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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

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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. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    FH activated! Brought in Rashford, Dias, Holding, Saiss. Not sure if they'll all make the FH squad but would like to have maximum value to work with just in case.

    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      very very brave.

    2. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Hope the league doesn't get suspended.

      1. GreennRed
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Was that in Twitter too? Twitter is a mighty yoke for the gossip to be sure.

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

      Was it just the value that made you do it this early?

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Yes. That's 0.3m on Rashford, Dias and Holding who I am fairly certain I will want. My team value is one of the strongest aspects of my team and getting the maximum I can will help my FH stand out from other people's.

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

          Fair enough. You’re old enough to know the risks.

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Curious to see what it looks like? 🙂

    5. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Kdb drop would be nice too

    6. Party time
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Covid lurking

    7. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Good luck.

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

      Is Holding nailed?

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

      1.The deadline is 11 days away.
      2. FH cannot be cancelled.
      3. There is still a virus outbreak.

      Therefore,
      4. - Let me interject here to again complain about the FH wiping all transfers. It's SO stupid.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        I think they had their chance to cancel the league. I'm willing to risk it.

        If I wait until like a day or two before to activate it, I will lose 0.5m in value on players I'd want and having a stacked FH team that others can't afford is how I can get ahead.

    10. Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      How bad is your team value?!

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        I have great team value. So I want to get further ahead.

    11. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      You can bring in whoever you want, you don’t get the rises or fall only your returning team get those!

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        I know that. But I still get them for THIS week! I'm not trying to bank double rises, just trying to buy players I'll want at their cheapest.

  2. Bruce Lee
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 14 days ago

    Darlow is 5m lol wtf

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

      He's a great keeper tbf

      1. Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Yeah he is class, but he plays for Newcastle

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          So does Jeff Hendrick like.

    2. ivantys
        4 months, 14 days ago

        He's been quite good actually.

        1. Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Keepers are mostly priced on the team they play for, not their ability

          Areola is a good example - good keeper, bad team... 4.5m

          Pickford - the opposite

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

            Very true. Allison still being at 6 is very much laughable at this point. He'll never get the bonus and save points of the 4.5 keepers.

      • TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Worth more, ask Liverpool.

      • Sun Jihai
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Dubravka is 4.8m with zero minutes played!

    3. TimoTime
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 14 days ago

      Hows this FH18 draft looking?:

      Leno,
      Cancelo, Dier, Maguire
      KDB, Bruno, Rashford, Son, Podence
      Kane, Wilson

      (Peacock, Mitchell, fodder, fodder)

      0.2 ITB

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Very Good u did it now ?

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Cheers, won't activate until last min just in case

          1. OptimusBlack
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Cheers

      2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Brilliant

        1. TimoTime
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Ty

    4. Caleb's Kitties
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 days ago

      FH 18 draft, going differential !

      Leno
      Maguire saiss dias cancelo
      KDB auba bruno rashford son
      Watkins

      1. ivantys
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Surely cap Auba to be differential!

        • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Like it!

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

        Looks like KDB is dropping tonight...

        1. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Nice!

        2. Stupendous
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Lovely

        3. Sun Jihai
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Was meant to last night as well
          Suspect he may not fall

        4. NABIL - I had 4 Spurs GW1
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Lovely

      3. FDMS All Starz
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Current bench for dgw19:
        Johnstone - O’Shea - Balbuena - Adams

        Would you BB this bench or -4 and do Balbuena to Dias and then BB or just save the BB?

        Rest of team:
        McCarthy
        Alioski - Coufal - Justin
        Salah - Bruno - Kdb - Rashford - Raphina
        Watkins - Bamford

      4. matiakez
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 14 days ago

        Can cobble together this for next week

        Martinez
        C Taylor Dias
        Bruno KDB
        Kane Brewster

        Only transfer I'd really want to do to get another would be Stones in for KWP.

        Thought free hit was certain for me but I'm not sure now.

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

        Non FH team next Gw

        Martinez
        Dias Stones Kilman
        KDB Bruno Son Grealish Bissouma
        Kane DCL

        Nothing on bench

        1. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Good to go.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Well, might have some issues if Wolves have all their CBs fit or Grealish gets another yellow tonight

        2. matiakez
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          looks good, most bases covered where free hitters can hurt you from.

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            That was the aim

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

          Excellent. Using a chip in 19?

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            TC probably

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

              Salah or KDB or ___

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                4 months, 14 days ago

                Or Bruno - prob Salah

          2. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Will have to for Salah

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 14 days ago

              Kane to Antonio and Son to Salah

        4. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          That's pretty good!

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Cheers - City DGW changed a lot for me

        5. Milkman Bruno
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Nicely done

          • IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Wish I was in your shoes tbh. Gonna have to use FH and I wish I didn't.
            Looks good!

            1. Miguel Sanchez
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              4 months, 14 days ago

              I pished mine away from almost no gain earlier this season though

        6. GreennRed
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          So, do FH and WC transfers really impact price changes? I always thought not.

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            No

          2. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            If WC/FH is pressed, no.

        7. Chucky
          • 7 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Will I continue to get price rises from my old players If I FH or just the new players?

          1. TorresMagic™
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 11 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            GW17 team will change value for GW19.

            1. Chucky
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 14 days ago

              thanks.

          2. Caleb's Kitties
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Yes there's price rise as normal for old players

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

            YES

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

            Yes

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

              Just the GW 17 players.

        8. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 14 days ago

          Have the exact cash to do Kane + Chilwell + Anguissa -> KDB + Dias + 4.3FWD (-4)

          Will surely get prices out when Dias rises 🙁

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

          A Grealish YC tonight would be so annoying for non-FH Grealish holders :s

          1. Caleb's Kitties
            • 6 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Would prefer if he gets one during gw18 or first game of dgw 🙂

        10. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 14 days ago

          How many players will the average/top 10k team have playing in GW18?

        11. DrogsBallacks
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Sorry if it’s been asked but some clarity would be much obliged!

            Can I use my 1FT this week to do a transfer to prep for the GW19 and then play the FH chip so the player that’s brought in initially retains his place? Thanks!

            1. Lev Yashin
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 14 days ago

              No

          • Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Very tempted to Cap Zaha vs Arsenal lol

          • Bruce Lee
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            1st draft FH

            Darlow
            Cancelo, Maguire, Digne
            Son, Bruno (c), Zaha, Grealish
            DCL, Martial, Watkins

            Peacock, Neto, Dias, Mitchell

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Fabianski injured in warm up

          • ClassiX
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Fabianski injured in warm-up

          • Party time
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 14 days ago

            Cup opponent with fabianski & ryan on the bench. Not sure if it matters

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

            Any chance Dias has covid?

          • doher.ty
              4 months, 13 days ago

              A) FH for the blank game week
              B) Play 8 which would be; Martinez, Dias, Kdb, Bruno, Son, Grealish, Brewster, Bamford