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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. dbeck
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    Play Soucek or Adams?

    1. Street Friend
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      I’ve got soucek ahead of Adams

      1. Johnny 8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Ditto

  2. as33
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 21 days ago

    KWP>Holding?

    1. Sid1891
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      For free?

      Yes l would

  3. Futureform
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Next few weeks - who gets more points?

      A) Grealish
      B) Zaha

    • Street Friend
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Start 1

      A) coufal
      B) Adams
      C) targett

    • Pepeye
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Are you sure Grealish will be benched?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Huh?

      2. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        What?!

      3. Forever In Our Shadow
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Stfu

    • BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Happy New Year everyone!
      Apologize for the RMT post but I don't post RMT's here ever!

      My WC16 team plan has now changed; I want City players and own none.

      How do we feel about the following transfers:

      GW17: Robbo --> Dias with a FT
      GW18: FH
      GW19: Son + Kane --> KDB + Vardy for a -4

      OR

      GW17: Robbo --> Justin
      GW18: FH
      GW19: Son --> KDB with a FT

    • Oldie99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      On wildcard, buy Maguire or chance Cancelo??

      1. MyBall MyRules
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        City defence way more appealing over next 5 weeks.

      2. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Cancelo all day

    • gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Start Adams or Cresswell?

      1. Street Friend
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Similar issue with coufal debate. Really not sure who to go for

        1. gooberman
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          If I had Coufal instead of Cresswell I would go Adams. Cresswell offers a greater assist threat than Coufal in my opinion with his set pieces.

    • Nightf0x
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      pick 2 to get from these
      saka neto soucek ghazi raphinha

      will FH in gw19 soucek & raphinha will likely be in my FH team

    • Bonus magnet
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Take 2

      Would you do

      Salah + Adams-> Kane + Zaha

      Have Son already

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Hard to sell Salah. Could work with Kane(C) though. I probably would if you have a plan to get mo back

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Moves done. G2G?
      GL all! 🙂

      McCarthy
      Robbo, Dias, Lowton
      Salah, Son(C), Bruno(v), Raphinha, Soucek
      DCL, Bamford
      (Johnstone, Adams, Coufal, Dallas)

      1. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Nice team good luck

      2. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Nice team

        Good luck

      3. dbeck
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Johnstone has better cs odds than McCarthy. Adams or soucek is what I’m stuck on

    • Pringle
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      James to Maguire a decent move?

      1. Hulk Smash
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Yeah

    • Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Would you?

      KWP -> Maguire

      1. Sid1891
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Yes

    • Lev Yashin
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Remember, Rich is back for EVE so DCL might be firing again.

      That's why I'm backing Dallas over Coufal.

      1. Won't sleep till after…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Also I couldn't ignore DCL's record against West Ham which is very good.

    • Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Would you rather:

      A) lose out on 1 FT
      B) Look for a potentially playing 4.0m defender instead of Mitchell?

      Got Mitchell + 0.1itb

    • LSK
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Lol pages are flying (this pointless post won’t help either)

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

      Play Dallas instead of Coufal or Stones or first on bench?

      Robbo, Stones, Coufal - Zouma , Dallas

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Play Dallas

        1. Lev Yashin
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          See my comment above...

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Has there been any news on Klich at all?

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        No

    • Tonyawesome69 FHXX
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Anyone know who Sivert is captaining?

    • Maddamotha
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Mahrez, Taylor > Rash, Holding for free?

      1. ZEZIMA
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Like it

      2. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Yes

      3. Maddamotha
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks guys

    • GoonerGirl
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Hi guys,
      Happy New Year.

      A couple of questions:

      Zouma to Stones this week to free up some funds for my 5th midfielder in double GW19? Yes/No?

      Holding or Alioski for Taylor?

      Thanks

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Yes and Alioski

        1. GoonerGirl
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Thanks.

    • seanmcging
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Which 2 to start of these 4:

      A) Dallas
      B) Pieters
      C) Soucek
      D) Coufal

      1. Gizzachance
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        B c

    • Gizzachance
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Taylor to
      a holding no dgw
      B Shaw dgw
      C stones dgw
      Cheers

      1. seanmcging
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        I would say C

        1. Gizzachance
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          Thanks

      2. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        doing a myself

        1. Gizzachance
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 21 days ago

          That was my initial thought
          Just don’t know whether playing f/h in 18 or 19, or save and just use trans
          Will have 7 for blank, plus 1ft
          Bout 10 for dgw plus 1 ft
          Cheers

    • YLK13
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Kilman, Coufal or Dallas?

      1. Johnny 8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Coufal this GW

    • Mr Chelski
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      James out for a -4? I want to build for BB Gw 19

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        yes

    • TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Don't want to burn the transfer this week so should I do either:

      A) Dunne > Johnson

      B) Burke > Smith Rowe

      Cheers!

    • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Who to bench?

      A) Zouma (MCI)
      B) Stones (che)
      C) Cresswell (eve)

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        A

    • DeeGee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Is Burke -> Soucek worth a -4 this week. Seems like Burke's price is going down today and I plan to FH in GW18. That way I will effectively loss 0.1m before GW19 transfers.

      1. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Yes

    • flippetyflop
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      How does my plan look for the upcoming GW's guys?

      Martinez/Forster
      TAA/Robbo/Dias/Semedo/KWP
      Salah/Son/Fernandes/Burke/Bissouma
      DCL/Wood/Bamford

      GW 17 - Save
      GW 18 - Trent to Maguire gives me 10 players in the BGW (although it's very likely Burke does not start.
      GW19 - 2 FTS - Son to KDB and DCL to Che Adams

      Would give me 11 For DGW of Martinez, Maguire, Robbo, KWP, Dias, Salah, KDB, (triple cap) Bruno, Wood, Bamford, Adams.

      Am i putting too much emphasis on getting as many DGW players as possible at the expense of longer term points..i.e is DCL to Adams a bad move?

    • Lucky Z
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 21 days ago

      Guys what about DDG as an option for upcoming fixtures? Is there Henderson threat?

      1. ZEZIMA
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 21 days ago

        Nothing wrong with getting the best keeper in the world