapply
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Don't know what to do with 2FT and 0.1itb. Any suggestions?
    Chilwell to Dias or something?

    Martinez (Steer)
    Cresswell, Cancelo, Taylor (Chilwell, Bernardo)
    Son, KDB, Soucek, Salah (M. James)
    Bamford, DCL, Kane

    1. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      could do something like that and use the change to upgrade one of your fodder to a gw19 player but depends on your plans for that

      1. shapply
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        yeah, sounds good

  21. g40steve
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    With Coufal having a Xmas baby decided to put him first on the bench?

    Does this setup look correct?

    Martinez
    Zouma, Robbo, Stones
    Bruno, Son, Grealish, Salah C
    Kane, Bamford, Adams

    Forster, Coufal, Dallas, Soucek

    .6

    Plan FH18 & BB19

    1. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      I'd not bench Coufal because of baby

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Who sits out then ??

      2. Zim0
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        His starting defenders are better anyways. He can bench Coufal.

    2. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Neh, I'd have a rethink mate....

      🙂

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Really strong bench, think you're G2G but I'd put Soucek ahead of Dallas.

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Ta

    4. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Ah got it now. I'd put Soucek first on the bench

    5. My heart goes Salalalalah
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Who did you have benched then?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        50/50 Zouma or Coufal.

        Ars might nick a goal?

        1. My heart goes Salalalalah
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          I see now. I'd definitely start Zouma anyway

  22. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Mahrez should start?

    1. Mr Arsenal
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      On the bench

      1. Mahjongking
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Thenwho u think will start? Bench 3 premier games? Nah

        1. Zim0
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          He's been benched 4 times in a row before. It's nothing new

  23. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    GTG?

    Mendy
    James, Cresswell, Dallas
    Son, Salah (C), Bruno, Grealish
    Firmino, Dcl, Bam

    Taylor, Anguissa, Lamppost

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Good team. Other than Lamptey.

    2. Begbie.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Is James fit?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 29 days ago

        maybe, assuming not but don't want to bench him and then he plays, he'll either play 60 mins+ or nothing I would assume

  24. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Who are your DGW19 enablers?

    Mine are likely to be:

    WBA: Johnstone
    LEE: Raphinha, Bamford
    WHM: Coufal, Soucek
    SOU: KWP, Adams

    Don't like the look of Burnley, Fulham, Leicester for the DGW.

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      If you're bench boost then add Balbuena to the list, double West ham defence looks great for 19

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      atm i have

      Dallas, Bamford, Taylor, and cresswell

      will look to bring in Johnstone, Adams and maybe double up on WH defence as my last 3 transfers before DGW

    3. waltzingmatildas
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Yeah pretty much those. Considering Taylor too

    4. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Vardy would be a good pick, but not an enabler

    5. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      And which big hitters do you plan to have for dgw 19?

      1. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Salah, Fernandes, Robbo, Kane and one other 7.5-8.0m mid or forward.

  25. FPL Doctor
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Merry Christmas all!

    Any thoughts on what to do here?
    1 FT 0.3 ITB

    Martinez
    Dias Coufal Dallas
    Salah KDB Grealish Bruno Soucek
    DCL Bamford

    Steer Wilson James* Justin

  26. waltzingmatildas
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Which do you prefer?
    A) TAA and son
    B) James (when fit) and kdb

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      A all day.

  27. DAZZ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Dier + Chilwell > CTaylor + TAA -4 done. Fancy Trent’s form to turn now. Liverpool looking good! Didnt want to lose Dier but lets be honest besides CS points he isn’t a great option

  28. VincentVega
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Looks like we dont have to worry about Cancelo not starting! Walker / Jesus got the Lurgy!!

  29. Muscout
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    McCarthy
    Chilwell Cancelo Coufal
    Salah KDB Bruno JWP Soucek
    Kane DCL

    Steer Brewster J.Lewis Branthwaite

    0.2 itb, no FT, Preparing for DGW19 so want to keep Chilwell

    A) save and hope for a starting 11, Cancelo should be nailed now! And surely Coufal will still play?
    B) make a transfer ASAP (who to get?) although don’t fancy a -4