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Fantasy Football Scout Community Trials open again

The dawning of a new year brings fresh opportunities, different perspectives and, of course, a brand new FPL wildcard to tempt us! In this spirit of renewal, Fantasy Football Scout are delighted to be re-opening our Community Trials in order to discover and celebrate upcoming writing talent.

Alongside the Pro PunditsScout Network and Scout Academy, the Trials are part of our continuing mission to support the wider world of FPL content creators and expand the extent of FFS’s own coverage.

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We ran the inaugural version of this enterprise back in the Autumn and, after much deliberation of MANY articles, ultimately picked four winners: DomWatts23GreyheadKroos Kontrol and RubberDucky.

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732 Comments Post a Comment
  1. El Fenomeno R9
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    Cancelo attacking half spaces,essential

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 6 hours ago

      he is either rested for brighton or one of the games in the dgw

  2. wulfrunian
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    BSilva goal

  3. JBG
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    Wow Bilva scores a goal... Feels like forever.

  4. Flynny
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    Crazy thought but if sterling is a doubt and I downgrade on free hit to gundogan

    It means that I may have cash to upgrade saka to auba!!

    Despite his total lack of form and value for money as a one off surely auba much more explosive!!

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Wrong. Stats wise Saka is doing just as well as Auba. Buying him is purely because you have budget not because he's better.

      1. Baines on Toast...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        I’m all for stats but only one of them has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe for 10 years

        1. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          But for me if sterling is out it is just another reason to get double city defence

          1. Flynny
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Which defenders can you guarantee start tho??

            I'm looking at stones kdb and gundogan this minute

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Think Stones and KDB are safe options. Considering gambling with doubling up on attack with Sterling or Bilva for bgw, then get Salah back for dgw. WC GW 18

            2. Salarrivederci
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Dias looks pretty nailed on if you ask me. Cancelo too but would’nt be a surprise if he is rested in 1 of the next 3.

              1. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                So Stones, Diaz and KDB the 3 city players to have?

        2. Would Ed Woodward
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Currently not playing FH but that'd be my thinking too, Auba has scored over 20 league goals in the last two seasons, he's currently on 3, he's gonna start scoring again at some point and I'd gamble on that being against Palace.

  5. Hazz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    OMG Kepa.

    What a save! 😮

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Yeah right!

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

        It was though.

        1. The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Not watching but hard to believe...

    2. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Must have been a pass back ??

  6. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    Assuming Spurs Villa is off, I have 7 players (incl. Taylor/Burke) so effectively 5. However, i have 2FTs so that will take me to 7 decent players which is in the middle category of whether to FH or not.

    Martinez -- Forster
    Taylor Cancelo Stones -- Coufal Dallas
    Bruno Kdb Burke -- Salah Son
    DCL -- Watkins Bamford

    A: Salah + Watkins >> Rashford + Laca...gets me to 7 decent players then just hope they dont get benched. However, will have to take a hit (or two) to get salah back in gw19 depending on the situation.

    B: FH but my issue is that apart from sterling, my transfers in A allows me all big hitters (attacking wise) so is it worth using the FT?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      A

      bank that FH if possible imo (I'm FHing just fwi)

  7. Stoichkov#8
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    3 questions:

    1. Is Smith Rowe good pick?
    2. Is he nailed?
    3. Is Saka much better option than him?

    1. drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      yes
      For gw 18 90%
      a better option imo but not by much

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Cheers

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      1: Yes
      2: you'd imagine so
      3: much better might be a bit far but def looks a safer pick

      1. Stoichkov#8
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Thanks. Looking for a player for 18 and 19.
        Saka may be safer but than its a lot of cash on my bench

        1. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          if it's for bench I'd def gamble Smith Rowe

          will def get runs you'd think

    3. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      1. Not really
      2. No
      3. No. All Arsenal players are bad fpl picks.

  8. Breezyy
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    Another G

  9. Steve The Spud
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 6 hours ago

    Kdb off around 45-55 mins today and nicely rested for Brighton

    1. gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      I don't understand why he is playing at all. Give him a rest, it's only Birmingham!

  10. Forza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Bilva scores 2 goals, KDB and Mahrez assists.

  11. shapply
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    would you FH when you have: Martinez, Cancelo, Stones, Dier, Son, Bruno, Kane? worth burning FH to have e.g. kdb, sterling?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      all depends on the spurs/villa game

  12. PassDebuchyOnTheLHS
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 5 hours ago

    Free Hit V1 or V2?

    V1: Eliminate Spurs risk + bench back-ups
    DDG
    Cancelo/Tierney/Saiss
    DeBruyne/Sterling/Fernandes/Rash/Saka
    Wilson/Laca

    Steer/Yedlin/Mitchell/McGoldrick

    V2: Risk Spurs fixture being on
    Leno
    Cancelo/Saiss/Holding
    DeBruyne/Sterling/Fernandes/Son/Saka
    Kane/Wilson

    Steer/Yedlin/Mitchell/Davis

  13. ivantys
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      Classic fa cup break injury for Sterling.

    • gooberman
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 hours ago

      I fully expect a Cancelo assist and clean sheet and possibly more in a game that doesn't count to go with Justin's goal and clean sheet yesterday. Sigh.

      1. Fred54
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        You do what you think its best.

      2. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        don't be too smug til after 18 🙂

        GL with it

      3. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Why? One game against trash opposition vs statistics from 30 games before that.

        1. wulfrunian
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          eye test

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            So eye test one game vs eye test 30 last games then?

            1. wulfrunian
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              His last 3 PL games.

              1. The Train Driver
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Oh, ok. Watched them as well and thought he looked bad as usual (in an FPL perspective). However, if you are correct and he hauls he'll be a great differential. Good luck to ya!

                1. wulfrunian
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  cheers

          2. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            I dunno what you've been watching but he's been playing as a pretty deep 8 for a lot of games. Not convinced.

      4. doher.ty
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          I don’t really understand calling them out just yet. You asked about your FH not about a cup game. If it comes off that great but Silva scoring in this game still doesn’t mean he’s a good pick for your FH.

      5. Shark Team
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Do you think City is ready to start averaging 3 goals per game from now on?

        1. PLerix
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          In Championship they would.

      6. rnrd
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        Should we consider spurs line up later this afternoon as a hint of what is under discussion regarding spurs PL calendar?

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

          No.

          If it's a weak-ish lineup it's because it's Marine.

          If it's a decent strength lineup it's because Mourinho genuinely respects the cup (almost always has).

      7. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        A bit unfair to Spurs not to find out yet if the AV game is postponed or not. Having that info surely affects what lineup Jose would choose in the FA Cup, right?

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Villa/FA should have had time enough to come up with A decision by now if the game should be cancelled. No reason to continue to wait until match day to cancel. So Think the game will be on.

          1. The Train Driver
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Now to inform the most important crowd as well, the FPL players.

          2. Scrumper
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            They will be waiting to see how many negative tests they can confirm as close the game as possible - so we prob won't hear till close to the game.

            All those positives from last week can easily turn into far fewer by Wednesday morning.

      8. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 5 hours ago

        So picking City players for GW18 is going to be a minefield with a strong team starting today 🙁

        1. RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Stones, KDB, Diaz?

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Yea was actually thinking these 3.
            And just have a strong bench.

        2. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Always is. Get your 3 and live with rotations

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Yeah will just strong bench with my FH.

        3. Forza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          KDB is surely nailed, Stones is rested and Pep might say that Sterling is fully fit. If Sterling isn't fit, Dias should be nailed anyway. 4 strong options and at least 3 of them should start.

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Yeah all good picks

        4. matiakez
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          With the rest Gundo looks a decent option

          1. Weasel Boy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Yeah could be a good differential

      9. marcos11
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Surely City will take kdb off around the hour mark with this game being dead and buried now

        • RamaJama
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Foden goal, Mahrez assist. Still too uncertain to pick any of them for bgw/dgw

          1. Fred54
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            KdB, Cancelo.

            Then either another defender and one of Foden or Gundo and use the funds elsewhere.

            1. Fred54
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              *another def OR Foden/Gundo

        • Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Foden wagon gaining steam. I'm still keen honestly. Always looks involved, playing well.

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            But will he start more than 1-2 of the next 3?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Only on FH.

              1. RamaJama
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                Sounds good. On FH so trying to do the impossible - get the 3 City players who start all 3 matches

                1. RamaJama
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  Sorry, On WC

                  1. Fred54
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    Yeah same here.

                    Just gotta go with your gut.

                  2. Camzy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    KdB, Stones, Dias they will start all 3.

                    1. RamaJama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 5 hours ago

                      Thanks, Think that’s the best bet

          2. Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Also keen despite being burnt this season

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          Just logged in, any reason why why Aguero isn’t even benched?

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Cheers

            2. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Thanks! Negative test could come before deadline and he’ll be well rested for playing the next 3 games. But som game time would probably have been good for him too...

        • Disturbed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          What a pass. Kdb is pure class

        • Steve The Spud
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          I’m on wc and looking at

          A. DCL
          B. Laca

          I may well end up losing either to ings for the double but who would you have over the short to medium term?

          I guess it comes down to whether you think dcl can re discover his scoring ? I don’t have any value in him

          1. RamaJama
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            A

        • La Roja
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 hours ago

          If you’re on FH, are you still going to have Spurs or Villa assets?

          It’s a tricky question that I can’t answer so far.

          1. Forza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Not unless we get positive news ahead of the deadline. Bruno/Sterling/KDB/Rashford/Saka/Lacazette are good enough to beat Son/Grealish/El Ghazi/Kane even if the game goes ahead, and it's an awkward fixture for both teams in any event.

          2. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            If we get no confirmation on postponement of the game before deadline I will keep son as I have a decent bench on FH

            1. La Roja
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              How’s your current squad looking like? Have you gone with differentials?

              1. drughi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                nah pretty safe but made sure I have a bench incase of rotation and covid

        • Fridges chilwell
            3 months, 5 hours ago

            Jesus just isn’t good enough to be as selfish as he is

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              So not an option for bgw/DGW?

              1. Fridges chilwell
                  3 months, 5 hours ago

                  Probably the worst of city’s attacking options, what do you think?

                  1. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 5 hours ago

                    Agree, never seems to pock up form. And not sure if Aguero will be back to his best and play regularily, Think city needs a striker like Haaland to benefit from all the good mids

            2. Silecro
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              OMG WERNER

            3. CroatianHammer
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              Found some Aguero news, if it wasn't already doing the rounds. Seems someone in his circle came into contact with someone who later tested positive, so is in quarantine while tests are run. Fully expected to be ready for the next league game, at which point it's entirely up to Pep Roulette.

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

                You could just post the source like I have above, so people don't question you 🙂

            4. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 5 hours ago

              G Werner
              A Havertz

              FINALLY

              1. Fred54
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 5 hours ago

                About 18 GWs and the wrong competition too late, but I'll take it