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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. In a Rush
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Happy Christmas everyone may the festive season bring lots of points!

    1. ted mcnure
      • 10 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      and to you too pal!

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Cheers ted

    2. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      All I want for Xmas is captains hauls.

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Yes lots of them bring it on!

    3. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Cheers Rushie! Merry Christmas to you too.

      1. In a Rush
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Cheers twisted may all your arrows be green!

  2. kime67
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    cancelo the best one week punt for this gw?

    1. el polako
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Firmino or Kun are better 1 week punts.

    2. Bram
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Yerry Mina

  3. Daniel Jebbison
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Play Justin or bring Dias for a hit? No other playable defenders though

    1. Nanoelektronicar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Just play Justin

  4. COK3Y5MURF
    • 4 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    So Jesus gets an unreported dental problem, scores midweek, and now gets COVID. Nice dose of luck for me for Christmas

    1. Big Ping
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Jesus is poor, good excuse to get rid surely?

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Yes, but an extra hit. I've got Chilwell and James as well 🙄

        1. Big Ping
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Ah bad luck man :/

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Jesus to who as 1GW punt before WC?

    It s for -4. Or just to play mighty Bissouma?

    1. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Punt

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Who ? I have Vardy and Adams

        1. Niho992
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Up to 9.8

    2. Mika-eel
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Bobby?

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        He is due to blank in easy games as usual haha

        1. Mika-eel
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Good luck with whoever you bring in, and that will probably be the case.

  6. Nanoelektronicar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 20 days ago

    Chilwell to Cancelo a no brainer now? Can't get Robertson, unfortunately. Or just go Stones for 0.6 less?

    1. Legohair
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Save for doubles?

      1. jamesjoseph2770
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        I'm saving Chilwell for DGW. He will miss max 2 games and we will want him back anyways..

        1. Sanchit
          • 5 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          People with fodder benches can't afford to that.

        2. Utopsis
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Plus the game he'll likely be back for is against City, then he blanks in GW18.

      2. Nanoelektronicar
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        That was initial plan, but I have no playing bench, so I am not sure what to do.

    2. as33
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Im thinking to ger Mendy

      1. as33
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        t

    3. kime67
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      yeah

  7. stefanbkanev
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Play 1:

      A) Taylor (lee)
      B) Wilson (mci)

      Leeds seems very good in attack and man city look solid in defence last matches.... Help

      1. kime67
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        wilson might be rested

    • S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Bottomed.

      Is second wildcard available straight after gw16?

      1. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        I think so.

      2. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Yes

    • as33
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Any1 going for Kun, he loves Newcastle

      1. Sanchit
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        His chances of playing 90 are very less

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Any pressers today?

      1. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Only Queen's

    • THEKID_88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      What's the deal with Coufal now?

      1. Mika-eel
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Think someone mentioned that his wife recently gave birth.

      2. Rolls-Royce
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        He is helping his missus out

      3. lilmessipran
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Paternity leave

      4. ChelseaGuy
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Wait, so he's not gonna play?

        1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • 11 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          would make a poor human being for moyes to get him away from his new born and missus. and plus it's christmas. i'd say unlikely

      5. kime67
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        rested probably

      6. Camino Aleatorio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Now that’s a new one

        I am having the worst luck on budget transfers

        (1) Barkley hurt 5 minutes into Brighton game
        (2) Dendonker hurt after 1st presser
        (3) vestergaard hurt after 1st presser
        (4) maupay goes nuts - mental case after I get him

        Various other stuff with performance

        1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
          • 1 Year
          5 months, 20 days ago

          More info about Maupay going nuts?

    • andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      So those getting cancelo in now, are you bb in gw19?

      1. Mika-eel
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Nah, City still has a decent fixture in 19.

      2. kime67
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        great fixture for city in 19

      3. Utopsis
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 20 days ago

        No, FH

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Martial or Firmino as 1GW punt before WC?

      1. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        Bobby

    • DAZZ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      What time did you crack open your first beer? 11:45am here. Slacking

      1. Party time
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        6 am

        1. NIKO.
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          😆

    • CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Which of these to do next gw?

      a) DCL & Wilson to Kane/4.5 (-4)
      b) Wilson to Wood (free)

      Already have Son if that matters.

      NB: (a) would allow for TC, whereas (b) would mean BB.

    • Niho992
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 20 days ago

      Which move will get me more points. It s for a hit

      A : Chilwell to Cancelo and bench Jesus
      B : Jesus to Firmino and bench Chilwell

      1. BeWater
          5 months, 20 days ago

          B. You could carry Firmino through to DGW19.

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Cheers. Doubt i will own him on my WC

      2. nisag17
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        5 months, 20 days ago

        How likely Stones plays?

        1. BeWater
            5 months, 20 days ago

            Hopefully 100% because I'm bringing him in for the yellow flag magnet.

        2. Silecro
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 20 days ago

          Bednarek or KWP?

          1. BeWater
              5 months, 20 days ago

              Probably KWP. Can't believe I sold him for Lamptey last week.

            • Bennyboy1907
                5 months, 20 days ago

                KWP

              • Silecro
                • 3 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Ah, went with Bednarek in the end, just due to 6 points more and a couple of bonuses more. Not a lot of difference to choose from, but for 4.7 its okay

            • BeWater
                5 months, 20 days ago

                I've heard a lot of talk about how good Firmino is at Christmas but surely this is Andy Carroll's time of year.

              • Hazardous1983
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                What to do with this

                Mcarthy (steer)
                Coufal.zouma.justin (taylor mitchell)
                Kdb salah bruno soucek (podence)
                Watkins.bamford kane

                0.2m in bank... 1 ft... fh 18 bb 19

                1. kime67
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  coufal to dallas maybe?

                  1. Hazardous1983
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Took chillwell out for coufal

                2. mdm
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Save surely

              • ymx
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Vardy + kdb/Fernandes/soucek/podence
                Or
                Bamford +
                Kdb/Salah/Fernandes/soucek
                OR
                vardy +
                Salah/Fernandes/soucek/podence

              • JURGENAUT
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Chances of Dias starting this week? Because I have Coufal who is likely to not play and only Justin as cover.

              • Hazardous1983
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Coufal not starting?

                1. Sun Jihai
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Unlikely IMO

                2. mdm
                  • 9 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Of course he starts. 2 more days to the game

                3. Brehmeren
                  • 11 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  He will play.

                4. dunas_dog
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  He’ll play

                  1. Rinseboy
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Merry Xmas Dunas lad! Any transfers this week boy?

                    1. dunas_dog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      And happy Christmas to you you too. Yes had 2 frees and defence in tatters so Robertson and Coufal in and may make third with Lewis to Dallas for -4

              • fish&chips
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Was thinking of capping KDB but with the jesus and Walker covid news I think I better play it safe. Here were go Salah

                1. as33
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Sterling my cap:)

                  1. fish&chips
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Good luck!

                2. L'Aeroplanino
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Salah is the best choice even without covid news. quick turnover means high chance of early sub off

              • only2
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 20 days ago

                Did some calculations between going with FH chip in gw19 or just manage with transfers. I got an extra 30-35 points when using the FH-chip. Question Is, does 30 points warrant the chip use or should I rather keep it then?

                1. Utopsis
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  How on earth have you assessed this quantitatively?

                  1. only2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    5 months, 19 days ago

                    Haha good question

              • Bennyboy1907
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  BIG DILEMMA!
                  Pretty set on FH18, now it’s TC or BB19. Pick A or B please.

                  A) BB with 1 hit GW19
                  Martinez (Johnstone*)
                  Robbo*,Dallas*,Coufal*, (KWP*, Zouma*)
                  Son, Salah*, Grealish, Bruno* (Soucek*)
                  Adams*, DCL, Bamford*

                  11DGW + Son, Grealish, DCL, Martinez

                  B) TC Salah no hits GW19
                  Martinez (Forster)
                  Robbo*, Coufal*, Dallas* TAA* (Mitchell)
                  Son, Bruno*, Salah*, Soucek* (Grealish)
                  Bamford*, Adams*, (DCL)

                  9DGW + Son and Martinez

                  1. Sanchit
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Can you please remove the players which are common in both the drafts?
                    Too difficult this way

                • Nice to Finally Michu
                  • 7 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Oh my Aguero could turn this season on its head

                • Sturridge Wars
                  • 6 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Thoughts?
                  Right so I think I’ve decided to go with FH18 & BB19

                  FH GW18
                  Ederson
                  Gabriel / Dier / Dias
                  Auba / KDB / Son / Podence
                  DCL / Kane / Wilson

                  BB GW19. 11 double gameweek players
                  McCarthy*
                  Coufal* / Dier / Taylor*
                  Salah* / KDB / Bruno* / Son / Soucek*
                  Bamford* / DCL

                  Bench: Johnstone* , Che Adams*, Alioski*, Balbuena*

                • Sanchit
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Reece James to Cresswell for a hit?

                  1. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Coufal has better stats. Id save the 0.5m.

                    1. Sanchit
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Compare them on Understat.
                      Cresswell matches/ betters Coufal on all stats per 90

                  2. Brehmeren
                    • 11 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    He will play.

                    1. Brehmeren
                      • 11 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Reply fail

                • Karan14
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 20 days ago

                  Who will play RB for City if not Cancelo?

                  He started so many games needs a rest but I just can't think of anyone who will be able to replace him now that Walker has Covid.

                  1. mdm
                    • 9 Years
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Zinc

                    1. Sanchit
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 20 days ago

                      Zinchenko right back?!

                  2. Maeki2
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    5 months, 20 days ago

                    Zin is better than cancelo offensive