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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

And for those interested in the Head-to-Head Leagues, the main page can be linked to here. The fixtures for Gameweek 17 can be found below:

Use the drop-down menus to show your league and division. To find out which league and division you are in, follow the instructions on the main Head-to-Head page.

Once the Gameweek starts, if you click on your opponent’s name you will be linked to their team on the FPL website.

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2,511 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 25 days ago

    Why is Holding so popular right now?

    1. AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Fixtures and price

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Ah, people don't mind about no double game week?

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Fixtures

    3. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      cheap

    4. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Good fixtures for all chip strategies and he's cheap.

    5. Kingtekkerz
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Cheap, nailed on, good fixtures
      Arsenal okay ish defensively

    6. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Seems a good bet for BGW perhaps

    7. Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      4.4 nailed for now good fixtures

    8. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Thanks all, conclusive.

  2. burnhilla
      1 month, 25 days ago

      Do you expect Stones to start against Chelsea?

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        yes imo if the game is on

        1. burnhilla
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Ty!

      2. as33
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Best replacement for KWP? 0.4itb

      3. AC/DC AFC
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        The clear risk with Man City is any further infections and a postponement against Chelsea.

        With a 5 day incubation period it's still a gamble on both Man City and Chelsea picks for that matter.

        So is it prudent to take hits?

      4. BobbyDoesNotLook
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        2ft, fh18, bb dgw19. 0.1itb. Going to lose one ft due to fh. Worth the risk below or take possible hits after gw18 to get Vardy and City def?

        A) Kane, Dier > Vardy, Dias

        Mcc, Johnstone
        Robbo Dallas Coufal Justin Dier
        Salah Bruno Son Raphinha Soucek
        Bamford Adams Kane

        1. CC22
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I wouldn’t be taking out Kane this week. I’m a Leeds fan, and I think Mourinho’s Spurs team could turn out to be our absolute kryptonite. Wouldn’t be shocked if they beat us more convincingly than Man Utd did.

      5. Sotamendi84
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        harisson or raphinia?

        1. Gharvey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Raph

        2. The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Rap

      6. CC22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Welbeck to Antonio worth doing for free? Will likely FH next week and Antonio’s fixtures in the double look great.

        1. The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yes it is good but no way will Ant get 2x90 in the double with the games so close together.

          Maybe get Rodrigo now and wait on Ant?

      7. The Mighty One
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Sitting here with Cavaliero...should I move him on to Soucek?

      8. Ibra
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Anybody know if Phillips is starter in Liverpool now? I'm planning:

        GW17: Taylor -> Phillips
        GW18: FH
        GW19: Targett -> Dallas

      9. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Would you do Lamptey to Holding for free?

        1. Daniel - WC Active
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          yes

        2. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Yes

      10. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Who to start?

        A) Balbuena
        B) Dallas

        1. Lev Yashin
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          B

        2. The Mighty One
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          A. Spurs is a tough matchup for Dallas.

      11. Manani
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Likelihood of James or Taylor to start playing in DGW?

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          50%

        2. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          0.

      12. Pepeye
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 25 days ago

        All Man City players tested again this morning If Walker & Jesus negative they can rejoin bubble but will not be able to play against Chelsea

      13. nims076
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Pick 3 to start:

        1. Justin
        2. Dallas
        3. Coufal
        4. Zouma
        5. Bednarek

        Thanks

      14. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        Any postponements?

        1. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Maybe in 30 minutes.

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Would be typical, any leaks/news on the likelihood?

      15. cutch
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 25 days ago

        The million dollar question. Who to start this GW?

        A) Martínez
        B) McCarthy

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          A

      16. ultrakide
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Please, I am first time here, find weakest link:
          Schmeichel
          Bednarek, Cancelo, Dallas
          Salah Mane Saka Grealish
          Calvert Lewin Bamford Watkins

        • The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Hello guys, would like it if y'all could give your suggestions

          1- start DCL or soucek (thinking of starting DCL)
          2- captain son/kane/Fernandes (unsure between son/kane)
          3- Taylor bednarek alioski zouma Dunne are my defenders, save FT & buy a city defender next GW or do Taylor to holding?

          1. bring_on _the_fantasy
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I've gone kane if it helps, due a big GW and on pens. Leeds leak goals

            1. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              What about the other two bits?

              1. bring_on _the_fantasy
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 25 days ago

                DCL always good for a goal.

                Don;t know anything about 3

        • C_G
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          thoughts on these transfers after FH week?

          Lamptey + DCL ----> Antonio + Pieters (-4)

        • AK_FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Start Soucek or Dallas?

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Soucek

        • Railwayman
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Play:

          A) Dallas or B) Welbeck

        • andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Any updates on this bur ful postponment?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            no

        • Bonus magnet
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Would you do

          Salah + Adams-> Kane + Zaha

          Have Son already

        • Mattious8
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Have Zouma.

          A) Start
          B) -4 to Stones, Dias, Saiss, McGuire or Cancelo
          C) Hold start Coufal or Cresswell

        • Gashead9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          FH next week, 1 FT to use. 2.5 ITB. Plan to BB in GW19 so how does Forster > Johnstone look this week?
          Leaves 2m ITB to sort Brewster & James for double

          Meslier,
          TAA, Robbo, Coufal,
          Salah, Bruno (C), Rashford, Grealish, Soucek,
          Watkins, Bamford

          Forster - Dallas, Brewster, James

        • colby_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 25 days ago

          I am FH18 and BB19. Do you prefer Taylor -> Targett or Walker-Peters ->? Taylor is my only injury doubt for GW17.

          Current team:
          McCarthy Fabianski
          Taylor Zouma Robertson KWP Coufal
          Salah Fernandes Rashford Soucek Raphinha
          Bamford Vardy Adams

          Thanks!

          1. colby_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Oops. I meant Walker-Peters -> Dallas.

          2. TimoTime
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 25 days ago

            I like your profile pic

            1. colby_
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Ha!

        • Akshatjazz
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 25 days ago

          Who to captain ?
          Son
          Bruno

          1. bring_on _the_fantasy
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Son by a mile. Villa have best defence record in top 6

          2. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Son

          3. jumpinjeffflash
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Gotta be Son. Villa will be tough for Man Utd.

            1. Akshatjazz
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Who to play in Def ?

              Dias, Dallas, stones,coufal & Kwp

        • Il Capitano
            1 month, 25 days ago

            FH18 BB19. Last call, Taylor to Lowton and play over Dallas?

            1FT 0.2m ITB

            Johnstone
            Robertson Justin Dallas
            Salah Son (C) Bruno (VC) Soucek Raphinha
            Vardy Bamford

            McCarthy - Adams Coufal Taylor*

          • Agamenmon
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 25 days ago

            Holding or Balbuena

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 25 days ago

              Holding