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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. Kingtekkerz
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Play Stones or Mitchell?

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Mitchell

  2. Mr_Barbs
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Gtg?

    Johnstone
    Robbo, Cancelo, Lowton, Dallas
    Salah, Bruno(c), Son(vc)
    Bamford, Kane, F.Silva

    McCarthy, Coufal, Soucek, C.Jones

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

    Martinez or Pope???

    1. Jdpz
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      pope

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Pope

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

    Is Stones a big risk to start the next few?

    1. Sco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Yes. He gets rotated a bit.

    2. PLerix
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      I brought him in. Worth the risk at 4.9 if you have an OK bench.

  5. Oggle22
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Bench correct or start Konsa?
    Martinez
    Mari Holding Mitchell
    Son Salah Bruno Saka
    Bamford Firmino DCL

    Steele Soucek Kilman Konsa

    Cheers

  6. BenDavies
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    For the DGW only:
    A) Justin, KDB, Kane
    B) Dias, KDB, Vardy for -4

  7. Il Capitano
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Move made, Dallas to come on for Lowton if the Burnley game is off. All set?

      0FT 0.3m ITB

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

      McCarthy - Adams Dallas Coufal

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

      Balbuena starts?

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

        he should

    • Sco
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Martinez
      Justin Dias Mitchell
      Salah Son Bruno Grealish Harrison
      Bamford Kane (C)

      Steer, Dallas, Coufal, Brewster

      GTG?

      bottomed

      1. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I would play Dallas over Mitchel

    • The 12th Man
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Ferguson >> Chilwell done.
      Dodged Cancelo for now.

      Gtg?
      Martinez
      TAA,Chilwell,Dias
      Salah(vc), Fernandes, Grealish, Raphinia
      Watkins, Bamford,Kane(c)

      Johnstone, Soucek, Dallas,Coufal

      Drop any Villa players for West Ham to the bench?

    • Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Targett or Hause?

    • FPLord
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Struijk expected to keep his place till DGW 19?

    • Shark Team
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Till the GW 18 deadline is it more possible for Johnstone or Soucek to rise more?

    • WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Captain?
      A. Son
      B. Kane

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

        Kane!!!

      2. Sco
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I'm going for B but both seem good options

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Cheers both! 🙂

    • corderz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Play one:

      A) Coufal - EVE A
      B) Chilwell - MNC H

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

        A

    • The Rock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Play Stones of Coufal? Not confident of either keeping a CS this GW!

      1. Sco
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Stones

      2. FPL Doc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        I would do Stones, unless you think he has COVID

      3. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Ederson out makes me lean coufal plus has some assist threat

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

      Start one:
      A) Bowen
      B) Kilman
      C) Stones

    • Punty McPuntface
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Last min help please:

      A Stones and Rashford
      B Dias and Zaha

      1. MyBall MyRules
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        A

    • FPL Doc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Maddison fit to play?

    • KAPTAIN KANE
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Game must be going ahead then?

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

        Which game?

        1. KAPTAIN KANE
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Burnley vs Fulham

      2. Sco
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        What one?

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Why

    • TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Start Dallas or Coufal?

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

        Dallas

    • Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      This sample FH18 team is actually pretty good. It's definitely looking worthwhile to me now especially with United having a nice game in it.

      Leno
      Dias Cancelo Telles
      Sterling Fernandes Rashford Son Martinelli
      Kane Wilson

      (Holding, Yedlin -- extra bench just in case)

      1. TimoTime
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 29 days ago

        That looks pretty sexy

        Sure about Telles' minutes?

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

        No Kev? 🙂

      3. Super Saints
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Personally I'd rather save my FH with all the uncertainty at the moment and don't think that team is amazing. I will have the below with no hits.

        Martinez
        Stones Taylor Holding
        KDB Fernandes Son Grealish
        DCL Brewster

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

      Yes or No: Mane -> Son? And keep money ITB for Son -> KdB in GW19

      I wildcarded GW16, plan to FH18 BB19

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

      Best option as second BB keeper in 19 alongside Martinez

      A Johnstone
      B McCarthy

      1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        b

      2. FPL Doc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Same question I have, ended up going with Johnstone

    • Right In The Stanchion
        1 month, 29 days ago

        How long is Struijk Leeds likely to play for?

        1. HammersXI
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Until Cooper / Koch is back. Which tbh might be 1/2 weeks away for Coops

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

        Play Adams or Soucek?

        1. TNB
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I've ended up on Adam

        2. Colonel Shoe 肝池
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          vardy cap here

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

            Here as well.

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

          Play one:
          a) Alioski
          b) Konsa
          c) Konsa

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

            sorry. c) Kilman

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

          Who to start from these choices:
          Bamford or Podence ?
          Holding or Zouma ?

          1. MyBall MyRules
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Bamford, Holding.

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

          Decision on Salah or Bruno captain is going down to the wire!

          1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            if you won bruno then bruno.....guy is guaranteed points every week