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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. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Start one please?

    A) Adams
    B) Raphina

    1. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

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

        Cheers

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

      B

    3. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      now please help me below

    4. manu4life99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      B

  2. Daniel - WC Active
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Maquire or Dallas who to play?

    1. Deeney-is-a-god
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Maguire

    2. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Slab head for me mate!!

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        so Maquire right? thanks

    3. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Maguire for sure

    4. Tambling5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Maguire

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        went Dallas at the end since he is a midfielder basically. even when they conceded 6 against Utd he brought me points. Also have Villa attack anyway

        Thanks all

        1. Tambling5
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          I have Maguire and Alioski so it was always a moot point to me! Good luck!

  3. Deeney-is-a-god
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 29 days ago

    Start mitchell or raphina?

    1. Daniel - WC Active
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      R

      1. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Thanks

    2. burnhilla
        1 month, 29 days ago

        M

        1. Deeney-is-a-god
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Thanks

    3. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Mitchell or Brewster 1st sub?

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        M

      2. Tambling5
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Neither

    4. Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 29 days ago

      Is Welbeck nailed from rotation?

      1. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        80% or so

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

        Isn't he an injury doubt?

        1. Shatner's Bassoon
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Yes

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

      Captain

      A Mané
      N Son

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

        N Son

      2. Daniel - WC Active
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Son

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

        Son

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

        Son

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

      Lowton or Pieters?

      1. The Littlest Robbo
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lowton

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

        I’ve just gone Lowton.

      3. Michelle Davin
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Lowton

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

          Cheers all

    7. burnhilla
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Order this bench:

        A: Furlong
        B: Dallas
        C: Raphinha

        1. Deeney-is-a-god
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          CBA

          1. burnhilla
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Thanks

        2. The Littlest Robbo
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bench one

          A. Dias (che)
          B. Zouma (MCI)
          C. Dallas(tot)
          D. Lookman (bur)

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

            Dallas. Leeds have 1 win and 1 draw out of 22 in London.

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

          Play McCarthy or Johnstone?

          Thanks!

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

            I’m giving Johnstone a go

        4. Wayne Enterprises
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Start Raphina or Grealish?

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

            Grealish

        5. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Start Dallas or Coufal???? Cannot make my mind up!! Haha

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Coufal for me. now please help me above

          2. Wayne Enterprises
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Personally Dallas

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

            Also struggling with this.

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

            Dallas. Spurs will play very conservative

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

            Currently on Dallas but head is saying Coufal

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

          Alioski or Ayling?

          1. Feed tha Sheep
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Ali

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

            Alioski. Actually putting up better offensive stats than Dallas, but keep it quiet.

          3. Tambling5
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Alioski

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

          Hopefully 3rd time lucky:

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

          Steer, Dallas, Coufal, Brewster

          GTG?

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

            Like it, G2G

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

              Thanks! 🙂

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

          Play Dallas instead of Coufal or Stones?

          Robbo, Stones, Coufal - Zouma , Dallas

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

            Start Stones, dallas first on bench

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

              Cheers

        9. Jinswick
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Mitchell to start this week?

          1. Daniel - WC Active
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            I think not but have started him

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Unlikely but who knows.

          3. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Hasn't come on for a cameo in the past, so probably safe to start anyway

        10. FPL Kaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Is Brainwaite to Pieters for -4 worth it? Or not because of the doubt in the game being played?

        11. Ribus
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Triple C too risky right now for dgw?

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

            No riskier than any other time in the season. COVID is always going to be lurking.

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

            no more risky than bb

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

            DGW 2 weeks away but yeah who knows if there will be any more outbreaks once deadline for GW19 passes

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

          For the next two GWs only:
          A - Zaha SHU/ars
          B - Saka wba/CRY
          C - El Ghazi mun/TOT

          or anyone else under 8.8m apart from Raphina?

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

          KDB or Sterling?

          1. KEVIN DE CLAUS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Kdb

            1. Daniel - WC Active
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              I am tempted by Sterling

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

                So do I.

        14. manu4life99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Start Adams(LIV) or Soucek(eve)?

          1. KEVIN DE CLAUS
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Sou

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

            Sou

        15. Michelle Davin
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Anybody captaining son like me??

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

            Hundreds of thousands of people.

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

              Lol

          2. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Think you're the only one mate 😉

        16. KEVIN DE CLAUS
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Captain Bruno or Son

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

            Son

          2. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Son

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

            Son for me

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

          Start Johnstone over McCarthy this week??

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

            Same, over Marti

        18. Luton_Fan
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bench one?

          A. Soucek
          B. dallas
          C. Dias?

          1. Lucky Z
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            B

        19. Lucky Z
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Bench one:

          A. Dias
          B. Dallas
          C. Mitchell

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

            B

          2. Luton_Fan
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Dallas i think

        20. SomeoneKnows
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Should I play both Cancelo & Stones this week or spread the risk and play Bednarek instead one of them?

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

            Double City.

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Both

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

            I am playing both.

          4. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Play double
            Likely one is out with COVID anyway

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

          Captain Kane or Son

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

            Yes

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

          Start Raphina or Soucek?
          RMT tool says Soucek...

        23. Bobby Digital
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          My most expensive defender is Coufal at 4.6m. Taken all money out of defense and invested it in midfield.