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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. Olson
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Frustrating week to own Pope. Either a match against one of the weaker teams in the league with a bunch of diseased players on the back of last week's clean sheet, or a blank awaits

  2. DandyDon
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    thinking of bringing in a West Ham defender over city/utd/spurs/chelsea - must have lost my mind!

    Any early WH team news yet?

  3. Sid1891
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Saka to Zaha for a hit only this GW?

    Thanks

    1. NateDogsCats
        1 month, 29 days ago

        For a hit no

        1. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Cheers

      • The VAR Team
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Zaha is never worth a hit. Believe me I've got him

        1. Sid1891
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Thanks

    2. Sturridge Wars
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Taylor > Rob Holding Or Save FT

      1. C_G
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        did that yest

        1. Sturridge Wars
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Can anyone else not get a decent Free Hit week 18 team. So many drafts and not happy with any of them

          1. GGMU
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            define decent

      2. Sturridge Wars
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Would have Balbuena & Coufal on field if I saved

      3. The Red Devil
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Same issue, might save & get a city defender using 2 FT

      4. Keeptrying
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        depends on your bench and BGW, DGW plans.

        I just made the transfer, will play him this GW and in BGW18, no FH18. Don't need either him or Taylor for DGW.

      5. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What about Pieters?

    3. C_G
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      thoughts on these transfers after FH week?

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

    4. The VAR Team
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Repost:
      Who to get in for GW17 and BGW18?

      A) Fernandez
      B) Holding

      1. Manani
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        if Fernandez is Newcastle one, then B for sure

        1. The VAR Team
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          That's right. Cheers

    5. RedWolf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I assume Justin is nailed as nailed gets?

      1. KAMARA-COPY
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes, it's his spot to lose

      2. Won't sleep till after…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes. Rodgers loves him. No sign of a return for Pereira yet either.

    6. NULL-X-VOID
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      okay lads, need a Lil help for y'all, I kept the decision for my 2FTs till the end and now I'm genuinely confused about the moves

      Martinez (Forster)
      Robbo Dallas Coufal Stones Taylor
      Salah Son Bruno KDB Bissouma
      Bam Che Welbeck

      I want to use the FTs to remove Welbeck and Taylor ideally, but the thought of downgrading KDB to Rashford/Barnes has crossed my mind as well.

      Any help would be reciprocated with wishes for a green arrow for your team :))

      Thankssss

      1. squits
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Dont remove kdb. He has an excellent double in 19

      2. squits
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Bissouma to soucek or a Leeds mid? Ready for the double

    7. Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Adams to Watkins for free?

    8. Joga Bonito®
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Zouma to start?

      1. ZEZIMA
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Yes but 2 pointer incoming

      2. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Would thick so.

    9. Bergkamps second touch
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Ederson confirmed to be out or is it just rumours?

      1. Hazz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Confirmed. He's self-isolating.

        1. DandyDon
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          wow

          1. DandyDon
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            any ideas on other one out?

    10. Manani
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      what's likelihood of Taylor be back in time for dgw?

    11. Garlana
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      5.4 to spend, Harrison or soucek?

      1. The VAR Team
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Sou for me

    12. Il Capitano
        1 month, 29 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*

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes

          1. Il Capitano
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Ta

        2. Uncle Gamst
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Any thoughts on which is better most appreciated.

          a) Kane > Aguero
          b) Dier > Stones

          Man City - BHA CRY/AV wba
          Tottenham avl shu LIV

          For -8, I'm also content to bring in Dias & KdB for Justin & Salah who blank in GW18. City also seem to have the easier GW19 & GW20 opposition;

          Man City - CRY/AVL, wba
          Liverpool - MUN/BUR, tot
          Leicester - SOU/CHE, eve

        3. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bench Adams, Raphina or Soucek?

          1. Return of the FF
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Adams

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            adams

        4. Gaffa914
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          bring in Harvey Barnes or Raphinha?

          1. The VAR Team
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Can't trust Barns to finish in an open goal

          2. Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Definitely raphinha

        5. the snazzy viking
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          A) Keep Zouma
          B) Sell Zouma for 5.5 def (who?)

          cheers

          1. Klip Klopp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            For Dier

          2. ZEZIMA
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Maguire

          3. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Keep

          4. Johnny 8
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Keep

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

            Keep

          6. the snazzy viking
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            thanks all

        6. Oooo Matron
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Any last minute thoughts here? One free transfer & 0.5 itb ?

          McCarthy
          Dias Dier Dallas
          Salah Son (C) Grealish KDB Fernandes
          DLC Bamford

          Subs: Brewster, Balbuena, Konsa

          1. Klip Klopp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Nice team! Hold

        7. Klip Klopp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bruno or Kane/Son for the armband?

          1. lankdog
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Defo going for a spurs player - villa will likely be hard to break down

          2. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I have same dilemma, keep changing. Currently back on son

          3. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Son

          4. bring_on _the_fantasy
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Kane - Due and big on and on pens

        8. E25
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Who to get in this week and for the DGW19?
          A) Dallas
          B) Stones

          1. Gizzachance
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            B

          2. MikeS
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            A

        9. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Would you start Rodrigo or Stones

        10. lankdog
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Best mid for £8.8m or under for the next two GWS? Planning on doing Salah & Adams >> Kane & someone ahead of GW18, before moving back for the DGW

        11. pratikpaw
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Best 6.4m replacement for Taylor? Have Cancelo, Dallas, Justin and Coufal.

          A) Maguire
          B) Saiss
          C) Bellerin/Tierney
          D) Dias (city double up)
          E) Chilwell

          Thanks!!

        12. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Taylor to:
          A) Holding 3 games (wba, CRY, NEW)
          B) Pieters 4 games (FUL, MUN, whu, liv) more attacking potential and 0.1 cheaper

          Free hit 18 available

          1. The Red Devil
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Burnley Fulham might get postponed

            1. Sᴄʜᴜ̈RRʟᴇ ⓝ
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Thanks

        13. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 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 (thinking son/kane coz Leeds)
          3- Taylor bednarek alioski zouma Dunne are my defenders, save FT & buy a city defender next GW or do Taylor to holding?

        14. james 101
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Crazy fast in here now!!

          Best 4.3 defender ?

          Killman
          One of the cheap pool defenders?
          Leeds?

        15. FPL ElasticO
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Who should you captain?

          A. Kane
          B. Son
          C. Bruno

        16. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Saka or Zaha?

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

          Can only keep one, but which one? (Have Bamford)

          A )Dallas
          B) Raphina