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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. icanseethroughyou
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Play one:
    A. Zouma (MCI)
    B. KWP (LIV)

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      A

      1. icanseethroughyou
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Thanks. Bank on City still being without their mojo!

    2. Mo Mane Mo Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      A for sure

  2. tbhogal
    • 12 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Bench Mitchell or Dallas ??

    1. icanseethroughyou
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Mitchell for me. Dallas can get goals.

  3. bring_on _the_fantasy
    • 11 Years
    9 months, 21 days ago

    Captain...

    Kane OR Son?

    I was on Bruno but seeing as Villa have only conceded 14 goals and Leeds 30 im going for a spurs player?

    1. Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Son

    2. Dexters Laboratory
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 21 days ago

      I think I'd (C) Kane if I had him. Leaning towards Son over Bruno myself

    3. CBonci
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      I’d pick Son over Kane. That being said, I have Son and Bruno and am going Bruno (c) he’s been so consistent.

  4. Heisenberg W. W.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 21 days ago

    McCarthy
    Konsa-Dallas-Holding
    KdB-BFernandes-Salah-Son(c)
    DcL-Bamford-Adams

    (Martin-Soucek-Coufal-Taylor)

    1. Soucek for Adam - Yes or No
    2. Coufal for Konsa - Yes or No

    1. Mo Mane Mo Salah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Do one, my pref would be to play Soucek

  5. Nay08
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Stones + Wood (Adding my bgw18 player plus cover for dgw19 if something happens) or Dias + Benteke/McGoldrick (only 2 weeks punt) ?

    • RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Any chances Taylor could start today?

      1. Heisenberg W. W.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 21 days ago

        There is no way on earth he's playing today.

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Thanks, just thought I had missed something as someone mentioned him here

      2. TorresMagic™ - 6dcode
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 12 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Do Burnley play today?

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Sorry, meant this gw

      3. Dexters Laboratory
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 21 days ago

        I'm selling anyway.. Id say chances are slim

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Would you start him over Dallas/Mitchell just in case?

      4. Basil1977
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        do you mean Charlie Taylor who plays sunday?
        no idea as Burnley press conference is tomorrow, no idea if he fit or if the match against Fulham is even on due to covid

    • Dexters Laboratory
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Who to Captain?
      A) Bruno
      B) Salah
      C) Son
      Currently on Son (C) Bruno (VC)

      1. sozopol
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Agreed, or swap them

        1. bring_on _the_fantasy
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Villa Conceded 14

          Leeds Conceded 30

          STICK

      2. RamaJama
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Also Between the same 2

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          On Son

    • Nice to Finally Michu
      • 8 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Spurs due a pen I reckon

    • Daniel Jebbison
      • 12 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Repost since I think it is valuable for the lads, was bottomed

      Guys I've done a tone of research and looks like these are the 5 positive players for City:

      Walker, Jesus, Doyle, F. Torres, Ederson

      I am not claiming that I am correct, just had done a ton of research and seems that the consensus on twitter is that those 5 are isolating and apparently Cancelo is fine. That could be wrong and maybe instead of Doyle, Cancelo to be one self-isolating.

      To conclude:

      Ederson - confirmed out
      Walker - confirmed out
      Jesus - confirmed out
      F. Torres - highly likely I would say 80% out
      Cancelo - 49% out, 51% in imo
      Doyle is 50 50.

      Take it out as you wish.

      Pep confirms City will have five players unavailable for their PL clash at CFC following positive COVID-19 tests. Walker, Jesus plus three unnamed players are in isolation. "I don't think the PL allow us to name [them] but you will know [on Sun]."

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        interesting thoughts.

        free hitting next gw?

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          naaaah

      2. Owenuk
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        I think Doyle just posted a picture on Instagram of him “isolating”

      3. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Anything on Stones? His presence on social media is always almost zero so hard to know

    • sozopol
      • 9 Years
      9 months, 21 days ago

      Bottomed (twice!)

      Bench 1

      Z Zouma
      S Soucek
      D Dallas
      R Raphinha

      1. Nikolai Volkoff
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        3rd time's the charm

        1. sozopol
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          ):-1

      2. Nay08
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Dallas

        • CBonci
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          S or D for me

      3. Pukkipartyy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Bench one.
        Zouma or Cresswell.

      4. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Play one.

        A) Dallas
        B) Coufal

        1. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Coufal

        2. Pukkipartyy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          B

        3. Dexters Laboratory
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Same dilemma.. Starting Coufal

        4. Lev Yashin
          • 8 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          A

      5. el polako
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Struggling with my bench order, at the moment it is as follows
        1 Dallas
        2 Kilman
        3 Brewster

        Not sure is i should swap Brewster and Dallas around ?

        1. Dexters Laboratory
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 21 days ago

          I've Dallas ahead of Brewster.. even though he's a defender think he has a higher chance of attacking returns

      6. HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Captain Kane or Son?

        1. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          I'm captaining Son.

          Seems the ideal game for Kane to occupy the centre backs while Son breaks in behind

          1. MikeS
            • 7 Years
            9 months, 21 days ago

            Son

      7. MikeS
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        What would you do if you had 7 players for gw18 and 10 dgw for 19 now with 1ft left?

        Fh 18 still and get another dgw player in now with my ft??

        1. CBonci
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          I am not FH in 18. Think it can be better used later. I think United, City, and Spurs are more than enough.

        2. Skloppy Kops
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Make it 11 players for DGW, then you can TC.
          FH on gw18, or play up to 8 players and save the FH.

      8. JJO
        • 9 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Adams starts vs Liv?

        1. BENOIT
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Aye

        2. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Don't see why not

      9. KaBoZ: Kids,don't Drin…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        We don't have any news about Stones ?
        Could he be one of those with covid ?

        1. JJO
          • 9 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Look at your first question again

        2. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          see above

        3. Skloppy Kops
          • 6 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          No, dont think so.

      10. jernej93
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Have 1FTs to spend with DGW in mind... DCL to Watkins/Ings/Rodrigo?

        1. jernej93
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Or Dier to Dias?

        2. HonestBlatter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Watkins

      11. Bury94
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Kane or Son captain is giving me a headache, might just go for Kane due to his penalties

        1. bring_on _the_fantasy
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          same problem here!

        2. MikeS
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Son

        3. jernej93
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Son

        4. HM2
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Son

      12. HaffNanner
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Best def for 4.8? Already have Dallas

        Coufal
        Balbuena
        KWP

        1. jernej93
          • 7 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Coufal or Lowton

        2. Dexters Laboratory
          • 1 Year
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Long term Coufal is definitely the one to have

      13. ZeBestee
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        My team for this gw, any changes needed or g2g? 1 FT

        Martinez
        Cancelo Robbo Dallas
        Son Salah Bruno Raphinha
        Kane Bam Wood

        Forster Anguisa Lamptey Dunne

      14. umerlfc
        • 5 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Who are the 3 players rumored to be out with covid?

        1. Daniel Jebbison
          • 12 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          see above my post

          1. umerlfc
            • 5 Years
            9 months, 21 days ago

            Thanks!
            Cancelo is the most exciting City defense option, but my main target is for GW19, so isolation period would be over by then anyways

        2. Viper
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Ederson is definitely one. The others would only be guesswork

      15. gryffsonofarthur
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Would you rather have????

        A) Fabianski Dias Brewster

        B) Fabianski C. Taylor Rodrigo

      16. corderz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        GTG?

        Martinez
        Robbo Cancelo Coufal
        Salah Bruno Son(C) Soucek
        Vardy(vc) DCL Bamford

        Forster Raphinha Chilwell Dallas

      17. MoSalad
        • 8 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        Getting too obsessed with this game and the drama, but finally happy with a WC18 draft:

        Martinez, Johnstone
        Lowton, AWB, Coufal, Dallas, Dias
        Rashford, Salah, KDB, Penandes, Romeu
        Antonio (Punt), Bamford, Watkins

        Gives me 8 for GW18 & then everyone plays twice for BB19 unless rotated of course.

        Anything I should change? Probably take a few weeks to unscramble it after lol.

        1. CBonci
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Just worried about Antonio...Moyes even said in his presser that he is going to be very careful with him. Maybe Adams for security?

          1. MoSalad
            • 8 Years
            9 months, 21 days ago

            It’s an option, won’t be for 2 weeks anyway so he has a good chance to be fully fit by GW19. I think KDB will drop tonight so may wait to put him in and then can upgrade AWB to Slab Head for a Corner goal

      18. mbea02
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 21 days ago

        McCarthy
        Cancelo Justin Dallas Holding
        Salah Bruno Son
        Kane (C) Bamford Adams

        Johnstone Soucek Coufal Lookman

        Start 3 of 5 - Dallas, Holding, soucek, coufal, Adams

        Who to start?

      19. Fake Prince
          9 months, 21 days ago

          REPOST (sorry)
          who is better in the next 4 GWs
          considering AV have game in 18 and Not FH in GW 18
          1. Adams
          2. Watkins

        • drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Play adams or soucek ? tough one

        • Nemanja Vidic
          • 11 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          GTG?
          Want to keep WC and FH for end of season.
          BB GW 19.

          2FT 1.3 ITB

          Mendy (Steer)

          Regulion Saiss Justin (Coufal) (Mitchel)

          KBD Fernandes Son (VC) Grealish Saka

          Kane (C) Bamford (Brewster)

          17) Steer -> Martinez
          18) Regulion - > Dias
          19) Kane Son Mitchel -> Watkins Salah AWB (KDB TC)

        • Shark Team
          • 4 Years
          9 months, 21 days ago

          Do we reckon Taylor will be ready for the DGW19?