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Scoutcast Episode 360 – Opportunities for FPL managers during Blank Gameweek 18

Joe is joined by Karam and new regular Scoutcast host Seb to try to make sense of the fixture change impacting on Gameweek 18.

Content creators are having a tough time of late. As soon as a video or podcast is painstakingly researched and presented, a major announcement changes everything. Lately, that has been due to COVID-19, with players forced to isolate and games postponed.

This time around the Scoutcast has escaped such changes by scheduling its latest episode last night (Monday, January 11), just hours after it emerged that Tottenham’s game with Aston Villa on Wednesday had been put back due to COVID-19 concerns.

Instead, Jose Mourinho’s troops will take on Fulham in a hastily rearranged game that falls far more kindly in the Gameweek for owners of Spurs stars Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.8m).

Understandably, this important fixture change tops the bill in a show that marks the debut for Seb as the Scoutcast’s new regular co-host with Joe.

Also joining this week is Karam, who has had his own experience with coronavirus recently. He reveals how he was been isolating after a positive test and thankfully is now fighting fit to once again tackle this most irregular of seasons.

Our trio reveal their Gameweek 18 plans and the players they are targeting. Joe has already pressed the button on his Free Hit chip but Karam only needs one or two transfers to field a credible side. Meanwhile, Seb is Free Hit-curious, and undecided on whether to deploy this chip.

Differentials during this limited set of fixtures are also taken in. Are Wolves and Everton players being unfairly neglected?

Elsewhere, Arsenal’s low owned gems are scrutinised and long-term fixtures are frisked in a show that aims to ensure Fantasy Premier League managers are well prepared for today’s Gameweek 18 deadline.

The Scoutcast will return on Thursday night, when Joe, Seb and their guest will dust off their notes once again and focus on the coming weekend’s Double Gameweek 19.

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  1. tinear
    • 1 Year
    10 days, 23 hours ago

    Leno
    Stones Cancelo AWB
    Son KDB Rashford Bruno Saka
    Kane Wilson
    4.0 Dier Mitchell Brewster

    On FH. How template is it? Any transfer worth a recommendation?

    1. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      As with many teams without very high TV, it boils down to whether prefer having Lacazette in team or Rashford

  2. Konstaapeli
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 23 hours ago

    Either worth a hit? Both James and DCL are out for a while so I'm tempted.

    James > Stones or Dias

    DCL > Wilson, Antonio or Cavani

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Stones, Wilson

    2. 2OLEgend
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Dias
        Antonio

    3. Marcin the Pole
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Boils down to this (dependent on Sterling fitness)

      A) Stones, Auba, Martial
      B) Tierney, Sterling, Laca

      Opinions much appreciated

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        B easily.

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        A but don’t love the Auba pick. A lot to pay for someone who may come off the bench.

    4. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Any glaring errors in this WC...
      Covering a -16 (haven’t wanted to lose too much value in certain players).

      Martinez | Fabianski*
      Cancelo* | Stones | Dallas | Coufal | Lowton*
      KDB* | Fernandes | Son | Grealish | Soucek
      Kane | Wilson* | Bamford

      * (players traded in)
      BB in gw19.

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Well first of all you don't have a playing GK this week?
        Would not get Lowton. If you want any Burnley players surely it is Pope and/or Wood
        Grealish is too much of a risk on WC. Even if the game against Everton goes ahead he could miss out due to Covid. He could also get a YC and miss the second game.
        Dno if Fabianski will be fit to start?
        Dallas and Bamford is too much if they don't play Southampton next GW.
        On a WC I think Wilson could be downgraded to McGoldrick or even Brewster to save funds for elsewhere.

        If you're doing a WC with BB in mind for DGW19 I think you should avoid: Villa, Leeds, Southampton, Wilson, Lowton

        1. Salarrivederci
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 22 hours ago

          But if you're not going to BB in 19 then I think keeping especially Martínez makes sense.
          Would partner him with Areola if Parker don't say anything about him being ill or something

        2. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 22 hours ago

          Cheers.
          I don’t want to unsettle my team too much for a couple of gameweeks and then leave myself in a position where I lose points on the other side.
          I was going to take the -12 as these are really the only trades I am willing to make, I can then revert to “normal” within 2 GWs.
          Thoughts...?

      2. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        Your team for GW18 looks like

        Cancelo - Stones - Lowton
        KDB - Fernandes - Son
        Kane - Wilson

        That is simply too weak when on WC

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 22 hours ago

          See above.
          WC was more to cover a -12 than build a team for simply two gameweeks and then navigate trying to get back to a set best team.

    5. Bonus magnet
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      any news on Shaw?

    6. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Have Stones on WC already so double up with whom for the long term:

      A) Dias - safety of starts and probably a goal or two in him by the time the season ends
      B Cancelo - has the stats to suggest assists are coming but will miss the odd game with Zink, Mendy, Walker about

      1. Salarrivederci
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        On a WC you'd want Cancelo.
        You now have the opportunity to have a good 4th or 5th defender to cover when he misses the odd game 😉

        1. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          10 days, 23 hours ago

          Yep agree with this.

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 23 hours ago

        Pondering the same.
        Walker plays on the right and Mendy seems out of favour.
        I think Cancelo’s security is quite high so leaning that way.

    7. AandyzZ
      • 3 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      So,

      Lloris

      Tierney, Cancelo, Stones

      Smith-Rowe, KDB, Rashford, Bruno, Son

      Lacazette, Kane

      4.0, Kilman, Mitchell, 3.9

      Thoughts?

    8. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Not an FH question. Long term, would you rather pick Stones over Cancelo and use that 0.8 elsewhere or do you think Cancelo is worth that additional outlay?

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        Stones.

    9. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 23 hours ago

      Which one sounds best?

      A) Dias Laca in 433
      B) Gundo/Saka Laca in 343
      C) Rashford Saka in 352
      D) Stones Rash in 442

      Core team is:

      Lloris
      Cancelo/Tierney/AWB
      KDB/Bruno/Son
      Kane/Wilson

      1. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        D

    10. llanasinyourpyjamas
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      RATE MY TEAM?
      Darlow
      Dier, AWB, Cancelo
      Son,KDB, Bruno, Gundogan,
      Wilson, Kane, Lacazette

      SUBS:Tierney, Mitchell,Dallas

      1. Millie7
        • 7 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        Tierney over Gundogan all day

      2. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        Darlow not nailed I guess

    11. Millie7
      • 7 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      Yedlin - Dias - Holding - Mitchell
      Reidewald - KDB - Bruno - Son

      Robertson + Grealish > Yedlin + KDB for -4 gives me this??

      will be WC next week

    12. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      Sorry if it's been mentioned somewhere, but is there a City presser today?

      I'm hoping for some news on Sterling injury - hopefully it was just a small knock and he plays. My team is already several men down thanks to Villa game being off. Can't afford a Sterling no-show if I want to keep pace with FHers