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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:

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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. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    5 months, 14 days ago

    panties down

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      zip

    2. tiger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 14 days ago

      that's what she said

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        So the dude is the one wearing the panities. I like it.

  2. ivantys
      5 months, 14 days ago

      Scenes when Coufal is benched again.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        What would be the point?

      2. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        No chance

      3. Klaren
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        They won't keep a CS anyway so it will be a 1 or 2 pointer

        1. ivantys
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Hard to say, Everton have been garbage in attack recently.

      4. jonnybhoy
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Bottled Salah captain and changed to Son. Please pay off.

        1. Little Red Lacazette
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          14 pointer to 2 pointer.

      5. Original - Wolves Ay We
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Mice down! NOW

      6. Weilong7
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        gd luck all..

        1. LC1
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          You too mate.

      7. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Still making changes 2 minutes past deadline

      8. Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Really hope Zaha keeps quiet this week!

      9. Jdpz
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Good luck!

      10. HD7
        • 4 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Any other new owners around of Maddy here?
        Hope he hits a purple patch:)

      11. just a man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Last min swap of McCarthy to start over Martinez. Good luck everyone.

      12. Arteta
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        I know I'm late but still ... happy, healthy and successful new year to the whole FFS community 🙂

        1. Well you know, Triffic
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          You too although I hope you get relegated

        2. Party time
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Same to you man. Have a peaceful & successful year buddy

      13. pundit of punts
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 14 days ago

        Made some tough benching calls this gw.

        Martinez
        Dier - Holding - Mitchell
        KDB - Bruno (vc) - Son - Grealish - Podence
        Kane (c) - Wilson

        Button - Bamford - Dias - KWP

        Good luck all 🙂

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Benching Bamford for Podence is ridiculous

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            We shall see

            Bamford due a rest/off day and up against one of the best defense

            Podence plays a leaky defense

            1. Garlana
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Surely their top goalscorer plays against the best defence?

        2. Teomi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          Bamford! Really?

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            See above

        3. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 14 days ago

          I would have played all 3 on your bench lol

          1. pundit of punts
            • 8 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Dias probably comes in for Mitchell anyway

        4. ivantys
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Could pay off. I would have benched Jack instead.

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Even madder

              1. ivantys
                  5 months, 14 days ago

                  It's just as mad as those Jack sellers 😛

              2. pundit of punts
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 14 days ago

                United are leaky

                Grealish has multiple avenues to points

            2. Rains of Castamere
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Bamford on pens and Podence only plays 65 mins... big call mate, hope it works for you. I started both.

              1. pundit of punts
                • 8 Years
                5 months, 14 days ago

                Podence tends to get closer to 90 mins these days after Jimenez got injured

                Bamford up against the best defense. Due a rest/off day as well

            3. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Wow, Bamford benched.

            4. ZEZIMA
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Like the Podence pick. I have also started him too. I think he gets double digits this week.

              Good luck, Pundit of Punts

            5. yousunkmybattleship
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Oops

          • Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            Any chance Soucek double rises till the next deadline?

            1. Lucky Z
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              For blank GW?

            2. TorresMagic™
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 12 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              No game next GW.

            3. The Hunt
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Am I right in saying that there will be a lot of transfers for players who aren't actually playing next GW in readiness for the following GW?

              1. Garlana
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                5 months, 14 days ago

                Maybe but FHers won't be making any.

            4. umerlfc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              No chance imo

          • Shultan
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 14 days ago

            OMG i got rid of Salah by accident!!!
            Was just trying out next moves with rash to salah to see how to upgrade defenders then forgot to undo it did my FT for this week!

            1. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              F

            2. dark91
              • 5 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              How would you have 'undone' it? Burning another transfer?

              1. Shultan
                • 5 Years
                5 months, 14 days ago

                You know how sometimes you try out transfers before doing them...I forgot to restore salah & left it on rashford! Then did my FT

                1. dark91
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 14 days ago

                  That's unfortunate. Wishing all the best to Rashford but not on the expense of Salah tbh 😀

                  1. Shultan
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 14 days ago

                    Thanks knowing my luck im expecting this to go horribly wrong
                    Was planning in doing Salah to Rash next week to get 11 players but wanted Salah (C) this week

            3. ZEZIMA
              • 4 Years
              5 months, 14 days ago

              Pic or didn't happen

              1. Tango74
                  5 months, 14 days ago

                  Easy to click confirm ,itchy fingers

                • Shultan
                  • 5 Years
                  5 months, 14 days ago

                  Cant show a pic but here's my ID 560580

              2. Tango74
                  5 months, 14 days ago

                  Who for?

                  1. Shultan
                    • 5 Years
                    5 months, 14 days ago

                    Did Salah (C) to Rash
                    When I noticed my mistake moved C to Son with a 5 mins to go

                    1. Tango74
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Not a mistake as Salah no gw 18 and Man U players play three times

                        Good move !

                        1. Shultan
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          It was my planned move for next week with 2FTs but did want Salah (C) this week with saints high line.

                          1. Tango74
                              5 months, 14 days ago

                              We revisit after Utd game lol

                              Good luck 🙂

                              Son C here

                    2. Well you know, Triffic
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      What's your rank?

                      1. Shultan
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Its not great im at 1.6 mill as having a horrid season but was at 4 mill 10 GWs ago so been making good progress

                  2. leeboy104
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      Last minute swap. Started Soucek over Adams. Correct decision?

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Soucek is ultimately the answer to all FPL questions

                      2. MIGHTY JOE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Yes

                    • Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      And breathe.

                    • DeadStar
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      Good luck and happy new year everyone! Thank you to all of you who take the time to reply to posts! I'm way too lazy to 🙂

                    • Doctor Evil
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      If I do a transfer to get KDB in to keep but then use my free hit after will I lose him?

                      1. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Yes.

                      2. dark91
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        If in the same GW then yes

                      3. WE GO FOR IT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Yes. Any moves made in the week you play FH will be considered a part of the FH. Even if they are made before.

                      4. Original - Wolves Ay We
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Yes. See my name.

                    • The Train Driver
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      5 months, 14 days ago

                      Have the same C as Fudgy, weird feeling of wanting success and failure at the same time...

                      1. Duke Silver ☑
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        😆

                      2. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Ha, poor guy.

                      3. Hazz
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Same and now I have a pit in my stomach 🙁

                        1. Rupert The Horse
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Change your olives.

                      4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                        • 6 Years
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        Win/win

                    • Tango74
                        5 months, 14 days ago

                        I did son capt as united play first , and agony when they blank first

                        1. MikeS
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Bruno pen incoming

                          1. Tango74
                              5 months, 14 days ago

                              I’m one of these people who love points

                              I don’t get y people want there VC to do crap.

                              I under yes people will have Bruno as capt but surely not every one will abs 5pt is better than 2pts

                        2. FPLShaqiri
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          I have Raphinha, Rodrigo, Bamford, Dier, Son, and Kane captain. I hope that game is massive.

                          1. C_Manan
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Just hope game doest get postponed

                          2. MikeS
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            G2g imo

                          3. Rupert The Horse
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Thats one white team.

                            1. FPLShaqiri
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 14 days ago

                              Haha it is. Looks ugly on screen. Needs more reds and blues.

                              1. Rupert The Horse
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                5 months, 14 days ago

                                Think red is my favourite to look at.

                        3. MikeS
                          • 6 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Will I regret zaha (c)?

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            No, because you have believed in yourself and that can never be wrong

                            1. MikeS
                              • 6 Years
                              5 months, 14 days ago

                              Thanks, chasing so needed a gamble

                        4. Plagued by indecision
                          • 10 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Brought in Cancelo and switched Kane to Son (c) at the last minute. May the gods of Fantasy Football smile on me in 2021.

                          1. Hazz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Cancelo in is one hell of a risky move, I'll give you that!

                          2. Plant Based Footballer
                            • 4 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Reports say Cancelo has covid.

                            1. Plagued by indecision
                              • 10 Years
                              5 months, 14 days ago

                              Look mostly rubbish to me, but I appreciate I have taken a chance here. Bednarek to come in if he doesn’t play.

                          3. umerlfc
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            I did the exact same move! Last minute
                            Brought in Cancelo, and changed Kane(c) to Son(c)

                            1. Plagued by indecision
                              • 10 Years
                              5 months, 14 days ago

                              Well if it works out I’ll see you on here for a virtual pint!

                        5. Woy_is_back
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Son hattie coming up

                          1. Fudgy
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            I pray

                        6. ZEZIMA
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Kane Hattie incoming

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Hope so Col, hope so

                        7. Fudgy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Son blank incoming

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            I pray

                          2. MikeS
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            This

                          3. Flair
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Game is tomorrow lmao

                          4. Herman Toothrot
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 8 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            New Year, Same Fudgy

                          5. Original - Wolves Ay We
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Great to hear, this means he will haul big.

                        8. L'Aeroplanino
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Do FH transfers affect price changes? Are they like WC?

                          1. MikeS
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            No

                          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            I don't think they matter, but don't remember why I think that

                        9. el polako
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Season over.

                          1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Bye, bye see you next season.

                        10. Siva Mohan
                          • 8 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          Scott Parker has admitted he doesn't know if Sunday's Premier League clash with Burnley will go ahead after a coronavirus outbreak at Fulham.

                          Fulham have returned to training despite the six players understood to have tested positive being forced to self-isolate.

                          All players and staff have been re-tested today and results should be available in the morning (Saturday).

                          1. Pukki Blinders
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Oh now you tell me

                        11. Original - Wolves Ay We
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          5 months, 14 days ago

                          From what Parker, Pep and Mourinho are saying the PL couldn't organise a p-up in a brewery. Bunch of muppets.

                          1. el polako
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Parker I don't know but wouldn't trust anything that comes out of Pep's & Jose's mouths.

                          2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 14 days ago

                            Job swap with government front bench? Couldn't be worse.