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The Complete Guide to Scout’s tips and advice for FPL Gameweek 17

Happy New Year and welcome to the Fantasy Football Scout Guide to Gameweek 17 ahead of today’s 16:00 GMT deadline.

As Fantasy managers, 2020 certainly kept us on our toes and its 366th day was no exception with the announcement of additional fixtures for Gameweeks 18 and 19.

Those with assets from both Manchester clubs, Aston Villa and Burnley now have more players available for the upcoming blank and double.

But are you leaping for joy or simply scratching your head wondering what to do?

As Pro Pundit Andy was at pains to point out when talking through the implications of the fixture changes yesterday, the ideal solution will depend on your team and chip situation.

Step forward the innovative FPL Community with two tailor-made graphics.

The first, by Legomané, helps us plan transfers by using a traffic-light colour code to highlight the rest periods between matches:

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And the second, by FPL Zh0u, is a handy flowchart on strategy, which can steer our teams in the right direction.

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Andy wondered if it was time to abandon our plans for Double Gameweek 19, especially with Manchester City now having arguably the most attractive fixtures, at home to Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

The Pro Pundit, who leads the Mods & Cons mini-league, originally wanted to play his Bench Boost chip but is debating whether targeting his transfers to bring back Kevin De Bruyne (£11.7m) is perhaps the better course of action.

Liverpool also enjoy two home fixtures in the upcoming Double Gameweek and Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) had been the default captain choice for many, however two frustrating blanks has dampened our enthusiasm.

But reporting on the match against his beloved Newcastle United, Neale emphasised that it could have been very different for those who backed the Egyptian:

This was one of those games when the margins between double-digit haul and a three-pointer were slim …  But Salah has historically had a profligate side to his game and occasional frustrating afternoons come with the territory.

– Neale

Something our Captain Sensible writer Jan Sienkiewicz does when making his recommendations for the armband, is to consider how the games will unfold.

Often Fantasy managers like to target teams thought of as ‘whipping boys’, but sides frequently adapt their approach based on the opposition – and Newcastle are no exception:

The Magpies resemble a solid outfit in a backs-to-the-wall 5-4-1 but look less so in a 4-4-2/4-2-3-1, conceding goals against the likes of Burnley, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Brighton and Hove Albion – all at home – this season when playing without a third centre-half.

– Neale

Leeds United, however, take a different approach: employing the same style of play no matter who they are facing.

The open end-to-end nature of their games means that no team has conceded more big chances than the Whites this season and, at the same time, no team has taken more shots in the box. 

On the Scoutcast, Joe and Az both identified the trip to a rested Tottenham Hotspur as the standout fixture for captaincy. And Jan agreed, making Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m) his top candidates for the armband, despite their recent poor attacking form.

But it was the attacking displays of Marcelo Bielsa’s side that caught the attention of Pro Pundit Zophar. Considering their budget options, the seven-time top 10,000 manager noted:

Raphinha’s numbers, in particular, are excellent as he is second for shots in the box (nine) and joint-top for chances created (10).

– Zophar

And like Zophar in his column piece, David picked out a cheap midfielder whose displays have impressed recently for Aston Villa:

His total of 24 attempts on goal is the highest in the league between Gameweeks 12 and 16, at least 10 more than any other midfielder at the time of writing. El Ghazi is also top of the league for big chances (six) and shots on target (15)

– David

However, it remains to be seen if Ross Barkley (£5.9m), returned to fitness and available for selection, will dislodge El Ghazi from the starting XI.

Moving up in price, the recent performances of Christian Pulisic (£8.2m) have been encouraging. In his Scout Notes on the match at Stamford Bridge, David observed:

It was noteworthy to see Christian Pulisic start a second game in two days and manage to last 90 minutes each time – perhaps suggesting he can offer a robust route into Chelsea’s attack for matches against Fulham (away) and Leicester (away) in Double Gameweek 19.

– David

Finally, Harry Maguire (£5.4m) is the headline differential pick for the New Year. Pro Pundit Tom is impressed by his attacking threat with no defender having taken more shots in the box, and Manchester United sitting top of the ticker from a defensive perspective until Gameweek 25.

Community Competitions and Head-to-Head Fixtures

RedLightning rounded-up the Community mini-leagues and competitions in a hot topic yesterday.

As mentioned, the Manager of the Month in the Community Members mini-league is Josh Paulin. Josh wins a £50 Amazon voucher. Josh, please contact Geoff (geoff@fantasyfootballscout.co.uk) to claim your prize.

The Manager of the Month winners in 2020 were:

SeptemberHamdy Sameeh
OctoberEmmanuel Oloche
NovemberJames Frimpong
DecemberJosh Paulin

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  1. Captain Vantastic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 8 days ago

    Son Salah or Bruno captain lads?

    1. TNB
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Son

      • drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        son

      • FPL_Admin
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Son

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Son and Bruno vc

      • corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Son C and Vardy VC here

    2. Olson
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      PLAY POMPEY!

      1. Olson
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        UP UP UP UP UP

    3. UKG
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Any news on Maddison injury?

    4. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 8 days ago

      Just over an hour to go.

      Panic!

      1. CRO KLOPP
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Still unsure whether to play FH TM I see

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          FH seems the much easier option.
          Would sell Salah and maybe Robbo and need to cokey them in 19.

          1. CRO KLOPP
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Yes,me to,need to sell Salah and get him back.plus I need to take -8 and -4 in 18 and 19.
            I might play FH and no chip in 19
            GL

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Cheers, likewise.

      2. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        How many FPL deadlines have you seen go by?

        My guess is 380+

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Timezones mean less than others.

    5. TNB
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Bench one:

        1. Konsa vs man u
        2. Coufal vs Eve
        3. Dallas vs spurs

        1. FPL_Admin
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Konsa

      • estheblessed
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        G2G?!?

        Martinez
        Cancelo, Dier, Balbuena
        Bruno, Son, Salah, Grealish
        Kane(c), DCL, Bamford

        Nyland, Alioski, Anguissa, Kilman

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Perhaps out Kilman sub1?

          Very nice

          1. estheblessed
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Good shout and thanks

      • RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Yes or No?

        KDB+Taylor >> Son(C)+Cancelo

        1. Dele
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Nah

        2. SM001
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Yes if you don't have Kane. And i;m pretty sure Cancelo is on of the City players that tested positive.

          1. Critical Observer
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            According to Sam Lee he is not.

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Why are you sure he is one of the positive ones?

        3. notlob legin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Yes

        4. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Selling KdB is insane I think. He has the strongest fixtures in the game now and if you have him he's a powerful differential.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Even to get Son as Captain? My plan was to get KDB back for 19 after FH 18.

            GW17; KDB+Taylor >> Son(C)+Stones
            GW18; FH
            GW19; BB; Son >> KDB

          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Not a fan?

      • Atimis
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Which 2 would you play ??

        1) Soucek
        2) Coufal
        3) Dallas
        4) Adams

        1. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          1 and 2

        2. Calculated Risks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Own all 4 and playing 1 and 3 personally

      • SM001
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Quick question: I've Wildcarded this gameweek(17). If I transfer out Son for KDB between 17&18 and use my FreeHit will KDB be in my team when my team reverts back?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Same team as GW17.

        2. The Gambler.
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          No you free hitted

        3. SM001
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Tits

        4. frenchfries
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Every transfer made for gw 18 using FH will revert back to your gw 17 team.

      • Winners900
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Anyone else who are planning on bench boost in gmw26? And what are the disadvantages? Cheers

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Team will have more money on bench for longer.

          1. Winners900
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            not if you already are skipping that and using TC in 19?

            1. TorresMagic™
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              BB = expensive bench with no fodder.

      • Nespinha
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        FH18 BB19

        pick one...

        A) Soucek + KDB + Martial

        B) Rashford + Son + Watkins

      • Mr Ozil
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        1 and 4

        1. Mr Ozil
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Reply fail to ATIMIS

          1. Atimis
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Thanks mate !

      • Tshelby
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Good old fashion g2g?

        Martinez
        Chilwell, Kolman, dias
        Grealish, Salah(c),Fernandes, KdB, soucek
        Dcl, bamford

        Coufal, alioski,Adams

        1. Garlana
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          How you feeling without spurs players? Asking as my team is similar

          1. Tshelby
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Bad but font want to lose KdB so yeah

            1. Tshelby
              • 6 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Don't*

      • dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        I took out KDB for Mané as differential for double week alongside Salah ( FH week 18)

        Would you keep with Mané or now that City have double would you take hit to get KDB or run with Mané ? Asking now as may impact on free transfer today

        A get KDB back -4
        B Play Mané in double

        1. The Gambler.
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          I’m captaining Mane today and moving to KDB in 18

        2. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          A for me now.

          What you thinking of doing? I’m thinking something similar with KDB...

          GW17; KDB+Taylor >> Son(C)+Stones/Lowton
          GW18; FH
          GW19; BB; Son >> KDB

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            Or Cancelo in this week and then take a -4 to get Kdb back

          2. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            4 months, 8 days ago

            I would do Mitchell to Lowton this week but too much uncertainty over Fulham game. Think will bring in second keeper so not to lose free transfer and defer decision until next week.

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 8 days ago

              Yeah. What do you think I should do above?

      • Boss Hogg
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        A. Taylor to Maguire (-4)
        B. Play Coufal
        C. Play Dallas

        ???

        1. sozopol
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          C

        2. Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          B

        3. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Depends on strategy but getting Maguire for 18 and then double for - 4 seems decent option to me

      • Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Who to place 1st on bench
        A. Dallas
        B. Bednarek

        1. Bavarian
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          A

      • corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        A) DCL > Watkins
        B) DCL > Antonio
        C) Hold and wait for further info at the expense of -4

      • Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Thoughts on this lot with 1 FT?

        McCarthy
        Zouma, Ajayi, Mitchell
        Salah, Son (c), Bruno, Grealish
        DCL, Vardy, Bamford

        Bisouma, Taylor (!), Coufal

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          I'd use the FT.

      • L'Aeroplanino
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Play Kilman or Coufal?

      • jdp219
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        2FTs and need to burn at least one before FH in 18. Just 0.3itb to work with. Kind of at a loss, if you’re willing to help out.
        1) Grealish, Kilman > El Ghazi, Cancelo
        2) Grealish, Wilson > Son(c), Brewster
        3) Other?

        McCarthy, Forster
        Chilwell, Targett, Coufal, KWP, Kilman
        Salah, KDB, Bruno, Grealish, Soucek
        DCL, Bamford, Wilson

        1. Calculated Risks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Kilman to Holding maybe? No double but more nailed

      • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Best defender for 4.9 or under?

        1. keotes
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Stones

        2. Calculated Risks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Stones is 4.9 but rising in price tonight

        3. Neves say Neves
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Stones

      • Neves say Neves
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Who should I start
        A) Taylor
        B) Coufal
        C) Dallas

        1. Calculated Risks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          I have all 3. Gone Dallas

        2. FantasyTony
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          I started Taylor but dont think he'll play.

          Coufal first on the bench.

      • Calculated Risks
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Gtg? Also full 15 for gw19 bench boost and free hitting next week. 0 ft 0.9itb
        Martinez
        Robbo, Dallas, Justin
        Salah (c), Mane, Maddison, Soucek, Bruno ( vc)
        Wood, Bamford
        Mccarthy, Adams, Coufal, Taylor *

      • Tmel
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Best Matip replacement for 6.8 or under? (already have Dias & Chilwell)

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          I think the ideal defense is:

          Liverpool City Chelsea WestHam Leeds

      • bruuuno
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Best dgw def up to 4.9? Stones?
        Have Coufal Cancelo Dallas Justin

        1. Neves say Neves
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Yea

        2. Calculated Risks
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          A soton one or Stones

      • FantasyTony
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        who scores more by the end of DGW.

        A) Rashford
        B) Son

        +

        1) Watkins
        2) Antonio

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Whatever RMT says.

        2. The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Tie

          Watkins

      • lifes a pitch
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Play Zouma or Ogbonna?

      • Muscout
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 8 days ago

        McCarthy
        Chilwell Cancelo Coufal Dallas
        Salah KDB Bruno Soucek
        Kane (c) Bamford

        Steer JWP Brewster J.Lewis

        Bench:
        A) Coufal
        B) Dallas
        C) Warde-Prowse

      • Mind över Mata
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 8 days ago

        Play Soucek or Bowen?

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 8 days ago

          Bowen

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

        Thoughts on Clyne