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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. Dream Killers 2.0
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    What to do with Bowen...? Keep or sell.

  2. Sanchit
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Captain Bruno Son or Salah?

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Salah

    2. Pukki Blinders
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Sonny

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Son

    4. Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Bruno

      1. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Oh didn't see Son, captain Son

    5. Bollard
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      I would for sure 🙂

  3. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Start 1

    A Mitchell
    B Dallas
    C Coufal

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      A

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      A

  4. Releasebreaks
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Choose 1 to bench:

    A - Zouma (MCI)
    B - Dier (LEE)
    C - Justin (new)
    D - Bellerin (wba)

    1. jonnybhoy
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      A

    2. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Zouma

    3. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      A or B

  5. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Any late cancellation or benching rumors before I lock it in.?

    1. Must.Go.Faster.
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Well...

  6. Tango74
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Has anyone transferred wrong player ever lol

    1. Wild Rover
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Loads, with the benefit of hindsight

    2. Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Gedson Fernandes 😀

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Taylor from Villa

      2. Tango74
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Was meant to sell Lewis and keep Taylor for GW 19 and saw Lewis in pick team

        Punted on slab head as city @ Chelsea

    3. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Yep I did earlier in the week and had to fix it. Oof

    4. DickFranDyke
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Arsenal & Ozil?

    5. Must.Go.Faster.
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Bailey, just now.

    6. Releasebreaks
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      I did transfer McArthur instead of McCarthy
      I messed up the names, that was pain in the ass

      1. Tango74
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 29 days ago

        That made me chuckle sry

  7. Mahjongking
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Vice capt salah or bruno?

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Im on salah vc

    2. JBG
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Bruno

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Bruno

  8. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Mccarthy
    Dias, kilman, robbo
    Salah, bruno, son, raph, souc
    Kane, bamford

    Need spurs v leeds to finish 3-3

  9. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 12 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Good luck everyone! 🙂

    1. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      You too

    2. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      You too!

  10. Nightf0x
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    johsmtome to leno or next gw ?

  11. Duke Silver ☑
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Screw it. Switched from Bruno to Salah to Bruno. Anything can happen between now and Monday evening so Bruno it is.

  12. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Ffs keeping it on son

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Oh no

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Don't feel good about it lol

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 29 days ago

          Still hasn't updated. Quick!

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            8 months, 29 days ago

            I'm taking the risk lol f it. My captain always blanks anyway

    2. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Yeh i did. Come on sonny lad

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 29 days ago

        He's been horrendous recently but maybe it changes this week

  13. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Good luck everyone.

  14. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    (V)ardy because the Vice looks good on him.

  15. KAPTAIN KANE
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    PANTS DOWN!! Good luck all X

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      zip

  16. JollyGoodYellows
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    I'm going to regret bringing in AWB.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Crazy move.

      1. JollyGoodYellows
        • 2 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Zouma + Mccarthy > AWB + Martinez.

        Preparing for the blank and couldn't afford Maguire.

    2. I'M VARANE GRATEFUL
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      United fan here and you've only got yourself to blame.

    3. Thomas Shelby from Birmingh…
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      I've got Bailly in that too for Robbo

  17. L'Aeroplanino
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    god the pressure...

    1. Must.Go.Faster.
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Handling pressure is a virtue

      1. Must.Go.Faster.
        8 months, 29 days ago

        or is it patience? Who knows these days

  18. Tango74
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 29 days ago

    I chose son capt , Bruno be

    Eeek

    What did you do ??

    1. Hot Toddy
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Vardy

      1. Party time
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Sweet Toddy 🙂

    2. Pep bites Kun
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Same 🙂

  19. tiger
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Pants 2021

  20. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Update already!!!

    1. Must.Go.Faster.
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Lol

    2. Luton_Fan
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Still not updated

      1. Must.Go.Faster.
        8 months, 29 days ago

        It will take like another 30 min or so.

        1. Must.Go.Faster.
          8 months, 29 days ago

          Or you talking about your changes?

  21. Party time
    8 months, 29 days ago

    All balls out,

    Salah(C). You can’t stop me now!!

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Thiago's return is a major boost

      1. Party time
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Yeaaahhh. Salah(C) we feast!

  22. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Let's go!!!

  23. Orion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Went with Salah C in the end

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Hes so disappointing.

      1. Ⓙⓐⓡⓥⓘⓢⓗ CMIUK
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Poor Mrs Salah

      2. Orion
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        As is Son or Kane imo

    2. STEP rOVERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Yup me too

    3. Party time
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Salah is a very strong captain pick this gw. Same here. Good Luck!!!

      1. Blue Moon Rising
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        Why? Slightly out of form against a good saints defence. I've stayed clear.

        1. Party time
          8 months, 29 days ago

          Just what I think. I mean, he surely has to score now because he is due & I believe Salah = Fpl

  24. umerlfc
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Last minute changed Kane(c) to Son(c)

    1. Lethargio Alcantara
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      you will regret it.

      1. Warbling Wendy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 29 days ago

        righty-o...

    2. ZEZIMA
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Unlucky

  25. Scotch Jock
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Game still open?

    1. Right In The Stanchion
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Yes

    2. Scotch Jock
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      8 months, 29 days ago

      Not any more 🙁

  26. Little Red Lacazette
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Firecrackers down. Good luck all.

  27. Brosstan
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    WOw, deadline done!

  28. ZEZIMA
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Still able to make changes lol???? It's 1 minute past????

  29. Pacer.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    Bowen OOP in goal. Fabs up front

  30. Luton_Fan
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 29 days ago

    There we go. Finally